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How to Keep Pests From Coming Back?

Having a pest infestation in your home can cause much aggravation as you try to eliminate the problem. While there are many ways to exterminate pests, which have infested your house, it is pointless unless you make sure they don’t come back in. Here are some ways you can solve your next pest problem before it even starts. Home Defense The first thing you should do is make sure you seal off all openings around your house. This doesn’t just mean shutting doors and closing window screens (although you should do this too) but checking around crawl spaces and in your dryer vent as well. If you see a tear in your window screen or a hole in your drywall, make sure to repair them before any unwanted creatures come through. If you have a chimney, set up a chimney cap to bar pests and rodents from entering. You can seal...
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How Invasive Species Can Impact Your Home and Outdoor Areas

Regular household and garden pests are a chore to deal with. Rodents, ants, bed bugs, hornets and wasps are all vermin that need extermination before they can dig in. An infestation by common pests is generally easy to deal with using over the counter pest control, but when your yard or home becomes infested with an invasive species, you’re in real trouble. Here’s why: No Natural Population Limiting Factors Invasive insect species, in particular, are notorious for boom and bust population growth. They reproduce rapidly and consume the food sources for other species in the local ecosystem, including other insects and plants that are necessary to sustain avian and mammal life. As the invasive population continues to grow unchecked, it eventually collapses, leaving the natural life cycle of plants and animals in your home and yard cut short. That’s just in the yard. Unchecked breeding in the walls and crawl spaces...
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Keeping Rodents Away During the Winter

Although Southern California isn’t known for having harsh winters, local residents can still expect to experience their fair share of cold days. Like so many other pests in the area, rodents will be trying to stay warm. Here are some valuable tips for keeping away mice and rats. Seal Entry Points Because rodents have such limber bodies, they can easily squeeze into very tight spots. Even a tiny opening will enable a mouse to come inside. This is why it’s so important to seal up entry points. Before the winter arrives, take the time to inspect your home for cracks. Pay extra attention to gaps between walls and unsealed drainage pipes. Silicone caulking can be used to effectively plug holes. Eliminate Food Sources Rodents have a keen sense of smell. If you have any pets at home, be sure to store their food in a rodent-proof container. To prevent rats from...
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Ways to Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Restaurant

As a restaurant owner, it’s especially important for you to seek roach control. Failing to take the necessary precautions can lead to big problems. Not only will these insects turn away customers, but they may also cause your establishment to receive a poor sanitation rating. A small issue can quickly become a full-fledged infestation. Here are some proven ways to keep roaches out of your restaurant. Keep the Business Clean Like so many other pests, roaches are drawn to food sources. Make it a point to keep the restaurant clean as possible. Sweeping up crumbs and disinfecting around tables will make a big difference. You should also develop a habit of taking out the trash on a regular basis. Leaving dishes in the sink overnight is an absolute no-no. Seal Openings Holes and cracks make it easy for roaches to come inside. Once these insects have established a colony, they’ll be...
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Tips to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Multi-Unit Housing Buildings

If you run or manage a multiunit housing building, keeping your residents bed bug-free is vital. Doing so, though, is often much harder than it sounds, and you might not know what you should do or where you can turn for answers. This guide reveals the top tips you can use to keep bed bugs away from your housing unit. You and your residents can then have peace of mind, and you will know you have made a smart decision. Learn the Signs Learning the common signs of bed bug activity is vital when you want to prevent them from spreading throughout your property. Bed bugs are hard to spot in the early stages of an infestation because they prefer staying out of sight, but they leave some clues behind. Look for red stains and discarded bed bug shells on or near mattresses. Bed bugs usually leave small red marks on...
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Bed Bug Myths

Bed bugs are able to transmit deadly diseases when they bite. If you believe this, you're misinformed. Thanks to all the myths that are circulating, these tiny pests leave most homeowners frustrated and confused. Myth One: Bed bugs are too small to identify. Fortunately, if your mattress is infested, you'll have no trouble with seeing the bugs. Adults, nymphs and even eggs can be spotted with the naked eye. Myth Two: Bed bugs rear their ugly heads in only unclean environments. This couldn't be further from the truth. The reality is that these bugs don't have a preference. They will take up residence in a high-end hotel or a run-down house. Furthermore, your living quarters can be spotlessly clean or ridiculously filthy. What bed bugs crave is warmth, and carbon dioxide draws them out of their hiding places. For food, they need your blood, so your home is beyond ideal for...
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