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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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Why You Should Contact Pest Control When You Have a Pest Issue

When you notice you have a pest issue in your home, your life can become pretty stressful. You have to decide if you want to try to self-treat your home or to hire professionals.

Many frugal individuals nowadays love the DIY aspects of home life. Due to its popularity, it is easy to find blogs or advice on how to self-treat your home from pests.

These techniques are not guaranteed, and they more than likely will do more harm than good.

Why Hire A Pest Control Service

Hiring a pest control is the best decision you will make if you have a pest issue, and here’s why:

  • Professional companies provide technicians that are specifically trained to treat pests. Their knowledge will ensure your home will be treated and remain pest-free.
  • You save more money by hiring a service than you do with DIY methods. Most DIY methods don’t work, and leave you buying more and more supplies that add up to a hefty cost. Although pest control companies do require a fee, their treatment is cheaper and more effective. Additionally, since they eliminate the problem quickly, you can avoid thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home.
  • You are safer hiring a company than doing it yourself. Some pests are incredibly dangerous, and if you use a wrong elimination method, you can suffer deadly consequences.Many pests carry diseases, and if you wait for your DIY treatments to work, you can be exposed to these diseases. Furthermore, most companies use green products, which is safer to use.Harsh chemicals that you can buy at a hardware store can be harmful to your family and pets. 
  • You can set up a personal plan with the pest control company. This means they can come to your house for routine visits and preventative treatments. They also work around your schedule so you don’t have to take time off.

Contact Pest Control Service, Inc.

Pest Control Service, Inc. does all that and more. For 45 years, they have worked hard to provide professional service and respect to their customers. They give back to the community through various community service projects, which has helped them to grow into a business that services multi-acre commercial accounts.

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10 Bed Bug Myths

Bed bugs, once considered a pest of the past, have staged a formidable comeback. This may be due to our increased world travel and the development of insecticide resistance among bed bugs. Bed bugs feed on mammalian and avian blood, and humans are their favorite host.

When bed bugs were abundant decades ago, they were considered a pest of the poor and unsanitary living conditions. The stigma or embarrassment of bed bugs remains —as well as many common myths about them. Here are the 10 most common myths about bed bugs.

1. Bed Bugs Only Live in Beds

Bed bugs will live in and on your mattress and bed frame, but they will also live in other places in your home, such as rugs, chairs, sofas and curtains. Since they feed on your blood while you are sleeping, they inevitably make their way to your bed for a meal.

2. Bed Bugs Only Bite at Night

Though bed bugs prefer to feed at night, if they are hungry and the opportunity presents itself, they will feed during the day. They will adapt to your work schedule, even if you work nights. And though they prefer human blood, your dog or cat is susceptible to bed bug bites.

3. Bed Bugs Can Fly

Bed bugs do not have wings and cannot fly. On the other hand, they can move rather quickly for their size, crawling about three feet in one minute.

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How Warmer Weather Affects Pests

Warm weather has more effects on pests than you might assume. Many homeowners believe that pests simply love summery weather just as we do, which is why they often appear in non-winter months. But there is a lot more to it than that. Here are three ways that warm weather impacts pest life.

Pests Are Cold-Blooded

Like reptiles, most pests are cold-blooded creatures. What this means is that they need external sources of heat to warm up their bodies. It is much harder for pests to find sources of heat during winter over any other season.

Pests love to sunbathe, and when they aren’t hiding during the nighttime, they are highly attracted by not only warm places but places that also reflect lots of sunlight. During hotter days, they can end up relaxing on driveways, sidewalks and porches.

Pests Are Awake Longer in Warm Weather

During the winter, pests tend to hibernate, only waking themselves up in order to find food that can regain their energy. They tend to do this during warmer winter days, where sunlight provides energy to help rejuvenate them.

What this means is that during the winter, you might come across pests that you otherwise would not see if the weather was colder. Boxelder and stink bugs will leave indoor areas for food whereas termites and cockroaches will stay inside.

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