Who Else Might Be Eating Your Cereal? (Pantry pest prevention)

Pantry Pest Prevention

Does the cereal in your pantry seem to disappear when no one is home? Is your son or daughter not hungry for dinner because they’re sneaking giant bowls of cereal? Or may it be more sinister?

If Not Them, Then Who?

There are a variety of pests that may wrecking havoc in your pantry. In providing Pantry Pest Prevention you should be looking for:

  • Ants
  • Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Moths
  • Rodents
  • Spiders
  • Weevils

This isn’t even a full list! These are the most common Pantry Pests. Unless you get rid of these pests, you may be in for a bigger issue than just food missing from the cereal box!

 

What To Do

If you notice pests in your pantry, clean it out completely. Throw away open half eaten packages. Consider investing in plastic containers for your pantry items. Some pests and bugs eat the glue on the boxes. Really! Make sure your pantry is free from crumbs. Routinely wipe down shelves and sweep in your pantry to prevent infestations.

If you find yourself fighting these pests and not winning, call a professional asap.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about fall pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

Shocking Facts:

Consumer Reports Shop Smart magazine checked with the Food and Drug Administration and found, for example, a 24 oz. container of cornmeal can have up to 745 insect fragments and 27 rodent hairs in one box. Pasta, nuts, peanut butter, dried beans, grains, coffee beans, even chocolate can carry them as well.

Mouse Poop in Your Cornmeal– Ever notice some dark specks in your cornmeal? The handbook allows for up to 13 “fragments” of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container.
Grasshopper Legs in Your Peanut Butter– In a regular-sized 16-ounce jar of peanut butter, the FDA will allow up to 136 insect fragments and four rodent hairs.

Mouse Math – how fast do mice multiply

How Fast Do Mice Multiply?

We get asked this question “How fast do mice multiply” quite often in our pest control business. The answer can show how quickly an infestation can overcome a home or office. Mice carry disease and can do extensive damage in a short amount of time.

Female Mice Information

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A common female house mouse can get pregnant as early as 4 weeks old. Most female mice begin ovulating at 6 to 8 weeks.

Once impregnated, the gestation period is only 3 weeks (or less). The litter usually is 5 to 7 pups. In some instances, that number can be as high as 14 pups.

This is How Fast Do Mice Multiply

The average house mouse lives 1 year on the wild and up to 2 years in a domicile. If they are breeding all year long, the number of mice born can be easily be 60 pups per year. Add to that the new pups breeding at 6 weeks. It is easy to see how an infestation would happen unless dealt with early on.

Other Facts

The mother mouse tries very hard to make sure her littler lives. She will decide if there are less hearty pups and not feed them. She may even eat those unlucky pups. The nutrition helps her care for her surviving litter or for a new pregnancy.

Fathers are in the picture for a litter of pups. But in an unusual way. They want their genes to be passed down. If they suspect one or more of the pups are not theirs, the father will kill the pup(s).

What To Do

If you see or suspect a mouse in your home or office, call Absolute Pest Control right away. We can quickly determine the best course to rid you of your mouse problem. You can call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

 

You can learn more about mice HERE!

Bug of the Month for December: Mouse

 

Bug of the Month for December: Mouse

Mice aren’t bugs, obviously. But hey! Neither are spiders, so, just roll with it. Mice can still be a very pesky pest to deal with. It’s hard to believe not even a mouse would be stirring on the night before Christmas because mice are always on the go, and they are nocturnal. Plus, they’d probably love to get their hands on some of those cookies you left out for Santa.

Here are a few things you need to know about the house mouse and how to deal with those little guys:

What do house mice look like?

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Mice are tiny grey or brown rodents that can be 2-4 inches in length and have a long, scaly tail. They have pointed snouts and ears and four legs.

How do mice behave?

Mice are very sneaky creatures that are able to squeeze through small spaces to find warmth and food. They tend to eat insects and seeds, but have known to eat almost anything that is left around the house.

The house mouse tends to stay indoors, although they can survive outside as well. They are very adaptable to their surroundings. Mice can also jump really high: almost ten times their height! This allows them to be able to reach even more places.

The female mouse can produce 30 offspring or more, so if you see any mice around your house, there are probably several more.

Where do mice live?

Mice live on every continent and almost every country in the world. They are highly adaptable and can survive in almost any climate. They are the most common rodent pest in the world.

Mice make their home indoors for the most part and can make nests out of almost any material such as fabrics, packing supplies, and insulation. They also tend to prefer dark areas as they are nocturnal, but it is not uncommon to see them during the day.

