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How To Prevent Ants From Entering Your Home

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Spring is upon on us, and although we can all enjoy the warmer weather, the return of flowers, and the leaves growing on trees, spring also ushers in the return of many pests. Mosquitos, fleas, ticks, and ants are all common in spring. As pest control experts in the Greater Boston area, we often help our clients deal with these annoying insects. But one thing that sets us apart is aside from providing inspections, extermination, and pest removal services, we also provide pest prevention advice to stop returning pests in the future. Here are a few tips we give on how to prevent ants. And if you have an ant infestation, feel free to call us and set up an appointment.

Know The Signs of Ant Infestation

Groups of ants are known as colonies for a variety of reasons. First, they like to find a home to infest and build elaborate infrastructure in. Second, different ants have different roles. Scout ants have the specific job of scouting for a potential home for the colony. Usually, ants travel in large groups either in straight lines or even in swarms. But scout ants go off on their own looking for food to bring back to the anthill. If you notice a few ants in your kitchen, it is likely that a colony is nearby.

Keep Surfaces Clean

The first reason an ant colony will move into your home is if they have immediate and easy access to crumbs. Keep surfaces in your kitchen clean of crumbs and other food particles. Wherever you eat in your home; dining rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, etc. you should always keep these places regularly cleaned. Simply wiping down counter surfaces and not leaving out dishes can deter ants from moving in.

Proper Food Storage

After you have handled cleaning your kitchen, pay attention to how food is stored. Make sure that all pantry items are sealed tight. If ants can get inside bags of chips or into boxes of cereal, they are sure to come back on routine visits. Keeping food sealed is important in stopping ants from coming back.

What To Do When You Already Have Ants

If you notice scout ants walking around your home, there are a variety of things you may want to consider for preventing the colony from moving in. First, make sure to follow the above steps to potentially deter any chance of infestation. Afterwards, consider the following steps.

  • Removing Ant Trails: When an ant walks across a surface they leave scent trails for other ants to follow. Wipe down surfaces with vinegar and water to remove these trails. It is important to do this wherever you see ants.
  • Set Bait: You may want to strategically set some storebought ant bait on your countertops. Many ant baits are designed to kill scout ants and even potentially destroy nearby colonies as the bait is brought back to the colony.
  • Destroy Colonies: It is likely that ants that enter your home actually live in colonies around your building. If you see mounds of dirt, you can apply an extermination product to the ant colony to destroy it.
  • Hire Pest Control: If you are unable to get rid of your ant problem, you may want to contact a professional pest control expert.

Absolut Pest Control’s Ant Services in Greater Boston

Absolut Pest Control, based in Amesbury Massachusetts, provides ant control solutions for homeowners and businesses throughout Greater Boston. Learn more and contact us for an appointment by visiting our website.

5 Ways To Prevent Mosquitos This Spring

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For Massachusetts residents, spring and summer are often a long-awaited time of the year. With our seasons, it is not strange how excited residents get to open up their back decks, de-winterize their pools, and start planning that beach trip. One issue that every homeowner feels though is the returns of bugs and pests. There are a variety of insects and bugs that bother homeowners, but on the top of that list are mosquitoes. Not only are mosquito bites annoying, but in some areas, mosquitoes can transfer deadly diseases. That is why it is important to prevent mosquitos from getting inside your home. Here are a few tips to prevent mosquitos.

Get Rid Of Standing Water

Mosquitos need still water for their eggs. In just 14 days mosquitos can breed and lay hundreds of eggs in still water. Because there is so much rainfall during the early spring months it is important to check around your property for standing water. Check for puddles, water around your gutters, and birdbaths to make sure you do not leave standing water available for mosquitoes.

Use Window & Door Screens

Wire screens are one of the most effective ways to stop mosquitoes from getting indoors. Every spring you should inspect any wire screens you have near your windows or doors. Make sure there are no large holes. If there are any tears you can either repair or replace your wiring. We also recommend making sure that the screen and window hang straight inside of the window’s cutout. Any small gaps can be potential entry points for small insects.

Stay Indoors At Night

We have all experienced it, bugs tend to get worse at night. That is because mosquitos are more likely to feed during the darker hours. If you are having a BBQ outdoors, we highly recommend taking it indoors after the sunsets.

