The Importance of Timely Gutter Cleanings

As a homeowner, there are so many maintenance tasks that seem to pile up and feel like a burden. One example is gutter cleaning, but this household task is far more important than you might imagine. Here’s why gutter cleaning is so important and the best ways to go about getting the job done.

Problems Caused by Clogged Gutters

Gutters aren’t just decoration for the exterior of your home because actually serve the crucial purpose of protecting your foundation, roof, walls, and landscaping. Throughout the seasons, gutters tend to become clogged with sticks, leaves, and other debris, which can lead to water damage and leaks.

In addition to preventing home damage, clean gutters also help to deter pests from taking up residence in your home. This is because clogged gutters make excellent nesting sites for birds, mosquitos, and other pests that may require professional extermination if not promptly addressed. You’ll also protect your garden beds, brackets, and the foundation of your home by simply cleaning out your gutters on a regular basis.

Where DIY Methods Aren’t Recommended

Although gutter cleaning may seem like a simple enough task, taking a DIY approach is not recommended. This task is not as easy as it looks, especially if your gutters have accumulated lots of debris and pests. It’s also very unsafe to attempt if you’re not a professional who’s used to climbing up tall ladders and performing heavy-duty maintenance tasks from way up high. You’ll also save money in the long-run by hiring a professional to repair or replace damaged gutters, which is another challenging and time-consuming job that involves more than you might expect.

When to Have Your Gutters Cleaned

There really is no “bad” time to have your gutters cleaned, especially if you notice debris piling up or draining issues. But gutter cleaning is an especially good idea after a big storm that left lots of sticks and leaves behind on your roof. Keeping a routine home maintenance schedule that includes gutter cleaning makes it easier to remember this task when life gets busy throughout the year.

How Often to Clean Your Gutters

While every home and yard are different, twice per year is the standard for gutter cleaning. We recommend having your gutters cleaned in the fall and spring to clear out debris that falls from trees in these seasons. You may need to have your gutters cleaned more often, perhaps once per each of the four seasons, if you live on a property with lots of trees that hang over your roof or if your home is positioned on a downhill slope that’s susceptible to more windblown debris.

Health Risks of a Cockroach Infestation

There are few things more unsettling than seeing a cockroach crawl across the floor of your home. But cockroaches aren’t just an unsightly nuisance, as they can carry serious diseases that impact humans in negative ways too. Here is some information about the diseases carried by cockroaches and how you can keep your family safe from these household pests.

Diseases Cockroaches Carry

Cockroaches are sometimes associated with dirty places, and from the deep dark corners of a home can emerge health risks to humans and pets. Cockroaches can carry various forms of bacteria, such as E. coli, salmonella, streptococcus, and Staphylococcus. Through the transmission of these diseases, humans can find themselves experiencing the symptoms of food poisoning or gastroenteritis, such as stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Research has also shown that cockroaches can carry organisms that cause many different infections that make people sick, such as plague, giardia, dysentery, cholera, and typhoid fever.

How Cockroaches Infect Humans

Unlike mosquitos, which are pests that actually bite humans, cockroaches transmit diseases to humans indirectly by contaminating surfaces and food sources. Cockroaches will eat pretty much anything and everything, even fecal matter. After feasting, cockroaches pass bacteria collected in their bodies on through their droppings, which can be left in food pantries and other kitchen storage areas.

Allergic Implications of Cockroaches

Not only can cockroaches transmit bacteria indirectly to humans, but they can also be triggers for symptoms of allergies and asthma. Cockroaches leave behind parts of their bodies, saliva, and feces wherever they go, which are known triggers for human symptoms. These allergens affect the human body in a similar way to dust mites and can make a home very unhospitable for allergy sufferers. Symptoms of allergies or asthma caused by a cockroach infestation include a runny nose, difficulty breathing, and watery eyes while in the home. Children are especially susceptible to these symptoms if there are cockroaches in a house.

