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3 Ways To Protect Your Home From Termite Infestations

Posted by on Oct 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Protect Your Home From Termite Infestations

Termites wreak serious havoc on homes built primarily from wood products. If you’re like most homeowners, you already know to keep firewood stored off-the-ground and away from the side of your home. You probably also know that you should only bring enough firewood indoors for a couple of days at a time. However, you may not be aware that other strategies exist for minimizing termite activity in and around your home. The following are three of those strategies. Minimize Use of Landscaping Mulch Near the Home’s Exterior ​Landscaping mulch provides benefits for plant health and also helps homeowners keep summer water bills at reasonable rates. However, mulching materials used too close to the home’s exterior provide an inviting environment for termite activity. Some homeowners try to circumvent this issue by using non-plant based mulches, but that doesn’t stop the problem. Whether a mulch is made from wood chips or pebbles doesn’t matter to the termites — it’s the warm, moist environment underneath the mulch that termite colonies find so appealing. No matter what kind of mulch you’re using, leave a strip of bare dirt about a foot wide between the mulch and the foundation of your home. Avoid getting this area wet when watering your lawn and garden, and rake your mulch periodically to give it a chance to aerate and dry out.  Don’t Stack Paper Products Next to Your Walls or on Wood Floors Homeowners often don’t realize that termites feed on materials other than wood. Termites feed on cellulose, which is also found in products such as cardboard and paper. For this reason, it’s wise not to keep a stack of books, newspapers, magazines, or cardboard against interior or exterior walls of your home. You should be particularly careful of second-hand reading material that you bring home from used bookstores. Store the material in plastic bins when not in use to prevent possible termite damage. Keep Your Crawl Space Well-Ventilated  Termites thrive in moist, warm environments, so discourage them from forming colonies by keeping your crawl space well-ventilated. Building codes generally require a certain amount of ventilation in crawl spaces anyway, but humidity levels can rise due to other factors. Be sure to keep vegetation around the vents clipped back, and keep the area free of debris such as fallen leaves and grass cuttings. For an extra layer of protection, consider having your local pest control company install 4–6 ml polyethylene sheets under the surface of the soil in the crawl space.     ...

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4 Tips For Eliminating Bedbugs From Your Apartment Complex

Posted by on Jul 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Eliminating Bedbugs From Your Apartment Complex

No one likes bedbugs, but if you own an apartment complex they can be disastrous. One tenant can bring bedbugs back from traveling or on some used furniture, and the next thing you know they’ve spread to other apartments. You need to act immediately to eliminate the problem before it spreads and before tenants begin damaging your reputation by leaving negative reviews about your apartment complex. Here are four tips for eliminating bedbugs: Hire a Reputable Pest Control Company ASAP This is not the time to procrastinate or try unproven DIY treatment methods. As soon as your tenant calls to complain about bedbugs, you should call a pest control company with experience treating bedbugs. First of all, what your tenant sees in their apartment may not even be bedbugs. Determining that bedbugs are definitely present requires a professional evaluation. Secondly, if bedbugs are present, only a professional pest control company will be able to quickly and thoroughly eliminate the problem. Ask About the Use of Dogs You may want to ask your pest control company if they use dogs to help identify bedbugs. Thanks to dogs’ amazing sense of smell, many pest control companies are now training them in bedbug detection, with some experts reporting a 97% accuracy rate. Bed bugs are so small and good at hiding that any extra help in finding them is usually a great idea. Educate Your Tenants In order to prevent future infestations, it is important to educate your tenants. This may be in the form of an emailed newsletter or flyers that you post in your building. List ways to avoid bedbugs, which include: Never buying used mattresses or upholstered furniture. Carefully inspecting luggage and clothes before returning from vacation, Inspect All Apartments You may be tempted to just inspect and treat the apartment the bedbug complaint came from to avoid letting the other tenants know about the problem or to save money. This is a really unwise approach, however, because bedbugs can travel quickly to other apartments, and your tenants will respect you more if they hear about the issue from you instead of from their neighbors. Contact your tenants and explain that one of the apartments has experienced bedbugs, and that you are proactively inspecting (and treating if necessary) the remaining apartments just to be on the safe side. By following these tips, you can fully eliminate bedbugs from your apartment building before they become a bigger and more expensive problem. Contact a company like A-Alert Exterminating Service Inc to learn...

