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December 30, 2012

Cockroach Control

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports that one-in-five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced in homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests.

Cockroach control and management is extremely important for health and safety reasons. The best treatment is done by a trained pest control professional.

If you're concerned that you have cockroaches in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 28, 2012

House Mice

The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions.

House mice can breed throughout the year and can share nests. These little creatures live in structures, but they can live outdoors.

Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.

If you're concerned that you have mice in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 26, 2012

The Numero Uno Nuisance Pest

Did you know that ants are the #1 nuisance pest in the United States?

Ant control is now more important than ever. There are more than 700 ant species found in the U.S., although only about 25 species commonly infest homes.

Ants are social insects that typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen. Ants will eat practically any kind of food, but are especially attracted to sweets.

These pesky little creatures are easily identifiable due to their three distinct body region: head, thorax and abdomen, as well as antennae.

If you're concerned that you have an ant infestation in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 22, 2012

Holiday Fun

Okay, I do have a unique perspective on holiday games, but gather the kids and grandkids and give this one a try!

Answer a few simple questions to see if your critter is one of the common household pests that might threaten your health or damage stuff in your house.

Click on Name That Pest! Have fun!

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December 18, 2012

Keeping Pests Out of Your Kitchen

I thought I'd share this educational video by Missy Henriksen, VP of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association, on more tips to prevent pantry pests from ruining your baking fun.

Keep Pests out of Your Kitchen

And remember, if you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 16, 2012

Keeping Pests Out Of Your Holiday Goodies

Here are a few tips  from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to help prevent unwanted "guests" from getting into your holiday goodies.
  • Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves. 
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. 
  • Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage. 
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains- their pungent scent repels many pantry pests. 
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens. 
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use. 
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. 
If you suspect a pest infestation in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 14, 2012

Pest Prevention For Businesses

Preventing pests and rodents from taking up residence in your place of business is critical. Here are just a few ways that your business can avoid pest infestations and the potential health and property threats that pests and rodents can pose.
  • "Pest-proof" your business by being vigilant of building maintenance needs 
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers. 
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your business, including entry points for utilities and pipes. 
  • Don't overlook proper drainage at the foundation; install gutters or diverts, which will channel water away from the building. 
  • Be sure your employees keep food sealed and stored properly. 
  • Clean high-volume areas daily, such as public eating areas and kitchenettes, where crumbs and trash are more likely to build up. 
Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009 and have  him inspect for pests and rodents, identify the problem ,and control the pest(s) using an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.

If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 12, 2012

Ladybug Control and Prevention

The most effective way to get rid of ladybugs or prevent them from entering homes and buildings is to seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, and utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings. Use a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced.

If ladybugs have already entered a home or building, a vacuum cleaner can aid in their removal.

However, if an infestation has developed inside your home or business,  call Dave at 1-800-400-6009 to evaluate and assess the problem.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 10, 2012

Ladybug Facts

  • Ladybugs are known to secrete an oily yellow liquid when disturbed, and release an odor just before they die, so squishing them is not suggested.
  • The Mall of America in Minnesota, for instance, releases thousands of ladybugs into its indoor park as a natural means of pest control for its gardens. 
  • A common myth is that the number of spots on its back indicates its age. 
  • Most ladybug species do not pose a health threat to humans. However, the multi-colored Asian lady beetle is known to aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in some people, a strong reason for ladybug pest control. 
If you're concerned that you have a ladybug in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 8, 2012

Termite Damage

Here is an excellent look into the world of termites and the damage they cause, compliments of pest control folks from Down Under. (That's Australia, mates!)



If you're concerned that you have termites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
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December 6, 2012

The Hobo Spider

The hobo spider is found throughout the Pacific Northwest and can be identified by its distinct pattern of yellow markings on its abdomen. These spiders build their webs in holes, cracks and recesses, and like most spiders, can be found in hiding places such as window wells and stacks of firewood, storage items, behind furniture and in closets.

As hobo spiders are much more likely to attack if provoked or threatened, people who live in areas where this spider is found should be aware of their habits to prevent and detect infestations before they become a problem. Unlike the other spiders profiled here, the bite of a hobo spider may go unnoticed at first, but then a moderate to severe, slow-healing wound will develop.

If you're concerned that you have hobo spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 4, 2012

Rodent Trivia

  • A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. Imagine having as many as 150 babies a year!
  • A mouse produces between 40 to 100 droppings per day, while a rat produces between 20 to 50 droppings a day.
  • Rats can squeeze through a space as small as a half dollar.
  • Mice can fit through an opening the size of a nickel. 
If you're concerned that you have rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

 Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 2, 2012

Facts About Mites

Mites once away from the human body, mites do not survive more than 48-72 hours. When living on a person, an adult female mite can live up to a month.

Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite. The infestation spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people, such as in hospitals, institutions, child-care facilities, and nursing homes.

If you're concerned that you have mites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 30, 2012

Do Spiders Reallly . . . ?

We here a lot of strange myths about spiders, so here is the 411 on some of them.

