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Three Must-Dos for Avoiding Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Guest post by Janet Thrasher, President of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

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Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a tablespoon of water, so it’s critical to drain all standing water from your yard, including places like barbeque covers. Photo: Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc., 2016

For many of us who’ve grown up in California, dealing with mosquito bites is normal. Today, however, mosquito bites may come with some very serious blood-borne diseases, like Chikungunya virus, Dengue fever, West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis. The list of mosquito-borne illnesses in California grows each year. Now, the CDC is warning that Zika virus may be the next mosquito-borne illness to enter the United States. The California Department of Public Health reminds the public to guard against mosquito bites. Unlike controlling pests such as ants, fleas and cockroaches, pest control companies can’t really help with mosquito control beyond offering advice. It’s up to you to reduce the risk of mosquito bites by following the three D’s of mosquito control: Drain, Dunk and Defend. Continue reading “Three Must-Dos for Avoiding Mosquito-borne Illnesses” »

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How to Get Rid of Ants in the House

How to get rid of ants in the house

Flooded out of their homes, ants seek refuge in ours. Photo: Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, 2016

El Niño has finally arrived in Northern California, and the rains have had disastrous consequences…for ants. According to Janet Thrasher of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc., when rainwater saturates the earth, it floods ants’ colonies and forces them to seek refuge in nearby dwellings. Consequently, ant-related calls to Diamond Certified pest companies are currently on the rise.

How to Get Rid of Ants
If you need to get rid of ants in your house, there are many different ways to go about it, but the most effective way is to destroy their nest. Continue reading “How to Get Rid of Ants in the House” »

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