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Organic Pest Control: What Makes It Organic?

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Organic pest control is a great choice when looking for pest control services. Most pest control companies offer an organic or green solution to your pest problems – you just have to ask.

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Make sure to ask pest control companies if they are IPM accredited.

In the pest control industry Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been around for quite some time. IPM is a green version of pest control where there is a responsibility to the environment by conserving resources, protecting the environment and protecting people’s health. If the pest control company you decide to use says they have green products check that they use IPM as well, and if they have any other accreditation’s or something certifying their products are organic. The hard part with finding a green pest control company is that there are no regulations in using the term green pest control.

With using organic pest control it is similar to organic food. It has to be labeled and certified, so it would be somewhat more easy to verify if a pest control company is using “green” products or not. This also can be used if you are buying a product for do-it-yourself pest control.

Many times the organic product is a natural combination of things. Thankfully Mother Nature created many great things that can keep the bugs away. Some of the more well known natural materials are pyrethrum (chrysanthemum flowers), borates (heavy duty salt), and diatomaceous earth (fossilized seashell particulates). These natural pesticides have been effective in preventing many different pests like termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, beetles, fleas, and other small insects.

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Here is a picture of a successful beer trap.

Some organic pest products are meant for certain types of pests. When you need aphids, white flies, or mites killed use rotenone organic pesticide. For killing millipedes, slugs, earwigs, ants, or cockroaches use diatomaceous earth insect killer. For killing snails and slugs use a beer trap, fill up a cup half way with beer and place it near where snails and slugs are found and the beer will kill them. If you need to get rid of aphids, spiders, or caterpillars use a garlic guard. For general pest prevention, neem insecticidal spray is helpful, and can also be used on household plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs.

One of the most important things in making sure that the job gets done well is that you have a trained pest control technician. Again, that is why researching the company you hire is important. Whether you decide to use regular or green pest control, if you do not have a technician who knows what they are doing you won’t get the results you want.

The best thing about choosing to use organic and or green pest control methods is that since they are natural they are still able to kill pests, but they don’t harm people. There have been some incidents of chemical based pest products causing health problems, so by using natural products there is less of a health risk for people.

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Organic Pest Control Has Been Around for a Long Time

Friday, June 4th, 2010

If you walk into just about any store today you will most likely find either a section of green or organic products. You may even be in a store filled entirely with green and organic products. Everywhere we go we see ads for green and organic food, clothing, cleaning supplies and more. Since organic products have become the new everyday product, it is not surprising that organic products are being developed into other markets as well, like pest control. It’s not just fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, clothing, and cleaning products anymore that are available in an organic version. Many pest control companies offer many solutions to solving your pest problems using green and or organic materials. In fact pest control companies have been using greener methods for quite some time; it’s just that many people were unaware of it.

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Making a good decision for your home would include never having to put a sign like this in your yard.

Now that people are so eco-savvy it isn’t surprising that they are realizing that the need for using traditional chemical pesticides are not necessary. Considering the fact that pesticides can be harmful to your health, your home, our environment and even your pet’s health, using a green pest control product is a very good choice. Also now more than ever before, people want to be making good decisions about their homes and what they put in and around them.

Another great thing about being more eco-conscious when applying pest control prevention to your home is that many of the things do not need any type of pesticide. One of the best ways to keep your home pest free is to ensure there are no openings for pests to get into your home through. These are classic prevention tips like filling any holes, filling any cracks, filling any crevices, sealing vents with screens, making sure screens don’t have any damage, and checking around your doors and windows for gaps. The scary thing is that an opening the size of a pencil in diameter is an entry point for a mouse, even though it seems impossible an averaged sized mouse can get into a home through a hole that small. Just imagine what can get into your house if there is a larger opening. Going around your home and checking the exterior is the best thing a homeowner can do. Some even say that a door sweep is one of the best products you can use to prevent pest problems.

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Make sure to ask pest control companies if they are IPM accredited.

As mentioned before many pest control companies have been using greener methods for years now. There is a method in the industry known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which focuses on prevention methods that reduce toxicity of their products. By using this method many pest control agents are able to target the application of organic pesticides to ensure that it does not harm people and only kills the pests. Another thing that is actually beneficial is when they use a method where the pest takes the bait back to the nest, hive, or mound and is able to kill the colony rather than spraying lots of areas where pest do not go (even if they do go there they will die quickly and it won’t be an effective method to getting rid of the entire problem). The truth is, heavy chemical pesticides are not useful in solving pest problems, and nobody wants their home and yard drenched in chemical pesticides.

