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Heat Treatments vs. Chemical Treatments

Scientists have discovered that bed bugs are increasingly resistant to pesticides. Multiple chemical treatments kill off only 75 percent of the population. Since bed bugs mature quickly, just one pregnant survivor could multiply to a population of 5,000 in a few months. At best, their bites cause redness and itching. At worst, they trigger allergic reactions or become infected. Bed bugs usually infest mattresses, box springs, and bedding, but they can also slip through cracks in walls, electrical outlets, and electronic devices. They leave a disgusting trail of excrement in their travels through a room. Intense heat treatment is the only proven method for eliminating these nasty pests. Why Pesticides Are Ineffective One perk of being a bed bug is the ability to survive for up to a year without feeding. When pesticides are sprayed, bed bugs simply find more secluded hiding places and wait. Survivors scatter and invade an even...
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PMPs Predict 2017 Pest Trends

At a recent conference for pest management professionals, experts gathered and discussed the biggest threats to homeowners in 2017. Here are five predictions every homeowner in Los Angeles should take seriously. Ants are Always a Pest Control Problem in Orange County It doesn't matter what time of the year you're talking about, ants seem to be a constant problem for homeowners in Los Angeles and Orange County. If you find ants wandering in your kitchen, pantry or any other areas where food is accessible, you should contact pest control immediately before one marching squad turns into a battalion. Mosquitoes Continue to be a Major Concern for Customers The Zika virus continues to be a concern for residents in the United States, especially for those living in climates that have received heavy amounts of rain recently. While southern California had suffered a drought for nearly six years before 2017's winter, it has...
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Why You Need Professional Ant Control

More than 700 ant species have been identified in the United States. While the majority live in the wild, approximately 25 of these annoying insects can be found inside homes. Ants are the most common type of pest infesting residences in Southern California. Species found in our area include the Argentine, carpenter and odorous house ants as well as the pharaoh, harvester and red imported fire ants. These insects enter indoor spaces through tiny holes and cracks in search of food, water, and shelter. Once the scouts locate a suitable location, other members of the colony follow their scent trail into your home. An infestation can develop quickly. Ant Control While carpenter ants tunnel through wood weakening structural support members, the painful bite of fire ants can prevent your family and guests from enjoying outdoor living spaces. If left unchecked, carpenter ants can cause significant damage that is expensive to repair....
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Preventing Ants From Joining Your Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time of the year for you to host a cookout. Beautiful weather and delicious food creates a festive atmosphere. Don’t allow ants to intrude on your fun. Not only can they ruin your meal, but species such as fire ants can deliver a painful sting. Why Do Ants Love Summertime Cookouts? Ants are lured by the mouth-watering scent of freshly prepared food. Ants especially love sugary foods. They would love to chow down on barbecue sauce and sip sweet lemonade. Cupcakes are yet another favorite treat for ants. Whether you are dealing with black ants or carpenter ants, you must remain prepared for these foraging pests. What Can You Do to Deter Ants? 1) Keep Foods and Beverages Covered When cooking outdoors, it is critical that you keep everything covered up. After taking food off the grill, be sure to put it in a closed...
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How To Fool Roaches Into Your Trap

You turn on the lights to a blur of movement. You might even glimpse a flattened body disappearing neatly through a paper-thin crevice. Yet, German cockroaches leave their evidence everywhere. Their frass, or feces, has been linked to both Salmonella and E. coli food poisoning as well as respiratory problems. Traps and contact sprays are not going to be enough. You need something that will: - Kill the roaches that you have.- Make sure that there won’t be any more. What you need is bait. However, for it to work, you have to understand cockroaches and their behaviors. Key Facts About German Cockroaches 1. Roaches require environmental contact on both sides of their bodies. They keep to areas where this is possible—cracks, crevices, layers of materials, and small enclosed pockets or pathways.2. Cockroaches are nocturnal, preferring warm environments that provide darkness.3. Females remain secluded and hidden when carrying eggs. Even once...
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Why You Need A WDO Inspection

