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Keeping Crickets Out of Your Basement

Not only are crickets a pest from a visual standpoint, it can be annoying to hear them infiltrating your home. Especially if they’re in your basement, that environment can foster even more crickets multiplying within your living space. Here are a few tips to keep those pesky critters out of your basement and your house in general. Vacuum This is a solid first step to deter any pests in general from setting up camp in your house. Make an emphasis on keeping clean floors and crevices that would be otherwise attractive to crickets. They could be feeding on your scraps and crumbs that have fallen on the floor. Vacuuming would also suck up any eggs laid and the smaller crickets who are living in small areas. Clean Up Crickets love trash and clutter. Be sure to clear your area so that you don’t attract pests that feed off of trash and...
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Which Pests Stay Dormant During the Colder Months?

Everything seems to slow down in the winter. We’re slower getting out of bed in the morning, it takes longer for our cars to start, and when it snows, it takes longer to complete our daily commutes. But what about pests? Do they slow down as well in colder weather? The answer is...some of them do. Here are a few types of pests that become dormant during the winter and what you can do about the ones that don’t. Pests that Become Dormant Mosquitoes Mosquitoes are one type of pest that become dormant during the winter months. Actually, it’s only the female mosquitoes. They store up fat and go into a hibernation-like state. The males just die. Moths Also, many species of moths are able to do something similar. In fact, the arctic woolly bear moth spends most of its life in this state, creating a sugar called alcohol glycerol to...
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Tips To Keep Pests Away in the Fall

Once summer is over and the colder weather starts to move in, many different kinds of pests can try to move in, too! All sorts of pests, from rodents to insects, will be looking for a warm place to stay, and your home will be at risk. Here are a few simple things that you can do to keep these pests out of your home. 1. Seal Off Any Potential Pest Entries Places like gutters, windows, and attic spaces are perfect entryways for pests. Many people don't realize that their homes have lots of small open crevices in unseen places. Rooftops are common places for pests to get inside your home, so you should definitely make sure there are no openings in and around your roof. You can check it out yourself, if you feel comfortable doing so, or get the assistance of a professional roofer. You can also purchase gutter...
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Know the Differences Between Bees and Wasps

Many people aren’t familiar with the characteristics that differentiate bees from wasps. When encountering one, your gut reaction tells you to jump up, run away or swat at the insect flying around your head and buzzing in your ears. However, knowing the type of pest circling your head is extremely important in determining how you should react. The most important things to do are to remain calm and stay safe when you encounter a bee or wasp. Natural Characteristics Both honey bees and wasps are capable of stinging you, however wasps are naturally more aggressive. Honey bees tend to sting only when provoked. Honey bees also die after stinging their victim once, while wasps can sting you multiple times. You should not provoke any type of bee, particularly wasps. Another dangerous possibility that accompanies being stung is the potential of an allergic reaction. Stings can be life threatening, so you should...
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The Importance of Checking Yourself for Ticks

Summer is a great time for hiking, camping, rock climbing, barbecuing and other outdoor activities. As you enjoy the beauties of nature with family and friends, be sure to do so safely by always checking for ticks. These little critters are most commonly in trees, underbrush, bushes and can even be in your grass. Ticks Transfer Diseases Ticks transfer several known diseases to humans. Lyme’s Disease, the most common tick transmitted disease, is caused by the bite of an infected tick. If you are bitten by a tick, there are several symptoms to watch out for such as: fever, fatigue, aching muscles, swelling in the joints and a rash. Lyme’s Disease is treated easily through antibiotics. Considerably lessen your risk for getting Lyme’s Disease by learning how to exterminate ticks around your yard. Could Harm Your Pets You need to check yourself for ticks after spending time outside for your own...
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