New Year’s Resolutions…for your pest control

The new year is here and lot’s of us set New Year’s resolutions. Have you ever thought about setting some small resolutions that will greatly help keep things in check around your home? Most don’t think of pest control during the cold winter months but just because we cannot see or hear any critters, does not mean that they are not present. Here are a few small things you can do around the home this winter to get a jump start on those pests and to prevent spring infestations.

  1. Secure your home: If you haven’t already then now is the perfect time to inspect the exterior of your home for any gaps or holes. If any are found be sure to use the proper sealant to exclude any pests from entering. Be sure to look in those hard to reach areas too such as behind cabinets and don’t forget to check for any drafts around your doors or windows.
  2. Tidy up the yard: Now is also the perfect time to get a head start on your spring chores by making sure all leaf litter and wood piles are cleaned up. Don’t forget to store any firewood at least 20 feet from the home. These areas create a warm shelter area and the closer to the home, then the more likely you are to have a pest problem.
  3. Eliminate Clutter Indoors: Pests such as spiders and rodents will make themselves at home if there is plenty of clutter to choose from. The best thing to do is to cut down on the clutter inside especially in areas such as the basement, garage and storage areas. By doing so you’ll get a head start on potential pest problems and jump-start that spring cleaning!
  4. Don’t leave food out: Overwintering pests may not be too active during the winter but they certainly will be ecstatic to stay in common areas of your home where dirty dishes may be. If you cannot get to your dishes right away, be sure to leave them in a sink full of soapy water to keep those unwanted pests away.
  5. Monitor for pest activity: Finally the best thing to do is continually monitor for pest activity. Even with the cold temps, your pest control needs to stay active during the winter months. Just like house cleaning, the longer you go in between visits then the harder it is to get the job done.

This year be sure to include general home maintenance into your New Years resolutions which will improve the overall quality of life for you and your family and aid in deferring those pests away from your home.

The best way to address any of these issues is to contact a pest control professional. And if you had any pests that were able to sneak their way into your home, Cadet Pest Control will get you on the right path to a pest free home.

Is your home a target?

Many of our clients often wonder why their home is the target for unwanted pests. In some scenarios, the homeowner has done nothing wrong. Pests seek shelter in places that are more hospitable than their current environment. Seasonal changes make the interior of a home more inviting than weathering the elements outdoors. For example, in the spring, many pests seek shelter from high amounts of precipitation and looking for areas to reproduce and built nests.  The interior of your home is dry and climate controlled making this attractive to a variety of pests. As the weather cools in the fall many pests such as spiders seek out warmer climates to extend their active season. Eliminating areas of entry to the home and implementing a pest prevention barrier on the exterior of the home prevents this scenario.

The most common reason pests enter a home is when food is present. Insects are like every other living organism that needs food and water to survive. Homes that have food available are targets for several types of pests such as ants and roaches. Eliminate the food source is a great first step in pest management.

Termites Thank You Very Mulch!

Many homeowners are unaware that termites feed on wood and woody type material. These pests do an annual estimated damage of $30 Billion dollars. Placing mulch around the home can create favorable conditions for termites to feed and reproduce. While other woody materials are more favorable for termites they will still feed on mulch products. Termites are a threat to homes as they are often unseen and can cause thousands of dollars in structural damage to the property prior to discovery. Preventative pest control in conjunction with some common tips listed below is the best route in protecting your property.

  • Keep mulch pulled back from the foundation of the home
  • Do not let mulch contact window sills or other wood material on the home
  • Inspect the exterior of your home with each changing season for insect activity
  • Use rock or synthetic mulch if financially feasible

If you have suspicions of termite or any other pest activity please contact Cadet Pest Control at 314.678.7787

Proactive Prevention is Best!

In today’s fast pace environment families have dozens of activities, time demands, and pressures they must stay on top of every month. Typically, pest control becomes a priority AFTER the problem has arisen to an uncomfortable living situation. Not only do pests cause a health risk to small children and elderly they can also cause thousands of dollars in damage. Most homeowners fall into a false sense of accomplishment after they have treated their home in a singular application. Today’s pest control chemicals are designed to break down and lose their effectiveness after a short period of time (sometimes as early as 60 days). The reason for this is that the EPA does not want chemical lingering in the environment longer than necessary. Treating initial infestations is often five to ten times more expensive that routine prevention measures. Proactive home and business owners are urged to integrate a Pest Management program that will ultimately save thousands of dollars and hours of living in discomfort.

Summer Time Pest Defense

As the temperatures rise more families head outside to enjoy outdoor activities. These activities can be cut short by a variety of common pest to the St. Louis area.  The mosquito population in the St. Louis area is expected to increase with the above average precipitation and flooding that was experienced earlier this spring. Standing water creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos to hatch larvae. A quick inspection of your property may uncover small areas that have standing water. We advise draining these areas completely in order to minimize mosquito populations on your property. Be sure to check playground equipment, bird baths, and gutters for moisture.

St. Louis may be at a higher risk for the Zika virus SLU researchers indicate. For more information see the article: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/zika-risk-may-be-high-in-st-louis-and-st/article_d2a47584-2e55-564a-bf65-d0733bc06817.html

Fall Pest Prevention

As temperatures cool and the days begin to shorten bugs in the St. Louis area start to seek out places for the winter. Critters such as spiders and mice appear in areas that were once undesirable. Like all living creatures, these pests are searching for food, water, and a safe place from harm. An exterior inspection of your home may uncover potentially vulnerable areas that pest may enter your home. Sealing these entrances is a great first step. Even if the exterior of the home is 100% sealed (which is very difficult to attain) pests are often carried into the home while transporting foreign objects. Firewood, furniture, clothing, and groceries all have been known to have small pests that can cause an infestation. To prevent an infestation during this period of the year we advise clients to have Cadet Pest Control put down an eco-friendly chemical barrier on the interior of the home and service the inside of the property to ensure spiders find a home elsewhere!