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Keep those Pesky Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard and Patio

Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. . .  sometimes it seems they are all lining up to see how they can ruin your summertime cookouts, barbecues, or yard games.    The challenge of eradicating lawn pests can seem never-ending in south central Pennsylvania and makes lawn pest control a priority for most homeowners in this area. 

Mosquitoes Spread Disease

Mosquitoes are the biggest culprit of all the patio and lawn pests, not just because of their nasty bites  but also because of their role in spreading disease such as the Zika Virus or West Nile Virus.  For a number of years now, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has conducted an active program for combatting West Nile Virus and targets specific areas for mosquito treatment each year. 

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How Much Does It Cost To Get Rid Of Termites?

Termites can be extremely costly for homeowners to deal with. If you have a termite infestation (or suspect an infestation), you may be nervous about how much you’ll have to spend to get rid of these pests. So let’s get right to it. How much does it cost to get rid of termites?

Most professional termite exterminators charge somewhere between $400 to $700. That said, it could cost as much as $900 or more, depending on the exterminator, your location, and how big your house is.

Keep reading to find out what else you should be thinking about when preparing for professional termite removal.

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How To Tell If You Have Termites In Your Walls (8 Common Signs)

If you’ve ever experienced a termite infestation before, you know how destructive they can be to your home and how difficult they are to eradicate.

If you think your walls might be filled with termites, there are a few signs you can look for to determine if this is the case before you decide on a treatment solution.

So how can you tell if you have termites in your walls? Look for the following 8 common signs.

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How To Dispose Of Bed Bug Infested Furniture

If your house has been infested with bed bugs, it may feel very tempting to dispose of all of your furniture to be extra sure the pests won’t come back. Our team has treated hundreds of bed bug infestations, and our partner company Cooks CleanOUT Services has disposed of a lot of bed bug infested furniture, so we put together this article as a resource to help you decide how and where to dispose of your furniture if you choose to do so.

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How Long Can Bed Bugs Live In An Empty House?

When bed bugs infest your one and only home where you live, there is clearly an urgent need to get them removed right away. But what if they infest a property you own that you’re not living in? Tempted to let the bed bugs die off on their own, you might be wondering, “how long can bed bugs live in an empty house?”

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How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs & Keep Them Away?

Most people want to eradicate bed bugs from their house the moment they find out there’s an infestation. In addition to the inconvenience of dealing with the repercussions of bed bugs, it is also difficult to resume a normal social life until these pests are eliminated since they spread so easily. So if you’re currently dealing with a bed bug infestation and you’re eager to get over it, you may be wondering, “How long does it take to get rid of bed bugs?” In short, the answer is:

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cicada in pennsylvania

When Are the Cicadas Coming To Lancaster And York?

Some groups of periodical cicadas come out every 17 years; some groups come out every 13 years, and some are annual arrivers. In Lancaster and York, and across the state of Pennsylvania, cicada nymphs are expected to emerge en masse from the ground in late May or early June. This is the year for the 17-year brood to emerge.

The time of the cicada emergence (and impending swarm) will depend on how warm the temperatures get. Cicadas prefer to emerge when soil temperatures reach 64 degrees, according to Penn State Extension.

There are 8 different periodical cicada broods in Pennsylvania. Brood X (10) is expected to arrive in our area this May-June. We’ll see the adults from the eggs laid in the ground in 2004.

We expect billions of cicadas to emerge from the ground. So why does this happen and what are these insects? Will it seem like a plague of insects? Are cicadas dangerous?

Let’s find out:

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Different Types of Pennsylvania Spiders (and Are They Pests?)

Dominion is receiving many calls this year for residents requesting help for spiders — inside and outside their homes! Most folks who report spider issues in Lancaster, York, and Central PA, seem to be bothered in spring, and again in the fall. This is when spiders try to enter homes looking for refuge from the falling temperatures.

Let’s look at different kinds of spiders found locally.

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