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Pigeons would rather nest in the interior of a building, as long as there is access. Openings in and around your home such as, but not limited to, eaves, vents and lofts need to be closed off using a variety of metal, sheet, wood and wire mesh; this will prevent pests from gaining access to your home. The most effective pigeon removal methods in San Antonio, Texas involve changes to the structure to keep birds from being comfortable enough to rest, nest, or even enter.

A physical barrier is made by putting sheet metal, wire screens, and weather proof nets that block the pathway to favorite roosting areas. Placing a monofilament line of heavy gauge spaced at six inch intervals, creates a fence that interferes with pigeon flight patterns around their roosting areas.

A commercially available system of bird barriers often used in San Antonio TX consists of porcupine wires or metal prongs attached to a base that is placed on a level roosting surface. This is an effective anti-roosting technique. Pigeons prefer to roost on level surfaces that can be changed by creating slopes with materials such as wire mesh. Substances that are sticky also aid in pigeon removal. Birds tend to avoid areas treated with tactile repellent. Pigeon populations are reduced by thorough nest removal that is followed by pigeon proofing the building.

Live traps placed in areas where pigeons are normally found is yet another method used for removal in the San Antonio TX area. The best type of baits to use in traps are peanuts, bread, peas, sunflower seeds, popcorn millet and cracked corn. Baiting methods are the most humane, but entail time and labor.

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If you want to prevent a pest infestation or if you’re attempting to overcome a pest infestation you already have, the most important thing you can do is keep your home clean and tidy.

Pests enter your home looking for food and shelter. A messy home encourages pests in several ways. Leftover food, dirty dishes, crumbs, and unfinished drinks in your home look like a buffet meal to pests. They don’t need nearly as much food as you do, and just a little leftover on a plate is enough to encourage pests that found your home to stay and to breed.

A Pest Buffet

Messy homes also provide shelter for pests. Papers or clothes lying about look an awful lot like fallen leaves or other natural shelters that pests would seek out outside. Most bugs, particularly cockroaches, do not want to be seen by you. Clutter gives them plenty of hiding spaces to feel safe and comfortable in your home.

Cleanliness matters for other reasons, too. Vacuum regularly and wipe down your counters and cabinets with soapy water. Pests leave scents in the paths they walk and in their feces that attract others of their species. Yes, if pests are in your house, they’re pooping in your house. Vacuum your carpets to eliminate the feces that attract still more pests. Wipe down your counters and cabinets to eliminate the trails that attract more pests.

The most important habit you can adopt to manage pest problems is to always have the dishes cleaned and the kitchen garbage out before bed each night.

If you need to develop some new habits to get a clean house, consider the following video to help you start:

Simply keeping a tidy home will go a long way to discourage an infestation. If you’re already struggling with an infestation, get your home clean first, then move on to the next step.

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Stink bugs are also known as shield bugs as their back look like a shield, they are brown in color and are most commonly seen around gardens or farms, they lay their eggs under the flower beds, fields, shrubs etc . They are a nuisance around agriculture as they are agricultural pests and eat up leaves and crops. The stink bugs belong to a bug family called Pentatomoidea, Hempitera. Let us look at some stink bug facts:

The stink bugs are about the size of pumpkin seeds, they have wings, antenna and six legs. The insects may be of different colors but most commonly they are mottled brown in color. And the back looks just like a shield and hence they are also known as shield bugs.

Scientifically they are classified under the Insecta family, in the order of Hempitera, family Pentatomidea and the Phylum Anthropoda.

They feed on crops, fruits, soybeans, tomatoes and other vegetables; they also eat up leaves and are also known as agricultural pests. They however don’t harm human beings directly but are indeed harmful to crops. The stink bugs get their name from the stink they give off if crushed or killed. The stink is also a defense mechanism; they give of stench if threatened too.

The stink bugs also feed on other insects and larvae of caterpillars and beetles. The adult stink bugs goes into hibernation in the winter but come out of hibernation at springtime. The bugs hibernate in order to survive the harsh winter conditions and in warm climate, they live up to more than a year.

