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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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