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6/20/19 – pest control – gtg

It may become necessary to remove bees because they may relocate to different areas in search of nutrients needed for survival and become pests. This is a common problem in a variety of areas nationwide. In San Antonio
Texas, for example, bee removal is a flourishing business. The reason that bee removal is risky and dangerous is that you could be dealing with Africanized or hybrid type bees which have a nasty sting that also attracts other bees once
one is stung.

Bees prefer dark and closed in areas such as hollowed trees, empty car trunks, walls that don’t have any insulation, as well as water meters. Many beekeepers breed bees in hives, structures they use to keep the bees contained. Bees in the wild create colonies in various natural structures where they thrive, like the places mentioned before.

Removing the bees from their location is not an easy job. One must kill them in order to remove the nest from its present location. Because some consider bees helpful to their farming activities, bee removal in San Antonio, Texas is
limited, but others see them as pests, and they should be treated as such. Several methods are available to remove these pests. While removing bees in San Antonio Texas, finding the nest where the adult bees are located is vital.
There are many products that are available for use. Aerosol spray can be used effectively to get rid of insects. To rid dwellings of hornets, bees, and wasps, aerosol sprays are recommended.

The bees may also be eliminated through the use of dusts or spray concentrates, also known as insecticides. Spray the entryway and the escape route of the nest as well as the inner parts of the nest. The combs should be
removed after this or other insects will be attracted by the fermented honey.

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Pigeons would rather nest in the interior of a building, as long as there is access. Openings in and around your home such as, but not limited to, eaves, vents and lofts need to be closed off using a variety of metal, sheet, wood and wire mesh; this will prevent pests from gaining access to your home. The most effective pigeon removal methods in San Antonio, Texas involve changes to the structure to keep birds from being comfortable enough to rest, nest, or even enter.

A physical barrier is made by putting sheet metal, wire screens, and weather proof nets that block the pathway to favorite roosting areas. Placing a monofilament line of heavy gauge spaced at six inch intervals, creates a fence that interferes with pigeon flight patterns around their roosting areas.

A commercially available system of bird barriers often used in San Antonio TX consists of porcupine wires or metal prongs attached to a base that is placed on a level roosting surface. This is an effective anti-roosting technique. Pigeons prefer to roost on level surfaces that can be changed by creating slopes with materials such as wire mesh. Substances that are sticky also aid in pigeon removal. Birds tend to avoid areas treated with tactile repellent. Pigeon populations are reduced by thorough nest removal that is followed by pigeon proofing the building.

Live traps placed in areas where pigeons are normally found is yet another method used for removal in the San Antonio TX area. The best type of baits to use in traps are peanuts, bread, peas, sunflower seeds, popcorn millet and cracked corn. Baiting methods are the most humane, but entail time and labor.

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Spiders can be repelled using natural products such as lemon, pine, and eucalyptus scents. Spiders don’t care for these fragrances and they will not come back, to avoid them. When these extermination fragrances are put in places that spiders usually hang out, like doors and windowsills, they are very efficient in repelling them. To eliminate the spiders’ entry into your home to begin with, clean these areas thoroughly with the scents. To keep spiders from entering the home, the outside perimeter is treated with a good spraying of these scents.

Some insect repellents are available in powder form. The powder is dispersed around the outside of the home and exterminates spiders before they gain entry. Insecticide powder should not be used inside the home as some people may be allergic to the ingredients.

It is important to eliminate old nests and webs to avoid propagating more spiders. A complete sweeping and dusting of corners, beneath the furniture and in between spaces, removes these pests and their eggs from your house. The use of a lemon or pine fragrance oil or cleaning solution is strongly recommended. Keep your windows and door sills
tight to get rid of spiders; this will not leave them any space to come into your home. For effective spider extermination, any cracks in the house’s walls should be sealed.

Keep your outdoor lights off unless needed, because insects such as spiders are drawn to light sources at night. Also, to reject spiders, all exterior lights by garage or porch should be turned off. Using methods open and known to them, a pest control expert can cure your home of serious spider infestations. These methods consist of fumigating, as well
other ways to exterminate.

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Stinging insects of the order Hymenoptera are urban pests. For example, the common names of some stinging insects are hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps. Insects can be both beneficial and problematic, and too much of a good thing can be just as bad, thus the need for pest control. The best, most effect way of removing honey bees on a permanent basis is the removal of the nest and its queen, intact, and offering them to a local beekeeper. Since the other bees will follow their queen, this permits an effective method of controlling honey bees without causing harm to the colony.

There is no definitive method of total stinging insect removal. One can counter problem situation by the removal of nests built near or in one’s own home. Stinging insects should be controlled directly from the source rather than trying to remove individual insects. Approved pesticides should be used to spray the nests, but only in small amounts — just enough to get rid of the insects.

Tree limbs, shrubs and unused cars make a great home for insects like hornets and wasps. A direct treatment to the nest is the most effective treatment because the nest occupants will be exterminated. To kill the insects that were not in the nest, insecticide is applied to the area around the nest as well. Insects like cicada killers, miming bees, bumble bees and yellow jackets make their nests underground.

It is possible to eliminate stinging insects when the inside of a home is infested with them. These insects fix their nests inside the walls of the buildings or construct them within the walls. The first step prior to effective eradication is locating the entrance hole on the outside.

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Termites are a cause of ruination specifically to wooden elements; their spit contains a chemical that dissolves the cellulose that is in wood. When the wood has been digested, it weakens and results in the destruction of furniture and buildings. One needs to learn about various ways of dealing with a termite problem to prevent loss. Many species of pests require different methods to be effectively exterminated. Before buying a drug, a person should ask if it really works on the pest that it is supposed to get rid of. One should consider purchasing the drug that eradicates most termite species, in case one is not knowledgeable in the different termite species. Advancements in research have led to new, more effective and safer ways for termite extermination in San Antonio. These chemicals come in several forms, such as gasses, liquids or solid forms.

When buying these drugs, people should be concerned about being safe because some of these drugs are dangerous for people. One should use easy, friendly to use models when they apply drugs within the household. The first, best step in the extermination of termites in San Antonio is finding and identifying of any and all breeding areas. The place where termites breed should be eliminated to control the spread of termites. One should eliminate the conditions that favor termites upon destruction. Humidity and dirt is included in this.

Baits are often successful remedies in San Antonio for exterminating termites. These chemical baits are made to attract the termites. This attractant is called a pheromone. When the termites touch the bait, they smother and are killed. Some other commonly used ways to rid your home of termites are insecticides called termiticides. This is an insecticide made specifically for getting rid of all kinds of termites. Liquid and solid forms of these insecticides are available.

Borate is another remedy used to rid your home of termites. It is primarily applied on timber before building. It works very well since it remains on the wood a long time and shields against attacks and ruination.

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Silverfish (sometimes called fishmoth) are a very common household pest throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. They have no wings and take their name from the fish-like movements they make when they run.

(For information on how to get rid of silverfish, please scroll down the page).

Silverfish are not poisonous to humans, nor can they bite, but they can cause significant damage to your home is left unchallenged. They typically feed on books, wallpaper, photo albums, and textiles – if you see small holes with irregular shapes appearing in any of those items, it is likely that silverfish are the culprits.

Silverfish can be found in many rooms in your home because they seems to wander great distances in the night. Usually they are found in the bathroom, the attic, or any other dark, moist environment. In some cases, hundreds of thousands of silverfish have been found living in roofs and walls of buildings during demolitions.

The scientific name for silverfish is Lepisma Saccharina.

Silverfish are commonly mistaken for firebrats and vice versa. These two species are very similar in appearance and share a very common diet – the main difference between to two is that firebrats prefer warmer temperatures and are usually found near furnaces, boilers, or ovens. Firebrats also have longer tails and are usually more reddish brown in appearance. Silverfish, however, can often appear to be brown in appearance, as well as blue, silver, white, or beige.

Silverfish or Firebrats

The key to getting rid of silverfish is to change the environment in which they live and prevent them from easily accessing a source of food. Silverfish are typically most active at night and seek refuge in moist, dark environments at night. In many cases, if your home has silverfish, it is very likely that your home provides them with these ideal conditions.

In order to get rid of them, and keep them gone forever, you must fix any problem areas in your home that offer them an environment of high moisture. The most common problem area is under the sink, near the toilet, or any other water source in your home.

There are many products and chemicals available on the market for getting rid of silverfish. Here is a list of commonly suggested chemicals:

Boric Acid
Drione Dust
Cyonara
Silverfish Paks are also available as a method for silverfish control. They are designed to go inside rarely-worn clothes, on book shelves, inside curtains, in closets, attics, or dark places.

Like many of the suggested chemicals or poisons, it is suggest that you keep Silverfish Paks away from children and animals.

Suggested Reading
For a complete guide on how to get rid of silverfish without using chemicals or pesticides of any kind, check out Bob Haskins’s website on Silverfish Elimination. It provides a step by step guide on how to modify the environment in your home in order to eradicate silverfish for good.

