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The 5 Worst Bugs to Find in Your House (and 5 That Arent So Bad) – Lifehacker

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Bees are nice. Bees do not want to bother you. Bees just want to make honey and feed it to their children, who in turn want the same for their own children. The only real problem with this is that they can have a lot of children.

If you find a swarm of bees, thats good news: bees travel in large, calm groups, and they dont tend to sting when theyre swarming because they have no hive to protect. If theres a swarm and it doesnt move on, call your local beekeeping club and somebody will be happy to show up and claim a free bee colony.

On the other hand, bees can take up residence in your walls, and thats when you may have a problem. The bees will mind their own business (bzzzzz-ness?) while the hive grows to include hundreds of pounds of honey, wax, and bees. To fully remove the hive, the University of California says, you may need to have a contractor and a beekeeper work together to open up your walls and remove all the bees and honeycomb. Theres a cheaper option, but its even worse: get an exterminator to poison the hive. All will be well until the piles of bee corpses begin to rot, and the honey absorbs moisture and ferments, and all of the above begin to leak through the walls. Theyre still full of poison, remember? Anyway, enjoy.

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Rat home invasions in Montreal have increased since the pandemic, exterminators say – CTV News Montreal

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Montreal-area exterminators say they're busier than usual, dealing with an issue that makes many squeamish: rats.

They say that since the pandemic began, rats and other rodents are making their way into more homes.

"We're seeing a boom in rodents, from mice to rats to squirrels. It's pretty busy, actually," exterminator Denny Andrade told CTV News.

The theory is that, because restaurants were closed for so long, rats -- accustomed to dining in dumpsters -- have had to look for new sources of food.

As a result, they've gravitated to places like Lucille's home in Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG).

She says her home is infested with the creatures; rats are getting into her food, and one even attacked her while she was sleeping.

"I don't know if it bit me or scratched me, but it went [...] on my chin," said Lucille.

The rodents are getting in from a broken pipe on her property.

Andrade keeps setting traps and catching them, but until a plumber fixes the pipe, he says they'll continue making an appearance.

But some plumbers try to avoid working in homes with rat problems, he explained.

"Rats have a tendency of defending themselves, and they can jump pretty high. A rat can jump between two and four feet in the air, so you don't want to corner a rat," said Andrade, who works with Platinum Extermination.

"If you see a rat, leave it alone. The last thing you want is to have a rat jump on you," he advised.

Getting rid of the intruders can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000, and they can cause a lot of other problems, he said.

"They chew on anything, from concrete, rocks, to wood, to plastic. There's metal that's been chewed on by rats. They can be a fire hazard [by chewing] on wires."

Not to mention, rats can carry disease and be hazardous to health.

For Lucille, their presence has been a strain on her peace of mind.

"They are God's creatures and they're supposed to live, but not in here," she said. "Go to the bushes and live."

Andrade says if you see a rat, call an exterminator and a plumber as soon as possible -- because the longer you wait, the harder it will be to get rid of them.

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License commissioners watching Little Caesars after allegations of rats, trash and ‘oozing’ bags – Worcester Telegram

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WORCESTER Complaints from a neighborhood association have prompted city license commissioners to keep an eye on a Little Caesars pizza shop on Shrewsbury Street.

Commissioners made an impromptu stop at the eatery at386 Shrewsbury St. two weeks ago as they were out viewing other businesses during their meeting. The visit, according to Commissioner Barbara Haller, was prompted by an email from Gary Vecchio, the president of the Shrewsbury Street Neighborhood Association.

Vecchio outlined problems alleging that bags of dough had been left outside where they were "oozing." Rats had taken up residence in the area, Vecchio said, and a garbage can that was supposed to be outside had been removed.

He was also concerned that a door at the rear of the building had been propped open with a snow shovel.

He called the situation"disgusting and outrageous," and asked commissioners, along with city health officials, to address the matter.

Commissioners this week learned that health officials had visited the site five times and issued an enforcement order to correct some of the issues. An exterminator was due to treat the area as well, they said.

Beata Rosa, the store manager, said in a telephone interview, that there were issuesin determining what company was responsible for hauling away the garbage from the business but that they havesince been rectified.

She said she hasworked at the restaurant for a decade and has never seen any rats. Rosa also said the business did have a trashcan outside but had brought it in after noticing people cleaning out their cars and filling the receptacle with items unrelated to dining at the pizza shop.

She said the can is back outside and the company is simply dealing with the additional trash as a result.

Rosa said she did speak with someone who identified himself as being from the neighborhood group but the tone of the conversation made her uncomfortable and she ended the dialogue.

City officials said another visit was planned to the restaurant Thursday.

Rosa said her boss was working to meet all of the demands made by the cityincluding one remaining item which was to install thermometers in the refrigeration units.

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11 Pests That Pose a Threat to Your Pets – Bob Vila

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Opening your home and your heart to a special petbe your buddy of the feline or canine persuasion, or an animal more exoticis to invite a lot of joy into your days. Naturally, theres a fair amount of work involved, too, and one of the most important jobs is monitoring your animal friends health. To that end, its essential to know which pests are most attracted to your pet, the steps you can take to prevent pests from becoming a major problem, and how to handle the occasional infestation.

You might suspect that your pet has had a run-in with an insect or rodent if you witness these symptoms:

Anytime you sense that something is off with your four-legged friend, listen to that intuition and contact your vet. Safe is always, infinitely better than sorry when it comes to your family members and their health.

