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Containment and HEPA Filtration in Mold Remediation

Containment and HEPA Filtration in Mold Remediation

Gladhill Service’s Mold Remediation Process is customized to meet the specific moisture and ventilation issues of each home. The process begins with an inspection that we use to develop a strategy, and (in many cases) it ends with a lab-tested air sample at the completion of the job.

However, one of the most important steps in the Mold Remediation Process is containment and HEPA filtration. If proper action isn’t taken to prevent the spread of mold throughout the cleaning process, the mold problem could recur or even get worse.

To understand why containment and HEPA are important, we have to look at how mold spreads and some of the techniques that Mold Remediation professionals use to prevent it.

5 Steps To Get Rid Of Fleas

Fleas will bite both animals and humans for blood. Flea bites typicaly appear as small red bumps that are itchy and uncomfortable more often than not. These bites usually appear in small groups on the skin. Not only are flea bites uncomfortable, fleas can transmit bacteria and viruses through their bites. If you get bitten by a flea, you should clean the bite with warm water and soap to reduce the risk of infection. Anti-itch creams are available as well. If you feel a flea bite is serious, seek the advie of a medical professional as soon as possible.


INDOOR FLEA INFESTATION

An infestation of fleas can be very difficult to eliminate due to fleas having a complex life cycle. There are four stages to a flea's life; the egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages together make up what is known as a complete metamorphosis  The fleas life cycle can take anywhere from a couple weeks to several months, depending on the immediate environmentent to complete. This makes control methods difficult at times for most people. Some retail products marketed for flea control may only be formulated for one or two life cycles. It's often best to call a professional like Gladhill Services in order to rid your home of fleas once your pet is treated. 

Since pets go in and out of the house all the time it's almost impossible to treat fleas without treating both the inside and outside of your home. A treatment on the lawn will also need to be in order. Dense foliage from landscape plants may be in need of treatment too since fleas can thrive in areas of dense high growth or groundcover.
These are common areas to find fleas.


Step One - Vacuuming

First you'll need to vacuum the entire house. Vacuum all carpeting and hard surfaces, paying close attention to where your pet sleeps and spends time resting. Be sure to get underneath all furniture, rugs, beds etc. You must vacuum (and treat if doing yourself) all furniture. Once this initial step is complete disregard your vacuum bag in in a sealed container and take it outside. This will prevent fleas from getting back out infesting your home again. Vacuuming, shampooing or even steam cleaning rugs and carpet will only kill some of the larvae  so a professional treatment will most likely remain necessary for the complete elimination.


Step Two - Wash Linens

Wash all bed linens and pet bedding to kill possible fleas. Be sure to always wash and dry all bedding at the hottest temperature fabrics can tolerate or, if washing is not possible you must bag all linens and remove from the house during this step. These items must be washed at a later date but, cannot be brought back inside the house until washed and dried.


Step Three - Keep Pets Out

To keep you and your pets safe we suggest your veterinarian treat your pet for fleas on the day Gladhill Services provides your service. This helps prevent your pet from re-introducing the pest into the treated environment. Make sure to remove your pet's food and water dishes. In fact, it's best to remove any pet-related items from your home during treatment. Please keep your pet out of treated areas until materials are dry. We suggest ventilateing the interior of your home during this time.


Exterior Flea Prevention

In many parts of the country, freezing temperatures help control flea populations outside. But in warmer climates, flea populations thrive all year long. Fleas do prefer a cooler, shady place with a little moisture. During the warmer months, fleas hide in and around shrubs, within leaf litter, in mulch, and under structures that may fill your landscape. Since flease cannot tolerate the sun for too long do not thrive much in cut lawns as many believe. Here are a few steps that will help keep your yard less attractive to fleas.

Step Four - Clean Up Yard

Clean up and remove debris from your yard. Remove any refuse or garden debris like piles of wood,  bricks, or any type of discarded pots. These are the ideal breeding sites for fleas.  Use a broom to sweep off patios. Don’t forget to check out your cat or dog's favorite places to run and lay. This includes dog runs and kennels, areas underneath decks or porches, under shrubs, and along fence lines.


