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Are Rodents Living in Your Home?

Filed under: Rodent Control — admin @ 3:41 pm October 30, 2015

Rodent ControlYour home is the place where you’re supposed to feel cozy and safe. Intruders and unwanted guests can take away that feeling of safety, leaving you feeling uncomfortable. The worst guests of all, are the ones that make your skin crawl – rodents. If you’re not sure if you’re sharing your home with mice or rats (or worse), check for any of these telltale signs:

Droppings and Urine Trails

The most obvious sign of all are droppings, and rodents are not shy about leaving them wherever they’ve crawled. Look for them in the back of your kitchen cabinets, pantries, and cupboards. Basically, anywhere they might find food. If you’ve got any kind of infestation, even just a few, you’ll see evidence. Rodents will also urinate on the go, leaving small puddles and drips along walls.

Squeaks and Smells

In the evening, as you lay in bed, turn off the television and listen. Rodents are nocturnal, and will be waking up as you’re going to sleep, and they are definitely not quiet. You might hear squeaks, rustling, and scurrying sounds behind walls, inside cabinets, and all over your basement. Mice also have an awful, musky odor. It’s an unusual and distinct smell, impossible to confuse with other household odors like a kitchen garbage can or spoiled food. Once you’ve smelled it, it’s hard to forget.

Rodent ControlNibbles, Gnawing, and Holes in Food Packaging

Another sign you never want to see – because it will be too late – is evidence of chewing. You may see it on food packaging, near where you may have seen droppings. Gnawing is a common rodent activity, done to grind down their teeth. They’ll chew on anything, but they prefer wood, which is unfortunate since that’s probably what your cabinets are made of. Occasionally, they will chew through electrical wire, which makes them a risk for fires.

Rodents chew, gnaw and nibble on anything they can smell, so you should check boxes and bags of food in your cabinets and pantry for evidence. Look in the back – way back.

Nests and Tracks

We all love a cozy place to sleep, and rodents are no different. They build nests anywhere they can be warm, like dressers, behind appliances, and even inside computers. They use anything soft, like fabric, quilting, shredded paper, grass and leaves, and they hide away in closets, walls, or the space between ceilings and floors.

You may see footprints or tail marks in dusty spots in your basement or closets, and you may be able to figure out what you’re dealing with based on the size of the tracks. Mice have the smaller feet, about 3/8 inch, and rats measure from 3/4 to 1 inch. You may also see a line between the footprints where the rat drags its tail.

Pest ControlRestless Pets

Finally, if your pets are acting strange, sniffing in corners and under the oven or refrigerator, there’s a good chance there’s something Fido knows that you don’t.

At Horizon Pest Control, we’re experts at NJ rodent control. Contact us today to help you with your unwanted guests.

 

 

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Pest Control in the Winter

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 3:22 pm October 27, 2015

Winter Pest ControlThe chill of winter does not deter many household pests. While they may retreat to basements, move inside walls, or hide in attics to wait out the colder months, they can still find their way into the living area of your home.

Know your Winter Pests

Pests, like rats, mice, and other rodents, will seek out your home as they seek out warm shelter that offers water and food sources. Wildlife including squirrels, skunks, opossums, and raccoons will often seek out warm, dry places to bed down. These shelters may be barns, sheds, and outbuildings – or is may be inside your home. Attics, basements, and crawlspaces make good shelters, but these animals can be destructive, chewing wires and boards. They also bring mites, fleas, and ticks into their nesting area which could be your home.

Roaches, ants, spiders, and other pests can come into your home on firewood from outside, holiday decorations that have been stored in attics or basements, and on live Christmas trees. When you bring in your plants to protect them from the weather, you may also be bringing in unwanted pests.

Winter Insect Control

The best type of pest control is always prevention. Walk around your home and look for ways that pests can get in. Even the tiniest crack can allow insects and rodents into your home. Your pest professional can give your home a complete inspecting and advise you of potential points of access.

Don’t leave any food out and don’t leave water in the sink or in dishes overnight. Pests come in looking for food, water, and shelter. If you deny them that they are less likely to stay. Keep stored food in plastic or glass containers. Mice will chew right through the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that most food comes in. Take care when opening boxes of stored items and when bringing in wood, trees, or plants from outside. If you must have that live tree, have your pest professional treat it before bringing it into your home.

