Green Pest Solutions Wins Best of Philly – Exterminator

The editors at Philadelphia Magazine have named Green Pest Solutions the 2014 winner of the Best of Philly award for “Best Exterminator”

2014 Best Exterminator - Philadelphia Magazine

2014 Best Exterminator – Philadelphia Magazine

It’s quite an achievement to win and be a part of the Best of Philly series. This is a huge accomplishment for Green Pest Solutions and we can’t accept the award without recognizing the importance of superior customer service. We are graciously honored to receive such an elite award, and be looked at as the region’s best pest control provider” says Matt Jesson, President.

For 41 years, “Best of Philly” has been the recognized mark of excellence in Philadelphia. Green Pest Solutions’ designation signifies that in the estimation of Philadelphia Magazine’s editors, Green Pest Solutions is the very best at what they do. Green Pest Solutions is proud to be included amongst the Philadelphia region’s elite in 2014.

Philadelphia area consumers are used to seeing Best of Philly awards for restaurants, recreation centers and salons, so it’s delightful for Green Pest Solutions’ employees to have earned the esteemed regional recognition they deserve for keeping consumer’s homes pest free.

Green Pest Solutions isn’t new to these kind of accolades as they were named an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company in 2012 and 2013. The company has also received an excessive amount of online feedback via Angie’s List, Home Advisor, Yelp and Google sites. Green Pest Solutions has now attained over 750+ reviews on online reputation sites!

Anti-Mosquito – Sonic Repelling App

With West Nile Virus, Malaria other Mosquito-borne diseases on the rise, avoiding Mosquitoes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is crucial for Philadelphia tri-state residents. Consumers in the Philadelphia area have many different ways of battling the itchy, disease-ridden pests. But now, technology may be stepping in to rid your days of these invasive pests.

Anti-Mosquito

The Anti-Mosquito Sonic Repeller is available to all Android and iOS users.

Anti Mosquito – Sonic Repeller is an application made available to most smartphone users. The creators of the application claim that the app works by producing a high frequency sound (ultra sound) that most mosquitoes find distasteful. They creators don’t claim expect the sonic-pitching sounding application to protect and cover you 100%, but they believe it will ease the pain of mosquitoes attacking and biting you.

The application doesn’t offer much customization. But then again, how much customizing do you need? As long as the application can help reduce the mosquito population around you that’s all that should matter. However, they do offer a range of pitch selector to help target various types of mosquitoes as some pitches may work more effectively for a certain species. The consumer can use the pitch controls to find the optimal repelling frequency for your region.

According to multiple scientists, Electronic Mosquito Repellents (EMRs) are designed to repel female mosquitoes by emitting a high-pitched sound that is inaudible to humans. However, scientists have found there is no evidence in multiple field studies to support any repelling effects of EMRs, hence no evidence to support their promotion or use in protection against mosquito-borne diseases like the malaria infection.

(Electronic mosquito repellents for preventing mosquito bites and malaria infection, by A Enayati, J Hemingway and P Garner.)

 

Tips to Vacuum Your House of Fleas

Flea infestations vary in severity. Some homes have only a few fleas that are difficult to find and easy to remove. Others have fleas that seem to come in swarms, causing you to wake up every morning with bites all over your or your pets bodies. The little fleas often simply die off on their own, and a little bit of flea medication on your pet is often enough to get rid of them. But what about severe flea infestations?

Saint Bernard and Fleas

Saint Bernard and Fleas

Vacuuming Fleas – How to Make it Work

Flea

Flea

One of the most common ways to try to remove fleas is by vacuuming them. Fleas tend to live on the ground (and on easy to vacuum furniture), so going over them with a vacuum should, in theory, make it possible to remove them off the floor and out of your home.

Vacuuming does work, at least in terms of reducing the severity of the infestation. But fleas breed quickly, and in the case of severe flea infestations it’s unlikely you’ll be able to remove all of the fleas from the carpet. In addition, flea eggs are sticky and attach themselves to carpet fibers. Traditional vacuuming is unlikely to work. Luckily, there are strategies you can try to increase the effectiveness of flea vacuuming. The following are several important vacuuming tips to help remove fleas from your home in their entirety:

  • Vacuum Every Day

Because flea eggs are difficult to see and even more difficult to remove, every time you vacuum you should assume you’re only removing the adults. That’s why it’s important to vacuum daily. Every day you vacuum you’ll be able to remove all of the hatched eggs before they’ve become adults and create more flea eggs.

