Begone Bed Bugs! How to Recognize and Purge Pesky Critters

Begone Bed Bugs! How to Recognize and Purge Pesky Critters

The playful limerick about not letting the bed bugs bite is a fun way to compel kids to stay in bed, but in reality — there’s nothing fun about these irritating critters. Bed bugs haven’t been much of a problem in the United States since the mid-1940s. Relatively recently, however, they’ve made a robust and unwelcome comeback in households across the nation.

Changes in extermination laws, as well as increased international travel, have worked together to help this small but extremely irritating pest flourish. Now, the critters easily jump from one household to another by attaching to people in public spaces, such as:

  • College housing
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Movie theaters
  • Nursing homes
  • Public transport
  • Workplaces

Resultantly, the number of households afflicted with bed bug infestations has risen steadily and rapidly.

Studies show that approximately 25 percent of homeowners and renters attempt to eradicate bed bug infestations on their own before seeking expert help. Typically, it’s extremely hard to free a dwelling of bed bugs once they gain a foothold into furnishings and coverings.

You Might Have Bed Bugs If ...

Knowing how to spot the signs of bed bug bites and eliminating the problem early on can save you from the misery of dealing with a full-scale infestation. Surface bites are typically the first sign that you’ll notice.

Unfortunately, however, bed bug bites are similar to those of common flies. As a result, people who’ve been bitten by bed bugs mistake the mark as the sting of a harmless fly, or even a mild rash.

Still, knowing how to identify a bed bug bite can keep you from bringing home one or more of these persistent pests. Many times, a bed bug bite will appear on your skin in a row or cluster. Furthermore, bed bug bites tend to develop a surrounding rash, giving them the appearance of hives.

In the home, bed bugs leave large quantities of droppings everywhere. For example, you might notice black patches on your mattress or in the seams of furniture if a bed bug infestation has taken hold in your home.

It’s important to note that everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites. As an example, it may take several bites before someone exhibits an allergic reaction.

In the home, bed bugs leave large quantities of droppings everywhere. For example, you might notice black patches on your mattress or in the seams of furniture if a bed bug infestation has taken hold in your home.

Don't Make These Mistakes!

It’s important not to spray pesticides on surfaces frequented by children or pets. Understanding how to apply poisonous chemicals is a professional skill, which is why pest control experts recommend that homeowners and renters seek the help of bed bug remediation professionals.

When returning home from international travel, it’s a good idea to wash clothing items in high heat, and even though society is increasingly embracing repurposing, it’s always a bad idea to use furniture that’s been left out on a curb — even if it looks brand-new.

Perfection Pest Control can provide you with affordable, effective bed bug removal. Our experts are knowledgeable about the latest bed bug removal practices and laws and comply with guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Call us today to get rid of bed bugs and restore your home to a comfortable, safe environment!

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Liquid or Bait for Termite Eradication? That Is the Question

Liquid or Bait for Termite Eradication? That Is the Question

Termites cause costly and serious structural damage to homes across the nation. These wood hungry pests cause billions of dollars in damages annually, and infestations most often require the expertise of a professional exterminator.

Often, termite infestations come to light during the sale of a property. Typically, this is part of due diligence.

Understanding the movements of termites as well as the chemicals needed to eliminate them can prove extremely confusing. Termite extermination methods vary by location and with each scenario. Furthermore, different municipalities enforce varying regulations concerning the handling and application of pesticides.

All About Bait

One common method to eradicate termites, baiting, is slow but works with time. Bait is effective for eliminating termites from a specific area.

It doesn’t attract termites, however, making it essential to know exactly where to place the stations. While termites can’t tell that bait is poisonous, they learn to stay away from that area.

After baiting, however, they’ll look for other ways to compromise the structure. Some homeowners successfully use baiting to prevent termites before they invade a dwelling.

The Lowdown on Liquid

The proper application of liquid treatments varies depending on the chemical. In addition, the process involves digging a trench around the entire structure, filling the trench with termiticide, replacing the dirt and applying more solution.

Depending on the scenario, extermination specialists also drill holes through brick or cinder blocks in appropriate areas to treat the internal recesses of the structure. The liquid creates a barrier, preventing termites from entering and damaging the building. Termites that are exposed to termiticide die nearly instantaneously, but others will learn to avoid the treatment if it’s not applied correctly.

