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What to Do If You Find Anthills on Your Property

argentine antFeeling confused and frustrated, many people are unsure of how they should respond when they find anthills on their property. Ants can cause a range of problems if you don't take steps to address them at the first sign of trouble, but you are likely wondering what you can do to contain the issue. In addition to harming the look of your yard, these insects can get into your home and taint your food. Luckily, you can get anthills under control when you follow the right process.  Why Ant Hills Are Hard to Treat Before you take steps to address anthills in your yard, learn why they are hard to treat so that you can avoid making common mistakes as you move forward. Many people think that ants live inside anthills, but that is not the case. Ants will dig deep into the ground when they are looking for a new...
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Don't Invite Pests to Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Everyone wants their holidays to go beautifully without a hitch. Unfortunately, not everything works in their favor. Even during the Thanksgiving holiday, pests have your home in their sights as the smell of food fills the air. Whether it's ants, roaches or other invasive pests, Bio-Pest can help keep them out of your home this holiday season. Thanksgiving Day Pests Most pests find shelter during the fall as a way to brace for the coming winter. This shelter, however, may happen to be inside your home. As you bring food in for Thanksgiving, it will lure pests from their hiding places and into your living areas. Some pests to watch out for during the Thanksgiving holiday include: Ants Roaches Pantry pests Rodents No matter which pest is threatening your Thanksgiving Day dinner, Bio-Pest technicians have the tools and the experience to treat them all. By investing in preventative pest control, you...
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How does climate change affect the pest season?

Climate change refers to changes in weather patterns occurring over long periods of time. Altered weather patterns can affect ice sheets, oceans, land surfaces, plants and animals. As temperatures shift, moisture levels can increase or decrease, leading to changes in the mating behaviors and survival rates of insects and other arthropods. A Changing Climate, an Imbalanced Environment Arthropods include insects, spiders, moths and other common pests. These creatures need a carefully balanced environment to thrive. Many things can lead to an imbalance and affect the numbers and health of a specific population, including: Natural enemies Plant health Quality and quantity of host plants Competition for food and other resources Climate change might just be the biggest factor when it comes to pest populations, however. It can lead to reduced diversity, disease, destructive outbreaks and lost natural resources. Carbon dioxide levels and temperature changes can allow invasive species to migrate into new...
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Preparing for Fall Pests

Fall is a beloved season for many. The weather begins to cool off just enough to make outdoor activities a little more enjoyable. However, Fall is also a favorite time of year for many rodents, insects, and other types of pests. The cooler outdoor temperatures make the warmth of your home very inviting to these creatures. As a result, you can begin to experience issues with pest infestations. How can you keep this from happening? Which types of pests are most common in the Fall? The information that follows will address these questions. Common Types of Fall Pests Many types of pests are very common during the Fall season. Roaches, rodents, and spiders are among the most common types of pests for people to experience issues with in the Fall. Each type of pest comes with its own unique set of problems. Roaches Roaches are hardy insects that can thrive in...
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Small Mammals To Keep An Eye On As Fall Approaches

As fall approaches in the Salem area, several small mammal pests become problematic. They often venture indoors and rob you of your peace of mind. If you own a home or business in Salem, these are some pests to watch for this fall and some tips for identifying them. Common Small Mammal Pests In Salem, OR Rabbits are one of the most common outdoor pests. While they do not usually venture into your home, they can wreak havoc on what is left of your yard. Rabbits leave droppings in your yard that are unsanitary. When children play in the grass, they can pick up harmful bacteria from these droppings. Mice and rats are common indoors and outdoors during the fall. They prefer low-traffic areas of your home for nesting. You may find them in basements, attics, closets and walls. When they colonize behind the walls, this creates a major problem if...
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Why Is Summer Good Time for Commercial Pest Control?

