Bugs in Boise?
Yep! It’s Summer time in Idaho, people! And while be close to nature is something most locals love as part of living in our great state that appreciation ends when the outdoors find their way IN!
Nobody likes bugs in their home! And with a somewhat wet Spring and early warm temperatures the creepy crawlies are out in full force! So, you can spend a lot of money and try to do it yourself – using all kinds of chemicals that really don’t tell you how hazardous they can be to your family and pets – and STILL maybe have problems with bugs all year…or you can just call Bob.
Bob Mitchell is the owner of Capitol Pest Management in Boise; they have been fighting the bugs for nearly two decade here in Idaho. They can help you rid your home or business of pests quickly; even offer on-going maintenance programs to help keep those nasties from coming back. They understand the equipment and solutions they use so you don’t have to worry about your kids and pets!
No matter what your type of problem may be Capitol Pest Management knows more about bugs than you will ever want to – including how to get rid of them.
Idaho: Is Your Home Ready for Winter?
Fall in Idaho and Washington are beautiful things! The firey touch of color in the hills, the cool crisp mornings. But it won’t be long before the really cold weather start’s rolling in; so it’s important to get your home ready for the long chilly months that are on their way!
We’ve put together a quick checklist to help you keep your heating bills down this winter and also make your home warmer and safer for your loved ones. Check out these ideas!
Things for Indoors:
Saving energy is good, but make sure the temperature doesn’t get below 55 in the house, even when you are not home. This will help keep pipes from freezing and also save you the cost of re-warming the house when you get in.
It doesn’t hurt to leave the cupboard under a sink open in extremely cold tempatures – this lets warm air get in to keep water going. Though wasteful of water you can also leaving the faucet just dripping or trickling a little too.
Change the heating/air filters monthly – this can make a big difference in heating costs!
Make sure any attic access is closed and has a good seal.
Things for Outdoors:
Make sure all foundation vents are closed long before the snow flies!
Keep gutters cleaned – if they are clogged with leaves water can freeze and overflow or the extra weight can cause them to weaken.
Take a look at the seals around your windows and doors. Keep warm air in and cold air out can save you a bundle!
And of course: wrap or insulated outside pipes and hose bibs.
Do you have your Fall/Winter checklist all ready to go?
Got more items on that list than you can handle? We can help! Take a look at our Idaho Home Service Providers to find the home professional that’s right for you! From Window Cleaning to Carpet Installation, Heating and Cooling and more – we’ve got the experts you need to get the job done!
Beds, Bugs & Beyond
No, it’s not a creepy new kind of home accessory outlet! It’s a subject we’ve been itchin’ to talk about! BUGS. More specifically: Bed Bugs! Bed bug activity is on the rise in the Treasure Valley.
Before we discuss when it’s time to call a pest professional let’s talk about what bed bugs don’t do:
1 They do not jump or fly (thankfully!)
2 They do not feed every day.
3 They do not transfer disease.
So, when is it time to call for help?
You will very likely notice once the infestation comes to a boil, but consider these things as well. If you’ve recently traveled and have itchy welts you can’t explain from a normal bug bite, like from mosquitoes or biting flies.
Bad as it sounds, if friends or family visit and they have had a history of bed bugs as these critters do like to travel!
And…of course…if you got a “smokin’ hot deal” on some gently used furniture from Craigslist!
There is no need to panic however! If you suspect bed bugs may be an issue give Capitol Pest a call – they can help! They use environmentally conscious products and know bugs better than anyone in Idaho! Don’t scratch and suffer – call Capitol Pest if something BUGS you!
Summer Home Maintenance Tips
The summer heat has hit with real force here in the Treasure Valley and with the warmest months still coming it’s good to really give your house a thorough once over now that the Spring cleaning is over.
Taking care of a few of these items before they become major problems is always the best recommended course of action, but should anything around the house get to be too much we’re only a call or email away!
