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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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