If you’ve ever experienced the joy of having to pick up your outside garbage after a raccoon has tipped it over and pawed through it, then you know just how much of a pest these animals can be! Hopefully, once they’re scavenging, they’ve headed back to their natural habitat. Sometimes, though, raccoons may take up residence in your attic or inside your walls by way of the chimney or roof vents. If you’ve discovered signs of raccoons and suspect they are living in your home, we suggest that you call us immediately because they can cause some serious damage:
A home’s electrical wiring is found inside walls where raccoons often hide. Raccoons have been known to chew on wires which can cause a great deal of damage or even an electrical fire.
Raccoons are fairly large animals, weighing an average of twenty-five pounds. If they’re living in your attic, their movements may compress a
nd damage your insulation and they often clear large areas for their nests. An improperly insulated home will cause your home to be extra cold in the winter and extra hot in the summer.
Raccoons can do a great deal of damage to your roof. They may destroy boards and shingles in an attempt to create a den, they may also tear apart vents and insulation to get into the attic.
First, raccoons can carry rabies. Second, a raccoon may carry the parasite Baylisascaris, a roundworm, in its feces. Ingestion by humans can cause damage to the nervous system and, in rare cases, death. Symptoms include tiredness, nausea, lack of attendance, blindness, and coma.
If raccoons are keeping you up at night, call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 today to schedule your free in-home evaluation!
The mention of a cockroach can make the skin crawl on even the bravest of the brave. And though cockroaches are typically attracted to messy and unsanitary households and restaurants, they can make an appearance in even the cleanliness of spaces. First, in the winter time, cockroaches may find their way indoors in an attempt to escape the cold. Second, cockroaches are easily transported in bags, boxes, and appliances.
The most common types of cockroaches that we see in New England are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. The German cockroach is less than an inch long and is tan with two dark stripes. They have wings but cannot fly and are able to scale walls and traverse ceilings. The American cockroach is about two inches long with long antenna. They are reddish-brown and can fly, though not particularly well. They too can scale walls, traverse ceilings, and squeeze through small cracks. Cockroaches prefer dark, moist spaces where food is in close proximity.
Follow these easy tips to avoid a cockroach infestation:
- Keep counters, floors, and cabinets clean and crumb-free to eliminate potential food sources.
- Vacuum and sweep regularly. Cockroaches are less likely to invade a cleaner home.
- Take garbage out on a daily basis. Cockroaches are attracted to the scent of food and garbage so be sure to store full garbage bags in cans with lids.
- Make sure that exterior walls and shared apartment walls are properly sealed to prevent cockroaches from sneaking through cracks.
- Store food in sealed containers. This should help to prevent an infestation but will also keep cockroaches out of your food if they have found their way into your home.
- Fix leaky pipes and clean up standing water immediately. Cockroaches thrive in, and seek out, wet, moist spaces.
- Eliminate clutter around the home to maintain cleanliness and to limit hiding spaces.
Don’t let these creepy crawlers invade your home! Call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 to discuss treatment options and to schedule your free in-home estimate!
‘Tis the season to be jolly and nothing takes the fun out of the holiday season more than a pest infestation! It’s no news that pests often make their way indoors during the cold months seeking shelter and food. But, during this season of decorating, visiting, and travel, the chances of finding pests in your home increase. Follow our simple tips to ensure that you don’t spend the upcoming weeks feeling all Grinch-like!
Christmas Trees, Wreaths, and Greenery
Spiders, mites, moths, and other pests love to take up residence in the trees and greenery that we often bring indoors this time of year. To avoid carrying these little “buggers” indoors, inspect your live items very carefully and give that tree a really good shake before taking it home.
Taking out boxes full of decorations that have been packed away for almost a year may disturb cockroaches, mice, and other pests that have taken up residence. If you have cause for concern, unpack your boxes outside and look for signs such as droppings and chew marks. When it comes time to take down your décor, be sure to store your items in plastic containers that can be closed tightly. This will prevent pests that can chew through cardboard from making their way in.
Cozying up in front of the fireplace won’t be so relaxing if you’re firewood is housing insects such as spiders, termites, and ants! If you’re buying your firewood, we suggest burning it quickly before insects that may be dormant in your wood begin to hatch. If you like to cut and/or store your own firewood, keep it more than twenty feet away from your home and on a raised structure if possible.
If you’re hosting overnight guests, beware of bed bugs. Bed bugs are expert hitch-hikers and can travel on clothing, purses, and suitcases. After your guests have left, wash sheets, towels, and other linens in hot water. Check on and around your mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and nightstands.
Don’t be a Scrooge, call us today for a free onsite evaluation! 877-PESTS-55