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3 Common Pest Control Myths Revealed

in bed bugs stink bugs Rodents Mice

You may have a great aunt who passes down old wives’ tales with conviction or a confident coworker who touts some “facts” and holds steadfast to their truth (without giving any factual backing). Sometimes, nodding in agreement to these claims or even adhering to them can be harmless. But other times, listening to these “facts” can unknowingly put you and your family at risk.

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No vacancy: How to keep skunks away from your home this winter

in Yard Pests Wild Animals

As you’re pulling out sweaters, readying your fireplace, and preparing your home for holiday celebrations, skunks are also scoping out their winter housing options.

The striped skunk is the only species of skunk native to Ohio, and they are found in every county. They typically are black with a white stripe running down the back of their body, but the black hair may sometimes be brown, cream, or white.

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Are there venomous spiders in Ohio?

in pests in your home spiders Yard Pests bug proofing and prevention

As you put up Halloween decorations and prepare for trick-or-treaters, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for some real creepy crawlers that could be lurking around your yard and home.

Ohio is home to more than 620 species of spiders…and all of them are venomous, except for one.

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Why flies are invading your home this summer

in pests in your home bug proofing and prevention Mosquitoes and Flies

The watermelon has been sliced, corn shucked, and burgers seared to perfection. You finally sit down at the picnic table with your friends and family to enjoy your barbeque, when a massive fly lands on the potato salad. Two more show up on the hamburger buns, and before you know it, you’re swatting flies between bites.

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Mosquitos are coming: How to battle them in your yard

in Yard Pests bug proofing and prevention Mosquitoes and Flies West Nile and Zika

It’s time to defend the north… south, east, and west of your property against the one true enemy of the realm: mosquitoes.

You’ve survived winter and are eager to enjoy some time in your yard. The last thing you want is to be driven inside by pesky mosquitoes.

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12 tips for keeping ants out of your home

in pests in your home bug proofing and prevention Ants and Termites

Ants aren’t just pests that invite themselves to outdoor picnics. They can invade your home, carry bacteria into your living spaces, and can even cause structural damage to your house.

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Safe gardening: How to protect yourself from pests in your yard

in Yard Pests bug proofing and prevention Mosquitoes and Flies Fleas and Ticks

Now that warmer weather has finally returned, everyone is anxious to get outside and do some yardwork and gardening. What’s the quickest way to thwart the excitement of being outdoors after a nearly six-month hiatus? Pests inhabiting your yard.

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10 Little-known facts about termites

in pests in your home Ants and Termites

Spring has officially arrived, along with the tree pollen, blooming flowers and bugs. According to the National Pest Management Association, spring is also termite season because, sometime after the last freeze, young adult male and female swarmers emerge from their nests in large groups. Since swarms tend to be the only outwardly visible sign of termites, people mistakenly believe they’re only active in spring, when they’re actually quite busy all year long.

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5 things to know about paper wasps

in Yard Pests Bees and Wasps

Ohio is home to thousands of species of bees and wasps. As you venture outside this spring, you are more likely to cross paths with some more than others.

Paper wasps build their nests in residential homes, yards and gardens, community parks, and even barns and structures in rural areas. One reason in particular to watch out for paper wasps? They pack a mightier sting than your average sweat or honey bee.

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4 Bugs you’ll see more of in the spring

in pests in your home Yard Pests Beetles and Cockroaches Earwigs and Stink Bugs Ants and Termites

After a long winter, it may seem like spring’s arrival has come at a crawling pace. March marks the official beginning of spring, as well as the unofficial launch of pest season. As temperatures warm up and moisture peaks, insects come creeping.

Just as different flowers bloom in the spring versus the summer, there is a seasonality to bugs. You’re more likely to see different species at certain times of the year, and spring pests are not for the faint-hearted.

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