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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.

Insects:

 

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:

 

trapped grey squirrel

  • 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 No Comments

Video- Don’t Share Your Halloween Candy With Roaches

 

This Halloween, instead of sharing your candy with those disease carrying cockroaches, keep it all to yourself. Enlist the services of a cockroach control professional!

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October 29, 2013 - 5:54 PM No Comments

Pest Test Word Search Infographic

You may have seen a pest test word search going around Facebook this summer. In it, you are asked to make a comment of the first pest you see, and boy did you respond. Over 10,000 people have commented.

What was the most common pest that was commented?

See for yourself:

Pest Test Word Search Infographic

 

Pest Test Word Search

The following inforgraphic is presented by Bulwark Exterminating.

 

Thomas Ballantyne

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September 12, 2013 - 8:56 PM No Comments

Simple Ways To Keep Roaches Out Of Your Home – Permanently

Just hearing the word “cockroach” is enough to make most people’s skin crawl, and even though you don’t have to have a dirty house to have a cockroach problem, these insects conjure images of filth and decay. Unlike many other home invaders that play some helpful role like cleaning up fleas or mites, roaches don’t contribute greatly to the home economy and may spread diseases as they walk across counters and other surfaces.

There are many species of cockroaches that invade American homes, including a few that may wander in accidentally, but can’t breed inside. The most common inside cockroaches are German cockroaches, American cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, smokeybrown cockroaches, and brownbanded cockroaches. It’s important to know which roaches are in your home, since some require slightly different conditions to thrive.

Identifying Roaches

 

Cockroach

German cockroaches

German cockroaches reach 1/2 to 5/8 inch long, with light brown bodies and two dark stripes on their pronotum, the plate just behind their heads. Females may be observed carrying an elongated, ridged egg case with them as they travel. They are mainly spotted in kitchens and baths, but other areas with increased humidity and lax sanitation may become targets.

Brownbanded cockroaches

Brownbanded cockroaches are similar in appearance to German cockroaches, but lack the dark stripes on the pronotum. Instead, brownbanded cockroaches boast a pair of light bands across the wing and abdomen. They need a drier environment and may be found inside electronics, appliances, ceilings, or light fixtures.

American cockroaches

American cockroaches are terrifyingly large, reaching up to two inches. This giant, red-brown cockroach has a yellow band around its head and pronotum. They tend to remain in very moist areas, favoring basements in homes. Adult American cockroaches may fly around on warm evenings.

Oriental cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches primarily appear in jet black, but this 1 1/4-inch long bug can also be dark brown. Its wings are distinctive for a cockroach because they don’t reach the end of the abdomen. This strong-smelling insect prefers cool, moist environments like basements, cellars, and crawlspaces.

Smokeybrown cockroaches

Smokeybrown are slightly larger than Oriental cockroaches, reaching up to 1 1/2 inches with smokey brown coloration as adults – the pronotum is so dark it’s almost black. Smokeybrown cockroaches thrive in warm, moist environments, but are highly mobile, so can be spotted nearly anywhere.

Indoor Habitat Modification

 

Roaches on broom

Once roaches are in your home, you have to take action immediately to remove food sources and make the place generally unwelcoming. Clean up all spills the moment they happen and vacuum or mop regularly to keep any unnoticed food crumbs off the floor. Purge anything you are storing, but never use. Roaches love clutter and will use it for cover, especially when the items aren’t frequently disturbed.

In the kitchen, keep your food, recycling and trash tightly sealed and never leave food-laden dishes on the counter, where roaches may feast. Drippy faucets or drains may draw moisture-loving roaches to areas under cabinets, so make sure these items are in good repair. Dog or cat food is also a draw for cockroaches that prefer grease or protein-based foods.

Outdoor Habitat Modification

 

If your home is landscaped with organic mulches like wood chips or pine bark, these can be holding roaches close to your home. Remove thick, organic mulches from around the house and replace them with gravel to deter perennial roach problems. While you’re going around the house, seal any cracks you find with caulk and check that all your screens fit well. Adding screens to foundation vents and tightly fitting crawlspace covers will prevent cockroaches from coming inside.

Other less obvious areas serve as breeding areas, such as hollows in trees, wood piles, and thick ivy patches. Check these areas carefully, sealing or removing them as necessary. Trimming up shrubs and other perennials around the house can help keep cockroach numbers low by removing hiding spots. You may not be able to eliminate them completely, but by moving these pests away from your house, they’re less likely to find their way indoors.