Bob Haskins’s guide will show you how to:

–> Kill adult silverfish with homemade traps so that you can break the silverfish breeding cycle
–> How to prevent new silverfish from getting in your home
–> Prevent silverfish from accessing their sources of food
–> How to modify the conditions of your home so that it’s no longer ideal for silverfish

Getting rid of silverfish is easy (if you know what to do). We recommend Bob Haskins’s guide on Silverfish Elimination.

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Cockroaches are one of the most resilient pests on the planet. It is estimated that they have lived on this planet for over 300 million years and that they have evolved very little in that time. In other words, cockroaches today look exactly like the cockroaches 300 million year ago.

Once you’ve seen cockroaches in your home, chances are you have been infested. Prepare for a difficult battle! Getting rid of cockroaches can be a very difficult task.

Here are some quick tricks you can use to maintain cockroach control:

1) Sprinkle boric acid where ever you’ve seen them, especially in areas where they take refuge. Boric acid is toxic to roaches and it will kill them once they’ve come into contact with it. Be careful if you have children or pets because boric acid can be harmful to them as well.

2) It is also believed that you can make your home made roach traps by mixing equal parts baking powder and sugar with soda. Put the mixture in a shallow dish and place it near the location of the roach sightings. The mixture is fatal to roaches and they will die once they’ve ingested it.

3) Eliminate their sources of water! Cockroaches can live for months without food, but like most creatures they require water on a daily basis to survive. By limiting their access to water you can achieve successful roach control! Make sure you fix any leaking pipes, dripping taps, pools of moisture, etc..

4) Maintain a clean environment. Like many other household pests – such as ants, spiders, silverfish, etc – cockroaches are attracted to environments that are unkept, dirty, and in disarray. It is crucial to clean your home and keep it clean if you want to win the fight against cockroaches.

Keeping Cockroaches GONE FOREVER!
There are many sprays and pesticides on the market for getting rid of cockroaches, but many of them will not help to achieve permanent cockroach control. Although many of them will succeed in achieving temporary relief from cockroaches, they will always come back if you haven’t corrected the conditions in your home that attract roaches in the first place.

The primary conditions that attract cockroaches are:

A dirty, unkept environment
A source of food
A source of water
Suitable places for them to hide and breed
The key to success is altering these conditions so that roaches can no longer thrive in your living spaces. If conditions are less than idea, they will simply move on to another environment where they find it more suitable.

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If you want to prevent a pest infestation or if you’re attempting to overcome a pest infestation you already have, the most important thing you can do it keep your home clean and tidy.

Pests enter your home looking for food and shelter. A messy home encourages pests in several ways. Leftover food, dirty dishes, crumbs, and unfinished drinks in your home looks like a buffet meal to pests. They don’t need nearly as much food as you do, and just a little left over on a plate is enough to encourage pests that found your home to stay and to breed.

A Pest Buffet

Messy homes also provide shelter for pests. Papers or clothes lying about look an awful lot like fallen leaves or other natural shelters that pests would seek out outside. Most bugs, particularly cockroaches, do not want to be seen by you. Clutter gives them plenty of hiding spaces to feel safe and comfortable in your home.

Cleanliness matters for other reasons, too. Vacuum regularly and wipe down your counters and cabinets with soapy water. Pests leave scents in the paths they walk and in their feces that attract others of their species. Yes, if pests are in your house, they’re pooping in your house. Vacuum your carpets to eliminate the feces that attract still more pests. Wipe down your counters and cabinets to eliminate the trails that attract more pests.

The most important habit you can adopt to manage pest problems is to always have the dishes cleaned and the kitchen garbage out before bed each night.

If you need to develop some new habits to get a clean house, consider the following video to help you start:

Simply keeping a tidy home will go a long way to discourage an infestation. If you’re already struggling with an infestation, get your home clean first, then move on to the next step.

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Stink bugs are also known as shield bugs as their back look like a shield, they are brown in color and are most commonly seen around gardens or farms, they lay their eggs under the flower beds, fields, shrubs etc . They are a nuisance around agriculture as they are agricultural pests and eat up leaves and crops. The stink bugs belong to a bug family called Pentatomoidea, Hempitera. Let us look at some stink bug facts:

The stink bugs are about the size of pumpkin seeds, they have wings, antenna and six legs. The insects may be of different colors but most commonly they are mottled brown in color. And the back looks just like a shield and hence they are also known as shield bugs.

Scientifically they are classified under the Insecta family, in the order of Hempitera, family Pentatomidea and the Phylum Anthropoda.

They feed on crops, fruits, soybeans, tomatoes and other vegetables; they also eat up leaves and are also known as agricultural pests. They however don’t harm human beings directly but are indeed harmful to crops. The stink bugs get their name from the stink they give off if crushed or killed. The stink is also a defense mechanism; they give of stench if threatened too.

The stink bugs also feed on other insects and larvae of caterpillars and beetles. The adult stink bugs goes into hibernation in the winter but come out of hibernation at springtime. The bugs hibernate in order to survive the harsh winter conditions and in warm climate, they live up to more than a year.

To get rid of stink bugs it is better to bring in the professionals. Certified pest control will know how to control and eradicate the pest infestation not only of stink bugs but also of other pests. Some measures one can follow to curb stink bug infestation, is by removing plants or weeds around the house, because stink bugs like to lay their eggs under the leaves or in flower beds. Scattering kaolin clay around the house or kaolin clay solution prevents the stink bugs to reproduce or destroy crops or plants. Stink bugs love light, so they find their way into houses at night, so caulk seal can be used to seal off any cracks or crevices around the house that might act as a potential entry point for the stink bugs. If one happens to crush the bugs it will release foul smell so it is better to use vacuum cleaner to suck up the bugs in the vacuum bag and dispose them off far away in garbage bins. Try using some chemical repellents such as permethrin, tralomethrin, cypermethrin, cyfluthrin, horticultural oil etc around entry ways, cracks, crevices etc but be sure to use protective gloves and breathing masks before using these chemical repellents to avoid inhaling or getting in contact with them.
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The best way to manage pests is to not have them in the first place.

As discussed in a previous article, keeping a clean house is the first, best defense against a pest infestation. In this article, we’re going to take prevention one step further with a focus on the most common household pests: ants, cockroaches, and pantry pests (beetles and weevils).

Pests first enter your home foraging for food and water. If pests find generous supplies of food and water, as well as harborage (places they can call home and use for breeding), what starts out as a few foragers can turn into a full-fledged infestation. Limit or eliminate he food, water, and harborage, and you will have few successful foragers, making an infestation is incredibly unlikely.

Plenty pf places for cockroaches to stay well hidden

To limit the number if successful foragers, first to limit the number of foragers in general. Seal up entries through windows and doors by making sure they close properly. Caulk if necessary to get a tighter seal. Also look for other areas of potential entry like plumbing, cable, or telephone lines and make sure they enter the house through an airtight seal. Caulk if necessary. These steps can help reduce the total number of foragers entering your home. Next we want to make sure those that still find entry into your home fail to be successful.

When pests are successful in finding food or water in you home, they will invite more to join them. Or even worse, start breeding right in your home. That’s why it’s vital your home not be attractive to pests that do find their way in.

I can’t say it enough times. Keep your home clean. If nothing else, make sure you do the dishes every night and take out the kitchen garbage every night.

Other things to help reduce successful foragers are the following. Eliminate drips, condensation, or standing water. Poorly maintained plumbing can become a water source for pests. Don’t overlook pet water bowls – your dog doesn’t need to drink water while he’s sleeping at night.

Keep dry goods, cereals, flour, and sugar in air-tight containers. These products, typically kept in a closed dark cabinet, are a favorite food source for all types of pests. Also, pet food should not be kept out or in an open bag. Store pet food in a sealable container, and don’t leave uneaten pet food standing in the bowl overnight.

A special note about cardboard boxes. There are those who save cardboard boxes for moving, storage, potential future storage needs, etc. Cardboard boxes are a favorite harborage for cockroaches. It’s advisable to discard any unneeded cardboard boxes rather than store them for extended periods of time.

Seal your house, then eliminate food, water, and harborage. Follow these tips, and you’ll greatly reduce the need for chemical pest control, plus make chemical pest control all the more effective when you do turn to it.

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There are numerous ant species that can become pests. For the most part, it’s not necessary to know the specific species of ant you’re facing in order to effectively treat them. The exception to this is fire ants and carpenter ants, which we will address with in a separate article.

First know that ants are willing to travel surprising distances for food and water. The ants you see in your home probably have their nests outside. There are plenty of exceptions to this, but it’s a good general rule of thumb. Also, when you’re battling ants, keep in mind you have to destroy the colony, not just the ants that you see foraging. If all you kill are foragers, the colony will produce more foragers and keep sending more.

When dealing with an ant problem, our first step is prevention. Even if you have a troublesome ant problem already, you should be following the preventive measures. Preventive measures alone will go a long way to reducing the ant population you see, and it will make those efforts you take to deal with an ant problem much more effective. If you haven’t read our preventive articles, do that now, then return to this article. Those preventive articles detail the importance of keeping your house clean and preventive measures you can take to limit successful foraging.

