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Tick Season: When is the Prime Time to Expect Tick Bites?

There are many aspects about nature to enjoy whether you are on a hike, camping, horseback riding or reading a book in a hammock. In contrast, there are also things that you will not enjoy while in nature, one of those things being ticks. What Harm Can They Cause? These nasty little creatures can infect humans with various diseases. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention said the following about ticks, “Infections from tickborne diseases are on the rise, and new tickborne diseases have been discovered in recent years. Some ticks can transmit multiple diseases, posing diagnostic and treatment challenges.” Another common form of disease you can get through ticks is Lyme's Disease. When Are Tick Bites Most Prevalent? According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website, there are nine types of ticks that are most likely to bite you. Although the time of year when getting bitten is...
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The Pest Problem Solver: What Exterminators Can Do For Your Pest Problems

If you’ve ever had a pest problem in your house, then you know that getting rid of them can be a long and difficult process. Trying to eradicate an infestation is an almost impossible task, and there’s only so much you can get done with over-the-counter solutions like what you can find at your local home improvement store. There is where professional exterminators come in. It takes skill and know-how to deal with casual and serious infestations, and we at RID Pest Control have the best exterminators and state-of-the-art equipment that helps us to handle any problem. But that’s not all, in addition to extermination, we also offer other services to help you deal with your pest concerns. For example: Prevention In addition to dealing with an actual infestation, the most important service your exterminator offers is that of prevention. By establishing a regular schedule of visits, usually every three months,...
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The Health Effects of Cockroaches

Here in the United States, the most common type of household cockroach is the german cockroach. When you mention cockroaches, many people have a strong negative reaction. And why wouldn’t they? Roaches have a reputation for surviving harsh conditions for centuries and spreading disease. In fact, their presence in your home may be causing you considerable alarm. If you’re concerned about roaches, then read on. You’ll discover the health effects of cockroaches in your environment, and why you might want to take action. What Attracts Cockroaches? First of all, why are roaches entering your home? Like most insects, they are attracted to food. Leaving spilled food on the countertops and floors or dirty dishes in the sink is guaranteed to put out the welcome mat for hungry cockroaches. Water is another attractant. Leaky pipes under sinks or other moisture-prone areas of your home are especially appealing. And of course, roaches prefer...
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How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Bed bugs. Just the thought of them gives people nightmares and sends shivers up and down their spines. These creepy crawlers hide in our mattresses and come out at night while we’re asleep and defenseless and feed on our blood. If this gives you the heebie-jeebies, you’re certainly not alone. No doubt you’ve done everything in your power to make sure your home is free of these nasty critters, right? But what about when you’re on the road? How can you be sure that the mattress you’re sleeping on in your hotel room isn’t infested with these little suckers? Here are some tips to keep free of bed bugs, no matter where you go: Check the Registry The first and most important thing you can do is check the online Bed Bug Registry. This free website offers up-to-date information about where bed bugs have been spotted. Go here before making any...
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What All Household Pests Have in Common

If you’re like us, you hate the idea of having creepy crawlies living inside your home. Unfortunately, however, as much as we don’t like it, pests are always going to be a problem, no matter where you live. Thankfully, though, you can mitigate the problem of having bugs and vermin inside your home by cutting off some of the primary reasons why these pests take residence in the first place. Today we want to talk about the elements that all household pests have in common so that you can know what to do about it. With these tips, you can sleep better at night, knowing that your property won’t have a giant neon sign advertising space for rent. Food All living things need to eat, and in their quest to feast, pests will always take the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, if that means gorging themselves on food laying around your...
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How to Keep Rodents Out

In wintertime, many things that have been living outdoors tend to want to find shelter for the colder months of the year. They favor human homes due to our tendency to keep them heated, but they’re not great roommates. They can cause visible damage to your home, spread disease, contaminate food storage and prep areas, and even increase the risk of electrical house fires due to chewing on wiring. The one thing better than getting unwanted rodents out of your home is not having them there in the first place. But, how? Keeping Outside Critters Out Fill Holes, Cracks and Gaps. Rodents can crawl into any entrance that is large enough to only fit their heads (average size - a US quarter). Inspect your entire home for openings that size, or larger. If any are found, seal them with the most appropriate means available (small cracks may be fine with caulk,...
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Roach Myths and How They Impact Pest Control

Since we serve customers in Atlantic County and Cape May County, Rid Pest Control is familiar with every homeowner’s least favorite pest: roaches. No one wants to realize they have these pests in their home, and everyone in our service area does all they can to prevent their houses from becoming welcoming to roaches. It’s an unfortunate consequence that our humid climate and dense vegetation make this a battle that some of our customers lose. To help our customers prevent an initial infestation, or a recurrence after service, let’s look at a few of the common myths that surround roaches, and how they can be impacting your prevention methods for the worse. Common Roach Myths Roaches only infest ‘dirty’ homes. Roaches are an unavoidable part of our environment. Everyone has roaches, sometimes. Roaches can’t cause structural damage to homes. How They Lead to False Security in Homes and Business Roaches don’t...
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I Have Rats - Now What?

