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Pest Control Tips for Hotels

As a hotel owner or manager, you know that guest experience is everything. Your repeat business and your online reviews depend on it. So what is one area that you might wish to improve upon that greatly effects guest experience? Pest control! We know pests are not as...

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2022 Pest Control Tips

Happy New Year! 2021 is officially in the rearview mirror and 2022 is off and running. As you think about what you would like to accomplish and experience this year, it’s a good idea to consider the safety of your home or business in regards to pests. Wouldn’t it be...

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The 12 Days of Rodent Prevention

Five golden rings! Not quite. While we’re often singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” this month, we also need to think about those unwanted holidays guests – rodents. As rodents seek warm shelter and food during the cold months of winter, it is important to take action...

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Top Tips for Pest-Free Holiday Decorating

The holiday season is officially here which means it’s time to decorate! But before you put on Bing Crosby and start opening up all of those old boxes, let’s take a couple of minutes to review best practices for holiday decorating without pests. That’s right, even...

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Thankful for Wonderful Customers

Thanksgiving is almost here which means it’s time to pause and reflect on what we are thankful for. Each year we like to take this opportunity to express how thankful we are for you, our wonderful customers. As a small family business, our customers mean so much to...

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10 Pest Control Tips for Businesses

Pests can be a major issue for a business. If left unchecked, pests can cause inventory damage, facility damage, unsanitary conditions, unhappy customers, and unhappy staff. As fellow business owners, we know that you don’t need any unnecessary headaches or...

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Prepare for Winter with Rodent Exclusion

As we enjoy the comfortable autumn weather, it’s important to acknowledge that winter is right around the corner. When you think about preparing for winter, your to-do list might include things like snow tires, firewood and ice melt. But have you considered...

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Creepy Crawlies to Watch Out for in October

Halloween is near…and so are overwintering pests! October is known for all kinds of frights, and today we are adding a few more to the list. Overwintering pests are those that seek refuge from the cold of winter, a warm and safe place to call home until spring rolls...

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Common Ways Rodents Get Inside Your Home

Cooler weather is on the way and rodents will soon be seeking safe shelter to escape the elements. Your home is a prime target for these rodents, and you might be surprised how many ways they can get inside. Mice can fit through a hole as small as a dime! Now is an...

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Easy Tips for Fall Pest Control

Fall is in the air! A favorite season for many, fall brings so many joys such as apple picking, pumpkin carving, and flannel shirts. As you are enjoying all of your autumn traditions, it’s also important to take proactive steps to keep pests at bay. With these easy...

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All About Cellar Spiders

A spider with long legs…must be a daddy longlegs right? Not so fast. It might be a cellar spider. Common to the Capital Region, cellar spiders are often found inside houses. The Basics Cellar spiders have small bodies, eight long legs, and a gray or tan color. They...

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All About Fruit Flies

Your home is an enticing space for many pests. One of these pests is the fruit fly. In search of food, fruit flies are attracted to sugary, organic materials such as decaying fruit, vegetables, meat and alcohol. They reproduce quickly and can be difficult to eradicate...

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All About Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps are very common in Upstate NY. These stinging insects are brown in color with yellow markings. They are approximately ¾” long and they have six legs. They get their name from their nest material which is like paper. Signs of Paper Wasps The most common...

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What to Do if You Find a Bee, Wasp or Hornet Nest

Summer means BBQs, swimming, gardening, and stinging insects! Bees, wasps and hornets are very active during the summer months and it’s quite common to find a nest around your home or business. So what should you do if you find one? We have a few suggestions: Refrain...

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10 Summer Pest Control Tips

Are you ready for summer? We are! But so are summer pests. Stinging insects, carpenter ants, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, spiders and others are getting more active as the temperature rises. To help you enjoy a summer with minimal pest issues, we have a few summer pest...

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Common Signs of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants tunnel through wood as they build their nest which can cause serious structural damage to a home. It is important to know the signs of a carpenter ant infestation so that you can catch the issue as early as possible. Let’s start with the profile so that...

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All About Earwigs

Earwigs can be a bit scary looking with their slender bodies and large rear pincers. However they are harmless, despite the European myth that they crawl into people’s ears while they are sleeping and tunnel into their brains. Have no fear, these elongated brown...

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How to Prevent Ticks

Warmer weather has arrived which means increased tick activity in Upstate New York. Our area has a large population of deer ticks which can transmit Lyme disease. These ticks wait in vegetation for a host to walk by so they can climb aboard. So what can you do to help...

