How to Know if a Rodent is in Your Home

Filed under: Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — admin @ 10:46 am March 27, 2015

Rodent ControlNo one wants to think about the possibility of having mice or rats in their home, but it can happen to anyone. Maybe you have heard something moving in the cabinets or even a squeak or two. It might be your imagination or something completely, but it also may be rat or mouse. If it is, you need to find out because they can be destructive to your house and they carry diseases that can make you, your family, and your pets sick.

Once you determine that you do have rodents in your home you can move forward with getting rid of them. The first question before deciding a course of action, though, is do you have rats or mice? Look for these telltale signs throughout your home

Are your pets restless?

Cats and dogs will get restless or nervous when they smell, hear, and see rodents in the house. Your cat may stare at the bottom of the stove in a “stalking posture” or your dog may sniff certain areas very intently. Pay attention. Your animals can see, hear, and smell things that you can’t and they can clue you in as to what is going on.

Is there a musky odor in your house or basement?

Mice and rats smell bad. They have an odor that is heavy and musky. You may also smell urine or a smell that is similar to the urine of a male cat.

Have you found any rodent feces?

You can tell if you have rats or mice by inspecting the feces.

Rats

Rat droppings are black, shiny and blunt at both ends. They are about ½ to ¾ inches long.

Mice

Mouse droppings are black or dark brown, smooth and have pointed ends. They are smaller than rat droppings at just 1/8 to ¼ of an inch long.

Have you found any wood around baseboards, window sills, or even furniture that has been gnawed?

Mice and rats gnaw wood but you can tell by the size and type whether it is a rat or mouse. Rat tooth marks are about 1/8 inch long while mice tooth marks are smaller and appear scratchy or chipped.

Have you found any tail trails or small footprints in areas that are dusty?

They would typically be near sources of food or at points of access but can be found just about anywhere.

Have you noticed smears along the lower part of the wall, around baseboards, or on lower cabinet doors?

Rats have poor eyesight so they travel along walls. They usually rub against the walls so if you see greasy smears or streaks along baseboards it may be from dirt or grease from rat fur.

Have you found any food or packages in cabinets that have been torn up?

Rats and mice will chew through cereal boxes and food packages. They can make quite a mess.

Do you have insulation that is torn up or is the underside of your sofa or mattress torn?

Rats and mice will find soft areas to build nests. They will also build nests in dresser drawers, closets, and on shelves.

Have you actually seen a rat or mouse?

If you have seen them, you have them.

 

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Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 6:53 am

Bed bugs are rarely caught in the act because they are nocturnal and usually bite people while they are sleeping. Additionally, bed bugs inject an anesthetic when they bite that prevents the bite from being felt and possibly waking the sleeper. So how do you know if those red, itchy bites you woke up with are from bed bugs?

 

 

 

Recognizing Bed Bug Bites

 

What do bed bug bites look like?

The bitten area may be red, with the surrounded skin appearing swollen or inflamed. Unlike flea bites, bed bug bites do not have a red spot in the center. The skin around the bite may be irritated or itchy. Since a single bed bug may bite multiple times, bites may be found in clusters of three or more. These bites can occur in a straight line or a random pattern.

Where do bed bugs bite?

While flea bites are usually found near the ankles, bed bug bites tend to be on the face, neck, arms, and hands. Although, bed bug bites can be found on any part of the body that is exposed during sleep.

Other Signs of Infestation

If you’ve examined your bites and you’re still not sure if bedbugs are the culprit, there are a few other signs and symptoms of bed bug investigation.

  • Molted Exoskeletons: Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons after feeding as they mature.
  • Blood Spots: The fecal material of bed bugs is laden with blood and may leave rusty colored spots on sheets, mattresses, or nearby furniture.
  • Smell: Bed bug scent glands produce a sweet, musty odor

If you wake up with bug bites and have any of the above symptoms, you may have a bed bug infestation.

 

What To Do If You’ve Been Bitten by Bed Bugs

 

Medical Concerns

The good news is that for most people, bed bugs do not cause medical concerns. Symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as painful swelling near the bite, may need to be evaluated by a medical professional.

Contact a Pest Professional

Some pest concerns can be handled by homeowners, but bed bugs are particularly difficult to eradicate and should be dealt with by a professional.