Rats can be terrifying pests to live with for homeowners, so much so, that it feels like there’s a tiger living with you. It is important to deal with a rat as soon as possible, as rats can make your home filthier, in addition to bringing in diseases and bad odors. Here are all the things that you can do to take care of any and all of your rat problems. Rat Traps Rat traps are the oversized versions of mouse traps. While a mouse trap is not capable of subduing a rat, these are more lethal traps that can sever your own appendages, if you aren’t careful. They don’t dismember the rat like a guillotine, but they use enough force to kill them quickly. CO2 Traps CO2 traps are a more humane way of killing a rat, as they often don’t even know what hits them. These traps use a...
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Can I Remove Bed Bugs on My Own?

In our 30 years of pest control services in the Atlantic and Cape May County areas, RID Pest Control has received a lot of calls about bed bugs. When the East Coast experienced an outbreak of the pests a few years ago, often our customers were upset that they had followed directions they found online regarding the removal of bed bugs and still had an active problem. Understanding the Life Cycle of Bed Bugs The truth is, while you can treat your home for bed bugs on your own, these treatments are not likely to be effective. To understand why, you need to understand the life cycle of bed bugs. When bed bugs first hatch, they are nearly invisible nymphs. These babies will live in your home for several months, feeding and laying eggs, until they are large enough to be readily noticed by the inhabitants. Eliminating Active Infestation is Not...
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Why Rat Traps are Insufficient for Removing Rodents

When it comes to pests in the home, one of the worst has to be rats. While cockroaches, ants, and other critters can definitely put you on edge, having a rat infestation can both be unsettling and damaging to your home and its contents. If you notice rats crawling around your house, your first instinct may be to set out traps. While this may seem like a good idea, it’s rarely going to solve your problem. Unfortunately, vermin are highly resourceful, and rat traps are almost never going to remove the infestation. Here’s why. They’re Too Small Imagine a rat right now. How big is it? Smaller than your palm? If so, then you’re picturing a mouse. Rats are rather massive creatures (comparatively speaking), which means that mouse traps are not going to be big enough for them. In the end, rats can get out of smaller traps, making them futile....
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How to Tell if You Have a Rodent Problem

RodentsAre rodents lurking in your home or business? Rodents can present a serious danger to both your property and the health of those who occupy it, so it is vital that any infestation is identified promptly and eliminated as quickly as possible. How can you tell if you have a rodent problem? Animal Sightings The most obvious indication of a rodent problem is an animal sighting. If you spot a mouse, rodent, shrew or other rodent scurrying past, you probably have a problem. Droppings Droppings are usually the first sign people see. Rodents have fast metabolisms, so they produce a large amount of feces. This can provide ample evidence of their presence. While stumbling on rodent dropping is never pleasant, it can help identify the invader who is sneaking around your commercial or residential property. Rodents also urinate everywhere they go. If you want to play CSI, rodent urine fluoresces under...
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Common Pests That Invade Commercial Buildings

AntsPests are a ubiquitous threat. When they invade commercial buildings, they bring a slew of problems with them, including deadly diseases. If you want to protect your business and your reputation, it may be in your best interest to get a personalized solution from a professional pest management company. Like a band of criminals, some pests will find a way to cause problems even with deterrents in place: Ants Due to their size, carpenter ants can't be overlooked, and they shouldn't be underestimated. These large ants are black, brazen and social. What makes them such a threat? One mature colony can contain approximately 3,000 members. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don't eat wood. They simply excavate moist and decaying wood to create passageways and galleries. Within months, their big mandibles can cause a significant amount of structural damage. These large ants are often a symptom of a moisture issue. If you spot...
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How to Avoid Bedbugs When Traveling

BedbugIf you are planning to travel and want to have a safe trip without encountering bedbugs, you are likely wondering what you should do so that you can reach your goal. You can take several steps to keep bedbugs at bay and give yourself peace of mind when you need it the most. With a little effort and dedication, you will protect yourself and put your fears to rest. Seeing why you should never overlook the threat is easy once you understand the issues you could face if they follow you back home. If your effort to keep these pests out of your home fails, contacting a team of professionals at the first sign of trouble is wise. Secure Your Belongings Whether you stay at a friend's home or sleep at a hotel, always secure your belongings until you are sure the area is safe. Bedbugs are resourceful and persistent creatures...
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3 Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your Summer Barbecue

Stinging InsectsIf you wish to make the most of your summer so that you can have a great time with your friends and family, you are likely planning to host a barbecue. When you prepare tasty treats and cook delicious meals, your friends won't be the only ones who will want to join you for the event. A range of pests will come into your yard and cause problems if you don't stop them before they get the chance. Inability to manage pests will harm the experience of your guests, but you can overcome that roadblock when you follow a plan. Tip No. 1: Clean Your Yard The first step in keeping your yard pest free is to clean your property before you host the cookout. Pests like to wait in the grass and shrubs until they get the chance to make a move. Mowing your lawn will decrease the number of...
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What Attracts Ants to a Home?

