The Great Pest Migration: A Consequence of Drought and Heat

July 12th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

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After five and a half years, the California drought is officially over. During the drought, high temperatures and a lack of moisture sent rural pests to urban centers to seek refuge. Even with its end, our typically scorching California summers are sure to bring pests back to people’s homes. Lloyd Pest Control knows all about the drought and how dry, hot periods bring pests toward us. We’d like to explain the reasons for their migration, as well as what you can do to stop them.

The Drought: A Quick Recap

California suffered quite the dry spell in 2011 – one that lasted until earlier this year. It was so bad that in 2013, our state received the lowest rainfall we’ve ever recorded. The effects were devastating: lakes dried up, trees died, and the produce industry declined. You probably recall our state’s order to reduce water consumption by 25 percent a few years back.

The drought had major effects on pest activity. Because of the lack of sustenance in agricultural regions, pests – insects and rodents alike – began moving toward cities to survive. That’s where they sought out a friendlier environment. Pests were attracted to buildings with sources of food and water, and for some, a place to cool off as well. If you saw more pests around your home the past few years, the drought could be to blame.


Recent events have created a perfect storm for pests. While the drought-stricken desert pushed pests toward urban areas, other factors attracted them as well. The reduction in water usage – specifically from lawn sprinklers, hoses, and outdoor pools – also forced them indoors to seek moisture. In addition, tree deaths from fungal infections became common, urging pests to seek shade and fruit elsewhere.

The End of the Drought: Now What?

The drought has officially ended, but our state’s typically high temperatures aren’t set to change anytime soon. In recent years, summer heat has reached far above the regional average in Southern California – and that’s bad news for property owners. Pests looking for a cooler, darker alternative to the weather will continue to seek indoor habitats. Add that to the state’s recovering dry spell, and we should expect pest activity to persist.

The Return of the Summer Pests

Many pests are already active during the summer, and recent conditions continue to encourage their presence. Rats, mosquitoes, bees, and ants are four of the most common warm weather pests, and they seek shelter in or around homes due to the heat. Here’s what attracted each them during the drought and what continues to attract them afterward:

1. Rats: Like us, rats are mammals and need water to survive. Due to the harsh climate, they’ve been searching for cooler escapes with more moisture. While they don’t fly like other pests, they have sharp teeth that allow them to tear through siding and walls to get indoors. In addition, they’re excellent climbers – roof rats, especially – and they can scour the outside of your house for openings.

2. Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes seek water as a breeding ground rather than for consumption. Unlike rats, they prefer the heat. That makes outdoor features like pools and fountains hotspots for mosquitoes. During the drought, they flocked to urban California to find standing water. As one of the most common summer insects, mosquitoes are increasingly a problem due to the warm temperatures and abundance of water sources in the city.

3. Bees: Bees’ diets consist of two things: nectar and pollen. Since plants wilt without water, bees are another pest that migrated in large numbers to find nourishment during the drought. Following the drought, bees remain prevalent in green urban areas. If you have flowers that bloom during the summer, especially if it’s a full flowerbed, don’t be surprised if you encounter bees or even a nearby hive at some point.

4. Ants: The top reason for ant infestations is access to food and water, and this motivated them during the drought as well. Many species of ants moved toward homes to support the existence of their colonies. While they often favor the heat, their search for sustenance is enough to keep them coming back to kitchens and bathrooms.


Strategies to Combat Summertime Infestations

The California drought is over, and life is going back to normal for you and your family. But with our region’s hot and dry weather tendencies, pests are sure to come knocking. Their presence is frustrating, as summer should be a time for leisure and relaxation. Still, there are many steps you can take to stop them in their tracks.

Natural pesticides and traps are a solid pest elimination option, but remember that they don’t do anything for prevention. Also, if possible, they should be avoided when dealing with bees due to their dwindling numbers. Here are a few ways you can combat summer pests from the get-go:

-Drive away bees and mosquitoes: Limit the presence of outdoor water and plant sources that attract bees and mosquitoes. Introduce plants like lemongrass and feverfew that repel mosquitoes, and place peppermint and cinnamon near your outdoor plants to repel bees.