Use Repellents

Even during the daylight, mosquitos can be a problem. That is why it is recommended to use repellents and bug spray. The most effective repellents use DEET. According to the CDC, DEET is safe to use but you should avoid spraying it near the eyes or mouth. If you are worried about synthetic chemical compounds, you can consider using a natural alternative. There are a variety of natural bug sprays that use eucalyptus to get rid of bugs.

Hire A Pest Control Service

Pest control services that specialize in insect removal can help you prevent mosquitos, wasps, bees, and yellowjackets. A pest control expert can go over your property and make recommendations to help prevent mosquitos from nesting and breeding near your property. If you live in Massachusetts and have a problem with mosquitoes or would like a pest control inspection, please give us a call.

Pest Control Services During COVID19

beehive covered in bees

With the recent COVID19 outbreak in America, non-essential businesses have closed throughout Massachusetts as per a recent message from Governor Charlie Baker. A large majority of the workforce is working from home. During this extended time at home, pest control services are an important consideration every homeowner and business owner should think about.

Pest Control For Closing Businesses

When a building is uninhabited for an extended duration of time (i.e. vacation or a seasonal business closing) there can be issues with pests. Both rodents and insects are more likely to infest an unoccupied building compared to an occupied one. If you are switching to a work from home schedule and will be leaving your office building unattended consider hiring a pest control service to make routine checks or to provide preventative maintenance tips. This is especially true for restaurants and other food services. With so many restaurants closing throughout Boston and Massachusetts, it is important to take time to secure all non-perishable foods and properly dispose of perishable foods. The team at Absolut Pest Control can help make recommendations to shore up your security while you are gone. We provide preventative pest control services where we will inspect a building for any potential weaknesses that may lead to pest problems in the future.

Pest Control For Work From Home Families

As more and more workers adjust to work from home life, it becomes more important to make sure that you take proper pest control precautions. Spring is upon us, and like many seasonal changes, this brings unique pest problems. Beehives, wasps, yellow jackets, mosquitos, and other pests will become more prevalent. Many homeowners will also have to deal with nesting birds or rodents around their property. If you need pest control services, the team at Absolut Pest Control can help. Our team of licensed pest control professionals can provide you with pest solutions and help remove any hives or nests from the outside of your property. Just give us a call, and a member of our team can help.

Questions? Send us a message!

During this COVID19 outbreak, we are getting many questions from homeowners about our pest control services. If you have a question about any of our pest control solutions, send us a message. We would love to help you with any pest problem you are having on your property. We also offer general pest inspections for apartment buildings and office buildings that may need extra protection this season.

Winter Pest Control Tips

It is December in New England. We have a few snowfalls, families are getting ready for the holiday season, and if you have made it this far without turning your heat on you are a true New Englander. As it continues to get colder and colder outside of your home, pests and especially rodents will be looking for any home to make their own for the next few months. Compared to finding shelter in the wilderness, your home or commercial property is very preferred. There is heat, access to food, and cable. Although they probably don’t care about that last one. Regardless, you will want to do whatever you can to keep pests and rodents from entering your home and setting up camp.

Preventing Mice & Rats From Eating Your Food This Winter

The goal of preventing rodents from entering your home this winter is to make sure you do whatever you can to not make your home appealing to them in the first place. That doesn’t mean not having your heat on. Instead, you need to do whatever you can to keep food out of their hands. First off we recommend storing all of your food in airtight plastic containers. Trash should not be left uncovered and should be taken out frequently to avoid attracting rats, mice, or raccoons. And of course, you should periodically clean your kitchen and bedrooms with vacuum cleaners to collect food crumbs and debris.

Schedule A Winter Pest Control Inspection

Another important tactic for winter pest control is to have professionals survey your property. If you have had issues with rodents in the past, you should hire a pest control team to get to the bottom of how they are getting into your home. Pest Control experts know where to look and what to look for to find entry points. With some simple carpentry, you can limit the ease of entrance for pests coming into your home.

What To Do When You See Pests In Your Home

If there is a rodent in your home, do not rely on store-bought traps. Many of those traps can be ineffective and cleaning up after them can be a hassle. Instead, hire a pest control team to remove the rodents and find the issues that led to the infestation in the first place. Simply getting rid of one rodent at a time is not an effective way to deal with rodents longterm.

