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Council house tenant: ‘I shared my home with rats for 11 hellish years’ – Stoke-on-Trent Live

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A disabled woman who claims she shared her council home with rats for 11 'horrific' years fears they could come back as rodents plague Stoke-on-Trent during lockdown.

Sarah Aston has told how her life was a 'living hell' with vermin nibbling through her food, scuttling across her kitchen worktop and scratching in the walls.

The infestation became so bad urine even dripped through the lounge ceiling of her house in Heron Cross.

The 45-year-old can now finally relax after cracks in her drains were finally patched up shortly before lockdown putting an end to more than a decade of misery.

But Sarah fears they could come back after a rise in the number of rats heading indoors in search of food.

The former NHS worker, of Dorcas Drive, said: "It was the worst 11 years of my life. It was hellish.

"I had to put all my food in plastic containers or they would eat it. They even gnawed their way through some bags for life and some sandwich containers.

"Over that time I've probably seen 10 to 15 rats but I would hear them scratching all the time on the left handside of the property. I'd hear them at 3am.

"The worst time was when they came through the wall and into the kitchen. It had crawled all over my L-shaped worktop. It stood up on its hind legs and hissed at me.

"I threw a slipper at it and it ran off. It was about a foot long. It was huge with this big fat tail was hanging over the end.

"I rolled up my dressing gown to gap under the door but the exterminator told me that they can get through gaps the width of a pencil.

"I spent a day scrubbing the kitchen with bleach after that."

Over the years, Sarah made number complaint to Stoke-on-Trent City Council before the issue was resolved.

She added: "We got it sorted just before lockdown but we still don't know about the amount of damage inside the loft.

"The council paid for a camera to be inserted into the drains which identified three crack where the rats were getting in.

"They ended up putting plates over the cracks and that seemed to sort it for now at least.

"They also put warfarin down so the rats that were already here would die from internal bleeding.

"The exterminator wanted the whole of the street to be looked as there are storm drains all along here.

"I made too many complaints to count. I wrote letters and even went down to the offices in Stoke in person. I'm on first name terms with them.

"The council never came up with a proper reason for why it took so long.

"I guess it all boiled down to cost at the end of the day. God knows what will happen if they come again.

"My neighbours have complained about rats too. There's a mum with three young kids and they have rats in the yard."

Mike Flynn, the boss of Heron Cross-based Alpha Pest Control, believes rats have adapted their behaviour to survive as they scrabble for food while restaurants remain shut.

He said: "The rats are getting more brazen and desperate so are heading into people's houses."

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment said: Residents can request a visit to treat pest control at their property by calling 01782 234234 or filling the online form in

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Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator, a Top-Rated Pest Service in the York Region of Richmond Hill, ON Announces They are Fully Operational During…

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Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator, a premier pest control company in Ontario informs its new and existing clients that their pest extermination experts are ready to help them address any pest problems they may be experiencing in their homes or businesses. Their company is still operating on its regular schedule, however, new health and safety measures have been added to their service protocol to safeguard the health of their clients and staff.

Richmond Hill, ON - Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator, a premier pest control company in Ontario informs its new and existing clients that their pest extermination experts are ready to help them address any pest problems they may be experiencing in their homes or businesses. Their company is still operating on its regular schedule, however, new health and safety measures have been added to their service protocol to safeguard the health of their clients and staff.

Over the years, Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator has been the company to trust when it comes to pest extermination services, as their fully licensed exterminators offer a full spectrum of services for all of their clients needs including bed bug extermination, wasp removal, pest removal & rodent control, wildlife control, raccoon removal, squirrel removal, as well as different plague extermination services including roaches, rodents, ants, spiders, and more.

Regarding their continuous improvement approach, Ricky Swan, the spokesperson for Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator said, "We are interested in being as effective as possible, as fast as possible and as professional as possible. Properly training our professionals and having them work only with the most modern technology in the field has always been a given."

Many pest problems are no longer just a nuisance but a health risk, as well as an economic risk, when it comes to pests in businesses. Aware of this, Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator has always felt committed to its community, helping clients to keep their homes and businesses free of pests and, therefore, free of health and financial risks.

