Having pest problems at home can seem unavoidable. With the Greater Sacramento area’s warm, summer weather all manner of insects, arachnids, and rodents are out in full force. Eradicating all of these pests is unlikely and actually not recommended. Here are some changes that you can make around the home to minimize their presence.

  • Trim Trees and Shrubs
    Do you have trees or shrubs on your property? Are they touching your house? Branches act as a great pathway for ants and rodents to access your roof and home. Trim branches away from your home by at least 3 feet to prevent easy access.
  • Clear Debris Away from Your House
    Stacked firewood and debris next to a house creates shelter for insects. Carpenter ants and termites will use it as a base of operations for entering your home. Have dedicated space for storage away from the house. Also avoid leaving piles of debris sitting around for any length of time as pests are always looking for the opportunity to establish a new home.
  • Remove Standing Water
    Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This also creates food for other insects, attracting even more pests to your home. Make sure that water drains away from the home; keep gutters clear of build-up year-round; and, fix areas of poor drainage in your yard.
  • Seal Cracks and Repair Screens
    Note any gaps or cracks around doors, as well as holes in exterior vents and grates (see our articles on Wolf Spiders and House Centipedes). Seal cracks and repair or replace damaged screens. The fewer entry points on the outside of your house, the fewer pests making their way inside. Just like the exterior, seal and fill gaps and cracks near doors, windows, and vents inside your home.
  • Clean Up Food Scraps
    The biggest attractant for pests is the promise of free food. Keep your home clear of accessible food and crumbs through regular housecleaning. Empty your garbage often as the scent of rotting food is glorious to pests.

Make these simple changes to your habits around the home and be proactive about preventing pests. And, of course, contact Pro Active Pest Control to help remove current and prevent future pests from taking up residence in your home.

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21Jul 2017

With an early spring on the horizon, it’s time to get a move on preventing mouse and rat infestations in your home. Rodents can cause huge problems for humans. Through mice and rats, you and your family can contract many diseases, and they have the ability to damage your home from the inside out.

Be Proactive About Rodent Control

The good news is there are tried and true methods for preventing mouse and rat infestations. Learn how to remove rodents from your home and prevent them from returning.

Preventing Mouse and Rat Infestations

  1. Remove current rodent occupants.
    There are two methods for getting rid of mice and rats: trapping and baiting. For trapping, use snap-style traps, which are designed to kills rodents quickly. For baiting, be sure to use tamper-resistant bait stations that hold the baits in place and keep children and pets out. Place both traps or bait along common pathways where you find droppings and gnaw marks. Ledges, fence rails, and foundations are typical paths.
  2. Seal up your home.
    Close up all holes along your exterior using recommended rodent-proofing materials. Pay particular attention to doors, windows, and vents.
  3. Eliminate outdoor access.
    Trim back overhanging trees that enable rodents to hop onto your roof. Also, keeping your trees properly pruned gives rodents one less place to hide from predators.
  4. Clean up that yard.
    Remove piles of debris, clutter, and garbage from around your yard. Plant shrubs and bushes at least 3 feet from buildings. These spaces provide safe habitats for rodents.
  5. Remove outdoor food sources.
    Gardens and fruit trees can be a real draw for rodents. If you have fruit trees, regularly remove dropped fruit from the ground. Keep the tree pruned to prevent hiding spots for rodents. Apply a rat guard to your trees by securing a piece of sheet metal 2 feet high around your tree’s trunk. In the garden, keep it free of rotting food and hiding places. Plant members of the mint family in and around your garden to deter. You can also spray predator urine (such as fox) around the perimeter of your garden as a deterrent. Typically, you can find this at your local garden store in both powder and liquid form.
  6. Build a wall.
    It doesn’t need to be a big wall, or even an actual wall. Creating a 2-foot-wide barrier of cement or crushed rock serves as another deterrent to mice and rats.
  7. Practice cleanliness in and around your home.
    If rodents don’t have food, they certainly have no reason to want to invade your home. Don’t leave food sitting out in and around your home. Make sure garbage cans and pet food are securely contained in rodent-proof bins.
  8. Invest in mint.
    Both rats and mice avoid the scent of mint. Plant mint outside in your garden and rub peppermint oil indoors along attic beams and other areas where you’ve experienced rodent problems. Even leaving some dried mint leaves can help.
  9. Pick up a new friend from your local shelter.
    Cats are a great deterrent for keeping rodents out of your yard and away from your home. The cat doesn’t need to be a good mouser to scare off mice and rats. Their scent alone serves as a deterrent.
  10. Contact Pro Active Pest Control.
    That’s a long to-do list for preventing mouse and rat infestation. Don’t have the time, materials, or feel comfortable removing rodents? That’s where we come in. As pest control professionals, we’re used to dealing with rodent infestations and exterminating them from your home. Contact us to take care of your rodent infestation now and prevent further rodent pest control problems in the future.

Get Regular Pest Control Now!

Rodent pest problems are a year-round occurrence. Being proactive about your rodent pest problems can improve your quality of life in a big way. Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests, establish an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it through regular treatments. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area.

Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from winter pest problems.

26Jul 2017

Warm weather causes a whole host of insects and other common pests to become active. With their cold slumber over, pests will seek the three basic needs that they require to grow in numbers: water, food and shelter. The bad news is that the first place many will look is your home or business. Some of the most common pests that you’re likely to encounter are Ants.

About Those Ants

In California, there are about 270 species of ant, but fewer than a dozen are important pests. The most common ant in and around the house and garden in the Sacramento area is the Argentine ant.

As the ground warms in the spring, ants begin to emerge from their winter homes – and often enter human homes in search of food. For most ants, the key to keeping them out of your home is eliminating them in their home.

Ants are among the most prevalent pests in households. Ants also invade restaurants, hospitals, offices, warehouses, and other buildings where they can find food and water. On outdoor and sometimes indoor plants, ants protect and care for honeydew-producing insects such as aphids, soft scales, whiteflies, and mealybugs, increasing damage from these pests. Ants also perform many useful functions in the environment, such as feeding on other pests (e.g., fleas, caterpillars, and termites), dead insects, and decomposing tissue from dead animals.

To solve any ant problem, you need to first eliminate the ants you don’t see in order to get rid of the ones you do. Ants are very social insects with very strict hierarchies. The queen, of which there is usually only one per colony, is responsible for breeding and populating the colony, and she is the only one who can do that. The problem is that she never leaves the nest, so you have to go through others to stop the reproduction cycle.

The entire life cycle of an ant usually lasts from 6 to 10 weeks, but some queens can live over 15 years and some workers can live for up to 7 years! This is where ProActive Pest Control comes in. We break the egg-laying cycle of the queen ant to prevent further spread of the colony, while in the mean time eliminating the current ant population. Breaking that 2 month cycle is essential to stopping current ant problems and preventing future ones.

The best way to combat the invasion of pests into your home or business is to prevent them in the first place. There’s no better time to start pest control and prevention than now. Pro Active Pest Control is always available to help you get to the root of your pest problems, so you can enjoy your home and yard year-round.

31Jul 2017

Whether you live in Roseville or Folsom, the weather is perfect for being outdoors most of the year. The urge is strong to perform a little cleaning around your home. Not just in your closet or garage, but the yard and garden will soon be in high demand for the next growing season. Be wary of what you may stir up in your yard in your quest for a fresh garden.

