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5 Ways to Avoid a Cockroach Infestation

 
The cockroach is one of the most notorious pests there is. Their invasiveness, ability to spread germs and persistence has plagued humanity for decades. Instead of waiting until cockroaches appear for you to fix the issue, you should be protecting your home against a cockroach infestation before they ever get in. To that end, here are the steps that you need to take to avoid a cockroach infestation.

Keep Your Food Sealed and Away

Cockroaches are omnivores that will eat everything that you do. If you leave food out of the fridge or cupboard and you live in an area prone to cockroaches, there is a very good chance they will try to move in. Prevent this from happening by sealing your food in airtight containers and putting it away in your cabinets, refrigerator or freezer when not being used or eaten. Additionally, throwing uneaten food out instead of letting it sit on plates in the sink will help.

Keep Your Home Clean

No matter how careful we are, we splash drinks, spill containers, drop crumbs and leave messes.  Food related messes are a part of our routines, especially when we cook. We see a few crumbs on the counter or dirty dishes crusted with recently cooked food as harmless; cockroaches on the other hand see this as a source of food, so leaving any amount of food out is just as bad as letting an entire plate of food sit out. Cockroaches also need water to survive, so be sure to wipe up any stray splashes of water when you are done cooking, even if you have a stone countertop that can handle it.


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Do Raccoons Hibernate? And 3 More Winter Pest Control Questions Answered

 
Canadians have to endure a difficult winter season every year, and for some of us more than 1/3rd of our calendar year is spent under snow. Though as humans we’re able to bundle up and turn up the heat, many pests are not so lucky and try to find a home elsewhere. If you’ve ever wondered where bugs, insects and rodents go in the winter you aren’t alone. So if you’re questioning, do raccoons hibernate or fruit flies just die off, this is important information.

Do Raccoons Hibernate?

Raccoons are one of the most frustrating intruders in garbage bins and compost containers during the summer. But when the snow begins to fall, you may assume that these pests will go away. This however is not the case, as raccoons don’t hibernate, they simply adapt to the weather. By building up fat storages during late summer and early fall, and simultaneously developing a thick winter coat, raccoons can stay warm and keep scavenging your bins for dinner.

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Why Bed Bug Spray Won't Solve Your Pest Problems16122243 s

 
If your home or commercial space has been infested by bed bugs, it can be tempting to use bed bug spray to fix it. After all it may seem like the most inexpensive solution. The reality though is that while bed bug spray may seem to give you results, it is unlikely to be long lasting. Your best and most affordable option is to let the professionals get the job done right the first time.

Bed Bug Spray Won’t Kill Eggs

Bed bug sprays are designed for one thing, killing live bed bugs. While this is one step in a comprehensive process of getting rid of them, it’s not enough. If you have bed bugs then you can assume you also have bed bug eggs. Without killing the eggs before they hatch, you’ll only stop the infestation for a short period of time. You could have new bed bugs hatch literally moments after you use a bed bug spray.


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How to Tell the Difference Between A Mouse and Rat Infestation

 
Rats and mice are two rodents that are hard to tell apart. For rodent control efforts to be successful, it is important to be able to tell which animal has to decide to make your home their own. Given mice and rats have different behaviors and intelligence levels, knowing which you are dealing with will give you the best chance of successfully removing them.

Behavior

One of the differences between mice and rats is behavior. Rats are very cautious while mice are very curious, meaning they will come out of hiding at different times. Rats will not come out of a hiding place until they have become used to the environment; mice however will quickly make themselves at home and begin to investigate the property. This means that you will notice a mouse infestation early on, whereas you will notice other signs of a rat infestation before actually seeing a rat.

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Need Pest Control Services For Your Business? Affordable Pest Control Can Help!

 

36192547 sNo business wants a pest infestation. Unfortunately however many businesses provide an ideal living environment for the pest’s survival, with things like accessible food and water and a warm place to sleep. Infestations can destroy a businesses’ reputation, cause significant property damage, and seriously impact the health and safety of customers and employees. Spotting one pest is an indication that there could be hundreds more lurking below your floors or between your walls. Don’t wait to accumulate evidence of an extreme infestation, as pests reproduce rapidly and their numbers take over. The following four tips will help reduce the likelihood of pest invasions in your business.

