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SUMMER PEST PREVENTION TIPS

 

Remove standing water. If you have bird baths, replace the old water once a week. For other areas of standing water, fill them in with dirt or seek professional help from a landscaping company.

Wear bug repellent. When you are outside, have bug spray for yourself and your children. There are several very effective over-the-counter products available. Also, many people like to have citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away.

Remove unwanted vegetation or trash. Make sure you clear out any vegetation or trash that could attract ants, flies, bees or mosquitoes to your home. In addition, keep countertops and tables clean and free of crumbs to prevent unwanted pests from invading your space.
Update your screens. If you have a garden room or other screened-in outdoor living area, make sure that there aren’t any holes in your current screens. You probably want to check that the mesh is at least 18×18 strands per square inch. Most of all, keep your home’s windows and doors shut so that insects won’t come inside your house.

Contact a professional pest control company. For comprehensive pest prevention, you may want to call your local exterminator. From spiders, mosquitoes, ticks, bees and ants, an expert exterminator can eliminate pests from your home and property for your peace of mind.

Don’t let bugs ruin your outdoor summer fun! When you guard your home and family from uninvited summer pests, you’ll enjoy your outside time more and create marvelous memories.

Identifying Common Household Insects in Pennsylvania

“What is that crawling across the kitchen floor? Why are there holes in my new cashmere sweater? Why is the oatmeal full of webs?”

If you’ve asked questions like these, then you need this fact sheet. Proper pest identification is the first step in making an integrated pest management (IPM) decision. Improper identification can lead to unsuitable solutions to pest problems. The pictures and descriptions in this publication should help the homeowner or apartment dweller identify common insects found in the home. Once the pests have been identified, other sources of information can be used to determine the species’ potential as a pest and how to prevent or control them. Good places to obtain this information are the Penn State Extension website, Penn State Department of Entomology website or your local Penn State Extension office.

The phone number may be found in the Blue Pages of the phone book.

Indian Meal Moth (adult)

Commonly found: pantry and kitchen

A common flour, pasta, and cereal pest, this small insect will likely go unnoticed until it becomes abundant. The beetle is about 1⁄16 inch long.

Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle (adult)

Commonly found: pantry and kitchen

A common flour, pasta, and cereal pest, this small insect will likely go unnoticed until it becomes abundant. The beetle is about 1⁄16 inch long.

Larder Beetle (adult)

Commonly found: pantry and kitchen

This household pest lays its eggs in and feeds on dry pet food, corn meal, animal products, and dead insects. The beetle is dark brown and approximately 1⁄2 inch in length.

American Cockroach (adults, nymphs, and egg capsule)

Commonly found: pantry, kitchen, bathroom

This reddish-brown cockroach is approximately 1 1⁄2 inches in length. It is commonly found in basements, packing houses, and grocery stores and feeds on a variety of materials. It likes wet areas.

German Cockroach (adults nymphs, and egg capsules)

Commonly found: pantry and other areas

The German cockroach is the most common cockroach species in houses, apartments, and hotels. Usually found in kitchen and bathrooms, it is 1⁄2 to 5⁄8 inch long and tan to light brown. Look for the dark stripes on its “neck.”

Brown-Banded Cockroach (adult)

Commonly found: pantry and other areas

This pest can be found in warmer areas of homes and apartments and is about 1⁄2 inch in length and light brown. It can rapidly spread throughout an entire building.

Oriental Cockroach (adult)

Commonly found: kitchen, basement, and other areas

Oriental cockroaches prefer dark, damp areas, such as beneath sinks and washing machines and in basements. They are about 1 1⁄4 inches long, dark brown, and found with decaying organic matter indoors and out.

Black Carpet Beetle (adult)

Commonly found: throughout house

The black carpet beetle is 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch long and can be found in lint around baseboards and other areas. The larvae eat almost any animal product, including leather, wool, silk, feathers, and hair.

Bed Bug (adult)

Commonly found: bedroom

Bed bugs can be found hiding in cracks and crevices in walls and floors, as well as in furniture and beds in bedrooms. They are oval, chestnut-brown insects that are flattened from top to bottom, measuring less than 1⁄4 inch long.

