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The countdown has begun! One of our favorite holidays has to be the Fourth of July! It’s a perfect time to spend with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company and commemorating the birth of the nation. Many Americans choose to celebrate with pool parties, BBQs, and major events. But just like every other outdoor activity, Pests can strike without warning! Let’s face it, bugs are JUST AS American as mom, baseball, and apple pie… in fact, bugs are worldwide!!! This year, though, we’re going to help you avoid those flying,crawling, and squirming party crashers. Below are our top tips for having a bug-free Fourth!
1) Stay Away From Water
“One if by land, two if by sea!” doesn’t just apply to Paul Revere! Given the chance, insects will come from any direction possible… Land, sea or air! Stagnant bodies of water are particularly popular with insects… in fact, that’s where many insects breed and lay their eggs.
As picturesque as having your outing by the lake may seem, consider moving the festivities (or at least the food) a bit further away to cut down on insect presence.
Also, be sure to scout out the area before setting up. If you notice there there is already a heavy insect presence, then BY ALL MEANS don’t set up shop there! Remember, prevention is ALWAYS easier and far less hassle than dealing with it after the fact!!!
2) Cover Your Food
Let’s face it… in a lot of ways, insects are just like us… they love, love, LOVE sticky sweets. And with that fine spread out on the table (hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, and cobblers), it acts like a big target sign to attract bugs looking for a meal. The best way to stop them? Cover up! Use Tupperware containers for an eco-friendly solution, or cover your food with plastic wrap or tinfoil.
3) Put the Off ON!
Bug repellent comes in many forms, most notably in lotions (or sprays) that you can apply directly to your skin. This is useful for kids especially, as they are often unaware of potential “bug zones” and these lotions may assist in providing a barrier as they play.
If you’re averse to the idea of putting repellent on your body, there are other methods available. Some people swear by pest repellent candles or citronella “torches.” Another alternative (and not quite so “eye-grabbing” is to use insect-repellent incense. Incense can come in the form of small sticks, or in a spiral shape that slowly burns down and repels most insects (notably mosquitoes).
4) Clean Up!
Just like setting up shop near a lake can be ideal, it can also be tempting to put the trash receptacle very close to the table or close to where everyone is congregating. After all, who wants to walk away from the action just to throw food away? Well, aside from obvious health concerns about having garbage in the midst of activities, the trash can also be a HUGE attractant to wayward insects. They just LOVE the smell of fresh food! Walk a few extra steps to throw away trash and it can help you eliminate the need to swat flies or wasps while eating!
Sure, these methods won’t guarantee 100% bug eradication, but they’ll definitely reduce the amount of unwelcome visitors at your Awesome 4th of July celebration! Have additional tips or tricks you’d like to share? How about a favorite BBQ recipe? Let us know in the comment section or Tweet us so we can share it with the Pro Pacific Community! Call us today for all your pest control needs!
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This week we’re taking a slight detour as we look at popular bands who have used their musical talents to immortalize insects. Previously, we touched on artists who were bitten by “the love bug”.
There have been, of course, a plethora of bands with pests in their names (The Beatles, Adam and the Ants, the Scorpions, the Rats, etc). We could compile multiple playlists just based off their names! For today, though, we’re jumping into the songs themselves, looking at 10 artists who have “immortalized” insects in their music. As before, you can follow this playlist on Spotify… So sit back, turn the speakers up, and enjoy!
With their distinct sound, the B-52s definitely stand out from the other artists included in this list. Though most people can sing along to their most popular song “Love Shack,” in a rousing bout of karaoke, most people would be hard-pressed to offer the same performance for “Junebug.” It just doesn’t get the same airtime. Nevertheless, this song still delivers the classic B-52s vibe that fans have come to associate with the band… as well as all the free lovin’ that the band espouses.
There are numerous versions of “Boll Weevil” out there, but perhaps the most iconic is the rendition done by Old Lead Belly. A definite “throwback,” this song is reminiscent of an older time in music… The haphazard, casual intonations definitely give this song the feel of a laid-back evening on the porch, belting out old folk songs for the fireflies to hear.
This entry isn’t so much a song as it is narrated speech over music. “Army Ants” is very reminiscent of a National geographic documentary meets the grind of a seedy nightclub mixed with the delivery of Mitch Hedberg… a scattered offering of “one-liner” facts related to insects. Waits’ gravelly voice also amps up the “creepy” factor of this piece, which is quite fitting, considering it’s about insects.
