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Prepare for Fall Pests

Residents of Maryville, Oak Ridge, and the greater Knoxville area always look forward to the cooler, drier autumn weather. Pests anticipate the changing seasons too. In fact, they prepare for the cold long before people do. Woolly bear caterpillars are even known to predict the severity of the winter. You don't have to see into the future to realize that pests will sneak indoors just before the cold weather arrives. To protect your home, it helps if you can stay a step ahead of the would-be invaders. Here are a few of the most common fall pests that invade buildings in Tennessee. Venomous and Nuisance Spiders Late summer is peak spider season. Garden spiders hatch in the spring and grow steadily during the summer. The ones that survive until autumn are especially large and robust. Toward the end of August or the beginning of September, spiders reproduce and lay eggs that...
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Bees vs. Wasps: How to Tell the Difference

As summer quickly approaches, many people are realizing that they might have a bee or wasp infestation in their yard. Though most of us consider bees and wasps to be equally dangerous and harmful, this is actually not the case. Despite their similarity in coloring and flight, they are two very different types of insects. Today's post will help you discern the important differences between a bee and a wasp and whether or not you need to call in the professionals for help. Physical Appearance Normally, none of us try to get close enough to whatever insect is buzzing around to decide whether it's a bee or a wasp. Thankfully, the physical characteristics of each of these insects are different enough that you should be able to tell which is which without getting up close and personal. Bees are generally rounder and fatter than wasps, and their bodies are usually covered...
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Why Do Ants Swarm?

Tennessee is a beautiful state, but that doesn't change the fact that many homeowners and commercial businesses are troubled by the great number of ants that also call the area home. Here at Dayton's Pest Control, we work hard to eliminate swarming and non-swarming ants throughout Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge and the surrounding area, and these are the main nuisance ants that we deal with most often. Carpenter Ants: These ants are crazy about establishing colonies that may house as many as 500,000 workers. Whenever a new colony matures, it begins to produce winged ants that swarm together in great numbers. The entire purpose of this swarm is to mate and form new colonies, and you could easily end up with several colonies on your property. That's extremely bad news because carpenter ants destroy wood, and they are capable of causing severe structural damage to homes. Pharaoh Ants: This type of...
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AC Bills Breaking Your Budget? Solve the Problem with Thermal Insulation

Summer is a wonderful time of the year when the children are out of school, family vacations are planned and backyard barbecues and pool parties pop up all over the neighborhood, but this lovely season can also bring some uncomfortable temperatures to Tennessee residents. If you're lucky enough to have a good air conditioner, then you have a way to escape the heat. However, the constant use of the AC may bring your energy bills up so high that you can't afford to enjoy all of your normal summer activities. Here at Dayton's Pest Control, we're available to help homeowners in Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge and the surrounding area save money on their energy bills with the addition of some special insulation. Lower Your AC Bills with the Right Insulation Most people don't realize that their crawl space may be responsible for skyrocketing energy bills during the hot summer months when...
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Prepare Your Yard for Your July 4th BBQ

You want your Fourth of July BBQ to go off without a hitch, which means you don't want any insects swarming around the backyard and causing a nuisance. Rather than temporarily keep them away with insect repellents and citronella candles, you can prepare your yard in such a way that the pests aren't attracted to it in the first place. Below are some suggestions for dealing with three common pests. Fleas These pests are known for feeding on furry animals, especially dogs, cats, mice, and rabbits. Residents can give their pets a once-over with a flea comb each time they return from the yard, but that won't do anything about the yard itself. Start by inspecting the moist, shady areas in your yard, especially the shrubs and trees, as well as any habitations for pets. You'll then want to spray these places with an insecticide or natural solution. Note that adult...
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