Keeping Mice Out Of Your Home

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Mice Out Of Your Home

If you have noticed mouse droppings within your home, you will want to do a bit of detective work along with a few deterring methods to vacate any mice on the premises. Before calling in the assistance of a pest control service, try some of the following steps in removing mice from your home on your own. Start On The Outside Take a walk around the perimeter of your home while checking for areas where you notice cracks, crevices or small holes where mice can squeeze through. Mice can get into a space as small as a quarter, so keep this in mind as you search. If you notice spots where mice can get through, fill them in with caulk. For larger spaces, place a piece of flashing over the area or replace it completely with a new piece of siding. Move To The Kitchen To keep mice out of your home, make sure to thoroughly clean your kitchen after preparing food. Crumbs left behind will make a mouse meal. To remove scent remnants that may be left on counter tops, use a mixture of vinegar and water to cleanse the areas. Place all leftovers in your refrigerator in containers with air-tight lids.  Take Away Attractions Make sure to take up all pet food dishes when your pets are not eating from them, as they will attract mice. If you have an outdoor feeding area, remove dishes during times your pet is not out there with them. Cover kiddie pools, fountains, birdbaths and ponds to keep mice from having an accessible drinking source.  Use Some Deterrents Mice do not like the smell of peppermint and will vacate an area where it is present. Dip cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them around your home. You will enjoy the fresh scent and mice will become sparse! Consider getting a cat to keep outdoors, helping to scare mice from the area.  Trap And Remove Mice If you cannot rid your home of mice by using deterrents and changing some habits, you will need to trap them or have them exterminated by a professional pest control service. If you wish to try humane traps, purchase them at a home goods store and place them on the floor in corners along walls where mice tend to be present. These traps have a hinged door that let mice in but do not let them back out, so it is important to check the traps several times a day to ensure the mice are released unharmed. If you opt for killing traps, you have a choice of snapping, bait or glue...

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3 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Bed Bug Bites

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs are a major problem for Canadians, and the problem shows no signs of getting better any time soon. Though bed bugs are a common problem, there are a lot of myths and misinformation being spread about them, and not everything you’ve heard about bed bug bites is true. Here are three myths about bed bug bites that you shouldn’t believe.  Bed bugs only bite in the middle of the night Bed bugs are nocturnal; this means that they’re most active during the night. Many people get bitten while they’re sleeping at night, but this doesn’t mean that they’ll never feed during the daylight hours. Bed bugs are opportunistic feeders, and if they’re hungry, they’ll search for food (your blood), no matter what time of day it is. For example, if you work the night shift and sleep during the day, your bed bugs will have no choice but to feed on you during the day.  Everyone reacts to bed bug bites It’s a common misconception that everyone reacts to bed bug bites. While the red, itchy bites in a “breakfast, lunch, dinner” formation are well known, that doesn’t happen to everyone. You can’t assume that you don’t have a bed bug infestation just because you don’t have any bites.  A study by the University of Kentucky conducted a survey of 474 people with confirmed bed bug infestations to see how many of them didn’t react to bed bug bites. The study found that only 70% of the people said that they’d had a reaction to bed bug bites, while the other 30% suffered from no symptoms. People over 65 years old are more likely to not have a reaction to the bites, according to the study.  Bed bug bites can give you diseases Other types of household pests, like cockroaches, can spread diseases to people, so it seems like common sense that bed bugs would also spread diseases. Fortunately, this myth isn’t true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bed bugs don’t spread any diseases and aren’t a hazard to your health. The only medical hazard associated with bed bug bites is a skin infection caused by excessive itching, so if you have bites, make sure to wash your hands before you scratch them.  Bed bugs are a common problem, and unfortunately, so is misinformation about their bites. Bed bugs don’t just bite at night, their bites don’t cause reactions in everyone, and they don’t spread any...

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The Best Ways to Banish Bedbugs

