A Guide to Home Wrecking Pests: What You Need to Know About Them

A Guide to Home Wrecking Pests: What You Need to Know About Them

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Everyone has encountered a pest more than once in their life. You may have even called for cockroach or termite control if the infestation had become too much for you to handle with DIY methods. There are various types of pests that one may have to deal with through pest control (sorry, other pests such as an annoying neighbour aren’t covered), and identifying them is extremely helpful in both prevention and cure.


What is a Pest?

A pest is an animal or a plant that harms humans, their living conditions, and food. Pests can come in many forms, such as:

  • Disease-causing micro-organisms and parasites, for instance mosquitoes that cause dengue and malaria;
  • Animals that damage stored items, such as those that nibble on stored food, clothes, and wiring;
  • Insects that eat crops such as grasshoppers and some caterpillars;
  • Insects that can damage structures (i.e., buildings and houses) especially the well-known timber-enemy, termites, and;
  • Insects that bite people and cause rashes and infections.


The Different Kinds of Home Pests

Pests range from annoying to fatal, and can affect you and your family in so many ways. There are so many creatures that count as pests, but theses



A mosquito has a single pair of wings – as it belongs to the same group of true flies, Diptera. Typically, it has long, thin legs and a head with a prominent antenna where its body and pair of wings is covered in scales.

Female mosquitoes are the ones that feed on blood to generate eggs. As such, they are the ones that are likely to spread possibly-fatal diseases such as dengue and malaria. However, what people don’t know about mosquitoes, both adult males and females, is that they also feed on flowers’ nectars. Another is that some of their species are cannibals and will eat other mosquitoes.

Adult mosquitoes are particularly active from dusk until dawn, or whenever it is that the sun doesn’t shine most (due to the fact that they might desiccate and die) – thus, the wet season. They may also hide in the corners of your room, or in containers that are left open as immatures’ presence are mostly likely to be found in still water.



Rats and mice came from the largest rodent species, family Muridae. They are both warm-blooded mammals that is found in almost everywhere – they best identified for their oversized front teeth that they use for gnawing, and check teeth for chewing.


Rats that are usually found at home are brown in color and can weigh for about half a kilo. Rats are wary of the new things in their surroundings – such as baits and traps, and other rat control measures – this is because they have well developed senses of touch, taste, and smell. Additionally, they have a strong sense of hearing, where they use ultrasound to communicate, and become sensitive to particular sudden noise.

Rats are known to be home wreckers – as they damage cable wires, woodworks, plastic, bricks and lead pipes. They usually settle in places such as roof spaces, under floorboards, and wall cavities.

Mice, on the other hand, like rats are part of the rodent species. Notably, they invade homes to find water, food, and warmth, plus they are most likely to dwell near food sources – preferably under large appliances, closets, cabinets, storage boxes, and other furniture.

These pests are known to wreck various areas in a home– on your ceilings, walls, furniture, appliances, and of course, your roof. But it doesn’t end there; they can also affect your health through contamination and infections that can lead to serious diseases. One of those is Leptospirosis, which is transmitted by eating food that is contaminated with urine from infected rodents.



Termites are known to be ‘silent destroyers’ as they tend to harm wooden structures without immediate signs. The reason being: they are cellulose-food consumers.

The three most common known termite types are subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. They may feed on plants and wood – although they may also feed on paper, plastic, and drywall – as long as they get cellulose. Cellulose, on the other hand, is an organic fiber mostly found on wood and plant matter.

These three types may be distinguished according to their locations as subterranean termites prefer softwoods, dampwood termites on the other hand, prefers moist, decaying wood, and drywood termites are largely found on attics, as they require a bit of moisture in the food that they consume.



Cockroaches are well-known to be home invaders. They crawl, climb, and fly around your home carrying diseases such as dysentery, salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and typhoid – thus they are considered as pests. Interestingly, some species of cockroaches are beneficial to the environment as they also recycle decaying materials. Furthermore, they are most likely to be found in the kitchen as that’s where there’s an abundance of food and water.



