All posts by Renee Eder

Bed Bugs Part 2: How to Avoid Bed Bugs from Thrift Store Purchases

Ever go to the thrift store and find a great bargain on a chair or a sectional, or even a comforter and you can’t let it pass you by? The bargains are out there, but who knows what you might bring home hidden inside that gently used bedside table or sheet set.  Bed bugs are rampant and their numbers are continuing to grow. So, what’s a thrift shopper to do? Give up bargain hunting completely? Unthinkable!

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How Can Bed Bugs Affect Your Health?

The thought of bed bugs in your home likely makes your skin crawl. For some unlucky households, these small critters make the sheets they sleep in their primary residence. What many don’t realize is that an actual bite from one of these creepy crawlers can negatively impact your health far beyond what you may realize, so it’s wise to get rid of them quickly if you notice you have them.

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Bugged by Bugs? Temporary Solutions Until the Pros Step In!

Creepy crawlies love being inside your home for the same reasons you do – it’s warm, dry, and has food and water. The tiniest gaps around doors and windows might as well have a giant “Welcome” sign for bugs on them. Ants, gnats, cockroaches, earwigs, firebrats, flies, centipedes and spiders are some of the most common home invaders. But before you pack your bags at the first site of a cockroach, try our tips to naturally get rid of bugs in your house, and of course call us to get rid of them for good!

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Buying a House—Why a Termite Inspection is of Utmost Importance!

If you are in the process of buying a house—congratulations! Whether this is your very first home or you are simply relocating, buying a home is an exciting process. What’s less exciting, however, is moving into your new home and discovering that it has structural damage caused by termites and or other wood destroying insects like carpenter ants. That’s why— before you close on your home, it’s important to have a home inspector perform a termite inspection so you avoid any unforeseen costs or damages.

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How to Protect Your Electrical Wiring from Mice and Rats

Each year, mice and rats contaminate and destroy enough food worldwide to feed 200 million people. These rodent droppings are known to transmit pathogens that cause diseases including hantavirus and salmonellosis. In addition to numerous health risks, rodents can chew through wallboard, cardboard, wood, and even electrical wiring, causing expensive damage and posing a fire hazard.

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The Cicadas Are Here! Six Things You Should Know About the 17-Year Cicada

If you go outside in the DC area, you’ll see hundreds, if not thousands, of bugs crawling out of dime-sized holes in the ground after 17 years in the soil. Now that the average soil temperature has reached more than 64 degrees, these cicadas have emerged in full force and will mate and die over the course of four to six weeks. Most Americans see a handful of cicadas in their yards every summer, but an emergence like this will be massive in comparison.

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What to Do About Bees

It’s spring, a time when bees usually begin to show up, making nests and colonies in places outside your home that are sheltered from the weather. The most common types of bees you’ll likely see are honey bees and bumblebees, and it can be difficult to tell which is which. Bees can also be hazardous due to their ability to sting, but due to their impact on the ecosystem, should not be eradicated in the same way as other pests. Here’s what you need to know about these insects.

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