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Thanksgiving and Pests

rodentFor many American families, Thanksgiving is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday where family members gather to create beautiful memories. The last thing you want to experience is the disruption that unwanted pests can bring to your holiday celebration. The following paragraphs will highlight some practical steps you can take to reduce the chances of having your holiday crashed by unwelcome guests. What are the Most Common Household Pests? Roaches, ants, and rodents are three of the most common household pests that can cause your holiday plans to be disrupted. Each one brings its own unique set of issues. Roaches Roaches are a type of insect that is detested by many. Similarly, to rodents, roaches are also capable of harboring a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Roaches are attracted to food waste, making them fairly common to find in...
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Preparing Your Home for Fall Pests

pest controlWhen the cooler weather of the fall season arrives, you might begin to notice new pests that begin to invade the home. Some pests simply want to be in a warm environment while others are looking for a source of moisture. State Pest Control can help prepare your home to prevent pests from getting inside when they aren't wanted. One of the ways to keep pests out is to treat the basement and attic spaces. These are common areas where insects and other pests tend to get inside the home as they are darker environments and sometimes have the moisture that pests desire. Get rid of as many spider webs as possible. It's also important to get rid of other homes that pests have made, such as wasp nests and ant hills. When State Pest Control gets rid of the pests’ homes, they will have to find somewhere else to live....
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Tips for Keeping Your Tailgate or Outdoor BBQ Pest Free

mosquitoNo matter the season, outdoor barbecues and tailgate parties are a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. However, with any gathering where there is tasty food, enticing aromas and large groups of people, you'll have to contend with flies, mosquitoes and other uninvited guests. With careful planning and diligence, however, you can prevent pests from ruining your outdoor party. Prepare Your Yard If you'll be hosting your outdoor party in your own yard, prepare your yard ahead of time to minimize opportunities for pests to gather. Mosquitoes breed in standing, stagnant water, so make sure you don't have any containers that can gather water and give mosquitoes an attractive breeding environment. Mosquitoes can thrive in as little water as you can fit in a bottle cap. Keep weeds, bushes and grass cut back to eliminate shelter for insects and other pests. Finally, inspect your yard for any insect nests...
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General Pest Prevention: Ants, Roaches

You are far from the only person worried about keeping their home free of annoying pests that can cause health problems. In fact, pest prevention is a major issue for the majority of North Carolina residents these days. High on the list of insects that no-one wants to see in their home are cockroaches and ants. Both of these types of pests can make your life miserable once they set up home and start breeding. So, what can you do about it? Ants The number of ants in the world is far greater than the human population. There are also many different types of them around too.In North Carolina, fire ants are among those you will most want to be aware of. You can identify them because of their red or copper body, with a darker abdomen. When this ant stings you, it can cause a painful infection like a white...
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Proofing Your Yard Against Fleas and Ticks

If you have pets, the last thing you want is for your beloved animals to suffer. Unfortunately for many of our four-legged friends, fleas and ticks can make life harder. Most people know that they should keep their pets away from other animals that show signs of infestations. You may be unaware, however, that the danger can start right in your own yard. Here’s how to take action and keep your surroundings flea- and tick-free. A Primer on Fleas and Ticks Although fleas are six-legged insects and ticks are eight-legged arachnids, both are parasites that survive by feeding on the nutrients found in other animals’ blood. They can prey on domesticated and wild mammals in addition to birds, humans and other species. Fleas Fleas are generally less than one-eighth of an inch long. They’re identifiable not only by their dark color but also because they can use their longer back legs to...
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Signs You Brought Bed Bugs Home From A Business Trip

You just got back from spending time on the road for business, and you’re itching and scratching like crazy. Your irritated skin and bumps may not prove that you have bedbugs, however. It’s vital to confirm that you’re really dealing with an infestation before taking action. Are You at Risk? The beds in hotels and similar lodgings are known for their potential to harbor bedbug colonies, and bed bugs are not discerning on the type of hotel—the fanciest of hotels to the most basic motels are subject to bed bugs. For instance, the problem is so well-established that you can even check free online databases like the Bedbug Registry to find out whether you stayed in a hotel that other travelers reported getting bedbugs from. Bedbugs don’t just infest bedding either. News sources say that if you spent time in a hotel that had a bedbug problem, then your luggage or...
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Preventing Ants From Joining Your Summer BBQs

While you probably want to have a lot of guests at your summer BBQs, one guest that you're likely to want to stay away is ants. Ants can get in your food, bite your invited guests and generally cause a lot of trouble. The good news is there are a few ways to ensure that these unwelcome guests stay away from your get together. Prep Your Lawn Ants and other pests find it easier to hide in tall grass, so it's a good idea to mow or trim your lawn before your event. There are also a number of substances that ants won't or don't like to travel over, so you may want to create a perimeter around the areas you'll be eating in. Lines made of chalk, cinnamon and crumbled up charcoal are all able to deter ants. Additionally, these substances are unlikely to bother pets or children who are...
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The Dangers Standing Water Can Cause

