Common Springtime Pests

As winter comes to a close and springtime takes its rightful place, something not as nice comes along with it. The return of spring means the return of spring pests as well. As much as humans are clamoring to get outside after a long winter, pests are looking to enjoy the warm weather as well. Once these pests emerge from hibernation, you’ll quickly be reminded of why you have a couple of bottles of pesticide sitting in your garage. Let’s take a look at some of the more common pests that you’ll be contending with this spring.


One of the more irritating springtime pests are mosquitoes. Almost everyone has dealt with a mosquito bite at some point in their lives, and they know exactly how itchy the bites can be. This is especially true with a handful of bites instead of just one. Additionally, some mosquitoes carry diseases with them due to the different sources of blood they feast on. These guys are typically attracted to any water or shrubbery around the house, so be cautious in those areas and remove any extra debris in the yard you can.


Another annoying, disease-carrying pest that emerges in the spring is the tick. Ticks are also blood-sucking pests that can transmit Lyme disease to those it comes into contact with. Heavily wooded areas are where ticks tend to hang out, so watch your skin if you’re out camping or walking in the woods. Consider wearing long sleeves and pants when traversing wooded areas.


Nothing says spring quite like a bee sting in the arm. Once the flowers and plants start to bloom outside, bees are never too far behind. Spring is also the hive-building season for bees, so they are especially active this time of year. Bees die after just one sting since they lose their stinger afterward. Wasps, however, can sting multiple times without dying. If you see a bee or wasp whizzing around your yard, it’s best to avoid them and look for methods to get rid of them.


Flies love the spring as well, especially horse flies. Spring is the time for these flies to lay their eggs, so expect to see plenty of them around. While an average house fly is typically harmless, horse flies can pack a painful bite and are also looking to feast on blood. They are especially troublesome at night time, so be aware when the sun goes down.

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Spiders in Georgia that are Harmless

All spiders carry varying degrees of venom in their system, but there are many spiders that pose no threat to humans. Some spiders are unable to effectively administer the poison to humans, but they can still bite. The following are spiders in Georgia that are harmless.

Common House Spider

Common house spiders vary in their appearance and are most frequently found inside homes under furniture, inside garages and basements. They may be able to frighten you by showing up unexpectedly, but they pose no threat to humans.

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are primarily dark brown in color and possess the ability to move at rapid speeds. They’re often brought indoors while transporting firewood from outside. A bite from a wolf spider is incredibly rare, and the bite itself poses no threat to humans.

Yellow Garden Spider

Yellow garden spiders are large, yellow spiders that are typically found spinning webs near plants in sunny areas. They produce venom that can immobilize bees, flies and other insects, but this venom is completely harmless to humans.

Orb Weaver Spider

Orb weavers are known for creating large webs that feature an escape tunnel, and they’re often bright in color. They will bite if they feel threatened, but the pain is comparable to a bee sting. They don’t pose a threat to humans.

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What Is A Roof Rat?

These great climbers have originated from Southeast Asia. They love making their home in the tops of roofs, attics and trees. But what happens if you find one of these unwelcome creatures in your own attic or rooftop? Keep reading for more information on roof rats.

What is a Roof Rat?

Also known as black rats or ship rats, the roof rat is known for making its home in rooftops or in the upper part of buildings, such as the attic, along the roof line or even in trees. As they are good climbers, it isn’t uncommon to hear them scurrying through your walls or above your head in the ceiling. They are long and thin and have smooth brown fur with black spots with black, gray or white underbellies. Their long scaly tails are the length of their entire body. With their pointed nose and large eyes and ears they have often been mistaken for house mice. However, these pests are more dangerous due to the fact that they carry harmful ectoparasites and will chew through many different types of building materials, weakening the structure of your home. 

Signs of A Roof Rat Infestation

As they like to make their nests within your roof or attic, they will make trails through insulation and leave damaging holes, scratches and chew marks on walls, pipes, plastic, aluminum siding, soft metals and wood. Due to their love of climbing, be sure to also look for evidence of these critters in the trees surrounding your home’s exterior. Other signs that you may have a roof rat infestation are grease and urine stains, small capsule-like droppings and hollowed pieces of fruit.

