After spending an entire weekend picking out this year's vegetable crops and flowers and multiple days planting, digging and sowing, it'd be a shame to let a few little - or big - garden pests ruin all of that hard work. The next time you go to grab your watering can and gardening tools, consider these common pests before heading out.
For anyone who has ever read the popular children's book, "The Hungry Caterpillar," you know how much damage this crawler can cause. There are a variety of caterpillars and each can cause hefty damage by burrowing through fruits, leaving droppings in your fresh soil and chewing through plants and leaves, according to Rodale's Organic Life. Long and wormlike, caterpillars are segmented insects that often have six or more legs and soft bodies. To prevent infestations in your garden, use floating row covers or spray plants with spinosad.
The most common garden maggot is the cabbage root maggot and according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, these pests are big threat to vegetables of all kinds. They'll likely cause the most damage to crops like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Yet, other maggot species have been known to chew through a number of other crop vegetables as well. One of the most difficult things about this pest is that they are difficult to notice due to their tendencies to hatch and feed beneath your garden's soil. Without careful inspection, you may not notice them at all until plants and crops begin to wilt or stop growing.
Late planting, floating row covers, crop rotation and sticky traps are all common methods for practicing home pest control tactics in your garden.
Unfortunately, when it comes to gardening it's not just the tiny invaders you need to be wary of. The National Gardening Association asserted that potential animal pests including woodchucks, skunks, raccoons, moles, opossums, rabbits, gophers and mice to name a few, are also known to take a toll on gardens. While all animal pests require varying types of prevention methods, one rule of thumb that encompasses them all is to keep all sources of food, water and shelter either unavailable or unattractive. For instance, be sure that all garbage cans are sealed shut, that all compost piles are removed from your property and that there are no holes or cracks in your local sheds.
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.
You might have noticed that, with the exception of the kitchen, you find more pests in your bathroom than in the rest of your home. This is because insects and rodents see the bathroom as a convenient watering hole. Pests love leaky pipes and standing water because these offer them a hydrating oasis in the otherwise dry biome that is your house or apartment. And if your bathroom develops mold, all the better for pests, who may eat fungus or use it to lay their eggs.
The kitchen is largest gathering place for pests in a residential home. The reason is simple: pests can grab a bite to eat and take a sip of water while they're here. And when they find such a bountiful place, they will return home to their nests and report the finding - before you know it, your whole pantry is a buffet for ants! The problem could get even worse if a piece of food falls somewhere and begins to rot. Similarly, fruit and vegetables you bring into your home may be harboring unseen pests waiting to hatch.
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.
Ants can be a real pain, especially in months with higher temperatures. They literally get into everything, whether it's an outdoor picnic, a party or even just lunch outside. It seems like these little creatures are everywhere and can quickly make a good time go bad. One of their favorite spots is near a barbecue grill, so they can dig into every meal you make. So what's a homeowner to do? Consider these tips to keep ants out if you don't want grilled ant for dinner.
Hummingbirds are one of nature's most beautiful and shy birds. Many homeowners may try to attract them using hummingbird feeders, which contain a sweet water that they love. Yet these birds aren't the only ones who appreciate sugary water. Ants do too. If hummingbirds encounter an ant in their feeder, they most likely won't come back, and this can be very frustrating for the average bird lover. Yet how are you supposed to keep this invasive pest away? Consider these tips to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeder.
Dorm rooms are a space that you can make your own while you're at college. You can decorate them and make them as cozy as you'd like so that it reminds you of home while you're away. However, this cozy home away from home becomes less comforting when you notice bed bugs crawling around your floor or resting in your bed with you. Consider these tips to keep bed bugs out of your dorm room.
Since the mid-1800s, when the first house centipedes were noticed in Pennsylvania, these many-legged creatures have been scurrying and breeding in homes across North America. If you've seen one before, you know that they can move very quickly in order to hide from you. More than 100 years ago, when many women wore dresses, house centipedes would run toward women who had spotted them to hide under their long dresses. This was one of the reasons why people became afraid of them, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist C.L. Marlatt in 1902.
It's finally here - sweet, sweet summertime at last! But has your time outside already been rudely interrupted by swarms of pesky bugs trying to take a stab at you? This season, let's say no more to swatting, slapping or clapping at these insects who seem to be tormenting innocent outdoors enthusiasts every year. Fortunately, the solution isn't as chemical ridden as you might think. As it turns out, some of your favorite scents are insects least favorite.
