Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mice-What You Need To Know

Mice...what you need to know. What is there really to know except that I want to get rid of them and fast? Well, for one thing, they can reproduce like crazy. Look for one mouse to breed up to 60 mice each year. Now multiply 60 times 60 every 2 months, you are looking at mega mice. This is under ideal conditions of course, but even a fraction of this could be devastating. This is why it is very important to aggressively treat for mice at the first signs of them. Good luck and happy hunting.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Trapping Mice Without the Mess

Trapping mice can be one of the best way to get rid of mice because you can physically see your success, you know how many you have caught and out in the trash they go. One problem that was always tough to get around was the placement of snap traps. Mice dropping would be noticed on counter tops or in cabinets and placing snap traps in these areas could be potentially messy and dangerous, reaching for the sugar could result in having your finger snapped. Now there is a product from Kness called the Snap-E Mousetrap cover. It holds 2 snap traps and looks like a sleek vent cover, about a foot long, and can be placed in these areas. The customer never sees the dead mouse and the mess is contained in the Snap-E cover. As always Kness designed them for their snap-e-mouse traps, but any old wooden snap trap fits and works. I like the snap-e because of the ease of setting.

Indian Meal Moths or Mealy Worms

Here is a question I get often. How do you keep mealy worms out of my dry good? Here's the spooky part. They are already there when you buy the product. So if you start to notice moths in the kitchen or dark beetles of worms in your dry goods, you will need to throw the food away unfortunately. It would be a good idea to go through the rest of your dry gods to make sure they were infested via the original infestation, and if anything is found, toss it. If you have active moths, the best thing to do is vacuum them down if possible. Dry goods include; dry milk, baking powder, flour, cereal, oats, rice, pasta, pet foods, bird seeds, spices, and the like. Happy hunting. There are stored product pest monitors and lures, but these are used mostly in commercial establishments.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Flies in the fall and winter inside

What is with these flies that are lumbering around the office or house during the fall and winter months? Most likely they are cluster flies. These flies overwinter in the nooks and crannies of the walls of an office building or house and become a nuisance during a warm day or throughout certain times of the colder months. The best and most time consuming and expensive way to eliminate them is to build them out. Caulk and seal ever hole that can be found. This becomes a problems when you have a multi story office complex or a suite of offices with open ceiling space above the drop ceilings. Power spraying during certain times of the year outside will help knock the numbers down...on the inside you can use traps and there is a product called the cluster buster that is a window sill trap that uses a powder to act as quick sand and trap the fly. Using a vacuum with a hose attachment will suck them down. The fact can try your best to knock the numbers down...but there may always be that one fly who you will be swatting at every once in a while.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baiting a mouse snap trap.

We had an interesting turn of events in an account that was having a mouse problem. It was in an apartment setting in the kitchens and it was clear that the mice were nesting in the insulation of the small stoves that were set up in the kitchens because there were pieces of the soft insulation on the floor under the stoves. Our tech took this material and hooked it onto the trigger of the snap traps, where there was no visible insulation, he used small pieces of cotton. In two days he returned to find that there was a decent catch rate, for ever five traps he set under and behind the stove, he caught two to three mice in the heaviest of the infested units. Sometimes it is worth using what the mice are targeting for food or nesting material in your quest to catch them with snap traps.

Friday, October 02, 2009

The perfect mouse trap.

What makes a perfect mouse trap? What product would fall into this category? Snap traps, glue boards, electric mouse traps, live traps? The fact is, there is no perfect mouse trap, because if there was, a big chunk of the pest control industries business would be gone. An integrated, multi-faceted approach is your best bet when dealing with these critters. Be a detective. Are the mice darting under the sofa and suddenly disappearing? Maybe the mice are living in your furniture. Lots of warmth and nesting material there. If this is the case, throw everything you can at them. Snaps, glue traps, bait. This approach works for any area you are seeing live mice or droppings. Never put out just a few snap traps. Be generous, this is the theme through out my blog. The more mice traps the better. This has worked for me and will work for you. One thing to always consider is the safety of your family and pets. If you have a curious cat, you may want to put the snaps and glue traps in out of the way areas. Use Bait with caution or use bait that can be treated with vitamin K by your vet. The fact is mice can be controlled and eliminated, you just need to think like the mice and place out plenty of tools to do the job.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Scabies and Lice Information

