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The Home Invader Throw Down: Rats vs. Cockroaches

No home is exempt from the dangers of household pests. While there are things you can do to mitigate the issue and make your home less hospitable to uninvited guests, you will likely have to follow a regular home maintenance plan to keep pests at bay.

Rats and cockroaches are some of the most common pests that can impact your family’s health and safety, but is one more dangerous than the other? How can you manage these two potential risks?

Rats, Mice and Rodents
Almost every home will occasionally deal with the common mouse, but finding out you are living with rats can be disconcerting. Not only are they disgusting, but they can make you and your family sick. If you come into contact with a rat and get bit or scratched, you can contract rat-bite fever which, if not properly treated, can lead to significant damage to your liver, kidneys or heart. Rats can even spread epidemics such as the black plague, so it’s important to treat infestations seriously. The most common illness carried by rats and mice today is Hantavirus, which is spread from breathing in debris contaminated with rat feces or urine. This, too, can prove fatal if not properly treated.

To eliminate the dangers of rats and mice, it’s important to remove their nests and keep them from returning to your home. While you can trap or poison the population, they will return eventually if you don’t close off the access points in your home. Depending on the extent of the issue, using a professional pest control service like the team at 603 Pest Control, can ensure that your home is airtight and pest free.

Cockroaches
Cockroaches are sneaky little pests that can be a noticeable nuisance in your home. They are attracted to readily available food sources like your pantry or kitchen floor.

When they move around your home, cockroaches leave calling cards in their wake, dropping bacteria and germs in your food supply and on kitchen surfaces you use to prepare food. Unknowingly touching contaminated areas or eating food that cockroaches have scurried through leaves you at risk for food poisoning. Also, the insects regularly shed their shells, and many people are allergic to these particles.

It can be daunting to get rid of roaches. They are remarkably resilient insects that are resistant to many common treatments. In addition, the insects are adept at hiding out – if you see one, there are probably hundreds more in the vicinity, and by the time you notice that there is a real problem, you will need to treat the issue seriously to get it under control. Again, it’s worth it to call 603 Pest Control as we can quickly find and eliminate the source.

It isn’t always easy to determine whether rats or cockroaches are more dangerous household pests. While the diseases rats carry can be deadly, only some rodents are affected by these pathogens. Cockroaches, on the other hand, easily contaminate your home. It’s safe to say that both pests are a concern, and seeing either is reason enough to call 603 Pest Control.

Careful of the Stinger! Understanding the Difference Between Bees and Wasps

Bees and wasps can become a stinging danger when they nest too close to or in homes, commercial buildings or public spaces. A single sting can be life threatening to individuals allergic to the venom. Likewise, multiple stings can be especially dangerous to young children, the elderly, or people with heart or breathing problems. To remove bees or wasps, the nest or hive must be moved or destroyed, which can be a dangerous endeavor and should only be handled by professionals.

But First, Know the Difference
Do not confuse yellow jackets, hornets and wasps with beneficial insects like honeybees and bumblebees, which are important pollinators and contribute to a healthy eco-system. Most bees are naturally nonaggressive and none of the males can sting while the females may only sting if the nest is threatened.

Yellow Jackets
This yellow and black wasp is about ½” long and can often be mistaken for a honeybee, but honeybees are covered with brownish hairs while yellow jackets are not. Many picnics have been ruined by these stinging insects, which are a common sight throughout New England and the frequent subject of bee removal requests. Yellow jackets typically nest in the ground but also nest in voids of man-made structures. Yellow jackets, especially the females, are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is being threatened. Yellow jacket stingers stay attached to their abdomens, making it possible for them to sting repeatedly, inflicting pain and injecting potent venom and many people have serious allergic reactions to their sting.

Paper Wasps
Paper wasps are similar to yellow jackets in color, but have a slimmer, more elongated body shape. Their legs are long and hang down even during flight. Compared with yellow jackets, paper wasps are fairly unaggressive, but will sting to defend their nests. You will find paper wasp nests in just about any protected location, such as inside mailboxes, cable TV and other utility boxes, under the covers of outdoor grills, in birdhouses or feeders and in light fixtures. Their nests are often the size of golf balls and consist of 20 or fewer cells and may hang horizontally or vertically.

