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Cockroach Control – Get Rid of Roaches – Orkin.com

Didn’t find your pest ? Ask the Orkin Man

What Do They look Like?Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm (2 in) length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates. Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some have wings. However, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. Read more about what a cockroach looks like.

People often blame a cockroach problem on poor housekeeping. While cleaning floors, kitchens, and bathrooms is useful and very important to reduce food sources used by cockroaches, they may get inside and cause an infestation for other reasons. These pests can hitch a ride on infested items brought inside, get indoors via cracks and gaps in the homes exterior, enter through drains or sewer pipes and a few species of cockroaches can fly inside when attracted to lights.

While cockroaches are one of the most common pest problems, they are also one of the most stubborn. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, breed quickly, have a very high reproductive potential and may develop resistance to pesticides.

Cockroaches often taint food with E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, so its not safe to ignore these pests. Exposure to cockroach feces and the body parts of dead roaches over time can even trigger allergies and asthma.

What Orkin DoesThe Orkin Man is trained to help manage cockroaches. Since every home is different, the Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Keeping roaches out of your home or building is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. Orkins exclusive A.I.M. solution is a continuing cycle of three critical stepsAssess, Implement and Monitor.

The Orkin Man can provide the right solution to keep roaches in their placeout of your home or business.

For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact your local Orkin branch office.

Read about cockroach infestation signs

Cockroaches belong to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta and Order Blattaria. Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests. Others are beneficial to the environment as important recyclers of decaying organic material.

The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present.

Restaurants may also experience cockroach infestations.

Cockroaches emit unpleasant odors and may also produce sound.

The Madagascar hissing cockroach is the most famous of these vocal cockroaches, although more common species may produce quieter clicking or chirping noises.

Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home. To win the war in cockroach control, heres what you should know:

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Bedbug extermination is aKnight Pest Control specialty. Our treatments against bedbugs are highly effective. We work closely with the homeowner so that they understand the process involved inbedbugtreatments.

Indianas climate is suitable for a number of spiders, which inhabit gardens and wooded areas and sometimes find their way into homes. These species range from venomous spiders to harmless arachnids that are commonly found in this part of the country.Spiders Ants

With spring upon us, spiders and ants are a lot more plentiful. Knight Pest Control can put a safe,invisible barrieraround your home to keep the unwanted insects out.

German and brown-banded cockroaches reproduce quickly. Knight Pest Control can administer a preventivetreatment in and around you home to end andprevent a cockroach infestation.

Knight Pest Control is ready for bees and wasps. Swarm season in Indiana is around Mothers Day. Sometimes, there canbe swarms in March and into September, as well.This depends on the weather and the hive condition.

Bees swarm as anatural method of reproduction or increase in population. Usuallybecause a hive is overcrowded and the queen has run out of space to lay eggs.She will stop laying eggs andshrink in size so she can fly.When swarming, the queen takes off with part of the population to start a new colony.The old colony will make a new queen and continue to prosper.

The swarm fliesaway, lands and clusters on a tree limb, brush or other site.The swarm cluster canbe the size of a softball to larger than a basketball.Normally, they eventually move toa preferred home such as a hollow tree, but they have been known to settle in house eaves, attics, and even walls. Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Rats and mice can be found in and around every town and farm in the country. It is estimated that there is one rat for every person living in the United States. Rodents have followed man to almost all parts of the world. They have no respect for social class; they are equal opportunity pests.

Rats and mice are so closely linked to man they are called domestic rodents. Man supplies their three basic needs: food, shelter, and water.

Rodents are a threat to health, and they interfere with our economic and physical well-being. Indiana State Department of Health

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Seeing rat traps sitting untouched both upstairs and in the basement, pest exterminator Robin Morrison delivered welcome news to a Eugene homeowner Wednesday.

The home near Hendricks Park was once again free of the dirty, destructive rodents.

The homeowner, who asked that his name not be used, was relieved.

The initial evidence that his home was infested with rats a first in his 38-year ownership of the property was several months ago, when he noticed bite marks on fruit he kept on a counter.

My wife thought the grandkids were doing it, he said.

Then the rats chewed up the wiring in his dishwasher.

A call to Bug Zapper Pest Control, a five-year-old business based in Roseburg with a branch in Eugene, brought Morrison to the scene.

Local pest exterminators like Morrison are in high demand these days as pest control businesses, neighborhood groups and city officials all acknowledge a marked increase in the citys rat population, and a surge in complaints from residents.

