What Is Attracting Spiders To My Colorado Home?

  • 14 Jul, 2017
With so many classified species of spiders, it’s hard to know which ones may be invading your home. However, in Colorado, the most common spiders are the house spider, rock spider, wolf spider and black widow spider. Spiders will enter homes and businesses during times when there are higher concentrations of insects inside to provide them with more food or to give them shelter from extreme weather. Once one or two make themselves at home in your house, other spiders will follow suit. They tend to be drawn to less than tidy conditions where they can hide among items laying around for long periods of time like stacked newspapers. They also prefer to hide in things that get pushed under beds and in the dark recesses of rooms. Other spiders are drawn to moisture. Outdoors, some spiders are attracted to piles of debris, overgrown shrubs, wood piles, tall grasses, and gardens; and they like the outdoor lighting that other insects are drawn to. Spiders get inside homes through holes in walls, cracks in foundations, and gaps around windows and doors. Sometimes they hitch a ride on boxes, firewood, or plants that are brought into a home or business. Most indoor spiders are more of a nuisance than anything else due to their ominous presence and annoying, unsightly web making. Most spiders are not very dangerous, but their bite may cause a little pain and possibly irritation, that is, with the exception of the black widow. Black widow spiders can be dangerous. They have neurotoxic venom that they use to inject into their victims when they are defending themselves. While they will usually only bite if they are bothered by someone or if they feel threatened, a black widow spider bite can be quite painful and cause a severe reaction in some people. Since spiders are good at hiding and staying hidden, they are hard to get rid of. For that reason, you should contact the experts here at EnviroPest to give you a helping hand with your spider problems. We have the treatment methods that include identifying where the problem spiders are getting in and where they are hiding. Then we will treat all interior and exterior areas where spiders are traveling. We can solve your spider problems using the least amount of product necessary and by using natural products and baits. Our products are EPA registered and we'll make sure we do not pose any threat to you or your pets by following strict guidelines. If you are finding spiders in your Colorado home, you can be sure it's because they are finding a steady diet of insects there. When pests invade give EnviroPest a call. We are committed to providing Colorado residents the most effective residential pest control options available.
With so many classified species of spiders , it’s hard to know which ones may be invading your home. However, in Colorado, the most common spiders are the house spider, rock spider, wolf spider and black widow spider.
Spiders will enter homes and businesses during times when there are higher concentrations of insects inside to provide them with more food or to give them shelter from extreme weather. Once one or two make themselves at home in your house, other spiders will follow suit. They tend to be drawn to less than tidy conditions where they can hide among items laying around for long periods of time like stacked newspapers. They also prefer to hide in things that get pushed under beds and in the dark recesses of rooms. Other spiders are drawn to moisture. Outdoors, some spiders are attracted to piles of debris, overgrown shrubs, wood piles, tall grasses, and gardens; and they like the outdoor lighting that other insects are drawn to.
Spiders get inside homes through holes in walls, cracks in foundations, and gaps around windows and doors. Sometimes they hitch a ride on boxes, firewood, or plants that are brought into a home or business.
Most indoor spiders are more of a nuisance than anything else due to their ominous presence and annoying, unsightly web making. Most spiders are not very dangerous, but their bite may cause a little pain and possibly irritation, that is, with the exception of the black widow.
Black widow spiders can be dangerous. They have neurotoxic venom that they use to inject into their victims when they are defending themselves. While they will usually only bite if they are bothered by someone or if they feel threatened, a black widow spider bite can be quite painful and cause a severe reaction in some people.
Since spiders are good at hiding and staying hidden, they are hard to get rid of. For that reason, you should contact the experts here at EnviroPest to give you a helping hand with your spider problems. We have the treatment methods that include identifying where the problem spiders are getting in and where they are hiding. Then we will treat all interior and exterior areas where spiders are traveling. We can solve your spider problems using the least amount of product necessary and by using natural products and baits. Our products are EPA registered and we'll make sure we do not pose any threat to you or your pets by following strict guidelines.
If you are finding spiders in your Colorado home, you can be sure it's because they are finding a steady diet of insects there. When pests invade give EnviroPest a call. We are committed to providing Colorado residents the most effective residential pest control options available.

Colorado Pest Control Blog

By Marc Dykstra 11 Jan, 2018

Cockroaches  are an equal opportunity pest. Hotels, motels, homes, condos, apartment buildings, and restaurants are all on the list of possible places that they like to take up residency. We’ve all heard the phrase “roach motel” which is referring to a motel that leaves a lot to be desired in the area of cleanliness, but is it uncleanliness that really draws a cockroach in? Is there only a certain time of year to worry about cockroaches? Can they really live for two weeks without a head? Here are 5 interesting facts about cockroaches that will answer these questions and a few more!

