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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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