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Sue Sorenson

Why Garages, Basements and Attics Attract Pests

If you’re a homeowner then you have probably encountered unwanted visitors in your home. Maybe you’ve found ants in your pantry or have heard mice scurrying through the walls, or have found termite damage to wooden beams. Most likely you will encounter pests in your garage, attic or basement at some time. But what attracts pests to these areas in the first place? Keep reading to discover more. A Great Place to Hide Most garages, basements and attics are full of clutter due to the fact that these areas usually serve as storage space. With all of the shelving, boxes and crates to hide behind or in, it serves as a great place for pests to create a nest. Basements and attics in particular tend to be undisturbed by humans for the majority of the time and pests use this advantage as a way to keep their nests hidden and untouched....
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Sue Sorenson

4 Ways to Keep Your Pets Flea Free

The first step in combating fleas for your pets is knowing their life cycle. The peak season for fleas is the summertime months. The flea eggs live in the ground. Once the larvae hatch, a flea can mature to adulthood on an average of two weeks during the summer. Outside Protection When it comes to protecting your pet from the outside elements, the best thing to do is yard maintenance. There are two ways to reduce the flea population outdoors; heat and water. So when you keep your lawn cut short, the sunlight warms the ground and kills the flea larvae. After mowing your lawn, you should water it. This will drown any eggs where the sunlight does not reach. Also check for any shrubbery that is close and covers the ground. Trimming the bushes will allow the sun and water to penetrate the ground and kill the eggs. Many people...
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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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