Tick Control in Your Yard

Trap Trouble: Choosing a DIY Rodent Control Method Isn’t Easy

If rodents have invaded your home, you’re likely not too happy. It’s difficult to control the critters, especially because they can bite and scratch, so getting close to them isn’t an option. While you go around sealing up holes and cracks that allowed the rodents to get in from outside, you need to decide on how to get rid of the ones that have already invaded your home. Calling a pest control company is best, but you might be thinking you’d rather save the money and go DIY. Traps and baits can help if you want to try to accomplish this yourself, but each has very distinct advantages and disadvantages that you need to know about before you choose. Death vs. Life You have to figure out first whether you want the rodents to live or die. Many traps are fatal, either immediately or slowly. The classic snap trap is an example of a relatively immediate fatal trap; once the trap has sprung, the rodent may be alive for a few minutes more, but it will eventually die. The advantages are that this is still quick, it tends to create only a small mess (but be aware that the rodent’s bladder may let loose, and you’ll have to clean that up too), and rodents still fall for these traps. Poison baits and glue traps are examples of fatal traps that take a long time. These aren’t recommended because first, they’re inhumane. A rodent caught in a glue trap will starve to death if it doesn’t die of fear; a rodent poisoned by bait will, well, be poisoned. Poisoned rodents... read more

Mice And The Holiday Season

The holidays are almost here, which means almost non-stop preparation. You probably spend hours cleaning the house and working on the yard before your family members arrive for the celebrations. Everything looks fabulous, but right before the big event, you spot evidence of a mouse infestation. How can you keep those mice from stirring and wrecking your celebrations? Area Control If you become aware of the mouse problem at the last minute, you need to concentrate on cleaning vermin out of the public areas. Nothing will wreck your meals like a furry mouse being spotted in the kitchen or dining room. You need to search for every nook and cranny in these rooms and seal them up. You also need to keep any type of food out of their reach, including your pet’s food. After your pet has eaten, immediately remove any leftovers. Then strategically place sticky traps in these rooms. This process may catch the visible creatures before company arrives. Of course, you still have a larger problem. If you start off with a mere six mice, you can have sixty or more in your home in a three-month period. So if you see one, you may have dozens more hiding in your walls, basement, and attic. As soon as possible, you will need to take care of them as well. You can do it yourself, but a pest control expert will be more likely to make your home mouse-free. Whole-House Maintenance Rather than fight with mice during the holiday season, you should inspect your house now to make certain the rodent population is under control. Search your home for... read more

3 Common Pest Problems That Plague Log Homes

If you own a log home, then you’re bound to run into a variety of pest problems. Part of the attraction of a log home is the beauty of the natural logs. However, that same beauty attracts many different types of pests. Below are three of the more common pests that you will run into, and some solutions on how to deal with them. Carpenter Bees Carpenter bees are a really big problem for log homes. They chew into the logs and burrow deep into them. They create tunnels and live in them. If they are left alone to do this destructive behavior, they will completely destroy the wood. The problem with dealing with carpenter bees is that you need to kill the bees that are hiding deep in the log. If you only plug up the hole, the bees in the interior tunnels will simply bore out a different hole. You need to have an exterminator come in and shoot a poison dust deep into the log using a special instrument. Then they can plug up the holes. The poison dust will kill all of the bees that are inside the log. Woodpeckers Woodpeckers are also a problem, especially if you have carpenter bees in your logs. The bees are food for the woodpeckers. The woodpeckers will attack the holes that the carpenter bees made and enlarge them and hunt for the bees inside. The woodpeckers will completely chip apart the log if they are left to their own devices. The first step in preventing woodpecker damage is to make sure you kill all of the carpenter bees... read more

