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Rodent or Rat Control in Vancouver area

If your home or business is victim to the growing rat problem in Vancouver, Surrey, and all Lower Mainland, then you need a reliable rodent pest control company.

The word rodent means “to gnaw”. Rodents need to be inspected and controlled at the earliest possible stage of menace before it could lead to a more severe hassle. There are various species of rodents but the most often encountered species, which live closely with the human community, are the House mouse, Norway rats and roof rats which are widely represented as “Commensal Rodents” and live in greater Vancouver area.

Rodent Characteristics
Roof rat moves within the premises of 98 to 164 ft and a house mouse within 10 to 33 ft. If the situation gets unstable its regular roaming condition will also tend to change, especially in a strange environment where they tend to expand the range of their roaming diameter.

Rats tend to eat most of their food once a day, whereas mice will typically nibble a little throughout the day. Both Rats and mice remain active during the night when rats are pretty cautious in making their move and mice are very curious. Mice aggressively tend to bite anything they smell during their rounds.

Rodents are capable of squeezing through narrow and deep hole; 1/4 inch for mice and 1/2 inch for rats. These species are not only found in homes, but also in warehouses, livestock facilities, restaurants, supermarkets, farm fields and food processing facilities.

Rats are generally black or brown, measuring about 40cm in length and are characterized by a pointed nose, large ears and a long tail. This nocturnal creature has small and sleeker body covered with smooth fur. Rats make their living inside the burrows, mounted cardboards, piles of clothing and wood. They are excellent climbers and often hide in upper structures that are unreached by humans. Female rats can yield four to eight pups at a single litter which means they give birth to about 40 new rodents per year. Rats tend to be the major carriers of the bacterial disease plague.

Mice or House Mouse
Mice have covered short hair that often spotted in light brown, black or grey in colour. They are characterized by lighter bellies, long ears and distinguished long straight hair at the snout. Adult mice typically weigh about 12 to 30 grams and can be 20cm long. The mouse makes its living in farm fields, grassy and wooded areas that are generally dark and often in close proximity to food sources. They are very active creatures and always found roaming in wide spread areas. Mice are capable of sensing food materials from a very long distance. A female mouse can yield up to six pups at a single litter and each pup attains to maturity in about 35 days from birth. Mice have sharp hearing capability and they often produce squeaking sounds when communicating.

Norway Rats
Norway rats are comparatively larger rodents than the other species, and measures more than 40cm in length with its tail alone measuring up to 21 cm. It weighs 500 grams and is often spotted with shaggy brown or grey fur with marked scales over its ears and tail. Norway rats live in communities and they preferably make their home in underground burrows through which they can enter into buildings. Females can yield four to 22 pups at a single litter. It is very difficult to spot Norway rats as they literally hide during daytime keeping themselves invisible from humans. The only way to exterminate them is by driving them out of their hiding spaces by passing fumes of rodenticides, keeping bait or by placing traps.

Destruction Caused by Rodents – Why are they pests?
It is been stated that rats and mice are the cause for 40% of food loss worldwide. Besides chewing food they also tend to contaminate it with their fur and excreta.

They create a big mesh especially in residential areas by their burrowing and gnawing activity. They can gnaw through and damage your walls and barriers under your roof. Rodents tend to gnaw even the rigid materials including lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminium siding and some concrete.

Almost similar to bio-war, some people can become victim to Plague, a contagious bacterial disease mainly carried (but not caused) by rodents.

Your electrical system can be greatly compromised also. Here’s a photo we took in a Vancouver attic showing dangerous damage to wires caused by rats.

Mice are not as damaging as rats, but they can at least be annoying.

Signs of Rodent Infestation
The presence of rodents can be sensed through some signs such as:

  • Fecal pellets
  • Footprints and tail drags of rats
  • Gnawing damage
  • Burrows
  • Strange holes in a room
  • Urine stains
  • Rodent sounds and footsteps (usually rats are heard, not mice)
  • Rodent odours
  • Alarming sounds from pets
  • Ways to control rodents

Many methods have been deployed for rodent control. Among those methods, traps and baits are considered to be the most effective in knocking down its population. Rodent baits work well in controlling large rodent populations. After baiting, continue with sanitation procedures like cleaning away the baited food source and seal harborage as no rodents tend to stay in your home.

Traps are another effective tool in the war against them. But, finding the right sized trap is a challenging task as the size could vary with rats and mice. Place traps a couple feet apart in case you deal with mice. For rats, place the traps about 15-20 feet apart.

Mice are harder to prevent than rats, since mice can squeeze through into very tight spaces, but rats can be blocked by placing wire mesh around the openings in buildings that are often a result of quick sloppy construction that doesn’t think of pest control.


Why Pest Control Is Best to Eliminate the Destructive Nature of Termite Colonies

Termites are little creatures that are generally found infesting buildings and homes, creating major headaches for homeowners. They feed on timber structures like trees, telephone poles, buildings, homes, and just about anything made of wood.