Rodent Control Using Identification, Sanitation and Elimination

Filed under: Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 2:44 pm March 24, 2015

Rodent ControlFinding mice or rodents inside your home can really be disturbing. Most of us will feel repulsed just by the sight of them. Having a single rodent inside a home can be dangerous because they have the ability to produce more than 60,000 droppings and 150 liters of urine. Imagine the risk of contamination by a single rodent, especially when it is not eliminated right away. The presence of rodents can bring about a spread of disease, contamination on foods and produce, and the damage to structures and equipment.

It is not safe to have these rodents in and around the house since they have the ability to feed on different types of foods while carrying different infectious diseases. One of the most dangerous diseases these rodents can pass is leptospirosis, which can be spread through their urine. Rodents also have the ability to spread and populate in just a matter of weeks. With the different complications these pests can bring, homeowners are always suggested to be cautious against them, and defend their homes from these unwanted guests.

Rodent Control

Identification

If you find a rodent in your home, it could mean that you have rats or mice inside and that a possible infestation is about to happen. Other means to know whether you have an infestation includes their gnaw marks, urine and feces, and distinctive odor. Once you have enough proof of their presence, your next step is to know the type of rodent problem you have. Rats and mice are two different pests with two different characteristics. Knowing who the enemy is, will make controlling them faster.

Sanitation                                               

Sanitation involves the process of getting rid of any food sources that these pests might get attracted to, and the elimination of possible harborage areas. Rodents are normally attracted to garbage, which is why it is necessary to store garbage and rubbish in rodent-proof containers. Garbage containers should be water tight, rust resistant, and should have tight-fitting lids.

Pet foods should also be monitored since rodents may consume this type of food when they are left overnight. Make certain to just give pet foods that your pets can consume and not too much. Once your pets are done with their food, clear their bowls and keep them clean. Other food sources for rodents can come from fallen fruits from trees and garden vegetables, bird seeds that fall from feeders, unwanted trash on the ground, dog droppings, and the likes.

Elimination

Finding where these rodents hide is one of the most crucial steps in properly controlling them. Rodents can hide in a variety of places that include unused appliances, abandoned vehicles, attics and basements, untrimmed shrubbery, and so many more. To eliminate these possible harborages, make certain to check on them and clean and get rid of these unwanted places. Outdoor harborages such as dense ground plants and untrimmed shrubbery should be trimmed. It is also essential to remove dead woods around the surrounding area. Eliminate the possibility of rodents crossing the roof by cutting branches that are touching the foundation of the home and utility wires.

Traps and Baits

Traps. Trapping rodents are the most common method in controlling and eliminating them. Traps can be easily bought in stores and can be placed in areas where rodents are frequent. Unlike baiting, trapping can yield good result, especially when they are done properly. Trapping can also allow you to dispose of the rat properly. The trap will not get lost along with its victim, thus it will not create any foul odor.

Baits. Unlike trapping, baiting should be meticulous and should only be placed in areas where pets and children will not have access on them. Baiting can be highly effective for homeowners who do not know where the harborage areas are. This can also be effective outdoors since the area for their harborage might be difficult to find.

How to Rodent Proof Your Home

  • Fill in even the smallest gaps that are seen in the house structure. Keep in mind that mice can enter openings that are just 1/4 inch while mice can enter gaps that 1/2 inch.
  • Always maintain your windows and repair them when needed.
  • Doors should always be maintained well and can also be fitted with sweeps or channels to avoid openings at threshold.
  • Attic vents should be screened with a sheet metal frame.
  • Crawl spaces should also be securely covered with no gaps
  • Gaps at intersecting roof eaves should also be screened.

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When Animals Invade the Attic

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 2:36 pm March 20, 2015

SquirrelAttics can be the perfect dwelling for some of our wildlife. And, while most of our surroundings are really becoming urbanized, most of these animals are also becoming urbanized as well. Most animals are great climbers, and will choose to climb inside your basement because of the convenience it brings.

One quick way to know whether your attic has residing animals is if you hear noises above the ceiling. Common noises that they do include scampering, scratching, digging, walking, vocal cries, and the likes. Different types of wildlife may become attracted to your home because of the comfort and shelter that they can find inside. Your attic in particular, presents a good opportunity for animals to breed while providing a comfortable shelter for their offspring.

