Where Do Termites Go During the Winter?

  During the winter, homeowners feel like they can relax a little and not worry so much about a destructive termite infestation, even in the buggy southeastern states. But is it a false sense of security? Can termites still invade your home in the dead of the winter? Not all insects die off or go into…

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What Areas of the Country Have the Fewest Pests?

For many homeowners, bugs are the bane of their existence and for good reason. Insect eradication and management is a necessity that needs to be part of the annual home maintenance budget. In fact, pest control is one of the top hidden costs of homeownership. After crunching the numbers,  a survey from Infogroup ORC discovered 90%…

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Why Wasps Are Attracted to Your Home

Have you ever wondered why there are wasp nests near your home when it warms up outside? It’s worth knowing what these annoying pests look for when choosing a location for their nests. We’ll also give you a few tips on how to dissuade wasps from moving in around your home. What a Wasp Thinks About When…

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Stung? There’s a Cure for That

Home is where we feel the safest – until stinging insects move in. Next thing you know, you feel the sting of an angry insect that doesn’t want a neighbor. For most people it’s a painful annoyance, but 0.8% of children and 3% of adults are allergic to insect stings from bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and fire ants. An allergic reaction…

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4 Things That Attract Scorpions

Scorpions may not do damage to your property, but they are still a hazardous nuisance around your home. Scorpions are one of the 12 bugs found on the Children’s of Alabama’s list of poisonous insects. Researchers at the Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s of Alabama found that in 2014, brown scorpions stung people more than any other insect in…

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Outdoor Lighting Options That Won’t Attract Bugs

You can take steps to prevent insect infestations, but there’s one thing many homeowners do that actually directs pests right to the front door: if you leave the front porch light on at night it’s like a beacon for bugs. Since leaving the porch lights on is recommended for home security, the best solution isn’t…

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How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Jack-o-Lantern

One of the most time-honored fall traditions is carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern. It’s something that kids, adults and insects look forward to as soon as the leaves start changing colors. After hours laboring over every detail, the last thing you want is a swarm of hungry bugs feasting on your Halloween decor. The…

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Are Bugs Attracted to Holiday Lights, Too?

We all know bugs like lamps and bright lights. All you have to do is look up at a streetlight after sunset to see a swarm of insects gather. Typically, you only have to worry about the porch light, and even then, there are outdoor lighting options that won’t attract bugs. But there’s one time of…

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Showing Thanks for Helpful Bugs

As you gather around the table for Thanksgiving, you’re probably thankful for having a pest-free home to enjoy with family and friends. It’s a thought that also gives us exterminators a feeling of warm thanks. But we also have to give thanks for the beneficial bugs that help us keep yards healthy. In fact, we should all be…

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What is the Lifespan of a Termite?

Being the termite experts that we are, we get asked a lot of questions about the wood-devouring pest. A question that we hear often is, how long does a termite live? That question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. There are a number of variables that affect the lifespan of a termite. But generally speaking, termites…

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