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Are You Afraid of Spiders? What Those with Arachnophobia Fear

The fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is traumatizing to some people. The reaction to the phobia may come in various degrees. The type of reaction may include running and screaming or may have a more paralyzing effect. No matter the degree of the phobia, meeting or thinking of a spider is the worst nightmare for an arachnophobe.Spiders

Crossing Paths with a Spider

Accidentally crossing paths with a spider can cause an arachnophobe to panic. The unexpected meeting not only startles the individual but is also one of the worst things imaginable. If the phobia is severe, the fear takes over causing the inability to move. That is why many individuals with the fear of spiders avoid areas or activities where spiders are present.

Walking into a Web

Another nightmare for a person with the fear of spiders is the act of walking into a spider web. Imagine just walking in your basement and all the sudden you feel the sticky web hit your face. The phobia takes over, your heart starts racing. The thought that pops into your mind is: okay here’s the web, now where’s the spider. Stress starts filling every part of your body and all you want to do is get away. But now all you can think about is where the spider is? Frantically you look to find an escape that is spider free.

Having a Spider Crawl on You

The ultimate nightmare for a person with arachnophobia is a spider crawling on you. Seeing a spider is enough, but having it on you is on a whole other level. The stress and panic that arise from the spider contact is tremendous. Trying to avoid spiders at all costs is a common goal for arachnophobes.

Symptoms from Arachnophobia

Any phobia can cause a variety of different symptoms. Some of the more severe symptoms include:

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Simple Tips For Keeping Pests Out of Cars

Keep vehicles safe from pests all year long with the proper precautions. Pest-proof your cars by following some of these helpful pieces of advice. A mouse can crawl into your car and chew on the insulation and wires. These repairs are expensive to fix, not to mention time-consuming. The risks are not only cosmetic; they can affect the structural components of the car. A rodent infestation can also put you at risk of potential illness, such as Hantavirus. You can help keep your cars clean and pest-free with some of these ideas.

Watch Where you Park the Car

If you can avoid parking in grassy areas, you will be able to prevent many insects and rodents. Wooded areas and tall grass are home to rodents and keep them from your car by not parking in these locations. Try to park the car on pavement or on gravel. You can deter mice by placing mothballs under it. Fox urine powder can also get mice away.

Don’t Store Food in Your Car

Keep pests away by not giving them a reason to come to you car. Keep food out of the car, and try not to eat food in the car either. You can keep a cooler in your home and bring it into your car for day use, but don’t leave anything sitting in your cars.

Remove the Mice

Setting up mouse traps in areas where the mice are will help you get rid of the mice. This will get rid of any rodents that enter. There are also sound repellers that will get them out of your car.

Open the Hood

Open the hood while the car is parked to keep mice away from nesting in it. A warm, enclosed hood is an ideal place for mice to nest. Keeping the hood open while you’re parked will keep the mice away from the car.

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You’ve Just Come Home to Pests - Now What?

houseNo matter how hard you try to keep your home pest-free, there are times when even the most stringent of defenses won’t be enough. So, what do you do when you come home and find your house has been invaded by bugs, critters or insects? The important thing is not to panic. As frustrating as it can be to watch all your hard work fly out the window, it’s best to tackle this problem smartly and efficiently. Here’s what to do:

Confirm

The first thing to do is try and confirm what, exactly, has invaded your home. If you actually saw it then this step has been taken care of already. However, there’s a good chance that you only saw its traces. This is where a keen eye and a bit of detective work come in handy. It’s important to know what different droppings and debris look like, so you can identify the problem.

For example: mice and rats leave behind little pellets that look like chocolate sprinkles or tiny seeds (sorry for the visual), and you can usually find papers and boxes that have been chewed up. Roaches leave behind what look like dark dots, and there’s a unique, tell-tale smell that goes with it. Termites leave piles of wings, sawdust and mud tubes that look like little trails.

Seal the House

In addition to identifying the problem, you have to figure out how they got in so that no more can follow. Inspect the outside and inside of your home, looking for cracks and holes. It doesn’t take more than a few millimeters of space for outsiders to gain a foothold into your living room or kitchen.

