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Do Snakes Hibernate? 9 Answers to a Complex Question …


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 21st, 2019

Snakes will often disappear during the cold winter months? Do snakes hibernate? In a way yes, but its not the same type of hibernation that youre probably thinking about. This is quite interesting because its almost the same idea, but it is slightly different.

Hibernation, when discussing animals, is a time of year, during the cold seasons, where an animal and even some plants will go into a dormant state. This state is considered a very deep sleep, and the animal will stay in their slumber until the cold season passes.

If you think about it, hibernation makes a lot of sense for some animals.Bears go into hibernation because they need to conserve their energy. The food that bears need will be scarce during the winter, so they will hide away to conserve energy and lower the metabolic process.

But snakes do this for an entirely different reason.

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures, and they often sunbathe on rocks so that they can raise their body temperatures. While some sites state that the snake needs to cool down, this is not true. See, a snake needs to conserve their body heat if they hope to survive the winter.In cold areas, snakes cant survive.You wont find snakes in Antarctica.

Snakes will find good wintering locations, and they will hibernate so that they can:

Some snakes can live in the cold, and some snakes dont hibernate at all.If a snake were to stay awake fully during this time, they would not be able to maintain their body temperature with the frigid temperature outside. Food will also be scarce, and many of the leaves and wood piles that snakes are in will not be present.

Keep in mind that the snake naturally goes into this process.When the air is too cold and the sun stays out less, the snakes body will adapt and change, causing it to go into hibernation.But, the snakes dont go into a true form of hibernation.

No. Yes. Its complicated. A common misconception is that snakes hibernate, but its really not the case. See, the snake will go into a process called brumation. What makes this different than hibernation is that the brumation cycle doesnt require sleep.

Its not that the snake wont sleep (because snakes will sleep at this time), but the sleep wont be as intense as a bear, for example.

Instead, the snake will become lethargic and sort of stay in a state of slumber. When this happens, the snake may open its eyes, but it wont move often. Whats amazing about reptiles is that they can go without eating for months.Regular house snakes can go weeks without eating on many occasions.

And it makes sense. If the body slows down and uses fewer resources to persist, the snake can survive much longer without food. Snakes may, on occasion, leave this state to go and drink water, but they will then return and brumate longer.The goal is to maintain the internal body temperature and resources until the outside temperature is warm enough for the snake to survive.Without brumation, many species would die.

Brumation is one of those physiological adaptations of snakes. A good rule of thumb is that snakes will go into brumation when the temperature outside is too cold. A quick cold snap can cause snakes to go into brumation earlier, but they will sense when the outside air is warmer and will come out of brumation, too.

Snakes in hot climates, such as Africa, will not go into brumation unless absolutely necessary.Extreme temperature changes can force brumation, but it can also occur due to a sudden cold snap. If youre in a region where you have all four seasons, youll see snakes go into brumation as early as fall and as late as winter.Brumation often occurs between the months of September and December.

Do snakes hibernate (brumate) until summer? No. The hibernation season comes to an end after a long winter sleep and average daytime temperatures begin to warm. Youll normally find that snakes emerge from their sleep between March and April.

If, for some reason, there is a warm spell in the middle of winter, as we often experience due to global warming, the snakes will come out.While they can, the snake will go and find food, eat and return to a state of brumation when the outside temperatures become too frigid for the snake.

So, where do the snakes go to brumate?

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Ive looked far and wide, and I have never seen snakes brumate. Since we know that the snake needs to conserve its body heat, it makes sense that they will go deep into tree stump holes, rodent burrows and different depths to hide away and brumate.

Strategic, the snake will go into protected hiding spots that have little chance of wind or rain, such as:

Some snakes may be found in an abandoned construction site, or they may go deep into pipes, too. Garter snakes are an interesting species because they will go into garter snake litters, or groups, to try and keep warm.These snakes will try and huddle close so that all of their species will live through the cold winter.

While they may come out of brumation and fight shortly after, they will remain civil during this state. Male and female snakes will live together at this time, all with the goal of survival. Since there is little-to-no activity occurring, the snakes pose no threat to one another.There will often not be a daylight signal either, so the snakes will rely on the temperature of the air to come out of hibernation.Timber rattlers hibernate, as do the rubber BOA snake and the ringneck snake.

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An interesting fact is that snakes may travel great distances to go to a place to brumate. The snakes know that they need to be in an optimal location when the warmer weather hits, so they will come out of their normal habitat and search out a good location to brumate.Its actually quite strategic in nature.

Brumation is a tricky process, and while its easy to say that this process is 3 months long due to the seasons, this is inaccurate. In fact, were finding snakes come out of brumation earlier due to warm spells. Youll also find that during extra warm years, the snake will come out of brumation far earlier and stay out in the wild longer.Im not sure what the snake prefers, but we can use an educated guess to assume the snake rather enjoys its time in the wild.

Snakes will brumate as early as September and often come out of brumation in March or April. So, the snake can spend up to 8 months in brumation, but this is a little long for any snake. In a realistic scenario, the snake will enter into brumation some time in October and often come out in late March if possible.