Each service is handled by experienced and thoroughly trained technicians who have great skills and extensive knowledge to eradicate all types of pests. Their company constantly invests in their education so that they can bring innovative and effective solutions to each of the services they provide. Likewise, their company has modern equipment and the latest technology that allows them to perform accurate inspections and address the problem in an efficient manner. Moreover, each pest extermination service is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

While Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator stands out from many of its competitors, thanks to their great professionalism and attention to detail, their fair and transparent rates have also been part of the benefits that home and business owners have consistently enjoyed while doing business with such a reliable company.

"There is no other pest control or extermination service in Richmond Hill that can brag about low rates and high-quality services at the same time. After all, this might be one of the main reasons we are the leading pest control service provider in the area; the fact that we are able to keep a perfect balance between affordable rates and effective services." Added the companys spokesperson, regarding the integrity of their services.

Pest Control Richmond Hill Exterminator is located at 9325 Yonge Street Suite 132, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0A8, CA. For pest control services, contact their team by calling (647) 559-3820 or send an email to For additional information regarding their services, visit their companys website.

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BedBug Exterminator | BedBug Control | Bed Bug Information

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Learn about Bed Bug detection and how Bed Bugs can travel on luggage an enter your home, and must see bed bug information about treatment methods, bites, and what Bed Bugs look like. Bed bugs are most active at night; they are extremely shy and wary so their infestations are not easily located. However, when bed bugs are numerous, a foul odor from oily secretions can easily be detected. Other recognizable signs of a bed bug infestation include excrement left around points of entry and exit to their hiding places and reddish brown spots on mattresses and furniture. Good sanitation and having a qualified bedbug exterminator is the first step to controlling the spread of bed bugs. However, upscale hotels and private homes have also noted bed bug infestations, suggesting that good sanitation is not enough to stop a bed bug infestation. When faced with a bed bug infestation, contact Dependable Exterminating Pest Control, we are your bed bug exterminator serving Manhattan. We have the best bed bug control professionals in the industry. We cover NYC, Westchester and Rockland County.

If bed bugs are located in bedding material or mattresses, control should focus on mechanical methods of control, such as vacuuming, caulking and removing or sealing loose wallpaper, to minimize the use of pesticides. The effectiveness of using steam cleaners or hot water to clean mattresses is questionable. Heat is readily absorbed by the mattress and does no harm to the bed bug in fact the moisture may produce favorable conditions for house dust mites. Pillows should be removed and dry-cleaned or replaced. For severe infestations, however, pesticides may be used. Care should be taken not to soak mattresses and upholstery with pesticides. Allow bedding and furniture to dry thoroughly before using. Due to the difficulty in controlling bed bugs, the use of a professional pest control company is recommended. Dependable Exterminating offers bedbug control in Manhattan throughout the Upper West Side, the Uppder East Side, Times Square, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, East Village, Little Italy, China Town, Lower East Side, the Financial District and more. Call A Dependable Bed Bug Exterminator to eliminate Bed Bugs.

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Brown recluse spiders, a blown-out back and the grace of God – messenger-inquirer

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We have a bad combination going on in our home right now.

My wife hates bugs of all types and brown recluse spiders have entered the Rhoadses home.

To say my wife is upset about this would be an understatement. When she finds a dead spider on a trap, you can see the stress and fear in her eyes.

Live spiders? Even worse. The only people happy about this situation are our local exterminators. We are on a path to becoming customer of the year.

Well, yesterday, my wife told me she was going to think like a spider and decided that spiders may climb up under our couches. So, she would check the bottom of our couches to make sure they are sealed and spiders cant get in.

Well, she tried to lift a couch by herself and boom. . . her back went out. Not a nagging pain deal, but an I can hardly get out of bed pain. Now, we are supporting our exterminators and our local medical professionals, too. I am kind of hoping that the muscle relaxers help her mind relax as well.

Personally, Im not worried about the spiders. Our exterminator said our problem is common this time of year. I am tempted to tell my wife to calm down, quit spending so much money, and quit hurting herself.

But if I took the I will convince her to calm down approach, how is that going to play out? Marilyn will not be helped. She will be freaked out about spiders and mad at me.

So, what does grace look like? Grace is choosing to love and not get frustrated. It is choosing to go all in on the spider-eradication project. It is crawling around our attack putting out powder and traps. It is causing her to feel like I am on her team, even if I dont share her concern or perspective.

Different perspectives can wreck a marriage. Each spouse tries to convince the other that he or she is right. Then, they live in conflict. Instead of trying to persuade your spouse to your view, seek to understand theirs and seek to love.

