We are the local company you’ve trusted for over 100 years to protect your family, health and property.
Our technicians are thoroughly trained and must attend regular training and testing classes. We pride ourselves on knowing our technicians are always up-to-date in the latest pest and termite control technologies and equipment.
Our COMPLETE line of services include:
Carpet and Upholstery cleaning (limited SERVICE areas)
Contact Your Local Griggs & Browne Office
Abington MA 800-244-1012
Cape Cod MA 800-339-2212
Rhode Island 800-924-8886
We asked our expert office staff to give us some of the most common questions they get from customers. Here are some of those questions and their answers.
If you have questions about insects/pests you can call or email us your questions and we’ll get you an answer!
Why do I still have odorous house ants after being treated for them?
Pests like house ants are attracted to moisture. Make sure you don’t have any puddles of water around the house. These ants also travel on tree branches so make sure there aren’t any branches overhanging your roofline. It is also helpful to check around the bottom of your home to make sure there aren’t any small cracks or openings the ants could be using to enter the home. Lastly, it is never a good idea to store wood near the home as these insects like to build nests in these woodpiles.
How did I get bed bugs and why are they still here after the first treatment?
Bed bugs love travel and they’re great hitchhikers! They can gain access to your home in luggage, boxes, clothing or even on a human visitor to your home! These pests are also excellent hiders and will hide behind baseboards, folded areas of beds, picture frames-even behind wallpaper! It is very common to need more than one treatment to eliminate the problem. These are not bugs that can be easily eliminated.
Once elimination has been achieved, you can help avoid another infestation by:
Vacuuming suitcases after returning from being away
If possible, carry large plastic trash bags to keep luggage in when you’re in your hotel
Do not bring home second-hand furniture-especially bedding.
Regularly inspect pet bedding
Also inspect your own bed sheets-look for tell tale blood spots
Carry a small flashlight with you to inspect the hotel room where you will be staying
But how are mice getting in? I’ve never had a problem before.
If there is construction (of any type) going on in your neighborhood, this could disturb rodent nests. Certain times of the year will bring mice to your door looking for shelter and warmth also. To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure your foundation drainage is working properly. Install gutters to channel water away from the home and seal up any cracks or voids you might find as a mouse can fit into tiny openings.
Where do fleas come from if my animals do not go outside and are treated with a flea eliminating product (IE: Frontline)?
Fleas jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. They can jump onto our indoor pets when we put them outside or take them for walks. Fleas are commonly found on skunks, racoons and opossums in urban settings. Spraying a yard for fleas is not, in general, effective.
Having your home treated by a professional, having your carpets cleaned and having your pets protected from fleas (IE: Frontline) will have a positive effect in eliminating this annoying pest!
Why am I seeing more insects now than before you treated my home?
The materials used to eliminate an infestation will flush insects out of their hiding places. These insects were already in your home you just hadn’t seen them yet.