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The Pest Repellent Essentials for Hiking

Hikes are one of life’s simplest pleasures. They calm the mind, exercise the body, and nourish the soul. Unfortunately, all it takes to ruin a nice hike is a swarm of flies or mosquitoes annoying you every step of the way. Knowing how to keep pests off of you is essential during a hike, especially if you’re hiking through a dense forest in the middle of summer. Here are some ways to enjoy the nicer parts of nature without aggravating pests giving you trouble. What to Wear First, let’s talk about what kind of clothing you should wear on your hikes to keep bugs off. Basically you should try to leave as little skin exposed as possible. Any open skin is an opportunity for mosquitoes to bite. That doesn’t mean you should wear warm, heavy clothes. They can be as light as you want. Just make sure your arms and legs...
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What to do if Gophers are Digging up Your Garden

Gophers may be cute animals, but they are capable of causing serious damage to your yard and garden. There are several methods of preventing and dealing with gophers that enter your yard. The following is what to do if gophers are digging up your garden. Setting Up Traps Setting up live traps or poison traps is an effective way of dealing with gophers. Live traps are available at local hardware stores or on Amazon, and they’re a humane way of relocating gophers. Poison traps are also an effective method of dealing with gophers, but it will kill them. Be careful and ensure that any pets or small children stay away from the poison traps. Make sure to fill up any holes that they leave behind to discourage other gophers from taking the burrows over. Using Repellent Using repellent against gophers is also a humane way of forcing them to leave your...
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How Do I Know If I Have Termites?

There are two types of termites that inhabit the continental United States. They are dry wood termites and subterranean termites. Mature colonies can consume roughly a pound of wood every single day. They are responsible for more than $5 billion in damaged property every year. Termites are not a problem you should ignore or take lightly. But how do you know if you have termites in your greater San Diego area home? External Evidence of Termites Termites can live in or around your home for quite some time before you begin to notice structural damage. By then, it may be too late to escape costly repairs. It’s a good idea to watch the areas outside of your home for evidence of termite activity. Some of these may include: Piles of discarded wings. Young termites will swarm in the spring or fall to find a mate. Once they do, they discard their...
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Harbor Pest Control Programs

At Harbor Pest Control, we offer levels of protection for you and your home or place of business that best suits your needs. Overall, we’re a pest and termite extermination company who have served the San Diego area for over 60 years at this point. We're a family owned and operated company, so when you give us a call, you won’t be redirected to a random call center. You’ll be speaking to someone who works directly with us. Here are the levels of pest control that we offer. Platinum Protection This level of protection is the most comprehensive program that we offer. This is the program for homeowners that want to be assured that they will be protected from all insects and rodents in their living space. This includes wasps, rats, ants, mice, silverfish, cockroaches, spiders, bees and yellowjackets. Gold Prevention This level is the most popular service that we offer....
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Fumigation Services: How to Know When You Should Fumigate

There are hundreds of pest control methods you have at your disposal, from pesticides to rodent traps, but sometimes infestations get so bad that the only option you’re left with is a full fumigation service for your house. However, fumigation is a tedious project and involves large amounts of chemicals, so it should be used only as a last resort. How can you tell when the time for fumigation is right? Here are some ways to tell if you need to fumigate. What is Fumigation? First, what is fumigation? Fumigation, as opposed to other forms of extermination, is essentially waging total war on pest. You will have to move yourself and everyone else living with you who you want to survive out of your house while professionals cover it with a tent. Then, heavy chemicals in the form of vapor are pumped into your house while the tent keeps them inside....
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Best Ways to Kill off Rodents

Rodents may be small, but their annoyingness knows no limits. Rodents can seek out any crack or crevice in your living space and find a way through it. Even if there is no obvious way in, rodents will sure make an entrance on their own. It can be beyond frustrating to deal with one rodent, let alone an infestation. To help, we’ve developed some simple remedies that can repel these creatures. We want you to feel comfortable in your home and not have to worry about mice and rats running about. Seal Your Food Before worrying about traps or anything like that, there’s even easier steps to help stop an infestation. One of those is simply storing your food and sealing it properly. Food crumbs and residue are a big attraction to rodents, so cutting off access to it is a great first step. Patch Holes As we mentioned, rodents love...
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Can I Bring Pest With Me on My Travels?

