Springtime brings warmer weather for you to enjoy, but it also means that more pests will be out and about. Some of these pests can sting or bite, while others can contaminate your food. Find out what steps to take in order to keep insects and other pests at bay this season.
Find and Eliminate Stinging Insects
Bees, wasps, and hornets can be a major problem during spring, as these stinging insects become more active. Look around your yard, your home’s exterior, your attic and other areas for nests that these insects might be building for the season. Have professional pest control experts safely remove them for you if you come across any.
Check Your Home’s Exterior for Entry Points and Seal Them
Many bugs are small enough to squeeze through cracks, gaps and other openings in your home exterior. Mice can also make their way into your home through these entry points. Seal up any openings you find to prevent these pests from getting in. Keep in mind that this might also involve replacing screens that are torn.
Trim Tree Branches and Shrubs Away from Your Home’s Exterior
Carpenter ants and other bugs have an easy way to reach your home by walking across tree branches and shrubs. You can reduce this risk by keeping branches and shrubs trimmed away from your home exterior. This means that pests have to work harder to get into your home.
Keep Your Kitchen and Pantry Spotless
Ants, flies and other insects are drawn to kitchens and pantries, which provide them with a steady supply of food. Sweeping your floors, wiping off counters and cleaning other areas of your kitchen and pantry help discourage these pests from coming into your home. You should also keep pet food bags, and other food containers closed at all times so that any pests that do come in can’t get into them.
Close and Seal Your Trash Cans Tightly
Rats and other pests sometimes look for food to eat inside trash cans. These cans can also end up attracting bigger pests, such as raccoons. Make sure that your trash cans are sealed tightly to stop pests from being able to get inside them. Knowing that they can find food in your cans encourages them to keep coming back.
Move Firewood Piles Away from Your Home
Termites and other pests sometimes build nests in firewood piles. When you leave these piles close to your home’s exterior, these bugs can make their way inside and cause trouble. If you have any piles of firewood in your yard, move them away from the outside of your home.
If you have pests in your home this spring, contact Perfection Pest Control. Our pest control technicians can eliminate pest problems safely and thoroughly.
Termites can cause a considerable amount of damage to homes when an infestation is left untreated. Unfortunately, these pests can go undetected inside the walls of your home for months or even years. How do you know if you have them? Keep an eye out for the following warning signs of a termite infestation.
Mud Tubes or Shelter Tubes
One of the most noticeable signs that you might have termites in your home is the presence of mud tubes or shelter tubes. Termites build these tubes, which are roughly the width of a pencil, from the ground to your home. These tubes allow them to travel back and forth in a sheltered environment that provides them with enough heat and humidity. These tubes also keep them safe from predators as they move to and from your home. Keep in mind that larger or wider tubes often indicate a more serious infestation.
Not all members of a termite colony reproduce. Those who do are called swarmers, and these termites have wings that are discarded shortly after they fly off to establish a new colony. Termites that nest in dry wood might swarm at different times, but those that live in the ground tend to swarm during spring. If you see piles of discarded wings near your window sills or other areas of your home, it’s time to seek help from professional termite control experts. Check around the outside of your home, since you might find these wings out there as well.
Visibly Compromised Wood
Termites feed on wood, which is why they’re so destructive to homes. As they feed on wood inside your walls and other parts of your home, structural problems can develop. The wood becomes weaker and can sag or show visible signs of damage. Watch for areas of wood floors that sound hollow or sag. You can also tap on walls to listen for a hollow sound that indicates that termites have caused a significant amount of damage. If you notice signs of damage to the wood in your home, don’t hesitate to have an inspection done to check for the presence of termites. Having infestations treated promptly can help prevent further damage from occurring.
Don’t wait for termites to do significant damage before getting help. Contact us at Perfection Pest Control today to schedule your inspection.
If you spot a pest in or near your home, your first thought is probably, "How am I going to deal with this?" Grabbing bug spray or buying some bait traps from the store are common decisions. However, if pests are living inside your house, or if you spot serious pest issues like mosquito problems or termite damage, you shouldn't deal with the issue alone. Here are the top reasons why it's best to call in a pest control professional for these situations.
