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Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases? 

Cockroaches are nasty insects that no one wants in their home. They breed like crazy and are an absolute nuisance. But do they carry diseases? This is a big question that many people want to be answered, and it may be something you want to know if you see cockroaches in the home?  The truth is that cockroaches often carry diseases, and they may spread these diseases to you and others living in your home.  The cockroach can carry a range of nasty bacteria, including salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. The cockroach may also carry viral strains like the poliovirus. The...

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Types Of Ants Commonly Found in Southern California

There are over 200 types of ants that are found in Southern California. With so many different ant types, it can be hard to accurately identify the ones that enter the home.  At 1st Stryke, we have seen certain species repeatedly, and we know exactly how to identify them. Here’s a list of the common ants you’ll find within SoCal.  Carpenter Ant. This ant species is called the “carpenter ant” due to the way they excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels from it. In a carpenter ant infestation, the main sign will be a small opening in the surface...

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Long Beach Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a nuisance to deal with, wreak havoc to your peace of mind, and disrupt the comfort of your own home. It’s a problem that needs to be handled swiftly, and while you can attempt to eliminate these pests yourself, we recommend hiring a professional Long Beach bed bugs extermination company. 1st Stryke Pest Control has helped countless families eliminate these nasty creatures from their homes.  Why You Need a Bed Bug Exterminator  Bed bugs are hard to eliminate. Once bed bugs infiltrate the home, they’re notoriously hard to get rid of, and you will expend major time...

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Long Beach Pest Control

1st Stryke Pest and Termite Control

When your home has been invaded by disgusting insects or rodents, you need a Long Beach pest control company that can swiftly and definitively take care of the problem. 1st Stryke Pest and Termite Control can help you eliminate unwanted pests from the home.  What to Look for in a Pest Control Company Good communication. Dealing with pests can be a sensitive matter, and it’ll require good communication between the home’s residents and the pest control company. At 1st Stryke, we understand how crucially important to keep a steady line of communication with our clients to keep them informed on...

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The Diseases that Rats Carry

The very thought of rats scurrying in your home likely makes you squirm. Rats are loaded with dangerous diseases, giving you an increased chance of infection and ill health. Whether it’s from a rat bite or scratch, or it’s transmitted from the rates urine or fecal matter, you need to be careful if there are rodents in the home. Let’s look at a few of the diseases that rats carry.  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. This is a serious, sometimes fatal, disease that’s transmitted by directly touching a rate, inhaling the dust from rat waste matter, or due to a rat’s bite....

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What to Do About Bed Bugs in Long Beach, CA

As you lie in bed, you feel your skin begin to itch. When you awake, you find dozens of tiny red marks— a battlefield of irritating bug bites marking your skin.  This is a horrible feeling— knowing that bed bugs are creeping in your mattress, waiting to pounce as you sleep. If this describes your situation, we’re going to give you some tips on how to get rid of Bed bugs in your Long Beach home.  Start by washing the bedding, linen and curtains of the room.  Next, treat the mattress. Bed bugs have small, flat bodies, which enable them...

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Tips on Keeping Rats Out the House

It’s hard to keep peace of mind when there are rats in the home. Once rodents are in your house, they definitely stick around, and they multiply in numbers. This, of course, makes it all the more difficult to get rid of them.  The best cure is prevention. Even if a few rodents are in the home, there are things you can do to prevent an incoming infestation. Follow these tips to keep your home free and clear of disgusting rats and mice. Keep the home clean. This is the main thing you should focus on. Sweep and mop the...

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How to Know If You Have Termites

Termites can be an absolute nuisance in the home. Known to devour wood and furniture, these pesky insects can proliferate and cost you thousands of dollars in damages if left unchecked.  If you know the surefire signs of termites in the home, you can stop these insects before they wreak major damage.  Blistered wood. If you have wood flooring and furniture, and you notice that the wood is blistering, it can be a sign of a termite infestation.  Hollow wood. Termites eat through wood as they are searching for cellulose. This results in long grooves in the wood, which over...

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How to Get Rid of Rats

The mere thought of a rat infestation in your home likely makes you squirm. Rats are pesky, downright disgusting creatures. They breed like crazy, so if you see one in your home, you need to act quickly before the problem becomes too much to handle.  In today’s post, we’re going to discuss some actions you should take to get rid of your home’s rat problem. Keep things clean. The goal is to get rid of everything rats need to survive (i.e. food). To do this, your sanitation must be thorough. After you cook, seal your leftovers in containers and put...

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How Do I Know If I Have Rats Or Mice?

A rodent infestation can sneak up on you if you’re not paying attention. Before you know it, you can have multiple rats and mice scurrying throughout the home. Once they’re there, it can be a bit difficult to get them out.  Do you know the telltale signs of a rodent infestation? If not, here are a few things to look out for.  Droppings. Droppings are often the number 1 sign of a rodent infestation. Mouse droppings are less than ¼ inch in length, and have pointed ends.  Rat droppings are ½ and ¾ of an inch long, and have various...

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