Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ten Pest Control Tips For Preventing a Spider Invasion

The two (2) most common spiders, of concern to homeowners and pest control professionals; are the Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders. An invasion of either of these two spider pests, could result in dangers to your health and life. Bites should be considered serious, and require immediate medical diagnosis and treatment.

What can homeowners do to protect themselves? The best pest control strategy for deterring a spider infestation, is to reduce the pest population of other insects (food source); from inside the house or building. This approach encourages spider intruders to leave your dwelling, in search for a more dependable food supply; outside of the home.

With that in mind, here are 10 dependable pest control tips, for reducing the number of spider/pest invaders; in your home:

  1. Install snug-fitting screens, on all windows and doors. It is also recommended, that you install door sweeps; as well.
  2. Seal or caulk cracks and crevices where spiders/insects could enter the house or building.
  3. Install yellow/sodium vapor light bulbs outside, to attract fewer insects; for spiders to feed upon.
  4. Tape the edges of cardboard boxes to prevent spider/insect entry.
  5. Use plastic bags (sealed) to store loose items in the garage, basement and attic.
  6. Remove old boxes, unused clothing, wood/rock piles, trash and other unwanted items.
  7. Eliminate clutter in closets, basements, attics, garages, and outbuildings.
  8. Do not stack wood against the house.
  9. Clean up dead insects.
  10. Dust and vacuum thoroughly to remove spiders, webs, and egg sacs (dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed container outside).
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Termite Control Tips

  • Repair any roof or plumbing leaks as soon as possible. These leaks can allow termites to survive above ground in a house.
  • Eliminate any wood-to-soil contact around your foundation and remove wood debris near your home.
  • Prevent mulch and soil from touching the siding of your home. They make it much easier for termites to enter.
  • Store firewood away from your home.
  • Use mesh screens on all windows and doors, as well as in ventilation openings for attics and crawl spaces.
  • Seal nail holes and cracks in exposed wood to help prevent easy access by drywood termites.
  • Contract with a professional pest control company to regularly inspect your home. This will help detect termite activity and allow for prompt and proper treatment.