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Preventing Ants From Joining Your Memorial Day BBQ

Some things pair perfectly. Memorial Day and barbecues, peanut butter and jelly, and cats and window sills are proof of that. However, other familiar combinations are less appealing. Take ants and picnics. While children may find songs and stories about this potential pairing endearing, you would be hard pressed to find people who are willing to actually share their meal with these insects. If you're planning to celebrate the start of summer with a Memorial Day barbecue, you'll want to take steps to prevent ants from crashing the party. How to Recognize Ants With more than 12,000 species of ants in the world, it's no surprise that there's some variation in the way ants look. However, ants share certain common features that make them fairly easy to recognize. Ants are six-legged insects with narrow waists, large heads and elbowed antennae. Amazingly strong for their size, they are typically somewhere between 2......
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5 Signs That You Have a Termite Infestation

Termites are small bugs that live on every continent on the planet except Antarctica. These obnoxious pests are attracted to the wood and moisture that can be found in the average home. When termites infest your home, they can create extensive damage, leaving you on the hook for expensive and exhaustive repairs. Learning how to recognize the signs of termites in your home can help you put a stop to their damage before it worsens.   1. Discarded Wing Piles Termites are winged creatures that use their ability to fly to find a new place to live. Once they arrive at a new home, they abandon their wings. If you find a pile of insect wings in your home or near an opening from the outside, chances are high that you now have a colony of unwanted termites residing in your home.     2. Wood Damage Damaged wood is an......
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Real Estate Termite & Moisture Reports: What Are They?

  Real Estate Termite & Moisture Reports: What Are They? Moisture problems and termite invasions create costly disasters in numerous Virginia homes. It's crucial to discover them before the effects become catastrophic. A minor termite infestation may not produce significant damage if a professional quickly eradicates the insects. On the other hand, many affected homeowners must spend around $2,000 to $4,000 on repairs. This pest occasionally damages a building so severely that it's more economical to demolish the house and construct a new dwelling. Almost one out of five American homes contain damaging water leaks. About 47 percent experience problems with mold or dampness, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. These conditions can degrade the air quality in your house and trigger various ailments. Unwanted moisture damages insulation, ceiling tiles, drywall and many other building materials. Dampness and pest invasions often go together; most termites prefer moist wood. Inspections Fortunately,......
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