Bed bugs are mostly flat and reddish-brown in color, however, they tend to look swollen after a blood meal. The feed on blood and can survive even after a year without a meal. They are most likely found in mattress seams, sheets, electrical outlet plates, furniture, and picture frames. They can also be found in luggage and briefcases if not usually cleaned, or are stored in places that the pests may occupy. Thing is, you can actually pick them up in almost everywhere as they are that good in hiding – even in your clothes.

Usually, bed bugs bite their victims during the night when they are fast asleep. Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to be disease-carrying insects.


Pest control is crucial – as often times, pests will occupy almost every corner of your home and even you. As such, it is only essential to understand and identify these species to further prevent them from spreading and harming your home.

It’s Raining! Here’s How to Avoid Mosquito-Borne Diseases


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Notice the change in weather lately? Say goodbye to endless days of scorching heat and say hello to the rain, as wet season is here! Too bad it also brings about an increase in the number of mosquitos and other disease-carrying insects. In the Philippines, mosquito control is an active health campaign that is dedicated to preventing mosquito-borne diseases.


Common Mosquito-borne Diseases


A high-rate disease caused by RNA virus, dengue is transmitted by an Aedes aegypti mosquito. Symptoms of dengue appear three to seven days after an infected mosquito bite. Most common symptoms include: severe joint and muscle pain, high grade fever, skin rash, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. They say there are ways to cure dengue at home, but it’s still much better to have the possible infected person checked by a doctor immediately to avoid worsening.


Similar to dengue but more benign, chikungunya caused by RNA virus and transmitted by an Aedes albopictus mosquito. The most common symptoms experienced by a person infected with chikungunya are fever and joint pain.


Malaria is a life-threatening disease and is still considered a major health problem in the Philippines. It is caused by Plasmodium parasites transmitted to people through the bites of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, called ‘malaria vectors’. Notably, there are five parasite species that often cause malaria; however, among these five are two species that poses the greatest harm, namely:

  • Vivax – less virulent the most frequent cause of recurring malaria and;
  • Falciparum – considered to be the dominant malaria parasite in the African continent, and is responsible for most malaria-related deaths around the globe.

Typical symptoms of malaria appear 10-15 days after the bite. These are usually relatively mild cases of fever, headaches, and chills, and therefore may not be quickly distinguished as malaria. If not treated within 24 hours, the malaria parasite P. falciparum may progress to severe illness which can then lead to death.



Symptoms of these diseases may initially start so mild that it is waved off as nothing serious. However, if not treated they may lead to more severe illnesses. Prevention is always better than cure. Place effort into making sure that mosquitoes don’t breed in your home to minimizes the chances of these disease making their way into your home.

Securing Your House

Mosquitoes breed in still water. Mop up areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry area where water tends to collect. Check screen doors and windows to make sure that there are no holes where mosquitoes can come through. If you don’t have one, consider investing in them.

Cleaning Your Yard

Due to the rain, you’ll be surprised with the amount of water that accumulate in the most random areas just outside your house. Garbage bins, pails, pet food bowls, and the like must consistently be emptied and turned upside-down if empty. As per the Department of Health of the Philippine government, here are ways to conduct mosquito control within your territory:

  • Cover water drums and remove water that pool at the tops.
  • Throw or hide away items such as unused tires, jars, bottles, and tin cans from your yard that could collect water.
  • Replace water in flower vases at least once a week.
  • Clean the roof and gutters of debris and leaves to prevent blockage of the drain.
  • Thoroughly clean all your containers at least once a week to avoid mosquito eggs from sticking on the sides.


Protecting You and Your Family

It’s impossible to keep your eye on the family 24/7. Even if you do, these little buggers could go unnoticed until it’s too late. There are extra precautions that you can take to keep you and your family safe even while you’re sleeping.

  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, and socks to prevent mosquitoes from getting anywhere near the skin.
  • Apply mosquito repellent (make sure it contains EPA-registered ingredients) when going outdoors. Apply lotion on skin and use spray on clothing as mosquitoes can still bite through thin clothing.
  • Spray insect repellent on your rooms especially in corners where mosquitoes are most likely to hide. Leave the room to give the solvents time to settle down. Avoid spraying too much in areas where those who have health issues such as asthma as they may be sensitive to the chemicals.


You do not need to spend much on prevention; in fact, the most important parts are cleaning your surroundings and maintaining proper hygiene. Let’s not use the wet season as an excuse to being irresponsible – to achieve a healthy environment, we should begin with ourselves.


