1.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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2.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:
3.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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4.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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5.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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6.What is the difference between a gnat and a fruit fly? What is the best gnat trap?
The term “gnat” is a general term used for a variety of small flying insects including fungus gnats, buffalo gnats, No-See-Um gnats, and sometimes even fruit flies. Deciding on the best gnat trap means first identifying the type of gnat you are dealing with. Buffalo gnats and no-see-um gnats are outdoor gnats and are better controlled with pyrethroid insecticide sprays applied with a mistblower.
Fruit flies and fungus gnats are found indoors. Traps can be placed near the area where they are breeding including sinks/drains, potted plants, garbage cans, or garbage disposals.
Gnat traps include scented sticky traps, vinegar-based traps, and a number of traps available at the big box stores. To get rid of gnats permanently it is essential to identify and remove their breeding areas which are moist areas of organic matter and/or soil.
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7.What is the difference between Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders?
Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders are in the top 3-4 poisonous/venomous spiders found in the US. Brown Widow and Hobo spiders are the other two. Wolf spiders have venom but their bites are not usually considered to be dangerous to humans.
The Black Widow is easy to identify with a shiny black exterior and trademark red hourglass on its back.
Brown Recluse is a larger spider, brown, and most have a darker fiddleback marking on their backs. Brown Recluse spiders also have only 6 eyes instead of eight if you care to get that close to them.
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8.How to get rid of rats in house fast?
Getting rid of rats in your house fast usually means hiring a professional exterminator. Exterminators will use a variety of rat control methods to get your infestation under control and get rid of rats for good.
Rat glue boards are a good first step as they allow you to remove rats from the home as they are caught. For more difficult-to-catch rats, live traps or the traditional snap traps may also be an option. Make sure the rat trap bait you are using is something attractive to rats, such as bacon, fruit, vegetables, or cereals.
The best and most dangerous option to get rid of rats is the use of rat poisons. It is essential these poisons be contained in locked bait stations to prevent accidental poisoning of humans and/or non-target pests. Rat poisons include bromethalin, bromadiolone, diphacinone, and cholecalciferol.
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9.What is the best roach killer to kill cockroaches instantly?
Getting rid of cockroaches in your home quickly can be a challenge. To get rid of cockroaches and prevent them from coming back, first focus on identifying and correcting the sanitation issues that attracted roaches to your home. After addressing all sanitation issues, you are ready to get rid of roaches using a combination of liquid or dust insecticides and baits. American cockroach control can be easier than German cockroach control. For American roaches, it can be as simple as exterior applications of insecticides and a borate-containing bait.
For German roaches, complete elimination will take several treatments and rely heavily on baits so that the chemicals are transferred back to the nests.
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10.How do you get rid of bed bugs and find the best bed bug exterminator?
Treating bed bugs by yourself can be very difficult. It’s not the bed bugs you can see but the bed bugs you can’t see. Bed bugs have a unique ability to hide in baseboards, furniture, and mattress seams while waiting to detect C02 which is their cue to feed. Selecting the best bed bug exterminator is critical. Questions to ask your bed bug extermination company:
What is your % success rate in completely getting rid of bed bugs?
What type of bed bug treatments do you use?
What type of preparation is required prior to bed bug treatment?
Are follow up bed bug treatments necessary?
Do you treat the whole home or just the affected room?
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11.What is a swarm of flying ants? How do you tell the difference between flying ants and termites?
Similar to termites, flying ants are considered to be the alates, or reproductives. Ant colonies will swarm with flying ants around the same time of the year each year. The objective of these flying ants is to establish a new ant colony.
Flying ants and flying termites can look very similar. There are 3 differences between flying ants and termites. Termites have straight antennae vs ants with bent antennae . Termites have thick waists vs. ants with thin segmented waists. Termites have 2 sets of equal length wings vs ants with different sized wings.
Flying ants are nothing to be concerned with. Flying termites are a completely different matter and may be an indicator of a current or future termite infestation of your home.
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12.What do fleas look like? How do you get rid of fleas?
Flea bites are unsettling, whether on your pet or yourself. Flea bites look like red pimply dots, similar to a red itchy rash. What do fleas look like? Adult fleas are reddish brown in color and less than 1/8 inch long. They are tiny and hide easily in your pet’s fur. Look for signs of fleas such as flea dirt that looks like clumps of black pepper.
To get rid of fleas, you will need to coordinate treatments on your pet as the veterinarian with pest control treatments on your home. Following pest control service for fleas at your home, frequent vacuuming of carpets and furniture will help remove fleas hatching from eggs.
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13.What are the most common types of ticks?
There are a few common species of ticks in the US. Ticks can feed on both humans and pets. The diseases ticks carry include lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. The most common types of ticks include: Blacklegged tick, Lone Star tick, American Dog tick, Brown Dog tick, and Gulf Coast tick.
To prevent tick exposure for your family and pets, treat the exterior of your home and lawn with a granular insecticide every couple of months during late spring and summer.
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14.What is the best fire ant killer to get rid of fire ants?
Fire ants can be very difficult to get rid of for good. Many homeowners try liquid or granular insecticides applied directly to the mound. In most cases, this just encourages the fire ants to move to another location and start a new mound and nest.
To get rid of fire ants for good, baits and/or non-repellant insecticides such as fipronil are highly effective. Baits applied around the mound will be picked up by the workers and transferred back to the nest. While baits can take weeks to work, they can provide a more permanent solution to getting rid of fire ants.
