Tamaqua Office

About our pest tech Jeff: “I’m so happy with the service Jeff did, he is so friendly and helpful!” Monthly customer Hazleton Pa

About our pest tech Jeff: “Jeff was very nice and did such a great job at my home. I am so happy he is doing our service.” Quarterly Customer Hazleton Pa

About our pest tech Joe: “Joe was the best tech I had at my home so far!” Quarterly Customer Sugarloaf Pa

About our pest tech Eric Z: “I am very impressed with the work Eric did. He did such a good job and I am interested in taking work with Seitz Brothers.” Estimate customer Waverly Pa

About our pest tech Eric Z: “Even though I am not taking a service at this time, Eric still did a fantastic job and went over everything with him. He is a top notch employee!” Estimate Customer Barnesville Pa

About our pest tech Jim S: “Jim did a wonderful job removing a hornets nest!” Quarterly customer Drums Pa

About our pest tech Jim S: ” Jim is always so nice to me and I am so happy with the service.” Quarterly customer  Drums Pa

About our pest tech Michael Z: “Michael was so nice, friendly, and super polite. He goes above and beyond when he services here.” Monthly customer Pottsville

About our pest tech Michael Z: “He did such a great job in getting rid of my hornets, he really went above and beyond.” Quarterly Customer Pine Grove Pa

About our pest tech Eric F: “I got estimates from other companies that were cheaper than Seitz but he chose Seitz because Eric explained everything to me a detail. He is really great at what he does , very knowledgeable and personable.” Estimate customer Hazel Township Pa

About our pest tech Alec: ” I just love him! He is always such a gentleman!!” Monthly customer Mahanoy City Pa

About our pest tech Kyle and Heat Crew: ” This company is just amazing! Everyone did such a good job and I couldn’t be happier.” Monthly customer Lansford

About our pest tech Jim L: ” He did a great job last time, I have to ask for him again. You can tell he knows his work  and does it very well.” Quarterly customer

About our Customer Service Rep Michele: ” She was very informative and understanding. Also she got the tech out here quick.” Estimate Customer Old Forge

Tannersville Office

About our pest tech Bill: “He did an outstanding job, very professional and thorough.” Quarterly Customer Pocono Summit Pa

About our pest tech Rick: “Rick is always so nice and very attentive to detail.” Monthly Customer Stroudsburg Pa

Trexlertown Office

About our pest tech Jason: ” Jason is really great and I only want him to do the service at our home.” Quarterly customer Allentown Pa

About our pest tech Mike S: ” He is doing a great job. We are very pleased with the service he does at our home.” Quarterly Customer Reading Pa

About our pest tech Mike S: ” He did an excellent job and everyone from the Seitz has been really awesome.” Monthly Customer Kutztown Pa

About our pest tech Mike R: ” Mike was very nice. So polite, and could not have been any nicer. We like dealing with him at our home.” Monthly Customer New Hope Pa

About our pest tech Mike R: “He does a really nice job and I want him to come each month. He does a really good job and is very thorough.” Monthly customer

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Spotted Lanternfly

What are they?

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Spotted Lanternfly

 

On September 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), in Berks County, Pennsylvania, the first detection of this non-native species in the United States.

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Spotted Lanternfly Wings

 

The Spotted Lanternfly is a plant hopper native to China, India and Vietnam, and has been introduced in South Korea and Japan. In Korea, where it was first detected in 2004, the Spotted Lanternfly is known utilize more than 70 species, 25 of which also occur in Pennsylvania, including cultivated grapes, fruit trees, and hardwood species. This pest poses a significant threat to the state’s more than $20.5 million grape, nearly $134 million apple, and more than $24 million stone fruit industries, as well as the hardwood industry in Pennsylvania which accounts for $12 billion in sales.

                           Life Cycle

Spotted lanternfly lifecycle

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Tree of heaven is known to attract the spotted lanternfly but the reason why is unknown. If you have this tree you want to kill 90% of the female population on your property. Leave 10% as “trap trees”. Be careful when handling this tree as it is known to cause headaches, nausea, and possible heart attacks.

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Egg masses are live and viable from about October through July. Scrape them off of trees or smooth surfaces, double bag them and throw them in the garbage, or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who to Call?