Bald-Faced Hornets
Sometimes called white-faced hornets, bald-faced hornets are basically robust yellow jackets in black and white. They have heavy bodies and pale, yellow-white marks on the head and at the end of the abdomen. Hornets are actually beneficial, as they capture other insects to feed to their larvae. However, they are much more aggressive in defending their nest than the yellow jacket. The hive is a gray paper-like mass that gradually expands throughout the summer until it is about the size and shape of a football with an opening at the bottom. They are built above ground and can usually be found attached to the branches of a tree or shrub. Active nests may contain anywhere from 100-700 hornets!

Call the Professionals
If bees, wasps or other stinging insects are affecting your ability to enjoy your home and yard, reach out through our website for a quick quote, or call us directly at (603) 210-2773. We have the experience to quickly identify and safely treat stinging insects and their nesting sites. Contact 603 Pest Control Services, and let us worry about the pests.

Are You Attracting Pests to Your Home?

Insects and small animals such as mice are always looking for new places to live. In New Hampshire, if you aren’t careful, your home could become a prime target. To avoid inadvertently rolling out the welcome mat for these pesky pests, review our tips to help keep your home pest-free.

Maintain Your Yard
Not only does keeping your yard groomed enhance your property’s appearance, but it also helps deter pests. If you fail to do things such as mow your lawn and collect old leaves, your home will ultimately become a hot spot for certain pests. Simple tasks, such as cleaning your rain gutters, can make a big difference as well.

Remove Food and Water Sources
Like you, pests need reliable sources of food and water. Don’t make it easy for pests by providing these necessities. From ants to rats, you can expect a wide variety of different pests to be on the prowl, searching for resources. Cover all trash bins, turn unused flowerpots upside-down and keep trash picked up from your property. And, if you can, keep your garbage cans away from the side of your home.

Be sure to eliminate sources of stagnant water on your property. Although a lot of different critters are attracted to water, mosquitoes are especially problematic. These blood-sucking insects need standing water in order to develop eggs and are fast to act. Mosquitoes will quickly transform a small puddle into their new breeding spot.

Seal Your Home
Small cracks and holes will give pests easy access to your home. If your doors aren’t properly sealed, don’t be surprised to see roaches and spiders scampering inside. For good reason, rodents are considered to be an even bigger problem. These disgusting pests can make your life at home a total nightmare.

Keep a Tidy Home
Make it a priority to sweep and vacuum your floors on a regular basis. Even tiny breadcrumbs will draw pests into your home. Take the time to get rid of any old boxes too since bed bugs and roaches love to use them as hiding places.

In addition to adhering to these homeowner tips, schedule seasonal pest control services with 603 Pest Control Service to ensure a pest-free lifestyle. 603 Pest is available to handle all of your pest control needs. Call directly at (603) 210-2773 for a free service quote and ask about our preventative maintenance plans.

What to Expect with Upcoming Spring Pests

When spring arrives, it brings with it a number of long-awaited changes. The days get warmer and longer, plants start to sprout, and everyone is subjected to a bit more sunshine. But, you know the old saying, “You’ve got to take the good with the bad?” While spring brings the warmth and sunshine, it also brings any number of pests.

Here in New Hampshire, spotting a robin in your yard is considered a sign that spring has officially sprung. Unfortunately, pest infestations can give you the same forecast and some of our biggest local culprits are ants, and wasps and bees.

Ants
If you’ve seen a few ants scuttling around on the floor, they could be just having a look around. However, they might be the sign of a larger ant infestation. As ants are most active during sundown, do pay particular attention for signs of ant activity during these hours. If you’re seeing large numbers of live ants, then you may well have a problem. If you find them in your kitchen or in areas where you prepare food, then you need to do something about it fast. Ant trails in and out of your home or premises are another sign. Some ant species will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This trail leads other ants from the colony to the food source. A nest site can look like a small pile of soil or dirt. Some species of ant like to make their home in walls or other quiet, dark places, which are more difficult to spot.