Myth #1: The average person swallows about eight spiders a year when sleeping.
 This urban legend has become one of the most widespread rumors on the Internet. But, fear not – it’s false. According to Snopes.com, this myth was started when a columnist for a computing magazine wrote an article in 1993 about a list of outlandish “facts” that were circulating via email. In reality, it’s highly unlikely for a person to swallow even one live spider when sleeping.

Myth #2: People are never more than three feet away from a spider.
This myth originated in 1995 when arachnologist Norman Platnick wrote, “Wherever you sit as you read these lines, a spider is probably no more than a few yards away.” With more than 35,000 described species of spiders worldwide and about 3,000 in North America alone, there may be some truth to this statement. However, many people argue that it depends on where you are, for example,  standing in a grassy area or on the top floor of a skyscraper.

Myth #3: All spiders spin webs.
The truth is not all spiders spin these silk structures, which are used to catch their prey. In fact, several species of spiders use different strategies for obtaining food. Wolf spiders, for example, catch their food by hunting, while jumping spiders pounce on their prey.

Myth #4:Daddy longlegs are one of the most poisonous spiders, but their fangs are too short to penetrate human skin.
This specific tale has been lurking around for years, but it’s completely false. Think about it – how can a spider inject venom into the human body if its fangs are too short to pierce skin tissue? Arachnologists at the University of California said, "There is no reference to any pholcid spider [read "daddy-long-legs"] biting a human and causing any detrimental reaction… Furthermore, there are no toxicological studies testing the lethality of pholcid venom on any mammalian system.”

 Myth #5: All spiders are dangerous.
Spiders have lived amongst humans for centuries and most species don’t harm humans; in fact, many species are beneficial to the environment. Spiders are predators, feeding mainly on insects, so they help to reduce the amount of pests in homes and gardens. While it’s true that all spiders have a venomous bite, only a few species are medically dangerous.

There are many misconceptions about spiders that give them a bad rap. However, it’s important for homeowners to take preventative steps to keep the more dangerous species from gaining access to homes during the winter months. We recommend storing clothes and shoes in plastic containers, sweeping away webs around the home, and removing clutter from basements, attics and garages.

If you're concerned about a spider infestation in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 28, 2012

Spider Bites - Part Three

This is the last installment of Dr. Jorge Parada's article on spider bites written for PestWorld.

If you suspect a spider has bitten you, try to bring it with you to the doctor so they can determine the best course of treatment based on the species. Clean the site of the spider bite well with soap and water. Apply a cool compress over the spider bite location (using a cloth dampened with cold water or filled with ice). If you suspect the bite is form a black widow or brown recluse spider, and the bite is on an extremity, elevate it. Consider tying a snug bandage above the bite and elevate the limb to help slow or halt the venom's spread. Ensure that the bandage is not so tight that it cuts off circulation in your arm or leg. Adults can take aspirin or acetaminophen and antihistamines to relieve minor signs and symptoms (but use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers). Seek medical attention for any severe signs and symptoms, or if signs and symptoms continue to worsen for more than 24 hours.

If a local reaction continues to get worse for more than 24 hours, it may be time to seek medical attention. Look for redness spreading away from the bite, drainage from the bite, increase in pain, numbness/tingling, or a discoloration around the bite that looks like a halo or bull’s-eye. If generalized symptoms set in, be concerned. In very rare cases, there have been reports of spider bites (by spiders considered otherwise harmless) causing allergic reactions - including anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition (much like may result from the sting of a bee, or wasp in a highly allergic person).

If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 26, 2012

Spider Bites - PArt Two

Here is Part Two of Dr. Jorge Parada's, a medical spokesperson for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), excellent article on spider bites that was featured in PestWorld news.

The two spiders of greatest concern in the United States are the brown recluse and the black widow spiders, most commonly found in southern states. Both species prefer warm climates and dark, dry places. Typically, these are timid, non-aggressive spiders, often found in dry, littered, undisturbed areas such as closets, woodpiles and under sinks.

Black Widow Spiders. Black widow spiders can be found throughout North America, but are most common in the southern and western areas of the United States. Male widows, like most spider species, are much smaller and generally less dangerous than the females. Widows tend to be non-aggressive, but will bite if the web is disturbed and the spider feels threatened. The more dangerous female is a dark colored spider and with a red hourglass marking on its belly. The bite feels like a pinprick, and at first may go unnoticed or seem rather minor. Early on there may be slight swelling and faint red marks. Within a few hours, though, intense pain and stiffness begin. Other signs and symptoms include: chills, fever, muscle cramps, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Typically, black widow bites are less common, but more severe than brown recluse bites. That said, no one in the United States has died from a black widow spider bite in more than 10 years.

Brown Recluse Spiders. The brown recluse spider, also known as the violin spider, is most commonly found in the south-central, mid-western and southern states of the United States. Most encounters with this spider occur from moving boxes or rooting about in closets, attics, garages or under beds where they may have nested. These spiders are brown in color with a characteristic dark violin-shaped (or fiddle-shaped) marking on its head. Whereas most spiders have eight eyes, brown recluses have six equal-sized eyes. The bite produces a mild stinging, followed by local redness and intense pain within eight hours. A fluid-filled blister forms at the site and then sloughs off to leave a deep, enlarging ulcer. Systemic (or generalized) reactions from a brown recluse spider bite vary from a mild fever and rash to nausea and listlessness. Generally, brown recluse spider bites are reported much more frequently than black widow bites, but while the brown recluse bite may cause very significant local skin reactions, it is much more unusual for these bites to cause generalized symptoms. Unfortunately, brown recluses are almost communal and can be sometimes be found in great numbers.
 
Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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November 24, 2012

Spider Bites - Part One

Dr. Jorge Parada, a medical spokesperson for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), wrote an excellent article on spider bites that was featured in PestWorld news. Since spiders tend to be even more prevalent in winter months, I thought I'd share this article with you over the next few posts.

Spiders are not intentionally harmful to humans. Most spider bites occur when humans accidentally trap or brush up against a spider and receive a defensive bite. On rare occasions, spiders may have a serious lapse in judgment and bite a human finger (or other body part) mistaking it for a caterpillar or other such prey. Even then, most spiders are too small and not capable of breaking the skin with their fangs, or their venom too weak to be dangerous to humans. Simply put — most spider bites are accidental, harmless and require no specific treatment.

Still, that is not enough to stop spiders from having a bad reputation. It is common for any unexplained skin irritation to be called a "spider bite." In fact, most skin lesions and symptoms that are attributed to spiders are rarely actually due to a spider bite. Research has shown that 80 percent of presumed spider bites are actually bites from other insects, or due to skin infections such as MRSA (a resistant staph infection).

Yet, occasionally, a spider’s bites will cause real harm. Spider bites may cause injury by three mechanisms. First, especially with larger spiders, the bite itself may be painful and cause injury. However, far more concerning is the spider's venom, which can include necrotic agents or neurotoxins. Spider bites rarely transmit infectious diseases.

Most spider bites are less painful than a bee sting. Pain from non-venomous spider bites typically lasts for five to 60 minutes while pain from venomous spider bites frequently lasts for longer than 24 hours. The rate of a bacterial infection due to a spider bite is low (less than one percent).

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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November 22, 2012

Being Thankful

My family and I want to take this moment to express our thankfulness, joy, and gratitude for the blessings we have received.

Our family wishes your family a joyful Thanksgiving.

Dave

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November 20, 2012

Health Concerns Regarding Insects and Rodents

Insects and rodents cause a wealth of health concerns. Here are a few points to keep in  mind...
  • About one-quarter (24%) of homeowners surveyed believe the risks associated with pest infestations have increased over the past few years.
  • Filth flies can carry diseases such as E. coli, leprosy, typhoid and polio.
  • 11% of U.S. living room floors and 13% of kitchen floors exhibit elevated concentrations of cockroach allergens, levels previously found to be associated with significantly increased allergic sensitization.
  • Body lice infestations spread rapidly under crowded conditions where hygiene is poor and there is frequent contact among people. 
If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 18, 2012

Invasive Insects From Abroad - Part Four

The good news about invasive foreign insects is that like indigenous species, invasive pest infestations can be curtailed or prevented altogether with some pest proofing know-how.

Homeowners should inspect the outside of their home and identify potential pest entry points. Any cracks or crevices on the outside of the home – including around windows, doors and utility pipes – should be sealed with a silicone caulk. Torn or damaged window screen should be repaired, and screens should be installed on attic and crawl space vents.

In addition, homeowners should take steps to reduce moisture in and around their homes, which attracts many pest species. Divert water away from the home’s foundation with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces, attics and basements with proper ventilation.

To prevent Formosan termites, store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground. Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of your home, and routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes, cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.

If you suspect an invasive pest infestation contact Dave at 1-800-400-6009 right away. Our trained professionals will be able to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment to control the infestation before it becomes a major problem.

Remember that some invasive pest species, especially Formosan termites, should always be left to the professionals to handle.

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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 16, 2012

Invasive Insects From Abroad - Part Three

The brown marmorated stink bugs first arrived from Asia in 1996 and have become an increasing nuisance for homeowners in the Eastern U.S. Named for the "stink" they emit as a defense against predators, stink bugs are especially unpleasant to find indoors.

Stink bugs have the potential to spread throughout the country, which could be harmful to the agricultural industry. Although these smelly pests do not pose serious property or health threats to homeowners, their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance. Adult stink bugs enter homes and other structures in the late fall to seek shelter from the winter weather. They reemerge from overwintering sites in early spring and try to exit, but sometimes enter living spaces instead. Like other overwintering insects, they often congregate on the sides of buildings.

If you're concerned that you have brown marmorated stink bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 14, 2012

More Pest Triva For You

Here is some more pest trivia for you to enjoy....
  • When living on a person, an adult female mite can live up to a month.
  • The light deflected from an eye of a horsefly can form a rainbow.
  • There are about 200 species of filth flies. 
  • Caterpillars may have over 4000 separate muscles. Humans have only 792.
If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 12, 2012

Insects From Abroad - Part Two

Earlier I shared some information on foreign invasive species from an article by for Pest World. Here are a few more highlights.

