• Dec
    • 03
    • 2018

Ways To Keep Your Holiday Decorations Pest Free

Decorating for the holidays is a great way to spread cheer and get in the festive spirit. It is, however, important to pack and unpack decorations with care to keep your home free of pests that could be looking for a new home in storage containers. Use these tips to keep your holiday decorations pest free.

Unpack Carefully

Many people keep their decorations in basements or attics, which are particularly susceptible to insects and rodents. It’s best to unpack boxes outside and check for signs of rodent droppings or gnaw marks.

Inspect

Carefully inspect decorations, especially when it comes to greenery like trees, wreaths and garland. Spiders and ticks recognize these items as natural habitats. Carefully comb over these pieces of decor, particularly if they are coming from outdoor storage or it they are real plants. A variety of insects call evergreen trees home, so it’s important to take the necessary steps before bringing it inside.

Use Bins For Storage

To help avoid the threat of rodents, it’s a good idea to use plastic bins for storage instead of cardboard. A sealed container will be able to protect decorations from a number of things, including flooding, pests and dust.

Keep Wood At A Distance

If you have a fireplace in your home, be sure to store wood at least 20 feet from your home and brush it off before bringing it indoors. Pests like beetles, spiders and ants can get inside by hiding in the logs.

If you need help keeping your home pest free all year round, contact a friendly pest expert from K&C Pest Control.

    • Oct
    • 22
    • 2018

How To Safely Remove A Tick

Ticks are most active in warm weather, but that doesn’t mean they completely disappear in fall. It is important to be aware of them, especially when you are spending time outdoors hiking or hunting. Even if you follow prevention tips, you could still find a tick that has attached itself to you or your pet. Use these tips to safely and easily remove it:

  1. Stay calm and carefully pull back any hair from around the tick to expose the surrounding area.
  2. Locate the head of the tick and grasp it as close to the skin as possible. This can be done using a fine-tipped tweezers and gently squeezing. Try to avoid grabbing the body because this will increase the chance of the tick’s blood getting into the skin.
  3. Pull outward in a straight motion until the pressure pulls out the head of the tick.
  4. Once the tick has been removed, clean the bite area thoroughly with soap and water, or rubbing alcohol.
  5. Wrap the tick tightly in tissue before disposing of it, but don’t try to crush it. If you squish a tick, you could get infected with whatever disease-causing bacteria it may be carrying.
  6. After you’ve safely removed the tick, keep an eye on the tick bite. Watch out for a rash, fever, neck stiffness, nausea and other symptoms within the following weeks and contact your doctor if any of these occur. Ticks can be carriers for serious diseases, like Lyme disease.

Have more questions about ticks? Contact a friendly pest expert from K&C Pest Control.

    • Sep
    • 27
    • 2018

Fall Pests To Watch Out For In 2018

Summer is a popular season for biting insects like mosquitoes and ticks, but autumn has its own set of pests to be aware of. Take a look at a few fall pests to watch out for in 2018.

Spiders
Spiders can find their way indoors when the weather starts getting cooler. One great way to keep spiders away is to keep your house clean and free of dust and clutter. Spiders easily make webs behind boxes and in corners of your house you might forget to clean. You can also use natural spider repellant around your windows or other places spiders are likely to sneak in.

Mice
Mice also seek warmth in the fall and winter. It’s important to make sure your house is mouse proof and doesn’t have any cracks or holes. Mice are sneaky and get into even small entryways. If you’ve already seen a mouse in your house, use these tips.

Centipedes
Centipedes also appear more in homes in the fall. While they aren’t pleasant to look at, they aren’t harmful. You can keep them away by frequently checking and cleaning crawl spaces, dark corners, damp areas and any cracks or crevices they could hide in.

Do you need help pest proofing your home before fall? Contact an expert from K&C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000.

    • Aug
    • 29
    • 2018

5 Tips To Prevent Tick Bites

Summer and fall are the perfect season to spend time outside with family and friends. While it can be enjoyable, it’s also important be aware of lurking pests. One specific threat to outdoor fun are ticks. Use these five tips to prevent tick bites when you’re out and about this summer.

  1. Dress Smart

If you’re going to be spending time in a wooded area or tall grass, wear tick-repelling clothes, like pants, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes. It can also be beneficial to wear light colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks.

  1. Keep Your Yard Maintained

Ticks don’t just stick to wooded areas, they can also venture into your backyard. To prevent ticks from making your lawn their new home, it’s important to keep grass cut and remove weeds, woodpiles and debris. All of these things can attract ticks and other pests. You should also keep shrubs, bushes and other vegetation well maintained, especially around decks, patios and play areas.

  1. Use Insect Repellent

Don’t forget the bug spray when you’re spending time outside. It doesn’t just keep away ticks, but can also deter mosquitoes and other biting pests.

  1. Stay On The Trail

When you’re going for nature walks or hikes, stay in the center of the trail and away from vegetation where ticks could be hiding.

  1. Protect Your Pets
    When you’re thinking about tick prevention, don’t forget about your pets! Avoid walking your dog in tall grass, and check for ticks after spending time outside. Pets are just as susceptible to tick bites as humans. You can also get your dog a tick repellent collar for extra protection.

Do you have more questions about ticks? Contact an expert from K&C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000.

    • Jul
    • 27
    • 2018

Easy Ways To Prevent And Get Rid Of Wasps

Many pests are more active in summer, including wasps, and they can be especially bothersome because of their stinger. Today we’re going to show you some easy ways to prevent and get rid of wasps.

