Why Avoid DIY Pest Control

10 Must-Read Reasons To Avoid Do It Yourself Pest Control

While some preventative DIY pest control efforts are smart for homeowners to perform in and around their home, DIY can often lead to other more serious issues. Here are 10 reasons to avoid DIY pest control and to turn to professional pest control and pest management specialists.

Spotted Lantern Fly Pittsburgh

What Is A Spotted Lantern Fly And What To Do If You See One

The Spotted Lantern Fly is an invasive species indigenous to China, Bangladesh, and Vietnam that is currently plaguing areas all across the eastern seaboard and in many Pennsylvania counties particularly. These highly destructive insects were first discovered in the United States in September of 2014 in Berks County …

Pest Control For New Homes

Is Pest Control Required When Buying A New Or Older Home?

Whether a prospective home owner is seeking a new or an older property, the caveat, buyer beware, should always be heeded. This is especially true when it comes to potential pest infestations. While buyers seeking a new home may believe that there is no need for the professional pest-control or pest-management …

Most Unwanted Pests For Homeowners

12 Of The Most Unwanted Pests You Never Want In Your Home

Being a home owner can be a joyful and rewarding experience, but it can also be a living, waking nightmare if pests invade a residence. Unfortunately, there are many varieties to choose from, and they all present their own unique set of problems and challenges to eliminate. Our experts at Pestco Professional Services have all …

Pittsburgh Silverfish Extermination

How To Eliminate Silverfish From Your Pittsburgh Home

Whatever images a name may conjure is illustrated in the moniker that classifies these scuttling, creepy crawlies with six legs that lurk in the dark, damp corners of a home or residence. Known for their glassy, metallic appearance and style of running, which mimics the wiggling motions of a swimming fish, these slender, unpleasant, wingless …

Pittsburgh Common House Fly

How To Prevent Flies From Invading Your Pittsburgh Home

The following blog explores the two most prevalent fly species found throughout Pittsburgh and Western PA and provides 12 key tips every “Pittsburgher” should take to protect their homes from these disease-spreading insects! Flies have few if any friends or admirers among humans, and yet they have …

Painful Insect Stings

The Schmidt Pain Index And The Most Painful Insect Stings

Determining the most or best of any particular thing or category can be a relative, sometimes challenging endeavor. When the honor concerns the designation of insects that have the most painful stings, there are no awards or speeches given; there is only the desire to move away as quickly as possible from all the nominees …

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Washroom Hygiene – 8 Keys To Preventing Flu In The Workplace

Every year from early October into late May, peaking in late January or early February, the flu season brings a new sense of concern to the Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania medical community that must arm itself with sufficient vaccines to service its diverse populations. This reality become even more clear this year …

Murder Hornets And Honey Bee Hives

The Murder Hornet: Have You Ever Seen A Nightmare Walking?

Murderers are an abhorrent societal segment among humans, but whoever would expect an insect to bear such a frightful moniker, and in this case, one that is so well deserved? Albeit just a nickname, the Asian Giant Hornet aka the Murder Hornet, is a force to reckon with, whether the confrontation is …

Pittsburgh Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease – A Real Life Pittsburgh Horror Story

There is no need to check out the latest scary flick at your local cinema. A real life horror story lurks hidden among us and threatens the quality of all our lives. It doesn’t lie in wait for hapless passersby, wielding a sharp knife. Instead, it hides undetected in the green grass and gardens adorning homes and fields. Well known to our pest-control and …

Pittsburgh Hornet Stinging Insect Control

How To Keep Stinging Insects Out Of Your Pittsburgh Lawn

It’s that time of year again when the ground kissed by the warm sun turns lush and green, and colorful blooms adorn well tended gardens and walkways. Spring is pretty, but it also portends fast-approaching problems in terms of unwanted stinging critters, like wasps and hornets seeking asylum and food on Pittsburgh …

Pittsburgh Residential Ant Control

Pittsburgh Ant Control And Extermination Services For Homes

Ants in a home can wreak havoc in many ways. They are known to tear into food packaging, contaminating anything they come into contact with. House ants invade homes, particularly kitchens, in search of food and water. Some nest inside walls ands ceilings, but usually cause no direct damage and pose little …