Of all the pests that plague our pets, ticks are probably the best known. Chances are youre already accustomed to scanning your pets (and your own) skin after being outdoors, but you might not realize that ticks can live indoors, too! Take precautions to prevent a tick infestation, and know how to handle the insects if you find them on your pet. Tick bites can lead to serious diseases in both pets and humans including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. Cats are less prone to tick-borne ailments, but they can contract cytauxzoonosis, an infectious disease thats often fatal.

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Fleas are another familiar nuisance. As with ticks, fleas affect humans and their furry friends alike. One mating female flea can produce as many as 20 eggs per day; thats 20,000 adult fleas in just two months. That, along with the fact that they dont actually bite victims but instead suck their blood, makes them especially vexing for young cats. A bitten kitten can lose so much blood to a feeding flea that it can become anemic.

Another problem that fleas present is that they can transmit tapeworms. The most likely concern posed by these parasites is infection, which occurs when itchy cats use their sharp claws to scratch, breaking their skin in the process.

Luckily, theres a variety of effective flea treatments available to keep your home flea-free, including sprays and foggers,

Youd be forgiven for assuming that its the other way around, but mice do represent a real risk to cats (and, by extension, humans). Along with their larger cousins, rats, mice can carry parasites like toxoplasmosis and roundworm, bacteria like leptospirosis, and hantavirusa family of viruses that are largely propagated by rodents.

Another good reason to keep an eye on your mighty mouser? Fleas. All rodents are common vectors of bugs with annoying, itch-inducing bites.

While you might think Mittens is providing all the pest control your home needs, its best to bypass the feline middleman entirely and call in an exterminator to handle any matters relating to mice or rats. Its important to get professional help since rodenticide is toxic not just to its intended targets, but to other animals as well.

As excited as cats can get about hunting mice, cats arent adept at catching rats; in many cases, they wont even attempt the hunt. It isnt all that likely for your kitty to encounter Rattus rattus or Rattus norvegicus, but if they do cross paths, a rats bite is likely to be more perilous than that of a mouse.

Mosquitoes are yet another pesky pest that can bother everyone in the house, regardless of species. Their high-pitched whine is aggravating, their bites are intensely itchy, and they can transmit diseases such as heartworm, equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and West Nile virus.

Hairless animals like Sphynx cats or Xoloitzcuintles (a Mexican hairless dog breed) are more vulnerable, but while an animals fur may deter mosquitos, it wont defend against them entirely.

Make sure youre not inadvertently inviting mosquitos to stay a while. If theyve already made themselves at home, try some natural solutions to repel them safely.

Whats black and hairy and looks like the result of a torrid affair between a housefly and a bumblebee? Thats not a joke, and its probably not an easy guess for most folks, either, but the answer is botfly.

This lesser-known pest prefers rodents and wild rabbits, but botflies (aka Cuterebra flies) can also infect our furry friends, especially when theyve been romping around outdoors in grassy areas. When botfly maggots work their way under a pets skin, a serious infection can result, leading to fever, trouble breathing, seizures, circling or dizziness, and even blindness. The botfly larvae must be removed surgically, so keep your pets away from rabbit warrens and rodent nests, and inspect their skin after every outdoor jaunt so you can nip this nasty situation in the bud.

Dogs affinity for smelly food (and non-food, like your old sneakers, litterbox leavings, or even their own poop) is well documented, so its not out of the question that they might snack on the occasional stink bug. No serious harm will come to a pet if they ingest one of these odiferous insects. However, upset stomachs, vomiting, and diarrhea may result. Pluswell, blechhh.

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Its pretty easy for pets to pick up one of the many varieties of tiny parasite known as mites. Here are some of the signs that you mite observe if your pet is having an issue with these irritating critters:

Although tiny mites are visible to the naked eye, so its not a bad idea to part your pets fur and check for any stowaways as a matter of course. Mites present only a mild problem compared to other pests, but they can make your pet miserable with itching and irritation.

Worms are a commonplace woe in domestic animals, but dont let their ordinary nature fool you into thinking theyre not a serious threat to your pet. These wiggly parasites can be fatal to pets in extreme cases. Even those that dont pose great harm can make your pet miserable, so dont skip out on preventative worm treatment.

One thing of note about worms is that they can harm your pets behind the scenes with no outward symptoms. Theres no telling if a healthy-looking canine or feline might be harboring them. Discuss the best ways to fend off roundworms and other culprits with your vet.

The good news? Bedbugs arent nearly as prevalent a pest as some of the others weve discussed, such as mites, fleas, and ticks. The bad news is that if bedbugs are in your home, youve got a heck of a hassle on your hands.

Bedbugs have all the attributes necessary to infect a space in short order: They can move fast, jump far, and hide in the smallest of crannies. Bedbugs also make themselves at home in plenty of places, and can travel the world by hitching a ride on a pet, purse, backpack, book, or tote.

You will likely need a professional exterminator to tackle a bedbug infestation, in addition to washing just about every fabric item in the house. Bedbugs will bite cats and dogs if theyve exhausted all options for a meal of human blood, with severe itching and dermatological issues as the result.

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Our last pest, lice, is a bit pickier about sustenance than bedbugs. There are several varieties of louse and theyre all specific to a particular host, or even a body part. So human lice cannot trade places with cat or dog lice, or vice versa.

Dog and cat lice can lead to itching, scratching, and skin irritation; dry or matted fur; loss of fur around the ears, neck, shoulders, and rectum; anemia; lethargy; and weight loss. Infection of broken skin is a common complication of a louse infestation in an animal.

