Cockroaches, the Seemingly Invincible Pest

When it comes to the creepy-crawlies, none is quite so creepy or crawly as the cockroach. The mere mention of the word roach causes even the stoutest among us to get the chills. Anyone who has ever dealt with a cockroach infestation only has one question on the mind-

How do I get rid of these roaches?

Environmental Pest Management is here for all your pest questions and removal needs. Contact us for help with your cockroach problem. Get your free estimate today. 

Before you can know if you have a cockroach infestation, you need to know precisely what a cockroach is so you can accurately identify the pest. 

A cockroach stuck to sticky paper. Home of the harmful insect. Close up.

What is a Cockroach?

The most common form of cockroach in the US is the American cockroach. The American cockroach, also known as the water bug, is the largest of all the house-infesting roaches. Considering it is named the American cockroach, you might be surprised to learn that it is not native to North America.

They are believed to have originated in Africa. There is some evidence to suggest that they were first introduced in the early 1600s on trade ships. Most likely due to their adaptability, you can find the American cockroach all over the world. 

You will know an American cockroach by its reddish-brown color, oval shape, and length of about 1 ½ inches. They have six legs and antennae. Look out, both the male and female cockroach has wings and can fly. 

As if you needed one more reason to be wary of the American cockroach, they can bite humans. Fortunately, they rarely do, but a bite can become infected. If you are bitten, seek the proper medical attention. 

The American cockroach can be the bearer of around 33 different kinds of bacteria. Some of these include-

  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Parasitic worms
  • Dangerous human pathogens

Because cockroaches are attracted to decaying matter, they frequently carry viruses or bacteria that are found in sewage and other filth. 

Close up Cockroach on white a bowl

What are the Habits of the Cockroach?

Cockroaches can be found both in and outdoors, though they generally prefer the latter. Typically, they can be found in drains or sewers or anywhere that water is readily available. 

In warmer climates, where water is more scarce, you can commonly find cockroaches in shady, humid areas- think flower beds or mulch piles. 

Cockroaches will eat almost any organic matter that they can easily find. They are omnivorous scavengers and are highly adaptable. 

They prefer meats, starches, and sweets. In a pinch, though, they will feed on such items as hair, books, or decaying matter. 

When they face a food shortage or a significant change in their environment or climate, they often move indoors. Their ideal temperature range is between seventy and eighty degrees Fahrenheit. 

The most common form of entry is as passengers on human clothes or belongings, access through pipes from the sewer, or even mass migration from dumpsters or trash cans. 

Once they enter a residence or commercial building, they often make their way to the places with the most abundant food supplies. In your home, that means your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or laundry room. 

In commercial buildings, a cockroach infestation can be anywhere. Cockroaches are most common in factories and restaurants where the high concentration of food can be hard for the swarms to resist. 

As we mentioned, cockroaches will eat almost any organic matter, but they tend to prefer fermenting or decaying material. A home with an abundance of litter or crumbs is an attractive space for the American cockroach. 

Close up of cockroach on a slice of bread

How Do I Know if I Have a Cockroach Infestation?

It is often hard to tell if your home is infested with this elusive pest. Cockroaches are nocturnal, and therefore most active at night. The hours between dusk and dawn is when they tend to travel to feed. 

Because of this proclivity to the dark, they prefer to live and hide in dark places. If the area is also moist and musty, all the better. 

When searching your home for a cockroach infestation, there are four main signs-

1. Cockroach Droppings

One of the earliest signs of a cockroach infestation is the feces they leave behind. These droppings resemble black pepper or coffee grounds. These remains can be even larger and more cylindrical, depending on the size of your roaches.

They can become so large that people often mistake them for mice droppings. The more feces you find, the more roaches you have, and the longer the infestation has lasted. 

2. Cockroach Eggs

Another sure sign that you may be facing a cockroach infestation is the presence of cockroach eggs. The egg of the American cockroach is oval-shaped. You will typically find them out of sight in areas of lower traffic. 

3. Unpleasant Odors

Many species of cockroaches emit an unpleasant odor. These pheromones are often described as oily or musty. This odor springs from pheromones intentionally released by live cockroaches or the bodies of the dead and decaying specimen. 

4. Cockroach Sightings

The last and most obvious clue that you have a cockroach problem is a sighting of the pests themselves. Rest assured, if you see one bug, you are playing host to many more unseen pests. 

Close up a cockroach on white cupboard in the kitchen

How Do I Prevent a Cockroach Infestation?

Unfortunately for those who suffer from an infestation, cockroaches are some of the most resilient pests in the entire world. They are uniquely adept at surviving and are even able to live without their head for a week. 

In light of that terrifying information, it is easier to keep them out than to get to remove them. The most effective preventative measures are cleanliness and barrier exclusion. 

Clean Your Area

The best way to keep cockroaches out of your home is by maintaining an unwelcoming environment. To a cockroach, a clean home free of debris is incredibly unwelcoming. 

Keep your counters, cabinets, sinks, tables, and floors free of crumbs and clutter. Clean and put away your dishes promptly and store your food in airtight containers. 

Barrier Exclusion

Cover or fill any small cracks and gaps in walls, electric sockets, drains, or switch plates. Whenever you find an opening, seal it with silicone-based caulk. 

If you find that preventative measures have come too late and you are facing a full-blown infestation, contact Environmental Pest Management today.

Garter Snakes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) with tongue out,
Common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) with tongue out,

If you live in North America, the chances are that you have seen a Garter snake at some point in your life. Garter snakes are some of the most common varieties of snakes. 

Garter snakes are harmless. In fact, many people keep them as pets. Let’s talk a bit more about this fascinating animal.

At Environmental Pest Management, we respect and care for all aspects of nature. We understand that every creature has its place in the fabric of nature, even the ones that aren’t’ cute and cuddly. 

A juvenile Plains Garter Snake lies coiled in a gravel opening

How do I know this snake is a Garter snake?

Garter snakes are not the easiest to identify. They come in a wide variety of colors, but most have three stripes running down their bodies. The color of each individual snake and its stripes depends on its species. 

Some species have intricate patterns as well as stripes, making each one unique. 

Garter snakes are small, between 23 to 30 inches in length. They have been known to reach lengths of five feet in rare cases. They are often stout-bodied with a ridge down the center of their back. 

