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Filed under: Rodent Control New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:26 am November 15, 2016

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.

Ways Rodents Get into Your Home

Filed under: Rodent Control — admin @ 11:50 am March 8, 2016

Rodent ControlThe best way to prevent rodent infestations is by stopping these rodents from getting into your home in the first place. Unfortunately, this can be difficult, especially if you have no idea how rodents get into homes in the first place. Here are some of the many ways rodents can potentially invade your home.

Examine Your Home’s Exterior

Amazingly, rodents can squeeze themselves through the tiniest of holes. For example, a mouse can squeeze itself through a hole that is no larger than a dime. Raccoons can enter your home through 6-inch openings. Therefore, you should examine the exterior of your home for openings and close these openings and cracks as soon as possible. You should look for light coming through openings and feel for air movement to detect cracks and holes that you cannot see.

Vents

Of course, not every hole is meant to sealed up. Vents are one example of an opening that should not be plugged up. In order to keep rodents out of your home, you should place screens over the vents. Holes that should not be sealed up are pretty easy to identify, as these openings tend to be periodically spaced and uniform.

Window Screens/>Windows and Doors

Unsurprisingly, the most likely entry points for rodents are windows and doors. If you leave your doors and windows open on a regular basis, you should have screens installed. If you already have your doors and windows fit with screens, you should check these screens periodically for tears and rips. Use foam or caulk to seal cracks around the frames of your doors and windows. You can seal up the openings in the moving parts of a door with door sweeps and weatherstripping.

Watch Your Garden

Many insects and other rodents eat plants as a large part of their diet. Therefore, if you have a garden, you can expect it to be a haven for many types of rodents and insects. To prevent these rodents from entering your home, you should plant your garden as far away from your home as possible. That way, it will be difficult for rodents and insects to dart through an open window or door. It is also ideal that you weed your garden on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t let piles of junk accumulate around your home.

As you can see, there are many ways rodents and pests can enter your household. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to keep these rodents out.

For fast and effective NJ Rodent Control, trust Horizon Pest Control. Call 888-612-2847 today!

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.

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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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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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Ways to Rid of Rodents in Your Home

Filed under: Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — admin @ 11:33 am March 31, 2015

Rodent ControlWhen rodents invade your home you want to get them out of there as quickly as possible. Many rodents carry diseases like Hantavirus and rabies. They can also introduce a flea infestation into your home. These tips will help you serve those unwelcome guests with an eviction notice.

Make your home uninhabitable (for rodents, that is)

Before you start getting rid of the rodents, you need to find out how they are getting into your home in the first place. Look around for cracks and holes in walls or near windows and doors. Make sure that your doors are sealed well. A mouse can go through an opening that is just 3/8 inches wide so any opening that is larger than around ¼ inch should be sealed.

Next, you want to clean your home well and put any food into air tight containers. Cereal boxes, bags of rice, and cookie packages are nothing more than open invitations to mice and rats. If it isn’t in the refrigerator, then it needs to be in an airtight container, preferable glass or plastic.

Types of extermination

There are two basic methods for getting rid of rats and mice: trapping and baiting. In severe infestations you may want to combine the two methods, but if you only have a couple then you are probably good with one or the other.

Trapping

One of the best perks of trapping is that you can dispose of the dead mice and rats before their odor spreads through your home. You bait a trap, lay it out, the rat gets caught, and you dispose of the animal. It is that easy. This is preferable for smaller rodent populations.

Baiting

Rat and mouse bait is a powerful poison that the animal ingests and then dies. If you have children or pets around you need to put the poison in a tamper resistant bait station so they cannot get to it. This is a good option for populations of just about any size, but when the animal dies it may be in your home – and you may not be able to find it. This means you may have to endure the smell for a few days.

Don’t be afraid to call in a professional.

If you see one mouse or rat it usually means that there are many more nearby. Typically, you would only see evidence of the rodents – feces or chewed food packaging. If you actually see a mouse or rat in your home then your situation may be bigger than you can handle on your own. If you have a large infestation or you can’t seem to get a handle on your rodent problem, your best bet is to call a pest professional and let them help you get your home pest free.

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How to Know if a Rodent is in Your Home

Filed under: Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — admin @ 10:46 am March 27, 2015

Rodent ControlNo one wants to think about the possibility of having mice or rats in their home, but it can happen to anyone. Maybe you have heard something moving in the cabinets or even a squeak or two. It might be your imagination or something completely, but it also may be rat or mouse. If it is, you need to find out because they can be destructive to your house and they carry diseases that can make you, your family, and your pets sick.

Once you determine that you do have rodents in your home you can move forward with getting rid of them. The first question before deciding a course of action, though, is do you have rats or mice? Look for these telltale signs throughout your home

Are your pets restless?

Cats and dogs will get restless or nervous when they smell, hear, and see rodents in the house. Your cat may stare at the bottom of the stove in a “stalking posture” or your dog may sniff certain areas very intently. Pay attention. Your animals can see, hear, and smell things that you can’t and they can clue you in as to what is going on.

Is there a musky odor in your house or basement?

Mice and rats smell bad. They have an odor that is heavy and musky. You may also smell urine or a smell that is similar to the urine of a male cat.

