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Termites: Signs of Infestation and the Damages They Can Cause to Your Home

Termites travel in large packs and can cause costly damages to your home if they are not taken care of right away. Termites feed on wood, more specifically rotting wood. They tend to swarm toward moist areas or dry wood stacks. These pests can only be completely eradicated by the professionals at  Germantown Pest Control & Termite . Perhaps you have been noticing a few termites in or around your home but have not really thought about the damages that termites can cause if left unresolved. Here are some signs that you may have an infestation and the costly damages that termites can inflict on your home. Signs Other than seeing what appears to be small little "white ants" roaming around your home, one of the most common signs of an infestation is the appearance of mud tubes or tunnels. These "termite highways" are used by these pests to travel...
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Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard

Summer is the best season of the year to be outdoors. Backyard barbecues, long walks, yard work, days by the pool, and other outdoor activities are great summertime activities for families. Unfortunately, mosquitoes can turn an enjoyable summer experience into an absolute nightmare. If this happens to you  Germantown Pest Control and Termite  can provide help.   We understand that having your day or evening ruined by mosquitoes can easily and quickly turn a great day into a disaster. Thankfully, there are a few key ways you can keep mosquitoes out of your yard so you can enjoy being outdoors this season.  Get Rid of Stagnant Water Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is to clear all stagnant water from your lawn or garden.  When you water your lawn or garden make sure the water is drained...
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Reasons Your Home is So Attractive to Termites

We do our best to make sure our homes are attractive. However, you may find yourself drawing some unwanted visitors. Termites are invasive and can cost you a great deal of stress and money. While it may be obvious that termites love wood, there are other reasons why these critters are so attracted to your home. Keep reading to find out what makes your house the perfect getaway for termites.  Wood The most common building material in American homes is wood. Thus, the chance of a termite infestation occurring is significantly high. Wood is a source of food and shelter for termites . Unlike other pests, the bacteria in the termite’s stomach allows them to break down the cellulose found in wood. Tree stumps, firewood, and dead pieces of wood in your backyard are the perfect candidates for termites to start a colony. Termites will shift from the dead, rotting...
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How to Keep Flies Out of Your Home

Flies can be a big problem once they find their way into your house. They are not only annoying, but notorious for carrying diseases. They transmit these diseases, such as salmonella and gastroenteritis, through both saliva and feces. To protect yourself and your family , there are certain things you can do to avoid and get rid of flies in your home. How to Prevent Flies in Your Home Many times flies will enter your home to eat. There are certain precautions you can take to keep them out: Take care with pet food. Wet pet food can be especially problematic because it presents an ideal breeding ground. Make sure to remove any uneaten food and clean out bowls as soon as your pet has finished eating. Keep your kitchen clean. Keeping things in your house clean will go a long way in avoiding flies. Make sure to wash dishes...
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Pests That Require a Professional Technician

When it comes to pest control, it is better to call for help than taking matters into your own hands. Bug and rodent infestations put the health of you and your family at risk. They carry bacteria and viruses that are easily transferable. Some bugs can even damage the structure of your home. Damages can run up to thousands of dollars. The solution is hiring a professional pest control technician. Below are the types of pests that require a home inspection. Termites Termites may not pose a risk to you directly, but your home is a breeding ground for them. Small, relentless, and unforgiving, termites find their way into wooden walls and floors. Without a trained eye, homeowners are often unaware of the warning signs. You can learn more about termite damage here . Bed Bugs Bed bugs are parasites that feed on human blood. Exactly as the name says,...
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Why Bugs Love Bathrooms

The bathroom is our most personal room in the house. It’s where we expect to enjoy absolute privacy without fear of prying eyes. However, bathrooms are also one of the rooms in our homes most frequented by insects. Having a cockroach crawl around your sink when you're trying to brush your teeth can be a horrifying sight that no one wants to experience, so let's look at what attracts pests to your bathroom and how to keep them at bay. Why Pests Love Bathrooms There are three main reasons why pests are attracted to bathrooms. The first and biggest reason why bugs and insects love bathrooms is moisture. Bathrooms are filled with plumbing fixtures that use water, from the sink to the shower to the toilet. This creates tons of puddles all over the floor for pests to drink from, not to mention the standing water pooling up in the...
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Protecting Your Storage Unit from Rats

When placing items into your storage unit, you’re probably not planning on it becoming infested with rats. In fact, you’re probably too preoccupied with other details regarding your move or other tasks that you need to accomplish. Unfortunately, it’s possible that some of the items in your unit can attract rodents . Keep reading for ways to protect your storage unit from rats. Keep Items Sealed The best way to detract pests is to make sure that they are properly cleaned before being packed away. If items are free from crumbs and debris, there’s less of a chance of attracting critters. Also, be sure to place these cleaned items into airtight containers. Rather than using cardboard boxes, which have been known to attract rodents, buy plastic totes. Don’t Pack Food It may seem like an obvious solution to keeping away pests, but some people will place food items into their...
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Home Remedies for A Bee Sting