Pittsburgh Electrostatic Disinfecting Spray

Battling Covid 19 For Pittsburgh With Disinfecting Services

It is said that when life gives us lemons, we must find a way to make lemonade. This axiom is not meant to make light of the encroaching virus that threatens all our lives, as there is nothing conventional or thoughtful about Covid 19. Overcoming it presents an arduous challenge, and like so many hurdles thrown our way …

Pittsburgh Spring Termite Control

What Pittsburgh Homeowners Should Know About Spring Termites

Although the advent of warmer temperatures mark the presence of many pleasant sweet-smelling happenings throughout Pittsburgh, the swarming of subterranean termites isn’t one of them. Usually, this occurs during the months of March and April and in broad daylight following a rain. This species is the plague of Pittsburgh …

Pittsburgh Winter Cockroach Control

12 Tips For Winter Cockroach Control – A Homeowners Guide

Winter is many things to many people. For some, it translates into more outerwear, like gloves, sweaters and overcoats; for others, it means more time for outdoor fun on snowy ski slopes and sipping a favored latte in front of a warm and cozy fireplace. The advent of frigid temperatures for Pittsburgh home-owners …

Pittsburgh Winter Termite Control

Is My Home Still Vulnerable To Termites In The Winter?

While it is sometimes said that good things come in small packages, this is never the case when it comes to termites. Known as the smallest and yet most devastating, wood-destroying insects on the face of the earth, the collective power of a termite colony to ravage entire homes and structures is a force to reckon with. Due to the …

Residential winter pest control tips

11 Helpful Pest Control Tips For a Happy Winter Home

With the cold sharp winds of winter comes that extra layering of clothes, snow, sleet and a host of other not so nice associations. In that same vein, the season also brings some very unwelcome house guests, whom unlike visiting relatives, may not be so easy get rid of without professional help from local pest control experts …

How To Choose A Pest Control Company

How To Choose A Pest Control Company – A Homeowner’s Guide

It can be extremely distressing for a home owner to discover a pest infestation. In addition to the ick factor, there is the urgency of what to do and the question of who should do it. That old boy scout standby should be invoked here; namely be prepared. Researching pest-control and pest-management companies …

Restaurant Winter Pest Control

Preparing Your Restaurant For The Holiday Pest Season

The holiday season is just around the corner with all of its joy, celebrations, scrumptious appetizers and delectable deserts. But like most things in life, there is always a cautionary tale lurking amid the trappings of tinsel and dazzling colors. For many businesses, especially restaurants, there are a host …

Pestco Pest Exclusion Services

The Importance Of Pest Exclusion Services For Your Home

The need for pest exclusion is as old as mankind and it relies heavily on the principle that it is easier and safer for the environment to keep pests out of a home than it is to eradicate an infestation once it takes hold. Mice and rats love our homes because so many of them abound with cracks, holes and other easy …

Tips To Protect Your Home From Bedbugs

How To Keep Your Home Bed Bug Free Through Fall And Winter

Along with cooler Fall and Winter temps comes the increased possibility that bed bugs might find their way into your home. Unlike other pests, these annoying and often invasive critters don’t die off or hibernate, so they continue to remain active, and once they find a nice home to take up residence …

Scariest Skin Crawl Worthy Insects

12 Of The World’s Scariest Skin-Crawl-Worthy Insect Pests

It’s that time of year for falling leaves, the color orange, ghostly visions, homicidal maniacs with knives lurking in alleyways, and a general murder-and-mayhem feel to the new and distinct chill in the air. While many terrors are man-made or invoked for the cinematic screen, there are others that lurk just …

How to prevent pantry pests

10 Tips To Help Protect Your Home From Invasive Pantry Pests

Pantry pests is a most unimaginative moniker for insects that like to hang out in your pantry. Also known by the equally humdrum name, Stored Product Pests, these critters have an insatiable appetite for the dried and processed food products that are stored in your home. They can include …

