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How To Keep The Bugs Out Of Your Florida Home This Summer

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Summers in Florida are hot and humid, and in an attempt to beat the heat, many bugs make their way indoors. The good news is that you don’t have to accept these tiny invaders as a fact of life; there are steps you can take to keep them out of your home and away from your property. You may not be able to get rid of them altogether, but you can certainly reduce the amount you see inside your living space.The following tips will get you started! Make Your Property Less Desirable Bugs are attracted to certain natural elements. For example, they like both wood and standing water, so if you have either of these on your property, it is a good idea to get rid of them. Mosquitoes, for example, are a huge problem in Florida, and they need water to reproduce. Shrubs and vegetation also attract insects, particularly...
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How To Eliminate A Fly Infestation

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House flies are a very common problem, particularly in the United States. Not only are these pests unsightly and annoying, but some of them also carry diseases. While house flies do not live for a very long time, they do reproduce quickly. Therefore, an infestation can quickly get out of control unless the problem is dealt with efficiently. The following steps will help you address a fly issue in your home. Get Rid Of Breeding Grounds Your first priority when dealing with a fly infestation is to figure out where they are laying their eggs. It is then important to get rid of these breeding grounds as quickly as possible. For example, the flies might be targeting a trash can. Sometimes it is easy to find the breeding sites and sometimes it is quite difficult. No matter what, you have to deal with these areas if you hope to make...
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Five Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Pests

Pests are aptly named, as people do not want them lurking around their homes. Whether the pest is winged, like a fly or mosquito; fat and fury like a mouse or something in between, no one wants these uninvited and unwelcome visitors in their homes. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to ensure your home is pest free . Here are five of the best tips for keeping your home safe from pests. Keep Your Garage and Crawl Space Dry Many insects and rodents are attracted to places that are damp and offer a source of water. So, making sure easy entry points for rodents like the garage and crawl space are completely dry is an easy way to keep bothersome pests away. Seal Cracks Even the smallest cracks are big enough for pests to sneak through. So, do a thorough inspection of the outside of your house...
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Do I Have Termites? Signs to Look For

The main problem homeowners face when it comes to termites is detecting them before they’ve done enough damage to be noticeable. Termites are industrious little insects with voracious appetites that can silently destroy a home in short order. Here’s your guide to identifying early signs of a termite invasion in your home. Wings and Swarms One of the first signs you might notice before any damage is evident is the insects themselves. Especially in early spring, scouts from the colony known as swarmers take flight to look for new areas to nest. Finding discarded wings around the windowsills or caught in spiderwebs around your home may signal that you have uninvited guests. It’s possible to see the insects themselves as well as they take off from and return to the nest, but swarmers are often mistaken for flying ants. There are numerous ways to tell the two insects apart, but...
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What To Do If You Find A Mouse In Your House

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Mice and other rodents can be a problem year round, but in both Florida and Alabama, they tend to be more visible in the winter months. Mice move inside as the weather turns cooler looking for food and shelter. You may not be concerned the first time you spot one of these little creatures, but since they multiply rapidly, it is important to address a potential infestation as soon as possible. Not only are mice a nuisance, but they can carry disease as well. If you find a mouse in your house, it is important to take the following steps in order to address it. Target Their Nest Mice aren’t very creative. Once they establish a route to and from their nest, they normally stick to it. First, look for droppings. Place traps or bait stations in the areas where the droppings seem to be the most prolific. You can...
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Why Yard Pest Control is Vital

Often, when people think of pest control , they think of the pests inside the house; the ones found crawling across the kitchen counter. However, there is another aspect of pest control, equally important, yet less frequently considered, and that is the pest control of lawns and yards. Here are some reasons why taking care of pests is one of the most important ways to take care of your yard in general, as well as a few methods for keeping the pests in your yard at bay. How Pests Can Harm Your Lawn It’s important to keep pests off your lawn for the same reasons that it’s important to keep them out of your house: They spread diseases, destroy property and make life generally unpleasant. Pests like aphids, chinch bugs, grubs, mealybugs, and sod webworms, can make your lawn look burnt and unkempt. As the grass is the first thing...
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Why Professional Pest Management is a Smart Investment

As a homeowner, you sometimes have to spend money to help keep your house in its best shape. This is true for things like repairs and furnishings, and it’s also true for pest management. Unfortunately, many homeowners balk when it comes to spending money on pest control . While it only makes sense to treat an infestation as it ravages your home, it’s much harder to spend your hard-earned money on a problem that hasn’t happened yet. However, spending money on pest management is an investment that can pay off in spades in the long run. How is it an investment? Well, if an investment can be defined as “spending money for future gain,” there are several reasons why pest control is an excellent investment in your home’s future. Protect Against Future Damage If you think about pest management as a money-saving service, then it becomes easy to see why...
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DIY Pest Control Tips

