Most experts will agree that the key to effective pest control is early detection. Whether or not you know what kind of pest you are dealing with, what’s important is that you find out where they are hiding inside your house, how they were able to get inside, and which areas of your house they most frequently visit.
The most difficult pest to look for are wood-destroying insects, particularly the termites. You won’t know you cohabitate with them until you notice your foundations are getting weaker or until your floorboards start creaking. What’s worse is that, these insects are the best at hiding and they generate the worse and most expensive damage to your properties and the entire house as well. In fact, it often takes 3-8 years before you see signs of termite infestation, at which point, your house has already taken a lot of damage.
To help you easily find where these common wood destroying insects hide, consider these tips.
One of the most common causes for pest control are termites. To find where they are hiding, you need to look for signs of infestation by tapping your wooden walls, foundations, door frames, floor boards, etc. Use the handle of a screw driver to tap on your walls and floorboards. If you hear a hollow sound, then you’ve got an infestation in that area. You can also consider poking the screwdriver in your walls. If it goes in easily, that area is most likely hollowed inside because of termite infestation.
Another tip off that would tell you have termites at home is when you see discarded wings near your windows and doors primarily during spring as this is their mating season. This is when termites go out to mate and start new colonies. When they find their mates they shed their wings and go underground.
Aside from termites, there are other pests that require you to call professional pest control assistance. Before you bring them in, make sure you know what you’ll be dealing with. Here are some tips to help you find where common house pests are hiding.
- Carpenter ants – These insects leave piles of mixed wood shavings and fecal matter as evidence of their presence in your house. They love to hide in damp and decayed wood and often make a nest out of it.
- Powderpost beetles – This type of beetle usually comes out during the months of May through August. During these times, be on the lookout for small holes the size of a pinhead on the wood parts of your house. Powdery wood shavings near the wood are also sure signs that your house is infested with powerpost beetles.
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If you notice unwanted guests lurking throughout your attic, you will need to implement proper pest control. Keep in mind that pests do not only attempt to enter your home from your kitchen door or lawn. They can also sneak in through your attic and, finding it a safe and comfortable place, they eventually decide to stay and live in it for good. This is why they keep on coming back after your every attempt to ward them off.
But don’t get hopeless. Here are some essential attic pest control tips you can consider to ensure your unwanted guests will no longer come back to your attic.
Find out which pest you’re dealing with through their droppings
Almost all pest removal tip starts with identifying the pest to be warded off. Different pests should be handled differently. When it comes to pests that like to invade attics, you can identify them by looking at their droppings. Each pest has a distinct size, shape, and color of droppings. Here are some of them from the Enviro-Tech Pest Management Franchise.
- Mouse has pellet-shaped droppings that are about 1/8 inch in length.
- Rats’ droppings are shaped like sausages and are 1/4 inch long.
- Squirrels have similar droppings as rats but they are longer, reaching about 1 inch in length.
- Raccoons have the biggest droppings with 3/4 width and 2-3 inches length. They are also shaped like sausages.
- A bat’s droppings are often found in piles, are shaped like pellets, and are 1/2 inch in length.
As soon as you identified the pest behind the droppings in your attic, it is best to clean the droppings first before you proceed to work on removing them. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you have to open the windows in your attic and air out the area for at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be in the attic while waiting for it to air out. Disinfect the area by spraying with a bleach solution that is 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Remember to wear gloves and masks the entire time you are cleaning and to properly dispose of the trash using sealed plastic bags.
After identifying the pest, apply the appropriate pest control methods
If you found mice in your attic, the best way to deal with them is to set up mouse traps throughout the attic and where they mostly crawl through such as near drainpipes and electrical wires. For rats, it’s best to use rattraps with covers instead of the little mousetraps. Rats are bigger and stronger than mice so be sure you use more efficient traps.
Use a metal cage to trap squirrels from inside your attic. Don’t forget to check your local laws regarding trapping and relocating squirrels. Different cities and states have varying laws so it’s better to confirm. If you find raccoons or bats in your attic, call your local pest control professional immediately.
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According to pest control professionals, they have often received calls on termite infestation and when they arrive to the house, they realize the pests they’re dealing with are winged ants. Many homeowners are indeed confused between these two common household pests.
In this article, pest control professionals share information about winged ants and termites to help homeowners differentiate and easily identify them.
Basic differences between winged ants and termites
Pest control professionals say you can easily tell winged ants and termites apart by looking at three parts of their bodies.
- Waist – The waist of ants is nipped in while the waist of termites is straight.
- Antennae – The antennae of ants are bent while those of termites are straight.
- Wings – The wings of ants are composed of long front wings and short back wings. All four wings of termites have the same size.
Basic pest control to prevent winged ants and termites from damaging your home
These pests come out during spring like all other types of household pests. They make their presence known to you and the rest of your family when they are swarming, which is when they are mating and looking for an area to live in.
Listed below are some basic tips to ensure these pests will not be damaging your home.
- Inspect for signs of leaks on your roof, gutters, and outside pipes. These leaks become their water source. Make sure there are no leaks outside your house so they don’t have anywhere to drink in. Repair any leaks at once.
