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The Harmful Effects of a Mice Infestation

March 18, 2019

According to PestWorld, mice infest an estimated 21-million homes each winter, with effects to not only our health but the health of our home as well. Mice and other rodents want to stay warm too, and for many, that means finding their way into our homes for shelter. Along with being carriers of numerous viruses, mice can also have a devastating effect on your home. 

Risks to You and Your Family

Rodents such as rats or mice can pose a threat to the health of you and your family. These rodents reproduce very fast, so a few mice can turn into an infestation quicker than you might think. They can spread a number of viruses and diseases through their feces, which can be harmful when dried and breathed in, and they can also contaminate food and infect people that way. These viruses and diseases include hantavirus, the bubonic plague, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever. All of these can create serious health problems for those affected. You can find more information about the diseases transmitted by rodents here.

Risks to Your Home

Mice, rats, and other rodents can become a big problem in your home, causing costly repairs and extermination fees. Rodents like to burrow into anything they think will make a good nest for their babies, including old furniture cushions, insulation, and even old boxes of clothes. They will also chew anything they may find helpful in creating a nest, which could also mean they chew through insulation and wires to make way for their new home. Mice have also been known to make their nests in electrical appliances, which can pose a real threat of fire in your home. To help prevent rodents from infesting your home, take necessary precautions to help protect your home against them.

If you’re worried about a rodent and mice infestation in your home, right now or any time of the year, Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions is here to help. We’ve been the number one choice for pest control solutions in the mid-South since 1997, and continue to help residents keep their home rodent free. Give us a call today at 901-377-9915 to learn more about how we can help you come up with a solution to your pest problem, or visit our website to learn more about rodent infestations and how to identify the warning signs.

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How Do I Know if I Have Carpenter Ants?

May 12, 2017

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants, like many insects, are social and live in large colonies. They measure ¼-½  inch inch long1 and tend to be black or red, or a combination of these two colors. Carpenter ants are also known as flying ants or winged ants. These ant colonies live both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. If they find your home as a suitable place to make a nest, they will bore holes into water damaged wood and then gnaw away the wood to make room for more members of the colony.

How do I know if I have carpenter ants?

If you see (or hear) the following signs, your home might be experiencing carpenter ant damage:

  • Wood that sounds hollow if tapped upon
  • The sound of faint rustling within in the walls, which means the ants are boring into the wood
  • The presence of wood with wide, irregular ridges that are usually smooth-surfaced and free of debris
  • Shed wings of carpenter ants near window sills, baseboards, and vents
  • Trails of sawdust, a sign that carpenter ants have bored holes into the wood
  • Wood shavings near infested areas, which provide clues to nesting locations

These tips should help you determine whether or not you have an infestation of carpenter ants inside your home. Rest assured, carpenter ants are not harmful or a health hazard to humans, only the wood in the structure of your home.

How can I avoid a carpenter ant infestation?

  • Do not store firewood against an outside wall of your home, as it is an invitation for pests. Store it as far away from your home as possible, preferably elevated on a firewood rack
  • Cut down tree branches or limbs that either touch or hang over your home.
  • Seal holes or crevices in your home, specifically around window sills, baseboards, and vents

Carpenter ants can be difficult to evict from your home, and an infestation should not be taken lightly. If you’ve seen signs of these pests, your next step is to call Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions at 901.377.9915. We specialize in the diagnosis and removal of carpenter ant infestations in Olive Branch, Mississippi and surrounding areas.

The Silent and Stealthy Subterranean Termite

April 18, 2017

A stealthy and determined force of nature, termites are a cause of stress and worry for many homeowners throughout the United States, especially in the Gulf Coast region. Commonly referred to as “the silent destroyers,” termites will silently feed on the wood and other materials within homes 24 hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.

If left untreated, termites are capable of causing costly damage to the structural wood of your most valuable possession – your home. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites are responsible for $5 billion in property damage every year in the U.S.2

Termites are small, ant-like insects. However, they differ from ants in that they generally feed off the cellulose in wood. Working largely undetected under the surface, they can tunnel through the wooden structure of buildings and completely destroy them. Wood that comes in contact with the soil, such as the exterior trim on your home, provides a perfect point of entry for a termite colony. 

There are many types of termites, with the most common and dangerous ones being subterranean termites. Some common physical characteristics of the subterranean termites include wings, six legs and an antenna. They are between 1/8” to 1” in size, and generally long, oval or narrow in shape. Perhaps their most distinctive trait is their creamy brown color.

Subterranean termites (variations include Eastern subterranean, Western subterranean, Formosan termites, Desert subterranean) originate in the soil as it provides optimal temperatures and moisture for their survival. They may live in areas above the ground or completely underground, and are known to build tunnels to transport food. They grow quickly and build new colonies yearly.

In the spring, large numbers of winged termites, known as “swarmers,” typically emerge inside homes. Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as “swarmers,” emerge inside homes. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air, and then swarm to disperse and start new colonies. If Subterranean termites colonies get big enough (colonies as large as two million have been reported3), they will further disperse and create satellite colonies.

Unlike most termites that only feed on wood, these termites feed on almost everything including beams, sub-flooring, insulation, foundation and plastic plumbing pipes. Coupled with their non-stop eating habits and quick growth rate, the termite colonies can easily be blamed for destroying homes and commercial buildings. The subterranean termite destruction is not limited to structures; they damage to living shrubs and trees as they eat into them, eventually killing them.

Due to their dangerous and destructive nature, and the fact subterranean termites can  be found everywhere in your house, it is important to take precautionary measures so that you can keep your property safe. Homeowners should get their house inspected semi-annually, especially if there are signs of pests or if it has been previously infested.

If you think you might have a termite  infestation, it’s critical to seek help from a trusted exterminator. Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions specializes in the diagnosis and removal of termite infestations in Olive Branch, Mississippi and surrounding areas. If you think you might be experiencing termite or other pest issues, contact us at 901-377-9915.

More Information on Fleas

January 5, 2017

Can fleas fly?
Fleas do not fly and are wingless as adults. Their preferred method of movement is for the adults to jump onto a host when that animal passes close by. Flea larvae are mobile and will move slowly from one location to another by crawling. The main reasons flea larvae move are to locate food and a protective, shaded, moist location that is favorable to the flea larvae’s survival.

Do fleas carry disease?
Yes, fleas can transmit diseases when taking a blood meal from a host or via contaminated fecal pellets. Some flea-borne diseases include:

  • Plague – transmitted by the Oriental rat flea
  • Flea-borne typhus, also known as murine typhus – transmitted by the bacteria-infested feces of infected cat fleas when they enter the body at the time of the flea’s bite or from scratching the area of the bite.
  • Bartonellosis –Oriental rat flea and cat flea bites may transmit cat scratch disease.
  • Flea tapeworm – can be transmitted if children accidently eat an infected flea or contact infected feces.
  • Tungiasis – a tropical area ailment that is caused by the chigoe flea (Tunga penetrans) when it burrows into the skin and takes a blood meal. As the adult female feeds, she grows larger due to the development of her eggs. The bite of the chigoe flea often results in secondary infections and itching.

Flea Bites
Flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and cause great discomfort. Fleas often target the legs and feet of human victims and may infest the entire bodies of domestic house pets. Many wildlife species carry fleas as well. If these animals are associated around ones home, fleas may migrate to pets and humans. Be aware that other causes may result in human skin irritation, including other pests, allergic reactions to medications or even ingrown hairs.
In some pets flea saliva can cause allergic reactions such as FAD, and increased scratching can result in hair loss and secondary infections. In more severe cases, affected pet skin thickens and sores appear.

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