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How Exterminators Prepare their Homes for Winter

How Exterminators Prepare their Homes for Winter

Before we know it, winter will be here yet again. Winter can be a magical time of the year. With the seasons changing and starting to cool down, many people like to retreat to the indoors to curl up with a blanket and a hot drink. The problem that many people don’t consider about winter is that you are not the only one retreating indoors! Once the weather starts to cool, pests and rodents of all kinds are looking for a warm place to stay. If you’re not careful, the place they stay might just be your home! Here are a few things that exterminators do to keep their own homes protected during the cooler months of winter: Block off Access Points- It’s startling that many people have plans for a zombie apocalypse but have no ideas when it comes to keeping their homes free from rodents or other pests. Especially when considering that one occurs annually and the other occurs . . . never. When it comes to your home, take care to install quality weather stripping around all your doors. Screens with tightly woven mesh on your windows are also helpful. Look around your home and the foundation for any small holes that might allow access and plug them either with cement or foam, or cover with mesh. Rats and mice can squeeze their bodies through the tiniest of holes, so be diligent in your inspections! Be careful what you leave out- Yes, an important part of pest prevention is to clean regularly, but this doesn’t just include food. Make sure you clean up all sources of...
Bed Bugs: Is Prevention Possible?

Bed Bugs: Is Prevention Possible?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Sleep tight! Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” What once started out as a cute little parting rhyme now strikes actual fear into many people. Bed bugs have become a surprisingly large issue in the last decade. What once was a pest that was thought to be a result of overcrowding and poor hygiene has come back with a vengeance and can strike anyone– no matter how clean or how hygienic! The simplest way to deal with bed bugs is to avoid getting them in the first place, but is bed bug prevention really possible? Yes! First, you need to prevent bed bugs from entering your home. For frequent travelers, this means taking extra precautions to not bring any of these tiny hitchhikers home with you. Bed bugs thrive in many hotels, so be sure to check carefully any mattress or box spring that you sleep on, especially near the frame of the bed. You’ll be looking for very small, brown dots. Additionally, if you notice any clusters of bites resembling mosquito bites on your skin, notify the management of the hotel at once. Once you arrive at home, there are steps you can take to ensure that bed bugs aren’t given a ride right to your bedroom. Unpack your suitcase in the garage or outside your home and put your clothes straight into the washer. After that, encase your suitcase in a large garbage bag for a couple of weeks. Finally, be cautious of used or second-hand furniture, as bed bugs aren’t looking necessarily for beds, but rather easy...
3 Signs You Need to Call for Pest Control

3 Signs You Need to Call for Pest Control

Whether you are at home or at work, the signs and sounds of pests are rarely welcome. Not only do most people harbor some kind of fear or dislike towards our insect and rodent friends, but these pests can actually be dangerous to your health, as well. Whether because they spread disease or by cause damage to your property, the need for pest control is real and pressing. Here are just 3 of the signs you should look for in order to call us for pest control: Seeing pests. Yes, it sounds obvious, but your sight is a strong ally when it comes to pest control. If you see the pest(s) directly, you’ll be better able to describe the rodent or insect to the exterminators, leading to better results. Furthermore, you can sometimes determine where these pests are getting in and where they are going once inside– all pieces of information that pest control professionals need to complete their work. Hearing scratches, squeaks, or rustling within the walls. Say you’re lying in bed at night, trying to fall asleep. One of the most distressing sounds you might hear is that of something moving about inside your walls or attic space. Rodents are incredibly flexible and can fit just about anywhere, so hearing noises inside walls are a tell-tale sign of a need for pest control. Bites, droppings, or other signs. Most every pest has some kind of signature calling card. Termites leave tunnels inside wood. Ants will dig a mound and then march in a line looking for food to bring back. Mice leave droppings. Bed bugs will leave...
The Process of Seeking and Removing Bed Bugs as Told By a Professional

The Process of Seeking and Removing Bed Bugs as Told By a Professional

There is something very personal and private about sleeping. If you share a bed with someone, it is usually with someone you know very well. Most people do not give up their beds easily; in fact, several are hesitant to part with their favorite pillows! This and many other reasons are why it can feel so alarming and personally invasive to discover that you might be sharing your bed with several tiny and most definitely unwanted guests! When you suspect you might have bed bugs, your exterminator will look for several things. First, we will look for signs of bed bugs. It often takes a trained eye to find these signs because bed bugs are very, very small and good at hiding. While a visual inspection is somewhat effective, more and more exterminators are actually applying the use of canine companions to sniff out these tiny trespassers, which is highly effective. Once a bed bug infestation has been verified, the degree of infestation will be assessed to decide on a plan of action. In most cases, a regimen of laundry, pest control aids, and frequent vacuuming can take care of a bed bug problem. Steam machines can also be a helpful tool in the hands of a trained exterminator. After your bed bugs have been eradicated, take care to not allow them into your environment again. Bed bugs are skilled hitchhikers, which is what enables them to be so easily transmitted from place to place. If you travel frequently, try leaving your suitcase in a garage for a few days after you get home. Use mattress covers that specifically...
Keep Your Picnic Pest-Free with Bee and Wasp Control

Keep Your Picnic Pest-Free with Bee and Wasp Control

For most people, bees and wasps are simply an unpleasant and frightening aspect of nature. For others, however, the prospect of dining with the bees and wasps can lead to a life-threatening issue. When you’re looking to enjoy the warm spring and summer months, make sure you take the appropriate bee and wasp control steps to ensure a sting-free season: Take preventative measures- As the old adage goes, “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.” Bees and wasps really aren’t out to sting humans; they’re more curious than anything. In order to make yourself less interesting to bees and wasps, wear light colors with no floral patterns. Bees and wasps are very sensitive to smells, especially floral ones, so avoid floral hair products, perfumes or colognes. Keep your food in mind– Bees and wasps are attracted to all things sweet, especially sweet juices or soda pops. Serving these drinks in clear cups rather than cans will easily enable you to determine if one of these insects has found its way into your drink before you put your mouth to it. Call in the professionals early– For the best preventative bee and wasp control, make sure to call professionals in the early season. A professional can survey your yard to determine whether you have any spots that bees and wasps will find appealing. If you would like to take bee and wasp control to the next level this summer, please contact our professional exterminators at Sterling Pest...
Bed Bug Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t

Bed Bug Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t

About the only thing more frustrating about dealing with a bed bug infestation than the bugs themselves is wasting money on things that don’t work to eliminate them. There are plenty of advertisements for bed bug pest control devices that do nothing more than suck money out of your wallet. Here is the scoop on which bed bug pest control methods are effective and which do not work at all. One of the first things you shouldn’t spend money on is the ultrasonic devices being touted as effective for bed bug pest control. They won’t keep you from getting them, and they certainly won’t kill any of them. The FTC even warned many of the manufacturers against making these unsubstantiated claims. Another caution is the overuse of chemical pesticides or using one that is not rated for indoor use. Spending money on bug foggers is useless, as well, because it won’t reach the tight crevices where bed bugs go when they aren’t feeding. It may get some of the bed bugs and thus decrease their numbers, but it won’t eradicate them entirely, and those that survive will continue to breed. So, what does work? It can actually take a combination of techniques in order to enjoy effective bed bug pest control. One effective method that professionals employ is using bed bug monitoring traps. The bait stations contain attractants similar to those things about humans they love so well, such as CO2, 1-octen-3-ol, acetone, and L-lactic acid. These are most effective if you can leave the area so that the bed bugs choose the traps over you. It can take...
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