How to Prevent Rodent Infestation

  Rodent problems in the home are widespread. A few years ago, the U.S. Census Bureau disclosed that almost 15 million American families reported seeing rodents in their homes. A rodent sighting could indicate that you have a severe rodent infestation in your home or on your property.  Before you panic, know that a rodent…

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Insects We’re Thankful For this Thanksgiving Season

As experts in pest control, most of the posts here on our pest blog are about the invasive and harmful pests we aren’t so fond of as well as our suggestions for eliminating them from your home or property. However, our love for entomology (the study of insects) also teaches us about the beauty of…

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What Do Insects Eat?

close up of roach eating food left out

Whether you’re an entomology hobbyist, just curious, or you’ve got a particular bug that’s an unwelcome house guest and refuses to leave—you might have this question: What do insects eat? Since there are so many types of insects, there are multiple types of insect diets. Some species of insects have very specific food preferences, while…

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What Thanksgiving Dish Would Pests Most Enjoy?

mouse crawling on a metal pot filled with fall foods

As we’re counting down the days to Thanksgiving, we’re looking forward to the feasts and quality time we’re soon to share with family and friends. Still, as experts in pest control, we can’t help but think how the savory dishes at Thanksgiving dinner could attract unwanted pests into the home.  The idea of Thanksgiving pests…

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Are Cicada Killers Hornets?

a wasp killing a cicada on the ground

  The sight of colossal, flying insects around the home can be highly concerning, especially for families in Alabama. Among these massive winged pests are cicada killers, which look a lot like the Northern Giant Hornet (formerly Asian Giant Hornet): the “murder hornet” that grows up to 1.5 to 2 inches in size and stings…

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Pests Most Likely to Go After Your Halloween Candy

Halloween candy on table and in pumpkin bucket

  Halloween is almost here, and a good scare is customary (encouraged, even) this time of year. Many who celebrate enjoy getting spooked by scary movies and haunted houses. However, having your home “haunted” by unwanted guests—not ghosts, but rather, vermin or other pests—is not so fun, especially when they raid your stash of trick-or-treating…

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What Attracts Ants to Take Over Your Kitchen

ants crawling up spoon of sugar in the kitchen

  You probably thought the ants swarming in your kitchen would eventually disappear after summer ended, but now that it’s almost Halloween, you might feel worried to see ants still milling around. Although ants living outside do have a period of dormant overwintering, an infestation of ants already existing inside your warm, dry home—with all…

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Are Bats a Type of Pest?

a common brown bat being held in a hand

  Bats—in all their leathery-winged, fuzzy-faced glory—are staples of Halloween lore and decor, much like spiders. It’s easy to see why bats are associated with spooky, creepy Halloween tales, due to their almost ghoulish or goblin-like appearance, nocturnal habits, and one particular species even having a taste for mammal blood. Many people also (misguidedly) believe…

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Why Aren’t Spiders Considered Insects?

spider crawling on floor inside house

Now that it’s October, it’s time to decorate for Halloween! However, you may find that Mother Nature has sent some eight-legged, creepy-crawling interior decorators just in time to help out, adorning your porch and the dark corners of your home with their wispy, intricately woven webs. You guessed it—today, we’re talking about spiders! More specifically,…

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How Pests Make It Inside Your Home

Damaged screen on sliding door

You’ve probably noticed some of these pests inside the home at this time of year (even if you keep everything clean) and wonder: How are they getting inside? As Birmingham’s premier pest control team, we hear your concerns and want to help you keep your home safe, healthy, and pest-free this fall. For our experts’…

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