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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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Ant Control for When the Weather Turns Hot

Pest Control Services proudly provides pest control to our customers in the Idaho Falls area. While it may still be a little chilly right now, it’s only a matter of months before the days start to get longer and the weather warms up. While we love the long summer days, they tend to bring out pests, particularly ants. Don’t worry. There are a few things that you can do to help control ants in and around your home. If you find yourself facing an infestation that is larger than you can deal with, contact-us for help. Our professional technicians will be happy to help you eliminate ants or other pests that have invaded your property. We happily serve both commercial and private customers with all of their pest control needs.

Indoors

There are many things you can do to deter ants from entering your home. Be sure to wipe down all of your kitchen counters and appliances each night and sweep your floor regularly. Remember, ants are very small creatures. Even a crumb left over can be an attractant to an ant. Likewise, remove all water from your sinks and tubs each day. Just like humans, ants get thirsty, and it’s not unknown for ants to venture into a home seeking fresh water on the hottest days.

Invest in a covered trash can, both inside and out. Make sure that all minor cracks are sealed well around windows and door frames to limit the areas ants can enter your home.

Outside

If you’re seeing lots of mounds in your yard, you understandably want them gone. Not only do ants bite and lessen your enjoyment of your lawn, but they can cause damage to grass in the surrounding area. You may have heard that you can remove an ant bed by flushing it out with water, but this simply isn’t true. The ants will leave the bed, only to create another within close proximity to the first.

To deter ants from deciding that your home is the perfect place to live, be sure to keep your grass neatly trimmed and remove all yard debris promptly. Your outdoor trash can should have a fitted, tight lid as well to keep your garbage from attracting ants. Try not to leave bowls of water or pet food outside, as these can also attract ants to your home.

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How to Inspect Your Home for Bed Bugs

If you woke up this morning to find a series of red, itchy and irritating marks on your body, you have likely fallen victim to bed bugs. Bed bugs are classified as pests, so it is very important to call your local pest control services so your bed bug problem can be dealt with as soon as possible.

In the meantime, there are ways in which you can search for bed bugs in the bedroom. However, it is important to first understand bed bugs.

Bed bugs can hide virtually anywhere and can fit inside cracks that are as thin as a compact disc. This makes searching for bed bugs rather hard to do, but it must be done to help pest control services find them more quickly, as well.

How Do You Inspect Your House for Bed Bugs?

You will need to wear gloves, in addition to having a flashlight and a straight edge object like a paint scraper or credit card. Look for bugs, in addition to eggs, droppings and shed skin.

Bed bugs not only like the warmth, but they also love to be where humans rest for a long period of time. Therefore, the number-one place to look is inside your bed or mattress. You should first look through your sheets. You should carefully inspect folds, tufts and seems in your sheets and blankets for possible signs of bed bugs.

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