Today we are focusing on some unusual services that we offer here at The Bug Man. In addition to protecting you against roaches and fleas and pesky mosquitos, we also provide a service called Nuisance Animal Control. This is a topic that several of our clients have asked me questions about lately so its fresh on my mind. I am a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true when it comes to Nuisance Animals like raccoons and snakes and nutria around your home. KEEP AWAY!! These little critters are seen in neighborhoods all throughout Baton Rouge…and who wants to deal with that mess? We are here to help you prevent these animals from invading your home to ensure that you have one less thing to worry about. And well…. if you are reading this and you DO have a problem, I know a guy.
Over the past several years, we have seen an increase in nuisance wildlife in our neighborhoods in southeast Louisiana, so much so that we had a need to open a Nuisance Animal Division in our pest control department to provide animal trapping of these critters. If you notice any critters creeping around your home, here are some tips to prevent them from coming back:
- Keep trash properly contained. Keep tight lids or latches on the lids.
- Pet food needs to be brought indoors.
- Remove bird feeders from around your property. I know, I know.. I hate to be a downer. They are beautiful; however, they are also a huge attraction to rodents and animals.
- Keep tree limbs and branches away from your home so animals and rodents don’t have an easy path right to your roof.
- Close openings around the home where animals could gain access.
- Animals like raccoons can pull off just about any vent cover if they so wish, so close them up and inspect your home regularly.
- Install chimney caps on your fireplace.
- Clear fruit from around trees that has fallen—Do not leave it there!
- Finally…Stop feeding the animals! If you continue to put food out for animals, they have good reason to set up shop on your property.
- Soak a rag in ammonia and place the rag in or on the trash cans or buildings where you are having problems. The smell will discourage repeat visits.
- Moth balls placed inside of trash cans also help and achieve the same results. Moth balls will need to be replaced weekly.
Check out our recent posts to see recent removal of these unwanted animals! Nuisance Animals: Trapped!
Nuisance animals like raccoons love to invade homes and garbage cans. They easily adapt to our environment. They are nocturnal, meaning that most of their activity is at night. These animals may sometime be seen during the day because food may be available and they may no longer have a fear of humans, especially if you haven’t stopped feeding them. Animals like skunks and raccoons will dig under your foundation and establish a den where they will nest and raise young. Typically, you will smell skunks, but may not detect raccoons. The main concern with these animals other than destroying your home or property is Rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be contracted by any mammal. It’s most common in bats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks, and is passed along to others through nervous tissue saliva and Rabies is no joke. If you hire someone to handle your nuisance animal problem, make sure they have the proper trapping licenses. The Bug Man has Louisiana Department of Agriculture licensed trappers for animal removal or eradication. We are currently seeing animals such as raccoons, squirrels, possum, snakes, birds, bats, moles, beaver, nutria and foxes. We have many different methods and resources available to control nuisance animal infestations such as trapping, removal, chemical deterrence and sound devices while also offering odor control for unwanted animal scent at a property. 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.
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Thanks for checking out our blog.
See you soon.
The Bug Lady,
AVOIDING PESTS INDOORS AND OUTDOORS
It’s true! Louisiana’s climate allows her the leisure of pretty moderate temperatures during the winter months, even cold snaps can find their way to us from time to time. That’s when insects and rodents will run for the shelter and warmth of your Baton Rouge home.
These household pests include carpenter ants, ghost ants, cockroaches, silverfish, ticks, roof rats and house mice—eeekkk!! Not only are pests annoying and inconvenient for you and your loved ones,
they can also cause major damage to your home. The Bug Man suggests that you to contact a licensed pest professional at the first indication of insect or rodent issues in your home this winter. That being said, here are some facts you should know about these pests:
- Pests wintering in your home can spread pathogens and disease.
- Rodents carry life-threatening diseases caused by bites from vector insects, such as fleas and ticks.
- Roaches that feed on rodent droppings can cause the dangerous respiratory condition, Hantavirus, as well as allergic reactions that can trigger asthma attacks, particularly in children.
- Rodents, if startled or threatened, will bite people and pets.
- Because rats and mice reproduce at a rapid rate, rodent problems should be handled immediately by professionals, trained and certified in rodent removal, and elimination.
- Some pests can put your home’s structural integrity at risk and even cause electrical fires.
- Carpenter ants burrowing through wood can cause as much damage as termites—ughhh yes!!
- Rodents who can chew through wood, asbestos, brick, concrete, aluminum and ½-inch thick metal, also gnaw through electrical wiring and are suspected of starting house fires.
