Summer Tick Prevention Starts In Your Own Backyard
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2w ago
People often associate ticks with camping trails, dense woods, and hiking trails, but the truth is that these arachnids (yes, their relatives of spiders) can be much closer to home than you might think. In fact, there’s a good chance they’re already in your backyard. Understanding how they got there and how to protect yourself against tick bites and the illnesses they spread is key to enjoying your summer.    Ticks in your backyard Ticks often find their way into residential yards on the backs of rodents, deer, and other wildlife. These animals can bring ticks right to your doorste ..read more
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Why Ants Return Every Spring & How To Deal With Them
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1M ago
As soon as the temperatures rise, ants seem to appear out of nowhere, invading homes and making nuisances of themselves. But why do ants come back every spring like clockwork, and what can Maine homeowners do to keep these pests from infesting their kitchens, bathrooms, and properties? In today’s blog, we’ll uncover the reasons behind the annual ant invasion and discuss effective strategies for dealing with these pests.  It's been a long winter, and ants are ready to eat  Although it may not seem like it, the truth is ants aren’t trying to annoy you. They’re just trying to survive ..read more
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Tick Season Off To An Early Start Despite Spring Storms
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2M ago
Many of us here in Maine are eagerly waiting for the arrival of real spring. Although the calendar indicated that the season officially began last month, the weather has been unpredictable ever since, leaving us on a roller coaster ride of temperature fluctuations and late snow and ice. It’s hard enough trying to figure out what to wear on any given day, let alone predict whether this crazy weather will have any kind of impact on the tick population in Maine. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at how the weather might influence tick activity and share a few tick prevention tips to help residents ..read more
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Why Pests Love Maine Basements
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2M ago
Many Maine homeowners have yet to realize the full potential of their basements. In the past, basements were mainly used for doing laundry, housing the wood stove and/or furnace, storing furniture and belongings, and other similar functions. However, times have changed, and basements have become much more versatile, serving as entertainment spaces, home gyms, man-caves, and even in-law apartments. This means that they now offer much more value than they used to. Unfortunately, some basements tend to be damp, creating an environment that not only attracts pests but also allows them to thrive. I ..read more
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Why DIY Pest Control Is Risky
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3M ago
Do you ever get that itch to take matters into your own hands when it comes to kicking pests out of your home? It's tempting, right? Grabbing a can of bug spray or setting up a few mouse traps might seem like a quick fix to your pest problem but hold on just a sec. DIY pest control might sound like an epic move, but it’s not without its risks.  First off, let's talk about those store-bought pesticides and sprays.  Sure, they promise to eradicate insects, but have you ever read a label on one of them? Those chemicals can be seriously potent stuff. They're designed to kill bugs, after ..read more
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Pine State Pest Solutions Takes The Gold In Best Of The 207
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3M ago
Pine State Pest Solutions has been voted the best pest control company in Maine for 2023 by the Best of the 207! What’s even better, you helped us get there! Thank you to everyone who voted for our locally owned and operated pest control company; it’s truly an honor to serve you.     Best pest control company in Maine for 2023 Best of the 207, sponsored by Fidium Fiber, recognizes and celebrates the best businesses and organizations in Maine. Pine State Pest Solutions was chosen as the Gold Best Pest Control for 2023.  “We are deeply grateful to all our customers for voting us ..read more
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How An Early Spring Affects Browntail Moth Activity
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4M ago
Although we haven’t had a “typical” Maine winter, it’s not necessarily over just yet. In fact, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a deep freeze and another doozy of a storm to hit Maine in late February. Meanwhile, that ole’ groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, says spring will be coming early to the Pine Tree State. Only time will tell, and as we wait, let’s discuss how an early spring could affect browntail moth activity.  What does an early spring mean for browntail moth caterpillars? An early spring in Maine can potentially affect browntail moth activity in several ways: Accelerated life cycle W ..read more
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Bed Bug Home Remedies: Do They Work?
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5M ago
Do you think you have what it takes to kill bed bugs in your home? While a quick Google search will likely offer numerous home remedies and DIY solutions that seem doable, it’s very unlikely they’ll eliminate the bed bug problem. In fact, there’s a good chance it'll make the infestation worse. In today’s blog post, we’ll identify the pitfalls of DIY and offer a solution that will exterminate bed bugs.      Home remedies for bed bugs that do not work Rubbing alcohol, kerosine and gasoline should be avoided when fighting bed bugs. Not only can they harm you and anyone else nearb ..read more
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Pest Prevention Tips To Keep Bugs & Rodents Out In The New Year
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6M ago
Are you ready to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome the new year with open arms and a clean slate? Whether you’re a resolution-setting, nudge-word creating type or completely the opposite, preparing for 2024 doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. And that includes protecting your home from unwanted guests, namely insects and rodents. While we’re not experts in helping people set goals for the gym or other areas of their lives, we do know a little something about keeping pests away and that’s exactly what we’re going to focus on in today’s blog post. Read along as we share practical pest prevention ..read more
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How Do I Keep Mice Out Of My Ceiling?
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8M ago
If only fall in Maine was wearing cozy sweaters, sipping on warm drinks, and finding the perfect pumpkin to complement your front porch. Alas, it’s also the time of year when mice are searching for shelter from the chill. If you’ve been hearing mice scurrying around in your ceiling already, you’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what you can do when you hear mice in the ceiling, with an emphasis on why it’s best to contact a pest control company rather than attempting DIY solutions.  Identifying the problem The first step in addressing a mouse infestation in your ceiling is ..read more
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