They attribute the increase to the rise in backyard gardens, open compost piles and chicken coops that provide rodents a steady supply of food that allows them to thrive and procreate.

City officials have said theyll launch a public education campaign with Lane County Public Health and take other steps to help bring the population under control.

In the meantime, pest exterminators such as Morrison are the tip of the spear for homeowners who dont want to get their hands dirty and arent wise to the sneaky ways of rats.

The onset of winter has long been prime indoor rat season, as rodents scurry to get out from the cold. So Morrison, 40, spends his work days visiting homes and setting and checking dozens of peanut-butter-laced traps cheese isnt as effective, he says and bait boxes of rat poison. He also seals in crawl spaces and other holes and gaps around the exterior of homes.

Summertime is wasp season for Morrison. He also exterminates ants, bedbugs, fleas, gophers and moles.

As Morrison visited his customers last week, they displayed a mix of emotions, from mellow to manic, about the rat infestations they have endured.

Earlier in the day, Morrison checked in on one distraught customer. The homeowner, who asked that her name not be used, saw a mouse earlier this year. She hired Bug Zapper to trap mice and seal her home. The firm caught more than a dozen mice at the house, but recent weekly checks had turned up nothing. During the latest visit, however, the homeowner showed Morrison two mouse droppings shed found and put in a bag. Mouse droppings, much smaller than rat droppings, are relatively easy to identify.

Morrison confirmed that the droppings were fresh. A mouse may be in the house. He was perplexed but got to work setting up a box baited with poison in a bedroom closet where she had found the droppings.

The homeowner said she couldnt sleep in that room and was growing increasingly desperate about the situation.

I can not live like this, she said at one point.

Morrison tried to reassure her. Well definitely get to the bottom of this, he said.

Its like an invasion and its an uncontrollable wild card, he said a short time later while driving to his next appointment. Most people see their home as their sanctuary. Thats where you are you. … When something enters that home and then starts threatening to make it feel like its also their home and its unwanted, it can feel really, really violating.

With most customers, Morrison said, he attempts to strikes a balance by acknowledging their concern while reassuring them that their situation isnt bad as it seems. But for some customers, the only approach is to work to kill the offending rodents as fast as possible.

A pest exterminator for almost two years, Morrison said the biggest misconception of his trade is that he and his peers dont know what theyre doing.

Pest exterminators must secure state licenses to apply pesticides. Morrison has been told Oregons tests are more difficult than in some other states. Exterminators complete apprenticeships and pursue continuing education to keep their licenses current. They often do research to study the behavior of pests and their weak points.

But the second-guessing by customers comes in ways both explicit and implicit. Customers may tell Morrison to set up the traps at certain locations. Or he may find traps hes set have been moved by the homeowner to other spots.

Youre not going to get any rats in your fridge, I guarantee it, he quipped.

Wait, someone moved into a refrigerator a rat trap Morrison had set out in the house?

Yes, Morrison said, with the customer telling him, Well, if I open the fridge, one might run in, and hes a goner.

Morrison, a married father of two, became a pest exterminator a year after getting his bachelors degree in English from the University of Iowa in 2015.

Morrison spent his formative years in Coos County and held a variety of jobs including managing a restaurant and working at an adult care center before moving his family to the Midwest to pursue his degree.

His ultimate goal was to teach English and literature at a university. His passion is writing, and a target for Morrison earlier in life was to write at least a story chapter or two poems every day.

But after graduating at age 38, he decided that pursuing an academic career was too much of a gamble for his family. In pursuit or a trade, he moved to Eugene, where he had lived briefly during his freshman year of high school.

He read about pest control and was fascinated, realizing entomology might be a calling.

He secured all the necessary licenses and was hired by Bug Zapper Pest Control a short time later as one of its first employees. The firm now has seven pest exterminators.

The job, which includes managing the Eugene branch and training all new pest exterminators, allows him to keep writing, as he writes the companys blogs and social media posts.

Morrison said the uptick in rat calls has prompted the company to retool its practices. Rats are one of the companys least profitable pests, because it is so time consuming to try to kill them. The company charges a flat $399 for rat trapping, which includes weekly checks until signs of the rats are gone.

He said pest exterminators are setting more traps and at more locations in a house initially, and sometimes checking before the week is out, or at a customers request. The aim is to exterminate the rats as quickly as possible to keep the problem from spreading in a neighborhood and save on the expense of future visits.

Morrison declined to divulge his salary, but he said he and his wife, a server at the Olive Garden restaurant in Eugene, get by.

