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Top 5 Fall Pests for 2014
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Top 5 Fall Pests for 2014

Venice, Florida has a relatively small population, especially when the snowbirds are out of town. By 'small population' we mean people. The number of pests that enjoy the good life in Venice is actually rather staggering. The database at Insect Identification [[http://www.insectidentification.org/insects-by-state.asp?thisState=Florida]] lists 299 creeping, crawling, flying and biting pests that can invade your Florida home. Here are the top five: Palmetto Bug The warm, humid climate of Florida offers ideal conditions to roaches and palmetto bugs. If you live here, you will eventually have them in your house. They eat anything, and only a professional exterminator can get rid of them for good. Ants Ants are all over this part of Florida and not just one kind. Sarasota County is home to dozens of ant species, and none of them are fun to live with. Brown Recluse spiders Of all the spiders that inhabit Florida, this is by far the...
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Scary Spiders In Your Home
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Scary Spiders In Your Home

Being a homeowner is an experience that comes with many joys and unique privileges. The fall season is a time of change that offers families a chance to remain indoors and enjoy one another's company over the holidays. However, with the approach of Halloween, there is one trick-or-treater you want to avoid being greeted by at your doorstep. The dreaded houses spider is one of the greatest fears a homeowner will encounter, and once he has made himself comfortable in your home, he is not going to want to leave anytime soon.  Spiders not only wreak havoc on your peace of mind but also have the power to cause problems for your home. In fact, spiders can be one of the more aggravating pests in your home. Once you have them they grow in numbers pretty quickly. This is achieved primarily through egg laying. They will also make themselves comfortable in...
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Dealing with a Fruit Fly Invasion
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Dealing with a Fruit Fly Invasion

Fruit flies are tiny insects. The creatures are known for feeding on and residing in fruit, but they do eat other types of food. The bugs are located throughout the world, and they reproduce quickly, which makes them ideal for scientific research.  What do They Look Like? The insect species is typically a reddish brown shade, and their wings are translucent. Most fruit fly species are small, and they measure approximately 0.08 to 0.2 inches long. However, a few types grow to larger lengths and can become almost as big as a regular housefly.  How do Fruit Flies Get into Your Home? Fruit flies can get into your home in different ways. Often, you’ll bring them into your home by purchasing produce, but the bugs can also enter your residence through small cracks and holes in your walls, floors or windows.  Treatment Tips  Be sure to remove any food that is...
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Don't Bring Pests Home From School
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Don't Bring Pests Home From School

Bedbugs can infest almost any type of building, including homes, theaters and shops. They have even taken up residence in subway cars. Unfortunately, schools are no exception. This persistent pest finds its way into classrooms by hitching rides on backpacks, clothes and textbooks. It can put every student's home at risk. Recent News Educational institutions in many parts of the country have suffered infestations. Staff at two public schools in Kentucky recently discovered bedbugs in the classrooms, according to WDRB-TV. A pest control service helped the district quickly eliminate these insects. In February, CBS reported that a Yonkers charter school experienced a minor infestation and came under criticism from angry parents. Another facility endured a more significant bedbug invasion last November. Employees at a junior high school in Chicago had to call a pest control firm after the bugs were found in several rooms. They infested a locker area, multiple classrooms...
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Do Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellents Work?
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Do Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellents Work?

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to keep mosquitoes at bay without the use of citronella candles, bug sprays and other annoying solutions? Most people would agree with that statement, so it comes as no surprise that many have turned to ultrasonic mosquito repellents to ward off these pesky, biting pests. There's just one little problem, though: Ultrasonic mosquito repellents don't work. Don't Waste Your Money Ultrasonic mosquito-control devices are little more than placebos. Some people insist they work merely because they've spent a lot of money on them and don't want to admit that it was a big waste. The fact is that several studies have been conducted, and all of the most reputable ones have reached the same conclusion: These devices don't work, and people are essentially being ripped off. Studies Prove Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellents don't Work Manufacturers of ultrasonic mosquito control devices claim that the ultrasonic noises...
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Bees vs. Wasps
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Bees vs. Wasps

Although bees and wasps share an annoying trait, the ability to sting people, there are some significant differences between these insects.  The most noticeable one is that wasps are significantly more aggressive and have a greater tendency to attack in significant numbers, while bees tend to be more docile and usually do not attack unless they are threatened. Wasps can also sting multiple times as their stinger remains intact after it is used. Conversely, bees lose their stingers and die soon after they attack as they are ripped out after use, and their digestive systems are attached to them.  The types of nests that these insects build are different as well. Some wasps build them in hidden places, such as holes in and under houses, while others construct them in more open places like trees in the front and back yards and elsewhere. Hives built by bees are usually tucked inside...
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Keeping Pests Out of Garbage
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Keeping Pests Out of Garbage

  Disease control is one of the most serious problems involving pests around garbage cans. If they get close to the home, they may attempt to enter it later. Even if they enter the home and leave without being detected, they can leave a residual trail on the surface of the counters, carpets and furniture. Children who touch these surfaces may place their hands into their mouth or rub their eyes. This can spread diseases from the pests to the inhabitants of any nearby house. Common pests found around residential garbage cans include: Raccoons Squirrels Maggots Other pests may also be attracted to the activities of these critters. If the infestation is not controlled soon enough, it could become unmanageable. Useful Tips to Prevent Infestations Garbage cans will attract pests when odors escape from the enclosed area. The best way for homeowners to prevent bugs and other pests from converging around...
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Don't Invite Pests to the Cookout!
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Don't Invite Pests to the Cookout!

