How to Rodent Proof Your Home for Winter

The weather has already begun to turn in the midwest. Although winter is a wonderful time of year for many, with the holiday season approaching, it also means another, more sinister thing: the rodents are coming. As it gets colder outside, pests will be searching for warm places to spend the winter. You don’t want any rodents vacationing in your home! Here are some steps you can take to prevent rodent infestation this winter.

Seal your home!

One of the most effective ways to ensure that rodents can not enter your home is by finding their potential entry points and sealing them. This will also help to keep your house warmer. Potential entry spots for rodents can be spaces between the floors and doors, holes in window screens, outside holes into your basement or walls. Remember that mice are extremely flexible and can fit into very small spaces. Fill small holes with steel wool to discourage rodents from using these entry points. Place weather caulking on outside areas that could be at risk for rodent entry.

Set traps. 

There are a wide variety of rodent traps available. Some are lethal, whereas some are live traps and are not harmful to the creatures. Lethal traps include snap and glue traps, whereas live traps are like small cages that close when the rodent enters them, trapping them inside. Check the traps every day to see if you have rodents in your home. If you do have rodents in the traps, check entry areas, windows, and other places you suspect the rodents may be entering from. If you don’t seal your home, new rodents will enter the area.

Clean your home. 

Rodents are attracted to areas where they could easily get food and make nests. If you have lots of loose paper or other objects lying around, rodents can try and make their nests in those areas. Also, make sure that any food is properly stored and sealed. Check your cabinets periodically for loose food. If you have holes chewed through your bags, it is likely that you are facing a rodent infestation and should seek help. Store your food in airtight containers that will protect your family from illness.

Call a professional 

If it is too late for you, and you are already facing rodent infestation, call a professional. Rodent control Ann Arbor has all the services you need. If setting your own traps is not working, it may be time to call an exterminator. A professional service can conduct an inspection of your home. They will determine how the rodents are entering your home, where they are nesting, and how best to remove them. You should not have any more rodent problems after contacting a professional exterminator.

With winter approaching, make sure you are doing your diligence in protecting your home from rodents. Check for any areas of potential entry and seal them off. Clean your home and set traps, if you need to. If all else fails, call an exterminator for professional help.

Bed Bug Removal Ann Arbor

Bed bugs are a horror story of the hotel industry, and one of the worst fears of any house guests or elementary school parent. Lice and bed bugs are two of the most vilified pests a household can encounter, but the facts are, sometimes these things happen.  If your home has been infested with bed bugs, here is what you can do to remove them.

Identify all infected areas.

Bed bugs are extremely small bugs, so they are occasionally difficult to spot. They can hide in all sorts of places, including:

  • near the tags of the mattress and box spring
  • in cracks in the bed frame and headboard
  • in baseboards
  • between couch cushions
  • in furniture joints

Unfortunately, if one space in your home has them, it is very likely that the pests have spread to other locations in your home. It can also be difficult to read yourself of bed bugs completely if you have a lot of clutter in your home or if you travel frequently.

Contain the infestation.

Once you’ve identified that you have bed bugs in your home, the easiest way to contain the infestation is with the vacuum. Run the vacuum over everywhere that has come into contact with the bedbugs. This includes your bed, your dresser, your carpets, and your electronics. Empty the vacuum contents into a sealed bag and then throw it all away. Collect all your clothes and linens into a bag so that you can wait to wash them. When you are ready to wash them, wash them on the highest setting. Heat helps kill the bedbugs, so also set the heat to the highest setting on the dryer. If something can’t be put in the washer and dryer, seal it in a plastic bag and leave it somewhere safe (like the garage) for a few months, preferably, to make sure that all of the bugs die out. It may be necessary to get rid of a piece of furniture entirely.

Prepare the area for treatment.

Check to ensure that anything soft has been cleaned, treated, or removed. Look for hiding places for bedbugs–knickknacks, books, magazines–and throw out everything you can stand to. Don’t move items from one area of your home to another one, as this could spread the bugs. Tape electrical outlets closed, as bed bugs can hide in there. Move your bed at least six inches away from the wall in any direction so that the bed bugs cannot climb up your wall and into your bed.

DIY Solutions for Killing the Bed Bugs

If you would like to try a chemical-free solution to killing bed bugs, the simplest way is through temperature. Bed bugs cannot survive 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees. Wash and dry anything you can for thirty minutes on the highest heat setting, and take a steamer to anything that can not be put in the wash. Bags containing items full of bed bugs can also be placed in the freezer. They should be left there for four days. Put a bed bug cover on your mattress so that the bed bugs still on the mattress will die, and new ones will not be able to get in.

There are several over the counter chemical solutions that will kill bed bugs, but messing with heavy chemicals in your own home can get messy very quickly. The safest option is to call a professional exterminator, who can inspect your home and rid you of pests as quickly and safely as possible.

