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San Diego 13th Worst City For Termite Problems

In early March of 2017, a major nationwide pest control company released data showing its top 15 cities where it performed the most termite services during the past year. Mobile, Alabama took the first spot, and it was followed by several Florida cities. San Diego took number 13 on the list. Sixth place went to Los Angeles, and experts in SoCal believe that the two cities rank so high because of the many trees and wood structures. Most of SoCal is dry outside of the bigger cities. There are plenty of underground sprinklers, man-made ponds and fountains in cities to keep bushes, trees and other wood hydrated. Also, experts say that many residents do not realize the importance of termite control and do not keep up with preventative treatments. Dangers Of Termites Termites are one of the most expensive pests in the United States. They cost consumers well over $5 billion...
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Preventing Ants From Joining Your Memorial Day BBQ

For many people, Memorial Day marks the end of cold and rainy weather and signals the approach of summer, and if you are like others, you are looking forward to cooking out, enjoying the weather and celebrating everything that the troops have done for our country. If you wish to get the most from your cookout, you need to remember that you are not the only one who likes good food and sunny skies. When the temperature starts to rise, ants will venture out into the world, searching for food in and around your home. Unless you take the proper steps to safeguard your picnic area from the threat, it won't be long before the pesky insects launch their invasion. Foods That Attract Ants When your goals involve preventing ants from taking over your cookout, learning what foods draw their attention is a smart move that you won't want to overlook....
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How to Fool Roaches into Your Trap

Roaches. You're probably shuddering already at the mere mention of the term. Like many of us, it's likely that you've had to bust out a can of spray or set a trap during the warmer months when roaches run rampant. Although sprays can be effective at keeping roaches at bay, the fumes are aggravating and the spray quickly dissipates and loses effectiveness, especially if you're treating outdoor areas. Plus, it's difficult to know exactly when/where to spray unless you're directly nuking the critter(s). For these reasons, it's safer and more effective to use traps, instead, and you'll want to set them at prime locations to stop roaches dead in their tracks. Here are some quick tips to increase the effectiveness of your traps: Know Your Enemy's Likes and Dislikes: Obviously enough, roaches require food and water to survive, so they're going to be attracted to moist areas where these resources are...
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Why You Need A Termite Inspection

If you are in the process of buying a home, you will likely have a home inspection scheduled. You should be aware that home inspections typically do not include pest inspections unless a pest is clearly visible during the actual inspection. Before you make one of the largest financial commitments of your life, ensure that your property is safe and free from pests by scheduling a termite inspection. A termite inspection is vital for any new home because termite damage or infestation may not be readily apparent to the untrained eye. Even though termites can do plenty of damage in a short period of time, the damage to the foundation of your home may not present itself right away. If left untreated for any period of time, this threatens the structural integrity of your home. In addition, termites can bring disease and bacteria in your home, which is dangerous for people and...
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Don't Let Bed Bugs Get in Between the Sheets

Bedbugs are nasty insects that will invade your home and make your life miserable. When you have a bedbug infestation, you probably won't notice the warning signs until the invasion is in full swing. At that point, getting rid of your unwelcome guests will be much harder, and many people feel lost when it comes to finding a solution. The good news is that you can reduce the risk of bedbugs by following the right plan. First, you must understand how the creatures get into your home so that you can keep them away. You will then need to learn how to inspect your home for signs of bedbug activity. How Bedbugs Get Inside Learning how bedbugs manage to get inside of homes and businesses is a great first step for anyone who would like to reduce the threat. Those who travel on a regular basis are the most at risk...
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