What To Do if Your Pet Has Fleas

Fleas are the unfortunate result of being a good pet owner and letting your pets romp around outside. Don’t worry, we shall walk you through the steps to be flea-free. 

Make Sure It’s Fleas

Fleas on a pet look like dark sesame seeds moving through the fur. They can also jump long distances for how small they are and move through pet fur surprisingly fast. Lastly, do not confuse them with ticks, which are also small but will grow to the size of small grapes (fleas do not) when full of blood.

Treat Fleas on Your Pet

Deal with the immediate problem first; get those fleas off your pet. Use flea shampoo to kill and wash the fleas on your animal’s body off. Ask your veterinarian if you are unsure which shampoo to choose.

Treating the fleas on your pet is the easy part.

Treat Fleas in Your Home

Fleas could still be infecting your home; they jump incredibly far for their size and can lay dozens of eggs a day. Wash all bedding and clothes (yours and your pets’) with the hottest water setting allowable with detergent to eradicate fleas in all life stages (egg to adult). Vacuum the area, and don’t forget the drapes.

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3 Ways To Prepare for Termite Season

With the first day of spring coming up quickly, it’s time to think about termite season here in Southeast Georgia. 

At Ideal Pest Control, our expert pest technicians know how stressful spring can be for those concerned about termites.

Take a look at three ways to prepare for termite season.    

Starve Termites Out

Termites love to chew through wood and other materials to get to the cellulose inside. By eliminating items such as plywood, old logs and wood chips from your yard, you will effectively starve out any termites in your area. 

Properly storing other items such as fire wood in sealed containers will also deprive termites of a free meal, keep your yard clean and make accessing your firewood a breeze.

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Ways To Keep Fruit Flies Out of Your Kitchen

Imagine a creature that tastes with its feet. Then, it vomits stomach juice on its food and slurps it up. That annoying fruit fly is far fouler than you had imagined.

They show up unexpectedly, multiply faster than other pests like rodents and are an absolute nuisance to eliminate. What can you do to keep them out of your kitchen?

Know Your Enemy

In a Savannah summer, they almost seem to materialize out of thin air. The truth is that Mother Nature designed fruit flies to be rot-seeking missiles. They will sniff out those bananas you left out too long, the can of beer you didn’t quite finish, and even the mucky slime that coats your drain.

Once they find a food source, they shift into production mode. One female can lay batches of 100 eggs a day, which become flies within 10 days! Ten females can produce 1,000 new flies with another 1,000 on the day after and so on.

Now, thousands of cross contaminators bring bacteria from decomposing food straight to your crystal wine glass, can of beer or the uncovered fruit salad on the table.

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5 Benefits of Commercial Pest Control for Your Company

Professional pest control for your commercial property comes with many advantages, especially employees and clientele. Not only does it keep your customers from encountering unsightly bugs and vermin, but it also provides your workers with the environment they deserve. 

Best of all, no one at your business needs to do the dirty work. Everything is handled quickly, safely and discreetly by a highly trained professional. Here are the top five benefits of commercial pest control for your company.

Health & Safety

Everyone hates pest insects and animals. They gross people out, and rightly so. That being said, there are intelligent and practical reasons to loathe pests that can infest your business, too. Vermin and pest insects can carry disease and harmful bacteria that expose your employees, stock and customers to illness. 

Ticks carry Lyme disease, roaches carry salmonella and e. Coli, ants contaminate food supplies. Worse still, bees and wasps carry venom that causes severe allergic reactions in certain people. Keeping pests under control is in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, especially in a commercial setting. 

Reduced Toxins

Untrained personnel is up to 67 times more likely to misapply pesticides than trained pest control technicians. Over applying pesticides can result in harmful exposure that leads to illness for persons with compromised immune systems, asthma and the elderly. Worse still, if it is not the correct formulation of pesticide, the pest population can actually increase once you have killed off their competition in the food chain. 

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Three Ways to Keep Your House Cockroach-Free

Over 4,000 species of cockroaches exist worldwide with the most common type being the German cockroach. In the United States, the American cockroach, brown-banded cockroach and Asian cockroach are the most common. No matter the type, no one wants these tiny creatures roaming around their home. They are not only unpleasant to see, but they also defecate throughout your home, breed more cockroaches and munch on the food you have lying around. Do not let these bugs take over. Instead, check out these three ways to keep your house cockroach-free. 

Clean Your Home

Many pests love messy areas. They are always on the hunt for food and water. So, the empty potato chip bag that you stuffed under your bed is a feast for cockroaches. To avoid inviting these pests in, you need to thoroughly clean your home. You need to sweep, vacuum and mop your floors. Plus, you will want to do dishes daily and take out trash as soon as the bin is full. Also, never leave open food containers laying around. All this cleaning may seem like a lot to do, but once you are in a routine it becomes easier. Also, avoid leaving random items lying around. 

