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3 Termite Control Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Termite Control Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Is there anything creepier than an infestation of bugs that will literally eat your home out from underneath you? Termites are not only creepy and a nuisance, they can also pose a very expensive problem. Just getting rid of them isn’t enough, you will also have to pay to repair all the damage they did before you found them. For that reason, it’s vitally important to keep the termites out and to know the signs that you might have a termite infestation. Take a look at some important tips for protecting your home from termites. Begin Your Termite Control Outdoors The key to preventing termite activity inside your house is keeping the bugs from getting into your home in the first place. That means that you need to start outside. It’s best not to have your landscaping up against your house. Plants and mulch provide a bridge that termites can use to get up close to the house, where they can find openings to allow them in. Create a termite barrier by keeping your landscaping a few inches back from the house. Similarly, you should also keep firewood piles and any other wood far away from the outer walls of your home. Also, make sure that you keep your gutters clean and free of debris – clogged gutters are a great breeding ground for termites and mosquitos. Know How to Check For Termites Yourself A professional termite inspection every few years – or every year, depending on the activity in your area – can help you keep on top of the possibility of termites. But what if it’s not time for your regular inspection, and you suspect that some termites have moved in? Knowing how to look for termite activity can let you know whether it’s time to call in a professional. If you see dark spots or blisters on your wooden floors, that can be a sign that you have subterranean termites. To look for termite activity in the walls, tap the wood along the wall with the handle of a screwdriver and listen for a hollow sound. If the wall sounds hollow, or if the screwdriver handle actually breaks the wood, it’s a good sign that the wood has been weakened by termites. Consider a Termite Bond Most homeowners insurance policies don’t cover termites. So where will you get the money if you discover a termite infestation? Consider finding a pest control company in your area that offers termite bonds. A termite bond is a contract between you and a pest control company. You agree to pay for them to provide treatments and inspections on a regular basis. If the treatments fail, or if they miss an infestation during an inspection and it causes damage to your home, the pest control company will reimburse you for the damages and provide the necessary treatments to get rid of the treatments. If you’ve had termite problems before or you know that termites are a common problem in your area, this may be the best way to protect yourself. Taking preventative measures to protect your home and knowing how to recognize a termite infestation early on are the best ways to protect yourself from home damage due to termites. A pest control professional can inspect your home and tell you...

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2 Natural Ways To Prevent And Eliminate Mice In Your House

Posted by on 7-07-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Natural Ways To Prevent And Eliminate Mice In Your House

If you have a problem with mice in your home, you should act quickly to get rid of them. Mice rapidly multiple and can be hard to get rid of, but there are ways you can accomplish this task. If you are worried about using poisonous materials in your home because you have young children, you may want to try using some natural remedies to eliminate the mice from your house. Here are some ideas to try: Peppermint Oil Peppermint oil is a safe product for your home, yet it is strong enough to get mice to leave. Mice do not like the smell of peppermint oil at all, which is the reason this method can be quite helpful. Using peppermint oil is also a great way to prevent mice from coming in. You can use it by pouring the oil on cotton balls, and then you can place the cotton balls all around your house. You can even place some outside of your house by the doors or small holes where you think the mice might be entering through. You should avoid placing the cotton balls in places where your kids might find them. While the oil will probably not hurt them, it can be harmful if ingested. Another way to use peppermint oil is to place 20 drops in a spray bottle and then add one cup water. You can then spray this solution along the outside of your entire house. This could help the mice avoid entering your home. Baking Soda The other natural remedy you can try is baking soda, and this may help more than peppermint oil. Baking soda is a safe household ingredient that can lead to death in mice if they eat it. While mice typically do not go after baking soda for its taste, you can put them in a position where they are forced to eat it. To do this, spread baking soda in areas where you believe mice are living or traveling through. When the mice end up in these areas, they may walk through the baking soda. When this happens, it will stick to their feet, and mice will naturally clean their feet when this happens. After they clean their feet, they will eventually die from consuming the baking soda, simply because mice cannot expel gas. If you cannot get rid of the mice on your own, you could call a pest control company like Commonwealth Exterminating Co.. Pest control companies are able to help with all types of bug and rodent problems, and this is a sure way to get rid of any unwanted pests in your...

