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 […]

Small ants in the kitchen? Big problem

Small ants in the kitchen can be a big problem especially if they’re a pavement ant.  The pavement ant is also common referred to as a sugar ant. Small ants in the kitchen The pavement ant is the same ant that you see during the summer time at cracks in sidewalks.  They commonly will push […]

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 […]

Why do I have rats? Signs and clues

What’s that noise, a rat? Why do I have rats?  If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.  Many people have rats these days and they’re not all living in the inner city.  Most of our new rat calls are coming in from the suburbs.  Here’s what you need to know. Why do I have […]

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.  […]

Why is there sawdust falling from the roof?

Why is there sawdust falling from your roof?  Well, the simple answer is that you likely have bugs.  The problem is which kind. Not all insects create sawdust, but depending on the time of the year it’s likely one of the following. How many times have you been looking out the kitchen window in May […]

Do carpenter ants eat wood?

Do carpenter ants eat wood? The simple answer is no, but there’s more to it than that.  For instance is what you’re looking at really a carpenter ant?  In the months of April-August our phones are kept busy with what I think is the number one pest in CT.  The carpenter ant. In order to […]