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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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Winter Heating and Dry Air Brings Pests Out of Hiding

Because insects are cold-blooded, winter generally offers a welcome reprieve from pests. However, some bugs seek refuge in homes during the winter months. Instinct drives these insects to seek out warm, damp spaces with an ample food supply, and the average family home fits the bill quite nicely. Your home's crawl space, garage or basement may host the perfect combinations of darkness and humidity to provide an enticing home for an insect. In the winter, pests may venture from their homes in these areas to explore your house in search of food and water. This is why it's so common to see pests inside during the winter that you may not have encountered the rest of the year. What Type of Pests Can You Expect? Some of the most common winter home invaders in our area include: Centipedes Camelback or cave crickets Spiders Silverfish Cockroaches Even stink bugs, ladybugs and wasps...
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Three Spots Where Rodents Hide in Your Home

The sight of a mouse in the house will lead most people to distraction. Just a glimpse of a rat inside can be downright terrifying. However, your first rodent sighting is not usually the first time the rodent has made itself comfortable on your property. In fact, most people do not see rodents until there is an infestation underway. That is why it is critical to stop rodents before they get to that point. The best way to do that is to educate yourself about where these unseemly critters like to live. To safeguard your home against these unwanted visitors, consider the three most common spots where rodents hide. 1. Pipes and drains. It is probably no surprise to most people that rodents thrive in small, dank areas like pipes and drains. These locations are not just dark and wet, but they are also easy to access. In fact, they may...
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Top 4 occasional invader pests to look out for this fall

As the weather begins to turn cooler and drier in the fall, some pests will want to make your house their home. They will want to come in to find refuge from the cooler weather because they need to be in a warm environment. They also want to find a water and food source so that they can survive the winter months. RID Pest Control has all of the products needed to get rid of the pests in your home in] in an effective an efficient manner. Fleas Fleas tend to take over the inside of the home in the fall as the night time temperatures drop. You can sometimes see the fleas jumping around on the furniture or living on your pets. A female flea lays an egg every hour and thousands can hatch in your home in a short time. Flea larva look like an eyelash and fed in...
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How to Avoid Bringing Bedbugs Home from Summer Travel

Bed Bug 3The summer season is travel time for many people across the country. Each year, thousands of happy vacationers take to the roads in search of fun and adventure. Their trips lead them to places like the beach, the mountains and various destinations in between. Unfortunately, staying at the wrong hotel can have devastating consequences when you return home. If you've encountered bedbugs in your travels, RID Pest Control can help. How Do You Get Bedbugs? Bedbugs are very good at latching onto luggage, clothing and other items and hiding out of sight. If you're in an area with these pests, your chances of picking up a few and taking them home are quite high. They not only stay hidden under mattresses but also within the recesses of couch cushions and other furniture. If you lie down on or sit in an infested spot, they'll climb on for a ride and hitchhike...
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Tips to prepare your home for flea season

Flea season is right around the corner and the best months to prepare your home are July & August, right before flea season kicks into high gear. Common Flea Scenarios There are many types of fleas. A common type are cat fleas, which will bite anything with blood but prefer cats, and are often found outdoors during the warmer weather. The larva develop in any place with organic debris, but do best near an animal host. When the nights start getting cold in september, fleas stay on the host to stay warm and my jump off in a warm building, like a home. Also, like a snow ball rolling down a hill, the population indoors builds during the warmer months. The larva do well where debris accumulates, down in furniture, where crumbs & change fall, under furniture, edges of carpets, under beds and bed frames where dust accumulates. Vacuuming these areas...
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The pests you need to be on the lookout for this summer

Summertime means you need to be on the lookout for many pests, but one group of pests in particular thrives in the summer months. That group is stinging insects. These pests often build nests near or on property where people regularly travel, and if you find one of these nests your best bet is to call a professional to solve the problem. Stinging Insect Nests With the exception of honey bees, all the stinging, social wasps, yellow jackets and hornets start their nest and colony with a single, fertilized female each year. Pity the poor, hard working queen that must do all the work until her first batch of eggs hatches, the larva are fed, pupate, emerge as adult females, and start doing the work, leaving the queen to just lay eggs for the rest of the season. So a nest of yellow jackets, bumble bees, or hornets, starts out very...
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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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