Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ways to Bug Proof Your Home

I’m sure most people would agree that having bugs in the house is one thing they can do without. Bugs are not only annoying with all the buzzing and biting;  they also create unhealthy living conditions. If you are fighting to keep the bugs out of your house you are not alone. However, with so many insects in the world it can be tough.

Ways to Bug Proof Your Home

  • Seal your Doors: Install a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold under the door (combine this with a door sweep for even better protection). A sweep helps to cover the gap between a threshold and the door bottom. Adding weather-stripping or door-seal kits to the perimeter of the frame can keep insects from entering along the sides or top of the door. Use a clear caulk to seal the joint where the door frame meets the wall and the area where it meets the ground.
  • Add Screens: Adding screens to your doors and windows will allow you to let the fresh air in your house on a nice day but keep the insects out. A 20-mesh or finer screen is the best screen to keep out most common household pests. If you have screens in place already make sure they don’t have any tears in them and that they are securely in place.
  • Maintain your Yard: Yard maintenance can have a big impact on bug infestations. Eliminating pooled water in your yard is one way to reduce the mosquito population. It’s also important to maintain regular drainage channels. Keep your gutter and drains free from leaves, grass clippings and debris so they are able to operate properly. If you have a pool, keep it chlorinated and filtered. Change the water in your fountains or birdbaths twice week. Remove any piles of leaves or debris from your yard.
  • Store Trash Properly: Keep food trash in the kitchen. The trash can should have a lid, and the can should be emptied each night. Exterior cans should have self-closing lids along with tight seals. All interior and exterior trash receptacles and recycling bins should be cleaned and sanitized regularly to keep them clean from food particles and drinks that may have spilled in them.
  • Encourage Natural Predators: Bats and birds are great to have around as they eat a large number of the insects that may try to enter your home. Having clean birdbaths and fresh birdseed can help encourage birds to stay around your house while bat houses and roosts can help encourage bats.

There are many more helpful tips than these for bug proofing your home. So call Triple S Pest Control today and have their professionals help you bug proof your home as well as give helpful tips on other ways to keep the pests out.

Using Sticky Traps

Sticky traps consist of a sticky glue layer mounted on a piece of cardboard. Sticky traps are most often folded into a tent shaped structure.  Most sticky traps contain no pesticides, although some may have aromas designed to be attractive to certain pests. Sticky traps are not the best pest control method, but they can come in handy in places where other pesticides may not be wise to use.

Pests that Can Be Caught Using Sticky Traps:

  • cockroaches
  • spiders
  • beetles
  • mites
  • scorpions
  • other crawling insects

Will Sticky Traps Control Pests?

Sticky traps are better at detecting pests than they are at controlling them. Smaller pest such as mites are harder to catch using sticky traps. Sticky traps can be used to pinpoint the source of the problem.  Glue traps, when used by a professional, can be a better form of controlling pests.

Where should sticky traps be placed?

Most insects prefer to travel in dark areas and along edges. The best placement of a sticky card is in an out-of-the-way location in direct contact with a wall.

You will want to place sticky traps at least 5-10 feet apart in areas where pests are more likely to travel.  Behind stoves and refrigerators, in cupboards and under sinks are good places to trap pests such as cockroaches with sticky traps. To best catch brown recluses and other spiders, place traps along garage and indoor walls in storage and living areas.

Are Glue Traps the Same as Sticky Traps?

A glue trap is a form of sticky trap. However it is a more heavy-duty sticky trap. Glue traps are usually used to catch mice and rats. Unlike sticky traps glue traps use a heavier stickier glue on a stiff plastic tray instead of cardboard.

Glue traps are messier than sticky traps and have a higher lip which may cause insects to walk around them, never even touching the glue. The glue from glue traps can be very hard to remove as well.

Where Can I Purchase Sticky Traps?

Sticky traps and glue boards can be purchased through many hardware stores or online outlets as well as your local pest control company.

If you are in need of pest control and are not sure about sticky traps or glue traps, call Triple S Pest Control today. Triple S Pest Control has professionals that will be able to help you understand more about traps and help you with all your pest control needs.