Summer Home Maintenance Tips
Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system – this means from the dryer itself all the way out to the exterior vent cap. Dryer lint can be highly flammable and poses a real fire risk in our dry environment. Also, clogged dryer vents can be the cause of carbon monoxide back building into your home, which can be deadly.
Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Sealing helps keep your home more temperature resistant and can lower your cooling bill. It also helps keep other critters and bugs out of your house.
Take care of cracks in concrete patios and driveways. For cracks less than a quarter inch wide you can easily apply “concrete caulk”, just be sure to clean the crack out with a high pressure hose (let it dry) and then apply the caulk per manufacturers instructions. Larger cracks or damage may require a professional.
Clean and seal your deck or fence. For best results you need three good dry warm days (easy here in Southwest Idaho!). Day one: Start early once there is full sun by dry cleaning and sweeping the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck thoroughly. Let it dry the remainder of the day. Day two: make sure no new dirt or dust has accumulated on the deck. Apply the deck sealer as per it’s instructions. Day three: let it dry. Guard your deck with a fierce vigilance the first few hours after applying sealer!
Following these tips will help you keep some of the favorite parts of your home safe, looking great and providing enjoyment for years to come! Got questions about keeping your home in tip top shape? Contact any of our home professionals here on our website or find us on Facebook and post your questions there!
New Homeowner Tips: Maintenace
Being a new homeowner is an exciting time in your life
; getting your new home in order is without a doubt one of your biggest focuses after the paperwork and moving is done. Getting the furniture in place and decorating, hanging photos, all these things will no doubt create a whirlwind of energy around you as you settle in.
But it shouldn’t stop there – although it may be less thrilling, it is also up to you to have a plan in mind for your new homes routine maintenance in the coming months.Besides the usual cleaning and taking care of things like carpets and dusting there are a number of things you can do to help maintain your home for years of comfort to come.
Here are some good maintenance tips to keep in mind:
• In late summer or early fall give all your systems( air condiditioning, heating, plumbing) a good inspection.
• Be sure to change air filters at least every three months.(maybe more if you are in the more dusty parts of Idaho!)
• Clean the filters and dust screens on any freezers or refridgerators frequently.
• If you have a gas furnace, keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
• If there is a noise, there could be a problem. Worn washers or loose parts in your faucets can be the source of noisy pipes. It’s good to make sure all washers and parts are tight and in good working order to help reduce vibration that can lead to leaks later on.
• Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust.
• Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure to cut back on pest problems.
• Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. An annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels.
• Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it. Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.
These are just a few suggestions. Our experienced home service professionals are more than glad to answer any questions you might have about specific parts of your home. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line here or join us on Facebook to get answers to your home maintenance questions and see what the Boise Builders Group can do for you!
Bugs in Boise? We Can Help!
Capitol Pest Management is a native Boise company with 12+ years of experience in keeping your home and family safe from common pests.
Our staff is considerably knowledgeable and experienced in treating all types of pests typical to the Boise area; and are dedicated to doing so while offering a level of customer service 2nd to none.
Our Methods: Recognizing that the purpose of pest control is to protect your home and family Capitol considers safety and comfort a priority when treating your property. Because every property is unique we thoroughly inspect the area of your home to determine what pests are present and what measures are required to safely and successfully treat the problem.
Effective pest control often requires the use of pesticide products which should always be taken seriously and only applied by professionals who have a working knowledge of these products.
At Capitol Pest Management our technicians are educated with extensive knowledge of the pest control products we use. They are trained to recognize when to use these products, when not to use them and how to properly and safely apply them when required.
As a company we are also diligent in choosing the most environmentally and family friendly products available. We understand that that the methods and products used to protect your home and family must not present unnecessary safety or comfort issues. The products Capitol chooses to utilize are EPA approved and will not pollute the area of application. Rest assured that the only lasting change to the environment of your home will be the lack of those pesky pests.
Don’t suffer with bugs! From immediate solutions to long-term pest management we can help you with all your pest control needs in Boise!
Call Capitol Pest Management – (208)368.9855