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Here I talk about what you can do to eliminate pests from your home.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Now is the time for a Pest Barrier

 

 

As our evening temperatures start to approach freezing, the natural instinct of insects will be to find a place to survive the upcoming winter. They will seek out the smallest of openings on our homes to move into the crawl space, exterior cracks and crevices, inside the exterior walls, the attic and garage. 

 

Without a preventative Spider / Pest Barrier applied to your home, these insects could emerge into your home all winter long or at the least in the spring time.

 

The main pests that are trying to move in are:

 

Box Elder Bugs

Clover Mites 

Cluster Flies

Elm Seed Bugs 

Sage Bugs

Spiders

Wasp, Hornets and Yellow Jackets

 

Wether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional, now is the time.

 

If you plan on do it yourself, understand that you need to put out plenty of product (several gallons) onto and around the perimeter of your house.

Posted by philc at 10/9/2013 7:28:00 PM
 Tags: Spider Pest Barrier
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

As our weather starts to cool down outside, the natural instinct of Mice will be to start finding a place to survive the cold of winter. Unfortunately for us, that will be, in a lot of cases, be our homes.

 

The following is some general helpful information to help prevent Mice problems in your home.

 

Sanitation

Good housekeeping and good sanitation practices such as proper storage and handling of food material, feed and garbage will aid in control by permitting easier detection and increased effectiveness of traps and baits.

 

Mice are very adaptive to living with people. They require very little space and only small amounts of food. Mice have been known to inhabit buildings even before construction has been completed, living off the crumbs and scraps of workers' lunches.

 

In offices, house mice may live behind cabinets or furniture and feed on scraps or crumbs from lunches or snacks, candies, or even sugar granules found on desktops.

 

In homes, mice may find ample food in kitchens, garbage cans, garages and even the pet dish.

 

Exclusion

Physical barriers can prevent mice from gaining entry to structures where food and shelter are available. To exclude mice, seal all holes and openings larger than 1/4 inch across. Rodent-proofing should be done with heavy materials that will resist rodent gnawing. These include concrete mortar, galvanized sheet metal, heavy gauge hardware cloth and Copper Mesh.

 

 

Rodent-proofing

Mouse damage can be reduced by removing or limiting access to nesting areas, food sources and, escape and nesting areas.

 

Eliminate weed and other vegetative cover as well as debris and litter in and around homes, buildings, crops, lawns and other cultivated areas. 

Posted by philc at 9/18/2013 4:53:00 PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

 August is here and that means Hobo Spider mating season is around the corner.!

 

Here are a few helpfull hints to help prevent these and other foraging Spiders from gaining entry into your building.

1st) Don't panic, not all large brown colored Spiders are Hobo Spiders. Grass and Wolf Spiders are also active right now.  

2nd) Keep the perimeter of your building free from trash, wood piles and overgrown weeds.

3rd) Have regular Pest Control treatments (Spider Barriers) applied to the exterior of your building.

4th) Check for open gaps at your exterior doors. Add Door sweeps or weather stripping to help keep insects out.

5th) Put out glue traps (espeially in your garage) to catch any spiders that do make their way into your home

Posted by philc at 8/6/2013 8:47:00 PM
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