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15.What are the types of mosquitoes?
Many types of mosquitoes look the same but there are different species of mosquitoes in the U.S. The most common species of mosquitoes are the Asian Tiger mosquito, House mosquito, Southern mosquito, and Yellow Fever mosquito.
Mosquito control and prevention around the home is critical. Mosquitoes transmit several diseases including: West Nile, Zika, Dengue, Malaria, and Chikungunya.
To prevent mosquitoes and/or reduce your family’s exposure, removing standing water in pots, bowls, and landscape is essential.
Mosquito sprays are also effective, especially when combining synthetic pyrethroid insecticides with insect growth regulators to disrupt mosquitoes’ ability to breed and reproduce.
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16.What is the best rat trap bait?
Rat trap bait can be different than bait you would use to trap mice. Rats will eat just about anything so consider the following: bacon or other meats, fruits, vegetables, or cereals. Other options include chocolate or peanut butter. What’s not on the list? Cheese.
Rat trap baits are often used on traditional snap traps. There are a lot of other options for rat traps including glue board traps, electric traps, and live traps.
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17.How do you get rid of mice in walls? What is the best mice repellent?
Waking up to noises in your walls and ceilings is no fun. Especially when mice are involved. A rodent infestation of mice or rats is an urgent situation as they are prolific breeders. Getting rid of mice in walls means first finding the areas of travel. Once areas of travel are found use traps to capture and/or kill. There are a number of effective mouse traps including snap traps, glue boards, and live capture. If you are unsuccessful trapping mice, hiring a rodent exterminator may be the best option.
To repel mice, sanitation and exclusion are a must. Repair all entry points for mice in the home and remove all wastes, food, etc that may be attracting them. Some homeowners have tried using natural oils, like peppermint oil, to repel mice.
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18.What does a wolf spider bite look like? What size is a Wolf spider?
Wolf spiders can get quite large and can be terrifying but they are usually not harmful to humans. In fact, Wolf spiders don’t even like to be around humans. Wolf spiders can get as large as 2 inches making them one of the largest spiders in the US.
A Wolf spider does carry venom; however, its bite is not dangerous to humans. A Wolf spider bite can feel similar to a bee sting. A bite from a Wolf spider can become red and swollen so cleaning the area with warm soap and water is a good idea.
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19.What does chipmunk poop look like? How do you tell the difference between chipmunk poop vs. rat poop vs squirrel poop?
Chipmunk poop can look similar to mouse poop. Chipmunk poop or droppings are oblong in shape and about 1/4 larger than mouse droppings. Over time, chipmunk poop can harden and become brittle.
Compared to chipmunk poop, squirrel droppings are often confused with rat poop. Squirrel poop are pellets with rounded ends that tend to lighten over time.
Rat poop has pointed, sharp ends that remains dark in color.
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20.I have bats inside my home. How do you get rid of bats?
Bats are great to have around your home as they control unwanted insects. They aren’t so great though when they are inside your home. The first step to getting rid of bats in a home is making sure all bats are gone. Pest professionals use bat cones to allow bats to leave the home/attic and not return. After all bats have left the attic, the next critical step to insuring they don’t come back is exclusion.
Bats can get through tiny holes so hiring a contractor to make all necessary repairs is recommended. To deter bats from re-entering your home consider adding exterior night lighting and decoy bat houses.
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21.What are the best rat traps to kill rats instantly?
A rat infestation can be alarming to most homeowners. Trapping rats, though, is a much safer option than poison. The use of rat poison is usually best left to trained pest professionals. For trapping, there are a number of effective options:
1.Snap Traps-This is the trap most homeowners are familiar with and can be very effective if you can find a bait palatable to the rats you are dealing with.
2.Glue Traps-Pest professionals use these traps extensively in both commercial and residential accounts. Glue board traps are highly effective and can be moved to areas of higher travel by the rats.
3.Live traps-These are less popular but a more humane option if you plan on releasing the rats when you catch them.
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22.What do termites look like and do termites fly?
Termites and ants can look very similar. To distinguish between the two: termites have straight antenna, termites had a broad waist, and both sets of termite wings are the same size. Flying termites, or swarmers, are often the first sign a homeowner notices of a potential termite infestation.
Flying termites are alates, or reproductives. They are seeking out new areas around the home to establish a nest and new colony.
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23.How do you tell the difference between American cockroaches and German cockroaches?
German cockroaches are much smaller and lighter brown in color when compared to American cockroaches. American roaches are large and almost black. German cockroaches are prolific reproducers and can quickly turn a small problem into a large infestation. American roaches live a good bit of their lifespan outdoors and only come in for food or water.
To get rid of cockroaches, your selection of insecticide and insect growth regulator needs to be specific to the type of roach you are trying to control.
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24.Do centipedes bite and are centipedes poisonous?
Centipedes are considered to be carnivorous. They bite their prey, stinging it and then eating it. Centipede bites on humans can be very painful due to their venom. Bites from centipedes on humans are not usually considered life-threatening.
To avoid Centipede bites, avoid Centipedes. Attempting to kill or capture centipedes is the best way to get bitten by them. General insecticides applied to the exterior of the home, both granular and liquid, are usually enough to provide good control of pests, including centipedes.
