Keeping Mice at Bay as the Cold Sets in

The temperatures are dropping and humans aren’t the only ones feeling the chill.  The furry creatures in our urban settings are looking for a nice warm place to settle down for the winter.  Unfortunately, this often means entering your house and making themselves at home building nests, eating our food, and leaving their trails around your home.  Most people notice the trails of their droppings and the chewed through corners of food stuffs, you may even be startled when you flip in the light for a midnight snack and see one scurry away.  Do not fear though, there are proactive steps to take to mitigate these tiny winter freeloaders.

Clean, Clean, Clean!

The first step is to keep your home clean, especially of crumbs and food debris.  Clean between appliances and counters, immediately sweep up any spills, or consider glass or plastic containers for dry goods in your pantry. Limit the food supply for pests and they will seek a more hospitable environment outside your home.

Limit Entry Points

Inspect your home often during the winter.  You would be surprised about how many tiny entry points you have in your home.  Periodically inspect your home for holes, cracks, or other openings that mice and rodents may enter without being noticed.  Be sure to completely seal these entry points before the cold sets in and the mice will find an easier place to bed down for the winter.

Deter Entry

Reducing livable habitat around your home will deter mice and rodents from spending too much time searching for a way in.  Trim bushes and hedges, rake leaves, and ensure the area around your foundation is clear from debris.  Some people claim that using a boundary around your home of peppermint oil or kitty litter deter mice from approaching the home.

Getting rid of an existing problem…

Your local hardware store has a myriad of do it yourself options to get rid of mice.  From lethal and non-lethal snap traps, glue traps, and poisons but these can be messy, ineffective, and, if you’re on the squeamish side, a little gut wrenching to maintain.  If these solutions have been ineffective, inconvenient, or the problem is just too overwhelming, call our experts at All Season, All Pests. After our free inspection, we will explain exactly how we can help. If you are not completely satisfied after our treatment, we will come back for another round or refund your money no questions asked. To schedule your free inspection with a free St. Louis Exterminator Company, contact All Seasons, All Pests right away.

Assess Your Winter Pest Control Needs Now

Although many think summer is the only time you really need pest control, winter pest control can help you prevent future problems as well as mitigate issues that have already taken root.

Insects and other pests may try to make their winter home in your basement, attic, and crawl spaces. The search for food and warmth may lead them to find an opening into your home. Winter pest control with your St. Louis pest control experts helps you keep unwanted guests out in the cold.

With the help of our St. Louis pest control experts, you can identify ways some pests may be able to enter your home and work to correct the problem before it becomes unmanageable.

A small hole in the eves of your roof, a door that doesn’t completely close or a tunnel near the foundation of your home may allow mice, squirrels and other animals a way in. When a door doesn’t totally close and seal for example, it may look ok but may be an easy passage into your home.

Finding issues before they get out of hand not only helps save you the headache of dealing with these pests, it also can save you significant amounts of money because you won’t have to fight a problem that has gotten out of hand.

Our winter pest control experts at All Seasons, All Pests will perform a free, no obligation home inspection to help maintain a pest-free living space. If problems are found, our experts will draw up recommendations to help remediate the issue before it gets worse.

Our winter pest control team wants to help keep your home pest-free during these winter months. To learn more and to schedule your free home inspection, call All Seasons, All Pests Pest Control and initiate a winter pest control plan that fits your needs.

Signs You May Have A Mice Problem

Mice… just the mention makes many people squirm or jump. Not only can mice be a nuisance, they can carry diseases with them and in turn cause serious health issues for you and your family. It is imperative to deal with any suspected rodent issues as soon as it is discovered. They reproduce quickly and can quickly escalate to a very large problem.

Mice can bring diseases that can cause problems for people, especially for young children, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems. Diseases like salmonella can be transmitted through mouse feces in food. Bacteria from the feces spreads to the food supply and cause serious illness. Ringworm and tapeworm can also be transmitted from mice to humans. In order to prevent these illnesses, it is important to be vigilant in identifying mouse problems.

