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Common Grocery Store Pests

If you run a grocery store, one of the things that you have to be vigilant of is the presence of pests running amok in your establishment . Although you may run a clean ship and buy only high-quality produce, you still run the risk of having unwanted visitors in your grocery store. Here are some pests to look out for that particularly affect grocery stores. Cockroaches These pests are not just associated with run-down apartment buildings. Cockroaches are attracted to grocery stores because their varied diet allows them to eat whatever is available to them. You can notice them if you find dead cockroaches lying around, smell a generally unpleasant odor around your produce or shedded skins that are in the shape of a roach. Keeping them out of your store will require cleaning up all spills and quickly taking out all rotting food and general trash.  Rodents Rats...
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Bed Bugs: How Fast Can They Spread

The medieval saying, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” gives evidence that bed bugs are not a new problem. Even though ants, cockroaches, and mice are never welcome guests, bed bugs are by far one of the hardest ones to irradiate. Below is some information on how fast these insects spread.   More on Bed Bugs Before we get into the rate at which bed bugs invade your home, you must understand the environment these little insects prefer. An ideal environment would need to be warm and a location where they have access to blood, their main food source. Other than that, they can live anywhere. Bed bugs are so hardy that they can go without food for a year.   If you would like more information about bed bugs and their life cycle, visit our Pest Library page.   Invade Your Home If your home...
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Keeping Your Home Dry to Stay Insect Free

Insects and other pests love a house that has moisture and standing water. The water that stands in your home is both a place to drink and breed. This gives you double the reasons why you should keep your home dry. If you’re looking for tips for how to keep your home dry, read on to learn some tried and true techniques . 1. Do your dishes immediately. Don’t let dirty dishes pile up in your kitchen sink. Of course if you don’t have time right that second to do the dishes, you can let them soak for a bit, but don’t ever let them sit longer than overnight. The standing water and the smell of the dirty food residue leftover on your dishes is enough to attract hungry pests to your house. You should also check under the sink. This goes for your kitchen, bathroom and basement. Make sure...
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Active Pests in Winter

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Winter is a time to stay indoors and cuddle up by the fire with a good book. With the colder weather, you would think that all living creatures would be trying to stay warm in their own dens and hibernate for the season. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for all mammals, rodents and insects. Even as frigded tempuratures continue to drop, you wouldnt belive how many pests are active during the winter months. Mice and Other Rodents During the winter, mice and rats like to come into your home looking for easy access to warmth and food. They will nest almost anywhere, such as behind appliances, nestle inside your walls, in cabinets or in the attic or basement. The best way to detract these critters is to make sure that your food is properly stored, your home is kept clean and clutter free and any cracks and holes are sealed....
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Winterizing Your Cabin Against Pests

Owning a cabin is a great retreat from daily life whether it is on a lake or hidden deep in the mountains. Even though it offers fun during long weekends and summer vacations, the time comes when you need to close it up before the snow sets in. You likely have a list of things to do such as draining hoses, locking windows and winterizing your pipes. Have you thought about winterizing against pests? Here are five tips to winterizing your cabin against pests . Sealing Holes Check for holes or cracks on the inside and outside of your cabin. Some key places to inspect are flooring, walls, windows, doors, chimneys, pipes, dryer vents and siding. If you find any cracks or holes, be sure to seal them with caulk or other material. Storing Firewood Most cabins have a wood-burning stove or a fireplace and if that’s the case, then...
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Common Wasps Found in Washington

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Greater Spokane has its share of wasps. Yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets are common. These pests are most active in late summer and early fall. Wasps pose a threat to homeowners , business owners and just about everyone else because they're highly aggressive and will attack without provocation. Why Wasps Are Dangerous Bees generally leave humans alone unless they perceive you to be a direct and immediate threat. If a bee does sting you, it can only sting you once before it dies. Wasps are aggressive by nature. They can sting you even if you’re nowhere near a nest. Because their stingers won't lodge in your skin, wasps can sting you as often as they wish. Hornet stings are the most painful, and if you kill a hornet, it can release pheromones that tell other hornets in the colony to attack you. It’s Easy to Disturb the Nest Nests...
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Fall Pest Control in Wooded Areas

Living in a wooded area can be peaceful and beautiful. But it can also create some interesting challenges when it comes to pest control. If you live next to nature, you may notice unwanted houseguests as the days and nights grow colder. Fall pest control is important to keep those unwelcome pests away . Leaf piles, branches and twigs, and woodpiles near your house are inviting sources of food and shelter for many pests. Do you live in a wooded area in the greater Spokane area? Here are some fall bugs and vermin that may try to overwinter in your home. Cockroaches Cockroaches love the fallen leaves in your yard. And like us, a warm house with plenty of food begins to look like a good plan as winter approaches. Often cockroaches arrive just in time for the holidays. They easily slip through cracks and gaps around doors, windows and...
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Autumn Spiders That Love Your Home

