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Pest of the Month: Springtails

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

Springtails are very small, wingless insects known for their ability to jump several inches high. They have a tail-like mechanism tucked under the abdomen; when disturbed, this appendage functions as a spring, propelling them into the air away from any danger. Talk about jumpy! Springtails prefer moist areas, like gardens, where excess organic material enables them to congregate and breed. Unfortunately, this could also mean inside your home in house plants or other moist areas. Even though Springtails don’t bite humans or pets, they can become an annoyance due to their large population size. If you need help removing these jumpers from your home or garden, give us a call at (661) 323-3858 or request a quote...

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Pest of the Month: Bed Bugs

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Pest of the Month

If you think you’re safe in bed, think again! Bed bugs will make themselves at home in your bed and other parts of your house. They also will help themselves to their next meal, you! Bed bugs suck blood and are active at night and hide during the day in areas where people typically sleep, rest, or sit for long periods. Their bites cause red marks and irritation to victims. These pests are extremely tiny and very flat so they can fit into very tight corners and cracks. They can even be found in between the glass and frame of picture frames, or behind electrical outlets and nightstands. It’s extremely difficult to know if they’ve taken up residency in your home. One sign is blood specks or empty skins around your bed. Early detection is critical in preventing a...

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Pest of the Month: Black Widows

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Pest of the Month

Black Widow spiders are the deadliest pests that we deal with at Banks Pest Control. They have shiny black bodies and a distinctive red hour glass marking. Female Black Widows tend to be larger than males, while males are lighter in color, with red and pink spots on their abdomen. The female rarely leaves the web and will bite only when she is bothered—she is especially protective of her egg sacs! Black Widow spider bites leave two puncture marks and their venom will cause redness and swelling. These bites cause tremendous pain that will spread over the entire body. If you get bit by a Black Widow, seek medical attention immediately! Black Widows are commonly found in dark, dry spaces such as garages, basements, trash, and rodent holes. If you come across any of these spiders or their nests,...

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Pest of the Month: Mosquitoes, Zika Virus, West Nile

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Pest of the Month

When the weather heats up, the mosquitoes start biting. Not only can mosquitoes be a nuisance, they can harbor deadly diseases such as the Zika and West Nile viruses, which can be passed to humans and other mammals. The Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and potentially cause birth defects. West Nile virus can cause serious health issues including fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes. These symptoms can last for a few days or up to several weeks. When the mosquitoes are bad, it’s best to stay indoors or, if you must be outside, used bug repellent. Banks Pest Control can also install fine mesh screens on windows and doors to help keep these pests out of your home. For more information call us at (661)323-7858 or visit...

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Pest of the Month: Handyman Services

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Pest of the Month

Banks Pest Control offers great pest control services…and handy man services, too! Spring is the time we start thinking of gardening and landscaping—if your sprinkler isn’t working well or needs to be replaced, Banks can help with sprinkler repair or installation. Once the days start warming up, your air conditioner will be working constantly. Have your bills been sky high in the past? If your home is not properly weatherproofed, you can pay more than necessary to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Banks Pest Control offers weatherproofing around windows and doors to keep your costs down year-round. Additional handy man services include structural repairs and drain services. We serve the Kern County area, including Bakersfield, Tehachapi and Taft. If you have any questions regarding any of our services, give us a call...

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Pest of the Month: Termites

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Pest of the Month

Termites are extremely destructive and expensive, causing billions of dollars in damage to homes each year. They are literal homewreckers! While they primarily feed on wood, these hungry little pests have also been known to damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can devour living trees and shrubs, but usually attack already dying plants. Is it an ant infestation or a termite problem? While they can look similar, termites are attracted to the light around doors and windows, but can also be spotted emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios. Other signs of infestation are mud tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, or floor joists. The tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker. With over 40 years...

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