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Chocolate-Covered Bugs for Valentine's Day

If you’re looking for a trendy, unique Valentine's Day gift, perhaps you should delight your new flame with a box of crispy chocolate-covered crickets. Daring and quirky lovers will adore grasshoppers or worms enrobed in creamy sweetness. If you've been stung by love, chocolate-covered scorpions should get the message across nicely. Chocolate-covered insects are a hot new food trend that is sure to swarm North American stores. Why Are Bugs Crawling Into Our Menu? Although they generally don't appeal to the Western palate, insects are a dietary staple in many other parts of the world including South America, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. Because ensuring sustainable food sources is a common goal, many people are advocating the consumption of insects in general. Even though the thought of getting a cricket leg stuck in your teeth can make you retch, many bugs are surprisingly good for you. They're full of protein and...
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Five Steps to a Pest-Free Office
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Five Steps to a Pest-Free Office

Workplace infestations don't just damage your property. They deteriorate the quality of life within your office, lead to employee dissatisfaction, and make bad impressions on clients and partners visiting your office. Your employees and guests may also take pests home, leading to infestations within their homes. Besides contacting us for routine preventative measures, there are five things you can do to keep your office free of pests. Assign cleanup duties in areas shared by all employees. Employees should wash their dishes immediately after use and throw trash in designated cans. You may also assign employees to routinely clean the community fridge of outdated or abandoned items. Hire a professional cleaning service. It's better to pay for cleaning than to pay for extermination at a later date. Sweeping the floors will eliminate food crumbs that may attract pests, and emptying trash cans daily will eliminate filth that attracts rodents and bugs. Also,...
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The Best New Year's Resolution -- Living Pest-Free!

The trouble with New Year's Resolutions is that even the most dedicated among us can run into problems with the follow-through. Vague resolutions such as, "I'm going to improve my indoor living experience in 2015," or even, "I'll finally get rid of those ants and fleas this year," can be almost impossible to achieve for one simple reason: The average person lacks the expertise needed to carry them out. Fortunately, there's an easy solution to this common problem. It's called an annual pest-control contract. Pest-control contracts allow homeowners to rely on trusted professionals who are experts in their field. Because these specialists can spot problems before they grow more serious, they can help to protect a home from the kind of costly damage that is every homeowner's worst nightmare. In the field of pest control, it really is true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The...
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Finding Hidden Pests in Firewood

Uncovered firewood offers sanctuary for outdoor pests during summer and winter months. In the summer, the old firewood stack offers shade under the sun. In the winter, firewood creates a safe haven from rain, snow and cold. Some pests also burrow in the wood and invade your home each time you bring a new stack into the house. Common Pests in Firewood In the warm months, termites treat firewood as a gift given freely by the homeowner. It sits there unprotected and provides plenty of food for large termite colonies. Other pests, such as mice and rats, use the firewood stack as shelter. They build nests between logs and breed throughout the summer months. They're also within close proximity to your home and can invade any room at a moment's notice. Some pests use unprotected firewood for hibernation, such as stink bugs. Though these bugs prefer the warmth of the indoors,...
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It's Never Just One Pest

As winter approaches, two of the most common home invaders are cockroaches and mice. These creatures are expert hiders and can squeeze into extremely tiny crevices. Since they hide so well, they may create health hazards or costly damage that goes undetected for a great deal of time. Cockroaches Cockroaches enter the home in a number of ways. They burrow into foundation cracks or enter through vents and drainpipes. They enjoy warm places near food and water, so they likely make homes in kitchens and bathrooms. Since they reproduce quickly and are nocturnal creatures, they remain out of sight during the day and form an infestation without detection. Spotting a single cockroach does not mean there is only one in the house. In fact, seeing a cockroach during the day usually means it was forced into the open by overcrowding. Cockroach residue and droppings may cause illness or allergic reactions. Mice...
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