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Do you have bed bugs?

Thinking about trying to treat them on your own?  Before you do, please take the time to read this blog post from CNN about bed bug “bombs”.

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/03/study-bed-bug-bombs-dont-work/ 

 

 

On a more personal note, I recently treated an apartment unit in Seattle where the residents had used bed bug “bombs”.  The resident followed the instructions on the canister and didn’t see any bugs for several days, but then bed bugs started coming from cracks, vents and other locations where the fog did not reach.  The fog had simply driven them into hiding to wait until it was safe.  In addition, the bed bugs spread to the surrounding units and created a much larger problem.

I wish I could say that I was able to treat all of the units successfully on the first try, but because the fog had driven bed bugs deep into harborages, the program took nearly twice as long as normal to eradicate the problem.  This not only caused a huge disruption for the residents, but also increased the cost of treatment.  While the resident was not held liable in this particular case, the apartment complex now includes a clause prohibiting the use of bed bug “bombs” and other over-the-counter pest products.   

In short, foggers and other over-the-counter products are often ineffective and can sometimes cause bigger problems when used for bed bugs.  So, while it may be tempting to save a few bucks and try the bed bug “bombs”, in the long run, it may save you a lot of money and hassle by contacting us at Eagle Pest Eliminators to take care of the problem for you.  We guarantee our treatments and your satisfaction!

 

 

Tips and Hints: How to Secure Your Home and Property From Unwanted Pests

Hello and welcome to our first blog here at Eagle Pest Eliminators. We want to use this space, primarily to give people in the Seattle area tips and hints about how to secure their home and property from unwanted pests. We will also keep you informed about the preventative maintenance steps you can take to keep your house safe.

You might have read recently that Seattle is the 7th most rodent infested city in the United States. If not, check out this article from the Seattle Times. So, with the weather getting colder and the rats looking for a nice cozy place for the winter, we thought our first blog should help you make sure that that nice cozy place is not your home.

Once a rodent gets into your house, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage to electrical wiring, roofing, insulation, and many other areas of your house. So, exclusion is the key to keeping rodents out of your house. Identifying areas where a rat could enter the structure, and depending on the size of the entry point using steel wool, ¼ X ¼ hardware cloth, or Great Stuff Expanding Foam to seal it up. Of course there are other ways to exclude a problem area, but these materials are easy to use and can be obtained from any hardware store.

While you are doing your inspection, here are some areas to pay particular attention to:

  • Holes near cabinets, closets or doors leading outside or into the crawl spaces.
  • Holes around pipes or other materials that enter the house.
  • Cracked foundation in the basement or crawl space.
  • Ventilation holes in the attic.
  • Holes around windows or doors.
  • Vents or crawl spaces under buildings that may be missing covers.
  • Dryer vents that may be missing covers.

Cleanliness and landscaping can also help make your home less attractive to rodents.

Inside:

  • Put food items contained in boxes or plastic bags in hard containers.
  • Choose garbage cans that seal tightly.
  • Rinse your garbage cans often.
  • Do not leave pet food or water out overnight.
  • Sweep up crumbs and keep counter tops free of food.
  • Remove papers, fabric, and other materials that rodents like to use for nesting.
  • Fix water leaks and keep areas near sinks clean and free of moisture.

Outside:

  • Avoid thick ground covers like ivy that provide food and shelter for rodents.
  • Keep firewood and compost piles as far away from the house as possible
  • Maintain a 2 foot space between bushes and shrubs, and the house.
  • Trim tree limbs that come within 3 feet of the house
  • Avoid feeding other wildlife, even birdfeeders, as they can provide a food source for rodents.
  • Keep outdoor grills and cooking areas clean.
  • Use trash bins that seal tightly to keep rodents out.

Hopefully, these tips about how to prevent rodents from infesting your Seattle area home will keep the rodents out. But, if you need help securing your home or getting rid of a current infestation, give us a call at Eagle Pest Eliminators, and we guarantee to get your home rodent free.

Preventative Maintenance Tip

January is going to be cold, so be sure to check under the hood of your car every once in a while this month. Rodents may use your car’s engine as a place to stay warm and cause damage to wires and other components of the vehicle.

How to Handle Bees

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Ah summer, the season of camping, hiking, yard work, baseball … and BEES! Yes, “bees”. The all-encompassing term often used to reference yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, mud daubers and of course bees that can put a severe sting into your summer of fun.

 

Do you have a huge bald-faced hornets’ nest hanging in a tree or did you step on a ground nest while doing yard work? Those nasty stings can really hurt and even cause a severe allergic reaction sending you rushing to the emergency room. Let the highly experienced technicians at Eagle Pest Eliminators get rid of those bees from your Seattle, WA, area home.

 

Prevention Tips

Can you really prevent bees from nesting in an area? Yes and no. You see some bees like to build nests in attic spaces or tiny cracks in siding as well as eave soffits. Others prefer to build a ground nest in an old rodent borough or other access underground. And still others choose the safety offered by trees and shrubs and attach their nests to branches. So, as you can see, prevention is often difficult. However, here are a few tips that can help you keep ahead of any potential bee problems.

 

Grab a few bee cones containing vanilla extract from any hardware store and install them around the yard away from the house to reduce the number of bees. In addition, doing a monthly inspection of your home will help you identify a problem and get a handle on it quickly. Specifically, you want to look for bee lines coming and going from the house to locate nest sights. Besides inspecting the exterior of your home, also examine landscaped areas and trees. Finally, be sure to do your inspection during the daytime as bees are most active during this time.

 

Installing a fine mesh over attic vents is NOT recommended due to restricted air flow that can create additional problems, such as excess moisture.

 

Identification & Recommendation

At Eagle Pest Eliminators, we are dedicated to protecting honeybees in the area and positively identify the nuisance species prior to treating. If we do find honeybees, we contact a professional to relocate the bees to a more suitable location. If the nuisance species is not honeybees, treatment options will be recommended by our technician.

 

Treatment & Safety

Our technicians will treat the nest in the most eco-friendly manner possible to keep your family and our environment safe. If possible our technician will treat and remove the nest from the area. However, we often find nests in wall and ceiling voids, pavement cracks, and other inaccessible areas that can’t be removed. In these situations, our technicians will treat with a residual product that will soon eliminate the pests and get you back to enjoying everything else summer. We can also help keep summer fun by providing a monthly maintenance service to keep the bees away.

 

Contact Us Today

When you contact us for a free estimate, our certified technicians will ensure the safety of honeybees by identifying the offending “bees” prior to treatment. They will also discuss treatment options to ensure you are informed before they take any other action.

 

If you need yellow jackets, paper wasps, hornets, or bees removed in Seattle, WA, call our staff today at 425-398-7365. We will provide you with peace of mind, valuable information, and affordable service.