Pest of the Month

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Odorous House Ants - Sponsored by AMGUARD

Pest of the Month - September

Pests such as odorous ants are attracted to moisture. To prevent odorous house ants, eliminate standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.



Pest of the Month - August



Pest of the Month - July

Cockroaches have been long despised by homeowners due to their creepy appearance.


Stinging Pests

Pest of the Month - June

Stinging insects like bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.



Pest of the Month - May

Ticks are often mistaken for insects, but they are actually arachnids. Regarding tick identification, they are classified into two categories: soft ticks and hard ticks.



Pest of the Month - April

It's a debut that's been 17 years in the making, and in a matter of weeks, it's one that will grab the attention of millions of Americans.



Pest of the Month - March

Termites date back more than 120 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. They are known as "silent destroyers" because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage - costs that aren't covered by homeowners insurance policies.


Cat Flea

Pest of the Month - February

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. They are one of the more significant groups of pests because they not only cause discomfort by biting, but they can transmit several diseases. Cat fleas are the most common domestic flea.


Norway Rat

Pest of the Month - January

The Norway rat commonly referred to as the street or sewer rat, is believed to be of Asian origin, arriving in the U.S. on ships from other countries in the 1700s. Today, Norway rats are found throughout the world.


Bed Bug

Pest of the Month - December

Bed bugs likely get their name from their habit of taking refuge in beds and feeding on humans while they sleep. Bed bugs feed only on blood and must have regular blood meals to survive and develop.


House Mouse

Pest of the Month - November

Mice typically enter our homes between October and February, looking for food, water and shelter from the cold. While these rodents may look cute, mice spread more germs than most people realize.


Spotted Lanternfly

Pest of the Month - October

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a planthopper which is native to China, India, and Vietnam, but has also spread to Korea around 2006. It was detected in Pennsylvania in 2014, and has since been found to have confirmed populations in Delaware.