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25.How do you get rid of yellow jackets? Keep getting stings from yellow jackets? Where are yellow jacket nests?
Yellow jacket stings can be very painful and yellow jackets can be quite aggressive, especially when defending their nests. The key to controlling yellow jackets and getting rid of them for good is to locate their nests. Yellow jackets nest in the ground.
Once the locations of the yellow jacket nests have been identified, purchase a liquid or even better dust insecticide. Yellow jacket bait stations are also a good option.
Wait until evening and apply the insecticide to the nests. As yellow jackets return to the next they will contact the insecticide and die.
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26.Are daddy long legs poisonous? Do they bite?
Daddy long legs, sometimes called cellar spiders, are not dangerous to humans. With very short fangs, it is not likely a Daddy Long Legs could even bite a human.
They do not have venom glands and therefore do you use chemicals to subdue their prey.
Daddy long legs are beneficial to have around the house as they help control other insects.
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27.What is an assassin bug and do assassin bugs bite?
Like many other insects, assassin bugs are great to have around your home. They are predators and can help control other unwanted insects. Assassin bugs are not aggressive but will bite if handled. The bite can be incredibly painful to even humans.
If you are bitten by an assassin bug, applying topical steroids and taking oral analgesics are the best option.
To control or eliminate assassin bugs around your home, use insecticides(either granular or liquid) and apply them to the exterior perimeter of your home.
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28.What is a huntsman spider? Is a huntsman spider dangerous to humans and will it bite?
Huntsman spiders live in warm climates and are especially known as a common spider in Australia. While they do possess venom they rarely bite humans. Huntsman spiders would much rather avoid a human than attack. The venom of Huntsman spiders has not been shown to be extremely dangerous to humans, unlike that of say a Black Widow or Brown Recluse.
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29.I have a tick bite and may have gotten it from ticks on my dog. What do I need to do to get rid of ticks?
Ticks in Mississippi can be carriers of transmittable diseases to humans including Lyme and RMSF among others. It is essential to remove the tick as quickly and safely as possible to reduce the chance of disease transmission.
For tick prevention going forward follow these 3 steps:
1.Consult with your vet for a topical or oral anti-tick and anti-flea treatment. Usually these are monthly treatments
2.Treat your lawn and around the perimeter of your home with insecticides in granular or liquid form. These treatments will need to be repeated regularly during flea & tick season.
3.Check your pet daily for any ticks that may have attached themselves and remove as safely and quickly as possible.
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30.I have fleas on my dog and need to know how to get rid of fleas in my home?
Getting rid of fleas in the home can be difficult and the results won’t be immediate. Step 1 is coordinating treatment of your home with treatment of your pet at the veterinarian. Scheduling this two at the same time reduces the chances of fleas being transferred in the home again. Step 2 is to use pyrethroid insecticides with insect growth regulators in your home treating all surfaces, flooring, and furniture. Step 3 is to vacuum daily to remove any newly hatched fleas and flea eggs. Step 4 is to repeat the insecticide treatment 7-10 days laster.
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31.What kills rats instantly to get rid of rats in house fast?
Rat poison can get rid of rats quickly, but there are a lot of risks to using rat poison. Poisoning of humans and non-target animals can occur. Before resorting to rat poison, try trapping rats with snap traps, glue traps, or live traps.
Also after getting rats out of your home, make the structural repairs necessary so they don’t come back in. No luck with trapping rats, consider hiring a pest professional with extensive experience in rat poisons.
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32.How do you get rid of fungus gnats and do fungus gnats bite?
Fungus gnats do not bite. To get rid of fungus gnats, you need to locate the source of moist organic matter which is their breeding site. Potted plants are the first place to look. After that look for areas with saturated soil and standing water. Once the breeding site conditions are fixed, the fungus gnats will slowly go away.
Traps can be used to help manage fungus gnats after their breeding site is removed. Sticky traps are widely available and very effective.
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33.How do you get rid of squirrels in the attic?
Squirrels in the attic can become a major problem as they do structural damage to the exterior of your home(fascia board and siding) and interior(chewing through electrical wiring).
Step 1 to getting rid of squirrels is to trap or otherwise make uncomfortable squirrels currently in the attic. This can be done with live traps and irritating lighting such as the Evictor strobe light.
Step 2 once all squirrels are gone, structural repairs must be made to keep additional squirrels from getting into your home. Sometimes this requires metal flashing and mesh as squirrels are voracious chewers.
Step 3 is to make your home as inhospitable in squirrels as possible. Trim all trees and bushes around the home to make it more difficult for squirrels to get to your attic.
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34.Do fruit fly traps work and how do you get rid of fruit flies quickly?
Before investing in fruit fly traps, the critical first step to getting rid of fruit flies quickly is sanitation. Fruit flies depend on organic matter to live, breed, and multiply. Once the organic matter is gone, most of the fruit flies will quickly be gone. Organic matter in drains, garbage disposals, sinks, toilets are just a few areas where fruit flies like to breed. Also rotten fruit or organic matter in the kitchen and/or garbage cans.
Fruit fly traps made with dish soap and apple cider vinegar can help manage the fruit fly problem while you identify and get rid of the organic matter attracting them.
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35.I’m starting to see baby cockroaches and cockroaches with eggs. Does this mean I have a bigger cockroach problem?
