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Tips & Tricks: Getting Rid of Ants

Ants have walked the earth longer than humans have, and they're still here. They get inside your home through unseen entry points and hunt for food in your pantry and cabinets. Advantage Termite and Pest Control understand the need to keep your home free of invasive ants and their damaging effects. 3 Ant Control Tips That Work Tip #1: Seal every crack and crevice Getting rid of ants starts with uncovering their entry points and sealing all the cracks and crevices. These areas include the gaps around doors and windows, dryer and attic vents, and all the cracks along the foundation. Don't forget about the openings around plumbing pipes. Ants can also get into your home from there. Tip #2: Try a few home tricks Sometimes you can use a few things in your cabinets to combat an ant infestation. Things like salt, vinegar and essential oils can repel ants from an...
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What You Need to Know About Bedbugs

While you are sleeping, bedbugs are hard at work. About the size of an apple seed, bedbugs feed off the blood of humans and animals. Although they have been around for thousands of years, bedbugs have recently become a problem for residents. Most people confuse bedbug bites for mosquito bites. Therefore, it is crucial to identify the signs of bedbugs to prevent an infestation.  Bedbugs Can Live Anywhere Hence their name, bedbugs can wreak havoc in bedrooms. You can check for bedbugs in the seams of your mattress or around the bed frame. However, the bedroom isn’t the only place where bedbugs like to hang out. You can find bedbugs in:  College dorms. Hospitals. Schools. Movie theaters. Retail stores. It is important to note that bedbugs depend on blood. Therefore, even the cleanest homes can be a target for bedbugs. Bedbug Bites are Painless The bedbug’s saliva acts as an anesthetic,...
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What Kind of Pests Are in Your Pet’s Bed?

Pests are typically a big concern for homeowners. They are gross, intrusive, and troublesome to deal with. They can even send a shiver down your spine if you find one in the wrong area. While not incredibly common, finding pests in your bed can be one of those nightmarish scenarios. Unfortunately, your pets can experience that same problem with critters in their sleeping quarters. Here are some of the pests you may encounter in your pet’s bed. Bed Bugs Bed bugs can be found where your pet sleeps, too. While not as commonly found as in human beds, they can still create problems. They will bite your pet just the same as they would bite you, so keep an eye out for them. Fleas Fleas are almost a guarantee to find in your pet’s bed at some point or another, especially if you own a dog. The problem with fleas is...
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Stop Doing These to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Mosquito season is here and that only means one thing — mosquito bites. Mosquito bites are not only itchy and painful but can carry life-threatening illnesses. Mosquitoes kill more than 750,000 people in the world and account for 17% of the world’s burden of infectious diseases. Thousands of people unknowingly do things that attract mosquitoes. Don’t be one of those numbers and instead stop doing these things to keep mosquitoes away. Not Wearing Mosquito Repellent One of the easiest ways to keep mosquitoes away is to wear DEET or other mosquito repellents. DEET if used correctly can efficiently keep mosquitoes (and ticks) away. Entomologists advise people only to use it sparsely on your body and clothes. Ingredients in repellents that entomologists and the CDC recommend are picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol and 2-undecanone. If you are not sure what to look for, the safest option is to find a...
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Why You Should Inspect Tall Grass Before Trimming

Lawn care is necessary if you want to keep your property looking clean. However, that should not be the only reason for keeping it well-maintained. If grass is left to grow without being trimmed on a regular basis, it can pose problems you may not have expected. There are dangers to mowing tall grass. So, it is crucial to inspect it before cutting. Here are some reasons why you should inspect your tall grass before trimming it. Lawn Mowing Safety Tall grass can jeopardize your safety. It may not seem dangerous, but it creates an environment full of accidents waiting to happen. Tall grass can often conceal any debris that is scattered across your lawn. The shovel, broken branches or toy that was left sitting on your lawn could now be buried under the thick of the grass. These objects can get pulled in and ejected from the lawnmower at high speeds....
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The Differences Between Termite Swarmers and Flying Ants

Spring is the time of year when the trees and flowers are blooming and the world is coming alive again after a long winter. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when all of the bugs are out to play again. This can be a disaster for pests invading your home. One question that we get asked often is “what are the differences between flying ants and termites?” At first, these two pests appear to be indistinguishable to the naked eye, but once you know how to tell them apart, they are much easier to spot. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between termite swarmers and flying ants so you can better spot them in your home. Termite Swarmers When you are looking at a termite, you can expect to see an insect that has straight antennae, wings that are all equal in length, and a straight...
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Rodent Post Care Treatment - What You Need To Know

