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Reasons to Invest in Professionals if You Have Seen Spiders in Your Home

It happens to everyone eventually--you look down into the corner of your living room and find that a spider has made its own little web in your space. This may not be a cause of alarm for you; perhaps you simply grab a shoe or a broom and dustpan to relocate the creature. However, one spider can suggest a much bigger problem. Read on for the reasons why seeing spiders in your home means you should contact a professional exterminator. Egg Laying A single spider may not seem like much, but if one is present, more will follow. Spiders can enter your home through cracks or open spaces, and they love the dark and damp. Places like basements and bathrooms are perfect homes and breeding grounds for them.  If a spider lays eggs in your home, you now have a potential infestation on your hands. The babies that hatch will eventually...
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How to Identify German vs. Oriental Cockroaches

Most people would agree that cockroaches are an unpleasant sight to see. Not only are they unattractive, but they are also unsanitary. Cockroaches can harbor bacteria and carry diseases, making them especially unwelcome indoors. While these pests are usually identified by their thick, leathery exoskeleton, there are actually a few distinct differences between species. German and Oriental cockroaches are two species commonly found in Southern California. Read about how to tell these roaches apart from each other. German Cockroach Like other common species, the color of these cockroaches can be anywhere from tan to reddish-brown. However, they can be distinguished from other species by the two dark stripes located at the base of their head. Although they are equipped with two sets of wings, they rarely fly. This species is known for invading homes and crawling their way into food supplies, which can result in food poisoning or other illnesses. They...
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The Link Between Pests and Asthma

Asthma is a common respiratory condition that causes swelling in the airways which can make breathing difficult. While it can be mild and treated with an inhaler, it can also be severe and debilitating. Asthma symptoms are typically caused by dust, pollen, intense physical activity, chemicals, poor air quality, and other allergens. In addition, certain household pests like cockroaches, dust mites, and rodents can also cause asthma symptoms to flare up. Here are some common links between pests and asthma. Airborne Irritants and Environment Like other asthma triggers, pests can spread allergens through airborne particles. Cockroaches can spread allergens from their droppings and shedding body parts. Rodents like rats and mice can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms by leaving behind fur or droppings. Dust mites are especially common since they cling to dusty surfaces like carpet, bedding, and furniture. Households in urban or humid areas are at higher risk for cockroaches...
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How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are some of the biggest and most terrifying offenders in the pest world. Having a bed bug infest your personal space is not only disgusting but incredibly uncomfortable as well. If you have bed bugs in your home, there is a good chance that you will know immediately, but They can be small and difficult to spot. Here are a few ways that you can tell if you have bed bugs. Catching them in Action Though bed bugs can be incredibly small, you may be able to see them in specific areas of your bed. You can actually see bed bugs with the unaided or naked eye. The top places to look for them include your: Bedside tables. The headboard of your bed. Junctions between the ceiling and wall. Loose paneling or wallpaper. Any crease or crevice near where you sleep. The creases and crevices include the seams of...
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Pest Control Services and How They Can Help You

If you own a home or a business, then you know that both require a lot of time, work and money. Running a home or a business successfully includes planning for upkeep. Replacing old appliances, updating the heating system and keeping the lawn tidy are just a few things that need your continued attention. However, something else that you need to keep in mind is how to handle a pest infestation. Here are some ways that pest control services can help you. Home Inspections If you’re a homeowner and believe that you have a pest infestation, you’ll want to contact a professional pest control company that can access the situation. Most pest control services will offer consultations, often for free. They can then help you determine what kind of pest is taking over your home, and they will evaluate the best options for treatment. You may wish to consider having a...
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Tips for Restaurant Pest Control

If you own or manage a restaurant then you know the extensive amount of work it takes to keep everything running smoothly. Most likely, you are always considering the lengths that you take to keep things sanitized. But what about when it comes to pest control? Keep reading for some helpful tips. 1-Inside of Your Restaurant Clean Dining and Food Prep Areas Wiping down all seating and dining areas is important in order to maintain cleanliness. But it also can help to detract pests. The same is true for any areas where food is prepared. Cleaning up after preparing food is a necessity due to possible contamination, but it is also necessary in the effort to keep away insects or rodents looking for food. Waitressing stations should also be checked for spills or crumbs. Anywhere that food or beverages are placed or prepared should be cleaned on a regular basis. Storage...
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Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Attic

Squirrels can be frustrating pests to deal with once they’ve entered your home. Not only will they leave droppings that can spread disease, but they can also chew on wires and cables that can pose a serious threat. The following are some ways to keep squirrels out of your attic. Secure Your Trees Trees are a common entry point for squirrels to reach your attic and get inside. Cut down any branches that are close to your home, because they will provide easy access for squirrels. You can also fasten sheet metal several feet above the ground around the trunk to prevent them from being able to climb up. Search Your Attic Look out for any holes in your attic that can serve as an entry point for squirrels. Seal all possible entrances and replace any wood that is rotting. Unfortunately, squirrels will still be able to scratch and claw their...
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Managing A Cricket Invasion

