General Pests And General Pest Control
General Pest Control
General pest control includes cockroaches, bedbugs, water bugs, moths, and cricket infestations, which can damage homes too! It isn’t just termites you need to worry about. These other general pests can cause problems and damage too. Every parent worries about spider bites, ticks, and the occasional centipede. Let’s not forget bugs in the pantry or in the mattress. Some pests look alike in ways that make us think things are way worse than they are.
Oklahoma City Pest Control – General Pests
The variety of general pests can be challenging to keep track of. Knowing when to look out and what to look for. I know from experience just how hard it can be to keep up. There are steps you can take and should take to prevent and avoid many of these insects and rodents. Even if you do not see any pests, it doesn’t mean they are not there. Some experts recommend having your home checked every six months to a year. Working with a professional Oklahoma City pest control company has many added benefits. Finding your best pest control in OKC is just a phone call away.
Recent or Current Infestation
If you have already experienced an infestation and are working with a pest control specialist, they may recommend inspections sooner. That should be a question you ask the company you are working with. Depending on the infestation and which insect it is, it may take more than one treatment to eradicate them from your home. Opting out of further treatments when needed could cause the problem to become worse over time.
General Pest Control and Our Treatments
General pests require treatment for several reasons. First, prevention would be the number one reason for your home. Second, if you have recently needed another treatment, a generalized treatment can help prevent the return of that pest and others who might move in to take their place. Insects and pests are seasonal. Therefore, it is hard to treat every species at different times. Most treatments can last a year or up to 8 years, based on the type of treatment.
General Pest Control Seasons
When winter starts to move in and cool things off, bugs also move indoors. They want as much warmth as you and don’t ask your permission. Those dark corners in the garage or basement, cabinets, and closets are good hiding places. Let’s not forget about the attic as well. Mice can gain access through weep holes in the brick, get inside the wall, and build a nest in your attic or crawl space.
Springtime causes those hiding insects to spring back into action with warmer weather. You might start to see some new ant hills. Those pesky fleas will show up in your backyard and wait for the next pet or human to jump onto. Although they may be outside, they will try and gain access to your home, looking for a food source. You should check your kitchen, doorways, and windows for signs of insects, looking for a place to sneak into your home.
Oklahoma City can experience hot temperatures that affect us but don’t affect insects. It may cause more to show up, especially on cool nights. With Summer comes the mosquitoes and wasps on top of ants, fleas, and termites. Once again, check out those doorways and window seals for any evidence or signs insects are making entry.
During the Fall season, temperatures start to cool off slightly in Oklahoma. This is the time when bugs start thinking about moving inside your home. After all, your home is the perfect place to survive those colder months instead of outside. Checking attics and basements is always a good idea during this time. If you store anything in cardboard boxes in your basement or attic, you might pull them off the shelf or move them around so you can check for any rodent signs.
General Pests – Year-Round
As if you didn’t have enough to worry and think about already, some pests never let up all year. In particular, bed bugs, roaches, and spiders are active throughout the year. Consequently, we advise periodic inspections around beds, furniture, your garage, and the kitchen area.
Oklahoma City Pest Control Through Prevention
As long as you know the seasonal movement of certain insects, they can be stopped. There are several things you can actively do yourself to protect your home. Here are a few simple steps to help prevent future pest problems:
- Maintain the areas outside your home.
- Prevent water and moisture build-up or pooling, and maximize proper drainage.
- If you like to garden, research what plants attract specific bugs. Learn how to stop them before they take over your garden and home.
- Ensure your windows and doors are tight, and the seals are in proper condition.
- Check for any new leaks or cracks in the exterior walls or foundation. These are like “billboard signs” for insects and rodents looking for a way inside.
- Schedule annual inspections for termites, especially if it has been a few years.
- Consider including a general pest treatment yearly in your home maintenance plan.
Regardless of your steps, the best way to prevent infestations is to regularly schedule inspections by yourself and a professional company like Bobbi Ray’s Termite & Pest Control.
For Your Information – General Pests
Resources and information links for Home and Business Owners from the EPA:
- Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control
- Resources for Residents of Multi-Family Housing
- Resources for Landlords
- Preventing Pests at Your Home
- Safe Oklahoma City Pest Control Products