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Preventing Ants from joining your Memorial Day BBQ

While jokes about ants and their love of crashing picnics might get a round of laughter from the guests attending your Memorial Day barbecue, the reaction will probably be very different if these persistent pests actually begin marching into your backyard to join the festivities. How can you prevent ants from joining the party? Identifying Ants Ants are six-legged insects with narrow waists, large heads, powerful jaws and elbowed antennae. There are numerous species of ants, and their color and size vary depending on the exact species. They are normally black, brown or reddish, and they typically range in size from 2 millimeters to 25 millimeters. Social insects, they live cooperatively in colonies with up to 500,000 members. Unwelcome Foragers Ants are scavengers who will work diligently to scout out sources of food and moisture. In the wild, they eat nectar, seeds, insects, and fungi. However, they are also happy to...
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Why Termite Baiting Works

Arizona sits squarely in the midst of the Termite Belt—the band of southern states where termites are most prevalent and the damage that they do costs home owners billions of dollars each year. They typically enter unnoticed through a tiny crevice, but the bulk of their destruction impacts a home’s critical foundation, structural and support elements made of wood. Looking for a Food Source Many people don’t realize that—like ants and bees—termites are social creatures. Kings and queens breed to maintain the population, or colony. Pincer-jawed soldier termites protect that colony. Meanwhile, workers have responsibility for all labor, including finding food—wood or cellulose—and bringing it back to the colony to feed everyone. That means that workers in need of a new food source forage. These foraging worker termites tunnel outward in a starburst that radiates from the colony. Tunnels may be only a few feet long or can extend 100 yards...
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How to Stay Safe From Africanized Bees

In the deserts of Arizona, Africanized bees are not an uncommon sight. For many people, the sight of even one bee is frightening, let alone an entire swarm. However, panicking when you see a bee can lead to poor decisions with disastrous results. Learning about bees is a good way to protect yourself from danger. 1. Don't Panic If you come across a colony of bees in your yard, panic may set in and cause you to make some unfortunate choices. For example, if you run away with your arms flailing, you might irritate the bees further and end up with a significant number of bee stings. Some individuals have come to harm because they failed to pay attention to their surroundings, running straight into traffic or off a cliff. Making a quick escape in a straight line to an indoor space without drawing further attention to yourself is a wise...
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Dangers of Bats

Dangers of Bats If you live in the beautiful state of Arizona, then you've most likely seen a few of the 28 different species of bats that call this state home. Bats are actually extremely beneficial because they keep down the population of potentially dangerous mosquitoes and other pesky insects, but that doesn't mean that you want them to take up residence in or around your home. Here at Bill's Home Service, we've been called upon regularly to address bats that have decided to live in attics or just under the eaves of homes throughout the southern portion of Arizona. When Bats Invade Your Space While bats have no interest in any human interaction, they tend to find attics extremely attractive for the purposes of nesting. Because they're actually quite small when their wings aren't spread out for flight, bats find it easy to squeeze in through vents, chimneys, gable ends...
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Start your year with a home inspection

Start your year with a home inspection For the most part, southern Arizona homeowners don't face the same challenges as their counterparts in other parts of the country. Our fairly hot, arid climate cuts down on most of the property value threats that plague many Americans. Regardless, it's still a good idea to have your home inspected now and then. Here are just a few problems that a home inspection can identify early on. Unstable Foundations and Frames Unless you're a seasoned home inspector, it's difficult to accurately assess a house's structural integrity. Poor drainage and grading that directly impact the foundation can necessitate costly fixes later on if they're not rectified in due time. Likewise, a house frame that's been improperly assembled or modified is equally dangerous. Home renovations involving load-bearing walls that are performed by amateurs often impact structural stability in unexpected ways. Inferior Plumbing Infrastructure The state of...
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