How to Keep Pests Away During the Wet Season



Pests of various kinds are mostly active during the wet season. Some may stay outdoors, and some may unfortunately invade the warmth and peace of your home. It is essential to protect your space through proper cleaning and pest prevention practices. To be sure, you may also want to contact pest control to help out in eliminating a growing population of unwanted visitors. Here are a few other tips to keep pests away during the wet season:


Clear out still water

Still water is the breeding place of many pests, especially mosquitoes, as it serves as their nest where they lay eggs. These could be malaria or dengue mosquitoes and put your family’s health in danger. Clearing out will prevent or at least minimize their reproduction. Check in and outside your home for unused tin cans, containers, tires and other items that could collect and hold water.

Clean up your bedding

Food particles left on your sheets are likely to attract pests, so regularly brush your bedding or avoid eating there altogether. You can use a clean broom to brush off dusts from your bed sheet, mattress, pillow and covers. Otherwise you will attract a handful of bed bugs that will greet you bad morning with irritating, swollen bites.

Keep the bathroom dry

Earthworms find damp spaces attractive. While it enjoys the wet ground outdoors, it will only take a while before they invade your supposedly clean and neat space. While they may be harmless, it is still important to main cleanliness within your bathroom. After all, that’s where you clean yourself.

Add screens or window nets

People coming in and out of the house means doors are constantly opened, and you may often want to open the window to let air circulate. These perfectly normal actions unfortunately provide opportunities for pests such as mosquitoes, beetles, and other insects to enter your home. Install screens or window nets on your windows and doors, and repair loose edges to keep the little pests from coming in.

Repair cracks and seal gaps

You may see cracks and gaps as something too small to bother with but it’s a bigger deal than it looks. Tiny bugs, most especially termites, will use this opportunity to find food, shelter, and warmth inside your house. If you leave such access points during the wet season, you will be considered a volunteer to adopt a variety of pesky critters. Save yourself the bigger trouble in the long run by repairing cracks and sealing the gaps on your walls and foundation.

Don’t leave out food

Any food out in the open is fair game. Keep opened goods in sealed containers or inside the refrigerator so as not to be mistaken as food offering.

Properly store and throw trash

Garbage kept in the home for long periods of time poses more health hazards than just inviting insects and rodents. As such, it is important to properly store and clear out the garbage in and around your home. All trash bins inside the house should be emptied out every day or every other day. All garbage bins outside the home must have a lid.

Keep wooden items dry

Wood is very important to termites as it is their primary source of food, and damp wood makes no difference – there will still be types of termites that will most likely come for its demise. Keep all wooden items in clean and dry spaces. Apply eco-friendly pesticide if possible to further discourage termites from coming in.

Trim shrubs and trees near your home

Shrubs and trees serve as shelter for many bugs when it rains. Trim trees and plants regularly so there’s less places for the pests to hide.

Prevent cockroach infestation

Mix one teaspoon of wheat flour and boric powder then add minimal amount of water to create a tacky mixture. Use this to make small balls that you will then place in the corners of your room to prevent cockroach infestation.

Top 5 Common Gardening Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Gardening can be incredibly relaxing and rewarding once you get the hang of it. However, it does without a doubt require a surprising amount of physical labour, a lot of research, and bounds of patience. After all, you need to consider plenty of things such as the quality of the soil, choosing the correct plants and flowers beginners can grow, the proper techniques, and of course preventing pests from chewing on your precious plants. You can call pest control for termites or other nasty insects that have decided to plague your garden, but as for the rest of it, here are a few of the most common gardening mistakes that you actively have to be careful to avoid.


Out of season planting

The seasons contribute a lot to the growth of your plants – and one common mistake is choosing the wrong time to start planting. In the Philippines, planting is often better during the cold season, November to February, though there may also be plants that are better off at warmer temperatures such as March to May. Other plants and flowers thrive in wetter environments, making June to October perfect.

Summer, however, can be very difficult period for planting as most plants won’t be able to withstand the blazing heat of the sun.  As such, it is important for a gardener to understand which plants will be much for suitable for a specific season in his/her respective locality.