  • Always Seal And Remove

Once you’re done vacuuming, place the vacuum bag in a sealable bag, close it, and remove it from your property. Make sure the bag is air tight so that the fleas can’t escape. Fleas are often drawn to your home, so if you simply throw the bag outside many of those fleas are going to re-enter.

  • Consider Boric Acid

You may also want to consider first treating your carpet with something that can kill fleas and flea eggs before you vacuum them up so that they do not have an opportunity to jump away from the vacuum. Boric acid is a natural powder that causes severe dehydration in fleas. By sprinkling some on your carpet and in all flea-infested areas and keeping it there for several hours you can kill off most fleas and then vacuum up both the fleas and boric acid afterward.

Help to Remove Fleas From Your Home

There are natural ways to reduce flea infestations, and with something as simple as a vacuum and flea medicine for your pet you should be able to reduce the flea population dramatically in mild to moderately infested homes. If you find that you have a severe flea infestation and need immediate help, fill out our service form and get $50 off your first service.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Dinner Ingredients

You’re in the mood to bake. You take out the flour, the sugar, the salt, and a few other ingredients and get ready to place them in a large plastic bowl. You mix the flour and water together and start to pour in a little bit of sugar. But when you pour out the sugar, something else comes out. It looks a little like a tiny Rice Krispie, but upon closer inspection, you realize it’s not food. It’s a maggot, and as you look through your sugar you see that there are a lot of these little maggots lying dead in your box of sugar.

Keep pests out of the kitchen!

Keep pests out of the kitchen!

Bugs Get Into Food

It’s not uncommon to find pests invading your pantry, getting into all of your cooking ingredients. Sugar, of course, is one of the most common pest targets, but they may also invade honey, vanilla extract, and anything else that satisfies their sweet tooth. They may even invade salts and other foods they do not even like, only to die inside during the exploration and ruin your ingredients forever.

Tips to Keep Bugs Out

The best way to keep pests out of your food is to ensure that they’re eliminated outdoors. That’s why it’s important to call green pest solutions if you live in the Philadelphia tri-state area and get a quarterly pest control service to ensure pests stay away. However, there are also several strategies you can also use yourself to keep pests out of your cupboards, including: Cleaning Cabinets, Clutter, and Messes.

  • Cleaning Cabinets, Clutter, and Messes

Pests don’t usually come into your home to get into your sugar. They often invade because your cabinets have messes and spills that attract them. It’s only after they start to swarm that they get into your boxes. That’s why once every few weeks, make sure you wipe down your cabinets completely and clean up after any spills or messes that may attract bugs.

  • Plastic Bag Your Items

Anything that pests are known to get into should be placed inside of a sealed plastic bag. This will prevent any scents from attracting pests and make it much harder for them to get in. While pests are excellent at fitting into small spaces, a sealed plastic bag is much less likely to get their attention.

  • Put High Risk Items in the Fridge

You may also want to consider placing any item that is at high risk for an insect attack in the refrigerator. Most pests will avoid cool places, and so even if they smell something delicious in your refrigerator, they are very unlikely to try to enter. Refrigerators also tend to be air tight and make it much more difficult for pests to invade.

Keeping Pests Out of Your Meal

Stay pest free in the kitchen!

Stay pest free in the kitchen!

It’s stressful when pests get into your food, because usually you are in the process of cooking before you discover it. The best strategy will always be prevention, because unless you keep insects away from your home it is difficult to guarantee you can keep them out of your food. But with the above tips, you should be able to see a significant decrease in the number of ants, flies, and other pests that tend to invade cabinets and ruin both your meals and your appetites.

If you are looking for preventative pest control solutions in the Pennsylvania tri-state area, contact Green Pest today for $50 off of your first treatment.

 

6 Common Types of Corporate Pests

While most people associate pest invasions with the home (since that is where invasions are most upsetting), businesses also need to make sure that they are connected to a trustworthy and effective pest control service. Corporate pest control is important for both the safety of your employees/customers and the safety of your company’s property, which is why it’s important to keep an eye out for some of the most common pests that infect local businesses.

