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Pest Control OKC: How to Bug-Proof your home Pt. 2

Pest Control OKC has some more tips for pest-proofing

Pest Control OKC is back with some more tips to help pest-proof your home!

Eliminate Moisture: One thing to keep in mind is that most insects need a certain amount of humidity to survive. If you can keep the air drier, you can make it very hard for certain pests to live in your home. Any amount of moisture can be enough for these insects. Even something as minor as condensation on pipes is enough for these pests. Fix any plumbing problems and leaks, no matter how minor, quickly to keep these pests at bay.

Prune Trees and Shrubs: You may not think about trees and shrubs as being a potential access point for pests. However, if these plants are touching your home, they can act as a highway for pests to get to you home easily. It doesn’t make a hole for these pests to go through, but it gives these pests more complete access to your home. Raising the chances that they find a nook or cranny to crawl into. Keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed back so they don’t touch your house is an effective way to keep them from letting pests onto your home.

Scrub your trash bins: Even if you keep your trash in plastic bags, they can still spill out and stain your trash bins. Pests can survive on these trace amount of food and waste meaning trash bins are one of the biggest pest attractors. Cleaning your trash bins several times a year will help ensure pests don’t have a tasty cocktail of trashy leftovers to feast on. Bleach will be enough to clean out your outdoor bins. Additionally, this will also limit smells coming from your bins!

Call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: More ways to Bug Proof your home Pt. 1

Pest Control OKC let’s you know how to bug-proof your home

It’s finally starting to get colder, and that means pest are moving to find a warm roost for the winter. And there’s no roost warmer and more inviting than your home! Pest Control OKC has some tips to bug-proof your home!

Seal all around the door: Bugs and pests can find a way into your home through even the tiniest crack. That includes your doors! A good rule of thumb is that if air and light can get through, so can a pest! Bug-Proof your exterior door by installing door sweeps and tight-fitting thresholds to keep out pests. This can also have the added benefit of keeping drafts out making it easier and less expensive to heat your home!

Install critter proof mesh on vents and in attics and crawl spaces: Attics and crawlspaces are a favorite of all kinds of critters and pests. Raccoons, birds, and squirrels love these warm, safe areas and often make nests. In addition these animals often carry mites and fleas in there fur coats. If these critters get in, so do these damaging pests. Installing critter proof mesh screens around your vents and crawlspaces will keep these spaces free from pests. These animals can be aggressive, and potentially deadly spreading disease and causing severe injury. Please don’t try to remove these animals yourself.

Keep a Tidy Kitchen: Even the smallest crumbs can be a feast for pests. Anywhere there’s easy food and water pests will be there to gorge themselves. Keep your kitchen clean anyway you can. Wipe up crumbs, vacuum regularly, and take care of spills right away. Keeping a clean Kitchen means pests have less food sources, making your home less appealing for them.

If you think you have an infestation, give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Prepping your house for Fall Pt. 2

The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is back with more Fall Pest-Proofing

4.) Inspect Attic and Crawlspaces: Pests love low-traffic areas where they can infest your home in peace. Whenever days start to get shorter, grab a flashlight and some protective clothing and do a quick inspection of these areas. Look for signs like piles of shredded material, ant lines, Roach droppings, and shedding to indicate the presence of pests. Should you find any evidence in these low-traffic areas, schedule an inspection and treatment with The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, to get these pest out of your home.

5.) Insulate gaps in your home: Even tiny gaps within the insulation of your home can let any number of pests into your home. Inspect your home and look for gaps in areas where pipes and electrical enter the house. As well as well as in the attic and garage. You can caulk many of these small gaps closed to deny entry into your home. You can also use expanding foam insulation to fill gaps.

6.) Maintain weather stripping and window seals: This is referring to the bristly or felt areas around these structures. Replace any worn away stripping to help keep pests out. Even small holes can lead to big problems when it comes to pests.

7.) Fix Condensation Issues: Ceiling leaks, leaking pipes, Attic condensation problems will attract pests. In addition to attracting pests, these condensation problems can also lead to mold and freezing problems. Fix these issues while you can before they cause a host of other problems.

If your having trouble inspecting some of these areas, call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, and schedule an inspection for pests. The Bug Guy is a professional pest control service and can root out even the most well-hidden pests. Give us a call today at 405-973-5522 and schedule an inspection today!

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Pest Control OKC: Prepping your house for Fall Pt. 1

The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, here with tips to pest proof your house!

Fall is fast approaching and all sorts of pests are looking to make a winter home in the crevices of your home. The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is here with a few tips to keep them away.

1.) Don’t leave out food for long periods: Ants love the smell of food and they’re very good about following scents. Leaving food out for long periods of time can result in Ants and other pests noticing your home. They come in for the food and stay for the warmth. Scheduling an inspection before major holiday with The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, can help insure that those big dinners don’t attract unwanted guests.

2.) Seal food in containers: Putting all your food in sealed containers, like Tupperware and glass jars with tops, is very effective at keeping curious bugs away from your food. Bags and clothespins aren’t enough to keep bugs away, but sealing your food can help insure nothing gets in it and potentially infects it.

