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Why Your Home Attracts Pests

As the weather warms up, more and more people are leaving the comforts of their home to be out in nature, making it the perfect time for pests to sneak into your home. Historically, people blame a lack of cleanliness as the main cause of pest attraction. Where dirt itself is not the enticing factor that invites pests into your home, having a generally unclean living space can include other attractions, like these: Food Ants and other pests love to pick up on little crumbs you may leave behind. They are attracted to sticky and sweet food, as well as greasy food. Some pests are attracted to corpses of other pests. Stink Bugs leave a disturbing odor when they die that can attract bigger pest, like rodents. To prevent your food from attracting unwanted dinner guests, store all items in airtight containers. Besides organizing your kitchen into airtight containers, disposing of...
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How to Look for Signs of an Ant Infestation

You’ve probably seen ant colonies parading across your picnic lunch, but have you been surprised to find them inside of your home? Ants are very common pests to encounter in the house, and therefore you will most likely have an infestation in your home at one point. But how do you know when you have an infestation? Keep reading for four signs that you have an ant problem. 1. They’re Eating Your Food If you have any exposed food laying around in your kitchen, the ants will find it. You will notice many ants will surround the food and begin carrying it back to their colony. But also, be aware that ants can find their way into small cracks and crevices. So, don’t be surprised if you find ants in your pantry or any other cabinets nibbling on any food debris that they can find. As ants like to eat basically...
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Identifying Termite Damage- What to Look For

If you are a homeowner, you know that there is a lot to upkeep. Between keeping the inside of the house clean and clutter free and keeping the outside yard looking neat, there is a lot of time consuming work. Unfortunately, there are other things to keep aware of- such as pest infestations. Termites are a common pest infestation that you will most likely have to address as a homeowner. The damage from termites can be devastating to your home’s structure, as well as your wallet. Keep reading for signs of termite damage. Discarded Wings After termites have matured and leave to find a new colony, they shed their wings. You will notice piles of these wings either inside or outside of your home. If you notice discarded wings, you should call a pest control professional to determine how much damage has been done, as it is impossible to discern how...
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Common Kitchen Pests and How to Deal with Them

Out of all of the rooms in the house, the kitchen is probably the most used room. Whether you are cooking, eating, relaxing with your morning cup of coffee and newspaper or you are entertaining friends and playing board games, the kitchen is a place where you spend a lot of your time. Unfortunately, a lot of pesky insects like to spend time in your kitchen as well. How do you handle these unwanted visitors? Keep reading to discover how to get rid of common kitchen pests. Ants Ants are commonly found in your kitchen primarily if the area is not kept clean. They love to munch on sweet things and are attracted by sweet or sticky substances. Any source of crumbs in the kitchen will attract a trail of ants. This is why it is important to keep all food items stored in airtight containers, even your pets’ food. Most...
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Fact and Fiction: Pest Control

There are dozens upon dozens of popular myths when it comes to pests in the home. You likely have believed many of them for years and have tried to prevent pests in the home according to what you have been told. Contrary to popular belief, we are here to bust three of the most popular myths about pests. Fiction: No Signs of Pests Mean That No Pests Can Exist in The Home Even if you don’t see pests or any signs of pests, they still may exist somewhere around your home. For some pests like the cockroach, they are only active at night time and only appear in total darkness, to avoid being seen by humans. They are also known to hide in more places in the home than you can imagine. There is also the termite, and the last way you want to realize that you have termites is thanks...
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Ants 101: Everything You Need to Know

What Are Ants? Ants are perhaps one of the most common types of insects and are found all over the world. These social insects form in colonies with each member serving a specific purpose or job, starting at the top with the queen and going all the way down to the workers. There are thousands of different types of ants. Some types of ants can sting or bite while others have wings and can fly. Carpenter and fire ants are some of the more common varieties found in North Florida and South Georgia. Where Do They Live? Most types of ants prefer to live in nature, although, ants are resourceful and can make do just about any place. Some species build tunnels and hills in the ground while others, like carpenter ants, look for downed trees and even wooden structures to call home. What Do Ants Eat? Ants are scavengers, and...
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Good Bees vs. Bad Bees: How to Tell the Difference

Stinging insects like bees are a reality every homeowner will need to confront at some point in time. The chief difficulty though is determining if you have helpful, necessary “good” insects like honey bees on your property, or if you have an infestation of “bad” carpenter bees, yellow jackets, hornets or wasps. The good news is you can easily tell the "good bees" from the "bad bees" if you know their distinguishing characteristics. Here’s a quick rundown for you: “Good Bees”- Honey Bees Yellow-orange in color, honey bees are pollinators that keep entire plant ecosystems alive and thriving. If possible, a honey bee hive should be professionally removed and relocated to an apiary or bee farm by a professional bee keeper or pest control specialist. You can easily tell a honey bee from its “bad” cousins from their black and orange or gold bands along the largest part of their abdomen....
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Ridding Your Home of Insects

