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Common Myths About Snakes

Appearing everywhere from ancient mythologies to modern dream theories, snakes have captured the imagination of humanity for centuries. While snakes are shrouded in mystery, it’s still important to separate fact from fiction, and there are many misconceptions about snakes that exist to this day. Here are a few common myths about snakes that you may be interested in exploring.

Snakes are Slimy

Most likely because of their limber, almost fluid-like ways of traveling, many people assume that snakes are slimy and greasy. They’re actually dry and a little soft. 

Snakes are Deaf

They may not have eardrums, but snakes do have inner ears that can detect vibrations from the ground and low frequency airborne sounds. They are, however, unable to detect sounds of a higher frequency.

A Decapitated Snake Will Live Till Sundown

It’s grotesque, but both the head and the body of a snake can survive for a short period of time after separation before rigor mortis sets it. However, the time of the day does not affect this process in the slightest.

Snakes go Blind During the Summer

This myth comes from the fact that snakes have ocular scales on their eyes which they shed, like the rest of their scales, during the summer. When they shed their ocular scales their eyesight definitely suffers, but they do not go blind and their eyesight returns to normal shortly after.

Snakes are Aggressive towards Humans

Many species of snake can give a seriously dangerous dose of venom with their bites, and they should always be treated with caution. However, snakes have no ill-will towards humans and will not actively hunt us down.

Pythons and Boa Constrictors Kill Their Prey Through Strangulation

This myth is one of the most widely believed of all snake myths. It’s easy to assume that snake species like pythons and boa constrictors are strangling their prey when they wrap their bodies around them and squeeze. Actually, they are killing them by cutting off their blood circulation.

Snakes Only Bite From a Coiled Position

Snakes often coil up when at rest, making it harder for predators to grab them and easier for them to strike, though snakes can attack from almost any position.

Snakes both fascinate the mind and strike terror in the soul. They are ominous and mesmerizing, but still understandable and rooted in science, and the more you know about snakes, the more intriguing they become. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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The Warning Signs You May Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been the source of children's nightmares for generations; however, bed bugs are more than just the subject of a well-known rhyme. They are very real and can really mess up your week. Unfortunately, many people with a bed bug infestation do not even realize they have a problem until the infestation is in full swing. To get you prepared in case you should ever have this problem, here are some telltale signs that there are some uninvited guests in your bed.

Bite Marks

The first sign that you have bed bugs is finding bed bug bite marks on your skin. This may seem obvious, but the problem is that there is little separating bed bug bites from the bites of fleas, spiders, and mosquitoes. One way to tell if it's bed bugs feasting on you while you sleep is not the bites, but the patterns of bites. Bed bugs usually bite in small clusters, nibbling a little here, a little there, etc. So if you see bite marks in a tight bunch, or in a sort of zigzag, you may have a problem. Either way, if you find mysterious bites on your skin, something must be amiss.

Strange Odors

The sense of smell is often overlooked, yet it’s an important one, especially when tracking bed bugs. If you smell a musty sort of odor, like the odor from an attic or wet towel, it may be coming from bed bugs. Bed bugs release pheromones as a way to attract mates. They seem to like it, but to us, it just smells weird, so keep your nose out for any odd scents.

Red/Brown Stains on Your Mattress

Finally, finding reddish-brown stains on your mattress is one of the best ways to tell if you have bed bugs. These stains are the feces that bed bugs defecate. It’s disgusting, but it’s really a blessing in disguise. No one wants feces on their bed, but if you see it, you can take steps to clear the bed bugs out of your house, fecal stains and all.

Bed bugs are creepy little creatures. Not only do they leave itchy, painful bites on your skin, but they can live with you in your own bed for weeks without you even knowing. Fortunately, if you recognize the signs of a bed bugs infestation, you can be ready to kick them out the moment they move in. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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Four Differences Between Rats and Mice

There are many differences between rats and mice. Because both are nocturnal creatures, you may not know which one is actually in your home. Some of the differences can help you determine which rodent entered your home. These differences can include physical appearance, sounds, food and nesting habits.

Difference in Physical Appearance

If you happen to get a glimpse of the rodent in your home, you can tell whether you have a rat or a mouse by its physical features. These features include color, size, types of fur and tails.

First is the color. The color of a mouse is either gray or black. The rat’s coloring is two-toned and the fur is coarse. The rat has a darker body with a lighter stomach. While the color of the body is gray, brown, red or black; the stomach color is either white or yellow.

If you catch a glimpse of the rodent, the size can identify if you have mice or rats. The mouse is usually around six or seven inches long. But, the size of a rat can range between 11 and 19 inches long.

Another identifying characteristic between the two rodents is the tail. Both rodents do not have hair on its tail. A mouse’s tail is about three to four inches in length. The rat’s tail is much longer, about six to nine inches, and appears scaly.

