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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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3 Common Pest Entryways

As the weather starts to become colder, the pests in your neighborhood begin looking for a warm new home. These pests look for any opening that can give them access to your home. The opening size may range from tiny to large depending on the location. To combat your potential new house guests, you need to know some of the common entryways.

Foundation Cracks

As a house begins to settle, small cracks start to appear in the foundation and walls. These cracks are not uncommon. But if you do not repair and maintain them, they become the door for the pests to enter your home.

During late summer or early fall, you should inspect your home for any new cracks. If you find new cracks, you need to seal them properly. The sealant you will use depends on the location of the crack. For cracks in concrete or masonry, you need to use a concrete repair or a caulk specific to concrete and masonry. For cracks in the walls, you need to use a silicone caulk.

Windows and Doors

As your windows and doors age, the seals start to fail. When you are preparing your home for winter, you need to check the seals in the windows and doors. If they are not sealing properly, it could create a small gap which can then allow the pests to come into your home. You will also need to check the caulking around the windows and doors.

If either the seal or caulk is failing, you need to replace or re-caulk the window or door. Leaving any gaps or cracks gives your neighborhood pests an opportunity to enter your house. Remember, caulk needs time to cure and harden, so make sure you read the directions for optimum temperatures and curing time.

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How to Protect Your Home From Pests This Winter

Oh baby, is it getting cold outside! While we love to play in the snow that the winter brings, we also appreciate being able to go inside, where our house is warm. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who appreciate a warm, dry home when the harsh winter hits the Idaho Falls, ID area. That’s right, pests are also out and looking for a more favorable spot to spend the next few months. They might find your home the perfect place and be reluctant to leave once the weather turns again.

Prepare Your Home

At Pest Control Services, we often get calls from distressed homeowners when they realize that unwanted guests have invaded their home for the winter. While we love providing our clients with the best possible pest control services, we would also like to help you avoid these situations. Here are a few tips on preparing your home for the winter that will make it a little more difficult for the pests that no one wants to find their way into your home.

  • Pre-treat your home. It can’t be overstated how effective a professional pre-treatment can be in preventing any pests from inhabiting your home can be. Ideally, this should be done before the cold weather hits, but there’s never a wrong time to get started. Our technicians can treat all areas of your home, including attics, to help keep you pest-free all winter
  • Visually inspect your home and roofline for defects. Any area where your siding might be loose, or your eaves and gutters have separated, is an ideal spot for an opportunistic pest to find an entry point.
  • Don’t forget your vents. Dryer and other external vents are often favored spots to nest, due to the frequent heat that comes through them. Be sure all are covered to help deter entry.
  • Don’t forget your landscaping and foundation. Shrubs, bushes and trees can be sprayed in the fall, and your foundation can be treated in spring and fall. Pre-treating these areas will help prevent both your yard and your home from becoming host to pests.
  • Don’t use sprays, deterrents or other pest control with questionable ingredients when DIY-ing the job. Our technicians use eco-friendly formulas to protect your home and your family.

If you’d like our professional services to help ready your home this winter, or anytime, contact Pest Control Services today. One of our licensed technicians would be happy to help you prepare your home for an enjoyable season.

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Guide for Handling a Rat Infestation

An infestation of rodents can be a significant problem for any home, building or office. However, there are steps which can be taken to minimize any harm rats or mice might cause. Here is a guide to handling your rodent problems as efficiently as possible.

Many might find it easier to turn a blind eye to the rodents living around them, considering they may not seem to be causing a tremendous amount of problems to your household. However, there are good reasons to be proactive about rats and mice.

Signs of Rodents

Rodents will gnaw on everything from chair legs to wall insulation, damaging your property and the structural integrity of your building. They will also chew on electrical wires, creating fire hazards if not eradicated. Furthermore, rodents rodents are also unsanitary. If not handled, they will spread diseases around the house and contaminate food, while leaving droppings all over the floor. This can lead to diseases like leptospirosis, plague, salmonellosis, rat bite fever and murine typhus.

Implementing heightened sanitation measures and repairing damaged property destroyed by rodents is essential. However, directly addressing your rodent problem is the only long-term solution. Some quick ways to kill rodents fast are by using rat poisons and traps. Rat poisons, while useful, can be unsafe, especially around small children and pets.

Traps are more convenient than poisons. Not only do they kill or incapacitate rodents, but they hold them in one place so you will not have to search for the bodies of rodents all over the house. Traps might be useful for handling a few rodents. However, if they are invading your home faster than traps can catch them, professionals may need to be called in.

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Fall Pests That Could Make Their Way Into Your Home

Fall doesn't slow down some pests in our area. In fact, it drives many species indoors to look for food and shelter for the coming winter. It takes preventative measures to keep pests outside where they belong. If you don't act quickly enough, you could end up with an infestation in your home. Pest Control Services has a few pests to look out for as fall enters Idaho this year.

3 Pests to Look Out for This Fall

Stinkbugs

Stinkbugs are notorious fall pests, showing up as summer comes to an end. They crawl on most every exterior surface looking for ways inside your home. These pests look for warm places in which to nest through the winter, and your home is the ideal place for them. They come in when you open windows and doors and will sneak through cracks and crevices around your home's exterior.

Rodents

Rodents are seen more often in the fall than in other seasons. They come indoors for shelter when cooler weather moves in and will build nests in attics, basements and other areas of your home. These pests contaminate food and surfaces, leaving behind feces, bacteria and viruses as they travel indoors. They also chew through walls and wires and create costly damage in a short time.

Ants

Ants also come indoors during the fall to search for food and water. Some ant species will stay indoors and create a colony in random places such as behind baseboards and inside kitchen cabinets. Odorous house ants and pavement ants are two common species that you might encounter during the fall. If you see one or two ants on the counter or the floor, it won't be long until you see more showing up inside your home.

Fall Pest Prevention for Your Home

Pests don't always disappear when the weather turns colder. Sometimes they show up inside your home and invade your living and sleeping areas, making your life miserable throughout the fall and the long winter. Contact Pest Control Services for a free estimate and to schedule an inspection with our trained pest management technicians. We'll inspect your home for pests, eliminate the infestation and provide recurring services to keep out nuisance insects and rodents from season to season.

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