In your home, ants are looking primarily for food and water. If you were able to kill every ant you saw enter your home, they’d still keep coming, because it nest itself is your target, not the individual foragers. Preventive steps are aimed at limiting foragers from identifying your home as a prime source of food and water then relaying that information to their nest. Once you’re seeing large numbers of ants inside, it’s too late – the nest is well aware of your home.

Once the nest knows how to enter your home and where in it to find food, it may seem counter-intuitive, but killing those foragers can sometimes be counter productive. You need to destroy the nest to stop the problem. Unfortunately you don’t know where the nest is, but those foraging ants do. That’s why effective chemical control of ants always emphasizes bait over contact poison. You don’t want to kill the foragers immediately. You want the foragers to take the poison down into their nest for you before they die.

For bait to be most effective, it needs to be placed close to the nest or along a well-traveled ant trail. Other known sources of food have to be eliminated to make the bait their primary source of food. So, in practical step-by-step terms, what does that mean….

Bait along a well-traveled ant trail

Steps to dealing with an ant problem:

(Skip this step if you don’t have a well travelled ant trail in your home) Place bait on the ant trail itself as close to the beginning of the trail as you can find.
Get your house clean. As part of this step, consider your house plants. Plants that are over-watered can provide water for ants. Plants that have aphids can provide a preferred food source for ants.
Seal any obvious entryways for ants (e.g., cracks, gaps under doors or windows, etc.)
Trim trees and bushes so they’re making no direct contact to your home
Place a repellent barrier around your home
Bait your yard.

There are plenty of effective commercial available ant baits. Most will use a small amount of poison, like boric acid, as an active ingredient with something like sugar water to make it attractive to the ants. Different species of ants prefer different foods, and those food preferences can change with seasons. So some experimentation with the type of bait may be required (e.g., sweet, fats, proteins).

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In this article, we’re going to touch on the more common types of indoor pests. We’ll help with identification, and give a little summary about each of them. Detailed information about specific pests will be found in other articles.

This article is limited to common indoor pests. We will not be discussing parasitic pests, like fleas, lice, or bedbugs. We also will not be discussing outdoor pests, like moles or chinch bugs.

If your follow the recommendations to keep your house clean the preventive measures to limit successful foraging from previous articles, you should experience a reduction in all of the pests that follows. So make sure you’ve read those articles and put them into practice if you’re have trouble with any of the pests you see here.

Ants

For many this is the most common household pest they will encounter. Ants can fit through very small spaces, making it extremely difficult to completely enclose the house and eliminate all foragers. Ants are less concerned about cover and remaining unseen, so they are more likely to be encountered in your home boldly wandering or following an established trail than are other pests. But if you’ve got ants, you also have all the other ingredients in your home to welcome other pests that are better at remaining hidden. Ant trails are very important to them. When keeping your home clean, make sure you’re wiping down your kitchen area with soapy water to wash away the invisible scent trails they leave as advertisements to other ants that they successfully foraged there.

Cockroaches

Many people feel cockroaches are the most repulsive of the pests they encounter. Cockroaches like to hide. They’re tough to spot unless you surprise them in the middle of the night by flipping on a light in the kitchen when you’d ordinarily be asleep. As part of your prevention habits for cockroaches, make sure you’re cleaning the kitchen and emptying the kitchen garbage each night.

Pantry pests (beetles and weevils)

These pest are found almost exclusively in the pantry or cabinets. The live and feed in rarely used, unsealed dry goods, like flour, pancake mix, cereal, or sugar. You are unlikely to know you have them until you decide to make pancakes one morning, for example, and you find a bug crawling around in the pancake mix. The best thing to do to manage these bugs is to make sure your dried goods are in sealed containers, not just open boxes or bags.

Spiders

For many, spiders are the pests they’re most concerned about because of some level of fear they have regarding these bugs. Spiders are different from other pests in that they aren’t eating off of your dirty dishes or out of the dog food bowl. If you have spiders in your home, it’s because they’re finding other bugs in your house to eat. Reduce the general bug population, and you will reduce the spider population.

Rodents

They may be larger and have fur, but they’re after the same things as all the other pests: water, food, and harborage. While dealing with a rodent infestation may be a little different than the other pests, prevention methods are the same. You can almost think of rodents as big, furry cockroaches.

As stated in the beginning of the article, prevention is key. Even if you already have an infestation of one or more of the above pests, you should still be implementing all of the prevention strategies described in other articles. So keep your house clean and implement preventive measures to limit successful foraging.

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Many homeowners find cockroaches to be the most disgusting pest that can invade their home. In addition to being disgusting, a cockroach infestation is a health concern. Cockroaches do carry disease, and for many, a cockroach infestation can also trigger allergies and asthma.

There are several dozen cockroach species that live in America. In general, it’s not necessary to know the particular cockroach species in your home to effectively treat for them. The first step to curtailing cockroaches is keeping a clean home and take effective preventive measures to reduce access to your home by cockroaches.

While there are those species of cockroaches that are comfortable nesting in your living space, most prefer to nest nearby in a warm moist space. Favorite nesting areas for cockroaches are mulch, the garage, and the attic. Keep windows and doors closed and repair any cracks with caulk or similar material to reduce access to your living space by cockroaches.

Not only will cockroaches enter the home from outside, we humans often unwittingly bring them into our home. A preferred nesting location for cockroaches is cardboard. When we bring cardboard boxes into our home, particularly if they’ve been stored in a place with a cockroach infestation, there’s a very good chance we brought cockroaches in our home with the cardboard.

Cockroach Condo – Get this out of your house

Cockroaches can live a considerable length with no food or water. However, with ready access to food and water, cockroaches will breed prolifically. That is why it’s vital to keep your home clean, eliminating their supply of food and water to keep their population down.

Cockroach management is rarely effective through chemical means alone. Your home must be kept clean to manage cockroaches. The more clutter present in your home, the more nesting and hiding places you provide to cockroaches within your home. The more food in your home that the cockroaches can access, the more likely the cockroaches will choose that over any bait you provide for chemical control.

Keeping a clean home means more than just taking out the garbage and doing the dishes regularly. Vacuuming, mopping, and wiping down services will all help to reduce the amount of cockroach pheromone in your home. Cockroach pheromone is produced by cockroaches in your home, and acts to attract others of their species. Reducing cockroach pheromone in your home will help stop a small problem from becoming a larger one.

Once you have a clean home and have taken all recommended preventive measures, there are a few types of chemical options you can use to help control a cockroach infestation. Again, make sure your home is clean and you are taking recommended preventive measures before you resort to chemicals.

Recommended cockroach control chemicals come in three types: bait, barrier sprays, and dust. Foggers are not generally recommended for cockroach infestations. For most household applications, bait will be sufficient with no other chemicals required.

Chemical treatment of cockroaches does require some patience. It can take several weeks to completely eliminate the cockroach population in your home. Do not be surprised if when you first start the chemical control measures, you begin to see more cockroaches rather fewer. Healthy cockroaches are very good at hiding from you. Dead or dying cockroaches are not. Seeing more cockroaches immediately after beginning chemical control measures is actually a good sign – it means the chemicals are working.

A simple step-by-step process for eliminating cockroaches would look like:

thoroughly clean and keep cleaning your home
discard any unnecessary cardboard boxes or similar material
take effective preventive measures, including repairing any cracks or gaps in door thresholds through which cockroaches may enter your home
place cockroach bait stations in kitchen and bathrooms
optionally, you may spray the perimeter of the house with a barrier spray
optionally, you may spray a poison dust under appliances or other areas of the house not access my people or pets were cockroaches may choose to hide

An informed homeowner, with both patience and discipline, can overcome a cockroach infestation.

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Q1. What is the best way to deal with mosquito’s?
Answer:
If you are having problems with mosquito’s there are many very repellant sprays and creams available which will deal with them. One of the best and long term less expensive solutions is to use a thin netting to prevent the mosquito’s getting through. Netting is very useful solution around your bed to help to protect you when you are trying to sleep and is very common in many places like Africa.

Q2. Most years I have a big problem with crickets, can you suggest anything?
Answer:
I would suggest from very early when planting your lawn seed to do regular chemical treatments of your lawn (at least once a month) using some commonly available outdoor insecticides such as cyfluthrin (tempo), cypermethrin (demon, cynoff, cyper-active), ficam w or plus, propetamphos (safrotin) lambdacyhalothrin (commadore), or permethrin (dragnet, flee).

Q3. Can you give me any tips on preventing my dog and cat getting fleas?
Answer:
In short the answer is you must keep your home and pets clean. Regularly vacuum and clean the hose (daily if possible) and regularly wash your pet using shampoo. A flea collar may be expensive but they are a very worthwhile investment and work very well.

Q4. Can I deal with my rat problem myself or do I need to call an expert?
Answer:
You have 3 main options. The first is traps and there are various. There are the sort which many say are inhumane, these ones are designed to kill them, usually by having a metal bar come down and break their neck. The other kinds of traps are traps that close themselves when the rodent is inside and traps them inside. However these can have 1 major flaw, firstly they don’t always work, the cage fails to close and the rodent escapes. The other 2 options are poison (the most commonly used is anticoagulant containing warfarin), the other option is Predator repellant’s, this is the most environmentally friendly option and doesn’t involve the animal dying. By using a predator repellant you are marking your land like a fox or something would and this scares of the rodents.

