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What Attracts Roaches?

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As persistent and resilient insects, roaches are difficult pests to manage once they have made their way inside and established a nest in your home or office. If you don't want to be the next target, learning about roaches and the things for which they look is a good place to start. That information will let you prepare your property to reduce the odds of an infestation. Although you will need to put in some effort, keeping roaches away is much easier than trying to get rid of them. Using proven tips and a viable plan will let you choose a path with confidence, and you will know what to expect as you move forward. Moistur Roaches want to live in a place that provides easy access to water, so areas of your property with excessive moisture will attract the invaders without delay, and they won't waste time when they...
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How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Garden

The hard work you've put into your garden can disappear in mere seconds if a greedy squirrel should pay a visit. Keeping squirrels away from your beautiful produce and plants isn't easy, but there are a few methods you can try. Enlist the Help of Other Animals Most squirrels aren't going to tempt fate by trying to cross a yard when a large predator is hanging about. If you have a dog or cat, encouraging them to spend time in your yard is a good way to scare off squirrels. Even when your pets aren't in the yard, the smells left behind can deter squirrels. Grow Offending Plants Certain flowers and plants bother the noses of squirrels. Surrounding your tomatoes and other produce with these plants can help keep squirrels at bay. Daffodils, hyacinths and alliums are just a few flowers that squirrels are usually unwilling to eat. Plants with...
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How to Avoid Bringing Home Bedbugs from Spring Break

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Bedbugs are an unfortunate fact of life when it comes to traveling. Your memories of a fun spring break trip will quickly evaporate if you accidentally bring home these determined creatures. Unfortunately, bedbugs are difficult to remove once they establish a foothold in your home. Avoid bringing home these insects so that you won't have to wage a war against them. Inspect Your Accommodations When you arrive at your hotel, you can perform a few simple checks to determine if the room has a bedbug infestation. Search the bed linens and the mattress, especially along the seams and corners. If you see brownish stains, bedbugs are probably living in your room. Check other potential hiding spots, including the insides of dressers and nightstands. If you see any of these warning signs, talk to the front desk to get your room changed, preferably to a room far away from your current...
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Surprising Facts About Ants

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Ants are one of the most common forms of insects and can be found in virtually every corner of the earth. Ant infestations are exceptionally common in many households throughout the country. While ant infestations can create headaches for busy homeowners, ants are fascinating creatures to learn about. Below are four surprising facts about ants that you may not have been aware of.  Four Surprising Facts about Ants  Ants can lift as much as 50 times their body weight Ants are among the strongest insects in terms of the weight they can lift in comparison to their relatively small size. Due to their smaller size, the muscles ants use to lift objects are much thicker than those that exist in other creatures. This allows the ant to exert much more force when lifting or moving objects. Ants do not have ears  Unlike humans, ants do not have an auditory canal...
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Which Spiders Are Dangerous?

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When you see a spider inside the home or outside wandering around in its natural habitat, you need to know whether the spider is dangerous or not. If you're bitten by a spider that is dangerous, you could contract an infection or another illness from one bite. Some spiders can cause death. Some spiders are more common than others in the United States and are easier to identify, such as the brown recluse. This spider is brown in color and has a shape like a violin. The body is slender, and the legs are long and skinny. The spider has six eyes instead of eight. A bite by this kind of spider often means tissue damage or nerve loss.  The black widow is a spider that you probably won't come across that often but still need to know what it looks like. It's usually shiny and black with a red...
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The Difference Between Stinging Insects

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If you have spotted stinging insects near your home or place of business, you are likely wondering whether you are facing bees or wasps. The type of pest with which you are dealing will play a role in the way you respond to the threat.  Since some stinging insects are more aggressive than others, don't try to take action until you have identified the threat. Arming yourself with the right knowledge will allow you to choose a path that makes sense for you and your situation, and you won't need to worry about putting yourself or others in danger. Honeybees Honeybees have fuzzy bodies that are shaped like an oval, and they are usually dark brown with yellow stripes. If you are dealing with honeybees on your property, you will be pleased to discover that they are not aggressive and that they try to avoid people.  If someone provokes honeybees...
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How to Make Sure Your Winter Home Is Pest-Free

If you have a winter home and want to protect it from common invaders, you might be wondering what steps you can take to keep pests away. Pests will get into your home and can cause damage unless you prevent them from doing so, but keeping them under control can be a challenge. Your first line of defense is to make it hard for pests to gain access to your house, and following the right steps will help you reach your goal. With a little time and effort, you can safeguard your winter home from common invaders, and the following tips will point you in the right direction. Ants Ants will get into your winter home before you know it, but you can keep them outside when you follow a proven plan. Since ants love sugary foods and drinks, keeping your home clean will work wonders. You will need to...
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Not Afraid of Ghosts? You'll be Afraid of These Pests!

