5 Tips On How To Avoid Bug Bites Around The House

It doesn’t seem to matter how clean the house and yard are, I always see a bug or two. After my dog was bit by something near his eye, I decided to do some serious research on how to avoid that happening to him again, or worse, to one of the kids! Here are some tips I found from talking with other moms, some professionals and doing a little reading of my own.

1. Duck tape that scorpion

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I don’t get too many scorpions around my neighborhood, but I thought it’d be a great thing to know how to deal with them just in case I ever ran across one.
Scorpions can sting even after they are dead, so disposing of the body can be just as ‘risky’ as trying to kill it. If you can kill them safely (smashing hard with a thick boot, for example), do so, but do not pick it up with your bare hands or with a thin tissue.

It was recommended by professional exterminator to use the sticky side of duck tape to pick them up. Then, be sure to put the scorpion in a place that small children or pets cannot get to. Try to flush it down a toilet (if the bundle is small enough to flush) or toss it into the big outside trashcan or dumpster, as opposed to the kitchen garbage where curious children or puppies can reach.

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2. Watch out around sources of water

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When I vented my frustration of finding bugs in my clean house, I was made aware of an interesting fact. Sure, bugs are attracted to food left on the ground, but more so to sources of water. That was what was leading insects to my house. I have watered grass, a pool, and a house full of water sources and plants that are regularly watered.

My dog, who loves sticking his face in my bushes, very likely was bit when he disturbed an insect that made its home near the plant bed’s water source! Lesson to learn from here: be extra aware around sources of water.

Tip: If you have to move a plant, do some gardening or work around a pool or fountain, wear some think gloves and be extra cautious!

3. If you move it, wear gloves!

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If there is a pile of wood or a plank that has been sitting for more than a few hours in a single spot, make sure you wear a pair of thick gloves if you have to move it. Insects tend to gravitate towards organic material (which, unfortunately, our homes are made of!). If you have tools that are in dark sheds for weeks, watch for bugs, especially spiders, when you go to move it. Dark, quiet, undisturbed areas are ideal spots for creepy crawlies to hide.

The scary thing is that some of these creepy crawlies bite! Make sure that the children you’re your spouse know to be wary when moving things that have been in one spot for a while: pool toys that were stored all winter, tools and garden supplies, even an outside dog bowl can be known to attract insects under it.

4. Use a light!

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Usually, insects are most active at night. If you absolutely must go in a dark area, make sure you have footwear on and use a light! For particularly scorpion heavy areas, a portable black light flashlight is very handy. There is a substance in their exoskeleton that will glow under a black light.

Either way, make sure you illuminate the places you go at night, especially where you place your hands and feet. Watch out for spider webs, as well, as the spiders are active and hunting at night. You don’t want to get bit in the face by a spider on the web you walked through!

5. Exterminate on a regular basis.

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Many people, including myself, only exterminate once or twice a year, if that. After doing some research, I learned that the products that professional companies use only last about 60 days and the stuff found in the stores, last even less time. Many times, that is not enough time to take care all the bugs and any eggs that might have been laid.

There are also many species of bugs that, once inside the home, will hide within the walls of the house. They may stay there weeks or months without leaving. If you spray around your home and the insects do not venture out within the 60 day window, you may miss hundreds of little critters hiding just out of site.

Tip: find a company that will do regular pest control services on a monthly or bimonthly basis. It would be ideal if the company you choose does an in wall treatment, as well extensive inside and outside treatments.

Avoiding bug bites around the house is not as difficult a task as one might think. It is just a matter of taking a more proactive approach and becoming more vigilant until you can find a pest company that can eliminate those biting pests.

Author Bio:  is an aspiring novelist, with books in the works for both children and adults. While away from the computer, she enjoys running and doing yoga. She is also rediscovering her joy of swimming and biking and has a couple sprint triathlon races in sight.

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Creepy-Crawly Health Threats And Where They Often Hide Inside Your Home

It is repulsive to see insects crawling out of your kitchen or bathroom sink. Although this may seem like a scene from a horror movie, it is actually a common occurrence in real life. A number of homeowners experience this type of problem, which can really make the skin crawl. So, why are insects and other harmful creatures living in your drain pipes? Are these creepy crawlies drawn to other areas inside your home as well? Why and where?

Factors That Attract Animals to a House

A variety of bugs, as well as rodents, often find themselves living in your home because of three main factors – food, shelter and warmth. They will be drawn to the scent of food from inside your home, and they’ll get to anything that’s uncovered. They’ll even rummage through your garbage. Some animals don’t eat the same thing that you do. What they prefer is you or your pet, which is the case with blood-sucking pests, such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Animals that have also been displaced from their homes might move in to yours, while others seek a place that’s protected from the elements. This is why it’s very important to bug-proof your house.

