Finding pests in the home can be disconcerting for any homeowner. Before launching a full assault, consider some of the mistakes other homeowners have made with do-it-yourself home pest control. Avoiding these mistakes can protect a family’s health and keep your home pest free.
Common DIY Pest Control Mistakes
Over the counter (OTC) ant sprays will kill ants on contact. However, entomologists warn that it may ultimately make the problem worse. OTC ant sprays leave a residue that is repellant to ants and forces them to retreat to other areas of the home. This makes it difficult for the homeowner to locate the colony. Within days, forging ants will return in search of food and water. This is an activity they engage in every day to support the rest of the colony. The ants seen in the home represent only 8-10% of the ants in a typical colony. A better approach is to use indoor baiting techniques that foraging ants will bring back to the colony. Using their foraging behaviors can destroy the entire colony and eliminate the issue.
Quite commonly, homeowners will see a mouse in their kitchen and leave a trap to catch it only to return and find it empty. There are several reasons for this. Mice, while inquisitive, have poor eyesight and tend to travel along the walls using the same routes every day. Place the mousetrap along the wall in areas where you find mice droppings and turn it bait side in.
Also, don’t overload the trap with bait. A small piece of bacon, dab of peanut butter or chocolate icing will do the trick. For homes with small children and pets, it might be better to place the traps in a concealed area such as under a cabinet or behind the stove to prevent accidents from happening.
Carpenter ants are most active at nighttime so that is the best time to search for the nest. They are often found in wood that has past water damage. Nests could be behind a fascia or soffit, siding or desks. Also, check around doors and windows that have water contact such as the frames and sills.
Using untested home remedies or folk cures is not the best way to get rid of unwanted pests. Proven pest control methods will be more effective. Also, homeowners should thoroughly research natural home pest control methods they are interested in using. Pest control experts recommend not wasting money on electronic rodent deterrents.
Follow Product Directions
OTC pest control products contains chemicals that can be dangerous to children and pets so it is important to read all of the directions before using any product. With home pesticides, more is not always better so check the proper application amounts to get the best results.
Preventative Pest Control
Preventive pest control involves simple steps that every homeowner can take as taking the garbage out regularly and sealing all potential entry points. Also, be careful about the items that are brought into the home; Bed bugs and other household pests can gain entry in luggage and fresh produce, for instance. Lastly, don’t let pest control problems get out of control before calling an expert.
Professional Pest Control with Legacy
Legacy Pest Control is a family-owned business that has been serving homes and businesses in northern Utah for 15 years. The experts at Legacy Pest Control will keep your home pest free safely and economically. We provide free estimates and guarantee the work we do. If you’re facing an infestation beyond your control, contact us here, or call 801-779-3131 today!
It is understandable to be unnerved when you find your office space has been invaded by uninvited pests. Whether you find ants marching across your kitchen counters or roaches scurrying into dark corners of the supply closet when the light is switched on, like most small-business owners, you want a solution to your unpleasant problem. Ignoring pests in your home or office can lead to a serious insect infestation, so it makes sense to take preventative measures to make sure you aren’t actually laying out the welcome mat and making your space a welcome retreat for them.
While any sighting of more than a few stray critters here or there requires immediate intervention from the experts at Legacy Pest Control, there are some simple steps your office staff can take to prevent and discourage them from choosing to get comfortable in your working environment. Here are five effective ways to make your business less attractive to multi-legged pests:
Store food, drinks, and supplies properly
Ensure that all items on your kitchen shelves and in desk drawers are stored in tightly sealed containers. Keep pantry items stored in plastic zippered bags, plastic lockable containers, or glass jars with tightly-fitting lids. Keep sweeteners such as honey and sugar, creamers and other coffee and tea supplies in sealed containers, and keep their surfaces clean from spills and drips. In supply closets, store any paper products that aren’t used regularly in large plastic storage bins to keep roaches out.
Keep dirty dishes where they belong
Discourage eating at desks by designating specific spaces, such as lunch rooms or break rooms, as eating areas. Promptly take all dirty dishes and utensils to the kitchen to be cleaned properly. Allowing dirty dishes and containers to sit out even for a couple of hours can be enticing to pests.
Keep your office space clean
Wipe desks and counters daily to remove crumbs or food residue. Sugary treats are a favorite of ants and cockroaches. Wipe up sweet spills, such as juice or soda immediately. Make sure water spills are wiped up quickly as well – insects need a source of water to thrive. Don’t allow any plants to sit in saucers of water, and watch for spills or leaks at water coolers. Remember to empty restroom trash bins daily and to keep bathroom counters and floors clean of toilet paper and tissue scraps. Report any kitchen or bathroom water leaks to your office maintenance or management company.
