Mice are one of the most common pests that can find their way onto a property and can cause a large amount of damage. They have been known to chew through furniture and structures like walls to reach food, and can even eat their way out of some traps. When it comes to picking a trap, home and business owners can choose from a broad range of mouse traps to find a style that suits their needs. Some traps are cheap but require more work on the part of the home or business owner. Others are humane but tend to be more expensive. People can find a trap which works for them by finding a balance between cost, efficiency, and mouse comfort.
Many people think of the classic wooden design when they think of a mouse trap. These traps are cheap and reusable, capable of catching one mouse at a time. People place them throughout a property with a bit of food of food as bait. When a mouse approaches to eat it, they push down on a panel or button which sets off a stiff spring and wire. The wire snaps the mouse’s neck quickly, killing it in a manner which limits the amount of pain the mouse feels. People who use these products should be aware that the dead mouse will be visible, and the mouse will need to be disposed of. Home and business owners should wear gloves when handling the mice and should be careful not to leave the traps in locations where pets and children could accidentally activate them. Similar to the wooden devices, plastic mice traps were designed to break a mouse’s neck quickly to limit suffering. They are almost exactly the same, as disposable as the wooden versions, and are usually just as cheap. The main difference is that the plastic traps are cheap to make and thus more likely to break.
People seeking an option which is safe to have around children and pets can look into electric mouse traps. This type of mouse trap looks like a small box with an entryway. People will not be able to see inside the dead mouse, but the mouse can enter in search of the bait placed inside. Upon entry, the mouse trap uses a high voltage to shock the mouse and kill it via electrocution. Like other types of mouse trap, an electric unit kills mice one at a time and need to be emptied by hand. As with other varieties, home and business owners should wear gloves when cleaning the traps to prevent the transfer of bacteria and disease.
Finally, people can choose to use humane mouse traps which catch the mouse without killing it. In these varieties, home and business owners can release the mice into the wild and not have to worry about harming it. This type of a mouse trap is designed a little like a metal cage. A mouse enters it in search of food, which triggers a gate or panel to close behind it. Home and business owners can choose between different varieties, with some forms of this mouse trap offering more comfort the mice. However, some brands do not come with air holes and people will need to check them regularly to prevent the mouse from suffocating. When searching for a humane way to remove mouse from a property, these cage-like traps are the best option and are also safe to have around children and pets.
Some people might be tempted to buy glue traps but should know that these varieties have become controversial in the pest control community. A glue trap is a mouse trap which uses a sheet covered in sticky glue to catch mice. The mouse runs over it and becomes stuck to the sheet until they die. This means that the mouse will be trapped until it starves to death, someone rips it off of the paper, or the mouse chews its own legs trying to escape. Because of this, many places do not recommend that amateurs use a glue mouse trap.
If none of these home methods sound pleasant, then it might be time to call a professional pest control company. Those employees would be able to remove mice quickly and efficiently without a home or business owner ever having to touch a mouse. They can also handle much larger infestations than a regular person, making the pest control company an ideal choice for many.
Mosquitos are a pervasive and pernicious species that can be found throughout the world. In many cases, they can be difficult to kill and frequently return thanks to their large numbers. However, home and business owners can protect their properties through the careful application of mosquito repellent. If people do not feel comfortable working with the chemicals and products themselves, many professional pest control companies offer regular sprays and the use of repellents as part of their services. Mosquito repellent comes in many forms, including natural control methods, spray repellents, and misting systems.
Natural mosquito repellent involves eliminating the conditions in which mosquitoes breed. Mosquitoes are found near sources of standing water and moisture because female mosquitoes will lay their eggs in a water source or moist soil. One of the best ways to repel mosquitoes from a property is to remove these breeding sources like stagnant water, ditches, puddles, and even clogged gutters. Sometimes people will spray certain mixtures of alcohol and scents to try to keep mosquitoes away, such as lemon eucalyptus oil. These repellents can keep mosquitoes away for up to three hours, but these are not as effective as eliminating the main source of their reproduction. These natural methods also do not work as well spray repellents.
Mosquito repellent sprays come in many varieties. Many of them can be purchased from stores and can be sprayed around a property or applied to a person’s skin. These are two different varieties of spray repellents, and a person should read the directions carefully to know which is which. Spray repellents work by taking advantage of a mosquito’s heightened sense of smell. The sprays combine many ingredients which smell bad to mosquitoes and prevent them from landing on people and taking the blood they need for sustenance. The sprays can also coat grass, plants, and even standing water bodies with the repellent, suffocating the larvae residing there and preventing mosquitoes from crossing the barrier. In many ways, these spray repellents bear many similarities to mosquito misting systems.
A mosquito misting system is the more professional version of a mosquito repellent spray. More and more commercial and residential properties have started to install regulated, automatic misting systems which can be installed throughout a property. These systems use professional grade repellent and will spray it at regular intervals to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs or feeding off of the people on the property. People need to understand the risks of using a mister and should keep children and animals away from the sprayers. A misting system is a highly effective form of mosquito repellent, but can also kill nearby insects. The EPA recommends using a minimal risk pesticide, and many states have regulations on what product can be used as well.