Have you found any rodent feces?

You can tell if you have rats or mice by inspecting the feces.

Rats

Rat droppings are black, shiny and blunt at both ends. They are about ½ to ¾ inches long.

Mice

Mouse droppings are black or dark brown, smooth and have pointed ends. They are smaller than rat droppings at just 1/8 to ¼ of an inch long.

Have you found any wood around baseboards, window sills, or even furniture that has been gnawed?

Mice and rats gnaw wood but you can tell by the size and type whether it is a rat or mouse. Rat tooth marks are about 1/8 inch long while mice tooth marks are smaller and appear scratchy or chipped.

Have you found any tail trails or small footprints in areas that are dusty?

They would typically be near sources of food or at points of access but can be found just about anywhere.

Have you noticed smears along the lower part of the wall, around baseboards, or on lower cabinet doors?

Rats have poor eyesight so they travel along walls. They usually rub against the walls so if you see greasy smears or streaks along baseboards it may be from dirt or grease from rat fur.

Have you found any food or packages in cabinets that have been torn up?

Rats and mice will chew through cereal boxes and food packages. They can make quite a mess.

Do you have insulation that is torn up or is the underside of your sofa or mattress torn?

Rats and mice will find soft areas to build nests. They will also build nests in dresser drawers, closets, and on shelves.

Have you actually seen a rat or mouse?

If you have seen them, you have them.

 

Tired of dealing with rodents? Contact Horizon Pest Control for reliable Residential Pest Control in New Jersey.

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Rodent Control Using Identification, Sanitation and Elimination

Filed under: Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 2:44 pm March 24, 2015

Rodent ControlFinding mice or rodents inside your home can really be disturbing. Most of us will feel repulsed just by the sight of them. Having a single rodent inside a home can be dangerous because they have the ability to produce more than 60,000 droppings and 150 liters of urine. Imagine the risk of contamination by a single rodent, especially when it is not eliminated right away. The presence of rodents can bring about a spread of disease, contamination on foods and produce, and the damage to structures and equipment.

It is not safe to have these rodents in and around the house since they have the ability to feed on different types of foods while carrying different infectious diseases. One of the most dangerous diseases these rodents can pass is leptospirosis, which can be spread through their urine. Rodents also have the ability to spread and populate in just a matter of weeks. With the different complications these pests can bring, homeowners are always suggested to be cautious against them, and defend their homes from these unwanted guests.

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Identification

If you find a rodent in your home, it could mean that you have rats or mice inside and that a possible infestation is about to happen. Other means to know whether you have an infestation includes their gnaw marks, urine and feces, and distinctive odor. Once you have enough proof of their presence, your next step is to know the type of rodent problem you have. Rats and mice are two different pests with two different characteristics. Knowing who the enemy is, will make controlling them faster.

Sanitation                                               

Sanitation involves the process of getting rid of any food sources that these pests might get attracted to, and the elimination of possible harborage areas. Rodents are normally attracted to garbage, which is why it is necessary to store garbage and rubbish in rodent-proof containers. Garbage containers should be water tight, rust resistant, and should have tight-fitting lids.

Pet foods should also be monitored since rodents may consume this type of food when they are left overnight. Make certain to just give pet foods that your pets can consume and not too much. Once your pets are done with their food, clear their bowls and keep them clean. Other food sources for rodents can come from fallen fruits from trees and garden vegetables, bird seeds that fall from feeders, unwanted trash on the ground, dog droppings, and the likes.

Elimination

Finding where these rodents hide is one of the most crucial steps in properly controlling them. Rodents can hide in a variety of places that include unused appliances, abandoned vehicles, attics and basements, untrimmed shrubbery, and so many more. To eliminate these possible harborages, make certain to check on them and clean and get rid of these unwanted places. Outdoor harborages such as dense ground plants and untrimmed shrubbery should be trimmed. It is also essential to remove dead woods around the surrounding area. Eliminate the possibility of rodents crossing the roof by cutting branches that are touching the foundation of the home and utility wires.

Traps and Baits

Traps. Trapping rodents are the most common method in controlling and eliminating them. Traps can be easily bought in stores and can be placed in areas where rodents are frequent. Unlike baiting, trapping can yield good result, especially when they are done properly. Trapping can also allow you to dispose of the rat properly. The trap will not get lost along with its victim, thus it will not create any foul odor.

Baits. Unlike trapping, baiting should be meticulous and should only be placed in areas where pets and children will not have access on them. Baiting can be highly effective for homeowners who do not know where the harborage areas are. This can also be effective outdoors since the area for their harborage might be difficult to find.

How to Rodent Proof Your Home

  • Fill in even the smallest gaps that are seen in the house structure. Keep in mind that mice can enter openings that are just 1/4 inch while mice can enter gaps that 1/2 inch.
  • Always maintain your windows and repair them when needed.
  • Doors should always be maintained well and can also be fitted with sweeps or channels to avoid openings at threshold.
  • Attic vents should be screened with a sheet metal frame.
  • Crawl spaces should also be securely covered with no gaps
  • Gaps at intersecting roof eaves should also be screened.

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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

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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 Squirrels from Entering Your Home in New Jersey

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

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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.

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