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Creating a Pest-Free Kitchen - What You Need to Know

Having unwanted dinner guests can cause problems like health issues and property damages! How can you avoid these unwanted dinner guests? The simple solutions include cleaning, removing the food supply and sealing the doorways for the pests. Many times, you can prevent these pests by simply changing your daily routines. But if you already have the pests in your home, then you may need extermination services. Kitchen Cleaning Remember that even the smallest of food crumbs can attract pests into your home. So, to avoid your unwanted guests, make sure that you keep your kitchen and trash area clean. Here are a few things that you will want to try: Wipe up the counters and under the dish mat. Do not leave dishes in the sink. Take out your trash regularly. Mop or vacuum your floors. Wipe down the stove and microwave. Removing the Food Supply The pests need to eat....
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Facts About Cockroaches You Probably Didn’t Know

Cockroaches For many, just the word alone gives us the heebie-jeebies. You don't want to think about them, you don' want to talk about them, and you certainly don't want them in your house! As gross as these insects are for many of us, though, they are actually interesting little creatures. Don't believe us? Here are some fascinating facts about cockroaches that you probably didn't know. They're Old When it comes to longevity, there are very few species that have existed longer than cockroaches. It's believed that roaches first appeared sometime before the age of the dinosaurs, around 350 million years ago, if not sooner. There're not many other species in the animal kingdom that can claim that kind of pedigree! Can Survive Nuclear Radiation Roaches have been found at sites such as Chernobyl, under radioactive conditions that would fry most other animals. In fact, roaches are just really good at...
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3 Things You Should Know About Bat Control

Bat control services can help people who are dealing with an infestation from these pests. They often find a way into the attic space where they can breed without being detected. Bats are known for their nocturnal habits, and this makes them difficult to control. Bats can leave droppings in the attic space, and the smell might attract smaller pests to the area. Once the pest infestation begins, it can be difficult to contain. Bat Control Experts Expertise in the field of bat control is essential when you are dealing with these pests. They are difficult to capture once they enter the attic, and they have particular habits that you might not understand. Pest control experts are trained to identify these habits and cycles of hibernation. Many people are concerned about the removal process out of concern for these animals. It is possible to remove them without killing them at all,...
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How to Bed Bug Proof Your Home

It isn’t very often that something so small can cause so much grief, but homeowners who have faced a bed bug infestation know just how troublesome the tiny bed bug can be. Making their home in bedding and in bed frames, bed bugs come out at night to bite and feed on the blood of people and animals, just like mosquitoes. And like mosquito bites, bed bug bites cause itching, welts, rashes and other problems. Happily, it’s not too difficult to keep bed bugs at bay. Just a few simple precautions will help keep your home bed bug free. Keep Things Clean Regularly washing your sheets, comforters and other bedding is perhaps the best way to keep bed bugs away and to take care of any bed bugs that might be present. Wash bedding in hot water with a good detergent, and you will do much to prevent a bed bug...
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Different Snakes You Might See in Indiana

While there’re plenty of scary pests in the area, snakes are arguably the most terrifying. These slithery serpents often catch people by surprise. However, some species are actually very beneficial to environment. Let’s take a look at some of the different snakes you might see in Indiana. Timber Rattlesnake Growing up to five feet long, timber rattlesnakes are extremely dangerous. Although timber rattlesnakes try to avoid interactions with humans, they won’t hesitate to strike when threatened. A timber rattlesnake’s vibrating tail is a warning sign for you to stay far away. Some of the symptoms of a rattlesnake bite include difficulty breathing, numbness, and blurred vision. Southern Black Racer It’s definitely not uncommon for locals to run across a Southern black racer. While this snake is not venomous, needle-sharp teeth enable it to inflict a bite. Full-grown Southern black racers can reach 70 inches in length. Not only can Southern black...
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How Similar Are Termites and Cockroaches?

Although termites closely resemble ants in appearance, genetic testing has confirmed that the termite's closest relative is actually a species of wood-eating cockroach. This revelation finally ends the debate over the termite's evolutionary status that has been ongoing within the scientific community since the 1930s. Scientists have known for some time that cockroaches, termites, and praying mantises were connected because of certain shared features and traits; however, they were unsure exactly how each of them evolved into their present form. A team of scientists from the Natural History Museum in London studied the DNA of 107 different species of cockroaches, termites, and mantises and concluded that termites broke from their cockroach ancestors around 170 million years ago. The largest family of termites, Termitidae, is believed to have developed around 54 million years ago. Find the Similarities According to researchers, specific traits found in cockroaches may have served as the foundation for...
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How to Have a Pest-Free Picnic

