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When Mice and Rats Enter Manufacturing Plants

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 10:52 am October 14, 2014

Rodent Control

Mice and rat infestation can sometimes happen in manufacturing plants and other facilities when these pests create their nests inside these facilities. There are some ways to know if a manufacturing plant already has an infestation.

Signs of Infestation

Gnawing

Mice and rats, love to gnaw like any other rodents. They will chew doors, windows, and utility line. Gnawed packaged foods and boxes in the food storage area are a sign that rats or mice are just nearby.

Burrows

The burrows of these rodents can be found outside the plant, such as under sidewalks, ditches, under floors, and platforms. They can also create holes and dig around the foundation of a building. However, these rats can also create burrows inside a facility and may stay in dark-hidden areas of the kitchen or food storage area.

Droppings

Rats and mice continuously release fresh droppings anywhere they pass by or anywhere they gnaw. Seeing fresh droppings is an indication that a rodent infestation is already in place. Search for places that are commonly visited or even cleaned, near walls, and behind objects.

Foul odor

Rats usually leave a distinct smell that indicates their presence. When these rats live together, they create a strong foul smell that is hard to miss.

Smears

Rats usually run by rubbing their skin against the wall. They usually do this so that they can find their way, especially when it is dark. Search for possible smears along walls, and in openings where rats seen.

Protect Your Establishment

To avoid mice and rats from even entering your establishment, make sure to:

Remove their source of water

There are different ways for these rodents to gain access to water, especially in commercial places. Faucets may sometimes be left opened or there may be leaks on the pipes. Make sure that these areas are usually checked and fixed when needed.

Remove their source of food

Trash containers should always be sealed, especially at night when all the workers are gone home. It is also necessary to dispose garbage boxes, paper bags or in cans, food scraps and wrappers properly.

Remove their shelter

Trash should not be allowed to accumulate near the premises. Doors and windows should always be closed. It is also important to close all holes in walls and floors that are found. Check places that are not always checked and get rid of any items that are not necessary inside the facility. Make sure that the company also follows the right procedure in IPM or Integrated Pest Management and that the entire staff are trained to spot possible infestations to properly control and eliminate them as soon as they are found.

Protect your business from rodents. At the first sign of rats and mice in your  property, contact Horizon Pest Control for a Free Inspection. For more information, visit Commercial Rat Control.

Stop Ants from Their Kitchen Invasion

Filed under: Ant Control — Megan Howard @ 10:49 am October 7, 2014

Ant Control

Ants enter our kitchens with the aim of getting the food they want without the care of us seeing them. They work relentlessly, even if we try to get rid of them. They will come back for more and may never leave our kitchens because of the free buffet we provide them.

How to Stop Ant Invasion

Make Sure that Your Kitchen is Always Clean

  1. Do not leave the kitchen dirty.
  2. Make sure that the kitchen is free from any leftovers before you even leave it.
  3. Wipe down all surfaces with vinegar so that it becomes disinfected.
  4. Remove sources of garbage.
  5. Garbage cans should always be shut tightly.
  6. Food containers should always be sealed.
  7. Rinse off containers and bottles before disposing them.

Seal their Entrances

While creating a clean kitchen, make sure to seal off all possible entrances. Ants are small creatures that can easily gain access to the slightest and smallest entry. Since these ants are too small to know where they are gaining entry, follow the lined of ants and see where they are entering and leaving. Seal all entrances that you can find with the use of a silicone caulk or a plaster.

Create Barriers

To keep these ants from gaining entry, place barriers in areas where they are mostly seen. The use of ant chalk, cinnamon, citrus oil, baby powder, cayenne pepper, white vinegar and water, and the likes will help in deterring these ants from getting to their food source.

Bait or Spray Them

Spray them

Spraying the ants that you see may help in deterring them for a while. However, spraying these ants do not provide a lasting effect because these ants may still come back after a day or two.

Bait them

To effectively get rid of ants in the kitchen, prepare a great treat of bait for them. There are different bait solutions available in the market these days, which you can also use. Just place these liquid baits in areas where these ants are seen so that they can get the bait, and carry it home. Although these baits may take a week or two to take effect, but the result is always effective since you may notice the decrease of ants in the kitchen until the day that they will not come anymore.

Horizon Pest Control provides high quality pest control service done at a timely manner. For more information about our programs, go to New Jersey Ant Control.

Help Pets Get Rid of Their Pests

Filed under: Pest Control,Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 10:09 am October 3, 2014

New Jersey Yard Pest Control

If you have pets at home, it is just natural that you will protect them against the threat of parasites as well as protect your home against them. When your pets suffer from them, they will suffer from the continued presence of these pests, which may affect their behavior and health.

To treat your pets from pests, make sure to consistently keep them treated. Pets naturally attract fleas and ticks, and if your pets become defenseless against them by not treating them, these pests will just eat your pets away until they cannot take it any longer.

Two of the most common parasites pets get are:

Fleas

Dogs and cats often get fleas through other animals and if they encounter areas where fleas are present. Although fleas cannot fly, they are great at travelling from one host to the next by jumping through their next potential host.

Some pets naturally itch when fleas attack. For sensitive pets, fleas can cause severe itching that may result in hair-loss, inflammation, and skin infection. Skin infection may result to having the inflammation and the irritation grow and swell.

Ticks

Ticks become more active during the spring and summer months, but this does not mean that they cannot thrive during the cold months. Ticks can be present all year round in some areas in the United States where there is no real winter, and they can also become active after the weather becomes warm even for a day or two during the winter.

These blood-suckers are difficult to get rid of once they find a proper host. However, it is necessary to have these pests removed in order for your pets to stay healthy. When ticks are not removed, ticks can cause serious diseases that will affect your pets and may even kill it.

Common treatment for pets include:

  • Proper grooming
  • Shampoo that can get rid of pests
  • Spot-on treatments
  • Vaccinations
  • Oral medications
  • Tick dips
  • Tick collars

Protect your pets and your family from ticks and fleas. Call us today or visit New Jersey Yard Pest Control for more information.

Stop Squirrels from Entering Your Home in New Jersey

Filed under: Pest Management,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 10:08 am October 1, 2014

New Jersey Animal Control

To gain access into your home, squirrels will use the trees that are touching your house, then gnaw the vinyl soffit to create their nesting site or create entry holes by gnawing into the wood. Once they gain entry into a house, they may be found in attic crawlspaces, in the chimney, on woodwork, or stuck inside the wall structure of your home.

Squirrels that have already gained entry into a home, and have already made nesting sites into the home structure may become too accustomed to their nesting site that they will not leave, even when the weather cools down. Squirrels are known as an all-year problem in New Jersey and can create extensive damage to a home structure.

For instance, the gray squirrel loves to stay in attics, and love to chew on wood, wires, ducts, pipes, and anything they can find in the attic. They run and create noises that can really be disturbing. The running part of these squirrels can still be tolerated somehow, but their ability to destroy in a short period of time can create bigger problems. The nesting material that they bring in plus the urine and feces they create can be potentially harmful to any homeowner.

The most effective way to get rid of squirrels in your property is to trap them. If you do not want to inhumanely dispose them, better set traps inside and outside potential nesting sites. It is also necessary to seal holes that they have chewed. It would be advantageous to seal possible entries with steel so that they cannot gain entry anymore. Also, tree branches that are touching the structure should be trimmed or cut. If all else fail, and squirrels are still in your home structure, call a pest control professional to do the exclusion for you.

If you see a squirrel or any nuisance animal in or around your property, call Horizon Pest Control. For more information about our services, go to New Jersey Animal Control.