Preventing Roof Rat Infestations

Like all pests, roof rats are attracted to food sources such as fruit, pet food, exposed trash, moisture and warm shelter. Keep all food and trash tightly sealed. Repair any holes or leaks in your walls, door frames, windows, in the attic or on the rooftop. Remove any areas with standing water, such as pots, birdbaths or water fountains as they need about an ounce of water a day.

If you discover that you have a roof rat infestation and feel overwhelmed, don’t panic. Contact Ideal Pest Control for treatment options today!

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Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite This Winter

Bed bugs can be a problem during any time of year. While some people think that the cold weather kills off all pests, this unfortunately isn't the case. Bed bugs can still live on in your home during the cold winter months.

If you think you may have a bed bug problem, don't panic. There are a few things that you can do to control and prevent bed bugs.

1. Make sure the pests are definitely bed bugs

Fleas and ticks can be confused for bed bugs, so if you see tiny pests in your home, don't immediately assume they are bed bugs. You can compare pictures of these bugs on Google to see exactly what you are dealing with. If you're still not sure, call your local pest control service to come do a routine check.

2. Eliminate clutter

Having a cluttered home just gives bed bugs more places to hide and can make them harder to treat. By eliminating clutter, you are taking the first step to prevent bed bugs in your home. If bed bugs are migrating towards your bedroom, make that room as clean as possible.

3. Do not bring food upstairs

As bed bugs do end up in people's bedrooms, it's vital to avoid bringing food to the bedroom as well. Food will only attract more bed bugs and will make them want to stay put in your room.

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Four Practical Ways to Prevent Pest Infestations

If you own a home, then you work hard to keep it a warm, safe place for you and your family. When pests invade your home, it costs your money to resolve the problem, and is a disturbance to your peaceful sanctuary. Keep reading for four practical tips to preventing infestations.

1. Store Food Properly

One of the main reasons that pests wander into your home is to find a food source. If you have exposed food, crumbs or sticky spills then you are much more likely to find bugs or mice in your kitchen (and any other part of your home where food is consumed). After you prepare a meal, be sure to clean all counter tops, stove tops, dishes and even the sink. Store food in airtight containers. Sweep or vacuum all crumbs off of floors.

2. Seal Any Holes or Cracks

Any small opening in your home is an invitation for pests to come in. This is why you should check your house often for cracks or holes in your walls. Make sure that your screened doors and windows have no rips or tears. Repair any leaky pipes and make sure that any mold or mildew is removed. Have your foundation checked for termites once a year. When you are on top of your home repairs, you will have a much lower chance of encountering pest infestations.  

3. Keep A Tidy Home

Much like in your kitchen, keeping your home free of dirt, mold and clutter will help deter pests. Be sure to keep your bathroom well ventilated and free of any leaks, as stagnant water and mold can attract certain pests. Vacuum your furniture and floors weekly. Dust often- check for spider webs as you go. Keep any areas where your pets sleep and eat clean as well.

4. Keep Your Yard Tidy

Pests love to find a home in overgrown grass and bushes. They may even discover a way into your home if you happen to have trees and bushes that grow near a window or an entryway. This is why it is important to make sure that your grass, bushes and trees are kept trimmed. Pay close attention when gardening for any pest activity, such as deep holes in the ground or plant leaves that look to have evidence of aphid invasion.

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How to Keep Your Kids from Bringing in Pests

Schools are a great place for sharing. Teachers share ideas about learning with students. Students learn how to share with one another. Principals share advice and information with staff. Many good things are shared. Unfortunately, there are some bad things being shared as well. Household pests of all sorts are commonly exchanged between students when school is in session.

Here is a rundown of some of the most commonly spread pests at schools, and how you can prevent your children from bringing them home to you.


Cockroach eggs can stick to the bottoms of shoes or travel on backpacks. Students with roaches at home can unknowingly bring the unhatched eggs with them into school. Roaches can set up a nest and get to work inflicting terror and spreading diseases rather quickly. Roaches tend to like schools thanks to all the food and trash. As easy as they can end up in the school, they can end up in your home. If the school has a roach problem, check and clean the children’s shoes when they get home. Have them keep their backpack in a sealable plastic bag in their lockers.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs can attach to clothes and backpacks. Once one child brings them to school, mass infestations can break out all over the student population. Bed bugs multiply at a very rapid pace. Your best bet is to take preventative steps. Teach your children not to throw their sweatshirts or jackets into a pile or place them on the floor. The same goes for backpacks. Provide your children with a sealable plastic bag to store their items safely in their lockers.


