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Pest Prevention Tips

Here are some of the key points of pest prevention. Take these steps to stop pests and termites before they invade your home.

  • Exclude pests by sealing up cracks and gaps around your home’s exterior. (Check around the foundation, pipes/wires entering the siding, under the eaves, and around windows and doors).
  • Pest Prevention TipsReplace old or damaged weatherstripping and door sweeps to ensure a good seal.
  • Do not leave uncovered food sitting out.
  • Never allow pet food to sit overnight – it attracts pests.
  • Maintain a clutter-free yard; eliminate debris such as piles of wood, stones, bricks or any other loose material. These debris piles provide excellent harborage for many pests.
  • Ensure sufficient attic ventilation, which creates an environment unsuitable for many household pests.
  • Keep shrubs and trees pruned 8-12 inches away from the home and up from the ground to discourage pests nesting and to remove easy access to walls and windows.
  • Use plants that naturally repel pests like marigolds, rosemary, and lavender. (Check with your local plant nursery or search online organic gardening websites to learn more).
  • When landscaping, avoid materials that may break down (wood), or that provide nooks and crannies where pests will be able to harbor, and remember to locate large plants and trees based on their adult size, not where they look good when first planted.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Bed Bugs

 Nobody likes to have bed bugs infesting the peace and tranquility in their lives. Bed bugs are a major problem for households throughout the country. They require a safe place with a temperate environment so they can have the perfect place to survive and thrive.

Our households present them the ideal environment for that and the best breeding ground possible. Despite all the measures you can take to make sure they never get into your home, it is unavoidable. They will find a way into your home whether you like it or not.

These are elusive and tiny creatures. They hide in any crevice or crack they can find. Anything that presents even a slight opening is basically a perfect hiding spot for bed bugs. They’re called bed bugs but make no mistake, you can find them everywhere. All they need is some good shelter which meets their temperature requirements.

The pest control treatments are usually quite a hassle and they can be heavy on the pocket.

Bed Bug Infestation Prevention Tips

We at Green Pest Services believe that you can stop a bed bug infestation from happening if you take the right measures. You have to take out just a day in your life to take these steps and you will be alright.

Here are some important tips to take note of.

  1. Power Outlets

Open power outlets offer one of the most ideal places for bed bug infestation to fester. They use them to avoid extermination. Bed bugs are tiny. They can climb into the holes and they will stay there until they feel it’s safe to come out. When there is a very bad case of a bed bug infestation in your home, these critters will use the electrical outlets. They can travel through the walls to other parts of your home. Don’t leave the power outlets uncovered. That’s the first tip to prevent infestation.

  1. Vacuum the Floors

The thing with bed bugs is that they are everywhere. You will not just see them in the bed and couch. When you have an infestation, these annoying little bugs will be in your carpets, closet floors. To prevent an outright breakout of the bed bug infestation, you need to vacuum with a vengeance.

All the carpeting, the areas where the carpets meet the walls and even the floor that’s bare of carpets need to be vacuumed thoroughly. Even if there is a bed bug infestation, it will help you keep things under control.

Make sure you dispose of the vacuum bag by putting it in a sealed bag before you throw it in the trash can. This way, those critters will not be able to leave the trash can and find their way into the house again.

  1. Examine the Pets

Just like human beds, the bed bugs can infest your pets’ bedding as well. It provides them an ample amount of space to breed, lay their eggs and spread. Monitor the area where your pet sleeps. Wash the bedding regularly and of course, make sure you give your pet a good wash as well. It is a tip for preventing the bed bug infestation from getting out of hand but it is something you should do generally as well.

  1. The Clutter Needs to Go

Preventing a bed bug infestation depends on how easily you can control them if they invade your home. If you have a lot of clutter in your home, you will make it impossible to get things under control.

Remove all the clutter. The more you have, the more difficult it gets to prevent a serious bed bug infestation. The areas closer to the walls need to be seen to first. All the good hiding spots for bed bugs are in those hard to reach areas.

Donate everything from the clutter that you don’t need. Have a garage sale or something but minimize the clutter you have. Whatever essentials remain, organize them in a way that they no longer provide the bed bugs with their proverbial Garden of Eden.

  1. Cover Your Mattress

Another tip for the prevention of a bed bug infestation is to properly cover the mattresses in your home. There are encasements for mattresses which you can easily get from the local stores. These do not necessarily prevent an infestation but they protect your mattress from infestation. The fabric covering the mattress should be of the best quality. It has to be tear resistant and durable. Mattress safe covers have no folds near the zips where these critters can find safe havens.

