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What You Need To Know About Pests In Louisville, KY

Rodents

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Rodents are household pests that nobody feels at ease with when they discover them in their homes. The most common rodents entering our houses are mice and rats. Rodents are destructive when they get into our homes. Mice and rats chew on and through wires, drywall, cabinets, food containers, and more using their sharp front incisors. They will also contaminate surfaces and food with excrement and urine, spreading pathogens and parasites that can make people ill. 

Rodents are intelligent, agile, and curious creatures. When living near people, the food, water, and shelter they find in and around our homes is too much for them to resist. Rodents will utilize small gaps and openings in our home’s exterior to move in and out as they forage for food to bring back to their nest. In some cases, rodents will decide to nest within our homes. Usually, they are motivated by temperature extremes, lack of food, and predators.

Use these rodent prevention tips to keep these pests out of your home.

  • Cut shrubbery and trees back from your home.

  • Remove trash from your home daily and keep tight-fitting lids on outdoor trash cans.

  • Repair damage to your home’s exterior, screens, vents, and door sweeps to help keep rodents out.

For exceptional rodent control in Louisville, get in touch with Tailor Made Pest Control today. 

Cockroaches

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Cockroaches are insects that have been around for millions of years. Their ability to survive in almost any environmental conditions is what allows them to thrive and makes them so difficult to control. Many types of cockroaches live worldwide, but a handful have made themselves comfortable living near people. We need to guard our homes against cockroaches because of their tendency to spread disease and allergens and contaminate food. 

German, American, and oriental cockroaches regularly find their way into our Louisville homes. American and oriental cockroaches typically get inside our homes through cracks in the foundation, drains, vents, and other small openings. They usually move inside after being attracted by food odors and moisture. German cockroaches have adapted to living indoors with people and moving from structure to structure by hitchhiking in deliveries, boxes, furniture, and appliances.

Here are some helpful methods to prevent cockroach problems.

  • Maintain a clean kitchen free of food debris.

  • Inspect things you are bringing into your home for hitchhiking cockroaches. 

  • Keep your home free of the clutter that can disguise a cockroach problem.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures and use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.

At first notice of a cockroach infestation, immediately reach out for help from us at Tailor Made Pest Control. 

Termites

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Termites are a type of social insect that live together in large colonies. Subterranean termites are the most widespread species living across the country. These termites prefer to nest under the ground in damp soil. Subterranean termites are well-known for using trees and wooden structures as a food source, preferring wet or decaying wood. Out in nature, they are helpful recyclers; in our homes, they are destructive pests. 

Each year across the country, termites are responsible for causing more than five billion dollars in damage. While subterranean termites nest outside, they frequently find their way inside our homes through tiny cracks they come across or pieces of wood making contact with the ground. Once inside, they will move to high-humidity areas and infest water-damaged pieces of structural timber. Leaky pipes, roof damage, and poor ventilation can result in a termite infestation. 

Keep destructive termites away from your home with the help of these tips.

  • Eliminate as much soil-to-wood contact on your property and home as possible.

  • Repair damaged trim and cracks in the foundation.

  • Remove and replace any water-damaged wood in or on your home.

One of the best termite prevention tips is to schedule regular termite inspections for your property. 

Spiders

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Many types of spiders live in and around area homes. Spiders that are most likely to find their way into our homes include:

  • Black widow spiders

  • Brown recluse spiders

  • Wolf spiders

  • House spiders

  • Funnel spiders

Spiders are arachnids and differ from insects because, unlike insects with three body segments and six legs, spiders have two body segments and eight legs. 

These predators feed on and control populations of insects that would otherwise take over our outdoor spaces. Spiders typically only become problematic for people when they decide to follow their insect prey into our homes. No one wants to share their home with spiders, their messy webs, or the insects that have likely attracted them. 

Use the following prevention tips to keep spiders away:

  • Wipe away spider webs as you come across them.

  • Plant things that deter spiders, such as lavender, basil, and rosemary, in gardens.

  • Maintain a clean kitchen to keep the insects that spiders like to hunt from being attracted to your home.

Call us now to implement year-round home pest control services to keep spiders, insects, and other pests away from your property. 

