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Signs of a Squirrel Infestation

squirrel with nutWhen squirrels are outside enjoying the wilderness, they pose no threat. They’re harmless. But, when their populations grow out of control or they begin to get into people’s homes, they become a major issue for homeowners. From scurrying through your walls to making themselves at home in the corners of your attic, squirrel infestations pose a large problem. Though at first it doesn’t seem to be a large issue, squirrels can cause major damage. From destroying your insulation to chewing through wires, squirrels can result in increased electricity bills or go as far as causing a house fire. Squirrels are cute, but we can all agree: they belong outside. Often times, people aren’t even aware that they have a squirrel infestation until it has spiraled out of control. When squirrels get inside, it’s time to take action to avoid damage to your home and possible health hazards to you and your...
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Are Rats Chewing Through Your House?

ratIt’s no secret that rats and mice can chew their way out of a sticky situation. It can be frustrating to find rats in your pantry or basement, and you’re often left wondering how they even got inside.  No matter how securely you bolt your doors shut or apply insulation to your walls, you still run the risk of a rat infestation. But don’t worry, this isn’t your fault. The strength of a rat’s chewing capabilities is surprisingly strong. At Signature Pest & Termite Control, we have the better interests of your home in mind. We understand how upsetting it can be to find an infestation of rats in your home. If you’re looking to get rid of these pests for good, we offer solutions that just can’t be matched by anyone else in the area. In order for us to help you uproot this problem, we want you to understand...
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Insects and Chilly Weather

Oh, the weather outside is frightful - especially for bugs. During the cold weather, bugs adapt all sorts of protective measures to keep themselves alive throughout the winter.  You may be thinking to yourself, “Don’t they die? Can bugs ever die?!”  The cold weather can put a lot of insects in a life or death situation. A lot of them seek warmth from each other’s bodies or find places to hide during these cold months. But if you want to learn more about the ways in which an insect survives, check out the following information below.  You can use this guide to understand how to protect your home against insects over the winter. By knowing where bugs go when it’s cold, you can help to your home pest control so that your winter does not get out of hand.  Fortunately, you can easily control and reduce the number of insects in...
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How to Identify a Hornet Nest Around Your Home

There is a familiar and sometimes terrifying buzz that comes with a nest of hornets. It is a sound no homeowner wants to hear. These pests can set up with nests in the attic, in the eaves of your house, in a nearby tree or in just about any covered area. These nests can be dangerous to handle, which is why you should trust a professional pest control service like Signature Pest to make sure these angry insects never come back. Learn about the various pest control services we offer for further information.  How to Spot a Nest  A hornet nest is made of a paper-like substance that comes from saliva and wood pulp and the queen hornet will construct this nest to house her eggs. The nests are built in tiers and will grow as the colony expands. Some nests can grow as large as basketballs, but once a nest...
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Do You Have Bed Bugs?

What Are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs are small, flat, wingless insects that range in color but are typically white or brown.They feed on humans and pets, which is why people end up with bites when bed bugs arepresent in their home. Bed bugs usually hide during the day and are active at night when theyfeed. While their bites do not necessarily spread disease directly to people, they may cause people toscratch at the bite causing breaks in the skin that can get infected easily. The bites can alsocause an allergic reaction in some people. For these reasons, action should be taken when bedbugs are discovered in your home. Where Can You Find Bed Bugs? Bed bugs are not regionalized. They are most often found in hotels, motels, hostels, shelters,and apartment complexes where large numbers of people come and go. However, they can endup in homes a couple different ways. They can...
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Cockroaches: When You See One, You May Have Hundreds

mayhaveroachesCockroaches are one of the most, if not the most, common pests across the country, but also one of the most widely loathed. While the vast majority of renters and homeowners already see at least one cockroach in their home once in their life, cockroaches in Los Angeles are becoming even more common in California homes. Local drought conditions have made outdoor water sources sparse, sending cockroaches and other pests inside to find the hydration they need to survive and reproduce. Unfortunately, they aren’t very picky and may become problems in almost any place containing food, making getting rid of cockroaches easier said than done. Before you call your Los Angeles pest control service, take a moment to educate yourself on how these irritating insects may come to find themselves in your home. Problems Associated with Cockroaches In addition to being just plain creepy and leaving a mess behind in the...
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Homemade Pest Control for Termite Treatment

gettingridtermitesTermite problems are one of the worst things homeowners can imagine, but they are also very common, so common that termites cost American homeowners more than $5 billion each year. Professional termite treatment can be costly, so many homeowners seek home remedies to deal with these destructive pests. Unfortunately, home remedies are rarely an effective solution, and while professional services can be costly, damage resulting from inadequate elimination attempts is even more so, so it’s recommended that homeowners simply hire professionals. However, home remedies can be used to minimize or prevent the spread of termites until a professional exterminator can provide treatment. Once you’ve scheduled your appointment with a professional pest control service, try these home remedies to keep your termites under control while you wait for help. Essential Oils There are a number of essential oils, including orange oil, neem oil, clove oil, and garlic oil that are toxic to...
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