  1. Avoid Using Moving Blankets

A lot of the cases of bed bug infestations come along when you move to a new place. People tend to assume that it is because the new place was infested with bed bugs but the reality is different. A lot of moving companies offer you moving blankets for the furniture. The blankets keep your furniture and other belongings safe in the truck while they move it from your previous home to the new one.

The thing is that the blankets they offer can be infested with bed bugs already. You can never be sure about that. So the bed bug infestation prevention tip, in case of a move, would be to use your own blankets. At least that way you know that the blankets are properly washed and bed bug-free.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Cockroaches

As the temperature falls, cockroaches look for a place that is warmer and with plenty of food. The thing is that one of the best winter destinations for cockroaches is inside your home. They get the perfect environment, they have the best food sources available, and they can easily breed in numbers. Once they have set up camp inside your home, getting rid of them is the hardest task. They breed quite fast when they start to settle in and in a short time their population goes way out of control. You can go from having a cockroach free home to having a full-blown cockroach infested house within weeks.

Their sheer numbers isn’t the only reason why they’re considered one of the worst pests to have in your home. As much as we’d like to tell you that it is their looks which present a big problem for you, we can’t. They are a leading cause for a lot of health problems for humans.

When you’re afflicted by a cockroach infestation, you are at a risk. There is the fact that they leave body parts, droppings, and saliva around the house as they get around. This is why you are also likely to have allergic symptoms during winters.  This is not even the worst part. The fact that they carry harmful bacteria like E. Coli and Salmonella is what makes it worse. These are just two of the 30 different kinds of diseases that cockroaches carry 

This is why preventing a full-fledged cockroach infestation in your home is crucial. Effectively getting rid of them would mean engaging in extensive pest control services in your home. The most that you can do by yourself is keep the cockroach infestation under control.

Here are the steps you can take to keep the cockroach infestation under control. This way, when you call in the professionals from Green Pest Services to clear your house of the pestilent critters, the job will be done more effectively.

Store Your Food Carefully

Cockroaches can easily make their way into bags that are loosely closed or into cardboard boxes that are not closed properly. This means they can spread the diseases on the food you will eat. You need to store your food a lot more carefully. There are food safe containers that protect your food from cockroaches and other insects. If you are already facing a cockroach infestation, limiting their food sources will help keep the population under control. More importantly, it will be good for your general well-being. For all the bags and boxes, make sure they are properly sealed.

A Neat and Tidy Kitchen

The need to have a clean and tidy kitchen cannot be emphasized enough. Everybody carves midnight snacks every now and then. Cockroaches thrive on these midnight snacks in the kitchen. When you have a cockroach infestation, you will see maybe one or two during the day. It is at night when these guys really come out in numbers. They are always raiding your kitchen when you are asleep. They are resilient insects and are not picky about their food.

Cockroaches will eat everything from crumbs to rotting food. Because of the food and the moisture in your kitchen, it is the perfect place for them. 

When you have a neat and tidy kitchen, you are essentially reducing the moisture and food sources that attract cockroaches. This won’t eliminate the cockroach infestation but it will help in keeping the population under control.

Remove Sources of Water

There are several places in your home where moisture can accumulate. The bathroom and the kitchen are where you will find the most cockroaches. That is because they provide an ample amount of water sources for them.

Make sure that you wipe all the surfaces in the kitchen and in the bathrooms regularly. If there are any leaks in the faucets or plumbing, you should get them fixed right away. They thrive on moisture and they can make anything—including hair that is found on the bathroom floor— a good meal.

Seal Their Entry

If there are any cracks, crevices or small openings that allow these things to come in from the outside, they need to be sealed. This works for all kinds of pests. The most basic reason why a cockroach infestation even happens is that they have plenty of places to come into your home. Make sure that you seal off anything and everything that looks like a crack.

Getting Rid of Cockroach Infestations for Good

If you really want to get rid of the cockroach infestation for good, you will need professional help. No matter how many sprays you get from the local stores, they will provide just a temporary solution. You need a permanent solution and we can provide that for you.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Fleas

A flea is an insect which survives and thrives by feasting on the blood of its host. Most of the time, their favorite hosts happen to be farm animals like cows and pigs but they love to target domestic animals as well. This means your cats and your dogs are also possible targets for these tiny blood sucking creatures. Human beings also happen to have warm blood which makes it possible for them to take a nibble at you as well. This is why a flea infestation is not the most ideal thing to be dealing with in your life.

