8 Helpful Pest Prevention Tips for Fall November 11, 2016
Just as you’re scurrying indoors when the temperatures cool down outside, pests are also looking for a warm, cozy place to settle in. And that warm place could be your home. To avoid an autumn meltdown, learn the best pest prevention strategies, and keep your home safe this fall with these helpful tips.
1. Seal Gaps
If you can see the gap or hole, a pest can fit through it. Pests can even sneak into holes you can’t see. In fact, small creepy crawlies, like spiders and ants, can fit through a gap that is just 1/16th of an inch, and it only takes a quarter of an inch for a mouse to find its way into your house. And if that’s not creepy enough, a raccoon can squeeze into a 6-inch opening. Get out the trusty caulk, and take a nice slow walk around the perimeter of your house. Look closely for holes, and seal up any openings or gaps you find.
2. Cap Your Chimney
Did you know rodents, birds, and even squirrels can make their way into your home through your chimney? Avoid the disturbing hassle and install a cap on your chimney.
3. Take Stock of Your Shed and Garage
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Bedbugs FAQs June 13, 2016Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
Maybe your parents tucked you in with this old saying. Maybe it even seemed like an innocent thing to say, but drifting off to sleep with a harmless rhyme and falling asleep with actual biting bedbugs are two very different things. If you’re concerned about getting rid of bedbugs, read these commonly asked questions to learn more about these pesky bedfellows.
What Is a Bedbug?
First of all, definitions are in order.
Bedbugs are small, nocturnal insects from the Cimicidae family, measuring just 4 to 7 mm. Flat and oval, they’re also reddish-brown in color. However, if they’ve just fed on a person, their shape will be more like a torpedo, and they’ll be more red in color. Young bedbugs are a more translucent white-yellow color. Even though they’re tiny, they can often be easy to spot.
Do They Really Bite?
Yes, they definitely do. They feed on the blood of humans. However, while humans are their preferred meal, bedbugs will also fill up quite nicely on the blood of other warm-blooded hosts in the absence of a tasty human.
Do They Live on Pets or Humans?
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Important Things to Consider When Hiring a Pest Control Company June 13, 2016Sometimes you just can’t handle the problem yourself. The bed bugs are too much, the mosquitoes are multiplying at an alarming rate, and if you see one more mouse dropping…
Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle a pest infestation alone. Hiring a pest control company will allow someone else to take care of the problem while you gain valuable peace of mind, knowing you aren’t sharing your home with several families of spiders.
But what should you look for in pest control companies, and how can you know when you’ve found your match – the company that is going to save your sanity while allowing you to feel confident walking barefoot in your home again?
Is the Company Professional?
This seems like a no-brainer, but when dealing with something as emotional as a kitchen pest infestation, you may not think to stop and check credentials. If you really want those ants out of your pantry for good, credentials are crucial.
Is the company bonded and insured? Pest control companies aren’t always required to be insured, but it would be wise to only hire a company that carries insurance. If an accident happens, you deserve protection.
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Natural Ways to Control Pests May 18, 2016Trying to get rid of a pest infestation can sap the energy out of anyone. Not only is it hard work to track down the source of an infestation, it’s also hard to feel at ease once you’ve seen a line of ants in your home, a scattering of rodent droppings in your kitchen, or a handful of spiders in your basement.
You may be tempted to use insecticides to quickly eliminate the pests you see, but insecticides aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be. Not only can they be dangerous to children and pets who spend a lot of their time close to the ground, they also aren’t always effective. For example, when insecticides are used on ants, they can actually cause them to scatter and form multiple new colonies.
Instead, try these natural preventative pest control methods to help keep your home pest free.
Prevent Them in the First Place
Start controlling pests before they even get the chance to enter your home. Regularly inspect for gaps and cracks along your doors, windows, and foundation. Seal as soon as you see an opening, and you’ll save yourself plenty of hard work down the road.
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The 7 Most Common Home Pest Control Mistakes May 18, 2016Once you spot a pest problem in your home, it’s hard to get the image of those bugs and rodents out of your head. A home pest invitation can drive anyone crazy. To reduce the likelihood of a pest problem in your home, avoid these common pest control mistakes so you can rest easier, knowing your home is clear of pests.
Not Determining the Cause of the Pests
When you see a few spiders in your basement, you just want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. So, you spray an entire can of pesticide until you’re sure the spiders are no longer breathing, then run upstairs and huddle in the fetal position for a few hours. Even though it’s not your proudest moment, the problem is handled… right?
Probably not. You really need to find the source of those nasty spiders (and any other pests). Where are they coming from, and how are they getting into your home? Seal any gaps around your windows, doors, seams, and foundation. Then, set out a trap specifically for the pest you’re trying to eliminate.
Not Identifying The Correct Pests
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Helpful Tips to Prevent and Control Bed Bugs April 20, 2016Bed bugs are some of the most unpleasant household pests to deal with, and they are unfortunately very common. A 2011 survey found that one out of five Americans has either experienced a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone else who has experienced bed bugs in their home or at a hotel. Bed bugs are found in all 50 states, so no one is safe from a potential infestation. That said, there are ways to prevent and get rid of bed bugs, including bed bug treatment and control strategies. To prevent these unwanted pests from invading your home, check out our tips for preventing and controlling bed bugs.
Bed Bug Basics
Know what a bed bug looks like so you can spot one.
First, you need to know how to identify a bed bug so you can take the proper steps to eliminate them. Any strategy to get rid of bed bugs won’t be effective if what you are really dealing with is a flea, tick, or some other insect. Check out this EPA website that gives descriptions and photos that will help you identify a bed bug when you see one.
Know how bed bugs enter your home
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3 Common Signs of Termites April 20, 2016Termites are the biggest threat to your biggest investment – your home. Although we watch the devastation of homes on the news, like wildfires taking over neighborhoods and tornados wiping out communities, the fact is that termites (not catastrophic events) are the top threat to wooden structures. Termites cause more than $5 billion in damage each year, and many Americans will have to deal with termite control or termite treatment at some point in their lives.
Termites are most active in warmer climates. However, they are found in 49 states (all but Alaska). If your home becomes infested, it is important you seek termite treatment right away. Professional pest control companies can help you rid your home of termites, and they can also implement termite control strategies that help monitor termite activity. If you think you may have a termite problem, check out these 3 common signs your home may be infested with termites.
1. Wood Damage
Termites feed on cellulose, a component of wood, and as they eat their way around your home, they can damage the wood found in your floors, walls, and ceilings. When they feed, they do so inside the wood, not on the surface. Therefore, the wood damage ... Read more