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How Long Does Pest Control Treatment Take?

One of the main reasons why people do not like hiring pest control specialists is because of the time it takes to complete treatments. However, when you are dealing with living things inside your home, the process takes time. In this guide, we go over how long pest control treatments take.  How Long Does It Take To Spray Your House? Each treatment is different depending on the pest. Prevention measures typically take around 15 to 30 minutes. Talk to your pest control specialist to see how long it will take for them to spray your home.  How Long Do You Have to Stay Out of Your Home? Since there are many different sprays and treatments, you have to follow the directions your pest control company gives. Many companies use organic spray solutions where you can enter your home right away. However, many experts recommend waiting at least 30 minutes for it...
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What To Look For When Hiring a Pest Control Company

When dealing with pests, it’s best to hire a professional instead of attempting to deal with the problem yourself, particularly if the pest problem is ongoing or the infestation is too large. But before hiring just any pest control company, you want to know what to look for when doing so.  Knowledge The technician should be knowledgeable enough to provide you with any pest-control-related information and answer all of your questions. The technician should be upfront and honest about any questions he or she can’t answer and be willing to find the answer for you.  If you have a pest problem on your hands, then a pest control company should be your go-to source for knowledge. Check out the company’s blog. If there are informative and helpful posts, it will let you know the company is knowledgeable in the field.  Professional Appearance First impressions are everything! Technicians should arrive looking neat...
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Ways To Keep Drain Flies Out of Your Kitchen

 If you notice tiny, moth-like insects buzzing around your kitchen drain, you are probably hosting a population of drain flies. Drain flies present an unnerving nuisance at the heart of your home. Follow these easy and effective methods for eliminating the problem of drain flies.  Seal the Deal When you first suspect that you have a drain fly infestation on your hands, do the duct tape test. Seal off your drain overnight with strips of tape. The next morning, check to see if flies are stuck to the sticky surface. Repeat this process for several nights to determine the extent of your infestation. Thoroughly Clean the Drain Take away what drain flies love the most: standing water and organic debris. Use the following methods for sanitizing your sink: Send boiling water down the drain. Routinely clear your drains with a pan of steaming water. The heat will kill the insects while...
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What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

  Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood—specifically, human blood. They’ll feed on other mammals such as cats and dogs as well. While these bugs are big enough to be seen by the human eye, hiding is one of their specialties. They enjoy burrowing into warm spaces like furniture, bedding and the cracks and crevices of mattresses.  Adult bed bugs have wing pads, but they aren’t used for flying. These blood-sucking pests are crawlers—and fast ones at that. Bed bugs have antennas and short golden-colored hairs. They also give off a smelly, musty odor produced through their glands on the lower part of their body. It’s important to know what to look for, so you’re able to correctly identify them and stem a potential infestation.  Color Bed bug colors vary from red to orange to brown. Immature bed bugs are an off-white color—mostly translucent. They take on a bright red...
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Everything You Need to Know About Bees

We here at A-Academy Pest Control compiled some of the basics about bees to help you make more educated choices on how to deal with them.  Types of Bees in a Colony Bee colonies consist of different types of bees, all with their own jobs to help the colony function:  Workers: These bees are the ones you’re most likely to see. They are responsible for food collection, hive maintenance, hive expansion, caring for the young and defending the colony. Drones: These male bees will mate with new queens during the nuptial flight and die shortly afterward. Queen: She lays all the eggs in the colony, and without her, the colony cannot replace old workers. Some colonies may have a queen waiting to take over when an old one dies. Non-colony Bees Solitary carpenter bees will carve extensive tunnels into the wood for their nests. They also visit many flowers in search...
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Why Your Home Might Be Attracting Termites

Termites cause billions of dollars of property damage every year in the United States alone. These small insects can quickly turn your dream home into a nightmare, so anything you can do to avoid them can save you time and money in the long run. Here's why your home may be attracting termites.  Readily Available Food Termites go where the food is. Most of their diet consists of wood, and they're not picky about where it comes from. Mulch and firewood piles draw termites in, and if they're close to your house, the termites may migrate. Keep firewood at least a few feet from your home and elevated off the ground if possible. Likewise, you should keep mulch away from your foundation.  Tree stumps, fallen branches and excess plant matter in an area can also attract termites. Branches of living trees that touch your roof allow termites and other pests to...
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Common Places Rodents Use To Get Into Your Home

  The plagues of rats and mice have been the cause of great misfortunes for mankind as they carry dangerous diseases. So, it is crucial to take steps to avoid rodent infestations in your home. These rodents not only put people's health at risk but also affect the environment. Species that are not native to America cause significant damage to ecosystems. For example, they destroy the food of other animals destroying their ability to live. Here we let you know the common places rodents use to enter your home and provide you with some useful tips for preventing rat infestations.  1. Cover Any Holes Rats have a soft skeleton and can fit through almost any hole or other openings. They nest in the most unsuspected corners. So, you must cover the gaps in your home or business with protective strips or steel wool. 2. Store Your Food Well Cover and secure...
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What Are the Different Types of Ants?

