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How To Deal With Pests On Your Pets

Posted by Molly Paws on Nov 18, 2019

We all love our pets, however, they are often at risk of getting pests such as fleas and ticks. Once they get these pests, they often bring them into your home, which is definitely not good for you or your family. Paul Townsend, our Operations Manager, here at AIPM tells us that “thankfully, there are many things that you can do to protect your pet and your family.” And we will now look at a summary of the advice he gave us regarding pests on your pets. 

Fleas, in particular, are quite difficult pests and once one of your pets are affected, they can easily spread to your other pets and inside your home. You will notice your dog or cat being very itchy and once the fleas have spread inside, you and your family will also likely get bitten by the fleas, which is quite uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it is very easy for fleas to invade and infest your home. Additionally, you may also be at risk of ticks. Unfortunately, ticks, in particular, can spread Lyme disease which will make your pets feel quite sick. Bed bugs are also another difficult pest and even though they mainly affect humans, they will also affect your pets who may be sleeping on the bed with you. 

So, in order to get rid of these annoying pests, you should vacuum your home regularly, especially the areas where your pets tend to be the most. You should also ensure that all of your pets are treated with tick and flea medications and they are up to date. It is important to physically check your pets for any signs of bites or actual ticks and fleas on them. If you do see any, you should take them to your veterinarian right away. If you have a large yard, then you should also make sure the grass and lawn is kept low since tall grass can easily hide these pests. 

In summary, we have just looked at a few quick solutions when it comes to dealing with pests on your pet. Be sure to follow these guidelines and your furry friends and home should remain pest free.

Tips On How To Avoid Springtime Pests

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Nov 18, 2019

As the warmer weather approaches, you might be worried about springtime pests creeping up on your property. Luckily, there are ways in which you should be able to curb your pest problem from ever beginning. Below, we will be going over some of the top tips for preventing Springtime pests. 

Tips For Avoiding Springtime Pests: 

  1. Landscaping. 

One of the most important things that you want to do when you are looking to avoid pests from becoming a problem would be to keep your landscape properly maintained. Having a properly maintained landscape is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re not encouraging pests to enter your property. Typically, pests will look for shelter and if you have shrubs or other kinds of trees or plants touching your property, it is going to serve as an entryway for them. 

  1. Avoid Keeping Trash. 

Another important thing that you will want to do when you are looking to avoid pests would be to avoid keeping trash outside and to limit the amount of standing water that you have outside. Pests cannot survive without food and water. The less food and water you have for them, the fewer chances you will have to deal with them. For your trash bins, try to avoid keeping them outside for pets to use and look to sanitize the trash and recycling bins regularly in order to avoid leaving residue and other things that could attract pests. 

  1. Keep Windows Closed. 

While the Springtime might be a time when you want to keep your windows open to experience fresh air, windows are typically one of the best entry points for pests. Therefore, you will either want to keep your windows closed during the Spring or at least install a fly screen in order to prevent insects from gaining clear entry to your home or property. 

Overall, there are many different things that you can do to discourage pests from entering your property and from becoming a problem. Follow the tips above and you should be able to be successful with your efforts.

What to Do Monthly to Manage Pests the Right Way

Posted by Molly Paws on Oct 28, 2019

No one wants to have a pest infestation inside their property, but pests do tend to make their way inside. You could have a problem with mice, rats, bed bugs, or even ants at some point. Because pets can cause damage to a home and create an environment that is unsafe and contaminated, you need to take certain steps to manage pests and keep things under control.

Pay Attention to Any Warning Signs

Take a few extra minutes each day to look around the property for any potential signs of pests. Different types of pests will leave different evidence behind. For example, mice and rats may leave droppings while bed bugs often leave black specks on different surfaces, such as beds, couches, and even curtains. Not all signs of pests are obvious but you should look in areas where you have had pests before to see if anything unusual is going on. When you are actively checking for these pests, you have a better chance of spotting them and then handling the situation properly before the infestation gets out of control.

