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Winter Rodent Infestation

Winter-Rodent-Infestation

It’s nearing the season of food and family visits but, unfortunately, it’s also nearing the season for rodents to visit. When the weather gets colder, rodents search for warmth and food. Winter rodent infestations are usually prevalent by mid-November in Virginia. The best thing to do is prevent them from coming into your home in the first place. Once inside, these small and yet resourceful critters are likely to cause a lot of problems making them one of the most dangerous fall pests homeowners must contend with.

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There are many problems associated with having a rodent infestation in your home. On top of the threats that each individual mouse or rat is capable of, they also breed very rapidly, which means that the danger level rises significantly once there are multiple mice running through the walls of your home. 

Rats-and-MiceCommon issues rodents cause in your home are contamination of food and surfaces from urine and droppings; spread of bacteria and possible disease; extensive damage to structures, furniture and personal belongings from their constant gnawing; and risk of electrical fire if they find electrical equipment to gnaw on. These are all very concerning issues, but we have some advice that might help.

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Here are six great tips to help you prevent a winter rodent infestation.

  1. Check your home for any cracks or holes, inside and out, and seal them. Caulk, steel wool, insulation and spray insulation are all good choices.
  2. Refresh any cracked mortar and replace weather stripping around the basement foundation.
  3. To block chimney entrances, without blocking the smoke, use screens at the openings. Also use them to block vents.
  4. Store any firewood at least five feet from the ground and twenty feet from your home. Cut back shrubbery and tree branches from you home as well.
  5. Keep basements and attics clear by storing boxes off the floor to keep the floors open.
  6. Make sure food is in airtight containers, even pet food, bird seed and raw pastas. Take your trash out regularly.

Learn more about Virginia wildlife at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/

If you suspect that you have rodent infestation in or near your home, Holistic Pest Solutions can provide you with a free assessment, suggestions, and treatment for long term control.  Give us a call at 434 842 1700. Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either; Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan that is mindful of our clients AND our Earth.

*Our Environmental Commitment:  Holistic Pest Solutions is committed to the preservation of our environment. Our goal is to nurture the soils and plant life of lawns and landscapes.  Utilizing holistic pest control practices that cause the least amount of impact on the environment.

The Trouble With Your Jack O Lantern

The Trouble With Your Jack O Lantern

The season for scary tricks and spooky treats is upon us. Get those decorations ready, make your scarecrows, purchase your candy, and carve those pumpkins! Maybe think twice before the pumpkin carving though. Something really scary could happen if you carve those pumpkins too soon. There are some pests that will be attracted to your jack o lantern and you would not like them in your home. So what is the trouble with your Jack O Lantern?  Let’s find out.

Pumpkin Spice Is So Nice, But Pumpkin Pest Are A Mess!

Your family eating those tasty pumpkin pies, breads and lattes make us ALL LOVE FALL. Unfortunately, rats and mice will take notice of a freshly carved pumpkin and see it as a great feast! Fruit flies and ants will be attracted to pumpkins as well, and will likely show up for the feast.

Best Way To Enjoy A Scary Pumpkin

We can’t just go without a jack o lantern. How can we still have the scary, smiling, orange blob without inviting unwelcome guest to your home?  If you want to have one inside, just don’t keep it for very long and check it a few times a  day for any signs of interested intruders. It would be best to carve it right before Halloween and then remove it right after.

Keep outdoor jack-o’-lanterns further from your home and remove them before they rot.  If you want to completely avoid the chance of attracting pumpkin-eating-pests, you could choose artificial pumpkins that can be carved or just paint faces on an uncarved pumpkin.

The trouble with your Jack O Lantern doesn’t have to be trouble at all!  Make good choices and have fun!

If you suspect that you have pests in or near your home, Holistic Pest Solutions can provide you with a free assessment, suggestions, and treatment for long term control if you need it.  Give us a call at 434 842 1700.  Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either; Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan that is mindful of our clients AND our Earth.

*Our Environmental Commitment:  Holistic Pest Solutions is committed to the preservation of our environment. Our goal is to nurture the soils and plant life of lawns and landscapes.  Utilizing holistic pest control practices that cause the least amount of impact on the environment.

Mosquito Biting Season Tips

Mosquito Bites

Nearly everyone knows the awful sensation, the quiet buzz, then the irritating little sting. It means mosquitoes have arrived, and they’ve found whatever skin you’ve left vulnerable. Many people may not know much about mosquitoes except how they wreak havoc on your backyard barbecue or even the short walk to your front door. We will explore how Virginia’s hot and humid weather equals mosquito biting season, so you can be better prepared.

HOT AND HUMID WEATHER – A MOSQUITO’S BEST FRIEND

It’s known that mosquitoes enjoy wet and warm climates. The southern US is favored mosquito territory, and GUESS WHAT?  That’s us. Certain weather conditions can bring mosquitoes out in force, wherever you live. They are most active in temperatures above 80 degrees. As temperatures climb higher, mosquito activity can decline. Mosquitoes will bite less when it becomes excessively hot. However, higher temperatures also make any diseases they carry more active and hence more transmissible. So when mosquitoes are around, a cool spell following very hot temperatures could be ripe for mosquito borne diseases, as highly infectious mosquitoes increase their biting activity. Just as important, relatively high nighttime lows increase mosquito activity. So if nights are warm for an extended period, the mosquitoes will be worse at other times as well.

RAIN, the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY

Mosquitoes have a high affinity for warm, standing water. Any stagnant pond or even waterlogged junk you forgot to clean up is ripe for mosquito infestation. On the other hand, where standing water already existed prior, rainfall can disrupt the eggs that have been laid and therefore inhibit later mosquito activity. But once it passes this same rainfall will increase mosquito infestations if the water tends to pool nearby. Young mosquitoes will spend about ten days in the water only, so if a pool forms you may have some time before the problem becomes serious. The bottom line is to prevent pockets of extra, stagnant moisture whenever possible, as soon as possible.

Mosquito Biting Season TipsAll a female mosquito needs is an inch of water to lay batches of 100 to 200 eggs. Once she has laid her eggs, they hatch into larvae within 24 to 48 hours.  In general, heavy rains increase the numbers of mosquitoes in the area, and we all know that Virginia has received it’s share of heavy rain lately.

CONTACT Holistic Pest Solutions to learn more about our mosquito treatment plans or give us a call at 434 842 1700.  Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either, Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan that is mindful of our clients AND our Earth.

*Our Environmental Commitment:  Holistic Pest Solutions is committed to the preservation of our environment. Our goal is to nurture the soils and plant life of lawns and landscapes.  Utilizing holistic pest control practices that cause the least amount of impact on the environment.

Sam Payne

SERVICE SUPERVISOR: Albemarle Class of 07; raising a family here in Charlottesville; loves everything UVA; loves sports; plays golf; and has been with Holistic Pest Solutions since January 2013. Sam is the right hand here at HPS. We are excited to see him grow with us.

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