Pittsburgh Rat And Rodent Control Pestco

9 Early Prevention Tips Against Fall Rodent Infestations

There are fewer facts that send more shivers even up the sturdiest of spines than the sobering reality that for every person that lives within the United States, there is also one rat. Rodents can be found invading homes and other structures all across the country. The advent of autumn and …

Honey Bee Hive Relocation

The Importance Of Bee Hive Relocation Over Extermination

The honeybee, like so many things in life, is often taken for granted. Annoying buzzing and unpleasant stings are certainly not desirable, but these insects are more vital to our survival as a species than any other living thing on earth. In the words of our executive general manager, Bob Wiemer, “It’s their place within …

Pittsburgh American Cockroach

10 Gross Facts About American Cockroach Infestations

The sight of a cockroach the size of a human thumb crawling out of your bathroom drain and scampering across your sink or tub is repulsive enough to send a cold shiver up and down most spines. Like an entity from beyond the darkest realms, the presence of even one of these insects is truly frightening to behold. The filth they …

why fear bald faced hornet

9 Seriously Horrifying Reasons To Fear The Bald-Faced Hornet

The penned thoughts of the most imaginative writer of scary stories may effectively delve into the darker realms of the netherworld, but there are some horrors in the natural cosmos that are even more terrifying, and they are often overlooked as subjects in tales that chill and thrill. These anomalies deliver an intense burst of fear …

Pittsburgh Carpet Beetle Exterminator

Ridding Your Pittsburgh Home of Carpet Beetle Infestations

So named because they infest carpeting, these invasive pests are similar to clothes moths, and they also feed on other items composed of wool, fur, felt, silk, feathers, skins, and leather. Commonly attacked items include: sweaters, scarves, coats, blankets, down pillows and comforters, upholstery, toys, decorative …

Cockroaches Spread Disease

Will German Cockroaches Soon Be Impossible To Kill?

Along with tales of alligators inhabiting dark and dank urban sewers, there is also an enduring myth that cockroaches can survive a nuclear explosion. While no human would ever be on hand to verify this allegation after such a cataclysmic event, it is true that cockroaches are well known for both their resilience …

Summer Bed Bug Prevention Pittsburgh

12 Summer Bed Bug Prevention Tips For Pittsburgh Homes

Bed bugs are ancient, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans. They are approximately 1/4 of an inch long, oval in shape and usually reddish-brown in color.  Their bodies resemble apple seeds, and they can be found wherever humans congregate such as: homes; apartment and office buildings; hotels; train cars …

Pittsburgh Summer Pest Control Tips

12 Simple Ways To Pest Proof Your Pittsburgh Summer

When those long languid days basking in the warmth of the sun arrive, the moment has also come for encouraging Pittsburgh home-owners to pest proof their homes. Summer is a beautiful season in Western Pennsylvania. Outdoor activities, such as barbecues and other get-togethers, are very common …

Pittsburgh Tick Control Services

Get The Very Best Pittsburgh Tick Control For Your Home!

Ticks are a part of life in Western Pennsylvania and 2019 is predicted to be “the year of the tick”. Closely related to mites, these parasitic insects feed mostly on the blood of warm-blooded mammals but some species attack birds, reptiles and even amphibians. Fish are apparently the only vertebrates not …

Pittsburgh Spider Control For Infestations

Protecting Pittsburgh Residences Against Spider Infestations

Spiders are known as arachnids because they differ anatomically from other insects. Their legs number eight instead of the usual six and their bodies are divided into two segments rather than three. They are extremely diverse critters and range in size from a speck of dust …

Pittsburgh Termite Prevention And Control

Termite Control – The Best Protection For Pittsburgh Homes

The expression, “eating one out of house and home” was not originally meant to refer to termites, but it might as well have. Termites are the smallest, yet most devastating, wood-destroying insects on the face of the earth and their daily activities can and often do ravage entire …

Mosquito Control Services For Pittsburgh Residences

Spring and Summer Mosquito Control In Pittsburgh Residences

Mosquitoes have been integral to the historic landscape since the Jurassic period, some 210 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. While there are no records of giant mosquitoes soaring through the skies, they were there foraging and scrounging …

