Why Are Year Round Pest Extermination Services Essential?
Spring is here, and you know what that means … pests, pests, and more pests. This is the time of year when you need to ramp up your pest control services, whether that means controlling them yourself, hiring a professional, or a little bit of both.
Let’s take a look at some of the annoying critters you can look forward to in the next several months and what you can do about them.
If you find evidence of termites in your home, there’s a good chance that their numbers are already quite strong. A colony will often consist of tens of thousands of the wood-eaters.
While some homeowners will try to tackle an infestation themselves, it’s best to contact professional pest control services, because eliminating that many termites and making sure they don’t come back can be an arduous process.
These little parasites are a problem no matter what time of year it is. But it’s important to mention them due to the recent “bed bug fever” that’s sweeping the nation … and not in a good way.
These tiny creatures are hard to see, and often difficult (though not impossible) to detect, so if you think you have more than just a few, it’s probably time to pick up the phone and call professional pest control services.
Bees & wasps
Not only is springtime in the air, but so are bees and wasps. For the most part, these pests don’t typically present any real danger, per se. After all, they don’t carry disease, and they won’t try to eat your food. So a bee or wasp here and there isn’t a big deal.
It becomes a problem, however, when a beehive or wasp nest appears on your property because of the chance of being stung increases. They have even been known to invade the walls of an apartment or house.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it is crucial that you enlist pest control services with the skill and tools needed to remove a hive or nest. Whatever you do, DO NOT try to fix the problem yourself.
Chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp. No, that’s not the sound of a cute bird outside your window. It’s the annoying call of the male cricket inside your home. Move a couple of feet, and the noise stops, only to begin again later (usually when you’ve gone back to bed, of course).
To prevent crickets from entering your home in the first place, seal up any entry points, including cracks and gaps that you find. For the ones that have already made their way inside, investing in a few cricket traps should do the trick.
3 Homeowner mistakes against pest control
When it comes to owning a home in New York City and Long Island, pest control is one of those responsibilities. If you allow pests such as bugs and rodents to sneak inside, you could be looking at damage to your house, contaminated food, or even worse.
Whether you handle most of the pest control duties yourself, turn them over to a professional, or use a mixture of both, there’s a good chance that you continue to make mistakes that counteract the pest control that’s been done. We’ll highlight three of those mistakes so that you can identify and fix them right away.
Ignoring past pest control issues
There’s an attitude in many things, not just pest control, that is basically “out of sight, out of mind.” As you’re probably aware, it means that if you don’t see something, you don’t think about it.
In regards to pest control, it means that when you see bed bugs on your couch or cockroaches in your kitchen, you act right away to get rid of them. But once they’re gone, you let your guard down, which can allow them the opportunity to come back.
Neglecting to inspect your home on a regular basis
On occasion, you will be alerted to the presence of pests when only a few have gotten inside, which will allow you time to take the steps necessary to protect your home before an infestation occurs. However, those times are few and far between. Instead of waiting for the signs, you need to be proactive.
If you don’t inspect your home on a regular basis, all of the work that was done in the past to get rid of pests will end up being for naught. If you don’t have the time to check every day, at least look for signs of pests on a weekly basis. Having just a little bit of foresight can save you from a huge headache later on.
“If you don’t inspect your home on a regular basis, all of the work that was done in the past to get rid of pests will end up being for naught.”
-Rest Easy Pest Control
Not following the advice of pest control experts
Whether or not you have used a pest control professional in the past, there is a load of information available on how to deal with various pests.
Some homeowners spend their hard-earned money on a professional only to ignore their advice. They won’t check water sources for leaks or discard their trash promptly. It’s in one ear and out the other, and that can be a dangerous game. If you ignore this advice, you’ll very likely have another pest problem in the future.
So, when do you know it’s time to call a pest control specialist?
This is probably the most common question about pest control. After all, as we’ve demonstrated in the past, you can find a lot of great do-it-yourself tips online concerning the subject. You can quickly locate some solutions concerning how to deal with a variety of rodents, insects, and arachnids.
So when do you need a professional to step in? It’s straightforward. Actually, you will require a specialist when either the infestation is too big to handle (such as a termite colony) or when your solutions don’t seem to be working (try as you might, you can’t get rid of bed bugs).
Year-round pest extermination services
While it is true that many species of insect die off or go dormant with the coming cold, and it is also true that many animals hibernate come winter, that’s not what they all do. Some species of insect and rodent stay alive and active year-round if they can, and they do so by seeking shelter in YOUR home.
That heat you love, that roof you trust, the kitchen you stock, and the running water you drink? All of it gives certain rodents and pests a similar level of sustenance and comfort. Furthermore, these animals don’t know how to do anything other than seek those two things out.
They’re coming for you, in other words, and it’s on you to stay as vigilant in late fall and early winter as you will be next spring. Take heart, though; there’s plenty you can do to help your cause:
- Install door sweeps on external doors; repair broken or damaged screens
- Seal cracks in the exterior of your house
- Keep your firewood stored at least 20 feet from your home
- Check your pets for ticks and fleas every time they come inside
- Put screens over chimney openings and vents
- Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping
- Store your food in airtight containers
- Fix leaky pipes and faucets
- Take your garbage out to curbside receptacles more frequently
The bottom line is, pests such as spiders and cockroaches, as well as rodents like mice and bats, want into your home. They like it just as much as you do, if not more so. It’s life and death for them, and if they get cozy to the point of thriving, it can be an absolute nightmare for you.
In the event you can’t stave off an infestation on your own, whether you live in NYC or out on Long Island, call Rest Easy Pest Control. Trust us. We’ll know what to do.***