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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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Why Professional Roach Control Is Vital

You spotted a roach in your house and you know that there are likely millions more of them scattered all around. Don't panic: you can get them out of your house. However, you're not going to be able to do it alone: you're going to need professional help. Read on to find out why professional roach control is the only way you can deal with these pests. Roaches are infamously great at hiding in various spots in your home. They are capable of hiding in walls, under floor boards, through your cupboards, in your linen closets, and anywhere they can slip their small bodies. The trickiest part about roaches is that they can perform wild acrobatic stunts that make them seemingly disappear from sight. So what's the big deal? Well, cockroaches are not only gross to look at: but they often carry problematic diseases. And since they have no qualms about......
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Why Kissing Bugs Can Kiss Your Health Away

The original home of the eleven species of the kissing bug is Latin America. Known scientifically as thetriatomine bug, the insects are now flourishing in the southern part of the US. The bug's name might lead you to believe that it’s some kind of a “romantic” insect, but, in reality, it’s a blood-sucking pest that likes the lip and eye regions of the species on which it feeds. Unfortunately, people and their pets are not exempt. Bed Bugs Are Not Your Only Problem! Inside your house, these nocturnal triatominae lurk in cracks in your walls, in mattresses and under beds, and in your dog’s bedding. At night, they emerge vampire-like looking for blood. Chagas Disease Kissing bugs are a serious problem because they can be infected with trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite. When an infected bug bites, it can swell and end up looking like a grape with legs. This swelling causes it to def......
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Spiders That Don't Make Webs

Here's something few people know about spiders: not all of them make webs. In fact, there are thousands of spider species that don't make webs, but instead hunt their prey on the ground. They make their home in cracks in the walls or floors and search out their prey on regular hunting excursions. This is why it's possible for you to see spiders in your home without running into webs. The lack of webs make these spiders much more difficult to find and eliminate. Non-web spiders prefer to hide out in dark areas, such as closets, and find enclaves that are impossible for people to root out and find. So how can you get rid of these annoying spiders? Can you use spider bait? Sure, but there's a good chance they'll just ignore it and do their own thing. What about spider sprays? Sure: if you can see them. Most prefer......
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Roach Control: The Quickest Kill

Anyone who has ever tried to kill a cockroach on the run knows how what a challenging task that is. One reason cockroaches are hard to kill is their speed. Roaches can run up to three miles per hour, which does not sound very fast unless you factor in their relative size.  They have fast relay systems that allow them to dart away quickly in response to light or motion at speeds up to 50 body lengths per second, which is equivalent to a couple hundred miles per hour, if you scale up to the size of humans. This makes them incredibly good at escaping predators (Daily Mail). Because roaches are so fast, we must also be fast on the draw if we're going to have a prayer of killing them. If we spy roaches on the floor, the process is relatively easy: we just have to catch them in the open and stomp......
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