Call Seitz Brothers of course! We have been dealing with the Spotted Lanternfly for over a year now! With a FREE estimate and inspection our trained technicians will be able to help you design a plan to kill these pests. Call or text today to set up a FREE estimate 888-467-1008

 

 Source: Penn State Extension, PA Department of Agriculture

September Pest of the Month

September Pest of the Month: Ladybugs

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Ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime

It’s that time of year, warm summer days and cool breezy nights. There is one pest that will invade your home this time of year to escape the cold and it’s the ladybug or ladybird beetles. Believe it or not they are a beneficial pest because they protect your garden and landscaping from the dreaded aphids. If these colorful house guests have overstayed their welcome and you want them GONE… Seitz Brothers can help!

Why do they want your house?!?!

Ladybugs are attracted to your home for a few reasons but the main reason is your beautiful landscaping. As some species of ladybugs eat pollen, the main reason they are attracted is the aphids that are living on your plants.

 

What should I do next?

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Do you like flowers but can’t stand the ladybugs… Plant mums. There is a chemical compound in mums that acts as a natural deterrent.

Calling SEITZ BROTHERS for a FREE estimate and inspection is one way to get rid of these pesky beetles. Upon arrival the technician will inspect the exterior and the interior of your property to see if there are any main entry points. Once a plan is determined, the technician will spray the interior and exterior of your home. This product is safe for your family and pets. Within a few short days you will notice a drastic change and then complete elimination.

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When you see ladybugs in your home do not sweep them with a broom. When a ladybug is scared they bleed yellow fluid from their knees and it will stain. The best way is to attach a thin stocking to the hose of the vacuum. Once they are on the stocking, remove the stocking, tie it off and discard. Other ways to eliminate Ladybugs from entering your home is to seal all cracks and crevices that they can enter through. Some entry points are cracks, windows, holes in screens, utility lines and door jams. After all holes are closed your next step is to clean to remove their scent. However this can be impossible in some situations as they live in your walls and ceilings.

 

 

So if your home is littered with one to many of these colorful beetles you know where to call! We will always be here to answer our phone and help with the best customer

 

May Pest of the Month

 

May Pest of the Month


Carpenter Ants

Common Name: Ant – Carpenter ant
Latin Name: Camponotus
Common Family Name: Ants
Latin Family Name: Formicidae

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

 

Origin: Many species of these ants are native to North America, with several species seemingly the most likely to invade structural wood members. There are many destructive species in the Pacific Northwest states, as well as from Florida to the northeast to the southwest and in Hawaii.

Biology: The usual habitat of a colony of carpenter ants is within wood, often wood buried or partially buried in the soil. They also commonly establish “satellite” colonies that may be in a structure, maintaining contact between the two colonies with the workers who travel to and from over well-defined trails. Generally there is a single queen in the colony but often supplementary queens as well. Colonies typically are around 15,000 workers when mature, but potentially could be over 100,000 workers. Foods are both carbohydrates and protein, with insects a major part of the diet. These are single-node ants without a stinger, although they are capable of biting. As they expand their colony they eject “frass”, which is wood chips and other debris such as leftover insect parts. This frass is often seen in structures before the ants are, as they are primarily nocturnal in habit. Carpenter ants are also typically polymorphic, with various sizes of workers in the colony.

Carpenter ants come in many shapes and sizes and are often mistaken for termites.

Carpenter ants come in many shapes and sizes and are often mistaken for termites.

 

 Identification: Worker ants are easily identified to the genus Camponotus by the single, large node and the evenly rounded profile of the top of the thorax. It has no dips or spines on it, but is an even, curved line from front to back. There is a circular fringe of hairs around the anal opening and the antennae have 12 segments. Colors range from tan to black to reddish to orange to black/red combinations. Workers vary from 6 to 13 mm in length.

Characteristics Important in Control: Finding and treating directly into the nest with a residual insecticide will result in effective kill of the ants there, and a dust insecticide may be most effective. Satellite colonies in structures may be treated directly, or with applications into voids the ants travel through. Bait products seem to be accepted readily as well. Reduction of excessive moisture in the structure and removal of unnecessary wood materials outdoors will reduce the attraction of an area.

 

Source: Pest Web

April Pest of the Month-Termites

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Common Name: Termite – Formosan termite
Latin Name: Coptotermes formosanus
Common Family Name: Subterranean t2ermites
Latin Family Name: Rhinotermitidae

 

 

Origin: Asian in origin, and now found in the United States as a severe pest in Hawaii, Florida and Louisiana as well as other Gulf Coast states, and a lingering population near San Diego, California has existed for a number of years.

thesearetermitesimageBiology: This is one of the most destructive termites worldwide, due in part to the enormous colony size, which may be hundreds of thousands of workers. A single colony may forage over a radius of several hundred feet. While these are “subterranean” termites it is common to find aerial nests with no ground connection, as the colony is able to find moisture and building materials in buildings. They construct a very hard matrix called “carton” in which to live, made from cellulose and saliva. Swarming is in early evening, usually following rainfall, and alates are attracted to lights in large numbers.