How Animals Get in the Attic

Animals can get inside your attic if the surroundings present them with a good opportunity. If they can climb easily, like a tree or trees that are near the house. They can also easily get inside when the house has a wide-open holes as part of their structure, or even open windows. But, most of the time, animals will take advantage the roof portion like a dormer, or any bend leading sections of the roof. Other entry points are the fascia, vents, under eaves, and the gables.

 

Animals that may enjoy your attic includes:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Cats
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Bats
  • Opossums
  • Snakes
  • Hedgehogs
  • Skunks
  • Pigeons

When Animals are Inside

It is not difficult to know whether your attic is already invaded by wildlife since they will move and make sounds while creating interior destruction and mayhem to your property. These animals will chew wires, wood, furniture, and more. They can also leave an unbearable musty odor as they stay longer in your property. Since attics are not commonly visited, the only time you may know their presence is when you hear them scampering around. When animals become present in your attic make sure to remove them right away.

Remove Animals in Your Attic

Understand the animals. During the months of February through May or August through October that different animals may seek refuge in your attic. They will search for a new shelter to protect their young and hide away from the dangers of the outdoors. Squirrels may have babies during these months and may begin to look for ways to get inside your home. The challenge with a squirrel invasion is even when you have perfectly removed the adult, she may have left her young ones inside, which would make the mother try to go back for her babies. When removing squirrels, make certain to remove her entire family since her youngs can die without her.

To remove them from your attic on your own, you can:

  1. Frighten them into leaving by banging on the rafters
  2. Show your continuous presence in the attic
  3. Play loud radio in the attic all day
  4. Nuisance Animal ControlPlace soaked cider vinegar, ammonia, or mothballs around the attic since some animals do not like the smell
  5. Use bright lights in the attic


Traps and exclusions
. There are different types of traps available for different animals. If traps are going to be used for mice, you can use traps that can eventually kill them. For larger animals such as raccoons, squirrels or even cats use livetraps, which are like one-way doors that they will not be able to come out. Place some baits inside like petfood and check on the traps every day. Once you have captured an animal, throw a blanket on the trap and carry the animal as far as you can from your home, then release them in the wild. As much as possible, do not use poison to remove these animals from your attic.

Protect your home. Once the animals are out, search their point of entry and seal them. In some cases, these animals will attempt to come back, especially if they have babies that were left behind. They will search for any means to get back in so that they can go back to their babies, if this is the situation, call a pest professional to help you.

Get help. Do not remove the animals yourself since some wildlife can be dangerous and wild, making them not safe to remove on your own. Hire a professional wildlife control that knows how to effectively remove the entire family without putting the animals in danger.

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Indicators of Termite Damage

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 1:03 pm March 17, 2015

Termite ControlTermites can cause significant damage to your home and other buildings on your property. Wood is the mainstay of the termite diet, but they can traverse through a variety of materials other than wood and cause serious structural damage, even rendering it unlivable.

Subterranean termites build their colonies in the ground and create tunnels to their food source – your home. These colonies can be massive, hosting tens of thousands of termites. Formosan termites have even larger colonies with populations numbering in the millions. This means that the colonies cover a very large area – and not only on your property. They can extend over several lots in a subdivision. So if your neighbor has termites it would be wise to look for damage or signs of a termite infestation in your own home.

Unfortunately, termite damage often goes undetected until serious damage has already been done. The signs can be very subtle and easy to miss. If you see what appears to be water damage on your ceiling, wall, framing, or flooring, take a closer look. Termite damage can mimic water damage.

Other signs to look for include:

  • Wood that is buckling
  • Swollen ceilings
  • Swollen floors
  • A mild odor that is similar to mold or mildew

Subterranean termites access their food sources that are above the ground via mud tunnels. These tunnels are created by the termites using mud, saliva, and feces. You can often find them near the foundation of a home that is infested but they may also be around door frames and window sills as well as cracks and joints.

If you suspect, inspect.

If you suspect that you have termites, conduct a thorough inspection of your home. Usually, subterranean termites are found near ground level of a home. This is not always the case, so don’t take it for granted that you are free and clear just because your first floor doesn’t show any signs.

