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A pest infestation is an attack and an invasion of your space and your peace-of-mind. But you don’t simply need effective pest control. You want to understand what’s going to be done to solve your problem as quickly as possible. You’re looking for assurance, peace-of-mind and a fast solution.
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Mice can live without a water source. They get their water from the food they eat. This allows them to live and nest in areas far away from regular water sources.
Cockroaches have been around for 320 million years. Many species share habitats with humans. They can passively transport pathogenic microbes which my cause disease and even trigger allergic reactions.
Ants feed on practically every kind of food but those entering homes are often looking for sweets and/or protein-containing substances. Besides being an annoyance for most of us, ants can spread germs and disease in your stored food products. Some species can even cause structural damage to your home or business.
The female house spider lays approximately 50 eggs in a silken sac. Nine egg sacs are common in a season and these sacs hatch after a week depending on environmental conditions.
Many pests pose health risks to your home and your family. With our Home Protection Plan, you’ll never have to worry about recurring pest infestations. We develop a customized protection plan for your specific needs. This includes regularly scheduled services throughout the year. This plan covers 17 different pests: Carpet Beetles, Carpenter Bees, Centipedes, Clothes Moths, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Fleas, Mice, Millipedes, Pavement Ants, Pillbugs, Silverfish, Sowbugs, Spiders, Stored Product Pests, Rats, Wasps <18’ off the ground. When you need us, we’re on it!
Abell offers economical pest control for just one pest. We can provide effective, safe and fast elimination of mice, roaches, ants, wasps and many other common household pests. These unwanted visitors can be a nuisance to your home and your family and can also be very tricky when trying to remove them permanently. We have specialized programs and approaches for any problem pest that you may be experiencing issues with. If you’re concerned about a pest infestation in your home, call us to get advice and schedule an appointment.
You work hard and enjoy getting away to your cottage or vacation home. However, cottages are less enjoyable when you notice you have a few unexpected visitors - pests. These unwanted guests can cause serious problems at a cottage while you're away, from littering your floors with crumbs to inhabiting every part of your home and even causing structural damage.
Here are some quick tips to protect your vacation home against pests:
We have dealt with all types of unique unwanted cottage visitors and can help you protect yours!
A rodent problem can easily multiply in the summer, as these pests are more likely to breed when the weather is warm and food sources are more plentiful. Some common signs that you have rodents in your home include chewed packages, chewed insulation or wood shavings, noises in the walls or ceiling at night, and droppings.
Similar to many pests, rodents can achieve entry into your home through various entry points, including cracks in the exterior foundation, gaps around windows and doors, and even through sewer lines. Ensuring any weak points in the home are sealed and covered are imperative in preventing a rodent problem. Maintaining a home clear of any food debris is also key in excluding these intruders.
Cockroaches are also very resourceful pests. They can enter your home in many ways, including crawling inside through small holes and cracks in the building, hitching a ride on bags, backpacks, suitcases and other containers, finding openings around doors and windows and moving from one apartment to another through pipes and other holes in shared walls. Once in, it can be easy for them to inhabit your home without being recognized. They typically prefer tight, dark, moist spaces for shelter. This can include dark cabinets, behind refrigerators or under sinks. Some best practices for prevention include sealing cracks and holes near doors, windows or other areas facing the exterior, keeping up with plumbing maintenance especially leaks, and keeping your home clear of food debris.
Bed bugs are infamous for their ability to infest spaces, both residential and commercial. Home pest control isn't always limited to practices inside the home, especially when it comes to bed bugs. The most effective method of prevention is not allowing bed bugs to enter your home in the first place. Bed bugs can be found virtually anywhere and can migrate from one place to the next extremely easily. If you're dealing with a bed bug infestation, reach out to pest control services such as Abell. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of entirely, and may require tools that you might not have access to.
Ticks constitute a real risk for you and your family. These parasitic little bugs harbor harmful disease, and because their bites are usually painless, it's possible to go several days without noticing you've been bitten. To make matters worse, these creatures are usually quite small, meaning avoiding a tick encounter requires real vigilance. Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease to humans, which may cause flulike symptoms, arthritis, brain disorders or even death.
Some tips for prevention include: wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts when outdoors; inspect yourself for ticks after being outdoors; remove ticks properly to prevent infection; keep a tick-puller at your cottage. Abell is well versed in tick removal and prevention, so give us a call to learn more.
As urban sprawl replaces rural areas, squirrels, raccoons, bats and skunks have been forced to find new living quarters. This urban wildlife will try to find entry into your home to safely have and raise their offspring. These nuisance critters are experts in finding crafty and resourceful ways to achieve entry. Once they achieve entry, they can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your home, leaving you in an expensive and dangerous situation.
Critters also aren’t typically dangerous to humans but can be vicious to people or pets when cornered or when they feel their family are threatened. It is important to be aware of entry points around your home, i.e. cracks in exterior foundation, gaps around windows and doors, roof vents, soffits, chimneys, and more. These critters can also carry some dangerous travelers in the form of diseases and parasites. There are many legal restrictions to the removal process that must be adhered to, and we certainly recommend you seek out experienced professionals to effectively manage your humane wildlife control program for your property.
Ants can also be a significant nuisance of a pest. Carpenter ants are terribly destructive for the structural foundation of your home – they will gnaw away at your framing, drywall, decks, etc. This can leave your home in a dangerous state. Pavement ants can infest your patio, sidewalk, driveways, etc. and displace soil loosening the foundation. These pests should not be taken lightly, and a professional approach is the best way to tackle them.
