Summertime Pest Control Tips

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July 1, 2021

Nothing ruins a picnic like a line of ants. Nothing ruins a barbecue like a swarm of mosquitoes. And nothing ruins a morning like spotting a spider, cockroach, or mouse somewhere in your house.

You can keep bugs and critters away from your home and yard this summer. Pay attention to these Summertime Pest Control Tips.

Block Their Entry to Your Home

Your first line of defense is to make it difficult for pests to even find an entry to your home. Check all your screens for holes and repair any you find. Check around your doors and windows for gaps. You should caulk or replace with weather stripping, when needed.

Clean Your Kitchen

A pile of crumbs on your counter or floor is like a buffet to ants and other insects. Let them find their dinner elsewhere, preferably far away from your home. You need to make there are no crumbs or pieces of leftover food sitting around. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight. Wipe your counters, sweep your floors, put food away immediately, and take out the trash regularly.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Getting rid of standing water is the first step to control mosquitoes. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. You absolutely don’t want them to make your yard their home. It’s easy to miss standing water sometimes. Make sure you walk your property to check rain spouts, water near your air conditioning unit, and pick up toys left scattered throughout the yard.

Maintain Your Yard

Keep your landscaping maintained to avoid overgrowth. That’s where pests like to hang out and build their nests. Trim bushes and trees that are near the house. You also need to weed and rake and remove debris.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

Don’t let fruits and vegetables get overly ripe on your counter. If you do, the fruit flies will invite themselves in for a party. Eliminating fruit flies is a headache you don’t want.

Store Your Firewood Properly

Termites are often found in damp or wet firewood. Un-split wood with bark is more likely to attract insects than split wood. Stacking the wood in loose piles off the ground will help keep the wood dry. Don’t give termites free access to your home. If you store firewood, keep it away from your house. You may consider investing in a shed away from the house. BTW – the further away, the better.

Don’t Throw Meat in the Outside Garbage Too Early

This is a real summertime pest control tip you probably never considered. Don’t throw meat scraps in your outside garbage unless the garbage will be picked up in the next 48 hours. The combination of rotting meat and summer sun could bring unwanted pests to your yard incredibly fast. This is not just insects. Raccoons and mice will eat right through your plastic garbage can to get to that rotten meat.

Inspect Swings and Outdoor Furniture

You need to check the chains and corners of your swing sets regularly for spider webs and cocoons. The straps and pads of outdoor furniture are also a great hiding place for insects and spiders. Remove them when you see them.

Use a Pest Control Service

Hire a local pest control service to come to your home. Make sure they regularly spray for bugs and rodents common to your area. A professional pest control company can provide more protection than you can on your own. Plus, you will have someone to call in case of an emergency!

Whether you choose to do it all on your own or hire a professional pest control service, though, keep these Summertime Pest Control Tips in mind to take control of your yard again and have a pest-free summer!

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5 Things to Do After Buying a House for Pest Control

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June 18, 2021

Yes! You finally received the keys to your new home. What’s even better is that it’s in Texas, where the most fun people on the planet live.

What’s not so fun, however, are all the pests that live here too. Texas has pretty mild weather (well sometimes it can be so hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs) but we don’t get much snow and cold weather. This means we have a hospitable environment for creepy crawlies. So let’s check out 5 things you should do for pest control when you buy a new home. 

1. Do a Deep Clean

Pests aside, the first thing you should do before moving into a new home is to thoroughly clean it. After all, the previous owner might have just spiffed up a few spots, sprayed some air freshener around, and decided that was good enough for government work. 

This is going to be your new home and you want it to be pristine. Plus, any crumbs or debris left lying around is like rolling out a welcome mat for pests. It’s also way easier to deep clean before you fill the rooms up with stuff, so take advantage!

2. Clean the Yard

Pests aside, the first thing you should do before moving into a new home is to thoroughly clean it. After all, the previous owner might have just spiffed up a few spots, sprayed some air freshener around, and decided that was good enough for government work. 

This is going to be your new home and you want it to be pristine. Plus, any crumbs or debris left lying around is like rolling out a welcome mat for pests. It’s also way easier to deep clean before you fill the rooms up with stuff, so take advantage!

