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Rodent Exterminator – 54 Photos & 14 Reviews – Pest …


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Okay...it makes me sad that I had to call for an exterminator. BUT I found these guys and they were able to come the same day. They were AWESOME! Of course, I screamed as they removed the rodent. Ewww! But I highly recommend them. They inspected my home, found other potential areas where I've got some unwanted friends. They were thorough, professional and affordable. I don't have any complaints. They removed the rodent quickly. They cleaned up the area, sealed up the hole he came through and found other holes under my sink that I didn't even know about. Ewww!! And, they sealed those too.Job well done! The sealed places look completely seamless. You cannot tell there was a hole there. The paint is even and looks good. They'll be coming back for future work 'cause there are a few more places to seal and I CANNOT do rodents at all!

Isaas and his team are top notch. I called this company after a 3rd time requiring services. The 2 prior companies did an ok job of catching the existing rodents but the issue kept coming back. After interviewing several companies that advised Attic cleaning in order to fully solve the issue I knew I would have to get all the old insulation out. This is a pricey service (check your local utility company for a rebate). Rodent Exterminators gave me an excellent price from the beginning. Isaas knowledge on the matter and his initial through inspection made me feel very confident they were the right company for the job. Other companies just looked around popped their head in the Attic and threw out a number. Isaas went in my crawl space, entered and walked in and around the Attic and finally went up on the roof to determine what would be needed to resolve my issue.They began work promptly 2 days after I confirmed I wanted to hire them. He worked with a great crew of many people ensuring speedy removal of old insulation and Attic cleaning. They set up traps and patched and sealed multiple entry points. My home was not easy he needed to return for 4 weeks afterwards to get rid of every last past. These critters were smart and really gave him a challenge but he kept coming back ensuring all entry points were sealed off until the job was done. After a full week of no sign of infestation they came and installed all new insulation, set a couple more traps just in case and checked entry points once again. It has been 2 weeks now and still rat free! Furthermore I'm confident Isaas will come back immediately if ever needed to make sure it stays that way.Great value, great service and excellent work. The only drawback that might have costs the company one star of not for the excellent service, thoroughness and patience is that they are not equipped to handle credit cards and cannot help you with rebates. My hat still goes off to this company. Thank you Isaas, Nelson and your crew!

Fair price. Awesome service. They did a full detailed inspection and intrusion prevention service on my 2 car detached garage. They placed screening and sealant in every possible entry point, every crack & gap. Laid traps to confirm rodent absence. Detailed and diligent. Above my expectations. I feel 100% confident that my garage is rodent free and entry proof. Thank You Isias and Ricky

Where do I start? Ricky and his crew are definitely top notch! I called them early in the morning and they came within hours! When I heard these nasty rodents, I was so scared! They eased my mind when they took care of the problem so quickly! I couldn't be more happy with this company!! Thank you Thank you!! I definitely would recommend this company!!

These guys are awesome. Extremely thorough. One day I had mice, the next day no mice! They sealed up the house and solved the problem immediately. Nice professional guys who follow up to make sure the job was done right. I would definitely recommend them!

Today they came to clear a rodent problem on the insolation in the ceiling. As we are cleaning and preparing the house for my family that is coming to celebrate the holidays in our home, this happens. My boyfriend on the sofa watching some football and me near by. The roof breaks and parts of the insolation that is contaminated with rats falls down on our new barely cleaned sofa. I am devastated as i hear the guys working in the roof laughing saying "ups sorry" sticking their head through the opened roof. I am 5 months pregnant. What kind of caution and work ethics does this company have for the safety of the people in the house they are doing the work!!!!!. Imagine i was there sitting down and all that toxic trash comes falling down on me on my pregnant self. Imagine i had my newborn baby on the sofa and someone falls down on my baby. I cannot believe this happened at all! This company is the worst and does not care about the safety of those around based on how careless they work. I am furious to have that in my new couch and to have that toxic in the air. I am shaking of how shocked i am and it is not good for my unborn baby. Do not work with this horrible company. They are not professionals. Take my experience as an example.

