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Don’t Room With Bed Bugs This Fall

Posted by Tom Gibbons on Sep 13, 2016 9:32:10 AM

 

F&W’s Back to School Bed Bug Advice for College Students

 

As college students prepare to return to campuses nationwide, many plan to bring secondhand furniture including mattresses, futons, dressers, couches and more. As bags are being packed, and students begin to move in, F&W Pest Control is urging students in the Greater Boston area to inspect new lodgings, personal belongings, and secondhand items, for bed bugs as these pests can cause painful, red itchy welts and can also spread quickly when introduced to new environments.

 

13_Bed_Bugs_in_Corner.jpgAccording to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), bed bugs pose serious concerns to dorm rooms and thrive in university environments as there are often many people living in a confined space. In fact, a 2015 survey, conducted by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found that bed bug infestations in the United States continue at high rates, with 99.6 percent of pest professionals treating for bed bugs in the year prior.

 

"Bed bugs are opportunistic and elusive pests," says James Merrill, Staff Entomoligist at F&W Pest Control. "As students return from summers filled with travel they may unknowingly be transporting bed bugs to college campuses. Or, they could be returning to an environment where bed bugs are already a problem. It is essential that students inspect all belongings to help keep these pests at bay. Bed bugs are not only undesirable for students but also for parents who don’t want their children bringing these pests home on breaks.”

 

F&W Pest Control offers tips to help prevent bed bugs from taking up residence in dorms:

 

  • Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Wash all clothes, even those that haven’t been worn, in hot water.
  • On move-in day, thoroughly inspect the entire room including mattress seams on beds, behind the headboard and in furniture using a flashlight for good visibility. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager or landlord.
  • If you are considering bringing "secondhand" furniture to campus, properly inspect it for telltale signs of bed bugs. If you notice and signs of shed skins, small blot marks/pepper-like stains do not bring it to campus.

 

Students are urged to follow prevention tips when packing for school and before unpacking in a new room. For more information on preventing bed bugs, visit www.fwpest.com

 

Topics: bed bugs

2016 Pollinator Health Awareness

Posted by Tom Gibbons on Jun 22, 2016 10:48:55 AM

 

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  • One of the primary threats to honey bees and other pollinators is the lack of available nectar and pollen sources, but you can help hungry bees by planting a Pollinator Garden in your back yard!http://bit.ly/U2PPvO

  • Do you know how to spot the differences between good pollinators like honey bees and aggressive stinging insects such as hornets and wasps? Many stinging insects have similar coloring and patterns, but their body shape and the type of nests they build are major clues. http://bit.ly/1pB1YFE

  • The produce aisle at your local grocery store would be barren without bees. Managed bee hives help ensure that crops are pollinated to produce seeds for the fruits, vegetables and nuts we enjoy every day. http://bit.ly/1lsx6Fv

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Topics: bees, Pollinator Health, Heney Bees

Mosquito Control: The Best Mother’s Day Gift Yet

Posted by Tom Gibbons on May 6, 2016 1:29:58 PM

MotherDay_Flowers_960_720.jpgStruggling to find your Mother, Wife or Mother-to-be the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Tired of the annual hanging baskets, jewelry or pampering with manicures and pedicures that have become the go-to gifts? We have an idea for you. The best Mother’s Day ever can be yours to give with a season of mosquito and tick free outdoor living. Perfect timing for Mother’s Day, the mosquitoes are out and they are biting. Don’t let the mother in your life suffer the annoying pests or worse yet let them chase her inside. Give the gift of mosquito control this Mother’s Day.


 

Pest Free Outdoor Lifestyle

42_Mosquito.jpgIf the Mother in your life likes to garden, relax on the patio or near the pool, mosquito control is a great gift for her. There is nothing worse than sweating in the garden, tending your vegetables and flowers only to be held up by biting mosquitoes as you spend more time swatting than gardening. Here in New England, we have multiple breeds of mosquitoes that are aggressive daytime feeders. They will not be easily deterred by a flailing garden hat, leaving your outdoor loving mom covered in itchy ugly bites that could even make her sick.