Just like human society, a colony of termites has multiple social classes, each with a specific task to perform. The classes rely on each other in order for the entire colony to survive. The different classes include the royal family (king and queen), the soldiers, the workers, and the winged reproductive.

Soldier On, Young Termite

Homeowners who suspect termites should be on the lookout for the soldiers. Because the soldiers come in large numbers, a homeowner is most likely to see them first. The soldiers’ only purpose is to protect the colony from intruders. If their habitat is disturbed, the soldiers leave the nest first and guard the nest’s opening.

A soldier’s head is fat and dark with strong mandibles that are used to bite a predator that threatens the colony. The soldiers in some species are two times the size of the workers, and noxious chemicals are sometimes sprayed from a snout on the front of their head.

The Queen and Her Workers

The queen termite has the responsibility of helping her colony grow. She can typically lay over 2,000 eggs per day and can live up to 25 years. That’s a lot of damage waiting to be done. Pest control is aimed at eliminating the queen along with her colony.

The worker termites build the nest and repair it when necessary. They are the ones to blame when it comes to damage to a home or building. They spend their entire life inside the nest chewing and eating over and over, as if the home is an all-you-can-eat buffet. The workers are identified by a translucent, creamy color with a soft body.

The Need for Pest Control

Because the queen has the ability to lay millions of eggs during her lifetime, homeowners who suspect any type of termite problem should seek to rectify the problem as soon as possible to prevent further reproduction by the queen. Termites can cause more damage to homes than storms and fires combined, but homeowner insurance policies don’t cover this type of destruction. It’s best to consult with an experienced pest control service that can provide the homeowner with an inspection, determine the damage, and discuss the options involved with eliminating this big and potentially expensive problem once and for all.

It’s also necessary to call in professionals if homeowners suspect they have infestations anywhere on the property, even if the termites are not yet inside the home. When homeowners are able to act quickly, they increase their chances of avoiding any more damage to their property and could potentially prevent damage to the home. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t catch this problem until significant damage has already been done.


10 Ways to Bug-proof Your Home

While some people are frightened of bugs, others may be fascinated. But the one thing most people will agree on is that insects don’t belong in the home. Not only do they create unsanitary conditions, but they’re also just plain annoying, from the buzz of a fly to the itchy bite of the mosquito. Bees, wasps and scorpions can cause painful stings, while fleas, mosquitoes and ticks can carry diseases that they transport to pets or humans. Even the common cockroach can be a major contributor toward allergies and asthma attacks, especially in children [source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation].

With more than 10 quintillion bugs in the world (that’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,0000!), bug-proofing the home can sometimes feel like a losing battle [source: Smithsonian Institute]. Fortunately, by understanding what attracts bugs to your home, you can begin making changes that will help get rid of them for good.

Just like humans, insects need food, water and shelter to survive. By eliminating their food supply and getting rid of bug’s favorite hiding spots, you can reduce the risk that insects will take up residence in your home. Of course, the best way to prevent infestation is to keep bugs out entirely. To do this, you’ll need to seal up the cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior. By tightening up the entry points that insects use to gain access, you can greatly improve your chances of staying bug-free.

Ready to get started? Read on to the next section to learn how some simple door hardware can help you begin bug-proofing your home.

Seal Your Doors
Just as a locked door can keep intruders out, a properly sealed door can help keep out unwanted pests. If you examine your entrance ways carefully, you’ll likely be surprised by the number of unsealed gaps you see, each of which makes an easy entrance path for bugs.

To keep insects from crawling under your door, install a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold under the door. For even better protection, combine this with a door sweep. A sweep is a cheap device that can be found at most hardware stores, and helps to cover the gap between a threshold and the door bottom. Choose nylon brush sweeps over vinyl or neoprene, as they offer the best protection against bugs.

Add weatherstripping or door-seal kits to the perimeter of the frame to keep insects from entering along the sides or top of the door. Use a clear caulk to seal the joint where the door frame meets the wall and also along the bottom of the frame, at the area where it meets the ground.

Remember, all of these door sealing techniques won’t help if the door is left open. If you have forgetful kids, consider installing a door closer. This hydraulic device will automatically close and latch your door after it’s been opened and can be adjusted to control closing speed and power. You can find affordable door closers at your local home improvement store, and the average homeowner can install this device using only simple tools.

Add Screens
Many homeowners rely on natural ventilation from doors and windows to bring fresh air into the home. This can be especially tempting during the hot, humid days of summer. Unfortunately, summer is also the worst time of the year for mosquitoes, fleas and other pests to invade your home.

To enjoy the feeling of fresh air without the annoyance of insects, install screens in windows and doors. Choose a 20-mesh or finer screen to keep out most common household pests [source: Gouge, Olson, Snyder, Stoltman]. Screen installation is relatively simple and requires only basic tools.

Don’t forget that bugs can also sneak in through holes or tears in your existing screens. Try using a screwdriver or scissors to carefully push the broken wires back into place. Add a coat of household cement or clear nail polish to seal the hole and prevent insect entry. If the screen has simply come loose along one side or corner, use staples (for wood frames) or a splining tool (for aluminum frames) to reattach it to the frame.

