The Critter Buster’s Blog

7 Ways Pests Are Taking the Sweat Equity Out of Your Home

By Bob Vila, home improvement expert If you’re like so many other property owners, you put a great deal of time and energy, money and thought into your single biggest investment, your home. Better than anyone else, you know that there’s more to do before your home reaches its full potential, yet slowly but surely, one weekend … Continue reading 7 Ways Pests Are Taking the Sweat Equity Out of Your Home

What Is Eating My Carpet?

Unfortunately for homeowners, many bugs can crawl around, in, or under, your carpets. Thankfully, most of them will not harm your carpets. Carpet beetles are a whole different story; they can cause significant damage to your carpet. If you are finding carpet damage in your SoCal home, it is possible that carpet beetles have found … Continue reading What Is Eating My Carpet?

Up to 25,000 bugs could be on your Christmas tree.

Here’s how to stop a home invasion The bugs are creepy, they’re crawly and they could be living on that freshly-cut Christmas tree you plan to bring into your home.  Oh, and there could be hundreds or thousands of those bugs on your real tree. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says “several hundred” baby insects … Continue reading Up to 25,000 bugs could be on your Christmas tree.

The nightmarish Asian longhorned tick has invaded the U.S.—and it can reproduce without mating

When officials from the CDC first encountered longhorned ticks, there were so many crawling in the grass that the investigators found the bugs crawling all over their pants within a few minutes. Thousands of them filled the sheep paddock inspectors were there to examine, where a single ewe lived along with thousands of tiny roommates. Longhorned … Continue reading The nightmarish Asian longhorned tick has invaded the U.S.—and it can reproduce without mating

How we Scope for Drywood Termites

Fall Pests to Look Out For

There are a few things you can be sure of when fall comes to Southern California: the beaches become less crowded, the air cooler, and creatures will start crawling into your home. You can probably live without that last one. Fall is inevitable, but pest infestation is not. You can protect your home and your … Continue reading Fall Pests to Look Out For

Myth of the Brown Recluse Fact, Fear, and Loathing

Rick Vetter Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA This website presents evidence for the lack of brown recluse spiders as part of the Californian spider fauna. Unfortunately, this contradicts what most Californians believe; beliefs that are born out of media-driven hyperbole and erroneous, anxiety-filled public hearsay which is further compounded by medical misdiagnoses. … Continue reading Myth of the Brown Recluse Fact, Fear, and Loathing

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

In our busy lives, it’s easy to forget about the tiny predator that hunts humans: The mosquito. As you know, we no longer have a mosquito season; Mosquitoes can remain active throughout the year. Luckily, there are many ways to combat these insects, especially the invasive Aedesmosquitoes. Did You Know… …more than 10,000 mosquitoes can … Continue reading How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Keep Bugs Away from Your Labor Day Festivities

As Labor Day draws near, you are undoubtedly anticipating a long weekend, picnics, and BBQs with friends and family. Pests should not mar your holiday weekend, so in addition to learning the tricks for making a perfectly grilled burger, you need to learn how to keep bugs away this Labor Day. Here are some tips … Continue reading Keep Bugs Away from Your Labor Day Festivities

Why Cockroach Populations Explode During The Warm Months

There is no doubt that cockroaches are among the most disgusting creatures on the planet. Whether you see one scoot across the breakfast table, just missing your bagel, or crawling out of your shoe, just as you go to put it on, any of these things is equally disturbing. If you are like most folks, … Continue reading Why Cockroach Populations Explode During The Warm Months