Mouse traps or glue boards? Which are better?

Mouse traps or glue boards are just two of the many methods available to someone looking to control mice.  As a pest management professional I have a preference. We all know what a mouse trap looks like.  As of late there have been some new entries into the market, but the truth is that they […]

Keeping mice out of outdoor appliances

  Keeping mice out of outdoor appliances is hard.  There probably is no greater frustration in the spring time than getting a bill from a contractor for $1000 or more because mice got into a pool heater, generator or A/C condenser.  Yet, every year this happens to thousands of people.  Did you know this could […]

Insulation removal is a messy business

Insulation removal and replacement is a messy business. So messy in fact that the average homeowner likely won’t want to do it themselves.  Should you replace your insulation? It depends. The first reason to think about replacing insulation is sometimes easy to make.  How much damage have pests done? Over the past 27 years in […]

Bat versus mouse droppings

Bat versus mouse droppings are actually quite different in appearance.  If you know the difference between the two your chances at controlling either pest rises. Get it wrong and it will be a complete failure. The methods of control for these pests are very different. In order to begin a discussion about poop, you’ll need […]

Are there termites in CT?

Are there termites in CT? The short answer is yes, but which type?  There all different types of termites in the world, but the only one in Connecticut is the eastern subterranean termite.  The eastern subterranean termite is small, but what they lack in size they more than compensate for in numbers.  Is Connecticut infested? […]

Yellow jackets nesting in walls

Yellow jackets nesting in walls is a common problem that we deal with in August and Sept.  The key to control of this issue is to know where the wasps are and how they are getting in.  Exterminating them is the easy part.  However, even after 27 years in the business I’m still shocked by […]

Flies in a restaurant: But what kind?

Flies in a restaurant are never a good issue to have.  However, did you know that most food service operations will deal with these pests at some point? As an exterminator I’ve seen some things that frankly have turned my stomach.  One that doesn’t is a restaurant with flies, fruit flies to be exact.  I […]

Wasps inside the house? When to worry

Wasps inside the house and are not as bad as you might think depending on the time of the year.  The reason is that the life cycle of the wasp with the exception of a fertilized queen is only about a season.  Further, wasps don’t reuse nests year to year.  So, under what circumstance should […]

Sawdust from carpenter ants?

Sawdust from carpenter ants in Connecticut is a common thing to see, especially in the spring and summer.  However, did you know that other pests create frass as well? Some of those pests are from our area while others are not.  Knowing what frass looks like is the key to identification of the pest you […]

How bad are carpenter ants?

How bad are carpenter ants?  The simple answer is very bad.  The reason is that the typical homeowner doesn’t recognize the damage that ants can do or what ongoing conditions help them do it. Carpenter ants are a wood destroying insect, but they don’t eat wood they chew through it and build nests in it.  […]