Bees and Wasps
Being stung by a wasp, yellow jacket, hornet or bee is a painful experience and can be life-threatening to anyone who may be allergic to stings. However, it is possible to reduce these risks by taking sensible precautions when outdoors and ensuring that wasp nests or beehives are properly managed. If a colony of bees builds a hive around your property, or you locate a nearby wasp nest, any outdoor activities such as children playing in the yard or mowing the lawn can be seen as aggression, and stings can occur.

603 Pest Control offers a Site Inspection to assess the source of attraction, breeding site, level of infestation, and to identify the bee, wasp or even hornet species. Our licensed technicians can offer effective, targeted bee, wasp, and hornet control solutions tailored to your requirements.

Our 603 Pest Control Service Technicians also offer methods of ant control that are targeted to specific species. They can solve the problem quickly and, needless to say, they’re perfectly safe for your family and pets. Call us now at 603 Pest Control at (603) 210-2773 or send us a message for a pest consultation.

Traveling? Don’t Bring Home Bed Bugs

With spring on the horizon, many of us are starting to think about that annual family vacation. Maybe you’ll be staying at a beachside condo, or perhaps your family will hold up in a hotel suite to enjoy a little rest and relaxation at some far-flung locale. Either way, there’s one thing for certain: The last thing you want is to bring bed bugs home.

Serious bed bug infestations can happen to anyone. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent taking home the absolute worst type of souvenir. Bed bugs are pervasive. Bed bugs bite. Best to avoid them altogether.

How? You’ve got to call on your inner private investigator because you’re gonna need to do an inspection. This process will take nothing more than a flashlight (hello, cell phone light!), a credit card, and a bit of your time.

First, prepare for the worst by making sure that your suitcase and other bags are placed on a luggage rack or in the bathtub of your condo/hotel room to protect yourself from the pests.

Now you’re going to have to get to work on your inspection, and the first stop is the bedsheets. You will need to strip the bed and place the sheets flat on the ground, inspecting them closely with a flashlight. A telltale sign of a possible bed bug infestation? Small copper stains on sheets. Look also for the eggs and bugs themselves, and remember that they like cramped spaces, creeping in zippers, seams, and edges. Remember, too, to check both sides of both sheets, as well as the inside and outside of the pillowcases and any decorative pillows that might be placed on the bed or in the bedroom.

Now it’s time to turn your attention to the mattress itself. This is also where your credit card comes in. You will want to carefully inspect the edges and corners of the mattress, scraping your credit cards around edges and lifting to observe any lurking bed bugs. Remember that bed bugs are adept at hiding, so you will need to lift the mattress at the least, and flip it all the way over at most to ensure there is no infestation.

Once you’ve completed your inspection of the mattress and bedding, it’s time to take a look at some other places where bed bug infestations fester like the headboard, the curtains, and other upholstered furniture. We even recommend you check the many crevices inherent to nightstands, as well as behind the bed and along the walls near furniture.

Even if you see no signs of a bed bug infestation, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Do this by taking a careful look at your belongings when you leave the hotel or vacation rental. And we will share this pro tip: Heat kills bed bugs, so go ahead and toss your clothes and other washable items in the dryer to ensure you are pest free when you get home.

And sadly, despite our most diligent efforts, bed bugs can happen to the best of us. If you believe you’ve brought bed bugs home with you, give 603 Pest Control a call so we can help.

Get Out of My Bed Bugs

With the national media and public awareness of bed bug infestations at an all-time high, we at 603 Pest Control are ready to help you by providing solutions to help you win the bed bug battle.

Few pests pose control challenges as complex as bed bugs. The bed bug is a near perfect pest: quiet, hard to find, increasingly pervasive, and an egg producing machine. Bed bugs feed upon the blood of humans or even your pets. Ridding your home or business of bed bugs requires considerable professional expertise and significant client cooperation.

How to Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are reddish-brown, small and are about ¼ inch long, wingless, flattened bodies, and move very quickly on six legs. Baby bed bugs are colorless making them even more difficult to spot. Probably the characteristic that makes the bed bug the most effective pest is their ability to get into people’s heads. They assault you when you’re most vulnerable – in your sleep! After feeding on you in the middle of the night, they return to their harborages leaving you with nasty itching welts as the only evidence of their presence.