Ants are very common pests throughout the country. Enjoying a picnic outside on a spring day can be disturbed by these pests. Kitchen floors can have a trail of ants carrying crumbs to their nests. Carpenter ants can cause damage to wooden structures within the home or outside. There are many different types of ants of which you should be aware. Keep reading to find out more about four different types of ants.  Field Ant The field ant can be a myriad of different colors, such as black, brown, yellowish-brown or red. This species is mainly found outside within soil, leaves or dead wood. Fortunately, they are not often found inside of the home. It is vital to note that these ants have stingers that can cause pain. Overall, however, they are one of the more harmless species of ants.  Dark Rover Ant The dark rover ant likes to make its...
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Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home

Seeing a rodent in your home will probably make your skin crawl. Not only are rodents like mice and rats nuisances, but they also carry diseases that are harmful to you and your pets.  If untreated, a rodent infestation can cause electrical and structural damage to your home, as well as contaminate your pantry supplies. Luckily, we have created a helpful list to help prevent rodents. Here are some ways to keep rodents out of your home.  Keep Food Stored Securely Mice and rats usually enter your home in search of food and water, so keeping potential food sources hidden away is essential to preventing an infestation. Ensure dry goods like oats, bread, cereal and pet food is secured in airtight containers.  Do not leave dishes out for too long and wash your pet’s food bowl regularly. Rodents love crumbs, so make sure your floors and counters are cleaned regularly, too. ...
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Checking Your Pet For Ticks

As pet owners know, their beloved creatures can’t just speak up whenever something is wrong. So, their owners must give them proper check-ups as needed. A trip to the vet every week isn’t realistic, so some DIY investigating must be done. One common problem among many pets is the presence of ticks. Fortunately, there are simple ways for owners to check their pets for ticks. Pre-Indoors Check Many pets like to spend time outdoors playing around, either with other animals or their owners. Of course, they often try to scurry off and get into places they aren’t supposed to. As a result, they are more likely to be exposed to ticks while outside. Run your fingers through your pet’s fur before letting your furry friend back inside. Small bumps could indicate the presence of a tick. There are several areas on an animal that owners should specifically check. Under the Collar...
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Identifying Spiders: Venomous or Not?

Spiders are unwanted creatures in your home. Not only are some people terrified of them, but they can also pose a health risk if they are poisonous. In some cases, it can be hard to identify a poisonous spider from that of one that is non-venomous. Here at A-Academy Pest Control, we know the importance of not having spiders in your home, no matter whether or not they are poisonous. When we come out, we will help with identifying spiders in your home and let you know how we can treat the issue. Potential Spiders that Might be Lurking in your Home Our area is home to several different spiders. Most of them are of the non-venomous variety. Spiders like the common house spiders, and orb weavers are not poisonous to humans. The area is home to 3 different poisonous spiders. Black Widow The black widow spider is easily identified. This spider...
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10 Tips to a Pest-Free Home

Having a pest-free home is essential to your health and the integrity of your living space. While it can be difficult to keep every insect out of your house, there are simple ways to prevent an infestation. Here are ten tips for a pest-free home.  Regular Cleaning and Maintenance Regularly cleaning your home is the best way to keep pests away. Pests will often enter your home in search of food, so regular cleaning will help eliminate crumbs and debris that can accumulate on floors and in cabinets. Regular cleaning also helps to prevent insects from nesting or making webs.  Garden Maintenance If your garden is overgrown, it may invite more pests to your yard and make it easier for them to get into your home. Trim back overgrown weeds and shrubs regularly to make it harder for pests to come in. Mulch can also attract pests, so consider using other...
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How to Keep Pantry Pests Out of Your Home

Pantry pests like cockroaches, spiders, and beetles are hard to get rid of. They feed on common dry goods, like flour or rice, and can sneak into your home easily. While mostly harmless, pantry pests can contaminate food items and worsen allergy symptoms. They can also multiply quickly, making it even harder to eliminate them. Here are some ways to keep pantry pests out of your home. Pantry Cleanliness The first step in keeping pests out of your home is to keep your pantry and kitchen clean. If food items are left out or unsealed, pantry pests can start feeding on your grocery items. To reduce pests, empty your pantry and vacuum excess crumbs and spider webs every few months. Throw away expired food items and ensure dry goods are sealed. Check any unsealed or opened containers for bugs or droppings. Regularly cleaning countertops, floors and cabinets will also help reduce...
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How Summer Weather Affects Household Pest Problems

