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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Termites

The team at Pest Control Services has been serving the Idaho community since 1970 and dealing with a wide variety of pests in that time. Termites are one of those nasty little pests that can leave your home in ruins.

Luckily, we’ve learned a lot about termites, and all of our knowledge can help you prevent your home from becoming or staying infested. In this post, we’ll update you on everything you need to know. So stick with us. 

Ensure There Aren’t Already Termites in Your Home.

Before you learn how to prevent or exterminate them, it’s a good idea to find out if they’re already present in your home. If you see one or more of the following, then you may have termites:

  1. In early spring or after a heavy rainfall, winged termites swarming.
  2. Seeing dead termites or wings from swarmers. 
  3. Accumulation of dirt resulting from mud tubes. 
  4. Warped doors or floors. 
  5. Holes in wood. 
  6. Baseboards or floors that sound hollow. 

How To Prevent Termites.

If you’re confident that you don’t have any termites, then you’re probably looking to keep it that way. We understand that more than most, so let’s break down good practices to keep these pests away:

  1. Termites love the plants you keep outside. We know you do too. However, those plants offer great opportunities for the termites to cover up their damages, and they’ll even use them as a bridge to enter your home. Leave a good distance between your outdoor plants and your home. 
  2. Termites may swarm in early spring for a number of reasons, but mainly to scout out a new home. To prevent them from picking yours, keep outdoor lights off at night and relocate them to areas away from doors and windows.
  3. Many termites in the United States are subterranean, so it can help to limit the amount of wood making contact with soil. That will give them fewer chances to climb up and feed on your home. 
  4. Properly vent all attics, crawlspaces, and basements. Humidity in these spaces attracts termites. 
  5. Lastly, ensure there aren’t gaps in your home that could allow entry. Look out for windows and doors.

What To Do if You Have Termites.

If you’ve looked at the list and discovered you have termites, then what can you do?

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Bugs You May Find on Your Holiday Decorations

Most of us store our holiday decorations in basements and attics – two places that pests tend to hide in. When you’re unpacking your holiday decorations for the season, make sure to check all your decorations before you use them! Here are some of the most common bugs you may find hiding in your holiday decorations.

Spiders

Spiders love cool, dry places and they are so small, they can fit in nearly any crack or crevice. It is easy for spiders to get inside your holiday decorations and make their webs within your belongings. When decorating for the holidays, you should always dust things off and make sure that spiders and their webs aren’t hanging onto your stuff. If you notice lots of spiders and you can’t get rid of them yourself, you should call an exterminator.

Silverfish

Silverfish are those centipedes you dread to see – the ones with the long bodies and tons of feet. , these pests don’t cause humans any harm, and they are actually good to have around because they eat small bugs. But, you don’t want to have one of these centipedes on your holiday decorations. Make sure to clean off your holiday items before bringing them out of your basement or attic.

Rodents

Mice and rats love to hide in basements and attics. No matter where you live, these pesky critters tend to hide in your home and make their nests in very small cracks and crevices. If you notice rodent droppings in your basement or attic, that is a telltale sign that rodents are somewhere nearby. The best course of action is to set out some traps or call an exterminator to take care of the issue. Before bringing any boxes full of holiday decorations upstairs, check to see if there are any small rodents inside. If there are, you can always set the box outside and let the rodents out into your backyard.

Get Help From the Pros

If you need a team of professional pest control experts to fix your pest problems, we are the company you are looking for. At Pest Control Services, Inc., we specialize in all kinds of pest control, from bed bug extermination to flea control, to rodent control. Our team of pest experts would be happy to come to your home and or business and work for you. Contact Pest Control Services, Inc. here or give us a call at 208-244-7896. We look forward to working with you!

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Ways To Protect Your Lawn and Shrubs This Winter

You are probably pretty familiar with taking care of your lawn and shrubs in the summer. But when colder weather hits, and snow starts to fall, it can be harder to know what you need to do to maintain your landscaping. Cold weather and snow can be hazardous to the plant life in your garden, but don’t fret. If you go into this winter prepared, you can be sure that you are doing the most you can to foster healthy growth - even when you can’t see any green.

Clear Debris

Keeping your lawn free of debris such as dead leaves is one of the best things you can do for it. Piles of leaves make perfect homes for bugs and other critters, and they can also kill your grass by depriving it of sunlight, water, and air.

Water

Winter can be a dry time for plant life. Snow can have the opposite effect of rain, depriving soil of water and packing it down. To combat this, make sure your lawn and shrubs get enough water up until the first big freeze of the year. Keeping them hydrated before the ground freezes will help them stay strong throughout the winter.

Cover Shrubs When During Extreme Weather

Covering up your shrubs and other plants during periods of freezing can be an easy way to protect them from the damage caused by biting cold. Blankets, plastic, or covers made specifically for plants can be used to lend your garden this extra protection. To ensure maximum effectiveness, cover plants completely to the ground and make sure the covers are secure. If covers are not held down, then warmth will not be sealed in, and the covers will be ineffective.

Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating your lawn before it gets too cold is another great step to keeping your lawn healthy in the winter. During warmer weather, your lawn might get a lot of foot traffic. By aerating, you allow air and water to better reach the roots of your grass, helping to counteract soil that became compacted by all that activity. When soil becomes compacted due to heavy activity, the roots of the grass stop being able to get what they need to survive, resulting in leaving you with patches of dirt and dying grass. If your lawn is suffering, make sure to aerate it before the snow hits.

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How Fall Impacts Pests Patterns and Movements

Pests are always seeking out warm shelter that can keep them safe and a food source they can depend on. However, the warm, safe shelter that pests seek is often in our homes! The seasons have a high influence on pests, so the threats they pose often shift as the weather changes. To protect your home from any pest invasions this fall, it’s crucial that you’re aware of the impact fall has on the patterns and movements of pests. It’s also crucial that you take proper precautions this season. 

How Fall Impacts Pests Patterns and Movements

Pests In Need of Warm Shelter During Colder Weather

As fall approaches, the colder weather will begin to set in and temperatures will drop. This indicates that most pests and insects need to prepare for the nearing winter and seek out warm shelter. As a result, these pests and insects will be more likely to invade your home. You may start to see an increased presence of spiders, boxelder bugs, ladybugs and other insects that normally desire to stay outside. These harmless pests often stay out of sight and will stay hidden in the cracks and crevices of your house. Bees and wasps will often shelter in trees, logs or eaves of homes and ants will retreat to their nesting sites. Rodents like mice and rats will also be seeking warmth during the fall. Establishing a safe place to outlast the outside weather helps most of the insects and rodents survive the colder months. 

Prepare Your Home

Ensure that any holes, cracks, crevices or gaps in your foundation, floors, attic and garage are properly sealed to prevent pests from invading your home. You should also check the materials of your roof, because strong winds may crack shingles and siding materials. This can result in created openings for pests invasions. Managing proper home maintenance during the fall helps decrease the chances of any rodents invading your home in the winter. Regular home maintenance inspections can determine if your roofing is tightly secured in place. It also helps to keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. There are many different types of pests that are attracted to soggy crawls spaces and areas with a lot of moisture. 

Get Help From a Local Pest Control Company

Fall is the best season to get a home inspection done before any pests invade your home and make a warm pest shelter of it. Contact Pest Control Services today for our services. Visit our website for more information.

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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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