Backyard Pests and Your Pets

Backyard Pests and Your Pets

Keep Your Furry Friends Safe

As pet owners, we love our furry friends and want them to enjoy the great outdoors just as much as we do. Here are some common backyard pests to be aware of and how to keep your pets safe.


Ticks are a common pest in Missouri and can be found in grassy or wooded areas. They can latch onto our pets and transmit diseases. It is important for pet owners to regularly check their pets for ticks, especially after spending time outdoors. There are also preventative measures that can be taken, such as tick collars or tick medication prescribed by a veterinarian.


Mosquitoes are another common backyard pest that can pose a threat to our pets. They can transmit heart-worm disease, a potentially fatal condition for dogs and cats. It is important for pet owners to take preventative measures, such as adding the mosquito protection add-on to your InsectaShield® residential service package so you don’t have to worry about smelly sprays or candles to enjoy an evening in your backyard with your pets.


Fleas are a nuisance for both pets and their owners. They can cause itching and discomfort, and can also transmit diseases such as tapeworms. It is important for pet owners to regularly check their pets for fleas and take preventative measures with proper medication prescribed by a veterinarian.

As pet owners, it is important for us to be aware of the potential risks that backyard pests can pose to our furry friends. Protect your pets by using preventative measures such as contacting Bug Zero about backyard suppression pest control services.

Termites Flourish in Warm Spring Weather

Termites Flourish in Warm Spring Weather

Subterranean Termites in Your Home

Termites are likely to flourish in the warm spring weather. As we enjoy the weather changes, it is important to be wary of termite swarms or infestations. While there are different species of termites, subterranean termites will be the culprit of termite issues in our region.

Once the termites have infiltrated your home, the colony can chew through your floors, walls, and carpeting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

These fast workers chew around the clock, so it is very important to check your home to catch these critters as fast as possible.  Below you can find more information on subterranean termites, where to check your home for them, and what actions to take if you find an infestation.

Determining if You Have Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live in underground colonies and make their mark by feeding on wood and other cellulose materials such as wallpaper, books, and insulation.

They are social insects that live in colonies and build tunnels and mud tubes to connect the colony to its food source – YOUR HOME! These termite species are one of the most destructive, causing billions of dollars in damage to homes and structures each year.

Soldier termites are responsible for defending the colony from predators, while reproductives (also known as swarmers) are responsible for starting new colonies. Once the termite colony is inside your home it can cause significant damage.

How To Find Subterranean Termite Colonies

Subterranean termites can be hard to uncover since they live underground and build their colonies out of sight. These sneaky pests enter homes and other structures through wood that is in contact with the soil or through cracks and gaps in the foundation, doing damage from the inside out.

Here are some areas to check for the presence of subterranean termites:

  1. Basement/Crawl Space: Check for termite activity in the basement or crawl space. Check for mud tubes, wood damage, or discarded wings.
  2. Wood Structures: Inspect any wooden structures in your yard, such as fences, decks, or sheds.
  3. Trees and stumps: Subterranean termites can also infest your yard in trees and stumps.
  4. Attic: Check the attic for signs of termite activity, such as discarded wings or mud tubes. Although subterranean termites typically do not infest attics, they can enter through cracks in the roof.
  5. Foundation: Check for any entry points where termites could get into your home. Also, look for mud tubes along the foundation walls. These tubes are built by termites as a way to travel between their colony and their food source (i.e. – YOUR WALLS).

Actions You Need to Take

It’s important to take preventative measures to protect your home from these home-wrecking pests. However, if you find termites in your home or property, it’s important to take immediate action to prevent further damage. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Identify the extent of the infestation: Check all areas of your home, including the foundation, basement, and attic for signs of termite damage or activity.
  2. Determine the best treatment option: Depending on the severity of the infestation, the pest control company may recommend a variety of treatment options.
  3. Repair any termite damage: Repair any damage termites may have caused, including replacing damaged wood or drywall.
  4. Take steps to prevent future infestations: To prevent future termite infestations, get started with Bug Zero’s InsectaShield® protection plan today.
  5. Contact a professional pest control company: A professional pest control specialist can assess the situation, recommend a treatment plan, and provide ongoing monitoring and prevention.

Remember, the quicker you identify and address a termite infestation, the easier and less expensive it will be to eliminate the problem and prevent further damage. Reach out to your local pest control company and book an appointment with a specialist.

Check to ensure they are certified and licensed to treat termites. Call Bug Zero to ensure your pest issues are taken care of promptly and effectively to get your home back on track.


How To Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

How To Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Bug Zero Traveling Tips

With lots of traveling in the winter holidays, there is a more significant chance of catching bed bugs. Bed bugs are some of the most infectious and hard-to-get-rid-of pests that can go undetected for a while. Once you notice them or their symptoms, it is too late and you are dealing with an infestation. Traveling is one of the most likely ways to come across these critters.

Pre-packing Tips

When selecting your suitcase, choose one with little to no folds and pockets. It is best to select a hard-cover suitcase with one zipper to deter anything from getting in. This type of luggage will deter bed bugs from jumping into your belongings before you have a chance to notice them.

Before Unpacking Your Luggage

People have a tendency to place their luggage on the floor or the bed to unzip it. The luggage rack is a great alternative when you first arrive to be sure no bed bugs infest your luggage.

This also includes purses and any other bags that a beg bug might slip into. Keeping your luggage off the ground and beds will deter bed bugs from getting into your things before you have a chance to notice them.

Where To Check

The mattress is one of the first places to look. Make sure to pull back the sheets and check the mattress thoroughly and the box spring. The furniture is the next place to inspect.

Pull up all cushions of couches and chairs that might be in your room. Bed bugs also hide in some bizarre places like the back of picture frames and electrical outlets. Check even in the places they might not be in, just to be sure.

If You Suspect Bed Bugs

If you are at all suspicious of bed bugs, go directly to the hotel office and request a change of rooms. It is way better to be safe than sorry.

Bed Bugs are incredibly hard to get rid of so it really is important to request a different room if you see one. Pick up all your things as quickly as possible and get out.

Back Home

When you arrive back home, it is imperative to inspect all of your luggage to be sure nothing traveled home with you. It is possible not to know when you bring bed bugs into your home through your luggage and bags. If you spot one, immediately call your local pest control company. Bug Zero is certified and licensed to remove bed bugs quickly and efficiently, but it is important to act fast.

What to Look for in a Pest Control Company

What to Look for in a Pest Control Company

Pest Control You Can Trust

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



Protect Your Thanksgiving Feast from Fall Pests

Protect Your Thanksgiving Feast from Fall Pests

Protection 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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prevention is the Best Protection

Ensure your Thanksgiving feast will stay 100% pest-free by having year-round protection 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.



Spooky Spider Season! How to Spider-Proof Your Home

Spooky Spider Season! How to Spider-Proof Your Home

Spider Control In 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!

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 attics. 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.

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.

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!