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The Ins and Outs of Perimeter Pest Control

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Implementing perimeter pest control around your home or business is a good way to take action against the pests that plague numerous residential and commercial properties every year before they become a menace to you. Though there is a slight chance that insects or rodents could already be living inside of your structure, pest control professionals find that most pests come in from the outside searching for food and a warm place to take shelter. This means that by beginning your pest prevention and control on the exterior, you should have less to worry about on the interior.

What is Perimeter Pest Control?

The idea behind perimeter pest control is to keep insects and rodents from ever making their way into a structure. By treating the source of the colony or nest and finding burrows of unwanted animals, there is a greater chance of avoiding a battle with these pests on the inside of your home or business. Treatment applied to the exterior of a building, including its foundation, lawn, driveway, landscape beds, patios, etc., will act as a barrier between your home and the annoying and damaging pests that threaten to violate and contaminate your personal space.


The benefits of perimeter pest control are plenty. Besides the obvious advantage of not having to deal with trespassing pests invading your home or business, perimeter defense allows you to keep the treatment chemicals outside and away from the areas you live or work in. It also works to eliminate a variety of pests without harming your lawn, flowers, soil, trees, plants, etc., and with it being an odorless, colorless application, you may not even remember it’s there (although it will continue to do its job day after day). Another convenience of perimeter control is the home or business owner not necessarily having to be around during the service, which makes scheduling an uncomplicated process.

Seasonal Scheduling

Most pest control companies will recommend perimeter treatments to be applied three to five times a year for year-round protection. This includes spring, summer and fall treatments since different pests are more prevalent at different times of the year.

Services Performed

Each company will vary in their services, but in general, perimeter pest control will involve sealing cracks or gaps in the building’s exterior, removing cobwebs, checking for screens on doors, windows and vents, reducing excessive moisture around the property, making sure firewood and mulch are not in close proximity to the structure and applying treatment to window frames, lighting fixtures, downspouts and a specified area of footage all around the foundation.

Effective Perimeter Protection

For the most effective perimeter control, there are a few tips for home and business owners to consider that will aid in the fight against undesired pests. Trim trees and bushes back away from the structure, keep a clean yard so there are less places for pests to hide, make sure outside trash cans are sealed and not overflowing and don’t allow consistent access to pet food. Following these guidelines along with executing a perimeter pest control plan will help you to see greater results in your war with pests.

A thorough perimeter pest control program can support you in achieving what most home and business owners would love to accomplish, which is never having to deal with a pest infestation inside their building.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger from Northern California who has a special interest in home related topics. She loves to share information with the public via guest blogging and social media.

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December 3, 2013 - 6:47 PM No Comments

Pest Control Tips -Make Life Easy!

Pests like rodents, insects and raccoons, are a common problem faced by every household sooner or later. Although they are an unwanted burden and a bother you need not worry! Some easy yet effective tips mentioned below can help you get rid of these creatures.

There are different tricks to tackle different types of pests. So be sure to read the correct guide for your unique problem.



Ants infesting house

Ants: To keep ants away make a mixture of sugar and borax, one cup each. Make the mixture in a glass quart jar and punch holes in the lid of the jar. Now sprinkle this mixture in each and every corner of the house, outdoors and indoors. Borax poisons ants and to attract ants to it you need to have sugar in the mixture. Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood. These can be avoided by making sure that there is no leak in windowsills, the roof or pipes.

Cockroaches: To get rid of cockroaches sprinkle the borax mixture in the bathroom cabinets and also in the kitchen. Don’t sprinkle in areas within the reach of children and pets.

In the event you have wasps, bees, hornet or any other insect use insect spray or even hair spray will do the job.

Fleas: Vacuum rugs thoroughly before spraying the house. After you are done cleaning throw away the dust bags.

Mosquitoes: make sure you keep the bird bath’s water clean. Make it a habit to change it every three days. This will prevent mosquitoes from collecting.

Centipedes: If there are centipedes in your house this mean there are other insects present as well. This is because centipedes prey on other insects so if they are in the house, it is for the other insects.

Termites: Holes in the wood indicate termite presence in the house.

If you live in a multi-unit area individual efforts won’t pay off. These pests can travel from one apartment to the others. An entire building sweep is required. An effective pest control company can be a good choice for to get rid of the pest problem.

