Bed Bug Awareness Week

April 22nd, 2014

Bed bugs are a blight to many households. Most people know them as the sneaky little bloodsuckers that take turns feasting on unsuspecting sleepers throughout the night. The parasitic insects are revolting and pose a health concern, even though they aren’t known to spread disease. What they can do is cause itchiness, loss of sleep, and increased risk of skin infection with their nasty bites. If you think that you have bed bugs in your home, here are some signs to look out for and what you can do for bed bugs control.

Common Signs of the Presence of Bed Bugs

> Small dots of blood located randomly on the bed sheets or pillowcases

> Rust-colored fecal matter on the mattress or other soft furniture

> Molted exoskeletons found in dark and hard-to-reach areas

> Live or dead bed bugs hiding in the folds of the bed sheets or tears in the mattress

> Red, itchy bite marks on areas of the body exposed while sleeping.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Bed bug control isn’t easy. The pests are just as hard to completely eliminate as they are to find, but the following prevention tips can help to ensure that they never bug you in the first place.

> Educate yourself about bed bugs and know the signs of an infestation. Regularly inspect areas where you sleep and rest.

>De-clutter your home. Bed bugs are experts at staying concealed, so cleaning up your living space, particularly your bedroom, will give them fewer places to hide. Dispose of all items that you don’t need, or store them away properly. Pick up all clothing off the floor.

> Wash your bed sheets and pillowcases regularly in hot water.

> Vacuum your home on a regular basis and specifically in the areas where you sleep and rest. Make sure that you don’t miss hard floors, furniture, baseboards, and crevices and cracks.

>Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining them for signs of bed bugs

> Don’t share sleeping materials or clothing with anyone. Bed bugs hiding on your items can easily transfer to someone else and they could also be transferred to your home.

>Consider using mattress, pillow and box spring encasements that are lab tested and certified for bed bug protection.

>Enlist the help of bed bug control professionals at Modern Pest Services. Modern Pest offers customized bed bug treatment control plans to address your situation. The more severe an infestation, the more difficult it is to treat. Contact Modern Pest right away at the first sign of bed bugs and sleep easy!

April is National Pest Management Month

April 15th, 2014

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It’s National Pest Management Month! For most people, it might not be as exciting as, say, Christmas, but around here it’s a pretty big deal! National Pest Management Month began more than thirty years ago. It is intended to bring awareness to pests as a public health issue, as well as recognize the efforts of those in the pest control industry.

Since this observance falls in the spring when pests begin to come out of winter hiding, it’s a good time for homeowners to spend some time on their pest control efforts. Some common household pests include Carpenter Ants, Pavement and other Small Ants, Termites, Springtails, Earwigs Sow Bugs, Centipedes, Millipedes and Spiders. This is the time of year that pests begin to multiply and, in the case of ants, this population growth usually includes habitat expansion. More often than not, homes are within the growth range of existing ant colonies, and this can lead to troublesome infestations.

Here are some simple things you can do to protect your home from pesky invaders this spring.

• Remove dead leaves, twigs and debris that may have built up in your yard over the winter. These are perfect homes for bugs and insects!
• Trim trees or bushes near your home; make sure to cut back any branches that are touching your house, as they can serve as a ‘walkway’ for bugs to enter.
• Clean your gutters.
• Fill in any cracks or gaps in windows, doorways and the foundation.
• Clean your kitchen thoroughly to remove any tempting food crumbs.
• Clean out cluttered storage areas where pests can hide.
• Repair any leaky pipes or fixtures; many bugs are looking for a water source.
• Contact Modern Pest Services for an effective year-round pest management solution.
• If you currently have service, tell your pest control technician thank you, and Happy Pest Management Month!

These preventative actions can help stop an infestation before it begins. It is much easier to prevent a pest control problem than to stop one!

The lack of a pest management program in the spring will allow pests unfettered access to the home, potentially causing damage and spreading disease. A successful spring service will lay the groundwork for pest-free warm weather months and provide a foundation on which future pest management services can be built.

Modern Pest Services has been serving New England with fast, effective pest control solutions for the home and workplace for more than sixty-nine years. We have proven our reputation by providing consistent quality services and we have been recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro company. If you haven’t experienced the Modern Pest difference, try us for your pest control needs!

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When to Treat Your Yard for Deer Ticks

April 11th, 2014

An adult deer tick

By: Matthew Campbell

We all get the heebie-jeebies when we see a tick crawling up our legs. The feeling is worse when one is embedded in our skin. People call Modern Pest Services expressing how they’re scared to step foot in their own yards. No one should have to worry about being outside on their own property.

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Dead Flies Everywhere!

March 27th, 2014

A mess of dead cluster flies

By: Matthew Campbell

Does this picture remind you of an all too familiar sight this the spring?

These are cluster flies, and they’re making a mess in thousands of homes right now. They’re a distasteful sight, but there’s no shame in finding these dead flies littering your floors and window sills. In fact, if you live in a rural area, it’s common to see them this time of year. And you’ll continue to see them until summer.

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3 Key Differences between Winged Termites and Flying Ants

March 20th, 2014

A (Winged) Termite Swarmer with Workers

By: Matthew Campbell

After a long, cold winter, especially the one we just had in New England, spring is a welcome guest. The bugs that come with it are not.

Two in particular are waking up right now. They’re small, they live in large colonies, and their presence is disturbing to homeowners. These are termites and carpenter ants, and they’re about to swarm.

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Know Your Termite and Prevent an Infestation

March 6th, 2014

A swarmer among workers and a soldier (has red mandibles)

By: Matthew Campbell

Termites are ecologically important in nature – they break down wood to be recycled and used in the surrounding ecosystem. In your home, however, termites can be an expensive nightmare. Save yourself the hassle and money by familiarizing yourself to this serious threat.

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Olympians of the Insect World

February 20th, 2014

By: Matthew Campbell

Have you been keeping an eye on Sochi? In case you haven’t, as of this morning (2/20/14), U.S.A has 7 gold, 5 silver, and 11 bronze medals.

In the spirit of the 2014 Olympics, we at Modern thought it’d be fun to take a look at some gold winners of the insect world. Among the millions of species of insects, the following five have proven to be Olympians in their own way.

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How Some Insects Might Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2014

"Fifty Shades of Bed Bugs"

By: Matthew Campbell

Are you a Valentine’s Day humbug? Perhaps learning about the following insects and their love-lives will help lighten your mood. They certainly make me happy to be human.

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Pest Management Professionals: From Hire to Your Home

January 30th, 2014

Nancy Ansheles from USM's Continuing Education Program leads a communications skills workshop last spring.

By: Matthew Campbell

When your home is invaded by pests, you want the person who’ll save the day to be professional, experienced, and trustworthy. After all, it’s your home, your family, your money!

Modern focuses on recruiting the best team members – individuals who exhibit a strong work ethic, are passionate about problem solving, and provide outstanding customer service. They also need to have a safe driving record and pass a physical exam, a criminal background check, and a drug screening.

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Which Is NOT An Insect?

January 22nd, 2014

A tick, centipede, sow bug, and spider

By: Matthew Campbell

Which of the following is NOT an insect?

  1. Sow Bug
  2. Millipede
  3. Spider
  4. Centipede
  5. Tick

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