Time and time again we’ve seen homeowners come to the same conclusion after discovering a rodent problem – it’s time to get a cat. Felines are natural hunters, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that introducing a cat to a home with a rodent problem will result in a few dead rats and mice. But as far as a cat being an end-all solution to your rodent problem, we’re still not convinced.
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Whether they were caught red-handed or you only know they’re there because of the damage caused to your plants, we have an entomological crime on our hands. We’ve rounded up the usual garden-gutters, but can you solve the case as to which one’s responsible for your flower bed’s failure?
Spring has officially sprung, complete with chirping birds, blooming flowers, and unfortunately, very hungry termites. Although they’re tiny, these pests pack a mighty appetite and can cause extensive, pricy damage to your home if untreated.
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During the cooler months of winter, subterranean termites retreat underground in order to survive. As the weather begins to warm up, these destructive insects emerge from their winter nests…and, yes, they’re hungry! If your home is near their nest, it could become where they make their dinner reservations…for 60,000 or more.
What to look for.
Subterranean termites often swarm on summer days. They form colonies underneath damp soil, and create little mud tunnels to move about. These mud tunnels are what allow them to make their way up to your house. Once they penetrate your foundation, or any other sort of wood source, they will eat it. The tricky thing about the way they eat is they do it from the inside out, so you may not notice that there is damage until it collapses. Do not be fooled by any smooth surface that may appear on the outside of a stretch of wood. Knock on it. If it sounds hollow, that is a sign that termites are inside feasting away. Another sign to look for is tiny slits on the outside of the wood. These slits may be an entrance that the termite created to get on the inside.
What to do to protect your home.
As you begin preparations for the summer months around your home, be sure to consider the possibility of a termite infestation. Knowing where they hideout and the common ways they get in is a good start to identifying if activity is present. If you do find signs of termites in your home contact a professional pest control company to come out and evaluate the extent of your damage and provide you with a plan and cost to get rid of the termites and replace all damaged wood.
Even if you don’t see any termite activity, which we hope is the case, we do recommend that you schedule an annual termite treatment. Doing this keep termites away from your home and protects you from being put in the uncomfortable position of having to pay a significant repair bill for damage caused by a termite infestation.
Termite prevention requires proactive inspections of the wooden structures of your home. Discovering an infestation can be difficult – termites are usually detected when significant damage has already occurred – but there are a number of tell-tale signs of their presence. If you come across any of these signs, contact a pest control professional immediately for their safe and effective removal.
When All Else Fails, Call The Pest Control Professionals
Although they can pose a big problem for homeowners in the summer, Pests can be easily prevented if proper precautions are taken. Starting now will help prevent major infestations from happening in your home and it will make eliminating the few pests that do find their way indoors much easier. If these tips don’t do the trick and your home is taken over by insects, you may consider contacting a professional pest control company to have the problem treated for good.
In celebration of our favorite number-themed holiday, Pi Day, we’ve consolidated some of our favorite, freaky statistics on pests. Ready to have your skin crawl? Take a look. They say numbers don’t lie…read more →
Creepy, crawly and usually diseased all over; we respect your drive to attempt DIY pest control, but there are five specific reasons why you should reconsider.read more →
With 2019 well underway, you’ve been busy making (and possibly keeping) resolutions for a happier, healthier new year. As you do this though, don’t neglect the place where the resolution planning happens– your home. Read on to learn where creepy crawlies are sneaking in this season and how you could have a pest-free new year.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and between gingerbread houses and Santa’s milk and cookies, homes across the world are filling with family, friends and sugary smells of sweet treats in the oven. If you’re not careful though; pantry pests will join you for dessert faster than your hot chocolate can cool down. Learn how to keep them away by following our tips and tricks.
Happy Holidays! As you perfect your pumpkin pie recipe and finish tidying the house in preparation for hosting, remember that your friends and family aren’t the only ones who’d enjoy spending the holiday season with you– rodents would too! Be on the lookout for these signs that uninvited dinner guests may already have crashed your party.
Who needs to visit a haunted house when you have real-life creepy crawlies lurking in the shadows of your home? Unlike ghost and goblin decor though; rats, bats and bugs are looking for a safe-haven from the upcoming seasons and will happily hang around long after October 31 has been marked off your calendar. So homeowners, take our advice, and follow these tips to stop pests from causing unwanted scares.