Audible Differences

If you have not seen the rodents in your home, the sounds they make can help you determine if its mice or rats. You will hear scratching from both rodents. But, mice make a squeaking sound. With rats you will hear sounds of gnawing and fighting.

Differences in Diet

Both rodents are not picky when it comes to food. They will eat almost anything. The major difference in the diet is rats need water daily to survive. A rat will travel farther away from its nest for acquire water.

Nesting Locations

The locations of the nest are another way to determine if you have rats or mice. The nesting location of a rat is in one of two locations. It is either a higher location like the attic or underground in a burrow. A mouse’s nest is closer to a source of heat like a furnace or oven.

If you have any signs of a rodent problem, do not wait long to get help. Rodents can multiply quickly and cause havoc on your home fast. Call Lethal Pest Solutions for an inspection and discuss service plan options.

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Are You Bringing More than Just Firewood into Your Home?

Tis the season for many yearly traditions, not least of which is cozying up in front of a roaring fire. Hot, authentic fires are the perfect way to enjoy a snowy night; however, it’s not uncommon for some uninvited guests to hitch a ride on our firewood when we bring it inside.

Many pests like to burrow inside firewood, and then escape into our homes when we take a log in to burn. Here are some of the pests that stowaway on firewood, and ways to make sure we don’t take them in with us when we’re simply trying to warm up.

What Pests are Hiding in Our Firewood?

Since firewood is obviously made out of wood, the most common pests that burrow inside logs of firewood are the ones that consume wood for food. One of these is the powder post beetle that digs small tunnels through firewood, leaving pencil sized holes.

This is all well and good, except if you’re not careful when you bring the firewood in, they may be digging small tunnels through your house. Other pests that enjoy making themselves at home in wood stacks are termites, locust borers and carpenter ants, none of which you want in your home.

How to Keep Firewood Pests From Spreading Into Your Home

There are many ways to prevent pests from infesting your house through firewood. The easy way to do this is to only take a couple of pieces of wood inside at a time. You want to decrease the amount of time between the wood being outside and being enveloped in scorching flames as much as possible.

You may even want to simply throw each piece into the fire right when you come in. When storing wood outside, try to keep the stack in full view of the sun to reduce moisture. Also, make sure there is enough space between the logs for the air to circulate and don’t let the bottom logs touch the dirt.

Final Thoughts

Finally, you should avoid spraying the wood with pesticide, as this can cause some serious health effects when it burns.

Pests have a tendency to really ruin a holiday season, and as much as we try to keep them out of our homes, sometimes they get in because we bring them in ourselves. Infested logs of firewood can cause real damage to your house, however, as long as you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays in peace.

For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Rake Your Leaves This Fall

It’s called Fall for a very good reason. Fall is the time of things falling. The temperature for one, and, of course, the leaves. There’s a good chance you’ve been raking leaves every Fall for as long as you can remember, but there is also a good chance that you never knew why. Many people assume that you rake the leaves for the same reason that they fall: It’s just what happens; however, there are actually some important reasons why people rake their leaves. Here are five of them.Home

Helps Your Lawn Breathe

Odds are, you wouldn’t fare very well if you were smothered in a thick layer of leaves for a few months. Well, neither would your lawn. Grass needs to breathe just like everyone else, and fallen leaves can suffocate it if you let it.

Detracts Pests

Another reason to rake this Fall is to prevent pests from invading your house. Many pests use the cover of dead leaves to hide, eat and reproduce right below our noses, and if they are able to thrive on our lawns, it’s just a few extra steps before they reach our homes.

Leaves Can Stunt Your Lawn in Spring

Many people avoid raking in the Fall because they figure that the grass is going to die anyway as the weather drops. Well, as you’ll find out in reason number four, that’s not exactly true, but even if it was, a heavy layer of leaves can still prevent new blades from emerging after the winter has passed, creating snow mold and brown patches where there should be bright, green grass.

Sponsors the Growth of Cool Season Grasses

As hinted at above, not all grass dies in the Fall. There are many different types of grass known as ‘cool season grass’ that actually thrives in the Fall. Grasses like Kentucky bluegrass is one that revitalizes as the temperatures drop and plays an important role in our lawns overall health and development.

Raking Makes Your Lawn Look Nicer

The last reason for why you should rake your leaves is simpler: It looks better. You don’t need to clear your lawn of every single leave, but it definitely makes your grass look tidier and healthier.

