5 Everyday Kitchen Items That Can Stop Your Household Bugs.

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As the weather gets cooler the bugs will start moving inside…inside your house. While BugMaster performs residential professional integrated pest management (IPM), we love to share real DIY and natural options that might solve your small household bug problems. Believe it or not, there are 4 to 5 organic, natural and inexpensive things in your kitchen that can be used to try to keep those roaches, fleas, and other creepy crawlies at bay in your home.

5 everyday things in your kitchen that can battle your household bug problems.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
BUGMASTER_vinegar_fleas_blogApple cider has tons of health benefits. It’s natural, cheap  and when mixed with a 50/50 solution and sprayed on your dog (after a bath) it works as a flea repellent. Remember to reapply after every bath.

2. Apples
BUGMASTER_apple_roach_trap_blogApples are said to “keep the doc away”, well they might keep the roaches away as well. Actually…more like catch them. Cut and put some apple peels in a 12-ounce jar with petroleum jelly on the rim. The apples attract the roaches and the petroleum jelly prevents them from escaping. Instant organic and all-natural ROACH MOTEL!

3. Beer Cans
BUGMASTER_beer_garden_slugs_blogOne man’s trash is another man’s slug catcher. Open a beer. Leave enough beer to drown the slugs (about an inch) in the can. Slug’s love the beer’s yeasty smell.

4. Lemons
BUG_lemons_ants_blogLemon juice in a spray bottle is perfect for entryways, windowsills and other hot spots where bugs enter your house. Lemon juice erases the scent trails that ants follow.

5. White Vinegar
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Mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on doorjambs, windowsills, and other areas where spiders get in your home. Spiders hate the taste of vinegar.

These simple pest control life hacks really work according to Julie Edelman, “The Accidental Housewife”. Give them a try. We would love to hear the results.

If these simple DIY home remedies don’t work – maybe try the BugMaster Do It Yourself Retail store. Here you can order online and buy the same products the pros use with our integrated pest control management programs. Shipping is always free and we can help with any instructions.

If you need some professional help with your pest control issues, or if you want a consultation for our residential home pest control programs, visit bugmaster.com to schedule an appointment or call 251.666.4402.

Happy hunting. BugMaster only services Mobile and Baldwin County areas.

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Exterminate Mean – Bullies & Lady Dogs Premieres Tonight

“Bullies and Lady-dogs”
An original one-act play by Tom Perez addressing the issue and truths of “child bullying”
Performed by middle-school students
Downtown Mobile Public Library
7:00 pm – Tuesday Oct.14, 2014
Sponsored by the Mobile Coalition Against Bullying
FREE ADMISSION

Check out these courageous and stellar students perform these real and truthful situations of “bullying”. Admission free. You’ll be home by 8:30 because the library closes at 8:00.

BugMaster is proud to be a supporter of this project. It’s time we all took a stand against bully’s and EXTERMINATE MEAN from our schools, neighborhoods and cities.

Click here to find out more about Tom Perez and South Of The Salt Line Theatre

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100th BugMaster Blog and the TOP 5 (so far)

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We love to write and talk about what we do. Yesterday we noticed that this is our 100th BLOG! Thanks so much for the views and clicks – here’s to another 100. We promise to keep researching, writing and talking with you fine folks as long as you are listening. Thanks again and find us, call us, or hunt us down if you ever need us.

TOP 5 Most Viewed BugMaster Blogs (so far)

1. Will PAM Cooking Spray Keep Love Bugs Off The Front Of My Car?
BUGBEAT_lovebug_carWhile PAM might cause more harm than help – we did some research to find some helpful love bug advice.

2. Caution! Poison Spitting Insect: Two-striped Walking Sticks
BUG_DogsHere at BugMaster, we had a call recently about insects that have been hurting dogs. These dogs have been sprayed in the eyes with a defensive chemical that causes a painful burning sensation. The culprit of these crimes are two-striped walking stick (Anisomorpha buprestoides), also known by threatening names like the devil’s riding horse, prairie alligator, stick bug, witch’s horse, devil’s darning needle, scorpion, and musk mare.