When it comes to flea infestations in your home, these things can make their way into your home through your pets. A flea infestation can get very bad very quickly. They lay their eggs on your pet and as your pet scratches at the itchy bites from the fleas, they are essentially spreading them all around the house. While the bites from fleas are not something you can call painful, they are not pleasant to deal with. Their bites leave a single mark on your skin that is tiny and raised but the inflammation and the itchiness of their bite can be unbearable. The sheer number in which fleas exist at a time can multiply the problem by a lot.

Unfortunately, there is no real way of properly preventing a flea infestation from happening. Sooner or later, they always manage to find a way into your home. Once they are inside, it is difficult to get rid of them.

You will be delighted to know that the situation is not completely hopeless. There are things that you can do to control the population of fleas and prevent the flea infestation from getting very bad.

Insect Growth Regulators

On the onset of a flea infestation – even at the first sign – a lot of homeowners reach for the first insect spray they can get their hands on. The thing is that foggers and other insect sprays are not very effective at handling the flea situation. One of the best ways you can control the flea population is by using insect growth regulators. When you spray these in your home, the growth of the flea larvae into adults is stopped. Your best bet is trying to control the population. The immediate problem is obviously there but the priority should be to prevent more of these things popping up and laying more eggs. Fleas are particularly proficient at breeding.

Cleanliness is a Virtue

They do not just say this for the sake of saying it. Once you identify that there is indeed a flea infestation in your home, all of the areas of your home should be washed thoroughly. Make sure that you wash your pets as well as you can with anti flea shampoo. This will kill the remaining fleas they have and prevent the spread of more. Clean the carpets, bedding (both yours and the pets) and if there are any items too badly infested with fleas, you would be better off throwing them away.

Vacuum Everything

You see, the biggest reason for the growth of the flea infestation is their breeding habits. They lay hundreds to thousands of eggs and the larvae can develop anywhere into adulthood. Carpets with a lot of fibers in them are a particular favorite for fleas. Vacuuming your home regularly will prevent the possibility of a larger infestation. Make sure that you put a flea collar on so that the vacuum does not only suck them in, but also kills them.

Target all the areas of your home which do not get a lot of direct sunlight. Fleas love cool and humid environments. They should be areas where you need to focus on.

Once you have completely filled up the vacuum bag, it’s time to properly dispose  it. You cannot rely on simply throwing the vacuum bag in the dustbin inside your living room. Place the vacuum bag in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash outside your home. You should not take any chances of letting them find their way back inside your home.

Dish Detergent and Water

Another measure that can help you control the flea population is a very simple one. Create a mixture of washing detergent and water and place it in a bowl. Make sure that the bowl is low enough for the fleas to jump into. Place the bowl near a source of light and then watch the magic happen. Over the course of a few days, the bowl is going to fill up with fleas which you can then put in a plastic bag and dispose off properly.

Boric Acid

This is one of the measures to control a flea infestation you need to be slightly careful with, especially if you have small kids and pets in your house. While the boric acid powder is in no way toxic to adults, it can be slightly irritable for younger children and pets. It is safe to use around humans.

All you have to do is dust your furniture and carpets with the powder and leave it for 24 hours. It’s recommended to take your children out for the day while you leave the boric acid to do its work. Once you come back, you just have to thoroughly vacuum the furniture and the house and then wash everything. It is a lot of work but the thing is that the boric acid acts like a poison for the fleas and their larvae.

For a Permanent Solution

With all that said and done, it is unfortunate that all of these are just methods to prevent the flea infestation from getting out of hand. If you truly want to be completely rid of the flea problem, you need to give us a call.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Mosquitoes

During the warm summer months, the rising temperatures are not your only problem. Your air conditioner may be malfunctioning, the insulation might be off, the energy costs might be higher, but there’s something even worse—Mosquitoes. They are able to multiply quite fast, and if you don’t take care of the problem, you can have a full-fledged mosquito infestation. The best way to control a mosquito infestation is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place.

Mosquito bites come along with severe itches, which can be severe. That is not the worst of it. They are also known to carry a lot of horrendous diseases. You must have heard of the likes of the Nile virus, Malaria, encephalitis, dengue, and the yellow fever, right? A mosquito infestation exposes you to these diseases. Trust us when we tell you that you do not want to get even one of these diseases. Most of them can be deadly.

This is why we’ve put together these prevention tips to prevent a mosquito infestation.

