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Pest Control Tips: How to Protect Your Home Against Cockroaches

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Follow these preventative pest control tips to keep roaches out.

It’s not a pleasant thought, but if you see even one cockroach in your home, there are bound to be more. Aside from being generally repulsive, cockroaches are known to spread dangerous bacteria and allergens everywhere they go. Offering the most comprehensive pest control services in North Texas, Ideal Partners can safeguard your dwelling against these unwelcome guests. Here are some simple but effective methods for preventing roach infestation.

Properly Seal All Cracks and Holes

Pest control begins with making sure your home is sufficiently sealed to prevent infiltration by roaches and other intruders. Roaches can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation. Cockroaches are especially adept at slipping through cracks at the point where utility pipes enter the dwelling. A silicone-based caulk is generally recommended for sealing these gaps.

Keep the Kitchen Clean

A clean kitchen is essential to keeping cockroaches out of your home. Be sure to keep countertops disinfected and floors swept, and don’t let dirty dishes accumulate in the sink. Leftover food should be stored in airtight containers. The same goes for pet food. Rather than leaving it in the paper bag, transfer your dog or cat food into a resealable storage container.

Get Rid of the Trash

Remember to take garbage out on a daily basis, and don’t let it sit too close to the foundation of your house. Putting these habits into practice is the key to residential pest control.

Additional Tips

Effective pest control calls for constant vigilance. Simply wiping down your kitchen counters is not enough. Make sure cabinets and cupboards are wiped clean. Daily vacuuming is also recommended, particularly in rooms where people typically eat. Cockroaches can subsist on even the smallest food particles, so performing these household cleaning chores takes on a great deal of importance.

Cockroaches are constantly looking for potential water sources, so eliminating moisture buildup around your residence is imperative for pest control. Be certain to fix any leaky pipes around the house, and consider running a dehumidifier in moisture-prone areas like basements.

The most important element of pest control is prevention. Taking these precautions around your home dramatically reduces the threat of roach infestation.

Ideal Partners Pest Control Services

If you do happen to see a cockroach in your kitchen or bathroom, chances are hundreds more are lurking in the shadows. Consider calling the pest control experts at Ideal Partners. Our licensed technicians will perform a thorough evaluation of your home’s interior and exterior, determine which pests are present, and devise a comprehensive treatment program to eradicate pests and prevent future infestations.

For the highest level of customer service and the most effective pest control programs in North Texas, contact Ideal Partners today.

Pest Control Tips: How to Protect Your Home Against Ants

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Keep ants out of your home this Spring with these practical pest control tips.

Just as you arm your home with an alarm system to protect against human intruders, precautions must also be taken to keep invaders of the insect variety outside where they belong. When it comes to unwanted house guests, ants are near the top of the list. More than a simple nuisance, ants can contaminate food, spread disease and cause structural damage to your residence. Ideal Partners, the authority on pest control in North Texas, has some practical, daily tips for defending your home against the threat of ants.

Properly Seal Entry Points

According to most pest control experts, there are roughly 50 different ant species that are known to infest homes – particularly when the weather warms up. It might seem obvious, but the first step toward keeping ants out of your house is ensuring all potential entry points are properly sealed. Drafty windows and doors not only make it harder to heat and cool your home efficiently, but also allow ants and other unwelcome insects inside. A crew from Ideal Pest Control can evaluate your doors and windows to see if any of them are making your home vulnerable to infestation.

Clean Up Leftovers – Quickly

Ants and other pests are often attracted to the kitchen, more so than other rooms in the house. You and your family may have already finished dinner, but if you don’t clean up the remnants pretty quickly, the ants might think it’s their turn. Putting away leftovers and cleaning up spills are daily pest control measures you can take to prevent food contamination and keep ants from infiltrating your kitchen.