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Spiders, for many people, can be the pest that evokes the most fear when found in the home. Beyond evoking fear, spiders also produce unsightly cobwebs.

While all spiders are poisonous, few are dangerous to humans. In fact, in the United States, people are five times more likely to die from drowning in a 5 gallon bucket than from a spider bite. That said, there are a few spiders that are dangerous, and many more than can produce a painful sore, so care should be used when dealing with spiders. Spiders do not, however, warrant panic.

In the United States, the three most dangerous spiders are the hobo spiders in the northwest, the brown recluse in the central states, and black widow in the south east. Of those, there’s presently a lot of fear and hype regarding the brown recluse. If you think you’re looking at a brown recluse, you’re probably not, especially if you’re outside of the central states near the Mississippi River. There are quite a few harmless spider species that are misidentified as brown recluse.

Unlike most other pests in the home, spiders eat other bugs, not leftovers. So, the good news about having spiders in your home is that they are helping you fight the other pests in your home. The bad news is that, since they only eat live insects, you can’t really bait for spiders. That makes them are very difficult to combat chemically.

The single best thing you can do to combat spiders in your home is to reduce the ant and cockroach population in your home. If there’s nothing in your home to eat, spiders won’t stick around in any significant numbers.

Beyond that, you should take steps to destroy any spider egg sacs you encounter.

Finally, an additional tip: outside lights left on attract flying insects, as you’ve no doubt noticed. Those high numbers of flying insects near your outside lights create a perfect place for spiders to feed and reproduce, with some of their offspring finding their way into your home. You may want to weight the benefits to having an external light near your home left on at night verses the ideal feeding ground it creates for spiders.

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The best way to manage pests is to not have them in the first place.

As discussed in a previous article, keeping a clean house is the first, best defense against a pest infestation. In this article, we’re going to take prevention one step further with a focus on the most common household pests: ants, cockroaches, and pantry pests (beetles and weevils).

Pests first enter your home foraging for food and water. If pests find generous supplies of food and water, as well as harborage (places they can call home and use for breeding), what starts out as a few foragers can turn into a full-fledged infestation. Limit or eliminate he food, water, and harborage, and you will have few successful foragers, making an infestation is incredibly unlikely.

Plenty pf places for cockroaches to stay well hidden

To limit the number if successful foragers, first to limit the number of foragers in general. Seal up entries through windows and doors by making sure they close properly. Caulk if necessary to get a tighter seal. Also look for other areas of potential entry like plumbing, cable, or telephone lines and make sure they enter the house through an airtight seal. Caulk if necessary. These steps can help reduce the total number of foragers entering your home. Next we want to make sure those that still find entry into your home fail to be successful.

When pests are successful in finding food or water in you home, they will invite more to join them. Or even worse, start breeding right in your home. That’s why it’s vital your home not be attractive to pests that do find their way in.

I can’t say it enough times. Keep your home clean. If nothing else, make sure you do the dishes every night and take out the kitchen garbage every night.

Other things to help reduce successful foragers are the following. Eliminate drips, condensation, or standing water. Poorly maintained plumbing can become a water source for pests. Don’t overlook pet water bowls – your dog doesn’t need to drink water while he’s sleeping at night.

Keep dry goods, cereals, flour, and sugar in air-tight containers. These products, typically kept in a closed dark cabinet, are a favorite food source for all types of pests. Also, pet food should not be kept out or in an open bag. Store pet food in a sealable container, and don’t leave uneaten pet food standing in the bowl overnight.

A special note about cardboard boxes. There are those who save cardboard boxes for moving, storage, potential future storage needs, etc. Cardboard boxes are a favorite harborage for cockroaches. It’s advisable to discard any unneeded cardboard boxes rather than store them for extended periods of time.

Seal your house, then eliminate food, water, and harborage. Follow these tips, and you’ll greatly reduce the need for chemical pest control, plus make chemical pest control all the more effective when you do turn to it.

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Silverfish
Silverfish are slender, silver-colored insects with 3 long tail-like antennae on end of their abdomens have a voracious appetite for carbohydrates, and they’re likely to find it in old books and cotton clothing stored in damp areas such as basements. They can be a major problem in multi-unit residential buildings, where they can move from unit to unit in search of food.

Keeping storage areas dry, and regularly vacuuming around stored books and clothing, Will help prevent silverfish infestations.

Spiders
Because they feed off other insects, including harmful ones, spiders are considered beneficial. But their webs are a nuisance, and spider bites can be painful or dangerous to humans.

Controlling spiders begins with reducing their food supply: proper sanitation and control of other insect species will eliminate most spider problems. Regular vacuuming and sweeping of infrequently used spaces such as storage areas, crawl spaces, and attics will also help.

Fleas
Fleas are a common household pest, often carried into the home by pets. Feeding off blood, these small, black to brownish-black (1 to 4 mm, or less than 1/6″) wingless insects can bite their hosts repeatedly, causing an allergic reaction. Scratching these extremely itchy bites can lead to secondary infections, especially in children.

Treating your dog or cat with a flea shampoo during the summer flea season will help prevent household infestations. However, once fleas are established indoors, more aggressive measures are usually required.

Rats
Rats are the most destructive pests known to man. Not only do they carry disease and contaminate food, but they can also inflict serious bites to humans. Like their smaller cousin the mouse, rats are most active under the cover of darkness. Holes chewed in food boxes and bags, along with nearby trails of droppings, are evidence of the presence of rats. Sealing the gaps and tracks that they use for access, and keeping food and refuse in tightly sealed containers, will prevent infestations.

Mouse
The cute and cuddly storybook image of the mouse stands in stark contrast to the damage it can cause and the diseases it can spread in real life. And mice will chew through wood and even electrical insulation to get at foodstuffs, so they can be a safety hazard, too.

Holes chewed in food boxes and bags, along with nearby trails of droppings, are evidence of the presence of mice. Sealing the gaps and cracks that they use for access, and keeping food and refuse in tightly seated containers, will help prevent infestations.

Cockroaches
Cockroaches, among the hardiest and most adaptable of insects, can be found wherever moisture, food, and shelter are available – even in the cleanest of homes. Because they tend to travel through a variety of habitats including sewers and refuse, cockroaches are capable of spreading a number of diseases.

German cockroaches are the most common species in North America. They are light brown with a flattened oval body and typically measure 20 mm (3/4″) when fully grown. By keeping food storage areas clean and dry, and foodstuffs tightly sealed, you can reduce the likelihood of cockroach infestation.

Ants
Carpenter ants can cause structural damage to wooden building components and spread disease-causing germs to foodstuffs. Black or black-with-red in color, these insects measure between 3 and 12 mm (1/8″ to 1/2″) in length, and reproductive members of their colonies are winged. Swarms of reproductive ants can often be seen in May and June as they migrate to establish new colonies.

Eliminating moisture-collecting areas in and around your home, as well as isolating wood from direct contact with the soil, will help reduce the risk of carpenter ant infestation.

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Pest Control

If уοu hаvе a garden, уοu’ll hаvе pests. Thеrе are endlessly amounts of small critters looking fοr a free meal аnd уοur moist garden products look like a big buffet tο many insects. We are very important to protect your assets.

We will find your pests and do pest extermination. Extermination іѕ whаt уοu dο whеn уοu want to eliminate the problem. Pest control is mandatory and people tend to respond only after there is a problem with their homes and their outdoor gardens.

Pest control іn gardens іѕ simply a matter οf maintaining уοur plants health. Thіѕ саn bе accomplished bу:
· Choosing thе proper varieties
· Grouping plants іs an essential step.
· Fixing the Soil
· Soil dampness

If thеѕе factors аrе balanced, уοur garden plants will bе іn ехсеllеnt health, with less disease, thus preventing thе bulk οf pest problems.

An exterminator will research and discover why the problem started and create a plan to eliminate the it.

We understand biological pest management as one technique for organic gardening and keeping things natural. Botanical (all natural) pest management agents аrе mаdе frοm plant oils. Thеrе аrе easy to use аnd safely kіll uninvited pests, but lіkе mοѕt insecticides, thеу саn kіll useful insects so caution ѕhοuld bе exercised.

Pest Prevention
Some pest control іѕ solved with manual labor. Thіѕ саn done wіth a stream οf water or by picking thе bugs frοm thе plant using your fingers. Thіѕ method іѕ typically ѕlοw аnd deadly, but саn bе useful іn numerous situations.

Sealing holes around thе home tο ѕtοр invasion is another pest control solution. Typically, just prevention does not work on its own.

Unless a rodent influx іѕ a problem, we believe уοu mау never see one, but уοu wіll notice dog food οr other types οf food baggage torn open аnd eaten. Thе inevitable signs thаt cause mοѕt homeowners tο cringe іѕ thе tеll-tаlе sign of excretions thаt саn ѕhοw entry аnd nesting areas as well as food sources.

