Depending on the species and extent of the infestation, bugs can be simply a minor nuisance or a serious health risk. When you need to get rid of pests, choose a trusted local pest control company with more than three decades of experience. Pestex offers bug control in Boston and Framingham for all types of bugs and occasional invaders.
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
This type of stink bug is an invasive species that arrived in Pennsylvania from Asia in the mid-1990s. It has quickly expanded its range to many areas of the United States. These bugs generally enter homes seeking shelter when the temperatures drop in late fall and winter.
If you want to prevent stink bugs, you can try:
- Seal cracks in windows, doors, and electrical outlets.
- Use yellow bulbs outdoors.
- Make sure screens are in good condition.
- Vacuum to get rid of bugs inside the house.
As with most invasive species, stink bugs are proving harmful to the ecosystem. They are especially troublesome to the agriculture industry and have been known to destroy crops. These pests are more of a nuisance than a health threat.
These pests get their name from their numerous long legs. Centipedes are generally light brown with stripes down their bodies. House centipedes can be beneficial, as they feed on pests such as carpet beetles, cockroaches, and silverfish.
Centipedes inject their prey with venom, but this is not harmful to humans. In fact, they rarely ever bite anything bigger than themselves. If you want to prevent centipedes from entering your home, make sure to prevent moisture in basements and crawlspaces, seal up any cracks, and make sure the water is moving away from the foundation of your home after a rainstorm.
Silverfish get their name from their silver coloring and scales that are similar to fish. They can move very fast and are often present in the home long before you find them, since they are good at hiding. Silverfish look for humid conditions, such as bathrooms, garages, attics, and basements. They are known to eat linen, rayon, and cotton materials.
Silverfish are not vectors of disease, but they can cause damage to your home. Infested materials often have holes, etching in the surfaces, and yellow staining. In addition to scheduling bug control in Boston, you can keep silverfish away by using a dehumidifier to keep humidity under control, repairing leaks, keeping food preparation areas clean, and getting rid of piles of old magazines or books in garages or basements.