Where to Find Bed Bugs
The bed bug’s habit of living in cracks and crevices make them hard to detect. During the day bed bugs hide in groups in bedcovering, mattresses, box springs, bedframes, baseboards, and surrounding furniture near the bed. Other such indications include, but are not limited to the presence of blood stains, cast skins, egg deposits, and occurrence of bites. They can also be found in couches, clothing, and the seats of airplanes. They are the biggest hitchhiker in the travel industry putting a heightened meaning on the old expression, “Don’t let the bed bug bite.”

What to Do If You Have Bed Bugs
The unfortunate news is that the clean-up process is intensive to end the bed bug outbreak. You might need to discard a mattress, depending on how serious the infestation is in your home. To fully eradicate these unwanted houseguests, 603 Pest Control can provide you with helpful information to prep the space before your initial inspection and thorough treatment.

Rest assured. 603 Pest Control can eliminate the bed bugs so everyone in your home can get a goodnights rest.

Late Night Noises Keeping You Up?

Do you hear rustling noises within the walls at night? Have you discovered that some wiring or flexible plumbing hoses has chew marks on it? These are classic indications that you may have a rodent infestation issue. A recent study states that 31% of people in the United States are waking to the unnerving sound of rodents scratching around their homes. This number sees a 25% increase in the winter months, as these four-legged menaces rush indoors to shelter from the wintery cold snap. What can blight the lives of families, prove costly to homeowners, and even render homes unsellable.

The two most common types of rodents that enter a home are rats and mice. What makes this pest difficult to remove is that they are cautious, suspicious, and instinctively know if you’re out to remove them.

Rodents are a pest that must be removed from the property. They can introduce parasites and transmit diseases that can be potentially serious. If baiting and trapping haven’t worked and the family cat is uninterested in hunting the pests down, then now is the time to call 603 Pest Control for rodent, rat, and mice extermination plan for the home or business. The right pest control service is crucial to successfully ridding your property of an unwanted rodent infestation. Here are some reasons why it is so important to contact us sooner rather than later:

  • Rodents breed all year long. Once a nest has been established, rodents will expand in numbers and search for larger quantities of food and water to sustain the nest.
  • Rodents defend themselves. If a rodent is backed into a corner, it may choose to attack.
  • Rodents are highly adaptable. Sealing off an access point won’t stop rodents. They can quickly create new access points.
  • Rodent feces can lead to illness and, in extreme cases, death.

Effective rodent, rat, and mice control means removing the current population while proactively preventing new pests from moving in and taking hold. 603 Pest Control provides numerous treatment plans that are available to you right now depending on what type of rodent is bothering you and the size of the infestation.

Contact us today if you’ve discovered rats, mice, or other rodents in your home or business and we’ll help to remove them so your family can be healthy and safe, and we will provide this service for a fair, competitive price. 603 Pest Control provides services for both residential and commercial properties. We are the number one pest control solution for Hooksett, Manchester, Hollis, Nashua, Hudson, Concord, Bedford, and Portsmouth.

603 Pest Control is Your Property Manager’s Friend

603 Pest Control supplies effective means and solutions to your home or business pest problem, being sure to provide a gentle, safe and healthy approach for your living environment. 603 Pest Control is also a service provider to housing and rental properties. This means that we visit the commercial property each month and perform regular pest control services to ensure you are living pest-free. We understand the problems faced by most property managers and are happy to offer our highly educated and experienced staff to clear up pest issues.

It’s no longer news to know that rodent infestations are partially responsible for the increasing rate of commercial property damage in New Hampshire. Adequate pest control services is the only way to guarantee residents and their properties aren’t exposed to harmful pests or even dangerous diseases.

603 Pest Control Programs
At 603 Pest Control, we will listen to your concerns and questions and then we will provide you with a tailored service to meet your needs, because we care. Our pest elimination programs are widely utilized in apartment buildings throughout the New Hampshire locations, such as, Hooksett, Manchester, Nashua, Hudson, Hollis, Bedford, Concord, and Portsmouth. If you’re a landlord, building manager, or superintendent, you know that apartments and other multi-unit dwellings are sensitive areas where families live and sleep.

