While you’re getting ready for holiday festivities, in the background, some pests may be celebrating right along with you!
You may not realize it, but pests can be commonly introduced into your home via some surprising ways, such as your Christmas tree! Other easy access routes may originate from wreaths and firewood. Some pests can live deep in the crevices of wood. To prevent bringing pests into your home, inspect wood for eggs, pests and nests and shake off trees and greenery outdoors before bringing them inside.
Decorating your home and tree can bring much joy, but also can bring about another way in which pests can enter your living space. Boxes of decorations kept in storage areas such as garages, attics and basements are great places for pests to hide. Unpack any holiday decorations outside or in the garage and keep decorations sealed up in storage bins with tight-fitting lids for an extra dose of protection.
Looking forward to all of those holiday goodies? So are pests! It’s no secret that pests love FOOD. Before making those delicious treats, check your pantry for any expired ingredients and also check items that haven’t been used in awhile. For best pest prevention, keep food items stored in containers, clean up food messes and don’t let those dirty dishes sit overnight.
If you’re planning a holiday getaway, keep in mind that you may not escape hidden pests. Bed Bugs specialize in holiday travel and are sneaky hitchhikers. Bed Bugs travel easily in your luggage and personal belongings. If you’re checking in somewhere, put your luggage in the bathroom tub or elevated on a rack away from the bed and wall and closely inspect mattresses, paying special attention to crevices. Perform an outside inspection of your luggage upon returning home. Lastly, as an added safety measure, place dryer-safe clothing items in the dryer for 15 minutes or more on the highest setting.
All of us at Safeway Pest Management wish you a happy and pest-free holiday season!
If you’re in need of professional assistance with a pest issue, give us a call at 262-679-4422 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net.
Have a mouse problem? You are not alone!
According to the NPMA (National Pest Management Association), each winter, mice and other rodents infest and invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States.
Mice tend to enter homes in the fall and winter to find food, water and a warm shelter. Although some may find these litter critters cute, they can spread over 200 human pathogens and are quick to reproduce.
Mind-Blowing Mouse Facts
- A female mouse can have 6-10 litters per year, with 6-12 babies per litter. Mice have a gestation period of 2 months and can be re-impregnated within 24 hours.
- Mice may be small, but they can eat 15-20 times per day.
- Mice are good jumpers and climbers; they can jump a foot into the air, which makes for easy access to your counter tops.
- A mouse can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.
- A mouse can produce between 40 and 100 droppings per day.
- Mice are germ carriers and spread diseases such as salmonella and Hantavirus.
If you see a mouse in your home, you can assume there are probably more or will be soon. Because mice carry disease, it may be best to contact a professional if the situation calls for it.
The pest specialists and office staff at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your mouse problem. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net.
Ask us about our new special Winter Residential Rodent Program!!
Although it isn’t over yet, and in Wisconsin we have learned not to count our insect population before it hatches, we can at least say that up until now we have had a much milder winter in Wisconsin this season. So what does that mean for the insect population and what does that mean for you and your family?
Many variables can affect an insect’s ability to survive the winter, including the amount of snow cover and the intensity and duration of cold temperatures. Typically, less consistent freezing temperatures mean more chance that certain insect species eggs and larva will survive, but it is hard to know for certain which insects truly survived the winter until spring arrives.
There is a very good chance that a one unpopular insect may arrive sooner and possibly thrive this spring and summer due to the mild winter, the mosquito, but that too will be dependent on several factors, including how much precipitation this spring brings. Another unappreciated pest has already been spotted this month in Wisconsin, the tick. Many ticks, especially the Deer tick can be active in lower temperatures. With more ticks and mosquitoes, there is more potential for higher cases of insect borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus.
Take precautions when heading outdoors with your family to enjoy the upcoming spring weather.
For protection against mosquitoes and ticks:
- Wear long- sleeved shirts and long pants when walking in potential tick and mosquito infested areas. Wearing lighter colors will help can make checking for both pests much easier. For added protection, tuck pants inside your socks.
- Stay on trails and avoid walking through woody, brushy or grassy areas where ticks are most common.
- Conduct a tick check on family members and pets after spending time outdoors.
- Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water where the larvae develop and need only about 1/2 inch of water to breed.
- Screen all windows and doors. Repair any tears or holes.
- Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when the majority of mosquitoes are most active.
- When outdoors for extended periods or during peak mosquito hours, wear long pants and sleeves and use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
- If you are concerned about mosquito and tick activity on your property, contact a pest management company
The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your tick or Mosquito problem. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net and check out our Mosquito Seasonal Protection Special!
Box Elder Bugs inherited their name by their preferred food source, the Box Elder Tree. But, you can also find them feeding on the seeds of other trees such as Maple and Ash trees. Box Elder Bugs tend to bring only minor damage to trees, and they are not considered a danger to homes, people or property.
Box Elder Bugs are pretty easy to spot. They are about a ½” long and have a black body with red markings on their wings.
You may be wondering what makes these insects such an issue. For one, they will congregate in large numbers. They also have the capability to leave behind “waste stains” where they have been. The bugs are most noticeable during the months of September and October, and especially during dry spells. During that time, Box Elder Bugs can be found on the southern sunny side of buildings, trees and rocks. Once the cooler temperatures of winter begin to set in, they will find their way inside of homes to find a protective place to overwinter.
Box Elder Bugs will enter homes through foundation and siding cracks, and small gaps around pipes, windows and doors. They will not reproduce in homes, but they will come out into rooms when the temperature in the home is warm enough.
The best way to control a problem with Box Elder Bugs is to prevent them from ever entering your home by sealing off any entry ways they are finding and using. Caulking openings around windows and doors will also aid in keeping the bugs outdoors. If the problem becomes too much to handle, it’s best to call a licensed Pest Management professional to assist.
Safeway Pest Management is a licensed pest management company covering southern, central and northern central Wisconsin. Our technicians are knowledgeable in the treatment of Box Elder Bugs. We will also inspect your home for any cracks or gaps that pests may be using so that you can prevent them from future entry.
Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net