Step Five - Mow & Prune

An easy way to reduce flea and tick populations in your yard is to keep the grass, trees, and shrubs trimmed. Mowing your lawn to the proper height exposes the soil to sunshine, keeping it dry, and removing the longer grass fleas and ticks prefer to hide in. Prune bushes and trim trees to increase the amount of sunshine in your yard. Both fleas and ticks prefer moist environments, so be sure to avoid overwatering.


Eliminating fleas should always be left up to professionals like Gladhill Services. You shouldn't have to live in a home infested by fleas so give us a call 717-597-1040 or click here to get an inspection today.

DIY Winter Pest Proofing

As the cold and bitter air of winter draws nearer and as the temperatures begin dropping, rodents like mice and rats head indoors in search of food and shelter. Other pests begin migrating inside as well as they too seek out warmth along with a peaceful place to overwinter. If you’re not careful, your home could easily end up becoming a natural resource for nature! The good news is you don’t have to stand helpless while rodents and other pests silently check in to your home for the winter.

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STEP ONE:   MAINTAIN LAWN & LANDSCAPE

While you might be wondering just how maintaining your lawn and landscape is helpful towards pest-proofing your home for the winter, know that rodents and other household pests begin their life cycles outside. If your lawn is full of overgrown vegitation and debris pests will thrive in their natural environment before making their way inside your house for the winter. When pest-proofing your home for the winter, start in September by doing the following:

  • Clear your lawn and landscape of leaves, clippings, and other debris
  • Eliminate standing water and garden remnant
  • Check for rodent burrows around your foundatio

STEP TWO:   CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN & SECURE THE GARBAGE

The majority of household pests end up in the kitchen due to water and food being readily available. One of the best ways to keep pests out of your home and especially out of your kitchen is to make food less available to them. Sometimes a simple cleaning of cabinets and counter tops isn't enough... This means:

  • Securely place food in airtight containers and store them in the fridge or cabinets.
  • Don’t leave fresh foods and produce on your counters or tabletops over night.
  • Clean out your pet’s bowls each nigh, and take them off the floor when they are near a door.

Pests and rodents will take any type of food they can get, even your leftovers from three days ago! To help reduce the number of pests in and around your home make sure you secure your garbage every day, and remove it from inside the home on a regular basis. If you leave a bag full of trash near the perimeter of your house you’re simply asking rodents and other pests to come inside for the winter - or, any other time of the year. If possible, raise your garbage containers off the ground to discourage rodents from easily climbing up and into them. 


STEP THREE:    REPAIR ENTRY POINTS IN YOUR HOME

The last professional tip, and most likely the best way to begin pest-proofing your home for the winter is to ensure pests are unable to find their way inside. When nighttime temperatures begin falling it's best to take some time checking the interior walls of your basement or crawl space, and around the exterior of your home looking for entry points. Entry points are considered tiny to large openings, such as a crack, in the foundation or base of a house that rodents and other pests can crawl into gaining access to the interior of structures. Specific areas to check when searching for entry points are as follows:

  • Laundry vents
  • Utility meters
  • Foundation cracks
  • Crawl spaces and attics

It's a good idea to install a floor sweep or other type of professional weather stripping for under doors. This will eliminate your doorways as an entry point while helping to keep warm air inside and the cool air out. 

Pest Prevention Guide 2018

Once again, we can all say "so long" to old man winter, hang up our heavy coats, and place the knit hats and gloves on the top shelf. It's now time to say "HELLO" to sitting outside, cooking on the grill, and watching brilliant sunsets. But, we cannot forget about the mosquitos, ticks, fleas, midges, flies, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, and... the list goes on. 

 Fall and winter is prime time for mice and rats, while spring and summer are synonymous with insects that bite and sting.

Fall and winter is prime time for mice and rats, while spring and summer are synonymous with insects that bite and sting.

Throughout the months of spring and summer insects become highly active. While we can also enjoy being outdoors with them understand there are times when humans and bugs cross paths. Without a doubt, insects have their time and purpose in our world and serve important roles but, when we cross paths with them there may be risks. Bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps may sting in defense. Ants may ruin a picnic. Ticks, like mosquitos, may possibly transmit a disease to you or a pet.