-Keep out rats and ants: Eliminate food and water sources rats and ants crave (i.e. open containers, spills, and dripping faucets), and clean behind fridges or other places they’re likely to hide. Seal home entrance points and make sure they can’t enter through windows or doors.

-Eliminate persisting infestations: If problems linger, or you’d prefer professionals handle them, contact us at Lloyd Pest Control.


Lloyd Pest Control’s Approach to Warm Weather Pests

Pests are typically most active during summer months. Many of them enjoy the warm weather and settle in backyards where they’re able to raise a colony. Others prefer the indoors, as they hope to find refuge, food, and water. While the five-plus year drought in California is over, pests aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, they have plenty of reasons to stick around.

At Lloyd Pest Control, we have what it takes to force warm weather pests out. Our experience and pest-specific solutions will eliminate pests from your Southern California property for good. Regardless of which pest is plaguing your summer, Lloyd Pest Control is here to help. Get an instant quote or call us at 1-(800) 223-2847.

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Don’t Let Roaches Ruin Your Rep

June 22nd, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

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As any restaurant owner knows, the mere suggestion of cockroaches can spell disaster for your business. A single cockroach sighting can result in that customer spreading the word in person and online. Between social media and restaurant review platforms, your restaurant’s reputation could be ruined with the appearance of just one roach. Lloyd Pest Control in Southern California explains how you can protect your image and the health of everyone who enters your restaurant.

Cockroaches and Health Department Inspections

As if the spread of news about roaches at your restaurant weren’t enough, a report of an infestation could result in a temporary shutdown. If local health inspectors find proof, you’ll lose revenue and suffer an even greater blow to your reputation when diners see your most recent health department report. You may also have to pay hefty fines and pass a follow-up inspection. Although it’s possible to restore your reputation after receiving a clean bill of health, the process can be slow and expensive.

Health Risks From Cockroaches

Although the price you pay for a few roaches can seem harsh, it’s easy to see why these penalties are in place. These pests carry bacteria that can cause disease and even food poisoning as they walk across counters and exposed food. Roach exoskeletons and fecal-matter trails often cause problems for those with allergies or asthma.

Preventing Roach Infestations in Restaurants

Even if you strive to maintain a clean establishment, a few slip-ups and undetected entry points can make way for a full-fledged roach infestation. From skin cells to beer – a particular roach favorite – the lowly cockroach will consume most anything in its path. A roach can enter through cracks and gaps in any unprotected structure, and will stay as long as food and water are available. These hardy creatures can live without food for a month but can only go without water for a week. You could be unwittingly keeping a roach population alive with a leaky sink or water spills left behind.

Prevent cockroach infestations at your Southern California restaurant with help from Lloyd Pest Control. With us, you’ll not only get a comprehensive service that covers interior and exterior solutions, but a money back guarantee. And for our restaurant-specific services, we have a “We’ll Pick Up the Check” guarantee, too. So, if a guest ever spots a crawling pest in the dining area, we’ll pick up that table’s check and send a gift card to your restaurant accompanied by an apology from us that accepts full responsibility. That way, they’ll come back and see you at your best. Protect your Yelp reviews! Contact us today.

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Local Beekeepers: The Key to #SaveTheBees

June 15th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

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The movement to #SaveTheBees is no exaggeration. A high honeybee mortality rate has caused colonies across the continent to decrease substantially in recent years. Since they pollinate a lot of foods we eat, these statistics should concern us. But with the help of local beekeepers and professional knowledge from expert pest control in Southern California, the preservation of these furry fliers is still within reach.

How Beekeepers Save Hives (and Lives)

The honeybee decline stems from colony collapse disorder (CCD), noted by the departure of worker bees and the resulting disappearance of colonies. There are plenty of reasons that CCD may be occurring, from pesticides and malnutrition to environmental problems and parasites. But no matter the cause, the severity of this issue has given local beekeepers an important role.

