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Seattle, WA Pest Control | Western Exterminator

Written by Admin, Published on October 14th, 2019

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Unmatched line of products & services to keep your facility pest-free

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Western Exterminator (formerly Alpha Ecological) are your local pest control experts in Seattle. Western'x specialists are working in, living in, and contributing to our communities. We can eliminate and protect you from the pests that occur in the Pacific North West, including bed bugs, cockroaches, wasps and rodents. Western Exterminator has been trusted by customers to protect their homes and businesses for nearly 100 years.

Western Exterminator offers crawl-space restoration and Integrated Pest Management to the entire Seattle area. Were experts on Seattle pests and we understand which conditions attract them to homes and businesses.

Unlike traditional exterminators who over-spray dangerous chemicals, we use earth-friendly products to target problematic areas and remove pests for the long term. Best of all your family wont be exposed to harmful substances. All of our products are low-toxicity and highly effective. All initial services are backed by a 30-day guarantee.*

*We'll come back as many times as needed within the guarantee period to resolve your issue.

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Joan Weaver - September 28, 2019

I got no notification of recent service and no receipt was left. It seemed to me when I got an email after the fact that I was being billed for ants in my house. Please remind me of any upcoming service. Thank you.

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Tracy Bell - September 11, 2019

I appreciate having the same service person (Rob Olsen) for some length of time who I can get to know and how knows my property and its issues. This is the greatest value and security to me of working with Western Exterminator. Rob is professional, expert and helpful.I know the chocolate sauce is supposed to be good bait in the rat traps, but it never catches any rats. I question whether we should try something else.Thank you - Tracy Bell zip 98117

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The service is always prompt and as scheduled. When we first initiated the service we were able to pay the service person at the time the service was conducted. I would like to see this option returned. Thank you.

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Cheryl Nielson - September 5, 2019

I have used Western Exterminator for at least two houses over a period of several years. All the the techs I have dealt with have been extremely helpful, sincerely interested in solving my problem and professional.

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Valued Customer Virginia Villa Apartments - July 26, 2019

As a general rule, your techs are great. I have recommended your services to two other people/places on the island. You're the best! Thanks!

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Your service has been above and beyond. Justin has given exceptional service!Kara Davies, Sammamish, WA

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Western Ex. is the absolute best! Responds immediately. Takes concerns seriously. Does an efficient job and solves the problem! Our tech is Sebastien and he is great!

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Julie Highline - May 30, 2019

I would love to write a public review, but the site shows another family members name, so Ill use this one. I have used Western for several years. The technicians are friendly, patient and thorough in the treatments, suggestions and concerns. I have recommended them to neighbors, family & on public sites! Great job!!! Thank you

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Thanks Chad!!!He is one of the most courteous and professional technician to our business.

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Mark does a top-notch job every time he comes around. We feel absolutely confident that thanks to Western Exterminator our troubles with rodents and other pests are a thing of the past. We are extremely happy to be able to rely on the company for vital services that we could not perform on our own.

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Valued Customer Hill 7 - May 20, 2019

I worked with Kyle to originally set up the contracts. He's a pleasure very responsive and helpful. I started with Arthur as the tech, and loved working with him, then i moved to our Pioneer Square Properties and was told Arthur wouldn't get us started and it would be Justin that would be taking over our accounts. I was apprehensive at first, but Justin has been a wonderful, he's very responsive to our needs, for extra service that is needed he's fantastic! He's super knowledgeable about products and services needed, i love working with Justin

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Diane Papworth - May 17, 2019

I have had your service for several years now, and have been quite pleased. The pests that were of concern, seem to have disappeared or are being controlled through the service, so I no longer see them, which is important to me.

You should stay alert for rats, ants and bed bugs in Seattle. Each of these pests can pose problems for people. Rats and mice can transmit disease and harm property through their gnawing. Roof rats, also known as black rats, like elevated locations such as trees in the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, ants are a huge pain and can be difficult to eliminate. Bed bugs can also create issues, and should be removed as soon as you notice signs of them.

Western Exterminator - Seattle services most of the western half of Washington. Here are examples of cities we cover:

Because rats are a large problem in Seattle, its important to do everything possible to eliminate their presence. Rats need to be close to sources of food to survive, so removing food sources for these pests and preventing access to food will help get rid of them. For example, close your garbage cans and pick up garbage that is on the ground.

Rats are clever and agile which gives them a good ability to find any weak spot in a building to find shelter and food. A thorough building inspection is an important step to look for weak points. Seal holes in your property, even if they are very small as rats can get through a quarter-sized hole. Ensure vegetation (including trees) is not too close to your property as it can give shelter to pests and a route into your building if it is growing on or touching a wall, roof or cables.

There are several types of device and treatments available for eliminating a population of rats, including:

We can provide a free inspection of your property to assess the extent of a rat infestation and the potential entry points and tailored treatments to eliminate the rats.