Although Scabies and Lice are not really a pest control issue, alot of times a pest control person will get questions or be sought out for advice. The issue is most times resolved very easily through your family doctor who will prescribe a cream or shampoo to apply. There are, however, some things that must be done on the side of the individual to protect him or her self and their family members. The bed where the infected person sleeps should be vacuumed and all the bedding stripped and laundered. I would suggest tossing the pillow and buying new. Vacuum sofas and be sure to launder hats and clothing that the person wears regularly. There are sprays that you can get, but if you are diligent with your cleaning and using the products your doctor suggests you should be fine.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Bait for Mice

The cool weather of fall and winter will be bringing mice inside to infest homes across the country. Some tips to discuss before baiting is exclusion. Most pest control experts preach this and it is most important in keeping the mice out. Exclusion in easy, for the most part, needing only a good pair of eyes and some steel wool or copper mesh and caulk. Start at one point of your home and look from the bottom up along the outside wall perimeter. Any holes or gaps visible? Stuff and seal. Wires or pipes entering the home, caulk around them, gaps under the doors or garage doors? You may have to install a weather strip.

So we are all sealed up, but a mouse scooted by as you were bringing groceries into your house and now the infestation has begun. Using caution if there are children or pets, I would use snap traps for this segment since we are discussing bait. My philosophy is mix it up alittle. The old stand by peanut butter is great, but mice love candy, chocolate, bread, meat, bacon. Use all of the above and use them sparingly. Just a smear of peanut butter, or a smear of chocolate. This will make them work at getting that first taste which will be their last.
Another idea is to use nesting material, tie a small piece of cotton of the trigger, let them grab at it and snap! Another important thing to do is not be stingy when placing traps out. Use a bunch to increase your chances of a catch. Good luck.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wasp alert

Late summer and early fall are times when bees and wasps seem to be more active, often times crashing picnics and outside parties. Using common sense like keeping sweets and sugars covered and keeping soda cans covered will help to keep these buggers away, but they have a keen sense and a sweet tooth. Using caution around wasps and bees during this time of year is important also as it seems they are more aggressive this time a year. If you are brave enough to try to go on the offensive I would say use a wasp spray that shoots at least up to twenty feet away, but with bees and wasps, I recommend hiring a professional.It's not worth the potential sting.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Get Rid Of Ground Nesting Bees

When dealing with ground nesting bees you want to determine what kind of bee you are dealing with and how to control that kind of be; and if it is worth the risk. The following is a list of some common ground nesting bees:
  1. CICADA KILLER: This is a large and robust looking wasp that can grow as large as 1 and 5/8 inches long! Quite an intimidating looking wasp, but generally they are content with going about their business of digging holes in your dirt leaving holes with sandy looking dirt around the outside of that hole and stuffing unsuspecting cicadas in that hole to feed their young. Females can sting, but rarely do. They have been known to get caught in clothing or disturbed by lawn equipment and nothing happened except maybe scaring the jeepers out of the human. The males will aggressively defend their female, but they do so by intimidation, they can not sting. If these ground nesting wasps are found and not bothering you, I would say leave them alone. If they are bothering or or are in great number, then a chemical spray will be necessary. Pest control companies can power spray the area for you or you can give it a shot yourself with a pump sprayer from your local home store. Be careful, read the label, and use caution. Like I said, the females can sting and for a wasp that is over an inch long, you can imagine what that sting must feel like!
  2. YELLOW JACKETS: These wasps usually take over a vacated rodent burrow in your lawn and often times you discover these nests by mistake wile mowing the lawn or while your kids are playing outside. Yellow jackets can sting repeatedly and control of them should be left to a professional. Dusting the entrance hole with a good insect dust is your best bet for elimination as they will pick this dust up on themselves as they enter and exit the hole, bringing the dust into the nest and infecting the rest of the wasps. They are aggressive and dangerous.
  3. DIGGER OR THREADWAISTED WASPS: These wasps are found hovering about an inch off of your lawn and there may be many of them. They appear and stay all day and usually are gone by evening. These wasps are not aggressive as people have been know to walk right through these wasps with no problem. They can sting but rarely do. Control can be accomplished by spraying while the wasps are active via a power spray that a professional can provide.
  4. BUMBLE BEES: Another bee that takes over vacated ground space from rodents or other holes in the ground. Nests can be detected by the males hovering around the entrance to the nest, but often times this is not the way they are found unfortunately, it is more like you stumble upon a bumble. These are aggressive bees and can inflict painful stings. If they are found, but not in a area of danger for you or your family, it is best to leave them be, as they are useful pollinators.

