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Brett Madden

Bed Bugs: How they make their way into your home

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Bed bugs are a common issue in many domiciles, but what many homeowners do not know is how they make their way into the home in the first place. Bed bug outbreaks happen fast and once they've made themselves comfortable, it can be extremely difficult to get them to leave. It typically requires the assistance of a professional to make sure all of them are eliminated. That's why it's important to have a strong understanding of how these pests are transported into the home, so that you can remain vigilant at all times and keep your residence from becoming infested. Otherwise, you could end up making the same mistakes that others have made and be forced to dole out serious cash to restore your home back to its proper state of cleanliness. The first step is realizing that bed bugs are not a recent phenomenon. Bed bug outbreaks have been...
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Roaches: How to keep them out of the house

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One of the oldest known species-the first modern cockroach appeared over 60 million years ago, the cockroach is also one of the most stubborn household invaders to get rid of. Not only do they contaminate your household, they also bring disease and other health hazards to people living with this pest. Able to survive on almost any substance, these insects are often found on unsanitary materials including rotten food, dressings which are septic, fermenting substances, and feces. Because these items are already unclean, the cockroach spreads germs and disease as it moves from one area of the house to another. These pests also leave feces behind, which many people are allergic to and can become ill by inhaling dust particles containing cockroach feces or bits of body parts which have become airborne. These allergens do not remain airborne for an extended period of time but settle in fabric or dust...
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A Homeowners Guide to Raccoons

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Putting down that first payment on a dream home is not a feeling that a lot of homeowners could easily forget. There is a sense of joy, and a feeling of pride, that comes from moving into the perfect home in the perfect location. What can quickly turn this dream into a nightmare, however, is when your home unexpectedly takes on new tenants. Yes, I’m talking about the four-legged, furry, variety. The prevalence of wildlife in a neighborhood is something that every homeowner should take into account before they move into a new location. Although it’s more common to have wildlife problems in rural areas, urban areas are certainly not immune. Amongst the top offenders of wildlife you might see in your urban paradise? The masked bandits themselves: raccoons. They are notorious trouble makers who have gotten a particularly bad rap for making disaster zones out of trash cans, creating...
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Dealing With Mice from Entering Your Home During Winter Months

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Dealing With Mice from Entering Your Home During Winter Months Falling snow, delicious hot cocoa, a warm fireplace, a quiet reading time and oops! A mouse. Nothing can spoil a perfectly good afternoon in your home like mice on the loose. With dwindling temperatures, you may have unwelcomed guests, like mice seeking shelter from the winter cold. When autumn arrives, food sources diminish and temperatures rapidly drop. Mice and rats then begin looking for alternative food supplies and shelter and all too often end up joining us in our homes, shops, factories and offices. Also too often we are reluctant about this unprecedented invasion until they’ve moved in, set up shop and begun raiding the kitchen and anything in their way. Mice gnaw on electrical cables, pipes and eat our food causing short circuits, flooding and numerous health risks. They can also cause consternation to those with phobia of mice....
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Crickets and How They Can Get In Your Home

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Crickets can be a really big problem. They come in the house and are very hard to get rid of. Before you attempt to rid your home of crickets you should try to identify what type of crickets they are. There are several types of crickets that can come into your house. They include - • Mole Crickets • House Crickets • Field Crickets • Camel Crickets and they all have different looks and shapes. There are also treatments that have been specifically designed for specific cricket types. It helps to know what you're dealing with. House Crickets The house cricket lives outside but will come inside in large numbers. The adults are identified by their 3 dark bands on their heads, about 3/4 of an inch in length, that are a light yellowish-brown color. These crickets will eat just about anything. They like to chew on silk and woolen...
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An Inside Look At Dealing with Squirrels in Your Home

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At first glance, squirrels look cute and cuddly as they scamper through your yard, and race up and down tree trunks in a frantic search for the things squirrels find important, which are mainly food, a warm place to nest, and food. But although squirrels look like something you just want to pick up and cuddle, they are wild animals and they have habits and instincts they obey over all else. Squirrels will probably never become household pets, and one place you don’t really want to see them is inside your house. There are a lot of reasons why this is a bad idea. We will go over some of those reasons, as well as some of the ways that squirrels can get into your house even when you don’t want them too. We will also talk about the steps you can take to remove them from your home, and...
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Bed Bugs In Your Home: Do You Have Them and What Can You Do To Get Rid Of Them?

