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When to Seek Medical Attention After a Bee Sting

With summer here and the sun out, the bees are ready to be out too. Unfortunately, we’ll be spending more time outdoors as well. So, we’re likely to come into contact with a bee or two at some point, and by that we mean get stung by one. Bee stings can be painful but also generally harmless, although some situations may need medical attention. When should you seek medical attention after a bee sting?

General Bee-Sting Symptoms 

Bee stings involve venom being injected into the sting site and result in a red bruise. Sometimes the bruise will appear white, and both the pain and swelling is minor. If you’re stung by a bee you should remove the stinger and attached venom sac. Your fingernail, credit card or any other similar item should do the trick. 

Please note, it’s best that you don’t use tweezers, for they can squeeze more venom into the sting site. The symptoms from the bee sting should ease up after a couple of hours. For some people, their allergic reaction is a lot stronger to an insect’s venom. This can lead to much worse side effects, such as very large swollen bruises that can grow in size within just a 48-hour period.

Bee Sting Reactions That Require Medical Attention

If you notice your bee sting reaction becoming more severe and beginning to spread past the sting site, it’s time to visit the hospital. Some allergic reactions to bee stings can be pretty life-threatening and must get immediate medical attention. A serious bee sting allergy known as anaphylaxis occurs through:

  • Weak, rapid pulse.
  • Nausea.
  • Lip, tongue or throat swelling.
  • Dizziness.
  • Vomiting.
  • Fainting.
  • Diarrhea. 
  • Troubles with your breathing.
  • A loss of consciousness.
  • Skin reactions. 

Anaphylactic shock is the most severe bee sting threat. This is a life-threatening swelling of the throat and tongue, which can prevent you from breathing. It’s very crucial that you get to an emergency room immediately if in this situation with even one or two symptoms. 

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Tips to Protect Lawns From Pests

Dreams of lush, springy grass may be dashed to pieces when pests turn it into an all-you-can-eat salad buffet. Read on to see what you can do to protect your lawn from some of Idaho’s garden pests.

Grubs and Beetles

Look for brown spots in your lawn this summer that don’t seem to recover even though other brown patches have after watering. Pull up on a handful of grass to see if it easily comes up, like lifting a carpet. Grubs tear through the roots that anchor them into the ground and cause the grass to lift up easily.

Do not dig up the grass; it adds a lot of extra work and makes your lawn look even more unsightly. Treat the section of your yard with some insect control and continue to water it instead. New roots will grow back into the soil in time.

Billbugs (Weevils)

Billbugs tear through the roots of your grass. As adults, they feast on your grass blades. They can quickly turn sections of healthy grass into enormous, dead, brown patches. Preemptive actions are the best when dealing with them, so an infestation will not take over your lawn.

Use insecticides to kill the adults as they start to become active in the spring. Follow with another round of insecticides to kill any growing populations of grubs before they can grow and reproduce.

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How to Keep a Healthy Lawn During the Hot Summer Months

Summer is well on its way and the sun is shining hotter and longer, meaning your lawn will need much more attention than usual. The heat this season can be both good and bad for your lawn. Depending on how you care for it, your lawn will either thrive this summer or completely dry out. It’s important that you help maintain its health all throughout the season. 

Here’s how to keep a healthy lawn during the hot summer months. 

Feed Your Lawn Regularly

Just like humans, your lawn needs food to maintain its health. Fertilize your lawn every six to eight weeks using a lower nitrogen content fertilizer to avoid fast-growing grass. Consider using a slow-release fertilizer to help protect the turf from getting burned while also providing a source of nutrients.

Mow High

Set your mower blade on a high setting when mowing your lawn. Avoid cutting it less than 3 to 3½ inches, and avoid cutting more than a third of its height at once. This way your lawn can remain healthy and provide more shade for the delicate root system. This results in deeper, stronger roots from the taller blades and prevents the grass from drying out quickly. 

Water Your Lawn Early 

Consider watering your lawn between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Watering it in the midday will cause your lawn to dry out. This is because the sun will evaporate most of the water before the grass has had time to soak it up. Watering your grass early will also help prevent any fungal diseases from developing. 

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How Often Should You Weed Your Lawn and Flower Beds?

It is now the time of the year when people are enjoying the great outdoors. During this season, we see more and more plantlife bloom. While we enjoy most of these plants, there are some we wish to never see — weeds. There are over 8000 plants that are weeds. Once they appear, you have to work hard to keep them out. So, how often should you weed your lawn and flower beds?

