New Year, Same Old Pests

“Should old acquaintance be forgot.” That is a line from the classic New Year’s Eve song Auld Lang Syne and it reminds me that, wish as I might, my old acquaintance, Menace Mouse, never seems to be forgotten!

He keeps turning up every year with his crew trying to gnaw or sneak their way into homes or businesses in search of food, water and shelter. Rodents are one of the top pests the pros at Western Exterminator are called upon to eliminate from customer’s homes and business.

These prodigious breeders have just one instinct – survival. And that means they will seek out any available shelter or food source they can lay their grubby little feet on. Rodents are not only a nuisance to homes and business owners but are a potential health threat by spoiling food and they have an annoying and dangerous habit of chewing on electrical wires that can start a fire!

Rodents are, however, not the only pest that consumers need to be on the lookout for in 2013. There always is an “in season” pest that wants to spoil the party and cause headaches for our loyal commercial and residential customers.

Argentine Ants – These visitors from a faraway land are known to show up during the rainy season (January and February in Southern California) in search of food to satisfy their hunger. Argentine ants establish shallow nests in the soil near moisture sources, such as along sidewalks, under rocks, between plants, near water pipes, in potted plants and wall voids. They will aggressively forage and feed on oil, protein foods, fat, and meat and build amazing looking trails along sidewalks, up sides of buildings, along branches of trees and shrubs. They do the same thing inside, along baseboards, up sink plumbing and under edges of carpets.

Termites – Certain species of the ever hungry and destructive termite usually swarm in the spring of the year and are always on the hunt for a tasty wood snack. Unfortunately, that snack can be the support beams of your home, your kitchen cabinets or the patio deck off the back of your restaurant! Our highly trained termite inspectors will exam every inch of your home or business for signs of termite infestation and if we find them, we will make treatment recommendations and can resolve most issues and put an end to their feeding frenzy.

Bed Bugs – One of the most disgusting pests you’ll encounter, these tiny (and I mean tiny!) pests hide in dark places such as bed and picture frames, draperies, luggage and cracks and crevices in walls and electrical outlets. Heck, they’ll even call your shoes or the cuff of your pants home! Highly mobile and hard to detect, using one of Western Exterminator’s canine bed bug inspectors is the best way to sniff out bed bugs and get a treatment program started.

Mosquitoes – These pesky critters usually make their presence felt around the 4th of July when they dive bomb the guests at your backyard barbeque. Eliminating standing water is the key to keeping these biting, blood thirsty critters in check.

Do you have questions on how Western Exterminator can help keep your home or business pest free in 2013? If so, I want to hear them. You can send me an e-mail at [email protected]. I’ll be sure to get back to you right away with an answer.

Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator “The Final Word in Pest Control®”

Have a pest free day!

Mr. Little

He’s represented Western for nearly a century. But he’s no old fogey. Follow Mr. Little’s blog for pest tips and facts!

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