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Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termites are a common pest that feed on wood, and they can cause serious damage to your property. Dealing with a termite infestation should be done as soon as you notice that they’re on your property. The following are some of the main signs of a termite infestation. Wood Damage Termites can feed on wood from the inside, so it can be difficult to detect when the wood on your property is damaged. If your wood sounds hollow when you tap on it, this can be a sign of termites. Look out for fissures and blistering pieces of wood as well. Droppings Wood-colored droppings called frass are produced by termites when they’re eating through wood. If you discover a pile of pellets, this could be a major sign of termite infestation. Discarded Wings Discarded wings are often the only sign that you will find for a termite infestation. When termites no...
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The Importance of Yearly Pest Services

Keeping your home or business free of pests is important for a variety of different reasons. Hiring pest control services on an annual basis can assist you in preventing and dealing with pest infestations. The following is the importance of yearly pest control services. Preventing Disease Pests are notorious for carrying around and spreading dangerous diseases in the places that they infest. There are a wide variety of diseases that rodents and insects can carry such as salmonella, trichinosis and many others that are hazardous to humans. Being bit or stung by a pest is also a danger that can cause medical issues. Being bit by poisonous spiders or rodents are common ways that people become injured by pests. Pest Control is Difficult While there are some pests that can be dealt with or prevented by home remedies, many infestations will require professional assistance. Termites are not only incredibly difficult to...
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What is Crawlspace Encapsulation And How Can It Benefit Your Home?

If you have a crawlspace instead of a slab or basement, you need to make sure you are keeping it well-maintained. The space can get damp and lead to a lot of problems for your home! Maintain your crawl space to avoid problems by getting your crawl space encapsulated. Crawl space encapsulation can benefit your home in more ways than one. What is Crawl Space Encapsulation? Crawl space encapsulation is the process of completely lining your home’s crawl space in order to control its environment. The interior of the crawl space is lined with a type of thick, plastic vapor barrier. It’s purpose is to keep water, pests, debris and other unwanted things from getting into your crawl space. Encapsulating your home’s crawl space will create an environment that is waterproof. Keeping humidity out can prevent problems from happening to the structure and interior of your home. What Can Happen With...
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When to Call for Radon Testing

The EPA recommends that when you are buying or selling a new home to have it tested for radon. Radon testing is easy, and it can be a big step in protecting the health of you and your loved ones. Scientists suggest that radon can account for preventable lung cancer in thousands of patients every year. When To Test For Radon When you are purchasing a new home, find out if the construction features radon-resistant building materials. Learn the last time the home has been tested, or if it’s been tested at all. If your neighbors have mentioned they have high radon levels, you should definitely get yours checked by a professional. Radon testing is quick. You should have the levels tested more than one time, because the results may fluctuate. Radon In Homes Radon is a radioactive gas. Both colorless and odorless, professional testing may be the only reliable way...
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The Brown Recluse Spider: Facts that You Should Know

Spiders. Often the first image that comes to people's minds when they hear that word is of something that is small, eight-legged and absolutely not wanted in their homes. However, in the animal kingdom, there are thousands of different species of spiders, ranging in harmfulness, from the entirely harmless Daddy Longlegs to the notoriously toxic Brazilian Wandering Spider. So how does thev local Brown Recluse Spider fit in with the rest of the species in terms of dangerousness, and what should you do if you are finding them in your house. Appearance and Behavior Brown Recluse Spiders have black and brown striped legs and brown bodies with a black violin-shaped mark on their backs. They are usually less than half an inch in size and can be found mostly in the American mid to southwest. They are rarely seen moving around during the day, as they are nocturnal, and for food...
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Covering Crawl Space Vents During the Winter

Winter is here, and many of us have a lot to do to prepare for it. There’s taking the snow shovels out of the garage, making sure the heaters are working properly and putting up decorations for the holidays. All of these are important tasks, but there’s another job you should do, one less commonly thought of, but just as important; closing your crawl space vents. Crawl Space's directly effect your heating, cooling and the overall health of your home. Keeping crawl space vents covered not only keeps the moisture out, but keeps the warmth in. Home owners interested in significantly reducing their heating and cooling costs are incouraced to learn more about crawl space services from Daytons Pest Control's local experts.  Why Should You Close Your Crawl Space Vents? Closing your crawl space vent during the winter is useful for a lot of reasons. Firstly, and this one should be...
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Keeping Your Tree Pest-Free

