Mice and Rat Solutions

Franklin Pest Control’s Pest Experts want to keep you protected with the BEST mice and rat solutions. Commercial or residential our pest experts have their own personal tricks on how they catch rodents and keep them out. With the freezing cold temperatures that we’ve been experiencing, mice and rats are seeking indoor shelter. The house mouse (Mus musculus) is one of the most economically important rodent species in the United States. They are an incredibly adaptable creature and can survive in many different conditions if they have access to food, warmth, and shelter.

House mice consume and contaminate food meant for humans, pets, livestock, and other animals. They transmit pathogens that cause disease, such as salmonellosis, through their feces. Their fur, urine and droppings can cause various illnesses, including allergies and asthma. Additionally, mice can be infested with ticks or fleas and can bring these parasites indoors where they can affect humans or pets. Mice can also cause considerable damage to structures and property through their gnawing actions. In fact, 25% of unexplained house fires in the United States are attributed to rodents gnawing on wires.

House mice can squeeze into a hole as small as the diameter of a dime. The house mouse has been estimated to infest homes 10 to 20 times more than rodents, probably due to their small size and behavior. Telltale signs of rodent infestation include nests, droppings, fresh gnaw marks, or tracks. Call us to help you to identify weak points where mice may be gaining access to your home or to help you rid any ongoing rodent problems.

Fact or Fiction: Pest services are not needed in winter

FICTION! Indoors is where dozens of pests head in the winter. Bugs and rodents are looking to escape the harsh elements of winter just as much as us when temperatures drop so low. . Insects are cunning creatures that have adapted multiple ways to survive cold winter months.

Fact or Fiction: Pests die in the winter

FICTION! Most insect populations will dwindle and be very low during winter months. To survive, insects will overwinter in various stages, many as eggs, until temperatures begin to rise again -signaling that it’s time to wake up and emerge from their eggshell. Some insects will also undergo something called diapause, essentially hibernation, initiated when daylight hours get shorter and temperatures begin to drop. An insect in diapause uses only a fraction of their normal energy and survives on stored body fat during the entirety of winter. Another amazing feat of insects is their ability to survive freezing temperatures by producing glycerol in their bodies. The production of glycerol in insects is akin to antifreeze in a car, thus allowing insects the ability to supercool and survive extreme winter conditions.

One way insects overwinter is by hiding in tree holes, under bark and leaves, or even below the soil surface to avoid cool temperatures until the weather becomes more favorable. When these sites are not available, many insects turn to the inside of our homes for protection, where there are multiple cracks and holes for an insect to survive the cooler months.

Fact or Fiction: You can prevent pests from entering your house in the winter

FACT! Pest prevention now will help keep you protected for months to come. Insects are incredibly small and resourceful in their ability to enter homes but our pest experts have spent years learning pests habits and staying up to date with changes in their biology. Call us when the inevitable pest does enter your home to identify the intruder and help prevent any further pests from spending the winter in your home.

Confused flour beetle Asian beetle Stink Bug

Cluster Flies

Merchant Grain Beetles

Lady Beetles

Stink Bugs

  • Most common fly found in homes during winter.
  • Tend to occupy upper stories on the southwest sunny sides.
  • Large and dark gray and will spend winter in attics and voids.
  • A type of blow fly but have very different habits.
  • Develop as parasites of earthworms and are not associated with garbage, animal wastes, or unsanitary conditions.
  • Requires a shelter during winter
  • Survive winters as a semi-dormant adult fly.
  • Found in grain products, cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies, and chocolate.
  • Infest stored food products and can contaminate food.
  • Dark brown, one-eighth of an inch long and have six saw-like teeth on each side of their flat bodies.
  • The beetle can crawl into packaging where it will eat and produce young.
  • These beetles can fly and are attracted to lights, so they may be found around windows and other light sources.
  • Typically found in pantries, food processing areas or warehouses.
  • Lady beetles (AKA lady bugs), are common throughout the United States.
  • yellow, orange, and red colors with tell-tale black spots.
  • enter buildings through attic vents and holes typically near the eaves and windows.
  • Vacuums with HEPA-filters can be used to suck up lady beetles or simply brushing them off the wall using a broom is an alternative for removal.
  • Cause smells and wall discoloration if smashed.
  • Stink bugs emit odors to deter predators from eating them.
  • Release their putrid odors out of small holes located on their abdomens.
  • Stink bugs will overwinter within your home, but typically stay hidden in wall voids or attics until spring time, when you will see them emerge from your home.

 

Think You May Have Some Invaders?

Sanitation goes a long way to prevent these winter rodent problems. Practicing these prevention tips, along with our Healthy Home Maintenance Program (HHMP) is the perfect plan for your home. This quarterly service provides protection all year long. With satisfaction guaranteed, you have nothing to lose but pests. Take a look at the chart below for the full list of pests covered with HHMP.HHMP Chart

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