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Sue Sorenson

How to Get Rid of Rodent Infestations in Your Home

Rodents pose a serious health threat to anyone who comes in contact with these critters. In addition to the unpleasant experience associated with a rodent infestation, these pests also carry a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to humans through even minor forms of contact. It is important to understand how these pests get into the home and where they build their nests. Rodent Infestations Getting rid of a rodent infestation can be difficult, but many people like to try common home remedies before calling a professional pest-control company for assistance. This list of the five best home remedies for rodent infestations is intended for informational purposes only, and it is not meant to replace the assistance of a qualified pest-control expert. 1. Prevention: Take precautions whenever possible to prevent rodents from being attracted to your living space. The steps are identical whether you reside in a home or in...
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Sue Sorenson

Preparing for Fall Pests

Fall is right around the corner as the crisp autumn wind makes its way into our area. Fall's arrival brings with it various insect pests and rodents, causing infestations in homes across the state. Taking action now can help prevent unwanted pests in your home through the winter season. Sorenson Pest Control wants to inform you of which pests to look out for and how to prevent them from infesting your home. Types of Fall Pests The fall climate in Northern California chills the air and causes pests of all types to seek warmth and shelter indoors. The usual suspects, such as roaches and carpenter ants, will always try to invade your home no matter the season. However, some pests decide to show up in greater numbers during the fall: Stinkbugs Ladybugs Rodents Boxelder bugs Crickets 4 Ways to Prep for Fall Pests Seal any openings around your home. Gaps around...
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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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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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