One more defining characteristic of the Garter snake is its dual-colored tongue. Some of the species of Garter snake possess a mild neurotoxic venom, but even those bites are not dangerous to humans.  

There have been some cases of mild swelling and itching in humans after a bite. Allergic reactions are rare, but they can happen. If you are bitten, you need to clean the bite immediately and thoroughly. 

Where do Garter snakes live?

The answer is, almost anywhere. Garter snakes are not picky in their preferred habitat. You can find them in meadows, woodlands, grassy knolls, and anywhere that is close to a source of water. 

The Garter snake can be found all across the North American continent. The largest population concentration of this snake can be found in the Eastern United States. In fact, it is the state reptile of Massachusetts. 

Interestingly enough, Garter snakes have been spotted in the Northernmost US state, Alaska. Alaska has no native snakes, so these appearances are a bit of a mystery. 

A Common Garter Snake coiled up on a boardwalk.

Garter Snake Habits

Garter snakes are shy. They will generally avoid humans and animal contact and prefer to be left alone. If you have Garter snakes in your yard or garden, chances are you may not even know. 

Garter snakes are incredibly active. They come out both night and day. They are typically ground-dwellers, but they may also climb shrubs, vines, or trees to escape predators. 

Some species of Garter snakes are even proficient swimmers. 

Whenever a Garter snake feels threatened, they produce a foul-smelling musk. They use this odor to defend themselves against predators. This musk comes in handy because the Garter snake has many predators.

Some of the common predators of the Garter snake include-

  • Hawks
  • Crows
  • Bears
  • Bullfrogs
  • Snapping turtles
  • Foxes
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons

The species of Garter snake that live in colder climates spend their winters in hibernation. They gather in large groups and hibernate together in hidden dens. These clusters of Garter snakes can number into the hundreds.

Garter snakes will travel great distances to hibernate in their particular communal den. Some dens in Canada can contain thousands of snakes.

Garter snakes make excellent pets. Their small size and daytime activity level make them the ideal pet for someone who wants a snake. They are small enough that even children can hold them with an adult nearby. 

If you are considering adding a Garter snake into your family, don’t catch one from the wild. Depending on where you live, that practice might be illegal. 

Instead of facing the potential backlash that can come with the dangerous and potentially illegal catch, contact a pet store or breeder. You can even try to find a rescue organization. 

You can feel good in the knowledge that you have given a second chance to an animal that probably needed it. 

For your new pet, you will need a 40-50 gallon aquarium. Make sure it has a lid that can be secured. Your snake will need fresh water, and you will need to keep the tank in a warm place. 

Consider purchasing a heat lamp to keep your new critter warm. It would be best if you fill your new pet’s habitat with rocks and a bed of shredded paper. Just make sure you change the paper frequently. 

Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) basking

Garter Snake Diet

Garter snakes feed on all the pests that you would like to disappear. Some of the principal sources of food for a Garter snake include-

  • Slugs
  • Snails
  • Grasshoppers
  • Small insects
  • Small rodents
  • Worms
  • Frogs
  • Salamanders
  • Fish
  • Tadpoles

The neurotoxin found in the venom of Garter snakes can cause paralysis in their prey. They use their quick reflexes and sharp teeth to help them catch their prey. Like most snakes, Garters swallow their food whole. 

Garter Snake Reproduction

Peak Garter snake mating season occurs congruently with the hibernation period. Large concentrations of Garter snakes emerge from their communal dens. They also gather together in large numbers right before the hibernation period begins. 

For Garter snakes that live in warmer climates, they don’t hibernate. For those species, instead of a mating season tied to hibernation patterns, they rely on pheromones to find mates. 

The female Garter snake puts off a strong-smelling pheromone, which will attract dozens of males. After the mating is complete, the female snake carries the sperm inside her body until she is ready to fertilize her eggs. 

She will give birth to anywhere between 20 to 40 babies at a time. Garter snakes birth live young. The baby snakes are pretty much on their own right away. 

A garter snake crosses across rough pavement.

Garter snakes are incredibly common, but thankfully they are not dangerous for humans. Humans and Garter snakes can live in relative harmony together. 

If you have questions or concerns about Garter snakes or any other pests, contact Environmental Pest Management. We will make your pest problems our pest problems, and taking care of pest problems is our business.

Bed Bugs, an Unwanted Bedmate

We have only one word to describe bed bugs- pests. The bed bug, or Cimex lectularius, feed on blood. Its bites are itchy and irritating. 

These annoying pests are considered a public health risk by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, and the United States Department of Agriculture. 

If you are worried about bed bugs, the best thing to do is to learn more about them. We are going to talk about bed bugs, their life cycle, and the best home remedies to prevent and remove them. 

For all your pest removal needs, consider contacting Environmental Pest Management. We are your one-stop-shop for all things creepy and crawly. 

 accurate illustration of a bed bug on human skin

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are flat, round, and brown. When they are unfed, they are a dark, mahogany color. But when they are freshly full of blood, they are elongated, swollen, and reddish-brown. 

Bed bugs have six legs, and they are about a quarter of an inch long. They have all the characteristics of true bugs, and they include-

  • A beak
  • Three segments
  • Antennae that have four distinct parts
  • Wings that they don’t use for flying
  • Short, golden-colored hair

One of the least pleasant aspects of bed bugs, aside from the itchy bites, is the musty odor they produce. They have glands on the bottom side of their bodies that produce this odor. 

When they are young, bed bugs are called nymphs. Nymphs transition from translucent to whitish-yellow to brown as they grow. If they haven’t fed in a while, they are almost invisible to the naked eye.  

It takes about a month for a young bed bug to develop fully. Before they reach maturity, these nymphs shed their skins around five times. 

The eggs of bed bugs are tiny, about the size of the head of a pin. They are pearly-white in color. A female bed bug can lay hundreds of eggs throughout her lifetime. 

Where Can I Find Bed Bugs?

Because of their small size, bed bugs can fit into tiny spaces. They often enter your home on your clothing, luggage, used bedding, or other items. Generally, they enter your home without your knowledge. 

Bed bugs generally do not live in nests, like ants or bees. Instead, they tend to cluster in groups in their hiding places. 

The most common hiding places for bed bugs are mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards. Considering their name, this pattern of hiding in your bed is not surprising. They like to be within easy reach of their food, and in this instance, their food is you. 

