Nothing ruins a good night’s sleep like waking up the next morning with bed bug bites. Not only can bed bug bites be painful, but these parasitic pests are pretty difficult to get rid of once they’ve invaded a property. They have a knack for hiding in tough to reach spots and are less than an inch wide.
Mr. Little has gathered information and pictures from his classroom to help you identify what bed bugs look like so you can take easily identify these pests. Continue reading →
The only effective way to get rid of termites is through professional services, such as the treatment options offered by Western Exterminator. This can include a number of options, including fumigation. Just the mention of “fumigation” can cause some homeowners to worry about the process.
Western Exterminator technicians are experts in performing termite treatments from bait treatments and spot treatments, but also termite fumigation, in a safe and effective manner. The process need not be intimidating if you know what it entails. Here is what termite fumigation is and the process that we undertake to make it happen. Continue reading →
Most people don’t think of birds as pests. They like birds. Birds are a sign of spring, they conjure images of happy summer and spring days. You might also think about brightly colored feathers and the pleasant songs you hear in the early mornings telling you that another day has arrived.
All of that is well and good if you are talking about a few birds, but the fact is that some birds have destructive tendencies, they congregate in huge numbers and can quickly go from something pleasant to the opposite. Birds can become pests and you need to take care of them for aesthetic and health reasons.
That’s where our experts at Western Exterminator come in, because we’ve been providing bird control and bird removal services for years. Here are three birds that can quickly become a nuisance unless you get proper bird deterrent and bird control methods in place. Continue reading →
So you’ve discovered your lovely home is being overtaken by fire ants? Don’t panic! Mr. Little is here to offer you some sound advice as he’s been evicting these tiny invaders from Western Exterminator customers’ homes for nearly century.
While getting rid of fire ants can be a difficult undertaking using do-it-yourself methods, a trained pest control professional can eliminate an infestation with an effective treatment. As you likely know, fire ants earn their namesake for the rather painful bites and stings they can inflict. Continue reading →
Cockroaches are probably one of the most common insects that you run across in your home and on your property. They have been around for millions of years and are located on almost every continent except for Antarctica (and I bet there are scientists on that continent that found one or two in the kitchens of the science facilities too!). They are adaptable and hardy creatures that many think will outlast humans.
The funny thing is, they can be hard to recognize. People often confuse beetles and water bugs and other things with roaches. So, what do cockroaches look like?
Cockroaches are Flat
Cockroaches are flat. They are very flat for insects and they use that to their advantage. Have you ever wondered just how cockroaches got into the pantry, or into the house at all? They do it by being able to squish down into the smallest crack or crevice. This allows them to hide, get at the food they want and, as far as us humans are concerned, be a general nuisance.
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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 →
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 →
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 →
This 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 →
It’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 →