Author: greg

Controlling Fleas in the Home

By the time you notice your dog or cat scratching, it is probably too late. Fleas cause huge problems anywhere there are pets; but you don’t need pets to have fleas. This article examines these nasty little pests more closely and offers some helpful suggestions on what to do if you find yourself overrun. The Lifecycle of Fleas Fleas are tiny six-legged insects that feed on blood. It can be your blood; fleas aren’t picky that way. Like bedbugs, they are hard to eradicate once you have them. Fleas have a prolific reproductive lifecycle. Faster than you can say “flea collar,” these pests can infiltrate your carpets, bedding, couch cushions, or anywhere else they can lay their microscopic eggs. Doctors Foster and Smith say, “Just because your pet is not scratching does not necessarily mean he is flea-free.” Pets that experience a flea allergy will itch themselves to pieces – and so will you. Your vet can recommend a monthly flea treatment that will kill these creatures on your pet without harming your best friend. But the bad news is the flea has to jump on the dog or cat and take a bite before the preventative treatment kills them. Before that happens though, just one flea may have deposited up to 500 eggs in your home. Suddenly, you’re having a flea convention. Stopping Fleas  The first step to...

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How to Select a Pest Control Service

If bugs are bugging you, it is very important to eradicate them as quickly, efficiently, and in the most cost effective, yet non-toxic way. When you think about it, that’s a lot of qualifications to place on a pest control company. How can you be sure that you find the right company the first time you search the Internet for help? Quality and Value Aren’t the Same  Like any service you hire, it’s important to recognize not all pest control services are created equally. Even though your situation is sure to feel like a crisis, take just a bit of time to research your options. Look for on line reviews and customer testimonials that validate a positive experience. Keep in mind that the cheapest is rarely the best. In pest control the idiom “you get what you pay for” is particularly troublesome. If the pest control company you choose doesn’t eliminate the problem, your home or business will continue to experience the issues that arise from a pest infestation. Beware of companies that suggest they have treatment applications left over from “their last job” and will give you a discount if you act now. Look for a company that is licensed and insured while working in your home. Find out if they are certified to apply the treatment you’re hiring them for. The best and most reliable companies will...

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Creepiest Las Vegas Desert Bugs

You don’t need to experience entomophobia, which is the fear of insects to be creeped-out by the bugs you’re going to find in this article. The Nevada desert is home to some of the most interesting, yet disgusting bugs in the United States.  But here’s the really bad news – they might want to make your home their home in the near future. Aren’t you glad we’re here to help? Top Creepy Las Vegas Bugs  We don’t need to write about these bugs in any kind of order because they are all designed to send a shudder down the spine of anyone living or visiting our state. Just in time for Halloween, here are some of our “favorite” Las Vegas bugs: Bed bugs are everywhere now and their population is expanding. These rice-sized insects like to live in the seams of your bed and crawl out to have dinner on their favorite meal of human blood. Gross, right? Wolf spiders grow to be about a half inch in body length. They like to hunt on the ground and like to hang out under your eaves and gutters and in rock and bark. They bite, and while they aren’t overly aggressive or venomous, they are impressively large and willing to nail you if you disturb them. The dark Jerusalem cricket, a weirdly shaped, slow moving bugs that will bite you...

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Does “All Natural” or “Green” Pest Control Work?

Some homeowners prefer a more organic and chemical free approach to controlling the pests in their home. They’re worried about the environment or carcinogens, so they want to try a more holistic approach to combating bedbugs, fleas, roaches, mice and scorpions. Some of these holistic do-it-yourself techniques do work.  The question is – are you willing to live with a bug or rodent problem long enough to find out? Preventing Pests is a Green Option  The best way to stop pests in their tracks is to seal up all the cracks on the outside of your home that are like a revolving door for the scorpions and spiders that seek shelter in the comfortable confines of human spaces. Clearing landscaping and debris away from your home will eliminate many of the hiding places where snakes and scorpions like to hang out. On the inside, cleanliness will go a long way toward making your home more unattractive to roaches and ants. Make sure your kitchen counter is always spotless and vacuum frequently. Bathe your pets and keep their bedding clean. Have your children clean their rooms regularly, too – the whole family can get involved in sweeping the crumbs away. While prevention is the best option in the case of in-home pests, some of the other green options include these tips: Dust mites and fleas can be killed by washing...

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Four Pest Prevention Techniques for Homes and Businesses in Nevada

Intercepting pests both before and after they’ve entered your home or commercial property is our job – and also our mission. The Preventive Pest technicians are trained to find even the smallest signs in a home or office that has rolled out a welcome mat for pest populations. While you may not see the small gap that will allow the bug to enter, they may see it as a revolving door in and out of your home. Here are some of the signs of a home that has a “vacancy” sign lit up for pests. Stopping Pests in Your Las Vegas Home or Office We’ve divided our tips between residential and commercial properties, because Preventive Pest takes care of both types of clients. In both situations, pest control is about stopping the infestation before it can take hold. This means modifying the external structure of your home and office, while practicing some smart prevention techniques inside. Residential Pest Control Tips Outside the home, we recommend cutting down on shrubbery, weeds and debris, where insects such as scorpions can hide. Outdoor lighting attracts bugs; we can recommend how to change the lighting to reduce insects. Seal all the cracks in crawlspaces, around windows, and wherever there is an external line running in from outside (such as on your air conditioning unit). Regular inspections for termites or other insects can help...

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