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.