Mice: They’re Here to Stay

Mice are by far the most infamously common household pest.

Although, while some mice may not seem threatening, they are usually unwelcome guests in most households. Not only do they burrow into food supplies and furniture, they are also disease carrying critters, spreading bacteria and viruses through saliva, droppings, and fleas. Mice are relatively harmless to humans otherwise, however precautions must be made to prevent an infestation.

There are a few ways in which you can rid your home of mice humanely. Although the most effective method is to seek professional help, you can put into practice some of these useful tips to curb the infestation until help arrives.

If you’re looking to treat your mice problem humanely before pest control services take over, you will want to stay away from glues, poisons, and mouse traps. There are an assortment of techniques to use if you hope to repel mice away from your home and your pantries. One online source suggests using peppermint tea, oil, and extracts to keep mice away. The potent smell of peppermint interferes with a mouse’s very sensitive sense of smell, causing it to stray far away from enclosed areas smelling of peppermint. You can try dousing cotton balls with peppermint extract, and laying them throughout your house and in mice entry holes and crevices. Another temporary fix involves mixing a half gallon of apple cider vinegar with two gallons of water. Once a month, sprinkle the solution outside of your house, and on all possible mice entry points.

If you’re house or its surrounding area is messy and disorganized, mice will probably take shelter and nest in your crowded mess. Bundles of old paperwork, magazines, and old furniture can provide mice with the perfect home within a home. Avoid storing food within cardboard boxes containers, as mice can smell and eat through cardboard. Store food in plastic jars and containers to safeguard food supplies and force mice to go elsewhere for food.

If you have an outdoor shed or yard full of equipment, these can become havens for field mice and other outdoor rodents. Make sure to allow a path of mowed lawn and cut grass between your home, and possible nesting sites like sheds, or wood piles.

Also available on the market are some botanical rodent repellant products you spread in and around your home. These repellants usually contain herbs with extracts and smells that disturb rodent nests. The herbs and chips are condensed into pouches that fit easily through holes, crevices, and cracks where mice take shelter. While forcing mice out, the scents offered by these botanical repellents can offer any household a breath of pleasantry and freshness. Fresh Cab and Stay Away are some brands to look for.

These solutions however may not lead to a permanent solution, as mice can be extremely persistent pests. In most cases, the use of more assertive practices by pest control professionals will need to be considered. If you liked this post and would like to read more on pest control info check out our twitter @American_Pest for more. If you’re interested in our services, check out our main site. Thanks for reading !

Dealing With Your Pet’s Fleas

Dealing with Fleas can be a daunting task. If you have pets that frolic outside in those beautiful, temperate summer afternoons, it’s almost inevitable that your pets will catch more than a few fleas.

Unfortunately once you bring those fleas indoors, they are next-to-impossible to get rid of. First off, fleas are very difficult to spot. By the time you spot your first fleas, your home may already be well on its way to infestation. Secondly, fleas are very difficult to exterminate. Once you’ve killed them on your pets, there may be thousands living in your carpets and furniture. Worst of all, these little buggers can jump over three feet high, allowing them to spread fairly easily throughout your household. If you’re hoping to get rid of your flea problem, seeking professional help may be your best bet. In the meantime however you will want to alleviate some of the problem as much as possible. Here are some tips from Wiki How on how to deal with flea infestations in your home.

Pets or no pets, fleas may be dwelling in your home. In the case that you do have pets carrying in fleas, make sure you begin to address the problem with them. Firstly, give your pet a proper soap bath. A soapy bath with a proper, and safe flea repellant solution is a very effective way of ridding your pet’s flea problem. Soapy solutions prevent fleas from grasping onto the hair shaft, drowning them into the flea-repellant filled water. Also, add a small cup of white vinegar into the bathing solution to ensure flea repellency. Thereafter, use a flea comb to pinpoint and kill any live fleas still left. Begin from the head and ears of your pet, and continue downward to the legs and tail. You can also use oral and topical medications that contain Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), which also kills bugs in their larvae or pupae stage. If you are wary of using chemicals to treat your pet’s flea problems, use strong scented oils that act as moisturizers for your pet’s skin, such as Citronella, Lavender and Lemongrass.

Once you’ve cleared your pets of their infestations, you may move onto your house. If you do not have pets, you can jump right onto this step. Most eggs are planted right in your carpets or floorboards. Once these eggs hatch into larvae, they may move onto their pupae stage, which envelopes them into a waterproof cocoon before developing into a full fledged adult flea. Therefore, it is important to machine-wash all bedding, and fabrics with warm soapy water. Rugs and carpeting should be washed and scrubbed thoroughly with warm soapy water to eliminate all larvae and cocoons. Thereafter, vacuum your entire house diligently. Vacuum furnishings, upholsterers, furniture, curtains, etc. to ensure you pick up any cocoon or larvae remnants. Do this everyday for more than a week. Finally, use either food grade diatomaceous earth or borax on your carpets to kill all remaining bugs. Wait about a week or two before you vacuum again. This process may very well become a bit extraneous, but it is the best temporary fix before extermination teams come to the rescue.

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