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Bed Bugs | Pest Control and Bug Exterminator Blog

Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The presence of bedbugs may be determined by a sweet odor in the room. Bed bugs are increasingly being encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, dormitories, shelters and modes of transport. International travel and immigration have probably contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs in the United States. Bed bugs do not fly, but can move quickly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces.

Size: Bed bugs grow up to 3/8 inch in length.

Color: Bed bugs are generally reddish-brown in color and are wingless insects. They have an extremely flattened body except when they are engorged with human blood. They have a large, round abdomen, and a short mouth.

Habits: While the human bed bug is not associated with the spread of any diseases, its bite can have a serious effect on people who are sensitive to its saliva. Swelling and severe itching or other immune system reactions may be a common side effect of bites although the bite itself is generally painless. The human bed bug is nocturnal, feeding only at night when people are asleep. During the daylight hours it hides in any available crack, void or hole in the immediate area.

Diet: Bed bugs are nocturnal blood feeders and crawl onto sleeping human hosts to feed. They feed by piercing the skin with an elongated beak through which they withdraw blood. Engorgement takes about three to ten minutes. Bed bugs are very resilient and adults can survive for more than one year without eating.

Reproduction: Female bed bugs lay their eggs by gluing them to hidden surfaces and lay several eggs each day with a total of about 200 eggs. Eggs are deposited into bed frame cracks, behind headboards, inside mattress seams, in baseboards, trim and bedside furniture.

Behavior:Bed bugs possess stink glands and emit odor. Homes heavily infested with the bugs have this distinct odor. Bed bugs feed at night, hiding in crevices during the day. Hiding places include: seams in mattresses, crevices in box springs, and spaces under baseboards or loose wallpaper.

Treatment: Although bed bug bites require littletreatment, efforts should be made to eliminate the source of the bites. Insecticide treatments for bed bugs are effective but should be conducted carefully, since people have prolonged close contact with the treated areas beds, couches, etc. where bed bugs live. Many pest control companies have K-9 units that can sniff out bed bug infestations, and many also offer bead bugheattreatments.

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Ants and Ant Control – Eastside Exterminators

Professional Ant Control Makes the Difference

Large black Carpenter Ants

There are many species of ants present in our region, and they can vary from one area to the next. So at Eastside Exterminators, we provide pest control for many species that can cause invisible and costly damage. They include:

The fact that successful ant extermination requires the knowledge to properly identify the infesting species makes dealing with them challenging. Some are easy to spot, like the signs of a Carpenter ant infestation. But the reality is that our depth of knowledge about ants makes it possible to choose the best course of action for treating an infestation. Conversely, when untrained individuals treat attempt to clear an infestation, their efforts may just give the ants the chance to disperse or adapt to treatment. This means the ants escape to another nest or change their behavior to avoid the pest control efforts. An incomplete attempt at ant extermination can lead to the problem becoming worse. And thats why, when it comes to keeping your family and property safe, its vital to consult professional ant control – get an ant exterminator.

…So our pest management professionals have the knowledge and experience to deal with all the common ant problems in the Greater Seattle Area. And there are MANY different ant problems in our area, especially in the summer months. We bring the same breadth and depth of experience to ants that we offer through our wildlife control services. Most of all, we employ ant control techniques that work quickly, and are safe for your family and the environment. Then, once weve cleared the infestation, you can count on us for regular ant control services to keep them out and away from your home.

Almost everybody has had to deal with ants before. And sometimes the sheer number of them can be overwhelming. So this is where professional ant control can put you at ease. When you call on Eastside Exterminators to deal with ants on your property, you can rely on our technicians to:

Above all, these are the core elements of our ant control process. And just as is true of our superb rodent control process, this work is carried out at every step of the way by technicians who are the best at what they do. To learn more about our proven, affordable services, or if you need help now, just call (425) 482-2100 today.

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Few pests produce the feelings of disgust that cockroaches do. You shouldn’t, however, let these primordial pests work you into a state of all-out chemical warfare. The same substances that are used to kill roaches can be hazardous to the health of humans and pets. Judicious chemical applications, along with a handful of common sense approaches, should be sufficient to deal with even a serious infestation. A quality exterminator will ensure that a roach population not only leaves, but stays gone.

The presence of cockroaches in your home isn’t a sign of uncleanliness. Roaches are extremely opportunistic pests that can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks and exploit the most meager food and water supplies. They’re also the ultimate survivors: cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs, can go nearly a month without food, and can even live for up to a week without a head. But as you’ll read below, there are ways to effectively deal with roaches.

More than 50 different cockroach species live in the United States, although the usual suspects in home and commercial building infestations are the German cockroach, the American cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, and the brownbanded cockroach (click here for an identification guide from the University of Colorado). Each species requires slightly different management approaches. All species, however, can cause problems for human populations. Cockroaches are known to spread disease, transmit harmful bacteria, and cause allergic reaction.

Exterminators may use a number of different chemicals to eliminate a roach population, including pesticides, bait, insect growth regulator (IGR), and desiccants (drying agents). It’s in your best interest to find out which chemicals an exterminator plans on using and research their safety. The same goes for any chemicals you use for do-it-yourself roach extermination. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is an excellent pesticide resource. It also has specific information on controlling roaches.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a comprehensive pest control strategy that employs both chemical and non-chemical roach control tactics. Cockroach IPM calls for eliminating food and water sources, removing places where roaches hide, sealing cracks to prevent access, and rigorous sanitation. Studies have shown that IPM is more effective than chemical applications alone.

