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How to Spot Fire Ants

Fire AntsFire ants are different than other types of ants. These ants have a more aggressive appearance than other ants, and this includes the pincers at the area around their face, which they use to bite into flesh. They also have a body with an unusually red color. There is a visible stinger at the base of their last segment, and it is often black. These ants will usually appear during the warmest months of the year because they like sunny weather with little humidity. They will prefer wooded areas that are dry, and this is where they will build colonies. Signs of Fire Ant Infestations The early signs of fire ants can warn you about this danger. An infestation of fire ants can start with the appearance of a mound that can become as large as 18 cm in height. Watch for this major sign carefully so that you will be...
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Common Lawn Pests

Mole in groundCommon lawn pests will leave signs that they are infesting your yard. For example, brown spotted areas are a common sign, and these spots can provide a warning that you have a pest infestation. However, some people mistake these brown spots for a lawn disease, and this can cause confusion. There are several bugs that will eat the grassy areas of your lawn and leave patches or spots behind. Some of the most common lawn pests include: Japanese Beetles These pests form colonies in the garden of homes and even commercial properties. They might not eat the grass directly, but they will lay their eggs in the soil of your lawn. As the eggs begin to mature, small grubs will form that need to eat the grass and the roots of your lawn in order to survive. Grubs form during the larval stage, and they will later become mature Japanese beetles....
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Preventing Ants from Crashing Your Memorial Day BBQ

Fire AntMemorial Day is a time when you can celebrate with friends and family. However, ants are likely not a part of your holiday plans. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can keep ants from crashing your BBQ with little effort on your part. Ants usually seek out any kind of food. Since you'll have a variety of foods outside for your BBQ, try to keep items in closed containers or covered as much as possible. If ants don't have as many options when they are trying to find food, then they will seek sources somewhere else. Each person can have a lid on soda cups or cans as well because ants tend to seek out sweeter foods and liquids. If anything is spilled on tables, then clean the mess as soon as it's made. Don't leave any kind of food or drink sitting around because it will quickly begin to...
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Don’t “Bee” Fooled: The Truth Behind 5 Bee Myths

BeeA major player in the flower pollination game, bees were sacred to many ancient cultures, including the Greeks and the Maya. Today, the bee is often more feared for its stinger than revered for its pollinating ability, leading the ubiquitous insect to a level of notoriety it doesn’t quite deserve. For instance, you may believe one (or all!) of the following five myths about bees: 1. All Bees Make Honey Of the Earth’s more than 20,000 species of bees, only about 5 percent are honey bees or sting-less bees that produce honey. The remaining bee species serve as pollinators, and they’re found on every continent except Antarctica. 2. You Can Keep Bees Away with Smart Planting Habits To a bee, there’s no correlation between home base and the flowers they pollinate. Even if you choose non-flowering plants for your home garden, bees may end up building a nest on your property....
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Mold and Odor Removal Services: Did You Know We Offer Them ?

B&B Exterminating services are invaluable in our service area, and this is especially true during the warm, humid summer months when mold and odors become a serious problem. Moisture control is the most important part of any effective plan for mold control. Preventing mold from growing is not possible if you are unable to control the moisture within the building. During periods of excessive rain or flooding, this problem becomes even more intense. Our service providers understand the dangers of allowing mold to grow in your home or office, and we have the tools and experience necessary to tackle this problem effectively. Affected Buildings Many types of properties can be affected by mold and odors that come with an infestation of pests who are attracted to mold. This includes apartment units, single-family homes, business properties, condominiums, schools and other commercial properties. The cost of running a business can soar if mold...
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What is Frass and How Can I Identify It?

Property owners often miss the telltale signs—tiny piles or dustings of substances that resemble sawdust, powder, granules or mud. Closer inspection above or immediately at the site may reveal, however, a single hole, dozens of holes or decay that is more difficult to detect—each type of damage evidence of a nest, a colony and a potential infestation. The frass present at each site is often the key to identifying what type of pest might be at fault. What Is Frass? In the strictest, most technical use of the word, frass is the excrement of insects and their larvae. In some cases, frass leavings alone are present while in other cases, frass may be mixed with sawdust that the insects have chewed or reused to appear like mud, for example. How To Identify Frass Many insect pests have distinctive frass. Here are some of the most common ones. Carpenter Ants: Cone-shaped piles...
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Spring Lawn Tips

Lush green lawn around a perfectly landscaped homeThere's nothing like being outside in the sun taking care of your lawn in the spring. Maintaining your lawn helps to ensure that you have green grass and that you don't have a lot of unwanted pests lurking about. Before you begin any kind of care, make sure your mower and weedeater are tuned. Change the oil and the filters in each one. You should also change the spark plug in the mower. If the equipment that you use isn't operating efficiently, then you're not going to get the cut that you want, possibly leaving the lawn ragged in appearance. Take a walk around your yard to pick up any limbs or twigs before spreading grass seed or fertilizer or mowing. Fix bare spots in the yard before you begin any kind of regular maintenance, such as mowing once a week. Wait until the grass is about two inches tall before...
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Most Effective Ways to Protect Your Home From Termites