Water is a necessary ingredient for life, including the lives of pests. Standing water in your backyard can attract a long list of tenacious pests, including mosquitos. These critters can carry diseases, including the West Nile virus. Understanding the risks of standing water and taking steps to avoid sources in your yard can help you avoid close contact with these insects. What is Standing Water? Standing water is stagnant water that has no fresh source. This water typically comes from rainstorms or accumulates when you run your sprinklers. Common places for standing water in your backyard can include bird baths, buckets, empty pots and children's toys. If your yard has a pool or water feature that hasn't been cleaned, it can be a source of standing water as well. The Danger of Standing Water In the summer, insects are frequently on the lookout for a new place to breed. Summer rainstorms...
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Three Ways to Prepare for Termite Swarms

As spring arrives in North Carolina, many forms of life awaken or migrate north for the warm seasons. The new buds on the trees, early-blooming flowers and even bees are all beautiful and beneficial, but some of these life forms are considered pests and are the source of countless problems. One of the worst of these offenders is the termite, and when termites swarm, you must prepare your property or face serious structural damage. About Termite Swarms Termites are small insects that look like ants, and like ants, they live in colonies that range in size from a few hundred to a few thousand. Another trait that termites have in common with ants is that they are very specialized, and each job in the colony is performed by a designated specialist. When termite colonies get too large, they send out scouts with long, slender wings in search of sources of food...
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5 Signs of Termites

Termites can quietly tear your entire home apart. Contrary to popular belief, these destructive insects will cause trouble throughout the year. Termites are often mistaken for flying ants because of their similar appearance. If they are not eliminated from your home in a timely manner, you could be facing thousands of dollars in damage. Here are five key signs that termites have started to attack your residence. 1) Dirt Tubes To travel with an extra sense of protection, termites construct dirt tubes. It is not uncommon to find these passageways near your home’s foundation and along your exterior walls. Dirt tubes are quite brittle, so you can easily break them apart with your fingers. However, don’t be surprised if you fail to find any termites. They have probably moved on to destroy a new part of your home. 2) Damaged Wood If you have wood flooring or siding, pay very close...
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New Years Resolution: Keep Your Home Pest Free

New Years Resolution: Keep Your Home Pest Free Lose weight, stop smoking, read more - these are some of the most common New Years Resolutions you'll hear from people as they press restart on their calendars. To ensure you protect your home, health and budget from a pest problem, add these easy yet necessary resolutions to your list in the upcoming new year. Remain Aware of the Signs of Pests in Your Home Pests come in many shapes and sizes in North Carolina, and each presents a different threat to your home and health. The three most common pests residents in North Carolina face during the winter include roaches, termites and mice. Signs of Roaches in Your Home Feces that resemble black pepper or coffee grounds Oblong and brown casings - also known as oothecae - that house eggs Musty odor that intensifies with the size of the infestation Signs of...
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5 Tips For Staying Bed Bug Free During Your Holiday Travels

5 Tips For Staying Bed Bug Free During Your Holiday Travels While many people enjoy exchanging presents during the holidays, there are some gifts that no one wants. Far worse than the dreaded lump of coal, bed bugs are sneaky hitchhikers that will happily join you when you are traveling for the holidays. What a Bed Bug Wants Bed bugs invade the places where people are because they feed on human blood. They are attracted by the heat and carbon dioxide that human bodies naturally give off, and they settle in places where people sleep because slumbering humans are easy prey for these nocturnal pests. Signs of an Infestation Signs that might indicate a bed bug infestation include a bed bug sighting and spots that look like blood or pepper. When checking your luggage, take the time to examine your suitcase and its contents carefully. Be sure to look in all...
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5 interesting facts about bed bugs

Bed Bug 3"Don't let the bed bugs bite" used to be a saying that was made somewhat in jest. Now, with these pests making a comeback, many are starting to take the warning seriously. It has become more important than ever for homeowners and renters to maintain vigilance in regards to bed bugs. Here are some facts that will support you in your quest to eliminate these unwanted household invaders. Bed Bugs Can Survive for Months Without Feeding These pests are extremely resilient, which is one of the reasons why any sign of their presence should be taken very seriously. There have even been reports of bed bugs surviving in a house for up to eighteen months without feeding.  These Critters Can Travel on Bags and Luggage If someone's home is infested with bed bugs and they visit your house, you may be at risk. This is because bed bugs have no problem...
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Tips for Keeping Your Tailgate Party or Outdoor Barbecue Pest Free

Mosquito 4As summer turns to fall, it's easy to assume that most warm weather pests are long gone. Unfortunately for North Carolina residents, that's rarely the case. Temperatures are often still warm in early fall, and humidity is too. Warm temperatures and high humidity create the perfect setting for mosquitoes, stinging insects, ants and other pests, so it can be tricky to enjoy outdoor events like tailgate parties and barbecues long after summer is over. The good news is that you don't have to take these intrusions sitting down. By keeping a few simple things in mind, you can ward off the worst of the pests to ensure that a relaxing, enjoyable time is had by all. Top Tips for Warding Off Pests During Outdoor Get Togethers Because tailgate parties and barbecues involve lots of food and drinks, pests like ants are just as eager to attend as humans. In North Carolina,...
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