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How to Avoid Bringing Home Bedbugs From Spring Break

Spring break is a great time to travel and explore your favorite vacation destinations, and you will create memories that will last forever. If you want to enjoy your trip without worrying about unexpected problems along the way, it’s essential you learn to spot and protect yourself from bedbugs. 

If they get into your bags or on your clothes, the pests will follow you and infest your home before you spot the warning signs. Following a few tips will allow you to protect yourself and to keep bedbugs at bay, and doing so is not as hard as you might think. 


Bedbug 5Researching the hotels that you have in mind can work wonders when your goal is to find a room that is free from the parasites. When hotel guests spot bedbugs, many of them will write about it online to warn other people to stay away. 

With a quick search, you will uncover many review sites that will give you an idea of what to expect if you choose a certain hotel, and taking this small step could be enough to safeguard you from bedbugs and the problems they cause. If anyone has reported bedbug activity in your hotel in the last three months, you might want to make a new reservation. 

Put Your Suitcase in the Bathtub

Bathtubs can keep your belongings safe from bedbugs because the pests have trouble climbing surfaces that are smooth. When you first get into your room and are ready to relax, place your suitcase in the bathtub for peace of mind, but you can also set some of your items on the sink if you need extra room. You will not need to worry about bedbugs when you keep your things out of their reach, adding an extra layer of protection.

Search Your Room

Knowing where bedbugs like to hide and searching your room will take you far when it comes to reducing the odds of getting bedbugs. You will need to grab a flashlight and check the seams of your mattress for bedbugs or the red flags that they leave behind, such as blood stains and discarded shells. 

Protect Your Clothes

Place your suitcase and clothes in a plastic bag before you bring them into your home, and you will then put your clothes in the dryer on the highest setting. When you expose bedbugs to the heat from your dryer, they will die and no longer be a threat. 

Lethal Pest Solutions

If you have put in your best effort to avoid bedbugs but the pests still followed you home, the team at Lethal Pest Solutions can come to the rescue. We will destroy the bedbugs that have welcomed themselves into your home in no time, and we promise not to let you down.

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Signs You Have a Carpenter Ant Problem

Have you noticed swarms of ants in old tree trunks or brush piles? Are there collections of insect wings or wood dust near wooden doors and windows? If so, you may have carpenter ants. 

Carpenter AntsCarpenter ants are a common pest in the United States. Damp, decayed or damaged wood, whether outside in trees or inside in building materials and furniture, provides a perfect place for carpenter ants to nest and breed. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don't eat wood. Instead, they chew through wood to build nests or to connect nests to food sources. 

There are more than 1,000 species of carpenter ants in the U.S. However, only 24 are considered pest species. Because of the number of species, identification of the type of carpenter ant causing the problem can be challenging. Many are black, but they can also be red, brown, yellow, tan or orange. Some are both black and reddish brown. Their size varies from about ¼-inch to as large as 1 inch in length. 

Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Signs of infestation include piles of wood dust or pellets near wooden items. You may see winged insects coming out from behind walls, window sills or ceilings. These ants chew through wood, creating lattice-like channels that are smoothed on the inside. These channels are used as nests. These channels may not be obvious from the outside but weaken the wood. 

Habits and Habitats of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants eat substances that contain protein and sugar. Foods include other insects, nectar created by aphids, pet food and foods that humans eat. Carpenter ants are active at night, foraging for food several hundred yards from their nests. They prefer the outdoors, seeking rotted tree limbs, tree stumps or wood piles that are on the ground. However, they will move indoors to nest in wood that has been damaged by water, such as behind plumbing, behind bathroom tiling or in subfloors. 

How to Treat a Carpenter Ant Infestation

The first step in treating any pest infestation is proper identification. It may be difficult for a homeowner to determine whether wood damage from insects is caused by termites or ants. A professional pest control specialist is trained to identify the pest causing the problem. Treatment is specific to the type of pest.

