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Pest-Free Spring To-Do List

Spring 1As the warmer weather moves in, we all spring into action, including those pesky, unwanted intruders!

If you’re looking for a way to prevent some of those intruders from entering your home, try hitting some or even ALL of our points on our Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist below and have a happy and hopefully pest-free spring season!

 

Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist

  • Check your roof (or hire a professional) for any leaks
  • Sweep up cobwebs and clean out nooks and crannies where spiders and other insects may dwell
  • Repair any screen damage before opening those windows and screen doors to let in that spring air (You probably don’t want to let insects in as well!)
  • Check for gaps around windows and doors
  • Clear and replace old mulch
  • Check for evidence of moisture or condensation around plumbing or windows
  • Make sure garbage containers are properly sealed and stored
  • Clear old shrubbery away from the home
  • Clean out gutters
  • Clean out pantries and around appliances in the kitchen to pick up any food debris
  • Check to make sure pet food is stored in sealed containers
  • Clean out any unneeded clutter in storage areas where pests can hide
  • Check your yard and eliminate sources of standing water
  • Keep moisture down by making use of a dehumidifier in your basement
  • Call your preferred pest management company to inspect for any potential problems

 

Safeway Pest Management can inspect and locate areas that could potentially cause a pest problem. We offer one time service options, but also offer monthly, bi-monthly and seasonal options for regular maintenance of your home and business. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit our website at www.safewaypest.net to get a free quote!

 

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Fruit Flies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Let’s face it, when they are annoyingly flying around us, we probably aren’t going to imagine there is anything beneficial about a Fruit Fly, but surprisingly, there is!

The Good

Although it may not be good in most situations that Fruit Flies can reproduce at a very fast rate, the common Fruit Fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is a useful specimen in scientific research. Scientists have had much success using Fruit Flies to study mutations and genetics due to their short lifespan, easy storage, and comparable chromosomes and chemical pathways to humans.

The Bad

Honestly, I just told you. Fruit Flies reproduce at an incredible rate, meaning that once an infestation begins, it quickly races out of control.

Fruit Flies are attracted to sweet things such as fruit, as their name suggests, but they also will breed in dumpsters, on decaying meat, in unclean drains; basically all that is needed is a moist area of fermenting material.

 

 

The Ugly (Unless you find them to be cute)

Adult Fruit Flies are about 1/8 inch long and have red eyes. Their reproduction cycle is incredible; one female Fruit Fly can lay over 500 eggs in its lifetime (which can be up to 30 days).

Prevention

The best way to prevent an infestation of Fruit Flies is to be as sanitary as possible.

  • Clean up garbage and spills
  • If you are noticing a problem, keep fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator, discard of any overripe fruit
  • Rinse out cans and bottles that you may be storing for recycling

 

If you find yourself with a Fruit Fly problem that you cannot control, call a licensed pest management company for advice and instruction.

Safeway Pest Management can help with Fruit and other flies, give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800, or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.

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