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Dear Pest Sufferer,
Is your home being taken over by bed bugs, termites, ants or any other pests?
Here are the 3 Most Effective Pest Control Methods
No one likes pests. That’s why they are called pests. Unfortunately, pests come in such a wide variety of forms that it can seem nearly impossible to rid your space of pests, especially if you don’t know where to begin. You will be pleased to know that there are some simple things you can do to prevent pest problems and to get existing pest problems under control. Want to know how? Here are the three most effective pest control methods:
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Prevention. In order to prevent pest infestations, you must first determine which pests you wish to protect your home against. You need to understand their breeding cycles, what they feed on, which environments they thrive in, and how they go about entering a home.
Once you have armed yourself with that necessary knowledge, you can go ahead with the prevention process. Prevention is a simple concept, but it takes some thought and effort.
First, you must cut off all points of entry. Depending on the pest, this could mean applying weather stripping to doors, caulking cracks and crevices in the wall, and/or sealing gaps in window openings.
Next, you must ensure that you aren’t providing a food source for pests. Again, do your research here. Lastly, your home environment should not be conducive to pest breeding. For example, many pests thrive in warm, damp areas; therefore, you should eliminate that type of environment in your home.
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Baiting. No matter what pest you are trying to get rid of, there is bait for that, and you can buy pest baits at almost any hardware, home improvement, or chain retail department store. The concept of baiting is simple: you put out the poison that smells and tastes good to pests.
The pests come in for a feast, bringing leftovers back to the entire colony. The colony eats up, and eventually, every critter in the group is poisoned dead. Grim? Maybe. Effective? Yes.
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Fumigation. This is another product that you can purchase at just about any major store near you. Fumigation is the process of releasing a noxious substance in the air, in order to kill every pest that breathes in that air. Fumigating is super simple, but you must be able to completely close off the space that you will be fumigated in order to make it air tight . . . and you must stay away for a length of several hours (or, whatever the manufacturer recommends).
You can use these techniques for pest control in your home, or you may contact competent professionals like us.
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What is pest control
Pest control or extermination is the protocols or controlling a species looked as a nuisance, a pest is just about any animal or insect that results adversely on human daily activities.
The human approach is dependent on the magnitude of the destruction performed and will vary from tolerance, in the course of deterrence and handling, to activities to entirely eradicate the pest.
Bug control measures is generally accomplished as an element of an blended pest management program.
In residential places, enterprises and city locations, the pest infestations are the rodents, species of birds, pesky insects besides other organisms that share the habitat with peoples, which ingest and ruin your property. Management of all these unwanted pests is attempted by way of exclusion, repulsion, physical removal or chemical means.
What Does Pest Control Cost in Kentucky
For the Do it yourself person, you may well be capable to get away with a couple of cans of insecticide or other products from the nearest home improvement store to eradicate ones pest issues. While For the Handy man man or women, while you may be likely to get away with several cans of insecticide or other products from the local big box store to terminate your pest issues.
While there are a number pest control supplies you can buy over-the-counter, it gets to be much better to outsource to a pest control pro to start treating your home on a consistent basis. The majority off the shelf supplies eliminate one particular pest, while in contrast our pest elimination system is all-encompassing. Common extermination rates in the industry can vary from on the low end of $50 to $500 +/- with a standard pest removal of roughly between $125 and $250. Keep in mind, this represents the typical degree of infestation. Even more serious problems and sizeable housing units increase total cost.
Having said that, for even more serious infestations or sizable residences, it is advisable to pick up a estimate for certified pest control for a realistic amount. You may be pleasantly surprised to find out the prices are more desirable compared with struggling to do away with the unwanted pests. Once the infestation is taken care of, you may be advised to follow a monthly maintenance program to keep the pesky pests at bay. Monthly pest control programs costs typically are between $50 and $ 75. The reason for the reduced fee is because pest prevention is much less intensive than eradicating the initial infestation. All monthly services are guaranteed, so if there are problems in between treatments, we will re-treat at no additional cost. pest management solutions you can get off the shelf, it might be more practical to pay a pest control pro to treat your house on a consistent basis.
Virtually all over the counter products remove just one single pest, whereas our pest management method is all-encompassing.
Standard extermination pricing in the marketplace do range from on the lower end of $50 to $500 +/- with a regular pest elimination of roughly between $125 and $250. Naturally, this depicts the standard degree of infestation. More difficult issues and larger houses will increase price. Then again, for even more severe infestations or gigantic residential properties, it is preferable to get hold of a estimate for qualified pest control management for an accurate end cost.