Termites 8 2If you own a home and don’t want termites to invade and cause damage, you are likely wondering what you can do to keep termites at bay. Termites are tiny insects that will consume wooden floors, walls and support beams if they have a chance to get into your home.  When they first gain access, most homeowners won’t even spot the warning signs until the late stages of an infestation, giving the pests plenty of time to cause destruction. You will likely face costly repair bills if termites make their way onto your property, but you can take several steps to safeguard yourself from the threat.  Prevent Wood From Contacting the Ground Since termites love to infest and consume wood, allowing the wooden parts of your home to touch the ground is a great way to invite the pests inside. Keeping wood siding and beams at least 6 inches off the...
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Where Mosquitoes are Common

Mosquito 5 960You don't have to get used to mosquitoes just because you live in Florida and Georgia. Although these nuisance insects thrive in the southern states, you don't have to move to the Central Rockies to escape from them. Regular yard maintenance and routine treatment can help keep these bloodthirsty pests away from you and your family. The Most Common Mosquito Areas The most common disease-carrying mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, are prevalent throughout the Southeast, stretching as far as Texas and into much of California. Their numbers start to decline somewhat in the Central Midwest and fall off the farther you go toward Montana, Colorado and the western states. 3 Common Places to Find Mosquitoes at Home Tarps Tarps collect rainwater as they sit outside in the elements. Mosquitoes only need about an inch of water in which to lay their eggs, so it's a good idea to...
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Common Bed Bug Myths

Bed Bug 3Bed bugs are becoming a problem not only for the United States, but also in most places throughout the world. Today, they infest fine hotels, restaurants and even peoples’ vehicles. Because more people are being impacted by bed bugs, misinformation and presumptions abound. Here are a few of the most common myths about bed bugs and the correct information.  Myth: If you move bed bug infested belongings outside when it’s cold, the chilly temperatures will kill them.  Fact: While bed bugs are not cold-tolerant creatures, they are durable ones. This means that they can survive for days and even for weeks in subzero temperatures. For cold weather to kill them, you would have to leave your infested belongings outside for a week or two, and the temperature would have to stay colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration.  Myth: Bed bugs live exclusively in beds.  Fact: Bed bugs are often...
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How pests can impact your health

rodent cardEveryone agrees that household pests are annoying, but few people are aware of the health risks associated with infestation.  Here’s a rundown of the most common offenders and the problems they can pose for humans. Rodents It's rare for squirrels, racoons and other large rodents to carry rabies, but you never know. Don't attempt to handle or trap these animals on your own. Rats are significantly more threatening. Bites and scratches expose humans to a number of diseases. Coming in contact with rat urine or droppings may result in liver or kidney failure. Just inhaling the waste is dangerous. Rats' fondness for gnawing on electrical wiring has sparked many a fire. Signs of trouble include droppings, chew marks, paths of flattened grass and dark smears along baseboards or lower walls.  Flies Ordinary houseflies are suspected of transmitting up to 65 serious diseases like typhoid fever, dysentery and cholera.  As most picnickers...
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Preventing Fleas

flea cardIf you own a dog or cat, there's a good chance that you've had to deal with fleas at some point. In any given year, 74% of U.S. homeowners with pets buy flea-control products. Here are a few solid tips to prevent flea infestations. Clean All of the Upholstery At the end of the day, fleas thrive in warm environments where they can breed like rabbits. If you have thick carpeting or throw rugs in entry ways, you should spend a few bucks to shampoo and steam-clean those items to eradicate fleas. Wash All Pet-Specific Fabrics If you have dog beds or cat perches in the house, you'll need to "nuke" that furniture to ensure that fleas are eradicated. If you need to send those items to a dry-cleaning service, spend a few extra bucks to get the job done right. Bathe Every Pet in the House Often Once you've tackled the issue...
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Why Mosquitoes Are Common After Storms

mosquito cardMosquitoes are always a problem in northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. The geography and warm, humid climate provide excellent conditions for mosquitoes to thrive. Mosquitoes require a moist environment to lay their eggs. However, not all types of mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs.  Floodwater mosquitoes deposit their eggs on moist ground, which may dry out. The eggs may also dry out but can survive for several months. When rains or floodwaters moisten the soil, the larvae develop and hatch about seven days later. Up to 1.3 million eggs of floodwater mosquitoes can be present in an acre of land. Species include Culex nigripalpus, one of the most significant mosquito disease vectors.  Permanent-water mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. If the eggs are deprived of water, they cannot hatch. However, those in water can hatch after 24 hours. Open gutters, flower pots, old tires, children's toys, birdbaths and...
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Can Rats Damage Your Home?

