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Common Pest Questions
Here are a few of the most common pest control questions I receive everyday.
The right tools for the job
You don’t have to go at it alone. We have the right tools for the job, able to solved the toughest of pest problems.
Pest control can be extremely challenging at times. Not only are we dealing with acts of nature, we need to make sure every product we use is safe but also effective to solve a stubborn pest problem.
We strive to stay up to date with pest biology through constant training opportunities, as well as keep up with the latest technology with tools and products.
A “simple” ant job can cost thousands of dollars in training and equipment to complete. The behind the scenes stuff tends to get over looked, but you can be sure there is plenty going on. Like all professional fields there is more than meets the eye.
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Giant House Centipedes
The giant house centipede, a common sight in basements and other damp areas. These intimidating insects have 15 pairs of legs and can move quickly. Some species grow up to 6″ long. They do have the ability to bite which is similar to a bee sting if handled improperly. Centipedes feed on other insects such as spiders, flies, etc. Since they prefer a moist environment, it’s best to run a dehumidifier in basements to deter many kinds of pests.
Take cover from Lady Beetles
Have you seen me? Chances are you have been finding many of these over the past couple weeks. Lady Beetle pest control is popular this time of year. Lady Beetles are overwintering pests that like to take refuge in your home during the harsh winter months. Unfortunately there is no fool proof way to stop these little bugs from getting inside and showing up in the fall and then again in the spring. Sealing up cracks, gaps and making sure screens, doors and windows are in good repair is an excellent first step. We have plans that will help reduce their numbers but this is just one pest that is very difficult to control entirely. Call today to learn more.
Stingbugs, Ladybeetles and Wasps love Fall too.
Fall is a magical time of year. This is the when the lush verdant scenery changes to the beautiful colors are of Autumn. Reds and oranges and the brightest of yellows will be seen, well.. at least for us in the Northeast.
Pests like it too or it seems that way when they start to get a bit too friendly around our homes. This is the time of year when pests will seek out refuge for the hard winter ahead. They will find any place they think they will survive the cold temperatures. Often times this is your attic, your bonus room, the basement and everywhere in between. They will find the smallest of cracks to sneak their way inside. Around windows, gable vents and sill plates give them all the access they need.
Some types of insects seem to be more determined than others when it comes to invading your domicile. For example, lady beetles aka ladybugs can come in by the hundreds in some occasions. Ok, but what can be done about it? Glad you asked… sometimes a lot, sometimes very little.
Overwintering pests, as we like to call them, can be very difficult to prevent. A good place to start is to make sure all your windows have screens on them and are in good working order. Replace the screens if there are tears or holes in them. Next, check around the outside of the windows to see if there are any gaps around the window frame. This would be a good time to mention to hire a professional if your are not comfortable on ladders or heights. Safety first, always. Use caulk around windows and other small gaps you find outside the home, be sure to use a product that is rated for exterior use and to pick a color that will dry how you would like it…or get the type that can be painted. Clear caulk is also an option.
Another hot spot I find often is the gable vents. Commonly, this is a giant open door for pests. Not just insects but rodents too. Even wildlife will exploit these areas. Yeah…but what is a gable vent?? Most homes have these…but not all and if you don’t have one you probably should have one installed. These are large louver vents high up on the sides of the house on either or both sides of the home. Gable vents allow heat and humidity to vent out of the space. These vents go directly into the attic or crawlspace. I use the word crawlspace loosely here because when I find a gable vent to an attic space that has no interior access it’s usually way too small for me to actually crawl into. These are a nightmare for a variety of reasons, but that’s for another post. Back to gable vents, these should have two pieces to them. The first is the exterior rigid vent itself. The second is a thin insect screen installed on the inside to prevent…you guessed it, insects from getting inside the attic space. These screens are very often in disrepair and will fail over time allowing the gable vent to become a beacon of hope for excited overwintering pests. Check these vents to see if they have the proper screening from the inside. Check to see if it is in good working order or needs to be replaced. Again, safety first…attics can be very dangerous. Hire a professional if you are uncomfortable in attics.
Of course this just a condensed version of the things a pest professional will look for when servicing your home or business. Our main focus is inspection. Then comes control…if needed. Through our inspections we find many things and not all of them have to do with pest control. Thorough inspections of your home on a regular basis will ensure smooth and safe operation. Operation? Really? Yeah…keeping a well maintained structure is work. Hire a pro!