What to Look for in a Pest Control Company

What to Look for in a Pest Control Company

When looking for a pest control company, it is essential to look for certain qualities to ensure it is right for you. There are many different things to look out for when selecting the right pest control company, and below are some great examples of information you should look into before making any choices.

 

1. The Company Must Be Licensed, Bonded, and Insured 

 

Pest control companies must have a license to practice in most states. It is imperative to ensure the pest control company you choose is qualified and can get the job done right. Scroll through the website and double-check for their certifications. Choosing a company that is bonded protects your things if anything is damaged during the treatment.  If you are unsure of the company’s certifications or licenses, you can contact the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in your state to find out.

 

2. The Right Treatment Methods 

 

It is important that the pest control company that you do choose is able to treat the type of pests you are looking for. Go through their website and make sure they are able to perform the treatment. Certain pests are harder to get licenses for so it is possible you might need to do some digging.

 

3. Great Online Reviews and Experience

 

Pick a pest control company that has great reviews! It is important that you select a reputable company that has worked well within the community and industry already. One of the most popular review sites for pest control companies is Google Reviews. Other than the overall review, take time to read the most recent statements since that will give you the most accurate depiction of the company.

 

4. Local Company  

 

Make sure you pick a company that is local. They will be able to assist in all your pest control needs much faster due to their proximity. A local company will also be more equipped to deal with local pests that bigger pest control companies might not deal with all the time.

 

5. Bug Zero 

 

Choose Bug Zero because you know that we are certified, local, and have the best reviews. Bug Zero will be able to be on-site in record time, and we have one of the best training programs for our employees. Choosing a pest control company that is not only trusted by the community but spoken so highly of is the best choice.

 

 

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Protect Your Thanksgiving Feast from Fall Pests

Protect Your Thanksgiving Feast from Fall Pests

The Thanksgiving feast is a crazy yet enjoyable time of year. The last thing you want is to be joined by uninvited guests such as mice, occasional invaders, or spiders. Unwanted pests during this time of year can be an unfortunate event. Protect yourself before it is too late by finding the right pest control company near you. Year-round pest protection is the best way to ensure your home stays pest free. Here are a few other ways to keep the pests away from your Thanksgiving feast:

 

1. Keeping Pests Out of Food

Thanksgiving is a busy time of year for your kitchen, and it is essential to keep lids on trash cans in and outside your home. Food scraps that are thrown in trash cans attract rodents and pests. The best way to keep mice out is to remove any food sources, so keep those lids on tight. You might even consider double-bagging some scraps that would be especially attractive to hungry pests. Any leftovers that you may have will need to be stored correctly. Food left open or not put away correctly might attract mice and other pests. Ensure everything is sealed up and put away right after the meal.

 

2. Vacuuming and Deep Cleaning

Clean the dining room after the feast as soon as possible to prevent the crumbs and food from attracting mice and pests. It is also equally important to deep clean the kitchen after all the meal preparations and meal is over. Don’t forget to clean under the fridge and all the other places that are hard to reach.

 

3. Inspect Decorations When Unpacking Them

Pulling all of our fall and winter decorations from the garage or attics can be scary if you don’t have your pest control in order. The attic and garage are prime points of entry for almost all pests. The darkness and low-traffic spots make the perfect hiding places. From there it is easy for rodents and insects to find their way into your walls and run through your homes without you even knowing it. It is important to inspect for any pests when pulling out these decorations. If you come across any pests, it is important to try to contain them if possible and call your local pest control company.

 

4. Watch Out for that Firewood

During this time of year, nothing sounds more enjoyable than getting cozy in front of the fireplace. Having a fire can be extremely pleasant as long as nothing hitches a ride on the firewood from outside. This is a great example of how occasional invaders make their way into your homes. Before bringing any wood into your home, inspect it for any pests that might be hiding inside the wood.

 

5. Prevention is the Best Protection

The only way to know your Thanksgiving feast will stay 100% pest-free is to have year-round protection that is right for your home. Pests will find a way to a warm place to sleep and have a meal, so it is important to be proactive in your protection. InsectaShield® is an affordable preventative service to ensure your home is free of pests like spiders, mice, ants, and termites by stopping them before they get inside. Use the Bug Zero interactive package builder to build your custom InsectaShield® protection plan.

 

 

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Spooky Spider Season! How to Spider-Proof Your Home

Spooky Spider Season! How to Spider-Proof Your Home

As Halloween rolls around the corner, it’s not the only spooky thing creeping its way into your home this October.  Fall marks the beginning of the mating season for spiders all over, and your home might be the place to find an appropriate mate. Below are some tips for keeping your home spider-free this fall season!

 

1. Clean out Quiet and Dark Places

The best way to keep spiders away is to make sure dark and quiet places are cleaned out frequently in your home. The most notorious places for spiders to hide are garages and the attics since both of those places have dark, quiet areas for spiders to make webs free from any commotion in the house. Attics and garages lead to the exteriors of homes, which make them a great entry point for all kinds of critters.  If you notice any webs while cleaning out those areas, use a broom to clear them out. Try to get rid of clutter laying around your home as well and clear up any place that might attract spiders.

 

2. Block Spiders from Coming In

The most common ways a spider can enter your home is through doors, windows, and air vents. Making sure these points of entry are sealed properly can help maintain a spider-free home. Seal any cracks in the foundations or any holes or gaps you might find. You can put a screen in front of the air vents and steel wool or caulk in any gaps that you find.

 

3. Choose Bug Zero

No matter how frequently you take down webs or clean up cluttered places, spiders are inevitably going to enter your home. Picking the right pest control specialist is the most important step you can take in making sure your home stays spider-free. InsectaShield® is Bug Zero’s signature pest control plan for residents. This proactive, preventative service ensures your home is free of pests like ants, spiders, mice, and termites by stopping them before they get inside your home. This includes 6 treatments a year. The first is the only indoor treatment so you won’t need to change your busy schedule to maintain protection against pests. Protect your home and get started today!

 

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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

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.

 

Spiders

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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