Protecting Your Deck From Termites

A deck is more than just some big wooden platform behind a home. It is a place of social gathering, a place of excitement, and something that should be cherished by every homeowner. If nothing else, decks should be taken care of due to the sheer cost of putting one together. By the time you factor in wood, labor, stain, and a topcoat, the price adds up. One common enemy a deck faces, however, is termites. These silent killers can wreak plenty of havoc on your home before you even realize it. That especially includes wooden decks. Fortunately, there are...
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Five Most Common Restaurant Pests

When you open a restaurant or any establishment that serves food, you must be vigilant about pests invading your space. Not only is it unsafe and unhealthy to have unwanted visitors around the restaurant, but it is also unsightly and can ruin your reputation as a business owner and a business overall. Read on to familiarize yourself with common pests so that you can know how to deal with them if you ever come across them in your restaurant. Fruit Flies These small, yet annoying bugs are some of the most damaging pests to have in your restaurant. They can...
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How to Find an Ant Nest

Most pest control experts will tell you that if you want to eliminate the ants in your house, your best bet is to attack the nest directly. The ant nest is the place where all the ants in your house are coming from, and the place that will all return to once they’re done foraging for food. Take out the nest, take out the ants . It sounds simple enough, but finding the nest is not always easy. Here are some ways to uncover where your ants are hiding, and what to do when you find them. How to Find...
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How Silverfish Damage Your Clothes

Imagine you open your closet doors and start looking through your clothes to find small holes and yellow stains covering your shirts, pants, and skirts. If you have seen these holes on your clothes and other cotton, silk or linen materials throughout your home, chances are you have a silverfish infestation . Here is some information about silverfish and how they can damage your clothes.   What Are Silverfish? The silverfish is about one centimeter long with several long tail filaments. These insects are part of the Lepisma species and are silver in color. Adult silverfish are long like caterpillars....
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How to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Home

Squirrels are cute, until you find yourself chasing one around your living room with a frying pan. If a squirrel, or multiple squirrels, gets inside your house, they can chew up insulation, nibble on dangerous electrical wires, spread diseases with their feces and urine, and cause odors when they die and decompose. In short, they’re not great pets. That is why you want to make sure they are unable to get inside your house. Here are some ways to avoid having a squirrel running loose through your home. Keeping Squirrels out of Your Yard The best way to keep squirrels...
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Why You Need Pest Control in the Winter

Pest control is typically thought of as a summer and spring activity. In the winter, people believe, the frigid air takes care of the pest control for us. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Not only is pest control just as important in the winter as in the other three seasons of the year, but many pests become especially problematic in the colder months. Here are some reasons why you need  pest control in the winter and how to fortify your house this holiday season. Why You Need Pest Control in the Winter Instead of the cold driving pests out...
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The Benefits of Organic Pest Control

Pests are annoying creatures that can devastate our homes and yards; however, sometimes the chemicals we use to eliminate pests can do more damage than the pests themselves. Artificial chemicals manufactured with environmentally unsafe materials can harm pets and other animals, the soil, and even the water, especially if you live on sloped land. There is an alternative, though. Organic pest control methods are not only environmentally safe, but just as effective as other forms of pest control, if not more. Here are some of the benefits of using organic pest control methods for your house. It’s Eco-Friendly The benefit...
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Pest Behavior in the Fall and How It Affects You

It is the season to get ready for beautiful foliage, crisp air and the holidays. And one other thing you will have to do is prepare your home for pests . During the fall season, pest behavior differs from other seasons due to the weather. Their behaviors change because of the onset of colder weather and the need to prepare themselves for the winter. Here are some common pests and how their behaviors change in the fall. Stinging Insects Stinging insects include bees, wasps, and hornets. They seem to be everywhere around this time of year. They are pests you...
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How Ant Colonies React in Colder Weather

Ants are one of the worlds most common pests. They can be found all over the globe and cause trouble every place they go. However, what do they do during the winter? Do they leave us alone and burrow deeper underground or do they become even more aggressive as they try and use our homes for shelter? Here’s how ant colonies behave when the weather cools down. Some Ant Biology Ants are cold-blooded creatures, which means that they cannot regulate their own body temperature and require external heat sources to do it for them. Ants need to maintain a body...
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Cockroaches and How They Affect Your Health

A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes, even if 30 of those minutes are underwater. This is just one of the many dangerous situations they can survive. Their tenacity paired with their ability to cause illness makes them a pest you want to avoid. Cockroaches bring a lot more to the table than simply pestering. How Cockroaches Can Cause Health Issues There are a myriad of problems that they can bring to your family, from allergies to diseases they carry. Allergies. Just like any pest, cockroaches leave behind feces, saliva, eggs, or even parts of their bodies that...
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5 Ways to Prepare for a Pest Control Treatment

