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Insulation in Your Attic and Why It’s Important

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By its very nature, the attic is a place to put the things you don’t want to worry about. Whether it’s holiday decorations, family keepsakes or seasonal clothes, when you put something in your attic, you expect it to stay there safe and sound. However, without proper inspection or installation of insulation, your valuables are much more likely to suffer damage from leaks, mold and, of course, invading animals. Without insulation, there’s a good chance that you’re losing some of your hard-earned holiday shopping money due to persistent drafts. 

Now, along with our expertise in handling pest problems, The Bug Man offers insulation inspection and installation. Here are just a few reasons why it’s so important to keep your attic in top condition:

 

Temperature Control

While insulation is a natural solution to keeping out the cold, it’s also an excellent way to keep in the cool air during the summer. Well-installed, high-quality insulation reigns in your A/C systems from going overboard on heat and cooling production.

In the winter, your heater runs in a way that automatically fills any detected cold space with warm air. This means that, without attic insulation, cold air is constantly slipping in, which keeps your heater running and keeps increasing your utility bill. The same goes for the summertime, as your air-conditioner fights to keep the hot air outside.

 

Rodent Infestations

Have you recently been smelling an odor accumulating in your home? Or how about hearing things in your attic? You most likely have a rodent infestation. With an inspection and/or repairs, you can avoid dealing with the side effects of a poorly insulated attic. During and following the cold winter months, you may come across the presence or remains of a rodent colony that made a comfortable home in your attic. A good attic cleaning by a certified individual will remove any droppings or deceased rodents from your attic to protect your family against infectious viruses.

 

Holes or Cracks

Did you know that over time, the wood exposure in your attic can create holes or cracks? Although this may not sound like a big deal, these small openings can allow outside air to get into your attic and significantly increase your energy bill. The prevalence of holes and cracks can also be the entranceway of small bugs. A skilled insulator would be able to detect where the outside air is coming from and seal all of those areas.

 


 

Sticking to a thorough cleaning and air sealing of your attic insulation, your attic should be safe from any future threat. Proper attic insulation and restoration may be able to save you a lot of money in the long run. Contact The Bug Man today about an insulation inspection for your attic before a problem arises.

Commercial Pest Control: Why Your Business Needs It

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When it comes to pest control, protecting your business is just as important as protecting your home. However, the risks associated with not properly protecting your business can be vastly different from those involved with at-home pest control. We treat our customers like family, and we know that you do the same for yours. From apartment complexes to government and educational institutions, here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t leave pest control for your organization to anyone but the best.

 

Reason 1: Reputation

The internet spreading information faster than ever can result in several positive outcomes. However, this can spell trouble for any business. That one bug you or your employees might have missed can turn an easily-fixed issue into a permanent mark on your company’s reputation. It only takes a few seconds and a smartphone for somebody to wreak havoc on your company’s reputation with a bad review. 

The Bug Man knows how important a thorough inspection is in order to prevent even the smallest pests from slipping through and turning into low-star reviews online.

Reason 2: Government Health Standards

Health clinics and childcare centers are required by the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services to have pest control services. This is not only important to the legal future of your business but it also provides that extra peace-of-mind to your employees and clients.

Because of this, it’s key to have pest control professionals that can provide top-of-the-line service and make sure to leave you with proper documentation for when audits are done.

Reason 3: Timeliness

Without a certified pest control expert, even the most aggressive DIY extermination attempt is very likely to fail. What’s more, each failed attempt means both you and your employees waste even more time trying to rectify the situation. 

With a professional team to watch your back, your pest issues are taken care of the first time, and preventative measures and check-ups keep it that way. This leaves you with more time to focus on what’s important – the future of your business.

Reason 4: Prevention

In every aspect of a business, there is always a need to prevent something before something bad happens. If a rodent enters your building and chews wires, they could easily shut down the office computer system. If rodents chew on water lines, they can cause a water leak. Additionally, if these pesky creatures find their way in a drop ceiling, they can find nesting to live, reproduce and in cave it in. Exclusion can keep them out and an exterior rodent service can keep them away.