  1. Roaches love human filth! Crumbs, moisture, and pet food are all invitations for a cockroach all night all you can eat buffet. Keep your home, especially your kitchen, clean of crumbs, errant pieces of food, and pick up pet food when not needed.

  2. Roaches like warm and moist environments, but they can survive in some cold weather. Most types of roaches will die if the weather gets below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperatures cool down for a prolonged period of time it can limit their activity and can halt their growth and reproduction patterns. When the weather outside gets frightful, they will quickly find a way into your home or business where it is ohhh so delightful!

  3. Yes, roaches can live for two weeks without a head. Sounds creepy, we know, but they actually have multiple ‘brains’ (ganglion/nerve clusters) throughout their body. When beheaded, that ‘brain’ that is now missing actually only controlled their antennae and mouthparts. Eventually, they will die of starvation and dehydration without their mouth/head to nourish the rest of their body.

  4. Cockroaches are great germ and diseases transmitters. They have sticky legs that are covered with tiny hairs and this makes them a perfect vessel to pick up germs and transmit them from place to place. So when you see one crawling out of your neighbor’s week-old rubbish can on the sidewalk then later see one on your kitchen counters, it could be the same one – and, yes, it could be spreading all those nasty rubbish germs to your counters.

  5. Cockroaches have the ability to bite humans, even though they don’t. They can, however, be harmful to us in other ways. Their feces, saliva, and decomposing bodies can trigger asthma attacks in some people.

Cockroaches should not be allowed to easily access your home  or business . These are tiny, opportunistic pests that will hunt every inch of the exterior of your home trying to find an entrance. Contact the professionals here at EnviroPest today and we will put our pest control experts to work for you. Keep cockroaches out of your home or business year round with EnviroPest.

By Marc Dykstra 01 Jan, 2018

Bugs and rodents add nothing to our lives. They chew on precious keepsakes, jump us when we flick on the light in the bathroom, bite us while we're sleeping, eat the wood of our homes, cause illnesses we mistake for the flu--and some pests even carry dangerous pathogens that have significant medical implications. Pest control isn't just something nice we do to improve our quality of life, it is vital protection for our families and our property. That is why the team here at EnviroPest is hoping you'll choose to have a pest-free 2018. Here's a quick guide to help you do it.

Everything You Need To Know About Pest Control

We could give you a long list of tips and tricks but it would only leave you frustrated. Bugs, rodents, and other wildlife are clever and persistent. And some of the ways they attack your home are nearly impossible to address without the help of a professional.

Termites  can travel as far as the distance of a football field to feed on your home and they come up from the ground to feed. The only way to prevent this is by putting a barrier in place, and this can only be done effectively with products like the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ , which must be installed by a certified professional.

Some pests access your home by going under a deck, porch, exterior stairwell, or some other structure. There is no easy way to get into these locations to seal entry points in your foundation or walls. But a pest control technician has industry-developed methods for protecting vulnerable locations like these.

Invasive pests, like bed bugs , fleas, lice, mites, and ticks, often plague a home for months because DIY pest products are improperly applied to address the problem. Professionals know where to put control products, what baits to use, what methods work to keep pests from retreating deep into walls, and how to monitor pest activity to ensure that all the bugs are gone.

Pest control is a science. While there are some things you can do to resist and control pests, complete protection requires the assistance of an educated and experienced professional.

At EnviroPest, we take pest control seriously. It isn't just a quality of life upgrade. It is vital protection every family should have. Let our QualityPro Certified team of industry-leading professionals help you get your protection in place. We'll make sure those pests know that they are not welcome in the new year.

Happy New Year, from all of us here at EnviroPest! May you have many more to come!