So, you scheduled an exterminator for your pest problem . Now what? Calling a professional pest control company is not enough. You need to prepare for the visit. What do you have to do before the exterminator visits? Read below to find out. 5 Steps to Prepare for Treatment If you want to maximize the effectiveness of an exterminator, it is imperative to follow these five steps: Step One: Clean your house thoroughly before the exterminator arrives. This makes it easier for the exterminator to get straight to the problem. This includes: Wiping down all surfaces and baseboards. Scrubbing floors...
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10 Fascinating Facts About Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most unusual creatures on this earth. While you should not want them around in the home, there are various interesting facts about them and their history. Here are ten mind-boggling things that you might not have known about cockroaches. 1. Cockroaches Can Eat Almost Anything From human food to pet food, from dead insects to feces, anything can be food to cockroaches, though they love sugar the most. 2. Cockroaches Can Live for Weeks Without Food Like reptiles and snakes, cockroaches are cold-blooded creatures. Cold-blooded animals can keep their metabolism low and not eat for...
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Three Ways To Prevent Ants

When people think of home infestations to fear, they usually think of termites or roaches first. However, there are plenty of reasons why an ant infestation is also something to worry about. They might not damage your home or prevent as much of a health risk but spotting a line of ants as they make their way through your home to the outside is still enough to creep out just about anyone! And if those ants bite, then you have a bigger problem. Because they’re so small, many people think that it’s impossible to prevent ants from getting in their...
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How to Identify a Termite Infestation

Having termites in or around the house is an issue no homeowner wants to experience. But, it is also an issue that no one wants to ignore either. So, if you suspect that you may have a termite infestation , it is crucial that you take action rather than ignore the situation. Your first step, though, is to identify that you have an infestation. Here are some easy ways to help you out with that task: Finding Swarmers or Discarded Wings Swarmers are young termites with wings. They discard their wings near window sills and doors, typically in the spring....
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The Spiders You Need to Know About

There are 3,000 species of spiders in North America. While plenty of people are fearful of spiders in general, the truth is that most do not pose a real threat to humans. However, there are a few you need to be able to identify in order to assess your risk of being bitten. The following spiders vary in dangerousness but are important to learn about, nonetheless. Southern Black Widow We are all familiar with the black widow spider as one of the more dangerous kinds found in America. As its name suggests, it has a black body. More importantly, it...
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Ant Control in Warmer Months

Believe it or not, winter will come to an end soon and warm months will descend upon us. Although there is a lot to love about the warmer weather, there is one downfall: ants . As the thermometer climbs, so does the presence of these pesky and unwelcome bugs. It is practically inevitable that once they come out of hiding, they will invade your yard and house. But, you can take some proactive steps to stop them before they become a problem. Here are some easy ways to control ants in the warmer months. Create a Barrier Create a border...
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Pests Around the House-Common Bugs in the Bedroom

Everyone knows that when pests invade the bedroom, it can quickly turn into an emergency. After all, your bedroom is the place that you go to unwind and relax after a hard day of work. If that peace is disrupted by uninvited guests, it can be pretty disturbing. If you find yourself struggling with pests that have invaded your bedroom, Gibson Pest Control. Our technicians can respond quickly to your concerns and help you restore peace to your home. It’s a service we’re proud to supply to our customers. If you’re waking up with random bites or skin rashes but...
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Can You Eradicate Cockroaches From Your Home?

More than likely, you’ve heard that if you see one roach, you likely have many more hidden in your walls and crawl spaces. If you have an infestation, you might be asking yourself, “Can I eradicate cockroaches from my home?” The good news is that with some diligent North Carolina home remedies and some help from the professionals at Gibson Pest Control, your roach problem will be gone in no time at all. Remove Food Sources Roaches love food and will eat just about anything, so be sure that kitchen crumbs, oven grease and food bits in the dishwasher, sink...
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How Pests Can Destroy Your Home

You may not see it, but your home is constantly under siege from pesky pests that can do real damage to your home. Homeowners should arm themselves with information about the top pests that can damage your home. Termites Termites definitely top the list for good reason. They are often silent and unseen killers that can do extensive damage to your home before you know it. Termites love rotting wood and other cellulose-based materials which are prominent in your home, making your house the perfect munching ground. Experts from the National Pest Management Association have estimated that termites cause $5...
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How Rodents Can Affect Your Family's Health

How rodents can affect your family's health A rodent infestation in your home is a large problem with many ramifications. Not only is it gross, but it can affect your family's health in a variety of ways. It's important to take care of this kind of problem quickly, so you and family members don't get sick. They carry disease directly. A variety of diseases can be transmitted from rodents through contamination of your food and water, by leaving droppings or biting or scratching you directly. Because of how quickly they reproduce, they can be a big problem and the number...
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