Call us at 425-948-1511 or contact us online to arrange a free inspection

Odorous house ants, pavement ants and carpenter ants can be problematic in Seattle. Wiping your kitchen counters each night can help get rid of odorous house ants. Sugar ants thrive in the humid climate of Seattle and are attracted, as their name suggests by sweet food.

Ensure no food is on the floor and food is stored in secure containers. As with rodents, its best to keep vegetation two feet away from the propertys perimeter. Many ants feed on a substance called honeydew produced by aphids feeding on vegetation. Also, close up gaps and holes at your property where ants can enter.

Some pests can cause contamination that could potentially have serious consequences. Rats and mice can contaminate water and food through feces and urine. Rodents can transmit diseases such as leptospirosis (the latter can result in meningitis and liver damage), and the deer mouse can carry hantavirus. Rodents can also carry pathogens that produce foodborne illness. Additionally, rodent dander carries allergens and can cause asthma to the occupants of an infested building.

The price of pest control can depend on a few different factors, such as the kind of pest infesting your property, the extent of the infestation, the type of treatment needed, and the size of your premises. Every infestation is different: a commercial property, like a hotel, may require more treatments than a small home. There are many reasons why a pest has infested to a property, such as food sources, poor building maintenance, building design, local environment.

We recommend calling us at 425-948-1511 or contacting us online to set up a time for a specialist to come out and complete an inspection so we can better determine what the price will be.

We aim to find the best treatment option that will tackle your specific pest problem and ensure the pest is eradicated.

Yes we do. We know natural pest control is a priority in the Seattle area, and we seek to use environmentally-friendly methods that are safe for both humans and pets.

We use integrated pest management techniques, which emphasises prevention and environmentally friendly methods.

Find out more about our green pest control.

Seattle is a Mecca for music, sports and business and rats! Located on the Puget Sound, Seattle is Washington States largest city. Seattle is home to the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Mariners, and has made a name for itself in the tech industry as the home of Microsoft and Amazon.

However, Seattles population growth, development and construction combined with wet and mild temperatures in the great Pacific Northwest have caused Seattle to become the ultimate oasis in which rats to thrive. Rats need moisture to live and can reproduce quickly. Warmer winters in the Upper Left USA have turned the city into a haven for these disease-carrying rodents.

Bed bugs thrive in a city like Seattle. Our climate and the fact that we are a global city help make bed bugs a constant problem for businesses and homes across the Seattle region. They are very hard to find, but you may notice their red bite marks when you wake up in the morning.

That's when you need to contact the bed bug control experts at Western Exterminator. Seattle residents rely on us for fast, local, bed bug removal and prevention services. We will provide you with the most reliable bed bug detection to accurately identify if bed bugs are in fact infesting your property.

Contact us today and set up a property inspection and discuss bed bug control services with the Seattle branch of Western Exterminator today.

Waspsare much different thanbeesin the way theystingand their temperament. They are much more aggressive and willing to defend their nests and will do so over a much wider range than bees. Plus, wasps do not lose their stingers and can repeatedly sting someone, injecting venom each time.

Seattleis like other cities during the spring and summer months. Wasps come out and start seeking places to build theirnests. This is the time of year when wasp control is at its highest demand in Seattle. Residents of the Emerald City and the surrounding areas can depend on Western Exterminator to get rid of the nests and prevent the flying insects from returning.We can handle wasp nests on commercial property and homes, too.

If you are worried about a wasp's nest somewhere on your property, contact theSeattle Western Exterminator officetoday.

Western Exterminator offers highly trained professionals to tackle all the pest problems that can affect your home using safe and environmentally friendly methods. We provide a variety of home and apartment pest control services to protect your property and family from infestations and potential harm from pests. With an average customer rating of 4.8/5 you can be sure you will get a satisfactory service.

Western Exterminator understands the importance of protecting your brand and nothing is more destructive to a businesses reputation than a pest problem. Western Exterminator Company has been providing high quality pest control services for businesses in Seattle for nearly 100 years. Our local, expert specialists are specially trained and certified to tackle pest problems in several different industries, including:

Western Exterminator provides a pest control service in four stages: contact, survey, treatment and aftercare, to make sure your pest problem is dealt with in a professional way.

We will arrange for your local branch to contact you

We will discuss your pest problem, arrange a survey if necessary, and provide a quote and recommendations.

Our QualityPro certified specialists will come out to provide your treatment

We'll make as many visits as you require to ensure your problem is resolved

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South Florida Pest Control & Termite Exterminators | Hulett

Written by Admin, Published on October 14th, 2019

Weather and its Impact on Pests

Jul 23, 2019Insects, Pest Control

We know that weather and seasonal changes affect human behavior and outside activities, so its no big surprise that heat and cold, along with dry and wet conditions also affect pest populations. While seasonal changes can be subtle in the South Florida; these changes can send pests looking...

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Even though many bugs are active year-round in South Florida's mild, humid climate, but in the summer monthsit's full-on bug time. The usual suspects, such as cockroaches, palmetto bugs, ants, termites, mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and spiders just love trying to ruin your summer plans. While you...