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The Squirrelly Story of the $500 Mothers Day Gift I Didnt Ask For –

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I used to think squirrels were stupid, but thats probably because my sole frame of reference was the one that kept visiting our backyard one September to eat rotting crabapples from our tree, then falling off our fence, tipsy from the fermentation.

In hindsight, I should have recognized the cleverness of a creature who can appreciate an open bar.

That was the same year of a fateful camping trip, where one of my kids thought it would be fun to chase a squirrel up a tree. In turn, it sent a shower of pinecones raining down around our site, demonstrating that squirrels are not just crafty, but vengeful, and not a species to be trifled with.

Youd think I would have learned my lesson.

You would think.

Two years later, in the spring of 2019 a more innocent time, before the word COVID was even on my radar I received what was inarguably my worst Mother's Day gift ever: a $500 cage for pests I didnt even ask for (I know what youre thinking and no, Im not referring to my kids).

For Joe Wilson, a happy squirrel named Eli prompted a frank and open conversation with his kids about life and death.

It started with what I naively believed was one fat squirrel that seemed to take great pleasure in hanging out on the roof outside my then-nine-year-olds bedroom. She was not a big fan, both because she remembered having to take cover in a tent during the siege a few years before, but mostly because squirrels apparently start their day at unholy hours like 5 a.m..

My daughter couldnt sleep, which meant none of us could sleep. It was like early motherhood all over again, which I should have seen as foreshadowing.

My partner finally deduced the squirrel was living somewhere in our roof once it became evident this particular squirrel had one hobby and that was staring him dead in the eye through the window, daring him to do something about it.

He being prudent, but more importantly very, very tired from the early wake-up calls, decided to find out exactly where our new resident had made its home. He discovered we werent dealing with just one squirrel, but an entire family of them.

He suggested calling an exterminator.

But they wont hurt them, right? I asked anxiously, which led to a tense few minutes of conversation.

The kids and I spent a few days playing a fun game with our new tenants, where we would run out to the car in the garage and try to avoid falling pieces of insulation, loosened from the ceiling by the squirrels running along the beams. I finally caved and told my husband to call someone in.

The pest control company, clearly knowing their worth in these cases, listed the options. The most humane one was building a one-way door that wouldnt let the squirrels back in once they went outside.

A $500 one-way squirrel door.

"Somehow, the fact that this incident fell outside the usual parameters of domestic expenses landed it in gift territory."

I am relatively certain replacing the human-sized door on our house cost less. I was also mistakenly led to believe rainy-day funds are supposed to cover things like replacing a hot water tank or mechanical issues for your car, not dealing with a household of rodents illegally squatting in the rafters of your garage.

Somehow, the fact that this incident fell outside the usual parameters of domestic expenses landed it in gift territory. The irony that I only joined the club that made me eligible to celebrate Mothers Day by suddenly being responsible for needy, sometimes-annoying creatures was not lost on me. I just foolishly assumed it only meant the ones that had exited my body.

The next morning, I opened the door to discover a large piece of insulation covering the roof of my car, letting me know in no uncertain terms that the squirrels had overheard the phone call with the exterminator and werent happy about it. They had a lot of attitude considering they werent paying rent.

Being a parent can be tough, espeically when there are small and sharp toys lying about to be accidentally stepped on here are some of the worst offenders.

It turned out, the space they were inhabiting was too tight for a squirrel door, so the pest control company installed a cage instead. I dont know exactly how it worked, but it was immediately effective.

A couple of the squirrels became trapped right away, and their family members clearly werent pleased about it if the loud squawks of protest coming from the top of our house and the tree just outside over the next two days were any indication. If Id thought the annoyance of regular squirrels just going about their daily business was bad, nothing could have prepared me for the constant and loud disruption caused by squirrels full of rage.

My motherly instinct took over for a brief moment, when I asked my partner, We arent displacing a family of squirrels and leaving them homeless, are we? He replied that he was not having this conversation, which was a little rude given he had just been handed a get-out-of-jail-free card, if jail was a busy mall and a trip to the florist.

Eventually, the whole family was caught and safely released. One showed back up in our garage a few days later, and my husband chased it outside, eerily reminiscent of the famous scene in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. The squirrels never tried to rebuild their home though, which means I won.

Looking back now, that particular memory was probably my real Mothers Day present, because you cant put a price tag on that kind of real-life Griswold moment. Or the sweet, sweet taste of victory.

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5 signs of a termite infestation – Insider

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You've recently spotted some insects fluttering around your home and find yourself worrying about the potential of termites . But how can you tell they're termites? And what should you do if you identify a termite infestation?

Termites are small wood-destroying insects that live in colonies, similar to ants. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), estimates suggest they cause billions of dollars in structural damage annually.

And they don't just eat through wood they can damage anything containing cellulose, including wallpaper and carpeting. While they won't eat plastic or foam, they're happy to tunnel through these materials. Knowing how to spot them can help you prevent and promptly treat an infestation before you need to spend thousands on repairs.

Twin Forks Pest Control founder Brian Kelly shares five common signs of termites you should never ignore.

Note: Carpenter ants are commonly mistaken for termites. They're black with a red hue, have translucent wings, narrow bodies, and are roughly 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long. If you're unsure what kind of pest you're dealing with whether termites or carpenter ants contact a professional exterminator to identify them properly.

Swarmers are an early sign of termites. Arun Roisri/Getty Images

Swarmers are flying termites that don't bite, sting, or eat wood. But, they're often the first sign of a termite infestation. That's because their only purpose is to reproduce and establish new colonies during the swarming season. Kelly explains that you're most likely to find wings and spot flying termites during the spring.

One way to spot whether they've infested your home is to look for discarded wings, says Kelly.