Often one of the first signs you may have mice is finding mouse droppings. They are small, long brown or black pellets and can pile up quickly. Mice may also leave signs of chew marks from gnawing.

If you suspect you have a mice infestation, don’t waste any time. Call the St. Charles mice exterminator experts today. An experienced exterminator will come to your home and search for nests or food sources that may be attracting mice.

A mouse exterminator will work to find these nests, destroy them, and lay traps to catch these mice and remove them from a home.

All Seasons, All Pests has been a trusted source for mouse removal all across St. Louis and St. Charles. We will work to find any nests that may be in your home or business, work to find entry points, and make sure that everything possible is done to humanely remove mice from the home.

We will follow up to make sure that entry points have been sealed off, that no new nests have been built, and that your home or business is being adequately protected from mice. To schedule your free inspection, contact All Seasons, All Pests today.

 

Exclusion Techniques Help Keep Pests Out

It is crucial to know what makes your home attractive to pests and to understand how they get in if you want to prevent them making your home, theirs. The first step is practicing exclusion techniques.

Pests, like any type of animal, are attracted to food, water and shelter. Removing any source of food and water is the first step in deterring pests. It is important to keep food in sealed containers, cleaning up after every meal so there aren’t crumbs lying around. It is also important to eliminate moisture from leaky pipes and drains to ensure if pests do get in, they will not have ideal conditions to thrive.

Most pests can enter homes and buildings through cracks and crevices. It is especially important to check for issues around any openings like windows, doors and along foundations. You may also need to check uncapped chimneys and holes where your utilities come into or out of the house. Did you know that mice can fit through holes slightly larger than a dime? Therefore, it is important to address any possible openings to the outside. By implementing exclusion techniques, you have eliminated half the problem.

It may be easy to forget, but pests can also enter through items you bring into your house like firewood and groceries. Pantry moth are a perfect example. They often enter a home in an item you purchased at the grocery store. Many times, once you realize there is a problem, you may have a serious infestation, which can be quite challenging to deal with.

Pests are most likely found in basements, attics as well as kitchens and bathrooms. It is crucial to keep these places clean, clutter-free and well ventilated to help prevent issues.

If you suspect you may have any type of pest infestation, it is important to check with your pest control experts at All Seasons All Pests. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

The Basics Of Pest Control

Some people call us and have never had to have pest control take care of their residence or property before. We can help answer some of your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your situation.

The first question many customers want to know is how much the pest control will cost them. While it is difficult for us to estimate over the phone, we can give you some idea of the prices of services we offer when you call. To really assess the situation, one of our experts will head out to your house and inspect the property. This gives our contractors time to determine what type of pest they will be fighting, what the infestation level is , where the pests are currently as well as the location and size of your home or business we will be treating.

Different pests require different services and the worst the infestation, the more we may have to treat to get it under control.

Additionally, some pests may need one treatment, while others need a monthly or every other month plan to help keep your property pest free. Each treatment plan is different and designed to address your specific problems.

While not everyone needs pest control in the winter, some of our plans do include a year-round treatment and help keep any potential problems and the subsequent costs under control. This may be important to consider if you have had problems in the past and want to keep things under control.

We work to make sure all products we use are safe to use around kids and pets. It is important to work with All Seasons, All Pests to get safe and reliable pest control service. We care about you and your family’s safety and will do everything possible to keep you safe. Call us today to get your free, initial estimate. We will help you protect your home for years to come.

Signs Of Mice & Rat Infestation

Some clues around your house are almost certain signs of a mouse or rat infestation. By knowing the signs, it is a lot easier to catch rodents before they have become too comfortable and cause even more damage than they already have. Unfortunately, since they are nocturnal, residents often do not see them and are unaware of an infestation. Therefore, it is important to take action when you see any signs of an infestation.

If you see any dead rodents in basements, garages or any other living area, you have some rodents in close proximity to your house, if not in your residence.

