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Pesky Winter Pests: When to Start Preparing

As the weather changes, so do the type of pests that invade your home. This could be due to the inviting warmth of your home or just their natural tendency to roam. Either way, you may find more of or a bigger variety of pests as the colder weather greets us. Here are some tips on when you should begin preparing your home for winter pests. Types of Winter Pests Some common pests that you may find in your house during the colder months are:  Squirrels  Birds  Cockroaches  Fleas  Rats  Spiders  And more  To prevent an infestation of these animals in your living space, it is a good idea to prepare your home in advance. When You Should Start Preparing For Winter Pests A good time to begin preparations for these pests would be the end of summer, or when you notice that the weather starts to cool down. We suggest...
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What to Do About Ants in Your Kitchen

It doesn’t matter where you live – you have probably experienced an ant problem at some point in your life. Ants are everywhere and they will squeeze into the smallest cracks and crevices to get inside. If you have an ant problem in your kitchen specifically, there are a few things you can do to minimize this problem right away. Here are some tips.  Clean-Up All Food Ants are very attracted to food and food debris. If you have lots of crumbs on the floor of your kitchen, chances are that those crumbs are what attracted the ants to your home in the first place. To minimize this issue, make sure you clean your kitchen thoroughly and clean up after you eat.  Pay Attention to Where They are Coming From Your kitchen may not be the problem – the ants might be coming from a room that is close to your...
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Common Places to Find Earwigs in Your Home

Earwigs, or pincher bugs, in your home can be a startling site thanks to the prominent pinchers on their tails. How did they get in, and where else could they be hiding? Moist Areas Earwigs prefer tight spaces with moisture, just like their natural habitats under low-growing plants, fallen vegetation and rocks. Look for them in places that provide either or both of those elements. Search under baseboards, piles of newspapers and in/under cabinets below the sink. Spilled water or a leak may lead to a wet carpet or rug, which provides just the kind of place earwigs would enjoy. Though they prefer the outdoors, they may find a place inside your home to call their own. Items From Outside We bring in items from outside, and sometimes hitchhiking earwigs find themselves inside the house by accident. Some typical vectors of this kind of infestation include potted plants or wet cardboard...
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How Fleas Attack Your Pets

Fleas are parasitic insects that commonly infest pets and their owners. In order to protect your pets and household from these invasive pests, it’s important to know how fleas invade. The Basics of Fleas If you have dogs or cats, you’re probably familiar with flea medication. You may have even experienced flea bites or noticed them on your pet. More likely, you will have seen your pet scratching at fleas. Fleas are tiny and can be hard to find. They don’t have wings but can famously jump from host to host. Equipped with a saw-like mouth, fleas bite into the skin of their animal or human host. They drink blood like mosquitos, and their bites are just as irritating.  Adult fleas can go without feeding for months at a time. You may encounter a flea infestation in a vacant home for this reason. After feeding, fleas lay eggs and continue their...
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Common Spiders That Are OK to Have in Your Home

The idea of having spiders crawling around in your home may give you nightmares. Yet, not all spiders are harmful to humans and therefore are okay to have inside the home. Keep reading to learn about spiders that are okay to have in your home. American House Spider These spiders are about the same size as a nickel. Their abdomens are circular in shape and their coloring is grey with white markings. As most spiders do, the American house spider can be found hiding in dark areas that are hard to find. They enjoy hiding out in basements and garages. You may find their webs around window sills or door frames where they are likely to catch flies. This type of spider is harmless to humans and therefore safe to be in the home. Daddy Longlegs You may have heard the myth that daddy longlegs are poisonous to humans and animals....
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