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Pest Control OKC: Keeping Firewood pest at bay Pt. 2

Pest Control OKC has more tips to help pest out of your fireplace!

The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is back with a few more tip to help keep your home free from pests that might live in your firewood over the winter.

Cover for the Summer: New firewood that’s been cut for the summer is a prime target for infestation. If you want to avoid having your firewood pre-infested in the summer, make sure you stack the wood in a sunny area and then cover it. This will help kill and drive out pest living in the wood and keep away pests that might try to take up residence. Always try to cut your firewood from late summer to late fall. Also, make sure your keeping in your state’s guidelines about cutting and transporting wood.

Never Stack Firewood indoors: In our last blog, we talk about why you should burn wood as soon as you bring it into the house. This is because of Overwintering, where pests hibernate over the winter in warm places. Keeping firewood indoors will warm up these pests and bring them out of hibernation and into your home! In addition, these wood piles will provide excellent security for any pests that get into your home through other means!

Use only local Firewood: Aside from being a great way to support local business, keeping local firewood means all the pests inside it are also local. Bringing in firewood from another area might introduce a non-native species to the area. With no natural predators you may see an explosive infestation that spreads to your home. To be safe, should you get non-local firewood burn it as quickly as possible to kill off potential pests.

If your in need of pest control call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Keeping Firewood Pests at Bay

Keep the fire going without the pests with these Pest Control OKC Tips

The fireplace is a wonderful home addition to have during the cold winter months. Few things are more relaxing on a cold winter day then sitting down with a nice book or hot cocoa next to a healthy fire. Of course, a fireplace needs wood to burn and the unfortunate reality is that wood can carry some unwanted guests in it. The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, has some tips on how to keep these firewood pests at bay this winter.

Store Firewood away from buildings: Never stack your firewood next to a building. Wood burrowing pests can dig directly from your firewood into your home. Placing wood piles next to your home can give certain pests direct access to your home!

First in, First out: Use your oldest wood first, you can make it easier to access this older wood by periodically re-stacking your wood to make the older wood more accessible. Using the older wood reduces the chances that an infestation will build up and infect the whole wood pile and eventually your home!

Eliminate Surface Pests: Before you bring in any piece of wood, inspect it thoroughly. Look over the surface of the wood for any pests crawling around or coming up from inside. Knock the firewood together and shake them thoroughly to loose any pests hiding within.

Burn Firewood immediately when brought indoors:  The easiest way to make sure pests don’t get into your home is to give them as little opportunity as possible. Most pests will burrow into wood to Overwinter, or hibernate. When you leave firewood in your home these pests can awaken and move out before you burn them.

If you think your home might be infested, give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Common Winter Pests

Pest Control OKC talks about common winter pests

Winter is here and the pests are looking to make a nice warm winter retreat within the walls of your home! Most insects will die off in the winter or go into hibernation, but some species will look for a warm, dry place (like your home) to wait out the colder months. Pest Control OKC lays out some of the most common winter pests to look for.

Moth Fly: Commonly known as a “drain fly” these small insects don’t cause any harm, but in large numbers they can become quite the nuisance. As their name suggests, you’ll commonly find them around drains.

Bed Bugs: There was a time when no one had to worry about bed bugs, but in recent years they have made a resurgence keeping many a people awake and annoyed.

Cluster Fly: Cluster Flys are big, slow flys that like to cluster around windows on warm days. There’s never just one of these flys, as their name suggests. If you think you found one, chances are there are many more hiding in your home.

Winged Carpenter Ants: Ants in your home are never a good sign, flying ants are even worse! Should you see a winged carpenter ant in your home during winter, there is a strong possibility that they came from a nest within your home. If you find these winged pests, call for pest control ASAP!

Firewood Pests: There are few things more enjoyable than a nice fire on a cold, snowy day. But be careful, the firewood needed to make those fires can house a large number of pests. Check your firewood carefully to make sure you don’t let any unwanted guests in the house!

If you think your home is infested with unwelcome pests contact The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC: Pest-Proof your home Pt. 4

The final part of Pest Control OKC’s breakdown of pest-proofing!

The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, has some final tips to pest-proof your home this holiday season. Remember, infestations are nearly impossible to get rid of without professional help. If you’ve already been invaded, give The Bug Guy a call today at 405-973-5522!

Keep food sealed: In addition to keeping your kitchen nice and tidy, keeping your food sealed up can make it nearly impossible for pests to survive. Bags and twist ties aren’t enough, keeping food like cereal, rice, and other grains in air-tight containers. When you can, keep any opened containers in the fridge where pests can’t really survive long enough to eat.

Clean up your yard: Dead leaves are nature’s clutter. When the leaves fall, rake them up as fast as possible. Pests love to hide and roost inside these piles of leaves. Leaving them on your yard gives pests an entrance point to your home. Much like trimming back trees and shrubs, cleaning up your yard is more about keeping the pests farther away from your home. Mowing your lawn regularly also keeps pests away. Again, this all also helps keep your home look clean and inviting to humans, but not to pests!

Rinse Recyclables: Recycling is a great habit to get into, however it can also lead to pests! Empty soda cans, beer bottles, and other recyclables can provide a heap of free food for pests. You can limit this by washing out any cans and containers that might have residual food in them. It might seem like a hassle, but it will keep pests away from your home so that’s worth it right?

If you’ve got an infestation, it’s best to call a professional to clear them out. Call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today and de-infest your home! Call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Pest-Proof your home Pt. 3

A few more pest-control tips from Pest Control OKC

Just a few more way you can pest proof your home. Pest Control OKC knows it’s a challenge to fight off infestation. Even the best measures can still end in infestation, if this happens gives the professionals at The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, at 405-973-5522!

Install and maintain screens on doors and windows: Screens can be a cheap and effective way to keep pests out of your home. Keeping a fine mesh screen on all your doors and windows can keep out all but the smallest of pests. If you don’t already have these installed, there easy to install yourself. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that these screens are prone to tearing. Regularly inspect your screens for break and tears, repairing and replacing any you see ASAP.

Seal Cracks in your home: The easiest ways for pests to get into your home is through cracks in your home. Foundations, walls, and crawlspaces all grant access space for pests. Regularly inspecting your home for cracks in your foundation is critical to keeping pests out. Should you find one, grab some caulk and seal it up! It doesn’t take much for pests to squirm into your home and infest your life. In addition, keeping your home patched up will help maintain the integrity of your home. Really most tips for taking care of pests are also great homekeeping habits!

Get Rid of Clutter: Pests like places to hide, and cluttered and messy rooms provide ample hiding spaces and places to nest. Keeping your home neat and tidy will limit where these pests can hide and nest. Making sure things are organized will also help limit places they can hide. Additionally, it makes your home look and feel nice!

Seasons greetings and happy holidays from The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC!

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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!