It's hard to overstate how important a Wood-Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection can be, both for homeowners and business owners. When we think of WDOs, we think mainly of termites, which are some of the most destructive pests around. A WDO inspection can look not only for signs of termites (both drywood and subterranean) but also for signs of wood-boring beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood-destroying fungi. What the Inspector Looks For The WDO inspection can only note damage that's visible and accessible, so it won't catch termites behind the walls, for example. Still, there's a lot an inspector can look for. Termites leave behind wings and distinctively shaped droppings, and subterranean termites are known for the mud tubes they create, which lead to their colony underground. Piles of sawdust and wood shavings could indicate carpenter ants. Round holes in unpainted or unvarnished wood are usually the work of carpenter bees....
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Don't let bed bugs get in between the sheets

Don't let bed bugs get in between the sheets Although they were almost pushed to extinction, bedbugs have recently returned with a vengeance. If you have bedbugs living in your home, then you know how disturbing and terrifying these little creatures can be, and you might be wondering what steps you can take to get them out of your life for good. When faced with this problem, most people don't know how to respond in a way that produces the best possible results, but no matter how tempting, don't look the other way when your home is infested. The problem might not seem intense at first, but it won't take long for the parasites to spread and become all but impossible to eliminate. How Bedbugs Get Into Your Home When your goal is to safeguard your home from bedbugs, taking steps to prevent them from getting inside is a great place...
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Why Use TAP Insulation?

Why Use TAP Insulation? Holiday Visitors During the holidays, we open our hearts, our doors and our homes to friends and family. Many will be overnight guests who travel hundreds of miles to be with us. We want the experience to be perfect. Uninvited guests like bed bugs, however, have the power to mar or even cut short what should be a celebration of the good things in life. Signs You Have Bed Bugs Cleanliness alone is not a safeguard against bed bugs. Unfortunately, they’re equal opportunity pests with a single demand—blood. Yours is preferred, but they’ll settle for a pet’s. Young bed bugs can live for months without feeding, and adults can last a year. Meanwhile, each adult can lay up to 250 eggs in that time. Bed bugs are flat and tiny—about ¼ inch long or less. They hide during the day, and they’re a bland beige until they...
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

Have a Pest Free Holiday As cold weather approaches, many people are looking forward to the holiday season, and most plan to spend time with their friends and family. If you want to have an enjoyable winter, then it's vital you take steps to protect yourself and your home from pests. Common winter pests can make their way into your house and cause damage if you don't have a solid plan in place. The good news is that safeguarding your property does not need to be a difficult or challenging process. With a little effort, you can ensure that your holiday activities don't include any unwanted guests, and you will be able to put your mind at ease. Common Pests Those who wish to keep harmful invaders away from their homes need to learn about the pests for which to look during the winter months. Mice, spiders and insects are what...
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Don't Let Rodents Invade Your Home During the Holidays

Avoid Rodent Invasion This Season With the holidays approaching, many people are already thinking about decorating their homes, cooking up favorite seasonal treats, and planning parties to celebrate with their friends and families. It's a special time of the year that's filled with excitement and fun, and the last thing anyone wants to deal with is a pest problem. Unfortunately, rodents don't care how full your calendar is or what holiday you're preparing to celebrate. If they spot an opportunity, they'll invade your home without hesitation. How Rodents Get In Persistent, clever and destructive, rodents don't wait for an invitation to enter your home. With warmth, food and water available inside, they'll use any opening they can fit through as an entryway into your home. In fact, if the gap they discover isn't quite big enough for them, they'll use their sharp teeth to gnaw away at the physical structure of...
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Keep Your Home Protected from Termite Swarmers

