All About Cellar Spiders

A spider with long legs…must be a daddy longlegs right? Not so fast. It might be a cellar spider. Common to the Capital Region, cellar spiders are often found inside houses. The Basics Cellar spiders have small bodies, eight long legs, and a gray or tan color. They often live close to other cellar spiders,… Read more »

All About Fruit Flies

Your home is an enticing space for many pests. One of these pests is the fruit fly. In search of food, fruit flies are attracted to sugary, organic materials such as decaying fruit, vegetables, meat and alcohol. They reproduce quickly and can be difficult to eradicate once the population grows. So what can you do?… Read more »

5 Ways You May Be Unintentionally Encouraging Mosquito Population Growth

It’s officially mosquito season! They’re buzzing, they’re biting, and they’re annoying everyone trying to enjoy your backyard space. Is it possible you are an unknowing accomplice to the mosquito population around your home? Mosquitoes need standing water to lay and hatch eggs. Adult female mosquitoes lay their eggs on the inner wet walls of areas… Read more »

All About Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps are very common in Upstate NY. These stinging insects are brown in color with yellow markings. They are approximately ¾” long and they have six legs. They get their name from their nest material which is like paper. Signs of Paper Wasps The most common signs of paper wasps are the presence of… Read more »

What to Do if You Find a Bee, Wasp or Hornet Nest

Summer means BBQs, swimming, gardening, and stinging insects! Bees, wasps and hornets are very active during the summer months and it’s quite common to find a nest around your home or business. So what should you do if you find one? We have a few suggestions: Refrain from sudden movements and running away (unless you… Read more »

10 Summer Pest Control Tips

Are you ready for summer? We are! But so are summer pests. Stinging insects, carpenter ants, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, spiders and others are getting more active as the temperature rises. To help you enjoy a summer with minimal pest issues, we have a few summer pest control tips for you to consider: Repair holes in… Read more »

Common Signs of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants tunnel through wood as they build their nest which can cause serious structural damage to a home. It is important to know the signs of a carpenter ant infestation so that you can catch the issue as early as possible. Let’s start with the profile so that you know who you’re looking for…. Read more »

All About Earwigs

Earwigs can be a bit scary looking with their slender bodies and large rear pincers. However they are harmless, despite the European myth that they crawl into people’s ears while they are sleeping and tunnel into their brains. Have no fear, these elongated brown insects with six legs, two pairs of wings, and antennae are… Read more »

How to Prevent Ticks

Warmer weather has arrived which means increased tick activity in Upstate New York. Our area has a large population of deer ticks which can transmit Lyme disease. These ticks wait in vegetation for a host to walk by so they can climb aboard. So what can you do to help prevent ticks this spring? The… Read more »

5 Spring Pest Control Tips

Spring has finally arrived! After a long, cold winter you are probably quite excited for green grass and blue skies. However, with spring weather come spring pests. For a happy spring with minimal pests, consider the following spring pest control tips: Clean Up the Yard – Leaf debris and dead grass are like welcome signs… Read more »