7 Tips for Avoiding Summer Pest Problems

7 Tips for Avoiding Summer Pest Problems

Summertime can put your property at risk of having some serious pest problems. Certain pests are common this time of year, such as ants, rodents, mosquitoes, cockroaches and wasps. Find out what steps you should take to protect your home from summer pests.

Block Entry Points

Pests can easily get into your home through cracks and other entry points, such as holes in screens or gaps around doors and windows. Check around your home for any possible entry points that bugs and other pests could use to get inside. If you find any, seal them up to keep these pests out of your home this summer.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Having crumbs on your floor or counter can attract mice, flies, ants and other pests. Making sure that your kitchen is clean at all times helps lower the risk of having any of these pests around. Sweep your floor and wipe down counters regularly to ensure that your kitchen stays as clean as possible this summer.

Eliminate Standing Water

Standing water provides mosquitoes with the right environment for laying their eggs. This results in a large mosquito population in your yard that puts you at risk of being bitten. Get rid of any standing water you have in your yard, such as in pet water dishes or bird baths. Avoid overwatering your garden as well, since this can also serve as a place for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

Take Care of Your Yard

Some pests, such as ticks, thrive in yards that have long grass or a lot of unkempt vegetation. Mice, rats and other pests have an easier time hiding in this type of yard as well. Mow your lawn on a regular basis, pull up weeds and do other lawn maintenance tasks to keep your yard in good condition. You should also trim bushes, trees and shrubs, so that they’re not close to your home’s exterior.

Get rid of any standing water you have in your yard, such as in pet water dishes or bird baths. Avoid overwatering your garden as well, since this can also serve as a place for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

Don’t Leave Produce Out Long

Having produce sitting out on your counter for a long time can attract fruit flies and other pests. Make sure you eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of letting them get too ripe on your counter.

Store Firewood Properly

Having firewood piles stacked up against your home can invite termites and other pests inside. Store firewood away from your home and other structures, such as sheds. Keeping these piles raised slightly above the ground can also help lower the risk of having problems with termites and other pests.

Call a Pest Control Service

You don’t always have to wait for a problem to come up. Instead, call a pest control service to have your home treated to reduce the risk of having insects or other pests around. Pest control professionals can also inspect your home to find any problems you might not have noticed.

If you’re having problems with summer pests, contact Perfection Pest Control for help.

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The Warning Signs of Termites

Termites can do a lot of serious damage to homes when infestations are left untreated. This damage can be severe enough to result in structural problems that leave homes unsafe. As a homeowner, it’s important for you to be aware of the warning signs of termites, so you can get an inspection and treatment. Check your home for the following termite signs. 

Mud Tubes or Shelter Tubes

Mud, or shelter tubes are tubes that termites build to provide them with safe passageways to and from their nest and your home. Soldiers and workers use these tubes regularly to travel back and forth to bring food back to the colony and perform other tasks. You might find these built onto the exterior of your home, especially lower in the foundation. They lead to the termites’ underground nest. These tubes can vary in width depending on how large the colony is and other factors.

Termite Droppings

Termite droppings, also known as frass, left by drywood termites look like piles of very small pellets or sawdust. These piles are generally left outside a termite's entryway into your home. Termites kick these out of their tunnels as they burrow through the wood. You might find these droppings inside or outside your home. If you do, it’s time to have professional pest control experts inspect your home and check for an infestation.

Mud, or shelter tubes are tubes that termites build to provide them with safe passageways to and from their nest and your home. Soldiers and workers use these tubes regularly to travel back and forth to bring food back to the colony and perform other tasks.

Discarded Wings

Some members of termite colonies are reproductive termites, also known as swarmers or alates. They fly into the air at certain times in order to mate and find a place for a new colony. Some termite species, such as subterranean termites, do this during spring. Other species swarm at different times. In general, termites tend to swarm in the evening or at night. You might find their discarded wings lying in piles outside your home or inside it, especially close to windows or doors. In some cases, you might see these termites swarming in the air as they take flight.