Roach Baiting

 

Dead Cockroaches

Once you’ve sealed your house, indoors and out, and removed as many sources of food and water as you can find, you’re ready to bait for roaches.

Baiting roaches is relatively safe, more so if you use the most selective chemicals possible for roach control. Many granular and gel baits are available, with active ingredients like abamectin, boric acid, dinotefuran, fipronil, hydramethylnon, indoxacarb, and imidacloprid. Boric acid is safest for areas where pets or children may frequent, but any roach baits that come in a bait station are difficult to remove from their housing without destroying it.

Place baits around areas of heavy cockroach activity, checking and replacing baits as necessary. It’s a good idea to have a second set of baits handy at all times, since one heavily frequented station may run out of bait much more quickly than others. Intermittent poisoning may lead to ineffective control, or worse, bugs that develop a resistance to your poison of choice.

A minor cockroach infestation can easily be tackled by a patient homeowner, but if your cockroach problem is serious, you should call a professional before reaching for potentially dangerous bug bombs.

This article was written by Jacob Salmon, a pest control specialist based in Austin, Texas.

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July 1, 2013 - 7:44 PM No Comments

10 Tips On Keeping Pests Out Of Your Stored Christmas Decor

Christmas decorations, Christmas tree

Christmas decorations, Christmas tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tulsa Pests In Your Christmas Decorations

Christmas has almost come and gone. It always goes by way too fast. After all of the visiting family leave, after all the gifts are opened, and after all the eggnog has been drunk; it’s time for some unpleasantness. It’s time to pack away all those Christmas decorations.

Did you know that all those Christmas decorations; your strings of lights, your tree, and your boxes of ornaments can house certain pests. Tulsa pests like rodents, silverfish, cockroaches, and spiders love to make boxes of decorations their year round homes. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep these creepy crawlies from invading your Christmas décor.

10 Tips On Keeping Pests Out Of Your Stored Christmas Decor

1. Use plastic storage totes. Avoid using the traditional cardboard box when storing your decorations. Not only will pests sneak inside the cracks of the cardboard boxes, but silverfish and cockroaches love munching on the cardboard, the tape, and the glue. I suggest using plastic storage totes that have tight fitting lids.

2. Thoroughly clean storage totes. Before you start filling those plastic storage totes with all of your decorations, thoroughly wash them out. This is an easy step that will go along way in keeping unwanted pest intruders out.

3. Properly dispose of your real tree. That amazing smelling Spruce you bought at that Christmas tree lot will give shelter to rodents and bugs if it’s not removed from your property quickly. Whatever you do, don’t leave your tree in your backyard or leaning up against your house.

4. Use an artificial Christmas tree bag that zips. It would be simpler to just put that artificial tree back into the box in which it came, but just throw it out. Rodents like squirrels, rats, and mice love making their nests in artificial Christmas trees. It reminds them of their homes in the wild. Use an artificial Christmas tree bag that tightly zips.

5. Dispose of edible Christmas decorations. Those candy canes you used to trim the tree, those wonderful smelling candles, and that gingerbread house you spent hours on will simply invite pests into your basement, garage, or attic. Don’t save them.

6. Store cloth materials in plastic bags. Tulsa can be humid during those summer months; you don’t want your Christmas tablecloths, your tree skirts, and your stockings to get damp. They will attract silverfish. Clothing moths and cockroaches will also eat cloth materials if not sealed and properly stored.

7. DIY pest control methods. Placing glue traps, silverfish drops, and even mothballs inside each box of Christmas decorations with keep pests away; and kill any that happen to get inside. Do-it-yourself pest control products can be found at pestproejoe.com

8. Thoroughly examine storage areas. Garages, attics, and basements are already a favorite hideout for common household pests. Look for spider webs, rodent droppings, and dead insects before staking your boxes of decorations. You may already have a pest problem.

9. Clean out storage area. After inspecting your storage area for signs of pests, clean the area out. Brush away any spider webs and dead insect. Remember, cleanliness is nest to pest-freeness.

10. Get Tulsa pest control. Even if you don’t currently have pests living among your Christmas decorations, a Tulsa exterminator can ensure you never will. Spider control treatment plans will make sure you don’t get bit when you take out those decorations again next year.

Pest Control in Tulsa

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

The Skunk Whisperer, Inc
9521 B Riverside Parkway #343
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 261-4444
totalwildlifecontrol.com

OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com

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