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Fall Lawn Care Tips

Green lawn in FloridaWhen autumn approaches, it's time to change your lawn care routine to maintain your lawn's good health and prepare for the winter ahead. Adding a few simple steps to your regular fall maintenance, including raking your leaves and replanting dead areas, will help your yard start off green and healthy when spring arrives. Keep Mowing Although your grass may not grow as quickly as it did in the spring and summer, you should still keep mowing your lawn throughout fall. If you don't keep up with your mowing, you may end up with clumps of grass that winter weather can damage. Don't mow the grass too short, however; if you cut it too short, the lawn will have a harder time surviving the winter weather. Plant New Grass An especially hot summer and drought conditions can damage your lawn, leaving plenty of bare spots. Fall is a good time to lay...
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Mosquito Prevention Tips

Mosquito on leafMosquitoes don't care that we want them to stay out of our outdoor space. Their life's mission is to breed and feed on human blood. Thankfully, if you utilize the following prevention tips, these flying vampires won't be able to rear their ugly heads so easily. Make Your Outdoor Space Uninhabitable Mosquitoes will flock to any area that has standing water, and this is especially true if humans and pets are present. Therefore, it's time for you to do some maintenance to your yard. Any containers that are holding an ounce of water can support the eggs of mosquitoes, so get in the habit of emptying them on a regular basis. These insects are particularly drawn to the gutters, plant trays, pet bowls and yard fountains. Rain barrels need to be sealed tightly. Keep in mind that mosquitoes aren't really restricted when it comes to breeding grounds. As opportunistic pests, they...
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About WDOs and Fumigation

Several pests eat wood or damage it other ways, such as boring through it to build nests. These pests are referred to as wood destroying organisms. They can cause significant destruction to homes and other buildings, but the damage isn't always obvious to the naked eye. Most of the time, it takes experts to identify and eradicate pest problems, and fumigation may be the best solution in serious cases. Common WDOs in Florida Florida is home to numerous WDOs, including termites, carpenter ants and beetles. There are several species of each, and they behave differently. The two main species of termites are subterranean and drywood, and wood is their primary source of food. They have straight antenna and two pairs of wings that are equal in length. The most damaging type of subterranean termite is the Formosan. They can grow into colonies with millions of termites, so they can destroy wood...
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Treating a Bee or Wasp Sting

WaspGetting stung by a bee or wasp causes enough trauma to ruin your day. Unfortunately, a sting may happen unexpectedly. For instance, you may inadvertently step on a bee that is comfortably resting on your living room floor. If you are not wearing shoes or slippers, the bee may sting your foot as a form of self-defense. Nevertheless, a bee or wasp sting is not the end of the world unless you are allergic to stings. Known as anaphylaxis, a small minority of people living in the United States die from stings each year, which is why it is important to know how to treat a sting once it happens. Bring salt, water, vinegar and a bottle of hand sanitizer with you whenever you are on a camping trip. Otherwise, you may not have any available method for treating the painful sting. First, you need to remove the stinger. If you...
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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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