Contact Absolut Pest Control

For homes and businesses throughout Eastern Massachusetts, there is one name in Pest Control everyone trusts: Absolut Pest Control. Give us a call to discuss a pest control inspection or the removal of a rodent or other issue.

Tips For Dealing With Raccoons

Raccoon eating garbage

At best raccoons can be an annoying nuisance: getting into the trash, destroying patio furniture, or harassing outdoor pets. At worst, a raccoon can get stuck in your home and nest, and attack members of your family and destroy parts of your home. Getting rid of raccoons can be a hassle and although there are DIY methods for raccoon control, it is always recommended that you contact a local pest control professional. But before you worry about raccoons, there are a few ways to prevent a raccoon problem in the first place.

Keep Raccoons Out Of The Home

When it comes to raccoons, it is preferred that they stay outdoors. Raccoons like to nest, especially in colder months. Because of that, it is important to limit the possibility of raccoons getting into your home. Luckily, raccoons are much larger than rodents or insects, This means it is unlikely that they will be able to enter your home through the same small holes that other pests do. Raccoons generally try to get into attics and basements. To avoid this make sure all windows and doorways are secure. Be aware of tree branches that can make it easy for raccoons to get to the roof. Generally, your tree branches should end five feet away from the home. Make sure your chimney has a cover and screen to protect it from raccoon invasion.

Do Not Provide Food To Raccoons

The most likely reason you have a raccoon problem is that you (or your neighbor) makes it easy for raccoons to get a meal on your property. Although it can be tempting to put your trash out the night before garbage day, waking up early to take the trash out can prevent raccoons from moving to your property. Limiting food options outdoors will decrease the chances of raccoons. That is why it is also important to make sure any outdoor eating areas on porches, decks, and patios, are properly cleaned after use.

Do Not Expect A Dog To Deter Raccoons

There is an unfortunate myth that having outdoor dogs will prevent raccoons. Although it is true that some breeds of dogs are able to protect your property better than others, raccoons will fight with dogs and you do not want your bet to get injured. Cats may be good options to get rid of mice, but that is because cats have distinct physically advantages, raccoons can terribly injure your pets.

Call Pest Control

If you see raccoons on your property, do not wait, call Absolut Pest Control. Our team has decades of experience removing rodents and other pests from properties. We can remove raccoons from your attics, basements, lawns, and other areas of your property. Give us a call today or contact us online.

What To Do If A Squirrel Is Inside Your Home

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Squirrels are a loved animal throughout Massachusetts. People love watching them scurry around the Boston Common and Public Garden or even their own backyards. But a squirrel stuck inside your home can cause a lot of problems. First, squirrels can carry rabies and other diseases. Also similar to bats, squirrels are easily panicked and may attack you if you startle them. Aside from disease and attacks, squirrels can cause property damage as they frantically jump around your furniture. Dealing with squirrels is not really something many homeowners are prepared for. Unlike with rodent control, squirrels are not as common. That is why we created this step by step process to deal with squirrels on your property.

If Possible Let The Squirrel Find A Way Out

Most of the time, a squirrel wants out of your property as much as you do. A curious squirrel may have entered your home looking for food, but once trapped, it will desperately look for an exit. The first step you can try is to clear an easy path for the squirrel to exits. Opening windows and doors and keeping them propped open can be effective. However, sometimes squirrels will not want to leave your property. This is especially true in the late fall months. Squirrels may see your home as a possible place to avoid winter weather, which means you will need to find another way to deal with them.

DIY Squirrel Removal

This is not always recommended, but some homeowners attempt to remove squirrels on their own. If you intend to remove a squirrel using a DIY method the most effective one is the blanket method. First make sure you have no exposed skin, because squirrels can claw at you and bite. Then grab a blanket and slowly corner the squirrel. Very quickly, drop the blanket on top of the squirrel, wrap them up, and bring them outside. Warning: this method can cause damage to your property, the squirrel to attack you, or can be ineffective if the squirrel decides to return to your home.

Get Squirrel Control From A Pest Control Service

The safest way to deal with a squirrel is to hire a pest control service. If possible contain the squirrel in a single room until the pest control service can come to your property. Once there they can handle the humane removal of the squirrel from your property and place the squirrel in a better environment. Beyond that, they can make recommendations to prevent future rodent issues.