He works overtime weekly, is eligible for commissions and is sometimes rewarded for the pain he may suffer removing wasp nests.

When they (customers) see you jumping around because you got stung, they give you a tip, he said. I try not to abuse that. Its a nice thing that they do.

He said his 4-year-old daughter has taken an interest in insects, and his 12-year-old son has expressed interest in following in his fathers footsteps.

Morrison said he has told his son to think carefully.

You have to want to go into a crawl space and get dead rats out in order to do this job, he said. If you dont want to do that, youre not going to last more than a year or so. Its pretty unnerving, or can be.

He recalls the time he retrieved the bodies and skeletons of dozens of dead rats. The rats had turned to cannibalism after the sealing of the house cut off their food supply, he said.

Theres the overpowering odor of decaying rodents and the strong ammonia smell from rat urine that he copes with daily.

Morrison chews gum constantly during his shift. He read that it helps surgeons tone down their gag reflex when encountering revolting smells. Hes found that it helps.

Then theres interacting with some customers. Hes happened upon domestic disputes during service calls.

One time, a giant of a man answered the door, shirtless, his torso beet-red.

He ranted about a monster bug atop his vehicles gas cap, but Morrison didnt see anything.

The man went inside, and Morrison heard shouting moments later. He looked in a window and observed the man shouting at a wall.

Morrison left immediately and put a note in the system for the firm not to respond to future service calls to the address.

I still get scared when I think of that guy, he said.

Despite the challenges, Morrison said he plans to make pest control his career, as he can return to writing when he retires.

Unlike in previous jobs, having that many hats I wear in the company just makes me feel valuable, he said.

Does it bother him that he makes a living killing things albeit creatures that most people are desperate to see gone?

Morrison said he has mostly become desensitized to it, similar to his previous work assisting residents at a senior care center who were too frail to clean themselves after using the bathroom.

I dont think theres part of me that finds any glee in catching rats, other than just the standard OK, good, were making progress on this job, he said. Every now and then, youll catch something and youre like, ah, I cant believe I do this for a living. I wrote poetry until a few years ago. Whats going on? How did this come about?

He acknowledged that he does gets pangs of guilt sometimes killing moles and rats, as they are intelligent. In addition, he has friends who keep rats as pets.

I go over to their house and Im looking at the rat, and Im thinking this is awkward because I kill these for a living, like this is what I do, he said. Theyre like, Do you want to hold my pet? Im like, No, sorry. My brain is geared toward a series of actions you dont want me performing on your rats.

Follow Christian Hill on Twitter @RGchill . Email christian.hill@registerguard.com .

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Sooner or later, were all pestered by pests. Whether its ants in the kitchen or weeds in the vegetable garden, pests can be annoying and bothersome. At the same time, many of us are concerned that the pesticides we use to control pests can cause problems too.

Plants, insects, mold, mildew, rodents, bacteria, and other organisms are a natural part of the environment. They can benefit people in many ways. But they can also be pests. Apartments and houses are often hosts to common pests such as cockroaches, fleas, termites, ants, mice, rats, mold, or mildew. Weeds, hornworms, aphids, and grubs can be a nuisance outdoors when they get into your lawn, flowers, yard, vegetable garden, or fruit and shade trees. Pests can also be a health hazard to you, your family, and your pets. Its easy to understand why you may need and want to control them.

Nowadays, you can choose from many different methods as you plan your strategy for controlling pests. Sometimes a non-chemical method of control is as effective and convenient as a chemical alternative. For many pests, total elimination is almost impossible, but it is possible to control them. Knowing your options is the key to pest control. Methods available to you include pest prevention, non-chemical pest controls, and chemical pesticides.

The most effective pest management strategy for controlling pests may be to combine methods in an approach known as integrated pest management (IPM) that emphasizes preventing pest damage. In IPM, information about pests and available pest control methods is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Its easier to prevent pests than to control them. You may not need to worry about the four pest control steps just mentioned IF you make the effort to prevent pests in the first place.

Youve got pests, and you want to control them with a dependable pest control method that does not contain chemical pesticides. Non-chemical pest control methods really work, and they have many advantages. Compared to chemical treatments, non-chemical methods are generally effective for longer periods of time. They are less likely to create hardy pest populations that develop the ability to resist pesticides. And many non-chemical pest controls can be used with fewer safeguards, because they are generally thought to pose virtually no hazards to human health or the environment. Two examples of non-chemical pest control methods are biological and manual treatments. Learn more about us.