What are Weeds?

Weeds are plants that grow where they are not wanted. For example, you may see plants growing out of sidewalks or buildings. These are weeds. There are over 8000 species of weeds all over the world. Once you see them, it is best to remove them from the area, so they do not take over. 

What do Weeds do to My Lawn or Flowerbed?

Besides looking aesthetically unpleasing, weeds are an invasive species. Therefore, if you do not tend to them, they will take over your garden or lawn. Once they take over, they can cause other plants like flowers, fruits, vegetables, shrubs and trees to die. Unkempt yards are also perfect sheltering grounds for pests like bees, mosquitoes and termites

How Often Should I Weed?

On average, you should weed your lawn, flowerbeds and gardens once a week. Weekly weeding can also vary depending on the climate of your environment as well as the season. In general, people pull the most weeds during spring and summer when there is more moisture and sun outside. 

How do I Weed?

Luckily, weeding your garden is not a difficult task, and anyone can do it. You can pull small weeds out with your hands. For deeper weeds, you can use a shovel or a weed whacker. If you do not want weeds to return after removing them, or there are too many in the area, you can use a commercial weed removing solution. If you do use a commercial product, follow the directions exactly. 

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Are Bed Bugs Active in the Spring?

Bed bugs are a particularly bad infestation to have. Because they are small and stay out of sight, people often have bed bugs long before they realize it, giving the bugs plenty of time to multiply and spread around the house. 

It seems like there’s always a spike in bed bug cases in the fall, which leads many to wonder whether or not fall is the only time you have to worry about them. The short answer to that question is no, but there’s more to the story:

Hitch-Hikers

Bed bugs are most noticed in the fall because they are notorious hitchhikers. They don’t travel much on their own, and yet they’re great at getting into new homes and rooms.

Bed bugs travel with you. For example, when you go into an infested hotel room you might lay your suitcase down or spread out your clothes on the bed. Attracted by the heat and the scent of your body, bed bugs will naturally investigate, looking for food. Before you know it, they get swooped up into your luggage or the seams of your clothes and are headed back with you.

Since people tend to travel in the spring and summer, this is when the problem starts. 

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When Should You Get a Termite Inspection?

Most pest control specialists agree that you should get a termite inspection once every two years to ensure that there are no signs of termites in your home. But when signs of infestation pop up, no matter how long it’s been since your last inspection, you need to enlist the help of professionals. Here is what to look out for. 

You Notice Blisters in Wood Flooring

Blisters in your hardwood flooring could be indicators that termites are feeding and nesting below the surface. Of course, if your floor is older and has experienced some water damage, it could turn out to be nothing, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you notice blisters in your wood floor, you should get a termite inspection right away. 

You Notice Damaged or Hollowed Wood

If you notice damage on your wood floors, furniture or other wood elements in your home, it could be from termites. It’s easy to overlook little marks on wood surfaces, but over time, termites will leave more and more damage. This is true for hollowed wood as well. Termites will chew through wood and will make their homes inside of thick pieces of wood. If you notice small holes in furniture and see that the wood is hollowed out, you should get a termite inspection right away. 

You Notice Termite Droppings

You should be aware of what termite droppings look like so if you see any, you can bring in the specialists. Generally, termite droppings look like small grains of rice and range in color from tan to brown to black. They can be easy to overlook and are easily confused with crumbs and food debris. You should always look for termite droppings near a wood, as this is a sign you should get a termite inspection. 

Contact Pest Control Services Inc. Today!

At Pest Control Services Inc., we specialize in both residential and commercial pest control. Each professional in our team has a trained eye for getting rid of even the most stubborn pests. With over 50 years of pest control experience under our belt, we have what it takes to make your home or commercial space pest-free in no time. Click here or give us a call at 208-244-7896. We look forward to working with you.

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3 Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Southeastern Idaho goes through some pretty rough winters. But, with spring weather getting ready to return, it is time everyone turns their attention to their lawns once again.

Lawns need extra attention in Idaho because of our higher altitude. Here at Pest Control Idaho we often get asked all sorts of questions about proper lawn maintenance and weed control. Read on to find out our three tips for a healthy lawn. 

Tip #1: Choose the Right Grass for the Job

First, determine what will happen on the grass. Will the grass need to stand up to children playing on it? Will there be landscaping covering large areas? 

