rodent damage in your insulation

With temperatures dropping, many homeowners will begin to prepare their homes for the change in seasons. While several pests seem to be less of a problem during these months, your house is still at risk of a different type of infestation – rodents. Rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and even possums consider your home as cozy as you do and will not hesitate to move in. The crawl space below your house, walls and attic are all perfect hiding spots for these pests. Rodent insulation damage is the biggest concern once discovering an infestation.

Rodents prefer safe, warm and sheltered environments – making the inside of your walls and attic the ideal home. Insulation that can be found in these places can be even more inviting since it is a source of warmth for the scurrying critters. The malleability of insulation makes it easy for nest to made, and insulation can be moved where ever needed. Once one nest is established and a rodent is comfortable enough, a colony of rodents can soon follow. With the displacement of materials, you could see a difference in the heating as warm air can now escape from your house in these areas.

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Along with nesting in your insulation, droppings and urine can be found. This is an inevitable problem with a rodent infestation no matter the location. One of the biggest dangers of this is the air quality of your home can now be compromised. Rodents in general, and particularly rats, are vulnerable to carry disease that are often dangerous to both you and your pets.

Electrical insulation around cables and wires found in the lining of your house is also a great nesting resource. Mice and rats will chew wires bare to remove the insulation so that they may use it. Other times the softer casing is just a desirable material for rodents to gnaw on. Either way, this is extremely dangerous and a huge fire hazard.

In some instances, the insulation in your home can also be a food source for smaller animals. Not only will the rodents transport insulation throughout your house, but they will also eat it if edible. This is not just a disruption but the actual removal of your insulation, which will eventually need to be replaced.

Help protect yourself and your house from rodent insulation damage this winter by contacting your local pest control company.

Signs you have a cockroach infestation and allergy.

Despite just the obvious annoyances, pests can cause a whole host of problems. From house damages to diseases, an infestation is not something anyone wants to deal with. While some infestations can be easy to spot by the physical damage to your home, another clue to a pest invasion could be your own health. Cockroach allergies are a common case and could be the reason behind your sneezing and coughing. Paying attention to your general health might uncover a pest-related problem that is affecting both your home and your health.

Signs and symptoms of cockroach allergies:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Rashes and itchiness
  • Watery eyes
  • Ear/Sinus infection
  • Asthma attacks or wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat

While many of these symptoms seem common with any allergic reaction, they should still be taken into consideration. If someone was to experience any of these health problems year-round, rather than seasonally, it could be a sign that the problem could be found in your home. In many cases, some refer to feeling like they have had a common cold that they have not been able to get over. Those who have asthma seem to be particularly vulnerable to the allergy and can experience stronger symptoms and more frequent asthma attacks.

Along with dust mites, cockroaches carry a certain protein that commonly triggers asthma and allergies. This protein is found in their urine, feces and shedding. While a cockroach may never be seen or in direct contact with someone, any cross-contamination of these things can set off the reaction. Since an infestation usually is throughout a house, this leaves almost no space safe.

While there is no direct cure for a cockroach allergy, the symptoms can at least be treated if diagnosed by a doctor. Over-the-counter drugs can also help alleviate some of the discomfort. The best idea for solving the issue would be to contact your local pest control service for advice on how to control the infestation and to thoroughly clean your home.

Keeping pests away from your tailgate

Football season is back – and more importantly, to some at least, so is tailgate season! While the two may go hand-in-hand, hot dogs and fire ants shouldn’t. Follow some of these outside pest control tips to help keep pests away from your UTSA tailgate.

Tailgate Pest Control Tips

Be Proactive

Plan ahead of time to prepare for the day’s activities. Take a look at the following tips and see what you can incorporate into your tailgate routine. Spray yourself before (and during) the tailgate with bug spray to get a jumpstart on the pest control and prevent mosquito bites.

Keep A Lid on it

Having all liquids and foods in sealed containers helps keep things fresh and from attracting unwanted guests. While the smell of BBQ can entice anyone, keeping sugary smells to a minimum will help prevent bees and wasps.

Stay Clean 

Pick up after yourself and don’t leave any trash lying around. If possible, seal your trash or remove it frequently to keep any ants or flies from gathering. Quickly clean up any messes and try to keep things dry. Any spilled liquid is like an open bar for bugs.

Keep It Cool

Bring a fan to the tailgate, and literally blow the flying annoyances away. Set the ambiance for the day and bring a candle or some essential oils. Natural smells of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint are all beneficial to pest prevention. Place the grill in the sun and the fan toward the cook to keep the bugs frying and the chef from sweating.

Support The Team

Wear your best UTSA gear, and stay covered to keep mosquitos and rivals at bay. Party responsibly and keep these tips in mind to help keep pests and police from crashing your tailgate. (Throwing garlic on the grill also works for both.)

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Texas is a great state with a lot to offer, and that includes about 20 species of scorpions. Scorpions are arachnids that are equipped with a venomous stinger on the end of their tails. Many people believe scorpions are only found in the desert, but they can actually be found in grasslands, forests, caves and even residential areas.
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Are honeybees dying out?

So, what’s really going on with the honeybees?

You either love bees or you hate bees. In the past, bees have been considered pests that no one gave a second thought to getting rid of, but that is no longer the case. Many people are still afraid of honeybees and consider them to be a nuisance, but we now know it’s important to have professionals handle any bee removal and to avoid extermination whenever necessary. Read more

Worst Summer Insects

Common Summer Insects

If you love spending time outdoors during summer, you know that the warm weather isn’t without its drawbacks. A number of bugs begin to emerge in the summer, and some of them can be a real problem. While they may be small, bugs can easily take over picnics, ruin campouts and even cause you some serious pain in your own backyard. Some bugs can be kept at bay with sprays and protective clothes, but others will need to be taken care of by a good pest control company. You have to know your enemies before you can get rid of them, so below is a list of some of the most common summer insects: Read more

How do you get rid mosquitos

During the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll be bitten by a mosquito. Mosquitoes go through their life cycle faster in warm temperatures, which means they’ll be around all season to ruin your block parties and family barbecues. If you find you’re being bit more in your yard than your neighbor’s, you may need to employ some of these tips for mosquito control so you can get back to enjoying your summer fun in peace.
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What are the most common bug allergies

Do you constantly find yourself bit or stung? Have you had allergic reactions to different kind of bug bites? Here are the three most common bug allergies and their symptoms.
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organic pest control

From cleaning supplies to meal ingredients, opting for organic options is on the rise. Natural, green options are even available to help keep pests out of your home and yard. Whether you’re a pet owner, a parent or just want to lower your carbon footprint, there are plenty of reasons to consider switching to organic pest control.

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Flea Pest Control

Whether you’re an animal owner or not, chances are you have dealt with fleas or known someone who has. Fleas can come into your home through pets, unwanted rodents and even your clothes. One single flea can turn into an infestation in a matter of two weeks. Even if you only see a couple of fleas on your pet, there are more around. Whether you have seen just one flea or have a full-blown infestation, here are a few tips on flea control. Read more