Visibly Compromised Wood

One of the most common signs of termites is wood that's been damaged or compromised. There are different signs to check for in your home, including wood that sounds hollow, which means termites have consumed a lot of it. Other signs to look for include small holes in wood, floors that are very creaky and doors and windows that stick or don’t close properly. More severe signs of wood damage indicate that termites have been around for a while. Whether you notice minor or major damage to the wood in your home, you’ll need professional pest control experts to treat your home for termites. This helps prevent additional damage to your home from these pests.

If you’re worried about a possible termite infestation, contact Perfection Pest Control to schedule your inspection.

Why It’s Never a Good Idea to Handle Pest Problems on Your Own

Why It’s Never a Good Idea to Handle Pest Problems on Your Own

You notice the telltale signs of termites, or maybe your kids are constantly squealing about wasps in the yard. It's time to take action, but that doesn’t mean you should turn pest control into a DIY project. There are plenty of problems that you can handle yourself, but getting rid of an unwanted pest in your home is not one of them.

Eliminating bugs and insects from your house and yard may seem simple enough, but the fact is that dealing with a real pest infiltration takes a professional.  Otherwise, the problem could get worse and that can cost you even more money.

Still tempted to head to Home Depot for some traps and sprays? Here are a few reasons why it's important to pick up the phone and call the experts at Perfection Pest Control first:

Pest Control requires Specialized Knowledge and Resources

You wouldn’t try and fill your own cavity right? Of course not! You know you need a dentist and aren’t shy about making an appointment. The same is true for pest control. When bugs and insects have infiltrated your home, you need someone trained in getting rid of them quickly and safely. Sure, those DIY solutions may get rid of a few ants, wasps, or other pests, but when they've overtaken the area, you need someone who can diagnose the problem; identify and treat the cause; and has the right expertise and tools to get the job done right – the first time.

DIY Pest Control Wastes Time and Money

It may seem cheaper to head to your local home improvement store to stock up on pest control sprays and traps – until, they fail to work. After four trips and multiple purchases, many homeowners discover that their efforts were in vain; and it cost them more than simply calling in a pest control expert in the first place. And, after wasting all of that time, energy and money, they are forced to pay for a professional treatment anyway. Save yourself the hassle. Call Perfection Pest Control first!

Pesticides are chemicals and if used improperly they can actually be a danger to your home, pets and family. Spraying the wrong amounts on your home can actually eat away at your paint or foundation, and some chemicals can become lethal if digested by your pets or when your kids come in contact with them.

Pesticides Can Be Dangerous

Pesticides are chemicals and if used improperly they can actually be a danger to your home, pets and family. Spraying the wrong amounts on your home can actually eat away at your paint or foundation, and some chemicals can become lethal if digested by your pets or when your kids come in contact with them. Don’t risk your family’s health and well-being. Never use caustic chemicals around your home without expert advice.

DIY Pest Control Can Damage Your Home

Ignoring a health problem only results in making you sicker. The same is true when it comes to pests and your home. Allowing pests to infiltrate the ground, foundation and walls of your property is only going to make your home sicker. Tackle the problem early. Get the help you need to rid your home those pests before they cause real damage to your property.

Getting the Right Help

Getting rid of pests takes an expert hand. Don’t face this attack alone. Call  Perfection Pests Control today to schedule your inspection.

Begone Bed Bugs! How to Recognize and Purge Pesky Critters

Begone Bed Bugs! How to Recognize and Purge Pesky Critters

The playful limerick about not letting the bed bugs bite is a fun way to compel kids to stay in bed, but in reality — there’s nothing fun about these irritating critters. Bed bugs haven’t been much of a problem in the United States since the mid-1940s. Relatively recently, however, they’ve made a robust and unwelcome comeback in households across the nation.

Changes in extermination laws, as well as increased international travel, have worked together to help this small but extremely irritating pest flourish. Now, the critters easily jump from one household to another by attaching to people in public spaces, such as:

  • College housing
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Movie theaters
  • Nursing homes
  • Public transport
  • Workplaces

Resultantly, the number of households afflicted with bed bug infestations has risen steadily and rapidly.

