In the spring I always get an invasion of pavement ants
in my entryway and kitchen. How can I prevent this from happening?
Sealing cracks and holes in the exterior of your home/office
will help to keep ants and other pests from getting through
to the inside. If you use stones or landscape timbers near
your structure's foundation, pavement ants could nest under
these and then seek access into your home/office. Also, try
to keep your foundation free of vegetation and limit your
landscaping mulch to less than two inches in thickness and
at least 12 inches from the foundation.
If I locate a colony of yellow jackets near my home,
what should I do?
If you notice the yellow jackets coming in or out of a
wall, do not seal or plug the hole they are entering/exiting
- doing this may force them to find another exit and it could
be into your home/office. Stay clear of the yellow jacket
nest after locating it and call STAR PEST CONTROL for assistance.
fall we had a problem with box elder bugs and had to have
a professional come out and treat our house. What can we do
this year to keep this from being a problem again?
your foundation and attic vents to make sure there are screens
on them and that they fit securely over the opening. Seal
cracks and holes on the outside of your home, especially on
the sides where the sun heats your home the most (typically
the south and west walls during the late summer). Call the
professionals at STAR PEST CONTROL and have us treat those
sun-heated walls of your home in mid to late August.
What can I do to control the invasion of mice and other
the amount of harborage (places where the rodents can take
refuge from the outdoors) available in your home/office. Keep
firewood off the ground and away from your home. Remove piles
of debris, stones, bricks and leaves from your foundation.
Seal holes and cracks in your structure that would allow mice/rodents
into your home/office - anything larger than 1/4 of an inch
will enable mice/small rodents access to the interior.