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Don’t Share Your Donuts with Roaches

Jelly Donut BiteIt was a typical quiet Saturday morning; sleeping in and staying in my pajamas until about noon. I was enjoying the morning sports page as I finished my breakfast of coffee, and my favorite… A cream filled donut.

Only this Sunday was a little different. I reach down for my donut, only to find that it had disappeared.

Who stole my donut!?!

My first suspect was my wife, since she had been on a diet for the last few weeks, and nobody has that much will-power to turn down such a delectable pastry. After asking her, she denied indulging.

It’s about this time I remembered I had the nanny camera hidden in the kitchen and I could have video proof of who the donut thief was.

Here’s the footage:

Just then I remembered my nanny cam! I took a peek at the footage and quickly found out who the culprit was. Witness for yourself:

It was a roach!

I’m sick and tired of these dang roaches! It’s bad enough that every time I turn on the lights in the kitchen, I see a few of these guys scurry off into the deepest corners of my kitchen. Now these buggers are stealing my food, and not the brussels sprouts or lima beans. There stealing my donuts!

I’ve had enough! I’m calling a cockroach exterminator, and not just any exterminator; I want the best Atlanta has to offer. I want an exterminator who offers a guarantee when it comes to keeping my home and my kitchen free from these filthy pests. I want the roaches in my home not only gone, I don’t want any of their family returning to steal my pop-tarts, my cheese danishes, or my blueberry muffins.

I want the best Atlanta exterminator!

Best Atlanta Exterminators

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com  
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com  
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com

10 Tips To Prevent A Black Widow Spider Bite

Black Widow spiderNothing strikes fear into a Atlanta homeowner like the site of a poisonous and deadly Black Widow spider. Finding one of these dangerous spiders on your property is bad enough, but finding one inside your house will make you lose it!

I do have some good news for you concerning the Black Widow spider. First off, these spiders are extremely shy and only bite when they feel threatened. Secondly, there are actually a few things you can do to reduce your risk of getting bit by one of these common Georgia spiders.

Here are 10 tips to avoid a Black Widow Spider bite:

*** Important*** Contact your primary care physician if you believe you may have been bitten by a Black Widow Spider.

Tips To Prevent A Black Widow Spider Bite

Outside Your Home

1. Seal any entry point into your home. Cracks, crevices, and holes, old weather-stripping, etc… They’re all easy access for Black Widows to enter your home.

2. Keep firewood far away form home, elevated, and covered. Stacks of firewood are essentially Black Widow condominiums!

3. Keep landscaping (bushes, shrubs, flower, plants, etc.) at least a foot away from your home’s foundation. Again, Black Widows love hiding in these areas.

4. Trim tree branches so they don’t touch your home. These will act like superhighways for Black Widow spiders and other pests.

Inside The Home

5. Store shoes and clothing in sealed plastic bags or storage containers with tight lids.

6. Don’t let bedding touch the floor. This includes bed skirts, sheets, bedspreads, etc. It makes it far too easy for a Black Widow to climb in bed with you.

7. Don’t leave discarded clothing around on the floor… Black Widows just might be the reason your husband starts picking up his socks from the bedroom floor.

8. Shake out shoes and clothing before putting them on. Many bites occur when a Black Widow is accidentally pressed up against your body.

9. Open windows and closet doors as much as possible to keep rooms well lit. Spiders like dark spaces.

10.Keep beds away from walls and curtains. Inspect all bedding before crawling into bed for signs of spider life!

Professional Black Widow Exterminators In Atlanta

If you are seeing Black Widow spiders inside your Atlanta are home, or even around your property, take the above mention precautions and call a professional Atlanta Black Widow exterminator!

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com 
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com

 

Researchers Feeding Bed Bugs

Bedbug Close-UpWould you let a bed bug bite? Parents have always warned their children throughout time of the pesky creepy crawler, but some researchers seem to choose that option for the bugs they cultivate. Recently, bed bugs have made a comeback thus requiring researchers to host in lab bugs to figure out just how to put an end to this fiend’s infestation. However, hosting the bugs creates the problem of how to feed them. Bed bugs feed on blood and keeping them alive in the lab requires some brain power. The following steps will explain just how these guys do it.