Inspect the interior as well as the exterior, using a knife or screwdriver. Look for weak spots in the wood and hollow sounds when you tap on it. Using a bright flashlight, look in your crawlspace or basement for mud tunnels or swarmers. Since termites must live in a moist environment and cannot live long when not in the ground or a moist area, you may see swarmers around pipes in the bathroom or kitchen as well.

If you note termite damage or any indication of an infestation (this includes if your neighbor has termites) your best bet is to contact your pest professional and get a termite inspection on your home. If termites are found they can advise you on the best course of action. If you don’t have termites they can provide you with termite protection so in the event the little invaders decide to turn your home into lunch you can ensure that your home is secure.

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10 Ways to Get Cockroaches Out of Your Home

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 1:02 pm March 13, 2015

Cockroach ControlHaving cockroaches in your home is embarrassing but they also carry disease and can exacerbate allergies and asthma. Getting them out is not always easy, but these ten ways will help you evict the little critters and keep your home roach free. They are effective for German cockroaches, American cockroaches, Asian cockroaches, and even other pests in your home. Try them individually or do combinations for a very special double whammy.

Clean up – Simply cleaning up and taking out your garbage can do wonders for reducing a roach population. Mop your floors and wipe down all counters to ensure that all traces of food have been cleaned up. Food particles on the floor, stove, and side of the garbage can are like neon signs for hungry roaches.

Block access points – If they can’t get in they can’t infest your home. Find out where the roaches are getting in and block it. The thing is, it isn’t always the crack under the door or an open window. They can also catch a ride on luggage from guests, shipped items, and even things you buy at grocery stores and thrift shops.

Lock down food – Roaches come into a home for two reasons: food and harborage. If they don’t have a food source they don’t have a reason to hang around. Lock down your food tight and never leave food out, especially overnight. This includes dirty in the sink and dishwasher.

Put out bait – Roach bait can be bought at the store and is typically contained in a case that is child and pet proof. It is also available as a gel. Roach bait is a slow acting poison so roaches snatch it up and bring it back to their nest where their buddies dine on it as well. Eventually the population is wiped out.

Borax and sugar – This is not really recommended if you have pets or children, but the borax is actually considered to be fairly safe. You can’t be too careful though with children and furbabies. If you go with it, mix 1 part water to 3 parts borax and sprinkle it in areas where you have seen roaches – typically behind the stove and fridge, in cabinets, and near access points.

Use an insecticide – You can purchase insecticide from the store, but roaches can become immune to the poison. This is a good option if you have a few roaches here and there, but for an infestation you should probably call a pest professional who can treat the population on their 28 day reproduction cycle.

Fabric softener and water – This is a home remedy that many people claim is very effective. It works much like an insecticide so it probably wouldn’t be a good option for eradicating a large population. But for a few roaches here and there it should work fine. Mix 2 parts water to 3 parts fabric softener. Put in a spray bottle and spray the roaches as you see them.

Use a roach trap – Roach traps have a strong adhesive, thus trapping roaches. The insect is lured onto the adhesive pad where it is stuck and cannot escape. If you have pets or are putting the traps in a garage or outside, get the kind that are enclosed. Mice, lizards, birds, and pets can become stuck and the adhesive is extremely strong. Getting a pet or child unstuck from a trap can be painful and even cause injury.

Vacuum them up – This is good to do in conjunction with spraying insecticide and putting out bait. If you have a large population, vacuum up the roaches then spray and put out the bait. Make sure you empty your vacuum far away from your home though – or put some insecticide in the bag or canister to kill them as you suck them up.

Call an exterminator – Sometimes an infestation is just too big to tackle on your own. If you can’t seem to get a handle on the situation don’t hesitate to call a pest professional to get it under control.

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Ways to Get Rid and Prevent Stink Bugs in Your Home

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 1:31 am March 6, 2015

Stink Bug Control

The brown marmorated stink bug is considered a pest since they do not have any predators to eat them. Their population is growing at tremendous speed as it penetrates homes with its pungent odor, and destroys farms too. This pest is considered a serious threat to agriculture and causes millions of dollars in damage to fruit growers alone.

This spring, expect these bugs to crawl from their winter hiding places and destroy crops that they find. Hundreds of these bugs may even be on porches and go inside your homes. Although they do not pose any human threat and do not damage homes or structures, when you crush them there is a pungent odor that may even leave a stain on your clothes or skin.