3. Seal Up Cracks

Go over your new home with a fine-toothed comb and a tube of caulking. Seal up every little crack and cranny you find that gives pests an entry point. You won’t be able to button it up so tight that not a single pest gets in, but you can cut down on their presence considerably.

As a bonus, sealing up all the cracks can help you save money on your cooling bills — something you’ll appreciate when it’s hotter than a stolen tamale outdoors.

4. Set Out Traps

Pests seem to have a nose for when people move out of a home. It doesn’t have to be sitting empty for long before they start coming in droves, looking to nest in a safe location. Consider setting around a few traps for mice and ants as you prepare your home to move into. This is the perfect time to do it before you have your kids and pets running around getting into things.

If you don’t catch anything, you can be reasonably sure there isn’t an infestation — yet.

Alternatively, you might consider calling a reputable pest protection company to do a full inspection. You can also set up ongoing pest protection services, which are far more effective (and less icky) than dealing with an infestation after it has already set in. At Buckaroo Pest Protection, we use non-toxic, eco-friendly products to protect your home (as opposed to the chemical-laden ones commonly used by other companies).

5. Install a Termite Baiting System

If you’re moving to a Texas home from somewhere else in the South, you already know there are far more termites here than you can shake a stick at. What’s more, they are sneaky little critters. By the time you realize that you have an infestation, they will have already done a whole passel of damage to your home.

Termites in Texas

We have two basic types of termites here in Texas. These are the Formosan Subterranean and the Southeastern Drywall termites.

As you might guess, the subterranean ones live underground. They tunnel through the earth looking for sources of their favorite food — wood. When they find that wood in your home, they create odor trails for the other workers to find the food source and they get to work hauling back the food. This, of course, means they are dismantling the structure of your home as they work.

Drywall termites are similarly destructive. However, instead of building their nests underground and traveling to your house, they set up shop right in the dry wood in your walls, roof, and foundation.

If you were smart as a hooty owl when you moved into your home, you already ordered a pest inspection. This ensures there isn’t already an active infestation. But, you’ve got to keep those pesky critters at bay going forward.

Termite Baiting System

That’s why this is the perfect time to install a termite baiting system. Unlike the liquid termiticide that is applied generously and indiscriminately as a barrier around your home, baiting systems are more refined.

Pest professionals like us who are smart as a whip know where to place the bait stations for maximum efficiency. When roaming termites find the bait, they take it back and share it with their friends, effectively enjoying their Last Supper together.

Baiting systems are less harmful than injecting bucketloads of pesticide into your dirt, but they work slowly so setting them up now is ideal. Protect your home from these pesky critters before they ever become a serious problem.

What Buckaroo Can Do for You

When it comes to protecting your home from pests, we ain’t all hat and no cattle, you can be sure about that. Our resident pest expert has plenty of arrows in his quiver with 30 years of experience behind him.

Even if you don’t know where the pests are, or if you even have an infestation, we can help you figure it out and corral those critters in no time — or better yet, keep them from ever showing up. After all, those critters are about as welcome as an outhouse breeze, if you know what we mean.

Give us a holler today for a free whole-house inspection.

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Ways to Prevent Mosquitos from Invading Your Yard

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May 11, 2021

It’s so nice to — slap! — sit in the backyard — whine, whine, slap! — and enjoy the warm Texas evening in North Dallas.

Whelp. Once again you lasted all of five minutes out there with those hordes of annoying mosquitos. But you want to be able to relax in your backyard so you’re probably asking yourself “how do I stop mosquitos?”

You’ve come to the right place. Check out these simple and effective tips to stop so many mosquitoes from invading your yard and crashing your party.

1. Mosquito Repellent Plants

Nature gifts you with an excellent way to both decorate your yard and encourage the mosquitoes to spend time elsewhere. Several beautiful plants give off a pleasant aroma that is not-so-pleasant for pests. Try incorporating these as part of your landscaping for a colorful mosquito-free backyard.

What kinds of plants are the best? Try planting cheerful yellow and orange marigolds in window boxes or flower beds. Pretty purple lavender plants give off a pleasant aroma that chases away mosquitoes and has the added benefit of helping you feel more relaxed. Dried lavender is often used in aromatherapy for this very purpose.

Aromatic lemongrass (which also makes a delicious tea) and other plants such as mint, catnip, and citronella are also great choices for mosquito repellent.