We recommend four types of grass that can stand up to extreme weather changes:

  • Fine Fescues: A hearty type of grass that can take extremely low temperatures and survive in the shade quite well. Not the greatest for highly trafficked areas. 
  • Tall Fescues: A “bunch-type” of grass that grows in clumps. It prefers to grow in warmer climates such as Southern Idaho areas. 
  • Kentucky Bluegrass: This type of grass is probably the most common type used in Idaho. It can easily handle cold weather but does not prefer the shade. 
  • Perennial Ryegrass: Another “”bunch-type of grass that grows in clumps. The ryegrass does not prefer cold weather but is mixed with other grass seeds, acting as a booster or filler.

Tip #2: Get the Mowing Height Right

Mowing grass at the correct height is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain your lawn. We recommend keeping a grass height of anywhere between 2.5 and 3 inches. 

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How to Keep Your Pets From Bringing in Pests

Your pet is an essential part of your family. When preventing pests from invading your home, your pet’s protection is just as vital as yours. However, pets are notorious for bringing unwanted critters into your home whether they know it or not. Here are some tips on how to keep your pets from bringing in pests

Keep Your Pets Clean

We know your dog or cat might run away in terror when you mention the word “bath time” but regular bathing is essential for their health and for keeping pests away. Luckily, cats are extremely clean and groom themselves often. Dogs, on the other hand, may need more regular cleaning. 

While bathing frequency depends on many factors, a good rule of thumb is to bathe your dog every four weeks, or once a month. Doing so is especially vital if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors or has sensitive skin. Fleas can easily hide in your dog’s fur, causing irritation for them and for you. Ask your veterinarian for dog shampoo and conditioner recommendations. 

Treat Them for Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are both nuisances that commonly hide in our pet’s fur. Fleas multiply fast and often require fumigation if left to reproduce. Ticks can carry harmful diseases like Lyme disease and can be hard to spot in your pet’s fur. To reduce their risk of bringing these pests inside, ask your veterinarian about flea and tick treatments. 

Flea and tick prevention treatments are usually applied topically or orally with a treat. While some of these treatments can be pricey, they are still cheaper than getting your house fumigated. Your pet also deserves to be comfortable and healthy. 

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The Top Five Foods that Attract Rodents

Most of us enjoy entertaining visitors with a variety of delicious dishes and tempting treats. There’s nothing like enticing aromas to make a home inviting to others. 

The downside of offering savory delicacies is the risk of attracting unwanted guests, including mice, rats and other rodents. Find out about the foods that may attract these dangerous pests to your property.

Proteins

Foods packed with proteins are a favorite with rodents. A natural source of protein includes meats of all kinds. Rodents aren’t picky, so they will also be glad to devour processed meat products such as hot dogs, beef jerky and bacon bits. 

Proteins come in other forms that rodents also find appealing. Pungent cheeses and crunchy nuts are quick to get these hungry invaders’ attention. One of their top choices is the mix of nuts and oils found within peanut butter.

Grains and Seeds

Rodents often balance their quest for proteins with carbohydrates found in grains. They will seek out bread, crackers and other baked goods to satisfy their voracious appetites. These creatures appreciate crusty and moldy samples as well as fresh-baked ones. Rodents also desire all types of seeds, including sunflower, flax, pumpkin and sesame seeds. 

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Where to Check for Bedbugs While Traveling

Traveling can be difficult enough if you are driving for long distances or are taking public transportation. The journey can be tiring, and once you have reached your destination all you want to do is relax. Yet, you do not want to end up bringing a host of bed bugs back home with you! Unfortunately, hotels and motels can be filled with bed bugs, as they are carried by one traveler to another. Here are some tips to protect yourself from bedbugs as you travel. 

Inspect the Bed

Before getting into bed, pull back the covers and check for bed bugs. You will be able to see the adults, nymphs and eggs if they are there. They are commonly found at the head of the bed or along the box spring seam. Check for any dark spots or trails or any exoskeletons that are left behind. You may also choose to look underneath the mattress. Use a flashlight if necessary. 

In the Furniture

Although bed bugs are most commonly found in the bed that does not mean they can't be found anywhere else. If there are chairs or couches in the place you are staying check those too. Checking under cushions or pillows is easy and can give you the peace of mind you need to fully enjoy your travels.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Traveling with You

Store Luggage on Hard Surfaces

Rather than placing your clothing and other belongings on the bed, chair or couch, keep all of your valuables on the luggage rack or on another hard surface. Instead of taking your clothing out of your suitcases, keep the items stored either in your suitcase or in the bathroom, as bedbugs are unlikely to be in there. You may even desire to pack large trash bags with you that you can use to cover your luggage. Do not unpack too many of your items, as spreading them around the room gives bedbugs a greater chance to get into them. 

