Healthy Living

How to Properly Fill and Clean Hummingbird Feeders

Few things are as majestic as fluttering, jewel-colored hummingbirds. These pint-sized birds are fascinating to watch as they hover above flowers looking for nectar. Another common food source that attracts hummingbirds is a man-made feeder. Even if you don’t have much yard space for flowers, a hummingbird feeder can be hung to encourage the little…

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Cleaning Up the Fireplace for Spring

A fireplace is the focal point of any room. It’s a grand architectural feature that gets attention, which is sometimes unwanted. The fireplace can also be a hot spot for insect activity. Pests large and small can use the chimney to gain access to a home if you aren’t careful. Other bugs may hop a ride inside…

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Home Remedies for Bug Bite Itching

In the last days of summer we’re getting outside as much as possible to enjoy a little more fun in the sun before the chilly fall weather sets in. There’s just one problem – bugs have the same idea. Biting and stinging bugs are still active in September across the southeast. They’re using this time…

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How to Prep for a Bug-Free Summer BBQ

Flies, mosquitoes, ants, bees – none of them are on the BBQ guest list, but you can bet your bottom round steak they’ll try to crash the party. Well, not this summer! This grilling season you’re going to be prepared to keep bugs away so they don’t feast on your guests or the food. Treat…

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Summer School – Using Your Garden to Teach Kids

Kids might be out of school for the summer, but it’s a perfect opportunity for them to get some hands-on education. The long, warm days lend themselves well to lessons out in nature where kids can enjoy physical activity while they learn. Let’s get kids away from the screens this summer and outside where they…

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4 Steps to Take If Your Rental Home Has Bugs

Insect infestations are tricky issues for renters. They are a common occurrence, but lifestyle choices (like leaving the windows open or keeping dishes in the sink) can also increase or decrease the odds of a bug invasion. If bugs have started moving into your rental property here are the steps to take to get the…

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Insect Horror Stories: How Real Are They?

Entomophobia is the phobia of insects or a specific type of insect. Irrational fear comes with the territory, but there are many more people that have buggy terrors without a full-blown phobia. Part of the fear stems from horror stories we hear growing up. You know, those urban legends that sound too horrific to be real. So,…

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Are Roach Allergies Real?

Roaches are one of the most feared bugs, not because they sting or bite, but because they are just plain gross. Just thinking about these nighttime scavengers with their spiky legs and glossy brown exoskeletons sends shivers down some people’s spines. But can they actually cause an allergic reaction? You may have heard of cockroach…

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Simple Steps to Ending Your Fear of Bugs

The vast majority of people don’t like bugs. Even a few of our professional pest control technicians can’t stand them. But for some people their fear of bugs is a full-blown phobia. Its official name is entomophobia, and it’s one of over 500 different phobias. But fear of insects is much more common than most…

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Bugs on the Menu? Restaurants That Cook Up Insects

In America we eat some things that could be considered strange, like oysters and crawfish. But even these crustaceans aren’t as controversial at the dinner table as bugs. Cultures all over the world eat insects on a regular basis. However, Americans have been reluctant to work yard critters into their diets. The act of eating…

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