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Winter Pest Prevention

RodentsPest prevention during any time of the year can be a concern. However, as the cold winter months approach, this concern becomes a more pressing issue. Like humans, pests do not enjoy too much time outside in the winter. As a result, they seek warmth and shelter. Unfortunately, your home serves as the answer to the pests’ problem. There are steps you can take to limit how many critters get into your home. Let’s take a look at some easy and effective routines you can get into to prevent a pest infestation. Seal Up Their Entryways Since many pests like spiders and ants are so small, they can slip through any size opening to get into your house. When you stop and think of all the tiny cracks and crevices you see around the house, you’ll realize just how many mini “doors” your home has for pests. Plus, that’s just the...
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Pests That Can Destroy Your Home

We all hate when pests take up residence in our houses. It feels like a creepy-crawly violation! Beyond simply being gross, some of these pests can pose structural or financial risk to your house. Here are a few common household pests that can damage your home. Squirrels When looking a squirrel in the eyes it can be hard to decide if it wants to cuddle with you or if it is coldly plotting your demise. Squirrels are known to chew holes in siding and build nests in vents and attics. Squirrels are included in the group of rodents that are believed to cause approximately 25 percentof all fires with unknown origins. Mice Mice will gnaw on almost every part of your house. They chew on wires, framing, insulation, and will even gnaw on your piping. Mice can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your house. On top of...
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Keeping Your Garbage Secure From Pests This Fall

With the coming of winter, many animals are ramping up their efforts to save up fat for hibernation. Unfortunately, Fall also coincides with shortening food supplies in the wild and an increased turn to human sources of food. While we all like a healthy ecosystem and want to see our furry friends flourish, this often doesn’t extend to picking up smelly, wet, dirty trash strewn across the driveway. If like many Western Michiganders you have trouble keeping critters out of your trash, try some of these tips to keep your trash contained and our animals healthy. Keep Your Garbage Can Clean You’ve probably noticed that your trash can smells like, well, trash. While unappealing to humans, animals see (or, smell) trash as a tasty opportunity. To remove the scent from your trash can, try cleaning it with soap and water or a stronger solution. For best results, experiment with both acidic...
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Five Reasons to Choose Terminix West Michigan for Your Pest Control Needs

Choosing the right pest control company is important. Your pest control provider gives you peace of mind and a cleaner, healthier living space. This is why you need to do your homework and choose the perfect provider for you and your family. If you are still looking for the solution that works best for you, we urge you to consider us at Terminix West Michigan. Why? Here are five reasons why we are the best choice for your pest control needs. Comprehensive Service In the world of pest control, if you name it -- we can cover it. We help protect your home from all the usual suspects, of course (roaches, ants, spiders, etc.), but we also pride ourselves on dealing with some of the lesser-known pests that could find their way into your house, including bat bugs and strawberry root weevils. Don’t know what those are? It’s okay -- we...
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How to Handle A Strawberry Root Weevil Infestation

The strawberry root weevil is a common insect in the northern part of the United States. Named for its preference for eating strawberry plants, weevils are dark brown or black with six legs and about the size of a tick. In fact, they are often confused with ticks. Having a strawberry root weevil infestation in your home can be upsetting. It’s important to properly identify the insects, and take steps for handling the problem. Strawberry Root Weevils in the Home Typically, strawberry root weevils wander into homes in the middle of summer. You may begin to notice them crawling on your floors or walls. They are particularly attracted to areas in the home where there is water or high moisture levels, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. During the summer and early fall, strawberry root weevils can become an indoor nuisance as greater numbers invade your home and the infestation...
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These Are a Few of Ants’ Favorite Things

Standing Water Standing water, in general, can attract all kinds of unwanted creatures. Ants most certainly are one of them. Standing water stemming from leaking drains or faucets can foster a perfect nesting and living ground for ants. Look for any potential leaks in your bathroom or kitchen. Sinks, bathtubs, drain pipes or even your toilet can be attractive to a colony of ants who are looking to set up camp. If you have standing water, dry it, and then scrub the surface with disinfectant and keep the area clear of water. Another way water can attract ants to your home is if rainwater is not directed away from your house. An accumulation of water close to your foundation can also be attractive to ants who can easily burrow underground and nest their colony underneath your home and therefore have better access to the inside of your house. Food Scraps If...
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Lifestyle Tips to Prevent a Cockroach Infestation

Trends in interior design change frequently; however, the sight of a cockroach scurrying across your dining room floor will never become fashionable. This is important to keep in mind, because as summer approaches and you take shelter from the heat in your air-conditioned house or apartment, nearby cockroaches are liable to do the same. Here are some ways to make sure your house doesn't become home to any unwanted guests. Clean up Your Act You’re probably not a dirty person, but remember, cockroaches are small critters, and it doesn't take very many scattered pieces of food to sustain them. Just a few crumbs will suffice. In order to keep cockroaches away, don’t give them an incentive to come inside in the first place. Vacuum your floors at least once a week, wipe loose crumbs off the counter, don't leave dirty dishes overnight, take out the trash and keep food sealed tightly...
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How to Keep Your Kitchen Pest-Free