Lice are notoriously difficult to completely remove. One egg left behind can keep the infestation alive. Lice outbreaks are happening more often now that schools are considering it a HIPAA violation to publicly discuss that a student is carrying the pests. It is important that your children do not share headwear or hug other children at school. This is especially true if there is a lice outbreak.

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Common Fall Critters to Worry About This Year in Georgia

Now that we’re approaching autumn, it seems like the heat of summer is finally passing. With the change in temperature comes a change in pests. As the thermometer drops you can expect that your home will start to attract various pests trying to get in and stay warm. Here are some that you should expect to see:


Flies thrive in warm weather, and with Georgia summers being as hot as they are, the fly population really blooms. The problem is that once autumn starts, that population explosion has led to an overabundance of flies that have nowhere to go -- except in your home. September, October and November are the months where you can expect to see more flies in your house as they escape the cold and come inside where the food is.


During the summer, ants thrive in the heat, and they find plenty of food in the leftovers of human activity. When the temperature changes, though, we humans aren’t as much, which means that ants have to scrounge harder for food -- and what better place to go than in our homes?

While you may find them in your home at any time, you’re more likely to find ants in your house in the cooler autumn months, simply because it’s an easier place for them to find food.

Stink Bugs

Preferring to stay out of sight during the summer, stink bugs come out in the fall. Of course, when it comes to stink bugs you’re already at a disadvantage. Sure, you can kill them -- but then you have to deal with the stench afterwards!

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Five Unknown Facts About Mice

Finding a stray mouse in your home is definitely not something you want to do. Mice in your home usually mean dirt, mess and disease, and responsible homeowners do everything they can to keep them out.

Even so, mice are fascinating animals, and there’s more to them than just looking for cheese. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about mice:

Mice Have Terrible Eyesight

Maybe it’s because they tend to do most of their exploring at night -- or maybe it’s the reason for it. Either way, mice have weak eyes. They’re no good in both bright light or pitch black. In fact, mice see best in dim conditions -- but even then their eyes are not that good.

To make up for this poor eyesight, a mouse’s other senses are actually very developed. Smell, touch -- both of those are very strong. However, where a mouse’s senses really take off is hearing. Mice have incredibly sensitive ears, able to hear sounds well above anything humans can detect.

Mice Can’t Stand Cold

If you’ve ever had a mouse sneak into your house from the outside, chances are it happened in the fall or winter. Why? Well, mice might be wild animals, adapted to living outside, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it! In fact, mice really don’t like the cold at all. Once the weather changes and the thermometer starts to plummet, most mice will try and find warm places to spend the next couple of months -- and the central heating in your house will fit the bill just nicely.

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5 Ways to Tell if You Have a Rodent Problem

As a homeowner, there are few things more headache-inducing than a rodent problem. In addition to being dirty they can also leave behind a pretty significant trail of destruction that can take a lot of time and money to fix. Even when you’re doing everything in your power to keep them out of your home, it’s possible a few could sneak past your defenses and get inside. If that happens, do you know the warning signs that tell you if you have a rodent problem? Here are five signs to look out for:


Typically, rodents are pretty quiet. However, if they decide to run around inside your walls or in your attic, there’s a good chance you’ll hear them. If you hear what sounds like the pitter-patter of little feet in an otherwise unreachable or uninhabited area of your house, you probably have something living there.

Pet Behavior

If you have a dog or cat, they might hear noises or pick up on smells that you won’t. If they start to act different, like noticing things in the ceiling or trying to dig through a wall, don’t dismiss it simply as strange pet behavior -- make sure to investigate to see what they’re noticing that you aren’t.


Another sure sign of an infestation is the presence of droppings. While these little pellets can show up anywhere, you’ll most likely find them around food packages or in hidden places like cupboards and drawers. If you do find droppings, make a note of where in the house it occurs, and then clean it up -- it’s gross, but it’s also a health hazard!

Nesting Materials

Rats and mice build nests out of shredded material like paper and cardboard. If you find what appears to be a stash of chewed up stuff then you’ve probably stumbled on a nest, or at least the beginnings of one.

