5 Pests to Look Out for this Winter

  • By Taylor Glover
  • 31 Dec, 2015

If you see any of these insects consult with West Termite Pest & Lawn, rather than attempt a do-it-yourself remedy that could worsen the problem. We'll create a plan that will fit your needs and budget!

  Termites

Termites are known to swarm during fall months and reproduce in homes until February. They are social insects that living in colonies that can contain up to several million.

  Bedbugs

Bedbugs hitchhike from one location to another through luggage and purses. They have frequently been found on planes and in hotels. Take extra precautions to prevent bringing them home with you while traveling.

  Crazy Ants

Crazy ants are common inn southern states and typically infest homes in large numbers. Keeping a well-manicured lawn during winter months can help homeowners notice crazy ants before their numbers increase.

  Overwintering Pests

Overwintering pests enter homes in the fall and prepare to nest for the winter. Beetles, ladybugs and box elders are some of the most common types of insects to enter homes during the winter. Keep a close eye on the west side of your home where bugs like to sunbathe for warmth in the afternoons.

  Stinkbugs

A type of overwintering pest, stinkbugs enter homes to survive during the winter. They are aptly named for the odor emitted as their defense mechanism.

By Taylor Glover 10 Feb, 2016

Keeping cockroaches away is a constant battle in many households particularly during the winter months. Many believe they are attracted to messy homes but they’re actually attracted to 3 simple things: warm shelter, food, and water.

 Follow these steps to preventing a cockroach infestation during the colder months:

1.)Clean out the clutter: Dispose of piled up magazines and newspapers. Throw away empty boxes, unused bags and any other clutter. This will help eliminate places that may harbor roaches.

 

2.)Eliminate unnecessary water sources: Roached need water more much more than they need food for survival. It’s important to fix leaky pipes and clean up and standing water.

 

3.)Don’t leave food for roaches: Make sure to clean up all roach food sources around the house. Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink, sweep regularly after cooking, and don’t leave food out. Any leftover food should be stored in airtight containers.

 

4.)Don’t give them a way in. Cockroaches can squeeze through the smallest openings. Make sure to seal up any gaps around pipes with flexible caulk, as well as patch any cracks and crevices you find around the house.

 

5.)Sprays won’t completely solve the problem: Insect sprays are only contact killers – which only kill the cockroaches you see, no the ones you don’t. To have total roach control, you need a killing agent and experienced pest control specialists. West Termite, Pest & Lawn performs complete roach clean outs.

 

6.)Long-term prevention: The best strategy for complete cockroach control should be viewed as an on-going effort.  Talk with West Termite, Pest, & Lawn to discuss a pest control plan that fits your needs.


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By Taylor Glover 11 Jan, 2016

You may think winter is a time when bugs and rodents are less abundant in your home, but things are not always as they seem. Pests such as Black Widows and other spiders, ants, cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, fleas, rats, mice and the like, may slow down a bit, but they don’t go away. In fact, they continue feeding, growing and multiplying, often in the warmth and comfort of our homes.

 We’ve compiled 7 reasons to continue pest control efforts throughout the winter.

 1. Pests living inside the walls of your home are not affected by the cold temperatures outdoors.

 

2. Termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, earwigs, and many other insects can thrive indoors as the weather is always pleasant inside!

 

3. Attics provide shelter to other insects such as wasps and spiders, as they try to escape the cold.

 

4. Rodents can find their way into your home if all entry points are not sealed off.

 

5. When we perform a meticulous inspection of your home, inside and out, we ensure that no pest related issues are present and identify any conditions that might increase the risk of future pest problems.

 

6. Inspecting and/or treating entry points like doors, windows, and peepholes provide lasting protection and ready your home for the emergence of pests in spring.

 

7. When we remove spider webs, egg cases, wasp nests, and dirt dauber nests, we prevent them from reemerging when the weather warms.

If you find yourself sharing your home with a few unwanted guests call West Termite Pest Control  & Lawn today!

By Taylor Glover 31 Dec, 2015

If you see any of these insects consult with West Termite Pest & Lawn, rather than attempt a do-it-yourself remedy that could worsen the problem. We'll create a plan that will fit your needs and budget!

  Termites

Termites are known to swarm during fall months and reproduce in homes until February. They are social insects that living in colonies that can contain up to several million.

  Bedbugs

Bedbugs hitchhike from one location to another through luggage and purses. They have frequently been found on planes and in hotels. Take extra precautions to prevent bringing them home with you while traveling.

  Crazy Ants

Crazy ants are common inn southern states and typically infest homes in large numbers. Keeping a well-manicured lawn during winter months can help homeowners notice crazy ants before their numbers increase.

  Overwintering Pests

Overwintering pests enter homes in the fall and prepare to nest for the winter. Beetles, ladybugs and box elders are some of the most common types of insects to enter homes during the winter. Keep a close eye on the west side of your home where bugs like to sunbathe for warmth in the afternoons.

  Stinkbugs

A type of overwintering pest, stinkbugs enter homes to survive during the winter. They are aptly named for the odor emitted as their defense mechanism.

By Amber Kruth 27 Oct, 2015

The changing leaves and cool mornings signal colder weather in the near future. For many of us, that means bringing out the warm blankets, sealing up the windows and foraging kindle for wood-burning fires.  

The same signal is received by insects, pests and rodents and they seek shelter and warmth to survive the upcoming winter.  

Mice, squirrels and warm-blooded rodents aren’t very good houseguests and can cause structural damage by gnawing on wood and wires in your home. This is a nuisance and also a potential danger to your family with disease and electrical fires.

Cockroaches and spiders scurry into crevices to seek refuge in the insulated spaces of the walls of your home.


