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.

Dealing With And Preventing Pantry Moths

Pantry moths are a pest that many do not know they have until there is a full infestation. They can come into your home, most often in packaged goods you get from the store. The most effective way to get rid of them is preventing the problem in the first place, but that is quite challenging. Once you have an infestation, you may have to take several steps to truly eliminate the problem.

If you have ever had pantry moths, you may know that unfortunately they don’t just hide in the corners of your pantry or cabinets, but usually lay eggs in any dry goods they can get into. Unfortunately, this is usually everything that is not air-tight. This includes items in Ziploc bags and other storage containers that may keep other pests at bay.

When you have an infestation, you may want a professional to work with you to make sure the problem is gotten completely under control. The eggs and pupae do not tend to look much different than grains of brown rice or quinoa, which means you want to inspect all open food very closely if you are having issues. To be on the safe side, you will want to toss any food you suspect may be tainted and make sure to wash the outside of the containers.

Oftentimes, you need to throw out all opened food and make sure all food you open from now on is truly in air-tight containers. You will need to clean out all cabinets and corners. Vacuuming them is crucial to getting all the little crumbs lefts and then washing them with a solution of hot soapy water followed by white vinegar and warm water should take care of remaining eggs.

To help prevent future infestations, add a dry bay leaf or two to various shelves and other attractive items to keep the moths away.

Keeping moths from getting into your food is obviously the better way to go. Taking steps to ensure you don’t have a future problem will help in the long run. If you need help, the experts at All Seasons, All Pests are ready to come and assist you. We know just how to take the steps you need for your home to be healthy and safe for your whole family.