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Which Spiders Should Spook You This Halloween Season?

The Halloween season is full of things that look frightening, such as witches and ghosts. However, there are also a few spiders that you need to watch out for in the San Diego area. These spiders might be small in size for the most part, but they look scary and can cause pain and possible damage to the body if you are bitten by one of them. The Western Black Widow is the most common pest seen in the San Diego area. Even though a widow bite can be painful, it rarely causes death to humans. You can find the spider inside the home as well as outside, but the spider tends to enjoy living under logs and in dark places more than being in a home where there is a lot of activity. However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't let a company like Harbor Pest Control treat the exterior...
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Common Misconceptions about Fumigation

Pests such as rodents, spiders, and ants remain a common problem experienced by homeowners all across the world. At Harbor Pest Control, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a safe and pest free home. We provide a wide variety of treatment options to remove pest infestations and prevent them from returning. One such treatment method is fumigation. What is fumigation and what are some common misconceptions associated with this process for treating pests? We will answer these questions below. What is Fumigation? Fumigation is just one manner in which pest infestations can be treated. In the process of fumigation, your home will be sealed shut completely to create an airtight structure. After your home is sealed properly, a special gas that is capable of penetrating the walls of your home will be introduced into the structure. Any existing pests, including those hidden deep within the walls, will die...
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What's the Difference Between a Bee and a Wasp?

Understandably, a lot of people tend to confuse bees and wasps. Although these stinging insects have similarities, there are also some major differences. Here are a few facts to help you separate the two species. Behaviors Bees are well-known for being pollinators that help the ecosystem to thrive. They primarily feed on nectar and pollen during the warmer months. On the other hand, wasps are relentless predators. Some of their preferred prey includes caterpillars and flies. Wasps certainly help control local insect populations. For good reason, you will not see any bees or wasps flying around during the winter time. They don’t have the ability to withstand the cold weather. While bees will attack people when threatened, wasps are a bit more aggressive. It is not uncommon for a wasp to suddenly attack without being provoked. Virtually all bees are social among each other. Although wasps also work together, don’t be...
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How To Keep Ants Away From Your July 4th BBQ

Ants are attracted to our communities and homes in San Diego, CA because we provide the things they need to support and expand their colonies. These things include a place to nest and an endless supply of food and water. When we gather with our families on July 4th to cook out, we inadvertently send ants an invitation to join us. This happens as soon as we put our seasoned meats on the gridiron and fire up the grill. With over 400 odor receptors, ants can smell our food, and they know how to follow their noses to find it. Behavior Patterns of Ants Ants are some of the most brazen insects that property owners have to deal with on 4th of July. When no safeguards are in place, these pesky critters will seize any opportunity to invade your backyard. Because they are so tiny and stealthy, they can crawl onto...
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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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