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Ants

Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ant’s behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home.

For starters Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen, pantry or storeroom area. Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source. They can nest about anywhere in and around your house, in lawns, walls, trees even under foundations.

Colonies can number up to 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.  A colony can live a relatively long lifetime.  Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years. Most do it yourself ant control approaches kill only the ants you see.

Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning.  Also home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments. 

 

 

Spiders

Some spiders like moisture and are found in crawl spaces and other damp parts of buildings.  Others like dry, warm areas such as subflooring air vents, upper corners of rooms and attics, they hide in dark areas.

Spiders are capable of producing silk that is elastic, adhesive and strong. This silk is used to spin webs as well as to construct egg sacs and line spider dwellings. Some spider’s species live in burrows rather than webs while others are free ranging and take refuge in crevices. 

Spiders commonly enter homes in two primary ways, entering through open, poorly screened windows and doors and through cracks, and gaps around the exterior of your home.

 

Stinging Insects

Stinging insects are categorized as social or solitary.  If a wasp or Hornets nest is built, the resulting problem is an infestation that may become a serious stinging episode and perhaps an associated allergic reaction problem. 

If a stinging insect gets inside to overwinter, it is very likely that it won’t even be seen until the following spring when it decides to go outside and start a new nest. Even then those stinging insect are not very aggressive and not likely to sting unless threatened. 

 

 

Other

Bedbugs...Cockroaches...Fleas...Ticks...Earwigs...Silverfish…Centipedes…Millipedes...Beetles...Moths...Stored food pests...etc....

 

 

Mice

Mice are usually 5 to 7 inches long including tail length, nocturnal and quick to escape from dangerous situations. Mice breed year round inside structures, however in its wild Environment breeding period is usually April through September.  Females generally have 5-10 liters per year with 3-13 pups. One mouse can produce 50 to 75 droppings per day and are found in locations that mice live, travel or stop to eat or collect food. Mice can transmit diseases to humans and other animals through biting, droppings, urine, fleas, ticks and mites. Some of the common diseases include salmonella, Hantavirus, and Leptospirosis .

Rats

Adult rats average 7-8 inches long with an additional 8 inch tail, they breed year round 4-6 times per year with litters of 6-12. Rats live in colonies and prefer to live close to humans because of available food sources. Rats will eat almost anything and typically need 1 oz of water daily to survive. Rats usually produce 50 -75 droppings per day and can gain entry in a structure through a gap of 5/8 inch. Some common diseases carried by rats include Hemorrhagic fever, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Rat bite fever, Plague, Salmonellosis and Tularemia. 

 

Bats

The Bat is a nocturnal, flying animal that prefers dark hidden areas. They are usually found in attics but can also be found in the walls or voids of your home. They are rarely seen but they may be recognized by the sounds that they make In the walls, voids or attic. Bats may also be recognized by the droppings that they leave behind.

Not only are bats annoying to have in your home, but they can also cause serious health problems.  Their droppings contain a fungus that is harmful to human lungs. In fact, bat droppings can cause a condition k low as histoplasmosis and this condition can be fatal. In addition bats are also known to carry rabies, bat bugs, bat mites and fleas.

Wildlife

Hearing noises in your walls, attic, soffits?  Something living under your deck or shed?

We can remove, manage and control nuisance wildlife. Animals we control on a regular basis include raccoons, skunks, squirrels, possum, groundhogs and birds.

We will locate all entry points for these unwanted critters and provide you with a long term exclusion solution to your wildlife problem which will include closing gaps where critters have entered the structure by installing barriers and repairing damaged causes by these unwanted guests.

Common entry points may include

Chimney

Plumbing vents

Roof and fascia spaces

Roof vents

Ridge vent

Roof / soffit intersections

Porch and deck...to name a few.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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