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How to Monitor for Pests When They are Less Active

As winter approaches, homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief that many of the most annoying outdoor pests will soon be hunkering down for the winter. Since the cold temperatures mean less activity, this time of year usually means that insects, rodents and other intrusive critters will most likely be leaving your home alone -- at least until spring. This doesn’t mean that you can completely let down your guard, however. The fact that the outside has become less hospitable only makes your house seem even more inviting. You are now living in a beacon of warmth which can sometimes attract pests. This means that you can’t let down your guard at all! But how can you monitor your home and ward off any possible infestations ? Here are a few tips: Stay Clean Just like any other time of year, the main thing you should do is make your...
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Pest Control Services: What Do They Offer?

If you’re at your wit’s end about your current pest infestation, you can finally catch a break. You can set down your store-bought repellents and traps and rest knowing there is someone who wants to help. A lot of pest control companies have the same types of services and can offer you the relief you may need from your problems. Action Pest & Turf is a pest control service for residents and businesses in Northwest Arkansas. If you want to know exactly what services they offer, read below: Experience Most pest control services have trained professionals that figure out your problem and spend the least amount of time and money to fix it for you. Action Pest & Turf is owned by one of these professionals with over 24 years of experience. They have made it their goal to provide the most exceptional service at the best price. Their technicians...
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Five Ways to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Summer is a great time to be outside enjoying the warm weather. Unfortunately, warm weather also means that the mosquitoes are out in full force. If you dread being outside on a hot summer day because you know that you’ll be repeatedly bitten, keep reading for five tips on how to prevent mosquito bites this season. 1. Wear Insect Repellent Mosquitoes are very attracted to the smell of carbon dioxide, which of course, as a human you cannot eliminate. Certain chemicals produced by the body, such as lactic acid and sweat can also attract them. Specific blood types also attract mosquitoes. These scents that your body produces can’t be eliminated. However, you can help to mask the scents that your body produces by spraying yourself with insect repellent whenever you are outside. 2. Stay in a Cool Area As mentioned earlier, mosquitoes are attracted to sweat as they like moisture....
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5 Common Ant Species Found in the Home

Ants are generally one of the first creatures which come to mind when people hear the word “pest.” However, not all ants are the same. There are thousands of different ant species all around the world. If you have an ant infestation, it’s important to find out exactly which ants are giving you trouble, so you know what problems they may be causing, as well as the best ways to get rid of them. Here are five kinds of ants you may find in your home. Argentine Ants Argentine ants, hence, the name, are not originally from the United States but were accidentally brought over from Argentina. Argentine ants are dark brown, and although they usually live outside, they’re always eager to drop by, especially if they smell sugar or crumbs on your kitchen counter. Considering that having ants crawling over the places you eat can be dangerous to your...
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Will My Insurance Cover Termite Damage?

Are you wondering if termite damage is covered by your homeowner’s insurance? The basic rule of thumb is that damage caused by unexpected events such as storms, fire or theft is covered. While anything that is preventable, such as termites, is not covered. Termites cause billions of dollars in property damage every year. Don’t let your home be part of that statistic. Create an Invisible Barrier The best insurance against termites is prevention. Keep termites from chewing on your home by making it hard for them to gain access. The only part of your home that should be in contact with the soil is cinder block or concrete. Create a barrier around your home by making sure that all plants, bushes or trees are at least 12 inches from the building. Keep mulch four inches away from the foundation. Make sure that gutters are clear and that they drain a...
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The Truth About Four Common Pest Control Myths

The world of pests and pest control has a sort of mysterious aura surrounding it. Most people know some general information about the subject, but a plethora of myths still pervade the conversation. Misinformation is what pests depend on for survival, so to defend against them, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself. Here are four pest control myths which many people falsely believe to be true. Bees Can Only Sting Once The notion that bees, wasps, and hornets can only sting a person once is one of the most common pest control myths that you’ll hear; however, honeybees are the only stinging insects for which this myth is true. Once a honeybee stings a person or animal, their stinger is ripped out, along with their abdomen and guts, killing them very shortly afterward. Unfortunately, every other pest which stings or bites can do so repeatedly. If...
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Why Your Yard Needs to be Properly Maintained to Avoid Pests

People usually assume that pest control starts and stops in the house; however, the area around your home—notably your backyard and lawn—also needs to be tended to for protection against pests. An essential aspect of pest control; lawn maintenance should not be overlooked. Here is why you should pay attention to the health of your yard if you want to keep your life pest free, and what might happen if you allow it to get out of control. Why Pests Love Unkempt Lawns The perimeter of your house is your first defense against pests. If bugs and insects don’t find your yard hospitable, they’re much less likely to make their way inside your home. Something that pests especially enjoy in a lawn is long, overgrown grass that they can use as hiding spots for breeding and nesting. Debris such as bikes, disposable cups and plates, hoses, kids’ toys, and gardening...
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Your Guide to an Ant-Free Yard

