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A Guide To Local Bees (And Whether They Sting)

Bees have stingers, and sometimes they use those stingers. And sometimes people who are allergic to bee stings can have pretty serious reactions, which has more or less made bees a scary insect. But we’re here to tell you bees have a bad rap! Well. Most of them, that is. You probably know already that there’s actually a bee shortage in the world, which is scary. Bees help flowers and crops grow, pollinating 80 percent of what grows all around the world. So don’t be afraid of bees! Some will probably never ever sting you, and some are a little
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Here’s Why Rodents Are Dangerous

No matter how many times cartoons show us mice making dresses and rats making French stews, the fact is these little creatures can actually be quite dangerous to your home and your health. We know. We’re sad about it, too. “Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases,” reports the CDC. Yeah. Not great for the chef making your stew to have so many diseases. Here are all the ways rodents — no matter how cute they are on TV — can hurt you, and your home. Well, the diseases. So, we established that they carry diseases.  The list is
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Palmetto Bugs and Roaches: Fact vs. Fiction

Are you here because you’re trying to figure out if you have palmetto bugs? We have some weird news for you.  Palmetto bugs … probably aren’t what you think they are.  The truth is, lots of roaches are misidentified as palmetto bugs, especially Oriental or American cockroaches. Palmetto bugs are mostly found in Florida, but also can pop up Southern states’ coastal regions.  Palmetto bugs move slowly, live in damp and warm climates, and prefer outdoor habitats (although they can make appearances in bathrooms). They’re not likely to infest your home — but it’s not impossible. Also, and here’s the
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Most Common Places To Pick Up Bed Bugs

So. You have a bed bug problem. Or at least you think you might.  Are the itchy bumps on your back from bed bugs or mosquitos? If you’re reading this, you’re not sure … and you’re probably scrambling to figure out where you may have even encountered bed bugs.  First, don’t panic. Bed bugs are unfortunately pretty common. About one in five Americans has had an infestation (at least once), so don’t be ashamed. They can (and do) happen to any of us. The other thing to keep in mind is that while they can disrupt your bedroom and your
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Bugs That Look Like Bed Bugs (But Aren’t)

It’s summertime, which means bed bug infestations are at their peak. People are traveling more, renting houses and visiting friends, which means bed bug transmission goes up and your health — and sanity — go down.  However, another thing that’s common this time of year is confusing bed bugs for other lookalike bugs — and vice versa. In 2018, 84 percent of pest control professionals were called about a flea, cockroach or another pest problem before realizing the problem was actually … bed bugs.  So if you’re reading this right now you may have just frantically Googled “bugs that look
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3 Signs You Need Flea Treatment Now

Fleas! The most classic of the pet-based infestations. And while pet treatments for fleas do help, are they enough?  Not always. Especially since — petless readers beware — you don’t actually have to have an animal in the house to wind up with fleas. And flea bites themselves aren’t just itchy and annoying. They can also cause allergic reactions and dermatitis.  Although the efficacy of flea treatments for pets is pretty high (with regular maintenance and proper application), it’s not 100 percent. Some pets develop an immunity to treatments and they stop working (which means you should be regularly rotating
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COVID-19 and Pest Control: FAQ

These are unusual and difficult times. The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing many of us to stay largely indoors, and any outdoor time we do have is primarily spent in our yard. Unfortunately, while we are hunkered down, common household pests (roaches, ants, termites, and mosquitoes) are taking no such precautions. That’s why it’s more important than ever to have a pest control service you can trust to not only handle your pest problems but also take the necessary safety precautions to protect your family’s health and safety.  Dixon Pest Services is that company. Why is pest control an essential service?
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Spot the Difference: Flying Termite vs. Flying Ant

Flying termites and flying ants do two very different things: while ants with wings are basically just airborne irritants, termites with wings (also known as termite swarmers) are an early warning sign that a termite colony is scouting your home as a possible feasting ground. What does it matter? Well, when you first spot one of these flying insects, it can be hard to tell the two apart, and knowing what you’re dealing with can be the difference between panic (flying termite) or annoyance (flying ant). That’s why we’ve put together a little exercise to help you identify the two!
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3 Reasons Now is the Best Time to Start Pest Control Services

Winters in the South Georgia-North Florida region bring with them a handful of pests, from fire ants to spiders to rodents. With all these different critters and creepy crawlies causing wintertime woes, it’s clear that winter pests are no joke. But it’s no secret that the summertime is an even more pest-busy time, with weather heating up and all sorts of insects and wildlife coming out of the woodwork to enjoy the warmer weather. Having a service plan in place for peak pest season is so important; here are 3 reasons why.  Dangerous Pests Become More Active in Summer Sweltering
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The Invasive Formosan Termite

  Over the past year or two, or customers in and around Thomasville and this region of Georgia have been infested by the invasive formosan termite and is considered at “high risk.” As the name suggests, this particular breed of termite is invasive and can cause extreme damage to your home. Here’s what you need to know about formosan termites.   It’s nicknamed “the super termite.”  Formosan termites build giant colonies—where most termite species have colonies comprising several hundred thousand termites, formosan termites can contain several million. And they chew through wood much faster than other kinds of termites, which
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