1. Find Food for the Foe

Bed bugs are parasites. They feed on blood, and primarily human blood at that. It’s much easier for the bugs to penetrate a hair-less human than a shaggy dog. Bed bugs will however feed on dogs, cats, and even rodents when necessary.
Many researchers have found that the easiest way to feed the critters is to just lend out an arm, but when the amount of bed bugs being studied is too large that becomes a lot more difficult. Most scientists will order animal blood, from rabbit to dog and everything in-between. In order to maintain the experiments as controlled as possible, the blood must be processed to resemble human blood, the bug’s favorite host. And so, a few scientific processes later, the blood is ready for dinner.

2. Containing the Blood Supply

This is where scientists have to get creative. The containers required to hold the blood must somehow prevent the bed bugs from escaping and the blood from leaking. Scientist will place the blood into any sort of container. This holding device must somehow contain a permeable skin-like layer that will simulate real human skin. From fancy hemotek feeders to one of kind CD feeders, researchers are constantly creating new ways to feed these bloodsuckers.

3. Regulation of the Study

Besides finding the proper holder for the blood, scientists must regulate the blood. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat, which is why they prey on sleeping humans. So in order to maintain the experiment as controlled and realistic as possible the blood must be warm and the bugs must be hungry. Some scientists blow on the bugs. The carbon dioxide that is released emulates that of a real sleeping human, and sets the perfect conditions for bed bug dinner time.

4. Keep the Critters Crawling

Many things can go wrong in the lab and the bed bugs can die. Scientists must develop the best feeding patterns for the bugs. Keeping a close eye on the blood and bugs will help maintain them and all the efforts put into the project; a project which researchers hope will help lead to the complete extermination of these nasty pests.

Author Bio: is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Home

Roach HomeThe fight against pests in your home is a year-round battle that is tough to win. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do to keep them out, pests eventually find a way into your home. However there are steps you can take to limit their access and reduce the number of pests you find.

A lot of homeowners act by calling a professional pest control service to come in and spray for pests. Although this is a recommended first step to take, the fight doesn’t stop there. Professional services can slow pests down and lower their population, but homeowners must carry out a few do-it-yourself steps if they wish to stop seeing pests altogether.

Finding & Sealing Passages

Most homeowners feel their home is tightly sealed, but it’s actually full of tiny holes that become passageways for small insects. Pests can find their way into your home through the smallest cracks imaginable so it may be impossible to make your home completely bug proof. However you can seal most cracks if you take the time to find them.

Start by examining the exterior of your home and filling any holes with caulk. This means checking under decks, steps and other places that may be hard to reach. The foundation of homes is often the site for many cracks that allow pests inside. It won’t be fun work, but it’s necessary if you want to stop seeing pests in your home.

Areas of the home notorious for cracks and holes include doors, windows, dryer vents, exhaust fans, soffits, and chimney gaps. Make sure to check these areas thoroughly before moving onto any other pest preventing steps.

sealing openingsMake Your Home Less Desirable

Pests are constantly on the move looking for a new place to call home. If they happen to stop at your home, there’s probably a reason why. Chances are high that you’ve either left cracks unfilled or your home’s surroundings are inviting them to stay.

Pests naturally need water to survive and they often look for places that have plenty of moisture. So if you’ve got pests you need to eliminate areas that might be collecting water. Walk around your property after it rains and see where water is collecting and not draining properly. Once you find these areas, see what you can do to fix them.

It’s best to have the soil slope away from the foundation so make sure this is the case with your yard. Places of heavy vegetation around the home can keep siding and soil damp so continually keep bushes and plants trimmed back. Mulch is well known for collecting moisture and it’s a great home for roaches and other bugs. If you have mulch around your foundation, make sure water is draining properly. Plumbing leaks should obviously be fixed to prevent moisture buildup.

Eliminating clutter is another way to make your home less desirable to pests. All bugs, insects and rodents look for clutter because it’s a form of protection. Remove all clutter from carports, garages, porches and other areas so pests don’t see it as an appealing home.

Taking these precautions is certainly going to make your home less inviting to pests. However it’s very important to have the assistance of a professional pest control company. You can buy powerful pest control products at the store, but it’s not the same as hiring a professional. If you want the best results, have a professional service spray every six months.

