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When are Mosquitoes Most Active?

Do you enjoy spending time outside? If you’ve probably experienced itchy and painful mosquito bites, these bites also carry the risk of disease transmission, like yellow fever or West Nile virus, which can be life-threatening. To avoid mosquito bites, you need to know when mosquitoes are most active. Time of Day There are almost 200 species of mosquitoes, with each having different activity levels. The two main species come out during the evening when temperatures start to cool down. Mosquitoes bite the least in the middle of the day due to the sun and heat. The high temperatures can cause them to become dehydrated and die. To prevent this, mosquitoes seek shelter in dark, damp areas until dusk, their favorite time of day. Not all mosquitoes feed as soon as they come out; you’ll typically find them seeking food throughout the night Climate You might think summer is the most prominent...
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What you Need to Know About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium found in Deer ticks and is transmitted through a tick bite. If left untreated, it can eventually affect the heart and central nervous system. While common, Lyme disease has a wide variety of symptoms which can make diagnosis difficult for some patients. Here are some helpful things to know about Lyme disease to protect yourself from infection. Signs and Symptoms The most common sign of Lyme disease is a rash that develops on or around the site of a tick bite. The rash may look similar to a mosquito bite at first but will slowly spread and may form a “bulls-eye” pattern. Other early signs may include fever, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, and headaches. Since these symptoms could also be caused by the flu or common cold, it can be hard to diagnose as Lyme disease. If left untreated, more severe symptoms such...
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The Benefits of Seeking Professional Help with Tick Control

As summer approaches, many people long to get outside to work in the yard or enjoy time with friends and family. Yet, these months bring the threat of some infamous hitchhikers: ticks. The thought of finding a tick attached to you, your pet or loved one is sickening. You want to find the best way to reduce the threat of encountering ticks. The danger of ticks is not to be underestimated. Ticks carry serious diseases, such as Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The ill-effects can be debilitating and last for years. Consider the many benefits of seeking professional help when guarding yourself against ticks. Knowledge of the Species Professional exterminators understand ticks. They know the most common ticks in your area and have studied their habits. Exterminators know how they enter and where they hide. Trained professionals will quickly draw up a plan of action. Understanding of Effective Pesticides...
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The Pantry - A Pest-Free Place

Did you know that at any given point in time, your kitchen contains billions and billions of microbes and bacteria? What’s more, in addition to microbes and bacteria everyday household pests love to find comfort not just inside your home, but inside your pantry.   Let’s be honest, no one likes to open their pantry up, only to discover there is a second family that has moved in and created their own pest colony within your stored food. To avoid this, let’s discuss some of the top ways to keep your pantry a pest-free place.   DIY Prevention Tips   Just like every person is different, every pantry is equally different. Depending on the size, stock, and materials kept inside your pantry, your prevention tips may vary. But, there are a few key ingredients that can be used as a rule of thumb to maintaining a pest-free pantry.   Use proper...
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How Moisture Attracts Pests

Water is essential for all living things. If it’s alive, it needs some water to survive, no matter how little. A human should drink approximately eight glasses of water a day in order to stay hydrated. Pest like mosquitoes and rats, on the other hand, require much less. That’s why if you want to keep your house pest free, it’s critical that you reduce the moisture in your house to a bare minimum. Here is how the moisture in your house attracts pests and some ways to keep the moisture in your house low. How Moisture Attracts Pests When we think of the water in a person's home, we usually think of the sink, the toilet, the bathtub, etc. However, water is all around us and we inhale it everytime time we breathe. The water that pests like cockroaches are looking isn’t found in a bottle, it’s found on basement floors,...
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Why Stink Bugs Invade Your Home in Winter

Every winter like clockwork, West Michigan seems to host a stink bug invasion. It’s annoying enough when you start seeing the little bugs everywhere. But when they start moving in on your home and vehicles, it gets a little more personal. Why are stink bugs so obsessed with your home come wintertime, anyway? Seeking Sanctuary Stink bugs are not native to North America. They actually come from Asia, which is a much warmer and milder climate. When the temperature drops, stink bugs aren’t able to handle the cold. So they seek out a nice warm sanctuary where they can bed down until the weather changes again. During this time, stink bugs go through a period called diapause. It’s basically an insect version of hibernation. They don’t eat or breed, and generally remain inactive. Sometimes if the weather takes a turn toward the warmer side, they may fly around a bit. As...
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Winter Pest Prevention

