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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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