Rely on more than just sight to determine if you have pests in your home. Roaches leave behind feces that looks like tiny black pellets, often behind pictures, under counter ledges, behind appliances, and in cabinets. You may hear mice squeaking or scratching in the walls or in your mattress. They also have a distinct odor. If you even suspect that you have mice or rats you should put out traps or call your pest professional.

Horizon Pest Control: Experts in Winter Pest Control

If, despite your efforts, you are still plagued with pests, call Horizon Pest Control. We are the experts when it comes to winter bug control. We will inspect your home and advise you on precautionary measures that you can take and we’ll take steps to ensure that your home is pest free.

What pests are plaguing you this winter? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Keep Rodents From Entering Your Home

Filed under: Rodent Control — admin @ 3:13 pm October 23, 2015

Rodent ControlRodents and other pests tend to head for the warmest areas they can find once the weather starts to get cooler. Come October and November, the pests will start to look for entryways into homes and garages—most pests are warm-blooded, after all—burrowing in through any path they can find. There are definitely some things you can do to keep them out, though; and this article will tell you how.

Close the Entryways

Ensure that there are no gaps or holes in your home or foundation, and if there are, close them. Keep in mind that even a dime-sized hole can allow mice, bugs and other small critters entry. Take a pencil and test any and all gaps, such as underneath doors and around windows. If the pencil can fit through the gap, the gap is too big. Caulk is good to use to seal most gaps, and gaps under doors in particular can be closed with a draft excluder.

Check High Areas

When rodents and other pests get desperate, they go up high for heat and food. Rodents in particular are great climbers. Rats and squirrels climb trees in the wild to look for food, and they will climb your home to find entryways in the roof and chimney. Again, closing any gaps around your eaves and roof should be done to keep them out of your home. Cutting down any overhanging plants, ivy and trees will further deter pests, keeping them from climbing them and dropping down to your roof.

Close Vents

While air vents are necessary for proper ventilation, they can also be used as entryways for pests. Ensure that your vents and duct work don’t have gaps and that woodwork is flush with the floor. Check for droppings; if they’re present, the duct work, pipe or vent isn’t sealed properly.

Rodent ControlOther Precautions

Rodent traps can also work, and multiple traps throughout the home work even better. It’s also good practice to keep trash, plants and other vegetation at least six feet away from the home at all times, as not to encourage pests to come around in the first place.

If you have a pest problem that’s taking over your home, we can help. We provide a wide array of rodent control services to Midland Park, NJ and surrounding areas and be reached by phone at (201) 447-2530.

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Roach Pest Control

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 3:09 pm October 20, 2015

Roach Pest ControlNo one wants to deal with roaches in their home. While it is embarrassing, the fact that they carry diseases and can aggravate medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and other upper respiratory issues makes them potentially dangerous. Roaches can be very small, such as the German cockroach or they can be several inches long, such as the American cockroach. If you are dealing with roaches in your home, your main priority is to get rid of them. There are steps you can take to prevent and eliminate roaches.

Roach Pest ControlPrevention is Key

While roach pest control can help you get rid of roaches in your home, the best way to fight them is by making your home unappealing to them in the first place. Don’t leave any food out and clean counters, stove tops, floors, and tables. You also want to take your garbage out frequently. Roaches are opportunists and look for crumbs that have fallen on counters or floors – crumbs that you may ignore. Don’t leave food sitting out and don’t leave dirty plates in the dishwasher or sink overnight.

You should also try not to leave dishes in a sink full of water or leave dishes out that are filled with water. Roaches look for food and water sources and situations like a sink full of dishes “soaking” is like putting a welcome mat out for them. Sanitation is the main key to keeping roaches at bay. Make sure that you keep your home clean, especially the kitchen and bathroom.

Seal any cracks where roaches can get in. This includes under doors, around windows, and around pipes. Roaches can get through extremely tiny cracks so don’t assume that one is too small to get through, chances are, it isn’t. Also take care when bringing in boxes from storage or from someone else’s home. Roaches can hitch a ride on luggage, boxes storing decorations, and even items from your grocery store – and you can bring them right on into your home.

Horizon Pest Control: Expert Roach Exterminators

If you think you have a roach problem, Horizon Pest Control can help. Our experienced, knowledgeable technicians can treat your home to get rid of roaches and help you create a pest prevention plan to keep future infestations from occurring.

What is your biggest bug issue? Let us know in the comments below and we just might do a future post about it!

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