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3 Ways to Prepare for Termite Swarms

Swarming TermitesAs spring approaches, the threat of termite swarms will start to rise, and it's vital you take steps to protect yourself from the possible damage. Termite swarms will look for a new place to create a nest when their old homes become overpopulated, and your house could be the next target. If you don't take action to reduce and eliminate termites, they can damage your home, causing expensive repair bills. Some people feel powerless to keep termite swarms away, but you can take control if you keep the right tips in mind. If you want the best odds of keeping your home safe, don't waste any time. 1 - Use a Vacuum Cleaner When they spot termite swarms in their homes, people often rush to the store to buy an insecticide, and although these sprays can work wonders to kill termites, they can also leave a nasty mess behind. If you...
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How to Fool Ants into a Trap

01 AntsIf you've seen an ant or two running around your home, you're really only seeing the tip of the iceberg. You can rest assured that there are plenty more where they came from. If they're not dealt with quickly, ant infestations can spiral out of control in the blink of an eye. There are many ways to deal with the situation, but spraying ants with insecticide won't get you very far, in fact, may make it worse. To put an effective end to the problem, ant traps are the way to go. However, they must be used properly if they're going to work. Read on to pick up some great tips for effectively using traps to eliminate ants from the home. How Do Ant Traps Work? The term "ant trap" is a bit misleading, which is partly why people often use them incorrectly. So-called traps are not actually designed to capture...
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How to rid your shore home of odorous house ants

10 Odorous House AntFor people who live in homes on or near the shore, odorous house ants can be a common problem. These ants live in large nests under things on the ground, including mulch, piles of leaves and grass clippings as well as in your crawlspace under insulation or in your walls. These ants are found across the country, and get their name because when you crush them they give off a pungent odor similar to the smell of a rancid coconut. Why shore homes have problems with odorous house ants While odorous house ants are found across the nation, they are especially problematic for people who live in homes on the shore. These ants prefer moderate climates, and they tend to form huge nests in more temperate areas such as coastal regions and shorelines. Their nests are normally outdoors but they are equally comfortable hiding in your home. It is important for...
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Don't gamble with Bed Bugs

13 Bed Bugs in CornerAt one point, pesticides almost eliminated bed bugs, but over time, these insects became resistant to many pesticides and became a problem for people all over the world. If bed bugs are in your home, you might be feeling scared and confused, some people even feel shame, but bed bugs strike all people, rich, poor, dirty and clean. It's vital you take the right steps to prevent the insects from spreading. The sooner you address the problem, the easier it is to get rid of them. You are about to learn why most treatment options are ineffective at killing the parasites, but you will also discover how to safeguard your home from bed bugs. Common Treatment Options Feeling eager to remove the unwanted guests from their home, people often travel to the store to buy pesticides that promise to kill bed bugs on contact. The problem, though, is that bed bugs...
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Why Customers Love RID Pest Control

A customer experience with a pest control company shouldn't feel like you've been trapped in a dark closet with roaches on the walls. Unfortunately for many people in New Jersey with an infestation, they'd rather stick with the bugs than the bad apples. At RID Pest Control, we provide professional pest control services to residents and business owners for all types of infestations. Whether it's an army of carpenter ants or a battalion of bed bugs, we'll ensure your experience is as painless as possible. Here's why customers love using RID Pest Control when they notice a pest infestation. They Receive Fast and Friendly Pest Control Services RID Pest Control prides itself on having one of the most experienced pest control teams in the area, including our customer service staff and certified technicians. When we receive a call, we understand the urgency and that every hour counts. The longer you wait,...
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

Have a Pest Free Holiday If you want to have a fun and enjoyable holiday season, then it's vital you take steps to prevent rats and other rodents from getting inside your home and from causing damage. Although people have always faced rodent invasions, this winter is likely to be that much worse. Last year, Oak trees deposited more acorns than normal, and this process is referred to as mast. The extra acorns allowed mice and rats to have more than enough food, and the population of rodents exploded as a result. In addition to the mast, hurricane Matthew caused flooding that disturbed the rodents even more. During the winter months of South Jersey, these rodents are going to seek shelter from the cold, and many of them will find their way into residential homes and commercial businesses. Over the past year, Rid Pest Control has managed double the number of...
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Don't Let Rodents Crash Your Holiday Party This Season

With the holiday season fast approaching, many families are planning parties. Whether you intend to celebrate with a festive family gathering, a casual get-together for friends or an elegant function for your professional contacts, one thing is certain: rodents are not on your guest list. Home Sweet Home It seems like rodents would consider humans bad neighbors. After all, people who spot a rodent in their home don't welcome it to the neighborhood. They take steps to get rid of it. With that kind of reception, why are rodents so persistent in their attempts to gain entry into human homes? Our dwellings provide all the things they need. Warmth, shelter, food and water are easily found in a place inhabited by people. Gaining Entry Rodents don't wait for an invitation to enter your home. All they need is a small gap in your home's building envelope. A hole that is one-quarter...
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It's Almost Winter Time, Which Pests Are Still Around?