Lethal Pest Solutions has served businesses and residences in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for 52 years. Our licensed technicians are trained in eliminating infestations from carpenter ants and other pests. We thoroughly examine your property to look for nesting places, damaged areas that require repair to prevent new nests being built and sources of food. We make recommendations for treatment and suggest methods that will prevent re-infestations.

If you think you have a carpenter ant infestation, don't wait. The longer you wait, the more extensive the damage can be. We provide free estimates and guarantee our work. We are licensed in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Bedbug Prevention in the Winter

When the cold months of winter approach, bedbugs will want to find a warm place to build a nest, and your home could be in their sights. Bedbugs are nearly impossible to manage with at-home solutions once they have established a sizable population, and most people don't know where to turn for help and support. 

Bed Bug 3Since keeping bedbugs away from your home is a lot easier than getting rid of them, you will want to learn how to avoid the pests when you travel. Keeping a few tips near the front of your mind will reduce the risk and give you a sense of security. 

Check Online Reviews When You Travel

Hotels, restaurants and other public places allow bedbugs to spread and infest new hosts in a short period, and you can’t afford to be the next target. Before you go somewhere that could have bedbugs, looking at a few online reviews could keep you away from danger. People who spot bedbugs will often post details of their experience online to warn others to stay away, and you will want to take advantage of that resource.

Check Hotel Rooms

In addition to reading online reviews to learn about possible bedbug outbreaks, you will also want to check your hotel room if you plan to travel. Placing your suitcase and other belongings in the bathroom will make it hard for bedbugs to access them while you inspect the rest of the room. Using a flashlight, carefully check the seams of your mattress for bedbugs or the red flags that they leave behind, such as red stains, droppings and discarded shells.

Dry Your Clothes

Since bedbugs can't survive in high temperatures, placing your clothes in the dryer on the hottest setting will kill any of the pests that have tried to follow you home. This tip will work wonders if you are getting home from a trip and want to safeguard yourself from bedbugs that might have gotten into your suitcase at the hotel. 

Bedbugs can even invade department stores, and it won't take them long to infest the customers. When you buy new clothes and don't want to take chances, tossing them in the dryer will help you relax. If you are not able to place your clothes in the dryer right away, keep them in a garbage bag to prevent the pests from escaping.

Lethal Pest Solutions

If bedbugs have gotten into your home despite your best effort to keep them away, you can count on the team at Lethal Pest Solutions to address the issue and get your bedbug problem handled in no time. We will send someone to your home as soon as you enlist our services, and we look forward to serving you.

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Common Overwintering Pests

Some pests disappear for the winter; others stay around. Overwintering pests infest homes and drive people crazy for months. If the pests breed during the season, it results in a large infestation in the spring. Knowing which pests to look out for will help to prevent an invasion this winter.

4 Common Winter Pests

Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs come indoors during the winter to escape from the frigid outdoor temperatures. If you have houseplants, these pests could feed on the sap and damage the leaves. Without quick pest control, boxelder bugs could ruin your plants during the winter.


Flies survive throughout the entire year, especially if they find a warm place to stay until the spring. These pests will continue to breed during the winter and turn into an infestation before spring arrives. Whether it's houseflies or fruit flies, they will make your life miserable throughout the cold season.


Ladybugs kill sap-sucking pests, making them a beneficial species to have outside your home. When they come inside, they fly from room to room and annoy everyone indoors. You'll find them in your pantries, closets and other places throughout your home. Removing them as quickly as possible will make for a more pleasant winter indoors.


Stinkbugs produce a foul odor when they're squished. They will also emit an odor if they have to defend themselves. These pests feed on the sap from leaves and will survive through the winter by feasting on your houseplants. Although some stinkbugs may remain dormant through the winter, others will continuously crawl on your windows or fly around the room. As spring arrives, every stinkbug will emerge and infest your entire living space.