Take Out the Trash

Believe it or not, simply taking the trash out is a crucial aspect of pest control. Eliminate the accumulation of garbage by taking it out regularly. What may be trash to you is an all-you-can-eat buffet to an army of ants. Remember to take the trash out daily, and try not to place large garbage receptacles in close proximity to your house.

Get Rid of Moisture

Like most living things, ants are attracted to water sources. Preventing moisture from accumulating beneath sinks, on countertops, floors and other surfaces is another simple pest control strategy you can employ to discourage ants from congregating inside your residence. It’s also important to regularly inspect gutters and downspouts to make sure water is being funneled away from your home on the outside.

Pest Control with Ideal Partners

If you fear an ant infestation has already taken root in your residence, one quick call to Ideal Partners is all it takes to get a team of licensed technicians on the scene. Our pest control programs and eco-friendly products will not only remedy your current ant problem, but also prevent future infestations. For the premier pest control solution in North Texas, contact Ideal Partners today.

5 Common Questions About Irrigation Installation

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Considering irrigation installation for your home? Review these commonly asked questions and answers.

Nothing looks better than a manicured, lush lawn. The endless maintenance and constant watering, however, can become an arduous task. A high-quality sprinkler system can lighten your lawn care burden, but how much do you really know about proper irrigation installation? The proven leader in residential and commercial irrigation throughout North Texas, Ideal Partners has the answers to the questions you might have.

Q: Why should I make the switch to a sprinkler system?

A: Given the extended drought conditions we’re currently experiencing in North Texas, Ideal Landscapes technicians are dedicated to conserving water. In fact, our irrigation installation specialists can reduce your water bill by up to 40 percent. Not to mention, you’ll never have to hose down your yard by hand again.

Q: Are there any special measures I need to take to prepare my lawn for irrigation installation?

A: No. Any professional irrigation company will handle every aspect of sprinkler installation, and Ideal Landscapes is no exception. From helping you choose the right kind of irrigation system for your lawn, to helping you program your system, Ideal Landscapes has you covered throughout the entire irrigation installation process.

Q: How long can I expect my irrigation installation to take?

A: This can depend on the size and topography of your lawn, but most companies say one to three days. Of course, your Ideal Landscapes crew will only need one day to customize and install your sprinkler system.

Q: How much damage will the irrigation installation cause to my lawn?

A: This depends largely on soil composition. A yard with mostly clean soil should be more or less unaffected by the process. The presence of roots, rocks and underground debris, however, can result in more damage. Worst case scenario, though, your lawn should fully recover within a month after the irrigation installation is complete.

Q: How much maintenance is required to keep my sprinkler system running optimally?

A: Virtually none. Our irrigation installation experts will calibrate your system to function at peak performance during all four seasons. In the Fall, your system should be shut down and excess water should be blown from the pipes to prevent winter freezing.

Ideal Partners is on the cutting edge of sprinkler technology to keep your lawn looking its best. We will evaluate the trees, plants, grass and overall terrain of your lawn to customize the perfect irrigation design for your specific needs. We will also show you how to make the necessary adjustments to keep it running efficiently throughout the year. Take your lawn care to a whole new level by calling Ideal Landscapes, the irrigation installation experts of North Texas.

Home Monitoring: The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Not sure what you need for your home monitoring system? Start with a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon Monoxide can be hazardous to your health. That’s why it’s vitally important to be able to detect any carbon monoxide in the air of your home. In order to do this, you need a carbon monoxide detector. Below, we’ll discuss more in depth what carbon monoxide is, how it’s harmful, and just how important a carbon monoxide detector is to your home monitoring.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas caused by fuels not burning completely – wood, coal, gas, etc. It’s particularly troublesome to detect because of its colorless, odorless, tasteless form – making the implementation of a carbon monoxide detector all the more important for your home monitoring.

How Is It Harmful?