Not every creature that visits your property is a dangerous nuisance. Many animals actually offer a number of benefits that keep your yard healthy. Predatory animals, in particular, actually offer natural pest control. Here are five common suburban creatures that can help keep more difficult or annoying animals at bay:
Discovering a mouse is loose in your home can be a real headache, and for restaurant owners, such an infestation can be an even bigger problem. Mice may be cute, but they simply do not belong in the kitchen, attic or anywhere else. If you've noticed any of these signs around your house or business, it may be time to call in a professional rodent exterminator:
The customer is always right, and this is especially true if he or she is complaining about seeing a mouse or cockroach. Pests have no place in your organization, as bugs and rodents will turn away potential business or even lead to a possible lawsuit. Keeping your company protected requires a proactive approach. Work with a pest removal specialist to identify the best ways to stop creatures from infesting your business. Here are just a few ideas for successfully mitigating and preventing any issues:
Animals big and small can cause damage to your lawn and garden, as well as spill trash or leave behind unsightly waste. Often maintaining a beautiful lawn means keeping critters out of your yard. Check out these tips for deny wild creatures access to your property:
Rodents, like mice, rats and squirrels are quite adaptive, and much to the chagrin of homeowners, have become experts at living right alongside people. They can be opportunistic, quiet and true survivalists, which makes eliminating a pest infestation difficult.
You might see an influx of rodents at this time of year, because as the weather cools mice and rats seek warmth anywhere they can find it. Unfortunately, that often means inside residential homes. Many homes may experience rodent infestations at this time of year more than any other. Whether they're getting into your garage, basement or kitchen, it's important to put a stop to them before the problem becomes too serious and requires the intervention of a professional pest control agency.
Though many bugs and other creatures can cause serious headache for homeowners or anyone managing a garden, there are plenty of critters that actually serve a number of benefits. These may promote healthy plant growth, provide aesthetic beauty or even prey on pests that can otherwise cause damage.
Spring is here, and if you're lucky enough to have some vacation time saved up - or you're a college student - it's likely that you'll be taking advantage of the warmer weather and going on a spring break trip. That means finding an excellent destination and enjoying some much needed time for relaxation. However, those sighs of relief could turn into shrieks of panic instantly if you find out that your hotel room is infested with bed bugs, especially because it's likely that they'll end up coming home with you.
Summer is almost here and before you head out on a family trip or even if you travel for work, consider doing a little research so you become familiar with bed bugs. This will help you identify them quickly and it could keep you from bringing them home unknowingly!
For many people, the onset of warm weather means upcoming trips and weekend excursions with friends and family members. Unfortunately, traveling on planes and trains and staying in hotels also means a higher risk of bringing home the No. 1 unwanted guest: bed bugs.
With the promise of summer also comes the promise of bugs. Homeowners have to stay vigilant, lest they find ants - or worse - rifling through their food.
If it seems like you're seeing more box elder bugs than normal this year, it's not your imagination. After a highly productive 2016, the distinctive insects are showing up in even greater numbers this fall, requiring local pest control.
Whether it's a sugar maple, white pine or red oak, trees can add beauty and character to a home. They can create a shady spot in a backyard or even a place to rest with a strategically placed hammock.
You might've heard that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast. If the worst should happen and the world succumbs to nuclear war, the cockroaches would reign supreme as the one and only organism left on earth. This hardly seems fair - consider how much time humans have spent trying to control cockroach populations. You might've chased one of them out of the bathroom this morning! So, if they really can withstand a nuclear blast, what chance do we have of managing cockroach infestations at home?
Plants and animals are quickly adapting behaviors to meet the challenges of a changing climate, and this can be an issue for home and business owners. In North America in particular, warming temperatures are making winters less deadly and creating opportunities for new choices for animals.
As the weather turns warmer, you may start to pack up cozy winter sweaters and unveil summer clothing. Retailers will unveil the latest trends - but as they unpack their stock rooms, they may encounter closet moths. These pests can affect consumers and retailers alike. The damage moths can do can affect the quality of the clothing and depress sales for retailers. Want to learn more about these moths? Check the tips below and find out how to keep them away:
Unfortunately, if you've ever dealt with clothing moths, you know the damage they can cause. According to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program, the webbing clothes moth - the most commonly encountered species living in North America - feeds on wool clothing, carpeting, rugs, upholstered furniture, furs, woolen items such as brushes and more. The larvae are most likely using the cotton fibers found in these items to make their pupal cases, and they are more likely to cause damage to fabrics with remnants of perspiration, urine or food.
Their name might suggest that bed bugs are strictly found in homes and other residential areas where people sleep and rest. But the small, blood-sucking insects are being discovered in commercial buildings such as offices, schools and libraries as well, which means business owners potentially need bed bug removal services.
Sure, raccoons look all cute and cuddly, but in reality they're huge carriers of deadly diseases. Raccoons of all sizes have the potential to carry diseases, it doesn't matter if they were just born, they can still be covered in viruses, bacteria and parasites, said The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Humans can also pick up these infections by inappropriately handling raccoon excrement, or more seriously, if they come into contact with the animal. Being bitten, scratched or exposed to feces are all cause for a trip to the doctor.
Common pests may be unsightly or irritating, but for anyone growing a backyard garden, some critters can be downright destructive. Certain animals seem to have a knack for munching through your favorite herbs or veggies, and can undo hours of hard work.