This is a shot list of some of the more common ground nesting bees and wasps that you may encounter during your summertime. As I always say when dealing with bees or wasps, it is best to leave their control to the professionals. If you do decide to tackle a problem on your own be sure to do so with a partner who watches from a distance and who can call for help in the event that things get dangerous.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Small Flies

Are you experiencing small flies at home? All of a sudden it seems like you are being invaded by gnats? The first thing you have to determine is what kind of flies they are. For a home owner it is best to do this by process of elimination. You can rule one kind of fly out by looking closely at the eyes, if they are red then they could be fruit flies, problem is not all fruit flies have red eyes. Look for any fruit, fruit juice, apple skin peels, etc that may have fallen or spilled. Look in your trash can for spills that may have leaked in between the trash bag and the can, or look on top of the trash can lid for splashes. Fruit flies can breed in the littlest of spills or pieces of fruit. The other kind of flies you could have would be drain flies. Unfortunately they can be more difficult to get rid of. They often breed from the slime that forms on the inside walls of your drain pipes. They can come from the kitchen or bathroom drains. I suggest getting some double sided tape and lining some foam drinking cups with them, put them over all your drains before bed and then look at them in the morning for any that are caught. If you caught some then that is your problem drain. Enzymes for the drain can help to get rid of the slime or a good still drain brush. If you found nothing then they could be coming from a broken soil pipe in the basement. A plumber can research this for you with a camera scope. Hope that this is not your source as it is a very expensive fix. The last possible source of your small flies could be soggy plants. Fungus gnats can come from your indoor plants that you may be over watering. Use the same double sided tape or glue trap and place near or inside the dirt of the plant.
All of the flies above can be fixed by repairing or getting rid of the source. Spraying is only a very temporary fix of a fix at all. Cleaning up the source would be your absolute best bet. The drain enzymes mentioned above can be found online or possibly at your home store. DF 5000, drain gel, and nulliFly are good options for this fix.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Wild Life Control

The control of various wildlife issues around the country is a tough business for pest control operators, especially for one man operations. When catching raccoons, ground hogs, squirrels and the such, a pest control person needs to be available to come back to the live trap daily to check it, which takes a ton of extra time and often makes the cost very expensive to the consumer. If you are careful and do some research online, you can almost catch whatever wildlife that is bothering you yourself with a live trap bought at a home center. Some things to consider is the fact that some wildlife may have rabies, and you also need to consider if you will be brave enough to release it back into the wild, far away from your home of course. This option presents a double edged sword. Do you pay a high cost for wild life control? Do you have the knowledge to tell if an animal is presenting a rabid behavior, and if so, are you prepared to put the animal down? These are legitimate questions that need to be answered before you become a trapper, so weigh your options and if need be, spend the money.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ant trail tracker

One problem I find when dealing with ants is the fact that they seem to just appear on your kitchen counter top or the ants appear in the bathroom, and finding their source becomes a problem. One method I use is sprinkling some advance ant bait granule or a little sugar and watch where the ant takes the bait to. This can help with more effective bait placements or the use of a good crack and crevice treatment.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Japanese Beetle traps and controls

How do you catch Japanese Beetles or get rid of them? It's not as easy as placing out Japanese beetle traps around the yard, it takes an integrated approach and this can only help in control at best. Treating the grubs is your best method, there are several chemical controls for this approach and you can also investigate nematodes that are available commercially to attach the grubs. As with any insect or bug, using an integrated approach is the best way to handle an infestation. Research is the key. Traps are not bad as a one pronged approach, but be sure to use other methods. Happy Hunting.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mosquito Safety

Mosquito safety is an important thing these days with west nile virus and other mosquito born illnesses and disease ever present. Using repellents with DEET and some of the more advanced traps out there are wise choices if spending time outside or in your back yard. You can help keep mosquitoes at bay by being diligent in making sure that there is no free standing or stagnant water around your property and if you know of abandoned houses that might have old pools it is best to report that problem to your local vector control agency.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Get rid of Ants on The Counter

Ants crawling around in your kitchen? Want to get rid of them in a hurry? My advice would be to be ready for a battle. Don't grab for a can of Raid, but rather, a can of the new "Phantom" in a can would be my suggestion. Phantom is a powerful tool in the battle of the bug. My next word of advice would be to pick up some dual choice ant bait stations and place them in the areas you were noticing the ants in the first place. Use enough bait stations for them, don't be stingy. As the label and use caution when using any kind of chemical product. Good luck with the ant battle.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Water Bugs and Shads and how to control them.