To get rid of stink bugs it is better to bring in the professionals. Certified pest control will know how to control and eradicate the pest infestation not only of stink bugs but also of other pests. Some measures one can follow to curb stink bug infestation, is by removing plants or weeds around the house, because stink bugs like to lay their eggs under the leaves or in flower beds. Scattering kaolin clay around the house or kaolin clay solution prevents the stink bugs to reproduce or destroy crops or plants. Stink bugs love light, so they find their way into houses at night, so caulk seal can be used to seal off any cracks or crevices around the house that might act as a potential entry point for the stink bugs. If one happens to crush the bugs it will release foul smell so it is better to use vacuum cleaner to suck up the bugs in the vacuum bag and dispose them off far away in garbage bins. Try using some chemical repellents such as permethrin, tralomethrin, cypermethrin, cyfluthrin, horticultural oil etc around entry ways, cracks, crevices etc but be sure to use protective gloves and breathing masks before using these chemical repellents to avoid inhaling or getting in contact with them.
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Q1. What is the best way to deal with mosquito’s?
Answer:
If you are having problems with mosquito’s there are many very repellant sprays and creams available which will deal with them. One of the best and long term less expensive solutions is to use a thin netting to prevent the mosquito’s getting through. Netting is very useful solution around your bed to help to protect you when you are trying to sleep and is very common in many places like Africa.

Q2. Most years I have a big problem with crickets, can you suggest anything?
Answer:
I would suggest from very early when planting your lawn seed to do regular chemical treatments of your lawn (at least once a month) using some commonly available outdoor insecticides such as cyfluthrin (tempo), cypermethrin (demon, cynoff, cyper-active), ficam w or plus, propetamphos (safrotin) lambdacyhalothrin (commadore), or permethrin (dragnet, flee).

Q3. Can you give me any tips on preventing my dog and cat getting fleas?
Answer:
In short the answer is you must keep your home and pets clean. Regularly vacuum and clean the hose (daily if possible) and regularly wash your pet using shampoo. A flea collar may be expensive but they are a very worthwhile investment and work very well.

Q4. Can I deal with my rat problem myself or do I need to call an expert?
Answer:
You have 3 main options. The first is traps and there are various. There are the sort which many say are inhumane, these ones are designed to kill them, usually by having a metal bar come down and break their neck. The other kinds of traps are traps that close themselves when the rodent is inside and traps them inside. However these can have 1 major flaw, firstly they don’t always work, the cage fails to close and the rodent escapes. The other 2 options are poison (the most commonly used is anticoagulant containing warfarin), the other option is Predator repellant’s, this is the most environmentally friendly option and doesn’t involve the animal dying. By using a predator repellant you are marking your land like a fox or something would and this scares of the rodents.

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Termite Pest Control
Contact our termite control team to check your home or commercial structure for these destructive pests.

Termites eat wood, whether it’s an old wooden log in your garden or beam in your home. Termites usually enter your home through tiny cracks in the foundation and once inside start devouring all the wood and fiber they can find. As they chew through the wood, they leave a chemical trail behind, alerting other termites that they’ve found a good source of wood.

When faced with a concrete wall, termites build mud tubes and use these tubes to travel across areas that they can’t chew through. These tubes are also used for protection against predators and to provide moisture.

Considerations
Wooden damage can be difficult to spot, as termites operate beneath the wooden surface. If the wood has darkened or is starting to blister, you can take this symptom as termite activity. If you poke a suspected area with a screwdriver and it crumbles, it is a good indication that termites are present or have been active in your home at some point. Again, to control these termites, you need an assistance of professional termite exterminator as they are better quipped with latest art of technology and corresponding equipments

Misconceptions
Spotting only a few termites doesn’t mean that you don’t have a serious infestation. Termites avoid the sun and bright lights and even though you won’t see them, there are thousands to millions of termites involved in an infestation.

While wet locations are more likely to attract termites, they can be found in every state in the United States and in many countries of the world.

Prevention/Solution
Don’t stack firewood against your house. You won’t be able to tell if the wood contains termites, and if it does, you’ll be providing them with easy access to your home. Keep wood mulch at least 18 inches from your home. Try using gravel instead if you need to prevent weeds next to your house. Because termites are drawn by moisture, it is important to fix leaks and remove standing water in or outside your home.