The short answer is yes. When a cockroach infestations gets to the point where you are seeing a lot of baby cockroaches and cockroaches with eggs, it means cockroaches are breeding in your home. Based on cockroaches ability to rapidly breed, the infestation can quickly grow of our control.
German roaches are notable in their ability to rapidly breed and infest a home. If you can identify the roaches in your home as German, aggressive action is recommended including bringing in a pest control company specializing in cockroach extermination.
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36.I need a wasp exterminator to remove wasp nests at my house. Where do you find the best wasp exterminator?
Getting rid of wasps around your home is not that difficult. First identify the species of wasp you are dealing with. Red Paper Wasps, Mud Daubers, and Yellow Jackets are 3 of the most common. Next locate the wasp nests. Red paper wasps make honeycombed paper nests usually around the eaves of your home. Mud Daubers build mud nests on the sides of your home. Yellow jackets usually build underground nests.
Removing the nests is essential to prevent re-infestation. For stinging species such as red paper wasps and yellow jackets, remove the nests at night when they are much less active.
Remember, if the wasps don’t pose a threat to you or your family, they are great to have around to manage other insects.
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37.How do you keep spiders away and what is the best spider repellent?
The best repellent for spiders to keep spiders away from your home is to remove attractions around your home for other insects. Spiders are around your home to feed on other insects. Consider keeping exterior lights off when possible, removing areas of clutter and leaves, and keeping shrubs trimmed.
To repel spiders there are a number of essential oils that spiders dislike; however, the spiders need to feed on insects is often greater than its aversion to essential oils: peppermint oil, citronella, cinammon oil, tea tree and lavender.
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38.How do I find the best mosquito exterminator near me?
Mosquito control in the Mississippi summers is essential if you and your family enjoy spending time outdoors. Mosquito control can help reduce your family’s exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses and deadly diseases.
How you do find the best mosquito exterminator?
1.Check references and reviews-Google is a great source
2.Ask questions about the type of chemicals they are using. Mosquito extermination and prevention works best when insect growth regulators and combined with pyrethroid insecticides.
3.Ask for a mosquito prevention tip sheet from your pest company
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39.What are the top signs of bed bugs and what do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs signs can be everywhere in the home, just not the bedroom. Signs of a bed bug infestation include:
1.Bites on your skin, typically in a row and may be on the trunk of your body
2.Small blood stains on sheets and clothing
3.Bed bug droppings on mattresses, bedding, ceilings, and carpet.
Bed bugs are tiny red or brown oval-shaped insects that look similar to some types of mites. They are about the size of an apple seed.
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40.I’m wondering how to get rid of bats? Where do you find a bat removal service?
Getting rid of bats in your house can be an expensive and time-consuming job. It is critical to get rid of bats as quickly as possible due to the health consequences of exposure to bat guano. There are three steps in the bat removal process:
1.Exclusion: Install bat cones or bat exclusion devices to allow bats to leave the house at night but not be able to return.
2.Home repairs: The points of entry for bats in your home must be repaired; otherwise the bat problem will continue.
3.Sanitation and clean up-Bat guano is messy and dangerous. Depending on the length of time bats have been in your home it can be a really big problem.
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41.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.
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42.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.
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43.What does a Black Widow spider bite look like?
Fortunately, black widow spiders bites are rare. Black widows are not aggressive unless it is a female protecting her eggs. Black widows are easily identifiable by the large red hourglass on their backs.
Black widow spiders venom is about 15 times more intense than that of a rattlesnake. All bites from Black Widows should be taken very seriously. The bite may not feel like much more than a pinprick. If there is swelling afterwards and you can see fang marks, this could be an indicative of a black widow spider bite.
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44.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.
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45.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.
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46.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.
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47.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.
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48.Tired of stings from yellow jackets. What are yellow jackets and how do you find yellow jackets’ nests?
Yellow jacket stings hurt and can be deadly(if you have had anaphylactic reactions to stings from wasps, yellow jackets, or bees before). Most importantly, any type of treatment of a yellow jacket nest needs to occur at night when they are least active and aggressive.
The first step to getting rid of yellow jackets is to identify any ground nests. Mark these during daylight hours. In the evening, use a two step method to kill them:
-For an immediate kill, use an aerosol insecticide intended for quick knockdown.
-After using the knock-down aerosol, apply a pyrethroid insecticide in dust form to the ground nest. The dust will have a long duration of action and kill yellow jackets as they come back to the nest the next day.
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49.What are stink bugs? How do you get rid of stink bugs?
Stink bugs are what’s called occasional invaders. They typically live outdoors but come inside your home to escape winter conditions. Stink bugs like warm places, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Spraying insecticides can help reduce stink bugs but insecticides are not the permanent solution.
To get rid of stink bugs in your home, first seal off all points of access. Stink bugs can get into your home through dryer vents, cracks and crevices in trim and siding, and under and around windows and door seals.
After all points of access for stink bugs have been eliminated, consider a two-step approach to get rid of stink bugs for good:
-First, use a liquid synthetic pyrethroid insecticide to spray both the interior of your home and around the exterior focusing on two feet up and two feet out from the foundation.
-Second, apply a granular insecticide around the foundation of your home.Granular insecticides offer much longer periods of control since they aren’t easily washed off.
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50.How do you get rid of gnats, including fungus gnats and drain gnats?