Some invasive species pose threats to American homeowners and families. Formosan termites, for example, is one of the most destructive termite species of the more than 2,000 termite species known to science. Originally from China, Formosan termites were brought into the U.S. through military cargo shipments after World War II.
They pose a greater threat than their native counterparts because they form larger colonies and tend to be more aggressive, thus consuming more wood at a much faster rate. Formosan termites are heavy contributors to the $5 billion in annual U.S. property damage caused by all species of termites.

Another problematic invasive pest is the red imported fire ant (RIFA). This ant, native to Brazil, was first introduced to the U.S. in 1933. Today, they can be found throughout the South and in parts of California and other western states.

RIFAs get their common name from their ability to inflict painful bites and stings, which form into raised welts that become white pustules. RIFAs will attack humans who disturb or threaten their nests, and often a person stung by a RIFA receives multiple painful stings from more than one of the ants. Those allergic to insect stings will react more severely. Red imported fire ants and their telltale mound nests should be carefully avoided.

If you suspect an invasive pest infestation contact Dave at 1-800-400-6009 right away. Our trained professionals will be able to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment to control the infestation before it becomes a major problem.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 10, 2012

It's Pest Trivia Time!

Did you know . . .
  • Kissing bugs are not as romantic as their name implies. Rather, they bite and suck blood while their human or animal host is sleeping. 
  • There are about 10,000 different species of grasshoppers.
  • Cat fleas attack both cats and dogs.
  • The most common pest of stored products found in the home and in grocery stores in the U. S. is the Indianmeal moth.
If you're concerned that about insects and rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 8, 2012

Insects from Abroad - Part One

In October, Missy Henriksen of Pest World wrote an article on invasive pest species. Over the next few blogs I am going to share highlights of her article with you.

Insects of foreign origin, commonly called invasive species, are a growing concern in our country. Many of these invasive pests do not have natural predators in the U.S. so their populations can grow quickly.

A number of invasive pests, including some beetles and moth species, pose a major threat to the U.S. agricultural industry as they destroy crops. In fact, the Associated Press, citing a 2004 Cornell University study, put the total annual cost of all invasive species in the country at $120 billion. According to the AP, “much of that burden is borne by consumers in the form of higher food costs and by taxpayers who pay for government eradication programs.”

Those of you living in Worcester County are familiar with the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive wood-boring insect, that attacks hardwood trees, including maple, birch and elm.

 If you're concerned that you have invasive insects in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 6, 2012

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So, if you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
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November 4, 2012

When it comes to protecting your commercial or residential property from termites and other destructive insects, we guarantee a safe effective and professional job every time. Through years of education, training, modern technology, and years of experience, we will be able to provide your real estate with the best protection possible.

Whether your property is commercial,  residential, industrial, or institutional we provide pest control services throughout the greater Worcester County and Central Massachusetts area.

So, if you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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November 2, 2012

Tips To Guard Against Stink Bugs - Part 3

Like other pests, stink bugs often enter structures in larger numbers, making them a difficult pest to control once inside. Therefore, here are a few more simple ways to ward off these invaders before an infestation develops.
  • Check your belongings: Inspect items such as boxes containing holiday decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Stink bugs can travel on these items and make themselves cozy once inside the home. 
  • Properly landscape: Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed. In addition, make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground. 
  • Think before squishing: When many people find a stink bug, their first instinct is to squish them. However, when disturbed or crushed, stink bugs have a tendency to release a bad-smelling, bad-tasting odor from pores on the sides of their bodies. This is how the pest earned its name. 
  • Use a vacuum: If stink bugs have already entered a home, use a vacuum cleaner for their removal. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately to prevent odor from permeating the area, as dead stink bugs leave a residue inside the bag that can stink up your home.  
Remember that homes can be pre-treated for stink bugs before they become a problem. But, if you suspect an infestation has already developed, contact give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net  

Reference: www.pestworld.org  Missy Henriksen, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 30, 2012

Tips To Guard Against Stink Bugs - Part 2

Fall has arrived and so have the stink bugs. Notorious for their "smelly" reputation, stink bugs frequently enter homes during the cooler months in search of a warm place to overwinter.

While stink bugs do not pose a health or property risk to homeowners, this pest can quickly become an odoriferous nuisance around the home.

Here are some more infestation prevention tips:
  • Reduce moisture sites: Eliminating all moisture build up around your home can go a long way to help prevent many pest infestations. Check for leaking pipes and clogged drains. 
  • Eliminate food sources: Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. Also, make sure you wipe down counters and sweep floors to eliminate crumbs and residue from spills. 
  • Ventilate: Properly ventilate basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas. Also, make sure to install screens over your chimney and attic vents.  
If you're concerned about stink bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net  

Reference: www.pestworld.org  Missy Henriksen, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 28, 2012

Tips To Guard Against Stink Bugs - Part 1

As the temperatures begin to drop, now is a good time to pest proofing the home, both inside and out, to prevent stink bugs and other pests from becoming unwelcome house guests this fall.

Over the next few posts I'll offer some simple steps that you can take right now to keep stink bugs at bay:

1. Seal off entry points: Spend some time inspecting the outside of your home for easy access points. Pay close attention to areas including around siding and utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia or other openings. Seal any cracks and holes that are found using a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk.