The oriental roach goes by a couple of different aliases. The water bug, the shad, the black beetle to name a few. They can be scary to stumble upon, in the dark, scurrying around the floor. Some people experience them crawling up the walls of neighborhoods or along the pavements. No doubt they are creepy. So how do we get rid of them. IN the good old days, there was a great product called Baygon Bait, which recently was re-released under the same name. This was a granule bait that pest controllers would sprinkle under water heaters or corners of the basements, or in cracks and crevices of the outside areas they are being seen. The next day would be like a mass grave. Dead shads all over. The control is pretty much the same these days. The scatter baits seems to be the best to control these roaches, another bait is called niban bait. This too is a granule that works well. A good inside perimeter spray also will help control the roaches, since their tendencies seem to be to crawl along the floors, although they will cluster on walls and in between joists as well. Like all insect control you want to be careful and safe and thorough. Good luck and happy hunting.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

June Beetles

Here come the June beetles. June bugs are active during the day and found flying around during the day. They are metallic green in appearance. To treat, though, you will need to wait until August to start a regiment. Controlling the beetles grub is the best defence against this bug. Chemicals labeled for Japanese Beetles will work against the grubs.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ants Are Marching

Killing ants are easy and hard all at the same time. We are past the preventative phase where putting a good ban of chemical around the outside perimeter will help to keep the population at bay, and placing out a good bit of granule ant bait. Now it's time to go on the offensive. Phantom and Termidor are both fantastic products to knock down a trail of ants. These chemicals are non-repellent and work in a sneaky manor. The ants walk right over the chemical and good bye ants. Incorporating a good sugar based bait like maxforce ant gel works wonders and the granule baits like Advance ant bait works well also. These are professional products that can be found online, but similar products can be found at your local home store. The trick to any control is using enough product. Put out many many ant baits, put out plenty of placements of gel baits, don't be afraid to use too much. The biggest thing is safety. Pets and children need to be thought of first and foremost. Use caution. Now kill the ants.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wood Drilling Bees

Carpenter Bees are scary and intimidating and if left to their own devises for too long, destructive. The female drills a perfect hole into your home, fence, etc, and lays her eggs in that hole. The male carpenter bee "protects" the hole by hovering around the area and dive bombing anyone who goes near it. Treating these bees can be tricky. Pest control technicians will often times power spray the area if it is large enough, or if it is only a few holes, they will dust the holes and seal them up. This can require ladders which makes it a dangerous do it yourself project. Looks for drip marks on your home as this is where the frass is dripping out of the hole. This will alert you to where the bees may be hiding behind siding or fascia board. If you have exposed wood, painting it with a heavy latex type paint can help deter them.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

EPA's Bedbug Summit

Last week I attended the bed bug summit that was sponsored by the EPA and found it to be very interesting. The brightest brains from across the pest control industry was there along with representative from the hotel industry, schools, HUD, apartment industry and government, all gathered to discuss what Dr. Potter calls the "perfect Storm" Bedbugs. After listening to a rather bleak summary of university findings on the effectiveness of our chemicals against these critters and other presentations from various government agencies, we broke into groups and came up with recommendations to present to the EPA so they can start to get a handle on the importance of this issue becoming a "pandemic" and effecting the economy in a negative way. When you think about it, bedbugs can be linked to public transportation, furniture and mattress delivery services, laundry mats, schools, hotels, motels, theaters, anywhere the public gathers, and with no real silver bullet to kill these bed bugs it is a scary future. Maybe the EPA will ease the requirements or costs of registering products or let us bring back the old stuff that worked. One thing that everyone agreed on was the fact that we need an aggressive public awareness campaign to get people away from the stigma attached which will hopefully lend itself to early intervention. One thing is for sure, it will only get worse before it gets better.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Boxelder Bugs are Back

