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Keep Your Home Pest Free for the Holidays

Flexible Pest Services offers high-quality services to residents and businesses in the greater counties of Georgia. A pest infestation can ruin your holiday season. However, there are many steps you can take if you are aware of this risk. Contacting a professional pest-control service is an important step, but there are other important things you can do in the interim. Holiday Season Pest Prevention Many pests seem to suddenly appear during the holidays because people will frequently store a variety of items in dark, damp places. This may include holiday ornaments, travel items and other forgotten belongings. Retrieve these items carefully, for they could be concealing an entire colony of roaches, mice or other critters. If you are unsure of the best course of action to take, simply contact one of our friendly pest-control representatives. Common Seasonal Pests The types of pests that normally appear during the holiday season are the...
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Don't Let Roaches Ruin Your Halloween Costume This Year

Have you and your loved ones picked out the perfect Halloween costumes? No doubt they're stylish and scary. But what's even scarier is that cockroaches could ruin them by covering them with feces or making holes in the fabric. Roaches are definitely tricks, not treats. Above all, food attracts roaches to homes. If you have items in your trash cans with traces of food on them, you essentially have roach magnets. For instance, if you throw out an orange juice carton without first rinsing it, these pests might detect it and come in looking for nourishment. Crumbs on floors and open pet food containers are likewise appealing to these disease-carrying insects. Even the cardboard that you have lying around can bring them inside as they love feeding on that material. Cockroaches are always on the lookout for water as well. If you have any leaks, pools of standing water, moist sponges,...
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How To Tell the Difference Between Ants and Termites

The hot summers and mild winters in Georgia provide the ideal conditions for a wide variety of insect pests, including ants and termites. For many homeowners, it is difficult to tell the difference between these insects because they have similar physical characteristics and behaviors, such as the creation of massive colonies. The first step toward developing an effective pest control plan is to determine which insect has invaded your property. In addition to knowing the places that these pests typically hide, you should also be familiar with the type of damage that they cause. Key Differences Between Ants and Termites One of the most distinctive features of an ant is the presence of a pedicel, which is the tapered section that separates the abdomen and thorax. This physical characteristic is absent in termites. While ants have pointed abdomens, termites have rounded bodies. Ants have single-jointed antennas, and termites have antennas that...
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Roach Control Pros’ Preventive Dos and Don’ts for Homeowners and Renters

Known for sparking allergic reactions and carrying diseases, cockroaches can cause people a lot of problems. They thrive in indoor environments, especially those that offer them places to hide, eat, breed, drink, sleep and go about their normal routines. As such, roach control measures typically start with time-tested, prevention routines and progress to relying on professionals for assistance. With that said, here are a few prevention dos and don’ts from our roach control experts: Do thoroughly rinse out and dry all items before putting them into the recycling bin. It will go a long way in keeping water and food remnants away from hungry roaches. Also, consider removing loose labels that are affixed to the discarded items with glue. It is a well-known fact that during desperate times, roaches will chew on glue and papers. And if possible, purchase recycling bins that come with lids capable of barring insects’ entry. Don’t...
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Lawn Pests of Epic Proportions: Doing Battle Against Species of Mole Crickets

What’s eating away at your property’s turf grass? Don’t be surprised if it’s a member of the order Orthoptera. For those unfamiliar with the order Orthoptera, it’s the one made up of creatures known to wreak havoc of biblical nature. Yes, we are talking about locusts, grasshoppers and mole crickets. Because you’re more likely to see an infestation of the latter lawn pest, today’s post is going to focus on them. Mole crickets come in many forms. As such, they’ll vary regionally. In the southeastern portion of the United States, the lawn pests that have consistently proven to be very problematic are as follows: Short-winged Mole Cricket Tawny Mole Cricket Northern Mole Cricket Southern Mole Cricket Despite some biological differences, all four burrow underground and feast on tender roots thereby killing every last strand of turf grass in their wake. Because the winged adults tend to grow slightly less than 2-inches...
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