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Most Common Pests That Infest Coastal Homes

Southern California's beautiful climate is perfect for its many residents, but that same great weather attracts an abundance of nuisance pests. Here at Premium Termite and Pest Control, we're called out to area homes and businesses daily to eliminate a variety of unpleasant creatures. These are just a few of the most common pests that we encounter. Roof Rats While both the common house mouse and the Norway rat may turn up in area homes, the roof rat has proved to be a significant problem. This big rat is greatly attracted to high places and has no difficulty climbing up to the roof and gnawing a hole right into your attic space. Once inside, this rodent has been known to start house fires by chewing through electrical wires, and your attic insulation is likely to be completely destroyed because it's an excellent nesting material. This rat also poses a significant health...
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Top 5 movies featuring scary bugs

Throughout history, insects, spiders and other critters have brought fear and revulsion to people around the world. It's no surprise that bugs have become fertile fodder for movie makers, with everything from mutated earthly insects to six-legged invaders from outer space fueling the plots of horror movies. If you're in the mood to be creeped out by some terrifying arthropods, consider some of the best bug-themed movies. Starship Troopers (1997) This film, an adaptation of Robert Heinlein's classic sci-fi novel of the same name, imagines a future where the space-faring human race finds itself locked in a war with a race of planet-hopping giant insects. Johnny Rico, a native of Buenos Aires, enlists in the Mobile Infantry to defend humanity and earn his citizenship. As the war rages on, Rico rises through the ranks of the military as his friends and fellow soldiers drop like flies. Mimic (1997) Mimic begins with...
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Tips For Your Labor Day Barbecues

Labor Day is supposed to be a day off for working people, but sometimes holiday cookouts can be anything but relaxing. We have a few tips to make your Labor Day barbecue easier on you and more fun for your guests. Tip #1: Shop Curbside Grocery stores everywhere are now offering curbside grocery pickup, and your Labor Day grocery list will be especially long if you're entertaining a crowd. Choose a store now and start filling your virtual cart. Make sure you have enough condiments, which is something you may not buy frequently. Buying paper plates, cups and disposable utensils makes post-party clean-up much easier. When the holiday weekend arrives, simply whip out your debit or credit card and hit "place order." Customers new to curbside pickup can often score discounts for trying the store's service. Tip #2: Make a Cleaning Schedule Rather than spending half the holiday weekend cleaning your...
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What is a Silverfish?

Silverfish are both annoying and destructive when they infest your home or business. If you are dealing with a silverfish infestation, it is important for you to get professional help from the experts at Premium Termite & Pest Control. Most over-the-counter treatments are ineffective over time because they kill individual insects rather than eliminating the entire population of the infestation. Here is what you need to know about silverfish. Identification of Silverfish Silverfish are teardrop-shaped blue-gray bugs that are about 12 to 19 millimeters long. Some species of silverfish are white to brown-gray. These bugs have three long bristles on their rears. They are nocturnal and tend to hide in moist areas near paper such as in basements or under sinks. Silverfish also move very quickly. Damage That They Can Cause Silverfish have destructive feeding habits. They eat cellulose that is found in paper, books, and wallpaper. These insects also eat...
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What Is The Difference Between German And Oriental Cockroaches?

Oriental and German cockroaches are commonly found indoors and outdoors when temperatures are warmer. Both types of cockroaches are common in Southern California during every month because of the mild climate. Although both types of roaches have an equal effect of frightening home occupants, there are some differences. Differences Of Oriental And German Cockroaches If you were to look under a magnifying glass, the abdominal lines and shell surface of each type of roach would look different. The main difference between the two is their shell color. Oriental cockroaches are often shiny and dark reddish-brown to black. German roaches are a dark to reddish-brown color and are not usually as shiny. While German cockroaches are typically shorter than an inch in length, Oriental roaches may be longer. German cockroaches are especially problematic because they are one of the fastest-breeding types of roaches. Dangers Of Cockroaches All types of cockroaches feed on...
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How Not To Do Pest Control

A young man in Maine recently set his family's house on fire while trying to exterminate ants with lit matches. The fire started when he accidentally ignited combustible materials. The house and all of the family’s possessions were lost. The man was fortunate to escape with only second-degree burns and smoke inhalation. None of his family members were at home, but three loving pets perished in the flames. Do-it-yourself pest control is rarely safe, effective or cost-efficient. Here are some good reasons to consult the experts: Pest Control Requires Knowledge, Training, & Experience There are more than 1,000 species of ants in the U.S. Are you good at identifying them? Do you know what makes your home attractive to roaches, mosquitoes or rodents? Our technicians have extensive knowledge of pests’ preferred habitats, life cycles, and breeding habits. You can count on them to correctly identify your problem and offer the most...
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Why Are Bedbugs So Difficult To Control On Your Own?

What Is A Bedbug? Bedbugs are tiny round pests that are light to dark brown in color. They may be almost translucent. When you look closely at them, you can see lines that spread horizontally across their bodies. These lines are part of an exoskeleton. Bedbugs may appear slightly elongated depending on when they last ate or their life stage. Younger bedbugs may be as tiny as a grain of sand, and larger bedbugs are over 4 millimeters in length. Bedbug eggs are clear and look like tiny grains of rice. They may be found in nearly any undisturbed place. Bedbugs may be seen crawling on mattresses or furniture. You may not actually see them unless you look carefully. They are fast and elusive. Most bedbugs wait until you are asleep to bite. The air that you exhale when you sleep and your body warmth are what attract them. These pests...
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Top 3 Ways To Determine If You Have A Termite Problem

Termites cost Americans over $5 billion in damages every year. These pests look similar to ants but are distinguishable by their straight bodies. Ants have distinct and shapelier bodies. When ants have wings, they are not the same size. A winged termite's wings are the same size. Their heads are larger, and they have distinct mandibles for chewing wood. These are three possible signs of a termite infestation. 1. Mud Tubes One of the first signs of a termite infestation is mud tubes along your foundation and exterior walls. Termites build these tubes for several different purposes, and the pattern of the tubes may show the exterminator the stage of an infestation. Exploratory tubes are usually empty by the time of discovery, and they indicate that termites are looking for food. Working tubes are larger and very long for transporting wood. Swarm tubes look like a chaotic freeway intersection and are...
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