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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

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

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

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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Do Moles Hibernate?

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

About Moles

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

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

How To Prevent Moles

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

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

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