Check with individual pest control companies for the most accurate fee schedules. The following prices are only meant to provide a general cost estimate of roach control services.

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How Much Do Spider Exterminators Cost? (A Simply Guide …

Despite their creepy appearance, spiders integral in our shared biome; they feed on mosquitoes, flies, and other harmful bugs. Their presence alone helps keep the number of nasty insects to a minimum.

But despite their critical role in the ecosystem, most (if not all) homeowners don’t like seeing these eight-legged freaks inside their homes. More importantly, their population can easily grow to an overwhelming figure throughout your property if they’re left unchecked.

Should You Call for an Exterminator For Spiders?

Apart from the nasty trails of silk that they leave behind on the ceilings and walls, most homeowners simply can’t stand the idea of handling spiders on their own. And since most of us know very little about spiders, the best option against the infestation is an experienced exterminator.

Why Make the Call?

There are around 35,000 known species of spiders throughout the world. Although most spiders found inside homes don’t pose a serious, direct threat to humans, there are still some that are more than capable of delivering nasty bites.

And by nasty, we mean painful bites accompanied with fever, high blood pressure, and nausea. When not medically treated, the consequences could get even worse. Two popular spiders known to deliver such a blow are the black widow and the brown recluse, both native to the southeastern region of the United States.

Apart from the fact that most homeowners are unaware of the real dangers of handling spiders on their own without proper knowledge, infestation of these little guys aren’t so simple to eradicate.

Spider exterminators, on the other hand, are licensed professionals who are skilled in effectively handling spider infestations. These people are trained with in-depth knowledge about spiders (behavior, diet, and habits) as well as experienced in safely and efficiently handling different types of arachnid problems inside houses.

When Should You Call for an Exterminator?

Seeing a couple of spiders inside your home is not really something to be worried about.

However, it doesn’t mean that you can let your guard down on these predatory arachnids. You should know when it is all right to deal with the problem on your own and the right time to call in expert help.

Can I do it myself?

When you can distinguish a poisonous spider from a harmless insect-eater, dealing with a spider or two on your own should be quite an easy task. Besides, technology has provided homeowners quite an ingenious way of effectively catching a spider without having to go dangerously near ita spider catcher.

As its name implies, the spider catcher is a tool with a long reach design to help the user safely and efficiently catch spiders and other types of insects, one critter at a time. The tool comes with soft bristles on the other end that gently grabs the target spider without causing any harm at all. It’s the best way to catch and release the spider outside your home.

How bad does it have to get?

Spidersespecially the poisonous onesbite in defense or when they feel threatened. And whether you’re aware of it or not, getting too close with the arachnid can lead to painful consequences.

If you have a family member who just got bit by a dangerous spider but can’t find the eight-legged culprit, it’s best to immediately call for emergency assistance.

If you take their presence for granted, a couple of seemingly harmless spiders silently hanging across your ceiling may easily turn into hundreds (if not thousands!) of silk-shooting critters.

And before you know it, there could already be tons of dirt-covered cobwebs hanging across your ceiling, windows, and cabinet tops. Calling an experienced spider exterminator can help you get rid of such problems in no time.

How Much Does a Spider Exterminator Cost?

So, you’ve made the decision to call a pro for your spider problem.

But do you know how much it would cost you to get professional help from a licensed spider exterminator?

As much as you want to eliminate the presence of spiders inside your house, you should also consider the importance of making an informed decisionparticularly in hiring a professional exterminator.

Basic Reactive Treatment

For common household arachnid invasions, a basic reactive treatment is needed. This type of treatment involves the use of pesticide sprayed across the key areas inside the house such as crawl spaces, ceilings, and inside baseboards.

The basic reactive treatment can range from $100 to $300, depending on the size of the property. This solution is intended to control current activity of the spiders inside home.

For a quick sample of what a visit from a spider control specialist looks like, take few moments to watch the video below.

Preventive Treatment

This type of treatment is designed to prevent spider infestations in the future. Basically, a special type of residual pesticide is sprayed over outdoor-facing components of a house such as window and door frames, eaves, and other possible entry points to discourage invasion by spiders and other pests.

Preventive treatment is usually a contract type of solution characterized by either quarterly or annual service visits. This can range from $500 to $1,000 depending on both the size of the property and the frequency of the visitation.

Important Details to Discuss with Your Spider Exterminator

Effectively eliminating infestation inside your house is a team effort between you and your exterminator. So before you make that call and request spider control service, make sure that you already know how to talk with the exterminator.

Types of Spider(s) Involved

There are various types of spiders known to invade homes, and it’s imperative to tell the exterminator the specific kind he or she will be handling inside your property.

Some known common household arachnids are the black widow, brown recluse, cellar spider, yellow sac, jumping, hobo, funnel web, and domestic house among many others. If you’re not familiar with these arachnids, you can simply describe the appearance of the spider(s) present to the exterminator over the phone.

Location

It’s also critical to identify the specific spots of your property that you wish to undergo treatment. This will give the exterminator a good head start and prepare accordingly for faster (but still effective) treatment.

Some key areas of a house where spiders are most likely going to settle are the attic, the eaves, crawl spaces, underneath hanging cabinets, and the ceiling.

When did the infestation start?

In your first phone call for spider control, the exterminator is also likely to ask you when you first noticed the infestation.

At the very least, you’ll be asked about your first sighting of an arachnid inside your home. This will help the exterminator gauge the level of spider infestation.

Recurring Spiderwebs

Spiders spin webs to produce patterns of silk that will serve as their home and trap for their prey at the same time. Sweeping these annoying cobwebs off seems like every responsible homeowner’s initiative.

But if these webs recur in the same spot almost instantly, chances are that there’s already a considerable number of spiders inside your property rebuilding their homes each night.

One or two spiders isn’t a big deal. But once these spiders lay their eggs, it’s going to be the start of a real problem in your home.

Did you know that some egg sacs contain up to 100 individual eggs? Needless to say, it won’t take long for these eggs to hatch and bring about a whole new generation of arachnids inside your home.

Egg sacs are woven silk that are just about the same size as the mother arachnid. These sacs are usually attached on the web, underside of the leaves of your indoor plant, or along the corners of your wall/ceiling. Some spiders carry their egg sacs around with them until they hatch.

If you see a couple of egg sacs lying round in various corners of your home, then an infestation is indeed underway or already active.

Questions to Ask Your Spider Exterminator

There are as many exterminators on the market as there are spiders in the wild, and they’ll all promise to be the best in the business.

However, not all of them are equally competent to help you truly get rid of spiders insider your home for good. Finding the right experts boils down to asking the right questions.

Credentials

Words are not good enough to make sure that your home gets the best possible treatment for the problem.

When finding the right spider control company, it is best to look for written proof of the expert’s qualification in providing spider treatment solutions. This includes company registration, license, and certifications.

Any reliable company should be able to show you these documents upon your request. If they can’t furnish this paperwork immediately, move along to the next prospective company.

References

Competency of the company can be measured by how satisfied their previous clients were with the same services you are about to acquire.

This, however, should not be limited to the customer reviews published on the company’s website. As much as possible, ask the company for contact details of some of their previous clients.

You can also find a good list of references by visiting trusted home services review websites like HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List. Talk to these people about their experiences with the company’s offered spider control services.

Professional Work Track

The company’s professional work track reflect’s the exterminator’s overall reliability in effectively solving your problem on spider infestation.

This covers the company’s length of service in the pest control industry, total number of clients serviced, and details of complaints (if any have been lodged).

Chemicals Used

More often than not, spider control companies use pesticides to battle an infestation. Most commonly used type of pesticide chemical is pyrethrin, which kills spiders (among many other bugs) upon contact.

Barrier treatments, on the other hand, employ the use of synthetic pyrethroids. Before any treatment is initiated, ask the exterminator to provide you with a copy of the labels of chemicals they plan on using on your property. This copy should indicate instructions on how to properly apply the chemical, as well as how this chemical affects humans and animals.

Guarantees

Every homeowner wants to rest assured that they have entrusted their spider infestation problems to the right people.

Pest control companies, on their part, provide service guarantees which emphasize the efficiency of their treatments. Guarantees and warranties will usually vary from one company to another. Some offer money-back guarantees in cases of a service dissatisfaction, while others provide reapplication of treatment should the same problem recur within the specified time coverage.

Number of Treatments

The number of treatments needed to completely eradicate the presence of spiders inside one’s property depends on the severity of the infestation.

This can be discussed right after the exterminator has successfully conducted a thorough inspection on premises. It’s essential that homeowners know how many treatments are needed to be applied in order to make the necessary and appropriate preparations.

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What to Do with Your Pets

Spider control treatment involves the use of pesticides with chemicals that can be hazardous to human health and to you four-legged buddies. So before any treatment is given a green light, you should know how to keep your pet(s) safe throughout the entire process.

Keep Them in Untreated Room

Unlike ants and termites, spiders don’t live in large groups. A spider infestation doesn’t necessarily involve arachnids by the hundreds and they won’t generally cover a substantial portion of the house.

This translates to good news: a spider treatment service is probably going to spare you at least one room safe for your pets.

This could most likely be the bedroom or the living room area. Keep your pets inside untreated zone until the chemicals sprayed on the walls of infested areas dry up (or at least when the exterminator tells you it’s safe).

Secure Them in Kennel

The kennel is much better option to make sure that your pet(s) don’t wander into harm’s way. Also known as pet carriers, kennels are very portable making it easy to secure your pet(s) from one place to another.

It may be difficult to secure your furry friend in a pet carrier for a prolonged period of time, but remember that it’s for the greater good. It’s a much more optimal solution to secure your dog or cat in a carrier for a bit than to have your pet walk into an area with exposed chemicals.

What Should You Do After Spider Treatment

After spider treatment has concluded, your main priorities are to make sure that surviving spiders are spotted and immediately reported to the exterminator. In addition, you need to secure your property from further arachnid infestations in the future.