Dealing with pests can be a hassle if you don’t take the right approach. It's especially challenging in commercial properties that depend on pest-free premises to operate profitably. Although most business owners and managers recognize the importance of keeping unwanted animal inhabitants at bay, you may not know that summer is one of the best times to get started. Here’s why warm weather offers integrated pest management, or IPM, opportunities that you can’t afford to pass up. Commercial IPM Basics IPM involves using a concerted array of distinct measures to combat pests. Compared to traditional techniques, like spreading dangerous poisons around willy-nilly, it’s a safer, more effective alternative. When done right, IPM is also environmentally friendly. Commercial settings are notorious for posing pest control challenges that traditional methods may not be able to overcome. Your corporate facility probably has far more potential entry points than a comparably sized residential property. Spot...
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The Difference Between Stinging Insects

Stinging insects are composed of bees, wasps, and their various subspecies. Since we at Bio-Pest want to see our customers fully informed about what's harmful and what's not, we'll now lay out some of the characteristics of each insect. Bees Bees can be divided into honeybees and bumblebees. Honeybees have a slender shape and yellow (or orange) and black stripes on their abdomen, while bumblebees uniformly have yellow and black stripes and are large and furry. In both, the stripes tend not to be distinct. The tip of the abdomen is rounded in the case of bumblebees, and honeybees have rounded tips. The queens and the workers of both types sting, but the honeybee's barbed sting allows it to sting only once. In those with allergies to insect stings, they can cause anaphylactic shock. No bees are aggressive by nature, though; the only time they'll sting is if they feel their...
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Preventing Ants from Joining Your Memorial Day BBQ

Many people enjoy celebrating summer's start with a Memorial Day barbecue, but even the most jovial of guests don't want to share their plate with ants. If you want to stop these persistent pests from crashing your party, turn to the professionals at Bio-Pest. Our effective Earth-friendly pest control services allow you to truly enjoy your outdoor living spaces. Why Do Ants Invade Backyards and Homes? Ants are scavengers that forage for food. When people aren't around, they feed on fungi, nectar, seeds and insects, but they will happily eat many human foods, including meat, sugar, cheese, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter and grease. Once they find a good food source, they put down a chemical trail that guides other ants to it. This means that killing foraging ants won't end an infestation. Other ants will continue to appear as the follow the scent trail. Why Do Ants Like Picnics and Barbecues?...
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What is Earth-Friendly Pest Control?

There's no doubt that you don't want your home or business to be overrun by ants, roaches, bed bugs and other bothersome pests. It's also likely that you don't want to expose your family, staff or customers to harmful chemicals. That can make choosing a pest control company difficult. Thankfully, there are pest abatement pros out there who are experienced with earth-friendly pest control. Here's everything you need to know about the green pest control solutions we use here at bio-pest. What Are Green Pest Control Solutions? Many of the chemicals and solvents traditionally used in pest control are toxic and can be harmful to both humans and animals. Pest control professionals who use eco-friendly methods avoid these dangerous substances and employ the least toxic methods possible instead. At the core of green pest control is integrated pest management (IPM), which is the process of evaluating infestation risks and managing them...
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How We Deal with Stinging Insects

Salem, like any other city, is prone to bee and wasp invasions, and though most of the time they're nothing to get alarmed about, you'll want something done if the pests are just a little too close for comfort. Knowing Your Enemy Bees are not after you but are after pollen and nectar. Wasps also pollinate, and solitary wasps feed mostly on other insects, including many crop-destroying pests. In either case, these insects are beneficial to the environment, so exterminating them should only be considered as a last resort. Bees, by which we mean mainly honeybees and bumblebees, are not aggressive by nature and will only sting to defend their territory. Unfortunately, bees don't distinguish between a threat and an accidental trespass. To make matters worse, wasps are aggressive by nature and will sting repeatedly (only honeybees sting once because their stingers will be left in your skin). Bee and wasp...
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Keeping Oregon Schools Pest Free

Keeping Oregon Schools Pest Free When parents send their children off to school, they trust that they are going to learn and that they will be kept safe. One thing that many do not consider is whether or not they will be in pest-free environments. However, insect or rodent infestations quickly shoot to the forefront of parents' minds as well as others in the local community, so it is vital for several reasons that the schools and districts keep this from becoming a problem. For example, in 2014, "pesty new classmates" in the form of fleas became a major issue at Linda Vista Elementary School in San Diego. Common Pests for Schools Fleas can be an issue all over the Willamette Valley, and this can be the case in schools as well. Not only are the bites annoying, but they can distract significantly from the learning process. Especially worrisome is the...
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What Is Eco-friendly Pest Control?

