Pest Control: Welcome Winter?

 

Welcome to Winter

 

Just like us, bugs and pests are looking for warmth during the winter. And of course, they usually head indoors. Attics, garages, and basements may seem like the perfect places to store summer clothing and boxes, but rats, mice, and moths love nesting and feeding in those areas. The best thing to do is seal up all entry ways and store natural fiber clothing items in plastic bags. Below are several bad guys to look out for and tips to control for each one.

 

CARPET BEETLE

Your NWA Ladybug  service professional can quickly and easily rid your home of carpet beetles, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until the problem is taken care of:

 

  • Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage, or basement.
  • If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage, and seal all corners and openings with tape.
  • Prior to storage, clean woolen and natural fiber clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • In closets, store natural fiber clothing by covering it with individual plastic covers.
  • Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units.
  • Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odor that could require dry cleaning.

 

 

HOUSE MOUSE

The best way to avoid invasions of mice is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep mice from entering your home:

 

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home’s foundation.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. A good rule of thumb is that if a pencil can fit into it, a mouse can too. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam; otherwise, rodents can chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.
  • The installation of one or two wind-up mousetraps in the garage can catch many mice as they enter. These traps can catch up to 15 mice with one setting. Ask your NWA Ladybug service professional for more information.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your NWA Ladybug professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents—particularly in colder months.

 

NORWAY RAT

The best way to avoid invasions of rats is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep rats from seeking food and shelter in your home:

 

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your NWA Ladybug professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents – particularly in colder months.

 

ROOF RAT

The best way to avoid invasions of rats is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep rats from seeking food and shelter in your home:

 

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your NWA Ladybug professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents – particularly in colder months.

 

WEBBING CLOTHES MOTH

Your NWA Ladybug Pest service professional can quickly and easily rid your home of these pests, but here are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until the problem is under control:

 

  • Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage, or basement.
  • If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage, and seal all corners and openings with tape.
  • Prior to storage, clean woolen and natural fiber clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • In closets, store natural fiber clothing by covering it with individual plastic covers.
  • Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units.
  • Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odor that could require dry cleaning.

 

 

 

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Rats in Hats

Rats in Hats

 

Let’s be honest: rats don’t always have the best reputation. They’ve been unfairly linked to smelly alleyways and unwanted infestations, but that may be a hasty judgement that’s best reserved for rats of the un-fancy kind. These friendly and highly intelligent rodents are considered a treasured pet by many, and in certain cases, they can actually be quite stylish.

Althought the idea of dressing up a rat may be hard for some people to grasp (not unlike the idea of dying a miniature poodle pink), it’s not as uncommon as you would think. As pet fashion designer Ada Nieves explains, “The rats look cute and seem to like wearing outfits. Rats are very popular these days and the owners love to dress them up.” Sometimes, you just have to let your rat put on a hat and strut down the runway.

 

Personally,

I find this all a bit odd….

 

How about you?

Stephanie Arwine

Fun Spider Facts

Q:

What are some amazing facts about spiders?

A:

QUICK ANSWER

As of 2015, there are about 40,000 known species of spiders worldwide, and they live in almost every habitat in every continent except Antarctica.Despite this diversity, all spiders share some of the same common traits, such as having eight legs and two body parts (the cephalothorax and the abdomen).

KNOW MORE

What are some amazing facts about spiders?

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FULL ANSWER

Almost all spiders have venom, although only a small number can harm humans. Spiders use their venom to paralyze or kill their prey by pressing their fangs into the victims to make the venom glands contract and release their poison. Spiders eat a wide variety of creatures, including small insects, other spiders and, in the case of large tarantulas, lizards, birds and mice. Some spiders eat enough insects each year to equal the population of the United Kingdom. They cannot digest solids, so they use enzymes to transform the food into a liquidized state.

Spiders catch their prey in many ways. Many species build webs from silk present in their bodies. These webs can be stronger than steel of equal size and weight. The wolf spider hunts its prey on the ground, while the jumping spider hides and pounces on unsuspecting food items.

Some male spiders perform rituals in front of females to signal that they are suitors and not food. Despite this, some species have females that eat the males after mating, as in the case of the black widow.

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