How Do You Know That The Mice And Rats Are Gone

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How Do You Know That The Mice And Rats Are Gone?

Rodents and mice poison bait does little to solve a rodent problem and, in most cases, makes the problem worse. Poison bait by design is food for the rats. Putting out poison attracts rats.

Rodents spread diseases on their own and carry fleas and ticks that spread even more diseases. Rats can also carry mites, whose populations can grow significantly enough that they feed on residents. Their populations grow rapidly, and they can chew up gas lines and even disrupt your home’s foundation. Rodent issues should always be taken care of by a professional.

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Rodents are some of the most resilient creatures on the planet. Unless you remove all of the pests in a short span of time and eliminate all of their possible access points, the chance you will end up with another infestation is high. Knowledge about rodent life cycles and habits is crucial for an effective removal plan. Rodent Control San Antonio

Do-it-yourself methods for homeowners rarely work for long, and poisons should not be handled without training in safe, effective use. Cornered rats will attack humans, and groups of rats can attack pets. It is always best to leave rodent removal to the professionals. Buildings are different, and each type of rodent must be treated in a different way. During your initial consultation, your pest control specialist will take the time to assess your problem, try to identify the kind of rodent you are dealing with, and possibly offer some short-term solutions like sealing foods in thick containers and trimming branches that overhang your home.

You can expect your Rodent control specialist to create a customized plan to eliminate your rodent problem and help keep your home rodent-free. A variety of tactics may be combined into a strong action plan. The simplest, less expensive, and less invasive options are often used first, but with large infestations, aggressive treatment may be necessary. Rodents, mice, and rats are problematic inside of any structure. While rodent issues will generally be more pervasive in areas where construction may be older and sanitation may not be ideal, rodents can infest any building. Recognition of a mouse or rat problem is not necessarily a reflection on one’s tidiness or cleanliness; it is unfortunately a byproduct of living and requires expertise and care to manage.

Rats of either species, especially young rats, can squeeze beneath a door with only a 1/2-inch gap. If the door is made of wood, the rat might gnaw to enlarge the gap, but this might not be necessary.

Norway Rats
Norway rats eat a wide variety of foods but mostly prefer cereal grains, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits. When searching for food and water, Norway rats usually travel an area of about 100 to 150 feet in diameter; seldom do they travel any further than 300 feet from their burrows or nests. The average female Norway rat has 4 to 6 litters per year and can successfully wean 20 or more offspring annually.

Roof Rats
Like Norway rats, roof rats eat a wide variety of foods, but they prefer fruits, nuts, berries, slugs, and snails. Roof rats are especially fond of avocados and citrus, and they often eat fruit that is still on the tree. When feeding on a mature orange, they make a small hole through which they completely remove the contents of the fruit, leaving only the hollowed-out rind hanging on the tree. They’ll often eat the rind of a lemon, leaving the flesh of the sour fruit still hanging. Their favorite habitats are attics, trees, and overgrown shrubbery or vines. Residential or industrial areas with mature landscaping provide good habitat as does riparian vegetation of riverbanks and streams. Roof rats prefer to nest in locations off the ground and rarely dig burrows for living quarters if off-the-ground sites exist.

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Roof rats routinely travel up to 300 feet for food. They can live in the landscaping of one residence and feed at another. They often can be seen at night running along overhead utility lines or fence tops. They have an excellent sense of balance and use their long tails to steady themselves while traveling along overhead utility lines. They move faster than Norway rats and are very agile climbers, which enables them to quickly escape predators. They can live in trees or in attics and climb down to a food source. The average number of litters a female roof rat has per year depends on many factors, but generally, it is 3 to 5 with 5 to 8 young in each litter.

Rats eat and contaminate foodstuffs and animal feed. They also damage containers and packaging materials in which foods and feed are stored. Both rat species cause problems by gnawing on electrical wires and wooden structures such as doors, ledges, corners, and wall material, and they tear up insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting.

Norway rats can undermine building foundations and slabs with their burrowing activities and can gnaw on all types of materials, including soft metals such as copper and lead, as well as plastic and wood. If roof rats are living in the attic of a residence, they can cause considerable damage with their gnawing and nest-building activities. They also damage garden crops and ornamental plantings.

Among the diseases, rats can transmit to humans or livestock are murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), and rat-bite fever. Plague is a disease that both roof and Norway rats can carry.

Rats, like house mice, are active mostly at night. They have poor eyesight, but they make up for this with their keen senses of hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Rats constantly explore and learn, memorizing the locations of pathways, obstacles, food and water, shelter, and features of their environment. They quickly detect and tend to avoid new objects and novel foods. Thus, they often avoid traps and baits for several days or more following their initial placement. While both species exhibit this avoidance of new objects, this neophobia is usually more pronounced in roof rats than in Norway rats.