Commercial Kitchen

Commercial Kitchen

Invasive Corporate Pests

Pests do not differentiate between homes and corporations, so the same pests that can affect your home can affect businesses as well. That’s why businesses need to keep an eye out for:

1)     Bed Bugs – It may seem unlikely that a business with no beds would be infected with bed bugs, but it’s actually not that uncommon. Bed bugs live anywhere that people frequent, and since so many people go in and out of most businesses, there is a higher likelihood of bed bugs.

2)      Rats – Any place with food is at risk for rats, and because company properties are also much larger and often not well maintained, there are usually more entrance ways and places for rats to hide and live.

3)      Flies – Restaurants and eateries may also be prone to flies. While not many homeowners call pest control companies for flies, restaurants cannot afford to have fly problems, as they may affect business and possibly ruin some ingredients.

4)      Ants – Like rats, ants are willing to go anywhere with even a little bit of food, and while not every business is a restaurant, many have workrooms and places to eat that may be at serious risk for ant invasions.

5)      Termites – Termites are attracted to wood, and commercial businesses often work on properties with a significant amount of wood. A termite problem could cause significant damage to your property, and may affect your company valuation.

6)      Mosquitoes – This is cheating a little bit, as mosquitoes are not usually a problem with most businesses, but the point is that pests are a problem everywhere, and if you’re a business with, say, a lawn that is infested with mosquitoes, your ability to please your customers is contingent on mosquito elimination.

Corporate pest control is an important part of maintaining your business, and the above pests are only a small number of the types of issues that could affect your company property.

If you’re looking for a skilled commercial pest control company to help you with your business, contact Green Pest today. We work with numerous Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware businesses and are happy to provide a Free Commercial Pest Inspection and $50 off your first commercial pest treatment. Call today.

5 Steps to Check Your Hotel for Bed Bugs

You are most likely to come into contact with bed bugs while travelling. Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers, and if someone has bed bugs in their home, they often take a few with them to their hotel, where they then breed and spread even further.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

It doesn’t matter if you’re at a 5-star hotel or a motel in the “bad area” of the city – bed bugs live and breed everywhere. If you truly want to stay safe from bed bugs while travelling, you should inspect your room as soon as you enter.

Where and How to Inspect

If you’re genuinely concerned about bed bugs (as you should be during summer travel months), you should inspect the room before you bring your luggage inside. Bed bugs hitchhike quickly, and can get onto your luggage while you’re searching the hotel.

Bed Bugs in Corner

Bed Bugs in Corner

Bed Bug Nymphs

Bed Bug Nymphs

Also, you’re not just looking for bugs. Bed bugs – especially those that have been in a room for a long time – tend to leave trails. For example:

  • Droppings – Tiny dark pellets that look like dried brown blood.
  • Dead Bugs – Bed bugs have a fairly long lifespan, but dead bedbugs are still a common sight.
  • Cast Skins – Bed bugs shed their skin while they grow.
  • Nymphs and Eggs – The babies and eggs of bedbugs are very small, but tiny rice shaped eggs and very tiny white/clear baby bedbugs can still be visible when in bigger numbers.

If you’re not sure, play it safe. Ask for a different room, and make sure you get a room that is nowhere near the initial room to ensure that you’re not anywhere near the initial source.

  • Mattress CrevicesStart with the mattress, but keep in mind that it’s not the mattress itself but the crevices in the seam where bed bugs hide.
  •  Chair Crevices Hotel workers often do such a good job cleaning mattresses that bed bug markings may not be visible, or the bugs may have dispersed. But rarely do cleaners pay as close attention to chairs, so check the chair crevices as well for signs of bugs.
  • Edges of Room 

    Make sure you also check the edges of the room, especially where the carpet connects to the wall. These are often forgotten corners that are difficult to hit by vacuum, and thus less likely to be free of bed bug signs in an infested room.

Keep and Open Eye

It’s also simply a good idea to walk around the room and check every hidden spot or piece of fabric for any signs bed bugs may have been present. Cheaper motels may have pillows with bed bug feces stains, as can the underside of their blankets. Checking each sheet, reviewing each corner – all of those activities will help you avoid running into an unexpected bed bug problem.

Unfortunately, it’s still very easy for bed bugs to hide. If you think there is any way you have come home with a bed bug infestation, contact Green Pest today. We offer free bed bug inspections and affordable removal options in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Call now.

