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Why You Should Contact Pest Control When You Have a Pest Issue

When you notice you have a pest issue in your home, your life can become pretty stressful. You have to decide if you want to try to self-treat your home or to hire professionals.

Many frugal individuals nowadays love the DIY aspects of home life. Due to its popularity, it is easy to find blogs or advice on how to self-treat your home from pests.

These techniques are not guaranteed, and they more than likely will do more harm than good.

Why Hire A Pest Control Service

Hiring a pest control is the best decision you will make if you have a pest issue, and here’s why:

  • Professional companies provide technicians that are specifically trained to treat pests. Their knowledge will ensure your home will be treated and remain pest-free.
  • You save more money by hiring a service than you do with DIY methods. Most DIY methods don’t work, and leave you buying more and more supplies that add up to a hefty cost. Although pest control companies do require a fee, their treatment is cheaper and more effective. Additionally, since they eliminate the problem quickly, you can avoid thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home.
  • You are safer hiring a company than doing it yourself. Some pests are incredibly dangerous, and if you use a wrong elimination method, you can suffer deadly consequences.Many pests carry diseases, and if you wait for your DIY treatments to work, you can be exposed to these diseases. Furthermore, most companies use green products, which is safer to use.Harsh chemicals that you can buy at a hardware store can be harmful to your family and pets. 
  • You can set up a personal plan with the pest control company. This means they can come to your house for routine visits and preventative treatments. They also work around your schedule so you don’t have to take time off.

Contact Pest Control Service, Inc.

Pest Control Service, Inc. does all that and more. For 45 years, they have worked hard to provide professional service and respect to their customers. They give back to the community through various community service projects, which has helped them to grow into a business that services multi-acre commercial accounts.

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10 Bed Bug Myths

Bed bugs, once considered a pest of the past, have staged a formidable comeback. This may be due to our increased world travel and the development of insecticide resistance among bed bugs. Bed bugs feed on mammalian and avian blood, and humans are their favorite host.

When bed bugs were abundant decades ago, they were considered a pest of the poor and unsanitary living conditions. The stigma or embarrassment of bed bugs remains —as well as many common myths about them. Here are the 10 most common myths about bed bugs.

1. Bed Bugs Only Live in Beds

Bed bugs will live in and on your mattress and bed frame, but they will also live in other places in your home, such as rugs, chairs, sofas and curtains. Since they feed on your blood while you are sleeping, they inevitably make their way to your bed for a meal.

2. Bed Bugs Only Bite at Night

Though bed bugs prefer to feed at night, if they are hungry and the opportunity presents itself, they will feed during the day. They will adapt to your work schedule, even if you work nights. And though they prefer human blood, your dog or cat is susceptible to bed bug bites.

3. Bed Bugs Can Fly

Bed bugs do not have wings and cannot fly. On the other hand, they can move rather quickly for their size, crawling about three feet in one minute.

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How Warmer Weather Affects Pests

Warm weather has more effects on pests than you might assume. Many homeowners believe that pests simply love summery weather just as we do, which is why they often appear in non-winter months. But there is a lot more to it than that. Here are three ways that warm weather impacts pest life.

Pests Are Cold-Blooded

Like reptiles, most pests are cold-blooded creatures. What this means is that they need external sources of heat to warm up their bodies. It is much harder for pests to find sources of heat during winter over any other season.

Pests love to sunbathe, and when they aren’t hiding during the nighttime, they are highly attracted by not only warm places but places that also reflect lots of sunlight. During hotter days, they can end up relaxing on driveways, sidewalks and porches.

Pests Are Awake Longer in Warm Weather

During the winter, pests tend to hibernate, only waking themselves up in order to find food that can regain their energy. They tend to do this during warmer winter days, where sunlight provides energy to help rejuvenate them.

What this means is that during the winter, you might come across pests that you otherwise would not see if the weather was colder. Boxelder and stink bugs will leave indoor areas for food whereas termites and cockroaches will stay inside.

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Protecting Your Home from Pests While You Travel

Traveling can be exciting and fun, but it can also cause worry since your home is left unattended. When you’re home, you can keep an eye on things and prevent pests from causing damage. When you’re away, that’s just not possible. However, you can your home safe from pests with some planning and preemptive actions. Whether you plan to be gone for a long weekend or an extended period of time, taking these steps can ensure your home is safe from pests while you travel.

Clean Up

Clean your home before heading out of town. Remove anything that will attract rodents and insects. Make sure all dishes are washed and properly store any food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator. If you typically leave a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, instead place those items in the refrigerator. Or if you normally keep a stocked candy dish on an end table, put that away. This also goes for pet food and treats.

Remove all garbage from inside your home. If you’ll be away on your regular garbage pickup day, ask a neighbor or friend to put your trash out and bring the empty can back in after everything is picked up.

Secure Any Openings

Close and secure all openings like doors, windows, and even the dog door. Take a moment to double-check that the fireplace flue is closed to keep bats, squirrels and birds from gaining access. Take things a step further and inspect the exterior of your home to make sure all siding and weather-stripping is in place. Pests can fit through small holes, so anything big enough for you to notice is big enough for pests to enter.

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How to Prevent Pest Breeding in Your Yard

Your lawn is one of the first things that people notice about your house. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the first things that pests notice about your house. If you want to keep pests out of your home, you’re going to need to keep them off your lawn as well. Here are some ways to keep your yard as healthy and pest free as possible.

Mow Your Lawn

The first thing you’re going to want to do is cut your grass. Pests hide better in tall, unkempt lawns, so try not to let your grass grow higher than three inches. Also, if you have bushes then trim them as well, as these also provide great hiding places for pests. Finally, when you empty the trimmings, pour it into a garbage bag and close it up tight, so any bugs sucked up won’t creep into your house. 

Maintain Your Yard

Not only are you going to want to keep your grass short, but you’re going to want to keep it healthy as well. Healthy grass has natural defense mechanisms against pests and will deter them on their own However, once your grass begins to die, your lawn becomes open season. First, use fertilizer to help your lawn develop a lush, green color. You should also aerate your grass from time to time as well, and finally, water your grass properly. This means, for one thing, making sure that your grass is never dry, but it also means not allowing too much water to puddle up in small pools. Many bugs, especially mosquitoes, use standing pools of water as their primary breeding grounds, so don’t give them any opportunities to settle down on your property. 

Use Pesticides

Lastly, if your pests won’t let up, some pesticides should do the trick. Make sure, however, that you aren’t using pesticides designed to kill everything in sight, but pesticides which take out insects like mosquitoes and ants while leaving beneficial bugs like earthworms unharmed. Also, make sure that you’re using these chemicals safely and according to the instructions by putting out a sign signaling that there are pesticides on your lawn, only using the suggested amount, and storing it away from pets and children when not in use.

Pest control begins on the lawn, which is why it’s extremely important to safeguard your yard and keep it healthy. Fortunately, with just a little effort, it’s not very difficult. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Pest Control Services at today.

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