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Termites inside a home. The presence of mud and the color/shape of the wings are great indicators that these are termites and not carpenter ants. If you look closely you can see the "soldier" termites without wings that protect the colony from intruders.
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Be prepared this year when it comes to mosquitoes, prevention is key.
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Check out the size of this vacant hornets nest!
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With winter comes the onset of Bed Bug calls. Everyone coming together for the holidays, staying warm and simply spending more time inside causes an influx in bed bug activity. We see it every year and this year is no different. While it isn't proven that bed bugs transmit any diseases yet, they sure do cause a lot of headaches. Call us today if you suspect bed bugs and would like more information about their control. 860/454-0712.
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Fleas can get inside homes and businesses that don’t even have pets!

Fleas belong to the order siphonaptera; this name comes from “siphon” (sucking mouth parts), “a” (without), and “ptera” (wings), referring to their wingless and bloodsucking characteristics.

Fleas can enter your home a number ways including: from mice, visiting pets, wondering neighborhood pets such as cats, having your own pets come in contact with fleas while using the outside during play or business.  Fleas have three pairs of legs, with the rear being modified for jumping large heights and distances.

 

flea finalFleas are laterally compressed, making them flat, slender and able to easily squeeze between hairs on the animals it feeds on.  Eggs are very small and very difficult to see.  Fleas do not “stick” or “glue” their eggs to like what bed bugs do, so once laid they tend to fall of hosts and land on the ground, carpet or bedding.  The larvae are small, maggot-like insects and are white in color.  They will feed on dried blood and adult flea fecal matter until they enter the pupae stage.  Fleas can lay dormant for an extended period of time while in their pupae stage.  They can lay and wait for months and even years until the time is right, usually when a blood meal is present.  Vibration from animals or footsteps will tell the flea its time to break open and feed.  Fleas may feed several times a day.

The most common flea is the Cat Flea.

The Oriental Rat Flea was and is responsible for the black death or Bubonic Plague.  There are still reports of the Bubonic Plague every year in the United States, although well managed and contained.  However, pets and humans can contract parasitic worms from flea bites of all types.

Control of Fleas consists coordinating with a pest control company to schedule a day and time to have your pets dipped and home treated at the same time.  We will use several different products all with different modes of action to control a flea infestation.  Our treatments include an initial application, a 30 day follow up and 30 day warranty starting after the second application.  Our prices vary by the size of the area being treated, see pricing table below.
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Skunks are one of the most easiest identifiable pests around.
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With their black bodies and distinct white stripe down their back even a quick glimpse can narrow it down to a roaming skunk.  Not to mention the smell they trail around with them.  Our specific skunk in Connecticut is the Eastern Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis).  Skunks are found just about everywhere in Connecticut.  

The Eastern skunk can be found throughout southern Canada and among all the United States.  Skunks weigh in at 6-14 pounds with an average length of 21-26 inches.  Males are slightly larger than the females.   A skunks tail is bushy with a combination of white and black hairs.  They have small heads, small eyes, and a pointed snout.

Skunks will make dens in the ground, under rocks, empty logs and the such.  Skunks will dig their own burrows but prefer to find abandoned ones from woodchucks or other digging animals.  Skunk burrows are 3-4 deep running about 20 feet long and include 2-4 chambers for sleeping and raising young.  Skunks will sometimes den together during the winter months.  They are mostly nocturnal, spending their daylight hours sleeping.
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Box elder bugs are part of the stink bug family and can swarm buildings by the thousands!

Box elder bugs normally feed on the leaves, flowers, and seed pods of the boxelder tree or silver maple. Large numbers of box elder bugs are usually on the female, or pod-bearing, tree. These insects feed on male box elder trees and other trees and plants, but they usually do not build up to such large numbers. The adults search for a place to overwinter which brings them into houses where they hide in small cracks and crevices in walls, door and window casings, attics, and around the foundation. During warm days in winter and early spring they come out and scatter through the house.  On warm days during winter and early spring, box elder bugs sometimes appear on light painted surfaces outdoors on the south and west sides of the house, resting in the sun.
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Sleep tight, don’t let the Bed Bugs bite…

Bed Bugs are back and in record numbers. These blood suckers can live up to one year without a meal.  Because of the over-use of chemicals used in the past control of these insects has been difficult.  Common signs that you have Bed Bugs include swollen skin in the site of the bite(s) usually over veins, dark “spots” on the mattress, bed and walls. The visual sight of small tick-like insects crawling around your bed, furniture, carpets, walls and ceilings can be Bed Bugs.  Bed Bugs are a “people” pest.  Meaning they follow people where ever they may go.  On vacation or on a bus, plane, movie theater or even hitch a ride in your purse or gym bag…the possibilities are endless on how Bed Bugs can “hitchhike” their way around.
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Out of the few species we have in Connecticut, the Eastern Gray Squirrels causes the most structural problems.

Starting with the gray squirrel since it seems to be the most common and most problem-causing kind.  This species is the largest and can range in color from silver-gray to black to red-ish brown.  Weighing in at 1-1.5 pounds and 16-21 inches in length.   Gray squirrels prefer the diet of mast, which is hardfruits such as acorns, hickory nuts, beechnuts, and butternuts.  They also feed on berries, mushrooms, maple seeds and corn.  Gray squirrels will begin mating in late winter to early spring.  The female’s gestation period is 44 days and she will give birth to a litter of two-seven young.   Like most young, they are born blind and helpless.  They will become self sufficient at around 10 weeks of age.  Gray squirrels will have a second litter born usually in July.  Gray squirrels will make nests in trees but become a problem when they move indoors to our attics and chimneys.
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There are seven species of raccoons found everywhere from Canada to Argentina.

However there are 25 subspecies throughout North and Middle America.  The most common local to us is the Eastern Raccoon (Procyon lotor lotor).  It is a darker colored species with a long full coat.  The raccoon’s upper body is grey with an overlay of black, the sides are lighter in color.  The face has a grizzle-like appearance.  It’s mask is distinct with white bordering lines.  The raccoon’s head is relatively small compared to other species.  Eastern raccoons range from 10-20 pounds and 23-38 inches long.
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