It’s a new year! If your new year’s resolution is to get control over the pests that may be inhabiting your home, then we want to make sure you’re heading into 2018 armed with as much pest control knowledge as possible. Read on as we debunk some of the most common myths surrounding pest control. Then, give us a call to schedule your free in-home estimate.
Clean Houses Don’t Get Bed Bugs
Clean homes CAN suffer from a bed bug infestation. This is because bed bugs are very good hitchhikers. If you’ve recently visited a hotel or a friend’s home that has developed a bed bug problem, then it is very likely that they will travel home with you in your luggage, purse, or clothes.
Mice Love Cheese
As the classic game, Mouse Trap would suggest, mice love cheese and we should put it in our mice traps. However, mice are much more apt to look for foods with high levels of sugar like cereal, peanut butter, and sugar cubes. These would be much better options for your traps!
Cats Keep Mice at Bay
Any cat owner can probably tell you about a time or two that theirs has come home feeling very proud of himself for catching a mouse. And while it’s true that cats do, on occasion, like to playfully chase and catch a mouse, they do not regard them as threats or feel a need to help eliminate their presence in your home. A cat is definitely not enough protection against a mouse infestation.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist! In fact, the smallest, hardest to see pests are often the most dangerous because they can cause damage before they’re discovered.
Bug Zappers are Effective Against Mosquitoes
Bug zappers attract bugs with bright lights. However, mosquitoes aren’t attracted to light, like moths are, so don’t bother with the zappers if mosquitoes are pestering you.
Call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 today to schedule your free in-home evaluation!
Did you know that rats are extremely tidy rodents? In fact, rats spend a great deal of their day cleaning themselves and their living quarters. They also keep their “bathroom” separate from their “bedroom” in a way that is reminiscent of a dog.
Nonetheless, rats are certainly to blame for spreading diseases. This can happen through the transportation of parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites. They may also spread disease through the human handling of rodents, contact with rat feces and urine, and in the case of a rat bite. In addition, any food or water that may be contaminated by rat fur or excrement is extremely dangerous and poses a serious health risk. Read on to learn about some of the diseases carried by rats.
The following are directly transmitted by rats:
Rat-bite Fever may be contracted through a bite, scratch, or contact with a dead rat. Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, headache, rash, and swelling near the wound.
Salmonellosis is transmitted by consuming contaminated water or food. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping, and vomiting.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is spread through direct contact with rat feces or urine or by inhaling contaminated dust. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and coughing. HPS can be fatal and should be taken very seriously!
The following are indirectly transmitted by rats:
Plague is carried by rats and spread through fleas. There are several types of plague and symptoms can include fever, delirium, and infection of the lungs.
Colorado Tick Fever is transmitted by a tick that has taken in blood from a rat. An infected person may experience chills, headache, fatigue, vomiting, abdominal pain, and rashes.
Obviously, a rat infestation should be dealt with immediately and very carefully to avoid the spread of any of the aforementioned diseases. We at Freedom Pest Control are experienced in this area and are happy to provide you with your free in-home evaluation. Please call us at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule yours today!
You’ve no doubt noticed a big shift in the food scene around farm-to-table eating, with an emphasis on preparing and serving as much locally sourced food as possible. This movement has caused a huge uptick in homeowners trying their hand at raising chickens in backyards, hoping to enjoy fresh eggs they can harvest themselves. Not a bad idea – except that chicken coops can be a huge draw for the kind of locals you don’t want around your home, namely rats! Unfortunately there’s lots about chicken coops that these rodents love and will seek out. If you’re thinking of trying your hand at poultry farming this spring, here’s how to create a home for your feathered friends while keeping the rats out:
- Keep all feed in a metal container. On our site visits, we see a familiar pattern with coop owners: they start out keeping everything neat and tidy, with no grain on the ground. Within a few months, they loosen up, and start tossing some feed on the ground for an extra treat – and that’s where problems start. Hungry rats’ number one mission is to find food, and it won’t take long for them to find that grain and set up shop. Never ever ground feed, and never keep food in anything but a metal container.
- Remove used hay bedding. That soft cushion you give your chickens to sleep on quickly becomes filled with urine and droppings, creating the kind of warm and moist environment that rats love. Change out that bedding daily to keep the rats away!
- Seal up your compost. If you plan on having a compost pile, keep it in a sealed container well away from the chicken coop. Don’t give rats another reason to keep coming by for a meal.
- Build the coop away from your home. No matter how clean you keep that coop, animals are living, eating, and relieving themselves in it. Keep it well away from where you live – and considering you’re always somewhat at risk for a rat infestation, the last place you want it is anywhere near your own kitchen and pantry.
Our experts are always available to inspect your property for any problem spots. If you suspect an issue, or want to prevent one, give us a call at 877-742-2350 to schedule an inspection!