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Bee Allergies Keeping Your Little One Indoors This Summer? 4 Easy Steps To Bee-Proof Your Yard

Posted by on Jun 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bee Allergies Keeping Your Little One Indoors This Summer? 4 Easy Steps To Bee-Proof Your Yard

If your child is allergic to bees, it can be dangerous for them to go outside during the summer. You could keep them inside all summer long, or you could bee-proof your backyard. With just a few simple steps, you can make the backyard a safe place for your child to play. Here are four tips that will help you to bee-proof your yard. Circulate the Air Even a slight breeze can deter bees. If your kids are going to be playing on the porch, try placing a fan near their play area. The fan will keep the air circulating, which will help keep the bees off the porch. For permanent protection, you might want to consider installing an outdoor ceiling fan on your porch. As an added benefit, the fans will also keep mosquitoes and flies away. Make Your Own Traps Bees are attracted to sweet scents, which means that they’ll head to the porch if your kids have any food with them. You can keep the bees away from your kids by setting traps in other areas of the patio. Fill an empty soda bottle with water and add about 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place a few drops of red food coloring in the bottle and then set the bottle in one corner of the patio. The bees will be attracted to the liquid and climb inside. Once they’re inside the bottle, they won’t be able to get out. When it’s full of bees, you can place the lid on the bottle and discard it. Go Natural with the Repellent You don’t want to cover your kids in chemical repellents. Luckily, you don’t have to. You can make an effective bee repellent using olive oil and essential oils. Place about 10 teaspoons of olive oil in a bowl. Add 10 drops of orange oil into the bowl and mix well. Rub the oil on your child’s skin. The bees will stay away. Other essential oils that can be used to keep bees away include almond and tea tree oil. Bring on the Exterminator The exterminator should be your first line of defense against bees, especially if your child is allergic to them. An exterminator will inspect your home and yard for potential danger zones, including areas where bees are likely to build nests, or have already built them. If they find active bee hives, the exterminator will be able to remove them for you. Once your exterminator has removed the initial threat, you can take precautions to keep the bees away. Click here to learn more about pest control. Summer is here, which means your child is going to be spending a lot of time outside. If they’re allergic to bees, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve bee-proofed the yard. The tips provided here will help you keep the bees away so your child can play...

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How To Prevent Termites From Invading Your Firewood

Posted by on May 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prevent Termites From Invading Your Firewood

Having termites invade your firewood is certainly not as bad as having them chew away at your house, but it’s not ideal. Not only will these bugs eat up the wood, leaving you less to burn, but having them in firewood on your property also means your home and other structures will be at an increased risk of becoming infested. Follow these termite control tips to keep termites from invading your firewood. Keep the firewood on well-drained soil. Subterranean termites prefer to live in moist soil. So, if you can keep the soil around your firewood dry, they’ll be less likely to invade. Look for the highest spot on your property, and stack your firewood there. If you don’t have a particularly high spot, consider digging a ditch leading from the area where your firewood is stacked to another area of your yard. This will encourage water to drain away from the wood. Stack the wood on concrete blocks. Providing a boundary between the wood and the ground will help greatly. Place a layer of concrete blocks down, and then stack your wood on top. Blocks that are at least a few inches tall are the best choice, since they provide a significant gap between the soil and wood that the termites can’t crawl over easily. But if all you have access to is flat paver-type concrete blocks, they are better than nothing. Keep your stacks short. Termites prefer dark, hidden spaces where they can stay warm and moist. If you stack your wood high, there will be a lot of dark, moist, hidden spaces within the pile. On the other hand, if you keep your stacks on the shorter side (2 or 3 feet), even the deeper parts of the pile will get some exposure to sunlight and air, making them less appealing to termites. It’s better to have a long, low wood pile than a compact, tall one. Plant some chili peppers or catnip. Termites do not like chili peppers or catnip, so planting these plants near your firewood pile will decrease your chances of an infestation. If you don’t have space to plant near your wood pile, a good alternative is to make a chili pepper spray and apply it to the wood. Soak 2 cups of chili peppers in a quart of water for a day. Strain out the peppers, add a gallon of water plus a tablespoon of dish soap, and spray this mixture around and on your firewood every other...