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Pest Control: Some Basic Prevention Methods

Friday, June 4th, 2010

There are many do it yourself prevention methods available to prevent pests from getting inside your home. The nice thing about these tactics is that they typically free, other than buying some supplies, and most are regular chores and home maintenance things that we should do on a regular basis anyway. Some examples include raking leaves – you just need to make sure you properly dispose of them. Another example is trimming tree branches, just make sure to trim them short enough that they don’t reach any power lines or your house.

Another great thing about utilizing these prevention methods is that they are also pesticide free; which makes them a form of green prevention methods. If you need a pest solution right away it would be best to call a professional pest control company out to your home. Afterward you can use these methods to prevent pests from coming back. Or if you haven’t had a bad infestation yet use these steps to ensure your home stays pests free. Here are the basic steps to help prevent pests from getting into your home:

  • Keep grass, shrubs, and weeds trimmed, you do not want them getting too tall.
  • Keep trash, wood piles, plywood, storage, debris and general junk away from the house (not against the exterior walls). Keep trash in a proper sealed trash can.
  • Go over the exterior of the home and look for any cracks or crevices, as those are the most popular entry points. Seal any if found.
  • Check all screens on doors, windows, and vents to make sure there are no tears. Repair or replace any that are damaged.
  • Seal any openings around windows.
  • Make sure all doors have thresholds and or weather stripping. Also that garage doors have a rubber bottom.
  • Seal any openings around pipes or cables.
  • Eliminate any moisture sources. Correct roof leaks, plumbing leaks, and any other moisture problems.
  • Replace any damaged wood.
  • Get rid of anything that is wood to ground contact. If necessary elevate the wood with concrete pier blocks.
  • Stack firewood away from your home’s foundation and elevate it off of the ground. Always keep firewood outside in an open area such as the backyard.
  • Trim or clip any tree branches or vegetation touching the roof or siding of the house.
  • Remove logs, stumps, and waste wood from under your home.
  • Add a gravel or stone strip around your house.
  • Make sure all window and door frames do not contact the soil of your yard.
  • Check any crawl spaces, attics, and basements to make sure they are well ventilated, and have no moist or damp areas and are free of clutter.
  • Clean any clogged gutters to prevent water damage.
  • Vacuuming is very important, make sure to use the extension to get in the cracks and corners of your floors and walls.
  • Keep your home clean and dry.
  • Decaying leaves and organic matter should be removed from windows and doors.
  • Keep garbage cans outdoors, but away from moist areas.
  • Do not leave trash bags that are filled lying around, put them in a proper trash can.
  • Drain traps should be capped.
  • Add screens to your attic vents, crawl spaces, floor drains, and any other exposed areas.
  • If you have any mulch in your front or back yard keep in at or below two inches thick.
  • A simple thing to do outside your home is remove any vegetation that is growing on the outer walls of your home. Things like ivy and bougainvillea are pretty to look at, but attract many insects and pests.
  • Outdoor lighting can attract spiders and other pests, it is best to use yellow or sodium vapor lights outdoors.
  • Keep your house tidy. Keep items in proper storage containers, and do not let trash, dishes, laundry etc. pile up within your home. This will also keep other insects away.
  • Move all beds away from touching the wall.
  • If you have a bed skirt either move it so that it doesn’t touch the floor or just completely remove it.

Pest Control Problems During the Summer

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Summer is a time of the year when many people want to avoid the heat. We are able to do this by staying in our air conditioned homes. Pests also want to avoid the heat, but unfortunately they do so by getting into our air conditioned homes. Summer is one of the worst seasons for pest problems. Not only are pests trying to get into people’s homes, but there are more pests than usual. Now that spring has passed the entire population of baby pests are now adults and looking for shelter. Another way people avoid the heat in the summer is to get into a refreshing pool of water, whether in a below ground or above ground pool. The problem that can come with being in the pool is that there is a lot of maintenance to do to keep a pool clean in order to swim and relax in it. If pools are not kept clean they can become sources for pests to come and drink water, or worse yet, mosquitoes can breed.

pest control problems during the summer

This is a very refreshing looking pool. It obviously is maintained very well. Anyone could spend their whole summer soaking the sun up in this pool.

pest control problems during summer

Here is a pool that no one would want to swim in, except for maybe mosquitoes. This pool obviously has not been maintained at all.

Also during the summer many pests lose their food supply because the vegetation dies. Therefore pests try to get into homes in search of food. In some instances pests actually get a growth in their food supply. For spiders they feed on small insects, and the small insects are all migrating toward the homes in search of shelter and food so the spiders will also migrate towards homes in search of food. This exact reason is why doing year round preventative maintenance is beneficial, to always keep pests away so they don’t attract other pests.

