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 on a Window Ways to Get Rid and Prevent Stink Bugs in Your Home

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 Pesticides vs. Natural Chemicals To Kill Bugs

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.

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How to Dry Out Basements to Prevent Mold

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

Basement Mold Cleaning How to Dry Out Basements to Prevent Mold

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:

ants and sugar 8 Bugs and Pests to Watch For In The SpringAnts

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 fly 8 Bugs and Pests to Watch For In The SpringCluster 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.

How to Determine If Your Home Has Mold

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 1:28 am February 20, 2015

mold growth 1 How to Determine If Your Home Has Mold

Mold plays an important role in nature since it is designed to break down organic matter from fallen leaves, dead trees, logs, branches, and so on. When mold grows indoors, it has the potential to harm those who are around it since they can inhale mold spores. It is actually difficult to find a home without mold. Most homes have molds, mostly small amounts, though. Some are able to see it, others ignore the mold, while most just do not realize it’s there.

Molds can grow easily, especially if moisture is present. The reason that most homes are susceptible to molds, is because mold spores commonly float in the air. Mold spores are invisible to the eye, but when mold spores find moisture they will be able to grow, thus creating molds.

So how will you know if your home has molds?

Strange smell

An easy way to know if your home has mold is to smell your surroundings. Molds have a distinctive smell that can spoil the air and can affect the scent on furniture, carpets, bathroom walls, etc. that have been infected.

Presence of mold

Mold spores begin to grow when they land on wet surfaces. For instance, bathrooms are one of the most common areas where mold or mildew grow because this place is constantly wet. Mold will stick to the solid surface of the bathroom wall and will continually thrive there as long as it is left alone. Other areas where molds can grow easily are in the basement and cellar. When these areas become moist it is difficult to dry out, thus leading to mold growth.

Mold symptoms

Since some molds may not be visible, some individuals may end up having some symptoms to the mold cause by the inhalation of mold spores. Some of the most common symptoms of mold growth and mold spores are asthma, itchy skin, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, runny or blocked nose. The problem with having mold symptoms is that most do not realize that they are already infected by the appearance of mold. They might just think that they are sick or they are having an allergic reaction. However, if multiple people also have the same symptoms and if the symptoms decrease when not at home, it could indicate that molds are near.

Water leaks

A leaking roof or attic caused by water damage can cause molds. Pipes are also known to cause leaks. When these places are damaged make sure to fix the problem and clean possible mold growth.

Flooding

If your basement or your home suffered from flooding, it may end up having mold growth. Even after you have cleaned your home after the flooding occurred, some places like inside wall cavities may create mold growth. When flooding happens, it is necessary to clean and dry the area right away. Not drying the area for more than 24 hours may allow an environment for creating molds.

Other reasons for mold growth includes:

  • Humidity
  • Condensation
  • Damp basement
  • Rust
  • Warping
  • Deteriorated structure caused by water damage
  • Poor ventilation
  • Standing water
  • Humidifiers

If You Have Mold Problems

If you think your home has molds, search for places where you think the molds are. Check all moist places, basements, attics, kitchen, and bathrooms. Once you have located mold growth, you can clean it yourself with the use of soap and water. Remove the mold as soon as you find it so that they cannot do further harm.

How Stink Bugs Survive In Your Home During Winter With Little Nutrients

Filed under: Pest Control,Stink Bugs — admin @ 7:52 am January 23, 2015

stink bugs 300x267 How Stink Bugs Survive In Your Home During Winter With Little NutrientsStinkbugs are a type of overwintering pest that are particularly found in the Mid-Atlantic region. They mostly visit this region to feed on different crops. When they enter homes during winter, it is because they want to survive the cold temperature outside. These bugs are considered pests because of how they congregate by the hundreds, and the odor they emit when crushed or disturbed.

This winter, hundreds of stink bugs will be staying on porches if they are left untreated. But, how can these stink bugs survive the cold temperatures especially now that we are experiencing a long winter?

