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How to Prepare for a Pest-Free SpringHow to Prepare for a Pest-Free Spring

How to Prepare for a Pest-Free Spring
Are you ready for the warmer weather and spending more time outdoors? Then we can let you know that the one thing that comes with the spring weather are pests. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators want to help you prepare for a pest-free spring. Many have already or will be doing a little spring cleaning and with that there is a chance you could run into some pests in your cleaning. Let’s look at how you and your family can help prepare for a pest-free spring this year so you can enjoy the nice weather.

Signs of Damage

How to Prepare for a Pest-Free Spring

While spring is a great time to clean, it’s also a good time to look for signs of pest damage. This can be anything from termite damage to an infestation in or around your home. You may find pest droppings in your garage as you get it ready for the warmer weather and using things you may not have used during the winter months. Make sure you look for mud tubes that may signal an infestation or even damage to any wood around your house. If you do however suspect that you may have an infestation or damage, the leave it to the professionals and call us.

Wood Everywhere

Winter is finally gone, or we hope it is and it’s time to start spending more times outside. While you won’t be needing to use your fireplace during the summer time, making sure that the wood pile is not by your home. Wood piles can cause a big pest infestation as it can be the home too many insects and pests. Be sure to check the wood pile as you are looking for any damage around your home this spring.

Treat for Mosquitos

How to Prepare for a Pest-Free Spring

With the warmer weather that only means that those pesky mosquitos will be back. And we all know how annoying they can be and how they can be a problem if you want to spend any time outdoors. Make sure that you help eliminate standing water in buckets, the ground, the kids play equipment and more. So be sure to allow us to come and help you treat your yard as we too would like for you to enjoy your time with your family outside this spring.

Spring Cleaning

Yes, it’s the time to clean your home and get rid of those unnecessary things you have kept in your home for years. Spring is the perfect time to clean the house as the weather is nicer and you are able to open up your windows for some fresh air. Clean out closets and be sure to vacuum up any pest droppings you may find. If you find that you have a problem with ants, pests and other creepy crawlers, give a call today so we can help you out!

While there are many other things that you can do around the home to get ready for spring, we thought that these items above would be a good start. If you find that you may have a problem with pests, please leave it to the professionals to treat it. We are able to come to your home and treat for those pests so you and your family can have a pest free spring this year!

Silverfish: Sneaky Little PestsSilverfish: Sneaky Little Pests

Silverfish: Sneaky Little Pests
We all have seen them whether it’s inside your home, the garage or outside. Silverfish happen to be the most common pests found indoors, especially in the fall and winter months. These pests prefer warm and humid environments like most of coastal North Carolina. And they seem to appear more once there is a drop in the temperature. While many homeowners like to try to take care of the problem on their own, they may not get rid of them that easy. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators know how to get rid of them properly for you. Let’s look at why these are sneaky little pests.

About Silverfish

You can distinguish them by their oblong shaped bodies, long antennas and they are silver in color. But don’t be fooled by their appearance because they are capable of some pretty impressive feats. They are very good at repopulating and female silverfish can lay 1-3 eggs at a time. Did you know that most silverfish can live up to 3 years of course without getting the proper treatment from your exterminator? While the eggs normally take a few months to hatch, it’s best to get them taken care of now before you have a bigger problem on your hands, an infestation.

How Sneaky Are They?

Silverfish: Sneaky Little Pests

Silverfish normally will enter your home by hitchhiking a ride on cardboard boxes, books, papers and other items you may bring into your home daily. How sneaky of them indeed. Once they have made it inside your home, they will soon establish their own residency. They will look for cracks in your walls, doors and floorboards. Silverfish are nocturnal creatures, so they will be more active at night than in the day, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see them during the day.

They Are Harmful

While many thinks that Silverfish aren’t harmful, they can be so don’t be mistaken. They can cause damage to your home and clothing. You may find holes in your furniture, books, clothing, and wallpaper. And if they are turned loose in your pantry, silverfish will chew through cardboard, plastic, and paper packaging going straight to your food. Let’s hope they don’t get into your food in your home at all. We know you don’t want to deal with it ever.

Are They Hard to Get Rid Of?

Silverfish: Sneaky Little Pests

Silverfish can be difficult to get rid of once they have made themselves at home in your home. Seeing how they might have a steady food source and a nice warm place to live, why would they want to leave. So, we know that getting rid of them and having an exterminator come to your home is important. We do recommend helping keep them at bay by keeping the humidity levels in your home low, storing all food in airtight containers, vacuuming your floors and furniture regularly and inspecting walls and doors for cracks. If you do have cracks caulk as necessary to help eliminate their way of entry into your home.

If you already have an infestation of silverfish at your home or you’d like to prevent it from ever happening, please call us at 910-254-9443 today. We want to help make sure your home is as safe as it can be and pest free especially with the holidays coming up. We at Bug-N-A-Rug hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday this year!

Keep Your Home Pest-Free During the Holidays

Keep Your Home Pest-Free During the Holidays
The holidays will be here before you know it and that means that decorating your home with festive decoration is perfect. But did you know that your decorations could have some uninviting guests that are more than friends and family? Yes, pests have decided to invade your home and your holiday decorations too. They like to hide in your garage, pantry, closets and even your attics. And these are places where most will store their holiday decorations at least 11 months out of the year. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators have some tips for keeping your home pest-free during the holidays this year.

Inspect Those Boxes

While most wouldn’t think that their holiday decorations have some hidden guests in there, they might. So be sure to inspect the boxes before taking them out of storage. Look for signs of pest infestation which can include rodent droppings, gnaw marks on boxes and spider egg sacs. If you happen to spot something that might look suspicious, take the box outdoors and do further investigation before you unpack those decorations.

Keep Your Home Pest-Free During the Holidays

If you are bringing in live greenery such as trees, wreaths or holiday plants into your home be sure to shake them outdoor before you bring them inside your home. You don’t want to have any unwanted guests sneaking inside your home for the holidays.

DIY Projects

If you decided to do any DIY projects that you may have found on Pinterest and they use things from outside, inspect them first. Making holiday decorations for your home after you found the idea online can be fun, but if it involves anything from outdoors we suggest you inspect the foliage first outside. If you happen to notice that there are creepy crawlers on the item found outdoors, then you can shake it off or not use it. We know that those DIY holiday décor can be cute, but we too don’t want to see your home have an infestation over it.

Examine Your Decorations

Keep Your Home Pest-Free During the Holidays

As you unpack your decorations after you have checked the boxes, carefully inspect the decorations. Shake off your trees and garlands outdoors in case a pest left some unnecessary items on it for you. Before you hang up the Christmas lights on the house, be sure to check the string to make sure that the wiring is fully intact. Any lights that look like they have been gnawed on or chewed, throw them away and purchase new ones this season.

After the Holidays

When it’s time to take down the decorations after they have been up for a month or so, it will be time to store them. We suggest using durable, sealed containers for your holiday decorations. Refrain from reusing the boxes that you have used for years because that will only lead the pests to getting into the boxes. Pests can’t chew through the containers compared to those cardboard boxes and plastic bags.

If you have already started unpacking those holiday décor boxes and have realized that you might have a problem, please give us a call today. We don’t want you or your family to go through any issues this holiday season. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators hope that you and your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with your friends and family!