 


 

After 40 years of growth and service to our community, we at The Bug Man know how important your business is to you. Our team of pest control experts wants nothing more than to take a bit of weight off of your shoulders by keeping your workplace free of bugs and other vermin. 

Call us to schedule an on-site inspection at 225-923-2847 or find us online to get an on-location estimate.

Your Worst Nightmare: Rodents in Your Attic

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You’re on your couch, enjoying a spooky movie to get you in the Halloween spirit when you start to hear some suspicious noises. It only takes a moment to realize they’re not coming from your TV. Skittering and scratching echo throughout your home, and it can only come from one place: your attic.

Nervously, you climb the ladder through the attic door, the noises only growing louder as you do. Quickly as you can, you pull the string to the singular lightbulb hanging from the ceiling. You look out into the cramped space in horror, only to be met with not just one but many pairs of eyes staring back at you. No zombies, no vampires, not even masked face of Michael Myers could be as scary as this – an attic full of rodents.  

Crucifixes and silver bullets won’t do anything to stop these little invaders from destroying your decorations, keepsakes and electrical wiring. However, The Bug Man has a few tips and a rodent story to share to keep the horror movie soundtracks and potential disease from rodent-dwelling parasites on-screen only.

 

If You Give a Mouse an Opening…

One of the more destructive pests is the common house mouse. While the name alone makes them sound quaint and harmless, these little rodents – along with their larger relatives, like rats – can breed quickly. For example, female mice can have between 5 and 11 litters each year, with each litter containing about five or six pups (or pinkies); in about a year, that can add up to hundreds of new mice to the little habitat brewing in your attic. 

 

Like house mice, rats will wriggle through spaces you may not even notice and make themselves at home among your old photo albums, even using the paper and plastic to craft their nests. The damage won’t just be contained to your attic, however. These critters will nest in the gaps of your insulation and walls, likely near your plumbing lines in order to have access to water. They create little trails between their nests and the nearest food source – which is now your kitchen – in order to stay hidden while still eating their fill (and chewing up your linen, furniture and other decor in the process).

 

Ir-RAT-icate Their Chances 

If your home is currently rodent-free, let us help you keep it that way! The Bug Man offers comprehensive exclusion work around your home to plug up the holes that act as doorways for mice and rats. 

Keeping your home clean of food scraps and plumbing leaks is also key. Though both will eat just about anything, mice mainly prefer oats, cereals and vegetables. On the other hand, rats thrive on eating meat – including their mousy neighbors – as well. 

If you know your problem is small and plan on setting a few traps, keep in mind that while mice are more curious, rats are cautious of any unnatural environmental changes. If a rat inspects a set trap and realizes that it’s dangerous, your chances of catching it will quickly diminish. 

 

An Attic Nightmare Story

The Bug Man had a homeowner digging in boxes in their attic and heard some little squeaks in a corner. She quickly called The Bug Man to help come save the day. When our technician did an attic inspection, he found four baby raccoons in the insulation of the home. The mother had her babies in the attic but then went missing. The babies soon began to make a lot of noise because they were hungry. This was when the homeowner heard them squeaking. 

We were able to remove all four raccoons before they got big enough to do any damage and reproduce in the attic. Raccoons, squirrels and rodents are very common in attics due to easy access from gaps in a roof and rafters. They will use tree limbs touching the roof to enter the structure as well as wiring on the side of the home to crawl up. This situation was a bit more difficult since the babies were buried under insulation so we had to follow their squeaks to get to them. 

 

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Though they aren’t quite as creepy as Freddy Kruger, the potential damage caused by intrusive rodents is a real threat to your home and health. Don’t let these pesky rodents get the upper hand; call The Bug Man! Along with our exclusion work, we also offer a rodent program to deal with problems of any size. Like your own personal rodent Ghostbusters, our pest control professionals have the specialty tools and expertise to give you back your peace of mind. 

Do you have any nuisance animals such as rats invading your home or just have questions about these unwanted guests? Request an in-home estimate today and we will help you solve all of your pest problems! Please contact The Bug Man for all your nuisance animal needs at (225)923-2847 or visit our Contact page

All Your Bed Bugs Questions Answered

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Bed Bugs… little creatures that infest your bed and feed on your blood while you are sleeping. If you watch the news, I’m sure you’ve seen all the attention bed bugs have been receiving recently. They are everywhere! The thought of bed bugs crawling on you while you sleep can cause many sleepless nights. But what are bed bugs and where do they come from? Here are some of your most common bed bug questions, answered. 