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5 Spring Pest Control Tips

Spring has finally arrived! After a long, cold winter you are probably quite excited for green grass and blue skies. However, with spring weather come spring pests. For a happy spring with minimal pests, consider the following spring pest control tips: Clean Up the...

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The Reemergence of Overwintering Pests

Have you heard the term overwintering pests? An overwintering pest finds a safe, warm place to ride out the winter. For many, this could be your home. You might not even realize it, but overwintering pests can infiltrate your home during the fall and if they go...

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Pest Control Tips for Businesses

Pests can be an annoyance, an interruption and a major cost for businesses. Whether it is bed bugs in a hotel, cockroaches in a restaurant, or rodents in a warehouse, these small creatures can cause big problems. The good news is there are steps that a business can...

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What is Rodent Exclusion?

When it comes to preventing rodents from getting inside your home, you may have heard the term “exclusion”. What exactly is exclusion? Rodent exclusion is the practice of sealing vulnerabilities on the exterior of your home so that rodents don’t have a way to get...

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5 Things Mice Love

Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means it’s time to talk LOVE! However, we’re not going down the typical road of roses, chocolates and greeting cards. Instead, let’s take a look at what mice love. Why? Because if you know what they love, then you know what to...

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All About Norway Rats

Today we take a look at the Norway Rat. The Norway Rat is found around the world and sometimes is called a street rat or sewer rat. They are 7 to 9.5 inches long and have brown fur with black hairs mixed in. They can’t see well however they can hear, smell, taste and...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Less Pests in 2021

Happy New Year! 2021 has arrived and everyone is making their New Year’s Resolutions. Before you settle on your resolution, have you thought about pests? Wouldn’t it be nice to have fewer insect and rodent headaches this year? This can be achieved! When it comes to...

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2021 Pest Control Planning Tips for Businesses

The New Year is almost here! December is the perfect time for businesses to start planning for the 12 months that lie ahead. One area that businesses may not think to analyze is their pest control needs. However, with proper planning your business facility can be...

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Top Tips to Avoid Pests During the Holiday Season

Happy Holidays! The season of peace and joy has arrived just in time to lift our spirits during a very difficult year. But before your celebrations begin, let’s take a look at a few seasonal tips to help prevent your holiday cheer from getting interrupted by unwanted...

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Thankful for You

The season of thanks is upon us. While 2020 has been a difficult year, it is important to remember the things that we are thankful for. As we approach Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude for our family, our staff, our community and YOU. Let’s take a look at some of...

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All About House Mice

Sometimes cute but always a nuisance, today we take a look at the House Mouse. House mice are found around the U.S. and around the world. These little pests are only a few inches long with grey/brown fur. They reproduce quickly as females can produce up to 35 babies...

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7 Spooky Pest Facts

Happy Halloween! The season of spookiness is upon us, the perfect time to explore the creepiness of pests.  So let’s get spooky! Did you know? Some species of spiders jump by contracting their muscles and increasing hemolymph pressure in the joints of their legs. When...

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5 Fall Pest Control Tips

Fall is here! The warm days of summer have faded away and the cooler weather of fall has arrived, with the cold of winter just around the corner. Fall is an important season for pest control as pests prepare for the colder months ahead. To help you keep these pests at...

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How to Keep Rodents Out of Your House This Winter

Believe it or not, winter is right around the corner. Soon we will be curling up by the fireplace with hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies, just in time for a MOUSE to scurry across the floor and ruin your night! That’s right, the cooler weather of fall means...

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Why are There Stink Bugs in My House?

It’s true, they stink! These shield shaped, brown/grey insects known as Stink Bugs truly stink when threatened or crushed. You might be noticing more of them in your house as the weather gets cooler, but why? This migration of stink bugs into warm places when it gets...

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All About Carpenter Bees

Have you ever seen a bee make a hole in wood? That sounds like a carpenter bee! This lesser discussed bee is prevalent in the Capital District and packs a double whammy – it can damage structures and it can sting. Let’s take a look at how to identify carpenter bees,...

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5 Ways to Help Prevent Mosquitoes

Let’s start off by making one thing clear: mosquitoes are annoying! They buzz in your ear, bite you, and leave you itchy. Mosquitoes can carry diseases as well, making them not just annoying but potentially dangerous. Summer in Upstate New York is primetime for...

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All About Cockroaches

Yuck, cockroaches! They are dirty, nasty and unwelcome pests…but they show up anyways. Cockroaches are a common pest, so if you find them in your home, don’t feel ashamed. The important thing is to quickly and completely exterminate them. The Basics Cockroaches are...

