Pest Control Tips and Information

Identifying and preventing pests before they become a major problem is very important to the overall pest control for your home.

Pest Control Tips: What to Do in a Pest Emergency

  1. When faced with a pest emergency, remain calm.
  2. Call the pest experts at Bug Zero to schedule an inspection/treatment.
  3. Collect a specimen of the pest so that your service technician can correctly identify the pest and recommend the best treatment strategy.
  4. Avoid applying any over-the-counter pesticides. These sprays and treatments waste time and money, and they often compound the problem. Over-application of these products can also be harmful.
  5. Vacuum the affected area to remove visible pests as well as food products they may be drawn to.
  6. Clean the affected area with mild soap and water to make the area less attractive to pests.
  7. Rest assured a trained, experienced pest control technician is on the way to solve your pest emergency.

Ant Control Tips and Information

Ants have earned the distinction of becoming the number one reason Americans contact a professional pest service company. Although there are many types of ants, in our area two types of ants account for nearly all the calls. The larger black Carpenter Ant likes to nest in moist or damaged wood. If you have mature trees near your home, you are especially likely to encounter this ant. Carpenter ants are capable of causing structural damage, and so it is wise to call a professional if you notice them in your home. The smaller dark brown Odorous House Ant is the one you are likely to see on your kitchen counter. Crush a few with your finger and sniff it. If there is a distinct foul odor, you’ve identified your pest. When you have ants, it is best not to attempt to treat them yourself. The do-it-yourself products frequently cause the ant colony to fracture into several smaller colonies, compounding the problem. Bug Zero technicians know where to look for the nests of the target ant and are equipped with non-repellant materials to eliminate the ants before they can fracture.

Termite Control Tips and Information

Termites cause more damage annually than fires, earthquakes, and tornadoes combined. The reproductive “swarmers” who sometimes emerge inside structures indicate the presence of an established colony. Termite swarmers resemble winged ants. While the swarmers are easily eliminated, the colony that produced them is a different story. Besides the obvious swarmers, there are other ways to recognize termite activity. The worker termites build mud tubes to shelter them as they climb concrete foundations. These tubes are usually about a quarter inch wide and extend from the soil up to the wooden structure. Break one open to expose the cream colored worker termites. If you discover damaged wood, break a piece off. Termite damage will include some of the same dried mud used to build the tubes. Moisture damage will lack this mud material. Since Chlordane was banned in the late 1980s, termite control options have seen some changes. For years, repellant liquid materials were used to isolate the treated structure from the termite colony but didn’t kill many termites. Termite baits came next with the intention of killing enough of the colony to protect the structure. However, this proved to be a slow and frequently ineffective method. Next came the non-repellant liquid products. These offer the best of both worlds. Material can be applied directly where it is needed for speedy results without leaving us at the mercy of the termite’s finicky palates.

Cockroach Prevention Tips and Information

Cockroaches are synonymous with poor sanitation to many people. This isn’t always true. While roaches may thrive in an unsanitary environment, they certainly don’t depend on it. The cleanest home in town can support cockroaches if not treated properly. Fortunately, 100% elimination of German Cockroaches is very realistic. The German cockroach is the one most people refer to as a roach. The Oriental Cockroach, commonly referred to as a water bug, is present but hidden in most homes. Many customers are amazed at the number of dead Oriental Cockroaches that surface following an initial Bug Zero service.

Flying Insect Prevention Tips and Information

Flying insects, such as the house fly, offer some unique challenges. Because of their ability to fly, these pests can enter an area without coming into contact with a treated surface. Some, such as moths, are just a nuisance and can be excluded with a simple screen door. Others, like the house fly, may require treatment at the breeding grounds and possibly some indoor traps. Because flying insects’ habits vary so widely, it is advisable to start with a precise pest identification and site survey. A specific treatment recommendation can then be developed for each situation.

Spider Prevention Tips and Information

Spiders tend to cause more anxiety than just about any other common pest. One look at an untreated Brown Recluse spider bite and you can understand why. The appropriately named Recluse is very common in SW and SE Missouri. It is a popular myth that spiders are nearly impossible to control. While spiders do pose a unique challenge, Bug Zero is definitely effective against them. It starts with understanding the different habits of the various spiders. This enables us to determine the most effective areas to target our treatment. In addition, we select materials which take advantage of a spider’s biology. Using this scientific approach, Bug Zero technicians are able to tackle any spider challenge.

Lawn & Garden Pest Control Tips and Information

There are many outdoor insects that can make warm weather activities uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous as in the cases of disease carrying ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. Bug Zero’s technicians who specialize in outdoor insect control can be very effective in restoring summer fun without the bite. We can also provide unique control methods such as taking care of mosquitoes at the site of an outdoor wedding or party prior to arriving guests. Bug Zero is one of the very few pest control firms in the Ozarks that is specially licensed to treat ornamental plants and turf. So, whether it’s fleas or ticks in your grass or webworms in your trees, Bug Zero can make outdoor living more comfortable for you and your friends.

Bug Zero specializes in insect control, including outdoor insects. From fleas and ticks in your lawn to webworms in your tree tops, our technicians have the equipment and know how to keep unwanted pests from interrupting your outdoor experience.

Sprinklers hitting the house, too thick mulch, tall grass against the house, old tree stumps nearby and branches touching the structure are all signals that pests can invade.

Other Home Pest Control Tips

  1. Install chimney caps.
    Raccoons and squirrels use chimneys as nesting sites. Once in the chimney, they bring their parasites and store food, which attracts grain insects.
  2. Keep lids on garbage cans.
    Sometimes you need stretch cord as well. Where possible, place the garbage out early in the morning rather than leaving it out all evening. Once wildlife find a vulnerable garbage can, they return again and again.
  3. Keep dryer vents closed when not in operation.
    Rodents use this opening as a highway if given the opportunity.
  4. Repair vented screens.
    Spiders and ants thrive in these areas. These areas should be inspected frequently.
  5. Store pet food in tightly sealed containers.
    For large dogs this can be an aluminum garbage can. For bird seed, it can be Tupperware. Pet food smells, and it draws insects and rodents.