Mild Winter Brings Different Considerations For Spring

After a mild winter, you may have to deal with insect problems earlier than in previous years. It is crucial not to wait until you are overwhelmed to think about this. As temperatures increase, insects may be awakened earlier than usual from their hibernation to search for food.

Ticks, ants and other insects may be more abundant in your lawn after a mild winter. A mild winter means more of the insects survived the winter and there will be even greater population as spring emerges.

A few steps will help you get ahead of any potential problems.  To help guard against the early emergence of pests, the National Pest Management Association has some tips for homeowners.

The NPMA suggests there should be a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of a building and keep mulch at least 15-inches from the foundation of a home.

All cracks and small openings among the bottom of the home should be sealed and tree branches and other plants need to be trimmed back from the house.

All trash containers, both indoor and outdoor should be clean and sealed and any sources of moisture or standing water need to be eliminated.

Finally having screens on windows and doors help keep insects out.

It is important to work on keeping your home pest free in all seasons. If you suspect you may have a problem, consider calling the experts at All Seasons All Pests.  Our experts know how to manage and eliminate problem pest populations while making sure your loved ones are safe. Call our offices today for a free, initial consultation.

 

Exclusion Techniques Help Keep Pests Out

It is crucial to know what makes your home attractive to pests and to understand how they get in if you want to prevent them making your home, theirs. The first step is practicing exclusion techniques.

Pests, like any type of animal, are attracted to food, water and shelter. Removing any source of food and water is the first step in deterring pests. It is important to keep food in sealed containers, cleaning up after every meal so there aren’t crumbs lying around. It is also important to eliminate moisture from leaky pipes and drains to ensure if pests do get in, they will not have ideal conditions to thrive.

Most pests can enter homes and buildings through cracks and crevices. It is especially important to check for issues around any openings like windows, doors and along foundations. You may also need to check uncapped chimneys and holes where your utilities come into or out of the house. Did you know that mice can fit through holes slightly larger than a dime? Therefore, it is important to address any possible openings to the outside. By implementing exclusion techniques, you have eliminated half the problem.

It may be easy to forget, but pests can also enter through items you bring into your house like firewood and groceries. Pantry moth are a perfect example. They often enter a home in an item you purchased at the grocery store. Many times, once you realize there is a problem, you may have a serious infestation, which can be quite challenging to deal with.

Pests are most likely found in basements, attics as well as kitchens and bathrooms. It is crucial to keep these places clean, clutter-free and well ventilated to help prevent issues.

If you suspect you may have any type of pest infestation, it is important to check with your pest control experts at All Seasons All Pests. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Is Tenant Or Landlord Responsible To Pay For Pest Control?

Everyone knows that while many types of pest control are necessary evils, they often come with a price tag. When a pest invades your home and you’re the owner, there’s little doubt you are financially responsible for the treatment and clean up. This may not be as clear cut, however, when you are renting and a pest problem emerges. In most cases the landlord is responsible, but sometimes a tenant may be at least partially held to blame.

Normally, the landlord or owner is responsible to contract a pest control service to maintain the structure, whether it is a single-family home or a multi-unit building. Pest control should be included in a rent agreement.  Most landlords would not want to leave pest control up to tenants either. What could happen to the properly should the problem not be fully addressed is too great a risk for a landlord in most cases.

A landlord legally needs to take care of any problems due to natural circumstances because a landlord must maintain livable conditions in the rental property. So natural pests like mice, that may live nearby in an open space would be the responsibility of the landlord. Failure to do so may jeopardize the lease agreement.

In some situations, tenants may be responsible for a portion or all the bill. Some pests, like cockroaches or ants are attracted to areas that are unclean. So, if a renter doesn’t take trash out regularly or doesn’t keep the residence clean and a problem arises, it may be the tenants’ responsibility to take care of the pest control cost.

A trained expert in pest control can help determine what the root of the infestation is and how it can be best treated. If you have an pest control issues, it is important to speak with the experts in pest control at All Seasons, All Pests. We can come assess the situation and address the problems. Call today to schedule your visit.

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