3.) Clean up yard and Garage: Bugs are attracted to more than just food. Wet soil, Mulch, and dead leaves can also attract Fall pests. Raking up dead leaves, cleaning up loose soil and mulch, and cleaning any clutter out of your garage can keep pests out of these areas. If pests aren’t showing up in your yard, they’re less likely to make it to your house!

Of course, there’s no way to 100% insure that you will keep pests out of your house. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular inspections with a professional pest control business like The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC. Give us a call and schedule an inspection or treatment today. Call 405-973-5522 or fill out the Contact Form on our website!

 

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Pest Control OKC: Fall Termites?

Pest Control OKC is here to set the record straight on a couple of things involving termites.

Termites can be a pest year-round

While it’s true most termites reach peak activity (or swarm) during summer and spring any termite can cause damage at any time of year, regardless of weather. In addition, there are some species of termites that actually swarm during Fall months. These types of termites will eat both soft and hard wood, attacking house structures and the furniture within. They can even attack wood objects as small as a picture frame. These kinds of termites will leave a small layer of surface wood intact to hide their presence in furniture and homes. Multiple colonies can even infest a single piece of furniture. If you think you may have an Fall Termite Infestation, give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call today.

Finding termites

Looks for small piles of sawdust near your home and furniture as well as unexplained holes. Shed wings can also be an indication of a new colony hiding somewhere in your home. If an infestation gets really bad, you may also start to notice bulges in your wood. This is because a colony, or colonies, are getting so big that they’re starting to strain the wood. Remember, it’s very easy for multiple colonies to exist in the same house at once. Once a colony digs in they can be hard to remove, luckily The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, can help both find and get rid of these colonies.

Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean Termites that are inside will take a break for the holidays. If you spot a termite infestation or just want to make sure your house is pest free, give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC a call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC Team Discusses 3 Fall Bug Problems

Pest Control OKC: Bugs That Are Bugging This Fall

As you start to enjoy the change of the season, gearing up for Halloween festivities, and partaking in fall events, it is our pest control OKC team’s hope that your home remains pest-free. If you’re one of the unfortunate homeowners noticing that some bugs are still bugging you this fall, then we certainly want to help you out!

If you haven’t noticed anything yet, but you don’t know what to look for here’s a list our pest control OKC team is providing to you of 3 fall bug problems to keep an eye out for around your home.

1.) Stink Bugs: As fall rolls in these foul smelling bugs will group up on the side of the house where the sun shines most. This congregation can last for weeks at and then when the temperatures become even colder they’ll begin making their way into the home to hibernate. The smell of a stink bug that has let off its odor has been described as a pungent smelling coriander.

2.) Wasps: Since wasps work in the summer to build their nests, they can still be rather active when fall arrives. This is especially true if they were successful in building the largest nest that they possibly could have built during the warmer months. Their fall activity would be mostly due to their desire to feed as food sources start to become more scarce. Stings occur most when humans cross paths with a wasp by mistake.

3.) Ants: Many species of ants will seek out shelter in homes to avoid colder temperatures of the outdoors. They will also be entering homes to look for food and water. Carpenter ants tend to be problem as they will physically move their colonies into the walls of homes and cause structural damage.

It’s sad that a time of merriment can also be such a time of annoyance due to insect problems, but that’s why our professional OKC pest control team is available to help!

Should you need help with any bug problems in or around your house, please feel free to give our OKC pest control experts a call. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC Explains What To Do When A Roach Bites

Pest Control OKC Reveals Cockroaches Bite!

Of all the bugs in the world you probably don’t automatically think about cockroaches when you think about the many crawling things which are fully capable of biting humans. It’s true that cockroaches can bite! In fact, some species have even been shown to eat human flesh, both living and dead. The Bug Guy, your pest control OKC expert, recommends taking these steps should you be bitten by any roaches.

Firstly, it’s important to know that cockroaches don’t normally bite humans. If confronted, they will normally try to run away. In some cases, a human will only get bitten, because the roach is trying to get some food that’s hanging on your fingernails. Some species of roach; however, are far more likely to bite. A dense infestation can also increase the chances of getting bitten as the food supply becomes more scarce.

Roaches have a fondness for certain areas of the body over others, these include:

  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Eyelashes
  • Fingernails

If you find a bite mark in any of these areas, clean the wound with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Roaches aren’t poisonous, but they can carry harmful bacteria inside their mouths from the food they eat, causing infections as they break the skin. Keep an eye on the wound, the biggest thing to watch for is infection. If the wound persists you may need to consult a doctor. If the bite wound persist for more than 4 days you need to see a doctor as an infection may be taking place.

Most roaches aren’t trying to eat you alive, usually what happens is the roach is trying to get some food stuck in these areas. If you want to avoid these bites, The Bug Guy, your pest control OKC guru, recommends not eating in bed (which will attract the roaches at night).

