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How to Spot a Termite Hole

You’re finding little holes around your home. You wonder what they are. You Google, “What do termite holes look like?” And here you are. First, let us say no matter where you are, give us a call and describe what you’re seeing (or take a picture or video!), and we can help you determine if you need the help of a pest control specialist. Next, it’s actually important to understand that there are different types of termites. Some termites, called drywood termites, are the kind that typically leave holes. (More on how and why in a minute.) But other termites
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How to Avoid Bugs in Your Houseplants

When you start to bring houseplants into your life, you can quickly get addicted to being surrounded by lush greenery. And once you get the hang of the watering and the light, you can get pretty geeky about the textures, colors, shapes, and sizes of the foliage you’ve invited into your space. So it can be kind of a bummer when you observe misshapen or holey foliage on your plants… or see flying insects around your house plants.  There are a few ways that indoor plants do attract bugs into your home. Let’s go over them. What attracts bugs to
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How Fleas Are Dangerous To Humans

While fleas are usually associated with pets, they can actually be kind of bad for humans, too. Their bites can be itchy and unsightly, and, most important, they can spread disease. Sometimes serious disease. (Like the plague!) There are a couple of unhappy truths about fleas. Like that a flea can live in your home — with no host! — for up to 100 days. And it’s not just pets that qualify as hosts (although they’re preferred). Humans can wind up with fleas, too — even without pets. If you have itchy bumps around your feet, ankles, and legs especially,
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Spiders to Watch Out For in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida

Here’s a little secret about spiders: MOST of them are actually pretty friendly. They’re generally harmless and they’re good for the ecosystem. But there are exceptions. There are a few poisonous spiders in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida. Black widows and brown recluses are all creeping around these parts, and if you get bitten by one, you may need to get medical treatment. Let’s go over a few commonly found spiders in our area — and whether you should beware or be nice. We’ll start with the ones to be on guard for. Brown recluse As their name suggests, brown
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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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