Have a Pest Control Company Visiting the Property

You should make sure an experienced pest control company is visiting your property each month for routine pest control treatments. These treatments may include the use of pesticides or insecticides. If you have mice or rats inside the home, the treatment may include checking for small holes, sealing any entry points for these pests, and baiting the rodents to capture them.

If you want to manage pests each month, pay attention to any potential signs of pests inside the property. You should have a reliable pest control company coming out to the property each month for routine treatments to help you keep up with the pest control process while preventing additional pests from getting into your home or business.

California Pest Forecast For 2020

Posted by Molly Paws on Oct 27, 2019

Pests can be quite troublesome if they infest your property. They cause damage and force any property owner to replace these damaged items. To prevent this it is best to call us for pest removal if you suspect that you have pests. You can also call us to inspect your property if you believe there may be a pest infestation.

We are a pest control service that works with clients around California that wish to have pest removal or inspection on their property.

If you are a resident of California, it is advisable to know the pest forecast. This way, you will be able to know what signs to look out for, the right time to call us for an inspection, and the best way to prevent the pests from infesting your property.

The pest forecast for California in 2020 is that the most common pest will be termites. These can get into the house through the wooden parts such as the foundation or the ceiling. If you notice termite structures around wooden doors or any other place, it is best to call us right away. Termites will also attack house plants when looking for water, especially in the drier months.

The next pest to watch out for in 2020 is spiders. These will come out to breed in the late summer and could give homeowners quite the scare. It is best to call for an inspection in the earlier weeks of summer to prevent the spiders from breeding inside the house.

The other pests to look out for are

ants- especially the fire ant

rodents such as rats

bats

cockroaches

mosquitoes- mostly in the summer.

The key to getting rid of pests is choosing the right company to get rid of the pests once and for all. Proper removal requires professionals who understand the job, which is exactly what we are. 

The Importance of a Bed Bug Inspection For Property Owners and Managers

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Oct 15, 2019

Bed bugs are annoying pests that spread quickly and easily travel from one place to the next because they can latch on to a person‚ on to their belongings, such as their backpack, handbag, suitcase, or even their clothes. Because it is easy for someone with bed bugs to spread them around and give them to other people, it is important for people to remain as proactive as possible when it comes to targeting these pests and eliminating them as soon as there is any sight of them. Commercial property owners must act quickly to have the bed bugs removed from their properties otherwise they are likely putting hundreds of people at risk of getting them.

Owners of businesses, apartment complexes, and offices should have a bed bug inspection performed by a professional pest control company whenever they have a feeling that there is a bed bug presence in the building. For example, a worker may have spotted what appeared to look like a bed bug while sitting at his or her office desk or a tenant in an apartment complex may have found bed bugs near his or her bed. When these sightings occur, there is no time to waste. The property owners must be told about the bed bug sightings because then they can take proper action and call the pest control company to find out if there is a bed bug problem.

The pest control company will complete a detailed and thorough inspection of the property to see if there are any signs of bed bugs, including live bugs, feces of bed bugs, or even casings from when these pests shed their exoskeletons. When the presence of bed bugs is detected, the pest control expert can discuss the methods of treatment that are available. Different methods are commonly used to quickly and effectively eradicate the bed bugs from the premises.

Heat treatments are often available because they are the most effective method of treatment. The property is heated to a specific temperature to destroy the bed bugs and their eggs. However, there are other options offered, including the use of pesticides that are known to cause the bed bugs to dry out from the minute that they walk through any traces of it. When property owners take the right steps, they can get rid of the problem quickly by enlisting help from pest control experts that know what they are doing. It is better to take care of the problem quickly than to allow it to get any worse than it already is when first detected.