Try Traps

Sometimes even a clean home is not enough to keep these pests out. Cockroaches are resilient. They have been around since the dinosaurs. So, if a meteorite did not wipe them out, then cleanliness will not stop them from entering. However, there are some steps you can take to deter them from coming in the first place. One of these steps is traps. From sticky traps to liquid roach poison, many traps can kill these bugs. You can find these traps in-store or online at any supermarket or home improvement store. If you do use traps, read the instructions before trying them out and keep them away from small children. 

Seal Cracks and Gaps

Cockroaches can easily come into your house through cracks, crevices and gaps. It does not take a big space for these bugs to crawl through. All it takes is an opening that is the size of a dime for them to come in. So, sealing these spaces up will help to prevent them from coming in. So, closing windows and doors and filling in small openings with caulk is a great start. 

Contact Ideal Pest Control 

When in doubt, if the steps above do not work, call your local pest control company for help. If you live in Savannah, Georgia or the surrounding areas, call Ideal Pest Control your local pest service. Call us today for more information.

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Travel Tips for Avoiding Bedbugs

Who does not love going on a fun, relaxing trip? While planning for your vacation, you most likely are envisioning yourself having a grand time. However, do not stay off in the dream world for long, because you have to prepare yourself for when you enter your hotel room. Many hotels keep up with pest control and bedbugs, but sometimes that is not enough. We do not want you to have to deal with these creatures; that is why we made this list of travel tips for avoiding bed bugs. 

Inspect Your Hotel Room 

After a long day of traveling, you may want to hit the hay, but do not get comfortable just yet. Once you get to your room, you will need to inspect it. Check for signs of bed bugs on furniture, fabrics, bed frames, box springs, sheets and mattresses. While most hotels are on top of the pest issues, these creatures are so tiny that they can hide without anyone noticing. 

Call Management

If you do notice the signs of bed bugs, you need to call hotel management immediately. From there, they should be able to access the situation, call pest control and determine if you need to move rooms or not. If management does move your room, make sure that it is not anywhere near your original place. Bedbugs can easily travel from room to room on hotel cleaning carts. 

Inspect Before You Leave

Before packing up and leaving, give your room, luggage and yourself one more thorough check. You do not want to bring these pests to your home. You will want to check for bites, eggs, bugs and bloodstains. If you notice any bed bugs on your way out, notify the hotel staff and place your belongings in a plastic bag. 

Wash Your Clothes 

When you get home, you likely do not want to bother washing your clothes. But, if you want to ensure that your home does not get infested with bed bugs, keep your luggage in the garage to air out and to wash your clothes immediately. Washing your clothes will kill any bedbugs that decided to grab a ride. Leave your luggage in the garage for a day or two. Then, re-inspect it for these pests. 

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5 Signs You Have a Termite Infestation

One of the worst things you may have to deal with as a homeowner is handling a termite infestation. Most homeowners don't realize that their home is being infested until there are so many termites that you are overwhelmed. There are many termite infestation signs that you should look for around your house to tell if you're going to need to contact termite control.

If you determine that your home is infested by termites, you'll need to contact a pest control company such as Ideal Pest Control in order to take back control of your household. Here are a few things to look for in order to determine whether or not your home is infested with termites:

Discarded Wings

Discarded wings are one of the first signs that you are dealing with an infestation. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is confusing termites with flying ants. Although these two insects can look very similar, you will be able to tell the difference because only termites shed their wings. Flying termites usually fly around light sources and once they find a mate, they shed their wings as they do not need them anymore.

Swarmers

When it is time for termites to procreate, they will leave their colonies and begin to search for a mate. As stated previously, these termites will fly and have a similar appearance to flying ants. These flying termites are known as swarmers and if you spot them gathering in your home, it could be a sign that they are trying to start a new colony inside of your residence.

Mud Tubes

Another huge sign that you're dealing with an infestation of termites is that you will find mud tubes or mud tunnels throughout your home. Termites create these mud tubes as a way to protect themselves as they travel between their nest and the areas of your home that they are feeding on. These tubes are usually the size of a straw and termites build them using wood, debris, soil and fecal matter.

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Rodent Infestations & How They Affect Your Health

Most homeowners know the harm rodents can cause to their house. As they seek warmth, sustenance and suitable conditions to set up their nests, rodents help themselves to your stored food and cause structural damage to your house. 

They can rip into your insulation to use in their nests and chew through the electrical wiring and wooden frame of your house. This damage creates major safety issues and incurs massive repair costs.

The damage to your home isn’t the only hazard of a rodent infestation. Health problems can arise from the contact you have with them as they try to share your space. It is important to understand how rodent infestations can affect your health so that you can identify the issues and take steps to prevent them.