Though widespread legend may have many convinced that earwigs do actually crawl out of people's ears, hence the direct translation to "ear creature," they do not. Though they are originally from across the pond, the European earwig made its way to North America in the early 1990s, according to the PennState College of Agricultural Sciences. Though there are several different species of earwigs, the European earwig is the one most commonly found throughout Canada and much of the U.S.
When you're a restaurant owner, one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to you is having a diner return their meal because they found a pest in it. Not only is this just plain unsanitary, but it's completely preventable. According to Food Service Warehouse, nearly three out of ten restaurant diners told the publication that they would leave and never return to an establishment where they saw a cockroach or other type of pest. Are you prepared to lose that amount of business?
Mice are clever little creatures that will take any opening homeowners or restaurant managers offer. So between leaving crumbs out on the counter or neglecting to caulk old holes in the basement, folks around the country are unwittingly giving mice a chance to set up shop far too often.
For many first-time homebuyers, they are transitioning from living in an apartment building or a rental property. As a result, responsibilities that fell to a landlord now are under their purview. That can leave buyers scrambling and unsure of how to handle pest control. Here is a breakdown of new responsibilities homeowners have when transitioning out of an apartment:
Hotels earn a bad reputation as silent carriers of bed bugs. It can feel impossible for travelers to actually relax in their rooms when they're constantly fretting about these small pests that can quickly jump from the comforter to a piece of luggage. Hotel owners may see a competitor's bed bug outbreak as a chance to steal customers, but some resorts are taking a different approach: They're working together. Sometimes working with your competitors is the best way to combat a problem, as West Hawaii learned when trying to deal with fire ants.
Pests can be attracted to a residence for a number of reasons. In some cases it's because of the local environment - such as how close the home is to woods. In other cases it might be because of refuse or trash near the home - garbage cans and spilled food can be big attractors of insects and rodents. But did you know that your plumbing system can also attract pests if not properly maintained? Damaged or poorly installed plumbing fixtures can lead to spilled water and mold, which can seem like flashing neon signs to the local pest population. Read on to learn how to check your home's plumbing and about what to look out for.
Have you ever been standing on a train platform when you suddenly notice a big rat scurry under the tracks? You might be relieved that it isn't coming anywhere near you - but the truth is, those rats are doing some hazardous damage down there. The Tribune recently reported that these rodents who have been burrowing and setting up camp underneath railway tracks are starting to cause structural insecurities. Because the underground is the perfect environment for rats - it's dark, relatively quiet and often has garbage for them to feast on - it's starting to house more and more rodents. With thousands of people using this form of public transportation, transit authorities cannot afford weak rails, as they could cause a serious accident.
One of the exciting facets of a being a first-time homebuyer is unveiling your deck and backyard to friends and family during the summer months. You can relax outside or host a barbecue - but many first-timers don't know how to get their decks and patios protected against the pests of summer. Here are the pests to watch out for this upcoming summer:
Industrial plant managers know that when faced with a pest problem, they need a solution that is fast, cost-efficient and environmentally safe. Food processors working with organic items also know the importance of keeping non-organic materials outside the facility. When looking to handle a pest infestation, these companies can come to Abell for a four-step organic facilities management program.
If you're dealing with a rat problem in your home or business, you can take comfort in knowing you aren't alone with this issue. Rats are among the world's most successful pests, and since the age of exploration have managed to settle in every corner of the globe.
Restaurants rely on walk in coolers to preserve the freshness of their ingredients. With proper cleaning and maintenance, they can serve as a sanitary way to have prepped ingredients on hand for busy lunch rushes and dinner services. Neglecting to clean the cooler can lead to problems, however. Despite the colder temperature, pests will still be attracted to the smell of spoiling produce and meat. Because insecticides cannot be used in preparation areas, only a solid integrated pest management strategy will keep the area insect free.
For some, the garage is a primarily a storage unit. If your household is one that keeps its vehicles parked in the driveway, you may have considered clearing out the garage or at least organizing it so that you can better locate your things. Another good reason to do so it because a cluttered garage makes it easier for pests to hide. In the summer months, pests might invade the space looking for some shade. During winter, rodents may take shelter from the cold. Perhaps worst of all, a swarm of bees or wasps could decide that an open wall is the perfect spot to build a nest. For these reasons alone, you should consider cleaning out your garage and inspecting it for pest damage. Read on to learn how:
As summer begins to wind down, it's time to think about making sure your home is ready for the season ahead. While it's not quite time to prepare for the cold winter weather yet, you should be thinking about autumn. Fallen leaves and cooling temperatures can contribute to pest problems in the home. Perhaps you've noticed that there are more mice on your property in the autumn than in other seasons. Like you, mice are drawn to your home's warmth - plus, they might see your festive jack-o-lantern as a tasty treat. Keep reading to learn how to prepare your home for autumn.
