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Nov

What’s Bugging You?

What’s Bugging You?

Whether it’s stinging or scampering, buzzing or biting, no one wants to be plagued by a pest of any sort. But if you’re not sure what’s bugging you, it's almost impossible to eliminate the nuisance. Each type of pest leaves its particular calling card in your home, so figuring out what problematic bug you might have is the first step to solving it.

Ants are Bugging You

How Do I know?

If you see a few ants in your home, there are likely many more you can’t see, but a few other telltale signs of ants are:

  • Discarded wings on floors or windowsills
  • Sawdust trails around wood inside or outside your home
  • Rustling sounds in your walls
  • Hollow sounds in wooden beams

What should I do?

If you’re wondering how to get rid of ants, a serious ant infestation should be remediated by a professional, but a few steps you can take immediately are:

  • Clean up crumbs or spills right away
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Remove any dead tree limbs near your home
  • Seal any small gaps around windows and doors

Spiders are Bugging You

How Do I Know?

Nothing can feel more cringe-worthy than worrying your home is full of these creepy, eight-legged arachnids. Here’s how you can tell if you have a spider infestation:

  • There are an abundance of webs on or around your property
  • You find egg sacs
  • You have an excess amount of flying insects

What Should I do?

No need to burn your house down; a spider infestation can be easily taken care of by our team at Thompson Brothers, and you can also put your mind at ease by:

  • Keeping outdoor lights off
  • Making sure your house is free from clutter
  • Removing vegetation from the perimeter of your home
  • Vacuuming your entire home thoroughly

Roaches are Bugging You

How Do I know?

Calling them Palmetto Bugs might make them sound a little fancier, but regardless of their name, a roach is an unwelcome guest in your home. Here’s how you can tell if you have a roach problem:

  • You notice egg casings or shedded skin
  • You see evidence of droppings
  • You smell a musky odor
  • You live in close proximity to neighbors with obvious roaches

What Should I do?

Don’t let roaches take over; take the following steps after contacting a professional exterminating company:

  • Eliminate any food or water source a roach might have in your home
  • Make sure your garbage is stored securely
  • Don’t leave pet food out in an open bowl overnight

Termites are Bugging You

How do I know?

Termites cause millions of dollars of damage to homes every year. Below are several signs of termite damage and infestation that can let you know if you have these destructive pests in your home:

  • You see swarmers in or around your home, particularly after a rainstorm
  • You hear quiet clicking or “headbanging” inside walls
  • You notice papery or hollow sounding wood around your home
  • Your doors or windows become tight fitting or hard to open

What Should I do?

There’s no time to waste if you feel you might have a termite problem. Be sure to contact Thompson Brothers quickly so your infestation can be dealt with before more damage is done, and other proactive measures to rid your home of termites can include:

  • Making sure all areas of the interior of your home are dry
  • Eliminating wood in direct contact with the ground
  • Never storing wood or other wooden debris in crawl spaces or near your foundation

Bedbugs are Bugging You

How Do I know?

Nothing can disturb your sleep like worrying your bed is full of bedbugs. It may not be as obvious as you’d think to determine whether or not you have a bedbug infestation, so check for the following signs:

  • Dark, rust colored stains on sheets or mattresses
  • Unusual scents with no apparent source similar to the smell of cilantro or almonds
  • Small red, itchy bumps that appear in clusters on your skin
  • Pin-sized pearly white eggs attached to any fabric near your bed

What Should I Do?

Dealing with a bedbug infestation is no small feat, and will take an extensive plan carried out by trained professionals. If you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to prevent bedbugs, make certain you:

  • Don’t store anything under your bed
  • Thoroughly inspect anywhere you stay on vacation
  • Wash clothes and luggage after traveling
  • Cover electrical outlets to prevent travel through walls

Once you’ve determined what type of pest you’re up against, it’s time to take action to get rid of it, and if you’re still stumped, let us help you figure out the culprit. The professionals at Thompson Brothers can create a quick, efficient plan to eliminate any type of pest you may be having trouble with, and we can ensure that before long, nothing will be bugging you...well nothing bug-related, at least!

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