If you have a lawn, they live in it, feed on it, and burrow underneath it. Grubs eat the roots of grass and therefore can do a lot of damage before they are spotted. Brown patches of dead grass will be the first sign of grub infestation.
But they can also do damage more indirectly, by attracting raccoons and skunks to your back yard. These rodents will dig through the grass in attempts to secure an easy and delicious grub-centered meal.
To keep the rodents away, the best approach is to discourage their presence. To make your yard inhospitable, dangle shiny CDs above the area, use loud noises, spread ammonia-soaked rags, or disperse the urine from predatory animals.
Controlling the grub population may be necessary if there is a serious infestation (four or more grubs per square foot), but using grub pesticides can have adverse consequences for other, beneficial soil organisms.
A better approach to rid the lawn of too much digging is to spread a generous coating of Milorganite, which will dissuade rodents from digging. To repair damage, re-seeding can begin in the fall season.
Tips to avoid a pest infestation when decorating the home for the Holidays
As families across the country get into the Holiday spirit by digging out their decorations and unpacking strands of twinkling lights, Hulett Environmental a pest management company servicing South Florida urges caution against pests that can make their way into the home via boxes of ornaments, fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreathes and even firewood.
Ants and spiders can easily hide in the branches of trees and crevices of firewood, while mice can chew through cardboard boxes of decorations that have been stored away since last season. Unfortunately, these pests can pose serious health threats, from food contamination to the spread of disease, once they find a way inside.”
Hulett advises homeowners to carefully inspect these all items for pests before bringing them inside the home. Hulett recommends the following tips to specifically prevent a pest infestation when decorating for the Holidays:
Inspect live, fresh cut evergreen trees, wreathes and garlands for spiders, insect nests or eggs before purchasing. Shake greenery outdoors to remove any pests before bringing them inside.
Unpack decorations outdoors so pests aren’t released into the home. Repack decorations in durable, sealed containers that pests can’t chew through.
Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised structure, such as concrete blocks or poles.
If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.
Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners, for pepper-like stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
Place suitcase in a plastic trash bag during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.
If You Suspect Bed Bugs Are In Your Hotel Room:
Notify management and request to change rooms immediately.
Do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.
When You Arrive Home:
Inspect your suitcases outdoors before bringing them into the house.
Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing it. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which can kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home with you.
Wash and dry all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – on hot cycles.
Keep clothes that go to the dry cleaner in a sealed plastic bag until they can be transported.
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