“Qongqothwane” has been described as a traditional wedding song from the Xhosa people of Africa. As native English speakers do not have the linguistic ability to pronounce some of the sounds, it became commonly referred to as “The Click Song.” “Qongqothwane” is a song about where the village’s witch doctor can be found. Though his physical appearance is just like everyone else (not the stereotype that most people think of when they picture witch doctors), he is compared to a “knocking beetle,” which (in local folklore) leads the way home. The witch doctor leads the newlywed couple to a new future together in the same way that the beetle leads children home to where they belong.
In this peculiar song, Ava (and her mangos) chronicle the journey to becoming an entomologist. Ava starts off by catching her bugs in the “local salad bar” (eww!) Catching, cataloguing, classifying, and displaying insects for others to see. Not necessarily an exciting life, but it was interesting enough to earn its own song. Now if we could just find our own “pest control” ode.
Like Kid Icarus, Audioslave gets too close to the sun in this song. A much lesser known single by a superb band, the lyrics truly capture the disillusionment that failure can cause. Notable lyrics: “I was a king, I was a Moth with painted wings made of cloth / When did the flame get so high and get so hot?”
The only country music offering in the list, Shelton’s “Honey Bee” is a self-aware tune, and he even admits in the lyrics that the song “comes out a little country.” The song basically likens him and his girl as two complimentary parts in a couple (at least, that’s the intent… we’ve never heard of mixing wine with whiskey, but who are we to judge?) The song is, as most love songs are, stereotypical, but a good guitar riff and a catchy chorus make that fact easy to overlook.
Arguably the most popular entry in our list, The Dave Matthews Band (“hardcore fans call him Dave“) offers up “Ants Marching,” which is one of their most recognizable hits. Horns are on loop through the background under Dave’s vocals, adding to the lyrical idea that nothing is ever changed, much like the “ants marching” from the title.
This English rock band offers a peculiar piece. the lyrics are not deep at all. In fact, on may suggest that Colin Newman (lead vocals and guitar) channels Randy Newman based on the simplicity of this song. There is no story arc provided, but simply a song that is easily played in the background as you go about your day. This UK band sets up an anthem of sorts within the song — “I am the Fly” becomes a chant which begins to crescendo over a “clap-track” until its sudden end.
The Bearded Ones came up with their own ode to the common black fly. It starts off with the typical ZZ guitar riff, then continues into a song that, while lyrically not too deep, is fun to play air guitar to. This song contains all the innuendo that is to be expected of a ZZ Top song, while the guitar drives the momentum and keeps it moving forward.
OK, obviously this song does not have insects in the title itself… but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include the King of Parody in our list… Perform This Way earns him a spot based on its lyrics: Weird Al dons a suit made of bees (and poking fun at Lady GaGa in the process).
Well played, sir.
So there you have it: 10 songs (plus a bonus track!) about common pests.. some of these songs hit pretty high on the charts, too! What do you think? Are there any we missed? Leave a note in the Comments section or tell us via Facebook or Twitter
Getting rid of fleas from homes and removing fleas from pets are two very frustrating challenges. While the remedy for both requires different methods, they are both part of the complete process for effective flea removal.
Read more on best techniques and do-it-yourself methods for getting rid of fleas in your home with this helpful article we previously published.
Now, focusing solely on eliminating the fleas on your dog, you will find that the effective method is not as complex as expected. You may have read or been recommended a specific concoction or product to apply for treatments, but a solid solution includes: identification, lather, and repetition.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to get started:
- Flea comb or a fine-tooth comb
- Poster board or white sheets of paper
- Small to medium Tupperware container
- Paper towels
- Flea Shampoo
- Apple cider vinegar
Identify Fleas Are Present On Your Dog
It is important to inspect your four-legged companion to confirm there is a flea presence. After all, it’s no use treating for fleas when there is none or another problem is causing your pet’s discomfort.
To start the inspection, you can begin by filling a Tupperware container up with water and a squirt of liquid soap. Stir the soap into the water to make it somewhat bubbly. Next, lay down white poster board or another light-colored platform on the floor.
Dip your flea comb into the soapy water and run through your pet’s fur over the neutral-colored floor. Since flea dirt are little black specks, the contrast of the light color will allow you to easily spot any that fall off during the combing process.
Place any black specks that fall off on a damp paper towel. If the speck turns to a rust or blood color, this is a good sign that fleas are present.
Continue to graze the skin while combing in an attempt to catch some of the fleas. Any fleas found on the comb should immediately be submerged in your soapy water dish.
Make sure to comb near the ears, neck, hind legs, and tail. If you don’t find any flea dirt, examine your dog’s underside by pulling back some of the hair to find signs of fleas.