1. Keep Clean

Keeping your business clean reduces pests’ ability to obtain food, water, and shelter. Reduce any clutter, such as bags, cardboard, or bottles. Rooms need to be vacuumed thoroughly, including any area that may come into contact with food like under stoves, fridges and in break rooms. After vacuuming, vacuum bags should be sealed and thrown out. Appliances also need to be cleaned, inside and out. Cockroaches specifically like smaller appliances such as toasters, coffee machines and microwave ovens, which need to be unplugged, thoroughly vacuumed, and cleaned.

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Why Getting Rid of Mice Should Not Be A DIY Project

 

Are you a "do-it-yourself" kind of person? When it comes to getting rid of mice, you might want to avoid your natural desire to fix the situation yourself. Instead, you will need to hire a professional to do it for you.
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Why Getting Rid of Mice a is Job for a Professional

 

They Breed Very Quickly


If you've seen one mouse in your house, that's not the only one you're going to be dealing with. That's because mice breed very quickly, all year-round. A single female can produce 5 to 10 litters a year, and each litter can contain 6 to 8 babies. That means that if you had six mice first enter your home, this number could be up to 60 by the time you notice them three months later.  When you attempt to eradicate them you have to ensure they’re gone for good, as remaining mice could breed again.

They Are Incredibly Destructive
Mice can eat through just about anything in your house in a very short period of time, and they love to chew on wires. They will gnaw away until they've stripped your wires bare of insulation, which can cause active wires to spark and catch fire. Mice also have no true dedication to one single substance, as they also will chew drywall, rubber, plastic pipes and insulation, soft concrete, any kind of wood, even gas lines. A professional will focus on getting rid of those mice for you, protect your property, and help you stay safe, too.

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Noticing Irregular Skin Irritations? These May Be Bed Bug Symptoms

 
16122238 m Blood is a bed bug’s only source of nutrition, so if they’re lurking around your home you will inevitably be bit. From newly hatched bugs that need to grow, to mating females, your blood is their only meal. If you notice irregular skin irritations, bites appearing, blood spots and hard shell casings left on sheets these may all be signs of bed bug bites.

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites tend to occur on body parts that are uncovered during sleep like the hands, feet, neck and shoulders. In many cases these bed bug symptoms occur in patterns, such as a zigzag pattern or in a line. In some cases, bites may be grouped together and cover a small area. Since bed bugs inject an anesthetic when they pierce the skin, the bites are not painful. But because you can’t feel them biting you, it allows the bug to feed for as long as 10 minutes at a time.

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Three DIY Raccoon Repellents

 
raccoon-750394 1280 Raccoons can wreak havoc when they invade your property, typically destroying gardens or finding their way into bird feeders and trashcans. Even worse, they will attack people and pets. The good news is that there are three raccoon repellents you can use to keep them away from your home. It’s important that before you implement the following raccoon repellents however, that you ensure it is truly raccoons you are dealing with. There are many other pests that can do similar damage to your property, but will not respond to these repellents.

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How to Keep Squirrels Away From Your Home

 
squirrel-826709 1280 Squirrels can seem harmless but they are similar to their rodent cousins’ rats and mice; they can spread disease, attack you, steal your food and just be downright annoying. To prevent them from causing these problems, you need to figure out how to keep squirrels away. To that end, here are the things that you need to think about: >

Check Your Home for Easy Entry Points

Just as sneaky as rats, mice, and other rodents, squirrels will try to exploit any opening that they can use to enter your home. Check your attic, basement and ductwork for any holes. Even if you think that the hole looks smaller than a squirrel's body, you should still investigate it as squirrels have incredibly flexible bodies that allow them to squeeze through very tight spaces.

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How the Seasons Can Effect the Success of Your Bat Removal

 
If bats have taken up residence in the attic of your home, then you will probably be keen to get rid of them as soon as possible. However bat removal can only be successfully carried out at certain times of year. In particular bat maternity season, which takes place in the summer months, can be a very bad time to address your home's bat infestation.

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Female bats give birth in summer, particularly in June and July. Bats are not born with wings like other animals of flight, so they stay within the nest being fed by their mother until they reach adulthood. Although this can be frustrating if they've taken up residency in your home, they are a protected species in Canada and thus killing them is illegal. If there are baby bats in your roof or attic, then the bat removal process would trap them inside with no source of food, causing them to die of starvation. This means that even if you spot them immediately, you will need to wait a month or two until they've reached adulthood before you can start the removal process. Bat removal methods focus on blocking up the bats' routes into your home with one-way doors, so they have to find somewhere else to nest.

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Do Wasps Bite or Sting? And 4 Other Wasp Questions Answered!

