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In New England, Carpenter Ants are the most likely of all ant species to invite themselves to move into your home, swarming in early Spring, but still around all Summer. Black, reddish-black, or at times even a bold red color when young, these social creatures live in large colonies and do their most damage to your home by carving tunnels through wood – usually moist wood that has a fungus or dry rotted wood – to build their nests. That carving is one of the telltale signs you have Carpenter Ants – little piles of what looks like sawdust, but often also contains ant body parts. They also like fiberglass and foam insulation, so look carefully. What else do you need to know?
Worker ants often live only a couple months, a queen can live several years once she has set up an active colony. So it’s essential to not just exterminate the ants, but to remove the nest.
In addition to eating wood in your home, ants eat other insects, like termites. But they also eat sweets, grease, suet, and meat products, carrying them to the nest from where they find them...like inside your house.
The termites at right are young and still forming. But it won’t take long before they will be eating through nearby wood wherever they can get to it. They depend on moist, dark, damp areas to live, though, so it’s wood exposed to moisture where you are most likely to see them. Or call Ladybug Pest Control now at 617-745-0044 and we will find and eradicate them for you.
Termite Essentials Did you know that Quincy, Boston, Milton, Braintree, and Weymouth are all considered areas at high risk for termite infestations? There are swarmers, workers, and soldiers, but no matter what “class” they are, you do not want them moving into and starting to eat your home, barn, building, restaurant, shed, or shop.
Spring and summer are the most likely times for “swarming,” but it’s wise to keep an eye out for warning signs at all times. Termites thrive in moist, dark, damp environments, so anywhere that water has leaked in, plumbing failed, or where part of a wood structure intersects directly with dirt that is often moist — like under a porch, in crawlspaces, or behind a shed — keep an eye out for the little creatures at left, although they can also be dark brown, reddish brown, or a deep gold color.
Then call the pros at Ladybug Pest Control. We’ve been removing and treating for termites for over 20 years, and we can handle yours as well as, and for less money, than any national pest control chain.
Usually, you only hear about blood-sucking creatures in horror movies. But, yes, Bed Bugs do suck the blood of human beings, as well as other things, so they love being in your bed and going through your clothes. At Ladybug, we employ very thorough practices specifically designed to eradicate Bed Bugs while making as little environmental impact on the infested areas as possible.
We are Bed Bug Specialists Bed Bugs are particularly insidious and can be especially difficult to get rid of. They do bite – just as the old “don’t let the bed bugs bite” wish suggests – and the filthiness of their presence can also be an allergy trigger, but they are usually more of an annoyance than a threat. Even so, you definitely want to get rid of them as soon as you see or suspect evidence of them, because they are a problem that, if left unaddressed, will only get worse…and fast.
Bed Bugs can infest any living quarters, but get out of hand most frequently in multi-unit buildings, like apartment houses, college dorms, hotels, and some condos. This is because if they get into one apartment, for example, they then get into the walls and transfer to adjacent apartments looking for “food.” And they can get into that first apartment as easily as being on the bag, coat, or hat of a visitor. They’re hard to eradicate because they are hard to see, they get into everything, and they scurry back into the walls to defend themselves.
Ladybug Pest Control has been finding, removing, and eradicating Bed Bugs for over 20 years. We know what works and what does not, and we know how to do it in the least obtrusive ways possible. If you own a home or building with Bed Bugs, you need someone who specializes in these annoying and disgusting little creatures. Call us first, or you'll probably have to call someone else more than once.
Ladybug can rid your home or buildings of German Cockroaches and more, and protect against them coming back. We’ll even provide tips on how to dissuade them from moving in with you in the first place.
German Cockroach Facts Oddly enough, the roaches found most often across the U.S. are…that’s right…German Cockroaches. There are so many of them because they reproduce quickly. The main problem with them is that their preferred diet is remnants of people food, although in truth they will eat just about anything. That’s why these disgusting creatures tend to live close to people, and their favorite place to stay is a human dwelling. Possibly yours.
Adult German Cockroaches have medium brown coloration with two visible dark stripes going from their head to the back. Young ones are almost black in color, but have the same stripes. Although they have wings, they prefer running to flying, and they usually grow to just over 1/2” long.
Make no mistake, German Roaches are not only disgusting themselves, they also bring germs and bacteria into the house from…well...places too disgusting to consider going to. They contaminate the space with waste products, which can also set off allergies, and cast off their skin. And to make the matters worse, they secrete odors – a musty smell in the room you can actually feel. They also reproduce quickly, so once you see one or more of these beasties in your home or building, act fast to get rid of them. Like calling us.