How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home

Oh no! Did you see something move in the corner of the room? Have you noticed droppings on the floor, in the pantry, or outside your home? Well, we hate to break it to you, but you probably have mice. Defecating and urinating mice not only create terrible odor and damage to your home, but they also spread parasites that in return, spread disease. Now that you know, below are a few steps you can take to get rid of Rodents and prevent them from re-entering your home.


Store Away Food

After you eat, make sure you store any leftovers in airtight containers. If you have bread, cereal, or other foods that tend to come in plastic bags, make sure you tightly close the bags with a twist tie or clip. Store your fruit and other perishables in your refrigerator, and clean out your pet’s food bowl after each meal. Also, vacuum regularly to pick up any lingering crumbs and keep a tight lid on your trash can.


Eliminate Easy Access

Well…the mice must have found any easy way to get in. Believe it or not, they can fit through even the smallest crack in your home’s foundation. Periodically inspect your home for cracks or access points around your foundation, windows, pipes, an so on. If you spot an easy access point, make sure to fix it immediately.


Use Traps or Bait

Using traps or bait stations are the most effective ways to capture, kill, or release unwanted rodents in your home. Trapping is an effective form of rodent control but may require several return visits, depending on activity. Traps are strategically located, baited, and checked at regular intervals, with rodents being removed and activity documented. Traps are most effective when they are baited with peanut butter, cheese, or a special attracting gel for capture.


Baiting is the fastest and most cost-effective form of rodent extermination. Whenever possible, this is our top recommendation. Bait stations lure a mouse to nibble on a bait block, and in return, the poisonous bait kills the rodent. Baiting can take several days to work, depending on the size of the rodent infestation, but usually requires only one visit. There are child and dog resistant bait station options for indoor and outdoor use as well.


Call a Professional

When the infestation becomes too much to handle, call a professional. With years of experience in rodent extermination and superior technology, our experts use traditional methods of baiting and trapping for rodent control. Our pest control technicians know rodent behavior and hiding patterns. We strategically place rodent traps and mice deterrents to help prevent reentry. To learn more about our residential rodent extermination services or to request a free quote, call us today at 1-800-252-8478.

5 Tips to Prevent Ants Inside and Out

Do you an ant problem? Hundreds or maybe thousands of them scurrying around your home?  Due to their opportunistic nature, getting rid of ants can be a real challenge for homeowners. Not only are they a nuisance; they can spread unwanted bacteria and cause extensive damage to your home’s foundation. Most species of ants can survive indoors and outdoors, and they can live on a wide variety of food sources. To effectively prevent or get rid of already existing ants, follow the steps below.


Remove Nesting Areas

Successful ant prevention begins with removing potential nesting areas. Make sure to remove excess plants, brush, old landscape material, and other yard debris that may serve as a natural gathering place for these unwanted pests.


Reduce Water Sources

Reducing excess moisture or standing water in or around your home can help prevent the nesting of ants. Make sure to:

  • Repair leaking pipes
  • Add dirt to low levels where standing water occurs close to your foundation
  • Periodically check for excess moisture under sinks and washers
  • Hang wet dish rags, towels, or clothing to dry or place in the washing machine right away
  • Dry out sinks, showers, and other wet surfaces after use
  • Implement a dehumidifier in extremely damp areas of your home


Store Away Food

If you have an ant problem inside your home, they are likely surviving on leftover food and crumbs. You can eliminate food sources and help prevent ants from coming inside by:

  • By wiping down your countertops
  • Storing away leftover food in airtight containers
  • Cleaning kitchen appliances
  • Sweeping your floors regularly
  • Use a lid on trash cans and dispose of your garbage regularly


Eliminate Entry Points

Inspect the outside of your home for any easy entry points. Remember if they made their way inside, there has to be an entry point somewhere. Make sure trees, shrubs, and bushes are trimmed away from your home. Seal any noticeable cracks or crevices around windows, doors, pipes, and so on.


Call a Professional

Are the ants too much to handle? Don’t wait until the last minute to get them under control. Our well-trained, licensed, and insured pest management technicians will complete an on-site pest inspection and provide you with a recommended treatment plan. You can even keep them from ever getting in with our affordable pest control Guardian Program. Our highly-trained technicians use precise, concentrated techniques to protect your home for extended periods. By focusing on entry points like windows, doors, eaves, vents, and other areas, we can give you year-round peace of mind.

Bed Bugs: Signs of Infestation and Treatment

Did you know one out of every five Americans have either had bed bug problems or know someone who has? Bed bugs are a type of parasitic insects that feed on blood and are often found living in human environments. They are a nasty, uncomfortable nuisance, that is quickly becoming a global problem. Below we have identified where they come from, what signs you should be looking for, and in worst-case scenario how to treat them.


Where do bed bugs come from?