Rats аnd mice die аftеr consuming poison baits, mοѕt οf which аrе formulated tο cause thе rodents tο hunt out a water supply, making them go further from thе home οr headquarters.

One of thе biggest problems facing mοѕt manufacturing buildings, restaurants, food chains, аnd hotels аrе pests.

A well-managed business ѕtаrtѕ wіth 3 basic business extermination ways: Inspection, Hygiene, аnd Exclusion.

Thе places thаt уοu should inspect аrе trash bins, floor drains, sinks, electrical shops, electrical boxes, kitchen cupboards, wall cracks, аnу hollow tubing οn the legs οf appliances, or other items thаt hаvе cracks.

One house hold trick is tο uѕе household glue near thе areas уοu wοuld lіkе tο inspect tο hеlр уοu watch thеѕе areas аnd tο hеlр уοu know whаt sorts οf pests аrе living іn them.

Pest Control Hygiene

If left uncleaned, аnу οf thе areas іn уοur building wіll attract pests.

Exclusion Pest Control

Do you want tο gеt rid οf pests іn уοur space? You must take action immediately as soon as you realize you have uninvited guests in your home before they quickly multiply.

The more pests you have the more difficult it will be to exterminate and eliminate the pest or spider mite problem.

Your windows and doors need to be sealed tight in order to prevent a build up again. Caulk is used to seal this. Make sure you do not leave any windows and doors open if a screen is not installed.

Eliminating pests further thаn уοur building іѕ аlѕο a ехсеllеnt preventive сhοісе.

Effective Techniques
In thе near future, pest control іѕ going tο bе a huge industry in the world.

A pest саn bе аn animal, plant, fungus, οr germ whісh can be harmful to many aspects οf life. It саn hurt a person’s health, thе environment, аѕ well аѕ thе economy.

Thеу саn bе annoying іn almost every way. It саn bе ants, beetles, bed bugs, spider mites, houseflies, οr even weeds іn thе garden that are pests.

Our company started a long time ago, since then we have developed many simple аnd effective pest control methods whісh wеrе used іn agriculture.

Thеѕе methods οf controlling pests wеrе mainly aimed аt safeguarding crops frοm weeds аnd οthеr insects.

Sοmе pests аrе beneficial tο mankind, but аt thе same time thеу саn bе a curse аlѕο. Pests lіkе ants, rats, cockroaches аnd flies аrе common almost everywhere and they need effective ways to get rid of them from your house and other public places.

Thеrе аrе many types οf pest control including biological pest control, natural repellents, getting rid of the breeding ground, space fumigation, аnd many other.

Thе mοѕt commanding аnd useful way οf getting rid of pests іѕ managing them. We do this.

Thе first step іѕ tο find the pest problem. Yοu need tο find out which type of pest is the problem.

Then you need to figure out what is needed to take care of the pests and which type of pest control is needed such as biological pest control, chemical pest control, or non-chemical pest control. When you start managing these pests from the beginning, you will be able to keep them under control better.

Pest management іѕ vital fοr the environment and effective western pest control. It is almost impossible to eradicate pests completely so a lot of thought needs to go into figuring out how to take care of them.

The first thing is to find them early or to prevent them from showing up all together. If you keep your house and office clean, you will be able to keep most pests away. You will need different methods to get rid of different pests and we can help.

You can also use natural rodent predators to get rid of a lot of pests. This is an environmentally friendly alternative to other pest control techniques. You can also use organic pesticides which will also be better for the environment. If you regularly switch pesticides, it will keep the pests from developing a tolerance to a certain kind. Call for a free inspection.

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Termite Pest Control
Contact our termite control team to check your home or commercial structure for these destructive pests.

Termites eat wood, whether it’s an old wooden log in your garden or beam in your home. Termites usually enter your home through tiny cracks in the foundation and once inside start devouring all the wood and fiber they can find. As they chew through the wood, they leave a chemical trail behind, alerting other termites that they’ve found a good source of wood.

When faced with a concrete wall, termites build mud tubes and use these tubes to travel across areas that they can’t chew through. These tubes are also used for protection against predators and to provide moisture.

Considerations
Wooden damage can be difficult to spot, as termites operate beneath the wooden surface. If the wood has darkened or is starting to blister, you can take this symptom as termite activity. If you poke a suspected area with a screwdriver and it crumbles, it is a good indication that termites are present or have been active in your home at some point. Again, to control these termites, you need an assistance of professional termite exterminator as they are better quipped with latest art of technology and corresponding equipments

Misconceptions
Spotting only a few termites doesn’t mean that you don’t have a serious infestation. Termites avoid the sun and bright lights and even though you won’t see them, there are thousands to millions of termites involved in an infestation.

While wet locations are more likely to attract termites, they can be found in every state in the United States and in many countries of the world.

Prevention/Solution
Don’t stack firewood against your house. You won’t be able to tell if the wood contains termites, and if it does, you’ll be providing them with easy access to your home. Keep wood mulch at least 18 inches from your home. Try using gravel instead if you need to prevent weeds next to your house. Because termites are drawn by moisture, it is important to fix leaks and remove standing water in or outside your home.

If you think you have termites, call a professional exterminator for pest control. The company you choose will discuss your options with you and suggest one or more of the following solutions: in-ground bait stations, using a liquid chemical as termicide in trenches, Injecting chemicals in walls and foundation by drilling holes into them, or digging along perimeter of house and injecting termicide.

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I have always seen bugs hanging around my house and have never known what to do to get rid of them. I did a little bit of research and have found some simple ways to eliminate or protect against the number of pests around my house. I want to share with you 5 simple tips to get rid of pests.

Tip 1 – Make sure there is no sugary substance left behind

The sugar left over on something as tiny as a soda can will attract pests.

So before you toss out soda cans, rinse the can to remove any sugary coating that might attract pests

Tip 2- Destroy the pests home

If the pests are living in your yard and you want to avoid using any harsh chemicals or any possible harm to your yard, you can put the hose next to the pest’s home and turn it on for 10 minutes. You really want to saturate the dirt to get the pests to leave. Do this daily until there are no more signs of pests.

Tip 3- A more effective way to destroy an ants home

Put a pot of water on the stove and mix in a good amount of cayenne pepper or vinegar. When the water starts to boil, take it outside to poor on the ant colony. The boiling water mixture should kill ants on contact.

Tip 4- Get rid of the pheromones and trails that ants leave

Get a spray bottle and fill it half with vinegar and the rest with water.

Put in a few drops of dish soap and spray around your baseboards, walls, nooks, and entryway. Ants leave trails that other ants will follow and this mixture will help get rid of those pheromone trails.

Tip 5- Repel ants using certain herbs

Ants dislike strong odors of certain herbs. So, place bunches of these specific herbs near troubled spots. Mint, pennyroyal, rue, or tansy. You can also frequently wipe down areas with oil of cloves or eucalyptus oil.

These are just some of the simple tips to get rid of pests that I have found to be helpful. I know there are several different ways to get rid of pests and in some cases these little things you can do won’t be enough. However, I hope these tips are helpful and you can find a way to get rid of the pests hanging around your home.

Tips to get rid of pests
If you are wanting to find out more information in regard to pests that may be lurking around your home, you can do what I did and research more about pest information. I was very intrigued and impressed with the information that I was able to find from various websites. There was a lot of information not only regarding simple tips to get rid of pests but what the pest actually is. The information that I was able to find on these websites was very educational to me and I know that it could be educational for you as well.

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Cockroaches carry pathogens and so are a source of infection. Consequently, they are dangerous to your health. Cockroaches transmit gastrointestinal maladies including diarrhea, dysentery, and food poisoning. There are
numerous species of roaches, each with its own unique characteristics. It is important to carry out cockroach extermination due to the health risks associated with these bugs.

Many treatments are used for roach infestations, but some are more effective than others. Solutions that are used to destroy cockroaches come in various forms including gas, liquid, solid, and powder. The remedy chosen for
exterminating roaches is dependent upon the roach species involved. Some species are resistant to drugs, while others are not. This depends a lot on genetic make-up and the ability to develop a strong resistance against the
remedies.

In addition to the use of drugs and chemicals, there are some traps that capture roaming roaches. The cockroaches are attracted to these traps which are fitted with baits. Roaches develop resistance against some insecticides
thus reducing efficiency of insecticides as time passes. This means we must constantly look for more effective insecticides. More ways to manage roaches consist of applying pheromones and also growth regulators.

Due to survival strategy of the cockroaches, there will be times that all of these remedies fail to work efficiently. One should not loose hope because some effective customary remedies exist when this happens. One example is
keeping a clean house. Roaches flourish in nasty dark areas. Cockroaches in the home can be prevented by cleaning and lighting up the house. This is effective because it starves the pests.

Identifying their breeding place is another effective method. Once this is known, insecticide can be used to kill the adults and also the eggs. Modern methods of cockroach extermination involve the use of traps equipped with
pheromones. Pheromones are biochemical solutions that assault a roach before a roach prepares to breed. A lot of people do it this way because it is harmless and clean.

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Get Rid of Bats.

A Bat Problem in Your Home?