Cockroach Control in New Jersey

At Precise Pest control, we take cockroaches very seriously and know what it takes to rid your home of cockroaches so that they never come back. Cockroaches are very persistent and resilient (they’ve been known to live for several months without any food or water!), but fortunately we have over 25 years of experience with roaches in New Jersey. You can also help prevent a cockroach infestation by keeping your kitchen free of crumbs and clutter, sealing up gaps in floors and walls, and storing leftover food in airtight containers.

Please call us to discuss your roach problem, for a free extermination estimate, and to learn about the various roach control options available, including organic pest control for households with kids and pets.

Types of Mice and Common Questions About Mouse Infestations

Mouse gnawing on wiring of a home

A mouse in the house is never a good thing, but there are certain things you should know about mice to identify them and how to know whether you have a mouse infestation. In this article, we’re looking at the various types of mice, which ones are most common in New Jersey, and answering a few common questions that homeowners have about potential mice problems.

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How to Avoid Pests While Traveling on Vacation

 

Suitcases in an airport

Travel is wonderful for the mind, body, and soul, and pests are probably the furthest thing from your mind during a vacation. But unfortunately, insects, rodents, and pests of all kinds exist bar beyond our backyards and all over the world.

Pests look differently and affect us differently based on where we travel, which means that you might not even be familiar with pests that live in your vacation destination. Here are some common pest-related questions that people ask while they’re on vacation and how you can avoid pests while traveling.

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What Is a Stink Bug and Signs You Have a Stink Bug Infestation

Stinkbug infesting a New Jersey backyard

Did you know that some insects release an odor as a defense mechanism to protect themselves? Although their official name is Pentatomoidea, this is how stink bugs got their common name. Stink bugs are common in New Jersey and can be a major problem for homeowners if they aren’t kept under control. Here is what you should know about stink bugs, including what attracts stink bugs and what keeps stink bugs away.

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The Importance of World Pest Day on Pest Control Industry Trends

World Pest Day summit

June 6 is World Pest Day, but if you’re not part of the pest control industry, you might not know what that really means or why it’s important. World Pest Day is a multinational event that takes place each year to “raise the status of the pest management industry among the general public.”

Here’s some information about why World Pest Day is important for homeowners all around the world and the pest control trends we expect to learn about from this year’s summit.

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Bird Pest Control: Types of Birds That Are Pests and What to Do About Them

Pigeon on a roof

There’s something beautiful and soothing about waking up to the sound of birds gently chirping to greet the new day. But not all birds are pleasant to have around your home, and some birds are actually considered to be pests because of the damage they cause and dangers they pose.

Here is some information about bird pest control, including what to do if you have a bird problem and the best bird control methods.

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How Do I Control Fire Ants in My House and Yard?

Fire ants in a backyard

There are many different kinds of ants that exist in New Jersey, but one of the most concerning types to have around your home is the fire ant. This is because unlike most varieties of ants, fire ants are able to bite and sting people and pets. At the first sign of a fire ant infestation, it’s important to exterminate these pests and take steps for proper fire ant prevention.

Here is some information about how to control fire ants in your house and around your yard. We’ll discuss what fire ants are, where they live, and best practices for fire ant prevention in New Jersey.

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How Often Should an Exterminator Come to Your Home?

Exterminator in a home

Unfortunately, many homeowners in New Jersey wait until the last minute to call an exterminator when they are having a pest problem and already experiencing health risks and structural damage. There are many benefits to frequent pest control visits and various factors that influence how often you need to have an exterminator come out for preventative maintenance.

Here is a discussion about pest control frequency, when to call an exterminator for help, and the best time of year for pest control services.

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What Bat Droppings Look Like and Other Signs of a Bat Infestation

Bat flying in attic

Bats are actually very beneficial to humans because they help pollinate flowers, spread seeds, and eat insects to help control pests. But this certainly doesn’t mean that you want a bat living in your home!

In fact, bats can cause a lot of damage to a home and make you spend hard-earned money on costly repairs.

Here is some information about what bat droppings look like and other common bat infestation signs. We’ll also provide tips about bat removal solutions and how to prevent future infestations of bats in your home.

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