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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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Prevent Pests with Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung! With the warmer weather and the budding plants and trees, it is time to get outside. It’s also a great time to open up the windows and let in the fresh air. Freshening up after a long cold winter often leads to cleaning out the house from top to bottom. Of course, with the warmer weather brings insects, rodents and other pests out of their hibernation. It also means that you will most likely find these critters in your home. Read on for some tips on spring cleaning as a way to prevent pests from entering your home this spring season. Clear Out the Clutter If your home is full of clutter, take the time during your spring cleaning routine to clear out all clutter inside and outside of your home. Cluttered areas are popular spaces for pests to crawl into and create nests. So, the less clutter...
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How to Protect Your Family from Bees and Wasps

With summer comes the promise of warm sunny days, playing or working outside and spending time by the pool. This means bathing suits, shorts and bare feet season is approaching. It also is the season for insects to be out in full force. Among these insects are bees and wasps. It is possible that you or your loved ones could have a nasty encounter with bees or wasps this summer. How do you keep your family safe from being stung? Keep reading for ways to keep your family safe this summer. Bees vs. Wasps It is important to be able to tell the difference between bees and wasps. Bumblebees are larger and rounder, typically yellow with black stripes. Honey bees are smaller and can appear to look like yellow jackets. They are not usually aggressive and do not sting unless they feel threatened. Wasps, however, are small and have a thin...
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Five Weird Facts About Termites

We usually think of termites as destructive little creatures that can destroy our homes and property. But, how can this tiny insect cause such devastation? These 5 weird facts about termites will give you some insight into the highly organized kingdom that could consume your home. Termite Royalty Each termite colony has a reigning king and queen who mate for life. Some royal termite couples celebrate their 25th anniversary in the colony. The queen lies in the lap of luxury while being fed and cared for by her workers, but her task is not easy. Since she lays around 2,000 eggs each day, this royal couple can produce more than 18 million eggs during their lifetime together. Castle Architecture Termite colonies are not just mounds of dirt in your backyard, or mud tubes in your basement. These structures are masterpieces of architecture and engineering. With a built in ventilation system, they...
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Ten Myths About Pest Removal

When it comes to pests invading your home, you know that you want to do all that you can to find proper and effective treatment. You may have heard of ways to treat common pests on your own, but what is the truth and what are the myths? Read on to discover 10 myths about pest removal. 1. There isn't Any Evidence of Pest Infestation in Your Home, therefore You Don't Have a Pest Problem. This is a myth because, with most types of pest infestations, such as termites or bed bugs, the pests themselves are not always visible. For example, you may not see visible termite damage until months after they have begun eating away at your home. 2. Pests Avoid Clean Homes. Even if you have a spotless home, you can still have pest infestations. Most pests enter the house as a means of finding warmth, shelter and food....
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Get Roaches Out of Your Home

When talking about household pests, nothing quite gets under people’s skin like cockroaches. Just knowing that your home could be infested with these slick creepy crawlies can be more than enough to send shivers down your spine. Although it’s tough to know how severe a roach infestation is, there are plenty of ways that you can keep your home as roach-free as possible. Today we want to share some of the best options for you, as well as how you can prevent these critters from coming back next time. Step One: Clean Thoroughly Cockroaches are just like any other living thing. They thrive when they have access to food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, there are so many places where all three conditions can be met in your home that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. However, one of the best ways to help keep roaches at bay is...
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5 Ways to Prevent Rodents

Having bugs and other pests in your home is a problem, but no pest is as destructive or as potentially hazardous as rats and mice. Whether it’s chewing on your home’s foundation or leaving bio waste everywhere they roam, rodents are a potentially massive problem if they take root in your household. So, with that in mind, we want to share five ways that you can keep these vermin from infesting your property. The best offense is a good defense, and these five methods are sure to prevent rodents from calling your place home. #1 Keep Food Stored and Sealed For the most part, rats and mice are driven by two things: mating and eating. The mating you can’t do much about, but the eating you can certainly help stop by controlling how and where you store your food. Both rats and mice are excellent at sniffing out food, so the...
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How to Spot Pest Infestations in Your Yard

