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How to Coexist With Honey Bees

The honey bee is what scientists call a “keystone species.” Without the honey bee, our ecosystem and our food supply would change drastically. Honey bees pollinate many of our food sources, allowing us to eat apples, strawberries, broccoli and even help feed the meat and dairy industry with alfalfa. Living in harmony with such a vital species is required. Honey bees can be annoying at best and dangerous at worst to humans, so bee safety is key to co-existing. Here are some things you can do to reduce the buzz and increase your safety, especially during bee season in the warmer months. Continue reading

What to do After Termites Have Damaged Your Home

Termite damage costs an estimated $30 billion annually. Can termite damage be fixed? Yes. While it’s rare, there is a possibility that some termite species damage a house beyond repair. From structural supports to door frames and baseboards – termite damage costs can quickly add up. Following termite damage, construction can seem like a daunting task, especially because these pests eat the wood from the inside out. As soon as you realize you have termite damage, follow these steps when reconstructing your home. Continue reading

4 Facts About Pests and Pest Control

Bed bugs, rats and fleas. Oh my! While bugs and other insects represent over 90% of all living things on Earth, these pests transmit diseases including West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and malaria. Common household bugs might seem harmless, but keep in mind – your local pest removal service can help if matters get out of hand. Unwanted critters are a serious matter and so is the extermination process of pest removal. But here’s a look at four facts about pests and pest control. Continue reading

Can Termites Hurt You?

Termites aren’t known to carry harmful diseases if you happen to be bitten or stung. However, people who live in a house infested by termites may suffer from allergic reactions or asthma attacks from termite saliva or droppings. Most people don’t see preventing termite infestations as an essential step in protecting their health. However, doing so can lower the risk of unwanted health issues. Some of these health risks associated with termite infestation can come from the chemicals that they use to kill or repel them, especially those who have asthma. Continue reading

How to Stay Bed Bug-Free While Traveling

Traveling usually requires sleeping somewhere other than home, and if you ever need to do so, beware. There is a rise in reports of bed bugs all around the country, and hotels and motels are some of their favorite places to call home. Bed bugs can cause severe itching and welt-like bites. It’s also costly to get rid of them if they happen to hitch a ride back home with you. In order to stay bed bug-free, here are a couple of tips to take into consideration when having to sleep in your next hotel room. Continue reading

Why Your Rental Property Needs Pest Control

Every wise landlord knows it’s in their best interests to keep a healthy relationship with their tenants. Infestations of all kinds are bound to happen in rental properties, which can upset the relationships between landlords and tenants – as well as damage the property. This is why landlords should invest in professional rental property pest control.    

Seasonal Pest Control to Attract Tenants

A great strategy for a landlord to prevent property damages and maintain a healthy relationship with their tenants is offering them free, seasonal pest control services. Pest control should be done regularly on any property if one wishes to maintain its value, regardless of the type of property that it is. However, adding free pest control services to rental properties is a huge bonus in a customer/tenant’s eyes. Nobody in their right mind enjoys bugs lingering around their home. Plus, tenants without roaches crawling in their bedrooms will be much happier to pay their bills! To top it off, tenants may leave reviews of the properties you’ve rented out. If the property was infested with cockroaches or other bugs, the odds are they’re going to talk about it. When people read reviews of properties with infestations, they will put their money elsewhere.    

Preventing Property Damages

Pest control prevents property damages. Termites and mice, in particular, can devastate the structure of a property. The damage will be a costly expense to repair. However, all can be prevented when a professional pest control company comes into action. The termites aren’t going to be eating at the value of your property anymore. The mice will no longer chew the structure of your property apart. Seriously, pests can do a ton of damage to property, so it’s important to prevent that damage by contacting a professional pest control company such as us, Dustin Pest Control.

3 Major Signs Of Termites

Termite Treatment in FresnoTermites ruin homes, so knowing the major signs of termites early on can save you a ton of money. Once any key signs of termites are found, it’s important to contact a pest control company to prevent any more damages. Here are the top three signs of termites. &nbsp Termite Swarmers Termites begin colonization after the queen gives birth to winged termites, which are known as swarmers or alates. Swarmers will fly around a home until they find the perfect spot in the soil next to the foundation. Then the swarmers will begin reproduction of the new colony within their burrows underneath the soil. Swarmers are typically found during the months of March through June and are about a half inch long, with four wings. Recognizing these winged termites is important because it’s the beginning of a termite infestation.   Mud Tunnels/Shelters Once a colony of termites has been formed, small mud tunnels that act as sheltered highways to their food sources can usually be found on the foundation of a home. The size of the mud tunnels can be anywhere from the width of an ink pen to several inches wide. Identifying the mud tunnels on your home is one of major signs of termites, and termite control should be contacted as soon as possible.   Property Damage Termites destroy the structures of homes and furniture – it’s nothing new. However, they don’t only eat wood. Termites are known to consume many other materials such as drywall, plaster and even some metals. Unfortunately, by the time any property damages from termites are discovered, the termite issue could already be a full-blown infestation. Don’t panic though, a pest control company can easily take care of the problem. If any of these major signs of termites are identified, contact a professional termite control service such as Dustin Pest Control.

Host a Pest Free Holiday Party

As the seasons continue to change, your risk of a pest problem can actually increase while temperatures drop. Do not let this risk keep you from hosting a successful and pest-free holiday party. Be proactive and follow a few tips for not attracting bugs during the holiday.
  • Keep lights low – Begin your pest control from the exterior of your house. No matter what the season, and even more so in the colder months, some bugs are drawn to light. There are a few different reasons why certain insects seem to be attracted to your firepits and patio lights. One of these reasons is the warmth that some bulbs/light/fire provide. To help avoid a gathering of moths from greeting your guests at the door, try replacing your bulbs with a warm-colored LED light.
  • Vents and Candles – The same delicious smells of ham or turkey and fresh baked pies are just as appealing to unwanted pests. As enjoyable as it might be to have your home filled with holiday scents, it could make you a giant magnet for bugs also looking for a feast. Cracking windows and turning on fans is like putting an open sign on your door for bugs. Make use of your kitchen vents, and light some candles. Try to avoid using sweet smelling and food-scented candles. Instead turn to an air “freshening” scents.
  • Keep things covered – During the process of cooking, it can be hard to keep everything constantly covered – but you should still try especially once everything is finished. Sometimes you do not necessarily want to clean up and put all the food away. Who knows how many, second, or third servings, might be taken? Instead try your best to keep your dinner covered whether it is with foil or airtight containers – anything will help to prevent contamination. This will also help with sealing the smells that could attract flies and other insects as well.
  • Keep your space clean – During a holiday party, things are certain to get messy – whether it is during food prep, eating or just plain partying. Do your best to stay on top of that mess. Clean up spills quickly and have the materials to do so available to guest and easy to access. Throw trash as it is made and remove full bags. Also, if possible, use trash cans that have a lid on them to help keep the smells from spreading.This will help prevent certain things annoyances like rats, cockroaches or ants.
  • Regular pest maintenance – The weather outside is frightful, and pests are not delightful. Just like us, pests are also seeking refuge from the elements outside. While it is cooler outside, your house is warm and inviting to insects and pests. Check your home for any cracks or small openings that could be entry points and seal them. Schedule regular pest maintenance to include an inspection and even a treatment every few months.
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