Ants and termites are getting active from their winter slumber, but there lurks another that is even more of a threat than these two common pests. Ticks. Ticks are tiny (think the size of a flake of pepper) little blood-suckers  that can transmit serious blood-borne diseases to both humans and their pets, such as Lyme disease.

Hidden in the dead leaves, long grasses and brush that have been piling up around your home during the winter season can be ticks. They enjoy places that provide darkness and moisture. Just like their horror story counterparts (vampires), they absolutely hate sunlight too.

How to Prevent Ticks

So what do you do to help prevent them from having an unfortunate encounter with your family? First and foremost, declutter your home and your yard. If you suspect you have a tick problem, wash any clothing and bedding that you think could have been exposed to ticks in the hottest water you can for the fabric type. Next, get to that indoor cleaning and dust, sweep, mop and especially vacuum (be sure to dispose of the trash immediately and properly).

Next, get outside and clear your yard of grassy and bushy areas, particularly ones that are mostly shaded. The humidity breeds a perfect environment for ticks. Bring as much sunlight as you can to your yard by trimming back trees as well. Regularly mowing helps too in preventing your lawn from becoming a ripe breeding ground for ticks and a primary transfer station to your family.

Now that your yard is prepped for Spring, it’s time to call Pro Active Pest Control. Let us help you get rid of existing tick infestations and prevent any future pest issues from occurring. We have specialized equipment and eco-friendly chemicals which can kill the ticks immediately on contact. We also have the knowledge and ability to identify tick habitats and locate the source (or sources) of your tick infestation. A single treatment to your yard will cut the tick population by over half and our monthly pest control will completely eliminate these little blood suckers from your home.

05Aug 2017
Picture of flea bites on lower leg

Did you know that springtime is key flea control time? Just like many other pests in the Greater Sacramento area, fleas are dormant throughout the winter, but as the weather warms they begin to become more active. Their eggs will hatch and come summertime you, your family and your pets will be under attack.

Pro Active Pest Control maintains control of fleas from the outside in. We do both an exterior treatment to get rid of any colonies living in your yard, as well as an interior treatment on carpeted areas and places where pets spend most of their time. Vacuuming the interior of the home by the homeowner before we come, and as much as possible the month after we treat your home is essential to helping flea treatments work.

About Fleas

Fleas can be found just about anywhere, but they are mostly found outdoors and brought inside via human and animal chauffeurs. Manage their outdoor environment and you can manage their population. Adult fleas are fairly particular about their habitat and easier to deal with. The trouble is that adult fleas typically account for only about 10% of your total flea population. And their eggs are much hardier and therefore harder to get rid of.

Fleas like moist, shady areas in the yard. Moisture also encourages their eggs to hatch, supports egg laying and flea larvae. In other words, get rid of as many damp and densely shaded areas in your yard as you can. If you already have flea problems, their habitat needs to be found and eliminated.

After our initial treatment, we return in about two weeks to treat for any flea eggs that may have hatched. Remember, with any pest control and especially for insects, it’s essential to break the egg lying cycle.

10Aug 2017

In the Greater Sacramento area, there are exactly two poisonous species of spiders that you should be concerned about: the Black Widow Spider and the Hobo Spider. Let’s focus on the first now and the latter at a different time.

The black widow spider is one of the most dangerous spiders in North America and found along the western coast. Its venom is 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake’s venom.  The venom is designed to immobilize and/or kill the spider’s prey.

They prefer living and building their webs in dimly lit, dry, sheltered places. Beware of the corners and nooks around your yard and home (such as your garage, basement, attic where there are areas of undisturbed clutter). Black widow spider webs are typically near the ground, messy and irregular in appearance. If you need to work around these kinds of places, be sure to protect yourself. Wear long sleeves and gloves.

Black Widow Spider Identification

Black Widow Spider - Female from www.edupic.net

Black Widow Spider – Female

  • Adult Female Black Widow Spiders – Females have a black, shiny body with a large, spherical abdomen and long, black legs.  They have a distinctive red or orange hour glass on the underside of the abdomen. Females are larger than males (40mm vs. 30mm).

Black Widow Spider - Male from www.sciencedaily.com

Black Widow Spider – Male

    • Adult Male Black Widow Spiders – Lighter in body color (pale green-grey) than females, males have a yellow-orange hourglass on their underside. The hourglass shape is broader in the middle than that of females. They also typically have a red or pale brown stripe down the center of their backs.

Black Widow Spider Nymphs from www.easttennesseewildflowers.com

Black Widow Spider Nymphs

      • Young Black Widow Spiders (Nymphs) – All white at first, nymphs become more similar to their final appearance during their 2-3 month growth period.
      • Black Widow Spider Egg Balls – Grayish, silken masses found in the spider’s web. They typically contain between 200 and 900 eggs. Not to worry, though. After the eggs hatch, the nymphs are cannibalistic, so only a few will actually survive. A female can produce more than 10 egg sacs from one mating.

Black widow spiders serve a beneficial function to the environment, like other spiders, by consuming insects and other arthropods. The trouble occurs when their world overlaps with ours.

Only adult and large, juvenile female black widow spiders have mouths that are large enough to actually harm people. Black widow spider bites are typically not fatal to people, but the physical reactions to a bite are painful and can spread throughout the body. Children and elderly are particularly at risk. If you are ever bitten by an unknown spider, don’t hesitate to call 911 and seek immediate treatment.

If you run into a spider that you aren’t familiar with, don’t disturb or try to trap it yourself. Contact Pro Active Pest Control and we’ll help you to identify and safely remove the spider (or spiders). We can also help to protect your family from future black widow spider and other insect and arthropod issues. We apply, monitor and reinforce pest management, both around and in your home and/or business.

15Aug 2017
Image of paper wasps with nest, taken by LRP29 on Flickr.com.

Have you ever come across an intricately-patterned nest, seemingly made of paper tucked snugly into the eaves of your home, or perhaps in an attic?

If you have, then you probably learned fairly quickly to keep your distance. Those paper nests are the home of a pest that’s quite common in California, especially in the Greater Sacramento area.

Paper Wasps are typically around an inch long, slender, and have long legs and a distinct thin waist. They’re usually dusty brown or black with large patches of yellow or red. Paper wasps are beneficial to our local ecosystem in the Greater Sacramento area in that they are predatory insects. As friends of gardeners, they prey upon caterpillars, beetles, and other leaf-eating pests.

The trouble occurs when they build their nests close to where we call home. Normally non-aggressive towards people, paper wasps are very protective of themselves and their nests.

Every spring a new nest is built by the queen by gathering fibrous plant material and mixing it with saliva to craft an all-weather dwelling. Nests can become very large by summer (six to eight inches in width) and typically house around 30 paper wasps. If you have a lawn where moisture can gather or even a pool, chances are that you will attract wasps.  Wasps may build their nests in wooden nooks and crannies, but they prefer to be near places with moisture and water.

Paper wasps may not go out of their way to attack intruders, but if they feel threatened they can and will sting. Unlike bees, paper wasps can sting multiple times without dying. This is a high risk for those of us who are allergic to bee stings.

If you encounter a paper wasp, avoid swatting or aggravating it. If you are perceived as a threat, they’ll call for back up from their nest and that can lead to serious trouble for you. Never try to get rid of a paper wasp nest yourself! Contact ProActive Pest Control and we can help to safely remove the nest and its wasps from your home or business.

