Commercial Pest Prevention Tips

Commercial Pest Prevention Tips

As the temperature slowly falls around this time of year, it is common for pests to begin their hunt for a place to hide in warmer conditions. Unfortunately, those spaces consist of offices, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and many other commercial properties. Some of the more notable insects that might be entering your business are flies, ground beetles, and spiders. It is imperative that you take preventive measures due to the large range of diseases that these insects may carry. Below is some information on how to prevent these pests from calling your commercial space home this fall.



Flies are not only considered one of the most bothersome insects to be circulating on your commercial property but also one of the most unsanitary. This specific insect is attracted to all kinds of garbage, excrement, and decaying materials where it picks up transmittable diseases that can harm humans. To maintain safety for employees and potential customers it is important to take the following preventative measures. Double-check that all garbage cans have sealed tight lids. Don’t let food sit out over a prolonged period of time and ensure all food is stored properly overnight. Any damp mops that sit after usage increase the possibility of attracting flies. Fix any leaking pipes that could be used as a source of water and check the seals and screens of all windows and doors.


Occasional Invaders

There are a handful of occasional invaders like Boxelder Bugs, Stink Bugs, and Asian Lady Beetles. Boxelder Bugs are sometimes found trapped around doors and windows, inside walls, and in any tiny holes or crevices. Asian Lady Beetles, which appear to look like slightly larger ladybugs, enter buildings the same way Boxelder Bugs do. Stink Bugs are also a very popular fall pest that likes to creep into commercial spaces. Lights and reflective surfaces attract them.  For all of the occasional invaders above, one thing you can do to prevent them from entering your commercial space is to make sure all windows and doorways are sealed properly. If you see daylight under a closed door it is a potential entry point.



Fall is an important time to take preventative measures against spiders since this is the time of the year they start to lay their eggs. These eggs will stay dormant until they hatch in the spring. Removing webs with a vacuum or broom is a good way to deter them, but not all spiders build webs. Some hide in dark places, making any office or commercial property the perfect place to thrive. One dangerous spider bite can be detrimental to any business when putting employees at risk. Checking all window and door seals and replacing ones that have grown old and have stopped working will help prevent these little critters from entering.


As a business owner, it is your responsibility to maintain a healthy work environment free from any pest that might bring harm to employees or customers. Having any of these pests present in your commercial space opens up the risk of safety violations, fines, and even the possibility of having to shut down your business. Spiders can inflict poisonous bites, and flies can transmit diseases. Don’t risk the safety of your business or employees by neglecting the ways to prevent these pests. Instead of just deterring pests, consider eliminating them by contacting your local pest experts. At Bug Zero, we offer services to help suppress or eliminate flies, ground beetles, spiders, and more.




Inspect for Pests Before Buying a New Home

Inspect for Pests Before Buying a New Home

Purchasing a new home can seem daunting. Choosing a lender, making an offer, home inspections and appraisals. The list goes on and on. As you check each box, don’t forget to include a pest inspection. One specific pest to be on the lookout for is termites.

Termite damage is often undetected, costly, and dangerous. Approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. are affected by these pests each year resulting in $5 billion in estimated damage. The most commonly found termite in North America is the Eastern Subterranean. Knowing the signs of an invasion by this pest can save you from house buying regret and unplanned costs. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for.


Discarded Wings

One of the first signs of a termite infestation is discarded termite wings. Subterranean termites shed their wings after reproducing and starting a new colony. Once they have shed their wings, they are able to crawl into small crevices within a home. The wings are typically 1/4-1/2 inches long and translucent.


Mud Tubing

Mud tubing is small tunnel-like structures termites build to protect themselves when traveling to their colony or food source. The tubes protect these pests from dry environments and predators, and they typically run from the ground to exposed wood both inside and outside of a home. To determine if the mud tubing is no longer active you can simply break off a portion of the mud tubing. If the broken portion remains unrepaired after a few days, it is no longer in use. One important thing to note is termites do abandon mud tubes and build new ones when in need of a different food source, so it is best to assume termites may still be causing damage in a home.


Stuck Windows or Doors

Another sign of a termite infestation is stuck windows and doors. With wood being termites’ food source, it means they typically start with what is easily accessible and on the exterior of a home. As the termites eat away at structures such as windows and door frames, the wood begins to warp. This can make it difficult to open and close windows and doors.


Damage Under Paint or Wallpaper

Paint and wallpaper bubbles or peeling is a sign termites are present in a home. This happens when there is moisture under the paint or wallpaper and is more commonly found near baseboards, entryways and windowsills. Typically, if you see this within a home, it means the structure has already been severely damaged by termites.

To be sure the home you are purchasing is termite-free, we recommend reaching out to your local pest experts for an inspection.





Tips For Tick Prevention on Your Property

Tips For Tick Prevention on Your Property

Layering on tick repellent before hiking or camping may be the most effective way to prevent ticks, but what about when you are playing or working in your yard? Is emptying another can of repellent the best way to stay tick-free? Like any pest issue, targeting the root of the problem is more efficient and likely to keep pests away. How to avoid ticks:

1. Invest in fencing around your property to keep wild animals such as deer and raccoons away. Wild animals often carry ticks.

2. Wood piles are often home to mice and other tick-carrying rodents. Storing wood neatly on an elevated surface can discourage rodents from making themselves at home.