 

Peace of Mind

pestguard512.pngMosquitoes are known to carry a variety of dangerous diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika Virus that could harm children and adults alike. Mother’s love to know their loved ones are safe. Give the mom in your life peace of mind this Mother’s Day with MosquitoGuard™ from F&W Pest Control. If you have a Mother-to-be in your life, she’ll certainly appreciate knowing she is doing everything she can to protect her growing baby from the dangers of Zika, without having to stay indoors all season long.

If you’re ready to be the hero this Mother’s Day, give your Mom the best Mother’s day gift ever with a season of mosquito and tick free outdoor living. Call F&W Pest Control today to get her first spray set up, so she can begin enjoying her yard again. 800-287-7776 

 

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Topics: mosquitos, bug bites, insect bites, mosquito treatments, mothers days

Termite ID: How to Spot Termites in Your Home

Posted by Ana Rocha on Mar 21, 2016 6:13:28 PM

Written by: National Pest Management Association

 

Every year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the United States. Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected for years—damage that isn’t covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies.

 

As spring approaches and the ground begins to warm across the country, termite populations will emerge in search of new structures to invade. Starting from South to North, termite explorers, referred to as swarmers, will look for hospitable homes, with buildings that have sustained damage from severe winter weather particularly at risk. Once swarmers have determined your home to be a good fit, it’s likely that the rest of the termite colony will follow, resulting in a full-blown termite infestation.

 

By becoming familiar with the species of termites that are most prevalent in their area along with their habits, homeowners are better equipped to detect the warning signs of an infestation, and call in a pest professional to assist with termite identification before the problem gets out of hand. Here’s a handy guide to help you learn how to spot termites in your home and identify their species correctly.

Termite or Flying Ant?

Many people will see termite swarmers in homes during the spring and mistake them for flying ants; this can end up being a costly mistake if the rest of the termite colony follows the swarmers. Winged termites have a straight waist, straight antennae and their wings are equal in size. Flying ants on the other hand have waists that are pinched in the middle, bent antennae and two sets of wings, with the top set being larger than the lower. Termites are also most likely to swarm in the spring, while flying ants may swarm at various times of the year.

 

Alates

 

Subterranean Termites

Found in every U.S. state except Alaska, subterranean termites are creamy white to dark brown or black and 1/8 inch long. They live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas aboveground that can contain up to two million members. Subterranean termites also build telltale “mud tubes” to gain access to food sources and protect themselves from the open air. This termite species is considered to be by far the most destructive of all termites throughout the United States.

 

Subterranean termite

 

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites are similar in color to subterranean termites but can grow to 1/2 an inch long. They can be found in Hawaii, California and much of the southern U.S. Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive known termite species, capable of consuming one foot of 2X4 wood in just 25 days. They live in huge underground colonies with an average of 350,000 workers and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure. Because of their aggressive nature, Formosan termites are difficult to control once they infest a building; a mature Formosan termite colony can cause severe structural damage to a home in as little as six months.

 

Formosan termite

 

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites can be spotted throughout the pacific coastal and adjacent states, the desert or semi-arid southwest, and in southern Florida. This termite species is typically between 1/2 and 5/8 of an inch long. As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with high moisture content and don’t usually infest structures because of their need for excessive moisture, but it is important to avoid attracting them as they can cause serious property damage if they make themselves at home.

 

Dampwood termite

Drywood Termites

Unlike subterranean and Formosan termites, drywood termites do not require contact with the soil. They are typically between 3/8 and one inch long and often establish nests in roof materials and wooden wall supports, along with dead wood that may be around the home. They are found in the southern states, from North Carolina through the Gulf Coast and in to the coastal areas of California. They form colonies of up to 2,500 members and usually swarm on sunny, warm days after a sudden rise in temperature. 

 

Drywood termite

 

It’s not always possible for an untrained eye to spot evidence of termites, but homeowners should keep a look-out for the certain signs of termites that can help them identify a termite infestation.

 

If you believe that your home or business is experiencing termite or pest issues including mosquitoes, ticks, mice & bed bugs, please contact an F&W Pest Control professional today for a free inspection and quote.

 

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Zika Virus

Posted by Ana Rocha on Jan 18, 2016 2:30:00 PM

 

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If you are an expecting mother and planning on traveling to Hawaii, South America, Haiti, Martinique and Puerto Rico please read the following on the Zika Virus.