Why Pests Love Florida

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Why do pests love to call Florida home?The short answer: What's not to like?Here are 7 reasons why pests love Florida.#1: WarmthInsects love warm weather. In cooler climates, insects tend to die off or go into hibernation. Florida's moderate temps allow pest colonies to grow larger...

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Protecta EVO Express Bait Station –

Written by Admin, Published on October 14th, 2019

Quick and easy to use. Tamper resistant for peace of mind with children and pets. Multiple options for baiting and trapping.

One Protecta EVO Key is included with each order. You can order more here:Keys for Protecta EVO Bait Stations.

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Stellar Customer Service

By Janet on 09/13/2013

These bait stations were recommended to me as the most effective bait station used by professionals. However, after getting them, I ended up not needing them and was dreading the return shipping cost because it's a 65lb box. DMOPC happily sent me a prepaid return label that reflected *their* cost for shipping, which was a tiny fraction of what I would have paid. They then deducted the postage from my refund. It was quick and easy and I would do business with them again in a heartbeat. You don't often find customer service like this anymore.

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Great Vendor!

By Robin on 07/28/2017

I have been using a pest control service for the rats we have. I am being charged $90.00 for them to come and refill the bait boxes. I decided I am tired of paying such a high price. I found this vendor online and ordered my own bait and boxes. The order came in quickly and nothing was damaged. The boxes are exactly like the ones the pest control service use! By doing this myself, I will be saving tons of money! Thanks for offering the public, products we can use ourselves.

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Very Good Product

By Gary on 10/14/2014

We had 2 of the 6 units come in and had damage to them, DoMyOwn was quick to get the replacements out to us and I am very satisfied. These are so nice since they have the weights built into them and not having to worry about the racoons carrying them off.

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Ease of use

By Todd on 02/03/2017

I love the fact that there are weights pre-installed on these units. And you have to do is take them out of box install the sticks, and place the bait.

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excellent rat bait station

By Joan on 10/12/2018

I bought 4 and put them around my yard. I had many several rat holes and was even seeing young rats during they day. These stations are heavy duty and sit solid on the ground. Very professional station. The rats seem to be gone after 2 months since they are no longer eating and no sightings. Thank you for creating this great product for customers. It saves lots of money for customers in exterminator expense. Exterminators would put these kind of stations around your yard. Much more cost effective to do it yourself.

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Does the Protecta EVO Express Bait work for both rat and mouse or do you need a different one for each?


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What are the dimensions of the Protecta EVO Express station?


The dimensions of Protecta EVO Express station are 10.5" L x 12" W x 6.5" H

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Does the door lock on the Protecta EVO Express Bait Station?

How does the door work? Does it lock, how do you change or replace bate. Is there a special key?


Yes, the Protecta EVO Express Bait Station is designed with a lock and key to become tamper resistant from children and pets. One key is provided with every order.

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Does Protecta EVO Express Bait Station only have 1 entry for rodents?

I am wondering if it has 1 or 2 holes on the sides.


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What does EVO (Protecta EVO Express Bait Station) mean?


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[Top 10 Effective Tips] How To Get Rid of Groundhogs Naturally

Written by Admin, Published on October 14th, 2019

Are your favorite gardens are spoiled bya groundhog? Oh No!!! I know how pity your garden is. Because these messy rodents leave their dirtygroundhog poop in your gardens which makes your pretty gardens or yards look ugly or nasty. Guys, dont you care about gardens? You do right So what you are gonna protect your gardens and yards from this groundhog? No idea!!! You need not to worry guys. In order to help your gardens out from this nasty groundhogs, we are here with the tips onhow to get rid of groundhogs in your garden. Trust me guys, these tips on how to get rid of a groundhog will definitely work in getting rid of a groundhog in your yard naturally without harming your yards. So Interesting right Then what are you waiting for? let start our revenge together in kicking out these groundhogs from your house.

Here you are going to know what is a woodchuck A ground hog is a rodent from the Sciuridae family. Also, they belong to a large group ofground squirrels known as marmots. Furthermore, the other name for a groundhog iswoodchucks. Scientifically it was first described byCarl Linnaeus in 1758. Moreover, the groundhog can be referred to aschuck, wood-shock, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk,groundpig, whistlepig, whistler, thickwood badger. And the young groundhogs are known as chucklings.

This groundhog is found throughout the eastern United States across Canada and into Alaska. Hence this is all about groundhogs. Furthermore, sections will give you an idea aboutwhat do groundhogs like to eat,groundhog pictures orphotos of woodchucks,groundhog lifespan etc. So now I think your doubt aboutwoodchuck vs groundhog is clarified. Therefore to remove groundhogs from your house try our tips on how to get rid of groundhogs or how to get rid of a groundhog.

#what does a groundhog look like orwhat does a woodchuck look like

From the above lines, you have come across what are groundhogs mean andpicture of a groundhog or photos of woodchuck. So now in this section let us discuss what do woodchucks eat orwhat do ground hogs eat. Thewood chuck orgroundhog diet includeswild grasses,berries and agricultural crops,dandelion and coltsfoot,sheep sorrel, timothy-grass, buttercup, tearthumb, buckwheat, plantain, wild lettuce, all varieties of clover, and alfalfa, agrimony, red and black raspberries. Also, their food includes grubs, grasshoppers, insects, snails, and small animals etc. Hence try our tips on how to get rid of a groundhog orhow to get rid of woodchucks.

