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Mice and rats may be popular pets, and some people even find them cute, cuddly and lovable, but when they are unwelcome guests in your home, there is absolutely nothing appealing about these animals. In fact, when these critters invade your home, they can wreak havoc that can cost hundreds, and even thousands of dollars, and they can be dangerous especially around children and pets (by carrying disease or biting). If you have a rodent infestation—whether it’s mice or rats—it’s important that you handle the problem as soon as you first notice the signs, and it’s crucial that you seek help from trained professionals to get rid of rodents. You can certainly try to get rid of a rodent infestation in your home, yourself, and but to rid your home of these pests forever, it’s best to call in the experts.
Many unsuspecting homeowners have no idea how rodents get into their home, so let’s find out here by looking at some of the most common ways these unwanted creatures make their way from their habitat to yours. If you have cracks or holes in the walls, floors or foundation of your home, mice will easily enter it, and they are able to come through holes that are much smaller than their own bodies. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t notice the tiny holes in the walls, floors and foundation that the mice find and only realize they have a mouse or rat problem after bigger signs of rodent infestation begin to appear. Regardless of the size of your rodent problem, the best way to eradicate these critters forever is to enlist the help of trained pest control specialists.
Other areas of entry to the home for mice and rats are spaces in your windows and ceilings (again, you won’t even be aware of these small spaces, usually). As you can see, rodents will find a way into your home no matter what, especially when the temperatures begin to drop in the fall. If drainage pipes aren’t sealed properly, rodents will enter homes through sink drains or bathtub/shower drains, and these incredibly determined pests will also find their way into your home through plumbing and gas lines.
One of the many things you should know about rodent infestations is that once these creatures find their way into your nice warm home, they don’t want to leave. What’s even worse is that due to the rapid and frequent nature in which rodents procreate, there can be as many as 200 new additions to a mouse “family” in just a few months. We know that the thought of this makes many of you very, very uneasy, but please know that help is only a phone call away.
You can take action to help prevent rodents from entering your home such as going through your home and sealing any and all cracks, holes and other openings you find. You should seal them with something that’s going to last like cement or metal. Another step you can take is to make sure all doors and windows close all the way and are secure at all times. If you like to keep windows open without screens, you have to know you’re running the risk of allowing these critters easy access to your home and your kitchen, your shower, and your bed.
In the kitchen and dining area, you must store foods in glass or metal containers with super tight lids, and be sure to properly dispose of all food as soon as you are finished with it. Trash left accessible to animals, and food left out on tables, porches, decks, and in yards is a big invitation for unwanted pests to get close to your home.
If you keep your cars stored during cold-weather months, or if you are a car collector and house many vehicles in garages, be sure to take precautions to keep mice and rats out of your storage spaces. If rodents make their way into a car’s engine, they can chew on the wires and cause extremely costly damage—even irreparable damage. Some car experts have offered up the suggestion of putting dryer sheets all over the car because rodents don’t like the scent of the dryer sheets. Be sure to do some research online before storing vehicles, or ask an experienced car collector for tips on how to keep the rodents away from your precious vehicles.
Keep checking back to our blog for more information about rodents and other creatures that may invade your home, and if you need a professional exterminator who can handle pest problems large and small, please contact us today.
Head lice outbreaks are synonymous with the beginning of a new school year, especially for young kids. Lice are maybe the most upsetting pests you’ll ever come into contact with. They live in your hair. They lay eggs in your hair. Did Stephen King design this animal?
Maybe worst of all, a lice infestation could ruin your kid’s first weeks back at school. Chances are, getting your kid happy about school is an uphill battle anyway. The last thing you need is some hair monster making them afraid to get on the bus! Here’s what you should know about lice and how to protect your kids from them.
What are Lice?The singular noun for lice is "louse". This is a louse.
“Lice” is the plural noun for the “louse,” which is an order of clear or grey, 2.5-3 millimeter, flat and wingless parasitic insects. They sustain themselves entirely on the secretions of a host. Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) only feed on the blood of humans.
Head lice don’t transmit diseases the way other body lice can, and they lay their eggs on the scalp, not clothing. They can and do undergo their entire four-stage life cycle while infesting a human host, hatching from eggs, molting up to three times as nymphs, and growing to reproductive adulthood.
Why do they infest hair?why lice infest hair
Head lice infest the scalp of their host for two reasons: temperature and security. The pests have to live in warm locations to maintain body temperature. Hair and heat coming off of a host’s head help them stay comfortable while they chow down.
Lice can’t defend themselves from predators, and they can’t fly, jump, or run away fast, either. The best chance they have is staying close to their hosts and hiding. That’s why head lice developed hook-like claws on their legs. These “hooks” latch around hair shafts, allowing the louse to hide under the hair and move around without their host shaking them off.
Why are they such a problem at schools?Lice are a particularly common problem at schools
Head lice infestation has nothing to do with the cleanliness of a host. If a child has them, it is not because they are dirty or their home is. The real reason why this particular pest tends to be a problem at pre-schools is even simpler–and kinda silly.