Odorous House AntIf you want to keep ants out of your home and away from your food, understanding what attracts them is an important part of the process that you can’t afford to overlook. Not knowing about the things for which ants look when they target a home will make it a little harder for you to address the problem. Since avoiding ants is a lot easier than getting rid of them, take some time to discover what interests them if you want peace of mind. Obviously minimizing ants access to spilled food and drink will help but it’s important to remember though, ants will invade even the cleanest house. Landscaping Some ants farm aphids the way we farm cattle obtaining a sweet liquid from the aphids called honeydew. Since aphids are plant feeders, certain plants such as roses and other flowers attract aphids. Where there are aphids you’ll find ants. It’s important...
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How to Tell the Difference Between Ants and Termites

Termites on woodIf you spot winged insects that look similar to ants, they might be swarming termites. It is important for you to understand how to tell the difference between winged ants and termites so that you can choose the correct approach to treating the problem. Here are some ways that you can tell these insects apart. Body Differences (Easiest Difference to Spot) Ants have a distinct three body parts; head, midsection and abdomen with a narrowing between the second & third section or an hourglass shaped midsection or “wasp waist”. Termites have bodies that are more uniform, with only the head and rear section obvious. Wing Differences When you look at a flying ant or a termite, you will see that they have four wings. However, the wings look different in the two species. Termite wings are all equal in size. Ants, by contrast, have front wings that are much bigger than...
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When Was the Last Time Your Home Was Inspected for Termites?

Swarming TermitesIf termites make their way into your home and you don’t spot them right away, they will multiply and cause a lot of damage. You will then need to pay expensive repair fees to reverse the impact and achieve peace of mind, but you can reduce the risk by getting termite inspections on a regular basis. When experts look for signs of termite activity in your home, they will spot the pests in the early stages before they have time to cause destruction. Hiring a professional to keep termites at bay is a worthy investment that you can’t afford to overlook if you care about your home and the people who live in it. Get an Inspection Once Per Year Most people think that termites will cause noticeable damage as soon as they invade, but that is rarely the case. A homeowner could have termites for several years before noticing the...
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How Does Pest Activity Change In The Winter?

Stink BugThe cold weather in the winter tends to make some pests hibernate until warm weather arrives once again. However, there are a few pests that sometimes begin to invade your home to find refuge from the cold weather. Ladybugs and stink bugs try to find a warm shelter as well as a source of water and food. You'll often see these pests crawling on the windows of the house and on the sides of the house as they lounge in the sun during the day before finding a place to rest at night. Keep Your Home Warm and Worry Free Many insects are cold-blooded. This means that they have to find a secure place to stay in the winter so that they will be able to survive until it's warm enough again for them to be out in the open. Some pests will find a log to hide in while others...
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What Attracts Rodents to a Home?

Grey rat closeupRodents need food, water and shelter just like you do. However, you don't have to share your living space with them. Rats and mice invade homes to look for something to eat or a place to have their young. Most rodents stay away from people and build their nests outdoors far from houses. However, others may come closer to and invade your home because of certain attractors. 3 Things That Attract Rodents to Your Home Debris Rodents love clutter, trash and other debris. They can find spaces within the heap in which to build their nests and to escape from predators like cats and birds. If it's a large debris pile, it can house as many as a dozen mice or rats and give them shelter for producing a large colony. Openings Your house may not be as sealed and insulated as it seems. Over time, the weather causes cracks and...
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Dirty Laundry Attracts Bed Bugs

Bed BugsBed bugs are a notoriously difficult pest to get rid of. These blood-sucking parasites are attracted to the scent of humans, and they generally survive by burrowing down into the fibers of bedding and other furniture. There, they wait for a human host whose blood they can drink. Bed bugs most frequently arrive in a home through infested furniture or on the bodies of travelers. However, research has shown that bed bugs will also specifically seek out items that smell like humans and burrow into them until a host arrives. Dirty laundry is especially attractive to these parasites. Interestingly, clean laundry is not as hospitable for the bugs. This means that an important step to preventing a bed bug infestation is to control how and where dirty laundry is stored. Exposing your dirty clothes to bedding, especially while traveling, is an open invitation to bed bugs. Similarly, piles of dirty laundry...
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