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Natural Remedies To Fight Mosquitoes

These little creatures really suck, literally! If you are one of those individuals that attract mosquitoes with your pheromones, you know exactly what I mean. Mosquitoes carry a multitude of different diseases; nowadays, one of the most prevalent is the zika virus. It is seen to be very dangerous for pregnant women. Thanks to mother nature, there are natural remedies that can be used as a repellent for mosquitoes to protect ourselves without having to use the chemicals.

The following plants oils are well known as natural repellents:

Lemon Eucalyptus oil is very effective as a mosquito repellent.

Lavender prevents mosquitos bites and also calms and soothes skin. It can grow in your outside garden or indoor planters. By crushing the flowers and applying it to sensitive areas of the body, such as the ankles and arms, you are protecting from these pestering insects.

Cinnamon oil has the ability to kill mosquito eggs. First, dilute some cinnamon oil with water. Afterward, you can simply spray it onto your skin and around your yard to repel mosquitoes.

Thyme oil is known to be as one of the best repellents for the malarial mosquito. You can mix some drops of the thyme oil with olive or jojoba oil and water in order to make a spray.

Soybean oil is another good repellent. It works best when mixed with lemongrass oil.
A recipe for dried or fresh herbs to use as a repellent against mosquitoes:

Ingredients:

Distilled water

Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol

Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, and lavender.
Directions:

Boil 1 cup of water.

In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp of dried herbs and 1 tbsp of cloves.

Combine the contents of the small bowl with the boiling water.

Cover the herbal water mixture for a few minutes and then let it cool.

The cover is important to preserve the heat from the boiling water in order to extract the oil from the herbs.

Mix with the contents with 1 cup of hazel or alcohol.

Store in a spray bottle.
Plants to Mention

I’d like to name a few plants that you can have in your garden to add beauty while simultaneously repelling mosquitoes. If you plant this in your garden, their aroma will do the job for you.

Citrosa has an attractive foliage and is a mosquito fighter with a lemony scent.

Lemon balm releases a soothing smell caused by high levels of citronellal which gives it its citrusy odor and flavor that repels mosquitoes.

Lantana also called white – sage, grows in any soil. It is a perennial flowering plant in the verbena family.

The lime basil is a culinary herb and a medicinal plant as well. It is very effective as an organic mosquito repellent.

Stone root is from the mint family with a noticeable smell of lemon that drives mosquitoes away. It can easily grows in most soil conditions.

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Cockroach Pest Control

Are there cockroaches in BC and Vancouver? Yes. The German cockroach is the most common species in British Columbia. They can be found wherever moisture, food and shelter are available. Cockroaches (eggs included) are usually brought indoors via our belongings, luggage, boxes or packages.

The Life Cycle of Cockroaches:

Cockroaches have three stages in their life cycle: eggs, nymph and adult. Adults are ? inch- 5/8 inch long light to medium brown with two dark distinctive stripes behind the head.life-cycle-cockroaches The young cockroaches, or nymphs, are wingless, and usually only a few millimeters long ; they are white on hatching but darken within a few hours. They grow in stages by repeatedly shedding the cuticle or skin. They are fully grown after several months to more than a year, depending on the species. Females produce one egg capsule every 3-4 weeks.

Each capsule contains 25-45 eggs. The female will carry the egg capsule with her until it is ready to hatch. The young (nymphs) will be able to breed in as little as 36 days. Adult German roaches can live up to one year. They are mostly active at night; in the daytime they hide in cracks and crevices in walls, door frames and furniture, and in secure places such as bathrooms, cupboards other electric devices, drains and sewer systems. If they are seen during the day, it is usually because their hiding places are overcrowded due to a large population or there is a shortage of food and water supply. Any crack or crevice located near a source of food and/or water is prime harborage, and they spend about 75% of their time in such harborages.

Cockroach-infested areas:

Infestations are generally found in kitchens and bathroomscockroaches-infested but can inhabit other areas if there is a heavy population. Cockroaches eat a great variety of food, including all food used for human consumption. They prefer starchy and sugary materials. They sip milk and nibble at cheese, meats, pastry, grain products, sugar and sweet chocolate. They also feed on cardboard, book bindings, ceiling boards containing starch, the sized inner lining of shoe soles, their own cast-off skins, dead and crippled cockroaches, fresh and dried blood, excrement, sputum, and the fingernails and toenails of babies and sleeping or sick persons.

