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The Best Termite Treatment For Pest Control – Bob Vila

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 9th, 2020

Termites are elusive pests that can quickly form colonies in your home before showing significant signs of the infestation. Since termites feed primarily on wood and wood products, a colony in your home can quickly cause a lot of damage. Common signs of termites include discolored drywall, peeling paint, hollow-sounding wood, and pinpoint holes in the drywall.

If a colony is left untreated long enough, your walls will literally begin to crumble. However, you can eliminate and prevent termites from reentering with the best termite treatment for your home. These product categories and their respective recommendations can help you choose.

Termite infestations can grow quickly, requiring a termite treatment to rid your home completely of these annoying pests. However, if your home has not yet been infested, you can take these steps to help prevent termites.

If these preventive measures dont keep the termites away, you might need to take steps with a DIY termite treatment or even consider calling in a professional exterminator, though the termiticides pros use are far more powerful and could require you to vacate the home temporarily.

Treating a termite infestation can be as easy as setting baits or as involved as digging a trench around your home to set up a termiticide barrier. The four main types of termite treatments include liquid-soil termiticides, termite baits, building materials with termiticides, and wood treatments.

Liquid-soil termiticides are a long-lasting treatment that can keep a home safe from termites for up to five years on average, though some products claim a longer protection period. However, this treatment isnt simple. It requires digging a trench around the home and applying the liquid treatment into it, making sure that there are no gaps in this chemical barrier before filling the trench. Termites can find gaps in the barrier and could enter, so it is suggested to have yearly termite inspections just to be certain.

An easier method of applying a liquid-soil treatment is with a sprayer. The treatment doesnt last as long when applied without a trench, but the concentrated spray termiticide is easy for most DIYers to use to form a chemical barrier in the soil surrounding their home.

Fighting a termite infestation with termite baits requires strategically placing bait stations around the home for the termites to find. The bait includes powerful active ingredients, like hexaflumuron, that kill the termites slowly. Foraging termites will take the readily-available bait back to their nest, infecting the other termites in the colony.

This method is effective for destroying an infestation but could take a month or more before acting on the termites. Termite baits also need regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure that the bait stations still have bait.

A great way to prevent termite infestations in new construction is to treat the building materials with termiticides before beginning construction. Lumber can be treated with a spray or a brushed-on concentrated solution. An alternative is to apply termiticides anywhere the new structure touches the ground to pretreat the soil.

Building materials that are repellent to termites, like pressure-treated wood for building a deck, are other good alternatives. Or choose naturally-resistant materials like metal, concrete, or some types of wood.

Instead of treating the soil or setting up bait stations, wood treatments include surface sprays and treatments and injected sprays and foams. These treatment options kill existing infestations and soak into the wood to prevent future infestations. Pretreated termite-resistant construction materials use a similar product to coat lumber that will be used to build a home. However, applying wood treatments often requires direct access to the wood so that treatments can soak into the fibers. This is why sprays are best for new construction as it is easier to apply the wood treatment directly to the materials surface. Injection foams are best for pre-existing structures where they go into cracks and crevices to properly soak into unpainted edges of the painted wood.

The products below were chosen for quality, price, and customer satisfaction to help you find the best termite treatment for your home.

Like all long-acting liquid-soil termite treatments, Taurus SC 20 oz bottle. Liquid Termiticide needs to be applied in a trench that surrounds a homes perimeter. This sets up a chemical barrier that poisons termites in the area, taking less than 90 days to begin working. However, the poison does not kill on contact. Instead, termites carry it back to the nest, where it destroys the entire colony.

The chemical barrier created by this termite treatment remains in place for up to 10 years, keeping a home safe from termites, as well as from ants, centipedes, wasps, and roaches. The active ingredient, fipronil, is used in cat and dog medicines to treat fleas, so it is pet-friendly. Though this isnt a fast-acting treatment, it is a complete solution to keep a home safe from termites for years to come.

Ortho 0200010 Concentrated Termite Killer can be mixed with water to create 5 gallons of termite treatment. This solution, when applied in a trench around the perimeter of a home, can kill existing pests and repel future infestations for up to five years. The solution also works as a surface spray on wooden surfaces, wood piles, tree stumps, and more to treat existing infestations, although its effectiveness as a surface spray does not last as long as when its applied in a trench.

The active ingredient, bifenthrin, is a pyrethroid, which is a powerful insecticide designed to mimic the toxic effects of naturally-occurring pyrethrins by destroying the termites central nervous system. This termite treatment can kill termites, and treat carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and other wood-destroying pests.

Some termite treatments use harsh chemicals that can make a homes residents feel light-headed or nauseous from the strong odors, but Eco-Safe Termite Prevention and Treatment doesnt use harsh chemicals. Treating a termite infestation shouldnt come at the expense of a familys health, and this eco-friendly formula uses sodium borate, a naturally occurring mineral, to treat existing termite colonies and protect against future infestations.

The non-toxic and volatile organic compound (VOC)-free treatment should be applied directly to all exposed interior and exterior wood. The boron salts in the wood treatment soak into the fibers of the wood to treat existing colonies and repel future infestations of termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, beetles, and decay fungi.

Bifen IT Insecticide Concentrates uses an impressively powerful concentrated formula to treat a broad spectrum of pests, including termites, ants, bees, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, gnats, spiders, wasps, and many more. The active ingredient, bifenthrin, damages the central nervous system of pests, killing them within 24 hours.