3. How to Get Rid of Grain Weevils
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While the thought of grain weevils can be uncomfortable, there are measures you can take to prevent these pests from taking over your kitchen. Then you will be able to peacefully eat your morning oatmeal while you read a newspaper containing the more pressing issues of the world.

4. Moles: Tunneling Little Home Wreckers
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Who knew such a tiny critter could do so much damage? Moles can wreak havoc on your yard and property which, unfortunately, can leave you with anything from a ruined lawn to thousands of dollars in property damage. But not to worry, BugMaster has some tips for you.

5. Formosan Swarms: Don’t Let Them Get To You
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Recently, there has been an abundance of Formosan termite swarms in the area that have been disrupting  our daily lives. In a recent interview on WKRG in Mobile, Austin Key, VP of BugMaster, talked about recent  swarms. “These Formosan termites are not the ones who eat up your home, but are more for mating purposes. If you are caught in a swarm, turn on one bright light to draw them towards. To keep the swarms outside, Don’t turn your porch lights on unless you’re expecting company. Keep your drapes, your blinds closed and just limit as much light as possible.” If you’re having swarms in your area and want to be outside, try putting a larger light away from the house to draw termite swarms away.

Thanks again for reading our rants and raves on bugs, termites, critters, wildlife, DIY pest control, Mobile Alabama happenings, our amazing staff, bug rifles, and…well…what ever we think of.

What more would you like to read about?
Please let us know and we will do our best to get the BugMaster to answer and fill your head with all the bug wisdom you desire.

At BugMaster, we can help you keep your home protected. If you see termites or rodents , give us a call at the Mobile location, 251-666-4402 or the Daphne location, 251-626-6667.

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4 Things You Might Not Know That BugMaster Can Do

BUG_header_services_blog_useWhen BugMaster started in 1975, we definitely were a pest and termite control company only. However, over the decades we have grown as a company and in capability and expertise. Listed below are 4 areas BugMaster has added to our family of services. We feel that these services complement our core integrated pest control management and termite business.

1. Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control
BUG_wildlife_services_blogOur expert nuisance wildlife/animal control technicians will first remove the wildlife from your home or business and then implement a prevention strategy to eliminate any future nesting or trespassing. These prevention strategies include the screening or closing all possible points of entry as well as modifying the conditions that attracted the wildlife initially.

The Most Common Nuisance Wildlife In The Mobile & Baldwin County Area:
•    squirrels
•    raccoons
•    opossums
•    skunks
•    rats
•    mice
•    birds
•    snakes

Click to learn more about Bugmaster’s Wildlife Control Program.

2. TAP Thermal Acoustic and Pest Control Installation
BUG_tap_services_blogYes, BugMaster is in the home improvement and energy efficiency business as well as traditional pest control. BugMaster is an authorized dealer and installer of TAP Insulation. TAP Insulation is the only pest-eliminating product labeled by the Environmental Protection Agency that bears the Energy Star label that also lowers energy costs. TAP home pest control insulation is a revolutionary green insulation for new and existing homes & buildings made from recycled paper that incorporates a borate-based pest control into the product. Not only does TAP home pest control insulation outperform traditional insulation in nearly every category, it also controls pests such as ants, termites, and cockroaches at the same time!

TAP Home insulation is a combination of a pesticide with the best insulation in the industry. TAP is:

• Is Environmentally Friendly
• Fire Resistance – so aides with home/office fire safety
• Is Permanent
• Kills Bugs, Pests & Nuisance Wildlife
• Saves Energy & Money
• Absorbs Sound & Helps Create A Quieter, More Peaceful Home
• Contains All-Natural Ingredients

Click here to learn more about our TAP Insulation Installation.

3. LeafDefier Gutter Protection System
BUG_leafdefier_services_blogClogged house gutters and cleaning them are a thing if the past with the installation Safe Flow Wave from LeafDefier. Gutters free of clogs allows rain water to properly flow away from your home. BugMaster can install this product so that your home will be able to avoid foundation issues, rotting windows, rotting wood and fascia boards, mold, mildew, and of course helps with insect and bug control.

Click to learn more about our LeafDefier installation.

4. Moisture Barrier Installation
BUG_moisturebarrier_services_blogInstalling a residential moisture barrier and treatment for wood destroying fungus is something else we have added to our family of services. Usually installed under the crawl space of a home, this service helps with controlling the ground moisture and dampness. The barrier of polyethylene sheets will lower the average humidity levels under a structure and will aid in controlling the mustiness under your home as well as aid in pest control.

