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Eight Facts About Torpor and Hibernation

Eight Facts About Torpor and Hibernation

In New England, we are accustomed to seeing the local wildlife prepare for the long cold, harsh winter months ahead.  While some head to warmer climates for the winter, many are storing food and eating everything in sight to fatten up for the winter. Others begin to grow long thick furry coats, look for cozy… Read more »

Why Do I Have Mice?

Why Do I Have Mice?

It is a dark and stormy night. You’ve popped the corn, iced the tea, and settled into your favorite chair for a relaxing night of Netflix. As you immerse yourself in the latest Hollywood zombie flick, you hear a faint scratching noise coming from the kitchen. With white knuckles and bated breath, you creep warily… Read more »

Keep an eye out for these winter wildlife pests!

Keep an eye out for these winter wildlife pests!

Most people might not expect to run into many wildlife issues in the dead of winter. And often you won’t. Especially, where much of the wildlife that we usually encounter are bunkered down for the winter, like skunks and bats. However, there are still several critters that go about their days in the winter, much… Read more »

Why are there dead flies in my house?

Why are there dead flies in my house?

Updated October 2017. It’s the dead of winter. Most days it is brutally cold outside, with the furnace or woodstove constantly burning to keep the thermostat somewhere in the warm range. Today, however, you are blessed with a day many New Englanders call a “January Thaw.” You know, one of those unseasonably warm winter days… Read more »

The Top Three Mice Questions

The Top Three Mice Questions

(Drumroll, please). Not to be outdone by the Oscar nominations, we too have our tops list to roll out. These are the top three questions most often asked about mice. Number 3: How did they get into my home? Great question. It combines a couple of myths that we’ve talked about in earlier blogs. The… Read more »

Ice Dams: Moisture, Mold, Mildew and PESTS!

Ice Dams: Moisture, Mold, Mildew and PESTS!

In New England, that clean white blanket of snow can be very picturesque, and even fun – if you enjoy getting out to play in it. However, it can also bring a whole host of concerns for homeowners, from snow removal, slippery paths, to damaging ice dams! According to the University of Minnesota Extension, ice dams… Read more »

Where do bugs go for the winter?

Where do bugs go for the winter?

New England winters can be rather harsh, with sub-zero temperatures, high winds and of course snow! Sometimes lot’s of it. It is also the only time of year that New Englanders can find some relief from pesky insects, like mosquitoes, ticks, and wasps. Miraculously, as soon as the temperatures start to rise again, the ground thaws… Read more »

Real Tree? Real Pests!

Real Tree? Real Pests!

The holiday season brings with it a wealth of traditions, one of the most prominent being the Christmas tree. For many of us in New England, this means gathering the family together and driving out to a local tree farm to pick out the perfect, freshly-cut tree. Live evergreens bring the classically pleasant smell of… Read more »

SQUIRRELS: The Scourge of Holiday Lights?

SQUIRRELS: The Scourge of Holiday Lights?

Updated October 2017. I don’t know about you, but to me, one of the biggest frustrations of the holiday season is rigging up the lights outside my home.  After hauling the boxes out of the crawlspace in the garage, sifting through the mass of knotted, tangled wires – to then change all the bulbs that… Read more »

Will This Winter Freeze Out Frustrating Pests?

Will This Winter Freeze Out Frustrating Pests?

You always hear about how bugs can’t survive the winter and die in droves as the temperatures dip in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and the surrounding New England area. But what actually happens to pests when the weather outside is frightful? What does it take to lower the population during next year’s thaw? Exactly how does weather… Read more »