- Know what they are looking for in their new home and remove these from your house. Termites love dead wood, like your firewood, so don’t store them outside. They also love the gaps between mulch, plantings, siding, and foundation. These are their ideal places to live in so make sure you don’t make these easily available to them.
- Because termites love wood, try not to store wood and wooden items in your attic. Look for other storing places for your wood items. Otherwise, dispose them properly.
- These pests also need moisture to survive so make sure your crawl spaces are properly ventilated to decrease, if not completely remove, moisture.
- Direct water away from your home by installing down spouts. Water coming into your home can increase the level of moisture; thus, making your home the ideal place for termites and ants to develop.
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One of the most common problems that professional pest control services face is bed bug infestations. Contrary to what is commonly believed, bed bugs are not restricted to bedrooms only. In fact, according to professionals, bed bugs can be found almost everywhere inside the house.
Bed bugs like your beds because it is where they can get uninhibited access to all the blood that they need to survive. Aside from that, they also need the carbon monoxide that we release as well as our body heat. And they can get all these by hiding in our beds. But keep in mind that they can appear anywhere, including places that you wouldn’t normally consider to be their hiding places.
Where do professional pest control services find bed bugs aside from beds?
Aside from the beds, these pests can also be found in the couch, desk and/or reading chairs, furniture with foams and/or mattresses, and behind picture frames or switch plates.
Bed bugs love the couch as much as they love beds because this is another common furniture where people most often spend their time. Plus, the couch is the most common furniture, next to the bed, where people fall asleep. So naturally, this is where they would most likely hide if they’re not in your bed.
Pest control professionals have often found evidence of bed bugs on desk and/or reading chairs so you may want to check there as well. No, it’s not a likely place for bed bugs to hid in but when you really think about it, some people – especially those who spend more time in front of their computers – spend as much time on their desk chairs as with their beds and couch, and sometimes even more.
If you recently replaced your mattress or furniture, make sure you put your used and old ones outside at once, especially if they haven’t been inspected by professionals. You can never be too sure if there bed bugs hiding in your old mattresses and furniture. Putting them outside and having professionals look at them first will really help prevent them from spreading throughout your home.
Keep in mind that bed bugs can appear in strange places and these include the backs of picture frames and switch plates. Although these areas are not likely where they can get unlimited access to resources they need to survive, these are perfect hiding places where they can hibernate while you are having your beds and couches inspected or while they are still looking for an area to live and accumulate.
It’s always best to opt for a thorough inspection of your entire house if you really want these pests eradicated. Next time you invite a professional over, make sure he or she checks your entire home – including places where bed bugs are not likely to hide.
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Upon learning that pests have found their way inside homes, most homeowners would first attempt to fix the problem on their own rather than seek assistance from a professional pest control company. These homeowners think they are saving money by not paying professional fees. Well, they are if they know what they’re doing and if they have the necessary experience, knowledge and skills. Otherwise, resolving the problem on your own after seeing the first signs of pests inside your home will only cause you to spend more money than you would have if you hired a professional in the first place.
Keep in mind that pest problems are best left to the hands of a certified, highly skilled and well experienced professional to ensure you won’t be bothered by the same problem again after several years. If you try to resolve the pest problem on your own without the required knowledge and tools you could get rid of the pests invading your house. But it is less likely that you would be throwing them out for good. What a professional does, however, is they ensure the pest problem is resolved and won’t lead to a recurring problem in your home by getting to the main cause of the problem and fixing that.
Here are some common problems that you should leave to professional pest control.
- Infestation of wood-boring insects
These include termites, power post beetles, carpenter bees and carpenter ants. Because their primary food source is wood, they eat and breed on the wood parts of your house – primarily, your support beams. This makes your support beams weaker and weaker eventually resulting in costly repairs without you noticing. Sadly, these repairs are often not included in most homeowner’s insurance policies.
These insects have the ability to continuously chew through your support beams, flooring, and wallpaper without making their presence and activities known so you won’t learn about their presence in your home until your support beams fall apart. To avoid this, have your home regularly inspected by professionals. They will look at every part of your home to detect the presence of any insects and pests. This way, they will be able to eradicate them completely before they can cause expensive and severe damage.
- Presence of bed bugs
These pests are also difficult to detect like wood-boring insects. Bed bugs can hide behind electrical switches, in beddings, and even under your wallpaper. Aside from their impressive hiding skills, these nasty pests can live without food consumption (blood intake) for several months even when exposed to above extreme temperatures. This is why they are often considered by many professionals as the pest that is the most difficult to treat. Working with a highly skilled pest control professional will require several treatments to completely eradicate all the bed bugs inside an average home.
- When pest problems reoccur
Regardless of the specific type of pest you are dealing with, if the problem keeps coming back, you will definitely need to call in a professional. The reason might be you or the person treating the problem failed to address the main root cause of the problem. If not this, there is an underlying cause to the problem that has not been detected yet and, thus, has not been addressed properly. You’ll need to work with a professional as soon as you possibly can.
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