Now that it's starting to get warmer out, you've probably started to think about reinstalling your window air conditioning unit so you're prepared for when things get a little hotter. Before you take on this project however, you need to consider cleaning out your unit. It's been in storage for a while, so it's likely collected lots of dirt and debris that you wouldn't want to breathe in when you turn on. But dirt is only half the battle. While you were away, pests may have made the appliance their new home - not to mention that once you install a unit you could potentially open your home to new pests.
With autumn in full swing, chances are you're spending more time outside, enjoying the changing colors. Hikes through the forest and walks through the park are great ways of enjoying the outdoors before the cold months of winter come. These activities are so much more enjoyable when you can take your beloved canine company with you. But when you do, you have to be wary about ticks and fleas. These parasites can spread disease at worst and make your pet very itchy at best. Keep reading to learn how to keep your pets pest free.
It's the season you've been waiting all year for: fishing season. There's nothing like waking up at the crack of dawn, grabbing your gear and heading to the river for a long day of casting them out and reeling them in. But are you aware that you aren't the only one out there trying to catch a meal? In fact you, the hunter, may just be the hunted.
With autumn right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to prepare your lawn for the cold weather ahead. Doing so now could mean fewer pests come next spring, and you'll have a better shot at having the best looking lawn in the neighborhood. Make use of these final weeks of warm evenings, so you can sit back and relax when the winds get chilly. Here's how:
Sometimes it can feel like pests are seeking out your home and that your yard is the only one in the neighborhood dealing with unwanted animal invaders. In some instances, this could be true, because there are certain aspects of your property that encourage creatures of all types to hang around.
With spring quickly approaching and summertime not too far behind, the weather will soon begin to incline and stay consistently warm. While many people are looking forward to spending more time outside, they are not the only ones - warm weather pests will soon resurface, and unfortunately, that includes the stinging insects, too.
Unsightly insects or rodents can be a major bummer for homeowners, but for anyone that manages a restaurant or other eating establishment, these unwelcome pests can be dangerous visitors. Just one mouse could turn away valued customers or even warrant a meeting with the health inspector or sanitation department. For restaurant owners trying to keep patrons safe and keep pesky critters away, there are easy steps to take that can minimize issues related to flies, rats or any other animals.
Resort hotels have an increased risk of pest infestations because there are several potential points of entry. The surrounding environment, food shipments and the guests themselves can all bring pests into the facilities. A solid integrated pest management strategy is important for keeping these pests from becoming a costly problem. Here are a few tips for controlling pests at hotel resorts:
Young children are especially susceptible to the harmful effects of indoor pests. Insect infestations can lead to bites, allergic reactions and other health problems. Rodent infestations are likewise harmful as they can spread germs and disease. It's highly important to have an integrated pest management solution in place to prevent harmful pest invasions, as well as stopping any problems as they occur. Follow these tips to keep your daycare center clean and pest free.
Having a solid strategy for pest control is important in any setting, but it is highly necessary for any assisted living facility because the residents are more susceptible to health risks related to pest infestations. Seniors may have weaker immune systems and they may not be able to take care of their surroundings as well as others. As such, care facilities need to do everything they can to ensure a clean, pest-free environment. Having an integrated pest management solution is the No. 1 way to make that possible.
Your backyard could be harboring more pests than you think, and there are easy landscaping changes you can make that will discourage bugs, rodents and other critters from setting up shop on your property. Once you have discovered an infestation in your home, it may be time to call a pest exterminator, but consider these preventative steps that may stop unwanted creatures from making into your house or yard in the first place.
At home, pest control and lawn maintenance can go hand in hand. When you take proper care of your lawn and landscaping, you'll likely see fewer instances of insect infestations. This is because your lawn will drain properly, thus limiting the amount of breeding ground for insects. It's also because you'll be paying more attention to the foliage around your home and will therefore spot problems before they get too big.
Moths may not seem like harmful insects on first thought, but they can wreak havoc on your food and clothes. At home, it's important to control insect populations before they become a problem. While one or two moths may not be an issue, swarms of them can easily ruin your day. That said, there are many different species of moths and each has its own unique habits. One species may leave you alone while others just want to munch on your wardrobe or breakfast cereal.
Moths may be small, but they can cause real damage around the house. Some species may infest your kitchen and living room area, while others are notorious for their ability to ruin your favorite clothes. Even in the winter, these flying insects can be a serious nuisance and demand action from homeowners. Here's what you need to know about the different ways moths can infest your home and what you can do about it:
In a world where a few bad reviews online can spell the end of a business, pest control is more important than ever for hotels and resorts. Bed bugs are the most talked about problem for the hospitality industry, but there's more to pest control than simply washing the sheets thoroughly. Without an system in place, one instance of a pest infestation can easily get out of control. Here are a few tips for managing pests at hotels and resorts.