Now that you’re an adult and you aren’t being forced by others to rake the lawn this Fall, it may be tempting to skip it, thinking ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ However, raking leaves actually serves a vital role in keeping our lawns bright and strong, not only in the Fall and Winter, but all year round. For more information or to receive quality pest control and lawn care services, contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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The Pros and Cons of Spiders

To many, spiders are tiny, alien-like monsters that fill even the strongest of us with dread. Very rarely does one enjoy seeing a spider crawling across the table or the floor while eating breakfast or sitting in front of the TV. However, history will show that spiders have been living inside human-made structures since our earliest beginnings, and houses are as much their natural habitats as they are ours. Still though, unless they start paying rent, you have the final say over who stays and who goes. So the question is: Should spiders go? Here are some of the pros and cons of having spiders in your house.


As menacing as they appear, spiders are actually fairly harmless. Spiders don’t spread nearly as many germs as other pests, since unlike ants and cockroaches that survive on our food, spiders hunt for their own food. And what do they hunt for? The pests that actually cause us harm such as flies and mosquitoes. Spiders are, in fact, less of a pest and more of a pest hunter, and between you and them, you can actually make a great pest control team.


The cons of spiders are more obvious: They’re scary. Nothing sends more shivers down your spine than those little creatures, and no matter how much you try to convince yourself that they are not dangerous, you’d be hard-pressed to hold back a shudder when you see one strutting across your carpet. Also, spiderwebs make it difficult to keep your house clean, and although they are not deadly, they can still give you a painful bite while your asleep.

A Possible Compromise

Wouldn’t it be great if you could live in harmony with spiders? Receiving the best from each other without getting in each other's way? Good news: You can! All you have to do is clear out the cobwebs from your kitchen, living room and dining room, while leaving them alone in places like your laundry room, boiler room and crawl spaces. This will drive them out of the areas you occupy and into the sections of the house where they can hunt for insects in peace. They guard your home from flies and mosquitoes and you don’t have to look at them. It’s a win-win!

As negative of a reputation that spiders have, they’re really not so bad once you get to know them, or at least once you banish them to your basement and attic. With a little effort, you can have a mutually beneficial relationship with the spiders in your house that works for everyone. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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Check Your Fireplace for Pests

Now that the heat of summer has started to abate, there’s a certain chill in the air that lets us know that autumn is on the way. And for many of us, chilly weather means it’s time to enjoy a fire in the fireplace.

Fireplaces are a luxury item that many of us are lucky enough to have -- but did you know that your fireplace is also a luxury for invading pests like insects and rodents? That’s right: your fireplace is basically an open tunnel, inviting any outside critters to come on inside and have a look around.

You can prevent this, though, by checking your fireplace and following these simple steps to keep it (and your home) pest-free.

Close the Flue

The good news is that your fireplace comes with a built-in pest deterrent that’s actually pretty effective: the flue. When not using your fireplace, it’s important to remember to reach up into the chimney and close the flue. Most of them operate with a very simple level, and when you close the flue you’re keeping out all sorts of problems from the outside, including bugs, rodents, birds, bads, cold air and other outside problems.

The problem is that many homeowners forget to close the flue when not in use, thereby leaving their home open.

Of course, when you are lighting a fire, you have to remember to open up the flue again to let the fire air out -- otherwise your home will fill up with smoke!

Close off the Hearth

While the flue might be your fireplace’s main line of defense, it doesn’t have to be the only one. Most fireplaces come with a set of doors or gates on the front. Not only does this help to keep children away from the fireplace, but these doors can also be another line of defense against unwanted intruders.

Have Your Fireplace Inspected

A final way to make sure your fireplace is bug-free is to have it inspected regularly. Not only is this good common sense anyway, it will help ensure that there are no cracks that smaller bugs can squeeze through to gain access to your house.

Because a fireplace is such an easy way to gain entry, it’s vital that you stay diligent when it comes to keeping it bug- and rodent-free. For professional help with this matter, please feel free to contact us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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What To Do After You Get A Tick Bite

When you find a tick on you, the first thing you are likely to do is panic. After all, there is a creature burying its head into your skin to suck your blood.

Although it may be scary, the most important thing to do is to avoid panicking, and instead read on to see what you should do after a tick bites you.

Steps to Take After a Tick Bite

Instinctively, you may want to rip the tick off, but that is not a safe way to remove it. What you should do is get some fine-tipped tweezers to remove it.

First Step: Do not jerk it out, or it can separate its head from his body and continue to suck your blood and infect you.

Second Step: After removal, it is important to clean the area with soap and water and with rubbing alcohol to ensure there is no likelihood of it getting infected.

Third Step: If you could not remove the tick it is important to see a doctor as soon as you can. Take a picture of the body or seal it in a container to help with identification. Seek medical attention immediately if:

  • You believe you were bitten by a black-legged tick (Also known as the Deer Tick).
  • You develop a severe headache.
  • You have difficulty breathing.
  • You develop paralysis.
  • You have heart palpitations.
  • You develop flu-like symptoms.
  • A rash or small bumps occur in the area you were bitten.