Who doesn’t love Fall? Whether you’re a fan of football or pumpkin spice, brisk walks through the changing foliage or cozy evenings by the fire, there’s something for everyone. However, it’s not just humans that like the change in season--our creepy crawly critters also love the drop in temperature. Here’s a look at some of the spiders you may encounter this Autumn. American House Spider The American House Spider ( Parasteatoda tepidariorum ) is a common pest found all across North America, including Washington. They are classic cobweb spiders, preferring to build webs in hidden corners across your home such as basements, closets, and crawl spaces. While not harmful to humans, their unsightly webs can cause quite a fright if encountered in dark recesses. Hobo Spider The Hobo Spider ( Eratigena agrestis ) is considered by many to be aggressive. It builds funnel-type webs and is often mistaken for wolf...
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What is Total Pest Management?

When it comes to taking care of pesky situations like spiders in the bathtub, you often wonder if there is a better solution than the bottom of your shoe. While some pests just hang around in closets and doorways, there are others that can cause damage to your home. Pests such as termites and carpenter ants can cause structural damage and ruin furniture, while others can contaminate your food or start electrical fires. Due to the stress of pests invading your home, total pest management is a pest prevention service and control package designed to save you money and hassle in the long run. The old conventional ways of pest control treatments might have kept infestations under control, but are they really gone for good? TPM uses a comprehensive strategy of eliminating existing infestations by adding additional treatments and using safe prevention tactics. TPM helps control over 50 different pest...
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10 Bed Bug Myths You Need to Know

Bed Bugs are not only some ending to a silly bedtime rhyme. Bed Bugs' presence in the United States diminished in the mid-1900s but have made a huge comeback in the past 10 years. As Bed Bugs spread across every state, so are the myths about them. These creatures feed off your blood, so it’s important to know the truth about them so you can prepare. 10 Myths About Bed Bugs Knowing these ten myths as being false will protect you against these parasites: Myth: Bed Bugs can travel airborne. Bed Bugs don’t have wings, so they are unable to fly. Additionally, they cannot make any long-distance jumping. They can, however, crawl up to a meter per minute. Myth: Bed Bugs quickly reproduce. Each female can only produce one egg each day. That egg takes 10 days to hatch and reaches adulthood around five weeks. Myth: Bed Bugs bite at...
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How Often Should Your House be Inspected for Pests?

As a pest control management company, we hear this question often. There are several factors involved in deciding the frequency of inspections. The best pest management strategy takes into consideration your geographic location, type of structure and the prevalence and type of pests in your area. Key Factors to Consider So how often should you inspect your house for pests? At a minimum, your home should be inspected once per year. As mentioned, there are other concerns that can impact your decision-making. If you live in an area known for heavy termite infestations or other damaging pests, such as rodents, we advise an inspection at least every six months. Another consideration is the type of structure, such as wood vs. stucco, and the age and the condition of the home. Buildings can shift with age, and older homes often have more points of access for insects and other pests. Living...
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How Termites Can Destroy Your Home

There’s probably no pest more feared by homeowners than the humble termite . This little creature might be tiny, but it brings with it the power to destroy any wooden structure it comes against. If you suspect your home might be infested with termites, there’s already a chance that it is, and it’s too late to avoid dealing with termite damage. But how destructive are they exactly? The Signs of a Termite Infestation Termites not only like to eat wood -- they have an insatiable appetite. When you have a colony nearby, they are basically eating 24/7. If they’re in your house, well then you already know what is on the menu. You might find the tell-tale signs around, including: Sightings of flying insects (looking like winged ants, usually) outside your house, usually clustering in one area. Discarded wings on the floor in one particular part of your house. Piles...
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Identifying Carpenter Ant Damage

A house is one of the most significant purchases that we will make in our lifetime, so when we find damage to our home, it can be frustrating, not to mention costly. Identifying the source of the loss and knowing how to eliminate it is essential to every homeowner. In the United States, many threats can damage a home, one of which are insects. These tiny creatures can destroy a home’s structure if they’re left undealt with for long periods. One such vermin is the carpenter ant , with its sharp bite and tendency to nest inside of walls, their ability to cause structural damage is great. While only an ⅛ to a ½ inch in size, these long black ants can cost more than you realize. Let’s take a look at what kind of damage carpenter ants can leave behind. What Does Carpenter Ant Damage Look Like? The damage...
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Rain and Pests: What You Need to Know

