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How to Fool Ants into a Trap

Have ants made themselves at home in your San Diego area home? Like many homeowners, you may have tried spraying them with insecticide in the hopes that they would go away. Unfortunately, sprays and many other do-it-yourself measures aren't usually very effective. The problem is that the ants that you see are just the tip of the iceberg. Their nest is teeming with more, and their queen is constantly spawning more still. Ant traps are a far better solution, but they have to be used properly. Kennedy Pest Control is here to help. Keep reading to learn more about effectively using traps to eliminate ants from your home. Ant Traps aren't Traps At All Although people usually call them ant traps--and many manufacturers do too--traps that really work are more properly called bait stations. They are not designed to capture and kill ants. If those worker ants are killed on the...
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Can a cockroach really survive nuclear fallout?

You have probably heard the theory that cockroaches will be thriving on this planet long after humans have annihilated themselves in a cataclysmic nuclear disaster. Is this just hyperbole born of our worst fears, or is it true? And if these genuinely creepy critters stand to win the species longevity race, what is it that makes them virtually impervious to radiation? First, let’s contemplate whether the claims of roach invincibility have any bearing in fact. We need look no further than Hiroshima and Nagasaki after these two Japanese cities were the victims of nuclear bombs in 1945. In the midst of widespread human death and destruction, cockroaches scuttled busily among the ruins as if nothing had happened. Recent research corroborates this anecdotal evidence. Scientists from a team sponsored by the Discovery Channel exposed a sample of German cockroaches to 1000 radon units (rads) of cobalt 60. After one month, half of...
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5 Top Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs. The very term strikes sentiments of fear and loathing among homeowners, landlords, and tenants alike. Early detection is crucial to preventing an infestation, and although their clues are subtle, these destructive pests present some revolting signs of their presence in your home if you just know where to look. Let's explore the top five signs of bed bugs and what you can to prevent and treat an invasion.  Bites on the Skin: Of course, bug bites are one of the most telling signs of bed bugs. However, these bites are strongly characteristic of mosquito bites with the typical signs of swelling, itching, and weeping. Therefore, it's important to actually locate the bedbugs in order to confirm their presence in your home.  Excrement and Body Fluids: As their name suggests, the most likely areas for bedbugs to inhabit are mattresses, bedding, bed frames, box spring sets, couches/love seats, and recliners....
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Start 2017 with a free termite inspection

When you're planning your New Year's resolutions, getting a free termite inspection probably isn't very high on the list. It may not be on the list at all. That's a shame because a free termite inspection has a lot going for it, especially when you have it done early in the year. Termites are a year-round menace In most of the country, termites take the winter off. Here in Southern California, it's wood-munching business as usual. With the colony active year-round, termites always need new sources of food. Workers travel as much as 100 yards from their nest, so a home that was untouched a year ago could suddenly be on the menu. Secret agents of destruction Detecting termites isn't a do-it-yourself job. These white, ant-like creatures have soft bodies that need to stay damp. They travel through the soil and find access to structures via cracks in concrete or along...
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

Have a Pest Free Holiday As you are planning your holiday season, winter pests are looking for a warm place to stay, and your home could be the ideal spot. If you want to get the most from the season, then you must take steps to protect yourself and your family from unwanted pests. Many people overlook the importance of implementing a proper pest control plan, but they are putting themselves at risk. If you want to avoid this problem, it's time to learn about the common pests that you can expect, but taking a look at the signs of an infestation is also a critical piece of the puzzle.  Common Winter Pests Mice, rats and other rodents will quickly enter your home if you give them a chance. Although they like to stay in attics and behind walls, they will venture into your kitchen to get food. During the winter...
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Maintaining a Termite Free Home For The Holidays

Kennedy Pest Control provides comprehensive pest-control services to surrounding cities in California. Termites are one of the most harmful pests to deal with because of the extreme damage they can cause to the structure of various buildings. Termites are known for their ability to hollow out the wooden parts of a building, and this can severely depreciate the value of the property. Termites are also difficult to manage because they form large colonies, which are capable of inflicting extensive amounts of damage on the interior parts of the structure. In addition, this damage is often done long before they are ever detected. This can ruin your holiday festivities unless you take action right away. Maintain a Termite-Free Home It is possible to maintain a termite-free home during the holiday season. Prevention is an important aspect of termite control because it is difficult to reverse this process once these pests infiltrate the...
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5 Facts About Swarming Season

Warm weather brings termites, and colonies can travel hundreds of feet from their home. While a cloud of termites may seem ominous, it does not necessarily mean that you have an infestation. To learn more about swarming termites and potential infestations, read the following five facts.  1. Swarmers Are Not Aggressive  When people think of swarming insects, they think of an angry hive of wasps flooding their home. In reality, termites are not aggressive or grouped together. Swarming termites merely fly simultaneously from their nest to look for a new nesting site, food and potential mates. When this happens, you will notice flying insects that look similar to winged ants.  2. Getting Your House Inspected Does Not Mean That You Are Termite Free Your house was just inspected and you received a termite letter from the inspection. While this means that there were no termites during the inspection, this does not...
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How To Tell if You Have a Drywood Termite Infestation