Maintain Your Yard
Yard maintenance can have a big impact on bug infestations, especially when it comes to mosquitoes and fleas. Mosquitoes need a water supply in order to breed, so eliminating pooled water in your yard is one of the top ways to reduce the mosquito population. This can not only help you to better enjoy time spent in the yard, but will also reduce the number of bugs that are trying to enter your home.

To eliminate pooling, look for areas where water tends to collect in your yard. If you find standing water on your lawn, you may have a thatch buildup. Aerating the lawn can reduce this problem and allow water to naturally absorb into the soil. Another common problem is poor drainage, which is related to the slope of the Earth. You can try to add fill dirt yourself to correct this, or have the yard professionally regraded.

It’s also important to maintain regular drainage channels, such as gutters and drains. Keep them free from leaves, grass clippings and debris so they’re able to operate effectively. If you have a pool, keep it chlorinated and filtered, even when not in use. Change the water in your fountains or birdbaths twice a week to keep mosquito eggs from hatching in them.

While you’re working on your yard, be sure to remove any piles of leaves or debris. These areas are the perfect hiding spot for insects to hide and reproduce, preparing themselves for an infestation that can be difficult to eliminate.

Repair Cracks
Given the microscopic size of many bugs, it’s not hard to believe that they can enter the home through cracks or holes that are nearly invisible to the homeowner. That’s why sealing cracks on your home’s exterior can be one of the best ways to bug-proof your home. One good guideline to keep in mind is this: If a pencil can slide into a crack or gap, a young mouse can also fit through, as can an endless stream of insects.

Start by examining the exterior of your home with a critical eye. Look for damaged or missing sections of siding, cracks in foundations, loose or crumbling brick and rotted wood. You’ll be surprised by just how open and inviting your home is when you pay attention to the number of openings you find.

To keep bugs out, use mortar or cement to patch foundations and masonry walls. Clear away damaged bricks and add new ones, filling the joints with mortar. Replace rotting wood or trim, and repair or replace damaged sections of siding or cladding. Consider adding a layer of cementitious backerboard to areas susceptible to termite damage, including exposed foam insulation or wood sheathing. Pay particular attention to the roof line, where bees and wasps frequently build nests. Gaps or holes in the fascia board or soffit can lead to a dangerous encounter with a stinging insect in your home.

To really seal your home and repair small cracks, take time to enjoy the wondrous properties of caulk. Caulk is cheap, easy to apply and can go a long way towards keeping bugs out. Add caulk around window frames, as well as around any air intake or exhaust grilles. Use caulk to patch small cracks in foundations and siding, or use it to seal joints where the siding meets the roof or foundation. Latex varieties are best if you plan to paint over them, while clear silicone caulk is more flexible and less likely to dry out and crack over time.

Seal Around Pipe Penetrations
If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve had to deal with utility installation at some point. Whether it was a new cable line, Internet service or phone wiring, the installers likely ran the lines into your home through holes drilled in the exterior walls. The more conscientious installers may have added sealants or caulk around these lines on your home’s interior, but what about on the outside? Most likely, there are at least some utility or pipe penetrations in your walls that are surrounded by large gaps, providing an open invitation for insects.

Some common types of through wall penetrations include those made for water, gas, electrical or air-conditioning piping. Check the entire exterior of your home for these types of openings, as they may be located at either ground level or along the roof line. Often, you can visually follow cable and telephone lines from outside poles to find the path they take into your home. Don’t forget to check around outdoor faucets and electrical outlets.

Fill smaller gaps or cracks using pipe sealants or caulk. For larger openings, look for expandable polyurethane foam. Some installers prefer to add copper mesh or steel wool as a base layer behind this foam to deter insects that may bore through.

Cover Large Openings
Some of the largest holes in your home’s exterior are more difficult to cover. After all, you can’t exactly fill your chimney or roof vents with caulk. To fill larger openings and keep bugs out, use very fine wire mesh, often called hardwire cloth. This material comes in rolls that can be stapled over holes to keep out pests. It not only keeps bugs out, but can prevent squirrel and raccoon infestations, which often bring fleas, ticks and other insects into the home.

Look for large holes on the roof, which are often found at the chimney and roof vents. A pre-fabricated chimney cap can be used in lieu of wire mesh, and may be more successful at keeping a variety of pests out of the chimney. Wire mesh should also be installed over holes in crawl spaces and basements, as well as over grilles, vents and registers.

Some vents have pre-installed dampers, which are designed to keep bugs out. Check to see if yours are operating properly, and repair or replace the dampers as necessary. You can also replace existing grilles or vents with screened models that are designed to keep bugs out.

Don’t Invite Bugs To Dinner
No matter how many ways you try to bug-proof your home, there’s likely going to be some way for them to enter your house. To keep them from making themselves at home, get rid of their favorite amenities. This means eliminating clutter, as well as unprotected food and water sources. Without these resources, bugs will move on to the next house and leave you in peace.