Ensec Pest and Lawn control knows that homeowners like to take an active role in preventing pests from infesting their home. While some jobs are best left to the professionals, we want to help our customers in the Southeast regions of Alabama and Florida by providing tips that can prevent an infestation from occurring. Steps to help prevent infestation It’s important to note that DIY pest control is more about preventing pests, rather than treating an active problem. Once established in your building, pests are small and can reach areas that the average homeowner can’t treat. Don’t neglect the yard. No one likes their grass to be unattended, but the problem goes deeper than just an unattractive yard. Tall grasses, weeds, fallen limbs and piles of leaves are the perfect hosts for a variety of pests, from termites to beetles and snakes. Help protect your home by maintaining the landscaping...
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How to Keep Pests Out of Your Apartment

As you are cooking dinner in your apartment, you notice that you have some new roommates. There are ants crawling across your floor. It’s not like you can split the rent with them, so they need to be evicted. You need to take steps to give these little guys a reason to leave and stay away. If you take away their feeding ground, they will put in their change of address. There are several steps you can take to help get rid of these little pests . These steps can be simple things like cleaning up the kitchen right away or making sure the sink is dry. Cutting off the pests’ food and water supply will deter them from staying around. Curious as to why roaches infest your home? Take a look here: Why Do Roaches Infest Homes? Pests and Your Kitchen The kitchen is the biggest buffet for pests....
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Signs of a Rodent Infestation

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The idea of having a rodent in the house is enough to strike fear in the hearts of most homeowners. Not only do rats and mice cause damage and spoil food, but they can carry some particularly nasty diseases, too. Rodents also reproduce quickly, so it doesn’t take long for a relatively minor situation to get out of control. If you want to save yourself a lot of time and money, it is important to recognize the signs of a mice or rat infestation so that you can take steps to address it as soon as possible. Bite Marks Rodents typically gnaw on either the packaging of your food or the walls and baseboards of your home. You can figure out if a mark is fresh by the color; if it is lighter, it is newer and you likely have a current infestation. In addition, the bite marks help you...
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Keeping Insects Out of Your Home

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Some people like insects, while others would be happy if they never saw any bugs at all. However, whether you like them or not, you probably don’t want them to invade your home. Roaches, ants, fleas and more cause problems for homeowners that can be frustrating and unsanitary. Still, keeping them out of your home is often easier said than done. The good news is that there are steps you can take to discourage bugs from taking up residence in your home. The sooner you get started, the easier it will be to get a handle on your situation. Deal With The Doors Examine your doors while they are closed. You don’t want to see light coming in anywhere; if you do see it peeking through, that means that bugs have a way to get into the house. In addition, you are letting air escape from the home as well,...
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Common Places Where You Might Find Rodents in Your Home

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Rodents are challenging pests to manage because they tend to hide in unusual places. Homeowners can sometimes spend days searching for rodents before finding nests in an unexpected area. If you have found rodents in your home, it is important to recognize that these pests are unlikely to leave on their own. Rodents can carry food to their nests, so you might not see them for several days while they wait for a safe opportunity to search for nourishment. Finding the rodents in your home is an important initial step toward returning to living free of pests.  Under Couches Couches are a favorite hiding spot for rodents looking to establish a nest. Most couches are made with soft materials that are ideal for burrowing. Rodents are also able to eat some of the materials that are used to build couches. Worst of all, many homeowners consume food while sitting on...
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Common Diseases Mosquitoes Can Carry

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Most mosquito bites are just itchy and annoying. Sometimes, though, they can lead to illness. While there's no reason to panic, you should know that the list of diseases that mosquitoes carry includes the following. 1. Dengue Fever Four different viruses can bring about the infection known as dengue fever. Common in tropical regions, these viruses enter people's bodies through mosquito bites and reproduce rapidly. Eventually, an afflicted person will experience acute symptoms like back pain and an extreme fever. 2. Encephalitis Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. Patients who suffer from this disease may experience seizures, brain damage, high fevers, and other major problems. There are various types of encephalitis, including Western Equine and Eastern Equine. St. Louis encephalitis poses the greatest danger to residents of Florida and Alabama. 3. Malaria Malaria generally affects people who live in or travel to places near the equator. It attacks blood...
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Benefits of Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Methods