This termite treatment can be applied during new construction to pretreat materials, or as a solution inside or outside existing homes. The fast-acting solution lasts for up to 90 days before needing to be reapplied. However, consider wearing a ventilator during application because this product has a strong chemical smell that can cause dizziness.

DIYers can spray BASF 805571 Termidor Foam Termiticide behind baseboards, into termite holes, and other difficult to access areas of a home using the narrow spray hose. The foam takes only five seconds to expand, with 1 ounce quickly becoming 1 quart of foam. This expansion fills any gaps and forces the foam deeper into the termite tracks.

The nonrepellent formula is almost undetectable to termites, so they inadvertently make contact with it, ingest it, and share it in the nest. The active ingredient, fipronil, binds to a termites nerve endings, disrupting the central nervous system and killing them within 24 hours. BASF Termidor Foam Termiticide also works to treat carpenter ants, stink bugs, carpenter bees, and many other pests.

Spectracide Terminate Termite Detection & Killing Stakes are easy to install around the perimeter of a home using 10-foot spacing between stakes. The bait trap sinks into the ground where it is accessible to subterranean termites. Once the termites begin to take the bait, an indicator will be released on the top of the trap to show that the elimination of the nest has started.

The bait traps use the active ingredient hexaflumuron to destroy the reproductive abilities and maturation cycle of pests. The downside with this method is that it can take a few days to a few months to see any progress against termites and the need to monitor the bait regularly and replace the stakes at least once yearly to ensure ongoing protection.

BioAdvanced Termite Killer Home Perimeter Treatment is a powdered substance that DIYers can sprinkle around their homes perimeter. They must then water the powder with a hose or any other method of applying water to the powder that will allow it to seep into the soil. The treatment acts within a month to kill existing nests and can protect a home for up to six months.

The active ingredient, imidacloprid, works in a way similar to fipronil, killing insects by disrupting communication in their central nervous system, but it is less toxic to humans and pets. Unfortunately, due to the method of activation, this termite treatment can only be used outside, but it is an excellent option for perimeter defense in the yard.

Mix Bora Care Natural Borate Termite Control at a 1:1 dilution with water and grab a sprayer, brush, or roller to apply to new or existing wooden materials. The active ingredient, disodium octaborate tetrahydrate, is a borate compound that disrupts the enzyme production and digestive systems of the termite, ultimately causing death.

The treatment kills any existing infestation in the wood and can last as effective protection against recurring infestations for decades. The wood treatment will kill all species of termites, wood-infesting beetles, carpenter ants, and decay fungi and can be used on both interior and exterior structures for extensive security.

Consider these frequently asked questions about termite treatment before buying.

Common signs that you may have termites include discolored or drooping drywall, peeling paint, hollow-sounding wood, pinpoint holes in drywall, excessively squeaky floorboards, crumbling wood, and loosening floor tiles from the extra moisture termites add to a floor.

Yes. All pesticides should be handled with care and termiticides are no exception. Users must apply these chemicals properly to avoid ingestion or absorption into the body.

Termites are most active between March and November but can remain active all year in warmer climates.

Termite treatments can last on average for up to five years, depending on the type of treatment you choose. Some treatments claim to last longer, while others require monthly monitoring.

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Tenant gives up in battle with landlord | News | – The Mountaineer

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 8th, 2020

This is the second story in a two-part series.

CANTON Regina Mathis is throwing in the towel.

Mathis has been a resident at Park Street Apartments in Canton for the past two years, and decided this weekend her safety was more important than a cheap place to live.

Mathis came to Haywood from Macon County, fleeing an abusive relationship that she said resulted in practically every bone in her body being broken. She has the scars to prove it.

Her current living situation turned nightmarish, however, between an escalating battle with her landlord and a bedbug/roach infestation that became unbearable.

She doesnt have a vehicle and can no longer use the public transit route because of the bedbugs she carries with her.

I came here with nothing, she said, and when I leave, Im leaving here with nothing. I just got stuck here.

Mathis pays $450 a month for her small apartment, unit No. 13, and that amount includes water, heat and cable. She lives on a fixed income of about $800 a month and cant afford to pay more, but said she fears for her life if she remains.

The last straw was late last week when she was reduced to panic and tears, claiming her landlord Tom Parham, said he would be putting a noose around my neck and tightening it and they will find me hung like Jessica.

Parham denies making any such statement and explained Jessica was a former tenant who committed suicide.

She is an actress and a half, Parham said. You cant believe nothing she said.

TO THE DUMP Regina Mathis stands with items shes accumulated that will have to be taken to the landfill because the a severe bedbug infestation.

Mathis is leaving her bedbug-infested possessions behind to escape the deteriorating situation. She has some money for a fresh start, thanks to Mountain Projects, and is taking only her dog, cat and bird to live near her daughter in Macon County.

Im scared to death, Mathis said.

Parham is relieved shes moving on.

Regina Mathis is a trouble maker. I evicted her three months ago, and she wont leave, he said, noting she filed a lawsuit against him. Legal aid is furnishing her with a lawyer, and Im paying for my lawyer.

Legal wranglings

The landlord and tenant are still involved in legal proceedings.

Mathis said she went to an attorney after she couldnt get Parham to do anything about the unfit living conditions at her apartment a stove, a refrigerator and a toilet that doesnt work, but most aggravating of all, bedbugs that left bites over her entire body.

