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Do I Have Ants or Termites?

At Bill’s Home Service Company, we do a lot of pest control. The Arizona climate seems to be the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of pests that you don’t want in your home. One of the more frequent calls we receive is from customers who don’t quite know what type of pest they have, but they know that they need our help. It’s help we’re glad to give, and a common identification question that we’ll begin hearing frequently in the coming months is how to tell the difference between ants and termites. You don’t want either of these insects in your home, but knowing what you have can help protect your home better. In the case of termites, it’s vital to get treatment right away due to the damage they can cause to your home. Ants We know the most common ants, but how do you tell what you have...
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How to Remove Ticks From Yourself and Your Pets

Ticks are one of many elusive pests that can bring disease and irritation to pets and humans. You might instantly notice if a tick is on you, but your dog or cat might be the home of a tick too. Ticks vary in size from being as small as a head of a pin to as large as a sunflower seed. If you notice a tick on the coat of your pet, you can remove it with a brush or comb, and discard it. If you notice that a tick is biting you or your pet’s skin, there is a process that must be taken for you to remove the tick in the right ways. How To Remove A Tick Firstly, get a pair of pointed tweezers, or specialty tick tweezers that you can get from a veterinarian. These will be your tools to force the tick off of you or...
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I Have Termites—Now What?

You’ve probably heard stories about termites before; the destruction they can cause and the anxiety they bring, but now you have them for yourself, and the fear is setting in. But stay calm, termites are problematic, but there are steps you can take to handle them. Here’s what to do if you believe they are termites making a meal out of your house. What are the first steps? Confirm it is Termites Before you do anything else, check to make sure you actually have termites. A lot of times, wood damage can be caused by other things like water, rodents, or exposure to the elements, so it’s essential you find out for certain where exactly the damage is coming from. You can do this by trying to find individual termites or at least the mud tubes they leave behind. Mud tubes are basically the tunnels they make throughout wooden beams. Otherwise,...
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When is it Time to Call Professional Pest Control?

Bill's Home Service Termite & Pest Control, serving the southern region of Arizona, understands that you might be unsure of when you need professional help. We’ve been in operation since 1964 and have developed an understanding of how Arizona’s unique climate impacts the type of pests that you encounter. With 50 plus years in the pest control business, Bill’s knows exactly how to tackle these tricky pests for you. The hot, arid climate combined with the rainy seasons can contribute greatly to an infestation that can escalate rapidly. Infestation Situations During a home purchase or sale, it may not occur to many buyers or sellers, but having your home professionally inspected either before selling or prior to purchasing is one of the best actions you can take to protect yourself. While a clear inspection might help you sell your house faster, you should never purchase a home without a clear pest...
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How to Keep Pests Out of Attics and Crawl Spaces

As we head toward cooler weather, there are many reasons to get your home ready for the winter months ahead. One reason is that pests are going to want to get in out of the cold any way they can. This is a great time of year to protect your home against these intruders before they get too hard to control. Attics and crawl spaces are especially attractive for pests. There is no foot traffic, and they can be pretty easy to get into. They want to stay warm just like we do, so they find a way to get in to seek refuge for the upcoming winter. Take steps now to make sure that they don't get into your home. Inspect Your Home During the Day The first thing that you should do is thoroughly inspect your home during the day. Keep a list of anything you find that needs...
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