Both Norway and roof rats can gain entry to structures by gnawing, climbing, jumping, or swimming through sewers and entering through toilets or broken drains. While Norway rats are more powerful swimmers, roof rats are more agile and are better climbers.

Norway and roof rats don’t get along. The Norway rat is the larger and the more dominant species; it will kill a roof rat in a fight. When the two species occupy the same building, Norway rats may dominate the basement and ground floors, with roof rats occupying the attic or second and third floors. Contrary to some conceptions, the two species can’t interbreed. Both species can share some of the same food resources but don’t feed side by side. Rats can grab food and carry it off to feed elsewhere.

Rats of either species, especially young rats, can squeeze beneath a door with only a 1/2-inch gap. If the door is made of wood, the rat might gnaw to enlarge the gap, but this might not be necessary.

Inspect your yard and home thoroughly. If the answer to any of the following questions is yes, you may have a rat problem.
Is there evidence rodents are feeding on fruit/nuts that are in or falling from the trees in your yard?
Do you see burrows among plants or damaged vegetables when working in the garden?
Do you see rats traveling along utility lines or on the tops of fences at dusk or soon after?
Have you found rat nests behind boxes or in drawers in the garage?
Are there smudge marks caused by the rats rubbing their fur against beams, rafters, pipes, and walls?
Do you see burrows beneath your compost pile or beneath the garbage can?
Are there rat or mouse droppings in your recycle bins?
Have you ever had to remove a drowned rat from your swimming pool or hot tub?
Do you see evidence of something digging under your garden tool shed or doghouse?
Do you find rat droppings around dog or cat dishes or pet food storage containers?
Do you hear noises coming from the attic just after dusk?
Have you found remnants of rat nests when dismantling your firewood stack?
Does your dog or cat bring home dead rat carcasses?

Rodent contamination can happen in any area of your home or building. Almost every home has had a rodent infestation at one point.

Residential and Commercial Pest Control San Antonio

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Residential and Commercial Pest Control San Antonio

Residents and business owners appreciate the effective pest control services provided by our company. Since 1960, we have been offering pest control services that we take great pride in. Our dedication comes with accolades such as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, ranking as the #1 pest control company in the area, and an award for pest control services by the Commerce Commission. When you use our company, you will know that you are receiving the best pest control services possible.pest control

There are no pest control problems too big or too small for us to handle. Our skilled pest control technicians are able to handle all types of pests including pigeons, cockroaches, termites, and flies. We offer specific and effective pest control programs to rid your home or business of these pests.

Homeowners can take advantage of a great number of pest control programs. To learn more about some of our outstanding and effective residential pest control services, please call our office.

When businesses need to take care of a pest control problem, the first call that they make is to us. Our pest control technicians understand fully that any pest in your business is not good. Pests are a huge deterrent to getting new customers as well as retaining old ones. A proper pest control program can help promote a positive and professional image of your business. To learn more about some of the commercial pest control services we provide, please call our office.

We completely understand the needs of realtors. When a realtor is selling a house, the biggest obstacle to getting a sale is an infestation of pests. Our pest control technicians can provide complete elimination of any pests including termites. After we have treated for termites, we can provide a Subterranean Termite Warranty that greatly helps in the sale of a house. To learn more, call our office.

The construction of new homes and businesses is booming. In order to prepare the property for construction, contractors rely on our pest control services. With many pests developing nests that have been in the soil for decades, only a complete inspection and eradication of the pest will work. That is what we do for contractors. Elimination of pests creates a safer work environment for the construction crews as well as the residents that move in after the home or office is built. To learn more about pest control services available to contractors, please call our office.

To get rid of pests today or to get more information on the wide variety of pest control programs that we have to offer, please call us. You can also schedule a pest control evaluation or you can ask any pest control questions that you may have.

Do You Need An Estate Sales Service

Who needs an estate sale service?

There are various reasons people need to have estate sales. Anyone downsizing, moving to a retirement home, nursing home, or assisted living, executors of an estate, anyone who needs to sell most of a home’s contents.

Why can’t I just do my own sale?

You could, but it’s usually not recommended. Often an individual having an estate sale will underprice valuable items and the less desirable items will not sale. Individuals hosting an estate sale usually have no experience in crowd control, security, local permitting, proper merchandising techniques, credit card acceptance, or how to attract buyers. When using our estate sale services you get our experience, our knowledge of what items are worth, how to sort and organize property to encourage the buyer’s interest, crowd management, and security. We will fully advertise your sale to attract many interested buyers. We’ll also comply with any local and state ordinances and make contact with local law enforcement with any traffic concerns. We’ll take care of every detail.

What kind of things do you sell?