Ants

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Ants are insects that are closely related to wasps and bees. Ants nest and forage for food in many habitats, including our yards and homes. In our region, ants that frequently find their way to our properties are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and black ants. 

Most ants are harmless, not causing significant harm to people or property. They are, however, annoying and, in our homes, do unpleasant things like spread bacteria to surfaces and contaminate our stored foods. While most household ants are not a significant threat, carpenter ants are a species that you should be concerned about. When they enter our houses and other structures, they not only cause the usual problems, but they can also cause structural damage. It is best to address a problem with ants on your property as quickly as possible. 

Here are some helpful tips to keep ants away from your home.

  • Remove water-damaged wood from in or around your home.

  • Repair cracks in the foundation and spaces under and around windows and doors.

  • Eliminate foraging sites by keeping lids on trash cans, maintaining a clean kitchen, and regularly vacuuming. 

Get rid of ants with the help of Tailor Made Pest Control; call us today.

Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are small flies that take over our outdoor spaces in large numbers. These biting insects regularly drive people indoors. They are most active when temperatures exceed 50 degrees Fahrenheit and, therefore, the biggest threat in the spring, summer, and fall. The primary food source for females and males is plant nectar. However, female mosquitoes must supplement their diet with blood meals from people and animals. 

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water or areas where flooding is likely to occur. In the right conditions, it only takes seven to ten days for a mosquito to develop from egg to adult. Properties with or near lots of standing water are most likely to experience problems with mosquitoes. Minimizing mosquito activity on your property is critical to your family’s health and safety. As mosquitoes feed, they acquire parasites and disease-causing pathogens that they can then pass on to their next host. 

Use these tips to eliminate mosquito breeding and resting sites on your property.

  • Keep grass cut short and remove areas of overgrown weeds.

  • Get rid of unnecessary woodpiles, leaf piles, and construction debris.

  • Store containers that can collect rainwater upside down.

  • Keep gutters clear of debris. 

The fewer resting spots and breeding sites on your property, the better. Additionally, regular mosquito control services performed by a Louisville pest control professional will stop these biting pests from taking over your backyard

Wildlife

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Few pests are as problematic for homes and businesses in the greater Louisville area as wildlife. Between the damage they can cause to both your property and your person, wildlife prevention is essential for anyone looking to avoid costly repairs and disastrous health hazards. 

Here’s a quick look at some of the usual suspects causing problems for Louisville residents:

  • Groundhogs: Also known as woodchucks, these small mammals are typically brown in coloration and are best known for the structural damage they can cause to lawns as a result of their endless burrowing. In addition to directly damaging your lawn, groundhogs are known to chew through wiring and irrigation systems while burrowing, which can lead to serious problems down the road. 

  • Moles: Another common yard pest, moles cause extensive damage to lawns through their regular activity. Moles have to consume nearly of 100% of their body weight every day to survive, which largely consists of worms, grubs, and other insects that dwell within the soil. Unfortunately, if they make their way onto your property, that means they’ll be “swimming” through your soil all day in search of prey, causing extensive damage to your lawn in the process. 

  • Raccoons: While many find these small mammals cute due to their mask-like coloration, there’s nothing cute about the hazards and destruction they can cause around human dwellings and businesses. In addition to direct damage, they are also a prominent carrier of a number of different parasites, and as such, their presence can easily lead to secondary infestations around your property.

  • Squirrels: Another cute invader, squirrels do not pose a direct threat to humans in the same way some of the other pests on this list do. However, they are notorious for getting into attics and the roofs of buildings, and the destruction they cause to these vulnerable areas can lead to extensive and expensive damages.

  • Chipmunks: Like their squirrel relatives, chipmunks have are best known for the cute appearance that they embody when their cheeks are full of food. And like squirrels, they are just as adept at getting into roofs, attics, and other vulnerable areas of homes and businesses, wreaking havoc in the process.

  • Opossums: Opossums are best known for their behaviors when cornered, playing dead to convince potential predators to move on. Around homes and businesses, they are most notorious for damaging insulation, electrical wiring, and roofing.

 Are you experiencing one of the above wildlife pest problems around your Louisville property? Call Tailor Made today for expert pest control services to reclaim your property.

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