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How to Check Your Kids for Lice

The idea of lice in a child’s hair can be unsettling for any parent. But, if you think there is a chance that your child might have lice, it is essential to check your child’s head and take action if necessary. Here are some helpful hints on how to check your child for lice. Be on the Lookout for Symptoms Children who have lice exhibit specific telltale signs. So, be on the lookout for the following symptoms: A tickling feeling on the scalp. The sensation that something is moving in the hair. An Itching feeling on the scalp. Sores on the head that are caused by excessive scratching. Irritability. Trouble sleeping. Inspect Your Child’s Hair Use a comb and a magnifying glass to look closely at your child’s scalp. Start your inspection at the base of the neck. Divide your child’s hair into small sections and look carefully for lice and...
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Integrated Pest Management for the Fall

Integrated Pest Management, often referred to as IPM, is an environmentally friendly approach to pest control that focuses on biological control and habitat management. A combination of IPM practices is applied over time to reduce and eliminate pest populations. On-going monitoring allows the pest control technician to gauge the results of the IPM strategy. Pesticides are used only as a last resort to manage unwanted pests. During fall, IPM can be a useful approach to controlling pests. Colder days and nights can herald the beginning of uninvited houseguests seeking warmth and plentiful food. Here are some of the fall pests In Northern California that are easily managed with IPM. Cockroaches Cockroaches are common and unwanted bugs. They slip into your house through crevices, cracks and small holes around foundations, doors and windows. Once inside, they avoid human contact, hiding in dark places like pantries, cupboards, drawers and behind appliances. They are...
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Is Your Home as Prepared for Vacation as You Are?

While you may not realize it, pests are much smarter than given credit. They are well aware of when there’s no activity inside your home. They wait for these times to become the most active, creating the worst problems when no one’s around. Because of this, going on vacation can be a drag upon your return. That is, unless you take the time to prepare your home. When planning to leave for vacation, it’s important to invest additional time making sure your home is safe. Yes, lock doors and close all of the windows. That being said, you also need to make sure your home is ready for the pests who may be visiting. The following are just a few steps you can take to guard against nasty critters. Don’t leave out trash or food. While this may seem like a no brainer, it’s often one of the steps overlooked as...
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What to Do After You Get a Spider Bite

Most varieties of spiders are so small that their bites either are not strong enough to pierce human skin or merely cause minor irritation such as red bumps or marks. Other spider bites can be venomous and truly dangerous to your health. Continue reading to learn what to do if you believe that you’ve been bitten by a poisonous spider. Spider Bite Protocol First, identify the bite mark. It is possible that you may not have even seen the spider biting your skin. Look for redness, bumps, welts, itching, pain, swelling or blistering on your skin. Sometimes, the bite mark can have a “bullseye” look to it, meaning there is a red ring around the raised bite mark. More severe symptoms of a spider bite is muscle aches and cramping, sweating, difficulty breathing, marks or bumps that are dark red or purple, nausea, headaches, loss of balance or swollen lymph nodes....
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Earwigs: The Facts and Truths

Many people believe earwigs can hurt you. The old wives tales talk about the earwig crawling into your ear and burrowing into your brain. But, that old wife’s tale is not true. The most that this pest can do is destroy your plants and gardens. Earwigs are a pest that are just annoying and a nuisance to humans. Earwig Characteristics The earwig is an intimidating looking insect. The intimidation factor comes from the long pincers. An earwig has distinct character traits: Their color is reddish-brown. It grows to approximately three quarters of an inch. It has six legs. Earwigs have two antennas. They have pincers near their tail. The food source is other dead and live insects and plants. Earwigs do not burrow. They live in clusters in damp and cluttered places. Earwigs are nocturnal pests. Causes Harm? Although the earwig has pincers, it is not poisonous. When an earwig pinches,...
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How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home

Spiders are one of the most unsettling types of pests you see crawling across your bathroom wall. Between their eight, needle-like legs, their macabre hunting methods, and the speed at which they scurry under the couch and out of sight, there’s more than enough about them to send shivers down your spine. While spiders are usually not one of the more harmful pests and can actually be a bit of an asset around the house, it’s fair if you don’t want them strutting through your living room while you’re entertaining guests. Therefore, here are three ways to prevent spiders in your house, or if you prefer, relocate them. Use Natural Deterrents You don’t need to invest in expensive and harmful pest treatments to handle a spider infestation. Instead, there are numerous natural ways to keep them out. One of these is vinegar. Just combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle...
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Hiring a Professional To Get Rid of Pests In Your Home