Exterminators are well-versed about the common areas of termite activity. They use this knowledge to understand how termites nest in different structures. In fact, a thorough pretreatment inspection is one of the most important aspects of eliminating an infestation.

So, Which One's Better?

Liquid and bait treatments work and are deployed very differently. It’s difficult to objectively compare the effectiveness of the two methods. Liquid treatment barriers immediately kill existing and invading termites. However, it’s difficult to tell when termites will find and feed on a bait station. This is why it’s so important to fully protect the structure. This is where the expertise of exterminators comes into play.

Exterminators are well-versed about the common areas of termite activity. They use this knowledge to understand how termites nest in different structures. In fact, a thorough pretreatment inspection is one of the most important aspects of eliminating an infestation.

Termite extermination methods also vary seasonally. Temperature, climate and soil conditions can change the way that termites behave. An experienced pest control technician understands the movements of termites and can target them accordingly.

Perfection Pest Control specialists are experts in finding and eliminating termites. Our technicians are committed to continual learning. They’re knowledgeable about the latest extermination practices, regulations and EPA guidelines.

When it comes to termite extermination, you want a service provider that you can trust. Property owners across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky know that they can rely on us. Our licensed technicians are your answer for quality service! Call us today to take the first step toward ridding your home of a costly termite infestation.

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Six Tips for Pest Prevention This Spring

Six Tips for Pest Prevention This Spring

Spring is almost here. Spring's warmer temperature brings with it an increase in pests, such as insects. Often, these pests invade your home in search of shelter and food. Here are a few tips for preventing a pest infestation in your home this season. 

Seek out Stinging Insects and Eliminate Them

One of the tips for pest prevention this spring is to seek out stinging insects and eliminate them. Insects such as wasps and yellow jackets can make hives or nests around your home. These can start small, but quickly grow into something much larger. Seeking out and eliminating the problem when it is small prevents a larger infestation from occurring.

Seal Potential Exterior Entry Points

Another tip for preventing a pest infestation this spring is to walk the exterior of your home and look for cracks or openings that pests can use to enter it. If you notice any cracks or chips in your siding or crawl space, seal these points.

Cut Trees and Shrubs Away From Your Home

When ice and snow thaw away, take the time to cut your trees and shrubs away from your home. Not only does this help the plant grow and thrive, but it prevents pests from climbing from the tree or shrub onto or into your home.

Keep Your Kitchen and Pantry Clean

One of the best ways to prevent pests from infesting your home this spring is to keep your kitchen and pantry clean. Crumbs are the perfect food for pests. If you leave food out or leave crumbs behind, pests may be able to seek it out. Your home can quickly become infested. Wiping down countertops, sweeping your floor and placing food in airtight containers can prevent pest problems.

One of the best ways to prevent pests from infesting your home this spring is to keep your kitchen and pantry clean. Crumbs are the perfect food for pests. If you leave food out or leave crumbs behind, pests may be able to seek it out.

Seal Trash Cans Tightly

As previously mentioned, pests can smell food. This includes food that you've disposed of. Properly sealing your trash cans prevents bugs from smelling the food and entering your home or property.

Move Firewood Away From Your Home

Lastly, move firewood away from your home. Many wood-eating insects, such as termites and carpenter ants, like to eat firewood that's stored near your home. But they can quickly move on from the firewood to your house if it's in close proximity. Storing firewood further away can prevent this problem.

Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, you cannot prevent every pest infestation on your own. A pest control service can help you not only prevent pest infestations but rid of an existing one as well. If you're in need of a service, contact Perfection Pest Control today to schedule your service.

 

Pest Control Tips for Commercial Buildings

Pest Control Tips for Commercial Buildings

Pests in a commercial building can be devastating. Tenants who are renting out space in your commercial building may not want to renew their lease if there are pests; customers who visit your building could be disgusted if they see pests; and they can cause damage to the structural elements in your building, which is costly to fix. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to keep your commercial building pest free.

Empty Trash Regularly

One of the best ways to keep your commercial building pest free is to keep it clean. Unwanted insects and animals are attracted to food. Regularly cleaning your building deter pests. In addition, be sure to empty the trash regularly. People in commercial buildings tend not to empty their trash as often as they do at home. However, if there are food wrappers or leftover food remnants in the trash, you could attract pests. Routinely removing the trash prevents this issue.