A cluttered home is an easy breeding ground for bugs. Hidden by piles of newspaper or in a packed cupboard, insects can reproduce in huge numbers before they’re even discovered. By that point, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them. Keep clutter to a minimum, and end infestation before it begins.

Insects also need a source of food to survive. Keep them from dining in your home by storing all food in airtight containers and storing unsealed food products in the refrigerator whenever possible. Limit food consumption to a single area of the home, and wipe up crumbs or spills quickly.Wash dishes immediately after use, or put them into the dishwasher.

Don’t forget pet food, which can be a tempting treat for ants and cockroaches. Put pet food away after mealtimes, or invest in a bug-proof container, which gives your pet access to food while keeping insects out.

Store Trash Properly
Just as one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the trash cans in a home can be a gourmet smorgasbord to cockroaches and other pests. To prevent bugs from feasting on your trash, proper storage and handling are critical.

Keep food trash in the kitchen and not in wastebaskets throughout the house. The trash should be placed in a can with a lid, and should be emptied each night. Exterior cans should have self-closing lids along with tight seals to keep insects out. All interior and exterior trash receptacles and recycling bins should be cleaned and sanitized regularly, especially if they’re exposed to spills.

If you keep a compost bin, it should have a secure lid and should be lined with hardwire cloth to keep bugs from feasting. Be sure to remove fully composted materials every three to six months.

Keep Foundations Clear
Because your home’s foundations are the closest part of the house to the ground, they’re also one of the most common entry spots for bugs. By keeping foundations clear and protected, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of infestation.

Insects such as termites, ants, fleas and spiders are particularly good at breeding and thriving in wet areas. By keeping moisture away from your foundations, you can make it more difficult for them to reproduce. Keep piles of wood, leaves, mulch or grass clippings away from foundations, and place firewood far away from the house to avoid tempting termites.

Check for gaps along the foundation and siding joints as well. Often, the bottom row of siding or trim is not securely sealed to the home and provides a gateway for insects. Check up under this row for gaps or poor connections, and use trim, caulk or foam to fill this space.

Many homeowners choose to use chemical insecticides or termicides to treat their foundations, and these treatments are often unavoidable. For a more natural solution, consider placing boric acid or diatomaceous Earth at the base of these walls. These substances are non-toxic and will not harm pets or family members.

Encourage Natural Predators
One of the simplest methods for bug-proofing your home is to rely on the insects’ natural predators for help. Small insects are the main source of food for a large number of birds and bats. Warblers and swallows, in particular, are potent mosquito killers [source: Lyric Bird Food]. Bats eat a much larger variety of bugs and pests, including wasps, flies, spiders, mosquitoes and even scorpions.

To encourage birds to help with your pest control efforts, it helps to provide trees and bushes where they can establish nests. Add a fresh water supply, and change it often so that it doesn’t grow stagnant. You may also wish to add a birdseed or nectar feeder to supplement their insect-based diet.

Many homeowners may be hesitant to encourage bats in their yard, despite their ability to help control insect populations. Fortunately, bats sleep during the day and only fly at night, which means you’re unlikely to even notice them. As you’re sleeping they’ll be hard at work getting rid of bugs before they can crawl their way into your home. Encourage bats by installing a bat house or roost in your yard.


How To Kill Bed Bugs

Learn how to kill bed bugs on your own, or in conjunction with a good exterminator. Most importantly, education is the key to successful bed bug control. So do not rush into the elimination process. By doing so, you might make things worse. Treating your home for these nasty parasites is an extremely detailed process. If you are not willing to properly educate yourself before taking action; then we recommend that you contact our bed bug exterminators immediately. Click here to read more about how our services can help you.

As an initial gut reaction to this pest, many people do things that are not recommended. Eradicating a bed bug infestation takes more than just throwing your bed to the curb. Likewise, setting off bug bombs will do you little good. People commonly make these types of mistakes right after they find an infestation. The best thing to do immediately after finding one bug, is to call an exterminating company. By doing so, results can be quickly achieved and overall cost can be minimized. Not everyone thinks in this fashion, and many people can’t afford a professional pest control treatment. So take the time to read this. Hope it helps!

When trying to kill bed bugs on your own, prepare your home before applying any pesticide. This is so beneficial- especially when doing it yourself. You will spend a lot of time and effort to do the prep work. Do not fool yourself into thinking that you will get control by taking 15 minutes spraying something from the hardware store. Seriously consider taking the time to do the prep work. Click to download our bed bug preparation guidelines.

Beyond Preparation: How To Start Killing Bed Bugs
A bed bugs feeding habits naturally place them within 5 feet of their resting host. As a result, focus your treatments in these areas. Also keep in mind that these soft-bodied insects are really good at hiding. They do so in order to protect themselves from being squished. Since they sandwich themselves between two objects, bug bombs are not going to reach them. On top of that, the use of this type of product can supposedly move them into odd locations. Keep these critters undisturbed until you are ready to do a thorough treatment.