As the infestation grows, the bed bugs may branch out to other areas of your home. They can even spread to nearby homes and apartments. 

Outside of the bedroom, you can find bedbugs in your clothes and shoes. They are proficient hitchhikers, and they like to travel. Bed bugs are nocturnal and elusive. Once you have them in your home, they are incredibly challenging to get rid of. 

Some of their hiding places include-

  • Baseboards
  • Cracks
  • Crevices
  • Folded areas of beds
  • Furniture- especially if they have cloth coverings
  • Electrical switchplates
  • Picture frames
  • Wallpaper

In reality, though, you can find bed bugs almost anywhere. 

Cleanliness, or lack thereof, is not an indication of bed bugs. Because they eat blood, it doesn’t matter how clean your space is. Bed bugs will infest a clean home as quickly as a dirty one. 

Hand scratching ,legs of fat boy with swelling spot ,sore and scar from mosquitoes bite allergy, Health care concept

What About the Bites?

As previously stated, bed bugs are nocturnal. They are the most active night, and that is when they prefer to feed. That doesn’t mean, though, that they won’t bite you during the day. 

Bed bugs feed by piercing the skin of their host. They suck up the blood through their elongated beaks. Each feeding lasts anywhere from three to ten minutes.

Once they have fed, they scurry away to hide. That feeding will last them around ten days. During those ten days, the bed bug digests its food, mates, and lays eggs. 

Initially, the bite is relatively painless. The pain comes later in the form of itchy, red welts. You can find bed bug bites on any part of your skin that is exposed when you are sleeping. 

Bed bug bites look similar to mosquito bites or other skin irritations. The only way to confirm you have bed bugs is by finding the bugs themselves. 

What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?

  • Waking up with itchy areas you didn’t notice before you fell asleep
  • Bloodstains on your pillowcases or sheets
  • Dark rusty spots on sheets or mattresses that signify bed bug excrement
  • The musty scent from the bed bugs scent glands
  • Bed bug egg shells or shed skin 

If you suspect you might have an infestation, you should take action immediately. Be proactive in your search.

  • Remove all bedding and check for signs of bed bugs
  • Examine box springs and seams in wood framing for signs
  • Check the areas around your bed for signs
  • Check your closet and clothing
  • Call an exterminator if you are unsure

Bed Bug

What Are Some of the Best Natural Home Remedies?

Vacuum

Your number one line of defense against bed bugs is to suck them up. When you are dealing with an infestation, you should try to vacuum every couple of days. Use the hose attachment and really get in there. 

Steam Cleaning

Make it a one-two punch and steam clean after you vacuum. The heat will help to kill the bugs. 

Wash Everything

Everything that can be washed on high heat should be washed on high heat. The heat from the dryer will also help. Pay particular attention to your sheets and bedding. 

Rubbing Alcohol

Pour some in a spritz bottle and spray all over your house. This should kill the bugs upon contact.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can dry out the bed bugs. For maximum effectiveness, vacuum, and reapply every few days. 

Essential Oils

Some of the best essential oils for bed bug infestations are-

  • Tea tree
  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Peppermint
  • Mint
  • Lemongrass
  • Clove
  • Oregano

Make your own insect repellent by mixing any combination of the oils mentioned above and about 8 ounces of water. You can even add some cayenne to amp up the solution. 

Check out this page for a more extensive list of preventive measures. 

For more information on bed bugs, check this out.

If you are having a problem with bed bugs, contact Environmental Pest Management for your free estimate.

How to Deal with Deer Mice

The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) north American native rodent, often called the North American deermouse
The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) north American native rodent, often called the North American deermouse

Mice are the most common mammal in the United States. They are literally everywhere. Chances are, you have lived with and around mice your whole life, and you simply haven’t noticed. 

Many homeowners have had to deal with a mice infestation at some point. One of the most common mice in the US is the deer mouse. 

If you are a Twin Cities resident and you suspect you have a deer mice infestation in your home, contact the Environmental Pest Management. We use environmentally friendly means to rid you of your unwanted pests. 

If you are unsure what exactly a deer mouse is, just keep reading. We will tell you all you need to know about this unwanted pest. 

The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) north American native rodent, often called the North American deermouse

What does a deer mouse look like?

Deer mice are round and slender. They range in size from 3 to 4 in length. Their tails are covered with fine hairs and are usually roughly the same size as their bodies. 

They have a pointed nose and large black eyes. Their ears are larger than regular house mice, and they are covered with fur. 

Deer mice have a distinctive two-toned colored body. The topside of their bodies is brownish or reddish, and they have a white underbelly with white feet. 

The name deer mouse comes both from their coloring and the fact that they are excellent runners and jumpers. They are much more agile than normal house mice. 

Where do deer mice live?

Deer mice are nocturnal. They usually are most active at night, but they can be found out during the day. They are sneaky and adept at hiding, so you might not even notice them when they are a few feet from you.

Their preferred habitats are woodlands, grasslands, cultivated fields, alpine regions, or brushlands. You can primarily find them all through the western portions of North America, the Great Lakes region. But they can be found throughout the US, though. 

They generally gravitate to areas with lots of grass or brush cover. The most commonly enter human homes during the colder months when food is scarce. You can find them in homes all year round, though. 

When they do make their way inside, you can find them in your attic, crawl spaces, basement, or garage. Think of areas that are less busy and populated.

They can also make their nests outside around your home. Ideal nesting places include hollow tree logs, piles of debris, or old and rotting fence posts. 

Deer mice can push their bodies through dime-sized holes. Any small opening or crack in your home is basically a welcome mat for mice. 

Furthermore, they are very athletic. Mice can jump up to a foot in the air. Your countertops are not safe from these tiny gymnasts. 

What about their nests?

Deer mice make their nests out of soft, padded, and insulating materials like-

  • Moss
  • Fur
  • Dried grass
  • Leaves feathers
  • Paper
  • Weeds

Each nest is inhabited by one family group. Each family consists of a set of parents and their litter of babies. Each family of deer mice usually makes several nests a year.

When one nest becomes too soiled with waste and feces, the family simply abandons it and starts over with a new one. They also store caches of food near their nests for easy access. 

The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) north American native rodent, often called the North American deermouse

What do deer mice eat?