Standing Bodies of Water

Mosquito infestations begin near places that have standing water. A pool of water is the perfect breeding ground for them. They lay their eggs in the water, and that is where everything begins.

Remove any and all buckets filled with water. Never leave old buckets filled with water lying around. Plastic sheets, old tires, and old containers that might have standing water also need to be taken care of. Other likely breeding grounds are trashcans, outdoor faucets that drip water, badly drained areas, and tarps. One of the foremost things you can do to prevent a mosquito infestation is to remove all standing bodies of water.

Gutters Need to be Clean

When you are done getting rid of all the sources of water, you still have work to do. Maintaining your gutter system is a good way to prevent a mosquito infestation. The leaves and other debris can easily accumulate in the gutter system. Once that happens, the water flow starts to get blocked and the system will start retaining water. That gives the mosquitoes ample space to lay their eggs and start a new generation of mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes need only an inch of water in order for their eggs to thrive. This is why cleaning gutters are necessary.

Changing Water Sources

There are instances where it is necessary for you to keep water sources outdoors. If you have pets, you will have to keep water in their bowls. You might even be putting water out for birds so that they come and quench their thirst.

While that is a very good practice, you need to make sure that you clean out the water and change it every other day. Replacing the water will make sure that the eggs do not get enough time to hatch. Keep these outdoor water sources clean if you want to prevent a mosquito infestation.

Drain Water

After rain falls in the area, you need to drain all the areas where the water has accumulated. That will stop the water from creating a good place for more of the mosquitoes to spawn. Ideally, the places that retain and accumulate water should be filled with dirt. That will level out the surface and prevent any puddles.

Replace Outdoor Lighting

Just like other flying insects, mosquitoes are attracted by light. Special bulbs are available in the market that emit a light pattern, which do not attract mosquitoes and other insects. Replacing the lights in your home with these lights can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes that come to your home.

Pool Maintenance is a Must

Mosquito infestations happen a lot when you have a pool that isn’t maintained properly.  As mentioned above, they use any source of water to lay their eggs, so why would they not use a swimming pool that is literally full of water? 

Swimming pools have water treatment plans that can keep insects like mosquitoes away. The water is toxic for the insects when it is properly treated. Make sure that you keep optimal levels of water in your pool. Have it cleaned regularly and check on the water filters regularly. When the water is in constant circulation, there are less chances of mosquitoes making a home in there. If you have a pool on your property that you do not use regularly, you do not need to keep up with the maintenance.

Clear out all the water in the pool so that you don’t leave any water standing for the mosquitoes. That will also make it easier for you since you don’t need to keep up with the maintenance.

No matter how hard you try, there might just come a time that you’re facing a serious mosquito infestation. While you have a lot of reasons to worry if that happens, you can consider yourself lucky. It does not have to be a long-lasting problem for you and your family.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Rodents

A lot of people feel that the word rodent specifically refers to mice and rats. You see, rats and mice are just two of the animals which fit within the category of rodents. Everything from squirrels, gophers, beavers, porcupines and many more come into the classification. So why is it that when someone refers to rodents, the thought of mice and rats is instantly what comes to your mind? Well, that’s because mice and rats are the ones likely to be in your life. You won’t be seeing any beavers in your pantry nibbling away on the food you’ve stored there!

This is why we’re going to use the word rodents in this context, to refer to mice and rats a.k.a. our worst enemies. Green Pest Services specializes in the removal of many pests but a rodent infestation is our favorite specialty.

Rodents do not just invade the cabinets in your home. They are very likely to crawl anywhere and everywhere in your house, especially while you sleep. This means they will carry the harmful bacteria with them. All those disease spreading germs will be found on the surfaces in your kitchen, on the floors, the silverware drawers, food shelves and other places. This easily makes the rodents public enemy number one.

Rodent Infestation Prevention Tips

Fortunately for you, you don’t necessarily have to live with the pestilent rodents. There are ways you can prevent a rodent infestation in your home. Here are a few of the best rodent infestation prevention tips that you can use to keep them out of your humble abode.

Monitor Their Activity

In order to prevent them from getting into your house, you need to know if they are there outside your home. The first tip to prevent rodent infestation is to check for the signs of rodents nearby your home. Check the yards and see if there are any droppings, holes which have been dug into the ground and the smell of urine. Set up mouse traps outside your home as well. It will give you an idea of whether or not there are any rodents lurking outside your home.

Remove Attractions

There are several things which can attract these rodents to your property. The lesser the attractants there are, the lesser the chances of them invading your home.