If you think you have termites, call a professional exterminator for pest control. The company you choose will discuss your options with you and suggest one or more of the following solutions: in-ground bait stations, using a liquid chemical as termicide in trenches, Injecting chemicals in walls and foundation by drilling holes into them, or digging along perimeter of house and injecting termicide.

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I have always seen bugs hanging around my house and have never known what to do to get rid of them. I did a little bit of research and have found some simple ways to eliminate or protect against the number of pests around my house. I want to share with you 5 simple tips to get rid of pests.

Tip 1 – Make sure there is no sugary substance left behind

The sugar left over on something as tiny as a soda can will attract pests.

So before you toss out soda cans, rinse the can to remove any sugary coating that might attract pests

Tip 2- Destroy the pests home

If the pests are living in your yard and you want to avoid using any harsh chemicals or any possible harm to your yard, you can put the hose next to the pest’s home and turn it on for 10 minutes. You really want to saturate the dirt to get the pests to leave. Do this daily until there are no more signs of pests.

Tip 3- A more effective way to destroy an ants home

Put a pot of water on the stove and mix in a good amount of cayenne pepper or vinegar. When the water starts to boil, take it outside to poor on the ant colony. The boiling water mixture should kill ants on contact.

Tip 4- Get rid of the pheromones and trails that ants leave

Get a spray bottle and fill it half with vinegar and the rest with water.

Put in a few drops of dish soap and spray around your baseboards, walls, nooks, and entryway. Ants leave trails that other ants will follow and this mixture will help get rid of those pheromone trails.

Tip 5- Repel ants using certain herbs

Ants dislike strong odors of certain herbs. So, place bunches of these specific herbs near troubled spots. Mint, pennyroyal, rue, or tansy. You can also frequently wipe down areas with oil of cloves or eucalyptus oil.

These are just some of the simple tips to get rid of pests that I have found to be helpful. I know there are several different ways to get rid of pests and in some cases these little things you can do won’t be enough. However, I hope these tips are helpful and you can find a way to get rid of the pests hanging around your home.

Tips to get rid of pests
If you are wanting to find out more information in regard to pests that may be lurking around your home, you can do what I did and research more about pest information. I was very intrigued and impressed with the information that I was able to find from various websites. There was a lot of information not only regarding simple tips to get rid of pests but what the pest actually is. The information that I was able to find on these websites was very educational to me and I know that it could be educational for you as well.

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Cockroaches carry pathogens and so are a source of infection. Consequently, they are dangerous to your health. Cockroaches transmit gastrointestinal maladies including diarrhea, dysentery, and food poisoning. There are
numerous species of roaches, each with its own unique characteristics. It is important to carry out cockroach extermination due to the health risks associated with these bugs.

Many treatments are used for roach infestations, but some are more effective than others. Solutions that are used to destroy cockroaches come in various forms including gas, liquid, solid, and powder. The remedy chosen for
exterminating roaches is dependent upon the roach species involved. Some species are resistant to drugs, while others are not. This depends a lot on genetic make-up and the ability to develop a strong resistance against the
remedies.

In addition to the use of drugs and chemicals, there are some traps that capture roaming roaches. The cockroaches are attracted to these traps which are fitted with baits. Roaches develop resistance against some insecticides
thus reducing efficiency of insecticides as time passes. This means we must constantly look for more effective insecticides. More ways to manage roaches consist of applying pheromones and also growth regulators.

Due to survival strategy of the cockroaches, there will be times that all of these remedies fail to work efficiently. One should not loose hope because some effective customary remedies exist when this happens. One example is
keeping a clean house. Roaches flourish in nasty dark areas. Cockroaches in the home can be prevented by cleaning and lighting up the house. This is effective because it starves the pests.

Identifying their breeding place is another effective method. Once this is known, insecticide can be used to kill the adults and also the eggs. Modern methods of cockroach extermination involve the use of traps equipped with
pheromones. Pheromones are biochemical solutions that assault a roach before a roach prepares to breed. A lot of people do it this way because it is harmless and clean.

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Get Rid of Bats.

A Bat Problem in Your Home?

