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Fleas can make your dog’s life miserable, and can even result in health problems. And as the weather cools, fleas love to move indoors where it’s warmer, so checking your dog for fleas in the fall is very important. To see if your dog has fleas, lay your dog down on the floor. Then check at the base of his tail by separating the hairs. Check at the backs of your dog’s legs, around his stomach, and by the ears and neck. If you don’t see fleas but you see pieces of a dirt-like material that’s black or brown, it may be “flea dirt”, which is a sign that your dog has fleas. Test the flea dirt by smearing it on a piece of white paper. If it is brownish red, it’s probably flea dirt, which is essentially dried blood and flea excrement.
If your dog has brought fleas into your home, contact Center Termite & Pest Control. Available in the Los Angeles and Riverside area, our pest control services will ensure the health of your family and your pets. Call us at (888) 476-9951 or visit us online to learn more about our pest extermination services.
Last updated 8 days ago
The old adage about bed bugs has a new meaning these days, as the bedbug population has grown tremendously in the United States in recent years. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to spot this household pest once it has nestled into the tight crevices of your home. In this article we will overview some of the common indicators of a bed bug problem.
You See Bedbugs in Your Couch or Bed
The most obvious sign that you have bed bugs is seeing them crawling around in your home. You probably won’t see them on the bed, at least in the daytime. Bedbugs are dormant during the day, when they can be found hiding in small crevices, especially under sofa cushions and along mattress seams. But bed bugs will also hide in the floor or the trashcan, and have a particular fondness for spaces made of wood or paper. If you have a big bed bug infestation, you may even smell a sweet odor coming from areas where the bugs are living and hiding.
You Notice Itchy Bites When You Wake Up
Bed bugs bite at night, so people usually notice the bites in the morning when they wake up. Bed bugs typically leave straight rows of bites, rather than leaving scattered bites like other pests. If you notice that the bites are usually around your mouth, it may be a kissing bug rather than a bed bug.
You See Red or Dark Spots Where the Bugs Might Be
Bed bugs, like most pests, usually leave a trail that lets you know they’ve settled into your home. Look on your mattress or sheets for red spots, which are tiny bloodstains. You may even see brown spots, which are the pest’s waste, on the wall, floor, or furniture.
For high-quality pest control services that will eliminate your bed bug problem, contact Center Termite & Pest Control. To see all of the pest control services we offer, visit our website. Call us at (888) 476-9951 if you have any questions for our pest experts in Los Angeles.
Last updated 14 days ago
Few insects elicit the feelings of disgust that a cockroach does as it crawls across the kitchen floor or countertop. But this species is also actually quite fascinating. Watch the video to learn more about cockroaches and how they have survived for so long.
Cockroaches are highly skilled at survival. After all, they have been around for hundreds of millions of years. Roaches are attracted to the food, water, and warmth in your home, and they can easily enter by squeezing through tiny holes near the door or window. Able to go a month without food, and capable of reproducing just two months after birth, cockroaches are by many accounts the most resilient pests on the planet. To find out more about cockroaches, check out this video clip.
If you have a cockroach infestation, waste no time—a group of a few roaches can turn into hundreds before you know it. Call Center Termite & Pest Control of Los Angeles at (888) 476-9951 or visit us online to learn more about our reputation for effective pest removal for our residential and commercial clients.
Last updated 21 days ago
Though it may seem like a question a child would ask, the answer to this question is actually quite illuminating. Many consider bees an unwanted pest, but this ancient species has actually been around for more than 100 million years and serves many important functions. To find out more about why exactly bees sting, read this article.
In order to advance for more than 100 million years, bees had to adapt to the changes in their environment. One of the adaptations that the honeybee species are known for is their ability to organize as a community to protect their hive, which are attractive to a variety of insects and mammals. If a bee near the hive detects an intruder, it will enter the hive and alert the others by releasing a pheromone that signals alarm. To ward off the intruder, bees attack in a large group. The combined effect of hundreds of bee stings can harm or in some cases kill an intruder.
Unless a bee feels threatened, it is rare for a bee to sting when it is on its own, collecting pollen or water. But if a bee is swatted at, stepped on, or alarmed in some other way, it will instinctively sting. This is part of an automatic defense mechanism that bees have developed for protection.
Bees sting in order to administer venom, which delivers to the sting victim a level of pain that exceeds what is felt by the insertion of the stinger. In the event that the stinger goes into the thick skin of a human or animal, the bee will be unable to remove its stinger, and as a result will die.
If your home or commercial property has a bee infestation, contact Center Termite & Pest Control for safe, effective bee removal service. We can even bee proof your property to prevent future problems. Call us at (888) 476-9951 or check out our website for more information about our pest control solutions in Los Angeles.
Last updated 1 month ago
Termites are hard to find and even harder to exterminate, but the damage they leave can be extensive and difficult to repair. Fortunately, Center Termite and Pest Control of Los Angeles has been repairing termite damage since 1968, and we have the experience and resources to repair your termite problem. If your home’s fascia boards, roof sheeting, wood trim, or rafters were damaged because of termites, call us and we will repair it for you without subcontracting. Fully licensed and insured, Center Termite and Pest Control is proud to use boric acid-infused wood to conduct repairs, which protects your home from future termite infestations. If you supply paint, we will even paint all new wood structures for free!
Call Center Termite & Pest Control of Los Angeles at (888) 476-9951 to learn more about the termite repair services we offer. And visit us on the web to learn more about our award-winning termite control and prevention services in Southern California.