When you smash an Odorous House Ant it puts off a pheromone detected by other ants. Think of a "warning or caution signal" - this causes the ants to go into defense mode and start a process called "budding". They will start to produce multiple queens and spread out their colony.
Other over the counter products, or repellents could cause this to happen as well. Ever wondered why after spraying raid they disappeared in your kitchen for a day, but then popped up in your bathroom? Budding!
Not every pesticide is a chemical; yes, there are natural solutions for those seeking a non-chemical option for their pest care needs. These solutions are can be effective like your everyday pesticide.
“Natural pesticides are pesticides that are made by other organisms usually for their own defense, or are derived from a natural source such as a mineral or plant.”
At PCI Pest Control, we carry non-chemical solutions that we offer to our customers who may have health concerns, sensitivity concerns, or a preference to be eco-friendlier. Keep in mind, that although just as effective as typical pesticides, natural solutions have a shorter residual activity period and more frequent applications are recommended. We carry the following natural solutions for our customers:
ESSENTRIA IC3: Made up of Peppermint oil and Lavender oil, used to deter pests indoors and outdoors
WEB OUT: Made up of essential oils and Vinegar, used to treat spiders, general pests, and prevent surface fungus such as mildew
Your home is one of your most important investments. Putting a preventative pest program in place is key to keeping your home protected and sound. PCI Pest Control offers a Quarterly Service Program. It provides year-round protection against the Pacific Northwest’s Big Five:
In our lovely corner of the United States, these nasty creatures like to take advantage of your hospitality. If you give them a way to get in, they’ll overstay their welcome quickly! PCI has the tools and insight you need to send them packing. A trained and knowledgeable pest control professional will come out 4 times a year. We like to come out each season to treat the exterior of your home. This ensures each season, your house will be protected with an effective product. At these visits, we also:
·Check and refill bait stations on the exterior of your home.
·Treat the interior of your home if necessary. This also includes checking and replacing any traps set previously.
·We even do call backs between services free of charge to correct any issue.
Having us visit throughout the year helps us monitor the structure of your home. Our ability to notice any new potential entry point keeps you constantly protected. We want you to be aware of your home’s structural integrity – inside and out.
For those of you already customers of our Quarterly Service: Are you concerned you haven’t been seeing any pests while on our services? Well that means its working! Please let us know how we can do an even better job. Your feedback and referrals give us what we need to make our services better for all of you.
For those of you who are NOT members yet: Would you enjoy the ability to have a PCI Professional come out whenever you hear something that sounded a bit suspicious? This year-round ability to take care of your home is priceless! It’s as simple as picking up your phone and giving us a call at 360-628-8625! We’ll schedule your appointment to have a technician visit your home for initial service. Hassle free with no contracts. Stay with us for as many seasons as you like.
So, you’ve decided to hire a pest control company? You've made a wise decision. It could be for a current infestation or preventative services. (Hopefully it's the latter.) Pest Control Company shopping can be intimidating and foreign to some. You want to be sure you make the right choice with lasting results and no pest problems. Here are 4 effective ways to find information that will lead you to the best decision.
Like most businesses, word of mouth is a powerful tool. Seek recommendations from neighbors, friends, or family about pest control services they've used. Ask them what company they recommend.
Is the company qualified? Make sure they have the required: - Licenses - Registration - Certificates (if any) - Insurances to be in business
Are they experienced? Do your homework. See how long they’ve been an established company in business. Look closely at how much experience they have in handling pest problems such as your own.
Do they offer value to you? The company should offer 2 things: - An estimate for services - The ability to stand by their work with specific terms
Don’t hesitate to ask for the nitty gritty details! Be proactive. Ask them to explain treatment methods, including the equipment, products, and devices used. Have them explain their proposal, including estimated fees and plan for pest prevention. Ultimately you should be comfortable with the decision you make. In the end, results should be lasting and you should be satisfied!
Exclusion Work–What does that mean and why is it important?
What is the difference between exclusion work and repair work? Exclusion work is any type of repair that is made to exclude a pest from getting in. Exclusion is important as it is a preventative measure. Ensuring your house is nicely sealed up is key to assuring your home is rodent proof. Pest-radars typically go down in the cold months as some people may think there are less pests out due to cold weather. However, cold weather means pests will be trying to make their way indoors, specifically rodents - looking for warm shelter, food, and water.
Exclusion work is as simple as checking cracks and crevices near window and door jams, on the sides and bottom of your doors, as well as seals on any other openings (I.e. garage roll up door, doggy door etc.) to exclude these potential entry points from outdoor insects it's as simple as caulking over these small openings. Exclusion for rodents is also extremely important. Making sure your foundation vent screens are nice and secured, your bird blocks are nicely kept and sealed up from potential entry, as well as any openings around electrical conduits in your walls (piping or wiring from outside the home to inside the home) these are all potential ways rodents can gain way to inside your home.
If you need a second opinion, or just want that peace of mind assurance, call PCI Pest Control – we will determine all your potential entry points, and can even exclude them for you to keep you pest protected!
