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Herbs in Your Garden that Help Repel Bugs

Herbs, You Have Them In Your Garden To Eat, Why Not To Repel Bugs!!! Basil, Bay Leaves, Mint, Rosemary and Lavender.

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New Ticks Spread Across Southeast, Diseases Rise

New Ticks Spread Across Southeast, Diseases Rise. There are at least two new ticks, Gulf Coast Tick and Lone Star Tick.

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Spring Is Here, The Flowers Are Blooming And The Insects Are Swarming

Now that spring is here the insects that have over wintered become active and swarm again, especially ants and termites, but they are not the only pests. Over the next few weeks you will see lots of insects making there way back into the world to join us in the beautiful days to come.

  • Moisture is a main component of the spring. Heavy rains, water from snow runoff and rising ground water levels can lead to damp basements.
  • Roof leaks, leaky skylights and water leaking around windows are all common places where carpenter ants go to nest in search of water.
  • Ground water provides moisture for termites and other crawling insects. As mentioned earlier, termites swarm in spring.
  • Carpenter bees are active, taking pollen from shrubs and plants and transporting it back to their nests – drilled, half-inch holes often found on garages and other areas around the home with an accumulation of sawdust and pollen around the hole.

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What's The Difference Between Bees and Wasps?

You’re on a summer picnic, lounging in the sun with your eyes closed after eating your turkey sandwich. Something buzzes by your ear. You lazily swat at the sound and then — ouch! — you feel that familiar, aching sting on your cheek. As your face burns red and swells, the last thing on your mind is whether that pesky, no-good insect was a bee or a wasp.

But we at How Stuff Works want to know. Was it a bee that stung your cheek, or was it a wasp? What’s the difference between these two droning, stinging creatures?

In the preceding scenario, your attacker was most likely a type of wasp. Why? Because wasps are generally more aggressive and likely to stalk public gatherings in search of human food. Bees are more mild-mannered. They focus on the flowers, not your turkey sandwich.

That’s just one way to determine whether the attacker was a bee or a wasp. What other characteristics define these two very similar creatures — both of which belong to the order Hymenoptera? More than 25,000 kinds of each insect exist, but there are several relatively simple ways to distinguish between them.

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Mosquitoes In March Anyone??

That’s right, mosquitoes in March, who knew!

Let’s take yesterday for example, it started a bit rainy but ended up absolutely gorgeous out. There were lots of windows and doors open and grills smoking, kids playing out doors, a perfect spring day.

But what about the windows that had holes in the screen? Your house can end up infested with mosquitoes by the end of the night, you may catch yourself relaxing on the sofa till you see multiple mosquitoes flying across your tv screen. And before you know it, it’s 10pm and you have killed more than a dozen of those pesky blood suckers. And if you live near a creek then you may really have a mosquito problem that will be difficult to deal with. If this sounds at all like you and your day yesterday, give us a call at today at A1 Exterminators and let us help you deal with those nasty needle bitters!

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It’s Your Yard. Defend It. Against Mosquitoes And Ticks.

A1 Exterminators is now offering an Organic Mosquito and Tick Program.
“You can expect up to a 70-90% reduction in mosquito and tick populations around your home…. less pests and less risks of diseases”

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Removing Stink Bugs

If you find a stink bug in your home, chances are you will find more.  If you find one, do not squish it.  Vacuum up the stink bugs, and take note of spots where they crawl in or where you find concentrated numbers – these are likely entry points. Common places to look for emerging stink bugs are…

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Flea Control

You don’t want to have fleas in your home and we are sure your pets don’t want to have them on either. A1 Exterminators can keep those pests away.  Contact us for more information on flea control in your area.

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Bug Tip Tuesday – Wasp Traps

Enjoy the back yard again by trapping wasps in a container with vinegar, salt and sugar.  By placing containers of this mixture around your yard, the wasps will be attracted to the sugar and killed by the salt and vinegar.waspsphoto

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Lady Bug Jars

Send the kids out looking for Ladybugs!  Have them make these cute ladybug jars and send them out hunting.51e17d6496108de4b502ff96df9621c2

Supplies:

  • Clear plastic container
  • Paint & brushes
  • Eyes
  • Black marker

Have the kids paint the lid to their container what ever color they want, and then make black ladybug dots on the top.  Glue…

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Life Cycle of a Bed Bug

Female bedbugs can lay 200 to 250 eggs, which mature to adult stage within four to six weeks, meaning one or two bed bugs can turn into a massive infestation within a couple of months, if not caught and treated early. Bed bugs are resilient. Nymphs can survive months without feeding and the adults for more than a year….

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Stinging Insects

Honey bees are often confused with aggressive stinging insects like yellow jackets and wasps.  Bees and other pollinators support the environment in a vital way.  A1 Exterminators can protect you against stinging insect and protects bees for our environment.

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