They are called stink bugs simply because they stink. When they get scared or threatened, they will release a foul-smelling chemical through their scent glands to frighten their predators. Stink bugs prefer to eat plants and fruits. They use their rostrum or their sucking mouth parts to get the juice stems and juicier parts of plants and fruits. The brown marmorated stink bugs are a great fan of tomatoes, corns, peaches, and many other delectable fruits.

The good news about these stink bugs is that they do not create colonies or nests. They mostly prefer to be by themselves. But, when we see them congregating by the hundreds, many may feel that they are creating colonies. Stink bugs do tend to move in one particular place since they are all attracted to warmth and light. When you find them on porches, near doors, windows, and even inside your home, it just means that the season is changing and it is time for them to breed.

How to Remove Stink Bugs from Your Home

It is not actually easy to remove these bugs from your home. Just like any other type of pests, they need some course of action and the right tools to properly get rid of them. Do not squish these bugs as much as you want to do it because they will emit that pungent odor, and the worst part is, most of those stink bugs will release their stink in defense.

Once these stinkbugs have overwintered inside your home, they will emerge from where they are and venture outside to look for food and a mate. You will mostly see them on windows, in attics and basements, and doors if they have successfully overwintered in your home. To control stink bugs, you can:

  • Seal any small openings that you can find that includes gaps on windows, doors, chimneys, soffits, vents, and the likes.
  • Turn off any outdoor lights and pulling down the shades during the evening can lessen the chances of these bugs finding your home.
  • Do not use yellow drapes unless you will use them to collect stink bugs to rid of them.
  • Get rid of any shelter for pests around your house such as overgrowth or weeds.
  • Plant catnip in your garden.
  • Use garlic as a shield for your home by placing a lot around your home or you can mix garlic with water and spray it in plants.
  • Use a combination of a dish detergent and two cups of water placed in a medium-sized spray bottle. Spray your solution in areas where stink bugs enter. You can also spray this solution to the stink bug itself.
  • You can also create your own trap by using a dish detergent, a foil pan with half gallon of water, then place the pan under a light. Since stink bugs are attracted to light, they will get into the soapy water without realizing it. By the time they realize their mistake, it will be too late.
  • Vacuum the area where the bugs are and dispose of them immediately. Also, clean the vacuum as soon you are done so that the stink will not remain.

For a small scale infestation, you can get rid of these stink bugs on your own. You can even use your hand to capture them since they are not fast and easy to catch. But, make sure to handle them carefully so as to not crush them. Ask for help, if the infestation is too big for you to handle. Most specialist will be able to treat your stink bug problems right away without leaving any rusty odor in your home.

It is stink bug season, and your home may already be suffering from their constant presence. Horizon Stink Bug Control will help you get rid of these stinky bugs with the help of our fully trained technicians. Call us today and avail of our FREE inspection!

Pesticides vs. Natural Chemicals To Kill Bugs

Filed under: Bug Control — Megan Howard @ 1:29 am March 3, 2015

Pesticide vs Natural Chemicals

The use of pesticide versus natural chemicals has long been debated. Although insecticides and natural chemicals both have their own advantages, most of those who want to effectively get rid of different insects and bugs would want to know which one of them is the most effective. The reason that this debate falls much into a gray region is because both of them need to be classified according to its usage and the case where it is going to be used. If it is going to be used for the home, most would first consider using natural pesticides, but for large outdoor infestations, it may be practical to use pesticides.

To explain, natural chemicals are made by nature while its counterpart synthetic chemicals are made by humans, different from what nature naturally uses. Synthetic chemicals or insecticides have long been thought to be more toxic than natural chemicals. But, further studies revealed that it is not so. Consumers have been bombarded with continuous advertisement about the positive effects of natural chemicals when it comes to killing bugs, while blaming the potency of pesticides.

A lot of misconception about pesticides being more toxic than natural substances have long been in the minds of people, which is why natural substances are more popular than ever. While it may be true, our long battle against bugs will never end, in fact, an increase of different bugs migrating in our country has now been seen. An increase of affected areas where bed bugs have been infesting have also been seen. Is it because, we are now more afraid of using strong pesticides to combat pests?

Natural Products

There are a lot of natural products that you can use to effectively get rid of pests. Killing insects the natural way and without any toxic chemicals is indeed good for the environment, good for you and your family, and will also be good for your pets.

