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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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