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How Moisture Attracts Pests

Water is essential for all living things. If it’s alive, it needs some water to survive, no matter how little. A human should drink approximately eight glasses of water a day in order to stay hydrated. Pest like mosquitoes and rats, on the other hand, require much less. That’s why if you want to keep your house pest free, it’s critical that you reduce the moisture in your house to a bare minimum. Here is how the moisture in your house attracts pests and some ways to keep the moisture in your house low. How Moisture Attracts Pests When we think of the water in a person's home, we usually think of the sink, the toilet, the bathtub, etc. However, water is all around us and we inhale it everytime time we breathe. The water that pests like cockroaches are looking isn’t found in a bottle, it’s found on basement floors,...
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Why Stink Bugs Invade Your Home in Winter

Every winter like clockwork, West Michigan seems to host a stink bug invasion. It’s annoying enough when you start seeing the little bugs everywhere. But when they start moving in on your home and vehicles, it gets a little more personal. Why are stink bugs so obsessed with your home come wintertime, anyway? Seeking Sanctuary Stink bugs are not native to North America. They actually come from Asia, which is a much warmer and milder climate. When the temperature drops, stink bugs aren’t able to handle the cold. So they seek out a nice warm sanctuary where they can bed down until the weather changes again. During this time, stink bugs go through a period called diapause. It’s basically an insect version of hibernation. They don’t eat or breed, and generally remain inactive. Sometimes if the weather takes a turn toward the warmer side, they may fly around a bit. As...
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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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