Do mice pose any health threats?

Rodent feces can spread bacteria through touch and food contamination. This can cause severe diseases such as salmonella poisoning, Rat Bite Fever, and even Bubonic Plague! Not only is coming in contact with rodent feces dangerous, so is even breathing it in!

Most of these diseases are very dangerous, even deadly, but also very uncommon. The most common of these diseases is salmonella poisoning, which is a type of food poisoning. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, and fever.

How can I prevent a mouse infestation?

As is common with most pests, the best way to keep mice away is to make sure all doors and windows in your house are sealed and protected.

It is best to store things off of the floor and make sure the right rain gutters are installed so that rainwater will properly be diverted away from the house. It is also very important to keep your house clean and not leave any food lying around.

Signs of a mouse infestation include small droppings, torn fabrics and other materials, and damaged food packaging.

If you see any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call Absolute Pest Control at (615)220-1933 or click here to set up an appointment today.

 

Sources:

http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/rodents/house-mice/

http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/pest-health-hub/posts/overview-of-the-real-health-risks-posed-by-mice-and-rat-infestations/

 

How to Get Rid of Ants and Keep Them Away:

How to Get Rid of Ants Quickly

9 Simple Steps

Ants! Thousands of them crawling around your windows, on the floor, in your bed, and even on you! Want to know how to get rid of ants?

First and foremost, it’s best to call Absolute Pest Control and schedule an appointment for them to come and properly get rid of the ants. But what can you do to alleviate the situation before Absolute can come to your house?

If you want to how to get rid of ants, here are a few things you can do:

  1. The first step in how to get rid of ants is to pinpoint the location the ants use to enter your house. Walk around outside and see if you see an anthill with a trail leading to your house.
  2. After you find the ants’ entry point, use something to prevent any more ants from reaching the house such as petroleum jelly or talc. This will prevent any more ants from entering your home.
  3. Use a wet towel or sponge to wipe up the line of ants coming from the anthill.
  4. Spray the trail with ant killer or any household cleaner, but make sure you get the entire colony.
  5. Once you’ve prevented any more ants from entering your home, kill any single ants you may find. These are called “scouts” and if they make it back to the colony, they’ll tell all the other ants where their food source is.
  6. Find out where the ants are gathering inside your home and use a boric acid/sugar/water solution to lure them out. This works as both a bait and an insecticide.
  7. If you see any more ants, sprinkle some talcum powder around and then vacuum them up.
  8. To prevent ants from reaching certain areas of your house, you can mix a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, two teaspoons of liquid soap, and water. This will act as a deterrent the ants.
  9. Call Absolute Pest Control

This will greatly help you know how to get rid of ants, but it is far from a perfect solution. While effective, these steps are only a temporary fix. There may be quite a few more colonies outside and inside your home, and you are bound do miss a few of them, so it is extremely important that you call Absolute and schedule an appointment so that we can properly and permanently get rid of ants so you can enjoy yourself and your home without worrying about those pesky insects.

Again, follow the 9 steps to get rid of ants and prevent them from getting inside. To get started on making your home ant-free call Absolute Pest Control at 615-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment today!

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Ants

Identifying Cockroaches - American vs German

Are you an expert at identifying cockroaches?

If you find a pesky cockroach in your home, it may cause panic. But, generally if there is one, there are many. You may decide to figure out the type or just wait for a pest control company to come. Identifying cockroaches is not too difficult. Here are common facts about 2 common cockroaches; the American Cockroach and the German Cockroach.

German Cockroach

Latin Name: Blattella germanica

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The German Cockroach are about a half of inch long. This is generally the same size as an United States penny (without the antenna). Another identifying feature is the 2 dark stripes done the cockroaches back. The stripes run from the head, all the way down the back and can be from brown to almost black in color. The young German roaches can be very dark. This species of roaches have wings but prefer scurrying not flying. The favorite place for a German cockroach is in humid, moist areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Another place they are often found is in the trash cans. The cockroaches are happy to have water and food in one place. Treatment for roaches in duplexes and apartments can be more difficult to treat. Adult German cockroaches have a life span of 100-200 days. The German Cockroach is the most common cockroach found in the United States.

