Think Like A Bug
Our strategy for controlling annoying bugs or rodents is THINK LIKE THEM. We can stop pest problems in their tracks and take steps to prevent them. Here are some helpful tips to deter pests from entering your home. If need our help, contact Ashcraft Termite and Pest for a free consultation.
BUGS AND RODENTS SEEK WATER
Water inside your home attracts ants and termites and too much moisture outside your home attracts mosquitos and termites. Make sure you do not have any leaking faucets around your home. Also, check your irrigation system (if you have one) to ensure you are not over watering and proving a reliable water source for unwanted insects, including crickets, flies and mosquitos!
BUGS AND RODENTS ARE HUNGRY
Make sure all food is put away in your refrigerator and pantry. Use air-tight seals to prevent spoiling by grain weevils and attracting other unwanted pests like cockroaches and rodents.
BUGS AND RODENTS HIDE IN DARK, DANK PLACES
It’s smart to have annual inspection or your attic and/or basement before it gets too cold and rodents and insects seek shelter in your house. Make sure all vents are property sealed with the appropriate wire as well as sealed around the sides. Look for plumbing and electrical openings on the outside of your home that they can gain access through. Keep your attic and basement clean and keep an eye out for fresh rodent droppings so you can stop and catch them before they multiply.
PET FOOD BOWLS ARE ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFETS FOR BUGS
Your pets’ water and food bowls can be an open invitation for insects, especially ants. Feed your pets indoors if you can and don’t leave food out all day. Wash the bowl after each use. This will make your furry friend happy and turn off the “OPEN 24 HOURS” sign for pesky bugs.
NATURE TOO CLOSE TO HOME GIVES PESTS EASY ACCESS
Mature vegetation close to the house provides housing for some insects as well as a bridge from the outside into your home. These greens are food for bugs too. Trim back vegetation so that you can walk between it and your home. Clean up any old leaves too. This will make your house look sharp and tidy but uninviting to rodents and insects.
IF IT’S STINKY, PESTS WILL LOVE IT
Keep your trash contained to decrease the smell and attraction. Even if you only have a small amount to dispose, put your trash and recycling bins out for every pickup. Keep the area where you store your trash bins clean so you can monitor any new activity. Clean out your trash bins with a sanitizing household cleaner to take away any food residue the bugs will enjoy. Remember, one man’s trash is another insect’s treasure!