By The Bug Guy 29 Dec, 2017

If you follow the news when it comes to homeownership and health, you've probably grown sick of hearing about bed bugs . Their infestation of hotels or ill-kept homes has become a commonplace tale, and it's convenient that along with this rise in hype about the problem have come a host of people saying that they have the solution. If you've ever tried to deal with a bed bug problem you may well have fallen for some of the over-the-counter products "guaranteed" to eliminate bed bugs easily. It's too bad that bed bugs are rarely so obliging as to fold to our $8.99 can of chemicals. Many DIY methods are based on false perceptions of how bed bugs spread and just what these little bloodsuckers are capable of. There is, however, some tested and true information that has proven invaluable to pest control professionals and homeowners in avoiding scams, along with some simple practices that can minimize the risk of bed bug infestation. Here are the top five tips we've come up with this year for preventing and dealing with bed bugs:

  1. Know your enemy. Separating truth from fiction is key to knowing what works in preventing any kind of infestation. Bed bugs don't care how clean your house is, and they don't spring up from the ground if you forget to change your sheets. These bugs are the size of an apple seed when full-grown, and will hide in the seams of furniture, in your baseboard, and even inside of electrical outlets, waiting for dark to venture out and feed.
  2. Be mindful of bed bugs when you travel. Bed bugs are professional hitchhikers, and will happily set up camp anywhere they can get a bite, not just in hotels. This means that public places and transportation, and even restaurants and retail stores can house bed bugs. It also means your travel luggage or purse is the perfect taxi ride to their next hunting ground. Checking any rooms you stay in and keeping your luggage off the floor will lessen the chance of bringing home unwanted guests.
  3. Know what kills bed bugs. Bed bugs are resilient creatures, and sometimes even chemicals advertised specifically to kill them don't do the job. This is because bed bugs can adapt to chemical threats, resisting your best efforts to get them gone. Chemical solutions can work, but must be applied correctly to ensure that the entire infestation is dealt with and to ensure that bed bugs don't survive and adapt. The most effective method for killing bed bugs is heat. Bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes throwing travel clothes and even luggage (if possible) in the dryer your best bet at avoiding bringing in bed bugs into your home. This also makes bed bug heat treatment the number one method of eliminating bed bug infestations.
  4. Know how bed bugs survive. One of the most common frustrations of DIY bed bug control is that just when you're letting out a sigh of relief, the bed bugs return. Bed bugs can survive literally for months without feeding, and have been known to enter a dormant state when their population is threatened, awaiting the right opportunity to reappear. What this means is that effective bed bug detection and thorough bed bug treatment is key to ensuring that you only have to deal with these pests once.
  5. Know when to ask for help. It is often cheaper to solve problems on your own, and it's certainly more satisfying, but when it comes to bed bugs, you don't want to spend the time and hassle trying to treat your home, only to have your efforts come up short in the end. Bed bugs, because of their persistence, are a pest that professionals highly recommend you don't try to eliminate on your own. The time and frustration just isn't worth it, not to mention the risk of new, more resilient breeds popping up due to incomplete chemical application. Professional services can ensure that your money is well spent and that you can be confident that your bed bug problems are over.

You can rest easy when it comes to bed bugs because EnviroPest has you covered. Our technicians know what it takes to get rid of bed bugs, and we offer safe, fast, and effective bed bug treatments . Not only that, but we are ready to help for the long-term. If you are unsatisfied with our treatment we will correct it free of charge. Bed bugs are not something you want to deal with. Knowing how to avoid them, and how they can be eliminated, can give you peace of mind in your day-to-day life, and EnviroPest is just a call away to give you quality service and effective solutions.

