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How to Recover from Termite Damage

Termite damage can appear in many forms. It can look like buckling ceilings and walls, or like mazes in wooden beams. Termites can create mud tunnels on the foundation of your home. They can also leave destruction that looks like water damage in their wake. No matter what it looks like, damage created by termites needs to be addressed immediately. Termites weaken the structures they infest, which makes those structures unsafe. Fortunately, recovery from such an infestation is possible. Here’s what to do. Addressing Minimal Damage Surface-level termite damage is considered to be fairly minor. If the termites have not reached the core of the infested material, the integrity of the structure may still be safe. That means this type of damage is pretty simple to take care of, and usually doesn’t require professional help. To fix this damage, you’ll set out to harden the wood, which makes it termite-resistant. You...
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What Attracts Fruit Flies to Your Home?

Most of us have seen fruit flies in our lives. These pesky bugs seem to appear when we want them around the least. But they don’t just appear out of thin air. Read on to find out what brings them into your home and what to do about them. Fruit Flies Love Fermentation Adult fruit flies are small, only about an eighth of an inch long. This means they can easily penetrate even the smallest gaps in your windows and doors. But what brings them inside? In a word: fermentation. Fruit flies seek out moisture and organic materials. This combination can create fermentation, which thereby creates an environment suitable for fruit fly eggs. Fruit flies can lay up to a whopping 500 eggs at one time, with the egg to adult cycle taking only about a week. Larvae feed on any fermenting mass, which allows them to grow to a reproductive...
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Do You Have an Ant Infestation?

Summer’s around the corner. Soon ants will be coming to a home near you. A few ants can be a bother but can also be a sign of an infestation. Quicker than a sunburn, you have an ant problem. Spotting ants early and knowing what to look for will prevent an annoyance from becoming traumatic. Before you panic from an ant in the butter, find out if you have a bigger problem. Can You Spot an Ant Nest? Most ant colonies outside can be spotted easily by small fresh piles of dirt or soil. You will see these piles in between patio pavers or concrete slabs. They are the entrance to nests which can be quite complex. There may be more than one entrance, so make sure to look around. Wood-chewing ants, like the carpenter ant, enjoy moist timber. Small piles of sawdust around dead logs or old wood note their...
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Why Your Home Attracts Termites

Termites are more than just pesky critters. They’re a destructive nuisance that can damage your home and cost you money. But what brings them to your space? The truth is, you don’t get a termite infestation simply through chance. There are specific conditions that make your home conducive to these insects. Too Much Wood Termites love wood of all kinds. That includes the firewood pile you have in your backyard, the tree stump in your front yard, any living trees close to your home and even the wood mulch that’s part of your landscaping. Woodpiles leaning against your home provide a point of access for termites to get inside. Rotting wood is a breeding ground for termite colonies. Living trees that come into contact with your home’s exterior just provide another pathway for them to cause damage. Mulch holds moisture, which is another thing termites love. For these reasons, all wood...
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Bad Business: Commercial Pest Control

Infestations can cause any business owner to panic and start to make urgent phone calls, but it is important to not get too desperate. You want to make sure that you have the right pest services, although it still may be pretty unclear to people what those are. The Business Needs to be Timely and Well-Organized They need to give you a concrete date and time and you should expect them to appear at that time. As a customer, you need to know this time so that you can properly plan your day. They should also let you know how long it will take them to do each task that is needed, and they should estimate these times according to the size of each room they would be working on. If your pest control service is late, or they come with bad, unexpected surprises they they could have avoided, these are...
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I Have Ants What Do I Do?

Waking up to discover a tiny parade of ants making their way across the floor of your home is never a fun way to start your day. Your first instinct is to squash them or sweep them out the door quickly and get rid of them. If you were very lucky, this might work, but it is very unlikely. The reason why is because ants leave trails, this is why we see ants walk in lines. They are following a scent trail that was left by ants before it leading to food or worse yet, their new home. So, what can you do? Find the Source Thankfully, because ants follow scent trails if there are a large number of ants that have made their way into your house. You should be able to take your time and follow the line of soldiers back to their home. Resist the urge to spray...
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How Quickly a Pest Infestation Can Spread in Your Home

By the time you see household pests crawling around your home, you may already have a thoroughly infested home. Pest populations expand rapidly when they have access to a food source, water and shelter. How fast can infestations occur? Here are some timetables for common household pests regarding how quickly they can gain a significant foothold in your home. Termites The insect that never sleeps, termites are expanding their colony non-stop on a 24/7 work cycle. Every hour they are present in your house, they are boring away at the structural integrity of your home, and if left unchecked, they can cause a catastrophic collapse in a matter of months. As soon as you see evidence of termites crawling around or see tiny tunnels or piles of wood dust around your home, you need to call a professional and deal with this serious threat to your home’s structure. Moths Food moths...
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Most Common Pests in the Southwest

