Most people with rodent problems never actually see the pest they are dealing with. Instead, they see, smell or hear signs that the pest is present, rather than coming face to face with them. As such, it is important to know what the signs are so you can immediately call in help to remove them before they begin to multiply. Here are six of the most common signs that you may have a rodent problem in your home.
If you have a rodent problem, you may begin to find visible droppings around your house. The size of the droppings vary based on the rodent you are dealing with, but the droppings are often black and may be about the size and shape of a grain of rice. If you are dealing with rats, the droppings may be a bit fatter and longer, but still rice-shaped. The droppings may be anywhere the mice or rat is traveling, including in your kitchen for food.
Foul, Urine-Like Odors
Another sign that rats or mice are present is foul, urine-like odors. Does it smell like there is pee in your house and you can't figure out where it is coming from? There is a good chance that mice, rats or other rodents have a nest behind the walls in your home and the urine you smell is coming from there.
Rub and Gnaw Marks on Wood
Rodents love to rub and gnaw, especially on wood. If you begin to notice what looks like rubbing or gnaw marks on your wood trim or other wood items, you likely have a rodent problem. Shredded up insulation in your crawl space or attic is also a tell-tale sign of these pests.
Tracks or Runways
Rodents like to make what are known as tracks or runways once they settle in. They clear a path making it easy for them to run to a food or water source from their nest. If you notice what looks like a clear path from your kitchen into another part of your home, rodents have likely set up a path or runway in your home.
Most rodent nests are pretty well hidden. As such, it is fairly rare that you will come across one. However, if you happen to be doing electrical work behind your wall, or working in your attic or crawl space, you may come across a rodent nest. A rodent nest is often made of warm materials like insulation, shredded paper or wood shreds.
The last sign that you may have a rodent problem is scampering noises. Do you think you may hear things running around late at night? You likely hear rodents. Rodents move around your home when it is dark out. If you hear scampering noises, the rodents in your home are likely searching for food.
Have you noticed one or more of these signs in your home? If so, there is a good chance that you have a rodent problem. At Perfection Pest Control, we can help you to get the pests out and keep them out for good. Give us a call today to get started.
As the weather gets cooler, you’ll start seeing fewer flies, wasps and other common summer pests around. However, there are still cold weather pests that you might have to deal with. The following are a few of the more common pests that can be a problem for homeowners and commercial property owners in fall and winter.
Mice and rats stay busy outside for the most part during the warmer part of the year. When the temperatures start to drop, though, these rodents look for warm and safe places to hang out indoors. If these pests find their way into your home or business, they can end up causing serious damage and health problems.
Exposure to rat or mouse droppings and urine can put you at risk of getting sick. Having these pests inside your walls and other parts of your home or business could also lead to property damage and fire hazards if they chew through drywall, wiring and other materials. You can keep these pests out by sealing up any holes, gaps and other openings around your home, such as around doors and windows or in the foundation.
Some types of spiders are commonly seen inside homes or businesses when the weather gets colder. In the Cincinnati area, brown recluse spiders are the main concern when it comes to cold weather pests. These spiders have a venomous bite that can lead to serious health complications for some people. Brown recluse spiders tend to stay in quiet areas that provide them with shelter, such as cardboard boxes. They can also be found inside shoes or clothing that you don’t wear often.
To keep brown recluse spiders and other spiders away, trim bushes, shrubs, and trees near your home. Keeping unused shoes and clothing items in plastic storage bins can also reduce your risk of having these spiders around.
Cockroaches are pests that never seem to go away. When the weather gets cooler, you might see these pests roaming around your kitchen, bathroom and other areas of your home or business. Cockroaches spread germs while they crawl over surfaces, and their droppings can also trigger health issues in those with asthma or allergies. These bugs can fit through tiny cracks and crevices, making them hard to catch.
Keeping cockroaches away involves making sure that you don’t have crumbs or other food sources around for them. Empty your garbage, sweep floors and wipe down counters and tables regularly. Fixing leaky pipes, which are a source of water for them, can also help discourage these pests from hanging around your home or business.
If spiders, roaches, rodents or other cold weather pests are giving you trouble in your home or business, contact Perfection Pest Control for service. Our pest control experts in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky can find and eliminate these pests for you.
Bed bugs are showing up in an increasing number of places around the country, including hotels and other public places, as well as homes. As a homeowner or a business owner, it’s important for you to learn more about these pests. Bed bug infestations need to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent these pests from causing major problems.
