Weather Changes Bring Out Pests
The springtime brings out the pests that have been hiding underground during the winter. These pests find their way into your home, but there are measures you can take to get them out. Ridding your house of pests doesn’t have to involve harsh chemicals, however; there are a number of environmentally friendly pest control steps you can take.
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The “greenest” way to manage pests, of course, is to make sure you don’t get them in the first place. “If you make your home a fortress and keep it sealed up,” says George Williams, the staff entomologist at removal service EHS Pest in Norwood, “and keep your yard protected and clean, you shouldn’t have any pest problems.” Inside the house, he recommends removing clutter, lessening moisture, covering trash, and sealing gaps around molding and small holes in the foundation, where rodents can find easy access. Outside, use no-spill bird feeders and keep them well away from the house, remove leaf litter, and trim trees and shrubs?—?“a highway for insects to get in,” he says?—?so they don’t touch exterior walls. Finally, “fences make good neighbors, but they also make good wildlife control.” A house with tight fencing won’t have skunks, and a physical barrier can discourage deer from approaching, too. Continue reading…
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Common Springtime Pests To Watch For
Spring weather brings both humans and pests out of hiding. Common springtime pests that threaten to ruin your enjoyment of the nicer weather include ants, crickets, mice, spiders, and mosquitos. There are things you can do to prevent these pests from getting in your home, however.
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The ground is thawing out, and we’re all emerging from our winter hibernation … including the pests we’d like to not have sharing our living quarters.
Ants, house crickets, mice and spiders are the biggest problems Brandon Wallace of Rock River Pest Control sees in spring. Box elder bugs are more of a fall pest, but they emerge in spring and can show up on warm, sunny areas like your garage doors or the side of your house.
Cluster flies also become active in the spring. They are not a health hazard, just a nuisance. The adults enter houses to hibernate, often in large numbers, and can be difficult to eradicate because they prefer inaccessible spaces, such as roof and wall cavities.
Preventing insects and other pests from entering your living space in the first place is your best bet. Continue reading…
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Using Thermal Imaging In Pest Control
A pest control company owner is starting to implement the use of infrared imaging to detect pest activity. Termites, which can be one of the trickiest pests to detect, produce a heat in the walls that can be discovered with the use of thermal imaging. According to this pest control expert, you can’t properly treat what you can’t accurately detect.
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In the pest control business, the first step before eradication is detection. And Charlie Roy of Ants Away Pest Control has a tool that makes that job a lot easier: a thermal imaging gun.
In 1998, after working for a national company, Roy started his business which was based in Racine until he moved to Bohners Lake in December.
About two years ago, Roy started using infrared imaging, also called thermal imaging, to find likely places for insects to hide.
It all started when Roy attended a seminar.
“This was about home inspection, and they were talking about moisture meters,” he said.
Roy did some research and learned in the West and South, where termites can be a problem, some companies were using thermal imaging to find them.
“(Termites) will develop a heat in the walls,” he said. Continue reading…
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Using BBB To Pick Pest Control
If you hate bugs, you are definitely not alone. And this time of year gets us clamoring for a way to get rid of them. If you’re considering hiring a pest control company, make sure you check out the companies you are considering through the Better Business Bureau.
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When the pest problem in your home gets too big for a flyswatter, or a do-it-yourself spray or trap, it’s time to call in a professional service. Take the time needed to select a reputable business, and make sure you’re doing business with someone you trust.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) annually receives thousands of inquiries and complaints on the pest control industry. To make certain you are not left with more than just the insects as a point of annoyance in your life, the BBB and the National Pest Management Association recommend that you heed the following advice before signing a contract.
Check the Pest Controller out. Always check the company’s BBB Business Review and BBB Rating at www.mybbb.org. Continue reading…
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