Most homes have insects living within its walls. Insects enjoy interior living quarters for the same reasons as people do: they are warm, and they have food. However, few people want insects as roommates, so here are some ways to drive unwanted pests out of your house and keep them out. How to Get Rid of Insects Since you can’t hunt down each individual fly or cockroach and personally show them the door, you’re going to need to strategize if you want to make your house as inhospitable to insects as possible. First, dry up any puddles, open water sources, or damp spots around your home: typically, around sinks, boiler rooms and bathtubs. Everything that's alive needs some form of moisture to survive, and insects are no different, therefore, if you cut any chance that they have of taking a drink, you’re bound to shorten their lifespans considerably. The same goes...
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Where Did My Rat Infestation Come From?

Trust us, at B&B Exterminating, we dislike rats around our homes as much as you do. The sad truth is, that with the mild climates in our mid-Florida and Georgia service areas, the environment that we live in is the perfect breeding ground for all types of rodents. Our knowledgeable technicians can not only protect your home, but they can also help you know what to look out for and when you need to call us back for a repeat treatment. Remember, we not only specialize in pest prevention, but we can also help you keep your lawn and garden areas spotless. Not only will this beautify your home, but it also does a lot of the work in preventing pests from entering your home by eliminating vegetation debris, which is a prime attractant to rodents. Read on to find out why rats and rodents are attracted to your home, how...
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How Bed Bugs Spread from One House to Another

At B&B Exterminating, when we get a call about bed bugs, we know that we’re dealing with a serious issue. Our staff of fully-trained, professional technicians have everything they need to help you eliminate your bed bug problem, but we also know that the issue isn’t just getting rid of a pest. When our clients find that they have bed bugs, it’s often an emotional drain. The idea that these tiny parasites have infected your home and are now existing with your family can be hard to take. Many of our customers want to know exactly how they ended up with the little creatures, and they ask us for pointers on how to keep them from coming back. In all honesty, the only things that you can do to avoid bed bugs is to either purchase everything new or sterilize everything brought into the home and teach your children to not...
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Your Guide to Ant Pest Control

While most ants aren't a threat to human and pet life, they can be a nuisance as well as extremely difficult to get rid of by yourself. Allow us to show you how to prevent ant infestations from happening to you. Species of ants that can invade the home include the following: Carpenter Ants Pavement Ants Fire Ants Thief Ants Pharaoh Ants And more. If you are already experiencing a colony of ants inside your home, it would be wise to contact your local pest control service as your best option for getting rid of them. How to Prevent Ants from Entering the Home Ants can either nest outside or inside your home. If they nest outside, they can still find a way to get inside the home to forage. Ants are the most curious bugs when it comes to searching for possible holes and other entry points inside your home....
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How to Spot Signs of a Termite Infestation

B&B Exterminating Co. is proud to provide customers in our service areas, which span through Florida and Georgia with the best possible termite control measures available. We use high-quality products and techniques to ensure that termites are eliminated from your home or business. One of the issues with termites is that many homeowners don’t know the signs that prove that termites are within their property until extensive damage has been done. Termites are small insects that tend to avoid highly public areas. There are two types of termites that live within the U.S.: subterranean and drywood. Subterranean termites will invade your home from the foundation up, while drywood termites enter your home and build colonies on the wood framing within your walls. We can develop a treatment plan that’s well-suited for your needs so that you can continue to enjoy your home again. Signs in Your Home’s Interior Hollow-sounding floors or...
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Keeping Furry Friends From Bringing Pests Home

We all love our furry friends. Having a cat or dog seems to help make every house a home. Our children love them, we appreciate their unconditional love and having our animal companions just makes life more enjoyable. What we don’t love, however, is that our friends can bring guests into our home that are unwanted and downright nasty. Whether its fleas picked up at the dog park or ticks from your last hike, there are steps that you can take to limit the potential that your home will become a hotel for unwanted guests. Prevention is Key For the best results, homeowners should take a two-part approach. First, make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss treatment and preventative options for your pet. There are multiple long-term options that will repel fleas, ticks and other pests from your pet, reducing the chance they have of bringing one inside. Your vet should...
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The Hidden Dangers of Rodent Infestation