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Therefore we have also got to know all the details about what does a groundhog eat. Then it is time to know the tips on how to get rid of a groundhog orhow to get rid of a woodchuck. However, these home remedies involve in the methods that are used totrap groundhog withwoodchuck predators and more. So let us get started.

Fencing the gardens can help you to achieve ground hogs pest control. So try this tip on how to get rid of groundhogs under my house or how to get rid of a groundhog forgetting rid of ground hogs.

This is an excellent tip to exterminate groundhog removal near me underground. As the rodents bombs are filled the tunnels with a mixture of propane and oxygen. But you need to be very careful while applying this Reddit pest control. Because the gas exploded from the bomb it releases gas should not be inhaled by the humans. Whenever the gas in rodent bomb nuisance trapping pricescontact with water it will become dangerous and fatal to your pets, plants, children and you. So unless you are a trained person you should be very cautious by investing in this rodent bomb. Hence try our tips onhow to get rid of groundhogs poison orhow to kill groundhogs.

The fat cat exterminators are just for the temporary purpose. But you need to opt for this human trapping groundhog relocation distance technique in order to throw out the groundhogs from your lawns or gardens. So Just put some snack or groundhog bait in the rat trap cage which can attractthe groundhogs towards it. And place the entire cage at the groundhogs tunnels. Instead ofpest control moles methods for minor groundhogs infestation try our tips on how to get rid of groundhogs under your shed orhow to catch a groundhog. Because this tip onhow to trap a groundhog will actually work.

You can prevent groundhog damage in the yard. For this reason, you should close the existing ground hog pest control tunnels with rocks. Because thegroundhogs in grass cannot dig the rocks with their paws. So try this chuck bunch pest control tip onHow to Get Rid of a groundhog or how to get rid of groundhogs under my shed.

#how to get rid of skunk smell in house&how to get rid of groundhogs ammonia

Ammonia is the best to humane gopher control. Because the groundhogs have a sensitive sense of smell. So these methods are very effective. In addition to this, ammonia may wash away all the groundhogs poop bacteria. But it should be reapplied frequently. So try this tip ongroundhogs how to get rid of them forexterminating groundhogs.

Catching groundhog is possible with the predators only. So theground hogs predators are a cat, dog. So they can exterminate groundhogs or eliminate groundhogs. Hence try this tip on how to get rid of ground hogsor how to get rid of a groundhog. With the help of these tips, you can definitely be successful in groundhog extermination.

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Toexterminate skunks andexterminate groundhog this talcum powder tip is very helpful. Hence try thispest control groundhog tip on how to get rid of groundhogs or how to get rid of a groundhog.

The fact we all knew that when a little bit of cayenne pepper is sprinkled on our skin the pepper will gives you a burning sensation on your skin. Likewise, the groundhogs skin layer will also get irritated by thishomemade wood chucks pest control tip. So we recommend you to spray this cayenne pepper as a natural repellent forexterminating skunks. Hence try this tip on how to get rid of a groundhog or how to get rid of groundhogs to achievegroundhog pest control.

Without involving ingroundhog removal cost you can try tip on how to get rid of a groundhog even as home remedies for raccoons to get rid of both Racoons and groundhogs.

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Most vibrating stakes are should be installed deep into the ground of the yards. So that they are completely invisible above ground. Usually, they are battery-operated. You can buy also some vibrating stakes that are wind operated. Because these ones stick above ground atgroundhogs habitat and are ornamented with a windmill. And you can buy them online or in certain nurseries or home improvement stores. Hence if you dont know how to insert the vibrating stake read the way of approach. Hence try this tip onhow to get rid of groundhogs orhow to get rid of a groundhog as agroundhog exterminator.

QAre groundhogs nocturnal &when do groundhogs come out?

AGroundhogsare somewhat diurnal. Unlike possums and other large rodents which arenocturnal,groundhogsuse to sleep at night and conduct business during the day.Groundhogshave their winter homes. So from October to March,groundhogsenter deep hibernation.

QDo groundhogs climb trees?

ADespite their heavy-bodily appearance,groundhogsare such accomplished swimmers and occasionallyclimb trees in order toescape from predators or when they want to survey their surroundings.

QWhere do groundhogs live?

AMajority of the Groundhogs are found in most parts ofcentralandeasternUnited States, as well as in parts of Alaska andCanada. These are known as an edge species, groundhogs prefer transitional areas where forest or woodland interacts a well-vegetated open field or meadow.

QAre groundhogs dangerous?

AAgroundhogs, or woodchucks burrow are holes with large piles of dirt at the entrances and are such a disgusting nuisance and can bedangerous. Agroundhogstunnels are somewhat very large and have many chambers which are invasive to your lawn and garden.

QDo groundhogs hibernate?

