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5 Tips to Keep Spiders Out of Your House

Filed under: Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 2:17 am December 24, 2013

Top 5 things you can do to prevent spiders

 

Just like any living creatures, spiders need a nice living condition plus their food sources to survive. Eliminate these elements and they will not stay in your home. Although spiders have their own place in this world, and they help in keeping away pests like flies or mosquitoes, still a lot of people are not comfortable having them around. For most people, these eight legged creatures that create webs almost everywhere are unpleasant company. Spiders are just like snakes since both of them are easily misunderstood. Though most of these creatures are harmless, this is still not a reason why they should be invited them over.

Top 5 things you can do to prevent spiders

1. Keep a Clean Home

Cleaning your home will include:

  • Cleaning any places where there are lots of spider webs.
  • Using a broom to sweep down all the webs or use water to remove them outside and flash them out.
  • Getting rid of all the cardboard boxes since these spiders love to crawl and make homes in old boxes.
  • Vacuuming your home regularly to remove spiders, webs and potential nesting places for them. The vacuum cleaner is also a good way to remove spiders in your home without killing them.

2. Find out Where They are Coming in

Spiders will mostly sneak into your house through any cracks they find. Seal in any cracks with insulated foam to avoid not just the spiders from getting in, but even the other insects that might find your home interesting. You could also use mortar or cement to patch foundations and masonry walls. Caulk can also be used around window frames or in foundations and siding

3. Clean Up Your Home Exterior.

This will include:

  • Keeping the trash bins away from the house.
  • Getting rid of piles of wood, old cardboard boxes, old newspapers and magazines.
  • Trimming back trees, bushes and other vegetation that may touch the house walls.
  • Keeping pet food bowl clean and the pet food tightly covered and sealed.

4. Make Sure Your Home Does not Attract Other Insects

Since spiders infest on other insects, make sure that your home is not a breeding ground for other insects. Clean your walls, counters and floors and find out if you have any other type of insects harbouring in your home.

5. Use Natural Home Remedies

Diatomaceous Earth. This is a natural occurring substance that is made up of fossilized remains of diatoms, which are just a type of hard-shelled algae. To use this for spiders, sprinkle some of the diatomaceous earth powder around places where spiders are able to get into your home. Use the powder around doorways, windows, sliding glass doors and holes in the exterior of the house where wires and pipes are in.

Chestnuts. Slightly crack or drill holes into the nuts to significantly help spread the scent it has and place them around where the spiders may enter your home such as in doorways and windowsills. Make sure to regularly change the chestnuts to make the repelling process more effective.

Top 5 things you can do to prevent spiders

Mint Tea. The spiders taste buds are also on their legs. When they mistakenly get near the mint tea and step on it, they will mostly run away. If these spiders come into your home they will get irritated, thus you can kiss them goodbye.

Lemons. Spiders hate lemons and will not go in an area where they smell the scent of lemons. You can use lemon scented cleaners around your home and place them around window sills and doors.

Although there are no sure, long-lasting control measure for spiders, but the best defence against them is to create a home that is not created for them. Having a clean home plus making sure that other insects are not present may stop them from making your home their home.

If you need help in keeping a spider-free home, contact Horizon Pest Control.  To know more about our services, simply visit NJ Residential Pest Control.

 

 

Pest Control Issues in New Jersey during the Winter

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control,Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 11:26 pm December 13, 2013

As the winter and ice becomes evident in New Jersey, so does the pests that goes inside homes during this season. Don’t be fooled, thinking that just because it is winter that rodent and nuisance wildlife, bed bugs, or stink bugs will not be a problem at this time. You might think winter is a time when nature takes a rest, but in the world of pest control, there is no time to rest. Some pests may slow down, but they do not go away. Particularly, rodents, bed bugs and stink bugs are active even during winter. They will continue feeding growing, and multiplying often at the comfort of your home.

Rodents and Nuisance Wildlife

rodents and nuisance wildlife

All rodents such as squirrels, rats and mice gnaw. The reason for their addictive gnawing is that their front teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime. It just becomes a necessity for these creatures to wear their teeth down. Unfortunately, rodents gnaw or chew off insulation from power lines in attics and walls, which creates a very serious fire hazard.

These pests are also hosts to different types of parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, lice that could migrate into your living quarters. When these animals die inside your premises, the parasites leave the host animal and find a new host.