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How To Eliminate Drain Moth Flies

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Eliminate Drain Moth Flies

If you have noticed several small moth-like insects fluttering around your home recently, but no windows or doors are open and there are no other ways to get into the house, you probably have drain moths or moth flies. It is easy to distinguish them from regular moths because they move like flies but have furry, powdery wings like a moth. (They also have only two wings, not four, unlike a real moth.) If you know you have these pests in your home, then you have some bigger problems to worry about. You have some breeding grounds for these pests, and you will have a resurgence of them in less than three weeks. Here is how to find and eliminate drain moths/moth flies for good. Find Their Breeding Grounds If you have a toilet in your home that currently is not functioning and has no water in the tank, then you have the perfect breeding ground for drain moths. They especially like the traps in dead toilets and sinks where a lot of organic material rests or gets stuck. If you have not seen any moths emerging from your sinks, showers or tub drains, then a dead toilet is where they are hiding. Of course, they also love floor drains in your basement, but if your floor drains are frequently full of water, they are unlikely to breed there. Destroy Their “Food” These pests are no less disgusting than their true fly cousins. They eat the remains of your dinner in the garbage disposal, chomp down on decaying hair and skin cells, and ferociously consume fecal matter. This is why you need to destroy all possible food sources by flushing and cleaning every possible drain and trap in your home. There are pest control chemicals that make their “food” completely unpalatable and even poisonous, and you can pour these into the drains to sit. Then flush the drains with hot water. Make Their Homes “Unlivable” If the drain moths do not like their habitat because it is too clean or there is not enough decaying matter, they will go elsewhere. The best way to make your drains and traps unlivable for drain moths is to clean them, and frequently. For non-working toilets, this equals a cup of bleach followed by a mop bucket of water so the maggots die and the adults cannot return to lay eggs. For your working drains and traps, open them up, clean them out thoroughly (either by hand or with a pressure flush and water), and then reconnect them. Be sure to wear gloves to avoid any contact with any maggots you might find. Kill the Pests Finally, you want to be sure these pests are completely gone. Maintain your current cleaning and flushing schedule for all the drains in the house, but also hire professional pest control experts like those from Rainbow Pest Control. The experts can set baits, moth fly traps and sell you products that will kill off any remaining adult flies and...

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Preparing For And Ensuring That You Have A Proper Termite Control Plan For Your Property

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing For And Ensuring That You Have A Proper Termite Control Plan For Your Property

Termites are not all about how much chaos they can wreak only, because they do play an important role in cleaning up the ecosystem. In so doing, they help nature to destroy dead wood and numerous plant materials that would otherwise clutter up and harm the environment. However, termites can cause major damage when they invade homes and other building. Termites cost billions of dollars in structural damage throughout America each year. The costs are increased by termite treatment methods that must be used to contain these insect-driven activities. Annual Termite Inspections Can Spare You Future Astronomical Costs They stealthily operate without your knowledge. By the time you discover their activity, they’ve already done damage to your property’s worth to the tune of thousands of dollars. You may not even have previously considered acquiring homeowners insurance that covers termite damage. It’s very important for you to have insurance and arrange termite inspections of your property annually. Areas that reveal signs of termite activity can be treated early before a massive pest invasion occurs. Purchase A Total Termite Protection Plan When you consider the purchase of a pest insurance plan, it’s best to choose what is known as a total termite protection plan. You see, a total plan gives the termite professional the leeway to treat every type of termite that may be rendering mayhem to structural buildings anywhere on your land. That’s a much better plan than just treating for one kind of termite. Who knows whether other termites are lurking about? The technician who conducts your inspection is qualified to identify every type of termite and knows what application must be delivered to control the different types of species. Your technician is a highly qualified professional who will not only aim to rout and control the pests but will destroy them whether they are operating at locations above or below ground. Ask the technician for information about this plan. Gauging Effectiveness Of Your Property’s Termite Treatment If your specialist technician is scheduling an unusual amount of followup termite revisits, you have cause to be concerned. Experts from the University of Kentucky reportedly suggest that the most effective termite treatments are found in non-repellent products. So you should question your technician about this category of products and the value of their retreating rates as well. It is right for the technician to give you a reasonable assessment of the effectiveness of the treatment and explain how the treatment area has been changed after the treatments. For more information, contact Palm Springs Pest Control Inc. or a similar...

