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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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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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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