Is Pest Control Worth It?
When bugs, rodents, or other pests move in and infest your home, you want to do everything you can to eliminate the infestation. A quick online search or trip to the store and you are met with a wide range of sprays, baits, traps, and other DIY ideas like essential oils to address just about […]
How to Keep Bugs Out of the House?
Bugs inside the home are simply annoying, from them flying around the house to sitting on you only to get an itchy bite later. No matter how hard you try to ward them off, these creepy crawlies somehow always find a way to get back in. But not anymore. Here are some tips on how […]
How Do Mice Sneak In?
Finding mice in your home is an extremely dreadful sight. You begin to wonder, what triggered this? And the worst part kicks in when you scratch your head and still can’t figure out how they entered your house, and now that they have entered, what’s next? How do to get rid of them or prevent […]
What Are the Differences Between Carpenter Ants and Termites
The distinction between ants and termites is pretty clear. Ants are mostly a nuisance, invading the kitchen and crawling everywhere, while termites can cause physical damage to the home, costing homeowners thousands of dollars if an infestation gets out of control. However, there is a species of ants, the carpenter ant, which acts similarly to […]
Pest Control DIY = Do at Your Own Risk?
Are you experiencing pest infestation at your home? If the answer is yes, you probably must have started searching for various do-it-yourself solutions on Google to get rid of the pest infestation. In the world of DIY, the number of DIY pest control solutions on the internet is equal to the pests in your home! […]
Winter Pest Prevention Tips
Rats: Norway rats can fit through an opening as small as a quarter. To keep these rodents from sneaking into the home unnoticed, inspect the outside of the home for any gaps or cracks and fill them with silicone caulk and steel wool. Mice: House mice are known to contaminate food, spread disease and cause […]
Tips for a Pest-Free Holiday
Insight Pest Mangement and the National Pest Management Association share ways to prevent pests from ruining your holiday fun As the season of holiday cheer commences, families across the nation are preparing for a busy month of socially distanced gatherings and virtual celebrations. While it’s easy to get distracted by the hustle and bustle of […]
Argentine Ants Are Among Most Common Ants in Southern California
The pest control industry ranks ants as the most significant household arthropod pests in the United States where more than 40 species are categorized as structural pests, many of which can be found in Ventura County. Two decades ago, the annual cost to control ant pests in the country amounted to 1.7 billion dollars, and […]
Fall & Winter Pest Proofing Tips
Here are some tips from Insight Pest Management for homeowners to follow in an effort to reduce their chances of battling a home pest invasion this winter. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home using a silicone-based caulk, steel wool or a combination of both. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and […]
Don’t Get Spooked Out by Blood-Sucking Pests This October
Insight Pest is sharing tips to enjoy holiday festivities without scary encounters with pests As the fall chill returns to the air and the nights grow longer, homeowners across the U.S. are preparing for the beginning of another busy holiday season. While deciding what type of candy to buy for trick-or-treaters might be top of […]
Fall Spider Prevention Tips!
Insight Pest Management offers the following tips to help prevent contact with spiders during the Fall months: Avoid keeping clothing and shoes on the floor, especially if in an area known for spiders; consider storing inside plastic containers. Seal cracks and crevices around the home. Vacuum/sweep away webs in and around the home. Shake out […]
Southern California Sees the Highest Number of Non-native Insect and Arachnid Pests
The phylum Arthropoda is composed of insects, arachnids, centipedes, crustaceans, and other invertebrate organisms. Arthropods rely on resources within their native habitats in order to survive, but a small minority of arthropod species are capable of thriving in a variety of ecological conditions well outside of their native range. Ants, beetles, and cockroaches are just […]
What Are ‘Structural Insect Pests,’ and Which Species of Wood-Destroying Pests Are Most Common in Ventura County and Surrounding Areas?
What Are ‘Structural Insect Pests,’ And Which Species Of Wood-Destroying Pests Are Most Common In Ventura Country? There exists numerous families of insects from a variety of orders that are well known indoor pests. Such pests include cockroaches, silverfish, crickets, flies, termites, wood-boring beetles, ants, and even bloodsucking parasites. Ventura County is located in a […]
What Is the Difference Between Silverfish and Firebrats, and Are They Both Controlled in the Same Way?
Silverfish and firebrats are two groups of closely related insect pests that frequently establish infestations within homes and buildings throughout the US. Silverfish and firebrats are often nothing more than a nuisance when large numbers gain access into homes and buildings. However it is not uncommon for silverfish and firebrat pests to consume human foods […]
Interactive Insect and Pest Games for Kids
Mysterious and exciting, the world of pests challenges us to understand what attracts them to our homes and yards. Test your pest knowledge and skills with these insect and bug games for kids of all ages! Bug builder Just like humans, all insects have unique characteristics that set them apart from one another. Now […]
Yellow Jacket Control Experts
The Three Most Dangerous And Commonly Managed Yellow Jacket Pests On Both Residential And Commercial Properties In Southern California The group of wasps known as yellow jackets are notorious for attacking humans in response to inadvertent nest disturbances, even seemingly minor nest disturbances. Accidentally bumping into a yellow jacket nest hidden in shrubs, or stepping […]
How to Recognize the Difference Between American and Smokybrown Cockroaches, and Where in Homes Do Smokybrown Cockroaches Commonly Hide?
Some cockroach species have been living in close association with humans for centuries, and today it is well known that indoor cockroach pests negatively impact human health in several ways. Worldwide, more than 3,500 cockroach species have been documented, most of which are non-pests that inhabit tropical regions. Surprisingly, only 70 cockroach species have been […]
Stay Alert for Stinging Insects This Summer
Believe it or not, stinging insects send more than 500,000 Americans to the emergency room every year, Pests such as hornets and yellow jackets are aggressive if disturbed and can cause painful, and sometimes life-threatening stings. There are many steps homeowners can take to avoid stinging insects from congregating on their property, but if an […]
Which Insect Pests Are Known for Infesting and Damaging Fabrics, Books, Boxes and Other Items Commonly Kept in Storage?
It is well known that certain insects are considered pests due to their habit of eating away at fabrics, particularly animal-based fabrics. These insect pests include multiple carpet beetle and clothes moth species that naturally feed on an organic compound known as keratin. Keratin is the key structural protein that makes up hair, nails, hooves, […]
Which Cricket Pests Are Known to Invade Homes in Large Numbers, and Can Any Cricket Species Dwell Within Homes Indefinitely?
Most insects that are commonly referred to as “crickets” belong to the family Gryllidae, and they are closely related insects the family Tettigoniidae, or “katydids,” as they are commonly known. Crickets and katydids both belong to the Orthoptera order of insects, which also includes grasshoppers and locusts. While crickets and katydids are both well known […]