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Do It Yourself Pest Control Tips For The Holidays

Get your home ready for Christmas by making sure it’s PEST FREE. The holiday season can be a stressful time with baking, shopping, and decorating to prepare for your guests.

Keep reading for DIY Pest Control Tips For The Holidays.

Baking Christmas cookies?

According to a recent article from PestWorld, they encourage homeowners to make sure your festivities aren’t unknowingly attracting pests!

“While preparing for the holidays, it’s important to make sure your festivities aren’t accidentally attracting pests. Taking simple precautions while baking and decorating is a must to protect your home from pests.”

–Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA

Baking and cooking during the holidays can attract Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles, as well as other typical household pests, including Palmetto bugs, (aka American Cockroach), spiders, and ants.

Indian Meal Moth
Merchant Grain Beetle

Tips To Prevent Pantry Pests

  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Inspect boxes and bags for any damage before buying items at the grocery store.
  • Keep kitchen surfaces clean, mop floors regularly, and be sure to dispose your garbage in a sealed receptible.
  • Remove water dishes for pets at night.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes on the counters or in the sink.
  • Run the garbage disposal daily! This will eliminate food in the drain to keep pests out.
  • Clean surfaces in your kitchen to reduce grease on oven hoods and walls near stoves.
  • Wipe out the insides of cabinets regularly.

Decorating With Pests In Mind

This is for those who decorate their homes with fresh greenery like wreaths, trees, or garlands. These beautiful and classy decorations are great for the Christmas season, but can bring in lots of pests!

  • Before decorating, be sure to thoroughly inspect all live greenery for any pests or eggs.
  • Shake out all of the live greenery before bringing decorations indoors.
  • Place the greenery far away from the home when disposing of it to avoid attracting pests.
  • Do not place lights directly above the entry doors to your house. The further lights are from the door, the less likely pests are to fly in at night.

Before lighting up your fireplace…

  • According to Clemson’s home and garden information center, firewood brought into homes is a “classic route” for some beetle and ant species to enter the structure.
  • Other insects may also be brought into the home on potted plants that were moved indoors to avoid the cooler temperatures.
  • According to our sources, taking firewood or infested plant material back outdoors or removing pests like aphids around a Christmas tree typically does the trick to removing pests and does not require insecticide treatment.

Still Having Pest Problems?

Let our trained pest professionals come eradicate your pest problem to keep your home bug free during the holiday season, and throughout the year!

We offer quarterly, guaranteed pest control or a one-time interior, exterior treatment. Click here to learn more about our services and pricing.

source(s): https://hgic.clemson.edu/uninvited-holiday-guests/ ; https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/press-releases/dont-let-pests-make-your-home-theirs-for-the-holidays/

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Building Barriers: Clark’s Quarterly Pest Control Service

If you find yourself with some unwanted house guests this summer, we offer one-time or quarterly pest control treatments that can leave you with peace of mind that your home is protected against pests. If you already have pest control services and are interested in what makes them effective, look below for a brief description of our pest control services:

 

The interior and exterior of the home are treated to build up a barrier against pests during the initial service.  Once the barrier is established, the exterior treatment will cover 98% of covered pests from entering the home and is maintained quarterly. Your pest control is guaranteed between services and we will come back out if you experience any issues following the treatment.

 

For the interior treatment, the cracks and crevices along the baseboards are treated throughout the entire home. We place an insecticidal dust around appliances, in plumbing voids and around large pieces of furniture. If you have a garage, the corners and along the ceiling are spider brushed. A liquid treatment is applied to the cracks and crevices along the baseboards. Two monitors will be placed on either side of the garage door.

 

On the exterior, treatment includes spider brushing under the eaves and around the windows and doors. A liquid treatment is applied under the eaves and around the windows and doors as well. The perimeter of the home is treated 2 feet up and 3-5 feet out. An insecticidal bait will be placed in a around the exterior of the liquid treatment.

 

Did you know? If you already have termite protection with Clark’s, you can receive pest control at a discounted rate! Call us to start pest control service today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com.

German Cockroach

German CockroachPhysical Characteristics

The adult German cockroach ranges from 1/2″ to 5/8″ long; their bodies are oval in shape and light brown to tan in color.

Behavior

The German cockroach is the most common of cockroaches and commonly found in structures. The German roach prefers warm and humid places such as kitchens and bathrooms. Infestations occur in areas where we eat, drink, watch TV and even sleep, making any food and/or water source a prime harborage area. The German cockroach is not only a nuisance but has also been known to be a disease carrier.

Treatment

Sanitation is the cornerstone to effective long lasting control of German cockroaches. This requires cooperation of the people living in the home as well as a complete interior treatment.

Conditions conducive to roach infestations need to be removed, and items in pantries and cupboards need to be removed to allow access to the harborage for the technician. The Clark’s technician will advise the customer on what they can do to help alleviate the problem as well as determining the best means of control.

American Cockroach

American CockroachPhysical Characteristics

The adult American cockroach ranges from 1 3/8″ to 2 1/8″ long; their bodies are oval in shape and reddish brown with their head being pale brown to yellowish in color.

Behavior

The American cockroach gains access through sewer systems and drains. More than 5,000 individual cockroaches have been found under one single manhole cover. The American cockroach is not only a nuisance but has also been known to be a disease carrier.

Treatment

Clark’s Year Round Pest Control will control most infestations of American cockroaches on the exterior; however, if interior infestations are a problem the technician will treat the interior as well. In addition, the Clark’s Pest Control technician will advise the customer on ways to help eliminate harborage points that may be contributors to the problem.