AUsually, the groundhog burrow will be in a wooded or brushy area and is dug below the frost line and remains at a stable temperature which is above freezing during the winter months. As above discussed, in most areas,groundhogs hibernatefrom October to March or April. Whereas in more temperate areas, they mayhibernateas little as three months.

QDo groundhogs bite?

AYes,groundhogsorwoodchuckswhich are a type of marmot or large ground squirrelcan actually andwill bite. They used to prefer to run and hide in their burrow, but theywill bitea person when trapped, frightened and/or trying to escape.

Therefore, we have mentioned all the tips on how to get rid of groundhogs or how to get rid of a groundhog. So try these home remedies to exterminate woodchucks effectively. So for more updates on health, beauty and pest control tips stay tuned to ourTop 100 Home Remedies.

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The 10 Best Bed Bug Exterminators Near Me (with Free …

Written by Admin, Published on October 14th, 2019

Bed bugs can travel into your home via luggage, secondhand furniture or clothing, and other items that have been exposed to the little pests. Bed bugs are tiny and flat (about the size of an apple seed and the height of a credit card), so they can easily hide in dark, small places and hitchhike into your home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people dont even know theyre transporting bed bugs as they travel from location to location, infecting areas as they travel. The sooner you notice a bed bug infestation in your home, the easier it is to get rid of it. The EPA suggests an integrated pest management plan to get rid of bed bug problems. This means a multi-pronged approach that takes the bugs life cycle into account, uses chemical treatment where needed, and takes all necessary measures (use of encasements, high heat washing and drying of bedding, etc.) to stop current and future life cycles. Unless you feel confident about controlling a bed bug infestation, it can be wise to hire a pest management professional to prevent the problem from getting bigger.

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Can Bed Bugs Live In Wood Furniture and How to Remove Them …

Written by Admin, Published on October 14th, 2019

Bed bugs are synonymous with mattresses but they will infest any furniture that is close to the hosts bed. This includes wooden furniture and even metal pieces. As long as there are cracks where they can hide, and these are in plenty on any type of furniture, bed bugs can live there and you need to consider bed bug exterminator services.

The answer to the question whether bed bugs can live in wood depends on what it means exactly to live in wood. You may be pleased to know that bed bugs dont burrow into wooden materials the same way termites or carpenter ants do. In fact, bed bugs will prefer not to infest a flat wood surface.

Since bed bugs like to stay out of sight, the will hide in existing cracks and gaps on wooden furniture or structures. This means that any wooden surface with cracks, grooves or another kind of space is a potential hiding place for bed bugs.

There is also a myth that bed bugslike to infest wood. Research indicates that these critters dont care for one surface or another as long as there is a tight, preferably dark place available to hide. Such a surface may be metal, plastic or any other habitable material for that matter.

In summary, it makes no difference what kind of surfaces you have. The only requirement that bed bugs need to infest it is a safe place to tuck away and close to the human hosts. Surfaces close to where you spend most of your time such as the bed and couch are most likely to be infested.

Unfortunately, any exterminator will tell you that a wooden floor, particularly hardwood floors is possibly the worst choice of flooring for a bed bug prone home or location. It is not so much the wood itself that is attracting the critters but the bountiful hiding places that it offers.

Wooden floors generally have numerous joints, cracks, unfinished wood, knot holes and imperfections which make great hiding places for bed bugs. Changing flooring is an extreme measure that is rarely recommended although a wood floor will definitely give the exterminator a real challenge.

Some DIY enthusiasts recommend vacuuming or steaming the floors. These are both logical solutions that may work in other situations except some of the cracks may be too deep. The temperature needed to kill bed bugs (at least 122 degrees Fahrenheit) couldnt possibly reach most of these bugs as they tend to tuck away as far as possible.

A better solution might be to fill larger cracks with clear silicone caulk and smaller ones with food grade diatomaceous earth. The former essentially seals the bugs in while the latter kills them. This is, of course, a long-shot since the cracks are too numerous for you to seal and treat each one successfully. You may have no choice but to call in an exterminator.

Bed bugs can live in wood furniture just as in any other furniture that has potential hiding spaces. Some people suggest that switching wooden furniture for metal helps to get rid of bed bugs. Apart from the expense of buying new furniture, there is simply no evidence to give credence to this claim. There is no reason to believe bed bugs like wooden furniture for any other reason except that this type of furniture naturally tends to have more gaps, cracks, cracks and other potential hiding places.

Another common myth is that a new coat of varnish on your wooden furniture will kill the pests. There is also no evidence to suggest that this is true. Finally, proponents of metal furniture as an alternative to wooden argue that the smooth metal surface makes it hard for the bed bugs to climb the furniture. Although the metal does appear smooth, there are tiny grooves sufficient to allow bed bugs and insects of all kinds free reign on the furniture.

Heat treatment such as steaming the furniture may not work if the bed bugs are ingrained deep in the furniture. You will definitely have to take apart at least some of your furniture to treat it whether that is with chemicals or steam. Again, this is a job best left to an exterminator.