2. Don’t Leave Standing Water Around

Want to breed a new generation of mosquitoes? Leaving standing water lying around your yard is a great way to do it. Though not necessary for all mosquito reproduction, most female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. It only takes about a week for mosquitoes to mature from egg to adult so even just leaving standing water for a few days can mean you’ll have an infestation of Biblical proportions.

Keep in mind that water can collect in various places that you might not think about. Check the gutters to make sure water is draining properly. Clogged drains lead to pools of water in the gutters that make a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Don’t leave toys, trash can lids, wheelbarrows, and other items capable of holding water lying around. Walk your property and look for puddles or areas with poor drainage. Remember, mosquitoes are small, they don’t need much standing water to breed.

Do you like to watch the birds come and splash in your birdbath? Don’t forget that this is also standing water. Change it frequently to kill any developing mosquitoes.

3. Don’t Leave Debris Lying Around

In the same vein, don’t leave debris lying around in your yard. Piles of wood or damp soil can retain enough water for the mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Also, some species can use decaying logs or leaves as a breeding ground rather than just water, so make sure to clean up this organic matter as well.

Very shady yards tend to be more hospitable to mosquitoes and other pests. If you implement our tips and find that you still have a problem, you might consider trimming your trees a little. Lots of sunlight can help chase away these unwelcome visitors.

4. Light Candles

In addition to cleaning up your yard and changing up the landscaping, you can also use temporary tricks that annoy the mosquitoes. Candles are one such great idea. Not only do they fill the air with a pleasant scent but also they add a touch of atmosphere to your backyard barbecue.

If you’re in a large open area or it’s very windy, the candles might not work too well. But in a partially enclosed space like a patio, candles are the perfect touch.

There are various essential oils that mosquitoes don’t like, so don’t think you’re stuck with just the typical citronella candles. Look for candles made with:

  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Geraniol
  • Lavender

Alternatively, you can use an essential oil diffuser with any of these effective scents.

5. A Dish of Beer

As much as the human species might be attracted to beer, mosquitoes are repelled by it. In fact, they are quite the little teetotalers. Set a little dish of beer or any other type of alcohol out to keep the mosquitoes away from your party.

6. Coffee Grounds

Scientists are still unsure why this trick works, but for some reason, coffee grounds impede the growth of mosquito larvae.

This is a great trick to use in areas of standing water that you just can’t seem to get rid of. Each time you brew a pot of coffee, toss the grounds in moist areas of your yard where mosquitoes are likely to hang out to prevent them from proliferating.

7. Garlic Spray

Though garlic tastes delicious on soft Italian bread or mixed in with pasta, it isn’t so appreciated as a scent. Mosquitoes find it particularly unpleasant as a garlic spray kills them on impact. Thankfully, the smell, though strong, dissipates quickly.

It’s completely safe for kids and easy to make from simple ingredients. Simply crush or mince a clove of garlic and boil it in water. Then pour the garlic-infused water into a spray bottle and spritz it around your yard.

8. Spray the Yard with Professional Spray

These remedies and tricks should cut down considerably on the number of mosquitoes flitting about your yard. However, sometimes the big guns are necessary for the best outdoor experience.

Unfortunately, many professional sprays are full of chemicals. This may not be ideal, especially when you have kids and pets. Thankfully, there are other options.

We use effective, eco-friendly, botanically-based products that are safe for pets and people. Finally, you can enjoy a backyard party in North Dallas without all the slapping and itching.

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Next time you’re wondering how to keep those uninvited guests from crashing your party, keep us in mind. Our expert pest control services allow you to enjoy the great outdoors comfortably without relying on harmful chemicals.

Get in touch with us today at Buckaroo Pest Protection to start enjoying a pest-free experience!

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What Is Integrative Pest Management?

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April 15, 2021

When your business has a serious pest problem, you have two options before it gets any worse.

 At first, you could try to exterminate the pests on your own, or you can trust professionals like Buckaroo to do the commercial pest control on your behalf.

 Without a doubt, it takes more skill and expertise to service a commercial structure when it’s full of pests. So, Buckaroo Pest Protection tackles the problem head-on like a linebacker and uses environmentally friendly, integrative pest control methods.