How are They Harmful?

Cockroaches are able to carry pathogenic bacteria onto food which is responsible for food poisoning outbreaks because of their movement through washrooms, refuse heaps and sewers. Another risk to human health arises from the ability of cockroach egg shells, moulting skin and droppings to cause allergic reactions or asthma that can be very serious for some people. Contact us for professional management options.

Signs of Cockroach Infestation

The most conclusive evidence of cockroach infestation is simply seeing them in the home. However, it is not that easy to spot then during daytime since they are nocturnal creatures. A distinguishable and pungent odour would also be left behind by the roaches which make it easy to identify their presence. If the infestation is very severe, the cockroaches can be seen during the daytime. This may be because their habitat must be overcrowded or they are in search of food. Since the insects are quite distinctive, they can be easily identified.

One of the most prominent signs that the cockroaches have infested your home is by noticing the presence of material called shell casings. These are actually the egg cases from recently hatched cockroaches and are seen as small dark brown oval shaped casings. This would be seen in most places of infestation. Another common sign is the presence of cockroach specks or wastes. It appears dark in colour and is faecal pellets and regurgitated food. It may look like grains of ground pepper.

Interesting Facts about Cockroaches

The insects have been on the earth surface for more than 400 million years. This means that they have proved themselves as good survivors. It has been found out that the cockroaches were alive during the age if dinosaurs. They are in fact considered as the first flying animals. Like termites, some of the species of roaches have the capability to digest wood and feed on them. Sailors on infested ships used to wear gloves while sleeping so as to keep the insects from nibbling their fingernails.

The roaches have an intense liking for the glues, especially the ones on envelopes, glue bindings at the back of the books and on the back of postage stamps. They are even capable of living up to a month without their head. And above all, it has been said that crushed cockroaches applied on stinging wounds have proved to relieve pain.

If you need to get rid of cockroaches in downtown Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley, Richmond, and all metro Vancouver, whether residential, industrial or commercial, call Avon Pest Control exterminators to learn how we can help eliminate them.

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Tips for restaurant owners for dealing with 5 most common pests

It is a well-known fact that some restaurants present the shelter for different pest species. To avoid the potential problem of scaring of your customers and subsequently ruining your business, you have to be worry about the restaurant safety regardless your raging. We prepare the list of 5 most common pests that you have to deal with if you definitely want to succeed in restaurant business.

5 most common vermins

Cockroaches. Cockroaches consider to be among the scariest creatures on the planet. If there happens that one of them turn out to be in your workplace it may cause a panic among your customers, which inevitably brings them to condemnation of your persona.

These creatures prefer such places as dark corners and wet areas, which restaurant building has a lot in common. Additionally, this kind of bugs are capable to breed quite quickly and cause at least miniature mayhem.

Besides, they are bacteria-carrying. This fact may cause some allergic reaction among your customers.

Flies.  These are another type of prevalent pests in the kitchen, which you can meet even on the first day opening.

Flies are avid to such products as sugar and meat, but mostly they prefer waste materials in the trash. This bugs lay their eggs in organic wastes and so are difficult to chase off with conventional cleaners since there’s a great chance they’ve grown immune to it. Thus this permanent issue must be dissolved.

Ants. Maybe these guys aren’t that awful but the speed of their breeding can bring some little troubles. You may be sure that the exterminator will track their colony, which is easy to do, and get rid of them beforehand.

Stinging Pests. This category contains such insects as bees, mosquitoes, wasps etc.

Despite the fact that mosquitos consider to be the worst of them as they carry any types of diseases, the necessary of elimination of this category is determined by the high risk of bringing troubles to your restaurant by building a nests near the food location.

Rodents. Though rodents are barely seen in the frequency context, that doesn’t mean they can’t bring troubles to your business. Cords and containers are definitely at risk like and your sanitary standards, which can be spoiled by their droppings. Not to mention about their ability to transmit such bad diseases as salmonellosis and typhus. Extermination of this animals is no less important like those, who were mentioned higher.