Even when her church made arrangements to have an exterminator spray her apartment, she said Parham wouldnt allow it. Parham denies the allegation.

During the lawsuit, Mathis continued paying her rent to the court and remained in the apartment.

PETITION Tom Parham holds up a petition he said was signed by other tenants outside the apartment complex he owns on Park Street in Canton.

Parham upped the stakes last week in his conflict with Mathis. He circulated a petition among all those in the apartment calling for Mathis to move. Of the 19 units, renters in 17 signed the petition. Parham said he didnt approach one man who wasnt feeling well.

Mathis countered that fear prompted several tenants to sign a paper without seeing the first page and that signatures of others were forged. At least one tenant denied signing the petition, but Parham contends shes suffering from a stroke and simply doesnt remember signing.

Upgrades in progress

Conditions in the 19-unit apartment complex at 109 Park St. have been under the microscope in recent weeks.

OWNER Tom Parham is shown outside the apartment complex he owns on Park Street in Canton.

Last month, health, building code and fire inspectors spent more than an hour inspecting Mathis apartment, as well as common areas in the two buildings where they found 20 code violations.

Parham has already begun addressing the violations and said the electrical work is ready for re-inspection.

Parham said the electrical problems had existed since repairs were made following the 2004 floods.

I had a certified electrician who made some changes, Parham said. I guess those changes were not up to code. They left some of the wiring in. Some of the plumbing is in the same shape.

Parham estimated implementing the changes will cost about $7,000. Hes anxious to fix the plumbing violations, too, he said, but is having trouble finding a certified plumber.

Parham introduced two tenants who were happy with their living conditions.

Jennifer Mann, who has lived at Park Street Apartments for the past four months, has nothing but praise for Parham and the conditions at the complex.

I work in healthcare, and Im not going to be somewhere where theres drugs, she said. Hes a good landlord. I feel very safe here.

Neither Mann or Dorothy Hannah, who both have apartments in an eight-unit building located behind the one facing Park Street, said they have no problems with bedbugs.

Both were among the 17 apartment tenants who signed a petition supporting the eviction of Mathis.

HAPPY TENANTS Tom Parham, owner of Park Street Apartments, is flanked by Dorothy Hannah and Jennifer Mann, who are both happy with their living situation.

She just harasses people, Hannah said.

And she slanders the heck out of Tom, Mann added.

Bedbugs, roaches and more

Neither Mann nor Hannah said they had bedbugs or roaches, but Parham said the infestation problems were in the front building on the property.

He estimated about a third of the units have bedbugs. Parham is aware of the situation, he said, not so much because of tenant complaints but because he carried some of them home with him. That meant he had to buy a new couch and other furnishings to get them out of his home.

Several tenants have complained about homeless individuals sleeping in the hallways or on the porch, something Parham admits does happen on occasion.

One such tenant is Kay Richardson, who lives on an upper floor.

Richardson contends with both bedbugs and roaches, but said the worst part about the apartment is the homeless people who spend nights in the hallways and leave garbage all around. There are three ladies and seven guys who not only sleep along the hallways, but loiter outside the building, as well, she said.

The only time I go out is if I have to, Richardson said. They are sitting out on the porch doing their drugs. They come up to you and ask for a cigarette or a dollar. I tell them I dont have any money and they say I must have some change.

Richardson, 72, said she would love to move, but it is hard to find another place for $550, including utilities.

Parham admits hes caught people who arent tenants loitering in and around the apartment building, but said the problem has eased since the soup kitchen has moved to the other side of town.

I used to have a couch for people to sit on a long time ago, but when I caught them sleeping on it, I ran them off, he said. I always run them off and tell renters when they see people there to call the law or call me.

Parham, 78, has had his own brushes with the law in the past.

He has several felony drug arrests and spent time in jail for selling drugs. Parham said he became hooked on pills after two back operations, and his arrest came after he evicted a man who was the son of a family friend and the mans parents turned him in.

When you are hooked on pills, you know a lot of other people who are hooked on pills, he said. And when you are in jail, you get to meet a lot of other people who are in and out jail.

He said his habit wasnt that bad and that he is clean now.

Parham owns several rental units around Canton and retired from the paper mill in his late 50s, once his rentals began to take up more and more of his time.

Living conditions

Once the code violations at the Park Street Apartments are addressed, there are no more regulatory steps to take regarding the bedbug and roach problem.

SPRAYING DIDNT HELP Regina Mathis said despite going through two jugs of bug spray a month, the bedbug and roach infestation in apartment No. 13 persisted. Each jug cost $27, she said, an amount she could ill afford to spend.

The one avenue still open should tenants want action would be for the town governing board to adopt additional standards that would be enforced by the town.

Still, Parham said the issue is complicated.

If I had everyone move out and debugged the whole thing, somebody could bring bugs in from anywhere the next day, he said. I buy spray for them, but some of them wont use it. I tell the maintenance man to spray and a lot of tenants wont let him in. You ought to see how those people pack up stuff.

Once Mathis has moved, Parham said he will go into the apartment, spray for bugs and repaint.

Im not in any big hurry to rent it, he said.

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DIGGING DEEPER: Some residents claim apartments are infested with roaches – KVOA Tucson News

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 6th, 2020

TUCSON (KVOA) - It's a health hazard, according to some who live in a midtown apartment complex.

The property management company claims they're doing all they can.