Fact: Bed Bugs Can Be Found Anywhere
Bed bugs aren’t just a problem for homeowners or for those who stay in hotels. These pests have been showing up in a wide range of places, including stores, airplanes, schools, buses and movie theaters. Bed bugs are adaptable pests that can live in many different places as long as they have food sources around, which means anywhere that humans live. These pests need a blood meal to survive, although they can go a long time without feeding.
Fact: Bed Bugs Aren’t Just Found in Urban Areas
There’s a misconception that bed bugs are only found in big cities in the U.S. However, these pests have been found in every state, including urban, suburban and rural areas. They tend to be found more in urban areas than in rural areas since there are larger populations living there. Urban areas also have people moving around from place to place more often, which makes it easier for bed bugs to travel to different areas.
Fact: Bed Bugs Are Hardy and Resistant to Some Treatments
Bed bug infestations need to be handled thoroughly since these pests can reproduce in large numbers and inflict irritating bites on people. Dealing with them effectively can be a challenge, though. These pests can survive for several months without feeding, which allows them to hide out as long as they need to. Bed bugs are also showing resistance to some products that are typically used to get rid of them. This has made it harder for homeowners and business owners to try eliminating these pests on their own. Turning to a professional pest control company is crucial to completely get rid of bed bugs.
Fact: Bed Bug Saliva Acts as an Anesthetic
While it’s common to wake up with bites on exposed parts of your skin when you have a bed bug infestation, you’re much less likely to feel these bites when they occur. Bed bugs have saliva that acts as an anesthetic, which allows them to feed on blood in a short amount of time without causing you any pain or discomfort. However, you might wake up with bites that are itchy or uncomfortable as the anesthetic effect wears off.
If you have a bed bug problem in your home or business, contact Perfection Pest Control today. Our company provides quality pest control in the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky areas for residential and commercial customers.
Mice are common pests that can cause problems for homeowners and business owners, but how much do you know about them? While they can be a nuisance by contaminating food, spreading germs and gnawing on wood and other surfaces, there are some interesting facts about these rodents.
Fact: Mice Can Get Through Extremely Small Gaps
Mice can squeeze their way through gaps and holes that are the size of a dime. This makes it easy for them to find their way into buildings, where they can then build nests and scrounge around for food and water. Homeowners and business owners can help keep them out by checking for even the tiniest entry points and sealing them up.
Fact: Mice Use Urine to Mark Their Territory
Male mice mark their territory frequently with urine. This includes marking areas where other male mice have already left urine behind to mark their territory. Mouse urine can be a health hazard for people since it contains proteins that could lead to asthma attacks or allergic reactions.
Fact: Individual Mice Can Produce More Than 100 Offspring Each Year
One of the biggest problems with a mouse infestation in a home or business is that these rodents are able to build large populations in one area in a short amount of time. Female mice can produce more than 100 babies per year, which can easily turn a small infestation into one that is much harder to deal with.
Fact: A Mouse’s Teeth Never Stop Growing
Mice have teeth that never stop growing, which is why they frequently chew or gnaw on different materials and items. In fact, their teeth would end up growing at least a few inches every year if they didn’t file them down by gnawing. This constant chewing can be dangerous or destructive, especially if mice chew on electrical wires and create fire hazards. They can also chew through drywall and wood, resulting in structural damage.
Fact: Mice Have Poor Eyesight
Mice aren’t able to see very well, but that doesn’t stop them from being able to find food, water and shelter. As these pests travel around at night, they make use of their other senses instead of their sense of sight. The other senses these rodents have, including their sense of hearing and their sense of smell, make up for their poor eyesight.
Fact: Mice Have Hearing and Communication That Operates at High Frequencies
Mice have excellent hearing that surpasses ours. In fact, they are able to hear ultrasound that goes up to around 90kHz. Mice also communicate with other mice through the use of ultrasound.
If you have a mouse problem at your home or business in Cincinnati or northern Kentucky, please contact Perfection Pest Control for service. Our team of pest control experts can get rid of these pests for you.
When you see a rodent scurrying around your home or business, how do you know if it’s a rat or a mouse? Although both of these types of rodents cause similar problems for property owners, there are significant physical differences between them. Keep the following in mind, so that you can tell the difference between mice and rats.
