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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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