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Emmett Lee

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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