Eliminate Wet Spots and Moisture

Another way to discourage pests from making your commercial building their home is to eliminate wet spots and moisture. Most pests prefer damp, moist places. If you have damp spaces, this encourages pests to build a nest nearby. In addition to this, damp or wet spots can lead to mildew and mold growth. Some types of mold are harmful to those in your building, while both mold and mildew is costly to remove. Eliminating moisture prevents mold and mildew and decreases the chance of pests living in your building.

One of the best ways to keep your commercial building pest free is to keep it clean. Unwanted insects and animals are attracted to food. Regularly cleaning your building deter pests. In addition, be sure to empty the trash regularly.

Utilize a Pest Control Company

Lastly, utilize the services of a pest control company who has experience with commercial buildings, even if you don't have a pest control problem. A great company can audit your building for potential problems and eliminate these issues before they turn into a problem. In addition, a pest control company can spray around the perimeter of your building to keep pests at bay. A pest control company will also eliminate pests if any issues do arise.

Are you looking to keep your commercial building free of all pests? Here at Perfection Pest Control, we can help you. We will inspect your property and look for signs of existing pest problems and potential areas where pests may enter your property. We can seal off entry points, spray to prevent infestations, and eliminate existing pests. Call us now to schedule your service appointment.

Why Your Rodent Problem Is More Serious Than You Think

Why Your Rodent Problem Is More Serious Than You Think

If you suspect you have a mice or rat infestation, you may think that it is not a huge deal. You may set up a few mice or rat traps and take your time dealing with the pests. However, rodent problems are more serious and a bigger danger than most people realize. As such, you want to work with a professional to get the pests out and regain control of your home as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the reasons why a rodent problem is more serious than you may think. 

Rats and Mice Can Damage Your Home

One of the problems associated with a rodent infestation is substantial damage to your home. Rodents love to chew, gnaw and tear things up. They have been known to chew through electrical wires, tear up your insulation, and gnaw at the woodwork around your home. It can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair the damage that has been done to your home by rodents.

Rodents Carry Fleas and Ticks

Another reason why a rodent problem is more serious than you think is because both mice and rats can carry fleas and ticks on them. Once they are in your home, these fleas and ticks can leave the host animal and seek out a new host. They can land on your pets or even yourself. Once inside, they can also begin to lay eggs and multiply. You may think you have just a rat or mice problem, but soon, you will be dealing with a rat or mouse infestation, plus a flea and/or tick infestation as well. The sooner you get the rodents out, the sooner you decrease your risk of fleas and ticks infesting your home as well.

Both mice and rats can carry fleas and ticks on them. Once they are in your home, these fleas and ticks can leave the host animal and seek out a new host. They can land on your pets or even yourself. Once inside, they can also begin to lay eggs and multiply.

Rats and Mice Carry and Spread Diseases

The last reason why your rodent problem is more serious than you think is because rats and mice carry and spread diseases. Rats and mice can carry up to 35 different diseases, and many of them can be spread to humans. Some of the diseases that they carry and spread include Huntavirus, Lymphocytic Chromiomenegitis (LCM), plague and Tularemia. Many people believe that the only way for a disease to be transferred is by a rat or mouse biting them, but some diseases can be transferred through their urine and feces as well. Because of this, it is important to properly remove the pests and clean up after them to keep everyone living in your home safe.

If you have rats or mice in your home, you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible to prevent any and all of these problems. Here at Perfection Pest Control, we can help you with all of your pest control needs, including getting rid of rodents. Contact us today to get a free estimate and to set up your pest control services.

6 Signs You May Have a Rodent Problem

6 Signs You May Have a Rodent Problem

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. 

Visible Droppings

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.

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.

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.

Rodent Nests

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.

Scampering Noises

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.

3 Common Cold Weather Pests

3 Common Cold Weather Pests

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.

Rodents

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.

Spiders

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.

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.

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

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.

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4 Quick Facts About Bed Bugs

4 Quick Facts About Bed Bugs

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.

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.

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.

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6 Quick Facts About Mice

6 Quick Facts About Mice

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.

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.

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.

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Is it a Rat or a Mouse?

Is it a Rat or a Mouse?

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.

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.

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.

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