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How Mulching Saves Your Plants

If you have outdoor plants that aren’t looking so great, you may be able to save them by mulching. Mulch can benefit plants in a variety of ways and will also make your landscaping look neat and beautiful. Here are some ways that mulching can save your plants. Weed Reduction Mulch can reduce weed growth instantly. Weeds thrive in sunlight, and mulch will block the sun from getting to them and dramatically reduce their growth. If you’re experiencing uncontrollable weeds that take over your plants, mulching can definitely fix the problem. Soil Protection Plants can suffer from unhealthy and eroded soil. Mulch will protect soil from harsh weather conditions, harsh sunlight, and too much moisture. If plants are growing in healthy soil, they will be more likely to thrive and grow. You can even purchase mulch with certain nutrients in it to target specific plant problems you may be having. Moisture...
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How Effective is Mosquito Spray?

Mosquitoes are pesky insects that thrive in hot weather. High temperatures speed up their life cycle, meaning an increase in egg-laying and hatching. With mosquito season reaching its peak during summer months, they can really put a damper on your outdoor plans. In order to take on mosquito season, many people take preventative measures. There are a lot of mosquito repellents out on the market, and many people opt for mosquito spray. But exactly how effective is mosquito spray? What is a Mosquito Repellent? Mosquito repellents are substances that are designed to keep mosquitoes away. There are many products such as creams, sticks, candles, and sprays available. The products contain ingredients that can help deter the insects from biting you. Mosquito repellents can protect you from the bothersome insects. However, it is not as simple as grabbing any repellent you see off the shelf. Each product’s percentage of active ingredients may...
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How Dangerous Are Asian Giant Hornets?

Asian Giant Hornets, also called Murder Hornets, have recently hit the media. Even though these hornets are originally from Asia, they have recently been found in the United States. Since hearing of their entrance into the country, people have been afraid of these bees. How dangerous are the Asian Giant Hornets? Keep reading for more information. What do Asian Giant Hornets Look Like? These hornets are called “giant” because the queen bees can grow to be up to two inches long. They have a unique appearance, with tiger-like orange and black stripes and teardrop-shaped eyes. Although they are large, they have small, wispy wings. Their most menacing feature is the orange mandible with a black tooth that is used for digging.  Are They a Threat to Humans? These hornets can use their jaws to decapitate and kill an entire nest of honeybees. One hornet can kill up to 40 honeybees in...
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Is Your Yard Attracting Snakes?

Snakes are a common pest that can enter your yard and present danger for pets and children. There are certain factors that contribute to a snake choosing your yard as their new home. The following are the ways your yard is attracting snakes. Long Grass Snakes are far less likely to reside in areas where the grass is short because it leaves them vulnerable to predators such as hawks and owls. Keeping your lawn short will deter snakes from living in your yard, and make it easier to spot them if they do. Overwatered Lawn When your lawn becomes overwatered it will attract frogs, slugs, and worms. All of these prey species are a delicious meal for snakes. Openings and Cracks in Home Cracks and openings in your doorways or foundation provide a point of entry into your home for snakes. Make sure to properly seal any cracks or openings to...
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Will Killing a Stink Bug Attract More?

When someone sees a bug inside their home or at the office, their first instinct is usually to kill it. Most of the time, this is a simple and correct response when spotting a bug. However, is it always the right thing to do? Morals aside, some bugs will attract more of their kind after they are killed. The stink bug is often associated with that trait, but should they be? Does killing a stink bug attract more to the area? No, It Does Not The simple answer to the previous question is no, killing one does not attract more. Per the National Pesticide Information Center, that myth is false. There is an odor left behind after they are dead. However, it is not a scent that draws additional stink bugs in. The leftover odor is not exactly pleasant though, so consider disposing of them with a method that does not...
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How to Check Your Pet for Ticks

Dogs are adorable, fluffy companions that fill our lives with joy. Ticks are painful parasites that feed on blood and transmit dangerous diseases. These two animals have almost nothing in common, yet at the same time, pets like dogs and cats are some of the most vulnerable animals to tick bites. And when ticks bite, they don’t let go. To protect your beloved pets from these harmful pests, here is how to check them for ticks and make sure they stay pest-free.   Checking Your Pets for Ticks   Ticks don’t fly or leap onto your pets like fleas. Ticks latch on to their legs, or any other body part that makes contact with the ground, and work their way upwards. To see if they have any ticks on their body, rub your fingers against their fur, feeling for any bumps. They will just think you are petting them. Make sure...
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Top 5 Reasons Why Rodents Are in Your Home

Rodents have received a bad reputation over the centuries. And all for good reason- as they have been carriers of deadly diseases and illnesses. The last thing that you want is to have these unsanitary critters in your home. But what if you already have discovered an infestation? Here are the top five reasons why rodents are in your home. 1-A Messy Home Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to detract rodents. They are attracted to sticky spills, crumbs and uncovered food. They also like moist, mildew and mold. This is why it’s important to clean every area of your home. Check-in your bathroom for mildew and mold. Clean your kitchen thoroughly, including the inside of your cabinets.  2-Clutter Mice and rats love finding new places to nest, and your home can provide the perfect nesting materials. Dark, cluttered areas are prime real estate in the eyes...
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How Quickly Do Bed Bugs Spread?

