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Diamond Certified Experts: Tips for Pest-Proofing Your Home

When it comes to keeping your home pest-free, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures. Photo: Leading Edge Pest Management, Inc. (2015)

When it comes to keeping your home pest-free, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures. Photo: Leading Edge Pest Management, Inc. (2015)

“Termites and spiders and rats, oh my!” Even if you don’t have an ingrained fear of these pests, the last place you want to see them is inside your home. That’s why we’ve asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to give some tips on how to keep these vexatious vermin outside where they belong.

Keep things clean. There’s nothing pests like better than a free meal, which is why Felipe Montanez of Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay, Inc. says the number one preventative measure you can take against infestation is to be thorough with your cleaning. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Tips for Pest-Proofing Your Home” »

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School’s Out: Here Come the Kids of Summer

Parents, get ready, for they are coming.

Best summer tip: throw cranky children in water. Photo: Royal Pools, 2015

Best summer tip: throw cranky children in water. Photo: Royal Pools, 2015

Remember last September? Just after Labor Day, you sent them off with new lunchboxes, pointy pencils and extra-long pants. The classrooms unto which they were delivered smelled of fresh paint. They cried a little, and so did you. You went home to an empty house and drank a well-deserved, oddly uninterrupted cup of coffee.

Well, parents…eight PTA meetings, seven slumber parties, four music recitals and one soccer tournament later, your precious bundles of joy are coming back. Continue reading “School’s Out: Here Come the Kids of Summer” »

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Get Those Ants Under Control!

You can have an ant problem all year round in the Bay Area, if you don’t take some precautions. Richard Estrada, owner of ATCO Pest Control, a Diamond Certified company, says the first step is “getting rid of fruit, garbage, sodas and other food items that attract them. They love the same things we do!” Mr. Estrada doesn’t recommend spraying store-bought repellents because that just scatters the ants. What you want to do is apply bait primarily to the areas where the ants originate in order to get things under control.

Inspecting the outside of your home is also a good idea. Mr. Estrada says maybe a bush or tree touching the house is infested with ants. By cutting those limbs back, you’ve shut off the ants’ path into your home. While ants are valuable to the environment, you want to keep them outside by being proactive instead of reactive.

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