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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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

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.

Ants

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:

Noises

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.

Droppings

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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