Mice in the basement. How did they get in?

Mice in the basement is by far the most common symptom of mice found in homes.  The reason is that there are just so many areas where they can get in.  Mice are small and agile.  In fact, in order to get into a home they only need a hole the diameter of a pencil.  […]

Carpenter ants and moisture

Carpenter ants and moisture go together.  In fact, some of the worst carpenter ant damage that I’ve ever seen has been accompanied by moisture.  This moisture typically means there is a leak.  However, in some cases it’s much worse as you’ll read in this post. Crawl spaces, bugs and moisture Bugs love moisture and crawl […]

Mice getting into your house?

Mice getting into your house? You’re not alone. This is by far and away the most common problem homeowners have during the winter season.  In fact, most pest control operations in winter will solely focus on this one pest.  But how are they getting in? This question is fair to ask and to many homeowners […]

Carpenter ants on the roof

Carpenter ants on the roof can be a problem for many reasons, but it’s usually a symptom of a bigger issue. The person who finds them is usually a carpenter or a roofer. Carpenter ants on the roof usually means water damage Carpenter ants are a wood destroying insect and they love wet wood.  These […]

Do you have beetles in your floor?

Do you have small holes made by beetles in your floors?  If you do you’re probably dealing with powder post beetle.  This is a generic name for an entire group of wood eating beetles and larva. At first sight you may have images of the house falling down around you, but I can assure you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]