Pittsburgh Wasp Control Services

Pittsburgh Wasp Control: The Most Fierce Stinging Insect

Wasps are enormously diverse critters with about 30,000 identified species. Despite their fearsome reputation, most varieties do not sting and are solitary insects that control garden pest populations and do not build colonies, which in the case of some species can be enormous …

Pittsburgh Hornet Control Services

Protecting Pittsburgh From The Stinging Wrath Of Hornets

Expressions like “mad as a hornet” or “stirring up a hornet’s nest” tell their own unmistakable tale about this stinging insect’s place in modern language. There are about 20 diverse species of hornets. They are classified as predatory wasps, and found primarily in Europe …

Pittsburgh Yellow Jacket Pest Control

When Does The Yellow Jacket Pest Control Season Begin?

Yellow jackets are wicked little critters with yellow and black bodies and long wings that resemble honey bees. They are not as plump as their brethren however, and their bodies are segmented. Their hind legs are not extended for the collection of pollen, as is the case with the …

Pittsburgh Spring Time Pest Control Services

Pittsburgh Springtime Pest Invaders And How To Control Them

The warmer months of the year are just around that proverbial corner. Soon, buzzing bees and colorful blooms will adorn walkways, gardens and parks. Winter coats, sweaters, mufflers and gloves will lay out of sight in back closets and dresser drawers until next year …

Pittsburgh Pest And Hygiene Control Solutions Hospitals

Why Every Pittsburgh & Western PA Hospital Needs Pest Control

Hospitals as well as other health care facilities that interface with transient populations face particular challenges when it comes to providing the highest level of sanitation and cleanliness that is possible. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the facility …

Pittsburgh Professional Fly Control And Prevention

Pittsburgh Professional Fly Control And Prevention Services

The ubiquitous fly is defined as an insect with one pair of functional wings for flight and a pair of vestigial hind-wings called halteresfor balance. They are classified as an order called Diptera, a name derived from two Greek words: di meaning two and pteron …

Pittsburgh Mouse Mice Control Services

Pittsburgh Mouse Control For Businesses & Commercial Spaces

Perhaps Clement Moore, who wrote the iconic, well-loved poem, The Night Before Christmas, was selecting only a word that rhymed with ‘house’, but regardless, the unmistakable implication that mice live among us is and always has been quite clear. Mice can be field and …

Pittsburgh & Western Pennsylvania Powderpost Beetle Control

Defending Western PA From Powderpost Beetle Infestations

Although not commonly known or mentioned, the powder post beetle represents one of seventy known species of wood-boring beetles. These small, reddish-brown insects are usually less than 1/4 inch in length and they are flat-bodied, which allows them to …

Pittsburgh Pest Control Services

Pittsburgh Pest Control: Why Pestco Professional Services?

Business owners and managers of all industries across Greater Pittsburgh, Western PA, Eastern Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle have a gazillion options to choose from when it comes to pest control companies, but there is only one with well over …

Carpenter Bee Control Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Carpenter Bee Control & Removal For Pittsburgh Businesses

While the carpenter bee can often be mistaken for a bumblebee, it is by no means the same as it pertains to the damage they can cause to wood. Carpenter bees can be incredibly destructive to a the wooden structures, beams, stairs and other elements within …

Pittsburgh Termite Extermination Control Services

Why Termite Control Is Vital To Commercial Property Owners

While all termite infestations are serious matters that require immediate attention from pest control specialists, subterranean termites are by far the most damaging to wood, and they can cause significant property damage to Pittsburgh and Western …

Pittsburgh Pro-Active Pest Control

Why Pro-Active Pest Control Is Better For Your Business

If you own or operate a business facility anywhere throughout Greater Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, preventative pest control should be at the top your list of monthly operational priorities. Unfortunately, in our experience, that’s often not the case …

Pittsburgh Cockroach Control Services

5 Ways Cockroaches Can Impact Your Pittsburgh Bottom Line

When it comes to cockroaches, there is no better time than the present for all good businesses to take preventative measures and come to the aid of their work settings and employees. In fact, as a business owner or manager, one of the most important jobs …