House Mice

House Mice The house mouse is the most common rodent. The house mouse is gray and it weighs one half to one ounce.  The body is three to four inches long and the tail three to four inches long. The muzzle is pointed, the ears are large, the eyes and body are small. Typically, the […]

Flying Ants? Flying Termites?

Paper Wasps

Flying ants and flying termites are frequently mistaken for each other. Since both insects swarm so that they can reproduce (talk about speed dating!), it’s understandable. One usually doesn’t want to take the time to care if they are “reproducing” in the middle of your back-porch barbeque. And, the matter of difference doesn’t really matter […]

Carpenter Ants

Empire Pest Control

For many, ant infestations are an irritating nuisance and source of frustration. Visual inspection is the most common method of finding ant infestations. Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants found in New England. Normally workers are black or reddish in color and range in size from 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Carpenter ants are […]

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

“Don’t let the bedbugs bite!” This popular bed-time benediction used to actually have some “bite” to it. Between the late 1 940s and the early 1970s, the use of DDT, now known to be an environmental hazard, bedbugs went through a dramatic decline in population that is now beginning to creep upward again. Identifying Bed […]

House Spiders

Orb Weaver

Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of the spiders you’ll find in and around your home are actually beneficial to have around. Mainly it’s because they help to keep the insect population under control. However, there are some types that may cause more harm than good and hopefully this handy field guide will help you […]