Dispose of all office waste properly
Empty trash receptacles in high-traffic food-related areas such as kitchens and break rooms on a daily basis. Line trash bins with plastic bags and dispose of them every day. If employees snack at their desks, dispose of wastebasket contents daily as well. Even paper is attractive to cockroaches, so store any shredded documents in double bags if they are stored prior to disposal. If you have a recycling area, clean it regularly – insects enjoy residue left in bottles and cans.
Keep your kitchen appliances clean
Wipe down any greasy splatters or crumbs from stovetops and ovens, microwaves and toaster ovens on a weekly basis. Remove old food from the refrigerator weekly, or at the end of the week if your office is closed over the weekend.
Commercial Pest Control from Legacy Pest Control
Taking the time to prevent attracting insects will minimize the chances of them moving into your office space and treating it like their personal feeding station. However, once you see a pest or two, there are likely hundreds of their friends and family lurking in corners, cabinets and drawers. Spotting more than one or two is a good indication that it’s time to call the professionals in. Legacy Pest Control is here to resolve your office invasion issues. You can count on our team to perform a thorough inspection of your office space and surrounding property to determine the source of your bug-related issues. We offer a wide range of pest control services for your office or home. Contact us here, or call us at 801-779-3131 today to schedule an inspection.
A termite inspection could prove critically important to your property. It can uncover signs of termite infestation and possibly save the foundation of your home. An inspector will ask you about the home’s history, any pest treatments being used, and other issues. Legacy Pest Control can perform termite and other pest inspections at your convenience; just give us a call and we will schedule an appointment that fits your schedule.
What Does a Termite Inspection Consist of?
Once you have discussed your home’s history with the termite inspector, he will begin inspecting the home for signs of termites.
- The inspection will likely start at or near the front door. It will include checking each room for signs of a termite infestation or decay. In particular, they will inspect door frames, wall surfaces, floors, ceilings, baseboards and raised areas.
- The inspector might check underneath peeling wallpaper or any other areas where termites tend to hang out. A thorough inspection also involves checking exit holes and cracks along window sills and door frames.
- Homes with linoleum flooring will be inspected for soft spots that are evidence of wood damage commonly caused by termites.
- The inspector will use a sounding tool to uncover hollowed-out spaces within wood surfaces. As he taps the structure’s wood, he will be able to hear certain sounds if the wood is damaged.
- He will check along the home’s interior, exterior and the attic for signs of termites.
- Give him enough time to take a look at the roof rafters that provide support for the home’s roof sheathing as well.
- The inspector will even inspect along the crawl space (if there is one) to assess damage of wood beams, pipes, foundation walls, floor joists etc.
How Serious is Termite Damage?
Termites are found in 49 of the 50 states. One of the worst aspects of a termite infestation is that they actually cause a lot of damage before it is visible or noticeable in any fashion. This is precisely why you need a team of pest prevention professionals to conduct a comprehensive home inspection today. You just might find that your home has thousands of termites eating away at the foundation of your living space. Foundation repairs can run anywhere from hundreds, to tens of thousands of dollars. An annual termite and pest evaluation really will help spot signs of an infestation and prevent the problem from spiraling out of control. It is worth pointing out that if our team finds signs of termites and / or termite damage, it should not preclude you from bidding on a home. It is just another factor to keep in mind when negotiating a home sale.
Legacy Pest Control is the Ally You Need in Your Battle Against Bugs
Legacy Pest Control is here to solve your termite problems. You can trust our team to perform a thorough inspection of your property to determine if there is any evidence of a termite infestation. We also offer an array of other pest control services for your home or office. Contact us here, or give us a call at 801-779-3131 today to schedule an appointment.
Having a diseased tree in your yard can be an eyesore at best, and a massive liability at worst. It can be hard to tell at times when a tree has a disease, especially if it is an older tree, but no matter what, a sick tree needs to be taken care of or it may die. This is usually best left to a professional tree care specialist, as it can be easy for someone to accidentally use the wrong type of treatment which can end up killing a tree.
Common Types of Tree Diseases
Oak Root Fungus – This type of fungus is responsible for millions of tree deaths each year. While this disease is found mostly in slightly more humid climates, it still pops up around Utah. Oak Root Fungus attacks the root system of a tree, generally over a period of years, until the roots can no longer provide enough sustenance for the above-ground part of the tree. It can also make the tree unable to stand up to stronger gusts of wind, possibly leading to it being blown over by a storm that would not damage nearby healthy trees.
