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Synergy Jackson Pest Control: Answering Your Questions January 7, 2021

Tired of horse fly bites.  Are there a horse fly sprays to get rid of them?

Horse fly bites can be very painful.  When you are bitten it is the female horsefly wanting a blood meal. To get rid of horse flies you need a plan.  First figure out what is attracting the flies to your home or yard.  Horse flies are drawn to movement, CO2 and shiny surfaces.  They love warm and damp places.  

Fly traps and sticky fly paper with baits attractive to horse flies can be effective in reducing their population.  Repellents applied to the skin may help with horse fly bites.  For better control, consider using wide area mistblower applications of liquid insecticides.

Dealing with other types of fly extermination issues?  Check out our recent blog posts:

https://synergy2ms.com/fruit-fly-dont-bother-me-where-do-fruit-flies-come-from/

https://synergy2ms.com/this-is-what-to-do-about-a-fruit-fly-and-gnat-problem-inside-your-home/

https://synergy2ms.com/this-is-what-you-need-to-do-to-deal-with-a-house-fly-infestation/

What are the best traps for rats and mice or should I use rat poison?

Homeowners with rat infestations want to get rid of rats as quickly as possible, but there is a big watch out.  Rat poisons, while effective, can also harm non-target animals and pets.  We recommend starting with rat traps first and saving poison for professional exterminators.  

The most widely used traps are traditional rat snap traps.  Bait the traps with peanut butter, pet food, or even moldy cheese.  If snap traps don’t work, another great option to get rid of rats quickly is rat glue boards.  Rat glue boards contain attractants that lure rats to the board.  One stuck to the board they cannot easily get off.

If you decide on the route of rat poison, remember to use secure, locked bait stations for the bait.

For more information on rat control and extermination check out:

https://synergy2ms.com/oh-rats-6-signs-your-rat-poison-is-not-working/

https://synergy2ms.com/do-you-smell-a-rat-telltale-signs-of-a-rodent-infestation/

How do you tell the difference between squirrel poop vs rat poop?

Squirrel poop vs. rat poop can be similar, but it is fairly easy to tell the difference.  Rat poop or rat pellets are usually between 1/2 and 3/4 inches long and dark brown.  Squirrel droppings can be a similar size to rat poop but with a wider range of size from 3/8 inch to 1 inch.

Shape is what helps distinguish rat poop vs squirrel poop.  Squirrel poop is rounded on the ends with a bulging middle.  Rat poop is pointed at the ends.

For more information on rats, squirrels and wildlife control please visit:

https://synergy2ms.com/are-those-mouse-or-squirrel-droppings-your-guide-to-6-types-of-pest-poop/

https://synergy2ms.com/squirrels-in-your-attic-how-to-get-rid-of-squirrels-naturally/

https://synergy2ms.com/this-is-how-to-identify-mouse-droppings/

What do I do if I find bed bugs on my mattress?  What kills bed bugs?

Waking up and finding bed bugs on your mattress is alarming.  The first sighting of bed bugs in your home could mean you have a small, early infestation or could also mean there is a much larger more serious problem.  

How to kill bed bugs quickly?  Bed bugs have become resistant to many standard insecticides.  Selecting an insecticide that is effective against bed bugs is critical.

Before spraying for bed bugs, sanitation and extensive bed bug prep work is key.  Start by washing all clothing, linens, and bedding in extremely hot water.  Remove any rugs or drapes.  Next, take apart all bed frames and furniture.  If the job is too big for you, call a pro.

Check out these recent posts on bed bugs and bed bugs extermination:

https://synergy2ms.com/precautions-you-should-take-when-dealing-with-a-bed-bug-infested-bed/

https://synergy2ms.com/top-10-faqs-on-bed-bugs-how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs/

Do Black Widow spiders bite?

Black Widow spiders rarely bite people. When they do, the bite can be serious but most people survive. The young and elderly are at a greater risk of a poor outcome from a Black Widow spider bites. The bites can be very painful. 

To avoid Black Widow spider bites, simply avoid Black Widows. They are not an aggressive spider and would prefer to be left alone. The one exception to this is a female Black Widow spider protecting her young. 

For more information on Black Widows and spider extermination check out our recent blog posts: 

https://synergy2ms.com/black-spider-in-your-home-is-it-a-black-widow-or-something-else/

 https://synergy2ms.com/the-black-widow-spider-bite-11-important-facts-to-know/

https://synergy2ms.com/how-to-tell-if-a-spider-is-poisonous-around-or-in-your-mississippi-home/

What is a Brown Recluse spider and what does a Brown Recluse bite look like?

Brown recluse spiders cause over 1000 spider bites annually.  They are the most poisonous spiders in the US, more poisonous than even Black Widow spiders.  Brown recluses are about the size of a quarter and have a distinctive violin pattern on their backs.

If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, it is a good idea to seek medical attention quickly.  Signs of a Brown Recluse spider bite include itchiness around the site of the spider bite, and also redness and swelling.

Brown recluse spider bites may heal on their own; however, some bites can be extremely serious.  Bites can cause tissue necrosis and permanent scarring.

Check out our recent blog posts on Brown Recluse spider and bites here:

https://synergy2ms.com/brown-recluse-spider-bite/

https://synergy2ms.com/brown-recluse-spider-bite-guide-treatment-and-where-to-go-from-here/

https://synergy2ms.com/harmless-or-cause-for-alarm-a-guide-to-the-spiders-in-mississippi/

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