Human Louse (adult, nymph, and egg attached to hair shaft)

Commonly found: people and clothing

Head and body lice are very small, measuring 1⁄16 to 1⁄12 inch. Sharing hairbrushes, combs, hats, clothes, toilet seats, and bedding can spread these blood-sucking insects.

Tick (engorged adult)

Commonly found: forests, meadows, fields

Ticks feed on the blood of vertebrate animals and can transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease. Ticks are very small, from 1⁄50 to 1⁄8 inch long, and can be found in long grasses and shrubs.

Flea (adult)

Commonly found: pets, carpeting, animal bedding, lawns

Fleas are small insects less than 1⁄4 inch long and are dark brown (photo lightened to show detail). Fleas are usually found on cats and dogs, but some types will attack other animals and humans.

Mosquito (engorged adult)

Commonly found: inside and outside of homes

Mosquitoes are small flies that breed in standing water. Females must have a blood meal before laying eggs, which brings them into households and yards.

House Fly (adult)

Commonly found: in and outside of homes

House flies can transmit diseases to humans and can be identified by four dark stripes on their thorax. The larvae (maggots) feed on decaying matter and are about 1⁄2 inch long.

Paper Wasp (adult)

Commonly found: under soffets and eaves

Paper wasps can be found nesting around homes or other structures. Adults are about 3⁄4 to 1 inch long, slender, and reddish orange to dark brown or black in color.

Asian Lady Beetle (adults)

Commonly found: nuisance pest

Lady beetles can be found in homes, seeking warmth during the months from September to April. These harmless insects are broadly oval, yellow to red, and may have black spots.

Booklice (adult)

Commonly found: throughout house

Booklice resemble lice in size and shape but only feed on fungi, molds, or materials that support mold growth, as well as the starchy paste of wallpaper and books.

Western Conifer Seed Bug (adult)

Commonly found: nuisance pest

This insect becomes a nuisance when it enters homes in search of overwintering sites in the fall. Adults are 3⁄4 inch long and brownish on top.

Vinegar Fly (adult)

Commonly found: pantry and kitchen

Vinegar flies–sometimes mistakenly called fruit flies–are usually found around overripened fruit and vegetables. Adults are tiny, measuring 1⁄16 to 1⁄12 of an inch long, and are light yellowish brown to dark brown in color.

European Earwig (adult)

Commonly found: nuisance pest

Earwigs are 5⁄8-inch long and dark reddish brown. They become a pest when they seek shelter in homes.

House Centipede (adult)

Commonly found: nuisance pest

House centipedes are long and flat and have fifteen pairs of legs with the last pair (on adult females) nearly twice the length of the body. These harmless pests are about 1 1⁄2 inches in length.

Silverfish (adult)

Commonly found: nuisance pest

Silverfish are either gray or silver with long antennae and three long filaments extending from the abdomen. They feed on any substance containing starch, including books, linens, and cereals.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (adult)

Commonly found: nuisance and garden pest

Stink bugs are so named because their natural defense is releasing smell that “stinks.” Stink bugs have a wide, shield-shaped body, and measure about 1⁄2 inch long.

Carpenter Ant (worker)

Commonly found: structural wood

Large, dark-colored carpenter ant workers often invade homes in search of food and may excavate moist, rotting wood and other soft materials to make satellite nests. The workers are wingless and 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch in length.

Termite (workers and soldiers)

Commonly found: structural wood

Termites are social insects that live in colonies and excavate wood. While an ant has a narrow, wasp-like waist, a termite has a broad waist. Workers are creamy white, wingless, and 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 inch in length.

Carpenter Bee (adult)

Commonly found: structural wood

Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees in both size and appearance but have shiny, black, hairless abdomens. They are 1⁄2 to 1 inch long and can be found nesting in soft wood, usually under the eaves in homes. Males have no stinger; females do not sting unless provoked.