California 2018 Summer Mosquito Trap Guide

Posted by Molly Paws on Jun 07, 2018

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What is summer without some fun? Summer is all about relaxing by the pool, barbecues, drinking a refreshing tropical drink or just relaxing in a lawn chair and catching up on your favorite book. Summer may have a lot to offer, but when Mother Nature turns up the heat, we’re not the only ones who like to go outside and play. Along with summer also comes the annoying buzz of mosquitoes. Just when you’re relaxed, all of the sudden WHAM there’s a giant red hill forming on your arm. Mosquitoes are a real drag on any fun time.  Which is why we want to give you the latest tips and best mosquito trap products to help you get through summer.

West-Nile

Not only are mosquitoes annoying, but they can also be extremely harmful as well. With over 150 species in the United States alone, mosquito bites are attributed to over 7-million deaths worldwide every year. They travel from person to person, biting as they go, but if someone happened to have a disease or was sick, the mosquito carries it right along and transfers it to its’ next victim. More common is the spread of the West Nile virus. If lucky, a victim of the West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms and seek treatment quickly.

Only about twenty percent of people infected will show signs of the West Nile virus. Most of the time, those who have been bitten manage to build a tolerance to the virus. Those with weakened immune systems and especially those over the age of fifty may have greater cause for concern. If left untreated, the virus can lead to the brain swelling or life-threatening nervous system complications such as meningitis or encephalitis.

Mosquitoes also transfer heartworm disease to pets and livestock. Heartworm disease is caused when a mosquito that carries the parasite bites a dog, cat or another animal. Much of how the West Nile and other virus are transmitted, each bite can spread the disease from one animal to another. A heartworm can make a home in your pet’s heart or lungs and major arteries. They can also grow up to a foot-long. A heartworm infestation can lead to heart failure, lung damage and potentially other life-threatening issues.

Learn the signs and solutions to your most common pest problems. Download this guide here. 

Malaria

Malaria is yet another nasty disease mosquitoes spread. Half the world’s population is at risk from Malaria with nearly a million people dying every year. In the U.S. we don’t concern ourselves with Malaria as much as we should. As many as 2,000 Malaria cases are reported in the U.S. every year.

Prevention

How do you stop these annoying little insects? First, look around your home. Mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in standing water. Once a mosquito lays an egg, depending on the weather, it can take only ten days for a brand new blood-sucker to set out on the prowl.

You can prevent many mosquitoes from laying eggs around your property by:

•    Cleaning out your pet’s water dish every night.

•    Dump out any excess water from any “junk” sitting around your property. Look inside old tires, trash bins, and planters.

•    Run fountains and fish pond pumps to keep water moving.

•    Check your plants’ saucers for standing water.

•    Empty out spas or small pools that aren’t being used.

Your Mosquito Trap Solution

Those were ways to prevent them, but what about the means to get rid of them entirely? You could start with mosquito traps. Mosquito traps use the mosquitoes’ sensory abilities against them by tricking them. By simulating the CO2 odor humans produce coupling it with heat they lure mosquitoes inside, trapping them in containers where they die.

Traps can be very effective if used correctly. They’re best used in shaded areas located between where mosquitoes come from and where people gather in the yard. The best idea is to try it in different places until you find the right area. You’ll also need to experiment with a variety of attractants to see which ones appeal most to your local mosquitoes. Some of the best traps are:

•    Nontoxic fly and mosquito bag traps are one of the cheapest alternatives to keep mosquitoes from buzzing around your home. The trap is made out of a bag with liquid inside that draws insects within and traps them.

•    Ultrasonic pest repellers are also a good alternative. A bit more costly, but these devices not only repel mosquitoes and flies, but they also keep other creatures out of your homes such as roaches and mice.

•    Sticky traps such as fly paper. This is best used away from where people congregate because it actually attracts insects to it.

Alternative Solution

If your mosquito problem is keeping you up at night, then it’s time to call a professional. AIPM are experts in insect control and know exactly how to handle any situation and how to best minimize any further property damage. Receive a free estimate today! Contact us here.

AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of buggy insect problems. They can eliminate the threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of infestation again.

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https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/structural-pest-control/mosquitoes-disease

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https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/facts.html

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Can Honeybees Survive Cooler Temperatures?

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Mar 07, 2018

“Where have all the flowers gone?” This song by Peter, Paul, and Mary may just sum up exactly how a honeybee feels when winter approaches. When the flowers disappear and long warm days drift silently into long cold nights, honeybees thoughts turn to their home and their family. Well, sort of.

Honeybees Work Together

It’s the dead of winter, how can a hive of honeybees survive the extreme cold? They hunker down in their hives for the winter ahead, keeping warm within the hive and dining on the honey they all gathered during the spring and summer months. A typical honeybee nest can maintain a constant temperature of 93 degrees year round. During the winter, honeybees gather together really, really close to maintaining body temperatures. They cluster around the queen to keep her nice and toasty and still producing eggs. Yes, it can get a little cramped, but it’s far better than freezing to death.

To maintain their energy, honeybees nibble on the honey they gathered throughout the year. When they become really cold, honeybees begin to shiver just like humans. Worker honeybees create a shivering vibration on the outside areas of the hive to keep those within from freezing. They also help guard the outside of the hive against the weather reaching within. When the shivering honeybee becomes too cold themselves, they move to the middle of the hive to get warm again and other bees take his place and so on.

Learn How to Handle Bee Stings Here

Temperatures

On an interesting note, if it gets a little too warm, hives come with their own air conditioning. Well, how about an insect equivalent? When it becomes too warm, thousands of little wings begin to flutter to cool down the hive.

Depending on the size of the hive, there are times honeybees are unable to move during the winter. If honeybees can’t move, they can’t reach the honey to sustain their energy. Also, the outside honeybees can freeze. In both cases, the hive will lose a lot of honeybees and possibly die off altogether. Now, on average, a honeybee hive can produce up to three times the honey necessary, approximately sixty pounds, to keep the hive alive and happy during the winter. It’s only when a hive can’t produce enough honey, or too much honey is stolen from them, could there be a major issue.

On a warm, spring day, a honeybee can visit up to 2,000 flowers, giving truth to the term, busy as a bee. That is taking into account that the bee stops off by the hive every fifty or so flowers. Bees are notoriously hard workers, which can take a major toll on their bodies. A typical worker bee only lives about three weeks. The queen, however, can produce up to one million new bees in her hive during her lifetime, which equals about 1,500 a day. No wonder she never leaves the hive. It must bee exhausting.

Not Always a Threat

With spring fast approaching, you’re bound to find a few busy honeybees buzzing around your garden. Try not to disturb them. They’re only doing their job. If you do happen upon a swarm in your yard, don’t attempt to go near them. If you can, contact your local beekeeper or your local animal services and enforcement and they will safely remove the swarm from your property.

Honeybees may be good for the environment, but there are times when they make their hives just a bit too close to your home to feel comfortable. That’s when you need to call a professional. AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of buzzing insect problems. They can eliminate any threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of issue again.

https://www.thoughtco.com/fascinating-facts-about-honey-bees-1968071

https://www.thoughtco.com/how-honey-bees-keep-warm-winter-1968101

It’s Flea and Tick Season: What You Need to Know

Posted by Molly Paws on Feb 28, 2018

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It’s Flea and Tick Season!

Ah, spring. That wonderful time of year when the flowers are blooming, the days are warmer and your pets start scratching.  A little itch can quickly turn into an all-out flea and tick invasion. For most pet owners, the arrival of spring not only makes your skin crawl, but your wallet weep as well from vet visits. No furry pet is immune to these little bloodsucking insects, but there are ways to keep fleas and ticks from invading your home.