Performing a bed bug treatment is a physical job. Not only do you have to disassemble everything; you have to treat every seam, crack, and crevice. Most customers struggle through the preparation portion. It is a rather daunting task to do it yourself from start to finish. Beds will need to be disassembled, drawers pulled out from dressers, couches flipped over, carpet pulled up, and other such tasks. Our average time to treat a single bedroom is over an hour. While treating you must visually scan everything with precision. This takes patience and diligence.

Important Note About Pesticides
Pesticides kill insects and are therefore inherently toxic. Using them improperly can affect your health and the health those exposed to it. If you choose to apply pesticides for any reason, disregard anything that is written, spoken, or implied by Lakewood Exterminating. Strictly follow the Label directions for the specific pesticide product that you are applying. Every product is different so read the Label in its entirety before application. The Label is the Law.

The Decision To Do It Yourself
Getting rid of bed bugs is not about finding the right product(s) to use. Education is the key to any successful bed bug control plan. Before deciding to go about performing your own bed bug treatment, you must learn not only about the treatment process, but about the pest itself. Bed bugs hitchhike from one place to another. Your flawless treatment won’t get you anywhere if you keep reintroducing them into your home from other locations. Teach yourself about where bed bugs can be picked up, and how to prevent introducing them into your home.

Also learn their life cycle. Figure out how to identify the eggs, nymphs, and adults. Learn everything you can about bed bugs and their control before deciding to treat them on your own.

Top 6 Ways To Kill Bed Bugs
1. Encase your mattress
We recommend using Protect-A-Bed Allerzip Mattress Encasements. Doing this eliminates potential hiding places. They make your bed really easy to inspect and treat. You can simply wipe any bug off without much detail.

Another benefit is that any bed bugs or eggs are trapped inside. Bed bugs live around one year. So make sure the encasement remains intact for a minimum of one year.

Why throw out your bed when you can encase it? New beds cost hundreds of dollars. For that much money, you might as well hire an exterminator. Bed bug encasements can get pricey, especially for larger sized beds. But the money can be well worth it. The time you save not having to treat your mattress and boxsprings can be worth the cost of the encasement. Also it is possible to trap an early bed bug introduction inside the encasement. This product makes treating for bed bugs so much easier. It would be silly not to use them.

2. The Pantyhose And Vacuum Trick
Some infestations are so early that you literally will not see a single bed bug the entire time. Other times you plenty of them. They form clusters or hide out alone. What better way to get rid of them than with a vacuum?

While you might not be able to suck up all of them, you can quickly make a dent. Short of spending 30 grand on a heat injector system, the vacuum is the next best tool in our opinion.

The secret is to insert a pantyhose into the hose and secure the open end with a crack and crevice attachment. When you finish sucking bugs, simply pull the pantyhose out and dispose of it in a sealed container.

3. Eco-Raider Botanical Insecticide
You will likely have to purchase Eco Raider online. It is a specially formulated blend of essential oils that kills bed bugs on contact. It also leaves a residual that keeps killing even after it dries. Not many other natural products provide effective residual control against bed bugs.

It is generally considered safe for use around children and pets, As with most essential oil based pesticides, the active ingredients may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

This stuff does leave a strong odor. Some people like it, some do not. Some people think it is too expensive. One 32 oz spray bottle can treat a one bedroom apartment. In our opinion it works as good, if not better, than any other bed bug spray.

4. Cimexa Dust
Cimexa Dust works wonders to treat wall voids and other such crevices. Use it during initial treatments in areas that spray won’t reach. Apply it very lightly in a dust applicator. This also works well during follow-up treatments to treat areas that were sprayed initially. A paint brush can be used to work it into couch crevices, dresser seams and other such places.

The key is to apply it into cracks and crevices where it will stay put. If you can see the white- you applied too much. This product acts as a desiccant that dries out pests. It’ll dry out your nose too. Wear a dust mask during application and keep it from going airborne. Use very minimal amounts applied according to Label directions.

5. Pest Strips and Banana Bags Trick
Many exterminators use pest strips to treat couches, lamps, and other hard to treat items. If you choose to use this method, only do so if the Label allows such use. The pest strips we are describing contain the active ingredient DDVP, otherwise known as dichlorvos.

Secure items to be treated in Banana Bags, or similar container, that will remain sealed air tight. Alternatively it might be possible to seal off a closet containing bed bug infested items.

Place items inside your chosen container so that there is open airspace between them. Apply the correct amount of pest strips in with the items. Seal the container so that it is airtight and that it will remain that way throughout the treatment process.

The active ingredient, DDVP, gives off a vapor that kills bed bugs and their eggs. When the product is used not according to its Label, the vapors have the potential to cause a serious health risk. When used properly, adults will die in around 3 days. All life stages of bed bugs can be eliminated in about 3 weeks.

6. Install ActiveGuard Liners
ActiveGuard Liners are probably the most undervalued bed bug control tool on the market. When placed on a bed, they can prevent introductions from becoming infestations for over one year. Therefore you can use them even if you don’t have bed bugs. This is a great tool for hotels, or for individuals who are subject to exposure through their occupation. The Ohio State University is planning on using this as their main control tool in their protocol for management of bed bugs in low income housing.

