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Peace of Mind Pest Control provides Pest Control & Home Inspections to homes and businesses in the Central Valley, CA area.

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Four Ways to Protect Pets Against Pests

Regardless if it is the summer, spring or winter, it is important to protect your pets from pests. Unlike the common belief that pests such as fleas, ticks and heartworm either die or remain dormant during the winter, that is not the case. Often times these pests are just as active during the cold months as they are in the summer. With that being the case, it is still important to protect your pet against pests all year around. Here is a list of four ways to do that. Topical Treatment Probably the most well-known form of preventative medicine to keep pests at bay is the topical treatment for fleas and ticks. This specially designed solution can be found at most stores, including but not limited to, Petsmart, Walmart and Petco, not to mention your local veterinary clinic. This treatment is usually good for one month and is applied between the...
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Common Garage Pests and How to Manage Them

Why do Garages Attract Pests? Even though garages are where you store automobiles, motorcycles and other household goods, they are the perfect environment for pests. This is because these locations are generally a consistent temperature, offer protection from the extreme heat and cold and the large open space left by a raised garage door allow for easy access. What Pests are Common in Garages? Some common pests found in commercial and residential garages are mice, rats, bats, ants, spiders and termites. Mice and rats are the most common pests found in garages. These rodents and bats often carry dangerous diseases. Both ants and rodents often go into an area as a group, making the infestation escalate out of control at a faster rate. Another important reason to prevent these critters from entering your garage is because your home will be the next place they are to take up residence. How Do...
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How Termite Colonies React in Colder Weather

Do you worry about termites invading your home? Termites often cause considerable damage before they are discovered. And California is one of the states that suffers the worst from termite damage. Perhaps you believe termites aren’t active in winter and you don’t have to worry. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Like much of California, the Central Valley has cooler, wet winters. Termites can remain just as active — and continue to pose a threat to your home or business — during the winter months. That said, how do termite colonies react in colder weather? Here are some winter facts about termites and how best to protect your property. What Does The Colder Weather Do To Termites? Being cold-blooded, termites prefer warmth. In colder weather, they may not range as far from their colonies. But they still remain very active. Termites eat 24 hours a day and seven days a week. And...
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Fall Pest Infestation

The start of fall means the end of bees, mosquitoes, and some of those other annoying summertime pests. However, autumn is not immune to bugs either. Colder weather means some of those critters will be looking for a new warm and cozy indoor living space. Unfortunately, your home meets these criteria for many different pests. Rodents Mice, rats and other rodents love to move indoors prior to winter. Gathering food and finding a secure space is a top priority before it gets too cold outside. They are small enough to fit in small cracks and crevices in the home, and will even burrow through the foundation if it means getting inside. Food crumbs and residue will also attract rodents. Spiders Fall is mating season for arachnids, which means trouble for your home. Adult female spiders look to find proper shelter so they may lay their eggs and keep them warm until...
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How Clutter Can Attract Pests

No one wants pests in their homes. Unfortunately, many people struggle with keeping their houses clean. Even the best of us have those times where we just might let things go a little bit, and the resulting clutter ends up being a magnet, attracting insects and rodents from all over. It’s a known fact that clutter breeds pests, but you might now know why. Here are a few ways in which clutter can attract pests. Food While it might not seem very edible to us, trash and clutter like paper, cardboard and dirty clothes offers a great food source for many different kinds of pests. When you leave trash on the ground, you’re basically leaving out a buffet that attracts insects from all over, telling them to come in and enjoy the feast. And if the trash involves things like actual food, then it’s basically over: anything and everything will want...
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So You Have a Pest Infestation -- Now What?

A part of living in a home is dealing with other critters that wish to also use your dwelling as shelter from the outside world. Rodents, insects and other things appreciate the heat, food and shelter. But, what do you do if they’ve decided to move in? Identify the Infestation Different pests are attracted to different aspects of sharing your home, and will require different methods of removal (mouse traps do not work on ants). While mouse droppings, or visual confirmation, can make it simple to ID the pests, other things like wood shavings could have more than one reason to be (such as mouse or termites). Remove Accessibility and Attraction Pests are drawn to food over shelter, so ensuring that food is sealed and stored properly goes a long way. Maintaining clean surfaces, sinks (including drains) and garbage storage can go a long way. Sealing off windows, doors, pipes and...
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Professional Elimination of Ants from Your Home

