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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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