Homeowners Guide to Rodent Prevention

Colorado is home to an abundance of rodents. It only becomes a problem when these rodents decide to make your home their place of residence! Once inside, rodents are known to cause damage and transmit diseases. It is important to understand what these dangerous pests look like and know how to keep them from becoming a problem in your Colorado home.

Common Colorado Rodents

Some rodents are perfectly happy to stay outdoors, but others will come in uninvited and wreak havoc on your home. Here’s a list of the most common rodents you’ll come into contact with while living in Colorado:

  • Vole – These little field mice are active all year round, making tunnels in the ground, damaging fruit trees, plants, and crops in the summer and threatening your foundation as they burrow in the winter.

  • Gopher – Responsible for ruining gardens, lawns, and killing trees with their tunneling, gophers are not a welcome sight.

  • Mouse – Small in size, but big in potential damage – mice in the house reproduce rapidly. One mouse in your home can become hundreds in a short period of time. They leave droppings and urine behind everywhere they go, contaminating food surfaces and your food.

  • Wood Rat – Also called pack rats, these rodents collect materials to build their nests and are among the most common rats in Colorado. They transmit parasites and diseases and can chew through insulation, drywall, pipes, and wires.

  • Squirrel – Outside, squirrels aren’t much of a problem but if they find their way into your home they will eat your food, introduce parasites into your home, spread diseases, and damage insulation in between your walls. They may also eat electrical wires and put you at risk for house fires.

How to Prevent Rodents in Your Home

The key to a rodent-free home is to make it as unwelcoming as possible to these damaging critters. Take the following steps to prevent a rodent infestation:

  • Keep food in sealed containers

  • Clean up spills, crumbs, and food immediately

  • Keep your trash emptied

  • Seal all entry points into your home, remembering a mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime to gain access to your home

  • Use weatherstripping around doors and windows

  • Keep trees, shrubs, and mulch away from the foundation of your home

  • Keep pet food in sealed containers

  • Eliminate moisture in the basement and bathrooms, fix any leaking pipes

Colorado Wildlife and Rodent Control

If you’re dealing with rodents in your home and your prevention measures and trapping attempts are unsuccessful, give EnviroPest a call. Our wildlife control specialists will identify the source of your rodent problem, eliminate existing pests, and help you implement measures to prevent future infestations.

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European Paper Wasps Confirmed In Colorado

Many species of stinging insects live and have been living in Northern Colorado for a long period of time. But, in 2001 it was discovered that there was a new kid on the block – the European paper wasp was confirmed and identified in Colorado. Since the European paper wasps are a relatively new species in our area, many people aren’t familiar with them. That is where we come in, the pest control professionals at EnviroPest want to provide you with the all the details you need to become more familiar with and protect yourself and family from the potentially dangerous European paper wasp!

European paper wasps are often mistaken for yellow jackets because of their black and yellow color pattern. Like other species of paper wasps, they have a very thin waist, they also have distinctive long hind legs that they dangle below them while in flight. The good news when it comes to European paper wasps is that they are very beneficial to both people and the environment because they are major predators of caterpillars and other nuisance insects, helping keep their populations in check. Also, they are responsible for the pollination of some of our plants and crops.

European paper wasps are social wasps that live and work together to build and expand their open celled nests. Speaking of their nests, they can often be found creating their nests inside small spaces, on or near Colorado homes like on the inside of pipes and gutters, inside of closed grills, in large bells, and in the hollow spaces found behind walls. They also commonly build their nests underneath roof overhangs and underneath of porches and decks.

In the late summer and fall months, you are more likely to come into contact with this species of stinging insect. Why? Well because individual colonies are produced each year, meaning in the spring mated females from the previous fall emerge from their overwintering spots to begin creating their new colony. The newly formed colony works together building the nest and creating new members all summer long, so by early fall their numbers are going to naturally be at their highest! While not particularly aggressive European paper wasps will protect themselves and colony by stinging a perceived threat. Unfortunately, that perceived threat could be you walking by their nest as you bring your groceries inside, while gardening, or while your kids play tag with friends in the backyard. And the bad news when it comes to European paper wasps is that they don’t just sting once, they have a smooth stinger which means that each individual has the potential to sting a victim more than once, leading to potential life threatening allergic reactions.

So, while European Paper wasps can be extremely beneficial to the environment, remember they keep nuisance insect populations down and are pollinators; they can become a huge danger if they decide to build their nest on, in or near an entrance of your home. To protect yourself, family and pets from the high numbers of stinging European paper wasps found in Colorado in the late summer and early fall, contact the professionals at EnviroPest.

At EnviroPest our highly trained professionals can safely find, remove, and prevent problems with paper wasps on your Windsor, Fort Collins or other Northern Colorado property. We know that time is of the essence when dealing with potentially life threatening stinging insects; we react quickly and can come to your aid within 24-48 hours, or sometimes sooner! If the new kids on the block have moved into your neighborhood, contact the stinging insect control experts at EnviroPest now!

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Bed Bugs In Colorado Schools

All the kids are back in school, and that comes with added responsibilities like car pooling in the mornings, rides to extra curricular obligations, homework at the kitchen table, recitals, plays, and more. It also comes with added concerns that must be addressed. One of these should definitely be bed bugs.

In our service area of Northern Colorado, covering Fort Collins to Sterling and down to Longmont, we’re seeing bed bug infestations popping up more and more. When they do, they can cause trauma for an entire family. And back to school activity is one way bed bugs can try to get into your Colorado home.

