Ask a Professional: How do I protect my home from pests when decorating it for Christmas?

Ask a Professional: How do I protect my home from pests when decorating it for Christmas?

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is already here! Time to put up the tree, string the garland and light up the house with festivity. As exciting as this time is, it’s important to think about what pests may be getting into your home during this time. Pests like ants, mice, spiders and ticks may hitch a ride on your holiday decorations and make your home theirs. But, no need to fear! There are many things you can do to protect your home this holiday season.

Before bringing a live Christmas tree or other greenery into your home, inspect the pieces carefully. Consider shaking them out a bit before bringing them inside to encourage the hidden pests to fall off.

When you pull out your holiday boxes that have been packed away the entire year, try unpacking them outside. People most often store boxes like these in attics, basements, crawlspaces, garages or other comparable spaces, pests often make their way into the boxes.

At the end of the holiday season, be sure to keep a few things in mind. Make sure all décor boxes are airtight when you pack the away at the end of the holiday season to prevent pests from invading your containers. Cardboard boxes and plastic bags can be easily chewed through by pests such as mice. Also, discard any live trees or wood away from your home. Pests like mice and termites make themselves at home in wood piles, so it’s best to keep them far from your home.

So, as you prepare for another holiday season, keep these things in mind. It sure will make this busy time a little less hectic if you don’t have to seal with unwanted pests. If preventative measures don’t work and pests still make their way inside, call a pest care professional. At Bug Zero, we specialize in ridding your home of pests like these and can help you take one thing off of your holiday to-do list.

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So, where do pests go in the winter?

So, where do pests go in the winter?

When weather turns cold, humans aren’t the only ones who make plans to avoid the cool temperatures. Insects of all kinds have unique ways to protect themselves from the elements. Many assume the insects just die during the cold months, but in actuality, they find shelter and hunker down for the winter.

These are a few insects that have wintertime protection plans.

Mosquitos
These summertime nuisances couldn’t possibly survive outside during the winter months, right? Wrong! They have a hibernation routine you may not believe. Mosquitoes take shelter in places like hollow logs to hide out. As spring nears and the temperatures rise, female mosquitoes find blood sources and begin developing eggs. 

Termites
Some species of termites burry themselves deeper into the soil they are in to avoid freezing. Others take to dry wood to hibernate. When the weather is more suitable for their living, termites will re-emerge and begin mating and nesting. It’s not uncommon for us to find active termites during the winter months.

Ants
Though they may be small, they prove a mighty opponent to winter weather. Ants eat extra during the fall months to fatten up for the winter months so they can survive weeks without eating. They then find shelter deep in the soil or under rocks until springtime arrives, rested and ready to get back to being pesky.

Prevent pests year round with Bug Zero! We can help you protect your home from most any insect invader for a cost anyone can afford.

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How do I prevent those pesky mice?

How do I prevent those pesky mice?

Though mice are small, furry, and sometimes even kind of cute, no one wants to have a mouse problem in their home. Mice can cause all kinds of damage such as electrical fires due to gnawed through wires. In fact, in the U.S., rodents alone cause around $20 billion in damages.

Here are a few ways you can protect your home from these scurrying critters this fall and winter.

  1. Keep basements, attics or crawl spaces dry and ventilated.
  2. Seal any cracks or holes outside the home. Rodents can crawl through these gaps easily and infiltrate your home. Use caulk or steel wool to seal these areas.
  3. Reduce the moisture level around your home. Things such as leaking pipes or clogged drains can encourage pests to come inside.
  4. Store all food in airtight containers and avoid leaving open packages of food on countertops or in pantries and cupboards. Mice love to eat human scraps and having bacteria-ridden vermin hanging out in your eating space is not ideal.
  5. Try installing door sweeps on your doors screen your vents and chimney openings.

Regarding mouse prevention for your home that Bug Zero can provide, we can install tamper resistant exterior mouse bait stations. These stations provide an opportunity for mice to feed on the bait before they gain access to the interior of your home. We also include caulking and sealing of small entry points around HVAC lines or cable lines to minimize entry points. Of course, if it’s too late for the prevention stage and rodents have already come in your home, call a pest care professional to help you get rid of them. We a team full of have highly trained professionals ready to help you!

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Ask a Professional: What do I need to consider this winter in  pest-proofing my home?

Ask a Professional: What do I need to consider this winter in pest-proofing my home?

It may seem like the winter weather brings an end to the nuisance of insects and pests, but unfortunately their reign of annoyance does not cease just because of the shift in weather. The truth is these pesky critters are still active and looking for places to hide out in the colder months.

Though pests like mosquitoes and ants may have caused you trouble in the summer, mice and spiders could cause you issues during the winter. Just like we want to be cozy and warm during the winter, so do they and unfortunately, our homes can become perfect places for them to hunker down.

Here are some tips the National Pest Management Association recommends for you to protect your home this winter.

  1. Seal any cracks or holes outside the home. Rodents can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  2. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. Pests like mice an termites love wooded areas.
  3. Keep boxes off the floor and keep your home clean and organized. Pests love to make themselves at home in your belongings.
  4. Keep basements, attics or crawl spaces dry and ventilated.
  5. Eliminate areas of high moisture around your home. Things such as leaking pipes or clogged drains can encourage pests to come inside.

So, as you prepare your home for the winter months, keep these simple tips in mind. If you want additional pest prevention security, we can help. We have many services available that can give you extra peace of mind.

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