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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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