You may know beekeepers as the folks who harvest honey from beehives for our consumption. More than that, though, they’re bee “managers.” To process honey, the bees must be healthy and the hives in great shape. Since environments differ by region, local beekeepers have a lot of responsibility to preserve their honeybees. They do so in several ways, including:

-Medicating them to prevent or combat disease
-Assuring they have safe, pesticide-free areas where they can pollinate plants
-Assuring they have enough room in their hives for continued honey production
-Replacing the queen bee if necessary

Why You Should Call a Beekeeper

Okay, you think you have a bee problem. But before you call anyone, know that their presence in your neck of the woods doesn’t mean they’re there to stay. Often, swarms pass through an area before finding the right place to build a hive. If after a few days the bees are still making themselves at home on your property, then taking action is acceptable.

If you call Lloyd Pest Control to combat honeybees, the unfortunate truth is that bees will die. That’s why it’s best to first call a beekeeper, who will transfer them to a new hive and allow them to keep living peacefully. Remember, they’re the experts in preservation, and we’re the experts in extermination. For a referral to a beekeeper in your area, call us at 1-(800) 223-2847.

As a Last Resort, Lloyd Pest Control Is Here

Our company understands the importance of bees to our ecology, which is why we ask you to call beekeepers first. But sometimes a situation unfolds where pest control is needed, and Lloyd Pest Control is well-equipped to stop honeybees while limiting ecological damage. Our “target pest-specific” strategies aim to preserve as many of them as possible. This includes treatments that kill other pests but leave bees intact, as well avoiding residual effects to nearby hives.

If you find yourself at a last resort with honeybees, or you have problems with other invasive bugs, contact the experts at Lloyd Pest Control.


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All There Is to Know About the Often Misunderstood Earwig

June 12th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

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The earwig is an interesting insect with a frightening history, albeit one that’s not 100 percent accurate. If you’ve ever seen one, you probably recall its stark appearance, marked by a dark coat of reddish-brown and large pincers in the back. But if the presence of this creepy crawler wasn’t enough to startle you, the myth that spawned its name might.

Often thought to burrow into people’s ears, the earwig is stuck with a reputation it doesn’t exactly deserve – even if it still wreaks havoc in California homes and gardens. Join Lloyd Pest Control as we explore the truth behind the insect world’s most misunderstood member.

A Misleading History

The history of the earwig is full of both fact and fallacy. Although native to six continents, the pest makes up one of the smallest insect orders in Dermaptera, which comes from the Latin words for “skin” and “wing.” The reason for the name is due to the presence of small wings on many earwig species. That said, it’s a somewhat misleading title, as the earwigs that do have wings don’t fly well, and not all of them can even fly.

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While we’re at it, we should also debunk this common myth: No, earwigs don’t burrow into people’s ears, nor is that somewhere they ever think about going. In fact, it’s also wrongly believed by many that they lay eggs there, and sometimes go even deeper and burrow into our brains. This old wives’ tale has existed for hundreds of years, with mentions dating all the way back to the year 1000.

The bug’s name comes from this misconception as well. In German, it’s called ohrwurm, or “ear worm;” in Russian, it’s called ukhovertka, or “ear turner;” and in English, its name comes from the Old English word for “ear crawler.” These aren’t the most inviting of names, and they’ve only added to the fear we often have of them and their assumed potential for harm. Fortunately for us, earwigs are only pests in the sense that they can be annoying and difficult to manage.

Life in Our Backyards

The reason the earwig was incorrectly thought to enter people’s ears is because they love dark, cramped spaces. The truth is, they tend to find comfort in the outdoors rather than around humans. Some of their top places to inhabit include cool, moist areas where they can stay hidden. Here are a few places you can expect to encounter them:

-Under rocks, logs, fallen leaves, or chair cushions
-In flowerbeds or anywhere with mulch
-Around the home where moisture collects
-Around outdoor lights (like many insects, they’re attracted to light)

Earwigs also enjoy gardens where they can find a variety of food options. While they typically feast on the small, undesirable pests and decaying vegetation, they can be somewhat of a detriment to growing plants, too. That’s because they like to chew through fruits and vegetables, as well as plant leaves and flower petals. If garden populations get large enough, they can cause quite a bit of damage.

