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Ant Control – Removal of Ants 

Ants are a common household infiltrator. There are a great number of ways to deal with this situation. What can you do when it comes to ant control? Residents will no doubt appreciate these helpful reminders.

Do you have a dishwasher? Ants are attracted to food. So food dishes should never stay out dirty for long. If you have a dishwasher, run it everyday. Otherwise the ants will be clamoring to try and get inside as they smell the rotting food. If you don’t have a dishwasher, never leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.

It seems like common sense, but sometimes if no company is expected and we are tired from a long day of work, we may be tempted to leave the dinner dishes until morning. Especially say on a Friday when we know we have a leisurely morning the next day. But that would give the ants all night to locate the food and start the invasion. Keeping a clean house, especially when it comes to food garbage is an important step in ant control. What else can you do?

If you don’t have a garbage disposal, then make sure that the garbage you throw uneaten food into is well cover and gets removed from the house frequently. Otherwise, before long, you may begin to see a steady stream of ants heading for the trash. Don’t leave food out if it isn’t sealed properly. Again, if the food isn’t sealed properly, the ants will smell it and be able to get into it. Cereal bags should be clipped as sweet smells attract ants the most.

If you are in need of ant extermination, you may want to try traps and bait at first. If these measures prove successful, good. If not, you may need to call in a professional. It is better to hire someone in the know than to try and spray your house with dangerous chemicals yourself. All you have to do is go to the hardware store and read a few labels to see just how dangerous this stuff is. Plus, you may unwittingly kill some necessary bugs if you are spraying outside of your house without proper knowledge.

By keeping things clean, an ant problem may be prevented. If one already exists, traps may help, but a professional may be necessary. Whatever the case, these are some things you can do to curb an ant problem.


Bed Bugs Bites

Bed bugs can be everywhere. Most probably, your bed contains hundreds to thousands of bed bugs that crawl and creep into your body when you are asleep.

Bed bugs are like insects equipped with intelligence. They really can get smart. Bed bugs suck the blood of their host, which of course are humans, and sometimes animal pets like dogs, cats, birds and even bats.

Long time ago, bed bugs are most prevalent among birds’ nests. But because just like the human species, bed bugs are evolving and adapting to environmental changes, they have learned to crawl into people’s homes, particularly beds and room surfaces.

Bed bugs take their sumptuous meals by using their elongated beaks to pierce through the skin of the host. After that, they start the feast and harshly suck on blood until they can no longer take more.

What a fortune. While people find it hard to find food, bed bugs find it very easy. And more often, they feast and not run out of supplies.

Diseases from bed bugs

Doctors and medical practitioners assure, however, that bed bugs’ bites are not that harmful. Mosquito bites are far more threatening because they can sometimes transfer a number of serious ailments like malaria, dysentery, elephantiasis or h-fever.

In comparison, bites of bed bugs do not pose much health risk. Bed bugs can be a host to a number of diseases but they seldom pass this on to their hosts or victims. Good thing that bed bugs are safe biters when it comes to ailments and diseases transferred through that way.

Understanding how bed bugs bite

As described earlier, bed bugs use their beaks to pierce skin and get or suck the abundant supply of blood. By doing so, it is inevitable for them not to transfer or leave their saliva into the pierced skin. This saliva, thankfully, can never contain diseases or pathogens. But, their saliva can cause allergic reactions. Some people’s systems will react harshly to such bites.

Hence, most bed bugs’ bites swell after 10 minutes to 24 hours. Just like mosquito bites, they swell and appear reddish. They are also accompanied by little discomfort and itchiness. The itch from bed bugs’ bites can be so persistent and annoying that if you keep on scratching, you will be tempted to make it harder. By that, you will be creating little wounds. At most, that is what bed bugs’ bites can do.

Avoiding bed bugs’ bites

Of course, the best and most effective way to prevent or avoid bed bugs’ bites is by making sure the insects will not appear during sleep hours. And how can that be?

By ensuring that your bed or your room as a whole is not infested by bed bugs. To prevent bed bugs from attacking, maintain hygiene and cleanliness. Regularly clean the room and be thorough in cleaning crevices and cracks on floors and walls.

If you like traveling, make sure the place you are staying in is not infested with bed bugs. Otherwise, bed bugs can get into your baggage, and voila, when you unpack your things at home, bed bugs will be spread into your room.

