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5 Bed Bug Myths

Bed Bug Myths The bed bug is a small insect that is often hard to see with the naked eye. While it's a fact that they commonly live on mattresses and box springs, there are a few myths about bed bugs that people often listen to and believe without finding out the truth about them. Any kind of infestation by the bugs should be dealt with as soon as possible. 1. Flying Away There are many insects that can fly, but bed bugs are not among them. They don't have wings. When they are crawling, they travel close to a meter in about a minute. 2. Lots Of Babies One myth is that bed bugs tend to reproduce on a regular basis. This is not true. They are one of the slowest insects to reproduce, each female laying only one egg a day. This egg takes about 10 days to hatch. If bed...
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Continuously Pest Proof Your House With These Tips

When pests invade your home, it's can be hard to get rid of them, especially if they are certain types of pests, such as roaches, termites, and bed bugs. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to pest proof your home before they invade. If you find that there are any issues, you can contact a company like Bill's Home Service that can come to the home to look for the source of the problem and get rid of the pests in a safe manner for the family and any pets. Keeping a well maintained home and yard can significantly reduce pest issues inside and out. A few easy ways to pest proof your home include: Examine the home for any openings that might make it easy for pests to get inside. Seal these openings with weather stripping, patches for screens, or caulking material that will prevent pests...
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Treating a Bee or Wasp Sting

It's a beautiful summer day in Arizona. You're soaking in some of Arizona's famous sunshine while barbecuing, gardening or going barefoot in the backyard. Then, you accidentally disturb a nest of paper wasps or a colony of Africanized honey bees. Wasps and bees can inject a painful and even life-threatening dose of venom in seconds. If you or a family member has been stung by an insect, here's what you should do. First Aid for Insect Stings If you were stung by a bee, you'll notice a black dot in the center of the wound. Try removing this stinger using a credit card or your fingernail. Thoroughly wash the sting site with soap and water. Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as naproxen sodium or ibuprofen, to minimize the pain and inflammation. Diphenhydramine, which is available as a cough syrup or topical cream, is a safe and effective antihistamine that relieves...
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In What Climate Do Termites Live?

While some homeowners fear termites and the problems they cause, others prefer to look the other way and hope that a termite infestation would never happen to them. Knowing about termites and what they can do to your property is vital if you don't want to find yourself in a bad situation. Inability to detect and identify termites only gives the invaders even more time to cause harm, and you don't want to make that mistake. In addition to knowing the common warning signs, you must also understand the climate in which termites thrive. The Perfect Climate If termites got to choose their climate, they would pick areas that are dark, warm and moist. These pests are the most active during the hot months of summer, but they don't disappear in the winter. Even though they are less active than they are in the summer, termites are still a threat you...
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When to Call a Professional to Handle Bees and Wasps

If you have spotted a beehive or wasp nest in your yard, taking the proper steps to protect yourself and others is vital. A lot of people wonder whether they should deal with the problem or contact a professional, and you might have the same question. Unless you are a trained beekeeper or pest control expert with the proper equipment, you should always seek the help of a professional. The Risk of Addressing the Problem Alone If you would like to get a better understanding of why you should always turn to an expert, take a look at the risks to which you could be exposed if you move forward without help. If you try to manage a bee or wasp issue but don't follow the proper steps, you will agitate the hive and get stung, but you are also putting other people in harm's way. If you or someone you...
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