Here is a helpful video that demonstrates this process:
Properly Shampooing Your Dog For Flea Treatment
Use any dog flea shampoo; even a baby shampoo can do the job. If you notice any irritation or bad reaction discontinue the shampoo and consult your veterinarian. The key to a successful flea bath is the right technique.
First, soak your pet with water. Then, apply the shampoo and thoroughly lather into his fur – 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye out at the tail, as fleas will attempt to evade to this area during the lather. Let the shampoo sit for another 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
During the rinse, be sure to thoroughly scrub the fur to dislodge any fleas. Repeat the bathing process weekly until the fleas are gone.
Next, are some tips to use after bath treatments to continue the battle with fleas on your pet.
Post-Bath Tips To Make The Most Of Your Flea Treatment Efforts
Add Apple Cider Vinegar To Their Drinking Water
Creating this concoction will stave off fleas by making their skin undesirable to the blood-sucking pest. The correct mixture is for every 40 pound pet, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of water in their bowl.
Bonus: It improves the skin and coat of your panting buddy!
Wash Pet Bedding
Pets can spend a significant amount of time on their bed. This is where flea eggs can nest and easily jump back on to their host when hatched.
Washing pet bedding often can eliminate the current flea problem and prevent a future one. Be sure to dry in high heat to exterminate the fleas.
Vacuum Carpeted Areas
Another common place for fleas and their eggs to hide is in the fibers of the carpet. Vacuum regularly, especially after a flea infestation. Remember, to throw away the bag each time during an ongoing problem.
Effective flea treatment for dogs is not about finding the right substance or mixture to douse your hairy dependent. Getting this frustrating off your pet requires a thorough inspection, frequent bathing, and preventative techniques.
Although, this is a silly jingle, there is some truth to be found about treatment for fleas. The reproduction rate of this nuisance pest is shocking; a few of these bugs can turn into thousands within two months if untreated. It’s best to take action sooner than later, so the infestation doesn’t become too difficult to resolve. Also, don’t assume these bugs will go away on their own, in most mild climate regions, there is no offseason – problems can occur year-round.
Fortunately, there are some effective techniques you can apply to get rid of fleas and prevent them from returning.
Identify The Source – It is common for pets to bring this insect indoors. This is a good place to start since fleas can easily latch on to your pets while they are outdoors. Part your pet’s fur in different areas and look for excessive scratch marks or droppings, also known as “flea dirt”. Flea combs help spot these elusive insects. If you find no evidence on your pet, search carpeted areas for similar symptoms.
Vacuum Carpeted Areas Thoroughly – These bugs prefer dark, hidden spots, so your carpet is an ideal location for nesting. Go over all carpeted areas several times to ensure you collect a majority of the population. Once you are finished vacuuming, remove and seal the bag and throw out – do not reuse.
Set Up Flea Traps – In combination with your other flea control efforts, traps can be an effective tool in removing your unwanted pest problem. Fleas are lured to the trap by the light and heat that is hovered over an adhesive sheet. As they jump toward the light, they will land on the glue and remain trapped. Flea traps are an excellent supplementary product to reduce the flea population.
Target The Eggs – You may have eliminated the adult, but they probably have laid plenty of eggs. To ensure these eggs don’t hatch and recreate your problem, use an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) spray on pets, pet bedding, carpet and furniture. The spray inhibits development thus making it impossible for the eggs to hatch and continuing to keep your home flea-free.
Wash Pets Regularly – Animals are susceptible to hosting fleas every time they set paw outside. Bathing your pet with flea shampoo will kill the parasites. Flea collars are also recommended.
Clean Or Remove Pet Bedding – Without completing this step, your infestation could return. Wash all sheets or covers in hot water before allowing your pet to lie on the bedding. If the cushion is too bulky, it may be best to throw out and replace.
Flea control can be a tedious task but when done correctly, it will alleviate the stress and headaches that come along with an annoying pest infestation like this. Remember, to start treatment soon after you discover you have a problem – it will save you time and money.
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A rant of frustration and discontent from unwanted pests in homes is usually not so prevalent in the winter months; however, pest season this year seems to be an all-year dilemma.
In most areas throughout the United States the temperatures way above the norm during the winter. The usual drop in temperatures during the winter impedes the activity and reproduction rate of insects. Since the temperatures were never quite chilly, the warm temperatures allowed the bugs to continue reproducing and have the larvae grow at normal, fast rates.
While a large portion of an insect population dies off during sub-zero temperatures, this year they were able to thrive and build up their army during the winter.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest 12-month period since record-keeping began in 1895.
The heat is not the only thing making critters of all size more noticeable. The drought that some parts of the country have been experiencing causes bugs to head indoors for moisture.
