Winter: the season of crackling wood fires, blustery days, and family togetherness. Many homeowners and business owners assume that winter is the one season they don’t have to worry about pests. After all, don’t most pests burrow in the ground or die off over the winter? Surely it’s too cold for them to be active.
This sentiment has a bit of truth to it – just not in the way that homeowners and business owners want it to be true. It is too cold for many pests to be outside and active. They are seeking shelter and warmth.
Unfortunately for you, the place where they try to find it might be in your house or workplace.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure that your home doesn’t become pest central this winter. Here are our tips to help you keep pest control on your radar this season:
- Make sure your chimney is properly covered . Rodents, birds, and other animals might try to use your chimney as a warm, sheltered place from winter storms. Keep them out by having a qualified chimney sweep install a chimney cap or other covering.
- Caulk and seal any openings in the exterior. Not only will this help you keep your heating bills down and cut down on drafts, it will also make it harder for pests to get into the space.
- Stack wood away from the building. Everyone loves a beautiful wood fire! But what people don’t like are insects finding a home in the stacked wood, then sneaking from the wood into the building. Cut down on the odds of this by keeping firewood at least 5 feet away from your foundation.
- Don’t assume that summer and fall pests are completely gone. Winters are getting warmer and milder, which means that pests may be active for longer periods. Continue to practice good pest control and don’t slack on the things that keep pests out of your home the other seasons of the year.
- Keep an exterminator on speed dial. The last thing you want is to have to cancel a holiday gathering because of a pest problem. Keep your eyes and ears open for any sign of pests, and if you spot them, call an exterminator right away!
Fall is the favorite season of many, especially for those in North Carolina who want some relief from the hot and humid elements. Have With the transition in seasons, the leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, and new types of pests are moving into Charlotte, NC homes. This season, it’s time for you to take charge against some of the most common types of pests that are found in the fall.
1. Cockroaches: These insects move into homes during the transition of summer to fall to get out of the cold. They are usually found in attics or basements, but can basically be found in any room of your home that’s dark or dimly lit.
2. Lady Beetles: These insects become active in the fall and try to seek shelter in homes where they can stain your clothes and other fabrics. They can multiply rather quickly, so it’s best to call an exterminator before they do!
3. Stink Bugs: You might see them in the summertime, but they’re most often found in the fall when they come out in full force. They’ll try to hide inside your home, in your personal belongings, or even your car where it’s warmer.
4. Ants: Certain types of ants such as sugar ants can be found all summer and fall long. They keep up with the changing weather conditions, when the warmer weather transitions to cooler temperatures.
5. Crane Flies: These large, yet completely harmless insects resemble that of a daddy longlegs- except they fly! These are commonly found on the outside of homes or cars and can make their way inside your home.
If you notice an ample amount of any of these pests inside or outside of your home, call Killo Exterminating Co., Inc. right away. We have custom pest control techniques and solutions for each type of insect, no matter how serious the infestation might be. Don’t let pests keep you from enjoying this new season!
As spring kicks into high gear, it’s time for all of us to start thinking more about pest control. In particular, we know that many customers are worried about termite control.
There are many steps you can take to ensure that your home or commercial property is safe from termites and other wood destroying insects. However, we think they can be broken down into three main categories: prevention, vigilance, and action.
The best way to recover from a termite problem is to never have one in the first place. While sometimes even the most responsible homeowner ends up with termites, there are several steps you can take to keep the termites at bay:
- Minimize wood-to-soil contact. This means not storing
firewood or other wood debris close to your home, not affixing wooden trellises
for plants directly to your walls, etc.
- Keep your home as dry as possible. Fix leaky faucets, leaky
roofs, and other problems that might lead to moisture where you don’t want it
- Install vapor barriers and automatic ventilators to keep the
places of your home you can’t see dry and inhospitable to termites.
- Contact us for a termite prevention plan. We can work on both existing structures and new construction projects.
Even if you’ve taken preventive measures, it’s important to keep an eye out for possible termites or termite damage. While it can be hard to catch termites early, it’s certainly not impossible. Here is what you should watch out for:
- Wood damage: The easiest way to tell if you have termites is
to see if they have already damaged your wood. Test wooden surfaces like
windowsills by gently tapping them with the handle of a screwdriver or other
lightweight tool. If the wood sounds hollow, you could have termite damage.
- Mud tubes: Termites use tubes made of wood and soil to
protect themselves. Look for these tubes (about the size of a straw) around
your baseboards, pipes, chimney, etc.
- Dead insects: You may not be able to tell the difference between a dead termite and a dead ant or other insect. However, seeing large numbers of dead insects is never a good sign.
In a way, this is the easiest step of all. Once you notice signs of termites or want to take preventive measures, simply give us a call. The experts here at Killo Exterminating know all the facets of termite prevention and extermination. We will come up with a comprehensive plan to allay your concerns and make your home or other building safe from termites.There’s no reason to wait: the safety and structural integrity of your property are at stake. Call us today for help making your home and property termite free!