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Rodent Control

Rodent Control

Rodent Control

 

Rant Alert – Rodent Control – Rant Alert. If you have rodents, seen rodents or seen evidence from rodents, they will not go away on their on. If someone gets rid of some, others will move in, trust me on this. I have customers that use our bait stations for a few months and then say we are good. NOT THE WAY IT WORKS. A community will have an average amount of rodents, killing a few might slow the program but they will reproduce again and the same issues will reappear.

  • If you see one, there are more.
  • If there is one inside – don’t panic – call a ProFessional.
  • I don’t use bait inside, use traps then you know when you have caught one.
  • Bait is great outside, check the picture. You know you have issues because the bait is rounded off.
  • You can also gage the pressure if there is activity on all 4 bait.
  • If there is activity don’t exclude them inside. A trapped rodent could turn nasty and vicious. Once exterminated, then exclude.
  • If you snap traps, place away from pets.

Search the blog for related articles on rodents, rats etc. Call us for detail on our Rodent Control Specials. 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176

Rodent Guards

Rodent Guards

Rodent Guards

Rodent Guards

Rodent Guards are installed on the very flimsy plastic trim around the garage doorway. Often times this breaks or the rodent chews its way into the corner of the garage. This metal sheets prevent the rodent from chewing its way pass the trim. Remember rodents frequently use their whiskers to travel, as they turn a corner they round it and find their way into the garage. This weather stripping is light weight vinyl or rubber and frankly no match against this teeth of  a rodent.

Did you know?

  1. 40% of all mammals on earth are rodents.
  2. Those front teeth, incisors continue to grow.
  3. Rodents generally are rats, mice, squirrels, beavers, prairie dogs, hamsters porcupines and guinea pigs. In a separate group are rabbits. In Arizona we have had issues with rabbits chewing pool pump wires, ac lines and car wires.
  4. These rodents must constantly use these teeth as to wear them down or talk about a Dentist bill.

So if you see a rodent, see their droppings or see rub marks or a nest, its time to call ProBest 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176

Rodent rub marks

Rodent rub marks

Rodent rub marks

Rodent rub marks  are a certain indicator of rodent issue within a structure. Rodents have oils on their fur and this results in the oily shine on entry points. Rodents and pest in general are always looking for way to enter our homes.

What do you look for?

  • Obviously if you see rodents, rats and mice within the home.
  • Holes should be sealed.
  • Those weep holes need to be screened, they are needed to allow the house to breath.
  • Don’t clutter the outside of the home, more area for mice and rodents to build their homes.
  • Clean out your garages, de-clutter.

If the rodent is inside, don’t exclude them out just yet. We don’t trap them inside until we are sure they are out completely. No sense having a terrified and pissed off rodent inside with you and family. Another rule at least for ProBest is NO bait inside. Just a catastrophe waiting to happen. That also includes the attic, or suspended ceiling. I saw a bait placement throw pack, 1/2 out the weep hole outside ceiling eave once. Several dogs outside playing, can you just imagine? Don’t just place bait in the open available to children and pets.

Alleyways

Alleyways

Alleyways

Alleyways, side streets all pose a risk of trash buildup, which allows all kinds of scavengers a chance to feed. Birds, opossums, raccoons, rodents and feral animals will somehow always find a way to get the food. Pests including cockroaches, flies, earwigs and ants will find the food and carry it away. All in all its better to keep the areas clean, but we know our neighbors, right? We also know that all of these pest pose a significant threat to the Public Health, they carry disease and other pathogens. These  pathogens can cause stomach issues and affect us in many ways. Don’t get me started on flies, yuuuuuck. One minute in the garbage the next on your steak – throwing up and licking it up. Did I mention yuuuuuuuck. Even in the winter here, those bins can be nasty.

So what can we do?

  • Keep those areas clean, clean them frequently. Even if your not in an alleyway, keep it clean.
  • Keep the garbage lids down.
  • Recycle what you can, food can go into earth type recyclable bins and later into gardens.
  • I suggest bagging it, they have recyclable bags as well.
  • There are products like fly bags (they smell but if in alleyway its better) there are baits and things you can use near the trash sites.
  • Remember that fly can be in your house super fast, while it might take a few hours for the roach to make it there.
Garage Trim

Garage Trim

Garage Trim

The garage trim is an important feature in your home, its supposed to keep out stuff. Mice, bugs etc come around a corner and quite possibly find an easy way in. We feature a wide variety of home-seal techniques to keep the bugs/rodents out. Storm Shield is just a easy way to keep rain and bugs out, it compresses against the garage trim to make a seal. Over the years of living in a home, things wear out and need replacing. Door seal, window seals and even weep screens need checking. We also install Garage Door Rodent Guards, they adhere to the bottom of the runner/plastic trim on garage seals. They deter mice/rodents from gnawing at the base and gaining entry.

Wildlife & birds

I had a customer call once with a skunk inside the garage, I really thought it would just mousey on but it didn’t. They had left the garage door open and it decided to take up home in a cabinet. We had to trap the skunk, it wouldn’t leave. But is wasn’t before it decided to squirt one day, then they had to leave the door open. It even permeated the house, yuuuuuck! Birds and wildlife can also build nests in the dryer vent exhaust, we clean them and install a device to stop them from building or getting inside.

Rodent entrys

Rodent entrys

Rodent entrys and WHY should you be concerned? Mice and or rodents can cause significant problems in many ways and we will discuss them all.

  1. Allergens – caused by feces and urine, mice constantly urinate as they run.
  2.  Bite – yes they can and do bite.
  3.  Damage – yes they can cause extensive damage to wood, insulation and stuff.
  4.  They are also known carriers of salmonella and other bacteria.

