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Protecting Your Biggest Investment with a Termite Inspection in Des Moines

For most of us, a home is the biggest, most important investment we'll make over the course of our lives, and one of the most serious threats to our homes is a horde of tiny larva-like creatures called termites. Like ants, termites live in a cooperative fashion, meaning that they work in concert to survive, and they survive on "dead" wood, which is fine with we humans as long as the dead wood is a fallen tree or stump in the woods. But when the dead wood they're after happens to be our homes, that's another thing altogether! Here's a sobering fact to consider: Termites are considered the number one threat to wood-based structures, beating out fire, flooding and wind damage! In other words, they're not to be taken lightly! Termites swarm in the springtime, which is fast approaching, so now is a particularly good time to schedule a termite inspection to find out if your home is currently under attack, and if so, how much damage has already occurred. (By the way, if you actually see winged termites in or around your home, there's a very good chance that the feast is already under way!) What Does a Termite…
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How to recognize bed bugs & Des Moines bed bug extermination

No homeowner wants to consider the possibility that they may have bed bugs in their home. This is something that most people do not like to discuss in public. This is a very common pest problem and nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, bed bug populations in Canada are rising. Proper inspection and treatment is crucial in keeping these pests under control. If you suspect bed bugs in your home, you should contact a pest control professional today to have a thorough inspection and bed bug extermination of your property. What Causes Bed Bugs Infestations? No one is really sure of the ultimate cause of bed bug infestations, but the incidence of international travel seems to have their numbers on the increase. The pests can hide in clothing and bedding materials and be transported by travel to airports, hospitals, schools, camps, and they can also find their way into your home. How Can I Recognize Bed Bugs When I See Them? A bed bug may be hard to recognize and if you are not looking very closely, you may miss them. The pests are less than ¼ inch in length and do not have wings. If you can see…
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Why Hire a Local Pest Control Company Over a Corporate One

More often than not, pest extermination is something that many homeowners think they should do themselves. Yet when it comes to going beyond ridding their yard of something that attracts the bugs or just plain giving them the old squash, most do-it-yourself efforts end in two ways – store-bought bug bombs or big corporate exterminators. Unfortunately, both will likely have the same effect. Bug bombs use chemicals in mass in order to kill a sweeping number of bugs or one intended species. As such, they run the gamut of pretty effective to not effective at all while covering all your belongings in pest control chemicals. Corporate extermination companies are a little more effective, precise, and professional about it. Unfortunately, corporate companies also employ sweeping solutions that are catered to wipe out specific species of insects, but those solutions don’t always work in every town, especially when it comes to unique sub-species of insects. So what can you do about it? The best option is to go for a local pest control company. Like when you shop for produce at a grocery store, there are a lot of benefits for choosing local over corporate. Of course, unlike produce, an exterminator’s chemicals…
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Des Moines Commercial and Industrial Pest Control

Nothing can shut a business down faster than a pest problem. Whether you're running a school, restaurant, office, hotel or other commercial facility, when you have a rodent, termite, ant or other pest problem, you'll want fast pest control that's done right so you can resume your business operations fast. Here's what you need to know about commercial and industrial pest control: 1. You can get a free inspection Never trust a company that won't come out and inspect your commercial or industrial facility for free. This is especially helpful when you have a large facility and therefore haven't necessarily found all the spots where your pests are hiding. Your free inspection might even find new pests that you didn't know existed. Getting a free inspection is easy, and it's something that should be done somewhat routinely to catch pest problems early and ensure your employees have a safe, clean working environment in compliance with OSHA and other standards. 2. Your facility might be a breeding ground for pests Some facilities have the perfect environment to breed pests, which is something you might not know until you have your facility inspected. Your inspection may find that there aren't any pests currently inhabiting…
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Termites

Three types of termites thrive in the United States: dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. Many additional species of termites exist and are prevalent in the tropics. The most common termites found in American homes are Eastern subterranean, Southeastern drywood, and Pacific dampwood. What Termites Do Termites have a caste system. They can be workers, soldiers, or reproductives. There are queens and kings as well -- they create new colonies. Worker termites usually measure from a quarter-inch to a half-inch long, while queen and king termites can be more than an inch long. Workers gather food for the colony and care for immature termites. Soldiers protect the colony by fighting off predators. Ants are the most significant predators of termites. Reproductive termites can fly; they are also called swarmers. Some species of termites lay millions of eggs each year! Termites feed on dead plants and trees which contain cellulose, a fiber that provides them nutrients. Though termites mainly eat wood, some will also eat other materials such as drywall or even plastic. The diet that a termite prefers varies by its type. For instance, dampwood termites prefer moist wood while drywood termites require little moisture, which is why they can thrive so well in…
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