The PEST Approach - Winter 2019

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2019 has been one of our best years yet, and I can sincerely say that none of it would be possible without you. As we’ve grown, you remain our biggest pillar of support, allowing us to improve at our jobs day-over-day, year-over-year and giving us the opportunity to better support you by protecting what matters to you and your family. From everyone at Thomas Pest Services, I want to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, and a safe, happy New Year. Cheers to 2020!

Best, Sarah Thomas-Clark

Winter is a down-time for many pests, but some do remain active.Here are three pests you’ll want to keep an eye out for this winter:

 

MICE & RATS

Why They’re There: Mice and rats enter homes looking for warm spaces with accessible food sources for the overwinter period; this makes your home a perfect target.

Where You’ll Find Them: Adept hiders, you can find mice and rats nested in almost any nook or cranny in your home--usually as close to a food source as possible.

Why It’s a Problem: Mice and rats cause damage to buildings by chewing through wires, insulation, pipes, drywall, and flooring, and are known to carry a range of diseases.

 

WILDLIFE

Why They’re There: Much like mice and rats, wildlife will enter homes in search of warmth and food.

Where You’ll Find Them: Wildlife invaders hide in places like attics and basements, with smaller critters (like squirrels) hiding in spaces like walls.

Why It’s a Problem: Wildlife can cause significant home damage, chewing on wires and gnawing on building materials. Some can also be aggressive and carry disease.

 

BEDBUGS

Why They’re There: Bed bugs feed on blood, and are active year-round. They will enter your home looking for food--in other words, you!

Where You’ll Find Them: Bed bugs can be found underneath and on bed mattresses, but they aren’t limited to just beds. Sofas, chairs, and any piece of furniture covered in fabric can act as bed bug home.

Why It’s a Problem: Bed bugs do not spread disease, but they do bite. These bites can cause red, itchy welts, and bed bugs won’t stop feeding or simply go away on their own. 

 

Keep food properly sealed. Easily accessible food is a pest attractant, so always remember to put your leftovers in the fridge, seal or clip any snack foods, and don’t leave dirty dishes and silverware in the sink overnight.

 

 

Keep a tidy home. Mice and rats thrive in places where they can hide or take cover. By keeping clutter to a minimum, your home will be less appealing to pests.

 

 

Check around your home for any possible exterior entry points like holes, gaps or cracks that pests can enter through. Seal any possible entry points yourself, or contact us for help!

 

 

 

 

The Thomas Pest Services team volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in November.

Thomas Pest Services collected donated gifts for Toys for Tots this holiday season.

 

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Schenectady, NY 12304

Call: 518.501.1749

Text: 518.213.5673

 

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