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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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 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 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 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.
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.
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:
If you believe you have a pest infestation in your home, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn for a free inspection to identify the problem.
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…
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.
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* Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug