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    What Are the Different Types of Cockroaches?

    Last updated 2 days 13 hours ago

    With the weather warming up in Los Angeles, don’t be surprised if you spot a roach or two scurrying across the kitchen or bathroom floor. Fortunately, a cockroach exterminator can take care of your roach problem, no matter how big or small. If you’re curious to know what type of cockroach you are dealing with, read this article.

    American Cockroach

    Up to 2 inches long, this massive roach is reddish brown in color, and is most commonly found in dark and damp places. Also known as the Water Bug, the American cockroach is the largest type of cockroach that infiltrates buildings and homes in the United States.

    Asian Cockroach

    The Asian cockroach is about half an inch in length. It is tan-brown in color, and primarily lives outdoors. Because the Asian cockroach has an affinity for light sources, you may find them flying towards an outdoor light or even your indoor television.   

    German Cockroach

    The German cockroach looks virtually identical to the Asian cockroach in color and length, but they behave differently. German cockroaches can enter through very small spaces, and are constantly looking for food, water, and shelter, so it’s common to find them indoors. Like most roaches, the German cockroach is nocturnal; if you see a few of them during the day, you probably have a large population in hiding.

    Brown-banded Cockroach

    Typically a half-inch in length, the brown-banded roach is light brown and nocturnal, like most other roaches. What sets this roach apart is that it prefers dry areas—such as living rooms, closets, bedrooms, and bookshelves—rather than kitchens and bathrooms.

    Oriental Cockroach

    Female oriental cockroaches are dark black, with males featuring dark brown wings. They are usually found indoors in the colder months, seeking refuse in basements and crawl spaces. In the summer, they multiply quickly and venture outdoors.

    If you see cockroaches in your home, call Center Termite & Pest Control of Los Angeles at (888) 476-9951. Visit us online to see the full array of pest control and cockroach extermination services we offer the L.A. area.

    Identifying Pests in Your Home

    Last updated 9 days ago

    There are a variety of pests in the Los Angeles area that can cause health problems and even severe property damage. The first step to controlling a pest infestation is identifying the types of pest you have. Read on for an overview of some of the most common pests in southern California.

    Termites

    Homeowners that have never seen a termite infestation may be unsure of whether they’re dealing with ants or termites. But there are a few things that clearly separate these two pests. Termites have straight antennae, but flying ants’ antennae are bent. Flying ants’ wings are larger in front than in back, but termites have wings of equal length. Call a pest control expert if you see piles of wood dust, termite wings, or termite pellets.

    Bird Mites         

    Bird mites are a nocturnal pest, most active in spring and summer. They are small, quick, eight-legged, oval-shaped insects that are part of the tick and spider family. Although they prefer to bite birds, they can also bite humans and household pets.

    Rodents

    It’s common to see house mice and rats in southern California homes, as they are deft chewers and can squeeze into openings that are roughly 1/4 inch in diameter. These creatures are mainly nocturnal, but if you notice droppings or a pile of shredded paper or burlap in your home, call a rodent control professional right away.

    Bed Bugs

    The best way to tell if you have a bed bug problem is by looking at your bed sheets. If you see brown or red spots and notice rows of itchy bites that weren’t there when you when to sleep, bed bugs are probably living in your bed. Examine the mattress, and check under your furniture cushions as well, and call a pest control specialist as soon as possible to eliminate the problem.

    If you are concerned about a pest problem in your home, call Center Termite & Pest Control of Los Angeles right away at (888) 476-9951. Visit our website to learn more about the pest control treatment options we offer.

    How TAP Insulation Can Save You Money

    Last updated 19 days ago

    The right insulation can save you money and prevent pest-related stress. TAP insulation combines insulating material with a pesticide to keep rodents and insects out of your home. The EPA-registered pesticide included in TAP insulation is made from boric acid, which is safe for home applications even in homes with children and pets. Boric acid pesticide remains effective for years because pests cannot build up a resistance. TAP insulation provides excellent temperature control for your home, saving you money on your annual heating and cooling costs. You’ll also enjoy TAP insulation’s soundproofing and fire-retardant qualities, which make your home safer and more comfortable—and more appealing to buyers if you ever choose to sell it. Because TAP insulation is permanent, it will never need to be replaced, providing you with additional savings.

    Center Termite & Pest Control is pleased to offer TAP insulation installation throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Contact us today by calling (888) 476-9951 to find out more about pest control, insulation installation, and more to protect your home or business. You can find out more about the latest in pest control products on our website.

    Could You Have Mice in Your Home?

    Last updated 25 days ago

    A rodent infestation is an unappealing thought for any homeowner. Leaning to recognize the signs of mice and rats in your home is the first step in combating this situation.

    This video outlines a few telltale signs that indicate the presence of mice in your home. Droppings, which look like small black grains of rice, are left behind in areas that mice frequent. Mice also leave behind small smears of oil as they traverse your home, turning surfaces dark over time. 

    Are you concerned about a rodent infestation in your home? Contact Center Termite & Pest Control by calling (888) 476-9951 for rodent and pest elimination in the Los Angeles area. Check us out on the web to learn more about spotting and eliminating pests in your California home. 

    Busting Myths about Rats

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Although domesticated rats can make wonderful pets, wild rats are destructive and may carry disease. Rats can be extremely pervasive and tenacious, evading your efforts to handle the problem without professional help. Keep reading to discover the truth about rats and rodent infestations—and how you can control or prevent them.

    Getting a Cat Will Control a Rat Problem

    Many people believe that cats or other household pets will control a rat population. Although cats are well known as “mousers” in rural areas, the truth is that a domesticated cat will not help you to control a rodent problem. Rats that have infested your home have many entrance and escape routes, allowing them to avoid detection and capture by pets. Additionally, rats breed too quickly for one or even a few cats to keep their population at bay. Large rats may also be too big for a cat to be interested in hunting and killing.

    Cheese Is the Best Rat Bait

    Cartoons have popularized the idea that cheese attracts rodents; however, cheese is not the most effective bait option when you are looking to control a rodent population. Pest control experts recommend instead using food items such as peanut butter, chocolate, meat, or dried fruit, all of which are more likely to attract rats to your traps.

    Rats Mean Your Home Is Dirty

    Finding a rat infestation in your home can be a blow to your self-confidence. One of the most common myths about rats is that they are drawn to areas of poor sanitation, making homeowners question their cleanliness when rodents appear. However, while rats can be found in unsanitary conditions, they can also be found in the most well-kept homes well. A rat infestation is not a sign of poor home cleanliness, although taking steps to eliminate rats may involve changing the way you store food and trash.

    Center Termite & Pest Control offers fast and effective elimination of rodents, termites, and other pests in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside County. Call us today at (888) 476-9951 or visit us on the web to learn more.

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