There are also insect-repellant products in the market. There are those products that can be applied to your skin like lotion. Once you have these repellant, bed bugs will be reluctant to get near you. They will find your skin a danger zone and will find you unappealing as a food source. Isn’t that appealing to you?

Bed bugs, wrapping up

Bed bugs’ bites are hard to avoid especially if you are not living alone in your room, or you have thousands of bed bugs families in your bed. Prevention is better than cure. Might as well be very careful not to make your room and bed breeding grounds for bed bugs. In the market, you can also find dozens of lotions or skin products that serve as repellant to bed bugs.

Being bitten by bed bugs can never be serious, don’t worry. All you have to do is treat the bitten skin part the way you treat mosquito bites. They normally fade out and heal by themselves over a little time.


Even the mention of a termite can send terror into the heart of a homeowner. Many people know that a termite can cause huge damage to a home and when you take one termite and add it to another termite and then another and another and another, you might find yourself with a home that is not only unsound but extremely difficult to sell and live in. Many people know about the termite, but not many people know specifics about this pesky insect.

A termite – also known as a white ant – is a member of a group of social insects much like regular ants. They most often feed on dead plant material including wood, leaf litter, and soil. The termite can cause huge damage to structures such as houses, building, crops, and forests.

The termite superficially resembles an ant and is called a white ant only because of their social behaviors and similar size. However, the regular termite is softer, whiter, shorter-legged, fatter and generally much slower moving. In actuality, a termite is much more similar to the common cockroach. Some experts feel like the termite belongs in its own classification of insects instead of being clumped together with ants in the Hymemoptra class or a super order which contains all of them called the Dictyoptera class.

The common termite has a biting mouthpart and their soft bodies are rarely longer than one centimeter in length. As a colony, they typically inhabit dark nests and tunnels, only venturing out when the winged alates emerge to leave their parent colony, when constructing shelter or, in the case of grass- and leaf-litter-feeders, when harvesting their food. The alate is basically a baby termite growing into a full blown termite and getting ready to venture out into the world to find their own food source to decimate!

As with ants, the termite resides in a colony along with other termites. That is why they are referred to as social insects. Termite colonies can number anywhere from hundreds to even millions of inhabitants. They work together to survive and use self-organized swarm intelligence to obtain food sources and sustain the colony. Just as with ants, there is a certain hierarchy within the colony. It is usually “ruled” by a queen and there are workers, soldiers, nymphs, and reproductive termites responsible for re-populating the colony.

While a termite is a dreaded insect for most people, they are easily recognized and easily controlled when you know that you have a problem. If you take the time to know about the common termite, see the signs that you may have a termite problem, and then take steps to alleviate the problem, you will have much luck in repairing the damage that these invading insects can do.


Just like many other insects, the termite is reproduced through the laying and hatching of eggs. Unlike the typical male/female dynamic that we, as humans, know, the queen of the termite colony can become impregnated with eggs from multiple colony members just so that the society is kept going. In other words, termites aren’t monogamous.

At maturity, a queen termite can lay several thousands of eggs each and every day. In some species of termites, the queen will actually be able to add an extra set of ovaries that will produce even more eggs resulting in an enlarged abdomen along with increased fecundity which is the ability to make more eggs and produce more offspring. Just as with humans, queen termites will increase in size to almost one hundred the times of her regular size. During the time of pregnancy when the female termite is full of eggs, she is effectively immobilized – as is to be expected.

What is slightly humorous about the pregnant queen termite is that while she is immobilized, she has to utilize the “manpower” of the worker termites to move her. In fact, if she wishes to move from one place to another, it can take hundreds of worker termites just to move her a few inches. The good news for those worker termites is that their reward is a juice that is secreted from the queen’s posterior. That’s right, they are rewarded with a juice that the queen termite gives them to drink which revitalizes them and gives them something to look forward to.

When termite eggs first hatch, they take the form of nymphs, which eventually turn into different members of the termite colony. The largest part of the termite colony is made up of worker termites. The wingless worker termites are blind and most likely to be found in termite infested wood. Soldier termites are sterile, wingless, blind termites whose sole purpose is to defend the termite colony.

Termite colonies also contain winged reproductives and supplementary reproductives all of which produce termite eggs. Winged reproductives use their swarm intelligence to swarm to a new location during swarm season, where they shed their wings and pair up to start a new termite colony. Supplementary reproductives serve as replacements for the termite king or termite queen should one of them die.

