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Rat Facts: What They Eat, Size … – Western Exterminator

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 4th, 2019

Discovering ratsin your home or business can be very distressing. Luckily, there are ways you can deter rats and prevent an infestation.These rodentshave been plaguing humans for centuries. They are both hardy animals andvery clever. They can get into tiny spaces, which is why even the smallest of holes in your home could be a potential access point for rats.

At Western Exterminator, we know all of the rat facts so that we can better serve you in removing these rodents from your home and preventing their return. Rats and other rodents are a problem in many areas such as Anaheim, Bakersfield, Boise, Fresno, Oxnard, Santa Maria, Vancouver and Van Nuys. Wherever you are, our local specialists can solveyour rat problem.

We get a lot of questions about rats such as:

Plus, many more questions from home and property owners who have seen rats and want to get rid of them or prevent rats from coming back. Rats are smart, so that means we have to even smarter when finding them and finding ways to prevent them.

If you have a problem with rats, contact our local rat control specialistsby scheduling an appointment and property inspection with your nearest Western Exterminator office.

At Western Exterminator, we are rat experts. For example, we know that rats are rodents that are part of the Muroidea family and the genus known as Rattus. Two of the most common rat species in the country are the black and brown rats. Some other key facts include:

Rats like to chew on just about anything. But, what do rats like to eat? Well, it all depends on where you're living. That's because city rats and wild rats, or non-urban rats eat different things.

All rats are omnivores and opportunists. Even in rural areas, they'll eat just about anything that they come across and decide smells interesting. That includes carcasses.

In the wild, rats tend to eat things like fruit, plants, seeds and are more likely to be vegetarians. However, city rats like to eat garbage and meat. They will consume pet food and just about any human food that they come across.

That's why making sure food and trash are secured is important. If you have outdoor pets, then pet foods need to be stored securely and you need to avoid leaving them outdoors. Make sure that openings are secured so that rats don't get inside to go after food stored there.

One of the most common questions we get is: how long do rats live? Of course, this is not an easy question to answer and there is not just one answer which can be given for all species of rat in existence. There are a number of factors that can determine how long rats live.

The life-span of a rat depends on if it's a wild rat or a rat kept as a pet. Rats that are kept healthy in captivity as a family pet can live up to 4 years. Rats in the wild tend to live a little less and will only live 2 or 3 years.

Rats can carry diseases and transmit them to humans. They can do so through their saliva, urine or feces.

Rats also carry parasites and pests such as fleas and ticks that will also transmit diseases. So, in addition to the property destruction in your home, there are health risks with rats.

The diseases rats carry include:

We work with you to find the right solution to remove and keep rats away from your property, throughout your commercial buildings or within your home.

Call a Western Exterminator specialist at 888-674-0955 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Don't wait another moment if you think you have rats, just call us today!

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Patton Termite & Pest Control – Exterminator Services …

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 4th, 2019

Patton Termite & Pest Control can respond promptly to your pest control needs in Wichita, Kansas and surrounding areas! We are a locally owned, family operated company that will take care of your pests, quickly, efficiently, and affordably. Each pest situation is different so we would love to hear from you to discuss your pest control needs!

Give our office a call at 316-773-3825 to speak with a licensed technician for pest information and a free quote.

Its our promise to be prompt, professional, and deliver quality service.

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We offer a wide variety of pest control services in Wichita. From residential pest control to large commercial pest management, weve got you covered! Our pest professionals will assess your pest problem and design a prevention program built around your specific needs that will put a stop to those vermin for good!

We look forward to hearing from you!

We offer Pest Control services in Wichita, Kansas and surrounding areas for the following pests: Termites, Bed Bugs, Rodents and Mice, Ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, Mosquitoes, Fleas, and more! Click the pests above to learn more about our extermination services.

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How to get rid of mice – Western Exterminator

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 2nd, 2019

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Mice create messes and will chew through walls, wires and other materials. An infestation of mice or other rodents in your home or business puts people at risk of spreading diseaseand other health risks. In short, you do not want to just live with a mouse infestation in and around your property. Take the following steps to get rid of mice:

Western Exterminator has mouse control specialists on staff who are trained to help get rid of mice and prevent future infestations. It's one of the very first services we offered as a company going all the way back to 1921.

If you have spotted the signs of a mouse infestation or seen mice in your home contact Western Exterminator for an appointment with one of our specialists.

There are a number of ways in which mice can find their way into your walls. Whether you have a crack in your siding, a poorly sealed door, or an uncovered chimney pipe, mice will make their way in.

The biggest concern with having mice in the walls is that mice love to chew. Where are the majority of your electric wires located? Inside the walls. Dont let them make a snack out your power sources. Not only will your devices and appliances fail to work, but chewed wires could start a fire.

