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DIY 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.

DIY 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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How To Keep Bats Out Of The Attic

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Don’t get spooked by bats this Halloween! Read more to learn how to get bats out of the attic, tips on removal, and the first question that needs to be answered: How in the heck do they get into your house in the first place?

How Bats Can Creep Their Way Into Your Attic: What To Look For

  • The first sign of bats for many homeowners would be guano, aka bat fecal matter. Lots of homeowners will discover guano accumulation around homes and can cause confusion on to what’s causing the fecal matter.
  • Another way bats get into your home is through any cracks & crevices around the foundation, like attic vents, shutters, and under facia boards.
  • Bats tend to scratch on the walls or ceilings as they creep around the inside of your home.  You also might hear chirping or squeaking as the bats communicate with each other!
  • Bats tend to thrive at dusk and dawn, so pay special attention to the exterior of the home at those times to observe where bats enter and exit.
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Bent slats of attic vent showing signs of rodent entry

Click here to watch footage taken by our Wildlife Team of a bat infestation, showing signs of bat fecal matter.

Steps You Can Take To Keep Bats Out Of The Attic:

  1. We recommend homeowners seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool.
  2. Pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark areas, like attics and belfies.
  3. Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  4. Install door sweeps.

According to PestWorld, exclusion is the only method to keep bats out long term. Well, you’re in luck!

Exclusion Services – How We Keep ‘Em Out

Exclusion is simply sealing up a home to prevent further wildlife issues with bats, rats, mice, squirrels, and more. Once we have removed the critters, we will seal off all openings to prevent future entry. This includes adding crawl space doors, screening up foundation vents, (or any gaps a home might have) that could invite critters into your home would get closed up to prevent further entry. NOTE:  We do not harm bats in any way, and we abide by all state regulations and do not offer any eviction or exclusion services for bats during their prime mating season.

One of our Clark’s Wildlife Professionals will come to your home twice for the exclusion:

  1. The first trip is inspecting any entry points, set up a plan of exclusion, and netting where they can easily fly out but can’t fly back in.
  2. The second trip we seal up the area which keeps the bats from coming back in.

To learn more about our services, visit our wildlife page.

We use safe techniques to remove them from your home and prevent them from coming back. Clark’s has a dedicated Wildlife Team to assess each situation and determine the most humane solution for eviction. If you have any issues or for more information, click here to schedule an evaluation or email our team at clarkscsr@clarkspest.com. You can also give us a call at your toll-free number, 866‑781‑4991. Team Clark’s can help you kick ‘em out and keep ‘em out!

Three Reasons Why You Should Invest In Mosquito Control

As the warmer weather is starting to heat up, so is the need for mosquito control…especially in the South! It’s time to send those mosquitoes PACKING!

Clark’s SKEETERshield helps you enjoy that outdoor BBQ season with family and friends. Here are the top three reasons you should invest in mosquito control for YOUR yard.

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Backyard Fun Is On Again, With Clark’s Mosquito Treatments

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If you’ve lived in the South for more than a few minutes, you know what mosquitoes look like. Although they look fragile, they are extremely resilient and prey on both people and a variety of animals. Luckily, backyard fun is on again with the help of Clark’s mosquito treatments.

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6 Ways to Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes

Not many things are more enjoyable than a southern summer evening outdoors. If your outdoor parties leave you with some unwanted mosquito bite favors, take a look at these 6 ways you can help prevent mosquitoes:

  1. Keep mosquitoes outside
    • To keep mosquitoes outdoors, use air conditioning or screens for windows and doors.
  2. Use insect repellent
    • The CDC recommends the following here:
      • DEET
      • Picaridin
      • IR3535
      • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
      • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
      • 2-undecanone
  1. Eliminate standing water from the immediate area of your home
    • Certain species of mosquitoes breed in standing water which can be collected in receptacles such as unused plant pots, tires, children’s toys, buckets and trash cans. Ensure stagnant water is removed to reduce mosquitoes.
  2. Wear light-colored clothing
    • Did you know that mosquitoes can be more attracted to dark colors? They use visual cues to locate humans.
  3. Plant a garden
    • These plants naturally repel mosquitoes:
      • Citronella
      • Lemon Balm
      • Basil
      • Lavender
  1. Cover up
    • If mosquitoes are particularly bad, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts can reduce the likelihood of getting mosquito bites.