What Is Eco-friendly Pest Control? Pest control is an irreplaceable facet of modern life. Aside from keeping possessions and facilities safer from damage caused by insects, it can heighten sanitation conditions and lead to healthier spaces for humans. When pest control techniques involve hazardous chemicals and methods that damage the environment, however, they can result in more harm than good. Here are a few tips on how eco-friendly pest control functions and why it’s the right choice for your residence, business or organization. What Does It Mean to Be Eco-friendly? Traditional pest-control methods are known for the massive dangers they pose to people, pets and places. In 2011, for instance, homeowners were the second largest users of pesticides after farmers, even exceeding governments and businesses combined. Eco-friendly pest control uses environmentally responsible methods to remove pests without creating a toxic wasteland in the process. These solutions avoid sprays, synthesized chemicals, rodent...
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Have Your Commercial Property Start Pest-free In 2017

Have Your Commercial Property Start Pest-free In 2017 Every business owner wants to start the new year off with maximized profit potential. One common area of profit maintenance that is overlooked is pest control. Many commercial properties have pest problems, and they can earn a business a bad reputation if the problem is not addressed. Why Commercial Pest Control Is Important Businesses have a duty of care to provide customers with a safe environment. Some pests create health hazards. For example, a business that has a bee problem could face a lawsuit if a customer is stung by a bee and has an allergic reaction. Also, pests can make their homes on merchandise. For example, if a clothing company has customers who bring in bed bugs when they try on clothes and those bed bugs go home with other customers, this could create a serious problem and can damage the company's...
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Stop Ants from Taking Over Your Home This Winter

If you are concerned that your home will be overrun with ants, then you might take steps to keep them away during the summer, but most people don't realize that these pests can also show up during the winter months. In fact, ants will start looking for a warm place to live as soon as the temperature starts to drop, and your house would make a perfect location for them. Once your home has been infested with ants, getting rid of them will be a difficult task, but the good news is that you can take several steps to discourage these tiny insects from overstaying their welcome. Precautionary Steps If keeping ants out of your home is your No. 1 goal, then sealing all of the cracks in your home is a great place to start. Ants can climb in through windows and under doors if they are not sealed properly,...
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3 Signs You Have a Stink Bugs in Your Home or Business

Stink bugs are ugly creatures, and they may emit a terrible odor into the air. They are most prevalent during the cooler fall months. Once these insects enter your house or office, they reproduce fast. This means that an infestation will spread quickly. Understanding signs of a problem and prevention tips will keep your property pest-free. Signs of Stink Bugs You Notice Live and Dead Bugs. When an infestation of stink bugs has taken over your home or office, you will notice large groups of these insects in various areas. It is common for stink bugs to gather around the warmest and sunniest spots. Also, high numbers tend to accumulate around window frames, doors, and chimneys. Disgusting Smell. When feeling threatened, stink bugs emit a foul-smelling aroma. If you notice a smell in the air that seems odd, you may have a stink bug infestation. Damage to Vegetable Plants or Fruit...
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3 Signs You Have Stink Bugs in Your Home or Business

Any kind of insect infestation can wreak havoc on your home or business. Many may believe that once summer is over, issues with insects will disappear. Unfortunately, insects, bugs and rodents are not limited to the summer season. In fact, fall and winter are when many insects will try to seek refuge inside your home. Stink bugs are well-known for exhibiting these hibernation patterns. It is important to know the signs of a stink bug invasion as well as ways to prevent them from entering your home. Stink bugs are an agricultural pest that can enter homes. True to their name, they release an unpleasant odor when threatened or squished. They are fairly easy to recognize. Stink bugs are brown or tan in color with lighter strips of color on the antennae. The wings have dark brown bands, and the body is shaped like a shield. The body is almost as...
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Prevent Rodent Infestations This Fall

Bio-Pest Earth Friendly Pest Control provides exceptional service to the areas of Greater Willamente Valley, Sonoma County, and Marin County in California. Although this is a beautiful area of the country to live and work, there are many types of rodents that can enter the home through small cracks and crevices in the foundation of the floor.

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