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Don't confuse your bugs!

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Eastern Boxelder Bug Eastern Boxelder Bug
There are a number of bugs with red eyes so look at them carefully. That doesn't mean you found a pink-eyed snout beetle. The one below is an Eastern Boxelder Bug. This one was found in Maryland lounging on a sidewalk. They are also easy to catch (in case you want one). The pink-eyed snout beetle on the other hand (the one most feared around Puget Sound) has only pink eyes and never red. And, you wouldn't find one lying around on a sidewalk. They are faster than greased lightening.
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The Elusive Pink-eyed Snout Beetle

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The Elusive Pink-eyed Snout Be...
Paratex continues its hunt for the pink-eyed snout beetle. It is probably one of the most difficult pest to control in Puget Sound homes and businesses. Here is a picture of a similar beetle with a snout - but not the evil pink eyes. If you find one lurking around your place give us a call.
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Termites in Washington State?

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Termites in Washington State?
Well, not so many, compared to Florida and Hawaii and lots of other areas. So odds are in your favor that your home or building will not be attacked by these wood-eating pests. However, as with any odds there has to be that possibility. So if termites are a problem give Paratex a call. These problems are often minor and not a reason to panic. We've been around for decades and we won't sell you an unnecessary treatment.
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35 Years at Paratex

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35 Years at Paratex 35 Years at Paratex
35 years ago when Ray began working at Paratex he had both and English accent and hair. Today he has neither but he is our general manager and one of the most knowledgeable pest control professional in the Pacific Northwest. Below with his son Colton and daughter Emily.
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Fresh halibut is in.

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Fresh halibut is in.
Paratex has some of the most famous customers in town. If you get a chance stop by the flying fish in the Pike Place Market and pick out something good for dinner.
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Why House Mice Thrive

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Why House Mice Thrive
#1 - They have an ability to survive in a wide range of habitats. #2 - They have a small body size that enables them to enter buildings through very small openings. #3 - They are active at night when human activity is minimal. #4 - They produce a large number of offspring in a short time. #5 - They can feed on a wide variety of foods. #6 - They require little or no water. #7 - They can live in a very small area. #8 - They constantly explore for food, water and nesting sites. #9 - Their behavior is unpredictable and they may avoid traps. #10 - People may not have a negative attitude toward them, as character's such as Mickey Mouse and cartoons have portrayed then in a favorable light.

In truth, they can be destructive and should not be tolerated.
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Homemade Ant Remedies

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Homemade Ant Remedies
Since ants are appearing early with our mild Spring we are getting lots of calls. And, some people want to try home remedies for whatever reason - they think it is less expensive than calling a professional and maybe better for the environment. There are lots of home remedies out there, even ones recommended by Dr. Myles Bader, who wrote a book about them. One of his is to spread coffee grounds around the outside. Another is fresh mint. Variations we found on-line include spraying lemon juice or putting out cinnamon powder. There are even some exotic mixtures. One is borax, sugar, peanut butter and water. Another from Dr. Bader is equal parts of dried peppermint, rock dust, seaweed powder, alfalfa meal and cayenne pepper. Another person says what works for him is to put a line of chalk around the house. And, lastly, Dr. Bader says that if all else fails place a piece of melon in the yard far from your house and the ants will leave to get the melon. Whatever works, Doc. Probably attracts birds and rats too!
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They're Coming!

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They're Coming! They're Coming!
The ants are marching two by two, and we know it's nothing new,
but just in case you didn't know, Seattle hasn't had that snow,
that usually keeps them in their nest until the sun shines in the West.
Seems they just can't wait 'til Spring, so if you see one give a ring!

(800) Got Bugs or (800) 542 1234


DON'T LET THEM FIDDLE AROUND YOUR PLACE!
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Uninvited guests in your kitchen?

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Uninvited guests in your kitchen?
When you turn the lights out at night in your kitchen you might have a guest that you don't know is there. Roaches can be brought in on many things - including groceries and personal belongings. They like to squeeze into cracks around the sink and stove. They like moisture and heat. You really don't want this dirty guest working in your kitchen.
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It's cold outside - I want in!

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It's cold outside - I want in!
It's no secret. Rats get cold and hungry outside during winter. They sniff around your house for unsealed containers of garbage (food), bird seed, pet food and for places to nest and get warm. Your attic insulation is great. Don't make it easy by leaving vents unscreened and tree limbs close to the house. Don't stack firewood next to the house. If you feed pets outside be sure to pick up the dish. You really don't want rats nesting inside your house.
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