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How to Get Rid of a House Mouse in Your Home

If a mouse gets into your home, this is a big problem that must be handled immediately. You definitely don’t want to jeopardize your family’s health. The potential property damage is also a major issue. Here are some valuable tips for getting rid of a mouse. Signs You May Have a Mouse Problem A mouse will eventually leave a trail of clues. If you have a pet such as a dog or a cat, take note of any usual behavior. An animal’s keen sense of smell and sharp hearing enable them to quickly detect the presence of a mouse. You will begin to see a few obvious signs as well. While lying in your bed late at night, you may hear a rodent scratching against the walls or scampering across the floor. The sight of mouse droppings is a dead giveaway. You may also spot shredded materials, which are an indication of a ......
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How to Avoid Bringing Bedbugs Back From Summer Travel

Summertime brings with it wonderful opportunities for traveling. Whether you're vacationing with your family or headed out on a solo adventure, the world awaits you with abundant sights and sounds. Unfortunately, some places might set you up for a bad time once you make it back home. Bedbugs are out there, and they're not always easy to spot when you're staying at a hotel, a camp or another place away from home. Are Bedbugs Really a Threat to Your Vacation? What's a relaxing vacation without spending a few nights at a hotel? However, you sometimes get more than you expect from your visit. If your room has a bedbug infestation, you might not know about it until you wake up the next morning or soon after you get home. These pests come out from beneath the mattresses and between the cushions to feed on blood during the night. They'll also find......
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Summer Months Mean Heightened Scorpion Activity

As the summer months arrive in Texas and the temperatures rise, scorpions become more active. The main reason for this is that more insects are active during the summer. Since scorpions feed on them, summer is the ideal season for them to thrive. Also, summer brings humidity and precipitation. Since most residents water their lawns or plants with underground sprinklers or by hand, this provides a source of water for scorpions. They prefer cool and dark places to hide until they come out to look for bugs, and this means that they are likely to enter your home during the summer in search of shade or stray insects. Types Of Scorpions In Texas Many people confuse striped bark scorpions with Arizona bark scorpions. The Arizona bark scorpions are the only species known to have caused fatalities in the United States. However, these pests are only found in the Sonoran Desert and......
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Three Signs You Might Have a Termite Infestation

In the United States, termites are responsible for more than $5 billion in damage every year. Termites can attack any structure that has wood components, including homes, businesses, and outbuildings. Even if a building has vinyl or metal siding, a brick façade or a plastered exterior, termites can still find a way to access the wood in the structure's wall studs, floors or furnishings. Unfortunately, property owners often fail to identify a termite infestation until they begin to notice interior signs of damage. Doors may start to stick, floors may sag or walls may show signs of bulging. Early detection and treatment can help prevent termites from causing structural damage that can be costly to repair. Although there are subtle signs of termite activity that the average homeowner might overlook, there are three signs that can be readily identified. Termites typically swarm between March and July. Swarming can occur in the ......
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Prepare Your Yard for a July 4th BBQ

No summer would be complete without a backyard barbecue on the Fourth of July. Firing up the grill and enjoying good times with friends and family is what makes this annual holiday so special. With this summertime event quickly approaching, you may want to start preparing your yard for all the festivities. Although pests tend to show up when people gather together with food, Worldwide Pest Control can make sure that flying or crawling insects don't ruin anyone's fun. 5 Tips to Prepare Your Yard for July 4th 1. Mow the lawn a day or two in advance Keeping the grass cut short helps in two ways. For one, it allows nutrients to reach the soil quicker and to enrich the lawn. Secondly, it reduces the chances for pest infestations. A short lawn will also make it easier for your guests to move around in without bumbling through tall grass. 2.......
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How to Keep Fleas Out of Your Home This Summer

Considered one of the hardest infestations to eliminate, fleas are small and wingless parasites that draw blood from their host. Fleas prefer to feed on animals with fur, including cats and dogs, and they can jump up to 100 times their height. It's important to note that flea eggs don't attach to the host. Instead, the eggs will hatch on the ground, especially carpets and rugs. Most flea eggs will hatch within two days, and females can lay as many as 50 per day. Where You Might Pick Up Fleas This Summer To survive, fleas depend on a blood meal from a nearby host. As a result, most fleas are brought into the home by a pet or another mammal host. Here are some common ways your pet might attract fleas and introduce them in your home. Other animals, including rodents in your yard or your friend's pets. Human visitors who......
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Worst Cities for Termites in America

A recent report released by pest control professionals ranked the 15 most termite-infested cities in the United States. Of them, three cities are located in Texas, including San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. Here's the rest of that list, and what Texas homeowners should do to ensure their property isn't infested by this damaging pest. Top Cities in the United States for Termite Infestation One of the main reasons for termite activity in these cities is hotter and more humid weather. Most of these cities are also home to more species of termites, which contributes to more widespread termite activity. Mobile, Alabama San Antonio, Texas Memphis, Tennessee Tampa, Florida Miami, Florida Los Angeles, California Orlando, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Dallas, Texas Baton Rouge, Louisiana Houston, Texas Oklahoma City, Oklahoma San Diego, California Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Little Rock, Arkansas What Dangers Do Termites Pose for Homeowners in Texas When it comes to destroying properties in......
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Mother Nature's Extreme Ant Control Measure and Why It Won't Work for Us

