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March 2014 News: Pest Control & Safety

In the March 2014 issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: Pest Control & Safety, Should You Be Collecting Rent? and Spring is Here: Termites Will Follow.

Pest Control & Safety

Tick Deer 267x300 March 2014 News: Pest Control & SafetyPest control products got a bad reputation in the twentieth century when the long-term effects of products like DDT and chlordane were discovered and these pesticides banned. The pesticides in use today are much safer and are still effective, especially when used as part of an integrated pest control and management process. In many cases, finding the access point(s) in your home and sealing them will keep pests out. When we are talking about something as tiny as ants, this can be challenging!

It is important to know that no pesticide is 100% safe, simply because all pesticides are designed to eliminate insects. Clegg’s however, uses the most current methods and products for the safest pest management possible, and our technicians are trained on the proper use of these products. Pesticides applied by our technicians are targeted where the insects hide, reducing the risks to your family. Your family’s safety is our first priority.

If you’d like to learn more about pest control and safety, check out this recent article or email us your questions.

Should You Be Collecting Rent?

squirrel 300x251 March 2014 News: Pest Control & SafetyWould you willingly open your home to a friend or relative knowing they would pay you nothing and cause expensive damage to your property? Probably not, but every month we get dozens of calls about nuisance wildlife-critters who have moved in and damaged property, caused sleepless nights and unwanted expense for the homeowners.

While any number of different animals may try to make your home theirs, squirrels, opossums and bats make up the bulk of the calls we receive. In most cases, they are simply looking for a warm, dry environment to call home. If they can get into your attic or crawlspace easily, they’ll do it. Clegg’s will identify the type of animal in your home and then set traps to capture the animal(s), after which they will be relocated. Read more about nuisance wildlife…

Spring is Here! Termites Will Follow

Every year we welcome warmer weather, greening trees and beautiful flowers, and longer days filled with sunshine. Unfortunately, while it may be beautiful outside this is also the time of year that termites become very active. Termites are active year-round, but many people don’t know they have an infestation until they see a swarm in or around their home or are doing some spring cleaning and find mud tubes near the foundation. Learn more about termites or call us for a FREE inspection!

 

Pest Control and Safety

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Safe pest control has been a hot topic for years, ever since scientists began to understand the environmental and health impacts of many pesticides used in the mid-twentieth century. Pesticides like DDT were commonly used between World War II and the early 1960’s before the environmental risks were discovered. Since then, pesticides have become safer. Homeowners still need to exercise caution in order to reduce their risk of harming the environment or themselves.

There are many products out there labeled, “all natural” or “safe,” however we often see situations where homeowners have not followed directions when applying these products. This includes using outdoor-only products inside and over applying the product. One issue with many of these over-the-counter products is that they are not very strong. This can lead to insects building resistance to the product, making it less effective.

It is important to know that no pesticide is 100% safe, simply because all pesticides are designed to eliminate insects. Clegg’s uses the most current methods and products for the safest pest management possible, and our technicians are trained on the proper use of these products. Pesticides applied by our technicians are targeted where the insects hide, reducing the risks to your family. Your family’s safety is our first priority.

Pesticides are only part of an integrated approach to pest control and management. In many cases, finding the access point(s) in your home and sealing them will keep pests out. When we are talking about something as tiny as ants, this can be challenging!

Other pests that can cause safety issues when you are outside working or playing in your yard are yellow jackets and bees. Both may build nests underground, and unknowing homeowners may disturb them. Both may be aggressive when defending their nests, resulting in multiple stings for the homeowner who initially finds the nest or attempts to remove it. We recommend calling in a professional to treat yellow jackets and bees.

A final warning: beware of nuisance wildlife. In most cases, if you leave animals alone they will not bother you. Unfortunately, when you have a squirrel, opossum, raccoon or other animal move into your home, you must get them out and remove access to your home so they cannot re-enter. While the incidence of rabies in squirrels and opossum has traditionally been low, there are other animals known as “rabies vector species” that are at higher risk of contracting rabies. These include raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, and groundhogs. If you attempt to remove any animal from your property and are bitten, you should immediately wash the area with soap and water, and contact your local health department for direction. Clegg’s recommends you call a professional if you have a problem with nuisance wildlife.

If you have safety questions regarding pest control, feel free to email us or give us a call. We would be happy to speak with you.