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How to Prevent and Stop Infestations

Sometimes, earwigs find their way into your home – whether due to the outdoors growing inhospitable or the indoors better suiting their needs. The presence of water sources in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room often attract them. The possibility for food and shelter is also a big motivator.

To make sure they don’t venture inside, follow these steps:

-Keep all windows and doors closed and sealed
-Assure there aren’t open cracks or screens for them to slip through
-Cut off potential sources that might attract them, including crumbs, leaks, condensation, and dirt
-Use a dehumidifier or fan to dry out areas you think they’re likely to inhabit
-Get rid of potential habitats near the outside of your home

If you notice earwigs have made it inside, getting rid of them may take some effort. Applying pesticide or granule treatments are easy and effective deterrents. But for an incessant problem, modifying the environment by following the above steps is your best bet. If they still don’t go away after that, or you’d feel better with someone else handling the issue, contact Lloyd Pest Control. We’ll check out the problem firsthand and provide you with solutions to keep these pests away.

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But Are Earwigs Dangerous?

If you encounter an earwig in your home or yard, have no fear. After all, the rumor about them crawling into ears isn’t true. Overall, earwigs are practically harmless. They don’t bite or sting, nor do they contain venom of any kind. Some species produce an odor meant to fend off predators, but that’s the closest they come to any type of poison.

Its pincers are the only other weapon an earwig possesses – and a seldom-used one at that. Unless irritated, the earwig isn’t known to retaliate, and when it does, it won’t leave you feeling any more than a slight pinch from its set of forceps. Most of the fear of these insects is emotional or psychological, and is often brought on by their appearance or the mythology associated with them.

Lloyd Pest Control’s Approach to Earwigs

Earwigs are common throughout Southern California, and they can become a nuisance if the conditions are just right. Although they’re not harmful insects, they flock to wet, cool, and dark environments – many of which might exist in your home or yard. Fortunately, your ear will never be one of them.

At Lloyd Pest Control, we know all the details about earwigs and what it takes to combat them. We use pest control techniques that not only overpower them, but also outsmart them by forcing them out of their often-overlooked hiding places.

If you’d like to consider us for your earwig problem, or you have another disruptive pest on your property, get an instant quote or call us at 1-(800) 223-2847.

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The Termites That Live Without Soil

June 8th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

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Termites cause costly damage to houses and other structures in Southern California and around the country. Drywood termites pose a unique hazard due to an entirely different set of habits from other termite varieties. Learn more about the dangers to your home or business from the experts at Lloyd Pest Control.

Drywood Termites’ Colonies

This type of termite is different from those that build their colonies underground. Subterranean termites rely on contact with soil to live, but their drywood counterparts require little moisture. They can survive in attics and other wood structures without access to soil. Drywood termites eat wood and cellulose, leading them to dine on delicacies like books, carpet, and wooden structures in your home.

Life Cycle of the Drywood Termite

Nymphs, or young termites, go through four to seven phases, known as instars, as they develop. Instars occur between two molting periods. As adults, they join swarms to create new colonies. Nymphs are responsible for food-gathering while the kings and queens reproduce.

Drywood Termite Dangers

The drywood termite can wreak havoc on a home once it enters through an eave, windowsill, vent, or other opening. One reason a swarm can cause so much damage is its tendency to spread out into multiple rooms. Multiple colonies can exist in a single structure. And without the need for soil, once inside, they really don’t have to leave your home.

Preventing an Infestation

While the subterranean termite can cause expensive structural damage in just six months, the drywood termite takes up to five years to inflict the same amount of harm. Termite damage is usually not covered by home insurance policies. However, you can rely on your local pest-prevention experts to provide thorough termite inspections to help you prevent infestations and avoid out-of-pocket repair expenses. Because drywood termites are slower to damage your home or building, it’s easier to catch an infestation before it’s too late.

