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A collection of current events and news about bed bugs, rodents, termites, and other pests in the MA and NH areas.


Beagle Sniffs Out Bedbugs in 38 Salem Apartments

Sat Nov 13, 2010, 05:58 AM EST By Tom Dalton Staff Writer The Salem News SALEM — The Salem Housing Authority said it will exterminate bedbugs from dozens of rooms in two elderly housing complexes after a specially trained dog detected the troublesome insects yesterday. Tracer, a beagle, went through the Philip L. Morency Manor and the James A. Dalton Residence searching for the small, bloodsucking bugs that have made headlines across the country. The dog, which was brought in by A1 Exterminators of Lynn, raised its paw and scratched furniture or other surfaces in 38 of the 89 apartments in the complex, which is along Bridge Street near the old Salem Jail. “Yes, we have found bedbugs at the Morency and Dalton buildings,” said Carol MacGown, executive director of Salem Housing Authority. “Right now, we’re looking at exterminating 38 units.” The bedbug-sniffing dogs have been used nationwide to find

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Resurgence Of Bed Bugs In Massachusetts

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV November 17, 2010 5:08 PM SALEM (CBS) — The phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite” is being said frequently these days in Massachusetts, thanks to a resurgence of the tiny, blood-sucking pests. From one end of the state to the other exterminators say their phones are ringing off the hook with calls to eradicate the bugs. At least 40 units at a senior housing complex in Salem are now getting the heat treatment to literally bake the bugs out of the apartments. Air heated to at least 125 degrees is being pumped in because “it’s lethal to bed bugs,” said Gary Weisberg of A1 Exterminators which is handling the job. Bob Waldie, whose mother lives in the complex, says it’s a problem that’s happened before. “I ran my finger under the box spring and they were dropping on the floor, it was disgusting,” he said.

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Beagle Sniffs Out Bedbugs in 38 Salem Apartments

Sat Nov 13, 2010, 05:58 AM EST By Tom Dalton Staff Writer The Salem News SALEM — The Salem Housing Authority said it will exterminate bedbugs from dozens of rooms in two elderly housing complexes after a specially trained dog detected the troublesome insects yesterday. Tracer, a beagle, went through the Philip L. Morency Manor and the James A. Dalton Residence searching for the small, bloodsucking bugs that have made headlines across the country. The dog, which was brought in by A1 Exterminators of Lynn, raised its paw and scratched furniture or other surfaces in 38 of the 89 apartments in the complex, which is along Bridge Street near the old Salem Jail. “Yes, we have found bedbugs at the Morency and Dalton buildings,” said Carol MacGown, executive director of Salem Housing Authority. “Right now, we’re looking at exterminating 38 units.” The bedbug-sniffing dogs have been used nationwide to find

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Mosquito Repellent Candles

Just follow along below to get the instructions to make your own Mosquito Repellent Candles.

Supplies for making mosquito repellent candles:

  • Pint mason jars
  • Floating candles
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Basil
  • Lemongrass essential oil

Instructions:

  •  Slice one lemon and one lime (this will be enough for two candles)
  • Add a couple of slices of lemon and…
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Bug Tip Tuesday | Marigolds for Mosquitoes

Besides being an awesome mosquito repellent plant, Marigold plants are also great at repelling various insects and, because of that, are often used in vegetable gardens around tomatoes and peppers to help reduce insects that may destroy those plants. Marigolds are also deter, rabbits and other rodents.

Marigolds do very well in sunny…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Essential Oil Bug Spray

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the flowers are emerging from the ground. Unfortunately this weather also can cause some nuisance pests while outside enjoying the lovely spring weather.

There is nothing worse than going for a walk by the lake or a hike up into the mountains and being attacked by creepy crawly bugs. Here is…

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Spring is Swarmer Season

Understanding the Termite Life Cycle

When you think of spring, you probably envision blooming flowers and the return of warmer weather. But in the pest control industry, spring marks the beginning of peak pest season, when most insects are coming out of their winter hiding spots, mating – and in some cases – finding their way into our homes. Unfortunately,…

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Keep Carpenter Bees Away

If you have not had a problem with carpenter bees in the past, hopefully you can keep it that way by following these steps.

  1. Assess your exposed wood, look for any divots or areas that could be seen as potential nests.  Keep a special eye…
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Tips to Eliminate Indoor Allergy Triggers

The arrival of spring also means the start of sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes for the more than 50 million people who suffer from allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Outdoor allergens like pollen and mold are much to blame during the warmer months, but indoor allergens can also cause symptoms to flare.

Dust mites, dander…

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