The cold season is conducive for infestations of mice and rats. In search of warmth and food, they do not hesitate to settle in houses, and yours is not an exception. However, these rodents can transmit diseases and cause major damage to buildings. At Bug Blasters, your experts in rodent and pest extermination in Southern Utah, Nevada, and the surrounding area, we can help you! Here are four tips to prevent rat and mouse infestations and maintain a pest free home!

1. Block the entry points of rodents

Rats and mice can sneak into tiny holes. To prevent them from entering, install metal weather-stripping under your doors, caulk windows and seal cracks in your foundation.  You may also want to check and seal joints around your dryer and plumbing pipe, and use wire mesh to cover your ducts and check ventilation.

2. Maintain and clear your property

To make your land less attractive to rodents, you must eliminate sites that are suitable for nesting. So, cut tall grass near your home and keep your yard clean. Also, remove anything that clutters the surroundings of your home and garage – firewood and piles of materials, for example.

3. Eliminate water sources

The water requirements of the house mouse are limited, but the brown rat prefers moist locations. To avoid attracting it, repair leaky faucets and leaking hoses. Also, take advantage of the fall to eliminate water sources such as open drains.

4. Protect your garbage and dry foods

Dispose of your garbage in tightly closed containers. In addition, avoid putting dairy products, eggs and oily or oily residues in your compost bin. Finally, store your dry foods and food for your pets or livestock in strong glass or metal containers.

You hear scratches during the night? Some of your electrical wires have been chipped away? Rodents have probably made your home! Call our team of rodent exterminators (rats, mice, etc.) in Utah and Nevada. Contact us!

The identification of house insects: a crucial step!

With the hectic pace of modern life, your calendar is often busy and your list of things to do is getting longer. But when you realize that unwanted insects invade your house, you see the thing as another task to take care of. Since you are already overwhelmed, the temptation is strong to skip steps and spread the first insecticide you can get your hands on. Do not make the mistake of choosing your weapon without even knowing your enemy. In order to choose the most suitable, and the best solution for your situation, you will have to start by identifying house insects.

Choosing an effective solution

Each problem has its solution: it is even truer in this case! It is crucial to identify the insects that invade your home in order to choose the most suitable method to eradicate them. Otherwise, you may end up fighting fire with oil instead of water! For example, some insects are very stubborn and remain insensitive to the effects of insecticides; using it in your home could be very expensive, as well as causing potential health risks for you, your loved ones and even your pets!

In the case of an insect invasion, doing business with a professional will ensure that the problem is properly handled. Pest management experts are very familiar with the different species of insects that can invade your home, and know how to treat the problem with the appropriate solution, without wasting effort and time and money.

The identification of house insects according to the seasons

You can be sure: over the seasons, the types of insects that can invade your home are very different, because the weather conditions are just as much. Here are some insects that you can find in your house according to the seasons, and aggravating factors.

During the cold seasons

Of course, insects that find refuge in your home during the winter seek first and foremost to protect themselves from the cold, since they prefer warm, humid and comfortable places. This is the case of cockroaches and silverfish. Woodlice can also invade your home during the winter, especially if you have relatively high humidity. Asian ladybugs, for their part, invade your home in large groups to escape the climate, and also in the fall. Finally, bed bugs always try to get into your home, so be careful.

During the warm seasons

During the beautiful days of spring and fall and throughout the summer, the heat and humidity can become an issue. Do you often see small flies whirl around fruit and other items left on your kitchen counter, or near your windows? These are Drosophila, which adore light and wetlands. In contrast, earwigs look for shade and freshness; that’s why they slip into your house when the weather heats up. That being said, they are completely harmless.

Finally, you can also find ants who are looking for food to bring back in the anthill to feed their colony. However, be aware that it is fairly rare to find ants in the house during the winter. If you see them at home, take action because their presence is worrying.

Do you notice an insect infestation problem in your house? Identification is a step that must not be neglected, and can easily be accomplished by an expert in the field. Do not hesitate, call our team. We’re a pest management professional!