Studies show that approximately 25 percent of homeowners and renters attempt to eradicate bed bug infestations on their own before seeking expert help. Typically, it’s extremely hard to free a dwelling of bed bugs once they gain a foothold into furnishings and coverings.

You Might Have Bed Bugs If ...

Knowing how to spot the signs of bed bug bites and eliminating the problem early on can save you from the misery of dealing with a full-scale infestation. Surface bites are typically the first sign that you’ll notice.

Unfortunately, however, bed bug bites are similar to those of common flies. As a result, people who’ve been bitten by bed bugs mistake the mark as the sting of a harmless fly, or even a mild rash.

Still, knowing how to identify a bed bug bite can keep you from bringing home one or more of these persistent pests. Many times, a bed bug bite will appear on your skin in a row or cluster. Furthermore, bed bug bites tend to develop a surrounding rash, giving them the appearance of hives.

In the home, bed bugs leave large quantities of droppings everywhere. For example, you might notice black patches on your mattress or in the seams of furniture if a bed bug infestation has taken hold in your home.

It’s important to note that everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites. As an example, it may take several bites before someone exhibits an allergic reaction.

In the home, bed bugs leave large quantities of droppings everywhere. For example, you might notice black patches on your mattress or in the seams of furniture if a bed bug infestation has taken hold in your home.

Don't Make These Mistakes!

It’s important not to spray pesticides on surfaces frequented by children or pets. Understanding how to apply poisonous chemicals is a professional skill, which is why pest control experts recommend that homeowners and renters seek the help of bed bug remediation professionals.

When returning home from international travel, it’s a good idea to wash clothing items in high heat, and even though society is increasingly embracing repurposing, it’s always a bad idea to use furniture that’s been left out on a curb — even if it looks brand-new.

Perfection Pest Control can provide you with affordable, effective bed bug removal. Our experts are knowledgeable about the latest bed bug removal practices and laws and comply with guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Call us today to get rid of bed bugs and restore your home to a comfortable, safe environment!

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Liquid or Bait for Termite Eradication? That Is the Question

Liquid or Bait for Termite Eradication? That Is the Question

Termites cause costly and serious structural damage to homes across the nation. These wood hungry pests cause billions of dollars in damages annually, and infestations most often require the expertise of a professional exterminator.

Often, termite infestations come to light during the sale of a property. Typically, this is part of due diligence.

Understanding the movements of termites as well as the chemicals needed to eliminate them can prove extremely confusing. Termite extermination methods vary by location and with each scenario. Furthermore, different municipalities enforce varying regulations concerning the handling and application of pesticides.

All About Bait

One common method to eradicate termites, baiting, is slow but works with time. Bait is effective for eliminating termites from a specific area.

It doesn’t attract termites, however, making it essential to know exactly where to place the stations. While termites can’t tell that bait is poisonous, they learn to stay away from that area.

After baiting, however, they’ll look for other ways to compromise the structure. Some homeowners successfully use baiting to prevent termites before they invade a dwelling.

The Lowdown on Liquid

The proper application of liquid treatments varies depending on the chemical. In addition, the process involves digging a trench around the entire structure, filling the trench with termiticide, replacing the dirt and applying more solution.

Depending on the scenario, extermination specialists also drill holes through brick or cinder blocks in appropriate areas to treat the internal recesses of the structure. The liquid creates a barrier, preventing termites from entering and damaging the building. Termites that are exposed to termiticide die nearly instantaneously, but others will learn to avoid the treatment if it’s not applied correctly.

Exterminators are well-versed about the common areas of termite activity. They use this knowledge to understand how termites nest in different structures. In fact, a thorough pretreatment inspection is one of the most important aspects of eliminating an infestation.

So, Which One's Better?

Liquid and bait treatments work and are deployed very differently. It’s difficult to objectively compare the effectiveness of the two methods. Liquid treatment barriers immediately kill existing and invading termites. However, it’s difficult to tell when termites will find and feed on a bait station. This is why it’s so important to fully protect the structure. This is where the expertise of exterminators comes into play.

