Mice Mice Mice…

We are having a very high volume of mice calls right now. Many people are finding them in their homes or businesses. We are also getting calls from farms that are experiencing a very high population of mice. With the cold weather approaching the little pests are trying to find a nice place with a food supply to hold up for the winter.

One of the main questions we get asked is how are they getting in? They chew, climb, and find the smallest spot to get in from the outside. Mice can fit into an opening 3/8 of an inch or larger. Often times we see mice getting in thru AC lines, brick molds, vinyl corners, valley tins on roofs, and many more places. Once they are able to get in they make their way thru ceilings and walls into basements and eventually into living quarters.

One area we are finding them getting is thru the ridge vent on roofs. We are commonly finding ridge vents are peeling up because of a combination of poor product and poor installation. We find that the nails used are not long enough therefore the vent peels back up. It is a flat product that is placed on a steep pitched roof, so it naturally wants to peel back up. When it peels up it allows bats, mice and other pests to enter into the house in the attic. To properly fix this problem we need to tear off the current ridge vent. ¼ inch hardware cloth/screening is put down using roofing nails. Then the roof vent is installed using ring shank nails, and the new cap shingles (to match your roof) are installed.

What else can we do to get them out of your home. The technicians at Werner Pest & Odor Control will close all access points and all potential access points the mice may use. We start at one corner of your house and work all the way around the house checking everything from foundation to the roof. Once the house is sealed we will place rodent stations in your house to eliminate any mice that may have been caught in your home. We monitor these stations by providing a rodent recheck approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the initial work is completed. A second recheck is done approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the first recheck. At this time no mice activity should be found we remove the stations from your home. Werner Pest & Odor Control provides a two year written warranty on our rodent proofing work.

If you think you may have mice in your home call Werner Pest & Odor Control today to schedule an inspection with one of our technicians.

The Changing Season

As fall approaches and the cold weather settles in we begin seeing many changes in the habits of the creatures around us.  Birds and bats begin to fly south for winter.  Some species of bats prepare to hibernate for the long cold winter as do some woodland creatures like skunks and bears.  Other animals and bugs begin to search for a warmer home for winter that provides them with a food supply to get them thru the long cold winter. 

As pest control specialists, when the season changes, we begin seeing changes in our customers needs as well.   Customers who never had mice in the past may begin hearing noises or seeing evidence of mouse activity in or around their homes.  Squirrels or other animals also may find their way into areas we may deem as undesirable.

Another common nuisance many customers may find in or around their homes in the fall are Box Elder Bugs, Lady Bugs, or Asian Lady Beetles.   Spiders and other bugs may also move into our homes.

Although these problems seem to be a nuisance for many people our service technicians can often offer a solution for many of the pests you may encounter.  Many bugs can be eliminated with a treatment to the exterior and possibly interior of your home.  Having an exterior treatment on your home before any bugs begin to become a problem should prevent any bugs from even entering your home.

Rodents that may find their way into your home can pose not only a nuisance but also some health risks.  Some people find that trying to eliminate them yourself can become a long drawn out tedious task that some just don’t want to deal with.  There are numerous ways to deal with mice.  Some may choose to be conservative and have our technicians place rodent equipment in their homes and monitor them to help control the rodent activity.  Others may choose the more aggressive approach having our technicians rodent proof their homes, which will prevent any rodents from entering the clients homes.

Living in Wisconsin we are in an agricultural area.  Many farms also experience a rise in nuisance pests in the fall.  As farmers begin to remove the crops from fields, mice and rats follow the food source to the farms or find a new home in or around houses in rural areas.  Often times we see an increase in rodent activity around many farms even when we are providing a monthly or bi-monthly maintenance program for them.  Our technicians often are able to address these situations within the normal maintenance plan or by providing additional services or equipment until the population is again under control.

Often times the options available to our customers can be many and overwhelming.  Our service technicians will review each of our customer’s situations and provide the information and education needed to the customer to guide them in making a decision that is best for the customer.  If you are having a fall pest problem feel free to call us to help service your pest control needs.

Problems with Bats

Are you afraid of bats? You are not alone. Most people are fearful of them, but our crew typically says they are not bothered by them and some even like them. Yet the common fear of bats has unfortunately allowed more than 50% of American bat species to be in severe decline and some have even become listed as endangered. Considering most species of bats only have one young per year re-population is even more of an issue.

Believe it or not there are good reasons to keep bats around. A single little brown bat can catch 1,500 mosquito-sized insects in an night and just 150 big brown bats can eat enough cucumber beetles each summer to protect farmers from 33 million of these pests that cost close to a billion dollars annually.

What about the fear of contracting rabies from bats? Well the percentage of bats that may have rabies is less than 1% and more people die from rabies contracted from dog bites in the U.S. than from bat bites.

Due to the decline in natural roosting areas for bats, they have begun to seek shelter in manmade buildings like our homes. Because of the protection of bats and the vital part of our eco-system we offer exclusion services if you find bats are living in your home.

Upon inspection of your home we will look for the presence of bats by the presence of black or brown stains from body oils or droppings in the attic and droppings around cracks or crevices formed by ill-fitting building materials. Bat droppings may also appear on walls, under porches, or on floors or above suspended ceilings. In some instances, you may even notice noise or odors from large colonies of bats in the attic.

Bats can enter your home through openings as small as one-quarter inch in diameter. Common points of entry include, loose or missing shingles or roof vents, places where flashing or boards have come loose and locations where pipes or wiring enter buildings. Openings often occur where walls meet the eaves at the gable ends of an attic, where porches attach to the main part of a house, or where dormers meet the roof. Other points of entry are associated with siding.

So how do we get them to move out of your home? Exclusion is the ONLY effective solution for permanently removing bats from buildings. Trapping and relocating is ineffective since bats have excellent homing instincts and simply return, even when released at great distances.

With our exclusion services our technicians will close all potential areas that would allow bats access to your home. We mount one way doors in the active access points allowing bats to leave but not return. We leave the one way doors mounted for three to four weeks allowing the colony to move on and then return to remove the one way doors and finish the repairs. We offer a two year warranty on our services for bat proofing.