ProActive Pest Control starts treatment of paper wasps by first finding and removing the source of your pest problem–the nest. We then create and maintain a barrier by spraying repellant to reduce nesting and minimize wasp activity in and around your home. We can help to manage your local wasp population and keep conflict between insect and human to a minimum.

20Aug 2017

Wolf Spiders are robust spiders that are both quick and cunning. More often than not, they’re mistaken either for Tarantulas because of their stout, hairy bodies, or the Brown Recluse Spider, due to their pale, brownish-grey coloring. From the grassy hillsides of Placerville to the suburbs of Roseville, Wolf spiders can be found just about anywhere and everywhere in the Greater Sacramento area.

Named for their distinct way of hunting prey (they stalk insects instead of creating a web to snare them), Wolf spiders are typically shy in nature and avoid people. That being said, pick one up and it will bite you. Although their bite is venomous, it’s not lethal to humans. If you’re bitten by a Wolf spider, you’ll probably experience pain (anything from slight irritation to muscle pain), swelling and some itching. Regardless, when encountering any type of spider your best course of action is to leave them alone.

To be safe, here’s a quick look at the Wolf spiders that you might find in the Greater Sacramento area.

Wolf Spider Identification

CA-Wolf-Spider-Female

 

  • Wolf spiders are usually tan or grey with white and black markings. Their coloring is similar to the brown
  • recluse spider, however they don’t have the distinctive violin-shaped marking behind its head that a Brown Recluse has.
  • They have eight eyes in three rows—four small on the bottom, two medium-sized on the top sides and the two largest in the middle. This gives them excellent sight in addition to their acute sense of touch.
  • Their bodies and legs are covered with hair (similar to a tarantula).

There is another, fairly easy way of figuring out if your spider is a Wolf spider and not something more dastardly. Besides living in silk-lined burrows of grass instead of webs, female Wolf spiders uniquely carry their egg sac at the end of their abdomen. This pale, silken sphere typically has around 100-150 eggs inside of it. Once the spiderlings hatch, they hang on to their mother’s back for a couple of weeks before venturing out on their own.

Just like many insects and arachnids in our area, Wolf spiders are quite prolific in both the spring and summer. That means that now is the time to break the cycle, if you are looking to get rid of your Wolf spider population. During the fall, mature spiders mate with the male sometimes becoming a meal for his companion. Female Wolf spiders have the ability to live several years producing many hundreds of spiders in their lifetime.

If you live near an open field, pasture or woodsy area, you’re likely to encounter a Wolf spider outdoors any season during both day and night. As winter approaches though, they seek out warmer housing and will venture inside human structures to find new homes in house plants, windows, doorways, garages, and basements until things warm up again in the spring.

Pro Active Pest Control can help to treat your Wolf spider population through locating and identifying nests and regular, monthly treatments. The best way to protect against any unwanted pests is through consistent, regular pest control. New Pro Active Pest Control customers get $100 off initial pest control service with an annual agreement.

You can help to control your local Wolf spider population around your home by keeping your grass cut low and your shrubbery well trimmed. You should also avoid having piles of stones or wood near your home as they are the perfect places for a Wolf spider burrow. Remember, these spiders typically do more good than harm by keeping local insect populations in check, but they can become a nuisance to humans if left unchecked.

25Aug 2017

Mud Daubers, AKA Dirt Daubers, Dirt Diggers, Dirt Dobbers, Dirt Divers or Mud Wasps1, are common wasps found throughout the Greater Sacramento area. You know those blobs of dried mud that somehow find their way under the eaves of buildings? Thank your neighborhood mud daubers for that.

These dark and elegant wasps shouldn’t be confused with their more aggressive relatives, the paper wasps. They are wasps and do sting; however, they are solitary in nature and rarely sting people, even in defense of their nests. If you do come across a mud dauber nest, don’t bother it. Contact Pro Active Pest Control in the removal of mud daubers and their nests.

Mud Dauber Identification

mud-dauber-nest

  • Blue-black in color with iridescent blue wings
  • Large (1/2”–1”+) and very active during the day
  • Thread-waisted with an exaggerated narrow waist between their thorax and abdomen
  • Active during the warmer months of the year (April-October)
  • Most easily identified by their distinct mud nests that typically are supported by a male/female pair

Mud dauber nests are time-consuming projects. Their first choice is to reuse an existing nest (which if placed in a good, protective spot can last many years), or to build a new nest out of mud. The nests are composed of multiple, one-quarter inch tubes that can be increased over time. Each tube is stuffed with of spider snacks (i.e. five or six smaller spiders), after which the female laying an egg inside, and seals off the tube with more mud.

Adult mud daubers eat nectar from flowers, but spiders are the principle food choice for mud dauber larvae. Female adult mud daubers seek out, ambush and sting specific spiders. In the Greater Sacramento area, these tend to be black and brown widow spiders. The venom from a mud dauber’s sting doesn’t kill the spider, but paralyzes and preserves it so that it can be transported and stored for later consumption by the hatched larva. While the female is out hunting, her male partner guards the nest from potential predators, such as parasites.

After hatching, mud daubers stay in their individual tubes throughout the cooler months. They then emerge in the spring as adults, ready to breed and prey on more spiders. Whether or not mud daubers are beneficial pests depends upon your individual situation. Mud daubers again aren’t aggressive, but they still can pose a potential threat to anyone allergic to wasp stings. They do control local spider populations, sometimes to the benefit of the insect populations that are controlled by the spiders.

Mud dauber nests can pose problems from being merely unsightly, to harming tools and machinery they attach to. They also invite other more harmful pests, such as more dangerous wasp species and bees, who make use of their abandoned nests.

To manage and deter mud daubers from taking up residence at your home or business, be sure to control your spider population through regular pest control. Remember, you want to decrease both potential shelters and food sources for mud daubers. Mud daubers nests should be removed by a pest management professional, such as Pro Active Pest Control.

 

 

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_dauber

30Aug 2017
Picture of close up view of House Centipede common to Greater Sacramento Area

Have you ever gone to take your morning shower and realized that you’re not alone? As you groggily glance down, you notice what looks like a line with many flowing hairs moving very quickly across the shower or tub bottom.

Don’t panic, it’s just a House Centipede and it’s probably just as eager to climb the walls away from you. House centipedes are a fairly common pest in the Greater Sacramento area, particularly during summer months when the warm days and nights are perfect for them.

House centipedes can be found anywhere in the home: the kitchen, bathrooms, drains, basements, garages, attics, and well, you get the picture. Protected, damp areas are typically where house centipedes will choose to nest. House centipedes readily reproduce in warm, humid conditions. During the spring and summer months, the females lay eggs in clutches of 60-150 eggs. Combine this with the several year life expectancy of female house centipedes and there is the potential for several hundred new centipedes.

House Centipede Identification

house-centipede-top-view

  • Long, flattened bodies, typically 1-1 ½” long
  • Slender, thread-like legs (each body segment has a pair for a total of 30 legs in adults)
    • The last two legs of females are noticeably longer (2X the normal length)
  • Yellowish-brown coloring with dark stripes
  • Large, well-developed eyes

They’re not an aggressive arthropod. Though their bite can cause temporary, localized pain (and rarely worse), they will not bite a person unless they’re provoked. House centipedes can also be helpful around the house. Their prey typically consists of other common household pests that you’ll find in the Greater Sacramento area, such as cockroaches, flies, moths, small spiders and silverfish. House centipedes are nocturnal hunters and they are fast! The chances are if you see one there are many more that you’ve probably missed.

