Blog Posts

Herbs in Your Garden that Help Repel Bugs

Herbs, You Have Them In Your Garden To Eat, Why Not To Repel Bugs!!! Basil, Bay Leaves, Mint, Rosemary and Lavender.

Posted in Bed Bugs, Ticks & Fleas, Bees, Hornets & Wasps, Boston, Cape Cod, disease, disease carrying insects, environment, fleas, Flies, fly, fly trap, Flying Pests, garden, Greenhead, Home, Home Pest Control, Horse Fly, Massachusetts, Mosquitoes, Residential Pest Control
Related Topics: , , , , , , , ,

New Ticks Spread Across Southeast, Diseases Rise

New Ticks Spread Across Southeast, Diseases Rise. There are at least two new ticks, Gulf Coast Tick and Lone Star Tick.

Posted in Article, Bed Bugs, Ticks & Fleas, Blog, Boston, Bugs, Cape Cod, Climate Change, deer flies, disease, disease carrying insects, Dog Ticks, earth, fire, Forests, garden, Health, insects, Massachusetts, Nantucket, New England, News, News, Promos & What's Up, pest, pests, Residential Pest Control, Summer, summer insects, Ticks, Travel
Related Topics: , , , , ,

Spring Is Here, The Flowers Are Blooming And The Insects Are Swarming

Now that spring is here the insects that have over wintered become active and swarm again, especially ants and termites, but they are not the only pests. Over the next few weeks you will see lots of insects making there way back into the world to join us in the beautiful days to come.

  • Moisture is a main component of the spring. Heavy rains, water from snow runoff and rising ground water levels can lead to damp basements.
  • Roof leaks, leaky skylights and water leaking around windows are all common places where carpenter ants go to nest in search of water.
  • Ground water provides moisture for termites and other crawling insects. As mentioned earlier, termites swarm in spring.
  • Carpenter bees are active, taking pollen from shrubs and plants and transporting it back to their nests – drilled, half-inch holes often found on garages and other areas around the home with an accumulation of sawdust and pollen around the hole.

Posted in Ant & Termite, Ant Eggs, Ant Swarmer, Ants, Aphids, Asian Long-Horned Beetle, Bed Bug Control, Bees, Bees, Hornets & Wasps, Beetles, Cockroaches & Other Insects, Blog, Boston, Bugs, Butterflies, Cape Cod, Climate Change, cluster flies, environment, Flies, flowers, Flying Pests, Hornets, insects, ladybirds, Massachusetts, Mosquitoes, New England, pest, Residential Pest Control, Wasps, yellowjackets
Related Topics: , , , , ,

What's The Difference Between Bees and Wasps?

You’re on a summer picnic, lounging in the sun with your eyes closed after eating your turkey sandwich. Something buzzes by your ear. You lazily swat at the sound and then — ouch! — you feel that familiar, aching sting on your cheek. As your face burns red and swells, the last thing on your mind is whether that pesky, no-good insect was a bee or a wasp.

But we at How Stuff Works want to know. Was it a bee that stung your cheek, or was it a wasp? What’s the difference between these two droning, stinging creatures?

In the preceding scenario, your attacker was most likely a type of wasp. Why? Because wasps are generally more aggressive and likely to stalk public gatherings in search of human food. Bees are more mild-mannered. They focus on the flowers, not your turkey sandwich.

That’s just one way to determine whether the attacker was a bee or a wasp. What other characteristics define these two very similar creatures — both of which belong to the order Hymenoptera? More than 25,000 kinds of each insect exist, but there are several relatively simple ways to distinguish between them.

Posted in Bees, Bees, Hornets & Wasps, Blog, Boston, Bugs, Cape Cod, Climate Change, environment, flowers, food, Home, Hornets, insects, Massachusetts, Nantucket, New England, pest, pests, Residential Pest Control, spring, spring insects, Summer, summer insects, Wasps, yellowjackets
Related Topics: , ,

Mosquitoes In March Anyone??

That’s right, mosquitoes in March, who knew!

Let’s take yesterday for example, it started a bit rainy but ended up absolutely gorgeous out. There were lots of windows and doors open and grills smoking, kids playing out doors, a perfect spring day.

But what about the windows that had holes in the screen? Your house can end up infested with mosquitoes by the end of the night, you may catch yourself relaxing on the sofa till you see multiple mosquitoes flying across your tv screen. And before you know it, it’s 10pm and you have killed more than a dozen of those pesky blood suckers. And if you live near a creek then you may really have a mosquito problem that will be difficult to deal with. If this sounds at all like you and your day yesterday, give us a call at today at A1 Exterminators and let us help you deal with those nasty needle bitters!

Posted in Blog, Boston, Bugs, Cape Cod, disease carrying insects, Flying Pests, Home, insects, Massachusetts, mosquito, Mosquitoes, Nantucket, New England, pest, pests, spring, spring insects
Related Topics: , ,
Do you need these pests exterminated? Call A1 Today!

Winter is a busy season for pests. Rodents are most active and insects come come in the house to find warmth for the cold months.. Find out more about Winter pests »

Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs

bedbug-150x125 There are no residues or odors with our thermal bed bug treatment, also known as Heat Assault.

Bed bug heat treatment and general pest control heat treatment are effective in one application, with most complete in just one day. Heat can also penetrate areas where traditional chemicals can’t.

Call A1…

Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Skating at Lynnfield Marketplace

Our new banner is up at the Lynnfield Marketplace skating rink.  Take the kids down for some fun family skating time.

IMG_2480

 

Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Protect Your Potted Plants

Have any indoor plants? Protect them from insects by mixing a tablespoon of cayenne pepper and a few drops of plain liquid soap. protect plants with pepper

Put in a spray bottle and let sit over night. Spray plants at the base and shake well after every few squirts to keep…

Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Pet Pest Protection

Repel fleas and ticks on your cats and dogs with these essential oils.

For cats, mix 1/4 or a tablespoon of both lemon and lavender essential oils. Apply the mixture behind the shoulders and under the chin.

For dogs, add another 1/4 tablespoon of tea tree oil. Do not use tea tree oil on cats. This will repel ticks and fleas….

Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Superbowl Snack

Heading out to watch the Superbowl?  Here is a quick and easy snack mix that everyone will love.

Ingredients:snack mix

  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  1.  Place butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high power for about…

Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Seal Openings from Pests

Before the snow hits hard, make sure to install a chimney cap and to seal around dryer vents to close up any open spaces on your property. You don’t want pests making themselves comfortable in your home!pests

Browse A1 Pest Control

A1 Exterminators