Maintain a keen eye on both the treated and untreated areas of your home. If there are surviving spiders, chances are that they are more likely to relocate towards the spaces of your home with zero trace of the pesticide used by the exterminator. Never let your guard down, especially within the time coverage of the warranty (if provided).

While looking out for possible survivors, make time to barricade your property against future invaders. This can be done by sealing cracks and gaps, minimizing prolonged use of outdoor lights, and moving out indoor plants.

Should You Tell Your Neighbors Anything?

Just because spiders don’t move that much doesn’t mean that they can’t get to places if they need to. In fact, having a spider infestation in your home could also mean that your neighbors are also having the same problem, but haven’t noticed it yet!

Bear in mind that spiderlings most likely migrate upon hatching through their egg sacs and they do this effectively through the process called “ballooning.” To see how this process works, check out the video below.

So if you see at least a single empty egg sac, it could mean that some spiders have already found their way into your neighbors’ homes. Informing your neighbors prior to undergoing a spider treatment in your home can give them a forewarning of the infestation.

In the great outdoors, spiders are friends who feast on insects and maintain the delicate balance of a healthy ecosystem.

But when they move into our turf, however, they become foesespecially those whose bites can substantially wound us.

When you realize that you’re on the receiving end of a spider infestation, don’t hesitate to make the call to a qualified pest control professional as soon as possible. He or she can evaluate your property and exterminate these insidious arachnids as soon as possible, restoring the peace in your home immediately.

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5 Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish Naturally and Organically …

Author: Keith Dixon Commercial Pest Control & Treatment Services

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Silverfish are called several different things including urban silverfish, fish moth, fringe tail, and tassel tail. The term silverfish is the official name of this invasive pest. These little bugs are quite gross and there is nothing worse than sitting in your home and having one run across your leg.

If you have pets it is important that you do not leave harmful pesticides out around the house. For this reason, natural remedies offer a better way to get rid of these nasty little bugs that can start to invade your home.

Before dealing with a silverfish infestation it is important to make sure that what you have are silverfish and not something such as centipedes or fire brats. Both centipedes and fire brats look and act similarly to silverfish. Here are identifying factors of each:

Silverfish

Fire Brats

Centipedes

As always, the first step in getting rid of any type of insect pest is prevention. It is important to take steps to avoid getting silverfish in the first place. However, if you currently have a silver infestation, these preventative measures can help control them and to make sure that they do not come back. If you do not have silverfish taking these steps can ensure that you never have a problem with them.

The first preventative measure that should be taken is to make sure that you get rid of the types of food that silverfish thrive on. This includes old books that are rotting, cardboard debris, press board debris, loose paper, and rough or scratched linens. If you absolutely must keep these items you need to make sure that they are kept in containers that are sealed. This can be a plastic bag or other type of air tight container. This reduces the risk of silverfish getting to it and without a food source they are most likely to move on.

Next, silverfish love areas that are warm and moist. Make sure that you always clean up any spills and that there are no moist spots in the home. This includes areas such as the basement, laundry room, underneath the sink, and around pipes. Make sure any leaks in your plumbing are fixed.

Finally, make sure that you check all of the cracks, drains and vents around the house. These areas should all be sealed so that any existing silverfish in the home cannot escape and no new ones can enter the home. This will also help keep other types of pests from entering the home as well.

The next best way to get rid of silverfish is to make sure that your home is clean. You will want to make sure that the garbage is taken out on a regular basis and that there are not any areas in the home that have standing water.

The area underneath your sink should be kept clean and dry. If you have a basement, make sure that all of the pipes are sealed and that there are no areas of warm water where the silverfish can thrive.

Faucets should be clean and sealed as well as the areas around your bathtub and sinks.

There are several plants that have been known to help keep silverfish at bay. One of the best deterrents is Camphor. Camphor comes from the camphor tree and can be synthesised to use as an insecticide.

Rosemary is another great deterrent for silverfish. Simply make sachets of fresh or dried rosemary and put them in places where the silverfish is present. They will run the other way, preferably out of your home for good.

Costmary Sprigs are often referred to as bible leaves because they used to be used as a bookmark for bibles. The smell of the plant makes silverfish run away.

Cucumber peels can also be strategically placed around the home to drive away silverfish. The strong odour of cucumber deters silverfish.

There are several ways that boric acid works as a way to get rid of silverfish. Boric acid is extremely abrasive and silverfish have delicate exoskeletons. This means that if the silverfish gets boric acid on its skin it is most likely going to die. It is also harmful to the silverfish if they eat it.

To use boric acid you will simply sprinkle it around the baseboards of the home and in areas where you have seen silverfish present. If the nasty pest comes near it, they will be poisoned either through ingestion or from getting it on their skin. Boric acid offers one of the best ways to kill these pesky insects.

If you have pets it is best to try one of the plant methods to get rid of silverfish as boric acid can be harmful to your pet if they eat it.

At times, the silverfish infestation may be too large to get rid of on your own. Even with the above prevention measures and remedies, silverfish can still occupy a home. Depending on how large of an infestation of silverfish that you have and how willing you is to deal with it yourself, you may need to call in professional help. If you decide that you need professional services to solve your pest problems visit Bugz Eco-Friendly Termite Control Services.