Unfortunately, termite eggs are produced at an alarming rate and one or two termites can reproduce into hundreds and hundreds within a few days of time. At that point, those termite eggs start to grow and then begin their destruction on your structures and/or crops.


Identification of the common termite can be done quite easily even by people who don’t know much about termites themselves. Most commonly, people refer to the identification of a termite as a “little white ant”. While this is generally true as termites do closely resemble the common ant, there are differences in termites which can make identification a little more in-depth.

Termites are social insects and live in a very strict social civilization. Each termite in the colony looks different which makes identification a little more complicated. Their specific job within the colony dictates how they look. Inside the termite colony, there are workers, soldiers, queen, kings, and reproductives.

Workers represent the majority of the colony population and are responsible for caring for eggs, constructing and maintaining tunnels, foraging for food and feeding and grooming of other caste members. They are white and soft bodied. Identification of the worker termite is where the “little white ant” comment comes in because the worker termite does look like a lightly colored ant.

Soldiers are responsible for defending the colony. They are white, soft bodied with an enlarged, hardened head containing two large jaws, or mandibles, which are used as a weapon against predators. Identification of the soldier termite can be done by looking at the head and noticing it is larger than a worker termite.

The Queen termite creates the colony by laying eggs and tending to the colony until enough workers and nymphs are produced to care for the colony. She can live for more than ten years and produce hundreds of eggs each year. Colonies can each have several million termites with the help of secondary queens who also produce eggs. Identification of the queen termite can be done by looking at her body as she will have a longer body that is lightly colored with a small head.

The King termite assists the queen in creating and attending to the colony during its initial formation. He will continue to mate throughout his life to help increase the colony size. Identification of the King termite, again, can be done by looking at his body. His body is shorter than the queen’s and dark in color, but it is still larger than that of the other colony members.

Finally, there are winged reproductives. These termites produce the offspring in the colony and swarm at certain times of the year. King and queen termites are included in the reproductive classification, but they are not winged. Identification of the reproductive termite is not surprisingly done by looking for the wings on the body. Their size is somewhere in between the King and queen.


Termite Treatment

If you find that you have a termite problem in your house, it is so important to pursue termite treatment as soon as possible after identification of the problem. Termites can cause awful devastation to a wood structure that can sometimes be irreparable. Termite treatment should take place even before the discovery of a problem which is one of the things we will discuss in this article.

Let’s begin with getting termite treatment to prevent termites. When you buy a home or building, you are making a significant investment and you want to protect it from damage as much as possible. Pest control companies have chemicals that they use to prevent termites from taking over your wood structure that are applied safely and have show to work extremely well. There are also some things you can do yourself to take away the termite’s food source and prevent infestation before it happens. These include:

  • Repair structural and plumbing leaks. 
  • Pull all mulch and landscaping back at least 6 inches from the foundation. 
  • Remove piles of trash and debris from around the home. 
  • Keep firewood stacked away from the structure. 
  • Make sure downspouts are long enough to direct water away from the foundation. 
  • Keep gutters clean. 
  • Avoid direct wood to ground contact when building porches or decks.

If you do find that you are facing a termite problem, that’s when treatment needs to start – and as quickly as possible! Usually termites are found during a home inspection when a person goes to buy a new home. Rarely is a termite inspection done with a new construction home. The home inspector will use a variety of techniques to see if the home or structure has a termite problem. If he or she does find evidence of termite damage, he or she will be able to recommend a termite treatment program to rid the pests from the structure.

The most common form of termite treatment is done with pesticide sprays usually applied outside the structure around areas where the termites might get into the building. After the initial termite treatment, it’s important to continue treatment on a regular basis to prevent re-infestation. If you have had termites once, chances are good that you will get them again, and you want to protect your home or building as much as you can.

With regular termite treatment, you can insure that you are keeping your structure sound and strong as well as safe. With the large variety of products available for termite treatment these days, there really is no reason to put it off any longer. Call your local pest control company and ask them about termite treatment for your home or building.


Termite Damage

As a home or building owner, you need to know that termite damage to your structure can be quite devastating and make that structure dangerous and weakened. Termite damage can be small and subtle, but when you look around your property, it can be a little more obvious especially when you know what to look for. It is a good idea to periodically inspect your property yourself to see if you can find any termite damage. Even better, you may want to employ the use of a professional pest control company to do a termite inspection at least once a year.

