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Ants

Ants Prevention

  1. Clean up any food debris.

  2. Clean up spills.

  3. Repair any leaks.

  4. Seal openings on the outside to prevent access.

  5. Call Clean Sweep Pest Control.

Bedbugs

Bedbugs Prevention

  1. Don’t take mattresses or padded furniture that has been left at the curb or on the street.

  2. Check your bed sheets for blood spots.

  3. Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor when you travel.

  4. When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.

  5. When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothes - even those that have not been worn - in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.

  6. Bed bugs are hard to see, so if you think you have bed bugs, call Clean Sweep Pest Control.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are destructive to homes causing damage to wood.  Call Clean Sweep Pest Control for proper identification and treatment of your Carpenter Bee problems. 

Fleas

Fleas Prevention

  1. Clean and vacuum frequently.

  2. Keep your yard clean of garbage and pet droppings.

  3. Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, give them lots of baths, give them monthly flea and tick treatments and take them to the vet at least once a year to make sure they haven’t been infested.

  4. If you think you have fleas in your home and property, call Clean Sweep Pest Control

Flies

Let Clean Sweep Pest Control identify and eliminate your pest problem.

Mice

Mice Prevention

  1. Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out

  2. Be sure to empty kitchen and household garbage cans frequently.

  3. Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.

  4. Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.

  5. Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

  6. Call Clean Sweep Pest Control for those tough to handle situations

Mosquitos

Mosquito Prevention

  1. Replace all stagnant water at least once a week.

  2. Remove trash from around any standing water.

  3. When sleeping outdoors or in areas where mosquito populations are heavy, surround your bed with "mosquito" netting.

  4. Screen windows, doors, and other openings with fine mesh.

  5. Avoid going outdoors at night.

  6. Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin anytime you’re around mosquitoes. DEET doesn’t kill the mosquitoes. It just disorients them and they look elsewhere for food.

  7. Let Clean Sweep Pest Control help you with your mosquito issue.  We provide a very effective green service that will eliminate your problem while protecting the environment and non-target animals.  This new technology not only kills the adults but assists in breaking their life cycle of egg-larva-pupa-adult.  This technology targets them at the egg and larval stage, greatly reducing the need for a pesticide application. Call Clean Sweep Pest Control for a free estimate.

Pantry Pests

Indian Meal Moths

  • Indian meal moths (Plodia interpunctella) are small moths with reddish-brown forewings. They have a coppery luster on the back half and are whitish gray on the front half.

  • The larvae are responsible for all the food damage and they attack a wide variety of dried food products in the house.

  • They are notoriously difficult to get rid of and can crawl on ceilings and spin cocoons in rooms other than the kitchen or pantry where they hatched.

Cigarette Beetles 

  • Cigarette beetles (Lasioderma serricorne) are light brown, around 1/8 inch long, have a "hump-backed" appearance, smooth wing covers and body hairs that give it an almost “fuzzy” appearance.
  • Although known for feeding on cured tobacco, cigarettes and cigars, in the home this beetle is most commonly found in pet foods, cereals, nuts, and candy. It may also infest dried pepper arrangements, wreaths, and spices such as chili powder or paprika..

Finding the source of the infestation is the most difficult and important part of the control. Call Clean Sweep Pest Control for a free estimate

Rats

Norway Rat • 7-18oz • 13-18' long

Rats Prevention

  1. Rats will eat almost anything, so keep your homes clean and don’t leave food out.

  2. Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.

  3. Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.

  4. Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

  5. Call Clean Sweep Pest Control for a free estimate

Roaches

There are various types of cockroaches from Brown-banded, German, American, Oriental.  All spread diseases but not all treatments are the same. 

 

Call Clean Sweep Pest Control for a free estimate!

Spiders

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Termites

There are a few different types of termites, Drywood, Dampwood, Formosan, and Subterranean.
Subterranean termites are prevalent in the eastern parts of the country.
Homeowners' insurance does not cover termite damage.

 

Termites Prevention

1.  Make sure water drains away from your house.
2. Don’t let water build up around your home's foundation. Termites like that!
3. Replace any damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.
4. Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.
5. Call a Clean Sweep Pest Control for a termite inspection. 

Wasps

Some examples of wasps are Baldfaced Hornets, European Hornets, and Yellowjackets

Bald-faced Hornets

• Bald-faced hornets house their colonies inside large nests that they build hanging from trees, bushes, vegetation, and occasionally from buildings. 
• A single mated queen starts a new nest each spring by laying eggs inside a small nest made from paper strips and loose bark.
• The workers then gradually expand the size of the nest until it is larger than a basketball by the end of the summer. The queen lives deep in the nest, so she is always protected.
• Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again. Their stings also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch, or swell for about 24 hours. Humans are at the same risk of allergic reactions from a bald-faced hornet sting as with other hornet stings.
•    Do not leave sweet drinks or meats out in the open.

European Hornets

•    Nests are typically built in hollow trees, but they are often found in barns, sheds, attics, and hollow areas of house walls. Unlike its cousins the yellow jacket and the bald-faced hornets, European hornets rarely build nests that are free hanging or in unprotected areas, such as tree limbs. They use decaying wood fiber to build a shell around their nest as protection. As winter approaches, the worker bees die off and the Queen will leave the existing nest and find an empty log or another sheltered spot to spend the winter.
•    European hornets can do a great deal of damage to trees and shrubs because they strip the bark to get to the sap. They also use the bark fiber to build their nests. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again. Their stings also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch, or swell for about 24 hours. A European hornet sting has the same risk of allergic reactions from as with other wasp stings.
•    Do not leave sweet drinks or meats out in the open.

Yellowjackets

• Yellow jackets like to be where humans live. They usually build their nests underground, around garbage, and in cool, dark spaces. They also build nests in trees, shrubs, and holes in walls. 
•    Most yellowjacket colonies only remain active for one year. Then the queen flies off to start a new colony. The remaining bees die in the fall and the nest is abandoned.
•     Look for yellow jacket nests during the day, because you can see them flying in and out, but destroy nests at night, when they are dormant and all there.
•    Wasps help farmers by eating pests that can destroy crops. They are dangerous because they can sting multiple times, injecting venom into the host. For most people a yellow jacket sting just causes a welt and temporary pain, but their sting can cause allergic reactions to people sensitive to this venom.
•    Do not leave sweet drinks or meats out in the open.

 

Call a Clean Sweep Pest Control if you find Wasps around your house.

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