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We focus on answering all of your pest control questions with pragmatic advice that you can implement immediately.
Learn more about all types of pests
You can browse through our different categories of pests here and narrow down to whatever specific pest problem you might be dealing with.
Learn how to humanely prevent, control, and relocate animals that can cause problems to humans or their pets.
While not really a problem inside the home or business, mosquitoes can cause a problem for visitors. Female mosquitoes will bite humans and animals, leaving behind an itchy red mark. They can also carry a number of diseases. Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnate water, water that isn’t moving. This is where they lay their eggs and once those eggs hatch they can turn into a swarm of mosquitoes.
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Rats & Mice
Living along people for perhaps the longest, rats and mice can end up living in close proximity to humans when rodents sneak into buildings looking for shelter, food, and water. While some people have even begun to keep rats and mice in their homes as pets, wild rodents can do a great deal of damage to a building. Rats and mice are known for chewing through wires and wooden beams to wear at their teeth. They will also tear into food supplies easily ruining entire boxes and bags of dried goods. They are also known carriers of a number of diseases.
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Various birds can get into attics, crawlspaces, and chimneys, often leaving a mess and droppings where they decide to nest. The most common reason birds enter buildings is to seek shelter for raising their young or from the elements. Birds will often bring in twigs, grass, mud, and just about anything else they can make a nest out of.
They can leave behind feathers, waste, and sometimes even discarded bugs. Additionally, birds can create noise problems, and their nests can clog ventilation and chimneys.
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These are just some of the more common pests that can get into a home or business. Depending on location other pests can be more commonly seen. Silverfish, bed bugs, carpet bugs, flies, and gnats are all common throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world.
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General pest control advice
There are a number of pest control and prevention tips a homeowner or business owner can use to prevent an infestation.
For example, learning proper cleaning methods and food storage goes a long way towards keeping pests out of the home. Also, it’s helpful to learn to identify bug and animals pests that are prevalent where you live. And then a general understanding of which pest control strategies are appropriate for different types of pests is also useful.
Cleaning is very important in a home or business. Having a clean environment helps improve a person’s health and offers little in the way of food to pests. Vacuum and sweep often, making sure to get under and behind furniture. A good mopping on hard surface floors is always a good idea. Keeping dishes and laundry done routinely reduces food sources for insects and other creepy crawlers.
Keeping the home or business building in good repair is a great way to keep pests out. Fix broken windows, cracks in foundations, busted vents, and other areas that could create an easy doorway. Pay close attention to ductwork. The heat from the ducts attracts rodents and bugs like a magnet, and they will chew or scratch through the soft insulation to get to that heat. Keeping the home or building in good repair can also save on heating and cooling costs, giving anyone a good second reason for keeping air leaks patched.
Leaking plumbing can also attract pets. The water source they provide can be valuable to a pest during a dry season. The moisture can also create a breeding ground for some bugs that can easily take over your home. This moisture can also cause mold, another health hazard if ignored. Common places to check include under sinks, behind shower walls, near the washer and dryer, and around the water heater.
Properly store food. Dry foods, like cereals, flour, rice, and pasta should be kept in sealed containers. This way pests have a harder time getting to the food supply. Keep food stored in cabinets or on shelves, at least, a foot or more off the ground to discourage rodents from finding it. Go through the foods every so often to look for evidence that bugs or rodents have been around and toss out expired foods to cut back on clutter.
Keep your yard or surrounding area clean from debris and clutter. Both natural clutter and man-made clutter can serve as homes or food for pests. By removing the outside shelter and food source the yard will be less inviting to pests. Rake leaves and sticks away from the side of the home or business. This will discourage bugs from venturing closer to the home and reduce the risk of them coming inside.
Rotting fruit from apple, pear, and other fruit trees should be picked up and removed before wildlife and bugs are attracted. Branches should be kept trimmed away from the home or business. This will discourage pests from entering the attic of the building. Trash bins should have a heavy or sealable lid and be emptied on a regular basis to reduce the likelihood of rodents and bugs getting into them.
Along with good cleaning and home repair, there are a few tricks that can help keep pests from a home.
