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Rodent Senses

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  1. Sight – nearly blind and use their sense of touch for guidance.
  2. Taste – can taste up to 250 parts per billion.
    • Food Preferences – newborns taste mother’s diet through her milk and prefer the foods she ate when they grew up.
    • Taste Aversions – rodents react negatively to foods that made them feel ill – and it only needs to happen once for them to remember.
    • Dietary Needs – if deprived of certain nutrients, rodents learn which foods fill that need and prefer those until that need is met.
  3. Smell – use their sense of smell to find food.
  4. Touch – long whiskers, or vibrissae, are located all over the body, and are used for guidance.  Because of this, rodents rarely travel in open spaces. Place traps accordingly.
  5. Sound – they can hear sounds we can’t – ultrasonic frequencies well above our hearing.  Rodents produce ultrasound as well, and communicate in squeeks, clicks, and whines that we cannot hear.
  6. Kinesthetic Sense – rodents memorize their environment and can move through it without seeing.

Flee the Flea!

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Before getting a treatment for fleas – here are some tips from our chemical manufacturer to help ensure success.

  1. Vacuum all rugs, carpets and furniture – especially between and under all cushions.  (Then seal and dispose of the vacuum bag.)
  2. Clear and clean al floors, even closets. Mop all tile and vinyl floors. Sweep all concrete floors.
  3. Remove all decorative items, pillows, pet food, water dishes, and children’s toys – be sure to check for items under the beds and furniture.
  4. Remove all pets. Fish bowls and aquariums may remain if properly covered and the air pump is shut off during treatment.
  5. Wash or dispose of all pet bedding. If laundering, wash pet bedding separately from other linens.
  6. Mow your lawn and make sure everything on the ground has been removed.
  7. Show your pest control professional where your pets sleep, rest and eat.

 

After the flea treatment

  1. Give the treatment time to work.  Do not resume vacuuming until 24 hours after the treatment.
  2. Once you start vacuuming, do so every 3-4 days for 2-3 weeks (to get up all the dead fleas & stimulate the pupae to hatch and be exposed to the insecticide.
  3. Within about 3 weeks – you should be enjoying a flea free home. Keep your pets treated with a good flea/tick treatment to avoid bring back an infestation.

 

Fleas have 4 life cycles – egg, larvae, pupa, and adult.  It is important that the flea treatment handle all stages effectively.  We use a multi-layered flea treatment that stops fleas in the adult stage, and treat deeply to prevent pre-adult fleas from maturing into breeding, biting adults.  Plus, you do not have to worry about lingering odors, staining or unsightly residue.

Facts About Mosquitoes

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  1. There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 in the US.
  2. The average mosquito weighs 2.5 milligrams.
  3. The average mosquito takes in about 5-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.
  4. Mosquitoes find host by:
    • sight (they observe movement)
    • detecting infra-red radiation (emitted by warm bodies)
    • chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to Carbon Dioxide and Lactic Acid – at a distance of 25-35 meters)
  5. Mosquitoes fly about 1-1.5 mph.
  6. Larger people and fidgety/active people attract more mosquitoes because they tend to produce more attractants – CO2 and lactic acid.  Movement increased mosquito activity (ie – biting) by 50% in research tests.
  7. Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes.
  8. Smelly feet and Limburger cheese are attractive to mosquitoes.
  9. Dark clothes attract mosquitoes.
  10. A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study.

Facts About Termites

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Termites

  1. Though a pest and pain to homeowners – they serve an important role in the ecology by breaking down plant fibers and dead trees into soil.  They also help aerate the soil through extensive tunneling.  The problem is we build much of our homes out of – wood!
  2. Termites do not have natural enzymes in their digestive track to break down their food like we do, so they need micro-organisms to help break down these fibers.Theirs is a symbiotic relationship – beneficial to both the termite and the micro-organism.
  3. Termites will eat each other’s feces.  The purpose? To load up on the needed micro-ogranisms.
  4. The males in a termite colony help parental duties of feeding the young pre-digested food.
  5. There are 3 classes in a termite colony – workers, soldiers, and reproducers.  Only the reproducers have functional eyesight – the rest are almost always blind.
  6. SOS is not unique to people, termite soldiers send warning signals by tapping.  The tapping is made by banging their heads against the tunnel walls.
  7. Smell is a huge part of communication among termites. They produce pheromones – special chemical scents – to talk to one another, leave trails to follow, and identify one another.
  8. New reproducers (kings and queens) have wings and can fly.  Once they find a mate and a place to settle down, the wings break off and they set up home.
  9. Termites make an effort to stay clean and well groomed.  Cleanliness is  matter of life and death because it keeps parasites and harmful bacteria under control.
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