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5 Signs of Termites

Unfortunately, homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite damage. Nevertheless, these tiny insects cause billions of dollars of destruction to homes every year. Having a clear sense of how to spot them, what attracts them and the damage that they do is the first step in protecting your home. The Five Signs Termites can be either subterranean termites or drywood termites. To spot the signs, look for: 1. Wood Damage. Long narrow grooves or tiny holes will be cut into the wood of floors, walls or other elements of your home that are made of wood. Only the surface may remain, with the body of the wood underneath hollowed out.2. Buckled or Cracked Paint. Damage underneath may leave paint or other surfaces buckled, cracked or bubbled.3. Mud Tubes and Tunnels. Regardless of season, look for signs of tunneling where your home meets the ground. Narrow mud tubes often extend from the nest...
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3 Signs of Critters and Birds in Your Home

The greater Kansas City area is home to plenty of animals. Some of them are beloved pets. Many are ones we see at the park or in other natural settings go about their lives in a non-disruptive manner. However, more and more of them force their way into our homes and settle down there, oftentimes causing structural damage, eating food and transmitting diseases. This situation is cause for concern and should be addressed as soon as they are known or suspected. What are some signs that you may have unwelcome guests? I See One! I See Many! Help This is the most obvious situation indicating that you have one or more animals in your house that you do not want there. However, don't rest assured that if you see one mouse and shooed it out the door that your problem is solved. For one thing, many other mice may be inside...
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

With the cold weather that's settled over Kansas City, Kansas, most folks are staying warm indoors with their furnaces and fireplaces blazing. These cozy conditions also appeal to a number of pests that have the power to disrupt your holiday celebrations. Rodents, bed bugs, fleas, ticks and spiders are a few pests to watch for this winter. Rodent Problems Rodent activity generally increases in the winter and peaks during cold snaps. Mice and rats will squeeze through any crack that they can find in search of warmth and shelter. They'll be happy to snack on crumbs and any goodies that are stored in your pantry. The most common warning signs include scurrying sounds above ceilings, gnaw marks around entry points and droppings in attics, basements and cupboards. Hidden Pests in Holiday Decorations If you're bringing Christmas trees, wreaths or greenery indoors, watch out for spiders, mites and insects. While most of...
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