Indoor Pest Prevention

April 18th, 2014

Indoor Tasks:

  1. Dispose of garbage regularly in a sealed trash bin.
  2. Keep kitchens clean by wiping down counter tops and sweeping floors to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Also, store food in sealed containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator.
  3. Vacuum at least once a week.
  4. Keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly. Store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in.
  5. Consult your vet about a preventative treatment for dogs and cats to help ward off fleas and ticks.
  6. Routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture and repair any leaky pipes. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics.

How to Make Worms in Dirt

April 17th, 2014

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Ant Control Tips from Bug Busters USA

April 16th, 2014

Experts from Bug Busters USA recommend the following five simple steps that homeowners can do today to thwart an ant infestation.

1.       Block off access points. Take time to inspect the outside of your home for cracks and crevices, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter. Seal any small holes or gaps with a silicone-based caulk. Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the structure.
2.       Eliminate sources of water in and around the home. Indoors, routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture and repair any leaky pipes. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics. Outside, ensure that downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from the home’s foundation.
3.       Keep a clean kitchen. Wipe down counter tops and sweep floors to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Also, make sure to dispose of garbage regularly.
4.       Don’t forget about the pets. After mealtime, keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly. Store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in, which can be easily accessed by ants, rodents and other pests.
5.       Work with a pest professional. Eliminating ants can be challenge without the proper treatment. Some species of ants, like carpenter ants, can cause serious property damage while others can pose health threats. If you see ants in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.

NPMA and Bob Vila encourage homeowners to prepare homes against pest infestations

April 15th, 2014

NPMA and Bob Vila encourage homeowners to prepare homes against pest infestations

FAIRFAX, Va. – April is National Pest Management Month, a public observance celebrated for more than 30 years by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Eventsas well as state governments. The designation brings attention to the professional pest management industry for its role in protecting public health and property from significant pest threats.

“Each day, and often behind the scenes, pest professionals are working to prevent or treat residential infestations, ensuring schools, hospitals, food processing facilities and other commercial structures are free of pests and therefore, free of disease,” said Missy Henriksen, NPMA’s vice-president of public affairs. “During National Pest Management Month, we shine the light on the importance of professional pest management in consumers’ everyday lives.”

Pest infestations can trigger asthma and indoor allergies, especially in children and the elderly; contaminate food sources and food preparation areas; spread a number of dangerous viruses and bacteria; and damage homes.

In light of the National Pest Management Month designation, NPMA has partnered with renowned home improvement expert, Bob Vila on a media tour to remind homeowners about ways they can prepare their homes against spring and summer pest invasions.

To assist homeowners with pest-proofing, Bob Vila and NPMA offer the following top tips:

Exclusion

  • Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes;
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.

Prevention

  • Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
  • Ensure basements, attics, and crawl spaces are well ventilated and dry.
  • Clean out gutters and install gutter guards.

Elimination

  • In case of an infestation, work with a licensed pest professional to determine the best treatment method.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit PestWorld.org.

Creepy but curious: Entomophobia, the fear of insects – ABC New England North West NSW – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

April 14th, 2014

Creepy but curious: Entomophobia, the fear of insects – ABC New England North West NSW – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Bug Busters offers tips for homeowners to prevent termite damage

April 11th, 2014

Regular inspections and routine maintenance are necessary to stay on top of a potential termite infestation. Experts at Bug Busters USA recommend the following steps homeowners can take protect their property from this unwelcome pest:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles. Some termites are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground.
  • Direct water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.

If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment. For more information, please visit www.bugbustersusa.com

What Pest are You?

April 10th, 2014

April is National Pest Management Month!

Pest persona quiz – PestWorld pest control

You may have more similarities to pests than you think

Take this quiz and find out what pest you personify.

How do spiders fly for miles?

April 9th, 2014

Tips to stay pest free

April 8th, 2014

To ensure a pest-free season, experts at Bug Busters USA recommend the following tips:

  • Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves.
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains – the pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage.
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • If you suspect a pantry pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.

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Be Aware of Spiders

April 7th, 2014

Be Aware of Spiders

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Bug Busters USA informs homeowners of common household spiders

Any eight-legged pest is sure to be unwelcome in homes, but not all creepy-crawlers are the same. While some species of spiders are nothing more than a nuisance, others can pose serious health risks when they bite. Bug Busters USA,  a pest management company servicing the Southeast urges homeowners to brush up on the types of spiders they could encounter this fall.

To protect the family, it is important to know what spiders are likely to be hiding indoors — in dark corners of our favorite rooms and even among the holiday decorations you’ll soon unpack that are stored in the basement.

Homeowners should be on the lookout for the following spider species:

Common House Spider: These spiders don’t pose a health risk, but they can be quite a nuisance throughout the house. They spin a tangled web in upper corners, angles of window frames and around furniture.

Brown Recluse Spider: The bite from a brown recluse can cause a very painful ulcer. These spiders can be found in many undisturbed areas around the home, such as inside boxes, under furniture and in seldom-used clothing or shoes.

Black Widow Spider: Probably the most infamous species of spider, the black widow’s venom can have serious side effects, especially in children and the elderly. Widows often build nests in cluttered areas within garages, attics and basements.

  • Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
  • Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
  • Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper, on the floor or in storage before wearing.
  • Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
  • Inspect shoes before wearing them, as spiders often hide inside.
  • Reduce clutter in basements, garages and attics.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.