Once you find these openings, you have to then seal them up. How to do this will differ depending on what you find and where you find it, but closing off your interior is the only way to make sure that more nasty pests don't get in.

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How to Deter Cockroaches

roachCockroaches can run three miles per hour. That means they can spread diseases, bacteria, and germs throughout your house very quickly.

These pests have a determination to live through the most dangerous circumstances. It is significantly easier to prevent them from coming in instead of exterminating them from your home.

Strategies to Prevent Cockroaches

These tiny bugs can come through small cracks, vents, crevices, and sewers. The best way to keep them away is to make sure they can’t come in. A few tips:

  • Store everything in sealable containers. If they can’t get to a food source, they won’t survive in your home.
  • Avoid exposed liquids. This could be left out water, spilled liquids, any spillage from food preparation, water collected under sinks, or liquids inside of appliances.
  • Seal garbage and compost containers. Much like with food, if your garbage or compost is in sealable containers, cockroaches won’t have access to them.
  • Avoid leaving pet food out overnight. If it’s good for your dog or cat, the cockroach will think it’s good as well.
  • Rinse all recyclables before putting them in a bin. Bottles, cans, or other plastic containers may still have residue after they’re empty. If you rinse them out, cockroaches won’t be attracted to them.
  • Maintain an organized area. Old newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, etc. are all things that clutter up and provide the perfect latrine or shelter for cockroaches.
  • Seal all wooden furniture. If you use varnish or paint to seal the wood, and then wipe them regularly, it can help deter them.
  • Cockroaches love dark and damp areas, so pipes are the perfect entrance and shelter. Make sure all repairs are done, and you clean any blockages.
  • As earlier stated, cockroaches can come inside your home through a plethora of small openings. Try to seal any you see. These could also be near walls, electrical sockets, skirting boards, bathroom cabinets, or under your kitchen sink.
  • Keep overgrown vegetation to a minimum in your yard. Try to avoid any large plants or bushes away from any external walls or doors.
  • Keep firewood as far away as possible. These provide perfect homes for a variety of pests to harbor in.
  • Hire a professional exterminating company to regularly treat your home for preventative measures.

Pest Control Solutions, Inc.

Household poisons and DIY solutions don’t always work. They can contain toxic ingredients and can be harmful to your family. If you want to protect your family, hire Pest Control Solutions.

They are dedicated to providing the best service for you and are willing to work with you to create your personalized service plan. To schedule your first treatment, call Pest Control Solutions today!

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5 Expectations for Your Pest Control Call

Having a pest problem is nerve-racking enough. But when you need to find an exterminator for the first time, your nerves may get tested even more. If you do not know the right questions to ask or what the pest control company may ask you, the feeling of intimidation or confusion is not uncommon.

Questions from the Pest Control Company

When you call a pest control company, they will need some basic information. This information may include:

  • Reason for the call - Why are you calling and what do you see?
  • Is there a particular part of the house where you notice the activity?
  • Do you live near woods or water sources?
  • Are there children or pets living in the house?
  • Do you have a crawl space or basement?
  • Does your home have an attic or second floor?

Your answers to these questions help the pest control company estimate the amount of time the exterminator may need to investigate your pest problem. If there are more possibilities for entry points, the exterminator will require more time for inspection.

Ability to Answer all Your Questions

As you are discussing your pest problem, make sure that the pest company answers all your questions on the treatment, inspection, and any pretreatment requirements. Some of your questions should include:

  • Is the treatment safe for pets and children?
  • Do you need to keep pets and children out of the house for a specific amount of time?
  • Do you need to move any furniture away from walls for the inspection?
  • How long will the inspection take?
  • How long does treatment last?
  • Are additional treatments necessary?

Punctual and Professional

On the day of your appointment, you will want to make sure that your exterminator is punctual for your appointment. The pest control employee must be in uniform and professionally dressed. The exterminator should have his identification card visible. Do not let any worker into your home if they are not in uniform or they do not have an ID card. You need to call the company immediately if this occurs.

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