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Stinkbug

The adults are approximately 1.7 centimeters (0.67 in) long and about as wide, forming the shield shape characteristic of other stink bugs. They are various shades of brown on both the top and undersides, with gray, off-white, black, copper, and bluish markings....

Mosquitos

Mosquitos in Massachusetts Mosquitos are small flies that use a tubular mouthpart to pierce a host to feed on blood. A mosquito bite won’t be fatal due to a loss of blood but will leave an itchy rash that can drive you crazy. Mosquitos are also known to carry serious...

Clothes Moths

Webbing Clothes Moth Control Webbing Clothes Moths are quarter inch long insects with a half inch wingspan. They are the most common type of clothes moth in the US and can become a problem if left in your home undisturbed. Female Webbing Clothes Moths will place their...

Pantry Pests

Keep Pantry Pests Out of Your Home Pantry pests normally find their way into your home inside of a food package that has been infested. It is easy to miss an infestation because pantry pests are normally small insects. Their eggs are even smaller and can be impossible...

Earwigs

Earwigs in Massachusetts Earwigs are brown or black, elongated insects. A pair of large forceps are at the end of the abdomen. The forceps of male earwigs are curved and the females’ are straight. Some earwigs have wings and will only fly when disturbed. Earwig eggs...

Centipedes

North American Centipede Control Centipedes are long flat insects that have been known to have anywhere from 16 to 180 pair of legs. A centipede’s body is segmented and are normally a brown or red-orange color. The insects have tiny mouths but there are also large...

Sowbugs

Massachusetts Sow Bug Removal Sowbugs are land crustaceans that have overlapping plates that cover their back. The bugs have an oval shape and are normally a dark gray color. They grow to be about a half of an inch long with antennae that will stretch half the length...

Skunks

Facts about Skunks in New England Skunks thrive in urban and suburban environments across North America. They are nocturnal omnivores and their diet mostly consists of fish, nuts, mice, insects, snakes and fruit. They are also known as scavengers and will eat whatever...

Opossum

Massachusetts Opossum Removal Opossums are considered pests because they have been known to search for food and live in attics, crawlspaces, garages, barns and under houses. Opossums are rodents and to many will seem like gigantic rats. The best way to get rid of an...

Raccoons

About Raccoons in Massachusetts The raccoon family of nocturnal mammals is composed of three species. Scientifically called procyon lotor, the raccoon can grow to be over 20 pounds and live up to 5 years. They are highly adaptable and commonly seen in both urban and...

Squirrels

South Shore Squirrel Removal Do you have squirrels running around in your walls and ceilings? Having squirrels living on your property can be disconcerting. Squirrels are a surprisingly diverse family of rodents that is well adapted to a range of environments. South...

Termites

South Shore Termite Control Termites are small tan or brown colored insects that live under the soil. Termites feed on wood which can cause structural damage to a home or business. They are rarely seen because they live underground and will tunnel to find feeding...

Bats

Massachusetts Bat Facts Bats are found all across New England. They are most commonly 3 to 4 inches long with hairy, brown bodies and with close to a 9 inch wingspan. Bats mate in the fall and their pups are born between late May and early July. The average bat...

Carpenter Ants

Massachusetts Carpenter Ants Carpenter Ants got their name from the way they build nests by tunneling through wood. Carpenter Ants are found throughout the New England area and have been known to infest entire buildings. They are among the largest types of Ant in the...

Yellow Jackets

Massachusetts Yellow Jacket Facts Yellow Jacket Wasps are predatory wasps that can be found throughout the United States. Yellow Jacket are often mistaken for bees because of their yellow color but they are actually wasps. Like bees they are able to sting. Unlike...

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee Facts Carpenter Bees are large bees that are not very aggressive. The bee got its name from the way it drills holes into wood to build its nest. Only female Carpenter Bees are capable of stinging and they usually won’t sting unless provoked. Carpenter...

Hornets

Hornets Found in New England Bald-faced Hornets are commonly found in North America across the continental United States, as well as in Canada. This hornet is actually another type of Yellow Jacket that has a painful sting. Workers will aggressively defend their nest...

Mice

New England Mice Facts Although the house mouse isn’t native to the US they have found their way all across North America. Mice have become incredibly adept at taking advantage of food intended for humans. The pests can stay hidden quite well and continually feed on...

Bed Bugs

Boston Bed Bug Facts Bed Bugs have become a bigger and bigger problem in recent years. These insects are known to only come out at night when they feed on blood. Their bites leave a red mark that can be incredibly itchy the next day. Recently Bed Bugs have become a...

Spiders

Facts about the American House Spider House Spiders come in a wide array of colors. They are hunters of various pests and often function as natural pest control. Once in a while, due to environmental conditions these spiders can infest homes by the tens of thousands....

Roaches

Facts about Cockroaches in Massachusetts German Cockroaches are highly efficient scavengers that thrive in tropical regions, hot summers in temperate zones, and unfortunately within human occupied buildings. With a professionally managed pest control plan from IPM, we...

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