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What Pests You Can Expect To See In 2015

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I hate to break it to you, but those pests you saw in 2014 are the same pests that will plague you through 2015, unless you decide to stand up and say, "Enough is enough, bugs!" In Georgia insects thrive. The warm weather and reasonable humidity give them the perfect environment to build their nests and colonies. To out think those bugs, you have to get inside their heads. Go all Columbo on them. If you're too young to know who Columbo is, you can go all Shawn Spencer on them. If you know where these bugs like to hide or what they like to eat you can give them a reason to find another place to live. Here are a few examples.

Cockroaches. Oh those loveable cockroaches. Everyone loves having them around. Not! That is why it is good to know that cockroaches are looking for rotted, sweet or greasy food to chew on. The list of foods they eat is much larger and includes: hairs, books, paint, and glue, but they don't prefer them. If you can hide the food sources, you can actually make those cockroaches think YOU'RE home is unfit to live in. Imagine that!

You'll want to put your paper and cardboard packaged foods in hard plastic containers. Clean your floors, counters, and rugs regularly. Put dishes in soapy water, instead of in a dry stack next to the sink. Get a trash can that seals (not one with a rocker lid). And deep clean the sides of your oven and under the fridge. If you do this, roaches will have no interest in your home. That doesn't mean they'll be gone. It just means they'll stay out of sight. If you want them gone, you need to hire a professional to eradicate all roaches in your home, seal your walls, and do routine inspections and treatments. It costs a couple bucks, but living without roaches is worth it.

Yellow jackets and hornets. No one likes to get stung, except maybe that weird guy who likes to wear bees as a beard and mustache. Understanding where wasps and hornets like to build their nests can help you to protect your family from painful stings. And knowing what stinging insects are attracted to can keep them from being drawn into the common areas of your house during winter, or plaguing you through spring, summer and fall.

Every fall wasps and hornets look for a place to overwinter. Many times they will crawl into your wall voids, or squeeze through your roofline and nest in your attic. If they have no incentive to leave those places, they'll go into a low energy state and wait till spring. But the smells of sweet things, and a warm spring-like environment will draw them out of your wall voids and attic rafters. Anything that smells like a flower will attract bees, wasps, and hornets. And, anything that looks like a flower, like you, in that beautiful yellow dress (that is, of course, if you have a yellow dress, and, um, you're not a guy).

Wasps and hornets nest in attics, wall voids, and under the eaves of many manmade structures. If you have them in your house, call a professional. If you do a search and find a tiny nest in one of these spots, carefully dislodge with a long stick. Those wasps and hornets will search for another place to build. Hopefully, somewhere besides your house.

Stay vigilant. You can keep your home and your family safe from pests. It just takes a little know how and a little assistance from your friendly neighborhood pest management company.

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