Insects and similar pests are always a nuisance . The rain can have different effects on different pests. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about rain and pest. How Rain Affects Pests Different species of pests are affected by rain differently. Some pests thrive when the rain comes down and in its aftermath. For example, excessive rainfall in an area tends to be followed by a problematic mosquito population. Mosquitoes thrive in wet areas and even lay their eggs in standing water. So, the more rainfall there is, the more mosquitoes there will be. However, some pests do not like to be near water and tend to seek shelter in dry areas, such as your house or garage. Pests That Love Rain Like the aforementioned mosquitoes, some pests breed when it is wet. Usually, these pests need standing water to lay their eggs. To successfully breed, any...
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Bug Proof Your Home

The best way to fight against an insect invasion is by being proactive. You don’t need to be a wildlife scientist to keep ants, arachnids, and others away. In fact, just a few simple steps can put you well on your way toward a bug-proof home. Before the bugs get inside your home, learn how to keep them out . Fill and Screen Those Holes While cracks in your walls might not be structurally significant, they can create an entrance for unwelcome visitors. Fix them up with caulk, spackle or any hole-filling adhesive designed for the materials of the surrounding area. Windows and doors should use screens of 20 mesh so that air can get in, while bugs stay out. While working on the entryways, make sure each has a screen door that can close on its own to shield the interior of your home from winged intruders. Install door...
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Case Study: A Home Infested With Bed Bugs

Without a doubt, bed bugs are one of the most feared insects in modern life. The idea that they can crawl all over you without you knowing it, while you are asleep, gives many people the heebie-jeebies. While the number of reported cases of bed bugs has decreased since the heyday of a couple of years ago, they show up often enough that you still need to take precautions. The Infestation Take the “Smith” family, for instance (a real family whose names have been changed). This was a typical suburban family in the area until a bed bug infestation changed their lives. One day everything was normal, but then the next, one of the children in the family started to complain about bug bites, itchy bumps and patches of redness. When they called an exterminator, the symptoms as described suggested a bed bug infestation. Because the family didn’t want to...
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Can You Ever Be 100% Rid of Pests?

Making your home completely pest free is an undertaking! But the chances that your home is 100 percent pest free are low. If a pest is willing, it will find a way into your home. A small crack or broken pipe that you didn’t know about will be the pest’s entrance. But, you can continue to reduce your chances for the unwanted guests by eliminating the things that attract them into your home. The attractions for your potential roommates include food, water and shelter. Eliminating the Doorways The small intruders will find any small crack to use as an entrance to your home. If you want to keep the pests out, you need to be diligent in finding the doorways before they do. Once you find the doors, you need to seal them tight. You need to then continue to monitor your home for new doors. Let’s face it, as...
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Idaho Pests, Ranked From Most to Least Dangerous

Although Idaho is consistently ranked as an excellent place to live, that doesn’t mean that it’s free of pests and critters that could quickly ruin your day. Depending on where you live, you may encounter a wide variety of bugs and insects, as well as rodents and vermin that can be both harmful and destructive. To help you stay well-informed and protected, we’ve decided to rank the pests most common to Idaho, from most to least dangerous. When considering the danger level, we’re looking at both personal safety (i.e., bites and stings), as well as other damage (i.e., destroying lawns or wood structures). Spiders Most people hate spiders for their creepy-crawly appearance, and Idaho is home to some dangerous varieties. The ones to watch out for the most include: Black Widow one of the deadliest species in the world. Wolf Spider despite its name, they aren’t as aggressive as you...
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Why Rat Traps are Insufficient for Removing Rodents

If you have a problem with mice or rats , your initial reaction may be to get rid of them yourself by placing traps. It's important to get rid of them quickly because they do carry diseases and attract other pests. Because of this, you really do want to use the quickest and most effective way to get rid of them, but this isn't necessarily with traps. Rat traps are not as effective as you may think they are. An infestation is best handled by professionals because many people make mistakes when using them. It's important to have the knowledge of how to deal with rodents in order to get rid of them in the most efficient manner. If you need help removing rodents from your home, our Total Pest Management Program can make life easy: What is Total Pest Management? Why Rat Traps Are Insufficient Different Types, Not All...
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Are Termites Active in the Winter?

If you deal with pests during the summer, you might breathe a sigh of relief when the winter weather rolls in. Cockroaches and other critters are typically less active when it’s cold out. Termites are a different story. These destructive insects may alter their daily routine in the winter, but they don’t become dormant. Termites Tunnel Deeper In The Winter Although termites are active throughout the year, they might not be as visible when the temperatures drop. That’s because subterranean termites dig tunnels deep into the earth to find warmth. They also stay closer to their nests instead of foraging far away for food. Termites prefer temperatures between 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature falls below 25 degrees, termites that are near the soil’s surface may die. You Might See Termites In Your Home In Cold Weather Termites that already live in the walls of your home may...
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