Watering is good for plants. Drowning them is a different issue. Beginner gardeners mistake watering as a daily chore, which it really isn’t. You can actually do it every other day by deeply watering the soil to make sure your plant gets the right amount of water it needs for the day. This can last them for about two or more days, and then you can refill it again. Again, the important part here is identifying which ones can live a week without being watered and still be healthy plants, and which won’t last over a day without it. To identify these plants, here are the two types:

  • Established plants have roots that grow deep into the soil. These often go in every direction, so they cover more areas where they can pull water and other resources from. These plants don’t need to be watered very often.
  • Newly-transplanted plants (also seedlings) are freshly planted in an area. They normally require daily watering to sustain growth.




Drowning plants is a no-no, but so is not watering them enough. Similar to humans, when plants do not get the right amount of water to their roots, they become dehydrated. Another mistake often made when watering plants is showering; this is when the water is sprinkled all over the leaves instead of in the soil. Plants drink through their roots, and merely showering your plant to the point that the water barely reaches the roots leaves them parched.

Too much shade

Sunlight contributes to the growth of plants as it them make food. If they’re forever hidden under shade and never get any sunlight, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll grow to their full potential. Some plants, take tomato for an instance, require an abundant amount of sunlight. These need at least 6-8 hours of direct exposure to sunlight.

Overusing pesticides

Pesticides eliminate bad insects, but excessive use may also eliminate the good ones as well. Good bugs include pollinators, such as bees, which help in the pollination process. Other bugs help minimize the bad bugs, so pesticides on your garden isn’t always the best choice.

Fortunately, some pesticides target specific kinds of pests. These may be a bit pricier than regular pesticides, but are less likely to kill off the good bugs.


Even seasoned gardeners make mistakes; so long as one learns from them, there’s nothing wrong with a misstep or two. Let this list prevent you from making the most common gardening mistakes.


Tawa Tawa Leaves and Other Natural Cures for Dengue

Natural Cures for Dengue

With a horrible sewage system in the Philippines, prevention and control of the mosquito population are difficult. This is why dengue fever is so common here; maybe you or your friends have already experienced how painful it is. It can also lead to death if it isn’t taken seriously and given the proper treatment. There are several ways to treat symptoms naturally, such as the following:


Tulsi (Basil) Leaves and Black Pepper can help strengthen the immune system and act as antibacterial elements if combined into a tea. You can do this by boiling the tulsi leaves and adding 2 grams of black pepper.

Giloy is an  Ayurvedic herb known as the ‘Root of Immortality’ due to its abundant medicinal properties. Both anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation) and antipyretic (reduces fever), the herb also helps maintain the metabolic rate and strengthen the immune system to fight off infections. Boil the stems of giloy to serve it as an herbal drink.

Papaya Leaves and Goldenseal Roots can help increase platelet count (which dengue causes the decrease of) and reduce fever. Using this on a patient with dengue can help quickly flush out the infection from their system. You can crush the leaves or roots and chew them, or get your hands on the juice.

Turmeric has been known to boost metabolism and allows a person to heal from dengue faster. Mix this ingredient with milk to consume it.

Tawa-tawa Leaves are found locally and have been known to treat dengue. It does this by increasing cell production and preventing platelets from getting destroyed. Pre-packed tawa-tawa tea can be purchased at certain pharmacies and grocery stores, or you can make your own by boiling the roots in water and letting the dengue fever victim drink it after it cools.

Fenugreek Leaves is also a pain reliever so it can help people with dengue to rest easy. It is also known to reduce fever. To use this, soak the leaves in water and drink it. Alternatively, you can drink water mixed with methi powder.

Barley Grass can also increase the platelet count but it does so by telling the body to make more blood cells. It is available in powder form and is a healthy addition to your diet as well.

Neem Leaves is common in medicine and is used to treat many ailments, including dengue. It does this by helping increase white blood cells and platelets. Similar to Fenugreek leaves, simply soak the leaves in water and drink that water.

Orange Juice is full of antioxidants and vitamins ideal for eliminating the dengue infections and its secondary symptoms. It does this by helping promote antibodies and the release of toxins. The loads of vitamin C in orange juice is also useful because it encourages the body to create collagen which is needed for cellular repair. Just make sure you’re actually drinking juice from an orange and not those artificially flavored ones!