What You Can Do

  • Seal any vents or holes that could allow wildlife to enter your attic.
  • Chop down tree branches that can provide great pathways to the exterior of your house, whether to windowsills, gutters, roof or chimney.
  • Store food either inside the refrigerator or in sealed containers.
  • Pet food should be kept in sealed containers.
  • Use baits and traps if the rodents are difficult to catch.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum especially in basement areas where pests can easily hide and find shelter.
  • Have your vents screened.

 

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs on Finger

Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country and not just in Jersey. The thought of your home being infested by these bugs may make you not sleep at night. However, an actual infestation can cause anxiety and fear, not to mention countless bites and marks. They tend to be more active during nights. They can be found in various locations such as mattresses, linens, electrical outlets and even small cracks.

What You Can Do

  • Install mattress encasements on all of your beds in your home.
  • Make sure that your home is clutter-free to so you can find these bugs.
  • Wash your bed covers and blankets and dry in high temperature
  • If buying pre-loved furniture, carefully inspect it before putting it inside the house
  • Inspect your home regularly especially after you travel, when a friend stays overnight, and so on.

 

Stink Bugs

stink bug

With the winter turning cooler, these smelly pests will look for a warm place to stay, which is why homeowners are starting to see these ugly, smelly insects inside. Stink bugs are known for their pungent smell that they mostly emit when they are frightened, disturbed or squashed. These bugs can be found where fruits grow, but they can also be seen infesting crops like soybeans, corn and peppers. When they invade a home, they can be seen near windows and buzzing about lights, TVs or computer monitors that provide light and warmth.

What You Can Do

  • Seal or caulk around windows and doors.
  • Keep branches and shrubs trimmed.
  • Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • If they are inside the house, vacuum the insects. Make sure to empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and dispose of it immediately.

 

Horizon can prevent pests and nuisance animals from entering your home.  If you have an existing pest problem or if you want to learn more about our programs, visit Residential Pest Control.

 

 

 

Bed Bugs are on the Rise!

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination — Megan Howard @ 8:05 pm December 11, 2013

Bed Bug Control Service

A bed bug infestation is on the rise in the United States. And, while people are bed bug magnets, these pests are even harder to detect. Bed bugs can be found in places beyond just a bed. They can be found in houses, planes, luggage and even clothing. They can also be found in five-star hotels. These little creatures will not stop until they get what they want, and that is to feed on our blood.

They mostly look like an apple seed, flat and brown and they are commonly found in places where people sleep and those who travel. But anyone is at risk in bringing bed bugs with them. With the winter here, most are thinking if they will have a break with bed bugs just like some animals and insects that commonly hibernate. However, as the weather cools, and people stay indoors, they are more exposed to bed bugs.

But how? A number of animals are known to hibernate during winter. While there are other insects and animals that tend to slow or alter their normal activities during this time. The reason for this is that their bodies cannot adapt to the cold weather, which would result for these animals and insects to feel more sluggish. Insects mostly are unable to cope in the cold, so they become rare than usual.

What Happens to Bedbugs During Winter

Bed bugs on the other hand knows the trouble that will happen to them when they come out from their hiding. If bedbugs attempt to stay outside during winter, they would not be able to survive since they would quickly die off. These smart bugs do not even attempt to survive outside in the cold, and they also do not hibernate like some animals do. So, in an attempt to save themselves, they will just stay in your home and pretend it is just any other day.

Protecting Yourself from Bed bugs

So where do bed bugs hide inside the home during winter? Bed bugs hide in the same places where they commonly stay. Pay close attention to places that are heated during the winter. For instance, instead of concentrating of finding them in attics or basements where it is cold, look in warmer places such as your bedrooms. These bugs will hide in cracks and holes, inside mattresses and other furniture, and so on.

Bed bugs are resilient to cold. According to a new research bed bugs have a high cold tolerance, but they will eventually succumb to the cold after several days of exposure. Spraying these insects with the use of over-the-counter pesticide fogger will just drive the insects into the cracks and walls, and will not eradicate them. The best way to get rid of these insects is to wash the linens and clothes in hot water and drying them on high heat.

Ways to protect you from bed bugs

  • Eliminate them with the use of heat
  • Use special mattress encasement to trap the bugs inside the mattresses and prevent them from getting in
  • There are also interceptor devices that can be installed in on the bed’s legs to trap the bugs as they try to enter or leave the bed
  • Contact a bed bug exterminator that uses special trucks to heat furniture that can kill the bugs

For more information on bed bug control, please visit our website for Horizon’s Bed Bug Control Service.