Get your home ready for Christmas by making sure it’s PEST FREE. The holiday season can be a stressful time with baking, shopping, and decorating to prepare for your guests.
Keep reading for DIY Pest Control Tips For The Holidays.
Baking Christmas cookies?
According to a recent article from PestWorld, they encourage homeowners to make sure your festivities aren’t unknowingly attracting pests!
“While preparing for the holidays, it’s important to make sure your festivities aren’t accidentally attracting pests. Taking simple precautions while baking and decorating is a must to protect your home from pests.”–Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA
Baking and cooking during the holidays can attract Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles, as well as other typical household pests, including Palmetto bugs, (aka American Cockroach), spiders, and ants.
DIY Tips To Prevent Pantry Pests
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Inspect boxes and bags for any damage before buying items at the grocery store.
- Keep kitchen surfaces clean, mop floors regularly, and be sure to dispose your garbage in a sealed receptible.
- Remove water dishes for pets at night.
- Do not leave dirty dishes on the counters or in the sink.
- Run the garbage disposal daily! This will eliminate food in the drain to keep pests out.
- Clean surfaces in your kitchen to reduce grease on oven hoods and walls near stoves.
- Wipe out the insides of cabinets regularly.
Decorating With Pests In Mind
This is for those who decorate their homes with fresh greenery like wreaths, trees, or garlands. These beautiful and classy decorations are great for the Christmas season, but can bring in lots of pests!
- Before decorating, be sure to thoroughly inspect all live greenery for any pests or eggs.
- Shake out all of the live greenery before bringing decorations indoors.
- Place the greenery far away from the home when disposing of it to avoid attracting pests.
- Do not place lights directly above the entry doors to your house. The further lights are from the door, the less likely pests are to fly in at night.
Before lighting up your fireplace…
- According to Clemson’s home and garden information center, firewood brought into homes is a “classic route” for some beetle and ant species to enter the structure.
- Other insects may also be brought into the home on potted plants that were moved indoors to avoid the cooler temperatures.
- According to our sources, taking firewood or infested plant material back outdoors or removing pests like aphids around a Christmas tree typically does the trick to removing pests and does not require insecticide treatment.
Still Having Pest Problems?
Let our trained pest professionals come eradicate your pest problem to keep your home bug free during the holiday season, and throughout the year!
We offer quarterly, guaranteed pest control or a one-time interior, exterior treatment. Click here to learn more about our services and pricing.
If you find yourself with some unwanted house guests this summer, we offer one-time or quarterly pest control treatments that can leave you with peace of mind that your home is protected against pests. If you already have pest control services and are interested in what makes them effective, look below for a brief description of our pest control services:
The interior and exterior of the home are treated to build up a barrier against pests during the initial service. Once the barrier is established, the exterior treatment will cover 98% of covered pests from entering the home and is maintained quarterly. Your pest control is guaranteed between services and we will come back out if you experience any issues following the treatment.
For the interior treatment, the cracks and crevices along the baseboards are treated throughout the entire home. We place an insecticidal dust around appliances, in plumbing voids and around large pieces of furniture. If you have a garage, the corners and along the ceiling are spider brushed. A liquid treatment is applied to the cracks and crevices along the baseboards. Two monitors will be placed on either side of the garage door.
On the exterior, treatment includes spider brushing under the eaves and around the windows and doors. A liquid treatment is applied under the eaves and around the windows and doors as well. The perimeter of the home is treated 2 feet up and 3-5 feet out. An insecticidal bait will be placed in a around the exterior of the liquid treatment.
Did you know? If you already have termite protection with Clark’s, you can receive pest control at a discounted rate! Call us to start pest control service today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com.
Unengorged adult female tick is 3/16″ long, the male being slightly smaller (about 1/8″). Body is oval in shape and color is brown with whitish to gray markings. Ticks are eight legged.
The tick will not survive indoors; ticks found indoors have been brought in by its host, probably a dog. Adult ticks will crawl up grass or low vegetation and grasp on to any passing host and prefer larger mammals such as dogs, man, cattle, coyotes, hogs, horses, squirrels, etc.
Ticks may be attracted by the scents of animals and are most numerous along roads, paths and trails.movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015
Some of the diseases vectored by ticks include Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Powassan encephalitis, Relapsing Fever, Endemic Typhus and many others.
Most infestations of ticks can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control in conjunction with the treatment of any pets.
The Subterranean termite swarmer is about 3/8″ long including wings. The body is dark brown to black in color.
