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Larder Beetles are Emerging for Spring

Larder Beetles are Emerging for Spring

Chances are you’ve seen a larder beetle before. If someone described a small, oval bug with a dark-colored body and a light stripe around, it would probably sound familiar. Larder beetles are a common and frequent guest in both residential and commercial settings. The name comes from their presence in dried, cured meats stored at… Read more »

Can Ticks Transmit Disease to Cats?

Can Ticks Transmit Disease to Cats?

We know that ticks are vectors of terrible diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever in humans. But what about cats? In this blog, we’ll explore what diseases ticks spread to cats, how to spot them, and how to prevent your cat from getting them in the first place. You want to keep your… Read more »

Do Your Travel Plans Include Bed Bugs?

Do Your Travel Plans Include Bed Bugs?

  A recent AAA Travel survey showed that nearly 100 million Americans are planning to take a family vacation in 2019. Spring and summer trips comprise a majority of these plans. And while traveling for a vacation sounds like a blast, the experts at Modern Pest know that increased travel also means increased risk of… Read more »

What are Termite Swarmers?

What are Termite Swarmers?

The first signs of termite season are swarmers. Swarmers are winged young adult male and female termites that have left to start a new colony. Swarmers are also called reproductives. Termites can cause $5 billion in damage annually, and it’s usually not covered by insurance. Keep reading to find out more about swarmers, and how… Read more »

Is a Carpenter Ant Invasion on the Way?

Is a Carpenter Ant Invasion on the Way?

Experts predict that 2019 could be a busy season for carpenter ants. “A winter with a large snowpack usually leads to an uptick in carpenter ant activity in the spring,” said Joe Hyland, one of Modern Pest’s Associate Certified Entomologists (A.C.E.). Snowfall totals throughout Maine were above average, with Northern Maine well above average. Snowpack… Read more »

When the Weather Warms, Spring Pests Emerge

When the Weather Warms, Spring Pests Emerge

Spring’s mix of warmth and moisture is practically an alarm clock for pests to emerge from their overwintering spots. Activity increases inside and outside of homes as pests seek food and water. Many are looking to mate. The warmer weather also wakes up pests that are already inside your walls from last fall. Some will… Read more »

Why Do I Need Mosquito, Flea, and Tick Service?

Why Do I Need Mosquito, Flea, and Tick Service?

Mosquito, flea, and tick season is upon us. When temperatures reach a consistent 50 degrees, mosquito eggs begin hatching and mosquito season begins. This means that in New England, the season starts in late April and early May. Early spring is also when fleas and ticks become active. Their bites, stings, and mere presence can… Read more »

What You Should Know About Termites

What You Should Know About Termites

Termite Awareness Week is from March 10-16, 2019. It’s a national observance where the pest control industry educates the public about termite risk and prevention. Following an unusually warm start to winter, professionals are predicting an early termite season. Termites are one of the most destructive pests and can cause $5 billion in damage annually.… Read more »

Can You Deduct Pest Control from Your Taxes?

Can You Deduct Pest Control from Your Taxes?

There are certain circumstances where your pest control costs can be deducted from your taxes. It’s always a good idea to check with a tax professional to make sure you’re getting the correct deductions. But if you have a home office, own rental property, or own a business, chances are you can deduct at least… Read more »

Does Harsh Winter Weather Send Pests Inside Your Home?

Does Harsh Winter Weather Send Pests Inside Your Home?

With temperatures in the single digits and the wind chill below zero, New England winters can be serious business. Frigid weather keeps us inside or bundled up when we must venture out. But how are these conditions affecting your home? And are they sending pests inside? Read on to find out what you can do,… Read more »