 

The first birth defect linked to the Zika virus has been discovered in the US after a woman in Hawaii gave birth to a baby girl with microcephaly, the condition of an unusually small brain and head.

 

Health officials are concerned that the extremely dangerous Zika virus believed to be responsible for thousands of babies with microcephaly in Brazil could spread in similar warmer climates in the US such as in Hawaii and the American South.

The virus had already been identified in Puerto Rico and recently in Texas in a man who had travelled from El Salvador, another nation that has been suffering the effects of Zika among its newborns.

 

The mother in Hawaii — who had lived in Brazil last year — was likely to have been infected early in her pregnancy before leaving for Hawaii, CNN reported.

In a statement, Hawaii's health department said: "The mother likely had Zika infection when she was residing in Brazil in May 2015 and her newborn acquired the infection in the womb."

 

The US Centers for Disease Control are now advising pregnant women, or those planning to get pregnant, to avoid travelling to areas that have been hit by Zika which includes significant parts of South and Central America. There have also been outbreaks on the islands of Haiti, Martinique, and Puerto Rico.

 

"We are saddened by the events that have affected this mother and her newborn," Sarah Park, Hawaii's state epidemiologist, said in a statement. "This case further emphasizes the importance of the CDC travel recommendations."

 

The Zika virus, carried mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has caused particular concern because symptoms are often so mild, people do not bother reported them to a doctor. However there can be tragic consequences if a woman passes the disease onto her baby. More than 3,500 cases of microcephaly, including 46 infant deaths, could be linked to Zika in Brazil.

 

So far, there are no known cases of transmission within the US. Six Hawaii residents are known to have had the virus since 2014, but all picked it up through travel elsewhere.

 

Hawaii is currently experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever, transmitted by the same mosquitoes that can transmit Zika.

 

If you believe that your home or business is experiencing pest control issues including mosquitoes,  ticks, mice & bed bugs, please contact an F&W Pest Control professional today for a free inspection and quote.

 

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Are Ticks Still Active in the Winter?

Posted by Ana Rocha on Dec 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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Many of us think that ticks die off in the winter after the first hard frost. Unfortunately they do not. The adult blacklegged (deer) ticks that spread Lyme disease begin their prime feeding activity just about the time of the first freeze. The reason being is that their main host animals are deer and deer are actively moving around in the fall. If deer aren't around, blacklegged ticks will attach to people or pets anytime the weather starts getting warmer.

 

The American dog tick and Lone Star ticks are inactive in fall and winter. The Blacklegged ticks activity decreases only when temperatures start dropping below 35 degrees F. or the ground is covered in snow. They quickly recover when temperatures start warming up. To actually kill ticks, the freezing temperatures must be a sustained number of days below 10 degrees F. This is happening less often as our winters are getting warmer than they use to be. Any ticks that have attached to a deer will be kept warm by the animal's body heat and will survive a cold snap.

 

What this translates to is that you can't let your guard down when it comes to ticks and the possibility of tick transmitted diseases. In the Northeast, the risk of Lyme disease is lowest from late December to sometime in late March. It is not so much as the weather as it is in the life cycle of the Blacklegged tick. The nymphal stage of the tick is responsible for most of the transmitted cases of Lyme disease, but by late fall the nymphs have molted into adult ticks to spend the winter.

 

People who own pets are often less concerned about ticks in the fall and winter, but they are still out there. Pets should be treated year round for ticks. Check with your veterinarian to see what they recommend.

 

Effectively preventing tick borne disease involves several different factors. Here are important steps to reduce the chances that a tick will transmit diseases to your pet.

 

  • Talk to your veterinarian about having your dog vaccinated for Lyme disease. This annual vaccine can help prevent transmission of the bacteria that carries Lyme disease.
  • Use a topical tick prevention product, like Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix, all year long. Vaccines are not available for other tick borne diseases, such as Anaplasmosis, which can be just as dangerous and crippling as Lyme disease. Vaccines do not keep your pets from bringing in ticks into your home. It is very important to use tick preventative products on your pets.
  • Check your pets for tick on a daily basis, especially after they have been outside. If you find a tick on your pet, remove it immediately. One tick can transmit disease with in 24 to 48 hours after it has attached itself to your pet.