These tips in combination with our people and pet friendly treatments can keep the mosquitoes in your yard at bay.

How can we help?

For effective and safe mosquito control, we offer one-time or monthly mosquito treatments. We treat standing water that cannot easily be cleared such as bird baths, tree holes and flower pot saucers. In addition to treating small areas of standing water, we treat the bushes and foliage around the home to the perimeter of the yard on the front, sides and backyards where mosquitoes are found. Following our treatment, people and pests are to remain outside of the treated area for 30-60 minutes.

To learn more about our mosquito treatment options and pricing, give us a call toll-free today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com. Contact Clark’s to help take back your outdoor living space!

Whitefly

WhiteflyPhysical Characteristics

Whiteflies usually occur in groups on the undersides of leaves. They derive their name from the mealy, white wax covering the adult’s wings and body. Adults are tiny insects with yellowish bodies and whitish wings.

Behavior

Whiteflies are tiny, sap-sucking insects that are frequently abundant in vegetable and ornamental plantings. They excrete sticky honeydew and cause yellowing or death of leaves. Whiteflies develop rapidly in warm weather, and populations can build up quickly in situations where natural enemies are destroyed and weather is favorable. Most whiteflies have a wide host range that includes many weeds and crops. Like aphids, whiteflies excrete honeydew, so leaves may be sticky or covered with black sooty mold. The honeydew attracts ants, which interfere with the activities of natural enemies that may control whiteflies and other pests. Management is difficult.

Treatment

Whiteflies can be controlled through a variety of means including biological and chemical means as well as removal. Clark’s Pest Control offers a variety of solutions for your lawn and garden and can address problems you are having with both whiteflies and ants in your yard.

Tick

American Dog TickPhysical Characteristics

Unengorged adult female tick is 3/16″ long, the male being slightly smaller (about 1/8″). Body is oval in shape and color is brown with whitish to gray markings. Ticks are eight legged.

Behavior

The tick will not survive indoors; ticks found indoors have been brought in by its host, probably a dog. Adult ticks will crawl up grass or low vegetation and grasp on to any passing host and prefer larger mammals such as dogs, man, cattle, coyotes, hogs, horses, squirrels, etc.

Ticks may be attracted by the scents of animals and are most numerous along roads, paths and trails.movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

Some of the diseases vectored by ticks include Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Powassan encephalitis, Relapsing Fever, Endemic Typhus and many others.

Treatment

Most infestations of ticks can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control in conjunction with the treatment of any pets.

Subterranean Termite

Physical Characteristics

The Subterranean termite swarmer is about 3/8″ long including wings. The body is dark brown to black in color.

The Subterranean termite soldier is about 3/8″ long with mandibles; the mandibles lack teeth.

Behavior

The Subterranean termite swarms during daylight and occurs during springtime. Colonies are located underground, usually below the frost line and above the water table and rock formations. The Subterranean termite builds mud tubes to travel through areas of adverse conditions and will run from the colony and the food source.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Treatment

Soil treatment with long residual insecticides to provide a chemical barrier is the most commonly used control or prevention method for subterranean termites.

Southern Fire Ant

Southern Fire AntPhysical Characteristics

Southern Fire ants are 1/16″-1/4″ long and queens are usually larger. The head and thorax are yellowish red and the abdomen is black in color.

Behavior

Typically the southern fire ant is ground nesting. However, the southern fire ant will nest outside in close proximity of the kitchen, in wood, soil, masonry, base of trees or shrubs and in clumps of grass and may gain access through HVAC systems, power in and outlets and pipes. Fire ants may also nest in Breaker panels and electrical junction and water boxes.

Fire ants prefer a high protein diet, typically, but will feed on almost everything, whether it is plant or animal. Southern fire ants have been known for eating electrical and phone lines seeking out the wire insulation as well as soiled clothing.

The southern fire ant is highly aggressive and has been known for attacking non-responsive residents and pets, such as the elderly and infants, inflicting injury.

Treatment

Treating fire ants should be handled by a trained license professional due to the southern fire ants’ aggressive nature.  In cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.