 

Rodent entrys pose issues and I’ve probably have said it a 100 times, check your property monthly. This way nothing should get by you, like a raccoon moving into your shed. Or bees developing a hive that is huge in a tree or under hang area of your house. I hate surprises so knowing what is happening at your place. Whether home or business is crucial to living at your place. No one wants to walk out your door and be attacked by bees, living in a water meter box but it does happen. Look up, look down and check it all from the roofline to the base and check out the back yard and in the front. If you have regular pest control, the technician may bring to your attention anything they notice. I have many times found something either under a crawlspace or yard that needs attention. Check out my blog, every week I port what’s new in pest control in Arizona – the antics of a Pesty (Australian Slang)for a Pest Controller. Bugs/pest/rodents are so serious that they fall under many CDC regulations and Healthy Home Initiatives. That is a primary reason why we believe in IPM.

Mice Control

Mice Control

Mice Control

No matter what you do they will sneak in and gain access into your place. It can be the dreaded rat or mouse, and once in they are tough to chase out. But you can’t afford to let them take over your home or business, They need to live outside while you live inside. Mice in general prefer to build nest, they may be in out of way places or walls. You may see bits of chewed paper, or plastic in an attic area. You may smell fecal or urine smells or maybe even the odor of death.

Call a Professional, they know the little secrets and they know rodents and can help with Mice Control. They can identify feces and markings and plan the strategy to solve the issues.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to keep mice/rodents  out of your home: More mice/rodents = more issues

  1. They bite and can cause rat bite fever.
  2. Rodents carry parasites.
  3. Mice/rodents/rats can carry disease & bacteria on their bodies.
  4. Their urine & feces can influence asthma and contaminate lungs etc.
  5. They can damage your house by gnawing, or urinating in attics etc.
Pest Control Maricopa

Pest Control Maricopa

Pest Control Maricopa and a few extra area, including Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Gila Bend, Florence and Coolidge. We cover the entire Valley and sometimes depending on the issues the outskirts. The great thing about us, is that we handle downtown to rural. From Bees to Termites and of course everything in between like snakes and wildlife.

We just don’t kill things, we can often times figure out how they are getting in. The key to pest control is IPM and you hear me saying that daily. If you fix the problem outside before they enter the home, this often times cleans up the problem. Caulking and home sealing is essential in keeping out rodents and pests. Pest Control Maricopa County and all the towns, cities, villages and non-incorporated areas, are covered by our pest and termite services. Since 1981 we have worked hard to be the Professional you need to care for your home and family.

Maricopa County is the largest country in Arizona founded in 1918 and recently celebrated our 100th in 2018. Interesting to note there are approximately 4.5 million people as of 2019. So from 2000 there were 3,072,149 people, 2010 there were 3,817,117 people. That is over 1.4 million in 20 years, some pretty good growth and lots of opportunities in new endeavors and work. We do occasionally have issues with wildlife, moving into areas that previously they were not in. But as we do more construction we move them around.

So if you’re in need of any type of pest control service please check us out at 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176 ProBest Pest Management www.callprobest.com – Pest, Termite, Rodents and Weeds

 

Storage Units

Storage Units

Storage Units are for all our storage needs. People use them to store all sorts of stuff from furniture to stuffed animals. There can also be issues related with pests. These storage unit can be used by anyone to store anything. So by chance the next door person could bring in all types of bugs. From cockroaches to silverfish and anything in between. The ideal fix for this problem is to remind people that bugs travel. In my line of business I see a lot of bugs and I prepare for local bugs but I keep up with all the bugs in US.

A perfect example is Brown Recluse Spiders, from Texas north in a bell curve, not frequently seen in Arizona. We do have a Brown spider in Arizona related but not the same. Every time someone is bit, they claim it was a spider. Probably not, spiders prefer to leave you alone and only bite in response to being messed with.

The time to address pest needs is before they happen, there should be a rodent plan in place at your Storage Units. Rodents bring in snakes, the more rodent activity, the greater the chance of snakes. We do have rattlesnakes and they can do some damage if you are bitten. So being proactive is the key to keeping the rodent population in check. The newer the facility, may not have issues yet but keeping an eye out for your unit is beneficial. I’ve seen termites pop up in just a month, if some one brings in German Cockroaches they could soon be everywhere.

Rats & Cats

Rats & Cats

Rats & Cats, doesn’t seem right does it?

From everything I have read cats are supposed to hunt mice and rodents, maybe they didn’t read the same book I did. This is the absolute reason why pest control by a Professional is important. I’ve posted before that if you have rodents in your neighborhood, they will not go away on their own. Someone in your community probably doesn’t pick up their fruit or leaves the dog food out. So take a proactive stance and check your property and if you see something suspicious inform your neighbors. Don’t accuse just point out you saw something and maybe they will become proactive as well.

My House:

My house and subdivision have been around for over 30 years, but the pest situation is in check. A year or so ago I noticed some rodent activity plus my neighbor said her cat returned with a dead rat. I installed a few rodent stations and the problem is taken care of. I’ve have not noticed any activity in the last few months but the stations remain to take care of any new rats moving into the community.

Outdoor cats and dogs:

I will also comment to say that outdoor cats wreak havoc on the environment, often killing native birds and critters. Feral cats also cause  issues, like meowing at night, creating cat litter boxes everywhere to general public. They are also carriers of parasites and just like feral dogs can attack and cause harm. Keeping pets should be an indoor situation and better for them and the public. Rats & Cats, shouldn’t be spending quality time together. Feeding the neighborhood cats and/or dogs just brings continued issues to your surrounding neighborhood. Just my opinion on nature and how I think it works. Cats should be spayed/or neutered and the population reduced and this works better than just removing the excess cats. This opens up outside cats from other territories, from moving in.

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