Drywood Termite Extermination

Often, the drywood termite goes undetected due to its nocturnal habits. However, if you do see one or more of the following, chances are good that your home is infested.

  • Swarmers flying in autumn
  • Broken off wings, specifically near the window
  • Pellets that look like coarse sawdust
  • Blistering of paint
  • Wood damage


Whether you want to avoid future infestations, need treatment for an existing infestation, or just want an inspection to stay on the safe side, Lloyd Pest Control can help. Call us today for a drywood termite inspection or service in your Southern California home or business.

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Keep Out the Bad Bugs (and Little 4-Legged Beasts) of Winter

December 3rd, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

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Every year, as summer turns to fall, the other technicians and I are given a moment to catch our breath.  The ants – which represent about 65% of our emergency calls each year generally stop trying to invade Southern California homes by late October.  Right around Thanksgiving, though, the winter pests come knocking – rats, mice, spiders.  They want in.  Here are some tips to keep them out.


Cover your trash cans.  And keep them away from your home.   Trash cans attract rats, mice, and larger pests like raccoons and opossums.  Ants and roaches are also big fans of your trash – don’t let their parade take a detour into your living space.

Move wood piles.   Move any wood piles (or clutter piles) away from your home.  Pests very much appreciate piles of stuff, and wood piles provide perfect shelter for rodents, black widows – and especially termites.

Adjust sprinklers.  Switch from your summer watering schedule.  Too much water in the yard makes attracts spiders, slugs, snails and other pests.

Remove fallen fruit.  I always recommend to my customers that they pick up all fruit that has fallen to the ground to prevent rats, mice and other pests from being attracted to the scent of decaying fruit.

Store your pet food.  Don’t leave pet food out overnight because it – you guessed it – attracts pests of all stripes.  (This also really applies to pet food on the inside of your the home.)


Trim overhanging branches.  Tree branches that hang over your roof create a superhighway for pests – especially roof rats, which love the quiet shelter of attics.

Maintain your roof.  Broken tiles, missing shingles, and roofing soft spots provide opportunities for pests to get in.  While you’re up there, check your chimney, too – and make sure that the flue is clear before the first use of season.

Weather-strip your doors.  If you can see light beneath your front door, rodents can probably squeeze right through (this also applies to garage doors!).  Weather-stripping is cheap and easy to attach.  This is also a good time of year to make sure that your windows are properly sealed, too.  This keeps out cold – and roaches and earwigs and spiders!

Repair vent screens.  In my experience, about 50% of all interior rodent problems start with damaged or missing vent screens (to crawl spaces, garages, and attics).  It’s much cheaper to replace vent screens than it is to chase rodents!

Make sure your dog door shuts properly.  The good ones often use magnets to seal themselves shut.  A loose dog door puts out the welcome mat for rodents – and opossums, skunks, and raccoons.

It will take very little effort to keep this winter’s pests out of your home.  Minimizing the things that attract bugs to your yard – and sealing the entry points to your living space – will make for a much more pleasant holiday season, and guarantee you many a silent night.  If pests do somehow breach your perimeter, though, don’t hesitate to give me a call.  Happy holidays.

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Frightening Halloween Pests

November 14th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

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When the chill of autumn arrives, so do some of the season’s scariest decorations. Witches, ghosts, vampires and mummies are the season’s headliners, but what about their trusty sidekicks? It’s nearly impossible to create a truly spooktacular Halloween display without spiders, insects, rats and mice.

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Spiders can be found in California throughout the year, but they are spotlighted at Halloween for a few reasons. Not only are some spiders venomous, they tend to build webs in dark and vacant spaces, like scary abandoned houses. Spiders tend to move indoors during the colder months to protect their webs and babies from frigid winter winds. Fortunately, spider control in San Diego is available from Lloyd Pest Control.

