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5 Most Invasive Pests in College Dorms

Students who are going to college for the first time or returning after summer break may find that there's more than one roommate waiting in their dorm room. Pest problems are rampant in student housing. At Lethal Pest Solutions, we've been exterminating pests in homes and commercial buildings for more than 50 years. Here are five of the most problematic creepy-crawlies that we find in college dorms.

1. Ants

ant 10Ants are among the most common and troublesome pests in homes and college dorms. They feast on crumbs from granola bars, pop tarts and other snacks that are stored or consumed in college dorms. Once the ants find food, they tell all of their friends. A few stray scouts can quickly create a full-blown infestation.

2. Bed Bugs

In the past few years, bedbugs have invaded college dorms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A summer without a meal doesn't phase these bloodsucking pests. They gorge on new residents as soon as the semester begins. Infestations spread continually when students carry the bugs back home during breaks.

3. Flies

Damaged or missing window screens allow mosquitoes, houseflies and gnats to sneak into college dorms. These flying insects are annoying, and some of them inflict irritating bites. Ladybeetles are problematic in the fall when students return to college. Even fruit flies can hitch a ride on apples and bananas. Once these insects arrive, they're difficult to control.

4. Roaches

High-density student housing creates an ideal environment for roaches. Trashcans, drains and damp towels give roaches convenient sources of food and water. That's all that these pests need to thrive. Once they're established, they multiply quickly. Plus, cockroaches carry germs that they deposit on every surface that they touch.

5. Rodents

Rats and mice also carry nasty diseases that are spread by their droppings, urine and saliva. Rodents will squeeze through any crack in the walls or foundation. They use utility lines and pipes as superhighways that take them to any part of the building where they can find food and water. With the abundance of food sources and hiding places in college dormitories, rats and mice frequently pester students.

Preventing Pest Problems in College Dorms

To avoid infestations, college students should report signs of pest activity to the university's maintenance department. By cleaning up food waste, removing trash and washing laundry frequently, students can prevent most pest problems.

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Do Moles Hibernate?

If you have raised ridges or mounds on your lawn, you may have a mole infestation. Many people assume that their troubles are over when winter arrives because moles hibernate. However, these pests do not hibernate. They continue burrowing in the ground and may burrow deeper during the winter to look for soil insects.

About Moles

These pests are distinct in appearance because of their large front claws. The long claws look similar to human fingers. Moles are shorter than a foot in length, and their fur is usually a gray or a brownish-gray color. These pests are often mislabeled as rodents. However, they are more like shrews and bats. Moles mostly live in the Midwest, the South, and the Northeast. They create tunnels in the ground to make insect hunting easier. Moles prefer areas with loose soil such as lawns, and a well-watered lawn is especially attractive because of the plentiful soil bugs. Although moles use their tunnels in damp soil to hunt, they do not live in them. These pests prefer higher and drier places to nest.

Moles can wreak havoc on your yard. They may tear up your turf to make your lawn look patchy. When it rains or snows, their mounds and tunnels collapse. This creates an uneven surface on your lawn, which is unsightly and can be a tripping hazard. Also, these depressions create areas for water to collect from sprinklers, and this could lead to other problems such as mosquitoes swarming around the area. Additionally, moles can damage underground sprinkler systems.

How To Prevent Moles

The main point to remember about moles is that their presence indicates another problem, which is an overabundance of grubs or soil insects. If the soil insects are not plentiful, moles will find other places to hunt. Controlling grubs and soil insects is a key part of successful mole control. Do not waste your time with stakes and poisons. Many people damage their lawn with poisons. Some people wind up hurting their pets instead. Stakes are not effective long-term solutions to controlling moles, and several are completely ineffective.

When you first notice a mole problem on your property, contact a pest professional. Only a professional has access to the right substances and methods for removal. At Lethal Pest Solutions, we have helped many residents in the region eliminate problematic moles. In addition to using tested and approved removal methods, we address the underlying insect problem. Our professionals can help you remedy an overpopulated area of soil to discourage moles from invading your property in the future. Please call us today for a free quote. We proudly serve New Jersey, Pennsylvania and some parts of Delaware.

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Why the Summer is a Good Time to Sign Up for an Annual Service Plan

Searching for a pest control company that delivers quick and high-quality solutions shouldn't be as hard as eliminating a flea infestation. Unfortunately, with so many pest control companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey vying for your business, it isn't always easy to choose one that you can put your faith in with full confidence.

When browsing the different pest control companies in the area, it's important to select one that offers annual service plans to ensure you're always protected. At Lethal Pest Solutions, we offer a range of annual service plans for your home or business. Here are three reasons it's a good idea to sign up for one this summer.

It's the Busiest Season for Pests

With warmer temperatures come larger swarms of pests. During the summer, cockroaches, fleas, and termites are among the most problematic pests in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. When you invest in an annual service plan, you ensure your property, pets, and family are protected from these nuisances. What's more, an annual service plan also protects you throughout the winter, when rodents like mice and rats become more problematic.

