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Flea season is upon us. Protect your pets!! 

Signs of a Drywood Termite Infestation
Swarms
When a drywood termite colony is mature, swarms of winged male and female reproductive insects are produced. These reproductive termites fly out of their colony to create new colonies after mating. Warm temperatures and heavy rains instigate swarms.

Frass
Drywood termites extract as much water as possible from the feces to conserve it. The result are very distinct fecal pellets called frass. They are a hexagonal and all are a similar size of 1 mm long. The termites kick them out of their tunnel. Appearance of mounds of these pellets indicate activity. It is important to note that pellets can remain almost indefinitely from a dead colony and may mislead a homeowner that it is current activity. Contact a termite control professional to confirm current activity

The house centipede is a fairly common household pest. That said, it's also pretty heinous. When you've had one crawl up your leg in the middle of a lecture in a 200-person auditorium, you know that screams often follow their arrival. If you've seen more than your fair share of them at home, here's some good info:

The house centipede has a gazillion legs and two long antennae that stick far out of their bug bodies. Like the silverfish, they like dark, damp places like the basement or under the bathroom sink. They move quickly, like to come out at night, and have no interest in scary humans. Did I mention how prehistoric and ugly they look?

Here's why you should leave them alone though: they kill other bugs. Like other centipedes, the house variety has poisonous venom that takes out roaches, moths, flies, and termites— you name the creepy crawly, and this centipede probably offs it. They even take care of bed bugs!

And that's pretty much all they do (aside from scaring the bejeezus out of you). They don't carry disease, or nibble on your wooden siding. They don't go after human food. Just bugs.

That said, I wouldn't pick one up with my bare hands. You read the part about poisonous venom right? Even if you are bitten, it might sting a bit but you'll be fine. But there's no reason you need to touch them. If one's in plain sight, just sweep it into a container and return it outside or to your basement, and all will be well.

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You’ve heard of ROUTS (Rodents Of Unusual Size) from the movie The Princess Bride. We’re all familiar with Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. Our next tale of a huge rat takes us to Sweden, as now we have Ratzilla terrorizing a Stockholm family. A homeowner in Sweden is breathing a sigh of relief today as a giant rat, measuring over two feet in length from nose to tail, was caught by exterminators. The enormous rodent weighed well over two pounds, and had chewed through a concrete wall before getting caught in an industrial trap set by exterminators.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/04/you-have-to-see-this-gigantic-rat-caught-by-an-exterminator/

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