2. Replace and repair: Stink bugs can enter the home through the smallest openings, so it’s important to repair or replace damaged screens on windows or doors. Don’t forget to check for torn weather-stripping and loose mortar. You can also install door sweeps if necessary.

 3. Turn off the lights: Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so it’s recommended to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum. During the evenings, turn off porch lights and pull down window blinds to prevent light from spilling outside.

 If you're concerned about stink bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net  


Reference: www.pestworld.org  Missy Henriksen, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 26, 2012

Holiday and Pests

The holiday season is upon us and our cultural activities contribute to pest infestations in our homes during the winter months. The winter clothes we bring out of storage in the attics, boxes, and backs of closets may bring out clothes moths, silverfish, roaches, to name a few pests.

Holiday materials bought at the store or brought out of storage may have been waiting for a year to be used. Christmas trees may have bark beetles, aphids, and mites. Also, other decorations you adorn the home with may have infestations.

The plants you bring in from outside to protect from harsh weather often bring hitchhikers that are not wanted. Even the wood for your fireplace may carry beetles, termites, ants, roaches, centipedes, scorpions, and earwigsas unwanted guests.
 
 If you're concerned that you have more than your friends and family visiting your home or place of business this holiday season, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators

October 24, 2012

Guard Against Winter Pests

While most folks see a reduction in pest activity during winter, it does not mean the problem is gone. With the mild climate, pests are just more reclusive during the winter months.

Rodent activity in our homes, for example, significantly increases. House mice, roof rats and Norway rats are driven to seek warmer shelter with food and water sources. Our homes provide all of these needs.

Numerous pests we see during the rest of the year "over winter" to hibernate or pupate in our attics, crawl spaces, wall voids, under exterior siding. Many of these pests, such as cluster flies, ladybugs, boxleder bugs, stink bugs, and yellow jackets are finding a safe and warm place in winter so they can start all over again in spring.

Winter is also  the time of year raccoons, possums, skunks, and squirrels are wanting a nice dry, warm location to bed down. They bring with them ticks, fleas, mites, and the like.

f you're concerned that you have winter guest insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators

October 22, 2012

More Pest Trivia

  • To survive the cold winter months, many insects replace their body water with a chemical called glycerol, which acts as an "antifreeze" against the temperatures.
  • All insects have a hard exoskeleton, six jointed legs, two antennae, compound eyes and a body divided into 3 main body sections - a head, thorax and abdomen.
  • Given the list of mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, termites, ticks, spiders, mice/rats, and bees/wasps, mosquitoes were perceived as the most difficult to control among almost half of the respondents (47%).

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 20, 2012

Leafcutter Ants

Lumberjacks should be envious! With jaws vibrating 1000 times per second these ants make mincemeat of leaves in a jiffy.


Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 18, 2012

Critter Crafts: Dangling Spiders

How To Make a Dangling Spider (Courtesy of PestWorld.org)

All you need are paper plates and art supplies like paint and yarn to make this spider web. Don’t forget to attach the spider to the web so it doesn’t go missing in your house!
Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 16, 2012

Parasitic Wasps

Black wasps have their own tactics and methods when it comes to pest control.

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 14, 2012

LIfe of Insects



In this remarkable BBC footage, Sir David Attenborough reveals the world of insects such as ants, stick insects, beetles and digger bees.

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 12, 2012

Insights from Pest Professionals

  • The top four pests of concern for users of professional pest control were Ants (75%), Spiders and Termites (56%), and Cockroaches (48%)
  • The top four pests of concern for non-users of professional pest control services were Ants (59%), Spiders (48%), Mosquitoes (41%), and termites and rodents (mice/rats) tied at 35% 
  • Given the list of mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, termites, ticks, spiders, mice/rats, and bees/wasps, mosquitoes were perceived as the most difficult to control among almost half of the respondents (47%).

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

 If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 10, 2012

Homeowners Thoughts on Insects and Rodents

Homeowners have a number of concerns regarding insect and rodents in their homes. Here's a breakdown of some top concerns:
  • About one-quarter (24%) of homeowners surveyed believe the risks associated with pest infestations have increased over the past few years.
  • More than half of homeowners surveyed (52%) were concerned about pests causing illness and insect bites/stings to their family.
  • 67% of homeowners are most concerned about pests in the summer. 
  • The kitchen is the area of most concern for pests among homeowners.
Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 8, 2012

Did You Know . . .

Did  you know . . .

Africanized "killer" bees looks so much like a regular honeybee that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. A dangerous stinging insect, Africanized bees have different wing measurements than honeybees.

Africanized Honey Bees have been known to chase people for over a quarter of a mile once they got excited and aggressive.

If you are chased by Africanized bees, run in a zig-zag pattern and seek shelter in a house or car.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 6, 2012

Understanding Pest Control Services

Many people think pest control means buying a can of Raid or setting some mousetraps and laying out bait. But thorough pest control is a process.

If you've never used a pest control service before, here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions.


