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Why Not to DIY Pest Control

Do-it-yourself pest control has hit an all-time high thanks to the internet. You can go online now, research a pest, find a product and have it delivered to your door. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, and most people find out that the infestations get worse as a result. If you're thinking about DIY pest control, you should consider the bigger picture. 3 Don'ts of DIY Pest Control Don't assume that you can identify the pest. Some pests look alike. Termites look like ants; ladybugs look like Asian lady beetles. Soldier bugs and stinkbugs also look alike. If you don't know the differences, you might treat the wrong insects and even harm beneficial species. Trained technicians know how to spot the differences between species and which products to use for eliminating nuisance pests without harming beneficial insects. Don't underestimate toxic chemicals. Pest control products contain many different chemical ingredients for targeting specific...
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Ant Control Myths

Fire AntsAnts are nuisance pests and interrupt everything from picnics at the lake to family meals in the kitchen. They're always on the search for food and new places to expand their colonies. Even if you put down baits or spray with an over-the-counter product, they find ways to come back and to continue invading your home and property. 3 Myths About Ant Control Boiling water kills ants Boiling water will indeed kill ants. It doesn't, however, kill them all. If you pour boiling water on an ant colony, it will kill the ants on the top layer. The water can only damage the ant colony while it's boiling. It will cool eventually and put the ants in repair mode. You'll still have the original ant colony to deal with, including new colonies that pop up after you've sent the ants running for cover. Vinegar and cinnamon keep ants away Ants dislike...
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How to Keep Pests Out of Your Shed

Outdoor sheds attract pests by the hundreds. These buildings are usually less maintained and serve as a place to store items or to work on do-it-yourself projects. They're located farther away from the house in most cases and may or may not have windows depending on the type. If you want to keep pests out of your shed, you'll have to pay attention to the little things inside and outside the building. 3 Ways to Prevent Pests in Your Shed Make the necessary repairs. Sheds are like any other building; they require occasional repairs and routine maintenance. It's important to fix any problems right away since they'll only get worse over time. If cracks form in the wood siding or holes appear in the roof, make the repairs now to avoid a pest infestation later. Seal the small cracks and crevices. Walk around and inspect your shed's exterior. Look for any...
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The Perfect Time to Clean Your Gutters

One of the most important components of your roof is the gutter system. The gutters help to keep water away from the roof, prolonging the life of the home in the process. The gutter system needs regular maintenance so that it operates the way that it's designed to, but there isn't a set schedule as to how often you should clean the gutters. Companies like Flexible Pest Services can come to the home to clear away leaves and other debris that are in the gutters so that rain can flow freely. The company can also remove nests that insects and pests might have built that would prevent water from flowing. Even if there is a small amount of clutter in the gutters, it has the potential to lead to a significant blockage that would take longer to clear out. A good time to clean the gutters is after a storm with...
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Home Invaders: Are Rats or Cockroaches More Dangerous?

No home is exempt from the dangers of household pests. While there are things you can do to mitigate the issue and make your home less hospitable to uninvited guests, you will likely have to follow a regular home maintenance plan to keep pests at bay. If you live in a warmer area, you are particularly at risk as cold weather snaps kill common household invaders and keep populations under control. Rats and cockroaches are some of the most common pests that can impact your family's health and safety, but is one more dangerous than the other? How can you manage these two potential risks? Dangers of Rats Almost every home will occasionally deal with the common mouse, but finding out you are living with rats can be disconcerting. Not only are they disgusting, but they can make you and your family sick. If you come into contact with a rat...
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