Attic Pests

Attic Pests

When there is a pest infestation in your home, you may find out by coming across the pest, their droppings, webs, etc. But what about the less traveled spaces such as your attic? Typically, we visit attics to pull items out of storage or tuck something away. So, maybe a handful of times each year? This could mean pests are enjoying your warm, dark attic with little human disruption. To top it off, there are usually many nooks and crannies to hide in. One of the main invaders to be on the lookout for is mice and rats.

 

Invaders

Mice and Rats are pests that can threaten your home and your health. They are known for gnawing on electrical wiring, drywall, and other structural pieces which can lead to house fires and a weakened home structure. Rodents also acquire materials such as insulation and packing supplies to build their nests. These invaders can bring fleas, ticks, and mites into a home, cause allergic reactions with their urine, leave behind droppings, and spread hazardous diseases such as typhus, salmonellosis, and jaundice.

 

Prevention Tips

To protect your items in storage and your home, here are some tips to keep rodents out of your attic:

-Avoid leaving trash outside your home for long periods of time.

-Seal trash cans/bins properly.

-Avoid using cardboard boxes when storing items.

-Check for overhanging trees and greenery near your roof.

-Patch holes in the floorboard, walls, and roof with wire mesh, steel pads, or caulk.

-Secure chimneys with a cap.

-Stack firewood and debris away from your house.

 

If you hear squeaking, gnawing, or scurrying coming from your attic, it may mean you have some invaders. Rats and mice reproduce rapidly so be sure to contact your licensed pest exterminators right away.

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Spiders 101

Spiders 101

Knowing the different species of spiders is not exactly common knowledge. They can be found in different sizes, colors, and shapes making it difficult to identify the specific species they are. In the case that you are able to identify your pesky intruder, do you know its behavior and diet? Here is some additional spider information.

 

What are the most common house spiders?

-American house spider

-Hobo spider

-Woodlouse spider

-Cellar spider

-Wolf spider

-Brown recluse

-Black widow

Out of the seven most common house spiders in Missouri, two are venomous and that is the brown recluse and black widow. They can be identified with either a violin-shaped mark (brown recluse) or a red hourglass shape (black widow).

 

Where do they come from?

One of the first questions to ask when you start noticing any pests is, “where are they coming from?” Spiders normally make their way into homes through cracks, windows, air vents, doors, garages, or any other opening they may find.  They can even find those small holes where your cables or pipes connect to your house. Spiders can also be found on clothing, or other items brought in from outside.

 

What is their behavior and diet?

Spiders follow where their food source goes. That’s why when you start seeing other insects, spiders are normally not too far behind. As they migrate inside, following their food source, they find either a wet or dry, dark area to hide depending on the type of spider. Ones that prefer a moist space find basements, bathrooms, or crawl spaces to hide. Spiders that prefer drier spaces look for air vents, attics, and room corners.

 

How can I get rid of house spiders?

While there may be DIY methods to get rid of these pests, no solutions are long-term. We recommend contacting Bug Zero for your pest control options.

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Do you know the extent of your termite problem?

Do you know the extent of your termite problem?

Termite invasions are not always noticeable. The evidence may be hidden in a crawl space or another less visited location. When you do notice, it is difficult to know the extent of the damage. To then fix the structural damage can be costly. Here are a few signs of termite activity/damage to be on the lookout for.

Mud Structures and Tubes

A common sign of termites is mud structures and tubing. Subterranean termites need moisture, and this allows them to stay in a moist environment while traveling to and from food sources. You may spot these on the outside of your home/building.

Damaged Wood

While damage to wood may be visible sometimes, often it is not. Some signs include squeaky floorboards, hollow wood, small holes in dry wood and raised floorboards. This is caused by tunnels and grooves within the wood which causes the structure to weaken.

Visible Termites

Breeding season for termites lands in spring which means that you are more likely to see a few or even a swarm depending on the severity of the infestation. Often, they are mistaken for flying ants. A noticeable difference between the two is the color. Termite’s wings are much lighter in color than flying ants.

Termite Pellets

Wood-looking pellets are left behind by these small pests. Termites create holes where they remove their excrement. This is their way of keeping their area clean and is often a dead giveaway to a termite infestation.

Visible termite damage is an indication that the pests have been present for quite some time. This normally means that there is extensive structural damage to the home/building which results in hefty repair costs. Check out Bug Zero’s termite services today to avoid the risk!

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Pest Control Spring Cleaning Tips

Pest Control Spring Cleaning Tips

The arrival of spring calls for spring cleaning. As homeowners, it is important to include pest control along with other tasks on the spring cleaning to-do list. The warmer weather brings out the pests that may have been taking shelter in your home for the winter. To reduce their chances of survival into the spring months we have come up with a few pest control cleaning tips for you.

 

Pests look for food and water sources. With this being said, your kitchen becomes an easy target. One of the first steps to protecting your kitchen from invasion is to wipe down surfaces that may contain food particles. By thoroughly wiping down your countertops, there is a lower chance for pests to find leftover dinner crumbs.

 

This then leads us into wiping down all surfaces that could contain sticky substances or spills. Knocked over drinks are a frequent occurrence in most homes and it is crucial to clean up the liquid before it attracts unwanted friends. Spills not only happen in the kitchen, but also on coffee tables in the living room or even nightstands in the bedroom.

 

Another cleaning tip is to vacuum and mop those tough to reach places. This may include pulling kitchen appliances away from the wall or moving the dining room table. We must take into account these hidden spots as it is an easy place for crumbs to hide.

 

While crumbs may be a frequently mentioned food source, it is important to address open food containers inside food pantries and cabinets. A slightly open package of cookies could be the perfect sugary source for pests. By checking all food items and ensuring they are sealed will help to diminish food sources for invaders.

 

For further assistance preventing pests check out Bug Zero’s services today!

 

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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.

Give us a call if you have questions about the services we offer. We’ll be happy to chat with you!
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