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Like spiders, different types of insects are often used in Halloween decorations. The cockroach is a prime example. Online you’ll find tons of ads for bags of plastic cockroaches to use as creepy Halloween décor. You’ll even find recipes for Halloween treats that look like the pest. Cockroaches have probably won this Halloween honor because of their association with the dead. Their deadly image comes primarily from their connection to disease and unsanitary conditions (although they can live anywhere). It is also perpetuated by the death’s head cockroach, a specific breed of roach with an eerie skull-like marking on its head. There are several types of cockroaches in Southern California. If you have these pests in your home, you should contact a professional pest control company.

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Rats are also linked to both Halloween and death. This dates back to the days of the plague. Mice and rats carried the deadly plague from house to house and town to town before pest control or modern medicine were available. A particularly violent outbreak known as the Black Death killed an estimated 75- 100 million people in Europe and the Mediterranean, solidifying the rat’s historical association with death. Rats are still known to spread disease and destroy property today. So while plastic rats are a necessary Halloween gag, no one wants real live rats in their house. Fortunately, rats in Southern California today can be easily and quickly eliminated with the help of an experienced pest control company.

In fact, pest control in Southern California can keep your home free of spooky spiders, bugs, rats or mice throughout the entire year. Contact Lloyd Pest Control for all your pest control needs. Halloween or not, we are not afraid of your dark attic, musty basement or creepy closets. Get rid of scary pests before they get rid of you.

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Pest control shift toward bee protection

October 23rd, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

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Pests like spiders, termites, ants, fleas, roaches and rodents can be annoying, and they often cause damage to homes and other property. Some pests may contaminate food or transmit diseases to pets or humans. Consequently, pest control in Southern California frequently includes elimination along with prevention. However, while most people prefer not to have swarms of bees in their back yards or buzzing in their walls, bees are beneficial and perform a valuable service for us. Bees pollinate crops in and to flowers, and provide us with honey all while acting upon their natural instincts. Unless disturbed, bees usually do not sting, but they may cluster in trees and shrubs, establish colonies inside walls. While some people find this annoying, recent events have made it important to try and live and work with bees, not against them.

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Currently the world is experiencing a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Beginning in 2006, bee keepers began reporting unusually high losses, between 30-90 percent of hives. Many of the hives showed no signs of known causes of bee death. Today, honey bees are disappearing across the country, putting $15 billion worth of fruits, nuts and vegetables at risk., not against them. Companies like Lloyd are joining in the movement to save bees, and support the environment in the face of colony collapse disorder.

Sadly, a recent application of a pesticide to control aphids on flowering linden trees in Oregon caused the deaths of thousands of bees along with other insects. Because of that unfortunate incident, methods of pest control in southern California are changing to help protect fragile bee populations. Instead of offering bee extermination services, companies like Lloyd are joining in the movement to save bees, and support the environment in the face of colony collapse disorder.

Bee pollinatingProviding bees with new, rent-free living spaces in friendly environments protects our honey-producing pollinators, an important part of our ecosystem and economy. Since  Lloyd Pest Control strives to be an ecologically responsible company, we will be moving away from bee extermination. Whenever possible we will refer residential customers to beekeepers in their area, so that the bees can be taken alive and allowed to pollinate and continue their honey production. If you need assistance with other types of bothersome and dangerous pests, Lloyd Pest Control  is still a premiere choice for pest control in Southern California.

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Pests Don’t Celebrate Labor Day: A Quick California Home Check on Your Day Off

August 28th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

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This Labor Day you might find yourself with your feet up and the television on, what you won’t find is pests around your home taking it easy. Pests can invade your home any time of the year, they don’t take days off. The good news is that you can help keep your home pest-free with checks of your home on your own days off. With only a little time required, you can do your part to make your home unwelcome to creepy-crawly visitors.

One way to keep California pests out of your home is to make sure you don’t foster areas they’re attracted to in your home. This coming Labor Day is the perfect opportunity to do a check around your home and to make sure you’re not already infested, and to make sure you aren’t inadvertently welcoming pests.

Ants are often found in kitchens or anywhere in your home they can get to food. Keep your food in sealed packaging as much as possible, put food away after each meal and clean up any spills right away. Ants follow a scented trail left behind by other ants, so if you find an ant trail, spraying it with any cleaner that contains ammonia will destroy the path.