How Rodents Can Infect You

There are a number of diseases identified as being spread by rats and mice. Some are spread directly through handling their bodies, from rodent bites and through contact with their waste. They can also have an indirect effect if you are bitten by other pests, such as fleas, ticks or mosquitoes, that made prior contact with an infected rodent.

Since rodents are able to squeeze their bodies through holes as small as dimes, sealing your house and food supply is essential to prevent the spread of disease. If you encounter any dead rodents or waste, handle them with protective gear and use disinfecting cleaners on any contaminated surfaces.

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How the Weather Affects Mosquito Populations

For many, summer is the best part of the year. Warm weather means swimming, cookouts, and other great activities. Unfortunately, it also means mosquitoes.

Most people realize that mosquitoes are more active in the summer, but what you might not know is how the weather actually affects the mosquito population in your area. That’s right – whether you have to contend with a large number of mosquitoes or just a handful of the tiny pests can depend a great deal on three important weather factors: temperature, precipitation, and cloud coverage.

Temperature

As mentioned above, summer is typically the time when we see mosquito populations thrive. That’s because mosquitoes need warm air to survive. The reason we almost never see these bugs in winter is that they actually start to die off once the thermometer gets down to a certain point. This killing point is different for each breed of mosquito, but it usually falls somewhere around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why do they come back each year if they’re dead, you might ask? The answer lies in their eggs. Even though the adult cannot survive cold temperatures, the eggs can. So, if a female has laid her eggs before the cold sets in, those eggs can actually withstand winter, thaw out in the spring and begin their life cycle all over again for another season.

Precipitation

A second crucial factor has to do with the amount of precipitation in an area. Like all creatures, mosquitoes need water to survive. This need goes just beyond nutrition, however, as mosquitoes actually use standing water for breeding. Hatched eggs become larvae, and mosquito larvae and pupae must be in the water to survive. 

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Health Problems Caused by Household Pests

Safety is the top concern of having pests in the home. Household pests like mice, rats, cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, spiders and termites not only cause damage to your home but can also carry harmful bacteria and disease that may make you and your loved ones sick. Keep reading for more information about some of the health problems that can be caused by pests in the home.

Allergies and Asthma

Many people are allergic to cockroaches, and since this bug sheds its skin, they are notorious for causing allergic reactions in those who suffer from this allergy. Their droppings and urine can also produce allergens that may affect those who suffer from asthma or who are sensitive to these allergens. As these pests quickly reproduce and can crawl through tiny cracks, they can easily infest your home and spread these harmful allergens. Dust mites can also contribute to allergies and other respiratory issues as they spread allergens, too.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is spread by an infected deer tick. This disease can be life-threatening if not treated. The most common symptoms are a bullseye rash, fever-like symptoms and joint pain. Each case is different and can affect people differently. If you have been bitten by a deer tick, watch for symptoms of Lyme Disease.

Zika and West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes are hard to avoid if you spend time outside, especially during the early morning and evening hours. Unfortunately, mosquitoes can carry illnesses like the Zika virus and West Nile virus. Both viruses can become serious, and cause issues such as encephalitis, meningitis or death.

Insomnia and Depression

Bed bugs are nasty pests that can infest not only your bed, but can also find their way into your walls. They enjoy feeding on human blood as the person sleeps, which is why you may find yourself covered with bites in the morning. Bed bugs can transmit diseases through their bites that can affect your mental health. It has been documented that some individuals who have suffered from bed bug bites have suffered from insomnia, depression and stress.

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What are Asian Murder Hornets?

Many people are quite concerned about Asian murder hornets appearing in the United States. Here is some background information about these hornets and why they may pose a threat to honeybees.

About the Asian Murder Hornets

Asian murder hornets have gotten their name because they are common throughout Asia. These hornets have large and distinct bodies with orange heads and black-striped orange bodies. Like most wasps, they will defend their nests if they feel threatened. In most cases, they will not do anything if humans are not aggressive toward them.

Asian murder hornets have long stingers that don’t break off when they sting. Their stingers can puncture thick clothing, so humans should stay away from these hornets whenever possible.

What Happens if an Asian Murder Hornet stings you?

Asian murder hornets are attracted to tree sap, so if you happen to be near tree sap or have tree sap on you, these hornets could sting you. If you get stung, you will experience pain and swelling that could last up to a few days. An allergic reaction to the sting could put you into anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal. If you know that you are allergic to bee stings, stay away from Asian murder hornets.

Living Conditions

Asian murder hornets can’t tolerate extreme hot or cold temperatures. They are mostly seen in the summer and fall seasons and will not live in the winter. They commonly are not out in the spring because temperatures are still too cold for them.

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When are Mosquitoes Most Active?