"Termite swarmer wings are pale-colored and are usually to -inch long," says Kelly. Once swarmers find mates, they shed their wings, often leaving them behind on windowsills and other entry points.

Wood damage will appear in the places where termites have easy access to your home. hadkhanong_Thailand/Getty Images

Damaged wood is another potential sign of termite activity. You're most likely to spot wood damage in areas where termites can get into your home through wood-to-ground contact, says Kelly, including door frames, deck posts, porch steps, and structural supports.

If you spot wood damage, Kelly recommends carefully inspecting the damaged area for signs of mold or mildew. Mildew typically has a powdery appearance while mold may look damp or fuzzy. "If you find any, then you have a wood rot problem." Wood rot isn't a sign of termite damage, but continuously damp wood can attract pests like termites.

Dry wood that comes off easily in chunks is likely dry rot, says Kelly, a type of damage caused when fungal spores come into contact with damp wood.

Hollow wood, on the other hand, or wood with tunnels, is a sign of a termite infestation. You can tell wood is hollowed out because it sounds that way when tapped.

Frass are termite feces, and can range in color from beige to dark brown. P_Wei/Getty Images

Termite frass, or feces, is another sign of termite activity. Frass indicates that termites are burrowing through and eating the wood in your home. Termites create small tunnels to rid their nests of droppings, leaving it behind throughout your house. You may sometimes notice holes near areas where you've spotted frass.

Dropping appearance varies depending on the species, but they're generally very tiny and often wood-colored. They may be mistaken for sawdust or dirt. If you don't see frass, you may be able to smell it, explains Kelly, since it can give off a moldy or mildew smell.

Mud tubes are made from wood and soil. EQS-M/Getty Images

According to the University of Missouri Extension Service, the termite species most likely to cause damage to homes in the US is the eastern subterranean termite.

Subterranean termites are most likely to create mud tubes, which are brown-colored tunnels composed of wood and soil, measuring about 0.5 to 2.5 centimeters wide. Because these types of termites have soft bodies, mud tubes allow them to travel around your home without exposing them to external threats like dry weather and predators.

However, subterranean termites can find other ways into your home. Not seeing any mud tunnels on the outside of your home doesn't mean you don't have an infestation. Still, mud tunnels are a clear sign of termite activity. Termites often build mud tubes in visible locations such as along fences, porches, nearby tree trunks, and wall corners.

Quick tip: Carpenter ants and termites can both damage wood. Kelly explains that termite tunnels and mud tubes, or galleries, have a more raggedy appearance than those of carpenter ants, which are smoother and more polished.

Doors that don't close easily, inside or outside, may be a sign of termites. Jacek Kadaj/Getty Images

Any doors that are suddenly hard to close or open are also potential signs of termites, says Kelly.

Because termite activity can increase humidity levels, door and window frames can expand, making these entryways harder to open or close. This sign is most likely with subterranean termites, which emit more moisture than other species.

If termites are active around your doors or window, you may also notice other signs of activity like frass and wood damage.

Quick tip: In the US, dampwood, drywood, and subterranean termites are most likely to cause damage. Knowing the type of termite is essential, explains Kelly. "If you exterminate against the wrong type, chances are it won't work, and they'll continue to infest."

Because it's not possible to treat a termite infestation on your own, it's important to call a professional to inspect the damage and determine the proper course of treatment.

A professional exterminator is equipped with the knowledge to identify the type of termite and the best way to exterminate it.

That said, damage doesn't happen overnight and there's no need to panic if you notice signs of termites. The North Carolina Extension Office explains that serious damage can take between 3 to 8 years to occur, so taking your time to find a qualified professional is more critical than hiring someone on the spot.

Many things, like swarmers, discarded wings, frass, damaged wood, and mud tubes, can tip you off to a termite infestation. While termites can do serious damage, especially if left unaddressed, damage takes awhile to become serious. Finding a qualified professional who can identify the type of termite infestation is crucial for getting rid of these wood-damaging insects.

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Did You Know That Bugs Are Eating Your House? – – Candy’s Dirt

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Are wood-destroying insects eating your house?

By Brenda MasseSpecial Contributor

Hows that for clickbait? But for real, bugs could be eating your house.

It is swarming season for wood-destroying insects (WDIs), and despite how awful that sounds, its kind of a good thing. Termites and other WDIs can quietly munch on your home for years before you know theyre there. If you see them swarming, that means the colony has gotten large enough to send out colonizers.

That doesnt sound good at all, you might be thinking, and youd be right, but were all about silver linings. The swarm may be the thing that lets you know youve got an infestation, so you can take care of it.

So in honor of swarming season, heres some interesting stuff about wood-destroying insects.

Its moist and cool there, and theres lots to eat. Here you can see some termites have been feasting on the beams under the house for quite a while. This homeowner is going to need an exterminator and a foundation repair person.

When a concrete pier is poured they use a cardboard mold to hold the shape. Theyre supposed to remove the cardboard after the concrete dries, but this step gets skipped more often than youd like to think. Its sort of like offering termites a snack and a direct path to the main feast your house.

The same goes for these form boards. These are meant to hold the place when sidewalks and driveways are being poured, then should be removed once theyre dry. Another tempting snack and path for termites to your house.

Powderpost beetles actually arrive in your house within the wood. Once they were peacefully living in a tree somewhere that got milled and turned into cabinets, and now you have these little buggers leaving little powdery trails through your woodwork.

In this video, Michael Bosco of Safehaven Pest Control and Clayton Bailey of Green Scene Home Inspections discuss ways to make your home less attractive to wood-destroying insects, as well as the different types of wood-destroying insects and how to recognize them.