Check out this video to see our moisture barrier installation process.

While pest control and termite service is the core of our business, as you can see, we have added other home improvement services to make your home the castle you want it to be energy-efficient, safer, easy to maintain, and of course, pest, bug and wildlife free.

CLICK HERE to schedule a consultation or service call for a BugMaster Technician or call 251.666.4402. Service is only for Mobile and Baldwin County areas.

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Shiver Me Timbers – Capt. BugMaster 15% Off Pest Control Special

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Ahoy Mateys! – Sept. 19th (Friday) is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Avaste! it’s be a real thing. T’ get into to spirit we be offerin’ you Landlubbers a 15% off special* if you call us and ask for Ye Ole’ One Year Home Pest Control Service. Arrr, but we will only strike ye’ a true bargain if you ask in PIRATE TALK. Deal be only good until 5pm on September 19*.”

Click here if you need a pirate talking primer or ’tis wee bit ‘o speak gunna set the sails (use this bit o’ pirate speak for the deal):

“I be needin’ th’ Ye barnacle-covered Capt. BugMaster Home Pest Control Service Deal”.

Smartly me lasses and lads,  call 251.666.4402 and proclaim to any one of our crew your best pirate speak to get the shiver me timbers “PIRATE DAY NEW PEST CONTROL DEAL”.

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* Rules for Pirate Day deal
1. Expires 5pm on 9/19/20142. Only new service is eligible
3. Residential service only
4. Must schedule and maintain a 1 year home pest control BugMaster contract
5. Limited number of Pirate Day Deals available. BugMaster can cancel this promotion at anytime on Sept. 19, 2014
6. Cannot be used with any other offers.

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BugMaster’s Positive Pest Protection Promise

BUG_positivepest_postWe hold our company and our team to uncompromising standards of quality, at BugMaster we work collectively and personally to guarantee that your quality of service is the BEST in Mobile and Baldwin County. Since 1975, we have always delivered on our BugMaster Positive Pest
Protection Promise:

1. Affordable pricing
2. Use of the latest technology to achieve the maximum results
3. The Customer is our most important asset

As the Premier pest control Provider for our area we can meet all your local and regional pest needs. Plus, we want to be your residential and commercial pest & wildlife control providers.

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The Quickest And Easiest Way To Control Mosquitoes Around Your Yard

Fox10TV.com is reporting the first confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the Mobile, Alabama area.

A Mobile resident has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), lab reports confirm. The 66-year-old male patient remained hospitalized Friday in Mobile. He resides in the 36618 ZIP code of Mobile County.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with a mortality rate of approximately 33 percent, said Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer of Mobile County. “It’s a very serious illness that can leave significant brain damage in survivors.”

Eastern Equine Encephalitis and other mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile Virus are transmitted from bird to mosquito to bird. Mosquitoes can spread these viruses by feeding on the blood of infected birds and then biting another host animal or mammal such as a horse or human. Although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the diseases cannot be spread from people or horses. The likelihood of transmission to humans can be decreased by avoiding mosquitoes. There is no vaccine available for humans, Eichold said.

Mosquitoes live and breed in damp areas, especially smelly, and static water.
Take these two simple steps to control the mosquito invasion of your yard and home.

BugMaster Mosquito Control Tips

1. Always close the lid of your garbage cans.

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2. Always turn over your wheelbarrows and buckets

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Anything that can collect and hold water is the perfect place for mosquitos to make a home. Take back your yard and try to decrease the static water and damp areas in your yard and around your house.

If you have any questions about mosquito control around your home and yard, or to schedule an appointment for our Pro Mosquito Home Treatment please contact your BugMaster tech today at bugmaster.com (http://www.bugmaster.com/contact-us/) or call 251.666.4402.

BugMaster Summer Special

Year long and one time only packages.

Click here to get this mosquito treatment deal.

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Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your summer. At BugMaster, we’re on call to help you stay protected. For more information or questions about our products, visit us online or call us at our Mobile location at 251-666-4402 or Daphne location, 251-626-6667.

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