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Get Ready for Fall

During fall, you’ll see a variety of different bugs and pests as they transition from summer. Attic ventilation is especially important during this time of year. It’s good to keep an eye out for cracks and holes in your home, as these are perfect interstate systems for a number of unwanted pests. If you see a hole larger than ¼ inch, seal it. And make sure fallen leaves don’t pile up around the house! Below are several pests to keep an eye on.

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argentine ant

Argentine Ant

The Argentine ant can be nearly impossible to eliminate completely, but regular treatments will help keep ants from entering the home. Here are some tips for limiting ant infestations:

  • Keep landscape mulch less than 2 inches thick and at least 12 inches away from foundations.
  • Ensure that the sprinkler system does not spray directly onto the foundation.
  • Seal cracks in the home’s exterior.
  • Keep tree and shrub branches trimmed so that they are not touching the home.
  • Avoid landscaping with plants that are prone to aphids or similar insects, and treat such plants for aphids regularly.

carpenter ant

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ant control involves tracking down and treating satellite colonies inside and outside the home as well as finding and treating the parent colony. Accessing the parent colony may be difficult as it could be located in a tree or on a neighboring property. If conditions on your property create a high risk for carpenter ants, your Terminix service professional may recommend regular service to stop new infestations.

These tips will help you limit carpenter ant infestation:

  • Store any firewood away from your home, and remove any dead wood or wood scraps from around the foundation.
  • Trim dead limbs from trees and remove stumps, as these are potential nesting sites.
  • Make sure that all plumbing or roof leaks are sealed, and check crawl spaces for excess moisture.
  • Direct water from rain gutters away from your home and ensure that it does not accumulate near the foundation.

carpet beetle

Carpet Beetle

Your Terminix service professional can quickly and easily rid your home of carpet beetles, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until the problem is taken care of:

  • Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage, or basement.
  • If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage, and seal all corners and openings with tape.
  • Prior to storage, clean woolen and natural fiber clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • In closets, store natural fiber clothing by covering it with individual plastic covers.
  • Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units.
  • Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odor that could require dry cleaning.

crazy ant

Crazy Ant

This species may be difficult to control, as it does not feed on ant baits. The key is to find the colonies and treat them directly. You may need regular inspections from your Terminix professional to find new colonies as they move from neighboring properties. General tips for limiting ant infestations include:

  • Eliminate piles of lumber, bricks, or other debris that could serve as a nesting site for ants.
  • Keep landscape mulch less than 2 inches thick and at least 12 inches away from foundations.
  • Ensure that the sprinkler system does not spray directly onto the foundation.
  • Seal cracks in the home’s exterior.
  • Keep tree and shrub branches trimmed so that they are not touching the home.
  • Avoid landscaping with plants that are prone to aphids or similar insects, and treat such plants for aphids regularly.

fire ant

Fire Ant

Because of the health threat posed by fire ants, it’s important to take steps to control the ants around the home and in the yard. Over-the-counter fire ant baits can be effective if properly used, but regular applications are necessary because the ants readily reinvade from neighboring properties. Your Terminix professional can also provide fire ant services.

house mouse

House Mouse

The best way to avoid invasions of mice is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep mice from entering your home:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home’s foundation.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. A good rule of thumb is that if a pencil can fit into it, a mouse can too. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam; otherwise, rodents can chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.
  • The installation of one or two wind-up mousetraps in the garage can catch many mice as they enter. These traps can catch up to 15 mice with one setting. Ask your Terminix service professional for more information.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your Terminix professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents—particularly in colder months.

house spider

House Spider

Here are some tips for dealing with house spiders:

  • Regularly remove any webs from inside the home.
  • Seal up cracks around windows and doors to help keep spiders out.
  • Switch exterior lights to the yellow “bug” lightbulbs to attract fewer flying insects on which spiders feed.
  • Treat exterior spider nesting sites to reduce the numbers of spiders as part of an overall pest management program.

norway rat

Norway Rat

The best way to avoid invasions of rats is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep rats from seeking food and shelter in your home:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your Terminix professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents – particularly in colder months.

