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How Long Do Mice Live?

illustrated house mouse

The life of a mouse is a short one. The tiny rodents that are the source of much anxiety and worry for many property owners only live a short while but can cause a lot of trouble. But how long do mice live? In the wild, mice do not tend to live longer than 1 1/2 year.

The lifespan of mice does vary depending on the species.  Below are a few of lifespan averages for some of the most common mouse species in the wild. Continue reading →

Facts About Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bugs

It’s the time of year when people start making plans to travel. Time to start planning your spring break trips and summer getaways.  One of the things travelers are cautious about these days is picking up bed bug bites in hotel rooms and while traveling to other countries.

While the idea of bed bugs crawling around on you while sleeping is enough of an emotional blow, what are the risks when talking about bed bug bites? Are there any health risks? We’ll answer all the questions you may have about being bitten by bed bugs. Continue reading →

Amazing Facts About Termites

termite colony

Termites are amazing creatures. Sure, they also destroy wood and wooden structures, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing.

If you find that your home or commercial building has a termite infestation, the first thing you should do is contact a professional exterminator to get rid of it and prevent it from happening again.

In order to understand how to deal with termites, it pays to know some of the things that termites can do. So, here are some amazing facts about the little critters known as termites: Continue reading →

Get to Know the Norway Rat

Norway RatThis time of year rodents like rats are looking at your home with envy. They want to get inside where it’s nice and warm and there is plenty of food. Outside it’s cooler and sometimes it rains during this time of year, which is no fun for anyone, even rats.

We all know that rats bring a whole host of problems if they do get inside. However, the key to finding the right treatment solutions for any rats you find is in identifying the type of rat. Not all of them act the same, behave the same way or do the same things.

So, we are taking the time to provide information about one particular type of rat that you might see inside your home – the Norway Rat. Continue reading →

Insects That Looks Like Christmas Ornaments

Ornamental Insects CollageIt’s somehow the holidays again. The world of insects is vast and the sheer volume of species, sizes, and colors is huge. Although Western Exterminator is the leader in eliminating and removing insects from homes, even I am willing to admit that there are some beautiful insects out there. Nature never ceases to amaze.

That got me wondering. Was it possible to find beautiful insects that resembled holiday decorations? Not that I would want anyone hanging insects instead of ornaments, but could I find some? The answer, of course, is yes. Continue reading →

Invasion of the Kissing Bugs: the Real Story

TThere have been a lot of stories in the media saying the United States and the state of California (as well as other warm-winter states) have been INVADED by hordes of dangerous “kissing bugs.” The stories say that these blood-feeders are new to the area, imported from parts south, and that they spread an illness known as Chagas Disease. From the stories, you’d think the best thing to do would be to hide in your home and never come out.

I know that’s tempting, but the truth is far less scary. Not only are kissing bugs not new to the area, neither is Chagas Disease, and the chances of you being bitten or getting the parasite that causes the disease are very slim.

Here at Western Exterminator, we are the experts in insects and pests. Let us tell you the facts about kissing bugs and the potential threat. Continue reading →

Were Insects on the Table for the First Thanksgiving?


From the very start Thanksgiving has been about food. Of course, the image that you have in your mind about the first Thanksgiving is probably not very accurate. If you imagine Pilgrims bringing out trays with basted turkeys filled with stuffing and pumpkin pies, you might be a little bit off. That’s what we do today, but probably not what they did back then. Continue reading →

Scientists Use Fruit Flies to Advance Genetic Science

Fruit Fly and White Background

You and I both know that fruit flies are pests. This is particularly true in California where our headquarters is located. It wasn’t all that long ago that much of the fruit crops throughout the state were threatened by the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and we still have laws in effect that strictly guard our crops to make sure they don’t come back.

It’s kind of a funny thing to think about considering how tiny most fruit flies are. It just proves that old adage that the smallest things can pack the biggest punch.

So, it’s established, that fruit flies are, generally speaking, pests and Western Exterminator are experts in helping people with fruit fly infestations to get rid of them. However, there are people in the scientific world who absolutely love fruit flies. Continue reading →

20 Movies that Will Make You Call An Exterminator (part four)

20 Movies blog

The final four! Yes, it’s the month of Halloween and people are thinking about scary and creepy things, so it only stands to reason that we round out our list of the “20 Movies that Will Make You Call an Exterminator” this month. It’s been a lot of fun hearing your thoughts on this topic, making suggestions, and telling me where I am way off.

We have been through cheesy 70s nature horror flicks. We have some true sci-fi, horror and adventure classics on the list. I am sure there are films that I’ve missed, too, or that I just haven’t seen. But that’s what happens when you make a list. There is never enough room for everything.

For the first three in this series the just click below!

Part One: Films #20-#15

Part Two: Films #14-#10

Part Three: Films #9-#5

Now here we are, the final four films. I think that these four are true classics of cinema, giving the maximum bang for the buck here. So, let’s start with the master himself who comes in at number four! Continue reading →

Watch Out for Winter Pests

winter pests collage

Winters are famous for being mild here out West. That doesn’t mean we don’t get some cold air and things don’t turn a bit milder, however. That also doesn’t mean we don’t get pests of all kinds, and that’s because the weather changes cause a number of rodents, insects and creepy-crawlies that you might not want in your living room to seek warmth and shelter inside your home.

That means no resting on your laurels! Take it from Mr. Little, you have to be always-vigilant about pests. As you settle into warmer clothes and holiday shopping, it can be easy to forget that some pests are trying to get into your home and set up their nests.

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