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Tips for Keeping Pests Away from Your Summer BBQs

Nothing can spoil your summer fun like outdoor pests. Don't risk having guests remember the bees, ants and other invaders more than your carefully planned barbecue. Keep pesky party crashers away with these tips from Valley Pest Solutions. Eliminate Standing Water Mosquitoes, cockroaches and water bugs are drawn to pools of stagnant water. Inspect your property for overlooked spots where water accumulates -- planters, birdbaths, kiddie pools -- and drain them. Get rid of any stray objects collecting water. If you have water gathering in low spots in your lawn, set aside a few hours to build a trench complete with PVC drain pipe. There are many how-to videos available online, or you can hire someone for the project if you're short on time or interest. Serve Pest-Free Food and Drinks Don't let bugs and stinging insects ruin a perfectly good plate of food -- or worse yet, sting or bite...
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Importance of Clean Gutters and How to Clean Them

Owning a home requires maintenance on a regular basis to prevent damage and minimize depreciation. Cleaning your gutters is an important part of maintaining your home since gutters help to bring rainwater down to the ground without puddles accumulating near your home's foundation. Over time, gutters can begin to fill with leaves, dirt, sticks, and even dead animals. When gutters get clogged, you can experience basement flooding when a torrent of rainwater pours down from your roof to the base of your home's foundation. Keeping your gutters clean will ensure proper water flow to prevent expensive damage. Why Gutter Cleaning Is Necessary Homeowners often believe that they can get by without ever cleaning their gutters. Although clogged gutters are unlikely to cause flooding during light showers, you will regret your decision to ignore the necessity of gutter cleaning when a big storm causes flood damage that could have been avoided. Neglecting...
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What Is Integrated Pest Management?

If you have insects in your home or business, don't just pick up a spray can of insecticide to deal with the problem. Although some insects spread disease, cause property damage or sting people and pets, other insects are beneficial to the environment. Many are harmless and become pests only when they invade our living spaces. New approaches to pest management use scientific principles to determine where pests breed and live, what they eat and what deters them from establishing themselves in unwanted places. Integrated pest management combines scientific principles with common sense to eradicate insect and animal pests and deter them from re-establishing nests and colonies. Principles of Integrated Pest Management Integrated pest management focuses on eliminating and controlling pests with minimal use of harmful chemicals. The first step in effective pest eradication is identification of the actual pest. For example, there are several types of ants that are active...
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3 Signs of a Roach Infestation

CockroachHumans have been disgusted by cockroaches for centuries. In Ancient Egypt, spells were used to ask for divine help to banish them, and writings dating to the height of the Roman Empire comment on the feeling of revulsion triggered by roaches. Today, entomologists estimate that more humans fear cockroaches than any other insect. Roaches are fast, smelly and known to harbor a variety of bacteria and viruses. Most people want to get rid of roaches as quickly as possible, so knowing the signs of a roach infestation can help you accomplish your goal. 1. Roach Feces The presence of roach feces or droppings is a common indication of an infestation. Depending on the species of roach, droppings may resemble specks of ground black pepper, coffee grounds or tiny pellets. Droppings may be found inside kitchen cabinets and drawers, behind large appliances or underneath small kitchen appliances. You can also find droppings...
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Why DIY Pest Control Is a Bad Idea

Pest control servicemanIf pests have invaded your home and you want to get rid of them as soon as possible, you are likely planning to use several do-it-yourself solutions so that you can save money, which is understandable. Pest infestations can catch people off guard, and not everyone wants to contact a pest control professional. Before you get started, you might want to review some of the most common pitfalls associated with DIY methods so that you can make an informed decision. Pest Control Products Are Not Universal Most stores have a range of at-home pest control products that promise to treat and repel common invaders. Since no pest control product is universal, you risk buying something that won’t get the job done. Doing research can help you learn about the type of pest that has been bothering you, but many pests look alike, which can result in a case of mistaken identity....
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5 Surprising Places You Can Encounter Bed Bugs

In the last few years, property owners and pest experts have noted the rise in bed bug infestations in residential and commercial sites. According to pest management professionals, the rapid spread of bed bug infestations could be partly due to people traveling and moving more than they did previously. These bugs are good at hitchhiking on pets, people and stuff to move to other sites where they can multiply quickly. 1. Hotels and motels are top spots for bed bug encounters The transient nature of hotel and motel residents make these places the perfect spots for picking up bed bugs. Travelers coming from places with ineffective pest management practices can, without their knowledge, spread bed bugs that have found hiding places in their luggage and clothes. Some of these hotels do not change or sanitize the bed covers after every guest, so make sure to remove the covers and inspect the...
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How to Safely Travel During the Winter

6402557 sIf you would like to travel safely during the harsh months of winter, you are likely looking for ways to stay on the road. Inability to plan for snow and ice can create a lot of problems and put you in danger, and you don't want to fall into that trap. Rather than hoping for the best, take proactive steps to safeguard yourself and your family so that you can put your worries to rest. If you are ready to begin but don't know where to start, the following guide will help. Plan Ahead Planning each trip is a good idea if you don't want to expose yourself to danger. If you watch the weather report and know that a winter storm is coming, either leave early or wait until the storm has moved away from your area. Prepare for the Worst No matter how safe you are, you can never...
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Interesting Facts About Gophers

gopherGophers are small, furry rodents with an average life of one to three years. They live predominantly in the United States, mostly in the Midwest and West. However, a few species can be found in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. There are several facts that you might not know about these interesting creatures. The Name This animal got its full name, pocket gopher, from the fur-lined pouches or pockets on the outside of its cheeks. The pockets stretch all the way to its shoulders, and it uses them to transport food from foraging areas to its underground home. The gopher also cleans these pockets by turning them inside out. Body and Size Although small, pocket gophers are moderately large in the rodent kingdom. They range from 5 to 14 inches long and weigh from one-half to two pounds. Their bodies are flat, which makes it easy for them to dig and travel...
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Top 3 Things That Attract Ants to Your Home

ant controlIt seems like nothing can keep an ant away from your home. No matter if it's a heavy rainfall or a drought, these insects weather any storm and survive the worst conditions. You could buy an ant repellent at a local store and spray it over an ant mound, and they would show up a day later in another spot with a larger colony. If they've made their way into your home, chances are that you've unknowingly invited them in. By knowing what they're after, you stand a good chance at keeping them out in the future. Food Your neighbors aren't the only ones who smell the savory aromas coming from your kitchen. Ants have a knack for locating food and sensing even the smallest crumbs in the most hidden places. Making sure to clean up after every meal and to dispose of the leftovers properly will help to keep ants...
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