Termite Swarmers Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control provides high-quality services in the surrounding areas of Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Termites are notorious for their destructive capabilities, so it is imperative that you keep your home protected from swarms of termites. The value of your property is at stake, and the damage done by sudden termite infestations is not easy to undo. Our professional service providers are always available to answer any questions you may have about termite infestations, colonies and swarming patterns. Signs of Termite Infestation There are many different signs of a termite infestation, and taking immediate action is essential for long-term success. Termites build colonies using wood from the buildings. They often leave a trail of feces that look like small pellets, and they can also leave signs of damage within the wood itself. Some termites have wings, and these termites will shed their wings after...
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Be Prepared for Termite Swarming Season

Termite Swarmers When a termite colony gets overcrowded, swarmers will be sent out to search for a new home, and it's important you know what to do if you see them. Seeing swarmers does not mean that your home is infested, but a colony is not likely far away. Taking the proper preventive steps now can save you a lot of trouble in the future, and the first thing you should do is start inspecting your home for signs of damage that could indicate the presence of termites. When your goal is to safeguard your home, you must also learn what you can do on your own and when to call a professional. Signs of an Infestation Although some people don't notice that their home has been infested for several years, spotting the warning signs is not difficult when you learn the indicators for which to look. Termites will often leave...
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Stinging Insects

Bumble beeHow to Identify Stinging Insects Just like people, bugs enjoy warm temperatures. Because of this, they often choose to live in warm states. For many homeowners, stinging insects are especially troublesome since a bug sting or bite can cause serious health problems like swelling, nausea, infections and even death. Stinging insects usually take up residence on your property, but in some cases, they may decide that your home is more appealing.  How to Identify Different Types of Stinging Pests  Insects bite or sting when they are hungry or feel threatened. Bees, wasps, spiders and ants are a few common stinging insects that may make their way into your home. Bees  Honeybees are typically gentle insects that collect pollen and nectar from plants. You can identify them by their yellow and black bodies that are covered in hair. If you spot one in your home, you may have a hive. In this...
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How To Prevent Roach Infestation

American Roach 4Roaches There are many cockroach species, so when you live in a large city like Los Angeles, you are sure to meet a few. To keep your home free of these insects, it is essential to hire a professional pest control company. These experts inspect for problems and treat infestations so that you home remains cockroach-free. Three Places Roaches are Often Found Baseboards and Trim. Wood baseboards and crown molding are wonderful dark and tight hiding places for cockroaches. If you have an infestation, you may notice these insects crawl at night and disappear when the light shines. You should check all places where molding and trim join with the walls and floor. To keep these bugs away, it is important to seal all cracks. Kitchens. Kitchens are roach havens that are filled with food and have warm spots, especially stove pilot lights and refrigerator coils. Thanks to the dark conditions,...
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Bed Bugs

Bedbug 5Pest Solutions: Protecting Your Family From Feasting Bed Bugs According to the California Department of Public Health, bed bugs have become a problem throughout the entire state, and infestations may occur in even the cleanest homes. These bugs may come home in your luggage or on your clothing after you've stayed in a hotel or visited another home where bed bugs were present, or you could even bring them home on your dog after he's played with another dog in the park. Every household is at risk, and residents of Los Angeles and Orange County can count on us here at Pest Solutions to eliminate those bed bugs from your home. About Bed Bugs These tiny bugs are hard to notice because they are literally no bigger than an apple seed, and it's easy to think you're simply looking at a flat piece of brown lint. They hide during the day...
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5 Simple Secrets to Preventing Termite Infestations

Soldier termiteTermites are a homeowner's worst nightmare, but they don't have to be a death sentence for your property. By taking advantage of these insects' natural preferences and habits, it's actually possible to prevent your home from playing host to an infestation. Here are five critical tips to get you started. 1. Keep Things Dry Like many nuisance species, termites require moisture to survive and reproduce. Merely keeping water away can make your home less appealing to foragers.Check beneath sinks, around piping that enters your building and next to air conditioners, handlers and ducts. These areas are common sources of condensation that might attract termites and a whole host of other pests. 2. Install Barriers Termites can't burrow through everything. You can choose from a variety of barrier materials that make it harder for these insects to access the outer perimeter of your home.Some barriers feature stainless steel mesh that termites can't...
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