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Your Guide to Rat Species

Rats are every homeowner’s nightmare. In our service of the Richmond, Virginia area, Accel Pest and Termite Control has helped many homeowners through preventative maintenance to deter rodents as well as complete, safe and sanitary removal of existing infestations. Something that surprises most of our clients is that there are several types of rats, and each breed carries its own concerns on proper treatment methods. Homeowners might think that simply laying traps or poison out is enough to eliminate their rat problem, but the truth is, these methods don’t work for every type of rodent that might invade your home. Our highly-trained technicians can identify the type of rat that has invaded your home and execute the proper pest control techniques based on their knowledge of that rodent’s behavior. This will help ensure that your home is not only returned to a sanitary, rodent-free condition but that the job is done quick......
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My Neighbors are Messy, Can I Still Keep Pests Out?

If you live in close proximity to your neighbors, such as in an apartment, condominium or row home, roaches can be a problem. Unfortunately they can nest in common walls and go back and forth between homes. If your neighbors aren’t particularly clean, that can present a big challenge. Neighbors who leave dirty dishes out, trash in bins and food out on counters are not only creating a problem for themselves, but for their surrounding apartments as well. The Trouble Unfortunately, roaches can enter a neighboring apartment or condo through any nook and cranny--pipes that connect your dwellings or holes or cracks in the wall. Insulated interior walls between your two apartments make a nice cozy and warm breeding ground and nesting site for roaches. In fact, roaches can stay active and breed year-round in such cozy surroundings. Roaches are associated with numerous health problems, and kids can particularly be susceptible, a......
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Keeping You and Your Pet Safe From Pests

For many people, pets are nothing short of a beloved family member. However, pets — especially pets that go outside frequently — can be magnets for unwanted pests like fleas and ticks. Fortunately, ridding your yard and living space of these pests will make your life easier and your pet more comfortable. Here are a few ways you can keep pests away from your pet. Inspect Your Pet After you and your pet return from a walk or finish playtime outside, make sure you check their fur thoroughly for any pests that may have nestled in without either of you noticing. Do this before you go indoors so the pests won’t get inside your house. Be extra thorough if your pet has played in tall grass or wooded areas, as these places are typically where pests lurk. If you see a tick on your pet, remove it completely with tweezers, making sure ......
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The 3 Spookiest Spiders in Virginia

Virginia is home to 13 spider species, and each of them is creepy if you suffer from arachnophobia. There are even a few spiders so spooky that they can scare almost anyone, but there can be a big difference between looking scary and actually being dangerous. For example, spotting an unidentified brown recluse may not get your heart beating as fast as the three spiders listed below. Of course, being afraid of the brown recluse is actually justifiable because its venomous bite can cause muscle pain, vomiting and severe itching, so it's a good idea to make sure you know what this spider species looks like. Three Terrifying Virginia Spiders 1. Black Widow It's impossible to see the characteristic bulbous body and hourglass mark of the black widow without feeling fear. These venomous spiders are shy in nature, and they tend to do most of their hunting at night. Black widows......
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Signs of a Moisture Problem in Your Home

Moisture can damage the home in a variety of ways, and this includes the way that water can attract many types of pests. Once the pest invasion begins, it can be difficult to stop. Moisture provides the pests with the ability to survive even when there is no food available. They might use other types of dead insect bodies as food, for example. However, most pests can’t survive long without a regular supply of water. When your home is invaded by pests, you should take all precautions to ensure that the issue is addressed at the source. Good pest control will provide a complete method of creating an environment that makes it impossible for the pests to survive in your home. Common Signs of Moisture Moisture in the home can create conditions that invite a pest infestation. The most common signs include leaks in the pipes, but even these areas can b......
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