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Pest of the Month: Rodents

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Don’t let it be ruined by rodents. Like us, rats and mice prefer a warm and cozy home during the frigid winter months. This means they will seek out homes and buildings with lots of food and water sources during this time of year. Access is very easy for them due to their small, flexible bodies. Rats and mice can spread disease to humans through contact with their feces, urine, saliva, or bites. This also includes indirect contact through ticks, mites, or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent. If you find mysterious droppings around your home, garden, or business and hear pitter-pattering sounds of little feet in your kitchen or attic, this could mean that these pests are living near you. Have us kick out these unwanted guests by giving...

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Pest of the Month: Gophers & Squirrels

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

Gophers and squirrels provide comic relief in cartoons and movies, but there’s nothing funny about these pests in your home or on your property. These members of the rodent family can be be real headaches. Gophers prefer to remain underground where they can dig. Their runways can be up to 18 inches beneath the surface in a burrow system and a home range can take up to 700 yards. They will destroy your yard and can cause hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage. Gophers and Squirrels both carry fleas and ticks which have diseases that can lead to illness for you or your pets. If you think either of these pests have made your home their home, call us at 661-323-7858 and request a quote...

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Pest of the Month: Bats

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

October can be scary, but you don’t need to be afraid of our pest of the month! Most bats like to keep to themselves and not be disturbed. There are over 1,100 different species of bats around the world, and they make up 25 percent of the total mammal species in existence. Most bats stick to a diet of fruit and bugs—some will feast on over a thousand mosquitoes every night. Unlike these docile creatures, Vampire Bats do drink blood. Most of their victims are livestock and other mammals, but their tiny, sharp teeth are capable of inflicting a nasty bite to people. Problems arise when bats get into homes and commercial buildings. They can carry dangerous diseases like rabies and carry mites on their skin. If you suspect that a bat has made your home or office his...

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Pest of the Month: Earwigs

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

Earwigs don’t bury themselves into people’s ears, but they are fast moving insects known for their large pincers. These appendages are only used for mating or as a defense mechanism, although they sometimes latch onto people with their pincers. These pests prefer damp places outside, but will make their way into your home if they are faced with inclement weather. Once inside your home, they will seek refuge in spots such as the garage where there is more moisture for them. Making sure that water drains away from your home and garden can help reduce the number of earwigs that appear near your home. If you suspect an infestation, call Banks Pest Control at (661) 323-3858 or request a quote...

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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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