6 Easy Ways to Annoy Mosquitoes

With their high-pitched buzz, rapid spawning and endless biting, mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insects to have living on your lawn.  Take the following steps to annoy mosquitoes as much as they annoy you, and hopefully drive them off of your lawn for good.

Mosquito on Skin

Mosquito on Skin

  • Rake Up Grass Clippings – After mowing, it’s tempting to leave the grass clippings lying all over the lawn. Avoid giving in to this temptation, as mosquitoes will hide in grass clippings, while clippings that land in or drift into stagnant water will make it extra appealing for mosquitoes to lay eggs in.
  • Change Water in Birdfeeders – If you have birdfeeders, you can keep birds happy and discourage mosquitoes by replacing the water every 1-3 days. Standing water left out for 4 days or more makes an excellent breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Fill Puddles – If there are places in your yard where puddles consistently form when it rains, try filling them with dirt or mulch so that they don’t have the chance to become filled with baby mosquito larvae.
  • Empty Water in Plant Dishes –Plants in pots with water dishes underneath for catching excess water make a lovely addition to a lawn, but leaving water sitting in those dishes can attract mosquitoes in no time. Watch these dishes and try to empty them the next day if the excess water has not yet evaporated.
  • Grow Plants Mosquitoes Hate – Mosquitoes are not fans of plants that have strong scents, such as marigold, lemon grass, mint, garlic or rosemary. All of these plants except for marigold make excellent cooking ingredients, and eating them yourself can help to make your body slightly mosquito repellent, as well.
  • Make Sprays – If you don’t have the time to wait for plants to grow, you can use the oil of plants that mosquitoes hate combined with water in a spray bottle to spray over your lawn. Try and spray your lawn early in the day to give it a chance to evaporate, as direct sun on wet plants can actually burn the plants.
Family sitting in hammock - Mosquito free

Family sitting in hammock – Mosquito free

If you are sick of being covered with red, itching bites every time you go outside and would prefer to have someone professional see to your mosquito-ridden lawn for you, call your local lawn service professionals at Green Pest.  We are proud to offer our mosquito, flea, ant and tick control to residences throughout the state of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Benefits and Weaknesses of Bug Zappers

As soon as you start to notice insects swarming around your home, it’s not uncommon to go to your local hardware store and seek out a bug zapper. Bug zappers are outdoor machines that attract insects and zap them with low amount of electricity, thus decreasing the insect population around your home and cutting down on the number of pests that may invade your property.

Bug zappers do work. After the first day, you’ll often find hundreds of insects lying on the ground, ready to be cleaned up. But they also have their struggles. Below are the benefits and weaknesses of bug zappers.

Bug Zapper

Bug Zapper

Bug Zapper Benefits

Clearly the most obvious benefit of the bug zapper is that they eliminate dozens of insects right away, and vastly reduce the insect population in your area. There may be piles upon piles of insects within a few days, and while eventually other insects will make note and come “clean up” after a night of bug zapping, there is no denying that the zappers make a big impact.

Similarly, bug zappers allow you to eliminate insects with few chemicals and little personal involvement. There is no health risk, nor is there necessarily any risk of disturbing or a nest or facing an insect you fear. Bug zappers are out of the way and have limited personal involvement. For many, that’s enough to make them a popular choice among those with pest problems.

Bug Zapper Weaknesses

Unfortunately, bug zappers are a little too good to be true. While they do eliminate hundreds of pests, they tend to only attract the most beneficial pests for your lawn, garden, and home. Mosquitoes are not generally attracted to bug zappers, and some insects – like cockroaches – do not typically fly towards them. Spiders, wasps, and other insects either do not fly at night or are not attracted to light either.

So while zappers are killing insects, they’re not typically killing the insects that you want to kill. They tend to eliminate the helpful bugs that are good for the environment and rarely cause any fears or diseases. There are some carbon dioxide patches that can be used to attract mosquitos, but they tend to be short lived and do not eliminate the entire population.

Bug zappers also attract the very insects they’re trying to kill from other yards when they may not otherwise have been attracted to your property. They also break down easily and need regular cleaning.

Overall Impressions of Bug Zappers

Bug zappers are an intriguing option for those that have a lot of insects on their property. The key is to not have high expectations. They probably won’t eliminate any of the pests you’ve been struggling with, but if your goal is to simply eliminate insects it should work.