Raccoons and Rodents:


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  • Mousetrap: Peanut butter and raw bacon are two useful baits. For peanut butter apply it on the trigger of the trap and make sure it has hardened before you set the trap. Tie bacon on the trigger of the trap.
  • Raccoons: mustard oil is a useful repellent for raccoons. Wait for the raccoon to leave and then cover the entry point. Seal all possible openings that they can enter through. Keep poison in holes and cracks of the house. You can also stuff them with some wool, steel or a scouring pad.
  • Use a compound mixture to seal the spaces and holes coupled with fragments of steel wool.

The suggestions made here are a sure thing to get rid of the pest problem. These useful tips help you keep pests and hence your worries away! Try them and you will be amazed at how useful they all are.

The author Ben suggests useful tips to keep your house free from pests. Ben writes for Eclipse Pest Control- Brisbane Pest Control, which is an effective pest control company.

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November 13, 2013 - 3:19 PM Comment (1)

How To Effectively Manage The Pests In Your Garden

Garden Pests

If you’re an avid gardener you will know that not all sides to nature are pretty. Pests are impossible to avoid completely but pests can be managed, providing that the gardener is adequately prepared. There are many methods of garden pest control and a common method is known as integrated pest management, abbreviated to IPM.

A Basic Definition Of IPM

IPM is a relatively common sense approach which involves a gardener understanding when a problem might occur and why. With this knowledge, a driver can try to prevent the pest problem from occurring in the first place and keep a close eye on their garden when pests do appear. Ideally, integrated pest management methods would prevent pest damage using the most economical, non-hazardous methods available.

How To Prevent Pests Appearing In Your Garden

IPM isn’t a single method of pest control, it is an ongoing preventative process. In order to prevent pest problems from occurring in the first place, research the insects that affect your area and avoid planting seeds that are susceptible. You should also grow trap crops to divert any garden pests from your plants. If there are any insects which would benefit your crop, encourage them to live in your garden. Always be sure to remove any plants which are diseased and during the Autumn, remove any falling leaves. If you allow leaves to rest on your crops, this provides shelter for pests.

Monitoring Pests In Your Garden

Keep a very close eye on your garden for the first signs of pests. If your plants contain holes, begin to wilt or change color, this could be the sign of pests. Always be sure to check under the leaves for pests. Before treating a pest problem, try to determine where it came from. Different pest solutions apply to different problems. If the issue is a disease, insecticide will not help.

Considering How Much Action To Take

It is important to consider whether the problem is a one off, temporary or permanent so you can treat the issue accordingly. If you have only seen one pest, that doesn’t mean you need to go mad and stock up on pest control problems. Is the pest doing harm to your plants? Once you remove the pest, will be problem be gone? It is important to put your pest problem into perspective and act appropriately rather than panicking at the first sign of an insect.

Keeping Pests Under Control

Once you have established that you do have a pest problem that needs to be tackled, try to treat the problem with minimal chemicals until you have to. A great natural way to avoid pests is to divert them using crops or sticky bands. You may find that removing pests with your hands quickly resolves the problem. When you need to use pesticides, be sure to get the right one. For vegetable crops, you will need a pesticide that is suitable for human consumption, look out for a non-toxic label on the bottle.

Joe Thompson is a gardening enthusiast and blogger. He often visits for his gardening needs.

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September 16, 2013 - 4:47 PM No Comments

Pest Control Red Flags For Renters

Moving is a stressful process that we all wish to make as easy on ourselves as possible. If you are a renter, chances are you’ve moved a couple times or more already as you add and eliminate roommates, make adjustments in your lifestyle and budget or when seasons in your life just simply change. Whatever your reason for looking for a new place to call home, there is enough to think about with packing and unpacking boxes and landlord negotiations that you sometimes forget about some pretty important issues. Pest control can be something you don’t give a second thought to until you find yourself in an infested space with nowhere else to go. Prevent yourself from going through the distress of dealing with a pest problem by looking for some simple red flags while you’re out considering prospective new living quarters.

dead roachesDead or Alive Insects

This may seem like a rather straightforward tip, but surprisingly, many people overlook the presence of bugs already in the place they’re potentially moving into. Whether they are dead or alive, you don’t want to be concerned about them later. If they’re presently flying around or crawling, try to use your best judgement in deciding if the particular species is going to pose a real threat for infestation somewhere down the line or if it’s just a random fly that found its way inside. Checking all window ledges and any basements for evidence of lifeless creatures will give you a good indicator if there seems to be a pest control issue.