Exterminators are well-versed about the common areas of termite activity. They use this knowledge to understand how termites nest in different structures. In fact, a thorough pretreatment inspection is one of the most important aspects of eliminating an infestation.

Termite extermination methods also vary seasonally. Temperature, climate and soil conditions can change the way that termites behave. An experienced pest control technician understands the movements of termites and can target them accordingly.

Perfection Pest Control specialists are experts in finding and eliminating termites. Our technicians are committed to continual learning. They’re knowledgeable about the latest extermination practices, regulations and EPA guidelines.

When it comes to termite extermination, you want a service provider that you can trust. Property owners across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky know that they can rely on us. Our licensed technicians are your answer for quality service! Call us today to take the first step toward ridding your home of a costly termite infestation.

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Six Tips for Pest Prevention This Spring

Six Tips for Pest Prevention This Spring

Spring is almost here. Spring's warmer temperature brings with it an increase in pests, such as insects. Often, these pests invade your home in search of shelter and food. Here are a few tips for preventing a pest infestation in your home this season. 

Seek out Stinging Insects and Eliminate Them

One of the tips for pest prevention this spring is to seek out stinging insects and eliminate them. Insects such as wasps and yellow jackets can make hives or nests around your home. These can start small, but quickly grow into something much larger. Seeking out and eliminating the problem when it is small prevents a larger infestation from occurring.

Seal Potential Exterior Entry Points

Another tip for preventing a pest infestation this spring is to walk the exterior of your home and look for cracks or openings that pests can use to enter it. If you notice any cracks or chips in your siding or crawl space, seal these points.

Cut Trees and Shrubs Away From Your Home

When ice and snow thaw away, take the time to cut your trees and shrubs away from your home. Not only does this help the plant grow and thrive, but it prevents pests from climbing from the tree or shrub onto or into your home.

Keep Your Kitchen and Pantry Clean

One of the best ways to prevent pests from infesting your home this spring is to keep your kitchen and pantry clean. Crumbs are the perfect food for pests. If you leave food out or leave crumbs behind, pests may be able to seek it out. Your home can quickly become infested. Wiping down countertops, sweeping your floor and placing food in airtight containers can prevent pest problems.

One of the best ways to prevent pests from infesting your home this spring is to keep your kitchen and pantry clean. Crumbs are the perfect food for pests. If you leave food out or leave crumbs behind, pests may be able to seek it out.

Seal Trash Cans Tightly

As previously mentioned, pests can smell food. This includes food that you've disposed of. Properly sealing your trash cans prevents bugs from smelling the food and entering your home or property.

Move Firewood Away From Your Home

Lastly, move firewood away from your home. Many wood-eating insects, such as termites and carpenter ants, like to eat firewood that's stored near your home. But they can quickly move on from the firewood to your house if it's in close proximity. Storing firewood further away can prevent this problem.

Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, you cannot prevent every pest infestation on your own. A pest control service can help you not only prevent pest infestations but rid of an existing one as well. If you're in need of a service, contact Perfection Pest Control today to schedule your service.

 

Pest Control Tips for Commercial Buildings

Pest Control Tips for Commercial Buildings

Pests in a commercial building can be devastating. Tenants who are renting out space in your commercial building may not want to renew their lease if there are pests; customers who visit your building could be disgusted if they see pests; and they can cause damage to the structural elements in your building, which is costly to fix. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to keep your commercial building pest free.

Empty Trash Regularly

One of the best ways to keep your commercial building pest free is to keep it clean. Unwanted insects and animals are attracted to food. Regularly cleaning your building deter pests. In addition, be sure to empty the trash regularly. People in commercial buildings tend not to empty their trash as often as they do at home. However, if there are food wrappers or leftover food remnants in the trash, you could attract pests. Routinely removing the trash prevents this issue.

Eliminate Wet Spots and Moisture

Another way to discourage pests from making your commercial building their home is to eliminate wet spots and moisture. Most pests prefer damp, moist places. If you have damp spaces, this encourages pests to build a nest nearby. In addition to this, damp or wet spots can lead to mildew and mold growth. Some types of mold are harmful to those in your building, while both mold and mildew is costly to remove. Eliminating moisture prevents mold and mildew and decreases the chance of pests living in your building.