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What Attracts Flies to Your Home

They might not top most people’s lists of insects to worry about but ask anyone who has had them in their home, and they will tell you: an infestation of flies is nothing to take lightly. They can be annoying, sure, but more than that they are incredibly hard to eradicate, and one fly soon leads to dozens more if you’re not careful.

As with any infestation, the best way to get rid of flies is not to attract them in the first place. Flies are attracted to many different things, so knowing this can help you learn what to avoid in the future.

Uncovered Trash

In general, flies are attracted to old, decaying, organic matter. As gross as that sounds, there’s usually a good bit of it lying around the average household in various forms. One of the most obvious is in the trash. When you go several days without emptying your trash can, whatever is in there has nothing to do but decay, attracting flies from all around.

Animal Droppings

Another common form of decaying organic matter comes from feces. If you have a dog, there’s a good chance there’s poo in your yard that you haven’t cleaned up. Even if you’re diligent about this, pieces get missed. Flies love feces, unfortunately, so this is a prime method of attracting flies. However, it doesn’t have to stop with pets. Critters and rodents who live around and inside your house can also contribute to this problem.

Old Fruit

Often when we shop, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. We end up buying food we never get to – and there might be no better example of this than fruit. When fruit stays uneaten for too long, it gets overripe and starts to decay. This is like sending out a beacon to all the flies in the area, and they will definitely answer the call. What’s even worse, though, is when the fruit attracts not only the common housefly (which is bad enough), but also its smaller, more annoying cousin, the fruit fly. These little guys swarm quick, and once they’re in, they are almost impossible to get rid of.

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Why Your Home Attracts Bugs

Ants, termites, spiders and other types of bugs are important to nature, but they do not belong in your home. If you have an infestation problem, then you may need to call in the professionals to eliminate the pests. However, there is a reason bugs were drawn to your home in the first place. Find out why your home attracts bugs and what you can do to stop them.

On the Lookout for Food

Like all living things, bugs need food and shelter to survive. If your home provides either or both of these things, then pests are likely to move in. Easy access to food will attract pests. Routinely leaving food or dirty dishes out will bring around pests searching for food. Even pet food that is not secured in a sealed container can entice bugs into your home.

Untraditional Food Sources

Pests can also be drawn to things you may not think of as food. Garbage is another attractant and possible food source for bugs. Termites eat and prefer moist wood. If you experience water damage in your home, either because of a leaky roof or a burst pipe, that can attract termites.

You can address these attractants by putting food away in sealed containers, cleaning dirty dishes and countertops and regularly taking out the trash. Also, stay on top of repairs and replace any water damaged wood.

Scouting for Shelter

When it comes to the ideal location to build a nest or web, bugs normally don’t have a lot of requirements. They need a place that provides protection from the elements and predators while also being in close proximity to food. Most homes fit these requirements, and bugs will be drawn inside if there is a way for them to enter. Cracks or holes in the foundation or structure of the home can provide points of entry.

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What to Do About Silverfish

Silverfish are considered one of the planet’s oldest insects. These silvery scaly creatures have been around for some 400 million years! While that’s certainly impressive, they’re a nuisance to modern humankind. Here’s why, and what you can do about it.

The Quiet Destroyer

While silverfish look scary and startle many people with their surprising speed and propensity to hide in small spaces, they aren’t exactly harmful to humans. They aren’t known to carry disease or bite in defense and are not poisonous in general. However, they can cause allergies due to their shedding skin, which creates dust that can trigger a reaction in some people.

The real threat silverfish pose is to your belongings. This insect loves to feast on sugars and carbohydrates, and it isn’t picky about where they come from. Your books, clothes and favorite foods are all fair game, as is any hair shed by you or your family. As an infestation grows in size, you may start to see holes appear in your valuables seemingly overnight. That’s because these bugs are nocturnal. You may also see even more unsightly things, like yellow stains, black specks of feces and shed scales. At worst, silverfish can fall from ceilings and light fixtures, which is more than off-putting.

A Proactive Plan

The truth is that it is quite difficult to get rid of a silverfish infestation. Extermination is best left to the professionals. Before it gets to that point, however, there are a number of things you can do to make your home less of a breeding ground.