Nothing is more frustrating than when you’ve just spent your hard-earned money on a treatment, only to find you’re still having the same issue you had before. Not only do you have to spend more time handling what should have been taken care of already, but there is a possibility that there could be added cost and unnecessary stress. Advantage Termite & Pest Control is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka areas of Kansas since 1995. With a 4.9 rating, the team at Advantage Termite & Pest Control knows how important it is to deliver high quality, professional, and informed services that fit you or your business’s needs. Post Care Treatment Defined Post-care treatment is any service that may be necessary should the initial treatment not work. Usually, there are a few factors that may increase the likelihood that post-care services may...
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The Importance of Professional Lawn Care

Lawn care is something that homeowners around the world take seriously. Having a beautiful looking lawn can make you feel confident about where you live and gives the house a great first impression. But, taking good care of your lawn can be easier said than done. Many underestimate the amount of work it takes to keep a yard in top shape. Opting to hire a team of professionals can ease the burden of lawn care quite a bit. Here are some reasons why you want to let professionals handle your lawn. You Save Time One problem with taking a DIY approach to lawn care is that it’s very time-consuming. From mowing to fertilization and everything in between, proper lawn care is no quick task. With the typical work week taking up so much time already, looking for some relaxation time when you aren’t working is important. After all, no one wants...
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Checking Your Pets for Ticks and Fleas

Do you think that your dog or cat may have ticks or fleas? If you aren’t already experiencing warmer weather, Spring and Summer are just right around the corner. Regardless of the season though, if your pet spends any kind of time outdoors, they could be at risk of getting ticks or fleas. Here are some more and less obvious ways that you can check your pets for ticks and fleas.   1) Check for Signs of Itching One of the most obvious signs that your pet could have ticks or fleas is they are itching. Having ticks or fleas biting at and crawling on your pet’s skin causes itchiness and irritation. This will lead your pet to scratch themselves incessantly, and even biting at or around the points of irritation. If you notice that your pet is excessively biting, gnawing, nibbling, or scratching themselves, there is a good chance that...
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Signs of a Raccoon infestation

Have you ever woken up to find that your trash cans are flipped over, and garbage scattered around your yard? How about finding that your bird feeders are cracked open or that your plants are torn up and dismantled. If that’s the case, you may have a raccoon problem. Raccoons often come out of their dwelling in search of food in trash cans. They aren’t afraid to invade urban and suburban neighborhoods and homes for any scraps of food that you may have at the bottom of the bin. If you aren’t sure if you are getting invaded by raccoons or if it could potentially be another creature in your neighborhood, here are some common signs of a raccoon infestation. 1) Flipped Trash Cans Raccoons aren’t picky when it comes to food that is available. One of the first tell-tale signs that you may have a raccoon infestation is if you...
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Spiders Winter Hiding Spots

spiders plSpiders are resilient creatures; they can live either inside or out in the cold weather. All spiders need to survive in the cold winter months is some type of shelter. When the weather begins to turn cold, an outdoor spider starts producing antifreeze in its body. This antifreeze allows the spider to lower the freezing point of its body keeping it from the cold. Once the spider begins producing the antifreeze in its system, it can look for hiding places where they will not get disturbed. These hiding places include: Under rocks or timbers, In the peeling bark of trees. Small pockets in the ground. Wood piles. Leaf debris. Under lawn ornaments. Under the covers for external air conditioner units or shrubbery. The opportunities for spiders to take shelter outside is enormous. As long as the area provides shelter from the cold and there are not a lot of disturbances, it will give...
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Signs of Pest-Infested Holiday Trees

TermitesNothing gladdens the heart like the approach of the holiday season. There are many delights in the coming festivities, from decorating to entertaining. However, if you are not educated in the inspection of your holiday trees for bothersome pests, you may be doing more entertaining than you desire. Keep your home pest free by following these helpful guidelines. Proceed with Care The holidays can prove to be some of the most hectic times of the year. Rushing may grant you some moments here and there, yet add untold hours of ridding your home of a pest invasion. In order to win this battle, you must slow down and become intentional at the onset. Upon arrival, isolate your tree outdoors. Then try some of these simple, effective methods for inspecting your tree: Know What You’re Looking for- Educate yourself on the insects that most often inhabit coniferous trees. Look up pictures of...
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When it Comes to Pests, Are Warm Falls or Cold Falls Better?

For most of us, the thought of fall brings to mind images of crisp mornings, bright blue days and brisk evenings. Bring out the hoodies and warm up the hot chocolate for gatherings against backdrops of bright hues of red, orange, and gold. The trouble is, we aren’t the only ones that like to enjoy drawing around the warmth of a glowing fire or a toasty room enjoying a great football game. There are other creatures also drawn to the comforts of heat as the seasons change. When trying to guard against unwelcome guests, it is best to know as much about their habits as possible. Which is better, a warm fall or a cold fall? Let’s look at how temperature affects the habits of many common pests. It’s All About Warmth No matter the species, some basic needs tend to extend across most living things. One of those common elements...
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How a Warmer Fall Season Can Impact Your Pest Control Options