Never try to deal with pests on your own. You may think you would be saving money by purchasing goods yourself, however, your efforts might take a long time or it might not even work at all. Compared to pest control services, trying to handle pest problems yourself can be a challenge, unless you have experience in pest control, yourself. Pest control services are considered worth the money for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s the best method to help you remove pests from your home, and it is the only method that requires next to no effort on your end. Many homeowners do not wish to deal with pests up close and personal, and hiring pest control services will help with this. Why Professional Pest Control Is Worth It Only pest control experts are able to identify the certain pest you are dealing with in addition to what is...
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What to do About Fleas in Your Home

Fleas are nasty pests to have in your home, and you can easily be susceptible to them, even if you are not a pet owner. But, you can easily control and eliminate fleas in your home with a little work. Keep reading to learn what to do if you have fleas in your house. Determine Where They got In Your first step in eliminating a flea infestation is to find out how they got into your house. If you have an animal, there is a good chance they are the culprit. But, that is not the only way fleas can get into the house. They could have attached themselves to you if you have been in contact with another animal who had fleas. Wild animals like raccoons have also been known to take refuge in a house and leave fleas there in the process. The way the fleas got in will...
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Fire Ants - Don’t Get Burned

Living in California has plenty of perks: beautiful weather, access to world-class beaches, and some of the best cities in the world. However, as with any state, California has its share of problems, both human-made and natural. While most people are concerned over elements like wildfires and earthquakes, we want to talk about another plague upon the Golden State: fire ants. Unfortunately, these vicious critters have been making their way through California like an invading army. Attempts to beat them back have failed, meaning that many Californians have to deal with them regularly. If you’re worried about a nest of fire ants in your yard, or you want better solutions to deal with the ants that are already there, we’ve compiled some of the best methods for preventing these bugs from ruining your life Also, because there are many different so-called remedies out there, we’ve also decided to dispel some of...
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Effective Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are pests that are most famous for being nature’s perfect disease distribution system. Many species can live for a month with no water, and up to two or three months with no food. We’ve covered warning signs that you may have cockroaches in your home (finding eggs, feces, or a single roach). If caught early enough, there are measures you can take to stop the infestation. Roach Control As they are drawn to food, keeping a home clean and all food stored in sealed containers is usually enough to curtail roaches from setting up residence. But that’s not always enough. Roaches also feed on adhesives, starch from paper, even certain organic fabric such as leather. If a cockroach determines that you have enough of one of these, they can overlook cleanliness. Once it has been determined that roaches have moved in, there are actions that can be taken on your...
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I Have Bees in My House-Now What?

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare to realize that bees have taken up residence in your walls or attic. You might not even be aware of the problem until you notice bees or wasps flying around on the inside of your home or stains on your ceiling. If you have a colony of bees that have taken up residence, contact us at Sorenson Pest Control immediately. A single colony of bees can cause severe damage to the interior of your home, and when you add in the risk of being stung, concerns about allergies and the fact that some species of bees will return to a nest annually, it’s clear that you need professional help. When you notice flying, stinging insects, the first question that needs to be answered is what type of stinging insect you have. In our service area, there are several types of stinging insects that might find their way...
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Do Mouse Traps Work on Rats?

For many homeowners, finding rodents in the home can be a very terrifying experience. They are much larger than most insects, they have far greater mobility and have instincts comparable to house pets like the dog or cat. The rat is slightly larger than the mouse, however, and it is important to establish which kind of rodent that you are living with in order to choose the right course of action. Should I Catch A Rat with A Mouse Trap? Of course, one of the most popular ways of catching and subduing mice is using mouse traps. The one problem with mouse traps is that they are only designed to catch mice. That high-velocity bar can kill a mouse with one swift motion. Rats, however, weigh much more than mice. That bar can clamp down on the rat, but the worst it could possibly do is pinch its skin. A rat...
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Six Common Pests Hiding in Your Crawlspace

No matter what time of year it is, your home may be home to more than just your family. Each year, new types of pests are looking to be your secret roommate, rent-free. Although your house may be spotless, if you have a crawlspace, you can have a serious infestation that you do not know about. Why Your Crawlspace Invites Pests There are many reasons why your crawlspace is a pest’s dream home like the moisture, insufficient airflow, food and shelter from larger animals. The heat from the insulation makes it warm, and for smaller pests, it is easy to access. These pests can become a severe fire and safety hazard, including the possible diseases they may bring, like rabies, salmonella and other bacteria or viruses. Due to these issues, you need to know what you may have crawling in the dark under your feet. The Six Common Pests These are...
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Warning Signs Showing You Could Have Pest Problems