Physical Appearance of Mice
Mice are generally smaller in size than rats. These rodents tend to weigh up to 0.5 ounces when they are fully grown, while rats can weigh up to 11 ounces as adults. They have a smaller head, smaller feet, and larger ears compared to rats. They also have a more pointed snout and their coat is a light brown coloring.
Physical Appearance of Rats
Rats are typically bigger than mice. Norway rats have a brown or black body, as well as shorter ears and a blunt snout. They also have bodies that are heavier and thicker than mice and a coat that tends to be longer and have a rougher texture. Their tails are usually a paler coloring underneath and a darker coloring on top. Roof rats, another common type of rat species, are typically a grayish color with some black shading. These rats have bodies that are more slender than Norway rats, and they're also slightly smaller when they are fully grown. They have a more pointed snout similar to a mouse’s snout, as well as larger ears. Roof rats have a smoother coat and a tail that is dark all over in coloring.
Other Differences Between Mice and Rats
Mice and rats also differ in terms of their droppings. Mouse droppings are typically shaped like a rod, while rat droppings have a more blunted or capsule-like shape. Both of these rodents are known for leaving droppings behind as they move about looking for food and water. Since their feces can contain harmful germs, it’s important to have professional pest control experts inspect your home or business if you find any.
Another difference between rats and mice is where you’re more likely to find them. Mice are generally found in a wide range of habitats, including rural and urban areas, as well as indoor and outdoor areas. They can easily fit through narrow openings to gain entry into residential and commercial buildings. Norway rats are usually found in lower areas of buildings, while roof rats are mainly found in higher areas, such as on upper floors, roofs and trees. Rats and mice are both nocturnal, so you’re much more likely to see or hear them during the night rather than during the day.
If you have rats or mice on your residential or commercial property, please contact Perfection Pest Control for help. We offer dependable pest control services in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.
You may have heard a couple stories about the brown recluse spider and how it can be dangerous, but would you know if you saw one? Do you know what climates they live in, and how they behave? When it comes to spiders that may pose a threat (or at least, an annoyance), it's important to understand how to spot them and what actions to take if it looks like you have a pest problem! Let's take a closer look at the brown recluse and everything you need to know!
The brown recluse is an unassuming spider, colored light to dark brown and only around ¼ to ½ inch long – and most of that is the recluse's spindly legs. The easiest way to identify the brown recluse is the violin-like brown shape on its back. However, because of the recluse's size you usually have to get pretty close to see this, so be careful when studying spiders! If you spot a small brown spider in your home and you live the right climate (more on this in a bit), it's usually worth a careful examination.
The brown recluse is well-named: These spiders are famously reclusive and prefer to stay away from people, animals and light, hiding in dark spaces. That means you can often find them in woodpiles, sheds, and piles of old leaves outdoors. Inside, their hermit-like habits can prove more dangerous: Brown recluses may call boxes in your attic or basement home. They may find a spot to live in dark closets or at the bottom of boots, too. When exposed, they will usually try to scurry away.
There are 11 species of brown recluse spiders that can be found around the world (except, up to this time, for Asia and Australia). In the United State, brown recluses tend to stay where it's warm and preferably dry. They are found primarily in Midwest and Southeast states, and have been seen as far west as Nebraska and as far north as Ohio.
Danger and Prevention
The goods news is that brown recluses are not aggressive. If they bite a human, it's generally by accident as they are trying to get away. However, that bite can be potent, especially if high levels of venom are injected. Reactions vary from a mild allergic response to serious tissue death, so it's important to keep an eye on the bite if you think it was a recluse.
Prevention is all about making sure these tiny spiders can't get inside. It's important to seal up any cracks, gaps and small spaces in your home, as well as making sure that your weather-stripping doesn't wear down. Make sure your attic and basement are tidy, and that all containers are tightly sealed. Outside, keeping wood piles away from the house and making sure there is no piled debris can help keep recluses away. Pest professionals can help you make these changes, and clear out a serious infestation!
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The famous black widow spider is bad news for homeowners — but do you know how to spot one? Do you know if black widow spiders live in your area, and in what parts of your home they are likely to be found? If you have a pest problem that can pose health issues, it's important you know how to identify it and what to do next. So let's examine the infamous black widow and what you should know about this spider.
