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How to check your property for yellow jackets & wasps.

Yellow jackets and wasps pose a serious hazard to your property and home. You can get rid of these pests by knowing how to check for them and understanding what attracts them to your home. What Attracts Yellow Jackets and Wasps Yellow jackets and wasps are like many other pests in that they are continuously on the lookout for food and shelter. They will choose your home above others if they spy conditions that are perfect for building nests and eating well. Some of the ideal provisions that will draw them to your house include: Darkened overhangs and eaves that provide shelter and protection from the weather Weathered wood that provides a source of fiber and sustenance Open garbage bins Fruit trees with blossoms or ripened fruit Open water in bird baths, kiddie pools, or puddles Bright floral patterns on outdoor furniture or decorations All of these conditions allow wasps and...
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5 Tips for a Pest-Free Picnic

With summertime underway, it is time to plan the perfect picnic. While this event is fun and conjures up nostalgic memories, bees, wasps and ticks can ruin your picnicking experience. To make sure that uninvited guests do not hurt your picnicking experience, make sure to use the following tips for a pest-free day. 1. Location Matters The first step in avoiding insects is to pick the right location. To avoid mosquitoes, you will want to stay away from any locations that are near bodies of water like lakes or stagnant ponds. Bees and wasps love flowering plants, so stay away from any area that is filled with large flowers. Once you have avoided these spots, check the ground around you for ant colonies. Look up and make sure that there are no hives or nests nearby. If you do not see any potential insect sources nearby, you are ready to prepare...
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Identifying the differences between Carpenter Ants and Termites

Know The Difference When you're a homeowner, it's important to realize that there are a plethora of pests who want to wreak havoc on your home. Both carpenter ants and termites can cause massive problems, but it is crucial that you distinguish between the two. Methods of treatment will vary, as well as a number of other issues related to the condition of your home. While termites pose a greater threat in the short term, carpenter ants also cause massive amounts of damage when not addressed swiftly.  Damage One of the telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation will be piles of wood shavings. The wood piles will look similar to the shavings that you see after sharpening a pencil. While termites are almost always silent, a severe carpenter ant infestation can sometimes be audible. Homeowners experiencing this have reported hearing rustling noises coming from their walls.  Once you get a...
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Spring Is Coming: Dealing With Early Rising Lawn Pests

While it's still technically winter, a lot of areas are going to start seeing some warmer weather soon. And with that warm weather, you're going to see the rise of early spring lawn pests. These critters rise from the seeming dead every year to ruin your lawn and pester your nerves. Why do these pests start showing up when there could still be snow on the ground? Mostly because the temperature has started to rise. When the temperature rises, lawn pests either rise from their slumber or start hatching. Bumblebees are the most likely pest you're going to see early in the spring, as they can withstand pretty low temperatures. As the snow melts and the ice breaks, you're probably going to see moles next. They stay far underground in the winter to avoid the cold, but are more than happy to rise in the early spring. Their thick fur and...
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How to Know You Have Bedbugs if You Don't Show a Physical Reaction

According to the CDC, one of the primary indications of a bed bug infestation is the "tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping." So if you go to sleep with no symptoms and wake up with pesky, itching bites, that's the primary way to know that you have a bed-bug problem, right? Maybe. The problem is that not everyone reacts to bed bugs. A recent study by the University of Kentucky indicates that many people do not react to bed bug bites. Because the original bites are painless, unless a person develops the standard reaction later on, how are they to realize that they're the subject of an infestation? For those in pest control, it is well known that some customers do not react to bed bug bites, and that this can delay detection and timely intervention. Oft-stated statistics for non-reactivity vary widely — from less...
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Taking Control Of Your Mouse Problem

So your house is infested with an entire family of mice. They have spread beyond just a few individual mice and seem to sprawl everywhere in your home. You need to take control of your mouse problem ASAP. But how? Mouse traps will only let you down. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but mouse traps are simply not the answer when it comes to dealing with the annoying and difficult problem of mouse infestations. They can help take care of a handful of the problematic little buggers, but they just aren't designed to handle a full-on mouse problem. And what about poison traps? Aren't those effective? Again, they might work well if you have a mouse or six to kill, but when your mouse population starts topping 20-50, they lose their effectiveness. Remember: mice recognize the scent of their own dead and will flee if an area...
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How To Best Utilize Your Mouse Traps