Not only is the mosquito the most well-known summertime pest, but it's also perhaps the most aggravating. Disturbing perfect summer evenings outdoors, mosquitos are easily the worst pests in the summer. The most common kind of summer pest is the culex mosquito, known to breed in soft soil or stagnant water. Narrow and oval with six legs and antennae, the culex mosquito is predominately gray in color with white, silver, green or iridescent blue scales, though these are often hard to see due to its small size.
Though most mosquito bites are quite harmless, they can be responsible for transmitting serious diseases. Mosquitos have been linked to malaria, dengue fever, West Nile, and one species has been linked to the Zika virus.
What are common pests to homeowners?
There are many pests that can be nuisance visitors and sometimes residents in different seasons. Some of the most common pests that can be found in or around your home are mice, ants, roaches, bed bugs, spiders, wasps, and centipedes. These pests can find entry into your home in many different ways, and will use your property as permanent shelter. Some, such as ants, rodents, bed bugs and wasps can do some serious damage to your property. Others, such as spiders and centipedes, can be good security guards as they typically will take care of smaller insect control for you.
Where do pests get in?
There are many more potential entry points than meets the eye. Some self-explanatory threats such as leaving garage doors open at night and large gaps around doors and windows. However, most pests are crafty and can find entry in more niche areas such as cracks in the exterior foundation, chimneys, roof vents, soffit intersections and more. Any structural weak point or opening provides an opportunity for pests to find a new place to inhabit.
How can I keep pests out?
Ensuring your home is well maintained both from a structural and sanitation standpoint is crucial in protecting your property from pest infestations. As mentioned, potential entry points are very easy to find for pests and very easy to develop in the average home. Be sure to inspect your home regularly for any gaps, cracks or openings and be sure to fix or seal them as best as possible. Also, be sure to remove any food source for pests – this includes keeping food stored away safely including pet food and cleaning any crumbs or food debris right away.
Can pests damage my home?
Unfortunately, many pests can and will cause damage to your home. Carpenter ants will use their strong jaws to chew through wood to create tunnels where they can shelter and raise their family, this can cause serious issues with the framing of your home. Squirrels must grind their teeth and gnaw on surfaces/objects to stunt their overgrowing teeth – and will use such things as wood decks, wood framing or even electrical wiring. Many pests can cause structural damage to your home and can even create dangerous living situations for your family.
Can pests be dangerous to my pets?
Aside from protecting yourself or your home from pests, you also should think about your pets. In the warmer months, pets are often exposed to pests and may have to deal with them more than you. Some pests, such as fleas, mosquitoes and ticks, carry diseases that could threaten your pet's health. In wet summers and in grassy areas, ticks tend to be a significant problem and their active season has increased beyond summer in recent years. Ticks can carry such things as Lyme’s disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so best to avoid bringing your pets around wet environments, and regularly inspect them to spot ticks. Fleas can get onto pets for a variety of reasons, and will infest steadily onto all animals and around the home. Mosquitos can carry heart-worm, which is very dangerous for pets. These are just a few major examples of the danger pests can have on our pets – contact Abell today to learn more on how to prevent these dangers.
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You probably already know that most people are repulsed by the simple sight of cockroaches. If you are personally dealing with a cockroach infestation, the feelings of disgust are probably even more intense. Unfortunately, the cold winter weather tends to be one of the reasons this pest ends up in your home in the first place, according to Any Pest. While you may know that you don't want to share your home with cockroaches this winter, there are a number of interesting facts about this pest that you've probably never heard.
Because of the high amount of traffic and the versatility of the facilities, pests are naturally attracted to long-term care institutions. Many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other care facilities include on-site kitchens and cafeterias as well as private rooms and common spaces. All of these places are susceptible to attracting pests because of the presence of food, water and viable habitats.
During the summer months, some people love to go camping with family and friends. Yet this fun trip can be ruined with a few unwanted visitors, most notably different types of bugs. Crawling spiders, hungry mosquitoes and buzzing flies can become annoying quickly. How can you avoid these pests when you're outdoors? Consider these tips to keep bugs out of your campsite.
Carpenter ants can chew through the strongest studs and stringers in a house as they hollow the wooden beams out for nesting. The resulting damage can weaken the home's structural support and require expensive repairs. Professional pest control workers can remove a colony of ants, but the best practice for homeowners is to learn the best ways to keep out an ant colony and prevent the problem before it begins.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
As the middle of summer approaches, you need to be vigilant about keeping your garden free of pests. Many insects breed during the summertime, which means they're on the lookout for great places to lay their eggs. For many bugs, that means near a source of food. In fact, some species of insects will lay their eggs inside budding vegetables and fruit so their larvae have something to eat as soon as they hatch. That's why you have to keep harmful bugs out without damaging the bugs that could help you, such as bumble bees.
In the summer months, people love to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Some even venture to farmers markets where the food is cheaper. However, not only do fruits come home with you, fruit flies may too. Once they've gotten acclimated in your home, they might stay all summer. These pests breed quickly, and tend to spread through whatever food you've got around. They also are happy to join in on any meal you have, be it a sit-down dinner or a barbecue in your backyard. Worst of all, like other flies, they carry disease. Consider these tips on how to prevent fruit flies from coming home with you.