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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.

For all of your pest control problems, there is Lethal Pest Solutions. Lethal Pest solutions proudly serves families in over 15 counties across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. For how we can best serve you, contact Lethal Pest Solutions

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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.

Vacuum

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

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.

Looking for spider control? Contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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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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Why You Should Winterize Your Home for Winter Pests

Winterize in order to protect your home against the elements. This is also an important method for controlling pest infestations as well. This process can help you to protect your most important investment, which is your home. Many pests are capable of entering the home if there are weak areas in the walls or floors of the property. They can also enter from the roof or through cracks around the windows. This is a process that helps you to locate the areas of the home that are most vulnerable because they attract pests. Reducing the likelihood of an infestation will help you to keep your property free from these pests.

Cost and Benefits of Winterizing Your Home

Damage from the elements is a serious threat when you are considering the benefits of winterizing your home. However, there are other kinds of damage that you should think about as well. For example, winter pests will attempt to survive the harsh season by entering your home in search of warmth, food and water. These pests will often use their sense of smell to detect a food supply, which will enable them to build a colony inside of your walls. They can remain undetected for long periods of time. Winterize your property in order to address the areas where these pests are most likely to use as an entry point.

The costs of winterizing your home will be offset by the benefits that you get from preventing damage by the elements. Clearing out the rain gutters is an important way to keep this area from becoming damaged because of the effects of the water on the property. In many cases, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your home. In addition, we are conscious of the interest that our customers have in sustainable solutions for their long-term pests needs. Our products are high-quality, and our service professionals have the latest tools and training to deal with any problem.

Lethal Pest Solutions

Our services include caulking, gutter maintenance, sealing, inspecting and eliminating pests from your property. Winterizing presents an opportunity to get the work done on your home that is necessary. By taking action early in the season, you can save money while protecting your investment. This attention to the insulation and entry points for pests serves two purposes because it allows you to keep the pests out while keeping your heat inside. Pests can set up colonies inside of your home without being detected, and this is especially true during the cold winter months when they are seeking shelter from the harsh weather. This is an important preventative measure that will keep your home safe from pest infestations. Contact Lethal Pest Solutions for more information.

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How to Have a Pest-Free Summer Picnic

When the warm and sunny months of summer finally arrive, many people will venture outdoors to have a summer picnic with their friends and family. Doing so is a great way to enjoy the weather and spend time with those who matter the most. If you also enjoy summer picnics and want to have a positive experience, it's vital you stop pests from spoiling your fun. You can safeguard yourself and others when you learn and implement a few tips, and the invaders won't stand a chance. Using a pest control plan to protect your picnic can provide you with incredible results.

Clean Before Your Picnic

Having a dirty yard or park is one of the top ways people invite unwanted guests to their picnics, and you can avoid the issue when you know what to do. Trash cans will attract flies and wasps, so changing the trash cans will reduce the threat. If you don't want other insects to make trouble during your summer picnic, mow the grass and remove standing bodies of water from the area in advance, and you will be glad you did. Taking a few steps and putting in a little effort will take you far when you want pests to leave you and your guests alone.

Use Insect Traps

Insect traps are a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to have a pest-free picnic, and you will find a range of options when you travel to your local department store. Look for bee and ant traps so that you can keep some of the most common invaders at bay for the duration of your event. Placing one or two traps near your guests will get you started, but you will also need to put traps around the perimeter of your picnic.

Bring Mosquito Repellent

Your best effort won't always get the job done the first time, so you should bring a few bottles of mosquito repellent along. Look at the instructions of the repellent you are considering to learn how long it will last, but you must find something that is kid-friendly if you are going to invite children to the picnic.

Lethal Pest Solutions

Without much warning, bees, wasps, mosquitoes and other pests can crash your summer picnic and cause trouble for your guests. You can do many things to reduce the number of pests that come to your picnic, but you won't replace the touch of a caring expert. At Lethal Pest Solutions, we won't waste time when it comes to meeting your needs and protecting your picnic from unwelcome guests. To learn more about us and what our team can do for you and your family, pick up your phone to give us a call.

Take a look at our service area and see if we can take care of your home or business today! We proudly serve multiple area, including Medford, New Jersey.

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Think Twice About Squishing Stink Bugs

While stink bugs aren't the most dangerous insects, they can still become a major pain in the neck. During the winter and fall, they will definitely be seeking shelter from the cold weather. Your home becomes the perfect place for these foul-smelling insects. Here's why you shouldn't squish stink bugs.

Stepping On a Stink Bug Causes a Terrible Smell

If you want to avoid a stink bug's horrendous smell, avoid squashing them at all costs. The scent can linger for days at a time. When inviting guests over to your home, this can create a very embarrassing situation to say the least. Everyone will immediately notice the stench in the air. In some instances, you may even need to shampoo your carpet and wash your curtains.

The Smell Alerts Other Stink Bugs

When you squish a stink bug, special pheromones are released in the air. These chemicals actually attract other stink bugs into your home. Although you may have a minor stink bug problem at first, it can quickly become a full-on infestation.