Spring & Summer Insects to Look Out For

Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets, Ticks, Mosquitos, Ants, Spiders, and Flies


Kitchen Cabinets, and Pantry

Spring is the best time to hit the kitchen cabinets and pantry for prevention. Pull out everything from inside your cabinets and drawers then, wipe down the surfaces of shelves including the inner sides of your drawers. Get rid of an type of shelf liners. Throw out any expired herbs, spices, or ingredients such as flour and grains that may introduce stored product pests into your home. While empty, inspect the backs of cabinets or pantries for entry points that pests might use. These areas include tiny cracks, holes and crevices. During the warmer months, insects like ants and cockroaches are adapted to finding food sources through them. And finally, pull out appliances, wipe surfaces and vacuum behind them. Looking for signs of pests or possible entry points for them, cleaning surfaces and getting food debris out is the best prevention in preparing for the upcoming warmer months.


Faucets & Water Sources

All insects, no matter what time of year, seek out a source of moisture. Water, even the tiniest amount is enough for any insect therefore, moisture is a major attraction for all pests such as roaches, spiders, and ants. Check all of your bathroom and kitchen faucets to ensure no leaks are present. Repair leaky faucets, loose floor tiles, and areas where caulking is stained, damaged or mildewed. Two main areas of concern with caulk are around toilets and tubs. Be sure to look underneath your sink cabinets for any signs of moisture damage. If any of these places have damaged or mildewed caulk or wood caused by moisture, you may need to call a plumber. If mold or mildew is found you should get a mold inspection to prevent further issues to you and your family's health.


Closets, Attics, Garages

Professionals in the industry live and work by one simple rule and that is - The more clutter you have, the more opportunity for pests. Simple right? During spring and summer months your odds significantly increase for spiders, ants, wasps, earwigs, termites, silverfish, fleas, various mites, ticks and mosquitos to inhabit areas inside and out of your home. Cleaning out your closets, attics, garages, or wherever you have stored items or boxes is yet another major step in preventing spring and summer pests from invading your home. Eliminating mass clutter will ultimately reduce considerable opportunities for common pests to infest your home. Follow this same professional rule in the garden. As you will soon read, piles of rock, wood and other landscape material create habitats for all insects. More threatening at times, snakes, skunks, squirrels, and other wildlife may migrate into your property seeking out homes in these materials, and with potentially harmful risks. 


Doors and Windows

Damaged screens in windows and doors may be unnoticed during the winter. It's now warming up outside so it's time to check up and clean your screens. Inspect  all your windows and doors thoroughly for damaged screens, replacing any screens that have holes before it's too late. Check the spline of frames and the seals around your doors too. While going around checking your windows and doors it's a good idea to check for any damage to your foundation. Damage to your foundation can happen during the winter months and go unnoticed as well. A  hole the size of a dime is large enough for a mouse to come through next fall, and cockroaches along with most insects can fit through the tiniest of cracks so seal any cracks you might find. 


Standing Water

Especially mosquitos, standing water is a breeding ground for insects! During the winter, water may collect in low spots around your home or garden. Bowls, buckets, toys, and play equipment like sandboxes may have standing water. Downspouts may also be an area for water to pool. Remove or repair any areas of standing water as these will become a harborage for any and all insects. Fill in low level areas and holes. Reset or reposition outdoor play equipment to eliminate this problem permanently. With mosquitos being a
major risk to our health, standing water is probably the most important of all steps to take in pest prevention during spring and summer months. 


Deteriorating Wood

Rotted or damaged roofing materials and fascia may act as a point of entry for certain insects. Check around your doors and windows, your deck and patio, the skirting of your home, and other areas where wood might need replacing. Carpenter bees, wasps, ants, spiders, silverfish, centipedes and many other insects love these areas with wood being prime habitats. Birds, while most of us may enjoy watching them, they may create an unhealthy scenario around your home.