Most people associate bats with sucking blood. While some do suck blood, the more dangerous aspect to humans is their feces and bites. If you have a bat infestation you need to learn a little more about the type of bat you have and then learn how to get rid of it. Once you get the bats out of your home, you need to then work to prevent them from getting back in.

How To Prevent Bats from Getting Into Your Home?

Most bats that get onto homes are just looking for a place to stay during the day. They do not like light and prefer the dark, coolness of an attic. They usually leave at night to hunt for food.

The only real way to keep bats out of your home is to make sure they can not get in. You should check around your roof area for holes or spaces where they could get in and seal them off. Also check your chimney to make sure it has no holes or openings and that your chimney trap is working properly. You can seal the holes with the material of your choice. Bats can not chew through materials to get in. Before sealing you should make sure all the bats that are inside have left. The best time is at night when they will leave to hunt. Bats do not like fiberglass insulation, so if you do not have any installed in your attic then you may consider doing so if bats are a huge problem. You can also leave on the lights or use a fan in the area as this will deter bats also. Some bird repellents will also work to keep bats away when it is applied to the area around entrances.

While bats can be harmful, they generally only create a nuisance. They are quite helpful because they eat other pests that you may not want in your home. If you have bat problems, you may want to call a professional who can help you best deal with your situation.

The chances are that you do not have ‘bats in your belfry’ as the saying goes, but you may have bats in your home! They love to hang around in attics, unfinished upper floors, and even closets and behind draperies. There are a number of types of bats.

If it has taken you a while to figure out that you have a bat living with you, you may, in fact, have more than one bat living in your home. If you see the bat and then lose track of it, don’t assume it got out of the house somehow. Check behind curtains and anything hanging on the walls. Bats can squeeze into very tight spaces. Look on the floor underneath furniture and tables. NEVER put your hand into a space to check for the bat. You do not want to risk being bitten! It is important to know that, while most bats do NOT have rabies, about 1% DO have rabies. So you must be very careful in trapping and removing the bat(s). If you have a pet, your pet is likely to find the bat before you find it, so you should of course be sure that your pets are all vaccinated against rabies (even if they NEVER go outside).

What to Do When a Bat Flies Around in Your Home!

If a bat is flying around your house, you should REMAIN CALM. You do not have to run out of the room. If you are not trying to attack or grab the bat, it may swoop and swirl around you if you stand in the middle of the room – so DON’T. Go stand in a corner, or walk calmly to the door and stand in the doorway with the door open slightly to watch the bat’s motion, so you will see where it goes to hide.

Once you know where the bat is hiding, you can strategically work to get the bat into as small an area as possible (near a door or window) and then open that door or window so the bat can fly outside. It may take as long as 15-20 minutes for the bat to come out of hiding and use the exit you have provided. The smaller area to which the bat is confined, the more likely it will immediately take the exit you have provided.

It may fly around the room for a while to use its orientation senses, and then, when it senses an opening and fresh air, it will leave the premises.

Capturing Bats

If the bat lands and you feel up to the challenge, you can use a large plastic or glass container to trap the bat. Wear a pair of very thick leather gloves to ensure you will not be bitten. Slowly put the container over the bat, then slide a very thin piece of cardboard or a stiff piece of construction paper underneath the opening to the jar or container to trap the bat inside. Carry the container outside, and well away from the house, and place the container up against a tree. Remove the cardboard or paper and allow the bat to attach to the tree before you slide the container away. Then step well away from the container and let the bat go free. It will probably stay attached to the tree for several minutes while it orients itself to its new surroundings. If you do not feel up to the challenge of trapping the bat yourself, confine the bat to a room or small area and call your local animal control office.

Bat Bites

If you or anyone else in the house is bitten, do NOT release the bat. Instead, call animal control and have the bat tested for rabies. Take the injured person to the doctor for appropriate treatment. ALWAYS remember that any kind of wild animal damage control is risky and may pose a health threat. Follow state laws and do not kill or harm wild animals. If you are unable to handle the problem, call animal control. Do not take chances! The best way to repel and avoid bats in your home is to close off the openings they can use to gain access.

Repellants may have some limited effectiveness, but the long term solution is prevention.

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Identification, Facts & Control of the House Fly

Latin Name – Musca domestica

Appearance – Normally grey, blue or green and around 4 to 7.5 mm long .

Behavior, Diet & Habits

They like edges and corners to land on. Indoors, they will land on floors, walls and ceilings during the day. Outside they will land on plants, the ground, fence wires, rubbish bins, etc. At night they usually sleep near sources of food and 5 to 15 feet off the ground.

They will eat a wide variety of rotting vegetable or animal matter.

Reproduction

Houseflies will lay eggs in almost any warm, moist material suitable to feed the larvae. The female will lay up to five to six batches of 75 to 100 eggs. In warm weather, eggs can hatch in 12 to 24 hours.

The most common sign of activity will be adult houseflies buzzing around. Larvae can be observed as crawling out of breeding material to pupate. Then pupae themselves can sometimes be observed nearby the breeding material.

More Information – House Fly Facts

Adult houseflies last on average around a month. The housefly will complete it full lifecycle in around 10 days through eggs, larval and pupal stages, after which adult houseflies emerge. Houseflies are fully grown after pupae stage.

Houseflies taste through small hairs all over their body. They have compound eyes that are extremely complex: they have extremely wide vision using thousands of individual lenses.

Houseflies are major carriers of disease. They will transfer up to 100 pathogens at a time causing illnesses, including typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery. Houseflies carry these pathogens on their legs and mouths as they feed on feces, rubbish and other decaying material.

House Fly Control

Nobody wants houseflies buzzing around the house or anywhere else. As mentioned earlier they carry disease and can easily make you ill due to their unpleasant feeding habits and where they want to lay their eggs.

We can completely control all kinds of flying insects using insecticides that will target where they land and the spaces they fly in.

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Formosan termites, sometimes called the “Super Termite” are coming close to their time to begin swarming season. These are the termites with wings also called “alates”.The Eastern and Western subterranean termites swarm during the daylight hours but the Formosan termites prefer to swarm after sundown to midnight hours.

Swarming termites do not eat wood. They have one sole purpose in the termite colony. That is to start new colonies. Most professionals agree that it usually takes a new colony, depending on conditions, 2-7 years to reach large enough numbers to start producing termite swarmers. Mature colonies can have as many as 1-10 million termites and can tunnel out as far as an acre to food sources. Because of the size of the colonies this Super Termite can cause a large amount of damage to a home on average in 3-6 months, eating as much as 13 ounces of material per day in your home.

Formosan termites will usually have a nest in the ground however besides reproducing faster than most other termites they can also make a nest in your home not requiring contact with the ground. This is done by creating a moisture carton nest. These types of colonies have been found in trees, utility poles, logs, and the walls of your home. These are aerial formations so when you see signs of termite damage it is important to identify what kind of termite it is so you can determine if there is a possibility of an aerial nest in your home. Native subterranean swarmers are usually black in color and Formosan swarmers are usually a pale yellowish-brown color. Identifying the rest of the termites by looking at the workers is nearly impossible for an amateur. However if you see any termite soldiers then you may be able to distinguish between the Native termites and Formosan termites. The termite soldiers will have mandibles (pinchers) and the workers will not. The main difference is the shape of their head. A Formosan soldier’s head will be small and round shape like the workers. The Native termites have an elongated shape head unlike the rounded shaped head of the workers. Both the Native and Formosan termite soldiers’ heads will also be yellowish-brown in color as opposed to the workers heads being white like their bodies.

Let’s say you see termites swarming in your home. If they are coming out of your walls then there could possibly be a carton nest in your home. If they are entering from outside your home then this usually indicates they are coming from somewhere outside near your home. After finding a breeding site and pairing up, they will start a king and queen and then the beginning of a termite colony inside in your walls or outside in the ground has begun. In your home a few years later you could start seeing signs of termite damage like pin holes in your wall, by this time a lot of damage may have already been done.

Prevention is extremely important. Turn all the lights off in and around your home since the swarmers are highly attracted to light. Have your home inspected for any signs where excessive moisture may occur. For example, around any plumbing lines, roof gutters, faulty roof flashing, drip guards, broken roof tiles, corners of your home, window and doors frames, fireplaces, anything placed against the house, etc. Termites require water so without a water source they usually will not be able to survive more than a few days.

Because Formosan termites reproduce so quickly and can recolonize (meaning that there could also be more than one nest carton in your home) almost anywhere, it is vital to prevent an infestation before it occurs. If you’re live in an area where you know you get termites swarming around your home at night you should have your home inspected and treated for prevention. This would be a lot cheaper in most cases than paying for damage caused by the termites which has been reported as high as 2 billion dollars in the U.S. in one year.
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Termites work 24 hours a day and never take a nap or vacation! A typical home with termites may have three to four termite colonies around it, with as many as one million termites in each colony. That’s more than the number of people in most cities! Most of us run to the home store and grab a bunch of expensive topical termite controls, but you’re not getting to the real problem.

Your over the counter products are designed to be applied on the surface. Our termites that we have in this area are subterranean. So almost all their activity is going to be done through the soil and then up into a structure so coming in contact with the surface and those materials is basically non existent.

