Keep Your Kitchen Pest-Free This Thanksgiving

Keep Your Kitchen Pest-Free This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to cook/bake, enjoy tasty food, and spend time with loved ones. At the end of the day, you’re left with dirty dishes and leftovers. As you are tidying up your kitchen and storing food, are you careful to not leave any crumbs behind? If not, this is your chance to change that habit to ensure your home stays pest-free this Thanksgiving season. Here are some tips to keep pests out of your kitchen and a few pests to be on the lookout for.

 

Like humans, pests need a food source to survive. This puts a direct target on your kitchen’s back… especially during Thanksgiving. Keep pests away by:

  • Wiping and vacuuming all crumbs or spills on countertops, floors, and tables.
  • Not letting dirty dishes pile up.
  • Running your garbage disposal.
  • Storing leftovers in airtight containers.
  • Taking out the trash.

 

Ants

Ants are known for their ambitious appetites. The kitchen is an ideal spot for these pests due to the endless options of food and moisture. The most common ants within homes are odorous house ants, Argentine ants, and pavement ants. Their preference in food can vary depending on the species. A likely location for them to hide is near sinks and water pipes.

 

Rodents

These pests are another common kitchen invader. Similar to ants, they are attracted to a variety of foods including nuts, meat, grains, sweet fruits and even pet food. House mice and Norway rats are the species of rodents to be on the lookout for. It’s important to note that these pests can spread diseases such as salmonella bacteria and hantavirus and they can carry other disease-causing pests such as fleas, ticks, and lice.

 

Flies

Fruit flies and house flies are pests that we have all encountered at least once. Fruit flies are attracted to sugary substances and overripe fruit, while house flies prefer decaying organic filth such as rotting meat. Once they catch a whiff of their preferred food source, these unwelcomed pests can squeeze through miniscule cracks and window screens to get to it.

 

Stress less about pests this Thanksgiving by following these tips and contacting Bug Zero for your preventative spraying options.

 

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Midwest Fall Pests

Midwest Fall Pests

Fall is just around the corner. Leaves will begin to change colors, the air will get cooler and for most, the furnace will kick on. As we attempt to stay warm inside, pests will to do the same. Keeping your home pest-free means pest-proofing your home and knowing what pests to keep an eye out for. Two of the most common pests to take shelter in the fall are mice and spiders.

 

Mice are a danger to your health and home. A common sign of a mice infestation is droppings. Their feces can carry viruses such as Hantavirus and Salmonella, and this can result in contaminated food items. These pests are also known for bringing in other pests such as fleas, lice, and ticks, which will increase the chance of another pest invasion.

 

Just like several other pests, mice can be known for causing structural damage. They will chew and gnaw on wood, wires, and more. In order to build nests, they will gather insulation from walls and other fibrous materials. This can include items in your home such as clothing and paper.

 

Fall is mating season for most spiders. This increases the likeliness of you seeing them and their webs in your home. A few of the more common spiders you may see in the fall are house spiders, wolf spiders and brown recluses. While not all spiders pose as a threat to your health, spiders such as brown recluses do. Shaking out clothing, shoes, sheets, and towels can help prevent the likeliness of a bite.

 

Get an early start to your fall pest protection by contacting Bug Zero today!

 

Or give us a call if you have questions about the services we offer.

 

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Avoid tick-borne illness this autumn

Avoid tick-borne illness this autumn

Americans are spending more time outside than ever before. With fall approaching, nicer weather will prompt more folks to head on out and enjoy nature. From hiking and biking trails to camping sites to parks, when we take to the outdoors, we are entering the residency of the insects. One of the most annoying, and oftentimes dangerous, pests is the tick.

 

When ticks bite, they attach themselves to a host (human or animal) and feed on their host’s blood. Along the way they can pass along illnesses that require medical attention.

 

One serious disease that ticks are known for spreading is Lyme disease. This is a condition that can cause muscle aches, headaches and a fever. If the disease isn’t treated quickly it can lead to much more serious side effects such as heart problems and prolonged pain.

 

Before you start your outdoor excursion, here are a few things that will help protect you from ticks.

  • Wear long sleeves and long pants
  • Use insect repellent that has at least 20% DEET
  • Stay near the center of any trails
  • Check yourself for ticks when you arrive home

 

For tick protection for your home’s yard, consider a preventative treatment to stop this creepy crawler before it can get to you. Luckily, our pest control professionals are well versed in treating for ticks.

Take a look at what our team can do to help you as you move into the fall season!

 

 

Or give us a call if you have questions about the treatment.

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