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Emmett Lee

How Quickly Do Termites Reproduce?

Termites can be a huge problem because of how fast they reproduce. A queen termite can lay anywhere from one hundred to five thousands eggs per day, and they can live to be 25 years old! That means that if you have a termite problem, it could grow very quickly. Not sure if you have a termite problem? Here are a few signs. Clicking Sounds The worker termites, the ones who love eating your wood, make very specific sounds. When they're in your walls eating their way through, they often bang their heads against the wood and shake their bodies. They do this to communicate with other termites. They are also very noisy eaters and if things are quiet around you in your home, you can actually hear them eating wood. To see if you have a termite issue in your home, wait until things are quiet and listen for the...
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Emmett Lee

What Falling Leaves Can Mean for Pest Control

Fall is approaching. There’s a crispness to the morning air and the leaves are beginning to change color. For many people, this is a favorite time of year. As the leaves begin to fall, we’re not the only ones thinking about getting cozy on those chilly nights. Many insects also love fallen leaves — whether piles or layers in your yard. Leaves can provide food and shelter for several pests. Leaf-Loving Pests If you are raking leaves into piles, here are some of the insects that appreciate your efforts. Beetles: You can often find beetles at the bottom of the pile where the leaves are moist and decaying. Termites: Though they prefer wood, termites are attracted to dry leaves. This can be especially problematic if your leaf pile is near your home providing easy access to invade your house. American Cockroaches: These roaches gladly dine on leaves or small pieces of wood in your...
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Tri-State Area: Pests To Watch Out For This Fall

When Labor Day comes around and the weather begins to cool, I am sure you imagine the bugs and other pests will hide away until spring. However, there are several pests to watch out for this fall specifically found in the tri-state area. Camel Crickets These strange looking crickets are common in the tri-state area. They are nasty little creatures as they will eat anything they can find, even each other. Camel crickets do not pose a threat to humans or pets, but they do cause other damage in your home. Because they eat anything and everything they find, your clothes and curtains are at risk of getting damaged. Subterranean Termites Termites are the most destructive pests out there, especially for the tri-state area. They live in colonies consisting of workers, soldiers, and queens. These colonies “...are defended by soldiers, and one or more queens lay eggs to produce more termites....
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Three Reasons Why You Leave Bees to the Pest Control Professionals

You’ve probably experienced this as a youngster- you are outside walking barefoot in your yard on a hot summer day. You are enjoying the sun, minding your own business, when all of the sudden you feel a sharp sting. Ouch! You run inside to your mother and tell her what happened and show her your red stinging foot. Sure enough, you have a bee sting. What do you do when you encounter a bees nest around your home? How do you keep your family safe from bees? Keep reading for more information, and three reasons as to why you shouldn’t handle bees on your own. 1. Avoid Stings Bees can be harmful to humans due to their sting, but even more so if you have an allergy. Therefore, it can be even more dangerous to have an unexpected encounter with a bee. If you happen upon a nest, this increases the...
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How Often Should You Inspect Your Home for Termites?

Termites are destructive pests that reproduce at an alarming rate. When you have termites in your home or in other buildings you own, they can do immense damage. Furthermore, much of the damage that they do is often hidden behind walls and ceilings, and when found, is difficult to repair easily. Termites do billions of dollars in structural damage in the United States each year. It’s vital that you identify a termite problem quickly and that you deal with it right away. The best way to know if you have termites is to have a regular termite inspection by a professional exterminator. How often should you inspect your home for termites? Read on and find out. Signs of Termites You may suspect you have termites in your home or other property due to observation of some telltale signs. Signs of termite activity can include swarming and discarded wings; termites shed their...
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