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Top 7 Common Myths About Pest Control

These days, it seems that there’s a nugget of common knowledge about every subject. When it comes to pest control, many of the tips that run rampant are actually myths that won’t help you keep the pests away. Here are some of the most common myths we hear in the pest control business.

1. Pest control starts when you have a problem.

Many people wouldn’t consider calling pest control unless they are currently facing a problem. But pest control should be similar to getting a tune-up for your air conditioner. With regular visits, you can protect your home year-round and prevent infestations and other pest problems.

2. Clean homes don’t have pests.

If you’ve ever faced an ant or cockroach infestation, you likely heard from friends, family or the internet that all you have to do is keep a cleaner house to avoid it in the future. This kind of advice can leave you feeling self-conscious about your home, but it’s untrue. Even the cleanest house can still be home to these pests as long as they have a steady food source.

3. Cats are great for keeping mice away.

Cats have long been kept as pets to keep mice out of houses and barns, but these days your furry companion can’t do much if you have a mouse problem in your house. If you’ve seen the classic Tom and Jerry, it’s easy to realize that mice can always go somewhere in your home that your cat can’t. Maybe getting rid of mice is best left to pest control experts.

4. If you can’t see pests, they aren’t there.

Almost every species of pest, from creepy crawlies to rodents, are good at hiding away out of sight. Some of the pests that are hardest to spot, like termites or bed bugs, can cause the most damage. That’s why the “out of sight, out of mind” method isn’t well-suited for monitoring your home for pests.

5. Pesticide is safe for children and pets.

It’s not a stretch to assume that pesticide used by your pest control professional is safe for the welcome members of your home. When used and applied properly, the pesticide we use to keep pests out of your home is safe to be around. However, it’s likely not safe for pets and children to play in the recently-sprayed area for some time afterward. Ask your pest control professional how long you should wait before letting children and animals loose after treatment.

6. Rats are dirty.

Rats are associated with filth and disease. While you wouldn’t want them in your home, either way, rats are actually impeccably clean. They spend over half of their time cleaning their space, and hives of rates even have separate, designated areas for taking care of their business away from the rest of their quarters. 

7. Bug zappers repel mosquitoes.

Bug zappers are a great way to keep pests that are attracted to light at bay. But if you’re using a bug zapper to kills mosquitoes then you should know that you won’t get the expected results. Since mosquitoes are neither drawn to light or repelled by it, your bug zapper will be ineffective at keeping them away. For more information about pest control myths or to schedule pest control services, contact Dustin Pest Control today. We’re the pest control company Fresno trusts to keep pests away.

The Life Cycle of Termites

Termites have the power to destroy your home if they go unnoticed. Your home’s wood, drywall and even some metals can fall victim to a colony of termites. You might ask yourself: how long do termites live? As a homeowner, it’s important to know their life cycle since it directly affects you. Below we will explain how termites reproduce and how long they live.

Where Do Termites Live?

Termite colonies live in the ground or your home’s infrastructure. A colony can have up to 75 different termites. When the weather is extreme and termites have a lower risk of survival, nests can be started in one of two ways. One way is to transfer the infected wood or material to a new location. The second way is to divide a food source, which can cause a subcolony to break off and reproduce. Signs of termites are:
  • Shed wings left behind
  • Swarms
  • Mud tubes
  • Cracked or bubbling paint
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped

What Kind of Termites Exist?

There are three different kinds of termites: workers, soldiers and swarmers. They all serve a different purpose in the colony.

Workers

  • Build or repair the nest
  • Look for food sources to feed the colony
  • Maintain the colony

Soldiers

  • They are sterile, so they can’t reproduce
  • Protect the colony

Swarmers

  • Their main purpose is to reproduce
  • They have two pair of wings

When Do They Reproduce?

Swarmers tend to emerge from their nests in large groups in the spring after the cold weather is over. Female swarmers then release pheromones (basically, a mating scent similar to perfume), which attract the male swarmers. Then, the male swarmers break off their wings – and that symbolizes they are now a couple. Once they select a mate, the new couple becomes king and queen of this new colony. It can take up to four years for a new colony to produce its own reproductive termites. In one year, the queen can lay anywhere from zero to about 20 eggs. Queens can live to be as old as 30. For more information on termites and their life cycle, visit Dustin Pest Control.

Winter Pest Prevention Tips

We might think about certain pests like mosquitos most during the summer, but don’t forget about pest prevention this winter season. Cooler temperatures mean that pests such as rats, mice, and other rodents will come to find warmth in your home. Fresno winters can be very wet and cold, which means that pests are searching for somewhere to stay warm and dry. Practice these tips to keep pests out this winter.

Seal Your Home’s Holes, Gaps, or Cracks

This winter, inspect the outside of your home to make sure you don’t have any holes, gaps, or cracks. Rodents and pests will enter your home through these holes and begin to make additional tunnels. By sealing these holes, pests will not be able to get inside and make their new home.

Place Screen Vents on Openings to Your Home

Add screen vents over your chimney, attics, basements and any other opening to your home. By adding a screened vent, you cut off access to these areas that pests like to crawl through. This means they will stay ventilated, dry and keep the pests away.

Trim Your Plants

If you have shrubs, bushes or grass around your house, trim them to keep rodents out. Rodents like to hide in the warmth of these shrubs and eventually creep into your house. If you have trees hanging over your home, it is ideal to trim them so rodents do not fall onto your house and enter.

Throw Away Excess Trash

Trash sitting in or outside of your home invites pests and rodents in. Throw away and keep trash out of your surrounding areas to avoid inviting more pests this winter. If you have trash around your home, many rodents will continue to show up and seek shelter. Once the rodents find the source of trash, it could be too late – and you’ll then need to contact a winter pest control company.
Wintertime is filled with busy schedules and holiday parties, the last thing you want to worry about is pests living in your home. Winter pests can bring damage and even disease into your home. Stay protected this winter by going with the pest control Fresno homeowners trust. Contact the professionals at Dustin Pest Control today.
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