If you have pets, fleas are a very real concern when it comes to pest management. These bloodsuckers aren't just irritating - they also carry diseases that affect animals and humans. However, these common bugs can get into your home even if you don't have a pet.
Changing homes is an exciting step for any family, but there are dozens of logistical barriers and other things to keep in mind. Is this a fair price? How are the schools? What are the neighbors like?
The snow is melting, the birds are chirping and the flowers are starting to peak through thawing ground. Yes, spring is finally right around the corner, which means it's the perfect time to break out the mops and rubber gloves for some thorough spring cleaning. While you're at it, you can prep your home to be ready for unwanted spring pests. Follow these tips for home pest control.
Organic food producers may have made the decision not to use chemicals and pesticides in the manufacturing and growing of their food, but that doesn't mean that bugs, spiders and rodents aren't going to still try to get at the food. Some specialty commercial pest management companies work with organic facilities to prevent and treat pest infestations without sacrificing the integrity of the operations.
The image of rats, from the time of the plague during the Middle Ages until today, has never been good. Considering how much harm they can pose humans and pets, it's no wonder they're among the pests that people dread coming upon most.
Many homeowners and gardeners see spiders as beneficial guests. They eat pests and insects that can cause damage to plant life, contaminate food and even carry disease. But, despite these benefits that spiders bring to the table, in a retail space they can deter customers and make people feel uncomfortable.
When people put away collectibles and family heirlooms for safe keeping, they expect just that - safe keeping. Allowing such treasures to be stored away uninspected for a long time, however, may damage the goods in ways they may not have expected.
While your mice and rat problems might disappear during the cold months of winter, they could return when the weather warms up. Worse still, 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. If you notice the signs of rodents in your home - chewed packages, droppings, etc. it could be time to improve your rodent control methods.
There are plenty of pests that hatch in spring and invade your property by growing season. But while some insects can harm your garden and woody areas, others ratchet up the nuisance factor much more, especially when you're trying to enjoy a nice day or evening on your patio.
Animals such as raccoons and opossums are troublesome visitors to your property. Not only can they cause issues around the yard, but sometimes they're able to infest your home, creating a much more serious problem.
Restaurateurs or food processing facilities with multiple locations know how impossible it is to be everywhere at once. The same is true for landlords managing several properties. To get a better handle of addressing pest control, businesses need technology. Using technology to manage pest control offers many benefits.
As a landlord, it's crucial to try and prevent any pests in your properties. Pests are sneaky and make bad tenants, often scaring people away and giving you a bad reputation. Consider these few simple tips to keep pests from creeping onto your property.
The sounds of birds outside your home can be enjoyable, but their presence usually isn't. This pest will poop all over your driveway or car, and may even attack you if it feels threatened. Usually birds don't travel alone either, so you may be dealing with a stubborn flock on your roof. So how do you get rid of these nuisances? Consider these tips to keep birds off your roof.
Home gardeners and farmers alike know how important it is to plant their seeds at the right time. Plant too early and they create more work for themselves with tough ground and hard growing conditions. If they plant too late, they run the risk of a short growing season.
Although these two insects can be considered one in the same, knowing the difference between bees and wasps is essential for home and business owners. It's the first step in selecting the right pest prevention solution and is especially critical when dealing with possible allergic reactions.
When you see a cockroach in your home it can make your stomach sink. Because where there's one, there's bound to be more. Just seeing the little insect skittering across the floor can suddenly make your whole home seem unclean. Then, when you want to get rid of the bug, it seems to perform a vanishing act and disappear into some impossibly small crevice. This makes cockroaches notoriously hard to remove from the home. Powerful insecticides and sticky traps are often required to remove the bugs, and even then it can seem like an impossible task - this is the species of insect that can survive a nuclear explosion, after all.
Hotels, motels, hostels and other organizations have to be vigilant when it comes to pest prevention. Not only could patrons be at risk from an unforeseen infestation, but negative reviews and complaints could quickly spell trouble even for a well-established business.
After spending an entire weekend picking out this year's vegetable crops and flowers and multiple days planting, digging and sowing, it'd be a shame to let a few little - or big - garden pests ruin all of that hard work. The next time you go to grab your watering can and gardening tools, consider these common pests before heading out.
The tiniest ants, pharaoh ants, may be the most difficult to eradicate once they have foothold in a home or business, particularly restaurants where there's an abundance of food and water on which they thrive.
The weather is changing, and with it you're beginning to shift out some of your lighter sweaters in exchange for heavier ones. However, you notice small holes in some of your sweaters. Though it could be natural wear and tear, it's more likely that a few clothes moths got into your sweaters. Prevent clothes moths from getting into your sweaters using these pest management tips.
Spring is here, which means many of the wildlife pests that you haven't seen since winter have made a full transition out of hibernation. Unfortunately, there are going to be plenty of bats, raccoons, skunks and squirrels searching for shelter around your home, and some of them may even find their way inside. To keep this from happening, there are many simple steps you can take to evaluate the exterior of your home. You may find a few issues in the foundation that are inviting these pesky rodents inside.