Author Bio: Jensen is a contributing writer for Heron Lawn & Pest Control.

The Top 3 Pests In Atlanta

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with some pest control professionals In Atlanta, GA. These professionals have taken hundreds of phone calls from concerned Atlanta area citizens this summer, who’ve become fed up with bugs invading their homes. I asked them point blank, “What are the top three pest invaders in Atlanta?” “What pests do receive the most phone calls about?”

Here were Bulwark Exterminating’s top three most common pest invaders in the Atlanta area:

3. Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant

If you live anywhere in Georgia, you are likely very familiar with the Red Imported Fire ant. Fire ants are notorious for stinging relentlessly whenever you disturb there huge nests that can plaque a property. The mound-building activity of the red fire ant has damaged plant roots, lead to the loss of crops, and interfered with agricultural farming in the State of Georgia. In order to best control the populations of fire ants in and around your property, Atlanta Fire ant control is necessary.

2. Spiders

Black Widow Spider

There are not very many spiders in Atlanta that are dangerous to humans, with the exception of the black widow spider which has very toxic venom that can be life threatening. There are approximately 100 reported deaths from spider bites in the 20th century. Despite this really low number, that doesn’t stop Atlanta residents from running to the nearest phone to call an Atlanta spider control professional whenever they see any big ugly spider.

1. Roaches

Roach

The south has a huge cockroach problem, and of course that includes Atlanta. The most frequently called about pest in the Atlanta area, according to the roach control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, is the cockroach. This is because of the cockroach’s high proliferation rate. The mild winters allow for roaches to breed more often, and make it easier for these disease carrying pests to survive. These roaches invade Atlanta homes searching for the water in your drains and the food in your kitchen cupboards.
In Atlanta, Oriental roaches are often called “waterbugs.” The most common roaches found in the area are the American cockroach, and the Asian cockroach. No matter the species of Atlanta cockroach, Atlanta homeowners just don’t want them in there homes spreading disease. Serious cockroach infestations require Atlanta roach control.

Atlanta Pest Control

If you are commonly seeing pests like spiders, fire ants and roaches in and around your Atlanta area home, get help! Get professional pest control in Atlanta!

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com
 
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com
 
 

Realizing the Value in Pest Control

Exterminator SprayingThe significance of pest control goes a lot deeper than many people realize. It’s safe to say that most of us dread the thought of ever having to use this type of service, but there are others that really never give it much thought until they absolutely have reason to. Pest control is much more than just making sure your residence is cleared of the bugs that commonly pop up here and there. Even if finding the telltale signs of insects or rodents in your home don’t necessarily concern you, there are several reasons that pest control services are necessary for a better quality of life.

Health Concerns

As a result of all the germs they carry around with them, pests have notoriously been the cause of sickness and disease in decades past. Better pest control over the years has led to a decrease in related health concerns, but we must continue to implement insect and rodent management strategies, especially in our homes, if we want to continue to prevent contamination. Many allergic reactions and asthma attacks are caused by pests that have infiltrated a home and gone undetected.

Agricultural Production

Pest control in agricultural production has always been crucial to maintaining much of our food source. Without it, there is a very real possibility that all of the plant-eating pests out there could wipe out many of the crops we rely on. A plant’s health and productivity depends heavily on the effective management of insects and the methods used to enforce it. In an effort to respect the environmental movement and the worries that many people have about the use of chemicals in agriculture, great strides have been taken to use sustainable pest control tactics.

Impact on Public Businesses

No one wants to eat in a restaurant or employ the services of a business where pests are obviously running rampant. This, again, suggests there should be cause for health concerns, especially when the contamination of food is in question. An effective pest control method must be executed immediately in a food service business. Any other type of industry or company can expect to see a decrease in client relations as well when they can’t keep up clean appearances which in turn will eventually begin to affect our economy’s growth.

Termite DamageStructural Damage

If you’re a homeowner, you should already be aware of the destruction caused every year by pests like termites, carpenter ants and rodents that will eat through a structure or chew on electrical wires and wreak all kinds of havoc. The cost of repairs can be quite hefty, and the stresses that come along with having to deal with an especially damaging situation can be prevented with regular termite and pest inspections and subsequent management procedures.