Grow Wasp-Repelling Plants

Believe it or not, there are a few plants that will repel wasps. These plants include wormwood herb, spearmint, thyme, eucalyptus, lemongrass, pennyroyal, geraniums and marigolds. You can help prevent wasps from invading your yard by using these plants in your landscaping.

Use Peppermint Oil

An easy way to keep wasps away is by using peppermint oil. Simply add a few drops to a cotton pad or cloth and place them around the outside of your home where wasps like to build nests, like porch roofs and other crevices.

Make Wasp Traps

If you’ve already noticed wasps buzzing around, you can make some do-it-yourself traps using sugar and water. All you have to do is cut the top off a two-liter bottle, fill the bottom half with sugar water, place the top half nozzle-side down into it and tape the two together. The wasps will fly into the bottle, attracted by the sugar, and get stuck.

If you’re still experiencing a problem with wasps or have noticed nests near your home, contact an expert from K&C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000.

    • Jun
    • 29
    • 2018

How To Keep Spiders Out Of Car Mirrors

Summer is a popular season for pests. Critters of all shapes and sizes literally crawl out of the woodwork. One particular pest that will come out of hiding is the spider. Spiders have been known to make homes in inconvenient areas, including car mirrors. Here’s how to keep them out:

The first thing you need to do is knock down any webs and clean the area with all-purpose cleaner. Next, coat the area with some kind of spider repellant. Many people go for traditional spider spray, but you can also use a more natural approach by making your own repellent using a mixture that is three parts white vinegar and one part vanilla extract, or any other essential oil of your choice.

If you’re hesitant to put vinegar on your car, you can also try using citrus products. Spiders don’t like the smell of citrus fruits, so you can repel them by rubbing lemon peels around the doors and windows of your vehicle, or even make your own lemon water spray.

These methods can also work to keep spiders out of your home, but if you are experiencing a serious spider infestation, contact an expert from K&C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000.

    • May
    • 25
    • 2018

How To Keep Pests Away During Memorial Day Weekend

How To Keep Pests Away During Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to spend time outside with family and friends, but there’s one group you won’t want to spend time with – pests. Summer pests like ants, wasps and flies can really ruin a relaxing weekend. Use these tips to stay clear of these annoying, flying, crawling and bothersome pests.

Keep ants, flies and bees at bay by:

  • Tightly sealing all food and drink containers
  • Cleaning up spills quickly
  • Mowing your yard and trimming vegetation
  • Emptying and washing garbage cans regularly and keeping them properly sealed

If you want to be extra thorough with your pest-proofing, call K&C Pest Control at (920) 582-9000 to schedule an appointment

    • Apr
    • 27
    • 2018

Pests To Watch Out For In Spring

As the weather warms up, pests will be coming out of hiding. Take a look at a few of these bugs to watch out for this spring.

pests to watch out in spring in wisconsinBoxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are harmless, but still pretty annoying to have around. At the weather gets warmer, they become more active and if they’ve spent the winter in your walls or attic, they will find their way into your living space.

Ants

Ants come out of hiding in spring because hibernation is over and food becomes more abundant. Ants seek shelter in your home to escape the hot sun and spring rain. Once ants find crumbs to munch on, they will continue to return and will even leave scent paths for other ants to follow.

Ticks
Ticks are most active from mid-March to mid-May and from mid-August to November. Ticks are already a big problem in the Midwest this year. Be sure to Protect your family from these hitchhikers that don’t just suck blood, but also spread disease.

Spiders

Spiders come out to play in spring because their prey is also out and about. Spiders love areas that go undisturbed, like your attic, but they’ll venture out this time of year in search of food.

Centipedes

House centipedes are also drawn out by food. They eat spiders, which means they are also quite common in springtime. They like places with moisture, like bathroom sinks or bathtubs, so keep a careful eye on those areas.

If you want a professional to make sure your home is pest proof this spring, contact an expert from K&C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000.

    • Mar
    • 27
    • 2018

How To Keep Ants Out Of Your House

As the weather gets warmer many pests come out of hiding and make their way into your house. The best way to combat these pests is to be prepared. Here are a few ways to keep ants out of your house this spring and summer.

Seal cracks around doors and windows with caulk.

Clean surfaces of your home with a mixture composed of half vinegar, half distilled water. Ants hate the smell of vinegar, plus it is a more natural cleaning solution.

Sprinkle coffee grounds in the garden or flower beds around your home. Ants also dislike the smell of coffee and will move away from it.

If you do find an area where ants have already started to come in, put a thin line of dish soap around the entry area. You can even pour dish soap directly on ant hills or mix the soap with some water in a spray bottle.

If you want a professional to make sure your home is pest proof, contact an expert from K&C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000.

    • Feb
    • 23
    • 2018

Tips For Protecting Your Home From Winter Pests

Tips For Protecting Your Home From Winter Pests

It’s important to make sure your home is pest free all year long, even during colder months. Frigid temperatures and snow don’t scare off pests, so we’ve put together a list of things you can  do to protect your home from pests in winter:

  • Screen attic vents and chimney openings
  • Eliminate any plumbing issues, like leaking pipes or clogged drains
  • Seal any cracks or holes around your home’s exterior
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and make sure covers are secure
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home
  • Keep shrubbery well-trimmed
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens
  • Inspect items (i.e., boxes from your garage) before bringing them into the house
  • Properly store holiday decorations

If you want a professional to make sure your home is pest proof, contact an expert from K&C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000.