Inspect your pets for fleas often. Fleas are abundant are can easily attach themselves to animals in dog parks, lawns, or other areas with heavy pet traffic.
The Solution to Pest Problems
Effectively combating this pest invasion epidemic will require clean and tidy habits. A thorough cleaning of areas where food is cooked, stored, or eaten should be cleaned after use. Food and drink spills should not be left for the next day – clean immediately.
Outside you should focus on removing clutter in lawns. Compost or leave piles should be picked up or turned regularly. Store all wood piles at least a few feet from the structure of your home.
Implementing these tasks into your daily routine and in combination with a regular pest control service, you should have no problem with pest infestations this summer.
Looks can be deceiving. At least this is the case with the correlated increase in pest infestations and warm winter weather. It is logical to assume that more pest problems within residential neighborhoods and business districts are caused by an increase in pest populations – this is not the case.
Without the presence of frigid temperatures or freezes, pests will burrow closer to the surface of the ground and become active earlier in the year. Therefore, more bugs may be visible but it is not necessarily a population factor.
Pests you can expect to notice more of include: termites, ants, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and flies. Take precautions with fleas in your yards. Your pets can easily become a host for fleas while out in yard. Inspect your pet regularly for ticks and fleas. American and Oriental Cockroaches are other pests to expect this spring season.
While it may seem like common knowledge or a redundancy to inform resident and businesses on protecting your homes and structures from pests during the spring, we can not stress enough the importance of establishing ritualistic pest prevention habits to reduce the risk of infestations.
It is interesting to know that many of the pests we are shielding our homes from have did not always exist on U.S. soil.
North America was first exposed to foreign pests when early European settlers came abroad on ships carrying a variety of insects. The vegetation of our continent was ideal for many of the bugs that came across with the settlers, allowing for sustainability and growth.
In fact, the habits of these foreign insects reduced the population of native plants and animals. Now, over 450 foreign insects have invaded U.S. territory over the past four centuries, resulting in periodic changes in our continent’s forest. However, only 18 of those accounted pests came to the U.S. from 1635 to 1859. The rest arrived between 1860 to 2007 as a result of increased global trade and modern air travel.
Today, it is encouraged to never transport firewood far from its origin since destructive pests hidden with logs can be exposed to sensitive areas. Agricultural devastations can easily occur from innocent actions like transporting firewood from other regions. Pests like emerald ash borers can jeopardize forest economies and our treasured national and state parks.
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The complexity of exterminating bugs in apartment complexes stems from a pest’s ability to easily move to other units. When treatment is applied in a specific area bugs can avoid baits by moving to other areas. Common or thin walls with shared plumbing and electrical wires are a pest control company’s kryptonite and a pest’s escape route.
Pests can congregate to only a few particular units within a complex because of accessibility and abundance of food and water supply. Small crumbs and leaking pipes are a perfect meal for nuisance pests like German roaches or mice. Inspecting pipes for leaks and thorough daily cleaning can lower your risk for pests invading your apartment unit.
But in most situations as the pest population grows within the complex, the infestation becomes more evenly distributed. Pest exterminators typically take one route to handle bug problems in multi-unit buildings.
A one-time treatment in the vicinity with a heavy pest infestation does not offer a lasting solution. As stated previously, bugs are able to avoid treatment by evacuating the treated area through shared walls. Only bugs in the immediate area will be eliminated, but the bugs that escape will eventually return.
To effectively eliminate bugs from each individual unit, the perimeter and outdoor areas must be treated first. This will eliminate bugs nesting outside the structure and in the landscape. The residue from the treatments will also help eradicate insects when they venture outdoors.
As the pest population thins out, the exterminator can narrow down the possible locations of the pest problem. The focus will be shifted to apartments still experiencing pest problems after exterior treatments. Affected units will receive indoor treatments and are inspected to identify potential pest entries. Sealing up the cracks and crevices with durable materials will prevent pests from entering your home. Your apartment home will be like a sealed box, unaffected by outside elements like bugs.
Remember, simple routine tasks like dusting and vacuuming go a long way in pest management. Pest control professionals are not the only ones that can prevent bugs from invading your home. You can contribute to not only keep bugs out of your home but also the homes around you.
Contrary to the popular belief, ticks & fleas are still a prevalent pest problem in the fall and winter months of San Diego, Riverside, & Orange County. You or your pets can be affected by these parasitic bugs year-round and will have difficulty handling the problem yourself without professional treatment.
As a responsible pet owner and sensible homeowner, you want include flea & tick prevention techniques into your routine to avoid dreaded infestations. Don’t let your home or pets be a host for these blood-sucking bugs. Here are some tips to prevent and identify potential tick & flea problems:
- Inspect Pets – Thoroughly inspect your cat or dog for any signs of fleas or ticks. Signs include constant itching and numerous blood spots on skin. Check underneath hair for any visible bugs.
