How do mice get in houses? It’s easy

How do mice get in houses it’s a comment that pest controllers hear all the time.  The complaint comes from frustrated homeowners that just want mice gone forever.  In some cases a service person can block up obvious areas, but in other cases mice just chew their way in again. Over the winter I was […]

Termites and pressure treated wood

Termites and pressure treated wood are generally two things you don’t hear in the same sentence.  This is mainly because we’ve been led to believe that pressure treated wood will prevent all instances of termites.  Contractors use treated wood for ground contact installs, new sill plates and finally even to repair termite damage.  I have […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Termite control problems

Termite control problems can happen at any job.  Fortunately though manufacturers have provided better pesticides that combat these issues.  However, sometimes a situation occurs that is so rare it will take a lot of investigation to solve the issue at hand.  The following is one such occasion. A big termite problem: Solving the mystery of […]