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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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