Baby it’s cold outside! This time of year can get pretty chilly in Wisconsin and just like us, winter pests like mice, squirrels, and spiders are looking for a warm home.
Not many of us enjoy sharing our home with these winter pests and for good reason. Mice, rats and squirrels easily spread diseases and can contaminate your food. Spiders and ants also spread disease, contaminate food, transmit bacteria and can bite. Mice, rats and squirrels also can wreak havoc on your home by chewing on wires, drywall, and your wood studs.
So how do we stop those little pests from joining your family in your warm and cozy home? Today we’ll dive into how these pests get into your home in the winter and some tips on how to prevent them from joining you and your family.
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So, you’ve found out that you have bed bugs. Now it’s time to get prepared for a bed bug heat treatment. First, it’s important to understand why this is a truly effective treatment that will get rid of those bed bugs once and for all…
Most chemicals will not kill all of the bed bugs in your home because they are smart little bugs. They are able to retreat into small crevices and hiding spots until the chemical treatment has lost its potency and then get right back to being bed bugs and reproducing. The bed bug heat treatment is the best solution to reach every space in your home and to kill the bed bugs. Heat treatments at the right temperatures will kill all bed bugs despite which life stage they are in. We’ve have said it many times before, heat is the best way to kill bed bugs.
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Here’s a quick rule of thumb when it comes to mice – if you see one mouse in your house, you probably have an infestation. Why? Because at the rate mice reproduce – a typical female can give birth to a dozen babies every three weeks – that “mouse” doesn’t figure to be singular for very long. An easy way to spot early signs of a mouse infestation is to be on the lookout for mouse droppings.
So infestations can happen quickly, which is why it pays to be vigilant about any possible sign of a problem – because it doesn’t take an actual mouse sighting to know if you’re headed for trouble. To nip a possible infestation in the bud, it helps to know how to identify mouse droppings – and what to do if you find them.
What do mouse droppings look like?
Mouse droppings are generally black and granular in shape, measuring roughly 3 to 6 mm in length. They are about the size of a grain of rice, just black in color.
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Just the mention of bed bugs is enough to make most people cringe. From how easy it is to get them to how hard it can be to get rid of them, bed bugs are a problem that no homeowner wants to deal with.
How bed bug infestations happen
Bed bugs tend to first come in to a home as hidden stowaways. If you’ve recently been to a hotel or another person’s home where bed bugs were present, or if you have kids who have been in school, it’s very possible that a few of these little troublemakers might have found their way into your luggage, clothing or backpack. Once back at your place, bed bugs will move out of their travel digs and take up residence in the places around the house where they’re most comfortable (and usually most hidden).
Mattresses, of course, are a popular nesting spot for bed bugs, but it’s also pretty common to find them among clothing, dug into thick carpeting or hiding behind draperies. That is, if you CAN find them. Bed bugs are great at staying hidden – tucking themselves into crevices and creases – which not only makes them hard to find in the first place, but also that much harder to get rid of since it’s hard to be sure you’ve found them all.
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With summer just around the corner, many families are probably looking forward to hitting the road for a memorable vacation. Unfortunately, plenty of homeowners are likely to come back with more than just sunburns and some great snapshots – they may unwittingly bring home a few little pests as well.
We’re talking, of course, about bed bugs.
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