You may well be pleasantly surprised to discover the prices are considerably better as opposed to struggling to do away with the pests.
Once the infestation is taken care of, you may be encouraged to go along with a monthly management routine to hold the annoying unwanted pests at bay.
Month-to-month pest control management services costs normally are between $50 and $75. The reason for the smaller payment is because pest preventing will be much less rigorous compared to taking away the original infestation. All once every month services are guaranteed, so in the case you will discover issues in between treatments, we will re-treat at no extra price.
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Borax is a great insect poison. If you have roaches in the house, sprinkle it where you know they hang out (and where you know children and/or animals won’t be playing). For ants, mix borax with sugar and sprinkle the mixture around the perimeter of your foundation. The sugar will attract the ants, and the borax will poison them.
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Pests need food to survive. What’s more is that they are often invited into your home by the pleasant scent of food. Make sure there are no food sources that can attract pests in your home.
Squirrels are a nuisance. They get into the garbage and birdfeeders. They build nests in the most irritating spots of the garage, attic and eaves. The biggest nuisance of all is when they "swear" at you when you come and go from your own house.
There are several ways to discourage them:
- Put a baffle or squirrel guard on bird feeder poles.
- Make sure the bird feeders are at least squirrel-jumping distance away from all trees and perches.
- Use metal garbage cans and bird feeders instead of plastic which they can chew through.
- Use a spring loaded perch bird feeder set so it will not open with the weight of the squirrel.
- Use live traps to move them to another area.
- Use squirrel repellents such as chili powder, red peppers or cayenne sprinkled where you want them to stay away.
- Put chicken wire over your flowerbeds (covered with a light dusting of dirt) to keep them from digging up your bulbs.
- Find the holes where they're getting in and patch them up.
Speaking of entertainment... squirrel feeders are a fun way for the furry court jesters to work for their supper and "earn their keep".
- Put ears of dried corn on the end of a squirrel spinner or arrow feeder and enjoy watching them try to eat it.
- Put a corn cob on the end of a squirrel bungee.
- Put nuts or seeds in a squirrel munch box where they need to open a lid to pull out food.
- Extend a wire or cord from one tree to another so they have to tightrope-walk to get to the food.
- There are also cute corn cob feeders made to look like little picnic tables or adirondack chairs.
As they say, if you can't beat them - join them. We discovered that feeding the squirrels not only kept them out of trouble, but entertained us as well. As an added bonus flying squirrels were visiting the feeders at night!
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Don’t forget that not all pests are insects. Rodents are common pests, and you can go a long way in controlling them by setting traps in all those dark hideouts where rodents can be found.
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Remember that most pests thrive in dank environments. Go through your home and do your best to make sure you’re not hosting a pest hot-spot. Every space, even those you don’t see on a day-to-day basis, should have ample ventilation and should be free of standing water.
Yellow Jackets and Hornets are closely related within the Vespidae classification of wasps and typically function in similar ways. The hornet is known to be the larger of the two species, measuring up to 2.2 inches in length. Although colorations can appear similar, hornets normally only possess one yellow stripe across their backs against their dark brown shell. Yellow Jackets are primarily black with multiple yellow patterns. The Hornet also has a more distinctive, larger head that most other species of wasps and can help with identification between the two insects.
Both Yellow Jackets live fairly short lives ranging from six months to a year depending on their role within the society. Colonies are formed by a single female queen in order to allow a location for her eggs to hatch. This usually takes five to eight days, then another two weeks for the newborn to mature into functional adults. The first group of workers is normally female and once mature they assume all aspects of the queen except for laying eggs. This will include foraging for food, expanding the nest, and caring for the young. The queen will continue to repopulate the colony with the remaining eggs she carries, and at some point she will die and another dominant female will assume the queen's role. Some of the males will assume the task of fertilizing the queen and never leave the hive except when called on to defend their home or to eventually die. Others within the colony will focus on expanding the hive and gathering as much food as possible, primarily other insects. The Yellow Jacket will also scavenge through leftover human remains to feed the colony where the Hornet generally will not. Once the season approaches late into fall the vast majority of the hive will already be dead or struggling to nourish the queen enough so she can hibernate through winter. By the end of fall every one of these species will have perished except for the lone queen. If their efforts were sufficient the entire cycle will begin again the following spring.