Deer mice are omnivores. They feed on a wide range of items-

  • Insects
  • Small invertebrates
  • Seeds
  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Fungi
  • Flowers
  • Nuts
  • Berries

 The deer mice gather their food and store them in various larders positioned around their nests.

How long do deer mice live?

While deer mice can live up to five years in captivity, in the wild, they have a life expectancy of about one year. This shorter life span can be explained by a large number of natural predators for deer mice. Some of these predators include-

  • Foxes
  • Coyotes
  • Snakes
  • Owls
  • Hawks
  • Many other species of predatory birds

In the absence of predators, deer mice populations would explode and completely take over their environment. 

What about reproduction?

When they reach five or six weeks old, they become fully sexually mature. Each female can have as many as eleven litters every year. Each litter can contain up to nine babies. 

If food is abundant, the litters are usually larger. The first five or six litters of a deer mouses life will be the most abundant, and litter size generally declines with each subsequent litter. 

The babies typically weigh one to two grams at birth. They are weaned in their fourth week, and about a week later, they are able to have babies of their own. 

Are deer mice dangerous?

While not exactly dangerous, deer mice infestations can be problematic. They are messy and destructive to property, and their food caches may attract other pests to your home. 

Beyond the mess, deer mice can also bring diseases. Deer mice are known carriers of the hantavirus, a pulmonary syndrome with symptoms that include headache, fever, and severe respiratory distress. 

The virus is transmitted in the urine, saliva, and feces of the deer mice. You can also contract it by handling infected deer mice carcasses. 

The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) north American native rodent, often called the North American deermouse

How do I keep them out?

Prevention is key. It is easier to keep the deer mice out of your house than to remove them once they take up residence. 

To prevent deer mice from entering your home, make sure to seal any cracks or holes larger than a dime. Prime places for mice entry include vents, drain pipes, and gutters. 

Your home is most vulnerable to an infestation in the colder, winter months. Check out our suggestions for winterizing your home against rodents. 

Some signs of a deer infestation include visible droppings, gnaw and claw marks, and nest or mice sightings. 

If you believe you have a mice infestation, don’t try to deal with it on your own. If you are a Twin Cities resident, contact the Environmental Pest Management team. We will take care of your pests without hurting your home or the environment in the process.

Roly Poly Pill Bugs: What You Need to Know

We all remember when we were kids, and we would play with those cute little roly-poly bugs. It was so much fun to watch them roll up into those adorable little balls.

As an adult and a homeowner, those roly-poly pillbugs are not nearly as cute, especially when they come into your home uninvited. 

If you are dealing with an infestation of unwanted pillbugs in your home, yard, or garden, contact Environmental Pest Management today. 

close up of pillbug

What is a pillbug?

Also known as roly-polys or woodlouse, pillbugs are isopods. In fact, pillbugs are not bugs at all. They are terrestrial crustaceans.

Pillbugs, Latin name Armadilidium Vulgare, are the only crustaceans to have evolved to live exclusively on land. They look more like lobsters or crayfish than insects. 

The name pillbug refers to this creature’s ability to roll into a small, pill-like ball. This behavior is defensive. 

Pillbugs are nocturnal creatures. Although they can be found out and about during the day. They came to the US from Europe, where they are primarily known as woodlouse. 

The name woodlouse comes from the places pillbugs are typically found. Namely, they make their homes under logs. They need moisture to survive. They are unable to make their own, so they must find it in their environment. 

What do they look like?

Pillbugs are usually ¼ to ½ an inch in length. They have seven pairs of legs and two antennae, one that is slightly hidden. 

They range in color from white to dark gray, and they may be solid in color or slightly patterned. Their bodies are rounded, convex on top and concave on the bottom. 

Adult Pill Bug Armadillidium vulgare crawl on moss green background at spring season - super macro

What is the lifespan of the pillbug?

Pillbugs can live up to three years if they find the right conditions. 

Pillbugs are sprung from eggs. Females carry the egg sack on their bellies for three to four weeks. They can produce anywhere from one to three egg sacks a year, each one containing 100 to 200 eggs. 

Once the baby pillbugs hatch, they usually stay in the pouch on their mother’s belly for an extra one to two weeks. They will not venture off on their own until they reach a length of 2 millimeters. 

Around one day after they leave the safety of their mother’s pouch, they go through their first molting. They do not gain the seventh segment of their structure until this molting. They get their second set of legs at their second molting about two weeks later. 

It takes about 20 weeks for the young pillbug to reach maturity. The adult pillbug is made up of a seven-segmented thorax with seven pairs of legs. They have eyes on the first segment, but they use their antennae more often to detect stimuli.  

Where do pillbugs live?

While pillbugs will occasionally make their way indoors, they can survive better outside. They prefer to make their home in a very damp or wet area, typically underneath wood or rocks on the ground. They can live well in flowerpots, trashcans, or under leafy piles of debris where the conditions are moist. 

When they do enter homes, it is usually at ground level. They find their way into damp basements or even crawlspaces. They will not survive, though, if they cannot find moist enough conditions. 

What do pillbugs eat?

Pillbugs are scavengers. Their primary diet consists of decaying leaves and other decomposing organic materials. Pillbugs also eat leaves, logs, young plants, and they have even been known to feed on the skin of cucumbers. 

They are most active at night, and that is when they typically feed. 

Are pillbugs dangerous?

Pillbugs are generally harmless to humans. They can damage plants or seedlings, so they can be a nuisance to gardeners or those with a green thumb. 

Macro/closeup of pill bug (Armadillidium vulgare).

How do I get rid of pillbugs?

Once you have pillbugs in your home, they are difficult to remove. Your best option is to prevent the pests from entering in the first place. 

Seal all cracks, gaps, crevices, or any other possible points of entry. Check around your foundation, vents, cable entry points, wiring entry points, doors, and windows. Be sure that your screens are properly maintained, with no holes or cuts. 

Try to keep your windows and doors shut, especially the ones at ground level.

As previously mentioned, pillbugs cannot survive without moisture. One way to make sure that your home is inhospitable to pillbugs is to repair and eliminate any damp or wet areas of your home. 

If the pillbugs cannot find moisture, they cannot live and reproduce. Pay extra attention to your basement, leaky pipes, and cracks in your foundation. If at all possible, take steps to ensure that your property is graded away from your home. This way, water will flow away from your home instead of forming and standing around your foundation. 