In recent years Autumn temperatures have been on the rise in Kansas. The warmer Fall temperatures are resulting in modified behavioral patterns from some of the most despised pests around your property. As the temperature begins to cool, ants, termites, stink bugs, mice and rats are just a few of the pests and vermin that seek shelter in your home. So why would a warmer Fall be such a bad thing for you? Why is Warmer-Fall Weather Such a Bad Thing for You? As Autumn breathes the comforting imagery of your favorite sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and watching football with friends and family, it also sends the pests scurrying for shelter inside your home. Spiders, rodents, ants, roaches, and other pests will find a way to trespass in your home when the weather turns cold. With warmer-Fall weather in recent years, these pests are given new opportunities to terrorize you and...
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Can Termites Still be an Issue in the Fall?

Termites are one of the most destructive pests you can have in your house. They may not bite or sting, but if left unchecked, they can completely ruin your home, costing you up to thousands of dollars in repairs. If you’ve had termites all Summer long, does the coming Fall mean that you’re soon to get a break from these relentless destroyers? Not quite. Here are some things you need to know about termite behavior during cooler temperatures. What Do Termites Do During the Fall? Termites are small insects about the size of a grain of rice that live in colonies and consume cellulose, a nutrient which can be found in wood, paper, cardboard and some types of clothes. They form their colonies in all sorts of places, usually trees, as there they can live, reproduce and eat all in the same spot, though they become especially problematic when they find...
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Bed Bugs: Where Do They Come from and How Do I Prevent Them?

Of all the species of pests which can cause you trouble, bed bugs hit closest to home. What’s a worse place to have blood-sucking insects lurking than in the very mattress you sleep on? Luckily, bed bugs don’t have to be a problem as long as you know where they come from and take some precautions against them. Here is a quick look at the behavior of these pests and prevention methods you should know. Where Do They Come From? To start us off, let's take a look at how bed bugs get into your home in the first place. For such small creatures that are unaware of public transportation, it does seem quite odd that they are able to move around as much as they do. However, bed bugs have a couple of things going for them. For one, they’re resilient. Even if it takes them months to settle down...
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How to Keep Your Wooden Structures Safe from Termites

All of humanity’s architectural ingenuity is vulnerable to termite attacks. While other pests can bite and spread germs, termites can bring entire buildings to the ground and cause thousands of dollars in repairs, which means that if you’re not taking precautions against them, you’re risking more than you may know. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your home safe. Here are some methods of preventing these little creatures from causing big problems. Fix Leaks and Limit Humidity One thing that termites love is damp wood. Water makes wood soft, and soft wood is much easier for termites to chew through. This means that you’re going to want to keep your home as dry as possible, and a great way to go about that is by fixing any leaks around your house which allow water to drip onto your wooden beams or floorboards. Make sure all of your pipes are intact and...
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Ridding Your Home of Pests

Your home is your castle and one that you do not want to share with insects and pests. Keeping your home pest free takes a little work and some behavior modifications on your part. One of the easiest ways to keep pests out of your home is by keeping your house clean. You will need to focus more on areas where there is food, water and garbage. You need to eliminate the pests and insects food source, water and habit to ensure a clean home. A Clean Kitchen One of the major food sources for pests is the kitchen. The crumbs and dirty dishes can attract pests and insects. You can remove the food source by: Making sure the dirty dishes are not sitting in the sink for any length of time. You wipe up the counters and floors to remove any crumbs. You empty the trash frequently to keep the...
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How to Find the Right Pest Control Professional

If there are pests living in your house, you’re going to need to find somebody, or a couple somebodies, to get rid of them for you. This is what pest control professionals are meant for. Pest control professionals are trained to assess the situation and exterminate any bugs or insects which may be causing you harm. However, some pest control professionals are better than others. Here are four things to keep in mind when choosing the one that’s right for you. Experience Practice makes perfect. The old adage is true for everything else, why not pest control? Pest control companies which have been in business for many years are more likely to thoroughly exterminate every bug in your house, use the right amount of chemicals in the right areas, and finish in a timely manner, than startups which have opened their doors only recently. Before you hire somebody to eliminate the...
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Signs that you Have Termites and What to Do About it

Finding termites in your home is no laughing matter. These hard-to-spot pests can easily cause hundreds, thousands, and even tens-of-thousands of dollars of damage to your home. The best way to take action against termites is to stop them in their tracks before they get started. If you haven’t had termite problems in the past, we recommend that you put a termite prevention plan in place as soon as possible. Here are two of our top ways to tell if you have termites invading your home. 1) Wood Damage One of the first things that you may notice if you have termites in your home is damage to wood areas around your house. If you have seen small holes in any wooden ceilings, walls, and flooring in your house, you may have a termite infestation. We highly recommend taking a lap around your entire house, both indoor and outdoor, to inspect...
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