ActiveGuard liners are like a fitted sheet that can be placed any which way on the mattress or boxsprings. We apply them on the underside of boxsprings to minimize potential skin contact to those using the bed. The active ingredient is Permethrin. It is embedded into the fabric. This low rate of pesticide does not kill on contact. It is just enough to mess up their body functions and reproduction, which soon leads to death.

We recommend that you use this method when the current bed bug population has been reduced to a very minimal amount. It can be used in those situations where you don’t see them but keep getting bit. Or if they randomly keep appearing weeks after a treatment. How ever you decide to use it, we highly recommend that you do.


5 Tips for Safer Pest Control

Household pests are a part of life. Everyone will likely have to deal with them in their home at some point. In the past, the natural tendency was to eliminate pests using chemicals. However, we now know that many of the pest control chemicals of the past were both toxic and too broad in their usage. While it is sometimes still recommended to use chemicals to eliminate pests, the chemicals used today are much safer. Let’s take a look at some useful tips for your own safer pest control.

Prevention is the Key
You don’t have to worry about pest control if you prevent them from getting into your home in the first place. Inspect your home for holes and cracks as the seasons change. They can be in your screens, around your doors and windows or even in your foundation. If there is a way in, insects and rodents will find it. The other component of prevention is to make the interior of your home undesirable for pests. This means keeping your home clean and free from clutter. Don’t leave food or wrappers lying around, and make sure that your plants are well cared for and routinely inspected.

Try Natural First
In many cases, if you have a pest in your home, then a natural remedy may work. For example, if you have a mouse in your home you may be able to get rid of it with a live bait trap rather than poison. If you have insects on your household plants, then spraying them with neem oil or rosemary oil may get rid of them.

Small Applications
Treat the specific area where you’re having a pest problem rather than treating the entire home. This may not be possible in all scenarios; however, it’s often the best first step. For example, if you have ants, then a bait trap may work better than sprinkling poison over your entire kitchen.

Specific Applications
When you’re choosing a pesticide, make sure that you’re choosing one that is safe for indoor use. It should also be designed for the specific pest problem that you are treating. Whenever using a chemical inside your home, follow the label recommendations very carefully. If you’re not sure what type of insect or pest you’re dealing with, call an exterminator to help you identify the problem and the potential solution.

Open Windows
Good ventilation is always important when using chemicals in your home. Protect yourself during application by covering all of your exposed skin. Then open windows and get air flowing through your home to clear out the toxins in the air.


Beware of the harmful pests

House safety is one of the most important thing in the people’s lives. But the property may be in danger because of the nearby bugs existence. Termites presents one of the many pests examples activity of those instantly can harm your house.

These little creatures deal with your floor and walls, destroying them closely to foundation. And this state of things makes you face the problem of tolerating the insects. But you don’t want to, because all the items for your house were bought not to please them but for your own comfort. And that is understandable.

Horrendous and unhygienic rodent creatures can also spread infection within your house. Their timber, pipes and wire chewing actions are harmful and increase the fire risk. The problem escalates because of the most insurance policy inability to cover this kind of trouble, so you will have to take over the responsibility of repairing the damage consequences.

To avoid potential problems with pests, you should sometimes provide preventive pest control in your house. Despite the difficulty of discovering the infestation initial source, the periodic check-in for the bugs presence will keep your house in safety.


Steps to Take Before Calling Pest Control

Pest control services are available to help with bugs and other types of vermin, but there are a few steps you should take before giving the professionals a call. If you don’t take care of part of the bigger picture, the professional application of pesticides and traps may not be enough to guarantee long-term results.

Clean Up the Place
Just like bugs love the leaf litter of a forest floor, they also thrive in homes with layers of clutter and mess. It’s difficult to assess a problem that you can’t see, and a room strewn with newspapers, boxes, and trash can hide a lot of unsavory surprises. A hygienic space is not only pleasant for most human inhabitants, but it also helps to provide fewer hiding places for unwanted houseguests. Some of the creepy crawlies even eat paper and cardboard, so your spare boxes and neglected books may actually serve as a food source. Talk about devouring literature!

Clamp Down on Food
Paper products can be hard to limit, but everyone should be careful about open containers of the stuff that we humans consider food. Whether it’s pizza or salad, the things that appeal to hungry bipeds also tend to attract the little guys. Rather than getting frustrated with the moochers and freeloaders who refuse to buy their own food, consider making sure that any leftovers are immediately transferred to sealed containers. Be especially careful about sugar and other sweet residues, which can draw flies.

Address the Source
If you notice a problem, try to find out how it got inside. Leaving doors and windows open for ventilation can welcome more a cool breeze into the home. Maybe investing in a screen would be a good purchase. If you have a whole colony of bees nearby and your home has small children or people with allergies, then you probably need a professional. On the other hand, if there are only a few bees bumbling around, it may just be an opportunity for you to witness a dying species. If mosquitoes seem to be a problem in the yard, look for standing water, even in places like a bird bath or a discarded tire. Limiting the breeding grounds for mosquitoes can make a big contribution to neighborhood pest control.