While some pests may seem to disappear during winter months, they are still present around your home. Rodents, spiders and insects will often move inside homes during the colder parts of the year. To keep your home safe, you have to be especially vigilant in detecting and exterminating these pests. Rats and House Mice The house mouse is the most common rodent in the United States. These rodents like to live in secluded spaces like basements and attics. Since they chew drywall and wire to make their nests, they can cause a significant amount of damage to your home. In addition, house mice can spread diseases like tapeworms and salmonella. They can fit through openings as small as a dime, so it is important to seal off any cracks. Mice like clutter and boxes to hide behind, so keep your home clean so that the mice do not have a home....
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How to Keep Your Home and Yard Tick Free

tickPeople often mistake ticks for insects, but they are really part of the arachnid class of invertebrate animals. Although most ticks feed on animals, including dogs, some of them will attach and feed on humans. Rid Pest Control is here is to teach you about identifying the different species and what attracts them so that you can keep them out of your home and yard. American Dog Ticks American dog ticks have flat, oval bodies that are brown with gray to whitish markings. The adults have eight legs and measure between three-sixteenths and five-eighths inches depending on if they have fed. They are exclusive to North America and attracted to the sent of animals. They prefer domestic canines for hosts, which can bring them into your home. This is a health concern because they are the primary carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They also transmit a rare bacterial infection called...
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Symptoms to Watch Out for After Being Bitten by a Mosquito

Mosquito 4Like most parts of the country, Cape May and Atlantic counties have their fair share of mosquitoes during the summer. Mosquito bites are usually just minor nuisances, but they occasionally trigger serious health issues. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this and fail to seek medical attention when warranted. Even if you think that you know what normal mosquito bites look like, it never hurts to brush up on the common signs of mosquito bites as well as the more serious ones. While you're at it, take steps to reduce your risk of being bitten in the first place. Basic Facts About Mosquito Bites All mosquito bites are administered by female mosquitoes. They require extra protein since they lay eggs, so they have the anatomical features to do this whereas male mosquitoes don't. While sucking blood from a victim, they inject small amounts of saliva with proteins that trigger immune system...
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Protecting Your Home From Carpenter Ants

carpenter antsCarpenter ants may not dine on timbers the way that termites do, but they do build nests by tunneling their way through wood, foam insulation and similar materials, excavating it to make room for their own needs. While the motivation may be different, the result is the same: destruction. Carpenter ants can wreak havoc quickly and quietly, and dealing with their handiwork gets expensive fast. In the Northeast alone, the cost of the structural damage caused by these pests each year totals in the millions. A Destructive Duo: Carpenter Ants and Moisture While carpenter ants originally nested in trees, they've adapted to civilization well. Today, they're happy to make their home in everything from piles of firewood and areas of landscaping to cement stoops and decking. They are particularly fond of nesting in wood that has already sustained damage from mold or other fungi. In fact, the presence of carpenter ants...
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How To Avoid an Ant Infestation

Ant 6Ant infestations can cause severe property damage by eating away at wooden materials, insulation, carpets, and more. Homeowners should, therefore, take preventative measures to reduce the chances of having to deal with household ants. With some initial work to keep ants away, homeowners can generally avoid problems with these insects for many years to come. Fill Exterior Holes Most ants find their way into a home through small holes along the exterior of a residence. Holes can be found in siding, shingles, and near windows. Ants are very adept at finding holes, so homeowners should be on the lookout for even a tiny crack that an ant could use to get inside. Homeowners should ensure that they check for holes before the winter each year because these pests seek warm shelters when the temperatures start to go down. Ant Traps A few traps can go a long way to preventing ant...
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4 Facts You Should Know For Termite Season

Termites create destruction wherever they go, and acting quickly to eradicate them is the only way to avoid irreparable damage. Wood-eating termites consume cellulose until nothing is left, reducing a beam to a hollow shell. Moving slowly across hidden wood structures in your home, they destroy everything in their path. Fact 1: Swarming Termites May Mean Infestation Termites show signs of their arrival if you know how to recognize them. Reproductive termites leave their colonies around the age of three years to swarm and find another home. Rising temperatures in late spring usually encourage them to swarm. However, a swarm may give you a warning that they have already settled into your home. Fact 2: Finding Mud Tunnels Can Help Less than half an inch long, creamy white termites are easy to mistake for flying ants. Often found near rotting stumps or wood piles, they emerge to find a source of...
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4 Facts You Should Know For Termite Season

Termites 2Termites create destruction wherever they go, and acting quickly to eradicate them is the only way to avoid irreparable damage. Wood-eating termites consume cellulose until nothing is left, reducing a beam to a hollow shell. Moving slowly across hidden wood structures in your home, they destroy everything in their path. Fact 1: Swarming Termites May Mean Infestation Termites show signs of their arrival if you know how to recognize them. Reproductive termites leave their colonies around the age of three years to swarm and find another home. Rising temperatures in late spring usually encourage them to swarm. However, a swarm may give you a warning that they have already settled into your home.  Fact 2: Finding Mud Tunnels Can Help  Less than half an inch long, creamy white termites are easy to mistake for flying ants. Often found near rotting stumps or wood piles, they emerge to find a source of...
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