 

Are bed bugs just located in your bed? 

Nope! Bed bugs can commonly be found hiding in your bags, clothes and used furniture, not JUST your bedding. And don’t be self-conscious about your old mattress or furniture – even the nicest 5-star resorts and hotels can become infested with bed bugs. Although they tend to live in mattresses, they also live in chairs, couches, backboards and portable computers. 

 

Where do bed bugs come from? 

If you have a bed bug infestation, there is a good chance that you or somebody else brought them in.  Bed bugs come from other infested areas or from used furniture. They often take a joy ride in purses, bookbags, or luggage. Fun fact: if one of your kids is home visiting from college, you have a higher chance of getting bed bugs. Or if you’ve recently returned from a vacation, you also have a higher risk of bed bugs. There is a website you can visit called the Bed Bug Registry where travelers and renters report where they have encountered bed bugs in the United States. You can easily search a hotel name to see if your hotel appears on the website. 

 

Why are bed bugs called bed bugs? 

You got it right folks – bed bugs get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are found in nearly every place people gather, such as homes, schools, offices, hotels, public transportation and even grocery stores. 

 

What do they look like? 

Looking like tiny brown seeds, bed bugs are 6-legged creatures with antennae. The adults are about  ¼ inch and the nymphs (baby bed bugs) range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm. The unfed bed bugs are mahogany to rusty brown in color and are flat and oval-shaped. Fed bed bugs are red-brown in color and are swollen and more elongated. 

 

What do bed bugs eat?

Bed bugs feed on blood. They are unable to breed or even live without it. This is why these pests will find a home in rooms that have a bed. If you happen to find bites that are in a clump or row on your body that look similar to mosquito bites, this is a good sign of bed bugs. 

 

Can bed bugs harm me?

Some people have a bad reaction to bed bug bites and some have no reaction at all. They usually feed at night on bare skin that is exposed. Bed bugs are human parasites, so our existence is critical to theirs. Many experts think that this may be one of the reasons bed bugs have not been known to transmit diseases to humans. Although bed bugs have not been proven to transmit diseases through feeding, there can still be some health risks associated with them. The most common health issue our customers complain about is itching that leads to red bumps or welts on their skin. Sometimes these bites can itch incessantly. Too much scratching is where the danger sets in – it can cause damage to the skin that leads to infection, which can be very dangerous. Please take care of those bites so they don’t lead to a nasty infection!  

 

How long do they live? 

The average lifespan of a bed bug is usually around 4-6 months. Just one female bed bug can lay 200-250 eggs in her lifetime!

 

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

To be honest, getting rid of bed bugs is difficult if done alone. First things first: household items such as clothes, bedding, shoes and stuffed animals should all be washed and dried on HIGH heat. Hiring a pest professional is the best option to get rid of bed bugs. By using a professional exterminator, you can be sure that all the bugs will be exterminated without spreading them all over your house or even to your neighbors. This will save time, effort and money. The amount of time it takes to get rid of bed bugs varies on a case-by-case basis. Some infestations can be persistent. The time to control these creatures depends on the severity of the problem, where they are hiding and the type of treatments performed. 

 


 

After reading this article, we’re sure you’re slightly worried your home is infested with bed bugs. If you identify these creepy crawlers, contact a pest professional today before they start multiplying. Keep in mind that an overnight stay almost anywhere outside of your home can lead to bed bugs to relocate to your home. Remember to check your luggage or any other belongings to make sure you aren’t taking these creepy crawlers for a joy ride home. Click here to learn how you can keep bed bugs at bay. 

Do you have a bed bug infestation in your home or just have questions about these unwanted guests? At The Bug Man, we will inspect your home, identify the species, and give you a recommendation of the type of bed bug treatment you should consider. Request an in-home estimate today and we will help you solve all of your pest problems! Please contact The Bug Man for all your pest control needs at (225)923-2847 or visit our Contact page

Honeybees Are Our Friends, But…

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A swarm of bees invading your property can be scary, especially if they build a hive within your house, which can stain surrounding structures, damage support structures, and even attract other insects. Remember, the only way to get rid of a home of bees is to completely remove the hive. 

