Suspicious about a little extra scratching and scampering you hear around your home? You could have a rodent problem. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify whether or not you have a rodent living in your home, but once you start to notice the damage and droppings they leave behind you will want them gone!
Often times, rodents will not be in plain sight, and they do not like to stay in frequently occupied areas. Their favorite hiding spots include all the spots you are checking the least, like attics, garages or storage areas, closets, inside of walls, and sometimes the kitchen. It’s easy for small mice, squirrels or rats to find small cracks and crannies to squeeze their tiny bodies through and make a nice home in your attic. Their active hours are during the nighttime, so if you hear crawling and scratching noises coming from above, you can easily identify the issue!
A good practice is to check your walls for small cracks and holes that would be easy for mice and rats to slip into. They take advantage of these holes and make homes inside the walls, crawling around looking for nesting materials and destroying your home. Often times, rodents can get into your walls and pass away, leaving you with a deathly odor, trying to figure out where it is coming from! Inspect baseboards, exterior walls, etc. and make sure to make immediate repairs in order to prevent an infestation.
Garages, storage closets, and sheds are all also common hiding spots for rodents. Many times these areas of a home can be cluttered with storage, boxes, and other forgotten items, and are not being visited frequently. Cardboard boxes are especially inviting for rodents and other unwanted pests, so using sturdy plastic storage bins is a better way to store your belongings long term. Make sure to visit these areas on a regular basis and look for signs of rodents because once they have found a home in your storage, they can become extremely destructive, potentially causing thousands of dollars of damage.
And finally, the kitchen. Rodents want food!! Being near food and water resources when selecting their tiny rodent home is a huge bonus. Many times mice and rats will make homes behind appliances or any tucked away limited access area they can find. Keeping a tidy kitchen can be huge when it comes to discouraging a rodent infestation. A house full of forgotten crumbs and sticky residue is the perfect feeding ground for rodents. Keep it clean and make sure your food is stored properly! You don't want to find mice droppings in your cereal box in the morning.
Of course, rodent infestations can happen to anyone, and Hopper Termite and Pest just so happen to be experts on the issue! If you believe you are seeing signs of rodent activity, it is always a good idea to attack the issue early and give us a call. We will inspect your home, and come up with a solution to rid you of your problem. We can do this safely, quickly and affordably, and we guarantee total elimination of the issue. We also make sanitation recommendations, and other practical treatments to eliminate and prevent any pest control issues in your home.
At Hopper Termite and Pest, we wanted to find an effective Green Pest Control solution for our customers who are more green conscious and are looking for ways to eliminate pest problems without any of the chemicals! Some insecticides are said to cause issues for humans and the wildlife in the area, so using our preventative pest management system is a great option for those looking to avoid the chemical route.
When it comes to our Green First program, preventive steps are required to be able to effectively manage pests BEFORE you have an infestation. We rely on non-chemical methods to manage pests like ants, crickets, mice, rats, roaches, silverfish, spiders, and stored product pests.
Some of the Steps you can expect with this program are listed below:
Inspection to find the true cause of a pest problem
Low-risk, effective tactics to break the cycle of pest habitation
Exclusion (caulking, sealing)
Mechanical control (barriers, traps)
Cultural controls (move woodpiles, eliminate clutter)
Biological controls (enzymes)
Targeted, strategic use of products
Many issues with pests can be prevented with the proper knowledge and training of the household members. Noticing small cracks in the caulking, baseboards, external walls, etc. will help you to identify areas where small pests could potentially be entering. Making sure to blockade any entry points will help to keep pests out. Also, some other good habits to have are things like keeping food stored properly, keeping bushes, trees, and wood piles away from the external walls of your home, and making sure your roofing is properly maintained.
Some of the non-chemical methods we use can include traps or glue boards, rescreening foundation vents, or even the use of enzymes to clear drains of materials that breed fruit flies. If after our inspection, we do find that a treatment is needed, the first choice is an environmentally low impact product, like those including boric acids, diatomaceous earth, and products that use plant and tree oils as the primary active ingredients.
Of course, the need for application of any product will be based on thorough inspections and our professionals have extensive training in pest biology and behavior. We keep our staff trained on the most current methods of both non-chemical and traditional control.
The clue to green pest control is being very conscious and diligent about prevention. That way you do not end up with a problem so out of control that more traditional methods will have to be used. However, if it is determined that the pest problem is beyond repair, we may suggest using traditional products in very small applications in targeted areas in order to regain control of the pest issue.
If you would like to begin your Green First, preventative pest control program, please contact us today or visit our site to learn more!
Most people don’t want any spiders hanging around their home, but BIG spiders are even worse. Wolf Spiders are some of the most common spiders found in Arkansas, and they are some of the largest as well. Even though they’re pretty low on the scale as far as aggressiveness and venom intensity, their large size strikes fear in the heart of many.
The Wolf Spider has some unique traits that are not common in most spider species. What they are commonly known for is the fact that they hunt their prey on the ground instead of spinning a web to wait and catch prey there. Wolf Spiders actually aren’t that bad to have around because they hunt and feed off of many other unwanted pests that you don’t want hanging around in your yard. They are non-aggressive and do not bite unless provoked, and when they do bite, their venom is not lethal and will commonly cause temporary swelling, mild pain, and itching.
It’s getting cold and there are creatures out there looking for warm places to live! The National Pest Management Association estimates that about 21 million homes are invaded by rodents in the winter… gross. You don’t want to be worried about hiding your rat problem while your family visits for the holidays. Thankfully, Hopper Termite and Pest is here to give you some advice on what you can do to prevent rodent infestations this winter.
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM??
The outside.. Duh! But there are some common locations that rats and mice like to enter your home. You want to find potential spots they could enter from and make sure to cover these areas to make sure they can’t come in. Places to watch out for are below:
• Broken or missing foundation vent screens
• Broken or missing attic vent screens
• Overlapping roof tiles
• Open wooden meter boxes (in older homes)
• Spaces between the roof jack and vent pipe
• Under or on sides of your garage door
• Brick chimneys which have settled away from the house
• Crawl holes with poorly fitted lids
• Broken or open building sewers which connect to the main sanitary sewer
• Even sometimes through toilets!
WHAT CAN I DO?
Rodents are more than just unwanted visitors. They can carry disease and can cause damage to your home’s structure, any electric wiring, clothes or boxes in storage, etc. Not to mention all the scampering you hear around the house at night. You want to keep them out! Preventing them from entering can be easy if you make a regular habit of these few simple suggestions:
Preparing for Spring?
Springtime is almost upon us, and many of you may want to begin your spring cleaning early. Call Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. to assist; they can help identify pest or rodent problems and eliminate them before the summer months.