 

Once you have completed these 6 steps to Spring & Summer Pest Prevention you’re ready to begin enjoying your summer! We never said it would be easy. We certainly didn't say it would be quick or easy for that matter. But, if you begin following this guide as the forsythia blooms yellow then in no time at all you can have peace of mind. Not only will this guide give you the knowledge to keep your home pest-free, it will also help you maintain your property value. If you may have discovered evidence of a major pest issue contact Gladhill Services, as we can help you take care of any pest issue.

Don't Allow These Four Pests In Your Home This Winter

When winter falls upon the land, most pests go into a deep state of hibernation but, there are a few pests that begin entering homes seeking out warmth and food for those long, dark winter months. Pest professionals freely advise homeowners to take precautionary measures against winter pests such as mice, rats, cockroaches and spiders for good reason. Follow our quick guide below and learn how to easily prevent these four winter pests from entering your home. 

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Mice

Mice are likely the most popular pest during winter months. The common house mouse will usually nest in dark out of the way areas. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces are very ideal for them to hold up in during the winter months. If left undisturbed, mice can cause property damage. Mice can chew directly through drywall and thin layers of wood. They can bite on electrical wiring causing sparks and electrical fires. Mice are also capable of contaminating stored food products and spread diseases like salmonella as they go from one bag or box of food to the next. 
Our quick tips:

  • Seal up cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with steel wool.
  • Keep areas free of clutter since mice like to hide in tight spaces.
  • Inspect your home for signs of mice like their droppings, chew marks and damaged food containers.

Rats

Rats will often nest in basements, mounds of debris, and piles of undisturbed materials. Rats will typically gnaw through almost anything  including plastic and pipes to obtain food and water. Like mice, rats are vectors of diseases, making them a serious threat to public health at times.
 

Our quick tips:

  • Since rats can fit through holes as small as half an inch, inspect your home for gaps and cracks. If found, fill with steel wool.
  • Eliminate moisture in crawl spaces and basements. Check to see that pipes and other such utility lines are secure.
  • Inspect your home for signs of rats including rub marks caused by oil in a rats fur, droppings, urine, and gnaw marks.

German Cockroach

German cockroaches are one of the most common roaches found in commercial and residential buildings throughout the world. German roaches prefer living in cracks and crevices close to food and water making the kitchens and bathrooms of homes a perfect habitat for them. German cockroaches will enter the home via paper and plastic bags from groceries, boxes from deliveries, and secondhand (or rented) appliances. German roaches can and will, if let go, contaminate food and spread bacteria, as well as certain human pathogens. Most startling and according to the CDC, cockroaches inside the home are considered allergens, and can exacerbate the symptoms of asthma, especially in children.

Our quick tips:           

  • Keep your counters and floors clean and wiped free of food debris.
  • Vacuum your home frequently and take out the garbage regularly.
  • Focus hard cleaning efforts in your kitchen and bathrooms with added attention under appliances and sinks. 

Spiders

Some spiders prefer spinning their webs in undisturbed locations inside the home. Closets, attics, and basements are likely areas within the home where spiders remain throughout winter months. Some spiders, like the brown recluse may be found inside cardboard boxes brought into the home during the holiday season. Black widows, typically found within or on objects dark in color, may be brought inside the home too during this time. Spiders tend to tuck themselves away near and along window frames, in the corners of rooms, and in seldom-used shoes hidden in the back of closets. All spiders have venom but the brown recluse and black widow may bite making them a danger to both children and adults.


Our quick tips:           

  • Trim trees and shrubs away from your house and cut limbs that overhang your roof.
  • Store seldom-used items in plastic containers since spiders like to hide inside almost anything undisturbed.
  • If you suspect you have been bitten by a spider seek medical attention as soon as possible because infections may occur. 

Rid Your Home Of Ticks

A tick is a parasitic insect that feeds on the blood of mammals, birds and reptiles for survival. Ticks are considered a serious household pest for many pet owners as ticks latch onto cats and dogs and drop off in the house. For humans, a tick bite can cause certain diseases that require medical attention.