RodentsPest prevention during any time of the year can be a concern. However, as the cold winter months approach, this concern becomes a more pressing issue. Like humans, pests do not enjoy too much time outside in the winter. As a result, they seek warmth and shelter. Unfortunately, your home serves as the answer to the pests’ problem. There are steps you can take to limit how many critters get into your home. Let’s take a look at some easy and effective routines you can get into to prevent a pest infestation. Seal Up Their Entryways Since many pests like spiders and ants are so small, they can slip through any size opening to get into your house. When you stop and think of all the tiny cracks and crevices you see around the house, you’ll realize just how many mini “doors” your home has for pests. Plus, that’s just the...
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Pests That Can Destroy Your Home

We all hate when pests take up residence in our houses. It feels like a creepy-crawly violation! Beyond simply being gross, some of these pests can pose structural or financial risk to your house. Here are a few common household pests that can damage your home. Squirrels When looking a squirrel in the eyes it can be hard to decide if it wants to cuddle with you or if it is coldly plotting your demise. Squirrels are known to chew holes in siding and build nests in vents and attics. Squirrels are included in the group of rodents that are believed to cause approximately 25 percentof all fires with unknown origins. Mice Mice will gnaw on almost every part of your house. They chew on wires, framing, insulation, and will even gnaw on your piping. Mice can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your house. On top of...
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Keeping Your Garbage Secure From Pests This Fall

With the coming of winter, many animals are ramping up their efforts to save up fat for hibernation. Unfortunately, Fall also coincides with shortening food supplies in the wild and an increased turn to human sources of food. While we all like a healthy ecosystem and want to see our furry friends flourish, this often doesn’t extend to picking up smelly, wet, dirty trash strewn across the driveway. If like many Western Michiganders you have trouble keeping critters out of your trash, try some of these tips to keep your trash contained and our animals healthy. Keep Your Garbage Can Clean You’ve probably noticed that your trash can smells like, well, trash. While unappealing to humans, animals see (or, smell) trash as a tasty opportunity. To remove the scent from your trash can, try cleaning it with soap and water or a stronger solution. For best results, experiment with both acidic...
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Five Reasons to Choose Terminix West Michigan for Your Pest Control Needs

Choosing the right pest control company is important. Your pest control provider gives you peace of mind and a cleaner, healthier living space. This is why you need to do your homework and choose the perfect provider for you and your family. If you are still looking for the solution that works best for you, we urge you to consider us at Terminix West Michigan. Why? Here are five reasons why we are the best choice for your pest control needs. Comprehensive Service In the world of pest control, if you name it -- we can cover it. We help protect your home from all the usual suspects, of course (roaches, ants, spiders, etc.), but we also pride ourselves on dealing with some of the lesser-known pests that could find their way into your house, including bat bugs and strawberry root weevils. Don’t know what those are? It’s okay -- we...
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How to Handle A Strawberry Root Weevil Infestation

The strawberry root weevil is a common insect in the northern part of the United States. Named for its preference for eating strawberry plants, weevils are dark brown or black with six legs and about the size of a tick. In fact, they are often confused with ticks. Having a strawberry root weevil infestation in your home can be upsetting. It’s important to properly identify the insects, and take steps for handling the problem. Strawberry Root Weevils in the Home Typically, strawberry root weevils wander into homes in the middle of summer. You may begin to notice them crawling on your floors or walls. They are particularly attracted to areas in the home where there is water or high moisture levels, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. During the summer and early fall, strawberry root weevils can become an indoor nuisance as greater numbers invade your home and the infestation...
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These Are a Few of Ants’ Favorite Things

Standing Water Standing water, in general, can attract all kinds of unwanted creatures. Ants most certainly are one of them. Standing water stemming from leaking drains or faucets can foster a perfect nesting and living ground for ants. Look for any potential leaks in your bathroom or kitchen. Sinks, bathtubs, drain pipes or even your toilet can be attractive to a colony of ants who are looking to set up camp. If you have standing water, dry it, and then scrub the surface with disinfectant and keep the area clear of water. Another way water can attract ants to your home is if rainwater is not directed away from your house. An accumulation of water close to your foundation can also be attractive to ants who can easily burrow underground and nest their colony underneath your home and therefore have better access to the inside of your house. Food Scraps If...
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Lifestyle Tips to Prevent a Cockroach Infestation

Trends in interior design change frequently; however, the sight of a cockroach scurrying across your dining room floor will never become fashionable. This is important to keep in mind, because as summer approaches and you take shelter from the heat in your air-conditioned house or apartment, nearby cockroaches are liable to do the same. Here are some ways to make sure your house doesn't become home to any unwanted guests. Clean up Your Act You’re probably not a dirty person, but remember, cockroaches are small critters, and it doesn't take very many scattered pieces of food to sustain them. Just a few crumbs will suffice. In order to keep cockroaches away, don’t give them an incentive to come inside in the first place. Vacuum your floors at least once a week, wipe loose crumbs off the counter, don't leave dirty dishes overnight, take out the trash and keep food sealed tightly...
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How to Keep Your Kitchen Pest-Free

