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Why Continue Pest Control During the Winter?

You may think that you can forgo pest control during the winter months because when it’s cold, pest sightings die down and it seems as if they are completely gone. Unfortunately, the lack of their sightings is merely a decoy. You may not see them, but those creepy crawlers are still around. Winter is when eggs are produced and lay in waiting to be hatched during the warmer months. Staying on top of your pest control during the winter can make your Spring less pest infested.

5 Reasons to Continue Pest Control During the Winter

Why Continue Pest Control During the Winter?

Although it is cold outside and you don’t see many pests, your house is warm and the perfect place for pests to hole-up and getting ready for Spring. Here are 5 reasons why you should continue pest control during the winter:

●        Pests living inside your home, more specifically, the walls of your home, are not affected by the cold weather outside and can still wreak havoc on your home.

●        Attics provide shelter to insects such as spiders and wasps

●        If any entry-points into your home are not properly sealed off during the winter, rodents can find their way into your home.

●        Pest control during the winter will treat any current pest problems you have. If you have a pest problem, or a history of pest problems, you want to continue your pest control inspections even during the winter.

●        Prevent future pest problems with winter pest control inspections. Get your home ready for warmer months and reduce your pest problems when Spring blooms.

Who to Call

When you’re protecting your home from these pesky invaders, you want to hire a company you know will have your back. Here at Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, we are a family owned and operated company and we treat your home as if it was our own. We don’t want pests invading our home and we don’t want them invading yours. When you call us, you know that we will deliver effective, safe treatments to dispel any pests in your home. You can count on us to protect your home, all you have to do is call: (207) 650-8654!

What Restaurant Owners Can Do to Prevent Pests

If you own a restaurant, you put your heart and soul into it. It’s your baby and you take care of it. The last thing you want associated with your restaurant is pests. If pests get into your restaurant, they get into the food and your customers become unhappy. Not only do you get unhappy customers, you get low sanitation scores and your customers stop coming in and your restaurant loses business. Follow these tips for what restaurant owners can do to prevent pests and keep your business going:

What Restaurant Owners Can Do to Prevent Pests

Storage of Food

Keeping food properly stored away is one of the biggest things restaurant owners can do to prevent pests. It all starts from the very beginning. When food shipments arrive, inspect the cases for any signs of pests before bringing them inside. If they are filled with pests and you don’t inspect them, you just let those nasty pests walt in the front door. Once inside, store the food in airtight storage containers and keep them off the ground and in the proper temperature. Food should be kept in first-in, first-out storage so items don’t stay longer than they should.

Cleaning Up

The second most important factor to prevent pests is proper clean-up. Any spills and crumbs should be regularly cleaned from the floors, shelves, and other areas they might occur. Trash bins should be tightly covered and regularly emptied. Your dumpsters should be away from your back door with it’s own lid on tight. The kitchen should be cleaned often, especially the grease traps.


Any openings like windows or doors should not be left propped open. This is another invitation for the critters to come inside. Be sure your door seals are tight. If they aren’t, you should have door sweeps installed to fill in the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. If you notice any holes or cracks anywhere in your restaurant, take immediate action to seal them back up and check for any pests that may have gotten through.

If you do find pests in your restaurant, call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control right away to get them removed. The longer you wait to call, the worse it will be for your restaurant. Call us today at (207) 650-8654.

Common Pests That Invade the Home During the Winter Months

With winter well underway, you may find your home invaded by pests. The cold weather sends most pests into their own hibernation, but some pests find their way into your home to hibernate for the winter. There are common pests that invade the home during the winter months that you should be on the lookout for: mice, rats, cockroaches, and spiders.

Common Winter Pests | Maine Bed Bugs & Pest Control

Mice and Rats

Although they are bigger than the other common pests that invade your home during the winter months, mice and rats are extremely adept at finding ways into your home. They can crawl through the smallest crack or hole in your floor, attic, or basement. Many times, they find their way inside by getting into storage boxes you then bring inside your home. Even if only one mouse or rat enters your home, that can easily turn into several since they reproduce so quickly. If you find even the slightest of signs that mice or rats have entered your home, you should call an exterminator right away.


Cockroaches are probably the most repulsive pest and the last one you ever want invading your home. They are the most common pest to invade your home during the winter months. Your home provides everything cockroaches need for the winter: shelter, warmth, food, and water. The most common places to find these pests is in your bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere that has moisture. Like with mice and rats, at the first sign of a cockroach invasion, you should call an exterminator. The longer you wait, the bigger the invasion will get and the harder it will be to remove them.


Spiders don’t like to make themselves known, but they will enter your home if they find other insects inside to eat or are brought inside inadvertently like maybe on a piece of firewood. Most spiders will keep away from you and your family, but it is still a good idea to call an exterminator to come look for them if you see any signs of webbing. Some spiders that enter your home may be poisonous so it’s better to take precautions by hiring an exterminator than letting it go and hoping you don’t get a bite.

Any of these pests can make it into your home this winter, but with Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, you can be pest-free in no time. Give us a call today at (207) 650-8654 to rid your home of unwanted, pesky invaders.