Every homeowner knows that having rodents in the house is something that you want to avoid. Not only can they cause damage to the walls, wiring and pipes of your home, but they can also impart an odor. B&B Exterminating Company has been working hard to keep our customers in the Jacksonville area rodent free since 1938. We have made protecting the health and safety of your home our mission, because the truth is, a rodent infestation can cause a lot more damage to your health and property than frayed wiring and bad smells. The Dangers of Infestation An active rodent infestation carries many hidden dangers. For example, most people don’t realize that rodents can carry and transmit salmonella. Unfortunately, anything a rodent in your house touches can then be contaminated. As rodents stay near the ground, it puts them in the direct path of potentially infecting the members of your...
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The Cost of Letting Pests Take Over Your Home

For many homeowners, the problems that can affect your property include things like leaky pipes, aging infrastructure elements, and general maintenance and upkeep. However, if you live in Georgia or Florida, you should also know that pests are a frequent problem that can plague your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware of the extensiveness of their pest problem, so they don't take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening. At B&B Exterminators, we know what pests can do to your property, which is why we want you to understand the danger of letting them take over. Types of Pest Infestations If you want to know how pests can create massive damage to your home, let's look at the various critters and bugs that may take residence. Here are the most common ones we encounter. Rats According to recent data, about 21 million homes are infested by rats each year....
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But What if They Come Back? How to Make Sure Pests Stay Gone for Good

Living in the American South means that pests are a natural side effect of your environment. The hot and humid climate attracts bugs and vermin of all kinds, which is why it’s imperative that you rely on pest control to manage the impact of these pests. However, are you doing enough to make sure that your home doesn’t look appealing?All too often, homeowners will get rid of an infestation, only to have it resurface later on. Today we want to discuss several ways that you can make sure that your pests will be gone for good. Keep it Clean For the most part, bugs and vermin are attracted to food sources. Thus, if you have bits of food littering your house, then it looks like a suppertime buffet. Spills are especially dangerous because if it were something sweet (like tea), it would be like sending out a pest beacon around your...
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Do Pumpkins Attract Pests?

If you grow pumpkins or simply use the fruit as a holiday decoration, remember to check for pests. Numerous insects and rodents like to feed on these delicious gourds as well as their leaves and vines. Bugs Slugs usually attack pumpkins before the plant has fully matured. The same goes for snails. When you try to protect the fruit, keep in mind that these slimy pests won't travel through sandy areas. Aphids damage a wide range of plants. A heavy infestation can cause the leaves to turn yellow. These parasites also transmit diseases from one plant to another and leave sticky droppings behind. Ladybugs eat aphids, but ants may protect them. Although they won't attack jack-o'-lanterns, vine borers can have a major impact on any pumpkin patch. These insects tunnel into vines before consuming the plant's juices. This causes the vines to dry out and prevents your pumpkins from growing. Squash...
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How to Rodent Proof Your House

RodentBefore rodents get inside your home, there are a few things that you can do to help ensure that they stay outside. Many of the ways to rodent-proof your home are humane options that are safe for your family and your pets. If you do happen to see rodents inside, you can contact a professional company, such as B&B Exterminating, to come to your home to get rid of the rodents and use treatments that can keep them away. Start on the outside of the home. Keep your yard clean and free of debris that rodents might want to use as a home, such as trash bags or logs. You should also minimize any bird seed that you use because small rodents enjoy eating the seed when it's on the ground. If you have a garage or a utility room attached to the home, keep the doors closed so that rodents...
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Three Fall Pests: Look Out For Them

RatThe autumn season is usually accompanied by pleasant weather and a change in the color of the leaves on the trees. This creates a scenic atmosphere that is ideal for enjoying the weather just before the winter seasons begins. However, this season also attracts certain types of pests, which can ruin your ability to enjoy the fall season. To avoid these common pests in the fall, you should learn about the reason that they are attracted to the area in the first place. This information can help you to identify these pests and hopefully to avoid the discomfort that they can bring. When you know how to recognize the most common fall pests, you can protect your family and friends when you are enjoying your time outdoors. Common Autumn Pests The three most common pests will appear during the autumn months for a specific reason. When you understand the reason that...
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How to Check for Bed Bugs When Coming Back from School

Bed bugWhile you're away at school, you will probably have to sleep on a mattress provided in the dorm room. However, you can usually have your own sheets and other linens with you. Unfortunately, you don't always know who has been on the mattress before you and how well the mattress and the bed have been cleaned before moving into the dorm. When you get home, there could be bed bugs in your luggage, clothing, and linens. Fortunately, there are ways to check for them and get rid of them. One option is to contact B&B Exterminating, a company that can treat the entire home for bed bugs while using products to keep them away in the future. As soon as you get home, look through all of your bags to see if there are any bugs that are easily seen by the naked eye. They usually hide along crevices of suitcases,...
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