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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.

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.

Bulwark Green Pest Control – Featured in Wall Street Journal

A local Atlanta pest control company, Bulwark Exterminating, is featured in today’s Wall Street Journal – Natural Pest Control – Death by Mint Oil. Real cute, “pests die of more natural causes.”  WSJ wanted to know about Bulwark’s green pest control service. Bulwark was one of the first to step out into a green low impact environmentally conscience service featuring the EcoSmart line of pest control products. Bulwark has offered a greener service for over ten years now. EcoSmart provides EPA exempt products made of all natural ingredients, such as tree oils and other botanicals. Above and beyond just offering a green pest control service, Bulwark offers an all natural pest control solution here in Atlanta.

Here is what a Bulwark customer told Wall Street Journal about Bulwark’s all natural service:

“I’ve seen no excess insects since switching,” 39-year-old Ms. Kidd says, “and I’ve got bugs in the yard around my chicken coop, but not on my patio or in my house.”

Bulwark has always offered a green pest control service. Bulwark now offers an all natural pest control service.

To get more of the story on the Green Pest Control report done by the Wall Street Journal “The All Natural pest control” click here.

Go Green Pest Control

Green Pest Control – Wall Street Journal

The other day we were delighted to receive a phone call from the wall street journal asking about our green pest control solutions. Adam spent some time on the phone with her explaining the pest control industry and how efficacy directly affects profit margins.

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Green Pest Control – Wall Street Journal

Green Pest Control – Wall Street Journal

The other day we were delighted to receive a phone call from the wall street journal asking about our green pest control solutions.

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Green Pest Control – Wall Street Journal

Pest control service Controls Snakes with Environmentally Friendly Solution

Pest Control Catches Deadly Snakes - Water Moccasins

Pest Control Traps can catch Deadly Snakes common to Atlanta, GA - ie, Water Moccasins

Pest Control Services don’t usually offer any help with snakes, but this quick enviromentally friendly pest control solution may be all you need to protect your home and loved ones. Read more about tips on snake control here.

Green Pest Control – Dallas Conference

Green Pest control Conference and still no answer to what “green pest control” means? It seems that a lot of the PCOs are more interested in the other green, as in dollars.  Is green pest control suppose to be about the green you put back into your pockets?

Its like the pest control company guy next to me that said, “you know we should do some charity work so that we can get some good publicity.”  Not much charity in that if you are following what Corinthians has to say about it.  No thanks, I would rather walk the walk and leave the talk out of it.