Diatomaceous Earth

This natural product can be used to stop many different types of bugs and is an effective killer against them. Although the product is soft to the touch, for insects they will be subjected to tiny razor blades piercing them. This natural product will get rid of the exoskeleton of the bug and will expose their internal organs. They will die because of dehydration as their skins are exposed.

Boric Acid

Boric acid is mostly poisonous to any type of insect. This product is mostly used to kill colonies. For instance, with ants, boric acid is used as a bait where it will be combined with a sweet food, which ants will be glad to take back home. Once they give the food to the other workers to eat, the workers will also die. And, as they pass food, the bait will soon be given to the queen. Once the queen eats the bait, she will die, and the rest of the colony will follow.

Pesticides

Pesticides are commonly recommended these days, when natural means do not work. Pesticides are chemically designed to kill different types of pests, and are mostly used in farms, gardens, or other agricultural crops. Some homeowners also use chemical products to get rid of pests. The up side to pesticides is that they are easy to use, and are known to be effective in killing different bugs. However, it is still necessary to read the instructions before using the product, and contemplate longer on where the use of pesticides is most effective versus natural substances.

It is still up to the homeowner whether they will use pesticide or natural chemicals to combat their pest problems. As said, the debate on whether which one is more effective is still considered a gray matter since our choices may reflect the case you are in, the severity of the bug infestation, your health, and those who are around you.

Horizon Pest Control provides year-round protection for your home against pests. Call us today and learn more about our NJ Pest Control Services.

 

How to Dry Out Basements to Prevent Mold

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 1:29 am February 27, 2015

Basement Mold Cleaning

There are different ways your basement can become wet, and when this area gets water inside, it can ruin some of your possessions and the quality of the basement. If you are able to get rid of the water quickly and dry your items as well as the whole basement, then you will be able to save yourself from some of the headaches molds can bring. However, drying your basement is not as easy as it seems since it needs quick action on your part and a lot of disinfecting. Not drying out your basement as soon as it gets water damage would mean further headaches in the future.

Flooding is not the only cause of your basement having molds. If your basement is damp or if the area has moisture problems, then it can ruin drywall, carpeting, and framing. Even if your basement is just used for storage, if it has the high humidity or condensation, this can ruin the basement and create mold. If your basement suffered from water damage, take it seriously.

How to Dry Your Basement

Turn off the main power

Turn off the electrical power for the basement or if you want to make sure, turn off the main power of your house, especially if the wiring of the outlets are wet or moldy. Ask an electrician to check the house’s electrical system just to make sure that everything is working fine. Once the electrician has cleared your home, you can turn it on.

Open your windows and doors

Your basement needs enough air to circulate in. If your basement has windows, open them and the doors too.

Remove the water

Start removing the water that has accumulated in your basement. Even if it just a few inches of water, get rid of it right away.

Remove materials

Remove any items, such as furniture, boxes, carpets, rugs, and any other items that became wet in the basement. Start to dry these items and dispose of any items that may not be salvaged and may cause molds to grow.

Clean the basement

Use chlorine bleach by creating a solution of one-half to three fourths cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and skin when using this solution. Disinfect your basement and focus on areas where the water resided. You can also wipe the walls if they became wet or damped. Make sure that you thoroughly clean the entire area. However, cleaning your basement needs more than just bleach and water since you have to scrub the areas where you think the water accumulated. Take your time disinfecting the place so that your basement will be free from any sort of contamination and bacteria.

Use fans and dehumidifiers

To allow your basement to dry fast, use fans and dehumidifier after totally disinfecting the area.

Monitor your basement

Do regular inspections on your basement and replace cracked or defective mortar of the basement. Inspect the outside drainage of the basement for water leakage.

Be safe

Wear a mask if you are sensitive to mold and mildew. The basement should be well ventilated before you work. If you think you are too sensitive to clean the basement, hire a specialist.

Keep in mind that your main goal when drying your basement is to entirely dry it. Some homeowners will focus in cleaning and drying their furniture, curtains, books, papers, clothing, and the likes, and will go back in drying the basement as soon as they are done with their possessions. However, it is important to focus on your basement first before you worry about your items. Remember that mold can grow after a day. And, the longer you make your basement wait, the worse your problems will be.

