What Makes Green Pest Control the Safest Option for Kids and Pets?

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Many parents and pet-parents are hesitant to treat pests in their homes because of the risk of hazardous chemicals involved. However, rodents, insects, and other pests can cause just as much harm (or more) for your health and safety in the home. Fortunately, there are eco-friendly pest control solutions that are much safer options for little ones to be around. Here’s how green pest control works and why it’s the best option if you have kids or pets at home.

 Safety Risks of Conventional Pest Control

The purpose of pesticides is to deter and kill pests, but their chemical strength and concentration can pose serious risks to humans and animals nearby. Certain chemicals used in pesticides have been linked to the development of serious health conditions, and the safety risks increase when the skin comes in contact with them or if they are ingested. But it may surprise you to learn that greener options for pest control aren’t just less toxic for humans and furry companions, but they’re also often more cost-effective too.

 Kid-Safe Pest Control

Young children have a way of putting everything they find into their mouths and touching everything they can get their hands on. Childhood is an exciting time of exploration, but it’s up to parents to keep toxins out of reach as much as possible. Kid-safe pest control solutions involve non-toxic products that are used with natural-based and organic compounds.

Pet-Friendly Pest Control

Your dogs and cats may be on their best behavior when you’re home, but what exactly does Fido and Kitty get up to when you’re not around? Household pets are notorious for getting into areas where they shouldn’t be when left unsupervised out of curiosity or when simply searching for a snack. For pet-friendly pest control methods, we target common pest areas that your pet frequents, such as the feeding area and entry points. But we use non-hazardous products and low-impact techniques to keep your furry friend safe at all times.

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It should come as a relief to homeowners with kids and pets that Precise Pest Control uses a variety of green pest control tactics and target-specific products that are scientifically formulated to be safe, effective, and even biodegradable. Contact us today at 866-971-2847 to learn more about our kid-safe and pet-safe pest control methods and schedule your free and complete home evaluation.

 Preventing Pests with Kids and Pets Around

Understandably, it can be very difficult to keep your home clean at all times when you live with kids, dogs, and cats. These family members are prone to spills and aren’t always the best at picking up after themselves. However, insects and rodents love messy homes and clutter because these areas provide warmth, food scraps, and comfortable nesting places. To prevent pest infestations and reduce the number of professional treatments required, keep your home and yard free of mold and debris, sweep up crumbs after meals, and vacuum your rugs on a regular basis.

The Risks of a Bird Infestation and How to Prevent Bird Issues Around the Home

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Many people enjoy the sounds of birds chirping in the morning to welcome a new day, but not all bird interactions are this pleasant. Birds tend to roost on roofs and other areas around the home, coming back year after year or never even really leaving the premises. Here is some information about the risks of bird infestations in your home and yard, how to remove and prevent birds from coming back, and the importance of humane treatment of birds.

Health Hazards Caused by Birds

Birds are notorious for leaving behind droppings that are full of diseases. These droppings are unsanitary and unsightly, and even more problematic if you have kids or pets at home. Studies show that birds and the droppings they leave behind can carry more than 60 diseases, including E. coli, salmonellosis, histoplasmosis, and candidiasis. Even if you don’t touch the droppings, you’re still at risk. This is because the strong odors caused from the droppings can infiltrate ventilation systems and enter the human respiratory system to cause bodily harm.

 Property Damage Caused by Birds

In addition to the health risks, birds can also cause severe damage to the structure of your home and your yard. Birds can block ventilation ducts to cause fires, clog gutters to cause flooding, and even cause rust due to the corrosive nature of their droppings. The cost of repairs to your roof, nearby equipment and machinery, and even automobile finishes can be surprisingly high when you have a lot of birds in your yard on a regular basis.

How to Remove Birds from Your Property

Since birds can be very difficult to control in a safe and humane way, bird infestations are best left to the experts. At Precise Pest Control, we use a variety of methods for bird removal, including baits, netting, and trapping. Other ways to scare away birds include installing a scarecrow or other decoys around your property, hanging balloons or reflective materials outside, or just letting your dog loose to send them scattering!

Preventing Bird Infestations

However, simply removing a current flock of birds won’t necessarily solve your bird problem. After removing the troublesome birds from your property, our next goal is to prevent them from coming back. To do this, we can install wires to deter birds from roosting, mechanisms to deliver small non-lethal shocks to birds that land where they’re not supposed to, and noise devices to deter them while flying.

