Making your house unattractive to mice, rodents, and other small animals is indeed an unusual pest control tip. But if you really think about it, it actually makes sense. Pests come to your house for a reason. They’re not there simply to annoy you or make fun of you. They found something they need to survive in your home and that is why they are staking claim and marking your home as their own.
What do pests see in your home?
Well, what do pests need to survive? They need food and shelter. And those are what they see and want in your home. It wouldn’t be a bad thing if these animals are cuddly and cute. Unfortunately, most of them are dirty, smelly, and even carry diseases which they could easily transmit to you and the rest of your family.
Even though you make your house ultimately clean and sanitized at all times, these pests will still be able to find their way into your home. They are able to do this because you have what they need. So what you need to do is make your house less appealing to these pests by blocking their easy entrance and removing their sources of food.
Blocking easy entrance for pest control
Keep in mind that these pests are not only small in size. They are also able to squeeze their body to make it even much smaller to be able to enter your house. What you should do then is go outside your house and take a walk around it, looking for holes in your doors, windows, walls, and any other possible place a pest could enter. Look for holes, cracks and all other types of openings that could grant them access to your house. Seal these openings and make sure they are tight so that pests cannot claw their way in.
Once done sealing the outside of your house, you also need to seal the inside of your house. Make an overall inspection of the inside of your house and look for any opening or holes where pests can hide or live in. These holes can often be found on baseboards, kitchen cabinets, appliances, closets, and drawers. Be sure to check every area of your house so that there will be no other places that the pests can hide in.
Removing the food source
These pests can smell food even from a distance. After having smelled food in your house, they will do everything they can to gain entry and access that available food source. To prevent this, the best pest control is not only to keep your house clean and sanitized at all times, removing any traces of food on the floor, table, and kitchen counters. You also have to ensure that your pantry is sealed, and unfinished food – crackers, chips, bread – are placed in tightly sealed containers.
If you have pet food, make sure they are in tightly sealed containers as well and store them in a clean and sanitized area. This will block their scent and prevent pests from being able to smell them even from a distance.
Aside from unfinished food and a clean pantry and kitchen, you also need to look at how you dispose your garbage. These pests will not think twice about raging your garbage can when they smell food in it. So make sure your garbage disposal area is clean and that your trash can is tightly sealed. Use a heavy lid that will not be easy to dodge or crack.
Don’t give pests a reason to come to your house. Make sure your home will appear unattractive to them as they wouldn’t be able to find what they’re looking for in there.
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Pest control is one of the many unavoidable responsibilities you have as a homeowner. There are various kinds of pests that could infest your home depending on where you live. You need to be able to control and prevent them from coming into your home. It’s important that you learn how to deal with this issue so as to avoid costly damage from pest infestation.
Do you need professional pest control help?
Some of the damage that pests can bring includes damage to furniture and the house as well as contamination of food that causes health problems. If you notice signs of pest infestation in your home, it is best to call on your local pest control professional.
These professionals will help you determine the type of pests present in your home. Upon knowing the specific kind of pests you’re dealing with, they will enlighten you on the types of damage it could bring, how dangerous they are, and what are the best treatments for them. They will cure the pest problem and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If you have no idea who to hire, here are some tips to help you choose the right contractor for your needs:
- Look for a contractor from the members of the national, state, and local pest management associations.
- Only hire licensed contractors. Ask the pest management professional you are considering hiring for a copy of the necessary licenses and certifications required in your city and state.
- Ask for referrals from your friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
- Confirm whether or not the pest management company has insurance for any inevitable damage or accident while treating and solving your pest infestation problems.
- Find out if the company offers guarantees, what it includes and how long it will last. This will help you get more for your money. Also, keep in mind that a company that offers guarantees is most likely do the job with utmost satisfaction.
Do your part by following these basic pest control prevention tips
If you have not experienced being infested or bothered by pests, do not wait for the time when you see the signs before you act. Bear in mind that in any situation, prevention always goes a long way. So rather than spend a huge amount of money on getting rid of the pests or in treating and controlling the pest problem, perform some basic prevention to ensure no pests will ever consider entering your home.
Here are some basic prevention tips to help you.
Do not ignore any leaks from your plumbing system – including taps and pipes under the sink. Fix them at the first sign to ensure they will not attract pests. Some pests like their environment moist. This is why it is best to make a routine inspection of all your pipes and taps to ensure there are no leaks that would cause moisture build up.
