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Pests You Will Find in Your Garden

One of the most frustrating things for any plant and garden grower is seeing damage done to your precious vegetation. No, not sabotage from other humans. Rather, it’s pests that love inviting themselves into your garden and wreaking havoc. Whether it’s poking holes through your vegetables and soiling them or simply gnawing on the leaves of your plants, pests are flat-out annoying. Here are some pests to look out for within your garden. Caterpillars Innocent looking, sure. The keyword there, however, is looking. Caterpillars are far from innocent when it comes to destroying what you have grown. These little guys love to burrow within fruit and vegetables along with eating leaves and other parts of your plants. Beetles There are many different types of beetles, such as the Colorado Potato Beetle and Flea Beetle. One thing remains constant, however, and that is their disruption of your garden. Beetles tend to dig...
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How to Inspect Fall Plants Before Bringing Them Into the House

Now that the summer is over, the time of the year has come for us to bring our potted plants back inside before the cold weather sets in. Exposing your plants to Fall and Winter temperatures can hurt them and damage their leaves, so if you want your plant to survive, you’re going to need to find a place for them in your home. The problem is that while plant pests such as aphids and mealybugs are not especially problematic outside, they can cause major infestations indoors. Here is how to bring your potted plants inside while leaving the pests behind. Debugging Fall Plants The best way to debug your plants is to submerge them in large buckets of soapy water. It’s actually not as difficult as it sounds and it can be completed in just a few steps. First, take a large utility tub or bucket and fill it with...
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Fall Weed Control

Taking care of your lawn does not end with summer. Weeds can still take over your lawn in winter too. Continuing the weed control through fall provides your lawn with extra protection in the spring. Feeding Time When preparing your lawn for winter, you will need to continue the weed control feedings through fall. The best time to begin the fall weed control is from August to November. This is an optimal time because the days and nights are starting to cool, and the plants can absorb more of the chemicals. Not only do you want the temperature outside cooler, but you also want the soil temperature cooler to get the best possible results. The soil temperature needs to be 70 degrees or less for the application to work well. Types of Applications You can apply the weed control feeding by two different methods. The first is a liquid spray. You...
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Know The Difference Between Bees and Wasps

There are so many varieties of insects and within each group of species are different types of each kind and it can be difficult to tell which is which. But each one has several characteristics to help us identify them, such as behavior and appearance. Among the most commonly misidentified creatures are bees and wasps, both of which are important pollinators. It is easy to confuse them as they look very similar in appearance and both can be frightening as they have painful stings that can be harmful to us. So, how do you tell the difference? Behavior While both bees and wasps will protect their queen, offspring, and/or colony, wasps tend to be more aggressive in doing so, whereas bees typically attack when they feel threatened or provoked. Wasps are capable of stinging multiple times and bees typically die after only stinging once. Bees tend to pass right by us...
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5 Ways to Keep the Bees at Bay

It’s difficult to enjoy a meal outside with friends when you’re trying to dodge a swarm of flying poison darts, commonly known as bees. Bees can turn any barbeque or picnic into a game of defend the food. If you, like most people, have had enough of that game, here are five ways to keep bees out of your backyard. Mow Your Grass There are numerous reasons to keep your lawn trim, one of which is to prevent it from becoming a safe haven for pests. Insects like bees love tall grass, as it gives them an easy place to hide and take shelter. Mow your yard at least once a week to keep it pest free. Close Your Garbage Cans The smell of garbage can attract bees from all over town. Even though it may make human’s want to flee the premises, open garbage cans will make your house a...
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A Pest-Free Healthy Home

No one likes having pesky neighbors but imagine having those pesky neighbors living in your home and eating your food uninvited! This is what it’s like having a pest infestation, and it can be costly and time-consuming to have them removed professionally. So how do you avoid having pests come into your home in the first place? Keep reading to discover some tips on how to keep a pest-free home. Keep Food Properly Stored Pests love to chow down on your food, including your pets’ food. Because of this, it is important to keep all food properly stored. If you have dry goods, keep them in airtight containers. Make sure that fruit and vegetables are kept in containers or in the fridge. Any other food should always be kept in the refrigerator- do not leave it sitting out! Ensuring that your food is stored in its proper place means that you...
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Four Ways You Invite Pests into Your Home

Pests can execute a break-in with such stealth that it may seem as if they phase through your very walls. Indeed, pests are sneaky, but that doesn't mean that there are not ways to stop them from entering your place of residence. To keep your house pest free, avoid these four ways that you may be inadvertently allowing, or even encouraging pests into your home, and learn what to do about each of them. Leaving Out Food The best way to keep pests out of your house is to refrain from giving them a reason to come in in the first place. Everything that’s alive needs to eat, and that includes bugs and insects, so make sure that all food in your house is put away, that your counters and floors are cleaned, and that you dry up any standing water sources in sinks and showers. Remember, even the smallest crumb...
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Why Keeping Your Yard Pest Proof is the First Step in Home Defense