Some of the residents living in the complex said their apartments are infested with roaches. It's gotten so bad some of the tenants told News 4 Tucson they're moving out.

"We can't deal with it anymore, we just can't," said Raymond Meader. "There's way too many and they never stop."

Plus, there are children in the house.

"It's not right for little kids to be in conditions like this."

Another resident, Natosha Sullivan, shared pictures she took of the inside of her apartment of infestation.

She said she has two children with special needs.

"This is not a very safe or sanitary situation for either of my kids," Sullivan added.

Sullivan is a single mother. She was laid off from her job as a server due to COVID-19.

She has lived there since 2018 and has had roach problems from the beginning. But she claims it's gotten worse.

"The dishwasher was infested with it. Every time you open the dishwasher, they would come out," she said. "The pantry, they're in the wall where you are supposed to keep the food. It's not a sanitary situation."

The Digging Deeper Team knocked on other doors and asked if they had roach problems.

One tenant said no and also told us, the management company sends an exterminator every month. They follow it up by placing foggers afterward.

Meader acknowledged the exterminator coming every month as well but said it never got better.

"He just says, 'I'll be back next month, and you guys need to clean this up, clean that up'," Meader said. "We do exactly what he says every time and they just keep coming, and keep coming. It's never-ending."

That's what Sullivan said. She claimed she's also used foggers and glue strips, and the roaches are still there.

She told us she would leave if she had someplace to go, however when she received her stimulus check, she paid her rent through Dec. 31.

"I paid my rent so my children would have a safe place to live and to lay their head rather than my children out in the streets."

News 4 Tucson contacted Tucson Realty and Trust, the leasing company. They sent an email stating:

"The property has been treated for pests previously, treated again when Sullivan complained."

"They also contacted the City of Tucson and asked they treat the sewers for roaches."

Remember Sullivan said her dishwasher was infested with roaches? The email stated the "Pest control company inspected it and stated there were no roaches in the dishwasher."

Sullivan complained of mold. They hired a certified mold professional to test for it. And per the lease, if there was mold, the leasing company would pay for it. If not, she would.

The mold expert wrote in his report dated Sept. 16 " evidence of mold growth" and "no insect parts were identified in any air sample..."

So, the management company handed over a $650 bill to Sullivan and it was taken out of the advance rent money.

A representative for the apartment complex told us, they've offered to let her out of her lease without any penalties.

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Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s "Arachnophobia" –

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 6th, 2020

Touchstone and Beyond kicks off its second year of reviews with a special look at all things creepy and frightening for October. The format of the column has been updated, including a new Golden Popcorn Bucket rating, but Touchstone and Beyond will continue to dive into the vaults and uncover all films from the more adult Walt Disney Pictures labels of the 1980s and 1990s.

First on the October Frights calendar is 1990s Hollywood Pictures/Amblin Entertainment collaboration, Arachnophobia.

Beware of the eight-legged monsters crawling in your house.

Ross Jennings, played by Jeff Daniels, moves his family from San Francisco to a small town in rural California, only to find his dreams get squished. First the doctor he was supposed to be buying out wont retire, then the townspeople start dying mysteriously. Jennings learns that he is going to have to shift gears from country doctor to arachnid warrior.

With the help of local exterminator Delbert, played by John Goodman, a specialist in spiders, Dr. Atherton played by Julian Sands, Jennings learns that a rare South American spider has found its way to his hometown, and mated with a local spider.

Now a new breed of killer spiders is picking off the townsfolk. The only way to stop the slaughter is for Jennings to find the nest of the eight-legged murderers. A frantic search of the town reveals to Jennings that the killer spider nest is closer than he thinks.

Jeff Daniels gives his best to play the country doctor turned town savior in this film. Jennings isnt a fool, but an intelligent rational human being that uses his medical knowledge to question what was happening and then proceeds to bank on his experience as a doctor to discover the truth of what was going on in the town. Daniels plays up his character's fear of spiders well. His portrayal of a childhood phobia feels like the only real aspect of the movie.

John Goodman as Delbert the exterminator is a breath of humor in this film. Delbert is a simple guy who lives in a world where things are black and white. To Delbert, the spiders are a pest and they need to be exterminated. While everyone else in the film is panicking and running around, Delbert is calm and acts like it is a normal day.

Arachnophobiais a pale imitation to another Amblin Entertainment blockbuster, Jaws. From the mild-mannered hero, Jennings/Brody to the local expert Delbert/Hooper to the all-knowing wise character Atherton/Quint, the difference is that the villain in Jawsis frightening while the spiders of Arachnophobiaare pests that you can squish with your foot.

The gratuitous shot of the teenaged girl in the shower was NOT needed. While the film doesnt show her naked, it does broach on the creepy factor that this film could have avoided rather than skirting the edges of a full-frontal shot.

Dr. Atherton played by Julian Sands is a great character who has nothing to contribute but exposition. It felt unnecessary to bring Dr. Atherton back for the climax of the film. He really didnt contribute much to the story.

The spiders are not scary. While some of the jump scares are effective, (they even startled me), the plot of the dangerous super spiders was more schlock then shock.

I remember when the movie was released, and I didnt know what to make of it as a ten-year-old. I never did see the film at the theatres and now that I have finally had the chance to watch this thrill-omedy, Im perplexed at the goal of the movie. How do you have a film that has so many people die in it, (12 shown on screen) and yet make it a comedy? If a movie is meant to be an homage to Jawsand The Birds, should it be part comedy? What startles me the most is the praise the critics gave this film. Arachnophobiagot two thumbs up from critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

I feel like I wasted my time. Arachnophobiadidnt scare me, nor did I feel compelled to like any of the characters, except for Delbert. The movie isnt terrible, its just not that great.

