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elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

Elm Seed Bugs vs. Boxelder Bugs: What’s The Difference?

This summer we have had an explosion of calls from people who want to know what the dark, rusty red or orange striped beetles are that are taking over their homes. These common pests are likely boxelder bugs, or one of Utah’s newest pests- the elm seed bug.

The reason that pests are a bigger problem this year than in years past remains a mystery. Whatever the reason for their strong prevalence this summer, learning more about these pests can help alleviate the problem. What are the similarities and differences between elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs and how can you get rid of them?

Elm Seed Bug Characteristics

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

Elm seed bugs were first noticed by the Utah State University Extension in the summer of 2014.
They originated from Europe and mysteriously made their way to the Rocky Mountain region. Some of their common characteristics include the following:

  • Adults are ¼ to ⅓ of an inch long.
  • They have an alternating red and black pattern outside of the wings with a red abdomen.
  • They feed primarily on elm tree seeds, leaves, and sap, without causing damage to the tree.
  • Elm seed bugs congregate on structures and make their way indoors in large numbers during hot summer months.

Boxelder Bug Characteristics

boxelder bug

Boxelder bugs are native to the western United States and are very common in Salt Lake County, Utah County, and the rest of northern Utah. Below are some unique characteristics of boxelder bugs:

  • Adults are approximately ½ inch long.
  • They have black with reddish or orange markings on their dorsum.
  • Their body shape resembles a flattened and elongated oval.
  • Boxelder bugs get their name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees.

What Do Elm Seed and Boxelder Bugs Have In Common?

Elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs have more similarities than differences. Some of their similarities include:

  • Both beetles are related to the stink bug. They have scent glands and they put off a horrible smell when squished.
  • Both elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs are a nuisance, especially in large numbers, but they are not dangerous. Fortunately both are not venomous and they do not bite.
  • They typically do not cause damage to structures. However they can potentially stain walls, curtains, and other surfaces with their feces.
  • Both elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs congregate on structures and make their way indoors in large numbers during hot summer months.
  • They both overwinter in building cracks, crevices, and leaf litter.

How to Get Rid of Elm Seed and Boxelder Bugs

It is impossible to completely eradicate the population of these insects but there are things that you can do to greatly decrease their prevalence in and around your home, including the following preventative measures:

  • Seal cracks and crevices throughout the home.
  • Repair holes in window and door screens.
  • Install door sweeps to all exterior entrances.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to temporarily get rid of bugs.

Regular professional pest control services are essential for keeping pests at a minimum around your home. A parameter spray and tree spray will decrease pest activity levels. Professional grade products are more effective and last longer than products that can be purchased at a department store.

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The pest control professionals at Bamboo Servicing are experienced at treating elm seed bug and boxelder bug problems in Pleasant Grove, Orem, Salt Lake City, the surrounding areas throughout Utah. Contact us at 385-429-2847 for a free estimate.

 

 

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Ant Control | How to Get Rid of Ants in Pleasant Grove, UT

Ants can be annoying, especially when they get in your house. Since they live in colonies, they will enter your house in large numbers in search of food and shelter. However, ant control methods are possible once you have a basic understanding of ant behavior.  

Ants use pheromone trails to mark their routes. The paths are set by the food searchers to direct the worker ants to the food source. To effectively get rid of ants in buildings, you have to wipe off the pheromone scent and kill the queen ant. The queen ants are the hardest to kill because they stay at the hardest to reach places in their mounds.

Below, we will look at different ants found in Utah and the best ant control methods for each of them.

Sugar Ants

As their name suggests, sugar ants like feeding on sweet, sugary stuff. They also feed on greasy foods, protein from other insects, and pollen from plants. They live outdoors but springtime invites them indoors when they need food and water.

Sugar ants have functional receptors and can follow trails from far away. Any cracks and crevices are an opportunity for them to stay in your house because they like warm and dark areas.

The best ant control measures for sugar ants are to lay bait. Bait works the best because it kills even the queen ant once she feeds on it. Bait must be administered in small portions to prevent instant death of the worker ants.

Other sugar ant control methods include pouring bleach down the ants’ mound, sprinkling baking soda in their trails and nest, and also using a garden hose to run water into the mounds.

