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How to Check for Bedbugs on Vacation

You’ve checked into your hotel, ready for a fun, relaxing vacay. You hop into bed, blast the A.C, and fall asleep. You awake to a horror: your body covered in nasty bed bug bites.  This is every vacationer’s nightmare: their bed crawling with unseen creatures that will feast on them as they sleep. Let’s look at a few ways you can check for bed bugs in your hotel bed.  Bring a small flashlight with you. This will help with inspecting the room for bed bugs, as the bugs will be hard to see without the help of extra light.  Begin...

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Why Mosquitos Are So Bad This Year in Southern California

Mosquitos are some of the most annoying insects in existence. If you live in Southern California, you definitely encountered mosquitos a few too many times. Not to mention, these mosquitos carry scary viruses, like the Zika Virus, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and others. As summer is now in full swing, mosquitos are swarming SoCal neighborhoods in full force, and the invasion seems to be worst than ever.  Experts say that swimming pools can attract 10,000 mosquitos per week. This is because mosquitos love a standing water source. Not only will you want to clear your pool from mosquitos, but you should...

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How to Check for Bed Bugs in Hotels

Checking into a hotel room? You need to be vigilant for nasty bed bugs. Hotels and motels are some of the most common places you’ll find these insects. Bed bugs are small and have a reddish-brown appearance. They’re typically nocturnal, and they’ll feed on your blood as you sleep, giving you an unwanted surprise when you wake in the morning. To make matter worse, bed bugs can hitch a ride with you back home by sneaking into your clothes and luggage. Read this post to learn how you can properly check for bed bugs in hotels and avoid this problem...

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Ant Home Remedy Myths

Ants are not wanted in your home, and when you see an infestation of ants, you’ll want to do everything you can to get rid of them. If you search online for home remedies, you’ll likely find many options, but many of them will be a complete waste of time. We’re going to dispel a few of those ant home remedy myths today.  Myth: The scent of garlic, cinnamon, and pepper repel ants.  While it’s true that ants are not fond of these scents, they won’t necessarily kill or even repel these insects. The scents of these ingredients temporarily hide...

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What to Do When You Have Termites in Norwalk, CA

Termites can be an absolute nuisance. While they don’t pose a physical danger like some other pests, they can wreak havoc on your home— decimating your furniture, walls, roof, and more. This can become exorbitantly pricey, so it’s important you know exactly what to do if you notice a potential termite infestation in your home. Termites in Norwalk, CA and surrounding areas can be a bit tricky, so follow the tips we’ve listed below.  Check the wood around the house. As we progress through Spring and enter the Summer season, termites get very active. You’ll want to check the wood...

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What We’re Doing During Covid-19 to Keep Our Customers Safe

1st Stryke Pest and Termite Control

As COVID-19 continues to change our way of life, 1st Stryke is more conscious of health and safety than ever before. We’re taking thorough measures to ensure our customers remain safe during this time. As essential service providers, we’ll continue to provide the services our clients need during this trying time.  We only enter the home when necessary. If the job can be performed outside, we won’t enter the home. This is to reduce human contact and to keep our clients safe.  We wear protective equipment such as masks/respirators, gloves, goggles, and shoe covers.  Our team members will be cautiously...

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Rat Pest Control Tips

Nobody likes even the mere thought of having rats in the home. They breed like crazy, and they carry dangerous diseases. Having a rat infestation in the home is a problem nobody wants to have, and if it’s something you’re dealing with currently, we understand how frustrating it can be. Follow the rat pest control tips in this post to get a better handle of the problem.  Put your food away. Rats and mice will feed on just about any type of food you have in the home, so it’s really important that you diligently put your food away after...

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Importance of Pest Control for Hygiene

Rodents and insects are a threat to good hygiene. These creatures carry various diseases and can be absolutely detrimental to you and your family. At 1st Stryke, we’re experienced at eliminating these pests and can help you keep your home clean and your family safe.  The common household pests are flies, cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, mice, and rats (among others). You don’t want an infestation of any of these creatures in your home. For example, rats contain various diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, and salmonella. If a rodent is near your food, you are extremely vulnerable to these diseases— bringing a great...

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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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