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Our Reno, Nevadapest control expertsare proud to be part of the new corporate headquarters for Pestmaster Servicesand to be at the nerve center of a company that is redefining what pest control services can be. There are many different types of insects and pests in the Nevada desert, and our green exterminators have dealt with them all. We offer eco-friendly pest control solutions that are long-lasting and kind to the environment. Look to us for insect control, rodent extermination, roach control, termite inspection and treatment, and more. Furthermore, we strive to make certain that all of our innovative solutions are affordable. Chemical-based pesticides dont have to be the end all be all when it comes to pest control. There are other ways to go about it, and you will find some of the most creative and effective solutions at Pestmaster Services.

Unlike other Nevada pest control companies, Pestmaster Services commitment to our Integrated Pest Management approach means that we are always working to improve our services in a mannerwhich does not harm the environment. While harmful chemicals and pesticides used by other pest control companies may get rid of insects and other pests, they do a great deal of irreversible damage in the process. Pestmaster Services is proud to be an industry leader in developing environmentally responsible solutions that protect the ecosystem while allowing Reno residents to live pest-free.

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Chemical-based pesticides dont have to be the end all be all when it comes to pest control. There are other ways to go about it, and you will find some of the most creative and effective solutions with us. Pestmaster Services is excited to have set down roots in a great city such as Reno. The unique landscape of Northern Nevada offers many opportunities to put our innovative solutions to work for local residents.

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Your Syracuse, NY Squirrel Pest Control Experts

For over 20 years, EnviroTechs squirrel pest control experts have been around protecting households and families. Our experts have a vast knowledge of humane treatments to evict squirrels from your home once and for all.

Since we continue to invade wildlifes natural habitat with our buildings and homes, we leave them no alternative but to enter our homes.

Squirrel populations are expected to continually rise due to the plentiful food supplies and mild climate patterns.

Our homes are designed to keep us warm and protected from all kinds of weather. Why wouldnt squirrels want to keep their family safe as well?

Humane Squirrel Removal

Envirotechs strategy is to use humane methods to remove the squirrel(s) as safely as possible. Typically, we try to establish a strategy that forces the animal to leave your home without return, (one-way exit). This way the squirrel(s) are able to leave and find shelter on their own terms, along with bringing their pups if any are present.

Exclusion

After we safely remove the squirrel, we find and secure entrance points, such as holes, wires, cracks, and beams anything they might use to reenter the structure. We make sure that your house is 100% nuisance wildlife proof.

Sanitize

Our squirrel pest control experts will then complete a proper cleanup to ensure the animals harboring area and feces are cleaned up and thoroughly sanitized. This provides safe living conditions for your home after the critter has been driven out.

Squirrels are prolific rodents who have adapted quite well to human environments. They are very territorial, especially females that are nesting, and will aggressively defend their territory. Squirrels usually construct large, composite material nests high in trees which become quite visible when foliage drops off in the fall. They will enter and inhabit dwellings, setting up large nests in attics, dormers, and unused chimneys. Squirrels are ardent hoarders, and are quite noisy, so usually they can be detected before they establish a nest in a home. Squirrels get used to specific food sources, and are resourceful feeders. Often food left out for birds or other wildlife will attract a number of squirrels.

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Bed Bug Exterminator Indianapolis – The Bed Bug Co.

Bed bugs are one of those irritating creatures that cause many sleepless nights. They procreate at a rapid rate, and even a single bug or egg can produce an infestation. These bed bugs move smoothly between clothing andfurniture, and you can experience a massive outbreak in a very short amount of time.They usually inhabit on mattresses, bedding and couches. It can be very difficult toget rid of bed bugs, but it is not an impossible task. Call the Indianapolis Bed Bug Exterminator!317-620-3416 or Request a Quote!

Go for a Bed Bug exterminator like us who has the right knowledge and experience in dealing with theseinsects. As an Indianapolisbed bug exterminator companyweperform a thorough inspection of your home, focusing on problem areas like bedding, cracks, holes, furniture, and walls. When we have identified the problem, we will give the most suitablerecommendation regarding treatment method.317-620-3416 orRequest a Quote!

Withbed bug extermination, it is significant to thinkabout the methods that are available. We use organic pesticides to address the infestation along with heat or steam to get rid of the bugs that have infested bedding and upholstery. In assistance to eradicatingbed bugs from infested blankets, bed sheets, and clothing, try washing and drying them to helpprevent them from getting worse and increasing in infestation. Our cost is customer friendly and doest not deviate from afirst-class services. 317-620-3416 or Request a Quote!

