One of the important keys in ensuring effective pest control is proper insect identification. Keep in mind that not all insect and pests are harmful or pose a threat to your home and health. There are actually insects that serve an important purpose to the environment. These include the honey bees and bumblebees which help in the pollination process of crops and many flowers. These helpful insects do not pose a threat as they do no harm to people and their homes.
Unfortunately, many of the harmful insects look very much like the friendly ones. There are distinguishing characteristics but you would have to take a closer look in order to properly identify them.
Why is proper identification necessary in pest control?
It is important that you are able to properly identify an insect before making any move to remove or eliminate them. The reason for this is for you to be able to avoid accidentally hurting the good and friendly insects. Also, it helps if you know what to look for to properly tell what type of insect is lurking in your yard so you won’t mistakenly attempt to go near a harmful and dangerous insect.
There are some ways to tell these insects apart. Because they look very much alike, you can look at their size and where they build their nest to tell what specific type of insect you have on your yard. Also, they have different characteristics that will tell you what type of insect they are. For example, most harmful insects are very territorial with their nests. Some others will chase people for miles when they get excited or when they are antagonized.
Pest control tips to avoid harmful insects
Once you’ve properly identified what type of insect you are dealing with and have confirmed that you are indeed working with a harmful insect, you will have to call in an expert immediately. While waiting for the expert to come to your house, there are some things you can do to avoid getting in contact with these harmful insects.
Firstly, you’ll need to find out the primary reason why these insects are claiming your yard. Most likely, they have found a source of food, water, and shelter somewhere in your yard. You need to remove these sources so that the insects will move on to other places to thrive.
Here are some things you can do to remove the insects’ sources of food, water, and shelter in your home and yard.
• Make sure your outdoor patios are always clean and free from any leftover food and grease spills. This is most especially true after you using the patio to entertain friends and guests.
• After using your outdoor cooking area or grill, always leave them clean and sanitized. Don’t forget that insects get easily attracted to crumbs of food left outside. They most especially love the grease and grime on any surfaces in your cooking and grill area.
• Cover your garbage cans and recycling containers with tight lids. Make sure these lids will not be easily removed and that there are no gaps and holes where the insects can go through.
• Empty your garbage cans and recycling containers regularly to ensure they will not overspill and attract more insects.
If you are having difficulties identifying the insects in your yard, call AAA Pest Control for professional pest control assistance.
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The basics of pest control include learning about the specific kind of pest you are going to be dealing with. And the deadliest pest that could invade residential and corporate properties is termites. What makes these pests deadly is their ability to silently eat away at your home’s foundations and walls. You or any member of your household won’t be able to easily notice their presence, especially if you don’t know what signs to look for. Oftentimes, they have already eaten through half the beams in your basement before you even realize you’re cohabitating with them.
This is why it is very important to learn everything that you can about termites. This will not only help you implement effective pest control, but will also help you better protect your house from termite infestation. Here are some basic facts and information you need to know about termites.
• Termites do not generally thrive underground
Contrary to common belief, not all termite species live underground. Although it is common for them to settle underground and create shafts and tunnels all the way up to the surface as their mode of transportation, there are a couple of termite species that live above ground. One such specie is the Conehead termite, which is often mistaken for ants because of their behavior.
• Termites can eat 24/7, non-stop, without ever feeling full
It is common knowledge that termites eat all types of woods and wallpaper. What is not known to many, however, is the fact that termites can eat non-stop for 24 hours without ever feeling full. In fact, research has revealed that a termite colony can quickly devour wood as big as one mug of sawdust in just two hours. Imagine how short a time it would take for them to eat away your entire deck.
• A termite colony woks as a single unit
If there’s one thing people could admire in termites, it’s their ability to work as a single unit despite belonging to a colony with thousands of other termites. They are able to do this because of what is referred to as the swarm intelligence, wherein the needs of the entire colony always come first rather than each individual need. This actually helps them become extremely proficient, both in survival and in building their colony, which unfortunately, makes it challenging for pest control professionals.
• Each termite in a colony belongs to a specific work group
Similarly with other insects, termites also have particular occupations inside their colony. These diverse work groups and each individual job play significant roles in the growth and development of a colony. The common jobs within a termite colony are workers, soldiers, nymphs and reproductive termites.
Workers are the largest work group in a termite colony. They are in charge of scavenging, keeping up the colony home and taking care of the eggs. Soldiers protect the colony and secure whatever is left of it after being attacked by predators or other insects. Nymphs are the younger termites, who will eventually belong to the workers group. Reproductive termites, on the other hand, are the ones responsible for creating and starting new colonies. They are equipped with wings so they can easily travel from one point to another to fulfill their duties.
Considering these basic facts, it will be easy for you to understand how it can be possible for a termite to wreak havoc and potentially destroy your lovely home. Do not wait until there are several colonies of termites in different areas of your home. Act now and work to protect your home from termite infestation.
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Spiders are among the many unwanted guests that most homeowners are only too eager to get rid of. They can be eliminated through several methods of pest control. If you have a spider problem and have tried lots of different strategies to get rid of the spiders lurking in your attic or basement, you are probably ready to just leave your spider problem to the pest control professionals.
While waiting for your local pest control to come to your home and assist you with your spider problems, here are some things you can do:
Maintain a clean garage, attics, and cellars.
Similarly, with all other types of pests, spiders like places that are dirty and full of dust and clutter. This type of surrounding gives them the perfect environment to hide, thrive, and develop, without frequent human interference. Plus, they won’t likely to starve in these areas because of the unlimited and continuous supply of other pests and insects.
