Are There Brown Recluse Spiders in Southern California?

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Long Story Short: There Are No Brown Recluse Spiders in SOCAL Contrary to all the hysteria surrounding brown recluse spiders and the dangers they pose to humans, residents in Southern California don’t need to fret over the brown recluse spider. Brown recluse spiders simply do not live in any area of Southern California, including: Palm […]

Invincible Insects: How To Get Rid of German Cockroaches

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Predating the dawn of civilization, cockroaches have been roaming the earth for millions of years, making them the oldest known insects in modern-day existence. Throughout multiple millennia, roaches’ anatomy hasn’t changed all that much, either—as the oldest fossils found look nearly identical to the cockroaches that creep us out today. Talk about being more resilient […]

How Ants Became Southern California’s Number One Nuisance Pest

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Ants are the worst pest in the world, and we’re not exaggerating when we say that. Homeowners say so, listing the insects before cockroaches, spiders, and bed bugs. But even though ants don’t spread diseases or bite like other common pests, they’re still a major nuisance. With colonies that are not only massive, but also […]

Protect Our Pollinators: Please Don’t Make Us Kill Your Bees

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From poisonous pesticides to habitat loss, honey bee colonies worldwide are continuing to decline at an alarming rate. As these bees are responsible for nearly 80 percent of all pollination globally, they are the world’s most pivotal, single pollinator species of human food crops – including all types of nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Because they […]

The Frustrating Factors That Have Helped Bed Bugs Flourish

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“Goodnight. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Despite bed bugs living among humans for eons, there was a point in time when these blood-sucking bugs were so rare in the United States that some Americans didn’t even know they existed. If you were one of these people, you may have once believed they […]

How To Get Rid of Snails: A Slimy Scourge On Gardens, Farms, and Crops

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The slimy scourge that we know of as snails were introduced to California in the 1850s from international travelers. Thought to be carried over by French escargot connoisseurs (Snail-eaters? Ick!) and hobbyists who collected these shelled slugs, the brown garden snail (Cornu aspersum) has since multiplied its population exponentially – destroying bountiful West Coast gardens, […]

How to Prevent Wasps from Moving In This Summer

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From backyard barbecues to patio parties, the beginning of summer marks a season full of outdoor celebrations with your friends and family. Whether you’re cooking up something delicious on the grill or sipping on an ice-cold drink, enjoying your time in the summer sun is no fun when wicked wasps try to crash your party! […]

Keeping Them Out: A Home and Business Guide to Pest Prevention

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When pests come inside, they become a problem in more ways than one. They threaten our health, damage our property, and become an overall nuisance. Stopping pests doesn’t mean you have to wait around for them to show up; rather, it means being proactive to prevent them from showing up in the first place. With […]

Keep Out the Bad Bugs (and Little 4-Legged Beasts) of Winter

Every year, as summer turns to fall, the other technicians and I are given a moment to catch our breath.  The ants – which represent about 65% of our emergency calls each year generally stop trying to invade Southern California homes by late October.  Right around Thanksgiving, though, the winter pests come knocking – rats, […]