Ants are bothersome creatures that no one wants invading their outdoor space. Still, they always seem to be hanging around. Rather than let them ruin the time you spend outdoors, take some proactive steps to help make sure you have an ant-free yard all of the time. Getting Rid of Ants in Your Yard If you already have ants in your yard, your first step needs to be to get rid of them. Here are some helpful tips to get that done: Dehydrate them with diatomaceous earth (DE). The DE will dry the ants from the inside, killing them in days and it is not harmful to humans or pets. Spread around a mixture of equal parts sugar and borax. The borax will adhere to the sugar, which the ants will be attracted to. The ants will carry both back to the mound, and when the borax is consumed, they...
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I’ve Cleaned and I Still Have Pests - What Happened?

Let’s discuss a topic that comes up a lot when we are providing quotes and checking homes for the source of pest infestations . Even diligent homeowners who clean regularly can see pests settle in for an extended stay. In our experience, these are the homeowners who keep their floors swept and mopped daily, vacuum weekly or daily, take out the trash consistently and store all their food in sealed containers, too. They always ask the same question: if they are doing everything right, how are pests like roaches still invading? It’s an excellent question and the primary reason for hiring a pest removal service to get rid of your pest problem for good. Here are a few of the reasons your clean home may still have pests looking to move in: Leaks and Damp We frequently find leaky pipes and damp areas during home inspections homeowners had no idea...
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Your Guide to Ant Species

Residents of the Northern Arkansas area are familiar with ants. They’re a common pest, and we all tend to have them either in our homes or our yards. Action Pest and Turf is pleased to offer complete pest control solutions to the various types of ants that you might find on your property. While you might be familiar with them, it’s important to realize that depending on the subspecies of ant that has taken up residence in your home or lawn, treatment effectiveness will vary. You have to first recognize the type of ant that you are dealing with, and be trained in the proper ways to both treat and deter their recurrence. Northern Arkansas is home to various types of ants. Let’s take a closer look at the subspecies you might encounter, and the hazard each one presents to your family and home. Ants that Live Inside Your Home....
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What If My Landlord Doesn’t Pay for Pest Control?

Disclaimer - landlord-tenant laws vary greatly by jurisdiction. Everything about to be discussed is meant to be an informative guide and not a substitution for legal advice. Also, the assumption to be made is that this is for private residential leasing, not commercial or government leasing. Health Warning Many types of infestations can lead to illness. Health can be permanently worsened if certain conditions are allowed to persist. Do not jeopardize your health for the sake of making someone else pay for something that you can cover, now, but litigate, later. Generally, landlords are liable for maintaining control of pests/infestations. However, there are instances where a tenant’s lifestyle and behaviors lead to an infestation. If a landlord can prove that a tenant’s own pet mice escaped their cages, the landlord may not only be free of responsibility for the removal of the pests, but the tenant may be required to...
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How Ants Can Threaten Your Health

Most homeowners have dealt with ants at some point in their lives. Finding a couple of ants crawling around the countertop is always an unpleasant sight, though however odious ants may be, they can do more than frighten and irritate. If not properly handled, ants can pose a severe threat to your health. They are a few ways in which ants directly threaten your well-being, for example, with their sting. A single fire ant can give a painful sting, while a colony of them going on the attack can lead to dilated blood vessels and could cause death. The stings of fire ants are especially dangerous to small children and people with allergies or hypersensitivity to ant venom. Meanwhile, wood-eating ants, otherwise known as carpenter ants, will gnaw through the support beams of a house, weakening it over time and creating massive amounts of damage. Left alone, an infestation of...
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Spooky Earwig Facts

Coming into contact with an earwig can be a frightening experience. Their long bodies and scary pincers can look prehistoric, pointing to the age of their order, which first showed up in the fossil record nearly 208 million years ago. Despite their appearance, earwigs are not actually dangerous to humans. They may use their pincers to latch onto a finger if they are bothered or threatened, but earwigs do not sting, and they do not have any venom. Earwigs may occasionally crawl into a human ear, but the claims that they lay eggs inside the human body are false. Earwigs live almost everywhere in the United States and Europe. They can be found in small farms and big cities. They can exist in most climates, but despite their large range, it is rare for them to come into contact with humans. Earwigs are nocturnal, coming out during the dark hours...
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Fall Pantry Pests