Yellow Jackets and Hornets have similar type venom and neither possesses a large threat to humans from a single sting unless an allergic reaction occurs. On average, one in one thousand people will experience difficulty breathing, severe headaches, increased pulse rate, or some combination of all three. If this is the case, seek medical attention immediately. For those who do not experience a reaction, common symptoms are localized pain around the area of the sting and possible swelling/soreness over the next several hours. An ice pack should eliminate most of the discomfort almost immediately. Both species are capable of stinging multiple times and can emit a type of distress call if they feel the hive is endangered. When this happens it is likely that the entire hive will attack in unison and multiple stings can be dangerous to those even without allergies. For this reason alone, it is recommended that large infestations are best handled by a professional with the experience and resources to destroy the colony with limited risk.
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If you find that your home is already host to a pest colony, then you can take some do-it-yourself measures to rid your home of the pests by baiting them. Simply purchase the appropriate bait at any local hardware store and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
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The most common cause of mosquito infestation is standing water outside. This could be anything from the kiddie pool behind the house to that tiny puddle of water in your driveway. Any water that has been sitting for a long period of time in a mosquito zone will become a mosquito breeding ground at one point or another. Investigate your yard for culprits and clean them up immediately.
They do feed at night and do seek out dark, cool, moist places to hang out during the day. Some common hiding places are under organic matter such as mulch, pine straw, leaf litter, and other debris, loose wood chip mulches, decaying matter, rotten fruit on the ground, wood, boards or tree branches that are on the ground, under dense growth of vines or thick cover and flower pots, any thing moist that will shade and protect them from the sun. As well as hiding in piles of firewood you didn't use last year and let us not forget hanging out inside that small wooded shed you have out back that you haven't been gone inside in years. While Earwigs are scavengers, eating dead insects, decomposing plant materials they can also eat live plants and damage your vegetables and feed on the flowers of plants, including marigolds, petunias, hibiscus, and many other plants. Earwigs leave many small holes in plant leaves and flowers.
Seedlings and most flowering plants can be severely damaged or even killed when you have a large earwig population (coffee grinds will protect). Earwigs can produce large populations rather quickly and can become a major problem for the homeowner over night! They are attracted to lights so they will come in at night attracted to any lights that are on; as well as to any lights that you have on during the day which will cause them to hang out there esp if it is a cool area. Earwigs can be found in most homes and can get in through entry points like doors and windows, going up through the broken walls and any cracked openings, broken screens. They do have a beneficial role in the landscape and have been shown to be important predators of aphids, mites, most insect eggs, and most soft bodied insects such as white flies. They do have a very disagreeable odor when crushed.
Some Natural Controls
Hint: earwigs are attracted to moisture
Control water around the outside of the house. Repair any leaks. Convert to drip system to keep water below ground. Regularly control weeds and clean up dead debris. Eliminate high moisture areas around walls, in mulch, under stones, boards, etc. Control damp moist conditions in crawl spaces, faucets, along the foundations. Change landscaping by creating a dry border immediately around the house walls. Gravel or flat stones can make an attractive barrier against earwigs and other pest invaders. Rain gutters should direct water away from the house. Caulk or use weather stripping at all possible entry points such as doors, windows, pipes, repair screens and doors and windows. Where earwigs are a problem, eliminate hiding places that have high moisture levels. Initiate a regular daily trapping program. Removing earwig habitats is very important to the control of all insects, including earwigs. As they are attracted to lights, stop lighting outside at night. Remove the white light and install yellow LED ones instead.
Trapping is an effective, easy approach to reducing earwig populations.
One of the key element of a natural earwig management program is a daily active trapping system. Just before dark, place the bird finch traps throughout the yard in out of sight places. In the morning, shake them out the traps over a pail of Dr Bronners Soap / water or any natural soap n water. Keep trapping until you do not catch any more earwigs. Traps can be hidden near shrubbery and ground cover plantings, or against the house. For fruit trees, keep weeds, brush, and the suckers (always prune) away from the base of trees throughout the year because they provide refuge for earwigs, snails and other creatures. Monitor populations by counting amounts of earwigs caught in the traps.
Eliminate Their Habitat:
Altering the habitat around your garden will reduce earwig population and damage. Get rid of their hiding places: boards, weeds, wood piles, plant debris, leaf litter, and any other objects that create dark, moist hiding places. Do not plant dense ground covers, such as ivy, mint, herbs,, next to vegetable or flower gardens. Raise vulnerable seedlings indoors until they are able to withstand some munching. Or start them outdoors on a table with legs protected by sticky barriers.
Some folks advise against the use of organic mulch because they say it provides harborage to pests such as earwigs and spiders. I have the opposing view that organic mulch offers earwigs a diverse hunting area that will save your plants as well as provide for the earth's needs. Mulch can easily be kept clean of earwigs by dusting with garden grade several times per year or by dust just before and after every time you apply a new layer of mulch. Spraying the mulch with any natural soap will also control them too.
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