Of course, the best way to avoid roach bites is to not have roaches in your house in the first place. Let The Bug Guy, your trustworthy pest control OKC team, take care of any infestations you may have. Call us at405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC Explains Why Cockroaches Are So Terrible

Pest Control OKC Explains Necessary Cockroach Extermination 

Mention cockroaches to anyone and you’ll see an involuntary facial twinge and possible a shudder. Cockroaches are a disgusting pest that anyone who’s ever had an apartment are all too familiar with. They’re unsettling to see for sure, but are they really a threat to you? Cockroaches rarely bite and they’re not poisonous, so why put in the effort or money to get rid of them? The Bug Guy, your local pest control OKC team, is here to tell you why.

The biggest reason you want to get rid of cockroaches as soon as possible is that they can contaminate food with deadly bacteria. One of the cockroach’s best survival tactics is that it can eat an absurd amount of food. Everything from normal food to soap, to feces, to leather, and even hair! Ready to gag, yet?

The problem for you is when the roaches contaminate the food in your pantry by moving from the bathroom to the kitchen and contaminating food with the bacteria from they carried with them. They also shed and defecate on food, spreading bacteria and disease. Furthermore, cockroaches can transfer the Salmonella bacteria.

Cockroaches also carry a range of allergens on their bodies and in their saliva. This can cause sneezing, watery eyes, and even skin rashes. If you or a loved one suffer from Asthma, the allergens on a cockroach’s body can also trigger an Asthma attack.

Everyone should know how resilient cockroaches are. That’s why The Bug Guy, your pest control OKC expert, recommends not trying to take care of an infestation by yourself. Call The Bug Guy!

We have years of experience and the tools necessary to take care of even the worst infestation problems. If you see a cockroach in your house, it may be a sign that more are hiding in the many nooks and crannies of your living space! Call The Bug Guy, your pest control OKC team, at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Team Answers Why Silverfish Are Harmful

OKC Pest Control Sheds Light On Silverfish Insects

Oklahoma, having a more humid climate than many other states, is known to attract many types of insects. One type of insect that loves warm places is called Silverfish. The most noticeable feature next to their silver to dark gray bodies is the three thread-like tails. The real question most Oklahomans ask our OKC pest control team is whether these insects are harmful.

The answer to that is a little misleading from some perspectives, because they do not actually bite or sting humans. They are also not known to harm any pets. Yet, our OKC pest control team will tell you that they are harmful. Let us explain a bit more about why Silverfish are harmful.

Silverfish like to hide in dark, warm hiding places like food pantries. Their diet consists of things like mold, yarn, silk, sugary substances, starchy foods, and damp wallpaper. They are also especially drawn to dry, starchy substances such as the glue the binds book pages together, boxes, papers, and even some clothing. Our OKC pest control members have even heard reports of people finding them in unopened food packages!

These are the several ways in which Silverfish can be harmful to homes, and more specifically, to items in the home. They are often considered a nuisance to many homeowners.

Have you seen any Silverfish around your home?

You may have noticed Silverfish skittering around in areas such as your kitchen or bathroom near the sink, tub, or toilet. If you see any surface eaten away in irregular patches this could be a sign that you have a Silverfish infestation.

Our OKC pest control team would warn that other predators like Centipedes, Earwigs, and some spiders are known to feed on Silverfish. Thus, if you have Silverfish you may have other things to worry about.

To protect your home and personal belongings from Silverfish, please feel free to contact our OKC pest control company. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Warning Of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

OKC Pest Control Shares A Story About A Stink Bug

Stink bugs get their name from the obvious pungent odor that they erect when they are threatened. It has been determined that this stinky smell helps stink bugs protect themselves from predators. Not only do they actually stink, but some may say they metaphorically stink, as well. At least, that would be the response from one blogger, by the name of Lydia Whitney, as she reported to having quite an unpleasant experience with a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Today, our OKC pest control team is sharing her short story with you!

Lydia Whitney wrote about her experience with a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on her blog.

In this article she talked about how she sat at her computer working when she felt a “sharp pain” on her bare foot. Whitney looked down and discovered a stink bug biting her, but was highly confused as many experts have stated that stink bugs aren’t harmful to humans and do not bite. She went on to explain that normally a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug feeds by piercing a plant and sucking on the plant juices with its beak, which is made with straw-like mouthparts. The damage done to the plant is generally defined as mild to severe.

With this explanation and the evidence of pain felt by Whitney after the stink bug was found on her foot, it would be difficult to argue that they do not bite. In most cases, they probably wouldn’t prefer to bite people, but they are a nuisance to people with vegetable gardens, precious plants, and even inside homes.

Our OKC pest control team is inclined to share a few warnings with you as many homeowners have thought it was a good idea to attempt sweeping away or vacuuming up stink bugs. Our OKC pest control professionals would like you to know that the smell emitted from these bugs can last for hours. Yes, even inside the vacuum!

To prevent stink bugs from getting inside of your home consider checking to make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Additionally, consider having ongoing OKC pest control treatments for all insect control.

If you need help keeping your yard and home safe from pests, give our OKC pest control professionals a call. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522.