As you are setting up your holiday decorations, you should not slack on your pest control routine. In fact, it is during this time that you should keep a keener eye on signs of pest infestation; especially when bringing a fresh tree from the outside and when opening that boxful of Christmas decorations that have been sitting up in your attic for months now.
Winter pests may not always come from your yard. They can also come from the tree that you’ve recently cut and brought inside the house or from your dusty box of Christmas decorations. Thus, you will need to implement more careful pest control and management strategies. Below are some ideas.
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Pest control should not stop in your yard, basement or attic. You should know that there are pantry pests that you also need to keep an eye out for. It is important that you learn how to effectively protect your pantry and prevent these pests from reaching and taking permanent residence in your kitchen ingredients and pantry supplies.
Important of pantry pest control
Pantry pests or also known as stored product pests are often found near or inside the food that you store in your pantry or kitchen cupboards. The most common foods where they could be found include grains, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolates. What makes them dangerous is their ability to breed quickly; thus, they are able to infest and take over a single bag of grains in a matter of weeks or even days.
Pest 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.
Pest 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.
The 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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