The Dreaded Spotted Lanter Fly Will Undoubtely Return to Pennsylvania This Year

Like last year, an invasive insect threatens Southeastern Pennsylvania. What is this insect??? The Spotted Lantern Fly.
Lantern Flies feed on “Tree of Haven: as well as Maple and Willow trees. We have the resources to help prevent and treat this annoying insect. The spotted lantern fly will actively feed from early June through September. Therefore, the best treatment would be an application in early June.

 

The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is native to China, India, Vietnam, and introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest. This insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hops and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.

If you live outside of the current (quarantine area) in Pennsylvania and find a spotted lanternfly, report it!

Identification:

The Spotted Lanternfly adult is approximately 1” long and 1/2” wide at rest. The forewing is grey with black spots and the wings tips are reticulated black blocks outlined in grey. The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black; the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.

Signs & Symptoms:

Trees, such as tree of heaven and willow, will develop weeping wounds. These wounds will leave a greyish or black trail along the trunk. This sap will attract other insects to feed, notably wasps and ants. In late fall, adults will lay egg masses on host trees and nearby smooth surfaces like stone, outdoor furniture, vehicles, and structures. Newly laid egg masses have a grey mud-like covering which can take on a dry cracked appearance over time. Old egg masses appear as rows of 30-50 brownish seed-like deposits in 4-7 columns on the trunk, roughly an inch long.

What to do:

If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol or hand sanitizer to .

Take a picture: A photograph of any life stage (including egg masses).

Give us call at 610-647-3785 for all your pest control needs including eradicating the dreaded spotted lantern fly.

Spring Bug Tips

With springtime upon us, many homeowners are excited to get their houses in tip-top shape and rid their yards of harmful pests and irksome critters. Amongst other household chores, pest control may seem like a daunting and unwanted task, but there are a few simple ways to help reduce pest infestations.

Outdoors
All pests initially enter your home from the outside. Therefore, these preventative measures will help ward off a pest infestation before it can become a noticeable problem inside the home.

 

Keep Plants and Mulch Away From the House
Make sure all your plants and mulch are at least three feet from the house. It sounds simple enough, but this small adjustment helps ward off rodents, pillbugs, earwigs, centipedes, and many insects that are attracted to flowers, leaves, and the moisture that mulch holds.

 

Tighten Seals on Doors and Windows
Pests are able to easily find their way indoors through even the smallest spaces and cracks, often entering a home through tiny gaps around plumbing pipes, under window frames, via improperly sealed attics, and through various crawl spaces. To ensure pests don’t gain access to the home, properly fit screens to all windows, make sure to repair any torn screens, and always replace old weatherstripping for a better seal. If there are large holes or cracks, make sure to seal and caulk immediately to help prevent mice, spiders, and roaches from gaining entry.

Eliminate All Sources of Standing Water
Insects such as cockroaches, flies, and mosquitoes are often attracted to vessels of stagnant water. To prevent the accumulation of moisture, and thus the invitation of insects, repair roof leaks as quickly as possible. Check for plumbing leaks as well and remember to clear gutters of leaves and other debris on a regular basis so that water does not accumulate as a drinking or breeding source for pests.

Once the outside of the home is secured, there are a couple of additional ways to deter pests from entering the home.

Keep Pet Food and Water Off of the Ground
Buy elevated pet bowls if possible. Even if you change your pet’s food and water bowls each morning to prevent stagnation, they act as a food source for rodents, ants, and other insects and encourage them to remain nearby.

 

Clear Garages and Attics of All Clutter
Creatures such as spiders and silverfish will often create nests in cluttered areas and cardboard boxes inside the home. To best ward off pests, reduce the number of cardboard boxes you keep and maintain all storage areas, ensuring they are kept organized and clean.

Prevent a Winter Insect Invasion

Just as humans prefer to bundle up indoors, insects and rodents like to find warmth and shelter however they can. Often this means creeping inside well-insulated homes for the winter. Although many pests go dormant for the winter, proper pest control measures protect homes from exposure to insects and rodents. The key to winter pest control is prevention.

Prevent a Winter Insect Invasion
While many insects go dormant over the winter through a process called diapause, others migrate south or seek protective shelter. Thus ants, roaches, and other pests may become more common sights during colder weather. Some simple steps can keep these insects from making a home in your house:
Seal off holes on the outside of the house, where insects may gain entry. Smaller holes can be patched with caulk or spackle, while larger ones may require concrete to fill.

