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Pest Control

A homeowner's guide to hiring an exterminator or pest control company to rid your home of insects or rodents.

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A homeowner's guide to dealing with rodent infestation, including how to identify when there's a mouse problem and what to do to get rid of mice and rats.

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Angie's List founder Angie Hicks provides a homeowner with advice on hiring a professional pest control service.

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Squirrels in an attic require professional rodent control to prevent serious home and health issues.

Angie's Answers

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You have a lot of questions. I will try to cover them all.

First, mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
Second, unlike rats, mice are very small; it would take a major infestation to generate a persistent odor as indicated.

Elimination starts by sealing the exterior foundation of the home, door sweeps, broken windows, cracks in the foundation, holes around electrical service, water faucets and dryer vents.

Secondly, food sources must be eliminated. Mice only need 1 gram of food a day and they extract water directly from the food they digest.

Next, mice infestations are more localized than people think, bait under the house might not have any effect. Heat sources like refrigerators and hot water heaters are suspect as a base of operation.

Snap traps are highly effective when used where dropping are found. Use a variety of bait, peanut butter (avoid this if children are present), brownie, fruit and even dental floss tied to the pedal (nesting material).

As for the odor, look for an enzyme based cleaner / deodorizer.

 

If the problem continues seek the help of a Pest Control Professional with rodent experience.
 

Hope that helps,

Andrew Deluca



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The quickest way I've found to get rid of them (as opposed to preventing them - see answer above) is to put a half cup of cider vinegar (must be cider vinegar) in a jar or bowl and put a half-dozen drops of dishwashing liquid on top of it.  Leave out on a counter wherever the problem exists. Empty and refill as needed.
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Legally, it needs to be pest control - wildly boring technical explanation regarding Federal pesticide laws that I won't bother you with.  Having said that, depending on where they are located in your chimnet, you could do it yourselt.  Most wasp control products will shoot 12'-20'.  So, if they are in a lower section of your chimney you wait until dark (they return to their nests before dark) and reach up above your damper and spray the nests.  If you're not averse to being on your roof, do the same thing from the top.  Otherwise, hire a professional.
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An exterminator - you have to careful that the pests are driven out of the attic BEFORE the entrance they were using is closed up, otherwise you have dead decaying animals in your attic - can cause a stench that lasts for weeks.

Exterminators in Alexander City, AL

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3-D PEST CONTROL

1935 WHALEY FERRY RD
Alexander City

American Tree Maintenance

6340 Chelsea Rd
Columbiana

Assurance Roofing&home improvement

1614 Pinehurst Blvd.
Muscle Shoals

FOWLER'S INSULATION & TERMITE

13706 AL HIGHWAY 227
Geraldine

J & J Pest Away Pest Control

55 Cedar Creek Ln
Alexander City

LEWIS PEST CONTROL

619 Douglas Avenue
Brewton

LEX WEDGWORTH PEST CONTROL INC

1785 TALLAPOOSA ST
Alexander City

Murks Pest Control Inc

3926 Cloverdale Rd
Florence

ORKIN

PO Box 2148
Alexander City

ROBERT WEDGWORTH PEST CONTROL

2303 HILLABEE RD
Alexander City

Robert Wedgworth Pest Control Inc

PO Box 1479
Alexander City

SECURITY PEST CONTROL INC

652 CHEROKEE RD
Alexander City

SERVSQUAD

130 Inverness Plz
Birmingham

Sullivan Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

8933 Roebuck Blvd Ste C
Birmingham

SUPERIOR PEST CONTROL INC

PO BOX 134
Ashland

the critter getter

5000 highway 85
Daleville

Top Gun Pest Control, LLC

1460 Dawson St.
Alexander City

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