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Need help with the increasing population of mice in your home?

BY Candace Estanique

 

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:

  • Vents
  • Gaps in  the  foundation  or  building  materials
  • Utility lines
  • Door frames

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!

 

 

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How to hire a Pest Control Company?

BY Candace Estanique

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!

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Quarterly Service Program: Are you ready to protect one of your biggest investments?

BY Candace Estanique

Your home is one of your most important investments. Making sure you have a preventative pest program in place is key to keeping your home protected and sound. PCI Pest Control offers a Quarterly Service Program which offers year-round protection against the Pacific Northwest’s Big Five:

  • Ants
  • Spiders
  • Bees (yellow jackets, wasps, hornets–not honey bees)
  • Rats and Mice

We come out 4 times a year, once each season to treat the exterior of your home with an effective product to prevent pest activity. At these visits, we also check and refill bait stations we leave on the exterior of your home to monitor rodent activity. Having us at your home throughout the year also helps us to be able to monitor the structure of your home; being able to notice any new potential entry point for rodents keeping you constantly protected and aware of your home’s structural stability. We will also treat the interior of your home if needed as well, and do call backs in between services free of charge to correct any issue.Concerned you haven’t been seeing any pests while on our services?

Well that means its working!

 

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Exclusion Work – What does that mean and why is it important?

BY Candace Estanique

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. 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!

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Odorous House Ants: Who are they, and why does it seem like I’m making my problem worse?

BY Candace Estanique


Odorous House Ants also known as Sugar Ants are a native species to our country and found throughout the United States. Why the foul name? When squished, they give off an odor of that of rotten coconuts. Back or brown in color, these tiny little guys (1/16-1/18-in) often are found indoors, typically in wall voids, cracks/crevices, and famously under sinks. “Honey there are ants all over the kitchen and bathroom!” Sound familiar? They feed on anything such as dead insects, honeydew (their favorite), seeds, and notoriously sweets left behind by us. When getting rid of these pests’ professionals will either use a non-repellent or a baiting method (or a combination of both).

You may have noticed when using a residual or repellent DIY spray it only makes matters worse – well that’s because it causes stress on the ant colonies which cause them to split and create sub-colonies; ultimately making your issue widespread among your home. That cycle is called “budding”; multiplying the amount of ant colonies, in-turn multiplying your ant issues. When you see these ants active around your home they are more than likely travelling to and from their food source and their nesting site – make note of these locations as this is where you’ll want to place your bait. If all else fails, call in the professionals! PCI Pest Control has a 6-month warrantied treatment that will take care of your problem. [For at home tips, see our previous blog for “What Ants Don’t Want You To Know About Why They Love Your Kitchen!”]

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What ants don’t want you to know about why they LOVE your kitchen 

BY Candace Estanique

“Well, that counter top sure looks nice and clear, maybe it doesn’t need a wipe down.” 

“Well, Fido can take care of those few crumbs the baby dropped, he always licks up food to save me from sweeping!” 

This is why the ants LOVE your kitchen. They’re attracted to food scents or molecular sized pieces of foods. To the naked eye, your kitchen counter tops and floors may seem empty. But, to an ant hoard, it’s their next buffet! On top of that, ants have incredibly small bodies. At only 1/8”, they can squeeze into the tiniest crack of your home. 

 

Here are some helpful tips to keep the kitchen-loving ant out of your life: 

  • Store food in sealed containers – anything left out in the open is an attractant
  • Try to exclude ants by caulking and sealing any openings into your home
  • Your dog is not an efficient form of cleaning; even if he licks up leftovers. Always go over the spill-spot with a broom or mop.
  • Be sure to clean any surfaces that could harbor tiny crumbs. This includes dishes, countertops, and microwaves. Rinse off the sponge afterward to wash away food remnants
  • For a natural approach, wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar or lemon juice. This will eliminate the scent trails ants are attracted to.
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