American Cockroaches are frequently also called Waterbugs because they are found in damp, dark, secluded areas, especially those with access to water. Reddish brown and often growing up to 1 1/2" long, American Roaches aren’t threatening, but do spread germs and bacteria, and they breed quickly. Our Protection Plans can get them out and keep them out for you.
American Cockroach Facts The favorite place for an American Cockroach to set up shop is warm, humid, and dark. Commonly found in steam heat tunnels or in large institutional buildings, they are often found near garbage, accesses to sewers, and sump pumps.
Young roaches, known as nymphs, can be found in dark basements, crawl spaces, and floor drains. Most often, they congregate in open spaces instead of small cracks and crevices.
The American Cockroach also likes damp locations and access to water. Indoors, they can be found in dark, moist areas like basements, crawl spaces, and around bathtubs and enclosed plumbing – also the type of areas where mother roaches prefer to have their babies.
The preferred diet of the American Cockroach is rotting organic matter, but they will eat...almost anything. They really like sweets, too, which is why they will also feed on starchy items like book bindings (check the attic) and the back of wall paper. We know this, and can find them for you.
The house mouse may be cute in a photo, but it's creepy and disgusting when skittering around inside your home’s walls, through your boxes in the attic, and around your garbage cans.
Facts About Mice Perhaps the most prevalent house pest anywhere is the common house mouse, also known as "Mus musculus.” They may look small and innocent, but they are also incredibly filthy and destructive little beasts inside a home. In fact, many homeowners learn of their presence by finding their droppings before they ever see or hear the mouse itself.
During warm weather, mice are often content living out amongst the grass and trees, but once it starts to get cold outside, they tend to move inside like the rest of us. That’s definitely something you do not want. Not only are mice known to gnaw through home materials, like walls, wiring, and floorboards, but will also eat boxes, furniture, clothing, and even rubber hoses on old cars and appliances if given time and opportunity, like in an attic or a quiet part of the garage. And they will leave it contaminated by their feces and urine.
In addition to all of that, one female mouse can have 50- 60 babies per year. In your house. Which just keeps expanding the cycle and their presence.
Call Ladybug and we will not only remove the house mouse problem, but will recommend actions to make your home rodent-resistant for the future.
Don’t be intimidated by Brown Rats infiltrating your business or home. Call Ladybug and one of our trained pest control techs will be there shortly to remove the intruder(s) and take actions to prevent future incursions by this bothersome little beast.
Rat Facts While there are several varieties of rats, the type most often sneaking into New England businesses and homes is the Brown Rat. Also known as Norway Rats, brown rats are a real nuisance due to the significant damage they can do to their environs, as well as the large amount of stored or growing foods they can eat or contaminate. Even worse, brown rats often also carry diseases that can infect both people and pets.
Despite the name, brown rats tend to have a mix of gray and brown hair, although they do look much more brown overall at a glance than the darker and smaller black rat. Most weigh a pound or less, and can grow to about 16” long.
Outdoors, brown rats often burrow in the ground, but once they move indoors, they nest inside walls or ceilings, in attics and crawlspaces, or anywhere it deems safe, warm, and protected. And getting inside only takes about a 1/2” opening for a brown rat, which is no surprise since they often enter buildings by swimming through sewer lines, can climb brick and stone walls, and have been known to gnaw through materials as tough as cinder block.
And make no mistake – rats are as comfortable in the suburbs and country as they are in the city. At Ladybug Pest Control, we provide a range of removal and prevention strategies, and have over 20 years of experience helping our customers get their rat problems under control.
Stinging Insect Nests
The photo above shows the "textured paper" look of a wasp or hornets nest, but the nests of stinging insects come in a variety of forms and are more likely to be under eaves of your house or building, near entrances, garden sheds, and porch overhangs. Call Ladybug first to have them removed safely.
What You Need to Know About Bee, Hornet, and Wasp Nests. The first thing to know about bees, hornets, and wasps is that they are all part of the same group of flying, sometimes stinging insects. Certain varieties of these quick little flyers can be aggressive and territorial, but most will only sting if provoked or threatened. That said, you should never assume that you know what will or won’t make them feel threatened, because assuming wrong can be extremely dangerous, especially if a person who is stung turns out to be truly allergic.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from harm if you come across a bee, hornet, or wasp nest is to call Ladybug Pest Control at 617-745-0044 for your stinging insect removal and protection. Note that some nests can be home to thousands of stinging, flying insects who for one reason or another suddenly consider you a threat. And they can act together as one to try to eliminate that threat. While you usually won’t need us to handle one or two of these little critters, a nest of them is something altogether different, and very serious. Be careful.
