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The countdown has begun! One of our favorite holidays has to be the Fourth of July! It’s a perfect time to spend with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company and commemorating the birth of the nation. Many Americans choose to celebrate with pool parties, BBQs, and major events. But just like every other outdoor activity, Pests can strike without warning! Let’s face it, bugs are JUST AS American as mom, baseball, and apple pie… in fact, bugs are worldwide!!! This year, though, we’re going to help you avoid those flying,crawling, and squirming party crashers. Below are our top tips for having a bug-free Fourth!
1) Stay Away From Water
“One if by land, two if by sea!” doesn’t just apply to Paul Revere! Given the chance, insects will come from any direction possible… Land, sea or air! Stagnant bodies of water are particularly popular with insects… in fact, that’s where many insects breed and lay their eggs.
As picturesque as having your outing by the lake may seem, consider moving the festivities (or at least the food) a bit further away to cut down on insect presence.
Also, be sure to scout out the area before setting up. If you notice there there is already a heavy insect presence, then BY ALL MEANS don’t set up shop there! Remember, prevention is ALWAYS easier and far less hassle than dealing with it after the fact!!!
2) Cover Your Food
Let’s face it… in a lot of ways, insects are just like us… they love, love, LOVE sticky sweets. And with that fine spread out on the table (hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, and cobblers), it acts like a big target sign to attract bugs looking for a meal. The best way to stop them? Cover up! Use Tupperware containers for an eco-friendly solution, or cover your food with plastic wrap or tinfoil.
3) Put the Off ON!
Bug repellent comes in many forms, most notably in lotions (or sprays) that you can apply directly to your skin. This is useful for kids especially, as they are often unaware of potential “bug zones” and these lotions may assist in providing a barrier as they play.
If you’re averse to the idea of putting repellent on your body, there are other methods available. Some people swear by pest repellent candles or citronella “torches.” Another alternative (and not quite so “eye-grabbing” is to use insect-repellent incense. Incense can come in the form of small sticks, or in a spiral shape that slowly burns down and repels most insects (notably mosquitoes).
4) Clean Up!
Just like setting up shop near a lake can be ideal, it can also be tempting to put the trash receptacle very close to the table or close to where everyone is congregating. After all, who wants to walk away from the action just to throw food away? Well, aside from obvious health concerns about having garbage in the midst of activities, the trash can also be a HUGE attractant to wayward insects. They just LOVE the smell of fresh food! Walk a few extra steps to throw away trash and it can help you eliminate the need to swat flies or wasps while eating!
Sure, these methods won’t guarantee 100% bug eradication, but they’ll definitely reduce the amount of unwelcome visitors at your Awesome 4th of July celebration! Have additional tips or tricks you’d like to share? How about a favorite BBQ recipe? Let us know in the comment section or Tweet us so we can share it with the Pro Pacific Community! Call us today for all your pest control needs!
After a long day’s work, it can be tempting to crawl into bed; burrow under the covers, and relax. However, there are plenty of rodents and insects out there ready to do the same – in your home!
Rodents, raccoons, and other pests spend their days foraging for food. This means weathering potential predators, harsh environments, and even long treks to get enough food for themselves (AND any offspring). No wonder they share the same sentiments that we do at the end of the day! It’s common for these pests to look for a nice, warm, dry space that provides plenty of relative safety. Unfortunately, YOUR attic is one of the best spots they can choose!
Attic invasions can become a structural or health hazard… or both. Pests often carry lice, ticks, and other unwanted “hitchhikers.” Sometimes they can carry infectious diseases, such as rabies.
So how do you keep your home safe?
The best method is an ongoing professional pest control service. Professional Escondido pest control technicians know exactly what to look for in order to discourage any infestations.
But there ARE steps that YOU can take to prevent infestations, as well.
1). Do a thorough inspection of your home.
Look for holes in the walls or window screening. Check for cracks or gaps in doorways. Pests can enter the home through a surprisingly small space. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime, while a raccoon can squeeze through a gap of six inches.
2). Seal any gaps
Use caulking, weather stripping, or door sweeps. Replace screens with tears or holes. Make sure that any under-the-house crawlspaces are protected with plastic lining.
3). Check your work
Be sure to double check repairs or improvements to your home as they are made. Many times pests are able to gain access after a new appliance (such as a refrigerator or a dishwasher) is installed. Most contractors do their best to seal up any modifications, but trouble spots are sometimes missed.
Observation is an important defence. Primarily locating potential entry points can go a long way to deterrence. If you DO notice pests or hear scratching and noises in your attic don’t ignore them. Call a professional pest control service to eradicate any existing infestation and to prevent new ones from occurring.
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With all the foot traffic and holiday cooking in homes for the festive season, pests can easily invade properties unnoticed. Ants, mice, rats, and pantry pests are the most common pests during this time of year in San Diego, Riverside, & Orange County.
Here are a few simple pest control techniques to ensure a pest-free holiday season:
1. Inspect pantry and storage boxes
Before the preparation of your Thanksgiving feast, thoroughly inspect your pantry for any signs of pests. Also, examine storages boxes containing Christmas décor for chew marks from rodents or unnoticed pest infestations. Remember to open boxes outdoors. Pack decorations in sealable, chew-proof plastic containers. Knowing the source of a pest infestation is the first step to a pest-free home!