First off, invest in a set of dehumidifiers for your basement, attic or any damp area, because these bugs love moisture and humidity. Check the ridge vents on your roof to make sure they work, as they can keep the humidity down in your home, as well. Keep dry goods like pasta, beans and pet food sealed in airtight containers. This will prevent silverfish from sensing food in the area. Vacuum your carpet, upholstery and floors regularly to keep them free of crumbs. Also, take the time to check your home for cracks and other gaps that insects can maneuver through. Seal them with caulk, especially those found on the exterior of your home.

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Mosquitoes 101: How to Keep the Bites at Bay

With the coming of summer come all the fun things to do. But you cannot forget about the pesky little critters, mosquito's too. You can protect you and your family from these little blood suckers if you follow these simple tips.

Removing the Breeding Grounds

If you want to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area, you need to remove the places where they can breed. You should check around your home and yard for places that can collect water. Mosquitoes breed in wet and stagnant water. So, if you remove the places water can sit, you remove the breeding ground.

The recommendation is to check your yard and home every week or two. You should empty any buckets or any containers that collect water. If you have a large pool, you should make sure to cover it when it is not in use. But if you have a small kid’s pool, you should empty that at least once a week to keep the mosquitoes away.

Mosquito Repellents

If you are outside, you should use a mosquito repellent on your exposed skin and clothing. You will want a spray that contains DEET. But, if you want a natural mosquito repellent, you do have options. The natural repellents include lemon eucalyptus, catnip oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass oil and IR3535 which is an amino acid. With any insect repellent, you need to reapply to keep the effectiveness. You need to follow the directions for reapplying the repellent.

When you use any type of repellent on your skin, you should test it on a small area to make sure you do not have a reaction to it. To test the repellent, place a small amount on your forearm and wait for 10-15 minutes to see if a rash appears. If you develop a rash, wash your skin thoroughly with soap and water. Contact your doctor if you have a severe reaction.

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Your Guide to Ant Pest Control

Ants are found on six of earth’s seven continents, so unless you live in Antarctica, there is always a serious possibility of ants intruding your house. Once inside, they can cause a lot of harm to it and the people living inside by spreading diseases and destroying property. To ensure the safety of you and anyone else living in your home, you need to keep ants away from it. Here is a guide to controlling ant infestations and preventing them from occurring in the first place.

Removing Ants from Your House

It is much simpler to prevent an infestation from occurring than to eliminate a colony already within your walls. However, if you already have an infestation, you should handle it as soon as possible. An effective, easy way to take care of an ant problem is to lay out a few ant bait traps. Place them in high traffic areas where ants are likely to walk by and let them do the rest of the work themselves. Best of all, ants can even take some of the poison with them when they go back to their colony, killing off large amounts of the population. If your ant problem is especially out of control, then hire professionals. They will find the exact spot that the ants have chosen to create their colony and eliminate them where they live.

Preventing Infestations from Occurring

Once you’ve taken care of the ants in your house, you’re going to want to make sure they never come back. A critical way to stop ants from making their way into your home is to keep it clean at all times. Ants are attracted to food, and even a small smear of honey or syrup on the countertop can give them the nutrients they need to survive. The same goes for water as well. Fix any leaky pipes, dry up any standing water sources in bathtubs and sinks, and invest in a dehumidifier. Once you make your house as unappealing to ants as possible, tape up broken window screens, seal cracks around your house, and when you close your garage door, make sure it’s completely level with the ground. That way, ants won’t be able to come in even if they wanted to.

Ants are stubborn little creatures, but that doesn’t mean you need to let them have their way. Take control of your own home and keep these harmful pests out. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us at Ideal Pest Control today.

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Understanding Rat Colonies and How They Spread

There aren’t many drawbacks to living in the Coastal Empire, but rats would definitely rank among the number one complaint. Our unique ecosystem of water, humidity and foliage is particularly suited to rodents. Therefore, they tend to show up in homes and businesses often.

Ideal Pest Control understands that our clients want to keep their living spaces free from invading rodents. Rats bring concerns that go far beyond health hazards - a colony of rats can cause extensive property damage before the homeowner realizes they have established nests within their structure.

It’s for this reason that if you notice any signs of rats in your home, you should contact-us right away. Our fully trained technicians will take a multi-faceted approach to protect your home and eliminating the issue permanently.

