Got Pests? O’Connor Can Take Care of Them


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Ants are some of the smallest and most common pests in southern California, and they typically go unnoticed until you have an infestation in your home. There are a number of ants that can be found in and around your home. These include Odorous House Ants, Carpenter Ants, Pharaoh Ants, and Pavement Ants. If you see one ant, it’s safe to say that there are more crawling around in your walls, between the cracks, and building nests where you can’t see them.

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Bed Bugs

You may think bed bugs are dangerous, but they are not known to spread disease or illness. They bite when they feed off of human hosts and are especially tough to get rid of when they infest homes. This is why they’re considered to be a serious pest for homeowners and business owners. Bed bugs are incredibly difficult to get rid of, and it is almost impossible to accomplish without the help of a professional. Luckily, Seitz Bros has decades of bed bug elimination and removal experience. We provide two programs for bed bug elimination that can be selected based on your needs.

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Fleas are about ⅛ of an inch and can jump nearly a foot, which makes it easy for them to stay undetected as they hitch a ride from the outdoors onto your dog or cat. Fleas have the capability to live in carpets, laying eggs between the fibers. As eggs hatch, the problem spreads. You may not know fleas are in your home until you find them on your pet.

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Mosquitoes are notorious biting pests that are well known to residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These blood-sucking insects can easily ruin your time spent outdoors in spring, summer, and even early fall. If you are trying to enjoy time spent in your yard, it’s hard to avoid itchy mosquito bites, especially if your property is backed up to a woodline or if you live near standing bodies of water.

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Both homeowners and business owners suffer from house mouse infestations every year. Because they are so heavily populated, house mice have adapted to thriving in alongside humans in urban and residential structures. Although mouse activity is heaviest in the fall and winter when they seek out shelter from the cold, mouse infestations can happen year-round.

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Pantry Pests

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While small rodents are pests that can invade your cabinets and eat your food, pantry pests refer to invasive insects that get into a variety of food. Pantry pests include weevils, beetles, and moths, to name a new. These types of pests like cereal, flour, chocolate, and dried fruits or herbs. Not only do pantry pests make a mess, but they destroy your food supply and are difficult to eliminate.

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Rats large nocturnal rodents. They are much larger than house mice and have a much longer tail. The destruction that rats cause far exceeds what house mice can do, even if they are less common. They don’t like change very much, so they are hesitant to enter new home and additions to homes. Rat infestations are dangerous for homeowners because they can carry many diseases such as leptospirosis, trichinosis and salmonella.

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Like most pests, big or small, roaches are looking for a place to call home with access to food and water and protection. Cockroaches like to hunt for food in all areas of your home at night when they’re most likely to go undetected. You may not notice that you have a roach problem until it becomes an infestation. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, condo or a brand-new home, cockroaches don’t discriminate.

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Despite their name, silverfish are not a small fish but rather a tiny teardrop-shaped insect. Silverfish are known as occasional invaders. Even though they do not cause structural damage to homes, they can destroy some of your most valuable items such as keepsakes. Silverfish not only ruin upholstery, clothing and grains but sometimes they attract other pests like beetles. Silverfish are difficult to find and even more challenging to catch, but our elimination methods are safe and effective.

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Many spiders in the area are harmless and only bite if they feel threatened. Most spiders that are in your home pose little threat to humans and animals. Black widow and brown recluse spiders are some of the more dangerous spiders to have in your home but are uncommon in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. When spiders are present in your home, it typically indicates that you have insects in your home. While spiders are less of a pest than most insects and rodents, you may feel more comfortable keeping them outdoors.

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Spotted Lanternflies

Spotted lanternflies are arguably one of the top crop and vegetation destroying pests in Pennsylvania each year. Adult spotted lanternflies emerge in July and remain active until winter. Spotted lanternflies attack crops, crippling farmers and destroying ornamental plants, bushes, and trees that may be on your property. Finding spotted lanternfly egg masses before they hatch is your best defense against infestations.

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Stinging Insects

Yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps are just a few of the stinging insects that can disturb Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents. These pests can be harmful to many, especially when allergic. Whe recommend staying away from these pests and their nesting areas, and call our professionals at the first site of right away.

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Stink Bugs

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Stink bugs, or brown marmorated stink bugs, are best known for the unpleasant odor they release from the glands near their abdomen when they feel threatened. Aside from the strong smell, stink bugs don’t pose a significant health risk or other damage to households, but infestations are difficult to remove on your own.

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Termites can cause billions of dollars in structural damage every year. Unless you are trained to spot termites like the expert pest technicians at Seitz Brothers, you may never know that termites are present in your home. Several types of termites live throughout the U.S., but the most common termite that you’re likely to come in contact with is the subterranean termite.

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Ticks are common across the United States, and there are over 25 species in Pennsylvania alone. The four species that you are most likely to encounter include the American dog tick, the blacklegged tick, the lone star tick and a brown dog tick. Ticks live in places such as unmanicured lawns, brush, along wood lines, tall grasses, fields, and parks. Areas with an abundance of tall foliage are conducive to tick activity, giving them a perfect place to latch onto while waiting for a host.

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Voles are widespread rodents, living across most of North America, decreasing in population south of Georgia and New Mexico. In the spring, voles create “runways” above ground that they use to navigate in a crisscross pattern. Underground, voles create several shallow burrows that you can find by following runways. In the winter, they will burrow through the snow to stay warm and remain insulated in between daily foraging.

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