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How Can Some Animals Help Control Pests?

Posted by on Mar 23rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can Some Animals Help Control Pests?

When you think about pest control, you probably consider setting out traps, using a fogger, or spraying with pesticides. However, there are also more natural ways to get rid of pests without using any chemicals, such as using your own pets! Many animals will help you get rid of the pests you don’t want around, but that you don’t want to deal with by using harsh chemicals. Cats Take Care of Rodents If you have cats at home, they will often do their part at reducing the rodent population inside and around your home. There won’t be many mice or rats running around, as cats tend to be very good at spotting them and killing them. Outside, the cats might also attack the gophers and other wild animals. However, you need to be careful because the cat might bring the dead carcass into your home or leave it on the doorstep. They do this to show you what they caught, but it can be gross to clean up. You also need to make sure your cat is vaccinated so it doesn’t kill something that makes it ill. Dogs Sniff Out Insects As far as insects go, a dog can be your new best friend. While dogs don’t often kill and eat the insects, they will sniff them and often try to show you where they found have insects. If you notice that your dog suddenly sniffs the same area of the wooden deck over and over, and keeps bringing you to that area, it is a good reason to look at it a little further. Your dog might be telling you that you have a termite problem. They can also sniff out bugs inside the house, showing you bed bugs hidden in your bedroom, or spiders in the bathroom. You should look out for signs that your dog seems to be sniffing and tracking something, as it is often an insect of some kind. Birds Help Control Pests Another type of animal that can help control certain pests is a bird. Certain types of birds are good at finding and getting rid of insects. Some good birds that will help control insects and other pests are feral pigeons, starlings, Canada geese, and seagulls. If you see birds outside your home that tend to hang out in the same area, they might have found somewhere certain pests are hiding. Speak to a pest control company if you’re curious about other ways to control...

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Bed Bug PTSD: Is There Rest After Bed Bugs?

Posted by on Feb 23rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bed Bug PTSD: Is There Rest After Bed Bugs?

You may want to sleep tight and have a good night, but after you have been bitten once or twice by a bed bug, you may have a difficult time catching any winks at all. Bed bugs are not just a nuisance pest that you can swat, squash, and spray to eliminate, and the fact is, these little blood-suckers can leave you feeling somewhat emotionally traumatized. Your bed is supposed to be your safe place where you relax at the end of the day, but if it is harboring mini vampires that slip out under the veil of darkness to attack, there is little chance that your bed will feel like a safe place at all. Evidence is showing that bed bug anxiety could be a real problem. If you have been dealing with a bed bug problem in your home, you may even joke that you have been traumatized. However much it may seem comical that your entire life and sleep cycle could be interrupted by a little bug, there is actually some truth behind this idea. Recent studies have shown that there is evidence supporting the idea that bed bugs can cause real trauma. One survey among people who had struggled with bed bugs showed that of 474 respondents, 29 percent suffered from insomnia, 22 percent from emotional distress, and another 20 percent claimed they were suffering with anxiety. The sooner you get professional help, the less traumatized you will be. The bottom line is, if you have are waking in the middle of night to bites and itching or if you have spotted a few bugs, don’t hesitate to get help from a professional pest control agent right away. The sooner you can get the treatment process started, the less likely it will be that you will experience stress that affects you while you try to sleep for the long term. Plus, the faster the process of elimination begins, the less of a chance you will have that your problem will grow into a major infestation that will take over your entire home. Getting back to good nights after a bed bug infestation can take some changes. If you are finding it difficult to feel relaxed in your bed even after pest treatment, you may have to make a few changes. Even though your mattress may be free of bugs, adding an encasement can help you relax, because it will be a layer of protection between you and your mattress. Some people find that getting rid of their old bed helps them feel better about going to sleep as well. With a few changes in your environment and your sleeping situation, you may be able to find relaxation....

