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Do You Need Mosquito Control?

If you’ve turned on the TV in the past few months then you’ve probably heard of the Zika virus, an infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans from mosquitoes. While Zika’s symptoms can be uncomfortable — fever, joint pain, rash and/ or red eyes — the major concern is for pregnant women. There is a suspected connection between the Zika virus and women who give birth to babies with microcephaly.

What Is Microcephaly?

Microcephaly is a neurological condition that causes infants to be born with an abnormally small head and brain. Babies with microcephaly can suffer from a number of problems including hearing loss, vision problems, seizures and developmental delay.

How To Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes

You should always try to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquitos, pregnant or not. Aside from Zika, mosquitos have been known to transmit West Nile fever, Malaria, Dengue fever and Chikungunya virus.
  • Cover up. Wear long sleeved shirts and full pants when possible.
  • Keep them out of the house. Close the door quickly when going in and out. Try to avoid keeping windows and doors open without secure screens.
  • Wear mosquito repellent. Wearing mosquito repellent on uncovered skin can significant lower the risk of mosquito bites.
  • Be aware of standing water. Just like humans in the summer, mosquitoes are attracted to standing water during hotter months.
  • Build a barrier. Look into getting a barrier treatment with Dustin Pest Control.

What is Barrier Treatment?

Barrier treatment is a great way to protect your home and loved ones from the dangers of mosquitoes. One of our trained technicians will come out to your home and spray a barrier spray that will help eliminate mosquitos from entering the treated area for up to 3 weeks. In addition we will identify high risk areas to treat more aggressively. We use natural based sprays that are aggressive to mosquito but not hazardous to you or your family’s health. Think you may need mosquito control for your home? Contact Dustin Pest Control to learn more about barrier treatment!

How to Prevent Termites from Entering Your Home

Finding termites around your home is never a good thing. However, if you take some carefully calculated precautions, you can take some preventative measures to ensure they never have a chance from entering your home in the first place. Take a look at these 8 extremely helpful termite prevention tips to keep your home protected from this inconvenient pest!

8 Termite Prevention Tips for Your Home

1.) Inspect Your Home’s Foundation

When trying to prevent termites from entering your home, one very important tip is to keep an eye out for the foundation of your home. In particular, keep an eye out for mud tubes. Mud Tubes are created by termites as a way for them to gain access to their food. If you see cracked and/or bubbling paint, tap on it. If it sounds hollow, there’s a pretty good chance you may have caught the beginnings of a termite infiltration to your home.

2.) Stay on Top of Home Repairs

If you have old roof shingles, rotted fascias, and damaged soffits, you’re practically inviting termites to commingle with you at your home. Rotten wood is a prime location for termites to live and thrive. Repair any damages to your house as soon as they are made to prevent not only termites, but other pesky creatures from reaching the interior of your home and making a nest.  After all, the last thing that you want is to deal with an ant infestation, rodents behind the walls, or wasps in the fascia.

3.) Monitor Your Home’s Wood Exterior

When you’re making your home repairs, remember to pay extra special attention to all of the exterior areas that are made of wood. This would include door frames, skirting, windows, fascia, and anywhere else that could be made of wood for noticeable changes. Also, try your best to keep minimally an 18-20 inch gap between the ground and any of the wood portions of your home. Doing so, you will help reduce the risk of termite infestation around your home.

4.) Store Firewood Away from Your Home

If you have a fireplace in your home, chances are there is firewood near your home. When storing firewood, keep it at least 20-30 feet away from your home (or more if possible). This will give you a good distance where, if termites decide to infest your collection of firewood, they will remain a safe distance away from your home.

5.) Reduce Moisture

Termites tend to thrive in humid environments, so it seems only natural to reduce the moisture/humidity levels around your home to help create a not-so-welcoming environment for them to live in. Try using a dehumidifier around your home and keep the house at cooler temperatures. Creating a more effective ventilation system in your home as well as cracking windows and using fans can help tremendously, too.

6.) Redirect Water Away from the House

By redirecting water away from your house, you not only reduce the risk of flood damage, you protect your home’s foundation, and reduce the risk of creating an environment termites love to live in. Install gutters, splash blocks, and functioning downspouts not only add protectants for your home, they increase your home’s value which could (if you decide to resell later down the road) create the foundations for a bidding war on your home.

7.) Repair Home Leaks

Take the time to invest in your home and make repairs to any leaking faucets, exterior air conditioning units, and water pipes. Doing so, you will not only protect your home and keep property values high, but you will help prevent the creation of a humid environment where termites (amongst other creepy crawlers) like to thrive in.

8.) Get Your Home Inspected Annually

Sometimes it can be difficult to inspect your home by yourself. If you want to make sure the job is done correctly, you may want to consider having an annual inspection scheduled by a professional. As I’m sure you’re aware, most homeowners insurance policies do not cover wooding eating insect damage. What do you do to prevent termites from entering your home?
Having problems with an ant control issue? Contact Dustin Pest Control today to get started on a solution that works!

How to Get Rid of Ants In The House

With spring in full swing, it’s also a time for more ant infestations. Most ants are looking for sugary or greasy items to bring back to their colony. Knowing this and responding appropriately is key. Follow these tips to learn how to get rid of ants in the house.

Types of Ants

Before you determine your plan of attack, it’s helpful to know what kind of ants you’re dealing with.

Carpenter Ants – If you start to find wood shavings laying around your home, you could have a carpenter ant infestation. These guys are looking for protein and are gnawing through moist wood to create nests.

Sugar Ants – These are the most common ant you’ll find in your home, usually in the springtime. Also known as odorous house ants, these guys are looking for food.

Black Ants – These incredibly tiny ants, also called pavement ants, are typically outdoor critters but will enter your home to scavenge for food.

Getting Rid Of Ants

The Basics – When it comes to ant control, prevention is key. Keeping a clean home and storing food in durable air-tight containers will shut off their food supply. Wiping down surfaces with disinfectant will remove any odor that could be attracting ants in search of food.

Considerations – Even the cleanest homes can have an ant infestation. Also bear in mind that over-the-counter ant spray will kill the ants you see, but will not provide a comprehensive solution that gets to the source of the colony.

When To Call In The Pros – Sometimes the ants just aren’t going to go away until you get professional help. Pest control experts can identify the source of the colony and eliminate the problem for good. In the case of carpenter ants, a more involved approach involving professionals is typically required, and a failure to do so can lead to structural damage (or worsen any current structural issues).

Having problems with an ant control issue? Contact Dustin Pest Control today to get started on a solution that works!

The New Dustin Pest Control Website

Welcome to the new Dustin Pest Control website!

Don’t let the shiny new exterior fool you, we’re still the same great pest control company that has served Fresno for over 35 years. With our new website, we have made it easier than ever to schedule your pest control, termite control and post-termite repairs. Take a few moments to browse our new pages for facts and helpful hints about pest control. Thank you for your loyalty as we continue to improve Dustin Pest Control and the services we offer!
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