Another way to prevent pillbugs from entering your home is to keep your home free of clutter and debris. Your trash is one place the pillbugs will look for food, so make sure your trashcans are sealed. 

Once the pillbugs are in your home, insecticides are not a very effective method of getting rid of them. A better option is to simply sweep or vacuum them up. 

If you are facing a pillbug infestation, don’t worry, there is a solution to your problem. Contact Environmental Pest Management. We are committed to safely and effectively removing pests from your home and yard.

We focus on environmentally friendly ways to eliminate pests. The safety of you, your family, and your home is our top priority. So contact us today for your free quote.

Calling Cinderella: Dealing with House Mice

Portrait of domestic mouse
Portrait of domestic mouse

When it comes to unwanted guests, it is pretty safe to assume that mice are amongst those who are definitely not invited! House mice can cause havoc in your house, and need the expert touch of a pest control professional to ensure that they are evicted – and stay out.

If you think you have a problem with furry friends, give our Environmental Pest Management team a call today, and start taking control back.

mouse in bathroom

What Are House Mice?

The humble house mouse is one of the most common rodents found across the United States, and one of our most frequent calls. Originally from Central Asia, these animals are keen breeders and are super flexible and adaptable to ever-changing conditions. This makes them hard to hunt down and eliminate; they always seem to be one step ahead of the game.

House mice are not particularly fussy when it comes to food. Their preference is for nuts and seeds, but they have been known to stick their noses (and teeth) into all manner of household groceries and will tackle anything and everything available within your home. 

House mice are naturally inquisitive creatures and will spend time roaming their new home and territory, exploring and searching out new places to sleep, and potentially interesting sources of food. Try to keep food out of sight, sealed, and secured to limit their access and make your home less tempting.

When will I See House Mice?

You are more likely to encounter an infestation during the winter months. House mice do not hibernate, so as the temperature drops, they will actively search for a warm, secure location to pass the winter. Gaps in doors and walls, open windows, pipe openings, utility lines, and almost any other uncovered space will be used to make their entry, and they will soon make themselves at home! 

Blocking these spaces, and limiting possible access routes, is one of the best ways to help reduce your chances of an infestation, but you would be surprised at just how sneaky these four-legged invaders can be! Check out our tips for winterizing your home.

House Mouse (Mus musculus) gets into the room through a hole in the wall.

How Do I Know I Have House Mice?

Identification is relatively simple when it comes to house mice. Mice tend to be a dusty grey color with cream-colored bellies. However, their fur can also range from dark grey to light brown depending on where in the world you are. They also have round furry bellies, pointed muzzles, and large ears, and will measure around 2.5 – 3.75 inches in length, with the tail reaching 2.75 to 4 inches.

Signs of an Infestation

You are very likely to see the signs that you have a mouse problem long before you ever catch a glimpse of the actual mouse. There are a few signs to look out for which suggest an infestation.

Signs to Look for:

  • Teeth marks: you may notice tiny gnaw marks in furniture, food, and even soft furnishings. These could be signs of unwanted guests.
  • Burrows: In some cases, you may see the nests which have been made, or a collection of potential nesting materials, such as insulation.
  • Droppings: The droppings of house mice measure between ⅛ and ¼ inch long, and are rod-shaped with pointed ends. They may be dried and hard or soft, depending on when they were deposited.
  • Rub marks: Check the walls for rub marks; house mice tend to leave an oily trail as they travel and move along the walls.
  • Tracks: One of the most apparent signals is seeing tracks that have been left behind.
  • Runways: House mice tend to be creatures of habit, and will prefer to use the same pathways in a house. You may soon notice a collection of rub marks, droppings, tracks, and debris along these paths.
  • Damage to property: If food or other temptations are left exposed, you will find torn and damaged packets and boxes.
  • Sounds: Mice communicate with others through a series of high-pitched squeaks, and you may be able to hear some of these if your wars are particularly sharp. Scuttling feet maybe another giveaway that you have a mouse in the house!
  • Odor: House mice use their strong-smelling urine as a form of communication, and this will quickly become apparent in your home.
  • Actual mouse: the most obvious sign is, of course, seeing a mouse in the flesh; there is likely to be a whole family lurking very close by.

Closeup mouse sits near chewed wire in an apartment kitchen and electrical outlet . Inside high-rise buildings. Fight with mice in the apartment. Extermination. Small DOF focus put only to wire.

Why Is It So Important To Remove Mice?

Mice may seem furry and harmless, and may even trick you into thinking they are cute! Despite this facade, it is crucial to call in the experts if you suspect a mouse problem. 

House mice have the potential to harbor a number of unpleasant diseases, and some of these can be very dangerous to humans. Getting scratched or bitten by a mouse could cause health issues, as could eating food which has been contaminated.

Mouse urine can also have more issues than an unpleasant smell. Urine has the potential to cause allergies and carry bacteria. Bacteria is particularly dangerous to the more vulnerable members of your household, such as children or the elderly. If you suffer from a pre-existing respiratory problem, inhaling dust containing feces can trigger symptoms, and cause serious potential harm.

In addition, mice like to chew. Chewing can cause damage to your property, as well as a potential fire risk if they target cables or wiring. This could have devastating impacts for your family, and increases the longer you leave mice to run rampant. Mice are keen breeders, giving birth to half a dozen babies per female every three weeks! As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for an infestation to take hold!

Mouse feeding on scone in house garden.

Environmental Pest Management

If you think you have a mouse problem, tackle it in the earliest possible stages. Here at Environmental Pest Management, we have the skills and experience you need to eliminate mice from your home and keep them out for the long term! Get in touch today for a free quote and to arrange a consultation; it could be the best call you ever made!

 

What You Need to Know About the Norway Rat

When most people think of rats, they often think of garbage and disease. In our modern-day of medicine and technology, rats pose significantly less of a threat to humans. Still, they are not an animal you want to share your house with.

The Norway Rat can be found all over the world. Believed to have originated in Asia, the Norway rat most likely stowed away on ships departing from Asia and made their way to the US around the 1700s. 

Norway rats are often known as sewer or street rats. If you believe you are experiencing a Norway rat infestation, contact Environmental Pest Management today.

Norway Rat

Norway Rat 101

What do Norway rats look like?

Norway rats are brown with scattered black hairs. They have a white or gray underside and a long, thick tail that they can use to balance on their hind legs.