You can also choose to go organic and use vinegar to wipe surfaces that are prone to ant infestations. Coffee grounds and cloves are also good repellents that will keep the ants away from your house. A common powder that is also effective for ant control is diatomaceous earth.

Fire Ants

Fire ants are intruders that sting and can harm people, animals, plants, or buildings. They like warm and sunny areas. When inside buildings, you will find them near areas with electricity lines such as telephone wires, air conditioners or electricity cables.

The best way to control fire ants is by using baits that target the queen. Other methods that work well are the drenching of liquid insecticide into and around the outside of the mounds. For greater efficiency, target individual mounds around the compound. You can also use lawn spreaders to ensure that insecticide granules are well spread throughout the area.

Cement Ants

Cement ants are also known as pavement ants. They like living in concrete surroundings and can be found in pavement cracks, under stones, or in cracks in a concrete building. They are active in springtime and are mostly spotted at night.

The best way to find the source of cement ants is to look for displaced soil in concrete areas. Once you have noted their source, you can use bait chemicals to get rid of the ants. The baits should be sugar, grease, or protein-based to attract the ants.

Household Ants

Household ants are found around the kitchen counters and floorboards in houses. They invade homes in search of food or warmth during the winter season. They like sweets and any sign of sugary foods is an opportunity for them to invade. It is easy to control household ants because they can be spotted during the day and night. Use slow-acting baits to kill the queen ant or opt for organic repellents like vinegar.

When Ants Are Out of Control

Understanding the common types of ants in Pleasant Grove, UT as well as their common behaviors will help in applying the best ant control measures. If infestations get to a level that do-it-yourself techniques do not work, contact a professional exterminator in Utah County, namely the ant experts at Bamboo Pest Control.

 

 

 

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common pests in Utah

The Most Common Pests in Utah: The Basics

What are the most common pests in Utah and how can you identify them? The first step in pest eradication is pest identification. Keep in mind that not all pests need to be eradicated. Some pests are helpful and should be left alone. By learning some basic characteristics of pests, you will have a better understanding of pest prevention techniques to keep your home bug free. Below are some of the most common pests in Utah.   

ants in utah

Ants

Ants come in different sizes and shapes. They are members of colonies that consist of a queen and many, many workers. They are tiny insects that many come into your house in large numbers in search of food and shelter. The best strategy for keeping ants out of your home is to keep food stored in airtight containers and spraying a pest control barrier around the outside of your home. Organic pest control methods such as spraying vinegar can also be effective against ants on a small scale.

 

 

cockroach in Utah

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are winged but flightless insects with six legs and two antennae. They like staying in cracks and crevices, especially around the kitchen and drainage because of the food sources. They cause infestations very quickly because they like staying in germ-infested areas like sewer pipes. Reduce your chances of seeing cockroaches in your home by keeping your home clean. Without proper home hygiene habits such as taking the trash out regularly and keeping dirty dishes out of the sink, conventional pest control methods will prove ineffective against cockroaches.

 

termites in Utah

Termites

Termites are wood boring insects that rarely go outdoors. They stay inside wood structures and build tunnels there. The best way to identify the presence of termites near you is by looking for burrows in the wood. You can reduce the risk of a termite infestation by keeping rotting wood away from your home. Severe termite infestations require expensive pest control interventions such as tenting a home. It is best to avoid drastic measures by checking for wood carving piles, small pinpoint holes in drywall, and wood that feels hollow when you knock on it. 

 

 

bedbugs in Utah

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, flat, oval insects. They hang out in cracks and crevices, and especially in beds. Young bedbugs are white or tan before feeding on blood. After feeding, their color changes to reddish-brown. A tall tell sign of bedbugs often includes itchy blood spots on your skin and corresponding blood spots on your bed sheets. The cleanliness of your home is a leading factor in whether or not you may have a bed bug infestation.  

 

 

mice problem in Utah County

Rodents

Rodents such as mice and voles easily make the list for the most common pests in Utah. They come in different sizes, some small, others big, but they cause the same level of destruction. Rodents have large front teeth that they use for chewing. You can detect their fecal matter and chewed residue in areas they visit. If you have a vole problem, you will also probably notice burrowed paths on your grass. Mice and other rodents transmit diseases and are better kept away from human habitats. Keep rodents away from unwanted areas by properly sealing entrances to your home, keeping your house clean, and setting out traps or bait stations for occasional intruders. 

