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Bed Bugs and Dirty Laundry

Bed bugs may be even more clever than what researchers previously thought. According to a University of Sheffield study, when the pests are unable to locate a human host, they search for things that smell like people. In particular, the pests seek out dirty clothes.  Details of the Study  When researchers tested bed bugs, they found that the pests were considerably more attracted to dirty clothes than clean ones. To test bed bugs, researchers placed the insects in a space that was the size of a traditional bedroom with clothing items that were clean and dirty. For the study, the research team also increased the space’s Co2 level to one that mimicked human occupancy. They did this to encourage the instinctual search behavior in bed bugs instead of direct it. Following the study, the bed bug researchers were able to determine that when you’re traveling and you leave clothes that...
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What is a WDO Inspection?

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If you have recently been informed that you might need a WDO inspection, you may have a lot of questions surrounding this topic. What is a WDO inspection? When might a homeowner need to have a WDO inspection performed? The following paragraphs have been designed to answer these important questions and provide more general information on this topic.  What is a WDO Inspection? WDO is an acronym that stands for wood destroying organisms. There are a variety of pests that can damage the wood throughout your home or shed. Termites are the most familiar type of wood destroying organism. There are also several other insects and fungi that can infect your wood structures.  Left untreated, wood destroying organisms can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to the walls, ceilings, floors, and other internal structures of your home. If you suspect you have a termite problem, you should schedule a...
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5 Signs That You Might Have a Subterranean Termite Problem

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According to the most recent statistics compiled by pest control professionals, termites are responsible for nearly $30 billion in damage annually to man-made structures and crops in the United States. And the Southeast continues to be the region most vulnerable to infestation. To ensure your property doesn't fall victim to these destructive pests, every homeowner must remain mindful of the following five warning signs and contact pest control if you suspect infestation. The Presence of Flying Termites The first sign of a termite infestation is the presence of flying termites, which are either called swarmers or alates. Flying termites are males and females that have vacated the nest in search of a mate in hopes of establishing a new colony. Subterranean termites will usually swarm at night or after rain, and they're attracted to light sources.  With flying termites also come discarded wings, which occurs after they have found a...
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What Is the Difference Between a Bee and a Wasp?

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Although most people understand the importance of pest control, not everyone knows the difference between wasps and bees. Both insects can give painful stings, but bees and wasps don't always behave in the same way. Not being able to tell these insects apart can cause problems that you will want to avoid. The good news is that you can protect yourself by learning the key factors that separate bees from wasps, and you will be able to choose the best course of action if you spot one of them in your yard or near your home.  Appearance Learning the appearance of bees and wasps is a good place from which to start when your goal is to discover how to tell them apart. When you look at a bee, you will notice a long and fat body, two sets of wings and bright colors. Since wasps often look similar to...
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Don't Bring Bed Bugs Home This Summer

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People from all backgrounds and walks of life look forward to the summer months, and they often plan vacations during this time of the year. If you have been on vacation or plan to take a trip, you will want to be on the lookout for bedbugs so that you don't bring them back home with you. If you enter an area that is infested with the pests, they can get into your clothes and bags, and you won't even know that they are there. Luckily, you can prevent that problem by following a plan and remaining vigilant, and you will be pleased with the outcome. Isolate Your Belongings Isolating your clothes and personal belongings as soon as you arrive at your hotel room or a relative’s home is a smart move. Bedbugs like to hide in furniture, beds and carpet, and you won’t always see them until it’s too...
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