The kitchen is arguably the most important room in a home. It is where meals are prepared and eaten. It is also a common place for family and friends to gather and socialize. Since the kitchen is such a hub of activity, is crucial that it be clean and pest free. However, the simple fact that there is always food in the kitchen leaves it vulnerable to insects and rodents. If you want to ensure your kitchen has no pests in it, follow some of these easy suggestions. Keep a Clean Area Although it can be difficult to keep a kitchen clean at all times, it is an essential step in keeping pests away from it. Pests are attracted to dirty areas So, the cleaner you can keep your kitchen, the better off you will be. So, be mindful of your cooking space, wipe down flat surfaces daily, do not wait...
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Spiders in Michigan: What Spiders Live Near You?

There’s been more buzz online and in print media about a rise in spider bites and large spider colony discoveries in Michigan. While most spiders in Michigan are harmless to humans, there are a few that present a danger to the average person in general and the elderly and children in particular. Here’s a quick overview guide to spiders that live in Michigan, as well as advice about what to do should you encounter these species. Brown Recluse A non-native species, brown recluse spiders can be found throughout Michigan. These little arachnids are venomous, but they are also among the least aggressive and shy species on the planet. The bad news is they like to live in isolated dark places like corners of a garage, trash cans and interior attics. In other words, you may discover one by accident while cleaning or moving. They prefer to flee and rarely bite, but...
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Spiders are Your Friend

For many of us, when we see a spider in our home often, the first reaction is to be creeped out by them. To get past the “creep out” factor that comes with discovering your new eight-legged friends, it is important to realize, that for the most part, spiders are far more helpful than they are disturbing. So, what exactly are the benefits of allowing such unsettling little critters to remain in our homes? Let’s talk about a few of the reasons you should consider sharing your home with spiders. And when it is time to call a profesional about help addressing your spider problem. Spiders are in Your Home for a Reason The number one reason why you have spiders in your house is that they now have a food source. Spiders feed on a vast number of insects that live in your home. They are expert hunters, and it...
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Pests Around the Home - Common Bugs in the Attic

When people think of protecting their home from bugs, they often think about the exteriors of the house: the doorways, seams and other spots like that. However, they often forget about one of the biggest rooms in the entire home -- the attic. For many, this large space is “out of sight, out of mind” and rarely gets thought about at all, unless they are getting their seasonal decorations in or out of storage. Because it is such a neglected area of the house, it is often a perfect breeding ground for pests. Left relatively unchecked, and with access to virtually the entire house, bugs in the attic can become a real problem. And the worst part? The homeowners don’t even know those bugs are there until they have a real problem! Common Attic Bugs While it’s impossible to compile a list of all the bugs you might find in an...
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Your Guide to Termite Pest Control

There is no pest that frightens homeowners more than the termite. Since this little bug has the potential to destroy entire homes if left unnoticed or unchecked, it’s necessary to do all you can to prevent an infestation -- and to know what to do should termites get a foothold inside your walls. Prevention Of course, the most effective way to control termites is to make sure they never get inside in the first place. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help stop an infestation before it ever begins. Control Moisture The presence or absence of water is one of the most important factors in controlling future infestations. If the area around your home is wet -- through poorly placed pipes and drains, for instance -- this will attract termites as well as other pests. It’s crucial to maintain pipes, gutters and drains to redirect any water leaving...
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Preventing Pests From Becoming Roommates

When pests are in your home, they can wreak havoc. They can destroy your property and cause health problems. To prevent pests from becoming roommates, you can take some simple precautions that can help aid in deterring the pests from moving in. These precautions include cleaning, keeping areas dry, and sealing cracks or openings. Keep reading for more information. Preventing Access to Your Home First, you need to remove the place where the pests want to live. A pest enters your home through small openings and cracks. Perform regular home inspections to look for the openings and any signs of pests. The openings can come from cracks in the walls or foundation, improperly closed windows or doors, or even pipes. Make sure you seal up any cracks or other openings to reduce the chance of the pests becoming your new roommates. Removing the Food Supply Pests that invade your home need...
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Winter Pests and What to Do About Them