When You Return Home, Dry Your Clothes

Heat is used to kill bed bugs. Before doing anything else with your clothes once you return home, place them in the dryer for at least 30 minutes. You may also choose to keep any of your luggage outside of the house for a brief while as well. 

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Where do Pests go During the Cold Weather Months

 

Pests are very noticeable in the spring and summer months of the year but are much more calm during the colder months. As winter approaches most people assume pests die off and simply go away. However, that is not the case. Some pests survive the cold and are still in search of food in and shelter. At Pest Control Services we can keep your home pest free year round no matter if it's cold or warm. 

Where Do Cold Weather Pests Hide as it Gets Colder? 

During the cold weather, pests activity is significantly reduced. Some pests go into diapause, a state of dormancy influenced by environmental factors. The main reason why pests go into diapause is to avoid the harsh weather and conserve energy. The Survival of pests in diapause is propelled by their stored fat, which acts as an energy source. Besides that, some pests produce an antifreeze compound, which significantly lowers their body fluids' freezing points.

Migration is another survival mechanism that pests adapt during cold weather. The inability of pests to generate heat forces them to migrate to warmer areas; hence Indoor spaces make ideal hideouts for different pests. Warmth is not the only thing that can make pests crawl into your house but also the availability of food; limited food resources often accompany the cold season. Pests may gain entry into your house through cracks, gaps under the door, crevices, and dryer vents. Pests problem is unavoidable once these creatures infiltrate your home. The onset of a cold season severely impacts pests' behavior. Most pests stay out of sight, and it is easy to assume they are dead or gone.

Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. Pests tend to seek shelter in warm habitats, resulting in an influx of pests into your home. It is crucial to maintain pest management practices during the cold season. 

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When Should You Get a Pest Inspection?

Dealing with pests is just one of the many tasks of a homeowner, but everyone can benefit from a pest inspection. Any building, regardless of its use, can be the target of a pest infestation. Pest inspections are necessary for all buildings, but especially important for homes, as you and your family spend most of your time there. Here are a few quick tips from a professional pest control service to determine when to get a pest inspection.

What is a Pest Inspection?

Licensed professionals, like us, perform pest inspections to determine if there are any infestations present in a building. An inspection includes inspecting the foundations, windows, roofs and more in the home, to look for signs of infestation. Hiring a professional to do this job is vital since we are trained to find signs of different types of infestations, and we know how to remedy them. At the end of your pest inspection, you will typically receive a pest report with an update on what the inspector found and suggestions to fix the problem. 

When to Get a Pest Inspection

While regularly having a pest inspection performed is the best option, we realize it is impossible to have your home evaluated on a consistent schedule. For most people, getting a pest inspection done when you spot a potential issue is a smart idea. If you see any signs of a potential pest infestation, have a professional perform a pest inspection. 

Buying and Selling a House

One time where it’s crucial to have a pest inspection performed is when buying or selling a house. If you’re selling your home, future buyers will appreciate the ease of mind that you can provide when you have your house professionally inspected for pests. The state of Idaho does not legally require pest inspections before the selling of a house, but it is considered “discretionary”, so err on the side of caution and have one performed.

As a buyer, you will definitely appreciate a full pest inspection before you sign on the dotted line. It will assure you that you are not walking into a house with a pest infestation. 

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What Creepy Crawlies Are Lurking in Your Basement

The basement of your home can be an incredibly handy space. Unfortunately, bugs tend to feel the same way. The darkness is a perfect place for them to hide, and if the basement happens to be damp, then their situation is even better. Especially if you want to use your basement as a storage space, you need to know what might be attracted to this area of your home. Here are a few kinds of creepy crawlies that might love to live in your basement.

Spiders

These insects are perhaps the culprits you might traditionally expect. Spiders love dark, deep, and damp places. While some are harmless, you should keep a wary eye out for black widows and brown recluses. These two spiders have poisonous venom, so anyone bitten needs immediate medical attention. Watch for spiders with a black body with a red hourglass on the back or a brown body with the shape of a violin on the back.

Centipedes and Millipedes 

Centipedes and millipedes love a damp basement, but won’t live for long there. Neither will roly-polys, which you might also know as pillbugs or woodlice. These bugs won’t harm you, although centipedes have been known to bite.

