It’s a new year! If your new year’s resolution is to get control over the pests that may be inhabiting your home, then we want to make sure you’re heading into 2018 armed with as much pest control knowledge as possible. Read on as we debunk some of the most common myths surrounding pest control. Then, give us a call to schedule your free in-home estimate.
Clean Houses Don’t Get Bed Bugs
Clean homes CAN suffer from a bed bug infestation. This is because bed bugs are very good hitchhikers. If you’ve recently visited a hotel or a friend’s home that has developed a bed bug problem, then it is very likely that they will travel home with you in your luggage, purse, or clothes.
Mice Love Cheese
As the classic game, Mouse Trap would suggest, mice love cheese and we should put it in our mice traps. However, mice are much more apt to look for foods with high levels of sugar like cereal, peanut butter, and sugar cubes. These would be much better options for your traps!
Cats Keep Mice at Bay
Any cat owner can probably tell you about a time or two that theirs has come home feeling very proud of himself for catching a mouse. And while it’s true that cats do, on occasion, like to playfully chase and catch a mouse, they do not regard them as threats or feel a need to help eliminate their presence in your home. A cat is definitely not enough protection against a mouse infestation.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist! In fact, the smallest, hardest to see pests are often the most dangerous because they can cause damage before they’re discovered.
Bug Zappers are Effective Against Mosquitoes
Bug zappers attract bugs with bright lights. However, mosquitoes aren’t attracted to light, like moths are, so don’t bother with the zappers if mosquitoes are pestering you.
Call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 today to schedule your free in-home evaluation!
As the fall temps roll in, the same cooler weather that sends us all outdoors leaf peeping drives insects and rodents indoors – and potentially into our homes — looking for shelter. Mice, squirrels, cockroaches, spiders – these are the most common threats to your home this time of year. They pose not only health hazards through bites and bacteria, but also can cause structural damage as well, chewing through electrical wires and insulation. There are steps you can take to protect your home at this critical time – here are our Top Ten:
- Critters look for points of entry – don’t make it easy for them! Check your home thoroughly for cracks and crevices they can squeeze through, paying close attention to the areas where utility pipes come in. Seal any openings properly with caulk and steel wool.
- Check for tears in screens and repair them. Consider installing door sweeps to seal up those door-to-floor spaces.
- Schedule a chimney inspection to check for structural weakness, and screen any chimney and vent openings.
- Check the basement foundation and windows for loose mortar. Repair where necessary, and install weather stripping around the windows.
- When you schedule that first firewood delivery, make sure to store it a minimum of twenty feet from the house and garage.
- Eliminate water collection spots, like leaking pipes and clogged drains.
- Check garbage barrels and recycling bins for cracks and replace where necessary.
- When it comes time to bring in those holiday decorations, be sure to inspect the boxes thoroughly before carrying them into your home. They’re often prime nesting sites for mice.
- Check room and basement corners for evidence of spider activity, like webs and egg sacs. Vacuum up promptly; each sac can release up to 1,000 baby spiders!
- Be vigilant about keeping food containers sealed to keep the cockroaches out!
- Need more information? We’re happy to help! Call us at 1-877-PESTS-55 to speak to one of our specialists anytime.
As die-hard New Englanders know, fall’s arrival around here doesn’t always bring cooler temperatures. In fact, it can feel like Indian summer well into October, which means lots more chances to eat outdoors – and unfortunately, more mosquitos hanging around. If you’re planning some fall outdoor get-togethers, here are some tips for enjoying the yard while keeping the last of the mosquitoes away:
- Remove all standing water from the property, since that’s where mosquitoes like to breed and hang out. Think dog bowls, boat tarps, birdbaths, gutters, plastic toys – anywhere that rainwater can collect. Mosquitoes only need about an inch of water to attract them, so be thorough!
- Declutter the yard, looking for objects like tires that provide both a hiding place and insulation. Mosquitoes tend to lurk in these kinds of hiding places before coming out to feed – so while you’re working, you’ll want to also get rid of leaf piles, cut tree branches, or other lawn debris.
- Mow the grass and trim the hedges hours before people arrive. Mosquitoes’ favorite hiding spot is in vegetation – not only for the shelter but also to feed on nectar. So make sure the grass is short and all hedges, shrubs, and trees are trimmed properly.
- Set up an outdoor fan. Mosquitoes might be highly skilled at breeding and feeding, but they have a hard time flying in the wind. Having a fan blowing will make it tough for them to land on you and your guests – so before you light up the grill, set up a fan or two in the area where you’ll be sitting.