Protecting your home and your property is important. When you think of keeping your home safe, there are a handful of security measures that probably come to mind first: Alarm systems Security cameras Smart doorbells Security sensors Smart locks Locking your doors in general Most of us think of invaders that are going to break down your door and shatter a window so that they can steal your valuables. What about the invaders that you are not expecting? What about trespassers that invade the parts of your home that you can’t see? The first lines of defense that you need to have at your home should be for protection from the invaders that are invisible to the eye, or at least at first. The ones that could potentially cause hundreds or thousands of dollars of damage to your home. The Value in Keeping Your Yard Pest Proof If you haven’t started...
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Your Guide to Rodent Pest Control

What can spread disease, ruin your belongings and make people climb on a table? Rodents! Mice and rats are the most common rodent pests in peoples’ homes, and they can be a real pain. Rodents are looking for two things in your home: food and shelter. During cold weather, they will do whatever they can to get into your house and stay warm. Unsealed trash, crumbs and open food also draw in rodents. If you think you may have a rodent problem, keep reading for some tell-tale signs. Droppings Rodent droppings are small, brown and cylindrical. They can carry disease, so be careful to sweep them up and clean thoroughly if you find them. Droppings are generally found near food and water sources. Gnaw marks Look for teeth marks near food or water sources. Mice and rats will chew through cloth or plastic to get to food. They will also chew...
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Common Pest in Desert Climates

Pests are annoying to deal with anywhere in the world; however, people living in desert climates have a unique set of problems when it comes to pest control. Because of the different temperatures and humidity levels in desert climates compared to other environments, many species of pests are able to thrive and multiply at a much higher rate which is bad news for anyone living in these regions. Here is a quick guide to some of the more common pests you will find if you decide to take a drive to some of the drier places of the world. Cockroaches One of the most common pests anywhere in the world is the cockroach. While you can find them in most places, they are especially plentiful in desert-like areas such as Texas and New Mexico. One species of cockroach thrives in these areas more than any other, a cockroach known as the...
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Your Guide to Rodent Traps

Advance Pest and Weed Management, servicing the New Mexico area, understands that homeowners enjoy being able to be proactive in their pest and rodent management. In our service area, rodents can be a large problem, so it only makes sense for individuals to be interested in traps they can place around their homes and businesses in order to help deter an infestation from happening. Whichever method you use, be sure to keep all rodent traps, baited or not, out of reach from small children and pets. Always handle these devices with gloves, and practice good sanitary methods such as washing your hands thoroughly after touching any rodent trap. Outdoor Placement Rodent Traps Homeowners have several options when it comes to placing traps outside to help deter the entry of rats to their homes. These include: Ultrasonic mouse traps. These traps work by emitting a frequency that is intended to deter the...
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Mice vs. Rats - What’s the Difference?

Understanding the type of rodent you have in your home is key; the way you fight the problem might be completely different if you are fighting a mouse or rat. Determining the difference can come down to the rodent’s features and characteristics, including behavior, habitats and feeding. The different rodents also require different pest control tactics too. Differences in Physical Appearances The physical differences of mice and rats include size, shape, color and body parts. A general guideline for determining what type of rodent you have in your home is: Attribute Mouse Norway Rat Size Smaller - generally around 4 inches Larger - approximately 6 - 8 inches Weight Around 5 ounces Around 11 ounces Color Brown body with grey shading Brown body with black shading Ears Large ears Short ears with dark hair Nose/snout Pointed Non-pointed Tail Color Dark Dark on top and pale underneath Head Smaller than body Proportioned...
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Five Myths About Bed Bugs

Most health experts agree that the spread of bed bugs has become an epidemic. As more people begin to experience the effects of bed bugs, widespread paranoia increases as well. However, instead of panicking, the best defense against bed bugs is to understand them and how they behave. Here are five myths about bed bugs which should be corrected. Bed Bugs Only Live in Beds. Given their name, many people assume that bed bugs only live in beds. However, bed bugs can be found in couches, clothes and carpets, as well as in movie theatres, taxis and offices. People often assume that bed bugs only live in beds because the bed is where bed bugs bite the most, but bed bugs can hide nearly anywhere. Bed Bugs Are Invisible. Bed bugs are sometimes thought of as microscopic organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Actually, bed bugs, though small,...
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What's Different about Pest Control for Oil Fields?

