As summer comes to a close, both fall and hurricane season is upon us here in Puerto Rico. These weather changes and events can cause a major influx of pest problems in our homes. For this reason, it’s important to learn not only what pests you should expect, but how to avoid them and keep them away. After all, now is the time to inspect and proof your home for pest problems! From bed bugs to rodents, spiders, and more, the experts at Rentokil formerly Oliver Exterminating are here to share everything you need to know about pests to avoid in Puerto Rico this year. Read on to learn more!
Preventing Bed Bugs This Fall
Bed bugs are small, brownish insects that are relatively flat until they’ve fed. Bed bugs can bite at night to feed on blood, and they’re most active after midnight. These insects typically hide in crevices and cracks during the day and come out only at night. These pests develop in three stages from egg to adult in about a month total, and they don’t need much beyond a warm home between 60 and 85 degrees. Now you know why bed bugs in Puerto Rico are becoming more of an issue. Bed bugs can easily be transported in a variety of different ways from hitching a ride on backpacks and suitcases to sticking onto clothing.
To prevent bed bugs, remove clutter from around your bedroom and make sure that none of your wallpaper is slipping off and offering a place to hide. Always be cautious when you are traveling to ensure you don’t let bed bugs hitch a ride home with you! If you think you might have a bed bug infestation, it’s crucial to get in touch with your local bed bug exterminators as soon as possible.
House Spiders, Stink Bugs, and Termites in Puerto Rico
These pests are common year-round, but they are especially prevalent in the fall months. Some of the easiest ways to prevent them are as follows.
- Sealing cracks and gaps around your home, keeping your home nice and clean, and removing outdoor debris like overhanging vegetation or woodpiles are ways to reduce the problem if you find that spiders, stink bugs, and termites are somehow entering your home.
- Removing wood piles where spiders can hide can also cut down on stink bugs and termites, which can do your home’s foundation more serious harm. Drywood termites in Puerto Rico can hang around until well into November, so be sure to follow these tips and contact our professionals to thoroughly take care of the pest problem at hand.
- Know how to look for signs of pests in your home. The key to prevention is knowledge. By catching a pest problem early on, you can prevent a full-blown infestation by contacting your local pest control experts right away.
Keep Mice Out of Your Home
With rodents, things like droppings, gnawed holes, scampering sounds in your kitchen or basement, and unusual behavior from your pets could all be signs that something just isn’t right and that rodents have infested your home. Mice often enter homes through holes in the exterior walls or gaps around pipes or vents where they travel along electrical wiring. The best way to keep mice out is to seal these entry points with heavy-duty caulk, steel wool, metal flashing tape, wire mesh or sheet metal screws and nails. You should also seal up any openings on floors as well as cracks between floorboards near the foundation wall using a caulking compound or steel wool dipped in hot tar.
Pest Prevention For Your Home
If you have a pest infestation on your hands or you want to take prevention methods during the fall and winter months, the residential pest control experts at Rentokil are here to help. From regular inspections to prevention services, we will help keep you and your family safe from pests for good. Contact us today to get started!
Pests in Puerto Rico to Avoid [2021 Update] in Puerto Rico
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