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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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!

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Fall can be a very busy season for insects, rodents, and other pests but many homeowners don’t realize it. Many overwintering pests, like mice and rodents become a problem. Find out more about Fall pests »

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Common Winter Pest in New England

When living in New England, here are the most common pests to look out for. Rodents, which include mice, rats and squirrels, are very high populated in this area. They are known for hoarding food inside homes, which eventually attracts insects to the food. They also leave waste all over the home which can spread diseases.

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Spider Bug Tip Tuesday!

Repel spiders naturally – one cup of vinegar, one cup of cayenne pepper powder, a teaspoon of oil and liquid soap. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spay along the outside of your door and along windows; be sure to refresh after it rains.


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‘Tis the Season for Bed Bugs to be on the Move

As Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, Americans will be making travel plans to celebrate with relatives and friends, both near and far. With the increased amount of travel occurring during the next couple of months, A1 Exterminators reminds travelers to be on the lookout for signs of bed bugs in order to avoid spreading these hitchhiking pests—or, even…

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Are There Critters and Germs in My Library Books?

Books are no better hosts for bacteria and viruses than many other objects. All pathogens need a critical mass for an exposed person to become infected. Chances are you won’t bring home any unwanted guests.

An outbreak of bedbugs at the library in a fictional correction facility in “Orange is the New Black” prompted officials on the TV show…

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Summer Can Impact Fall and Winter Pests


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Rodent Fact!
Rodent fact during Rodent Awareness Week.
Did you know that mice are little gymnasts? In fact, they can jump a foot into the air and
easily climb up onto kitchen counters to access food.
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