Unsure if you have wood-destroying insects? Opt for a WDI inspection to make sure your home isnt becoming a meal for the bugs.

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Bed Bug Exterminator | Indiana & Nearby States | Arrow …

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Bed Bug Inspection, Treatment, & Removal

Does Your Mattress Look Like This?

Does Your Furniture Look Like This?

Do You Have Bites Like These?

Sometimes Bed Bugs harbor in the walls

Above is an example of a person with bites and a rash. The bites can be horribly itchy.

Many people call, stating that they feel like they are getting bit at night.

Before we proceed with the bed bug inspection in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois, our specialists will inspect the home and determine if these symptoms are indeed evidence of a bed bug infestation.

So many homeowners search how to get rid of bed bugs.

It has become a pandemic, meaning that they are everywhere.

Bed bugs are a horrible household pest to have to live with. They are sneaky, hard to find, and can pose a potential health risk for you and your family. Without bed bug removal, these parasites will breed very rapidly and will overtake the home in no time.

Arrow Services is well-equipped to assess your pest problem and determine a specific bug removal plan to get rid of them. Our services include finding bedbug eggs and molt sheds as well as assessing bedbug bites.

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These are offered as extra protection that can be delivered on the treatment date.These covers are high quality and are manufactured to last, unlike some of the box store alternatives.

Our trained and certified pest specialists are able to determine the best bed bug treatment method for your home. You can find our service locations in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.

Please Call Arrow today to schedule your free in-home inspection and estimate!Our company also offers commercial bed bug removal for businesses and other public establishments. Call us today, and our bed bug exterminator in Indiana will solve your pest problem!

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Snake Control – Snake Poison –

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These are obviously a bigger threat to the health and well-being of you and your family, and this category includes such fearsome snakes as the copperhead, water moccasin and numerous species of rattlesnakes , all of which can cause serious and often fatal injury if they are allowed to maintain a presence around your home. Because their main source of food are small rodents, having any rodents such as mice or rats in or around your home makes it much more likely that you might have poisonous snakes lurking not far away.

Although they dont present a massive threat to the health of you and your loved ones like venomous snakes do, the non-venomous species of snakes are also a serious pest problem, and can cause many problems should they find their way into your home. The major problem that non-venomous snakes can cause is that they are liable to create nests inside a house, which can easily draw in more pests of different species and cause a huge problem if not taken care of quickly and completely.

Knowing how to keep snakes away is a matter of knowing about the tools available to do so. With snakes, there are really only two ways to do it; repel them or use giant glue traps to capture and kill them.

Snake repellent is one of the greatest ways to make sure your home doesnt fall victim to these pests. It is designed to repel all snakes, both poisonous and non-poisonous, and can be applied around the perimeter of your house or yard. This will give you the peace of mind knowing that any snakes that come near your home will quickly turn away and look for a more hospitable environment.

Should there be an ongoing snake problem, a repellent is not going to be enough, and snake trapsshould be used to kill snakes that are already on the property. Most traps for this purpose are the same glue based products as many rat traps, and should be checked and cleaned regularly after they are applied.

Here are some snake pictures:

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Shocking Stories of Landlords Who Made Their Tenants’ Lives Dreadful – Obsev

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Renting a place to live is inevitable for most people, and unfortunately, finding a place to live means dealing with a landlord. Many landlords are nice, cooperative and respectful of your privacy, but the ones in these real life stories give all landlords a bad name. From putting hidden fees in a lease to stealing their tenants initial deposits, these home owners just couldn't leave well enough alone.

When we were moving out, our landlady did a walkthrough and agreed in writing that there was no damage to our property and we would be getting all of our deposit back. She took custody of our keys and then walked us out of the building. Unfortunately, two weeks later we got a letter stating that she was keeping all of the security deposit.

Apparently, someone had become inebriated, destroyed a screen in the window, gouged a hole in the wall, and dented the refrigerator. This occurred two days after we moved out. Turns out our landlady used the property as a place for her in-laws to stay during Thanksgiving, and she fully expected us to pay for their damages because our name was still on the lease.

The judge was really hung up on why other occupants would be in our apartment without our knowledge or consent if the landladys position was that it was still our apartment and therefore our liability.

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When we first rented our place, the landlord and his wife seemed like the nicest couple in the world. They even invited us to dinner and we had a great time. Three months in, we found out that they argue quite loudly and curse like truckersnot that big of a deal. Then my wife stepped on a piece of blue glass on our kitchen floor, which was strange as we didnt own any blue glasses.

Suddenly, I remembered that dinner we went to at their place, and they had blue glasses on the table. I decided to set up a camera in the living room, and over the next week, I caught this guy coming into our apartment when we werent homebut thats not the worst part. That pervert was going through our dressers and playing with my wifes underwear.

I caught him red-handed, gave him a nice beating, and called law enforcement. He tried to play it off by saying that he smelled smoke and wanted to investigate. Thats when I played back the previous weeks videos of him visiting on three separate occasions. They locked him up, and we quickly found a new place and never looked back.

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The lease for my apartment stated that the property owner paid the water and sewer bills. However, three months in, my water was cut off because he didnt pay the bill. Instead, he insisted that the clause was put on the lease by mistake. I ended up having to pay for the water and sewer, but then when I moved out, they billed me $1,500 for breach of contract.

It seems that there was a clause in the contract that stated: In the event of a breach of contract, the renter will be liable for a $1,500 breach of contract fee. When I pointed out that they were the ones in breach of contract,their reply knocked me off my feet. They claimed, The clause has nothing to do with who breached the contract, it only states that you are responsible for the breach of contract fee.

