Preventing Holiday Bed Bug Infestations for Greater-DC Homes
As fall draws closer, many pests including rodents and insects will start searching for shelter that will protect them from the cold winter weather. One such pest is the clover mite; clover mites are tiny red bugs that are about the size of a pinhead they are bright red in color and have long front legs. During the spring and fall you are likely to see them in and around your home and they can become quite a nuisance.
Clover mites are drawn to the sunny exterior of building and homes during the fall; they will then find their way into your home through cracks around windows, doors and in foundations. Once they get inside your home you will find them on your windows, window sills and walls. While they are not dangerous to you they can cause damage to your property, if they are smashed or squished clover mites will stain walls, carpets, and the upholstery on your furniture.
At American Pest, we realize the best way to avoid an infestation of any type of pest is to keep them out in the first place. Pest-proofing is something that any homeowner can do and our Bristol exterminators share a few pest prevention tips that will help you keep clover mites, spiders and ants out as well as other insects and rodents.
Eliminate easy access to your home. This means sealing any cracks, gaps or openings on the exterior of your home.
Create a barrier. Now, we don’t mean dig a moat around your house but rather consider installing a gravel or crushed rock around the perimeter of the dwelling instead of allowing grass or mulch to touch the exterior of your home.
Replace or repair screens. Inspect screens covering your doors and windows. If there are any tears or rips you should repair or replace those screens.
Remove moisture. Inside your home pests can often be drawn to moist areas so leaky pipes and faucets should be repaired and de-humidifiers should be used in basements.
Take the trash out. Empty trash receptacles often and do not store trash cans close to the exterior of the house.
Say goodbye to clutter. Organizing your closets, attic and other storage areas will not only leave you feeling satisfied at a job well done, it will help eliminate harborages for insects and rodents.
Check out our blog for more pest prevention tips.
Along with implementing the prevention measures above, having a home pest control plan in place will eliminate any problems that you are currently having with pests and then with routine service will protect your home year round from future infestations. At American Pest, we offer residential pest control in Bristol that is customizable to your home and your needs as a homeowner. Our Preferred Care plan includes 4 visits (seasonal) against general pests. If pests happen to come back between visits we will return to treat at no charge to you. Our Preferred Care Plus plan includes everything in the Preferred Care plan along with termite, mosquito control and/or tick reduction services. The Preferred Care Complete includes everything in the Preferred Care Plus along with the added guarantee against future damage to your home because of termites. Contact us today to learn more about our Bristol pest control for homes.
American Pest is a locally owned and operated Maryland pest control company that has been helping the residents of Maryland, Washington D.C. and NOVA since 1925. We understand that your Bristol home and family have unique needs and our professionals will work with you to make sure that you are protected against pests and the damages they cause. Along with residential pest control services we also offer:
Bed bug heat treatments
K9 bed bug inspections
Contact us today to see how we can protect your home against clover mites and other pests this fall, or to learn more about the other pest control services we offer!
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