Fourth Step: Document the location of the bite and any symptoms that arise, as well as the size and color of the tick. By logging information, it may be easier to figure out what areas or behaviors risk tick bites.

Fifth Step: Keep a lookout for 30 days for any of these symptoms to occur:

  • Muscle Pain.
  • Rash.
  • Fatigue.
  • Joint swelling or pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fever.

Even if you don’t have these symptoms, monitor your health just in case. Look for rashes that are red and grow bigger.

Lethal Pest Solutions

Ticks are a serious issue to have around your house. Although we cannot fully eradicate them, we can do things to help them become less apparent in your yard.

Lethal Pest Solutions is an exterminating company that can help keep your family safe. They offer service plans that tailor to your needs and stops pests before they become an issue.

They have power sprays that specifically target ticks, as well as a plethora of other pests. To start protecting your family and to get a quote for their services, contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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Our top Ways to Prevent Stink Bugs

It is that time of year again where all kinds of pests and insects are invading your home. Whether they are coming in to find food, water, shelter, or to escape the extreme heat of summer, you may start to feel like that pests own your home more than you do.

Summer is particularly terrible for stink bugs, and one of the worst things about this pest is that when you kill them, the odor released by the stink bug attracts more bugs inside of your home. So that you can effectively stop stink bugs in their tracks, here are our top ways to prevent stink bugs from getting into your home.

1) Seal off All Entrances

Stink bugs are small and have an easy time sneaking through the smallest cracks and crevices in your home. If you suspect you may have some corners or hidden openings that stink bugs are making their way in, it is best to seal off and completely close those areas as soon as possible.

2) Shut off your lights

Did you know that stink bugs can be attracted to the lights that you leave on around your house? Leaving on a few, small outdoor lights are okay, but running too many lights around your home can be a greenlight for stink bugs to come and invade your home.

3) Cut off their food source

One of the biggest reasons that pests come into our homes at all is that they are looking for a source of food. If you can limit or cut off their food source, you have a high likelihood of keeping stink bugs out of your home.

Make sure that you sweep and clean up your counter space diligently, using cleaning solution to for serious spills and deep surface cleaning. To make sure that you don’t have any loose food laying around, put all of your food into either airtight containers or plastic bags to keep the stink bugs out.

4) Eliminate leaks and moisture

Another major reason that stink bugs come into your home is to find water. Take a walk around your home to identify any leaks, along with anywhere else that water likes to settle or gather in and around your home. Make sure that all leaks are taken care of and that your pipes are sealed properly.

Have more questions about keeping stink bugs out of your home this summer? Contact us today for more information.

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Bees: Friends or Foes?

Bees are beneficial, that is definitely the bottom line. These insects are responsible for pollinating crops. Without them, most of the food that we enjoy would not exist. While some plants self-pollinate and others are pollinated by pollen in the wind, the vast majority of food plants must be pollinated by bees.

Thousands of Bee Species

In the United States, there are several thousand native bee species. Some are solitary bees, while others live in hives. Honey bees, which many people are surprised to learn are not native to the U.S., have experienced declining populations. This was mainly due to a disease called Colony Collapse Syndrome that began killing off honey bees in 2006. In one season, the disease wiped out whole hives and has since created a huge strain on orchards that rely heavily on bees to pollinate fruit trees.

Evidence for the disease points to the existence of toxic chemicals in our environment. This includes homeowners who use pesticides that perhaps unknowingly are killing off the bees.

When Bees Move Into Your Home

Now that it is summertime, people are spending more time outdoors and certainly are concerned about insect stings. More than 500,000 people each year visit the emergency room to be treated for reactions to these stings, but most of these are caused by wasps and hornets rather than bees. Wasps and hornets live socially, and their nests are usually hidden underground or under the eaves of your home or in your shrubs. Most people don’t see the nests, so when they are disturbed, wasps and hornets aggressively defend their territory by repeatedly stinging the intruder.

Social bees like honey bees or bumble bees, on the other hand, are rarely aggressive and will rarely sting. The exception is Africanized honey bees, which will aggressively defend their hive. As construction projects continue, this work often pushes bees out of their natural habitat, so they may decide that your home is a good place to build a hive. We have seen hives in attics, crawl spaces and inside brick columns in the home. Bees will defend their colony, so this can become a danger to people and pets.

Bee removal requires a professional service. Never attempt to remove the hive on your own. Lethal Pest Control knows exactly how to get rid of carpenter bees, wasps and other insects in your New Jersey or Pennsylvania home. For more information about getting rid of these pests, contact Lethal Pest Solution today.

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Three Pest Control Tips for Summer

Summer is coming with its sunshine and outdoor activities. Many of us begin to look forward to barbeques, summer sports and basking in the sun. People begin spending more time outdoors, and that is no exception for the pests in your yard.