3. Mow grass frequently. Tick larvae rely on tall vegetation such as grass to come into contact with hosts.

4. Keep decks, patios, and playgrounds in sunny locations. Ticks avoid areas with direct sunlight and prefer wet and cool environments.

5. Remove fallen leaves, as they can serve as shelter for ticks.

6. Place a barrier of wood chips or gravel between your property and wooded areas, around play equipment, decks, and patios. This will deter ticks from migrating to the surrounding greenery.

7. Keep garbage containers secured to discourage tick-carrying wildlife from entering your property.

8. Schedule a tick suppression service with Bug Zero to treat areas ticks frequent. Our mosquito and tick suppression treatment is an add-on service to our residential service package, InsectaShield®.

Not only do these steps aid in eliminating the opportunity for ticks to make you their host (yikes!), but you are also protecting yourself from tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. Approximately 30,000 cases are reported in the United States each year. However, it is believed around 476,000 people get the disease yearly. Get in touch with your local pest experts to discuss how we can help protect you.


Summer Pests Attracted to Pets

Summer Pests Attracted to Pets

As we gear up for warm weather by purchasing insect repellents, it is important to think about your furry friends and the pests that pose a threat to them. Playtime in tall grass, nearby stagnant water outside, or evening walks can expose them to a variety of pests and that’s why backyard bug control is key. Here are a few to look out for this summer.



One of the most common pest threats to dogs and cats is fleas. Fleas are small, wingless, flat-bodied pests that are typically a brown, reddish-brown, or black color. They have six legs, are very quick, and are high jumpers. Skin irritation and excessive scratching are common signs of a flea invasion. Fleas not only leave skin feeling irritated, but also are intermediate hosts for tapeworm larvae. If your pet were to digest a flea, this could result in tapeworms entering their system. Signs of a tapeworm infection are weight loss, abnormal eating patterns, and lethargy.



Dog tick and flea prevention is highly important when considering the health of your pet. One of the more common ticks in the midwest is the lone star tick. These pests have eight legs and a deep brown exterior. Females have a prominent white dot on their backs. Ticks will attach themselves to dogs, cats, and other animals for a meal and once full, drop off to lay eggs. Similar to fleas, they can pose a health risk to your furry friend. They have been known to spread Lyme disease, canine ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more. Each disease can result in serious health consequences for people or pets.



From dawn to dusk, mosquitoes are on the hunt for their next meal. These pests are thin, long-legged, two-winged insects that are mostly gray in color. They are known for the red, itchy spots they leave behind after feeding. Unfortunately, both people and pets can fall victim to mosquitoes. The primary health concern for cats and dogs is heartworm disease. This disease can lead to liver, kidney, or other organ failures which can result in death. To prevent such a disease, be sure to take your backyard bug control seriously.



Horseflies are one of the less spoken-about pests to watch out for throughout the summer months. They can grow up to 1 inch in length, have dark eyes, and are mostly dark brown with a metallic sheen. They can typically be found near bodies of water, and they administer a painful bite. Not only are the bites worrisome, but they can also transmit diseases to a variety of animals. The most common disease spread is Lyme disease.


Speaking with your vet to explore preventative flea, tick, and heartworm options is a great way to combat these pests. Your vet will inform you of the best practices for dog tick and flea prevention. However, it’s just as important to target the root of the problem which is the bugs in your backyard.  Find out how your local pest experts can help suppress these pests or treat your home in the case of an invasion by clicking here.



How to Keep Pests Away During Your Backyard Gatherings

How to Keep Pests Away During Your Backyard Gatherings

Backyard gatherings with friends and family can lead to the best memories. Father and son manning the grill, kids playing tag, friends sharing a drink while catching up. What a great time! But then, here come the mosquitoes as the sun begins to set. And the flies as you prepare dinner. It can quickly turn a relaxing and fun time into a war with pests. Here are some tips on how to take backyard bug control to the next level.


1. Provide and apply insect repellent.
Whether you prefer a DIY insect repellent or one from the store, applying an insect repellant can help prevent mosquitoes from biting.

2. Use yellow lightbulbs outside.
Insects are less attracted to yellow light bulbs so installing them in your outdoor lighting can help with your backyard bug control efforts.

3. Drain standing water.
Stagnant water attracts mosquitoes due to it being a possible laying ground. Drain water such as dog bowls and birdbaths.

4. Mow your lawn.
By mowing your lawn before guests arrive, you can eliminate hiding ground for pests such as mosquitoes to achieve optimal backyard pest control.

5. Turn on fans.
Setting up fans can help prevent pests from going after you and your food during gatherings. Plus, it’s a great way to stay cool on a warm summer night.

6. Cover all food and drinks.
The scent of your food or drinks typically attracts pests. A mesh, wire or plastic food cover can be used to shield pests from indulging in your meal.

7. Purchase a mosquito net or invest in a screened-in porch.
Instead of just protecting your food and drinks, protect yourself by purchasing a mosquito net. Better yet, invest in a screened porch.

8. Keep surfaces and areas clean.
Keep surfaces clean of food and drink residue and dispose of empty plates and cups to help with your backyard bug control problem. It’s also important to keep any trash isolated and covered to prevent pests such as ants and flies from invading.

9. Sign up for mosquito and tick suppression.
Bug Zero offers a service that targets plant foliage, shaded areas, and roof edges where mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and other outdoor pests frequent. This service is an add-on to our InsectaShield® residential service package.


Ready to contact your local pest experts so you can enjoy your pest-free gathering? Request a free quote here.