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Hiking Tips to Avoid Ticks

An enjoyable hiking excursion can quickly turn dangerous if a tick decides to burrow into your skin. Avoiding these pests is difficult, especially if you're hiking in areas with a healthy tick population. However, you can take a few smart precautions to lessen your risk of becoming a host, starting with dressing to protect your skin. Cover Your Skin On a hot summer day, you may worry that wearing clothes that cover your skin may leave you overheated and drenched in sweat. However, wearing a lightweight shirt with long sleeves can help you avoid an unfortunate meet-up with a tick. Wearing pants is also essential, especially if you're planning to hike through overgrown areas. Tucking your socks into your pants might not earn you any fashion points, but it can significantly reduce the chance of a tick hitching a ride on you. If you're concerned that you'll feel too hot while...
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Preventing Pests from Destroying Your Fall Decorations

The leaves change colors and there is a crisp feeling in the air in the fall. It's often a time to decorate with pumpkins, hay bales, and scarecrows. However, pests might want to get into your decorations while they are outside. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent pests like spiders and ants from making a home out of your decorations. Keep all of the debris and leaves picked up out of the yard. Many pests are only looking for somewhere to call home, and if they find a leaf pile or a log suitable enough for shelter, then they will usually take up residence. Don't put any food or food containers outside. Keep everything in a sealed trash can where pests can detect the smell. Trim the limbs from your trees, especially the ones that look like they are dead or like they are dying. Put any firewood that...
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3 Tips for Keeping Your Home Pest Free

Your home is a sanctuary, a place in which you can relax and forget about the worries outside. Unfortunately, pest insects and rodents make it hard to enjoy your home. They contaminate your food and fly around your face when you're unwinding on the couch or the patio. If you want to enjoy a pest-free home, it pays to take preventative action as soon as possible. 3 Pest-Free Tips for Your Home Reduce the clutter inside and outside Pests need protection and will hide in hard-to-reach places. Clutter offers safety for small pests, giving them a place in which to breed and to stay safe from predators and bad weather. Reduce the clutter inside your home and on your property to eliminate infestations, especially when pests look for shelter as the seasons change. Seal cracks and crevices Insects and rodents easily locate cracks and crevices around plumbing pipes, vents and areas...
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Fall is Flea Season. Here's How to Prepare.

A female flea can lay between 28 and 50 eggs per day. As temperatures become milder in the fall, fleas hatch in large numbers. Your pet’s developing winter coat is a perfect place to contain the pests. Prevent a fall flea infestation by treating your pet as well as your environment. Treat Your Pet Consistently Don’t stop administering flea treatment just because summer’s over. You should give pets flea treatments throughout the year. Treat all of your pets. For example, you may have an indoor cat and a dog that goes outdoors. If the dog brings fleas inside, they could find their way to your cat. Other animals that are susceptible to fleas are ferrets and rabbits. Check Pets For Fleas If your animal has sores on its skin or scratches itself frequently, it might be suffering from flea bites. Examine your pets regularly using a flea comb. The comb will...
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Preparing Early for Fall Pests

It's never too early to begin preparing your home for pests that come around in the fall season. The types of pests that you might see will likely be different than those that were present in the summer. Mosquitoes and wasps won't be as much of a threat as ants and other pests that are looking for somewhere warm to make a home for the cold winter months. Take a tour around the outside of your home as well as the inside to see if there are any areas that are exposed. Seal any cracks that you see to prevent pests from getting inside the house. You should also examine your garage or any sheds that are on the property as well to seal off any cracks. Seal any holes in the siding and any holes that are seen in window screens because pests will find any opening possible to escape...
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