By The Bug Man 21 Nov, 2017
Thanksgiving is a joyous time to celebrate what we are grateful for with our family and friends. For college students, it’s often the first time they get to come back home after the school year starts. For others, it’s time to connect with relatives far and near that they don’t get to see very often. While it’s exciting to head home or head off to see relatives, there are some things to keep in mind so that you don’t bring any extra, unexpected "guests" home with you. You see, bed bugs love to travel for Thanksgiving too, except the meal they are looking for isn’t turkey and stuffing, it’s your blood. Bed bugs are excellent hitch-hikers, stowing away in your suitcase, snuggling up in your dirty laundry, or tucking themselves into your favorite travel blanket. They are resourceful, resilient, and a real pain to have around, so taking the time and effort to keep them away is well worth it. Avoiding and Checking for Bed Bugs There are some warning signs of bed bugs that you can look for at that motel pit-stop or the hotel you are staying in near grandma’s house, and ways to avoid bringing them to your final destination with you. Never put your suitcase on the bed or pull out couch, use the folding luggage rack – especially when you first enter the room and haven’t checked for bed bugs yet. Examine the seams of the hotel mattress and box spring, paying particular attention to the corners. Look for any signs of live or dead bugs as well as brown spots or blood stains. Look behind the headboard, nightstand, dressers, paintings, and under telephones and lamps for signs of bugs or their last blood meal. Don’t forget to check the pull-out couch or any other soft furniture the same way you would the bed, paying close attention to the seams. Put all your dirty laundry in a sealed plastic bag and plan to wash all your clothes in hot water when you get to your destination. If you are only making a pit stop and staying one night, consider leaving your suitcase in your car, and only bringing what you need into the hotel or motel. Do a check of the dresser drawers before putting any clothes in them. Treating Bed Bug Infestations if You do Bring Them Home Even with due diligence, there is a chance you could still end up bringing bed bugs home from your Thanksgiving travels. If this is the case, you will need the professional help of EnviroPest. We offer standard bed bug treatment with a follow-up visit, heat treatment services, as well as mattress encasement. We will work with you to determine what the best course of action is to eradicate your bed bug problem. Don't let the knowledge that bed bugs are out there keep you from leaving the house this year. You can travel comfortably with a few simple precautionary efforts and the knowledge that EnviroPest is ready to help you get rid of any bed bugs bold enough to try and take up residence in your home.
By 17 Nov, 2017
We’ve all heard the saying “Don’t let the bed bugs bite” but what may not be common knowledge is that references to bed bugs aren’t just part of an old adage to wish someone good night. Bed bug problems are on the rise in NoCo and throughout Colorado. They are a major source of irritation for property managers as well as for hotels, motels and private residences. Bed bugs are tiny, nocturnal parasites that feed mainly on the blood of humans and sometimes warm-blooded animals. They have the ability to heavily infest lodgings, apartment buildings, and homes before they are detected. Usually a bed bug problem is identified when their tiny, red bites are discovered on people or when their feces and blood droppings are noticed on bed sheets and linens. Bed bugs infestations are not signs of filthy conditions or sanitation issues and are just as likely to occur in five-star hotels as they are to show up in other lodgings or residences. That’s because bed bugs are accomplished hitchhikers and are commonly found where there is a high rate of occupancy turnover. They are also found on used furniture, luggage and clothing and may enter multi-unit housing complexes or homes on the backs of travelers or house guests. Getting rid of bed bugs is a difficult process that usually involves the help of a professional pest control company. Typically do-it-yourself attempts to eliminate bed bug infestations fail because those types of bed bug treatments don’t reach all of the bed bugs. Bed bugs are extremely adept at hiding and can be found not only in mattresses and on bed frames but in other furniture, behind photos and electrical outlets as well as in any small crevice they come across. If you are experiencing a bed bug issue, the best decision you can make is to contact an exterminator for help. For complete relief from bed bugs, check out our Bed Bug Removal Service. With EnviroPest by your side you don’t have to worry about bed bugs biting and can just concentrate on getting that good night’s sleep.
By 31 Oct, 2017
When we think about fall pests that find their way into our homes, we usually think about mice. That's because mice are known for crawling indoors through the smallest of holes and cracks in your home during the fall in preparation of winter, but they are not the only pests that look to stay warm in your home! Box elder bugs, spiders, raccoons, and squirrels are among other pests that are commonly found bothering homeowners during the fall. Here's what you can do about these troublesome pests. Box elder bugs – Pretty much the only time you will see box elder bugs in your home is during the fall. They're a nuisance but they don't normally cause structural damage to homes or food contamination. They can, however, stain your curtains with fecal matter. Spiders – While no one really wants to share their home with spiders, the reality is – many spiders are beneficial as they eat other insects. They do not cause damage to your home. Some spiders may bite, causing painful or itchy red bumps on your skin, and some may even be poisonous. Raccoons – The nocturnal raccoon will spend most of the winter in their den. If they happen to build their den in the eaves of your home or the attic, you could be in trouble. They can damage the structure of your home, leave feces behind that can transmit diseases, and make a general mess of your home. Squirrels – If you get a squirrel in your home, you'll know it! They are noisy critters that sound much larger than they actually are when they're running around inside your walls or ceiling. They sometimes chew wires which can cause electrical fires. Preventing The Fall Invasion All of the common fall pests can make their way into your home through the smallest of openings. To keep them out, start by examining the exterior of your home and sealing holes and cracks with caulk, and repairing or replacing damaged window screens. In the yard, reduce clutter to give fewer hiding places. Keeping landscaping such as mulch, brush, and plants away from the side of the house will help eliminate hiding places as well. Professional Pest Control If you are having a problem with fall pests, EnviroPest can help. We’ll help you identify the source of pests and eliminate them from your home with our pest control services. Our Colorado’s Choice plan will cover all of your residential pest control needs.