Discourage their residence around your home by doing following:

  • Get rid of their food source—contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of your pest control needs!
  • Close up crevices and cracks with sealants
  • Screen drains and vents

Don’t rely on house centipedes to control your pest problems. Sadly, they simply don’t eat enough to make a big difference. You’re better off contacting professionals, like Pro Active Pest Control to handle all of your pest problems, including house centipedes. Regular treatments help to control pest problems and prevent early morning voyeurs.

04Sep 2017

In case you’ve missed it, it’s summertime in the Greater Sacramento Area. You’ve no doubt experienced that, along with this warmest time of the year, there is a noticeable uptick in pest activity.

This is partially because we tend to spend more time outdoors in the summer. It can also be attributed to an increase in insects, arachnids and other pests, overall. Following the warm, dry spring we’ve experienced in Northern California there a lot of newly born pests that are out and about reaching full maturity. If you don’t currently have regular pest control service, you might want to reconsider getting it and fast.

TicksUp in the Gold Country, ticks are a real threat to people, as well as their pets. The dried grasses and shrubs that cover the rolling hillsides of Placerville, Pollock Pines and El Dorado Hills are the perfect nesting grounds for ticks. It’s easy to brush up against a tick’s hiding place and unknowingly gain a tag-along. It’s also very easy for ticks to transfer from pets they’re riding onto their owners and vice versa.

Tick bites are typically harmless. However, you can be allergic to tick bites, or contract a blood-borne disease from their bite. The former can cause pain and swelling, but the latter can range from a rash to swollen lymph nodes. Prevent ticks around your home by keeping your yard clear of low brush and grasses, as well as by using a tick-preventative on pets that venture outdoors.

honey-beeFor bees, summer (particularly late summer) is one of the more difficult times for them. It’s harder to collect nectar and pollen, which means they have to travel further for food. In general, honey bees and bumblebees are docile unless harassed. Both can sting you, and bumblebees are able to sting multiple times.

If you or someone in your family is allergic to bee stings, the resulting sting(s) can be fatal. Lessen the chance of bee encounters by removing their food source, such as flowering plants, from areas where you and your family tend to congregate.

 

 

male-black-widow-spiderIf there are more insects out in the summer, there are more spiders. Spiders prey mainly on insects, so you might notice spider webs built in any space they possibly can. Again, just like bees most spiders are harmless to humans. Their mouths are too small to pierce our skin. The venoms of those that can effectively bite humans can cause varying degrees of harm from mild pain and swelling to rare cases of necrotising fasciitis (an infection caused by spider bites that eats away at human flesh).

Given the variety of spiders that are found throughout the Greater Sacramento area, such as the black widow spider and the wolf spider, it is a good idea to keep your local spider collection in check. Keep nooks and corners clear of spider webs in both the interior and exterior of your home to lessen your chance of having a bad encounter with a spider.

In the end, your best defense against pest problems in the summer, as well as throughout the year is regular pest control. Pro Active Pest Control provides effective, affordable protection for your home and business all year round. Contact us for a free estimate.

09Sep 2017

Having pest problems at home can seem unavoidable. With the Greater Sacramento area’s warm, summer weather all manner of insects, arachnids, and rodents are out in full force. Eradicating all of these pests is unlikely and actually not recommended. Here are some changes that you can make around the home to minimize their presence.

  • Trim Trees and Shrubs
    Do you have trees or shrubs on your property? Are they touching your house? Branches act as a great pathway for ants and rodents to access your roof and home. Trim branches away from your home by at least 3 feet to prevent easy access.
  • Clear Debris Away from Your House
    Stacked firewood and debris next to a house creates shelter for insects. Carpenter ants and termites will use it as a base of operations for entering your home. Have dedicated space for storage away from the house. Also avoid leaving piles of debris sitting around for any length of time as pests are always looking for the opportunity to establish a new home.
  • Remove Standing Water
    Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This also creates food for other insects, attracting even more pests to your home. Make sure that water drains away from the home; keep gutters clear of build-up year-round; and, fix areas of poor drainage in your yard.
  • Seal Cracks and Repair Screens
    Note any gaps or cracks around doors, as well as holes in exterior vents and grates (see our articles on Wolf Spiders and House Centipedes). Seal cracks and repair or replace damaged screens. The fewer entry points on the outside of your house, the fewer pests making their way inside. Just like the exterior, seal and fill gaps and cracks near doors, windows, and vents inside your home.
  • Clean Up Food Scraps
    The biggest attractant for pests is the promise of free food. Keep your home clear of accessible food and crumbs through regular housecleaning. Empty your garbage often as the scent of rotting food is glorious to pests.

Make these simple changes to your habits around the home and be proactive about preventing pests. And, of course, contact Pro Active Pest Control to help remove current and prevent future pests from taking up residence in your home.

14Sep 2017

All living organisms go through some form of the life cycle. For pests around your home and business, it is essential to understand how the pest life cycle works. For effective pest control, you have to break the life cycle of the pest. This involves multiple, targeted pest control treatments over a serious of months at times. An annual pest control treatment plan is your best tool for solving pest problems.

What is the pest life cycle?
To put it plainly, a pest’s life cycle is the time it takes for an egg to grow, mature, and produce new eggs. Most insects follow three definite stages in their life cycle: Growth, Maturation, and Reproduction.

Growth

Once an egg is laid, it goes through a growth stage. Pests that have a shorter life expectancy typically experience rapid growth from egg to reproducing organism. Mice are a good example of this. Some insect populations have multiple, distinct intervals within the growth stage, such as Black Widow spiders. Black widows go through a nymph stage after hatching, prior to becoming a juvenile, and then finally a fully mature adult. During the growth stage, pests are at their most vulnerable to predators, but can be more difficult to target for pest control.

Maturation

After initial growth, many insects will experience a juvenile stage. This can be a rapid process of only a couple of weeks to a 2-3 month period. These sub-adults may have some of the features of adults of their species, but typically they look physically different (whether it be size or coloring) and most importantly they lack sexual maturity. External factors, such as a drought (like we are experiencing from Newcastle to El Dorado Hills) can also speed up the process. You may have noticed this summer that there are an awful lot of spiders hanging around.

Reproduction

The successful completion of a pest’s life cycle ends in their full maturity and the production of offspring. Many pests reach the end of their life cycle when they reproduce. Some pests will produce multiple generations of offspring over several years, such as the Wolf spider, increasing their bloodline’s chances of survival. This is all the more reason to control your local pest population as they can and will grow exponentially.

Understanding the pest life cycle is critical to effective pest control. At Pro Active Pest Control, we are very familiar with pests local to Sacramento, Roseville, and El Dorado Hills. Our knowledge of each individual pest’s life cycle is how we can effectively treat pest problems around your home and business. Contact Pro Active Pest Control today for helping controlling your pests’ life cycles.

19Sep 2017

With ripe, summer fruit and a promising fall harvest ahead, you may have noticed a sudden infestation of tiny flies or gnats. These annoying, flying indoor pests that are not uncommon to the Roseville area are known as fruit flies. If you have any exposed fruit or trash, chances are that’s where they’re hanging out.