When you hear the sound of crickets chirping under a starry night sky, you know that summer has begun. There’s nothing like listening to their symphony as you sit by the campfire or as you snuggle into your bed at night allowing the night’s cool breeze lull you to sleep. It’s a different feeling entirely when that chirping is inside of your house. Keep reading on how to manage a cricket invasion. Signs of an Infestation You’ll know that you have a cricket infestation if you see several crickets in your home. However, you may also hear the males chirping as they are trying to attract a mate. As they are nocturnal, you will typically hear the chirping at night. Other noticeable signs of an infestation are small bite marks along the edges of fabrics such as wool, cotton or silk. You may also see them gathered near trash cans or...
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Top Signs You Need a Termite Inspection

Termites will feed on wood and dead plants in their natural environment. However, your home could also be their next destination for a meal, and that is the last thing you want happening. They can cause a lot of damage to your home, so it is best to get an inspection done at the first sign of a termite problem. Here are some of the top signs that you need a termite inspection today. Warped Wood If you have a termite infestation, you may notice that the wood in your home is warped. That can make it difficult to open and close doors and windows. This happens because termites will naturally create moisture when they eat. The hollow wood tunnels they create will also fill in with moisture naturally. The moisture in the wood will cause warping that looks like water damage or bubbling paint, so don’t automatically assume that it...
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How to Know When to Fumigate or to Use Other Preventative Methods

When you have pests that try and turn your home into their home too, it can get tiresome having to keep track of them. When you call an inspector, you can discuss what measures you want to take in expelling your unwanted house guests. You can spot treat your house, which means setting traps or spraying certain areas of the house where you know that those pests are living. How Strong is Fumigation? Fumigation is a serious matter when it comes to getting rid of pests in your house. The process requires the use of sulfuryl fluoride, a highly lethal gas. You’ll also be required to cover your structure in a tarp. When you fumigate, you can be assured that it will be strong enough to kill any pesky critters that shouldn’t be there. Rodents, bed bugs, cockroaches, moths and even termites will be affected by the strength of the chemicals...
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How Not to Handle a Cockroach Infestation

Homeowners find a sense of pride in taking care of their properties. You keep the lawn green and trim, you keep the roof in good shape, and you locate and destroy any destructive pests that may be lurking about. Homeowners sometimes feel like they need to tackle every task themselves, “my house, my problem.” Although you may feel this way, in most cases it is better to call trained professionals. This is especially true when dealing with cockroaches. Cockroaches are not a challenge for amateurs to try and tackle. When it comes to cockroaches, there is too much on the line for a DIY-guy to attempt extermination on his own. Cockroaches spread over 30 diseases and transmit six different parasites. If you have cockroaches, the health of your family is at stake. Here is how NOT to handle a cockroach infestation: Leaving Loose Debris Don’t leave food readily available for pests....
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How Pests Can Ruin Your Halloween Night

It might be a kid’s favorite time of the year, but for the homeowner Halloween can be a real nightmare! With all of those sweets and sugars coming around, your local pest population is going to be on high alert. If you own your own home then you need to make sure that your house is protected from the creepy and crawly invaders who want to move in. Here’s what you need to know: Candy Crumbs Of course, one of the biggest parts of Halloween -- and the biggest attraction for potential pests -- is the sheer amount of candy that will soon be in your house. As long as they stay wrapped up, you’re okay. However, if your kids are like so many out there, eating candy leads to a lot of crumbs, which in turn brings the bugs. Make sure to go behind your kids and make sure they’re...
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Ten Things That You Didn’t Know About Ants

Ants are often the first insects that pop into people's minds when they hear the word ‘pest.’ They’re so common that it’s easy to assume we know everything there is to know about them. However, ants actually have a multitude of secrets, making them one of the most fascinating creatures in the animal kingdom. Here are ten things you probably didn’t know about ants. Stitch Up Wounds Years before modern medicine, certain African tribes had discovered that ants could be used as makeshift stitches. All you had to do was find a couple of large ants, have them bite both sides of your wound at the same time, and rip off their bodies, leaving just the heads. These ‘stitches’ could last for days. Dispose of Their Dead An interesting custom that ants perform is the disposal of their dead. For sanitary reasons, when an ant has died, its body is removed...
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How to Choose the Right Pest Control Professional

Whether you own a home or a business, at some point you’ll probably need the services of a pest control company. So how do you choose the right pest control professional? We’ve put together some tips to help you with your search. Do Your Research Ask friends and work colleagues for recommendations. If that’s not possible or fruitful, look for businesses that service your community. Websites can offer valuable company information and highlight expertise. After you’ve selected a few possibilities, be prepared to get an estimate. Generally speaking, pest control companies offer free initial estimates and consultations. This meeting is a great time to ask questions and get to know more about the company and its business practices. Most businesses are happy to provide you with their credentials and references. Once you receive their estimates, don’t rely on cost alone when choosing a company. Quality service, professionalism and experience are also...
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Silverfish: What Are They and How Can You Determine if You Have Them?

