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Emmett Lee

Roach Control for the New Homeowner

Although buying a new home is not exactly the same thing as buying a new car, there are certainly a few parallels. First, there's the thrill of novelty. Second, there's the added bonus of pride: you've bought something you really wanted and are proud to show your friends and family. Third, you don't anticipate having to deal with problems related to wear and tear for the next few years. Unfortunately, both cars and new homes can turn out to be lemons. Although an infestation of cockroaches in a new home isn't as disastrous a problem as, say, a cracked foundation, it's still an annoyance that no new homeowner anticipates. Reasons for Roach Control Issues in New Homes: Reason One: Flawed inspection. Although both new homes and homes up for sale undergo rigorous inspections, problems sometimes slip through the cracks. It is always possible that the roach infestation began after the inspection took place.  Reason Two: Storage. While...
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Termite Control is Important for All Seasons; 3 Things to Look For

Termites don't understand seasons. As long as conditions are favorable, termites can destroy a property or dwelling year-by-year when left unmitigated. Though specific seasons are dedicated to spawning, swarming, and producing young, the feeding frenzy never ends. This is why termite control is so important all year. Stopping them from destroying property and producing new termites to aid in the process, protects your home or dwelling all year long. Is your property protected? Here are some things to look for. 1. Wings that are left behind. Discarded wings are a sign that termites are nesting after swarming for a new colony. Typically found near windows, doors, or any entry point to a home, discarded wings means termites have set up shop. Termite wings are all roughly the same size, so when testing, it's easy to discern the difference between them and ants (who have two pairs of different wings). 2. Pencil-sized mud tubes on the...
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Traveling? Check Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

If you're traveling, you need to check your hotel room for bedbugs as soon as possible. These annoying pests will be more than happy to catch a ride with you to your home. Follow these steps to spot bedbugs in your room and to keep them out of your own items. Immediately check your bed, including the linens, for any small, brown, oval-shaped critters. They should look something like an apple seed. Make sure to lift your mattress up to inspect underneath for any hiders: bedbugs usually hide during the day and will flee if they see any non-sleeping creatures near them. If you don't see any bed bugs there, move on to the furniture in the room. They like to make homes deep in chairs and couches, in their cracks, beneath cushions, and anywhere in which they can snoop inside. After that, check out all the drawers and behind the...
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Acrobat Ants Make In-Home Control Difficult

Around the country, Acrobat Ants are invading homes, setting up their nests, and doing everything that they can to make their extermination as difficult as possible. Named for the way that they carry their abdomens above the rest of their bodies as if they were performing a balancing act, Acrobat Ants can nest both outside and indoors. Nests may be uncommon indoors, but they are not unheard of. When they're inside, they prefer to build their nest inside wooden structures or within dark, moist cavities; but generally, acrobat ants will build a nest along the outside structure of a home (such as in the eaves of a front porch) before sending foraging parties into the home on a regular basis. Unfortunately, identifying and destroying Acrobat Ant nests doesn't always work. Although there is generally only one queen per nest, this species often builds remote sites to their nests, meaning that destroying one of their nests doesn't always...
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How to Spot the Need for Mouse Control in the Yard or in the Home

Of course, you are in need of mouse control if you see signs of mice in your yard or in your home. The question, then is how to identify signs of mice so that you can take the next step toward eliminating them.  In the Yard It's not difficult to recognize the signs of mice in your yard. Mice love to tunnel, chew, and eat fresh seeds from gardens. If you notice gnawed roots, bark, and stems, chances are high that mice have been at work. Mice also love to dig and build tunnels, damaging the root systems of your plants.   In short, mice in the yard make themselves into quite a nuisance, and their signs are obvious.  In the Home Signs of mice in the home are similarly easy to spot. According to Cornell University, the following checklist can be used to identify signs of mice in the home: Droppings and urine stains. The...
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3 Signs That It's Time To Get Professional Termite Control
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3 Signs That It's Time To Get Professional Termite Control

We all know that bugs can be annoying. Spiders, ants and roaches are the worst. But if you're experiencing problems with termites then you could soon be facing severe and even dangerous problems. Termites cause over $50 billion dollars in property damage a year. Here's 3 signs that it's time to seek professional termite control help- You Can See Swarms of What You Think Looks Like Flying Ants- These are actually swarms of young termites that are sent to start forming colonies. If you see this it's time get professional pest control help. Little Brown Tubes Have Appeared In The Foundation of Your Home/Building- These tubes look similar to straws. It's an encasing that acts as a sort of termite highway. If you see this you've got big problems.  You Keep Finding Pieces of Hollowed Out Wood- Termites are so hard to detect because they eat pieces of wood from the inside out. If...
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Why It's Best To Leave Bed Bug Control To The Experts
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Why It's Best To Leave Bed Bug Control To The Experts

