Pest Control Do’s and Don’ts For Winter Pests

Pest Control11 300x196 Pest Control Do’s and Don’ts For Winter PestsPest control is different for every specific type of pest. Similarly, it should also be different with each season simply because you will most likely be facing different pests during the colder months.

Winter simply means hibernation for animals and pests. While some animals can easily find shelter and warmth in the forest, some pests choose to seek these comforts inside homes. The primary reason is probably because food is instantly and easily available inside houses and there would be lots of hiding places where they can hibernate safely and comfortably. And if the family does not implement proper precautionary and preventive measures, detection is near impossible.

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Start Early With Your Winter Pest Control

Pest Control 261x300 Start Early With Your Winter Pest ControlPest control in winter is much like the other seasons. Winter is a common season for pests to go into hibernation and seek shelter and warmth. Unfortunately, some pests’ idea of shelter and warmth is sharing your home. According to the National Pest Management Association, homeowners need to continue implementing preventive measures throughout the season to ensure no pests will be disturbing them during the holidays.

To help you with your winter pest control, here are some facts about common winter pests.

  • German cockroaches

These pests get inside your home by hitchhiking on grocery bags, boxes and furniture. Anything that you bring to your house, especially those that you bought from second hand sources, may contain German cockroaches. So you will need to very carefully inspect them before bringing them inside your home. With regards to grocery bags and boxes, you may opt to open them outside your home.

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Learn More About Termites For A Successful Pest Control

Pest Control1 Learn More About Termites For A Successful Pest ControlThe key to a successful pest control and management is knowledge on the specific type of pest you are dealing with. In this article, you’ll learn about a different type of termite, which is unlike the common termites that eat your home’s foundation. But this specific type of termites is also common in every home. You need to know all about them so you will know how to deal with them.

Introducing: dry-wood termites

What differentiates dry-wood termites from common termites is that they do not live underground. They are often found in wood sidings, wood supports in the attic, and in the roofing as well. They are also found to infest your crawlspaces specifically the ones near your attic. They are also commonly found eating the following:

  • Wood molding particularly your windows’ and doors’ framing
  • Wood siding and roofing
  • Eaves and overhangs
  • Joints and crevices all around your doors

Pest control experts say their swarming season is from September to November. And the best time for them to swarm and mate is when there has been a sudden drastic change in temperature, particularly from cold to warm or hot.

It’s often difficult to detect the presence of dry-wood termites in your house. This is probably because of their ability to build a chamber inside the wood and stay there for more than a year. They do this by excavating a tunnel inside the wood and closing it once they are inside. They will stay inside the wood for as long as necessary.

If they cannot find wood to infest, they can also suppress their hunger and stay dormant for a long period of time. They often only go out to find a source of food that they can invade. And oftentimes, they go back to the same wood they’ve infested before.

How to tell if you have dry-wood termites inside or near your home

Pest control professionals share these signs that you need to look for to tell whether or not there are dry-wood termites near or inside your home.

1. Hollow sound coming from your wooden foundation after knocking on it. This means the termites have succeeded in eating the inside of the wood.

2. Visible damages on the wood that seemed like it was carved out. And if you try to pick a hole on the wood, you can easily do so even with a blunt pocket knife or screw driver.

3. Piles of dust and debris near your walls, door and window frames, and foundations. If the dust resembles coarse sand grain, then you can be sure the pile actually consists of the termites’ fecal matter.

4. Accumulation of insect wings on your window sills. This means that termites are swarming to get inside your house or to move to another hideout inside your home.

If you need professional pest control assistance in dealing with termites, call AAA Pest Control now.

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Effective Pest Control Requires Proper Insect Identification

Pest Control 153x300 Effective Pest Control Requires Proper Insect IdentificationOne 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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Myrtle Beach SC

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Pest Control and Termites

pest control1 300x200 Pest Control and TermitesThe 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.

Call AAA Pest Control for professional assistance and advice on how best to protect your home.

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Myrtle Beach SC

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