Proverbs 17:9 says love covers all offenses. If you keep your focus on extending grace, covering offenses and loving, your marriage will grow. If your focus is on making your spouse more like you want him or her to be, youll live in a perpetual state of frustration.

I think Marilyn is amazing. However, she doesnt handle spider issues very well. So what? So, well go on a compulsive campaign to kill every spider in a half-mile radius.

We all have our hang-ups and issues. All couples have significant differences in opinions and perspectives. We can allow this to pull us apart or we can choose to just love one another. If something is important to your spouse, make it important to you.

Instead of fighting against one another, realize you are a team. You have opportunities to help each other through life, not criticize each other for handling life poorly.

Hank Smith said complaining about your spouse is like saying, Your side of the boat is sinking. Help the whole boat stay afloat, dont complain about your spouses side.

The atmosphere of your marriage will largely determine your enjoyment of and the quality of your life. So, invest in your spouse. Enjoy your marriage. There is no more strategic place to put time and resources than in your own marriage.

We always remind couples, grace doesnt mean tolerating abuse or ongoing infidelity. If you are in this situation, prioritize protection and seek help.

I know some of you are wondering how Marilyns back is feeling. Im happy to say it is getting better and Operation Spider-Eradication is under way!

If youd like to get on a growth curve and work together to do life together and enjoy one another more, go to and join us on this crazy, wild, fun, difficult, painful, enjoyable thing called life.

Grace Marriage is an Owensboro-based ministry led by Brad and Marilyn Rhoads.

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A young Montreal mother goes from delight to dread after getting city-run housing – CTV News Montreal

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MONTREAL -- On an unusually tough Moving Day, as the city of Montreal keeps vowing to help tenants, some local families say the city itself is their problem.

A municipal office manages thousands of low-income housing units and those buildings can be so badly maintained, tenants say, that moving in poses a major financial risk and can ultimately leave them homeless.

That happened this month to 27-year-old Chanel Mansourian, a mother of two young daughters, who lost most of her belongings after a brief encounter with a bedbug-ridden publicly owned apartment.

Its just devastating, she said.

Three years ago, as rents began to rise, she put her family on the waiting list for an HLM low-rent unit and finally got news recently that one was available.

She and her two kids, aged two and three, gave up their stable housing for the chance at a permanent low-rent unit.

Mansourian is currently in school to learn plastering and work in the construction industry, and shes been in the process of applying for a new job. The rent at HLM units is calculated according to the tenants' financesits always 25 per cent of their income, whatever that is.

It was going to be easier financially, and...finding a place was difficult, even before the pandemic, said Mansourian.

We waited so long for this and we were so happy when we finally got the call. We fell in love with the place.

But it quickly became obvious that it was unliveable. The second day, the toilet overflowed. When a plumber came, he left poop water all over the floor, Mansourian said.

The family began to see tiny worms around the apartment, though they couldnt be sure the two things were connected.

I see them on the floor, hanging off the wall, Mansourian said. It's disgustingunsanitary.

They also quickly realized the apartment had bedbugs. Building management called shortly after they moved in to say an exterminator was coming to inspect the unit, though Mansourian hadnt seen any bugs or been warned there was a problem.

I thought OK, maybe they do this every time someone moves in, she said.

Then they were told someone on the first floor of the building had an infestation. Two days later, they started finding their own bugs.

My girls started getting bit, she said. It [was] affecting their sleep.

She called repeatedly but it took the building several days to send an exterminator again, and he wasnt treating the whole building.

Her daughters not only had bedbug bites but diarrhea, and Mansourian had left with them while she waited for help.

I'm staying at a friend's place, she said last week. Her roommates are not home for the week.

After non-responses from the OMHM, the municipal housing office, Mansourian is now frantically trying to start over, looking again for a regular lease, though she said its proving very difficult.

She said the OMHM hasnt offered any alternative units or any stopgap temporary housing while the family couch-surfs.

They should be providing the opportunity to give us another one or put us somewhere until I find an apartment, she said. I have kidsit's not just me.

The OMHM didnt respond to two requests for comment.

Mansourian said shell also lose most of her furniture in an effort to leave the bedbugs behind. She just bought a brand-new fridge and stove and isnt sure if or how she can safely move them.

