Spiders are Invading!

July 1st, 2014

Sometimes it seems as if spiders have invaded our homes and gardens. No matter where you look, spiders and their webs lurk behind furniture, over windows, in corners of rooms, in light fixtures, on ceilings and under cabinets. Outside, they occupy flower pots and build webs between foliage and live under eaves.

Most spiders, even if they are scary to look at, are harmless to humans. Spiders usually avoid places frequented by people. They prefer to live in places that are undisturbed, catching and feeding on unwanted insects such as moths, mosquitoes, flies and beetles. Spiders are particularly beneficial in the garden because they feed on garden pests that affect the health of plants. Although South Portland is well-known for its green spaces, you may not want to cohabitate with critters better appreciated outdoors. You can enlist the help of Modern Pest Services to devise a spider control program to take back your home from six-legged stowaways.

There are steps you can take yourself to reduce the occurrence of indoor spiders. Vacuuming regularly removes spiders and their webs. Clean behind furniture, in corners and in and around windows. Use screens to prevent other insects from entering the building. Because spiders feed on other insects, an abundance of spiders may indicate a problem with other unwanted insects as well.

While most spiders are innocuous to humans, a few species have a poisonous bite. The bites of black widow and brown recluse spiders can cause reactions in humans ranging from pain in the area of the bite to muscle cramping, fever, vomiting or difficulty breathing. Both the black widow, identifiable by a red splotch on the abdomen, and brown recluse, identifiable by a brown violin shape on its head, are common in the southeastern and western United States, but are found throughout North America. If you have a problem with spiders, the professional exterminators at Modern Pest can recommend appropriate treatment for spider control in South Portland, Maine.

Modern Pest control has locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. If you think that spiders are a problem in your home, contact Modern Pest to speak to a spider control specialist.

Rodent Control in Woburn, Massachusetts

June 24th, 2014

Imagine living in San Francisco, where news reports indicate a woman, known as “Rat girl,” has been breeding and releasing rats into the city streets for years! Fortunately, most of us aren’t directly affected by this woman’s unusual pastime. On the other hand, homeowners do need to be aware of the signs of a rodent infestation and call a rodent exterminator in Woburn, Massachusetts if necessary.

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Identifying and Controlling Carpenter Ants

June 5th, 2014

By: Matthew Campbell

New England – Maine and New Hampshire especially – has a problem with carpenter ants. Like termites, they destroy wood and weaken the integrity of your home. Across the U.S., carpenter ants are responsible for thousands of dollars in structural damage. Many homeowners in New England are aware of these destructive ants, but many don’t know what they look like or how serious an infestation is.

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Myths and Facts about Bed Bugs

May 21st, 2014

Want to prevent a bed bug infestation? Know the facts!

By: Matthew Campbell

Bed bugs have become an epidemic, infesting homes, hotels, vehicles, restaurants, and other places where people congregate. More and more people are becoming aware of this problem, and more and more people call pest management companies with preconceptions and misinformation about bed bugs. What’s important to know is that that the best way to control and prevent a bed bug infestation is to learn the facts about them. Here are some common myths about bed bugs and the correct information to set them straight.

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What’s Buzzing Around Your Home?

May 15th, 2014

Modern's Pest Management Professional, Heather Steckino, with a wasp nest

By: Matthew Campbell

As a pest management professional, it doesn’t surprise me that most people don’t know the difference between a paper wasp, a yellowjacket, a hornet, and a cicada killer. When one’s buzzing around our children or nesting around our home, our instinct isn’t to stop and wonder. But if you are curious, here’s how to tell them apart.

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Is One Treatment Enough to Get Rid of Ants?

May 7th, 2014

A group of medium-sized carpenter ants

By: Matthew Campbell

Spring is a wonderful season – migratory birds return from their southern homes, leaves and flowers bloom, we have more hours of sunlight and warmth. Unfortunately, bugs come back too.

Ants are active now and invading peoples’ homes. Before you call a pest management company to take care of them, you should know that we don’t want to just put a band-aid on your pest problems. We want to provide a long-term solution. That’s what pest management means. There is no magical wand that we can wave to get rid of your pests once and for all. It requires proactive monitoring and preventative treatments. This is true for ants and dozens of other common household pests.

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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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