Termites are a major issue in the United States, and they can do a large amount of damage to the structure of your home. In fact, it is estimated that termites cause around one billion dollars of damage each year, and many insurance policies do not cover this type of harm. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the damage wood termites can cause and how to determine if your home is infested. Do You Have An Infestation? Although you may be able to determine if you have an infestation, it is a good idea to have a yearly inspection done to confirm that your home is free of these pests. One of the ways that you can tell if you have an infestation is if you find termite fecal pellets, which are called frass. Frass are hexagonal and about one millimeter long. Termites will normally kick them out...
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Termites in Escondido

A Destructive Force From giant foam building blocks to the Discovery Sailboat, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is an ideal place to take your kids. The child in you might enjoy the exhibits as well. In fact, you might find it preferable to your own Escondido home, that is, if your house has termites. Termite damage costs an estimated 5 billion dollars, each year. Add that over decades and termites may be on of the most destructive forces that people have ever faced. Guess what, your home is on their menu. Termites silently chew through the wood that keeps your home upright. Severe termite infestations can destroy a home in just a few years. If the infestation goes untreated, you might find yourself sleeping on those foam blocks at the children’s museum. Several different types of termites live in Escondido that you should be worried about. Dampwood Termites You’ll find...
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Carpet Beetle

What are Carpet Beetle? Carpet beetles are small insects with small, round bodies which can cause damage on animal based materials by feeding on them. They may infest coats, pillows, carpets, rugs, blankets, wool, clothing and upholstered furniture. These insects are widely distributed pest that can be found inside houses and other structures where food is available. There are several kinds of Carpet beetle species but black carpet beetles and varied carpet beetles are the most common. Varied carpet beetles are 2 to 3 mm long with yellow, black and white spots while black carpet beetles are bigger, around 3-5 mm and their bodies are longer with black to dark brown color. Carpet beetles may be carried around by moving infested stuffs. All their species undergo complete metamorphosis, from egg, larvae, pupae and adult beetle. Carpet beetles’ life cycle ranges from 9-12 months in length. Female carpet beetles can lay more...
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Silverfish

Silverfish is also known as fishmoth, paramite, or carpet shark is a wingless nocturnal insect with long antennae, and moves in a wiggling motion that is similar to the movement of a fish.  Silverfish is a fast moving insect that hates the smell of citrus. Silverfish is commonly 13 to 25 mm in length with fish-like appearance. They have 2 compound eyes with silver to brown body color. They are soft-bodied insect covered with shiny scales. The have long antennae, long and flattened bodies with stomachs taper at the end. Silverfish are general feeders however prefers to eat carbohydrates including flour, oats, dried meat, starches, sugar and even glue. They are chewing insects that can be very destructive in vast populations because they also feed on wood, paper, clothes, and almost anything inside the house. These insects can live for 2-8 years and survive for more than a year without food....
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Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants are serious and persistent pest in Los Angeles and Southern United States. They’re native to Northern Argentina, Paraguay, Southern Brazil, Uruguay and introduced to Japan, Europe, New Zealand, Easter Island, South Africa, Hawaii, Australia, and United States. Ants are ranked among the world’s 100 worst animal invaders. A worker Argentine ant’s length is around 3 mm and queens are 2-4 times larger than the workers.  Queens are the only ones who lay eggs and they seldom or never develop into winged form.  Production of male Argentine ants seems to be controlled by the quantity of food available to the larvae. Argentine ants can start a new colony with 10 workers and 1 queen. They will set-up rooms in cracks, ground, timbers, or in between spaces of boards.  Argentine ants have low ability in digging deeper nest but if they see deeper abandoned nest, they will take over the space....
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Orb Weaver

Orb Weavers or Garden Orb Weavers are grey or reddish-brown spiders with 8 eyes and hairy legs. They have triangular abdomens with white or brown edged dorsal stripes and 2 humps towards the front. They don’t have stridulating organs. Orb Weavers make large, sticky spiral wheel-shaped webs. The Orb Weavers rest at the center of the web waiting for insects to fly into the web and instantly rush to the victim and wrap it with silk. After securing the insect, the spider will bite it, let the deadly venom do its job and eat it. Flies, bugs, mosquitos, beetles and cicadas are some of their most common prey. Their sizes are usually around 2-3 cm for females and 1.5-2 cm for males. They are commonly found in Australia.  The female Orb Weaver can live up to 12 months. Females lay a large egg sac in the fall, wrap it in thick...
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Earwigs

