There are more people in Somerville, MA, than there are in any other municipality in New England (metropolitan areas notwithstanding). You know what that means—there are probably more bugs in Somerville than any other municipality in New England.
With Somerville’s proximity to Boston and the Massachusetts Bay, the chances are quite high that you’ll experience an infestation of urban-borne insects, or even insects that stole away on a ship and arrived through a port with dreams of settling in your house. Some even come from the West Coast of the U.S. in produce crates and grain containers.
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered against all kinds of pests, both indigenous to the U.S. as well as various multi-legged travelers from exotic lands beyond the sea.
Pharaoh Ants: These are an exotic species native to Africa, but have since found their way around the world. Somerville’s proximity to ports could lead these water-loving insects right into your living room, where they nest in strange places like electrical outlets and baseboard heating vents. The Pharaohs will also split their colony and relocate to avoid termination, but Colonial uses effective baits and thorough inspection to stay ahead.
Indian Meal Moths: These moths are notoriously difficult to get rid of, because they can fit into places you think are safe, like tightly sealed Tupperware and plastic bags. They generally feed on dried food like cereal, spices, rice, dried fruit, and even chocolate, coffee, and flour. You can even find them in bird and dog food. You’ll know an Indian meal moth has been hanging around if the contents of a container seem webbed together. Call us before you’re at your wit’s end with these guys.
Drugstore Beetles: These pests also show up in food, but this food isn’t for the birds or dogs. It’s for you, and it might be in the stores you’re keeping for the harsh winter. There’s nothing worse than opening up your morning box of cereal you just pulled from the back of the pantry to find it’s riddled with beetle larvae, which are large C-shaped white grubs. Well, we don’t like the taste of beetle juice, and we’ll be there to make sure the rest of your day is beetle-free.
Carpet Beetle Larvae: These tiny creatures are hard to notice. You might mistake one for a grain of rice. Look a little closer and you’ll find tiny black “hairs” and a head. Carpet beetle larvae are more damaging to your possessions than their adult counterparts, and they will munch and munch on all natural materials in your home. This includes clothing, blankets, carpets and rugs, hair brushes, books, and food. If you have been noticing these guys around your home, call for help. Waiting could mean damage to your favorite items.
Drain Flies: Though their adult form is a weak flier, the larvae will breed in the gelatinous film that lines drainpipes and other moist places, which again is a problem with Somerville’s proximity to ports. They’re the kind of pest to buzz around your kitchen walls or basement sumps, hovering just out of reach but always there. Colonial has options to treat drain fly infestations, so don’t hesitate to give us a call and learn what we can do for you.
Black Widow Spiders: Black widows provide more of a scare than the average eight-legged crawler, and for good reason. Female black widows are the iconic deep black spider with a red hourglass shape on their underside, and their venom is at least three times more dangerous than their male counterpart’s. Their unusually large venom gland makes their bite dangerous for humans, requiring medical attention. If you see a black widow hanging around, call a professional. These aren’t the kind of arachnids you should take a chance with.