About the Fruit Fly

Fruit flies can be a problem all year round, but late summer and fall is their peak time. Common around El Dorado Hills and Lincoln, fruit flies are a small (3-4mm) species of red-eyed fly that are typically found around ripening or decaying fruits and vegetables. They have an incredibly short life cycle—around a month or less. In a week, fruit flies can go from egg to adult form. This contributes to the perception that fruit flies seem to multiply overnight. Fruit flies have the potential to lay approximately 500 eggs in their short lifetime, given the opportunity.

Fruit flies can arrive at your home hitching a ride on produce, as well as through an open window or door. Next time you come home from an El Dorado Hills farmer’s market, be mindful of any ripe product. Ripening fruit is their breeding ground, so it’s no coincidence they congregate around your fruit bowl. Their eggs need to be laid on a moist, organic surface where the hatched larvae can munch on the surface of fermenting produce until they are ready to fly off.

DIY Fruit Fly Pest Control

So, what do you do to rid yourself of this common pest problem? The first step is to remove any ripe, fermented, or rotting food or drink (yes, soda, old beer, and wine are attractants) from your home. Next, make sure that your door and window screens are tight-fitting (at least a 16 mesh). Lastly, make your own Fruit Fly Death Trap (courtesy of Apartment Therapy).

Fruit Fly Pest Control

It can be difficult to rid your home of the common fruit fly. If removing their food source and setting up traps doesn’t get rid of your pest problem, you need to contact Pro Active Pest Control today. At Pro Active Pest Control, we provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as serving the Greater Sacramento area. Our knowledge of each individual pest’s life cycle is how we can effectively treat pest problems around your home and business.

24Sep 2017

Year-round pest control can and will control your Roseville pest problems. That being said, there are at-home, do it yourself remedies that can be used in a pinch to aid in controlling minor pest problems.

As the year progresses, insects become their most active before cool weather hibernation sets in. The most common warm weather household pests that you are likely to encounter are flies, ants, and mosquitoes. For the most part, these are more nuisance pests than real threats, but they can carry and transfer bacteria and disease in addition to being plain annoying.

There are a few things to understand about these common pests. Most pests have a very sensitive sense of smell. This means that essential oils, fragrant plants, and herbs, as well as some fruit and vegetables make excellent deterrents. The best thing is that they’re all natural and most readily can be found in your pantry or refrigerator.

Mosquito Pest Control

For mosquitoes, plant marigolds, citronella grass, or rosemary outdoors. These plants produce oils that naturally repel mosquitoes, keeping your bite-free. You can also use essential oils that have a strong scent, such as basil, lavender, rose, or peppermint and either put a few dabs on your exposed skin, or make a homemade essential oil spray.

Ant Pest Control

For ants, slices of cucumber will thwart their entry into your home. Place them near cracks and other known ant paths. Just remember to refresh the slices before they rot and bring in a different host of pests (see our article on Fruit Flies). Alternatively, you can spray lemon juice around openings and it will keep ants out so long as the scent is strong.

Fly Pest Control

Finally, flies can be deterred by a few sprigs of rue. Place the rue near windows or in your fruit bowl to keep flies out of your home. Flies also don’t like the scent of cloves. Keep a bowl of cloves or use clove oil near doorways and windows where flies are likely to come in. You can also make your own fly repellant to be used around the home or even on you.

To avoid pest problems, your best bet is to have Pro Active Pest Control regularly treating your home. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can effectively treat pest problems around your home and business.

29Sep 2017
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Easy to identify and sure to cause a scream first thing in the morning, earwigs are one of the more easily identifiable pests living in El Dorado Hills. The most common species of earwig you’ll come across in Northern California is the European Earwig.

Earwig Identification

Adult earwigs have a prominent set of forcep pinchers at the end of their body. Male’s pinchers are curved while female’s pinchers are straighter. Earwigs typically reach ¾ of an inch long, are reddish brown in coloring with lighter brown legs, and live around a year after hatching. Adult earwigs also have a set of infrequently used wings on their back.

You typically will run into earwigs at night, when they go foraging for soft fruit and vegetation. Now that it’s almost fall, you’ll probably be noticing a few more earwigs here and there indoors. If it’s too hot, too dry, or too cold, earwigs will seek refuge indoors. As it cools down and moves into autumn, a pair of female and male earwigs will nest together throughout the cooler months. They favor debris, damp soil, and protected crevices. Once the climate warms in the spring, the female will kick her mate out and lay between 30-80 eggs. The eggs hatch in about a week and a new brood of earwigs is added to your home.

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The Problem with Earwigs

First and foremost, earwigs crawling into the ears of unsuspecting people as they sleep is an old wives’ tale. Earwigs prefer to avoid humans normally, and are also not known for biting them.

However, earwigs are voracious feeders. They eat everything from plant seedlings and ripe fruit to a variety of insects, such as aphids and mites. Although earwigs can and do help to control some common yard pests, they are very invasive. They can affect the leaves in your garden negatively, as well as make a second home in your house. Particularly during fall and winter months—this year being no exception.

Earwig Pest Control

To get rid of earwigs, you need to get rid of their habitat. The drought we’re experiencing in El Dorado Hills would normally drive earwigs out of your area. But with well-irrigated landscaping, earwigs have plenty of safe places where they can survive.

For effective earwig pest control, you need Pro Active Pest Control regularly treating your home. Before temperatures drop and outdoor pests find a way into your cozy home, you need an effective pest barrier established. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can effectively treat earwig pest problems around your home and business.

04Oct 2017

With fall finally upon us, there’s the promise of cooler days just around the corner. Along with those shorter days and cold, wet nights will come a sudden onslaught of invading pests in Roseville and the Greater Sacramento Area. Once the first signs of cold weather hits, pests instinctually look for a place to burrow down and outlast the cold. Chances are, that place is your warm and snug home.

Cold Weather and Pests

It’s worth noting that pests have instinctually developed habits that protect them during colder times. Some will indeed burrow into the ground, deep below the frost line to insulate themselves. Others die off, leaving egg or larvae to overwinter and reemerge in the spring. Certain pests are migratory and will take a tropical vacation during colder months. Lastly, there are some pests that are simply designed to be freeze tolerant. They have less water in their bodies, typically fast over winter months, and most have elevated glycerol levels that create a sort of bio antifreeze to keep them alive.

You don’t need to concern yourself with the pests that leave our neck of the Greater Sacramento area, or the ones that are built to survive out in the cold. However, you should protect yourself from the more common invading winter pests, such as mice, rats, earwigs, flies, and beetles.

Rodent Pest Control

Rodents (such as rats and mice) do need a warm and dry place to sustain themselves through winter. Sadly, they only need the slightest crack or gap to get into your home. For mice, a gap the size of a #2 pencil eraser suffices, and rats only need one that is about the size of a quarter. Be sure to do a thorough inspection around the perimeter or your house for any cracks, gaps, or openings. Caulking and screens work famously for keeping rodents out of your house.

If you find yourself with rat pest problems or mice pest problems, you’d better contact Pro Active Pest Control to help you to remove those rodents. Those openings still need to be sealed to prevent further infestations, but the only way to effectively stop rodent problems is to trap and remove them.

Bug Extermination

The same advice for rodents holds for insects, just on a macro level. Insects too will seek out gaps in your home’s exterior in order to come inside your house. Weather stripping in addition to the caulking and screens around windows and doors will help. For more preventive pest control measures, see our article on Easy Changes to Ensure a Pest-Free Home.