Ants are a common pest that many homeowners have to contend with sooner or later. Ants live in colonies, so you may only see a few in your home, but those few are an indication of a much larger nest nearby. If you have an infestation problem, professional elimination of ants from your home can provide a quick and effective solution. Address the Problem at the Source If you are experiencing a problem with ants in your home, the first priority is to eliminate the nest. A trained exterminator can conduct a home inspection to locate the nest and decide the best treatment plan for the particular type of ants infiltrating your home while also taking into consideration what is best for your family. Both chemical and non-chemical solutions can be used in the elimination of ants from your home. A professional exterminator can walk you through the options so you...
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How to Protect Your Pet from Summer Pests

When we think of bugs and insects, as homeowners we often worry about whether or not our house is safe and bug-free. However, it’s also important to think about those that live in our houses -- including our pets. Our furry friends trust us to keep them safe, and that includes safe from bugs as well. But, how can you keep your pet free from bugs this summer? Here are some tips. Keep Your Dog Clean For dogs, one of the best ways to keep them free from bugs is to keep their coat healthy and clean. Bugs like to burrow deep into a dog’s coat -- and even dig deep into their skin. By giving your dog frequent scrubbings with a healthy shampoo, you can help keep their fur bug-free. Cats, on the other hand, don’t need to be cleaned quite as often. In fact, washing a cat too much...
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New Construction Homes and Pest Control

Purchasing a newly constructed home is wonderful in so many ways. You don’t have to “just deal” with a previous owner’s choices or lack of maintenance. You don’t have to worry about big projects like replacing the roof, windows or doing work on the foundation. Starting out with a new home puts you ahead of the curve when it comes to most home maintenance, but not all. Many new construction home-owners mistakenly believe that pest control isn’t necessary when moving in. New construction homes can also attract many types of pests. Keep reading to find out which ones and what you can do to protect your new home. Pre-construction Before your home was built, the land was filled with all kinds of insects and animals. Of course, many of them move on due to the activity of construction, but not all of them go away. During construction, many pests can get...
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Pests That Appear At The Start Of Spring

With a new year comes new opportunities for pests to show up in the neighborhood. As winter is coming to a close, you might be very curious about what kinds of bugs the warmer weather will attract and how they will behave in your home. Depending on the species of pest, it will take certain measures for them to survive the cold winter. Even though California is a warm state in which winters don’t often dip below 50 degrees, that gives bugs the advantage of survival and prepares them for a prosperous spring ahead. Here are some of the common pests that you may encounter towards the start of spring. Carpenter Ants One of the most reactive ants to warmer temperatures is none other than the carpenter ant. When the spring weather kicks in, carpenter ant colonies start to forage for food in both natural habitats and households alike. A series...
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DIY Pest Control: Pros and Cons

Solving any problem on one’s own usually brings feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction, not to mention that it’s a great way to save money. Pest control is no different, and when a person is faced with an infestation, they may be eager to tackle the problem alone without the aid of specialists. A noble ambition indeed, however, is ‘do it yourself’ pest control always the best option? Here are some of the pros and cons of trying to take on a pest problem by yourself. DIY Pest Control: Pros You Spend Less You’ll still need to spend money on the chemicals, however, by not hiring professionals to spray your house, you’ll save a little bit of cash. If you're on a tight budget, doing your pest control yourself might be the better course of action. You Have More Control When you do pest control on your own: You pick the chemicals...
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How to Keep Pests From Infesting Your Home While You’re Away

Every homeowner needs to consider a few things before taking a long vacation or traveling for an extended period on business. Deciding who will get your mail, what to do about trash and recycling pickup, and adjusting your heating and cooling settings are all important considerations to make. What few homeowners realize is that their home also needs to be prepped in advance of their departure to keep pests from invading your home and gaining a foothold. What steps should be taken? Here are a few tips from the pros at Peace of Mind Pest Control Home Inspections, Inc. Seal Exterior Cracks and Crevices Insects, rats and mice love to find those little broken places in the exterior of your home. It’s like a small beacon of warmth and shelter that they can literally smell on the wind. Use some good sealing foam or silicone caulking to deny them access. Unless...
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Basement Pest Dwellers

Almost every basement has them, pests that take up residence. How do you know that they are there? Sometimes you may not realize their existence unless you are in your basement at night and the pest goes scurrying across the floor. Knowing which pests are living in your basement can help you determine how to treat the problem. Spiders Spiders love basements because they are damp and generally dark. Spiders will mainly be active at night, so you may not actually see the pests, but you may see their signs. The first sign you may see for spiders is the webs all around your basement. The spiders will spin their webs to help catch other smaller insects for food. Although there are many kinds of spiders, most do provide a benefit for being in your home because they control the population of other insects. However, some spiders that enter your home...
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How Termites Can Damage Your Home

Pests of all kinds can cause havoc with your family and damage to your home. One of the biggest threats is the termite. Termites can be especially destructive and getting rid of the damage they cause can be a long and difficult process. Thousands of homeowners deal with them every year, so it's important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Termites enter your home through cracks in your floor or foundation. They can also get in by building shelter tubes from the ground in order to access wood in damp and dark places. Half the battle is knowing what you're up against and how to avoid the worst of the damage. Pay attention to the signs below, so you know when to take action. How termites can damage your home The short-term damage Termites cause a variety of damage. The First things you may notice are pin-sized holes in...
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What Does Termite Damage Mean For My Home?

