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Sue Sorenson

Do Mouse Traps Work on Rats?

For many homeowners, finding rodents in the home can be a very terrifying experience. They are much larger than most insects, they have far greater mobility and have instincts comparable to house pets like the dog or cat. The rat is slightly larger than the mouse, however, and it is important to establish which kind of rodent that you are living with in order to choose the right course of action. Should I Catch A Rat with A Mouse Trap? Of course, one of the most popular ways of catching and subduing mice is using mouse traps. The one problem with mouse traps is that they are only designed to catch mice. That high-velocity bar can kill a mouse with one swift motion. Rats, however, weigh much more than mice. That bar can clamp down on the rat, but the worst it could possibly do is pinch its skin. A rat...
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Six Common Pests Hiding in Your Crawlspace

No matter what time of year it is, your home may be home to more than just your family. Each year, new types of pests are looking to be your secret roommate, rent-free. Although your house may be spotless, if you have a crawlspace, you can have a serious infestation that you do not know about. Why Your Crawlspace Invites Pests There are many reasons why your crawlspace is a pest’s dream home like the moisture, insufficient airflow, food and shelter from larger animals. The heat from the insulation makes it warm, and for smaller pests, it is easy to access. These pests can become a severe fire and safety hazard, including the possible diseases they may bring, like rabies, salmonella and other bacteria or viruses. Due to these issues, you need to know what you may have crawling in the dark under your feet. The Six Common Pests These are...
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Warning Signs Showing You Could Have Pest Problems

Pests can create health problems and structural damage to your house without anybody even knowing they are there. Without knowing what to look for, pests can live in your home for years before being caught. Learning that you have a pest infestation and what kind of pest infestation is the first step in exterminating them. Here are some things to look for around the house to make sure you don't have any unwelcome creatures living with you. Where to Look Some of the places you should search include the kitchen, around appliances and in the garage. The kitchen is a hot spot for pests, not only because of all the food that is stored in kitchens but also because of the many pipes extending to and from the kitchen which pest use to travel. Make sure to check around places with appliances as well, like laundry rooms, utility rooms, basements and...
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The Spooky Spiders of California

Spooky spiders and creepy crawlers might be staples in scary movies, but no family wants these nasty pests to move in. Unfortunately, the hot-but-beautiful climate in California provides perfect conditions for spiders to thrive. Whether you live in the foothills or in an agricultural community with lots of wide open spaces, you're likely to run into spooky spiders from time to time. Here's what you need to know about the most venomous and destructive of these spiders. Which Creepy Spiders are Hiding Out in California? A wide variety of spiders live throughout the mountains and Central Valley areas of California. Grey house spiders, wolf spiders and orb weavers are among the most common and harmless spiders in the area. Of course, California natives and transplants alike generally know that the area is home to some more intimidating species too. Black Widows Black widows are found throughout the U.S., and California is...
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Fun Facts About Earwigs

Earwigs are fascinating insects belonging to the Dermaptera insect order. The insects are predominantly creatures of the night and are rarely viewed during daylight hours. Earwigs are typically brown, black, yellow or red and have long bodies. The insects prefer living in the woods. Yet some homeowners do find earwigs residing in their homes, especially in damper locations such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Earwigs do not bite people but prefer pinching or stinging them with their forceps. The sting may cause pain but does not present an emergency situation. Earwigs benefit humans in that they enjoy eating other insects. On the other hand, earwigs are pests in the common garden or commercial agricultural field because they also enjoy munching on plants including fruits, flowers and leaves. Here are a few fun facts about earwigs: 1. Female earwigs are devoted to their offspring. A female earwig is fiercely devoted to her...
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