Summertime and mosquitoes seem to go hand in hand. We’ve all had picnics and other outdoor events practically ruined by swarms of biting mosquitoes. They are relentless and can be a huge source of irritation during our summer activities. However, there are things you can do to cut down on mosquito population in your area, including making summer pest control maintenance a regular part of your routine. Instead of spending lots of money on DIY fixes such as citronella candles, zappers, bug spray or swatters, consider using preventative pest control measures to eliminate mosquito population inside your house and outside around your property.
Why Do I Need Pest Control For Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes have to have water in order to breed. They look for standing water in ditches, flowerpots, clogged gutters, birdbaths and even kiddie pools. Even an old tire lying around can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes if it collects rain water. Professional pest control can identify problem areas and control the swarms with higher grade chemicals that you will not have access to. They also know what is safe for your pets.
What Can I Do To Control Mosquitoes?
There are several steps you should take that will help tremendously with insect problems, including mosquitoes.
1. Get rid of standing water as much as you can. If there are items that you cannot drain, then at least change the water often. Turn over flowerpots, buckets or other items that collect water.
2. Trim areas that are overgrown, shady and moist. This will help prevent infestations.
3. Don’t let them in your home! Keep windows and doors closed and don’t allow kids to leave doors hanging open when they go outside. If you do open your windows, make sure you have screens that fit tightly with no cracks, tears or holes in them. Repair cracks around doorways.
Citronella candles and bug zappers can help during outdoor activities, but one of the best tips for that summer picnic is to point fans where you see swarms. Mosquitoes don’t fly well against moving air and the fans will push them out of the area you and your friends are gathered in. Remember that mosquitoes also carry disease, so it’s important to address the problem with a professional pest control company. Don’t try to buy bug control products at your hardware center; it’s futile for actually controlling the problem. You will need pest control technicians who know how to actually reduce the mosquito population. Don’t let this summer’s events be ruined by pesky insects! Set up your pest control today before summer gets going!
AAA Pest Control
Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 333-5790 – aaapestcontrolmyrtlebeach.com
If you’re looking for ways to get ahead of the game with pest control this spring, you’ll want to check out this article! As many of us are enjoying spring breezes with open doors and windows, we may also be inviting some unwanted critters in. Termites, spiders and ants are all hunting for food and springtime makes it extra important to do some pest prevention. Spring-cleaning can really make a difference and so we’re sharing three great tips to use spring-cleaning as part of your pest control efforts.
Three Tips To Prevent Pests While You Clean
1. Inspect Windows and Doors
Winter brings a lot of precipitation for most of us, whether it’s snow or just a lot of rain. So before you open all your windows to air out your home and enjoy the spring breezes, do a quick check of doors and windows, as well as screens. Screens should be replaced if you find tears or holes. They should also fit the windows or doors properly so that there are no small spaces for bugs to crawl through and infest your house. Also, check to see that the sliding doors or regular doors are sealed tight when closed.
2. Deep Clean Your Kitchen
Pests of all kinds love the kitchen because it’s where all the food and crumbs are! In addition to the surface cleaning, you should do a deep clean of all small spaces between cabinets, stove, refrigerator, etc. Look for the food or grime that may have gotten in those spaces and if you have to, pull appliances out so you can clean and vacuum thoroughly. The only grease you want in your kitchen is elbow grease!
You will also want to clean out the pantry or any cupboards where food is stored. Inspect all packaged food for pantry bugs, which look a lot like ground black pepper or coffee grounds. If you see this, throw the food item away. The only way to get rid of them is to throw everything away that it has remotely infested. Hot spots to look for pantry bugs will be grains, pasta, bread, flour and cereal. After you’ve thrown any food away, take everything out and deep clean the cabinets and make sure ALL food is stored in airtight containers.
3. Organize Storage Spaces
We all have attics, garages or basements that have way too much stuff in them. It might be Christmas decorations, stacks of paper, clothing and any other number of things you can’t part with. The trick here is to organize your things properly. Remember that spiders, rodents, moths and other critters will use these materials sitting out to build their nests, chew through, or make cobwebs. Instead of leaving them in the open, do a sort of everything and store them tightly in labeled plastic bins. If you choose bins that are clear, then it’s even better because you can see what’s inside. This not only protects your belongings from dirt and dust, but also keeps them dry, which will prevent mold and mildew. There’s nothing worse than retrieving an item out of the attic to find that it’s ruined with moisture.
These three tips will get you started to really enjoying the warm weather to come. Remember that this is also a great time to call your pest control company to have them come do some preventative pest control treatment. Get the summer started off right—pest free and clean!