The Subterranean termite soldier is about 3/8″ long with mandibles; the mandibles lack teeth.
The Subterranean termite swarms during daylight and occurs during springtime. Colonies are located underground, usually below the frost line and above the water table and rock formations. The Subterranean termite builds mud tubes to travel through areas of adverse conditions and will run from the colony and the food source.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Soil treatment with long residual insecticides to provide a chemical barrier is the most commonly used control or prevention method for subterranean termites.
Southern Fire ants are 1/16″-1/4″ long and queens are usually larger. The head and thorax are yellowish red and the abdomen is black in color.
Typically the southern fire ant is ground nesting. However, the southern fire ant will nest outside in close proximity of the kitchen, in wood, soil, masonry, base of trees or shrubs and in clumps of grass and may gain access through HVAC systems, power in and outlets and pipes. Fire ants may also nest in Breaker panels and electrical junction and water boxes.
Fire ants prefer a high protein diet, typically, but will feed on almost everything, whether it is plant or animal. Southern fire ants have been known for eating electrical and phone lines seeking out the wire insulation as well as soiled clothing.
The southern fire ant is highly aggressive and has been known for attacking non-responsive residents and pets, such as the elderly and infants, inflicting injury.
Treating fire ants should be handled by a trained license professional due to the southern fire ants’ aggressive nature. In cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.
Silverfish are shiny, silver or pearl gray, and firebrats are shiny, mottled gray. Adults of both are slender, wingless, soft-bodied insects 1/3 to 1/2 inch long. They have scaly bodies that taper gradually to the rear with two slender antennae in front and three long, thin appendages in back.
During the day, both silverfish and firebrats hide. If the object they are hiding under is moved, they dart toward another hiding place. They come out at night to seek food and water. Items on their preferred menu are cereals, moist wheat flour, books, any paper on which there is glue or paste, sizing in paper (including wallpaper) and book bindings, and starch in clothing. They can live for several months without food. Silverfish and firebrats can be found in any part of the home. They hide in baseboards and around window and door frames from which they seek out food sources. Sometimes they are seen in the bathtub or sink.
To keep silverfish and firebrats away, keep basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, especially shower stalls, clean and dry. Plug or putty holes or spaces around pipes. Repair leaks and drips in plumbing. Clean out closets periodically. Collections of magazines, papers, and books provide food for them. Occasionally, move books around in a bookcase. Keep foods in containers with tight lids. If you are encountering a resilient infestation of silverfish or firebrats, call Clark’s! Our pest control service will take care of the problem for you, guaranteed.
The adult Pillbug is about 1/4″ to 5/8″ long and has almost a slatted over lapping armor look to their body. In color, the Pillbug is slate gray.
Pillbugs are often called roly-polys because they will roll up into a tight ball when disturbed and are not insects but land dwelling crustaceans.
Pillbugs are inactive and hidden during the day to reduce water loss and often found under trash, boards, rocks, flower pots, piles of grass clippings, flower bed mulch and around building exteriors.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Pillbugs gain access indoors by door thresholds and sliding glass doors. Once inside they usually do not survive more than a couple of days. The Pillbug is a scavenger and feeds on decaying organic matter and can occasionally injure young plants.
Most infestations can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. (yard spray)
Pharaoh ants are 1/16″ long and are yellow to reddish in color. Queens are about 1/8″ long and slightly darker than workers.
Indoors, the Pharaoh ant will nest near warm and humid areas in close proximity to food sources and commonly nest in inaccessible areas such as wall voids, under floors and in furniture. The Pharaoh ant will forage night or day and is a common problem in hotels, grocery stores, hospitals and apartment complexes.streaming film Rings 2017
Most infestations of Pharaoh ants can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. However, in cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.
Worker ants are 1/16″ – 1/8″ long and Queens are 1/4″ long and black in color. The pavement ant gets its name from often nesting in pavement cracks.Watch The Channel (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Pavement ant colonies are moderately large to larger in size containing 3,000-4,000 ants and will forage in trails up to 30 feet from their nest. Inside, the pavement ant will nest in walls, cracks in expansion joints, under baseboards, under floors, masonry and insulation.
Outside nesting may occur under stone, cracks in pavement and next to structures. The pavement ant will feed on anything – other insects, honeydew, seeds, plant sap, cheese, bread, nuts and even meat.
Most infestations of Pavement ants can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. However, in cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.