What are your environmentally sound alternatives? We use state-of-the-art, low toxicity chemicals that are much less harmful to people, pets, and their environments than what is currently offered by the majority of the pest control market.

Will I have to leave the premises? Because we use low toxicity chemicals, you can usually stay home during the treatment. Flea and spider treatments require you to leave for 2-3 hours. Roaches, ants, mice, termites, and just about everything else can be taken care of while you're relaxing on the living room couch.

What about pets and children? Children need to leave during the treatment and may return 2-3 hours after completion. We ask that during treatments, you either put your pets in a room that is not being treated or remove them from the structure until the materials we have used are dry. Fish tanks need to be covered.

Do the chemicals you use have a real bad odor? Another great benefit of low toxicity chemicals is virtually odorless pest control. No longer do you need to be reminded that you received extermination by a nasty, lingering odor.

If you have any other questions or would like more detailed information, visit our web site Dave's Pest Control or call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 4, 2012

Rats Under Your Roof

Ever sit in your livingroom or bedroom and hear a thump, thump, scratch scratch coming from within the ceiling above? You just might have roof rats....

Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in, and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.

Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.

Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.

If you're concerned that you have rats in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 2, 2012

Safeguard Your Business From Unwanted Pests

No customer wants to walk into your place of business and see insects and rodents. (Unless, of course, your business is selling insects and rodents!) Preventing pest infestations and practicing proper pest control in your business are a vital component of an outstanding business.

Remember, the sooner you address a pest problem, the sooner you can rid your business of a more serious pest infestation.

Dave's Pest Control
provides the experience and expertise needed to protect your business, employees, and customers from pest threats.

If you're concerned insects or rodents in your place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 30, 2012

Carpenter Ants - Part 4

In this final installment on carpenter ants, I am going to address how to prevent carpenter ants in your home or place of business.

Carpenter ants can be destructive, and the damage they cause can be expensive to repair. The best way to treat this pest is to prevent them before they ever find a way into your home.

There are, fortunately, many things you can do to prevent carpenter ants. Carpenter ants need a constant water source to survive, so eliminating moisture or standing water on your property can help to deter them. Consider using a dehumidifier in crawl spaces, basements and attics that are prone to dampness.

You  may also want to trim tree branches and shrubs away from their home, as these often provide access inside for ants and other pests. In addition, fill any gaps or cracks on the outside of the home with silicone caulk.

Keep firewood and other wood building materials stored at least 20 feet from your home, and at least five inches off of the ground.

Most importantly, keep a close eye on your property for signs of carpenter ants. Inspect wood on your home for the appearance of small openings or sawdust. And if you suspect you have a carpenter ant infestation, give me a call right away. The sooner carpenter ants are treated, the less serious the damage is likely to be.

If you're concerned that you have carpenter ants in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 28, 2012

Carpenter Ants - Part 3

In today's blog, I am going to talk about how to recognize and spot a carpenter ant infestation.

As detailed in an article by Dr. Jim Fredericks for PestWorld, carpenter ants are larger than most other ant species. They range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters of an inch.  They are black or red, or sometimes a combination of both colors.

Typically, carpenter ants act as “silent destroyers,” quietly tunneling through wood without any external signs of damage. In some cases, homeowners may notice wood fragments and sawdust that fall through cracks the ants have created. Badly damaged wood will have small openings, like little windows.

If you're concerned that you have carpenter ants in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 26, 2012

Carpenter Ants - Part 2

Carpenter ants, aka "Silent Destroyers," are the number one nuisance pest in the country. In today's blog, I am going to talk about where carpenter ants are found.

As explained in an article by Dr. Jim Fredericks for PestWorld,  there are nine types of carpenter ants in the U.S. These pests are most commonly found in cool, damp climates in the northern regions of the country.

Carpenter ants build their nests in various wood sources, including tree stumps, fence posts, firewood or landscaping. They prefer to attack wood that has been wet or damaged as a result of leaks. Indoors, this means they are often found in damaged window and door frames, crawlspaces under roofs, chimneys, sinks and bathtubs. A mature carpenter ant colony can contain more than 10,000 workers. In large colonies, it is not uncommon to have multiple nests inside structures as well as outdoors.

These destructive, pesky creatures usually gain access to buildings through cracks around doors and windows, holes for wires, or straight through wet, damaged wood. They will also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs that touch the building far above the ground.

Although carpenter ants first invade wet, decayed wood, they may eventually build paths through dry, undamaged wood, too.

If you're concerned that you have carpenter ants in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 24, 2012

Carpenter Ants - Part 1

Carpenter ants are referred to in our business as "Silent Destroyers." Over the next few blogs, I am going to share vital information on the necessity to find and eliminate carpenter ants.

In an article by Dr. Jim Fredericks for PestWorld,  he stated that there are more than 700 species of ants in the United States. And in fact, ants are the number one nuisance pest in the country.

The most common ant species – like odorous house ants, pavement ants and Argentine ants – pose little threat beyond the annoyance of an infestation. Carpenter ants, however,  can and do pose serious threats.

Of all the ant species, carpenter ants are one of the most problematic, causing serious property damage to homes and other buildings. These destroyer ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Much like termites and other wood destroying insects, this excavation can compromise the structural soundness of the wood over time.