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Best Ways to Banish Bedbugs

There are a few options for getting rid of bedbugs in your home. You can physically remove them by throwing out clutter where they hide or sucking them into a vacuum cleaner. You can also kill them with heat, freezing temperatures, and pesticides. Here’s how you go about it. Killing Bedbugs with Heat Cycle all your clothes, stuffed animals, and linens through the laundry using hot water and a hot dryer. Buy a steam cleaner and use it to blow hot steam into all the nooks and cracks in your bedroom. Concentrate on your mattress, box springs, and bed since the bugs like to hide in those places. If you call in a pest control company, they may also use a heat treatment in the form of a commercial steam machine. In severe cases, you may have to put your belongings in a bedbug heat chamber. It’s like stacking your household goods into a storage unit, except this one is heated to a temperature that will kill off all the bugs. The pest control company might even suggest treating your entire house at once with thermal remediation. This process is similar to turning your home into one big oven that bakes all the bugs and kills them off. Freezing Bed Bugs Freezing temperatures also kill the bugs, so you may be able to put small, infected household items in your freezer. The temperature has to be at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for four days to kill off the bugs and their eggs. The easier way to freeze them is to hire a pest control company that uses frozen carbon dioxide, or dry ice, to battle bedbugs. The carbon dioxide is sprayed throughout your home, killing bugs immediately by freezing them. The spray releases particles that look like snow, but they evaporate quickly so there is no damage to your belongings. Plus, there is no toxic residue left behind. Using Pesticides The big problem with bedbugs is that they are resistant to many pesticides. The chemicals you buy at a store won’t be very effective on them, and you’ll end up spraying the chemicals around your home for no reason. Pest control professionals have access to stronger chemical formulations the general public can’t buy. That’s because the pesticides are dangerous to work with if you aren’t trained properly. Your exterminator may use pesticides in areas of your home where it is safe to do so, and use other methods, such as steam, in your sleeping area. Whether you try to get rid of the bugs yourself or call a professional for bedbug treatment, you have to be very thorough in your efforts. All it takes is two bugs, or a few live eggs, and it won’t be long until the bedbugs...

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Protecting The Elderly | Teaching Your Loved One About Bed Bugs In Nursing Homes

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For several years bed bugs have been a major concern for people who travel often and stay in hotels. However, the problem has grown in such a way that bed bugs can now be found in not only hotels and homes, but also in public medical facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals. Your elderly loved one likely comes from a generation when bed bugs were not as prevalent, and therefore, it will be your responsibility to make sure they know what to look for as indicators. Familiarize Your Loved One with What Bed Bugs Look Like The first measure you need to take in order to keep your loved one informed about bed bugs is to make sure they know what they look like. An adult bug has a round-shaped body and small head. Full-grown bed bugs are usually about a half a centimeter long. The bugs can range in color from light brown to rusty red right after feeding. However, the juvenile bed bug will look much different. In fact, a baby can be difficult to spot because it may only be about a millimeter in size, and is often white or opaque in color if it is not full of blood. Teach Your Loved One about Bed Bug Bites Elderly individuals in particular may not feel a bed bug bite when it happens. Not only are bed bugs master feeders with pain-killing saliva, the elderly individual may have less of a reaction after the fact. During one incident of infestation that took place in an apartment building in Kentucky, at least 76 percent of the elderly tenants had little reaction to the bed bug bites at all.  However, the bites may still be visible as small welts on the skin or red spots. Instruct Your Family Member on Where to Look for Bed Bugs If your family member is still mobile enough to get around their room, show them how to look for bed bugs. Diminished sight may require use of a magnifying glass or reading glasses, but show them how to check in cracks and crevices of the mattress. Be sure not to leave out that bed bugs can nest under wall d├ęcor, in the baseboards, and may even be hiding out in their clothing that is tucked away in the drawers or closet. Bed bugs undetected in a nursing home can easily lead to a massive infestation that affects not only the residents, but the staff, and the patient’s visitors as well. By educating your elderly loved one about bed bugs, you will be taking steps toward preventing a major pest control problem. For more information, contact a business such as Best Control Pest Control...

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Tips On Avoiding Bed Bugs While Traveling

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nothing makes people squirm like the idea of sharing one’s bed with a horde of tiny insect intruders. Unfortunately, every time you travel, you put yourself at risk of bringing a few unwanted companions along for the return trip. When you sleep in a hotel room, it’s possible that bedbugs will hitch a ride on your luggage, clothing, or even your body. Once you’re back at home, they can take up residence in your own bed and become a pesky nuisance.  However, you can avoid picking up bedbugs during your travels with the following tips: Perform an initial inspection When many people first enter their hotel room, the first thing they do is throw their luggage down on the bed and lie down for a rest themselves. This is a bad habit. The first thing you should do before putting anything on your hotel room bed is perform a bed bug inspection.  Check for bedbugs in the bed by pulling the linens back. You should check both the mattress and the headboard. Signs of bedbugs include black or reddish stains on blankets, linens, or mattresses. An adult bedbug itself is about as large as an apple seed, so bedbugs should be visible to the naked eye if they are present.  Bring a plastic cover for your suitcase Keep bedbugs out of your suitcases and luggage with plastic cases. You can find plastic protection encasements for luggage at luggage retailers. If you don’t have a specially made plastic encasement, you can use a garbage bag.  A plastic layer around your luggage will serve as a barrier to bedbugs and can even be used when you’re in transit to keep your luggage clean and contaminant-free.  Pay attention to hotel reviews If a hotel has a problem with bedbugs, word gets out quickly. Hotel reviews are a great source of information on any bedbug breakouts, and they also give you some other helpful tips on visiting the area where you’re vacationing or traveling for business.  Clean up when you return home It’s a good idea to give all your clothing and luggage a thorough cleaning once you get home from your vacation. Washing clothing in hot water will kill bedbugs. If you have delicate clothing, consider having it dry-cleaned.  You can also vacuum out your suitcases before you pack them away for storage to minimize the chances that any bedbug eggs linger. If you do end up bringing these unwanted pests home with you, you can go to website or speak with a professional pest control service for...