Bed bugs are notorious for their painful bites, their dogged resistance to extermination, and of course, their ability to infest an entire house in a very brief period of time. Nobody wants bed bugs in their homes in the first place, but if you do have an infestation, how long do you have before the problem gets out of control? Here is how quickly bed bugs can spread, and what you can do to stop them. Within a House A single female bed bug can lay over 100 eggs over the course of a month, and by the end of the third month of an infestation there can easily be thousands of developing nymphs ready to wreak havoc. Remember, bed bugs can spread to other places besides beds. If your infestation lasts long enough, you’ll begin to find them in carpets, furniture, and closets as well.  Between Buildings We know how...
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How Silverfish Get Into Your Home

Silverfish get their name from their metallic outer shell and their slick and fishlike bodies, and their prehistoric appearance makes them both fascinating and repulsive to look at. Either way, you don’t want them inside your home as they can easily eat up everything from your curtains to valuable books and documents. Here is how silverfish are able to get inside your home and some easy ways to get them out. How Silverfish get in Your Home Silverfish can cause some significant damage, but finding silverfish in your home can be a sign of a more serious problem. When rainwater seeps through your roof and into your house’s beams and walls, many organisms can grow from mold to mildew to fungi. These organisms weaken the wood and give silverfish the entry points they need to get inside. It also makes the wood easier for the silverfish to chew through, creating even...
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Tips For Avoiding Stinging Insects

Stinging insects are a common nuisance that can be dangerous to humans, especially if they’re in a swarm or if the person stung is allergic. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can prevent these pests from infesting your property. The following are some tips for avoiding stinging insects. Prevention Through Behavior There are several ways that you can change your behavior to have an increased chance of avoiding stinging insects. Always remain vigilant for bees or wasps in areas such as picnics, barbeques and concessions stands, because these are common places for them to gather. Never walk around with exposed feet, because this is an easy target for stinging insects. Keep a close eye on your beverages and always check inside before you take a drink. Using sealable bottles is also an effective way of preventing insects from entering your drink. Avoid wearing bright clothing and strong perfumes to reduce...
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What Causes Tree Root Damage?

It’s incredibly important to take care of the trees that are in your yard and prevent their roots from becoming damaged. Damaged trees can be a hazard if they’re neglected, potentially causing serious injuries or damage to your property. The following are some of the most common ways that tree roots become damaged. Natural Causes There are several natural causes of tree root damage that are difficult to prevent. These will deteriorate the integrity of the tree and can create a hazard. Aging- Trees that have been aging for a long time are much more likely to fail than young trees, especially if they’re larger in size. Severe Weather- Extreme weather is a common cause of tree root damage. Wind, rain, snow, and ice can cause even the healthiest of trees to fail. Trees that are already damaged or weakened are at much greater risk during extreme weather events. Leaning and...
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Protecting Your Home From Pests While Traveling

Ancient wisdom tells us that when a fortress is vacant, it is difficult to defend it against invasion. Few of us have fortresses to protect from attacking armies, but many of us have homes to protect from pests. And when we leave our houses empty during a short trip, it’s easier for pests to enter and spread. If you’re planning on travelling for a couple of days, you may be worrying about what creatures might come into your house in your absence. However, with just a few preparatory measures, you can make sure your house is safeguarded from pests while you’re gone. Here is how to protect your house from pests before you leave. Clean Your House Pests are primarily drawn to our homes by the food we eat, and they don’t discriminate between food on a plate, on the floor, or in the garbage. You should keep your home clean...
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How to Keep Mice Out of Your Home

Mice may be cute to look at for some people, but they are an enormous nuisance when loose inside your home. Mice are not the cleanest of animals. Aside from leaving their waste all over everything, they carry a variety of diseases. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they damage structures and home contents with their incessant chewing. They can also create fire hazards when they start gnawing on your wiring. So how do you keep mice out of your home? Make Your Home Unattractive to Rodents If you know what mice are looking for in a nice, comfy home, then you can start to eliminate certain rodent amenities. Mice love areas that are warm, dark and have lots of access to food. Proper food storage goes a long way toward making your home unattractive to mice. Try to keep all food in airtight containers, even if it’s shelf-stable. Clean up...
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Getting Rid Of Winter Flies For Good

