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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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