Arachnophobiagets a 1 Golden Popcorn Bucket rating. If theres nothing else on one of the many streaming services you have, enjoy, but look hard for something else first.

Next week on Touchstone and Beyond we continue our journey of October Frights with The Sixth Sense. Does the M. Night Shyamalan film still hold up? Or has the power of The Sixth Sensebeen lost over time?

Directed byFrank Marshall,

Produced byHollywood Pictures and Amblin Entertainment


Release Date: July 18, 1990

Budget:$22 Million

Box Office Gross Domestic = $53,208,180

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Town of Lincoln takes on rodent problem in residential areas –

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 3rd, 2020

Another area municipality is taking steps to address concerns about rats in residential areas.

The Town of Lincoln is piloting a rebate program that will help residents cover the cost of removing rodents from outside their homes.

Read more:Hamiltons rat rating improved in 2018, Orkin Canada says

The town will cover 50 per cent, to a maximum of $200, of the cost of a licensed exterminator.

Beamsville Coun. Adam Russell says one cause of the rodent problem might be the loss of habitat due to development, but he believes a bigger factor is some of the behaviour that is happening within some of the residential areas.

Read more: Dillons distillery of Beamsville making hand sanitizer and disinfectant amid coronavirus pandemic

To qualify for the rebate, residents must have the exterior of their home inspected and take action on conditions that may be attracting rodents.

Russell says that could include garden maintenance and storage of garbage, as well as grooming and care of outdoor composters.

Read more: Town of Lincoln opens doors in China

Individually, he notes that they are little things that may not be seen as a big issue, but taken collectively can contribute to the problem.

Russell says the Town of Lincoln reached out to other municipalities because there were so many people calling and asking for assistance and developed its one-year pilot based on a similar program in nearby St. Catharines.

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7 Best Squirrel Repellent 2020 Reviewed PestPOLICY

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 3rd, 2020

Below is a guide to the top 6 best squirrel repellents on the market, as well as a quick guide on how to use them properly.

Although cute to look at, Squirrels can be damaging pests. Squirrels can chew holes in doors and wires, damage the insulation and leave their feces inside your home.

They can damage your garden by chewing up bark, building nests and gnawing on plants. Squirrels can carry diseases that can spread through their feces affecting the health of your family and pets.

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Basically, there are two major types of squirrel repellents the ultrasonic and the chemical type. Now lets move further down to their details.

Ultrasonic repellents Ultrasonic waves have a frequency above 20,000 hertz which is undetectable by the human ear. Most animals like squirrels, dogs, and mice can hear ultrasonic sounds.

It works by emitting non-repetitive pitches of ultrasonic sound that will frighten and bring discomfort to the rodent. This behavior-modification technique works by simply creating an unfriendly environment and not by harming or killing them. In general, 60Hz is a good frequency to look for.

Chemical repellents Chemical squirrel repellents are usually blends of natural ingredients that can be repulsive to rodents. The most common ingredients are vinegar, peppermint, garlic, hot peppers, etc.

Such sprays simply force the pest to leave rather than hurting them physically. We would recommend that you choose natural ingredient sprays rather than the heavy-duty industrial ones that can be less humane.

Related: Poisons for Squirrels.

Fear Inducement Devices Devices that resemble the prey of squirrels are used to scare them away. Features like flashing LED lights and loud sounds are often added to such repellers.

Now that you know the different methods of treatment, theres still the question of choosing the best squirrel repellent for your needs. Keep the below factors in minds before purchasing a product:

Ortho Repellent granules are made using a blend of essential oils like rosemary, peppermint, and cinnamon. This formula not only keeps squirrels at bay but smells good to humans too.

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This scent confuses pests like squirrels, groundhogs, and rabbits away from your lawn and garden.The Ortho B-Granules are safe for people, pets, and plants when used as directed.

Be careful to not let the granules come in contact with plants or crops used for human consumption. The granules can cover an area of approximately 1440 sq. feet.

You can use the granules right out of the box and shake it liberally on to the surface. Since it is rain-resistant, one application will last 30 days. But you must re-apply the formula as soon as you see signs of damage again.

Related: Best Mole Traps

The Exterminators Choice All-Natural Rodent Defense Spray is a good product if the squirrel infestation is limited to a small area like your vehicle, garage or roofs. The spray works to prevents squirrels from chewing on soft wires and nesting in your enclosed spaces.

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This spray is made with an all-natural blend of essential oils known to be deterrents to several pests. The blend has peppermint oil, water, and vinegar which can almost be pleasant to the human senses.

This spray is safe to be used in your garage, your undercarriage, tires, and lightly in the engine compartment. Although it uses natural essential oils, some customers found a strong smell to linger for 24 hours. However, it does the job of removing pests quickly, so it is a good tradeoff.

Do use caution while spraying near flammable parts of your vehicle. The exterminators spray is safe for humans, children, and pets but avoid getting in your eyes as the garlic and white pepper oil can cause irritation. The spray covers up to 750 sq.feet making it good for small, enclosed spaces.

Although a chemical method of dealing with squirrels, this spray is made from all natural ingredients. It consists of natural ingredients andIt works by using a combination of confusing smells and tastes to discourage squirrels and other rodents.

