Rodent Control

rodent-control-for-businessesRodents can pose a major threat to both; property and human health. Not only do they eat a variety of foods that you may have stored in your pantry, but they can also contaminate it. This can lead to food poisoning.

They can also cause significant damage to buildings by chewing on everything from insulation to wallboard. They also have the ability to spread diseases. The diseases can be spread by multiple instances.

First, they can spread all kinds of diseases by biting you. They can also spread all kinds of diseases from their urine. And they can spread diseases with their feces.  Being a specialized rodent control Boise ID company we how to get rid these types of rodents the right way.

How To Get Rid Of Common Rodents:

1. Getting Rid Of Rats and/or Mice.

Some of the best ways to get rid of rats and/or mice is by using bait and traps. If you’re looking to get rid of these unwanted pests you could look into purchasing several different spring loaded traps and bait the rats and/or mice with cheese, dried fruit, and/or oats. All of these bait foods should work because it will work to attract the mice. However, it is important to be sure that the actual bait is securely attached to the trip pole/pedal. Otherwise, they trap may not function properly and spring when the food is removed by the mice/rats. You will also want to be sure that you set the traps at a right angle (90 degrees) to the actual walls where the rodents tend to travel. The actual bait side of the trap(s) should be facing toward the wall.

Once you effectively capture or kill a rodent, it is important to not touch it with your hands. You need to utilize some latex gloves and dispose of the rodent in a plastic bag. Once the rodents are removed from your trap(s), you need to disinfect the traps with either bleach and/or hydrogen peroxide.

At Alpha Home Pest Control we’ve found that using bait is a more effective way to handle these rodents. Using a bait capture system ensures that any dead rodents remain out sight and can easily be disposed of.

2. Prevention.

In order to effectively keep rodents out of your property, you are going to need to follow the tips below.

a.) Eliminate All Food and Water Sources.

The first thing that you should do is be sure that you eliminate any source of food or water from your home. You can do this by keeping all of the garage in secure containers. You should also remove fallen fruits and/or nuts from your yard if you have any. You should also remove all of the pet food that you have in your house right after feeding. Do not leave it outside at night. This will only attract rodents. Repair any plumbing leaks before they cause more problems as rodents can use this to get water.

b.) Eliminate Hiding And Living Places For Rodents.

The next thing that you are going to have to do is eliminate the potential hiding and living places for the rodents. Do not store old cars and/or furniture outside where the rodents can nest. Only store lumber off of the ground. Remove unused piles of wood and other materials that rodents could use to form a nest.

By following all of the tips in this article, you should be able to effectively eliminate rodents from your home and properly prevent them from coming back.

 

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Ant Control

Ants can be a major problem anywhere. Whether it’s a ground floor apartment, a country home, or even a house in the city, ants have a way of invading a home in force. If you need to know how to get rid of ants, then you want to do a little research to get the knowledge you need. While an exterminator may end up being necessary, most of the time a few basic ant traps and some smart prevention measures can help.

The first step is also understanding that there are several different types of ants. You want to learn the most common types of ants in your area so you know what methods will be the most effective in getting rid of your particular ant infestation.  Being a specialized ant control Boise Idaho company we’ll help you get rid of your unwanted pests, but here how you can tackle the problem yourself.

originalCarpenter Ants
You are going to notice a large group of carpenter ants. This is because carpenter ants are among the largest in the United States and can grow up to a full 13mm in length. They love meats and sugars, and are large enough to even prey on other insects.

Look around your property for signs of ants in old, damp, wet, or rotting wood. Whether inside or out, carpenter ants prefer to make their home within wood. If you see these signs, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with carpenter ants.

You need to find the main nest and get rid of it. The best prevention is making sure that any wood on your property, whether an old out building, stump, or damaged wood on your house, you need to get it fixed as quickly as possible before an infestation occurs.

Black_AntPavement Ants
pavement ants look a lot like carpenter ants, but they tend to be much smaller. These can range in size from 1.5 mm to 4.0 mm in size. These black ants can also be dark brown in shape or color and not just black. They are extremely common throughout the U.S. and like to set up colonies in dark areas.

They like a wide variety of different foods and can be attracted by sugar, vegetable remains, corn based foods, greasy and oily foods. In other words, these small pavement ants are very easy to attract and chances are if you see a lot of small pavement ants you’re dealing with actual pavement ants over carpenter ants.

The first thing you can do is make sure you wipe counters and never leave foods out. Clean up spills just to make sure that there’s no trace of food around. Beware of leaks, as water can attract them in dry climates, as well.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants can include a wide variety of ants and range from as small as 2 mm to as large as 15 mm. If you’re seeing winged ants, there’s a good chance you’ve stumbled upon a odorous house ant infestation. They tend to especially become active in the dusk and evening hours.

Odorous house ants are all about reliable sources of food. Get rid of these and you’ll have all the information you need to get rid of odorous ants from your home.

Discouraging Kitchen & Bathroom Ants

Ants tend to show up in two rooms in particular: the kitchen and the bathroom. The water from the bathroom attracts them, and explains why they’re drawn into that room. Ant traps by the corners of the walls or any obvious cracks can help take care of that. It also helps to dry up any loose water after a shower or bath with a spare towel to sop up the water that might be getting their attention.

The kitchen is the main room where infestations often appear. It’s critical then to keep food out only when you’re preparing it, and to wipe and clean as often as possible. This includes the oven, counter spaces, and sweeping and mopping. It’s a good idea to have an ant trap by the garbage, as well as hard to reach spots around appliances or other areas they might be sneaking in from.

Follow these tips and no matter what type of ant, you’ll be prepared to handle an infestation and keep them from coming back!

 

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