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Have You Fallen Victim To A Rat Infestation? Here’s How To Get Rid Of Rodents The Easy Way

home mouseRats are the by far the most despised pest problem to have in and around the home. Rats carry salmonella, E coli, Weil’s disease and tuberculosis- all of which can be passed on to us and our pets. Besides the diseases that the rodents can spread, rats also carry fleas, ticks and mites and can also cause acute allergic reactions.

So how do I know if I have a rat infestation?

Knowing if you have a rat infestation isn’t always as plain and simple as you’d imagine. This is largely due to the fact that rats are nocturnal animals and they tend to hide from us as much as they can. So besides seeing them, look out for evidence of rats at your home.

Here are some of the common signs of a rat infestation:

Rat droppings

Rat droppings are the first identifying mark of a rat infestation. If you have dark and tapered droppings around 1 to 1.5cm long then you will most likely have rats.

A foul smell

Rats leave a strong smell behind similar to the scent of ammonia (urine). The smell will be strongest in the loft, cupboards and beneath the floorboards

Signs of gnawing

Rats are rodents and they constantly gnaw on plastic and wood so look out for chewed materials like this.

Scratching sounds

Rats can get into the strangest of places, from inside the cavity walls and in the loft, to under the floorboards or garden decking. If you hear scratching noises coming from any of these places then it’s almost always rats.

Why have I got rats?

Rats are no different to other animals in that they are looking for shelter and sustenance (food and drink for nourishment).

So to minimalize the likelihood of rats hanging around your home; check in and around sheds, garages and other outbuildings for signs of a nest. Next remove all food sources including uncovered bins, compost bins and all easily accessible foods inside. Indoor food should now be kept in sealable containers that the rats cannot chew through. Now, remove all accesses to water from pet bowls to dripping taps or pipes.

How can I get rid of them?

There are many pest control products available to purchase from supermarkets, garden centres and hardware stores. When using these products, always read the label and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

You can also deter the rats with ultrasonic repellers. These devices emit a high pitched sound which humans cannot hear but rats can and they dislike it which should deter them from your property. Ultra sonic devices will not be effective for rat infestations so it may be worth considering hiring a professional pest control expert to efficiently remove the rats.

Broken sewers are one of the major causes of rat infestations. To remedy this problem, repair your broken sewer immediately and consider installing a ‘rat stop’. These instruments allow water to pass through the sewer but stops rats from getting through.

Some pest problems are best left to professionals- especially pest infestations. For large pest problems, it’s strongly recommended that you hire pest control experts to efficiently and successfully remove your pest problem.

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John Ramsay is an experienced pest control specialist who has dealt with dozens of rat infestation cases during his time with Essex Pest Control.

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June 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm Comments (0)

How Are You Attracting Roaches Into Your Home?

Roaches seem to come out of nowhere. One minute, you’re enjoying a luxurious bath, and then you open your eyes and find yourself face to face with a bunch of creepy cockroaches. It’s enough to make you scream and scamper out of your tub, and you could even bump your head or slip in the process. Roaches can definitely ruin your day. But aside from that, there are health issues in relation to cockroach presence. For one, these bugs are capable of spreading bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses, like dysentery, salmonella, and gastroenteritis, to name a few. If you have a lung problem or other chronic respiratory disease, then you should avoid these critters because they can exacerbate asthma and other allergies.

What Attracts Roaches into a Home?

Cockroaches are attracted to a certain area because of several factors. Here are a few examples.

1. Food Source

Roaches are voracious eaters. Not only do they delight in things that they can find in sewers and garbage, but they are also known to eat non-food items, such as paper and soap. So, one way to keep the bugs away is by disposing garbage properly. If you’re throwing a plastic garbage bag in a bin that’s located outside, be sure to secure the plastic and then cover the bin as well. Avoid leaving uncovered food. If you want to keep some of the meatloaf you cooked for your husband, put this in a Tupperware or any container with a secure cover.

If you keep a compost pile for all your plant and vegetable waste, be sure to take precautions. Composts attract all sorts of insects, and this includes the roach, which is a creature that actually helps in breaking down organic matter. A few things that you can do are: cover your compost with mulch or old newspaper; turn your compost regularly; and avoid throwing meats and dairy products into the compost pile.

2. Water or Moisture

All living things need water to live, and that includes the cockroach. This is why they are drawn to areas in a house that usually remain humid, like bathrooms and kitchen sinks. Get rid of their water source by keeping things as dry as possible. Make sure to close faucets properly after using, and fix any leak problem as soon as possible.

