How to Keep Your Home from Becoming a Winter Pest Resort

Sunday is the first day of Autumn. Summer has come and gone and the winter months will soon be rolling in. But that doesn’t mean that pests should be rolling into your house for shelter. As it gets colder outside, take these precautions while you still can to keep unwanted visitors from showing up at your holiday parties.

Keep Your Home Tidy

cleaning

Around the holiday season you should just be keeping your house tidy in general, especially to prepare for all of the guests that you’ll be having over. A messy house might ward off human guests, but it will draw in an extra number of crawling creatures. Uncovered food and water sources attract pests, particularly ants and roaches. Even pet food can draw insects to it. Keep food well sealed and put away to make them less of a target home for unwanted visitors.

Seal Potential Entries

seal entryways

When it gets colder outside, most pests seek indoor refuge. For bugs, any sort of opening is like a big sign saying, “Come to my warm home.” Before it’s too cold and miserable, do a head to toe inspection of your home. Check door and window frames, roofing, and the foundation for any cracks or places where insects could get in. Do an indoor inspection as well to be extra thorough.

Repair Screens

Repairing Screen

Your screens aren’t really doing their job if there are holes in them. Keep your screens in good condition to prevent insects from creeping through the gaping holes.

Fix Leaks

Fix Leaks

Both indoor and outdoor bodies of water are a huge attraction for pests. Make sure your rain gutters lead water far enough from your home. This will also help to keep your foundation in better condition with less cracking. Regularly check indoor pipes for cracks as well.

Replace Outdoor Lights

Replace Outdoor lights

It’s tempting to enjoy the final warm nights of summer outdoors. Before you do this though, invest in lights that won’t attract extra insects. This will make it easier for you to get back into your home without inviting more residents along the way.

Maintain Your Yard

Couple Raking Leaves

An unruly yard will lead to a wide host of pests surrounding your house. The more pests outside of your house, the more likely it is that they will try to come inside. A tidy yard with a simple flower bed can make a win-win situation for you and some of your pesky friends. You’ll be more satisfied with your yard’s appearance and it will give the pests somewhere to go that isn’t inside your house.

Eliminate Outdoor Breeding Grounds

Wood pile

It can be so convenient to stash your winter’s supply of firewood right next to your house. But this will be a huge mistake. Wood piles, leaf buildup, and ivy vines are all breeding grounds for insects and great temporary shelters. The closer their home is to yours, the more likely it is that they’ll feel free to move in.

Before the temperature drops too much, take some extra time on the weekend to get your home ready for the war against pests. Preventing them from entering your house now will be much easier than trying to get them out later.

Author Bio: Michael David is a freelance journalist and blogger who enjoys writing to help companies with drainage repair. Michael loves writing about DIY projects, home improvement, and garden-related topics.

 

Escape The Office: Pest Control Named To Top Jobs

Outdoor Pest ControlAre you tired of being stuck inside the office for forty plus hours a week while others are enjoying the fresh outdoor air? If so, than look no further then these eight outdoor jobs that will help you escape the office… Including Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician.

Pest Control Named One Of The Top Jobs To Escape Office

Fox Business recently came out with a list of the top eight jobs to help you escape the office, and both Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician made the list.

One of the main reasons why Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician made the list is because of the high job security. Every area of the country has to deal with pests like cockroaches, spiders, termites, bedbugs, rodents, and silverfish. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that pest control jobs will grow at a rate of 26% in the next decade; much more rapidly than other average occupations.

Another reason why Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician made the list is because workers can make a moderate living without needing a college degree. The average pest control worker makes $14.59 an hour, or $30,340. These numbers are significantly higher for experienced technicians.

The Top 8 Outdoor Jobs To Escape The Office

1. Landscape Architect
Median annual pay: $62,090
Job growth: 16%

2. Environmental Scientist
Median annual pay: $61,700
Job growth: 19%

3. Surveyor
Median annual pay: $54,880
Job growth: 25%

4. Mason
Median annual pay: $45,410
Job growth: 40%

5. Archaeologist
Median annual pay: $54,230
Job growth: 21%

6. Pest Management Technicians
Median annual pay: $30,340
Job growth: 26%

7. Termite Service Technicians
Median annual pay: $30,340
Job growth: 26%

8. Recreation Worker
Median annual pay: $22,260
Job growth: 19%

What Pest Management Or Termite Service Technician Do

Pest Management Technician

  • Inspect homes or buildings for signs of pests or pest infestation
  • Determine the nature of pest, infestation, and treatment needed to eliminate pests
  • Design and implement pest management plans
  • Spray or dust pesticides throughout homes and properties
  • Create barriers to prevent pests from entering a building
  • Set bait and traps to remove or kill pests
  • Drive trucks equipped with power spraying equipment
  • Educate property owners on additional steps and methods to eliminate pest

Termite Service Technician

  • Similar duties as a pest management technician
  • Highly trained to specialize in termite control
  • Use heavy equipment for drilling and digging trenches involved in resolving termite problems
  • Use chemicals and modify structures to eliminate termites and prevent future infestations
  • Repair structural damage caused by termites and build barriers to separate pests from their source of food
  • Termite fumigators use fumigants (pesticide gas) to treat serious infestations

Exterminator Spraying OutdoorsHow To Become A Pest Management Or Termite Service Technician

If you are interested in becoming a pest control technician you will need three things: (1) A high school diploma, (2) State licensing and (3) one to three months of on the job training. Additionally, many pest control companies require you to submit to a background check, drug test, and have a clean driving record.