Even if they do a great job of hiding themselves, pests often leave indications behind that they’ve recently been around. Taking a special interest in the surfaces around the apartment or house, and maybe even mattresses still lying around, can aid you in determining if there are rodents or insects around and possibly which kind if you are savvy enough to identify the droppings.

Smells and Noises

This can be a dead giveaway of the need for pest control if you know what to smell and listen for. Distinctive aromas can follow certain pests, so if you notice an odd smell here or there while viewing new places, it might do you some good to engage in a little research on what it could be. Of course, the odor of sitting trash is never good since that’s an instant attraction for pests of many varieties. Keeping an ear out is also important, as larger rodents and bugs can be heard running back and forth in walls and under floorboards.

Mouse In BreadIndications of Nesting

While viewing a place you may be interested in living, take a little extra time to walk around with a flashlight and go through cabinets and corners looking for any sign that rodents have made themselves comfortable inside. They are known to build nests out of just about anything they can get their claws on. What may look like just a pile of trash at first glance may actually be a big clue that the place has a pest problem.

Possible Breeding Grounds

The outside of the property should have just as much influence on where you decide to live as the inside, especially if you’re concerned about pest control. There are several things you can watch out for that warn of potential breeding grounds for rodents and insects. Any dwelling near ponds, lakes or stagnant water has a good chance of having a high mosquito population, and alleyways, water and gas pipes and electrical wiring are natural attractions for mice and rats.

Previous Complaints

If the current or prior tenants or any neighbors happen to be around during your visit, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to ask them what their experiences were like living in that residence. This will give you first-hand knowledge of any pest-related concerns that you should consider.

Pest control should be a significant factor when choosing a new place to live. It can be the difference between an enjoyable experience and an unpleasant one in your own home.

Tiffany Olson is a blogger from Northern California who loves to write on anything home related. She recently had some pest issues and received some great advice from Kill Roy, who specialize in termite inspection and pest control in Hayward.


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June 11, 2013 - 8:28 PM No Comments

How To Prevent A Hornet Infestation

How To Prevent A Hornet Infestation

What is the scariest insect that you can think of? Chances are that it wouldn’t even occur to you that hornets are very menacing. Yes, they sting, but that just makes them as scary as bees. Do you really think so? First of all, there are several species of hornets. Some are the run-of-the-mill hornets that you expect to become aggressive when disturbed. But there are some that will rival even the most frightening creature that you can think of. An example is the Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica), which kills more people in Japan than the average bear. Yes, this type of hornet is one of nature’s most awesome and menacing predators. It spews venom that can easily melt the skin. Just imagine how painful that is, and how people have died because they did not get emergency treatment.

Not all hornets shoot skin-melting venom. But it is still better to have a home that’s hornet-free, most especially if you have children around. You can get rid of these creatures through the following methods:

Pest Control without Using Pesticides

1. Entrapment

A vinegar mixture, as well as meats, can be used to create a homemade trap. Check YouTube for how-to videos about creating your own device. Some traps are designed to draw in hornets in general, but others are especially made to ensnare the queen. These kinds of traps are more complicated. Raw meat is often used here, and it’s actually better to get the queen first because without it, hornets will find it more difficult to establish a colony.

2. Cleanliness

Since hornets eat protein-rich foods, you should make it a point to properly dispose of your garbage, especially leftovers. Put food items in a trash bag and seal this before throwing. Make sure that your bin also has a tight cover to prevent hornets and other pests from scavenging.

Getting the Most Out of Insecticide Sprays

3. Spraying

You can also use insecticide sprays to kill hornets. But be sure to have at least 2 cans of Raid ready before you start your assault on these nasty stingers. Get a spray that’s specifically made for hornets. Furthermore, be sure that you don on the proper attire. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and boots. Tuck your pants inside your socks to prevent flying hornets from crawling inside and stinging your legs. Use a bee head net, also known as bee veil or bee hat, to protect your head from the creatures. Since you’ll also be spraying a whole lot of pesticide, you should also wear a mask so that you won’t inhale all those bad fumes.

The best time to attack is during early morning or dusk, when the tiny stingers are just getting ready to start the day or sleep. You’ll get most of them that way. Soak the hive in insecticide, and spray all visible holes. After you’re done and you’re satisfied that the hornets are either dead or dying, very carefully remove the nest. Put the nest in a trash bag and throw away.


Claire Norton is a freelancer who frequently blogs about insects and their effects on health. Many of her materials have been published by and other websites that feature insects and household pests.

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February 15, 2013 - 7:06 PM No Comments