I’m noticing flea bites. What to do about flea bites on humans and flea bites on dogs?
Flea bites on both humans and pets can show up as small red itchy welps or even look rash-like. Common places to find fleas in the home include: fleas on pets, fleas in carpet, fleas on bedding and furniture, and fleas on humans.
To get rid of fleas it is important to coordinate the flea treatment of your home with the vet’s flea treatment of your pet.
Flea treatments of the home usually include a variety of insecticides including: pyrethroid spray, pyrethroid dust, and insect growth regulators.
Following the treatment frequent vacuuming of the carpets and furniture will help remove any fleas emerging from eggs that were not killed during the flea treatment.
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What is the best spiders spray? Spider repellent?
Spiders around the home are awesome for insect control. Unfortunately, when they come indoors that creates a significant issue for more homeowners. Getting rid of spiders can be difficult but there are ways to make your home less appealing to them:
1.Turn off all exterior lighting in the evenings. Spiders are attracted to insects which are
Attracted to the lights around your home.
2.Some spiders may be controlled by spider repellents made of essential oils. Some essential oils spiders hate including tea tree, citronella, lavender, cinnamon, and peppermint oil
3.Use insecticide sprays or dusts to help control and prevent spiders. Sprays have a quick onset of kill, but dusts last much longer.
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Wondering how to kill ants? Sugar ants or little black ants in kitchen?
Little black ants or sugar ants in your kitchen can be difficult to get rid of. The first step of getting rid of ants in your kitchen is to identify the food source attracting the ants. Once identified get rid of the food source and use good sanitation practices.
To deal with the ants already in your kitchen, there are several insecticide options:
1.Liquid insecticide sprays provide a rapid kill and may last up to 30 days indoors
2.Insecticide dusts-Useful if applying to weep holes and the exterior of your home.
3.Insecticide baits-Insecticide baits can be highly effective as the ants take the chemical back to their nest and share with the rest of the colony.
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Do I need a termite inspection before I sell my Mississippi home?
Whether you are buying or selling a home in Mississippi, a termite inspection and/or WDIR(wood destroying inspect report) are required by most lenders. If you are planning on selling your home, spending the $150 upfront for a termite inspection can help reduce the chances your home sale will be affected by last minute discoveries of termite damage.
The pest professional you hire to do a termite inspection should do a thorough inspection of both the interior and exterior of your home. In addition to termite damage and signs of termites, the inspector should be documenting areas of your home conducive to termites with recommendations to repair.
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How do you get rid of squirrels in the attic? What does squirrel poop look like?
Squirrels can cause major damage to homes both exterior(siding and eaves) and interior(electrical wiring). Getting rid of squirrels quickly is extremely important. First step is to make sure you are dealing with squirrels. If you can’t see them, squirrel poop may be a good sign. Squirrel poop is much larger than mouse poop at up to one inch long. Squirrel poop is oblong with rounded ends. Rat poop is about the same size but with pointed ends.
To get rid of squirrels, consider either setting squirrels traps or purchasing an Evictor strobe light to make life in your attic uncomfortable for them.
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What do you do about bugs in bedroom? Are these bed bugs on my mattress?
Bed bugs are tiny reddish brown insects that can be difficult to find during the day. Bed bugs find hiding places and wait until they detect CO2 to come out and feed on humans at night.
Signs of bed bugs include: bed bugs themselves or cast skins, bed bug bites on skin, blood spots on sheets, and black spots on mattresses and walls.
To get rid of bed bugs you will usually need a professional. Bed bugs are difficult to completely get rid of on your own. Preparation of your home prior to a bed bug treatment is essential. Washing all clothing, linens, curtains, etc. in extremely hot water is a great first step. Next take apart all furniture and bed frames, removing drawers.
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What are the best traps and best baits for mice and rats?
It is important to determine whether you have mice or rats because rodent traps and baits are specific to either mice or rats. Rat traps, including glue traps and snap traps, are much larger due to the larger size of rats vs mice.
When selecting rat or mouse traps, positioning them is important. Rodents prefer to be against walls as they are traveling so placing traps against walls and obstacles is much better than out in an open room. Glue board rat traps when placed properly are highly effective.
Bait for rat or mouse traps also is species dependent. Using cheese as a rat bait is usually not effective. Consider using meats, peanut butter, and other high calorie attractants. Mice may eat cheese as well as peanut butter. For more info visit:
What are the types of bats? Fruit bats? Vampire bats?
There are over a dozen common species of bats in the US. Most bats are considered to be insectivorous, but a couple do depend on both nectar and pollen for food. The three most common bats are the Mexican free-tailed bat, big brown bat, and little brown bat.
Fruit bats, also called large flying foxes, are not known to bite humans. However, fruit bats can be dangerous as they are vectors for diseases including rabies and henipavirus.
Vampire bats are only found in Central and South America. Vampire bats are unique in that they cannot just fly, but walk, jump, and run. Vampire bat bites to humans have been documented and they may be a dangerous vector for rabies transmission.
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What are German cockroaches? What is the best roach killer?
German cockroaches are one of the smaller species of cockroaches. German roaches can be identified by their light brown color with two dark stripes that run the length of their body. German roaches are around 1/2 inch in size. Because of their ability to multiply rapidly, they can quickly become a serious problem inside a home or business.
Getting rid of German roaches can take time. The critical first step is to identify any sanitation issues which may be attracting German roaches to your home.
The best roach killer for German roaches will usually be cockroach bait. Professional-use German cockroach baits are designed to work slowly, allowing time for the bait to be transferred back to the nest. Once there the bait is transmitted among all of the roaches interfering with their ability to breed.
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Are asian lady beetles lady bugs or something else? How do you get rid of lady bugs or asian lady beetles?
Asian lady beetles and lady bugs look similar but there are differences. Asian lady beetles are a little larger and orange in color whereas lady bugs are more red. Lady bugs are not usually a pest control issue but Asian lady beetles are. During cooler months, Asian lady beetles are attracted to the sun and the warmth in siding of the west and south sides of your home. They can congregate in the thousands trying to get inside your home for more protection.
To keep your home protected from asian lady beetles first make sure all window screens are in place and there are no structural issues such as gaps in siding or cracks where asian lady beetles could enter your home. For those beetles that do make it inside the home, don’t crush them as they smell terrible. Just vacuum them up as they appear.
An exterior application of liquid or dust insecticides will help manage the asian lady beetles that you see but will not help as much with new asian lady beetles attracted to your home.
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