Have Rodents Come Home for the Holidays? Know the Signs.
Despite the cold, the winter brings activities designed for comfort: snuggling under the covers during a holiday movie night, making hot cocoa and cookies, and roasting marshmallows over a fire. As much as we enjoy the creature comforts of winter, other creatures do the same. Disease-carrying mice and rats will chew their way through walls and windows or flatten their bodies to crawl through any tiny crack or crevice to get inside in search of warmth, shelter, and food.
Having rodents in your home (or business) is a serious problem. Not only do common species of mice and rats wreak havoc on a building’s structure, they also carry dangerous bacteria that can put your family, friends, and coworkers at risk for allergies and infection.
Here are the signs that rodents have come home for the holidays:
- Droppings – Since mice and rats leave droppings where they eat, you’ll often find this proof where you keep most of your food. Look for small, dark pellets in cabinets, pantries, cardboard boxes, and under sinks.
- Nests – If you see shredded paper, cotton, fabrics, or packing material lying around, you could have a pest nesting.
- Gnaw marks – Mice and rats will chew through nearly any type of material to get to food and water quickly, including plastic and lead pipes.
- Grease marks – Rats are dirty pests and their fur leaves dark grease or dirt marks along walls. Shine a flashlight onto areas of suspicion to see if any pests have found their way in.
- Noises – If you’re hearing bumps and scratches in the middle of the night, it’s likely nocturnal rodents scurrying between walls.
- Rodents themselves – Rodents are rapid breeders. Mice can get pregnant between five and 10 times a year, and rats can have up to six litters a year. If you actually lay eyes on just one of these sneaky pests, there are likely dozens of others around.
How to handle a rodent infestation:
You may think that over-the-counter rodent treatments are a good idea, but they fail to address the source of the infestation, and many contain chemicals that can be harmful to pets, children, and people with respiratory conditions. For safe and fast removal, you need to have a professional inspection performed by a pest control expert to determine the source of your problem, seal off the rodents’ point of entry, and remove the pests from your property.
With Command Pest Control’s advanced treatments and trained technicians on the case, your property is guaranteed to be protected. Our pest control experts create custom solutions that combine effective rodent extermination treatments with long-lasting preventative care. For the best pest control services in Arkansas, contact us today and receive a free estimate.
Where Do Mosquitos Go In the Winter?
The life cycle of a mosquito is much more complex than we may think. Although they can’t regulate their body temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, mosquitoes are still very much alive throughout the winter months. Here’s what you should know about mosquito life cycles and why these pests seem to disappear in the winter.
- Adults lay eggs and die in winter
Typically, each life cycle begins when temperatures reach below 50 degrees fahrenheit. Female mosquitoes find a collection of water, sometimes less than ½ an inch deep, and lay their final eggs for the season. Both the adult males and females eventually die due to the cold while their eggs that were laid enter a state of diapause – a process that halts their development during the coldest months.
- Eggs hatch in spring and begin feeding
When temperatures begin to warm during spring, the eggs come out of diapause and begin to hatch. These new mosquitos begin developing into full adults and typically seek out blood to feed on.
- New adult mosquitoes become dangerous to your family
When mosquito larvae hatch during the spring, offspring of infected mosquitoes may be carrying Zika Virus, and other dangerous diseases, making them not only a nuisance, but a threat to the safety of your family. One preventative measure to protect your family from mosquitoes is to eliminate bodies of water around your home – including flower pots, bird baths, and clogged gutters. Also consider drilling holes in other vessels which may accidentally catch and store rain – such as wheelbarrows and trash cans.
- Command Pest Control saves the day!
Sometimes, it takes more than preventative measures to handle a problem as rampant as mosquitos. Command Pest Control exterminators have the extensive training and specialized equipment required to quickly get rid of mosquitos on your property. To learn more about Command Pest’s extensive expertise in mosquito control, visit our Mosquito Control page and schedule your appointment today.
6 Pest Statistics Guaranteed to Make Your Skin Crawl
In celebration of our favorite number-themed holiday, Pi Day, we’ve consolidated some of our favorite, freaky statistics on pests. Ready to have your skin crawl? Take a look. They say numbers don’t lie…read more →
5 Things Homeowners Should Know About Pest Control
We don’t mean to scare you (actually we do), but your family isn’t the only one living in your home. That’s right, folks. Whether you see them or not, your home is a target to creepy, crawly, cringe-inducing critters. If they aren’t paying rent, it’s time to send them packing. To find out how, take a look at the five things that every homeowner should know about pest control.
Top 5 Insects You Hope to Never Encounter
From damage-causing termites, to disease-carrying rodents and everything in between, our Command Pest Control technicians encounter a lot of different types of pests each day. The worst kind, though? The stinging ones. More specifically– the clinch-your-fists, no-shame-in-crying, scream-like-a-girl stinging ones. We like to categorize these as simply “insects we hope to never encounter.” Take a look.
Bugs: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
As pest control specialists, you might expect us to refer to all pests as “bad bugs.” Although we appreciate a good alliteration, that statement is simply untrue. Instead, bugs tend to differentiate themselves into different categories– the good, the bad and the ugly.
Bug Blitz: Pests That Invade Your Home
“That time” of winter has finally hit. The time when the temperature shifts from biting cold to full-scale gnawing cold, and all Arkansas natives retreat to the comfort of their homes to pile on blankets, light the fireplace and cheer on their favorite AFC or NFC teams in the Super Bowl. What if we told you though, that humans aren’t the only ones trying to find a cozy home to watch the big game in? That’s right– pests are looking for winter homes too! Learn about who your team’s opponent is and how to keep your home off their roster.
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Command’s Pest Profile: Cluster Fly
At Command Pest Control we pride ourselves on being able to send pests packing. In order to do that though, we have to be able to identify which pests have claimed your home as their own. This month, meet one of the least harmful, yet most annoying, pests that might visit you this fall– the cluster fly.
Command’s Pest Profile: Boxelder Bug
In order to rid your home of the creepy crawlies that have infested, it’s important to be able to identify them. This month, meet one of fall’s most frequent visitors, the boxelder bug.
Command’s Pest Profile: Stink Bugs
Summer has officially left town, and there’s a sense of celebration in the air because it took the season’s swarming mosquitoes with it. You can finally relax critter-free, right? While fall has its benefits, it unfortunately isn’t immune to pest problems. In order to treat these issues, it’s important to be able to identify them. That’s where our pest profiles come in. This month, meet the stink bug.