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Are You Bringing More than Just Firewood into Your Home?

Tis the season for many yearly traditions, not least of which is cozying up in front of a roaring fire. Hot, authentic fires are the perfect way to enjoy a snowy night; however, it’s not uncommon for some uninvited guests to hitch a ride on our firewood when we bring it inside.

Many pests like to burrow inside firewood, and then escape into our homes when we take a log in to burn. Here are some of the pests that stowaway on firewood, and ways to make sure we don’t take them in with us when we’re simply trying to warm up.

What Pests are Hiding in Our Firewood?

Since firewood is obviously made out of wood, the most common pests that burrow inside logs of firewood are the ones that consume wood for food. One of these is the powder post beetle that digs small tunnels through firewood, leaving pencil sized holes.

This is all well and good, except if you’re not careful when you bring the firewood in, they may be digging small tunnels through your house. Other pests that enjoy making themselves at home in wood stacks are termites, locust borers and carpenter ants, none of which you want in your home.

How to Keep Firewood Pests From Spreading Into Your Home

There are many ways to prevent pests from infesting your house through firewood. The easy way to do this is to only take a couple of pieces of wood inside at a time. You want to decrease the amount of time between the wood being outside and being enveloped in scorching flames as much as possible.

You may even want to simply throw each piece into the fire right when you come in. When storing wood outside, try to keep the stack in full view of the sun to reduce moisture. Also, make sure there is enough space between the logs for the air to circulate and don’t let the bottom logs touch the dirt.

Final Thoughts

Finally, you should avoid spraying the wood with pesticide, as this can cause some serious health effects when it burns.

Pests have a tendency to really ruin a holiday season, and as much as we try to keep them out of our homes, sometimes they get in because we bring them in ourselves. Infested logs of firewood can cause real damage to your house, however, as long as you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays in peace.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Rake Your Leaves This Fall

It’s called Fall for a very good reason. Fall is the time of things falling. The temperature for one, and, of course, the leaves. There’s a good chance you’ve been raking leaves every Fall for as long as you can remember, but there is also a good chance that you never knew why. Many people assume that you rake the leaves for the same reason that they fall: It’s just what happens; however, there are actually some important reasons why people rake their leaves. Here are five of them.Home

Helps Your Lawn Breathe

Odds are, you wouldn’t fare very well if you were smothered in a thick layer of leaves for a few months. Well, neither would your lawn. Grass needs to breathe just like everyone else, and fallen leaves can suffocate it if you let it.

Detracts Pests

Another reason to rake this Fall is to prevent pests from invading your house. Many pests use the cover of dead leaves to hide, eat and reproduce right below our noses, and if they are able to thrive on our lawns, it’s just a few extra steps before they reach our homes.

Leaves Can Stunt Your Lawn in Spring

Many people avoid raking in the Fall because they figure that the grass is going to die anyway as the weather drops. Well, as you’ll find out in reason number four, that’s not exactly true, but even if it was, a heavy layer of leaves can still prevent new blades from emerging after the winter has passed, creating snow mold and brown patches where there should be bright, green grass.

Sponsors the Growth of Cool Season Grasses

As hinted at above, not all grass dies in the Fall. There are many different types of grass known as ‘cool season grass’ that actually thrives in the Fall. Grasses like Kentucky bluegrass is one that revitalizes as the temperatures drop and plays an important role in our lawns overall health and development.

Raking Makes Your Lawn Look Nicer

The last reason for why you should rake your leaves is simpler: It looks better. You don’t need to clear your lawn of every single leave, but it definitely makes your grass look tidier and healthier.

Now that you’re an adult and you aren’t being forced by others to rake the lawn this Fall, it may be tempting to skip it, thinking ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ However, raking leaves actually serves a vital role in keeping our lawns bright and strong, not only in the Fall and Winter, but all year round. For more information or to receive quality pest control and lawn care services, contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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The Pros and Cons of Spiders

To many, spiders are tiny, alien-like monsters that fill even the strongest of us with dread. Very rarely does one enjoy seeing a spider crawling across the table or the floor while eating breakfast or sitting in front of the TV. However, history will show that spiders have been living inside human-made structures since our earliest beginnings, and houses are as much their natural habitats as they are ours. Still though, unless they start paying rent, you have the final say over who stays and who goes. So the question is: Should spiders go? Here are some of the pros and cons of having spiders in your house.


As menacing as they appear, spiders are actually fairly harmless. Spiders don’t spread nearly as many germs as other pests, since unlike ants and cockroaches that survive on our food, spiders hunt for their own food. And what do they hunt for? The pests that actually cause us harm such as flies and mosquitoes. Spiders are, in fact, less of a pest and more of a pest hunter, and between you and them, you can actually make a great pest control team.


