It's Rodent Prevention month at DA Exterminating, so we want to share with you some pictures and tips from an actual job that we recently handled. As with many commercial pest control accounts, the proprietors had not taken our advice for rodent proofing measures. Once we photographed the problem areas and pointed out the importance of exclusion in rodent prevention, they complied with our suggestions. Their rodent problems were solved by using the following suggestions. Though each situation is different, we think these photos and tips are applicable to any rodent prevention program. Give us a call if you suspect rodent problems in your home or business - 800-650-PEST.
With Christmas over and the New Year here, it's time to store the trees and decorations until December, 2017. Safeguard all of your favorite holiday decorations so they are free of pests while sitting in the attic, basement or other storage space until the holiday season comes around next year. Christmas decorations provide harborage and, in some cases, food for various kinds of pests, especially rodents. So we have assembled some decoration storage tips to prevent surprises next year when you open your decoration containers.
1) Dried berries, seeds and other natural materials are especially attractive to mice, so a good strategy is to seal them in plastic containers if you must save these from year to year. The best idea, however, is to discard natural decorations after using each year. That includes real gingerbread houses and candy canes!
2) Cardboard can be a favorite nesting material for rodents, so store ALL Christmas decorations in plastic tubs. Don't store artificial Christmas trees in cardboard either! Instead, use plastic sealable bags!
3) Examine all decorations for any that are broken or that you won't use next year and discard them.
4) Wash linens and other fabrics and store in sealed plastic bags to prevent moisture.
5) Before loading containers into a garage, basement, attic or other storage area, examine it and clean thoroughly to remove any debris that may be harborage areas for mice.
6) Store holiday candles separately. The scent from a candle can attract unwanted guests. Placing the candles in an area that is not exposed to extreme heat (e.g. attics or sheds) will resolve this problem. Wrap candles in plastic to prevent them from melting together or transferring color in warm conditions.
If you follow these tips to properly pack and store your decorations, not only will you be more organized for Christmas 2017, but you will reduce the possibility of pests trying to share next year's holiday with you! To get more information on pest control services in New Orleans contact the experts at DA Exterminating today by calling 800-650-PEST. Wishing you and your family a pest-free New Year!