Termite damage can have serious consequences for your home. This is true at the functional level, which means that you can lose access to certain parts of your property because of the damage. However, this is also true in terms of the property value of the home. Termites can severely depreciate the value of the home, and this can affect your finances. Since the equity in the home is often used for loans and other financial forms of leverage, the damage caused by termites can have a direct impact on your access to capital. Home equity is the most stable form of wealth for working people, so damage to the home can create a financial burden on both the property owners as well as any children. Termite Damage to Homes The most insidious part of a termite infestation is the fact that they can remain undetected for so long. During this...
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When Do You Need to Get a Home Inspection?

Scheduling a home inspection gives you a chance to find problems before they come back to haunt you later. Whether you're selling or buying a home, it's wise to have it inspected before making any serious decisions. Maybe you're wanting to upgrade part of the house, or perhaps you've seen a few pests here and there. Peace of Mind Pest Control has a few reasons why it's important to have your home inspected sooner rather than later. 3 Reasons to Have a Home Inspection You're selling your home Making sure that everything is up to code and in working order will help to increase your home's resale value. If cracks have formed in the foundation or leaks have developed in the plumbing system, these problems could make it more difficult to sell your home. An inspector will check the overall structure and everything in between, such as the electrical system, the...
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Pest Prevention Tips for Commercial Locations

Pests can cause serious harm to almost any type of business. Structural damage, food contamination and long-term damage to your reputation are some of the major concerns, no matter what industry you're in. And whether your business is small, medium or large, an infestation puts you at risk. Peace of Mind Pest Control explains how you can protect your company's public image and bottom line. Schedule a Pest Inspection While some pests make their presence known by scurrying across your floors, others provide few clues -- until it's too late. Carpenter ants and termites often become a financial burden because home and business owners don't see signs of an infestation. And if you spot a couple of cockroaches, you're probably only seeing a small sampling of the population taking up residence at your business. Or maybe you're blissfully unaware of rodents gnawing away at the electrical wiring in a secluded area...
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What Are Aphids and Whiteflies?

Aphids and whiteflies are two of the most prevalent garden pests. These insects infest vegetation both inside and outside of your home. Fast breeders, aphids and whiteflies can quickly multiply, causing damage to your shrubs, trees and plants by feeding on their juices. With some work, it is possible to control aphids and whiteflies so that you can protect your plants. Aphids Aphids are small bugs that suck the sap from plants. They may be green, black, brown, white or pink. Aphids prefer the cooler conditions and less light during the spring and fall. They prefer feeding on young plants. Different species of aphids may prefer different types of plants, and some have been named according to the plants on which they feed. Aphids quickly multiply, and they can weaken the plants on which they feed. These insects also may spread viruses that kill plants. Whiteflies In areas with warmer climates...
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Surprising Facts About Ants

Ants possess a number of mind-boggling abilities. While it may be comforting to know that most species try to stay out of people's way, it's in your best interest to get your home and business treated with help from a professional pest control company. Ants infest all types of buildings, and they don't hold back their wrath when they are disturbed. These tiny creepy crawlies have the ability to bite and sting. If you're underestimating them, you're making a big mistake for three reasons. Ant Colonies Expand Exponentially Did you know that a queen ant can lay hundreds and even thousands of eggs per day? Breeding habits differ among the various species. However, all the colonies follow a similar system: Males mate with the queen and then die. Workers and soldiers have to protect the nest, gather the food and take care of the eggs. If you get in their way...
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Why Would I Need Regular Pest Control Services?

Restaurants and businesses typically have service agreements to keep their properties free from pests. They can benefit you too, but are they really necessary? The purpose of a pest control agreement is to eradicate active infestations and to protect properties from future invaders. Annual service plans are ideal for homes in Modesto and other cities where the winters are mild and pests are active all year. They're also helpful for managing stubborn pests like ants, rats and mice that tend to reappear seasonally. By inspecting your property throughout the year, we can catch problems before they spiral out of control and cost you more to keep in check. What's Included in a Pest Control Agreement? Most pest control agreements start with an initial treatment visit followed by checkups that are performed monthly or every other month. These services are generally sold on an annual or semi-annual basis. The contract will also...
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