One of the best reasons to call 1800-020-225 in professional help is that they can help with any other type of insect or pest that you may be dealing with as well.

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How much does it cost to hire a roach exterminator?

A member of the beetle family, cockroaches are a serious nuisance and pest if they get inside your home. These insects are opportunists; they like the warmth and easy access to food that most homes provide, which is why they can often be found inside residential areas. Having cockroaches is not a sign of a dirty home, but because they can spread diseases and are so difficult to get rid of once they arrive, they are considered a serious pest and something to be fought if you find evidence of them indoors.

There are five basic types of cockroaches which invade homes. In addition, the type of home that you have may affect the infestation as well. Therefore, the cost to eradicate the cockroaches can vary tremendously from home to home. Most people end up paying between $75 and $450 to have cockroaches dealt with effectively.

There are numerous types of cockroaches found in the world, but the pests that you may have inside your home is likely one of five different types.

The American cockroach is the largest and most common. It has a yellow band across its back and measures about 1 to 1–inches long. A female may lay up to 40 eggs a week once she becomes established in your home.

The Smokey Brown cockroach is related to the American cockroach, but is a little smaller and a uniform dark brown color. Their wings are longer than their bodies.

The Oriental cockroach is about the same size as the Smokey Brown, but is a very deep black in color. They prefer damp areas such as basements and bathrooms.

The German cockroach is one of the most difficult to eradicate. They produce at a rate of 40 babies a week per single female. They enter your home by being carried in on clothing or luggage.

Asian cockroaches are nearly identical to German cockroaches, but enter your home by flying in through open doors and windows, particularly during the evening hours.

There are numerous health risks associated with cockroaches. Because they live near food and sewage that can spread serious bacterial diseases such as salmonella, staph, and strep. Roaches also carry parasites such as tapeworms, which can be spread through their feces. They have also been proven to be a contributing cause of asthma in inner city children, as they inhalation of the dust and feces may aggravate airways.

Roaches can also be a serious problem for people with allergies. The dust they produce, shell casings, and feces may aggravate allergies and cause them to worsen. Many chemical treatments may also aggravate allergies, making dust treatments in the walls the most effective course of action.

Cockroaches can enter the home in numerous ways. In addition to be carried in and finding their way in through open windows and doors, cockroaches can also enter through small cracks and crevices in your foundation, siding, and around windows and other openings. Good caulking1 can help to keep some types out, but because other types enter by being carried in on food or luggage, it is often impossible to be sure youre sealing your home up well enough.

Oftentimes, the first sign that you have an infestation is the sighting of a single cockroach. Because these bugs are both evasive – they only come out at night – and because they multiply so quickly, seeing one likely means that you have dozens to hundreds more inside your walls.

Other signs of infestation include:

Small black or brown flakes that look like pepper, but are actually feces, scattered on counters and floors

A musty odor

An oily smell

If you believe your home to be infested, your first step should be to remove as many food sources as possible. Pick up pet food bowls, seal all food in the refrigerator or in plastic containers, and clean all surfaces well. Your next step should be to call a pest eradication specialist to find out what kind of cockroach youre dealing with and to come up with a treatment plan.

The size of your home will have a major impact on how easily the cockroaches can be eradicated. The larger the building, the more places where the roaches can hide. This is why the pests are more common in large apartment buildings; treating one apartment or home does not kill all the bugs. The larger your property, the more time consuming and costly the treatment may be.

Depending on the company you hire, your initial inspection may be free or part of the treatment plan. For very large homes, however, and for some companies, there may be an inspection fee of $40 to $75. If you follow up with extermination, this fee may be waived or rolled into the total cost of the treatment.

Getting rid of cockroaches can be a long and time consuming battle. Some sprays and fogs will kill the roaches nearby, but not the eggs, which means that new roaches will hatch within a few days. Poisons that are absorbed into the legs of the cockroaches are more effective because they last longer and can kill the next wave of roaches before they have time to reproduce, but can take up to 10 days to be truly effective. Its not uncommon for it to take as long as one month to truly remove the cockroaches from your home, including follow up visits from the exterminator.

Different types of roaches also require different treatments. In addition, the size of your home can also affect the final cost of the treatment. Many exterminators may use a combination of treatments on your home, and others may also work with you to ensure that the pests dont return. The cost of the treatment typically includes the cost of the labor or application service as well. The following treatment methods are the most commonly used to treat the bugs:

It usually takes more than one visit for the roaches to be completely eradicated. Follow visits cost between $45 and $100 depending on the size of the home and how bad the infestation. You may need at least two to three follow up visits to ensure the roaches are gone.

If you are dealing with ongoing issues, or you have other pests in the home, you may want to get some kind of integrated pest management. This can cost between $200 to $400 for most pests, but can go as high as $2000 for very large infestations.

Some exterminators offer monthly or quarterly subscription plans to keep pests at bay. This can cost $75 to $100 per visit, but can permanently keep roaches out.

Electronic pest deterrents are also available, which use no chemicals or sprays. They cost $20 to $40 on average, but are not effective on roaches.