It is recommended to be sprayed twice a week around the area that needs protecting from squirrels. This spray works best in dry climates but it can be usable in wet weather. You will have to re-apply the product after rain to maintain an effective barrier around your garden, house, etc.

The barrier, which needs to be re-applied twice a week, needs to be three feet wide, all the way around every area that needs protecting. Do not spray it directly on food or feed crop areas. It does not contain any harmful chemical but you wouldnt want its smell or taste permeating to your eatables.

Customers have found a potent way to use the product by soaking rags with the liquid and sealing them inside a zip-lock bag. Place the bags around the area of infestation after making punctures in the bag. This makes the effect of the product more potent and weather-proofs it.

This is a more humane method of pest control which does not result in the death of rodents. It works on squirrels, cockroaches, mice, and most other house pests. It has an average life span of 5 years which is great for its price point.

Pest activity will increase for 2-3 days of using the device as they are getting away from their normal nesting place. A drastic reduction in rodent activity will occur in 2-3 weeks of usage.

Its easy to use and only needs to be plugged in. It is 100% children and pet-friendly as it uses an electronic mechanism. The Max Moxie has an interesting night light feature that provides a soft glow in the dark.

Ultrasonic cannot penetrate furniture, cabinets or walls, so multiple units may be required for a bigger house. One device can cover an area of 800-1000 sq feet. Being small in size, it is best used in attics, garages, basements and small gardens.

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The Zovenchi animal repeller uses strong ultrasonic waves and flashing LED to frighten squirrels. This device comes with a spike that can be mounted in your lawn making it perfect for outdoor pests. It uses infrared to detect motion up to 8-9 meters.

There are 5 frequency modes that you can set to repel different kinds of pests. Mode 3 with a frequency of 24.5KHZ-45.5KHZ is the recommended setting for squirrels. The 4th mode features bright LED lights which will also scare away pests.

The device has a solar panel on top and 7 hours of sunlight can bring the device to a full charge. There is also a feature to recharge using an adapter which is handy if you receives less sunlight in your home. Being waterproof, this device works as well in rainy seasons as during summer.

The Zovenchi repeller is safe for human and pets and is a humane way to repel squirrels. The repeller pointed towards the area that you want to protect, turned on and select your desired settings for different size animals.

The Vensmile Pest Repeller features a canister design with powerful speakers on both sides. The device works by emitting alternating ultrasonic and pressure waves in a high frequency ranging from 25 kHz to 60 kHz. This can be annoying to squirrels, mice, and other pests.

The Vensmile repeller has 4 modes of operation. The ULTRA mode sends out the ultrasonic sound, TRANS emits pressure waves, the DUO combines both ultrasonic and pressure and the TEST mode emits a loud noise.

Because of its high frequency and construction, the Vensmile can work for almost 6,000 Sq. Ft in an obstructed area. You might see increasing pest activity for the first few days as the squirrels will be driven out from their hiding places.

The Vensmile Electronic device must be used for at least 60 days continuously to remove larvae and have a permanent effect on the pests.

At 300g, the Vensmile is lightweight but has an emission angle of 360 degrees that provides all around coverage. Keep in mind though that ultrasonic waves slowdown in force passing through solid objects. So it will be most effective in the room you plug it into to.

The Fake Owl Decoy is built on the idea that the squirrels are instinctively scared of its predators and they can be prevented from gnawing, playing or breeding on the area around the latter. The owl is a well-known predator of small birds and small pests and can be used as an effective pest control measure.

This decoy owl has a realistic body with motion-sensors in its eyes which flashes sound and light which frightens squirrels. The sound can be switched off by pressing a button. It is recommended to be kept at a height of 5 feet high which will allow it to detect any motion within 5 feet.

With a height of 16 and a width of 7, the fake owl is quite large. No assembly is required and it can be used right out of the box. This product is great for gardens, decks, boat docks, rafters, barns, open porches, and patios.

A bonus feature we enjoyed is that this bird is solar powered with quick charging batteries. We also found it to be durable enough to handle all kinds of weather even the rain.

Prevention is the best cure when it comes to pests like squirrels. But if youre a little late in detection, do not fret as you can take care of the issue with the above options. You can even combine two or more methods for optimum results.

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Spider Control & Prevention Services | Viking Pest Control

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 1st, 2020

For many, the mere glimpse of a spider in your home or business can send chills down your spine. But these eight-legged pests arent just unsavory to look at. Spiders can be dangerous to you, your family, your pets, and your customers. Whether its a harmless daddy long legs or a dangerous spider like the brown recluse or black widow, it doesnt matter. To protect your home or business from spiders, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.

During these unprecedented times, Viking Pest is committed to keeping homes and businesses throughout NJ, PA, DE, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland healthy, safe, and pest-free. Viking Pest is open and providing contactless, exterior pest control services to keep invaders out of your home or business.

Spiders are eight-legged arthropods equipped with fangs able to deliver venom that may be harmful to its victims depending on the specific species. While glamorized by Halloween culture, these creepy-crawlies have the potential to deliver painful bites with lasting health effects. Pest control experts explain unlike other insects, spiders do not have antennae which can help in the identification process.

Spiders are part of the arachnid class of arthropods, a class of invertebrate animals with jointed legs that includes other commonly known pests like scorpions, mites, and ticks.