Summer is meant to be filled with backyard barbecues and dinner in the open air. While you're enjoying the weather, good food and the company of friends, though, you want to be sure to keep out uninvited six-legged guests. Outdoor pests can quickly ruin a get-together by harassing your guests and contaminating your food. Fortunately, there are ways to keep these nuisances away from your gatherings.  In the summer, ants and mosquitoes are two of the most aggravating pests. Ants are attracted to the food and sweet beverages at picnics and barbecues. Mosquitoes come to feast on the blood of you and your friends. Both pests can leave you with itchy bug bites. Bees and wasps can also be attracted to sweet beverages, like lemonade, and stings can be painful or even deadly to people with allergies.  The easiest way to protect yourself from these unwanted visitors is to prevent them...
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The Dangers of Bee Stings

As summer approaches, a threat to the plans for these warm months lurks in the background. Bees and wasps often swarm during this time of year, and this behavior can be very alarming. They may set up their colonies in a variety of places. This eliminates the family’s ability to enjoy areas around these fences and trees. Allergic reactions to bee stings are common, and the associated symptoms are often caused by the venom within the insect. While most stings are confined to a local area of skin, certain people will experience an intense allergic reaction to the same bee sting. These cases can be severe, and hospitalization is sometimes required when the person starts to lose the ability to breathe.  This condition is called anaphylactic shock. Other reactions associated with this condition may include headache, dizziness, swelling and difficulty with breathing. These symptoms can be alarming, and they can happen...
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Pest-Free Pets in the Summer

All pet owners should learn about the common pests and parasites that are attracted to household pets. Dogs and cats are especially susceptible to an infection by these pests. Their hairy bodies make warm and friendly homes for many fleas, ticks and other parasites. These pests may latch onto their fur or jump down from trees when the animals are outdoors. There is no single method for avoiding pests in the summer, but there are steps you can take to keep them pest-free.  Certain pests carry diseases, and they can make the animal sick. This situation may require a trip to the veterinarian, which is not cheap. It is less expensive to take the appropriate precautions in the early months of summer than it is to wait until the situation gets out of control. By that time, the dog or cat may be interacting with kids and spreading the illness. You...
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Dealing with an Ant Invasion
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Dealing with an Ant Invasion

Ants are lecherous creatures that can quickly and efficiently enter any residence where a weakness has been found. Once inside, they will excrete chemicals so that other members of the colony can find their way into the building. Ants can enter structures through doors, windows, cracked pieces of drywall, pipes, drains and small holes in basements and attics. Most invasive ants are looking for food and water. Once found, hundreds of ants will make their way into the kitchen or living room. Without professional assistance, they can be exceedingly hard to eradicate. The damage and health risks associated with various ant species can vary. Some ant species build nests in baseboards and walls. These critters must be eliminated before they can cause damage to the fixtures of the home. If residents are dealing with ants that do not nest indoors, the insects can nevertheless invade kitchens and pantries and ruin huge...
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The Dangers of Standing Water
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The Dangers of Standing Water

Nothing can ruin a nice summer day as much as an army of swarming pests in your yard. It might come as a surprise to you, but even a tiny pool of standing water can be a very hospitable place for pests of all kinds, such as insects, molds and rodents. While stagnant puddles of water might seem harmless, the reality cannot be further from the truth. For homeowners, it is important to be aware of the potential harm that standing water can cause and take prompt measures to address the situation.  Water Can Be a Pest Magnet It is common for water to accumulate, after a heavy rainfall, in areas with uneven surfaces or poor drainage. Your lawn can only absorb so much water after a rainstorm. Moreover, outdoor water containers, such as birdbaths, fountains and buckets, can collect a substantial amount of water if not drained periodically. Ignoring a...
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The dangers of subterranean termite swarms
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The dangers of subterranean termite swarms

Termites can wreak havoc with Florida homes. There are many different types of termites, but perhaps the most damaging is the subterranean termite. They nest underground, and to build their nests, they must bore holes that make the ground weak where it is supposed to be supporting your house. Left untreated, they can create enough damage to cause a house to collapse. Termites typically swarm in the spring, but there can be smaller swarms during the summer months. The most common time for a swarm to occur is after a warm rain when the soil temperature is about 70 degrees. Termites swarm when searching for mates during breeding season. Only winged termites reproduce and can start new colonies. These are referred to as "swarmed" termites. The swarmers leave their colonies to start ones.  These termites are poor flyers and mainly drift on the prevailing winds. Light attracts them, so you can...
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Lawn Damage from Chinch Bugs
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Lawn Damage from Chinch Bugs

The chinch bug is a major pest that invades your lawn and literally sucks the life out of it. As these bugs infest your yard, they spend their time sinking their mouths into each blade of grass so that they can remove the juices. That’s bad enough, but they don’t stop there. They cause further damage by injecting dangerous chemicals into your grass that has the result of clogging the vascular system. You will know that this has happened if you notice yellowish areas around your lawn.  In the beginning, these yellowed patches are small, but they expand as these chinch bugs make their way around your lawn. Eventually, your entire yard is affected, and it decreases the entire value of your home. If you wanted to sell your house, it would be difficult with a chinch bug infestation because the first thing that people will see is your lawn. When...
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Benefits of Early Spring Lawn Fertilization
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Benefits of Early Spring Lawn Fertilization

Your plants and lawn need nutritious food to grow healthy throughout the year, but many homeowners struggle with finding the right time to fertilize. While most experts recommend fertilizing in the fall, opinions are mixed when it comes to the other half of the year. Some say late spring is the best time to prepare your vegetation for the heat of summer. This advice works well in many parts of the country, but Sarasota residents must be mindful of Florida's unique climate. In an area where winters are mild and spring heat comes early, some modifications must be made. Many plants and grasses awaken in the spring. Once this awakening occurs, the plants enter into a new growth cycle. During this cycle, they extend their roots and begin building up enormous energy reserves for the long, hot summer. In Florida, this summer is hotter and longer than in most places. This...
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