It isn’t at all uncommon for homes and businesses to have an occasional fly or two. In fact, it’s almost expected if you live in areas where moisture and warm temperatures are the daily norm. Flies thrive in these environments and, unfortunately, aren't just prevalent during the warmer seasons throughout the year. Here’s what you need to know about flies during the winter season. It’s Winter, Why Do I Have Flies With over 100,000 types of flies, all of which respond to climatic changes , finding the right treatment will ensure your winged invaders will be gone in no time. But, to find the right treatment, you will need to locate them, and take action from there. Although flies have a very short lifespan once hatched, it's the stuff you can’t see that become the surprise culprits for winter infestations. You’ll likely find winter flies around sinks and drains, above, around,...
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Lawn Care - What You Need To Know

Lawn care has become what seems to be a status symbol these days. From the greenest of grass, to the most lavish landscaping, when it comes to lawn care; there is no expense to be spared. But, to the vast majority of the population, a well kept, seasonally prepared lawn, is everything we can hope and plan for. Here’s a few need to know items to keep your lawn prepared and kept during each and every season. Importance Of Seasonal Lawn Care There are a variety of factors when it comes to your caring for your lawn. From where you live, the seasons, water supply, and even the type of soil ca all can play an important role in lawn care. HGTV published a recent article that provided 15 lawn care tips for a healthy and happy year round landscape. By following these simple lawn care strategies, they will keep your...
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Bug Us! B&B Exterminators Has Answers To Your Questions

How often does a company or person welcome you to “bug them” with any and all questions you may have related to a specific topic, area of interest or concern? I’ll bet it doesn’t happen often, if ever. Since pest control can be such a broad topic with many considerations, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of questions to make sure your pest control treatment plan and services align to your individual needs. B&B Exterminators leads the industry with their integration approach to proactive and reactive pest control services and more. With over 25 years experience, their trained and friendly staff are ready to answer any questions you have to ensure you receive best in class service, guaranteed. How Do Pests Get In My Home When it comes to pest control, there isn’t ever going to be a good or bad time to ask questions, especially when you are in the...
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Manage Holiday Stress Without The Pests

If you’re like the vast majority of the world, the holidays are to be filled with happiness, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime. As family and friends gather to celebrate and share in these moments, the planning and execution can at times be a bit overwhelming and stressful, to say the least. The holidays are also associated with cooler temperatures, where you typically find warmth in the comfort of your own home. But, don’t be surprised if you find out that you aren’t the only one that is seeking shelter from those dropping temperatures. Just like people, certain pests are no more fond of the cold than you. Here’s a few tips for keeping pests from adding to your holiday stress. Make Pest Control A Priority As if there isn’t enough to do around the holidays, adding another item to your checklist might just take your stress to the...
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Mold Matters More Than You Think

There is a common misconception that mold is only found outdoors or in “old” homes that haven’t been taken care of. Mold can be found in multiple places, including the inside of your newly built home. Think about that loaf of bread you bought last week that is still in the pantry. Or last week’s leftovers you found in the back of the fridge. What about that patio door seal that came loose last month that you hadn’t yet fixed? All of these things, and more, become the perfect playground for over mold and fungi growth. So what does mold mean for over 8 common types of unwanted pests? Let’s find out. Pests Thrive In Humid Environments Unfortunately, one of the downsides to living in an area close to large bodies of water, such as the ocean, and/or frequent areas of moisture, is the inevitable breeding grounds for mold growth. Where...
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Five Ways to Keep Pests Away from Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving usually means that a week’s worth of food preparation is in order. Preparing the turkey, mashing the potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls and pies take a lot of time and effort. But as you gather with friends and family around the table, you realize that it was worth all of that hard work. What you don’t want is unwanted pests gathering around your table and indulging in your Thanksgiving meal. How do you keep pests away during this time when food can be found in abundance? Here are five tips for keeping pests at bay this Thanksgiving. 1-Keep the Kitchen as Clean as Possible When cooking or baking in the kitchen, it is inevitable that you’ll make a mess. Crumbs fall on the floor. Sugar or flour spills on the countertops. A boiling pot can spill over on the stove. Crumbs and spills attract pests, so...
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Which Pests Are Most Attracted to Halloween Candy?

The arrival of fall means that Halloween is right around the corner. Halloween means decorating your home with spooky spiders, bats, large spiders and webs and all other sorts of creepy crawly things. Halloween should be fun and festive, but what happens when the scary things come into your home looking for candy? Here are the pests that are most attracted to Halloween candy. Ants Although it may seem like ants will eat anything, they especially love sweet foods. Any spills from sugary drinks or sugary sweets will attract a trail of ants into your kitchen. Other sugary things that will attract them are chocolate and honey. Any sugar-laden candy will attract ants if left out. Cockroaches These particularly pesky pests will eat just about anything from cardboard, toothpaste, garbage, grease or even hair. However, they are especially attracted to starchy foods, meat, cheese and sweets. So, make sure that all...
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