One of the most frustrating things, she said, is that she asked specifically if there were any problems with pests in the building before accepting the unit and was told no.

But in the familys brief stay in the apartment, she says, she noticed something disturbing.

You could see bedbugs in the varnish of the floor, sealed in during previous refinishings. It's proof that it was there before I even moved in, she said.

They need to act on this.

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How Do Exterminators Get Rid of Mice? | INSECT COP

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According to a 2017 survey by the National Pest Management Association, more than one-third of all Americans had encountered a rodent in their home in the previous year. Thats why many people may have found themselves searching for a mouse exterminator to get rid of the pests in their homes. But you might be wondering how exactly exterminators get rid of mice.

Thats why today well discuss what mice exterminator experts do to solve your rodent problem (as well as what you can do to prepare for their visit). But first, lets take a look at what exactly attracts rodents to your property in the first place.

The three main things that mice look for when they invade a home are food, water, and shelter. If mice find these things in your home, theyll set up nests and breed, which can lead to a serious mouse problem over time. Once a rodent infestation starts, it can be very difficult to get rid of.

While homeowners can typically handle a rodent infestation without bringing in the professionals, you may end up having to ask for help. Dont be afraid to call a mouse extermination expert to deal with your mouse problem before it becomes an epidemic.

When a qualified mouse exterminator comes to your home, there are certain things that you can be certain theyll do. Lets take a look at those actions and why theyre important.

Mice dont need very large entry points to get into your home. Most breeds can fit into holes as small as a dime, which means that any cracks, dents, or weak points will have to be sealed to prevent entry.

One of the first things an exterminator does is search the exterior and interior of your home for easy entry points. Theyll then apply wire mesh, hardware cloth, or sheet metal to the smaller entry points to prevent rodents from getting in. Surprisingly enough, these entry points often include utility pipes and vents. They will also advise you on the best ways to seal larger holes (those over 1.5 in./3.8 cm in diameter).

For you DIY problem solvers, avoid using caulk, plastic, rubber, or wood seals in any entry points you might find. Mice can gnaw through these materials. Weatherstripping for doors and window gaps also helps form a seal against rodent entry.

If you catch an infestation early enough, a mouse exterminator may recommend placing at least a dozen mouse traps around your home. Theyll often set up a variety of different trap types around your kitchen, bathrooms, attic, and basement. This is because different traps work on different mice. Glue boards, snap traps, and the different kinds of live capture traps will help control smaller populations without adding harmful chemicals to your home.


If the infestation is large enough, then these traps will only put a small dent in the population, leading us to the next step.

Bait stations may be similar to traps, but they kill rodents by providing easily accessible poisoned food. Some homeowners might not see the value in these stations. It might seem like they would attract more pests than they kill, but their effects on a nest or colony are impressive, killing the rodents quickly over time.


After these bait stationsreduce the size of the colony, exterminators will then be able to track the rodents to their nests. They can remove their bodies before further pest, hygiene, or odor problems begin to affect your home.

Some companies go straight to bait stations and only use traps as a secondary control method.

Finally, if an infestation is severe enough, the mouse exterminator may call for fumigation to tackle the problem.

This is a control method that can only be carried out by a professional. Its only used as a last resort.

In some places, home fumigation is illegal. In these areas, you can only use fumigants in outdoor burrows, grain storage structures, warehouses, and train cars.

If you live in a place where residential fumigation is legal, you, your family, and your pets will have to leave your home for several days. This will give the exterminator time to spray the poison designed to wipe out entire colonies of mice.

Fumigation is a last resort for many exterminators since the procedure is expensive and dangerous. Youll have to spend some time cleaning your counters and surfaces afterward to make sure that they are safe to use. But if you are considering fumigation, here are a few things you should know.

Since your home will be full of poison, you and your family wont be able to stay there until the exterminator tells you its safe. That means youll need to have someplace to stay. Most families stay with family or close friends for a few days. If thats not an option, you may have to consider staying in a hotel.

Whatever you do, make sure that you have the essentials for your stay away from home. If you have to work, consider bringing extra clothes and any equipment that you might need. If thats not possible, consider letting your employer know that youll need a few days off. Alternately, you can always plan your fumigation around your days off or perhaps on the weekend (if the pest control company works on the weekend, of course).

Make sure that you notify the gas company that you are planning to fumigate your home. Your gas should be turned off at a certain point before fumigation. Make arrangements to also have it turned back on when its safe. Your exterminator will give you this information.

