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Rose Pest Solutions Summer Wrap Up

Posted by Ben Dahl on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Summer is drawing to a close, but there's still time for a few more hurrahs before it's officially time to take the winter clothes out of storage. Whether you're camping, preparing to send the kids back to school, or just dealing with pests around the house, we wanted to give you a quick wrap up that touches on everything you could be dealing with at the end of summer.  

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CAMPING

Whether you're truly roughing it in the woods or "glamping" (that's glamorous camping), there are a number of things you need to be mindful of other than travel arrangements, shelter and a cool of your favorite beverages. Here are some tips from the National Pest Management Association about keeping your campsite safe:
  • Ahead of camping, apply insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient such as  DEET or Picaridin, and repeat applications according to the product label.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants, socks and closed toe shoes to help avoid mosquito and tick bites. Do a  thorough check after hiking in woods or tall grasses.
  • Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume and  candles — not to mention food and drink. Avoid using scented items and pour beverages into  clear plastic cups rather than drinking from cans.
  • Prior to camping, check tent materials and repair any holes that can serve as points of entry.
  • Keep tents closed at all times unless going in or out.
  • Keep all food and beverages packed in secure coolers and containers. Seal utensils and dishware  immediately after use.
  • Dispose of beverage bottles and cans in tightly closed garbage receptacles. Keep garbage  containers sealed and away from the sleeping grounds.
  • Do not attempt to feed, lure or pet wild animals.

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MOSQUITOES

Mosquitoes might not always be the most common pest depending on the season, but that doesn't stop them from being the most annoying and one of the deadliest. Find some very useful information about this deadly pest in our previous post how to prevent mosquitoes.

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ANTS

The first step to remediation when it comes to ants is to properly identify the species causing problems. Here are the most common:
  • Odorous House Ants: These ants get their name from the unpleasant odor they give off when  crushed, often described as smelling like a rotten coconut. They typically nest in wall voids and  crevices and prefer sweet foods.
  • Pharaoh Ants: Pharaoh ants prefer sweets, but also consume grease and even shoe polish. They live  in extremely large colonies and keep warm near artificial heating sources like baseboard heaters  and ovens.
  • Carpenter Ants: This species hollows out nests in both dry and moist wood, though they prefer the  latter. They can be particularly hard to remove since their nests can be more difficult to locate.
  • Fire Ants: Fire ants can cause severe allergic reactions in addition to structural damage caused by  chewing through the insulation around electrical wiring.
What do you do once you've narrowed down the species? Start with these helpful ant prevention tips:
  • Block off access points. 
  • Eliminate sources of water in and around the home. 
  • Keep a clean kitchen. 
  • Don’t forget about the pets. 
  • Work with a pest professional. 
And check out our previous piece 5 Tips to Prevent an Ant Infestation to learn more from Rose about dealing with one of the most common household pests.
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BEES

What's the buzz about bees? Learn more about Honey Bees: Our Favorite PollinatorsPollinators are important--not only because they're super important to our food supply--and you can help save them!

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Back to School & Bed Bugs

Even if you followed all of our tips and tricks to prevent bed bugs from coming home with you this season, there's always a chance the pesky buggers could still tag along back to school. Here are some more tips to help prevent bed bugs moving in with you. It's also a good idea to keep these things in mind when moving into a new apartment, checking in to a hotel or Airbnb or returning from summer trips.
  • Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Wash all clothes, even those that haven’t been worn, in hot water.
  • On move-in day, thoroughly inspect the entire room including mattress seams on beds, behind the headboard and in furniture using a flashlight for good visibility. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager or landlord.
  • If you are considering bringing "secondhand" furniture to campus, properly inspect it for telltale signs of bed bugs. If you notice and signs of shed skins, small blot marks/pepper-like stains do not bring it to campus.
Don't hesitate to contact Rose Pest Solutions for any bed bug solutions you might need or for a free bed bug inspection. We also have a state-of-the-art fumigation facility at O'Hare if you're really worried that any of your precious cargo might have unwanted guests.
 
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and keep in touch on social media for more helpful information in the future! 
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Topics: ant info & tips, bed bugs, mosquitoes, back to school, camping

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