By 06 Oct, 2017
Colorado is home to an abundance of rodents. It only becomes a problem when these rodents decide to make your home their place of residence! Once inside, rodents are known to cause damage and transmit diseases. It is important to understand what these dangerous pests look like and know how to keep them from becoming a problem in your Colorado home. Common Colorado Rodents Some rodents are perfectly happy to stay outdoors, but others will come in uninvited and wreak havoc on your home. Here's a list of the most common rodents you'll come into contact with while living in Colorado: Vole – These little field mice are active all year round, making tunnels in the ground, damaging fruit trees, plants, and crops in the summer and threatening your foundation as they burrow in the winter. Gopher – Responsible for ruining gardens, lawns, and killing trees with their tunneling, gophers are not a welcome sight. Mouse – Small in size, but big in potential damage – mice in the house reproduce rapidly. One mouse in your home can become hundreds in a short period of time. They leave droppings and urine behind everywhere they go, contaminating food surfaces and your food. Wood Rat – Also called pack rats, these rodents collect materials to build their nests and are among the most common rats in Colorado. They transmit parasites and diseases and can chew through insulation, drywall, pipes, and wires. Squirrel – Outside, squirrels aren't much of a problem but if they find their way into your home they will eat your food, introduce parasites into your home, spread diseases, and damage insulation in between your walls. They may also eat electrical wires and put you at risk for house fires. How to Prevent Rodents in Your Home The key to a rodent-free home is to make it as unwelcoming as possible to these damaging critters. Take the following steps to prevent a rodent infestation: Keep food in sealed containers Clean up spills, crumbs, and food immediately Keep your trash emptied Seal all entry points into your home, remembering a mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime to gain access to your home Use weatherstripping around doors and windows Keep trees, shrubs, and mulch away from the foundation of your home Keep pet food in sealed containers Eliminate moisture in the basement and bathrooms, fix any leaking pipes Colorado Wildlife and Rodent Control If you're dealing with rodents in your home and your prevention measures and trapping attempts are unsuccessful, give EnviroPest a call. Our wildlife control specialists will identify the source of your rodent problem, eliminate existing pests, and help you implement measures to prevent future infestations.
By 28 Sep, 2017
Many species of stinging insects live and have been living in Northern Colorado for a long period of time. But, in 2001 it was discovered that there was a new kid on the block - the European paper wasp was confirmed and identified in Colorado. Since the European paper wasps are a relatively new species in our area, many people aren’t familiar with them. That is where we come in, the pest control professionals at EnviroPest want to provide you with the all the details you need to become more familiar with and protect yourself and family from the potentially dangerous European paper wasp! European paper wasps are often mistaken for yellow jackets because of their black and yellow color pattern. Like other species of paper wasps, they have a very thin waist, they also have distinctive long hind legs that they dangle below them while in flight. The good news when it comes to European paper wasps is that they are very beneficial to both people and the environment because they are major predators of caterpillars and other nuisance insects, helping keep their populations in check. Also, they are responsible for the pollination of some of our plants and crops. European paper wasps are social wasps that live and work together to build and expand their open celled nests. Speaking of their nests, they can often be found creating their nests inside small spaces, on or near Colorado homes like on the inside of pipes and gutters, inside of closed grills, in large bells, and in the hollow spaces found behind walls. They also commonly build their nests underneath roof overhangs and underneath of porches and decks. In the late summer and fall months, you are more likely to come into contact with this species of stinging insect. Why? Well because individual colonies are produced each year, meaning in the spring mated females from the previous fall emerge from their overwintering spots to begin creating their new colony. The newly formed colony works together building the nest and creating new members all summer long, so by early fall their numbers are going to naturally be at their highest! While not particularly aggressive European paper wasps will protect themselves and colony by stinging a perceived threat. Unfortunately, that perceived threat could be you walking by their nest as you bring your groceries inside, while gardening, or while your kids play tag with friends in the backyard. And the bad news when it comes to European paper wasps is that they don’t just sting once, they have a smooth stinger which means that each individual has the potential to sting a victim more than once, leading to potential life threatening allergic reactions. So, while European Paper wasps can be extremely beneficial to the environment, remember they keep nuisance insect populations down and are pollinators; they can become a huge danger if they decide to build their nest on, in or near an entrance of your home. To protect yourself, family and pets from the high numbers of stinging European paper wasps found in Colorado in the late summer and early fall, contact the professionals at EnviroPest. At EnviroPest our highly trained professionals can safely find, remove, and prevent problems with paper wasps on your Windsor, Fort Collins or other Northern Colorado property. We know that time is of the essence when dealing with potentially life threatening stinging insects; we react quickly and can come to your aid within 24-48 hours, or sometimes sooner! If the new kids on the block have moved into your neighborhood, contact the stinging insect control experts at EnviroPest now!