Speaking of legs, the Norway rat has four short and stubby ones. They are usually long and heavy bodies. They have a short, blunt muzzle and small black eyes. They generally have poor vision and, unfortunately for them, are colorblind. 

The Norway rat can reach lengths of seven to 10 inches long. Their tails are usually shorter than their bodies.

Where do Norway rats live?

Norway rats are very social. They usually build their nests or shelters in close proximity to other Norway rats. For you as a homeowner, that means that if you see one rat, there are likely many others that you cannot see. 

When they build their homes, they typically have one entrance and at least one emergency exit, or bolt-hole. This secondary exit is usually well hidden. 

When found outdoors, these rat homes are usually found in farmlands, fields, and sparsely populated structures, such as barns, garages, or sheds. They can also be found burrowing in riverbanks and the edges of streams. 

Norway rats generally only enter human homes when the weather starts to turn colder, and food is scarce. Norway rats can squeeze themselves through almost any hole. As long as it is the size of a quarter, a rat can fit into it. 

Once the Norway rat has entered a house, they typically find a home in attics, basements, or cellars. They prefer areas with lots of piles of debris in which they can hide. Usually, they stay away from densely populated parts of your house as they are more scared of you than you are of them. 

They generally prefer to stay on the lower levels of your home, but they will venture higher if they need to. 

Norway rat in the garden between grass blades

What and when do Norway rats eat?

Norway rats are nocturnal. Their peak foraging hours are dusk and dawn, but they typically eat continually throughout the day. They are hoarders, and they usually carry the food they forage to a safe place to eat later. 

Norway rats are very adaptable, and they will eat almost anything. They are omnivores, but they prefer meat and fish with a grain supplement. Think of Norway rats as followers of the Paleo diet. But, Norway rats are not picky. In fact, they have been known to binge on dog food when it is available. 

Beyond food, Norway rats will gnaw through almost anything. To obtain a food source, they will work their way through the plastic, metal, and even lead pipes. They are real survivalists and will do whatever they need to live. 

Norway rats have good memories, and they remember when they eat a food they dislike. They are creatures of habit and will avoid that food in the future. Conversely, if they find a food source that they particularly like, they will return again and again. 

Norway rats always need a source of water beyond the food they eat. They tend to follow the same paths that they always take. They use their whiskers to feel the way. 

Norway rats prefer to find their food source within 25 to 100 feet of their nest. If they need to, though, they will travel upwards of 150 feet to find the food and water they need. 

How do I know if I have a Norway rat infestation?

Luckily, you will find many visible signs that your home is infested with these unwanted pests. Some of them are:

  • Gnaw marks throughout your house. 
  • Look for new bite marks or holes that are rough. 
  • Older bite marks are smooth and greasy from wear.
  • Check for capsule-shaped droppings in areas of your home that Norway rats are likely to reside and hide.
  • Check the lower traffic areas of your house for footprints, greasy and dark rub marks, oily fur pathways, burrows, food caches, or damaged or chewed on food containers. 

Once you notice any of these signs, your home has likely been invaded by these pesky critters. 

norway rat on wooden deck

How do I prevent Norway rats  from entering my home?

You want to do everything you can to prevent Norway rats from infesting your home. The reproduce relatively quickly, so a small infestation can turn into a large one rather quickly. The female Norway rat can give birth to 3 to 6 litters a year, so prevention is critical. 

Keep the area surrounding your home free of piles of wood and debris. Seal any holes on the exterior of your home with steel wool to block potential entry. 

Eliminate the Norway rat’s water source by repairing any leaky pipes. Take steps to limit the food supply by adequately sealing your food boxes and containers. Avoid contamination from any bacteria or virus those critters may transmit to your food. 

If you are worried about rat infestations, make sure your outdoor garbage cans are securely sealed. Make sure you are continually taking the trash and debris out of your house to eliminate temptation.

If you suspect you have a Norway rat infestation on your hands, it may be time to call in a professional. The caring experts at Environmental Pest Management care about your home and the safety of your family. Let us take care of your critters in an environmentally friendly way. 

Squirrel! What To Do When Gray Squirrels Get Too Close

Cheeky grey squirrel portrait
Cheeky grey squirrel portrait

Gray Squirrels may look cute and fluffy, but that doesn’t mean you want them living in your home. If you are facing a gray squirrel epidemic, contact Environmental Pest Management today. Get your free quote and let us get rid of your pests. 

You may be wondering what type of squirrel you have as unintentional houseguests. One of the culprits is the gray squirrel. Squirrels in your home are no fun, we know.  Check out what to do if they’re driving you nuts!

Gray squirrel climbing a tree

Grey Squirrel 101

The gray squirrel, often known as the Eastern gray squirrel, is typically found in, you guessed it, the Eastern half of the United States. They are mammals, and they generally range in size from 5 to 26 inches, including their tails. You will find gray squirrels anywhere from .5 ounces to up to 4 pounds fully grown.

The gray squirrels survive on a varied diet as they are omnivores. Their primary diet, though, consists of nuts, seeds, buds, and flowers of trees, which they forage. 

Eastern gray squirrels are tree squirrels, meaning they spend much of their time in the leaves and branches of trees. They are essential to seed dispersal in their region. In the months leading up to winter, they hide or bury their food in several varied locations. 

In their preparedness, they gather and store more food than they will ever be able to recover and eat. They are capable, and even known to build several thousand separate hiding places per season! Naturally, they will never be able to eat all that food, and much is left untouched.

Those untouched hidden caches of buried or stored nuts will eventually sprout. In the spring months, many new plants will grow, all thanks to the gray squirrel and its thriftiness.

Eastern gray squirrels rely on their excellent sense of smell to help them find the hiding spots for the nuts and seeds. They can also communicate with their fellow grey squirrels with particular scents.

Beyond those scents, gray squirrels communicate with each other through sounds and body movements. One prominent example of this movement-based communication is a good tail flicking. 

They are also known to warn other squirrels of nearby predators, such as red foxes or red-tailed hawks. They will sound out warning calls to signal the incoming danger. 

grey squirrel eating nut in the park ( Sciurus carolinensis )

Reproduction and the Gray Squirrel

Female gray squirrels may become pregnant as early as five and a half months old. They can birth liters two times a year. A typical litter consists of two to four babies.