In the Southwest, it’s common to find pests in your home. To them, your attic is just as inviting as your basement, and that’s where you’ll find most of them. You can trust that Termagon professionals know what and where to look for these home invaders. Common Southwestern Region Insects Insects are the most common pests across the nation. Some are helpful to your home, because they feed on other insects but most you wish to avoid. These pests cause damage, carry diseases and eat your food. In order to protect your home, be on the lookout for these common southwestern pests. Roaches and ants tend to spread. However, they leave a trail of droppings to show where they’ve been. Unfortunately, where they have been is typically in your kitchen. Ants are so common that they are Termagon’s most commonly reported pest, which shows how easy it is for them to...
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Which Spots are Most Habitable? Identifying Where Pests May Live in Your Home

Part of keeping pests out of your home is knowing where they like to live and how they enter your home. The most common pests that inhabit our homes are insects, rodents and other small mammals. Luckily for you, deterring their entry is fairly easy once you know what to look for. Insects Insects that invade the home are plentiful. Roaches, spiders, ladybugs and other beetles, wasps and bees are all commonly found roosting in attics. These pests prefer attics and crawl spaces due to their seclusion and protection from the elements. Homeowners should regularly inspect their roof, eaves and vents for damage. Lifted shingles, bent or separated eaves, or broken louvers on vents can all supply easy entry to pests. These defects should be repaired quickly in to deter opportunistic pests from deciding your house should be their home. Some insects, such as termites, live close to the ground, making...
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Why Homeowners Need Pest Control

Owning a home is an excellent asset. However, it is also a significant responsibility. One of the greatest threats to your household is a pest infestation. Pest can bite, sting, spread disease and destroy buildings, lowering your homes resale value. However, with the right pest service, this problem can be handled efficiently and in a short period of time. Pest control is something that every homeowner with a pest problem should invest in before the problem gets out of hand. Infestations It only takes a few pests to make their way into your house. Then, in a matter of days, a colony can begin, and your house becomes infested. Rats and mice can come into your home through any opening larger than their heads. They can also chew through wood and build tunnels inside your walls. Bed bugs can latch onto clothes and blankets, entering your house without your knowledge. However,...
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How Bed Bugs Can Make Their Way Into Your Home

In the United States, bed bugs have staged quite a comeback in recent years. Their return is blamed on a rise in international travel, but you don't need to be a globetrotter to experience an infestation. The pest control experts at Termagon in Tucson, AZ, explain the many ways in which bed bugs gain entry into your home. How Did I Get Bed Bugs? Even if you don't consider yourself an international traveler, your household is vulnerable to the threat of bed bugs. These sneaky insects can invade your home in some pretty surprising ways. These include picking them up from someone else's home -- most likely an unknowing victim -- as well as from work, travel or an item brought into your house. In many of these situations, you or a family member innocently placed a belonging on an infested item. Bed bugs often hide out undetected on furniture, then...
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Why You Should Have Your Home Inspected for Termites

Termites are destructive in every sense of the word, and their appalling reputation speaks for itself. Each year, property owners are forced to spend past their budgets to pay for the costly repairs that accompany termite damage. If you don't want these critters to wreak havoc on your home, it may be in your best interest to turn to a pest exterminator. Letting a professional inspect your property will be beneficial in more ways than you think. Regain Your Peace of Mind If you're like most homeowners, coming across mud tubes and droppings is going to leave you feeling a bit uneasy. Thankfully, a thorough inspection will go a long way toward eliminating your worries. Pest exterminators are experts at identifying the different termite species. While the infestation is being assessed, you can rest assured that your property will be treated with care and respect. The goal of every inspection is...
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Signs You Have A Termite Problem Inside Your Home

Termites are more than just a nuisance; they damage your home by feeding on the wood. This impairs the structure of the building. Termites can make their way through plaster and metal siding and feast on the wooden items within a building too. Even if your home is not made primarily of wood, you could be at risk of having termite problems. These pests often go unnoticed until considerable damage has occurred. Therefore, it’s important to know how to spot the signs of termites. Warped, Sagging Or Peeling Surfaces Drywood termites live inside of the wood in your home. They can create hollow tunnels within the wood long before they’re detected from the outside. Some signs of termite infestations mimic water damage. Floors may buckle or sag, the paint around windows may peel and ceilings can droop. As termites remove the material within floorboards, you may begin to notice that certain...
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Are There Different Species of Termites?