 

common pests in Utah

Spiders

Spiders are often found in dark and undisturbed areas. They come in different shapes, colors, and sizes with standard features being the fangs, eight legs, and antennae. Spiders are wingless, but most of them can move quickly because they are fast runners. They rarely go indoors except in search of other pests for food. While spiders can be an effective form of pest control against other smaller pests, they are typically unwanted guests inside your home.  Keep them out by eliminating other pests indoors and maintaining a pest control barrier around your home.

 

 

earwigs in Utah

Earwigs

Earwigs are common outdoor pests in Utah that are mostly found in gardens or flowerbeds. They have a flat body and two pairs of wings. Their most distinctive feature is the pincers located at the back of the abdomen. They are harmless and will only use the pincers for defense. It is best to leave earwigs alone if they are outdoors and are not bothering anyone.  If they get inside your home, you can gently take them outside by sliding a paper under them. Prevent a potential infestation of earwigs by using a natural or commercial grade pest control product.

 

 

Silverfish in Utah

Silverfish

Silverfish are small silvery grey pests that live in dark and damp places. Warm and moist areas like the bathroom are common places for them to hide. They are wingless, and most of their activities take place at night. Silverfish are attracted to the starches found in soap, paper, and wall paper glue.  While silverfish are harmless, they can create an annoying infestation if left unchecked. You can get rid of silverfish with bates and other specialized pest control products. You can prevent a future silverfish infestation by reducing the humidity in your home by fixing leaky pipes, using bathroom fans, encouraging proper ventilation, and keeping books and other starchy materials tidy.

 

bees and wasps in UtahBees and Wasps

Both bees and wasps are distantly related but come from different families. Some species are solitary while others prefer to live in 

colonies. They have stingers and will use them when they feel threatened. Both undergo a complete metamorphosis, with their larvae having a maggot-like look. Most of their activities are restricted to daytime.  Both bees and wasps can serve helpful purposes, but they are typically unwanted in or around your home.  You can get rid of bees and wasps using low cost, environmentally friendly methods such as spraying vinegar, using moth balls, or spreading cinnamon. For larger bee and wasp problems, it’s a good idea to contact a professional pest control company who can safely eradicate them.  

 

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Early identification of common pest

s in Utah is vital for fast elimination. Contact the bug experts at Bamboo Pest Control for help identifying and eradicating both small and large pest infestations.

 

 

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How Construction Sites Near You Affect Pest Control

A construction site near you will likely affect your pest control needs. This is because construction sights disrupt the existing homes for most pests. In search of new surroundings for food and shelter, they can find their way into your home. Eradicating pests before the start of construction or creating a barrier around your home is a sure way of keeping the bugs away.

Whether you are building a new home for yourself or you live near construction sites, it is essential to learn the different stages of construction, as well as the pests you can expect at each stage.

The Pre-Construction Stage

Bare land harbors different kinds of pests. Ants, termites, and mice build nests in areas with fewer activities. To prevent these pests from moving into nearby homes, it is important to treat the ground with pest control before beginning work on a construction site. The treatments should involve destroying termite colonies by targeting the queen. With the queen out of the way, future wooden structure damage is minimized.

Fire ants are another nuisance that you should be address immediately. Apart from moving to your lawn and giving you painful bites, they disrupt construction in some areas. Leftover foods by construction workers attract them to the site eventually, leading them to your home. To stay safe from insects and rodents of construction, apply chemical barriers around your home. Keep your environment clean and ensure that foods and waste are well placed away from the reach of pests.

The Construction Stage

Some pests get trapped in the building when construction work begins. Others build nests when the construction takes too long to complete. The trapped and nesting pests can attract other prey that are looking for food. Pests you may expect to see include the snakes, coyotes, raccoons, and cats. Since your home is also another source of food, these pests may go back-and-forth between the construction site and your building. The unwelcome visitors can also introduce fleas and ticks around your home. Their waste-spreading habits also bring flies, cockroaches, and ants to your surroundings.

