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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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Spring Lawn Tips

If you want to keep your lawn bright and vibrant, you are likely searching for spring lawn tips that will allow you to get the job done. Properly caring for your lawn allows you to create a beautiful and relaxing environment. In addition to enhancing the beauty of your property, having a healthy lawn will also increase the value of your home, and the following tips will get you moving in the right direction.  Start by Raking Your Lawn When spring arrives and the snow and frost start to melt, your yard will likely still have dead leaves from last fall, but you could also find small patches of grass that did not survive the winter. Your lawn will have trouble absorbing water and nutrients if you don't resolve the issue, which will prevent you from reaching your goals.  The good news is that you can solve the problem by...
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Why Not to DIY Pest Control

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Whether you're dealing with bugs, rodents or other pests, it's tempting to try to take matters into your own hands when you find unwanted visitors in the home. Unfortunately, attempting to handle pest control by yourself can backfire. You may find the methods you try to be ineffective or, in some cases, actually make the problems worse. Here are a few top reasons why you should leave pest removal to the experts:  1.) Mistaken Identity Some pests can easily be mistaken for one another. For example, you might think that the carpenter ants in your home are termites, or that you have a mouse problem when the issue is actually rats. This makes a difference because the methods for eradication will vary depending on the pest you're dealing with. Having an experienced professional make that call is the first step toward success.  2.) Pest Control Methods Are Dangerous To be...
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Where Do Pests Go in the Winter?

Pests dislike the cold weather as much as you do. Unfortunately, many of them try to invade your home as the weather declines in November. Some pests, including rodents and insects, will seek shelter close by or inside your house to survive through the season. 3 Places to Find Pests in the Winter Outdoor Clutter Clutter makes the perfect shelter for pests when the winter arrives. It protects them from the elements and gives them small areas inside where they can build nests and wait until the season ends. You can reduce the pest population around your home by cleaning up the clutter, such as putting away old car parts, picking up wood debris and putting away the children's toys. Inside Your Home Pests have instincts, so they seek the warmest place in the vicinity when it gets cold. If it's your home, they'll search the entire perimeter for a...
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Don't Let Ants Ruin Your Thanksgiving

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Ants in the South may not be as active during late fall as they are in the summer, but they still come out when they catch the scent of food. Thanksgiving is the perfect time for ants to make their way indoors where they can find plenty to eat and to carry back to their colonies. If you want to keep ants out of your house this holiday season, it pays to take preventative steps to ant control. 4 Ways to Keep Ants Away This Holiday Clean up after cooking your meal. Cooking a Thanksgiving meal takes a lot of work, including a ton of ingredients. As you cook, you may leave behind crumbs and other bits of food on the counter or the floor. Wandering ants will find these food items easily and bring other ants to the area using pheromone trails. Clean up as you cook and after...
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