Aside from these separated, undisturbed areas, you might also want to limit the clutter all throughout the house. Abstain from leaving laundry and shoes on the floor. Opt to store them in an organized manner by using plastic containers or cabinets. Pest control experts also suggest shaking out all clothes before wearing or washing.
Look for all breaks, gaps, and cracks throughout the house and securely seal them.
Arachnids can slither into homes through cracked or gaps in the window screens or even splits in the siding. Assess the outside of your home for any break, gap, crack, or splits on a regular basis. Note that changes in climate and temperature can intensify these specific types of existing issues.
Thoroughly inspect grocery sacks and other goods before bringing them inside your home.
Spiders and other bugs always find ways to enter your home. If there aren’t any cracks or gaps from which they could gain access to the inside of your home, they can enter through boxes or grocery bags that come from outside the home. This is why it has become extremely important to thoroughly inspect bundles, boxes, bags, and sacks – including those that are left on your front step when you’re not at home.
What to do if a spider bites you
On the off chance that a spider accidentally bites you, you will need to contact your personal physician. You can also seek first-aid advice from your local pest control company. There are many different species of spiders and not all of them are poisonous. For example, ordinary house spiders and cellar spiders are not poisonous. These species of spiders don’t have strong mouths and, thus, are not able to puncture the skin when they bite.
If you are certain you have a spider infestation at home, call your local pest control right away. Contact AAA Pest Control now.
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Pest control is not all about protecting your house and your properties or getting rid of harmful and dangerous pests lurking through your yard and inside your home. It is also about preventing these pests from gaining access to your property. And to ensure that no pests can enter your home or even your yard, you will need to pest-proof your home at least once a week, if not every day.
Pest-proofing for securer pest control
Experts from the National Pest Management Association highly recommends including the following task in your daily or weekly home maintenance routine.
Outside your home:
- Look for easy access points. These are usually near where your utility pipes are connected to your house. Use caulk to seal any small gaps that you see. Cover the bigger openings with a steel wool since pests don’t like rough steel fibers.
- Immediately repair rotting wood as soon as you spot it. Keep in mind that most pests find rotting and moist wood as an ideal area to accumulate and develop. If couldn’t be repaired, dispose the rotting wood properly.
- Ensure there are no areas in your yard where standing water can accumulate. This is another ideal breeding ground for most pests. So you need to keep an eye out for any place standing water might accumulate. Get rid of the standing water immediately and clean the area. Use a cover if necessary to ensure water will no longer accumulate.
- If you store firewood outside your home, make sure it is in a clean and dry place that is at least 20 feet away from your home. Dry wood is another favorite breeding ground of many pests. If these are near your home, they can transfer easily from the dry wood to inside your home, where they can gain access to much more food sources.
- Mulch should also be kept away from the foundation of your home. They should be at least 15 feet away from the foundation as they can transfer pests, specifically termites, to your home’s foundation. You don’t want termites to find the foundations of your home because that can greatly damage your home and may result to costly repairs.
Inside your home:
- Ensure your pets don’t have fleas and ticks by bringing them to your vet regularly. Ask your vet how you can prevent fleas and ticks from living off of your pets.
- Always keep the kitchen area clean and free from crumbs and food spills. Always wipe all kitchen counters and sweep and mop the floor.
- Do not leave open food on the kitchen counter, cabinets, and pantries, especially throughout the night. Store your food in tightly sealed containers. Keep leftover food and ripe fruits inside your refrigerator.
- Use dehumidifier to prevent mold growth in your basement, crawl spaces, and attics.
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The primary goal of pest control for mosquitoes is to avoid them and prevent them from making your yard their breeding nest. These insects carry various kinds of diseases including the deadly ones such as West Nile and yellow fever. Although easy to kill individually, mosquitoes are persistent insects that will continue to find ways to survive and thrive.
According to most professionals, the best and most effective pest control for mosquitoes revolves around maintenance and protection.
Maintenance control for mosquitoes
Maintenance should be focused in getting rid of and preventing the accumulation off standing water in your yard. Always keep in mind that mosquitoes breed in water. There are species that breed even in small amounts of water so be sure you remove all standing water in your yard. Below are some tips to ensure there is no place in your yard where mosquitoes can breed:
- Do not use yard decorations and accessories that can collect water after a light rain or when you water your plants or turn on the sprinkler.
- Always check your flower pots and beds at least every other day and remove any water accumulation.
- If you have a bird bath, make it a habit to clean it at least once a week, if not more frequently.
- If you have a decorative pond or pool in your yard, consider adding some mosquito-eating fish to prevent the mosquitoes from using this as a breeding ground.
Protection pest control for mosquitoes
Aside from properly maintaining your yard to eliminate the primary breeding ground of these insects, you also have to work on protecting yourself whenever outside. Here are some tips to help you ensure mosquitoes will not be able to get to you.
Always remember that mosquitoes are weak fliers. They will not be able to fly effectively if there is strong wind or a blast of air. This is why experts suggest setting up a large fan on your yard. This will prevent the mosquitoes from flying anywhere near you. You can also opt to install a wall or ceiling mounted fan on your porch.
Mosquitoes see dark colors more easily as compared to light colors. Hence, wearing light colored clothing whenever going outside makes you a bit invisible from these insects.
As always, use insect repellants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend safe and proper use of insect repellants as protection from mosquitoes. There are many different brands available on the market today. Find one that best suits your needs and budget.
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