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How To Stop Pests From Ruining Your Christmas

How To Stop Pests From Ruining Your Christmas

During the holidays, most people love to watch the Grinch who stole Christmas. Although that’s only a work of fiction, there are many things that can prevent you from having a happy holiday. Rodents, pests, as well as bugs that live in your Christmas tree,  are a few of the pests that can ruin this festive season. Here are a few things you need to know including some simple pest control tips. Rats and Mice It is getting colder and that means rats will start to look for a warmer place they can call their new home. It also means that they could end up in your home during the holidays. Rats and mice can get inside your home through the smallest crack in your wall. Once they get in, they will immediately start wreaking havoc in your house. They may even attempt to get into the presents under your tree. Since they love to gnaw on bright and shiny things, they may even munch on your Christmas lights. Roaches Just like mice and rats, cockroaches likewise prefer a warm place where they could stay for the winter season and homes are always on top of their list because they have everything they need. Christmas Tree Bug Nothing beats the festive feeling you get whenever you bring a live Christmas tree inside your home instead of artificial ones. They do not only look great but also smell wonderful. However, if you bring a live Christmas tree, you are also inviting hundreds of little pests like bark beetles, Aphids, Mites, and spiders, which could already be living in the tree...
How To Pest Proof Your Home For Winter

How To Pest Proof Your Home For Winter

As winter draws near, you will notice that flying insects such as bees, flies, and mosquitoes. We link these pests with fall and summer, a nuisance to fully enjoying various outdoor activities, and likewise thankful for the colder weather as it brings relief from their bites and stings. But that does not mean that there will be no sign of any kind of pest all throughout the winter season. You need to know the best pest control tips to help keep winter pests at bay. While bees and mosquitoes fly overhead during the summer season, mice, cockroaches, and spiders can crawl under your foot throughout winter. These pests are looking for shelter and they consider your house as a cozy new place that they can also call their home. You have to take preventative measures to prevent these pests from coming inside your house because they can bring lots of danger inside your house. Rodents, for example, can carry diseases like Hantavirus and Salmonella. Spiders can cause serious side effects once you get bitten while cockroaches can trigger allergies and asthma. The NPMA or National Pest Management Association has offered some pest control tips that can be used by homeowners who are looking for ways to keep these little critters out. Seal holes and cracks on the outside of your house to prevent rodents from getting access to your home. Don’t forget to check places where pipes and utilities enter your home. Keep in mind that a mouse can squeeze itself into a hole that is as little as a dime. Change any lose weather stripping or mortar around...
Pest Control Do’s and Don’ts For Winter Pests

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

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 that 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. Some of the common pests that are encountered in winter are mice, rats, raccoons, cockroaches, and spiders. Pest control varies with each specific type of pest. Below are some tips to help you effectively ward them off from your house and prevent winter infestation. Pest Control Tips in the Winter Seal any visible and hidden cracks, gaps, and even small openings on the outside of your homes, windows, walls, and doors. Use caulk and steel wool for sealing. If you store your summer and fall decorations, clothes, toys, and other seasonal gears inside boxes and containers, organize these boxes and containers on the shelves. Keep them off of the floor at all times to reduce potential hiding places for pests. Inspect your crawl spaces and basements and make sure there are no sources of moisture or damp areas. These damp and moist areas are common hiding places of pests. Vacuum the entire house frequently, most especially in the kitchen area where there are often crumbs...
Eliminating Cockroaches With Regular Pest Control

Eliminating Cockroaches With Regular Pest Control

No one likes to think about it, but the fact is that most of us have had to call in pest control for an infestation of cockroaches in our home at least once. Cockroaches love to live in dark, wet environments, yet they can go up to three months with no food and up to one month with no water! This makes them very stubborn and hard to get rid of, but not impossible. Following are some tips and facts about these pesky nuisances and how to control them. Cockroaches thrive in wet areas of your home like the kitchen sink, laundry room and even your bathroom. They also tend to come out in the dark or at night when you’re sleeping. That’s why you often see them scatter all over when you turn the kitchen light on in the middle of the night. They are also looking for food. How To Get Prepared For Pest Control Calling in a professional pest control company like AAA Pest Control  is the best way to handle a cockroach problem. They will most likely use a gel bait that the cockroach will eat and then take back to the colony, where all of them will soon die. These baits are placed in the damp areas of the home. The technician can also spray a white powder insecticide, but this can pose problems with kids who are exposed to it, so it’s not the best solution. Vacuum Them Up! If you vacuum up any dead roaches before your technician arrives, it will help in bringing the numbers down and ridding the entire house...
Elimininating Fall Bugs

Elimininating Fall Bugs

Football games, a little more rain and somewhat cooler temperatures mark the arrival of fall season.  If you are like me, you welcome the cooler weather; however, bugs and rodents are looking for a warm place to hide for the winter.  One fall bug in particular can cause a problem and it is commonly referred to as the stink bug.  Your home is a great place for these creatures to find shelter and warmth from the coming cool weather. Hiring a pest control company is an excellent option in getting rid of this tiny critters. Stink bugs get their name from the overpowering odor they emit when they are stepped on or squashed.  Originally from Asia, these fall bugs were first introduced into the United States in the latter 1990s in eastern Pennsylvania (that’s right – a little over 10 years ago.)  These fall bugs have been migrating to other areas of the country and if you have not seen them in your area, you will soon. Once they move into your home, you will not notice them until they become active in spring when they will gather near windows and on walls seeking a way out.  This particular bug multiplies very quickly and that is why it is spreading to other states at a rapid pace. According to research, female bugs can lay up to 240 eggs in one lifetime.  This makes it very difficult to control without seeking professional pest control help.  The best prevention for fall bugs such as the stink bug is to pest proof your home in the fall with the assistance of a...
How Can Humidity And Moisture Worsen Your Pest Problem At Home

How Can Humidity And Moisture Worsen Your Pest Problem At Home

Moisture, as well as humidity, provide the best settings for mosquitoes and pests to multiply. Wet and warm conditions are the favorite environments of pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes, crickets, earwigs, and so on to grow and survive. In warm weather conditions and with the boost in humidity following the rains, there is a good possibility that pests like mosquitoes will breed and infest a property. Each house has certain places that do not totally dry up and leave some level of moisture behind. There are some areas that have incorrect slopes where moisture have a tendency to accumulate. The rainy season also adds to the mosquito and pest issue in the house because it boosts the humidity level in the atmosphere. The rainwater accumulates and forms puddles in spots with the incorrect slope or in open containers and bins that may be lying around in your garden or yard, eventually creating water bodies that are stagnant. These are the best places where a pest infestation can begin since the majority of pests will lay their eggs and develop into larvae in these locations. They will then become adults in just a few days and spread the infestation immediately. Mosquitoes are commonly found breeding in trashcans, coolers, wet buckets, as well as recycling bins. These areas are usually neglected. Homeowners are asked to keep their recycling bins and trashcans dry by drilling some holes at the bottom so that the moisture will be drained immediately. Moisture can lead to humid setting, especially during the warmer months. Moist, humid, and hot weather are the primary reasons for pest infestations in gardens,...