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Sue Sorenson

How Do You Tell The Difference Between A Mouse & A Rat

When a rodent scurries across your floor, determining whether it is a mouse or rat might not be your first concern. Getting rid of it is often the immediate priority. However, proper identification is important because it is a critical step in the pest control process. How do you tell the difference between a mouse and a rat? Appearances Although mice and rats appear similar at first, there are distinct differences. For starters, mice are smaller. They measure between 12 centimeters and 20 centimeters in length. White, gray or brown in color, they have large, floppy ears, triangular snouts, and tails that are long, thin and hairy. In contrast, rats can measure up to 40 centimeters in length. Their coats are white, gray, brown or black and greasy. Rats have a blunter snout than mice, and their long tails are scaly and hairless. Entrances Mice are excellent jumpers, swimmers, and climbers...
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Sue Sorenson

Summer Pests To Watch Out For In The Area

Like the rest of the country, residents in Northern California must protect themselves from summertime pests. The area’s Mediterranean climate is the perfect environment for certain insects. They will be constantly on the search for the new habitats. Here are a few common pests to keep an eye out for. Mosquitoes You definitely want to avoid the presence of mosquitoes. These bloodsuckers have always held a reputation for spreading disease. Even today, you must worry about sicknesses such as the West Nile Virus. Known for causing serious birth defects, the Zika virus has also recently become a serious threat. Fortunately, there are some effective ways to keep mosquitoes away. When hosting a cookout, be sure to keep citronella candles burning at all times. It is also a good idea to keep your windows tightly sealed and eliminate any standing water on your property. Western Black-Legged Ticks Ticks thrive in humid environments....
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What Kinds of Spiders Kill Other Pests?

The emotional energy that creates a fear of spiders is probably a waste when it focuses on creatures that do not deserve it. The roughly 3,400 known species of spiders in North America provide free pest control by using venom to paralyze their insect prey or by spinning webs to trap them. Recognizing Insect Predator Spiders Most of California’s spiders wait for insect prey to enter their webs, but others take a more direct approach. None of these attack humans. Wolf With an appearance that vaguely resembles a tarantula, the wolf spider has no web. It's two large eyes that sit above a row of smaller ones help it attack other spiders and ground-dwelling insects usually at night. Common House As its name indicates, the house spider usually builds webs in the corners of homes, but it also weaves its characteristic three-dimensional cobweb outdoors. It feeds on insects, mosquitoes, and flies....
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Don't Get Stung This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is set aside to remember the troops and everything that they have done for us, but for many people, it also marks the start of warm weather and sunny skies. No matter what you have planned for Memorial Day, you might want to take steps to keep unwelcome pests away from your event. When it comes to insects, you must avoid bees and wasps so that you won't need to worry about getting stung. The problem, however, is that bees and wasps are attracted to some of the foods that people like to enjoy at cookouts and other outdoor events. Even though bees, wasps and other stinging insects can be a problem, a little effort will help you to reduce the risk. Create Traps If you have a lot of bees or wasps near your home, getting rid of them can be tricky. Making mistakes along the way can...
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How to Fool Mice this April

If you have recently discovered that mice live in your home, you might be wondering what you should do so that you can remove the mice effectively. Although you will find many mouse traps and poisons that promise to help, not all solutions are created equal, and when it comes to taking care of the problem for good, many people turn to bait stations to get the job done. Before you make a final decision, you will want to learn about bait stations and why they are better than other options on the market. Once you gain the information, you will be ready to move forward without stress. Safe Solution When they spot a mouse for the first time, homeowners often opt to use standard traps and poisons to manage the problem, but this path is not always best. Poisons can take several days to eliminate a mouse, and most traps...
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