This is an exciting time of the year…High School & College Football; hunting season; possibility of “cooler” weather; and, the Holiday Seasons approach. As I write this article, the first “cool front” approaches to tease us…but that’s fine, we welcome a little teasing…gives us hope. Lower temperatures & lower humidity…sounds good to me and my guys!!

This is definitely the time of year to be outside taking care of the special needs around the home or office. So, as we move into the “cooler season” (For our transplanted Texans, notice that I didn’t say Winter) it’s the time of year to re-explore items discussed…exclusion and alterations. I know that I discuss this very subject each year, but it’s important and it’s the perfect time of year to complete. Exclusion is the act of identifying openings in and around our properties that will allow rodents, birds, and other animals’ access to our attics, walls, and eaves. When these areas are located and closed off, you have greatly reduced the opportunity for continued or future damage. However, prior to sealing these areas you need to make certain that you are not “closing in” any critters or they may expire inside your walls or attic, and that will not be good situation. Should you elect to perform these tasks yourself, you will need steel mesh, expanding foam, ½ inch hard wire mesh, six inch wide tin, screws and the tools required to work with these products. Should you desire to have this service performed by someone else, they should be willing to get up on the roof and close all entry points. The cost for this service depends on the extent of the work required, but you can anticipate spending $95 and more, to have the service performed by a professional.

You, your yard company, or a tree specialist, if needed, can generally perform alterations to your larger trees. The identification and removal of limbs in contact with the roof or structure should be your first consideration. These limbs should be trimmed back 6-10 feet to insure that critters/animals cannot jump onto the structure. Additionally, the shrubs and ornamental trees should be trimmed back one foot or more from the sides of our homes and businesses. While you are in the area you need to inspect your slab to insure that the soil level has not managed to become higher than the slab. Typically, we recommend that you have a minimum of three inches of the slab visible at all times.

Every house, new and old, can utilize exclusion and alteration services. Performing these services now can and will benefit the “health” of your home for many years. Just because your home is new doesn’t mean you do not need these services. We have performed numerous exclusion services on homes less than one year old. Ask your pest control professional to perform an exclusion survey before the critters make a home in your home.

Additionally, as we move into the cooler season, Silverfish will become more active and visible. These insects hide during the day and prefer to rest in tight cracks or crevices and can be found almost anywhere in a home or business. They tend to concentrate in the bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms and attics. This is because they need a temperature range of 72-90 degrees and at least 50-75% humidity in order to reproduce. It will take 3-4 months before a silverfish becomes an adult, under favorable conditions and can live up to 3 years. Silverfish are commonly referred to as a paper pest. This is because they prefer to forage on paper products but are particularly drawn to wallpaper and wallpaper paste, glazed papers and papers with sizing. Certain species of silverfish prefer linen, rayon, and cotton, but not wools or true silks.

The key to control of silverfish is the proper identification of the infested areas and available food sources. Many infestations are localized and environmental modifications can reduce the population. In most cases a crack and crevice application with a properly labeled insecticide is needed as well as a wall void treatment.

This is also a great time of the year to take advantage of savings opportunities on Termite treatments and/or misting system installations. The mosquito will be back and the termites eat all year long. So save some money by treating now.

If you would like more information or a free proposal on the services we offer or any pest related topic, please contact me at Chase Pest Control. Our office number is 936-441-2847 or by email at Until the next issue, have a great time outdoors; get ready for the holidays; and bring on “Winter”.