The most effective way to get rid of mice in the walls is to call Western Exterminator and have one of our mice control experts come out to your property. A pest specialist will inspect and assess the situation to best equip him/herself to develop a specialized plan to get rid of the mice. After the mice are gone, your pest specialist will seal up any walls that may be vulnerable to future rodent entry, giving you peace of mind that they wont be back.

No matter if you keep your car in a closed garage, store it away in a storage unit, or park it in the street, mice can find it. To escape from the elements, mice often crawl into the inside of a car, and they can do damage quickly. If you're worried about mice taking up residence under your cars hood, try some of these things:

Check your auto insurance policy to see if it includes coverage for rodent damage. But regardless of whether it does or does not, no one wants mouse damage to their car. Have a Western Exterminator pest specialist inspect your property to check for rodent activity. Get ahead of mice, and stop them before they chew through your battery cables.

Mice are shy and want to hide from you, but they tend to leave a lot of signs that they have been there. First, they come out at night looking for food, so you may see one of them run across your path in the middle of the night. If that happens, it's pretty easy to guess that you have a mouse problem. However, you can also look for these signs.

These are just some of the signs of a mouse infestation. A Western Exterminator mouse control specialist can find more and determine the type of mouse, how they got in and where they are likely hiding.

Western Exterminator specialists are highly trained and equipped to find where mice are hiding and remove them quickly. You need to have a trained eye to spot the signs of mice, rats or some other form of pest infestation. This all starts with a detailed and thorough property inspection.

Western Exterminator also offers property owners:

House mice, like other rodents, bring with them a host of problems such as disease and property damage, so it's in the best interest of the commercial or residential property manager to get rid of house mice as quickly as possible, but what are the costs involved. Well, there are a number of factors which go into determining the costs of getting rid of house mice, including:

These are just some of the factors involved in determining the cost of getting rid of house mice. There may be other factors to consider as each case is unique. The first step should be to contact Western Exterminator and get an initial property inspection.

The first step toward peace of mind and getting rid of mice starts with a property inspection. Our Western Exterminator specialists have the tools and training to conduct a thorough inspection to find all of the mouse access points and hiding places.

Contact us today and set up an initial property inspection with one of our mouse control specialists today!

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Home Pest Control and Exterminators | Angie’s List

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 2nd, 2019

Today, exterminators have an army of potential options for combating pests of all shapes and sizes. Different tools and methods work well against different pests, so it's important for an exterminator to have extensive training about all of the available methods.

Some of the most popular pest elimination methods include:

Traps Both kill and no-kill traps are available. Traps are mostly effective against small infestations and are not designed for elimination of large pest populations. Variations include catch-and-release traps, spring-loaded traps (traditional mouse trap), sticky traps and electronic traps. Spring-loaded, electronic and multi-catch traps are most commonly used for rodents and snakes, while sticky traps are effective against a wide range of insects. Visual traps that use light to attract pests are effective against many types of insects as well.

Baited traps This method involves placing poison bait in a bait station that permits a pest to enter. The idea is that the pest will consume the poison and then leave the area.

Poison Spray - Poisoned spray is ideal for situations in which pests are confined to a specific area. It is commonly used to exterminate insects.

Fumigation Fumigation is the process of sealing off a structure and filling it with poison gases or pesticides. If it's feasible to seal off an entire house, this method can tackle large areas quickly and easily. It is used for everything from spiders to flying insects.

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The 10 Best Mice Exterminators Near Me (with … – Thumbtack

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 1st, 2019

"Initially I wasnt happy with the quality of work. The owner had one of his employees come out and do the initial consultation and follow up, but he didnt really do much of anything. There were still rats running around and I was catching more rats with my Victor traps. After explaining my dissatisfaction with the owner, he personally came out twice a week every week to do a THOROUGH inspection and to check his old traps and re bait the bait stations for FREE. I told him where I was hearing the scratching noises and he was able to actually find the sources of how the rats were getting in. He patched up all of the holes in the exterior yard that was connected to the neighbors yards and patched up the internal holes underneath the kitchen sinks. On top of all of this, every time he came out after our conversation he was punctual, sometimes he even got to my house before I did and started working before our scheduled appointment time. He lives in the Bronx, I live in Newark. After his most recent visit I am happy to report that it seems we are rat-free! All thats left is to monitor. Way to turn things around. Im heavily considering the quarterly service he offers, just to maintain our home in its rat-free state!"

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The 10 Best Exterminators Near Me (with Free Estimates)

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on September 24th, 2019

The best way to get rid of termites is to act fast. Termites are a problem that will only get worse and no matter how much you want them to, they usually dont magically move out on their own. There are three main types of termites: drywood, dampwood and subterranean. Drywood and dampwood termites sneak through cracks in your exterior paint, nail holes, and gaps near windows and other openings and begin to eat through your wood. Subterranean termites enter your house from the ground up by creating mud tunnels. In all cases, they survive by eating the wood of your house. The type of termites you have can steer the treatment plan.