The Post-Construction Stage

The post-construction phase is the period between the completion of the construction and you moving-in to your new house. If most of your wooden structures are made of exotic woods, there is a possibility of experiencing infestations from wood feasting pest. The pests you are likely to see include the termites, carpenter ants, and powder post beetles.

Bees and wasps can also build nests in the voids of the house if the building is left vacant for too long. The same applies to spiders that will find an ideal settlement in the dark and secluded environment. To avoid post-construction site pests, it is recommended that new homeowners adopt an integrated pest control system. The system will protect the constructed house and also the neighboring buildings.

Conclusion

Construction sites near you will inevitably affect your pest control needs. Pest-proofing is your best bet to a pest-free house. Hiring a professional pest control company such as Bamboo Servicing will also help keep the construction pests away. 

 

 

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How to Identify and Control Common Lawn Pests in Utah

Nothing spoils the fun of a warm, sunny day like the presence of pests on your lawn. Pests are a nuisance, and if they are not biting on you, they are spreading ugly patches all over your yard. More often than not, common lawn pests in Utah will be visible with naked eyes. But most times, you will only observe significant damage to your lawn. For quick identification and eradication of these pests, it is necessary to know the characteristics and signs of their damages.

Grubs

Grubs are creamy white larvae of most scarab beetles like the Japanese beetles, June beetles, or the chafers. They are found just below the soil surface and damage grass by feeding on its’ roots.

They are active in springtime and summer, and dry brown patches of grass can be seen where they devour. The presence of adult beetles that lay eggs in the soil is a sign of grub infested grass. Other grub feeding animals like the moles can also be spotted making mounds in search of food.

To efficiently bring the grubs to the surface for confirmation of infestation, consider using dishwashing detergent. Mix with water and pour on the patchy grasses. If there are grubs in the soil, you will spot a few trying to escape the effects of the detergent.

You can eradicate grubs by applying granule solution to the lawn. Note that some granular pest control solutions require a wash down for quick transfers to the soil.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs are another type of common lawn pests in Utah. They thrive in hot, sunny areas and it is easy to mistake their damage with drought effects. They destroy grass by sucking moisture from individual blades then injecting a poison that eventually kills the grass.

Chinch bugs are tiny black insects with shiny white wings. They enjoy staying in thick lawns where adults can feed and lay eggs. The best way to keep clinch bugs away is to aerate, dethatch, and fertilize your lawn. In case of extensive pest infestation, treat your yard with granular chemicals.

Mole Crickets

Brown patches on your lawn can indicate the presence of mole crickets. Mole crickets burrow through the soil to feed on insects and decaying plants. They also feed on grassroots causing the withering and dying of the plants.

A sponge-like feeling when you walk on the lawn is an indication of mole cricket infestation. To prevent mole cricket infestations, avoid over-watering the yard. Moist gardens make it easy for them to dig through and damage the grass. For extensive infestation, use granular insecticides to eradicate the pests.

Army Worms and Cutworms

The worms feed on grass blades and stems leaving dead spots on the lawn. They stay hidden from the sun during the day and mostly feed in the early morning, evening, and nighttime.

You can use the detergent test method to spot the worms in your yard. If the infestation is massive and most parts of your lawn are covered in brown spots, consider employing a professional exterminator for treatment.

Moles and Voles

They dig tunnels in the yard in search of plants, insects, worms, and grubs for food. The moles will dig underground tunnels leaving mounds and raised ridges in the lawn. Voles create paths that move across the lawn destroying grass along its way.

Moles are a sign of other bugs in the soils. Getting rid of other pests will eliminate these rodents. Organic products like the castor oil and garlic act as excellent repellents and will keep the pests away from your lawn and building.

To maintain a healthy lawn and reduce the amount of common lawn pests in Utah, it is vital that you follow proper lawn care procedures. The best practices are to regularly water, aerate, dethatch, mow, and fertilize your lawn. You can also consult the pest control and lawn care experts at Bamboo Servicing for a year-round pest management system.

 

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voles vs. mice

Voles vs. Mice | Spot the Difference

Knowing the type of rodent you are dealing with is the first step to safe eradication. Voles and mice have an almost similar appearance, but a closer look at their features will reveal a difference in their look.

They also have different behavior and habitat preferences making them differ in their adaptation to different environments. While the mouse is an indoor rodent, the vole prefers the outdoors for exploration. Mice also stick to a warm and food stocked building while voles can survive outdoors in the cold winters and warm summers.

