The crisper days of autumn feel good after a long hot summer. These are the months to snuggle indoors, enjoying some cooler weather. Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only ones looking for a warm place to settle in for the winter ahead. There are plenty of pests that are also seeking shelter – and if you aren’t careful, that shelter might be your home!
Pests to Keep an Eye Out For
Fall means more than cooler days and brilliant colors all around; it also means an influx of pests scouring for a place to stay for the winter. Among the most common pests to keep a watch out for are:
- Rodents: keeping a close eye out for mice and rats should be your #1 priority during the fall months. If left to inhabit your abode, these pests will nest in your walls (destroying the insulation meant to keep everyone warm this winter) and knaw at your electrical wiring. Plus they tend to get into any food source and can spread disease.
- Bees and Wasps: while bees generally do not survive colder temperatures, they can become more aggressive as the temperatures dip in the fall. This is because they are frantic to find a place to keep warm. One warning here: The Queen does survive the winter and generally finds a safe haven in the attic, so be sure to check there for any signs of infiltration. Wasps, on the other hand, will survive the winter and tend to take up residence in garages and sheds.
- Ants: these may be small, but they can be a real hassle if they decide to hide out in your home or foundation over the winter. Look for signs that ants are moving in during the late summer and early fall (when they tend to relocate).
- Cockroaches: these nasty creatures are drawn to moisture under your home, so keeping things as dry as possible can help deter them.
- Stink Bugs: known to come indoors during the late summer and early fall, stink bugs are nearly impossible to get rid of once they infiltrate your walls. Your best course of action: prevention!
Signs of Trouble
Keeping pests out of your house begins with prevention. This includes watching for signs that they may be making a move. Here are some telltale signs to watch out for:
- Droppings: rodents tend to leave clear evidence that they are in your house. Look for drippings in common hiding places like the attic, basement, closets, pantry, etc.
- Knaw Marks: mice and rats tend to leave their mark wherever they are. This includes knowing marks in food packages, boxes, etc.
- Sawdust: notice small pikes of sawdust near windowsills and doorways? This could be a sign of wasps, ants or other small insects.
Tips for Keeping Pests Out!
Don’t want to share your home with pests this winter? Then start looking for ways to keep them out now. Here are a few fall tips:
- Inspect your siding with a mirror. This will help you see cracks and gaps that may let pests in.
- Seal every crack and gap. It doesn’t take a big hole to let a pest in. Even a gap as small as a coin can offer a good entry point for almost any pest. Take a good look around the exterior of your home, looking for even the smallest gap in the siding. Then start filling them. This begins by caulking windows and doors well; filling holes and gaps with copper mesh (this keeps bugs out); sealing areas around utility pipes, and sealing soffits.
- Remove old landscaping. Your flower beds may look nice, but they are a breeding ground for insects and other pests. Be sure to clear out any dead plants and grasses, and remove mulch and soil from around your foundation. Cut back trees and shrubs, leaving space between your home and your yard.
- Keep firewood away from the house! You may enjoy a warm fire in the winter, but pests absolutely adore those piles of wood you need to make that fire. The best way to keep those pests from getting in your house is to keep all of that wood away from your home – at least 20 feet away!
- Watch your fall decorations. Sure those mums, scarecrows and pumpkins make your home look more festive, but they are also attracting fall pests right to your front door. If you must decorate with hay, straw, scarecrows and more, try and keep pest-welcoming decorations away from your home and foundation. Use these items out in the yard instead.
- Keep your basement dry. a moist basement is a breeding ground for all kinds of insects and pests. Keep the humidity level at 40% to make it a less desirable place for pests to hang out.
Not sure how to prevent – or get rid of – fall and winter pests from infiltrating your home? Call the experts at Perfection Pest Control for a fall inspection today!
When you are preparing to purchase a home, you know that you should always have a roof inspection. In addition to having a home inspection, you may also have more in-depth inspections completed by specialists, such as plumbers and roofers. One of the types of inspections that you may not think to get is a pest inspection. Having a pest inspection is important before you purchase a home. Here are some of the reasons why.