The best alternative that people opt for nowadays is to hire a bed bug extermination company. Looking forbed bug companies in Indianapoliscan be a very costly method in order to get rid of the many infestations in a house. But going the professional treatment route is a very trusted and full proof method.

When hiring us, in preparations to our treatment you will have to clear all your textile belongings and allow the professionals to treat it thoroughly. Our organic chemicals areable to kill the any infestation of any size. We also use bed bug heat treatment or steam technique.

Once again in preparation you will need to remove all your clothing, bed sheets and curtains. Once this is done, it wise to vacuum the room thoroughly.Once you are done with this, you are ready our bed bug treatments. Usually, heat treating will be used first. Being the experts in the field, we have the skill to perform the procedure and utilize the heaters. The bed bugs will undoubtedly try to make their way out when the temperature is high. We as professionals know about the places where the treatment needs to be carried out and spread steam. This method is non-toxic and hence will also not cause any health hazards too.

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DIY Rat Extermination RATCONTROLTRICKS.COM

Rats are known to mess with peoples internal home affairs since the dawn of times. There is a common saying which goes Where humans live, the rat lives; what humans eat, the rat eats.So if you are a home owner, check this! The apparently slim chance that you will have to deal with these rodents in the near future is constantly growing, especially if you dont have a clue how to repel them from your property (90% simply dont, and end up being forced to hire professional rat exterminators, which is not a bad thing, but requires more spending).

DISCLAIMER: There are many websites out there (mostly ran by wildlife removal companies) which claim none of the do it yourself rat eradication solutions that we are going to talk in this article actually work. The thing is, most of these companies just want to sell you their pest control services. They wouldnt approve of a DYI rat control method even if it worked like charm. So it is up to you to decide which way to go, either learn to handle a rat problem yourself or pay a professional company with years of experience to do it. Both work well in my opinion, when done right.

If you decide to do it on your own, you have to stay informed and always be ready to face these creatures!Thats why we created RatControlTips.com,to help beginners like YOU find a reliable, fast and easy solution to their rat problems, in just a few clicks of a rat mouse 😉

Alright, so in case you dont have the money to hire a professional rat exterminator, let the experts from your local pest control company do the job, or you simply want to save cash and learn the art of getting rid of these pesky rodents on your own, a.k.a do it yourself rat control, then here are your options: you can either repel/deter, trap or poison them. Shooting rats is probably not very safe because they are fast and, by the way, ammunition costs a lot of money these days. Just kidding 😉

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Its always a much better option to keep rats away from your property, not reach the point when your house is already infested and avoid searching for options to exterminate them afterwards. Well talk about how to repel rats, efficiently, for good; and avoid bloody killing them, whenever possible.

Well also check the natural rat repellents first. These methods are more or less humane, but one thing for sure, if you take action, you will get rid of the rat problem, one way or another.

Note that each method was carefully analyzed, therefore providing both PROS & CONS on why it should or should NOT be used to get rid of rats. Please click on the above links to read about each individual diy rat control technique.

Most rat poisons, also known as rodenticides by their scientific name, are made from chemicals, with the sole purpose of killing rodents. Using rat poison to repel rats still continues to be a very controversial solution, due to its harmful effects on the surrounding environment, house pets and even humans. There have been multiple reports of fatal accidents, due to cats, dogs and other pets being in close proximity to rodenticides.

Sure, but its extremely difficult due to their nature of being scavengers. These rodents eat tiny bits from every single piece of food they find, then simply wait or move to something else. If they dont get sick, they would probably return and consume the remains.

Some professionals make use of rodenticides when dealing with commercial pest control, especially on larger open-air properties and in buildings where no humans live.

If you are a beginner and dont have any experience getting rid of rodents using rat poison, I highly recommend that you stay away from any type of rodenticides, or at least consult with a pest control expert before attempting to.

Fore more information on this subject, please read our in-depth article on rat poison.

Traps have been used to catch and kill rats for a long, long time. These devices have proven to be one of the most efficient ways to deal with all kinds of pest rodents, big or small. Both home-owners and professional pest control companies make use of them nowadays.

The main problem with using rat traps is rodents suspicion towards new objects, thats why usually only young, totally inexperienced rats get caught. Rodents that manage to survive get more experienced and you will find it extremely difficult to kill them with such devices later down the road. Everything that doesnt kill you only makes you stronger, they say. Well, believe it or not, this applies to everything in this universe, including rats 😉

All rat traps are divided into two main categories: lethal and non-lethal. People who dont like blood, killing things and creatures, even if these are considered harmful pest, usually tend to stay away from lethal methods and prefer more humane ones.