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While I was deployed, my wife remained at our home in Texas. One day in the middle of summer, the air conditioning broke and the landlord told her that the temperature wasnt hot enough to require the repair. When she showed him pictures of the thermostat reading over 38C (100F) indoors, he finally said that he would send someone.

What a relief right? Well, apparently I needed to be there because I was the primary name on the lease. Since that was not an option, I threatened to sue, and the A/C was eventually jerry-rigged just as summer was ending. Also, the repair guy told my wife that he was paid to do the bare minimum fix.Too bad things didnt end there.

Fast forward to when Im back home. It starts getting hot and the A/C breaks again. The landlord gave us the same story as before, claiming it wasnt hot enough. This dragged on until I finally had orders to move to a new duty station. We gave our 30 days notice and moved out. The landlord tried to tell me that I had to pay to fix the A/C or I wouldnt get my deposit back.

I once again threatened to sue, and this time I contacted the actual owner of the house.I couldnt believe his reaction.He was a cool dude living in New York and said hed take care of it for me. He flew all the way to Texas, fired the landlords, sued them himself, and said I was actually the cleanest and most respectable tenant hes had. He even paid me double my deposit for my troubles. Nice guy.

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This happened at my first apartment out of college. When I toured the place it was filthy, but I could tell it would be pretty sweet when cleaned up. The landlord explained that it was so messy because it had been occupied by an older man with health issues. That was understandable. The landlord assured me hed get it cleaned up before I moved in, which sounded good to me.

Red flag number one: On move-in day it was clear that nothing had been done with the place. It took me and my poor, sweet grandma two days of scrubbing to get everything clean. After about a week, everything was looking really good. One day, however, I was putting stuff away in a cabinet andI made a disturbing discovery. I found some bed bug spray that had never been opened.

At this point, I started to get nervous, but I had been there for a week and hadnt felt or seen any bugs, so everything should be fine, right? Wrong. What followed was the most miserable two months of my life. I was constantly fighting with the landlord over taking care of what was an increasingly worsening bed bug issue.

First, he told me he was fumigating, but the next day I found the same cans from Target that I had found earlier. Every night, I would go to bed crying because I could feel the bugs all over me: crawling on me, biting me, making me feel disgusting. I was a basket case on zero sleep and the landlord was doing absolutely nothing about it.

I wish I could say I sued him. I should have, but I had nothing left in the tank. I would spend my nights at the laundromat, scratching myself raw with a crazed look in my eye. I finally moved back with my parents and spent the next two months still feeling the bugs all over me, scared sick that I had carried this nightmare to their house, too.

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After we moved in, a gym opened up directly below our apartment. The TV at said gym was located right under our bedroom. Throw in the total lack of any official hours, and you get people working out at 3:00 a.m. with the television blasting so that the gym-goers could hear it over the noise of the machines. Our useless landlord didnt even want to listen to our complaints.

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Boy, do I have a story.The apartment we lived in had a sewer issue that caused the apartments on the first floor to flood with sewer water. This happened to us multiple times, some were more damaging than others. We complained, complained, and complained some more but the owner wouldnt admit to it, so nothing was ever done.

At one point, the people across the hall from us lost everything. Then, a month ago, the sewer backed up so badly that it flooded our bedroom, living room, and kitchen with disgusting poopy water. There was poop all over the floor, and one apartment even had ham bones come up into their toilet! We were losing our minds.

At this point, we demanded to have everything professionally cleaned. The owner said, Nope and told us he was going to have his usual cleaner wash it with bleach. My boyfriend decided to call the health inspector who condemned our apartment and another one on our floor, and then he demanded that the owner get an actual cleaning service in there.

The owner ordered us to move out immediately, and when we said we had until the end of the month, he proceeded to convince everyone who worked at our building to try to kick us out. When we were leaving, we were shocked to find out that the people across the hall from us were still sleeping on their sewer-drenched mattress.

My boyfriend and I gave them our clean mattress.

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Since Ive only ever had one landlord, I can only complain about her (AKA the ol bat downstairs). This landlady was a wino and we would call her The Bobblehead because when she was inebriated, which was 24/7, her head would bobble all over the place. To make matters worse, we had to talk very quietly because she could hear EVERYTHING.

If we talked about anything having to do with traveling, she would come up mid-conversation and ask when we were planning on telling her.

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Our landlord threatened to evict us because there were always endless piles of Tootsie-Roll-sized dog poop on our lawn. To clear our dogs name, I filmed dozens of people letting their tiny dogs poop all over the grass. Did I mention that we had a Great Dane and we cleaned up her Everest-sized piles every time? Theres no way we could have gotten away with leaving themthey were massive.

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I was in dire need of a place to live, and I found this old couple who had two rooms for rent in a really nice house. It even had a big pool, and I could walk to work in five minutes. Everything seemed fine at first, but after two months I discovered that they love to swim sans clothing and would lock me out whenever they were skinny dipping.

They basically treated me like I was a guest in their houseand not in a good wayeven though I paid rent. Eventually, it got even worse when they started making up a whole bunch of insane rules, so I decided it was time to move out. I ended up crashing at a buddys house for a week while I started to make my escape.

During that time, I slowly and quietly moved almost everything out of my old place. One night, I finally told the couple that I would be moving out the next day. We got into a huge fight. The next morning, I got my officer friend, who was on duty, to go to the house with me so that we could retrieve my bed and a box of stuff because they had locked my room.