Ricky and Isaias (and their crew) were great. They were very responsive and came over to give me a quote. Their inspection was thorough and the quote was better than the other quotes I got. But what impressed me the most was how much pride you could tell that they took in their work and business. I felt good about hiring them knowing that with the sense of pride, they would do a good job.They did not disappoint. They did a great job of cleaning and sanitizing my attic which was a nightmare with rat droppings. They closed up all the holes that were in very hard to reach places that no one else could get to. I am very satisfied and do recommend them.

Ricky and his team are amazing! They were able to eliminate all of the mouse problems that were in my parents house. It is an old house so there were many areas to close off and patch up to keep rodents out once and for all. Customer service and professionalism were excellent. I highly recommend Ricky and Rodent Exterminator.

I gave this company a call when I saw their ratings were so high with Yelp. We were not disappointed. Ricky was so friendly and not shady at all. The owner Isaiah was throughout, knowledgeable and very neat and focused on his work. We absolutely have not have any signs of rats since they have been here, that has been over a month. I would highly recommend this team of exterminators, they know what they're doing and are trustworthy, which I really appreciate. Thank you again.

Gave these guys a call. My mom had an infestation in her home and they truly did a great job. Thank you!

I highly recommend this company. Ricky and his team responded very quickly and were professional, detailed and very reasonable....no hidden charges. They were so nice and really did a fantastic job and I have already recommended them to my friends. Great experience with this A++ company.

Ricky is the best! He and his team could not have been more thorough, professional, detailed, clean and they got the job done! Fantastic to do business with. Great communication.

These folks did a terrific job rat-proofing our two story Craftsman home in Pasadena. They are highly knowledgeable, professional, meticulous, friendly, and trustworthy. Their proposal (of the two we obtained) was also very reasonably priced, given that they spent all day at our house and offer a guarantee on their services. We are all sleeping much better nowadays. Recommend without reservation.

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Bed bugs at Radio-Canada – The Ticker Times


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Radio-Canada employees must wait even more impatiently to move into their new offices since the brown tower on Ren-Lvesque Boulevard has recently been struggling with bedbugs.

The Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal is now added to the list of federal buildings, after those in Ottawa and Gatineau, which have faced a bed bug problem.

Following [sic] the detection of traces of bedbugs inside in the past few weeks, we conducted an inspection of the building over the weekend in the presence of dogs detection and a certified exterminator , we can read in an internal note sent to employees and obtained by Le Journal yesterday.

According to what it is possible to learn there, the inspection made it possible to detect the presence of traces of bedbugs in certain targeted places of the tower.

We are not talking about an infestation here, but rather isolated cases. Several floors were free of bedbugs, he added.

The Crown corporation confirmed that a decontamination treatment with steam had been carried out immediately in the limited areas. She also assured that the follow-up would be done with the affected employees.

Rest assured that management takes the situation very seriously and that a preventive bed bug detection plan will be deployed to prevent this from happening again, the e-mail concluded.

The official move date to the new offices located nearby is not yet known.

The building was to be ready on January 1 st. However, Radio-Canada is already in court with its owner. She believes that she should not have to pay her monthly rent of $ 1.8 million since the project is not considered complete.

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News5 Investigates Bedbugs thriving in Colorado, find them before they find you Patrick Nelson 4:24 – KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News


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COLORADO SPRINGS It's a situation you hope you never have to deal with, but more and more of our neighbors are waking up to find evidence of bedbugs. News5 spoke with a local exterminator who is working to raise awareness and to help find the bedbugs before they find you.

Right now bedbugs are a problem here at home in Colorado and in all 50 states. Back in the 80s, bedbugs were almost eliminated in the U.S., but exterminators say the chemical that was used to kill them was also harmful to people, so it was later banned by the feds. Now the bedbugs have made a comeback and the experts have noticed some reasons why bedbugs are spreading.

"One call per month and I was pretty happy. Now it's one, two, three calls a day that we're receiving for bedbugs," said Kyle Freeland, a bedbug exterminator for Just Bed Bugs Pest Control. "That tells me right there in plain black and white that it's getting worse."