Call in the Professionals
Make sure to recognize when a problem has gotten out of control. Plenty of thriller movies escalate through stages of horror a few increments at a time. You don’t want to end up cowering in your basement with a spray can and lighter, desperately trying to torch the vicious tarantula that has terrorized your home. DIY solutions are usually a temporary fix on their own, and it helps to have the perspective of someone with more experience in pest control. Take care of your home, and your family will benefit by extension. Vermin can make conditions unsanitary and even pose a danger to respiratory health for residents. It’s better to go ahead and make sure that any problem is decisively resolved.


Mouse Infestation Inside Your Home

Mouse emergencies are pretty rare events, even in our line of work. Rodents of all kinds will invade homes at any time of the year, but spring and fall are the mousiest activity times. In the spring, momma mice are looking for a place to produce their prodigy. In the fall, all the mice in the world are looking for somewhere warm to spend the winter. A mouse infestation may not be evident until you see some of the telltale signs at certain areas of your home.

Not all mice are mice. There are mice of course. We have deer mice and house mice locally. But we also have voles and shrews and chipmunks and red squirrels and ground squirrels. And rats too. American rats, roof rats, Norway rats and the ubiquitous sewer rat. All of these invade homes.

These rodents all do three things. They eat, poop and make nests, which are very different, depending on the rodent.

Mice chew up paper and fabrics and make loose piles to rest in.
Shrews are happy with a mouse type nest but add in bits of wood and pokier things.
Voles make nests that are very bird-nest-like in appearance and materials.
Chipmunks and squirrels leave a pile of nut and seed shells near the nest.
And rats make big nests of everything from fabrics to plastics to cardboard and wood. Some rats even fancy shiny things like tin foil, coins and jewelry. I once found a nest with a couple of old spoons in it.

As far as pooping and diets go, that all varies a bit too. The poops are all essentially the same shape but of different sizes and consistency. Bigger poop usually equals a bigger creature, while consistency and color tell of diet. And while all the above animals will eat the same things in a pinch…. each type of rodent has its own preferred foods, which only makes sense. After all, if they all preferred the same food, they would compete too much with each other, and that would limit their opportunity to live in harmony in your home.

Eliminating vermin from your home begins with a interior pest inspection to determine what kind of invader you have and where they are feeding, resting, traveling and reproducing. Next, we select the best treatment method for what we find. Sometimes that method is baiting. Sometimes it’s trapping. Sometimes it’s exclusion. Usually it is some combination of the three. Often it’s a one-time treatment. Sometimes a follow up treatment is advised. Each situation is a bit unique…. and that’s what makes it interesting!


5 Reasons You Should Have Regular Pest Control

The Importance of Regular Pest Control
Pest prevention is your first line of defense against bugs and rodents—bugs and rodents who want to invade your home or business, destroy your property and cost your hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage. If you’re seeing rodent droppings, cockroach tunnels or cockroach debris, you’ve already missed your window—you’ve already missed out on preventing the problem before it starts.

While some pests are visible and easy to detect, like cockroaches, others—like termites, for starters—can stay hidden under floorboards and inside walls for years, eating away at the foundation of your property and racking up costly extermination and repair bills. That’s just one reason you need preventative pest control. Need another—or another five?

1. Pests Degrade Human Health
Think infections and diseases from rodents and bugs are a thing of the past? Think again. Many common household pests, such as rodents, ticks and mosquitos, can carry dangerous diseases that can infect humans. Since there’s no way to know if a pest is carrying a disease until it’s too late, the best way to protect your home and family is with regular pest control.

2. Pests And Rodents Destroy Valuables
Termites, carpenter ants, carpet beetles and silverfish are just a few of the creepy crawlies known for destroying household objects and can be the most difficult to detect. Silverfish, for example, are tiny little bugs that live off of organic fibers – like your favorite book, a photo album of the kids or all those boxes you’ve been keeping in storage. The same goes for termites – most termite infestations go unnoticed for years and, by the time it’s visible, ridding the infestation is the least of a property owner’s concerns.

3. Protect Food And Other Perishables
Home and business owners know how important it is to keep pests and rodents away from food and other perishables. Nothing spells disaster like cockroaches in a restaurant kitchen on inspection day…

Even the cleanest kitchens struggle with cockroaches in warm climates like Memphis, especially when produce companies are carting goods in and out and grease is piling up under the stove, behind the refrigerator and in other hard-to-reach places. You can’t afford to wait until it’s too late to tackle these nasty invaders – it could cost you your business or your family’s health. Protect against indianmeal moths, house ants, cockroaches other pests and rodents by contacting Foundation Pest today.

