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Losing Sleep Over Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a problem you need to address before a complete infestation happens. Once they are in your house, they can be quite difficult to get rid of. But, there are some steps you can take to make sure they do not make it that far. Here are some tips you can use to make sure bed bugs stay far away from your home. Cover Your Power Outlets Bed bugs will use power outlets to travel from room to room and extend their infestation to other areas of a house. Simply covering the outlets will remove this possibility so you can identify them and get rid of them sooner. Put Your Clothing in Vacuum-Sealed Bags Separate your clothing by season and place anything you will not be wearing for a while in vacuum-sealed bags. That way they will not attract bugs to come in from the outside and make their...
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Five Ways To Prevent Roaches

You know the saying, “If you’ve seen one roach, you have many more that you can’t see.” Roaches love to hide away in your crawl spaces, attic and walls. Our warm and humid Florida climate doesn’t help matters either – roaches love it! How do you get rid of them if you have an infestation? Most likely, you will need a professional like PestBear to get rid of them once and for all. We’ve been providing professional pest control services for over 25 years. However, there are lots of things you can do to keep roaches at bay in your home. Here are five of our best tips we tell our customers. Seal Holes This first tip is designed to stop roaches from coming into your home in the first place. Seal all holes on the outside of your home, and use weather stripping to seal around doors and windows. Also...
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Understanding Termite Colonies and How They Spread

Termites live in social systems that are elaborate in structure. Typically, there is a queen, a king, workers and soldiers. Some species have multiple kings and queens, though this is rare. Worker and soldier termites are sterile. Unlike other colony/hive insects (ants, bees, etc.), termites have both genders in the worker and soldier classes. Family Size Queen termites can lay up to 10,000 eggs in just one day, which is how some colonies can grow to numbers in the low millions. More often than not, they opt to keep colonies much smaller...around a few hundred thousand. Though the king and queen are the sole breeders for a colony, some species are able to change some nymph-stage termites into reproductive males and females should the king and queen need some assistance, or are no longer able to reproduce. The caste system is closely regulated, within a colony, with a preferred ratio of...
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I Have Roaches - Now What?

As a homeowner, there are few worse feelings than finding a roach in your home. You might be headed to the kitchen for a late-night snack or glass of water, and as you round the corner into the kitchen, you see it: a brown, ovoid cockroach scurrying away from the light. Before it can escape, you smash the crap out of it with your shoe. As it writhes in its final death throes, you see another pestilent invader crawling into your kitchen cabinets by the oven. It has begun. While this is a bit more dramatic than most people’s cockroach discoveries, finding one cockroach usually means there are more. You’ve got a problem with cockroaches, plural, and just how plural remains to be seen. Before you call an exterminator, give these first steps a try to see if you can stop an infestation before it escalates. Prep the Exterior of Your...
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What Are Roaches Most Attracted To?

When you think about how pests invade your home, you need to think about what drew them in. We all have things that attract us, and it is no different for the pests. For a cockroach, the attraction is the basic necessities to survive. These attractions include food, water and a place to stay. If you know what attracts roaches, then you can protect your home by eliminating what brings them in. A Food Attraction The main attraction for a cockroach is food. They are not picky. Any food remaining out on the counter, stove or in the sink is fair game. The roaches will even go after the crumbs. So, it is important to make sure that when you finish eating, everything is properly put away. Clean up the dishes in the sink and wipe down the counters. Do not forget to wipe up the floors to remove any fallen...
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Your Guide to Termite Infestations

One of the biggest pest threats to your home is one that can cause extensive damage. Termites are especially destructive, and the damage can cause many issues for you and the resale of your home. Before extensive damage can be done, look for signs of termites and contact a pest professional as soon as possible. How termites get in Cracks If you have cracks in your floor or foundation, you need to get them repaired. Termites can easily enter through these places. Shelter tubes They can also get in by building shelter tubes from the ground. These tubes allow them to get to wood located in dark and damp places. It's important to pay attention to the signs of termites in order to identify them early and avoid extensive damage to your home. How termites can damage your home The short-term damage The first things you may notice are pin-sized holes...
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How to Keep Your Lawn Healthy During the Colder Months

