In the colder seasons, people regularly find ants, rodents and other pests in their AC units. These pests find their way into homes in search of warmth, food and shelter. These incidents often result in damage to your HVAC system, so it’s important to know which pests you might encounter and how to keep them at bay.
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Natural Repellent for Raccoons

Natural Repellents for Common Winter Pests

As we head into the holiday months, there are several signals that tell us winter is on the way. Whether it’s the changing leaves, cooler weather or homemade gingerbread, winter is a time for families to gather around and share timeless memories. Moments like these should be cherished, nurtured and uninterrupted.

Unfortunately, this theory doesn’t apply to pests.

Winter pests are the ultimate enemy of warm, cozy households. While it’s good to check for all types of pests, certain pests are more likely to pay you a visit during the holiday season.

Natural Mice Repellent

Usually found in dark, secluded areas, mice are one of the most common pests found in households. They can not only destroy the structure of your home but spread unwanted diseases, as well. If you’re looking for a natural repellent to mice, mothballs are a tried and true trick that will scare away the furry creatures.

Natural Cockroach Repellent

They say cockroaches never die, but boy can they hide! No matter the season, cockroaches can fit inside even the smallest of cracks. They are obsessively attracted to food and moisture, so be sure to clean every corner of your home.

Natural Repellent For Raccoons

Some people find raccoons repulsive, yet others find them cute. Advice? Stay away! Raccoons are a prime host of rabies. They like to hide in chimneys, wooded areas, trash cans and even vents. Ammonia has been known to work well in preventing a raccoon sighting. While raccoons can be found during other seasons, winter is their favorite time to find a home away from home: yours.

At Apple Pest Control, we know how important the holiday season is. Whether it’s organic or standard pest control, we can guarantee professional and effective results for all your maintenance needs. Oh, and the safety of your homemade gingerbread of course.

Essential Oils for Pest Control

In today’s society, essential oils have quickly begun to complement modern-day medicine to promote safe and natural healing processes. Contrary to popular belief, oils are used for more than just stress relief. Each essential oil can play a factor in several roles, but there are few that can accomplish getting rid of everyone’s worst nightmare: pests.
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Bug-Proof Your BBQ

How to Bug-Proof your BBQ

At this point in the late summer, it is almost impossible to not have unwelcome guests arrive at your BBQ. We’re not talking about those cousins you hardly ever hear from, either – we mean bugs. Keep reading to find out how you can bug-proof your next cookout.
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How to keep scorpions out of your house

No one can deny that scorpions are one of the scariest bugs out there. Between the weird crab-like pinchers and the barbed tail, it is no wonder scorpions are scary-looking enough to inspire giant scorpion monsters in SyFy original movies. As fun (or dumb) as it might be to watch scorpions used as plot devices in movies, getting stung by one of these prehistoric creatures can be quite painful. They are venomous – and though scorpion-caused deaths are rare, they can be dangerous to small children. Here are some ways to protect your family from scorpions.
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protecting babies from bugs

Whether it’s spiders, scorpions or fire ants – pest control is a serious matter. Even though critters can appear cute, it’s important to teach your little ones to keep their distance. While your kiddos only want to play, what they don’t understand is that pests often carry diseases or even bite. These tips will help keep your children safe.

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What is it called when you're afraid of spiders?

The world wide web can often help you solve most problems, but is there something else bugging you? Maybe it’s the tiny insects you find sneaking in and around your home? Your local pest control company can help your bug fears disappear. However, not all of them can be solved with a simple extermination. If you’re creeped out by creepy crawlers, you might relate to some of these pest phobias.
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Apple Pest Control in San Antonio

Are you bugging out? Whether it’s ants in your kitchen or crickets in your living room, bugs are everywhere. The tiny pests you find in your home might not be welcome, but your local pest control company can help with that. Here are some fun facts about bugs that you probably didn’t know.
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Are there bugs in my Christmas tree?

Nothing says Christmas quite like a freshly cut Christmas tree. They are so beautiful and fill your home with a lovely aroma, but bringing home a living tree also invites small pests and insects along with it. Thankfully there are many ways to get rid of these critters, but first, let’s discuss the types of pests that could be inhabiting your tree – and now your home.

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Signs you have a cockroach infestation and allergy.

Despite just the obvious annoyances, pests can cause a whole host of problems. From house damages to diseases, an infestation is not something anyone wants to deal with. While some infestations can be easy to spot by the physical damage to your home, another clue to a pest invasion could be your own health. Cockroach allergies are a common case and could be the reason behind your sneezing and coughing. Paying attention to your general health might uncover a pest-related problem that is affecting both your home and your health.

Signs and symptoms of cockroach allergies:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Rashes and itchiness
  • Watery eyes
  • Ear/Sinus infection
  • Asthma attacks or wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat

While many of these symptoms seem common with any allergic reaction, they should still be taken into consideration. If someone was to experience any of these health problems year-round, rather than seasonally, it could be a sign that the problem could be found in your home. In many cases, some refer to feeling like they have had a common cold that they have not been able to get over. Those who have asthma seem to be particularly vulnerable to the allergy and can experience stronger symptoms and more frequent asthma attacks.

Along with dust mites, cockroaches carry a certain protein that commonly triggers asthma and allergies. This protein is found in their urine, feces and shedding. While a cockroach may never be seen or in direct contact with someone, any cross-contamination of these things can set off the reaction. Since an infestation usually is throughout a house, this leaves almost no space safe.

While there is no direct cure for a cockroach allergy, the symptoms can at least be treated if diagnosed by a doctor. Over-the-counter drugs can also help alleviate some of the discomfort. The best idea for solving the issue would be to contact your local pest control service for advice on how to control the infestation and to thoroughly clean your home.