I know what you are thinking. The answer seems beyond obvious, right? Why not just get an artificial tree? Who wants to deal with the hassle of going out to find the perfect real Christmas tree, lug it home and through the house, try to get it set-up without being poked a thousand times by the pine needles. To then discover that your perfectly placed holiday tree, just became an even more perfect carrier and birthplace for bugs, spiders, and more. Sure, this may be a bit extreme, but isn’t uncommon when purchasing a plant, much less the kind that has been living outdoors for the greater portion of its life. Here are a few tips to prevent those uninvited pests from getting in your Christmas tree this year. Check It Before You Buy It Beyond the aesthetics of your tree, there are a few things you will need to check...
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Winter Pest Prevention

As the winter months approach, people begin to spend more of their time indoors. Unfortunately, the same can be said for pests. Pests, like humans, seek warmer shelter during the winter to stay away from the cold. Whether it is your home or business, these critters can be annoying to see. They can also be even more annoying to get rid of once inside your home.  With that in mind, let’s look at some ways you can keep pests out of your living and working environments. Clear Out Debris Throughout the fall, many homeowners keep firewood around the house for bonfires and social events. In addition, leaves from the trees that have fallen can accumulate around the base of your house or work-place. Simply put, all the debris from the fall can cluster up and serve as a luring point for bugs and pests. Those that have created habitats in the...
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Debunking DIY Pest Control Myths

Do It Yourself projects have become one of the most popular things people search on the web. Maybe you’re thinking about sewing some new curtains. Perhaps you’re looking to make the perfect holiday meal for your in-laws. Maybe your sink is backed up and you don’t want to spend the $200 to have a plumber come out. We all have our reasons for why DIY projects are of interest. There most definitely are some great DIY tips and tricks out there that do actually deliver the results you are trying to achieve. However, sometimes we can’t believe what we see, especially when it comes to DIY. Let’s debunk some of the most common DIY pest control myths. The Assumptions Many people think they can effectively treat pests themselves. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Here are a few examples of some of the many myths about DIY pest control. A clean...
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It’s Fall. Get Ready For Those Bugs To Crawl

The first day of Fall has come and gone. If you’re like me, you’ve welcomed those cooler temps with open arms. Those of us that have experienced extreme heat waves and drought over the summer months know what I’m talking about. One thing we don’t want to welcome are those unwanted pests that make their way into our homes to find shelter from the fall and winter seasons. Like humans, pests find comfort within our homes. Here are a few tips for handling outdoor pest control in the fall. Best Practices For Pest Control Pest control is a maintenance-based subscription everyone should sign up for. It’s important to be proactive and consistent, as it will help minimize the devastating effects caused by these unwelcomed “friends.” Ants, mice, and spiders are only a few of the many pests that Tennessee residents experience. There are many over-the-counter sprays and solutions that you can...
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Which Pests Stay Dormant During the Winter Months?

The colder months of fall and winter are almost upon us, which means that we can snuggle up in our flannel blankets, sweaters and scarves. We can start to plan cozy nights by the fireplace, (or whatever your main source of heat happens to be), with a good book and a cup of hot tea. But while we are bundled up warm against the cold weather, outside, pests are looking to keep warm also. Will they end up in your home looking for shelter? Or do they stay dormant? Keep reading to find out which pests stay dormant during the winter. Ants Ants make their nests underground to house them all year round, unless it becomes too cold for them. Many species of ants will tunnel underground further in search of warmth, but it is common that many will not survive the winter. Certain species can withstand the freezing temperatures, such...
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Are Termites Active During Fall and Winter?

If you’ve ever witnessed termite activity in your home, then you are aware of how quickly they can cause terrible damage. And not just to your home’s structure, but to your wallet! As the summer is now over and the cooler temperatures will begin to stay for good, you may feel as though you can breathe easier. With the weather becoming colder termites will want to hibernate like most other creatures, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Keep reading to learn more about a termite’s activity during fall and winter. Seasonal Termite Activity Termites keep active all year round. However, the conditions must be right for them to remain active. During the colder months in cooler climates, they will begin to burrow further into the ground to keep warm. Any food sources that are exposed to the cold are usually abandoned. So, although they are moving deeper into the earth,...
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How to Stop Mice From Nesting in Your Home

It’s always an unsettling thing to find evidence of mice in your home. They eat your food, leave droppings everywhere, and make a mess out of items they use for their nests. It can be stressful treating your home for mice. You have to buy mice-proof containers for your food, disinfect anything they touch, and spend money on traps or bait. If you want to learn tips to keep them out before they become a problem, read below: Steps to Prevent Mice From Entering Your Home There are several steps that you can take as preventative measures so that you are not burdened with an infestation. These steps include: Seal all openings Mice are very flexible. They can fit in a crack or hole as small as a dime. To prevent them from coming in through these holes, you can: Install door sweeps. Secure window screens. Use materials like wire mesh...
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Common Pests that Come with the Changing of the Leaves

Now that the Dog Days of summer are almost behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to autumn. Cooler temperatures mean so many great things -- football and holidays to name a couple -- but the change in the weather also brings with it the threat of pests. Here are some of the pests that we tend to see more of in the fall: Roaches I know what you’re thinking: “We’ve already had to deal with these things all summer!” And while that may be true, it’s not uncommon to see roach activity actually increase in when the weather changes. Colder, wetter conditions outside can often drive pests into the house that are looking for warmer, cozier places to settle down for the winter. Rodents Just like roaches are coming in to get out of the weather, so are rats, mice and other rodents. As much as they love the...
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Bees: Friends or Foes?

