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Fire Ants and Your Pets

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During the summer people and animals want to be outside more than ever. However, what you may not be thinking about when you see the beautiful sunshine and the warm weather, is that there are pests out there that also like the warm weather. They start to come out during this time and might decide that your yard is the perfect place to set up their homes.

In the western part of the United States, one of the most irritating and potentially dangerous pests that you have to contend with is the Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). They may not be very big, but they have a truly nasty temperament and they swarm their potential threats and that can be you, your family or your pets. Continue reading →

Amazing Insects: Introducing the Bombardier Beetle

Bombardier BeetleThere are a lot of weird and curious insects in the world. Here at Western Exterminator, we make sure that we are the experts in all types of insects, specializing in the ones that can become real pests for your home. However, not all of them are pests. Sometimes you just run across one that is both weird and amazing, showing how diverse and unique nature can be.

There are insects out there with all kinds of interesting defense mechanisms to ward off potential predators. Some have fangs, others have claws, some have stingers or give off a strong and offensive odor. Well, let me introduce you to one that basically has its own explosive weapon built right in: the Bombardier Beetle, the insect that shoots boiling hot chemicals at potential threats and predators. Continue reading →

Everything You Should Know About Stinging Pests

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During the spring, bees and wasps start coming out. Even in warmer areas, like California, the temperatures drop just enough to cause bees and wasps to go into hibernation. Some wasps have been hibernating inside your home, usually in the attic. When the sun comes out, that all changes. They start seeking places to build nests and queens start looking for places to lay their eggs. Sometimes stinging insects build their nests right near where you live or work.

However, in the Western United States, we don’t just have to worry about bees and wasps. There are also scorpions, species of caterpillar that pack a punch and Red Imported Fire Ants. All of them have the potential to sting and bring about concerns for those who have allergies to insect stings.

In an attempt to answer the questions most often asked about stinging pests, we present “Everything You Should Know About Stinging Pests.” Continue reading →

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

What do bed bugs look like?

Nothing ruins a good night’s sleep like waking up the next morning with bed bug bites. Not only can bed bug bites be painful, but these parasitic pests are pretty difficult to get rid of once they’ve invaded a property. They have a knack for hiding in tough to reach spots and are less than an inch wide.

Mr. Little has gathered information and pictures from his classroom to help you identify what bed bugs look like so you can take easily identify these pests. Continue reading →

The Termite Fumigation Treatment Process

Close up of Termite

The only effective way to get rid of termites is through professional services, such as the treatment options offered by Western Exterminator. This can include a number of options, including fumigation. Just the mention of “fumigation” can cause some homeowners to worry about the process.

Western Exterminator technicians are experts in performing termite treatments from bait treatments and spot treatments, but also termite fumigation, in a safe and effective manner. The process need not be intimidating if you know what it entails. Here is what termite fumigation is and the process that we undertake to make it happen. Continue reading →

3 Common Pest Birds

BirdControlPigeonsMost people don’t think of birds as pests. They like birds. Birds are a sign of spring, they conjure images of happy summer and spring days. You might also think about brightly colored feathers and the pleasant songs you hear in the early mornings telling you that another day has arrived.

All of that is well and good if you are talking about a few birds, but the fact is that some birds have destructive tendencies, they congregate in huge numbers and can quickly go from something pleasant to the opposite. Birds can become pests and you need to take care of them for aesthetic and health reasons.

That’s where our experts at Western Exterminator come in, because we’ve been providing bird control and bird removal services for years. Here are three birds that can quickly become a nuisance unless you get proper bird deterrent and bird control methods in place. Continue reading →

Fire Ants In Your House: What You Need To Know

Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta

So you’ve discovered your lovely home is being overtaken by fire ants? Don’t panic! Mr. Little is here to offer you some sound advice as he’s been evicting these tiny invaders from Western Exterminator customers’ homes for nearly century.

While getting rid of fire ants can be a difficult undertaking using do-it-yourself methods, a trained pest control professional can eliminate an infestation with an effective treatment. As you likely know, fire ants earn their namesake for the rather painful bites and stings they can inflict. Continue reading →

What Do Cockroaches Look Like?

What Do Cockroaches Look Like CollageCockroaches are probably one of the most common insects that you run across in your home and on your property. They have been around for millions of years and are located on almost every continent except for Antarctica (and I bet there are scientists on that continent that found one or two in the kitchens of the science facilities too!). They are adaptable and hardy creatures that many think will outlast humans.

The funny thing is, they can be hard to recognize. People often confuse beetles and water bugs and other things with roaches. So, what do cockroaches look like?

Cockroaches are Flat

Cockroaches are flat. They are very flat for insects and they use that to their advantage. Have you ever wondered just how cockroaches got into the pantry, or into the house at all? They do it by being able to squish down into the smallest crack or crevice. This allows them to hide, get at the food they want and, as far as us humans are concerned, be a general nuisance.
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How Long Do Mice Live?

illustrated house mouse

The life of a mouse is a short one. The tiny rodents that are the source of much anxiety and worry for many property owners only live a short while but can cause a lot of trouble. But how long do mice live? In the wild, mice do not tend to live longer than 1 1/2 year.

The lifespan of mice does vary depending on the species.  Below are a few of lifespan averages for some of the most common mouse species in the wild. Continue reading →

Facts About Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bugs

It’s the time of year when people start making plans to travel. Time to start planning your spring break trips and summer getaways.  One of the things travelers are cautious about these days is picking up bed bug bites in hotel rooms and while traveling to other countries.

While the idea of bed bugs crawling around on you while sleeping is enough of an emotional blow, what are the risks when talking about bed bug bites? Are there any health risks? We’ll answer all the questions you may have about being bitten by bed bugs. Continue reading →