Wilmington Pest Pressure
The largest populated city in Delaware, Wilmington is home to thriving businesses and ideal conditions for pests to populate the area. Wilmington is known for cool winters and hot, humid summers, which results in increased pest activity, as they become more active during the summer months and some retreat into homes for winter. Coming to life in the warm months, mosquitoes lay eggs in still or slow-moving water and quickly multiply if left unchecked. Warm weather also invites stinging pests like wasps and hornets in and around homes. Nests may be found near roof eaves and in close proximity to human walkways, presenting problems for individuals prone to allergic reactions.
Wilmington pests can do more than just annoy homeowners. Pests like termites that damage wooden structures can cause significant financial burden. Other costly infestations include bed bugs, which invade bedrooms to feed on unconscious hosts during night hours. Other pests that multiply quickly and operate during the night are mice and rats. Spreading diseases through biological waste, rodents are a problem Wilmington residents should address immediately. Contact Western Pest for rodent and pest control services near you.
About Western Pest
Western Pest is a longstanding pest control company serving the Eastern United States. We offer residential and commercial pest control services near you, including termite protection, bed bug control, and rodent removal. Our comprehensive service offerings also include our Home Protection Plan, a year-round program designed to keep pests out for the duration. If a pest infestation occurs in your home or business, trust Western Pest to take care of the problem safely and effectively.
Box Elder Bugs Making Their Way Into Homes in Delaware
We recently met up with our Wilmington, Delaware Branch Manager who revealed that his office has received several calls from homes throughout his service area, especially in Wilmington, DE and Newark, DE regarding a not-so-common type of pest: the box elder bug.
Like stink bugs, box elder bugs often become a nuisance this time of year when they seek cracks and crevices that can provide them shelter during the colder months. They are generally not noticed during summer, but often can become an issue when they try to move into homes during fall as they search for overwintering sites.
Once these pests get inside your home, though, there is some consolation: box elders are harmless to you, your family, and your pets, and do not create damage, even if they’re a little intimidating to look at.
In the spring, box elder bugs nest and feed in trees including box elders (from which they get their name), maples, and ash.
When box elder bugs are not feeding in nearby trees, they are most commonly found in:
- Attics and wall voids
- Plants you bring in inside for the winter
- Outdoor furniture and umbrellas
- Potential entry points like cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior, including your chimney
- Insulation in basements and crawl spaces
- Stacked firewood next to your home
Once these pests get inside, it can be difficult to get them out without the help of a licensed pest professional. Please contact your local branch to remove them safely and professionally.
Bat Removal in Wilmington, DE
You may not realize it, but bat removal is a common necessity along the East Coast. These creatures of the night accidentally find their way indoors frequently and, if given the opportunity, they will come back year after year.
Western’s Regional Sales Manager, Paul Filardo, marked Wilmington, DE as a hotspot for bats. “We do a lot of bat work there. They’re often found in attics and many people don’t realize it. By that point, there can be a large number of them,” explains Filardo.
It’s important to note the safety requirements when dealing with bat removal. “You must remove them safely because they’re very beneficial for the environment,” says Filardo.
“Great service. Our technician is thorough and professional but friendly and answers our questions with expertise. We have been Western customers for over 30 years and are entirely pleased with their service.”
-Marilyn, Wilmington, DE
“We have used three different pest control companies over the years and by far Western Pest has provided the best service out of the three. All of the technicians who have come to service our home have been professional, polite, and friendly. They take time to answer questions and address concerns such as pet safety and organic gardening. We won’t be switching companies again.”
-Kate, Newark, DE
“We have had the same Western technician for years. He is punctual, efficient, and friendly. We are always glad to see him. He helped with an awful moth problem once that was driving us nuts. He is prompt with our preventive maintenance too. A+!”
-Catherine, Wilmington, DE
“I had squirrels in my attic and reached out to Western via their website for an estimate. Within hours I was called back and had an appointment for later that week. The process for getting rid of the squirrels was explained thoroughly and within a week they were gone and my attic was squirrel-proofed. The people at Western know what they’re doing and get it done well.”
-R. Conn, Claymont, DE
“I’ve had Western Pest for many many years and I am very happy with them. Western has taken the time to address each problem as it came up. I am very pleased to have Western Pest as my pest control partner.”
-Candy, Wilmington, DE