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Mouse: The Common House Mouse, Where it Lives

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The common house mouse can live inside or outside your home, either way it is not good. No matter if they are indoors or outdoors the common house mouse likes to be in secluded places, corners and dark areas. When the common house mouse is inside a house it can be found in these areas:

  • Behind rafters.
  • Near food.
  • Inside of walls.
  • Within ceilings.
  • Behind things like refrigerators, furniture, cupboards, bathtubs and counters.
  • Near a boiler, if you have one.
  • In the basement or attics, because there is often stuff stored there.

Outside the common house mouse makes its home in:

  • Wood piles.
  • It can also burrow anywhere in the ground that is secluded.
  • Storage areas.
  • Near any food that is kept outside.
  • An outdoor refrigerator or freezer.
  • Near garbage.
  • Under bushes.
  • In thick grass or vines on walls.

A pantry is a perfect example of a common house mouse’s dream home. They can eat straight through the cardboard and plastic, and become a homeowner’s worse nightmare all at the same time. Keep an eye out where any food is stored, as it is one of the common house mouses favorite places. Also seeing any food or food storage destroyed might tell you there is a common house mouse in your house.

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This pantry is a dream for a common house mouse. There are so many boxes to chew on, and they all have a surprise inside.

Picture from www.creativecommons.org

Bed Bugs Don’t Just Live in Beds

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Bed bugs live in many places. Of course they live in beds, but there are other areas of a home they find shelter at. One might wonder how a bed bug actually gets into the home and there are a few different ways that this happens. One way is if they are feeding on something that enters your home. It can be anything from your pet, a rat, a mouse, a bat or even a bird. Although some of these things seem odd to be in your home it can happen. Another way into a house is when people travel. If there are bed bugs in the place they are visiting the bed bugs will get on or into the luggage and come home with you. There is also a slight chance they could get onto your clothes that are in your hotel room, possible on the floor, and then are put into your suitcase. An additional route into a home for a bed bug is through used items, like furniture or even clothes. When purchasing something second hand always look it over to check. This does not happen often with clothes, but if you are purchasing at a place like a yard sale you never know. Furniture of course is a more likely place to find bed bugs. Again look it over whether or not you’re buying it at a second hand store, a garage sale, or from a place like Craigslist thoroughly look over the entire piece before purchasing.

Once a bed bug has entered your home it will travel to its resting spot. The insect will either move about the floor, close to the walls, on pipes or boards to get from one area to the next. It will find a resting spot somewhere in the dark. Even though the bed bug is nocturnal it will occasionally be active in the day as long as the area is dark. Another thing that attracts bed bugs to their new home is how close people and or animals are. The most popular place is in the bedroom. In the bedroom a bed bug can be found in the mattress, bed frame, box springs, dresser drawers, curtains, carpet or under the corners of wall paper. Bed bugs like to live close to their food host. Another area in a home that people usually spend time is a living or family room. In these rooms are many of the same places bed bugs like. They also like to live in the furniture, desk drawers, and base boards. Within the bedroom and the other living areas there are many overlapping choices for bed bugs to make their home.

If your home does not have as many areas where people are that is okay, the bed bug does not discriminate. They can be found inside homes, apartments, condos, dorms, hospitals, nursing homes, hotel and motels. As long as there are people and beds the bed bugs will come.

Bees, where killer bee hives can be located

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

It is important to keep an eye out for killer bees on your property. They often like to make abandoned objects, man-made objects, or trees their home. In most cases it will become visually apparent that there are bees near your home. Killer bees travel in swarms and live that way as well. Therefore, if you see a few bees take a look around to ensure there isn’t a hive near by. If you discover a hive on your property it is best to call a professional exterminator or bee keeper. Killer bees can and will attack at even the smallest provocation, and you do not want to be the one to upset them. If that were to happen here is a list of what to do, and what not to do around killer bees. Also check out our blog on first aid, if you do get stung by a killer bee.

Killer bees are not very selective about where they live, so they can pretty much make anywhere their home. Killer bees do like to live near places with water like canals, drainage areas, or detention and or retention areas. All of these locations whether water is flowing or just present make good homes for killer bees. Keep these areas in mind. If there are any near your home or even places where you frequent or where children play, be observant of your surroundings. In any case near or far from water these are some typical places you can find a bee hive:

  • Attics
  • Walls
  • Crevices with in a homes structure
  • Chimneys
  • Storage areas and or sheds
  • Dog houses
  • Porches
  • Cars, that are not frequently used
  • Trees, especially hollowed out trees
  • Shrubs
  • Flower pots
  • Garbage cans
  • Power, utility, or meter boxes

These locations may seem vague, but can be found in most backyards or front yards. This is more reason to take killer bee hives seriously and call a professional pest control company or a bee keeper to come help you solve the problem.

Rats: Roof rats live in these places…

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Although roof rats love to live in citrus trees, they do find other places to invade. Often times the rats like to make their homes in:

  • Shrubbery
  • Wood piles
  • Composts
  • Garbage
  • Under the hood of a car
  • Palm Trees
  • Bougainvilleas
  • Oleanders

The fact that a car engine is a hot spot for roof rats is yet another reason why keeping these pesky rodents off your property is important. They like to go under the hoods of cars and feast away at the wires. The rats will gnaw and chew at wires, obviously not knowing if they are eating away at the brakes, the gas, the glass cleaner or anything else under the hood. Keeping your cars in a garage is the best way to avoid this problem. Make sure the garage is sealed up so no rats can enter. Don’t panic if your home doesn’t have a garage, there are other options to keep roof rats away from your car. Keep an insect light on your car port, this way the light will detour the rats and also keep other insects away. Here are more specific things to do to your property to prevent roof rats from making your home their own.