 

If you believe that your home or business is experiencing pest control issues including ticks, mice & bed bugs, please contact an F&W Pest Control professional today for a free inspection and quote.

 

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Look for Pest Warnings Before Holiday Adorning

Posted by Ana Rocha on Dec 18, 2015 5:00:00 PM

 

The National Pest Management Association offers tips to keep homes pest-free this holiday season

 

Written by: NPMA Staff

 

FAIRFAX Va. – Holiday decorating can enhance a home’s aesthetics, warming it up with festive lights and greenery, but could jovial decorations be inviting in more than just the holiday spirit? To evade these unwelcomed houseguests such as rodents, spiders, moths and more, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to examine holiday décor for signs of pests before decking the halls.

 

“It’s best to practice caution when unpacking decorations which were likely stored in ideal pest habitats, such as basements and attics,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Carefully inspect live greenery including trees and wreathes, and give them a good shake outdoors before bringing them in. Looking for telltale signs, like gnaw marks, droppings, and spider egg sacs can also help you avoid bringing infested items inside.”

 

In an effort to make holiday arrangements stress-free, NPMA offers these tips to keep pests from dulling the shine of this year’s décor: 

  • If copying a DIY natural decoration from Pinterest or other craft site, inspect all foliage outside the home before beginning projects.
  • Store firewood on raised structures located at least 20 feet away from the home. Inspect firewood for pests and brush it off before bringing it indoors.
  • Shake off trees and garlands. Carefully inspect them for pests or eggs that can hide in branches before bringing them indoors.
  • After pulling decorations from storage, unpack them outdoors to check for pests like mice. Look inside boxes for droppings or gnaw marks. Examine string lights to ensure wiring is fully intact.
  • When storing décor after the holidays, use durable, sealed containers that pests can't chew through instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

These guidelines will make holiday decorating a seamless process year to year. If you suspect an infestation, a qualified pest professional can evaluate the problem and recommend an action plan.

 

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.

 

If you believe that your home or business is experiencing pest control issues including mice & bed bugs, please contact an F&W Pest Control professional today for a free inspection and quote.

 

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Winter Pest Invasion: Defend Your Home Against Overlooked Threats

Posted by Ana Rocha on Dec 4, 2015 5:00:00 PM

By Bob Vila

 

Like so many other things in life, winter means different things to different people. I've often noticed that one's opinion of the cold season depends on his or her age. As a child, you might eagerly embrace the winter for its promise of sledding, snowball fights, and unexpected school cancellations. As you grow older, though, your outlook naturally shifts. With luck, you never become blind to what sometimes makes the season seem magical—the feel of fresh snow beneath your boots, for instance, or the sight of sunlight glinting off a low-hanging icicle. But veteran homeowners know too well that along with postcard-worthy scenes, winter brings a host of worrisome hazards. Some are familiar and inescapable, while others are more insidious and, for that reason, can be the most dangerous of all.

 

Frozen pipes and ice dams, downed trees and power lines—when the sky darkens and the mercury dips, these are the problems that most homeowners dread. The truly wise, however, dread something else too. Like a beacon in the night, a warm home fully stocked with food is an irresistible draw for countless species of insects and rodents. Don't offer them an open invitation! True, mice and rats, cockroaches and spiders are notoriously relentless intruders, often capable of breaching even hairline cracks in the home exterior. But with foresight and care, you can go a long way toward effectively barring unwanted houseguests. It's well worth the effort to do so. Indeed, the "ick" factor may be the least of your concerns. Household pests are capable of causing extensive, expensive damage.

 

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Once they gain entry to your home, insects and rodents gnaw through wood, wires, and drywall, gradually but inevitably leaving no small amount of destruction in their wake. Even their nesting—in dark, warm, often moist crevices—typically results in rotten wood and mold growth, either or both of which undermine the integrity and longevity of your home. There's one silver lining in all this. The measures you need to take to minimize the likelihood of an infestation are the very same measures you should take to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. That is, in one fell swoop, you can pest-proof your home and help lower your monthly utility bills. It all comes down to this: In a tightly sealed, properly protected home, warm air stays indoors while cold air—and pests—stay out.