Can Stink Bugs Cause You Harm?

Although stink bugs can leave your home smelling unsanitary, they don't usually pose a health risk to your family and friends. The typical stink bug can't even bite you. These harmless insects spend most of their existence feeding on plants. Nevertheless, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to stink bugs.

How To Keep Away Stink Bugs

Taking the necessary preventive measures will help keep stink bugs at bay. It's especially important to keep your home properly sealed at all times. Even a tiny opening will allow stink bugs to casually creep inside. Be sure that all of your windows and doors have the necessary weather stripping. A simple cracked screen also gives stink bugs easy access to your home.

Cleaning Up Dead Stink Bugs

It's not uncommon for residents to find dozens of dead stink bugs in their home. While vacuuming up the old carcasses may seem like a good idea, this can actually cause an unpleasant smell for a while. When cleaning your home, pay close attention to areas behind appliances and furniture.

Contact Lethal Pest Solutions for all of your pest control needs. From termites to ants, our technicians are professionally trained to handle a variety of different pests. Call or email us for a free quote on service.

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3 Signs You Need Professional Mosquito Control for Your Yard

As long as mosquitoes are flying around and biting, it's going to be difficult for you to enjoy the outdoors. However, you should beware that these blood-thirsty insects can do more than just ruin cookouts and pool parties. They have the ability to jeopardize your family's health, so don't postpone reaching out to a professional pest exterminator. Companies like Lethal Pest Solutions should be hired when you first notice the following signs.

Uneasy Feelings

Are you reluctant to have family time on your balcony because you fear mosquitoes? Your worries aren't groundless. You have a valid reason to fear mosquitoes because they are vectors of all kinds of diseases, including malaria, dengue, the West Nile virus and Zika. They're also a huge nuisance. Without proper intervention, these annoying insects will continue to rear their ugly heads. If your outdoor space has become a hangout spot for mosquitoes, it's time to hire a professional pest exterminator.

Health Issues Flaring Up

Mosquitoes are small, but don't make the mistake of underestimating them. What makes them such a threat is the fact that they deliver an insidious blow to your health every time they bite you. Once they stick their proboscis inside your skin, they will quickly inject some of their saliva into the area. The saliva is undoubtedly filled with harmful bacteria and diseases. If you have an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, now is a good time to let a professional pest exterminator treat your outdoor space. The proactive approach will prove to be the right solution if the goal for you is to prevent health issues from flaring up.

Too Many Mosquitoes

If these blood-thirsty insects have taken over your backyard, you're not alone. Mosquitoes are fast breeders. They are able to find the smallest pool of stagnant water to lay their eggs. That's why it's not a wise decision to leave water bowls out when your pet isn't using them. Also, even if you don't see stagnant water in your yard, you shouldn't just stand idly by. Work with a pest control company to reclaim your backyard once and for all. Mosquitoes are clever, but they aren't smart enough to survive the advanced strategies that professionals use.

If you're like most homeowners, you want every part of your property to be off limits to mosquitoes. Nonprofessional methods just don't produce long-term results. Your property needs a customized treatment that's specifically designed to eliminate mosquitoes, so contact Lethal Pest Solutions today!

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How Similar Are Termites and Cockroaches?

Both roaches and termites cause problems for homeowners in completely different ways. In fact, these two pests aren't remotely similar even though they're classified as insects. Not only do they look different, but they also have different dietary needs. If you want to treat these pests correctly, it pays to know their differences from the start.

Cockroach or Termite: The Physical Differences

The German and American cockroach species are the most common house invaders. The German cockroach is less than an inch in length and has a tan or brown body with two black stripes behind its head. The American cockroach can grow up to 3 inches in length and has a reddish brown body with yellow circular bands behind its head.

A termite is roughly the same size as an ant and has a similar anatomy. Although it looks like an ant, it has two straight antennae, a large head and a wide midsection. It lives in a colony with hundreds or thousands of other members and has a social behavior like the cockroach.

Roach and Termite Diets

Roaches are scavengers and feed on decaying matter in the wild. When they invade homes, they feed on random food items and carcasses of other insects. Termites feed on wood and will consume as much as 10 pounds per year in a large colony.

Roach and Termite Habitats

Roaches prefer dark, moist places and will nest behind the walls inside homes. They will also evade detection inside cabinets in the cracks between the shelves and in dark areas like attics and basements. Termites build their colonies inside the cracks and crevices of wooden structures such as homes, fences, decks and furniture. As the colony expands, the termites move farther into the structure until they have consumed it whole.

Professional Roach and Termite Control

Though roaches and termites are different insects, they have one thing in common: They both invade homes on a regular basis. If these insects have raided your home, Lethal Pest Solutions can help. Our certified technicians will inspect for termites and roaches and diagnose the severity of the infestation. Contact Lethal Pest Solutions and we'll completely eliminate the pests and set up a preventative maintenance program to keep them from reinfesting your home.

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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. 

Research

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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