4 Ways Bed Bugs Get In During The School Year

  • These hitchhiking bugs can crawl from one student to the next, and all it takes is one bug to start an infestation in a home.
  • Bed bugs lay eggs on items. These eggs don’t require the female bed bug in order to hatch. When eggs are deposited in school bags, book bindings, and other items that are passed around, they can find their way into your home.
  • Sleepovers are fun, but they are also a prime way for bed bugs and bed bug eggs to come home with your kids.
  • Late night study time. Immature bed bugs can come out early. They can even come out in the middle of the day, if it is dark enough where they are infesting.

There are many more ways, but these four demonstrate what you need to know most about these hitchhiking bugs. Here are a few ways you can guard against an infestation:

  • Washing clothing on the hottest temperature will kill bed bugs in all stages of development, even eggs.
  • Know what bed bugs look like. They are about 1mm in size and are pale white. They can be found in seams of items and also stuck to fabrics.
  • Know what baby bed bugs look like. Immature nymphs don’t look like the bed bugs you’ve probably seen on the news. They are pale, transparent, and have six legs. When they feed, they become bright red with blood. If you see a bright red bug feeding on your arm, it is important that you determine whether or not it is a bed bug.

If bed bugs ever infest your home, there is one more thing you should know: Enviropest, a leader in the Colorado pest control industry, knows how to effectively get rid of bed bug infestations. When bed bugs appear, reach out to us for immediate assistance and fast relief.

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Are Termites Dangerous?

Are termites dangerous? This is a question that is often asked by property owners who are unfamiliar with these highly damaging pests. Highly damaging, this is the very reason why these pests are considered to be so dangerous. Unlike other pests whose dangerous status comes from spreading disease, contaminating food sources, or having the ability to inflict painful bites or stings, termite do not do any of those things, what they do, do however is cause unmatched damages to the structures of the buildings that they invade.

Termites enter into both residential and commercial properties unseen and can work for long periods of time without being detected; this causes a number of damages that they can cause to become quite severe if they are not prevented against and/or stopped altogether. The damages that termites cause often look similar to the damages that water can cause; in fact sometimes a termite infestation will create the same smell that a mold or mildew problem does. If you notice sagging ceiling, uneven or slanting floors, or walls whose paint looks splintered or blistered you either have leaky pipes or a termite infestation – both of which should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Damages can also include windows and doors that stick as you try to open or close them. It is also good to remember that termites invading both homes and business generally first start invading and feasting on water damaged wood, however as the infestation grows, they will move onto feeding on sound wood and may invade wood cabinets and wooden furniture as well.

Water damages or very moist conditions found in and around your home or business is highly attractive to termites. To help stop termites from choosing your structure to turn into their next feeding grounds we recommend the following termite prevention tips:

  • Make sure that your gutters are not damaged or clogged. Gutters that aren’t working properly can allow water to run down the walls of your home and cause water damage.

  • Check your building’s exterior windows and doors and make sure that they are properly sealed. Make sure that weather stripping found on sliding glass doors is completely intact.

  • Reduce humidity levels in your home or business by using dehumidifiers and air conditioners.

  • Make sure that rotting stumps, falling trees, and other piles of organic debris are removed from your property.

  • Limit the amount of soil to wood contact found on your property. Soil that touches wood allows moisture to wick up into the wood causing it to become water damaged and attractive to termites. An 18-inch barrier between soil and wood portions of your home should be maintained.

The very best way, and really the only way, to control termites and stop them from entering your home or business are to acquire professional termite control services. Our professionals are experienced, certified and highly trained and are able to help you eliminate any size termite infestation from your home or business and put into place the preventive measure needed to prevent a future infestation. At EnviroPest we offer certified termite inspections, Sentricon® System with Always Active™, or liquid treatments as options to successfully control and eliminate termites. Contact us today to learn how we can work together to keep your residential or commercial property free of dangerous termites!

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911 dispatch centers in Jackson infested with bed bugs

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Two 911 dispatch centers in Jackson, Mississippi have been infested with bed bugs, according to Mississippi News Now: (If a video does not load above, you can watch it on the MS News Now site.) According to MS News Now, The insects are in two dispatch locations and the city is trying to track down the source. “Our […]

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Four Charleston firehouses infested by bed bugs

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Three Four Charleston, South Carolina firehouses have been infested with bed bugs– these include stations 7, 13 and 20 [as well as number 19 per the update below], as News 2 reports: Due to employee concerns about the residual effects of the pesticides used, the department’s health and safety officer researched and located a mitigation effort that uses high […]

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Lice, not bed bugs, found on Chicago CTA Red Line train

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Were they lice?  Or bed bugs? The pests a Chicago CTA  rider encountered on the train and brought home this week were lice, not bed bugs, yet the media seems reluctant to confirm the ID before running their reports. An ABC 7 Chicago headline last night announced “Bedbugs Reported on CTA Red Line Train”: A train car was […]

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Swiss Army Recruits Battle Bed Bugs in Dormitories

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According to Yahoo! News, some Swiss Army recruits are battling a valiant foe: bed bugs in infantry training school dormitories: The defense department said Monday that a parents’ day event planned for July 16 is being cancelled because bedbugs have appeared in dormitories and fabrics used by three companies at an infantry training school in […]

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Alcohol is a very flammable contact killer for bed bugs

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Another person has set their apartment building on fire in response to bed bugs.  And this time, he was badly hurt. According to Man trying to destroy bedbugs sets apartment ablaze in the Detroit Free Press, on Sunday at 4:30 am, a man in Detroit’s St. Antoine Gardens apartment complex (near Wayne State University) doused […]

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How do I avoid bed bugs when buying used furniture?

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An anonymous reader, let’s call her “Fiona,” asks via our contact form, “I’m trying to find reliable information about buying secondhand teak furniture [online] and how concerned I should be about bedbugs, which precautions should I take (if any), etc. I’m specifically thinking of a teak coffee table (not too many places to hide, etc., […]

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