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Common Signs That Rodents are Living in your Home!

Most homeowners are unaware that 45 percent of rodent infestations occur during the fall and winter months. When it starts getting cold, rodents use this time to move indoors in search of food, shelter, and water. Use the following checklist put together by the National Pest Management Association to help you determine whether or not your home has rodents. Rodent Infestation Observation Checklist: Droppings: The most common sign of an infestation is when you see mice or rat droppings around your home. These pellets are frequently found in places that often store food, such as cabinets and pantries. Chew Markings:
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Fall Has Arrived! Here are the Best Tips for Fall Pest Prevention

It is officially fall, and that means temperatures are about to start dropping, colors of leaves will be changing, and many of us are going to want to spend most of our time outside. What people do not normally realize is that this time of year also means that pests are preparing for the quickly approaching cold winter months. They are using this time to search for food, shelter, and warm areas these locations are commonly known to be our homes. The most common pests that are discovered sneaking into homes in the fall include cockroaches, rodents, fleas, ticks, mites, and
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Flies 101: Identifying Flies and their Threats

Flies are common pests that frequently make unwelcomed visits into our homes. Their population continues to grow and today there are 120,000 different types found globally, and about 18,000 types found around North America. It is imperative that we are aware of flies in order to prevent their rapid reproduction and the spreading of dangerous diseases they are known to carry, including tuberculosis, malaria, and salmonella.   Where Do Flies Come From? Flies generally hatch outside, and then move into homes through weak spots in structures, such as torn screens used to cover windows and doors.   What Do Flies
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Did you know? Carpenter ant colonies can have up to 50,000 members!

What is a carpenter ant? Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building, where they will excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels inside of the wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they only tunnel and chew through wood to create nests. The western black carpenter ant colony, when mature, contains about 10-20,000 workers, with large colonies of more than 50,000 individuals. There is usually only one functional, wingless queen per colony. Swarmers are not produced until the colony is more than two years old. They are produced in the previous year and held over the winter in
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The Increased Threat of Stinging Insects in Late Summer

              Stinging insects can be a major nuisance in late summer and early fall because their colonies are well established. Another reason is the workers are out foraging for food. They need to collect enough food to feed themselves and the queens for the winter. As a result of all of this increased activity,  coming into contact with a stinging insect becomes much greater.  The workers of the colony can also become very agitated and aggressive and can even sting without much cause or warning. In late summer, the queens are also working overtime
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Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

Ever wonder why some folks seem to be magnets for mosquitoes, while others rarely get bitten? What makes the little buggers single you out and not the guy or gal you’re standing next to at the backyard barbecue? Blood Type Mosquitoes bite us to harvest proteins from our blood and they may find certain blood types more appetizing than others. One study found that in a controlled setting, mosquitoes landed on people with Type O blood nearly twice as often as those with Type A. People with Type B blood fell somewhere in the middle of this itchy spectrum. Carbon Dioxide 
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Mistakes Homeowners Make During Summer Months

Summer is a time for vacations and relaxing, but neglecting things around the house can lead to major problems. Here are a few costly mistakes that homeowners make. Not focusing on pest prevention According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Americans spend between $1 billion and $2 billion on termite control and repairs. Many homeowners wait until they see a problem pest before they call a professional. Waiting to call a pest professional until you see a problem can often times be costly.   Consult a pest control company  for a thorough inspection and prevention plan to keep any and all
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Will They Eat It?’ Web Series Explores Termites’ Taste for Household Goods

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) on a mission to show consumers that termites can chew through more than just wood.  They wanted to find out  what these silent destroyers are capable of chewing through. Entomologist Mike Bentley, Ph.D., developed a series of videos called  Will They Eat It?. The project goes beyond what you think you know about termites and  just how much damage 100,000 termites can cause when introduced to common household objects. To prevent an infestation, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips to help make your property as unattractive to termites as possible:
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Bed Bug Prevention Tips

   Regular bed bug inspections are the best line of defense to help you avoid a bed bug infestation.   Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs such as pepper-like stains, molted bed bug skins and white, sticky eggs.   Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home or college dorm without thoroughly examining it for signs of a bed bug infestation.   At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking. Check behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains
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Traveling this 4th of July? Read these tips on how to keep Bed Bugs form traveling home with you

    Don’t let bed-bugs travel home with you. Before unpacking,  pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for any signs of bed bugs. Inspect the entire room, including behind the headboard, in sofas/chairs, along the baseboards and behind curtains. If you see any signs of an infestation, notify management and change rooms or establishments immediately. If you do change rooms, be sure that your new room is not adjacent or directly above/below your old room. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. Consider placing your suitcase
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