Methods of termite extermination include fumigation, use of pesticides, and use of natural elements that are poisonous to the bugs. The extent of your termite infestation will help determine the treatment method. If you have drywood or dampwood termites that have infiltrated all aspects of the wood in your home, the pest control pro may recommend enclosing the whole house in a tent and gassing the termites via fumigation. If you have subterranean termites, often the entire footprint of the home must be treated by drilling liquid treatments into the slab or foundation of the home to exterminate the colonies. In any case, once you see signs of termites, its time to take action and call a pest pro.

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Squirrel Pest Control Services | Western Exterminator

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on September 24th, 2019

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Squirrels are probably one of the most common species of wildlife the average city dweller runs into (outside of pigeons). Most of the time, they are running around lawns, trees and bushes and around wooded areas. They are famous for grabbing acorns and nuts and hiding them in the ground as well as running up trees and across electrical wires, rooftops and other areas.

For the most part, squirrels are generally not a nuisance, but the act they live in such close proximity to homes and other buildings which means they can sometimes get inside walls, attics, basements and other areas. It's then that squirrels can become a destructive nuisance and may require contacting a squirrel exterminator.

If you have a problem with squirrels in your home or business, contact your local Western Exterminator office to set up a property inspection and a method of squirrel removal and prevention.

Squirrels usually live in trees. They build very large nests high in the trees to give birth, hide food and raise their young. The nests are made from leaves and other debris, but they run up and down trees on a constant search for food. During certain parts of the year, they hide food in trees, bury it in yards and find other places to hide food so they can get to it during the winter months.

Squirrels live all across North America. They are highly adaptive and live in warmer climates and climates where there is severe winter, snow and cold. They are also found in all corners of the world, except for Antarctica and the Arctic Circle. They survive in rural areas but also adapt well to urban areas.

In general, squirrels just want to be left alone, so they are not usually dangerous. They are sometimes a nuisance, however. Plus, if cornered or sick, squirrels will bite to fight their way out of a situation. Finally, their tendency to gnaw on objects can also be a problem.

Squirrels can be a problem due to:

Western Exterminator wildlife specialists know how to find where squirrels are getting inside and where they are hiding in your home or building. Western Exterminator squirrel experts will use methods that will get rid of squirrels from basements, attics, between walls or anywhere they are hiding and trying to nest.

In addition to being squirrel exterminators, we are experts in squirrel prevention, too. Once we get rid of the squirrel infestation inside your home, we will work with you to find what the rodents are using as access points to offer advice about preventing squirrels from getting in again.

Contact your local squirrel exterminator by reaching out to your local Western Exterminator office and setting up an initial appointment and discuss squirrel extermination and prevention solutions.

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Spider Extermination In NJ & NY – Horizon Pest Control

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on September 13th, 2019

Spider Control In New Jersey & New York

In nature, spiders do a lot of good. They eat pesky insects, like mosquitoes and flies. However, some species of spiders can do more harm than good particularly black widow and brown recluse spiders. Looking to keep spiders out of your home or business? Call the experts at Horizon Pest Control at 1-888-612-2847 for a free quote.

In total, five species of black widow spiders are native to the U.S. These spiders are known for the red hourglass shape located on their back. Black widow spiders are attracted to dark, secluded locations, like basements, garages, closets and woodpiles, and notorious for weaving messy, irregular webs near the ground.

While the male black widow rarely bites, the female may bite when disturbed, especially after laying eggs. When black widows bite, they inject a poison that affects the nervous system. Some people report severe pain, burning, swelling and redness directly following the bite. Other symptoms can include sore muscles, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, excessive sweating and weakness. Although bites can be deadly, fatalities are highly unlikely when medical care is promptly sought.

Brown recluse spiders inhabit the Central Midwest, from Nebraska to Texas and Ohio to Georgia. And while brown recluse spiders arent native to New Jersey or New York, they can be transported during a move or shipment from these areas. Though rare, brown recluse spiders may establish populations in a single building. As their name suggests, they prefer to remain out of sight in recessed and hidden areas.

Like black widows, brown recluse spiders have a poisonous bite. Theyre not aggressive by nature when bothered, theyd much rather run for cover but if they feel trapped, they might bite and inject venom. Brown recluse bites produce a stinging sensation at first. In the hours that follow, an intense pain and blister will typically develop. The surrounding area may become swollen. Besides physical discomfort, brown recluse spider bites can also lead to fever, chills, joint pain, seizures and coma.