To be a responsible property owner means that you need to pay special attention to what is happening with your building. So, look for termite damage yourself on a periodic basis and see if you can find any evidence that you may have a termite problem. The key is that you need to know what to look for first and where to look.

Termites eat wood, and they especially love damp wood that is close to the ground, so you need to start looking around the foundation of the structure. Look for swarms of small flying insects since termites tend to swarm at certain times of the year. Also look for a small white insect that slightly resembles an ant. These are worker termites, and they do the most damage to the wood as they are responsible for gathering the food source for the colony.

Unlike ants, termites do not roam around out in the open. They will either tunnel through wood (or other material) or else travel inside pencil-size (or larger) mud tubes that they build from soil, wood particles and other materials. You will find these tubes on foundation walls, floor joists or other parts of the house. Tubes may also hang from the floor system or may be found protruding from cracks between boards and beams and even through holes termites may chew through sheet rock on walls and ceilings.

If you find evidence of mud tubes, there may be termite damage that is occurring deep inside your home. You should break open the tubes to see if termites are still active. An empty tube doesn’t necessarily mean that termites are gone; they may have simply abandoned this particular tunnel. Termites often rebuild damaged tubes, which is another indication of current activity. ‘Old’ tubes are dry and crumble easily, leaving behind “etching” on the surface that may be visible for years (an indication that a house had termite activity at some time). Without knowing the inspection history of the house, it is impossible to tell or guess at the age of tunnels or etching.

When looking for termite damage, you should also look for small holes and burrow tunnels that are odd in shape and extend along the wood. Termite damage is easy to recognize when you know what to look for. Be aware that termite damage can be devastating to your building and the problem needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.


Have you been wondering about the age old question, can a termite see? Me either, but it is an interesting question. After all, these small pests can infiltrate a home and cause a huge amount of damage, but how do they find their food source? Do they see a tasty huge old Victorian home and call all their bodies to road trip on into the foundation? The truth is that in most termites, they have no eyes, so the easy answer to the question can a termite see is No. Some of the reproductive members of a termite colony will have eyes because they also have wings, but in general, termites cannot see.

So how do they find their food? That’s almost as good a question as can a termite see! Termites are blind, and they really have no method to their madness, so to speak, when it comes to finding a food source. Basically, they wander around moving about until they encounter some type of resistance at which time they switch directions and keep going until they find something they are able to eat. We’re not talking about a cross country road trip, but let’s just say you have termites in a wood pile behind your home. When they finish up with the wood and decide they want a different kind of wood and head toward your house, the travel across your yard might feel like a cross country journey to them!

Some people consider the question can a termite see frivolous, but it really can mean a lot to the person who is interested in getting rid of or preventing a termite problem. If they can’t see, all they can really rely on is touch. They like wet places – especially wet places with damp wood. Take steps to make sure you have no leaks around your home that may attract your blind enemy. Don’t let the soil underneath your house get wet in any way, and keep the soil away from the foundation of your house if at all possible.

When doing landscaping work, you may want to use a wood mulch to decorate. If you want to do this, keep the mulch away from the foundation of the house and always use black landscaping to keep the termites from emerging from the soil and eating through your mulch. An even better idea is to use stone when landscaping.

We hope we’ve answer your question about can a termite see effectively. For more information, you may also want to consult an encyclopedia or look on the Internet to become fully informed about those pesky termites!


Natural Pest Control – Good For You And The Environment, Bad For The Bugs

Scientists tell us that we share our planet with more insects and arachnids than all the other inhabitants combined. Scientists will also tell you that we need all those creeping, crawling, flying, six and eight legged beasties for the life and health of the planet and its citizens, including ourselves. That’s fine with most of us, I suppose, as long as we don’t have to share our immediate living space with any of them. Scientists have also told us, though, that many of the chemicals that will rid our homes and offices of ants, spiders, roaches and what not are harmful. They can be dangerous to us, to our pets, and to the environment in general. So how do we rid ourselves and our spaces of the bugs that bug us so much? By harnessing the power of nature’s own repellents! natural pest control

Most of the natural ingredients used in the pest control formulas listed in this article can be found in the grocery store or pharmacy. In fact, you may already have many of them in your home right now. This makes natural pest control easy to implement and easy on your wallet, as well. That’s something expensive professional exterminators don’t want you to know.