The most common way for lice to move from host-to-host is by head-to-head contact. Little kids are more-or-less the only people likely to have head-to-head contact, other than football players. Kids hair might touch when they’re playing, napping, or just being adorable little weirdos. Lice can also move from host-to-host by hitching rides on clothes and other personal effects.
How can I protect my kid?Lice are common, but preventable
We’d suggest teaching your child that sharing is bad, but we’re pretty sure that would contradict their teacher. You can teach them not to touch other kids’ hair, wear their clothes, or put anything belonging to other kids up by their heads, however. Make sure your kid only wears their own helmet, and doesn’t share hats, scarves, towels, or headsets.
Once your kid gets home from school, consider combing their hair with a fine-toothed comb. If you’re particularly worried about lice, you could use a specialized shampoo to wash your kid’s hair. Make sure you regularly wash your kid’s clothing and bedding, too.
What should I do if my kid has lice?There are several easy ways to treat a lice infestation
If one one of your kids has lice, everyone should check for them. Immediately isolate clothing, bedding, towels, and combs used by the infested person. Machine wash or professionally dry clean applicable materials using hot water to kill eggs and lice on infested material. Vacuum and thoroughly clean any furniture the infested person used in the past several days.
There are several varieties of louse medicine available. Consult your doctor for information on what you should use and follow their instructions. Use a lice “nit” comb after each treatment, and continue to check the infested person for lice everyday for 2-3 weeks after the lice have gone.
Head lice aren’t dangerous, but that’s cold comfort to anyone who gets them. If you hear about an infestation at your child’s school, don’t panic. Just make sure you follow the tips listed above, and if worst comes to worst, seek out treatment options.
While large American cockroaches are most likely to scare or surprise us when they show up inside our homes, the smaller German cockroach is the greater threat. That's because German cockroaches are the most common indoor cockroach species in the United States.
A single female German cockroach and her offspring can produce up to 30,000 cockroach young each year. This pest likes to hide in the tiny cracks and crevices around the homet, making the German cockroach difficult to spot and control. And though German cockroaches have lower egg production than other species, they have longer development times, meaning it takes longer for the population to become large and noticed.
The good news is that there are ways to help stop or eliminate a German cockroach infestation. The process begins with knowing how and where to look for these small roaches, including how to identify cockroach eggs.
The German female cockroach likes to lay her eggs in humid and warm areas of the home such as the kitchen or bathroom. The egg capsule, which contains around 40 young cockroaches, is light brown in color and about a quarter-inch long.
Females are capable of producing a new egg capsule every few weeks under favorable conditions. The mother carries the capsule until a day or two before it hatches, then deposits it in a crevice or another protected place once hatching begins.
This ongoing birth cycle is one reason a few small roaches can quickly turn into a roach infestation. A German female cockroach that continues to produce and hatch eggs over her 30-week lifespan can spawn two additional generations. Even if she doesn't produce the highest numbers of offspring possible, her efforts (and those of her descendants) can still bring in at least 10,000 new cockroaches to life within a year.
Where to look for small roaches and cockroach eggs
German cockroaches prefer a moist, warm environment near food and water. This is why cockroach eggs and young cockroaches are commonly found in the kitchen or bathroom. Small roaches can also cluster in cracks and crevices and seek out wet or humid parts of the home.
Wherever you notice small roaches or cockroach eggs, a roach infestation may be taking hold. Be sure to check the following areas of your home regularly for signs of roach activity.
Sinks and counter topsDrawers, cupboards and pantriesAppliancesBaseboardsFloor and tub drainsPlumbing cabinets and water heater closetsTrash cans and recycling binsConsistently damp areas such as the basement, laundry room or mud roomAny part of the house where meals or snacks are consumed, including the living room, dining room and bedroomsHelping prevent or control a roach infestation
German cockroaches are difficult to eliminate because they multiply rapidly and are excellent at hiding. However, you can help stop them from ever moving in. A little maintenance, some good sanitation practices and a reduction in clutter can all help prevent roaches from getting comfortable in your home. Here are some good tips to follow:
Seal small cracks and crevices where roaches can enter, deposit eggs or hide.Inspect grocery bags, boxes and luggage before bringing them inside the home.Wipe up crumbs, seal up leftovers and clean up spilled food or drinks immediately. Don’t leave used food plates or wrappers around the house.Wash dirty dishes, glasses, cups, utensils and cooking items as soon as possible after use.Empty the kitchen and bathroom trash daily, sealing the bags before placing them outside. Empty recycling bins each day as well.Vacuum up cockroach egg capsules, young cockroaches and adults when possible. Use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to help reduce cockroach debris that can become airborne and trigger asthma attacks in people who are allergic to roaches.Get rid of boxes, bags, newspapers and other clutter to help eliminate roach hiding places. Leave room between boxes and packages when storing items in an enclosed space.