As the Fall season approaches, many families will prepare for Halloween activities. If ghosts and goblins don't scare you, there may be a couple of venomous spider varieties that might. Spiders are one of the most feared insects ever to exist. In fact, many adults and young ones alike have true phobias surrounding spiders in their environment. As the weather outside begins to cool down, spiders can seek out the appealing warmth of your home for their new residence. What are the two most dangerous types of spiders in Florida? What practical steps can you take to protect yourself from spider bites? The following paragraphs will address these important questions. Dangerous Types of Spiders in Florida Florida is home to two main types of spiders that are venomous and produce potentially harmful bites. Here we will discuss both types. Brown Recluse Spiders Brown recluse spiders are actually quite common throughout...
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What Are Some Common "Occasional Invader" Pests?

Most pests are adapted for either outdoor or indoor living. However, when searching for a mate, an easy meal, a secure place for depositing their eggs or a nurturing environment, outdoor pests will sometimes find their way inside your home or business. Sometimes, these pests are temporary and quickly return to the wild, but at other times, they find themselves too content to leave. Pest control professionals refer to these types of pests as occasional invaders. In Florida, you might find yourself contending with the following occasional invaders. Earwigs Earwigs are small; adults usually have a body length of about 0.5 inch. Their legs are light brown, but their bodies are a darker shade of reddish-brown. They have distinctive pincers that are incapable of harming humans. Earwigs are primarily scavengers, preferring vegetation that is in the process of decomposition and dead insects. They are attracted to areas with high levels...
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How do ants get into homes?

Many pests will invite themselves into human structures in hopes of gaining access to food and shelter. Ants are among the most frequent invaders, and they are not easy to get rid of once they've made themselves at home. Are they ants? When trying to eliminate a pest infestation, proper identification is vital. There are several different species of ants, and their appearance can vary. In Florida, most ant problems are caused by Florida carpenter ants, crazy ants, pharaoh ants and ghost ants. Like all ants, these four species have narrow waists, bent antennae, six legs and large heads with strong jaws. Florida carpenter ants are red and black and can measure more than 7 millimeters in length. Crazy ants are dark brown ants measuring roughly 3 millimeters in length; they're known for their rapid, erratic movements. Pharaoh ants tend to be about 2 millimeters in length and the color...
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Most Dangerous Florida Spiders

If you live in Florida, then you already know about the many pests that you will face each year. Even though you will likely encounter a range of rodents and insects, some invaders are more harmful than others. The warm and humid weather of Florida makes it the perfect place for spiders to call home, and you could be the next target. The brown recluse and black widow are two of the most hazardous spiders that you will spot in or around your house or place of business, and you will want to know what steps you can take to protect yourself from the threat. The Brown Recluse As the name implies, these large spiders are brown, but they also carry powerful venom that will cause several symptoms that you can't ignore. When the brown recluse decides to bite, the victim will notice redness and swelling, but itching will soon...
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Prepare Your Yard For Your July 4th BBQ

The Fourth of July is the perfect time for an outdoor party, but if you're not careful, you might find a few uninvited guests in your yard. Fleas, ticks, ants and other pests thrive in the summer, and an infestation of any of these bugs can turn any party into a nightmare. Before you begin making any other preparations for your Fourth of July bash, make sure you do what's necessary to rid your lawn of these annoying pests. Fleas Fleas are bloodsucking, hopping pests that latch on to a warm-blooded host, feasting on their host's blood while inflicting painful, itchy bites. In addition to the physical discomfort that they visit on their hosts, fleas carry a number of dangerous diseases. If you've spotted fleas on your pets or in your home, you need to identify where the biting insects are nesting. Once you've located the source of the fleas,...
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The Most Common Summer Pests in Central Florida

Central Florida is a beautiful area of the world that is home to millions of people, and many relocate here to enjoy the wonderful weather and the world-famous activities. It never gets very cold in this part of Florida, and that means residents are troubled by a variety of pests all year long. However, it gets quite hot during the summer months, and that brings out more pests than ever. Here at Pest Detector, these are just a few of the insects that we're regularly called upon to eliminate from area homes during the summer. Ants Ant populations thrive in Florida, and residents may experience huge infestations of several different ants that include the crazy ant, the ghost ant, and the pharaoh ant. All of these ants are a nuisance because they take over your home to search for food, but two other ants pose much bigger problems. Carpenter ants...
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How To Tell If Your Home Has Termite Damage

Termites have a well-earned reputation for being one of the biggest threats to homes in the nation. These insects are social and live in colonies. Termites feed on wood, and if they have enough around their nests, they can form separate colonies in order to support thousands of worker insects. If they are not eliminated, they can cause substantial structural damage to your home. Types of Damage Caused By Termites Termites slowly eat away at the support timbers and frames of houses and other buildings. The damage that they can cause is expensive. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause $5 billion in annual losses in the U.S. These insects are found throughout the nation in nearly every state. They can infest your walls and timbers for many years before you see signs of visible damage. These wood-destroying pests are able to damage your home's wall studs, subfloors,...
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