Aside from caulking grooves, gaps and cracks, there doesnt seem to be much that you can do to prevent bed bugs on your wooden furniture. Avoid introducing second-hand furniture of any kind into your home unless you are 100% sure that it is not infested. It is best to avoid used furniture altogether if you can help it.

It is no accident that bed bugs, which are aptly named, primarily infest beds. This is because they like to stay as close as possible to the human host. The second most commonly infested piece of furniture is a favourite couch or chair. Since you spend a lot of time on the couch, sometimes even napping there, you might expect bed bugs to conveniently take up residence.

Upholstered couches are far more likely to get infested. Signs that you might have bed bugs in your couch include thin black streaks or spots, dried blood stains, moulted skins, bed bug eggs and actual bed bugs.

To remove bed bugs from your couch, start by stripping all the upholstery, covers or any fabric that comes off. Wash in the washing machine with at least 122 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes and throw in the dryer at similar temperature and duration. Put anything that you cant launder immediately in a plastic bag and seal tightly.

Your cushions and pillows may be too large or bulky to put in washer or dryer. Place them in a bed bug -proof bag or sealed plastic bag and take to your local dry cleaners. Be sure to let the cleaners know that the cushions may have bed bugs.

Next, vacuum the couch thoroughly to pick up eggs and live bed bugs as well as the undesirable remnants including feces and bed bug skin. Pay special attention to the cracks, edges, corners and seams. Place the used vacuum bag in a plastic bag and dispose of safely.

Use your steam cleaner to thoroughly seam the couch. Pay close attention to cracks and seams. Finally, use the chemical spray if you think its necessary or if you suspect there are bed bugs left in the couch.

Note that this process only gets rid of the bed bugs in your couch. There is no telling if your wallpaper, appliances or other obscure locations are infested. The best guarantee that you are rid of your bed bug problem for good is to hire an exterminator.

Bed bugs also infest carpets. They prefer carpets near the host such as around your bed or favourite couch or chair. Theyll lay eggs in the carpet and since the eggs are about the size of a sesame seed and translucent, it is highly unlikely you will notice their presence.

Although bed bugs cant fly or jump, they will crawl their way painstakingly through the even thick carpet to get to the host. Keep in mind that bed bugs arent the only pests to infest carpets. A carpet beetle is another common culprit and looks much like a bed bug to the untrained eye. A sure way to tell them apart is carpet beetles tend to have patterns such as stripes or spots on their backs while bed bugs have a consistent colour. Carpet beetles dont feed on blood although they can bite humans.

The best way to get rid of bed bugs in your carpet is a combination of vacuuming and steaming. Vacuum thoroughly and be careful when disposing of the used vacuum bag and the steam thoroughly. A carpet shampooer is not a good alternative for a steam cleaner since the former doesnt get hot enough to kill the bugs. Vacuum and stream the carpet regularly for at least a few months.

Once more, getting rid of the bed bugs in your carpet doesnt mean that your problems are over. The parasites might as well be infesting other fabrics in the vicinity including stuffed animals, blankets and upholstery. Hire an exterminator to remove bed bugs permanently and ask for a warranty for the service.

Note that bed bugs are not just restricted to the bedroom. Again, these pests want to be close to the host so furniture within a few feet of the couch is also ripe for infestation. Bed bugs dont have a preference for any type of furniture as long as there is somewhere to hide and is in close proximity to food (read human blood).

Exterminators in Canada report that most of their calls come from desperate homeowners who have tried everything to get rid of bed bugs. This is hardly a surprise since bed bugs are among the most stubborn pests to treat even for professionals. Most infestations require multiple visits and lengthy and complicated treatments to eradicate completely.

Home remedies such as cayenne pepper, baking soda, ginger and so on are nothing short of old wives tales. If these homemade remedies were effective, exterminators wouldnt have to spend money on expensive chemicals and pesticides and would gladly go the all-natural way.

Over-the-counter insecticides are hardly any better than home remedies. The stringent pesticides regulations in Canada means that products with potent active ingredients are only available to licensed exterminators. What is available over the counter is simply a much milder version of what professionals use.

A professional exterminator will first inspect the entire house to find all the bed bug hiding places. These pests love gaps, cervices and cracks so this inspection needs to be lengthy and thorough. Only then can the exterminator decide which control method to use and which insecticides are most appropriate for the type of infestation. He also has the equipment to reach gaps and holes that would be impossible to treat otherwise.

Finally, the professional can advise on what you can do moving forward to prevent the infestation from recurring. Make sure you get a warranty for at least six months from the exterminator. A warranty ensures that you dont have to go out of pocket on the rare occasion that the treatment is not successful.

Contact the Exterminators: 647-496-2211 to deal with bed bugs now. If you are interested in DIY methods please check our store forbed bugcontrol products.

Article Updated: September 26th, 2018

Can Bed Bugs Live In Wood Furniture and How to Remove Them ...

How to Deal with Bed Bugs at Your Rental Property

Written by Admin, Published on October 13th, 2019

Should the landlord or the tenant deal with bed bugs found on the property?

