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Insider’s Tips About Pest Control During The Cold Months

Insider’s Tips About Pest Control During The Cold Months

As temperatures drop, most homeowners abandon their pest control efforts with the highly noticeable absence of flying insects. However, you must keep in mind that the absence of mosquitoes, flies, and bees, doesn’t mean there won’t be any pests at all during winter. Also, it is not completely true that all animals – including pests – are in hibernation mode in the cold months. Some are still on the lookout for warmth and sources of food and water. And they might just find your house a great prospect if you fail to continue your pest management routine. Which pests can you expect during winter? According to industry experts, the most common pests often seen during winter are mice, cockroaches, and spiders. These pests are found sneaking and crawling underfoot looking for the most convenient hiding place where they will wait for the cold months to pass. And for them to survive, they need a place that offers warmth and an immediate source of food and water. Aside from the inconvenience they bring, the primary reason why you need to do pest control is that of the dangers they bring. Mice and other rodents are known to carry harmful diseases which they can transfer easily to humans by walking on their food. Spiders could bite, which can be poisonous depending on the species. Cockroaches, on the other hand, could carry various bacteria and microorganisms that can trigger asthma and allergy attacks. To help you ensure that these pests will not get inside your home, here are some pest control tips from the National Pest Management Association. 1. Conduct a thorough...
How To Deal With Pests During Winter

How To Deal With Pests During Winter

Once the cold weather comes, birds begin to migrate south, bears hibernate, while humans relax by the fire and layer up to keep warm throughout the cold winter season. But have you ever wondered what happens to pests such as termites, mosquitoes, and ants? Most homeowners assume that they just die but what they don’t know is that these pests as well as other insects find ways to survive winter. Find out how these little critters make it through the cold season and some of the most effective pest control tips to help you stop them from invading your home. Ants It is not all common for you to see ants marching across your kitchen counter during winter. But that does not mean that they are not close by. Ants are extremely successful at overwintering outdoors, even in your backyard. During the fall season, they enjoy eating a lot of food so they can put on fat, which will help them survive weeks without eating. Once winter sets in, they close up their colony and stay comfortably under rocks or in deep soil until springtime. When the temperature increases, ants will come out from their overwintering sites, still filled with energy, and all set to crash your next backyard barbecue. Bed Bugs Bed bugs can withstand freezing temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, making them very difficult to control. But, they usually die a few days after they are exposed to temperatures lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Given that, your home is the best place for them to stay so they could survive during winter. Cockroaches Cockroaches have...
Cleaning Tips To Keep Holiday Pests At Bay

Cleaning Tips To Keep Holiday Pests At Bay

Everybody loves to prepare for a holiday feast. However, with all the baking and cooking that is happening, there will always be spills, messes, and crumbs that fall on the floor that will attract pests like cockroaches to the kitchen. It is as easy as getting the attention of couch potatoes with the delectable scent of roasting turkey. When it comes to pest control and prevention, there are several ways to help keep pests away from your kitchen not only during the holidays but all year long. Prepare Your Kitchen You will have more space for your goodies by clearing out your pantry and your refrigerator. Apart from that, you will also get to remove any old supplies that could attract pests. Inspect Baking Supplies Before you begin baking, give your baking supplies like your flour a quick look. Check for bugs before you bring them into your kitchen. Clean As You Go Leaving utensils, plates, pans, and pots that are covered with food out in the open is the type of opportunity that pests are looking for. Take Out Your Garbage Never leave your trash bins in the kitchen to overflow. Double or even triple line your garbage cans so you already have a bag already in place whenever the current bag is full. This will also make your disposal routine a lot easier. Clean Everything When Your Day Ends It is always recommended for you to end your day with an empty and clean kitchen countertop and sink. Make Cleaning Easier Lay wax paper or newspaper under food preparations before you begin. Spills and crumbs clean up...
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...