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The Truth About Green Pest Control Services

Every once in a while, we hear from customers who are curious about Dixon Pest’s “green” or organic pest control options. We thought we’d answer some frequently asked questions.  What does “green” pest control really mean?  This is an important question, and not one that’s easily answered.  There are no regulated definitions or standards for “green pest management.” That means anyone calling themselves “green” doesn’t have to do much to back up that claim. (You may have heard of this phenomenon; it’s called “greenwashing.”) While you may have an idea of “green” in your head — fewer chemicals, organic components
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Every Season is Termite Season in Florida

There are a million reasons to love living in Florida, and one reason to not love it: That reason is that termite season pretty much never goes away. With the heat and the humidity, termites feast year-round, which is why it’s important to invest in good Florida termite control. Knowing the different species of termites you’re most vulnerable to is crucial for prevention and mitigation. At Dixon Pest Services, we know Florida termites like the back of our hands. There are a few species of termites common in Florida. Let’s go over them. Formosan subterranean termite These are hands-down the
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Florida House Ants To Watch Out For

Ants are a nuisance, which is reason enough to not want to share your home with them. Unfortunately, there are other urgent reasons to keep ants out: They get into and contaminate food, build nests in nooks, crannies, and under sinks in your house. And some ants even inflict pretty painful bites, which can be a serious danger to people with allergies to some ant venom.  OK, so what about ants in Florida? According to The University of Florida’s Pests in and around the Southern Home, the most common Florida ants are house-infesting ants, yard-infesting ants, and carpenter ants. The
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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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