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What to Do if Your Pet Gets Stung by a Bee or Wasp

Pet owners know how scary it is to see their four-legged friends suffer. Not knowing what to do makes it even scarier. Bees and wasps are ideal for chasing. The quick zigzag motions provide endless amounts of fun for your furry friends. However, the trouble kicks in when your furry friends get stung. Even though most insect stings are not serious, your pet can have a severe allergic reaction.

The buzzing sounds of stinging insects can bring about your cat’s predatory instinct. This might cause them to swat or even eat these stinging pests. For dogs, their playful nature makes it difficult for them to avoid being stung. Dogs can dig up an underground wasp’s nest or bark at the insect, causing them to sting in defense. RID Pest Control can help provide protection from hidden pest dangers. If your pet is stung by a bee or wasp, don’t panic. Here’s what to do.

Check Your Pet’s Body

After moving your pet to a safe area, check to see which part of your pet’s body was stung. Unlike bees, a wasp’s stingers remain intact. This means that wasps can sting your pet multiple times. Most pets suffer stings to the paws, mouth and face. Stings inside the mouth are serious and require immediate medical attention. Check to see if your pet has any of the following symptoms of a bee/wasp sting.

  • Swelling of the nose, eyes or paws
  • Chewing or scratching of paws or face
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How to Identify a Pest Problem When Searching for a New Home

A home is an important purchase and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. Before purchasing a home, you need to make sure that it is inspected by a home inspector to make sure that everything is up to code. You also need to make sure there are no pest infestations. Here are some ways for you to check for pest issues in potential new homes.  Dirt and Grime Build-Up Dirt and debris are common signs of pest issues. As pests leave an area in your home, they can leave behind crumbs, torn wrappers, and other debris. Rodents, such as mice and rats as well as creatures like bats, will create greasy pathways in the home as they travel back and forth. Cockroaches also can leave greasy trails or make marks on the walls. The home may appear dirty in other ways, too, such as trails of hair or droppings. Droppings If...
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What to do if You’ve Been Bitten by a Tick

The summer brings warmer weather and longer days, but also more insects like ticks. Ticks thrive in hot, humid climates and prefer thick brush and grass. While most tick bites are relatively harmless, ticks are known for carrying bacteria and illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Knowing what to do if you’ve been bitten by a tick is essential for keeping yourself healthy and free of tick-borne diseases. Check Yourself Immediately After Outdoor Activities Ticks are fairly small and can be hard to spot, especially if they are attached to your clothes or on less visible areas like your scalp or armpits. If an infected tick is attached to you for too long, it can greatly increase your risk of contracting Lyme disease. Do a thorough, full-body check after any outdoor activity to prevent tick bites and tick-related diseases. Since ticks love moist, hard-to-reach areas, taking a hot...
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Rid Your Home of Mice in Your Walls

Few experiences are as unnerving as hearing scurrying and scratching within your walls after everyone has turned in for the night. Their sickening sounds are enough to make your skin crawl. All you can think about is getting these tiny invaders out NOW. It is essential to keep your wits about you during these times. Equip yourself with proven methods for ridding your home of mice inside your walls. Look for Clues It is vital to identify your unseen enemies through an assessment of clues: Chewed or frayed cardboard boxes, wooden items, or plastic bags. Mice love to make nests, so shredded materials are a definite sign. Oily stains along the walls. Oily stains indicate the “runs” of mice. Follow these trails to see if you can spot any entry points to the interiors of your walls. Droppings along “runs” and around food sources. Even though the evidence is revolting, droppings...
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How Insects Can Go from Surviving to Thriving

Insects are a lot like humans in the fact that they are in need of food and shelter in order to survive. The majority of their lives are spent searching for these things, and once they find them they stay put! What does it take for these pests to not only survive but thrive? Keep reading to find out. Food Sources In order for any species of insects to survive, they need to find a source of food. This is their driving force, looking for the next source of food at all times. If they are able to find a consistent food source, then they will be able to build a home-centered around that source. Cockroaches, for example, will eat almost anything. They move into a home and begin eating everything in sight, all the while making a nest for themselves within your home. Shelter Another factor that insects need in...
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Pet Friendly Pest Control Services

Pets are an undeniable part of the family. And as such, you worry about their health and wellbeing as you would yourself. Pests and other unwanted guests in your house can not only be annoying and gross, but also harmful and potentially life-threatening to your pets. Certain pests can harbor diseases or can be a parasitic presence for you and your pet. Read on to learn more about pest control services that keep your pets in mind. Flea Control Most people associate fleas with pets, but they can also cause discomfort and harm to humans too. Flea bites are not only annoying and unsightly, but fleas can also bring in diseases like tapeworms. Fleas can thrive and hide well in the fur of your cats and dogs but also potentially in carpeting. Having a professional come by and take care of fleas can give you peace of mind. Tick Control Ticks...
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Where Do Stink Bugs Come From?