3 Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Fleas

In the world of pests, there are few things as annoying as fleas. Fleas can invade every nook and cranny of your home, and cause you and your pets bites that will itch for days on end. Fleas can be notoriously difficult to get rid of, but there are a few ways that are quite effective at getting rid of a flea infestation. Read on and discover just a few of these ways. Boric Acid Boric acid is a powdery, white solution that is not harmful to adult humans. Spreading it on your floor and counter tops is a great way to get rid of any infestation, including fleas. It operates by essentially adhering itself to the flea’s exoskeleton and dehydrating it to death. It is, however, not recommended that you use boric acid in the home if you have children or pets, as boric acid can have adverse effects on them. Homemade Flea Trap A homemade flea trap is an easy way to draw fleas to a certain area of your house, then dump them all out. It’s also quite easy to construct! You will simply need a bowl or deep pan, warm water, tea candles or a small office lamp, and dishwashing liquid. Before you go to sleep at night, fill up the bowl or pan with lukewarm water. Add a capful or two of dishwashing liquid to the bowl and set it down in the offending room. Place the candles or the small office lamp near the bowl and make sure that the bowl is catching the light. During the nighttime hours, the fleas will be... read more

3 Things You Can Do To Make Your Pesticide More Effective

Unfortunately many homeowners deal with bug infestations. Regardless of where you live, at some point bugs will try to take up residence in your home. This is why it is important to know things to do to keep those bugs out of your house. Here are some tips that every homeowner should do. 1. Get An Exterminator To Come Year Round One of the biggest mistakes that people make is waiting until they notice the bugs to get them sprayed. In fact, if you wait until the summer when the bugs are a major problem it will be a lot harder to get rid of them. Instead, you should be getting the house sprayed year round. The reason for this is that when you get the house sprayed in the off-season it prevents the bugs from nesting in your home. Sadly, just because you can’t see the bugs doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. When it is cold outside the bugs will come into your home, probably in the places that you can’t see, and make their nests. Then when the weather warms up those nests will start to hatch and you will have a major problem. For this reason, spraying in the winter and the off-season is just as important, if not more important, to eradicating bugs. 2. Don’t Forget To Treat Outside Most likely you are worried about the bugs being inside your home. Which is why you probably are more vigilant about getting treatments done rather than the outside. However, this is a major mistake. The bugs are going to come from the outside into your... read more

How To Keep Rodents Out Of Your Wood Shop

Rodents aren’t just an issue in your house, they can also be a major problem in a detached shop. If you enjoy carpentry and have a shop on your property, you may find rodents, namely mice or rats, taking up residence inside. This isn’t just a nuisance – rodents can ruin tools by chewing through wires or destroy materials by soiling on the items. The following tips can help you create a pest-free zone inside your shop. Tip #1: Plug all holes Walk around the exterior of your shop and look for any holes or cracks that a rodent could squeeze through. As a general rule, if a mouse can fit its head into a space, their body can follow. Stuff any holes you find with steel wool and then spray some expanding foam insulation into the hole to make a mouse-proof patch. Alternatively, patch it with a board or a new piece of siding. Another thing to check is the weather stripping around any windows and around the door. Make sure it is in good condition and doesn’t have any gaps that a mouse could fit through. Tip #2: Clean up the shop Wood shavings can be an attractive bedding material for rodents. Take a few minutes to sweep or shop vac the shop after you finish working in it every day. The few shavings and piles of sawdust, the less potential bedding to worry about. Also, make sure to clean up the piles of dirty shop rags, since rodents may also bed in these or even eat the fibers. Keep dirty rags in a sealed metal container.... read more

Commercial Pest Control And The Day Care Setting

Operating a day care center means every little thing that comes into the building must be safe for the children. When it comes to pest control, this can present a problem. You do not want to have harsh chemicals sprayed where children will be playing, and yet you do not want the pests either. With this in mind, most commercial pest control companies work together with the day care center to keep everyone safe. Here is a typical pest control program for a day care center and what you should look for. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) The first thing a pest control company does is to create an IPM with the head of the daycare center. This outlines when pest control is needed. It is important to note that seeing a single pest does not always mean you need to call in the exterminators. In addition, not all bugs or insects are harmful. Some may even be beneficial to the earth they live in, or will eat the more harmful insects crawling around. Th IPM will also give instructions on how to prevent an infestation. This will include how to properly dispose of leftover food, getting rid of diapers, and lawn or yard care to inhibit pests moving in. The service technician will also help to ensure the building is as secure as possible from pests entering. This can include filling any small cracks or holes, especially around pipes. Pesticides When looking for a pest control company for your day care center, you should try to find one that has the option of using chemical-free products. These products can... read more

