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What You Need to Know About Scorpions

When you hear the someone mention scorpions, most of us think of a terrifying lethal creature you see in movies. However, scorpions are more common and less horrifying than these villains of the silver screen seem to be. Scorpions can be found in many of the southwestern states. They are members of the arachnid family with their eight legs and are closely related to spiders, ticks, and mites. They are identified by an elongated body and a segmented tail that is tipped with a venomous stinger. Scorpions are commonly thought of as desert animals, but in fact, they can live in many other habitats as well.

What You Need to Know About Ants

If you find an ant in your home, chances are good you will find more. Ants are social insects, which means they will always bring their friends to the party. Ants can enter your home for any number of reasons, but for the most part, they are searching for food. Your home just happens to be conveniently located to where a queen decided to set up her colony. Just like us, ants have to eat to survive. They also have to feed their young. They don’t mean to bother you or cause distress.

What You Need to Know About Mosquitos and Zika virus

Summer is coming! This means sunshine, hiking, camping, lots of outdoor adventures - and mosquitoes. These pesky bugs are at their peak in July and August, and aside from being disgusting and annoying, the wrong one can be carrying viruses which could cause serious problems. here are thousands of species of mosquitoes - over 3000 worldwide. In the United States, there are only 2 species that we need to be concerned about when it comes to Zika virus...

What You Need To Know About Fleas

Fleas are everywhere, even if you don’t own pets. Fleas can get into your home via any mammal host. These small, wingless insects are common pests of wildlife such as raccoons and rabbits and mice. As wild critters crawl around your yard, they deposit flea eggs that grow into adult fleas who are looking for a warm home. Any pets offer the new crop of fleas a warm safe environment, a source of food (blood), and a good place to raise a flea family. Pets can also pick up fleas from other infested dogs or cats.

Termites: Signs to look for

Americans spend millions of dollars every year treating termites and repairing the damage that they cause. The ideal scenario is to prevent the termites from causing damage to begin with. Since termites are soft-bodied insects, they try to stay hidden. If termites are exposed to sunshine and fresh air, they will dry out and die.

Top 5 Myths About Bedbugs Debunked

The thought of bedbug infestation can be terrifying to anyone who knows about them. A lot of people associate bedbugs with untidy bed environments, while others barely know about the bugs. But for those who have suffered bedbug infestation, one thing holds true: the bugs are hard to eliminate. They can go into a hibernation and survive freezing for days. They can also survive without food for up to a year through hibernation. Meaning they can always resurface just when you think you’ve gotten rid of them...

Why Mouse Infestation Can Be So Dangerous

Newly constructed apartments awaiting occupancy and residential homes are common victims of mice infestation. Warm seasons in particular tend to bring them in large numbers and humans are always the immediate victim of their joy.These agile rodents will choose the cozy dark places in your home as their nesting grounds. Kitchens, attics and garages are frequently their favorite spots for building the small nests. And being quick breeders they can build a large population in your home in no time. In their large numbers, it can be difficult to assess the exact cost of damage such mice can cause to your property...

Protect Your Home & Family from Roof Rats

For many years, termites were the biggest threat to homes in Austin, TX. In the past five years, roof rats have taken over. These rodents dwell in high spaces, like trees and rafters, and build nests and social colonies there. Roof rats are native to Texas, but they were not normally seen in the city until recent years. Like all rats, roof rats reproduce quickly and can be extremely destructive. They are responsible for structural damage as they chew through the wood and insulation of a home. They can also invade pantries and cupboards and ruin your food...

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