Category: Pest Control

What Are The Worst Pests In Your Home?

We think it’s fair to say that most homeowners want their house to be a bug-free zone. However, we also understand this can be a challenging task to maintain year round. It is not uncommon to see the occasional fly in your home. And while we wish we could say that all other pests are as harmless as flies, that’s not the case. Here is a list of pests you do not want in your home.  

Bed Bugs

While bed bugs aren’t the most destructive pest when it comes to your home, they are differently a headache to get rid off. Bed bugs multiply quickly and love to call your mattress home (hint the name). Oh, and did we mention they bite? Bed bug bites are often red, itchy and painful. They are one bug you don’t want anywhere near your home.  

Wasps

The only thing worse than a bug that bites is a bug that can sting. Because wasps live in nests, it is more likely to find them outdoors. However, you still need to keep an eye out for them. Wasps will build their nests near water sources, which means it is common to find them near your garden or patio. Nothing ruins an outdoor BBQ quicker than some uninvited guests.  

Termites

What could be more destructive to your home than a bug that eats wood? Unfortunately, the termite wins this one by being pests that are quick to multiply and hard to spot. Termites will quickly eat through the wood in your home, weakening the wood’s original structural integrity. Unfortunately, they are very common, causing billions of dollars in damage every year.   In order to ensure you home is not only protected from these terrible pests but all unwanted pests, call Dustin Pest Control!    

Why You Should Be on the Lookout for Fleas and Ticks

We tend to associate fleas and ticks with our pets. And it’s true, these little insects find your furry friend a great place to call home. But what happens when your pet comes indoors? Are fleas and ticks a problem for your household? We are here to answer these questions and address the problems that could occur when fleas and ticks decide to inhabit your home environment. Continue reading

Ant Deterring Plants For Your Home

Plants That Repel Ants

There are few greater frustrations than your house being invaded by ants. From big to small, there is always one that sneaks its way in. And where there’s one, there’s likely many. While your initial instinct would be to call an exterminator, you might want to first consider some natural remedies. Several plants take the medal stand in terms of repelling ants. With that being said, you might want to take a trip to your local gardening store to seek out these anti-ant plants. Continue reading

4 Facts About Pests and Pest Control

Bed bugs, rats and fleas. Oh my! While bugs and other insects represent over 90% of all living things on Earth, these pests transmit diseases including West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and malaria. Common household bugs might seem harmless, but keep in mind – your local pest removal service can help if matters get out of hand. Unwanted critters are a serious matter and so is the extermination process of pest removal. But here’s a look at four facts about pests and pest control. Continue reading

Can Termites Hurt You?

Termites aren’t known to carry harmful diseases if you happen to be bitten or stung. However, people who live in a house infested by termites may suffer from allergic reactions or asthma attacks from termite saliva or droppings. Most people don’t see preventing termite infestations as an essential step in protecting their health. However, doing so can lower the risk of unwanted health issues. Some of these health risks associated with termite infestation can come from the chemicals that they use to kill or repel them, especially those who have asthma. Continue reading

How to Stay Bed Bug-Free While Traveling

Traveling usually requires sleeping somewhere other than home, and if you ever need to do so, beware. There is a rise in reports of bed bugs all around the country, and hotels and motels are some of their favorite places to call home. Bed bugs can cause severe itching and welt-like bites. It’s also costly to get rid of them if they happen to hitch a ride back home with you. In order to stay bed bug-free, here are a couple of tips to take into consideration when having to sleep in your next hotel room. Continue reading

Why Your Rental Property Needs Pest Control

Every wise landlord knows it’s in their best interests to keep a healthy relationship with their tenants. Infestations of all kinds are bound to happen in rental properties, which can upset the relationships between landlords and tenants – as well as damage the property. This is why landlords should invest in professional rental property pest control.    

Seasonal Pest Control to Attract Tenants

A great strategy for a landlord to prevent property damages and maintain a healthy relationship with their tenants is offering them free, seasonal pest control services. Pest control should be done regularly on any property if one wishes to maintain its value, regardless of the type of property that it is. However, adding free pest control services to rental properties is a huge bonus in a customer/tenant’s eyes. Nobody in their right mind enjoys bugs lingering around their home. Plus, tenants without roaches crawling in their bedrooms will be much happier to pay their bills! To top it off, tenants may leave reviews of the properties you’ve rented out. If the property was infested with cockroaches or other bugs, the odds are they’re going to talk about it. When people read reviews of properties with infestations, they will put their money elsewhere.    

Preventing Property Damages

Pest control prevents property damages. Termites and mice, in particular, can devastate the structure of a property. The damage will be a costly expense to repair. However, all can be prevented when a professional pest control company comes into action. The termites aren’t going to be eating at the value of your property anymore. The mice will no longer chew the structure of your property apart. Seriously, pests can do a ton of damage to property, so it’s important to prevent that damage by contacting a professional pest control company such as us, Dustin Pest Control.

Host a Pest Free Holiday Party

As the seasons continue to change, your risk of a pest problem can actually increase while temperatures drop. Do not let this risk keep you from hosting a successful and pest-free holiday party. Be proactive and follow a few tips for not attracting bugs during the holiday.
  • Keep lights low – Begin your pest control from the exterior of your house. No matter what the season, and even more so in the colder months, some bugs are drawn to light. There are a few different reasons why certain insects seem to be attracted to your firepits and patio lights. One of these reasons is the warmth that some bulbs/light/fire provide. To help avoid a gathering of moths from greeting your guests at the door, try replacing your bulbs with a warm-colored LED light.
  • Vents and Candles – The same delicious smells of ham or turkey and fresh baked pies are just as appealing to unwanted pests. As enjoyable as it might be to have your home filled with holiday scents, it could make you a giant magnet for bugs also looking for a feast. Cracking windows and turning on fans is like putting an open sign on your door for bugs. Make use of your kitchen vents, and light some candles. Try to avoid using sweet smelling and food-scented candles. Instead turn to an air “freshening” scents.
  • Keep things covered – During the process of cooking, it can be hard to keep everything constantly covered – but you should still try especially once everything is finished. Sometimes you do not necessarily want to clean up and put all the food away. Who knows how many, second, or third servings, might be taken? Instead try your best to keep your dinner covered whether it is with foil or airtight containers – anything will help to prevent contamination. This will also help with sealing the smells that could attract flies and other insects as well.
  • Keep your space clean – During a holiday party, things are certain to get messy – whether it is during food prep, eating or just plain partying. Do your best to stay on top of that mess. Clean up spills quickly and have the materials to do so available to guest and easy to access. Throw trash as it is made and remove full bags. Also, if possible, use trash cans that have a lid on them to help keep the smells from spreading.This will help prevent certain things annoyances like rats, cockroaches or ants.
  • Regular pest maintenance – The weather outside is frightful, and pests are not delightful. Just like us, pests are also seeking refuge from the elements outside. While it is cooler outside, your house is warm and inviting to insects and pests. Check your home for any cracks or small openings that could be entry points and seal them. Schedule regular pest maintenance to include an inspection and even a treatment every few months.
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