Wilton, CT Pest Control

We enjoy the beauty of the four seasons in Wilton, CT. From the changing leaves of fall to spring's colorful blooms, few regions match New England in terms of nature's majesty. Unfortunately, our weather conditions -- especially humidity -- also attract a variety of pests. Preventing future infestations and eliminate existing ones is easier than you might think.

Ants

Carpenter ants are a problem in Connecticut. These ants are most active in humid conditions, making the Northeast their ideal habitat. They forage for food and form colonies in the sunshine or on hot, humid nights. Once inside the cozy confines of your house, carpenter ants build nests in damp areas like the space below a kitchen or bathroom sink.

These ants create tunnels in wood, causing costly damage to your home's structure. They're especially drawn to moist, decaying wood both outside and indoors. A dead tree limb near the house can cause an infestation by providing easy access, so check your trees for dead limbs regularly. Inspect your home for leaks that could attract ants, and keep kitchen counters free of any crumbs or other food scraps.

Ticks

These parasites are also active in warm weather. They require a temperature of at least 45 degrees to quest. Questing involves laying in wait for an animal or human to pass by; that's when they attach to the victim. While not all ticks are dangerous to people and animals, deer ticks can spread the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease. A tick must remain attached for at least 24 hours to cause this disease.

Ticks congregate in tall grass, mulch, and shrubbery. Mow your lawn regularly, get rid of brush and leaves, and remove mulch located near your house. Move play equipment away from wooded areas, and create a three-foot-wide barrier between your lawn and wooded spots with wood chips or gravel.

Bed Bugs

These bloodsucking bugs can enter your home with furniture, luggage, and other belongings. Although they do not travel by attaching themselves to humans, they can even come in on the clothes you're wearing. When traveling, lift bedding to inspect the mattress and box spring in your hotel room for small dots of blood. These are signs that bed bugs have been feeding on other guests.

Inspect any items you bring into your home, especially if they are used. Look carefully in fabric folds and crevices. Small in size and translucent when young, bed bugs can be hard to spot. Their bodies are brown, flat and oval-shaped, although they become reddish-purple after feeding. Isolate any items you think are carrying bed bugs, and seal them in plastic bags to prevent an infestation. Bed bugs are not dangerous to most people or animals. However, their bite causes itchy red spots, and some people may have allergic reactions.

If you're experiencing an infestation, act quickly. Contact the professionals at Amtech Personalized Pest Management today for a free estimate. We serve residential and commercial customers in Wilton, CT, and the surrounding areas.