Earwigs are small insects that can be found throughout America, Australia, Africa, New Zealand and Eurasia. There are about 2,000 species of Earwigs with sizes ranging from 5-25 mm. Earwigs are omnivores that feed in vegetables and plants like: potatoes, lettuce, strawberries, roses, sweet corn etc. They also eat decaying organic matter like compost and mulch. Earwigs also eat mites, aphids as well as nematodes. Earwigs are nocturnal insects with a pair of forceps pincers on their abdomen and short forewings but rarely fly. This kind of insect likes to hide in moist crevices and cool areas in day time and feed during the night. Earwigs are different from other insects because females display maternal care by protecting and defending their eggs and nymphs against predators. Females lay about 20-80 eggs in 2 days and hatch after a week. The mother earwig will feed the nymphs until their 2nd molt. Earwigs undergo...
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House Mouse

The house mouse is a wild animal that lives near humans and causes damage to food, properties and crops. It is a small rodent that is commonly used genetically altered laboratory animal which makes them very important in medicine and in biology. House mice are omnivorous and nocturnal animals. They have poor or no color vision. They are good swimmers, climbers and jumpers. They also have high-pitched voice. An adult house mouse average size is from 7.5 to 10 cm from nose to the base of its tail and 5 to 10 cm tail length. They normally weigh 10 to 25 grams. House mice have short hair with color varying from white to grey to light brown to black. They have short hind feet which they use when eating and fighting. House mice can live up to 2-3 years in a protected environment and less than a year in the wild...
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Roof Rat

The Roof rat is also known as black rat although it’s not actually black in color, it’s usually dark brown. Ship rat is another name for Roof rats because they were commonly seen on sailing ships. They were associated with the Black Death or plaque during the Middle Ages. Roof rats are commonly found in 48 neighboring states. They usually stay in ceilings, attics, trees, debris, woodpiles, as well as dense vegetation. Roof rats are usually 13-18 inches long (tail included) and weighs 5 to 9 ounces. They are agile, slender with almost hairless large ears. Their droppings are cylindrical and long. Roof rats prefer to eat fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, plant materials, and tree barks. They are omnivorous and their natural enemies are dogs, owls, cats, snakes birds of prey as well as other rats. Roof rats are good climbers; they can travel in fences, utility lines and walls....
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Black Ants

What are Black Ants? The black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) is a species of carpenter ant. It is the most common carpenter ant pest in the United States, amongst all the types of ants. Black carpenter ants are known to forage up to 100 yards in search of food. Workers are most active at night, traveling from their nest to a food source following trails. They do establish chemical (pheromone) trails. The ants produce crackling sounds that can often be heard near a large nest. A large colony can have thousands of individuals. The black carpenter ant does not sting, but the larger workers can administer a sharp bite, which can become further irritated by the injection of formic acid, which they produce. Black carpenter ants are fiercely territorial with regard to other ants. Black carpenter ants do not eat or digest wood, but they tunnel through wood, which can cause...
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Oriental Roach

Oriental cockroach also known as shade roach, water bug or black beetle is considered as the worst kind of cockroach because it usually stays in damp areas like: sinks, pipes, toilets, cellars and basements and they can be found in England, Australia, Europe, United States, Israel and South America. Unlike other cockroaches, the Oriental Cockroach prefers cool places. Oriental cockroaches are most active at night and emit strong odor just like other cockroaches. The Oriental cockroach usually measures around 1 to 1 ½ inches in length. They are glossy, blackish-brown in color and travel much slower than other cockroaches. The female Oriental cockroach is much bigger and looks wingless but actually they have very short wings while male wings cover only 2/3 of their abdomen. Both males and females can’t fly. The female Oriental cockroaches can produce 8 ootheca or egg cases in their lifetime which contain 16 eggs each case....
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American Roach

American cockroaches also called the water bugs are the biggest species of common cockroach measuring an average of 4 cm in length.  American Roach originated in Africa and not endemic in America despite their name suggest.  It was introduced to America in 1625 and because of global shipping, American cockroaches were transported to other parts of the world including Canary Islands, Greece, Taiwan, Azores, Southern United States, South Spain, Cyprus, and South Africa. American cockroaches prefer warm temperatures and moist places. They feed on variety of food, decaying organic matter as well as fermenting foods including: bakery products, cheese, books, soiled clothing, dead animals etc. American cockroaches have 3 developmental stages: after 6-8 weeks an egg will hatch into a nymph and about 6-12 months to develop into an adult cockroach which has a life span of about a year. Nymphs look like adults but they’re wingless.  American Cockroaches are also...
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Drugstore and Cigarette Beetles

Drugstore and Cigarette Beetles are common household pests which can be seen at different times of the year, mostly in early summer. These kinds of beetles are good fliers and sometimes accumulate on doorsill or window when trying to go outside. Drugstore Beetles Drugstore Beetles are also known as Bread Beetles or Biscuit Beetles. They are brown in color; fully matured Drugstore Beetles can be up to 3.5 mm in length with 3 segments antennae. They can be found worldwide but more common in warm climates. Like other beetles, Drugstore Beetles go through a complete metamorphosis, from egg, larva, pupa and adult beetle. Female Drugstore Beetles can lay between 23 to 114 eggs which will hatch in 9 days. Drugstore Beetles are external feeders that migrate in infested food sources. These beetles are considered omnivorous because they infest wide varieties of food products. Drugstore Beetles got their name because years ago,...
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