- Ignore the fashionistas, and wear white after Labor Day! Scientists aren’t sure why, but mosquitoes tend to gravitate to dark colors – and blue is their preferred shade, which helps explain why those bug zappers are always blue. They’re also harder to see against dark clothing. So stick to lighter colored clothes, and tell your guests to do the same.And remember, we at FPC are always available to answer your questions or come out for a free estimate. Call us anytime at 1-877-PESTS-55!
Unlike some of the more exotic insects out there, mosquitoes are a known quantity for all of us. But how much do you know about these annoying summer visitors, and how to prevent them from ruining your outdoor fun? Here’s a little game of True or False to help test your mosquito knowledge:
- You’re safe from mosquitoes if you live away from wetlands. FALSE. It’s true that mosquitoes do prefer moist soil and/or still water to lay their eggs. But as we discussed in an earlier blog post, all mosquitoes need is any standing water source to breed, which of course can exist just about anywhere.
- Being pregnant doesn’t necessarily make you more of a target. TRUE. Pregnant women do give off more heat and carbon dioxide, which does attract mosquitoes for sure. But anyone who’s had a good workout falls under that category – so, if you’ve recently exercised, make sure you cool down and shower before sitting outside.
- Bug zappers and citronella candles are an effective and inexpensive way to deter mosquitoes. FALSE. While bug zappers do kill the occasional mosquito, the majority of what they zap are moths and beetles. Citronella candles smell nice, but do nothing to keep the bugs away. You’d have to crush citronella leaves and use the oil directly on your skin to repel mosquitoes – a scented candle won’t do the trick.
- You can’t get bitten if you stay indoors. This is MOSTLY true. Spending most of your time indoors with the windows shut does significantly lower your risk. But there are instances of mosquitoes breeding indoors, in nooks and crannies like boiler rooms and potted plant containers.
- You can repel mosquitoes with your diet. FALSE. It’s a common belief particularly in more holistic circles that eating lots of garlic or Vitamin B will protect you from being bitten. That’s been proven to be false in multiple scientific studies; researchers believe that your metabolism and how much carbon dioxide you give out can be more of a factor – but lots more investigating needs to happen before this theory gets close to being proven.
Want to learn more about how to protect yourself and your family? Give us a call to schedule a visit from our Mosquito Busters team! (877) 628-7837
Ha! Who doesn’t enjoy a good mosquito joke once in a while? Unfortunately though, the reality of these pests is not all that funny for most of us. The fact is that the mosquito is the deadliest critter in the world, responsible for the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus, Zika, Malaria, and even heartworm in pets. Over one million people die every year from mosquito borne diseases alone!
At Freedom Pest Control we offer one of the most comprehensive mosquito treatment plans anywhere. But we’re also all about prevention – here are our top five tips for preventing a mosquito infestation in your yard this year:
- Remove Standing Water Sources: Did you know a mosquito only needs roughly a bottle cap’s worth of water to lay over 200 eggs? Yup – which is why job #1 is to get rid of any and all items in your yard that can collect water. That means keeping trash cans covered; shaking out tarps and stretching them tight over sandboxes and grills (creases collect water); checking A/C drip pans; turning over boats and kayaks; and getting rid of any old tires, buckets, pails – anything that could catch rainwater.
- Keep Up With Cleaning and Repairs: Rid your gutters of any rotting leaves and debris, where mosquitoes love to breed. Change birdbaths frequently. Fix promptly any leaking faucets or hoses that can cause water to pool underneath. And when you do empty out containers, make sure you scrub them well afterwards – mosquito eggs can survive stuck to the sides for several months.
- Don’t Let That Grass Grow: Adult mosquitoes love to hide away from the sun in the tall grass, so make sure you keep your grass nice and tidy and short! And trim those hedges and shrubs, too – don’t make it easy for them.
- Ditch the zappers and traps: These gizmos are notoriously tough to maintain, aren’t all that cheap, and do very little to make a dent in the average backyard mosquito population.
- Team up! If the guy across the fence thinks he doesn’t need to cover his kiddie pool, all the prevention in the world isn’t going to do much from where you sit. Reach out to your neighbors and share strategies – a safe, mosquito-free neighborhood is truly a group effort!
Want more information? We’re here to help! Give us a call at 877-737-8755 or visit our Mosquito Busters webpage!