You should also be aware of that wood that you bring in for a fire. Often times logs contains beetles and other insects that have sought shelter in your wood pile. Needless to say, neither you nor them will enjoy having their shelter disturbed.

Most insects that you will come across indoors are not a threat and more of a nuisance than anything else. Vacuuming them up is the quickest solution, especially since many of these active cold weather insects emits odors when threatened or squished. Some may even stain your walls, floors, or furniture.

Fall Pest Control

Colder weather does not mean a hiatus on pest problems. That exterior pest barrier still needs to be maintained around your home to prevent pests from getting inside. For effective pest control, you need Pro Active Pest Control regularly treating your home. With temperatures dropping and outdoor pests finding their way into your home, you need an effective pest barrier established. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from fall pest problems.

09Oct 2017

Don’t be fooled by their cute appearance. Field mice are a one of the worst home pest problems to have. Mice look for a nice, warm house to build their brood in. Will it be your home?

Signs of a Field Mouse Infestation

Field-Mouse-Pest-Control-2With all of those open fields in the Roseville area, you’re likely to encounter field mice in your home at some point. Just like any other pest, field mice leave a trail of evidence wherever they go. The most common places to find evidence of field mice are the garage, the attic, and deserted areas, such as sub-flooring.

If you’ve noticed chewed up dog or cat food bags, there’s a good chance that a rodent is involved. Mice will also chew on insulation in your attic and use it as a nesting area.

You may also find small, pellet-shaped droppings along baseboards, no bigger than a grain of rice. If you’re near a nest, chances are that you’ll smell it before you see it. Mice urine reeks of ammonia and typically comes from where the nest’s location.

Field Mouse Identification and Life Cycle

Field-Mouse-Pest-Control-3The most common field mouse is the ‘house mouse’. They are typically five inches long from nose to tail and are covered in brown, grey, or white fur.

Field mice can become a major pest problem very quickly because they are prolific breeders. A female mouse can become pregnant every month, all year long. The gestation takes only 20 days! Each litter can have as many as a dozen mice. These blind, bald, and deaf offspring become fully mature, mating mice in 50 days.

In other words, one pregnant mouse can quickly become an army of field mice, unless steps are taken to prevent their spread.

Field Mouse Health Hazards

Besides the unending chewing that mice will do to whatever is available, wild mice carry diseases. Field mice can be carriers of more than 30 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans through the handling of mice, through contact with field mouse feces, urine, saliva, or through a mouse bite.

They also can create more access points for other pests to come inside your home.

Field Mouse Pest Control

As you may have read about in Cold Weather Invaders – Pest Control Roseville, preventive measures make the best defense against field mice pest problems.

  1. Remove all sources of food: Place paper-bagged foods and pet foods into glass or plastic containers. Make sure the containers have tight-sealing lids. Don’t leave food out anywhere!
  2. Seal entry points to your home. Look for holes and cracks greater than ½”. Install aluminum or steel netting to prevent field mice from getting in.
  3. Contact Pro Active Pest Control to help you remove those field mice. As a professional pest control company, we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to effectively solve mice pest problems.

Colder weather means more field mice pest problems. For effective pest control, you need Pro Active Pest Control to maintain an exterior pest barrier around your home through regular treatments. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from fall pest problems.

14Oct 2017

Have you ever heard a gentle scritch-scratching during the night along your rooftop? Maybe a random thud or three in your attic? That’s probably a common Roof Rat you’re hearing.

These prolific climbing rodents are nocturnally active and love scaling walls and rooftops. They get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. If you’ve seen or a roof rat (either alive or dead), there’s probably a lot more that you’re not seeing. With cooler weather, chances are they’ve invaded your home and built themselves a cozy nest.

Roof Rat Identification

Roof rats are typically brown or black, have smooth fur, and a long tail, typical of rodents. Their large eyes and ears help them to evade predators during nightly excursions.

Roof rats can live up to a year. During their lifetime, females can produce between 24-48 offspring. This means they are prolific breeders as well. A mated pair can turn into an established nest in a very short time.

They are also primarily nocturnal, spending nights foraging for food for their colony. Once they find a food source, they’ll return to that spot over and over until it’s no longer useful to them. Just like Field Mice, roof rats leave behind a trail of droppings between their nest and food.

Roof Rat Health Hazards

Roof rats hold the unfortunate distinction of being the original carriers of the bubonic plague. Today, you’re unlikely to run across that disease in Roseville, CA. You’re more likely to be exposed to murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), or rat-bite fever. The fleas they carry transmit diseases as well. Roof rats can transmit a number of diseases to domestic animals.

Additional to the diseases they can spread, roof rats can inflict damage to your home and yard. They will tear up insulation for their nests, and have the nasty habit of gnawing on electrical wire. Do you have a citrus tree or two in your yard? Roof rats eat citrus fruits, both rind and fruit, and even occasionally the bark.

Roof Rat Pest Control

  1. Just like with field mice, remove all sources of food: Place paper-bagged foods and pet foods into glass or plastic containers. Make sure the containers have tight-sealing lids. Don’t leave food out anywhere!
  2. To proof against roof rats, pay close attention to the roof line for entry points. Eliminate plants growing on buildings, lattices, and overhanging tree limbs that can serve as a pathway.
  3. Seal all openings that are greater than ½ inch in diameter. It’s best to use sturdier patches, such as concrete mortar, steel wool, or metal flashing to prevent roof rats chewing a new hole through your patch.
  4. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for the best roof rat pest control. As a professional pest control company, we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to effectively solve roof rat pest problems.

Roof rat pest problems are a year-round occurrence. Be proactive about dealing with your pest problems. Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests, establish an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it through regular treatments. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from winter pest problems.

19Oct 2017

When the weather outside is chilly in El Dorado Hills, spiders prefer to be inside, just like you. As good as spiders are for natural pest control, it doesn’t mean that you want to share your home with them. During cooler months, you may need spider pest control.

The cold weather drives most pests either into hibernation or to a warmer, more comfortable space. The inside of your house works well for spiders looking to get through cooler months. Not only are they protected from the cold, but the chances are you’ve supplied them with a decent food supply.

Spiders don’t try to become intimately acquainted with us. They prefer secluded, undisturbed places, such as your garage, basement, or attic to set up their web and wait for their next meal. Confrontations occur when we go into those occasionally used places, digging for a holiday decorations box or looking for donations.

Spider Health Hazards

Most species of spiders that we encounter are not a direct threat to us. They’re either too small to successfully bite us, or their venom does not affect humans. However, there are those spiders, such as Black Widow Spiders, that can be extremely dangerous to people. In particular, the very young and the slightly more elderly.

Spiders additionally can cause food contamination if allowed to nest in food storage areas. The bits and pieces of their prey can drop into food and onto food preparation surfaces. Though there is little research on the bacterial cleanliness of spider feces, their prey, such as flies, carry a number of bacteria.

Spiders Pest Control

As with any pest control, being proactive with pest control starts with you. Effective spiders pest control will happen long-term through regular pest control service from Pro Active Pest Control. In the meantime, there are several simple actions you can take to help reduce the spider presence in your home or business.