Pests too also like to enjoy time in the sun and warm weather. Do not worry; you can protect your yard from the pests and insects that are trying to share your time outside. You can reduce the pests in your yard with these three tips: yard maintenance, vegetable garden harvesting and firewood storage.

Yard Maintenance

One way to help keep the number of pests in your yard down is through lawn maintenance. By keeping your grass cut, you eliminate some of the places where pests and insects can build their nests. You will want to keep the grass short and cut regularly. Look at your bushes and trees for overgrowth. You will need to trim overgrown bushes or trees to remove a potential home for the pests in your yard. The last part of your yard maintenance is proper weeding. Keeping your flower beds clean will not only make your yard look nice but removes more potential areas for pests to find a home.

Harvest Time

Fresh vegetables from your garden are the best. But if you let your fruits and vegetables start to get overripe, you are inviting the pests to come help themselves. To reduce the pest population in your yard, make sure you check your garden regularly for ready to pick fruits and vegetables.

Properly Storing Firewood

A pile of wood in your backyard is an invitation for the pests to come stay with you. To help protect your home and yard, you need to make sure you are storing your firewood properly, so you do not attract carpenter ants and termites. To store your firewood, you should always keep it far away from your house, garage or shed. The farther away you can keep it the better. You will also want to keep the wood off the ground. Placing the wood on a rack above the ground makes it harder for the pests to start making a home.

For more information on pest removal in the Pennsylvania or New Jersey area, or a free estimate contact Lethal Pest Solutions.

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Everything You Need to Know About Termite Inspections

As a homeowner, you should be thinking about termites. Did you know that termites and similar pests can cause upwards of $30 billion in damages each year to houses, structures and crops? What’s worse, the average homeowner who finds termites in his or her house will spend at least $3,000 or more to get rid of them and to repair the damage they leave behind.

Simply put, termites are an expensive houseguest.

This is why having your home regularly inspected for termites is a necessary part of your home maintenance plan. But what can you do to prepare for an inspection like this, and what should you know? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Termites Leave a Trail

Having your home inspected just in case is always a smart move, but if you’ve noticed signs of an infestation, then it’s important than you get someone out there as soon as possible, because literally every minute matters! What are the signs? Look for things like:

  • Piles of wings. Many species of termites leave behind body parts as debris. If you’ve noticed a lot of tiny insect wings on the ground in a specific spot, this is definitely a sign of an infestation.
  • Mud tubes and build up. Another sign is the mud tubes a termite will build from the ground along the side of your house (usually on the foundation).
  • Swiss cheese wood. If a section of your wall starts to crumble and the wood behind it looks like it’s been chewed on, it probably has.

Inspectors Need Space

Because termites live in your walls and other isolated spaces, they can be hard to find. An inspector needs a clear path to your attic, your crawlspaces and your walls. To make the job easier, spend a little time clearing away debris and moving furniture. It will not only make the inspection go faster, it will also make it easier for the inspector to do a more thorough job of assessing your home.

Termites Can Cost

This is what most people think of when it comes to termites -- how much will it cost? The answer is it’s hard to say, because every infestation is different The one thing that’s certain, though, is that the longer you wait, that cost will just keep skyrocketing. As unpleasant as it might be, it only gets worse if you don’t deal with it now.

If you would like to schedule an inspection now to get ahead of any potential problems, please contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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Your Guide to Ant Identification

Ants are tiny creatures, and some even go unnoticed until that painful moment they bite. The redness and swelling they leave behind can last for days causing constant irritation.

There are currently more than 700 species of ants residing on this planet, but thankfully, not all live in Eastern Pennsylvania. Here there are five you will commonly find in our area.

  • Carpenter Ants
  • Pavement Ants
  • Odorous Ants
  • Acrobat Ants
  • Citronella Ants

While most of these are more of a harmless nuisance, there are two that can cause structural damage to any building. Sure, it seems like an ant couldn’t do much damage but when was the last time an ant colony had only one ant?

Ants That Cause Structural Damage

  • Carpenter Ants
    • Carpenter Ants (also called Sugar Ants) are small black ants that are detrimental to any home or office building. Attracted to wood, they tend to burrow their way through, creating habitats for themselves and their colony. Surprisingly they do not eat the wood but rather build tunnels to pass through.
    • A fully mature colony can host 10,000-20,000 ants with larger settlements hosting upwards of 50,000 ants!

  • Acrobat Ants
    • Like Carpenter ants, they make their home in wood. However, they do not consume it.
    • The simplest way to tell these ants is apart is from their heart-shaped gastier.
    • They can range in color from black, red and brown and are typically around 5.5mm in length.
    • The reason for their name is that when threatened they will raise their abdomen in defense and may even emit a foul odor when they are disturbed.