The key to living a lifestyle that doesn’t include pests is to be aware of your surroundings and take action before the threat of infestation becomes too much to handle. Whichever method you choose to use, the importance of pest control becomes evident once you become informed of just how much the lack of it would negatively impact our environment.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger from Northern California who writes regularly about home issues including pest control.  A great resource for information is Killroy Pest Control who specializes in pest control in Hayward.

Top 5 Bugs That Carry Diseases

When you think of insects, you probably automatically think of diseases. Not all insects spread diseases, but the ones that do are definitely something to worry about. While some bugs do good things for the environment, like fertilize soil and pollinate plants, their disease-ridden counterparts spread harm and to humans and animals alike. But which bugs are the most dangerous? Below we’ll take a look at the top five nastiest insects that you’ll want to steer clear of.

Mosquitoes

Sucking Mosquito

Mosquitoes have probably been the bane of human existence since the dawn of man. Although mosquitoes are deadlier in underdeveloped countries where diseases are more rampant, they can be equally as dangerous in the U.S., where they have been known to spread West Nile Virus. The most commonly disease spread by mosquitoes is malaria, which is responsible for the death of tens of thousands each year. Mosquitoes also spread Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever.

To evade mosquitoes, make sure there is no standing water in your yard, employ the use of bug spray and citronella candles, and if all else fails, invest in a bug zapper.

Cockroaches

German Roach

Cockroaches are disgusting in their own right, living for years in inhospitable environments such as landfills and sewer systems. It is said that cockroaches would withstand a nuclear holocaust, a belief that has good reasoning behind it; they can survive almost anything, including an entire week without a head. These pests have roamed the earth since the days of the dinosaurs, and thousands of species exist, although only four species dwell in houses.  Cockroaches are filthy creatures that spread bacteria, being that they love to feast on things such as feces, trash, and refuse. In fact, more than 30 bacterial strains have been isolated in cockroach species; most of these bacteria will only cause an upset stomach if you become infected, although some can cause leprosy and typhoid. Pest control professionals are usually required to rid your home of a cockroach infestation.

Ticks

Wood Tick On Skin

Ticks may be small, but they’re not to be taken lightly; these pesky little guys are notorious for spreading diseases, especially in rural areas. Ticks typically live in highly vegetated areas, like woods and yards. There are actually over 100 species of ticks, and nearly all of them have a reputation for biting humans. Since ticks feed off of blood, it makes it fairly easy for them to transfer diseases directly into the bloodstream of their victim. Ticks are well-known for carrying diseases such as Encephalitis, Typhus Fever, and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common illness caused by tick bites, and can have lifelong effects on the body. Lyme disease symptoms include nausea, irritability, and confusion. It’s vital that you always use bug spray and do a thorough check of your hair, body, and clothing when frolicking through the woods.

Fleas

Flea

Fleas are more than just a nuisance; they were responsible for several generations of plague. Millions of people died after flea-bitten rats carried the plague to populated areas. Fleas are still fully capable of carrying – and effectively spreading – diseases easily. If your dog or cat has fleas, be sure to take measures to get rid of the parasites. If your house has become infected with fleas, the easiest way to get rid of them is to call a pest control professional.

Flies

Fly Up Close

Flies are disgusting creatures. They feed and lay their eggs on feces and garbage, then tap-dance all over your food if you let them. Flies also regurgitate their stomach contents onto food in order to liquefy and slurp it up. Really, flies are not a pest that you want to contend with. Flyswatters, bug spray, and bug zappers are a good way to deal with these disease-spreading pests. It’s also important to remember to keep all food items covered or tightly sealed prior to eating.

Mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, fleas, and flies are just a few bugs that carry diseases. It’s always important to take measures of precautions when dealing with insects, especially ones that bite. Bug spray can really your best friend, especially during the warm summer months when bugs roam rampant. If you’re planning on spending a substantial amount of time outdoors this summer, make sure to protect yourself from bug bites that could infect you with diseases.

Author Bio: Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

Invasive Ants of America

Ants are some of those bugs we know we can’t get rid of. They always find a way to survive in our backyards. Most ants tend to keep to themselves. They’ll set up camp and go about their daily business. However some ants intrude into unwanted territory and wreak havoc for all of the surrounding bug life. The following ants have established their dominance and continue to invade throughout new locations.

1. Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant

Red Imported Fire Ants were introduced into the U.S. in the 1930’s through Alabama cargo shipments. They’re originally from Brazil and nearby South American countries. They’re found all throughout the southern United States from California to Florida. These are the ants that you will most likely encounter in your backyard.
Fire ants are a huge problem in the United States. They’re actually much more prevalent and successful in the U.S. than in their native Brazil. When the fire ants were first imported to America, their natural predators were not, thus allowing them to dominate in the U.S. In comparison to other ant species, fire ants are dominant. However, some of the other invasive ant species on this list have been known to put up a strong resistance.

These ants also cause millions in electrical damage. They infiltrate electrical products and chew at the wires causing things like appliances, street lights, power lines, etc to malfunction; creating quite the headache for prey and people alike.

2. Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are also not American natives, but were accidentally introduced from their native Argentina through the port of New Orleans around 1891. These invaders can be found in southeastern states of the U.S. along with California. Not only did these ants invade the states, but Argentine ants can also be found in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Easter Island, Austria, and Europe.

Argentine ants are a phenomenon to scientists for their colonial behavior. Most ants establish small colonies with one queen and many workers, but the Argentine ant establishes what is called a super colony. This super colony has many queens with thousands of workers. A supercolony in Europe is 3,700 miles in length.

Towards other species of ants the Argentine ant is extremely aggressive. It has been known to tussle with the Red Imported Fire Ant and come out victorious. However for every victory, comes a defeat. The Asian Needle ant, which is next on our list of invasive ants, has been known to displace the Argentine ant.

3. Asian Needle Ants

needle ant

The Asian Needle ant is a native of China, Japan and Korea, but can now be found on the Atlantic coast of the United States; from Connecticut to Florida. This ant has been around for quite some years, since about the early 1900’s, but has emerged dominant in the recent decade.

The Asian Needle ant is quite powerful. Studies have recently shown it outmatching the super aggressive Argentine ant. The Asian Needle ant seems to have a few advantages on the Argentine ant. While most species of ants hibernate through the winter, Asian Needle ants wake up much sooner than Argentine Ants. This gives them a head start on building up their colony.

4. Crazy Ants

Ants on raspberries

Crazy Ants have a few different names; from Tawny Crazy Ants to Raspberry Crazy Ants, the common factor is definitely that they’re crazy. These ants are also from South America, more specifically Brazil and Argentina. They have made their presence known in the United States especially in southeast Texas. Crazy ants have been able to displace fire ants, especially in Texas. Unlike other ants, these ants don’t organize single-file, but are much more spread out and run around in a “crazy” manner. These ants will literally invade anything; from boxes to pots and anything with moisture.

Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality ant control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Five Organic and Natural Pest Control Methods That Work

Two Dead RoachesThere is nothing worse than spending your valuable time and money cultivating a garden, only to wake-up one morning to find it riddled with pests – this is quite frustrating.

You have to choices to remedy this situation. One is to use pesticides, and the other is the use of natural, organic methods. We have discovered several pest control methods that actually work and are safe to use.

Soil Covers

Soil covers can be quite effective in areas where the climate fluctuates and pests are wide spread. Soil covers are made of a porous polyester material that is generally white in color. This covering will protect your garden from insects while allowing more than 80 percent of the light through for cultivation.

You can purchase this material in various thicknesses and sizes. In summer, the thinner material allows your garden to breath while keeping destructive pests out. In winter, the heavier weight material keeps pests out of your garden while holding in heat – this is great for areas where winter temperatures can also damage your garden.

Smell Traps

One of the senses, for animals and humans alike, is smell. In the world of organic pest control science has reproduced the scent called pheromones. Pheromone is a chemical produced to heighten the sexual awareness of the opposite sex. So you might ask, what does this have to do with pest control?

In organic pest control, pheromones are used lure pests into traps through their senses. These unsuspecting victims are tricked into thinking a willing mate is at the other end of the smell, but the end result is anything but happy. That is for the pest, not the garden owner.

Traps are only effective when there are a limited number of pests to get rid of. In these cases the pheromone traps are effective for identifying the initial stage of an infestation. Knowing the type of pest that is attracted to your garden gives you a jump on the problem.