Harmful Creatures In Your Home

Some insects are just a nuisance, but others could endanger your health. Bugs that you should watch out for include -

o Mosquitoes - These insects are tiny but they can transmit very dangerous disease-causing organisms, such as those that cause dengue hemorrhagic fever, malaria, and many types of encephalitis. These minute bloodsucking beasts find their way inside your home via open doors and windows and are most abundant in places where there is stagnant water. Watch out for them in bathrooms and kitchens. But they could fly anywhere while looking for prey.

o Fleas and Ticks - An infested dog can bring fleas and ticks inside your home. You might also unknowingly bring these inside your house after being in the woods. Ticks can cause many serious illnesses, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, while fleas can bring about the following diseases – murine typhus, anemia, and the plague. Kill fleas and ticks inside your home. Also, maintain your backyard well to deter these pests from hanging around your property.

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o Cockroaches - These creatures are the ones that often come out of kitchen or bathroom drain pipes. Roaches inhabit sewers and compost pits, and they can spread all sorts of organisms, including E. coli and salmonella, and worsen allergies. These critters are also very hard to totally eradicate, especially if they are already established in your drainage system or sewage. If scenes of horror movies are unfolding right in front of you because of roaches creeping out of your pipes, drains or sinks, consult experts. Team Electric Plumbing professionals say that they can help you update your drainage system to minimize future problems. This is important because a well-maintained plumbing system can help discourage roaches, as well as other dreadful pests, like rats, mice, and flies.

o Spiders and Scorpions - These arachnids are harmful creatures because they can sting and inject venom into your system. Generally, their poison won’t harm humans. However, their venom could be poisonous and life-threatening to very young children, the elderly, and adults that are very sensitive to insect stings. You’ll often find them in attics and basements. Spiders also like to hide inside boxes, laundry, and shoes.

Other areas where you’ll often find pesky bugs are – inside neglected pantries or cupboards, in closets or drawers, in garages, in trash cans or recycling bins, in attics, in walls, and in baseboards. Be wary of insects because not only are they a nuisance, but they can also threaten your health.

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Claire Willows is a freelance writer. Through her blogs, she shares her experiences regarding her DIY and home management projects.

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5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Pest-Free

Pests can be a headache to deal with, literally – the harsh smell that comes from chemical bug sprays is enough to give anyone a headache. However, chemical bug sprays are not your only option for keeping away pests. Below we will discuss five natural ways to keep your home pest-free.

Repel Ants with Vinegar

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Everyone knows that ants can be difficult to get rid of, but there is a natural repellent that works wonders. If you’ve spotted ants creeping along your counters or floorboards, simply make a mixture that’s half water, half vinegar. Use the solution to wipe down your counters and any other surfaces where you’ve seen ants crawling about. Repeat several times a day for best results. Wiping down your surfaces with this vinegar solution destroys the scent trail that the ants use in order to navigate, throwing them off course.

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with Catnip

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Even though your cat may love catnip, mosquitoes hate it. In fact, according to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes better than DEET. To keep mosquitoes out of your yard, grow catnip in your garden. To repel them when you go outside, try applying undiluted catnip oil to your skin. This should keep them away from you and protect you from nasty mosquito bites for up to 2 hours.

Fend off Spiders with Citrus

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Spiders hate citrus, so a great way to fend them off is by mixing water with unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Use the mixture to spray down your kitchen counters and other surfaces where spiders may dwell, such as doorways and windowsills. You can also scatter orange, lemon, and lime peel around your garden to keep the spiders away.

Ward off Fleas with Salt

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A good way to rid your home of fleas is by alternating salting and vacuuming your floors. This will kill flea eggs, as well as suck up any live bloodsuckers. Since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be persistent. Salt your floors every day for nine days, vacuuming every third day. Be sure to empty the vacuum cleaner each time, or else any live fleas that you’ve sucked up will simply hop back out and make their way back into your carpet!

Scare Away Flies with Basil

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For some reason, flies really despise the smell of basil. You can use this to your advantage by placing pots of basil around your house, especially at doorways, on windowsills, and on your kitchen counter. If your house doesn’t let in enough sunlight to keep a potted plant thriving, then you can hang dried basil in small muslin pouches throughout your home, focusing on entryways and your kitchen. Be sure to rub the pouch occasionally to keep the scent strong. Alternately, you can plant basil around the exterior of your house, creating a barrier between the flies and your home.

These are just a few natural remedies to keep your home pest-free. If you find yourself still facing a pest problem after trying these, you may need to call in a pest control professional in order to find a solution.

About the author: Chris is writer for Fox Pest Control, a Connecticut based pest control company.