- Apply Repellent Year-Round – Apply parasite repellents and products to pets year-round. Don’t stop in winter months.
- Speak With Veterinarian – Consult your veterinarian for effective flea and tick control products
- Flea Collars – Use flea collars for outdoor pets and clean bedding and play areas often
- Clean Yards – Reduce leaf litter and tall grass in yard as these are common areas for bugs to hide
- Thorough Inspections – Inspect your clothing and skin after walking through wooded areas or tall grass
- Clean Pets Often – Wash pets often with shampoos that contain D-limonene and natural citrus extract
- Vacuum – Vacuum regularly and throw the vacuum bag away always if pests are known to be present
- Remove Potential Problems – Throw away pet bedding if your companion is hosting fleas or ticks
It is important have a preventative plan that deters fleas and ticks from being a parasite on you or your pet. Ticks are known to transmit Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Fleas are the cause of tapeworms, skin irritation, and anemia in kittens and puppies.
Ensure that ticks and fleas stay away from your property with thoroughly inspections from pest control technicians. Pro Pacific Pest Control offers inspections that catch pest problems before they begin.
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Keeping pests away from your home doesn’t have to be rocket science. You can prevent pest infestation with a few simple steps & household products.
If you already have a severe pest infestation, you may want to consider a professional pest control company. But if you’re looking to maintain and prevent pest problems, you can do this yourself!
Here are some pest prevention tips to keeping nuisance insects, rodents & birds out of your home:
•Use Door Sweeps & Screens – Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
•Use Screens On Structure Openings – Apply screens on vents and openings to chimneys to make it impossible for pests to enter.
•Seal All Cracks & Crevices – Seal all holes (areas where electrical wiring and pipes enter structure) and crevices on the outside of the home.
•Put Foods In Secure Containers -Keep food concealed in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
•Thoroughly Clean Areas With Food – Kitchens and dining areas should be free of food crumbs and particles (food left on dishes are a perfect meal for rats)
•Inspect Structure’s Exterior – Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
•Fix Water Piping – Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
•Keep Coverings Away From Base of Home – Maintain wood and mulch piles and keep them preferably 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
•Trim Overhanging Branches – Pest can easily climb from tree branch to your roof and gain access through roof openings.
Continue to thoroughly inspect screens and sealants for damage & keep an eye out for any signs of pests (droppings, smells, etc). Effective pest prevention requires including some of these tips into your daily routine.
Endless questions arise in a homeowner’s mind when a pest infestation occurs. How did the pesky bugs get in? Will they go away on their own? Can I remove the pests myself? Should I call a pest exterminator? Which pest control service should I get?
We understand…there is lots to ponder to ensure you effectively remove the bug problem while spending the lowest possible price. And we’re here to tell you there is actually a happy medium with effective pest control & pricing. Our regular pest control service keeps bugs away all year at a price you can afford.
The most cost-effective pest control is a bi-monthly pest control service. A pest control technician will provide treatment every other month and thoroughly inspect every corner of your property for potential pest problems. You’re fully protected from pests!
Why the bi-monthly service, you ask?
Well, a one-time treatment is a temporary solution. Sure, we guarantee our one-time pest control services for 30 days, but what about after that? Then, you’re in the same susceptible position as before for trails of ants and a mess of cobwebs & spiders.
After the first few services on the bi-monthly pest control plan, all nuisance pests in your home will be eradicated & a more preventative approach is taken. Our technicians will continue to treat targeted pests & areas but put a heavier emphasis on identifying potential pest problems. And usually at this point, pest problems can be controlled from the exterior of your property.
We also recommend service every other month because pest control products will generally remain effective for two months. After two months, the pest control products should be reapplied.
Another great feature of our bi-monthly pest control service is free re-treats between services. If you notice bugs on your property between service, a technician will come out promptly to eliminate the pests – at no additional charge. Basically, a bi-monthly pest service gives you pest control whenever you need it.
What about your other pest control options?
You can also buy pest control products from a hardware store. But you are buying products available at a consumer-level. Commercial pest control products, only available to licensed pest control applicators, are more effective and targeted.
Are you willing to put in the time, effort, and money into do-it-yourself pest control products? You may end up purchasing multiple products before you find one that effectively treats your pest infestation.
You will also need to know where to apply the DIY products. There are techniques to attracting pest to the products and effectively exterminating the problem. Our pest control technicians are licensed and trained on how to strategically treat targeted areas and pests.
Get on a bi-monthly pest service today
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