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You're walking around your home one day, doing things you normally do. Maybe you've got some good beats playing on the radio as you clean, etc. Somewhere in the process of your daily routine, you start to itch. As you go to scratch the itch, you look down and notice little red welts and ask yourself "where did these come from?" You can't figure out if they're mosquito bites, or something else. One question that everyone should remember to ask is, could these be bed bug bites? You may have bed bugs in your home without even realizing it. The more you know about bed bugs, the more you can be aware of what signs to look for to figure out if you may have them in your home. To be aware of whether or not bed bugs may be in your home, you must first know the different ways...
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Unwelcome Guests Find Their Way into Homes Easily

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No matter what season it is, many homeowners find that they have mouse droppings in their kitchens or other rooms in their homes. Believe me, it does not matter how clean you keep your home, rodents will find a way in, unless you find a way to stop them. So many types of rodents and so many ways in, the homeowner may not even notice some areas as entry points for a rodent. Once these rodents get into your house, it might seem impossible to remove them and once again become rodent free. Some of the types of rodents that can find their way in are field mice. Others may be squirrels, chipmunks or jumping mice, or voles. All of them are definitely considered a nuisance. The redundancy of it all, many folks like to hang squirrel feeders, leave food out for the chipmunks since they are so cute. This...
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Dealing with Wildlife Problems: Home Invasions

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There are times when it can be rewarding to have different animal species living on your property. They are fun to watch especially for little children’s first encounters with nature. That enjoyment can quickly turn into a nightmare when wildlife problems begin. Many animals find their way to your property and destroy gardens, lawns, or even the structure to your home. Wildlife problems can ruin the structure of your home, create openings for other wildlife, cause unwanted messes, or even bring in rabies and other illnesses. Children and pets as well as adults can be in danger from these animals. The most common invaders are squirrels, raccoons, opossums, groundhogs, and skunks. Squirrels Squirrels usually invade a home when they are trying to make a nest. They will chew through siding, unscreened chimneys, and vents. You may find nests in these areas as well as in your attic. Squirrels usually continue...
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Bed Bugs around the Home or Office

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Of all the things you fear finding in the home, bed bugs is probably at the top of the list. Many people are surprised to learn that bed bugs are not just some imaginary creature their parents invented for bed time. They are very real, and a very serious problem in most urban areas lately. Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on human blood. Talk about creepy! Bed bugs have a small reddish colored oval body about the size of an apple seed. They are big enough to be seen, if you know to look for them and where. They are notorious for nesting in mattresses, box springs, and bedding, hence the name bed bugs. However, there can also nest in furniture, carpet, or tapestries as well as bore their way into wooden floors and walls. When these little critters feed they swell up and become bright red, much...
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Silverfish around the Home

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Pests in the home are an ongoing issue in most areas, it seems like there are millions of potential critters just waiting to infest your home at any given time. No one wants to share their sanctuary with creepy crawly little pests, never mind the phobias they might induce, but the potential health concerns they present is a major problem. Among the many nasty little skittering monsters, silverfish are some of the oddest creatures to find around the house. These centipede-like insects are the stuff of nightmares, and freeing your home of them will quickly become a top priority. Silverfish can be white, brown, or even bluish-grey in color. They are shaped almost like a teardrop at about an inch long, with long antennae protruding from their backsides. They are not harmful to people or pets, but they can be very destructive to the home. These little monsters are nocturnal...
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How to Manage Deer Control around the Home

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Deer are a real nuisance to homeowners. Deer are exceptional jumpers, meaning they can get past most fences and home defenses. They eat the plants and cause severe damage to the gardens and landscaping of the yards they inhabit. Once the deer have discovered your yard and are interested in it as a food source, discouraging them is nigh on impossible. They will continue to return, season after season, with their families. If the thought of a deer, his family and possibly his friends destroying you’re landscaping and yard every year, it’s time to consider deer control around the home. Many people begin with repellents as a first defense against deer. Repellents are anything that makes the deer feel uncomfortable or unwelcome on your property. Although technically this includes things like fences and startling devices or schemes, in common parlance this refers to scent based repellents. In other words, you...
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Rodent Control In and Around Your Home

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Homeowners have a variety of issues to worry about on a regular basis. One of their main responsibilities is to keep their home free from rodents. Once mice, rats and other assorted vermin make their presence felt, it can be exceedingly difficult to get rid of them. Unless they remain vigilant about exterminating these rodent populations before they have a chance to reproduce, these pests will make a lasting home within yours. Even if you've only seen one mouse or rat, this typically means that there are plenty more where that one came from. Assuming that you only have one mouse is much like assuming that you only have one roach, a very foolhardy decision. The presence of one rodent usually signals the arrival of a family. Locating rodents once they've infested themselves in your home is a challenging endeavor, because of their ability to hide within the frame of...
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Spiders around the Home?