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Identification: A lot of the time termites can be confused for winged ants.  However, there are some distinct characteristics that set them apart from one another. Termite wings have many short hairs on them, and two thickened veins run parallel to each other at the forward edge, from the base to the tip. The antenna is composed of more than 18 segments. Soldiers are present in a higher proportion in these colonies. They have a pair of jaws which have no teeth along their inner margin, and the tips of the jaws cross over each other. The head capsule is teardrop shaped.

 

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Aerial colonies may need to be controlled with fumigation of the structure. Soil nesting colonies are controlled with soil pretreatments and with post-construction applications of residual insecticides. Bait products also have provided highly effective results, possibly leading to the elimination of entire colonies. Control of excessive moisture situations within structures will reduce the attraction to the termites.

Reference: https://pestid.univares.com

January Pest of the Month

Spiders- Cellar spider aka Daddy Long Legs


 

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Cellar Spider aka Daddy Long Leg

Common Name: Spider – Cellar spider
Latin Name: Pholcus phalangioides
Common Family Name: Long-legged spiders
Latin Family Name: Pholcidae

Origin: Several dozen species of Pholcids are native to North America, with the three species listed above the most common to be found in and on structures.

Biology: The cellar spiders are often called “Daddy Long-legs” due to their very long, thin legs. However, the true Daddy Long-legs is another animal entirely, called the Harvestman. The cellar spiders are incapable of biting humans and are harmless to us and our pets. Their primary crime is the messiness of their webs, which are thin and flimsy but tend to gather dust and floating debris, as well as the remains of the insects the spiders have fed on. Webs typically appear under the eaves of roofs, around porch lights, within garages, and indoors around windows where the light may draw small insects that the spiders feed on. Their long legs make them very clumsy when attempting to walk.They hang upside down on their webs, and when disturbed they will begin to shake and bounce the web noticeably, or they may drop off the web and run to hide. These spiders have been known to feed on black widow spiders. The female creates an egg mass of about a dozen eggs, and holds it in her jaws until the eggs hatch.

Identification: Cellar spiders are easily identified by their extraordinarily long and thin legs, which are attached to their elongate and thin body. The color is a yellowish brown and the legs may be as long as 2 inches. There may be either 6 or 8 eyes, depending on the species, and the outer 3 eyes on either side of the head are arranged in a close triangle.

 

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Characteristics Important in Control: Sweeping of webs to remove them is an important step in cellar spider control,as these spiders do not reuse their own silk, and the webs continue to accumulate. Sweeping is not likely to kill the spiders, but pyrethroid insecticides provide excellent knockdown and control. Reduction of other insects in and around a home will reduce the food available to the spiders, and removal of debris and lumber piles will help to reduce harborage sites. Reduction of outdoor lighting or changing white light bulbs to yellow will help to attract fewer night-flying insects and thus reduce the spider populations.

 

 

 

Reference: pestweb.com

December Pest of the Month

November Pest of the Month Mice

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House Mouse

Common Name: Rodent – House mouse
Latin Name: Mus musculus
Common Family Name: Rats and mice
Latin Family Name: Muridae

 

Origin: This species originated in Eastern Asia in arid grasslands, allowing it to evolve the ability to survive without needing frequent water. It now occurs throughout the world.

Biology: The House Mouse is sexually mature at 2 months old, has a gestation period of only 3 weeks, and averages 5 to 8 young per litter, but potentially up to 15. Each female may give birth to 8 litters. The life span can be from 2 to 3 years. The House Mouse is a nibbler, consuming small quantities of food at many feedings. They are “curious”, and tend to investigate new objects that are placed in their environment. Favored foods may be grains, dried fruits, nuts, and sweet materials.They are known reservoirs of diseases such as rickettsial pox (mites), typhus (fleas), and filth problems with Salmonella, tapeworm, roundworm, and other parasites.

 

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Baby Mice- know as pinkies 

Identification: Adults remain small, less than 7 inches long from tip of nose to tip of tail. They have  hairless, scaly tails that separate them from meadow or deer mice, and ears relatively bare of hairs. A young rat looks similar to the House Mouse, but the rat has feet and eyes that are disproportionately large in comparison with  its head and body.                              