Rat newRats cause extensive structural damage in the Jacksonville area. Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, it's difficult to avoid infestations. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 30 percent of homeowners in northeastern Florida say that they've had problems with rodents. Researchers with the USDA estimate that rats cause $19 billion in damage each year. In addition to consuming and contaminating 20 to 35 percent of the world's food supply, rats damage roads, railway tracks and bridges by burrowing under the ground and disrupting the soil. Small-scale problems occur in local homes where rats spread salmonella, hantavirus, typhus and the plague. The effects of rodent infestations are devastating when the rats gnaw on electrical wires. Most of this damage happens because rats chew continuously. Their incisors grow 5 inches every year. Damage to Drywall and Building Materials As a general rule, mice can squeeze through dime-sized holes,...
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Keeping Pests Away from Your Thanksgiving Dinner

termite cardWith the holiday season just around the corner, you are probably planning your Thanksgiving dinner. If you want to have a good time and to prevent pests from spoiling the fun, you are likely wondering what steps you should take. Although you can use a range of at-home solutions to protect yourself, doing so won't always offer the results you need. Contacting a pest control professional is one of the best ways to get common pests out of your home and off your property, but you can also take some time to learn about the invaders and the damage that they can cause. This process will help you avoid the threat and reclaim your property, giving you peace of mind. Common Pests and How They Get Inside Even though many types of pests can invade your home when you least expect them to do so, some are more common than others....
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What's That Smell?

rodent plOdors are a unique part of daily life. Whether it's pleasant smells or offensive ones, odors can almost instantly take us back to distant memories or make us think of a friend or loved one. However, when offensive odors permeate your home on a regular basis, it's time to take action. Carpet and paint can absorb various odors over time, leading to a persistent bad smell that lingers in every room of the house. At B & B Exterminating, we provide a unique service designed to remove offensive odors from every part of your home. Our Odor Removal Program Odors can accumulate in different parts of the house for a variety of reasons. Odors in the kitchen can be caused by interior paint absorbing smells from foods that you cook over a period of time. If you have a mouse that dies in a specific location, the decaying rodent can cause...
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What Does the Future of Pest Control Look Like?

homepage techPest control methods are always changing, and our customers have been asking about the latest developments. When technology advances, it always presents an opportunity to inform customers about the latest improvements. These new methods provide us with better ways to serve the needs of our customers. Our goals as an organization are always focused on making sure that our customers have the best pest control services available. This includes rapidly incorporating the latest changes into our existing methods. As the field of pest control continues to develop, we will be posting new content to inform our customers about the latest available options. New Pest Control Technologies Reducing the environmental impacts from pest-control products and methods is one of the main objectives of emerging technologies. There is a growing demand for pest control techniques and solutions that will not cause a detrimental reaction in young children, pets or the elderly. Some solutions...
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Benefits of an In-the-Wall System

roachWith so many common pests in the area, it is important to take a few additional precautions to protect your new home. Roaches, ants, and bed bugs are just a few of the known troublemakers. Installing an in-the-wall system during home construction is a great way to ensure that pests never become an issue. Here are the key benefits of an in-the-wall system. No Chemical Odors Some insecticides leave a strong chemical odor that lingers in the air for several days. This can cause a great deal of frustration for homeowners. You will never have to worry about this problem with an in-the-wall pest control system. Everyone in your family will be able to breathe freely. Very Effective The primary goal of installing an in-the-wall system is to prevent pest infestations. Designed with a series of tubes, an in-the-wall system attacks pests in their favorite hiding spots. They will no longer...
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The Benefits of Green Pest Control

Lush green lawn around a perfectly landscaped homeIn the pest control industry, different treatment options are available including green ones. Green pest control isn’t just about avoiding the use of chemicals. Instead, companies that offer it focus on pest control through preventative methods in addition to applying pesticides that are considered safe for people and pets. What Does It Mean to Be Green in the Pest Control Industry? The term “green” can mean different things when it comes to pest control. Generally speaking, it refers to the use of products that are 100 percent botanical-based, ones that consist of natural ingredients. The National Organic Program has issued its approval for these products, and because it has, they are generally considered safe. In fact, the FDA has even approved them for food consumption. So, What are the Benefits of Green Pest Control? Green pest control is safer for your kids, pets and plants. The odor emitted from these products...
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Top 5 Pests We See in Jacksonville, FL

Bed Bug 3Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville is among the most stunning cities in the state of Florida. Residents love the area’s beautiful scenery and mild weather. World-class beaches make Jacksonville an even more attractive place to live. Unfortunately, Jacksonville’s warm climate tends to attract a lot of annoying pests. Here are the top pests that tend to cause trouble. Bed Bugs Although bed bugs may have a cute name, they can cause your family a great deal of trouble. While you are trying to sleep at night, these aggravating insects will quietly feed on your blood. Over time, the constant biting will become a major source of frustration. Allergy and asthma sufferers will experience even more discomfort. Mosquitoes Because of Jacksonville’s location, mosquitoes tend to remain active for most of the year. However, they seriously thrive during the summer months. Mosquitoes put everyone’s health at risk. Aside from their itchy bites, mosquitoes...
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