Have you ever gone on a trip and come home and found some travel companions in your luggage? If not, you are one of the lucky ones. Insects can find their way into your luggage or onto your clothes easily. With some simple tips, you can make sure you do not end up with house guests. Keep Your Luggage Up The first tip is to keep your luggage off the floor. If you elevate your luggage, you make it harder for the insects to climb in. Many hotels have luggage racks in the rooms. If a luggage rack is not available, you can use a chair or table. If you want to go the extra mile, close the bags when you are not using them. If your bags are not open, the insects will look for other places to hide. Check Your Bags The next tip is to check your bags...
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Dangerous Spiders Versus Harmless Spiders

If anything is certain about spiders, it’s that they are creepy. Some spiders are eerier than others, but no spider is attractive enough to brighten your day as it walks across your coffee table. However, just because most spiders look dangerous, it doesn't mean that they all are. Many spiders are completely harmless and can even be beneficial. Here are a list of some dangerous spiders and a list of some benign species. Dangerous Spiders Dangerous spiders are spiders whose bites can cause serious harm, and even death, if not treated. If you are bitten by one of these spiders, go to the emergency room immediately. Black Widow Black widow spiders are small, with a shiny, dark abdomen which is large relative to their size. They also usually have red streak marks across their underside. They can be found anywhere in the United States, and hide in crawl spaces, basements and...
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How to Prevent Pantry Pests

Pantry pests get their name from their chosen place of residence: the pantry. Many pests are known to haunt kitchen pantries from time to time, but there are a few which are particularly adamant about living amongst our cereal and bread crumbs, such as various types of grain beetles, flour weevils, and Indian meal moths. Considering that pantries house the foods that we eat, it’s important that we let these bugs and insects know that they are not available for rent. Therefore, here are some ways to keep them out. Keep Your Packages Sealed One of the best ways to keep pests out of your pantry is to make sure you’re not encouraging them to come inside in the first place. This means that if you have open containers, boxes or bags, you may be inadvertently enticing them. Seal up everything in your kitchen that contains food, and you may be...
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Apartment Dwellers: What to Expect When You Need Pest Control

Apartments are great for those who are single, live with a roommate or have a small family. Rather than having the responsibility of physically and financially taking care of a home, apartments offer the convenience of just enough space to store your things. Unfortunately, when it comes to pests, that is a whole other story. If improperly handled, a pest infestation in one apartment can affect the entire building. Keep reading on how to best prepare your apartment when you need pest control. Call the Pest Control Professionals As an apartment dweller, you know that you are sharing a space with other people. That means that any pests that enter into your apartment have easy access into the other apartments as well due to shared plumbing, walls and wires. So, if you notice an infestation in your residence, notify your landlord immediately. Once a pest control professional is called in, he...
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Pest-Free Tips For Apartment Living

Living in an apartment is a great option for a lot of people. A significant perk is that the landlord or property manager will handle most of the maintenance. Your apartment probably has a plan in place to prevent and deal with pests. However, you can do your part to reduce the risk of infestation by following these pest-free tips for apartment living. Clean Up Pests are always on the search for food and/or a new home of their own. Cleaning your apartment will remove any possible food sources and make the area less welcoming to pests. If you are just moving in go ahead and clean the entire apartment before bringing your stuff in if possible. It’s likely the landlord or property manager probably had the apartment cleaned, but still go ahead and do your own cleaning. Continue to keep your apartment clean while you are living there. Store food...
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How Bed Bugs Move and Multiply so Quickly

Bed bugs are a problem that no one wants to deal with. They can be incredibly difficult to get rid of once an infestation starts in the home. Many people believe that they reproduce quickly and move fast, but both of these conditions are misconceptions. Here is some interesting information on how bed bugs multiply and move. Reproduction Habits Compared to other insects, bed bugs produce rather slowly. Adult females generally lay only one-to-seven egg per day, which is far less than the 500 or so a fly will lay in the course of three-to-four days. Bed bug eggs gestate for about 10 days before they hatch. They become adults in about six weeks. Female bed bugs can become injured if they mate too frequently. But, if they can find someplace with a food source where they can be alone, they can produce more eggs. If a single female bed bug...
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How to Seal Your Home Against Pests

No one likes unwanted visitors in their home. Pests like insects and rodents are some of the worst guests to arrive uninvited. Fortunately, there is a proven method for keeping them out of your home. Read on to discover how you can take care of it yourself. Survey the Entire Exterior The best way to keep pests out is to understand how they get in. That means finding the holes around your home that lead inside. To do this, first carefully walk around the exterior of your home in search of holes. Bring a pencil and paper with you to mark down any vulnerable spots you see. Pests only need a gap of a few millimeters to get inside. After an initial walkthrough, it’s time to get a little more thorough in your search. Put on clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, along with safety equipment, including gloves and goggles. Get...
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Ridding Your Home of Roaches

There might be no bug on Earth that is more despised and vilified than the cockroach. These little critters are hated almost the world over due to the fact that they bring dirt and disease wherever they go. And once they make it into your house, it is virtually impossible to get rid of them. Notice the word almost. It’s not impossible, but it is certainly an uphill battle. If you’re battling a roach infestation in your house, you’re probably ready to try just about anything to finally get them out. Looking for ideas? Here are some tips on how you can get rid of the roaches in your home. Clean Up If you have roaches, there’s a good chance it’s because you have something they want: food. If you’re not good at cleaning up after yourself, there are most likely crumbs and other messes all around your home. This literally...
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How to Inspect Your Home for Ants