Most people associate bats with sucking blood. While some do suck blood, the more dangerous aspect to humans is their feces and bites. If you have a bat infestation you need to learn a little more about the type of bat you have and then learn how to get rid of it. Once you get the bats out of your home, you need to then work to prevent them from getting back in.

How To Prevent Bats from Getting Into Your Home?

Most bats that get onto homes are just looking for a place to stay during the day. They do not like light and prefer the dark, coolness of an attic. They usually leave at night to hunt for food.

The only real way to keep bats out of your home is to make sure they can not get in. You should check around your roof area for holes or spaces where they could get in and seal them off. Also check your chimney to make sure it has no holes or openings and that your chimney trap is working properly. You can seal the holes with the material of your choice. Bats can not chew through materials to get in. Before sealing you should make sure all the bats that are inside have left. The best time is at night when they will leave to hunt. Bats do not like fiberglass insulation, so if you do not have any installed in your attic then you may consider doing so if bats are a huge problem. You can also leave on the lights or use a fan in the area as this will deter bats also. Some bird repellents will also work to keep bats away when it is applied to the area around entrances.

While bats can be harmful, they generally only create a nuisance. They are quite helpful because they eat other pests that you may not want in your home. If you have bat problems, you may want to call a professional who can help you best deal with your situation.

The chances are that you do not have ‘bats in your belfry’ as the saying goes, but you may have bats in your home! They love to hang around in attics, unfinished upper floors, and even closets and behind draperies. There are a number of types of bats.

If it has taken you a while to figure out that you have a bat living with you, you may, in fact, have more than one bat living in your home. If you see the bat and then lose track of it, don’t assume it got out of the house somehow. Check behind curtains and anything hanging on the walls. Bats can squeeze into very tight spaces. Look on the floor underneath furniture and tables. NEVER put your hand into a space to check for the bat. You do not want to risk being bitten! It is important to know that, while most bats do NOT have rabies, about 1% DO have rabies. So you must be very careful in trapping and removing the bat(s). If you have a pet, your pet is likely to find the bat before you find it, so you should of course be sure that your pets are all vaccinated against rabies (even if they NEVER go outside).

What to Do When a Bat Flies Around in Your Home!

If a bat is flying around your house, you should REMAIN CALM. You do not have to run out of the room. If you are not trying to attack or grab the bat, it may swoop and swirl around you if you stand in the middle of the room – so DON’T. Go stand in a corner, or walk calmly to the door and stand in the doorway with the door open slightly to watch the bat’s motion, so you will see where it goes to hide.

Once you know where the bat is hiding, you can strategically work to get the bat into as small an area as possible (near a door or window) and then open that door or window so the bat can fly outside. It may take as long as 15-20 minutes for the bat to come out of hiding and use the exit you have provided. The smaller area to which the bat is confined, the more likely it will immediately take the exit you have provided.

It may fly around the room for a while to use its orientation senses, and then, when it senses an opening and fresh air, it will leave the premises.

Capturing Bats

If the bat lands and you feel up to the challenge, you can use a large plastic or glass container to trap the bat. Wear a pair of very thick leather gloves to ensure you will not be bitten. Slowly put the container over the bat, then slide a very thin piece of cardboard or a stiff piece of construction paper underneath the opening to the jar or container to trap the bat inside. Carry the container outside, and well away from the house, and place the container up against a tree. Remove the cardboard or paper and allow the bat to attach to the tree before you slide the container away. Then step well away from the container and let the bat go free. It will probably stay attached to the tree for several minutes while it orients itself to its new surroundings. If you do not feel up to the challenge of trapping the bat yourself, confine the bat to a room or small area and call your local animal control office.

Bat Bites

If you or anyone else in the house is bitten, do NOT release the bat. Instead, call animal control and have the bat tested for rabies. Take the injured person to the doctor for appropriate treatment. ALWAYS remember that any kind of wild animal damage control is risky and may pose a health threat. Follow state laws and do not kill or harm wild animals. If you are unable to handle the problem, call animal control. Do not take chances! The best way to repel and avoid bats in your home is to close off the openings they can use to gain access.

Repellants may have some limited effectiveness, but the long term solution is prevention.

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