Nuisance Ants

  • Pavement Ants
    • Their name says it all. These ants live within the cracks and creases of the pavement.
    • With six legs and an oval body, these ants are pretty simple to spot.
    • They will eat almost anything including common things found in a typical pantry. While they do not do any significant damage to your home, they tend to hide in walls, insulation and under flooring.
    • They can contaminate food, so when you spot them indoors, pest control service is needed.

  • Odorous Ants
    • The Odorous Ants get their name from the smell that occurs when they are crushed.
    • This type of ant is the most common in households and are a nuisance around food and other indoor storage areas.
    • With a smooth hairless body, they are easy to differentiate from other types of ants.

  • Citronella Ants
    • Harmless to homeowners, these nuisance ants are only 4-4.5mm in length and are yellow in color.
    • Found outdoors, they are naturally smelly and will even emit an odor if they feel threatened.
    • They prefer the outdoors but can become a nuisance if their colony grows, as they do smell awful. If found on your property or around your home, pest service is needed.

No matter what type of ants you find, if they’re indoors, then they’re in the wrong place! Calling Lethal Pest Solutions for service at the first sight is essential in stopping them and their colonies from spreading.

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Get Rodents Out of Your Home

Rodents are by far one of the most irritating types of pests. Not only do rodents spread diseases, destroy property and cause unpleasant odors, but they can cause untold amounts of psychological harm to anyone forced to have them as houseguests. Fortunately, you don’t need to let these harmful pests have their way. Here is a quick battle plan that should send any rats or mice packing.

Eliminate Entry Points

First things first, you’re going to want to seal off any openings in your house that rodents can use to come inside. If you don’t lock them out, it won’t matter how many you kill; they’ll just keep coming back. Preventing them from entering your home may be challenging, considering that mice are able to squeeze through openings the size of a dime; however, with caulking and steel wool, it can be done. Look around your house’s foundations–especially where utility pipes and vents connect to it and block any points of entry. Close window gaps with weather stripping, and finally, when you close the garage door, make sure the bottom is completely level with the ground.

Lay Out Traps

Traps are a classic way of dealing with rodents and for good reason. It’s simple, inexpensive and effective. However, some methods of trapping are superior to others. For example, sticky traps can be useful, but they are not always reliable, as rodents may be able to escape from them, and some larger rats have even been known to walk off with the trap itself stuck to their backs. Similarly, poisons are not always ideal. Not only are they unsafe to use around children and pets, but also you don’t know where a poisoned rodent is going to wander off to before it dies and begins to rot. Clamp traps are good for mice, but you should invest in a CO2-powered automatic striker trap for rats, which encourages them to stick their heads in a machine before a steel piston kills them instantaneously, and then self-resets for continuous use.

Get a Cat

Finally, to round up the last of your rodent intruders, consider getting a furry night guard to hunt them down. Keep in mind that cats are far from an end-all solution to rodent infestations. However, once you’ve completed the steps above, a cat or two can be just the thing to keep the few remaining rats and mice on their toes. It’s up to you.

If rodents are giving you stress, fight back and take control of your house. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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Anatomy of a Stink Bug (and Why They’re Hard to Remove)

Stink bugs are another type of pest that share much in common with cockroaches. They love food and warmth, however, these bugs will often eat outside foods such as plants or crops, rather than sugar foods from inside the home.

You can pretty much take care of one stink bug on your own, but if you see more appear, live or dead, then it is a sign that you have a bigger problem on your hands and need pest control services, as you very likely will not be able to get them all before they breed more. Here are some more details about stink bugs for identification purposes.

Stink Bug Appearance

Once you see a stink bug for the first time, they are fairly easy to identify. Their shell can closely resemble a shield or triangular shape. They have a mottled brown appearance, and can grow as big as three quarters of an inch long. They have six legs, in addition to antennas, but they crawl rather slowly.

Stink bugs are names after the odor that they give off when they feel threatened. This odor is sprayed several inches outwards from a gland that the big has on its abdomen. The odor of this gland is comparable to that of strongly-smelling herbs and spices such as cilantro and coriander. These are generally not rank or repulsive smells, though the pleasantness of these odors depend on whom you ask.

The Difference Between Adults And Nymphs

Adult stink bugs can also fly via a pair of wings. They are known to fly well and their wings are folded as they land. Immature stink bugs are known as nymphs, but they have yet to develop wings. A surefire way to tell is a stink bug is an adult is to notice what kind of wings they have, or even lack thereof.

There are many ways for stink bugs to get inside of a home, including through cracks in the foundation and open doors and windows. Find any possible entry points around the home and seal them with silicone caulk to further prevent stink bugs from entering. If you have a screen door that is damaged, you should try to repair or replace it as soon as you can.