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How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own

If you have found yourself in the midst of a bed bug infestation, you have your work cut out for you. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of, but not impossible. You may be able to get rid of them on your own as long as you stay on top of things and make sure you take all the necessary steps. This article will educate you on the steps you want to take to eradicate the bed bugs from your home. Tip: Realize that pesticides alone is not going to be enough to get rid of your bed bug problem. Pesticide sprays are difficult to get right where you need them. Foggers only kill the bugs that are exposed when the fogger is going off. Locate the problem areas – Your first step will be to locate the areas in your home where you have bed bugs. Typically, bedrooms are where bed bugs tend to dwell the most. However, having them in one bedroom doesn’t mean you have the problem in all of the bedrooms.   Isolate the problem area You want to keep the items in the infested area where they currently are and not bring anything from that area into other areas. This can spread the problem by bringing the bugs to different parts of your home. Treat the area completely To treat the affected area, you want to start by bringing all material such as bedding, clothing and even stuffed animals to the washer in double plastic bags. Bring the items out one load at a time and wash them on the hottest setting. Dry the loads on the hottest setting as well. Make sure you immediately throw all the plastic bags away in an outside trash can. Thoroughly vacuum your mattress and box springs, spray them with a bed bug pesticide, then put the bed in a bed bug proof cover. This is a special covering made of bed bug proof fabric with zippers they can’t get through. This will allow you to sleep on your bed knowing any bed bugs that survived will not be able to escape the covering and get to you. Tip: As soon as you are done vacuuming the bed, take the vacuum bag out and throw it in the outside garbage can. Vacuum every inch of your carpet and immediately throw that bag away outside as well. Use a bed bug approved pesticide to spray every inch of your frame and headboard. You also want to spray every part of any other furniture in the room. It’s important to make sure you even get in the cracks. To prevent any bed bugs that may have survived from getting back on your bed, you want to use a bed frame and put interceptors under each leg. Interceptors are sticky cards the bed bugs will get caught on when they attempt to climb on the bed. You do need to be sure you also use them under the headboard, don’t have the bed touching a wall and keep all bedding up from the floor. If you have followed all the steps detailed above and you are still having problems, then it is time to call out a professional pest control company like Desert Pest Control to...

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New Trends In Termite Control For Your Property

Posted by on 5-05-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Trends In Termite Control For Your Property

The termite control industry, listening to the public’s message, has gone about changing their products and making them more eco-friendly– but still effective. The newer products are designed to target the termites creating havoc. The danger to the environment and mammals on the whole is lowered by the new breed of pesticides. One of the newer changes in effectively treating termites is baiting and monitoring systems.  Baiting Systems New chemical soil applications have replaced older versions of soil treatment systems and are effectively ridding the soil of termites. New technology may not last as long as products of the past, but the green effect of new technology is what truly counts in the final analysis. Your business property or residence can benefit from a baiting and monitoring system that goes to work while soil treatment is being administered. If termite infestations are discovered on your property, termite technicians can perform instant spot soil treatments on infested areas only. Monitoring and baiting systems, when installed on your property, continuously eliminates colonies of termites. Green Pesticides For Pretreatment If you are planning to build a new home, now is the time to make sure green pesticides for pretreatment are used by your building contractors as part of the construction process. Pretreatment preservatives are allowed to soak into wood. That treatment instantly creates a barrier that termites will avoid, and they will not burrow into your new home’s wooden structure. Contractors Treat Perimeter And Beneath Building Site Contractors now have the option of treating soil around your home’s perimeter and even beneath the building site before construction begins. Your contractor can perform this treatment by injecting a liquid solution into the ground before foundation material is poured. The article points out that pretreated soil around your new home works continuously to bar underground termites from damaging the structure. Fitting Treatment Tubes To Walls Another built-in termite control product is trending. They are tubes that can be fitted to walls. Some contractors use small tubes that they fit within the walls of new home construction. Contractors target areas where they feel termites will burrow into. The tubes are filled with ingredients that serve as a barrier, and they are then positioned in place to prevent insect entry. Using the tube process assures the tubes’ contents will last longer. They are placed in hidden spaces where sunlight and other elements cannot reach. Talk to a pest control company in your area about eco-friendly termite...