Were you aware that a flea can lay between 30 and 50 eggs a day? That is a very busy little flea. It’s a wonder how she can take the time out to nibble on anything, let alone feast on your pet. But, with that many eggs lying about, there’s bound to be just as many fleas ready to hatch. When they hatch, these fleas are going to be hungry and you better believe that you and your pet are on their menu.

Have a feeling your home might be infested with fleas? Click here to contact us today for a free estimate.

Both Pose a Threat

Now, it wouldn’t be so bad if fleas and ticks simply took a little nip and were on their way. No, ticks especially are notorious for spreading Lyme disease to its victims.  Lyme disease is one of the most commonly spread diseases from tick bites. And not only can your pet be affected by Lyme disease, you can be too. It can cause lameness that could be accompanied by a fever, lethargy and possibly extreme weight loss.

Ehrlichiosis is another disease that is spread by tick bites. It too can cause you and your pet a lot of medical issues. Ehrlichiosis attacks and kills your white blood cells. Without white blood cells, it’s harder to fend off diseases. It can also cause weight loss, anemia, enlarged lymph nodes and spleen.

If that isn’t enough to cause your skin to crawl, try Meningoencephalitis on for size. It may look like a mouthful to say, but this tick born disease can prove deadly. You may know it better as meningitis. It’s an inflammatory disease that infects the brain and spinal cord. The infection causes a loss of nervous system functions and is often fatal if left untreated.

Okay, that’s just ticks. Fleas are harmless, right? WRONG! Fleas pose the same kinds of threats to your pets as ticks. Have you ever heard of cat scratch fever? It’s more than a catchy song from 1977. Its’ scientific name is actually Bartonella, a parasite, and is transmitted by both fleas and ticks. Those nasty creatures are ganging up on us! The parasite invades red blood cells and uses the cell’s membrane as protection while multiplying. Clever, but not very nice. It can cause Lymphoma, eye issues, brain disorders, inflammatory bone diseases, and possibly death.

The Upside

The upside of fleas, they can transmit tapeworms. Upside? What good comes of a parasite that causes nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and vitamin and mineral deficiencies? Well… the fact you may never know you or your pets have one unless one happens to appear in a bowel movement. Like other parasites, they too can cause a lot of medical issues to your liver, eyes, heart, and brain. So, there really is no upside to any type of parasite, regardless if you notice them or not.

Prevention

Enough, already! Fleas and ticks are simply bad news. So how can you prevent them from invading your home and keep them far away from you and your pets? For starters:

•    Clear away any dead or tall grass from around your property. Fleas and ticks love to hide in dark areas.

•    Keep tight lids on trash cans to prevent wild creatures from entering your yard. Rats, squirrels, raccoons and other wild animals often carry fleas and ticks.

•    Use flea and tick sprays around the outside and inside of your home.

•    Talk to your vet about medications that can prevent your pet from being attacked by fleas and ticks.

•    Limit your pet’s interaction with other people’s pets.

If blood sucking insects are really ticking you off, then it’s time to call a professional before you’re forced to flea from your own home. AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of skin-crawling insect problems. They can eliminate the threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of infestation again. Click here to request a free estimate today.

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10 Steps to Controlling Ground Squirrels

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Feb 21, 2018

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What happened to all the oranges on the tree? What could have left such tiny teeth marks on the tomatoes? Why are there so many holes along the backyard fence? If you have asked any of these questions, then there is a good chance your yard is being terrorized by ground squirrels.

Okay, terrorized may be too strong of a word to use when talking about cute little fuzzy squirrels, or is it? You may not realize just how destructive a ground squirrel can be to your property. They can go way beyond stealing fruit off your trees or nibbling a carrot in your garden. Not only can they carry diseases like rabies, they’ve been known to hold their own in battles with pets. There has been many a pet owner who has had to pay a small fortune for stitches for their cat or dog because of a scuffle with a squirrel. Also, think of the holes that a ground squirrel creates. These holes can cause havoc on your property by weakening the ground and possibly even causing your home’s foundation to crack or sink in areas.