Appearance

There are five different species of voles in Utah. Most of them measure between 5-8 inches long. They have a stout body with short tails that have more fur. The eyes of voles are also larger, and they have more prominent and rounded ears.

Mice, on the other hand, are less heavy than voles. They appear in five different species around Utah, namely; deer mice, field mice, white-footed mice, cactus, and Eurasian harvest mice. Mice have a long tail which is about the same length as their body. They also have grayish brown fur with an underside of gray.

Habitat

It’s common to spot both voles and mice in the house. However, voles are usually one-time visitors that do not dwell indoors for long. Voles live at the ground level in yards where they can feed on roots and plants. They are dominant both in the cold and warm seasons, and their runway trails are visible after the melting of snow.

Mice like the indoors and will visit buildings in search of food and shelter. They stay in hidden in homes or other buildings, often in areas that are close to the wall. You will mostly spot them in kitchens, basements, and dark corners where mice nests and predatory activities are safe.

Behavior

Voles prefer open areas that are ideal for digging burrows. They are herbivorous and will mostly feed on roots, bulbs, and the bark of trees. They often chew on tree trunks that are covered with mulch or snow at the bottom. The chewing can sometimes be damaging, leading to the death of a tree due to the irregular transfer of nutrients.

Mice live in secluded areas that are close to a food source. They have a habit of biting through stored foods, and it is common to observe chewed food particles in their paths. They always leave their droppings around food sources, which is the first sign of an infestation. For nesting, you will observe soft house items stashed correctly in a dark area. Some mice share nests, and it is possible to have 2-3 families living together.

Voles and mice have adverse effects around human habitation. Voles destroy the lawn and will feed on plants in your yard or garden. Mice are a health hazard because they carry diseases. Their contact with your food supply means possible contamination and spread of diseases. To effectively get rid of voles and mice in your surroundings, contact Bamboo Pest Control.

 

 

 

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How Often Should You Spray for Pest Control?

Prevention is better than treatment when it comes to pest control. With most pests getting into our homes when we least expect them, creating a year-round barrier is vital. Many factors determine how often you should spray for pest control, but what is most important is that the pests go away from your home and stay away for good.

Level of Infestation

Some pests invade in large numbers, and they come ready to destroy. An example is the termites that destroy your wooden structures leaving you with huge losses. For such kinds of infestation, you have to treat your home every month for a thorough clean up. Failure to spray often may lead to the reemergence of the colonies and extreme damage to your property.

Types of Pests

Most types of spider are easy to detect, spray, and get rid of in our homes. Other pests, however, like German cockroaches are resistant to most chemicals and require regular treatment to keep them away. A comparison between the two pests shows a need to apply monthly treatments for the stubborn insects and apply quarterly barriers for pests that are seasonal in our homes.

Size of Property

It is recommended that large properties with many secluded places be inspected and sprayed every month. Smaller buildings that are easy to monitor daily can benefit from the quarterly spraying of the perimeters.

Types of Chemicals

The types of chemicals you are using also determines how often you should spray for pest control. Pests react differently to various types of chemicals. Others even gain resistance to certain pesticides over time. It is, therefore, essential to adjust the application processes of the pesticide over time.

The adjustments may also require checking for the effects of weather changes to the action of the chemicals. A wash down of some chemicals may require a repeat application especially during the rainy season.

Clean Surroundings

A clean surrounding is less likely to experience massive pest infestation. The spraying procedures can be done quarterly or even semi-annually depending on the environment.

To maintain a clean surrounding, ensure that the surfaces are cleaned regularly, food items are well covered, and that your waste is disposed of correctly.

Areas of Application

It is vital to create a pest barrier all around our properties. But some areas, like the indoors, are sensitive and special care should be taken when spraying. If you have children and pets around, you may want to have the inside of your home sprayed less frequently. The areas that can benefit from the monthly sprays are the lawns and perimeters of the house.

Contact Bamboo Pest Control

Consult the professionals at Bamboo Pest Control for insights on how often you should spray for pest control. We are well equipped with knowledge on specific pest behavior and can offer the best advice on the timing of applications.

