Pest Control with Colleen Hord
The colder months are surely approaching. It's easy to get excited for the fall and winter holiday seasons with warm, cozy beverages, our favorite sweaters and scarves, brushing the dust off of our fondest boots. However, we're not the only ones who like to warm up inside our homes after a day of chilly activities. Season changes are often a time when pests wish to become your new roommates.
Have you heard the statement that it’s not a matter of if you get termites, but rather when you do? Here in South Carolina this statement is used daily by contractors, insurance companies, agents and of course exterminators. Any professional specializing in properties, buildings, and homes understands the nature of these little beasts. South Carolina is a beautiful warm and sunny state where many people are relocating, so why wouldn’t pests want to live here, too?
Did you know that 50 distinct species of termites live in North America? They hide deep under the ground until it’s time to feed on your home. The earliest termite fossil dates back to 130 million years ago. Termites are professionals, they have been in the business a long time and only a professional can stop their destruction. Don’t let them stand in the way of your peace of mind, quality of life, or possibly even the sale of your home. A termite preventative inspection and treatment saves you money as opposed to waiting for them to be caught infesting your home. Once they arrive you are looking at paying for remediation and repairs, which is often much more costly than preventative care.
Termites aside, there are approximately 10 quintillion insects on Earth and these hungry visitors want to make your home their home. That is an average of a billion per each human. Trying to discourage these unwanted visitors is done by making some changes and hiring a company to treat your home quarterly. Rely on a professional to keep watch; it is similar to your security system against intruders of another kind. Think of it as protecting yourself from infection and disease like salmonella, allergies, and respiratory infections
1. Keeping your trash can lids closed tightly.
2. Seal cracks and openings in windows, doors, and screens.
3. Pick up your pets’ dishes from the floor and keep them sanitized.
4. Check all the boxes and bags you bring into your home due to the possibility that insects can hide in the paper.
5. Clean spills and crumbs from your floors and counters.
6. Last but not least, de-clutter! Accumulated clutter in cabinets can attract cockroaches. It is hard to see them hiding so try not to leave the perfect nesting place for them.
South Carolina has 15 types of cockroaches; protect yourself, your home, and your pets from these unwanted visitors. Ask your neighbors who they use for the treatment of their home and call someone you can trust. It is always a great idea to check places like Angie’s List to read personal references. Whoever you choose, choose a professional you can trust to keep your family happy, healthy, and safe.