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Integrated pest management, or IPM, helps home and business owners maintain pest-free homes. Keeping pests at bay is a must for your health and comfort. Rodents, as well as some spiders and insects, pose a variety of threats to the safety and well-being of both pets and people. Even harmless varieties cause psychological discomfort, making pest control and prevention essential. Ensec Pest & Lawn, serving communities in Alabama and Florida, explains why IPM is a smart option. What Is Integrated Pest Management? The main goal in using IPM is to reduce the amount of pesticide used. While pesticides are effective at preventing and eradicating most types of pests, it's beneficial to people, animals and the planet to use fewer of them. An IPM treatment plan begins with the following steps: Pest identification Monitoring pest populations and their behavior Setting thresholds for when action must be taken Once problem areas have...
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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

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Summer is in full swing--and so are the mosquito populations! Mosquitoes are all too common to our beautiful Gulf Coast area. They are called the deadliest animal on the planet because the 3,000-known species of mosquito transmits more diseases than any other animal on the planet. All mosquito species are capable of carrying disease. However, three in particular are known for being the deadliest: Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes. Between them, these three species can transmit malaria, filariasis (elephantiasis), encephalitis, West Nile, yellow fever, and dengue. Not every mosquito carries a deadly disease. But, their uncomfortable bite—in addition to the possibility of disease—is an important reason to take as many precautions as possible to keep them from you and your home. What dangerous diseases can mosquitoes carry? Learn more here: Common Diseases Mosquitoes Can Carry Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Away from Your Body Keeping mosquitoes from biting you, especially if you...
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How to Have a Pest-Free Summer Picnic

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Mosquitoes , bees, ants and other pests will jump at the chance to ruin your summer picnic if you give them the opportunity. Allowing pests to spoil the fun will ruin the experience of your guests, and they might not want to come back as a result. If you don't want to fall into that trap, you are likely searching for a way to have a pest-free picnic, which is not as hard as you might think. With the right tips near the top of your mind, you can have an unbeatable picnic without unwanted guests causing problems. Keep Your Yard Clean Having a clean yard that is free of clutter will work wonders for anyone who wants to keep pests away. You can start by mowing your lawn and trimming the shrubs around your yard, and you will be on track. Fleas and ticks love to sit in the...
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3 Tips on Keeping Your Pet Pest Free

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No matter what you do or where you live, you will encounter pests when you go outside if you don't know how to avoid them. Most people understand the importance of protecting themselves from common invaders when they venture outdoors, but they often overlook the fact that pests can also bother their pets. You must take steps to safeguard your pets if you don't want mosquitoes , ants and other invaders to cause problems for them. Use a Mosquito Fogger Treating your yard for mosquitoes is a great place to start when your goal is to keep pests away from your pets. If you don't keep these flying parasites at bay, they can enter your yard and annoy your cats and dogs, but they can also spread harmful diseases. Take a trip to your local department store to pick up a mosquito fogger that will get the job done in...
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Getting Rid Of Roaches: Preventative Steps For Homeowners

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No one wants to see a roach in their home. Roaches are unsanitary, difficult to kill and can even transmit diseases. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to have a roach infestation in the southeast. They typically go into hibernation in the winter and then become active again in the spring, which is why you may see more activity now than you did a few months (or even weeks!) ago. It isn’t easy to eliminate roaches from your property once an infestation takes hold. That is why it is important to do everything in your power to stop the problem before it starts. There are a few steps you can take that will make a difference. Avoid Spray The best way to kill roaches is with baits. Not only are they easy to apply, but they are relatively safe as well. Using spray, on the other hand, is not a good...
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Why Do Roaches Infest Homes?

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Cockroaches are a homeowner's worst nightmare. In addition to the disgusting smell that roaches give off, these pests can also create health hazards for people with allergies or asthma. Roaches can hide in unusual places, such as under appliances, inside cabinets, or even behind floorboards. If you find roaches in your home , there are a wide variety of reasons why these pests may have found their way inside. In most cases, roaches will not go away on their own with common remedies, such as cleaning your house or moving pets. To understand how to address your roach problems, you must start by taking the time to study how roaches are getting inside your house. Why Roaches Infest Homes There are a wide variety of reasons why roaches can be attracted to a home, but food is the most common reason why roaches enter a property. Roaches have an extraordinary...
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Summer Pests In The Southeast

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With summer right around the corner, it’s already time to start thinking about your summer pest control plan. Summers in the southeast are hot and humid, conditions that allow a wide variety of pest populations to flourish. Here are five bugs that may give you some trouble this year, along with strategies to help deal with them. Ants Ants are a problem all over the country, but their numbers are particularly prolific in the southeast. These little pests are looking for food and shelter, and once they are inside your home, they leave a pheromone trail so that other ants know where to go. Not only are ants a pain, but some species do damage as well. For example, carpenter ants affect the structure of your home, and fire ant bites can cause an allergic reaction. To cut down on the likelihood of an infestation, make sure your kitchen is...
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