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How To Prevent Cockroach Infestations

Cockroach Infestation Prevention

 Let’s face it, no one likes having pests in their home. There is nothing worse than feeling invaded in a place that is supposed to belong to you. Cockroaches are a common infestation problem and it’s not just a dirty house that causes these uninvited pests.

The truth is that even a clean home will provide shelter, water and food for cockroaches. An infestation of bugs isn’t just a bother to people; they can actually cause damage by chewing on paper products, leave stains behind and cause allergies or other health problems for families.

We’re going to go over some tips to keep pests under control, whether that be from a preventative standpoint or how to take back your home.

If you don’t have pests, you can follow these preventative tips to keep it that way:

  • Store food in sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight.
  • Tightly cover garbage cans containing food scraps.
  • Take trash out regularly.
  • Don’t let water accumulate anywhere in the home.
  • Don’t leave clutter around.
  • Close off places where pests can enter and hide.
  • Learn about the pests you have and options to control them.
  • Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.

If you already have pests there is a lot more to consider. A can of standard “Roach Spray” might only cost you $5-10 off the shelf, but how many have you had to purchase?

Truthfully, many people waste hundreds of dollars attempting to get rid of pests on their own. Unfortunately, cockroaches are persistent and off-the-shelf products are often not enough. If you’ve tried at-home remedies that failed, it’s time to call in a professional pest control company. If you want to skip all the hassle, call in a professional to begin with. You can shop around for the best price.

Our research tells us that most companies can treat your home and provide ongoing preventative pest control for less than $70 per month or you can go even cheaper and spread out your treatments throughout the year.

Here’s the best way to keep pests from returning:

  • Have pest control treatments at least 3 times per year (spring, summer, fall).
  • Follow all above mentioned preventative measures.

If you don’t have a pest problem, you want to keep it that way.

For those that are unfortunate enough to have uninvited insects staking their claim in your space, the only thing crawling around in the back of your mind is how to get rid of them and how to keep them from returning.

The time for most pest infestations is coming up soon as spring is right around the corner. It’s best to start thinking about your approach to pest control right now.

Need a pest control professional? Try one of these trusted sources:

(1.) Company Name: The Bug Guy
Phone: 405-973-5522

(2.) Company Name: OTS (Oklahoma Termite Specialist)
Phone: 405-330-5030

(3.) Company Name: Statewide Termite & Pest Control, LLC
Phone: 405-843-9897

HVAC

4 Simple Ways To Keep Your HVAC Healthy

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

It’s that time again and I felt it important to revisit this subject as I have in the past. Things are about to start getting a little warmer as the weather will inevitably change at the beginning of spring and summer.

If you haven’t started thinking about your central air conditioning unit yet, now is the time to do so.

Just because your A/C functioned flawlessly last spring and summer doesn’t mean that you should ignore maintenance routines, now.

Here are some simple ways to get your A/C ready for the spring and keep it working through the long, warm summer.

To Optimize Air Flow:
• Keep all the areas around the vents clear. This means no furniture, rugs, etc.
• Keep bedroom doors opened.

Minimize Unit Damage:
• Use an eco-friendly pesticide around the exterior of the unit to ward off insects.
• Keep dogs and other pets from urinating on the outside unit.

Keep Unit Clean:
• Keep grass out by turning off A/C fan when mowing the lawn.
• Regularly check for debris and clean it off.

Clean Air And Change Filters:
• Check and change your furnace filter regularly.
• Set the fan mode on the thermostat to “On” to help clean the interior air.

These are just a few quick tips, but there are other things to think about such as keeping the ductwork clear and kink-free, having regular maintenance check-ups by a professional HVAC company and receiving ongoing protection for your unit.

Many heating and cooling companies offer low-priced, preventive maintenance service contracts between $70 and $100. For that price they will clean and service your HVAC unit and replace your air filter.

The cost of replacing an entire air conditioning unit as a result of neglect can have you spending thousands of dollars. Therefore, keeping up with regular maintenance could save you some heartache and money in long run.