When we evaluate our ant-control options, most of us think in terms of man-made treatments such as pesticides and insect-repelling plants and herbs. Others only want to try natural treatments, remedies found in Nature itself. Although some of these home-grown treatments might sound fine on the surface, many of them are just not feasible in the long run. In fact, some of them are rather extreme.  Take, for example, a newly-discovered ant-control method coming from researchers in South America. Scientists in Brazil have recently documented a species of flies that removes ant heads in their reproductive process. It works like this:   [The] parasitic Phoridae flies lay eggs in ants’ heads. The eggs become larva, which then eat their way through and out of their hosts, removing the ants’ heads in the process (Mental Floss).  For the first time, researchers have captured this process on film, and the resulting visual is quite impressive. As ......
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A pest control service can help with a silverfish infestation

Silverfish are a common problem for homeowners because they are resilient insects that multiply quickly and are difficult to get rid of. The most common (and obvious) sign of a silverfish infestation is finding them around the house. They prefer dark and humid areas of the home such as: Basements Attics Kitchens Bathrooms Often, they appear in sinks or tubs or around the perimeter of a room. Silverfish feed on simple sugars and starches that are found in common household items such as paper, cardboard boxes, book bindings, and fabrics or linens. Small holes or frayed areas are telltale signs of silverfish feeding. This is also accompanied by pepper-like feces that are left near the feeding site. The best way to protect your home from silverfish is to make it as unappealing and uninhabitable as possible. To discourage silverfish consider the following actions: Make sure rooms have adequate ventilation and air......
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Signs Of Mouse Infestation That Are Easy To Mis-Read

There are plenty of DIY "mouse infestation" signs that people utilize to gauge their rodent problem. However, these signs can be easily mis-read, which will lead you to poorly understanding where the mice are located in your home. Make sure you understand how tricky the following signs are: Areas of mouse dropping - Mice are smart and they prefer leaving their droppings far away from any area where they might eat or live. As a result, it's hard to really use their droppings as a solid indicator for where they might be hiding out. Chew marks throughout the home - Mice love to chew and they're prone to leave marks all over your house. However, that doesn't necessarily mean they're actually living near that area. Sometimes, mice simply chew to chew, leaving you with no real indicator of their presence. Mouse fur littered about - High concentrations of shed mouse hair is a bit......
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Why You Need To Get Rid Of Fire Ants ASAP!

Black ants are relatively safe, especially when compared to their fiery cousins, the red ants. These pests are notorious for their willingness to bite and even attack animals much larger than themselves. As a result, they need to be eliminated from your home as soon as possible. You might think: it's just a small ant. How much damage can it do? By itself, not much. One ant bite is likely to be little more than a pinch, though it can still leave a bruise or even a welt. However, the real danger lies in the large numbers that can exist in a single nest. Just think about millions of red ants crawling up on your belly while you sleep at night. And imagine them all deciding at once that you're a threat and that you need to be attacked. Suddenly, your belly will be filled with large bruises and welts that......
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The Worst Bed Bug Cities In America

A bed bug epidemic is sweeping multiple cities across the country. Bed bugs are disgusting critters that draw blood while you sleep and breed at incredible rates. The following are the top five most infested cities: Detroit, Michigan - Detroit is a once proud industrial town that is struggling to regain relevance and prosperity. And while things are looking up for the city, it is also suffering from the worst bed bud infestation rate in America. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Another industrial town with a proud working class tradition, Philadelphia has started to fall victim to an ever-increasing number of bed bugs. Usually fairly high on the list, it has rarely gotten as high as number two. Cleveland-Akron, Ohio - These two sister cities are home to a wide range of culturally intriguing items (including three sports teams and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame), but they are also home to the third worst......
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Are Mice A Dangerous Disease Carrier?

People often spend thousands of dollars eliminating rats from their homes, but leave mice alone. Why is that? Perhaps it's because they don't realize that mice carry just as many dangerous diseases as rats. That's right: mice are dangerous disease carriers and must be eliminated from your home as soon as possible. Diseases spread by mice include: Typhus - Although this disease is relatively easy to treat these days, it can still cause death if left untreated. It most often kills people who already have health problems, such as the elderly. Salmonella - This disease makes the jump from mouse to human via contaminated food. Unfortunately, it also means that cats or dogs that eat mice can catch this dangerous (and often fatal) disease. Rat-bite fever - Yes, rats are the primary spreader of this disease, but mice are also contaminated by this bacteria. It spreads through bites or contaminated food and kills 10%......
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A Roach Will Find a Way: Control Concerns for Diligent Homeowners