Roaches are the tough guys of the bug world. Supposedly, they can withstand an atomic blast, right? And right now you’re thinking you’ll never be able to control the nastiest of the nasties with anything natural. Well, look no further than your local pet store. It seems roaches don’t like catnip! That’s right, that little dried weed that gets Fluffy crazy-drunk repels roaches. Simmer some catnip in a pot of water and then cool. Place this ‘tea’ in a spray bottle and spritz along cupboards and floorboards where roaches like to travel. Catnip sachets made with little squares of cheesecloth can be placed on top of the fridge, in between the cabinets and the ceiling and other high places where spritzing can be difficult. Fluffy may just have to get used to the constant high in the kitchen, although other cats have not seemed to notice it in their homes. Of course, the best deterrent for roaches is cleanliness -before you start spritzing, vacuum the floors and wash down all surfaces with good, hot soapy water. Keeping food and dirty dishes off counters and out of sinks may be your easiest and most natural defense against cockroaches.


Ants at a picnic are one thing. Ants at a dinner party are another. Ants can be extremely difficult to get rid of because the colony can be quite large – large, hungry and always on the lookout for more food. Again, your best, and first, line of defense is to remove what they’re looking for. Keep open food and dirty dishes off the counters. Wash up any sticky spills and spots. Put the honey, pancake syrup and jelly containers in the fridge or in plastic storage bags – the ‘zippered’ type work best. Eliminate their source of water by stopping all leaks and drips and not leaving any dishes soaking overnight. Now, your next important step in the natural war on ants is to find their point of entry, or the closest point of flat surface to their point of entry. Once you’ve discovered where they’re coming in, you have a few choices. Ants don’t like cayenne pepper or cloves, so sprinkling a line of either on your counter or floor near their trail should deter them from coming in. A piece of string or yarn can be soaked in citrus oil, cinnamon oil or lemon juice and placed into cracks where ants enter. Line a windowsill or counter top with coffee grounds. Live ants are stopped with a spritz of soapy water. Ants on a deck or porch outdoors can be diverted by placing garlic cloves in between the floorboards. Mint leaves, even herbal mint tea bags, can be placed in areas where ants are known to travel. So, pick one of the above, or try several. Send them scouting elsewhere!


Spiders are not only a nuisance, but also a health hazard, as well. Brown recluse bites can cause death, amputation and disfigurement. Black widows have been known to make victims ill, (though no one has died from a black widow bite in the US in the last ten years.) In short, they may keep other insects like flies and moths at bay, but they can be risky to have around. Spiders, by nature, are a bit harder to be rid of, as they like to live in out-of-the-way, hard-to-access places. They take a bit more precaution, too, on your part. Remember to always wear long sleeves, pants and gloves when searching and destroying spider habitats. Spiders like the dark spaces under beds, couches and chairs. They love any little crack in brick or paneled walls. They also love to hide in the cracks between the woodwork and the doors and windows of our homes. If a broom can’t reach them, try the vacuum hose with the crevice tool attachment. Spiders like to hide in clutter and clothing that’s been lying about, as well, so it’s best to keep things picked up. Spray spiders directly with one of the following essential oils: rose, citronella, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, tea tree or citrus. Mix 5 tablespoons of any of the above oils with 5 tablespoons natural lavender soap in a quart of water to create a spider repellent spray. This can be used to spray the foundation of your home, around windows and doors, even inside the outside trash bins to keep the pesky eight legged critters out of your space.

Pest control needn’t be smelly, dangerous chemicals and high exterminating bills. You can keep your home free of pests and free of environmental dangers, too.


Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, and recently, have made a comeback. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that live on a diet of blood. Feeding preferences vary among species, some being attracted to blood from bats, birds, or other warm-blooded animals while others are attracted to humans. In comparison to other insects, bed bugs are superior. They can go without food for up to 18 months, and can live in many different places. Thats why every crevice and corner must be searched within 100 feet of furniture. Some bed bugs even live behind wall paper or pictures. Adults can be seen with the naked eye. They are about 3/8 long and are reddish brown. After feeding, the color and size of the bed bug changes remarkably. Newborns are translucent and become browner as they age through the 5 molting processes. A single adult female can lay up to 200 eggs in a day. These eggs hatch 4-12 days later. It makes sense how an infestation can happen so fast.