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Pest Control Tips for Spring Cleaning

As spring approaches and the weather improves, many homeowners will begin to concentrate on their spring cleaning. When planning a spring cleaning to-do list, be sure not to ignore any places where pests may be congregating. Having a pest control company treat the house at the beginning of the season is a great idea, but there are some additional things the homeowner can do to keep the home free of any unwelcome visitors.

Kitchen

The kitchen is a common place for bugs and rodents to congregate as this room provides easy access to food and water sources. Ants are particularly notorious for finding their way into the kitchen, searching for leftover crumbs or sticky spills left on the floor or counters. Even if the kitchen is cleaned daily, there are some additional ways to keep these bugs at bay.

First, thoroughly vacuum and scrub the floor. Get into the corners, under the cabinets, around the trash can area, and near the larger appliances. If possible, try to pull the stove out to vacuum on the sides and behind it, as this is a prime area for food particles to gather. Next, sweep and mop the pantry floor and remove all the items from the shelves. Wipe down the shelves and add or replace the shelf lining paper. Also, give the counters a scrubbing with some cleanser and a sponge. Take everything off the counters beforehand, especially the toaster. The toaster area can be a major source of food since there are often crumbs left behind.

Bathroom

The bathroom is a prime hangout for roaches and silverfish. They are attracted to moisture, which is why they enjoy being in this part of the home. The best way to prevent them from appearing is to remove any source of water because they cannot survive for a week without water. Check under the sink and around the bathtub for any potential leaks. Feel the pipes to see if there is any moisture. If there is a moisture problem, have a pest control company treat the bathroom once the issue has been resolved.

Basement

The basement is a popular area for rodents due to the fact that it is a dark underground space with plenty of storage containers that pests can live in. When spring cleaning, go through any storage boxes to declutter the space and check for rodents. Avoid storing anything in cardboard boxes, as rodents will simply chew through them. Instead, invest in some plastic storage containers with tight-fitting lids. Also, go around the basement and look for any cracks that need to be sealed. Seal those with silicone or caulk. Leaving these spaces open invites pests into the home as they can squeeze through the smallest of spaces.

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Reasons to provide the pest control in your house

Why regular pest control is important?

Insects and rodents have ability to destroy your home or business by invading them, so in consequences the repair of your property will cost you a huge price. Seeing the signs of pest invasion, such as rodent droppings or cockroach debris means that you’ve missed the opportunity to prevent problem before it starts.

Besides there are different vermins either who can be seen or rather barely seen. Respectively we’re talking about cockroaches and termites. A long time disregard will get paid destruction of your property or costly extermination and repair bills. That’s just one of the reasons, why you have to do permanent check-in for pest presence in your apartment. Here are another five.

  1. Health deterioration

Don’t get too excited thinking about that the problem of getting infections from rodents and bugs is not relevant nowadays – that is wrong. Among disease’s carriers can be met such pests as rodents, ticks and mosquitos, and since there is a problem of determination whether your annoying inhabitants are dangerous or not, you should provide regular pest control for you and your family members until it’s too late.

  1. Destroying your valuables

Besides the fact that such pests as carpenter ants and carpet beetles are hardly to detect they can be a serious problem for your valuables. Silverfish, for example, prefer to settle in books, photo albums and all those boxes you’ve been keeping in storage. Considering the termites their dirty tricks are barely visible, but when it is – that is the signal that ridding of pest infestation is not enough.

  1. Food and other perishable goods

No one as restaurant owners and housekeepers knows what it’s like to have deal with pest in the context of food storage.

No matter how clean your kitchen is – there will be always a struggle with cockroaches, for example, especially in warm climates. As a rule, the greatest accumulation of this bugs is seen nearby the refrigerator, under the stove and other hard-to-reach areas. It’s your choice to wait until it’s too late or contact the Foundation Pest today for quickly saving of your property.

  1. DIY doesn’t make it good

It is common knowledge that most “do-it-yourself” projects not only don’t help but sometimes make the situation even worse. In practice products intended for simple-non specialized consumer are nothing more than a trick and just put a Band-Aid on the real problem. Instead of paying a huge price literally and in figurative meaning and endangering your family members’ lives contact Foundation Pest company – we will save your money by making your life in your house harmless.