To further understand why one rat is too many, let’s look at how a rat colony is organized and explore some little-known facts about rodents.

R-Adaptive Species

Scientifically, rats are classified as an r-adaptive species. This means that they mature rapidly and breed at an incredibly fast pace. A single female rat can live between six months to two years, and during a single year can have up to 84 babies through multiple litters.

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Your Guide to Roach Species

Everyone knows about cockroaches. At this point, they’ve almost become shorthand for pests themselves. They’re creepy, unsanitary and notoriously difficult to eradicate. But not all roaches are the same, there are actually multiple different types cockroach species out there, eager to crawl into houses and make homeowners lives miserable. Since all these species can get a bit confusing, here’s a guide to help.

American Cockroach

American cockroaches are reddish brown and are located throughout the United States. The American cockroaches thrive best in warmer climates, preferring about 70 degrees, but they can live in colder climates if necessary. Of the ‘house-infesting’ cockroaches, the American cockroach is the largest and they prefer humid, damp environments like sewers, basements, pipes and drains.

Brownbanded Cockroach

Brownbanded cockroaches are also found in the United States, but unlike the American cockroach, the brownbanded cockroach prefers drier, less humid environments, and frequents cabinets and garages over sewers and bathrooms. The brownbanded cockroach gets its name from two brown bands they have wrapped around their abdomens. They have wings as well, with the male's wings being larger than the females. Brownbanded cockroaches hide their egg cases under pieces of furniture.

German Cockroach

Despite their name, German cockroaches are also found in the United States and are tan, oval-shaped and have two dark stripes on their backs. German cockroaches are the most frequent cockroaches to invade houses and the cockroach most often to cause illnesses and allergic reactions in people. Similar to the American cockroach, the German cockroach prefers warm and humid environments and is often found crawling around bathrooms and kitchens.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental cockroaches are entirely black and have a glistening outer coating. They are also found in the United States, however, mostly in the North. Oriental cockroaches traverse through many different locations. They can be found in sewers or entering buildings through drains, living in garages, crawl spaces and basements, and they also sometimes inhabit leaf piles and stacks of firewood outside. Some of the nicknames they go by are ‘water bugs,’ because of their tendency to crawl out of drains, and ‘black beetles,’ because of their dark reflective appearance. They are notorious for their filth and emit a strong stench.

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The Dangers of Silverfish

Silverfish are tiny, crustacean-looking creatures, often found in moist dark spots around the house such as basements, toilets, shelves and closets. Many scientists consider them the oldest living species of insect on the planet, existing roughly 100 million years before the dinosaurs. They have a gray coating, antennas and they shed their skin continually throughout their lives. Despite their frightening appearance, they do not bite humans, nor have they been known to be venomous. However, this does not mean they cannot cause their fair share of problems to you and your household. Here are some of the dangers of silverfish and how you can avoid them.

Silverfish in Your Home

Although silverfish do not bite, sting or transmit any major pathogens that spread human diseases, there is a reason to believe that they may trigger allergic reactions in people who are exposed to them. As mentioned above, silverfish molt multiple times throughout their lives, leaving behind their old scales. These scales or skins turn into dust, which over time, may begin to irritate people who are allergic to them, causing coughing, sneezing, congestion or rashes. Not only this, but silverfish may even attract other pests into your house such as dust mites.

The really aggravating aspect of silverfish is their propensity to consume everything from books to sweaters to wallpaper. Silverfish live on a diet of sugars and carbohydrates which they get from things like paper, cardboard, tissue, cotton and wood. Silverfish do not discriminate between the things they devour. They’re just as quick to eat holes through an antique war uniform or a precious book as through an unattended paper towel. This is why everyone with any items of value made from cloth or paper should make sure their house is free and clear of any silverfish who may want to destroy them.

To keep these pests at bay, make sure all food sources are kept safe in sealed off areas. Don’t leave crumbs lying on the floor or the counter top, as that will attract silverfish by the dozens. Also, use dehumidifiers in high moisture areas like basements, as silverfish thrive in damp environments. Furthermore, seal off any openings where silverfish may sneak through. Use caulk around the outside of your house and repair any window screens which may be torn. Hopefully, these tricks will keep silverfish out of your home for good.

For more information, or to look into extermination services for all your pest control needs, contact Ideal Pest Control today.

