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4 Bugs you’ll see more of in the spring

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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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How to tell the difference between flying ants and termites

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Have you ever seen a small, black insect flying in your house and wondered: Is it is an ant? Could it be a termite? Can ants even fly?

We’re here to tell you that ants can fly…and so can termites.

In fact, the flying members of ant and termite colonies are the only ones that can reproduce. Both ants and termites fly – or “swarm” – when they’re breeding. After mating has occurred, males will die, and queens will drop their wings and move to a nesting site.

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Just because temperatures dropped doesn’t mean the bugs will

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After a warm start to our winter here in the Miami Valley, we’ve certainly made up time with recent snow events and another visit from our friend, “Polar Vortex,” a few weeks ago.

While enduring cold winter weather can be annoying, some would argue it’s better than dealing with mosquitoes and other winged-nuisances that plague southwest Ohio in the summer months.

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4 Signs you may have carpenter ants

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The largest ant in Ohio—as well as the nation—can be found right here in our part of the state. Ohio is home to 13 different ant species, with carpenter ants being the largest. The biggest carpenter ants (winged queens) measure up to three-quarters of an inch.

Carpenter ants eat plant and animal matter, but they can cause serious damage by chewing through wooden structures and other materials to form pathways between their nests and food sources.

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Winter doesn’t stop raccoons

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If you think Old Man Winter is enough to keep raccoons away, think again.

During winter months, food sources become scarce, and weather becomes frigid, which can drive raccoons to seek food and shelter in human environments. Consequently, raccoon populations are higher in suburban and urban areas than rural areas.

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Animal invaders: Do you have uninvited guests in your attic?

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Santa has come and gone, so if you’re still hearing the prancing and pawing of reindeer hooves on your rooftop, it is quite likely coming from some other four-legged (or flying) critter.

Attics are a common place for pests to move into, especially during winter months when they’re seeking shelter from cold conditions. Identifying what kind of wild animal you have in your attic can be difficult, since it’s not an easy space to navigate and many of these pests are evasive.

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Is pest control really necessary during winter?

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Winter typically provides much-needed relief from all the insects that plague us during warmer weather. So, you’d think pest control wouldn’t be necessary during winter, right?

Wrong! As a matter of fact, winter can be one of the best times to provide pest control service. Winter is the perfect time to prevent infestations before pests can populate and become an issue in the spring and summer.

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10 crazy facts about cockroaches

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Closely associated with dirt, filth and the spread of disease, just the mere mention of cockroaches can make your skin crawl. Most homeowners are at least somewhat familiar with the health and safety risks associated with cockroach infestations, including allergies and asthma.

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Commodity fumigation: Budget-friendly way to fight personal item infestations

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Faced with an increased demand for better pest control options, it’s the A1 Able Pest Doctors goal to deliver just that, while creating less stress and labor for our customers. As a result, we’re expanding our Vikane gas fumigation offerings with “commodity fumigation.”

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Mouse in your house? Tips for preventing unwelcome winter houseguests

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As the weather gets colder, we want to spend more time indoors…and so do rodents. Rats, mice and squirrels are in search of a warm, toasty place with food and nesting materials nearby. That’s why winter is a prime time for mouse infestations.

In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), rodents invade about 21 million homes each winter. Roughly 24 percent of homeowners will report mice or rats on their properties during this season.

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