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Why are Rodents Invading your Home?

Filed under: Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — admin @ 10:00 am October 28, 2016

NJ Rodent ControlThe signs are all there. You hear scratching or squeaking behind the walls, you find evidence that something has been chewing on paper or wood, you discover droppings, you may even notice that food packaging in your pantry has been chewed. These are all signs that you might have a rodent problem. Even if you have actually seen a mouse or rat in your home, the first thing you probably want to know is why.

Forget the myths

There are plenty of old wives’ tales about why rodents choose one home over another. While there may be a kernel of truth sometimes, they should not be considered hard, fast rules. For instance, there is a general belief that mice and rats tend to infest homes that are dirty or cluttered. This is not necessarily the case. While a cluttered, unclean home can indeed attract rodents, many clean houses get rodent infestations. Rats and mice infestations can occur for a variety of reasons. Toss out the myths about why mice and rats get into a house. They won’t help you when you start looking for a solution.

What are they looking for in your home?

All household pests, whether they have eight legs, six legs, or four, enter a home looking for three things: food, water, and harborage. Even immaculately clean homes can have a rodent problem. Mice and rats will choose boxes in the attic, the inside of a mattress or furniture, chests containing clothing, and basically anything they can shred to make a nest.

Food left on counters or dropped on the floor can attract mice and rats. Pet food and water are also very enticing to rodents. However, food that is put away in the pantry can also become a veritable buffet if it isn’t stored properly. Rice, grain, cereal, and other similar foods should be stored in plastic containers with secure lids. Mice and rats can chew through food containers like cereal boxes and bags of rice.

You also need to find out how rodents get in so you can seal those access points and keep them out. This is tricky because mice can enter a structure through impossibly tiny cracks and openings. A trained pest professional is your best bet in helping you get rid of mice and rats – and keep them out.

If you have rats or mice in your home and are looking for rodent control in New Jersey, give Horizon Pest Control a call. Our friendly, knowledgeable technicians will inspect your home and property to identify the types of pest that are giving you problems and discover why you have a pest problem. From there we can work with you to find the best solution for your pest problems. Visit our website and complete our online email form to have a Horizon representative contact you. You don’t have to live with mice and rats in your home; Horizon can help.

6 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 10:00 am October 21, 2016

These six little tips equal six comprehensive ways to live pest free. Nobody wants a house full of ants or to be visited by cockroaches just in time for the holidays. So take a few minutes and make sure your home is pest free with these six things you can do to prepare your home for fall.

Trimmed Yard for Fall Pest Control

Keep your Yard and Landscaping Trimmed and Neat

Insects and rodents love piles of debris. Now that fall is here, make sure to keep fallen leaves picked up and disposed of properly. It does not take many leaves to create a haven for pest insects. Many insects are xylophagous — they eat wood. Some are polyphagous — they feed on many types of food. The real concern is the detritophages, those insects that eat decaying plant material like fallen leaves. Piles of leaves attract insects that eat dead plants and your house is made out of dead plants – lumber.

Move the Garbage and Recycling

During the winter months, insect and rodent become food scarce. This is why mice and rats tend to stockpile caches of foods. Garbage may be disgusting to us, but to a hungry rodent or a colony of ants, garbage is a gold mine. By moving your refuse containers, including the recycling bin away from your house you move a big source of food away too.

Flea ControlMake Sure Pets have Flea Control Medication

Fleas love to hitch rides on our pets and when winter comes, the warm inside of your home becomes a breeding ground. Female fleas lay about 50 eggs a day. That is a lot of flea eggs to hatch come spring. Flea medication helps to control adult flea populations on pets. A companion service is to call your local pest control company to treat your yard for fleas too. Rodents such as squirrels, mice, and rats are havens for fleas which then make their way onto your pet and into your home.

Check for Signs of Termite Infestation

Termites tend to swarm as soon as spring’s cooler temperatures begin to warm up a bit. That gives a new colony of termites all summer to make your home their home. By fall, little signs should begin to appear like frass (termite poop,) wings in your windowsills or around the foundation boards on the exterior of your home. You might also see damage to the wood. If you are unsure what to look for when it comes to checking for a new infestation of termites, just contact Horizon Pest Control and we can check for you. We do free inspections so you can be sure.

Fall Deep Cleaning

Fall Deep Cleaning Just like spring cleaning, which was designed to help get rid of insect, fall cleaning in the modern home is important too. All those little crumbs from summer are a food gold mine to insects and pests. This is a good time of year to move the furniture, check the crevices in the couch, and do a thorough inspection of the cupboards, bedrooms, and even the garage. Your goal is to remove those little bits of food that we never see. You also want to pay close attention to pet food and how it is stored. Insects and rodents have amazing noses and antenna that can pick up the smallest hint of a hidden meal. Clean it up before they come looking for it.

Check for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are human predators. They feed on human blood and only when desperate for a meal will they suck the blood of a pet. They are also spread by humans and are everywhere. Most home infestation of bed bugs occurs when we come back from a trip or when we visit family and friends. They are sneaky little hitchhikers.  They are in the finest hotels, and the most sketch dives. If you’ve been out and about, if the kids have gone to camp, or if you have had visitors come stay with you, check for bed bugs.

Bed bugs are nocturnal and the most obvious sign of an infestation is bed bug bites. You can also check the beds in your home. Don’t expect to find bed bugs because they hide during the day. Instead look for little-dried droplets of blood on the sheets and mattress pad. Lift up the mattress pad and look for bed bug frass (poop.) If you are unsure, take advantage of Horizon’s free home bed bug inspection. Nobody wants to spend the holidays being a blood meal for bed bugs.

These six little tips add up to a big peace of mind. Knowing that your home is pest free helps you sleep better at night, especially if there are no bed bugs. For complete New Jersey pest control services, Horizon Pest Control has you covered. For a free home inspection, just call us at 888.612.2847.