American Cockroach

Latin Name: Periplaneta americana

American Cockroach

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The American Cockroach is one of the larger cockroaches found in the United States. Some of these roaches have been reported to be 2 inches in length (larger than a United States Quarter). The coloring of the American Cockroach is reddish-brown and have 2 brown spots on the shoulders. Sometimes an identifying factor is a yellow band around their heads. Their shells also have a shiny or glossy look to them. Food of choose for the American Cockroaches is moist, wet foods. If you have canned pet foods that you open and leave out, that is the food of choice of American Cockroaches. Both male and female American cockroaches have wings and will fly. The favorite spot for these types of cockroaches are flower beds (often with warm, moist mulch). The life span of an American Cockroach is about 200 days.

How to Avoid Cockroaches

There are 5 things you can do to help reduce cockroach infestations.

  • Reduce water- repair leaky pipes and reduce standing water
  • Clean the kitchen- food debris left out is a buffet for bugs
  • Monitor- cockroaches like dark corners where they are not disturbed so clean cabinets routinely
  • Adjust humidity- many cockroaches like warm, moist air; keep humidity in your home low
  • Seal it up- seal and repair cracks and gaps to stop the cockroaches from entering

Identifying cockroaches is not a hard thing to do. Regardless of the type of cockroaches you may find at your home, the biggest thing that needs to happen is to get rid of them. Our skilled technicians can identifying cockroaches, how they are entering your home and plan how to get rid of the cockroaches, fast!

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What Are Carpet Beetles & How Can I Get Rid Of Them?!

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetle

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Carpet Beetles may be living and reproducing in your home or business without you knowing it. These little pests tend to like wool carpets and rugs, like the name suggestions. The young carpet beetle looks like a tiny hairy worm. They tend to be near baseboards, behind headboards and bookcases, in closets and under furniture.

Identifying the caret beetle may require the help of a pest control professional. Our trained technicians can assist in identifying whether or not your have problem with the carpet beetle. The best way to help us identify a mysterious pest is to capture it in a plastic bag (if it is safe to do so) and then give us a call. We will better be able to know what the pest is if we can see it first hand. Other ways to hold a pest is a mason jar or tupperware container.

The carpet beetle eats more than just wool carpets. They feed on rugs, silk, hair, feathers and fur. This makes your home a huge feeding frenzy for a carpet beetle. Occasionally they will feed on plant materials, books, grains and pet food.

Tips to help reduce your chance of having carpet beetles:

  • Regularly move and clean behind furniture
  • Vacuum and dust regularly
  • Keep open foods in a sealed container
  • Check flowers and used furniture thoroughly before bringing them into your home
  • Dry cleaning will kill carpet beetles
  • Putting items in the dryer will also kill them
  • Get help from a pest control professional

At Absolute Pest Control, we pride ourselves on skilled and trained technician professionals. We work hard to provide high quality service to our customers. Our treatment is 100% Guaranteed or your money back! If you suspect that you have a carpet beetle infestation or any other type of pest problem, please give us a call 615-220-1933.

Pantry Pests & Bugs - Stored Product Bugs

Pantry Pests and Bugs-

What are pantry pests, stored product bugs or pantry bugs?

These are the Pantry Pests or Stored Product Bugs that are most commonly found in or around your pantry or other places you store dry foods. Most common store items are flour, cereal, rice, chocolate, spices, etc. Two of these pantry pests are Indian Meal Moths and Merchant Grain Beetles.

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The Indian Meal Moth gets it’s name because it was discovered eating corn meal; sometimes known as Indian Meal. While not even an inch in size, these moths can be a real pest! Their foods of choice are dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, candies, nuts, chocolates, dog food and similar items. The Indian Meal Moth is attracted to light, lives all over the world and is often found in grocery stores. The problem with these bugs is that they can contaminate foods. If you see one of these (there are usually more hiding), please put it in a baggy and call us. We can identify the bug and the best treatment plan.

 

 

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The Merchant Grain Beetle are not often found in grains; despite their name! These bugs are about 1/10 of an inch in size. They are also found in pantries and cupboards. The food stuff they love are cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, pasta, cookies and chocolates. The Merchant Grain Beetle is relatively flat in size to crawl inside boxes, feed and have babies. The most common places for these pantry pests are in warehouses or where dry foods are processed. The problem with these bugs is that they can contaminate food. Because they hid and live in boxes, they might be hard to notice at first. You may even notice them when throwing away your empty box. Don’t despair, we can help. Put the bug in a baggy so we can identify it and provide the best treatment plan.

 

Absolute Pest Control is here to help you with any situation that arises. Call us for any of your pest control needs at 615-220-1933.

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