Some of the pests that you will definitely notice an increase in are the flying insects and stinging insects. Most of the stinging insects stay outside, but are still harmful to the property of your home and your family, when outdoors. Even though many people like to stay inside with the air conditioning many people spend their summer time in the pool, sprinklers, or Slip and Slides. While outdoors it is very important to be aware of your surroundings so that you do not disturb any bees, hornets, or wasps.

pest control problems during summer

Here are some bees that have found a can of tea. Be careful with drinks outside because a bee could land on one while you are not looking, and if you reach for the can you may get stung.

pest control problems during summer

Whenever you have food outdoors be extra cautious and keep everything covered. Otherwise your food will be invested with ants, like in this photo.

Another outdoor activity that many people do during the summer, depending on how hot it is, is to picnic or barbecue. Again while outdoors be aware of the insects that fly by you, and that there are no nests near by. Eating outdoors can also attract other pests as they are in search of food. So while eating outdoors keep everything covered, or serve the food indoors then bring it outside. Also be careful of your drinks as pests need water to survive – they like sugary liquids.

pest control problems during summer

If you are eating a drinking outdoors always pick up your trash. Anything left behind can attract ants, bees, or other pests.

pest control problems during summer

Having pests attack food left behind can be a major problem. Especially if the food is dropped on your property. This is an open invitation for other pests no matter where the food is dropped at.

Water is a huge problem with pests in the summer. Since their water supply is usually cut short they have to search for it. Plus mosquitoes breed in water, so it might be good to drain ponds, drain bird baths and remove any sources of standing water. Of course you don’t want to drain your pool, but hopefully the chlorine will keep the pests at bay. This is also important because you do not want mosquitoes breeding as they spread diseases like many of the other pests. Moisture can happen inside your home too; so, make sure to open your foundation vents so that your home can breathe a little. Another helpful thing to do is make sure that your clothes dryer vent does not go into a crawl space; this can cause moisture that pests will seek out within your home.

The best thing to do to avoid pest problems in the summer is to maintain your home so pests can’t get inside. Check out our list of prevention tips to do year round so that pests can’t get into your house. Also just be aware of your surroundings while outside as many pests will still be outside. Here is a list of the most popular summer pests by state:

If you do not see the state you reside in on this list please check back as more states are still being added to our database. Also the database is still adding more and more pests, so if you have a problem with a pest and don’t see it listed in the database please continue to visit as pests are continually being added.

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Pest Control Problems During the Spring

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Spring is the time of year when flowers bloom, babies are born, and new pests start to invade. The sad part about spring for homeowners is that pests become a big problem. Like new vegetation and new babies, there are new pests. Some may have been hibernating for the winter, while others can’t survive the cold of the winter, and still others are just more of the same pests from last season.

Spring Pest Control Problems.

Spring brings beautiful flowers, but it often brings out many insects who like to feed on these flowers.

So while some pests have gone away for the winter and did not seem to be much of a problem they will be back in action now that it’s spring.

Homeowners need to be extra cautious inside their homes during spring cleaning as many pests are awakening from their winter hibernation. Moving boxes and other items stored away for the winter you may discover pests or evidence of pests. Be extremely cautious as some of these pests can bite or sting if they are disturbed.

One reason for the increase in pest activity is that spring is reproduction season. Pests will want to get back outdoors, because many of them will not reproduce within a home and they need to start that process outside in a more natural environment.

Within a few weeks people will start to see populations double or triple as pests will be reproducing at high rates, and remember some pests reproduce many multiples of eggs at once. This becomes a problem because there will be more pests to get rid of. Make sure to call your local pest control agency to come out and help with the problem.

Spring Pest Control Problems

Even cacti will bloom flowers. Many rodents and insects will use cacti as a place to live so be very cautious around cacti.

Another reason pest problems rise in the spring is the new vegetation that is growing and blooming. This is a huge attraction for pests. Hornets, wasps and bees particularly like the fresh pollen on flowers. People will see an increase of these pests wherever flowers can be found. If you have flowers on your property, especially near your home, be extra cautious. Like many other pests, bees don’t like to be disturbed and if they are, they will go into attack mode. Also the new vegetation is a food source for many other pests and insects.

Not only is the new vegetation tempting, but any old vegetation left over from winter such as rotting citrus or compost, can attract pests. Make sure to monitor anything that you are growing, as some pests can be good for plants etc. while others can be bad. If you have bushes, trees, or plants growing make sure to maintain their growth. Homeowners do not want to let them grow wild, as many trees and plants are used by pests for homes and traveling paths. Keep them trimmed, and most importantly make sure no leaves, branches, etc. are touching the house, roof, or surrounding walls.

