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    Little Known Facts about Bed Bugs

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite. Everyone knows the bedtime phrase, but what else do you know about these pesky blood suckers? If you’re like most people, there’s probably a lot about bed bugs that you don’t know. Treating bed bugs in your home is as easy as calling your pest control professional, but knowing more about these tiny pests can help you avoid bed bug problems in the future. Here are some little known facts about bed bugs that you might be surprised to learn.

    Bed Bugs Can Live Anywhere

    Bed bugs are found throughout the planet, and are a threat in all 50 states. Bed bugs thrive in single-family homes, apartments, hospitals, college dorm rooms, office buildings, classrooms, movie theaters, and just about anywhere else humans can be found.

    Bed Bugs are Resilient

    There’s a reason bed bugs are virtually impossible to treat with DIY measures. These tiny pests can live for several months without a blood meal and can survive temperatures ranging from nearly freezing to 122 degrees. For this reason, professional pest control is the most effective way to treat your home or business for bed bugs.

    Bed Bug Saliva Acts like an Anesthetic

    If you’ve ever woken up covered in bed bug bites, you’ve probably wondered why you didn’t wake up while you were being attacked. The reason bed bugs don’t wake up their human hosts is that components in their saliva act as an anesthetic and promote increased blood flow to the site.

    If you are battling bed bugs in your home, call in the professionals at Center Termite & Pest Control. We provide the most advanced exterminating services to rid your home of bed bugs, termites, ants, ticks, and other pests for good! Contact us online or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951 to schedule pest control service for your home or business.  

    Tips for Keeping Mice Out of Your House

    Last updated 14 days ago

    A few ants or cockroaches inside your home is nothing to worry about, but even a single mouse can send you screaming into the other room in fear. This fear isn’t irrational either, as mice and other rodents can spread potentially life-threatening diseases and illnesses. To keep mice out of your home this winter, take these steps to protect your home from mice and other rodents. And if a few rodents make it through your defenses, call a pest control company in Los Angeles to deal with them for good.

    Seal Cracks and Holes

    A mouse can sneak into your home through a hole no bigger than a dime, so examine your home’s exterior walls closely and seal any cracks or holes you find. Look for light coming through cracks and feel for air movement, both of which can point you to a small crack or hole that you might otherwise overlook.

    Put Screens on Vents and Windows

    Some holes are there for a reason, such as windows and air vents around your home. Place screens in front of air vents and windows to keep critters outs. Check these screens every few weeks to make sure mice and other rodents haven’t chewed through into your home.

    Keep Your Garden Clear

    Plants and shrubs close to your house provide a haven for rodents as they await their chance to dart through an open door or unsealed hole. Keep plants at least two feet from your home and don’t let junk collect near the house to make it harder for mice and other rodents to hide close to your home and sneak in when you aren’t looking.

    Center Termite & Pest Control can help you rodent-proof your home and deal with any mice infestations for good. Visit our website to learn more about our extermination services, or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951 to schedule service today. We provide pest control services for the entire Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside area. 

    Why Do Termites Swarm?

    Last updated 26 days ago

    In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. When this occurs in a populated city like Los Angeles, the result can be devastating for a large number of homeowners. Termite colonies produce “swarmers” that fly away at ideal times of the year. Most subterranean termites begin to swarm in the spring, while hardwood termites typically swarm in the summer. If you see winged termites in your home, it means a colony is nearby. 

    Call Center Termite & Pest Control right away if you notice winged termites in your home. Even if you can’t tell the difference between winged termites and flying ants, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We provide termite fumigation, non-toxic termite treatments, termite damage repair, and other services. Visit our website to learn why we are one of the most trusted termite extermination companies in Los Angeles County, or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951. 

    An Inside Look at the Rise in Bed Bug Infestations

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Bed bugs are back, and every indication is that they are here to stay. These tiny blood-suckers were all but eradicated in the United States around the end of WW2 thanks to the use of various pesticides. Then, in the early 90s, the very pesticides that had been so effective at keeping bed bugs under control were banned in America. Combined with a raise in international travel, it’s no wonder bed bugs are now found in every state in the U.S. 

    Watch this video to learn more about the rise in bed bug infestations in America. If you suspect that bed bugs are feeding on you or your family at night, contact Center Termite & Pest Control. We offer effective bed bug treatments, and all of our pest control technicians are prompt, professional, and courteous. To learn more about our residential and commercial bed bug treatments, visit our website or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951. 

    Termite Inspection Requirements in a Real Estate Transaction

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you purchase a home using an FHA or VA loan, chances are that your mortgage provider will require a termite inspection before completing the sale. Even if it is not required by your mortgage company, it is a good idea to have a home inspected for wood-boring insects before you finalize any agreement to purchase the residence. And if you’re selling a home, providing the results of a termite inspection can help seal the deal more quickly. Either way, here is what you can expect from your pest control technician during a termite inspection.

    Inspect Accessible Areas

    During a termite inspection, the inspector must evaluate any and all accessible areas of the property where a termite infestation could occur for signs of termite activity. These signs include live insects, shelter tubes running through wood and other materials, and termite droppings, also known as frass. The inspector will also check for visible termite damage to wood and other structural materials.

    Check for Signs of Prior Treatment

    As part of the Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report, your inspector must describe any evidence that the home has been previously treated for termite infestation. In the event that signs of prior treatment are discovered, the sellers may need to disclose steps they have taken to control termites and other pests before the mortgage lender will sign off on the purchase.

    Recommend and Provide Treatment

    If your inspector finds evidence of an active termite infestation, he or she will recommend treatment. Termite treatment is required for FHA and VA financing when the results of the termite inspection point to an active infestation.

    If you are buying or selling a home in Los Angeles, Riverside, or Orange County, contact Center Termite & Pest Control and schedule your termite inspection today. Our termite exterminators are trained to spot signs of termite activity that others might miss. Visit our website to learn more about our termite control and inspection services, or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951 to schedule an appointment with one of our pest control experts

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