Simply put, carbon monoxide deprives your body of oxygen. It does this by infiltrating red blood cells when passing through the lungs, directly affecting the amount of space oxygen has. This interferes with the amount of oxygen your red blood cells receive, ultimately restricting the amount of oxygen the body receives, which can lead to damage to the brain and lungs.

Unfortunately, it’s tough to detect whether or not a person has encountered carbon monoxide poisoning, as the early stages and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble that of a common cold or flu. The only real way to prevent carbon monoxide consumption is by installing a carbon monoxide detector.

How Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work?

Not surprisingly, if the detector senses carbon monoxide in the air, an alarm is triggered. There are different alarms for different types of sensors, and each one is unique in and of itself. Contact Ideal Partners to see what each one can provide for your home monitoring system.

What Do You Do If the Carbon Monoxide Detector Goes Off?

If you have a carbon monoxide detector and it does go off, you’ll want to get everybody in the house outside as quickly as possible. On your way out, if you can, it’s ideal to open any windows that you pass. Once outside, check everyone who was inside the house for any cold or flu-like symptoms. If you suspect that anyone is experiencing said symptoms, call 911 immediately.

We highly suggest getting approval from authorities before re-entering your home. After you receive permission to go back inside, contact a professional to examine the house and to evaluate what you need to do going forward.

Where Should I Put a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), you should place carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home. Not only that, but you’ll want to place a detector just outside the door of any room where people sleep.

Home Monitoring With Ideal Partners

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas. In order to better protect you and your family, install several well placed carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home and contact Ideal Partners for more information about home monitoring.

Pest Control: Termite Damage and the Cost of Repairs

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Termites can cause extensive property damage. Find out how our pest control services can help.

If you’re a homeowner, hearing you have termite infestation is perhaps the last thing you want to hear. Unfortunately, it’s something that many homeowners will encounter at one point or another. Here at Ideal Partners we come into contact with a wide variety of damages caused by termites. Here, we will discuss the different types of damage termites can cause, what that looks like, what type of cost you can expect if you encounter such damages, and the different types of pest control afforded to you.

Ceiling Damage

When you think of termites, you don’t necessarily think of them getting into your ceiling. However, this is one of the areas that termites can affect the most. Damage to this area of your house will typically resemble light water damage, and affected ceilings can sag, and even buckle, if the infestation has progressed beyond the initial point of infestation. Unfortunately, ceiling damage is tough to detect, and often when you do finally discover damage, it’s already too late.

In order to prevent damage and to avoid costly repairs, it is wise to hire a professional pest control company to perform annual inspections. Detecting termites during the early stages of the infestation can eliminate hassle, as well as avoid costly repairs or future termite extermination services.

Foundation Damage

Because subterranean termites are the most common termites found in America, foundation damage is the most common type of termite damage experienced by homeowners in America. Subterranean termites do their damage underground, typically in the late spring and early summer, taking advantage of any exposed wood to the home’s foundation. In order to avoid costly damage here, you can implement a termite control barrier. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, contact your local pest control experts to discuss this, or other types of treatments available to you.

Wall Damage

Because walls are accessible from the ground and the surface area is vast, wall damage is another common type of termite damage. While this type of damage tends to go unnoticed longer than any of the aforementioned areas (a lot of the damage happens below eye level) there are a couple telltale signs you’ll want to look for, such as holes or cavities in the wall. Although less noticeable, wall damage is actually one of the more treatable areas of termite infestation. With pretreated pest control, and regular inspections, you should be able to avoid this type of damage.

Cost of Damage

According to ransfordpc.com, the average cost for homeowners to repair termite structural damage (any of the areas discussed above) is roughly $3,000. That estimate can vary greatly depending on the severity of the damage.

Rounding up Pest Control

Termite infestation is a real hassle for any homeowner. But by being able to recognize the signs of infestation, as well as the problem areas most commonly affected, you should be better able to avoid costly repairs.

Continue to browse our website for more information on pest control or contact us today to see what other services we can offer – like mosquito control or home monitoring.

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