Water is an obvious need when you’re dehydrated but is it most especially needed for people with dengue since excessive sweating and body exertion which causes extreme dehydration. Water can also prevent muscle cramps and headaches and eliminate toxins caused by dengue.


While going to the hospital is the most ideal action to cure dengue, it is comforting to know that there are ways treat and prevent dengue naturally. This is useful in the Philippines where a lot of people don’t have the finances to be treated at a hospital. You must also take the necessary precautions to avoid dengue.

Diseases Cockroaches Can Bring to Your Home

Diseases Brought by Cockroaches

With how unhygienic the streets of the Philippines are, cockroach prevention and control is extremely important if you live in the city. A cockroach infestation is extremely stressful, frustrating, and can actually expose you to multiple health issues. If food is not properly sealed or if one doesn’t practice good hygiene, then he can be infected. Below is a list of example diseases that cockroaches have been known to carry.



Cockroaches accumulate the salmonella bacteria in their bodies by eating contaminated food. The bacteria can remain in their bodies for a month. They are disposed of when the cockroach vomits or defecates which they can do on your food.

When humans have salmonellosis, they experience diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. These symptoms usually surface 12-72 hours after infection. With a constant supply of fluids, one can recover from this disease in 4-7 days.

Typhoid Fever

This is also caused by the salmonella bacteria. Typhoid fever is fairly common in areas with poor sanitation and limited access to water.

Symptoms of typhoid fever include high temperature, head and muscle aches, constipation, diarrhea, exhaustion, and stomach pain. With the correct medical treatment, one can recover in 3-5 days. Failure to do so can lead to serious complications.


Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection that is caused by the Vibrio cholera bacterium. It is common in areas with poorly managed environments.

Just like Salmonella, the disease is spread when cockroaches with the bacteria vomit and defecate on food and surfaces that get into contact with food. Although 80% of infected people do not experience any symptoms, the bacteria will be present in their feces for 1-10 days. For the 20% of people that do develop symptoms, 80% of them experience mild to moderate symptoms while the rest develop acute water diarrhea that leads to severe dehydration. There are 28,000-142,000 deaths recorded per year due to cholera.


This is a type of gastroenteritis which causes diarrhea with blood. This is acquired consuming foods or drinks with shigella bacteria or entamoeba, and poor hand hygiene. Symptoms of this disease include diarrhea with blood and mucus, painful stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and a high temperature. Although the symptoms may seem harsh, a person infected with the disease could recover within a week without medical treatment.

The disease has two types:

  • Bacillary: aka shigellosis, caused by the shigella bacteria
  • Amoebic: found in tropical areas, caused by Entamoeba


Cockroaches have also been known to carry bacillus mycobacterium leprae which causes leprosy. While this is not high infectious, failure to treat this could lead to permanent damage to the skin, nerves, eyes, and skin. The damage could be as severe as disfigurement and deformities.

Since leprosy incubates for 5 years, symptoms may take as long as 20 years in order to appear. Treatment of this is multidrug therapy or MDT. These are just a few of the multiple diseases that can be brought to your home and/or establishment. You and your loved ones are more likely to get infected with these if you have an infestation. If you feel that you have a cockroach control problem, call a professional right away.

6 Things You Should Know About Termites

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Have an infestation in your home? Before calling termite control, it is recommended to know your enemy first before attacking. Here are six things you should know about termites


They Serve a Purpose

Don’t be put off – we’re not going to attempt to stop you from exterminating them when you get the chance. Termites have a bad reputation because of the damage they do to homes. Outside of a residential property however, they do have a positive purpose in an ecosystem by being waste processors.

The reason they feed on wood is because they are attracted to the cellulose present in dead trees and plants. Termites have the ability to turn this cellulose into usable nutrients by recycling them into humus which is healthy for soil. Because of this, termites actually help to create a fertile environment in fields and forests. Sadly, this means they mistakenly think that the cellulose in the wood of your home needs to be turned into humus too.

How They Find Wood

From the main colony, termites tunnel in a starburst pattern and keep doing so until they find tree roots, moisture, and potential food sources. If the need to go above surface arises, then they create mud tunnels for them to travel in. They usually do this if they sense a food source inside a building. Just like ants, they enter buildings by trailing the edges until they find an opening.

