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Guide for Handling a Rat Infestation

An infestation of rodents can be a significant problem for any home, building or office. However, there are steps which can be taken to minimize any harm rats or mice might cause. Here is a guide to handling your rodent problems as efficiently as possible.

Many might find it easier to turn a blind eye to the rodents living around them, considering they may not seem to be causing a tremendous amount of problems to your household. However, there are good reasons to be proactive about rats and mice.

Signs of Rodents

Rodents will gnaw on everything from chair legs to wall insulation, damaging your property and the structural integrity of your building. They will also chew on electrical wires, creating fire hazards if not eradicated. Furthermore, rodents rodents are also unsanitary. If not handled, they will spread diseases around the house and contaminate food, while leaving droppings all over the floor. This can lead to diseases like leptospirosis, plague, salmonellosis, rat bite fever and murine typhus.

Implementing heightened sanitation measures and repairing damaged property destroyed by rodents is essential. However, directly addressing your rodent problem is the only long-term solution. Some quick ways to kill rodents fast are by using rat poisons and traps. Rat poisons, while useful, can be unsafe, especially around small children and pets.

Traps are more convenient than poisons. Not only do they kill or incapacitate rodents, but they hold them in one place so you will not have to search for the bodies of rodents all over the house. Traps might be useful for handling a few rodents. However, if they are invading your home faster than traps can catch them, professionals may need to be called in.

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Fall Pests That Could Make Their Way Into Your Home

Fall doesn't slow down some pests in our area. In fact, it drives many species indoors to look for food and shelter for the coming winter. It takes preventative measures to keep pests outside where they belong. If you don't act quickly enough, you could end up with an infestation in your home. Pest Control Services has a few pests to look out for as fall enters Idaho this year.

3 Pests to Look Out for This Fall

Stinkbugs

Stinkbugs are notorious fall pests, showing up as summer comes to an end. They crawl on most every exterior surface looking for ways inside your home. These pests look for warm places in which to nest through the winter, and your home is the ideal place for them. They come in when you open windows and doors and will sneak through cracks and crevices around your home's exterior.

Rodents

Rodents are seen more often in the fall than in other seasons. They come indoors for shelter when cooler weather moves in and will build nests in attics, basements and other areas of your home. These pests contaminate food and surfaces, leaving behind feces, bacteria and viruses as they travel indoors. They also chew through walls and wires and create costly damage in a short time.

Ants

Ants also come indoors during the fall to search for food and water. Some ant species will stay indoors and create a colony in random places such as behind baseboards and inside kitchen cabinets. Odorous house ants and pavement ants are two common species that you might encounter during the fall. If you see one or two ants on the counter or the floor, it won't be long until you see more showing up inside your home.

Fall Pest Prevention for Your Home

Pests don't always disappear when the weather turns colder. Sometimes they show up inside your home and invade your living and sleeping areas, making your life miserable throughout the fall and the long winter. Contact Pest Control Services for a free estimate and to schedule an inspection with our trained pest management technicians. We'll inspect your home for pests, eliminate the infestation and provide recurring services to keep out nuisance insects and rodents from season to season.

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How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Winter

Keeping your lawn luscious and green requires maintenance all throughout the year, and winter is no exception. Your winter preparation is critical for your lawn's health in the following spring; don't neglect your lawn just because the temperature is dropping and the nights are getting longer. Spending the time to properly winterize your lawn will ensure that it comes out of the long winter in top shape.

Feed the Roots

As winter approaches, your lawn will begin to shift into its winter growth habit. Most grasses will prepare for the cooler season by shifting their food reserves from their leaves into their roots; the roots will remain active throughout the winter even as snow covers your lawn. Apply winter fertilizer in the fall before the first snow to give your roots plenty to feed on until spring returns.

Mow Regularly

Your lawn may not grow as quickly in the fall, but it's still important to keep it mowed. Each type of grass has an optimal length; mow your lawn as necessary to keep it trimmed to this length. A properly trimmed lawn is more resistant to fungal growth while covered in snow, and maintaining your lawn's length will also keep your yard in control for the early days of spring.