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Common Myths About Home Pests

While most homeowners know that preventative pest control is the most effective way to protect your house, it's also very easy to dismiss pests if you only notice a few around your property.

Ideal Pest Control wants to help you protect your investment and maintain the health of your home. We want to dispel common myths regarding home pests so that you can take the necessary precautions and treatments to keep your property at it's best.

Common Myths:

If you only see a few pests, its not likely to be a problem.

Pests can be sneaky. If you notice any pests around your home, the chances are high that they've found a place to hide. Many places in your building structure can provide shelter and breeding spaces to insects, bats and termites. Foundations, floor joists, garage attics and more can quickly become infested with pests that pose a danger to your health and structure before you notice a large number within your home. If you see any pests, the best action to take is contacting a pest control service to eliminate them and help prevent future infestations.

Carpenter ants are harmless.

It's true that carpenter ants don't typically bite people, but that's because they're saving their chewing power for the wood in your home. They don't eat the wood, but they tend to build tunnels through all the support systems. As ants multiply, these tunnels can become elaborate and severely weaken the structural supports of your building. Take note of not only your home but also the trees that surround your property. If you notice carpenter ants, it's time to take preventative measures to avoid an infestation in your home.

If the queen is removed from a hive, the other bees will leave.

This myth is partly true. While the hive member will leave, most people don't realize that certain species will lay several queen eggs in the hive. Depending on where they are in development, if an intended queen hatches, your bee or wasp issue won't be rectified. The new queen will simply re-establish the colony. To avoid a bee or wasp infestation, both the bees and the hive need to be removed.

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Signs You Have a Rodent Infestation

Rodents are filthy creatures that can transform your dwelling into a cesspool. Not only will rodents expose your family to germs, but they can also cause a great deal of property damage. Here are some of the key signs that you have a rodent infestation.


If you find rodent droppings in your home or business, this is a big indication of an infestation. While fresh droppings look dark and moist, old droppings tend to turn gray over time. Droppings are most likely to be found in cabinets, drawers, and along walls. The best approach is to take action immediately. If you wait to address the problem, it’ll only become worse.

Strong Musty Odor

When dealing with a rodent infestation, expect to smell a very musty odor. The ammonia-like scent of urine often lingers in the air for days at a time. Even if you attempt to spray a deodorizer, it’ll only temporarily mask the putrid smell. Think twice before inviting guests over to your residence. They are bound to get a whiff of the foul scent. The stench of a dead mouse will send everyone running for the hills.

Strange Behavior by Pets

Pets have a keen sense of smell and great hearing abilities. Often times, cats and dogs will notice the presence of rodents before you do. Pay close attention to their everyday behavior. While some pets will become noticeably agitated, others may begin to paw at the walls. This is especially true during the evening hours.

Late-Night Sounds

Contrary to popular belief, rodents aren’t always quiet. While you’re peacefully sleeping in your bed, you may hear them scratching and gnawing in walls. Don’t be surprised to hear scampering noises as well. Mice and rats are generally nocturnal animals. After a while, the late-night activity of rodents will eventually become unnerving.

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Back to School Basics: Bed Bug Avoidance 101

School will be back in session soon, and you can almost hear the ringing bells that signal you get to take a break from constant parenting. While it's nice to soak up some peace and quiet while the little ones are off learning, the tantalizing break isn't a sure thing. If your kids get bed bugs, then all hope of actually appreciating the school year will vanish.

How can kids avoid picking up bed bugs along with their homework? Here's what you should know.

A Bed Bug Infestation Primer

Bed bugs feed solely on blood, but that doesn't mean they only live on humans. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, notes, they routinely hitchhike from one hunting ground to the next. For instance, your kids might carry these parasites home on their clothing, backpacks, textbooks or bodies. From there, it's just a matter of time before it spreads to the whole house.

Keeping Your Home Clean

Bed bugs are extremely good at surviving in harsh conditions. This versatility makes it harder to fight back against suspected infestations. Furthermore, the EPA says that merely applying pesticides usually doesn't cut it. Proper control is a matter of establishing an effective, comprehensive strategy.

Did you receive a letter telling you that your child's school has bed bugs? It's up to you to take precautions that help minimize the problem's spread. Smart ideas might include

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