As we head into the warmer months, towns like Mullica Hill, Margate, Sewell, and Northfield become inundated with pests coming in from the outdoors. Pests like crickets, sowbugs, millipedes, centipedes, spiders, and ants find their way into your home.
Atlantic and Gloucester Counties have the perfect humidity to support the life cycle of these occasional invaders
Homeowners want to know where the pests are coming from and how they got into their home. The answer is a simple one but difficult to understand. Your home has small cracks and crevices that go unnoticed on a casual inspection. These insects need the smallest of cracks to work their way from the outdoors to any room in your home. These cracks commonly are found around windows, doors, pipe entries, cable entries, vents, and even under the lowest tier of your siding. Sealing these cracks and crevices can greatly reduce the pest numbers that enter your home. However, very few of us take the time to screen, caulk, or foam these areas.
Crickets, sowbugs, millipedes, centipedes, spiders, and ants all enjoy moisture and areas with high humidity. Basements, crawl spaces, garages, sheds, and inaccessible areas are perfect for these insects to thrive. These are the areas that should be treated on a regular basis. Unfortunately, treating the area one or two times will not do the trick. This is because over the counter products have a very short residual life. Even materials used by pest control operators and exterminators do not last more than a month or two. After the residual of these products fade, the occasional invaders return.
A sound recommendation is to have your home treated by a professional exterminator on a routine basis. Most pest control operators offer this yearly service. Every other month during the warmer months and once in the winter will typically keep the pests at bay. A local, family-owned and operated business is a good idea as they perform exceptional service to keep up their reputation and you can feel good about supporting the local community.