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The Two Best Ways To Prevent Cockroaches

Roaches are probably the most common and most distressing pest there is. In addition to their appearance, roaches can be a health hazard. Roaches can carry and spread germs and diseases, presenting a special danger to infants and the elderly.  Roaches hide in the walls and dark spaces of a home, coming out in the dark to search for food when humans are asleep. Seeing one or more roaches is usually an indication of a much bigger problem. Find them and seal them off The first step in keeping roaches out of your home is cutting off their food sources. Keep food stored in sealed containers. Sweep up crumbs and wipe up spills immediately. The harder you make it to find food, the better chance you have of keeping roaches away. Look for signs of roaches in the obvious places, like under sinks and appliances and around openings to the outside. If...
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Insects That Cause Health Hazards

It’s not a stretch to say that diseases caused by insects are some of the most virulent and deadly on earth. In 2018 alone, 405,000 people died from malaria, a disease transmitted by a mosquito. Other diseases caused by pests are too numerous to list here, but the professionals at Sorenson Pest Control are experts in controlling and eliminating many of the bugs and beasties that enter the home and spread disease. Here are some insects that cause health hazards: The Mosquito If diseases carried by all other contagious bugs in the world were wiped out, the list of those carried by mosquitoes would still be extensive. Only the females bite and pass on diseases, and she only bites because she needs a blood meal to lay her eggs. But at the same time she’s getting a meal, pathogens are being transferred into her victim through her saliva. These pathogens and parasites...
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Tips For Coming Home from Vacation Pest-Free

Vacations are times to get away for relaxation and enjoyment. Part of the fun may include pleasant surprises, from finding the perfect restaurant to making new friends. One surprise you do not want unwelcome guests that have come home with you. Sorenson Pest Control prides itself in being able to help during those vulnerable times. No matter your destination, the threat of exasperating insects is real. Pests are especially troublesome in high-travel times, such as during the summer or holiday seasons. Guard yourself against these pests by learning of their habits and hiding places: Bed bugs These maddening insects usually live in mattresses and bedding, though they can also be tucked away in the seams of headboards, drawers and outlets. Signs of infestation include finding itchy welts on exposed skin and dark spots on bedding caused by crushed bugs and their waste. They can latch onto anything, including luggage and clothing. To escape...
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How to Identify a Spider Infestation

Spiders are usually found in isolated and dark areas inside or outside of your home. They prefer this setting so that their nests and feeding places won’t be bothered by larger predators. Sometimes a full-on spider infestation can be dangerous to tackle on your own. It can also be a scary endeavor depending on the type of spider. Read on to learn how to identify a spider infestation.  Webs  The most telling sign of a spider infestation is to look for webs in the corners of your rooms. For an exterior infestation problem, they can be up in nooks of your roof where it is likely they will trap other insects to feed on. If you get rid of the webs, you will get rid of their food supply.  Moist Environments  Like most pests, spiders prefer an environment that provides water. Be sure to check your basement or garage, as these...
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What is Integrated Pest Management?

If you conduct a search for any pest control service online, you’ll find a common term that may seem like just another buzzword: integrated pest management (IPM). Despite what you might think, this is actually a method of pest control that is defined and regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Pest control services have to adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to present themselves as an IPM provider. What does the term actually mean? Let’s break it down together: Defining IPM The EPA defines IPM as “an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices.” In short, that means pest control services who use IPM reference current and comprehensive information regarding pest life cycles, environmental interactions and ecological impacts that pests create on the local environment. The cornerstone of any IPM system is eliminating or managing pest damage economically while minimizing...
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