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.
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.
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!
Do you think that you might have dangerous spiders or other unpleasant bugs living in your home or business? Schedule your service with us today!
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!
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.
If you are purchasing a house or are involved in the sale of a property, consider making a pest inspection part of your sales process! It can be particularly valuable for buyers know about any pest issues a house has, especially before they sign for the final sale. Here are the top reasons to arrange an inspection before you buy.
Making Infestations a Part of Your Home Package
Suppose you only discover a pest infestation — like carpenter ants hidden in the basement — after you purchase the home and start moving in. That infestation is now your problem. All the damage it might cause, and the expenses involved in treating it, are on you. However, if you arrange an inspection before the sale is finalized, then you can discover the infestation early. This gives buyers a chance to say, "Wait, this is a future expense I didn't know about. I'm going to need you to drop the sales price a bit to compensate for it, or otherwise arrange a pest control visit to take care of it." This is valuable leverage that can also save you money!
Finding Past Damage You Didn't Know About
Homeowners are usually required to state any infestation damage that has occurred to the house in the past. However, homeowners may not know about damage, or it might "slip their minds" when it comes to listing the details. A professional pest inspection can make sure there isn't any notable damage to insulation, wood, flooring, and other important components in the house before you purchase.
Peace of Mind About the Unknown
Some homebuyers may worry about termites, ants, and other destructive pests that they can't see and that no one else has found. For general peace of mind, it can be a very good idea to arrange a pest inspection of the home and yard to see if there are any pest-related issues or any vulnerable areas that may need work in the future.
Making Sure the Home is Safe for Your Family
A pest inspection can also uncover stinging insects, poisonous spiders, bed bugs, and other creatures that may be dangerous for your family. It's important to know if these pests are around, where they like to linger, and how to deal with them effectively.
Ensuring the Home Value Stays Steady
You don't want the value of your home to drop after you buy it, especially if you are planning to flip the house or at least increase the equity with renovations of your own. Don't let pests destroy these important plans under your nose! Arrange a pest inspection before deciding on these big projects.
Buying a home, or arranging the sale of an important property? Schedule your inspection with us at Perfection Pest Control today for new peace of mind!
Insects, rodents and other pests can turn into major problems for commercial building owners. Some pests can be a public health hazard due to the spread of disease, while others can ruin food and other items. There are a few steps that you can take to prevent pests from causing trouble in your commercial building. Use the following tips to reduce your risk of developing a pest problem.
Empty Trash Regularly
Cockroaches, ants, flies, mice and other pests are attracted to areas that contain garbage for them to forage through. Garbage cans provide them with potential sources of food, which will keep them coming back for more. This can result in a large pest problem that is challenging to deal with. You can lower your risk of drawing pests into your commercial building by making sure that all garbage cans are emptied on a regular basis instead of leaving them full overnight. Garbage from inside these cans should be placed in outdoor trash cans or bins that are tightly sealed. This helps prevent pests from getting in and sticking around your property.
Eliminate Wet Spots and Moisture
Many kinds of pests are also drawn to areas in commercial buildings that provide them with moisture or water to drink. Mice, rats and some insect pests, such as ants and cockroaches, look for moist or wet spots inside these buildings and will often return or build a nest nearby. In other cases, wet spots or moisture from leaks and other issues softens the wood, making it easier for carpenter ants and other pests to invade and build nests. When this happens, there’s also a danger of having serious damage done to walls and other structures from these pests. Fixing leaks and getting rid of any areas with moist or wet spots helps discourage these pests from entering your building.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance and Inspections
You don’t have to wait until your commercial building has a pest problem before calling in the professionals to take care of it. Setting up preventative maintenance and routine inspections can help you catch problems early or stop them from happening in the first place. This type of maintenance involves having pest control professionals treat specific areas where pests are commonly found and look for signs of a potential problem, such as entry points that bugs or other pests can get in through. Inspections help identify any infestations that might be occurring so that they can be dealt with right away. This prevents these infestations from becoming serious problems.
Preventative maintenance is one of the most effective ways to stop pests from becoming a problem in your building. Contact Perfection Pest Control to set up this service, so you won't have to worry about dealing with pest problems.
Springtime brings warmer weather for you to enjoy, but it also means that more pests will be out and about. Some of these pests can sting or bite, while others can contaminate your food. Find out what steps to take in order to keep insects and other pests at bay this season.
Find and Eliminate Stinging Insects
Bees, wasps, and hornets can be a major problem during spring, as these stinging insects become more active. Look around your yard, your home’s exterior, your attic and other areas for nests that these insects might be building for the season. Have professional pest control experts safely remove them for you if you come across any.
Check Your Home’s Exterior for Entry Points and Seal Them
Many bugs are small enough to squeeze through cracks, gaps and other openings in your home exterior. Mice can also make their way into your home through these entry points. Seal up any openings you find to prevent these pests from getting in. Keep in mind that this might also involve replacing screens that are torn.
Trim Tree Branches and Shrubs Away from Your Home’s Exterior
Carpenter ants and other bugs have an easy way to reach your home by walking across tree branches and shrubs. You can reduce this risk by keeping branches and shrubs trimmed away from your home exterior. This means that pests have to work harder to get into your home.
Keep Your Kitchen and Pantry Spotless
Ants, flies and other insects are drawn to kitchens and pantries, which provide them with a steady supply of food. Sweeping your floors, wiping off counters and cleaning other areas of your kitchen and pantry help discourage these pests from coming into your home. You should also keep pet food bags, and other food containers closed at all times so that any pests that do come in can’t get into them.
Close and Seal Your Trash Cans Tightly
Rats and other pests sometimes look for food to eat inside trash cans. These cans can also end up attracting bigger pests, such as raccoons. Make sure that your trash cans are sealed tightly to stop pests from being able to get inside them. Knowing that they can find food in your cans encourages them to keep coming back.
Move Firewood Piles Away from Your Home
Termites and other pests sometimes build nests in firewood piles. When you leave these piles close to your home’s exterior, these bugs can make their way inside and cause trouble. If you have any piles of firewood in your yard, move them away from the outside of your home.
If you have pests in your home this spring, contact Perfection Pest Control. Our pest control technicians can eliminate pest problems safely and thoroughly.