Declare Your Independence From Pests

 

Homestead Pest Management Offers Homeowners Tips to Protect Their Families and Homes

 

There are very few things that can have a truly significant impact on the way we live and the quality of life we all enjoy, and pests are at the top of that list.  Termites cause almost $5 billion in damage to homes annually; mosquitoes drive people indoors, unable to enjoy their outdoor living space; and roaches, ants, mosquitoes and rodents all have the ability to contaminate food and spread diseases.  The summer months represent peak pest season and the perfect time to take a stand against these disgusting and destructive invaders. 

 

There are many simple steps that homeowners can take inside and outside their homes to greatly reduce their risk of pest infestations. Homestead Pest Management has put together the following tips to help homeowners declare their independence from pests.

 

Exterior

 

  • Seal any gaps around exterior doors, windows and entry points for utility wiring and pipes.
  • Make sure window screens are free of holes or tears and are secured properly.
  • Thoroughly check items that provide common transportation for pests including plants and firewood before bringing inside.
  • Remove all sources of standing water around your home.
  • Store outdoor trash receptacles away from the home and make sure lids fit securely.

 

 

 

Interior

 

  • Keep sink areas clean and dry.
  • Wipe down counter-tops after use and clean up spills immediately.
  • Store all food in sealed, air-tight containers.
  • Rinse food containers before discarding.
  • Make sure your inside trash can is clean with a secure cover and place all garbage in plastic bags.
  • Repair dripping faucets, clogged drains and plumbing leaks as soon as possible.
  • Remove all trash and recycling at least once a week.

If you would like a thorough inspection of your home please don't hesitate to contact us at

731.422.2643

Outbreaks of Zika Virus from Mosquitos

According to the CDC, “Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika outbreaks have probably occurred in many locations. Before 2007, at least 14 cases of Zika had been documented, although other cases were likely to have occurred and were not reported. Because the symptoms of Zika are similar to those of many other diseases, many cases may not have been recognized.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas.

Specific areas where Zika is spreading are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers’ Health site for the most updated travel information.”