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3 Ways To Tell If You Have A Wasp Infestation

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer brings lots of pleasant things with it, barbecues, parties, vacations, but summer time can also bring not so pleasant things too. The warm weather unfortunately awakens all sorts of critters that can harass your home and make it feel unsafe. One such pest is the ever vicious wasp. Wasps are nasty little critters that can sting you or your family members and this can certainly ruin an otherwise pleasant evening. Luckily, there are experts that can help you with your plight. The big question is when to know when to call them in. So if you notice any of the following, you might have a problem. Wasp Nest In Your Home Wasp love to infiltrate homes if there is an adequate food source nearby. Often they do this by sneaking their way through small cracks in your home in order to take up residence. Wasp, not unlike moths, are very attracted to light sources and love to nest up next to them. While individual nests might not necessarily be a problem if you can find them, if wasps are buzzing around in your home but you can’t find the source, calling an exterminator might be your best bet. A trained professional can sniff out a wasp nest and find their most secret of hiding places. Constant Wasp Outside Your Home If you’ve noticed wasps on a daily basis buzzing around your home, there is a good chance that they have set up shop nearby. Wasps are swarm based creatures, so if one has located any source of food nearby your home there may very well be dozens or hundreds of others on their way. As well as emptying all your bins of any potential food source you might want to call an exterminator to come spray down your property. That way you can prevent new nests from taking root and hopefully drive any remaining wasp from your house.  If You Noticed Any Nest In The Ground Contrary to popular belief, wasps can also nest underground as well. Once they’ve decided to nest underground they can be particularly hard and dangerous to get rid of. To tell if there are nests underneath your yard, watch the wasps as they move to and fro, if you see them constantly landing and taking off in the same place it is quite possible that you’ve found the entrance to their living space. It’s not recommended to try to take on ground nest on your own, but an exterminator can quick work of any such nest. So if you’ve noticed any of these problems you should call an exterminator right away. It’ll make life more pleasant for your family and also remove the chances of any mishaps happening if you try to remove them...

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Useful Tips When Eradicating Mice From Your Home

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Finding a mouse in the house is never an ideal situation you want to find yourself in, especially after a long day at work. In order to deal with a mouse or mice, you can take these steps. Find and Remove Droppings Mice can carry so many diseases, especially when it comes to their droppings. To keep you and your family safe, you need to locate and remove droppings before doing anything else. Start by looking underneath tables, near entry doors and in rooms like the attic or basement. After finding the droppings, which should be the size of a little pellet, put on rubber gloves. You don’t want to vacuum them up, as this could cause the fecal matter to spread around in your home. Put the droppings in a bag, and then remove it from your property. Get some disinfectant spray, and spray down the areas where the droppings were. Inspect the Foundation A common entry point for mice is through a crack or hole in your home’s foundation. You need to seal up these entry points, so your pest problem won’t become worse. Start by inspecting the foundation. Wherever there are cracks or imperfections, you need to use a leak-stopping mortar. Apply this mortar around holes or cracks, and give it a full day to dry. This type of mortar dries to a gray color, and it’s completely resistant to temperature changes. No matter how hot or cold it gets outside, the stopping mortar won’t be able to break down. When looking for mortar, try getting one that’s already pre-mixed. That way, you won’t have to spend hours getting the mortar ready for use. Get Help from a Pest Control Service If you don’t have any time on your hands, or you don’t have the right tools, you can always get help from a pest control service. These services give you access to professionals, who can help you deal with all sorts of mice species. These include deer mice, field mice and house mice. Pest control professionals have many different removal techniques, such as live traps, poisons and electronic mice repellents. Electronic mice repellents are particularly advantageous, as they don’t harm the mice at all. High-frequency waves are given off, which drive mice away from nesting areas in your home. Mice may seem like friendly creatures, but unfortunately, they can become quite a problem if you don’t take action quickly. To deal with this pest, you can take these steps and call in professionals like Bugsgon Pest Control Kamloops Ltd to get rid of all traces of...

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