Suburban Pest Blog

The Return of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs and How to Fight Back

Posted by Ken Unger on May 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you notice a certain pungent smell inside your home or around your yard this summer, take heed. Stink bugs are back with a vengeance, and they’re literally bringing the funk.

But if you think these smelly pests are a mere nuisance, think again. Stink bugs can be downright destructive, and these little buggers are on the warpath destroying gardens, taking out crop fields, and making farmers beg for mercy.

Maybe that last part was a little melodramatic, but these pests are a real problem.

So if you want to protect your home from stink bugs, learn how to prevent them from showing up at all.

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How to Prepare for Ant Season

Posted by Ken Unger on Apr 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Gearing up for a spring picnic? Just be careful when you pack your basket of goodies that you don’t bring unexpected “tag-alongs” with you. (And no, we’re not referring to the Girl Scout cookies.)

As the weather starts to warm up in the spring, ants begin to wake from hibernation and become more active, and they’ve got one thing on their minds: food. So follow our tips to prepare for ant season and keep these pesky critters from ruining your picnics, and all the rest of your spring festivities.

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How to Control Bed Bugs

Posted by Ken Unger on Mar 15, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Just because birds and your Grandma Millie may have migrated south for the winter doesn’t mean that bed bugs have. Despite popular belief, bed bug infestations can still happen during the winter, and now that we're entering the warmer months, populations will continue to be on the rise.

Bed bugs remain active as long as there’s a food source, i.e. a blood meal. That’s precisely why these bothersome pests are known for nestling inside your furniture, especially beds, waiting for feeding time. So if you’ve been sharing your home with these unwelcome visitors, it’s time to learn how to win back your bed – and your sanity.

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

Posted by Ken Unger on Feb 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Zika virus has become something of a buzzword (no pun intended) in the news these days. This mosquito-borne illness is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, and has been found to cause a variety of symptoms ranging from mild headaches to neurological birth defects.

And as with prevention of any disease, knowledge is power, and although there is still much to be learned about Zika virus, an abundance of research is currently underway. Read on to learn how Zika has grown into a global epidemic and how you can stay protected.

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5 Tips for Controlling Firewood Pests

Posted by Ken Unger on Jan 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as cozying up by a warm fireplace after a cold winter’s day. But you’re not the only one looking for some warmth by the fire; pests won’t be far behind, and they’ll even nestle right inside the logs! So before you settle down for your long winter’s nap, be sure to follow our tips for controlling firewood pests.

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5 Tips for Controlling Winter Pests

Posted by Ken Unger on Dec 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Winter is just around the corner, but if you think the cold weather means you’re safe from pests, think again. Just as you’ll be enjoying a mug of cocoa and cozying up to the fireplace over the next few months, pests will be seeking their own version of coziness and warmth throughout your home. The key to controlling winter pests is preventing their entry in the first place, so be sure to follow our five tips for keeping pests outside where they belong.

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Rats! I Have Rats in My Restaurant

Posted by Ken Unger on Nov 24, 2015 3:51:36 PM

You work tirelessly to ensure that your restaurant is in good standing. The silverware is always polished, the dining area is immaculate, and your chef is a culinary genius. But regardless of doing all of the right things, your success can come to a screeching halt in the blink of an eye due to one simple, four-letter word: Rats!

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Why You Have a Cockroach Infestation and What to do About It

Posted by Ken Unger on Nov 17, 2015 1:00:00 PM

 

All it takes is one. Just happen upon one small roach scurrying across your countertops and then try to tell me you’re perfectly okay going back in that kitchen to open a cabinet, let alone try and cook a meal. There’s just something about spotting a roach that disrupts your very psyche. Perhaps it’s their long antennae, or their hard-bodied shells, or maybe it’s the simple fact that they come and go in the blink of an eye, making them virtually impossible to trap. But once you see a roach, it can’t be unseen. So it’s time to find out why they’re invading in the first place and what you can do to unburden yourself from a cockroach infestation.

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Topics: small roach, cockroach infestation, T.A.P. Insulation, Roach droppings

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Posted by Ken Unger on Nov 3, 2015 11:30:00 AM

 

     

Goodnight, sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

You may remember this familiar nursery rhyme from childhood, back when you thought bed bugs were tiny mythical monsters, or something to fear when you crawled under the covers to hide from the notorious Sandman.  But unfortunately, bed bugs are far from mythical, and for many, they are all too real. So if literal bed bugs are keeping you up at night, read on about what you can do to stop them. 

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Topics: bed bugs bite, bed bugs on clothes, bed bug rashes, bed bugs in hotels, bed bug bites

6 Immediate Things to Do When You Have Mice

Posted by Ken Unger on Oct 20, 2015 1:56:17 PM

 

Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse, and the mouse you gave a cookie to may seem like harmless and entertaining creatures, but in reality, mice can be a serious source of anxiety and distress for many. And it’s not hard to see why. Mice pose a serious health hazard to humans, spreading diseases, including Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), Tularemia, and Rickettsial Pox, among others. And unlike their cute fictional depictions, mice and rats won’t politely knock on your door for any invitations. They’ll invite themselves right in through any crevices they can find – holes in your walls, gaps in the foundation of your home, opened windows, even pet flaps. So if you have mice in your home, follow these practical tips on how to move forward.

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Topics: rodents, mice, rodent infestation, urine, feces, health hazard, disease, mice in your home, home inspection, droppings, feast for a rodent, control your infestation, rodent removal, musky odor, footprints