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Determining What Type Of Bees You Have – And How To Get Rid Of Them

Posted by on 5-05-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Determining What Type Of Bees You Have – And How To Get Rid Of Them

If bees have taken up residence somewhere in your home or on your property, you probably have a few questions. Namely, how to get rid of them! Part of getting bee removal is knowing what type of bees you are dealing with. Your bee removal service will be able to better prepare for the job if they know what they may be facing when they get to your home. Here are a few ways to determine what kind of bees you have. Check Out the Nest One way to determine the type of bees you have is to check out the nest. If you can see where the bees are coming from, try to get a look at the nest from a safe distance. There are a couple of indicators of bee type according to nest: If the bees are dwelling in wax, you probably have honeybees that created their own wax. If the bees are living inside an enclosed area that prevents you from seeing the nest, or if you can see a nest that appears to be paper or wood shavings, you are likely dealing with yellow jackets. The bees create nesting material by chewing up wood chips to make them softer. If the bees are living within a wood structure, for example in the wood of your deck, they are likely carpenter bees. These bees drill a hole through the wood to create a nest inside. If the insects are nesting in dried mud, they are most likely not bees but wasps. Mud Dauber wasps create long tubes of dried mud for their nests, and usually create the nests in shaded areas. Examine the Insect If you are able to find a dead insect, or you can get a closer look at the bees without putting yourself in danger, try to figure out what type of bee you’ve got. Honeybees have a fuzzy yellow torso and a striped bottom, along with lacy small wings. Yellow Jackets are primarily smooth, and have brilliant yellow stripes alternated with black stripes.They have long antennas and long thin wings. Carpenter Bees are predominantly a smooth shiny black, with a small fuzzy yellow area just under the head. They are small and compact. Mud Dauber Wasps are thinner than bees, and are all black. The stinger of the mud dauber wasp is very distinct and is shaped like a bullet at the end of its body. Say Goodbye to Your Unwanted Visitors The best way to rid yourself of your bees or wasps is simple: Call in the experts and tell them what you are dealing with. Bee or wasp removal is never a job for a person who isn’t highly trained. If the pests are inside your home, your bee removal contractor, such as ASAP Bee Removal for example, can first perform the removal, and then evaluate the damage that is left behind. The longer the pests are in your home, the more damage they will do. In some cases, you may need to call in other contractors like carpenters to repair damage. Therefore, the sooner that you call for help with the removal, the less damage that you may have to deal...

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5 Things Homeowners Need To Know About Brown Widow Spiders

Posted by on 5-05-15 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Black widow spiders are infamous, but they’re not the only type of widow spider that American homeowners will encounter. You may also encounter brown widow spiders, an invasive species that is expanding its range quickly. Here’s what you need to know about them. What do they look like? Brown widow spiders look very similar to black widow spiders since they are in the same family. Their bodies are the same size and shape, and they even have hourglasses on their stomachs like their more famous relatives. The difference is in their color: brown widow spiders range from tan to dark brown, and their hourglasses are orange or orange-red instead of bright red. Can they hurt you? Brown widow spiders aren’t as dangerous as black widow spiders, but a bite from one of these spiders can still be medically significant. The bite will be painful, but it can also cause more serious symptoms. In high enough doses, the venom affects your nervous system, and causes intense cramps, nausea, vomiting, and high blood pressure. The venom can also damage your adrenal glands, glands that make hormones. Studies have suggested that the venom may also affect your blood’s ability to clot properly. Are they in your house? Brown widows are house spiders, so they’re well adapted to living inside people’s houses. They were accidentally introduced into Florida, and from there, have spread throughout the entire southern half of the United States, so if you live within this area, you may encounter them. They like to hide in dark, quiet places, like beneath your furniture or inside cracks in your walls, so you might not notice they’re there until the population gets out of control. Why do they infest houses? To grow their population, brown widows need lots of places to hide and lots of insects to eat. If your house has lots of clutter or is infested with something that spiders like to eat, like ants, their population can grow. Can you get rid of them? First, make your house less appealing to them by getting rid of clutter and dealing with infestations of their food sources. You can also trap the spiders with glue traps; place these traps in dark corners, underneath furniture, and in other places where brown widows are likely to be. Brown widow spiders aren’t as infamous as their cousins, but they’re still dangerous. If you think you have them in your home, take steps to get rid of them right away, and if you have a serious infestation, call a pest control company for back up. For more information, contact a professional such as Mr. Bug Killer...