 But if you’ve never heard of that kind of pest control, this post will go over the basics to give you an idea of what to expect before Buckaroo inspects your property.

What’s the purpose of intergrative pest control in the first place?

Overall, the general idea behind integrative pest control is to get rid of the pests while minimizing the risk to humans and animals.

 The issue with old-school pest control methods is that they basically involve using a substantial amount of poisons and toxic substances, hoping that rats and insects take the bait and eventually kick the bucket.

That may have worked in the past, but these days, it takes more attention to detail, especially when the job involves an older commercial building. Indeed, if a business operates in a building as old as dirt, there will be pests in all likelihood.

Nuisance insects like cockroaches and ants are the least of your concerns. In all likelihood, the structure is infested with other pests you can’t see most of the time, especially if the structure sits next to undeveloped land. So, integrative pest control takes a 360-degree approach and offers business owners long-term protection instead of a quick fix.

The process begins by identifying what pests need to be taken care of ASAP and which ones aren’t really the primary threat. To kill pests once and for all, you have to know the scope and scale of the problem.

Do you only have a roach problem, or do you have a severe rat infestation that’s making your business reek like a stinky dish rag? The answers will certainly vary from case to case, so we rely on the integrative method to diagnose the issue right away.

How does integrative pest control work?

Integrative pest control, sometimes called integrative pest management, determines the root cause of the infestation by monitoring the environment and seeing how bad the problem really is.

That way, the experts at Buckaroo Pest Protection can step in to do the job right.

 The best part about integrative pest control is that it takes a holistic approach that goes beyond using a safer alternative to pesticides.

When you need reliable pest extermination at the end of the day, integrative pest management gives you the best chance of success. Otherwise, you risk getting re-infested if the root cause isn’t fixed the first time around. By analyzing the ecosystem, Buckaroo’s exterminators can protect buildings from specific pests without applying one-size-fits-all solutions. The general idea is to stay laser-focused on the animals or insects that you do want to get rid of and those you don’t mind sticking around.

How can businesses tell if they need a commercial pest control specialist?

Buckaroo Pest Protection works with all types of commercial buildings, and one of the questions we hear most often is: how can I tell if I need a professional exterminator? 

Well, the answers are pretty straightforward. If you notice that your business is suffering as a result of the infestation, it’s time to give us a call.

 For instance, if you operate a restaurant and you have a mice problem, the state of Texas can shut you down in the blink of an eye! But if your business is something like a warehouse, you might not think that rodents are a concern, yet they are because they carry disease, among other problems.

 he most noticeable signs are rat droppings, but rodents also leave urine trails behind and tend to gnaw on things like baseboards or anything they can get their teeth on. Cardboard is another preferred

 A quick rule of thumb is that when you notice one type of pest, there are probably more that you don’t see.

 If pest infestations get severe, you could have your own little pest ecosystem, so we fight fire with fire and take a look at the bigger picture with integrative pest management.

Why choose Buckaroo Pest Protection? 

We’re straight shooters at Buckaroo Pest Protection, so we guarantee the quality of our work and offer fair prices.

 If you trust us to do what we do best –  protect your company, employees, and your customers – we’ll prove to you that you made the right choice.

 We offer regular maintenance plans that help keep the pests away and protect businesses long after we knock out the initial problem. You can rest easy knowing that our commercial pest control services use eco-friendly, chemical-free, and non-toxic materials the vast majority of the time.

What areas does Buckaroo Pest Protection serve?

If you live in North Texas, we have you covered 100 percent because we serve a pretty wide area, including communities like:

  • Allen
  • McKinney
  • Frisco
  • Plano
  • Fairview
  • Lucas
  • Richardson
  • Prosper
  • Murphy
  • North Dallas

 But keep in mind that this is only a quick rundown of the towns we service. If your business is located in any community near these, we’d be glad to come out and see what we can do for you.

 Click to get a free business inspection, and we’ll take $50 off the initial service with an annual service agreement!

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What to consider when looking for pest control for your commercial business

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February 16, 2021

When pesky pests invade your commercial space, things can go from bad to worse quickly. Not only can pests damage or destroy the property, but they can also pose a health hazard to you, your staff, and your customers. Not to mention that a customer seeing a pest infestation in your business is likely to damage your reputation, causing you to lose business.