Even diligent homeowners will occasionally struggle with roaches. One of the main reasons for this ongoing struggle is the ease with which roaches are able to gain access to homes. Once inside, they secret themselves away in warm, dark places, generally only venturing forth once the household is asleep. Common Entry Points Anything as simple as an open window or door could allow roaches access. As spring turns to summer, more and more homeowners will fling open the shutters to allow fresh air and sunlight into their homes. Unwittingly, they also provide access to the world's pests--including roaches. Even without open doors and windows, roaches can still find plenty of opportunities to slip in. Since they're so small, opportunities for infiltration abound. Cockroaches may enter houses via sewer connections, under doors, around utility pipes, air ducts, or other openings in the foundation. They love cracks and can squeeze in just about......
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The Health Risks of a Mouse Infestation

Having mice run rampant in your home is enough to drive anyone crazy. You'll be forced to constantly clean up their urine, feces, fur and bedding material. But there are also some very real risks posed by mice, some of which we're going to discuss today. The Black Plague Among the most deadly diseases in the history of mankind is the Black Plague. Also known as the Bubonic Plague or Black Death, it is believed to have killed approximately 50-60% of Europe's population during the 14th century. While the Black Plague has largely been eradicated thanks to modern-day sanitation practices, reports of infection continue to pop up, even in the U.S. And just like before, it's transmitted through the bite of an infected flea, which find their way into homes via mice and rats. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Found throughout North, Central and South America, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a potentially deadly respiratory disease......
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Pretend You're A Mouse...

Imagine, for a minute, that you are a mouse. You're a bit of a low-rider: you're afraid of everything that surrounds you. And yet, you're smart, hungry, and incredibly clever. More than anything, you simply want to get a bite to eat. So you go out on the prowl. You live in a nice big house, surrounded by giant humans and one really dumb cat. Though those giants scare you, they aren't that bad: it's easy to avoid them if you stay in the walls and only come out at night. You even have specific paths that you like to go down, paths that take you the closest to your food. But what's this giant wood item in your way? With that gleaming metal and alluring scent of peanut butter? You're not sure, but you know one thing: one of your cousins is lying on top of it. A large metal......
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Bed Bugs: What Can You Do?

What are those small red bits of insect debris cluttered around your bed? Are those the shed skins of ants? Maybe a graveyard for bees? Not likely. Finding red skin sheaths near your bed is usually the sign of one thing: a serious bed bug infestation. And once you have noticed their skins, you likely have a very serious infestation. Bedbugs breed incredibly quickly: a single bedbug may lay as many as a hundred eggs every few months. And they mature to egg laying capacity in as little as a month. That means every bedbug that hatches is capable of producing several hundred offspring in a single year. That's an exponential explosion of bloodsuckers. So where do bedbugs hide when they're not feasting on your blood? They tend to make their way into the walls of your home, in small cracks. Or they hide underneath of your mattress, in your bed......
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Silly DIY Mosquito Control Techniques To Avoid

When mosquitoes start popping up in the early spring and late summer, you may feel desperate to get rid of them. That desperation can force you to try out some pretty dubious DIY control techniques. The following popular methods will offer either a temporary fix or no benefit whatsoever. Bug Spray There's no denying that bug spray helps repel a majority of insects away from you, including mosquitoes. However, this is simply a bandage solution. Generally speaking, bug spray will only repel mosquitoes for a limited amount of time as the spray starts to fade. And then you'll have to reapply the spray again and again. And it goes without saying that spray doesn't actually kill mosquitoes. Bug Zappers Many people swear by bug zappers as an effective mosquito control method. While it's true they are useful against larger insects (such as bees or black flies), they are less useful against......
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The Tell-Tale Signs Of Termate Infection

Have you spotted a few termites lurking in your home, but are reluctant to claim a true termite problem? The following are just a few of the signs that your home has a serious termite problem: Wood shavings around your home - an obvious sign that termites are burrowing through your walls Shed insect skins - termites shed every few weeks and you're likely going to find their skins just lying around Fecal matter - termites leave small, round, and hard fecal matter everywhere in your home Damaged plants and flowers - termites don't just eat wood: they will actually attack plants and flowers, as these possess the same dietary material they get from wood If you spot any of these signs (even one), there's a good chance that your home is infested with termites. And at that point, there isn't much you can do to get rid of them on......
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Signs of a Roach Problem

If you suspect you have a roach problem, you're not alone. These smart and seemingly invincible critters invade homes all across the nation. Here's how you can tell if your roach concern has become a truly dangerous problem: Spotting a roach in the day - Roaches are extremely nocturnal and only come out during the day when they have no other choice. When do they have no other choice? When they are so crowded in the walls of your home that they need to come out and catch a little privacy. Shed skins - Roaches shed multiple times while they are growing, leaving behind a brittle reminder of their past. These small skins are likely going to be located close to their homes, so if you see them out and about in your kitchen or even your living room, your roaches are out of control. Fecal matter - Although you wouldn't......
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