Depending on their location, stink bugs are now suffering from a typical level to a high increase of mortality rate. However, the demise of these bugs cannot be entirely blamed on the cold weather. Scientists are still learning about the causes of how these bugs survive the winter. Nutrition, which includes their fat storage and other resources, play an important role in their overwintering. However, when temperatures are extremely cold and these bugs are exposed to the snow for a long period of time, they may eventually die.

For the brown marmorated stink bugs to survive, they need to overwinter as adults in tight, dry and cold-protected places. Your home may provide such protection and in some cases, you may not even know that these bugs have already found harborage in a secluded area of your home.

Before the winter arrives, stink bugs will be busy feeding on different crops to build and store up fat. Although these bugs still require some nutrition during winter, their needs are minimal and do not require daily, or even weekly nutrition to keep them alive. Their metabolism will slow drastically and in some cases, especially when they are in unfavorable conditions, these bugs will shutdown in a process called diapause, which is similar to hibernation.

During their diapause, these bugs will feed very little or not at all. Their life and their survival will depend on their energy reserves that are stored away before they enter their dormancy. In order for these bugs to enter diapause, they will need to have stored nutrients, with the help of a good metabolism, to make it through winter. Their ability to store up fats can also affect their metabolism when they re-emerge after winter. If these bugs wake up during winter, their health and even their survival could be affected. Although researchers acknowledge that the study of stink bug diapause are poorly understood, they can still conclude that diapause include different chemical signals.

Those stink bugs that are seen moving around homes before spring are considered weakest since they run out of their fat stores. Those who are able to finish the winter and do not come out until spring are the ones with more stored resources. They are also expected to create the next generation of stink bugs, thus continuing their life cycle.

Are stink bugs invading your property? If you have a current stink bug infestation, call Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a FREE inspection, visit our New Jersey Stink Bugs page.

The Winter-Proof Cockroach

Filed under: Cockroach Control,Pest Control — admin @ 7:51 am January 20, 2015

winter 300x200 The Winter Proof CockroachA lot of people are thinking that because winter is here, homes may be spared from pests. But the truth is, different bugs are around and active during winter. A particular pest that many are curious about is the appearance of the winter proof cockroach, or the periplaneta japonica.

The Periplaneta japonica is commonly found in Asia, but unfortunately, has found its way into the United States, particularly in New York. They were first met in 2012 in a park in New York by an exterminator who knew he had found a new breed of cockroach. The cockroaches were later sent to the University of Florida to be analyzed.

While there are still insufficient studies as to how these winter-proof cockroaches can affect other cockroach species, or how well they can disturb homes and businesses, most are not looking forward to the periplaneta japonica becoming a permanent resident in the U.S. One particular reason for the low enthusiasm for this breed is because their nymphs are also able to survive in snow for long periods of time. This means that the cockroach is mostly pernicious. They can withstand the long winter cold because they use a natural antifreeze called trehalose. This natural antifreeze allows them to stay alive and have their nymphs survive as well.

The periplaneta japonica is mostly found in Japan, China, and Korea and may have found its way in the United States by hitchhiking on imported plants, soils, luggage, or garbage. Although the exterminator who found the cockroaches in the park said that they had exterminated the cockroaches as soon as they were found, it should be acknowledged that cockroaches are resilient and clever. It is possible that some of them are still out there.

If these cockroaches becomes accustomed to the snow of New York and the environment it offers, it is possible that these cockroaches will stick around. This will be a problem for New Yorkers since the city also caters to different pests and cockroach species. It is still good to note that the periplaneta japonica do not hybrid, meaning that their species can only mate with another periplaneta japonica. If they are not able to meet another cockroach of their species, then they may eventually die off without creating eggs. However, if there are sufficient numbers of them, it may be possible for them to make New York their new home.

As the species invaded Korea, China, and Japan, studies have shown their resilience to cold and extreme weather. If this species has already made its way to New York, it is possible that it can live very well outdoors during winter. They can live both indoors and outdoors and can create nymphs that are also resilient to snow. The only good site to their appearance is that they cannot create hybrid roaches. So far, their first and last appearance was in the High Line, New York, and they have not appeared since then. Most New Yorkers would not await the day for this new species to become a regular in their household.