Out of all the dangerous spiders, black widows are one of the easiest to identify thanks to that famous reddish-orange hourglass on their abdomen (females only). However, the hourglass is on the front of their body, so if you are looking at the back of the spider, all you'll see is a small black spider around 1 and ½ inches long. Additionally, the hourglass mark only shows up on mature spiders, so young black widows will just look black.
Black widows are big fans of warm weather. When the temperature hits 10 degrees Fahrenheit or higher they will often be active, spinning their webs: These webs are typically described as "irregular" without any set shape, which allows the widow to build webs in many different places. However, they typically prefer webs at ground level, where they often spin in bushes and corners.
Interestingly, the black widow does not actually kill and eat their mate – at least, not often enough to win a name for it. Many spiders occasionally devour their mates, and black widows are no exception. However, the female of the species does tend to be more aggressive, while the male rarely bites anyone.
The black widow is a hardy species, and can be found in every state except Alaska, which is too cold for the spider. In other colder climates, the black widow will try to venture inside to find warmer areas during the winter. This means that cold months can be an especially dangerous time to encounter black widows seeking refuge – and ready to defend their territory.
Danger and Prevention
Black widow females can be aggressive when spinning their webs or laying eggs and guarding their egg sac, which can lead to bites when disturbed. Fortunately, black widow bites very rarely kill anyone except the very sick or very sensitive. However, the bite can cause fever, increased blood pressure, and nausea: It's important to treat these symptoms quickly to avoid any danger.
Prevention focuses on being tidy and careful. Keep wood piles and other debris away from the house, and elevated if you can – black widows rarely venture far away from the ground. If you spot webs in your storage areas or closets, examine them for black widows before you start moving them. If you seem to have a serious infestation, contact a professional and ask them about the next steps you should take.
Do you think that you might have dangerous spiders or other unpleasant pests living in your home or business? Schedule your service with us today!
Do you feel your home has been invaded by an army of yellow and black stinging insects? Considering the dangers of yellow jacket wasps, you may be right to feel concerned. However, your uninvited guests may be paper wasps that have no interest in you and your family. In fact, if you have a garden, you may want to allow your paper wasp colony to thrive. But how do you accurately identify such similar insects?
Both yellow jackets and paper wasps display these commonalities:
- Form colonies that last one year
- Create nests by chewing plant and wood fiber which they form into a nest structure with many holes.
- Are predatory omnivores, meaning they hunt other insects but will also eat nectar.
While they have this much in common, you can tell them apart by the following behaviors.
Yellow jackets scavenge meat in addition to hunting other insects, such as spiders, which is why you often see them at picnics. You may not notice any around your patio until you stoke up your grill. Once they detect delicious meat, yellow jackets tend to come out in numbers.
Yellow jackets also nest in the ground, often in abandoned rodent burrows, although some varieties will build their hives above ground. When they do, they usually build their nests with an outer shell for protection rather than the open, umbrella-shaped nests of paper wasps.
The most important difference is the aggressive tendencies of yellow jackets to sting. If they feel in any way threatened, they won't hesitate to sting. Unfortunately, when they nest in the ground, just passing by can be viewed as a provocation.
Paper wasps, on the other hand, prefer live meat, going after pestiferous insect larvae with voracious appetites. While they will sting if you actively threaten the hive, mostly they just want to eat the larvae of insects that damage your garden. Because they efficiently wipe out infestations of undesirable bugs — and do a little pollinating, too — you may wish to avail yourself of their excellent pest control capabilities rather than eradicate them.
Distinguishing Physical Features
While very similar in appearance at first glance, you can tell them apart by the following differences.
- Black antennae
- Thicker waists
- Wider wings
- Retracted legs in flight
- European variety has orange antennae
- Longer bodies
- Significantly more black than yellow
- Darker wings
- Dangling legs when in flight
- Very narrow waists making a sectional appearance
The aggressive nature of yellow jackets can threaten your family and virtually eliminate your ability to enjoy your patio in the summertime. You definitely should try to control them. However, the insect control benefits of paper wasps override the minuscule odds of attack. If your family has no member allergic to the venom of stinging insects, you should seriously consider allowing paper wasps to flourish. If you're having a tough time telling them apart, give us a call at Perfection Pest Control. We can accurately identify wasps and offer expert advice. Please give us a call today!
Excepting chirping crickets and pretty ladybugs, most of us have a horror of bugs. Unfortunately, insects with females that need blood for food in order to reproduce live everywhere around you and can threaten your health and peace with their bites. Here's a little introduction to our common biting insect species that you certainly want to avoid if at all possible.
