Prevent Flying Insects from Swooping In

Prevent Flying Insects from Swooping InMany of the pests that we deal with, as far as insects go, often have wings. Insects such as bald-face hornets, carpenter bees, cluster flies, yellow jackets, all have one thing in common: they can fly.

While some people are often afraid of “creepy-crawlies,” such as spiders or beetles, others are terrified by the insects that can swoop in and swarm in circles around you.

Luckily, there are some precautions that you can take to prevent flying insects from swooping into your home.

Eliminate Lights When Possible

We understand that you need some outdoor lights in order to get in and out of your home safely, and to protect your home as well. However, only use what outdoor light you need. Outdoor lights attract mosquitoes and months and as soon as you open the door they can easily get in. If you do have several outdoor lights, it has been said that yellow tinted bulbs are best at keeping bugs away.

Be Mindful of Outdoor Garbage

If you have outdoor garbage or trash cans, keep them several feet from your home. Insects are often attracted to heat and odors, both things that garbage cans possess in the summer. The smell of spoiled food, as repulsive as it is to us, is a bed of roses for insects. Keep your garbage shut and make sure you wrap or seal any food that you throw out. You should also rinse out your garbage cans regularly to prevent them from sitting in spoiled foods or liquids.

Secure Possible Entrance Points

Most flying insects get into homes through doors, windows, vents, and any other open gap that they can find. If there is an opening that isn’t somehow shut off from the home, they will find it and get into the home through it. If you want to leave a door or window open to let fresh air in, make sure your screens have no holes are secured. Don’t leave doors open when bringing in groceries, let it close between each trip to prevent unwanted insects from slipping in unnoticed.

If you find that you have pest or insect issues, contact Comfort Pest Control take care of it for you.

Keep Mice Out of Your Home this Winter

It is no secret that winters in Chautauqua County can be tough. We face freezing temperatures and piles of snow from November through March. Local pests will do whateveKeep Mice Out of Your Home this Winter r they can to get out of the elements and into our homes. Mice are commonly discovered inside of homes during winter months. Mice are desperate to escape the winter weather and will persistently fight to get into a warm house.

Although mice are small creatures, they can do significant damage inside of a home with very little time. It is important to prevent mice from getting in to your home and you can do so by following these simple suggestions.

Shut Them Out

Mice can fit through extremely small openings, making it easy for them to gain access into our homes. Any crack, gap, or hole in a wall or window of your home is a wide open doorway for a mouse. Make sure you are sealing these points to prevent mice from using them as an entrance. If the area is smaller than a quarter inch you can caulk it. You can also use copper wire mesh or hardware cloth to fill openings. These materials are too thick and too hard for mice to chew through and will prevent them from chewing their way back in after you seal the hole shut.

Put Food Away

Mice are drawn to food and they will eat just about anything. If they find that food is readily available to them, they will do whatever they can to remain in that space and fight to stay there. Make sure you are washing dishes right after using them and don’t leave dirty dishes on the counter. You should be putting food away cupboards and shutting the cupboards as well. Any food should be sealed shut from chip bags to cereal boxes. You should also be vacuuming and cleaning floors and counters regularly to get rid of crumbs.

Clear Away Clutter

Mice will hide wherever they can to get away from the cold weather. They will hide, unseen, in pile of wood, garbage, or scrap metal. If you have any of these things piled up outside in your yard, you should make sure they are a good distance away from you home.  If they are leaning up against your home, you have an increased chance of the mice getting into your home. You should be keeping your home clutter free. Mice will hide under piles of dirty laundry or that pile of clothes you have been meaning to donate.

By following these simple suggestions, you’ll be a few steps closer to preventing mice from coming into your home and getting comfortable.

If you do find that you have a mice infestation that you cannot handle, call Comfort Pest Control. We can handle it for you.

What To Do After Your Extermination Company Leaves

Facing unwanted insect and rodent pests inside your home is a stressful experience. And after your exterminator has done his or her job, you may be wonderi

What To Do After Your Extermination Company Leaves

ng what else you can do to help ensure your home stays pest-free. Of course, it is important to follow your exterminator’s instructions as to how long you should remain away from your home. But once the coast is clear, here are a few preventative measures you can take to help put your mind at ease – and keep those creepy crawlies away for good!

De-Clutter

Bugs, mice and rats all love to hide in dark, covered areas, which is why we recommend de-cluttering your home to get rid of potential hideouts. Attics and basements are especially attractive to pests, so organize yours to the best of your ability to prevent them from moving back in.

Inspect Your Home’s Exterior

Cracks and holes in your foundation, along with holes or gaps around your windows, are some of the easiest ways for pests to get into your home. Now that your extermination company has eradicated the critters already living inside your space, it’s time to prevent any more from moving in. Perform a close inspection of your home’s exterior, sealing up any cracks and crevices you find along the way.

Do Some Deep Cleaning

Oftentimes, exterminators have to use strong chemicals to get rid of insect and rodent pests inside of homes. To get rid of the chemical odors inside of your space, as well as to prevent your family from ingesting them, perform some deep cleaning once you have received the green light from your exterminator. Open up the windows and doors to air out your house, wipe down counters and cabinets, and change the sheets on your beds.

After dealing with pests inside of your home, this deep cleaning routine will make you feel a lot better!

For families facing insect or rodent pests in the Dunkirk, New York area, Comfort Pest Control can help. To learn more about our services and schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 716-366-2120.