Freeland admits it's work that can make your skin crawl.

"Roaches are a thing for some people, rodents are a thing for some people, bed bugs are a thing for everyone. Nobody likes that thought," Freeland said.

Finding refuge in bed seams and the crevasses in furniture, these parasites that are no bigger than an apple seed hitch hike from place to place, then lie in wait until they can crawl out to bite people. And it can happen anywhere.

"We've done $2.5 Million homes. Nobody is safe," Freeland said. "They don't care what your wallet looks like, or what your car you drive. They want to eat that's all they know."

These little creatures inspire fear across our society, but Freeland is sharing his knowledge with News5 to help you avoid these bugs from taking a bite out of your skin and your wallet.

According to HomeGuide, the average cost of removing bedbugs from a home is between $1,000 and $2,200. Exterminators with the National Pest Management Association say the top three places they find bedbugs are in single-family homes, apartments, and hotels.

Freeland says in his experience people who are buying used furniture are seeing some of the worst infestations.

"I mean you can get a couch for $50, but you never know that you're going to end up spending $1,200 now to get your whole house treated because of that $50 couch," Freeland said.

If bedbug cases are increasing locally, health department officials wouldn't know it.

In an email El Paso County Officials say "While bedbugs/lice are a nuisance, the do not transmit infectious diseases; therefore, they don't investigate or track potential bedbug/lice issues."

So what can you do to guard against bringing these bugs home with you the next time you travel?

"Before I even bring my bags into an into a hotel room at all. I'll leave them out in the hallway and I will tear that room apart for about 15 minutes looking everywhere," Freeland said.

Exterminators recommend we use the acronym S.L.E.E.P.

Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.

Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard, and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed but during the day, they are most likely found within a 5-foot radius of the bed.

Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.

Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.

Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.

"If you take the time 10 or 15 minutes to take a peek at a room you can save yourself thousands of dollars period," Freeland said.

Bedbugs have become such a concern in Colorado last summer state leaders passed a law to clarify the responsibilities of landlords and tenants when it comes to reporting and dealing with bedbugs.

Tenants are required to promptly notify landlords when they suspect there are bedbugs present in the unit. Landlords, in turn, are required to have someone inspect the unit within 96 hours and, if bedbugs are found, neighboring units must also be inspected. They are also responsible for the costs associated with eradicating the unit of the pests.

Read more about the Colorado State Law: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1328

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4 Signs of a Possible Termite Infestation – Time Bulletin


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When you discover termites in your home, it is most likely after years of infestation. Termites invade your home and eventually, after a couple of years developing a colony. Once the termites establish a colony, male and female termites start coming out of the nest and eventually start making satellite nests. At this stage, you are in a full-blown infestation, and your home is in real danger of costly damage. Which it is why it is wise to hire a termite specialist for an inspection before you discover termites yourself because, by that point, you could be looking at a huge repair bill along with pest removal costs.

Bubbling Drywall

When termites get in your walls, they will eat away at all of the wood fibers they can find, which includes the paper on drywall. When this happens, the paint will bubble up as it wont be connected to the wall anymore. The drywall will have a sort of salt and pepper look to it once you scrape loose paint off. At this stage, the termites have been on your wall for quite some time.

Degraded Baseboards

If termites are in your walls, then you may notice damage to your baseboards before the wallboard. Termites are indiscriminate and will eat whatever they can find. The baseboards will seem to rot from the inside and become spongey. They will also become honeycombed, and you will be able to notice the damage by knocking on the wood of the baseboard with your knuckle. The sound will be noticeably duller when you hit a section where the soft parts of the wood have been eaten away. Just like the drywall, this is a later stage detection, and there is already damage to the studs in your wall.

External Mud Tunnels on Concrete Foundation

Not all termites come from the air; some come in from the ground. Youll notice these pencil-sized mud lines on the concrete going up to the wooden portion of the structure. The termites will create these tunnels to remain covered so they can come and go without being exposed to the predators which can dry their bodies. If you catch these quickly, there is a good chance that you can avoid costly repairs since it can take a year or two for termites to establish a colony. If you see these mud lines on the foundation, call a local exterminator as soon as possible.

