How Rodents Can be Controlled at Home
Rodent infestations are an unfortunate part of life for many homeowners across the nation, especially in the wintertime. It's important to understand that rodent invasions and infestations occur because of their need for food, water, and shelter, all of which become significantly more difficult to find during colder times of the year.
Unfortunately, mice and rats are also known to carry a variety of serious diseases and parasites that threaten the health of people. What’s worse, they’re also incredibly destructive once inside residential homes. Their front teeth never stop growing, causing them to gnaw on everything they can find in order to keep them down. This can lead to significant property damage.
While there are many do-it-yourself rodent treatment methods available, this is usually not the cheapest or most successful approach. Due to the difficulty and health hazards involved with rodent control, rodent problems are always best left to the professionals to ensure the problem is eliminated quickly and completely.
Our Anticimex SMART devices catch rats and mice without the use of toxic baits and alert your pest professional immediately. Each type of device is made to prevent rodent infestations with monitoring systems that are intelligent, eco-friendly, and always-on. All devices speak to each other in real-time, sending critical information on rodent activity and catches back to your pest professionals.
Are Termites Dangerous?
Termites will not sting, bite, contaminate your food supply, or spread disease like some other types of pests. But, termites are dangerous to the structure of your home. They're guilty of destroying hundreds of Staunton City houses and generating thousands of dollars in costs to homeowners. The reason why is their ability to work unnoticed, causing damages that are almost undetectable to our eyes.
To prevent this, we have adopted a baiting system that will only attract termites without using liquids or drilling into your foundation.
The Sentricon® baiting station kills the termites at their source, which means that workers termites will pick up the bait and take it back to the kingdom. This bait is more appealing to termites than the wood itself, making it the first thing termites salvage for their colony. The result will be the complete elimination of existing termites and the prevention of future infestations.
Can Ants Affect my Health or Destroy My Property?
Homes in Staunton are typically at risk for infestation from three primary types of ants: odorous house ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants.
Odorous house ants are very small and dark brown or black in color. They measure 1/8th of an inch or less and put off a very distinctive and offensive odor when crushed. The smell they make is part of what makes them such a big nuisance, but they can also pose health risks if they contaminate food items in your home.
Pavement ants are just slightly larger than odorous house ants. The pavement ant lives outside but invades the house foraging for food. As their name suggests, pavement ants are most commonly found on sidewalks and concrete areas outside homes.
Carpenter ants are the most destructive type of ant found in Staunton due to their constant digging into any wood they find. They are typically much larger than other ants, sometimes averaging a ½ inch or more. The carpenter ant can become a threat to the structure of buildings by excavating and chewing tunnels through the wooden components of the building.
If you’ve started seeing ants around your Staunton home, don’t tolerate them one more day: call the professionals at American Pest for ant control treatments today!