Control Pests

The Weather is Frightful, But a Pest-Free Home is Delightful

Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean overwintering pests and rodents are hibernating. As temperatures drop, it can be harder to find a food source and your home provides that food source they’re searching for. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prep your home this season to keep pests and rodents out. Check out our checklist below to determine if you’re winter ready!

  1. Find and seal the crevices and openings to your home – It sounds simple, but really look closely to see what openings or cracks you find. Pests and rodents don’t need a large gap to find an entry point into your home. A mouse can fit through an opening about the size of a dime and a rat can fit through an opening about the size of a quarter.
  2. Store hardwood at least 25 feet away from your house – It may be a pain to walk a little further to get hardwood to build a fire, but pests love to live in hardwood piles. Storing the piles closer to your home gives them easier access to get inside.
  3. Tightly seal items in your pantry – Store cereals or snacks in airtight containers. Cardboard boxes and bags with chip clips will not keep the pests away.
  4. Install vent screens over your chimney and shafts – It’s a simple and easy shield for blocking overwintering pests.
  5. Clear the clutter – Your clutter is a pest’s treasure. Organize and clean out storage spaces to avoid an unexpected surprise next time you need something from your storage closet.
  6. Repair leaks – Water accumulation attracts pests and serves as a breeding ground for some overwintering pests. Check your plumbing and repair any leaks you find.

As always, if you see an invader in your home and are not sure how to properly identify it, contact our staff entomologists (the bug doctors!) to help out!

Tips for a Pest-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of our personal favorite holidays! Who doesn’t love indulging in delicious food and a day spent with loved ones? While it may be one of the best days of the year, your leftover Thanksgiving feast could quickly become a pest or rodent’s heaven. Here are a few simple tips to keep your house pest and rodent-free.

  1. Don’t leave food out overnight – Leaving food out overnight can attract pests and rodents into your home as they search for a feeding source. A mouse can fit into your home through an opening that’s the size of a dime, and a rat can fit through an opening that’s the size of a quarter.
  2. Take your trash out – Even if the trash can isn’t full, if you have left over turkey carvings, uneaten stuffing, or sides, pests and rodents will still be tempted to enter your home. After you’re done eating, put the trash in the bin or dumpster outside.
  3. Clean pots and pans – Clean the pots and pans your feast was cooked in on the same evening. Dirty dishes left out overnight can attract pests like ants and roaches.
  4. Don’t leave the door open – When family fills your home, it can get a little toasty in the house, but be cautious of leaving the door open for extended periods of time especially if you don’t have a screen door. An open door is an open invitation.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you prepare for Thursday. Safe travels and happy eating!

Spring into Warmer Weather Pest-Free

Warmer weather will be here before you know it, and with the arrival of spring comes the arrival of all those insects and pests that seem to disappear in the winter like ants, bees, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Termites also become more active as the weather warms up. The best time to prepare and prevent these pests from doing any damage is now. Being proactive about treating your home is always the most effective route to take.

Our Bundled Services Plan provides maximum protection (and saves you almost $500 annually!) for your home covering:

  • Six visits per year covering 26 insects and common household pests
  • Bi-annual termite prevention visits
  • Seven mosquito abatement inspections and ­treatments, April – October
  • Peace of mind knowing you are ­protecting your home and family from ­damage, ­disease and unwanted pests.

In addition to Triple S Pest Services providing regular service for your home, there are a few things you can do as well to minimize insects and pests.

  1. Sweep and vacuum frequently – Get rid of debris and crumbs that serve as a food source for pests.
  2. Take the trash out regularly – If the trashcan is full, make sure you don’t leave it sitting for a few days. What’s your trash is a bug’s feast.
  3. Seal the food in your pantry – Don’t leave that cereal box open and make sure containers are fully sealed. Leaving food open welcomes pantry pests and ants.
  4. Get rid of stagnant water outside – Check around your yard for water that’s not draining or kid’s toys or pots filled with water. This standing water attracts mosquitoes to your backyard.
  5. Plant lavender – We may love the smell of lavender, but mosquitoes hate it. Plant some lavender in your yard or put some out around your home. The plant will act as natural repellant.

We hope these tips have been helpful! Call us today at (703) 368-8000 to set up a free inspection and discuss which one of our many service plans works best for you!

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.