Some of the Most Common Pests to Be Aware of This Spring

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pest control serviceSpring has officially sprung, but unfortunately that means the pests have arrived as well. And if you’re not careful, your home could be a pest magnet. So how do you stop these critters from coming in and wreaking havoc on your home? Keep reading to find out how to protect yourself from the most common spring pests.

Ants!
Ants are perhaps the most annoying of springtime pests. While many pests seem to go away with a single call to a pest control service, ants like to stick around. They can be inside, outside, and all around your home if you’re not careful! The best way to deter these tiny tyrants is to prevent them from being interested in your home in the first place. Make sure all of your food is stored in sealed containers and cleaned up properly, and make sure your floors stay clean and food-free. If it’s too late for these remedial measures, then it’s time for some professional pest control.

Bees and Wasps!
Not only are these pests annoying, they can be dangerous as well. If you notice high numbers of wasps and yellow-jackets hanging around your home, odds are there’s a hive formed — or in the process of forming — somewhere nearby. In this case, it’s important to call a pest control company immediately. But if you notice any honeybee hives, try to leave these harmless pollinators alone. If a nuisance hive does need to be removed from the premises, it’s important that you call your local beekeeper to ensure the hive is transferred safely to a beekeeping facility.

Spiders!
Spiders, while they might be pesky, aren’t necessarily a bad thing if they’re of the non-venomous, garden-based variety. But if you notice any new spiders hanging around your home, make sure you call pest control services immediately, as it could be an invasive species and a threat to your family. But smaller spiders, while you might want to consult residential pest control services about them, are generally helpful in that they kill and eat other small insects (like ants) in your home.

These are just a few of the most common spring pests that can cause issues in your home this season. These and other insects cause an estimated $30 billion in damage annually to our homes, structures, and crops. Don’t let them! Make sure you’re taking care of your yard and your family by staying in contact with local pest control companies this spring season.

Termites – When You Should Call Pest Control

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pest control serviceTermites are one of the most frustrating pests that homeowners have to deal with. Every year they damage an estimated 600,000 homes a year.

They can get into your home and destroy your walls, cabinets, and other wooden structures, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. A homeowner that discovers termites will often spend, on average, $3,000 in repairing the damages down to their homes.

That’s a lot of money for a bunch of bugs.

But how can you detect termites before that happens? When do you know to hire an exterminator or other pest control services?

The first thing you need to know is that termites don’t just effect wood. They are able to transverse through metal siding, plaster, and other materials. So they are able to gain access to your home through many means.

If you have termites, it is not recommended to try and treat them yourself. Call a professional to address the problem. They will examine the situation and offer many different routes of treatment, as well as solutions to prevent a repeat occurrence.

Termite damage can appear similar to water damage. An outward sign of termite damage can include buckling wood, swollen floors, and ceilings. Areas appearing to be suffering from slight water damage and visible mazes within walls or furniture. Termite infestations can also have a scent similar to mildew or mold.

If you are experiencing and of these sizes, contact your local pest control services in order to have an inspection. They will check known entry locations, such as where the home meets the ground. Door frames, deck posts, wooden support beams, and other such locations.

A way to prevent termite infestations from gaining access to your home is to install
what are termed “termite shields.” This route can be especially helpful if you are currently building a home.

“Termite shields” are metal shields put along the foundation of your home. These structures should be made of a non-corroding metal and should have no gaps. Once put into place, these structures should prevent termites from being able to get at the wooden foundations of your home.

No matter what, however, if you think that you have issues with termites in your home, seek professional assistance. An inspection at an early stage may save you thousands of dollars, and preventative measures can be taken for the future.

Contact us if you have any questions about pest control services!

Dixon Pest Services, Inc.1706 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-391-1815