Protects Your Investment in the Home
One of the biggest reasons why you should consider having a pest inspection before purchasing a home is to protect the investment you are making in the house. Some pests, such as termites, carpenter ants and rats, can cause substantial damage to the home. They can eat through wood, chew through wires or tear up your insulation. A pest control professional can tell you if the home has likely been previously infested, if there is a current infestation and/or the extent of damage the pests may have caused.
Protects Your Family From Harsh Chemicals After You Move-In
The second reason to have a pest control inspection before purchasing a home is the inspection can protect your family against harsh chemicals. If an infestation is present, the pest control company can work to rid the home of the pests before you even move in. Killing pests can involve the use of harsh chemicals that are not always safe for use around pets and small children. You won't have to worry about this if you have an inspection.
Protects the Belongings You Are Moving Into the Home
The third reason to have a pest inspection before buying a home is that the inspection helps to protect the belongings you are moving into a home. You don't want to move your furniture in only to discover the past owners had a bed bug problem, or other pest problem. These pests can infest and/or damage your furniture. Having an inspection done allows the home to be treated before you ever move in, keeping your belongings safe.
Helps to Protect Your Sanity
The final reason to have a pest inspection completed before you purchase a house is to protect your sanity. When purchasing a home, you don't want to have to worry about the unexpected. You can drive yourself crazy thinking about the maybes and what-ifs. When you have your home inspected, pests are the last thing you have to worry about.
Before you purchase a home, have the home inspected by a pest control professional. If you are looking to have a home you are interested in buying inspected in Kentucky or Ohio, Perfection Pest Control would love the opportunity to assist you. Contact us today to schedule your inspection appointment.
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.
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.
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.
Queen of the Stink Bugs Turns Passion Into Art
In Pennsylvania, there is a woman toiling away to bring stink bugs into a new light. She has discovered the many virtues of using these critters in paintings, jewelry, pendants, and more.
Maryel Henderson has been making art for decades, and has always been interested in the natural world. Prior to exploring stink bugs as a medium, she painted portraits of animals in non-native habitats, like polar bears in swimming pools or lizards on ceiling fans.
But she is now known, at least by her husband, as the “stink bug whisperer.” She experimented with using the shell of the stinkbug – a familiar yet unique shape that resembles a shield – on pendants. These sold well, and she’s branched out into a wider array of stink bug art. This month, Henderson has opened a new art space at Marketview Arts in York, PA, where she will display the gamut of stink bug creations.
The work ranges in price from $40 to $900, depending on the piece and size. Larger paintings go for more money, but stink art pendants start at less than $50.
Henderson can’t fully explain her love of stink bugs, but notes that it may have to do simply with their vulnerability and individuality. "They're just clumsy and cute and awkward, and they kind of walk around like they're going through life minding their own business," she said.
In nature there are supposed to be only five tastes that make up the human palette. There is sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and savory. Everything else about our taste experience is supposed to come from the texture, aroma, and aesthetics. Yet there are tastes that we identify outside of those areas. For example, there is a carbon taste, a burned food or a metallic “taste.” A recent study from MIT has found a unique mechanism of photosensitivity in the roundworm. These simple organisms have been shown to detect light by tasting it. So just what does light taste like? Bleach.
Roundworms taste light indirectly as they detect hydrogen peroxide and other reactive substances that often result when fragile molecules are damaged by light. This has implications not just for vision, but for our understanding of taste, overall.
Human beings have strong and primitive reactions to the tastes and smell of spoiled food, but for the worm its ability to taste active molecules seems to be serving double duty. Not only does hydrogen peroxide signal environmental hazards, but the molecule-blasting effects of ultraviolet light. Sunlight isn’t strong enough to harm the worm, but the peroxide signal lets the worm know when it’s at or near the surface of soil.
Roundworms are parasites that can infect human beings. They usually reside the intestines. There are different kinds of worms that can cause infection. They range in length from 1 millimeter to 1 meter. Their eggs or larvae live in soil and enter the body when they attach to your hands and you touch your mouth. Some enter the body through the skin.
Like other parasitic diseases, roundworm infections usually happen in warm, tropical climates. Ascariasis is the most common roundworm infection. It affects as many as 1 billion people worldwide.