Tag: Summer Pests

Burn some sage to get rid of mosquitoes

Burning sage is often used to “cleanse” a room or get rid of bad vibes, but it’s also a useful mosquito repellent.  Sage is about 40 percent effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay, which is better than nothing. But if you really want to keep the little pests away, burning thyme was found to... more
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Outdoor control of carpenter ants | Bug Tip Tuesday

Often, carpenter ant nests found indoors are satellite nests that can be traced back to a parent colony outdoors. Look for nests in: Trees Stumps Roots Fence posts Landscape timbers Other wood structures Try removing the wood with the parent colony. When that is not... more
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Wear Light Colors to prevent against mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are on the hunt look for things that stand in contrast to the horizon, so dark colors are a visual giveaway to your location. Dark clothing also traps heat, which also attracts mosquitoes, so wear your summer whites while you... more
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Indoor control of carpenter ants | Bug Tip Tuesday

The best way to control carpenter ants is to locate and destroy the nest, replace damaged or decayed wood and eliminate moisture problems, if they exist. Eliminating a carpenter ant nest can be difficult because of the hidden nature of the nest. Carpenter ant control is usually best done by an... more
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Mosquito Life Cycle

The mosquito life cycle includes four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult (or imago). Adult females lay their eggs in stagnant water. The egg, larva and pupa stage usually take place in water. Development time, from egg to adult mosquito, is only five to fourteen days depending on the species... more
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Mice Pest

Mice are usually classified as a pest species due to their habits of living in houses, getting into food and gnawing on wood and wires. The most common complaints include the following: Mice living in the attic Mice scratching in the walls Mice raiding the pantry Gnawing on electrical... more
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Carpenter Ant Prevention | Bug Tip Tuesday

Replace moisture-damaged wood. Prevent moisture from wood or lumber that is stored in a garage or near the house by elevating it to allow air circulation. Store firewood as far away from buildings as possible. Remove tree and shrub stumps and roots. Trim branches that overhang the... more
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Common ticks in Massachusetts

Identification There are two species of ticks common in Massachusetts: the deer tick (I. scapularis) and the dog tick. An adult deer tick is substantially smaller than the more common dog tick, however size is not always a useful indicator since an engorged tick can be several times the size... more
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Don’t Let Pest Ruin Summer Fun

Some of the best summer memories are made while spending time with family and friends at backyard barbecues and celebrations. However, an invasion of pesky pests such as mosquitoes, ants, flies and stinging insects can quickly put a damper on outdoor activities. A1 Exterminators reminds homeowners... more
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Little-Known Tick Facts

If you’re a warm weather lover, know your risk of tick exposure when spending time outdoors this spring and summer. Read up on these potentially disease-carrying pests and learn how to protect yourself. 5 Little-known Facts Related to Ticks It’s summertime, which means more... more
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