The presence of bed bugs isn’t determined by the cleanliness or price of a home or hotel. Bed bugs are most often transferred from a place of infestation such as clothing, luggage or bedding to an uninfected area. This could happen anywhere. Due to the increase in international travel, bed bugs have become a larger problem. This is probably due to the close contact between people in travel situations. Bed bugs are even being found in places thought to be immune to such infestations, such as expensive homes and fancy hotels. Once a bed bug infestation occurs, its difficult to get rid of. Since they can go long periods of time without blood, not having a host simply forces them to move. However, how long is someone willing to not be around their home?

When a bed bug feeds, they don’t burrow like other parasites do. Instead, they puncture the skin with two hollow feeding tubes. One sucks blood while the other pierces and administers saliva to the wound. The saliva contains anticoagulants and anesthetics. This is why when someone is bit, they cannot feel it. Its also why a red bump often occurs followed by itching. Although there are 27 different pathogens that can be carried by a bed bug, there have been no cases of diseases being transmitted by bites. Bed bugs normally feed every 5-10 days and their peak feeding period is about an hour before sunrise. They are nocturnal insects, so while humans sleep, bed bugs are doing their work.

There are treatments for bed bugs, but the chemicals and insecticides previously used have been used for so long that many of the newer generations are immune. Recently, extreme temperatures have had success. Bed bugs cannot survive extremely hot and cold temperatures, specifically, below freezing and above 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

With the use of advanced technology, we use a machine that disperses Cryonite in order to freeze and kill bed bugs. Cryonite is carbon dioxide snow. Its the same substance as dry ice, sitting at a very cold temperature of about -108 degrees Fahrenheit. The Cryonite effect is rapid freezing of the bed bugs by using a specific mix of particle sizes and speeds in order to create a quick energy transfer. This is what causes the freezing. This is also why the snow is different from that of what you would find in a fire extinguisher.

A fire extinguisher would not kills bugs just as Cryonite machine would not put out a fire. The speed of the snow helps penetrate tiny cracks and crevices as well as getting them through long pipes maximizing the freezing effect through the infected area. The other reason speed and high energy is important is so that the freezing snow has a hard impact on the bugs, guaranteeing contact. Once contact is made, the Cryonite does its job by killing the bug.

Freezing is the best method for bugs that are immune to pesticides and Cryonite is both environmentally friendly and hygienic. Cryonite is poison free, meaning you can use it on any surface. Its dry, so it can be used even in areas where moisture isnt wanted, like electrical sockets and switchboxes, and it is residue free, allowing for use in sensitive environments. Its accurate and reliable, making an impact on the up rise of bed bug infestations.

The actual machine that delivers the Cryonite is a simple unit consisting of a trolley, hose, gun, earthing clamp and conductor and additional tools. The trolley allows easy transportation for the cylinder containing 7-10 kgs of carbon dioxide gas as well as holders for all the other equipment.

The gun holds the nozzle and is designed to help the user work with the machine as efficiently as possible. The gun allows for a larger reaching capacity than would be met by just the nozzle. This way, the user can get to difficult places like up high, nooks and crannies, and under and around furniture. The hose is about 4 meters long, allowing the user to work in a fairly large area before having to move the trolley.


Bed bugs are one of the most irritating insects that one can find. They are hard to find and bite at night, causing a lot of irritation and inflammation. It is essential that we do pest control bed bugs as soon as we detect them. When we control bed bugs, then there are fewer chances of them biting us and devouring our blood. Treatment for bed bugs is not difficult and can be done using some effective methods.

For pest control bed bugs, one of the best things to do is get in touch with a pest control company. There are many such companies that specialize in eradicating bed bugs. They use various sprays and special sofa and bed covers to kill and drive away bed bugs. In the 1940s and 1950s, bed bugs were almost completely eradicated by using DDT. However, bed bugs have resurfaced and are now more resistant to DDT. One of the newest methods employed is the use of high concentration of carbon dioxide. Other natural substances like Black Cohosh and Eucalyptus Saligna Oil. Treatment for bed bugs is being done using newer methods that the bed bugs are not used to.

For treatment of bed bugs, the first thing that we need to do is make sure that we have a problem with them in out home. The presence of bed bugs is quite easy to detect. When we turn the mattresses in the morning, if we see dried spots of blood and dead bugs quashed at night, and then we know for sure that bed bugs are indeed there. Pest control bed bugs should be undertaken immediately.