 

Here at The Bug Man, bees are our friends! We have a team of trained professionals that can safely manage and remove a nest or swarm from your property, and each individual job requires a unique treatment method. 

 

This summer, we encountered a massive hive in an oak tree (2 ft. wide going 6 ft. into the limb) Three workers used a chainsaw to carefully remove the honeycomb 2 feet at a time moving the comb and trimming the limb until it was completely gone–a demanding process that took several hours.

 

We then transported the combs to a pollinator garden and hung 6 racks of combs with larvae into the hive along with some honeycombs for food. We set the box full of bees on top and removed the trap door at the bottom, allowing the bees into the new boxes. Honey was dripping out the bottom and the bees started to come and go freely into the entrance. 

 

We hope for our bee friends stay in their new home collecting the honey and repairing the combs that were inserted. We are proud to say that this was an overall successful bee removal and rehousing service. 

 


 

Let the Bug Man treat and/or remove your bee problem before someone gets hurt or your property is damaged. Call the Bug Man at 225-923-2847 or request an estimate today!

 

Everything You Should Know About Bats In Your Home

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You hear something rattling and making noises in your home. Whenever you get closer to it, you hear that something is flying. Trying to remain calm, you check out the scene and stumble upon a bat! This is a creature most people are unfamiliar with. There are many questions and concerns many of our customers have regarding bats. Know that bats give birth in late spring and early summer because it is the best time of the year for nursing mothers to get the food they need. They thrive in places that are dark and warm. Sometimes a bat may accidentally find their way into your home. Please don’t be alarmed. Like any other wild animal, bats should never be handled if you are not a licensed trapper because you could get bit. Remain calm and under control, and follow along to find out more about these unfamiliar creatures in your home.

 

How Bats Fly

First things first – remain calm and keep pets and children away. The bat will tend to fly in a U-shaped path, flying higher near your walls and lower in the center of the room. In this case, try to keep near a wall to avoid physical contact. Make sure you close all interior doors and give the bat a way to get outside. A bat that has accidentally flown inside will likely fly in circles in search of an exit. Do not handle the bat if it lands to rest. If you have a bat colony living in your attic, you have a bigger problem. Often, bats will congregate somewhere dark and undisturbed with easy access to the outside, such as attics, roofs, and crawl spaces. Leave these bats alone and call a licensed trapper immediately.

 

Bat Myths

Bats are negatively looked at due to the fact that most people don’t have an understanding of them and the important role they play in controlling night-flying insects. They frequently eat moths, crickets, locusts, fruit flies, gnats, beetles, and mosquitoes. Each bat can eat between about 600 and 1,000 mosquitoes and other kinds of insects in only one hour. Additionally, Bats are not blind. As a matter of fact, bigger bats can see three times better than humans. Another myth is that all bats have rabies. This is not true either. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, only 5 to 6 percent test positive for rabies.

 

Bats Do Not Attack People

“I just got attacked by a bat!” This will almost never be true. Bats are not aggressive creatures and do not attack people. When people are outdoors at night, insects are attracted to us by heat and smell. The reason bats sometimes appear to be swooping towards us is due to the fact they are zoning in on the insects we attract. 

 


 

The Bug Man understands that bats are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem, and our licensed and professionally trained wildlife technicians can humanely take care of any bat problem from start to finish. We are now providing removal and cleanout service for bat guano. The Bug Man offers a variety of Nuisance Animal Control services for just about any wild animal. 

 

Do you have any nuisance animals such as bats invading your property or just have questions about these unwanted guests? Request an in-home estimate today and we will help you solve all of your pest problems! Please contact The Bug Man for all your nuisance animal needs at (225)923-2847 or visit our Contact page

Crazy Ants: What You Should Know

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Just when you thought you heard it all – here comes the crazy ant. Crazy ants have progressively invaded the Louisiana area since they were identified in Texas in 2002. Over time they have spread quickly and have been very difficult to eradicate. A crazy ant runs erratically with no sense of direction. Be sure to continue reading for a better understanding of these insects and what you can do to prevent them.