You likely have a beautiful yard with a healthy lawn, landscaping, plants and crops. However, even in the most beautiful yard, there is always a chance for outdoor pests to look for nutritious things to eat. If you suspect that pests are wreaking havoc in your yard, but have yet to see any for yourself, here are some telltale signs that you could be having an infestation on your hands. Look For Missing Patches Of Grass If you do your best to maintain your lawn in order for it to keep a lawless green color, it might be surprising to you to notice random patches of grass missing. You shouldn’t suspect the cause of this to be from too much sunlight, especially if patches of grass are missing in random places, and if a part of your backyard gets covered by shade for a period of time through the day. Pests...
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Where Did My Bed Bugs Come From?

Having bed bugs in the home is far from a good problem to have. They are brown, small and flat in nature, and they can hide in many parts of your furniture, making them very hard to find during the day. To know whether or not you have bed bugs, you can look for black or brown stains on your furniture that indicate droppings, in addition to bloodstains where a bug may have been squashed. How Bed Bugs Get to Where They Want to Be But how does a bed bug get inside your home in the first place? To make it as short and sweet as possible, a bed bug is brought in the home unintentionally by humans and/or pets. Bed bugs thrive on human life, which is why they constantly live in not just hidden areas of bedrooms, but also cars and busses as well. Bed bugs are known...
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How to Remove Stink Bugs From Your Home

As the weather turns cold once again, that crisp air begins to drive insects and vermin indoors to shelter for the winter. One of the more irritating visitors is the stink bug, and they can make life indoors very unpleasant for their unwilling and often unwitting hosts. Halymorpha halys, or the brown marmorated stink bug, is a member of the pentatomidae family, and hails from China, Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan. They made their appearance in the U.S. around 1998, and they have since become year-round pests that invade orchards and homes in the fall and winter. Though not dangerous, their defensive excretion of foul smelling spray can make life extremely unpleasant. Here are some ways you can get them out of your house without them stinking up the place. Use a Vacuum Cleaner Provided you empty the canister promptly, stink bugs can be vacuumed up quickly and deposited outside....
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Rats or Mice? Different Approaches to Each Pest

You are pretty sure you have a rodent infestation, but do you have rats or mice? While these are different pests and infestations are treated differently, both species tend to breed very rapidly, having between six to 18 offspring. Therefore, if you don’t deal with your problem quickly, it can easily get out of hand. Both rats and mice can damage the structure of your home and your electrical wiring, and both can contaminate your kitchen and your food. The most common rats that infest homes are the Norway rat and the roof rat. Norway rats can be either black or brown with a gray belly. They are quite large and can weigh over one pound. They have very long tails that can be as long as their bodies. Roof rats have a more pointed nose and will travel the same path each night. Rats prefer to live outside your home,...
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What to Do If You Have a Serious Termite Problem

To a homeowner, there’s just about nothing more terrifying than the thought of a termite infestation. Once those little bugs get into your home and your walls, you’re looking at a long and expensive ordeal before your home life even begins to return to a semblance of normal.If you suspect you might have Termites in your home, then it’s essential to act as soon as possible. Here’s what you need to do: Know the Signs The first thing you need to do is confirm that you do have a problem. There are many types of termites, and each one leaves different signs, but the most common are things like discarded wings, mud tubes, termite galleries (open spaces in wood that typically run parallel to the grain) and wood disfiguration such as holes and swelling Try it Yourself As mentioned above, termites can be a potentially expensive and devastating problem. That’s why...
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How to Remove Bed Bugs, Permanently

Most of us get the heebie-jeebies when it comes to bugs, but I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that one type of bug that really gets us going is the bed bugs. For many people, the idea of these little pests crawling all over them while they sleep is just too much to handle. If you’re worried that you might have bed bugs, no doubt you’ve lost sleep trying to figure out how to get rid of them. I’m sorry to say, though, that just being on your mattress less is not an effective way to combat these creeping critters. However, if you’re looking for ways to get rid of bed bugs permanently, don’t worry: we’ve got some tips to help keep your night time bug-free. Turn on the Heat One of the most important things to know about bed bugs is that they can not stand heat. Literally....
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