  1. Seal cracks and crevices both outside your home and around access points, such as a garage door. Walk the perimeter of your home being particularly mindful of the space around doors, windows, and vents.
  2. Clear clutter from garages and attics. Leaving portions of your home inaccessible and untouched leaves a perfect home for many pests, including spiders. Embrace regular cleaning on garages, basements, and attics.
  3. Be aware of what you bring inside from the outdoors. A box of lights that has been sitting in your attic since last year may have picked up a border or two. Carefully open and inspect boxes and bags outside while wearing long sleeves and gloves.

Contact Pro Active Pest Control for the best spiders pest control. As a professional pest control company, we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to effectively solve spider pest problems all year round. Be proactive about dealing with your pest problems.

Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests, establish an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it through regular treatments. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from winter pest problems.

24Oct 2017

It’s the holiday season. Along with the busy shopping days are nights filled with good food, family, and friends. It’s the worst thing when you’re preparing a dinner for a dozen people to find that your pantry or cupboards have been invaded. The most typical victims of pantry pest control are cereals, flour, chocolate, herbs, spices, dried fruits and other similar items commonly found in our homes.

Typical Pantry Pest Identification

In the Greater Sacramento area, from Roseville to El Dorado Hills, there are pantry pests typical to the area. Listed below are the top pests you’re likely to encounter in your food storage area.

Meal Moths

The most common species of meal moth in our area is the Indianmeal Moth. They’re a fairly distinct moth with a coppery to white grey body, approximately 1/3 to 2/5 inch long. They have small, reddish-brown forewings and similar in appearance to clothes moths. Only Indianmeal moths are larger and less hairy.

The true damage to your pantry is done by the larvae. Moth eggs are laid on food material and hatch within a few days. The fully grown, whitish-green/pink larva eat a wide range of products, from cereal and rice to chocolate and candies.  Beware holiday treats!

Rice Weevils

Weevils are actually a type of beetle. They are typically small, black, and about 1/8 inch long with four reddish spots on their back. You normally don’t even know the weevil is there. They feed inside individual grains of whole wheat products, such as rice, wheat, kernel corn, table beans, nuts, and.  Rice weevils will plug their entrance holes in the grain leaving no evidence of their presence.

Female beetles lay their eggs inside hollowed out grains, sealing the cavity when they’re done. Once the egg hatches, the larva will feed on their individual grain until they reach their adult state. It takes as little as 32 days for an egg to reach adulthood and produce eggs of their own.

Pantry Beetles (Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle, Cigarette beetle, Confused flour beetle, Sawtoothed grain beetle)

Most pantry beetles are flightless and feed on a wide variety of foods including cereals, candy, cocoa, cookies, cornmeal, fish meal, pet foods, flour, nuts, dried peas and beans, pastas, potato chips, spices, dead animals, and dead insects. For all beetles, they are most destructive during their larval stage. Their length varies from 2mm to 5mm, with the typical three-segment body in hues of brown.

Signs of Pantry Pest Infestation

Pantry pests damage you and your food through contamination. Their bodies and by-products can cause a variety of health issues, such as irritation of the mouth, throat, and stomach when you eat infested products.

The most obvious signs of an infestation are seeing moths flying or beetles crawling around. The larva are not particularly noticeable until their population becomes abundant. The best offense against pantry pests is to take preventative measures.

Pantry Pest Control and Prevention

  1. First and foremost, always find the source of infestation. Remove and look through all bags and boxes of dried good in your cabinet or pantry. Trash any that you suspect of infested.
  2. Clean all surfaces and storage areas thoroughly before replacing the food. Soap and water will work just fine, but a bleach/water solution is also okay. This is your food storage we’re talking about!
  3. Put all of the food back that you’ve determined to be larva-free. Put loose, easily-accessible products, such as flour, into canister containers with well-sealing lids. Place a dried bay leaf in bags and containers of stored goods to discourage weevils and other pantry pests.
  4. To prevent future infestations, make a habit of checking your food monthly. Rotate older food products to the front and trash old bags of flour and cereals (that you haven’t used in a couple of months).
  5. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for the best pantry pest control. As a professional pest control company, we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to effectively solve all forms of pest control issues.

Pantry pest problems can happen at any time of the year. Be proactive about dealing with your pest problems. Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests, establish an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it through regular treatments. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from winter pest problems.

29Oct 2017

While colder weather may bring relief from those flying pests, it certainly doesn’t mean your pest problems are on hiatus. Not all pests become dormant in the cold weather. Those that are still awake and aware are out there are looking for easy access to shelter from the cold, as well as a steady food supply. Does your home check these boxes? If you think it might, you need pest control.

Common Cold Weather Pests

The top three pests that you’ll more than likely come across during the winter months are rodents, spiders, and cockroaches. From the rodent category, the house mouse and the roof rat are the most common home-invaders in Northern California. They get inside through cracks, gaps, and holes in your house’s exterior. Once inside, they will settle in and nest, breeding rapidly until you have a major winter infestation.

Of the approximately 300 or so spiders in our region, most are beneficial to people. They typically feed on other common pests, such as flies, mites, and crickets. Spiders will find a protected area to build their web and to hunt from. Spiders, for the most part, are simply a nuisance to humans.

Cockroaches, lastly, are more commonly seen in California during more humid months. However, they’re always on the lookout for warm, moist spots to hide. Cold weather will drive these blackish-brown beetles through your door and into your home. Cockroaches particularly favor basements and beneath homes as they can stay there undisturbed throughout the day.

Cold Weather Pest Health Hazards

As we’ve mentioned in our articles on Roof Rats and Field Mice, rodents can carry a variety of diseases. From Salmonella to the Hantavirus, rodent pest control is extremely important during winter when you and your family can be in close proximity to these pests.

There are a few spiders, such as the Black Widow Spider, that are dangerous to us. Their mouths are large enough to actually pierce human flesh. The black widow spider’s bite is typically not fatal, but it is painful. Their venom causes muscle cramps and spasms. These start near the bite wound and then spread and increase in severity for up to 12 hours.

Cockroaches can be an awful health hazard. Due to their dietary preference for garbage, they’re carriers of numerous pathogens. They can carry E.coli and Salmonella on their legs and bodies. In doing so, they transfer these diseases from contaminated areas onto the clean surfaces they crawl.

Cold Weather Pest Control

  1. Seal all cracks and openings on the outside of your home. Use screens, steel wool, or metal flashing to patch holes and prevent intruders.
  2. Keep your food contained in containers that have tight-sealing lids. Don’t leave food out. Make a good habit of taking your trash out regularly.
  3. Store firewood and other piles of stationary items away from the house. A good rule of thumb is 20 feet from your house and 5 feet off of the ground.
  4. Eliminate places where moisture collects, such as clogged drainage and leaky pipes.
  5. If you think that you might have a winter pest problem contact Pro Active Pest Control for the best pest control in Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Lincoln, Rancho Cordova, and beyond.

Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests and prevents new pest problems from occurring. We establish a pest barrier around your home that effectively keeps pests out through regular and reliable maintenance. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from winter pest problems.

03Nov 2017

Through advances in pest control and pest prevention, the overall quality of life for all of us has improved. Regular pest control keeps the number of pests down in our home. Less pests means less chances for bites, bacteria, and destruction.

Regular pest control is not just in our home. Think about how infrequently you encounter pests in food products that you bring home. That’s pest control at work. For now, we’ll focus on what can be done around the home to help protect you, your familiar, and your house.

