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Rodent Control Myths: Why You Need a Professional in North Carolina

Mice and rats can turn your home or business life into a nightmare. From leaving droppings behind to creating fire hazards, these pests endanger your health, safety, and finances. Innovative Pest Management Inc. debunks three of the most popular misconceptions about rodents, explaining why professional rodent control is a must for North Carolina residents and business owners.

Three Common Myths About Rodents

1. Cheese makes the perfect mousetrap bait. Other than the convenience of placing a chunk of cheese on a mousetrap, there are few reasons to use it as rodent bait. Mice prefer sweets, meats, and foods with high water content, since they get most of their hydration from the food they eat. Try bacon, chocolate, seeds, or fruit instead of the old dairy standby to get rid of mice. Since there's rarely just a single rodent, DIY methods are often ineffective. You'll need the help of a trusted pest control team to strategically tackle infestations. 2. Having a cat means not having mice. Well-fed cats are seldom driven to rid their homes of mice. They may toy with or kill a mouse when feeling playful. But most pet cats lack the motivation to become predators when their tummies are full and their needs are met. Instead of relying on your complacent kitty, enlist the aid of a professional rodent control team to do the dirty work. And since mice and rats produce dozens of pup litters per year, acting quickly is a must. 3. Rodents don't live in neighborhoods like mine. Mice and rats don't care what zip code your neighborhood is in or whether everyone maintains their homes and lawns. They're simply looking for food, warmth, and shelter wherever they can find it. Even the cleanest homes and businesses can attract these critters if they provide easy access to the things these pests need. Keep food sealed in airtight metal or glass containers, avoid using cardboard boxes (rodents either chew them or hide in them), and seal off any cracks or gaps in walls and around entryways.

The Truth: Professional Care Is Your Best Bet

It's easy to see how rodents can wreak havoc in homes and businesses. From contaminating your food to chewing on electrical wiring, these pests cause problems wherever they go. Instead of relying on conventional wisdom to eradicate infestations on your North Carolina property, contact the experts at Innovative Pest Management, Inc. We've provided safe, effective rodent control to customers for over two decades.

Cold Season Combatant: Stopping North Carolina Ants This Winter

It's winter, and ants are just as anxious to get in from the cold as we are. While you may feel helpless seeing these pests march across your floors and counter tops, the good news is you don't have to live with an ant infestation. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. explains how North Carolina residents and business owners can clear their properties with effective ant control measures this time of year.

Make Your Home Less Alluring with Vinegar

Although sealing cracks, gaps, and other accidental openings in walls and around entryways may make it more difficult, ants are small enough to find a way into your house. These pests hate the smell of vinegar, so make your home less attractive by whipping up a 1:1 water-and-vinegar solution for the following uses: • Mop floors, especially in the kitchen • Spray around windowsills and doorways to deter entry • Clean counter tops after meals, snack time, and food prep Vinegar is a safe, inexpensive ant repellent that you're likely to already have on hand. It also disrupts pheromone trails they leave behind to communicate with others in their group.

Eliminating Ant Infestations

If you see one ant, there are probably many more elsewhere in your home. A few of these insects may leave the nest they've likely built inside your floors or walls to find food. If you're able to find ants' nests, try spraying them with dish soap or boric acid. Boric acid is toxic, so only apply it in areas where your kids and pets don't have access. But getting rid of nests may not completely eradicate ant infestations in your home or business. In this case, you'll need expert ant control services from trusted professionals.

The Proven Ant Control Professionals

Many property owners are plagued by ant problems during the colder winter months. You don't have to tolerate these pesky bugs, though. When preventive measures and DIY methods don't do the trick, it's time to call in the ant control professionals. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. has helped residential and commercial customers in North Carolina enjoy pest-free properties for 20-plus years. We’ll get rid of ants at your home or business and help prevent future infestations. Schedule a free consultation today.

FACT: Cold weather drives bugs inside your home

Pest hide when it’s cold. Living in Denver NC on Lake Norman I often hear folks say, “It’s cold so I’m sure we will not have any pests right now” which what they are trying to say is just skip me this month. People think that pests actually die when it gets cold outside. Our homes produce heat in, under and around them. Pests often will seek cover during extreme low temperatures under pine needles and mulch. Many will try to penetrate the barrier and get into a crawlspace then proceed to harbor behind insulation. Stink bugs, lady bugs and others will get into the attic and hang out under the insulation where it is protected. Last year we found 13 Brown Recluse spiders feeding on the insects that overwintered in an attic. Ants often will harbor inside of wall voids over cold months. We get calls for ants over the winter months as they are often seen hanging out along interior walls that are on the sunny side. The heat from our sun helps them survive and keeps them warm. I have seen live snakes hanging out under a thick bed of pine needles next to a house in the middle of winter. It was the sunny side of the house. In our area we would need a major deep freeze that lasted several days in order to actually eliminate most pest around our homes. Our homes are full of cracks and crevices which create nice harboring spots for pests to survive. Innovative Pest Management Inc.’s award winning services treats these areas to help control insects from becoming a pest in and around your home. Just remember, if they live there during the winter, most likely they will multiply and spring time populations will be more severe. Call 704-489-BUGS today and get your home protected.

Springtails

Every year in the summer we get calls from people that see little gray specks in their bathroom sink or bathtub. Some people even think they are fleas because they jump as well.

Springtails have become a very common structural pest. They get their name from a tail that is tucked under their body that enables themselves to launch into the air allowing them to jump 3 to 4 inches. They have to have moisture to survive that is why a lot of time you find them in the moist areas of your home such as kitchens, bathrooms, crawlspace, and basements.

Often what allows them to enter our homes are things we do ourselves. Outdoors they are found around foundations were leaf litter, thick mulch, and pine needles provide moist environments. Sometimes you can find them on the moist side of your home where sunlight is limited. Covered porches or shady areas that stay damp are also common places to see them.

Keeping a buffer zone between your foundation and mulch areas helps prevent activity. Make sure gutters are clean and free of debris. They feed on any decaying organic material which allows for easy survival. Drying out any moist area identified is key in treatment.

Fixing all conducive conditions and our quarterly pest perimeter treatment will keep these pest out of your home.

Klint Dibble - Technician, Innovative Pest Management

Eastern Subterranean Termites

Eastern subterranean termites the most common termite found in all of North America. They range from Ontario Canada to all the eastern states as far out to Texas.

Termites are known as a "wood destroying organism" because of their ability to digest all forms of cellulose material such as wood structures, paper, books, cardboard etc.

Termites have a caste structure which forms a colony. You have the queen, alate, nymph, soldier, and worker. The worker cast is the most numerous. A colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million. The queen can lay anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year.

Subterranean termites are very destructive. Over 2.5 billion are spent annually in the US on termite control. Because termites feed on cellulose material they are often found in houses, apartment buildings, businesses, and other man made structures. It is very important to have periodic inspections of structures, and control methods performed to help prevent a termite infestation. Such methods would be: chemical treatments, physical barriers, or physical treatments.

There are many things you can do as a homeowner to reduce the risk of termite attack. Most important is a annual termite inspection by a trained professional. Make sure all gutters are free of debris and drain properly. Don't allow leaves, mulch, and pine straw to be thick next to the foundation. Is is best to provide a buffer between the mulch and foundation walls. Don't stack firewood next to the foundation. Perform periodic checks of your crawlspace for high moisture and plumbing leaks.

Most people's home is their largest investment they will ever make. Call innovative pest today for your inspection and prevention quote.

Matthew Keep
Field Manager
Innovative Pest Management
704-489-2847

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