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4 Common Stinging Pests

Summer is here and so are stinging pests! Stings are painful, unpleasant, and sometimes dangerous. Let’s take a look at four common stinging pests so that you know what to stay away from this summer. Yellowjackets Yellowjackets have a yellow and black face and a...

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Save the Honey Bees

Honey bees are incredibly important members of our ecosystem. Of course the honey they produce is delicious, but their work as pollinators is absolutely critical to our food supply. Without pollinators who transfer pollen between the male and female parts of a plant,...

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The Bugs of Summer

Summer 2020 officially kicks off on June 20th. Summer means swimming, BBQs, gardening…and bugs! That’s right, summer is primetime for bugs in the Northeast. So what should we be on the lookout for here in Upstate New York? Stinging Insects A variety of stinging...

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All About Mosquitoes

There are a lot of wonderful things about summer. Mosquitoes aren’t one of them. One small bite can leave you unpleasantly itchy. Today we’re going to teach you all about mosquitoes, so that you can reclaim your backyard and enjoy your summer mosquito free. The Basics...

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All About Stink Bugs

The not so lovely Stink Bug! Squish one and you quickly learn how they got their name. Despite their unfortunate stench and uncanny ability to find their way indoors, these pests are relatively harmless to humans. Aside from wreaking havoc on plants, they’re unlikely...

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Resources for Kids to Learn about Bugs

Hey Moms and Dads, we know schools are closed and you’re trying to keep the kids occupied, entertained, and most importantly educated. Bugs and insects are a cool and fascinating subject kids find interesting. Here are some fun projects to try at home, free materials,...

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Keeping You Safe

Family Pest Solutions is all about keeping you and your family safe in and around your home. Many common pests can cause damage to your home, or may bite, sting, or carry disease harmful to your family. Spring brings the emergence of several unwelcome pests. During...

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Notice Regarding COVID-19 Precautions

Family Pest Solutions is taking the current COVID-19 situation very seriously.  We have implemented the following safety precautions to help keep our customers and employees safe: Technicians are wearing clean nitrile gloves when entering a customer’s home. Increased...

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All About Ticks

Ticks are a common topic when spring arrives. As the weather warms, ticks are more active and humans are more active in the outdoors too. Ticks are known for carrying Lyme disease. Understanding what ticks look like, how to recognize a tick infestation in your area,...

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Pests to Watch Out for in the Spring

As temperatures warm up and spring begins to emerge, some pests and insects start to become more active. During winter, many insects and pests lie dormant but in the spring they reemerge to mate and sometimes can invade your home. Here is a list of specific pests to...

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All About Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are a pest that you want to get ahead of! They can infest your home very slowly, sometimes taking up to 6 years to create a large colony inside your home, all the while creating damage. Carpenter ants may find their way into your home through a crack in...

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Why We Love Pest Control

February is the perfect time to talk about LOVE. With over 30 years in the industry, we’ve come to LOVE pest control here at Family Pest Solutions. Serving Upstate New York is so rewarding!  We have come to know so many great people who live and work in our community....

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Recommendations for a Pest-Free 2020

A New Year and a New Decade is officially here! If your ideal 2020 is a year without a pest invasion, then here are some helpful expert tips for you: Be proactive in prevention – Rather than waiting to have a problem that needs solving, one of the best ways to keep...

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All About Rodents

Rodents can be an extremely pesky unwelcomed houseguest that just won’t seem to quit. These pests can contaminate your food supply, chew through your wires and belongings, leave droppings and urine, and even spread diseases. To top it all off, they reproduce very...

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Holiday Hijinks: Don’t Invite the Pests

There is an abundance of cheerful excitement in the air this time of year; and as the holidays swirl around us, so do a host of visitors, decorations, busy days cooking, shopping and volunteering. Everyone deserves to have a joyful holiday season, uninterrupted by...

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Not a Creature was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Hopefully because there were no mice in the house to begin with! The holidays can be a magical time filled with family traditions, seasonal dishes, memories and...

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Rodent-Proofing Your House for Winter

Finding evidence of a rodent infestation can be worrisome any time of the year. However, it is more likely to occur during the wintertime as pests look to our homes as sanctuary from the harsh weather. Along with making your skin crawl, rats and mice in your home can...

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Thankful for Our Customers

This time of year brings about many opportunities for reflection, gratitude and spending time with the number one thing we’re all about: Family! As we near the end of 2019, we find ourselves feeling very thankful for the local families who have chosen us as their...

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Boo! Scary Pests to Watch Out For

Happy October! While this month is known for plenty of spooks and startles, scary pests are something we all want to avoid. We all know that termites can cause major home damage and wasps are capable of inflicting pain. However, in our world there are a few scary...

