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Why are Bed Bugs such a Feared Pest?

Bed bugs are at the top of the list for most feared pests and experiencing a bed bug infestation in your own home can take its toll on any family.  If you think about it, bed bugs are like a physiological pest, they can take over your home as well as your mind

Over the years bed bugs have advanced their immunity and have developed a high resistance to today’s current pest products, which makes it next to impossible to handle them on your own.  Store bought products just do not work.  With bed bugs you need really need to take the situation seriously and break out the big guns and hire a profession to properly eliminate the infestation.

Bed Bugs are a parasitic insect, which means they feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep.  You may think that checking your bed and sheets before you go to bed would be enough, no noticeable bed bugs, good to go right?  Not the case, bed bugs are masters when it comes to hiding. Bed bugs tend to hid in the smallest of cracks and crevices of a headboard, bed frame, dressers pretty much any furniture and they can be very hard to spot. Bed bugs will typically remain safe and hidden until it’s time to feed and consume a blood meal. Once the blood meal is consumed they return to their safe spot to digest and reproduce.

Bed bugs are attracted to warmth, blood and carbon dioxide, perfect invitation from a person sleeping in a warm bed.  Bed bugs will inject the host with its saliva which contains an anesthetic, this will help numb the area and often times the bite will go unnoticed during the feed.  Some people experience reactions to the bites and will wake up with the bite area swollen, red and itchy.

If you think you have bed bugs call your local pest professional right away.  A bed bug infestation can grow quickly, do not allow time for them to get established. It would be best to have a professional inspection and start treatment.

Give Alpha a call at 208-475-4440

 

Rodent Control Tips

Rodents 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.

How To Get Rid Of Common Rodents:

1. Getting Rid Of Rats and/or Mice.

The best way to get rid of rats and/or mice is by using traps. You will need to purchase 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.

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.

Pest Control in the Winter

We have heard it many times, pest control in the winter is a waste and not needed because the pests “go away”. The truth is, winter pest services are just as important as any other, if not more valuable.

When the temperatures start to cool and winter begins, pests, rodents and spiders, insects do not just fly south for winter and “disappear”. The fact is they have high motivation to find a secure winter home, even if it is inside your home, attic, basement, garage, even businesses! The pests are not picky, if they can find a way inside and are not disturbed, they will stay.

Most know that rodents such as mice are a likely suspect to be sneaking into your home to stay warm. Mice can cause a slew of problems if they go unnoticed; nesting in insulation (which will have to be completely replaced), chewing wires creating fire hazards, getting into the pantry and helping themselves to your food, and we can’t forget to mention all the urine and mice droppings they leave everywhere!

The biggest concern is with pests that can cause damage to the building structure. Wood destroying pests such as termites and carpenter ants are a major concern. Unfortunately, both of these wood destroying pests can be difficult to notice at first as these pests are often inside walls, attic and even crawl spaces. You need a pest professional to do a thorough interior inspection once a year, if these pests are identified a treatment plan must be started asap to gain control over the situation and save the structure from continued damage. For these pests, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like; hot summer or coldest of winter, damage will be nonstop.

Remember, winter pest services are just as important as any other time of the year and can save you expenses in costly repairs.