Ants aren't just fans of human food. As strange as it seems, they also like pet food. If you're a cat owner and let your cat wander outside regularly, you may keep his or her food bowls outside for easier access. Yet he or she may not be the only one accessing the food. Consider these insect control tips to keep ants out of your cat's food.
Pigeons can be big bullies sometimes, especially when it comes to birdseed. If you set up a bird feeder or table and are excited to see various types of birds, there may be one type you won't be happy with: the pigeon. These birds are large and love to hog food, meaning they could scare off your other birds. Consider these pest management tips to prevent pigeons from eating your birdseed.
Most folks would prefer a non-violent solution to a household pest problem, and setting a trap is an effective way to remove unwanted animals without causing any harm. These can be useful for getting rid of common creatures that may be found in your kitchen or attic, as well as for dealing with any issues in the backyard.
Restaurant workers are always looking for ways to attract new customers, but one type of diner is never welcome - the pesky fly. Flies can carry disease, spread germs and, worst of all, they can scare away crowds of hungry customers. No one likes to be seated next to a dining companion that buzzes in her ear, walks on her tablecloth and lands on her plate.
No one likes skunks. They're smelly, shy animals that aren't afraid to spray any threats they notice. Whoever gets in the path of a skunk will end up soaking in a tomato juice bath for the rest of the night. However, though we don't like them, they're big fans of living near humans. Follow these tips to stay skunk-less and clean.
Pharaoh ants are a pain. They're incredibly invasive and love meddling in areas where they shouldn't go. They can be found in hospitals, nursing homes, residential homes and grocery stores. Consider these tips to help prevent these pesky creatures in your home.
Bed bugs are a hidden nuisance. You may be unaware that you've got bed bugs until small bumps show up on your body. If you have one bed bug, you've got multiple. Bed bugs love to travel from place to place, and used furniture is the perfect spot to hide. If you're considering buying used furniture, follow these tips to avoid bed bugs.
Fruit flies may be small, but they can become a pest quickly. Like their name suggests, fruit flies are attracted to decomposing fruits and vegetables, which happen to be great for compost. Rotting veggies and fruits contain a lot of beneficial nutrients for healthy soil. Every gardener knows that a good soil mix includes compost, but not fruit flies. Consider these pest control tips to keep the pesky insects out of your compost.
Driving is supposed to be a peaceful and quiet method to get away from chaos. However, you may not be alone. Spiders are fond of automobiles, and only love to make appearances after you've begun driving. Avoid car accidents and follow these tips to keep spiders out of your car.
Storage product pests are an invisible nuisance. You may not know you even have them for months until you open up a bag of flour and one comes crawling out. Often, the bugs are in the stored product long before it ends up in your cabinet. Follow these tips to keep pests out of your home.
One of the most intimidating pests you can come across is the wasp. Unlike the humble bumble bee, which pollinates flowers and can only sting once, the wasp can sting multiple times and is incapable of pollinating flowers. While it's true that certain species of parasitic wasps can exterminate other types of pests, many other kinds of wasps are simply a nuisance.
Autumn is a fun season because the leaves are changing color, the big holidays are right around the corner, and there's all kinds of new treats to try. But it's also the time of year when more pests may try to invade your home. As they look to escape from the chilly nights, pests might see your home as the perfect hideaway. Be prepared for some of the season's top pests by reading the tips below:
Warm weather gives the opportunity for taking enjoyable rides on your boat. However, this opportunity might be ruined when you notice all sorts of bugs resting on your boat, or worse, dead. While small bugs aren't as concerning as the presence of a larger pest, they do pose a problem. Certain ones, such as fruit flies, might fly around any food you have or your underground kitchen. Other types of flies might buzz around your head while you fish or sit among friends. No one wants to deal with this. Consider these tips to keep bugs off your boat.
Nothing is more relaxing than some time away from the responsibilities of your house and job. And relaxing on the beach or in a nice hotel room is just the way to do it. However, you need to be wary of the types of pests that could potentially ruin your vacation, or even come back home with you.
Summer has arrived! For many Canadian parents and children, this means traveling time; a fun time. Statistics Canada reports domestic and international travel peaks between July and September, accounting for about 30% of the total years travel. Despite soaring fuel price, the pattern seems to be no different this year. Flight Centre Canada has not seen a reduction of seasoned travelers, as advance booking for packaged holidays this year continues to rise, said Allison Eaton, Communication Manager for Flight Centre North America. Unfortunately, this exciting and fun time could be spoiled by the presence of those small blood-sucking creatures called Bed bugs. And what’s worse is if they manage to make a new home in your residence at the end of your holidays.
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.
Wasps like to eat as much as we do, and they seem to like the same foods. Meat and sweet drinks, so abundant during outdoor eating on patios, decks and backyards, are just the menu these pests are drawn to during summer. But their forays into our outdoor areas don't stop at the back door.