So, snakes will spend 4 5 months in brumation given a rough estimate.Its a rather long time.Of course, in areas that are more mild, this period can be much shorter, too. Weve seen snakes brumate for far less time just a few months in areas where frigid temperatures only last a few months.

Snakes will often hide away at night on a normal schedule, too. A lot of this hiding has to due with the temperatures dropping at night. They may not enter into a snake ball at this time, but they will go into shelter to keep warm.And some snakes will sunbathe to get their temperature up during the daytime.The goal is to raise the snakes temperature enough so that its able to comfortably survive the night without worrying that the temperature will dip too low.

This is a difficult question to answer. There are so many different species and size snakes that its difficult to pinpoint an exact degree where brumation occurs. Out in the wild, you may see a snake when the temperature is in the mid-40s, but this is not all that common.A lot of people state 53F is a good starting point for the snake.

Snakes in colder regions seem to go into brumation when temperatures are closer to 39F 40F, and maybe these species want to just wait out the cold as long as possible. In truth, a lot of these snakes have adapted to the colder weather, so they can withstand it much better.

Do snakes hibernate because they choose to? Not really. Snakes have no choice but to brumate its life or death. When in the wild, if they are cold and sluggish enough, the snake may not even lose weight. This is a good thing because once the snake comes out of brumation its mating season.

Thats right.The males are smart. They know that the largest concentration of snakes will be out and about when brumation has come to an end. So, these snakes will decide that its time to track the females, which leave pheromones out, and mate.The mating can be a sight to see.

Snakes will often go into mating balls, where they all tangle together to try and mate with the female.And females are very unique.Did you know snakes can choose to discard sperm or store it? The snake will base this on the quality of the sperm. And she will be able to choose specific sperm she wants in the future to reproduce.

Snakes will go below the frost line to ensure that they dont freeze to death in the wild. And there may be thousands of snakes brumating at the same location, too.Studies have found that some snake species may have a 33% 50% mortality rate even when brumating its a matter of life or death in the most sincere sense.

When in captivity, snakes are at the mercy of their owners. You can use a heated tank, and the snake will have no reason to go into brumation. But if you consult professionals on the matter, youll often find that they recommend a brumation cycle for your snake.

Why?Its natural. A lot of wildlife rescue centers do the same thing.Healthy and mature snakes should brumate. The process is also helpful for breeding and is said to produce better overall sperm, too. Growth and feeding are also tied to this behavior, so if you want your snake to be as healthy as possible, forcing brumation is good.

Youll want to test the coldness levels and lower to ensure that the snake goes into brumation.A good starting point is 53F.

Now, also keep in mind the area where theyll be kept. The snake cannot go below the frost line if its kept in a glass cage, so youll want to make sure that the temperature is just right. I would start at 53F and slowly lower the heat day by day to find the right temperature where your species of snake will go into brumation.

Basements, wine cellars and even garages may be just the fight temperature for your snake.Youll want to read up on your species more to allow for an accurate brumation process to occur. It should also be noted that you can make it cold enough to where the snake wont eat, but its still so warm that the snakes metabolism wont slow down.In this case, the snake may starve to death because it refuses to eat.

Do snakes hibernate? No, they go through a process called brumation, which is very similar. Snakes need to brumate to keep their body temperature from falling too low. The snake will brumate for 4 5 months and will come out of the process ready to mate and expand the species population.

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


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 20th, 2019

Pharaoh Ants are small, about 1/16-inch long. They colored light yellow to red, with black markings on the abdomen. Pharoah Ants look similar to Thief Ants, but Pharoah Ants have three segments in the antennal club. Since they are so tiny, they can travel and trail to many places.

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These are very tiny ants. May be found both inside and outside.

Pharoah Ants will feed a wide range of foods; they feed on proteins, sweets and fats. They can feed on both dead and live insects. If choosing baits, consider their complete dietary needs, sweets, proteins and grease based baits. Below is our recommended baits for protein/grease and sugar needs.

Pharaoh Ants grow from egg to adult in about 45 days. The queens live as long as 39 weeks and can lay about 400 eggs. Workers only live up to 10 weeks.

Pharaoh Ants, being tiny, can be found in diverse places. Inside, they like to nest in warm areas. Their nests are usually well hidden, and the can forage far away from the nest with trails marked by trail pheromones. Pharoah Ants can be persistent, with large colonies. Indoors they prefer to nest in recessed areas like wall voids, under some appliances, in wall outlets, and under carpets for protection. If their colonies are disturbed or the colony becomes too large, they may move.

Pharoah Ants are commonly found inside homes in the warmer climates of southern United States, but found thoughout United States. They may be found in homes, grocery stores, hospitals, apartments, hotels, etc.

Unless you use a non-repellent spray, baiting is the preferred treatment over typical residual spraying. Baiting is the most reliable way to eliminate the entire colony. When choosing ant baits, it is best to choose from both the sugar-based baits and protein/grease-based baits. Pharoah Ants may be very persistent and suddenly appear in various places. When placing out the recommended sugar/protein baits, consider the likelihood of the ants changing locations. Pharoah Ants are mainly a problem inside, so the recommended baits below are for inside use.