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Plants, Herbs And Flowers That Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

Posted by on 4-04-15 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a garden, there are natural ways you can keep pests out of the garden. In fact, the flowers you decide to plant can make all the difference to the number of pests you find in your garden. Try planting the following plants, herbs and flowers in or around your garden to keep pests away: Plants, herbs and flowers to plant near your garden Borage – If you have tomatoes growing in your garden, then you definitely want to plant some borage to go with it. This herb will ward off tomato bugs, which will prove to be a real life saver for your tomatoes. However, the borage will also bring bees to your garden to help with pollination. Marigold – Marigold is a fantastic choice for your garden. There are a lot of garden pests that are repelled by the smell of Marigold. A few of the pests it will keep away include beetles, tomato worms, whiteflies and they even do a good job of repelling rabbits. Garlic – Garlic will help to keep such pests as root maggots, codling moths, beetles and snails away from your garden. Basil – Basil can be very helpful when it comes to keeping your garden free of pests. In fact, basil can help to keep away such pests as flies and mosquitoes. The great thing about this is these are the pests that can ruin your enjoyment of the garden by chasing you away. Lavender – Lavender is a great choice for any garden. It will actually draw in a lot of the insects that are helpful to your garden, while repelling the ones you don’t want such as moths and fleas. Plants, herbs and flowers to plant away from your garden When you are trying to keep pests out of your garden, you can use a bit of added strategy. You can plant things you know the insects will be drawn to in an area a short distance from your garden. This will preoccupy them and keep them even less interested in the garden. Plant the plants listed below a good distance from the garden. Sunflowers – Sunflowers are a fantastic choice to help keep your garden pest-free. Sunflowers will attract aphids and ants. Planting them a short distance from the garden will be beneficial to the garden, but they also look so great and they are durable enough to take the beating from the pests. Dill – Planting dill a short distance from your garden can keep tomato worms away from your tomato plants. By adding the right plants, herbs and flowers in and near your garden, you can keep pests away naturally. However, if you find you have stubborn pests you just can’t keep away then you may want to call out a pest control company like Garrie Pest...

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How To Provide Pest Control While Insulating Your Home

Posted by on 4-04-15 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Concerned about the possibility that pests, such as insects and rodents, could reside within the insulation of your home? There are actually some ways that you can improve your home’s insulation while also providing some level of pest control. Depending on the type of insulation you want and your goals, you can sometimes create a very effective all-around solution. Install Pesticide-Treated Insulation Cellulose insulation is naturally pest-resistant due to the high quantities of boric acid and other similar chemicals. But pesticide-treated insulation will be even more effective against pests. Pesticide-treated insulation is not dangerous to your family; it’s usually blown into areas that will not come into contact with anyone and it will not adversely affect air quality. The pesticide amounts are very low but still enough to deter pests from nesting within your insulation and walls. Avoid Fiberglass Insulation It may seem as though fiberglass insulation would be a deterrent to pests, but rodents actually enjoy bedding in fiberglass. They can create nests inside of fiberglass insulation and the insulation will not overly harm them. It’s best to avoid fiberglass altogether if you’re concerned about pests. Fill Gaps Around Doors If you have any gaps around your windows or doors, you should have them filled in. Custom doors can be purchased to better fit doorways, or foam can be placed within the gaps to prevent any airflow. Many homeowners would be surprised to discover just how much a small gap in a window or door can affect their home’s overall insulation. Weather stripping, with an adhesive on one side, can be used to quickly resolve these problems. Create Barriers of Spray Foam Insulation If you’re concerned about small insects getting in, you can create barriers in your attic or walls through the use of spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation will expand and then dry to fit in any area. When properly applied by a professional, spray foam insulation will also create a seal in any areas around your attic or walls that could otherwise let pests in. Spray foam insulation can be targeted to the areas that are most likely to attract pests. Contact a company like Kirkland’s Pest Control for more information about types of insulation that can successfully deter your pests. You can also treat your entire home against pests, including your insulation — but it can be much easier to tackle both issues at the same...

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