Bees are in the media a lot more than ever due to the decreasing numbers of honey bees, a docile member of the ecosystem that helps keep the wheels in motion in a rather big way. Bees also come in carpenter, killer, bumble and many other varieties. But, are they all really friends of ours, or are some just piggy-backing on the honeybee’s good name? Features Honeybees are known for being very gentle, only stinging humans in defense or if provoked. They have their namesake for being our source of honey production, as they are the creators of the honey we eat. A part of their production process includes the pollination of several of our crops (such as onions, celery and broccoli). Bumblebees are much larger than honeybees and have baffled many with their ability to fly despite having such small wings. Like honeybees, they generally do not sting unless provoked,...
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Carpenter Ants: Don’t Let Them Start Building in Your Home!

Carpenter ants get their namesake from using wood for their homes rather than just dirt. Though they do not eat wood, like termites, they do chew and gnaw at it to tunnel or create nests. Mature colonies tend to contain 10-20,000 workers, with larger populations topping 50,000. Most colonies only contain one queen. Signs of an Infestation Aside from seeing the ants, the only visible sign of a carpenter ant infestation is tiny holes on the surface of the wood. Beneath these should be any debris that is expunged by the ants as they burrow (sawdust-like fragments, as well as any body parts of deceased/injured insects). They prefer softer wood, so any that is weakened by fungus, other infestations or moisture problems are of particular interest. What Do You Do About Carpenter Ants? Prevention is always the best first attack. As ants seek food and water in addition to shelter, it...
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Ants and Other Pests That May be Living in Your Kitchen

Our kitchen is the center of our home. For most of us, its where we cook, eat, and share meals with our families. However, it is also the room in the house most prone to infestations. There are many bugs and insects which may be living in your kitchen without you even knowing. Here are a few kitchen pests and what you can do about them. Ants Ants are one of the pests most frequently found in people households, especially in kitchens, as they have strong appetites, and are able to hide in small spaces. You are more likely to have ants in your kitchen if your cabinets have a lot of moisture and there are food crumbs and grease lying on your countertop. Ants can be dangerous for your health and can spread germs and diseases directly to the food that you and your family eat. Make sure to clean...
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control

Pest control is something that most people will need to do in their lifetimes. Pests exist everywhere, and whether you live in a suburban house, an apartment building, or a teepee, you are not immune to their assaults. As with everything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle pests. Here are some pest control techniques you should try, and some you should avoid. What You Shouldn’t Do First, let’s go over the things you shouldn’t do if you find pests in your home. For starters, if you’re using pesticides, do not spray random areas without thoroughly researching the proper uses of the chemical. This is especially important if you have small children or pets, as these chemicals can be extremely dangerous if it gets on their skin or in their mouths. Also, if you plan on getting rid of pesticides, don’t simply throw it in the...
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Hiring a Professional For Pest Control

Having pests in your home can ruin your day and lead to thousands of dollars’ worth of structural damage. As long as you have a house, these pests will try to make it their home. The only way to remain completely stress and pest-free is to go to professionals to help exterminate any pests that may be infesting your home. If you want to know when to call and what to look for in a professional pest control company, read on. Why Hire A Professional Pest Control Company? Home remedies often do not work or are not effective long-term, and a misuse of pesticides can lead to more trouble than they’re worth. It can be difficult to identify the exact pest that you are dealing with, and you can be treating the wrong one if you can’t tell the difference, wasting your time and money. If DIY pest control does work,...
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Three Pest Control Tips For Warmer Weather

Some people say that the only good bug is a dead bug. Many people avoid being outdoors in the warm weather just because of the insects. Don’t let your summer be ruined by these tiny invaders. These three pest-prevention tips might surprise you. Spring Cleaning is Worth the Work One way to keep bugs from creeping into your home is to break out the cleaning supplies. When the warm weather brings bugs out of winter hibernation, they need three things for survival: food, water, and shelter. Consider what you can do to eliminate their access to food sources on your property. Give your pantry a complete cleaning. Wipe down your shelves, and store baking supplies in sealed plastic containers. Clean your oven, stove, and those sneaky spots like under the front edge of your fridge. Keeping a tidy house will not only feel good, but it will also make it unattractive...
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