Pests can appear during any time of the year, but fall pests are particularly insidious. They are often drawn to the home in search of food and shelter. However, fall pests are more likely to infiltrate your pantry and get into your food supply. This is dangerous because contamination can affect small children, animals, the elderly and others who are living with a compromised immune system. Our pest control service professionals are completely aware of the dangers of fall pests, and we can take the appropriate measures to identify them correctly and eliminate them from your home. About Fall Pests There are many types of pests that are able to enter the home and begin to nest during the fall. The autumn months are usually cool, and the humidity in the air will be dropping. Pests can sense these changes, and they will respond accordingly. Once they enter your home,...
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Preparing Your Turf for the Fall

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During the summer, routine yardwork keeps most homeowners in North Arkansas quite busy. Between the watering, mowing, weeding and edging, there is often little time left to think about preparing your lawn for the autumn. However, the health of your turf in the spring can be affected by the actions you take to prepare your turf for the fall. Here are some lawn care tips to help you achieve a greener, healthier turf next spring. Fertilize in the Fall Many people assume that there is no need to fertilize once cooler weather arrives and the turf is preparing to go dormant. However, your grass is still trying to store nutrients to survive the winter months. A fertilizer that is low in nitrogen and high in potassium is the best choice for an autumn application. Have Your Turf Aerated Every Fall Core aeration allows better delivery of nutrients and moisture to...
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What is the Difference Between Rotten Wood and Termite Damage?

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Both dry rot and termite infestation can cause damage, which is often irreversible, to any building that uses wood in its construction. The former is caused by a particular group of fungi that attack the wood and break down its fibers while the latter is caused by termites eating the wood. In both cases, the structural integrity of the material is compromised. Characteristics of Dry Rot The fungi have the ability to shunt water from one place to another quickly and efficiently. They can exist in fairly dry wood because this ability affects the xylem directly. As the xylem break down, the wood weakens and begins to flake like dry brick. Because the fungi also create channels in the wood, it's common to mistake the damage for termite damage. Characteristics of Termite Damage Termites create channels, too, but the chief difference is that the fundamental integrity of the wood remains...
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5 Myths About Mosquitoes

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Because of their reputation for spreading disease and sickness, mosquitoes remain some of the most feared insects in existence. Although these blood-sucking pests have been around for millions of years, they are still quite misunderstood by a lot of people. Check out these five common myths about mosquitoes. Myth #1- All Mosquitoes Have the Ability to Bite Contrary to popular belief, not all mosquitoes have a thirst for blood. In fact, only the females put you at risk of being bitten. They will use the protein found in our blood to help develop eggs. Unlike their female counterparts, male mosquitoes typically feed on nectar. Myth #2- Mosquitoes Can Transmit HIV Over the years, mosquitoes have helped spread a number of serious illnesses. Even today, these infectious insects remain a problem throughout the world. The good news is that mosquitoes can’t transmit the HIV virus. This is a huge relief considering...
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Tips to Keep Your Pet Flea-Free

Fleas present a major problem for pet lovers. Cats and dogs will often bring fleas into the home after they come in from running around outdoors. These insects are extremely hard and difficult to spot. Once they get into your home, they can lay eggs on the animal or even in various parts of your home. They are difficult to detect and eliminate, so preventative measures are extremely important. Consider the following methods for protecting your pet against a flea infestation when they go outdoors. Flea Behavior Understanding the behavior of fleas can help you make good decisions about how to prevent them from building a nest on your pet or inside of your home. The most important thing to understand about fleas is that they will appear when the conditions present an opportunity. They enjoy warmth in the same manner as other pets and human beings. This includes the...
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What You Can Do in the Spring to Prepare Your Lawn for Summer

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The spring season is a time when the weather starts to get warmer and the grass begins to grow in the yard. You can prepare your lawn in the spring using a few simple tips so that it's healthy in the hotter summer months. Aerate Your Lawn Warm Season lawns such as Bermuda and Zoysia grass should be aerated after your lawn starts to green up. Cool Season Fescue lawns should wait until fall and combine with over seeding. Core aeration pulls small plugs of soil up about the size of your little finger. This loosens compacted soil, allows better water penetration, and allows the root system to absorb more nutrients. Contact us for a quote for Core-Aeration. Mow Should you scalp your lawn? There are differing opinions regarding scalping your warm season lawn. Scalping refers to mowing low to remove dead growth from last season. The benefit from scalping...
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Surprising Facts About Ants

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Even though the ant is one of the smallest pests that you could have in your arm, it's one of the most powerful compared to its body weight and size. Ants can often lift at least 10 times their body weight, some larger ants lifting as much as 50 times their body weight. To keep other ants and pests from invading the homes that they have created, soldier ants will plug the entrance holes with their heads. The front of the head will face outward as a warning to other pests that they need to leave. Worker ants will touch the head of the soldier ant when they return to the nest as a signal that they live there as well.  Some ants will defend plants against other insects so that they can get the food and nutrients from that plant all the time. This is a benefit for both...
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