Characteristics Important in Control: The full complement of traps and baits are effective on mice. Exclusion should consider closing any openings as wide as ¼ inch, along with elimination of any harborage sites that are not needed, such as waste piles, packing boxes, wood piles, or heavy outside vegetation.

 

 

 

Reference: pestweb.com

 

August Pest of the Month | Fleas

Common Name: Fleaflea
Latin Name: Ctenocephalides felis
Common Family Name: Fleas
Latin Family Name: Siphonaptera

Origin: There are dozens of different species of fleas, but the Cat Flea is by far the most common flea on pets and in structures in the United States. It originated in Africa as an ectoparasite of the large native cats.

Biology: The Cat Flea is a blood feeder as the adult, and a scavenger as the larva. The adults remain on the animals they feed on unless physically forced off, and may live up to a year. The female lays the eggs on the host animal and these eggs fall off to the floor or other surface below. The eggs hatch in a few days and the larvae begins to feed on organic debris it finds, but also must consume some dried blood in order to progress to the pupa stage. This blood is from the dried feces of the adult fleas, and it falls off the pets wherever they spend time. Under ideal conditions the time from egg to adult can be as short as 2 weeks, or it may take several months if there is no host activity to stimulate some of the pupa to hatch to the adult stage. The Cat Flea is a possible vector of bubonic plague, and it is a common flea species on raccoons and opossum, as well as the primary flea on both dogs and cats in the U.S.

downloadIdentification: All fleas are similar in appearance, as wingless insects with bodies flattened from side to side and with long hind legs for jumping. They are black to reddish black in color and have spiny legs as well as rows of spines along other body areas called “combs”. These combs are important for identification of the species. The genal comb is a row below the head, and the pronotal comb is a row behind the head, at the back of the pronotum. The Cat Flea has both combs, it has eyes present, the genal comb is horizontally placed, and the first two spines on the genal comb are the same length. These characters separate it from the similar Dog Flea. Flea larvae are rarely seen, but they are legless and whitish with a brown head, unless they have fed on fecal matter from the adults, in which case they assume a reddish color. They are covered with short hairs, and when disturbed are able to flip about violently in order to escape. FOQXNC7HHJOKS95.LARGE

Characteristics Important in Control: Elimination of fleas on household pets will be important in preventing the production of eggs that fall onto carpeted areas inside. If an infestation is occurring due to breeding and larvae on the interior it generally is controlled with an application of a residual insecticide, preferably with the addition of an insect growth regulator as well. Vacuuming of the carpet prior to the application as well as following it will be important, as this vibration and contact will stimulate the emergence of adult fleas from the pupa, exposing them to the pesticide application

 

Reference: pestweb.com

July Pest of the Month | Roaches

 Cockroach – American cockroach

Common Name: Cockroach – American cockroachcockroach-01
Latin Name: Periplaneta americana
Common Family Name: Blattid cockroaches
Latin Family Name: Blattidae

Origin: Possibly from northern Africa or Asia, but found worldwide for many centuries now. It occurs throughout the United States as a common indoor and outdoor cockroach, and in some areas may be more common than the German roach.

Biology: This species is common outdoors in landscape plantings, in sewers or storm drain systems, and in lower areas of buildings where moisture may be greater. It may inhabit storm drains in huge numbers, emerging though man-hole covers at night to invade buildings. They will feed on most carbohydrate or protein based materials, including human hair or finger and toenails. Each female produces around 10 egg capsules, carrying the capsule for a day or two and then carefully placing it in a protected location. Each egg capsule has an average of 15 eggs in it and these hatch in about 45 days. Development to the adult stage averages about 450 days, but may take well over 2 years in colder climates. Adults live an average of around 1 year, but potentially can live almost 3 years.

Roach2Identification: The American roach adult has fully developed wings and is capable of some flight, usually from an upper location to a lower surface. It is reddish brown with a yellow ring around the prothorax. Adults may be up to 1.5 inches long from head to tail, with extremely long antennae. The cerci are long and thin, a character that separates the nymphs of American roaches from those of Oriental roaches.

 

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Since this species is abundant outdoors, control begins withcockroach-american habit management in the outdoor areas. Removal of harborage sites under debris or piles of wood and discarded materials will reduce populations near a structure. Control of food and moisture sources outdoors and indoors are important. Granular insect baits are well accepted, and the use of a perimeter treatment with a residual insecticide will intercept many individuals that attempt to access a structure

 

Source: pestweb.com