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Why Dealing With Wildlife is Dangerous

There is no mistaking that people love animals. Domesticated animals make wonderful pets, but animals that live in the wild can pose a problem. Even though wildlife may look cute and cuddly as they scamper in your backyard, they can be quite dangerous to humans. Keep reading to learn about why dealing with wildlife can be dangerous.

Diseases

Often animals who live out in the wild carry diseases that can be harmful and even deadly to humans. Unfortunately, animals who are afflicted with these diseases generally have no outward signs of them. People can easily catch diseases like rabies, plague and Lyme disease if they are scratched or bitten by wild animals who carry them or if they come into contact with the droppings of these animals.

Potential for Physical Injury

Wild animals are unpredictable. They are skittish and it is nearly impossible to guess what their next move will be. Further, they are easily startled by loud and unusual noises or smells. If you are near a wild animal when they are frightened, they can easily jump toward you or even charge at you, putting you in an extremely vulnerable position. An animal in this state will likely have its claws bared and will not hesitate to scratch or bite anything or anyone it considers to be a danger. Wild animals can travel far distances in a short period of time, and if you are in its way, there is a good chance that you will get hurt.

Despite the seemingly adorable nature of wild animals, people need to know to leave them alone. Wild animals know how to survive and thrive in their own environment and will normally view people who encounter them as threats and then act accordingly. It is impossible for the average person who is not well-versed in the behaviors of wild animals to anticipate how an animal will act, and can easily inadvertently put him or herself in danger inadvertently. If you come across a wild animal that is acting strangely, call a professional to take care of the situation. That way you can sleep easily knowing that you did what was best for both you and the animal.

For more information regarding why dealing with wildlife in Idaho can be dangerous, contact Pest Control Services today. 

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Keeping Locusts Away From Your Crops

Locusts, or grasshoppers, can cause havoc on outdoor crops. Voracious eaters, locusts can also fly, which makes their range of destruction that much more.

Locusts and grasshoppers are especially active in the summer season. When you are getting ready to harvest your summer or fall crops, you will want them to be safe from locusts.

The first thing you can do when dealing with locusts is to call an experienced pest control company. Our team will have experience with ridding locusts from your crops.

Things To Do To Prevent Locusts

One of the best things that you can do to prevent locusts is to till the soil. Females lay their eggs on the ground. By regularly tilling it, you are killing the eggs so they will not be able to reproduce.

Around September, till the ground. This discourages them, and they will find somewhere else to nest. Tilling the soil also has bonuses: it turns the grass, and the other ground cover will compost.

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Preparing Your Yard For Pests

Many homeowners have yards that are at least as big as their houses. This is great for barbeques, however, it can become problematic when you’re trying to keep pests away from your property. If pests take over your lawn, it’s only a matter of time before they make their way into your house. Pest control starts where your property begins, which means that pest control is just as important in your yard as in your house. Here are some ways to keep your yard free of pests.

Mow Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn is important for a number of reasons, one of which is eliminating hiding places for pests. Pests love making their homes in tall, overgrown grass, as it allows them to keep out of sight of predators, plus the thick grass traps moisture that they use to hydrate themselves. Remember, when you mow your lawn, toss the grass in a garbage bag and seal it up tight so that the bugs won’t be able to escape from the trash can and get inside your house.

Take Care of Your Grass

Aside from keeping your grass short, it’s also important to keep it healthy. When grass is healthy, it creates natural pest deterrents on its own. However, dead or dying grass won’t produce these deterrents, allowing pests to crawl through it unhindered. Keep your grass healthy by spreading fertilizer around your yard, and watering it frequently (although not so much as to create puddles). Also, try to aerate your lawn from time to time so that oxygen can reach the roots of your grass.  

Use Lawn Treatments

Finally, lawn treatments are an important part of keeping your yard pest free. However, you should be careful to select lawn treatments that are safe to use on grass and will only kill harmful pests like billbugs and mosquitoes, while leaving helpful earthworms alive. When using lawn treatments, don’t use more than the recommended amount, put warning signs out on your lawn and keep it away from pets and children. When lawn treatments are used properly, they can do wonders for your yard.

Pest control requires the defense of every part of your property, from your attic to your garage to your lawn. If one part of your property is susceptible to pests, that’s all it takes for an infestation to spread. Luckily, pest proofing your yard can be done in just a few easy steps. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today.

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Five Facts About Rodent Hibernation

Did you know that some rodents hibernate during the winter? People who deal with rodent problems often wonder why these pests are so quick to come back during the warmer months, and that is most likely due to their hibernation schedules.

Here are a few facts about rodent hibernation.

1. There are several different kinds of rodents that hibernate

Chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, and certain kinds of mice hibernate. You might be wondering why you see some of these rodents running around your yard during the winter, and that's because they do emerge on warmer days to find food.

They cannot hibernate for six months without an energy source because they are such small animals. They come out of hibernation to eat a few meals and then go right back down to their burrow.

2. Rodents can hibernate in your yard

There are several places in your yard that may be perfect for rodent hibernation. Under your porch, behind your shed, in your garden...it all depends on the setup of your yard.

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Best Lice Solutions

The term “lice” typically makes us cringe a bit when hearing it. Most everyone understands that with lice comes a lot of itching. However, lice can become a serious long-term problem if not treated properly. One common misconception is that lice can only be found in the hair. There are three types of lice: head lice, body lice and pubic lice. All three can be spread to other people or objects through contact, so any sort of lice issue should be taken seriously. Let’s look at some of the best ways you can get rid of the lice in your life.

Prescription Solutions

Oftentimes, people choose to use a home remedy or quick over-the-counter medication to rid themselves or their children of lice. While some are effective (we will get to those in a bit), a 2014 survey from Sanofi Pasteur shows that people will likely be more satisfied with prescription medication by about 12 percent. While some minor side effects may occur, such as dandruff, you will more likely find a prescription medication for lice more effective than any other solution.

Pyrethrum

Normal shampoo is not recommended for trying to get rid of lice, wherever it is on your body. Instead, use a product that includes pyrethrum in its ingredients. The insecticides in pyrethrum are all-natural and will kill off the lice it comes into contact with. Products that include this are Rid, Pronto and A-200. Many of these products are available over-the-counter at any drug store.

Olive Oil

One of the best solutions on the home remedy side is olive oil. The thick liquid is supposed to fill itself into the breathing holes of the lice, suffocating them to death. However, it is important to note that you will need to wear a tight piece of disposable headwear. Lice can go long periods without breathing, so keeping them suffocated is key to eliminating them. Other thick mixtures are said to work as well, such as hair gel or petroleum jelly.

Wet-Combing

If medication and messy liquids are not going to work for you, the best way to go is wet-combing. The process is exactly as the name implies. You will need a fine-toothed comb and conditioner for this to work. Simply disperse the conditioner onto the areas where you have lice and pluck through the hair with your comb. Lice are small and can be a nuisance to remove, so take your time and maintain patience with this method.

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