There is a lot to be excited about when you buy your first home. You also have a lot of new responsibilities including pest control Myrtle Beach. Home security is a priority for most homeowners. However, keeping your home safe from potential intruders requires more than deadbolts or home alarms. No matter where you live, common pests are always looking for homes. Knowing how and when pests work will allow you to protect your most valuable investment and avoid seasonal pest issues.
Like all living creatures, pests seek shelter, food, water, and water. They don’t require a lot of openings. Common mice can fit through openings as small and narrow as a pencil’s diameter, while spiders, and other insects, can get in through cracks up to 1/16 inches.1 Ants, the most persistent and common household pests, can only enter through cracks that are small and wide open.
Pest-proofing your property year-round requires a thorough inspection inside and outside, followed by prompt treatment. The following should be on your basic pest control list:
Yard and garden debris can be used as hiding spots or homes for pests. Clear away leaves around your foundation and clean your gutters. Keep your garage and outbuildings clear of clutter.
Seal any cracks or larger openings in the foundation and siding joints. Clear caulk and other sealants can be used to block common entry points such as those around gas and water pipes, telephone lines, and cable connections, and windows. Sealing reduces energy consumption, too.
Door thresholds and sweeps should be kept tight. Doors at corners are prime areas for pests.
To prevent pests and moisture from building up, make sure that wood landscape mulch is kept away from your foundation. You can deter pests by using stone mulch or fresh cedar chippings.
Cut back any shrubs or tree branches that touch your home and trim overhanging limbs. Both are ready to be used by wildlife and insects.
Place gutter downspouts to direct rainwater away from your foundation. Moisten, low-lying areas are places where mosquitoes and pests can thrive.
To keep unwanted intruders out, cover vent openings using wire mesh (also referred to as hardware cloth).
Pest activity is seasonal and has highs and lows. Spring and summer are the peak seasons, so be proactive. Indoor pest problems can be reduced by quickly dealing with them. Pests will seek out warm, dry places or food sources indoors in the event of prolonged drought, cold weather, or prolonged rain.
Keep an eye out for seasonal pest activity as the year progresses
Pest Control Myrtle Beach: FALL EARLY SPRING
Early pest activity is a sign that rodents are leading the charge. Moles and gophers are able to decimate lawns, leaving them covered with mounds and tunnels from the beginning of spring through the middle of summer and into autumn. Before the warmer weather arrives, act quickly if you see mole or gopher activity.
SPRING AND EARLY FALL
Fire ants can be tackled in spring and fall. Fire ant activity rises as soil temperatures rise in spring. Summer heat slows them down. Once the temperatures drop to moderate levels in early autumn, activity peaks again. Be aware of the harm they do to lawns and the suffering that these stinging insects cause to wildlife, humans and pets if you live in fire-ant country. Before fire ants become a serious threat, act quickly.
SPRING THROUGH SUMMER
As spring becomes summer, ants and other outdoor pests become more active. Pest problems can be caused by warm weather, drought, and changes in your lifestyle, like barbecuing. Before you have problems, make sure your home is protected from ants and other insects. You can seek out the help of a professional exterminator Myrtle Beach.
LATE SPRING THROUGH SUMMER
Watch out for ant trails in your garden and around your new home as ant activity grows. You can fight ants indoors as well as outdoors with powerful products. In-ground bait stakes can be used to target outdoor areas. Place bait stations in areas where heat is emitted, such as behind ovens or refrigerators, and underneath sinks that have moisture or wastebaskets to draw the ants in. This will help you outsmart indoor pests.
Clear away any leaves that may have fallen from your foundation or gutters before the cold weather arrives. Seal any cracks or holes and keep pests out of your home. If necessary, trim tree limbs or shrubs.
Protect your home and family by controlling pests during peak summer and spring seasons. Amdro products protect your investment and help you keep out common pests.