Winter Pest Tips

Winter Pests: How to Keep Mice, Squirrels, Spiders and Other Pests Out of Your House

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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Mouse in the House? How to Identify Mouse Droppings

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
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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Getting Rid of Mice

Getting Rid of Mice the Fastest Way Possible

What’s the first thing most homeowners think when they spot a mouse? “Ewww!” OK, what’s the second thing they think? “What is the fastest way to get rid of mice?”

This is certainly understandable. After all, the longer those mice hang around the more likely it is that they’ll quickly multiply, spread disease and wreak general havoc. With those potential developments in mind, it’s no wonder getting rid of mice – and fast – is such a priority.

Unfortunately, there’s no overnight solution for getting rid of mice. The process isn’t particularly complicated, but it does require the time and effort to go through the following steps:
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Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling

How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling

There’s no faster cure for the winter blues than looking forward to your upcoming tropical vacation. You’re probably dreaming of putting your toes in the sand, taking a dip in the beautiful turquoise colored water, or perhaps sipping a fruity cocktail while watching the sunset. What you’re probably not dreaming about, is the fact that your hotel/vacation rental might have a nasty bed bug infestation! Trust us, there is no faster way to ruin your vacation than finding out you’re staying with bed bugs.

Bed Bugs are only in dingy hotels, right?

Wrong! Bed bugs are found all over the world and are nondiscriminatory. Meaning, they can be found in the ritziest of homes and hotels to apartments and homeless shelters. They’re small, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm and can live several months without feeding. Since they are so small and active at night, this makes it difficult to detect them during the day. More info here on bed bugs here.

Inspect Your Hotel Room to Prevent Bed Bugs.

There are several things you can do to prevent bed bugs from ruining your vacation fun. The first thing you should do is inspect your hotel room. This can be done in a few minutes, and it’s this easy.

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baiting Stations

Rodent Control: How Baiting Stations Keep Critters Out of Your Yard

From chipmunks and squirrels to mice and moles, rodents can become a significant problem for you and your family. Because chances are if you have these kinds of rodents anywhere near your house, it’s probably just a matter of time before take the next step and try to get in.

This is why rodent control is so important – if you can eliminate the rodent population around your home or business, you’ll go a long way toward making sure they don’t eventually wind up inside your home or business. One of the ways to do this is through the use of baiting stations.

The Basics of Baiting Stations

Made of sturdy plastic and designed to look like a rock, a baiting station is very inconspicuous from the outside. Rodents can reach the bait and poison inside by way of two small holes near the base of the station, but thanks to a secure lock nobody else will be able to get in, which means it’s safe for any kids or pets in the area.

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