  • Clutter in the yard can provide rodents nice hiding spots. If you have any rubble left from a renovation job in your yard, we suggest that you remove it. Anything and everything that they can find easy hiding spots has to go. Get rid of it all.
  • Standing water is one of the key attractants for rodents. If there is an ample source of water outside your home, rodents are soon to follow. Make sure you clear any standing water.
  • Overgrowth in your yard provides plenty of safety for rodents. Get rid of any overgrown vegetation in your yard. Maintain the bushes, keep the grass cut short. That will help to keep a rodent infestation at bay.
  • Trash is one of the biggest attractants after water. It provides them the perfect food source. The smell of rotting food will lure them all to the trash cans. You need to have a top on your trash can so that they stay well away from the trash.

Seal the Walls Outside

Cracks, cervices and any small openings are perfect entry points for rodents into your home. Make sure that you leave absolutely nothing for them to exploit. A lot of the times after rain, the wood becomes soft. Rodents like to take advantage of the soft wood and nibble holes to make entry points. Inspect all the exterior walls of your home. Have everything from rotting wood to insect damaged spots repaired as soon as possible.

The pipelines and electrical lines coming into your homes often leave gaps if they are not done properly. Rodents can easily fit through these small openings. Seal these gaps so that they have no chance of coming in. This is an important tip for preventing a rodent infestation.

Bait & Trap Them

A lot of homeowners use mouse traps to catch the rodents that have made their way inside the house. You can actually use these as an excellent preventative measure. If you want to stop a rodent infestation in your home, make sure that you don’t leave any outside to begin with. Set up mouse traps around your property especially near the areas where they can have good cover. The bait will entice them to have a nibble. It’s easy to catch quite a few of these pestilent rodents with traps outside your home and a very good way to prevent a rodent infestation.

Starve Them

The more difficult it is for rodents to access food inside your house, the more likely they are to stay away. Of course, this is easier said than done. Rodents can make a meal of almost anything. Mice can easily crawl into openings the size of a dime and rats can squeeze through openings the size of a quarter. Even if the opening is not as big, rats have powerful teeth which they can use to make the opening big enough. Keep all the trash inside your home in sealed containers.

For all the food items in your cabinets or even those on the counter tops, get properly sealed hard plastic containers. This way, the rodents cannot smell them. It’s a simple tip to prevent rodent infestation but an effective one.

You also need to clean your house regularly. Any leftover food in the kitchen, in the dining room or anywhere else in your house can attract rodents. Leave nothing for them to even nibble on.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Spiders

Among all the creepy crawlies there are in the world, spiders take the cake when it comes to being some of the most feared pests. Nobody wants to have spiders in their home. In fact, spiders are the one kind of pest in an American home that people want to exterminate the most. There are more people suffering from phobias because of these eight legged freaks than anything in the country. The phobia is not misplaced though. Even one bite from a particular kind of spider can see you end up in a hospital bed – in some cases, even the mortuary. That is what can happen if you get bitten by something like the brown recluse spider or the black widow. A bad reaction to their venom could land you in some serious trouble. While the species of spiders are not as deadly as they are reputed to be, they can still be a significant danger to your general well being. A spider infestation could mean a world of pain and misery for those who are unfortunate enough to have it in their homes.

Spider Control

This is the reason why you need to stop a spider infestation before it gets out of hand. The best way to avoid getting bit by spiders is by preventing a full blown spider infestation in your home. Here are a few tips on how you can get the spider population under control.

