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August 16, 2011 @ 2:28 PM

 

The idea of purchasing a couch second hand for $50 is a great bargain, though in light of current bed bug issues, you my be purchasing a deposit on future bed bug treatments. With the current outbreak of bed bug infestations not only locally, but nation-wide and globally, most people are being recommended to avoid second-hand and thrift shops.  In light of current economic states, many people are however, finding that they need to or prefer to use second hand items, whether it be to save some money, for a love of vintage, or to be more green.  All that being said, how safe is it to shop in second-hand or thrift shops, and how can we protect ourselves from bringing home unwanted guests?

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August 15, 2011 @ 2:29 PM

 

In North America, there are currently five species of cockroach which are considered to be pests.  These five are pictured below for better Identification.  For more information, please visit the links to our Pest Library for each species. 

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American Cockroach

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Brown-Banded Cockroach

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German Cockroach

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Oriental Cockroach

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Smokey Brown Cockroach

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August 14, 2011 @ 2:19 PM

 

Which came first, the bug or the egg?

While most bed bug infestations occur via spread or transportation of live bed bugs, it is of course possible to bring bed bug eggs into your home, especially if you are purchasing used furniture or picking things up curb-side.
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Female bed bugs generally lay one to twelve eggs in a day.  In a ten month time period, one female bed bug can lay upwards of 200 eggs.  The eggs are deposited in protected places, within a close proximity to the host (you).  Common  places for eggs include interior spaces of box springs, mattresses, under wallpaper, behind baseboards, etc.  Bed bug eggs are "glued" to the deposit site ...
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August 13, 2011 @ 2:17 PM

 

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Flying bed bugs have been around for a few years now, though reports and cases are seldom heard.  We don't of course mean bed bugs with wings, as bed bugs themselves are not capable of producing the momentum or movements required to fly (nor do they have wings), but rather bed bugs on airlines.


Concerns in the air-travel industry are constantly changing, security procedures are updated, new charges are added, and most recently, new visitors may be sharing your seat!  Over the course of the past year, the number of planes which require treatment for discovered or suspected bed bug problems have been on the rise.  

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August 12, 2011 @ 2:16 PM

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For many people, summer means a time of relaxation, vacations to exotic locations, or maybe even just a car trip to a new place.  A summer  vacation should be fun-filled and relaxing, but bed bugs can destroy a week away in a matter of minutes.  Bed bug infestations are quickly becoming a problem of epic proportions world wide, leaving the uneducated traveler exposed to unwanted guests and souvenirs.  Fortunately for those who have planned to vacation this summer, or at any time in the future, a few precautionary measures can help ensure that there are no extra guests or stow-away's racking up extermination bills once you get home.

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By now you more than likely realize the ...

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August 11, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

So you now know how to avoid getting bitten by spiders, but how do you prevent the spiders themselves?  In a recent study, it was found that the number one fear in the world is arachnophobia, the fear of spiders.  Rather than being frightened by these insects, why not kick them off of your property?  Keep in mind that spiders can be beneficial, as they eat other bugs that van be a nuisance, however, an infestation of any insect take a negative toll on your home and your family.  Follow the steps below to assist in preventing a spider infestation in your home:
1.     Reduce Clutter – Spiders are attracted to small places where living is convenient.  By removing piles of papers...

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August 10, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

When purchasing a new home, or questioning the status of the home you are currently living in, termite damage and infestations often come to mind.  For that reason, we have put together a list of things that can help to keep your home termite free.
1.     Before purchasing a home, have an exterminating company look at the home for signs of termite or other wood destroying organisms.  This positive or negative result can be VERY beneficial.
2.     If the home has termites, be sure you understand the amount of damage to the fullest extent.  Educate yourself on the extermination procedures and costs that the company will be charging, as well as any additional charges for ...

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August 9, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

Fleas are one of the more difficult pests to eliminate in a home, but with the help of regular cleaning, treatment for your pets and a few other factors, you can eliminate and prevent infestations fairly effectively.
1.       Clean – One of the most important factors when dealing with fleas is staying clean.  Dust, dirt, and even dirty laundry create ideal breeding grounds for fleas.  Take note of where your pets regularly sit, sleep, or relax, and pay extra attention to cleaning these areas thoroughly at least one to two times per week.  Vacuum anything and everything from carpets to floors, couches and drapes.  This will remove both living and dead bugs as well as most...

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August 8, 2011 @ 2:14 PM

1.       If you have ever experienced a spider bite (and not developed the ability to fight crime and swing from one building to the next), you know that some bites can cause itching, swelling, and redness, all of which are very uncomfortable.  Most spider bites are harmless, however, there are a few that can cause serious illness and damage to the tissues.  We have done some research on the best methods for treating spider bites from home.
Here’s what we’ve found:
1.       ID – If at all possible, try to identify the spider.  Some bites require intense treatment, which can include anti-venom.  The identification of the spider ...

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August 7, 2011 @ 2:14 PM

Ants generally start to become a problem indoors during late spring and early summer.  Ant infestations should be taken care of at the first sighting, as the first few in are generally there to determine if it would be a good home for the entire colony.  These are referred to as scout ants, as they are “scouting” out a new home. The following suggestions can help you to reduce and possibly eliminate ant infestations in your home:
1.       Destroy Resources – The scout ant will only decide your home is an appropriate place to live if there are resources available.  This means that he must find access to both food and water.  Keep food prep surfaces clean,...

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