To Stop Mold Growth in the Basement

To stop the growth of possible mold in the basement make sure to:

Keep the basement clean and dry

This includes cleaning fabrics and any items that may promote mildew. You can also have the air ducts cleaned if there is any suspicion of mold or the air ducts becoming wet.

Fix possible problems

Always check for possible causes of water problems such as leaky pipes, water seepage, dirt in crawlspaces, and the likes.

Keep the basement dry

Use dehumidifiers, fans and open windows to keep the place dry, especially during the summer. Do not use fans if mold is already present. Insulate the area to avoid condensation. And, make certain that the humidity level in the house is below 40%.

Protect your family and your home by eliminating your mold problem and give them the quality air they deserve. Horizon Mold Services provides affordable and reliable service that will make you say goodbye to your mold problems. Call 1.888.162.2487 today!

 

 

 

 

8 Bugs and Pests to Watch For In The Spring

Filed under: Bug Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 1:28 am February 24, 2015

As the cold weather subsides, expect that different pests will emerge. Here are some of the most common bugs and pests that are getting ready for a comeback this spring:

AntsAnts

Once spring comes, different ants will begin to emerge that may soon infest your home. Ants are beneficial when they are outside since they can compost dead vegetation. However, they can be a nuisance when they bring sand from beneath your concrete. When they enter gaps and cracks around your home, they will look for means to find food, water and shelter. It is important to take action when these ants are creating homes outdoors, or gaining entry indoors.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches hate spring outdoors because as the sun warms up, their home will be limited, as they will not have as many dark and damp places to hide. This is when they will start to find a dark and moist home. A great criterion of home for them includes damp, dark places with easy access to food and water, making your home the perfect spot for them.

Ticks

Be alert for ticks this spring since ticks will be active during this time. Ticks will be in gardens, camping sites, outdoor places, and can even be found inside homes. When the warmer months start, these ticks will start laying eggs. Eggs are already starting to hatch at this time and we may find visible adults soon. Having these ticks can be dangerous for most people because they have the potential to transmit Lyme disease after being attached to their host for 36 to 48 hours.

Termites

Termites may soon find their way indoors this spring since it is their time to swarm and create their colonies. When these termites create their colony inside a home structure, they will eat the cellulose material found in wood, which can create serious and costly damage to your home. The damage caused by these pests may even significantly reduce the property value of a home, especially if they are left unchecked and untreated.

Stinging Insects

Wasps, hornets and wild bees are considered stinging insects. Just like any other insects, these stinging insects will soon create their homes this coming spring. They will build nests on, in, and even under buildings and homes, but they normally create their nests hanging from eaves or from branches of trees. All these stinging insects provide a special role in our ecosystem and should be protected, especially in the case of the honeybee. While conservations are made for these insects, they can also create problems mostly when they create their nests in our homes, or when hornets or wasps start attacking people.

Spiders

While spiders are solitary creatures, they will soon have plenty of little ones emerging when spring arrives. The reason that your home will soon welcome spiders this coming spring is because they already entered your home last fall. If you are in search for them before the spring comes, look in your closets, attic, basement, crawl spaces, and other secluded areas where they can find for food at night.

Cluster FlyCluster Flies

Cluster flies look the same as house flies, although they are bigger and slower than flies. They also have a different life cycle than house flies. These flies usually breed during the late spring into early summer, but adult flies may appear clustering around windows during the spring warm months. They are mostly irritating to homeowners since they gather in large numbers while staying in rooms that are not commonly used.

Mosquitoes

Once the winter is gone, mosquitoes and their eggs will soon emerge. Mosquitoes are considered dangerous and are known to kill people especially if they are carrying dangerous pathogens that they can transmit to their victims. Although mosquitoes may disappear during the winter, they have already laid eggs that will hatch and survive during spring. Moisture created by spring rains and melting snow will allow these mosquitoes to thrive, thus affecting us in the process.

While it is all natural for these pests to arrive any time soon, it is necessary to keep them in control so that your home will stay protected from them. Any signs that these pests are creating infestations, make certain to ask help from a pest control specialist so that they can remove these unwanted pests for you.

Call Horizon Pest Control today to avoid these pests and bugs this spring! Go to Residential Pest Control Services and schedule an appointment with us today.

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