Summer is on its way here. With the rise in warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and more time spent outdoors, you may run into one of nature’s more annoying insects, the mosquito. In order to protect yourself from something as serious as the Zika virus or to just make sure that you aren’t itching for the entire season, read on to discover when mosquitoes are active the most.

When Are Mosquitoes Active?

Long story short, it really depends on the breed of mosquito. Some species from the Andes genus like to bite during the daytime. They are most aggressive towards humans in the morning and in the late afternoon. Those mosquitoes from the Culex genus are most active during the night. They are the ones who feed on you while you’re having a barbecue that lasts into the darker hours. Anopheles mosquitoes are also active at night, dusk, and dawn.

When Do Mosquitoes Come Out?

It’s no secret that mosquitoes are less of a bother during colder months. For mosquitoes, anything under 50 degrees Fahrenheit is considered too cold for them. During the colder months, mosquitoes lay their eggs and the eggs then hatch once the weather gets warmer.

What Can I do About Mosquitoes?

The first thing to do is to clear any standing water anywhere near or around the house. You’d be surprised how little is needed for mosquitoes to feel like they’re nourished. By keeping everything dry, you already deter a mosquito breeding ground from forming. You can also avoid being outside during the early morning or nighttime if you can help it. Mosquitoes won’t bite all throughout the day. During the midday hours when the sun is at its peak, mosquitoes will find that too hot to be around, so you can catch some relief during those hours.

If all else fails, you should call Ideal Pest Control! If you call them, you’ll get in touch with a pest control professional who can tailor a routine for you to follow to avoid mosquitoes during those warmer months.

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When are Mosquitoes Most Active?

Summer is on its way here. With the rise in warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and more time spent outdoors, you may run into one of nature’s more annoying insects, the mosquito. In order to protect yourself from something as serious as the Zika virus or to just make sure that you aren’t itching for the entire season, read on to discover when mosquitoes are active the most.

When during the day are mosquitoes active?

Long story short, it really depends on the breed of mosquito. Some species from the Andes genus like to bite during the daytime. They are most aggressive towards humans in the morning and in the late afternoon. Those mosquitoes from the Culex genus are most active during the night. They are the ones who feed on you while you’re having a barbecue that lasts into the darker hours. Anopheles mosquitoes are also active at night, dusk, and dawn.

When during the year do mosquitoes come out?

It’s no secret that mosquitoes are less of a bother during colder months. For mosquitoes, anything under 50 degrees Fahrenheit is considered too cold for them. During the colder months, mosquitoes lay their eggs and the eggs then hatch once the weather gets warmer.

What to do if you have issues with mosquitoes?

The first thing to do is to clear any standing water anywhere near or around the house. You’d be surprised how little is needed for mosquitoes to feel like they’re nourished. By keeping everything dry, you already deter a mosquito breeding ground from forming. You can also avoid being outside during the early morning or nighttime if you can help it. Mosquitoes won’t bite all throughout the day. During the midday hours when the sun is at its peak, mosquitoes will find that too hot to be around, so you can catch some relief during those hours.

If all else fails, you should call Ideal Pest Control! If you call them, you’ll get in touch with a pest control professional who can tailor a routine for you to follow to avoid mosquitoes during those warmer months.

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Why You Should Invest in Pest Control Services for Your Restaurant

If you’ve ever been in a restaurant with bugs and mice or seen one of Gordon Ramsay’s remodeling shows, you know that pests within an eating establishment are far from acceptable. People want their dining environment to be clean and their experience to be one without multi-legged creatures running around. Due to the nature and components of the restaurant business, pests aren’t always easy to avoid. As a result, keeping your facility pest-free can be a challenge. So, there are plenty of reasons to consider using pest control services for your restaurant.

It Only Takes One…

Today, a good social media presence is more valuable than ever. Good reviews can spread like wildfire and attract new business. However, just one horrific post can ruin your entire reputation. Whether it is a bug in their food or a rat running on their table, guests do not appreciate unsanitary conditions when they dine. If one feels inclined to share that across social media, it could spell disaster for your business.

Finances

Reputation aside, bad customer experience with pests could result in a lawsuit. Even worse, an entire infestation of cockroaches or any other critter could call for a temporary shutdown for proper extermination. Plus, rats and similar creatures can get into your food supply and soil perfectly good product. No matter how you slice it, pests roaming around your restaurant is almost guaranteed to result in a financial loss.

Health

Of course, the health and safety of staff and customers should be a top priority for any properly run restaurant. Establishments filled with an array of pests are certainly unlikely to provide that. Flies, for example, can carry all different types of diseases around with them and transmit them to surfaces they land on. If they land on food that is consumed or spread the disease to staff through contact, people will get sick. Bottom line: an infestation could damage both your reputation and your finances.

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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.

Mosquitoes

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.

Ticks

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.

Bees

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

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.

Roaches

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

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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