5 Ways to Prevent Rats on Your Roof

Rats, like mice, are known for squeezing into tight areas in order to find food and shelter in your home. They can find their way inside through holes, cracks or gaps that are under doorways, windows, floorboards or in the ceiling. Once they find a way in, they create a hidden nest for their family. Predominantly they enjoy nesting in higher areas, such as in the ceiling, the attic or the roof. It may seem impossible to keep them away from your home, but in fact, there are ways to deter them. Keep reading for ways to prevent rats on your roof

1-Mothballs

Not only do mothballs repel moths, but they also repel rats and are poisonous to them. Rather than setting a trap, place mothballs in your attic where rats are congregating. Make sure that wherever you place the mothballs will be out of reach of children and pets. 

2-Peppermint Oil

Peppermint produces a strong odor that many pests hate, including rats. They dislike the taste as well. If you wish to repel rats, place some peppermint oil on a cotton ball and hide them in different areas of your home where rats tend to gather. You may also want to consider growing peppermint in your garden or keeping some in your kitchen. 

3-Ammonia

Use a mixture of ammonia to keep rats away. Pour two cups of ammonia along with two tablespoons of detergent into a bowl. Rats cannot stand the smell and will stay far away from it. Be sure to place the ammonia in an area that is away from children or pets, as it is toxic to them. 

4-Red Pepper Flakes

Rats are deterred by spicy scents, as they find these overbearing. They also do not like the taste. Sprinkling them around the attic and other areas where rats may be entering your home helps to keep them at bay.

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Are Pest Control Treatments Safe During Pregnancy?

Unwanted pests in the home can lead to headaches due to the destruction they cause and costly repairs. Having them removed can be a challenge, especially when you handle them on your own. But with the harsh chemicals that are used to treat pests, you may wonder if it is safe for your family, especially if one of your family members is pregnant. Certain substances are unsafe for pregnant women to be exposed to. Keep reading to learn more about pest control treatments and if they are safe during pregnancy. 

Do-It-Yourself Pest Control is Unsafe for Pregnant Women

If you have taken the do-it-yourself approach to getting rid of pests, then there may be dangerous effects for pregnant women. Many products bought over-the-counter to treat for pest control contain harmful chemicals. Speak with your obstetrician about chemicals that may be unsafe for you to be around. Before taking the do-it-yourself approach to removing pests from your home, you may want to talk to a pest control company about the best course of action for successfully and safely eliminating pests from your home

Placement of Treatment is Important

Aside from what type of treatment you receive, it is important where the treatment is placed. For those who use their own form of pest control treatment, it is essential to make sure that whatever product that you are using is safe to use indoors near humans, animals and food items. You also need to determine what treatments to use outside as they are necessary for preventing pests from entering your home. Pest control companies understand the proper procedure for treating pests inside and outside of the house. They also know what will be safe for a pregnant family member, as well as for the rest of your household. 

Pest Control Companies Know the Safest Treatments

More pest control companies are using chemicals that do not pose as much of a risk to your health. However, it is still important to talk with the company about your pregnancy and discuss options. If treatment can take place, it is highly suggested that you stay away from your home while it is being carried out. Keep in mind that foregoing treatment for a pest infestation may pose more harm as pests can cause illnesses and diseases. 

As noted before, it is important to discuss with a pest control professional, and your doctor, what is safe for you and your unborn child. Before doing your own treatment for pest control, speak to professionals who know which substances are safe as well as how to properly use them. For more information, contact the experts at Ideal Pest Control.

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Effective Ways To Keep Drain Flies Out of Your Kitchen

If you’ve ever had drain flies in your kitchen, then you know what a nuisance they can be. What starts out as one small, irritating bug quickly turns into dozens and dozens of tiny, irritating flies ready to fly out of your drain and pester you at the slightest provocation. No matter what you do, they stay there for weeks and weeks until one day, like magic, they disappear.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Like any pest, most drain fly infestations can be prevented relatively easily by following a few simple procedures. Here’s how to keep drain flies out of your kitchen.

Clean Your Drains

Drain flies live in your drains in part because there are a lot of great things down there for them to eat. The food that you have washed down the sink builds up and stays there. It is like a buffet for the flies, who find all the food they can eat as well as water and shelter.

To combat this issue, keep your drains clean. Use hot water to rinse them as thoroughly as possible, and use a plumber’s snake to help scrape the sides and loosen the food that has built up over time. 

Use Special Cleaners

Hot water and scraping will help get rid of a lot of organic material, but it won’t clean up everything. You’ll need to use stronger chemicals, too. Use an enzyme cleaner that breaks down those food particles that have collected and won’t go away. Pay special attention to the U-trap, which is where a majority of gunk builds up and causes problems.

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3 Ways Your Home Is Attracting Mosquitoes

Summertime is here and you want to enjoy it to the fullest. Fill your days with fun activities free from the nuisance and dangers of buzzing mosquitoes by learning what attracts these unwelcome visitors to your home.

Standing Water

Mosquitoes love water in the summer months as much as you and your family do, but for very different reasons. Mosquitoes seek standing water for hydration and as a place to lay eggs undisturbed. Their favorite types of water include shallow, stagnant pools that collect around your yard.

Examine your property for areas where water collects. These areas include overturned garbage can lids, birdbaths, low spaces in landscaping and potted plants. Make a note of these areas and drain them immediately. Develop a schedule for checking these spots throughout the summer to assure that they stay free from a recollection of water. Eliminate potential breeding grounds so that mosquitoes choose to travel elsewhere.

Tall Grasses and Weeds

Not only are mosquitoes attracted to water, but they also seek shelter from the hot summer sun. Look around to see if you are unintentionally providing places of refuge for these bothersome insects. Overgrown patches of grass or weeds are the perfect places for mosquitoes to hang out. Mosquitoes also love areas such as stacks of wood or stored items such as chairs or toys.

Be diligent in trimming overgrown areas and keeping them cut back throughout the summer. Put away unused items in your garage or storage containers. Limit anything that welcomes mosquitoes to congregate and cool off.

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How Pest Control Companies Remove Bee and Wasp Nests

Stinging insects, such as bees, hornets and wasps, frighten most of us, and our first thought is to exterminate them. But, stinging insects are very beneficial to the environment. They’re responsible for pollinating many of our plants and crops and usually don’t pose a threat. 

However, should you find that they’re nesting in your home or on your home, you should take steps to get rid of them. When it comes to handling these insects, pest control companies know how to properly remove beehives and wasp nests to keep them from rebuilding.

How Will You Know if a Beehive or Wasps Nest is on Your Property?

These are the signs to know if you should be concerned about stinging insects infesting your home:

  • Repeatedly being surrounded by stinging insects. 
  • Noticing swarms of stinging insects around trash cans, eating areas or shrubs.
  • Hearing buzzing inside walls but not seeing anything.

Why are These Pests on Your Property?

Stinging insects, like all living creatures, look for a place to call home for their young. They look for cracks, holes and any place that serves as a shelter to build their nests. Houses are ideal locations for their shelter. Gaps in your siding, cracks in your foundation or spaces in your doors and windows are the perfect means of entry for bees and wasps. 

If surfaces like roofs, overhangs, vents, fences and attics are untreated, they become prime real estate for hives and nests.  A pest control company will apply environmentally-friendly treatments to various spots around your home, preventing these insects from building nests there in the future. 

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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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