While not always effective at dealing with a large infestation, there are several DIY methods available for getting rid of roaches. The main problem with DIY treatments, is that they dont always eradicate the nest, so you end up needing to treat again and again, while professional treatments may only take one to three visits. A lot of the chemicals used in DIY can also be hazardous to your health, causing dizziness, nausea, and headaches. These same chemicals should also not be used around children or pets whenever possible. Because DIY methods can take so many tries to eradicate the roaches, costs add up quickly, usually ending up comparable to professional treatments in the end.

That said, DIY methods may help to treat small nests and can even be used in conjunction with professional treatment to prevent reinfestation. The most effective methods are baits which contain boric acid, costing around $30 to $50 a jar. Sprays, costing between $5 and $10 a can can also be effective at killing the roaches that you see. Avoid bombs whenever possible. While inexpensive at around $20 to $30 each, they can cause hazardous side effects and necessitate the leaving of your home for several hours afterward.

Preventing an infestation may not always be possible, but can help to slow down or prevent some types of roaches from multiplying. Keep all food sealed and pick up pet food dishes when not in use. Keep areas dry and dry out damp basements. Seal up cracks and crevices around the home. Inspect food, clothing, and luggage when bringing it into the home for signs of roaches.

Because roaches can be so difficult to get rid of, most exterminators will not offer a warranty unless certain conditions are met. This may mean working with the exterminator to help prevent reinfestation, sealing up food, etc. Others may give a warranty if follow up visits or quarterly visits are scheduled. Speak to your exterminator to find out more.

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Rat Exterminator – Rat Removal Service – Rat Pest Control

Bugs are one thing, butRatsrunning around your backyard, home or business are another. Dont let something like rats cause you emotional and physical stress. Apex Pest Control Inc. specializes in rat extermination. Well stop the problem quickly while also giving you the peace of mind of knowing that we handle rat extermination in a safe way.

We perform exclusion techniques to keep rodents out and trap existing rodents in safe, child-proof boxes.

Well rat-proof your home or business from top to bottom. Rat poison or rat traps will help us catch the rodents and keep them out for good.

Well be happy to talk to you about the different solutions we offer to exterminate the rats. The most important step is making sure all entrances are blocked off to keepratsfrom entering your building.

Anyone in Florida with a rodent problem can benefit from a rat removal service. However, this is even more crucial for different businesses, restaurants and hotels. The hospitality industry is a driving force behind the states economy, and we want to keep your business going strong throughout the entire year. Help your employees stay productive and happy in your work environment by hiring a rat exterminator, and keep your customers coming back with a clean environment.

Families in Florida should also hire a rat removal company if they notice a problem in their house or backyard. Unsealed areas from water damage, decay or even just old age can provide the perfect places for rats to slip into your home. Until you hire someone to find all those places where rats are thriving in the Florida heat, youll still have a problem on your hands.

You can try to remove rats by yourself, but its difficult to prevent them from coming back without the services of a professional rat exterminator. Thats where we come in. We have a proven process to not only remove the existing rats from your home or business but also keep them from ever coming back.

Were a family-owned business providing safe, trusted pest solutions for over 30 years. What we do isnt just a job. We have a whole team of professionals who have made a career with Apex Pest Control. Were always committed to staying focused on our customers. We wont leave until a job is done fully to our customers satisfaction.

We wont sell you things you dont need. We provide fair and honest service and estimates, so you always know what kind of service youre getting without any hidden fees. Dont waste time trying to exterminate rats yourself. Call Apex Pest Control today at 1-866-675-4070 or fill out our form to learn more.

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Exterminator Spiders

Description

All spiders are part of the class Arachnida, characterized by having eight legs and fangs. Spiders are the largest order of the Arachnida class and are incredibly diverse. They are found world-wide and very few species are harmful to humans. They have several pairs of compound eyes located to the front of the head. Spiders are known for producing many sizes of spun webs, which can help a homeowner identify a spider in their area long before seeing the actual spider its self. While not all spiders build webs for capturing prey, almost all species produce some form of webbing for a multitude of purposes. Spiders, unlike many insects, do not possess antennae.

General Overview

Spiders are at both times immensely useful for the control of insect pest species and considered pests themselves. Spiders produce a type of silk from the spinnerets on their abdomen, which has long been analyzed by human for its incredible durability and strength. Spiders are found in all areas of the world except Antarctica. Spiders are beneficial in that they consume a great many types of insects for food that would otherwise be invasive or harmful to humans. They are a very old species of insect. Spiders are easy to exterminate when found, but can be difficult to discover as they majority prefer to remain in areas where they are not likely to be disturbed.

Signs of Infestation

A spider infestation can be most easily spotted by the presence of spiders, spider webs and egg casings, though the latter can quite difficult to sometimes spot. House spiders are the most common species found within a home and are not found to be particularly dangerous to humans. The most dangerous species commonly found are in the home are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse, which are quite venomous and dangerous to both adults and children as well as to pets. As with the common house spider, however, it is difficult to tell if you have an infestation of these more dangerous species without spotting either the spider or its nest. It is necessary to examine unused spaces regularly for signs of an infestation.

Environment

The vast majority of spider species prefer to dwell in relatively undisturbed areas of the home or areas surrounding the home. Species such as the aforementioned Black Widow and Brown Recluse are even more likely to set up their habitats in undisturbed areas such as lumber, basements and storage sheds. It is highly important to remain cautious in storage shed if you live in an areas where these two species are common. While the bite does not immediately cause death, it can cause a long list of complications from the moment it enters the body. Spiders prefer dark areas, particularly those that do not rely on webs to catch their food. These types of spiders are more mobile that their web-dwelling relatives and can be found in the home without the presence of a large web.

