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How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Back to Your Home

If you find yourself traveling this week, or any time really, you may be susceptible to bringing more than just some souvenir T-shirts back with you. In recent years, bed bug infestations have become increasingly problematic worldwide, leading to many hotel guests picking up some unwanted hitchhikers on their trip and unknowingly bringing them back home. Once they get into your bed or other belongings, it won’t be long before you’ve got a serious problem …

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Chipmunks

Chipmunks often dig up and eat newly planted garden seeds and flower bulbs. Strawberries, Plums, Apples, and other cultivated fruits are gnawed for their flesh or their seeds. They will dig unsightly burrows in lawns and flower beds to nest. Sometimes Chipmunks will nest beneath residences thereby gaining access into living spaces, basements, and crawlspaces. They enter through utility penetrations and other structural gaps. Occasionally , they will take up residence in attics or other …

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Skunks

Skunks are primarily nocturnal animals, and their activity around buildings may go undetected for awhile until one takes up occupancy beneath a porch, deck, slab foundation, or outbuilding floor. They will also leave their offensive scent as an indicator of their presence when confronted by another animal, such as a dog. Skunks have been found infected with an array of diseases that may or may not affect humans, By far the most important one being …

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Woodchucks

Woodchucks ( a.k.a. Groundhogs ) are the largest members of the squirrel family in the United States. These animals commonly invade cropland and vegetable gardens, eating or destroying vegetables and landscape plants. Woodchucks are generally found in open and closed forests and brushy areas. In agricultural districts, they live along creeks, pastures, brush ravines, and wooded lot edges. They will also excavate large unsightly burrows in fields, golf courses, cemeteries, lawns, and landscaping beds leaving …

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Raccoons

Raccoons often gain access into attics, basements, and crawl spaces by forcing open loose or broken vent covers, louvers,windows, and carpentry. Female raccoons readily invade attics or enter uncapped chimney flues and occupy the smoke shelf above the damper door to give birth and wean their litter of pups. Raccoons can easily be frightened away from a trash can or garden by us humans, BUT should be given the up-most respect and caution, because they …

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Squirrels

Squirrels can cause damage or become a nuisance to the homeowner when they use buildings for nesting sites and food storage or when they gnaw into attics to take up residence. They can also move into spaces between walls and floors. Squirrels often gain access through vents, broken windows, knotholes, construction gaps under eaves and gables, and occasionally, the chimney and fireplace provide an entry route. Control methods include Live Trapping, Exclusion, Pruning Trees back …

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Moles

Moles are notorious for the damage they cause to reidential lawns, sod nurseries, golf courses, parks, and gardens. They can create many tunnels and because of their displacement of dirt, unsitely mounds of dirt. Moles can be controlled by several methods – Trapping, Chemical control, and Fumigants.

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Voles

Voles or Meadow Voles are also referred to as Meadow Mice, Orchard Mice, or Field Mice. Voles will infest our lawns, gardens, and landscaped areas around our homes and buildings. They make their presence known by chewing unsightly well defined surface runway systems ( Trails ) in our lawns ( note the damage picture ). Voles dig shallow burrows in planting beds, feeding on a variety of ornamentals, including flower bulbs and roots. They occasionally …

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House Mouse

The House Mouse is found throughout the world from the tropics to the Arctic and Antarctic. In most cities and towns around the world, it is the House Mouse, not the rat that ranks as the number one rodent pest. The Hose Mouse is able to breed rapidly, tolerate a wide range of conditions, and adjust quickly to changes in its environment. These traits are responsible for the success of the species in so many …

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Roof Rat

This Rat is also known as the Black Rat, Ship Rat, and House Rat. The Roof Rat also originated in Asia, but further south than the Norway Rat in the dense forests. The Roof Rat, as per its name, prefers aerial harborages. This Rat was the common Rat in homes in Europe during the outbreaks of the plaque known as the “Black Death”. Adults are medium-sized Rats weighing about 8 to 12 ounces , and …

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