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— Do it Yourself Tips —

PREVENTION TIPS

 Check out these tips for preventing household pests, pest infestations and the potentially dangerous health and property threats they pose. Find out how to prevent bugs and rodents from entering your home, how to avoid outdoor insects like mosquitoesbees and how to protect your family and property from disease and property damage.and

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Repair fascia and sofits and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Call EARTHWISE PEST SOLUTIONS for additional advice and treatment if necessary.

Inspect Outdoors and Indoors

To get rid of pests, always start with an inspection. Look for the following:

  • pests and signs of pests: ant trails, dead insects, rodent droppings.
  • damage caused by pests: food eaten or holes in clothing, chewing on plant leaves.
  • conditions good for pests: wet areas, food containers, pet food or garbage left open, too much mulch next to buildings and plants.

Learn about your pests

Identify what pest or pests you have. Learning the biology of the pest tells you how fast it reproduces, where it likes to live, what it likes to eat, and special things it can do. You will use this information to choose the best ways to manage the pest. Remember many insects are beneficial and should be left alone.

 

Decide if you have a problem

Many pests are just a nuisance, but some can cause serious health problems. Rats, mice and cockroaches can cause diseases and trigger asthma. you need to get rid of these pests. Carpenter ants and termites can cause structural damage if they nest in a building. If you see these insects, you may need to check for nests or colonies in your house or building. Other pests like Asian lady beetles and sowbugs do not cause damage or disease.

 

Keep track of your pests

Monitoring is key. One way is to place sticky traps near the places that you think the pests are living or traveling. This helps you learn where most of the pests are and if your control methods are working.

 

Choose the best management options

You want to control the pests without harming people, pets, or the other cretures and plants that share our environment. Do this by choosing the least hazardous method of pest control. Prevention is always the best place to start. If you need some suggestions, call EARTHWISE PEST SOLUTIONS and we would be happy to make some recommendations.

 

Prevent pests before they become a problem

INDOOR

  • frequently clean to eliminate food and some of the hiding places for pests. Remember, a crumb to you can be a feast for pests.
  • fix leaks to get rid of water which all pests need. Many pests like to live in damp places. Make certain water drains away from your home.
  • remove clutter indoors and outdoors. Debris or weeds and plants right next to the building provide hiding places for pests and spots where they can store or find food.
  • deny entry into the home or school. Caulk, and fill openings in roofs, walls and foundations. Repair broken windows. Install door sweeps. Screen windows and crawl space vents. Trim bushes away from exterior siding and roofs.

OUTDOOR

  • choose plants that will grow well in the planting area and that usually have few or no problems.
  • properly water and fertilize lawns and plants to keep them healthy and less likely to have problems.

Eliminate the existing population

If the pest problem does not go away after removal of food, water, shelter and entry, you may need to remove the pests.

  • trapping can be used for monitoring and for control. Using sticky traps, glue boards, snap traps and live traps and live traps can tell you exactly what kind of pests you have. You can also get rid of some orall of the pests this way.
  • fix leaks to get rid of water which all pests need. Many pests like to live in damp places. Make certain water drains away from your home.
  • remove clutter indoors and outdoors. Debris or weeds and plants right next to the building provide hiding places for pests and spots where they can store or find food.
  • deny entry into the home or school. Caulk, and fill openings in roofs, walls and foundations. Repair broken windows. Install door sweeps. Screen windows and crawl space vents. Trim bushes away from exterior siding and roofs.