Carpenter ants are pests alright. A colony can easily grow to 2,000 worker ants, and unfortunately, their nests are very difficult to find. In fact, carpenter ant nests can go undetected in your home for years! These ants also establish satellite colonies, which make them very difficult to get rid of. Finding Carpenter Ants Many homeowners often suspect that they have termites based on the wood damage they see, but in many cases, this damage is actually caused by carpenter ants. While termite damage is usually more severe, carpenter ants can do extensive damage to the wood structures of your home, particularly since colonies often go undetected. So how do you find carpenter ant colonies? What are the signs to look for? There are several main things. First, you may see piles of wood shavings. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood (like termites do), but instead, push it out of tunnels they...
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How to Prepare for a Fumigation

Harbor Pest Control, serving the San Diego area since 1948, knows that when it comes to pest control, there are few words that homeowners dread more than ‘fumigation.’ We understand. It seems like it’s a massive undertaking, and homeowners are understandably upset and overwhelmed when it’s mentioned. The good news is, fumigation doesn’t have to be a painful undertaking. It’s easy to ready your home for fumigation, and you’ll be able to spend a day out with your family while our trained, professional staff ensures that your property is pest-free when you return. If you’ve been curious about how to prepare your home for fumigation, read on. With just a few steps, you’ll be ready to go. We treat not only termites but a wide variety of the pests that like to share our beautiful city with us, including bed bugs. Getting Ready for Fumigation Services It’s important to realize that...
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10 Pests to Watch Out for in San Diego

Beaches, Balboa Park musicians, tacos and plenty of alcohol. These are things you can enjoy all over San Diego, California. Unfortunately, pests also like to enjoy everything San Diego has to offer, including you. So if you're living it up in San Diego, watch out. Common Bloodsucker Pests in San Diego Good night, sleep tight and don't let these bloodsuckers bite. San Diego is home to common bloodsuckers, like fleas, ticks and lice. With them, are bed bugs and mosquitos. Infestations of bed bugs are increasing and can require months of continuous treatment. From dawn to dusk, Culex mosquitoes are constantly searching for a host to bite and can be transmitters of West Nile and other viruses that can make someone really sick. Additionally, the Aedes, or "Yellow Fever" mosquitoes can transmit other diseases between people they bite. Pests that Hide in Your Walls or Kitchen Sharing is caring with these...
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Don’t Squash Me! I’m a Good Bug

When you think of bugs and pests, you think of the creepy crawlers and want to reach for your shoe to squash them. You may want to think again! Some bugs are beneficial to your house and gardens. All throughout nature there are predator and prey, and good and bad. Bugs can be categorized in the same way. Bad Bugs You will have your bad bugs that will destroy or cause harm to your house and garden. These bugs will gnaw through wood, ruin your flowers and gardens, reduce the living conditions and cause discomfort. Some bad bugs include: Termites Carpenter ants Bed bugs Roaches Fire ants Snails Mealybugs Beetles Once these unwanted guests appear, it can become very costly to get rid of them. Depending on the infestation, extermination and a maintenance treatment may become a long-term solution. Good Bugs A natural defense to a bad bug is a good...
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What Kinds of Pest Problems Require Fumigation?

When many people think of pest control, the image of a tented house being prepared for fumigation often springs to mind. Fumigation is indeed an effective measure in many cases, but it's not a cure-all--and it is actually used a lot less frequently than you probably think. In fact, because the gases that are used are harmful to humans and pets, fumigation is something that should only be used under specific circumstances. Keep reading to learn more. Pests That are Commonly Treated with Fumigation By far, the pest that is most commonly treated using fumigation is the drywall termite. Unlike many pests, which can be lured out with bait and other tricks, termites tend to remain stubbornly hidden. Notoriously elusive, they will continue to wreak havoc, subsisting off of organic matter like drywall, cloth and flooring, until drastic measures are taken. Fumigation is also commonly used to eradicate powderpost beetles, which...
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Common Places Ants Can Be Found in Your Home

Ants often seek shelter inside homes when it's hot outside or they need to find a water source. Many are seen inside cabinets, especially if there are packages of food open. However, there are a few other common places that you might see ants, some that are surprising. Harbor Pest Control can come to your home to use products that kill or deter ants from taking up residence in your house and that are safe for the people and pets inside. You will usually see ants anywhere there is a water source. This includes near kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as near the shower or tub. When it's dry outside and very little water for ants to consume, they often make their way inside structures to stay hydrated and to find food. The kitchen is quite possibly the most popular location for ants in the home. It's full of food...
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