“They inspected our home and showed us the termite damage. We needed the traditional tenting, not the tentless method. Theyare very professional about their work, and explain everything they do. We will now follow up with the bi-monthly pest control service for maintenance. Jonadab, who will be doing this for us, is very thorough and, again, explains everything he does.”
Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and rotting wood.
Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles. Some termites are drawn to deteriorating wood.
Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches up off the ground, and inspect it closely before bringing it indoors.
Divert water away from the property through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
Hulett Environmental provides tips to protect the home from a rodent infestation
Rodents can contaminate food sources and serve as vectors of many diseases, such as salmonella and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. Moreover, mice and rats can cause serious structural damage by chewing through insulation, wallboards, wood and electrical wiring.”
It’s much easier to prevent an infestation than to get rid of pests after they’ve found a cozy retreat inside the home. The experts at Hulet Environmental recommend the following tips to keep homes rodent-free this winter:
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
Here are a few facts to help homeowners protect themselves from stinging insects over the next few months:
Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room every year. They can swarm and sting en masse, which can be life threatening especially for anyone who has an allergic reaction.
Unlike some stinging insect species, wasps are known for their unprovoked aggression. A single colony of wasps can contain more than 15,000 members, so an infestation should not be taken lightly.
Common nesting sites include under eaves, on ceiling beams in attics, garages and sheds and under porches. Some stinging insects can build their nests in the ground, including yellowjackets and velvet ants (which are actually a species of wasps). Over-seeding the yard provides more coverage and discourages these pests from nesting around the property.
Painting or staining untreated wood in fences, decks, swing sets and soffits will help keep stinging insects such as carpenter bees out. Carpenter bees create nests by drilling tunnels into soft wood, which can severely compromise the stability of a structure over time.
Only female carpenter bees have stingers. Female carpenter bees will only sting if threatened, but reactions to these stings can range from mild irritation to life-threatening respiratory distress.
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