It's that time of year again when the red, orange and black bugs start to take their territory. Looking for the perfect silver bullet to get rid of those pesky box elder bugs that seem to over take the sunny side of your building or home? Well I wish I could deliver, but I can't. This problem needs to be dealt with by good old fashioned elbow grease. Inside you need to vacuum them away, outside you need to spray them down with soapy water. Mix up a cup or two of cloths detergent in a gallon sprayer, lightly mix so not to get over run by suds, and spray away. Get them as they cluster in clumps and watch as they fall away dead.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bees in the ground

There are several species of wasps and bees that tend to dig into the ground to either nest or lay eggs. Cicada Killers, digger wasps, yellow jackets, and so on. If you have a case of the giant cicada killers and they are far enough away from you and not really bothering you, I would say to leave them alone. They are very seasonal and do no harm. If they are patrolling the area right next to your walk way then you may want to shoot some insect dust into the hole, at night, carefully. Same goes for yellow jackets, but again, extreme caution. Digger wasps and the wasps you see flying low to the ground can be controlled via a god surface spray. Most times though, I recommend hiring a pro when dealing with wasps or bees.They can be harmful if managed incorrectly.

Ants Ants Everywhere

Controlling ants can be one of the most aggravating things to try to accomplish every...but it can be done. There is an arsenal of products out there that can be used, many of them can be found on your local do it yourself pest control products website, or you can simply call your local pest control company. The products range from granules like Advance and Maxforce to gels like Terro and Uncle Alberts. There are your ant bait stations like Advion or Maxforce ant and of course sprays like Phantom. With all of these products out there why is it so hard to get rid of them? Mostly because there are such great numbers, people misapply products or they start the control too late. So be diligent and generous in your treatments and as always, use caution and keep safety first.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kill Ants Dead-Tips From The Pros

I've been in the pest control industry now for 16 years and killing ants can be either one of the easiest tasks or the hardest tasks to deal with, considering which kind of ant you are dealing with. If you are dealing with the regular old pavement ant, at this time of year, a good sugar based ant gel bait is your best bet. Go outside and look for the trail that is heading into your house, or locate the trail inside and put a few dabs of ant gel along the trail and watch these little ants go crazy. Terro and maxforce ant gel are great products. Uncle Albert's Ant bait is another one believe it or not. As always you want to be careful of pets and children when placing these products down, so be careful and read the label. The biggest question always asked is where do you find the stuff the professionals use. Most do it yourself pest control products websites will sell to the public so long as it is not a restricted use product like tracking powder. You can also look at your local home center, although the pro products are the best. Happy Hunting!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

exterminating supplies

Consumers are always looking for the next best DIY project to tackle and pest control is not safe from these weekend warriors, but they want the real stuff. Exterminating supplies or pest control supplies are easy enough to find online at the many DIY pest control products websites. Sites like EPestSupply or have what you are looking for, so long as it is not a restricted use product. All states have there own laws and it is best to check to make sure it is ok to apply pesticides without a license, but in most cases if it is not restricted use, then you are ok. One word of caution is just that, use caution. These chemicals are dangerous and need to be applied per the label. So use your head and go to battle with what ever pest is pestering you.

Orange and black bugs

Here they come, the red and black or orange and black Halloween bugs or boxelder bugs. With the warm weather descending upon us, the boxelders that were over wintering will be scurrying over to the boxelder tree with in the next few months to start the process again. Get the old soap and water sprayer out or consider some of the DIY products you can find online for box elder bugs. These are the most insane to get rid of bugs out there I think, so the battle begins.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Ant Elmination Tips from the Pros.

There are right ways and wrong ways of ant control and many times homeowners, while trying to be over zealous, do things the wrong way. First of all...don't ever use ant sprays and ant baits in the same areas. I am a big believer of ant baits anyway. If you are faced with a boat load of ants on your counter tops then take a damp paper towel and wipe them up. This will take care of a good amount of what is there now and give you time to place some effective ant baits. You can approach this two an ant commando...or as an ant spot specific agent. The first way would include a total program. I would get some good granule maxforce or advance ant bait and sprinkle it around the outside perimeter of the home, being careful of children and pets. Then on the inside I would use some ant gel baits along with some ant bait stations in the area you originally experienced the ant problem. The reason I am against spraying is because it often time leaves an oily residue and it also will repel the ants. The goal of the baits is to get them to bring this bait back to the nest and cause a longer lasting control. Ant baits can be bought at your local home store or you can often time order professional ant bait online via a do it yourself pest control supply website. Happy hunting and good luck.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Are Termite Renewals Worth It?