Once they find a food source they will lay down a pheromone trail while making their way back to the heart of the colony. This is what other termites will follow in order to get to the food source.

The foraging territory of termites depends on:

  • Age and size of the colony
  • Species of termite
  • Availability of nearby food sources

They’re Full-Time Workers

Termites work twenty-four hours a day for all days of the year. Because they are so efficient at it, their destructive capabilities cost eleven billion dollars in property damage and repairs every year in the United States of America and twenty-two billion dollars a year worldwide.

Flying Ants Doppelgangers

Flying ants can look very similar to termites. Here are a few factors that can help you distinguish between the two:

  • Termite’s wings are all equal in size while one pair of ant wings are smaller than the other. The wings of termites are also twice as long the termite’s bodies. Ant wings are much smaller.
  • Termites have straight antennae while ant’s antennae are elbowed.
  • Ants’ body segment are easily defined by their thin waists. Termites have a uniform, straight body.


Simple Ways to Prevent Infestations

A full-blown termite infestation is very serious, so prevention is key. There are many easy ways to make sure the termites don’t even think of looking for a food source in your home.

  • Remove as much moisture from your home as possible
  • Repair leaks immediately
  • Eliminate standing water from pots, roofs, etc.
  • Make sure vents are clear of any clogs
  • Properly seal and dispose of food
  • Keep lumber, paper, and firewood on high ground and/or away from the house
  • Install screens on vents, doors, and windows



Signs of Infestation

The process of prevention is not the same as the remedy. If you see these signs of termite infestation at home, then you should immediately call termite control:

  • Swarms of winged bugs inside your home
  • Cracks of bubbles in your paint
  • Termite droppings
  • Hollow wood
  • Mud tubes
  • Damaged wood


Now that you know your enemy, you understand why they are hungry for the food in your home. Use this information to prevent or purge them from your home.

Hide and Seek: Hiding Places for Pests in your Home


Have you ever experienced hearing noises such as a sudden buzz, whimper, or squeal in your house, but weren’t successful in finding where it was coming from? Ghosts might be your first guess, but these alarming sounds are likely coming from pests hiding in your home. If you ever find yourself in this situation, call termite control to consult with them whether it could possibly be a pest problem.

Pests usually lurk in areas where they’re not easy to notice such as plants, standing water, food, and untidy spaces in your house. This is why the best way to prevent a pest invasion is to take proactive actions to protect your house from these pesky pests. It’s also good to regularly inspect these places in your home.


Snack spots

Rats, cockroaches, and other pests are enticed by little crumbs and food particles. This includes dining areas, food storage areas, and even your couch! To prevent pests from living in your snacks slot, always wipe down these areas and properly dispose all the remaining food and food wraps. Don’t forget to properly seal leftover chips and whatnot. Place these inside the refrigerator or airtight containers.

Trash Bags or Trash Bins

Pests of all sorts love to infest trash bags or bins that have fermenting foods in it. They may even mate and reproduce there, further adding to your problems! Avoid getting yourself in a situation of unintentionally breeding these creatures by ensuring that your trash bags never go over a week without being replaced and properly disposed of.


Kitchens are quite an obvious place as that’s where all the food is. Maintaining a spotless kitchen is one way to keep the pests at bay. Keep ingredients in sealed containers as an extra precaution. Not only will this help your kitchen to be pest-free, but at the same time, this will also ensure the safety of your whole family from diseases that these foul critters may bring. 


Houseplants, like other plants (unless they’re plastic), obviously need water to survive. However, overwatering your plants may create standing water in plant pots that can be a breeding ground for deadly mosquitoes. When this happens, this will ultimately bring serious illnesses to you and your family such as dengue. Avoid overwatering your plants to prevent mosquitoes from living in them. Regularly check leaves for signs of harmful bugs. 


Unattended bathroom leaks can also be a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. Keep the bathroom dry, especially pails.



Being knowledgeable about the places that pests hide will help you find where these pesky pests may be. It’s a great way to be in constant vigilance for any unwanted visitors, so you can immediately spring to action and prevent an infestation. But if your home is severely infested, it’s time to call a professional pest control service provider to help you in annihilating these pesky pests.