Additionally, before you leave the house, turn off, or better yet, unplug any electric heaters and air conditioning units. Turn off any pilot lights as well.

Fumigation works best when the gas can spread throughout your home. You might be surprised by how much a closed door can limit the spread of gas through your home. Any closed doors will leave safe zones that rodents can use to escape and protect themselves, which defeats the purpose of the procedure.

Its also important to leave any doors leading to basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and attics open. These are the rooms that are most likely to have rodent populations. Leave all cabinets, closets, and drawers open as well.

Unless youre willing to replace your food and consumables, youll have to seal them in air-tight containers. Items in the fridge that arent stored securely (e.g. double-bagged) wont be safe to eat when you return. Ask your exterminator if canned goods will require extra protection beyond a thorough washing before use.

Your mice exterminator will need to have access to your home. This means theyll need a copy of your keys to enter, leave, and secure your home during treatment. Be sure you work with them to make a plan for the safe storage of your keys as well as for easy pickup when the fumigation is complete.

You might be wondering what chemicals are actually used when a mouse exterminator fumigates your home. So well take a look at them below. This list contains the most common chemicals used in fumigation.

This chemical is often converted into a powder that, when introduced to water, produces a toxic gas.

This chemical causes the respiratory system to fail, often by filling the lungs with fluid.

This chemical is often used against insects. Thanks to its mode of action, it can be equally effective against rodents. In a confined space, carbon dioxide release results in a reduction of breathable air, effectively suffocating any animals inside that space. Furthermore, it doesnt leave any chemical residue behind.

This chemical is commonly used in farming. Its powerful toxin is dangerous to humans and depletes ozone. As a result, its use is now limited and its no longer manufactured. Thus, its unlikely to appear in fumigation in the future.

This chemical disrupts animal metabolism. Its dangerous to humans if inhaled.

Released as an aerosol (liquid spray), this chemical was used in World War I as a chemical agent. You cant use it in agriculture because of the potential for food contamination.

This chemical is sold as a solid that reacts with moisture in the air to produce a toxic gas that is fatal when inhaled. Its also explosive even at low concentrations.

This chemical, formed during rubber production, is toxic to all types of life, acting on the respiratory system. Agricultural settings often use this chemical to fumigate the soil.

Often used in agriculture, this chemical can be toxic to people and animals if inhaled or eaten. Its also a skin irritant. Keep in mind that its use has been limited in some areas.

This more commonly known chemical has the unique property of boiling at room temperature. It has an almond scent that makes it easy to detect and kills by disrupting the respiratory system. Its also an acid, which is corrosive on contact.

This chemical affects cell growth and division, causing death in rodents.

What can we learn from all of this? If you or someone you know has ever wondered how exterminators get rid of mice, the above guide should help clear things up. By using a variety of repellent, obstructive, and exterminating strategies and products, mouse extermination experts will be able to remove these pests from your home. Since every exterminator is different, you should ask questions to see what they can do for you and what chemicals theyll use in their treatment.

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Cost to Remove Raccoons – Estimates and Prices at Fixr

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How Much Does It Cost to Remove Raccoons?

Raccoons are nocturnal mammals easily identified by the black "mask"on their faces, small, stocky bodies, and striped tails. Raccoons are frequently found in areas such as chimneys and attics, particularly when a female is ready to give birth; they prefer the enclosed, warm, dry spaces that most homes can provide. Depending on food sources and access, you may also find raccoons in your porch or outbuildings. Removing raccoons should be done by a professional because these pests can spread disease and make an enormous mess in your home.

Removal of the raccoons and patching the holes they used to enter costs around $350 to $500 on average, but may cost more if substantial damage has been done.

Raccoons are inquisitive animals that frequently leave a large mess in their wake. This means that if you have raccoons nesting on your property, you are likely to see substantial damage in and around your home, including:

In addition to the damage they can do to your property, raccoons bring several health risks as well. The number one associated illness with raccoons is rabies, but the pests can also carry canine distemper, which they can pass along to your dogs. They may also have a type of raccoon hookworm, which can become airborne and passed to humans through inhalation of their dried stool. Some raccoons may also be infested with fleas or ticks, which they can spread throughout your home, costing around $270 to treat.

