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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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Pest of the Month: WDO Report

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

Buying or selling a home? If so, you’re going to need a WDO report. Commonly referred to as a Termite Inspection, Clearance Letter, or Termite Letter, this document contains a report stating whether a house is infested with Wood Destroying Organisms. The inspection includes checks for subterranean termites and dry wood termites along with wood destroying beetles and wood decaying fungi. Banks Pest Control is licensed and certified to issue WDO reports and can exterminate any Wood Destroying Organisms found in the structure. With over 40 years of experience, Banks Pest Control can ensure that your future home is free of these pests. Have your realtor give us a call at (661) 323-7858 for a quote and to schedule an...

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Pest of the Month: California Fire Ants

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Pest of the Month

It’s a new year so don’t let California Fire Ants ruin it. Even though their name might imply it, California Fire Ants aren’t native to our region. They were accidentally brought over from South America during the 1930’s and are now a common problem throughout the southern United States. Just like most Californians, these pests loves to bask in the sun. They will seek out sunny and dry spots to build their colonies, which may also include your yard, so watch your step! These ants live in large colonies that number in the millions, where people often find themselves stepping on their mound-like homes. Aggressively, these ants will swarm legs and attack, leaving uncomfortable bug bites. California Fire Ants can be such a headache for home and business owners, even as the weather turns colder. They will try and get entry into...

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