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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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Signs of Mold in Your Home

Molds are classified as fungi, so they are neither animals nor plants. Since molds do not rely on photosynthesis, they can thrive in any dark, moist environment. Most molds also prefer warm temperatures; a few species can survive temperatures that are near the freezing point. If the environment becomes inhospitable, molds can simply go dormant until environmental conditions improve. Molds reproduce by forming spores that are released into the air. These spores form new colonies when they land on a surface that is conducive to growth. The ability of mold spores to float effortlessly through the air means that colonies can spread quickly, and the airborne spores can also affect the health of humans who inhale them. Unfortunately, mold can be difficult to identify, so the following information may help you recognize common signs that your home is harboring mold. Visible Mold Seeing mold is an obvious sign, but not all...
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5 Tips To Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs

After a six-decade hiatus, bed bugs are making a comeback. A National Pest Management Association survey found that “one in five Americans [has] had an infestation or [knows] someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.” These tiny oval insects often go unseen but feed by sucking blood from humans or other animals. Active at night, they leave many victims exhausted, covered in bites and rashes. Some simple practices, however, can ensure your household remains bed bug-free, regardless of where you may go. How To Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs Tip #1: Recognize Bed Bug-Friendly Public Settings Bed bugs are pervasive. They can exist anyplace, from nursing homes and libraries to corporate offices, college dormitories and hospitals. Even public transportation is not exempt. One person whose home is infested can easily and unknowingly transport them to a new site complete with a crevice to call home and...
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What Is Frass, and How Can I Identify It?

The actual term "frass" dates back to the mid-1800s and comes from a German root word that meant “devouring as a beast does.” Today, frass is a polite technical term for the waste that certain insects excrete. Key among these is the carpenter bee because its frass can serve as a handy indicator that a property has carpenter bees. More important, it can direct homeowners to the exact sites where carpenter bees are nesting. What is a Carpenter Bee? Unlike other members of the bee family like honeybees or bumblebees, carpenter bees tend to be solitary insects. Although they closely resemble a bumblebee, closer inspection will reveal that carpenter bees have yellow downy hairs on the thorax but have a smooth, shiny black abdomen. The other major difference is that while the social bumblebee tends to nest in the ground in a group, each solitary female carpenter bee drills a perfect...
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What Foods Attract Ants?

Ants can invade your property during any time of the year. These small insects often form large colonies after they discover a stable supply of food and water. They often send in a small scout to locate this food supply before reporting back to the colony. The early signs of an ant infestation might include small trails where they dropped some food or even corpses of scouts that might be consumed by other insects. To understand your ant control options, consider the following facts about ants and their food preferences. Take precautions to seal your food in containers that do not leak or allow a scent out into the air. Types of Ants Understanding the different preferences for each type of ant can help you when you are planning your ant-control system. Although there are some additional varieties, most ants will fall under the following three categories: Ants that prefer greasy...
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