Identifying spiders in your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, is an important step in assessing the dangers these pests may pose and a good first step in creating an effective spider prevention plan. While the best advice is always to turn to a pest control expert, you can utilize resources and some basic information to begin the ID process yourself. Spiders, in general, are easy to identify by looking for eight-legged creatures with no antennae and jointed legs. Do be aware that in some species, the front pair of legs operate as sensory devices and may not resemble the same structure as the other six legs. Dont mistake these for harmless six-legged insects.

Once youve identified that you are dealing with spiders, youll want to identify the type of spider to assess the threat properly and begin your spider treatment. The experts at Viking Pest are certified to properly identify spider species and will recommend an effective treatment for your home or business

While there are over 48,000 species of spiders in the world, there are more common types in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware areas. Common spiders youll find New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware include the American house spider, wolf spiders, orb weavers, cellar spiders (daddy long legs), brown recluses, and black widows.

Unfortunately, the process to get spiders and spider nests in your home or business is not a complicated one. Exterminators explain the mere absence of a proactive spider prevention plan can leave you vulnerable. That being said, there are conditions these pests are more attracted to. Here are three reasons you may be at risk for these pests in your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware.

Venomous spiders pose a safety risk to you, your family, your pets, and your customers. The severity of the risk will depend on the type of spider. In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, many of the most common types of spiders found including the black widow, the brown recluse, the wolf spider, and the long-legged sac spider pose significant risks. Even most non-venomous variants still possess the ability to bite.

Besides the obvious risk mentioned, spiders can also have other negative effects on your home or business. These pests spin webs in inopportune places, can scare away family and customers, and have the ability to multiply quickly. For example, the venomous black widow spider can lay up to nine cocoons with each containing anywhere from 200-800 eggs! A small infestation can quickly multiply into a larger problem if you dont get rid of spiders immediately.

Yes, spiders do eat other insects and pests. However, if your home or business is also free of other insects and pests, theres no benefit to keeping spiders around.

Prevention of spiders should be a multi-tiered approach. Utilizing professional assistance from the experts at Viking Pest goes a long way to keeping spiders out of your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware. Here are a few ways exterminators recommend you can begin protecting your home or business from these pests today.

Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent spiders from invading your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling spiders from the source. Through IPM, pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!

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This Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Mice, Experts Say – Best Life

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on October 1st, 2020

If mice are a persistent problem in your home, you're far from alone. According to PestWorld, approximately 21 million homes in the U.S. find themselves with mice or another unwanted rodent visitor inside their house each year.

While you can spend an arm and a leg to hire an exterminator to get rid of a mouse infestation after those pests have taken hold in your home, preventing them from getting inside in the first place is a far easierand less expensiveproposition. However, experts say when it comes to keeping critters out, your pest prevention plan should start outside your home.

"Cut back low lying vegetation near foundation," suggests Craig Sansig, service director with Viking Pest. He recommends eliminating anything that could provide cover for mice near your foundation, including vegetation, and broken pieces of siding, as well.

Sansig explains that pachysandras and ivy provide particularly attractive hiding spaces for mice because of their dense coverage, but he says that even leaf, brush, or compost piles can become a haven for those frustrating pests, too. Once you eliminate these sources of coverage near your home's foundation, mice are unlikely to take up residence in your home. "Mice feel uncomfortable without overhead cover," Sansig explains.

However, that's not the only way to keep mice from crawling into your home. With the help of experts, we've compiled the best ways to keep a pest problem from starting in the first place. And if you want to keep your home safer, This Is the Biggest Danger in Your Garage.

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If you want to make your home look less attractive to mice, "keep all garbage cans sealed tightly and away from walls of home," says Sansig. And if you're worried about an infestation, be aware that This Pest Can Do Serious Damage to Your Home in a Week.

It's not just obvious holes in your siding or open doors that can provide entry points for mice.

"Check door sweeps, weep holes in brick walls and pipe chases, and AC line entry points, as these are all ways mice can get inside the home or business," says Sansig. He notes that stuffing steel wool into these areas can keep mice from getting in. And for more great tips delivered to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

That bowl of fruit on your counter or open box of cereal in your pantry is a veritable buffet for pests.

Board-certified entomologist Nancy Troyano, PhD, director of operations and training for Western Exterminator, says that cleaning up potential food sources is a great way to keep mice from settling in your home. "This includes any of your food sitting on countertops, as well as animal food," says Troyano, who recommends keeping all food off the floor in sealed containers. And if you're worried about your safety at home, make sure you know The Most Dangerous Household Pest, Experts Say.

Mice love cluttered areas in which they can go undetected, so if you suspect an infestation, it's time to start cleaning.

"Boxes, linen, and stashed holiday decorations are all recognized as safe harbor for mice," says Troyano.

If you've got leaks in your home, they could be the reason for your pest problems. "Any source of moisture can attract rodents," says Troyano.

When all else fails, hiring a pest professional can get that infestation under control faster than you can say, "Where are the bait traps?" In addition to getting rid of any existing pests in your home, Troyano says that an exterminator can help address any entry points to prevent future infestations, as well. And if you're worried about unwanted visitors, know that This Deadly Pest Could Be Hiding in Your Bedroom, Experts Say.