Bed bug prevention is especially important at long-term care and medical facilities where there are dozens or hundreds of beds. A bed bug infestation of one person or a single bed won't be contained for long, and will quickly multiply to every person, bed and chair in the facility.
You know to watch out for insects around spilled food and any lingering items in your trash - but did you know that are pests that can create a problem in stored dry products? Restaurant and bakery owners who have dried products, such as flour, can be the perfect environment for different insects. Beetles are one of the top pests that can take refuge in dried food products. Read on to learn what you need to know about these stored product pests - and how to keep them away:
The truth about bedbug infestations is that, oftentimes, they can't be prevented, no matter how luxurious the hotel. On top of that, sometimes the only way to identify the issue is to get the information from bitten guests. Luckily, pest control services can take care of the issue once it's recognized.
Many people have heard stories about bed bug infestations in motels and hotels. However, have you ever heard about a bed bug problem on a cruise ship? Believe it or not, bed bugs can climb aboard cruise ships too. Consider these tips to avoid beg bugs if you're taking a trip on the water.
It's always nice to have a getaway spot, and cabins are no exception. However, that paradise can quickly fade when you notice a few mice scurrying across the floor. Mice may seem cute, but they can cause significant problems such as chewing through wires and walls to make a nest. Consider these tips to keep prevent mice from entering your cabin this year.
Tomatoes are one of the most commonly eaten vegetables among humans, as they can be used in a variety of dishes or to make soups and sauces. With all of the possible options, people love them. However, they aren't the only ones - pests love tomatoes too. If you aren't careful, pests could get to your tomatoes and prevent you from making that delectable cucumber and tomato salad. Consider these tips to keep pests away from your tomatoes.
Pests can be a real pain anywhere, and hotels are no exception. Hotels may try to diversify themselves in different ways, and one common option is to add a restaurant. Managers may aspire to develop a five-star restaurant, but this establishment will have no stars if pests are crawling through it. Consider these tips to keep pests out of your hotel restaurant.
Once you have pests, you're bound to get frustrated and grossed out quickly. Many people may immediately call a pest management company or grab pesticides over the sight of a few insects. However, many times these nuisances can be prevented from entering the home with a few simple tips. Though certain creatures come with specific prevention methods, there are some basic tips in pest control across the board. Consider these tips to keep pests away from your home.
Rats are sneaky creatures that love to meddle in apartment buildings. However, tenants usually aren't fans of them. You may feel paranoid for several nights as you listen to skittering above your head. Yet after a while, you know something is there. Here are a few indicators that you've got a rat problem in your apartment.
People may think of coffee grounds and envision a cafe, a perfume store or an easy way to decorate. After the grounds have been used, many people will just throw them out.Yet this may not be the smartest idea. Coffee grounds can also be used to keep pests out. Consider these ways that coffee grounds can prevent pests.
If you have a bed bug infestation and you trace it back to your mattress, you may go into an initial panic. Many people may blame their mattresses for the problem, and immediately throw them out. However, bed bugs are sneaky pests and may show up in other areas, such as your curtains, your rugs and even other pieces of furniture. So tossing your mattress may be the wrong move. Consider these tips if your mattress has beg bugs.
Owners of housing and apartment developments as well as property managers have to be on the lookout for any potential pests, not just because they may make tenants and residents uncomfortable, but because they can cause serious damage as well. An added difficulty is that, unlike a home, you don't have complete control of what people bring into the dwellings, which can lead to infestations.
You just rented a house that sits directly on a lake for the summer, and you're ecstatic. However, within the first few weeks you notice several ants coming and going, especially on your porch. Through a little research, you come to learn that these are carpenter ants, which can be a major issue in a home, especially one that isn't yours. Consider these tips to keep carpenter ants away from your summer home.
As a landlord, you hold a lot of responsibility for your tenants. So, it can be stressful if something goes wrong with one of your apartment buildings. Pest infestations are one of those stresses. Though you try to prevent them, apartments are a pest's paradise. Cockroaches are some of the worst of the bunch. Consider these tips if you get a call from a tenant about a cockroach infestation.
You just moved into your new apartment, and you wake up itching and scratching. You realize that your apartment has bed bugs! It can be hard to determine the source of bed bugs at first. You may feel paranoid and wonder if you brought them or if the apartment already had them. Regardless, you've got a chaotic situation. Follow these tips if this has happened to you.
At last, you're finally on vacation. You set your bags down and can begin to relax during your time off. However, after the first night, you wake up itching. What's going on? You may have bed bugs in your rental home. Consider these tips if this has happened to you.
Have you recently heard some weird noises coming from attic? You know it's not Santa Claus, so you're left wondering who's up there. Chances are good you've got a new and unwanted roommate - a raccoon. No one ever told a raccoon "mi casa es tu casa," so it's time to do something about it. Don't let raccoons rule your roost, it's time to get serious with pest control management.
