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Welcome to A1 Exterminators’ Uninvited Guests blog! Here we talk about anything and everything bug related. Big and small, from ticks and bed bugs to roaches and termites; from bugs and insects to mice, rats, squirrels and rodents. Follow us to keep track of the new pests you should be worried about in your area. Get the latest news on pests, tips on how you can keep pests away from your home and business, and some other fun and interesting tidbits about bugs.

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Do You Have a Termite Problem?

Some people don’t know if they have termites. You can create a home test and put it in the location where you think you may have an infestation.  Termite Removal A1 Exterminators

Try this cardboard trap method to test your yard for termites:

  • Take a couple flat strips of cardboard, wet them, and stack them on one another in an area where termites are likely to be. Because termites feed on cellulose (cardboard), this makes for an excellent spot trap.
  • Leave it in place for a few days.
  • If the cardboard is infested with termites when you go back, take it out  and put it in a safe area and burn it.

If you have termites, they need to be rectified with by a professional exterminator. Contact us at 800-525-4825 for visit our termite page for more information.  www.a1exterminators.com

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Termite Facts for Spring

Termites start to swarm in the spring months and can create a colony on your property.  Here are a few not-so-fun-facts about termites.

  • Termites swarm throughout the warm season, but not as much as during the springtime.
  • Colonies may swarm multiple times.  Later swarms do not math the intensity of the first swarm.
  • Subterranean termites swarm during the day, although Formosan termites (a species of subterranean termite) swarm at night.
  • Swarm flights are brief, aided by prevailing winds.  Winged termites do not fly too far but can be carried great distances by strong winds.
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Make Pest-Proofing a Necessity During Spring Cleaning Routines

Weekends in May are often spent spring cleaning the home in an effort to tidy up and get organized for the new season. The annual tradition for many homeowners is also an opportune time to identify and address the pest hot spots around their properties, according to Gary Weisberg, owner of A1 Exterminators.

“The warmer weather often leads to greater pest activity, so homeowners shouldn’t be surprised if they start to notice more

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ants, termites, cockroaches and other pests in and around their homes as the season progresses,” said Weisberg. “Practicing good sanitation and proper upkeep in the home are essential steps in protecting against the health and property threats posed by these common springtime pests, which is why we encourage homeowners to consider pest-proofing in between wiping down the windows and changing the sheets.”

Homeowners should follow these simple tips from the National Pest Management Association while spring cleaning to prevent an infestation:

  • Seal up cracks and small openings along the foundation of the house.
  • Clean out clogged gutters and downspouts to ensure they are properly functioning.
  • Repair loose mortar and replace worn weather-stripping around all windows and doors.
  • Screen windows and doors.
  • Cut back tree branches and other plants from the house.
  • Keep kitchens clean by wiping down counters, sinks, floors and shelves.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.
  • Keep trash containers clean and sealed, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Empty the garbage frequently.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water from leaky pipes or faucets.

Of course, if pest problems do arise, contact us so we can properly handle the infestation. For more information, contact us at 800-525-4825.

 

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April is National Pest Management Month

A1 Exterminators is joining the pest management industry in celebrating National Pest Management Month this April, a public observance recognized each year by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) that is commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from common pest threats. A1 Exterminators encourages homeowners to take the proper precautions this spring to protect their homes from an unwanted infestation.

“Pests we regularly come in contact with are a public health concern and can severely compromise our quality of life. For example, rodents and cockroaches contaminate food, spread disease, and exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, while backyard pests like ticks and mosquitoes spread diseases like Lyme disease, West Nile virus and Zika virus,” said Gary Weisberg, Owner, A1 Exterminators. “This spring — prime time for these pests to emerge given the warmer weather — it’s important for homeowners to contact a pest professional for any infestation concerns.”

To assist homeowners in pest-proofing their homes this spring, NPMA experts and A1 Exterminators recommends the following:

  • Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters to help reduce biting mosquito populations.
  • Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house. Overhanging branches can act as highways into the home.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Avoid leaving pet food out in dishes for long periods of time.
  • Consider partnering with a pest control professional to determine the best preventative service plan to suit your home and needs.

For more information on common household pests or more pest-proofing tips, please visit www.a1exterminators.com.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Outside Spring Clean Up

Once you complete your list of tasks inside, conduct an audit of your home’s perimeter, taking stock of any damage done over the winter months. Start on the roof by repairing fascia and rotted roof shingles, as some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood. Then, clean out clogged gutters and downspouts to ensure they are properly functioning before the April showers roll in. You may also find you need to repair ripped screens, replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.

When landscaping, don’t forget to trim bushes and branches away from the home to prevent easy access for outdoor spring bugs to move indoors. Also, remove rotted tree stumps and keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the home’s foundation – both of which could be magnets for termites.

If you need further assistance with a pest infestation, contact A1 Exterminators to conduct a free property inspection.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Marigolds for Mosquitoes

Besides being an awesome mosquito repellent plant, Marigold plants are also great at repelling various insects and, because of that, are often used in vegetable gardens around tomatoes and peppers to help reduce insects that may destroy those plants. Marigolds are also deter, rabbits and other rodents.

Marigolds do very well in sunny…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Essential Oil Bug Spray

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the flowers are emerging from the ground. Unfortunately this weather also can cause some nuisance pests while outside enjoying the lovely spring weather.

There is nothing worse than going for a walk by the lake or a hike up into the mountains and being attacked by creepy crawly bugs. Here is…

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Spring is Swarmer Season

Understanding the Termite Life Cycle

When you think of spring, you probably envision blooming flowers and the return of warmer weather. But in the pest control industry, spring marks the beginning of peak pest season, when most insects are coming out of their winter hiding spots, mating – and in some cases – finding their way into our homes. Unfortunately,…

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Keep Carpenter Bees Away

If you have not had a problem with carpenter bees in the past, hopefully you can keep it that way by following these steps.

  1. Assess your exposed wood, look for any divots or areas that could be seen as potential nests.  Keep a special eye…
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Tips to Eliminate Indoor Allergy Triggers

The arrival of spring also means the start of sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes for the more than 50 million people who suffer from allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Outdoor allergens like pollen and mold are much to blame during the warmer months, but indoor allergens can also cause symptoms to flare.

Dust mites, dander…

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Do You Have a Termite Problem?

Some people don’t know if they have termites. You can create a home test and put it in the location where you think you may have an infestation.  Termite Removal A1 Exterminators

Try this cardboard trap method to test your yard for termites:

  • Take a couple flat strips of cardboard, wet them, and…
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