Boise is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the entire country. Hundreds of thousands of people call this beautiful valley home, including us. The fertile farmland and various (close) outdoor recreational activities make our summers and winters equally fun. Although people have enjoyed this area for decades, insects have always been here. People may have the impression that since it’s cold here in the winters that bugs aren’t an issue. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Pests can be a nuisance all year round. Our monthly, quarterly, and annual services can keep those pests at bay all year round. From billbugs and ticks in the warmer months and rodents making their way indoors in the colder months, our service handles them all. Other pests, like the ones listed below, are also seen in the Boise area. Our Barrier Promise ensures top-quality service for any pest and rodent eradication and prevention.
These common pest issues can be alleviated and solved with a pest control program that targets the crawlers during the season they are most active.
Boise Pests FAQ
What Should I Do Before a Pest Exterminator Comes to My Home?
If you’ve scheduled an appointment with one of our Boise pest control experts you might be wondering what you can do to prepare for the appointment. Below we’ve listed a few things you can do in preparation.
You want to know which areas of your house you feel may have a pest infestation issue or could lead to an issue in the future. Clean these areas as best you can as corners, attics, basements, and closets can be ideal hideouts for ants, mosquitos, cockroaches, spiders, wasps and bees, and mice and rats. If you can’t reach certain areas in an attic or garage, don’t worry, just bring up those areas with the pest control expert and they’ll make sure they thoroughly inspect the hard-to-reach areas.
Warm, damp, and dark areas are also places to check and clean. Areas behind your fridge, stove, microwave, and other easily moveable kitchen appliances that don’t regularly get moved can become cozy living quarters for pests. Laundry and mud rooms should also be thoroughly cleaned. We recommend cleaning up garbage cans, freezers, and woodpiles regularly as these can attract rodents and pests.
If you suspect pests are in your shed, damaging your lawn, or other areas around your home, clean these areas and mark them as needed. Spotty yards can be a sign of Billbugs. Billbugs can be difficult to find and know if they are indeed beneath the surface of your lawn. An easy four-step inspection can be done to check for these pesky critters in your yard.
What If I Have Found Nests, Holes, Feces, or Other Signs of Pests in My Home?
If you have already found signs of pests in your home such as feces, nests, or property damage, take pictures of these areas, and be sure you can point them out to your pest control specialist upon their arrival. They will be able to properly examine the area and determine what pests they are working with.
In some cases, feces can be found near dining areas or where you discard food. Your home’s countertops should be free of dishes, food, and any appliances where pests can hide and feces can be found. Cover any open food and store it in a safe place. If you have children, ensure their crib/mattress and toys are protected and stored in a safe place as well. Please keep in mind, children tend to put objects in their mouths, often without the parent(s) knowing. If you suspect that there are pest feces or remnants in your kitchen, clean your dishes, countertops, mop the floors, and if needed, check your fridge and pantry to ensure pests haven’t gotten into your food supply.
Which Pests Are Most Common in Which Seasons?
Fall-Winter: Rodents, Spiders, and Flies
In the colder months toward the end of fall and throughout winter, flies, mice, rats, and other rodents can be seen more often as they seek warmer shelter during these seasons. This is when you’ll start to see burrows, holes, property damage, feces, and other signs of rodents making their way inside searching for warmth. These pests are a little easier to notice in your home as they leave larger, and more obvious traces than flies.
Many may not know that the same goes for flies! They typically overwinter until the warmer months of April and May come around to head back outside. It can be difficult to find where these flies get in so double-check all your doors and windows are closed to keep them from getting in through these openings.
Spring-Summer: Roaches, Billbugs, Mosquitos
As spring rolls around, the warmth will bring out cockroaches, billbugs, ants, termites, bees, and ticks. Taking proper precautions to prevent ticks when out hiking, working in the yard, taking your pets on walks or to the park can help keep your home clear during these warmer months.
Summertime is prime weather for mosquitos, wasps, beetles, and crickets. Mosquitoes breed in standing water & in marshy areas, and can reproduce quickly. This can be a legitimate marsh or it can be pools of water sitting in your yard. Regular perimeter treatments along with installing a good draining system in your yard can help reduce the spread of mosquitos in and around your home.
COMMON PESTS FOUND IN THE BOISE AREA
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- Earwigs and Millipedes
- Elm Seed Bugs (a.k.a. Box Elder Bugs)
- Rodents (Mice, Voles, Gophers)
- Spiders (Hobo, Wolf, Jumping, and Black Widows)
- Stinging Insects (Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets, etc.)
In recent years, we have seen an increase in bed bug cases. If you live in Boise odds are you’ve seen these pests around your home.
We have the experience, know-how, and treatments to fend off these unwanted guests. Call us today to learn about our quarterly treatment plan!
And as always, If you have any problems around or inside your house between regular service visits, just call us and we will fix the pest problem for free! If you have a pest problem in Boise, don’t hesitate any longer and contact us today.
A list of bugs and insects commonly found in Idaho.
Common bees and wasps in the Idaho area as well as a comprehensive guide on first aid for bee stings.
A homeowner’s guide to common spiders found in your home and yard. This resource also lists the poisonous spiders found in Idaho as well as common myths about the creatures.
A page from the U.S. National Library of Medicine that reviews spiders bites and how to assess and manage which bites are medically important.
This fact sheet reviews some of the better know, more “dangerous” species of spiders although contrary to popular belief are rarely harmful to humans.
HOW TO KEEP PESTS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
Although it is near impossible to get rid of an existing pest infestation without professional help, there are some things you can do to minimize/prevent the presence of any unwanted guests in your home. Here are some steps you can take to keep pests out of your house:
Keep a well-groomed yard.
Regular trimming, pruning, and cutting of any lawn, trees, or shrubbery will minimize any real estate bugs will have close to the house.
Any piles of wood, construction materials, or other debris should be distanced from the home or better yet cleaned up. As for indoors, keep rooms free of piles of clothing or garbage, and sweeping and vacuuming daily is a must.
Avoid any standing water.
Pests love a good pool of standing water. By eliminating or decreasing any spots inside or outside your home that create puddles of standing water can greatly decrease the amount of pests you have.
Decrease the amount of outside house lights on at night.
As you may be aware, bright lights attract insects at night. Another way to minimize attracting insects is to install yellow-hued lights. Avoid any bright-white lights as they will attract more insects.
Seal any cracks/gaps in your home.
Do a thorough inspection inside and outside of your home and fill/seal any cracks or gaps you may find. Doing so will ensure pests won’t enter your home easily.
Hire an experienced pest control specialist.
Not only can we eradicate an existing infestation, but we also offer pest preventative services. We can come to your home routinely and ensure pests don’t invade your space.
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This Month's Featured Pest
Voles are relatively small rodents that leave very distinctive tunnels just under the layer of grass. They are brown in color, with shorter tails and small eyes, and are rarely found indoors. Voles are often referred to as meadow mice and cause a large amount of damage to yards every year.More Pests
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