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Spiders are a familiar sight outside and around the home. These predators are beneficial, feeding on insects and assisting in lowering the pest populations in and outside houses, yards, gardens, and larger crops. Although some people find spiders frightening, they usually will not try to bit unless they are prodded, held, or accidentally trapped. Most spiders cannot puncture human skin with their fangs, and although there are hundreds of species of spiders found in the U.S., only the black widow and brown recluse have bites that are dangerous. Some of the common spiders found inside the home include cobweb spiders, which are small-to medium sized spiders that often build in quiet areas of house like basements. The common house spider usually builds loosely tangled webs in basements and crawl spaces. Not surprisingly, cellar spiders can be found in cellars and also crawl spaces. Pale gray to light tan, they are...
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Stink Bugs
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Stink Bugs

We have all heard the distinctive buzz click sound in our houses and know that a stink bug has come to room with us and is buzzing around our computer monitor or lights, looking for light and warmth. Luckily, they do not lay eggs or reproduce inside; they wait to mate until they can do it outside when it’s warmer. Nor do they eat household food or sting or bite. In fact, they are really the perfect house guest. So why are we usually so eager for them to leave? Well, they received their descriptive name for a reason- they emit an extremely, well, stinky smell when they are scared, disturbed or squashed. Even though fairly inoffensive guests, they can be found in dresser door, behind the drapes, crawling in cracks in window frames, hiding in vents, and even crawling on your trusty toothbrush. Anywhere there is an opening, there’s...
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Fleas & How They Are Attracted To Your Homes & Pets

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WHAT ARE FLEAS? Fleas are pesky little ankle biters - literally. They are small but they pack a mean punch when they bite into your flesh or into your pets flesh particularly. They live and feed off of blood, using their mouth to pierce into skin. Fleas are wingless creatures, and there are several different species of fleas, but the most common are the cat flea, dog fleas and human fleas, as well as some more not named. The most common fleas that infest our homes and animals are the cat flea and the dog flea. The human flea is rare, but is still one that affects many humans today. THE CAT FLEA: One of the most abundant and widespread species of flea in the whole world. Adults range from 1-2 mm long and are a reddish brown color. The cat fleas’ primary host is the domestic cat, but can...
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Winter Pest Elimination Suggestions & Treatments
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Winter Pest Elimination Suggestions & Treatments

As winter approaches, the colder weather prompts us to find warmth, but we are not the only ones who are looking to stay warm and dry. Rodents, such as mice and rats, are looking for warm and comfy places to nestle out of the cold, and if they can get into your house to do it, they will! You are probably wondering how to stop them from taking up residence. Just like you would do with other pests, two main principals stop them: eradication and cleanliness. The best way is one that will keep health risk for humans and the environment as low as possible while ensuring the method works. Did you know that a regular house mouse needs less than a dime's circumference to get inside? That isn't a lot of space! Knowing this, you will want to rodent proof your house as best as possible, and close of...
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German, American & Oriental Cockroaches in the Kitchen
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German, American & Oriental Cockroaches in the Kitchen

When we hear the word cockroach, we can just about feel our skin crawling and we feel the need to clean and disinfect every surface of our homes. Bugs of any kind are generally disgusting when it comes to our everyday lives, but cockroaches make the top of that list, especially when it comes to restaurants and commercial kitchens. Many restaurants will experience a bug problem at least once, but knowing what to look for, the types of roaches that primarily invade and how to get rid of them will aid in keeping them at bay and your kitchen will be cleaner and healthier for all. The three most common types of roaches that are found in commercial kitchens and restaurants are German cockroaches, American cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches. What are the differences and how can you figure out which one is which? German cockroaches are between one and one...
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Let’s Talk Carpenter Ants

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When you think of all the different insects and rodents that can come and lay claim in your home, which is the one that makes you the most squeamish? Is it finding a large web with a large, menacing spider staring down at you? Or opening a cupboard door and finding a feather duster-made bed with a family of mice all snuggled inside? What about when you get up to get a glass of water in the middle of the night, flick on the light switch and hear lots of scampering as your eye catches cockroaches running to their hiding spots. Actually, all of those situations are pretty off-putting. But on your list of the most unwelcome guests, do carpenter ants make the top of your list? If they don’t, they should, because carpenter ants can infest the wood in your walls, your floors, your ceilings until you seem to...
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The Importance of Pest Control

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The Importance of Pest Control Whether you're a homeowner, running a business, or work in the agricultural field, pest control has taken on a greater importance in recent years. Pest control is crucial to the ongoing care of any structure you own, as they will seek shelter anywhere that can provide their basic necessities. Insects, rodents, even squirrels and raccoons have been known to be found anywhere with water and food supplies. Advances in pest control have been linked to our increased quality of life. Life expediencies continue to rise, due to the effect of pest control on the development of vaccines and pharmaceuticals. Scientists are able to test the effects of these medicines on insects before administering them to human subjects. It is a common misconception that pest control only refers to the eradication of insects. However, the proliferation of rodents is another reason why pest control is so...
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