Fall Pest Control Tips

Want to keep pests out of your home this fall? Follow these tips to ensure a bug-free home   Fall is officially here and the nights are getting colder. With the colder weather, we are sure to start seeing more home invading pests. Here are some things you can do around your home to help prevent pests in the first place. These are good things to do even if you have routine pest control service. This will help ensure the service you get works the way it should. 1. Check roofline vents, screens for tears or damage. This will help keep ladybugs, stink bugs, and other flying insects from accessing your attic. 2. Make sure crawlspace doors seal properly, to help keep rodents and large insects out. 3. …

House Spider Mating Season

Did you know that it was house spider mating season? That’s right if your lucky and have a great pest control service in place already you should be fine. The common house spider mates every year about this time. Once the female mates, she will look for a good place to lay her eggs. There can be well over 100 eggs each time. These eggs only take about 2 weeks to hatch. We’ll let you do the math, but it only takes one of these in your home to create a real problem. If you have issues with house spiders just know that it’s the time of year they are about to get worse. Hopefully, you don’t have to worry about that. If you do …

Cold weather bringing mice into your house?

Fall is here, and so are the cold weather pests. We have already started seeing an increase in new customer calls for mice and rodent activity. Warning signs can be anything from droppings in cabinets, food boxes or bags with holes chewed through them, urine odors, runways or marks where tail drags leaving streaks, scampering noises, and even strange or unusual pet behavior. A few things you can do to help prevent these cold weather invaders: 1. Keep food in plastic containers that seal airtight. 2. Don’t leave food or dirty dishes out overnight. 3. Make sure pipe entry points are sealed up with no gaps where they come through floors into cabinets in kitchens & bathrooms. 4. Make sure crawlspace doors & vents seal …

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – The Fall Invaders

It’s that time of year again. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a non-native, invasive species that was introduced to the U.S. in the mid to late 90’s. It is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. It feeds on tree fruits, small fruits,  legumes, vegetables, and ornamentals. The problem for most home-owners in our area isn’t the damage to fruits or vegetables. Instead, it’s the nuisance aspect of these foreign invaders, seeking shelter from cool nights in fall and winter. They will congregate by the hundreds and even thousands on the warm side of a house, out-building, even vehicles. When nightfall comes they will search out any opening they can fit into that will allow them to enter the warmer structure. This could be …

Yellow LEDs Save You Money & Attract Fewer Insects

  According to a study done by Mike & Teresa Justice, two behavioral ecologists with PhDs from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, the type and color of outdoor bulbs you use can lower the amount of insects attracted to your home. Their tests show that yellow/orange hue outdoor LEDs attract the fewest amount of insects, even outperforming so-called outdoor bug lights. The team of ecologists spent an entire summer testing different light types. Every night the team would set up a bug trap with a single bulb inside. They would rotate the type of bulb every night. They also took precautions to make sure no bulb being tested got more than its share of moonlight. Since the moon is predictable, this was easy to …