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.
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.
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.
Q1. What is the best way to deal with mosquito’s?
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?
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?
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?
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.