How Do I Get Rid of Gopher Holes in My Yard
Getting rid of gopher mounds in your yard, garden, or flower beds has to begin with eliminating or relocating the gophers to an area far, far away. If you take pride in having a beautiful lawn and landscaped backyard and garden, gophers can be a huge problem. Waking up in the morning or coming home […]
What are Sowbugs?
If you are finding small, armadillo-like bugs inside or around your home, chances are you have found a sowbug. Also known as woodlouse, the sowbug is not really a bug at all, but actually, a land-dwelling crustacean more closely related to a shrimp or lobster. While sowbugs are often confused with another similar creature, the […]
15 Common House Bugs in California
Southern California’s mild climate attracts homeowners and vacationers from around the world. Unfortunately, that same climate also attracts a wide range of insects and household pests that often invade homes and become a regular nuisance for homeowners. Here we take a closer look at some of the most common insects and pests you are likely […]
Are Bed Bugs Common in California?
In recent years, bed bug infestations have become more and more common nationwide, including in California. While these bugs do not pose significant health risks, they can be very unsettling. Understanding what bed bugs look like, how they behave, and how they move from location to location can help you reduce your risk of bringing […]
Types of Centipedes in Southern California
Southern California is home to beautiful sunshine, pristine beaches, and, unfortunately, many different pests, including centipedes. There are over 3,000 known centipede species in the world, but luckily only six of those call Southern California home. While most centipedes are not known for invading homes, it is a good idea to know which centipedes may […]
Why Are There So Many Crickets in My House
While often considered a symbol of good luck, crickets in the home are not for everyone. Their incessant shipping sound, which is actually made by rubbing their wings together with their legs, is enough to frustrate any homeowner, especially when it is time to fall asleep. But why are there so many crickets in your […]
How to Get Rid of Crickets
When you visit the countryside for a day or two, the chirping crickets can make you nostalgic for old times. But if these pests become regular in your homes, they can be a real nuisance to deal with. Crickets in the house are not the best housemates to have. They are dirty and destructive and […]
What You Need to Know About Bald-Faced Hornet
The bald-faced hornet is not a true hornet, to be truthful. They are from the wasp family, but by their appearance, which almost resembles a hornet, it got the illustrious name. Its scientific name is Dolichovespula maculata, one of the most dangerous pests you will encounter. The bald-face hornet stings are filled with venom and […]
Tips on How to Keep Maggots Out of Your Trash Can
Seeing a bunch of maggots squirming around your trash bin can feel disgusting. The worst part is that if you see them once, they are bound to come back again. If your trash can has maggots in or around them, now’s the time to take action to prevent them from showing up again. In this […]
6 Ways to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen
Dealing with an army of ants in the kitchen can be a nuisance. They just always seem to find their way back into the kitchen. Now, they aren’t necessarily dangerous. But if you do not take care of them early on, they can set up their colony there and take over your food items, rendering […]
How to Look for Termites While Buying a Home
Termites can cause slow but massive damage to your property. And you may never even know how much damage has been done until your structure starts to give in. How do you check if the house you’re buying has termites? To look for termites, you look for mud tubes or mud in small holes and […]
How to Remove a Wasp Nest
As the summer arrives, we all become more active outside, attending parties, picnics, or other outdoor activities with friends and family. Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones that become more active in the summer months. Wasps love the fact that we are outside providing food sources and are more likely to take up residence near […]
Are Roof Rats Dangerous?
No one likes to find that their home or business is infested with any pest, but roof rats can be one of the worst. Thought to be of Southeast Asian origin, these rats and now worldwide and very common in coastal states like California. These pests can cause extensive structural damage to your property, but […]
Are There Brown Recluse Spiders in California?
Chances are you have heard the stories of the dangerous brown recluse spider. A bite from these spiders can cause serious skin damage, nausea, and muscle pain. Numerous reports of the seeing the dangerous spider surface every year throughout Southern California, and those with spider bites are often diagnosed with a brown recluse spider bite. […]
How to Identify a Yellowjacket?
Enjoying time outdoors with family and friends can be a highlight of living in California. However, you aren’t the only that thinks so. Yellowjackets see your outdoor parties and picnics as an open invitation. Unfortunately, these troublesome wasps don’t take kindly to being asked to leave, and their sting can be very dangerous for some. […]
Common Types of Spiders in California
While California boasts beautiful scenery and weather year-round, it is also home to a large number of spider species. While most of these spiders are nothing more than a nuisance or something that sends a chill up your spine when you see them crawling across your path, California is home to some venomous spider species […]
What Are Rover Ants?
Rover ants prefer to swarm around humans. These ants haven’t always been a threat, but they’ve gotten increasingly common in recent years. They usually like to hang out in open spaces like gardens and lawns, but they will inevitably enter your home searching for food. The dark rover ants, which are native to South America, […]
Different Types of Flies You Can Find in Southern California
A picnic in the park, a walk through the woods, or a BBQ with friends and family are all ideal summer activities that can be spoiled by pesky flies that never leave you alone. Flies are among the most widespread insects, with over 150,000 types identified in over 150 insect families worldwide. Even though they […]
Signs of Roach Infestation
What is the most horrifying insect you may find lurking in your home? Most of us are going to say it’s a cockroach. And there could be nothing more annoying and embarrassing than a roach infestation inside the house. But merely having signs of roaches around the house won’t let you know whether you actually […]
How to Get Rid of Bugs in the Bathroom
You step into the shower only to realize eight eyes are glaring down at you. During your late-night visit to the bathroom, you see a cockroach scurrying across your bathmat and jump out of your skin. Unfortunately, these experiences can be common in many California homes because your bathroom offers a perfect environment for these […]