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5 Fall Tips for Tick Prevention

5 Fall Tips for Tick Prevention According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 96% of the confirmed Lyme disease cases in 2014 were reported from 14 states. While Michigan wasn't one of the states on that list, deer ticks and Lyme disease still pose a threat to residents in this area of the country. Let's not forget about brown dog ticks, either. Although deer ticks are more threatening to humans, since they carry Lyme disease and recovery from it can takes months or even years, brown dog ticks can be just as harmful for your pets. In fact, just one of these ticks in your home can lead to an infestation. To avoid surrendering your home to ticks this fall, follow these five prevention tips. Wear Light-Colored Clothing and Stay on the Trail If you plan to spend a gorgeous autumn Saturday hiking through the wilderness, remember to...
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Keep Your Family and Pets Safe from Flea's This Fall

Keep your Family Flea Free This Year It doesn't take many fleas or a lot of time for a small nuisance to turn into a huge problem. This is because of the flea life cycle. A single flea can lay up to 40 eggs a day, and fleas may not actually leave their cocoon for months or years because they will wait until the environment is right and a host is present. This means that simply killing live fleas isn't enough to actually completely rid your home of an infestation. How Can You Tell If You Have A Flea Infestation Flea infestations are an issue in Michigan almost year-round because the temperature needs to drop below 30 degrees for fleas to be inhibited by the cold. There are several indications of a flea infestation that can let you know that a problem is present or developing. One of the most obvious...
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5 Ways Ants Enter Your Home

Ant 6Ants rank among Michigan's most common pests. They benefit from its moist climate and dense vegetation. In fact, over 110 species populate the Great Lakes State. The most well-known varieties include acrobat, carpenter, pavement and house ants. They all have six legs and three rounded segments. These insects often enter homes using one of five methods: 1. Most ants infiltrate a structure by finding small cracks and holes in the siding, roof or foundation. These entryways can appear as building materials deteriorate. Earthquakes and shifting soil may also create them. Some animals have the ability to tear new holes in your house as well. Untrimmed tree branches might help pests reach vulnerable parts of a building. 2. Ants frequently gain access to homes when they find gaps around entrances. For instance, these pests can crawl under the front door. This could become a serious problem if your windows or doors don't...
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Don't bring bed bugs home during your summer travels

Bedbug 5Bedbugs are tenacious pests that hitchhike on travelers all over the world, making it challenging to avoid them if you frequently stay in hotels and motels. If a bedbug decides to catch a ride in your luggage, your home may end up with a serious infestation problem. Learning about bedbugs and how to avoid bringing them home is a good way to protect yourself. What Bedbugs Do Bedbugs are tiny creatures that feed on blood while their unfortunate host is asleep, leaving behind welts and itchiness for their targets to enjoy. Bedbugs typically hide in cracks and seams near sleeping areas. Bedbugs can also invade your belongings, leaving behind stains and allowing for the reproduction of more bedbugs. Travelers need to be aware of how to deal with bedbugs in order to avoid bringing them back home. Look for the Signs Before you settle into a hotel room, look for obvious...
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Enjoy Barbecue Season Without Worry: Free Your Yard from Mosquitoes and Ticks Today

Enjoy Barbecue Season Without Worry A great many residents in West Michigan and the surrounding areas are anxiously awaiting the end of the school year and the unofficial start to summer that begins with the popular neighborhood backyard barbecue. There's nothing quite like a yard full of happy children and their parents enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs together, and you have the entire summer to look forward to spending time out in your yard. Unfortunately, that same wonderful summer weather that draws you outside also welcomes in mosquitoes and ticks that can ruin your good time and make your family and your pets quite ill. The great news is that Terminix of West Michigan can protect your yard from these nasty insects, and you can enjoy your time outdoors without worry. Mosquito Control It's hard to believe that mosquitoes are responsible for around 1 million deaths every year around the globe. When...
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5 Signs of Termites in Your Home

Soldier termiteA termite’s miniature size gives no hint of the devastating damage that it can do to wood in your home. You need a magnifying glass to see an egg, and a full-grown adult measures about the same size as the dollar sign on your computer keyboard. Detecting Signs of Termite Infestation Termites eat all forms of wood in your home, and you may find them in flooring, furniture and elements of its structural frame. Making no noise while they eat constantly, they can create extensive damage before you notice that you have an infestation of thousands of termites. They create telltale signs that alert you to the need for a professional exterminator as soon as possible. 1. Tiny Wings Termites drop their wings as soon as they find a landing place in your home, usually near a light source. A collection of wings on the floor or a windowsill gives you...
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