Cockroaches

Perhaps the most disgusting and hated basement infiltrator is the common cockroach. These nasty creatures can enter your basement through any cracks or open spaces and will then happily spread to the rest of your home if possible. They live a long time, reproduce quickly, and spread any diseases they happen to be carrying, so they need to be professionally removed as soon as they are spotted.

Termites 

Chief among the burrowing bugs is the termite. Although their infestations are not limited to the basement, this is a typical place to spot them, since they will seize upon any opening to enter your home and begin eating through all the wooden beams, insulation and supporting joints within.

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Different Types of Spiders in Idaho

Idaho is home to a variety of different spiders. Some of these spiders are venomous, while others are harmless and just like to crawl in our homes and backyards. Here are some examples of the different types of spiders that live in Idaho.

Cat-face Spiders

These spiders are named for their oddly shaped bodies. They are commonly found in gardens and in shaded home areas like porches and eaves. They can grow to be about the size of a half-dollar and are not dangerous to humans.

Black Widow

The black widow spider is known for being venomous and for weaving cobwebs to intentionally entangle its prey. These spiders normally make their homes in garages, barns and woodpiles. They usually do not make their nests in areas that are busy with humans. Female black widows can grow up one and a half inches in length, in which the males are much smaller. A female black widow bite can cause cramping, difficulty breathing, partial paralysis, nausea, headache and fever in humans. If you get bitten by a black widow spider, you should go to the hospital right away.

Jumping Spider

These spiders are commonly found in gardens, walls and fences. They are named for their amazing ability to leap long distances and attack their unsuspecting prey. They don’t pose a threat to humans and they only grow to become about half an inch.

Hobo Spider

The hobo spider is an aggressive house spider that is commonly found in Idaho. They tend to make their webs at the ground level and hide in dark corners. They attack when their prey gets stuck in their webs. These spiders are venomous and can cause some health issues for humans. Their bites can cause major blisters and can even cause enough tissue damage to require a skin graft.

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Protecting a Large Stockpile of Food From Pests

When preparing for the future, you may accumulate a large stockpile of food. Extra nonperishable foods are great to have on hand in case you are unable to get out to the store or in the case of an emergency. This type of stockpile can take a while to create and it needs to stay protected. Unfortunately, it can also be an attractive location for pests that will think they struck the jackpot. Taking precautions now will help to ensure that your large stockpile of food is there in case you need it. Here’s how to get that done.

Pest-Proofing Your Stockpile Area

Protecting the room that houses your stockpile is your first line of defense:

  • Seal the Room.

First, examine the room where you plan on keeping your large stockpile of food. Look for cracks and holes where pests would be able to get in. A professional can examine these areas for you to make sure that you found all of them. They can also help seal the areas. Properly sealing the room is the most effective way to keep pests out.

  • Waterproof the Walls.

Sources of water need to be eliminated as well. Pests need a water source to survive. Inspect your pipes to make sure they are not leaking and plug your drains when you are not using them. Walls and pipes should be insulated to avoid condensation and humidity. If you are storing your stockpile underground, a coat of waterproof paint will help with this problem.

  • Set traps.

Even with your best efforts, pests may still find a way in. By setting up traps, you will be able to confirm the type of pest that is being problematic. You can then contact a professional to help you get rid of them.

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The Basics of Termite Pest Control

When it comes to pests, termites are the most destructive. They cause billions of dollars of damage to homes, commercial properties, and historical structures every year. It's important to protect your home from these creatures before they cost you serious money. Understanding termites and knowing how to identify them are crucial in protecting your home.

Colony structure

The termite colony is made up of the queen, soldiers, and workers

- The queen.

Termites are dangerous and reproduce very quickly. The queen can lay more than 2000 eggs per day and live to age 25. Because of this, it's very important that any pest control measures reach the queen.

- The soldiers.

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3 Pests That Can Get Into Your Restaurant

<p>Thousands of restaurants undergo health inspections every year to ensure they are free of pests. Typically, 20 percent of the health inspection focuses on pest control. To make sure you get a good result on your health inspection, keep an eye out for these three common restaurant pests.</p>

<h3><strong>Rodents</strong></h3>

<p>Most rodents, such as mice and rats, are a terrible pest to have in any building, but especially your restaurant. Regardless of what food you have in your kitchens, rodents will be your number one returning customer. Your restaurant is like an all-you-can-eat buffet for these pests.</p>

<p>They can wreak havoc in your pantries or storage space. Because of their sharp teeth, mice and rats often gnaw through bags and boxes. In addition to destroying your storage containers and the walls in your restaurant, rodents also carry many different diseases.</p>

<p>It is because of these pests that many restaurants across the country are closed each year. Keep an eye out for and take preventative measures to prevent rodent infestations.</p>

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Why Dealing With Wildlife is Dangerous

There is no mistaking that people love animals. Domesticated animals make wonderful pets, but animals that live in the wild can pose a problem. Even though wildlife may look cute and cuddly as they scamper in your backyard, they can be quite dangerous to humans. Keep reading to learn about why dealing with wildlife can be dangerous.