odorous house ant

Odorous House Ant

This ant can be difficult to control because it establishes multiple sub-colonies and may nest in a wide variety of sites. The key is to find the colonies and sub-colonies and treat them directly. When colonies cannot be found, baits may be helpful. Regular inspections from your Terminix professional are necessary to find new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties. General tips for limiting ant infestations include:

  • Eliminate piles of lumber, bricks, or other debris that could serve as a nesting site for ants.
  • Keep landscape mulch less than 2 inches thick and at least 12 inches away from foundations.
  • Ensure that the sprinkler system does not spray directly onto the foundation.
  • Seal cracks in the home’s exterior.
  • Keep tree and shrub branches trimmed so that they don’t touch the building.

roof rat

Roof Rat

The best way to avoid invasions of rats is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep rats from seeking food and shelter in your home:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your Terminix professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents – particularly in colder months.

silverfish

Silverfish

Silverfish can be very difficult to control, especially in homes that have wood shingle roofs. Shingles hold moisture and permit surface molds to grow which serve as food for silverfish. In addition, silverfish often live in the soffits and behind the fascia board behind gutters.

Individual silverfish may then invade the interior of the home from this “reservoir” site. Your Terminix professional should be consulted when silverfish are a regular problem. Areas that may require treatment include:

  • Voids where plumbing is located.
  • Voids behind electrical outlets.
  • Molding around windows and doorways.
  • The attic, crawl space, and basement.
  • The soffits.

Smoky Brown Cockroach

Smoky Brown Cockroach

The best way to control smoky brown cockroaches is to find the source and treat it directly, usually with a cockroach bait product. To keep cockroaches from invading, follow these tips:

  • Ensure that the attic or crawl space has sufficient ventilation, as this creates an unsuitable environment for cockroaches.
  • Make sure all foundation and attic vents are equipped with tight-fitting screens.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home.
  • Do not allow pet food to sit out overnight.
  • Store firewood as far from the house as possible, locating it off the ground and covering it with a tarp or plastic.
  • Eliminate piles of lumber and debris where cockroaches could harbor.

webbing clothes moth

Webbing Clothes Moth

Your Terminix service professional can quickly and easily rid your home of these pests, but here are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until the problem is under control:

  • Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage, or basement.
  • If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage, and seal all corners and openings with tape.
  • Prior to storage, clean woolen and natural fiber clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • In closets, store natural fiber clothing by covering it with individual plastic covers.
  • Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units.
  • Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odor that could require dry cleaning.

brown widow spider

Widow Spiders

Sanitation is very important in reducing brown and black widow spiders around the home. Reduce clutter, and routinely use a vacuum cleaner inside the home and garage to remove spiders, egg sacs, and webbing. When finished, remove the vacuum bag and place in a sealed plastic bag for disposal. Potential hiding places – such as firewood, unused pots, building materials, and other debris – should be moved away from the structure of the home or disposed of. Any cracks, holes, or spaces around windows and doors should be sealed.

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

The best approach for controlling wolf spiders is to use sticky traps to capture spiders that may have entered the home. Keeping sticky traps behind furniture, to either side of exterior doors, and in the garage is an excellent way to intercept most spiders. Steps that should be taken to prevent new spiders from entering include:

  • Remove or limit heavy ground-covering vegetation near the building.
  • Seal cracks and holes in the building’s exterior.
  • Install tight-fitting screens on all attic and foundation vents.
  • Seal holes around pipes indoors to prevent spiders from entering the living spaces by following plumbing lines in basements and crawl spaces.

Where wolf spider invasions are persistent, your Terminix professional should be consulted to conduct a thorough inspection and recommend possible treatments.

yellow jacket

Yellow Jacket

The following precautions should be taken to prevent accidental yellow jacket stings:

  • When working in a garden or flowerbed, be aware of numerous wasps flying into and away from a single point in the garden or into a hole in the side of the house. This will usually indicate where a colony might be located.
  • Be careful when using powered lawn equipment, such as edgers, trimmers, and mowers. Loud, vibrating noises disturb yellow jackets and may send them into an attacking frenzy.
  • Stay away from yellow jacket nests once you know where they are located.
  • If yellow jackets are seen entering and exiting a wall, do not plug the hole. You will only force the wasps to find another way out. Sometimes they might actually eat through an interior wall and enter the house.
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