Rodents in attic

Rodents and your attic

The attic and mice or rodents can be a real issue for homeowners. By now you should know that flies are my evil #1 pests and rodents rank as #2. That whole thing of flies landing in your backyard and then getting in and laying on your food just grosses me out. But anyway back to rodents, mice urinate as they walk and rats and mice will defecate almost anyplace. They can track over the ground and then scurry across your food, they can spread salmonellae and other parasitic diseases.  They also are known for the carry of Black Death or Bubonic Plague.

Just one mouse or rodent in the house, is one too many. So what do you do to prevent rodents from getting?

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  1. Check your property for holes and entry points.
  2. Fix screen, windows and doors. Use thresholds and door guards.
  3. Check weep holes and replace, they do wear out.
  4. Don’t allow clutter around the house.
  5. Trim trees and bushes from the home.
  6. Don’t allow sprinklers to hit the home.
  7. Call ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328 for help in any matter related to pests.

Signs of rodents

Signs of rodents

What do you look for with signs of rodents? Rodents are a big deal, no matter what you hear from people. They can carry diseases, they urinate and spread feces in inappropriate areas and can spread germs. Remember they helped facilitate  the spread of Bubonic Plague. So in my opinion no mice or rodents should ever be allowed in a home or business.

What should you do?

  1. Always do a check of your property.
  2. Seal any holes and check for anything unusual.
  3. Pick up fruit.
  4. Clear clutter.
  5. If you see anything unusual call a Pest professional like ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328

Aprehend Bed Bug

Aprehend Bed Bug

Aprehend® Bed Bug – Fungal spores biopesticide – natural fungal disease new technology. When the bug comes into contact with a treated surface, the fungal spores stick to its feet and body and are taken back to its harborage areas. The spores transfer easily between bed bugs by direct contact, targeting bed bugs that do not leave the harborage area. After 24 hours, the spores will germinate, like seeds, and penetrate directly through the cuticle of the bed bug. Once inside, the fungal disease grows in the blood system, killing the bed bug with 3-10 days.

The fungus in Aprehend® is called Beauveria bassiana GHA.  It is highly effective against bed bugs. Biopesticides are usually inherently less toxic than conventional pesticides. Biopesticides generally affect only the target pest and closely related organisms. In contrast to broad spectrum, conventional pesticides that may affect organisms as different as birds, insects, and mammals. Convenient for businesses as well.

The EPA summary on risk to human health is as follows:

When applied as a pesticide to control bed bugs indoors, EPA concludes that use of Beauveria bassiana GHA will not result in unreasonable adverse effects to humans.

The Aprehend® SDS uses the signal word ‘Danger’ because some of the components of the oil formulation are ‘Petroleum Distillates.’ These products should not be inhaled. For this reason, respiratory protection must be worn during application of Aprehend® and residents and pets should not re-enter areas where application has taken place for 4 hours. This ensures that all spray droplets have settled and no longer pose an inhalation risk.

How do you get bed bugs?

Bed bugs need to be introduced into an environment. They do not jump or fly but are excellent hitch-hikers and can be transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture and various other objects. Risk for bed bug exposure increases in several of the following situations:

  • Purchasing or using second-hand furniture and mattresses
  • Entertaining or being an overnight guest
  • Staying in hotels, college dormitories, boarding schools
  • Children coming home from summer camp

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Facts just the facts

Facts: remember the show – “Just the Facts please just the facts.

A few Facts.

