If you have spent any time in the Northeastern United States you know that more snow means more mud in spring. And more mud means the ground is moist with water. This is the ideal condition for bugs. Here are some of the bugs you can expect, and what you can do to keep them from invading your home.
Termites. When subterranean termites go looking for a place to create a new colony, moist soil around your home will look inviting to them. These insects get into the soil and build mud tubes up the side of your basement walls, to feast on the wood of your home. With billions of dollars in property damages attributed to these termites every year, the last thing you need is wet soil. The easy solution is to have a certified specialist install the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. This is the system used in the White House and our nation’s Capitol building, to stop termites before they do damage.
Mosquitoes. Moist ground is a breeding site for these blood sucking insects. You can’t stop or kill all the mosquitoes on your property, but a professional pest management company like Chemtec can set up a mosquito control program that will reduce those miserable stinging bugs, and make your yard less inviting to them.
Millipedes and centipedes. If your lawn is moist, you are going to have more of these two insects near your foundation walls. If the ground gets too saturated, they will climb to the surface, and begin to seek entry. Crushed rock up next to your exterior walls will create a natural barrier that can resist these insects. A limited and focused chemical treatment will do the rest.
Silverfish. This insect can damage your photos, books, filing cabinet records, and a host of other paper product in your home. Silverfish like moist soil, and will come in close to foundation walls if the soil there is moist, but not saturated. To keep these bugs out you’ll need to seal cracks in your foundation walls, use a caulking gun to fill in rotted areas of wood, and fill in cracks around window panes.
With the winter we just had, it has never been a better idea to get year round pest protection. You would be amazed at how much a bug free home can improve your quality of life. Get plugged in today, and stop those pests before they invade.