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How to Manage a Bed Bug Infestation

The thought of a bed bug infestation in the home is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. But, it is not something you can ignore and hope that it just goes away on its own. You must be proactive and make a concerted effort to manage the situation and get rid of the bugs before they become a bigger problem. So, instead of fretting about the situation, follow these tips to manage a bed bug infestation.

Do Not Treat the Problem with Spray-Can Pesticides

Reaching for a can of commercially-bought bug spray is not a good option for combating bed bugs. Using a spray is only partially-effective and may do more harm than good.

Reduce the Number of Places Bed Bugs can Hide

Bed bugs can hide in small spaces without notice. Then they lay their eggs, and the problem starts to exacerbate. So, reducing the number of places bed bugs can hide by decreasing the amount of clutter in your house will greatly help to manage the problem. If the bed bugs are confined to your mattress, use special bed bug covers on the mattress and box spring to keep them away from you while you’re sleeping. For the best results, these encasings should be kept on your bed for a full year.

Wash and Heat-Dry

Keeping your bed clothes clean is an easy way to keep bed bugs at bay. But, you must go beyond simply washing your sheets. Clean your pillow cases, blankets and bedspreads often, and dry them on a high-heat setting. Also, don’t forget to launder any clothing that has touched the floor.


A quick and effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to capture and contain them in a vacuum cleaner. Run the vacuum cleaner over the crevices around your baseboards, electronic items, and any other viable hiding places, like dressers, beds and couches. Empty the contents of the canister into a sealable bag or throw away the vacuum bag right away. Kill any bed bugs that remain on the vacuum cleaner immediately.


Heat can kill bed bugs quickly. You can use steam to treat the affected area, but you must be extremely careful, as steam can burn you just as easily as hot water can. You can also use a dry-heat method, but that must be conducted by an experienced professional.

Call a Professional

Often, the best way to combat a bed bug infestation is by calling in a professional to get the job done right. Calling in a professional can ensure the job is done right and reduces the likelihood of making a mistake or getting harmed in the process.

If you need help managing your bed bug infestation or if you want to prevent them from invading your home, call Lethal Pest Solutions today. We will get the job done right for you the first time.

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A Guide to Controlling Pests in Apartments

The habits of the neighbors around you can increase your chances of having unwanted pests. Although you and your apartment are not the cause, the pests may list your neighbor’s address as their permanent residence. You can reduce the possibilities of the pests invading your apartment through some additional cleaning and care in your apartment.

Kitchen Cleanliness

The kitchen is the easiest place to attract pests. The kitchen provides a food source and all kinds of hiding spots for pests to live. So to reduce your pest population, you need to remove the food source. How do you remove the food source? Keep the kitchen clean by:

  • Not leaving any dirty dishes in the sink or on the countertops.
  • Putting away any leftover food right after a meal. Do not leave food sitting out!
  • Wipe down the counters and stove.
  • If you have a dish mat, clean it regularly.
  • Empty and wipe down the trash can.

Bathroom Care

The bathroom can help breed insects due to the dampness. Remember when you complete your daily routines to make sure there is no standing water or small food particles in the sink. To remove the excess water, you can wipe down or squeegee the shower and tub. You may also want to wipe out the sink after brushing your teeth. If the bathroom floor is wet, make sure to wipe it up. Just like the kitchen, make sure to clean your bathroom regularly. Do not only clean the tub, toilet and sink. Also, vacuum the carpet (if any) or mop up the tile floor.

Bedroom and Other Living Areas

The bedroom and other living areas may not have a lot of food sources, but tracking crumbs throughout your apartment is not uncommon. So, make sure to vacuum and clean the floors regularly. This will definitely help deter the pests from staying in your apartment.

You should consider changing your bedsheets at least once a week to help keep any unwanted pests from setting up a residence. You will also want to check your apartment thoroughly for any cracks and seal them. If you find large cracks, inform your apartment maintenance team.

If your apartment does get some unwanted guests, contact Lethal Pest Solutions to help you resolve your problem and set up a maintenance agreement to keep them away.

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Facts About Spiders You Probably Didn’t Know

Did you know that arachnophobia -- or a fear of spiders -- is one of the most common phobias that people can suffer from? It’s estimated that millions of Americans suffer from this fear, with hundreds of millions more around the world suffering as well.

This is a problem because spiders are one of the most common creatures on the Earth. Because of this, it’s important that we learn as much about these critters as possible. Here are some other facts about spiders you might now know:

Spiders are Always Nearby

When we said earlier that spiders were one of the most common creatures on the planet, we weren’t lying. Spiders can be found in every continent on Earth except Antarctica, and in places where you can find spiders, they are literally everywhere. In fact, you might not realize it, but scientists think that most humans are never further than 10 feet away from a spider -- even if they don’t know it. That’s because spiders are really good at hiding.

