MASTERGUARD PEST CONTROL
Do-it-yourself (DIY) pest control strategies are growing in popularity, as there are many products available that appear to make the process of eliminating a minor infestation entirely manageable for the average homeowner. Yet, some of the most widespread theories about DIY pest control go a little bit too far. These are some common misconceptions about DIY pest control.
Pests are not cute, despite what you might see on cartoons or t-shirts. In fact, they cause trouble wherever they go. And eliminating them is a challenge in both homes and businesses. But there are several differences between residential pest control and commercial pest control. So, before choosing a pest control provider, you need to consider whether they have the right kind of experience for your situation. Here is the difference and why it matters.
At best, common household pests are annoying, but at their worst, they can pose a significant threat to you, your pets, and anyone else living in your home. Nobody likes living with pests, but some people would rather not spend money on pest control services. If you are concerned about whether or not pest control is a worthwhile endeavor, it helps to learn what problems a trained pest control technician can solve.
No matter where we go, or how much nature we replace with our own concrete jungles, pests are there nipping at our heels, and surprisingly, despite not having a natural habitat to thrive in, common pests found in cities are often more difficult to get rid of than their rural counterparts, but as we often say, knowing is half the battle.
Pests enter our homes for a variety of reasons from needing food and water, to curiosity and random meandering, and in the winter, searching for warmth. And if it’s not obvious, it’s the last point, searching for warmth, that answers 90% of why pests try to enter your home as it gets colder.
You’ve done everything a homeowner should do to prevent pests. You’ve kept your house clean, taken out the trash regularly and keep it outside of the home, left no dirty dishes by the sink, etc. but those darn pests just keep coming back leaving you asking yourself why are pests attracted to my home? It’s a good question by all accounts, and one with multiple answers at that! We’ll cover the most likely reasons below in hopes of broadening your understanding why pest control is a constant battle that will never end much to the dismay of all property owners.
Take a moment to understand how lucky you have it living today in regards to pests compared to our cavemen ancestors. Not only are you dealing with significantly less numbers of pests due to much of their natural habitats being removed to make way for the human population, when you actually do deal with them, it’s far easier to rid yourself of them thanks to the methods and chemicals we’ve discovered over a millennia of trial and error.
MasterGuard Pest Control training covers dozens of hours in bringing our pest technicians up to speed on everything from knowing how to use and clean both the protective gear and dispersion tools we routinely use, how to properly identify a pest from visual cues alone, where to look for pests based on property design layouts, how to remove found pests when both alive and already deceased and how to prevent future pest infestations for the 15+ pests we service against with our Wisconsin pest control services.
They’re big, they’re mean and they swarmed our social media timelines: the so-called “Murder Hornet”, AKA Asian giant hornet that briefly fascinated and terrified us back in the spring of 2020. They were first identified in Washington state, and the story soon became an international news event, as it sadly only adds on to the anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news: experts agree that this national interest and concern for this potentially invasive species is helping the Asian murder hornet population stay low and stay isolated in Washington state.
Cicadas only live for two to four weeks as adults but, during that time, can cause significant damage to young trees that may be in your area. You’ll know if there are nearby cicadas that hatched because the nymphs tend to leave their old, outgrown shells near window screens, tree trunks, plant stems, gutters, and near blades of tall grass.
They’re called silverfish (Lepisma saccharina Linnaeus), and the good news is they are mostly harmless, and you most likely won’t notice them; but, they are considered pests and are creepy bugs to many homeowners nonetheless.
The eastern yellow jacket, which is the name of the common wasp part of the family Vespidae that we see here in the US, has a built-in self-defense system that makes killing or getting rid of them a major pain for most of us. Michigan State experts say wasps have a strong instinct to attack anyone or anything that could harm their nests by stinging the attacker over and over again.
The bonus with having plants like lavender in your home is, besides the lovely smell, they come with some majorly positive health benefits, too! That’s because flowers like lavender, sunflowers, petunias and marigolds have oil you can extract that can have many personal uses, help you sleep and make you feel calm.
It’s safe to say ants are seldom a welcome guest in anyone’s home, and they are very hard to get rid of when there’s an infestation. But knowing the type of ant that’s in your home can determine different treatment options; and one that most people should be on the lookout for are carpenter ants. While they may look like another ordinary ant on the outside, there are some specific traits you should look out for so you know how to properly identify them.
April showers bring May flowers, but May sometimes brings termites (Isoptera) and they aren’t delicate like a rose – they sting like a bee and they can turn your home or property into its domain quicker than you’d realize.
During an uphill battle the bees are facing right now, a new predator has entered the game against them right here in the United States. They’re called Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia); they are the largest hornet species in the world, and the bee’s worst nightmare.
The springtime means winter is over and we can finally open the windows and head outside to enjoy the day. But that warm freedom for us is the same for pests, and the month of April can be especially bad because a small population of them can explode into a nuisance that affects your home, yard and/or garden.
Honey bees are one of the most recognizable bugs in all of the animal kingdom. Their color scheme of black and yellow-orange is often reflected in our own culture; ranging from the Pittsburgh Steelers using it for their jerseys and logo, and even a hit song (Black & Yellow by Wiz Khalifa).
The number one bug you can guarantee everyone doesn’t want in their home are cockroaches, plain and simple! As we approach the late spring and early summer, that means more warm days than cold, and that’s the prime time for cockroaches to start making an appearance.
Step one before doing any spraying: be sure to always read and follow the spray’s instructions and safety warnings. All products should have a chemical list, and in some areas you could be breaking the law if you’re using a chemical not allowed by your local EPA rules and regulations.