Discarded Wings in the Attic

The attic area is like heaven on earth to a termite. They have all the wood that they can eat, and the attic protects them from predators, and they have relatively easy access. So it isnt a surprise that they end up in the attic. When termites are about to start a new colony, they produce winged mature adults. The male will break off his wings when he finds a suitable mate. When you find a pile of these wings in your attic, then you have a termite infestation because the wings indicate that they are there to stay.

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Baby girl dies from gas poisoning after neighbours spray flat with severely toxic substances to get rid of b – The Sun


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AN eight-month-old baby girl has tragically died after her neighbours sprayed their flat with a deadly pesticide in an attempt to get rid of bedbugs and roaches.

Two other children, aged three and five, are also in critical condition following the extermination last week in the city of Shymkent, southern Kazakhstan.

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Neighbours reportedly left their apartment to avoid being poisoned after it was heavily sprayed with poisonous Imidacloprid on February 11.

The following day, the family living upstairs, who knew nothing about the extermination, reported feeling unwell.

The baby girl's father, Dilshat Abdurasulov, said: We did not know what was going on.

My daughter Guzal was constantly crying and we thought she was teething.

Then she weakened. Her body got colder, her face and lips turned blue.

We rushed to hospital but 30 minutes later she died.

The babys mother Alinur Lobusko said: When the neighbours called an exterminator for the first time, he came to us and warned us to open windows and ventilate our apartment.

This time nobody came and said nothing.

My daughter Guzal was constantly crying ... then she weakened. Her body got colder, her face and lips turned blue.

Three children have since been hospitalised to the Orynbaev Hyperbaric Oxygenation Centre.

The children, aged five, three and eight months, were taken to intensive care in a life-threatening condition.

The older children were suffering from severe vomiting and the baby girl was in a state of clinical death, according to reports.

Head doctor of the hospital Madina Ermakhanbetova said: The children were admitted to the intensive care unit with intoxication caused by severely toxic substances.

Two other children Dilshats nephews are still in critical condition.

Experts examined the air in both apartments and identified the pesticide that was used for the insects extermination.

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Local authorities spokesman Almat Kosaliev said: The apartment was sprayed with Imidacloprid by an exterminator from a private company.

The gas found its way to the upstairs flat through the vent shaft.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident but nobody has been arrested so far.

The investigation continues.

And in Australia, a six and eight-year-old boy died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

A gas heater in a room of the family home had leaked deadly colourless and odourless gas.

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How to Get Rid of Roof Rats in the Attic: Infestation Control


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Latin Name

Rattus rattus

What Do They Look Like?

Roof rats can fit through holes as small as one-half inch in diameter. Because they prefer to be high in the air, these rodents may climb on power lines or tree branches to get on the roof.

Entry PointsThese rats have no problem reaching almost any area of the house, so many homeowners struggle to keep these pests out. These rodents often enter homes from:

Roof rats can cause extensive and costly damage from:

DiseasesRoof rats spread diseases like salmonellosis through pantry foods contaminated with their droppings. These rats can also transmit rat bite fever through bacteria in their mouth. Trichinosis may be contracted through eating undercooked meat of animals that have fed on rats. Rats contaminating food or food preparation surfaces can transmit food poisoning.

Roof rats are the principle reservoir of plague throughout the world. Historically, infected fleas have transmitted serious plagues from rats to humans. Bubonic plague was a scourge in Europe several times throughout history. There are still outbreaks of plague in the United States and around the world today.

HantavirusHantavirus pulmonary syndrome is transferred via inhalation of:

How Do They Transfer Diseases?Common ways roof rats transmit diseases are from:

DroppingsDroppings are a good indicator of roof rat activity.Their droppings are 12 to 13 mm with pointed ends, whereas Norway rat droppings are 18 to 20 mm and capsule shaped.

Grease MarksGrease marks along surfaces can be signs of an infestation. Grease marks are produced as the rodent travels along an edge, and the oils in their fur are deposited.