Plant mint around the home or business. The strong scent of mint confuses most insects. It will discourage them from venturing beyond the plants into the building.
Toss a few moth balls into the attic and/or basement. Like the mint, the strong odor will keep rodents and other pests from trying to make themselves at home.
If a pest is spotted, it is best to accurately identify it before taking action against it. Once identified the owner should find a method that works for that type of pest.
Many over-the-counter chemical pest control products can target some pests. Make sure to read all the instructions before using. If an animal has made its way inside then, traps or poisons are available.
When using bug bombs or chemical sprays it’s important to get in the nooks and crackles of the home or business. The owner should also be aware of the health risk to themselves and others while using these products.
For sprays and after bombs good ventilation is key to clearing the air and avoiding breathing problems. A simple face mask and safety goggles can also help prevent injury or health issues.
There are also a number of natural do-it-yourself methods to eliminate pests. For ants, cockroaches, and other crawling pests a spray bottle of soapy water can eliminate the pests one or two at a time. It also works on stink bugs but is best not used on flying insects that sting. A bucket filled one-quarter of the way with sugar water will attract crawling, and some flying pests and they end up drowning in the water.
Leading or luring an animal out of the home and then repairing the entrance they used to get in is another common natural method of removing a pest. Live traps can also be used to capture the animal and release it far from the home. However, once an animal is removed from the home should be checked over to make sure young ones are not still inside.
When to call a pest professional
A home or business owner can do many things to control and prevent an infestation, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. When the pests get out of hand, it’s time to call in a professional. Knowing when to call an exterminator is just as important as knowing when pests have gotten into the home or business.
If the infestation goes on for too long damage can be done to the business or home and if it’s grown large enough could end up costing a lot more to correct.
- For owners without the time or ability to tackle a small pest problem, a professional should be the first choice. They can come in and handle the issue before it gets out of hand.
- For those who prefer a do-it-yourself approach keep in mind, that should the issue become too large too quickly, a professional may be needed to remove the pests.
- For bugs treat for about a week before considering a professional. If the pests have grown instead of reduced in number then a professional is needed.
Termites and other pests that can do heavy damage quickly to a building are best left to professionals from the start. This is because these pests can be overlooked and the resulting damage can easily reach into the thousands.
At the first sign of termites, you should contact a professional for an inspection. Exterminators recommend to you a contract for repairs, but property owners can always get a second opinion after the pests have been removed.
Sometimes, animals can be removed by owners. If the owner knows what type of animal is the problem, then they can normally start controlling the issue with traps or poisons.
Rats and mice are the most common and if caught quickly won’t cause too much of a problem. However rats and mice multiply very quickly, and two can soon become two dozen. If the scratching and scurrying noises start happening all the time, a professional should be called in.
Larger animals, like raccoons, should be removed by a professional. Squirrels, birds, and bats are also pests best left to a professional pest control agent to handle. The threat of diseases, such as rabies, is very real with mammal pests and anyone dealing with these types of pests should call a licensed exterminator to remove the threat.
A professional can also help prevent an infestation by doing yearly inspections and treatments. The pest control specialist will look through the home or business for signs of pests and will be more capable of noticing an early problem. They can also spray inside and outside chemicals that will kill off and detour pests from coming into the building.
By hiring a professional to inspect, treat and remove pests from the home or business owners will have the satisfaction of knowing the job is done. A professional exterminator also has more extensive knowledge about pests, such as their life cycle, habitat, and weaknesses, making the removal much less complicated.
Summary on pest control
It’s a war that has seen many battlefields, from kitchens, to cellars, to crop fields, to gardens. Humans will battle pests well into the foreseeable future.
The planet is a delicate ecosystem that needs all its living creatures to function properly, so completely removing pests from the ecosystem is not feasible (nor possible). It is, however, possible to set boundaries. Living side by side with nature, humanity will be dealing with pests forever, but knowing when and where to spot pests is a good start to winning the battle inside the home.
Know your enemy and the battle is half over. Treating pest issues quickly reduces the risk of losing money in either home repair, medical, or extermination costs.
Additional Pest Control Resources
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