Winterize Your Home and Keep Pests Out

Winterize Your Home and Keep Pests Out

With the dropping temperatures, rain and snow increases, and shorter days, pests are trying to find their way into your home. They want to set up shop in a place that will keep them warm and protect them from the elements and your home is the perfect place. During this time of the year, you are beginning to winterize your home and landscape to prepare for the cold. You should also be thinking about how to winterize your home and keep pests out.

Tips to Winterize Your Home and Keep Pests Out

Tips to Winterize Your Home | Maine Bed Bugs and Pest ControlIf you have year long pest control services, you are already on the right track to keep pests out, but you want to stay vigilant and take your own precautions. You can start by locating any potential pest colonies or nests outside your home and remove them.

Pests like to find their way to places that have moisture, food, and shelter, so follow these pest prevention tips:

  • Clean your gutters.
  • Make sure downspouts are directing water away from your home.
  • Remove any debris close to the home where pests can hide, like leaves or bricks.
  • Keep trash cans away from your house.
  • Keep plants and trees from making contact with your house.
  • Seal any openings that might allow pests access to your home. This can include windows, entry doors, crawl spaces, cracks in the foundation, and attic vents.

Professional Help for Winterizing Your Home

While taking your own precautions help you keep your home from being invaded by pests during the winter, some help from a professional pest control company can really be useful. Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control can help you winterize your home and keep pests out by using safe chemicals around your home that prevent pests from coming inside, while keeping your family safe from harm. A little extra protection can’t hurt anything. Call us today at (207) 650-8654.

Why Year Long Pest Control is Important at Your Home

Why Year Long Pest Control is Important at Your Home

It’s a common idea that pests come and go in your home. Sometimes they’re there one day, and suddenly disappear the next. Many people believe that cold weather kills pests so there’s no need for pest control during the winter. But that is not true. Pests are like people when it comes to the cold weather; they want to go inside where it’s warm and cozy.

Don’t Wait for an Infestation

Four Season Pest Control | Maine Bed Bugs and Pest ControlMany people wait for a pest infestation before calling an exterminator, but it’s actually more costly to do that instead of having year-round pest control. Keeping your home and family safe from pests is why year long pest control is important at your home. Year long protection is easier and less costly than trying to remove an infestation.

The different seasons bring about different pests in different numbers. In the spring, when the trees and flowers begin to bloom, insects such as cockroaches and ants become more noticeable. During the summer is when insects like to build colonies and nests around your home. Summer is also a time where food is easily found for insects, meaning their population numbers will have no trouble increasing. Fall marks the beginning of when insects start looking for a way into your home for a permanent settlement, away from the impending cold that winter brings. Termites and mice are known to chew through your home to get inside where it’s warm.

Year Long Pest Control is Important at Your Home

Having year long pest control can help keep your home safe from invaders. Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control strives to provide the best pest control experience so you can go about your daily lives without having to worry about getting a pest infestation. To get the best year long pest control and reduce your chances of an infestation, call us today at (207) 650-8654.

The Beauty of Portland Maine Isn’t Just In Nature

 The Beauty of Portland Maine Isn’t Just In Nature

Portland is a beautiful place to live.  I suppose I should clarify that and say that Portland Maine (or the Portland of the East) is a beautiful place to live. Not to detract anything from the Portland of the West – I’m sure it’s also a beautiful place – but we live here and think it’s the best place to be…plus we were first.  Copycatters!

I feel that the beauty of this place is partly due to its history.  Permanent settlement of this area stretches back almost four hundred years!  Think about that.  Portland Maine was just getting started during the life of Galileo.  Newton hadn’t even been born yet.  Shakespeare had only been dead for about fifteen years.  Rembrandt was in his mid-thirties.  Johann Sebastian Bach wouldn’t be born for another fifty years.  And the telescope hadn’t even been invented yet.  That’s cool!  Not that the telescope hadn’t been invented or that Shakespeare had recently passed away but that the place where my kids go to school was around when history was being made.

Portland Maine Beauty | Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control

When you examine the architecture of some of the old building in Portland Maine, you feel transported into the past where life was simpler – though perhaps more difficult.  The history reflected in the buildings and construction of the area coupled with the natural beauty of our surrounding makes for a magical experience all around.

Portland Maine has always played a role in the history of the United States as well.  On October 18, 1775, Portland (then known as Falmouth) was burned by the Royal Navy in a conflict that would come to be known to the world as the Revolutionary War.  And Portland was not exempt from the Civil War either.  On June 26, 1863, a Confederate raiding party entered the harbor setting off one of the northernmost battles of those trying years.

Though nature is a big part of the experience of living in Maine, it’s not the only thing that provides beauty.  Though it’s not as evident as the trees, or the rocks, or the ocean, the history of this place is just as beguiling as its surrounding.

And just as inevident as the history of Portland Maine are the tasks it takes to keep this city a great place to live.  Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control is proud to offer its services to keep the building and home of Portland Maine and the surrounding area safe, secure, and free of pests.  We offer extermination services for bed bugs, carpenter ants, roaches and fleas to the residents of southern Maine including York County and Cumberland County.

Contact us at 207-650-8654 today!


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