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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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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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Ways Spiders Can Find Their Way Into Your Home

Although most spiders found in homes are not dangerous and can actually help control insect populations, few of us like the idea of sharing our home with eight-legged arachnids. Unfortunately, the only place on Earth without spiders is Antarctica, which isn’t on most people’s list of top places to live. By understanding the various ways in which spiders can enter your home, you may be able to stop them from invading your space and avoid a move to the South Pole. Any opening, no matter how small, is a potential entry point for spiders. The first step to keeping spiders at bay is to seal up any gaps, cracks, or holes around windows, doors, pipes, and vents. Spiders can also gain entry into your home by “hitchhiking.” They can lurk inside boxes, plants, firewood, and other items that you bring into your home. When bringing in items from the outdoors or...
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How Do Spiders Enter the Home?

While you're walking through your home, you might see a spider crawling on the wall or across the floor. Spiders often seek the shelter of the inside of your home when they are looking for water or food. There are a few different ways that they can get inside, most that you can block off so that you don't have the unwanted guests invading your privacy. Spiders can get inside the home through any small crack that is available. The easiest entry points are windows, doors, and the vents. They can also get in through the spaces around the pipes under the sinks. If you want to keep spiders out of your home, then seal the openings that are noticeable as well as any that you don't think that spiders can get through. Sometimes, you can let spiders into the home if you don't get an entry door shut all the...
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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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