  • First things first – clear away any misconceptions you might have about perfection in controlling a spider infestation. All the chemical products in the world will not be effective in eliminating a spider population. They do not pick up the pesticides as much as other insects do so you cannot rely on spraying these critters to kingdom come. The spiders are able to stay safe from the pesticides because of their proportionately long legs. That and the fact that they don’t have a system with blood flow means the pesticides cannot travel to the rest of their bodies.
  • In order to really get to them, you need direct impact. We are talking about shoes, newspapers and direct spraying. Anything that you get on to the spider’s body through direct spraying can help you kill them. This is because they groom their bodies using their mouths. It is a particular trait for all arachnids. However, the fact that spiders spend most of their lives on the web means they won’t come in contact with most pesticides. Your best bet is to individually eliminate them through direct contact.
  • You might just face a spider infestation with jumping and running spiders in your home. These arachnids really know how to move around the house. The best way to control the spider population is to limit their sources of food in your home. Spiders eat any and all other insects they will find in your house. If there are fewer insects in your house, they are less likely to hang around. This is also the reason you find spiders hanging around sources of light. The lights attract other insects like flies and mosquitoes and these insects present a good meal to spiders. The running spiders are a particular nuisance. They do not make webs because they are always moving around to hunt for their prey. You cannot expect to get to them individually. It’s not a feasible way to get the spider infestation under control. Your best bet is to eliminate the other insects which serve as their food source.
  • Sticky traps are a particularly good way to control the spider population. When they get trapped on these things, they die in a very short time. Of course you cannot be expected to cover your whole house with glue traps. You should focus on placing these spider traps in the areas where there is a lot more spider activity. Closets, between the bed and wall and by furniture – there are plenty of places where you can place these traps.
  • You can even use these glue traps to figure out the source of their entry into your house. For instance, if you have placed a glue trap on the wall in your living room and there are a few spiders stuck right at the beginning of the right side, the spiders are coming from that general direction. A few more glue traps in the right placement can help you narrow down the source of the spider infestation. Once you have the source, all you have to do is spray some of the good old pesticide all over them. Direct spraying can work very well once you know where to find the spiders.

When Things Go Really Bad

Of course, these are all pest prevention tips to help you control the spider infestation in your home. If you want a wholesome removal of these arachnids, you need to call in someone like us.

At Green Pest Services, we understand how troublesome spiders can be for you. This is why we offer you a proper measure of solutions to get rid of the spider infestation once and for all. We will not just eliminate the immediate threat, we will also make sure that they never come bother you or your family again.

When you use these pest prevention tips to keep the spider population under control, it will make it easier for us to come in and finish off the job so that we will be out of your hair soon.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Termites

Among all the pests that plague us in the world, termites are by far the most destructive. Their hunger for wood is insatiable. The amount of wood that these pestilent creatures consume results in the loss of billions of dollars in the United States every year. These creepy crawlies are able to cause significant damage to the structural integrity of homes. Give them six month’s time and the integrity of your property will be compromised. Give a termite infestation two full years and it can completely destroy a home.

Cellulose is the primary food for termites. This is what makes up most of the cell walls of plants and organic matter. This is one of the most commonly found organic compounds found on the planet. This also spells bad news for you. Their dietary requirement means that they can and they most definitely will eat the wooden elements in a building. A termite infestation could effectively mean the end of all your furniture, clothes and even your money.

Termite Swarm

During early spring, there comes a time, which is called termite swarm. This is the time when you’re most likely to face a termite infestation. The winged termites leave their nests during this time to mate and start new colonies. There is a high probability that the new colony is in your home.

How to Prevent Termite Infestation

Having a termite infestation can be highly problematic for both homes and businesses financially. The repair costs for the damage are just too high. Luckily for you, there are measures that you can take, which will reduce the chances of a termite swarm making your home their next meal.

The Exterior

The roof of your home can act as the perfect pathway for termites to get into your home.

  • Roof

If there are any broken tiles on your roof, there will be moisture. Termites love moisture and it will provide them with the best way to get inside the house.

A tip to prevent termite infestation is to repair all broken roof tiles and make sure that you dehumidify the roof if there is humidity there.

  • Air Conditioner

Air conditioning units provide moisture. This is something termites will never shy away from.

To prevent a termite infestation through the air conditioning unit, make sure that the release of the moisture goes away from your home’s foundations.

The Attic

This is an area of the house, which is often left abandoned. Since you barely ever go to check on it, you might not notice the onset of a termite infestation until it has spread to the rest of the house.

  • Boxes

The attic is the perfect storage space. You keep all the belongings that you want to put away in that space. The cardboard boxes and especially those filled with paper are an ideal food source for termites.

To prevent an outbreak from getting explosive, make sure that you use plastic boxes to store items in the attic.

  • Wood Beams

There’s nothing that makes a more tempting meal for termites than some good old wooden beams. They find plenty of that in the attic.

Preventing a termite infestation can be done by applying termite treatment spray to the wooden beams on a regular basis.

Laundry Room

If you have a laundry room in your home, you have a potential haven for a termite infestation in your home. You might find it surprising but even your clothes are a very good source of food for termites.

With your clothing items, there are materials like cotton that have cellulose in them. That’s their favorite.

Preventing a termite infestation through your laundry room is simple. Make sure that the laundry is away from the walls and off the floor.

Living Room

A myriad of options present themselves to these pestilent beings in your living room. It’s the best place for the termite infestation to begin wreaking havoc in your life.