3. Hiding Place

You’ll often see cockroaches hiding in dark and moist areas, or places where they feel safe. For example, they’ll feel perfectly at home underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks, as well as in cupboards, shelves or boxes. To avoid getting roaches, get rid of clutter and properly store items that you don’t often use.

Keeping Roaches Out

In order to further discourage roaches from getting inside your house, you need to employ physical barriers that will keep them out. Check if there are gaps, holes or cracks in your walls or floors, and fix these right away. You can use weatherstripping to close gaps or caulking material. In case you have a severe infestation and no amount of bug spray seems to keep them at bay, then maybe it’s time for you to call an exterminator.

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Claire Pritchard is a pest professional. Her articles are usually about pest management, and these have been used by pest control sites, like http://www.admiralpest.com/fullerton-pest-control/ .

 

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May 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm Comments (0)

Spring Cleaning Tips: How Pest Prevention Helps You Prepare For Warmer Weather

Spring cleaning is a time to start fresh. For many families, that means getting rid of clutter, scrubbing down surfaces and implementing new organizational systems. Although not often thought about, pest prevention should be part of the spring cleaning process as well. As temperatures increase, a wide variety of pests make their move on unsuspecting homeowners. To keep them at bay, it is important to implement the following tips.

Take Away Their Food Source

If pests are able to find food inside your house, it is going to be difficult to get rid of them. Start the prevention process in your kitchen. Make sure that your trash can has a tight fitting lid; if it does not, consider picking up a new one. Also, clean both the outside and inside of your receptacle. A small tear in your trash bag can mean a large mess that pests will find appetizing. Finally, commit yourself to daily maintenance. It is important that you load your dishwasher each evening rather than allowing dishes to remain in the sink. In addition, keep the counters clean and the floors swept for best results.

Clean Up Standing Water

Go into all of your bathrooms, as well as your kitchen, and check under the sinks to make sure the pipes are not leaking. If you spot an issue, have it corrected as soon as possible. In addition, if you have an area of your home, like the basement, that seems damp or humid, set up a dehumidifier to take care of the problem. Pests are attracted to water, so leaving these issues unresolved is a recipe for disaster.

Prevent Nesting

Walk around the perimeter of your home, and examine the foundation closely. In order to keep bugs from viewing your home as their home, it may be necessary to complete a few projects. For instance, there should be at least once inch of space between the wood on your home and the soil from the yard. In addition, all mulch should be kept approximately a foot and a half away from the foundation. Finally, if you notice any cracks or small holes, make sure you close them up right away.

As a general rule, it is also a good idea to make sure that all your doors and windows have screens on them. This will make it much more difficult for a pest to gain access to your living space. In addition, keep all shrubbery trim and down away from your home.

As you get ready to begin the spring cleaning process, it is important not to forget about pest prevention. A little bit of work now can make a huge difference when warmer weather rolls around.

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Morgan is a proud mother, who enjoys spending her days discovering fun and interesting things to do with her young son. At night, she is an avid writer and solves all her pest problems with the help of a Jersey City Pest Control company.

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April 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm Comments (0)

How To Keep Bugs And Pests Out Of Your Home And Away From Your Family

It’s about that time of year again. The weather starts warming up, and bugs and other pests start making their rounds, looking for food and shelter. If you dread spring and summer because spiders, rats and ants give you the heebie-jeebies, then you’re in luck because we have a few tips to keep those uninvited guests out. How rude of them to not even ask for an invitation!

Chemicals Don’t Have to Be the Answer 

While many people quickly turn towards chemicals to keep unwanted pests from stepping foot in their homes, there are easier (and safer) ways to go about getting the job done. For starters, do a complete walkthrough of the inside and outside of your home. Look for cracks or gaps in your walls, and the foundation of your home. Many critters can find their way into our homes without us even realizing we basically had a red carpet leading them directly to our cozy living quarters. Fill imperfections with caulk as you find them to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes an extermination issue.

Door and windows are two of the most common ways for an unwanted visitor to sneak inside. Verify that doors close snuggly or have a sweep beneath them and that window screens are in good condition. It may be time to swap out for better screens if yours appear aged and if you plan on leaving your front door open during the warm weather, having a working screen there too is a must.

Don’t Allow Your Home to Become a Pest Vacation Retreat

If your yard or inside of your home is providing everything those nasty bugs require, why would they want to live anywhere else? Having an unkept yard with many hiding places (such as tall grass or overgrown bushes) and standing water can mean infestation time. Mosquitoes, for example, only require less than an ounce of water to begin reproducing and no one likes those itchy bites – not your pets, children or company.

