Month: December 2017

How To Prevent & Get Rid Of Fleas

Fleas are a pest that no one wants in their home or on their pets. It makes life difficult and itchy. The flea is a small insect that can grow to three millimeters in length with a brownish color However, many people do not realize that there are many different types of fleas not just one. The most common type of flea is the cat flea. This flea is commonly found on cats, hence the name. The type of flea that would be found on dogs or humans would be the rat flea. This flea type is less popular but still very active and widespread. Many people also do not realize that fleas do host on all mammals and even some birds if they get the chance. Fleas host on whoever/whatever they can get closest to. To catch fleas, you have to come into contact with something or someone who already has fleas since they do not fly. Fleas can only jump making their hosts limited. If you come within four feet of something or someone infected with fleas you are likely to get them as well.   Do Fleas Fly Fleas are an interesting insect that cause trouble when they find a host. However, one question that is frequently asked is do fleas fly? The answer is simple, no. Fleas do not have wings and therefore, cannot fly....

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How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants

How to get rid of carpenter ants It is not only annoying but also destructive to have ants in your house, especially if they are carpenter ants. These small creatures can seriously damage your furniture, as well as other wooden stuff including floor, doors, walls and even ceiling. Carpenter ants are very often confused with termites, but unlike the latter they do not eat wood. Instead they nest inside by excavating galleries and tunnels. This type of ants is especially active in spring time, and their favourite type of wood is rotting. That is why their nests are usually found in such places as around sinks, dishwashers, shower or behind bathroom tiles. Even though humidity is very important for carpenter ants and their eggs, they can be also found in dry places without moisture as well.  The main problem with carpenter ants is that their damage is unnoticed in the beginning, and it becomes obvious only when destruction is already very significant.  It might be problematic to get rid of carpenter ants, and if you have faced this problem, we have written this article for you with the detailed guide on killing these small destructive critters. How do carpenter ants look like Before engaging in fight against carpenter ants, you should know how they actually look like in order to be able to distinguish them from other insects and...

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How to Get Rid of Skunks And Keep Them Away

Skunks are mammals that we know as pests. Many people fear the animal as well for good reason.  Skunks spray when they feel threatened or scared. This smell is almost impossible to get rid of. Skunks are known for their black and white color that warns other predators off. What people do not realize is that skunks are sometimes brown or even a ginger color. These colors are to warn predators to back away. If they do not they will be sprayed. Even though skunks are known for their colors and spray they are not normally a concern for disease. Rabies can be carried by skunks but is unlikely. Another disease that could be more common in skunks that transmits to pets is Leptospirosis. This disease will occur in pets but not humans if your animal comes into contact with urine or feces of the animal. Skunks are very protective and will spray and that is how most pets come into contact with infected feces or urine. However, even though Leptospirosis is more common, it is not likely your animal will get it.   How to Get Rid of Skunks Skunks are pests to many people and can cause damage and a lot of commotion making them a nuisance. So how do you get rid of skunks? First, you will need to rid your house/yard/garage of any natural foods....

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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs Bed bugs are a huge problem today. Many people do not even realize they have bed bugs. So how exactly do you tell if you have bed bugs? To tell if one has bed bugs you will want to look for a rust or reddish stain on your bed sheets and/or mattress. This would be red because of the bed bugs being crushed when you lie/sit down. Another key would be dark spots that are extremely small. These small dots are the excrement of the bed bug and this small dot may bleed on the fabric like a marker would. If you see a darker spot that has bleed further into the fabric you may have bed bug excrement on your sheets and active bed bugs. The last thing to look for are eggs or shells of eggs which are about 1 mm in size. These have pale yellow skins which will be shed as the larva grows larger. While looking for eggs, also make sure to look for live bed bugs.   Signs You Have Bed Bugs   If you start noticing red itchy bug bites after lying on your bed you may have bed bugs. These bites will be extremely itchy and will appear in a zig zag line or in a cluster. Even though the bites are usually...

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Does Rubbing Alcohol Repel Bed Bugs

A bed bug infestation is every homeowner’s nightmare. It could instantly turn your cozy home into a place you don’t even want to sleep in. What’s worse is that, it seems like bed bugs have gained immunity against pesticides over the past few years, or they are not as potent as they used to be. In situations like this, the only solution worth trying would be natural DIY treatments, and according to DIY experts, rubbing alcohol could actually solve your problem, and we’re going to find out if that’s even true. Disclaimer: Although using rubbing alcohol might actually help in repelling bed bugs completely, prevention is still preferable to ensure that you wouldn’t have a bed bug problem in the first place. Likewise, if the use of rubbing alcohol doesn’t seem to work anymore, then you have to call a professional exterminator to assess and take care of the problem once and for all. How Rubbing Alcohol Helps Repel Bed Bugs? Just like any other solvent, rubbing alcohol has the ability of killing insects by dissolving their cells. Aside from that, alcohol is a drying agent (desiccant), and that’s why it’s capable of destroying bed bug eggs, as it would dry them out. Rubbing alcohol also discourages these pests to craw or lay eggs on a surface that was previously treated with the substance. For that reason, experts suggest...

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