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Reports of rats on the rise in Maine neighborhoods amid pandemic – WMTW Portland

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on September 28th, 2020


Reports of rats on the rise in Maine neighborhoods amid pandemic

Updated: 4:40 PM EDT Sep 28, 2020

Exterminators said they have seen a 30% increase in the number of calls for rats since the beginning of the pandemic in Maine.Exterminator Nathan Jewett said rats are opportunistic feeders.When many restaurants were forced to shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, rats that would normally feed out of their dumpsters, moved to other food sources, like peoples trash cans."Because people are home more, theyre noticing things they may not have noticed before. But then too, being home more youre creating more garbage. Maybe that garbage that used to be sufficient for you is now overflowing and having it overflow is definitely going to invite a rat issue, Jewett said.Jewett said ways to make a home less inviting to rodents include keeping the yard and home clean and storing garbage outside as opposed to indoors.

Exterminators said they have seen a 30% increase in the number of calls for rats since the beginning of the pandemic in Maine.

Exterminator Nathan Jewett said rats are opportunistic feeders.

When many restaurants were forced to shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, rats that would normally feed out of their dumpsters, moved to other food sources, like peoples trash cans.

"Because people are home more, theyre noticing things they may not have noticed before. But then too, being home more youre creating more garbage. Maybe that garbage that used to be sufficient for you is now overflowing and having it overflow is definitely going to invite a rat issue, Jewett said.

Jewett said ways to make a home less inviting to rodents include keeping the yard and home clean and storing garbage outside as opposed to indoors.

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This Is the Biggest Danger Lurking in Your Garage – Best Life

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on September 26th, 2020

The average person does plenty to protect themselves against dangers in their home, from installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensuring their windows and doors are locked at night. However, there's a surprising source of peril that may be lurking in your home without you even realizing it. According to experts, mice and rats hiding out in your garage could be putting you and your loved ones in harm's way. Read on for more about these rodents, and for another pest to worry about, prepare to find out The Deadliest Animal to Humans in the World, which will shock you.

"The most common [types of] damage that these rodents can do to your vehicle are gnawed wires around the engine, shredded gauze in the air vents, and chewed holes in the upholstery or the non-metal engine components," says Natalie Barrett, service quality supervisor for Nifty Pest Control. (Not to mention the aesthetic damage from clawing and defecation.)

Unfortunately, when rodents nest in your car, they can cause severe automotive issues that you may not notice until it's too late.

"Mice are known to eat up wiring, and when it comes to an engine wiring harness, [this] can cause the vehicle to suffer no-start issues, cause specific components to malfunction and cause further engine damage, or even cause security issues disabling your vehicle," explains Nicole Miskelley, manager of Preventative Maintenance Repair in Marion, Illinois. She adds that the cost of replacing an engine wiring harness can be "astronomical," noting that doing so may even cost more than the vehicle is worth.

In addition, Miskelley explains that rodents can also chew through the wires controlling your car's headlights or break lights, both of which can be costly to fix, and may make your car dangerous to drive if not repaired quickly.

In some cases, rodent damage to your car's wiring can have even more devastating consequences. According to Manhattan district leader Daisy Paez, rats were the culprits behind an electrical fire that totaled a car in New York City in 2019.

Unfortunately, with many people working from home due to the coronavirus pandemicand, as such, many cars going unused for prolonged periods of timeit's never been easier for rodents to find opportunities to nest inside cars.

Kelsey Snell, a congressional correspondent with NPR, tweeted in late April that rats had taken up residence in her engine, and noted that her local car dealership admitted to having multiple calls about the same issue in a single week, largely due to a lack of driving.

If you do find evidence of a rodent infestation in your car or garage, Barrett recommends calling an exterminator to have the issue remedied. After all, mice and rats can carry diseases including hantavirus, salmonella, leptospirosis, and plague, among others. Plus, the CDC recently reported that, since coronavirus lockdowns began, rats have become increasingly aggressive, meaning you might not want to deal with them yourself.

Fortunately, there are also a number of ways to limit the chances rodents will make a home in your garage or car in the first place. Read on to discover what experts recommend to keep these pests at bay.

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The easiest way to keep mice and rats from nesting in your car? Move it on a regular basis.

"No animal would consider a running vehicle with a hot engine a safe shelter," says Barrett.

Mice and rats can travel through tiny spaces, so making sure your garage has no easy entry points is an important step in keeping these pests out of your car.

In addition to repairing any rotten boards, replacing gapping siding, and caulking around windows and doorframes, you should do "everything you can to seal the perimeter of your garage and ensure that all windows and doors are shut," says Richard Reina, product training director at

An unpleasant or unexpected scent might be enough to keep your car rodent-free. Reina says that moth balls placed around your car can help deter pests. And for more great stories delivered to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

You may enjoy the smell of dryer sheets, but that scent may be enough to keep animals out of your engine. Reina says that placing dryer sheets throughout your car and under the hood is a popular home remedy for pests. However, he notes that it's important to remove any dryer sheets from your car's mechanical components before you drive it.

If you're storing food items in your garage, don't be surprised if rodents start making themselves at home.

"Don't leave pet food or bird seed in the bag," says Lauren Fix, an analyst with The Car Coach. "They need to be in sealed containers to keep rodents out."

Don't wait until you've got a major rodent problem in your garage to get a professional on the case.

"Having your home on a preventative maintenance plan with a pest control company can often times catch problems before they become overblown," explains associate certified entomologist Michael Thome, a technical services manager for Ehrlich Pest Control. And if you want to avoid an expensive error on the home front, know that This Cleaning Mistake Is Ruining Your Home.

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