603 Pest Control provides endless solutions regarding the variety of pest related issues in multiple and single dwelling properties. Our expert team will help you in designing a safe and effective pest control program for your property, including the implementation of preventative methods to eliminate the risk of pests in the future.

No one understands the complexity of our business better than 603 Pest Control, your local residential and commercial exterminator. Contact us today and we will arrange for one of our technicians to come out to your property and provide you with a free estimate.

We are determined to relieve you of the stress and mess that pests cause because pests don’t live free in the 603!

New Hampshire Winters Increase Rodent Infestations

Winter is in full effect and as the temperatures drop, reports of rodent infestations typically rise. The cold weather causes mice and rats to seek warmth and shelter indoors until it gets warmer. New Hampshire offers large areas of forests and fields for rodents to reside. However, mice will seek shelter in your home or office to get out of the cold, inclement weather or to escape a predator. Rodents of all types can squeeze through incredibly small openings relative to their body size and will often find a way to sneak into residential and commercial properties to find a home.

Rodents can be difficult to keep out of structures. Probably the most common wintertime pest, mice and rats need a minuscule opening to find their way into your home. For instance, mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter. Just as with bats and birds, it is important to prevent these pests from coming into your property by blocking off potential points of entry. If they have already managed to find their way inside, then your best bet is contacting an exterminator at 603 Pest Control.

Rodents in your home or place of business can do more harm than you realize. A rodent in your home can spread diseases to your house pets and ruin your insulation. And in your place of business, you can be legally liable – at a high cost – for damaged stock, contaminated foods, health code violations, or other consequences.

Rodents can damage metal or plastic pipes, wooden beams and joists and, sometimes, soft concrete. They’re also able to easily chew through the plastic coatings on electrical wiring, which could lead to short circuits or even house fires. And on top of all that, rodents are prolific breeders, which means that if you’re not actively taking steps to control a rodent infestation, your rodent problem could be growing exponentially by the week.

It’s pretty hard to describe how shocked people feel when they see a rats or mice on their property. Rats and mice are filthy, destructive, and can carry disease. They bite, they destroy crops, and they wreak havoc on your property. When they show up in your property, it’s hard to stay calm. Fortunately, 603 Pest Control can help you get rid of rodents for good with our professional extermination services and prevention methods.

Bed Bugs: Protect Your Home from These Uninvited Guests

Bed bugs like to travel and are good hitchhikers. They will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. And before you know it, these pesky thieves in the night will find themselves in your home. Bed bugs are troublesome home pests. They’re sneaky, hard to find, and can pose potential health risks for you and your family. They are elusive, nocturnal creatures. They can hide behind baseboards and in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds, bedding and adjacent furniture, and in mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs can also hide in electrical switchplates, picture frames, wallpaper and nearly anywhere inside a home, car, bus, or other shelter.

Bed bugs usually come out at night for a blood meal. However, they are opportunistic pests and can take a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time in the bed bug life cycle, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate, and lay eggs.

While bed bugs do not typically spread diseases, the parasitic insects cause slight to moderate discomfort by inflicting itchy bite marks as a result of feeding. Bed bug bites are usually painless, rarely waking the host, and result in small red welts similar to mosquito bites. In some cases, the bites inflicted by the pests may cause allergic reactions requiring medical attention.

Generally, this reaction is uncommon which makes bed bugs largely considered a nuisance. In addition to bite marks, bed bugs regularly leave other evidence of their presence, including musty odors, rust-colored fecal stains in and around bedding, and layers of skin shed by nymphs. Despite the widespread assumption that bed bug infestations are an indication of poor cleanliness or sanitation in the affected area, bed bugs simply require access to a host and ample hiding space.

Bed bugs multiply quickly, and in just six months, a few can turn into a full-on infestation of 13,000 or more. Detection is critical to break the bed bug life cycle before they become a bigger problem. Bed bugs thrive in a variety of environments ranging from private residences to five-star hotels, and often prove difficult to find and remove completely. Professional extermination is recommended to treat infestations.

What do you do if you are having an issue with bed bugs, or even think these little buggers might be invading your home? Simply call the team at 603 Pest Control. A professional exterminator will be able to confirm the issue and offer a treatment to combat these pests and get them out of your life for good.