Most pest control workers begin as technicians. After receiving general training, including training on pesticide use and safety, technicians can choose specialties such as rodent control, termite control, bedbug control, and fumigation.

Other important qualities needed to become a Pest Management or Termite Service Technician include: (1) physical strength and stamina as you are on your feet regularly in adverse conditions, (2) strong interpersonal communication skills as you converse with customers on a regular basis, (3) neat and clean appearance because you are the face of a company and regularly enter customer homes, and (4) detail oriented are you are dealing with toxic chemicals.

For More Info On Technicians and Termite Service Technicians

Learn more about Pest Management Technicians and Termite Service Technicians from The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you are in need of a high-quality pest or termite control technician look no further than Bulwark Exterminating.

 

Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up

Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up

 

Green Lacewing
Green Lacewing

What is that little red bug? Is it a spider? An Ant?

If you have little red bugs all over your side walk, or on the side of your house, you could possibly have Clover Mites. More…

A Different Approach to Pest Control

Smart pest control begins with prevention. There are a lot of ways you can make small changes to your home that will help keep pests out. More…

Masonry Bees

Here is some information from Graham Pest Control about Masonry bees; including appearance, biology, and importance. More…

How to Keep Cicada Killers or Digger Wasps Away

Here’s a great video on digger wasps of Cicada killers that includes the best ways to prevent them. More…

How Did I Get Fleas And What Can I Do So I Don’t Get Them Again?

The most common way you get fleas is from stray cats and opossums. As they run through your yard, they drop off fleas and flea eggs. Then while spending time in your yard the fleas jump on you or your pet, and are unwittingly brought into your home. More…

Brown Recluse Infestation: Extreme Spiders Require Extreme Measures

Brown recluse spider bites are well documented to be very horrific. There are treatment methods that exterminate these dangerous spiders. They include: direct contact treatment, exterior treatments, crack and void treatments, and spot treatments. More…

Pest Of The Week: The Green Lacewing

 

Green Lacewing
Green Lacewing

This week’s pest of the week is not actually a pest at all, but a very beneficial insect. The green lacewing is an all natural exterminator that feeds on garden pests like mites, aphids, and lace bugs; exterminating as many as 100 a week. In addition, these beautiful flying insects also feed on plant nectar, pollen, and honeydew. Gardeners prefer green lacewings because they offer a safe, non-chemical alternative for naturally controlling garden and plant pests.

Green lacewings are usually bright green to greenish-brown in color, with compound eyes that are noticeably golden in most species. The wings of the green lacewing are translucent, with a slight iridescence. Some may have green wing veins, or a cloudy brownish wing pattern. These insects are also nocturnal; extremely active at night.

 

Identify Troublesome Pests And Critters With These Four Cool Apps

SmartphoneThat moment when you see a cockroach scurrying across the floor or a rat running alongside the wall is a disgusting moment indeed, but at least we can identify these common critters and make the appropriate arrangements for their removal. In many cases, however, bugs and insects may venture inside the home that are not easily discernible, leaving home owners pondering whether it is a stray bug or if there is a potential infestation problem. Fortunately, an array of mobile applications has emerged to help make this process easier. In the following article, we will detail four apps that help users identify pests, insects and critters without having to first resort to expensive consultations from local pest control companies.

Critter Lookup

Designed to offer a plethora of animals and insects for easy inspection, Critter Lookup is a free application that is downloadable via the iTunes Store. Upon opening the app, you will be able to select by category: reptiles, insects, birds and mammals are all clearly categorized from the start. This free service allows you to browse thousands of species to determine what exactly is in or around your home. Can’t find what you are looking for? With the photo search feature, you can capture a photo of the critter in question, have it emailed to a Critter Control representative and receive an answer as to what it is in a short period of time.

Bug & Weed Identifier

Built by the insecticide company Spectracide as a free way to identify pests, the Bug & Weed Identifier can be used in a variety of applications. Not only will you be able to identify troublesome insects and critters, but you can also browse and determine what invasive species of weeds are growing around your home. In many cases, certain types of weeds and plants will attract critters – depending on your circumstances, addressing both of these elements may prove to be a better approach. With detailed descriptions as well as treatment plans provided, using this app makes perfect sense for ridding the home of pests.

Bayer Pest Spotter

Another big name in the world of insecticides is Bayer, and naturally it makes sense that they would develop an app for dealing with critters. Upon downloading this free app from the Android Marketplace, you will have access to detailed records on more than 70 pests. Not only is basic information available for each unwelcome visitor, but there is also a variety of treatment plans and lists of attractants for each critter. The Bayer Pest Spotter was developed specifically for farmers but serves as a great way to identify many common pests around the home as well.

Suburban Pest ID

Designed to be an interactive and comprehensive identifier for pests, Suburban Pest ID functions as a facilitator between qualified professionals and home owners who need help identifying various pests. Included in the app is a repository of information to help with basic identification, but the $0.99 cost of the app covers interactive identification from the people at Suburban Pest ID. Simply snap a photo and upload it: you will receive a response and proper identification in no time at all.

Today’s featured writer, Ryan Hall, works for Swat Wild Life, a firm that is number one choice for humane wildlife removal in Toronto. He’s a tech enthusiast and keeps tabs on all the latest apps that help keep insects and pests away from home.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne