Are Allergies Bugging You?

Most people are aware that stinging insects such as bees and wasps can cause an allergic reaction. But did you know that common household pests such as cockroaches and dust mites can also cause allergic reactions? The symptoms they trigger range from sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes to severe, life-threatening asthma attacks.

What causes the problem?
All homes contain dust mites and more than 63% of homes have cockroaches. Their saliva, urine, feces and decomposing body parts contribute allergens when they become part of your household dust, and you regularly touch and inhale this debris.

What can you do to protect yourself and your family?
At Amco Ranger Termite & Pest Solutions, we understand how important your living space is to your family’s health, and we can help. Our expert technicians provide comprehensive, professional and environmentally responsible pest control services that remove insect-related asthma and allergy triggers from your home environment. Contact us today for a free inspection.

There are also changes you can make to your home to reduce the numbers of these unwanted guests.

Cockroach Prevention

  • Cover all trashcans tightly.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Do not leave dishes in the sink or on the counter.
  • Clean spills and remove food crumbs from counters, stovetop, tables, and floor.
  • Avoid leaving pet food out and clean the bowl regularly.
  • Fix leaky pipes under sinks and in the basement.
  • Seal cracks in the walls and floors where cockroaches can enter your home.
  • Use cockroach baits and traps.

Dust Mite Prevention

  • Cover mattresses and pillows in zippered, dust-proof covers.
  • Wash your bedding weekly in hot water that’s at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Get rid of all types of fabric that mites love and cannot be washed regularly in hot water. Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting, curtains, blinds, upholstered furniture and down-filled covers and pillows. Put roll-type shades on your windows instead of curtains.
  • Use a HEPA filter with your central furnace and air conditioning unit. Special HEPA filter vacuum cleaners can help to keep dust from getting back into the air.
  • Wash rugs in hot water or dry clean them.
  • Keep the humidity in your home less than 50 percent.

Check out our pest control strategies to help you fight your allergies.

How to Prepare for an Amco Ranger Visit

If you’ve never had a pest control service, like Amco Ranger, treat your home, you might be wondering about the process. Although every home and situation is unique, we have some suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of Amco Ranger’s treatments.

Housekeeping
Clean your home before we arrive. Pick up loose articles of clothing, toys, magazines, books, or any other items that are on the floor or other surfaces and put them away.

Kitchen Preparation
Cover and store any open food. Remove small appliances from countertops and clean off stove and top of refrigerator.

In Case of Infestation
Remove any live insects and insect dirt or eggs. Clean and disinfect the vacuum cleaner. Wash all bedding, including pet bedding, and shake out pillows and cushions from beds and couches.

Outdoor Preparation
Mow the lawn at least one day prior to your scheduled appointment, and do not water the lawn the day of. Sweep sidewalks, but do not hose them down. Make sure the garage is accessible.

Additional Preparation
Take note of any locations on the property where pests, or evidence of pests, have been seen. Compose a list of questions or concerns you would like to address with Amco Ranger during the appointment. Depending on the specific pests, we may suggest additional actions or precautions. As always, if you have any questions about your service or the procedure, please ask us.

Schedule your free Amco Ranger termite and pest inspection.

How to Bug-Proof Your Home

It’s a bug’s world, and we’re just living in it.
Keeping bugs out of your home can seem like a losing battle, which is understandable when you consider that there are an estimated 10 quintillion bugs in the world (that’s ten followed by 18 zeros – 10,000,000,000,000,000,000). Fortunately, knowing what attracts bugs to your home can help you make changes that will end their invasion.

How do you know you have bugs?
If insects are living in your home, there will be signs. Dead insect bodies, especially on window ledges and in the basement are a good indicator of an infestation. Also look for lots of spider webs and even insect droppings.

Why do bugs want to be inside?
Insects need food, water, and shelter to survive. Buildings are a great source for all of these.

How do I get rid of the bugs?
By eliminating their food supply and getting rid of their favorite hiding spots, you can reduce the risk that insects will take up residence in your home.

Here are 10 steps to make your home unattractive to bugs:

  1. Put Food Away
    Store all food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator whenever possible. Limit food consumption to a single area of the home and clean crumbs or spills. Wash dishes immediately after use, or put them in the dishwasher. Pet food can also attract ants and cockroaches, so keep it is airtight containers as well.
  2. Eliminate Clutter
    Hidden by piles of newspaper or in a packed closet, insects can reproduce in huge numbers before they’re discovered. Roaches in particular love to hide in corrugated cardboard boxes for food, shelter and reproduction. Keep clutter to a minimum, recycle papers, magazines and cardboard boxes, and dust and vacuum frequently.
  3. Seal Your Doors
    Install a metal threshold under the door along with a door sweep, which helps cover the gap between the threshold and the door bottom. Add weather stripping to the perimeter of the frame and use clear caulk to seal the joint where the doorframe meets the wall and along the bottom of the frame.
  4. Add Screens
    Open windows are an open invitation to flying insects, so install screens that are a 20-mesh or finer to keep them out. Repair holes quickly and check the seal between the screen and the window frame for gaps.
  5. Repair Cracks
    Examine the exterior of your home for damaged or missing sections of siding, cracks in foundations, loose or crumbling brick and rotted wood. Use mortar or cement to patch foundations and masonry walls. Replace rotting wood or trim, and repair or replace damaged sections of siding.
  6. Seal Around Pipe Penetrations
    Some common types of through-wall penetrations include water, gas, electric, or air-conditioning piping. Fill smaller gaps or cracks using pipe sealants or caulk. For larger openings, look for expandable polyurethane foam.
  7. Cover Large Openings
    To fill larger openings such as chimneys, use very fine wire mesh, often called hardwire cloth. Wire mesh should also be installed over holes in crawl spaces and basements, as well as over grilles, vents, and registers.
  8. Maintain Your Yard
    Eliminate pooled water in your yard to reduce the mosquito population. Make sure your yard has proper drainage and keep gutters and drains free from leaves, grass clippings and debris so they’re able to operate effectively. Also be sure to remove piles of leaves, limbs, or other debris.
  9. Store Trash Properly
    Keep food trash in the kitchen and not in wastebaskets throughout the house. Trash should be placed in a container with a lid and should be emptied each night. All interior and exterior trash receptacles and recycling bins should be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  10. Encourage Natural Predators
    Small insects are the main source of food for a large number of birds and bats. To encourage birds to help with your pest control efforts, provide trees and bushes where they can establish nests. Encourage bats by installing a bat house or roost in your yard.

What if these actions don’t work?

If your insect problem continues after you have followed these steps, you may need to take more aggressive action by hiring a licensed exterminator to eliminate your pest problem. Need solutions for your office? Check out commercial solutions at Amco Ranger!