Home Maintenance

The Ultimate Guide To Pest Control

Specific pests are active at different points of the year in the United States.

While pests like insects and rodents present enumerable challenges for humans, there is one aspect we can always count on year-in and year-out: seasonality. While some pests like remain active year-round.

You can decrease the likelihood of your home experiencing pest problems by planning ahead.

COMMON IN-HOUSE PESTS:

  • Ants
  • Bedbugs
  • Spiders
  • Cockroaches
  • Stink bugs
  • Rodents
  • Fleas
  • Termites

COMMON PEST AREAS AND PREVENTIONS:

  • ANTS:
  • These ants nest outdoors and indoors, often under stones or behind boards and walls.
  • Colonies can hold up to 3,000 worker ants and queen ant.

Prevention method: Clean up spilled food and drinks right away, rinse cans before recycling them and store food in tightly closed containers.

  • TERMITES:
  • Termites cause more than $5B in structural damage to homes every year
  • Termites live in mulch and concrete around utility pipes, firewood and wood siding.

Prevention: Get rid of moisture and wood close to your home, including mulch.

  • COCKROACHES:
  • Cockroaches can survive without food for two months and without water for about a week and a half.
  • Cockroaches are usually found in the kitchen and in cracks and crevices around the home.

Prevention: Remove all unnecessary food and water sources in the home, and paper materials like cardboards, which cockroaches use as a shelter

  • FLEAS:
  • Shaded areas and moist soil are ideal conditions for fleas.
  • A female flea can consume up to 15 time her body weight in blood

Prevention: Perform routine check on your pets and vacuum regularly.

  • STINK BUGS:
  • Stink bugs reproduce quickly, as females can produce more than 200 eggs.
  • Stink bugs hide out in your home during the winter and escape in the spring.

Prevention: Seal all cracks and crevices around your home. Also repair or replace torn or damaged window screens.

  • RODENTS:
  • Mice and rats invade houses to escape the cold weather.
  • Mice and rats eat just about everything – even insects and tree bark.

Prevention: Typically Pest Control is called if rats and mice are finding their way into homes.

  • SPIDERS:
  • Spiders live in dark place and corners.
  • Some spiders usually live in cracks and crevices in the wall.

Prevention: Windows and doors should be tightly fitted and any cracks or gaps around the exterior should be sealed.

  • BEDBUGS:
  • Most bed bugs live within 8 Feet of where people sleep.
  • Bed bugs can repopulate and re-infest a room in just 3-4 months.

Prevention: Look for Bug exoskeletons (shells) on the mattress and small, dark dots of blood or fecal matter on the sheets before bedding down for the night.

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