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May 31, 2018

Prevent Pavement Ants With These Simple Tips

This spring, take a look outside at the sidewalks - there may just be a war going on.

The main belligerents: Tetramorium caespitum, also known as Pavement Ants. Although active all year long and with really no down period throughout the seasons, springtime is a particularly active period for Pavement Ants. When the weather warms, colonies head out in search of new areas to conquer, and that can range anywhere from a trip into your kitchen to an all-out assault on a neighboring colony for control of the territory.

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May 15, 2018

9 Tips for Keeping Ants Out Of Your Kitchen This Summer

For New Englanders, summertime is really all about the food - whether it’s barbecues in the backyard, fresh fruits and veggies for weeknight dinners, or snacks around the firepit with a sunset in the background. Unfortunately, the warm weather is also prime time for ants, and an infestation of these invaders can ruin just about any picnic before the basket is even packed.

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April 7, 2016

Five Pests to Keep an Eye Out for This Spring

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With an end to snowy nights and chilly mornings in sight, it’s time for homeowners to be vigilant about pests and nuisances that will start to appear as temperatures rise. All manner of animals and insects are ready to start the year by moving into your yard and home. The first step in dealing with a pest problem is identifying that you have one in the first place. Here’s a list of five pests that might make an appearance on your property as we get further into spring.

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April 5, 2016

Three Ways to Prevent Ants from Invading This Spring

Ants can pose a serious problem come spring time. JP Pest Services can help!There’s no better time than the present to discuss solutions ant problems in your home or business. Temperatures are rising, the ground is thawing, and April is officially designated as National Pest Management Month by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). In short, now’s the time to start considering taking preventive action against those six-legged invaders. Here are a few ways to keep the ants at bay in your home.

Clean Out Your Cabinets and Cupboards

Cleanliness denies ants the food sources that entice them into your home, and makes them difficult to dislodge once they’ve established a foothold. Colonies of ants need steady supplies of food to thrive and reproduce. By denying them sustenance, you’re limiting their growth and propagation in your home. Securing pet food in airtight containers, throwing out old or stale food that’s open to the air, and sweeping out your pantry’s floor are all ways to prevent an invasion.

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March 28, 2016

Invasive Ants And How To Keep Them Out

combating invasive antsEarlier this month, we wrote about the destructive power of certain insects like carpenter ants. As a follow-up, we thought it might be appropriate to elaborate on other species of invasive ants that you may find in New England. While the northeast portion of the U.S. might be free from the terror of Rasberry crazy ants, there are still numerous ant species that can make life difficult. Below, we’ve listed three of the most common types of ants you might find in New England:

European Fire Ant

Colloquially referred to as the “red ant,” the European fire ant is commonly found throughout the northeastern regions of New England. The ants are identified by their brownish-red carapace and prefer to colonize in areas with high humidity, like many parts of New England during the summer. The European fire ant is inherently aggressive, which makes them quite a daunting adversary during outdoor leisure and activities. This stinging species is considered a potential health and ecological risk to inhabitants of the United States.

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