Don't Let Scary Spiders Ruin Your West TN Halloween!


Most people are at least a little bit scared of spiders, and why not? We think of the deadly black widows, the movie-worthy tarantulas, and the soldier-scaring camel spiders, and we see eight-legged little monsters. Add to that the facts that hey are silent, sneaky, creepy-crawlies that are hard to avoid in the woods, hard to find when you walk through their webs, and hard to stop from coming into your house. They are masters of the ambush and skilled at camouflage. Scary!!

While, admittedly, many species of spiders are helpful in that they help control insect populations, there are also those that are harmful to people and pets. Take the brown recluse spider, for example: this spider lives in dark corners and places inside houses, between books on bookshelves, under furniture, and in boxes or bags that are in dark, dry places. Though not usually overly aggressive, humans do get bit fairly frequently by brown recluses because they share the same habitat, and the arachnid is often not easily seen.

If you have seen spiders in your home or on you property, and you'd like to not just get rid of those that are there, but to also take preventative action, let our Homestead Pest Management team come to your West TN home or property, assess the level of the problem you have, and prescribe a course of action that best meets your needs. No contract required! Contact us today!

Tips for Taming Fall and Winter Pests

Fall and winter bring temperatures that, while keeping many insects at bay, bring larger mammalian rodents like squirrels and rats out of the cold looking for warmer climes.  They are happy to set up a new residence inside your home or other properties.  According to BusinessInsider.com:

 

“’Rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States every winter,’ says Missy Henriksen, an NPMA spokesperson. ‘But with many places already experiencing cold weather conditions, it is important to be proactive and vigilant in preventing these pests from becoming unwelcome houseguests.’

 

These little punks are not coming to sing you carols.

 

Rodents carry all sorts of nasty diseases, like Salmonella and Hantavirus and can chew straight through wallboards and electrical wiring.

 

If you don't want to blow your holiday savings on bug busters, check out the NPMA's tips on simple, affordable ways to keep your home pest-free this winter:

 

·        Store items in boxes and plastic sealed containers, rather than cardboard boxes.
 
·        Keep food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
 
·        Install screens over chimney vents and openings.
 
·        Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
 
·        Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around basement foundation and windows.
 
·        Install gutters or diverts to channel water away from your home.
 
·        Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground.
 
·        Inspect wires, insulation and walls for any signs of gnaw marks.

 

If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe other signs of an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional” like Homestead Pest Management of West TN.

 

 

HPM is here to help you evaluate the extent of your pest issues, rid your West TN home and property of any infestations, and maintain a pest-free environment with ongoing routine and scheduled service.  Contact us today for more information about all our pest control services in West TN!

Banish Moldy Oldies in your Home this Fall with HPM

Crawling insectoid pests are not the only things that you need to protect your home from - mold and mildew from excess moisture in, under, or around your home can be a costly problem that can cause damage to your home and bring illness to your family.

According to Energy.gov:

"Properly controlling moisture in your home will improve the effectiveness of your air sealing and insulation efforts, and these efforts in turn will help control moisture. The best strategies for controlling moisture in your home depend on your climate and how your home is constructed. Proper ventilation should also be part of a moisture control strategy.

Before you decide on a moisture control strategy, it helps to understand that moisture or water vapor moves in and out of a home in three ways:

  • With air currents
  • By diffusion through materials
  • By heat transfer.

Of these three, air movement accounts for more than 98% of all water vapor movement in building cavities. Air naturally moves from high-pressure areas to lower pressure areas by the easiest path available -- generally through any available hole or crack in the building envelope. Moisture transfer by air currents happens quickly, and carefully and permanently air sealing any unintended paths for air movement in and out of the house is a very effective moisture control strategy.

The other two driving forces -- diffusion through materials and heat transfer -- are much slower processes. Most common building materials slow moisture diffusion to a large degree, although they never stop it completely. Insulation also helps reduce heat transfer or flow.

The laws of physics govern how moist air reacts in various temperature conditions. The temperature and moisture concentration at which water vapor begins to condense is called the "dew point." Relative humidity (RH) refers to the amount of moisture contained in a quantity of air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at the same temperature. The ability of air to hold water vapor increases as it warms and decreases as it cools. Once air has reached its dew point, the moisture that the air can no longer hold condenses on the first cold surface it encounters. If this surface is within an exterior wall cavity, the result is wet insulation and framing.

In addition to air movement, you also can control temperature and moisture content. Insulation reduces heat transfer or flow, so it also moderates the effect of temperature across the building envelope cavity. In most U.S. climates, properly installed vapor diffusion retarders can be used to reduce the amount of moisture transfer. Except in deliberately ventilated spaces such as attics, insulation and vapor diffusion retarders work together to reduce the opportunity for condensation in a house's ceilings, walls, and floors."

Homestead Pest Management of West TN has always offered vents, drains and plastic barriers as options for moisture prevention underneath your house to keep mold or fungus from developing. Contact Homestead Pest Management today to have a free underneath home inspection and get informed about all the moisture protection options applicable to your home. We are your West TN pest control experts, and we are here to help with all your pest control needs!