The kitchen is arguably the most important room in a home. It is where meals are prepared and eaten. It is also a common place for family and friends to gather and socialize. Since the kitchen is such a hub of activity, is crucial that it be clean and pest free. However, the simple fact that there is always food in the kitchen leaves it vulnerable to insects and rodents. If you want to ensure your kitchen has no pests in it, follow some of these easy suggestions. Keep a Clean Area Although it can be difficult to keep a kitchen clean at all times, it is an essential step in keeping pests away from it. Pests are attracted to dirty areas So, the cleaner you can keep your kitchen, the better off you will be. So, be mindful of your cooking space, wipe down flat surfaces daily, do not wait...
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Spiders in Michigan: What Spiders Live Near You?

There’s been more buzz online and in print media about a rise in spider bites and large spider colony discoveries in Michigan. While most spiders in Michigan are harmless to humans, there are a few that present a danger to the average person in general and the elderly and children in particular. Here’s a quick overview guide to spiders that live in Michigan, as well as advice about what to do should you encounter these species. Brown Recluse A non-native species, brown recluse spiders can be found throughout Michigan. These little arachnids are venomous, but they are also among the least aggressive and shy species on the planet. The bad news is they like to live in isolated dark places like corners of a garage, trash cans and interior attics. In other words, you may discover one by accident while cleaning or moving. They prefer to flee and rarely bite, but...
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Spiders are Your Friend

For many of us, when we see a spider in our home often, the first reaction is to be creeped out by them. To get past the “creep out” factor that comes with discovering your new eight-legged friends, it is important to realize, that for the most part, spiders are far more helpful than they are disturbing. So, what exactly are the benefits of allowing such unsettling little critters to remain in our homes? Let’s talk about a few of the reasons you should consider sharing your home with spiders. And when it is time to call a profesional about help addressing your spider problem. Spiders are in Your Home for a Reason The number one reason why you have spiders in your house is that they now have a food source. Spiders feed on a vast number of insects that live in your home. They are expert hunters, and it...
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Pests Around the Home - Common Bugs in the Attic

When people think of protecting their home from bugs, they often think about the exteriors of the house: the doorways, seams and other spots like that. However, they often forget about one of the biggest rooms in the entire home -- the attic. For many, this large space is “out of sight, out of mind” and rarely gets thought about at all, unless they are getting their seasonal decorations in or out of storage. Because it is such a neglected area of the house, it is often a perfect breeding ground for pests. Left relatively unchecked, and with access to virtually the entire house, bugs in the attic can become a real problem. And the worst part? The homeowners don’t even know those bugs are there until they have a real problem! Common Attic Bugs While it’s impossible to compile a list of all the bugs you might find in an...
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Your Guide to Termite Pest Control

There is no pest that frightens homeowners more than the termite. Since this little bug has the potential to destroy entire homes if left unnoticed or unchecked, it’s necessary to do all you can to prevent an infestation -- and to know what to do should termites get a foothold inside your walls. Prevention Of course, the most effective way to control termites is to make sure they never get inside in the first place. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help stop an infestation before it ever begins. Control Moisture The presence or absence of water is one of the most important factors in controlling future infestations. If the area around your home is wet -- through poorly placed pipes and drains, for instance -- this will attract termites as well as other pests. It’s crucial to maintain pipes, gutters and drains to redirect any water leaving...
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Preventing Pests From Becoming Roommates

When pests are in your home, they can wreak havoc. They can destroy your property and cause health problems. To prevent pests from becoming roommates, you can take some simple precautions that can help aid in deterring the pests from moving in. These precautions include cleaning, keeping areas dry, and sealing cracks or openings. Keep reading for more information. Preventing Access to Your Home First, you need to remove the place where the pests want to live. A pest enters your home through small openings and cracks. Perform regular home inspections to look for the openings and any signs of pests. The openings can come from cracks in the walls or foundation, improperly closed windows or doors, or even pipes. Make sure you seal up any cracks or other openings to reduce the chance of the pests becoming your new roommates. Removing the Food Supply Pests that invade your home need...
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Winter Pests and What to Do About Them

For the most part, as the weather cools down, you don’t have to worry as much about pests. However, just because bugs and other critters aren’t as active during the winter doesn’t mean that they can’t pose a threat to you and your property. This winter, be prepared and be proactive about your pest control solutions. Today we’re going to discuss the most common seasonal pests and how to make sure that they don’t pose a problem for you and your family. Rats and Mice Like us, rodents like places that are warm and dry. Unfortunately, your home can look especially inviting as the temperature drops outside. Rats love to nest in dark areas, like basements or crawlspaces. Mice, on the other hand, may settle in your attic or roof. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that mice and rats are two different species. For example, traps will typically...
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