Rodents, insects and a host of other pests are well known for invading homes and offices, causing damage to property and even disease. But these nuisances are not satisfied with infesting only homes and office spaces. They can also be found in places more removed from civilization. In New Mexico and West Texas, those places include oil fields that supply much of our domestic energy. As when these pests invade homes and offices, they also cause problems when they infest oil fields. However, while there are many similarities between pest control in the home or office and pest control in oil fields, there are also significant differences. These differences must be taken into account in order to effectively manage pests where oil is pumped from the ground. Environmental Factors Oil fields are outdoor locations that are not tended in the same way that the yards of homes or grounds of office...
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How to Treat a Bee Sting

Most people experience bee stings on occasion and don't know what they should do to reduce the pain and swelling. If you want to decrease the pain and discomfort of a bee sting as much as possible, knowing the right steps to take is vital. You will then be able to address the problem and minimize the effects that bee venom will have on your body, and the results will please you as long as you use a proven plan. How Bee Stings Work Learning how bee stings work is a good place from which to start, setting the foundation for the information you are about to learn. Most bees only sting when they feel threatened or when you pose a risk to the hive. Bees have barbed stingers that can break off and stick in your skin after they attack, and the stinger will continue injecting venom into your body....
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Common Fall Weeds Found in Your Yard

Lawn care is a critical part of any comprehensive pest control plan, and this includes weed management systems. Weeds can attract the type of pests that serve as a food supply for larger ones, so it is critical that you address this particular problem with professioanl weed control services. Consider the following common fall weeds that can grow in your yard: Dandelions: Many people remain unaware that the dandelion is a weed. This particular weed appears to have a form that is similar to a flower, but it is capable of destroying the soil. Although this weed is edible during the early stages, it should never be consumed if pesticides are used in the area. Crabgrass: This is a weed that is common during the early part of the fall. It thrives in hot temperatures, and it will tend to fare better in dry areas where the humidity is relatively low....
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What to Do When You Find a Beehive on Your Property

You may wonder what to do when you find a beehive on your property. First, take a deep breath and relax. Do not remove or destroy a beehive. Finding a beehive does not justify having a nervous breakdown. Bees are useful and necessary creatures that pollinate apples, peaches and other natural food products. Next, try to ascertain the species. If you are convinced that honeybees built the hive, contact a local beekeeper for immediate assistance. A beekeeper may even remove the hive for free. Here are a few useful tips about how to deal with other types of beehives located on your property: Determine the Entry Point Bees living inside your house present a problem. Try to find out how they invaded your home. After you determine their entry point, restrain yourself from the temptation to prevent other bees from entering the hive. Otherwise, the mischievous bees may decide to build...
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3 Ways to Keep Weeds Out of Your Lawn

As winter's gloom begins to fade away, your yard and garden will begin to come back into their full splendor. However, weeds can also begin sprouting up in your yard as temperatures begin to warm and spring rains spur new growth. Left unchecked, these weeds will spread throughout your yard, choking out the rest of your plants and marring your yard's appearance. Before weeds can establish themselves, it's important to take preventative measures to keep weeds out of your yard. Regular Lawn Care Keeps Weeds in Check Weeds are fast-growing invasive plants, but regular lawn care can prevent them from growing out of hand. Keeping your grass cut short will force weeds to spend extra energy re-growing their stems and leaves, reducing their ability to spread across your lawn. Reseeding any bare patches in your yard will reduce the opportunity for weed seeds to gain a foothold in your yard, and...
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Common Pest Issues in Oil Fields

Oil fields often require specialized pest-control services. Our experienced professionals understand that oil fields have unique requirements for pest prevention and maintenance. These fields are often adjacent to areas where there are homes, yards, gardens and vacant properties. This means that there will be a wide variety of pests near the oil rigs. Pests can easily travel from these adjacent areas into the main oil field where the work is taking place. Advanced Pest and Weed Management offers unique solutions to meet the needs of oil field managers who need effective pest control. Common Pests on Oil Fields There are a variety of pests that may appear around an oil field. These critters are known for their ability to infest large areas of terrain, and the small insects often attract larger animals into the area. Weeds and vacant lots often become home to a variety of subterranean insects and other pests...
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3 Facts Business Owners Should Know About Pest Control Services

Pests can present serious problems for business owners. Customers can be chased away when they find pests in a business establishment, and they may share their negative experiences with other people in online reviews. Federal and state regulators can cite safety concerns to force a business to close its doors until pests are eliminated. Employees might quit their jobs when they find pests in the workplace. Pests can also accelerate equipment depreciation and lead to the termination of lease agreements. Business owners should, therefore, understand how pest control can help to minimize risk and avoid losses. Pests Can Lead to Losing Customers Seeing a pest can be a traumatic experience for many people. Customers who do not have experience with pests will react with strong emotions if they see a pest inside your business establishment. The strong negative emotions that people associate with pests can lead to a negative perception of...
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