Do you think that you may have silverfish in your home? If you have noticed small, long-bodied insects in moist or wet areas around your home, there is a good chance that you may have a silverfish problem. What are Silverfish? Silverfish are small insects that are aptly named for the silver or grey color of their bodies, and their fishlike movements. Though silverfish do not live in water, they are attracted to moisture, which is why we commonly find them in our sinks, showers, and other areas of our home that tend to gather or collect moisture. Since they are small insects, there is a chance that you might not notice them immediately. If you suspect that you may have a silverfish infestation or may be at risk of one, there are a few signs that you should be aware of. Signs of Silverfish Feeding One sign that you might...
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What Are Ants Most Attracted To?

At one time or another, almost every homeowner has been confronted by an unwanted invasion of ants. Maybe you left the dishes in the sink overnight or forgot to take out the garbage. In the morning, countless ants are in your kitchen to greet you. It’s obvious that food is an attractant for ants. Like any houseguest, they also need hospitable shelter and water. Let’s look at these three most common reasons ants are in your home and how to discourage them. Food Strong food scents, especially grease and sugar, can bring ants running. And once in your home, anything on your counter tops or floors becomes a tasty feast. In your cupboards, honey jars or syrup bottles are favorite targets. Perhaps you have kids who snack in their rooms, or your family eats in a separate dining room. Anywhere food and food spills go, the ants go marching, too. Soon...
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Small Steps for Preventing Pest Infestations

Pest infestation is a serious problem that can put you and your family in harm's way while also posing a threat to the safety and security of your home. However, there are several small steps you can take to prevent such an infestation. Tidy Up Pests are just about always on the search for food. If you can successfully eliminate their food source, you can also remove the pests. Different pests eat different things but keeping your home clean is generally a good way to prevent an infestation. Routinely clean your kitchen and wipe down all surfaces to remove spills and crumbs. Make it a habit to clean hard-to-reach spots like around and under large appliances, such as your range and refrigerator. Don’t leave food out for extended periods of time. Also, make sure garbage is contained and taken out when necessary. Cleaning up outside of your home can also aid...
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Everything You Need to Know About Termites

Termites have voracious appetites and literally eat non-stop. Think about your house. That’s an amazing amount of damage that can be done in a short amount of time, depending on the size of the infestation. Termites have strong, saw-like jaws allowing them to chew wood at a rapid speed. Each colony has a king and queen who mate for life, and the queen can live for more than 20 years. Her primary function is to produce more termites on a daily basis. Are you concerned? Every state in the United States has termites except Alaska. There are three main types of home-damaging termites in the USA — Subterranean, Drywood and Dampwood. Depending on where you live, one or more types of termites are present. How to Identify a Problem Often homeowners will miss some of the initial warning signs. Though they live in colonies, termites are tiny and often go undetected....
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If You See One Roach, There Are More

Unfortunately, if you've just seen a cockroach scurry by in your house and have arrived here after Googling what that means, the answer is yes - you likely have an infestation. Roaches aren’t loners. By laying down pheromones as they scamper around eating garbage and rotten food, they attract many others and provide themselves with plentiful breeding opportunities. How many buddies they may have roaming around with them can be hard to tell without help from a professional, but there are a few indicators of how large the colony growing inside your home may be. Live Bugs Roaches are nocturnal, meaning they prefer to do most of their moving when the sun is down. If you’re seeing live roaches during daylight hours, it could be an indicator that you have so many calling your place home that there aren’t enough hiding places left to cover them all. If the population is...
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Why You May Not be Cleaning Thoroughly Enough to Deter Pests

We’re not saying that your house isn’t clean, we have no doubt that you do your best to maintain your home in the most sanitary conditions possible. It’s just that at Premium Termite and Pest Control, with our service areas in Southern California, we see things from a different point of view, and we understand how relentless some pests can be in finding a way to survive in even the most sterile environments. So, if you’ve found yourself battling a pest infestation that you just can’t seem to shake, it’s not your fault, and you’re not alone. If these invaders were easy to avoid and remove, they wouldn’t be called pests. Just contact-us. We’ll help you restore your home to a pest-free state quickly, professionally and on a schedule that fits your life. Let’s look at a few reasons why your home might have attracted pests to begin with. You’ll probably...
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