Pests can create health problems and structural damage to your house without anybody even knowing they are there. Without knowing what to look for, pests can live in your home for years before being caught. Learning that you have a pest infestation and what kind of pest infestation is the first step in exterminating them. Here are some things to look for around the house to make sure you don't have any unwelcome creatures living with you. Where to Look Some of the places you should search include the kitchen, around appliances and in the garage. The kitchen is a hot spot for pests, not only because of all the food that is stored in kitchens but also because of the many pipes extending to and from the kitchen which pest use to travel. Make sure to check around places with appliances as well, like laundry rooms, utility rooms, basements and...
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The Spooky Spiders of California

Spooky spiders and creepy crawlers might be staples in scary movies, but no family wants these nasty pests to move in. Unfortunately, the hot-but-beautiful climate in California provides perfect conditions for spiders to thrive. Whether you live in the foothills or in an agricultural community with lots of wide open spaces, you're likely to run into spooky spiders from time to time. Here's what you need to know about the most venomous and destructive of these spiders. Which Creepy Spiders are Hiding Out in California? A wide variety of spiders live throughout the mountains and Central Valley areas of California. Grey house spiders, wolf spiders and orb weavers are among the most common and harmless spiders in the area. Of course, California natives and transplants alike generally know that the area is home to some more intimidating species too. Black Widows Black widows are found throughout the U.S., and California is...
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Fun Facts About Earwigs

Earwigs are fascinating insects belonging to the Dermaptera insect order. The insects are predominantly creatures of the night and are rarely viewed during daylight hours. Earwigs are typically brown, black, yellow or red and have long bodies. The insects prefer living in the woods. Yet some homeowners do find earwigs residing in their homes, especially in damper locations such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Earwigs do not bite people but prefer pinching or stinging them with their forceps. The sting may cause pain but does not present an emergency situation. Earwigs benefit humans in that they enjoy eating other insects. On the other hand, earwigs are pests in the common garden or commercial agricultural field because they also enjoy munching on plants including fruits, flowers and leaves. Here are a few fun facts about earwigs: 1. Female earwigs are devoted to their offspring. A female earwig is fiercely devoted to her...
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The Importance of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is an important concept in the pest control industry. The public awareness of it can be improved, and our company takes the initiative to provide information about this system to the public. Once you understand the concept of IPM, you can make an informed decision about your pest control requirements. Homes and businesses can benefit from this approach to pest control because it evaluates each method in a way that makes practical sense. The end result is a customized approach to pest control that will allow you to maintain a pest-free environment all year long. About Integrated Pest Management This is an approach to pest control that is designed to reduce and suppress the pest population beneath a particular threshold. In other words, it is a method of pest control that uses many different techniques to prevent pests from breeding in your area. It also reduces...
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How to Enjoy an Ant-Free Fourth of July BBQ

If you are planning to host a Fourth of July barbecue with your friends and family, you are likely wondering how you can protect yourself and your guests from ants. These pests will get into and taint your food if you give them a chance, decreasing your guests' enjoyment and harming your event. Many people want to keep ants away but don't know where to start, and they feel hopeless when it comes to finding a solution. You won't need to worry about that problem when you follow the correct plan. Search for Anthills Killing one or two ants when you see them won't do much when your goal is to safeguard your event from unwanted guests. Instead of looking for individual ants, you will want to search for and find any anthills that are on your property. If you don't know how to spot them, they are small mounds of...
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Tips to Prevent Pests From Entering Your Pantry

Pantry pests such as flour beetles and rice weevils invade homes and businesses on a regular basis. They seek the food inside pantries, such as wheat flour, rice and cereal. They infest food-storage areas and chew through boxed goods to reach the inner contents. These pests, including the Indian meal moth, will then lay their eggs in cracks and crevices of the pantry and increase their population. 3 Tips to Keep Pantry Pests Away Seal the Pantry Pests can easily get into your pantry through small cracks and crevices around the door. Attaching a rubber door bottom will prevent the pests from sneaking under the door and gaining access to the food in the pantry. You can also seal the cracks and other openings with silicone to create an impenetrable barrier. Remove Opened Goods Opened goods attract pantry pests by the dozens, including other pests such as roaches and rodents. If...
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Understanding Yellowjackets and Preventing Stings

Those who spend time outside are no strangers to yellowjackets and their painful stings, and you are likely wondering what you can do to avoid these pests. When you don't understand yellowjacket behavior, you are much more likely to get stung, but taking a look at what motivates them will get you moving along the right path. You will go outside without stress when you understand their behavior. Although you can never eliminate the risk, you can decrease your odds of getting stung by following a few tips. Common Nesting Sites Since yellowjackets are social wasps and will defend their nest if they feel threatened, knowing where they like to build nests is a good move. yellowjackets conceal their nests for safety reasons, and you can spot them in attics, under porches and underground. These stinging insects can even craft nests near outdoor furniture and under picnic tables. If you plan...
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