The cons of spiders are more obvious: They’re scary. Nothing sends more shivers down your spine than those little creatures, and no matter how much you try to convince yourself that they are not dangerous, you’d be hard-pressed to hold back a shudder when you see one strutting across your carpet. Also, spiderwebs make it difficult to keep your house clean, and although they are not deadly, they can still give you a painful bite while your asleep.

A Possible Compromise

Wouldn’t it be great if you could live in harmony with spiders? Receiving the best from each other without getting in each other's way? Good news: You can! All you have to do is clear out the cobwebs from your kitchen, living room and dining room, while leaving them alone in places like your laundry room, boiler room and crawl spaces. This will drive them out of the areas you occupy and into the sections of the house where they can hunt for insects in peace. They guard your home from flies and mosquitoes and you don’t have to look at them. It’s a win-win!

As negative of a reputation that spiders have, they’re really not so bad once you get to know them, or at least once you banish them to your basement and attic. With a little effort, you can have a mutually beneficial relationship with the spiders in your house that works for everyone. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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Check Your Fireplace for Pests

Now that the heat of summer has started to abate, there’s a certain chill in the air that lets us know that autumn is on the way. And for many of us, chilly weather means it’s time to enjoy a fire in the fireplace.

Fireplaces are a luxury item that many of us are lucky enough to have -- but did you know that your fireplace is also a luxury for invading pests like insects and rodents? That’s right: your fireplace is basically an open tunnel, inviting any outside critters to come on inside and have a look around.

You can prevent this, though, by checking your fireplace and following these simple steps to keep it (and your home) pest-free.

Close the Flue

The good news is that your fireplace comes with a built-in pest deterrent that’s actually pretty effective: the flue. When not using your fireplace, it’s important to remember to reach up into the chimney and close the flue. Most of them operate with a very simple level, and when you close the flue you’re keeping out all sorts of problems from the outside, including bugs, rodents, birds, bads, cold air and other outside problems.

The problem is that many homeowners forget to close the flue when not in use, thereby leaving their home open.

Of course, when you are lighting a fire, you have to remember to open up the flue again to let the fire air out -- otherwise your home will fill up with smoke!

Close off the Hearth

While the flue might be your fireplace’s main line of defense, it doesn’t have to be the only one. Most fireplaces come with a set of doors or gates on the front. Not only does this help to keep children away from the fireplace, but these doors can also be another line of defense against unwanted intruders.

Have Your Fireplace Inspected

A final way to make sure your fireplace is bug-free is to have it inspected regularly. Not only is this good common sense anyway, it will help ensure that there are no cracks that smaller bugs can squeeze through to gain access to your house.

Because a fireplace is such an easy way to gain entry, it’s vital that you stay diligent when it comes to keeping it bug- and rodent-free. For professional help with this matter, please feel free to contact us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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What To Do After You Get A Tick Bite

When you find a tick on you, the first thing you are likely to do is panic. After all, there is a creature burying its head into your skin to suck your blood.

Although it may be scary, the most important thing to do is to avoid panicking, and instead read on to see what you should do after a tick bites you.

Steps to Take After a Tick Bite

Instinctively, you may want to rip the tick off, but that is not a safe way to remove it. What you should do is get some fine-tipped tweezers to remove it.

First Step: Do not jerk it out, or it can separate its head from his body and continue to suck your blood and infect you.

Second Step: After removal, it is important to clean the area with soap and water and with rubbing alcohol to ensure there is no likelihood of it getting infected.

Third Step: If you could not remove the tick it is important to see a doctor as soon as you can. Take a picture of the body or seal it in a container to help with identification. Seek medical attention immediately if:

  • You believe you were bitten by a black-legged tick (Also known as the Deer Tick).
  • You develop a severe headache.
  • You have difficulty breathing.
  • You develop paralysis.
  • You have heart palpitations.
  • You develop flu-like symptoms.
  • A rash or small bumps occur in the area you were bitten.

Fourth Step: Document the location of the bite and any symptoms that arise, as well as the size and color of the tick. By logging information, it may be easier to figure out what areas or behaviors risk tick bites.

Fifth Step: Keep a lookout for 30 days for any of these symptoms to occur:

  • Muscle Pain.
  • Rash.
  • Fatigue.
  • Joint swelling or pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fever.

Even if you don’t have these symptoms, monitor your health just in case. Look for rashes that are red and grow bigger.

Lethal Pest Solutions

Ticks are a serious issue to have around your house. Although we cannot fully eradicate them, we can do things to help them become less apparent in your yard.

Lethal Pest Solutions is an exterminating company that can help keep your family safe. They offer service plans that tailor to your needs and stops pests before they become an issue.

They have power sprays that specifically target ticks, as well as a plethora of other pests. To start protecting your family and to get a quote for their services, contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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