 If you're concerned that you have carpenter ants in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
 
www.davespestcontrol.net
Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 22, 2012

Dust Mites

House dust mites have received much attention recently. Although nearly impossible to see, the house dust mite is a live-in guest that won't go away primarily because their food source is unlimited.

House dust mites feed on dander or dead skin from humans and animals. They may also feed on protein based foodstuffs, preferring dried products over products with moisture. Females lay up to 80 eggs. Populations can explode during humid months as mites are excellent at absorbing moisture from the air.

The most common area for finding mites is in the bed due to abundance of dander. House dust mites may also be found in living areas especially carpet, furniture, and clothing. Several home test kits are available to test for dust mites.

People may be allergic to house dust mite cast skins and droppings. These reactions will not be a rash type of reaction but rather a respiratory constriction, a common symptom of asthma. Itchy, watery eyes may also be symptoms. Approximately 50-80% of asthmatics may have symptoms due to house dust mites.

If you're concerned dust mites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net
Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 20, 2012

More Pest Facts

Did you know . . .
  • More women than men say they are afraid of pests.
  • About one-quarter (24%) of homeowners surveyed believe the risks associated with pest infestations have increased over the past few years.
  • More than half of homeowners surveyed (52%) were concerned about pests causing illness and insect bites/stings to their family.
If you're concerned that you have carpet beetles in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 18, 2012

Flea Control and Prevention

Looking to get rid of fleas in the home? Here are a few tips.
  • Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. 
  • Keep your lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. 
  • Protect pets by practicing active flea management; keep them on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. 
It is important to hire a flea control professional to rid your home of rodents and fleas, so give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 16, 2012

House Cricket Prevention

House crickets are nocturnal or active at night and usually hide in dark warm places during the day. Outside, they feed on plants and dead or live insects, including other crickets. Indoors, house crickets can feast on fabric, eating large areas, leaving holes and are especially attracted to clothes soiled with perspiration.

The most effective way to get rid of crickets is to reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Mow the lawn, weed plant beds and move woodpiles away from the structure. Provide adequate ventilation in crawl spaces, basements, etc. In addition, change outdoor lighting to less-attractive yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps. It is also important to seal possible points of entry for house crickets around the house, including window and door frames.

If you're concerned that you have house crickets in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net
Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 14, 2012

Did You Know . . .

 . . . To survive the cold winter months, many insects replace their body water with a chemical called glycerol, which acts as an "antifreeze" against the temperatures.

 . . . All insects have a hard exoskeleton, six jointed legs, two antennae, compound eyes and a body divided into 3 main body sections - a head, thorax and abdomen.

 . . . One in five people surveyed fear pests.

If you're concerned about pest in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 12, 2012

Ant Control and Prevention

Ants are considered to be the #1 nuisance pest in the United States, and so ant control is now more important than ever.

There are more than 700 ant species found in the U.S., although only about 25 species commonly infest homes. Ants are easily identifiable due to their three distinct body region: head, thorax and abdomen, as well as antennae. 

Being social insects, ants typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen.

Ants will eat practically any kind of food, but are especially attracted to sweets.

If you're concerned that you have ants in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 10, 2012

Eliminating or Reducing Mosquito Breeding Sites

Mosquitoes are well-known to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever. And this year, West Nile Virus has been a serious concern.

Pools of stagnant water, in storm drains, old tires, children's wading pools and birdbaths, left behind by springtime rain are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as

Eliminate or reduce mosquito breeding sites by replacing all standing water at least once a week. This includes bird baths, ponds and unfiltered pools. Remove unneeded vegetation or trash from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed. Introduce mosquito-eating fish such as gambusia, green sunfish, bluegills and minnows to standing water. Screen windows, doors and other openings with mesh. Avoid going outdoors when and where mosquitoes are most active: during dusk or dawn. Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin whenever or wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.

If you're concerned about mosquitoes at your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.


Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net
Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 8, 2012

Here's more insect trivia for you . . .
  • Insects have been present for about 350 million years, while humans have only walked the earth for 130,000 years. 
  • There are about 91,000 different species of insects in the United States. In the world, some 1.5 million different species have been named. 
  • The top four pests of concern for users of professional pest control were Ants (75%), Spiders and Termites (56%), and Cockroaches (48%) 
If you're concerned about insects and pests in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net  

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 6, 2012

Biting Spiders

Some biters are harmless, but the most venomous spider in North America is the black widow.

Courtesy of NatGeo

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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September 4, 2012

Fruit Fly Control and Prevention

Have fruit flies invaded your home?

Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices. To exercise proper fruit fly management, remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.
  • Clean your vegetables outside of your home. 
  • Leave the old bags outdoors and place vegetables in a new container or bag before bringing them into your home. It's also best to place the vegetables in the refrigerator after cleaning. 
  • Use or discard all overripe fruit. Rotting fruit left out in bowls and containers is an invitation to breed fruit flies. 
  • Put new soft fruit in a brown bag. This helps it ripen and will keep the fruit flies away. 
And if all else fails, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 2, 2012

Here's One Reason Why . . .

