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Termite Pest Control: 7 Tips for Preventing a Termite Infestation

Termite Pest Control
Termite Pest Control

A key part of termite pest control is prevention.  Staying vigilant and following the seven tips listed below will help you reduce your chances of suffering from a termite infestation. 1) Quickly repair plumbing problems If you notice leaky pipes and dripping A/C units, have them fixed as soon as possible.  When moisture starts to build up in and around the foundation of your home, termites are more likely to show up and multiply.  A buildup of moisture in your basement and crawl spaces is particularly problematic. 2) Don’t point your sprinklers at the foundation of your home Some people have sprinkler systems that deposit excess water directly on their home and on the soil at the foundation.  Again, you want to keep the foundation and the ground around it dry. 3) Don’t get careless with dead wood Dead wood in contact with soil is a top attraction for termites.  Take care then not to deposit mulch at the foundation of your home.  Don’t stack firewood or old lumber right up against your house.  Make sure the area around your home is clear of wood debris.  Ideally, any parts of your house that are made of wood will be at least half a foot above the soil. 4) Keep vegetation under control Plants shouldn’t be closer than a few feet to the foundation of your home; the moist and nutrient-rich soil beneath them could attract termites.  Any vents leading into your home at or close to ground level should remain clear of weeds and other vegetation; this way, termites will be less likely to have a moist and poorly ventilated space to crawl into. 5) Make sure your drains and gutters are clear Drains and gutters, when constructed properly, play a role in keeping the foundation of your home free of moisture.  Be sure to inspect them for blockages and clean out debris, deposits of leaves, and any pools of standing water. 6) Check for cracks in the foundation Conduct an inspection of your home, both externally and internally (from your basement, for example) to find any cracks that might admit termites. 7) Maintain good crawl space ventilation Installing vapor barriers can help keep the space dry.  Also make sure there are enough vents for the amount of square footage your crawl space occupies. These seven tips should help make your home less friendly to termites.  In addition, you can have your home inspected and assessed for termite risk and presence, and enlist the services of professionals to further termite-proof your property.  Contact us not only if you’re already experiencing termite problems, but if you’d also like to work on preventing an infestation.

Homeowner Advice on Keeping Ants Away

Homeowner Advice on Keeping Ants Away

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As of 2006 there are 9,000 to 10,000 known ant species and researchers believe that there may be more than 20,000 species worldwide. With this fact in mind it is no surprise that 25% of homeowners listed ants as their main pest concern according to research conducted in 2005 by the National Pest Management Association.  This same study revealed that more than half of all homeowners have had problems with ants – making them the most prevalent pest nationwide.

Ants are social insects and form highly organized colonies with up to millions of members each having a role. Spotting one ant unfortunately signifies that the troops are somewhere close by.

Homeowners should particularly watch out for fire and carpenter ants. Fire ants, found mainly in the south, are vicious and can sting repeatedly if disturbed. Carpenter ants attack wood that is or has been wet or damaged by mold and can build tunnels through dry, undamaged wood causing costly property damage.

Hulett Environmental Services  offers the following tips for minimizing invasion by ants:

  • Keep wood and debris away from exterior siding
  • Keep kitchen clean: seal containers, wipe counters frequently, empty the garbage religiously, and avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Seal up cracks and small openings along bottom of the house.
  • Store sugar, syrup, honey, baked goods, and other sweets in closed containers that have been washed to remove residues from their exterior surfaces.

For more information on other ant species and preventative tips visit

www.pestworld.org and www.bugs.com

Hulett Environmental Gives Homeowners Tips to Take Back their Weekends

Hulett Environmental Gives Homeowners Tips to Take Back their Weekends

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Rather than enjoying backyard barbeques, poolside picnics and other outdoor summer sun activities, homeowners are being chased indoors as summer pests put a stinger in summer fun.

The backyard picnic becomes a battleground of stinging, biting, and swatting between guests and unwanted mosquitoes, flies, ants and spiders. Summer pests are not only annoying, but also threaten our health and property.

A 2005 study by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) found that summer is the greatest season of concern for pests among homeowners. Hulett Environmental recommends several tips to help homeowners take back their weekends and alleviate the problems of summer pests.

  • Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or small openings around the house.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to the home.
  • Move food indoors or under screened tents during outdoor gatherings.
  • Check yourself and your pets regularly for ticks.

To learn more about common summer pests and tips to prevent them visit www.pestworld.org and www.bugs.com