 

Trailing Habits 

Crazy ants don’t travel in a straight line like fire ants who follow a pheromone trail. They move without organization when foraging away from the colony. This quick, unpredictable pattern is what gives them the name “Crazy Ant.”

 

Appearance

These ants are identified as Nylanderia fulva and are reddish dark brown to black in color. Their antennae have 12 segments without a club and are very elongated. They are approximately 2.2 mm to 3.2 mm in length. The body of a crazy ant is scattered with long, coarse hairs. Although these ants have no stinger, they may bite and curve their bodies to deposit venom. 

 

More Aggressive Than Fire Ants 

Crazy ants are very aggressive towards predators and they are larger in size than fire ants. They can overtake fire ant colonies as well as small animals like birds and snakes. They will eliminate any species in their territory in order to control an area. These species are also known to have a bad reputation of damaging electrical and computer equipment and can severely damage your car. It’s estimated that every year, crazy ants cause more than $146 million in electrical damage. They’ve also caused many problems on industrial sites and inside homes. 

 

Treatment of crazy ants

The treatment of this species of ant used to be a battle. When they started invading south Louisiana, our standard fire ant treatment products and methods of treatment were not very effective. Thankfully, we now have new products on the market that are strong enough to eliminate these ants, reducing infestation rates and repeat treatments. Even with these new treatments, it is important to be aware that this species is quickly spreading throughout south Louisiana since identified in Texas 17 years ago.

 

Things You Can Do To Prevent Them

  • Remove any debris in the yard that an ant can hide under to nest. Also check under dog houses for ant colonies, near firewood stacks, or behind shrubs if you have an infestation and cannot locate the colony. 

 

  • Don’t leave food out for ants to feed on such as pet food or those delicious leftovers from a BBQ. Make sure you also close your trash can containing tossed food. 

 

  • Seal up entry points into your home such as plumbing lines and install door sweeps to prevent the entry of these insects into your home.

 

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Once you have confirmed Crazy Ant activity, you must act quickly and begin treatment before these insects damage your property or electrical equipment. We offer many Specialized Services for just about any kind of bug, including fire ants and crazy ants.

 

Do you have any insects that are giving you trouble or just have questions about these unwanted guests? Request an in-home estimate today and we will solve all of your bug problems! Please contact The Bug Man for all your pest control needs at (225)923-2847 or visit our Contact page

6 Tips on Preventing Unwanted Animals

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If there’s one thing we all know about Louisiana, it’s that there is an abundance of wildlife creatures that live here. Have you ever had a nuisance animal intrude your home or property? We know it’s not fun!

We are here to provide you with all of the steps and precautions to take to safely and humanely remove your unwanted guests. The last thing we want is for you to get bitten by the neighborhood raccoon! Although this is merely a guide, we do insist you contact a licensed nuisance animal trapper that can handle this problem with ease. Remember, there are really only two reasons for these animals to invade your yard: food or shelter. Now, on to the steps!

Tip 1: Never feed wild animals.

According to The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, you should make sure food is not available around the perimeter of your home. You should never be feeding wild animals, even if your adorable daughter is begging you. You don’t want to attract wild animals you are not familiar with. This is how people get hurt.

 

Tip 2: Pick up all pet food at night.

If you have a dog or cat that is outside frequently, make sure you pick up their pet food at night as well. This is a raccoons dream come true.

 

Tip 3: Close your trash cans.

Make sure your trash cans are closed and secured so those pesky animals won’t eat your leftovers. Many types of nuisance wildlife are attracted to piles of trash left outside.

 

Tip 4: Eliminate areas of possible shelter.

There could be many places of shelter around your home or property that wild animals flock to. If your house is raised, you should consider installing chicken wire.

 

Tip 5: Seal any holes or cracks.

You should seal any holes or cracks that can easily allow wildlife to enter your home. There are many creatures that can squeeze their way through the tiniest holes. You don’t want a bat flying around your room at night… talk about a nightmare.

 

Tip 6: Clean up your yard.

You should also keep your yard well manicured so animals can’t use your lawn as shelter or protection. You should also eliminate piles of wood or debris that can be used as a shelter or even a permanent home for some animals, such as snakes.