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Our landlady had a shrine to all her former animals in the backyard. She also had a sickly cat who was covered in matted fur. The poor thing would use the whole basement as a litter box. This litter box situation was so bad that it was the main reason my dads girlfriend couldnt live with usit triggered her allergies.

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I was a bit behind with the rent one time due to some health problems with a family member. So, when I wasnt home, my landlord came into my apartment and ripped everything out, and put it on the street. Did I mention that I was only six days late with the rent? I was in college at the time and lived on a road bordering the campus.

That night, my peers, neighbors, and random people driving down that road got free access to all of my possessions.But I got my revenge.Long story short, I sued the landlord and won. He tried to keep it a secret from his wife early in the litigation process but in the end, the check my lawyer got from their lawyer was signed by his wife. Screw you, Dale.

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One Friday, I came home from work, walked into my only bathroom, and found the roof of the building more or less filling the room. Workers had been re-roofing the complex, and either someone fell through my ceiling or the roof just collapsed. I never did get a straight answer as to which. The bathroom was unusable, and NO ONE THOUGHT TO INFORM ME OF THIS FACT or make arrangements.

A gaping one-meter-wide (three-foot-wide) hole was open to the sky, making me very uncomfortable about leaving my possessions in the apartment while I went elsewhere. Also, the person who fell in must have walked around looking at things, or someone else came in later to assess the damage and dragged the dusty, nasty contents of the attic through my apartment on their shoes.

The rental office didnt normally open till 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and, as was often the case, it didnt open at all this weekend because the manager was out of town. I left multiple messages on the answering machine and with the service, but they were ignored. I ended up loading my valuables into my car and driving to a relatives place for the weekend.

The final straw happened that Monday when the manager eventually got around to returning my callsand it was pretty frustrating.He just said, Oh right, well try and get that fixed this week. He had no sense of urgency, no apology, no explanation, and no offer of recompense. Obviously, I moved out of that dump shortly thereafter.

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One time my landlord just walked right in on my girlfriend and me when we were getting ready for the day without warning us. She didnt have anything on and I was in a bathrobe. He then spent 20 minutes fixing our door while making loud tutting noises. He told us the doorknob was loose because we didnt know how to pick up a screwdriver.

He then left without fixing the giant crack in the wood that we had originally complained about.

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My significant other and I were renting a room from a 72-year-old woman. She was very passive-aggressive and made terrible life decisions (e.g., she married a 32-year-old man and cashed in her entire 401K to buy him a Corvette, only to get divorced six months later). Despite all of that, her home was beautiful and the rent was a bargain.

She ended up kicking us out because I would not sign a legally binding document that would allow her to treat my significant other as a literal housekeeper for zero pay. I told her that we would only clean up after ourselves and that we would be seeking a new apartment immediately.

She did not like this plot twist. Our landlady went absolutely insane with rage, called law enforcement, and faked a heart attackbut thats not the craziest part.

Some of the best quotes from this incident came from the first responders. The EMT who was checking her for a heart attack said, Maam, your vitals are perfectly fine. Theres no sign that youre having a heart attack. And the officer said to her, Maam we cant arrest them for hurting your feelings.

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Our landlord was an old dude who refused to pay anyone else to fix things. One time, when our toilet broke, he wrote usa family of foura note telling us that we would have to poop in a bucket until he was able to fix the toileta week later.

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Our landlady, who lived in the duplex below us, decided to sell the place and move out of state. So for three months, she would knock on my door every day and ask me to help her prepare. I pulled weeds, cleaned the basement and garage, and washed the windows, but she never really acknowledged itjust asked me to do more.

On her last day, she asked me to help load the moving van. Just before she left, she gave me a bottle of wine as a thank-you for all of my work. There was a picture of a frog playing the banjo on the label, but, hey, its the thought that counts. An hour later, the realtor showed up and gave me the exact same bottle! It was just like the one he gave herthat she obviously re-gifted to me.

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Even though I live in an urban area, a family of possums started living under my back porch. My landlord kept going back and forth about whether she should leave them alone or call animal control. I didnt care too much either wayat least until they brought a flea explosion. My dog ended up crawling with fleas. You could sit on my couch and watch fleas jumping on your arms!

The landlord told me that shed get her exterminator in, but then she didnt do it.Then it got even more infuriating.She finally had me contact him to set it up, which I did, but then she vetoed it.

She backtracked and said she didnt tell me to do that, and she wouldnt pay for itespecially while the possums were still there. But then she wouldnt do anything about the possums! This catch-22 lasted for one very long month.

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After I had been living in my apartment for a year and a half, out of the blue, my landlord decided to remove the new appliances that had come with the apartment, so that she could put them in a house that she was working on refurbishing. One day she just said, Hey, Im going to be taking your appliances on Thursday.

I was surprised when she told me, but I was shocked when she actually replaced my nice appliances with some old and beat-up ones from her storage unit. They were missing parts and she hadnt even cleaned them! She even had the nerve to say that theyd been sitting in her storage unit for years, so she didnt know how well they worked.

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For some reason, our former landlord would rent to wealthy foreign exchange students attending the local community college, and he would let them do whatever they wanted. We had a group of five of them living below us and it was total chaos. They would blast music nonstop and would have insane parties that lasted until 6:00 a.m. on weekdays.

During these crazy parties, they would puke and pee off the front porch. Expensive vehicles from out of state would pull in and park for 10 minutes while one of the passengers would run into the house. It is my guess that they were definitely doing something shady. They would often leave several bags of trash on their porch in the hot sun for days.