 

One caveat is that even if you consider your home to be well defended against both drafts and pests, it may not remain that way throughout the long winter. The whipping winds, freezing rains, and falling snow that characterize winter storms create just the sort of vulnerabilities that pests capitalize on. Extreme weather puts chinks in the armor of your home in the form of the occasional blown-off shingle or a foundation crack caused by freeze-thaw cycles. If not repaired, these weak spots can lead to pest problems.

 

Crack in Foundation

 

Though you may not be dealing with an infestation right now, recognize that the risk of a pest invasion never really goes away—especially in winter. So, keep a keen eye out for storm damage as the weeks pass, and sooner rather than later, consider acting on the following best practices for pest prevention:

  • Trim back trees to bar rodents from easy access to the underside of your roof overhang.
  • Declutter the basement, attic, and any utility rooms so as to eliminate any potential nesting grounds.
  • Examine the fascia board along the roofline, replacing any areas of rotted wood.
  • Repair loose mortar and replace worn weatherstripping around all windows and doors.
  • Store food in sealed containers and keep crumbs off the floor.
  • Seal any and all cracks or gaps on the home exterior with a silicone-based caulk.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home, not only off the ground but also covered.
  • Avoid ice dams by using a roof rake to dissipate potentially problematic accumulations of snow.
  • Hire a professional sweep to clean the stack, inspect the flue, and install a cap over the chimney. 

Certain telltale signs suggest the presence of an ongoing infestation—chewed box corners, say, or piles of sawdust where you wouldn't have expected to encounter them. At the same time, however, remember that many people whose homes suffer pest damage don't realize there's a problem until it's too late. If you're concerned about insects or rodents on your property, don't hesitate to call in a professional who is a member of the National Pest Management Association. Trained to pinpoint the obvious and not-so-obvious signs of an infestation, these licensed pest professionals can advise you on how best to ensure the continued protection of your home from its foes. Visit PestWorld.org today for a full suite of tools and information to help you find and hire a qualified pro at work in your area.

 

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About Bob Vila

You probably know Bob Vila from TV, where for nearly 30 years he hosted a variety of popular shows, including This Old House and Bob Vila’s Home Again. Today, his mission to inform and empower the average homeowner continues on BobVila.com—a destination for tried, true, trustworthy home advice.

 

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Rodents 101

Posted by Ana Rocha on Nov 23, 2015 11:42:46 AM

A guide to identifying common mice and rat species

Written by: Missy Henriksen

 

During the winter season, it's estimated that rodents seek shelter in more than 21 millions homes in the United States. This means that many homeowners will likely be dealing with mice or rats in their abode over the next few months - and you could be one of them.

 

Rodents can spread dangerous diseases and can cause major property damage, so it's important for homeowners to familiarize themselves with the types of rodents that invade homes this time of year. Here is a guide to help you identify common mice and rat species.

 

Deer Mice

  • Region: Deer mice are found throughout the United States.
  • Habitat: Deer mice prefer to nest in rural areas, specifically in fence posts, tree hollows and log piles. Deer mice are rarely a problem in residential settings, but they can wander indoors during the winter months while searching for shelter from the cold weather.
  • Threats: Deer mice pose a significant health threat because they are the most common carrier of Hantavirus. This virus is transmitted primarily by the inhalation of dust particles contaminated with the urine, feces or saliva of infected deer mice.
  • Prevention tip: Don't store pet food or birdseed in garages or storage sheds, where it is especially attractive to deer mice.
  • Unique fact: Deer mice always have a bicolored tail that is usually half brown, half white.

House Mice

  • Region: House mice are found throughout the United States.
  • Habitat: Unlike deer mice, house mice usually nest in dark, secluded areas within structures. They are excellent climbers and can jump up to a foot high.
  • Threats: House mice can cause serious property damage by chewing through materials. In fact, they have been known to spark electrical fires by gnawing on wires inside homes. These rodents are also a health threat, as they can contaminate stored food and spread diseases like Salmonella, tapeworms and the plague (via fleas).
  • Prevention tip: House mice hide in clutter, so it's important to keep storage areas clean and store boxes off the floor. Also, keep food in sealed, rodent-proof containers.
  • Unique fact: House mice can fit through an opening as small as a dime. Although they have poor vision and are color blind, their other senses are very keen.