In the U.S., there are three primary types of termites and a total of 45 different species that are divided among each type. The three primary types of termites include subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites. The different types of termites have their own unique biology, which affects the areas of the U.S. in which they live and the damage that they cause. Subterranean Termites A member of the family Rhinotermitidae, subterranean termites live under the ground. These insects build the biggest nests out of any other type of insect in the U.S. Subterranean termites build mud tubes that connect from their nests to their sources of food, including the timbers of your home. These termites live in all U.S. states except Alaska. Subterranean termites cause the most damage to homes in the U.S. In Arizona, arid-land subterranean and desert subterranean termite species may both be found. Drywood Termites Drywood termites live...
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Carpenter Ant or Termite? Know What They Look Like

Ants and termites – two similar pests with very similar characteristics. These crawling insects prefer to live outdoors but oftentimes find their way indoors to search for food and shelter. Though they're similar in size and anatomy, they differ with their dietary habits. Ants like sweets, and termites enjoy wood. The Main Difference Between Ants and Termites Some ant species, such as carpenter ants, are most like termites as they build their nests in wood. The key difference is that carpenter ants don't consume the wood as they chew and build tunnels. They only want to burrow deep into the wood so that they can have a secure place in which to raise their young. Termites also build their nests in wood. However, they devour the wood as they expand into the structure. Whereas carpenter ants only leave behind small holes and tunnels, termites leave nothing behind. They feed on the...
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Differences Between Wasps and Bees

Wasps and bees have similar characteristics, so there is often significant confusion about the differences between these insects. Both wasps and bees build large dwellings to protect their queens, and they both rely on a network of honeycombs to protect young larvae. Wasps and bees are also both winged insects with stingers that people know instinctively to avoid. Understanding the differences between wasps and bees is important since different pest control methods should be used depending on which type of winged insects you need to eliminate. Differences Between Wasps and Bees Biologists classify both wasps and bees as members of the Hymenoptera order, but there are significant dissimilarities between their physical characteristics. Wasps have smooth skin while bees have distinctive fur on their abdomens. Bees form hives while wasps form nests. Bees tend to form large hives of about 75,000 insects while wasp nests often contain less than 100 insects. Bees...
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4 Tips to Prevent Pests from Entering Your Pantry

If you have pests inside your home, you should take immediate action to prevent them from finding sources of food. Pests that find food can lay eggs, and then you could face the nightmare of having a full infestation inside your home. Pantries are one of the main areas inside a home where pests look for food, so you should take steps to prevent pests from getting into your food supply. By taking the right steps to keep pests away from your food, you can keep your family safe and avoid attracting pests to your home in the future. 1. Cover Food Items Pests often enter a home when they can smell the scent of food. You should keep your food sealed with plastic bags and airtight containers that will eliminate smells that can attract pests. If food does not come with resealable packaging, avoid using rubber bands or bag clips...
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Tips for Keeping Ants Off of Your Property This Spring

Every year, at least 82 percent of American homes have a problem with pests of one kind or another. While ants aren't the most dangerous pests in the world, they're certainly the most common. Here are a few tips to keep ants at bay this spring. Clean Your Home's Interior Often It goes without saying that ants are attracted to the food crumbs you'll find in pretty much any kitchen in the country. Vacuuming carpets and sweeping floors on a regular basis will go a long way towards reducing the likelihood of an infestation. Install Plants That Ants Can't Stand With a little creative landscaping, you can transform your yard into a formidable barrier that discourages ant colony proliferation. Chrysanthemums, spearmint and citronella grass are all proven ant repellents. If you like to grow produce, garlic is another plant species that ants can't seem to stand. Fumigate All Residential Spaces When...
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3 Things Arizona Businesses Need to Know About Termite Control

TermitesThe state of Arizona is situated on top of one of the largest and most active termite belts in the United States, making it a prime location for the development of infestations with these destructive pests. Both homeowners and business owners need to be aware of a few simple facts that can help them recognize and handle a termite infestation promptly before further destruction occurs. Consider the following three facts about termite control to protect yourself and your business in the future. 3 Things Arizona Businesses Need to Know About Termites 1. Know the Signs of an Infestation The most common sign of an active termite infestation is the presence of a recent swarm. A swarm describes a particular activity that termites engage in as they leave their nest to mate. During a swarm, a large group of termites will fly together to a specific point before they discard their shed...
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Common Bedbug Myths

bedbugIf you or someone you know has noticed the signs of a bedbug infestation, you will want to solve the problem as soon as you can so that the pests won’t have enough time to spread. Before you get started, put in the effort to uncover common myths if you want to choose the right path.  Bedbugs Always Leave Bite Marks A common bedbug myth is that the pests always leave red marks on the skin after they feed, but that is not the case. While you will likely notice small bite marks when you have bedbugs, some people are immune to the symptoms. Those who don’t experience skin irritation could have bedbugs for months and not know about the problem.  Also, it's easy to confuse bedbug bites with the bite marks of other insects. Look for the other signs of a bedbug infestation if you suspect that the parasites have...
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