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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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