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Are Mice Nocturnal? The Sleeping Habits of a Mouse

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Imagine yourself lying in bed at night, just about to fall asleep, when a strange noise catches your attention. Perhaps you tell yourself, “It was just the wind.” But you can’t ignore the series of skittering, scampering, and scratching sounds for long.

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Topics: Rodent Control

What Do Beetles Eat Around Your Home & Outside?

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Feb 17, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Beetles in your home—what are they and how do they get inside?

There are 350,000 known beetle species in the world (with many more to be discovered!). North America is home to over 25,000 species of beetles. The most commonly spotted of these are the Carpet Beetle, June, May, Leaf, and the Lady Beetle (more commonly known as the Lady Bug).

Carpet beetles, Wood Boring, Long Horned and the Powderpost Beetles are the types of beetles most frequently encountered by homeowners. Although they differ in size, color, and shape, all beetles can be set apart from other bugs and cockroaches by their hard, shell-like wings.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Mouse Lifespan: How Long Do Mice Live?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 9, 2017 4:21:34 PM

Have you ever had a mouse in the house?

Although a pet mouse might make an adorable addition to the family, some mice may be more like uninvited houseguests. Before you decide to adopt a pet mouse, or run and hide when you find one running around your home, find out more about the life cycle stages of a mouse.

Mouse life cycle 

Baby mice:  Mice pups are small, roughly the size of a quarter, and only weigh about as much as a sheet of paper. They are blind and sometimes referred to as ‘pinkies’ due to the pink color of their hairless bodies. Unless you find a mouse’s nest, you are unlikely to encounter baby mice.

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Topics: Rodent Control

Different Types of Beetles & How to Identify Them

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 2, 2017 4:00:00 PM

What are the Different Types of Beetles?  

What do mysterious pinholes in wood flooring, furniture, or trim; damaged carpets and fabric; and discolored or foul smelling flour have in common? These can all be signs of a beetle infestation.

Beetles are a slightly less common household pest, but when they are present in your home, they can cause significant damage. Find out about the different types of beetles and how to identify them so you can catch a problem before it gets out of control.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away

Can You Tell the Difference Between a Rat and a Mouse?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 19, 2017 5:45:00 PM

Is it a rat or a mouse?

You’ve heard scratching sounds; out of the corner of your eye, you’ve seen something scurrying away; you’ve found little black pellets laying around; or encountered any of the other signs of an infestation. Now you need to know what exactly you are dealing with so you can figure out how to get rid of it.

Recognizing the difference between rats and mice can be tricky, but there are a few tell ‘tail’ signs that will make the job easier. If you’ve actually seen the rodent in question, consider these identifying characteristics:

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Topics: Rodent Control

Dangerous Spiders - Which to Be Careful of in Your Home

Posted by Rita Stadler

Dec 15, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Seeing a spider in your house can be alarming, but is there really cause for concern? 

Most people are afraid of spiders, so when an eight-legged visitor shows up near the bathtub drain or hiding behind the garage door, emotions can run high. While the average house spider is harmless, there are a few types of spiders that are dangerous.

Knowing which spiders are dangerous, and which you don't need to be afraid of can definitely come in handy. If you spot one in your home, being able to identify it and knowing how to remove it could help save you and your family from painful spider bites that could lead to illness.  

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Topics: Pest Control

Moth Control Methods: Repellents vs Mothballs vs Traps

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Dec 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

If you’ve ever experienced moths in your home or belongings, you understand how much of a nuisance they can be—not to mention the damage they can cause to your linens and carpets.  If you’ve found little holes in your clothes or patches in your carpets with disappearing fibers, you have probably also found all the signature signs of a moth infestation in your home.

Moth larvae, silken tubes and cocoons will be found wherever moths are bedding and hatching—normally in your clothes. When laying eggs, moths prefer fabrics, especially those that are undisturbed (for example, that wool jacket you shoved in the back of your closet 6 months ago). Female moths can lay up to 50 eggs within 3 weeks and those eggs hatch within 10 days, although they may take a little longer in cooler conditions.

The damage that moths can do to your home and clothing is not something that should be taken lightly. Taking the appropriate measures to remove moths from your home is necessary. Below we compare mothballs vs moth traps vs repellants to help you find which control method would best suit your situation. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Home, Stay Away Moths

What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like & What to Do When You Find Them

Posted by Rita Stadler

Dec 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Seeing a mouse in the house is upsetting, but finding out that a rodent infestation has been lurking in your home for a long time is even worse. Knowing how to identify the signs of a pest problem will help you prevent infestations and keep your home pest free.

Finding mouse droppings is one of the most obvious ways to discover you have a mouse problem in your home. In this article we'll discuss what mouse poop looks like, the dangers of mouse poop in your home, and how to properly clean and dispose of the droppings.  

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Topics: Rodent Control