Bed bugs can be a frightening prospect in your home. Washing linens regularly and keeping your home clean can help prevent an infestation. However, if you find or suspect bed bugs in your home, it’s important to seek professional help immediately.

Rodents make homes in your walls and come out to get food. Keeping food in sealed packaging that can’t be bitten into will help keep rodents from being attracted to your home. If you use snap traps, set the trap perpendicular to the wall with the bait against the baseboard.

Spiders can be valuable outdoors to keep pests out of gardens, but inside they can be a nuisance. Spiders are attracted to moisture. When you check around your home, make sure there aren’t any pools of water sitting around. There is more likely to be moisture on the shady side of your house, so check there for spider webs. Make sure you and your family know poisonous spiders in your area and can identify them to stay safe.

Termites are wood-eaters. Make sure there are no woodpiles against your home or foundation to attract them. Termites can be deterred by painted wood, so check the exterior of your home for any paint on wood siding, window sills or shutters that’s cracked or peeling.

While the idea of pests invading your home can be scary, taking the time to check your home is a good step in pest management. Checking common pest areas like the kitchen or in dark, damp corners can help you identify infestations if you have them. By taking simple steps to keep your home clean and uninviting can help keep new pests from coming in.

Of course, identifying an infestation is only the first step. If you find California pests in or around your home, contact a reputable pest control business to help you with pest management and elimination. California pest control professionals can make sure any pests in your home are taken care of quickly and effectively. Take time this Labor Day to check your home for any infestations. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your home’s potential for infestation, contact Lloyd Pest Control today.


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Bed Bugs: The Wrong Kind of Vacation Souvenirs

July 24th, 2013 | Leave a Comment (1) »

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For some of us, summer is the time of year when vacation and travel peak. It brings adventure, excitement and, for some, the needed decompression from everyday life. Unfortunately for us it is via our regular travels that bed bugs often reach our homes. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals while they are sleeping. Bed bugs need a host to survive, which is why they tend to hitch rides on luggage, overnight bags, clothing, furniture bedding and other traveling items.

As much as these bed bugs love to travel, there are ways to keep them from climbing aboard. Here are 5 ways to be sure that your next journey or vacation is bed bug free.

Travel with Zip Lock bags- When traveling, Zip Lock bags can be a lifesaver. Not only can they keep your clothing and items clean and organized, but also they will prevent bed bugs from crawling into your stuff and hitching a ride back to your home.

Use Hard Luggage- Hardcover luggage bags do not have zippers, cloths or seams that can deteriorate or break down causing entry points for bed bugs. If you don’t own hard luggage, use luggage with color and texture that will make it easy to spot bed bugs.

Inspect where you stay- Whether you’re staying for a single night or for multiple weeks, before you unpack your bags check the room for bed bugs. Your 15-minute inspection could prevent a costly infestation in your home later on. Inspect underneath bed sheets, in the mattress seams, headboard, sofa and anywhere that bed bugs might frequent.

Keep luggage away from the beds- Placing luggage close to the bed can allow easy access to your belongings if bed bugs are present. Keep your luggage away from beds, couches – and off the carpet.

Wash it all! – The most important factor in having a bed bug free trip is the washing of your clothes. It all starts with how you pack. Refrain from bringing clothing that can only be washed in cold water. Hot water and the heat from a clothes dryer works well to kill bed bugs that could be hiding in clothing. A greater measure one can take when trying to avoid bed bugs on vacation is to stop off at a Laundromat on your way back home to give all of your clothing a good wash. If a Laundromat is not available, put your clothing directly into your own washer and dryer as soon as you get home.

By following these few simple tips you can greatly reduce the chance of bed bugs returning to your home. Bed bug control is one of the most difficult challenges facing the pest control industry. Once bed bugs have settled in your home, they can be difficult to get rid of. For quick detection, thorough inspections and properly-timed treatments contact Lloyd Pest Control today.

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