           
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People seem to know a lot about bees, but when it comes to wasps there seems to be a lot of confusion. For example people have asked, do wasps bite or sting? And if a wasps attacks you, how do you treat it? Understanding wasp traits and how to react when they attack is very important, because they are different than bees and you could have an allergy to them without knowing. Wasps are scarier looking than bees and they come in several different breeds, such as hornets and yellow jackets.

Do Wasps Bite or Sting?

Wasps have stingers, and that is what they attack with when they feel threatened by you. The stingers are actually used for eating as well, as wasps paralyze their prey. This has two serious implications. First, it means that the stinger does not come out when the wasps stings you, so they can sting you multiple times. It also means that when a wasp stings you it injects venom, which can cause significant pain and irritation to your skin.

How Do You Treat a Wasp Related Wound?

The treatment of a wasp based wound depends entirely on whether you are allergic to the venom. Scientists have estimated that 90% of people are not allergic, which still means 10% of people can be seriously harmed by wasps. If you are not allergic to the venom, the area or areas where you were stung will hurt and will likely turn red, it may also swell and become itchy as it heals; it is common for the site of the sting to appear white as the wound heals. There are a number of ointments on the market that will help soothe the discomfort of a sting, as well as homemade remedies. If you are allergic, it is best to seek help, even if it appears minor at first. While only few people will have a severe allergic reaction to the sting, it can be fatal. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives and itching on the body away from the site of the sting, dizziness, swelling on the face, nausea, changes in pulse, and difficulty breathing.

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How to Tell if a Durham Exterminator is Qualified for your Pest Control Job

 

Durham ExterminatorHiring a Durham exterminator is the surest method that Durham residents can use to make their homes clean of pests such as ants, bees and rats. However, an unwise choice can cause serious problems, including but not limited to both an incomplete extermination and the mounting bills that come with having to schedule multiple exterminations. To ensure success, Durham residents have to make sure that their Durham exterminator can be relied upon, which is something that must be confirmed using research.

Here are tips that can be used to find a skilled and experienced Durham exterminator capable of performing the pest control jobs entrusted to it in a reliable manner:

·     Checking for the existence of certifications is one of the easiest methods for ensuring that a Durham exterminator is capable of performing the pest control job they have been hired to perform. After all, reputable certification programs have controls in place to ensure that certified persons have the needed education. That said, it never hurts to read a little about the institution issuing the certification. Not to mention making sure that the certification is relevant to the nature of the pest control job to be entrusted to the Durham exterminator.

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How to Get Rid of Ants in the House

 

You shouldn't have to worry about ants stealing your food, biting you in your sleep, or making your home unclean. If they have already gotten in, then you need to start thinking about how to get rid of ants in the house. This won't be as simple as crushing them whenever you happen to see them. Here is how to get rid of ants in the house:

Determine What Type of Ants You Have

There are many different types of ants, and they all are attracted to different things and react differently to repellent approaches. As such, figuring out how to get rid of ants in the house begins with knowing what types of ants are bunking up with you. If you aren't sure about how to figure this out, you should consult a professional who can guide you on how to get rid of ants in the house, regardless of breed.

Block Off Potential Entry Points

The ants taking over your home may not even live in your house at all. They may be infiltrating your house from the outside. To keep them out, you need to block off the areas that they are coming in from. You won't be able to block off every nook and cranny of your home, but you should still seal off doors, windows and all of the holes in the walls that you find.

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Finding the Best Home Pest Control Service for your Needs

 

home pest control servicesJust as every home is a little different, the type of home pest control service needed to keep the premises pest free will vary from one dwelling to the next.  This means the homeowner should spend some time determining which of the local services offers the best mix of service and support.  Here are some tips that will help with that process.

The Location of the Home

Depending on where your home is located, the range of potential pests can vary.  Perhaps you live on a pleasant street that is lined with trees and blooming shrubs.  The types of pests you are like encounter will be flies, fleas, and roaches.  For someone who lives in a wooded area outside of town, the ideal home pest control service would have expertise in dealing with spiders, squirrels, and possibly even bats.  When evaluating any home pest control service, verify that they have what it takes to deal with pests in your specific kind of setting.

Technician Training and Certification

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that a technician who works for a home pest control service must undergo training and certification before they provide services to customers.  Take the time to ask questions about the level of that training.  Will the team visiting your home be trained in how to deal with bats in the attic, and will they know what type of treatment to use for an ant infestation versus a rodent problem?  When you receive direct answers to those queries, that indicates the home pest control service is worth looking into a little further.

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