2. Don’t buy damage food or gift products
During the holiday season, products are flying off the shelf. Pests can travel far with an expedited transfer from the manufacturer to its final destination: your home. Avoid purchasing products with damaged packaging from the grocery store or retailer. Invasive pests can nest inside the packaging and conveniently flourish when brought inside your home. Common items that attract pest infestations are flour, powdered milk, dry dog food, corn meal, cereal, and macaroni.
3. Cleanliness is next to pest free-ness
Discarded and leftover food items attract pests. Bugs and rodents can live off the smallest crumbs so it’s important to thoroughly clean areas where food is prepared, cooked, or eaten. Wash dishes and vacuum or sweep kitchen and dining areas after every meal. Throw out any food waste in a secure trash receptacle. Without being able to access a food source, pests will look elsewhere.
4. Seal holes or crevices on exterior or home
Colder weather causes rats and mice to seek shelter indoors, with your attic being a desirable nesting location. Sealing holes or crevices on the exterior of your home creates a shield that rodents can’t penetrate. Rodent prevention is the best technique to keep rats and mice off your property!
Pro Pacific Pest Control wishes you and your family a joyous holiday season. Follow these tips to leave you enjoying the holiday fun without worrying about pest infestations. Bring in the holiday spirit while keeping pests away!
Ghost hunters, paranormal investigators, or people fascinated by the supernatural would love to pin a definitive culprit to the spine-chilling events in haunted buildings. But with minimal proof of lurking spirits being the reason for the terrifying events, a more substantial explanation should be accepted: Pests!
A thriving pest population on your property can make your home easily resemble a haunted house. And bugs and rodents are the best at hiding so they can’t be seen – just like ghosts. Their unnoticed behavior can easily be translated into a false haunting.
Here are some occurrences that may seem like paranormal activity but are really pests making your home feel eerie this Halloween:
Disappearing Food On The Counter – It can be strange leaving some perishables on the counter and the next morning they have vanished. This mysterious happening can be attributed to rodents.These furry creatures are nocturnal. Most of their activity is done at night while you’re sleeping. If you are hearing scurrying in your attic or objects falling over, the culprit is probably a rat or mouse. So, don’t be alarmed if fruit you left out on the table is gone – blame it on the rat!
Blood Spots On Your Bed Sheets – Nothing is more spookier than waking up to find small blood spots on your bed sheets. But before heading for the hills, there is a logical explanation for this finding. The most common cause of this type of occurrence is bed bugs. Blood spots can be created on your mattress from rolling over bloated bed bugs in your sleep. This rapidly reproducing insect is creepy by itself. But an overlooked bed bug infestation can be even creepier. So, you don’t have to contribute this shocking find to vampires. To identify these blood-sucking pests, inspect bed seams or around the tags on your mattress.
Cobwebs In Every Corner Of Your Home – If you didn’t set up any Halloween decorations, then you have the real deal. Spiders are active around the Halloween season and they could be making their home in yours. These dual-fanged arachnids hide in the dark corners of your home. And while they don’t cause much commotion, the webs they spin definitely insinuate a haunted house appearance. Plus, what can cause more of a cringe than walking directly into a spider web. Dual bite marks and ghoulish webs are most likely caused by a spider infestation, unless you have up your seasonal decor.
Bacteria Lurking In Every Crevice – Although you may not be able to see it with the naked eye, it still does exist – creepy, huh? Bacteria is all around us, but cockroaches seem to spread it around like wildfire. The diseases and filth that a roach can possess will intimidate even the most vile zombie. A roach can probably spread around harmful bacteria faster than any other living (or dead) creature. Stop the zombie apocalypse by eliminating roaches from your home.
Noises In Your Attic– Have you ever awoke to scurrying or high-pitched squeals coming from your attic? While this seems like almost a guarantee that your place is haunted, again there is an easy explanation to all the ruckus. Bats, opossums, raccoons, or rodents of all types can be attributed to the disturbance from above. Although this doesn’t leave you at ease, we can now definitely rule out paranormal activity. If you are squeamish, a pest management professional can help “exorcise” the problem. Bat, often compared to vampires and Dracula, these flying rodents have a laundry list of myths stated about them. Although, bats do hang upside down and some feed on blood, it is unnatural for a bat to attack a human. However, bats can roost in your attic and are nocturnal mammals like rodents so any commotion you hear at night can be bat, rodent, or wildlife activity.
Hopefully this article provides some explanation and relief for the disturbing things going on in your home. Maintaining a pest-free home will not only reduce the scare factor in your home but create a healthy environment.
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No…But maybe. While a venomous reptile slithering across your land is not a conclusive indication that a pack of rats are nesting in your home, it can very well be possible.
How so you may wonder? Well, basically rodents are a tasty part of a snake’s diet, and just like people, if there is a food source nearby and hunger cravings then we’ll probably snatch it for a snack.