People living in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic may be familiar with the pesky invaders called stink bugs. While they don’t present any health dangers, stink bugs can be annoying to deal with for homeowners. The following is where stink bugs come from, and ways to get rid of them. Their Origin and Spread Brown stink bugs are native to Japan, Taiwan, China, and South Korea, and were first discovered in the United States in 1998. They quickly spread throughout the country and are now a common nuisance. How They Enter Your Home There are numerous ways that stink bugs can find entry into your home and start an infestation. Cracks and holes in your walls, doors, and windows are common ways that stink bugs find their way in. They can be transported inside unknowingly on items such as furniture, groceries, and clothing. It’s important to seal up any entry points and...
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Steps to protect Your Home From Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees can wreak havoc around your home. They like to dig and burrow into wood decks and fences, and in a pretty short period of time can cause a serious amount of damage. Here are a few steps that you can take to protect your home against carpenter bees.   1) Cover Carpenter Bee Holes Covering bee holes is one of the fastest and easiest ways to prevent carpenter bees from ruining your deck, fence, or the trimming around your house. You can start by tacking tarp or thick pieces of fabric to cover the bee holes.   2) Fill Carpenter Bee Holes Filling carpenter bee holes is another effective way to keep carpenter bees from burrowing and coming back to the wood around your home. You can either fill carpenter bee holes with wood putty or even fill them with steel wool to stop them in their tracks. Filling...
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How Are There Crickets in My Basement?

You go down to the basement of your home to gather some supplies for weekend yard work. As you move some boxes and other junk around to find what you need, an eye-roll-inducing cricket appears. And it’s not alone. Crickets are commonly found in the basements of homes and can be annoying to deal with. No one wants pests in their home, let alone ones that are difficult to get out. One question you will have is “how the heck did they even get down here”? Let’s dive into why crickets are attracted to the basement of your home. Shelter As is common with almost all pests, the crickets are down there because basements are typically both dark and moist, offering shelter and warmth. Most crickets will look to make their way inside during the later portions of fall before the temperature drops too much. Additionally, even finished basements will have...
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The Truth About Pest Control in the Winter

There is a belief that having your pest control company come out during the winter is a waste of money. However, in the long run it will save you money come the warmer spring and summer months. Many also believe that bugs and other pests die when colder climates come although, both of these beliefs are actually false. Here are several reasons why you should consider having RID Pest Control treat your home this winter. “Hibernating” Insects It's true that there are less to no bugs present in the winter months whether they are in your home or outside. Because they are out of sight, some believe they are dead. Although some insects like mosquitoes die in cold temperatures, several go into a hibernation-like state called diapause. In this state, they are in a suspended stage of development. Some insects that remain in this condition are flies, boxelder bugs, butterflies, moths...
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How Do Termites React in Cold Weather?

TermitesIf you are thinking that termites might take a winter break from chomping on the wood of your home, think again. These hardy pests will continue to eat through wood year round. Most homeowners do termite inspections during warmer months. While gardening or landscaping, a homeowner might run across termites. During colder months, you may not be as active outdoors, but termites certainly are. Termites Love Wood and Warmth There are four main termite species – drywood, dampwood, Eastern subterranean, and Formosan subterranean – meaning that termites live in nearly every region of the world. All species eat wood and can cause serious structural damage to your home. You may not see as many signs of termites in winter, but it doesn’t mean termites are hibernating or dead. Instead, as the weather gets colder, termites dig deeper into the ground to create a warm nest. Ideally, the optimum temperature is 75...
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How Do Pests Get in Your Home?

Ridding yourself of a pest infestation can be one of the more frustrating tasks you go through as a homeowner. They find any way inside possible and wreak havoc once indoors. Of course, the questions we all ask eventually comes up: “Where do all these pests come from?”. Luckily, we have an answer for you. Here are the top five ways pests find a way into your home and living space. Doors Just like us humans, pests come inside via doors as well. However, their method is a little more discrete. Bugs and critters can typically fit through the cracks under and around doors. The crumbs and dirt that accumulate at the bottom of door frames attract pests as well. To prevent this, clean your doorways thoroughly and invest in a door sweep to limit how many critters get through. Windows Windows are another main entrance for pests into your home,...
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Pests That Like to Hide in Your Lawn’s Pile of Leaves

Many people worry about pests being inside their homes. However, we often don’t think about the pests that are right outside our doors. When autumn comes around, the foliage is beautiful. But with that, there also comes large piles of leaves on your front lawn which are a perfect place for unwanted guests to hide. Here are four pests that like to hide in your lawn’s pile of leaves. Earwigs This reddish brown insect has a long, flat body and is about an inch long. It can easily be recognized by its pincers located at the tip of its abdomen. And they like to hide out in damp areas; like your lawn debris! Earwigs are not dangerous, but if agitated, they may pinch. And although they are not venomous insects, they tend to live together in large numbers; which isn’t good news if they are congregating right outside your home. When...
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What To Expect When You Have A Flea Infestation

Fleas tend to sneak up on you and your pets, and finding them should be concerning. Although they don’t breed on humans, they can harm your pet pretty significantly. If you find a flea, chances are that you’re find dozens more. They breed so fast that one female can lay up to 50 eggs in one day. If you want to protect your pet, it’s wise to first learn the signs of an infection. Expected Signs of a Flea Infestation It’s important to know and look for the signs of a flea infestation so you can take action before it becomes too serious. To deal with fleas, you need to be on the lookout for these signs: Fleas will bite any animal that has blood, including you. Although they don’t normally prefer humans, if they leave an animal host, they need other sustenance. Usually these bites are contained in your legs...
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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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