  • Wooden Flooring

If you have wooden flooring, there is a high chance the termites will make a good meal off of them. Subterranean termites are able to reach it quite conveniently.

To prevent a termite infestation starting from the ground up, make sure that you inspect the flooring regularly. Ideally, you should have a termite barrier built beneath the wooden flooring of your home.

  • Wooden Furniture

Furniture doesn’t just make the home inviting for other people. It also makes your home a lucrative option for the termite infestation. It’s pretty much a free for all. Try to keep any wood furniture away from the walls.

 

Pest Prevention Tips for Wasps

Wasps happen to be some of the scariest insects to have around. They are known to be very helpful for the garden. It makes sense. Their favorite foods are other insects that you find in your garden. Aphids are a particularly annoying pest especially if you have a proper garden in your backyard. Wasps love to eat them and keep their population under control. The problem is that during the summer and spring months, the number of wasps all over the country increases. They also happen to become very aggressive. Having these insects around your property in summer time is quite simply one of the most dangerous things. If you have experienced the sting from a wasp, you know how bad it can be. It is like a bee sting but only multiplied by a significant amount.

Preventing a wasp infestation can become more necessary than you think. These are resilient insects and highly problematic. Imagine having these around when you are having a family barbecue.

While getting rid of them for good is a difficult task that requires professional experience like ours, there are still things you can do to keep the wasp population under control.

Getting Rid of Wasps

Combating wasps is something which is best done during the night time – that too without disturbing the nest even a little bit. There are some spraying products which you can get from your local store to eliminate them. Here are some tips for dealing with them:

  • Make sure that you spray directly on the wasp nest and spray as little as possible. At night time, these insects are inactive and in their nests. This means you can hope to get most of them while they are at the nest itself. Spray as little as you can and avoid spraying on the plants and trees because it can be very harmful for them. If you are spraying on the nest when it is on the exterior of your house, make sure that you clean up the area the next day. The oil base of the spray can harm the walls.
  • It goes without saying that even when they are inactive, you absolutely must wear safety equipment. Long sleeved shirts, bee hats, coveralls, googles, gloves and the whole package. When you are taking the fight to their home ground, you need to go in prepared.
  • Locating the wasp nest is not very easy. You have to look under the covered areas where you have seen wasps being active. It is difficult to locate the source of a wasp infestation, but it is a highly necessary task if you want to remove the problem. Just removing the nest will not resolve the wasp problem. They are industrious and they will make themselves a new one in no time.
  • We will reiterate on spraying the wasp nest at night. This is because all of the worker wasps and the queen are in the nest at night time. They are also a lot less aggressive so you can approach the nest properly and catch the source of the wasp infestation off guard. Never shine a direct light on the nest while carrying out the operation. It can land you in some serious trouble.
  • Leave the treated wasp nest over night. This will make sure that even the worker wasps which had been away will come into contact with the spray and die.

Tips for Population Control

Here is some additional information for you to refer to.

  • Hornets and Yellow Jackets are the worst kind of wasp there is. They are more dangerous than the average garden variety paper wasps.
  • The best time to deal with them is at night.
  • Hornet nests are distinctively different from the nest of other wasps. They have a single entrance near the bottom which serves as both the entry and the exit point.
  • Make sure that the nest is not disturbed while you are spraying the nest. If you cause any kind of damage to the nest itself, you can expect a hoard of the hornets to envelop you in a matter of a few minutes. They take their hard work of constructing the nest very seriously. You can expect no mercy from them when that happens no matter what time of day it is.
  • When you are dealing with hornets and Yellow Jackets, it is recommended that you wear a full body wasp suit. It is the only thing which can protect you from the barrage of angry hornet stings that can potentially come your way.
  • Standing directly underneath a hornet’s nest will increase your chances of getting stung by them.

Wasp Nests

Wasp nests, like different kinds of wasps, come in all shapes and sizes. There are a lot of them found covered but there are also those which can be found out in the open. Yellow Jackets are particularly nasty. You can expect to find their nests somewhere on the ground. They are so aggressive that even the worst of predators stay away from them. Wasps hate being disturbed so they will opt for a spot that has not seen any activity.

Properly Getting Rid of Wasps

From what you have read, you might be reconsidering going for wasp infestation control yourself. If you aren’t, we recommend that you do. Wasps are not an easy pest to deal with. No matter how much training that we at Green Pest Services have, we are very cautious in our approach towards dealing with wasps.