The question is, are termite renewals worth the money? I like to think of it this way. Most termite jobs are expensive, many times invasive, and involves moving items and a mess. A termite renewal is an insurance policy or a yearly warranty, for lack of a better word. Usually you pay ten to fifteen percent of the job on a yearly renewal basis. This guarantees that if termites return, the company will come out and treat the area of concern. Liquid termite jobs are not a sure fire treatment, even though the termite technician may have done an overly thorough job. The problem is, you can't see what is going on under the slab. The liquid termite juice may be splitting at a rock or other obstacle under ground, leaving the perfect non treated area for termites to re-infest. Same goes for termite bait. It may take some adjusting of placements, etc. So I would argue that termite renewals are worth the money. At least for a few years so that you are relatively sure the treatment has worked. If you don't pay the renewal, the company can charge you the full price again. Yikes!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Box elder bug sure fire elimination

Is it true...a sure fire way to finally get rid of the bug that has plagued society for years and years? Can it be as simple as a bait or a pheromone that will kill off for good this bug we all hate? Well unfortunately no. With the warm winter days comes the boxelder bug slithering it's way into the offices and homes across America like an unwanted flu or cold. How can we stop them? Vacuum them. I have an old shop vac that I keep only for boxelder bugs on the outside of my home, and another little carry along canister vac with a hose for the inside. This system instantly eliminates the pest and everyone is happy. Short of cutting down a ton of trees or using sprays that don't really work, vacuuming is the best way to do it. Keep you house and box elder problem clean with your handy every day vacuum.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Mice in my furniture

Here is a question I get pretty often. Can mice live in a sofa or puffy chair? The answer is yes they can. If you tip your couch over you will see a dust cloth stapled to the bottom. Mice can get through this and burrow in the stuffing, settling into a pretty posh environment. Get a strong flash light and start to explore if you think this could be the case, or set up traps and place some bait in the area of the sofa. Tamper proof bait station are required and safety is your best friend. Good luck and happy hunting.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The best to keep mice out.

The best way to solve a mouse problem is never to have gotten one in the first place. So what is the best kind of product out there to keep mice out of your home or garage? Door sweeps and weather stripping is your first like of defense against mice. You'd be surprised how a small gap under your garage door can invite a mouse or rat in for a long winters nap. The nest is sealing gaps. Using products like stuf-fit, a copper wool product, or regular old steel wool will do the trick (steel wool will rust though ). Any kind of expanding foam product to keep mice out will also do wonders or even some good old fashioned caulk. Won't the mice just eat through the foam like a piece of bread? No. Mice are lazy and will look for the next easiest route of entry.

Wings in my living room

Have you ever left for work only to come home to a mess of wings all over your carpet or kitchen floor? Maybe you came home to live flying ants that are taking over your house. If you experience this kind of phenomenon in the months of March, April or May, the chances are you have a swarm of termites. This is a pretty sure sign that the termites that do damage to your wood are near. The first thing I would do is to identify if you actually had a termite swarm or an ant swarm. The differences are made clear online. This will educate you and could possibly save you money. There is a big difference in price for an ant job as opposed to a termite job. Next thing to do is call for three or four estimates. Ask questions about the product they use for their termite control and if they use baits or not. Once you get your quotes then ask around for any other companies that friends or family may have used in the past and had a good relationship with, then get some prices from them. Some things not to do is panic or rush into it. Take your time, do your home work, and all should be fine.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Mice in cold weather

Mice and rodents in general are not big fans of the cold, in fact, most start looking for shelter when the first signs of the frigid cold start to show. As many of us know the shelter they seek is often times our very homes. They sneak in, usually through a crack or crevice, and set up shop in our kitchens. Aside from catching them once they are in, one was to help raise the chances of catching them is to make it as uncomfortable as possible for them. If they are getting a constant meal of crumbs every night and water that is left in a cup in the sink, then why would they go after the bait you are setting for them on the traps? Make sure your kitchen and living areas are barren waste lands. Keep the landscape bare and that will usually increase the chances of bait acceptance on snap traps or poison bait in general. Happy Hunting.