Often the first sign that you may have raccoons in your home is the noise that they make at night. Many raccoons are nocturnal, meaning that they are awake at night, and you may hear the sounds of them scampering overhead in your attic or in your chimney after dark.

Not all raccoons are dormant during the day, however; those living in your home may be frequently spotted during the daylight hours entering and exiting their living space. You may see raccoons on your roof, near vents, and other potential openings. If a raccoon has died inside your home, the smell of the decomposing body will be strong and unpleasant, and this may tip you off to the presence of more raccoons. Other signs that a raccoon may be living in your home is visible damage to the area where they have been living, as well as raccoon feces in and around the area.

The most common method of dealing with raccoons on your property is trapping and removal. The raccoons are relocated to a minimum of 10 miles from your property to prevent their return; normally only sick animals will be euthanized.

In most cases, the pest removal service will include an inspection of your property for free to determine the extent of the infestation. This inspection includes determining the entry points of the raccoons, finding their various living spaces, and determining how much damage has been done and where, and what steps will need to be taken to both prevent the raccoons from returning after removal, and how to decontaminate the area and repair any damage that has been made.

Costs start at around $80 to $100 just for the traps and relocation; any repairs, decontamination, and prevention will typically cost more, with clean-up starting at $500 and repairs and prevention starting at $300. To trap the raccoons, a large cage trap baited with something like bread or marshmallows is used, with one trap needed per raccoon. If you have a large infestation, several visits may be necessary to trap all the raccoons, with each visit costing at least $80, more if multiple removals are done each time. If there are dead raccoons, these are removed at the same time; dead raccoons can sometimes be difficult to reach, which can drive up the costs of removal to $275 to $300 per raccoon, with additional repairs necessary afterward.

Once the raccoons have been removed, most services will offer prevention, remediation, and repair services, including the following:

Preventing raccoons from inhabiting your home is the best course of action to protect yourself and your family from the diseases and damage they spread. There are many ways you can discourage raccoons from entering your home, and most are things you can do yourself for free or minimal costs. These include:

Trapping and relocation of a single raccoon costs around $80-$100. Removing a dead raccoon cost around $275-$300, while getting rid of a nesting mother and babies costs around $500 per group.

Raccoons are excellent climbers and frequently enter homes from an upper story or attic vent.

Yes, you can kill a raccoon with a typical rodenticide like D-Con.

Loud noises and bright lights may discourage a raccoon from continuing to nest in your home. Otherwise, trapping, relocating, and sealing up the entry points is the most effective way to rid yourself of raccoons.

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The 10 Best Raccoon Removal Services in New York, NY 2020

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In general there is no cost for a pest inspection. Exterminators typically provide a free property or building inspection and then provide you with a written estimate outlining the necessary treatment and cost. The home visit allows the exterminator to assess the problem and let you know what your pest control cost will be if you contract with their services. You may need a termite inspection for real estate purposes. This will be a verified inspection showing that the house in question is termite-free (often done before a sale). The inspection may cost a flat rate, such as $125-$150, depending on house size.

Its hard to predict pest control costs sight unseen due to the variety of factors that go into pest treatment. For example, a bedbug problem for one customer may be confined to one room and be easy to access and treat in one visit if the room is clear of clutter and the bedbugs have been caught early. In another home, a bedbug problem may also be confined to one room, but theres a great deal of clutter, providing more hiding places for the bugs and requiring more spray and labor for the exterminator, as well as many pieces of large furniture in the room that need to sprayed. Depending on the maturity of the infestation, a bedbug problem may require multiple visits to entirely eliminate. This is why many companies provide a free inspection to determine pest control costs and provide you the most accurate quote possible.

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Exterminator For Termites | Your Pest Control Experts For …

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Getting references from the company may seem like one way to find a reliable pest control company, until you tell yourself that any company is probably only going to give you a carefully selected reference list, to ensure positive feedback.

Checking your chosen pest control company with your local Better Business Bureau is a must if you are looking in the Yellow Pages for a company. Listen to what your BBB has to say about a particular pest control company; if they report that there are complaints against that company, it may be an indication not to use them. And talking to a person at the BBB is probably a better and more accurate approach than simply using their website.

The National Pest Control Association has a handbook containing procedures that are approved, and any good exterminator should follow that guideline, which means no dubious work practices, and not charging customers for work thats not approved or needed. A guarantee for a specific time period should be offered by a reputable pest control company, and maintaining that guarantee should take a reasonable and affordable yearly payment. Pre-treatment for new construction, along with yearly inspections for termites should be included, and if you ask to see an insurance certificate, you should expect to be supplied with one.