Eating habits

Spiders are primarily predators and will capture their prey in diverse ways. The most familiar for a large number of people is the method of building webs ad waiting for passing insects to become trapped. The spider then descends upon its meal, injects them with digestive enzymes and then wraps the prey in a silk sac for later consumption. The method of prey capture of one of the things about the eating habits of spiders that caries the most, with other species being ambush predators.

Treatment and Prevention

Spider infestations are easier to exterminate than some species of invasive insect. As with the Black Widow and Brown recluse, the best method of extermination is eradication of the hiding places that these arachnids can hide. Extermination of the more venomous species can prove hazardous and one should consult with a professional prior to its undertaking.

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How to Get Rid of Mice: The Ultimate Guide for Mice …

One of the most common home invaders for centuries has been the rodent. Between mice and rats, these pests can damage your walls, eat your food, and cause all sorts of problems. Unfortunately, mice infest homes because their natural habitat is shrinking and they seek food, water, warmth, and shelter.

It is important to identify whether you have one mouse or an infestation. Mice and rats are closely related, but methods for removing mice differ slightly from rat removal due to the size of the intruders. Luckily, it is possible to identify these invaders without having first spotted one.

The first step is to identify if you have a rodent problem. As with many forms of animal infestation, scratching or scuttling sounds are indicators of unwanted housemates. The smell of urine is another indicator of an infestation, and rodent urine is particularly strong and musky. Gnaw marks and chew holes are a third clear sign of rodent activity.

Droppings are not only a means to identify a rodent problem, but also a way to identify the type of rodent. Rodent droppings tend to be capsular in appearance and may accumulate quickly, even if there is only one pest.

Thetypes of droppings are:

Shinier droppings are fresh, whereas older droppings tend to be dull and crumbly.If there are multiple sizes, then you likely have a larger infestation of both adults and pups.

The first step in eliminating rodents is to find the entry points and block them off using metal or epoxy. As mice can enter through cracks or holes as small as a dime, this is a time-consuming yet necessary task. Once you are certain that no more may enter the home, the methods of dealing with your infestation will vary somewhat.

The second step is to make sure they have no food sources. Keep all foods in metal containers or the refrigerator, and place boxed goods is a well-sealed area that has already been checked for possible entry points. Doing so makes trapping rodents easier and may even encourage some to leave on their own.

An infestation in your walls or ceiling can prove very difficult to deal with. Rodents will find your insulation an attractive nesting material and may chew through wires or plastic pipes. Worst of all, their waste will be mostly hidden, meaning it is more difficult to clean up after getting rid of them.

Using poisons may mean that the rodents will die within your walls. They also can take several days to kill the rodent. Meanwhile, children and pets will also be at risk of exposure to the poison. Thus, the best method is to use traps or to call an exterminator. If using traps, remember that the process will take time and that numerous traps should be placed.

It is somewhat easier to deal with an infestation in your attic. Again, traps are the best method to use. Keep an eye out for any nests or scavenged foods, as the pests will bring their findings to this relatively isolated area for safer consumption. This will help you place the traps more effectively. Snap traps are an option, if you normally keep your attic door locked so pets and children cant get in.

The garage can be a frustrating source of infestation. In addition to checking walls for entry points, the garage door should be considered a possible entry point. Make sure that the door seals well when closed, leaving no room for the pests to squeeze in.

Once again, traps are the most effective solution. If your garage is a place where children and animals are not permitted to play, then snap traps may be extremely useful here. However, as snap traps will sometimes misfire, live traps remain the best solution.

Over the years, there have been many claims of products and methods to remove mice. Some of these methods are more useful than others. The following methods are some of the more commonly suggested solutions, but are by no means the only ones.

Peppermint oil may be effective against mice, although the results have some limitations. By placing some of this oil on cotton balls and distributing them in places where mice are known to visit or nest, you are creating a scent barrier which is too strong for their sensitive noses. As the odor quickly spreads, the mice will theoretically evacuate the affected areas.

There are some downsides to using peppermint oil, however. First, it does not provide a permanent solution, as the oil will evaporate within days. Second, the pureoil may be harmful to pets and children, as well as causing allergic reactions in some adults. Third, it can become quite messy and irritate the human nose if spilled.

Contrary to popular belief, not all cats love hunting mice. Indoor cats who are well-fed may find a mouse to be an interesting play toy for a while, but will eventually grow bored. Cats are also less immediately effective against infestations, and contact with a dead mouse means exposing your household to the risk of diseases to which the cat is immune.

There are countless forms of repellent out there, from sprays to oils and beyond. Unfortunately, there is no conclusive evidence that any of these repellents work, and you could find yourself wasting a lot of money before finding one which has any effect on your unwanted guests. It is better to avoid using these at all.

It has been proven that sonic deterrents are ineffective against rodents and other invasive species. The use of lights is also ineffective, as a hungry mouse is a bold mouse. Your money is better spent on mouse traps or a professional exterminator.