Yes, they might be cute, but these little marmots have got to GO! Here are ten tips on how to take back your yard from ground squirrels.

ONE: Throw some water on the situation

Ground squirrels are much like gophers. They make their dens underground to hide from predators and the elements. What they don’t plan for is water. Use a water hose and fill up their holes. This especially works well with drier climates. They won’t risk their holes filling up with water again and will most likely hightail it out of there. You don’t, however, want to do this if the hole is within close proximity to your home, just in case the squirrel’s hole happens to extend under your slab.

Two: Here squirrel, squirrel, squirrel

Face it, you know they’re cute, they know they’re cute, but they still have to go! There are many types of humane traps on the market that will allow you to trap an animal and relocate it somewhere else. Keep in mind, there is a good possibility that your problem squirrel will return. Releasing the squirrel at least ten miles away from your home might do the trick, but then it is rather horrible for the squirrel to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere. If you do plan on catching and releasing, check with your local authorities if it is legal to do so or you might end up paying a rather hefty fine.

Download this helpful field guide to ground squirrels here.

Three: Keep a lid on things

Squirrels are scavengers and like most scavengers, trash cans are the perfect place to find a good meal. By keeping your lids securely on your trash cans, you can prevent many types of scavengers from intruding onto your property, not just squirrels.

Four: Expand your garden 

One of the best ways of keeping ground squirrels out of your garden is by adding plants that they hate. Try using plants like Geraniums, which are easy to grow, quite hardy for both warm and cool environments, and add a splash of color. This flower’s scent repels squirrels. This also holds true with Lily-of-the-Valley, Hyacinth, Fritillaries, and Alliums. If you also have a problem with deer in your area, you can try planting Daffodils which both squirrels and deer can’t stand

Five: Your yard really stinks!

Oh, don’t worry, this is a good thing. If your yard smells like a ground squirrel’s predator, such as dog or wolf urine, they won’t stick around. If you already have a dog, great! Encourage Fido to do his nightly business near the squirrel holes. If you don’t have a dog, you might want to encourage your neighbors to let their pets stop by.

Six: Singing in the rain

Three words: Motion Activated Sprinklers. There’s no varmint alive that won’t make a run for the fence when faced with a wall of water upside the head. This is mighty helpful too if you happen to have a neighborhood cat that won’t stop whining under your window late at night.

Seven: Do you hear that?

Thankfully no, but you know those ground squirrels certainly did. There are several ultrasonic devices on the market that emit a low frequency that only vermin, such as ground squirrels, can hear. The sound sounds as irritating to them as fingernails on a chalkboard is to humans. Would you stick around if you had to listen to that?

Eight: Strong fences make good neighbors

This goes for ground squirrels as well. Ground squirrels burrow under the ground to make their tunnels and their dens. But, by installing a fence a foot or two into the earth, they will be less likely to want to invade your yard. If it isn’t easy, then they won’t bother.

Nine: Other Dining options

Like humans, we all enjoy good quality food. Sometimes we’ll even go out of our way for our favorite restaurants. Ground squirrels are similar and are more than happy to find a more delicious food source somewhere else. If you have a large yard, you may consider setting up a squirrel feeding station with “gourmet” offerings like peanuts to lure the squirrels away from your home. Sometimes it’s better to keep the peace than to go to war.

Ten: Get down and dirty

If you’ve tried everything, but those pesky squirrels won’t leave your property alone, then it’s time to go to war. Set up gopher traps within the holes of the squirrels. What’s good to capture gophers is good to capture squirrels. If you are a bit squeamish, you may want to use this as your last, dire option because it can be a bit gruesome.

If ground squirrels are exhausting you and you can’t keep them off your property, then it’s time to call in a professional. The AIPM team of professionals are experts in pest and vermin control. They know exactly how to send your squirrels and other pest packing. Give them a call and see how they can set up a plan that will keep your home or business pest and vermin free once and for all. Download this guide to ground squirrels here. Don’t forget to receive your free consultation today. Click here to fill out your form.

