Today we were near one of our regular customers in Cleveland Heights, who had been battling some rats, so we called her to see if we could stop by to check how everything was there. When she answered the phone she told us that she was indeed home, and that we could stop by anytime, so we headed over. When we arrived we found that progress was definitely being made as we had caught 2 rats, and one mouse. We removed these from the traps, re-set the traps, and checked all of her bait stations. This house is a very nice, and very clean place, so sanitation is not the problem here, it can be a contributing factor, but usually is not the cause of the problem. When you live in a city, rats usually come from a break in the sewer line, and since their teeth are continuously growing, they will chew through almost anything, including cement! This can make controlling rats a very difficult problem, and you may be wondering what can I do? Well hopefully you don’t have this problem, but if you do, just give us a call, and our pest control experts will make sure that your problem is resolved quickly, we can be reached at 216-348-3379.
When dealing with mice, a lot of people think simply putting out poison is the solution to the problem. While this can reduce the number of mice, and in some instances solve your problem, it is not the best method. One of the things that you must consider is when you put out exposed bait, or poison, it puts small children and pets at risk. It only takes a second of you not paying attention for a dog to get into the poison, and if this is not caught in time it can lead to the death of your pet. This is why we use only bait in a lock box, and are also very conscious of the placement of these stations.
Today we got a call from an office building that had been experiencing problems with mice for a while. They finally had enough, and decided that they needed the help of a professional. Upon inspecting the premises we found exposed D-Con bait trays throughout the office. To make matters worse the owner often brought his dog to work, which meant he was putting his dog at risk. We removed all the D-Con, and replaced it with our lock box bait stations. We were also able to identify a couple of spots that the mice were coming in. We then sealed these entry points up, which is the most important part of getting rid of a mouse problem. So if you are having a problem with mice, don’t simply put out poison and think your problem is solved. Putting mouse bait out is a temporary solution at best. If you want you problem solved, give us a call at 216-348-3379
Winter is coming! Just like every other season in Ohio, winter brings with it specific pests that will invade your home. This is the time of year that pests try to take over your home to keep warm. The pests that you will often find in your house this time of year are pavement ants, mice, and spiders. Just like any other pests, this requires a unique treatment in order to properly rid your house of them, or to prevent them from coming in the first place. There are many pests that people see invade their homes this time of year, the most common being mice, pavement ants, spiders, and stink bugs. Mice are very good at finding ways into your home, all they need is about a pencil sized hole to get in. Once inside your house they will be evident by their droppings, and the occasional sighting. If they get into your pantry, it can lead to food being eaten, and contaminated.
Mice, along with spiders head into your house for warmth, and shelter. Spiders, while the natural species to the area are not harmful, they are unsightly. Spiders are one of the tougher insects to control, as their bodies are usually far away from any treatment with their long legs. Being on a regular maintenance program is the best way to keep the spiders away. Stink bugs will also come into your house in search of warmth. In recent years the brown marmorated stink bug has been invading Ohio, originating from China. They can get into your home through any small crack or crevice, making prevention the best method of control.
Pavement ants are a tiny ant only getting up to around 3mm in length. They nest under stones, sidewalks, foundations, or even in walls. They are most commonly seen in a slab house, and are a year round pest as they come in foraging for food. The first sign of pavement ants is the worker ants searching for food in your home. Once a larger number of ants are present, small piles of dirt can be found as the excavate for their nest. If you want to get your home ready for the winter months, give us a call at 216-348-3379.
Today we received a call from a customer who had been hearing a noise coming from her attic. Diagnosing what is going on at someone’s house over the phone can sometimes be tricky. It becomes even harder when they have not seen anything, and are only experiencing a sound. The different animals that can be making that sound are mice, chipmunks, squirrels, and even raccoons. Knowing that all of these are possible, and determining the difference takes a lot of knowledge. She described a scratching sound, that was not very loud, but at night was very annoying. From her description of the scratching sound, and through a series of questions, our technician was able to determine that the noise she was hearing was from a mouse. We arrived at her house in Twinsburg Ohio to find that she not only had mouse droppings in the attic, but also in the basement. Our technicians set up a combination of bait stations, and snap traps based on what we saw going on there. We also went around the exterior and searched for entry points, something that we do whenever doing a treatment for mice. We found several points around her house that were possible ways for mice to get in, and sealed those locations for her. Whenever dealing with a scratching sound in an attic space, it can take some time for it to go away completely, but with our expertise we guarantee that we will take care of it. If you have a problem with mice, or are hearing a scratching sound coming from your attic, and do not know what it is, give us a call at 216-348-3379.
