Jun 292011

Rodents, such as mice and rats, are social creatures. This means that they tend to get lonely without companionship. Once they find a good source of food, warmth, and security, such as your home, they’ll bring their entire family and start adding to the family.

Rats & Mice

Not only are most people disgusted by the thought of rats or mice in their home, but these are also pose a number of health threats. According to the CDC, they can carry the following diseases:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • South American Arenaviruses
  • Tularemia

While not all of them will be carriers of the above diseases, they can still be a nuisance around the house as they chew everything in sight.  It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords and food supplies when mice and rats are involved.  They will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food.  In fact, they will even chew through a wall if they think there is food on the other side.

Now, they don’t have to chew a very large hole because they can squeeze through tiny holes.  In fact, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar.  This is usually how mice and rats originally get into a home or business.  They have squeezed through some tiny hole that no one noticed. That is why it is very important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place.  This is a service that our specialists can perform for you.

Below is a list of the common areas to find these holes and gaps inside your home.  Remember that mice are not restricted to low areas as they are expert climbers.  The common areas are:

  • Around doors.
  • Around the fireplace.
  • Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines.
  • Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces.
  • Around floor vents and dryer vents.
  • Between the floor and wall juncture
  • In the basement or crawl space and in floor drains of basement or laundry room
  • Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves.
  • Inside closets near the floor corners
  • Inside the attic.

Don’t forget to look on the outside of your home for points of entry as well.  The last thing you want is a rodent trapped in your walls and scratching all night and day.  Some good places to look for holes and gaps on the outside of your home include:

  • Around doors.
  • Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines.
  • Around the foundation
  • Around windows.
  • Attic vents and crawl space vents.
  • In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves.
  • Under doors.

Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool which is kept in place with caulking around the edges.  Larger holes can be fixed with metal sheeting, cement, lath metal or screen, or hardware cloth.  Flashing can also be used around the base of your home to prevent entry.  If this all sounds like too much work for you, don’t fear.  We’d be happy to sent out our experts to not only rid your home of existing rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well.  Just give us a call at (972) 445-7245 to schedule your consultation.

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Jun 292011

Bed Bug Entry Ways

                They can enter a home through a number of ways. Many of our customers have called to complain about them after they’ve returned from a vacation or weekend getaway. Bringing in used clothing or furniture before having them properly

Bed Bug Control Irving TX

Don’t let bed bugs run you out of your home. Give our bed bug control Irving professionals a call today at (972) 445-7245.

Cleaned is another way that these sneaky pests can enter your home. Even letting someone inside of your home who has recently had these can in turn cause their bed bugs to make their way into your house. They have even been known to enjoy hiding inside of the bindings of old books!

How to Identify them

                They are in the shape of an oval and are approximately the same size as an apple seed. Their bodies will tend to be flat and brown, but if they have just had a meal they will be all puffed up and will take on a reddish color. They cannot fly; however this doesn’t stop them from quickly taking over the rooms of a home. The eggs

of a female ones are nearly impossible to spot because of the fact that they are merely the size of a speck of dust; great for them, terrible for you. If you are un-protected and un-suspecting of these bugs, it will give them the perfect opportunity to enter your home, pick a room to breed in and spread throughout the home from there. When trying to determine if you are dealing with a bed bug situation, there are certain signs a homeowner should always be aware of.

Signs of a Bed Bug

                The first noticeable sign of a them would be waking up in the mornings with bites all over you. The bites can go unnoticed at first, but will soon begin to itch.  The bites can appear anywhere on the body from the face, neck, hands, arms, legs, sides and even your feet! The next thing you can do is check your mattress and the bedding that you use on the mattress. If they have in fact taken up residence in your mattress, you will see tiny splotches of brown and red all over the mattress and even your sheet. These splotches you see are actually the their fecal matter from feeding off of you! If that isn’t enough to make you want to get rid of these pests then just wait, there’s more! Baby ones will shed their skin up to 5 times, if not more, before they become an adult. You can also find these on your mattress if they are truly present.

                If you have discovered a bed bug or numerous ones inside of your home or if you aren’t sure that it really is a pest that have invaded, give our pest experts a call today and leave it to us to locate and eliminate the problem. Don’t wait until you already have an invasion to do something about protecting your home. In the end, this can cost you double, maybe even more, of what it would have cost you to treat your home properly. Pick up the phone and give us a call today at (972) 445-7245 to learn more about bed bugs and what our experts can do for you when it comes to keeping these unwanted house guests out of your home, and especially out of your bed!

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