If using a spray, choose a non-repellent type unless you are treating the nest itself.

When in doubt of which one to choose, choose one from each category. We have combined the top bait products in the Advion Ant Bait Kit .

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Non-Repellent insecticides are best for ants and termites, because these insects can not detect it and will not try to escape the insecticide. Non-repellent insecticides can't be smelled, tasted, or even felt by Pavement Ants.

Another advantage for using a non repellent insecticide such as Taurus, Alpine or Phantom for Pharaoh Ant Control, is that you can use ant baits near it. Repellent insecticides do not combine well with insect baits, because they contaminate the lures inside the baits; that is not the case with non-repellents.

Non Repellent Ant Kit combines Taurus SC and Phantom Aerosol for greater savings. A complete kit to spray both inside and outside for Pharoah Ant Control.

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How to Get Rid of Mice, Rats, & Other Rodents in Your Shed


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 20th, 2019

Eliminate Mice, Rats, and other Pests from Your Backyard Shed

Its one of those unfortunate facts of life, sheds = pests. There are many types of pests, but with the proper precautions, you will never have to worry about rodents taking over your shed.

In our last installment, Bugs In Storage Shed Learn How to Keep Them Out, my buddy Mr. Storage Shed regales us with his tale of woe a fight with the wife, who recoiled in horror at ants in their shed, while he laughed until he ended up sleeping with the bugs. Guess whos laughing now?

Well, its both of us! As we move on from from ants in your pants, err, sheds, now weve got it worse! Its mice, and rats!

So, how do we get rid of these nasty and annoying furry pests?

Well, you can pay an arm and a leg for an exterminator. While that may be necessary in the end, its always best to arm yourself with plenty of knowledge (and artillery) in these cases. Sheds can be magnets for rodents if improperly maintained. An exterminator will get them once and leave, but youve got to live there. So, the best bet is to come up with a long-term plan and on-going solution.

Rats and mice are hard to get rid of once youve got them. Poison and traps are your best bet. Sure, there are some other natural ways to keep them at bay, but for long-term solution, its best to just get in there and kill them quickly.

Depending on where youve got them living, traps may be your better solution. Disposal is the only problem in this case, because who wants to pick up a dead rat? Gross! But its easy and usually a one-stop shot, so to speak.

Keep in mind that if you use traps, youve got to be creative about moving them into different spots. Also, make sure you switch up the bait regularly. Rats and mice are smarter than you might think. They will remember. So keep moving those traps and setting out new ways to bait them.

If you use poison, depending on where the rodent dies, you may have a smell issue on your hands. Its also possible that the rodent will eat the poison and then move into a different spot, making it hard to find the body. A dead rat or mouse can stink up your storage shed for weeks on end. So keep this in mind when setting out poison. But if you use poison, you may not have to deal with the dead rat, unless it dies right smack in the middle of the floor.

Some people prefer not to kill the rodents, rather relocate them. In this case, sticky traps will trap the animal, but keep it alive.

Electronic rodent repellents are also becoming popular. But a quick Google search and perusal of reviews reveals that these often only work in the short-term. If youve never had rodents or have only a few, these might work. But if youve got an infestation, dont count on these working for the long-term. They get used to the sound and then just come back.

It seems the most logical, if youve got rodents in your storage shed, to just get a cat or small dog. Cats will likely keep mice at bay.

But if youve got rats, its better to get a rat terrier, which are known to be vicious at rat killing. Plus, theyre cuter than rats.

Some suggest getting a snake. But Im not so sure that this is a great solution, especially if youve got other small animals around the yard, or small children.

Aside from bombing them with poisons and traps or having vicious animal attack guards, there are other natural solutions.

Rodents dont like certain smells and once youve eliminated the main problem, putting out these smells nearby can help keep them at bay.

Once youve gotten rid of your rodent problem in your shed, make sure they dont come back by following these tips.

Consider a future Shed Liquidators Gambrel Shed to keep miceat bay. Our sheds are professionally installed and securely assembled to avoid cracks and openings for rodents. Contact us with any of your shed questions!

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

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

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

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Why Pests Love Florida

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

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Protecta EVO Express Bait Station – DoMyOwn.com


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 14th, 2019

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

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

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By Janet on 09/13/2013

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

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Great Vendor!

By Robin on 07/28/2017

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

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Very Good Product

By Gary on 10/14/2014

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

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Ease of use

By Todd on 02/03/2017

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

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excellent rat bait station

By Joan on 10/12/2018

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

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

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What are the dimensions of the Protecta EVO Express station?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 14th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QAre groundhogs nocturnal &when do groundhogs come out?

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

QDo groundhogs climb trees?

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

QWhere do groundhogs live?

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

QAre groundhogs dangerous?

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

QDo groundhogs hibernate?

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

QDo groundhogs bite?

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

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

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


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 14th, 2019

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

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


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 14th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article Updated: September 26th, 2018

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