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What is Pest Prevention?

Pest prevention simply refers to all of the actions that you can take to keep pests from building nests or colonies on your property. There are many methods used in prevention, and they should all be considered carefully in order to keep the infestation from getting out of control. Insect and pest control begins with accurate information that you can use to take action. Preventing an Infestation Preventing pest infestations on your property will help you to save money and time. This is the first line of defense against a variety of pests, which may include insects, rodents, birds and wild animals. Once the infestation begins, it can quickly spread. This can potentially cause damage to your home or business, so you will need to take immediate action at the first sign of a pest infestation. There are many ways to prevent a pest infestation, and here are the top three:......
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What Does a Pest Inspection Entail?

A pest inspection is a critical part of any comprehensive plan for controlling the many pests that can infest your home or business. Inspections are conducted by licensed professionals who understand the common signs of infestations, but there is much more involved. The inspection also lays the groundwork for forming a pest control plan of action. This will outline the steps needed to eliminate the pests from the property and prevent a recurring infestation in the future. The inspection should always be performed by a qualified professional for the best results. Pest Inspection Checklist To understand the value of a pest inspection, you should be aware of what is involved. There are many techniques that can be utilized by the pest inspector, but listing them will not help you understand what a pest inspection really involves. This requires a detailed analysis of the particular property and an intelligent application of the......
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Top Rodent Facts for Business Owners

Most business owners are already aware of the fact that a rodent infestation will reflect poorly on their enterprise, but many are still unaware of the risks related to the legal codes. It is possible to lose a business license over a rodent infestation, for example. The business owner can not underestimate the potential amount of damage to personal finances as well as the ability to earn an income. In addition, there could be legal fines and fees that must be paid to the city. The total losses could be devastating, and this type of setback is not easily overcome. Understanding the nature of the risk can help the business owner to make a speedy decision about how to overcome the rodent infestation, and contacting a professional commercial pest control company is the right move. Preventing Rodent Infestations In the world of pest control, an ounce of prevention is worth much......
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Carpenter Ant or Termite? Know What They Look Like

Carpenter ants and termites are similar in several ways. They can be about the same size and damage buildings because they burrow into wood. Both types of insects also swarm to mate during the spring. After taking a closer look, however, you can see that they differ significantly. Carpenter Ants As one of the largest types of ants in the United States, carpenter ants measure 0.13 to 0.5 inches long. Most species are black, while others can be red, yellow, light or dark brown, or orange. Some species are even black and red. The large mandibles that the workers have are another way to identify these insects. However, they're most identifiable by their cinched waist, bent antennae and longer front wings. Decayed wood is the preferred nesting material for all carpenter ants. Nests that remain active for years can cause severe damage. One colony can spread to satellite colonies nearby. Following......
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What is Frass and How Can I Identify It?

Frass control is a critical part of any insect removal program. Understanding the properties of frass can help you to identify it and make decisions about your pest-control needs. Frass can be used as a source of food or even as construction materials. This means that you will need to eliminate this material from your home as a part of your long-term program for pest control. About Insect Frass Frass is a term that refers to insect fecal matter, which can have different appearances. Each type of pest will digest materials from their diet and leave the excrement behind. This becomes a sign of their presence, and it can be used to determine the kind of pest infestation you are experiencing. Frass can be composed entirely of fecal matter, but some insects will also excrete the parts of the wood that they consume as food. This can show up in the......
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