AAA Pest Control
Myrtle Beach, SC
Your Myrtle Beach Pest Control Specialists
No one likes to think about pest control. After all, who likes the idea of spiders, roaches or termites coming in and wreaking havoc in our homes? Many times, it has nothing to do with how clean you are or how much you sanitize your home. Pests just have a way of invading our personal space and coming where they aren’t welcome. You really cannot completely eradicate these pests without the help of regular maintenance from a pest control service. It takes specialized experiences and chemicals not available to the average person. Not to mention, it can be dangerous to deal with these pests on your own. But the biggest misunderstanding about trying to do control pests yourself is that even if you got them out of your immediate space, you have still failed to get where they breed and that’s where the infestation starts. Their nests must also be eradicated.
What Should My Plan Be For Pest Control?
It’s very dangerous to your family’s health to have mice, rats, roaches, spiders, or any number of other pests uncontrolled in or near your home. If they are not gotten rid of immediately, then they will multiply and become far more difficult to manage. Just like other creatures, they are often looking for warm places, so during the winter, we see them coming in our homes through the cracks around stoves, vents, etc. When it comes to termites, they can absolutely destroy your home, so it’s crucial that you get your property inspected regularly by a professional pest expert.
There are different approaches of treatment for different pests, but they can all be extinguished, so take heart! If you have one pest or multiple species of pests, a professional company can come and extinguish them all with one treatment.
Once the treatment is finished and the pests are no longer a bother to you, then there are some things you can do to keep it that way. Exercise good sanitation habits. Don’t leave dirty dishes for very long and don’t leave food sitting out. Also, plant lots of herbs out by your home—they are a great deterrent for many pests! Plus, you can use them in your cooking. Basil, rosemary and thyme, and mint are just a few.
The only way to ensure that you remain pest-free is to schedule regular maintenance visits with your pest control company. With today’s technology, there’s no reason at all that you should have to deal with rodents or pests of any kind inside your home! But it does take some vigilance on your part. Please call us at AAA Pest Control today and we’ll be happy to come help you get a plan that works for you. Nothing is more important than the safety and health of you and your family. We are also a “green” company and specialize in organic pest control!
Rodents have been pestering humans for as long as humans have lived in inside structures. There’s something about our homes with all the nooks and crannies that just invite mice and rats to try and come on in to make themselves at home. Annoying! They can show up anywhere from crawl spaces to air ducts to pantry cabinets. They can carry disease and can easily contaminate the food supply in any human’s home. Like anything else, there can be myths that shroud the facts about how to deal with rodents, so let’s dispel some of the more common myths about rodent control….
Myth 1: All you need is a cat to take care of rodent population.
Fact: Cats do love to hunt and often will get rodents, but they are not always fast enough to combat the escape the efforts of the small and fast mice or rats. Cats and dogs could even attract more rodents, and these rodents will often feed right from your pet’s food bowl, leaving them vulnerable to disease.
Myth 2: You can prevent rodents by keeping your home clean.
Fact: Sanitation isn’t enough simply because rodents can survive for awhile with no food. Keeping your home clean does make it harder for rodents to come and infest in large numbers, however. Keeping your home clean and sanitized will be very effective when used in combination with bait and other pest control means. Anything that reduces a food source for rodents will make them easier to control.
Myth 3: Cheese is the best bait to catch mice.
Fact: Cheese can work to draw in rodents, but it’s not nearly as alluring for these pests as film and TV has made it out to be. Seeds or fruit is much more enticing for mice, and many pest control experts will use peanut butter. In dry climates, the best bait for rodents is something moist, as they draw a lot of their water from their food source.
Myth 4: The worst thing a rodent can do is chew.
Fact: They DO chew and as they do, they leave disease and feces, causing danger to humans. While no homeowner wants to think of rodents gnawing and chewing through his house, preventing rodent bourn disease is key when approaching pest control.
Myth 5: Rat poison is the best way to get rid of rodents.
Fact: Rat poison can be very effective for controlling the rodent population, but an even better way is to do a through inspection of the small openings in your home and seal them off. That is the singe best effective way to have mouse pest control. Also, rat poison is just what the name implies—poison. So if you’re trying to green or organic in your post control, then this is not the option for you.
Myth 6: You can control rodents by making your own bait.
Fact: Rodent bait of any kind is highly toxic and should be avoided at all costs. Making your own is not a smart thing to do, simply because of the highly poisonous content.
When it comes to pest control and rodents, it’s best to get the help of a professional pest control company. They will know how to set traps and find the rodents and then get rid of them safely and effectively.
If you are seeing rodents of any kind in your home this winter, call the experts at AAA Pest Control. We will help you uninvite those pesky creatures!
AAA Pest Control
Myrtle Beach, SC