Here are a few types of rat traps that you should be aware of: live cage traps, glue traps, electronic traps, standard slap-traps.

Since rat traps are one of the most efficient ways to get rid of these pesky inhabitants of your house, there is much more to be said, written and analyzed on this topic, so we invite you to read our in-depth article on rat traps.

3000 words later, we are happy to have shed a little bit of light in your search for the most popular do it yourself (DIY) rat control methods. No matter what solution you choose to repel rats away, always remember to keep your house clean and do everything possible to prevent these rodents from finding it interesting to nest and breed on your property.

Conclusion

No matter how much we invest in various rat repellents, the best way to stop them is to physically block their access to whatever spot they want to reach. But this is costly, overwhelming and quite difficult, especially taking into consideration we are not officially at war (with rats), right now (or are we?) you may take it easy and either try either a liquid repellent, buy several standard traps from Victor(R) or maybe call your local pest control company for assistance.

At the end of the day, its doesnt really matter what option you choose, staying informed is always a must if you want to be able to get rid of these gnawing creatures, no matter what types of rats you are dealing with.

This is why we created RatControlTips.com 😉

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How to Get Rid of Squirrels – Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

There are several species of squirrel, but tree squirrels are the the most common nuisance for homeowners because they inhabit atticsand cause damage. Squirrels are typically discovered because they make a lot of noise in the area they inhabit.

Squirrels are abundant in the wild because their numbers far exceed the number of predators. The large population and decreasing natural habitat due to construction in many areas causes them to seek shelter in houses. The cool months of fall and winter cause squirrels to seek the warmth that is found in attics.

Answer:If you do run them temporarily (example moth balls), it would run you out as well. Even at that, after sealing up their entry points, they would gnaw inside making another entry point.

A consistent trapping program is best for squirrel complete control.

Safequard # 50450 Single Trap -for all squirrel types; Red Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, and the larger Gray Squirrel. This trap also traps rats well.

Traps Squirrels (red and flying), rats, weasels, chipmunks and similar sized animals. Single door rigid live trap. Automatic locking doors to provide an almost escape proof catch every time.

Havahart #1077 Squirrel Cage- for the larger Gray squirrel types, but not the smaller squirrel types.

The 1 inch grid would make this trap less preferable for trapping rats or the smaller squirrels.

For trapping gray squirrels,you will want to place their traps along their pathways or points of entry…such as along the roof, at the base of a tree, or base of the building they are entering.

Flying squirrels would need to be trapped inside the attic areas, in that they glide into the attics. Look for their areas of activity..such as droppings, when placing the traps. The insulated areas, with their tunnels and nests that look like piles is another place to set up the traps. After trapping and relocating the squirrels you can seal the openings with 1/4″ mesh hardware cloth or metal flashing. Look for all possible entry points. If you are not handy with tools, many nuisance wildlife control companies will seal entry points with a year’s guarantee for a fee.

Using Bonide’s Repel All Animal Repellents may cause the squirrels to flee the area. These repellents come in a concentrated liquid form or a granulated form. Using it would irritate the squirrel, causing it to avoid or escape the area.

There are several exclusion product that we recommend. Use a copper mesh wool or Xcluder Fill Fabric to stuff into holes and bigger openings. For smaller openings, use Foams in an aerosol form such as Pur Black NF Foam. It fills and seals voids.

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Normal habitat is inside tree cavities in hardwoods.

Smaller than the grey squirrel,entering the smallest of cracks and holes. They are about 9 inches long, which includes a 3-4 inch tail, weighing about 3 ounces as an adult. The have a dense soft brown fur, white belly.

The flying squirrels don’t really fly, but glide into attics from trees. They do this by means of a thin skin that extends out from the sides of the body and connects the front and hind legs as shown in the above picture. In “flying,” the squirrels leap spread-eagled and use their outstretched gliding membranes for gliding and their bushy tails for guidance. Glides of 60 metres (almost 200 feet) or more have been recorded.

Flying Squirrels can enter the attics through the eaves and soffits thru small cracks. These squirrels may easily enter the space between the roof top and facia board , chewing the area for a wider entry point.

These squirrels chew on ornamental and potted plants. Damages screens. They may gnaw on wood, electrical wiring and insulation causing fires.

Fly squirrels are nocturnal with their major activity at night. They are known to make plenty of noise during the night. Can by commonly heard,making a great deal of noise at night between sunset and sunrise. May be heard landing on the roof or the sides of the house.

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