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We caught this furry guy at one of our recent customers homes

Prepare for Winter!

Have you ever thought about what happens to all of those pesky bugs and rodents when winter comes around?

Most creatures need warmth to live and will try to locate to warmer environments. Your warm, cozy home creates the perfect habitat to these pests.

For many types of insects the cooler weather can determine life or death. Some insects have adjusted to the temperature over time while others die off. The insects that die off have  developed instinctual strategies over time to preserve the life of their species. This could be leaving eggs or building nests in a warm place.

Once the cooler weather approaches you should notice a significant decrease in insects in or around your home. Most adults and immature nymphs can not survive winter however, their eggs can. These eggs will eventually hatch in the spring creating a new generation of pests.

For bees termites and ants, the top priority in the cooler temperatures is protecting the queens of the colony. Ants will bury themselves underground and huddle in groups. Bees will form groups and flap their wings to create heat.  Wasps will usually die, however there are some that will try to find a safe place in your home. Once they find a spot they could consider safe they will go dormant until spring rolls around.

Warm homes become a target for unwanted pest.  Here are a few tips on how you can help prevent some of those pest:

  • Spiders – Fill gaps in baseboards, holes in the wall and empty storage boxes.

  • Rats/Mice – Put screens over chimneys and windows. Caulk openings around pipes or windows around the outside of the home. Have a clean well kept kitchen, Mice are attracted to dry goods so if there is cereal, cookies, rice, or popcorn etc. accessible there is a more likely chance that an infestation could occur.
  • Raccoons/squirrels – These rodents can gain entry through vents, holes in your roof and in chimneys. Prepare by covering entry points with hardware cloth and securing it into place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake Traps

Baby snakes are no match for our pest traps!

Termite Prevention

We offer termite prevention! Termite Prevention can help you avoid the costly impact of treating termites once an infestation has begun. We used our preventative treatment at this residential home to ensure that termites would not damage the home in the future.
 

German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches are a common indoor problem. They multiply at fast rate making it hard to manage as a homeowner.

The pictures below are from three separate residential homes that we have treated and are now living pest free.

If you need help getting rid of unwanted cockroaches give us a call today for a free estimate!

 

Flying Termites

Have you noticed flying termites in or around your home? This could be a sign that a mature colony has already developed. After a termite has mated and picked a place to call home you are likely to find wings in window seals, on the floor, or around the outside of your home. Since this is the early stages of having an infestation, the best course of action is to call in Best Pest Solutions to kill the new colony before they cause any major damage.

These photos are a good example of what flying termites tend to look like.

Wasps

Please proceed with caution if you plan on inspecting a nest in or outside of your home. Call Best Pest Solutions for help managing wasps or removing any nests from your home.

Roaches

These roaches did not stand a chance with our pest control services.

Pesky House Mice

These annoying little guys are the most common type of mouse in the United States, perhaps, even the world. This common type of mouse can be a variety of colors, grey, murkey brown, tan or a combination of them all.  They have large ears, pointy snouts and small pronounced eyes. The house mouse is typically 1-2 inches long with the body being the same length as the tail.

In rural/suburban areas mice tend to live in buildings or

homes but can also be found outside in shrubbery,

weeds, garages, along the foundation, inside storage sheds, and in crawlspaces. While living outside, a mouse will feed on weeds or insects. However, when the weather starts to get cooler this food will start to disappear and the mice will start to move inside homes and business. Common places to look for nest inside your home will be areas that are dark and comfortable, near food sources, inside closets, under refrigerators, within walls or ceilings, or within larger appliances. When inside, a mouse will raid your cabinets looking for anything they can get their noses on. Grains, fruits, and seeds happen to be the top favorite snacks! House mice tend to mark their territory with their urine. The urine has an distinct odor that may become very noticeable especially in an area with a larger number of rodents or when the rodents have been present over a long period of time.

How to prevent mice:

Cleanliness:
– Wash dishes immediate after use
– Store left over food in airtight solid containers.
– Clean breadcrumbs from tabletops and/or surfaces
– Clean floors throughout being sure there are no food particles left behind.

Home:
– All cracks larger than a nickel size should be filled with an cement compound (we prefer to not use wood since mice can chew through it)

If you have taken our prevention measures and are still unsure if you have a mouse problem, feel free to give us a call and we will be more than happy to conduct a FREE Estimate.

Why should you call Best Pest Solutions?  Because mice, termites, rats, bed bugs…. You’ve got ‘Em, We Get ‘Em.

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