Author: greg

Termite Inspections Now Required for FHA and VA Loans in Nevada

If you’re buying a home in Nevada, you will likely seek a home loan. There are several types of home loans available, and each type has different rules related to the building inspection that lenders require before issuing the loan. Nevada is one of the states that require a termite inspection for VA and FHA loans. This article will help you understand these requirements and how they will affect buyers seeking these types of loans. Termites and VA or FHA Loans  You may be wondering why termites are such a big deal. For a tiny insect, termites cause big damage; the US EPA says they cause in excess of $2 billion worth of damage annually in the United States. Termites are small winged insects that look a lot like ants with wings. They live on the wood in a home or commercial property, burrowing and nesting and actually eating the beams and rafters that make up the foundation of your property. These bugs don’t care if the home is new or old, they will invade and feast in the places where you can’t see them. Termite nests can be found in walls or in the beams in your flooring. Termites weaken the structural integrity of a home, which can cause problems down the road. That’s exactly why termite inspections are so important; a trained professional can crawl around your...

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Top Five Signs You Have Bed Bugs

If your skin started to crawl when you read the title of this article, you’re not alone. Bed bugs rank high on the list of creepy crawlies that usually create a negative emotional reaction in people. From a psychological perspective, they are fairly disturbing creatures. From a physical perspective, bed bugs are hard to get rid of and their bite can cause itching and an allergic reaction in humans. Bed bugs are tiny little brown bugs that live where humans and pets are, and they like nothing better than to crawl onto your body when you’re sleeping and have a meal of your blood. Of course, by the time you’re bitten, it’s too late, so we’ve compiled five signs that you may have an early infestation of these little bloodsuckers. If you plan on traveling this holiday season, this article will also give you some peace of mind about the next hotel room you’ll inhabit. Signs of an Early Bedbug Infestation Bed bugs are a tiny parasite found all over the world, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They are common in areas where people sleep, from homes to hotels, and they are difficult to eradicate. While these creatures do not spread disease, they are simply gross, and their bite can cause a red welt or rash that can be irritating. Because bed bugs are experts at...

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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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