One of the world's most abundant pests, silverfish can invade just about any home, restaurant or business. These tiny insects are adept at surviving in seemingly inhospitable environments, and as such, can easily survive in a basement or storage room. Silverfish may be gray, dark brown or even blue in color. They also have two long antennae and several appendages on the rear that look like tails. Unfortunately, these bugs can scurry across the floor so quickly you may not see them at all. Here's a little bit more about these frustrating pests:
As winter releases its icy grip over the world and gives way to spring, people everywhere rejoice. Gone are the parkas, boots and other protective clothing, and instead it's finally possible to enjoy the outdoors in peace.
There are many situations where you can probably take care of a pest problem on your own. However, in some cases, it's better to call a professional pest control service before the problem gets out of control. Knowing when a pest invasion is too much to handle on your own is part of being a responsible property owner. That said, it can be tempting to handle every situation by yourself. Keep reading to learn how to tell when it's time to call in the professionals:
Having a pest problem is often an unsettling situation for most homeowners. You don't know whether hiring a pest control firm will end the insect and rodent issues or if you should expect a recurrence on a regular basis. Should you invest in a home protection plan that addresses a variety of potential pest intrusions or treat your home and outdoor area with a plan aimed at a particular pest?
Everyone has seen, or at least heard of Disney's charming movie about a rat who wanted nothing more than to be a chef. Spoiler alert: His wish comes true and he runs a five-star restaurant. "Ratatouille" is undoubtedly a unique story idea, however it should make restaurant owners cringe. The thought of a rat as a head chef is not cute, in fact, the thought of a rat in the kitchen at all should be absolutely unheard of.
Rodents can pose a variety of problems for restaurant owners. Not only can the presence of rats and mice be unsanitary and annoying, but they can also make your eatery develop a bad reputation that can be hard to recover from. Before you need to turn to your local pest control experts for help in ridding your restaurants of these rodents, try to understand why these animals seek out restaurants - possibly the places where people least want to see rats and mice.
A garden is a wonderful thing to have and enjoy. However, many gardeners may become sad when they notice that something is off - there's a white film on their plants' leaves, there are holes in flora or there are bugs everywhere. These three factors, whether together or alone, may indicate you have an issue in your garden. Regardless of whether you have an extensive plot or just a few small potted plants, baking soda may be the elixir you need. Consider these reasons why using baking soda can keep your garden at its best.
When it comes to eliminating pests, most people don't know what's actually used to destroy the pests - they just want them gone. Well, the truth is some chemicals used are incredibly dangerous, and could threaten the health and safety of your tenants. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 90 percent of Americans have a mix of approximately 43 types of pesticides in their bodies. These pesticides are associated with cancer, reproductive health problems and even birth defects. Consider these reasons why green pest control may be the way to go.
Many folks may decide that the best way to deal with an animal intruder is to employ a family pet to save the day. After all, to a small wild critter, your dog or cat can be very frightening. Unfortunately, pest control services are best left to the professionals, as playing exterminator could end up being a dangerous job for your pet. Here's what you need to know:
Picture yourself as a diner at a restaurant where a mouse has just run under a table, or a customer in a dress shop who spots a spider weaving a large web in a corner of the store. What's your opinion of those businesses? It may be so negative that you feel compelled to leave, and more than that, to warn your friends not to patronize those places.
No matter how much scrubbing you do, it can feel impossible to get rid of grease in a restaurant. And while many chefs know never to pour grease down the drain, new hires may not. Lifehacker noted that bacon fat - which can solidify at room temperature - should be thrown out with the rest of the garbage. If it's not, it can solidify, ultimately blocking pipes and creating sewage problems.
There's nothing worse than finding a worm crawling through a delicious apple. However, pests often end up inside food or infesting boxes of it, causing major product loss for corporations. Facilities that store and package food are ideal places for pests to get comfortable. These places have three things pests need: food, water and shelter. So, they don't mind making their way into a facility and staying for a while. Once they have arrived, they can be hard to get rid of and can make the business as a whole suffer. Sanitation is a major factor behind this problem. Consider these ways to keep the facility clean.
Ticks are arachnids, and fall in the same genetic lineage as spiders. However instead of benefiting homeowners by catching and eating mosquitos or flies, ticks can be a major irritant or even a dangerous backyard pest. Aside from a sometimes painful bite, ticks can transfer disease to pets and humans. Because they are parasites, they feast on the blood of larger animals, presenting a perfect opportunity for a pathogen or virus to be spread.
There are three pests that make themselves apparent each winter in homes as they forage for food and warmth. They are the most common pests to invade homes in the cold winter months and each year surprise homeowners when they are spotted them in the spring. These three pests are cunning and often have new and inventive ways to wiggle into a home. Consider these tips to keep rats, mice and squirrels out of your house.