  1. Keep yourself from losing your nerve cells

We know how unhappy you fell when you meet unexpected pests within your house places. Thus we propose you our service for best and quick extermination of annoying foes, that don’t give you a good living. Call us at (901) 302-5206 today or contact us to schedule a free inspection.

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Pest Control Specialists Can Prevent Skin Irritation, Embarrassment, and Sleepless Nights

Pest control professionals are widely known for tackling the issue of unwanted insects. Although many of the bugs that enter into people’s homes and businesses are harmless, they are still understandably unwelcome. There are some people, however, who choose to handle the situation on their own with the use of different types of insect spray and bug repellants. Unfortunately, some of these people find themselves having to pull out their spray consistently for persistent pests. Not only can professionals handle this issue, but there are also several other reasons why reaching out for specialists’ help is in your best interest.

Pesticide Usage

Along with conventional bug spray, many people are now turning to do-it-yourself concoctions and choosing to take matters into their own hands. Pesticides can work wonders when used correctly. On the contrary, when misused these toxins can cause all sorts of problems, such as skin, eye, and throat irritation. It’s important for people to allow pest control professionals to come in and properly apply the mixture. Not only do they know exactly where to spray, they also know just the right amount to use.

Itchiness and Irritation

Because specialists have a higher success rate when dealing with unwanted insects, homeowners and business owners usually don’t have to worry about recurring issues, especially if ordering scheduled treatments. On the other hand, amateur work can leave people vulnerable to constant insect invasions, as well as bug bites. Even if the bites don’t pose a health threat, they can still be irritating to people’s skin and nerves. For instance, having to wake up throughout the night with itchy skin can not only be annoying, but it can cause people to lose sleep.

Prevent Embarrassment

The bites and irritation that come from unwanted pests can be enough to make anyone cringe. However, the embarrassment of insect sightings can be just as troublesome. Many people associate bugs in a home or business with uncleanliness. A home can be beautifully decorated, but as soon as roaches or spiders appear, it’s as if nothing else matters. Of course, people can have insect issues due to things outside of their control. Unfortunately, some people aren’t able to look past the bugs. And no matter what the homeowner may say, their explanation can sometimes fall on deaf ears.

Save Money

Some people believe they are saving money by choosing to take matters into their own hands. However, because of the amount of trial and error usually involved, they end up spending more than they budgeted. This is why it’s so important for people to rely on pest control specialists to help fix their insect issues. Not only can they help save people money, but they can also protect them from the effects of harmful toxins, unnecessary embarrassment, and sleepless nights.

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10 Pest Control Tips to Keep Pests Away This Summer

Nothing ruins a picnic like a line of ants. Nothing ruins a barbecue like a swarm of mosquitoes. And nothing ruins a morning like spotting a spider, cockroach, or mouse somewhere in your house.

Keep bugs and critters away from your home and yard this summer with these 10 best pest control practices.

1. Block Their Entry to Your Home
Your first line of defense is to make it difficult for pests to even find an entry to your home. Check all your screens for holes, and repair if you find any. Check around your doors and windows for gaps, and replace window stripping when needed.

2. Clean Your Kitchen
A pile of crumbs on your counter or floor is like a treasure chest to ants and other insects. Let them find treasure elsewhere – outside and far away from your home – by making sure you offer no treasure to be found in your own kitchen. Wipe your counters, sweep your floors, put food away immediately, and take out the trash regularly.

3. Get Rid of Standing Water
Getting rid of standing water is the first step to control mosquitoes. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and a big, fat invitation for mosquitoes to start a family. It’s easy to miss standing water sometimes, so regularly walk your property to check for it. Look in rain spouts, check for leaks near your air conditioning unit, and pick up toys left scattered throughout the yard.

4. Maintain Your Yard
Keep your landscaping maintained to avoid overgrowth that is perfect for pests and their nests. Trim bushes and trees that are near the house, rake up debris, and yes – you’re also going to have to weed.

5. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Don’t let fruits and veggies get overly ripe on your counter. If you do, the fruit flies will invite themselves in for a spell and eliminating fruit flies is a headache you don’t want.