Whenever we would try to talk to the students about our issues with their behavior, they would just shrug and say, I dont care! in broken English. We even filed several complaints with the landlord, citing the specific lease clauses as well as the local laws that they were breakingwith evidenceand he would do nothing.

In desperation, we did some searching and found the name of the regional manager who worked for the property company. We filed a formal complaint and turned over everything we had. The property company eventually evicted them, but it took about nine months from when they moved in until the sweet day I saw the sheriff serving them.

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I rented one side of a duplex and my landlady lived in the other half. She was a cat hoarder who had turned three of her bedrooms into giant litter boxes. She even covered the beautiful hardwood with garbage bags and dumped several hundred pounds of cat litter onto the floor. She would go weeks without cleaning these litter boxes.

She would also put cans of wet cat food and tuna in the backyard for the feral cats. The food would go bad and the smell of rancid cat food and festering cat pee was too much to handlebut the final straw was yet to come.That happened when she took in a cat that had the extremely contagious feline parvovirus. It spread like wildfire and took the lives of 23 of her 78 (!) cats.

Unbeknownst to me, several sick cats had puked, peed, pooped, and died on our shared porch. Because we were unaware that there was a Parvo outbreak next door, we tracked the virus into our house and it killed our favorite cat. My then-fianc was incensed at our landlady. We ended up moving out a few weeks later. RIP Max.

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I couldnt believe it when my landlord threatened litigious action over a $15 lampshade that I accidentally brokeand replaced. He even went so far as to demand a bank statement, so that he could take the money Id already spent on replacing it out of my deposit. Lord, am I glad were done with him.

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My girlfriend and I have been renting the house we live in for a little over a year now. Last summer, the landlord came to our place and stayed in a blocked-off area next to our kitchen for 10 days! I get that its her house and everything, but that doesnt mean she can use it as her vacation property while we are living here.

To make matters worse, shes quite the hoarder. She keeps loads of useless stuff in the basement, so we essentially have zero storage space. Also, during the summer that we moved in, she had a bathroom installed in the basement by some shady contractor. A few days into this bathroom installation, there was an electrical fire in the basement at 2:00 a.m.

The water pump seized up and the breaker never tripped, which filled the entire house with smoke. On top ofthat,the smoke alarms didnt go off because the batteries had been put in backward by the last guy who lived there. Granted, I should have checked those, but we had only been living there for a few weeks. Luckily, our dog woke us up.

Anyway, the fire department found scorched wires near a soldered pipe and said that was probably what caused everything. So, I texted the landlord to let her know what happened, and she called me asking if her stuff in the basement was damaged. She never even asked if we were OK. This weekend shes coming to stay for another 10 dayswere dreading it.

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One day, all of a sudden, I found some small black things that looked like burnt rice on the living room floor. At first, I wasnt sure what they were and just swept them up with a broom. Not long after that, I found more of the same in my desk in the living room. At that point, my roommate realized they were rodent droppings.

We called the landlord and asked him to find an exterminator, but he said, Ill be there in a moment. About 15 minutes later he came down with a small box of fruit that he had filled with rat poison. Apparently, we were supposed to put the poisoned fruit around the apartment. All I could do was stare at him in disbelief.But then it got even more ridiculous.

He proceeded to tell us that his pet snake had recently gone to snake heaven, so he just released the live rodents that were to be fed to the snake. He idiotically said that he thought they would just go and live peacefully in the woods. Still in shock, I asked him to leave and dealt with the issue myself. I did not accept his offer to renew the lease and got out of there as soon as possible.

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Growing up we didnt have much money, so we lived in an old trailer out in the country. Our landlord was a horrible person all around. There were a million different times that he did terrible things, including neglecting his animals and taking our mail,but the last straw was when he broke into our trailer.We had been at a wedding all day and when we got home, the door wasnt closed right.

I remember seeing overturned chairs and a basket of laundry that had been scattered all across the living room. The landlord had put holes in our TV, and he had broken my dads guitar into three pieces and smashed my grandpas upright bass. As soon as my parents saw the inside of our place, they made us get back in the car and wait there.

I remember sitting in the back seat of our Blazer with my sister as my dad stood on the front porch crying and screaming, You animal! It was terrifying. We stayed at a friends house that night and then at a motel for the next few weeks. When I was in high school, I would see our landlord around town from time to time, and he would always give me this creepy smile.

It would never fail to make my heart start pounding and Id get an overwhelming urge to run away. Thankfully, I no longer have to see him because I moved away and rarely visit my hometown, but sometimes I still have nightmares about everything that happened.

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A week before Christmas, our heater broke down during one of the coldest winters on record. The landlord said, Nope. Im not fixing that now. You can wait until the New Year. Oh, and dont call me again, its Christmas. Well, we paid rent through an estate agent, so I called her first to find out what my options were.

The shocked agent said that shed take care of it, and that very afternoon, a worker showed up. He took a look around and asked if we were aware that our bathroom was not up to code. We werent, but the next day he got us a new toilet, bath, and shower. That was nice, but so was hearing the landlord freak out when the agent told him about the costs that he was 100% liable for. Merry Christmas to me!

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I worked nights for a while, so if someone knocked on my apartment door, I never answered. I had a white noise machine and blackout curtains to help me sleep. One day when I got up to pee and get some water, I came face-to-face with someone in the kitchen. I was groggy and confused, so I panicked and grabbed the nearest thing I could.

I gave the guy a good, hard jab with a broom before I realized that it was my landlord sneaking around without permission. This happened in the early 2000s, so webcams were not that common yet, but I wish I could have known how many times he had been in the house while I slept. It was so creepy! We ended up moving because of it.

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