If you are going on a picnic and don't want pests to strike, you are likely wondering what steps you should take so that you can prevent pests from ruining your fun. Pests that find your picnic can contaminate your food, sting and cause a range of other problems that you and your guests won't want to face, and this could stop your guests from going on future picnics if you don’t address the issue. Even though pests can make trouble when you least expect it, a proven plan will empower you to avoid them and have an amazing time during your picnic. You will not need to worry about avoidable issues because you will know you have done the right thing. Keep Ants at Bay Unless you do something about it at the start of your picnic, ants will find your food and launch an invasion before you know it....
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Understanding Yellow Jackets and How To Prevent Getting Stung

Fierce and adaptable, yellow jackets are a far cry from distant relatives like the gentler, slower honeybee. yellow jackets are actually a type of wasp, and they come in several varieties: the German, the eastern and the common yellow jacket. While markings among the three types vary slightly, all exhibit a dogged determination to preserve and protect the nest and a propensity to sting not just once but as many times as warranted. They are not for the unwary or the faint of heart, but understanding their life cycle can help you avoid their sting. Understanding Yellow Jacket Behavior Yellow jackets are social creatures. Their nest is their community. Once the queen selects a site for the nest and lays her eggs, the resulting workers and drones exist primarily to expand and defend the colony while bringing that season’s broods to maturity. Yellow jacket populations grow rapidly and often number in...
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What is Frass and How Can I Identify It?

Drywood termites can damage the structure of your property in a short amount of time. These insects use the wood from your home to build their nests and colonies. Wood material provides the termites with all of the material needed to create a colony. This includes building supplies as well as a stable source of food. They can also regulate their body temperature using the nourishment from the wood. There are also other types of termites, and identifying the specific type of termite is essential for eliminating them from the property. What is Frass? Frass is the name given to insect droppings, and termite frass is generally shaped like a pellet. Termite frass pellets can be used for fertilizer or even food supply by other insects. It is composed of consumed materials, which may include pieces of consumed wood, parts of other insects and even additional fecal matter. Since the frass...
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What to Do When You Find a Wasp Nest in Indiana

It's not uncommon to find wasp nests around homes in Indiana. These insects deliver potent stings that force thousands of people to use hospital emergency rooms. They're particularly dangerous to anyone with a venom allergy. Finding Nests You might notice a wasp nest while inspecting your house or performing everyday chores. These pests often construct hives in porches, outbuildings, trees and bushes. They also live under eaves and outdoor stairs. All of these places protect them from rain. If you locate a nest, make an effort to fully examine your house and any nearby structures. You may find additional wasps in the area. Be sure to close all windows near the nesting sites. Precautions Take the time to tell family members about a nest, and warn anyone who visits your home. Keep any pets away from the insects. Be sure to avoid walking near a hive, especially when wasps become more...
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3 Interesting Facts About Ants

AntAnts, one of the most numerous insects on the planet, ruin the enjoyment of outdoor living spaces and invade buildings. Their complex, cooperative society has enabled them to survive and thrive in a wide range of environmental conditions. Once indoors, ants can establish a colony in seldom-disturbed locations, such as underneath large appliances, behind cabinets or inside walls. Keep reading for some interesting facts about ants and why it is so difficult to eradicate their colonies. Ants Are Located Almost Everywhere on Earth There are over 12,000 ant species in the world. Their colonies have been found on every continent except Antarctica. While a few locations like Greenland do not have indigenous species, ants brought to these areas have adapted to the environment. As a result, your property has the potential to experience an ant infestation no matter where you live. When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail for others to...
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What you need to know about roaches

roach plYou already know that roaches are dreaded pests that can spread pathogens by just walking around your living spaces. They seem to breed at the speed of light and can withstand many of your attempts at extermination. There are thousands of species of roaches in the world. The relative good news is that just four of these species like to cohabit with humans. However, these four types of roaches that include the American cockroach and the German cockroach are formidable enemies for many Indiana households. The best strategy for war against these pests is understanding your enemy. Here are some things that you need to know about roaches in preparation for ridding your place of these pests for good.  Social Behavior According researchers, many species of roaches are considered to be social insects. They work together in communities to locate and communicate information about shelter, food and water sources for their...
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Can rats damage your home?

Rat a tat tatRat infestations can cause extensive damage to the structure of your home. Preventing a rat infestation can save you thousands of dollars on expensive repairs. Although there is no way to calculate the amount of the damage these pests can cause, every home is an investment that should be protected from the damage caused by various species of rats and mice. Rats are instinctive pests, and they can avoid common traps and bait. They also tend to avoid places that smell like human beings, so they can be difficult to spot. Rats are also known for their breeding habits. They can remain in the walls or other dark places for extended periods of time without being detected. How Rats Enter the Home These pests are capable of entering the building through various holes and apertures. They might enter the home through the attic, basement or openings near drain pipes. They can...
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Don't Invite Pests to Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Don't put up with uninvited guests on Thanksgiving Day. Pest-proof your home against invasive insects and rodents before the holiday arrives. Whether it's a small gathering or a large event, pests can quickly ruin everyone's time as insects scurry across counters and fly throughout the room. Indiana Pest Control has some advice to prevent stubborn pests from taking a seat at your dinner table. Thanksgiving Day Pest Prevention Pest-proof your yard. Keeping out unwanted pests starts with cleaning up and maintaining your yard. Pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, cutting back the shrubs and removing thatch are keys to eliminating and preventing pest infestations. Pests also tend to congregate beneath objects such as tires and old boards, so remove those items and more from your yard. Seal cracks around your home. Building a barrier between your home and the outside is one way to stop interior pest infestations. Small cracks go unnoticed,...
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How to Tell if That Bug is a Bed Bug?

Bed bug infestations are best dealt with before they spread or become established. While treating infestations are always inconvenient, it’s easier and cheaper to treat one in its initial stages. If you wind up with an extensive infestation, then it will be a challenge to remove it from your home or business. Is that Bug a Bed Bug? Bed bugs are small insects, ones that have flat bodies. Pest control companies often tell people that bed bugs resemble the size and color of apple seeds. The insects are reddish brown, and they are especially good at hiding in your home. They like mattresses, bedding, furniture, clutter and carpets. You don’t have to spot an actual bug to determine that you have an infestation. While the bugs themselves do a good job of hiding, they don’t mask other signs of their presence. They leave behind brown to black stains, which is their...
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Preparing for Fall Pests

As we look ahead to the upcoming Fall season, it makes sense to also prepare for the possibility of Fall pests. As the weather begins to cool off, insects and rodents start looking for warmth and shelter indoors. This can mean that ants, roaches, spiders, and rodents become common yet unwelcome additions to your home. The following paragraphs will discuss the issues that can come about with these common pests and some practical steps you can take to prevent developing infestations this Fall season. Rodents Rats and mice are a common problem throughout most of the United States. As the weather outside cools off, rodents can make their way into your home to find warmth, food, and water. Rodents not only create a huge problem with structural damage to your home but they also have been known to carry diseases that can be passed to humans. Rodent droppings can also harbor...
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Professional Ant Control: Don't Try This At Home

Indiana Pest Control serves our valuable customers within Indianapolis, Kokomo, Carmel and the surrounding areas. Our service providers are proficient at performing a variety of pest-control techniques. However, some of our new customers do not recognize the difference in the services we provide and the home treatments that are available over the counter. Although this is not a critical distinction in most cases, there are times when it is extremely risky to use an amateur method. At least one case occurred where a serious fire started while a man attempted to perform an extermination procedure for an ant infestation. The Amateur Ant-Removal Case The presence of combustible items in the home often escapes the attention of the pest-removal amateur. In some cases, this can become a flammable situation, and the danger is increased when using certain methods. Specifically, there was a striking case of a man who attempted to use wooden...
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Top Places Spiders Hide In Your Home

Indiana Pest Control serves the needs of customers in the Indianapolis, Kokomo, Carmel and surrounding areas. This region is pleasant during the warm months of the year, but these pleasant temperatures can also invite small insects and other pests into the area. These small critters might escape human attention, but they are delicious treats to a variety of spiders found in this region. Spiders will set up shop whenever there are small insects that can become a steady source of food. This includes attics, crawlspaces, garage corners, basements and even inside the walls of the home. The Spiders of Indiana There are quite a few different types of spiders located in this part of the country. Pest Control professionals can quickly identify the signs of a spider infestation, but they also understand where they hide. Additional hiding spaces can be unique to certain species. Here are some of the most common...
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Prepare Your Yard for Your July 4th BBQ

Getting rid of fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes for good is a job for the experts. However, you can prevent these pests from spoiling your Fourth of July barbecue. Here are some tips on preparing your property for outdoor entertaining. Fleas Fleas are tiny creatures with shiny, reddish-brown bodies. They are parasites that feed on blood, and they can jump great distances to attach to a host. Pets, wild animals, and even humans are fair game. Outside, fleas prefer moist, shady areas. They hide around doghouses, lawn furniture, and fences. One way to find them is to wear tall white socks and walk around your yard. If there’s a flea problem, your socks will soon be speckled. Make sure that your pets have been treated for fleas. Then, mow your grass, bag the cuttings and clear the yard of other organic debris. Disturbing fleas’ natural habitat makes it harder for them to...
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Prevent Raccoons from Crashing Your BBQ

As people in Indianapolis prepare to kick off summer with backyard Memorial Day barbecue parties, they are likely not thinking about the possibility of raccoons crashing their parties. Highly intelligent, these pesky creatures know to go where food is located, and if people do not take steps to control raccoons and to prevent them from trespassing into their yards, they may wreak havoc with people's homes and yards. Fortunately, there are steps that people can take to control raccoon populations and to prevent them from coming onto their property. Raccoons and Why They Forage With their distinctive masked faces and bushy, striped tails, raccoons are cute animals. Unfortunately, they can carry disease and are highly destructive. Normally, rats live in forested areas, setting up their dens in hollow trees. They are very adaptable, however, and they are commonly found in suburban and urban areas. In the city, raccoons may set up...
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