 

 

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What are Grubs and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

grubs in Utah

If you are having problems growing beautiful, green grass, there’s a chance you may have grubs. But what are grubs  and how do you get rid of them? Grubs in Utah are a fairly common annoyance that can be treated with the right knowledge and products.

Identifying Grubs in Utah

Have you ever noticed small, plump, white, c-shaped creatures digging in your yard? They are likely grubs, which are a variety of beetle larvae. These pests lay dormant during the cold winter months and then hatch in the spring and eat your plant roots, especially turf grass roots. They eventually grow into adult beetles and lay eggs in the fall, which continues the life cycle.

There are many different kinds of white grubs that you may find throughout Utah. These little pests are the immature form of scarab beetles. The following are common forms of scarab beetles in Utah:

  • Japanese Beetle
  • May/June Beetle
  • Masked Chafer
  • Black Turfgrass Ataenius

What Grub Infested Grass Looks Like

The surest way to know if you have a grub problem is to look for sporadic patches of dead grass on your lawn. Give the grass a little tug and see if it comes up easily from the soil, like a carpet. If it does, the roots of the grass have likely been eaten by grubs. The grass may look white or brown and feel extra spongy. These grass changes become most apparent in the late summer when grubs are almost fully developed.

How to Get Rid of Utah Grubs

Now that you know what Utah grubs are and how to identify problems on your grass, the next step is to treat your lawn with the proper pest control products. While it is possible to treat your lawn on your own, many homeowners choose to hire a licensed pest control technician to do the job properly. Changes won’t happen immediately, but over time you will notice your grass looking more healthy.

Pesticide application alone is not enough. Implementing the following cultural control methods will reduce future grub damage to your lawn:

  • Plant a variety of flowering plants that produce nectar and pollen, which will encourage natural enemies. These may include birds, flies, and parasitic wasps.
  • Resist the urge to overly maintain turf grass with excess fertilization and irrigation. This can become attractive for adult female scarabs to lay eggs in.
  • Begin monitoring for grubs in the early spring by looking for damage to ornamental plants.

Conclusion

Now that you have a better understanding of what grubs are and how to get rid of them, it’s time for the hard work of continually treating and assessing your lawn. Bamboo Servicing is one of Utah’s top choices for family friendly lawn care and pest control. Let Bamboo Servicing get rid of your Utah grubs so that you can enjoy a green, pest-free lawn. Call 385-429-2847 for a free estimate.

 

Below is a fantastic video, produced by Spring-Green Lawncare, that gives some practical types for identifying grubs and treating problem areas on your lawn.

 

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Pest Control Near Me: What’s The Big Difference?

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The Pricing of Pest Control

any factors determine the pricing of residential pest control, and one of them is the types of pests in your locality. A resident in Utah understands the effects of having a termite or bedbug infestation. They may also know the number of applications needed to get rid of these bugs.

For these stubborn pests, the pest control company will have to conduct regular inspection and application of pesticide to your house. The extra services come at a cost, and the best way to ensure that no hidden fees are charged is to deal with a company that has all its policies stated in pen and paper.

Pest Control Client Wellbeing

It’s been known that individual pest control companies operate for the dollars rather than the wellbeing of its clients. They will charge exorbitant pest control pricing and still keep important pest control information from the clients.

Take, for example, a large infestation of termites in a home that cannot be treated. A caring firm would advise on getting rid of the affected wooden surfaces rather than administer a chemical and allow for extreme structural damages.

Proper research will yield good results in your quest for a reliable pest control company. Reference and reviews are your best guides to finally getting rid of the bugs and keeping them away for good. It is also essential to check the kind of services that the company you select offers. Check through the details to ensure that annual pest control plans offer regular touch-ups, especially in the end and start of new seasons.

Contract Services vs. Pay-Per-Service

Another pricing factor to consider is whether a pest control company offers contract services or pay-per-service. Contract services are hard to deal with because you cannot pull out in-between the periods. These may lead to loss of money in case the pest eradication process is ineffective, and you want to switch companies.

Pay- per-services delivered may work better since you can create a budgeted plan and work around it. A cost of between $100 and $130 is ideal for a medium sized home with small infestations. The amount is also fit for small homes adopting an integrated pest management plan during the seasonal migration of insects.