Treating Birds Kindly and Humanely

Birds may be a nuisance at times, but they are still beautiful creatures that deserve our respect. Many DIY methods of removing birds from a property are cruel and dangerous. But at Precise Pest Control, we know how to remove birds safely and effectively without harming or killing them. We will do our best to remove the birds invading your home without harming a feather on their bodies, and we have 25+ years of experience in how to do this best in New Jersey.

Pro Tips for Surviving Tick Season & Keeping Your Family Safe

Just because we’re in the last weeks of summer doesn’t mean that we’re “out of the woods” with ticks just yet. In fact, ticks still thrive during this time of year, and it’s easier than you might think to track them into your house after spending time outdoors.

Straight from your local tick control pros, here are some tips for surviving the rest of tick season and keeping your family and pets safe.

High Risk Areas Outdoors

Ticks love areas with lots of moisture and also the hot and humid weather of summer. In the outdoors, ticks mostly live in tall grass and wooded areas. Many of our favorite summertime activities put us at risk of tick exposure, such as camping, hunting, and gardening.

How to Avoid Bringing Ticks in the House

As summer turns into fall, ticks tend to invade buildings in search of warmth. Ticks often take up residence in damp basements, attics, and even inside walls. After you spend time outdoors, check all of your clothing for ticks. It is a smart idea to wash clothes in hot water and tumble dry with high heat to kill ticks that have latched onto clothing.

Take a shower as soon as you come in from the outdoors to get any potential ticks off your skin. Some of the most important parts of the body to inspect for ticks are inside the belly button, in the armpits, in and around the ears, the back of the knees, and around the waist. Talk with your dog’s veterinarian about getting your pup on a preventative medication for ticks so that you don’t have to worry about a potential infestation after every walk.

How to Get Rid of Ticks in the House

There are some cleaning measures that you can take to ensure that the interior of your home is tick-free as well. One solution for how to get rid of ticks in the house is to do a thorough vacuuming to remove ticks and their eggs in the house. This should include vacuuming everything from the carpet to sofa cushions, cabinets, pillows, and especially areas that are frequented by pets. The crevices and folds of pet beds are notorious for harboring ticks, so these should be washed regularly.

You can also wash household linens, comforters, pillow cases, and rugs to get rid of ticks. Cleaning up clutter and treating tick-prone areas with a pesticide will help alleviate the problem too. It is advised to contact a professional to utilize pesticides for the chemical control of ticks, especially for the safety of kids and pets.

Pro Tips for Tick Control

If you don’t effectively eliminate ticks from your property, you could be putting your family at risk of developing diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne meningoencephalitis, and Lyme disease. The best way to avoid the risk of a tick infection is by having an experienced New Jersey tick control specialist come out to your property.

Our exterminators will inspect hard-to-reach areas, like gaps and crevices in your home, to look for ticks. We’ll also remove nests where ticks like to live before latching onto a human or animal host. From there, we’ll use a commercial-grade insecticide to apply to problematic areas and offer advice on how to keep ticks away for the rest of the year. Being mindful about where ticks live is the first step to prevention, so always keep this in mind after spending time outside!

 

 

Pests to Be on the Lookout for in Your Home This Fall

It’s a fact of life in New Jersey that pests start making their way inside your home once the summer comes to an end. With cooler temperatures outside and plenty of warm and inviting homes in the area, fall is a prime time for infestations of many types of pests.

These are the top Bergen County pest control concerns for fall and what you can do to keep pests away from your home all season long.

Carpet Beetles

As the name suggests, this type of beetle can do serious damage to home fabrics, like carpet, rugs, and upholstery. Carpet beetles can feed on many different types of fabric in a home, but they also love to eat cereal, potato chips, spices, and pet food. It’s very important to identify the source of a carpet beetle infestation, because this could be something as obscure as a box of old clothes in the basement or a tiny crevice where lint and hair has accumulated.

Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs can strike at any time, bed bug season is considered to be between the end of April and the beginning of November. Bed bugs have a tendency to come back home with you after staying in motels on vacation, so keep this in mind as you plan your last warm weather getaway for the year.

Spiders

Spiders also seek refuge from the cold and start making their way into unsuspecting homes around this time of year. Certain types of spiders will bite if they are threatened, and the venom from a spider bite can be very dangerous if someone in your home has allergies.