Today we received a call from a customer who had been having a problem with mice. On the phone he told us that he had recently had a handyman out to seal up the house, hoping this would solve his issue. Even after having everything sealed, he was still getting mouse droppings, and decided that he needed to turn to a professional. We happened to have someone in his area, and were able to get to his house in Aurora Ohio within a couple hours of him calling. When we arrived we found that he was taking a pretty aggressive approach to getting rid of his problem. He had mouse bait, and glue boards all over his basement. This unfortunately did not appear to be doing anything. We replaced all of his traps, and baits with ones of our own, and placed them strategically based on what was going on there. Then we went out to his garage, and inspected there, as this is one of the most common places to find evidence of mice. We found that they were out there as well, so we set up some bait stations out there as well. We also went around the exterior, and discovered 3 entry points we were able to seal up for him, and one that required the work of a handyman. Sealing up the house is the key to eliminating a mouse problem, if all you do is trap, more will just keep coming. He was surprised that there were so many entry points still at his house, because that is what he had paid a handyman to do the week before. So if you have a mouse problem, and would like to get rid of them, call us at 216-348-3379, and we will take care you.
Many people wisely choose to have a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection done when in the process of buying a new home. When we do these inspections the focus is clearly on wood destroying insects, but we also will make the buyer aware of any other pests that are present, so that if they choose to, they can take care of any pests prior to moving in to their new home. Common non-wood destroying pests that we find during inspections are mice, spiders, stink bugs, and a few others. Today in doing an inspection in Pepper Pike Ohio, we found evidence of mice in the garage, basement, and attic. This may seem like a lot of places to find mice, but is actually not uncommon to see in houses in this area, in fact it is more rare to find no evidence of mice. As the weather gets colder mice, like us tend to seek shelter and warmth which is why we see more activity inside our homes in the colder months. They can easily enter and exit a house as they only need a hole about 1/4 of an inch wide, or just slightly larger than the size of a pencil. Once inside your home a mouse will tend to stay hidden keeping to areas like crawl spaces, attics, and even inside your walls. Evidence that mice are present in your home usually comes when they come out at night in search of food, you will find items gnawed on, droppings, and sometimes even here a scratching sound in your wall. If you have a problem with mice, you should call us at 216-348-3379, because our pest control experts will not only know how to properly bait, and trap for mice, but also will seal up entry points into your house, creating a long term solution to your problem.
Today we received a call from a customer who had a foul odor coming from her garage, we had done a treatment there a week prior for mice, so odds were we had caught a mouse. We arrived at her house in Pepper Pike Ohio the same day, and to no surprise found a mouse on one of our traps, we removed this dead mouse, checked all her bait stations, and traps, all for no additional charge!! Also while there we checked the entire exterior, to make sure no new entry points had developed, and that we did not miss any the time before. When you have a service done with us, you get a 90 day guarantee, so all you have to do if you have any issues in that time frame is give us a call, and we will get someone out there for you. If you have an issue with mice, or any other pest, just give us a call at 216-348-3379.
Today we went to a house in Solon Ohio, for a customer who had been seeing mouse droppings under their kitchen sink, and even in a couple drawers in their kitchen. They had also seen 3 live ones on separate occasions running through the kitchen. While at his house, we also found that there were droppings in the basement, and under the oven. Also in doing our inspection of the property we were able to identify 5 ways that mice could get in, 4 of which we sealed up, the third required a handy man, so we made him aware of the issue. After that we set up a combination of bait stations and traps to rid the house of the problem. This is the time of year when mice are trying to get into your house, as they are looking for warmth, and food, so if you would like to get your house ready for the colder months call us at 216-348-3379.
A customer of ours called today stating that her husband saw a mouse run into their coat closet, this was a concern to them because the pantry is right next to that closet. We were able to get out to her house in South Russell the same day they called, set up bait stations and traps,found 2 ways that mice could get in, and sealed those entry points, and were actually able to catch a mouse on site. She was very happy that we were able to get there so quickly to get her problem taken care of. If you have a mouse problem, or any other pest issue give us a call at 216-348-3379.
Today we got a call from a customer stating that they had found mouse droppings in their basement, and had even seen a live mouse in the kitchen. We were able to get there the same day, set up a combination of bait stations, traps, and we found 2 entry points that we sealed up. This customer, who’s house is in Shaker Heights, is very afraid of mice, and was extremely grateful that we were able to respond to her issue so quickly. If you have any problems with mice or any other pest control needs call us at 216-348-3379.