One of the best ways to keep your commercial building pest free is to keep it clean. Unwanted insects and animals are attracted to food. Regularly cleaning your building deter pests. In addition, be sure to empty the trash regularly.

Utilize a Pest Control Company

Lastly, utilize the services of a pest control company who has experience with commercial buildings, even if you don't have a pest control problem. A great company can audit your building for potential problems and eliminate these issues before they turn into a problem. In addition, a pest control company can spray around the perimeter of your building to keep pests at bay. A pest control company will also eliminate pests if any issues do arise.

Are you looking to keep your commercial building free of all pests? Here at Perfection Pest Control, we can help you. We will inspect your property and look for signs of existing pest problems and potential areas where pests may enter your property. We can seal off entry points, spray to prevent infestations, and eliminate existing pests. Call us now to schedule your service appointment.

Why Your Rodent Problem Is More Serious Than You Think

Why Your Rodent Problem Is More Serious Than You Think

If you suspect you have a mice or rat infestation, you may think that it is not a huge deal. You may set up a few mice or rat traps and take your time dealing with the pests. However, rodent problems are more serious and a bigger danger than most people realize. As such, you want to work with a professional to get the pests out and regain control of your home as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the reasons why a rodent problem is more serious than you may think. 

Rats and Mice Can Damage Your Home

One of the problems associated with a rodent infestation is substantial damage to your home. Rodents love to chew, gnaw and tear things up. They have been known to chew through electrical wires, tear up your insulation, and gnaw at the woodwork around your home. It can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair the damage that has been done to your home by rodents.

Rodents Carry Fleas and Ticks

Another reason why a rodent problem is more serious than you think is because both mice and rats can carry fleas and ticks on them. Once they are in your home, these fleas and ticks can leave the host animal and seek out a new host. They can land on your pets or even yourself. Once inside, they can also begin to lay eggs and multiply. You may think you have just a rat or mice problem, but soon, you will be dealing with a rat or mouse infestation, plus a flea and/or tick infestation as well. The sooner you get the rodents out, the sooner you decrease your risk of fleas and ticks infesting your home as well.

Both mice and rats can carry fleas and ticks on them. Once they are in your home, these fleas and ticks can leave the host animal and seek out a new host. They can land on your pets or even yourself. Once inside, they can also begin to lay eggs and multiply.

Rats and Mice Carry and Spread Diseases

The last reason why your rodent problem is more serious than you think is because rats and mice carry and spread diseases. Rats and mice can carry up to 35 different diseases, and many of them can be spread to humans. Some of the diseases that they carry and spread include Huntavirus, Lymphocytic Chromiomenegitis (LCM), plague and Tularemia. Many people believe that the only way for a disease to be transferred is by a rat or mouse biting them, but some diseases can be transferred through their urine and feces as well. Because of this, it is important to properly remove the pests and clean up after them to keep everyone living in your home safe.

If you have rats or mice in your home, you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible to prevent any and all of these problems. Here at Perfection Pest Control, we can help you with all of your pest control needs, including getting rid of rodents. Contact us today to get a free estimate and to set up your pest control services.

6 Signs You May Have a Rodent Problem

6 Signs You May Have a Rodent Problem

Most people with rodent problems never actually see the pest they are dealing with. Instead, they see, smell or hear signs that the pest is present, rather than coming face to face with them. As such, it is important to know what the signs are so you can immediately call in help to remove them before they begin to multiply. Here are six of the most common signs that you may have a rodent problem in your home. 

Visible Droppings

If you have a rodent problem, you may begin to find visible droppings around your house. The size of the droppings vary based on the rodent you are dealing with, but the droppings are often black and may be about the size and shape of a grain of rice. If you are dealing with rats, the droppings may be a bit fatter and longer, but still rice-shaped. The droppings may be anywhere the mice or rat is traveling, including in your kitchen for food.