Id like to apologizein advance if reading this makes you itchy, but this topic is one that frequently comes up for landlords.

Theres been a bed bug renaissance of sorts across the country because these disgusting critters have become resistant to pesticides.

The cities with the worst bed bug infestations in 2014, according to the number of Terminix service calls (source), were the following:

Even if you dontown property in one of the top 15 cities, your rental property could still get bed bugs in various ways. One common way is your tenant bringing them in after traveling. (Note: travelers can check the Bed Bug Registry before choosing a hotel.)

Bed bugs can attach to your tenants clothing, luggage and backpacks and can be transported back to your rentalproperty that way. Because it can be difficult to determine how the bed bugs arrived, especially in an apartment building, you shouldnt concern yourself too much with that question.

Ring Ring I think wehave bed bugs!

If your tenant calls you in a panic, stating that there are bed bugs, keep calm.The problem might not be bed bugs; itcouldbe fleas or roaches.

Call an exterminator to diagnose the problem. The exterminator should look at all mattresses and bedding in the rental property. He should also look in couches, drawers, closets and shelves.

The first step is to treat the problem before it gets worse. You can always figure out the responsibility later.

Related: How to Kill Roaches in a Rental Property

Responsibility should fall on whomever brought them in the house.

An exterminator might be able to tell you how the bed bugs arrived. For example, if a swarm of bed bugs is found in the tenants luggage and he just got back from a business trip, then you certainly could hold the tenant responsible.

But generally speaking, faultis difficult to prove, particularly in an apartment building. In this case, a resident of another unit could have brought in the bed bugs, and those bed bugs could have then traveled from the infested apartment to your rental through floorboards or small cracks in the walls.

The question of who brought in the bed bugs is easier to determine if the rental in question is a single-family house. Buteven then, a maintenance person, not the tenant, could have brought in the bed bugs.

If the bed bugs were present before your tenant moved in, you need to pay for an exterminator.

If you do nothing about the bed bug infestation, your tenant can take actions against you, such as paying for an exterminator and deducting that amount from the rent or even breaking the lease or suing you for not providing a livable dwelling under the implied warranty of habitability doctrine.

If the tenant brought in the bed bugs, the question of who pays for an exterminator might depend on the state in which you live. As of April 2014, 22states and one territory have laws addressing bed bugs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

If your state has no regulations and you can prove the tenant brought in the bed bugs, you can charge your tenant for the cost to remove them.

Getting rid of bed bugs is a time-consuming process that your tenant must be on board with.Once your tenant notifies you of the bed bug problem, you need to act immediately. The longer you wait, the worse the problem becomes.

Here are steps to have your tenant take:

Heres what the exterminator should do:

Once the bed bugs are gone, your property can become infested again. Make sure your tenant knows not to bring in mattresses and other furniture found on the street.

You might also wish to share with your tenant some best practices when traveling:

This useful video shows you how professionals get rid of bed bugs.

Your tenant might be able to break the lease if he or she told you about the bed bug problem and you did nothing about it.

Your tenant needs to giveyou proper notice (which varies by state) of his or her intention to break the lease and time to fix the problem.

You should never knowingly rent property infested with bed bugs. You could be sued for doing that. If your tenant can prove you knew, you might be ordered to pay damages.

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Bed bugs | UMN Extension

Written by Admin, Published on October 13th, 2019

Inspect your personal items before packing and when you unpack

You can only confirm that bed bugs are present by carefully inspecting each item.Pay attention to cracks, crevices, seamsand folds of material.

If you find bugs, then you have to be careful in containing the infestation.

Bed bugs may hitch a ride on clothing, but they are not like lice and will not travel directly on a person.

If you are concerned about bed bugs on clothingremove suspect articles and puttheminto a plastic bag.

If you think there might be bedbugs on your itemsseal everything in plastic bags until they can be laundered, washed by hand, heatedor frozen.

There is no need to throw awayluggage and clothing after discovering an infestation.

Before leaving the location, sort anything that can be washed andplacein plastic bags.

Items that cannot be washed may be heated or frozen.

If you heator freezeitems,theseconditions must reach the core of the articles being treated.

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Written by Admin, Published on October 13th, 2019

Terminix International Company, L.P. (commonly referred to as Terminix), is a pest control service that is primarily known for providing exceptional termite extermination services. Originally founded in 1932, the company has several locations throughout the United States and internationally making it is one of the largest extermination companies in the world. Terminix pest control prices are some of the most affordable in the industry making the company a good choice for any property owner who needs termite, rodent, or other pest control services. If you are interested in learning more about how much Terminix services will cost, then you have come to the right place. Below you will find an estimate of the most recent Terminix prices.

Termite Control

Termites are a property owners worst nightmare since they are extremely difficult to detect until they have already caused substantial damage. Terminix has made a name for itself by treating thousands of homes to prevent termite infestations, and to completely eliminate infestions that have already occurred. Professional technicians are able to provide a free inspection and recommend the best treatment plan for your specific situation. Terminix pest control prices are affordable and the company offers three treatment systems that are each designed to detect existing colonies, defend against future colonies, and destroy termites that have established themselves in or around your home.