6. Store Your Firewood Properly
Don’t give termites free access to your home. If you store firewood, keep it away from your house or shed. As far away as possible, actually. Five feet should be the minimum distance, but if you can store it even farther away, you’ll be in better shape. Also, store it in racks above the ground.

7. Don’t Throw Meat Outside Too Soon
Try not to throw meat scraps in your outside garbage unless the garbage will be picked up in the next 48 hours or so. The combination of rotting meat and summer sun could bring unwanted pests to your yard alarmingly fast.

8. Inspect Swings and Outdoor Furniture
Regularly check the chains and corners of your swing sets and outdoor furniture for spider webs and egg sacks. Remove them when you see them.

9. Don’t Bring the Outside In
Keep outside toys outside and inside toys inside. If you have to bring in a toy, chair, or table, thoroughly wipe it down first.

10. Use a Pest Control Service
Hire a local pest control service to come to your home and regularly spray for bugs and rodents common to your area. “As pest control experts, we can take inventory of your issues and create a personalized plan to keep pests away”, says Jason Revill with Spott Pest Prevention in Austin, TX. “A professional pest control company can provide more protection than you can on your own, and the peace of mind you’ll receive knowing you have an expert protecting your home is immeasurable”, says Revill.

While there are a lot of things you can do to try and prevent pests around your home, sometimes you just need to bring in the pros. Whether you choose to do it all on your own or hire a professional pest control service, though, keep these tips in mind to take control of your yard again and have a more pest-free summer!

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What to Consider in Hiring a Pest Control Professional

Sometimes it is better to hire a pest control professional than to try to do it yourself. This is particularly true if the pest problem is ongoing, if the infestation has become large, or if the products needed for control are only authorized for use by certified professionals. When you do need to hire a professional, keep the following top 12 considerations in mind:

The Technician
Before allowing the pest control provider to enter your home, ask to see their identification, license, and certification, and check to ensure it is current. Almost every state requires that technicians be certified? and that they participate in annual training to keep the license current. ?

The Company
Is the company bonded and insured? This can be important to both protect your property and protect against liability. Visit the company’s website. Does it appear professional? Is it knowledgeable? Do its values correspond with your own?

Knowledge
The technician, or sales representative, should be knowledgeable enough to answer your pest control questions. There may be a question or two that he does not know off-hand, and, if so, he should be willing to say he will find out and let you know. It is better to hear an honest “I don’t know, but I’ll find out,” than to be given a wrong or made-up answer.

Professional Appearance
When the technician comes to your door, their uniform and overall appearance should be clean and professional. The truck, equipment, and chemicals should also provide you with a secure feeling of professionalism.

References
Before calling a pest control company, ask friends and neighbors for referrals. Check with your state pest control association, or visit www.npma.com for a state-by-state list of providers. It is always wise to check any company with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org). If you did not receive any personal recommendations, you may want to ask the provider for references—and follow up with calls to the customers provided.

Price
The lowest price is not always the best deal. If a company says it will solve your problem in one service for $X, and your problem still exists after you’ve paid for that service, you haven’t saved any money. Instead, you will most likely need to start over with another service provider and end up paying a great deal more than if you had chosen quality over price the first time.

Contract
If you are hiring a company for ongoing service, discuss your options with the technician, or sales representative. Will quarterly service take care of the problem? Or do you need monthly service? Perhaps you will start with monthly, or more frequent, service to eliminate the problem, then drop to a less frequent maintenance schedule once it is solved. Be sure to read the contract carefully, understand all fine print, and ask questions before you sign on the line.

Service
Before attempting any service, the technician should talk with you to discuss exactly what the problem is, find out where and what you’ve seen or heard, and ask probing questions to ensure she fully understands the pest problem. Following that discussion, the pest control technician should inspect your home or building through a professional eye, identify the pest or pests, and set a treatment plan.

Chemicals
In many cases, the technician will use chemicals for elimination, but he should be willing to discuss the chemicals he expects to use, any possible adverse effects and any non-chemical options. All chemical containers should be labeled and have a clean, professional appearance. Upon request, the technician should be able to provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and specimen label for each chemical used.

