Our renewal license just came in! Another year of helping in more ways than only applying pesticides. With this we can make improvements to homes to prevent pests as well replace the things they break!
Quit greasing up my walls mice!
These dirty spots are “rub marks” left behind from rodents, in this case it was mice. The oil from the rodent’s fur will rub off on the surfaces they frequently travel and squeeze thru. Over time it leaves this residue that can often be mistaken as dirt, water or some other stain. When you know what to look for then the big picture becomes more clear on how rodents are traveling and getting inside your structure.
Doorsweeps and why they are important
Doorsweeps are an important tool in aiding in keeping mice, rats and insects from getting inside a structure. The gap under your front door is often large enough for many pests to sneak their way inside. Installing a doorsweep will help prevent pests from using your front door as, well…a front door. There is a range of different doorsweeps available on the market today and with a couple simple tools you can install these yourself. Of course, this is a service we offer and is something we do quiet often. If you need a doorsweep installed all you have to do is ask and we’ll get your doors secured against unwanted house guests.
When it comes to mouse exclusion I have mixed feelings. Of course if you can locate the entry points and seal them you will effectively stop rodents from traveling through this space. The trick is to locate all the ways these fury creatures gain entry into your home or business. It is not always so easy or obvious. Commercial spaces are constantly being renovated with additions made, walls torn down and put back up and a plethora of on-the-fly adjustments to get a project finished in time for the grand opening. In residential settings you often find additions like 4-season porches have been added or the garage was extended. While its lovely to have more space it also creates vulnerable cracks, gaps and spaces that mice will take advantage of. Once construction is completed it is difficult to pin point where the access points could be.
Bad-news is not always the case when dealing with rodent entry points. Sometimes you get what I like to call as the “smoking gun” spot. It’s obvious when you find it. It’s the “ah ha” moment when the whole thing makes sense. These are the magical areas i’m constantly on the lookout for. The irrefutable entry ways that mice are definitely using. It may not be the only source of travel for them but you know by sealing up this one you will be making a major blow to their entire operation. The picture here is one of those moments. Along the wall is a crack…well more of a space that is allow mice to scurry between the floor. This space is by design, it’s not a problem with construction but left there to allow the floor to move a little with the changing of temperatures. However, something needs to be done to stop the pathway from mickey’s clubhouse. These hairballs have caused too much grief and became too comfortable that intervention is needed. We can’t have pests around food or customers and measures needed to be taken to stop the flow of mice into the restaurant.
Squirrels In CT Are Dangerous
February into March we start to see an uptick in squirrel activity. Specifically invading homes and making nests to start rearing young. In the process they tear up insulation, chew wires, deposit urine and feces and basically make a mess of the space they inhabited. Getting to the problem early makes control easier, more effective at times and can prevent future damage during the eviction process. If you suspect squirrels or any other pest in your home don’t delay and give us a call for a free inspection.
Abandoned Wasp Nest
This is what happens at the end of the season. This wasp nest becomes abandoned and the following year a new nest will be created. Honey bees (which this isn’t) is the only bee/wasp that carries thru the winter as a working hive.
Fires From Rodents
It happens frequently enough to mention the potential danger of house fires caused by squirrels, mice and other rodents. Keeping pests under control is not only good for sanitary reasons but could help prevent total damage to your home. It is that time of year where we set the clocks back an hour and we should also be checking smoke alarms.
Every Service Plants Trees
With every service that Verdant Pest Control completes another tree is planted in your honor. Together we are planting trees and making this world more verdant! This past year has been great and we can’t wait to start planning bigger and more intricate events centered around giving back to nature. A big and sincere thank you to all.
American Roaches are BIG
These two were found in Boston, MA…a juvenile and adult American Roach. This juvenile, including antennae is only 1″ where as the adult has a body of 1.5 inches. These roaches get BIG. These roaches can be found in sewer systems which then could lend entry in basements of buildings in city environments. These roaches behave much different than the German aka “kitchen” roach. They are not as much as a problem as the German roaches but certainly can give you a fright. These BIG American Roaches are fast and if you are quiet enough you can hear them scurrying about. Happy Halloween!
Mice decorate for Fall too
Looks like these mice decided to decorate this bait station for Fall. This is a rodent bait station we use to control mice and rats. A rodent bait is placed inside which keeps it protected from weather, kids, pets and other non-target pests. Mice have decided to make a temporary home inside in which they decorated with fallen leaves.