Maintaining a healthy lawn isn’t only about keeping it green. Fertilizing is just one piece of the puzzle. During the winter, it’s important to follow a proper watering schedule and take measures to prevent pests from making your yard their playground. Mowing Frequency Your grass might grow just as fast in the winter because the weather is milder and Florida still gets plenty of rainfall. Trimming your lawn regularly will make it less attractive to pests. Don’t cut the grass too short, though. Set your mower at the maximum recommended height for the type of turf that you have. This will allow the grass to develop a healthy root system, which will help keep it healthy throughout the winter. To keep it under control, you might have to mow more frequently than you do in the summer. Proper Fertilization When it comes to fertilizer, you can have too much of a...
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Avoiding Bed Bugs at College

Before the school year begins, it's important to learn about a few ways to avoid bed bugs in your college dorm room. If there is an infestation or even a few bugs seen on your bed or on furniture in the dorm, then a company like PestBear can help solve the issues so that the pests don't spread and so that you don't take them home with you. An easy thing that you can do to keep bed bugs and other pests out of your clothing and belongings is to keep everything in plastic storage containers or plastic bags that can be sealed. This puts a barrier between the bugs and your belongings. Keep your room clean. This is probably something your parents have told you all your life, but it's important if you don't want bed bugs or other bugs in your dorm room. Don't leave open food around or...
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What Attracts Roaches?

Cockroaches don’t need much to survive. If you take away their resources, the pests won’t feel like you’re a very good host, and they’ll look elsewhere for their creature comforts. However, some of their sources of food, water and shelter aren’t what you would expect. Cockroaches Are Not Finicky Eaters Cockroaches love food, but they don’t need a lot of it to survive. Even if you have sealed and stored last night’s leftovers, you might have left some crumbs on the counter or soggy bits in the sink. The pests will also eat pet food and climb into your refrigerator if given the chance. Roaches can smell strong food odors, like the ones that emanate from your trash can. Therefore, you should toss scraps in a covered garbage can outdoors every day. Cockroaches Are Attracted To Cardboard Cardboard offers food and shelter for roaches. The insects can digest the fibers of...
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Preparing Your Lawn for the Summer Heat

The summer heat can take a toll on your lawn. Begin preparing your lawn in the spring before hot weather arrives so that your grass doesn't die and so that you don't have to do as much work in the summer to maintain your lawn. A healthy lawn begins with the soil. Test the soil to determine the acidity level as this changes over the years. If there is too much acid in the soil, then it can be difficult for grass to properly grow. If the level is lower, then you might want to consider fertilizing your lawn. Don't fertilize your lawn in the summer heat because it can burn the yard. Another way to prepare your lawn is through aeration. This is a process of putting small holes in the soil to allow more oxygen and nutrients to enter. You can usually get a machine that will cover a...
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Why Do Roaches Infest Homes?

Cockroaches infest your home for a variety of reasons. For one thing, cockroaches are living creatures that appreciate a cozy, warm atmosphere. Cockroaches also enjoy eating the crumbs you forgot to sweep off the kitchen floor after dinner. Cockroaches are persistent in pursuing their wishes to find acceptable shelter and food. Their persistence in seeking out these necessities is largely responsible for keeping them alive over the past 300 million years. So, one simple way to prevent cockroaches from residing in your home is to sweep, mop and vacuum your floors and carpets on a regular basis. Cockroaches are attracted to dark, gloomy places, especially if they happen to include damp atmospheres. A cockroach only needs a small crack or hole to enter the home. Their sturdy bodies are adept at finding ways to enter your home such as any type of opening in a pipe, wall or siding. If you...
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Spring Pests Floridians Should Worry About

Spring in Florida is an amazing time for people and for insects. While we're basking in the weather and witnessing the beauty that nature yields, creepy crawlies will be finding mates and reproducing. Unfortunately, they will also invite themselves to our backyards. At this point, insects are going to turn into the pests that we hate most. Bees and Wasps Yes, bees serve a useful purpose, but they can deliver a nasty sting just like wasps can. All it takes is for you to disturb them or their hive, and they will target you until they no longer consider you a threat. Did you know that wasps are among the predators that hunt bees? These flying insects are highly aggressive, and they are divided into two categories: social and solitary. While social wasps establish a colony in their hive, the other type tends to breed and live independently. As spring progresses,...
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