For the most part, as the weather cools down, you don’t have to worry as much about pests. However, just because bugs and other critters aren’t as active during the winter doesn’t mean that they can’t pose a threat to you and your property. This winter, be prepared and be proactive about your pest control solutions. Today we’re going to discuss the most common seasonal pests and how to make sure that they don’t pose a problem for you and your family. Rats and Mice Like us, rodents like places that are warm and dry. Unfortunately, your home can look especially inviting as the temperature drops outside. Rats love to nest in dark areas, like basements or crawlspaces. Mice, on the other hand, may settle in your attic or roof. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that mice and rats are two different species. For example, traps will typically...
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Problems Rodents Can Cause Inside Your Home

rodent cardDespite their small size, rodents can be a source of major headaches for homeowners in Michigan. These persistent pests can cause a variety of problems if they manage to get inside your home. Damaging Property Long, sharp teeth that are constantly growing are one of a rodent's defining characteristics. To maintain its teeth, a rodent has to continually gnaw, and the woodwork and building materials in your home are ideal for its teething needs. Once inside your home, rodents will chew on the wood that forms and decorates your home. They will also cut their teeth on fabrics and furnishings and nibble on storage containers, especially if desirable items like food or bedding materials are tucked inside. This behavior can cause both cosmetic and structural damage to your home and the property inside it. How much damage can a little mouse do? Consider this: rodents have been known to chew through...
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Differences Between Bat Bugs and Bed Bugs

Bed BugWhen you wake to find small bugs in your mattress or bug bites on your body, bed bugs might be the first pests that come to mind. Did you know that it's easy to mistake other pests for bed bugs at first glance? Bat bugs are one of these other pests. Although they have similarities to bed bugs, bat bags are very different. About Bat Bugs These insects are members of the Cimicidae family and relatives of bed bugs. It's quite normal to have never heard of bat bugs. They aren't exactly a frequent pest problem, but they can end up in homes on an occasion. Although their bites don't spread diseases, they carry pathogens on their bodies. For that reason, you want to get them out of your home as soon as possible. Appearance Differences Bat bugs might not look different from bed bugs to the untrained eye, but there...
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Common Fall Pest Found in West Michigan

Stink bug cardNot all pests survive the winter. Those that survive usually do something called overwintering. It's a simple process for the insects: Find somewhere warm for the winter, and stay there until springtime. Some pests come indoors and find places to hide; others get stuck between the windows and die. Terminix has a few overwintering pests to look out for in Western Michigan this fall. 3 Fall Pests in Western Michigan Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles Asian lady beetles look very similar to ladybugs and share the same black spots on their wing cases and white marks behind the head. When comparing the two, look at the white marks. If the marks cover most of the area behind the head, it's an Asian lady beetle. The remaining black part looks like a "W" or an "M" depending on your viewpoint. These pests gather in large numbers and produce a foul odor when they're...
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Carpenter Ant or Termite? Know What They Look Like

Carpenter ant guarding its nestCarpenter ants and termites share a number of common behavioral characteristics. Both are six-legged social insects that live together in sizable colonies. Both excavate wood, and both are useful in natural, wild settings as they speed the decomposition of moist, decaying wood. Both emerge in the spring in flying swarms to mate. In residential or commercial settings, however, either is a cause for concern, and anxious property owners often confuse the two. Anatomical Differences Between Carpenter Ants and Termites For those willing to take a closer look, carpenter ants and termites have a number of visual anatomical differences: Antennae—Carpenter ants have antennae that are angled or elbowed in the middle. Termites have straight antennae. Waist—Carpenter ants have pinched, wasplike waists between their thorax and abdomen. Termites have broader waists, with little definition in shape between the thorax and abdomen. Wings—Carpenter ants have two sets of wings, but the forewings are longer...
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What Attracts Roaches?

RoachRoaches are persistent pests and are difficult to manage after they get into a home or place of business. Getting rid of them is much harder than preventing them from gaining access, so learning to keep roaches at bay is a smart move in the right direction. You need to learn about the foods and conditions that attract the pests so that you can form a plan to keep yourself and your property safe. Although this process will take a little effort, the results will give you peace of mind, allowing you to put your cockroach fears to rest. Food When it comes to deciding what to eat, roaches are not picky creatures. They will eat meats, vegetables and almost anything else they can find in or around your property. Having a lot of food in your trash can is not a good idea if you don't want roaches to invade...
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Keeping Pests Out of Your Memorial Day BBQ

If you plan to enjoy Memorial Day with your friends and family by hosting a barbecue, it's vital you take steps to give yourself and your guests a positive, enjoyable experience so that you can get them to come back next year. In their quest to have an unbeatable cookout, many people put a lot of thought into the process, planning meals, drinks, games and more. They often forget to prepare for pests that can invade their barbecue and ruin the fun, and you don't want to find yourself in that situation. With a proven plan near the top of your mind, you can keep pests away from your yard. Discourage Stinging Insects Crafting a strategy to keep bees and wasps at bay so that they won't cause trouble is a good step in the right direction. Understanding the things that attract these stinging insects to your yard will help, giving...
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