Instead of putting yourself and others around you at risk, allow us to come in and take care of the problem. Our wasp infestation control solution is not only going to be effective, it will also be very safe for you. We tailor our pest control services to provide the most convenience for you.

 

When All Else Fails

As much as we would like to tell you that it will be completely okay, the reality is far from it. There’s no other way about it. There will come a time that you are going to face a problem first hand but that doesn’t mean you can’t be ready to face it.

We’re experts here at Green Pest Services. We know how to effectively take care of these uninvited guests. Be vigilant about the signs of infestations. If you feel like anything is indeed up, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

We will send over a team of experts that will evaluate the situation and eliminate the threat. 

Problems with pests can range from the barely noticeable to a heavy pest infestation that makes living conditions intolerable. The severity of your pest problem depends on how long the pests have been living in your home and how effectively you have tried to eliminate them.

The Cycle of Home Invasion by Pests

Whether it is insects, rodents, plant weeds or any other type of pests, we have seen a similar cycle to how they get inside your home and try to grow their numbers.  At the first stage a few insects, like flies or cockroaches make their way on to a property. Since there are only a few of them, the homeowner usually does not even notice them.

Meanwhile, the insects begin to reproduce and multiply right inside a property. While different pests breed in different ways, there is one common theme. Most insects look for a warm, damp place with quick access to food supply for their offspring to lay their eggs.

Flies can feed on rotting food and garbage hence they lay their eggs near the trash. Damp, standing waters are the best places to find microscopic bacteria and other organisms that mosquito larvae feed on so that is where they lay their eggs. Newly hatched bedbugs feed on blood but they can’t travel very far hence female adults lay their eggs near beds, sofas and other areas that would be easy to access for young bedbugs. Young roaches feed on any type of organic food and even grime, so you will usually find them in the kitchen or pantry.

Just like any other living creature, pests and insects in your home are trying to multiply and increase their numbers. The best way to do this is by remaining hidden for as long as possible. With the exception of flies and mosquitoes, all types of pests rely on hiding and staying out of sight. This is built into their nature. In many cases, if you don’t actually go out looking for pests and their numbers have not multiplied significantly, you could have pests living in your home and never even find out about them for months.

Detection of Pests

If the pest population in your home remains under control, there usually is no problem. However, once the number grows beyond a certain level you will begin to see them more often.

Take roaches for instance. Blatella Germanica is a small roach that is one of the most common types of roaches found in households. The pests can hide even in the smallest of places. It can hitch rides in boxes, bags and many other infested items that can be brought inside the home from another property. The roach is also capable of travelling some distance. In multi-unit buildings, the roaches can easily move between units and spread out by using the shared plumbing and pipes.

A single female can produce up to 400 eggs during its lifetime. The number can grow from a few roaches to over one thousand within three months under optimal conditions.

Other pests breed similarly quickly. If you are seeing more and more of a certain type of pest in your home, chances are that the number has grown to a level where it is no longer possible for the insects to remain hidden.

Pest Control Preventive Measures

For certain varieties of pests, it may be possible for you to keep their numbers under control. You can do this by taking some preventive measures such as:

Remove moisture from your home. Repair leaky roofs, faucets, appliances and pipes. Damp areas are filled with bacteria that provide meals for insect larvae. Keeping corners, basement and attic dry can help keep insect population down.

Seal cracks in foundations and any gaps in utility lines. Screening doors and windows ensures that insects won’t get inside your property easily.

Keep trash cans clean and ensure that food is stored properly and out of reach of insects. Food crumbs behind or under the counters, sofas or carpet are just an open invitation for a variety of insects.

Calling Professional Pest Control Help

Preventive measures and DIY pest control methods will allow you to reduce the number of insects in your home. However, these methods will not eliminate the pests 100%. This is where a professional pest control service can make a difference.

We use a combination of advanced pest detection and control methods to ensure that you completely get rid of pest problems in your home. Our professional exterminators are trained to eliminate all varieties of pests from homes, businesses and multi-unit properties. We will provide you with a complete pest solution. Not only will we ensure that you get rid of current pest problem, but we will also show you preventive steps to take that will help you keep any future pest problem from occurring as well.

 

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Green Pest Services is qualified to handle any pest related issue that homeowners may encounter. Your home is your biggest investment and the professionals at Green Pest Services have an extensive lineup of the latest pest control products and application methods to prevent and eliminate them. Green Pest Services has the right solution for your pest problem.

We guarantee results. If pest activity persists after a service call, we will return for free until the problem has been solved.

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