In the fall and winter, numerous pests seek the warmth of our homes to survive the harsh weather. In the scarcity of winter, pests also seek to take advantage of the readily available food and water in the home. Pests such as ladybugs, stinkbugs, flies, crickets, mice and rats, squirrels and raccoons may all take shelter in your home, vehicle, or garage, and settle in for the long haul. Although we may notice their presence less in the winter, Legacy Pest Control understands that this is actually when it becomes most important to watch out for pests and prevent an infestation.
Common Winter Pests
- Mice: Field mice are often chased indoors by the cool weather in search of a warm, dry place to hole up for the winter. It is especially common to find them in your attic or basement, where few people venture and there is good nesting material, or your kitchen, where food and water are plentiful. Unfortunately, mice can carry disease as well as chew through electrical wire. Keep your eye out for signs of their passage, including chewed toilet tissue and paper towels and mouse droppings.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches often enter the home on (or within!) grocery bags and boxes, and once they’ve settled in, it’s next to impossible to get them to leave their cozy domicile. Cockroaches are some of the nastier pests, carrying a wide array of bacterial infections and stirring up allergens in the home. Watch for them under appliances and in the cabinet under your sink.
- Spiders: Most spiders are harmless – except for whatever you may knock over when you see one rappelling down from the ceiling – but a few, such as the brown recluse spider, are very poisonous. Like mice, spiders generally hide out away from people, in attics and basements, but you may also find them in cardboard boxes or around window-moldings, and around your summer clothing or shoes. Spiders may also be brought into the home by hitching a ride on firewood.
- Raccoons: Raccoons are incredibly clever creatures who will go to great lengths to find food. Though most raccoons avoid human beings, sick animals may enter homes through the chimney or make a home in a disused attic.
- Stinkbugs: Stinkbugs are an incredible nuisance: loud, unattractive, and once accidentally stepped on (or purposely swatted) the victim will remember the stench ever after. They flock to homes in droves as temperatures drop.
Steps to Prevent Winter Pests
There are several simple steps you can take in order to ensure that your home stays pest free.
Outdoor Winter Pest Control Tips
- Go around your house and look for cracks or crevices that mice and insects can sneak through to escape the colder winter temperatures. Mice can slip through holes the size of a dime, so be thorough. Place caulk around any cracks in your foundation, and fill holes up with steel wool. Don’t forget the holes that may be around pipes or electrical wire entry or exit into your home.
- Clean out your gutters regularly. Leaves and other yard debris make great nesting material for mice, rats, and squirrels. By the same token, keep your yard clean by raking leaves and keeping your grass low.
- Keep trees and shrubs pruned around your home to avoid insects climbing from the foliage and onto your roof or through your windows.
- Store your trash well away from your home in an enclosure; make sure that your trash can lids seal well.
Indoor Winter Pest Control Tips
- Clear out your attic or basement, or hire a team to help you get it done. Lots of cardboard boxes sitting around can become a home for pests of all kinds, and mice and rats like to hide or around boxes or the tissue wrapping meant to keep valuables safe.
- Keep your home clean and free of crumbs and clutter.
- Keep clothing and shoes that you do not often use in sealed containers; this will prevent bugs and spiders from using them as nests, moths from eating the material, and mice from using it as nesting.
In Need of Winter Pest Control Services in Utah? Contact Legacy Pest Control!
If you’ve got a pest problem and want to make your home your own again, contact Legacy Pest Control. We handle both residential and commercial pest control in the Ogden, Utah area, and offer recurring services every three months to ensure that your property is pest-free. Call 801-779-3131 to take action and make sure that your home or property is safe for yourself, your family, and your guests today! Book now in order to ensure a pest-free home in time for the holidays!
Your home can be infested at any time of year. However, pest infestations are significantly more common in the winter. This is because pests are trying to escape from the cold in the same way that humans are. This is true of warm-blooded mammal pests, like mice and rats, but it is also true of bugs. There are a few telltale signs that your home is experiencing a winter pest infestation. Because pest infestations can worsen rapidly as it gets colder, once you have spotted them, you should call the professionals at Legacy Pest Control as soon as possible.
Common Winter Pests
The list of pests that can infest your home is long and includes many different types of animals and insects. However, there are several species that are responsible for most of the winter pest infestations in the Ogden area. The most common pests in winter, as in the rest of the year, are rodents, such as rats and mice. Unfortunately, there are other pests that you need to be concerned about.
Spiders often infest homes in great numbers in the winter. They are driven by a need to get away from the cold like all of the other organisms on this list, but that’s not the only reason you may find spiders in your home this winter. Insects of all types are trying to get away from the cold, and spiders (as with all predators) follow their prey. Some of their prey that also commonly infest homes include cockroaches, ants, and many types of bugs commonly found in firewood like Box Elder bugs and termites. While you do want spiders to eat these bugs (especially termites), that doesn’t mean you want them in your home.
