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Des Moines Bed Bugs: Myth Versus Fact

Aside from termites, if there is one major pest infestation fear for homeowners in Des Moines, it is bed bugs. Like termites, bed bugs are destructive and very difficult to get rid of. However, while they may be a major fear, there is a lot of different information that is circulated about bed bugs. This can make it difficult to separate the facts on this pervasive pest from all the myths. Common Myths About Bed Bugs, Busted! Bed Bugs Live in Dirty Homes If you have bed bugs, it must mean your home is an absolute pigsty, right? Wrong. Your house could be pristine and bed bugs could still make themselves at home. In truth, bed bugs enjoy to live in cluttered spaces the most, but dirty surroundings are not what draws them. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide (C02) and blood, so if your home is clean, but still has humans or animals living in it, the bed bugs will come. You Can't See Bed Bugs It is widely believed that you can't really see bed bugs, but this isn't true. Everything from adults to their eggs can be visible to the human eye. You might have to look…
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Des Moines Pest Control and Your Pets

Pests affect everyone in the family, from the humans that live in your house, all the way down to your pets. However, while your furry friends may sometimes be responsible for bringing pests into your home hidden inside their thick coat of fur, you need to make sure that pests are removed from your home in a way that also keeps the pets that live there safe. Most pest control companies these days use treatments that are both safe for humans and pets. Only in the most serious cases will they use the less safe treatments. However, even if the treatment is safe, in most cases, there will be precautions that you need to take to keep your pets safe before and after treatments. Your Des Moines pest control professionals will walk you through those steps before they do the treatment as well. Keeping Pets Safe During Pest Control When pursuing professional pest control, you should always inform your pest control technician that there are pets in your home and what sort of pets that they are. For pets that are contained, such as reptiles or rodents, they simply may need to be removed from a room for awhile while…
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Spiders In Iowa

Did you know that there are over 40 spiders in Iowa? The most common spiders are black and yellow garden spiders, common house spiders, fisher spiders, grass spiders, and wolf spiders. The most dangerous are the black widow and brown recluse. As you can see, most spiders are harmless in our area besides a few. Most Common Spiders In Iowa Black And Yellow Garden Spider Typically found outside in fields and gardens. The yellow garden spider (argiope aurantia) belongs to the group of spiders known as the orb weavers.  Female spiders will be up to 30mm in length while males will rarely reach 8 mm. The yellow garden spider is covered in silver hair, while the abdomen has black and yellow markings easily identifying it. The yellow garden spider is able to make some very complex webs. The webs will normally be located on twigs, plant stems, branches, and other structures. Their webs are able to be as much as 60 cm in diameter. The spider will stay in the center of the web while it waits for its food to arrive. Common House Spider Found inside houses, buildings, and garages. Usually you will find their webs where multiple edges…
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Take Control Of Your Pest Problem In Des Moines

Can you believe 2018 is only a few weeks away? This year has certainly moved quickly, right? Have you started thinking about your New Year's resolutions? Many people make resolutions, but they do not always stick with them. You can make a resolution for 2018 that you can stick with it. If you want to maintain a clean home in 2018, you could knock out two things at once. When a home is clean and neat, people tend to be a little more organized, right? A clean and organized home can also mean you will not have to worry about those bothersome pests that have been annoying you for so long. We know the new year is a few weeks away, but we want to give you time to think about making some changes to your life and your home. Taking better care of your home can all start with the proper pest control services in Des Moines. If you do not want to worry about pests in 2018, we want you to keep these things in mind as you go into a new year. Cover The Cracks In Your Home We know that the weather is colder now and…
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What Happens to Mosquitoes During a Des Moines Winter?

Mosquitoes are a real summer pest. They can make an otherwise great summer barbeque miserable with their bites. However, they are a curious creature. They thrive when it is hot and particularly when it is wet, but we only have to deal with them until the first frost comes. Yet, what happens to them after? Winters in Iowa are no joke and the cold alone should kill mosquitoes, not to mention how a couple of feet of snow should seal the deal. Yet, as the warm months roll around, they always come back. So it is often a question of curiosity by people who call in pest control experts in the spring to prevent mosquitoes: where do mosquitoes go in the winter? Mosquito Winter Life Cycle Most mosquitoes aren't like geese. They don't fly south for the winter only to come up in the spring to bug you again. In fact, adult mosquitoes will often die off in the winter, but what you really have to worry about is the children they left behind. While the winter habits of mosquitoes can vary from species to species, typically when the temperatures start to drop, the adults will lay one last batch…
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