Mosquito repellents come in many different varieties, including forms which are user-friendly. People who are seeking to be environmentally friendly can take advantage of natural scents, while people seeking a more long-lasting solution can contact a pest control company for regular sprays. People who know they live in an area with many mosquitoes can install misters for maximum mosquito repelling power. Mosquitoes are carriers of disease, breed quickly, and feed off of the blood of humans and other animals. When possible, home and business owners should use repellents to keep them from irritating people on their property.
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House mice range from 2.5-4 in. long and are typically varying shades of gray throughout their entire bodies. Their tails are usually the same length as their bodies, meaning some mice with have 4 in. long tails. Their eyes are small, round, and dark, and house mice have rounded ears which are large compared to their bodies. They can live in buildings and also outside near food. Although house mice don’t live longer than a year or two, they reproduce quickly with 5-7 pups per litter and up to 10 litters a year. This means that a property which starts off with a single pair of mice could have up to 72 mice within a year.
House mice eat a lot of cereal grains but will partake of whatever they can find. Their nests are close to a food source and are usually somewhere nearby but out of sight. House mice are nocturnal and eat shortly after sunset and before sunrise. Their droppings are distinctive and small with pointed ends. For most home and business owners, finding droppings is often the first sign of a mice infestation.
The second type of mouse is the deer mouse. Deer mice can live inside and outside a building and are attracted to areas where there is plentiful food. They often plague farmers and eat crops looking for sustenance. Deer mice range in color from red-brown to gold-brown with white bellies and feet. They are roughly 4 in. long with tails about half of the size of their bodies – usually 2-2.5 in. in length. Unlike house mice, deer mice have large eyes and ears with very little hair on them. Their bodies tend to be larger and they tend to curve their tails, giving them a distinctive characteristic that lets people tell them apart from the house mouse. They reproduce less often and have smaller litters, but can still have several dozen pups in a single year.
Deer mice eat insects and seeds more than anything else, but will also search for food inside of homes and businesses. They are nocturnal and will eat shortly after sunset and before sunrise. Like house mice, their feces are small, barely .25 in. long, and curved at both ends. This is often the first warning sign for property owners that mice are nearby.
Mice are a dangerous pest to have within a home or business. Like other rodents, mice can be conduits of disease because they carry bacteria, viruses, and other pests like fleas. Some of the most common diseases they spread are salmonellosis, leptospirosis, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and lymphocytic chorio-meningitis. People do not need to touch the mice to contract these diseases. Instead, many people develop them from eating or drinking items which have been contaminated by mice urine or feces. Without treatment, these illnesses can lead to serious health concerns and might require hospitalization.
One of the best ways to eliminate mice is to contact a professional pest control company which can use a wide variety of methods to help remove the entire population. Professionals can use products like rodenticides and glue traps to poison or catch mice. Some can even capture the mice alive and move them to a different location. Many pest control professionals can additionally help home and business owners by mouse-proofing a home. They can eliminate entryways and explain proper sanitation and food storage so mice cease to be a problem. When it doubt, it’s best to keep the mice out.
When pests invade, an exterminator is the person to call. An exterminator is a person whose responsibility it is to help commercial and residential properties rid themselves of unwanted nuisances and potential health hazards like bed bugs, cockroaches, termites, and rodents. Although exterminators do not require higher education in their line of work, they need training and practical experience. Many people who enter the field can expect to find a growing job market as pests continue to be a problem throughout the country, especially as being an exterminator includes many responsibilities besides eliminating pests.
What else does an exterminator do? Exterminators are responsible for:
Besides these main duties, many exterminators also educate their clients about how to prevent pests from returning and might recommend regular sprays or preventative treatments. In some cases, an exterminator might also make recommendations on how to avoid pests in the future. Pest control is not a static field, and an exterminator needs to keep track of new developments in the industry. One of the latest ones has been Integrated Pest Management, which encourages exterminators to combine chemical and synthetic methods with natural and even biological procedures that not only eliminate pests but can prevent them.
When using Integrated Pest Management, an exterminator could enter a property and realize they have a severe rat problem. Alongside traps and rat poison, the exterminator could tell the owners that the rodents were attracted to open food containers in the pantry. They might also mention that there are too many places for rats to enter the home because of cracks in the walls, an ill-fitting door, or other means of access that connect the outside to the home’s interior. In drastic cases, an exterminator could even suggest bringing in a natural predator of the rats, such as a barn cat.
Many people are tempted to try home recipes or DIY methods to eliminate pests, but they are not always effective. For a professional touch and peace of mind, calling a trained exterminator can ensure that pests are removed safely and effectively. The exterminators with Escondido Pest Control can help people choose products which make them comfortable and know that they are handled with care. The company can also make sure that every pest is removed and prevented from returning.
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