 

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The Bug Man has many Louisiana Department of Agriculture licensed trappers for animal removal or eradication. For a list of animals we are licensed to trap and/or remove, please visit our Nuisance Animal Control page. The Bug Man also offers exclusion control, which is the first line of defense to prevent a pest invasion in your home or commercial property.

 

Do you have any nuisance animals invading your property or just have questions about these unwanted guests? Request an in-home estimate today before somebody gets hurt! Please contact The Bug Man for all your nuisance animal needs at (225)923-2847 or visit our Contact page.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Termites

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Termite season is officially here, and if you aren’t proactively preventing them, then they just may be eating your home and multiplying in your house as we speak!

Did you know that termites don’t sleep? Yep, that’s right. They can build their colonies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And get this, the termite queens have the longest lifespan of any insect in the world, averaging between 30 and 50 years. No wonder you can’t seem to get rid of them! Typically, termites swarm after their colony has reached their capacity level and is ready to expand. The swarming happens about once a year, usually in late spring, typically around mothers day, depending on the type of wood: dry wood or damp wood. Additionally, a termite queen can lay up to 30,000 eggs per day and one colony can have over 1 million members. These pesky intruders cause a whopping $5 billion dollars a year in damage. Follow along to find out the do’s and don’ts of termites so you can finally get rid of these unwanted guests and provide a safe environment for you and your loved ones.

Do’s

  • Do have your home under a termite contract with a company licensed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.
  • Do notify your termite company anytime you perform any construction around your property such as additions or open walls. Home additions need to be treated as a preventative and if termite activity is found. When walls are open during construction it gives the company an opportunity to look at the studs of your home to inspect for any termite related issues.
  • Do always retreat your home every 5 years due to the breakdown in the chemical barrier under your soil if you have a chemical contract.

If you have a termite baiting program, contact your termite company if stations are removed for any reason so they can be reinstalled as soon as possible to avoid a break in termite protection.

Dont’s

  • Don’t put off repairing moisture issues on your home. Termites are attracted to moisture and will feed heavily on this area. Seal up all leaking windows and door frames to prevent water rot and moisture issues.
  • Don’t dig out your flower beds close to your slab area if your home is under a termite contract without contacting your termite company. By digging into our treatment area, you are breaking the chemical barrier in place to keep termites out. Notify your termite company of flower bed repair and have them come back and retreat the area once work is done.
  • Don’t skip your yearly inspections! The inspections are very important due to the termite pressure in South Louisiana. This gives our technicians the opportunity to look for conducive conditions and check your slab for termite evidence and to check your bait stations if you have a termite baiting contract. Skipping your inspection will void your termite contract.

If you think you have termite damage or evidence, never disturb the suspected area. Call your termite company first to inspect as to not disperse the possible termites.


The Bug Man has offered the Sentricon Termite Baiting program since the late ’90s and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to termites. The Bug Man also offers a chemical treatment option for termite control called the Termidor HP Injector. We are the only company in Baton Rouge and one of three in the state utilizing this new technology which eliminates the old “trench and treat” method that disturbs landscaping by instead injecting an accurate dose of chemical around the slab of a property. We also offer pre-construction options to treat the soil, slab and frame of a home while a property is being built. With these termite treatment methods, we are able to offer our customers the best options in the industry to keep termites out of your property for good!

Have a termite problem you can’t seem to fix, or just have questions about these unwanted guests? Good news, we offer FREE termite estimates. Please contact The Bug Man for all your termite needs at (225) 923-2847 or visit our contact page to get in touch.

Mouse Math

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While math has not always been my favorite subject, I’ve become pretty good at what we call around The Bug Man office Mouse Math. It’s a real thing — swear! And around these parts, knowledge is power. Let me drop some knowledge on you about mice.

