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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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Do Bed Bugs Only Live in Beds?

The National Pest Management Association conducted a study that they declared bed bugs the No. 1 pest in America. These little critters have been a problem for centuries. Sayings like “Hit the hay” or “Hit the sack” come from the Middle Ages back when mattresses were filled with hay. People would hit their hay mattresses to get rid of any bugs nesting inside.

What are bed bugs?

Adult bed bugs are very small, about the size of an apple seed. They are brown and shaped like an oval with six legs. If they have not fed on human or animal blood recently, their bodies are long and flat. They are smelly, with a sweet and musty odor. Bed bug eggs are very small, reaching the size of a sewing pin head. One female bed bug can lay 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime. Under normal circumstances, bed bugs can live about two to four months.

Where do they live?

Now that you know what bed bugs and their eggs look like, here are common places they like to hide. Naturally, bed bugs are most often found in bedding. More specifically, they tend to choose mattress seams and sheets. If the infestation is extensive, bed bugs live between chairs, couches and curtains. They are also in outlets, under loose wallpaper and behind picture frames.

What are common signs of an infestation?

Bed bugs leave red or rust-colored spots on sheets and mattresses. Pin-sized dark spots, which is their excrement, can also be found on sheets and furniture. Small, white bed bug eggs are a sure sign of an infestation.

How are they exterminated?

As you may have already guessed from their size, bed bugs are very difficult to eradicate. If the infestation is not major, gather your infested belongings like sheets, clothes and blankets and put them through the dryer at the hottest temperature possible for about 60 minutes. The best course of action is to call a professional. These employees are trained to identify and exterminate bed bugs and other pests. Contact Pest Control Services Inc. today for more information on how your home can be pest free.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe From Pests This Fall and Winter

Keep an eye out for your pets this fall and winter by taking steps to avoid pests.  Help protect them from dangerous pests, and help your whole family be happy. These tips list some ways to avoid pests for your pets.

Outdoor Pests

After long walks or hikes, carefully inspect your pet for fleas. If a flea is found, then slowly remove it so as to not leave the mouth parts. Use forceps or tweezers, put it in tissue, and flush it down the toilet. Wash your hands after as well as  the affected area with soap and water. Be sure to talk to your vet about other ways to protect your pet from pests.

Maintain your home by cutting grass low so ticks don’t get in. Clear any debris or woodpiles. Be sure to ask our professionals about lawn tick treatment in order to keep your pets safe.

Protection from Pests

Store food and treats in airtight containers to deter pests as well as your human food in separate containers.. Making sure your pet’s food supply is clean and pest free is the first step you can take to protect them. Storing all food this way prevents an insect or rodent infestation from happening. Also, check unrefrigerated fruits and vegetables for spots to help prevent fruit flies from multiplying. Throw away or compost any that have signs of pests. Consider storing them in an enclosed space or refrigerator.

Applying a mixture of sugar and baking soda to the baseboards of the house helps to deter ants, termites, and roaches. Use citrus oil to deter insects. Spray it around doors, windows, and anywhere else bugs can get in.

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Why You Should Contact Pest Control for Your Mice Infestation

Mice are extremely harmful pests that you want to keep as far away from your house as possible. Mice can destroy property, chew on electrical wires, create unpleasant odors, and worst of all, spread diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus. If you have a mice infestation, you can try to deal with the problem on your own, but it’s usually better to have professionals handle them for you. Here are some ways to know whether or not you have a rodent problem, how to keep them at bay, and why you should contact pest control experts to address them.

Identify the Problem

Before you do anything, you should first confirm that you do in fact have mice in your house. The most obvious way to confirm that you have a mice infestation is to search your home for mice. A single mouse sighting once or twice a year doesn't necessary mean you have a problem, however, any more than that and you should be suspicious. Aside from seeing the mice themselves, there are other ways to know if you have an infestation, such as rodent droppings around your carpet, scratched up furniture, and squeaking sounds coming from your walls, as these are all telltale signs.

How to Eliminate Then?

Rodents are difficult to get rid of once they’re in your house, but there are steps you can take to try and handle them on your own. Poisons are dangerous, sticky traps are clumsy, and cats are ineffective, however, CO2 powered, self-resetting rodent traps can be useful if you place them in strategic locations. Also, you’re going to want to seal up any cracks and your house with caulk and close any openings to prevent more from coming in. Still though, success is not guaranteed.

Why You Should Call a Professional

If you have a mice infestation, your best bet is to call pest control professionals to take care of them. Pest control specialists are well-trained and are able to get to the root of your rodent problems. Instead of just killing a few of them, only to have them get replaced by more, pest control experts with eliminate all of them and make sure they don’t come back.

Mice can be cute little creatures, and even pets, but only when they’re in a cage, not your walls. If you have a mice problem, you need to have it dealt with as soon as possible. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today.

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