If you’ve ever experienced a bee sting, then you know that it can feel as though you have been stabbed by glass. It’s amazing how a small insect can cause such pain, or for some people, cause a serious allergic reaction. For most people though, a bee sting can be easily treated using items that you may already have on hand. Keep reading for home remedies to treat a bee sting. Baking Soda This is an easy effective way to ease the pain of a sting. Simply mix baking soda and water and apply a thick layer to the area. You should immediately begin to feel relief. Let it sit for about 15 minutes- it will harden. You may need to reapply a few times to help the swelling go down.   Honey Another easy way to treat a sting is to apply a small amount of honey to the...
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Identifying a Bed Bug Bite

Bed bugs are tiny, parasitic insects that feed and survive on human blood. Bed bugs are a fairly common nuisance, and can spread diseases with their bites. The following are some of the ways to identify a bed bug bite, and ways to deal with the pest problem. Identifying and Treating a Bed Bug Bite Bed bugs will bite anywhere on your body where there is skin, typically the exposed areas while you’re sleeping. Almost all bites from a bed bug will produce some degree of discomfort, such as irritation and itchiness. There are several symptoms associated with bed bug bites such as a burning sensation, raised itchy bumps, hives, blisters and inflammation. The pattern of the bites will often be in a line or zig-zag formation. You may also find spots of dried blood on your skin or sheets from the bites. There is also an increased risk of...
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What To Do When You Have a Stink Bug Infestation

Stinky bugs, as their name implies, are foul smelling creatures that wander into our homes in the winter months to escape the cold. They usually come in through very small openings, and once inside, are difficult to get rid of. As the temperature drops, many of us are going to have to deal with these insects very soon, so to help you get a head start on preventing them from invading your house , here are some tips for managing a stink bug infestation. Seal Entry Points The best way to handle pests is to keep them from getting into your house in the first place, so seal off any entry points that stink bugs could use to sneak in. This means repairing window screens, making sure your doors are airtight and sealing any cracks around sidings and utilities pipes with caulk. Turn off the Lights Even though this is...
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Ridding Roaches: Home Remedies for Roaches

No pests are liked very well and roaches may be the most despised of them all. Just the thought of these disgusting creatures crawling around your kitchen sink is enough to make one's skin crawl, so the question is: How do we get rid of these obnoxious pests? Let’s find out. Here is a three step program to eliminate cockroaches from your house once and for all. Clean and Declutter Your House The most important step you can take before, during, or after your cockroach infestation is to keep your home as neat as possible. This means cleaning away all loose food and water sources and organizing your belongs to reduce potential hiding spots. As to the first part, it’s vital that you remove any crumbs or puddles of water so that roaches won’t have anything to eat or drink, so vacuum the carpets regularly, disinfect floors and countertops, and...
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Facing Your Fears of the Five Most Common Myths about Lice

Even the thought of head lice cause people to recoil in disgust and experience dreaded sensations of itching. The image of insects taking residence in your hair or on the heads of your family members truly is unnerving. For years, rumors of how lice invade a home have made these crawly creatures the objects of lore. But, in fact, lice are vermin with specific patterns and habits that can be safely and professionally eliminated like any other creature. Understand the common myths about lice, and arm yourself with knowledge for protection of yourself and your loved ones . Five Myths About Lice #1 Only Dirty Heads Attract Lice It is simply not true that lice infestation is a sign of lack of hygiene either in the individual or the home. This only shows that there has been direct contact with an infested person. Don’t feel ashamed if you find evidence...
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Does Cold Weather Encourage Raccoons and Other Vermin to Take Residence?

Winter is coming, and that means that you’re going to be spending less and less time outdoors as the temperature drops. Unfortunately, this also bodes true for rodents such as raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and, of course, rats and mice. Some people believe that rodents are less of a problem in the cold weather, thinking that they spend the season hibernating; however, they are, in fact, active all through the winter and eager to use your house as a shelter. Here are some facts about rodent behavior in the cold and what you can do to keep them out of your home. How Rats and Mice Handle the Cold Just like us, rodents are mammals, which means that just like us, they need to keep their internal body temperatures warm. They want to come inside our homes for the same reason that we do: The heat. Add to this the fact...
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Apartment and House Pest Control: What’s the Difference?