Get rid of pesky and potentially dangerous spiders in your New Jersey home or New York City business. Contact Horizon Pest Control for professional spider extermination services.

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Ant Exterminator –

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on September 12th, 2019

Your home is your castle. It may not have a moat, but you probably feel pretty confident that you can at least control who comes in and out, right?


Ants are unwelcome house guests. Worse than that, they are entitled and spoiled, letting themselves in, making themselves at home, and not even paying rent. One day you are in control, the next they are helping themselves to the pantry, munching on the walls at all hours, and refusing to respect your boundaries. Enough is enough.

You decide to call in the big guns an ant exterminator. Let Insight Pests come to your rescue. Cooler than the terminator, your exterminator is dedicated to ant control, spending their life seeking out your ant infestation and eliminating it.

Why should you choose us? Put simply, because we are the best. We treat ants using an effective method involving lacing the workers with bait. They then go back to the queen and kill her Trojan-horse style. The decimation of the queen means her kingdom falls with her allowing you to exterminate the colony from within.

We will actually follow the trail of ants when they reveal themselves to make sure that the job is completed properly, and that every last ant is evicted from your home and yard. To make doubly sure you wont be bothered by squatters again, we will suggest quarterly treatments following the initial clear-out to help keep your home yours for the long term.

We put our customers at the heart of our service, and the results speak for themselves. We boast a 4.9-star rating and over 1,000 independent reviews on Google praising our success in the ant exterminator business. While customers are our passion, ants are our nemesis, and we want them to pay.

Unfortunately, ants are good at breeding and have successfully evolved into many different types during their plot for world domination. Here are the top ones to look out for in your home:

These ants are small with a brown-black body and no stinger. What identifies them more clearly, however, is the overwhelming odor of rotting coconut they bring with them. If these guys have paid you a visit, you will definitely know about it no blaming this one on the dog!

Available in fetching shades of brown, black, or red, the first thing you will notice is that these are larger than your normal ant. They can cause severe structural damage, starting off in wet, decayed wood and moving on to tastier undamaged, dry wood. Best to catch them as early as possible!

If snacks suddenly start going missing, dont look at your other half. Pavement ants are notorious for their appetites and will eat anything, including cheese, meat, bread, fruit, and other insects. They are scary, hungry little guys. Identify them with care though hard to spot they are usually small, brown, and close to bricks, concrete or pavement.

These chamaeleon creatures can often be mistaken for carpenter ants. The come in black, brown, and red shades, and range from 4 to 9mm in size. Although sometimes content with plants, they occasionally unleash their carnivorous and cannibalistic tendencies to eat other insects. You do not want these guys to take up residence anywhere near you.

This is actually a collective name which includes a number of different species. Usually yellow or black, moisture ants are usually around 3 to 4mm in length with the females being larger. Even more appealingly, they release a citrus odor if crushed. Delicious.

We can guarantee you expert technicians with experience in the pest and ant exterminator businesses. We put our customers convenience and safety at the heart of our service and promise to preserve your wellbeing as much as possible. We will only use the chemicals which the situation requires and will not fill your home with hundreds of surplus and useless chemicals.

With this said, homeowners should still be mindful of themselves and of children and animals. We do use chemicals to destroy the ant colony which could be dangerous to health, and so common-sense precautions are required.

Following the initial clearance, we would recommend treating your home once every quarter. This reduces the likelihood of a re-infestation and allows us to take out any stragglers before they have the opportunity to re-crown a queen and begin their takeover once again.

We are also happy to visit in between treatments if you have any concerns. Our priority is bringing the ants down, and we will do whatever it takes to liberate your home and take back control.

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Spider Exterminator | Spider Removal | Environmentaly Safe …

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on September 12th, 2019

Prevent Spiders From Entering Your Home or Business

Spider control services help get rid of spider problems once and for all. Spider exterminators removal and control services determine the source of entry for the pests so that homeowners and business owners can do the required repairs to keep them out. Fixing broken foundations, torn screens, and gaping windows help eliminate future spider problems.

Getting rid of spider infestations is part of the solution provided by spider exterminators. Doing necessary repairs on a property is the key to spider control.Nobody wants to deal with spider extermination a second time, therefore they should follow the advice of the professionals.

They let their customers know what to do to get rid of spiders for good. For example, wood piles in yards make the perfect place to nest for arachnids. By cleaning up the space and getting rid of the cut-down or fallen branches, spare boards, and logs, one of the places that spiders love to hide, breed, and raise their young is removed.

Cleaning a property regularly by vacuuming up webs, eggs, and spiders is one way to get rid of them. If the structural problems mentioned before are not taken care of, however, spiders will continue to find a way into a home or business. Vacuuming will help, but only temporarily.

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