Professional Pest Control for Overwintering Insects

Winter pests may or may not stay hidden until the spring. If it's an unusually warm day, they might emerge and fly toward the windows. Insects such as flies and stinkbugs could remain active and pester you every day in the winter. Lethal Pest Solutions will set up an appointment to inspect your home for overwintering pests. We'll eliminate the infestation and ensure a pest-free home throughout the winter.

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Don't Invite Pests to Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving – a day to give thanks and to spend time with those you love. However, you won't feel very thankful when pests show up to ruin your dinner. Cockroaches, rodents and other pests can sniff out food from far away and invade your home in advance. Lethal Pest Solutions is here with a few tips to keep your home free of pests before, during and after the Thanksgiving holiday.

5 Tips for a Pest-Free Thanksgiving

Store food items in sealed containers.

It's important to store your food properly before and after Thanksgiving. Pests can easily chew through boxed and bagged goods, so invest in a few plastic containers with lids to protect those items before and after they've been opened. Labeling and storing the containers in the pantry also makes for neat organization.

Keep trash far from the house.

The closer the trash bins are to your house, the closer the pests will be. Place all the trash in garbage bins with tightly sealed lids, and set them farther from the house, preferably by the roadside. You can also invest in a trash cage in which to store your garbage bins and to keep out animal pests.

Put away the leftovers right away.

Leftover food attracts pests such as flies, roaches and ants. It's best to put away the leftovers in plastic containers if you want to ward off any unwanted pest insects. Keep some plastic wrap and plenty of containers with lids on hand to cover your food if it's left sitting out.

Clean up the kitchen after the meal.

A full belly makes you want to lie down on the couch and to watch the game, but it's a wise move to clean up first. Dirty dishes in the sink and on the counter bring out insect pests in swarms, especially if they're left out overnight. Cleaning up the preparation and eating areas right away will help prevent insect and rodent infestations.

Invest in a pest-prevention service.

If you want to prevent insect and rodents pests, hire a professional technician. A professional can inspect your home for unseen entryways and use preventative techniques to keep out insects and wildlife for long after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Professional Pest Control for the Holidays

Want to enjoy a pest-free holiday? Contact Lethal Pest Solutions for a thorough inspection. Being proactive and following these tips will make you feel thankful as you enjoy your meal with friends and family this Thanksgiving.

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Scariest Looking Pests in Eastern Pennsylvania

When you're walking around outside your home in eastern Pennsylvania, you might come across a pest or two that don't look very appealing. If you see something that sends shivers up and down your spine and makes you cringe when looking at it, then contact Lethal Pest Solutions to eliminate the problem in a safe manner. 

centipedes millipedes plPerhaps one of the scariest things that you could see crawling on your floor or wall is the house centipede. The legs alone are enough to make you want to get a bottle of bug spray to get rid of the pest. These insects can quickly get from one side of the room to another. Along with their long legs, they have a pair of antenna at the head. Another odd pest is the wheel bug. It doesn't look like a wheel when you look at it from above. They kill their prey by injecting poison into them. The bug then drinks its victim after the poison turns its insides to liquid. 

There are several pests that Lethal Pest Solutions encounters on a regular basis. These include cockroaches, wasps, and termites. While these pests are quite common in homes, they can still be frightening to see. The typical wasp won't think twice about stinging you if you get too close to its home, and the cockroach tends to multiply quite often inside the home. Termites usually aren't seen until they have done their damage by weakening the wood in the home. 

One spider that you don't want to encounter is the black widow. Only the female is venomous, but both the female and the male look terrifying. The egg sacs are sometimes as large as the body of these spiders, and if you see the female carrying the sac behind her, then it can be a sight you won't forget. A pest that you want to make sure you don't have attached to you is the black-legged tick. The body is brown, and the legs are black. They will quickly attach to the skin and get in the hair of your pets, spreading diseases that they might carry.

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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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