For home owners in Star Valley, Wyoming, starting the new year is all about turning over a new leaf, and it is always nicer to turn leaves over when there aren't a dozen bugs underneath. Bugs harbor inside your house and garage throughout the winter, in hidden and secluded areas. Understanding these 3 steps are pivotal to having a pest-free home this year, and preparing for Star Valley’s pest season in the spring, summer, and fall.
STEP 1: UNDERSTANDING WHY PESTS COME INTO YOUR YARD.
While it is true that some bugs and wildlife will come into your yard simply because it is there, you actually have some control over how many will choose to. Here are 3 reasons pests will be attracted to your yard:
Food - Pests can be drawn to lights at night, open trash, an abundance of plants, other bugs, and more. When you reduce or protect food sources, you reduce pests.
Harborage - Pests will hide and breed in a wide variety of hiding places. A clutter-free yard is a pest-resistant yard.
Moisture - Many bugs are drawn to moist soil and moist wood, and those bugs are food for other bugs.
STEP 2: UNDERSTANDING HOW PESTS GET INTO YOUR HOME.
There are many ways bugs and wildlife can breach your home. Your job is to keep them from doing it. Here are 5 vulnerabilities you should address:
Screens - Repair or replace screens routinely.
Weather-stripping - It is easy for a bug to slip past damaged weather-stripping on sliding glass doors.
Roof-line - Cut back tree branches to prevent pests from accessing your vulnerable roof-line and chimney.
Holes, gaps, and cracks - Do a detailed inspection of your exterior walls and foundation at least twice a year. If you see any entry points, repair them or use a caulking gun to fill them in.
Hidden locations - Be aware that some entry points will be in places that are difficult or impossible to get to. These require more inventive pest control measures to protect.
STEP 3: UNDERSTANDING WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO PARTNER WITH AN EDUCATED PROFESSIONAL
We gave you 2 steps you can do yourself right now. The final step will require a professional. Some pests, like overwintering insects, are going to crawl on your walls no matter what you do. For these pests, Apex’s treatments are the only real solution. Some pests enter in through locations that are hard to get to. These must be addressed with baits and the most advanced products in the industry. Our educated pest professionals have access to products and knowledge that will address pest difficulties appropriately and effectively.
Make 2018 a pest-free year with help from Star Valley’s premier weed & pest control service. As winter turns into spring, it is important to reach out to us so we can create a catered pest control solution, specifically for your unique circumstance. Happy Pest-free New Year from all of us here at Apex Environmental!