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Bug Movies From The Twenty-First Century

Bugs have long been the culprits of horror flicks, and for good reason: most people find insects to not only be creepy and crawly, but absolutely terrifying. The 1950s and ’60s saw a slew of B-flicks featuring gigantic bugs as evil monsters that trampled through countless American towns, as horror flicks (and B-flicks in particular) soared in popularity. The 1980s saw a revival of the bug-themed B-flicks, with movies like The Fly and Tremors becoming box-office hits. But did you know that bugs continue to play the villain’s role in modern horror movies? Below is a list of five horror movies from the 21st century featuring monstrous insects that will – literally – make your skin crawl.

1. Dragon Wasps

 

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When a scientist’s father goes missing, she enlists the help of the US Army to search for him deep in the Belizean jungle. What ensues is conflict with a strange guerrilla army controlled by a mysterious and mystical warlord and… giant, mutant wasps. That have a thirst for blood. To protect themselves, the protagonists rub themselves with coca leaves –and thereby experiencing the “effects” of it – as well as use blocks of cocaine as explosives. Made in 2012, this movie is one of the most recent of the bug B-flicks.

2. They Nest

 

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Also known as Creepy Crawlers when it was released in the year 2000, this movie tells the story of how a Maine island becomes infested with rare, lethal cockroaches which bear strange pincers that enable them to eat their victims from the inside out. A doctor who recently moved to the island from the city must battle the bugs, while trying to convince the local folk to believe him. Although only rated PG13, this movie is pretty disturbing and is not for the squeamish.

3. Mansquito

 

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Also known as Mosquito Man, this 2005 flick follows the story of a convicted murderer who transforms into a mutant mosquito after a DNA experiment with a scientist goes awry. The “mansquito” goes on a killing spree which leaves his victims sucked dry and soon – horror of horrors! – the lead female scientist – who happens to be romantically involved with the cop who originally arrested the convict and is the only person smart enough to solve the case – starts to transform into a mosquito herself!

4. Ice Spiders

 

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This 2007 flick stars Vanessa Williams and Patrick Muldoon, in a horrifying tale of a government experiment gone awry. When a ski team arrives at the Lost Mountain Ski Resort to train for the Olympics, they are thrilled that a retired Olympic skier is going to help them train – until a local scientist arrives with the news that giant spiders – which have been produced by a top secret government project – have escaped, and are devouring everything in sight. Snow, ungodly webs, and Olympic hopefuls battling horrible humongous CGI spiders –what could be better?

5. Mongolian Death Worm

 

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This made-for-TV movie from 2010 starring Sean Patrick Flanery tells the story of an American oil company that awakens a nest of deadly “death worms” when they set up an experimental drilling facility in the deserts of Mongolia. Of course, the creatures breed and spread, devouring everyone who crosses their path. Only one man can stop them – an adventurer and treasure hunter who has dedicated his life to seeking a legendary tomb that is fabled to be protected by the horrendous Death Worms. The hero faces a major dilemma: he knows in his heart he must kill the Death Worms, but doing so would destroy his life’s work. Of course, not destroying the worms could lead to the worms destroying him! What to do, what to do?

Bad acting, bad special effects and geographically inaccurate scenery makes for a splendid time for those who enjoy low-budget flicks, which is exactly what “Mongolian Death Worm” is.

While these movies were all made for TV, it’s simply because the days of watching B-flicks starring giant mutant bugs at the drive-in have passed us by. Still, who says we can’t continue to watch –and enjoy – some hokey bug flicks?

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a Jersey City Pest Control company. Chris used to enjoy interesting and quirky movies but now that he has children he sticks to Disney and Pixar films.

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Pest Control Mesa Wishing You Happy Holidays

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Christmas Checklist

I can’t believe it; Christmas is just around the corner! There is so much to be done before the big day. Many of us will be trying to do some last minute shopping to find that perfect gift for a family or loved one. We’ll be scurrying to mail those last few Christmas cards. While we’re decking the halls, checking out the lights at the Mesa Temple, and baking all those Christmas goodies, it’s easy to overlook one important necessity… The pest control. Unwanted pests can easily turn a very joyful holiday season into one of misery.

Make Sure Your Christmas Is Pest Free

Pest control professionals in Mesa, AZ can assist in making your Christmas great and of course pest free. With the cooler winter months finally here in Mesa, pests will make their way inside your home looking for places to overwinter. Spiders and silverfish are especially common invaders this time of year.

If you live in the Mesa, AZ area, and are having trouble with silverfish, spiders, or pantry pests like the Meal Moth or Sawtooth Grain Beetle, call a Mesa pest control specialist before your family and friends arrive for Christmas! Don’t let those pesky pantry pests spoil your Christmas dinner!

Merry Christmas

Pest Control Mesa, AZ would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy this special time of year with your loved ones, and reflect on everything in your life that is truly important.

Mesa Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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