Visual SightingsSightings of live or dead rodents indicate rodent activity.If roof rats are seen exposed, it often indicates their hiding spaces are all filled by other rats or that they have been disturbed, such as by construction. You can find indoor nests constructed in insulation area including attics.

What You Can DoHeres how homeowners can help prevent roof rat infestations:

What Orkin DoesYour local Orkin technician is trained to help manage roof rats and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep roof rats in their place and out of your home or business.

What Do They Eat?Roof rats are food hoarders, stashing supplies of food such as seeds and nuts. These rodents prefer to consume fruits (sometimes referred to as the fruit rat or citrus rat) and nuts, although roof rats are omnivorous and will feed on almost anything available to them. These rodents consume:

Where Do They Live?Roof rats are highly adaptable. They are nocturnal by nature and are accomplished climbers. They prefer to live in high places, but may live in a variety of environments if necessary. Their nests can be found in:

ReproductionRoof rats become sexually mature betweentwo and five months, producing four to six litters per year that consist of six to eight young each. The common lifespan of these rodents is about one year.

In dense populations, these rodents will establish a social hierarchy, wherein dominant males mate more than subordinate males. These rats are prodigious breeders and can breed year-round. Within a year, one female may be responsible for up to 40 new rodents.

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How to Get Rid of Mice Now: The Ultimate Guide | Pestkilled


Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on February 15th, 2020

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. Today we will pesent you with the ultimate guide on how to get rid of mice once and for all.

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.

A rodent infestation needs the proper management depending on the rodent that invaded your home. Here are the main differences between mice and rats so you know what you need to do.

Rodent infestations pose numerous health risks. While a larger infestation poses a more significant threat, even a small number of invaders can be dangerous. There is a chance that disease and parasites accompany your mouse problem.

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 generally feed on rats, gerbils, and other rodents.

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 common North American strain coming from the deer mouse.

Early symptoms include:

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:

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The first step is to determine if you have a rodent problem.

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.

Lets learn how to get rid of mice depending on the severity of the infestation and the main area of the infestations occurence.

As you know, mice can climb walls to an extent and can live inside them.

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.

Here are the issues you need to consider before you start getting rid of mice in the walls by yourself:

Given all these issues, the best method to get rid of mice in the walls is to use traps or to call an exterminator.

It is somewhat easier to deal with an infestation in your attic.

In this particular case, 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.

The garage can be a frustrating source of infestation. In addition to checking walls for entry points, you should consider the garage door a possible entry point.

Over the years, there have been many claims of products and processes 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.

Contrary to popular belief, not all cats love hunting mice. Lets learn a few things and bust a few myths about the all-time-favorite cat and mouse conflict.

Overall, cats represent the best solution to get rid of mice naturally, as long as you do not deal with a severe mice infestation and the cat wants to and is able to play its predatory part.

There are countless forms of repellent out there, from sprays to oils and beyond. Some of the most vehicled DIY ideas out there include the following:

Unfortunately, there is no conclusive evidence that any of these repellents work. According to specialists from the National Pest Management Association, such home remedies do not come with a scientific backup.

In conclusion, 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.

Specialists agree that sonic deterrents are ineffective against rodents and other invasive species.

The most effective method of removing mice continues to be the humble mousetrap.

While some are lethal, many new 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.

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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.

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.

Traps which employ a ramp follow the same principle, but may sometimes catch more than one mouse.

Another form of trap that has gained in popularity is the glue trap.

While useful, these traps will sometimes suffocate the rodent, plus there is a risk of a child or pet getting held to one.

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 various rodents. If you decide to make your owntrap, be aware that there is no guarantee of success.

Simple traps involve cardboard or heavy paper base, some form of containers (such as a tin can), bait, and a prop.

An example of multiple traps requires a large bucket, an empty can open at both ends, a dowel that is longer than the barrel, and a paint stick or other ramp.

In many cases, it is either easier or cheaper to hire a professional exterminator. In any case, it is best to deal with the rodent problem before they cause too much damage to your furniture.

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.

Dos:

Donts:

The best pest control one can think of is prevention. Before you begin dealing with a mice infestation and look for solutions on how to get rid of mice, consider the following ideas on how to prevent mice invading your property in the first place.

Here are the best solutions to get rid of mice:1. Set traps according to the severity of the infestation2. Call an exterminator3. Homemade mouse traps

1. Seal all entry points, holes, and cracks with caulk, steel wool, or a combination of the two.2. Keep the house and the surroundings clean and tidy.3. Eliminate all moisture sources.4. Move firewood away from the house.5. Screen vents and chimneys, add screens to the interior side of house windows and doors.

If things are bad, call a professional exterminator.

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‘Our little epidemic:’ Bedbug infestations on the increase, say pest experts – Hickory Daily Record


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The bedbugs started in an apartment on the third floor of the Hickory building where Rebecca Shaw lives.

The 84-year-old heard about the incident but thought it was taken care of. That was not the case.

The bugs got into the building laundry, then into Shaws apartment. She knew when she felt the itch.

You dont know it til they bite you, Shaw said.

And then you know.

The tiny, dark brown bugs crawled into her mattress, laid eggs, infested her furniture and made the home shed been in for 10 years unlivable.

Her slight, teetering body was soon covered in bites.

Shaw struggled to get her apartment owner to fix the problem, forcing her to spend time in the bedbug-ridden apartment. The stress, in part, led to two heart attacks in the last two months.

Its been terrible, she said from her bed in Trinity Village, where she recovered from her second heart attack.

Bedbugs dont pose a health risk, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, so there are no numbers tracking cases in Catawba County. But pest experts say bedbugs are on the rise.

Five pest control businesses in Catawba County treated about 400 cases last year in the region.

Jerry Johnson, branch manager of Dodson Pest Control in Hickory, calls it our little epidemic.

I can tell you three years ago we used to get one call a month (for bedbugs), he said. Now, its eight a week.

His explanation is the bedbugs ability to hitchhike on people, clothes, animals, bags and more, making their way from one home to another with ease.

They could be anywhere the public has been, Johnson said.

Richard Byrd, branch manager of Terminix Pest Control in Hickory, wholeheartedly agrees. His branch, which covers Burke, Caldwell, Alexander and Catawba counties, saw a sharp increase in bedbug cases in recent years. Last year, the local Terminix treated the most cases hes seen in the area in his 22 years in pest control.

As they get more abundant, they spread even faster, Byrd said.

Bedbugs feed on blood and most commonly infest soft materials like beds, couches, carpets and clothes. Infestations can range from a few bugs in the mattress to full-blown, with bugs covering the walls. But it only takes a few to start, said Bob Schon, territory manager for the Hickory branch of A-1 Pest Control.

If they have two bugs, thats enough, he said. It spreads quickly.

And they dont discriminate. Bedbugs can happen to anyone, Schon said.

I usually reassure people this is not because of race or finances or because of where you are or who youre with, he said.

As Byrd says, Bedbugs arent prejudiced.

Bedbugs are commonly picked up while traveling, Byrd said. Hotel rooms, public transportation and restaurants have so many people coming through that they can be ground zero for bedbug infestations.

Those infestations can start small. People often know from a couple bites, blood spots on their bedding from bites or they may even see a bug, Byrd said. Rarely do pest inspectors go to a potential bedbug case and not find bedbugs, Byrd said.

If theyre calling us, they probably know (they have bedbugs), he said.

During the initial inspection, exterminators head to the bedroom first, Byrd said. They check the seams of mattresses, behind the headboard and in the box spring. Then they look at furniture under the cushions, in the seams and underneath. Next come electrical sockets, carpet and curtains.

Sometimes it takes time to find signs of bedbugs. In other cases, its immediately apparent, Byrd said.

Either you look for it and find some or you go in and you see. You know, he said. Some places, theyre on the walls, floors, the furniture its completely covered.

Those are the worst cases hes seen, he said. Its only been a few, but hes seen enough cases like that to stick in his memory, he said. And they still make his skin crawl.

