Entries by Sean Greenhow

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Springtails! Snow Fleas!

A favorite spring insect, snow fleas or springtails, are making themselves known outside right now.  These ground pepper sized insects flick their tails and jump to amazing heights.  This jumping action is what gets them confused with fleas.  This insect, pictured here from under a microscope, loves the cool wet conditions of spring.  They are […]

Ultrasonic pest control devices simply don’t work.

Ultrasonic pest control devices – Don’t work. This is probably not a news flash, but people continue to purchase and promote ultrasonic devices to control insects and rodents. Not only has there never been any university testing to prove efficacy, the FTC has successfully sued manufacturers to make them stop publishing claims that the devices […]

Plan for spring – Get ready to test your soil.

Plan for spring! Get ready to test your soil and plan your garden. Here in New England you may see your grass and garden again soon as the snow melts over the next two weeks. Plan on running a soil test if you haven’t in the past 2 years, or ever. Pulling and preparing a […]

3 myths on pest control.

We make sure you have the truth, even if you don’t like it.  Three very common things people don’t want to hear from us. First you can’t spray away all pest problems – the perfect example is pantry pests (pictured left) and clothes moths (pictured below).  For those pests you need to inspect, clean and […]

Continuing Education continues!

Hank Pena, a valued team member for the past 2 years has completed the Purdue University Introduction to Urban and Industrial Integrated Pest Management, offered through Purdue University Digital Education in Integrated Pest Management, a leader for over twenty years.  This advanced training is an important part of the level of professionalism that distinguishes Greenhow […]

Diapause-and other winter insect survival strategies.

Diapause is an inactive state when animals do not develop any further.  Some insects use diapause to overwinter in cold climates.  Many insects also burrow done to shelter out of the way of wind, cold temperatures and other weather impacts.  Grubs and termites underground stay just below the frostline, yellowjacket and ant queens are under […]