Norway Rats

  • Region: Like house and deer mice, Norway rats are found throughout the United States.
  • Habitat: Norway rats are primarily nocturnal and often burrow in piles of garbage or under concrete slabs. They tend to enter homes in the fall when outside food sources become scarce. Indoors, Norway rats nest in basements, attics and other undisturbed dwellings.
  • Threats: Norway rats can cause significant damage to property by gnawing through a variety of materials, including plastic and lead pipes, to obtain food and water. They are also vectors of disease, such as plague, jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis and salmonellosis. In addition, these rats can introduce fleas and mites into a home.
  • Prevention tip: Regularly inspect the home for signs of an infestation, such as droppings, gnaw marks, damaged food goods and grease rub marks caused by rats' oily fur.
  • Unique fact: Norway rats can gain entry to a home through a hole larger than ½ inch, or the size of a quarter.

Roof Rats

  • Region: Roof rats are thought to be of Southeast Asian origin, but they are now found in the coastal states and southern third of the U.S.
  • Habitat: Roof rats live in colonies and prefer to nest in upper parts of structures or in trees.
  • Threats: Historically, roof rats and their fleas have been associated with bubonic plague. Although cases are rare, roof rats also spread typhus, jaundice, rat-bite fever, trichinosis and salmonellosis.
  • Prevention tip: Clean up fruit that may have fallen from trees in the yard. Also, ensure the garbage is stored in tightly covered receptacles.
  • Unique fact: The roof rat is also called the black rat or ship rat. These rodents are excellent swimmers.

 

If you believe that your home or business is experiencing a nusiance animal problem or a pest control issues including mice & bed bugs, please contact an F&W Pest Control professional today for a free inspection and quote.

 

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Nuisance Wildlife Control: Top Tips to Keep Wild Animals in the Wild

Posted by Ana Rocha on Nov 16, 2015 2:01:01 PM

Written by: Dr. Jim Fredericks - PestWorld. org

 

When the fall season rolls in, squirrels, raccoons and opossums are more apt to move indoors in preparation for the colder months. Unfortunately, our homes often provide the perfect refuge for these and other types of nuisance wildlife because they have easy access to food, water and warm shelter from the elements. As such, it’s important to animal-proof your property before Old Man Winter blows in. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that no curious critters sneak in through the attic, basement or other susceptible areas of the home.

 

Screen vents.

 

Screen vents

 

Raccoons and squirrels often find their way into homes via uncapped chimneys, broken vents and other openings along rooflines. Ensure that these items are fully screened to prevent wild animals from making your home their own.

 

Cover the trash.

 

Cover the trash

 

Raccoons are the scavengers of the night. They will come out of the woods and look for something to eat, whether it is the road kill on the ground or the food scraps in your trash. When homeowners leave their trash bags in a container outside, the lid does not block the scent of the food from the raccoons that live in the woods nearby. They will follow the scent to the can and rip open the plastic trash bags to eat what is in there.

 

Cut back vegetation.

 

Cut back vegetation

 

Squirrels and other small wildlife are known to use tree branches to gain access to rooflines, where they can then find a number of ways to move indoors. Be sure to cut back any tree limbs or branches that hang too close to the foundation. A good rule of thumb is to keep vegetation at least 6 to 8 feet from the roofline.

 

Clean up the yard.

 

Clean up the yard.

 

Do not leave brush, leaf piles or other debris accumulate in the yard, as these materials make the ideal harborage site for small animals. Also, make sure that firewood is stored at least 20 feet from the house during the cooler months.

 

Keep bird feeders out of reach.

 

Keep bird feeders out of reach.

 

Ensure bird feeders are only accessible by birds. Squirrels, raccoons, opossums and even bears are drawn to birdseed. Homeowners should also place birdbaths where small animals cannot reach them. Birdbaths and fountains may attract wildlife to the property, especially in areas where water is scarce.

 

Once inside, wild animals are not only difficult to eradicate, but they can also pose serious health risks by carrying diseases like rabies and biting if they feel threatened. If you encounter nuisance wildlife on your property, it’s extremely important to contact a local wildlife control specialist or pest control professional instead of attempting to trap and remove the animal on your own.

 

If you believe that your home or business is experiencing a nusiance animal problem or a pest control issues including mice & bed bugs, please contact an F&W Pest Control professional today for a free inspection and quote.

 

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