What Are Carpet Beetles?

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“Carpet beetles” are exactly what their name suggests––they’re beetles that live, nest, and lay eggs in your carpet. But they’re not just inhabiting your carpet, they’re also making a snack out of it––causing permanent and expensive carpet damage. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably didn’t know what a carpet beetle was until you found…

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6 Unexpected Reasons Termites Are Attracted to Your House

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As the weather warms up, termites will quite literally start crawling out of the woodwork. By now, you’re probably well aware that termites love wood, and that a termite infestation can cost a great deal of money and stress—but how much more do you really know about these wood-destroying insects? Probably not as much as…

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Keeping Carpenter Bees Away By Improving Your Home

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Wood bore bees, also known as carpenter bees, are amazing pollinators but terrible house guests. Their classic black and yellow, often robust bodies are reminiscent of the fellow bumblebee, yet they play different roles in the ecosystem and in your home. Unlike a docile bumblebee, carpenter bees are wood-destroying insects, often leaving deep craters in…

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Protecting Your Home from Common Spring Pests

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Spring is just around the corner––a time of new blooms, rain, plant growth, and of course, cleaning. This new, warm season is also a host to many pests, including ants, termites, stinging insects, spiders, and rodents. As the temperatures warm up, these creatures crawl out of their crevices and find solitude inside of your house.…

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Should I Fumigate My Home for Termites?

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Did you know that about 80% of homeowners worry about pests invading their houses? Of those homeowners, about 25% are worried specifically about dealing with termites. That makes termites one of the biggest pest concerns for homeowners—can you blame them?  If we know anything about termites, it’s that they can do tons of damage to…

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Can You Treat Wood to Prevent Termites?

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Termite control keeps us very busy in the spring and summer months––where the warm and humid Southeast hosts the perfect environment for termites to thrive. Of the termite species likely to live in the South, the subterranean termite is the one found most commonly here in Alabama.  Annually, termites cost billions of dollars in damage…

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Bugs We Love: Which Bugs Can Be Your Pets?

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Pets have become a part of the family in many households––they bring a lot of joy into our homes. In fact, according to a recent poll, approximately 62% of family homes include a pet or two. Of those, 95% consider their pet part of the family.  As expected, the majority of people own a cat…

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Will My Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Termite Damage?

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If you’ve recently discovered termites chewing through your drywall, you may be wondering, “does my homeowner’s insurance cover termite damage?” You’re not alone! Each year, termites cause an estimated $5 million in property damage in the United States. What’s worse, a recent study found that non-native insects cost taxpayers another $1.7 billion in lost property…

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Can Squirrels Really Cause House Fires?

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  Thousands of houses catch on fire each year due to a common household pest: squirrels. However, most of these fires can’t be directly traced back to squirrels, and squirrels are merely suspects––but sometimes there’s ample evidence.  If you have squirrels living in your attic or around your home, you could be putting you and…

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How to Know if There Is a Large Pest in Your Attic

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As children, we saw the attic as a strange, mysterious (often creepy) place, where something was lurking in the shadows, hiding in the dark. As adults, we realize our previous fears were not entirely blown out of proportion—except instead of supernatural beings or things that go bump in the night living inside of your attic––it’s…

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