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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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Where to Check for Bedbugs While Traveling

Traveling can be difficult enough if you are driving for long distances or are taking public transportation. The journey can be tiring, and once you have reached your destination all you want to do is relax. Yet, you do not want to end up bringing a host of bed bugs back home with you! Unfortunately, hotels and motels can be filled with bed bugs, as they are carried by one traveler to another. Here are some tips to protect yourself from bedbugs as you travel. 

Inspect the Bed

Before getting into bed, pull back the covers and check for bed bugs. You will be able to see the adults, nymphs and eggs if they are there. They are commonly found at the head of the bed or along the box spring seam. Check for any dark spots or trails or any exoskeletons that are left behind. You may also choose to look underneath the mattress. Use a flashlight if necessary. 

In the Furniture

Although bed bugs are most commonly found in the bed that does not mean they can't be found anywhere else. If there are chairs or couches in the place you are staying check those too. Checking under cushions or pillows is easy and can give you the peace of mind you need to fully enjoy your travels.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Traveling with You

Store Luggage on Hard Surfaces

Rather than placing your clothing and other belongings on the bed, chair or couch, keep all of your valuables on the luggage rack or on another hard surface. Instead of taking your clothing out of your suitcases, keep the items stored either in your suitcase or in the bathroom, as bedbugs are unlikely to be in there. You may even desire to pack large trash bags with you that you can use to cover your luggage. Do not unpack too many of your items, as spreading them around the room gives bedbugs a greater chance to get into them. 

When You Return Home, Dry Your Clothes

Heat is used to kill bed bugs. Before doing anything else with your clothes once you return home, place them in the dryer for at least 30 minutes. You may also choose to keep any of your luggage outside of the house for a brief while as well. 

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Where do Pests go During the Cold Weather Months

 

Pests are very noticeable in the spring and summer months of the year but are much more calm during the colder months. As winter approaches most people assume pests die off and simply go away. However, that is not the case. Some pests survive the cold and are still in search of food in and shelter. At Pest Control Services we can keep your home pest free year round no matter if it's cold or warm. 

Where Do Cold Weather Pests Hide as it Gets Colder? 

During the cold weather, pests activity is significantly reduced. Some pests go into diapause, a state of dormancy influenced by environmental factors. The main reason why pests go into diapause is to avoid the harsh weather and conserve energy. The Survival of pests in diapause is propelled by their stored fat, which acts as an energy source. Besides that, some pests produce an antifreeze compound, which significantly lowers their body fluids' freezing points.

Migration is another survival mechanism that pests adapt during cold weather. The inability of pests to generate heat forces them to migrate to warmer areas; hence Indoor spaces make ideal hideouts for different pests. Warmth is not the only thing that can make pests crawl into your house but also the availability of food; limited food resources often accompany the cold season. Pests may gain entry into your house through cracks, gaps under the door, crevices, and dryer vents. Pests problem is unavoidable once these creatures infiltrate your home. The onset of a cold season severely impacts pests' behavior. Most pests stay out of sight, and it is easy to assume they are dead or gone.

Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. Pests tend to seek shelter in warm habitats, resulting in an influx of pests into your home. It is crucial to maintain pest management practices during the cold season. 

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When Should You Get a Pest Inspection?

Dealing with pests is just one of the many tasks of a homeowner, but everyone can benefit from a pest inspection. Any building, regardless of its use, can be the target of a pest infestation. Pest inspections are necessary for all buildings, but especially important for homes, as you and your family spend most of your time there. Here are a few quick tips from a professional pest control service to determine when to get a pest inspection.

What is a Pest Inspection?

Licensed professionals, like us, perform pest inspections to determine if there are any infestations present in a building. An inspection includes inspecting the foundations, windows, roofs and more in the home, to look for signs of infestation. Hiring a professional to do this job is vital since we are trained to find signs of different types of infestations, and we know how to remedy them. At the end of your pest inspection, you will typically receive a pest report with an update on what the inspector found and suggestions to fix the problem. 

When to Get a Pest Inspection

While regularly having a pest inspection performed is the best option, we realize it is impossible to have your home evaluated on a consistent schedule. For most people, getting a pest inspection done when you spot a potential issue is a smart idea. If you see any signs of a potential pest infestation, have a professional perform a pest inspection. 

Buying and Selling a House

One time where it’s crucial to have a pest inspection performed is when buying or selling a house. If you’re selling your home, future buyers will appreciate the ease of mind that you can provide when you have your house professionally inspected for pests. The state of Idaho does not legally require pest inspections before the selling of a house, but it is considered “discretionary”, so err on the side of caution and have one performed.

As a buyer, you will definitely appreciate a full pest inspection before you sign on the dotted line. It will assure you that you are not walking into a house with a pest infestation. 

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