By 07 Sep, 2017
All the kids are back in school, and that comes with added responsibilities like car pooling in the mornings, rides to extra curricular obligations, homework at the kitchen table, recitals, plays, and more. It also comes with added concerns that must be addressed. One of these should definitely be bed bugs. In our service area of Northern Colorado, covering Fort Collins to Sterling and down to Longmont, we're seeing bed bug infestations popping up more and more. When they do, they can cause trauma for an entire family. And back to school activity is one way bed bugs can try to get into your Colorado home. 4 Ways Bed Bugs Get In During The School Year These hitchhiking bugs can crawl from one student to the next, and all it takes is one bug to start an infestation in a home. Bed bugs lay eggs on items. These eggs don't require the female bed bug in order to hatch. When eggs are deposited in school bags, book bindings, and other items that are passed around, they can find their way into your home. Sleepovers are fun, but they are also a prime way for bed bugs and bed bug eggs to come home with your kids. Late night study time. Immature bed bugs can come out early. They can even come out in the middle of the day, if it is dark enough where they are infesting. There are many more ways, but these four demonstrate what you need to know most about these hitchhiking bugs. Here are a few ways you can guard against an infestation: Washing clothing on the hottest temperature will kill bed bugs in all stages of development, even eggs. Know what bed bugs look like. They are about 1mm in size and are pale white. They can be found in seams of items and also stuck to fabrics. Know what baby bed bugs look like. Immature nymphs don't look like the bed bugs you've probably seen on the news. They are pale, transparent, and have six legs. When they feed, they become bright red with blood. If you see a bright red bug feeding on your arm, it is important that you determine whether or not it is a bed bug. If bed bugs ever infest your home, there is one more thing you should know: Enviropest, a leader in the Colorado pest control industry, knows how to effectively get rid of bed bug infestations. When bed bugs appear, reach out to us for immediate assistance and fast relief.
By 31 Aug, 2017
Are termites dangerous? This is a question that is often asked by property owners who are unfamiliar with these highly damaging pests. Highly damaging, this is the very reason why these pests are considered to be so dangerous. Unlike other pests whose dangerous status comes from spreading disease, contaminating food sources, or having the ability to inflict painful bites or stings, termite do not do any of those things, what they do, do however is cause unmatched damages to the structures of the buildings that they invade. Termites enter into both residential and commercial properties unseen and can work for long periods of time without being detected; this causes a number of damages that they can cause to become quite severe if they are not prevented against and/or stopped altogether. The damages that termites cause often look similar to the damages that water can cause; in fact sometimes a termite infestation will create the same smell that a mold or mildew problem does. If you notice sagging ceiling, uneven or slanting floors, or walls whose paint looks splintered or blistered you either have leaky pipes or a termite infestation - both of which should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Damages can also include windows and doors that stick as you try to open or close them. It is also good to remember that termites invading both homes and business generally first start invading and feasting on water damaged wood, however as the infestation grows, they will move onto feeding on sound wood and may invade wood cabinets and wooden furniture as well. Water damages or very moist conditions found in and around your home or business is highly attractive to termites. To help stop termites from choosing your structure to turn into their next feeding grounds we recommend the following termite prevention tips: Make sure that your gutters are not damaged or clogged. Gutters that aren’t working properly can allow water to run down the walls of your home and cause water damage. Check your building’s exterior windows and doors and make sure that they are properly sealed. Make sure that weather stripping found on sliding glass doors is completely intact. Reduce humidity levels in your home or business by using dehumidifiers and air conditioners. Make sure that rotting stumps, falling trees, and other piles of organic debris are removed from your property. Limit the amount of soil to wood contact found on your property. Soil that touches wood allows moisture to wick up into the wood causing it to become water damaged and attractive to termites. An 18-inch barrier between soil and wood portions of your home should be maintained. The very best way, and really the only way, to control termites and stop them from entering your home or business are to acquire professional termite control services. Our professionals are experienced, certified and highly trained and are able to help you eliminate any size termite infestation from your home or business and put into place the preventive measure needed to prevent a future infestation. At EnviroPest we offer certified termite inspections, Sentricon® System with Always Active™, or liquid treatments as options to successfully control and eliminate termites. Contact us today to learn how we can work together to keep your residential or commercial property free of dangerous termites!
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