If it hasn't happened to you by now it's definitely happened to someone you know. Bedbug infestations are capable of turning someone's life completely upside down and leaving them feeling vulnerable, violated and in most cases somewhat hopeless. So, if bed bugs are such a huge problem why do people so often try to solve the problem by themselves? Pride could be one reason. People afflicted by big problems often have a difficult time asking for help and end up trying(and failing) to deal with problems on their own. For other folks admitting they have a bed bug problem is downright shameful so they try to address the problem without professional help in secret. There should be no shame in admitting you have a bedbug infestation because bedbugs affect members of every class, race and gender. So, why leave bed bug control to the experts? Good question. Well, if you break...
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Got Red Arachnids Lurking in Dark Corners? Call on Our Spider Control Pros!
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Got Red Arachnids Lurking in Dark Corners? Call on Our Spider Control Pros!

Have you ever noticed a small, red spider lurking in a dark corner of your home and thought about calling for spider control? Chances are it was a member of the species, Nesticodes rufipes. Widely looked at as an araneomorph arachnid, it is also known as the red house spider. And it case you’re wondering, its fang alignment helps distinguish it from other pesky spiders.   Instead of being parallel to one another, its fangs are divergent. As such, they operate in a manner that is similar to a pair of scissors. But that doesn’t make red house spiders’ bites any less annoying or venomous than their brown or black cousins. Although their fang-induced puncture wounds won’t likely send healthy people to hospital, they are toe-curling and may easily become infected with bacteria. A red house spider’s’ name gives clues about its appearance. They tend to be reddish-brown and three to seven...
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Bee and Wasp Control: Know the Difference

As the summer months continue, the importance of bee and wasp control rises. The first factor to consider, though, is the difference between bees and wasps, because recognizing the difference is a crucial first step toward responding appropriately. The most noticeable difference between bees and wasps is the physical appearance. Wasps are smooth, shiny, and cylindrical, with narrow waists; bees are round, fat, hairy, and have flat rear legs. The reason for the difference in body shape is directly related to their feeding habits: bees are pollinators, while wasps are predators (HowStuffWorks). Because of this, bees are less likely to seek you out and sting you, while wasps will go on the attack with little to no provocation.  Another way to tell the difference between bees and wasps is to examine their living quarters. Bees build geometric wax hives, while wasps build papery nests (Diffen). Although both can build nests in close proximity to people, wasps are more...
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Protect Your Household With These Mouse Infestation Prevention Tips
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Protect Your Household With These Mouse Infestation Prevention Tips

Prevention is the best medicine, and this rings true for many topics. One of those especially being the infestation of rodents in the home. Even after their removal, the damage all those gnawing little teeth will cause in the unseen places in your household will not be so easily reversed. For this reason, it's best to take precautions to prevent the infestation from happening to begin with. Not only are they unsightly, but rodents can be the culprit of electrical fires within the home if they chew threw the home's wiring. To help prevent a rodent from sheltering in your home, abide by these tips; Store foods in sealed, air-tight containers. Practice basic hygiene and keep your home free of food scraps and crumbs. Take out the trash on a regular basis. Repair damaged screens and doors promptly. Trim shrubbery back away from windows and the perimeter of the home. Store...
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Bee and Wasp Control: Don’t Perspire Over Sweat Bees a Minute Longer

Have you ever been out in the lawn on a hot day and found yourself under attack by sweat bees? There are more than 40 different species of them in the world and each one is attracted to human sweat. Unfortunately, that makes them problematic to have around, especially during the summer months when everyone is more apt to sweat at some point in the day than not. The good news is you don’t have to perspire over sweat bees a minute longer. Seek out professional bee and wasp control services instead. They will help eradicate them and other members of the order Hymenoptera so everyone can enjoy summer without being stung. The first step in sweat bee control is locating their underground nesting sites. The tiny, metallic colored bees are often found living in level areas of bare, fairly loose soil that receive full sun during most of the daylight...
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Mosquito Control Experts Discuss Sunscreen – Topical Repellent Studies