These expectant mothers generally build their nests high in the branches of trees to avoid predators. They create these nests out of twigs and leaves. Occasionally, they will find a secure enough den in a particularly well-protected tree root cavity.

When they are first born, gray squirrels do not have fur or the ability to use their eyesight. They typically weigh around 14 grams or half an ounce. They don’t begin to leave the nest until about ten or eleven weeks, and they don’t reach full maturity until around nine months. 

Gray Squirrel Distinguishing Characteristics

Gray squirrels are generally, surprise, surprise, gray. They are small rodents with expressive, bushy tails. 

As previously stated, gray squirrels are omnivores. So, in addition to their primary diet of nuts and seeds, gray squirrels are scavengers and will eat pretty much whatever is available to them. This includes insects, frogs, and even the occasional small nesting bird. 

Gray squirrels are most active during the late hours of the day or the early hours of the morning. Gray squirrels are often considered an invasive species because of their tendency to overpopulate a given area. 

Because of this overpopulation, gray squirrels have been known to invade human habitats, especially during the coldest of the winter months. They can most commonly be found nesting in attics, exterior walls, cellars, or basements. Their favorite indoor nesting material is, unfortunately, for the homeowner, all that essential and expensive insulation. 

Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Signs of a Squirrel Infestation

One of the first, and most annoying, clues that you have a gray squirrel infestation is the scurrying noises they make. Unfortunately, because they are early risers, these scurrying noises will likely wake you up.

Additionally, gray squirrels have perpetually growing teeth. They are forced to continually grind them down to avoid endangering themselves. Therefore, you may notice tiny teeth marks on the wood, sheetrock, ceilings, exterior walls, or attic support structures. 

Are Gray Squirrels Dangerous or Threatening?

While they are not generally dangerous to humans, gray squirrels are capable of doing considerable damage to your home. They can leave holes in your exterior trim as they create new or widen existing entry points. 

They have been known to chew on and damage electrical wiring. If they are allowed to do this, you may be dealing with a short or even a fire. 

Additionally, gray squirrels may even be carriers of fleas, harmful bacteria, or viruses. It goes without saying that your family’s health can be at risk if your home is infested with unwanted critters. 

grey squirrel in autumn

How Do I Prevent Gray Squirrels From Entering My Home in the First Place?

First things first, check with your local game warden. Gray squirrels are protected in specific areas; you should know if you live in one of them. 

Thankfully, as a homeowner, you have several preventative measures at your disposal. One of the easiest ways to prevent gray squirrels from entering your home is metal flashing or mesh. Use this versatile material to cover any potential entry points. 

Your unwanted squatters will be unable to gain entry and will likely move on. 

You can also make a quick and easy DIY squirrel repellant. You can buy squirrel repellant from your local garden or hardware store, but it is easy and often cheaper to make it yourself. Use this easy recipe for foolproof results.

Use this repellant to squirrel-proof your fence, garden, the base of your house, or even your bird feeders. 

You can also seal your outdoor trash can and sweep up and remove any nuts or berries from directly around your home. Removing their food source will go a long way to preventing those pesky critters from invading your home.

Also, it is a good idea to keep the branches of the trees closest to your home trimmed back. Prevent gray squirrels from jumping on your roof by removing their access.
Eastern gray squirrel, known as the grey squirrel is native animal to eastern North America

If you are still experiencing squirrel problems, contact Environmental Pest Management. Our humane animal removal methods will leave you pest free.

What Are Voles? Everything You Need To Know

Common Vole (Microtus arvalis)
Common Vole (Microtus arvalis)

If you love gardening, chances are you love Mother Nature. As lovers of Mother Nature, we know that there is a place for all of her creatures. As gardeners, we hope that place is anywhere but our gardens. 

Voles, small rodents, also known as meadow mice, are small and cute. Unfortunately, they can be quite damaging to your garden and yard. 

Here at Environmental Pest Management, we employ a capture and release method to take care of household pests. Contact us today if you are having vole issues. We know how to get rid of voles that are ruining your lawn. 

Before you know if you are having vole issues, though, you might need to learn a little bit about voles. Let us take you through a few vole facts. 

vole, animal, rodent, mammal, mouse,

What are voles?

Voles are small mammals. They are part of the rodent family. While they look very similar to field mice or common house mice, there is one main difference between mice and voles.

Voles rarely, if ever venture indoors. They live their whole lives outside, much of it underground. Most of their time underground is spent burrowing and building a network of tunnels. 

The primary purpose of these tunnels is food storage. They also birth and raise their young in this tunnel network.

What do they look like?

Voles can be anywhere from 4 to 9 inches long, including its tail. They have small, round ears that are hard to see because they are usually hidden by fur. Their eyes are small and beady. 

Voles have small, stocky bodies, short legs, and a short tail. They are usually brown or grey.

vole

Where do they come from, and where do they live?

Voles can be found exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere. They inhabit parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Of the 143 species of voles, only 23 of them can be found in the United States.

Typically, a vole lives its entire life inside of a quarter-mile radius. Depending on the species, a vole can live and thrive in a wide variety of habitats. One thing they need, though, is a dense ground cover. 

As previously stated, voles spend most of their time underground. They live in colonies, and they create complex tunnels and burrow systems. 

In these tunnels, the nest, protect themselves and each other, store and eat food, and live out their lives. These tunnels are extensive and are usually connected by runways. Additionally, voles may even take over tubes that have been evacuated by other burrowing animals.

vole

What do they eat?

As they are herbivores, A vole’s diet consists mainly of plants. Some of their favorite foods include, but are not limited to:

  • Grasses
  • Herbaceous plants
  • Roots
  • Seeds
  • Seedlings
  • Bulbs
  • Alfalfa
  • bark

If their preferred food is scarce, voles may eat insects or snails. Though they definitely prefer vegetation.

What is typical vole behaviour?

Voles do not hibernate. They are active throughout the entire year, both day and night. 

Speaking of active, voles are some of the most prolific breeders in the entire rodent family. Each year, one female vole can produce anywhere from five to ten liters of three to six young each. While they are capable of reproducing all year long, but their peak birth rates are during the spring and summer months. 

How long do they live?

In the wild, voles live for about 3 to 6 months. They have one of the shortest life spans of all rodents. Even in captivity, voles rarely live longer than one year. 

