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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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