Summer is undoubtedly a great time to be outside. However, it is not without its downsides. For instance, people must make it a point to protect themselves from a number of potential pitfalls. As mosquito control experts, biting insects are obviously the first things that come to our minds. But as we mentioned earlier, they’re not the only potential problems that need sidestepping. With cancer rates what they are, sun related damage is also a top concern for many Americans. Of course this makes many people wonder just how much stuff they can spray or slather on to their bodies in the name of summer protection. Our mosquito control experts can’t answer that question but we can point to at least one study that may help out some folks’ minds at ease. The study that we’re referring to was published years ago in the journal, Drug Metabolism & Disposition. It looked at...
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Bee and Wasp Season Has Arrived
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Bee and Wasp Season Has Arrived

As the weather starts to get warmer, the bees and wasps increase in number.  Knowing the difference between bees, wasps and hornets can help you understand how to deal with them and when to call the professionals. Bees are the friendliest of the three.  Bees are fatter and shorter in length than wasps and hornets and are fuzzy or hairy.  Bees, such as honey bees and bumble bees, can only sting once and only sting if they feel directly threatened.  Their stingers get embedded in the soft tissue of whoever they sting and are then pulled from their bodies.  If a bee stings you it will die, so don't worry about it coming back for more. The nesting habits vary for these three types of bees.  Carpenter bees chew tunnels into wood, which includes any wooden parts of your home.  If you notice holes about a quarter to a half-inch in...
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Six Signs You Need a Termite Control Professional
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Six Signs You Need a Termite Control Professional

Termites are highly destructive pests and are the leading cause of damage to wood walls and structures in homes. If termites have invaded your home, you need to act fast to limit damage to your walls, floors, ceilings, and the wooden structural framework of your home. Since you won't know the exact extent of their invasion, you will need the help of a termite control professional. The first step in termite control is detection. Since they won't be in plain sight, you will have to look for signs of infestation. Here are six signs: Wood That Sounds Hollow When subterranean termites eat wood, they leave the grain behind. This produces hollow chambers inside the wood with tunnels connecting them. These can be detected by tapping the wall and listening for a hollow sound. Mud Tubes Subterranean termites require the moist environment of soil to live, yet require wood for food. They...
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Can't Sleep? Bedbug Infestations Are On The Rise
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Can't Sleep? Bedbug Infestations Are On The Rise

Reports of bedbugs are on the rise giving many people sleepless nights, and expect the infestation to get much worse before it gets better. Oval, wingless, and a quarter of an inch long, bedbugs love to bite while you're sleeping. And, that's their problem. You aren't sure if they're actually there or where they're hiding. There are visual clues: little black specks in your bed, sheets, and pillows, that don't move nor brush off. This is bedbug fecal matter. Other signs include: Itchy welts  Blood stains on sheets or pillowcases egg shells or shed skins near where bedbugs hide a bad and musty odor from the bugs' scent glands Although bedbugs are a menace, they are not a health concern.  Professional exterminators claim a combination of heat, isolation, and targeted pesticide will get rid of any infestations. But you absolutely need a professional. In fact, getting rid of the stubborn pest without...
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How Pests Deal With Snow

What do people and pests have in common? We share the relentless desire to escape snow and cold temperatures by fleeing to a warmer, sunnier climate. Unfortunately, mice, insects and squirrels can’t jump onto a plane and travel to exotic locations, so they retreat to a more accessible winter locale: people’s homes. If you don’t want your home listed as a 5-star winter resort in the Pests’ Leisure and Travel Guide, a pest control professional can bar access to unsavory guests. Survival mechanism dictates that when it’s cold outside, creatures venture inside. Professional pest control services involve the removal of pest infestations, it’s true, but true professionals will also inspect your home to identify ports of entry used by the rodents or insects. These experts, let’s call them Critter Whisperers, have the education and experience the layman lacks to get inside the minds of pests, be they furry or many legged,...
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It's never just one pest

You can always hope that the roach that you sprayed in the kitchen is the only one in your house, but you know that is not true. It may have done you a favor though, because it lets you know that you have a roach problem. The same rule holds for any pests in your home: it is never just one roach, one flea, one mouse or one termite. Do the math to figure out how many roaches are hiding in your walls. Roaches lay multiple eggs, and each egg case can produce more than 50 roaches for some species. Some adult roaches start reproducing in a matter of weeks. Your pets can assure you of the viciousness of fleas that bite them and leave blood excrement in their coats. The poor creatures that suffer painful bites from fleas need your help. Termites are a force that you do not want...
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