Rats and mice are the most common mammals seen in winter pest infestations, but they are far from the only ones. Squirrels and raccoons often find their way into people’s homes to escape the cold. These large, tree-dwelling mammals are often seen higher up in the structure, especially in the attic.
5 Signs of Winter Pest Infestation
There are many signs of an infestation, but some are not easily spotted by the untrained eye. However, there are five signs of an infestation that anyone can spot. If you see any of these signs, get professional help immediately. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to treat the infestation.
- Droppings: If you see small, circular droppings in your house, especially near sources of food and water, you have a rodent infestation. Where there’s one rodent, there’s always more out of sight.
- Dead bugs/molts: If you see a large number of molted spider skins or dead bugs, you should seek assistance. Learn to recognize Box Elder bugs and termites, as they are the ones that can be the most destructive.
- Bite marks: If you see bite marks on objects near sources of food or water, you may have a rodent problem.
- Crumbling wood trim: This is a telltale sign of a termite infestation. Termites often infiltrate a house through underground points of entry, and live inside the wooden structure. They can do serious damage relatively quickly if they are untreated.
- Skittering sounds in the walls or attic: Rats and mice usually move around a house at night, when everything’s quiet. You may be able to hear them if you pay attention.
Call Legacy Pest Control Today
If you see any of these signs, contact us here, or call 801-779-3131. We are happy to answer any questions and respond to any concerns you might have during our free consultation. We are a family-owned company with over 15 years of experience serving the residents of Weber and its surrounding counties.
Bugs can be found everywhere. From the driest desert terrain in Utah to the coldest mountaintop, you can bet some creepy creature calls it home. And unfortunately, there are many unwelcome crawlers that call our homes “home” as well. While some bugs may be helpful, many can be a nuisance. If you have creepy crawlers lurking around your home, the best solution is to contact the professionals at Legacy Pest Control.
Are These Creepy Bugs Lurking Near You?
#1 Rocky Mountain Wood Tick: This “vampire-like” bug is out for blood, human blood or that of another large mammal. It will numb you and you won’t realize it is feeding on you. It sometimes leaves the “gift” of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
#2 Assassin Bug: What is creepier than a bug that has a piercing and sucking mouth? They suck the juices out of their prey by piercing the exoskeleton. While they don’t normally try to “feed” on humans, they will bite and it hurts.
#3 Mormon Cricket: Once a huge threat to Mormon pioneers, this notorious cricket feeds on crops. While it doesn’t travel in huge swarms as in the past, it still an unwelcome visitor to your gardens.
#4 Common Thread-Wasted Wasp: This predator enjoys the art of the ambush. You can often find it burrowed in loose dirt waiting to attack.
#5 Codling Moth: There are many different moths in Utah, however, this one is the creepiest. It plants its damaging larvae into fruit and is a major pest problem especially for apple and pear crops.
#6 Blister Beetle: This creepy crawler lives up to its name by secreting a toxin that causes human skin to blister.
#7 Carpenter Ant: This ant’s middle name is destruction. Carpenter ants cause structural damage to homes and should be removed immediately if discovered lurking around.
#8 Billbugs: A creepy sort of weevil that will terrorize your lawn, the billbug lays larvae in your turf causing damage to both roots and stems. If you see one walking along the sidewalk, you can bet it is looking for a nice spot to lay eggs.
#9 Thrips: Practically invisible and highly destructive, these creepy little flying insects not only feed on flowers and plants, they can also stunt their growth. If you notice yellowish specks on your foliage or silvery black excrement, then they may be lurking in your garden.
#10 Praying Mantis: What is more terrifying than being eaten alive? This vicious predator will wrap one leg around the neck of its catch and one around the abdomen as it slowly slices out one bite at a time.
#11 Aphids: These creepy bugs can be identified by the tubes protruding from their backs. They can cause stress on plants and sometimes even transport disease from one plant to another.
#12 Dark-Winged Fungus Gnats: These pesky gnats are very small with long legs and will plant larvae in potted plants in your home causing damage to roots and stems.
#13 Black Widow Spider: Watch out for this venomous spider lurking in your garage or basement, especially the females. A female black widow is ruthless. After mating, she literally devours her lover. And if she bites you, her venom is highly toxic.
What Should You Do if You See These Pests?
Don’t let these ghastly bugs creep you out this fall or any season. Let the professionals at Legacy Pest Control help. For more than 15 years, we have been serving Northern Utah. Contact us online or call one of our knowledgeable staff at 801-799-3131 for a free estimate.
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.