Foul, Urine-Like Odors

Another sign that rats or mice are present is foul, urine-like odors. Does it smell like there is pee in your house and you can't figure out where it is coming from? There is a good chance that mice, rats or other rodents have a nest behind the walls in your home and the urine you smell is coming from there.

Rub and Gnaw Marks on Wood

Rodents love to rub and gnaw, especially on wood. If you begin to notice what looks like rubbing or gnaw marks on your wood trim or other wood items, you likely have a rodent problem. Shredded up insulation in your crawl space or attic is also a tell-tale sign of these pests.

The last sign that you may have a rodent problem is scampering noises. Do you think you may hear things running around late at night? You likely hear rodents. Rodents move around your home when it is dark out. If you hear scampering noises, the rodents in your home are likely searching for food.

Tracks or Runways

Rodents like to make what are known as tracks or runways once they settle in. They clear a path making it easy for them to run to a food or water source from their nest. If you notice what looks like a clear path from your kitchen into another part of your home, rodents have likely set up a path or runway in your home.

Rodent Nests

Most rodent nests are pretty well hidden. As such, it is fairly rare that you will come across one. However, if you happen to be doing electrical work behind your wall, or working in your attic or crawl space, you may come across a rodent nest. A rodent nest is often made of warm materials like insulation, shredded paper or wood shreds.

Scampering Noises

The last sign that you may have a rodent problem is scampering noises. Do you think you may hear things running around late at night? You likely hear rodents. Rodents move around your home when it is dark out. If you hear scampering noises, the rodents in your home are likely searching for food.

Have you noticed one or more of these signs in your home? If so, there is a good chance that you have a rodent problem. At Perfection Pest Control, we can help you to get the pests out and keep them out for good. Give us a call today to get started.

3 Common Cold Weather Pests

3 Common Cold Weather Pests

As the weather gets cooler, you’ll start seeing fewer flies, wasps and other common summer pests around. However, there are still cold weather pests that you might have to deal with. The following are a few of the more common pests that can be a problem for homeowners and commercial property owners in fall and winter.

Rodents

Mice and rats stay busy outside for the most part during the warmer part of the year. When the temperatures start to drop, though, these rodents look for warm and safe places to hang out indoors. If these pests find their way into your home or business, they can end up causing serious damage and health problems.

Exposure to rat or mouse droppings and urine can put you at risk of getting sick. Having these pests inside your walls and other parts of your home or business could also lead to property damage and fire hazards if they chew through drywall, wiring and other materials. You can keep these pests out by sealing up any holes, gaps and other openings around your home, such as around doors and windows or in the foundation.

Spiders

Some types of spiders are commonly seen inside homes or businesses when the weather gets colder. In the Cincinnati area, brown recluse spiders are the main concern when it comes to cold weather pests. These spiders have a venomous bite that can lead to serious health complications for some people. Brown recluse spiders tend to stay in quiet areas that provide them with shelter, such as cardboard boxes. They can also be found inside shoes or clothing that you don’t wear often.

Keeping cockroaches away involves making sure that you don’t have crumbs or other food sources around for them. Empty your garbage, sweep floors and wipe down counters and tables regularly.

To keep brown recluse spiders and other spiders away, trim bushes, shrubs, and trees near your home. Keeping unused shoes and clothing items in plastic storage bins can also reduce your risk of having these spiders around.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are pests that never seem to go away. When the weather gets cooler, you might see these pests roaming around your kitchen, bathroom and other areas of your home or business. Cockroaches spread germs while they crawl over surfaces, and their droppings can also trigger health issues in those with asthma or allergies. These bugs can fit through tiny cracks and crevices, making them hard to catch.

Keeping cockroaches away involves making sure that you don’t have crumbs or other food sources around for them. Empty your garbage, sweep floors and wipe down counters and tables regularly. Fixing leaky pipes, which are a source of water for them, can also help discourage these pests from hanging around your home or business.

If spiders, roaches, rodents or other cold weather pests are giving you trouble in your home or business, contact Perfection Pest Control for service. Our pest control experts in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky can find and eliminate these pests for you.

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