What To Do About A Squirrel In Your Chimney

If a squirrel enters your home through the chimney and gets stuck you should first try and make loud noises to encourage the squirrel to go back up the chimney. Otherwise, call Pest Control services to handle it. You may need to update your chimney cover to avoid this issue in the future.

Contact Absolut Pest Control

If you have raccoons, squirrels, rodents, or other pests in your home or business this fall, Contact Aboslut Pest Control. Our team would be happy to give you a quote on removing unwanted pests. We can also provide recommendations to stop yearly pest issues at your property.

Should Small Businesses & Property Managers Hire Routine Pest Control

Whether you rent an apartment, own a home, or work in a business, mice are not a problem you want to have. Mice can spread disease as well as leave dropping and ruin your property. For many buildings in New England, it is common to have yearly mouse problems. And although there are many trap options including humane traps and extermination traps, sometimes they just don’t work. You may have considered pest control, but many business owners and apartment renters are not sure if they should hire a pest control service. If mice and rodents continue to be a problem, you may want to consider working with a reputable pest control expert that can get rid of your problem effectively.

Should You Hire Pest Control If You Rent?

If you rent a condo or an apartment, you may not need to hire pest control in the event of a rat or mouse roaming your home. Many realty groups have pest control teams on file that service their buildings. Talk to your realtor about pest control, if they have a recommendation it may come at no charge to you, or at a discounted rate. Otherwise, do research on local pest control teams and see if there is one that offers property management services, you may be able to get a deal from a pest control professional that can check your entire building multiple times a year. One issue for renters is that even in their unit is spotless and clean, other units may be inviting pests due to their uncleanliness or points of access. That is why it is important that a pest control team have access to all units on a property, especially basements and common areas.

Should You Hire Pest Control If You Own A Small Business?

Small businesses should definitely hire pest control for routine service. Unlike a home, a small business’s reputation is on the line if a customer notices a pest. This is especially true for restaurants, but even retail and other industries can suffer from a pest sighting in their building. Working with a pest control team means knowing that pests can be dealt with seasonally before they can become a problem. Although it may be fine for a private home to rely on traps, businesses cannot wait for ineffective traps.

Contact Absolut Pest Control

Does your business or property need routine pest control or a single pest control service? Give us a call, we would be happy to offer a quote.

Pest Control Tips For Mice and Rodents This Fall

It’s fall, which means the return of pumpkin-spiced everything, raking leaves, and Halloween. Many families and businesses will decorate their homes and offices with fake spiders, rats, and other scary animals. And as long as they are plastic, they are fine. But if you notice pests that aren’t decorations or pets in your home, you are going to want to get rid of them. Fall is a key point in pest control because it is around this time that large pests like rodents try to move into homes for shelter. Rodents carry disease and can destroy your property which is why homeowners and business owners are so passionate about getting rid of them. Here are a few tips to keep rodents out of your home this fall.

Take Preventative Actions for Rodent Control

The first thing you should do is take preventative action. When you have a weekend of a few days to work on your home, you will want to inspect the home both inside and out to find entrances for rodents. Check around windows and doors for any gaps. Use weatherstripping to cover these areas. Next, you will want to inspect the area around your siding. If you have vinyl siding or wood siding you need to check for cracks and other damage that may have been caused due to high winds and storms. You will need to seal any cracks with caulk to minimize entry points for pests. Not only will this protect your home from rodents, but it will also protect your home from insects and will decrease your heating bill by stopping warm air from escaping.

Know The Signs of Mice & Rats

If rodents enter your home you will want to know it right away before they cause extensive damage. There are many signs of rodents you may notice before you actually see one run across the floor. Be on the lookout for mouse droppings, gnawed holes, shredded paper, or sounds of mice in the walls and ceiling. If you think you have a rodent in your home, the next step is to either get traps or hire a pest control expert.

Should You Get Pest Control or Traps?

Although traps are often less expensive than hiring pest control, any homeowner or business owner knows that not all traps work. Traps that used to work can also fail to work in the future as rodents adapt over time. If your traps aren’t working, the best way to get rid of a rodent problem is to hire the professionals.

