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Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard to Get Rid Of

We’ve all heard horror stories about the dreaded bed bug, and for good reason, too. Nobody wants to share their sleeping quarters with insects that will make them itch and scratch for days. Although we hope it will never happen, sometimes homeowners suffer from bedbug infestations. Here’s why bedbugs are so tough to get out of your life and some tips on how to deal with them. Why Do They Stick Around? Bedbugs are annoying for two specific reasons: they spread quickly and don’t need to eat often to survive. Just one bedbug can easily lead to over a thousand. The name is misleading;  bedbugs love to make their homes in almost any small space, not just in your bed. You may find these insects in your wallpaper, in the carpet, behind electrical switches, and even in your wood and paper items. The trickiest part is that every single bug needs...
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How to Get Rid of Pests in Your Garden

COVID-19 has put all of us into a new state of unknown. One area where people can find solace, however, is in the garden! Summer is always a great time to get outdoors and tend to your growing plants, even with a global pandemic. Unfortunately, unwanted guests sometimes arrive in the garden. Pests are a nuisance and tough to get rid of. Luckily, there are steps you can take to kicking them out of your garden. Mechanical Methods Before getting into pest-control products with chemicals, there are natural approaches to getting rid of pests. Barriers can be used, such as nets and fences. This will stop larger pests, like raccoons or groundhogs, from getting in. There are also plenty of natural-traps that can be bought at the store and don’t contain chemicals. Of course, you could go around the garden by hand and pick them off, but that can be a...
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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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