Here's one reason why I prefer to snare rodents rather than other creatures . . .
(Courtesy of NatGeo Wild videos)


Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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August 30, 2012

West Nile Virus Cases Increase

The following press release is courtesy of the NPMA Staff...

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Government Officials Warn of Public Health Threat

Mosquito season is in full swing and with it the increased threat of West Nile virus (WNV) infection. As of July 31, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 241 cases of WNV disease and four deaths have been reported. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. These figures grow daily as more West Nile virus reports are confirmed. Government health officials and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) experts are warning that this mosquito season may pose a severe public health threat. In fact, health officials have said that WNV cases in Texas are at epidemic levels.

“The CDC is closely monitoring West Nile virus reports from around the country,” said Roger Nasci, Chief of CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch. “Compared to this time last year, the number of reported human cases is much higher. People spending time outdoors, particularly in areas of the country where WNV activity is increasing, should take precautionary measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.”

”In addition to protecting oneself, NPMA is asking the public to help by limiting the number of mosquito breeding grounds around their homes. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as half an inch of water, so it’s important to take stock of any items that may collect water after a rainfall such as flowerpots, children’s pools and toys, grill covers, and others,” advised Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.

WNV is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird. “In most cases West Nile virus is a mild infection with symptoms so slight they can go unnoticed, or feel like a summer flu,” said Dr. Jorge Parada, medical spokesperson for the NPMA. “In extreme cases, it can be a potentially life threatening infection with higher fever, head and body aches, worsening weakness, confusion and even coma. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.”

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August 28, 2012

Autumn Pest Are Coming . . . Part Two

The cool weather initiates rodent activity around the home and announces the pre-cursor for the over-wintering insects to begin looking for that winter resting location.

Falling leaves and decaying vegetation materials accumulate around and provide food and harborage for pill bugs, millipedes, earwigs, and more. These nuisance pests can become invasive and show up inside your home in significant numbers.

If you're concerned rodents and wintering insects in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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August 26, 2012

Autumn Pests Are Coming...Part One

Autumn is only a few weeks away, so now is the time to prepare and guard against those biting and stinging pests.
As cooler weather becomes more routine and many insects species have reached their annual population zenith, we see significant surges of activity from fleas, ticks, crickets, ants, spiders, and more.

This is the time of year, too, where numerous instances of yellow jackets and hornets are sited around homes. Any observed entrance and exit locations should not be sealed as this will trap them in the wall. They will bore holes through interior walls to escape and enter your home.

If you're concerned about these biting and stinging pest at your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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August 24, 2012

House Flies

House flies do not bite, but they are capable of transferring more than 100 pathogens, including malaria, salmonella and tuberculosis. They contaminate food and surfaces by spreading disease organisms picked up on the silla on their bodies and through their saliva that is used to break down foods. Food contamination is one of the main reasons that fly pest control is so important.

House fly control requires a commitment to vigilant sanitation. Remove trash regularly and use well-sealing garbage receptacles to get rid of house flies around waste bins. Clean up pet waste immediately. Use fine mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent fly entry.

If you're concerned house flies in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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Reference: www.pestworld.org</

August 22, 2012

Did You Know . . .

And now for a little male pest trivia.  Did you know . . .
  • Male mosquitoes do not bite humans, but rather live on plant juices and other natural liquids from plants and decomposing organic material.
  • Males of most cricket species make a loud chirping noise by rubbing their forewings together.
  • Male silk moths can detect female moths up to several miles away.
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August 20, 2012

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are hunting spiders and will chase their prey. These spiders are often big and hairy which alarms some people, but they are primarily nuisance pests. Over 100 species occur in the United States and Canada.

Wolf spiders actively hunt during the night and sometimes during the day. They are fast on their feet and pursue prey. Because of these habits, they are commonly seen by people.

Wolf spiders may enter structures in search of prey. Although they are not inclined to be permanent residents in structures, once inside, they often stay. Inside they tend to stay at or near floor level, especially along walls under furniture and other objects. Wolf spiders may be brought indoors with firewood. Outside they can be found under stones, landscape timbers, firewood, under decks in leaf litter, etc. They often rest in such sheltered places during the day.

Because wolf spiders feed on a variety of insects, including crop pests, they can be beneficial. Wolf spiders can bite, but it's extremely rare to experience a wolf spider bite unprovoked. They will only bite if they are handled. The presence of wolf spiders in homes is usually accidental.

 If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

 Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net  
Reference: www.pestworld.org</

August 18, 2012

Common Ant Myth

Another common myth is that seeing one ant indoors does not equal a full-blown infestation. Although this can be true, ants leave an invisible chemical trail for other ants to follow once they locate a food source.

If that food source is in your home, you can count on ant colonies developing. And while most ants are considered harmless, there are those - such as fire ants, which sting and carpenter ants, which damage wood - that can pose threats to your family's health and property.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
www.davespestcontrol.net  
Reference: www.pestworld.org</

August 16, 2012

Biting Spiders

Some biters are harmless, but the most venomous spider in North America is the black widow. (Courtesy of NatGeo)

Dave's Pest Control
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Worcester County Pest and Rodent Exterminators
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