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Are Mosquitoes Still Active in the Fall?

Summer is nearing its end, and many of us will miss the warmer temperatures, summer vacations and our time at the pool. However, there are also many things to look forward to in the fall. Think of the crisp and cooler air, crunching leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. As temperatures cool down, the numbers of pests that are active will go down as they begin to hibernate. Some people look forward to the end of summer simply so that they can say goodbye to mosquitoes, as they are particularly active in the summer. But is it true that they are no longer active in the fall? Keep reading to learn more. Mosquitoes Enjoy Cool Weather Much like humans, mosquitoes actually enjoy the cooler weather. As they are cold-blooded, they are not able to handle extremely cold temperatures. This means that they go into hibernation in the late fall. In the beginning......
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Are Your Houseplants the Cause of Your Pest Problem?

There are many benefits to having houseplants. They can reduce stress levels, act as an air purifier, lift moods and even improve concentration. So, it is important to keep these household helpers free of invasive pest problems that would not only destroy them but may also cause significant pest infestation to your home. To do this, you must first identify the pests accurately and then seek the correct treatment. Indoor plants require the optimal environment to thrive. If the right environment is not maintained, they can become weak and more susceptible to pest attacks. Too little sunlight, too hot or cold temperatures or overly wet or dry soil will all contribute to putting a plant and your home at risk. Identify the Intruder There are two main types of houseplant pests: soft bodies and hard shells. Aphids are one of the most common soft body insects. They are small, vary in......
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What to do if You see an Opossum on Your Property

Movies love referencing possums who pretend to be dead, “playing possum,” and it is true. Opossums are known for pretending to be dead to escape predators. Even if you mean no harm, humans are larger and therefore present a threat to smaller creatures. The danger comes from not knowing what the opossum will do if you do not fall for the ploy. Here are some tips for what to do when you see an opossum on your property. Simple Scare Tactics Before you try to interact with any wild animal, make sure it has a clear getaway path. Animals who feel cornered may think fighting is the only way out, and the last thing you want is to go hand-to-hand with a possum.  If you see an opossum in your yard and it does have a clear getaway path, you can try to startle it away. Remember to keep it simple as ......
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Benefits of Routine Pest Control for Your Business

Running a successful business requires attention to operational details. While this strategy typically means monitoring cash flow, labor expenses and taxes, it can also mean pest control. Whether you have a restaurant or a Fortune 500 company, pests can ruin your day. That’s why having a comprehensive pest control program can be valuable. Here are some of the top reasons to include routine pest control for your business. Protect Your Property Most critters will simply use your building as a place to call home and raise a bunch of children. However, some pests, like rats and termites, are a bit more destructive. Rather than being an annoying presence, they can tear down your business from the inside. Spotting and removing these pests as soon as possible can save you massive headaches and repair bills. Protect Your Employees Many pests carry diseases, making them more than just a nuisance. As populations grow, t......
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When to Get a Pest Inspection

Some homeowners consider pest inspections an unnecessary expense best to handle on their own. However, there are four critical times that pest inspections are well worth the investment. Learn how calling a pest inspection professional at the right times is both cost-effective and wise. Selling a Home We are currently experiencing a strong sellers’ market for homes. Many are thinking about putting their homes up for sale. Before you consider selling your home, arrange for a professional pest inspection. Trained professionals will come to your home and examine it thoroughly for any pest situations that could hinder your selling process. Prepare to sell with confidence after learning the soundness of your home’s structure. Buying a Home It is equally important to enter into purchasing a home only after a complete pest inspection has been completed. Ask to see the report submitted by the inspector. If there are problems, ask for corr......
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