Fireblight – Unlike many types of tree disease, Fireblight is caused by a bacterial infection. This disease is most often found on apple and pear trees and causes new shoots to wither away quickly, inhibiting the tree’s ability to produce new fruit. A tree infected with Fireblight is especially vulnerable to other types of diseases since new branch growth cannot occur.
Insect Infestation – A large enough infestation of insects can kill a tree faster than a fungal or bacterial infection. Whiteflies and aphids are two of the most common types of insects that like to make their homes in and on trees in a destructive way, but ants and beetles can take advantage of an already weak tree and threaten its structural integrity. Some insects are almost invisible to the naked eye, but they can cause serious damage if left unchecked.
Four Signs of a Diseased Tree
Four of the most common signs of a diseased tree are:
- Peeling Bark – Anytime bark starts falling off of a tree by itself there is usually a fairly substantial issue at play. A tree’s bark is what keeps nutrients flowing from the ground all the way to the top and without it, a tree cannot survive. Small sections of bark falling off may be natural, but anything larger than your hand should be looked at by a professional.
- Fungal Growth – Dead wood is what fuels fungal growth, meaning anytime you see fungus growing on the roots or near the base of the tree, it almost always indicates disease. You may see fungus growing around the tree in conjunction with other signs, all of which point to a dying tree that needs to be taken care of immediately.
- Abundance of Dead Limbs – A few dead limbs are normal, especially for older trees, lots of dead limbs usually indicates a problem. Acting quickly can give the tree a better chance of survival since too many dead limbs will almost always mean the tree needs to come down.
- Yellowing Leaves Early in the Season – Yellow leaves can be a sign of a lack of nutrients, or an insect infestation, either of which needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. If only a couple of branches are seeing yellow or dying leaves, it may be something that can be dealt with by pruning, but any more than that and there is always something bigger going on, even if you cannot see it.
Treating a Diseased Tree
Our knowledgeable staff at Legacy Pest Control can take care of a diseased tree with our Arborjet tree injections, which injects pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers directly into the trunk. As long as the tree can be saved, and has not already died, we can give new life to a tree that looks as though it may be ready for the ax. Contact us here, or call 801-779-3131 today for a free estimate.
What Are Bedbugs?
Bedbugs are small, oval-shaped pests that survive by sucking blood from animals or humans. They are roughly the size of apple seeds when they are fully grown, but infant bed bugs, known as nymphs, shed their skin approximately five times before reaching maturity. While they do not transmit diseases, an infestation can cause public health concerns, and can become a nuisance for those affected by them.
Infestations of bedbugs have been on the rise since the 1980s. While they carry the stigma of only existing in areas with poor housekeeping or hygiene, this is a popular misconception. They can be found nearly anywhere, regardless of cleanliness, and experts believe there are many reasons infestations can happen, including:
•Travel being more readily available
•Resistance to pesticides
•People living closer together, allowing infestations to spread more easily
•Ineffective “do-it-yourself” pest control attempts
How Do You Know If You Have Bedbugs?
While there are many signs you may have bedbugs, the only real way to make sure you have an infestation is to find them. They can live anywhere, though they are more likely to be found in the cracks and crevices of furniture, specifically mattresses, box springs and bed frames. Bedbugs are most active at night, and their bites are painless and generally not even noticeable. While they can bite any area of exposed skin, bites are generally found on the face, neck, hands, and arms.
Aside from finding them, some other identifying factors of a bedbug infestation can include:
• Red or brown stains caused from bedbugs being crushed, usually on mattresses or bed sheets.
• Darker spots, approximately the size of a pinhead, indicating bedbug excrement.
• Extremely small eggs and pale yellow skins shed by infant bedbugs, roughly 1mm in size.
What To Do If You Have Bedbugs
Bedbug infestations can be tricky, because while a small infestation is easier to treat, they are also more difficult to find. A large infestation, however, can become more widespread and therefore more difficult to effectively treat. Regardless of the size of your infestation, proper treatment is important to make sure it is effectively taken care of and to prevent the spread of it to friends, family members and neighbors.
Bedbug prevention is also important. To minimize your risk of getting an infestation, there are a few things you can do, including regularly washing your bedding and mattress, making sure you vacuum cracks and crevices in your home, and reducing the number of places for them to hide. Clutter provides more hiding places for bedbugs, so cutting down on it will also cut down on your chances of an infestation. If you believe your mattress has an infestation, as they cannot be treated with insecticides, it is recommended that you either throw it away, or place it in an airtight cover. Bedbugs can survive for up to one year without feeding, so if you choose to do this, it’s important to keep the mattress covered for at least a year in order to make sure the infestation is killed.
