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.
America’s Most Wanted: Garden Killers
Whether they were caught red-handed or you only know they’re there because of the damage caused to your plants, we have an entomological crime on our hands. We’ve rounded up the usual garden-gutters, but can you solve the case as to which one’s responsible for your flower bed’s failure?
Spring Cleaning for Pest Control
Along with plenty of beauty— sunny days, greener lawns and budding flowers— spring welcomes a lot of bugs. A lot means tens of thousands of hungry termites and ants with one thing on their minds…finding food. To help you put out an unwelcome mat at your home, we’re suggesting a few extra activities to add to your spring cleaning list.
Clean Out Your Gutters
It’s hard to find a better hangout for bugs than damp and dirty gutters. A big step to making your home bug-free this spring is to clean out your gutters*. And, while doing this, be sure to make sure all your downspouts are draining away from your home. You do not want water pooling close to the structure. Along with structural issues, providing a regular water source around the foundation of your home can lead to serious pest problems.
*If cleaning your gutters is difficult and/or dangerous, we suggest hiring a professional.
Clean Out Your Crawl Spaces
What do bugs do when you start your spring cleaning? They hide. And their favorite spots are those places in your home that you spend the least time in…like your crawl space. It’s dark, empty and often full of unwanted junk that makes the perfect shelter for pests. To make this area of your home less appealing to creepy-crawly visitors, take some time this spring to clean out your crawl space. And, just as important, make sure that this area is well ventilated.
Trim Bushes And Trees
Though not as easy to notice during the winter, the trees and bushes around your home grew a lot over the last year. Come Spring, those plants will need trimming*. It’s best to keep bushes and trees at least a foot away from your home’s structure to prevent easy access for pests such as ants, mice and spiders. If you have flowering bushes such as azaleas, you will want to wait a few weeks until they are no longer flowering to do the trimming.
*To make sure you do not harm your plants, we recommend consulting a professional landscaper before doing any major trimming,
If you encounter a pest problem that you can not get under control, call us at 1-800-GOT-BUGS. Our team of professionals has been serving residents in Northwest and Central Arkansas for 25 years. You can depend on Command Pest Control to send your pests packing…for good!
Serving your pest control needs with two locations in the state: Little Rock (10401 Colonel Glenn Road) and Springdale (833 Jerome Drive).
Your Home’s Top 5 Rooms- According to Pest
With 2019 well underway, you’ve been busy making (and possibly keeping) resolutions for a happier, healthier new year. As you do this though, don’t neglect the place where the resolution planning happens– your home. Read on to learn where creepy crawlies are sneaking in this season and how you could have a pest-free new year.
All I Want for Christmas Is You (And a Pest-Free Home)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and between gingerbread houses and Santa’s milk and cookies, homes across the world are filling with family, friends and sugary smells of sweet treats in the oven. If you’re not careful though; pantry pests will join you for dessert faster than your hot chocolate can cool down. Learn how to keep them away by following our tips and tricks.
When Rodents Show Up for Dinner
Happy Holidays! As you perfect your pumpkin pie recipe and finish tidying the house in preparation for hosting, remember that your friends and family aren’t the only ones who’d enjoy spending the holiday season with you– rodents would too! Be on the lookout for these signs that uninvited dinner guests may already have crashed your party.
Halloween Guide to Pest Control
Who needs to visit a haunted house when you have real-life creepy crawlies lurking in the shadows of your home? Unlike ghost and goblin decor though; rats, bats and bugs are looking for a safe-haven from the upcoming seasons and will happily hang around long after October 31 has been marked off your calendar. So homeowners, take our advice, and follow these tips to stop pests from causing unwanted scares.
The Ants Go Marching: How to Keep Your Home Free of Ants
Ants are amazing creatures. Instead of lungs, they breathe through microscopic holes all over their bodies, and as survivors of both the extinction that killed the dinosaurs and the Ice Age; they’re living proof that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Unfortunately, this strength combined with Arkansas’s climate, creates the perfect storm for ants to invade your home, where they can pose several health risks to humans pets alike. Yes, it is indeed a bug’s life, but there are a few simple things you can do to make it more difficult for them to get indoors.
Yes, it is indeed a bug’s life, but there are a few simple things you can do to make it more difficult for ants to get indoors. Read on.
Pest-Free Treatments Should Also Be Pet Friendly
For many of us, pest control treatment means the assurance that our families, including those four-legged family members, are kept safe and healthy. But what can you do to make sure that the bug-killing chemicals applied to your yard sends pests packing– and not pets? You follow these simple steps.
5 Easy Ways to Keep Bugs from Your BBQ
Nothing says “summer” quite like a sunny afternoon, a hot grill and a backyard BBQ with close friends. Those ants, flies and mosquitoes though? They weren’t invited. Follow our top 5 pieces of advice to keep them away, so you can enjoy your burger with a side of fries– not flies.