Oh yeah, I still feel that way, Byrd said.

Sometimes, cases can get that bad because of the high price of bedbug treatment, he said. The cost ranges from $1,000 on the very low end, to several thousand. Depending on the size of the space, it could cost $5,000, Byrd said.

When people hear the bill, it can scare them off, Byrd said. Ive seen people who dont treat it because of the price, Byrd said.

They search for cheaper solutions, like do-it-yourself treatment or low-cost companies. Both of those options can be ineffective and dangerous, Byrd said. All the while, bedbugs breed.

Professional companies most commonly turn to heat treatment, using large propane heaters to get the infested building up to over 130 degrees and keeping it that hot for hours.

It effectively kills the bugs and gets cracks and crevices chemical treatment might not. Byrd said the method got popular about five years ago, but new chemical treatments are emerging that could be just as effective.

Before any heat treatment can be done, people have to move out anything that could melt or explode in the heat like blinds, clothes hangers, aerosol cans and ammunition.

Getting the entire space up to heat can take hours depending on size and temperature outside, Byrd said. Once up to heat, the two exterminators handling the case watch the thermostat on the heater to make sure it stays up to heat for at least three to four hours.

Once theyre done, people cant come back in until the house is cooled down.

The whole process can take an entire day, putting people out of their homes. But thats not the only inconvenience.

They also have to wash and dry their clothes and linens with industrial machines at a laundromat, Byrd said.

Some people, like Shaw, throw out their possessions altogether. Im getting rid of a lot of stuff, she said.

Her family helped wash her things and throw some away in favor of buying new, she said. The cost can add up quickly, especially for those who cant afford it. And there arent many resources for help.

The county health department does not help with bedbug infestations but recommends exterminators to people who call seeking help, Community Engagement Specialist Emily Killian said.

The Catawba County Department of Social Services can help encourage people to get bedbugs exterminated in specific severe cases that pose a risk to a child or adult under their care, Director Karen Harrington said. They dont provide funds to help pay for extermination.

Some nonprofits help those in need who need bedbug treatment but few have specific programs to help with the situation, said Robert Silber, executive director of the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry.

Theyve seen more cases of bedbugs recently but theres little they can do to help, Silber said. When someone needs help, they have an exterminator they recommend and will help in specific cases, he said.

The best way to avoid the exorbitant cost of bedbugs is to protect yourself from the start, Johnson said. That means being vigilant about your surroundings avoiding soft surfaces in public spaces, washing clothes quickly and being wary while you travel.

When Johnson gets home each day, he washes his clothes immediately.

If we go out to dinner, if we go to church the clothes Im wearing out in public do not go back on the furniture at home, he said.

Schon said his time in pest control has taught him to be extremely cautious at hotels. Before bringing anything into a room, he pulls back the sheets and looks behind the headboard, examines the seams of the bed, flips it over to inspect closely and sometimes even tears a tiny hole to check inside the box spring. Then, he places his belongings on the bathroom vanity as far from the bed as possible.

Id be very vigilant in the inspection, Schon said. You have to be. Its not about the dollar amount of the hotel, or even how it looks. Weve treated everywhere.

Theres nowhere you shouldnt be aware of bedbugs, Byrd said. They can cling to childrens school bags and come home with the kids, he said.

Local school systems have systems they follow when a childs home has bedbugs, but they have to know about it to try to contain it.

At Newton-Conover Schools, a letter goes out to parents of children in the same school. The students classroom gets inspected by an exterminator and the students personal items are kept in an air-tight box until their home is rid of bedbugs. The schools also help the family get the problem fixed, said John Robinson, public information officer for Newton-Conover Schools.

Hickory Public Schools follow similar guidelines, Director of Communications Beverly Snowden said.

Students are told not to bring anything to school. When they get to school, theyre given a change of clothes, Snowden said. The school washes their clothes and the student changes back into them at the end of the day.

With all the precautions, its still possible to get bedbugs, Schon said.

Theres not a way to prevent them other than being vigilant, he said. Theyre really hardy, theyre resilient. They have a way of surviving.

