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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

3 Signs Of A Termite Infestation In Your Home

Termite Damage

Termite Damage

Termites are a nightmare to homeowners, because of their talent of hiding and destroying homes and other wooden structures undetected. These tiny creatures usually hide underneath the soil or wood surfaces and in mud tunnels making it easier for them to invade homes. They can enter our homes from the soil surface and then forage in the wood materials used to build our houses. Unfortunately, termites are very difficult to control when the infestation is severe, so extensive efforts to prevent and control termite infestations must be done once termite infestation is suspected.

The Common Entry Point Of Termites

Termites usually infest a home through the soil along its foundation. They can find their way into the house through utility conduits, cracks in the slab, plumbing connections and expansion joints. If there are wood structures in your home constructed in direct contact to the ground, such as decks and patios, you can expect problems as they are a warm invitation to termites. Since termites live in colonies in the soil, early detection can sometimes be very difficult.

Signs Of A Termite Infestation

Some believe that detecting a termite infestation early is impossible. However, there are three easy ways to indicate that you are dealing with unwanted visitors.

1. Mud Tubes

These tubes are actually foraging tubes that extend from the ground to the infested wood, which also provide shelter for termites. The mud tubes can be distinguished by their muddy appearance and flattened tubes having a width of a pencil. Unfortunately, the tubes are not easily seen because they are often located underneath flooring, along cracks and behind base boards. Sometimes, they can also be found extending over concrete foundations as well as other surfaces that are exposed.

2. Wood Damage

Another sign of termite infestation that is common in infested homes are the dark areas of blisters located in the wood flooring. Such damage is not always seen immediately as termites feed on the spring wood and not the grain and exterior surface. To check for any termite damage, the wood can be tapped on every inch using the handle of a screwdriver. The damage can be detected when you hear hollow sounds or when the screwdriver breaks through the wood because of the damage inside. In the event that the infestation is still active, you may find termites working inside.

3. Swarmers

You can also tell if you have a termite infestation, when there are winged termites emerging from swarming tubes located near the house. Since these termites are attracted to light, you can find them swarming around windows, lighting fixtures, vents and doors. When you find plenty of tiny termite wings left behind on windowsills and floors, you can be certain that you already have an infestation.

Termite infestation is sometimes caused by poor construction practices, as they provide termites with a certain amount of access into the structure. They can also create living conditions for termites as a sufficient amount of moisture is applied. As such, termite infestations can be prevented during construction and after the house has been built through treatments. When you detect termite infestation in your home, have it treated immediately before it can be severely damaged.

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Valerie Adams is a mother of four and freelance writer specializing in safe pest control methods of InsightPest.com and termite control. She also provides homeowners with vital information as to how termites infest homes and how their infestation can be detected.

 

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March 6, 2013 - 6:57 PM No Comments

Termites are Determined and Highly Organized Pests


Eastern subterranean termite

Eastern subterranean termite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Termites are one of the most common pests in Tulsa, OK. These highly destructive pests will actively feed on trees and free-standing poles, as well as homes, buildings and other timber structures; creating major pest control problems for unsuspecting homeowners and tenants.

Termites

Within the termite nest, there are members of different social classes, each with a different role to perform and every class dependent upon the other; for the continued survival of the entire termite colony. The defined termite social classes include: the queen, king, winged reproductive (young kings and queens), soldiers and worker termites.

Termites are Determined and Quick to Multiply

Let me just begin by saying that, queen termites are “egg-laying machines.” Their bodies are enormous, compared to their termite off-spring, and remarkably she is able to survive; for more than twenty-five years. During this period, a queen termite can produce more than two-thousand eggs per day. As you can imagine, this creates urgency for effective pest control services to eliminate this destructive pest invader; before extensive property damage results.

Worker termite

Worker termite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Termite Organization

The first termite homeowners will usually see is the soldier termite, because of their large numbers. Anytime a termite’s shelter is damaged, the soldier termites will rush out to guard the opening, while the worker termites repair the breach. The termite workers are by far the largest social class in the eastern subterranean termite colony (for example), and also the group that does the damage. These termite members are a creamy translucent color, soft bodied and carry out all work in the nest.

The Need for Termite Control

Several years are required, before a termite colony will reach it’s typical mature size. This vast nest may contain millions of termites, searching for timber food sources; anywhere within a 400 foot (100 yard) radius. Like I mentioned before, termites are  highly destructive pests will actively feed on trees and free-standing poles, as well as homes, buildings and other timber structures; creating major pest control problems for unsuspecting homeowners and tenants. You definitely do not want a termite problem!

If you suspect termite damage to your home or property, of if you are seeing termites in your home, its imperative that you call a termite control professional immediately before the termite situation gets any worse. The faster you act, the more likely you will prevent more damage from being done.

Tulsa Pest Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa,OK74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

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

Mosquito Defense Systems LLC
4136 S 70thEast Ave
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-6844
mosquitodefense.net

Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com

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