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April 26, 2016

Pests that Pose Threats to Gardens

For established green thumbs and aspiring gardeners alike, nothing is worse than dedicating hours of your hard work to your home’s garden, only to have your efforts ruined by pests. Be it the work of rodents or harmful insects and bugs, having your garden ravaged by intrusive pests can be a bad start to the growing season. Here’s a short list of culprits to keep an eye out for as you start ramping up your garden for the spring.

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March 7, 2016

The Six Top Pests To Address As The Weather Warms Up

common pests to watch for during springWith spring just around the corner, some businesses prepare for increased traffic, and customers begin to go out more because the weather is inviting. The return of the insects is often just an afterthought. However, it's important to prepare for infestations, because insects can damage your products, facilities, and reputation. To protect your business and stay ahead of pest infestations, be on the lookout for these common springtime pests:

1. Citronella Ants

Citronella ants like to nest in soil, logs, inside crawlspaces, and in wood that termites have already damaged. Swarms occur when the winged ants leave their colonies for mating; when they emerge through cracks and crevices, it can be a nuisance in any facility. Although they do not cause structural damage, they can be troublesome for business owners.

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December 9, 2015

Keeping Your Barn Rodent-Free This Winter

mice and rats in your barnBarns in New England are often used to house and harbor some of the animals you love most, but sometimes less lovable visitors will make themselves comfortable in your structures and stables. Rats and mice aren’t inconspicuous. If rodents are living in your barn, it’s likely that you’ll notice. But are a few mice or rats really a cause for concern?

Why Pest Control Is Necessary For Barns

Rats and mice can eat or contaminate incredible quantities of food intended for consumption by livestock. A single mature rat can eat approximately one ounce of feed per day. This volume might not sound like much until you consider that a large colony of rats can eat an entire ton of food in one year. Furthermore, this figure doesn’t include the amount of food spoiled by rodent waste and fur, which can reach up to an additional ten tons.

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December 7, 2015

Using Pine Cones For Holiday Decorations? Make Sure They Are Pest-Free!

Using pine cones to create holiday decorations and crafts is a perfect way to portray the delicate elegance of nature while symbolizing the charm of the winter season. Of course, their beauty is sometimes sullied by a host of insects that may have found winter lodging inside the scales. Read the following tips for eliminating pests from pine cones before you begin decorating with them:

Bake Pine Cones To Kill Pests

bug-free-pine-cone-craftsBaking your pine cones in the oven can exterminate any unwanted pests hiding in your decorative materials. Place the pine cones on a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil. Once the oven temperature reaches 225 degrees Fahrenheit, bake the pine cones for approximately 30 minutes. Note that closed pine cones may need to bake longer, and the baking duration may vary depending on the size or moisture content of the pine cone. Extra large cones may require a few hours in the oven. The heat and water evaporation will cause the cones to open up gradually, so inspect their progress periodically. Most likely, the pine cones will be safe to remove once they’ve fully opened, but it won’t hurt to bake them a little longer just to ensure that insects, spiders, and mold are completely terminated. Lastly, be sure to let the cones cool down before using them to make decorations.

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December 3, 2015

Keeping Pests Out Of Your Chimney And Fireplace

birds bats raccoons and pests in chimneySanta Claus isn’t the only one trying to come down your chimney this winter. Many insects and animals looking to escape the cold will find shelter in your chimney while you’re away on holiday vacation or even right under your nose. For some of you, it’s probably already enough that you’ll be housing your entire extended family, so keeping out any additional unwanted visitors can save you some headache. But before we explain how to prevent pests from hibernating in your smoke stack, it’s important to know who might be trying to visit during the holidays:

How to Keep Pest Out Of Your Chimney

The best way to keep pest out of your chimney is by shutting the flue after using your fireplace. The other way to prevent insects and animals from infiltrating your chimney is by installing a door to your fireplace. We will cover this in detail below.

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