Depending on the species, most gnats prefer to live and breed in moist, organic matter. For fruit flies, this could be rotten fruit or organic matter in drains. For fungus gnats, this can be moist potting soil from an indoor plant. For drain gnats, this could mean moisture or leaky conditions around a toilet or sink or the drain itself.
To get rid of gnats, it is essential to confirm the breeding site if you want to get rid of them permanently.
Simply spraying insecticides for gnats only kills the ones you can see. The adult gnats at the breeding site as well as the eggs are not affected.
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51.Can you tell me how to get rid of carpenter ants and what are carpenter ants with wings?
The key to controlling carpenter ants and getting rid of them for good is to locate the nest on the exterior of your home. Carpenter ant nests are found outdoors in dead or decaying wood. When they nest indoors it can be inside of doors and window sills, anything that is hollowed out. Carpenter ants with wings are the reproductives.
The least effective method of trying to control carpenter ants is the use of repellent pyrethroid insecticides found in big box stores. Non-repellent insecticides and baiting allow carpenter ants to transfer the chemicals back to the nest killing them.
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52.What do I do for ticks on dogs and how to remove ticks?
Frequently checking your pet and fleas and ticks can help avoid costly vet visits. If you find a tick on your dog, it is essential to remove the tick from the dog and quickly and safely as possible. Tweezers applied on the tick as close to the dog’s skin as possible should do the trick. Monitor the tick bite site for signs of infection after removing it.
To prevent your pets from getting ticks, a granular insecticide applied every 60 days during the warm season months can help. While liquid insecticides will kill ticks more quickly, granular insecticides will last much longer.
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53.How do you get rid of fleas on dogs?
Flea infestations in your home can be very difficult to control. If you want to get rid of fleas on your dog and fleas in your home, coordination of treatment of both your pet and home is essential. Schedule a flea treatment for your dog at the local vet’s office on the same day as the flea treatment for your home.
-For your pet, the vet may use multiple methods to get rid of fleas on your dog including dips, oral medications, and topical treatments. An example of a oral treatment to get rid of fleas is Capstar.
-For your home, the application of insecticides will most likely include liquid pyrethroid insecticides and insect growth regulators(or IGRs). IGR’s are critical as you need to disrupt the fleas’ ability to reproduce.
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54.Wondering how to get rid of mosquitoes in my yard?
Getting rid of mosquitoes in your yard may significantly decrease your family’s risk of contracting diseases such as West Nile, Zika, and Chikungunya. A critical first step before purchasing insecticides is to eliminate or reduce any favorable environments for mosquitoes. Getting rid of standing water in bird baths, flower pots, cans, etc. can reduce mosquitoes’ ability to breed on your property. Removing overgrown shrubs and vegetation can eliminate resting places for mosquitoes.
The easiest way to kill mosquitoes is to invest in a powered mistblower. Simply choose any pyrethroid insecticide with an insect growth regulator and mist your entire property. Most mosquito companies repeat the mist applications every 21 days.
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55.What is the best bed bugs treatment to kill bed bugs?
The key to successfully getting rid of bed bugs permanently is preparation. Before trying to kill bed bugs, you need to remove all opportunities for them to hide from your treatment. The following are tips for bed bug treatment preparation:
1.Wash all linens, bedding, mattress cover, affected clothing, and drapes in very hot water
2.Remove all clutter from room, pictures from walls
3.Remove all clothing
4.Take apart bed frames and furniture including night stands
5.Remove all electrical switch and outlet plates
After thoroughly preparing your home for treatment, it is time to kill the bed bugs permanently! Bed bug sprays sold in big box stores are rarely effective. Professional-use synthetic pyrethroids combined with insect growth regulators is the best way to control bed bugs.
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56.What is the best ant spray for ant control and getting rid of ants quickly?
Waking up in the morning with a line of ants in your kitchen can be very frustrating. How do you get rid of ants quickly with the best ant spray? Sometimes the answer is you don’t.
Step 1 for ant control indoors is sanitation. Finding the source of the attraction to ants in your kitchen will go a long way towards getting rid of ants.
After sanitation has been completed, there are three options for ant control: liquid insecticides, granular insecticides, and ant baits. A common best practice in ant extermination is to combine some of these options based on the type of ants identified. Check out our recent blog posts on ant control and extermination here:
57.What are winged termites and flying termites?
Termite control and prevention is extremely important to protect your most valuable asset, your home. Winged termites or flying termites are often the first signs that a homeowner notices indicating a termite infestation. Before panicking, first make sure the winged termites are actually termites. Ants can look very similar. Check out our blog post that compares ants and termites here:
The presence of flying termites and shed wings around doors or windows of a home can be very common, especially in the spring. Take action quickly to protect your home by investing in a termite control and prevention bait system, such as Trelona:
58.What is the best bat repellent?
Bats in your home can be a very difficult, but essential, problem to solve. Getting rid of bats quickly may help a homeowner avoid costly decontamination and cleanup from bat guano. Over time, bat guano can become airborne and cause diseases such as histoplasmosis.
Bat repellent may help get rid of bats, but the first step is to seal up entrance holes to your attic where the bats are gaining access. After the bats have been removed from the attic and holes are sealed, bat repellents including essential oils, lighting, mirrors, and foil can help.
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59.What is the best mouse bait and how to mice beat mouse traps?
Finding the perfect mouse trap bait is not that hard. Mice love nuts so peanut butter and hazelnut spreads are good to start with. For pickier mice, try cheese or chocolate. Don’t forget mice are also foraging for nest materials so sometimes cotton placed on a trap will entice them.
