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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Do You Have A Termite Story

The spring and summer seasons are synonymous with increased termite activity across the U.S. Have you ever had a termite infestation? Comment with the story of how you first realized you were faced with termite troubles.We would love to hear your story!

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Science Behind Fireflies

Things You Didn’t Know About Lightning Bugs

Running around the backyard on warm summer nights in an attempt to catch fireflies is a fun pastime. These insects, also known as lightning bugs, can light up the night with their magical glow. But, what actually makes them flash? Read on to learn about the science behind this dazzling summer bug. You…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | How to Repel Garden Pests with Irish Spring Soap

How to repel garden pests with Irish Spring Soap.

Supplies needed:
Irish Spring Soap
Cheese grater

Basically you can just start grating. This stuff is really soft and takes little to no energy to grate it.

The amount you grate will depend on how much space you wish to cover. You will find that this is a reasonably priced soap, so if you have…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Patriotic Bug-Away Candle holders

Along with creating a festive Fourth of July table, these patriotic candle holders are scented with smells that keep bugs away from your guests and food. And most of the materials needed for this can be found at the dollar store for only a few bucks. So set the table, light the candles, and get ready for a bug-free…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Vicks VapoRub Repellent

Vicks VapoRub contains cedarleaf oil, which is a natural insect repellent.  Just rub a little on your skin.  You don’t

have to rub it all over, just apply small dabs on your ankles, wrists, neck, inner elbows, knees and behind your ears.  The smell of the menthol in it will repel the insects…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Mosquito Repellent Candles

Just follow along below to get the instructions to make your own Mosquito Repellent Candles.

Supplies for making mosquito repellent candles:

  • Pint mason jars
  • Floating candles
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Basil
  • Lemongrass essential oil

Instructions:

  •  Slice one lemon and one lime (this will be enough for two candles)
  • Add a couple of slices of lemon and…
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