Termites are found, to some extent, throughout the United States. However, they are more common in some areas than in others. If you’re thinking of buying a home in an area where termites are common, there are a few steps you’ll want to take before you make an offer. Taking proper precautions, after all, can keep you from accidentally purchasing a home with extensive termite damage or an active infestation.
Ask the neighbors if they’ve had problems with termites.
Subterranean termites, which are the most popular type in many areas, live in colonies below ground. They tunnel from structure to structure, feeding on wood as they go. If the neighbors on either side of a home have had trouble with termites, the home is likely to also have termite problems.
Speaking to the neighbors may seem strange, but years ago before so much information about real estate was available online, …Read More
When you awake each morning to evidence left in your yard from a hungry and destructive nocturnal visitor, you may have a raccoon problem. Raccoons are one of the smarter nighttime food-foraging animals that can be a nuisance in both rural and urban neighborhoods, as they will search out any food source you have in your yard. Here are some tips to help you recognize signs of a raccoon problem and how to get rid of them from your yard.
Signs of Raccoon Trespassing
There are several different signs that will alert you to a raccoon problem in your yard and garden. Raccoons will tear open packages, garbage bags, feed sacks, and remove the lids from garbage cans to get to any food they can smell. It is interesting to note that raccoons were thought to be in the same genus as bears, as bears have a similar strong sense of smell for …Read More
If you’ve recently noticed the telltale signs of a mouse in your home — droppings in your drawers or cabinets, chewed-up book corners, or a tail darting out of sight when you enter the room — you may be wondering how to rid yourself of a potential infestation quickly. However, you may be reluctant to purchase commercial sprays or poisons if you have pets or young children in your home. Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to help forcibly evict these unwanted visitors. Read on to learn more about the most efficient and chemical-free ways to return your home to a mouse-free zone.
How do you know what type of mouse is invading your home?
Unlike the house mouse, which is a uniform light brown color with large ears and a pointy nose, the deer mouse often has a white belly or feet and a more …Read More
If you travel frequently, whether for leisure or business, you are at an increased risk of bringing home bed bugs. Bed bugs don’t discriminate; they’re just as likely to inhabit a five-star hotel in a fancy tourist area as they are a discount motel just off the highway. Worse, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Since the best treatment for bed bugs is to prevent them in the first place, take a look at this list of things you can do to discourage these bloodthirsty little hitchhikers from becoming unwanted vacation souvenirs.
Inspect Your Hotel Room
Upon entering your hotel room, place your suitcase on a table or the luggage rack and use a flashlight to check for signs of bed bug activity. Since you probably won’t see bed bugs walking around, particularly during the day, you’ll need to do some detective work. The signs you’ll be …Read More
Termites are responsible for $5 billion worth of property damage each year. If you aren’t lucky, you might find that your own house has been infested with termites. However, there are a number of good practices that you should keep in mind to help prevent a full-blown termite infestation. Keep in mind the following tips to ensure that you don’t ever have to lose portions of your home due to termite damage.
Keep Wood Off The Ground
Termites are a rascally form of insect that prefer the ground level rather than areas that are high up. Often times, when you discover termite infestations, they will most likely be towards your floor and near the foundation of your home. As such, it is important that you keep your wood off of the ground. By keeping your wood off of the ground, termites won’t have access to your massive stockpile of thick …Read More
If fruit flies take over your restaurant’s kitchen, take steps to get rid of them now. Although fruit flies don’t bite humans, they carry potentially dangerous bacteria that can endanger your customers’ health and the safety of your food. Like other filth flies, the bacteria carried by fruit flies can endanger your restaurant’s food supplies. As fruit flies land on utensils, pots, pans, and food, they walk or dart around the surfaces of these items. The contaminants living on the flies’ legs infect the items. If you don’t see the flies land on the items in your kitchen, you may not think to wash them before you use them for cooking or serving food. To avoid these issues, here are things you can do to get rid of the fruit flies and keep them away.
Find the Source of the Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are called filth flies because they eat …Read More