Pest Prevention Blog
Pest Prevention Blog
Before you grab that Christmas tree be sure it's not home to unwanted pests this holiday season.
Freshly cut Christmas trees not only liven the holiday spirit, they may be a direct way for insects, mites, and spiders to enter your home. When brought inside, some insects may remain on the inner trunk of the tree never being noticed but, others may come out to venture around your home once they feel warm temperatures inside. Most insects remain on the tree for winter hibernation while some may be attracted to light fixtures and windows. Following a few preventive steps can help ensure you won't introduce them into your home this holiday season.
Mechanical tree shakers
These are very useful in removing insects and nests from trees. If not done when purchasing your Christmas Tree, shake the tree vigorously before setting up inside for the holidays as this will serve the same purpose.
Bird nests, although considered decorative by some people, bird nests may contain mites and lice. Any nests should be removed by hand if not by mechanical or hand shaking.
Natural Aerosol sprays can be sprayed on the Christmas tree.
There are many useful and natural aerosol products you can easily find to spray directly into the tree. With having no residual and being natural, these products quickly repel any insect that may be hiding within your tree. Your tree will be safe to set up inside shortly after you spray them.
Vacuums work very well by removing insects that may collect on walls, floors or ceilings. Quickly remove nesting debris, eggs, cocoons and live insects this way.
A Christmas tree may be home to numerous structural, environmental and landscape pests like adelgids, wooly adelgids, aphids, bark beetles, mites, chiggers, ticks, fleas, praying mantids, scale insects, psocids, and spiders. The odds of finding all the listed pests on your Christmas tree this year is slim but, sometimes one or more may have made a home in it. So follow these holiday hacks to limit any pest problem this holiday season.
Mold thrives everywhere in the environment but, do you know what happens if it enters our body during cold and flu season?
Symptoms of Mold Sickness
As an irritant, symptoms from mold sickness are comparable to that of the common cold or even an allergy. Some of the symptoms experienced may be itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, itchy skin, and headache. If you notice these symptoms after entering a building repeatedly, the structure may have an issue with mold. Prolonged exposure to mold may cause symptoms to worsen. You may begin to experience constant headaches, weight loss, diarrhea, and vomiting. More serious effects caused from mold might be chronic fatigue, bronchitis and sinus infections along with short-term memory loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your physician immediately.
So, how do you know if you are being exposed to mold?
Mold is typically hidden deep inside walls or floors. Mold can be found in basements, HVAC ducts and behind cabinets. Mold results from moisture becoming trapped in these areas so it's best to get a professional inspection from Gladhill Services.
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Our team at Gladhill Services is thankful for helping all our customers. We are also thankful for the help we get from nature along the way. You should be thankful too because some of these common pests that help us may be helping you.
Spiders are one of the most beneficial pests in our homes. They spin webs where other insects can easily get caught up. Mosquitos, moths, beetles, stink bugs other spiders, gnats and other common household pests are eaten by spiders so it may be beneficial to leave a few hanging around in the basement or attic to help control insect populations. So, this year be sure to thank them for doing what comes natural.
Steeped in disgust and misunderstanding, skunks - minus their pungent odor - offer a natural approach to controlling the numbers of many small rodents and insects around your home. Skunks eat a variety of insects including grubs, grasshoppers and crickets along with mice and other critters that can damage your lawn and garden.
Silent in flight and mostly active during the night, owls prey upon snakes, rats, mice, rabbits, small birds as well as larger insects. Owls are extremely beneficial to have around the home so leave them be and feel honored to have them watching over your land. Firmly rooted in mythology, folklore and legend, owls are rare in some areas so if you see one feel blessed and be very thankful.
Like skunks, raccoons eat a large variety of insects and worms. While they can totally do a destructive number on trash cans, gardens and more, raccoons help to control rats, mice, squirrels and even snakes. So be thankful they are near (if they are.)
Like owls, birds help control massive populations of insects. The diet of your average bird is made up of worms, seeds and insects. A word of caution though: some birds like sparrows and starlings can leave droppings and carry mites that may be harmful to your health but more often than not birds are to be thanked for doing what comes natural to them.
As we made it through Halloween and into the time of giving thanks, bats must be understood as very beneficial mammals as their diet is made up of mostly insects. In one night bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitos so remain calm and give thanks for any near your home. On an important note, the population of bats, according to experts, that may be infected with rabies is less than 6%.
All in all, there is much to be thankful for in your home this year we hope. In the least, be thankful for nature and all her little helpers. For more information about pests and your health click here.
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