You see a rodent dash across your kitchen floor; two ears, furry, a tail, but what is it? Is it a mouse or a rat? Although similar in looks there are several factors that differentiate the mouse from the rat from physical appearance down to habits and behaviors. Below you will see how you can distinguish a mouse from a rat.
Mice Physical appearance: - Large ears - Long thin tails covered in hair - Covered with short hair and lighter colored bellies - Range in size from 3-10 CM - Weight range 12-45G
Habits and Behaviors: - Consume about 3G of food and 3ML of water daily - Can have up to 7-8 litters annually, with 4-16 babies per litter - Typically nests in burrows
Rats Physical appearance: - Small ears - Thick hairless tail; usually long and scaly - Can range in color from gray to black to brown - Range in size from 16-40CM - Weight range 150-300G
Habits and Behaviors: - Consume about 15-30 G of food and 15-62ML of water daily - Can have up to 3-6 litters annually, with 5-10 babies per litter - Roof Rats like their nests high up / Norway Rats like their nest low laying
As you know rodents can carry many harmful diseases. One of the most severe diseases humans can contract from Rats is Leptospirosis; an infection that could potentially be fatal. If you contract Leptospirosis you can have any of the following symptoms: headache, fever, muscle pain, bleeding, lungs, meningitis, kidney failure, or even death.
They can contaminate any surface they walk on, spreading the bacteria they are harboring onto kitchen counter tops, pantries, food storage areas,utensils, and food if left open. The disease may also be contracted through a Rat bite, if the Rat feels threatened or feels the need to defend its territory it will react.
If you suspect Rats in your home it is important to take the necessary precautions – all surfaces should be washed and disinfected. You should also wash any food preparation utensils or dishware prior to use to avoid contamination. If you suspect your food has been tampered with it is best to throw it out than risk potentially contracting a disease. Your health is an important part of your life, don’t wait to call in a Pest Professional to remove any rodents in your home.
Mice and Hantavirus We all know that rodents are dirty animals, carrying harmful diseases to humans. One disease is the Hantavirus which can be spread from mice to humans. Hantavirus can cause serious problems in our health, from respiratory issues to hemorrhagic fever, to death in some cases.
Humans can contract Hantavirus through mice droppings, urine, or saliva. It is also possible to breathe in the contaminants and become infected that way as well: when fresh rodent waste, nesting material, or contaminated dust is stirred, tiny droplets containing the virus gets into the air in which we breathe.
Although rare, it is also possible to contract the virus by a rodent bite. Even if you suspect you may have rodents, it is important to take the necessary precautions when cleaning up your home. Be sure to wear a face mask to avoid breathing in contaminated air. Always wear gloves when handling material soiled by rodents. Be sure to wash your hands and any other exposed body parts with warm water and soap.
It may also be best that you contact a professional to help take care of the problem for you, as they have protective equipment and gear necessary for those conditions. Don’t take your health or safety for granted, let the professionals ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your home.
Think you may have only a few mice? Six mice can easily turn into over 60 mice in a few months! Let's look at the quick math.
One female mouse can produce 5 to 10 litters each year, with each litter consisting of 3 to 14 babies. Let's say a female has 7 litters in one year. If each litter averages 8 babies, that's a grand total of 56 new mice in your home! Mice can also breed at a young age; at approximately 30-days old they are ready to breed. Their gestation periods last only about 20 days. A few days after giving birth, they are ready to breed again. These little guys will keep busy throughout the year with the food, water, and shelter in your home. Mice don't have seasonal breeding habits as they can reproduce all year long. The shelter of your home protects them from predators like owls, hawks, and foxes.
How to keep 'em out:
Gaps in the foundation or building materials
These are all possible points of entry to your humble abode. Have your home checked out for any potential entry points and have them sealed up. Prevention is key to keeping mice and other rodents out. PCI Pest Control finds the source, fixes it, and deals with the infestation. We then do a thorough sweep, eliminating the current mice inside. This is followed by prevention, which offers year-round protection and monitoring. Prevention is the best way to avoid any mice problems from returning. Call us today to help keep the mice at bay!
So, you've decided to hire a pest control company – whether it’s for a current infestation or for preventative services to avoid pest problems in the future. Hopefully it’s the latter of the two. Pest Control company shopping can be intimidating and foreign to some, you want to be sure you make the right choice that will have lasting results.
First off, word of mouth is a powerful tool – seek recommendations from neighbors, friends, or family about pest control services they have used and who they would recommend. Is the company qualified? You want to make sure they have the required licenses, registration, certificates, and insurances to be in business.
Are they experienced? Do your homework, see how long they’ve been an established company in business, particularly see how much experience they have in handling pest problems such as your own.
Do they offer value to you?The company should be able to offer an estimate for services in writing, and should provide a guarantee for their work with specific terms. Don’t hesitate to ask for the nitty gritty details!
Be proactive and ask them to explain their treatment methods, their proposal for pest prevention, down to what type of equipment/product/devices are used. Ultimately you should be comfortable with the decision you make. In the end, results should be lasting and the customer, always satisfied!