Indoors, start by:
- Keeping food prep surfaces and dining areas clean and sanitary
- Sweeping, mopping and vacuuming floors regularly
- Sealing all open dry goods in air-tight metal, glass or hard plastic containers
- Cleaning dishes immediately after dining
- Storing leftovers and desserts in your fridge
- Using air-tight trash receptacles
- Repairing leaks in pipes and any moisture-prone areas
Now…for the Outside:Remove all construction materials and unused plant containers
- Keep your lawn cut short and remove areas of tall grass nearby
- Stack firewood 20 feet away from your home, if possible
- Reposition rocks and mulch away from your foundation
- Trim branches away from your home and remove vines growing up your exterior walls
Focus on water-prone areas around your house
Consider areas where water is commonly found and take appropriate measures:
- Store toys, planters, baby pools and other items that collect water in dry places
- Repair any damp/rotting wood that makes it easier for pests to gain access to your home
- Clean your gutters
- Make sure your downspouts are functioning properly to direct water away from your home
- Remove piles of gathered leaves from the base of your home and off your property
- Seal up cracks, crevices and holes at the base of your home.This not only deters pests, and improves your home’s energy efficiency
- Check windows and doors for cracks and other places pests can enter your home
- Make sure door seals are in good shape or replace worn weather stripping
- Check crawlspaces for tight-fitting seals around openings
- Seal or caulk cracks and crevices in crawlspaces
- Stuff small holes with steel wool to deter rodents
- Check attic vents for tight seals
- Consider your roof and the upper area of your home. Roof rats (umm yes) and flying insects can enter your home through tiny spaces
Other steps to take to exclude pests include:
- Keeping all trash receptacles clean and away from your home
- Sanitizing the area around your trash receptacles
- Moving compost piles away from your home
- Trading out standard white exterior lightbulbs with yellow or sodium vapor lights
- Installing storm windows. For year-round screen usage, your screens need to be intact, with no holes or tears and fit snugly
I HOPE YOU FIND THESE TIPS HELPFUL!
The Bug Man hopes you have a fun, pest-free Louisiana winter—what’s left of it. Cleaning up and repairing the exterior of your home this winter, plus keeping the interior of your home clean and sanitized will go a very long way in creating a healthy place where pests can’t survive and reproduce. Come spring, you’ll be ready for the increased pest activity that comes with the season. For comprehensive pest protection, contact The Bug Man to design a seasonal integrated pest management plan that uses human and pet-friendly methods and treatments to create a pest barrier around the perimeter of your property.
Don’t bug out this winter, call The Bug Man and keep your peace of mind intact. You’ve got our Bug Man Guarantee!
Thanks for checking out my first blog post.
See you soon.
The Bug Lady,
Bed Bugs seem to be everywhere these days. I can’t log into social media or watch the news without seeing some story about a traveler finding bed bugs in their hotel room. NO BUENO! Since Summer travel is upon us, here are some tips from the Bug Lady, that you can look for in your travels to ensure that you don’t encounter these nasty little creatures.
First and foremost, Research!! Start out by researching the hotels on your list of potentials. I can’t stress this enough. If there has been an issue, it is easy to know by looking at reviews by previous guests. Often-times, guests who’ve had bug problems report them online. Please bear in mind that a report about one particular hotel does not mean the issue wasn’t isolated to one room, or that the hotel hasn’t fixed the problem and since exterminated. If you are still worried by this, before unpacking and setting up shop, check the bed for telltale signs of the critters.
Before jumping into bed, here are a few spot check tips:
- Pull back the cover, sheets and check the mattress, running your fingers along the upper and lower seams. Be sure to check the mattress tag, bed bugs often hide here. I also suggest that you remove and examine the headboard. You are looking for tiny black spots that are smaller than poppy seeds. You may also see translucent light brown skins or, in the case of an infestation— live bugs.
- Examine the bedside table. If there is a problem, you may see signs of bed bugs in the drawers and along the wall on the side of the bed that is less likely to be disturbed by cleaning staff and guests. Also consider elevating your bags and suitcases and keep them off the floor. Consider putting them on a luggage stand if available.
- If you happen to check the drawers and see powder, it is likely that the room has already been treated for bed bugs by an exterminator. If bed bugs are found, you should request another room.
It is important here to inform hotel management. Moving to a different room may not be the total answer. You will need to repeat the thorough inspection of any new or different room you are offered.
Don’t Let Them Travel Home
To ensure that these guys don’t travel home with you, when you are packing to leave, inspect your bags carefully first, and inspect every item as you pack to help detect any bugs or their signs.
Laundering most cloth items with typical hot water and detergent followed by drying on low heat for at least 20 minutes (or standard dry cleaning) should kill all bed bugs in or on such items. Sealing freshly- laundered items inside a plastic bag should help keep any more bed bugs from getting in those items later to hide (and be carried back with you).
If you think that you may have a Bed Bug issue or if you would like inspection, I know a guy ???? . The Bug Man offers some of the most comprehensive termite 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 225.923.BUGS or 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. See you soon and Happy Travels!!!
* The Bug Lady, Layne Salvant