Organic Insect Spray

The more common name for this type of spray is “insecticidal soap spray.” Some people have mistaken insecticidal soap spray with herbicidal soap and sprayed their plants with it. This is a fatal mistake because herbicidal soap kills plants.

The organic soap spray is made from animal fats. These fats get under the skin of the insect and kill it. The one thing you must do before spraying your plants is to test a few leaves. In rare cases this spray will burn vegetation. Spray a few leaves and wait a few days to see the reaction. Once you’ve determined your plants are safe, then spray your garden when pests are present.

Homemade Organic Oil Spray

It doesn’t have to be expensive to work. This is the theme for this organic pest control method.

To make this spray you’ll need a quart of water, a couple of drops of ivory soap, a tablespoon of canola oil, and a spray bottle. Just mix all the ingredients mentioned and put it in the spray bottle. Once the mixture is prepared, find the pesky pests and give them a shot of oil. The oil itself will accumulate and smother the pests. The effectiveness of this oil is greatly diminished when allowed to dry.

Organic Botanical Compounds

Botanical compounds can be made from plants that contain elements that naturally repel pests. The pyrethrum provides elements that you can use to make an organic compound that will control a wide variety of flying insects.

All the above methods have been proven effective in controlling pests that are harmful to your garden. Even though we are dealing with natural compounds, they can still kill beneficial insects. Try to isolate your spraying to small areas where pests are doing the most damage.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

4 Inconvenient Places To Find Pests

While I’m sure you’ve checked the rain gutters, outdoor pipes, and the woodshed outback, there are several more uncommon places where unwanted guests can nest and thrive that can go unnoticed for longer than you think. Here are some of the main places that you’ll definitely want to check before turning in tonight!

In the Bed!

Not just under the bed, but actually in the bed. Bed bugs are a huge problem that most people think are just something from the days where people had wooden teeth, wool wigs, and only took baths on the full moon. However, if there are tiny bites on your legs in the morning, you’ve already got a huge problem. Lucky for you, bed bugs are some of the easiest to control. There are several sprays and preventative measures you can take, but if you have already been bitten, then you may need to turn to a professional service to take care of the critters.

Under the Furniture

Remember those Cheetos and Oreos you washed down with some Root Beer last months? Of course you don’t, but the mice and roaches sure are grateful for the crumbs. This may be the first place you will notice pests, unless you’re going to be the next featured guest on Extreme Hoarders, in which case…you may have bigger problems. When the roaches and mice become visible, that already means you have a pretty big problem, so remember to clean up those crumbs and spills before insects get to them.

In the Attic

While it’s certainly not as creepy as the basement, it still gets much less traffic. People go months and years without going up to their attic. Even if it’s as tiny as a crawl space, if you’re not checking it out every time you get your Christmas decorations down, you may be letting rodents and termites nest right above your head throughout the winter and into the summer.

While the termites might not be causing foundation damage to your home when they’re up there in the attic, they can weaken the floors, framing, and the rodents can eat away at the foundation, allowing for more unwanted guests to make their way in. Make it s resolution to check your attic once a year and allow pest control experts to rid your home of any freeloaders you currently have.

In the Bathroom

Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve give the bathroom cabinets and under the sink a good scrub. It’s hard to reach down there right? Well, it’s really not that hard, but most of us would rather just ignore the dirt and mildew growing underneath the sink, just like we’d prefer to ignore the fact that there are little critters down there too, eating away at our old toothpaste tubes.

Under the sink is a great way for pests and rodents to go unnoticed since they can create holes in the dark behind where you keeping the toilet bowl cleaner and extra tissue boxes and make homes and tunnel systems from this point through the rest of your home. I wasn’t expecting my plumbers to tell story after story of the harms of not checking your cabinets, or neglecting inspections for your pipes until they burst from rodent damage! Many of the stories were about what they found while drain cleaning in Chicago! A word of advice, resolve to clean under there at least once every couple weeks and don’t just assign it as one of your lazy kid’s chores.

Remember these hot spots before putting a toe into bed tonight and keep you family and home safe from any species of creepy crawlers that can make it into your home this winter.

Lucy Markham is an avid blogger, and as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert in all things home improvement, gardening, and home décor.