  1. All scorpions are venomous but only about 25 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being. We only have one in Arizona that is a concern however there have been no deaths attributable is some time.
  2. Termites were once classified in a separate order from cockroaches, but recent phylogenetic studies indicate that they evolved from close ancestors of cockroaches during the Jurassic or Triassic.
  3. New reproductive termites are winged, and able to fly. This is the time when most people think they are ants, but unlike ants they have straight antenna and no pinched waist.
  4. Scorpions are known to be one of the oldest animals on earth, 430 million years ago and emerged from the Oceans.
  5. Arachnophobia is the fear of Spiders. It is one of the most common fears in the world. It probably affects about 10% of men and 50% of women.
  6. Houseflies existed 65 million years ago! I hate flies!
  7. In Arizona we have wind scorpions or the Arizona sun spider, these eight-legged creatures aren’t technically spiders at all.
  8. Boxelder bugs can congregate on buildings and home, they are a real threat except to some plants and the best measure to keeping them out is home seal and vacuum when they do get inside.
  9. Did you know that the Arizona State Bug is the Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly?

Facts

Termite signs

Termite signs

What are the Termites signs? Have you ever seen paint that looks like it’s peeling and then you investigate and there is dirt within. Yep, termites. This is what I look for at baseboard levels and or the ceiling area. The paint looks like it is warping and then you pick and it gets worse.

The key factor in determining termites is the presence of dirt within the wood, lack of dirt may be Drywood Termites or even fungus growth. I suggest calling a termite inspector and have them give you an expert opinion. That is why they are paid to do what they do, training and knowledge. They also carry some tools that may help with the inspection, they can also get into attics or crawlspaces that may be difficult for you.

Termite signs

Windows to termites

Windows to termites, what up with this?

Windows aren’t usually an issue for termites.  Termites can show up in some strange places, this is a bathroom window. Obviously they are coming down above the window or maybe they just wanted a better view. But we know we definitely know we have termites. So now what to do and where are they coming from, floating slab – probably, we did check outside but no evidence. Showers can be extremely tricky especially drilling close to pipes and ceramic floors.

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Seal it up

Seal it up, your house that is.

Do you know what the biggest thing you can do to stop pests from getting into your house – seal it up. We have a lot of pests in Arizona that can get into our homes, from scorpions to rodents. So it is absolutely essential to seal up your home or business. Now I don’t suggest you do it now, it’s to hot but is can be a great winter project or better yet call ProBest Pest Management at 480-831-9328.

We have tried several caulks to see what works best, the more silicone the better. The only issue you will use all your muscles to squeeze it out, so pick a section of house and take your time. Also use a hose to maneuver the caulk where you want it. Scorpions are the biggest headache we have in Arizona. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has some suggestions and useful information at their site, check them out.

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The Birds

The Birds

I really hate the mess these birds make, they poop and we track it in. A lot of animals create havoc in our lives including rodents and pigeons. They can build nest within our homes and after we get rid of them we may have secondary issues with parasites and other potential critters. I also hate the idea of them spreading the germs and bacteria into our lives, but I guess they were probably here first.

What options do you have?

  • Bird spikes (I prefer the wire ones)
  • Bird shock tracks
  • Hardware cloth
  • Deterrents like flag and mylar
  • Hotfoot

Don’t use chicken wire or rocks to deter them. Chicken wire looks bad and they will go around the stones or bricks.

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Doors and bugs

Doors and bugs

Doors and how bug get in? Have you ever noticed the abundance of flying bugs near your front porch door, it’s the light? Its not just the flying insects but spiders love to hang out near the abundant food source. So if you switch to a yellow light the bugs will reduce in numbers. This is actually a IPM or Integrated Pest Management solution to reducing pesticide in and around your home. You will notice I said reducing the amount of pesticide because you may still have to use it judicially on key areas of pest concern.

 

Doors

No to Foam

No to the Foam

Foam can be a attractive way to seal but in my book, NOT. It all depends on the circumstance and the application. I think it just creates a mess and it’s not easy to clean up. Remember it expands and then you have to trim it. Mice, rats and rodents in general can just chew their way through this stuff, so you must use some type of steel or cooper wool to prevent them from getting in.

  • check your home frequently to prevent possible infestations.
  • investigate crawlspaces and attics.
  • cut down on water around the home.
  • if you see something but are unsure consult with an expert ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328

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