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Keeping Insects Away From Your Stored Items

Posted by on Feb 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Insects Away From Your Stored Items

If you are going to be moving to a new home, you may have considered placing some of your lesser used items into a storage unit until you are situated in your new location. If you plan on storing items, keeping insects away from them is very important. If pests get into your unit, you can find your items are overrun with an infestation, causing damage to the very things you are trying to protect. Here are some tips you can use to help keep your belongings bug-free while in storage. Package Items From Scratch It is a bad idea to take boxed items from your home to place in storage without checking over the content beforehand. There can be insects embedded in corrugated cardboard which would then go along for the ride and end up living in your unit. To avoid this, check over each item you plan on storing. Wipe each thing down with a clean piece of cloth to brush off any eggs or larvae that may be hidden on the surface. Place the item in a new cardboard box or plastic storage container. You will be less likely to bring along any harbored insects by transferring items from an old box to a new one. Look Over The Unit’s Structure Before accepting a rental agreement with the storage facility’s manager, ask to look over the interior of the unit first. Look to make sure there are no cracks or holes in the unit where insects could crawl their way to the interior. Check that the door is securely sealed when closed. If you are able to push a credit card underneath, an insect could get inside just as easily. If you see moisture getting into your unit via the door, let the manager know so they can do repair work as insects will also be able to get in through this opening. In these cases, ask for a new unit or see if the facility could put a new gasket on the door. If you notice insects in your storage unit, alert the manager immediately. There may be a neighboring unit overrun with insects which are making their way to yours through the duct work or insulation. They would need to call a pest control service immediately to remove the problem.  Deter From Within The Unit To help keep insects from getting into your unit, you will want to make it less than desirable. Place chalk or talcum powder along the exterior doorway each time you leave the unit to help deter ants from crawling too close to your unit’s door. They tend to stay away from chalky substances. Many insects stay away from the scent of pine, lavender, or peppermint. Consider purchasing an essential oil in one of these scents. Dip cotton balls into the oil and place them in several locations around your storage unit. This will help keep insects from wanting to get inside. You will have the benefit of a fresh smelling storage unit as well. You can also ask the unit about the commercial pest control services they...

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4 Things You Need To Know About American Spider Beetles

Posted by on Jan 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things You Need To Know About American Spider Beetles

American spider beetles, also known as black spider beetles, are stored-product pests. You may find them infesting your kitchen cupboards or other areas where food is stored. Here are four things you need to know about American spider beetles. What do they look like? These beetles are small with rounded abdomens. They are typically between 1.5 and 3.5 millimeters long, with long, thin legs and antennae. Their heads and legs are dull yellow or light brown, while their rounded abdomens range from red to black. American spider beetles look very similar to bed bugs that have recently taken a blood meal, so you may be alarmed when you discover them. However, American spider beetles have shiny bodies and fine hairs on their heads and legs, while bed bugs do not. Are they found throughout America? American spider beetles have a very large range. They’re found throughout the United States as well as throughout the rest of both North and Central America. Within their range, they can be found anywhere that food products are stored. This includes warehouses, stores, and homes. In your house, you may find them inside your food packages, in your cupboards, or in sheltered areas. How do they differ from other pantry pests? These beetles will eat cereal, chocolate, nuts, seeds, and other foods, like other pantry pests do, but they also feed on a lot of non-food items throughout your home. Here are some of the other things they will eat: Wood Textiles Books Leather Silk Wool These eating habits make it harder for you to control them. Other pantry pests can be controlled by storing your food in glass bins with tight-fitting lids, but American spider beetles will still find plenty of food to eat in that situation. If they can’t access any of the food in your kitchen, they’ll spread throughout your house looking for clothes, books, and wood to eat. How can you control them? To get rid of American spider beetles, you’ll need to monitor them to find out what they’re feeding on. An easy way to monitor pest activity is to put glue traps around your home. Some of the traps will catch more beetles than others, and then you know to focus your attention on those areas. Once you’ve figured out where they’re breeding, remove those items. This may involve throwing out some of your stored food. Books, clothes, and other items that you don’t want to throw out can be treated by putting them in the freezer. Pesticides aren’t usually necessary for controlling these beetles, but if you have a particularly stubborn infestation, don’t hesitate to contact a pest control company like Select Pest...