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The Impact of the Polar Vortex on Bug Population

Filed under: Bug Control,Pest Control — admin @ 7:51 am January 16, 2015

bug control 300x251 The Impact of the Polar Vortex on Bug PopulationThanks to the polar vortex, the population of unwanted pests may soon decline. However, the decrease in this bug population may still depend on several factors. Their location, soil moisture, their prey at each location, and the issue of reproduction will also affect the rise or decline of their population regardless of the polar vortex.

Location

Insects that are above ground, such as bagworms, and stays on tree branches, like praying mantis, can be in danger when the cold temperatures set in. Insects that are in the ground may still be spared, but will still depend on whether the insect is freeze-avoidant or freeze-tolerant.

Insects, as most acknowledge, are some of the most resilient creatures. They are known to survive harsh weather conditions when other creatures are dying. Bugs that are freeze-avoidant can be tolerant to cold temperatures, but they are still prone to dying, especially when the temperatures go below the freezing points of their body fluids. Bugs such as aphids, adelgids, pine beetles, ticks, and the likes are not exactly safe from the polar vortex since they are freeze-avoidant. Although these insects do not immediately die when it gets below freezing, when the temperature gets below the freezing point for their body fluids to function properly, or when ice begins to form in their body, then they may die.

Freeze tolerant insects on the other hand, can survive harsh cold weather and may even survive when 65 percent of their body fluids turn to ice. Insects that are freeze-tolerant are cockroaches, wooly caterpillars, and midges. They do not die during winter and will not be affected by the polar vortex.

Soil moisture

Bugs differ from types and species. Some insects are better at storing and preventing water loss while others do not.

Predators

Insects that are eaten by bats, birds, skunks and other creatures during the summer may be killed during the harsh winter months, which in a way will benefit the bugs since they will have more room to multiply. While some bugs will be killed by the freezing weather, other predators that eat these insects may also die off proportionally, evening the playing field.

Bug Reproduction

When spring arrives and bugs return to their natural way of living, the effects of the harsh weather conditions during the insect egg laying will be overshadowed with what happened during winter. Even with the polar vortex or even during subzero temperatures, the effect on the bugs population during the summer may not be affected.

The population growth of bugs and the effect of subzero temperatures can truly affect insects in different ways. It is difficult, however, to predict the outcome of the bug population during summer. Certain species may be affected by the reduction of the population, especially when a deeper freeze lasts longer. Unfortunately we just have to wait and see how these bugs are affected by the polar vortex. Some insects are expected to survive well, while others will not be as lucky. However, one thing is for certain, they will definitely return. They always do!

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6 Ways to Pest Proof Your Home

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 7:50 am January 13, 2015

residential pest control 300x225 6 Ways to Pest Proof Your HomeOccasionally, homes are pestered by different pests who will try to invade and stay permanently if they are given a chance. Dealing with unwanted guests at home such as rodents, cockroaches, spiders, ants, termites, and more is just a nuisance. While it may be difficult to fully eradicate these pests from entering, it is still necessary to pest proof your home to lessen or permanently control these pests from entering your premises.

Ways to Pest Proof Your Home 

Clean your kitchen

Most pests are attracted to the kitchen because it offers everything they need. It is not just people who find comfort in the kitchen, but cockroaches, ants, rats, and the likes can easily find food, water and even shelter in this favorite spot. To lessen the chance of these pests from staying, make certain to leave your kitchen clean.

  • Wipe down the countertops
  • Clean the floor after every meal
  • Do not leave dirty dishes on the sink overnight
  • Transfer any food that comes in a plastic bag like rice, pet food, and nuts in tightly sealed containers

Use sticky traps

Sticky traps are easy to use. Just place them in areas where you mostly find insects or event rodents. Sticky traps can easily trap anything that crawls without the possibility of escape.

