Sunday, January 25, 2009
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.
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 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.