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Winter Cannot Stop The Almighty Silverfish

Silverfish photoWhile the winter weather does keep many pests away, homes and commercial buildings are never safe from silverfish infestations! Silverfish are small (about “½” in size), flattened insects, with a carrot-shaped body covered in silvery scales. At the tapered end of their body are three tail-like appendages.

All silverfish prefer to hide during the day in tight cracks and crevices. In a home, silverfish can be found just about anywhere, including basements, attics, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms and garages. In a commercial setting, silverfish are found throughout offices, libraries and stores. Silverfish thrive in areas with higher humidity, and usually live close to their food source. Read More »

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Signs You Have Squirrels in Your Attic

Squirrel on roofMice are not the only small animals that keep us busy during the winter months. Squirrels are fond of invading homes and buildings at this time of year. Tree squirrels, (including fox, gray and red squirrels) are found throughout the United States in areas where there are trees.

Typically, tree squirrels have two litters of babies per year, one in the winter, and one in the summer. Before having their winter litter, these squirrels will readily enter houses (especially in attic areas) seeking shelter for a place to raise their young. And who could blame them—attics are a great place to live because they are warm, safe and dry! Read More »

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Do Natural Mouse Repellents Work?

Mouse RepellentsNatural mice repellents are worth trying. No harm will come from them and maybe, just maybe, they will work for you.

Concern over the miss-use or overuse of chemicals in many industries, not just pest control, means we are always intrigued to learn if there is a natural alternative that is better for us, our children, our homes, our pets and our businesses.

This may encourage you to try out the latest trick or organic repellent that is reputed to be effective against mice or any other pest, and this is, of course, your prerogative. Just bear in mind a few things. Read More »

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The Essential Guide To Termites

The Essential Guide to Termites by Sean Hunter, Line of Business Manager, Wood Destroying Organism Division

A secretive and persistent force of nature, termites are the source of stress and worry for many homeowners throughout the United States. Commonly referred to as “the silent destroyers,” termites will stealthily feed on the wood within homes 24 hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.

If left untreated, termites are capable of causing costly damage to the structural wood of your most valuable possession – your home. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites are responsible for $5 billion in property damage every year in the U.S.

It’s easy for customers dealing with termite-issues to become overwhelmed. We at Ehrlich Pest Control regularly receive calls from panicked customers worried their homes are being taken over by termites. To help educate the public about these wood-destroying pests, we’ve created “The Essential Guide To Termites” to answer the most commonly asked termite-related questions. Find the information you’re looking for by clicking on any of the questions below. Read More »

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How Urban Mice Adapt To Their Environments

Urban MouseHouse mice (Mus musculus) can be found any urban environment – infesting houses and premises with glee. These small rodents move freely between locations along so called ‘mouse motorways’ – the underground cable and pipe tunnels we have built beneath our feet.

They are also often ‘delivered’ to the doorsteps of businesses through shipments from manufacturers and vendors, potentially establishing a chain of infestation along the logistic routes that end with your local grocery store or nearby shopping center.

Given a stable environment with plenty of food, mice can remain within a small area of up to 10 yards.

However, in many urban cities, exponential mouse population growth forces mice on to search for new food sources and more desirable habitats. Mice have been tracked as moving more than half a mile in one night as they set out to discover new locations to infest. Read More »

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