2 Steps You Can Take To Reduce The Number Of Ticks Living In Your Yard

If your dogs keep carrying ticks into your home with them, you may want to start focusing on ways to reduce the tick population in your yard instead of trying to tick-proof your dogs. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this. Make your yard less appealing to ticks Ticks live in places that are comfortable to them. If you can make your yard less comfortable, they are likely to move on to a place where they can find a better environment. To make your yard less appealing, you may need to: Cut your grass shorter – Ticks prefer living in areas with tall, long grass. Get rid of foliage waste and trash – Ticks also like to make their homes in areas with piles of grass shavings, leaves, and other types of foliage. Keep wild animals out of your yard – Ticks tend to dwell in areas where you find raccoons, deer, and other wild animals. If you can keep these animals out of your yard, you may see a decrease in the number of ticks in your yard. Taking these steps and looking for other ways to make your yard less appealing could make a huge difference in the number of ticks your dogs carry into your home. Apply tick-repellant products in your yard The second main thing you should do is find out what types of ingredients or products are good at keeping ticks away.  One thing you could do for this purpose is purchase pyrethrum, also known as Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium. This is an organic powder you can sprinkle around your yard. You can also... read more

Does Someone In The House Have Bed Bug Bites? Get Help Before The Problem Escalates

If someone in your family is showing the marks of bed bugs and you suspect that you have an infestation in your home, there are many areas that you have to treat. Getting bed bugs out of the house isn’t a DIY project; it’s something that needs professional help. It can be hard to tell how the bed bugs got in the house and where they came from. This is why the exterminators need to treat the following areas and why you need to worry about your car and luggage as well. All Furniture in the House Need Exterminating The bed bugs like to crawl and hide in furniture, and if blankets and pillows were moved around the house to watch a movie or take a nap, then the bed bugs could have easily traveled to all rooms throughout the house. You’ll want to have all of the mattresses, couches and other furniture cleaned by the professionals to ensure you don’t miss any bedbugs. Treat Your Vehicles If you take backpacks in and out of the home, or if you transport blankets or pillows, then the bed bugs may be in the carpeting of your car and in the trunk. Have the vehicle professionally detailed and tell the detailing experts that you want the car to be steamed. This way the problem doesn’t come back in the house from the vehicles.  Dry Clean Luggage If you have backpacks, purses or luggage that have been in the cars, on planes or trains, or in rental cars, these items need to be dry cleaned. Bed bugs are often spread by travelers when... read more

3 Tips For Dealing With A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are tiny oval shaped insects that live on blood and typically infest things such as mattresses, box springs, and headboards. These pests typically survive by biting people while they are sleeping and feeding on their blood. Unfortunately, bug begs can easily enter a home in luggage, clothing, or used mattresses or upholstered furniture. When an infestation becomes severe, it can be very difficult to eradicate these little bugs, so it is best to start treatment at the first sign of bed bugs in your home. If you have bed bugs in your home, take the following steps: Begin Washing Household Items While bed bugs typically live in or around a bed, they can quickly spread through the house and find new hiding spaces. Once you discover bed bugs, it is essential to be diligent about washing all bedding, curtains, linens, and clothing on the longest setting your washer has in water that is hot as possible. Some people like to repeat this process several times to ensure that the items come out of the wash bed bug free. Everything should then be dried on the longest cycle a dryer has at the highest heat setting.  Consider Replacing your Mattress and Box Spring If you have a serious bed bug infestation, one of the easiest ways to start to get the problem under control is by having your mattress and box spring removed and purchasing a new set. IF this is not an option, you may also opt to buy specially made covers that fit tight around the mattress and box spring and zip closed; these covers prevent... read more

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Do you live in an area where ticks have become a serious problem? Do you have children and pets to worry about as they play outside? If so, it is time for you to learn about tick extermination and control. How you maintain your property and how you prepare to go outside can have a big impact on how likely you, your family and your pets are to be exposed to the diseases carried by ticks. My site can help you maintain your yard and take care of your pets and children so that they are safe to play outside on the warm summer days.