There are some basic things that we can do for pest control bed bugs. For starters, soft furnishings and bed linens should be washed thoroughly. Then they should be ironed at high temperature and kept in sealed bags. Cracks and holes in the walls should be sealed immediately. If we detect bed bugs in the room, it should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. After a thorough cleaning and vacuuming of the room, it should be sprayed with insecticides that kill bed bugs. Gel based insecticides do not work on bed bugs. Sprays are much more effective. If these steps are followed, then treatment for bed bugs will seem easy and effective.

Bed bugs can be very dangerous for both adults and kids. Adults can still withstand the pain when they wake up scratching various sections of their skin, but for children, it is a painful experience. They don’t understand what is causing them all the pain and can only wail and howl. As parents, it is our duty to see that treatment for bed bugs is done without any delay. Pest control bed bugs are essential if we want to sleep easy and want our kids and other family members to sleep well.

For the best effect in pest control bed bugs, the easiest and the best thing to do is hire a professional pest control company who know about the treatment for bed bugs. Pest control bed bugs will ensure that there needs to be no treatment for bed bugs.


Most pest control companies are quite reputable and above board. However, there is a small percentage that give the rest a bad name. Hopefully you will never have to call an exterminator, but if you do, these handy tips may help you spot the honest companies from the bad ones.

Bedbugs are back with a vengeance and exterminators are having difficulty treating them. Apparently in New York City alone, complaints regarding these pests has doubled. They are a tough problem to get rid of and often require multiple visits to deal with them efficiently. Sometimes exterminators even enlist the help of a bed bug inspection dog, believe it or not.

Read your contract! Those lifetime guarantees that many pest control companies advertise may have more hidden clauses than you have insects. Look for the section that limits you to binding arbitration. By signing this you are agreeing to waive your right to sue or launch a class action suit.

Pest control representatives claim that a reputable company would never agree to a lifetime contract or make guarantees they cannot keep.

Are you really getting the pesticide you paid for? Apparently the cost to develop a new pesticide product averages about $100 million dollars. As a result, the cost of existing brands don’t come cheap. Most reputable exterminators probably use the product they claim they are using, but there are some who do cut corners.

Sometimes exterminators will combine milk into a white colored product, or others may use a cheaper, but less effective product.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, some companies have been known to use too much of a pesticide, resulting in serious health problems for the homeowner.

Customers get signed agreements listing the products used for their service and a ticket providing product information, amount used and the mixture rate. As with any paid service, homeowners should protect themselves by asking lots of questions and getting multiple estimates.

Pests tend to get around. Pest control companies generally treat infestations one home at a time. In reality, however, it’s not unusual for insects or rodents to move from one house to another, often spreading through an entire neighborhood. The next time you have a problem, do everyone a favor and let your neighbors in on it.

Do I really need year round service? Many pests such as carpenter ants, may be a terrible problem in fair weather, but make themselves scarce during colder winter temperatures. Ensure that the year round pest control contract you just signed, is really required.

Reputable companies will provide a contract for a minimum number of visits, but will only come if you call. Upon inspection of the property, they will only treat if necessary.

Know Your Pests. Spend some time on the internet researching your particular pest. I know that this is what you are paying the exterminator for, but a little knowledge goes a long way when interviewing prospective companies. You’ll have an idea of the types of treatment they use and approximate costs. If someone tries to take advantage, you’ll be ready.


The benefits of performing a home inspection before purchasing a new home are well known and documented, but you may not have considered the advantages a home inspection report can provide even if your home is not for sale. In fact, there are a number of inspections and tests available for homeowners that can help you anticipate problems and even protect your family’s safety. Besides a thorough home inspection, experts recommend testing your home for mold, radon, asbestos, lead paint, and pest infestation to ensure your home is safe and in optimal condition.

General home inspection

Home inspection reports provide valuable information about the condition of your home. That information can be vital to you as a homeowner, no matter how long you’ve owned your house. Scheduling a professional home inspection will give you a clear assessment of the various systems in your home, including an estimated time frame for replacement and a general idea of what kinds of repairs may be necessary. You will be able to plan for repairs and replacements of older systems in advance, allowing a measure of financial control and preventing unexpected breakdowns.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has identified toxic mold as a health risk, especially for people suffering from allergies or asthma. Mold can grow almost anywhere in your home and can be difficult to spot, since it prefers damp, dark areas. A mold inspection can determine whether toxic mold is presenting a health risk for you and your family, and offer options for remedying the problem.


