Other pests whose presence you didn’t expect may be creeping around the crevices of your property. These invaders can transmit disease to humans and animals, invade your food supply and damage your property.
The first step towards eliminating these pests is to properly identify the pest. A licensed pest control professional can identify the type of pest(s) at your home or business.
Be on the lookout for common signs of creepy crawler activities on your property such as:
Spotting the pest itself:
- Spotting eggs, fecal pellets or urine
- Detecting unpleasant or unusual odors
- Visible damage such as discoloration or gnaw marks on bags of food, plants, electrical wires, metal, plastic or other structures
- Hearing buzzing, gnawing or scratching through walls or ceilings
Where the wild ones are
Pests are most likely to establish themselves where all of their needs are met: food, water, moisture, warmth, and a hiding spot. Some common places of harborage include:
|1. Yards, gardens, orchards||Weevils, Beetles|
|2. Tall grasses, leaf litter, trees||Ticks, Beetles|
|3. Flower beds, crops||Thrips, Stink bugs, Moths, Crickets, Beetles|
|4. Mulch, landscape timber||Roly polies, Millipedes, Beetles Centipedes, Lawn Shrimps|
|5. Underneath logs/stones||Slugs, Snails, Roly Polies, Silverfish, Earwigs, Centipedes|
Protecting your property (exterior)
Exclusion is the best technique of keeping nuisances and dangerous pests out of your property when these pests crave, heat, moisture, safety and food.
Windows and doors
Sealing doors and windows is a great place to start. In addition to preventing pests from getting in, you’ll also enjoy some savings on your energy bill.
Keep outside doors closed when not in use.
- Replace faulty door latches or broken closers.
- Ensure the weather-stripping is adequate.
- Repair or replace any damaged window or door screens.
Keep creepy crawlers away from the perimeter of your home by sealing any cracks in or around the foundation, trim and siding with caulk.
Mulch and Vegetation
Avoid excess moisture and pest hiding spots along the outside foundation to keep out moisture-loving pests. The sun-baked pea gravel strip will make the area uninhabitable for most pests.
- Vegetation should be kept 18 to 36 inches from the foundation.
- Keep grass, shrubs and bushes trimmed. Remove any weeds.
- Keep firewood away from the foundation.
- Use pea gravel along the foundation instead of wood mulch.
Many homeowners overlook attics and crawl spaces. Avoid storing books, paper products or clothing in attics. If you see signs of pest activity, or sawdust falling from beams, seek professional help.
- Check the rafters for signs of wood decay.
- Look for water damage.
- Make sure there’s proper ventilation.
Kitchens are the first area many household pests will invade. A normal schedule of thorough cleaning will help avert many of your pest problems. Avoid bringing in used appliances (check them for infestations first).
Be sure to wipe down counter and cabinet spaces. Clean under, behind and around the stove and refrigerator. Vacuum around shelving. Be sure to clean the compressor compartment of the fridge and freezer.
Inspect stored product containers for bugs and discard old products. Empty the garbage frequently!
If you suspect other pests, it’s advisable to have a licensed exterminator perform a thorough examination and analysis of your property. Your chosen exterminator will identify the types of pests present, then determine the severity of the influx and spot other conditions that promote breeding. Don’t put the health of your family or your business at risk. Call 281-449-7404 to schedule a free inspection today. You’ll be glad you did!