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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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Why Customers Choose Indiana Pest Control?

Indiana Pest Control is a professional pest control company serving customers in Indianapolis, Carmel, Kokomo and the surrounding areas. Our service providers use the most advanced technology and techniques for eliminating pest infestations from your property. Our friendly customer service representatives can always provide you with additional details on our methods, products and related solutions for addressing the most distressing or dangerous pest problems in this area. About Indiana Pest Control Our company started providing pest-control services to residents and businesses in 1989. We offer a range of solutions that build on the relationships that we have established over several decades in business. Our experience allows us to work with people in the community in a way that addresses their actual concerns. We understand the common pests in this region, and we know the signs of infestation that often accompany the construction of residential and commercial properties in Indiana. Some of...
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What is the Difference Between a Carpenter Ant and a Termite?

Spotting the Differences Between Carpenter Ants and Termites Both residents and business owners throughout Indiana have experienced problems with termites and carpenter ants. Often, these two insects are mistaken for one another. Here at Indiana Pest Control, we've come up with a few tips to help you identify which problem pest has invaded your space. Swarming Activity Both carpenter ants and termites have functioning wings during part of their life span, and the warmth of the spring season causes them to swarm. Carpenter ants usually swarm in relatively small numbers, and you may notice that they sport two distinctly different wing sizes. Termites have wings that are identical in size and shape, and they swarm in numbers that reach the thousands. Both insects lose their wings after the swarming season has passed. Wood Damage Termites create more structural destruction than any other insect, and they cause billions of dollars in serious...
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Preventing Wildlife on Your Property

Preventing Wildlife on Your Property Although wild animals look cute and adorable, they can also become a nuisance to homeowners. These creatures view your home as a source of food and shelter. Over time, the amount of property damage may begin to take its toll. Here are some tactics to keep wildlife away. Keep Tree Limbs Trimmed Back Don’t allow tree limbs to hang over your home’s roof. Raccoons and squirrels will be able to easily climb onto the roof. They may eventually try to harbor inside of your attic. Removing these animals out of your home will prove to be a major hassle. Keep Garbage Cans Tightly Sealed An open garbage can will definitely lure wild animals. From rats to opossums, there are plenty of different creatures that can pose a problem. Keep your garbage lids securely closed at all times. Instead of using a plastic garbage can, consider purchasing...
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5 signs of bed bugs

5 signs of bed bugs Feeling scared and confused, most people don't know how to respond when they discover that bedbugs are living in their homes. These creatures will usually wait until their host falls asleep before striking. Knowing that these insects are in your home is unsettling, and they are among the most difficult pests to control. The good news is that you are not powerless when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from bedbugs. When you want to remove the threat, having the proper knowledge is a vital part of the process. You will need to know what attracts bedbugs, but understanding the signs of an infestation will help you take action before it's too late. Signs of Bedbug Activity Bedbugs are stealthy parasites, especially in the early stages of an infestation. Because they wait until you fall asleep to start feeding, months can go by before...
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Have A Pest Free Holiday

Have A Pest Free Holiday As the temperatures cool, outdoor pests look for warmer places to spend the winter. You may notice more bugs and rodents during the winter months, and this means that they have found food sources in your home. These are some important tips to remember. How Common Winter Pests In Indiana Enter Your Home Spiders, ants and cockroaches are common winter pests inside the home. Also, you may notice rats, mice and bats. Occasionally, a racoon may find its way indoors and hide in your basement or on an enclosed porch. These pests are all seeking both food and warmth. The best way to prevent them is to eliminate their entry points and food sources. Here are a few quick tips for preventing pests: Store flour, sugar and other foods in the freezer or in an airtight container. Avoid eating in bedrooms or other rooms in the...
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Don't Let Rodents in Your Home Ruin Your Holiday Season

It's hard to believe that the long, hot summer is coming to an end, and the busy holiday season is right around the corner. This should be a joyous time of family togetherness, festive holiday parties and big dinners for all of your best friends and loved ones, but it can all come crashing down when a nasty rodent makes an appearance in your home during the festivities. Here at Indiana Pest Control, we've been called on to eradicate or relocate a wide variety of rodents in even the most well-kept homes throughout our great state. Common Nuisance Rodents in Indiana While you can do your best to keep your home sealed properly against a rodent invasion, they are extremely good at using their sharp little teeth to make holes that allow them entrance to your home. With the cooler weather arriving, rodents will be looking for a good place to...
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