It's the Most Effective Way to Protect Your Property From Pests

If you don't feel like taking on the responsibility of protecting your property, pets, and family from pests, which can become quite the hardship during the summer, leave the work to a professional. When you invest in an annual service plan, you can forget about performing pest control yourself and know that your property will be protected.

For example, when treating your property for termites, we'll use Termidor Termiticide, which is:

  • The most effective pest control solution for termites
  • Applied in a low dose and doesn't emit an offensive odor
  • Considered a new class of pest control chemistry
  • Great at offering long residual protection by acting on contact
  • Able to affect all termites by spreading fast to others

It's the Best Option on the Market

Insecticides and traps might work temporarily, but they don't prevent infestation and aren't a permanent solution. When you invest in an annual service plan at Lethal Pest Solutions, you'll ensure your home or office is always looked after by a professional pest control specialist and that you won't experience an infestation this summer or next winter.

For additional information about our pest control annual service plans, or if you're in need of immediate pest control services in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, contact Lethal Pest Solutions at (888) 485-0582. Our pest control specialists are standing by to ensure your home or business is free from the area's most annoying pests this summer.

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How To Identify Tick Bites

Many local residents enjoy hiking and outdoor activities while the weather is warm. Unfortunately, opportunistic ticks also favor warm temperatures. You can easily pick up ticks in your own yard, on a hiking trail or while riding a horse through tall brush. Ticks wait on the blades of grass or on leaves until a host brushes against it, and then they look for a place to bite. Ticks feed on blood and will become engorged if they are not discovered and removed quickly.

Tick Bite Identification

If a tick bites and does not latch on, it will be difficult to determine what type of tick bit you. Tick bites may appear red and may also itch. If you have been bitten by a tick and could not find it for identification, seek medical help. When a tick bites and latches on, it buries its head under your skin to feed. It is important to safely remove the tick for proper identification.

The CDC recommends using tweezers to remove a tick. Place the tweezers as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight upward with firm pressure. Do not pull to the side since this could leave the tick's head under your skin. Save the tick for identification. If you cannot safely remove the tick, see a doctor immediately. Do not try to burn the pest or apply any toxic substance to its body.

Types Of Ticks In The Area

Although there are many types of ticks, only some bite humans. These pests can be carriers of serious diseases such as Powassan disease and Lyme disease. Powassan disease leads to encephalitis and is deadlier than Lyme disease, which can cause permanent cognitive damage as well as a wide array of physical ailments. These are the most common types of ticks found in the Northeast:

  • American dog tick
  • Blacklegged tick
  • Brown dog tick
  • Lone star tick

How To Prevent Tick Bites

If you have tall grass or shrubbery on your property, you are at risk for a tick infestation. You can reduce your risks with professional tick control. While this will keep you safe on your property, you must still take precautions when you enjoy hiking, horseback riding or other outdoor activities. Be sure to check yourself carefully when you get home, and wear bug repellent with at least 40 percent DEET to discourage ticks from biting.

For professional tick control services, choose Lethal Pest Solutions. We can quickly eliminate tick populations and help you prevent them from returning. Please call us for a free estimate. We serve New Jersey, Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware.

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Don't Let Roaches Crash Your Memorial Day BBQ

Even though it's still a few months away, Memorial Day will be here before you know it. Like many people, you'd probably like to have friends and family over for some barbecuing and other outdoor fun. Unfortunately, there's a very good chance that roaches will invite themselves to the shindig too unless you take steps to keep them at bay. By understanding what attracts roaches to barbecues, you can reduce the risk of your barbecue being ruined by the pesky pests. Lethal Pest Solutions understands roaches and their behavior. Read on below to learn more.

Why Roaches can't Resist Barbecues

Nothing can put a damper on an otherwise enjoyable Memorial Day barbecue quite like catching roaches scurrying around the premises. People often assume that they should keep bug spray handy to scare away the pests, but that's far from optimal. No one wants harsh chemicals spraying around near food. The main reason that roaches are drawn to outdoor gatherings is because there is so much food around. Roaches particularly like starches, sweets and meats, and all three are typically found in abundance during barbecues. To keep roaches from ruining your fun, then, it pays to keep food as contained as possible.

Protect Food from Roaches

Food is the centerpiece of any barbecue, and that's especially true on Memorial Day. You can't throw this kind of event without food and drinks, but that doesn't mean that you must resign yourself to chowing down with roaches underfoot. Instead, figure out ways to keep food as contained as possible. One option is to serve the food indoors and have people bring their plates outside to eat. That way, far less food is outside, and roaches are less likely to be an issue. Another option is to keep food outside but to store it in containers that can be kept tightly sealed when not in use. Make sure to keep trash receptacles either indoors or with lids firmly locked into place outside.

Professional Roach Control by Lethal Pest Solutions

Having roaches descend upon an outdoor party isn't unusual. Having them get into your home, or having a property that's positively overrun with them, is. Such situations call for professional intervention, as do-it-yourself measures only provide temporary relief. If you have been noticing roaches around your home and would like to get the situation under control as effectively as possible, Lethal Pest Solutions is here to help. We'll figure out the root of the problem to help you achieve a roach-free living environment. Give us a call today to schedule service.

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