The most effective method of removing mice continues to be the humble mouse trap. While some are lethal, many modern traps capture the mice without harming them. It is a good idea to become familiar with the many types out there before selecting which to use for your infestation problem. Keep in mind that mice and rats will require different traps due to the size difference.

The snap trap is a simple device which has been used effectively for over 100 years. It remains highly popular, although there are some drawbacks. As these traps use a basic spring-loaded bar to crush the mouse, they often fail to kill the mouse, instead crushing a leg or tail and leaving the rodent in pain.

Another drawback to the snap trap is that it is very sensitive, leading to accidents. Children and pets are also at risk of being injured by snap traps. Finally, as the trap is intended to kill, it can cause unwanted exposure to disease through the rodents blood.

Humane mouse traps are designed to be both effective and safe. Unlike a snap trap, the moving parts generally consist of either a door or ramp. The biggest downside to a live trap is that captured rodents must be released at least one mile from your home, preferably in a wooded area, so that they will not find their way back.

To use a door trap, simply place some bait in the trap. Peanut butter and brie are both highly effective, although many different foods will work, including dog food. The mouse enters the trap to get to the food, knocking over the support for the door. The door shuts, leaving them trapped.

Traps which employ a ramp follow the same principle, but may sometimes catch more than one mouse. Bait them as you would a door trap. The mouse will follow the scent of the food, walking over a hinged ramp to get to the food. Once past the ramp, it raises again, leaving the rodent trapped.

Another form of trap that has gained in popularity is the glue trap. This is a strip of paper with a sticky substance on it similar to fly paper. The rodents feetand fur will get stuck to the paper. While effective, these traps will sometimes suffocate the rodent, plus there is a risk of a child or pet getting stuck to one. It is better to simply avoid these and buy a humane trap instead.

Over the years, people have invented plenty of homemade trap options, some of which work better than others. These have varying results, and some are designed for single use, while others may catch multiple rodents. If you decide to make your own trap, be aware that there is no guarantee of success.

Simple traps involve a cardboard or heavy paper base,some form of container, such as a tin can, bait, and a prop. The bait is placed under the container, which is then propped upright by anything from a toothpick to a quarter. When the mouse enters, the prop is knocked away and the container drops, trapping them. The trap and its base lid are then used to transport the mouse far from your home.

An example of a multiple trap requires a large bucket, an empty can opened at both ends, a dowel that is longer than the barrel, and a paint stick or other ramp. Drill holes in the bucket near the top and insert the dowel with the tin can in the middle. Smear peanut butter on the can and place your ramp. The mice will climb up and fall into the bucket while trying to reach the bait. The whole trap may then be used to transport the captive rodents.

In many cases, it is either easier or cheaper to hire a professional exterminator to deal with the rodent problem before they cause too much damage to yourfurniture. This may save you time and money, depending upon the size of the infestation. As mice are one of the most common pests, it is easy to find an exterminator in your area.

A professional exterminator will examine the house for runs, entry points, and other signs of infestation. Once they have identified an infestation and the type of rodent you have, they will seal off the entry points. Next, depending upon the severity of the infestation, they will either set traps or spray. Finally, most exterminators will do a follow-up visit to ensure the removal was complete.

According to How Much Does It Cost, an extermination will run between $40 and $300 depending upon the size of your house and the infestation. This does not include any fees for cleanup or hiring repairmen to fix damaged wires or pipes. While this may not be cost-effective for a single mouse, it is cheaper than purchasing enough traps to handle a large infestation.

Rodent infestations pose numerous health risks. While a larger infestation poses a greater threat, even a small number of invaders can be dangerous. There is a chance that your mouse problem is accompanied bydisease and/or parasites.

The term plague rat is based onthe 14th century outbreak of bubonic plague, more commonly known as the Black Death. The plagues bacteriaYersinia pestisremains a threattoday; although another strain of Y. pestis which caused the Justinian plague has become extinct. The virus is transmitted by fleas which normally feed on rats, gerbils, and other rodents.

Fleas, ticks, and mites also lead to other diseases such as Lyme disease. Because they feed on blood, these parasites can transmit illness from one host to another and can be a threat to humans and pets, especially those with a poor immune system.

One of the most dangerous diseases spread by rodents is Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, or HPS. Spread through contaminated waste or saliva from rodents, the virus may take up to five weeks before symptoms show. Different strains are transmitted by particular species of rodent, with the most prevalent North American strain coming from the deer mouse.

Early symptoms include chills, fever, muscular pain, nausea, and vomiting. As the virus breaks down the capillaries in your lungs, it causes them to fill with fluid. This leads to difficulty breathing and organ failure if not treated immediately. The mortality rate for the North American variety is 30%.

Other dangerous diseases may also be spread through rodent feces or contact. These include: rat bite/Haverhill fever, lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and tularemia.

Professional Wildlife Removal offers a current national directory of rodent exterminator services.

Tomcat offers detailed information on rodent species and methods of extermination.

For more information on the ongoingthreat of bubonic plague,BBC News discusses the efforts to study mutations in theY. pestis bacteria.

The Mayo Clinic provides extensive information on HPS, including risk factors and other important information.

You will find an extensive list of rodent-transmitted diseases on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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