Your home is one of your most important investments. Making sure you have a preventative pest program in place is key to keeping your home protected and sound. PCI Pest Control offers a Quarterly Service Program which offers year-round protection against the Pacific Northwest’s Big Five:
- Bees (yellow jackets, wasps, hornets–not honey bees)
- Rats and Mice
We come out 4 times a year, once each season to treat the exterior of your home with an effective product to prevent pest activity. At these visits, we also check and refill bait stations we leave on the exterior of your home to monitor rodent activity. Having us at your home throughout the year also helps us to be able to monitor the structure of your home; being able to notice any new potential entry point for rodents keeping you constantly protected and aware of your home’s structural stability. We will also treat the interior of your home if needed as well, and do call backs in between services free of charge to correct any issue.Concerned you haven’t been seeing any pests while on our services?
Well that means its working!
What is the difference between exclusion work and repair work?
Exclusion work is any type of repair that is made to exclude a pest from getting in. Exclusion is important as it is a preventative measure. Ensuring your house is nicely sealed up is key to assuring your home is rodent proof. Exclusion work is as simple as checking cracks and crevices near window and door jams, on the sides and bottom of your doors, as well as seals on any other openings (I.e. garage roll up door, doggy door etc.) to exclude these potential entry points from outdoor insects it’s as simple as caulking over these small openings.
Exclusion for rodents is also extremely important. Making sure your foundation vent screens are nice and secured, your bird blocks are nicely kept and sealed up from potential entry, as well as any openings around electrical conduits in your walls (piping or wiring from outside the home to inside the home) these are all potential ways rodents can gain way to inside your home. If you need a second opinion, or just want that peace of mind assurance, call PCI Pest Control – we will determine all your potential entry points, and can even exclude them for you to keep you pest protected!
Odorous House Ants also known as Sugar Ants are a native species to our country and found throughout the United States. Why the foul name? When squished, they give off an odor of that of rotten coconuts. Back or brown in color, these tiny little guys (1/16-1/18-in) often are found indoors, typically in wall voids, cracks/crevices, and famously under sinks. “Honey there are ants all over the kitchen and bathroom!” Sound familiar? They feed on anything such as dead insects, honeydew (their favorite), seeds, and notoriously sweets left behind by us. When getting rid of these pests’ professionals will either use a non-repellent or a baiting method (or a combination of both).
You may have noticed when using a residual or repellent DIY spray it only makes matters worse – well that’s because it causes stress on the ant colonies which cause them to split and create sub-colonies; ultimately making your issue widespread among your home. That cycle is called “budding”; multiplying the amount of ant colonies, in-turn multiplying your ant issues. When you see these ants active around your home they are more than likely travelling to and from their food source and their nesting site – make note of these locations as this is where you’ll want to place your bait. If all else fails, call in the professionals! PCI Pest Control has a 6-month warrantied treatment that will take care of your problem. [For at home tips, see our previous blog for “What Ants Don’t Want You To Know About Why They Love Your Kitchen!”] Continue Reading
“Well, that counter top sure looks nice and clear, maybe it doesn’t need a wipe down.”
“Well, Fido can take care of those few crumbs the baby dropped, he always licks up food to save me from sweeping!”
This is why the ants LOVE your kitchen. They’re attracted to food scents or molecular sized pieces of foods. To the naked eye, your kitchen counter tops and floors may seem empty. But, to an ant hoard, it’s their next buffet! On top of that, ants have incredibly small bodies. At only 1/8”, they can squeeze into the tiniest crack of your home.
Here are some helpful tips to keep the kitchen-loving ant out of your life:
- Store food in sealed containers – anything left out in the open is an attractant
- Try to exclude ants by caulking and sealing any openings into your home
- Your dog is not an efficient form of cleaning; even if he licks up leftovers. Always go over the spill-spot with a broom or mop.
- Be sure to clean any surfaces that could harbor tiny crumbs. This includes dishes, countertops, and microwaves. Rinse off the sponge afterward to wash away food remnants
- For a natural approach, wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar or lemon juice. This will eliminate the scent trails ants are attracted to.