2012 : Year of the Bugs?

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Bugs, bugs, and more bugs.  That is what we are planning for this year.  Can you remember a more mild winter than the one we just had?  I think we had snow on the ground twice the entire season and it didn’t stick.  Combine that with the occasional day or two of solid rain we are getting, and it is a breeding ground for all kinds of creepy crawlies.

It is important to know that pest control is the responsibility of the renter for the houses that we manage, not the owner.  Things like ants, cockroaches, and mice need to be taken care of by the renter.  We thought it would be important to give you some tips on what to do yourself, and then a recommendation for the pest control company that we use ourselves.

Taking Care of Bugs on your Own

Instead of creating our own list of tips and suggestions, we found an excellent resource at GetRidOfThings.com with a special section just for bugs.  You can view that website here for information on how to deal with ants, flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, silverfish, wasps and more.

The following is an excerpt from TheHousingForum.com on how to get rid of ants in the home:

Ants can get in your home through a variety of ways. Cracks in the floor, the foundation, holes in the wall, and small crevices in the attic, basement, or ceiling are some ways they can find to get in, just to name a few. Leaving doors open is another way they get inside. The most common ants to get inside people’s homes are carpenter ants, or black ants, and sugar ants.

Sugar ants are specifically looking for food, and they will find anything in your pantry containing glucose or sucrose, from cereal to crackers. Letting people into your house for a party only to discover that your pantry is full of ants can be embarrassing and disgusting. There are plenty of products on the market that will take care of your ant problems. Liquid poisons are a good choice for getting rid of the sugar ants. Put a little bit on a piece of paper or tin foil and leave it on the kitchen counter or in your pantry. They will mistake it for food, and eventually they will die off or stop coming back. This method is fairly effective. If you have to use a spray, you can do that, but be careful around food and places where children and pets walk. Dogs will lick anything.

Kansas City Pest Control Company Recommendation – Odom’s Bug-B-Gone

If you don’t have the time or just need help dealing with your bug problem, we recommend Odom’s Bug-B-Gone.  Odom’s is a family owned and operated small business that serves the greater Kansas City metro and has been doing so since 1983.  We have recommended them for a long time because they do good work for a reasonable price.