Diseases

Often animals who live out in the wild carry diseases that can be harmful and even deadly to humans. Unfortunately, animals who are afflicted with these diseases generally have no outward signs of them. People can easily catch diseases like rabies, plague and Lyme disease if they are scratched or bitten by wild animals who carry them or if they come into contact with the droppings of these animals.

Potential for Physical Injury

Wild animals are unpredictable. They are skittish and it is nearly impossible to guess what their next move will be. Further, they are easily startled by loud and unusual noises or smells. If you are near a wild animal when they are frightened, they can easily jump toward you or even charge at you, putting you in an extremely vulnerable position. An animal in this state will likely have its claws bared and will not hesitate to scratch or bite anything or anyone it considers to be a danger. Wild animals can travel far distances in a short period of time, and if you are in its way, there is a good chance that you will get hurt.

Despite the seemingly adorable nature of wild animals, people need to know to leave them alone. Wild animals know how to survive and thrive in their own environment and will normally view people who encounter them as threats and then act accordingly. It is impossible for the average person who is not well-versed in the behaviors of wild animals to anticipate how an animal will act, and can easily inadvertently put him or herself in danger inadvertently. If you come across a wild animal that is acting strangely, call a professional to take care of the situation. That way you can sleep easily knowing that you did what was best for both you and the animal.

For more information regarding why dealing with wildlife in Idaho can be dangerous, contact Pest Control Services today. 

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Keeping Locusts Away From Your Crops

Locusts, or grasshoppers, can cause havoc on outdoor crops. Voracious eaters, locusts can also fly, which makes their range of destruction that much more.

Locusts and grasshoppers are especially active in the summer season. When you are getting ready to harvest your summer or fall crops, you will want them to be safe from locusts.

The first thing you can do when dealing with locusts is to call an experienced pest control company. Our team will have experience with ridding locusts from your crops.

Things To Do To Prevent Locusts

One of the best things that you can do to prevent locusts is to till the soil. Females lay their eggs on the ground. By regularly tilling it, you are killing the eggs so they will not be able to reproduce.

Around September, till the ground. This discourages them, and they will find somewhere else to nest. Tilling the soil also has bonuses: it turns the grass, and the other ground cover will compost.

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Preparing Your Yard For Pests

Many homeowners have yards that are at least as big as their houses. This is great for barbeques, however, it can become problematic when you’re trying to keep pests away from your property. If pests take over your lawn, it’s only a matter of time before they make their way into your house. Pest control starts where your property begins, which means that pest control is just as important in your yard as in your house. Here are some ways to keep your yard free of pests.

Mow Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn is important for a number of reasons, one of which is eliminating hiding places for pests. Pests love making their homes in tall, overgrown grass, as it allows them to keep out of sight of predators, plus the thick grass traps moisture that they use to hydrate themselves. Remember, when you mow your lawn, toss the grass in a garbage bag and seal it up tight so that the bugs won’t be able to escape from the trash can and get inside your house.

Take Care of Your Grass

Aside from keeping your grass short, it’s also important to keep it healthy. When grass is healthy, it creates natural pest deterrents on its own. However, dead or dying grass won’t produce these deterrents, allowing pests to crawl through it unhindered. Keep your grass healthy by spreading fertilizer around your yard, and watering it frequently (although not so much as to create puddles). Also, try to aerate your lawn from time to time so that oxygen can reach the roots of your grass.  

Use Lawn Treatments

Finally, lawn treatments are an important part of keeping your yard pest free. However, you should be careful to select lawn treatments that are safe to use on grass and will only kill harmful pests like billbugs and mosquitoes, while leaving helpful earthworms alive. When using lawn treatments, don’t use more than the recommended amount, put warning signs out on your lawn and keep it away from pets and children. When lawn treatments are used properly, they can do wonders for your yard.

Pest control requires the defense of every part of your property, from your attic to your garage to your lawn. If one part of your property is susceptible to pests, that’s all it takes for an infestation to spread. Luckily, pest proofing your yard can be done in just a few easy steps. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today.

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