Spiders are Really Good at Catching Prey

Over the millions of years of their existence, spiders have developed a lot of clever ways to catch their food. Of course, there’s the tried-and-true method of spinning a web and seeing what flies into it. But around the world there are spiders that spin webs like traps and hide in caves, there are spiders that jump, and there are even spiders that use their web like a fishing line!

Spider Silk is Really Strong

It doesn’t seem like it, but the silk in a typical spider’s web is very, very strong. It might break relatively easily when you run into it, but that’s because it’s so thin. In fact, if you could get a length of spider silk in a useful thickness -- say, a quarter of an inch thick, for example -- the silk would be stronger than a length of steel of the same thickness. It’s so strong that the military is investigating the possibility of using it for body armor and other applications!

Spiders Have Blue Blood

It’s not because they’re royalty -- although they might think they are. This blue blood is due to the chemical makeup of a spider’s blood. In humans, the red color of our blood comes from the iron that the oxygen uses to travel through the bloodstream. In spiders, the oxygen uses copper to get around their bloodstream, which turns their blood blue.

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Scary Spiders Found in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Spiders have long been known for giving people the creeps. While some of these eight-legged freaks are actually quite dangerous, others just look horrifying. Let’s take a glance at the scariest spiders in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Wolf Spider

With the ability to reach two inches in length, the wolf spider is among the biggest spiders in the area. It has a menacing appearance that sends most people running the other direction. You’ll immediately notice its long, hairy legs. Sharp fangs add to the wolf spider’s intimidation factor. Although the wolf spider tends to be non-aggressive, it will certainly attack when provoked.

Black Widow

Highlighted by its red hourglass mark, the black widow is a terrifying monster. Fortunately, this spider likes to avoid interactions with humans. Some of its favorite hiding places includes closets, dark corners, and basements. If you happen to come face to face with one, slowly back away. A black widow’s venom contains a powerful neurotoxin, which can cause victims to experience nerve pain.

Yellow Sac Spider

Although yellow sac spiders are relatively small, they pack a powerful punch. Not only is a yellow sac spider’s bite painful, but it also causes intense itching and swelling. Because these albino-colored spiders don’t like the cold weather, they tend to invade homes during the wintertime. Don't be surprised to find them crawling along walls and ceilings. Yellow sac spiders also like so hide in piles of clothes.

Jumping Spider

Jumping spider are pure athletes. They have the ability to leap great distances in a single bound. Upon spotting prey, a jumping spider will quickly spring into action. This is the reason why jumping spiders don’t need to spin webs in order to catch other insects. Although these spiders may look frightening with their piercing eyes, they usually hop away when approached by people.

Brown Recluse

Brown recluse spiders are rarely seen in this area. Nevertheless, they do exist. If you happen to encounter a spider that has a violin-shaped mark on its back, there’s a good chance it could be a brown recluse. These spiders are just as treacherous as they look. Some of the horrifying symptoms of a brown recluse bite include joint pain, bloody urine, and extreme fatigue. Even worse, the damaged tissue can take up to a year to heal.

These are just a small sample of the spiders that roam New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you're experiencing an infestation, be sure to contact Lethal Pest Control. Our professional technicians are trained to handle a wide range of different pests. Be sure to call us for a free quote on service.

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Signs You Have Mice in Your Home

When you see one or two mice in your home, especially when it's warm outside or if there have been recent heavy rains, it's not completely unexpected. If you begin seeing five or more mice in your home, then you know that there is a problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Pay attention to a few signs that could indicate a large number of mice that need to be exterminated before they quickly turn into dozens. Companies like Lethal Pest Solutions can humanely treat your home for mice while using products that prevent them from returning.

Pay attention to any droppings that you see. When mice are in the home, you'll usually see small black or brown droppings on countertops, in drawers, in cabinets, and along the walls where the pests run. Fresh droppings are usually dark in color and have a soft texture. When droppings age, they turn gray and become brittle. As long as you see dark droppings, then you know mice are somewhere in your home.

Look at furniture, cabinets, and corners of drawers for gnaw marks. Mice enjoy biting on wood and other hard objects. Sometimes, these marks will be seen on food packages. New gnaw marks are light in color compared to darker marks that have been there for some time. You should also look at the size of the marks. Large marks are usually indicative of rats whereas smaller marks are often from mice. Sometimes, pets in the home will focus on one area of a room or become excited when they are in one area of the room. Dogs and cats can usually smell scents from rodents when people can't and can often hear rodents as they scurry in the walls or in cabinets.

You might notice a strong odor in areas of the home where droppings or gnaw marks have been seen. The odor often indicates several mice in one area, usually from a nest that has been built. When you begin to see signs of mice in the home, you can set traps or bait to try to get rid of them. Once they overtake the home, then a professional service is usually the only way to get rid of the rodents.

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