Homeowners Don't Always Know What the Problem Is
Pest problems can be difficult to diagnose without professional training. Some termite signs are easy to see, but would you recognize signs of other pests like carpenter ants? Can you tell if those droppings are from a rat or a squirrel? Are those bugs the sign of a nearby nest, or are they encroaching from farther away? Is that shredded cardboard the work of a rodent or a raccoon? You can quickly see how professionals can provide the necessary guidance to get to the root of a problem.
Professionals Have Advanced Technology and Experience
Professionals have access to important tools like thermal imaging cameras that can spot masses of bugs in the walls and locate where a specific problem is based on a few signs. These devices and others like them give pest control companies an edge in identifying issues and treating them effectively. Even if homeowners had access to this technology, they don't have the necessary training to use it.
Professionals Have Access to Targeted Pesticides and Know How to Use Them Safely
Professionals often have access to traps and pesticides that aren't available at the local department store. Even more importantly, they know how to use these solutions in effective ways around your home while also keeping your plants, kids and pets protected. Misuse of pesticides can cause serious health concerns and other issues. When dealing with a large pest threat, it's important to find someone with the right training to use pesticides and other methods of dealing with it.
Professionals Aim to Treat Infestations at the Source
This problem occurs when homeowners treat the problem they see with a DIY solution. Professionals, however, can help find the source of the issue, such as a termite colony underneath your porch, or a hole in your attic where pests are getting through. This allows for a much more effective treatment and helps homeowners save significant money in the long run.
If you are ready, schedule your inspection with us today at Perfection Pest Control! We use advanced technology and experience to uncover any pest problems around your property and suggest the most effective means of dealing with it.
If you're worried that you might have a bed bug problem, you aren't alone! Since bed bugs are so small and easy to transfer from place to place, new infestations are always a possibility. But it's important to make sure that you're dealing with bed bugs and not a different problem. Here are some telltale signs that will help you identify those annoying bugs.
Small Dark Stains
Stains can be caused by all sorts of things, but if tiny stains start appearing regularly in the morning, it's a good sign that bed bugs have taken up residence. These stains will look like little smears with a black marker, but in reality, they are actually feces that the bed bug immediately poops out after eating, which then seep into nearby sheets. It's gross, but it's a good way to tell that they are present.
Bed bugs do produce an odor, especially if they start to accumulate. You are most likely to notice this odor at night when you first lay down to sleep. The smell is distinctive but difficult to describe. Many people think it smells like fruit that is starting to spoil or some unpleasant workout body odor. If you notice a smell like this repeatedly but can't find any source, then it may be time to take a closer look or call up a pest control expert.
Bed bugs shed their skin a lot as they are growing. When an infestation is serious, this leads to a lot of shed skins that gather up and accumulate in the cracks of mattresses, sheet folds, and furniture. On their own, the skins are tiny, like the head of a ballpoint pen, so you may want to get a magnifying glass out to take a closer look at the dust and dirt in hidden-away places. However, if you do find any tiny bug shells, it's a pretty clear confirmation that your home has a problem (unlike eggshells, which can be harder to identify, especially if you aren't a professional).
Live Bed Bugs
Sometimes bed bug skins indicate a past problem but not a current infestation. Your best bet to identify a current problem is to find living adult bed bugs. These are typically visible to the naked eye if you have plenty of light, but they like to hide out during the day. You can check for them by removing your bedding and take a close look at any seams, holes, or cracks in your mattress. Bed bugs will be small, red mite-like creatures hiding out in these places. They are very flat and can hide well, so look carefully and take your time!
Do you have a pest problem or signs of damage that you would like inspected? At Perfection Pest Control, we can help with all of your pest needs. Schedule your service today and find the right treatment for your issue!
Two common treatments exist when termites infest a house: baits and liquids. These aren't just two methods for delivering insecticide, either – they represent two important stages of response and protection. Let's talk about how they work, and what circumstances they really shine in.
What to Know About Bait
Termite bait is delivered in stations that are typically inserted into the ground or near damaged materials.
Sometimes baits are a type of alert; stations can be used to monitor areas for termite presence and track where the termite nest is and where termites have spread to. However, bait stations are also used to deliver termiticides particularly designed to kill termites. Many baits are slow-acting or made to build up in the system. Termites will carry the bait to their colony and feed it to the queen. Once termite queens are dead, the colony will start to collapse.
As a result, baits are best used early on in the process to see where they can pick up termites, and as a core treatment to target termites fast when they are in the house and already doing damage. Different products also give baits different advantages depending on the goals of the treatment, so they are a particularly adaptable solution. However, the bait stations depend on termites coming to them. If termites find a way around the bait station before it does its work, then the damage may continue. That's why professional placement of bait stations is important!
What to Know About Liquid
Liquid treatments are designed to form treatment zones around a house or building. Typically, a small trench is dug into the ground, the liquid is applied to the trench, and then it is filled back up again (although sometimes different liquids and sprays are applied in different ways). These liquids can be very potent — often, termites will die just from crossing over or will avoid drawing closer at all. When liquids are well-applied, they can prevent termites from reaching a house.
Obviously, this makes liquid treatments a good option for preventing infestations if you are worried about termites. Liquid treatments can be applied one time and guaranteed with a 1,5, or 10-year service agreement.
Do you have a pest problem or signs of damage that you would like inspected? Schedule your service with us today at Perfection Pest Control and find the right treatment for your issue!
A rare insect exhibit is slated to open soon in China’s Sichaun province in Beijing. Included in the exhibit is an ant fossil believed to be 165 million years old!
The exhibition, organized by the Insect Museum of West China, is a month long show that will include other rare insect fossils as well. Aside from the ancient ant exhibit the exhibition will include dragonflies, beetles and bees; many of which date back to the Jurassic period.
Museum curator Zhoa Li stated that “The reason for scarcity of insect fossil is that their exoskeleton do not preserve very well,”. This might explain why some of the fossilized insects look completely different to their modern descendants while some still look the same.
The 165 year old ant fossil is among the most impressive of all the insects on exhibit. The museum is so proud of the ant because it is believed to be around 45 million years older than a comparable ant fossil found by American archaeologists in the Amazon. Those are some old ants!
In all The Insect Museum of West China is home to over 4,000,000 insect samples collected from over 40 countries! That sure is a lot of insects to share a roof with! If you have insects under your roof but are not as gracious a host as the museum call a Cincinnati pest control extermination expert to make them history!
We all know one, the girlfriend or sister or maybe even husband or brother who is deathly afraid of spiders. Although not many can be blamed for having arachnophobia some cases are just ridiculous. Such is the case of an Indiana woman who leaped out from her moving car, with her nine year old son left inside, all because she was scared of a spider.
What began innocent enough as a trip with her son ended up being nearly fatal. After putting her son in the car and putting the car in reverse 35 year old Angela Kipp jumped out of the moving vehicle to avoid a spider. The car then proceeded down the street with her son inside. In an attempt to stop the car the nine year old boy then slammed on what he believed to be the brake pedal, unfortunately he hit the gas and the car rammed into a passing by school bus.
Miraculously no one was seriously hurt from the incident. The bus was empty of any children and the driver sustained no injuries. The impact did however cause the boy to fall out of the open car door slamming onto the pavement, leaving minor injuries.
Sargent Chad Hill responded to the incident stating it as "the most unusual situation to occur in my career.". There have been no charges filed however an investigation is ongoing. Unfortunately the spider in question has yet to comment or be identified.
If you have any suspicions of spiders or other pests in your area contact a local pest control expert!
Have you even woken up to a find a mysterious bug bite that you cannot explain? Many have, but for David Marcum of Eastlake Ohio the mystery was worse than the usual.
What Marcum believed to be a itchy mosquito bite that occurred during the night and ended up being more severe bite from a spider! After three days of worsening symptoms Marcum realized something was off. "I was having aching. My bones were hurting, severely scratching. My lower back started hurting after a couple days," Marcum said. Eventually Marcum ended up in the emergency room hooked up to a morphine IV for pain related to what doctors claimed to be a black widow spider bite.
Marcum was shocked to find out that it was not a mosquito bite but a more serious black widow that had bitten him in the night.
According to Gavin Svenson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History there are around 600 spider species in the state of Ohio and only a few are dangerous to humans. "They mind their own business and we mind our own business. And occasionally, they interact, people and spiders, and you might get bit," Svenson said. Additionally Svenson believes that black widows are quite rare in Ohio so if you do get bit it is not likely to be from a black widow. However it is always better to be safe than sorry so you should always consult a medical professional if you suspicious of a bug bite.
In fact Marcum's bit was only believed yo be from a black widow it was never confirmed however he is not taking any chances, "I've been sleeping with one eye open... Hopefully, I turn into Spider-man one day."