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Ants and Carpenter Ants

Pennsylvania is home to various ant species, each with its own unique characteristics and behaviors. One common invader is the odorous house ant. These tiny pests can contaminate your food and emit a foul odor when crushed. The ants in your kitchen sink? Chances are they are odorous house ants.

Carpenter ants, on the other hand, pose a different threat. They tunnel through wood structures, potentially causing significant damage. Another common Chester County ant is the pavement ant. They often nest in cracks in stonework and forage inside for food.

A highly effective way to prevent ants is to collaborate with a specialist and adopt continuous ant control services throughout the year. In addition, there are certain steps you can take to deter these pests. To discourage ants from entering your home, seal any gaps and openings in your foundation and outer walls that may serve as entry points for ants. Minimize their access to food by maintaining a tidy kitchen, covering trash cans, and regularly vacuuming your living space. Additionally, counteract excess moisture by fixing any leaky pipes and utilizing dehumidifiers. But even with these steps, ants may enter your house just for shelter, and will eat things like toothpaste and other cosmetics.

For top-notch ant control in Pennsylvania, choose Chesco Bugman. I will assess your specific ant problem and implement a tailored solution, giving you peace of mind. Don’t let ants take over your property – contact me today for professional ant extermination service.

Stinging Insects

(bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets)

Stinging insects around your home or yard can become quite aggressive, especially if they feel threatened. This response can be triggered if you surprise them, get too close to their nests, or if you try to swat them away from food and drink. Wasp and hornet stings are not only painful but can also induce severe or life-threatening allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to their venom. These creatures are fiercely defensive and can become aggressive and sting when they perceive a threat.

Bees: While bees are crucial for pollination and the environment, they can create problems when nesting near your home or business. Carpenter Bees are common in Pennsylvania and while not aggressive, cause damage that can be made worse when their nests are found by birds.

Wasps: Wasps are known for their aggressive nature and painful stings. Their nests can be found in eaves, trees, decks, porches and other hard-to-reach places.

Hornets: Hornets are formidable stingers and can be especially dangerous in large numbers. Their nests are often found in shrubs, trees and wall voids.

Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets are aggressive and territorial, often building nests in wall voids, attics, and underground burrows.

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To reduce the attractiveness of your property to bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, maintain your yard, keep trees properly trimmed, and eliminate bare wood that is used for nesting, especially near your residence. However, if stinging insects have infested your property, don’t risk your safety and ability to enjoy outdoor spaces. Get in touch with Chesco Bugman right away to assess the situation, safely remove nests, and implement preventive measures to keep these pests from returning.


Spiders, while often beneficial in managing other pests, can become a nuisance when they infest your property. In Pennsylvania, you may encounter various spider species, including the common house spider as well as more formidable ones such as the black widow. Even though most spiders are harmless, some can inflict painful or even venomous bites. Therefore, even though most spiders pose no real danger, it’s wise to prevent them from entering your home.

Within your household, these eight-legged arachnids could be lurking in quiet spaces such as shoes, closets, boxes, basements, crawlspaces, attics, and garages. Outside, you might spot them in sheds, outbuildings, and piles of wood. Being proactive in your prevention efforts can go a long way in reducing your chances of experiencing spider activity. Remaining diligent about cleanliness, clutter, and moisture issues on your property is crucial to effectively preventing spiders from entering your home.

Ensure the utmost protection from spiders through routine professional services offered by Chesco Bugman. Call today to schedule an inspection and receive comprehensive spider solutions that you can count on.


Roaches, often found locally in urban areas, are experts at sneaking into homes and hiding. They can swiftly maneuver through tiny areas, squeezing into gaps in pipes, cracks and corners within your residence, as well as through any tears in screens. Once inside, roaches are attracted to food and water sources and can contaminate food and spread bacteria. While they don’t usually bite, cockroaches can still cause health problems for some people, including allergies and asthma symptoms from breathing in their skin and waste.

Dirty dishes, crumbs, food spills, leftovers, garbage, and pet food will all attract roaches, so ensuring that your household is clean is the simplest strategy to deter them.

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The recommendations above can all help to prevent a roach infestation from growing quickly, but even a clean home has food for roaches, which can be brought into the house on packages and deliveries. So when you need a professional roach exterminator, for expert and effective roach control, contact Billy at Chesco Bugman.


Mice and Rats

Mice and rats are not just unwelcome guests, they can pose serious health risks and property damage. Mice are notorious for their ability to squeeze through tiny openings, making them difficult to keep out, especially in colder weather. They can contaminate your food, leave droppings throughout your home, and gnaw electrical wires, all while reproducing rapidly. Rats are larger and more destructive than mice. They can chew through wood, thin metals and weak concrete, and cause significant property damage. Rats also carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

It’s much better to keep rodents out of your home than to try to eliminate them once they have managed to infiltrate indoors. Because rodents can slide inside in some pretty small spaces (as tiny as a quarter for rats and a dime for mice), it makes sense to look for openings of that size or larger throughout your home. Then seal those gaps up with appropriate materials like caulk, plaster, or cement, and pay attention to your doors and windows, and apply weather-stripping to seal any cracks.

However, if rodents have managed to enter your house, contact Chesco Bugman today for professional mice and rat exterminator services. I’ll identify the nesting areas, eliminate the pests, and implement exclusion techniques to prevent future infestations.

Occasional Invader Pests

Crickets / Silverfish / Centipedes / Millipedes / Earwigs

Crickets, Silverfish, Centipedes / Millipedes and Earwigs are all part of a general category called “occasional invaders”. These pests are active year-round and spend most of their time outdoors. From time to time, they enter residences when adverse weather conditions affect their ability to survive outside. Although occasional invaders may enter structures in large numbers, they are often nothing more than an annoying nuisance. 

Crickets: Crickets are recognizable for their distinct chirping, especially during warm summer nights. These omnivorous insects feed on plant matter, smaller insects, and even fabrics. While they are generally harmless, their persistent chirping can become annoying, particularly in residential areas.

Silverfish: Silverfish, known for their silvery-blue scales and fish-like movements, and are often found in dark, damp environments, as well as attics. They feed on carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches, and can cause damage to books, paper, and clothing.

Centipedes / Millipedes: While centipedes can occasionally be found indoors, they primarily thrive in outdoor environments like gardens and wooded areas. Their diet mainly consists of insects, making them beneficial for controlling other pest populations. Millipedes, on the other hand, prefer damp areas and feed on decaying plant matter. They can be a concern for homeowners, particularly those with humid basement or crawl spaces.

Earwigs: Earwigs are nocturnal insects recognized for their elongated bodies and menacing-looking pincers. These moisture-loving creatures are attracted to dark and humid environments. While they do not pose significant threats to human health, they can be a nuisance and occasionally cause damage to plants and flowers.

There are some things that a homeowner can do around their property to prevent an invasion from occasional invaders like those listed above. Start with the elimination of moist harborage sites around the perimeter of the home, such as leaf piles, mulch and overgrown vegetation. It is also recommended to seal the points of entry into the home with a high-grade silicone caulk, focusing particularly on cracks in the foundation, utility pipes and wood fascia. Damaged screens on doors and windows should also be repaired. Trim back plants and trees so that they do not touch the house.

However, if you experience an influx of any of the occasional invaders listed above, you should contact a pest professional to stop an invasion before it gets too severe. Reach out to Chesco Bugman to identify the type of pest that’s causing the problem and to develop a comprehensive plan to treat the exterior and interior areas of your home.

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