Whenever you read any information about pest control, it is usually centered around homeowners. Unfortunately, pests are an all-inclusive annoyance, regardless of if you own a home or rent an apartment. It can be stressful trying to figure out how to rid your home of pests if you don’t know the difference between house pest control and apartment pest control. How Apartment Pest Control and House Pest Control are different: In an apartment complex , multiple families live in one structure, with the possibility of pests spreading to multiple families, unlike a single-family home. This is why apartment complexes have different treatment processes, as shown below: Most apartment management includes a pest policy in your lease to discuss who is at fault for an infestation and how to treat the area. For both, it is important to keep your area clean. If you live in an apartment, you may have...
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What Attracts Flies to Your Home?

Do you see flies around your home? It’s a problem many people face in the spring, summer and fall. They don’t just appear out of nowhere, though. Read on to find out more about flies, including what attracts them and what you can do about it. Are Flies Really a Problem? In a word, yes. Flies may seem harmless, but they do pose a real danger. The species that fall under the category of “filth flies" are more than just a nuisance. They’re pests that can spread gastrointestinal diseases, ranging from food poisoning to dysentery. Flies lay eggs next to where they get their food. This can be close to your own food. A situation like this puts you at risk of getting sick. What Attracts Flies? As was mentioned before, flies go where there is food. As such, they’ll congregate with other flies, as they know that is where...
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Why Mosquitoes Are Attracted to You

No one looks forward to the summer for the mosquitos . These insects certainly are a nuisance. Fortunately, we know more about them than we used to, including why they bite some of us, but not others. Read on to discover more about them! Your Genes Mosquitos know it’s what’s on the inside that counts. In this case, we’re talking about blood. But we’re also talking about what makes us, us. Scientists have discovered that genetics make up about 85 percent of the reason we get bitten by mosquitos. Our genes influence the way our bodies carry out certain processes, as well as our overall chemistry. As such, scientists have been able to identify what elements of that chemistry cause mosquitoes to swarm. For one, folks with a concentration of steroids or cholesterol on their skin are more likely to attract mosquitoes. Keep in mind that this is not the...
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How to Eliminate Your Termite Infestation

Did you know that termites never sleep? They stay up all day and night building their colonies, and they could be doing so in your home right now. Thinking about the damage they could be doing to your home may keep you awake at night too! To the untrained eye, termite damage can go unnoticed for months or years. If there is even a small warning sign of an infection, it is imperative that you take control of the situation and start to eliminate them as soon as possible. Preventative Measures Besides being hyper-observant, there are some actions that you can take to make sure termites don’t continue to get into your home. This could be removing yard clutter like firewood, old piles of wood or stumps and rerouting gutters to deposit water, so it is away from your foundation. Making sure any entrances are covered could also help keep...
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When Ants Come Marching

Ants : We all know what they are: six-legged insects that can get inside your house looking for crumbs and particles of food to take back to their home base. They’re not typically considered threats, but if many of them build a colony near your home, they can show up frequently. What Attracts Ants? As with many pests, they are drawn to pleasantly warm air, many sources of food, shelter from rain and safety from other animals. Once an ant finds a great source of food, they will notify the other ants in their colony and plan a great search for it. There are other ants that should be dealt with by pest control services quickly, such as the fire ant, that can sting anything that poses a threat to their colony. But we’re here to talk about regular ants and what you can do if you see them marching...
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Raccoons, Squirrels and Opossums: Wildlife Control

Wildlife can be an amazing thing to observe, as long as it’s outside of your home. Intrusive wild animals are a real problem for many people. A lack of understanding about how to take care of this problem can make it worse. Read on to find out more about three common types of intrusive animals and learn how you can take care of some of the issues they present. Raccoons Raccoons are common animals that are easily recognizable by the distinctive rings around their eyes and tail. These nocturnal mammals are excellent climbers and adapt well to a variety of different environments. They are also common carriers of rabies, which is a potentially fatal disease for humans. This set of traits makes them a particularly tricky pest to get out of your home. The only viable way to get rid of raccoons in your home is to catch and remove...
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Pest Control in Warmer Months

After a long winter, the warmer months seem heavenly. We can spend time outside, enjoy our yards, and get reacquainted with our old friends, the mosquitoes! Of course, nobody actually likes mosquitoes, but you can’t get through summer without one or two bites. They won’t be the only pest you run into, however, so you can’t slack on pest control in the warmer months. Here’s what you need to look out for come spring and summer. Bees and Wasps While these pollinators play an important role in the environment, bees and wasps taking up residence in and around your home puts you — and them — at risk. While you can find many over the counter products for dealing with bees and wasps, Germantown Pest Control can do a more thorough job by using environmentally friendly techniques. Termites They say love is in the air when spring hits, and for...
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