Professional Pest Control is Key

Yes, there are many pest control devices and products on the market that are easily accessible. These treatments only try to fix the current pest issue. Professional pest control works to solve the root of your pest problems. Pro Active Pest Control not only treats the pests, we also prevent future infestations. This is our area of expertise.

How Does Regular Pest Control Improve Your Quality of Life?

Protection from Pest-Related Health Issues

From cockroaches to roof rats, pests can both carry and spread a variety of diseases to you and your family. Bacteria is spread to you through pests touching the same surfaces as you do. Their feces and urine can also spread disease, as well as cause respiratory issues. Preventing pests from entering your home reduces your risk of serious illnesses.

Prevent Property Damage from Pests

Having a pest infestation affects where you live in many ways. Insects and rodents can be incredibly invasive. From voracious eaters to rampant nesters, pests can take your home apart piece by piece. The trouble is, you won’t know until it’s too late. Annually, pest problems cost families thousands of dollars in home repairs.

It’s Safer to Have Professional Pest Control

Many common pests bite, sting, or are otherwise dangerous. This may be their defensive instincts, but through bites and stings a lot of harm can be done to people. There’s no reason to risk yourself doing amateur pest control. As pest control professionals, we have the knowledge and expertise on how to safely and effectively deal with pests. Most importantly, we do this without endangering you and your home.

Get Regular Pest Control Now!

Pest problems are a year-round occurrence. Being proactive about your pest problems can improve your quality of life in a big way. Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests, establish an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it through regular treatments. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area.

Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from winter pest problems.

08Nov 2017

Rumored to be able to withstand just about anything, cockroaches are the bane of many homeowners. The trouble is, they’re not just a pesky nuisance. Their presence in your home can cause major health problems for you and your family. If you see a cockroach in middle of the day, you more than likely have a heavy cockroach infestation and need cockroach pest control now!

Cockroach Pest Identification

As cockroaches are nocturnal, sometimes your earliest sign of infestation is their feces. Cockroach feces look like coffee grounds or black pepper. They are found along the path that roaches frequent.

In general, cockroaches have a small head, two pronounced antennae, six legs, and an oval-shaped body. Ranging in color from shiny black to light tan, they tend to prefer protected, warm, moist spaces. They enjoy the space between wallpaper and wall, crevices and nooks in bathrooms, as well as behind your refrigerator.

Cockroaches live around a year, depending on how well their environment supports them. Females produce between 6 and 14 egg cases in a lifetime. Each egg case (oothcea) can contain anywhere from 15 to 40 viable eggs. Cockroach populations grow can grow rapidly or slowly based on how favorable the conditions of their environment is.

Cockroach Health Hazards

Cockroaches like to live near their food source. This means close proximity to your food. Through common food sources they can easily spread disease and bacteria to people. If they can get into our stored food, bacteria are introduced through their feces mixing with the food they eat and trek through.

Additionally, cockroaches carry disease-causing pathogens on the outside of their body. Their frequent contact with both human and animal excrement allows for the spread of Salmonella and Shigella (food poisoning) to our food prep surfaces, as well as the food itself.

Cockroaches also create allergens through their droppings, saliva, and shed skin, which some people are allergic to. These allergens can also cause asthma for sensitive groups.

Cockroach Pest Control

  1. Identify Your Cockroach

    The first step with cockroach pest control is to identify the type of cockroach. This aids in determining the method of pest control used to remove the pest. The most common types of cockroach in our area are:

    1. Oriental Cockroach: Black to dark brown in color, these cockroaches emit an unpleasant smell.
    2. German Cockroach: Light brown/tan colored with two distinct, black stripes behind their head.
    3. American Cockroach: Reddish brown color with a yellow figure 8 shape on the back of their head.

Of these, the German cockroaches can be the greatest problem as they primarily nest in indoor locations.

  1. Manage Your Food

    Keep food stored in pantries and cupboards stored in tight-sealing containers. Don’t leave loose food sitting around the house (this includes pet food). Clean up after food prep and eating. Sweep the floor, vacuum, and regularly wash your dishes

  1. Plug Up and Seal External Entry Points

    Look for openings and cracks around your home that can let pests in. For cockroaches, pay particular attention to the space between the wall and floor as they can flatten their bodies to fit through tight spaces. Use tightly woven, metal mesh for closing up large holes. Caulking works well for small gaps and cracks.

  1. Keep it Clean

    Having a sanitary home is your best prevention from any pest infestation, especially cockroaches. Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly. Don’t allow piles of stuff or garbage to accumulate throughout the house.

  1. Get Professional Cockroach Pest Control

    By hiring a pest control professional to handle your cockroach infestation, you can be assured that your safety will be first and foremost. At Pro Active Pest Control, we identify your type of cockroach problem, develop a plan for cockroach extermination, apply the chosen cockroach pest control method, and provide ongoing support to ensure that roaches don’t come back.

Get Regular Pest Control Now!

Pest problems are a year-round occurrence. Being proactive about your pest problems can improve your quality of life in a big way. Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests, establish an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it through regular treatments. We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area.

Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from winter pest problems.

13Nov 2017

Do things go bump in the night at your home? Are you worried that you may have some kind of pest infestation? Have you tried to keep pests out of your home through various products, but with no luck?

Maybe now is the time to consider bringing in a pest control professional.

Why Hire a Pest Control Professional?

Get Rid of Your Pest Problems

For pest control professionals, getting rid of pests is their job. They have the knowledge of types of pests local to your area and how to get rid of and further prevent infestations. They also have a variety of tools readily at hand, most of which you can’t find at your local hardware store. Typically, you’ll see results within the first two treatments. The first treatment gets rid of existing pests, and the second prevents offspring from growing and thriving.

Protection from Pest-Related Health Issues

From cockroaches to roof rats, pests carry and spread a variety of diseases. By living in and around your home, pests spread pathogens to you and your family. If their excrement makes contact you’re your food or food prep area, it contaminates what you eat (both human and pet food). The range of health issues that result range from allergies and asthma, to food poisoning. Severe allergic reactions from bites, scratches, and stings are another reason to prevent pests from entering your home.

Prevent Property Damage from Pests

Pest infestations damage your property. Insects, arachnids, and rodents are incredibly invasive. Once they are inside your home, getting them out takes time, energy, and money. Annually, pest problems can cost you thousands of dollars in home and property repairs.

The Cost is Minimal for a Pest Control Professional

For less than the cost of going out to the movies for a family of four, you can have bimonthly pest control. Plus, as a new customer with Pro Active Pest Control, enjoy our New Customer Pest Control Service Special. Get $100 off your initial pest control service with an annual agreement.

Regular Professional Pest Control Works

In the end, you can’t argue with results. The simple truth is that professional pest control works. Quality pest control takes time and is a process that needs to be continually maintained. By hiring pest control professionals to protect your home annually, your family and your property are protected. You can rely on Pro Active Pest Control to handle your pest problems.

Get Regular Pest Control Now!

Pest problems are a year-round occurrence. Being proactive about your pest problems can improve your quality of life in a big way. Contact Pro Active Pest Control to take care of existing pests, establish an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it through regular treatments.

We provide Roseville pest control, El Dorado Hills pest control, Lincoln pest control, Rancho Cordova pest control, as well as provide pest control throughout the Greater Sacramento area.

Contact Pro Active Pest Control for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help protect your home or business from pest problems.