Tiding Up and Removing Gourmet Meals

Many home owners provide food on the daily for pests without even realizing it. Dog food should be stored in plastic containers and not left outside for other animals to feast upon. The same can be said about garbage. Having an overflowing trash can not only makes a yard less appealing on the eyes but can feed a large number of pests, which your neighbors won’t be very happy about, either. Once they find a place to call ‘home’, it can be very tricky to get them out.

Speaking of cleanliness, it’s important that you not only keep the exterior of your home tidied up and maintained but the interior is just as important. If pests come into your home and find nothing to eat, they are likely to turn right around and leave the way they entered. However, if they find dirty dishes, messy carpets and un-swept floors, there isn’t going to be much reason for them not to stick around. The last thing you need is for them to call their buddies for a chow session. Rats will not only locate food in your home but burrow inside your walls, chew your electrical components and leave feces throughout your residence, which is extremely dangerous, especially when you have children or pets who may ingest the droppings. 

Turn Off That Welcome Sign

Food, water and the warmth of shelter attract a variety of animals and bugs. One thing many new home owners forget, especially if this is going to be your very first summer in your new home, is that light brings moths, and mosquitoes straight to your property. It’s like a huge ‘Vacancy’ sign at a hotel telling them to come check out the place and stay a while.

The Effect of Light on Insects and What You Can Do to Minimize the Effects

When it’s dark out, bugs navigate via something known as ‘phototaxis’, which describes how they act around light. Many insects are attracted to light and will do just about anything to get close to it. Cockroaches, on the other hand, are the opposite; they avoid lights like the plague. Hence, why you’ll see them run for cover when your flip that light switch in the middle of the night.

If you’re worried about the lights outside your home, it may be time to install motion detectors so they only come on when you need them. This way, when you’re hanging out in your backyard with your friends, you aren’t as likely to have bugs get in the way of your nice weekend get-together. Another solution would be replacing your current bulbs for CFL bulbs, because these do not attract pests to your doorstep as UV lighting options do.

Rupert Grant is a dealer of Fly Screens in Melbourne & Sydney.  With the onset of summer there are a lot of cases of bugs and pests that come up, but he feels that by taking certain simple measures we can get rid of them. He likes blogging and writes articles on a variety of topics.

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March 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm Comments (0)

The Battle Against Bugs: 3 Reasons Why You’re Losing The Fight

Pests don’t discriminate; they flock in equal numbers to homes, apartments, condos and townhouses. Regardless of where you live, you have probably encountered bugs in your living space on more than one occasion. For many, it often seems that as soon as they fix one pest problem, another equally annoying bug makes its presence known. This is frustrating and confusing, particularly if you feel you’ve taken the appropriate steps to protect your home. Why is it that bugs keep coming back time and time again? The following information will provide you with a little insight into the situation.

Supply and Demand

Just like people, bugs have to eat to survive. You have a readily available source of food, and the pests near your home can smell it. They also realize that in order to access their next meal, they have to gain entry into your living space. Whether it’s ants, a mouse or even a few roaches, the pests are going to keep coming back as long as your home has food in it.

Rapid Reproduction

Unlike people, pests tend to reproduce in very large numbers. In particular, spiders and insects may have several hundred babies at one time. This rapid reproduction has a significant impact on your efforts to control the number of pests in your home. For example, most bugs, when faced with having to feed such a large number of offspring, will become very persistent in their efforts to gain entry into your home. After all, once inside, they can provide their little ones with a nearly unlimited supply of food, as well as shelter. Also, if the bugs lay eggs inside your living space, you may find that those eggs are not affected by pest sprays. Therefore, just when you think you have the problem under control, the eggs hatch and everything starts all over again.

Unfavorable Weather Conditions

Some bugs are tougher than others. For example, roaches deal well with extreme temperatures, rain and a number of other weather conditions. However, other pests aren’t so resilient. Bed bugs, for instance, prefer to be warm and will therefore do everything in their power to get inside your home in the wintertime. Once they get used to their surroundings, they are unlikely to leave, even as the seasons change. They are just one example of the many pests that make comfort a priority, hijacking your living space and making themselves at home despite your best efforts to ward them off.

If you are having trouble getting rid of pests, remember that the situation does not illustrate a failure on your part. As the examples above have shown, most bugs are determined, resilient little creatures that are seeking food and shelter. Try to use this knowledge in your favor as you continue the battle to keep these pesky creatures outside, where they belong.

Morgan is a proud mother, who enjoys spending her days discovering fun and interesting things to do with her young son. At night, she is an avid writer and solves all her pest problems with the help of a Jersey City Pest Control company.

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February 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm Comments (0)
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