Always keep your kitchen, dining area, and pantry clean and tidy. Do not let scraps and bits of food lay around on counter tops, cabinets, and tables. One of the primary reasons pests infest a home is because they are looking for food. Do not give them a reason to migrate into your home by leaving food lying around.
Seal all possible entry points to your home. This includes all seals and cracks on the outside of the house as well as holes and splits in your pipes and cables.
Make sure your trees and shrubs are well away from your home. Pests can use these shrubs and other plants as a bridge to enter your home.
If you notice signs of rotting on your roof and wood, have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible so as not to attract insects and pests.
Always seal your garbage containers and make a point to dispose your trash regularly and properly.
For more pest control information and tips, call AAA Pest Control now.
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Are you having problems with rodent control as the months get colder and colder? During these fall and winter months, you will have to worry about several things such as: keeping the house warm enough, maintaining your swimming pool or looking after your car and your driveway. You will also need to worry about unwelcome visitors seeking shelter in your home.
Mice, rats and other small animals will take shelter inside your home during the winter season without your permission. It wouldn’t be a bad thing but these rodents can carry and transmit different kinds of viruses and diseases to you and your children very easily. They are a major health risk. So it is a must that you prevent them from coming into your home.
One of the important aspects of rodent control is preventing these unwanted visitors from entering your home. Here are some basic tips to help you with this.
- Look for and seal any cracks, holes or openings on the outside of your house especially along the doors and windows. This will be the rodents’ main point of entry into your house. They can easily squeeze through these holes as they are quite small. So you need to tightly seal them.
- Check your baseboards, kitchen cabinets, appliances, and closets for any cracks, holes or openings and seal them. Aside from gaining access to your house, these areas could become the pests’ hiding places. Be sure to check every area of your house both inside and outside.
- Make sure all your food bags and containers are tightly sealed and always closed. Aside from seeking shelter and warmth, these rodents come to your home for food as well. Therefore, you do not need to entice them more by not properly storing your food.
- Always keep your pantry, kitchen, dining area, and other areas where you prepare and eat food clean and sanitized. This way, you will not attract any pests to come to you and you also prevent possible infestation. Keep in mind that the best and easiest way for a rodent to transmit the disease or virus it is carrying when it comes in contact with your food and kitchen utensils.
- If you have a pet at home and you store pet food, make sure that it is kept inside a heavy and tightly sealed container. These attract rodents much more easily than our food because their scent is stronger and it is food for the animals, just like them.
- Keep your garbage area clean at all times. If you have messy and smelly trash or food waste, remove them immediately. Use a heavy and sturdy garbage container with a lid to prevent rodents from gaining easy access.
The other aspect of rodent control is getting rid of those pests that are already inside your home. They may have been there even before the winter season because you might have forgotten to seal a hole or opening in your house. Rodents are just persistent and they will find a way to enter your home.
It will be easy to determine that rodents are already inside your home because you will notice some food missing or food bags and food containers having holes in them. The first step to getting rid of these pests is to identify them. Keep in mind that these pests are a major health risk and it is not always advised that you personally handle them, especially if they are the larger ones, which are more dangerous.
To determine the size and type of the rodent you are dealing with, take a closer look at the signs they leave behind: gnaw marks, droppings, body trail marks outside and inside your house, and others. Sometimes, it will be easier because they tend to show themselves.
Once you know what kind of pest you are dealing with, it will be easier for you to apply measures to get rid of them. If they turn out be larger pests, call professional pest control immediately. Do not attempt to deal with them on your own as they are dangerous animals.
If they turn out be smaller ones, you can use traps, baits, repellents, and poison. There is a wide range of tools and strategies for you to get rid of them. These are simple to use and easy to set up. If it’s your first time doing this, do not hesitate to seek professional advice.
The most important thing to remember is protection when handling these pests. Wear gloves and other protective gear when setting up traps and discarding trapped and dead animals. Always keep in mind that dead pests and rodents are more of a health hazard than when they are alive as they can be infected with parasites that could be transmitted through the air or immediate contact.
For more rodent control information and tips, call AAA Pest Control now.
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Myrtle Beach SC
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Stink bugs. We don’t like to think about them and many people don’t even know what they are, but chances are if you haven’t had an infestation of them already, you will at some point. Stink bugs can come in and destroy your garden crops or get in your house and multiply. While they are not dangerous in terms of biting, they are a huge nuisance and nobody wants to deal with them. You will need to call your pest control company to help you if you find that stinkbugs have invaded your house or property.