For mice that are trap shy or difficult to catch, try different types of traps. Instead of the traditional snap trap, try glue boards specific for either mice or rats, live traps, or electric traps.
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60.Where do I find the best cockroach killer?
The critical first step in getting rid of cockroaches quickly is to identify the species of cockroaches. American cockroaches and German cockroaches are two of the most common in the U.S. American cockroaches usually live outdoors but are drawn indoors for food, water, or better environmental conditions. German cockroaches are indoor pests almost exclusively.
For American cockroach control, consider an exterior application of insecticides along with inexpensive baits such as boric acid. For indoor control, use good sanitation practices to eliminate the attractants to American roaches. An insecticide spray can help eliminate the remaining roaches indoors.
For German cockroach control, sanitation and cockroach baits are essential. It is extremely difficult to get rid of German cockroaches in your home by just spraying insecticides. Insecticides may kill the German roaches you can see, but never make it back to the nest with all of the German roaches you can’t see.
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61.How do I find the best pest control near me in Jackson MS?
Whether you have an urgent pest problem or a frustrating, recurring pest infestation, selecting the best pest control company in Jackson, MS is critical. How do you find the best company to solve your pest problem? Check out a company’s Google reviews, ratings from services such as HomeAdvisor, Yelp, and Angie’s List or rating services like 3-Best Rated. Synergy² is proud of our reputation as a leading pest control and extermination company in the Jackson metro. Check out our review links below!
62.Do I really need a termite inspection before selling my home in Mississippi?
Most lenders require termite inspections prior to the sale of a home. If your home has been under a termite contract or bond then your pest company has been conducting annual termite inspections on your home. The termite inspection form required for real estate transactions is called a Wood Destroying Insect Report or WDIR.
The cost of an inspection by a licensed pest control company to complete a WDIR is usually under $150.00.
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63.What is the best professional rat poison to get rid of rats fast?
A rat infestation in your home can be alarming and frustrating. Getting rid of rats quickly is not easy. Let professional rat poison be your last line of defense. First try different rat traps including snap traps and glue traps. Also identify and repair points of entry where rats are getting into your home. If all else fails, use extreme caution when dealing with professional rat poisons. Rat poisons can do serious harm to humans, pets, and other non-target animals.
Professional rat poisons include bromethalin, bromadiolone, diphacinone, and cholecalciferol. Make sure that all rat poisons are contained in locked rodent bait stations so that only rats can access the poison.
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64.If I see a baby cockroach, does that mean there are a lot more cockroaches in the walls?
Baby cockroaches can be an indicator of a larger cockroach infestation. Other signs include the presence of cockroach droppings and cockroach eggs(or ootheca). If you discover cockroaches in your home, the first step is to accurately identify what type of cockroach it is. The two most common cockroaches are German roaches and American roaches. Treatments to effectively exterminate the roaches will vary based on the type of roach it is.
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65.What is the best treatment for bed bugs and the best bed bugs spray?
The best treatment for bed bugs often involves several steps:
1.Sanitation-Washing all clothing and bedding in extremely hot water
2.Preparation-Taking apart bed frames, furniture, outlet covers, removing clutter
3.Liquid insecticide treatments that include insect growth regulators to disrupt the bed bug breeding process
4.Application of bio-pesticides for resistant bed bugs
66.What is a Brown Recluse spider and what does a Brown Recluse spider bite look like?
A bite by a Brown Recluse spider can be very serious. Fortunately, deaths from a Brown Recluse bite are very rare. The Brown Recluse spider bite may be nearly painless. Within 48 hours a rash may develop and can progress to necrosis of tissue. Distinguishing features of a Brown Recluse are the dark brown violin shape on their backs and their necks being close to their thorax.
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67.How do you get rid of ants in the house?
Ants in the home can be difficult to get rid of. There are 4 common types of ants that invade homes: Argentine ants, Pharoah ants, odorous house ants, and little black ants. Often homeowners will refer to all of these as sugar ants. There are three steps to eliminating ants in your house:
1.Determine the correct species of ant. This will help you understand what food source is attracting them.
2.Identify the food source that is attracting the ants and remove it
3.Follow the ant trail on the inside of your home to the outside to find the nest
Granular or gel ant baits can be very effective in getting rid of ants. Spraying insecticides may temporarily help reduce the ant infestation.
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68.How do you get rid of mice in the walls and what is the best mouse trap bait?
Getting rid of mice in the walls of your home can be tricky. Most homeowners immediately think of rodent poison as the best option. The major disadvantage of poison for mice and other rodents is that they can consume the bait and die in your walls. The odor of a decaying rat or mouse in your house is not what you want to deal with.
Before choosing rat or mouse poison, first try trapping with either glue boards or traps designed specifically for mice. For more information on getting rid of mice in your home, check out our recent blog post : https://synergy2ms.com/this-is-how-to-identify-mouse-droppings/
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69.What are silverfish and do they bite?
To get rid of silverfish, first find their source of moisture and food. Bathrooms with leaky pipes are common areas to find silverfish. Silverfish feed on starchy items such as paper, adhesives, book bindings, and carpet. Pyrethroid sprays will kill silverfish; however, the permanent solution is removing the source of moisture.
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70.How to get rid of gnats, including fungus gnats?
