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5 Places in Your Home That Provide Perfect Hiding Spots for Roaches

5 Places for Roaches to Hide in Your Home

Regardless of how often you clean your New Jersey or Pennsylvania home, you're still likely to encounter a problem with cockroaches at some time or another. Both of these states have experienced a significant presence of cockroaches that include both American and German cockroaches and the common brown cockroach. While German cockroaches are the most common, we regularly eradicate all types of this insect here at Lethal Pest Solutions.

Issues Associated With Cockroaches

Other than the immediate horror that most people feel when they hit the light switch in the middle of the night and see hundreds of cockroaches running everywhere, there are many reasons that you don't want these nasty creatures in your home. A very big concern is that cockroaches contaminate everything that they touch with bacteria that is known to spread several serious illnesses that include typhus, salmonella and E. coli. Those with allergies or asthma may also experience severe symptoms that are triggered by the urine or droppings that are left by the cockroaches.

When You Don't See Them

Even when you see only a single cockroach here or there, you can bet that there are hundreds more hiding until the lights go out. These are a few of their favorite hiding places.

1. Beneath Your Oven

Roaches like to congregate beneath your oven because it often provides them with a warm place to sleep. They also adore grease, and they'll come out at night to explore the top of the stove and the entire oven for a hearty grease meal.

2. Small Appliances

Appliances that include toasters and coffee pots are popular with every type of cockroach. They live under these appliances for heat, and they love to eat the toast crumbs and the coffee grounds.

3. Water Heaters

Because a water heater provides both regular heat and some moisture, it is considered prime residential property to every cockroach. Even if it's locked away in a closet, the cockroaches can easily squeeze their way in.

4. Cardboard and Paper

If you keep a lot of books and magazines, newspapers waiting to be recycled or boxes in the attic, then you're likely to find cockroaches hanging around. Some cockroaches consider paper to be the perfect delicacy, and others use it for a bathroom.

5. Bathrooms

Roaches may be found under the sink, behind the toilet and all around the bathtub in order to obtain a cool drink of water. Incredibly, they even find sources of food in this room because they enjoy eating such unlikely items as soap shavings, little flakes of your skin that have been left behind and the rolls of toilet paper.

Get Those Cockroaches Out Today

Those living in counties throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania don't have to share their home with these nasty insects for even one more day. We offer affordable and effective pest-control services here at Lethal Pest Solutions, and we'll be happy to give you a free quote.

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5 Facts About Stink Bugs

Many people mistake June bugs for stink bugs. However, stink bugs are thinner, have a different shape and are part of the shield bug family that originated in Asia. Here are five interesting facts about these smelly invaders:

  • Stink bugs have a needle-like appendage for sucking juice from fruit.
  • In addition to smelling bad, stink bugs taste bad to predators.
  • Since stink bugs avoid cold temperatures, they hibernate during the winter.
  • Adult stink bugs can live up to a year.
  • When females lay eggs, they may lay as many as 400.


Identifying Stink Bugs

Stink bugs vary in color on their backs from brown or gray to dark green. On the other side, they may have white, red, gray or black markings. The unique marbled appearance on the backs of most stink bugs is why they are also referred to as "marmorated." They are slightly less than an inch in length and have six legs. Stink bugs have a long antenna, a shield-like body and a pair of wings. When they feel threatened or are crushed, they release a strong odor that some people describe as being similar to cilantro.

Where To Find Stink Bugs

These bugs like to eat caterpillars, flowers and fruit. It is common to see them on flower bushes, in gardens and on fruit-bearing trees. Homes with any of these attractions are vulnerable to a stink bug infestation. When stink bugs hibernate, they prefer warm homes or buildings. With their thin flat bodies, it is easy for them to enter homes under small cracks along doors, foundations or window sills.

Getting Rid Of Stink Bugs

These pests are usually seen in homes during the fall in rooms with more sunlight. Although there are DIY methods listed online for getting rid of stink bugs, it is best to avoid those. They are ineffective and often drive stink bugs into hard-to-reach places. Once stink bugs enter a home, they are very difficult to eradicate. Professionals have effective pest control substances and know how to set up a treatment schedule that will eliminate stink bugs.

