The Multiple Cockroach Species That Are Common Pests Of Homes And Restaurants In Maine

While there exists more than one million insect species that dwell in a variety of habitats, most insects thrive in warm and humid conditions in tropical and subtropical geographic locations. This is true when it comes to the vast majority of the more than 4,500 cockroach species that have been documented worldwide, but a small number of cockroach species have become well adapted to living alongside humans in a variety [...]

March 17th, 2020|

The Largest Spider In Maine Is A Frequent Home-Invader

Hundreds of spider species can be found in Maine, and a few species are surprisingly large in size and hairy in texture. Unfortunately, some of the largest spiders in Maine are frequently found within homes, especially during the fall season when spiders seek refuge from the progressively colder temperatures. According to Jim Dill, a pest management specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spiders in Maine are generally harmless, [...]

March 10th, 2020|

How Mice Contribute To The Spread Of Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Peromyscus leucopus, more commonly known as the “white footed mouse,” is a common rodent species found in most of the eastern US, eastern Canada, and some midwestern states, but this species’ western distribution does not extend beyond the Rocky Mountains. These mice are around 3.5 inches long and their coat is reddish-brown with the exception of their white belly. The white-footed mouse is the most abundant mouse species in forested [...]

March 4th, 2020|

Clearing Up The Confusion Concerning The Rodent-Borne Hantavirus In Maine

Three mouse species in Maine are known for infesting homes and buildings where they pose a medical threat to humans. These mouse species include the house mouse, the deer mouse and the white-footed mouse. The house mouse is easily the most common home-invading mouse species in Maine, and the entire US. Unlike deer mice and white-footed mice, house mice prefer indoor as opposed to outdoor environments, and they invade homes [...]

February 26th, 2020|

Why Rat Bait Stations May Disappear While Infestations Remain Active?

Norway rats commonly infest homes and buildings in all areas of Maine, and they can be found indoors throughout the year. Norway rats have adapted to thrive alongside humans within structures where they sometimes prefer to live indefinitely due to an abundance of available food sources, a lack of natural predators, and protection from adverse climatic conditions. Rats damage a variety of valued materials and items within and outside of [...]

February 18th, 2020|

The Four Steps Every Homeowner Should Follow When Addressing Indoor Rodent Pests

House mice are the most common rodent pests of households in Maine and throughout the United States. Norway rats, deer mice and white-footed mice are less common pests of homes, but they are still considered medically significant household pests. All these rodent pests are known for transmitting a variety of disease-causing microorganisms within homes, especially through contact with their feces. Residents who suspect that their home is infested with rodent [...]

February 11th, 2020|