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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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Holiday Season Pest Control

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year. Seeing family and friends and spending time with them is something everyone enjoys. Unfortunately, time can also be spent with rodents and pests. Of course, the holidays fall in the cold, winter months leaving pest searching for a way into your home and finding warm shelter. They are annoying to see and oftentimes difficult to completely get rid of. Luckily, there are precautions you can take around your living space to limit or prevent a pest infestation. Cracks and Crevices Since pests are so small, they can fit through just about any opening they find throughout your house. That goes for both the interior and the exterior. Cracks in windows, ventilation, and crawl spaces will serve as entryways for pests looking to come inside. Patching these up with sealant, such as caulk, will limit how many pests come in....
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