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation – until pests wreak havoc in your home and yard! Summer weather often creates pest problems that do not exist during colder months. Here are some ways that summer weather affects household pest problems. Some Pests Thrive in Warm Weather Many pests thrive in warm weather and come out of their nests and burrows to enjoy the hot sun. Many of these pests also use the summer months to eat, build their homes and get ready for the winter. Pests like wasps and bees come out of hibernation in the summer and can be a real nuisance to your home and backyard. They build new hives and are constantly flying around flowers and shrubbery. Rodents like squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons also come out of hibernation in the summer and make holes in your backyard to hide food and for shelter. Summer Flowers Attract...
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Can Pests Spread the Coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic is still active around the world, and many people are fearful that they will catch this disease. While coronavirus can be spread from human to human, there is no evidence that this illness can be spread through pests. As summer is approaching, many people are concerned about having contact with pests and how that will affect their health. Continue reading to learn about pests and the other diseases they can carry. Insects Summer is always a time for insects to come out of hibernation and thrive. People across the world experience an insect increase during warm months, and there is a higher chance of getting bitten or stung by these pests. Many people are concerned about contracting a disease in this manner because mosquitoes have been found to carry malaria and the Zika virus, and ticks are known for carrying Lyme disease. However, there is absolutely no evidence...
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Uncovering the Hiding Places of Bedbugs

Nothing is more disgusting than seeing scurrying bedbugs running across your sheets or mattresses. Once they make their appearance, they are extremely difficult to wipe out. What makes the battle even more challenging is that bedbugs are masters at disappearing and concealing themselves until they become thirsty for their next meal. Arm yourself with knowledge in your war against bedbugs. Learn their secret hiding places so you know how to plan your attack. Hiding Places of Bedbugs Edges of Mattresses Checking your mattresses periodically is a good practice of hygiene, even if you have not seen evidence of a bedbug invasion. Bedbugs almost always hide along the seams and edgings of mattresses. Take a flashlight and a fine-toothed comb and examine every seam for these tiny brownish creatures or dark smears that indicate their presence. Crevices of Beds Frames Once you have checked the mattresses and bedding themselves, move to the...
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The Difference Between Rotten Wood and Termite Activity

Rotting wood and termite infestation look similar and are both pretty serious causes of damage to any structure that is made out of wood. Although they share these similarities, they are quite different in the way you should treat them. In order to be sure that you aren’t wasting time and resources, read on to familiarize yourself with the difference so that you can be well equipped if any of these problems come along. Termite Activity Don’t be surprised if you find that you may have both an infestation and wood decay. Termite and carpenter ants are attracted to wood that has already been softened thanks to moisture. They’ll burrow into the wood itself, and when you knock on it, it will sound very hollow as they have eaten away at the wood. You could also notice a wavy pattern left behind by the termite activity. The termites weaken the structure...
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Why It’s Important To Deal With Raccoons

Being some of the smaller relatives to bears, the raccoon enjoys living in wooded areas near water, but commonly found in urban areas looking for food at night. There are 7 different species of raccoon, with one being on the endangered species list. Raccoons may look incredibly cute from afar, but up close can be a whole different story, so it’s important to understand the danger and damage raccoons can have to yourself, others, and/or your community. What Is A Raccoon “Raccoons are a medium sized mammal from North America. They vary in size, but traditionally are between 7 to 20 pounds and have an average height of 10.5 inches.” Raccoons are sneaky and can have running speeds up to 15 mph! Seems crazy, right? These fast and furry friends can be found in any type of climate and are omnivores, so eating plants, small animals, and insects with their hands...
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Flea Treatments for Your Pets

The options for flea control for your pets are numerous. You need to consider pet medications, natural remedies and protection for the yard. The end goal for each method is to eliminate the fleas on your pet and in your home and yard. Being proactive and using a combination of treatments is the best way to reduce the chances of fleas. Retail Flea Products When it comes to retail flea products, you can choose from liquids, sprays, shampoos and collars. Each of the different treatments has benefits. The protection time may vary depending on the product. So make sure to continuously apply the treatment timely. The liquid flea protection is drops. The application goes right on your pet’s skin from the head and down the back. The flea drops last 30 days and needs reapplied within a couple of days of the prior month’s application. Once the liquid is on, your...
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How to Winterize Your Home to Keep Rodents, Rats and Mice Out

The cold of winter is here, and many people prefer to stay indoors to keep warm. It’s nice to be able to snuggle up in a warm space when the biting winds are waiting for you just behind the door. While many people like to keep out of the cold, there are many winter pests that like to do the same. Your warm home is an inviting place for rodents, rats and mice during the cold winter months. However, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep the pests out while you stay in and get cozy. Inspect Your Home If you want to keep pests like rodents, rats and mice out of your home, you will need to make sure there is no entrance for them. Take the time to carefully inspect your home. Step outside to check the exterior of your home to see if there are...
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