Five Tips for a Pest-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Tommy Miles - November 23, 2017

Pest-Free Thanksgiving

Imagine this scenario. You’re having a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with your family and friends and seemingly out of nowhere, an unwanted guest makes their presence known. No, we’re not talking about a disinherited relative—we’re talking about outdoor pests such as rodents, roaches, spiders, ants, lady beetles and boxelder bugs. These critters often seek shelter indoors during the fall and can throw your dinner party guests for a loop. To avoid this embarrassing scenario, our experts at Clark’s Termite & Pest Control make the following preventive recommendations for a pest-free holiday meal.

1. Perform Seasonal Home Checks for Access Points

Do a perimeter check of your home to inspect for any cracks or holes in your roofing or foundation. Check for any gaps around doors and windows. These are common access points for small animals, insects and rodents seeking shelter, so you’ll want to repair any damage you discover before the holiday season arrives.

2. Remove Lawn Debris and Trim Back Trees Near the Home

Pests often take respite in damp, dark areas such as stacks of wood and piles of leaves. Remove landscaping debris regularly to prevent unwanted visitors from hanging out near the home. Trimming back certain types of trees can reduce the number of pests such as boxelder bugs that are notorious for making a fall entrance into homes in large numbers. You can also prevent the entry of raccoons and squirrels who use branches near the home to get inside the attic.

3. Secure Outdoor Containers

Garbage bins, compost piles and recycling containers can attract unwanted pests looking for shelter and/or food. Secure such containers with lids and latches and place them away from the house if possible. After all, if you’re feeding the critters outdoors, they might be more interested in seeing what goodies you have indoors.

4. Keep a Tidy Home

Perform seasonal cleanings in more than just spring. Get down and dirty in corners, pantries, cabinets and other areas that are often neglected during daily cleanings. Keeping a clean kitchen is a powerful defense against attracting pests indoors. If you have carpet or upholstered furnishings, regular vacuuming can help eliminate small insects and remove any legs they may have laid during their stay.

5. Regular Professional Pest Inspections

The best prevention against pest home invasions is to have a pest control specialist come out periodically and inspect your home for any signs of infestations. These experts can also help detect any potential access points and make recommendations as needed. Even if there are no signs of pests currently, pest control professionals can offer preventive measures to ensure there’s no pests crashing your Thanksgiving dinner plans.

Pest Control Prevention and Eradication Services

If you want to make sure your Thanksgiving dinner is free of unwanted pests, contact Clark’s Termite & Pest Control today to schedule a consultation with one of our pest control professionals.

 

3 Reasons Not to Go Easy On Termites This Winter

Tommy Miles - November 9, 2017

Termite Damage

Termites cause an extensive amount of damage to your home. Having an infestation could mean you have to spend a great deal of money to repair the structural damage from the destruction of these insects. Don’t think because the season is changing that you can ease up on your efforts to prevent termites and that you won’t get them in your home over the colder months.

Termite Weather Preference

Termites do prefer the warmer weather, but they’re active during the entire winter season as well. If you let them go during the chillier months, you’ll notice they’ll continue to breed, and by the time it warms up again, you could find yourself not being able to enjoy it due to the overwhelming amount of termites you have.

During the winter, subterranean termite colonies tend to move deeper into the ground in cooler climates, but because the South Carolina region doesn’t usually see frigid temperatures, the termites don’t have to move very deep into the ground for warmth throughout the winter. Generally, you won’t notice termites being as active during the warmer months, though. Usually, you won’t find swarms of termites around your home because the cold weather will deter them. Termites, however, will continue to thrive as long as they have access to a food source. And if they decide your home is an excellent food source, you’ll be harboring these critters in your home throughout the entire winter.

Seasonal Changes in Your Home

If you have termites in your home already and aren’t aware of it, the termite activity won’t change much due to conditions outside. Heated buildings remain as an ideal location for termites. Queen termites continuously lay eggs all year round, sometimes even at a consistent rate depending on the breed and location of the termites. Additionally, the termites located close to your home in the soil will continue to thrive because of the warmth from your home. You can find both subterranean and drywood termites in your home during the winter because these insects will feast on the foundation and walls in your home since these areas won’t be affected much by the cold weather outside.

Winter Termite Control and Removal

We advise everyone to always look for signs of wood damage, no matter the season. Early detection has the ability to lead to a better prognosis, meaning it’s easier to remove the insects from your home if you discover the problem sooner. Even during the winter months, we advise you to contact us immediately to schedule an inspection for termites. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection of your home. During our inspection, if we determine you have termites, we’ll actively start the treatment process in order to kill the termites.

Just because winter is approaching, don’t give up on your efforts to prevent termites from entering your home. Contact Clark’s Termite & Pest Control, serving South Carolina and the surrounding area, by calling 866-781-4991 to schedule an inspection and the treatment process if necessary. We can also help you take preventative measures.