Even the less severe rodent infestations can attract snakes to your home. Since a snake’s keen sense of smell will sniff out some of the most lonesome rodents on your lot.
While you may be blaming the stealthy, scaly creature for your recent stress or panic attacks, the culprit is probably a rodent infestation. Why not take care of the rodent problem to kill two birds with one stone?
With the rodents gone, your surely to see less, if any, rodents on your property. To completely keep fanged reptiles away from your home is to install a solid four-foot wall with an outward-angling lip. The bottom should be sunk into the ground, and gates flush against the ground.
But back to eliminating the rodent problem…first you must control the current rodent population by installing trap outs (T-REX Traps, glue boards, rat traps) to bring the population to zero. Then you must apply preventative rodent control techniques (bait stations & rodent proofs).
Other DIY techniques include:
- Putting all human & pet foods in sealed containers
- Trash receptacles should be secured
- Eliminate clutter or wood piles around home
- Clean food crumbles & drink spills thoroughly
Not only do these techniques help prevent rodents from being attracted to your home, they keep your home tidy & clean. You should include these in your regular routines.
Cockroaches and rodents are notorious for leaving behind filthy surprises that contaminate the air quality. The waste & decaying bodies from these pests contain proteins that release airborne allergens which trigger asthma attacks. Rodent droppings can contain Hantavirus and be the cause of influenza & measles.
Overtime dead cockroach bodies will harden and become brittle. The body can crumble and turn in dust that is inhaled by humans. Children are especially susceptible to pest allergens and a majority of kids receive asthma-related complications from pest droppings and carcasses.
Fortunately, you can take action to reduce the statistic and keep your home healthy and your family happy. As in most pest control cases, prevention is much easier than an actual elimination. And you can do most of the remedies yourself.
To keep pests away, make Integrated Pest Management techniques a habit in your routine. Cleaning food crumbs and liquid spills up daily can significantly reduce the pest population in your home. But don’t just clean the surface; instead do an occasional deep cleaning behind home appliances and underneath furniture to keep hiding areas for pests clear of food.
A spotless area under your furniture make pest uneasy and less likely to nest in your home.
Also, seal any openings that lead into your home’s structure. Sealing openings around pipes &wiring into your home, installing door sweeps, and putting up screens on windows will help control pests & rodents on your property.
If you want to talk to a pest control specialist about your pest or rodent problem, we have technicians available for you to talk to six days out of the week (closed Sunday).
All vegetation (gardens, trees, plants, etc.) face an endless challenge in Corona. In the summer, the dry, warm air dehydrates the greenery. Watering has to be done daily during sundown to avoid evaporation of the water before it reaches the plants roots.
Conversely, during the winter, rodents and other animals are a threat to your plants. The plants are a food supply and they will attract rodents to your home. So, you must protect your plants and trees to deter rodent and pest invasions.
Below are some tips to keep rodents away with a few products that enhance your pest control plan:
- Tree Wraps & Guards – Protect the tree bark from gnawing creatures by covering the base with commercial tree wraps and guards. They are usually made with vinyl, paper or high-density polyethylene making for a durable defense against pests. Wraps & guards should be removed when growth resumes in the spring to prevent girdling.
- Wire cages – place a cylindrical cage around the tree. Cages should stand at least a foot from the ground to keep small rodents away and your tree safe.
- Repellents – available in sprays, granules, or ultrasonic devices that release scents that turn pests away or devices that emit high-frequency waves that annoy pests. The effectiveness can be minimal compared to the mentioned products above.
Our rodent control specialists offer FREE evaluations of your home to maximize your defense against pests. Your home and plants will be fully protected from our professional rodent control plans. Call our Corona office today to get free recommendations for an effective rodent control/ pest control plan.
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Do you have pests in your home? What are you doing to get rid of them?
Unfortunately, there is not a single can of spray that can cure all pest infestations. However, homeowners in Fallbrook and other San Diego County cities (Oceanside, Vista, Bonsall, San Marcos, etc.) have a one-stop shop for all types of pests (ants, roaches, bed bugs, bees, rodents).
A pest infestation is hard to control yourself but easy to get. But with the latest pest control methods and specialists, Pro Pacific Pest Control makes it easy to remove pests.
Recently, a San Marcos resident called to remove a heavy infestation of ants. A technician was sent out the same-day as we were contacted. The tech provided a detailed quote and completely removed the ants all in the same day. You can expect a fast response!
To remove your pest today and have them never come back, Pro Pacific Pest Control is the solution. You can expect this from our pest control service:
- Pest-Free Home – Proven successful removals with specialized products and techniques.
- Convenient Scheduling – A tech is ready to service your home. We work around your schedule.
- Save Money –Pests removed right the first time- Guaranteed! One Flat-Fee, No Added costs!
- Immediate Results – Pest can be gone today – as if it never happened.
- Protection to Home and Family- Avoid damage to your assets and diseases to the family.
So, if you are a Fallbrook resident or live in San Diego County, your pest problems will be out the window just as quickly as they got in through the window. Contact us now for a pest control tech to come out to give you a FREE pest control inspection and written estimate!