In efforts to prevent an infestation of ticks, it's wise to avoid spending too much time in densely wooded areas as these areas are common habitats for ticks. Ticks hang out on tall grass and shrubs at the edge of wooded land waiting for a ost to walk by. If you have pets that spend time in or near wooded areas, you should invest in an anti-tick medication for pets and possibly a flea and tick collar as well. If your dog or cat constantly scratches, shows signs of any type of regular skin irritation or becomes lethargic frequently, you may have a tick infestation. If you do believe that your pet may have a problem with ticks, contact your vet for further information in regards to prevention and treatment.

Ticks prefer living in warm, dry places near their food source such as bedding and furniture so, they can spread to almost any room throughout your home. It only takes one tick latching onto your pet or you then falling off after a feeding. Once they drop off, a tick will run and hide in a tiny crack or crevice where it will wait for a host to come by, feeding once more. If eggs are deposited into any part of your home then, look out! This is when the infestation begins.


Tick Bites

A tick bite can pose serious health risks for pets and people since they can carry diseases like Lyme DiseaseRocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Southern-tick Associated Rash Illness. Usual symptoms related to tick bites may fever, rash, aches, and pains. If you ever feel that a tick bite is serious or associated with any of these symptoms, seek the professional advice of a physician.


Ridding Ticks

If you happen to find a tick on your dog or cat check with your vet, especially if they appear lethargic. This may be a signal due to an infection or the early stage of a disease acquired from the bite. Since a tick can deposit up to 3,000 eggs per breading cycle, it's important to have a professional pest manager check your home for any signs of a tick infestation. Females will deposit eggs in tiny cracks throughout your home, which makes ticks difficult to eliminate.

Rid Your Home Of Roaches

 A cockroach infestation requires immediate action by professionals to eliminate the problem and help minimize health risks associated with them. Cockroaches are attracted to food (especially rotting and decaying food matter). A cockroach will eat the same food you eat, along with paper products, packaging, fabrics, toothpaste and pet feces. It's easier to discover signs of a cockroach problem in your home or business than it is to actually see a live cockroach. Nocturnal creatures, cockroaches will hide out of your sight during the day becoming much more active at night.

A cockroach infestation requires immediate action by professionals to eliminate the problem and help minimize health risks associated with them. Cockroaches are attracted to food (especially rotting and decaying food matter). A cockroach will eat the same food you eat, along with paper products, packaging, fabrics, toothpaste and pet feces. It's easier to discover signs of a cockroach problem in your home or business than it is to actually see a live cockroach. Nocturnal creatures, cockroaches will hide out of your sight during the day becoming much more active at night.

Signs of a Cockroach Infestation

 

 

  1. Cockroach feces - a cockroach will leave a trail of black droppings.
  2. Cockroach smear - a cockroach will leave smear marks wherever they are active. 
  3. Cockroach skin - A cockroach will shed skins 5-8 times as they mature to adults.
  4. Cockroach odor - A cockroach infestation will produces an unpleasant smell. 

With multiple entry points, your home or commercial property could be a breeding ground for cockroaches.The easiest way to prevent cockroaches from entering your home or office is denying them access to food, water and shelter. German cockroaches favor kitchens but, may easily be prevented by keeping crumbs and other food particles from accumulating around countertops and cabinets. Regular cleaning with a general disinfectant helps deter cockroaches from nesting.

German cockroaches may be found in bathrooms and laundry rooms also as they seek out warmth and humidity. They are good climbers with the ability to move straight up glass.

Oriental cockroaches dwell in areas with cooler, damp conditions like basements and drains. Oriental roaches can survive outside in areas in and around dumpsters, landfills, as well as infest urban environments where water and food debris build up.

 

 

  • Eliminate food sources - dry foods should be stored in sealed containers or plastic bags. Do not leave water in sinks or liquids in buckets.
  • Clear waste food and spills - remove food debris from prep areas and remove food scraps daily keeping garbage and compost in sealed containers.
  • Contain pet food - Empty pet drink, pet food, and litter trays for overnight.
  • Rinse containers - Rinse bottles, cans and other containers before disposal.
  • No Clutter - Do not (or throw out) newspaper and magazine piles, cardboard boxes and other clutter from all areas. 
  • Seal points of entry- Fill gaps around pipes, drains and in walls shared with other buildings when dealing with German, Oriental and American cockroaches. Small cracks around electrical sockets should be plugged also.