A little wild water vole eating some juicy blackberries

A Few Fun Facts:

  • Several species of voles are excellent swimmers. The European Water Vole is capable of swimming up to 50 feet underwater.
  • Voles share the same taxonomic family, Cricetidae, as hamsters.
  • A few of the North American species of voles actually live in trees. The Red Tree Vole are excellent climbers. They can be found in the forests of the Northwest United States. 
  • Some of the species of voles are monogamous. 
  • The most densely populated vole population on record is around 2,000 voles per acre. 

How do I prevent voles?

Voles like to be in your backyard. Keeping them out is best, but we also have some tips to get rid of them.

  • Keep your yard free of dense, heavy vegetative cover
  • Keep your yard mowed and bushes trimmed short
  • Bird feeders can be an attraction, be aware and try to keep them high off the ground
  • Both dense mulch and snowfall can become a home for voles, keep them clear from your yard
  • Use tree-guard mesh to protect your trees
  • Protect your flowers and plants with a fence of at least twelve inches in height
  • Some forms of repellent can be useful; the most effective are the various predator urines that can be found at gardening stores

vole

What kind of damage can they do?

A few of the common signs of the damage voles can cause are:

  • Look for irregular paths, about one to two inches wide, of trampled grass or soil
  • Holes with a diameter of 1.5 inches close to surface runways
  • Teeth marks on the bark or stems around the bottom of your trees- they will be about ⅛ in wide and ⅜ in long
  • Damage to the roots of your trees
  • Yellow and wilted plants
  • Missing bulbs from flowering plants

If you are experiencing the problems that accompany a vole infestation, contact Environmental Pest Management today. 

What You Need to Know About Creepy, Crawly Millipedes

millipede up close
millipede up close

Do you know the difference between millipedes and centipedes? While they are in the same family, several small but significant points differentiate these two common pests.

For today, we are going to focus on millipedes and everything you should know about them to avoid an infestation.

If you are currently experiencing issues with a millipede infestation, contact the friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Environmental Pest Management for your free quote. We will take care of your bug problems without harm to mother nature.

Now, onto the stampede of millipede facts!

Asian giant millipede close up

What do millipedes look like?

Millipedes are often mistakenly thought to have a thousand legs, hence the name. The name comes from the joining of the Latin words mil, meaning a thousand, and ped, meaning feet. 

In reality, most millipedes have somewhere between 30 and 90 pairs of legs. The millipede with the most legs, in fact, only has about 750 legs in total. Now that’s a lot of legs!

The Illacme plenipes aside, most millipedes range in length from a little less than 1 inch to a whopping 15 inches. You can find millipedes in many different colors with brown being the most common. But you can also find red, orange or black millipedes. 

Millipedes may look like worms, but actually, their bodies are segmented. Each segment houses two separate pairs of legs. When they move, their rows of legs resemble a flowing wave.

Millipedes are arthropods. An arthropod is an invertebrate with an exoskeleton and jointed appendages. When threatened, they will curl up in a coil to protect their soft underbellies.   

Where do millipedes live?

There are about 1000 different types of millipedes in the US. 

Millipedes are nocturnal. They like damp, dark places and require a high level of moisture to survive. They can swiftly die from being exposed to dry conditions for too long. When this happens, they curl up and dry out and are easily vacuumed up and disposed of when found this way.

Millipedes would much rather be outside than in. You will most commonly find them in your garden or in or around outdoor structures; such as your storage shed or dog house. You can also often find them in damp mulch, piles of leaves, or freshly cut grass clippings.  

Crawlspaces and basements are particularly vulnerable to millipede infestations. If your entry points to these spaces are not properly sealed, these creepy crawlers may find their way in. 

You want to be particularly aware of millipedes when there is excess moisture around, like when the snow is thawing or after extended periods of rain.

Millipedes are nocturnal. They are most active at night and therefore, if you have millipedes in your home, at night is the most likely time you will see them. 

During the colder months, millipedes will often migrate to warmer climates. They are also known to move in masse when the area they live in experiences heavy rain. To be clear, they need moisture, but too much liquid can be deadly.

Interesting fact:

According to ThoughtCo. Fossil evidence indicates that millipedes were the first animals to live on land. Scientists believed they were the first species to leave the water and evolve to breathe air.

Macro closeup of orange and black millipede on green leaf

What do millipedes eat?

Millipedes are scavengers. Their primary diet consists of damp and decaying leaves and wood, and other rotting plant material.

On a grosser note, they occasionally shed their outer layer of skin. After this shedding, the millipede will eat what it molts. The reason for this behavior is unclear, but it could be to replace lowered calcium levels after molting.

Sometimes, millipedes will eat small insects, snails, or even earthworms. Usually, they eat the dead insects they find, but they infrequently hunt these creatures for sustenance.  

How long do millipedes live?

Millipedes hatch from eggs. The female millipede will lay around 100 eggs at a time. She will burrow into the soil and protect them until they hatch.

When they do hatch, depending on the species, most millipedes have three pairs of legs to start. As they grow, so do the rest of their legs.

Millipedes have surprisingly long lifespans. They are extremely good at camouflage, and they can effectively evade predators by staying buried underground. 

Millipedes are capable of living up to 10 years or more. Thankfully for us though, they do not live very long once they find themselves inside a house or apartment. They are unable to find the moist conditions or food they need to survive. 

Are millipedes poisonous?

Well, we’ve got good news and bad news. 

The good news is, millipedes do not bite. They are not considered venomous.

The bad news? Some species can produce foul-smelling, irritating liquid from glands on the sides of their bodies. This liquid, while not deadly, can cause slight irritation flare-ups on your skin if you come into contact with it. 

The millipedes use these glands as a defense mechanism. This fluid can also be released when the millipede is crushed or if you accidentally step on it. For this reason, you should never handle a millipede with your bare hands or squash one with your bare feet. 

Millipede (Diplopoda)

Should I be worried about millipedes?

Thankfully, if millipedes do get into your home, they will not do any damage. The only thing you should be concerned about is the pungent liquid they could emit as a defense against any perceived threat. This fluid can be particularly harmful to small children or pets. 

If you suspect a millipede infestation in your home, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Environmental Pest Management, our priority is you and your home. We only utilize products and methods we would use in our own homes around our own families.

So, call us today and let us make your bug worries disappear!