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Winterizing for a Pest-Free Home

Just like us, as the seasons change, pests look for ways to bunker down for the cold weather ahead; meaning that your warm, cozy home with abundant food sources away from the harsh weather is the perfect target for them. There are two major components to winterizing...

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Pests to Watch Out for in the Fall

As summer draws to a close, and temperatures begin to drop, some of the seasons’ most pesky insects begin to fade as well. However, while you may notice a drop in the mosquito count, certain pests can become their own issue during the fall if you’re not vigilant. Here...

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Pest Prevention Tips

While each type of pest has its own reasons for invading your home and unique indicators of their presence, there are a few basic rules that apply across the board when it comes to keeping your house a pest-free zone. Keep Food Contained A common reason for many pests...

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All About Bed Bugs

Nobody wants to experience the nightmare that is bed bugs. Like many of the pests we wrangle, bed bugs are sometimes elusive, always intrusive and often misunderstood. Fortunately, it’s extremely possible to prevent, identify and eliminate bedbugs. Where Do Bed Bugs...

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5 Signs You Have Termites

Termites find their nourishment from dead plant material and a substance called cellulose. Cellulose is commonly found in wood, leaf litter, soil and animal feces. The combination of these factors contributes to extremely favorable soil conditions in the Saratoga and...

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House Flies vs. Cluster Flies

Flies are an extremely common house pest. Two of the most common problem flies are house flies and cluster flies. Given their common nature, it can be easy to overlook their very relevant differences. As with all types of pests, the differences in their life cycles,...

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The Anatomy of a Cockroach Infestation

Why is Cockroach Prevention Important? Cockroaches thrive in humid, unsanitary conditions and they breed quickly. One female cockroach can lay up to 90 of these resilient pests at a time. To make matters worse, they can survive up to three months without eating...

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How to Be Mosquito Ready for Summer 2019

Summer is near and mosquitos are here! They’re annoying, they’re dangerous and they’re everywhere. So what can you do? Educate yourself on the dangers of mosquitos and how to best prevent them overtaking your home. Why is Mosquito Prevention...

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Sneaky Infestations: Powder Post Beetles

Nothing is worse than having an infestation in your home, except having an infestation that you aren’t even aware of. In most cases, an infestation is fairly easy to spot early on, which is always the best time to eradicate it. However, there are the occasional sneaky pests that can take years for homeowners to notice, like the powder post beetle… Read more »

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The Emergence of Insects During Spring

Spring is here! While warmer weather brings so much excitement and joy to the Northeast, it also brings an increase in the insect population. This time of year, problems caused by carpenter ants and termites are especially prevalent. Carpenter ants begin their mating...

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn what Lyme disease is, how people and pets get it, and how to protect...

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How to Get Started with Pest Control

Pest control can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never worked with a pest controller before. There are so many questions you may have such as what pests you might be at risk of, how pests infest your home, how to know if they infested your home, and ultimately,...

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Nontoxic Bio Pesticide Bed Bug Extermination in Albany, NY

Family Pest Solutions is excited to announce the introduction of a new Nontoxic Bio Pesticide Bed Bug Extermination Service in Albany, NY! Our new bed bug treatment is a two-part treatment including an initial service with a follow up service 21 days later that...

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Pest Control Wives Tales – Mice

Recently a customer made a comment that they only had "one mouse" in the house. They even caught the mouse and released it across the street? The customer told me the same mouse re-entered and came back into the kitchen. I had to break the bad news to the customer...

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Is your home ready for Winter ? Pest Control tips Fall 2016

Exterior Hose and Faucets – Lately, I see a lot of homes where customers still have their lawn and garden hoses hooked up to the exterior faucet. Some of the hoses are still wrapped around the hose reel. Soon winter will set in, the water in the hoses and reels will...

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Rodent Exclusion & Control

Rodent Season - Each year when the weather starts to get cold, mice want to move into your warm home to get away from the harsh elements. Last week on October 10th, we experienced our area's first frost. The growing season has come to an end for 2016. Rodents are...

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Organic Mosquito and Tick Control Offering

This new pest control service offering protects you, your family and your pets against vector disease carrying pests. Lyme Disease, Malaria and West Nile Virus greatly affect people in the Capital District. Summer is here! School is out and the kids are playing in the...

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Welcome to Family Pest Solutions – August 2016 Blog

There's still time to inquire about our "Organic Tick and Mosquito Treatment". With the hot and hazy days, comes humidity. Mosquito's thrive on moisture. Ticks love the moisture as well. If you like the idea of a Mosquito and Tick free yard, or if you want these...

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