There are thousands of different gnats, including the most common fruit flies and fungus gnats. For both of these, look for areas of organic matter and moisture. Fungus gnats love to breed in the soil of potted plants. Fruit flies breed in rotting organic matter and/or organic matter in drains.
To get rid of fungus gnats or fruit flies, first remove the organic matter source of the infestation. Next, a liquid insecticide spray with an insect growth regulator will disrupt the gnats and fruit flies’ ability to breed.
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71.What is an earwig and do earwigs bite?
Earwigs are intimidating looking insects with large pinchers on the rear of their body. Earwigs do not bite but they do use their pinchers in self-defense. If you discover earwigs inside your home, it is essential to find the areas of moisture outside of your home where they are living. Insecticide sprays will help but eliminating the source of moisture is the key to getting rid of earwigs.
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72.What is the best fruit fly trap to get rid of fruit flies?
Fruit fly traps can help you temporarily reduce the fruit fly infestation in your home but will not permanently solve the problem. To completely eliminate fruit flies, you need to find the source of the infestation and their breeding grounds. Usually this is some type of organic matter, such as in drains, garbage cans, or rotting fruit or vegetables.
To help manage fruit flies while you are looking for the source of infestation, a fruit fly trap can be made with a jar and apple cider vinegar. If you prefer to purchase a trap, Terro fruit fly traps are available on Amazon or at your local big box store.
73.What is the best cockroach killer?
Insecticides can kill cockroaches but they may not completely eliminate the cockroach infestation. The best cockroach killer often doesn’t involve chemicals but instead, sanitation and exclusion. After completing those two steps, there are a number of options to kill cockroaches: liquid insecticides, baits, dusts, and boric acid.
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74.How do you get bed bugs?
Bed bugs can infest your home in a number of ways: luggage or clothing from a recent hotel stay, kid’s backpack or your purse, used furniture purchases are just a few. Once inside your home bed bugs have the ability to move around to find the best location for a blood meal, which means you!
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75.How do you get rid of fruit flies?
Fruit flies can be challenging to get rid of if you can’t find the source of the infestation. In addition to breeding in rotten fruit, fruit flies commonly infest drains and feed on the organic matter in the drain traps. Insecticide sprays are only temporarily effective. To get rid of fruit flies for good you need to remove their breeding site, organic matter in drains. An organic drain foam that eats away organic matter is the best way to do this.
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76.How do you get rid of American cockroaches, the large black ones?
Getting rid of American cockroaches can be easier than German cockroaches. Exclusion and sanitation are two primary methods of American cockroach control that don’t involve chemicals. After that consider pyrethroid sprays, insect growth regulators, and borate-based baits.
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77.What do bed bugs look like?
Waking up with tiny red welts all over your body is no fun. Could it be beg bugs? Wondering what bed bugs look like? Bed bugs are tiny parasites that are reddish brown in color. They hide during daylight hours and wait until dark when they detect CO2 from humans. That is their cue to come feed on you. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about what bed bugs look like:
78.How do you get rid of roaches?
Getting rid of roaches can take some time. The first step is determining what type of roach infestation you have. American roaches live outdoors but come indoors. German roaches prefer to live indoors and are much more difficult to exterminate. For American roaches, a borate-containing product or general insecticide may be enough. For German roaches, baiting is essential!
79.What do I do if I find bed bugs on my mattress?
The easy answer(and wrong one) is to throw out your mattress and quickly get rid of the bed bugs. Unfortunately bed bugs are much smarter than this. While they are attracted to your mattress at night due to CO2 you exhale while sleeping, during daylight hours they disappear. In addition to hiding in the seams of your mattress, bed bugs also like sofas, chairs, picture frames, electrical outlets, baseboard cracks, wallpaper, and dressers. Check out our recent blog posts on bed bugs to learn more about what to do if you find bed bugs on your mattress:
80.Suggestions on how to get rid of bed bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs is extremely difficult. Bed bugs have the ability to hide in very small cracks, crevices, seams of mattresses, etc. They wait there until detecting CO2 from humans which is their cue to feed(on YOU!). A bed bug can also go long periods of time without feeding. Before thinking about insecticides to kill bed bugs, the first(and most important step) is prepping your home for a bed bug treatment. For more information on bed bug extermination and tips for getting rid of bed bugs quickly, please visit the following recent blog posts:
81.How can you tell the difference between mouse and rat droppings?
Rat droppings are much larger(1/2 inch) with blunt ends; whereas, mouse droppings are 1/4 inch and will taper at the end. The amount of droppings may be an indicator as to the severity of the rodent infestation.
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82.How to get rid of mice in your home?
Wondering how to get rid of mice in your home? Professional exterminators use a variety of tools to quickly address rodent infestations, such as those caused by mice and rats. The 4 most common tools for mouse control are: exclusion, bait, glue Boards, and snap traps. Check out our recent articles on how to control mice in your home below:
83.How do you know if a spider is poisonous?
Spiders around or in your home can be very difficult to manage. Most spiders are great to have around as they help manage flying insects and other pests. The 3 most common venomous spiders we have in Mississippi are: Black Widow, Brown Recluse, and the Wof Spider. Check out our blog posts below on poisonous spiders in Mississippi and how to deal with them:
84.I have bats inside my home. How do you get rid of bats?
