Pests to Watch Out for This Winter in Seattle & Everett

Pests to Watch Out for This Winter in Seattle & Everett

Winter is fast approaching, and with it will be bringing cooler temperatures. Most of us want to stay in our homes during these months and pests that live outside don’t differ in that regard. Although many animals hibernate during winter time, many others look for shelter in our Seattle area homes.

In preparation for the coming cold weather, you should not neglect pest defense. Not paying attention to pest control can lead to an influx of these pests into your home. Pests such as raccoons, skunks, mice, bats, squirrels and some insects should be considered a serious threat to most any Seattle home or business. Eagle Pest Eliminators is a leading Seattle pest control authority and we thought it a good idea to share information with both Seattle & Everett residential and commercial pest control customers about some of the common pests to look out for in the Seattle and Everett areas this Winter-2017:

Mice and other rodents

Most animals hibernate during winter, but there are still others, like rats, that do not. These rodents stay in the dark and left out places in your home. They can pester you by chewing through your drywall and biting your electrical wiring. This can lead to other serious threats, such as fires. Also, they may carry various diseases such as salmonella and Hantavirus.

Raccoons

Raccoons also do not hibernate. They will, in turn, look for holes in dark and warm places. These may be ground tunnels or brush mounds in your backyard. They might also choose to go inside trees that are hollow, or inside the pipes or attics. Similar to rats, raccoons can also destroy property, and they can be a carrier of rabies and roundworms.

Skunks

Skunks can be found under the benches of your porch, or you might find them inside dens. If they see you as a threat, it can become very dangerous. Because of this, you need to be extra careful if you happen to come across them. They release a smelly discharge, and this can blind you temporarily. They can also be carriers of rabies.

Ground squirrels

Ground squirrels also try to find warm places where they can stay during the winter. Just like rats, ground squirrels can also damage electrical lines that can cause fires.

Bats

Bats live in attics, loose boards, and shutters. They can often be found in dwelling in spaces inside your house where insects are also found. Be careful, because bats can also carry rabies and other diseases.

Moths

Even moths will find shelter in the winter months and try to be away from the cold. A moth is attracted to a house during winter because homes are usually well heated during this time. Another reason is that of the clothing found inside your house. Moths feed off cotton. They can survive by eating your clothes while enjoying the comfort of the heat in your house. Take note that even if you are successful in getting rid of the moths, they may leave larvae. Larvae also eat cotton and will eventually hatch into moths.

Spiders

Similar to rats, spiders are among the most common pests found inside a house. A lot of individuals are afraid of them. But the truth is, they are just trying to find a warm place to stay, particularly during winter.

Ants

Ants are another kind of insect that can be found in houses during the cool weather in winter. Different from spiders, you are most likely to find many ants in your home at once. The issue about this intrusion is that they can get into anything, especially food sources, like syrup bottles, jars, and others.

Carpet beetles

Carpet beetles enter the house through doors, windows or other openings. They may feed off of the carpet, cotton, or other materials used for clothing. They stay in carpets, and also lay their eggs there.

Prevention and pest control actions you can take

In order to stop such pests for entering and thriving in your home during this winter, you can practice some measures that can make your home less vulnerable.

  • Clean up outside: As discussed, a lot of these pests stay in piles of leaves during winter so that they can stay warm. You need to constantly rake the leaves and make sure that the leaves and bushes do not mound up on your lawn.
  • Clean the inside of your house: These pests can live from excess food and water. Make sure to scrub and clean the counters. Wipe them clean so that no crumbs are left for these pests to feed off from while you are not looking. Also, seal your rubbish bins tight. Do not leave them open when full.
  • Check if there are holes and clearings from the outside of your house: These pests need to find a way to enter your house. Make sure to check if there are clearings at the base of your house. These can serve as entryways for pests. They can go through the basement and pipes underground. Holes that are close to the gutters can also be points of entry.
  • Close holes and other possible points of entry. Seal any holes or open surfaces that might serve as points of entry for pests.
  • Use lids that cannot be opened by animals.  Close the lids of your garbage cans tightly. Keep them secured to stop raccoons or other animals from looking into your trash.

You may still have problems with pests even after doing your best to clean up, and with this, it may be time to seek professional help. Eagle Pest Eliminators delivers environment-friendly pest management services through their incorporated programs. This helps promote and contribute towards maintaining an environment that is clean and healthy. We do this all while giving the best pest control services for our clients.

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How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

Dust mites, a close relative to spiders, are small, eight-legged arachnids that are about a fourth of a millimeter in size making them virtually invisible to the naked eye. The majority of their life is spent feeding, making waste, and reproducing in great numbers. In fact, a full grown female dust mite can lay up to 100 eggs throughout her lifetime, with each mite capable of producing about as much as 20 waste pellets a day.

A recent study revealed that almost half of American homes are suffering from a dust mite infestation associated with the development of allergies that can trigger asthma attacks and a myriad of other allergy-related conditions. Dust mite allergy can be attributed closely to hay fever, with symptoms ranging from watery/itchy eyes, runny nose, sinusitis, and rashes. Children are normally more prone to dust mite allergies but can still develop asthma and eczema.

How To Get Rid of Dust Mites In Your Home

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned earlier related to dust mite allergies, then you need to do something about it if you want you and your family free from these pesky insects. Here are some of the most effective things that you can do to finally rid your home from these tiny menaces.

1.) Dust Your Home Extensively
As their name suggests, dust mites thrive on dead skin, dander, and other materials that are normally found in dust. Thus, if your home is free from dust, there is a big chance that it is also free from dust mites. Removing dust in your home with the use of a damp cloth is effective in eliminating the presence of dust mites. A damp cloth is more ideal for removing dust than a dry one and be sure to include all areas where dust is present in your home including your furniture, walls, and floor. Rinse the cloth constantly to avoid spreading dust.

2.) Vacuum Your Home
Because riding your home from dust is the best way to eliminate dust mites, vacuuming is another great way to get rid of them. Your vacuum cleaner will not only suck out the dust but also the dead skin, dust mite feces, and other forms of allergens. To avoid allergens and dust from spreading, using a vacuum with a HEPA would be ideal. Be sure to vacuum floors, baseboards, furniture, carpeting, rugs, and furniture areas, and those other sections in your home where dust normally settles.

3.) Rinse your bedding with Hot Water
Bedding is a hot spot for dust mites. That is why it is important that you clean them properly to eliminate the pests. Remove the pillowcases, sheets, blankets, and covers from your bed and wash them in the washing machine using hot water. Once they are washed, be sure to dry them on a hot setting. Hot water is more effective than regular water in eliminating dust mites including eggs and hatchlings.

4.) Clean curtains and drapes
Aside from pillows and beddings, dust mites also thrive on heavy curtains and it is important that you clean them. Remove your curtains and drapes from their rods or tracks and wash them thoroughly. Be sure to thoroughly clean your curtains and avoid missing any section no matter how small. Use the same process in washing your beddings and pillowcases with the use of hot water.

5.) Use disinfecting sprays
Lysol and other disinfectants are very effective at killing dust mites and creating an environment in your home that is deadly to the tiny pests. It would also be ideal to spray your home after you have finished dusting to achieve best results. Also, make sure to disinfect other crucial areas in your home including corners, baseboards, floors, shelves, curtains, and around your furniture.

6.) Adjust Your Home’s Temperature and Humidity
In order to eliminate dust mites in your home, you need to adjust the temperature and humidity. Somewhere between 75°F and 80°F (24°C and 27°C) and a relative humidity around 70% to 80% are the ideal conditions for dust mites to thrive. While putting the temperature outside the dust mites comfort zone won’t necessarily kill them, it will slow down there breeding and alters their eggs’ ability to hatch. Adjust the temperature inside your home to no higher than 70°F (21°C) and relative humidity to less than 50%. An electronic humidity monitor will help you check your home’s relative humidity.

7.) Avoid Letting Pets Inside your Bedroom
Pet dander helps dust mite thrive inside your home that’s why it would be best to keep your pets away from your home’s interior specially from your bedroom. You can limit your pet’s indoor freedom to one or two rooms if you can’t help letting them inside. As much as possible though, let your pets roam around the garage or outside to avoid the spread of dust mites inside your home.

8.) Clean Regularly
While this might be a very obvious advice, there is really no better alternative to regular cleaning in avoiding dust mite infestation inside your home. This is because dust mites can breed extremely fast and with the average human – not to mention our pets – shedding more than enough dead skin everyday to feed one million of these menaces, maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is crucial. The more you clean, the more you prevent dust mites from invading your home.

9.) Call in the experts
If you’re really struggling to eliminate dust mites, it’s time to call in the experts. Eagle Pest Eliminators are experts in all areas of pest removal and can remove your home of dust mites and other pests quickly and effectively.

Do you have bed bugs? Seattle & Everett Pest Control

Thinking about trying to treat bed bug infestation on your own? Before you do, please take a moment to consider the information in this blog post including an CNN article about bed bug “bombs” for which we have provided the following link.

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/03/study-bed-bug-bombs-dont-work/

On a more personal note, I recently treated an apartment unit in Seattle where the residents had used bed bug “bombs” to try and rid them from their bed bug infestation. The resident followed the instructions on the canister and didn’t see any bugs for several days, but then bed bugs started coming from cracks, vents and other locations where the fog did not reach. The fog had simply driven them into hiding to wait until it was safe. In addition, the bed bugs spread to the surrounding units and created a much larger problem.

I wish I could say that I was able to treat all of the units successfully on the first try, but because the fog had driven bed bugs deep into harborages, the program took nearly twice as long as normal to eradicate the problem. This not only caused a huge disruption for the residents, but also increased the cost of treatment. While the resident was not held liable in this particular case, the apartment complex now includes a clause prohibiting the use of bed bug “bombs” and other over-the-counter pest products.

In short, foggers and other over-the-counter products are often ineffective and can sometimes cause bigger problems when used for bed bugs. So, while it may be tempting to save a few bucks and try the bed bug “bombs”, in the long run, it may save you a lot of money and hassle by contacting us at Eagle Pest Eliminators to take care of the problem for you. We guarantee our pest control treatments and your satisfaction!