These steps are basic prevention tips to help keep most pests from getting inside your home. Some homeowners will go as far as having a low maintenance yard. For instance, you may decide to not have trees or bushes. But there are other ways to keep a low maintenance yard and still have some vegetation. Check out our prevention tips to help maintain your home from being an open door to pests. These steps can also be used year-round, which is extremely helpful so that come spring your home is already set to prevent any pests from getting in. Following is a list of the most common spring pests by state:

If you do not see the state you reside in on this list please check back as more states are still being added to our database. Also the database is still adding more and more pests, so if you have a problem with a pest and don’t see it listed in the database please continue to visit as pests are continually being added.

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Pest Control Problems During the Winter

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Winter wonderlands are great places for people to enjoy the season and all of the holidays that are celebrated during the winter. Ironically people’s homes are winter wonderlands for pests. Yes, pests are a year round problem that homeowners have to deal with, but during the winter is when pest invasions are on the rise. There might not be as many pests during the winter as there are in the spring, but the risk of pests wanting to get into homes is much higher. If you already have pest control services set up make sure you have them year round and not seasonally.

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With snow and bare trees there aren't many places for pests to live outside during the winter.

The main reason pest invasions are on the rise in the winter is that pests are looking for a warm and dry place to stay. Some pests will actually hibernate within your home because of the warmth. While other pests will remain active once they’re gotten into a warm home. Having active pests inside your home during winter can be very dangerous as they can spread their diseases. Also while in your home pests can cause serious damage to wires, beams, and so forth.

The active pests that are inside a home will be looking for food, so keep all food stored properly and do not leave fruit out in fruit bowls. If pests walk on your countertops or on any food that’s left out they can transfer their bacteria etc. that they carry onto those surfaces and food. This is the most common way for people to physically suffer from pests, other than being bitten. Also pests will be leaving droppings which are contaminated with diseases and can cause harm to people. Keep an eye out for any droppings, especially in attics, basements, corners, etc. If you do find droppings call your local pest control service right away, as this is a sign of pest activity. If there are large amounts of droppings it can be hazardous to your health so do not try to remove the mess yourself, again call a professional out to your home.

During the winter it is best to maintain any preventative methods that you do throughout the year; by maintaining these methods in the winter your home will also be ready for the spring problems. The best way to think of your house, in order to protect it from pests, is that inside your home it is like spring year round. Even though pest problems are year round, spring is the highest peak of pest population indoors and outdoors. So if during the coldest time of year the home feels like spring you are sure to have some pests trying to get inside. Here are some of the most common winter pests by state:

If you do not see the state you reside in on this list please check back as more states are still being added to our database. Also the database is still adding more and more pests, so if you have a problem with a pest and don’t see it listed in the database please continue to visit as pests are continually being added.

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Pest Control Problems During the Fall

Monday, October 12th, 2009

As the summer heat dwindles away and the air starts to feel cooler and more crisp, pests and insects are running around not knowing what to do with themselves. For pests and insects the weather change threatens their food supply and homes. Grass, vegetation, and foliage will all change with the weather, and these are all things that pests and insects use to help them survive. Therefore, pests and insects are going to have to find a new place for food and shelter. Unfortunately, that means pests and insects will be trying to get into your home.

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As the leaves start to turn in the fall pests start to look for new places to live. Most often pests will migrate into people's home during the fall season.

People love the fall for many reasons, some being the cool nights, the turning of the leaves, and wearing sweatshirts. Luckily people are able to add on clothing to keep themselves warm as the weather gets colder outside. Pests and insects are not so lucky. With the weather becoming colder pests and insects search for places of warmth. Usually pests and insects will migrate into attics, garages, storage areas, or the main house.

There are a couple different problems that can happen if pests and insects migrate into your home. One being that the smaller insects getting into your home will attract larger insects or pests to follow; because, the smaller insects are food for larger insects and pests. Another is that if there are no small insects for food, pests will get into your kitchens and pantries to find food. The risk with this is that many pests are carriers of diseases, and can spread them just by walking over a bowl of fruit. Another problem is that if pests are living in your attic or garage or any other area of the home they could also cause structural damage.

In any case there is a high risk of having pests invade your home, and it is best to call your local pest control company to come out. Although, there are also many things a homeowner can do on their own to help prevent pests from getting inside their homes in the first place. Overall the change of the season can affect the number of pests people may start to see around their homes. Many regions of the country have similar pests, but every state is a little different. Check out our list of states, and what the most active pests are in the fall.

If you do not see the state you reside in on this list please check back as more states are still being added to our database. Also the database is still adding more and more pests, so if you have a problem with a pests and don’t see it listed in the database please continue to visit as pests are continually being added.

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