One of the first signs many see is rodent droppings near pantries or trash cans. These areas provide a food source for rodents and once found, they are often visited. You may also notice strange scratching noises in the walls or in the attic or basement along with nesting materials in out–of-the way areas.

Any time you uncover gnawed wood or electrical wires, you should assume a rodent has been in the damaged area. If you have a mice or rat infestation and they get into the wrong areas of the house, they can do considerable and expensive damage to the interior walls and electricity in your home.

Although mice and rats only live for a year or two, they reproduce quickly, which can make it challenging to eradicate them. Even if you only see one or two mice, there are likely hundreds more. In just a year, one pair can produce 1500 or more babies.

Both rodents act very similarly, but rates are usually much larger and have a tail and their droppings are noticeably larger.

Unfortunately, usually baited traps alone are not enough to eradicate the infestation. Even though they may significantly reduce the population, it is important to consultation with pest control experts who can examine your whole house and make recommendations on the best methods of getting rid of them.

Call All Seasons All Pests Control today to find out how we can best help you.

Dealing With Hantaviruses

A dangerous type of diseases rodents may carry is hantaviruses. Some can cause a rare, but deadly disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

According to the Centers for Disease Control, only some kinds of mice and rats can give humans hantaviruses that may cause HPS. In North America, these include deer mice, white-footed mice, rice rat and cotton rat. Infected mice or rats can pass on HPS to anyone nearby, not only through a bite, but also through their urine, droppings or nests. HPS has occurred across the entire United States except Hawaii and Alaska.

There are currently no documented cases of a human passing on HPS to another human. When someone contracts HPS, their symptoms usually appear from one to five weeks from the time they were around infected rodents.

At the onset, people begin with a fever, severe muscle aches and fatigue. After a few days, they may develop difficulty breathing accompanied with headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, diarrhea and stomach pain.

It is important to take the proper steps when cleaning up mouse and rat urine and droppings. Wear rubber or plastic gloves and spray with a mixture of bleach and water. Make sure to let is soak for at least five minutes when cleaning. Use paper towels, which are easily disposable. Before removing gloves, wash them with soap and water or bleach solution. Finally, wash your hands with soap and water after removing gloves.

It is crucial to take steps to remove and keep rodents out of your house. Doing so will keep your home and family health y and safe. For help dealing with rodents or any other unwelcome guests, contact our experts today.

Keep Rodents Out As Temperatures Drop

During the summer, many types of pests are front and center, making them difficult to ignore. Even though many of the summer pests start to fade as temperatures drop, it is important not to let your guard down because winter pests, such as rodents, can cause just as much damage to your house and your family’s health.

Rodents like squirrels, mice and rats tend to head indoors, when given the opportunity, as the temperatures fall. There they happily make themselves at home. While some, like mice, can be cute in a pet store, they are not so adorable inside your house.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, rodents transfer illnesses in several ways through bite wounds, consumption of food and/or water contaminated by droppings, as well as indirectly by ticks, mites and fleas who have bitten an infected rodent.

A homeowner must take some important steps to prevent rodent infestations. First of all, a homeowner must keep living spaces clean. Food droppings and other things that may accumulate in dirty living spaces attract rodents.

A homeowner must take steps to prevent rodent access. When rodents can easily access the living spaces, it can be difficult to keep them out. Make sure to close any possible holes and fill them with steel wool, which rodents like mice and squirrels cannot break through.

Additionally, it is important to search and identify any potential nesting areas for rodents and eliminate them.

It is important to know you may not even see a rodent, just signs they may be nearby. If you find any possible droppings, nesting materials, signs of chewing into food, any holes that may be access entries, you should investigate further.

Taking steps like keeping garbage in tight-fighting garbage pails and removing deep leaf piles and mulch discourages rodents from making their home near yours.

If you suspect a problem, it is important to call your St. Louis pest control experts today. Reevaluate your situation and identify steps to keep your home and family safe.

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