Check around baseboards and inside cabinets for cracks and crevices that could hide six-legged occupants, and fill holes accordingly.

Remove sources of food and water, which include dishes in the sink and crumbs inside cabinets.

Outside, much and firewood hold moisture, making them popular hiding places for roaches. Store these at least two feet from exterior walls.

If insects continue to invade, consider using a natural pest repellant to deter their entry. In conjunction with a sonic pest controller, these repellants will significantly decrease the incidence of pests in the home.

To humanely remove insects, use a pest vacuum to catch insects and place them outdoors unharmed.

Outdoors, trim hedges and trees in close proximity to the house. The branches can provide an easy path to the house for insects.

Keep Rodents from Taking up Residence
Unlike insects, mice and other rodents are not capable of going dormant for the winter. While some mammals, such as raccoons, do hibernate during the winter, most simply seek a warmer shelter. Mice, rats, and squirrels actively work on building warm nests year round, often inside homes.
To prevent squirrels and other animals from roosting in the eaves or attic, repair and patch any holes or other damage.

Clean out gutters and overhangs, where rodents can also build their nests.

Store yard waste like leaves and moss away from the house prior to disposal. These materials are popular nesting materials.

Keep birdseed in a sealed metal container. Mice can gnaw through plastic and eat seeds.

Common entry points are around pipes, where small cracks are frequently just large enough for a mouse to squeeze through. Block holes with steel wool.

In the house, eradicate clutter that can hide mice and rat nests and provide material for the nests themselves.

If it is evident that rodents have already entered the home, enlist natural repellants to deter their continued residence.
During the winter months many pests may want to move into your home. With the right prevention, it is easy to protect your house from these small invaders.

The Difference Between Ants and Termites

What is the difference between ants and termites?
The main difference between ants and termites are the shapes of their bodies and antennae and wings.


Carpenter ants have:
-dark-colored bodies with narrow waists.
-elbowed (bent) antennae.
-back wings shorter than front wings.

Termites have:
-thick bodies with almost indistinguishable waists.
-straight antennae.
-wings of the same size.

If you have a problem with ants or termites, give Sleep Tight Pest Control a call! We can help eliminate these pests from your home!

About The Owner

 

Sleep Tight Pest Control’s Owner – Matthew Hengel is originally out of Plainfield New Jersey where he spent many of his early years working for the “Servicemaster Corporation” managing the Tree and Shrub Care division.

He is a graduate from Delaware Valley College right here in Doylestown Pa. where he earned a bachelors degree in Horticulture. Working throughout the Bucks county area he quickly saw the connection between the trees and insect populations and the need to keep the home environment under control.  ​

Moving to the pest control field lead him across the country where he managed a fortune 500 company in over 10 different operations, including California, Utah, Hawaii, Illinois, and right here in the Philadelphia area.

Seeing a huge demand for affordable pest services with outstanding quality , he has now partnered up with a likeminded associate to help the community keep the troublesome pests at bay.

Certified in pest management, and as an arborist with over 20 years experience he has continued to adapt and expand to the changing culture and environmental conditions. Using safe and the least intrusive techniques to harm our environment he has developed a customized management program to best suit your needs.

Why Choose Sleep Tight Pest Control?

  • WHY CHOOSE US? Customer Satisfaction Is Our #1 Priority
  • Locally Owned & Operated Service Plans Available On Request 20+ Years Experience ​
  • Environmentally Safe and Responsible
  • What Offer What You Need, Not What Others Tell You We Offer The Solution Not The Explanation Of A Problem ​
  • Fully Licensed and Insured

Whether your problem is large or small, we have a solution. From Monthly-Quarterly pest control service, we service residential and commercial properties. We offer both liquid and bait systems for termite protection or to fix your termite infestation. Our professionals will provide you with a thorough inspection and exceptional service.​

Have a bed bug problem? We can help without draining your wallet. Bed bugs have become an epidemic in the United States and a large problem in our area. We offer the same guarantee as the large companies at half the price!

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