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Thanksgiving is almost here. For many of us, that means home baking with delicious aromas filling the air. However, the comforting activity of Thanksgiving baking can quickly become a stomach churning endeavor when you take out the flour or cookie mixes and notice teeny tiny little bugs living it up inside your primary ingredient. These tiny beetles are known as “flour beetles”. Despite your best attempts to maintain a pest-free home, these little critters are known to sneak their way into mixes and flour long before you bring it home from the store.

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Although it’s a nasty thought, it is not uncommon for these pests to lay eggs in packaged mixes while still at the manufacturing facility or during its journey to your grocery store, which is why you may notice them months after purchasing. They can also chew holes through paper or find their way in through any tiny opening. While it may be alarming once discovered, it is best to dispose of any ingredients that have become harborage for these insects. 

Storing flour and mixes in the freezer can help keep your baked goods Pest Free! If you need help keeping pests out of your home before the holiday visitors arrive, call 1-800-532-5266 to arrange your free pest analysis and customized plan.

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This week, we've been working to raise awareness about the potential dangers of rodent infestations. Among the risks they present like electrical fires, allergens and diseases are also high on the list. Learn more about the health risks these pests could be bringing into your home. 

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This week is National Rodent Awareness Week. The upcoming cold weather is likely to drive rodents indoors in search of food and shelter. Their presence poses health and safety risks so keeping them out is the best line of defense. The following tips will help protect you and your home from the threat of rodents this winter:

•Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.

•Screen vents and openings to chimneys.

•Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.

•Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.

•Keep attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

•Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.

•Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

•Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages for evidence of rodents before bringing them indoors.

•Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.


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In preparation of cooler temperatures to come, Falcon Lawn & Pest and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is recognizing November 15-21 as Rodent Awareness Week. The goal of this campaign is to promote public vigilance against the hazards rodents can pose when they invade structures and educate homeowners about the threat of rodents and how they can lessen their chances of an infestation.  

Mice and rats can spread a vast array of diseases, including Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice and rat-bite fever. A buildup of rodent droppings can cause indoor allergies and since mice tend to urinate constantly, the risk of contamination of food surfaces and equipment is high. Rodents are also capable of chewing through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires. 

 For more information on rodents, check out our rodent page. Check back here all this week for tips and tricks to keep rodents out!




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The holidays are a special time for family, food and special traditions created over the years. No matter how wonderful the holidays may be, pests can quickly put a damper on any special occasion. The first signs of pests usually start in the kitchen so keeping it clean is very important.b2ap3_thumbnail_MarksKitchen.JPG

The best defense against pests is simple: Eliminate food and moisture sources and seal off potential entry points to your home. Follow these steps to ensure your holidays are Pest-Free!

  • Inspect the packaging of foods before purchasing for broken seals or signs of damage. If packaging is defective, do not purchase. Store food and baking ingredients in airtight containers.
  • Clean surfaces regularly to eliminate crumbs or spills that may attract pests. Sweep or vacuum floors 2-3 times a week to remove dirt and food particles.
  • Don't leave pet food and water bowls sit out for long periods of time. Dispose of over ripe fruit and empty trash regularly to keep fruit flies away.
  • Wash dishes daily and regularly run the garbage disposal with hot water to prevent sewer flies or odors from occurring. Inspect under sinks for leaking pipes and clogged drains. Roaches especially love cabinets and under the sink where there is commonly excess moisture and damp conditions.
  • If you suspect see pests in your home, contact Falcon Lawn & Pest for your free inspection.
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