Don't Bring Bedbugs Home From Your Summer Vacation

Bringing home a few mementos is a great way to remember your summer vacation. Bedbugs, however, make terrible souvenirs. If you have a trip coming up, it's time to learn more about what you can do to prevent bedbugs from taking a ride home with you. Choose Your Accommodations Wisely Checking the online reviews of your potential accommodations is a good way to discover if the place previously had a bedbug problem. Read reviews carefully to look for mentions of the cleanliness of each motel or hotel that you're considering. Don't assume that an expensive hotel will automatically be free of...
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Bees vs. Wasps: How to Tell the Difference

Once the weather warms up, insects such as bees and wasps start pestering us as we make our way around the D.C. area, taking part in barbecues in our backyards, going to baseball games and so on. Many people group these two insect types together, and, although there are definite similarities, several differences exist. Perhaps the most significant difference is that wasps are much more aggressive than the usually mild-mannered bees, who tend to only attack when their hive is threatened. Also of note is that wasps are apt to look for human food, most notably sweet kinds and usually in...
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Top Places Mosquitoes Breed

For centuries, mosquitoes have remained a major problem for homeowners. These disease-carrying insects can definitely jeopardize your family’s well-being. Mosquitoes are especially active during the summer, which means you must take the proper precautions. Here are some of the top places where mosquitoes tend to breed. Swimming Pools For some local residents, nothing is more refreshing than taking a dip in the swimming pool. Even kid-size wading pools offer all-day fun. Unfortunately, a poorly maintained pool can become the perfect habit for mosquitoes. You must keep the water properly sanitized at all times. If you allow the pool to become dirty,...
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How to Check Your Dog for Fleas

If you own a dog or have recently decided to get one, you might be wondering what steps you can take to prevent your pet from getting fleas. When your dog has fleas, it will experience skin irritation and other problems that you won't want to ignore if you care about its well-being. Fleas can spread rapidly if you don't stay proactive when it comes to addressing and removing them. Some people opt to ignore the problem, but doing so is not a mistake that you will want to make. The good news is that you can keep your beloved pet...
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Why You Need Professional Ant Control

In recent news, a man in Maine burned his parents' house to the ground when he tried to eliminate an ant infestation on his own. According to the report, the 21-year-old man tried to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when he accidentally ignited the combustible material. Although no human lives were lost in the fire, three family pets died. At Capitol Pest, the last thing we want is for you to put your life or the lives of those in your household - furry friends included - at risk by trying to deal with a pest infestation on your own....
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