However, if you’re struggling with any pest problem – especially mosquitoes – you’ll probably need something better than a bug zapper. For those that are interested in mosquito control or any other type of pest control service and want to receive $50 off their first treatment, make sure you contact Green Pest today.

How to Tell the Difference Between Spider Bites and Mosquito Bites

Spider bites are the bites that everyone fears. While nobody likes the itch of the mosquito, spider bites are the ones that cause pain, swelling, and possibly death.

House Spider

House Spider

Or at least, that’s what many people believe.

Mosquito

Mosquito

The truth is that most spider bites present themselves almost identically to mosquito bites. Every spider has a different type of bite. Some, like the black widow, have venom that causes intense neurological symptoms that in rare cases may lead to death. But most others have venom that causes the same type of allergy like reaction:

  • Itchy bump.
  • Swelling.
  • Warm to the touch.

Most spiders do not have enough venom to cause any type of reaction in humans beyond the basic allergic response, and while many people blame some of their largest, most painful bumps on spiders, many mosquito bites can also lead to similar responses, especially if they’ve been scratched and irritated – something that can occur while you sleep.

Are There Differences Between Spider Bites and Mosquito Bites?

In the event of a more serious spider bite, additional symptoms will occur, such as cell death. But because those symptoms are rare, the most likely sign that you had a spider bite will be a pair of tooth marks at the site of the bite, usually in the very center of the bump. Mosquitoes do not have two teeth, nor do the bites necessarily have a clear bump.

Also, spider bites may (although not always) be very painful at the time of the bite, not later. Mosquito bites you can feel, but they do not usually become painful for a long while after the bite has occurred because they need time to grow.

Spiders Rarely Bite Unprovoked

If you’re still not sure, it’s important to keep in mind that spiders are not the vicious attackers that people think they are. They are very timid, and in nearly every case they only bite if they are in the process of being attacked – for example, if you’re placing your hand directly on top of it.

This means that if the bite simply seems to appear while you’re out, and you cannot seem to find signs of spider fangs or put yourself in a situation where a spider may have felt in danger, it’s likely that it was the bite of a mosquito.

Help for Your Insect Problem

If you find yourself with a bite that worries you, contact a doctor. It’s possible that you were one of the rare individuals that fell victim to a more severe spider bite, and a visit to the doctor may be in your best interests.

But if you’d like to reduce the likelihood of experiencing any type of bite, contact Green Pest and ask about our spider control and mosquito control options. We have several discounts available for new clients and we’re happy to talk to you at any time about our one-time or recurring quarterly services.

Tips to Remove Paper Wasp Nests

Paper wasps are protective stinging insects that will attack anyone that poses a threat to their nest. They’re not an aggressive species, and despite their size they prefer to leave humans and animals alone, but if you come near their nest they become vicious, and may sting multiple times while you try to get away.

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

 

So if you have a nest near your home, it’s important to remove it. But if you simply walk up to the nest and try to spray it you may find yourself getting stung in the process. That’s why you should consider the following paper wasp nest removal strategies:

real wasp house, out in the open, among green leaves

real wasp house, out in the open, among green leaves

  • Remove At Night

Paper wasps are active during the day and sleep at night. The best time to remove them is at night when they’re not monitoring their nests, so that you can sneak in and eliminate them more easily.

  • Use Red Lights

Of course, if you’re removing them at night, you need a way to see them without attracting them to you. Bright lamps can still attract wasps, and if they wake up they may fly directly towards you and your flashlight. Luckily, there is a lot of evidence that stinging insects, like wasps, cannot see red. So if you use a red light flashlight (or cover the flashlight with red plastic or cellophane), you can reduce the chances of an attack.

  • Remove the Nest Completely

It’s best to not simply spray the nest and then wait until the morning to clean it up. Try to do everything in one shot. Spray the nest, then – using gloves and wearing thick clothes – wrap the nest up in a few plastic bags, tie it, and throw it in the trash. You may also want to move the trash away from your home just in case.

Wasp Removal From Green Pest

The above tips can help you remove nests safely, but because wasps always carry the risk of stinging, it’s not always the best idea to try to remove the nests yourself. You may instead benefit more from contacting the professionals at Green Pest Solutions, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware’s leading wasp removal specialist. We’re happy to offer $50 off any wasp nest treatment, and can offer solutions that will help prevent wasps from wanting to build their nests in the future.