HUD recommends that homeowners test their property for dangerous levels of radon. Radon, a colorless and odorless gas, is radioactive and can cause lung cancer in high dosages. Professional radon testers can measure the level of radon in your home and, if high levels of radon exist, assist you in repairing the problem before it causes serious health problems. Home testing kits are also available, and some do-it-yourself kits for radon remediation can produce satisfactory results if used properly.


Mostly found in older homes, asbestos insulation can also cause cancer. While this problem is sometimes found during a general home inspection, asbestos remediation companies have expertise in identifying and removing asbestos insulation safely and without further risk to you and your family. Because of the toxic nature of asbestos and the difficulty in removing it completely, this is not a project you should try to undertake on your own.

Lead Paint

Homes built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint; this can cause lead poisoning and cause serious medical problems, including brain damage and birth defects. It’s estimated that 1.7 million children may be affected by some degree of lead poisoning. Lead-based paint inspections are comparatively inexpensive; if your home was built before 1978, it’s worth your while to schedule this inspection and ensure your home’s safety.

Termite and Pest Inspection

In order to preserve the structural integrity of your home, termite inspections are an important part of your yearly maintenance schedule. If caught early, termites and other pests can be stopped before they do serious damage. General home inspections do not always cover insect damage, so a separate inspection is a good idea. If no infestation is found, most companies can recommend a preventive program to keep your home free from these pests and the damage they can do.

Energy Analysis

Energy has partnered with local companies to provide free walk-through energy audits for its customers. Especially geared toward promoting energy efficiency, these audits will check on the condition of your heating and cooling system, insulation, duct work, and the general condition of door and window frames. The company will then make suggestions about how you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. This free service is part of a green initiative, and can save you hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs.

Knowing the condition of your home will allow you to plan improvements and repairs in advance. Additionally, some types of home inspections can save you money, preserve your home’s condition and even protect your family’s health: all good reasons to have your home thoroughly tested and inspected as soon as possible. These small investments can reap enormous rewards in health, safety, and comfort for you and your family.


Having your home taken over by insects can be a nightmare! Are these little pests driving you bonkers? Don’t let pests ruin your home life. Some pests pose serious health risks. You should go over this article to find out more about pest control and how to keep your home clean.

Do proactive pest control methods, such as keeping bushes and flower beds about 2-3 feet from your house. If you can, put some tiles around your foundation. If you don’t have bugs entering your home, you will be able to keep some windows open to let some fresh air in.

Pests are drawn to dark and damp places. To minimize pests, thoroughly go around your house and make a note of damp places and, in particular, places that can accumulate water. These areas are a prime breeding spot for pests. Be certain trouble spots like this get a lot of good air circulation. That should take care of the problem.

When you’ve decided to eliminate your pest problem yourself, be sure you bring along a list of the pests you need to get rid of when you go to purchase your pesticide. By doing this, professionals can properly identify your pest problem; therefore, they can sell you the right kind of pesticide. Certain pesticides are only effective on certain pests. This allows you to get the correct poison for the specific pest.

An electronic pest repellent is an effective option. The slight buzzing sound coming from being plugged in is what works. Even though humans can hear them, they aren’t harmful to them or pets. Rodents will leave the area because the noise is unpleasant, not because it is harmful.

Begin with the basics. If you have a pest problem, eliminate their food source. You are likely providing food, shelter and water to the pests right now. Search for and get rid of food scraps, leaks or entry points.

Never buy a house until it has been inspected first. Although some infestation signs can be recognized easily, understand that you cannot know for sure just what pest is inside your home until you’ve remained in it several days.

To definitively learn whether you have termites, use a trained dog. Qualified humans are only able to tell you if one-third of the house is termite-free. A dog that is trained to sniff them out can cover 100% of your home. They can smell methane gas that the termites leave behind when they eat wood.

If you have had a bedbug infestation and you think they are all gone, be careful. Bedbugs can lay in wait for an entire year without eating. Therefore, you should ensure that any openings in the floors and walls are kept closed. The bugs won’t have anywhere to hide when their sanctuary is sealed off.

Summertime means flea time. If you have an animal that goes inside and outside, you should get in contact with your vet and ask about which flea treatments you can use in order to prevent fleas from coming in your home. Lots of treatments are available, so be sure to ask.

As the above article stated, it’s a lot easier to get annoying pests into your home than to rid yourself of them. We hope you have picked up some good information to rid your home of pests. If the problem is too big for you, though, don’t be afraid to call in a professional exterminator. Good luck.


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