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We are a locally owned and operated San Diego pest control company that has protected homes and businesses in California for over 60 years.

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Avoiding Bed Bugs at College

Institutions of higher learning are places where thousands of young adults attend classes campus-wide, participate in diverse extracurricular and social activities, live and eat together, and all too often unknowingly encounter bedbugs in the process. Being aware of some high-risk issues, however, can help busy students avoid a bed bug infestation and the accompanying itchy bites, bumpy rashes, lost sleep and stress associated with these nocturnal pests. 1. Dorm or Apartment Mattresses College mattresses typically serve many occupants over many years. Inspect mattress seams and beneath corners initially and regularly for telltale tiny fecal spots, empty shell casings, shed skins or sticky white eggs. Note that most colleges do not allow students to bring their own mattress. While they often do advise a topper, that padding will not prevent bed bugs in an infested mattress from feeding on you and actually gives them more places to hide. Inspect mattresses and bedding...
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Why Do Termites Eat Wood?

You would be right to say that termites have an advantage over most of the species in the insect world. They don't have to risk their lives by foraging for food. These critters eat wood and live in it. Wood Provides the Necessary Nourishment Termites consider wood to be a delicacy. Whether it's dry, damp or rotted, these critters won't hesitate to chew through a wooden structure to satisfy their appetite. Unlike humans and most insects, termites have a gut that's filled with protozoa. Protozoa are the organisms that give termites their wood-eating ability. They produce the right enzymes to facilitate the digestion process. As soon as the termites extract the cellulose that's inside the wood, these enzymes activate and convert the cellulose into sugars. Wood is Habitable and Accessible It's true that termites eat wood to survive, but they also eat it to create their galleries. They use their strong...
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What Does Fumigation Entail?

A wide assortment of pests can take up residence inside your house. In addition to cockroaches and termites, bed bugs and fleas are among the most common household interlopers. Because these pests can nest virtually anywhere in your home, it may be difficult to locate and treat all the places that the insects could set up their nests. Ineffective, off-the-shelf pesticides often cause the pests to scatter throughout your house. Depending on the pest, an unchecked infestation can pose a health hazard as these insects spread germs. Getting rid of these pests permanently may require fumigation because the insects have become resistant to certain pesticides. It is the most effective way to eliminate small pests as well as those that can hide virtually anywhere in your house. What is Fumigation? Fumigation is the process of securely enclosing a house in a large tent or a series of tarps so that the...
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Surprising facts about ants

When you see one ant in the home, it's almost a guarantee that you'll see more in line behind him. Most ants that invade homes are small and black. They usually don't bite, and they are often just looking for water or food. If you kill these ants with your fingers, they usually release a strong odor. This can be an attraction for more ants to come investigate what's happening to their family member. Ants might be small, but they are strong insects. They can often lift about 10 times their body weight. Some ants can lift about 50 times their body weight. The species of the ant plays a factor in the amount they can carry. When you think about breathing, you probably think about the lungs and other parts of the body that work together. Ants don't have lungs. There isn't room in an ant's body for lungs. They have...
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Where You Can Find Mosquitoes

mosquito plMosquitoes thrive in San Diego and across Southern California. They're not only found up the Pacific Coast but also across the southern parts of the U.S. These insects infest most of the country, including the Northeast and the Midwest. Though their numbers fall off toward the Rockies, it's hard to escape from them no matter where you go. 3 Common Mosquito Areas in Your Yard Kids' Pools San Diego may have more tolerable temperatures than the rest of Southern California, but it still gets hot enough to fill up the kiddie pool. If it's full and the kids never use it, the water may become stagnant after a week or two. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, laying as many as 200 eggs at a time. If the kids aren't using it, always empty the kiddie pool to prevent a mosquito infestation. Flowerpots It's normal to leave flowerpots sitting outside,...
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5 Surprising Myths About Bed Bugs

bedbug cardBed bugs are a homeowner's worst nightmare. Waking up to find bed bug bites on your body can be horrific when you do not know how to manage these pests. Many homeowners feel as though they can do nothing about bed bugs, and they learn to accept them as an unavoidable part of life. In reality, there are many actions you can take to eliminate bed bugs in your home.1. Only Filthy Homes Attract Bed BugsMany people assume that only the most messy homes attract bed bugs. Unfortunately, homeowners who experience bed bug problems often assume that removing clutter and scrubbing surfaces will make bed bugs go away. Although filthy homes are more prone to bed bug infestations, the reality is that any home can attract bed bugs. You should not, therefore, feel as though your bed bug problems mean that you are not doing enough to keep your home clean. 2....
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Top 5 Winter Pests

ant cardAlthough winters are milder in California than many other parts of the country, the cooler months still bring about changes in the activity of common pests. Insects, being cold-blooded, frequently hibernate during the winter. However, the presence of warm, climate-controlled homes and a steady source of food and water can lead some bugs to venture indoors rather than go into hiding throughout the colder months. Rodents, too, tend to seek out shelter in homes and crawlspaces when the weather turns cold. For this reason, you may find your home with more unwanted visitors during the winter than you'd like. Here are a few pests to keep an eye out for:  1.) Ground Squirrels This rodent poses more of a threat to your yard and garden than to your home, but it can be a real pest during California winters. The California Ground Squirrel breeds during the winter, and they are very active...
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Most Common Pests That Infest Coastal Homes

When you live on the coast, there are advantages and disadvantages. You can view the beautiful sun as it glistens over the ocean. There's always something to do, such as swimming in the ocean or enjoying one of the activities in the city. However, there are a few pests that can make their way inside the home that might make living on the coast a bit bothersome. Fortunately, you can contact Harbor Pest Control to eliminate the pests that are calling your house their home. Black widow spiders are often seen in the area. The female of the species is the one to watch out for as she has all the venom where the male generally doesn't pose any harm to people. The black widow will spin a web that doesn't really look like a web. She is black in color with a small red hourglass shape on her abdomen. The...
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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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