Pest Control And Stink Bugs—Where On Earth Did They Come From?
Stink bugs come from Asian countries like China, Korea and Japan. They made their way to the United States by being stowaways on shipping containers that came to this country via shipping vessels. Cargo that could include everything from grain to natural materials could easily have stinkbugs hiding out in them, leaving us with a new pest control problem to deal with. Unfortunately, they have multiplied exponentially during the last few years, making their stinky appearances in more than 30 states since their first sighting in Pennsylvania back in 1996.
Stink bugs love to feed on plants and fruits by extracting the juice with their proboscis. Some species of stinkbugs even go after other insects, killing them by sucking their fluids out. Gross, I know! A little pest control 101: Stinkbugs got their name because like skunks, they too have a defense mechanism built in they causes them to emit a stinky odor when they are threatened. They will often expel a foul-smelling liquid if they are disturbed. This is why it is VERY important that you don’t kill them by stepping on them or crushing them! Doing so will cause other stinkbugs to be alerted to the smell and this could actually cause an even bigger infestation as they come in to feed on the dead bugs.
The best way to deal with stinkbugs is to vacuum them up as soon as you see them. Make sure you empty the vacuum cleaner bag when you are done and dispose of it away from your property, in order to prevent the bugs from actually crawling back out of the bag and onto your lawn again. If you have a canister vacuum cleaner, then empty the canister in a bucket of hot soapy water to be sure that any bugs collected will drown. The bucket can then be discarded in a wooded area.
The best pest control is often using good common sense approaches. Seal up any cracks or openings in your house. This is especially true in the kitchen, around doorways or windows. Stink bugs will look for warmer shelter, as the months grow cooler. Don’t let stink bugs get the best of you this fall! Call us today at AAA Pest Control to make sure you don’t end up on the stinky end of the bug!
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Although we don’t like thinking about pest control, each season brings new problems and different pests to deal with. Summer is almost over and now it’s time to think about fall pest control. There are lots of pesky little critters that will look for a warm shelter as the weather gets cooler. Queen bees, cluster flies, lady bugs, carpenter ants and spiders just to name a few. They all come out in the fall, so it’s important to keep your pest treatment up to date. If not, many of these pests can take up residence and even cause damage to your home’s structure. Many people will also see a big increase in rodent population as they are scurrying inside warm homes looking for shelter. The problem with rodents is they can multiply rather quickly, creating an even bigger problem. With a gestation period of only 19 days and 5-8 pups per litter, mice and rats can quickly multiply and spread out of control. Females can get pregnant with large litters up to ten times over her life span and the young females can begin to multiply themselves after only 6 weeks of age. You can imagine how this could cause the rodent population to easily spread out of control. Once they get in your house, they start chewing and gnawing on anything they can find. They scratch at insulation, chew through wires and cables, cause your food to become contaminated, and they stink. This is why it’s so important to take some preventative steps before the winter sets in so you can avoid the rodent problems.
Ants also will be looking for shelter as the temperatures get cooler. They build colonies in the walls and create nests in wood, creating a huge problem with structural damage if they’re not controlled. In the attic, you can also have problems with wasps or bees that will lie dormant over the winter months. If you don’t take measures to get rid of them, they will come back to life in the spring with the carpenter bees drilling holes all over your wood structures and the queen will start laying eggs, thus making the problem much harder to control. Some spiders, cluster flies and lady bugs can also cause problems during the fall and winter months, so it’s important that you take preventative measures to get the proper pesticides so you can avoid these pests, as well as eradicate any current issues.
So What Do You Do About Your Fall Pest Control?
There are things you can do to avoid issues with these pests mentioned here. Preventative treatment goes a long way as part of your pest control plan. Knowing which pests tend to invade in each season of the year will give you a head start.
- Get an inspection on your entire property. Your pest control company will usually do this for free.
- Do a thorough cleanup before the fall arrives. Cut trees back and prune bushes so that they aren’t making contact with the outside of your house.
- Seal any cracks you find. Remember, most pests of any kind get in through very small openings. Get the foundation of your home inspected also for any holes or cracks.
- If you have a fire place or wood burning furnace, make sure your firewood, which can attract bugs and other pests, is stored away from your home.
- Make sure your trash cans have tight lids. We can’t stress this enough!
Finally, contact us here at AAA Pest Control so we can help you get an effective pest control program in place. If you’re going green, we specialize in organic and green pest control!
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Myrtle Beach, SC