 The good news is that our pest control teams can often manage the problem before it turns into a worst-case scenario. If you aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to finding a quality pest protection service, then look no further.

In this article, we will go over what you should look for in a quality pest control service, some of the most common questions surrounding the topic, and some of the solutions that have proven to be effective for managing pest problems in your commercial space.

 But first, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of pests, why they are a problem, and what you can do if you notice them in your commercial property.

Most Common Pests

Cockroaches

In addition to being repulsive, cockroaches are known carriers of harmful bacteria and disease. Most people are intuitively put off when seeing a cockroach anywhere, but to see one in a commercial business would indeed leave the wrong kind of impression in the minds of your customers. Some people are also terribly allergic to cockroaches.

 Signs you have a cockroach problem: You see them, find coffee-looking droppings, or smell a strange foul odor in the building.

 Worst-case scenario: You, your staff, or a customer is bitten and becomes diseased

Rodents

Rodents such as rats and mice are also known carriers of disease. Perhaps even more dangerous, however, is the fact that they are known to chew on electrical cables, which can cause a fire to erupt or even cause your commercial property to lose power, necessitating a temporary closure, along with costly electrical repair bills.

 Signs you have a rodent problem: you find rat droppings in the premises, you see rub marks on the walls, you hear scratching noises coming from within the walls.

 Worst-case scenario: They chew through electrical cables causing your business to burn to the ground.

Termites

Without a doubt, termites cause more damage to both commercial and residential properties across the country than any other pest you’ll be likely to encounter. Termites live and feast on the wood features in your property, often without being noticed until it’s too late. When termites are left unchecked, they can destroy the foundations of the property, causing the premises to be deemed uninhabitable. What’s worse is that termite problems are seldom covered by insurance.

 Signs you have a termite problem: You notice tunnels in the woods features of the property, you hear a quiet clicking sound, you notice the wooden walls sound hollow when you tap on them.

 Worst-case scenario: They compromise the foundation, and the property is deemed uninhabitable

Wasps

You may not think that wasps are a significant problem, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most people, when they see a wasp’s nest, are wise enough to leave it alone. The problem is that a single nest can contain over 25,000 wasps, meaning that if you see one wasp, there are undoubtedly thousands of others very nearby. The last thing you want is to have your customers being attacked by wasps when they come to your place of business.

Signs you have a wasp problem: You keep seeing wasps or spot a nest

Worst-case scenario: They swarm you, your staff, or a customer causing hospitalization or possibly even death

Ants

Not unlike termites, some varieties of ants, such as carpenter ants, for example, are known to destroy wood features. Ants, although not the most severe pest problem to have, can nonetheless lead to expensive repair bills, not to mention that they will seek out sources of food, compromising the sanitization of your lunchroom and leaving a bad impression on visitors to your premises.

 Signs you have an ant problem: You see a trail of live ants in the building or find an ant nest

 Worst-case scenario: They damage the structure of the premises, causing closure and costly repairs

So you have a pest problem, what now?

When choosing a pest protection company, there are a few things that you should look out for, as not all such companies are created equally.

Here are five red flags of a dodgy or poor-quality pest control company

  1. They either have no reviews, or they have bad reviews
  2. They try to justify not guaranteeing their work
  3. Their customer service is inadequate or non-existent
  4. They haven’t been vetted by external authorities
  5. Their employees are unhappy, and it shows.

On the other hand, here are five signs of a good pest protection service

  1. They have been screened, verified, and approved by home services experts
  2. They have a proven track record with years of experience
  3. They have a good reputation with other customers
  4. They stand behind their work and offer a guarantee
  5. They have an excellent customer service team  

Conclusion

The good news is that you are now aware of the problem. Most of the worst-case scenarios can be avoided if you catch the problem early. However, time is of the essence; far too many people are blissfully unaware that they even have a pest problem, and by the time they realize it’s too late, the damage is done.

 Buckaroo is the trusted name in Texas pest protection. We don’t just offer treatment after the fact, no sir, at Buckaroo, we focus on protecting your commercial premises so that a pest problem never even arises in the first place. Remember, when it comes to pests, prevention is action.

 If you notice any pests in or around your commercial property in Texas, then don’t delay; get in touch with Buckaroo today to discuss your specific situation and learn more about our available pest protection options in your area.

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