Here are some suggestions by The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to pest-proof your home this fall:

  • Inspect and install door sweeps on exterior doors
  • Seal cracks and openings, especially around pipes and utility outlets
  • Keep moisture away from foundation and remove any standing water
  • Trim shrubbery and store firewood 20 feet away from home

If you believe you have a pest infestation in your home, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn for a free inspection to identify the problem.

By Amber Kruth 01 Oct, 2015


There could be pests in your home that you can’t even see and you may not notice until they have infested your living space.

It’s so small you can barely see it with the naked eye.

It thrives in dark, warm places and nests in the soft, comfortable folds of fabric and furniture.

It can cause skin rashes, allergic reactions and even psychological effects.

It can survive in temperatures as cold as 14 degrees or as hot a 110 degrees.

A female adult can generate as many as 500 eggs in her life span.

For thousands of years, they have lived on human blood and their population has increased dramatically in the last 30 years.*


It is known as the human parasite and there is even a haunting chant whispered to children to warn of these tiny, blood-sucking creatures…

“Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

The last thing you want to think about when you are climbing into your warm bed or curling up on the couch with a soft blanket is if there are minuscule blood-sucking parasites waiting for their next meal.

Bed bugs, bed-bugs or bedbugs, anyway you write it, they aren’t welcome in your home.

Getting rid of bedbugs isn’t as easy as turning on a no vacancy sign and washing the sheets.

Resilience to pesticides and rapid reproduction can signal an infestation before you notice there is a problem.


Pest control services offered by  West Termite, Pest & Lawn  include treatments for bed bugs and bed bug reduction. Whether you know you need bed bug removal or want to find out if you have bed bugs in your home or business, West Termite can help.


Call for a free inspection and evaluation.


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By Brittany Guyton 20 Aug, 2015
The start of this summer has been wet and cool, which can make for a pleasant fall, but it will take getting through a hot and humid summer first. The recent weather patterns have flooded marshes and created a breeding ground for bugs and insects. With the upcoming week of hot and sunny weather, the ground will start to dry out and pest control will be on the forefront of every homeowners mind.

The abundance of rain is the ideal environment for mosquito, flea, tick and spider populations. It doesn’t help that the drying out will coincide with the early summer, natural growth cycle of insects. Wet leaves, tall grass and damp wood all foster a breeding ground for mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and spiders.

It is possible to see a problem with roaches as they flee from water and find the dry refuge of the home most appealing.

Lawn treatments and pest control measures to the home are the most effective way to get control of an insect problem. Getting a professional treatment is recommended so the bug infestation can be identified and the most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and spiders can be performed.

Local pest treatment and lawn treatment services, like those provided by West Termite & Pest Control, can asses the specific bugs, insects and pests that are infesting your home or business and take measures to eliminate the infestation.

West Termite & Pest Control uses chemicals that are safe around family and pets, so you don’t have to compromise health in order to have effective pest treatment.

A free inspection by West Termite & Pest Control can give you the peace of mind of knowing the best method for lawn treatment, pest control, flea control, termite control or any of the other infestations of your home or business.

After the initial visit, the West Termite & Pest Control technician will provide a detailed evaluation and estimate required to eliminate the infestation.

West Termite & Pest Control offers treatment plans for one-time, monthly and quarterly services to fit your needs and budget. Contract services with spot treatment and scheduled visits is the best way to make sure that your home or business is safely guarded from pest infestation.

Ask about the service contracts. If any problems crop up between scheduled services, West Termite, Pest & Lawn will provide additional services at no-cost. Licensed, Bonded and Insured West Termite, Pest & Lawn is licensed, bonded and insured with trained, professional technicians.
By Brittany Guyton 18 Aug, 2015
During the dog days of summer, the practice of lawn care in Arkansas and Oklahoma changes from keeping up with the spouting grass to maintaining a healthy, drought-resistant lawn. Here are a few quick tips that can make your lawn a place of refuge for you and your family.

Mow higher
As the summer heat rolls in, it is important to mow grass to a higher height so that the grass can grow deeper roots, resulting in a healthier lawn. As a general rule, do not cut more than the top third of the grass per mowing and keep grass to about three inches in height.

Rake dead spots
Later in the summer, it may not be as important to mow your lawn every week, but the lawn still can use some TLC to continue growing.
Between the weeks of mowing, use a broad leaf rake, sometimes called a lawn rake, to gently remove the dead spots of grass. The broad-fanned tines help to gently separate the dry, dead thatch from the healthy blades of grass, giving the growing material more access to air, light and water.
You can also use a shrub rake, which is similar to a lawn rake but with a more narrow profile, to get between plants and around shrubbery.

Fertilize and Water
After raking your lawn and removing the dead material, fertilize and water the lawn to revitalize it.
Use a broadcast sprinkler to soak each area of the lawn with about ½-inch of water, then move the sprinkler to the next portion of your lawn. It is recommended to water 2-3 times per week for a stronger and more drought-resistant lawn. Watering early in the morning will also allow the lawn to dry out during the day, and it is less likely to cause disease problems than watering at night.

Selectively treat weeds
Adding selective, post-emergent weed control products in August can treat any existing weeds and provide a basis for a healthier lawn in subsequent years. There are many types of post-emergent weed control products that kill anything green, so make sure to check the label or talk to a professional, like the lawn care experts at West Termite & Pest Control.

West Termite & Pest Control has a full team of lawn care specialists that provide lawn care services in Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, Van Buren, Fort Smith and Tulsa.
By Brittany Guyton 18 Aug, 2015
Control Fleas and Ticks this Season!
If you’ve already found ticks on your kids, pets or self, you don’t have to hear it from us that this is tick season. High humidity and moisture this season are perfect conditions for increased tick activity. Get a free estimate to help control these pests at West Termite, Pest & Lawn.
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