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    Keeping Your Pets Safe from Summer Pests

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Summertime pests pose not only a risk to your human family, but to your four-legged family members as well. Dogs can be at particular risk because they are often let outside, where their curious nature has them exploring every rock, root, and crevice. Mosquito bites can cause the same discomfort in your dog as they do in you; they can also transmit heartworm, a potentially deadly condition. Ticks can pose a health threat by transmitting Lyme disease. Vaccinating your pet against both heartworm and Lyme disease and using an animal-safe pest repellant will protect your pet’s health this summer. Additionally, keep your yard and your landscaping trimmed and neat to reduce its appeal for ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests. 

    Center Termite and Pest Control offers residential pest control services throughout the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside areas. Contact us today by calling (888) 476-9951 to find out how we can protect your home, your family, and your pets from pests all year long. We also invite you to check out our website for more information about common California pests and how to eliminate them. 

    Rodent Borne Disease in California

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Rodents are not only unsightly—they can pose a serious health threat to you and your family as well. These pests can carry many diseases, some of which could even be deadly.

    This video highlights hantavirus, a rodent-borne disease responsible for two recent deaths in Yosemite National Park. Hantavirus can be contracted by breathing in dust from the droppings of infected rodents. Although the infection usually resolves on its own, in some cases it can progress into a serious medical condition called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, or HPS. 

    If you have found rodents in your home, you could be at risk for contracting hantavirus. Don’t try to clean up after them on your own—contact Center Termite and Pest Control today by calling (888) 476-9951for professional rodent control services in Los Angeles. You can find out more about rodents and the health risks they pose on our blog.

    Protecting Yourself from Summer Bed Bugs

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Recent years have seen a resurgence of bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are often brought into your home in your luggage when you return from vacation. If you suspect your home may have bed bugs, contact a pest control company in Los Angeles immediately to diagnose and treat the situation.

    Check for Bed Bugs First

    The best way to protect yourself against bed bugs is to check your summertime lodgings for signs of these pests. As soon as you enter a hotel, cabin, or even the guest room at a family member or friend’s home, make a quick inspection for bed bugs. Strip the covers and sheets off the bed to check the mattress itself. Other areas you should check include the headboard of the bed and around or beneath and cushions on upholstered chairs or sofas. Don’t put your suitcase or clothing on the bed or any upholstered furniture until you have determined that there are no bed bugs in the room.

    Treat for Bed Bugs at Home

    When returning home, there are a few additional steps you can take to prevent bed bugs that may have stowed away in your luggage from infesting your home. Wash your clothes immediately in hot water and tumble dry on high—the heat will kill bed bugs and their eggs. If you suspect your luggage could be infested, don’t bring it inside. Seal it in a plastic trash bag and let it to sit outside in the sun for a few days to kill any remaining bed bugs inside. If you are still concerned, schedule a professional bed bug inspection to identify any signs of an infestation before it can worsen.

    Don’t let bed bugs or other pests ruin your summer! Center Termite and Pest Control is here to help you eliminate bed bugs, termites, rodents, and other pests that affect your comfort and safety at home. You can reach us at (888) 476-9951 or by clicking on our convenient web contact form to schedule an inspection in Los Angeles, Orange County, or Riverside County.

    An Overview of American Cockroaches

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Cockroaches are one of the most well-known and widespread pests on the planet. Of the approximately 4,500 known species of cockroach, 30 are associated with infestations of human homes. The American cockroach, which may also be called a waterbug, is a common household pest found in warm areas of the country, including Southern California.

    Characteristics

    The American cockroach is the largest cockroach associated with home infestations in the U.S. These insects are typically two inches in length, with an oval body that sports six legs and antennae. American cockroaches are a reddish-brown in color and have a distinctive yellow-rimmed “figure eight” pattern on the back of the head.

    Life Cycle

    Cockroaches go through three distinctive phases in their complete life cycle. They begin life as an egg; American cockroach eggs are approximately four-tenths of an inch long, with a brown, purse-shaped appearance. After six to eight weeks, nymphs emerge from the eggs. Nymphs look much like adult cockroaches, but have underdeveloped wings and dark horizontal bands across the back. Following six to twelve months of development, a nymph will eventually reach adulthood, after which it can reproduce and will live up to one additional year.

    Habits

    American cockroaches prefer to live in climates that remain above 70 degrees Fahrenheit all year long, though they can be active in cooler temperatures as well. These pests are not only found in homes, but also commercial buildings, hospitals, and manufacturing buildings as well. American cockroaches are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders—they will eat a variety of foods and materials including leather, glue, starch, plant or animal detritus, and many manmade or processed foods.

    Are you dealing with cockroaches, termites, rodents, or any other pests in your California home? You can reach the pest control experts at Center Termite and Pest Control today by calling (888) 476-9951 for fast, friendly, and effective pest elimination solutions, including BluWood termite- and rot-resistant wood. Take a look through the articles on our blog to learn more about some of California’s most common pests. 

    Mud Tubes Explained

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you live in Southern California, it is important to be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of a subterranean termite infestation. Subterranean termites can cause serious and extensive damage to your home in a short span of time. By identifying an infestation early on, you can protect your home from termite damage. One of the signs of subterranean termite infestation are mud tubes. These slender tubes are made up of a combination of mud and other debris, and are used by termites to enter your home. Typically, mud tubes will be found around the foundation of a home or along other termite entry points. 

    If you have noticed mud tubes around your property, do not hesitate to call Center Termite and Pest Control. Our pest control company specializes in treating and preventing termite infestations. For more information about our termite fumigation and extermination services, call us today at (888) 476-9951.

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