When you have mice in your home, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Mice breed prolifically and can cause a lot of damage, both to your house and your food supply. If you've struggled to eliminate the mice in your homes with mouse traps, there's a good chance you haven't been implementing them properly. Common High Traffic Areas The best way to successfully deploy your mouse traps is to set them in high-traffic areas of your home. These areas are usually easy to spot: if you've seen a mouse in an area, it's undoubtedly a high-traffic area. Common high-traffic areas include: Cupboards near food In holes near walls Near basements Placing your traps near these areas (in multiple locations) makes it more likely that mice will stumble into your traps. Best Bait To Use Cheese is the clichéd mouse trap bait, but it's actually not one of their favorite foods. This misunderstanding...
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Winter Pest Control is Vital!

As the temperatures drop and winter sets in, it's tempting to think that there's little you can do to control the pests in your home. This is a huge mistake: pests can still be hugely active in the winter months, trying to wait out the cold months until they can get active again in the warmer spring and summer months. In fact, there's a strong chance that certain pests, such as mice and rats, will actually start flooding your house during the cold winter months. They are attracted to the heat of your home and are clever enough to find ways inside. And once there, they'll be so comfortable, they might never leave. So what can you do to stop them on your own? Sadly, very little. Mouse traps won't do much to catch the huge rodent invasion you may get in the winter. You'll probably get a handful of mice,...
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Are Venomous Spiders a Danger to Your Pets?

Whether you are a cat person, a dog person, a bird person, or some other special variety of pet person, there's no denying that you cherish your pets as you do your own family--perhaps even more so! Because you cherish your pets, you want to keep them safe from anything that might harm them, including venomous spiders such as the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Are such spiders really a danger to pets? Are Venomous Spiders a Danger to Your Pets? The short answer is yes. In fact, because most household pets are relatively small, they are even more strongly affected by spider bites than humans are. Because of that, they should be kept away from Black Widows, Brown Recluse, Hobo Spiders, and Tarantulas.  According to the experts over at Vet Street, you can mitigate the danger by taking several steps. First always keep a friendly distance from spiders when you encounter them out of doors. Small animals...
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Keep Your Home Safe By Hiring Professional Mouse Control Experts

Mice: is there anything worse than spotting one of these little critters run across your floor? How about watching them eat their way through your dry wall? Or hearing them scurry through your walls at night? Or even the increased risk of suffering from dangerous pathogens that can put the lives of you and your family at risk? No, having mice in your home is a problem. One that you can easily solve with professional mouse control experts. Throw away the traps, put the cheese back in the fridge and throw down the cash for a real professional. You simply can't handle this problem on your own. Why not? Because DIY control methods will only eliminate small portions of the problem, not the whole contagion. Remember: mice breed incredibly fast and are capable of hiding in very out-of-the-way places of your home. Catching all of them by yourself is not possible....
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Three Horrifying Spider Control Fails

Most of us like to think that we are more or less in control of the spider issue in our homes. Barring unforeseen infestations, we go about our daily lives with little to no fear of close encounters of the arachnid kind. These three stories, however, are a good reminder that the next spider control fail could be right around the corner for each of us. Three Horrifying Spider Control Fails Fail #1: Woman's Itchy Ear Caused by Spider Living in It - When a Chinese woman visited her doctor to consult with him about an itch she'd experienced in her ear for over five days, they were both in for big surprise: a spider had crawled into her ear canal and made his home there. Fearing the spider would bite her if he used tweezers to remove it, the doctor instead flushed the spider out with a saline solution.  Fail #2: Gift from Secret Admirer Leads to Spider...
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How to Prevent a Problem with Ant Control from Getting Worse

Although ants might not be the worst pest to have a problem with, it is still a problem that you do not want to have. It is not uncommon for homeowners to take matters into their own hands to attempt to solve their ant control issue, but this often leads to worsening the situation. It is ideal to follow helpful advice on preventing a problem such as this one from escalating to an even more problematic state. Avoid Do-It-Yourself Methods While you might have read various success stories from do-it-yourself methods, this does not mean you are guaranteed to enjoy the same level of success that another person had. It is best to not delve into these methods, especially because even if they do work, they will not work as well as professional help. Get Qualified Assistance If you are interested in saving money wherever possible, you might opt for hiring...
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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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