Documentation
After completing service, the technician should provide a report detailing the service performed, any necessary follow-up action, and any customer advice. The report should also detail the service costs.

Consultation
At some point during service, the technician should make recommendations for future prevention. Depending on the service being performed, it is possible that this could come before, during, or after service. For example, if the inspection reveals a potential pest harborage area, the technician should inform you and recommend immediate clean-up. If a structural issue is found, the technician may wait until the end and recommend maintenance, such as screen replacement or repairing of holes.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Rid of Mice

Many feel tempted to delay taking action to eliminate a rodent problem, not realizing that “time is not on your side.” Mice populations can soar within only a few weeks and do extensive damage.

Therefore, it is critical to contact a local pest control company with rodent control services as soon as possible after a mouse sighting.

Here are five steps to ridding your home/business of mice:

1. Spotting/Detecting the Mice

Anywhere there is a source of food and a warm, sheltered nesting location, mice are liable to make themselves at home. Mice are quick, elusive nocturnal foragers, however, so you may not even spot one for some time. If you do, it will likely be at night.

Signs that mice (or rats) are living in your home, short of seeing one, include: squeaking, scratching noises, an unpleasant odor caused by mouse defecation, droppings and urine pillars, mouse tracks, damaged food products, and anxious pet behavior.

2. Contacting a Pest Control Company

Once you suspect a mouse is present on your property, waste no time in contacting a local pest control company that can render your building mouse-free within a matter of days.

You should be able to get a free estimate, a reasonable rate, and fast, effective service, so do some comparison shopping. Make sure the company has extensive training/experience in eradicating rodents, good references from past clients, and uses only safe, legal methods.

3. The Initial Inspection

The inspection will cover all rooms of the house where mice may routinely forage or where they may be entering the building. Once entry points, nesting sites, and “mouse paths” have been located, an effective strategy can be formed.

Mice can squeeze in through small cracks/holes as small as a quarter-inch wide, so all potential routes into the building must be sealed off. Inspectors will also look for grease marks where mouse hair rubbed against walls, fresh tracks, and for mouse nests, often hidden in wall cavities.

4. Treatment Methods

Various techniques will be used by your pest control company, including poisoned baits, snap traps, glue traps, live traps, physical repellents, and electronic repellents.

Traps should be set along mouse paths, but also in hidden/hard-to-reach areas since traps out in the open will both catch fewer mice and be a danger to children/pets.

Captured/killed mice must be disposed of quickly to prevent decomposition and the spread of bacteria. All traps should be checked at least twice a day.

5. Results and Future Prevention

Your pest control company should do a follow-up inspection, but if there are no new droppings, tracks, scratching sounds, or sightings within a few days, all mice are likely eliminated.

To keep it that way, keep up high sanitation, seal foods in tight-lidded containers, and seal trash cans as well. With entry points blocked and no food readily available, mice are not likely to get in.

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How To Pest-Proof Your House

Many people may think that pest proofing is only necessary in the warmer weather when pests like mosquitoes and ticks are out, but that’s simply not the case. Different hazardous pests rear their heads in every season, and its up to homeowners to prepare their homes with avid pest proofing ahead of every season’s change to protect both their properties and health.

But where do you start when trying to pest-proof your entire house? Legacy Termite & Pest Control recommends following the below tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA):

Store holiday decorations properly: Boxes of decor can be great nesting spots for pests, so be sure to seal up all decorations in tight, impenetrable containers until next year.

Maintain a clean kitchen: Pests are enticed by food sources, so regularly wiping down the kitchen and ensuring all food is stored in sealed containers is crucial to avoid drawing pests’ attention to the home.
Seal any gaps: Many pests can fit through small cracks or crevices in the home, making it important to use sealing materials like caulk to close off any entry points.

Store firewood properly: Woodpiles can be an attractive home to many pests and should therefore be stored at least 20 feet away from the home and thoroughly examined before bringing indoors.

Be mindful of the home’s exterior: Remove any nearby debris or leaves that could serve as shelter for pests or create a source of standing water for pests to quench their thirst.
Partner with a pest control professional: Professional pest control companies like Legacy Termite & Pest Control have the tools and training to ensure proper, ongoing maintenance.

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