Any price below the $100 mark is not a guarantee for effective pest elimination. Since pests are known to migrate from one environment to another, it is vital to create a barrier that will protect your home from the inside and outside. The barrier should involve spraying your yard, the perimeter of your house, and the interior.

What’s the Recommended Price for Residential Pest Control?

The price can range from $100 to $130 for companies that have the customers’ interest at heart. Extremely lower prices can lead to low grade treatments and massive pest invasions that will cost more to address. Higher rates may also not warrant excellent pest control services.  Bamboo Pest Control can help you get the right pest control service at the right price.

 

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

This summer we have had an explosion of calls from people who want to know what the dark, rusty red or orange striped beetles are that are taking over their homes. These common pests are likely boxelder bugs, or one…

pest control near me Pleasant Grove, UT

Pest Control Near Me: What’s The Big Difference?

Whether you have done a simple Google search for “pest control near me”, or you have had a pest control salesman knock on your door, you’ve probably noticed that nearly all companies claim that they are the best. So which…

ant control pleasant grove UT

Ants can be annoying, especially when they get in your house. Since they live in colonies, they will enter your house in large numbers in search of food and shelter. However, ant control methods are possible once you have a…

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5 Ways Pest are Entering your Home

Pests are attracted to the food and warmth in our homes. They are always looking for ways to stay away from the cold winters and rainy days. In search of a cozy place to stay, Pests enter your home through unsealed areas that give them easy access.

Some access paths used by the pests are evident to you. Others will, however, require a thorough inspection of your perimeter before you can spot them.

1. Cracks in your Doors

Insects can enter your home through the tiniest of spaces. A crack in your door can create an ideal pathway for bugs to enter your home quickly. To fill up the cracks in your door, here are some simple steps you can follow;

  • First, prepare for the sealing process by cleaning out all the dirt and debris from the cracks.

  • Second, identify the size of the crack and select the right adhesive for the door.

  • Third, fill up the cracks with the wood filler and let it stay for a few hours.

  • Fourth, wipe off the excess filler, sandpaper the surface, and paint the door.

2. Pest Entry Points in the Perimeter

The area that the exterior walls meet the foundation may develop cracks over time. As a result the cracks make it easy for pests like the cement ant and termites to enter your home.

To keep these areas pest free, ensure that excess remove excess mulch from around the walls. Also, ensure that part of your foundation can be seen by moving the soil that accumulates just above the house foundation. For better protection of your home from pests, regularly inspect the sidewalls for signs of damage.

3. Wall Passages

The gaps in the utility lines give pests a trail to follow to your house. Broken vents can also be a pathway for the bugs to enter your home. To cover these routes, make sure that plumbing, heating, and cable holes have a cover from the inside and outside. Repair all the exhaust fans and spray pest barriers to repel the insects. To keep off squirrels and bats that might be seeking shelter in the attics, place practical barriers in the roof vents. Also make sure that any possible entrances are sealed-off in all seasons.

4. Plants around the House

The vegetations that touch your house could be harboring dangerous pests. They can also make it easy for bugs to get in and out of your home freely.

Check that there are no trees that are in contact with your buildings. Also, keep the area close to the walls of your house plant-free. For the lawn, do regular mowing, fertilizing, and watering.

5. Food

Proper storage of food is essential. Keep food items in sealed containers and away from the reach of most pests. Properly clean all the kitchen surface and use organic repellents to divert the insects and prevent bugs from entering your home.

You can also try to use a single waste disposal bin around the house. Place the container in a strategic place like the kitchen. For the outdoors trash can, make sure that it is always covered and put away from the access of rodents. In addition, sterilize trash bins after every waste disposal procedure.

Stops Pests From Entering Your Home

In conclusion, having year-round plans for your pest control procedures is essential. Therefore, a good pest control company in Utah will also help you keep up with advanced pest management systems.

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

This summer we have had an explosion of calls from people who want to know what the dark, rusty red or orange striped beetles are that are taking over their homes. These common pests are likely boxelder bugs, or one…

pest control near me Pleasant Grove, UT

Pest Control Near Me: What’s The Big Difference?

Whether you have done a simple Google search for “pest control near me”, or you have had a pest control salesman knock on your door, you’ve probably noticed that nearly all companies claim that they are the best. So which…

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