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How Deadly Are Mosquitoes?

There is no doubt that mosquitoes can be annoying pests that make outdoor activities less pleasant. However, mosquitoes can also cause illnesses in humans who are unlucky enough to become a meal for these tiny bloodsuckers. When feeding, a mosquito that is carrying certain viruses or parasites can pass them along to the human host. Fortunately, not every mosquito in the United States is infected, so most mosquito bites do not cause a serious illness. However, worldwide, deaths caused by mosquito-borne illnesses are estimated to exceed 900,000 every year, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Asia. The availability of vaccines against certain mosquito-borne diseases, initiatives to control mosquitoes and sanitation efforts have helped keep mosquito-related deaths in the United States comparatively low, but the nation has experienced its share of outbreaks. The Deadly History of the Mosquito The mosquito has been called the deadliest animal in the world. Some researchers......
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What You Need to Know About Bees & Wasps This Summer

Seeing bees and wasps in the summer is almost inevitable. They could build a nest on your property or just fly around outside your home while they are traveling from one location to another in the pursuit of food. While you're outside, there are a few things that you should keep in mind about these insects so that you decrease your chance of getting stung. These tips can also help to keep bees and wasps away from your property during the summer. Keep trash picked up outside around the exterior of the home. Don't keep any kind of food outside as bees and wasps enjoy making nests near food sources and often swarm around food. You'll usually see wasps begin to swarm around in June or July when the weather gets hotter. If you see a few wasps, then it's usually not cause for alarm. However, if there are several swarming......
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4 Signs You Might Have Roaches

Many people consider roaches to be the creepiest, most disgusting and most loathsome insect that could invade their homes. Roaches are nocturnal, preferring to hide during the day and feed at night. When they feed, they spread germs on everything they touch. Roaches are suspected or proven carriers of a variety of diseases, including salmonella, E. coli, dysentery, staph and strep. They have also been linked to asthma in children and allergies in people of all ages. Recognizing the four major signs that roaches may be present can help you handle the problem before it worsens. 1. You See a Roach Seeing a dead or live roach is an obvious sign that your home has been invaded by at least one roach. It is rare that only a solitary roach has made its way indoors, so there are probably dozens or hundreds more lurking in their hiding places. Seeing a live......
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Places In Your Yard Where Mosquitoes Can Breed

Mosquitoes are brazen in every sense of the word. They will plunge their proboscis into adults, children and pets. When it's time for these blood-thirsty insects to breed, did you know that they will go wherever there's water? It's true: Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in a small, wet bottle cap. Things in Your Yard Do you own birdbaths? Such things collect more than enough water to serve as breeding grounds. What makes them so ideal is the fact that they provide an adequate degree of shade, and they are rarely disturbed when birds aren't present. Spare tires are equally appealing to mosquitoes because they hold not only standing water but also decaying leaves. To reclaim your yard from these insects, it's imperative that you disrupt their lives. The secret is to do a little maintenance on the birdbaths. Eggs take at least 10 days to fully mature, so you should......
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How to Tell the Difference Between a Termite and a Carpenter Ant

It is easy to tell the difference between a termite and a carpenter ant if you familiarize yourself with a few simple facts. While both types of insects are potentially damaging to the wood in your house, they do have distinct differences. One similarity is that termites and carpenter ants are approximately the same size. Furthermore, both carpenter ants and termites relish the thought of burrowing themselves into damp wood, especially moist or rotten wood. If your house has wood siding or framing, it needs protection from potentially harmful attacks instigated by both termites and carpenter ants. One important thing to remember is that termites and carpenter ants mate in the springtime. You will notice them gathering in swarms during brief moments when they are trying to create their babies. Nevertheless, you should consider your option of studying the swarms more closely so that you can identify whether the insects are......
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How to Check for Signs of Termites

Termites invade approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. every year, and homeowners fork over an average of $3,300 to repair the damage. It pays to have an experienced professional routinely inspect your property. Between inspections, there are warning signs you can spot on your own. Termite Shelter Tubes Shelter tubes are protective, ropy-looking structures that are made of soil. They're about the width of a pencil. They may rise from the ground along exterior walls or hang from the ceiling indoors. Their presence is a dead giveaway to termite activity. If you see a shelter tube, carefully remove a portion of the middle. Leave the two ends undisturbed. You probably have active termites if the tube is repaired in a few days. Swarms Depending on where you live, you may see swarms in spring. Swarming termites are sexually mature adults that are leaving the colony to start nests of their own.......
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5 Rodent Prevention Tips

It can be surprising and chilling to see a mouse or rat scurry through your home. Rodents carry bacteria that spread diseases and contaminate food sources. Unfortunately, they're common pests and can get into buildings through the smallest cracks and openings. However, the good news is that Accel Pest and Termite Control can provide several tips to prevent them from invading your personal space. Don't believe us? Check out our reviews! Remove Conditions That Attract Rodents Mice and rats are attracted to sources of food, water and shelter. You might not even realize that elements of your lawn and home are attractive to them. Removing these attractants will keep rodents away. One of the biggest issues is accessible trash because many items in it are food for rodents. The smell of it attracts them to your property, and they can jump 1 to 2 feet high to get inside. Keep trash......
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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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