Cockroaches

No one likes to think of cockroaches living in the house, but these pests love to find indoor shelter in the fall. Cockroaches are notorious for spreading bacteria and pathogens once they find a warm environment with access to food and water. Bergen County pest control specialists look for cockroach droppings near small cracks in the corners of your rooms and around moisture-rich areas like pipes and faucets under sinks.

Mice and Rats

As mammals, rodents need to stay warm and find enough food to thrive. Mice and rats commonly make their way indoors to escape the cold and snow, as well as to have a more reliable source of food. Not only is it unsettling to have rodents in your home, but they can carry diseases like salmonella and hantavirus. Furthermore, rodents can also cause structural damage and fire risks in your home by chewing through wires and building nests in the insulation.

Prevention Tips from Precise Pest Control NJ

Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do now to prevent these pests from entering your home in the early days of fall. To prevent unwanted pests from coming inside, consider installing door sweeps on the exterior doors and repairing damaged screens. It also helps to seal cracks on the outside of your home, and screen exterior vents.

Always store your food in airtight containers and take your trash out regularly to avoid attracting pests. Repairing leaky pipes and clogged drains will help eliminate moisture sites that attract pests too. At the first sign of a pest infestation or as a preventive measure in advance of the fall season, contact Precise Pest Control NJ for a free inspection. We are the local pest control company of choice because we offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and also prevent future problems so you can have peace of mind and enjoy the beauty of fall.

 

Best Practices for Backyard Mosquito Control

suburban backyard that is mosquito freeAs anyone in New Jersey will tell you, summer is the prime season for mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes annoying when you’re trying to spend time outdoors, but they can cause painful bites and carry harmful diseases.

Here are some recommendations for safe and effective backyard mosquito control to help you get through the summer with minimal bites and itching.

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Quick and Easy Tips to Keep Ants Away All Summer

Ant infestation in homeWhile some of us may have grew up burning ants with a magnifying glass on summer vacation, we (as pest control experts) will tell you that there’s a better way to approach ant control.

A few months ago, on our blog, we highlighted the risks of DIY ant control products and some ways that you can keep kids and pets safe. In this article, we will suggest some easy summer tips for ant control NJ and when it’s time to call a professional ant exterminator.

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How to Create a Bee-Friendly Backyard

bumblebee pollinating flower in a bee friendly gardenAlthough many people see bees as a nuisance, they actually play a very important role in our world. Bees pollinate many of the flowering plants that grow in the wild and agricultural plants that we depend upon for food. It has been estimated that honeybees and other pollinators help produce at least $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S. per year!

But you don’t have to be a farmer to see the advantages of having bees in your life. In fact, helping preserve the world’s bee population can start right in your own backyard. Here are some tips for creating a backyard that welcomes bees and eco-friendly methods for bee control.

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Easy Solutions for Backyard Mosquito Control

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Summer is a time for hot temperatures, lots of sunshine, backyard barbecues and…mosquitos.

Unfortunately, in many parts of the country, mosquitos and mosquito bites are a natural part of the summer experience. As we spend time outdoors, they make us irritated, itchy, and even nervous about potential diseases they might be carrying. Homes that are located near a natural or manmade body of water are likely to attract mosquitos. But these pests are also drawn to stagnant water in birdbath fountains and garden puddles. Mosquitos lay eggs on the surface of the water, thereby multiplying and causing even more of a nuisance for your summer parties and romantic outdoor evenings.

To help you enjoy your backyard this summer, here are some of the most effective solutions for backyard mosquito control in New Jersey.

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Mosquito-Repelling Plants to Add to Your Yard

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There are many different ways that homeowners can protect their yards from mosquitos, including traps, nets, and sprays. However, there is a simpler and more natural approach that may help to deter these pests as well. Gardeners and landscaping enthusiasts will enjoy learning that there are many plants that can be incorporated into a backyard to keep mosquitos away.

This article will explore the various plants that naturally repel mosquitos and why each of these plants is useful for mosquito yard control.

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Diseases Commonly Transmitted by Mosquitoes & Preventative Tips for Homeowners

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Last summer, we wrote an article addressing Zika virus concerns and how Bergen County mosquito control can help keep your family safe. However, Zika is just one of many diseases than can be spread by mosquitos, and some of these are much more common.

This article will discuss other diseases that can be spread by mosquitos and springtime actions that homeowners can take to prevent these pests from breeding on their properties.

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