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!
Both paper wasps and yellow jackets are classified as wasps. Unfortunately, many people mistake one for the other, simply because they do not realize they are two different types of pests. If you know what to look for, you will be able to differentiate between a paper wasp and a yellow jacket. Here are a few of the key differences between these types of flying pests.
Yellow jackets are pests that are more commonly encountered during the summer months. Unfortunately, they can commonly be mistaken for paper wasps. Read on to learn what characteristics a yellow jacket possess.
Nests Low to the Ground
Yellow jackets commonly build their nests low to the ground or even underground. If you see them swarming near the ground, you are probably dealing with yellow jackets instead of paper wasps.
A Stockier Appearance
Another key difference between yellow jackets and paper wasps is their appearance. Yellow jackets have a stockier appearance. Their bodies are wider and rounder than paper wasps. They look like they have been eating well.
The final difference between a paper wasp and a yellow jacket is their demeanor. Yellow jackets are very aggressive and they like to sting. They love to come out and try to get meats and sweets, such as fruit. You can often encounter them during a picnic or barbeques outdoors. A yellow jacket will not act afraid of you, because they are not.
Just like yellow jackets, paper wasps are more commonly encountered during the summer months. However, they have some key features that can help you to differentiate them from a yellow jacket.
Long and Slender With a Thin Waist
A paper wasps body looks very different from a yellow jackets. A yellow jacket has a wider, more round body. A paper wasp has a long and slender body with a thin waist. Think about an hour-glass figure, where the waist curves in. A paper wasp has this feature.
Another characteristic that differentiates a paper wasp from a yellow jacket is their nesting habits. Paper wasps build aerial nests, or nests up high. You can often find their nests up in trees or on the overhangs of your home.
Only Sting in Self-Defense
The final difference between a paper wasp and yellow jacket is their behavior. Paper wasps are not aggressive and only sting in self-defense. They are more scared of humans and will back away when shooed away.
If you are dealing with an infestation of paper wasps or yellow jackets and/or you have a nest for either on your property, you should call in a professional to help remove them. Here at Perfection Pest Control, serving both Kentucky and Ohio, we can help you with all of your pest problems. Call us today to schedule your service.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bed bugs are showing up in an increasing number of places around the country, including hotels and other public places, as well as homes. As a homeowner or a business owner, it’s important for you to learn more about these pests. Bed bug infestations need to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent these pests from causing major problems.
Fact: Bed Bugs Can Be Found Anywhere
Bed bugs aren’t just a problem for homeowners or for those who stay in hotels. These pests have been showing up in a wide range of places, including stores, airplanes, schools, buses and movie theaters. Bed bugs are adaptable pests that can live in many different places as long as they have food sources around, which means anywhere that humans live. These pests need a blood meal to survive, although they can go a long time without feeding.
Fact: Bed Bugs Aren’t Just Found in Urban Areas
There’s a misconception that bed bugs are only found in big cities in the U.S. However, these pests have been found in every state, including urban, suburban and rural areas. They tend to be found more in urban areas than in rural areas since there are larger populations living there. Urban areas also have people moving around from place to place more often, which makes it easier for bed bugs to travel to different areas.
Fact: Bed Bugs Are Hardy and Resistant to Some Treatments
Bed bug infestations need to be handled thoroughly since these pests can reproduce in large numbers and inflict irritating bites on people. Dealing with them effectively can be a challenge, though. These pests can survive for several months without feeding, which allows them to hide out as long as they need to. Bed bugs are also showing resistance to some products that are typically used to get rid of them. This has made it harder for homeowners and business owners to try eliminating these pests on their own. Turning to a professional pest control company is crucial to completely get rid of bed bugs.
Fact: Bed Bug Saliva Acts as an Anesthetic
While it’s common to wake up with bites on exposed parts of your skin when you have a bed bug infestation, you’re much less likely to feel these bites when they occur. Bed bugs have saliva that acts as an anesthetic, which allows them to feed on blood in a short amount of time without causing you any pain or discomfort. However, you might wake up with bites that are itchy or uncomfortable as the anesthetic effect wears off.
If you have a bed bug problem in your home or business, contact Perfection Pest Control today. Our company provides quality pest control in the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky areas for residential and commercial customers.
You may have heard a couple stories about the brown recluse spider and how it can be dangerous, but would you know if you saw one? Do you know what climates they live in, and how they behave? When it comes to spiders that may pose a threat (or at least, an annoyance), it's important to understand how to spot them and what actions to take if it looks like you have a pest problem! Let's take a closer look at the brown recluse and everything you need to know!
The brown recluse is an unassuming spider, colored light to dark brown and only around ¼ to ½ inch long – and most of that is the recluse's spindly legs. The easiest way to identify the brown recluse is the violin-like brown shape on its back. However, because of the recluse's size you usually have to get pretty close to see this, so be careful when studying spiders! If you spot a small brown spider in your home and you live the right climate (more on this in a bit), it's usually worth a careful examination.
The brown recluse is well-named: These spiders are famously reclusive and prefer to stay away from people, animals and light, hiding in dark spaces. That means you can often find them in woodpiles, sheds, and piles of old leaves outdoors. Inside, their hermit-like habits can prove more dangerous: Brown recluses may call boxes in your attic or basement home. They may find a spot to live in dark closets or at the bottom of boots, too. When exposed, they will usually try to scurry away.
There are 11 species of brown recluse spiders that can be found around the world (except, up to this time, for Asia and Australia). In the United State, brown recluses tend to stay where it's warm and preferably dry. They are found primarily in Midwest and Southeast states, and have been seen as far west as Nebraska and as far north as Ohio.
Danger and Prevention
The goods news is that brown recluses are not aggressive. If they bite a human, it's generally by accident as they are trying to get away. However, that bite can be potent, especially if high levels of venom are injected. Reactions vary from a mild allergic response to serious tissue death, so it's important to keep an eye on the bite if you think it was a recluse.
Prevention is all about making sure these tiny spiders can't get inside. It's important to seal up any cracks, gaps and small spaces in your home, as well as making sure that your weather-stripping doesn't wear down. Make sure your attic and basement are tidy, and that all containers are tightly sealed. Outside, keeping wood piles away from the house and making sure there is no piled debris can help keep recluses away. Pest professionals can help you make these changes, and clear out a serious infestation!
Do you think that you might have dangerous spiders or other unpleasant bugs living in your home or business? Schedule your service with us today!