proof. Pest Control in Marlborough, MA
Common Pest Issues We Treat in Marlborough
Common types of pests we treat in Massachusetts include:
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Marlborough, MA 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.
Wasps and Hornets
Both yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets are common in Marlborough, and they will protect their nests aggressively.
Yellow jackets are the smaller of the two and tend to build nests under porches and around entryways. Bald-faced hornets are larger and prefer to hang their nests up high, like in trees.
Both yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets are capable of stinging multiple times, and their venom can be toxic.
Marlborough Ant Control
There are numerous species of ants that are common in the Marlborough area, including pharaoh ants, citronella ants, acrobat ants and carpenter ants. Pharaoh and citronella ants prefer to live indoors, so they are common in offices and residential communities.
Acrobat and carpenter ants love old wood and can cause serious damage to antique homes, though they are often found in new construction as well. Homes near forested areas like the Felton Conservation Area are generally at the highest risk of carpenter ant infestations.
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.
Marlborough Tick Control
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.
Spider Control in Marlborough
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 Control in Marlborough, 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