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Ways to Keep Ants From Ruining a Picnic

If you are planning a family picnic, ants do not need to ruin your plans . You can prevent the clever insects from crawling all over your food items by following a few simple tips: 1. Wrap sweet treats in plastic bags or containers. If you must serve watermelon or cantaloupe at your picnic, do not serve the fruit until the last minute. Do not leave open bottles of apple juice or grape juice on the table. Seal trail mix and similar items in plastic zippered storage bags or plastic containers. 2. Do not wear cologne or perfume. Ants love sweet fragrances. One simple way to prevent ants from spoiling your picnic is to refrain from wearing cologne or perfume. Avoid wearing essential oils that smell sweet. Do not wear hand lotion featuring a floral scent. Do not use a leave-in hair conditioner boasting a flowery fragrance. 3. Place table...
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Five Myths About Bedbugs

Although bedbugs were a widespread problem in the United States during the first half of the 20th century, it was believed that these pests had been eradicated by the 1950s. Since 2000, however, bedbugs have been found in all 50 states . Scientists attribute the pest's comeback to a combination of pesticide resistance, an increase in global traffic and the increase in densely populated metropolitan areas. Because it has been so many years since bedbugs were common in America, a number of myths have spread about these bloodsucking pests. Here are five widespread myths about bedbugs that need to be debunked. 1. Myth: Bedbugs can transmit diseases to humans. Fact: There has never been a single case reported indicating that a human contracted a disease from a bedbug. It is true that bacteria, viruses and other human pathogens have been found in these insects, but the microbes are incapable of...
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Are There Different Species of Termites?

Unbeknownst to most people, there are nearly four dozen species of termites that are native to the United States. Although not all species are found in all environments, the 45 known species can be classified into three general categories: drywood, dampwood, and subterranean. Termites in each of the three families have similar characteristics and exhibit certain unique types of behavior. Drywood Termites Drywood termites are typically found living inside wood structures. These may include anything from recently deceased trees to hardwood floors inside homes. While they share some characteristics with subterranean termites, the colonies themselves grow at a much slower rate, which means they are less likely to do considerable damage to buildings and other structures. Drywood termites can generally be identified early on in the infestation and eradicated before the structure itself is damaged beyond repair. Desert Drywood, Southeastern Drywood, and Western Drywood are particular species that can cause...
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