When most people think of termites, they imagine the unseen destroyers of homes, silently gnawing away at the wooden foundations of buildings. While it’s true that wood is the dietary staple of these tiny creatures, their menu is far more diverse than you might expect. Read More about 15 Surprising Things Termites Eat or Chew »
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Dealing with an ant infestation is much more than a mere inconvenience. Despite their tiny size, these relentless insects can cause surprising amounts of damage and disruption in your home or business. Determining when an ant problem has escalated beyond a minor nuisance and requires professional pest control is key to maintaining a healthy, secure, and comfortable living or working environment. In this blog post, we will guide you through recognizing an ant infestation, understanding the potential risks, and deciding when it’s time to call in the professionals.
Graceful in flight, but a cause for concern when found in your home, bats are a unique pest problem that require special attention. They might be an essential part of the ecosystem, aiding in insect control and pollination, but when bats turn your attic into their roost, the issues can multiply rapidly. Health risks and structural damage are just the tip of the iceberg. So, when does a bat infestation necessitate a call to the professionals? In this post we’ll explore the signs of a bat infestation, the potential problems it can cause, and crucially, when it’s time to call in professional pest control to safely and effectively manage the situation.
Cockroaches can be found across the globe and are known for their ability to survive in almost any environment. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies and six legs, and are typically brown or black in color. Although common, you likely don’t want to share your home with these critters. Effective pest control for cockroaches includes a combination of preventative measures and targeted treatments to eliminate infestations. Read More about When does a Roach Infestation Require Professional Pest Control? »
Professional pest control for mosquitoes may be required when there is a large infestation present, a serious risk of disease transmission, or when other mitigation methods have not been effective at controlling or eliminating the issue. If you are unsure whether you need professional pest control for mosquitoes, we recommend consulting with an expert at Smithereen to assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Read More about When does a Mosquito Infestation Require Professional Pest Control? »
When winter comes down and drapes the land in snow, it enfolds the grass and flowers, plants and trees, packing them away until spring warms the earth once more. And, of course, it also banishes away everyday pests, the cold keeping them locked in hibernation and far from your property — right? Read More about 10 Common Winter Pests You Probably Didn’t Know About »
Bed bugs are a major concern for homeowners and hoteliers alike. Consider how PestWorld.org reports that these tiny, biting insects appear in all 50 states and that roughly 20 percent of individuals interviewed in each of the United States’ geographical areas reported having to deal with the bothersome pests. Read More about How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs »
Pesticides have a long and storied history. PennState Extension estimates that “ancient Sumerians are believed to have been using sulfur compounds to kill insects as far back as the 25th century B.C. By the 17th and 18th centuries, tobacco, herbs, arsenic and other plants were being used to fight insects.” Read More about Pesticides and How to Safely Use Them Indoors »
Often household pests seem like a mere irritation, an annoying aspect of our lives that we can quickly mitigate and move on from. While that’s often true, some kinds of insects, rodents, and wildlife can pose a serious risk to your health — and we aren’t talking about big, scary creatures such as a grizzly bear! And if you have certain risk factors such as asthma, you could face even greater problems. Read More about 8 Most Dangerous Household Pests (And What This Means for People with Asthma) »
Winter so often serves as a reprieve from the relentless summer heat, but while the mercury may fall, not every irritation disappears during the final months of the year. Consider pests, for instance. Many homeowners and business managers believe that they won’t have to deal with common house bugs in winter since they don’t see mosquitoes buzzing around during December. But did you know that winter remains an active time for many kinds of pests? PestWorld notes that cockroaches can survive below-freezing temperatures and that multiple kinds of rodents will invade over 20 million residences each and every winter. If you’re wondering if pest control is necessary in the winter, then look no further than those statistics. Read More about Winter Pest Control: Dos & Don’ts You Need to Consider »