How to Keep Pests Out of Your Crawl Space

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Crawl Space

No one wants to share their home with cockroaches, termites, rats or mice. We work hard to keep pests out of our homes. We put spray down so ants don’t come in, we kill spiders that come in and often times, we scream if a mouse enters our home (ok maybe that last one is just me).

What many homeowners don’t realize is that they literally have the power to cut down the entry doors by which these pests come into the home. Homes with encapsulated crawl spaces seal off the ground’s moisture so pests can not enter and have to go elsewhere to find shelter. An added bonus is that encapsulation minimizes mold and mildew growth, which means you’ll have a more structurally sound and healthier home than if mold and mildew ran rampant.

How do I encapsulate my crawl space?

There are five steps to encapsulate your crawl space, which is also known as a vapor barrier :

First Step, all standing water is removed to eliminate pooled water and moisture. This also lowers the humidity, which is the leading culprit in growing mold and gives pests one less reason to be a visitor in your home.

Second Step, the crawl space is sealed off with a CleanSpace 20-mil thick liner which is tough enough to prevent rips and tears by servicemen and workers, since they make up the majority of traffic there. This liner is much tougher than those found in home improvement stores. They …

How To Pick The Best Pest Control Professional

How To Pick The Best Pest Control Professional

There are many reasons that someone chooses to contact a pest control professional to help take care of a pest problem inside of a home. Some pests, including bed bugs and termites, can cause a homeowner serious stress and can cause serious damage to a reputation and to the structure itself. If a home or apartment is overrun with rats, mice, cockroaches, ants or another annoying pests, the situation could feel like it has gotten out of control and calling a pest control professional is the best solution for reclaiming your property from invading pests. If you have come to the realization that a pest problem on your property is not going away without the help of a professional, choosing the right professional for you is the next step. Not all pest control companies are the same, and so we have a few tips to offer you in helping you pick the right company for you and your pest control needs.

Talk to Friends

Firstly, talk to friends and family to see if they can recommend a reputable pest control professional. You can also look in the yellow pages for a pest control professional, but don’t stop there. Just having a name in the yellow pages does not assure a good company- you will want to check and see if the company is approved by Angie’s List, or the Better Business Bureau. It would be wise to come up with a list of pest control professionals to contact, so that …

Three Effective Methods For Exterminating Rats

Three Effective Methods For Exterminating Rats

There’s a lot additional to rat extermination than getting rid of roaches or ants. Ants and roaches is often removed in the home by utilizing pesticides. Rat extermination needs extra work than that. In an effort to eliminate them, you should take a various strategy. Rats are different from roaches and ants in that they will smell dangerous chemical substances, which enables them to avoid them so that you can survive. Extermination will not be quick, but in case you make use of the proper pest control solutions that happen to be proper, you’ll be rid with the rodents.

Figuring Out Where The Rat Living In your Dwelling

The first step for do-it-yourself rat extermination will be to figure out where they are living in your dwelling. As soon as you have identified their location, you’ll be able to trace their path back to find out how it really is they’re able to enter your property within the 1st location. Occasionally rats get in by way of the roof, by way of a hole in the basement, or through a door. You’ll want to block any opening that they could use to acquire in. They like to nest in places that are dark and quiet. You should check these types of places for fur as well as droppings that they may leave near their nests or the holes they go in and out of.

When you know where the rats are living, the next step in rat extermination is to …

Bed Bug Removal: Home Remedies

Bed Bug Removal: Home Remedies

So what is a bed bug?

A bed bug is a tiny parasitic insect that likes to feed on human blood like a vampire. It got its name due to its tendency of being found in the places where people normally sleep such as under the mattress, on the mattress, or within the frame of the bed.

These bugs are nocturnal insects which means they normally get out at night to do their blood-sucking business, though they are not nocturnal all the time; sometimes they come out during the day.

How do they look like?

They are very tiny wingless insects though they are visible to the naked eye. Adult bedbugs are as tiny as a quarter-inch long and have a rusty reddish-brown body that is almost flat in shape. After feeding on blood their body color changes to a deep red-brown and their body size increases. Newly hatched bedbugs have a translucent body that changes color as they mature.

What effects do they have?

  • They can cause anemia since they feed on human blood.
  • They can cause sleepless nights due to itching after bites.
  • They can cause body rashes on the skin when they pierce the surface of the skin.
  • In some people, they can cause an allergic reaction.
  • They can cause skin infections.

Where do they like living?

  • On or under the mattress.
  • Cracks and crevices on the bed frame.
  • In clothing, curtains, carpets, beddings, rugs, and linens.
  • In dark warm places such as cracks and crevices.


Don't Try This At Home: Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Methods Can Result In Deadly Consequences

Don’t Try This At Home: Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Methods Can Result In Deadly Consequences

The hassle and damage caused by pest infestations can make people want to exterminate these pests with extreme prejudice. When confronted with the choice between doing it themselves and hiring a pest control company, most initially opt to do it themselves. They balk at the cost of professional help, especially when they can vividly imagine what they can do with the savings. Unfortunately, except for a few lucky ones, homeowners end up wasting money on ineffective do-it-yourself control methods, and in the end have to hire a pest control company to get rid of their problem.


A common pest extermination product is poison, which is seen as an easy way to get rid of pests. There are several mistakes an amateur can commit. The first mistake is buying and applying the poison without checking the type of pest – or pests – infesting the home. The poison is often applied immediately with only a cursory glance at the instructions.

The results are unpleasant. The poison may have been chosen incorrectly, leaving the pests unharmed. Their contact with the poisonous substance may cause it to spread to other places like water sources, exposed food, and children’s toys. This can in turn poison the human residents instead. On the other hand, if the poison is successful, pests may die in places that are hard to reach. The decomposing flesh will exude noxious odors. The air may carry bacteria and viruses from these dead animals, particularly if the pest died in a …