Pantry & Clothing Moths
At right is the Common Clothes Moth, also known as Tineola Bisselliella. It obtains its nourishment from cloth, especially wool and other natural fibers, although it will also eat grains. They can be quite tricky to get rid of, so if you see them, call Ladybug first to schedule a service call.
Facts About Moths The term “Pantry Moth” most often refers to Indian Meal Moths, a small moth that feeds on the type of dry foods typically stored in a kitchen pantry. They usually do not “get in” as adults, they generally come in as eggs in packaged goods, especially bags of bird seed.
Clothing Moths, on the other hand, come in several varieties, colors, sizes, and origins, but all are known to eat various fabrics — clothing, curtains, rugs, upholstery, and even tapestries.
What these moths have in common is that they can carry germs, their feces gets on everything it lands or walks on without eating, and they can destroy or significantly damage property in your home. Because they are often small and quick, they can also be difficult to track, find, and eradicate if you do not do that for a living. We do. If you suspect you have moths, or even if you just can’t figure out what’s going on, call Ladybug at 617-745-0044 and we’ll rid your home or building of the moths and set up a protective barrier so they don’t come back.
It’s not unusual to come across a many-legged Occasional Invader like this in your kitchen, bathroom, or basement. In fact, they often travel indoors via drains. It’s a centipede and is generally harmless, but they can move fast and, like all insects, they can spread germs and bacteria that could make you or a child sick.
Invaders? What? Really? Yes, that’s a real category in pest control circles. Occasional Invaders refers to those insects that you may not see very often, but that can still cause real problems and, at the very least, creep out you, your family, or your tenants. In New England, a few such pests put into this category include: • Centipedes & Millipedes • Crickets • Earwigs • Beetles • Sowbugs • American House Spiders • Comb-Clawed Spiders • Silverfish • Common Pillbugs • Stinkbugs • Seedbugs • Brown dog ticks (and other ticks)
Make no mistake — any one of the Occasional Invaders on this list can be damaging to your building or home, and need to be removed or eliminated in its own way. Call Ladybug Pest Control and we will not only remove the invaders and protect against new infestations, but will also give you tips on how to avoid future problems with the specific pests troubling you.
A flea infestation may sound minor, but it can take a lot of time and effort to overcome. The pros at Ladybug Pest Control have the experience, training, and resources to rid your home of them, as well as great empathy for what fleas can put your pets and family through until they are gone.
Flea Facts The flea shown at right is a Cat Flea, but it’s found on dogs and cats in equal amounts. Of course, you will never see a flea this large outside of a movie. This one was photographed via microscope. Adult fleas can be seen with the naked eye, though, and are very narrow, making it easy for them to go between the hairs of your pets’ coats. And if they haven’t had a "blood meal" in a while, you may even see them jump toward a pet or a family member in search of their next feeding.
If you follow a flea defense regimen suggested by your veteranarian for your pets, you are likely to find fewer fleas in the house, but that may not stop them all. Fleas are parasites, after all, that thrive on drawing blood meals from animals or people. And fleas can also get in on rodents, like a mouse. Even after a mouse is caught in a trap, the fleas can move on into the house.
Ridding your home of fleas, as well as their eggs, larvae, and pupae can be quite difficult, and very complex since fleas tend to live on pets and people, in addition to nesting areas. Call Ladybug right away and our pros will come evaluate your flea situation, then recommend a full program for evicting and eliminating the little creatures.
Flies & Fruit Flies
The Fruit Flies at right are much smaller than common house flies, but because food contamination is the top problem they cause in homes, hotels, food stores, and restaurants, they are big enough to take steps to protect yourself, your family, and your property from them.
Facts About Flies There are many varieties of flies in the world, but in the New England area we serve, the most prevalent and annoying to our customers are usually common House Flies and – around food – Fruit Flies.
Neither of these flies is threatening or damaging to property under normal circumstances, but all flies can transmit disease and contaminate food. In fact, they can pass along over 100 various pathogens and have been known to spread malaria, salmonella, and tuberculosis. Food contamination, though, is the most vital reason to control these pests and protect your home, restaurant, store, or other business and your family’s or customers’ health.
As for fruit flies, we often think of them as hovering around a kitchen or picnic area, but if you have kids, you know “forgotten" food can show up anywhere in your house, including nightstands, near the TV, on desks, in backpacks, and more. But not just food — discarded food packaging, like pudding cups or frozen yogurt wrappers, will also attract fruit flies to linger and nest.
If you have a fly infestation, call us at Ladybug Pest Control and we will come assess your situation, make recommendations, and treat your home or business to eliminate the problem.