Let Legacy Pest Control Utah Exterminate Your Problem!
If you believe you may have a bedbug or any other sort of pest infestation, contact the experts at Legacy Pest Control Utah for a free home inspection. With over 15 years of experience, our local experts not only guarantee our work, but also offer military family discounts and pest control coupons to keep our prices affordable. You can contact us online or call 801-779-3131 to schedule your appointment today.
Thanks to all of the ice and snow that Utah has had this winter, pest control may not be on your mind. You may think that the pests have frozen and died or that they have already found warm homes for the season and they are leaving, however, don’t be tricked by the cold temperatures. Pests such as black widows, spiders, ants, cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, fleas, rats and mice, may slow down in the winter months, but they do not go away.
During the winter, pests continue to eat, grow and reproduce. Unfortunately, many people either consider or do cut back on their pest control services in the wintertime as a way to save money or because they think it isn’t necessary. Here are a few of the reasons why you should continue your pest control services during the winter months.
Pests That Are Already Inside Your Home Are NOT Affected by the Outside Cold
During the winter months, you may think that its ok to cut back on your pest control services, as it’s unlikely pests are trying to enter your home. However, what you may not realize is that pests may already be living in your home. There are many different types of pests that may be burrowed inside of your home that you can’t see. Unfortunately, when you fail to treat your home during the winter months, these pests quickly increase in number without you even realizing it. Termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, and earwigs can all thrive indoors during the wintertime and you may not even realize it as they may be hidden in dark places. Other pests, such as wasps and spiders, may be living in your attic to escape the cold.
In order to keep your home free of pests and our services affordable, we offer quarterly maintenance plans starting at just $69.99. During these services, we perform a thorough interior and exterior inspection of your home, ensuring there are no pest-related issues at the time of the inspection and identifying any conditions that could potentially increase pest problems in the future.
Rodents Can Find Their Way Inside If Entry Points Are Not Sealed Off
Another reason not to cease pest control services in the winter is because rodents are always looking for a home to inhabit, even during the coldest months of the year. The last thing you want is to settle in for a good night’s sleep, only to be awoken by strange noises. When you go to investigate, you may find mice, rats or other rodents living in your attic, garage or crawl space.
Not only can rodents disrupt your sleep at night, but they can also disrupt insulation, gnaw on wood and prepare nests for their spring babies. They find small holes or cracks in your wood fascia, soffits, siding or roof and enter your space. These pests also pose a threat to humans. They can spread diseases through their feces, saliva and urine, including but not limited to salmonella and hantavirus. They can also contaminate your food if they touch the food. They also carry in other pests, like fleas and lice.
By continuing on with your pest control services, you are allowing us to inspect your home and look for rodents. If we find any, we will remove them while also finding and blocking off the places they are entering your space through. This helps provide a long-lasting solution to an awful problem.
Ways to Prevent Pests from Coming Indoors
In addition to hiring and using a pest control service year round, there are steps a homeowner can take to help prevent pests from coming indoors. Here are some of the ways you can prevent this:
- Sealing all of the cracks and holes on the outside of the home so pests can’t enter.
- Storing items in garages, basements and attics in sealed plastic containers. Cardboard boxes give rodents a place to nest, so you want to avoid them. It is recommended to store items in your garage in plastic totes instead of cardboard boxes.
- Trimming branches and shrubs so that they are kept away from home openings, like windows and doors.
- Storing firewood away from the home to prevent wood eating pests, like termites, from moving from the wood pile to your home. Ideally, store it 20 feet from your home and five feet off the ground.
- Installing exterior door sweeps and replacing damaged screens to prevent pests from entering through these tiny cracks and holes.
- Placing screens over vents and chimney openings to keep pests out.
- Disposing of your garbage regularly.
- Storing food in airtight containers the minimize the scent of the food and prevent pests from gaining access.
Contact Legacy Pest Control for Year-Round Utah Pest Control Services
If you suspect an infestation, contact Legacy Pest Control is Utah. We have over 15 years of pest control experience, providing homeowners and businesses safe and effective services in Utah at affordable prices. We guarantee our work, are locally owned, friendly and knowledgeable. We also offer pest control coupons and military family discounts, helping to keep our prices affordable. For more information or to find a professional Utah pest control company, contact Legacy Pest Control via our web form or give us a call at 801-779-3131.