proof. Pest Control in Grafton, MA
Common Pest Issues We Treat in Grafton
Stink bugs and wasps are also common pests in Grafton, especially towards the end of summer and early fall.
Common types of pests we treat in Massachusetts include:
To get rid of these or any other pests in and around your Grafton home, call proof. right away. We’ll be happy to make your property pest-free!
Grafton Termite Control
Costing billions of dollars’ worth of damage each year, termites are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Since they are often hidden away within the structure of a home, they can be there for years before a homeowner finally discovers them. The three types of termites are subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. All in search of wood, termites have the potential to cause extensive, irreversible damage to your home.
Things that attract termites include:
- Excess foliage
- Piles of wood
- Dead or decaying trees
- Cellulose material
- Clogged gutters
- Warm, dark places
- Moist soil
If you notice winged ants, mud tubes, wings that have been shed, or structural damage to your home, you might be facing a termite infestation.
Grafton, MA Carpenter Ant Exterminator
Carpenter ants are known for chewing through wood to build their elaborate nests. Many people believe that these ants eat wood, but they actually just tunnel through it and chew on it in order to break away pieces needed for their nests.
In order to avoid structural damage to your home, there are a few things you can do to prevent carpenter ant infestations.
- Eliminate non-essential water sources in your yard and home
- Trim trees and shrubs to keep them away from the home
- Seal any cracks or openings around doors and windows
- Store piles of wood away from the home
Because they prefer wood that is softened by moisture or fungus, it is best to monitor the wood surrounding your home and remove it if it is damp or coated in fungus.
Tick Removal in Grafton
Since they are known to carry and transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease, ticks are the last thing you want to be dealing with. Ticks seek human and animal hosts to latch onto and feed off of in order to survive.
In order to avoid tick bites when you go on outdoor adventures, you should:
- Wear long sleeves, pants, thick socks, and closed-toed shoes
- Treat your clothing with permethrin to repel ticks
- Use insect repellent
- Walk only on clearly marked trails and paths
- Avoid high grass and brush areas
Whenever you return from a hike or other outdoor activity, you should put your clothes into the washer, hop into the shower, and carefully examine your body for ticks. If you are bitten by a tick, it needs to be safely removed right away.
Grafton Spider Control
Venomous or not, spiders are one of the most feared pests commonly found in homes. From wolf spiders to hobo spiders to black widow spiders to brown recluse spiders to house spiders, these pests are never welcome guests.
Without professional pest control, keeping spiders out of your home is very difficult to do. These critters have no trouble finding openings into your house and making themselves feel right at home.
Spiders are drawn to houses that can provide:
- Shelter: Spiders escape extreme weather conditions by hiding away in dark corners, basements, crawlspaces, and attics.
- Mates: During mating season, males will enter your home in search of mates.
- Food: Other pests are spiders’ main source of food, so they will come into a home if they know there are plenty of other pests there.
Mice Removal in Grafton, MA
Mice can squeeze themselves through a hole the size of a pen, which means it is incredibly easy for them to make their way into a home. They typically enter homes in the winter months looking for a place that can provide shelter, food, and water. These tiny pests carry over 200 human pathogens, making them incredibly harmful. By leaving urine and droppings throughout a home, they can seriously endanger a family.
To keep mice out of your home, you should:
- Seal any holes along the foundation of your home
- Never leave food out
- Empty your kitchen trash cans often
- Keep your home clean and free of clutter
- Keep storage areas organized, clean, and dry
Mosquito Control in Grafton
Mosquitoes like to reproduce around standing water, like that found in ponds or along the edges of rivers and streams. Because these water features are prevalent in Grafton, mosquitoes present a serious problem, especially in the summer.
Those who live near Blackstone River or Lake Ripple, for example, should be extra vigilant about applying mosquito repellent! In addition to leaving your skin itchy and irritated when they bite, mosquitoes are also known for carrying diseases.
Our summer Mosquito & Tick Control service will dramatically reduce these pests (and ticks, too!) around your home in as little as 3-5 days, so you can enjoy spending time outside in your yard when the weather is nice.
Boxelder Bug Removal
Boxelder bugs live in boxelder and maple trees during the spring and summer but they seek warmth inside homes during the colder months.
You can recognize them by their distinctive red and black markings. If you squash one, it will leave a red stain behind. With their bulky build, these bugs are strong enough to push their way into your home through your door or window seals.
If you live near the Chestnut Street Forest, Keith Hill Forest or other wooded area, there’s a good chance you’ll see boxelder bugs sooner or later.