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The ABC Of Keeping Rodents Out Of The House In Cold Weather

Posted by on Dec 21st, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The ABC Of Keeping Rodents Out Of The House In Cold Weather

When the weather outdoors turns cold and you would much rather be inside the house where it is warm and toasty, there are pests beyond your front door that feel much the same. You may go all year without spotting a single rodent, but as soon as the temperatures fall, don’t be surprised to see a few scurrying creatures or see some evidence of mice, rats, or other rodents in the house. If you want to keep rodents away when it’s cold outside, there is a simple ABC guideline that you should be following well before the first snowflakes fall.  Always check your home and block potential entry points. Open areas that would not be a problem at other times of the year can easily become a big deal during the winter. Ventilation pipes on the roof, attic fans, and even crawlspace entry points beneath the house are perfect places for rodents to slip into your home unnoticed. Before the cold sets in, cover these areas as much as possible. On vents and fans, install mesh screens that are firmly secured to eliminate easy access for rodents trying to make their way inside of the house.  Be sure to add sealant around doors and windows.  Mice can squeeze their way into the tiniest places, including small gaps around doors and windows. If you want to make sure pests stay out, make sure you give plenty of attention to these narrow areas. Not only will you ward off rodents, but you will also be making your home more energy efficient in the process.  Call a pest control agent for a quick assessment.  One of the easiest ways to keep your home rodent free for the winter is to make sure you have a pest control agent, like Choice Pest Control, come out in the fall and do a quick assessment of your property. There are several things that an agent will be checking while they do a walk through, including: potential areas of exterior weakness where pests can make their way inside of the house pest attractors, such as open food sources, moisture, or bedding availability local pest and rodent populations that could pose a threat to your home Once the assessment is complete, the pest control agent will offer you a complete road map of what you need to do in order to stay protected and offer treatment services if they are...

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Keep Your Commercial Kitchen Pest-Free With These 3 Tips

Posted by on Dec 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Your Commercial Kitchen Pest-Free With These 3 Tips

Keeping a commercial kitchen free of pests presents some unique challenges. Food attracts all manner of pests, so you’re a prime target for infestation. But the poisons and chemicals that are often used as an effective pest management technique are often harmful to humans and not appropriate for a busy commercial kitchen. Luckily, there are alternatives to the pesticides that you want to avoid in your kitchen. Take a look at some tips that can help. Prevention You won’t have to worry as much about killing pests if you make it a point to ensure that they can’t get into your kitchen in the first place. Check the windows and doors for drafts or cracks, and tightly seal any possible entryways for bugs and rodents. You’ll also want to make sure that the garbage is emptied regularly and promptly, and that any spills are cleaned up right away – garbage and sticky floors are magnets for bugs. Another important part of pest prevention is carefully checking to be certain that any shipments that you receive are not carrying pests. It’s easy to accidentally end up hosting bugs if they come in with a box of produce or kitchen supplies. DIY Treatments You can also make use of some DIY tools that will help you keep your kitchen clear of bugs. In fact, there are many natural pest repellents that, as a kitchen, you may already have on hand. For example, black pepper, cinnamon, and bay leaves can all be used to keep ants away. Other useful DIY treatments include flypaper and sticky traps that can catch pests and trap them alive. Boric acid in the corners, cracks, and crevices of the kitchen will kill the bugs, but is nontoxic to humans. Pest Control Services To be in the safe side, it’s best not to try to handle pest control entirely on your own. While the special challenges faced by commercial kitchens necessitate some day to day pest management on the part of staff and management, you will also need the help of a pest control service for the best possible prevention. Choose a pest control company that offers green, eco-friendly pest control services. They can help you locate pest entryways that need to be sealed, diagnose hidden pest infestations, and implement the most effective pest barriers. They’ll also use nontoxic pest control substances that will not be harmful to your staff or diners. Finally, make sure that you choose a service that has a history of working with commercial properties. They’ll understand the special needs that a commercial kitchen and property has and will work to ensure that your business remains unaffected by pests. For more information, contact the professionals at All Seasons Pest...

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