Instead try innovative devices from Dow AgroSciences with an advanced treatment called the Sentricon System. These stations are placed around the perimeter of the home and use the termites natural feeding instincts against them. Termites feed on these stations and take the food back to the colony and the queen. Sentricon gets to the heart of the termite problem by attacking and destroying the entire colony for good. It provides protection from termites 24 hours a day. That’s peace of mind every day of the year.

Finally, if you’re like every other homeowner out there and throwing down a bunch of new mulch right now, you may be creating a breeding ground for termites. You want to make sure you create at least a two foot barrier between your mulch bed and your foundation.

“The best thing is if you’re going to have mulch around the house is to have a small barrier between the mulch product and the foundation. Gravel rock, any kind of landscape product that’s not going to be a wood product. Any kind of product that’s not going to be a cellulose material. That will help create a barrier where you can eliminate some excess moisture, you can eliminate that bridge between the product being there and you can also create a treatment zone.”

One colony of termites can eat up to 3 pounds of wood per day. Termites do more damage to our homes than fires and storms combined. This new system is inexpensive, effective and you’ll be able to rest easy!

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Do you feel that your home has become infested with pests and that you are unable to deal with the problem on your own? Having pests at home is a sign of neglect and this problem can easily snowball out of control. Pest created problems vary according to the species of the creature that is involved but they are uniformly difficult to handle without professional help. You’ll need to hire a good pest control company to deal with the problem before there is a lot of damage to your health or property.

If a pest control company offers the following services then you can be sure that it is a reliable one:

1. Detailed inspection of the premises before making a quote: A really good professional exterminator will always start off by inspecting your home from top to bottom. A company that makes a quotation without even checking to see what the problem is cannot be trusted to do a good job. The inspection of your property will also throw light on various infestations that you might not even be aware of.

2. Extermination of all common pests: A good pest control company will be able to deal with all types of pests, enabling you to get all your infestation problems handled by one company only. Each type of pest has unique habits and has to be destroyed using specific products. What works on ants will not work on rats or spiders.

3. Follow up inspections: The company will send qualified people to your home to check whether all the pests have been exterminated or not. This is very important because the problem will crop up again unless every last creature has been eliminated.

4. Help to prevent further infestations: A professional pest control company will give you advice on how to make your home inhospitable to pests. You’ll save a great deal of trouble and money if you can just prevent pests from setting up home in your house.

You should be very particular when selecting a pest control company to make your house free of unwanted creatures. Be sure to select a company that offers you all the above services at a very good price, without cutting back on quality. It is also a good idea to hire the company to visit your home every 6 months or so in order to ensure that your home is completely free of pests.

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Okay so maybe you woke up this morning only to find that you have a major pest infestation and you need it taken care of in a hurry. So what are you going to do about it? Use your local trade directory or search online, and then phone the first person that you can in touch with?

You would not be alone in doing so and like many people you may think that all pest control companies are the same, but are they really?

As you may have guessed, they are not. So how do you go about selecting the best pest control service for the job? First you need to check that they are experienced in dealing with your kind of infestation, as you will find that the skills that pest control companies have will vary. Some may specialize in rodents, others just termites, or good companies may offer treatments for both.

The biggest problem is that an inferior company may not have certified exterminators, licensed technicians, or the right equipment and chemical treatments to deal with your termite problem. This is an area where you need to select an experienced pest control specialist who can carry out a proper termite inspection before starting treatment. Without investigation, you may find yourself employing an unlicensed contractor who may not be insured, only has a little knowledge of termites, who then uses the wrong treatment, inflames the nest and causes the termites to come out the nest all at once, which is not what you want!

Good pest control incorporates a termite inspection and the right treatment for the job. What may be suitable to use in an industrial building may not be suitable to use in an occupied home.

No matter how much of a hurry you are in to sort things out, you also need to be asking the question is your contractor fully insured? What training have they had? Are they legally approved to work in your area? These are vital questions to ask about when selecting a pest control service. Failure to ask these questions could result in you using an unlicensed extermination company who may cause more problems than they cure.

As many pest problems arise suddenly, often with a change of season where there is a shift in temperature or humidity, it is a good idea to get a quarterly pest and termite inspection to prevent any potential infestations before they become a problem. A good pest control company will offer this service along with free quotes.

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Pest control professionals are the best individuals to communicate with when it comes to the effective and efficient identification, elimination and prevention of entry of unwanted animal intruders in and around the house. In short, do-it-yourself pest control is better than nothing but professional services are best, no doubt about it.

Think of it this way: You may be able to kill a few rats with over-the-counter traps and rodenticides but you are ill-equipped to deal with entire rodent colonies in the basement and attic. Your best course of action will then be to call in the pest control professionals who possess the training, tools and technologies necessary for the job.

As professionals, these trained individuals can tackle all major pests in houses, offices and factories, among other manmade structures. We are talking about pests like:

• Rodents including rats, mice and squirrels

• Insects like cockroaches, moths, bugs and beetles

• Spiders

• Yellow jackets and wasps

• Silverfish and firebrats

• Bed bugs and fleas

• Ants

• Termites

• Mosquitoes

Of course, you have important roles and responsibilities in relation to the work of these professionals. These include preparation of the areas for treatment, implementation of the recommended prevention measures, and regular after-treatment inspections of the treated areas. Keep in mind that without mutual cooperation by both parties, the pest infestation problem cannot be solved in an effective and efficient manner – permanently, that is.

You may also be required to provide full access to your house, office and buildings for the pest control professionals for obvious reasons. You must obviously also ensure the safety and security of your abode by hiring the most reliable and reputable professionals in your area. You cannot just hire the first individual who offers his services unless and until you have checked out his credentials, reputation and track record in the community.

Bottom line: The professional must do his job instead of becoming a human pest himself. You may be surprised that there are actual companies who bring in fraud professionals. You can protect yourself by asking around about the professional before hiring him to do the job necessary – eliminating rodents, insects and termites in the house.

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There is something about having unwanted guests in the home that can make may people uncomfortable. This includes insects, spiders and rodents. Most people admit that the presence of these creatures makes them very uncomfortable and in some cases can cause extreme emotional stress. While common spiders are probably the most common house invader, they are generally more tolerated than rodents or insects.

Not only can any of these intruders cause emotional stress to a family, they can cause various diseases, or in the case of spiders can bite. Having a plan for when you need to take your home’s pest problem more seriously will help you make the decision of what you need to do and when. Using household chemicals to kill pests can be effective for some types of insects, but may not be enough when you have a serious insect infestation, such as cockroaches, termites or bed bugs. These are all very difficult (if not impossible for the average homeowner to eliminate. Should you have any of these pest problems, hiring a professional to eliminate your pests allows you to have some peace of mind and eliminate the pests that are a problem for you.

When it comes to rodents, there are instances that setting a trap or putting out poison yourself may be effective. One of the challenges that people find when doing it themselves it that these traps and poisons may be in the path of their pets or small children. Hiring a professional pest control specialist can help you know that their methods are safe and will not harm other pets or small children. In addition, professional exterminators have more experience in going to where the problems are and finding the hidden spots that rodents are likely to be.

Having peace of mind and an ability to know that your home is free from pests is something that most people want to experience, and many take for granted – until they are faced with a set of small black eyes or a scampering dark rodent that comes out at night. For many, hiring a professional exterminator allows them to focus on what they need to, rather than monitoring traps and poisons.

With an assurance that you have a professional on your team, you can be assured that the rodents are being eliminated In a safe and responsible way – and that your family will not be bothered by their presence any longer.

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5 Tips for Bed Bug Extermination

Bed Bug extermination is not one of the simplest things to do yourself. If you feel you are not up to the task, call us, your trusted exterminator for a quote on one time or regular pest control services.

Learning how to kill all of them is not something you can do in just one afternoon. They are not like ants or roaches or mice. They are a few of the hardest insects to stop.

Now that I have given you all the bad news, here is some good news. You will get rid of them your self. Your chance of success will be determined by many factors, but there are many tips I can give you to try to be successful inside your goal for effective bed bug extermination.

Tip 1: You have to clean the room(s) of you entire home prior to treating for bed bugs.
You need to clean everything in your room that you can. I am not just talking about your bedsheets or comforter. You have to clean your drapes, laundry, furniture, as well as your electronics. These types of bugs can live in the cracks in your furniture, baseboards and even in VCRs and television sets.

You can place your electronics inside a freezer for a small amount of time to kill the bed bugs. You could also place all of your personal possessions in a moving truck and have a pest control company fumigate the moving truck. This will ensure that all of the bugs will die.

Tip 2: Get a new mattress or put yours in a mattress liner.
This one is very important. It is extremely difficult to rid a mattress of bed bugs. If you can afford one, you should toss out your old mattress. Otherwise get a bed mattress bag or liner and seal it up as soon as possible.

Tip 3: Try to figure out just how the bed bugs had been introduced into your house.
If you live in an apartment, you face a challenge because it is entirely possible that the insects originated from someone else’s apartment. Bedbugs can live in the walls in between apartments. Whether they started out with you or not, notify the complex management. If your bed bugs are from another unit, it will be next to impossible to get rid of them without your neighbors getting rid of their bedbugs at the same time.

