Pest Control Guide

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Ants seek out food in any form, such as crumbs on your kitchen counters or pet food left out. To get to a meal, they enter your home through the tiniest openings around windows and doors. Once an ant locates a food source, it uses pheromones to tell the rest of the colony the good news so they can follow along. The best way to prevent an ant infestation is to keep crumbs and spills wiped up. Ants are notoriously difficult to get rid of, so using a professional saves you time, money, and frustration.

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Biting insects such as fleas and bed bugs make your home miserable for you and your pets. They latch onto humans and animals alike, carrying disease and irritating their hosts. Biting insects are hard to spot, but they reproduce quickly, so it’s critical to get professional help as soon as you suspect an infestation. Once an expert has treated the area, vacuuming carpets and laundering bedding and curtains can help keep them from coming back. If you have pets, use flea collars or another preventive to keep them flea-free.

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One common type of fabric pest is the carpet beetle. These oval-shaped creatures can be black, orange, brown, yellow, or white and may be mistaken for ladybugs. Some have tufts of hair or stripes. Carpet beetles love natural fibers like bedding, wool, or curtains, but they will eat synthetic materials if nothing else is available. They can do a great deal of damage in a short time, so it’s important to act right away if you see signs of an infestation.

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Spiders inspire a deep-seated fear known as arachnophobia in many people. It’s difficult to tell which spiders are poisonous and which are not, so it’s best to keep them all out of your living space. These eight-legged pests usually come into your home inside bags and backpacks, hiding in the folds and crevices. Once inside, they take up residence in dark areas such as basements and cabinets. Keeping those areas neat can help control the spider population, but if you see signs of a problem, call a professional before it gets out of hand.

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Stinging pests are not just a nuisance; they can be dangerous as well, especially if someone in your home is allergic. In the spring, bees, wasps, and the like emerge from winter seclusion ready to eat. While they do carry out vital functions in nature such as pollination, when the food supply runs out, stinging insects may look for a meal in your trash bins. Removing the food source may be enough to convince the pests to move along, but if not, a professional can help you with a more long-term solution

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German cockroaches are the most common roaches you will have to contend with. They are generally half an inch in size and have distinct dark stripes running down their backs. Additionally, they love to be near water so that you may find them near the sink in the bathroom or kitchen. You can try to cut them off from their food supply by not leaving crumbs around the house. Otherwise, you will require professional assistance to eliminate them. While roaches can make their way into any home, you can do your part in preventing them access to your home by regularly cleaning, sealing any cracks, and keeping the space as cool as you can.

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Rodents, such as mice or squirrels, are easiest to identify because they leave behind droppings around cupboards and drawers. You may also notice chewing marks on food packaging. You can use mouse traps and other forms of bait to keep the rodents at bay. However, it will be easiest to stop them from getting in your home in the first place. You should eliminate any entry points by fixing any holes in your home’s siding or roof. You should also make sure your garbage containers have tight-fitting lids, and you should avoid feeding any outdoor birds because they can leave behind the food that attracts the rodents.

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