Bed Bug Treatment

In recent years the number of bed bug infestations have increased as more people travel and come into contact with hotels and airplanes that are two locations that bed bugs are often found. Once bed bugs have found their way into your home they breed and spread with astonishing speed creating a dangerous and embarrassing problem. Terminix prices for bed bug treatment are affordable and the initial inspection includes an extensive check of your beds, furniture, and linens. In addition to destroying visible bed bugs technicians treat your home for their eggs and target popular hiding places.

Pest Control

Terminix pest control prices are some of the most reasonable in the industry and provide homeowners with protection from common dangerous and/or irritating pests that often plague property owners. Professional technicians are trained to recognize signs of insect habitation or infestation in or around a home. Technicians are able to permanently dispose of most pests including ants, cockroachs, spiders, scorpions, mosquitos, fleas, ticks, rodents, and more.

Once you are ready to have a Terminix professional come to your private or commercial property call 1-877-837-6464. A trained technician will perform a free inspection of the exterior and interior of your home before providing you with a quote for services. Alternatively, you can visit their website by clicking HERE to fill out their convenient online form.


Useful Raccoon Rabies Info You Need to Read –

Written by Admin, Published on October 12th, 2019

Rabies is not a thing of the past. Every day someone in the world dies from this fatal viral disease. Feeding or petting infected raccoons may put your family at high risk for exposure to this viral disease.

Raccoon rabies can be passed to people. The deadly nature of the disease is one of the main reasons that it is considered such a serious disease. Whats more rabies cant be diagnosed in a raccoon accurately. To get an accurate diagnosis, the raccoons brain must be examined.

How to protect your family and pets and how to avoid exposure from this deadly viral disease? Learn about rabid raccoons, the symptoms of disease in raccoons and methods of prevention.

Have a strong temptation to pet a cute raccoon? No matter how cute the raccoon is, its a bad idea. Raccoons can be infected with rabies and can turn aggressive toward people or animals.

Rabies is nearly always fatal.

At this time the patient starts to show signs of rabies such as:

Once these symptoms appear, the disease is nearly always fatal.

Yes, they do. These destructive animals are known as one of the most common carriers of rabies zoonotic disease in the U.S. Most rabid raccoons start acting extremely aggressive and become dangerous to humans and pets. In some states, this pesky animal is classified as a rabies vector species. It means raccoon can not only carry but also transmit rabies. The most effective way to stop raccoon rabies is vaccinating wild raccoons, instead of killing them.

WarningIf your pet has been in a fight with a potentially rabid raccoon, wear gloves when dealing with a pet to keep any still-fresh saliva from getting into an open sore.

Do all raccoons have rabies?All raccoons dont have rabies. To contract rabies, raccoons must be exposed to the saliva of some infected animal.

According to the Human Society, animals that have rabies can spread the virus only by biting another creature like raccoon or squirrel during the final stage of the disease. Raccoons are most likely to be infected with rabies. Once exposed to the virus this pesky animal may show no signs of having rabies for 2 months or longer. After this period, about 90% of raccoons with rabies exhibit unusual, identified-with-the-disease behaviors.

Worldwide, about 50% of people die from rabies every year.

When the lethal virus enters the raccoons body through exposure to the saliva of a sick/infected raccoon, the disease attacks the animals nervous system, moving to the salivary gland, brain and other areas and affecting cognitive, motor, and other functions.

Rabid raccoons are dangerous to humans and other animals. What to do in case you have to deal with a possibly rabid animal? The safest way is to telephone the police or animal control authorities. Experts have the knowledge and equipment necessary to euthanize the dangerous animal.

InterestingRabies cannot go through unbroken skin.You or your pet can be exposed to rabies only via a bite from a rabid raccoon/animal or possibly through abrasions, open wounds, scratches or mucous membranes in contact with brain tissue or saliva from a rabid raccoon/animal.

To help keep your family safe from the threat of raccoon rabies, take the following measures:

Tired of raccoons tormenting your pets and uprooting your yard? Read here working info on raccoon trapping. Use our smart trapping tips and dont let destructive animals turn your property into their dining-room.

Heres how natural repellent can help you to repel raccoons effectively. Learn how to make the process of raccoon removal much easier.

Lets face it: Raccoon removal is not an easy task. However you can consult with raccoon extermination services here is how to do it.

As far as rabies can be passed to people from raccoons you are to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of a rabid/sick raccoon.

ImportantIf you see a rabid raccoon, dont try to chase off or capture the animal. Call your local animal control service, describe the raccoons behavior and request the animal to be removed.If youve come in contact with a strangely behaving raccoon, call the doctor as quickly as possible.

If a typically nocturnal animal like a raccoon is exhibiting abnormal behavior during the day, you are to seek advice from wildlife rehabilitator or your local animal control.

Following our simple recommendations will help prevent both your pet and your family from being exposed to raccoon rabies.

You can find further details of Raccoons Control here.

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