Contact Absolut Pest Control

If you need pest control services, you need to call Absolute Pest Control. Our team works throughout Massachusetts to provide pest control solutions to commercial and residential clients. Contact us online to set up an appointment.

How Often Should You Do Pest Control & Other Frequently Asked Questions

At Absolut Pest control there are a few questions we hear often. Everything from what the pest control process is like, what chemicals we use in fumigation, how long pest control takes, and almost any question about any particular pest. However, there are a few questions in particular that we would like to highlight in this FAQ guide to Pest Control.

How Often Should You Do Pest Control?

On average, treatment for pest control lasts two months. Which is why many pest control companies recommend quarterly visits for businesses and especially restaurants. This is known as preventative pest control and is generally recommended for businesses. For home pest control, it is recommended you have your home seen whenever you notice a pest or signs of a pest.

How Much Does Pest Control Cost

Generally speaking, pest control can range around a few hundred dollars. There are factors that increase pricing including products used and time commitment. However, compared to the damage pests can do to your home, and the diseases they spread, pest control is a much more cost-effective method of dealing with unwanted pests.

What Should I do Before Pest Control

Overall you want your home to be as clean as possible to help Pest Control experts do their job. Here are a few steps we recommend taking.

  • Make sure all food is sealed
  • If you own an aquarium or other animal enclosure, make sure it is covered tightly with plastic and that air pumps are off
  • Close windows tightly
  • Make sure that the Pest Control team has access to all areas of your home by unlocking doors
  • Move couches and other furniture a foot away from walls to give the team more mobility
  • If you have pets make sure that their food, toys, bedding, are all carefully stored to ensure they aren’t exposed to dangerous chemicals

 

How Long Does A Pest Control Take

Pest control efficacy varies from pest to pest. For instance, rodents and roaches can take two or three days after the initial treatment. However, most insects and pests are dealt with within the first week.

What Should You Do After A Pest Control Visit

After your home has been visited by pest control there are a few things you should be aware of for the first week.

  • Avoid cleaning for the first week, your pest control specialist will tell you when it is safe to clean
  • Handle any home repairs. Pest Control experts usually recommend various home repairs that can lower the chances of reinfestation including fixing leaking gutters and pipes or fixing window screens.
  • Monitor for pests. Continue to check for pests around your home to make sure you are protected from reinfestation

Contact Absolut Pest Control

If you live in Massachusetts and have a pest problem, or have more questions about pest control, give us a call or contact us via our online contact form.

4 DIY Ways To Deal With Ants

Ants are one of the more annoying insect pests. What can start as two or three ants on your countertops can quickly become a horde of bugs throughout your kitchen. Ants can be a gross pest and they can be hard to get rid of. Here are a few ways you can try when trying to get rid of ants in your home.

Lemon Juice

One of the best ways to deal with ants, if you are looking for natural remedies, is to use lemon juice. Lemon juice acts as a very strong deterrent for ants and can keep them from entering your home. Just a few drops of lemon juice on windowsills and doorways can keep new ants from entering your home.

Borax & Sugar

An effective ant poision that can be made at home is mixing water, sugar, and borax. The resulting paste-like compound is poisonous to ants. Generally borax in small doses is safe for pets and children, however, it is still harmful so make sure to be careful. By mixing the borax with either sugar or honey ants are more likely to take the poison back to their colony.

Cinnamon

Ants operate using scent trails. Cinnamon can override and remove these scent trails left by other ants. Sprinkling a small amount of cinnamon around the areas that you have found ants is an effective way to stop future ants from following the old scent trails.

Ant Sprays & Insecticides

The most effective way to deal with ants is to locate the nest. Many homeowners are quick to use sprays on ants in their kitchen, but that does not solve the problem long term. Killing worker ants will not prevent the next generation of ants from entering your home. Instead, using storebought insecticides including ant positions is a better method. Worker ants will take the poison back to the colony and will eventually poison their entire colony. If a colony is located, you can you spray on the source.

Hire A Pest Control Specialist

When DIY methods are not working, your best bet is to hire a pest control expert that specializes in insect removal. Pest control teams know how to safely kill ants by locating the colonies and destroying them. If you have an ant problem in Massachusetts, contact Absolut Pest Control through our online form, and a member of our team will help you deal with your infestation.