Mosquitoes need water to breed. Therefore, any place with a lot of water will almost certainly have a population of them. While they're a good insect for bats, birds, fish and other creatures that feed on them, they're not so good when they feed on us. The males do not bite, but there never seems to be a shortage of females that do. Mosquitoes carry several types of communicable diseases which they spread when biting. In North America, mosquitoes can spread West Nile Virus. Mosquito bites, at the very least, cause red, itchy welts that you'd rather avoid.
To lessen the numbers of mosquitoes harassing your family, make sure you empty anything on your property that holds standing water after a rain or irrigation. Also, keep your thick vegetation, such as grass and weeds mowed regularly and your trees and shrubs trimmed. This will also help protect you from ticks.
As arachnids (like spiders), ticks have no wings by which to come to you. Rather, they wait patiently on tree branches, leaves and grass until a mammal brushes by. Then they drop down or climb aboard and look for a good place to bite.
Found in heavily vegetated areas, ticks also spread disease. Dog ticks, black-legged deer ticks, lone star ticks and Rocky Mountain wood ticks make up the majority of species in the United States. Hazards of tick bites include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease.
They vary in color, from gray to dark brown, and appear like flattened ovals. The longer the head remains under the surface of the skin once it bites, the better the chances an infected tick will pass on the parasite or bacteria of infection.
Bed bugs come out at night when you're sleeping. At a quarter of an inch long, you can readily see adults if you expose them. They resemble apple seeds in shape and color. While bed bugs don't spread disease, they do cause a lot of annoying, itchy welts. Like with fleas, you can develop an allergy to bed bug saliva, which renders further bites more dangerous.
The tiny flea has a narrow body and reddish brown color. The common species is the cat flea which loves to feast on pets and humans alike. It, too, spreads disease, such as the bubonic plague and murine typhus. Also, they can act as intermediate hosts for tapeworms.
Eradicating biting insects from your home and yard presents a daunting challenge. Some retail "solutions" can even make the problems worse. To create a safe environment for your family, call us at Perfection Pest Control. We will happily inspect your property for pests and offer a sensible plan to exterminate any pesky species invading your space. Contact us today!
When you see large, round bees hovering around outside close to homes, these are known as carpenter bees. Although these bees are a common sight when it’s warm out, having them buzzing around the exterior of your home could mean that you have an infestation. Since these bees can damage your home, it’s important to learn more about them and know what to do if you have a carpenter bee problem. Keep the following information about these bees in mind this summer.
They Prefer Untreated Wood
Carpenter bees make their nests inside wood structures, such as home exteriors, sheds, benches and fences. However, not all structures attract these insects. Carpenter bees prefer boring into wood that’s untreated rather than wood that is painted or treated. If you have wood surfaces that have not been treated, you might end up having a carpenter bee problem if these bugs decide to nest on your property.
They Can Cause Structural Damage
Carpenter bees aren't the same as termites. They don’t eat wood, but they can make several holes in wood surfaces in order to dig tunnels and set up their nests. While the holes they make might not start out large, they can become bigger if these bees keep using them year after year. The tunnels and nests they build can also cause structural damage to homes and other wood structures, which can end up costing a considerable amount of money to fix.
They Rarely Sting
Are carpenter bees dangerous in terms of stinging? These bees aren't as much of a threat as other bee species or some wasp species. In fact, none of the males have a stinger, although they might dive toward you if you approach their territory. Females have stingers, but they rarely use them. Female carpenter bees generally only sting if they’re provoked, such as if you try to handle them. If you’re allergic to bees, carpenter bees aren't as big of a concern as more aggressive species.
They Bore Into Wood
Carpenter bees create their tunnels and nests by boring into wood. Their wood-boring behavior creates smooth, circular holes in surfaces, which can cause an unsightly appearance on home exteriors. These bees might also leave stains on wood surfaces, resulting in an even more unsightly appearance. If you see these bees, which are large and have a hairless abdomen, flying around your home’s exterior or crawling in and out of it, look for holes and other signs of damage. If you do have a problem with these bees, it’s important to have professional pest control company take a look at your property and get rid of these bugs.
If you have carpenter bees making holes in your home exterior, please contact us at Perfection Pest Control. Our pest control experts know how to safely eliminate carpenter bees before they can further damage your home.