How Roach Bait Stations Work

Posted by Molly Paws on Feb 14, 2018

Are you afraid to turn on the lights at night? As soon as the lights turn off, from the shadows appears those horrible roaches, like little villains in an old black and white film. The tiny crumbs you accidentally left behind from dinner suddenly become the main dish featured at their new Cockroach Nightclub. You need to put a stop to their terrorism, but how? It’s time to break out the bait station and take back your night.

There are multiple types of bait stations. The most common come with an outer plastic container, the actual station, which helps keep children and pets from reaching the poison or insects within it. The station is designed so that only roaches and insects the same size can enter and take the bait. Some trap the roach inside while others allow the roach to take the bait back to their nest.  With all of your choices for roach pest control on the market, the bait stations are the safest to use around your family. No matter which one you choose though, it is advisable to keep any bait station far from the reach of children and pets.

Say goodbye to those pesky roaches and request your free estimate today! 

Choosing The Right Roach Bait Station

There are multiple types of bait stations on the market. Often times the only real difference in them is the manufacturer and their mix of bait and pesticides. Some of the more common bait stations are:

  • Discs
  • Hotels/Traps
  • Sticky paper

Disc Bait Stations

are one of the more common and are the easiest to use. They come in multiple sizes from a few inches wide to the size of your hand. The smaller sizes are perfect for placing under furniture or in closets without being too noticeable. The larger stations are great to use in the garage or the front or backyard. Roaches enter the bait trap and nibble a little of the bait. Then roaches take it back to their nests to share. Typically it’s nice to share, but in this case, sharing is deadly. Nice for you, but not so nice for the unsuspecting roaches. Ah… too bad.

The poison within a roach bait station is typically low in toxicity but should be kept away from children and pets. When placing bait stations, roaches tend to follow close to the walls, so consider placing them in the corners of your rooms for the best result.

Roach Traps or Roach Hotels

are a roaches worst nightmare. A roach is lured inside the trap by the tantalizing smell of something delicious. All of the sudden there’s no way out. As tricky and smart as a roach is, they can’t break free of these types of traps. One by one, roaches follow their friends inside to see if they can get of piece of whatever smells good, only to find out that they too can’t escape.

The upside of this trap is you don’t have to use any poisons. The bait is whatever you choose to use inside. The trap is reusable, so you don’t have to keep buying more bait traps, like the bait stations or sticky traps. The downside is you have to kill the roaches yourself once they’re trapped inside, or you can keep them inside until they are dead.

This particular trap might be a healthier option since you don’t have to use pesticides if you don’t want but keep in mind roaches are one of the main carriers of Salmonella, Shigella, and Cryptosporidium parvum bacteria that causes diarrheal diseases. Although the roaches are contained, you still want to keep these traps far from the reach of children and pets just to be on the safe side.

Sticky Traps

are used for all types of pest control issues. Sticky traps are a little more cumbersome to use. When using these types of traps, be sure to keep them far out of the reach of children, pets… and feet, definitely feet. Once they catch you, you’re stuck. The upside is anything that crosses one also becomes hopelessly stuck, so they’re also great for any other pests that drop by your home uninvited. They are environmentally safe, so you don’t have to worry about any poisons.

All three traps are good options. Choosing one depends on your situation. Yet if roaches are just too disgusting to deal with on your own, then you might want to consider calling a professional. The professionals at AIPM know how to send your roaches packing. Their expert team of exterminators can remove all of your unwanted pests and vermin without you having to worry. Don’t let roaches drive you buggy, call AIPM and schedule an appointment today. Don’t forget to request a free estimate today!

Links

https://www.pestcontrolmanagement.org/what-are-roach-baits.html

https://www.gopetsamerica.com/diseases/diseases-spread-by-cockroaches.aspx

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