If you live in Eastern Pennsylvania or New Jersey and have noticed any stink bugs in your home, now is the time to call Lethal Pest Solutions for fast, affordable and effective stink bug removal services.

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Facts About Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ant 53Although people often regard ants as harmless, the fact remains that they can do a lot of damage to your home if you're not vigilant. Although carpenter ants do not consume the wood in your home's walls, they should never be underestimated. The modus operandi of the carpenter ant is to "hollow out" any area of your home that they infest, which can actually affect the structure of your home.

One of the telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation is tiny piles of sawdust next to your walls. When you see something like this in your home, it's best to call in the experts. This is not a time to DIY; only the experts will be able to help you eradicate these pesky pests from your home. The sooner you solicit help, the more likely it will be that your house can recover from a carpenter ant infestation.

However, carpenter ants aren't always as obvious as some other pests, so you may need to look closely before you actually find them. Here are three places they may be lurking in your home.

Wall Cavities

This is the carpenter ant's preferred area, allowing them to chew on—and expel—the wooden parts of your wall. When an infestation becomes really bad, you may even be able to hear the carpenter ants rustling around in your walls.

Insulation

However, carpenter ants do not limit themselves to just wood. They also enjoy chowing down on foam insulation, which can be just as damaging.

Moist Areas

If any parts of your home happen to have water damage, you will want to check these areas first. Carpenter ants actually thrive in such environments.

When it comes to protecting your home from these nasty pests, the best course of action is to remove any wood that may be hanging around in your backyard, as this will only attract more carpenter ants. Next, you'll want to go through a regimen of spraying the affected areas with pesticides, as well as possibly baiting.

If you want to be proactive about your situation, however, the best thing to do is to call in the experts at Letha Pest Solutions. With years of experience in this field, the team at Letha can treat the problem while also giving you an accurate assessment of your unique situation.

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Proactive Approaches to Protecting Your Home from Pests

Home ExteriorHomeowners dread pest problems because of the nuisance and cost that these problems can represent. Instead of shying away from tackling pest problems, homeowners should, therefore, take proactive measures to prevent them from emerging in the future. The reality is that the majority of pest problems can be prevented by simply implementing a few proactive changes to keep these vermin away.

Filling Holes

Most pests find their way into a home by using existing holes in walls, foundations, and windows. Moreover, some pests manage to drill their own holes, and then other pests can use these same openings to find their way indoors. During the cold winter and the scorching summer, most pests are naturally attracted to homes that they perceive as shelters with ideally temperate conditions. Homeowners who invest the time necessary to look carefully throughout their home for entry holes can often eliminate pest problems permanently. Homeowners filling entry holes should focus on identifying exterior holes to prevent pests from establishing unseen nests inside walls and under floorboards.

Setting Traps

Homeowners who believe to have filled all holes and cracks can move on to setting traps to catch pests. Traps can also be effective for managing existing pests that have already found their way into a residence. Not all traps are the same, so homeowners must be sure to select the right trap for the job. Many modern traps are designed with special chemicals that attract specific types of pests, such as mice, ants, or bed bugs. Professionals can also install commercial-grade traps that are designed to rapidly catch large populations of pests.

Lifestyle Changes

Pest problems can originate from a wide variety of lifestyle choices. For example, homeowners who leave opened food out regularly can expect to attract indoor pests. Outdoor pest problems can also originate from lifestyle choices, such as leaving trash outside or not using fertilizers. Moreover, outdoor pests can often find their way indoors, so homeowners experiencing problems with pests on a regular basis should consider how their personal choices might be driving the prevalence of insects or vermin.

Identifying Household Pests

Homeowners often struggle to understand the exact nature of the pest problems they are faced with because of the wide range of pests that exist in the Northeast. Lethal Pest Solutions services New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and parts of Delaware with comprehensive pest management solutions. Contact Lethal Pest Solutions today to start managing your pest problems before they get worse.

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