Recommendations are always a good idea too when choosing a Calgary pest control company; perhaps from the realtor, you bought the house from, or from friends or family. Talk to the exterminator who processed the original termite certificate if youre buying a house and find theres a termite issue. It can save you money, and they should have access to the homes history.

When you and the salesperson come to an agreement, make sure that agreement is understood by the technician who visits your home, who may not be the same person you originally dealt with. Helping you deal with your termite issue as quickly, effectively, and as economically as possible is the goal of any reliable exterminator, and you should be sure that any procedure is what you actually need. You may pay more when dealing with a salesperson who may or may not have a similar work ethic.

A good exterminator really does focus on getting the job done properly, rather than focuses on the sales side of things although many pest control technicians seem to be more salesperson than a technician. Using as few chemicals as possible and simply solving your pest issue as economically and as efficiently as possible should always be the goal, and its something you should be aware of.

Exterminators will charge different prices, and have different approaches to the job, as exterminating isnt an exact science. You really shouldnt have to tell your pest control technician that you want the problem to be treated as economically as possible and without using more chemicals than is necessary, but you may end up pointing this out. Some treatment options are somewhat suspect or even unnecessary, and of course, you dont want anything to do with these.

Its important that you are actually present in your home to discuss the procedure and have any questions answered when the exterminator shows up at your home. You dont want to delegate the job of dealing with the exterminator to your spouse, babysitter, or anyone else. Its much easier to deal directly with the pest control expert yourself, so you understand exactly what is happening and also to make sure you arent charged more than you were initially told. And its also important to make sure you get answers to your questions, and any concerns you have are addressed, as its likely to be an ongoing relationship with this exterminator.

Getting an estimate for the work to be carried out is an important part of dealing with a pest problem and choosing the right exterminator. You should be given a written quote in person or at least soon afterward, if a pest control technician visits your home to assess the problem. And you dont need to make a decision immediately; remember the points above that we have been discussing and keep them in mind when trying to find a reliable and experienced pest control company.

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Experts: Bed Bugs Could Be Weakened by Coronavirus Pandemic – Best Life

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

Coronavirus has indelibly changed the way people live, from how we run errands to howand wherewe work. And while many of those changes have been less than well-received, one silver lining is that coronavirus may actually be the thing that eradicates a common household problem for good: bed bugs.

Bed bugs are everywhere, from private homes to retail stores to five-star hotels. According to the National Pest Management Association's "Bugs Without Borders" report, 97 percent of pest specialists treated a case of bed bugs in the past year, with summer typically being the busiest season. Unfortunately, getting rid of them isn't an inexpensive propositionaccording to HomeAdvisor, it can cost as much as $5,000 to have an entire home treated for bed bugs. However, with indoor gatherings off-limits in many states and many people avoiding hotels due to coronavirus, the risk of inadvertently picking up bed bugs and bringing them home has dropped dramatically.

According to board-certified entomologist Natasha Wright of Braman Termite & Pest Elimination, with many hotel rooms and public spaces going unoccupied for months at a time, this presents a unique opportunity for businesses to thoroughly tackle their existing bed bug issuesincluding using treatments that can't be applied safely when hosting guests.

"Professional treatment is required to effectively eradicate these pests, and can consist of insecticide applications, heat remediation, or a combination of both, based on the severity and extent of the infestation," Wright explains. "Since this takes the rooms being treated out of service for a period of time, low occupancy during the pandemic makes this a good time to get it done."

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COVID-19 has also provided business the opportunity to make necessary repairs to spaces that will make it harder for bed bugs to go undetected.

"While rooms are empty for long periods, maintenance crews can get in and fix cracks and crevices or seal up openings that could possibly be used by bed bugs as hiding spots or harborage points," says Chad Gore, an entomologist and Market Technical Director for Western Exterminator.

While Gore notes that bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding, he says that the lack of human blood available to them at the moment may expose a critical weakness.

"Lack of access to a food source will stress the population, which generally makes them more susceptible when exposed to insecticides," he explains. And if you're wondering how your travel plans may look different after the pandemic, check out these 8 Things You May Never See in Hotel Rooms Ever Again.

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