We call sell virtually anything that is safe and legal to be sold. Common estate items are antiques, contemporary and used furniture and furnishings, jewelry, artwork, collectibles, kitchen items, clothing, tools, household items, automobiles, books, and just plain junk. Almost everything has some value, and we try to attract a buyer for all items in a sale.

What should I throw out and what should I keep?

We recommend you don’t throw anything any before consulting with us. The old saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ is very true. Let us determine what items have resale value and what items don’t.

What if I only have a few things to sell?

We’ll be happy to consider accepting your good items on consignment or possibly a complete buy-out.

What services does your commission include?

Our services are almost too numerous to list and can vary by the size and situation of each estate. A partial list of our services include—

A free estate analysis and estimate.
Research and appraisals for all items to ensure a price that reflects the current market value.
Pricing, packaging, arranging and displaying all items for optimal marketability.
Complete promotion of the event through various advertising mediums including, but not limited to, newspapers, flyers, email notifications, websites, and professional signage.
We conduct the sale, furnishing a fully-prepared staff and all supplies.
Arrange for alternative liquidation for any items that do not sell.
Clean up after the sale.
Handle delivery and pick-up arrangements with buyers of larger items.
Provide crowd and sale control during the event to protect your property.
Accurate accounting of all sales proceeds and a quick settlement.
Obtain any necessary permitting that might be required. We also consult with local law enforcement about any traffic concerns.

How much do your services cost and are there any other costs?

In most cases there are no up-front costs. We work on a percentage of total sales. The fee is deducted from the monies collected at the sale, and a settlement check is provided to you within 7 to 10 days. There are other services our company provides if you don’t elect to have a complete estate sale, and some of these services are fee-based.

What about items that don’t sell?

Most items will sell during the estate sale. There are several options for items that do not sell during an estate sale. Items can be donated to charity, retained by the owner, placed on consignment, or discarded at the owner’s discretion.

What do I need to do to help?

You don’t have to do anything! We do all the work. We provide complete estate sale services, from beginning to end.

May I attend the sale?

Of course! We are very comfortable having you attend the estate sale. Many times family members will find it emotionally difficult and prefer to do something else.

What about clean-up after the sale?

Usually, our agreement will call for the house and property to be left completely empty and broom-clean. We’ll assist you in making sure the property is ready for sale or closing.

How much notice do you need for a sale?

We recommend 2 to 4 weeks notice as our event schedule can fill up rather quickly. Usually, two weeks’ notice is sufficient to prepare, plan, and advertise a sale.

What is the best time to have a sale?

Any time is a good time to have a sale, as people enjoy shopping estate sales year-round. Winter may be often overlooked as a good time for estate sales, as there will be less competition from other sales.

Why should I choose your Estate Sale Company?

You’ll notice the difference when you choose our company. We take pride in offering services with the highest degree of professionalism. Some of our unique features are…

You’ll enjoy the professional difference. All event staff members are uniformed and prepared. Customers will know who to seek out for help with questions, parking, delivery, etc. Our cashiers don’t use a cigar box or apron to secure your money. Instead, we record all transactions on a cash register to ensure greater accuracy and safes are used to secure sale proceeds.
We accept major credit cards. This helps in the sale of higher value items, as potential buyers are not limited by the amount of cash in their pocketbooks and wallets.
We provide all the extra display pieces needed such as tables, racks, jewelry cases, etc., and we’ll organize your items to encourage the buyer’s interest.
We will promote your sale, and we don’t mean just throwing a classified in the paper and some hand-written signs put up the day before the sale.
We will begin promoting your sale several days in advance using many advertising mediums.
We offer different levels of service. We realize that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ and we have options for you to choose from. We will suggest the service that’s appropriate for your estate sale, not what best benefits our bank account. We realize that your referral is our best source for new business.
We will meet and often exceed our estimates. In most cases, the sale proceeds will exceed our pre-sale estimates. We don’t estimate low, we just work hard to ensure a successful event.
Our company is licensed and insured. We are also members of the Chamber of Commerce and Associate Members of the International Society of Appraisers.
There are no surprises or hidden costs. Our services and costs are clarified in advance with a written contract.
We work for you, no one else! When hired to sell your estate, that’s what we do! Beware of contractors who bring in outside merchandise to your estate sale. Advertising an event as an estate sale and then bringing in merchandise from outside that estate is nothing less than fraudulent business practices.
We’ll promote your property, too! Perhaps you are also selling the property where the contents need to be emptied. If so, we’ll promote the sale of your property with professionally-designed flyers available on the day of the estate sale, and also by providing a 3-month link to our website.
Now it’s our turn for a question! Are you ready?

We are ready to assist with your liquidation needs. If you are ready to put our company to work for you, want to get a free estate analysis, or maybe you have more questions, just call us!