4. “Do-it-Yourself” Doesn’t Cut It
We all love a good DIY project, but keeping your home or business pest-free is as likely to fail (just like most Pinterest projects…). Over-the-counter pest control products are usually a gimmick, always failing to meet the manufacturer’s promises and, at best, only put a Band-Aid on the real problem. Instead of wasting money buying repetitive treatments and subjecting your family to “bug bombs” and other ineffective products, invest in regular pest prevention from Foundation Pest. We’ll save you money in the long run—and the peace of mind is priceless.

5. Stress-Free is the Way to Be
Pests and rodents make everyone miserable. Nobody wants to wake up to cockroaches on the kitchen counters or moths eating their favorite blouse. Sometimes the smallest pests are the most stressful, as anyone that’s experience a termite infestation will tell you.


Top 5 Ineffective Home Remedies For Pests

You’ll see some crazy stuff when you venture into people’s homes that are struggling with pests. As a result, here are our top 5 worst home remedies for pests. Please note that we are an exterminating company. We see homes that fail to control their own pests. There are people that use home remedies successfully. It is unlikely that we will ever be exposed to such a person. Therefore the folowing information is strictly from our viewpoint.

#5 Boric Acid
We use boric acid products in our business to control ants, cockroaches, centipedes, earwigs, and small flies. We use scatter bait granules at nearly every home we service. As much as we love the boric acid products we use, we send caution to the wind. Most of our customers fail to control their ants and cockroaches using boric acid.

Borax and boric acid dust is often misapplied. Boric acid dusts should be only applied to cracks and crevices. It should not be left on surfaces. General rule of thumb: If you can’t see the color of the surface below, you put it on way too thick.

Another way to use boric acid is in bait. You can even mix some up yourself with proper proportions of sugar, water, and borax. Homeowners commonly use a brand of boric acid bait called Terro. Sugar feeding ants devour this bait.
It seems like every home is using Terro ant bait when we arrive. Our opinion of this bait is that it gives moderate results. While ants are attracted to the bait and feed on it; it often fails to eliminate the colony.

Why is this?
The main reason that boric acid fails to control ants is that it does not work fast enough. Boric acid bait cannot keep up with the growth of many ant colonies.
It is best utilized in early spring while ant colonies are still small. Your sugar and borax concoction will probably not control a multi queen colony of ants with thousands of workers.

Another reason boric acid baits fail is that ants often drown in liquid baits. Once this happens, most liquid baits will turn rancid. Ants will stop feeding on them. Always provide fresh bait until control is declared. Also keep in mind that most ants change their diets throughout the year. A sugar bait will not always be effective.

#4 Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is a great product to control soft bodied insects. It slices into the exoskeleton of insects, yet has little negative impact on the health of humans and pets.

Like a witch that is being attacked by zombies; people draw a circle of protection around walls, bed and furniture with diatomaceous earth. Just like zombies, pests crawl right over what seems like certain death by D.E.

What went wrong?

Okay so they sell large bags of diatomaceous earth at the store. Where do they sell the dusters? Applying dust formulations of pesticides is a skill. Even exterminators struggle to get it just right. So how is the consumer expected use it effectively without an application tool? Its like buying bulk ink without a pen; then expecting to write.

Dust needs to be applied so lightly that it can barely be seen. Imagine a snowflake. You want to apply diatomaceous earth across an area at the depth of one snowflake. Not an easy task to accomplish; especially when stores do not sell dust applicators. Therefore we are left dumping excessive amounts of D.E. around our homes.

#3 Dryer Sheets, #2 Mint Leaves
So yes people actually use dryer sheets to repel pests. This is a thing with bed bugs. People place dryer sheets under couch cushions and under their bed. Desperate people place them nearly everywhere. What would you do if something smelled badly, but you could not clean it up? You would probably just go far enough away to not let it bother you. But if you were hungry, you would force yourself to walk through it. Same thing with pests.

If you want to deter pests, then waste your time with dryer sheets and mint leaves. A better idea to deter pests naturally is to remove their food water and shelter. Instead of placing mint leaves under your sink for mice, clean the cookie crumbs from under your fridge.

#1 Mothballs
People use nontoxic smelly things to deter pests. Okay, not much harm in that. Putting your clothes in a cedar chest is a great example. This keeps stored clothes safe from clothing moths and other damaging pests. But if you do end up getting clothes moths, you can use mothballs. To treat infested clothing; you place the clothing in airtight containers with mothballs. Mothballs are a pesticide that slowly turns from a solid to a gas. The gas is toxic and will kill any clothes moths trapped inside the treated container. Mothballs are not intended to be used out in the open. Doing so can be very harmful to those exposed to the toxic gas.

Perhaps people think mothballs are harmless because they are such a time tested product. Not many people see mothballs as a pesticide. Most people see mothballs more as a home remedy. I would be willing to bet that the majority of mothballs sold in Cleveland, OH are not used to control moths. People think that throwing mothballs under their porch will get rid of their unwanted wildlife. This is not a labeled use of this pesticide. If a pesticide does not say you can use it against a certain pest in a certain area; then you cannot use it that way. You are breaking federal law by doing so. Use mothballs only as directed.