The house mouse is BUSY! The mouse has become the most effective mammalian invasive species in the world. While they are not indigenous of North America they have pretty much made themselves a household pest round these parts. Their achievement may be led for their capabilities in the reproductive department. Which, in contrast to other mammals is RAPID. Are you ready for this? Approximately 6 mice may grow into over 60 mice in a few, short months. Mice achieve sexual maturity at about a month old. So, it’s clear to see that a mouse population inside a house can grow-out-of-hand FAST! The common house mouse, no matter how cute people think they may be (I am not one of those people), can have a devastating effect on your house as a pest in a surprisingly short amount of time. Often, a do it yourself treatment can only lead to more problems. This is the time when you call in a professional. Rodents are very smart and will quickly become aware of something new in their environment. This is why do it yourself treatment is not as successful as a trained professional handling the job. Our highly trained team knows where to place traps based off rub marks rodents leave behind as well as how and with what to bait the traps with. We are also able to identify the type of rodent by their droppings to determine the best method of treatment based of their food preferences.

The Facts

Just one female mouse produces between 5-10 litters a year. Each litter consist of 5-6 babies which can breed at approximately 30 days of age. Their gestation period is approximately 20 days, so mice create a great number of young, but possess a substantial mortality rate. Even so, breeding can occur throughout the year and thus if a pair of mice enter your home they can produce hundreds of mice in just one year. The lifespan of the house mouse is about 1 year. During that time, they will stay in their nests which are inside wall voids and insulation.
They will follow the trails they create towards food and water and will only rarely be visible. If you see a rodent out and about in your home, that generally means it has been there awhile and is comfortable enough in the environment to venture out of his normal path. Mice choose to live in places where they can find both a good supply of food as well as a place where they have access to moisture or water. Plumbing lines are a great place to inspect for a rodent infestation due to the constant condensation water supply. Left over pet food, other food scraps and waste bin bags act like magnets for these pesky critters. And due to their prolific reproductive abilities, if one female mouse moves into your house, then it means that within four short months you could have over two hundred mice making a mess of your house. YEP!
And also keep in mind that they are active year-round. The incredible birth-rate is kept in check normally by their natural predators in the outdoors. Predators like owls, hawks, cats along with harsh winter and summer conditions can help keep the rodent population in check. Indoors, however, is a totally different story. Once mice find their way indoors they have access to shelter, water and food. They will slowly make their way from one room to another while creating tunnels inside insulation and behind walls and drywall. Rodents also leave behind a urine trail almost the entire time they are moving. They use this to follow the same path to and from their food source. While this image is DISGUSTING to think about, it is also a great way for trained professionals to find the rodents daily route by using specialized equipment to show urination stains in a property.
The house mouse is not just a threat to your pantry either. The house mouse carries pathogens and can transmit deadly diseases like typhus and the bubonic plague. House mice can also be particularly devastating for your linen, furniture and other home furnishings because the house mouse is known for gnawing and burrowing and not even walls are safe from their ferocious teeth. Knowing how prolifically these pests reproduce should make you realize that it can be devastating to ignore one little house mouse, because that mouse could multiply in no time and at all and before you know it, you could have a devastating infestation on your hands.

Keep Out

The best way to not have to deal with mice is to not let them get in in the first place. Limiting their food and water sources will slow down their multiplication rate. But if they are in already, then the second-best way is to get rid of them in rates faster than their reproduction. Mouse traps work, but to get rid of a problem you will need many. By many we mean dozens. You will need to check them daily, empty the dead ones or if you use live catch the live ones and reset the traps. The best way to deal with a mouse population, however, is to hire a pro. We not only provide a rodent program to eliminate any issue, big or small in your home, but we can also provide exclusion work to the entry points to prevent future fury friends. The Bug Man is trained at this sort of thing. We are licensed exterminators and have access to tools and products that the general public does not.
Very potent rodenticide that will stop rodents in their tracks. If you think that you may have a pest issue and Mouse Math is not your thing, I know a guy! The Bug Man offers some of the most comprehensive treatment options in the region. Give us a call to make an appointment for a trained technician to visit your home. For more information, please call 923.BUGS or visit our website and request an estimate. We offer worry free pest control solutions, so you can rest easy knowing that your family, pets, home, and property are in good hands. We hope you enjoyed reading our blog. Until Next time! Remember, if you suspect you are having an issue, call The Bug Man and keep your peace of mind intact. You’ve got our Bug Man Guarantee! Thanks for checking out our blog.

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* The Bug Lady, Layne Salvant