Keep Leaves Tidy

Allowing leaves to sit on your lawn will block sunlight and promote fungal growth on your yard. As leaves fall throughout the autumn, keep them raked up and dispose of them in your compost bin as needed. Keeping your leaves under control will prevent dead spots from forming over the winter.

Stop Regular Watering

As freezing temperatures approach, watering your lawn may do more harm than good. Leftover water can form ice overnight, potentially damaging sensitive plant tissue. Your lawn should be able to subsist on natural precipitation; if you must water your lawn, try to do it on warmer days that don't present a freezing risk.

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Signs Pests are a Problem in Your Commercial Building

Businesses face a variety of consequences if the building is infested by pests. Many types of pests will enter the commercial property in search of food, water and shelter from the elements. They can quickly build nests out of sight, so it is important to be able to recognize the early signs of an infestation. This information is valuable when you need to make a decision on how to deal with the problem. Businesses can face fines, fees and other penalties if the pest infestation is not eliminated.

Pest Infestations, Commercial Properties

Pest infestations are common in residential buildings, and most people understand that this happens when the pests are searching for food and water. However, the attraction to a stable source of nourishment is not limited to homes. Pests will also enter commercial buildings, warehouses, offices and other businesses. They will also seek shelter from harsh elements, and they tend to infest the property during times when the temperatures are extremely hot or cold.

You can detect these pests by looking for the early signs of an infestation, which include the following:

  1. Pest feces: Many pests leave a trail of urine or feces behind, and this substance can leave a foul odor in the air. Although it is distressing to see this particular sign, it does allow you to become aware of their presence and take action.
  2. Nesting materials: Many insects and rodents will build nests from different types of materials, which they can find lying around on the floor. They can also build their nests by using parts of the building itself, and this activity usually leaves some kind of a trail behind. Be aware of any unexplained debris that appears suddenly.
  3. Damage to the building: Pests like rodents and termites will actually use the wood that they can find inside of the building to construct a nest. Some of this damage will be invisible, but some of it might show. Be aware of any structural damage that could be caused by pests. Some rodents will chew into wires, for example.

Pest Control Services

Our service providers have the experience and skills necessary to detect and eliminate various types of pests from your commercial property. We can help you to prevent damage to your reputation by efficiently exterminating pests from the building. To make an informed decision, you require reliable information about the early signs of a pest infestation. For the best results, act as quickly as possible. Our service representatives can answer any questions you may have about the specific types of pests that tend to enter commercial buildings. For additional information, or to get a quote on our services, contact Pest Control Services today.

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Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home From Your Summer Vacation

If you are like other people who are looking forward to a fun and exciting summer, you are probably making plans so that you can get the most from the warm weather. You could be planning a vacation to one of your favorite destinations, which is a thrilling experience. You don't want to get so caught up in the excitement that you forget to protect yourself from bed bugs because these pests are nearly impossible to manage. Luckily, you can keep bed bugs at bay by following a proven plan and keeping some tips in mind.

Safeguard Your Belongings

Placing your clothes and bags in a hotel room that has bed bugs will give them a chance to come home with you. You can reduce your odds of facing the threat by putting your personal belongings on the sink or in the bathtub the second you arrive. Even though these parasites are resourceful and relentless, they can't climb smooth surfaces, so your items will be safe for now. If you later notice any red flags in your room, you can leave the area and go to another hotel without bringing bed bugs along for the ride.

Inspect Your Room

You are ready to inspect your room once your clothes and bags are out of harm's way. You will want to start by the bed and check the mattress and sheet for possible warning signs. When bed bugs finish consuming a blood meal, they will often leave small red stains behind. You can also check for fecal matter if you don't want bed bugs to catch you off guard. Looking under and around the furniture is another step that will help you uncover a bed bug infestation before it's too late to respond.

Seal and Sanitize Your Clothes

Despite your best effort to locate bed bugs before going to a hotel, you won't always detect them since they are good at hiding. If you are serious about keeping them at bay so that you won't need to worry about the problem, seal your clothes in trash bags before you go home. With the clothes still in the bags, you must take them to the bathroom and place them in the dryer on the hottest setting for at least an hour, which will kill bed bugs and their eggs.

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