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The landlords of a rat-infested home at 619 S. Lincoln Ave. have been hit with a $1,150 fine and potentially face more fines if the problem isn't soon remediated.

Under an agreed order with the city of Springfield, the owners of the property, The Pekay Group of Illinois, a limited liability corporation controlled by mother-daughter duo Marsha Pekay and Gwen Pekay-Levine, has been assessed the fine for two violations of city code.

Public Works will inspect the property again on Feb. 17. If the rat infestation has not been remediated by then, a $100 penalty will be assessed each day until the property is in compliance, per the agreed order. That will be determined at a hearing Feb. 19.

Marc Pekay, Marsha Pekay's husband and attorney, appeared in the city's administrative court Wednesday morning, acknowledging their responsibility for ridding the property of rats even while maintaining that the problem was caused by the previous tenants, not their management of the property.

"We are outraged by what they found in a house that they've taken pride in for over 80 years," Pekay said. "The penalty that we've agreed to today is difficult for them, but we acknowledge and understand."

The home, a duplex with a shared basement, was built in 1900. It has a fair market value of $99,159, according to Sangamon County tax records.

Pekay said that the family "takes the neighborhood seriously" while laying the blame for the property's poor state on tenants that were recently evicted. He said they were only made aware of the rat problem after serving their last tenants eviction notices in mid-November.

He accused the previous tenants of leaving "garbage all over" the inside of the home and leaving the "toilets ruined."

"They did nothing to prevent any of the rodents from coming in," Pekay said. "It was like somebody putting cheese in front of them and asking them to come into the house."

But that's not how it went down, said previous tenant John Raven, who said Pekay's comments were "a nice tale, but it was all wrong."

Raven, who attended the hearing, said he first informed Marsha Pekay of the rat problem just a few weeks after moving in last May. He denied trashing the apartment and said the toilets were in no worse condition when they moved out versus when they moved in.

"She knew of the rats," Raven said. "We told her over and over and over. All they're trying to do is get out of a deal right now."

The condition of the home has drawn the ire of neighbors worried about rats finding their way into their own homes. It has also caught the attention of members of the Springfield City Council, who said they are frustrated by how long the process is taking and their perceived lack of ability to hold the landlords accountable for code violations.

The rat issue at the property was first brought to Public Works' attention on Dec. 23. A city inspector was sent out on Dec. 26. Confirming the rat infestation and deeming it uninhabitable for humans, the inspector gave the propertys owner 14 days treat the site. That deadline came and went without the property being treated.

Pekay assured the hearing officer, retired judge Roger Holmes, that abatement of the property, being done by Decatur-based Catch It Wildlife, was almost compete. He attributed the delay to difficulty finding a contractor to do the work. They initially had a deal with Orkin, but were later told by the company that they would not do what was necessary to bring the property in compliance.

Holmes said they better be in compliance two weeks from now, or else he will "be most unhappy and will take all actions pursuant to this agreed order."

Public Works has treated area sewers in an attempt to prevent the rats from spreading to surrounding homes. Pekay said the house itself was boarded up and that "there's no question that there's no more danger."

This would be welcome news to neighbor Walter Ladd, who said he's been living "10 feet or less from a ticking time bomb" for the past few months.

"It's very stressful," Ladd said. "I don't think there's too many people that could take a $2,000 or $3,000 exterminator bill because you caught rats from a landlord who refused to fix the problem."

Ladd said he's glad the city "held their feet to the fire," adding that he did not buy the landlord's explanation for the cause of the problem.

"(The tenants) didn't tear that house up," Ladd said. "I don't believe it. It's just passing the buck, they're looking for a different scapegoat and they just don't want to take responsibility for it."

Ward 8 Ald. Erin Conley, who attended the hearing, said she's glad the city is taking the matter seriously, but would be following up with proposed changes to city code "so that we don't have a situation like this that's allowed to drag out this long."

Contact Brenden Moore: 788-1526, bmoore@sj-r.com, twitter.com/brendenmoore13.

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