If you brought the bedbugs into your home from a hotel, you do not have to worry about reintroducing them. If not, you need to figure out how they were introduced to your home.

Tip 4: Start a Pest Extermination Treatment ASAP
Bed bugs grow and propagate quickly, so you need to start your pest control treatment as soon as possible. Female bedbugs lay as much as five eggs a day, can have a lot of bugs in a short time. The longer you put off an insect pest control program the harder it will be to eliminate them.

Tip 5: Hire A Professional Pest Control Contractor Experienced in Safely Exterminating Bedbugs.
Not every bedbug infestation can be easily resolved by do-it-yourself methods. If they are just in one room, you might be able to resolve your bedbug infestation yourself. For those who have bed bugs throughout the house, your chance of achievement diminishes significantly. If you live in an apartment where the bugs have come through another unit, you’ve got a much bigger issue, and you will need to employ a professional exterminator to help you.

We hope these tips for bed bug extermination have helped. Again, start today… right now in fact, to rid them from your home!

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Cockroaches are great health hazards due to their ability of contaminating food and utensils, transmitting many diseases related to human digestive system like dysentery and gastroenteritis. Call our cockroach exterminators today.

They also carry antigens that can prove hazardous to asthma patients. While most of the species of cockroach display similar characteristics, let us explore more information about American Cockroach, one of the largest species from this family of pests.

The American Cockroach
Being recorded its total length around one and half inch, this is known as largest cockroach in the United States. Although, this species (adult) has fully developed flying abilities, they hardly fly. They display these flying abilities in particularly warm weather to escape from heat.

American Cockroach Reproduction
Thousands of young ones can be produced by a single couple of most species of cockroaches, throughout the year. Being recorded, a female is capable of producing up to 50 sacks, each measuring 8mm X 5mm counting 10-16 eggs per sack. The sacks are most often attached to objects that are transported… for example, wooden crates or cardboard boxes. In 6-12 months the larvae mature. The cockroach achieves maturity after 10 months to a year and lives only for an additional year.

American Cockroach Habitat
They are generally found in damp, warm and dark places, away from human activities like roof areas, sub floors, rubbish dumps and unoccupied dwellings. They mostly prefer rotting organic waste as primary food source; although they have great abilities to survive without food for months.

Their habitat comprises of areas containing moisture and food, usually near human activities like near water heaters or ender sinks and cupboards, pantries and kitchen.They have another amazing ability -to keep themselves in narrowest gaps like cracks and cervices as they can pull their fore and hind legs extremely close to body. If you happen to see a cockroach during the daylight then maybe you are seeing only the tip of an iceberg because cockroaches are nocturnal insects.

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A mosquito’s bite can cause more than just itching. A damp early summer in many parts of the country has led to a booming mosquito population, and we’re already seeing the impact in cases of West Nile virus. This virus is carried by birds and spread by mosquitoes. A mosquito may bite an infected bird, then transfer the virus when biting a human. In most people the virus causes only mild flu-like symptoms, if it causes any symptoms at all. But in some people, the virus can be deadly. Most at risk are children, the elderly and people who already have health problems. They also are responsible for carrying diseases like malaria.

Flies, Fly Control Can Remove These Unsanitary Pests
Flies are dangerous to your health because they are known to feed on fecal matter and vomit. These substances are then excreted on the surfaces they land on. This means that when a fly lands on your sandwich you might be ingestion harmfully matter that might make you sick. and i know what you are thinking, just reading that may make more than a few of you nauseous, but it is a fact that you need to be aware of so that pest control can fix the problem.

Emergency Fly and Mosquito Control
Call today and one of our trained staff will come to your home and assess your current level of infestation. We can offer you many services to dispose of both flies and mosquitoes. If you notice a problem with either of these pests on your property please do not delay in calling us because your health is at risk and the sooner we catch it the less costly it will be to fix the problem. So call us today to protect your home and your health.

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Ensuring Mosquito Control Around Home and Business

Mosquito Control
Do you need mosquito control ? Instituting effective mosquito control around home and business environments usually requires both personal effort as well as professional expertise. A reliable, licensed pest control exterminator should inspect and treat your home and office on a regular basis.

Health Effects of Mosquitoes
The presence of mosquitoes in a home’s backyard or on the grounds surrounding a place of business can mean more than the annoyance of getting an itchy bite. Mosquitoes can carry malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever, as well as spreading encephalitis. Even pets aren’t safe from the adverse affects to good health that mosquitoes can cause as mosquitoes can transmit heart worm to both dogs and cats.

Perfect Breeding Grounds
One of the most effective ways of controlling any mosquito population is removing the conditions that encourage them to breed so profusely. Any place where water can collect, included a neglected fountain, bird bath, pool or rain pipe is a place where mosquito larvae can breed. Check home and business properties for containers such as cans, buckets or discarded tires where water can settle and stagnate. Fill in any holes or depressions in the lawn or near tree trunks where water can accumulate. Remove any standing water on the property and ensure that there are no leaking water pipes, faucets or drains where puddles of water can gather. Keep ponds aerated and stocked with mosquito-eating fish and make sure swimming pools and kiddie wading pools are properly attended to so that mosquitoes don’t start a colony in dirty water.

Personal Mosquito Control
At the individual level, there are several actions to take to promote mosquito control. Burn citronella or mosquito-repelling candles in outdoor areas such as patios and decks where entertaining takes place. Wear insect repellent and hang a bug zapper, an electrical device that attracts mosquitoes and other pests to their light and electrocutes them upon contact. Stock outdoor ponds with plenty of fish and even a frog or two that will delight in devouring the mosquito population. Purchase over the counter organic mosquito pesticides from your local gardening store and spray around your vegetation and in any areas where mosquitoes tend to breed.

Mosquito Problem? Call in Professional Help
If a mosquito control problem is chronic or seems to have gotten out of hand, find a reliable pest control company to send a professional exterminator. The exterminator can evaluate your infestation, make recommendations and apply safe but effective pesticide sprays in and around your home or business property to eliminate existing mosquitoes and any larvae getting reading to hatch.

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Termite Control
Termites in are a pest that has often been ridiculed and detested for hundreds of years. Termites usually manifest themselves in colonies and work together to provide for their young while eating dead plant material. The main reason humans do everything they can to rid these creatures from their homes and other outbuildings is the termite’s insatiable appetite for wood.

Termites Cause Millions of Dollars in Damage Annually
Termites can cause unprecedented damage to wood structures by devouring it. Many times when a hidden termite colony has been detected, a fair amount of damage has already occurred.

Subterranean termites find their origins in southern China. These particular termites have found their way to the Americas but are historically limited to the warmer southern regions of the United States. These “super termites” can eat and destroy wood at a faster pace than their commonly related cousins. Subterranean termites also normally build larger colonies as well. These large colonies can produce millions upon millions of young which in turn seek out palatable cellulose material to feed.

How Much Damage A Little Termite Can Do To Your Home
It is estimated that subterranean termites cost United States consumers a reported 4.5 billion dollars a year in an effort to rid or combat them. Causing damage to structures and trees themselves at an alarming rate is not the only concern, however. The overuse of termite pesticides can contaminate water supplies if not used responsibly. Termite extermination should always be handled by a professional, especially so if an infestation is anywhere near a water supply.

Termite Swarms
Termite swarms enable the colony to travel easily over distances and are identified by their wings. While looking similar to winged ants, there are subtle differences about them. Winged termites have a long and broad wing structure while flying ants have smaller wings and bent antennae. Subterranean termites like to enter homes through the ground in search of wood. This can cause issues in terms of early prevention. Because they like to burrow underground initially; a fair amount damage may have occurred. Although the winged stage of the termite is relatively harmless in terms of causing damage, this is the time for them to mate and create a new wood destroying colony. If there is any doubt whether or not termites are swarming in a particular area, it is best to consult a professional for an analysis.

Termite Treatment With Chemicals
Termite pesticides have long been the gold standard in regards to getting rid of these pesky insects. The common varieties of insecticides used to kill them are known as “termiticide”. These poisons are normally used to create a barrier of protection by being pumped into the ground effectively stopping the termite in its tracks. The major problem with using the older “termiticides” is the impact to the surrounding water supplies. Because of this, older chemicals have been widely accepted as being unsafe for the environment. Newer chemicals are available that have less of an impact and require much a less volume of these types of products. What historically would take several gallons to do; now only require a few ounces where the newer chemicals are concerned.

Termite Bait Stations
Termite baiting takes a better approach to the infestation problem. Consumable material that the termite loves is used to lure the population away from the home or wood constructed outbuilding. The bait food is laced with chemicals that will kill the perpetrators while infecting the colony. Some of these baiting products are installed underground and away from the home while others are placed above ground and near the offending colony. In dire situations, a combination of both bait stations and liquid chemical treatments may be necessary. Your pest control technician will install a system that will keep your home safe and inspect it on a quarterly basis.

Your full service pest control team can eliminate these pests as well as fleas, rats and cockroaches.

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