Bats are great to have around your home as they control unwanted insects. They aren’t so great though when they are inside your home. The first step to getting rid of bats in a home is making sure all bats are gone. Pest professionals use bat cones to allow bats to leave the home/attic and not return. After all bats have left the attic, the next critical step to insuring they don’t come back is exclusion. Bats can get through tiny holes so hiring a contractor to make all necessary repairs is recommended.
To deter bats from re-entering your home consider adding exterior night lighting and decoy bat houses.
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85.What does a wolf spider bite look like and are wolf spiders poisonous?
Wolf spider bites are rare as they prefer to keep to themselves and are not considered aggressive. A bite from a wolf spider can produce sharp pain and a skin reaction that looks red and swollen. Wolf spider venom is a paralyzing agent but only works on small insects so no need to worry.
If you are bitten by a Wolf spider, clean the area with soap and water. Monitor daily for signs of infection. For more information on Wolf Spiders, please visit:
86.What is a termite bond and what does a termite inspection include?
For a termite bond is a contract or agreement with a pest control company specializing in termite prevention that guarantees the company will come back and re-treat if there are ever signs of termites. Think of a termite bond as insurance against future treatment costs for termite infestations of your home. Just as you wouldn’t drive a a car without insurance, you probably don’t want to own a home without termite insurance. Termite bonds are normally guaranteed for a 12 month period with an option to renew every year.
87.How do you get rid of German roaches quickly?
How to get rid of German roaches quickly? Unfortunately there is not a simple answer to this very common question. German roach infestations can be among the most difficult-to-solve pest problems. German roaches love to be inside our homes where there is warmth and humidity. They also reproduce quickly. What to do? Supplement any type of insecticide spray with bait specific to German roaches.
88.How can you tell the difference between mouse or squirrel droppings in the attic?
Droppings from mice are typically dark in color and about the size of a grain of rice with pointed ends. Squirrel droppings look much more similar to rat droppings, except you may notice a twist in the middle of the dropping. It is not unusual for droppings from squirrels to occur in clusters. For more information on rodents, including squirrels and mice please visit our pest page at:
89.How do you get rid of bats in a house or attic?
Getting rid of bats in a home or attic usually involves exclusion plus one-way bat traps. Once bats leave the home repairs must be made to prevent bats from gaining entry to the home again. Remember, bats are a federally-protected species. Check out our recent blog post on getting rid of bats in your home:
90.What kills rats instantly and gets rid of rats in a house fast?
Rodent bait is a quick and effective way to deal with an infestation of rodents, including rats and mice. Poison containing rat baits must be used very carefully and in locked containers inaccessible to humans and other wildlife. Check out our recent blog post on mouse traps and mouse trap baits:
91.What is quarterly pest prevention service and do I really need it?
Quarterly pest prevention is a contract service where an exterminator comes to your home on a regular schedule. “Quarterly” means four times a year, or approximately every three months.
If this seems like too much or too little for your home, most companies offer other contracted service schedules. Monthly and bimonthly are standard options for homes prone to pests. Twice a year is a common option for households who rarely have problems with pests.
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92.How do you get rid of squirrels in the attic? What was 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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93.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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94.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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95.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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96.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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97.What do carpenter ants look like and how do you get rid of carpenter ants?
Carpenter ants are very large ants, usually black in color and up to 5/8 inch in size. Carpenter ants are beneficial to the environment as they chew through decaying wood. They become a problem; however, when they get in or around your home. Carpenter ants do not “eat” wood like termites, but chew through it making tunnels. Most of the time the wood they use to attack is moist due to moisture problems.
To get rid of carpenter ants, first eliminate the moisture problem that is attracting them in the first place. Next find the outdoor nest of carpenter ants that may be causing the problem. Carpenter ant nests are found in old decaying wood. Treat the nest and trail of carpenter ants with insecticide dusts, sprays, and baits.
98.How to get rid of cockroaches, especially German cockroaches?
Cockroaches in your home are no fun. In addition to the sanitation issue with cockroach droppings, cockroaches can also transmit diseases. German cockroaches are some of the smallest cockroaches but can be extremely difficult to get rid of. German roaches are also prolific breeders so your cockroach problem can get out of control quickly.
To get rid of German cockroaches, the most important and first step is sanitation. Figuring out what is attracting German roaches to your house is critical.
After correcting sanitation issues, there are a variety of cockroach killers available. Don’t just think pest sprays for roaches. For German roaches, you will want to include some type of bait with an IGR in it.
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99.What do earwigs look like and how do you get rid of them? Do earwigs bite?
Earwigs may look scary but really aren’t. Earwigs are dark brown with very large pinchers. To get rid of earwigs, look for areas of moisture as the cause of an earwig infestation. Earwigs prefer areas known for moisture such as bathrooms and basements. Also, earwigs come from outside so address any structural issues with your home including gaps in door seals and cracks in siding.
Earwigs do not bite but they can use their pinchers in self defense.
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100.What are house centipedes and how do you get rid of centipedes? Do centipedes bite?
Centipedes are considered to be an occasional invader to homes. The most common type of centipede is the house centipede. To prevent centipedes or get rid of centipedes, think of centipedes just like you do earwigs. Centipedes are attracted to areas of moisture in your home.
Centipedes do bite and a centipede bite can be very painful.
Liquid insecticides applied as a fine mist and insecticide dusts are recommended to help control centipedes in the home.
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