Bed bugs can live virtually anywhere. They do not jump or fly but are excellent hitch-hikers and can be transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and various other objects. Your risk for bed bug exposure increases with any of the following situations:

  • Purchasing or using second-hand furniture and mattresses
  • Entertaining or being an overnight guest
  • Staying in hotels, an Airbnb, college dormitories, boarding schools, friend’s place


What are the signs of bed bugs?

Did you get bit by something through the night? Did you wake up with an itch that you didn’t have the day before? You may have a case of bed bugs. Other common signs of bed bugs include:

  • Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Red, itchy bites on the skin
  • Unpleasing musty odor likely coming from the bugs’ glands
  • Dark or rusty spots appearing on your sheets, pillowcases, or on the floor beside your bed.
  • If you suspect a bed bug issue, strip the sheets off your bed and look it over carefully for any of the above signs of a bug beg infestation.


How do you treat bed bugs?

Although we highly recommend that you call a professional for bed bug extermination, below are a few DIY bed bug treatment tactics:

  1. Thoroughly wash all bedding, curtains, and clothing in extremely hot water and dry them. Place any stuffed animals, shoes, and any other fabric item that may not be able to be placed in the washer in the dryer on high. The high heat setting will help kill off any lingering bugs.
  2. Vacuum your entire room, mattress, and surrounding areas multiple times to pick up any surviving bed bugs. Once complete, immediately dispose of your vacuum cleaner bag in an outdoor trash can away from your home.
  3. Repair noticeable cracks in plaster, furniture, or peeling wallpaper to eliminate any future nesting areas
  4. Eliminate any excess clutter around your bed
  5. If your mattress is infested, we recommend disposing of it and replacing with a new one.


If you need a bed bug exterminator, you’re in the right place. Frame’s Pest Control has helped countless homes and hotels get rid of bed bugs. We’re experts in bed bugs removal so that you don’t have to be. We have developed a Pest control plan that offers both elimination of the immediate infestation and a temporary level of protection against straggling bugs and reinfection. To learn more about our pest control plan or to request a free quote, call us today at 1-800-252-8478.

Heatigation Treatment for Bed Bugs

Think that bedbugs are only found in dirty homes or low rent hotels? Think again.  Bed bugs are tiny insects that love to feed on human blood, and they do not discriminate. Found in even the most expensive hotels and immaculate homes, bedbugs are prevalent throughout the country. As a matter of fact, states that one in five Americans have either had bedbugs or know someone who has encountered them.


How do bedbugs get into your home

Bedbugs are savvy travelers. They can hang out on a movie theater chair and catch a ride home on your clothes, or climb into your suitcase when you are staying in an infested hotel room. Even the most vigilant person can bring home bedbugs from an office building, taxi cab, college dorm or high traffic location.


Where do they hide

When you are worried about bedbugs, every spec you see looks like one. As their name would imply, they can often be found on mattresses, box springs and bed frames. These tiny critters can also hide in other difficult to treat areas of your home, including baseboards and heating vents.


Oftentimes, these tiny pests are so difficult to spot that people can only identify them by the mess they leave behind. Bedbugs shed their skin and leave pepper like droppings that are easy to spot if you know what you where to look. Most commonly, evidence of bedbugs can be found in the crevices of your mattress


Do it yourself remedies that fail

Go to any search engine and type in bedbugs, and you will come up with hundreds of articles and links that claim to provide the magic, do-it-yourself remedy that will eliminate bedbugs from your home.


Don’t believe everything you read. Bedbugs are, in fact, virtually impossible to exterminate without the help of a licensed professional. In extreme cases, do-it-yourselfers were ultimately forced to take all of their mattresses, carpets and furniture to landfill.


Bedbug Treatment Options

Traditionally, exterminators have used chemical treatments to eliminate bedbugs. This is an effective and safe option, but it does require multiple treatments that are spaced out over several weeks. The downfall of this treatment is that there is a lot of additional work that needs to be done. For starters, all linens, clothing curtains and fabrics must be cleaned and any clutter that could provide a safe haven for bedbugs must be reduced or eliminated.


Bedbugs can’t stand the heat

Heatigation treatment is an additional option offered by many exterminators. Since bedbugs can hide in a variety of places like blankets, shoes, clothing, furniture or baseboards, it can be incredibly difficult and time consuming to prepare for chemical treatments. (Imagine how many clothes and curtains would need to be washed!) Since the temperature to kill bed bugs is 177-122 degrees Fahrenheit, heat treatment, or heatigation, is a highly-effective choice.


Advantages to using heatigation

The biggest advantage to using heatigation to eliminate bedbugs is that it saves you time. There is no need to take time off work to declutter and prepare for an exterminator to treat your home, and results will be seen the same day as a treatment. In most cases the bedbug issues are resolved before you even return home.


Finally, Bed Bugs Heatigation Treatment minimizes the use of chemicals in the home. This treatment is so effective that chemicals only need to be used for spot treatments in areas where live bedbugs are seen.