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Pest Control Tips
If termites would just stay in the wild, helping fallen trees decompose, they would be a great help -- not the great destroyer that they have become. Unfortunately, humans build their homes of wood, and termites can't distinguish between a fallen log and your home.

Termites are a pest you definitely want to discourage. However, many homes seem to welcome termites. Take some steps to make your home less likely to be attacked. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Get rid of wood around your home that's not serving a purpose. Remove old form boards, old tree stumps, and wood debris. If you must store firewood near your home, stack it off the ground and don't allow it to lean against the building.
  • Correct moisture problems. Make sure gutters and downspouts are unclogged. Water should be channeled from downspouts away from your foundation. Repair leaking pipes and don't aim sprinklers against your house. Slope soil away from your home. Trim shrubbery blocking any vents.
  • Never allow wood to contact soil.
  • Have Pest Control inspect your home occasionally for wood destroying organisms, and situations which make your home more likely to be attacked.
Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are usually slow to cause damage, so it's not uncommon for a homeowner to have seen them wandering around for years before they actually notice damage.

But don't wait until you notice carpenter ant damage to control these pests. If you see ants wandering about, you should control them right away, BEFORE they start causing major damage.

Carpenter ants are most active searching for food from midnight to 4 a.m., so if you see these pests during the day, you are seeing only a small fraction of what is happening at night. They love leaks or other moisture problems, blocked or leaking gutters, or a poorly ventilated attic or crawl space. Tree stumps, dead tree limbs, and firewood also can stimulate problems with carpenter ants, as can trees and shrubs that touch a home and keep walls more moist.

Call Pest Control at (212) 555-4321 if you see carpenter ants wandering in or outside your home. We're experts at controlling these difficult pests. We start by inspecting your home to find where they're coming from. If their nests are all outside your home, we'll take steps to ensure they stay out. If ants are starting to nest inside, they need to be stopped before they have time to do more damage, or set up other colonies.

Rats, mice and other rodents love trash, plain and simple. If you get your garbage under control, there's a good chance the rodents will be too. Most home invasions occur in the fall, not because of cooler weather, but because the seeds and plants on which rodents feed outside are gone. Get busy, too, because mice can bear as many as 48 babies in a year. And their babies begin mating at just five weeks of age. If not taken care of, an infestation is inevitable.

First, conduct a thorough inspection checking for all possible rodent entry points. Pest Control can do this, and make your home or office rodent proof, as well as trapping and eradicating all of your unwelcome rodent guests. We also perform complete dropping clean-up preventing the spread of diseases.

Rodents are excellent climbers and are capable of gaining entry through holes around soffit vents and around cables entering the building, through holes in gable vent screens, and through turbine and box vents on roofs. Many garage doors on homes allow enough space for rats to fit underneath, as well.

Pest Control can assist with carcass removal if an animal should ever die within the structure of your home. After careful removal, our licensed contractors and carpenters will repair the wall, ceiling or floor. Here are some tips for prevention:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • If possible, remove any piles of debris, stones, bricks, etc. If these are near the foundation of the home they serve as harborages to attract rodents. Once there, it is an easy step for rodents to enter the building itself.
  • Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home's foundation. This also serves as attractive harborage for rodents - mice in particular.
  • Holes or cracks larger than one-fourth of an inch should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh and then sealed with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install a good thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed tightly.
Yellow Jackets
Yellow jackets are social insects that live in colonies containing thousands of individuals. Colonies are usually started by a single queen in the early spring, and is very small for the first couple of months. By midsummer, a colony located on or near a house is usually large enough to become a nuisance. These wasps will aggressively attack when their nest is disturbed, and can inflict painful stings. Unlike the honeybee, which stings only one time and then dies, a single yellow jacket can sting many times.

Yellow jackets prefer to locate their nests in the ground, usually in an old rodent burrow or similar hole. This wasp also commonly locates its nest inside the walls of a building by entering through cracks or holes in the outside walls. To prevent accidental stings:

  • When working in a garden or flowerbed, be aware of numerous wasps flying into and away from a single point in the garden or to a hole in the side of the house. This will usually indicate a colony.
  • Be careful when using powered lawn equipment, such as edgers, trimmers, and mowers. Loud, vibrating noises disturb yellow jackets and may send them into an attacking frenzy.
  • Stay away from yellow jacket nests once you know where they are located.
  • If yellow jackets are seen entering and exiting a wall, DO NOT plug the hole. You will only forces the wasps to find another way out. Sometimes they might actually eat through an interior wall and enter the house.
The American cockroach is the largest cockroach that infests buildings in the United States. In Florida, the American cockroach is called the "palmetto bug," and it has the nickname "water bug" throughout the United States. There are several kinds of roaches in the US, and some cockroaches can even fly.

Like all cockroaches, it is omnivorous and will eat virtually anything people will and many things we won't. It thrives in warm, damp environments, such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawlspaces, and boiler rooms. In southern states, it will also be found living and breeding outdoors.

The key to control is to find and treat these sources directly. In many cases, the services of a professional company, such as Pest Control, are required. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves treating the attic, crawlspace, and exterior cracks in the home and finding and treating likely cockroach areas over the entire property.

Good basic prevention tips include:

  • Ensure the attic and/or crawlspace has sufficient ventilation. Research has shown that proper ventilation creates an environment unsuitable for cockroaches and other pests.
  • Make sure that all foundation and attic vents are equipped with tight-fitting screens.
  • Seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible on the outside of the home.
  • Do not allow pet food to sit out overnight. Pick it up after outdoor pets are finished eating.
  • Store firewood as far from the house as possible, locating it off the ground, and covering it with a tarp or plastic.
  • Eliminate piles of lumber and debris where cockroaches could harbor.
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