Seal entry points

Insects can easily enter homes through small spaces since they require very little room to get in. However, mice and rats also have the ability to gain entry inside a home with just the tiniest of holes. Search your home for these holes, then use caulk to seal them up. Pay close attention to windows and door frames since these areas can easily have holes and small entry space. Sealing these entry points also provides an advantage to a home this winter since you will be able to seal tiny air leaks that may allow heat to escape. While it may be difficult to find and seal all holes, lessening their quantity can also help in lessening the chances of pests to get in.

Vacuum regularly

Regularly vacuuming your home can aid in getting rid of these unwanted houseguests. The vacuum can easily suck up not only the dirt, but also the bugs that are crawling in your home. You will be able to capture ants, stinkbugs, cockroaches and their eggs, and more.

Fix leaky faucets

Leaky faucets do not just waste water, but will also attract a large number of pests. Since you will provide them an easy access to water these leaky pipes should be cleaned and fixed right away. Fixing a leaky pipe will not only let you reduce your water bill, but will help in stopping pests from drinking in your home.

Monitor your home

Although it is really difficult to check your home for all the different damages it may sustain, it is important for any homeowners to take the time to assess their properties. Walk through the house and search for entry points where these ants, cockroaches, spiders, rats, and mice may get in. Once these places are found, it is necessary to fix these areas so that you can reduce the chances of these pests from getting in.

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When Wildlife Enters Your Home This Winter Ticks are with Them

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 9:00 am December 30, 2014

deer tick and wildlife When Wildlife Enters Your Home This Winter Ticks are with Them

When wildlife enters an attic or basement during winter, it is not just the animal seeking shelter that you have to worry about, but the diseases and parasites that they bring with them. Tick and fleas are known carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, Lyme disease, Q-fever, tularemia and other diseases that can infect people, your pets, and wildlife. Once these ticks and fleas settle in together with the wildlife in your home, your home, your family, and your pets are going to be in danger.

Do Ticks Die during Winter?

One might say these pests will die out because it is winter. Nope! They do not! Some ticks are not just active during the fall and the winter months, such as the American dog tick. Other species, like the Blacklegged (deer) tick can also be active during the cold months, especially when they are well-sheltered away from the frost. And, if they have gained entry into your home, it is likely that these pests can survive and even multiply. And, even during the freezing months, these pests can still go out to look for their next host.

Lyme Disease and Winter

One of the biggest concerns for many homeowners when it comes to ticks is the possible transmission of Lyme disease. But, is it really possible for these ticks to transmit diseases during the frost?

Well, the feeding diapause of ticks may vary. Some may feed in the autumn while others, like the deer ticks may begin feeding during the first frost, which is during the early October and onwards. This parasite may even latch itself onto a larger host, such as a cat, dog, or even to a human once the temperature is near or above freezing.

Although the transmission of Lyme disease made by an infected adult female deer tick is 40 to 60 percent, these ticks will still need at least 48 hours to stay attached to its host before they can even transmit the disease to their host through their saliva. So, even if it is winter, it is still advisable to check yourself, your household, and your pets for possible ticks.

Wildlife and Pests

It is not just the ticks that you have to worry about entering your home with wildlife, but fleas and mites are likely to be with them too. When a wild animal comes into your home uninvited, it is important to remove that animal and put it back outdoors where it belongs. Once the animal is gone, make sure to check the vacated area for possible pests that they might have left. Carefully check your children and your pets since these pests can easily crawl up and attached themselves to their next living host. Even during winter, if you think there is a possibility that deer ticks, fleas, and/or mites have already infiltrated your home, because of the wildlife that trespassed it, be extra careful and use insect repellents on your clothing and skin whenever possible.

Attics and basements should also be checked and cleaned, if these were the areas that the wildlife entered. Once the wildlife is gone, make sure to repair and close the entry points where the animals came in. Also be sure to eliminate ways for these animals to gain entry into your home in the future to help eliminate the chances of having different pests getting inside the home.

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