Raccoons are truly amazing creatures. Their uncanny ability to adapt to new environments has helped them thrive in urban settings where other larger animals have suffered. But this new found comfort in even the busiest of urban dwellings has made raccoons one of the most invasive pests known to man.
Through their crafty behavior, nimble hands, and nocturnal foraging, raccoons have infested homes and neighborhoods across the country at incredible rates, and chances are you have seen a few of them running around your yard one time, or another. Don’t be fooled by their cute and approachable exterior, raccoons are in fact very dangerous and play host to a number of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. In order to better understand the true danger of these pests, here are the four most common diseases raccoons transmit to humans and house pets.
Although the rabies virus can be carried by any mammal, raccoons are known as rabies vector species, meaning they are at high risk for carrying the virus.
Just about everyone has heard the old saying that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast. That alone tells you how resilient and difficult these pests are to kill. If you notice a few cockroaches in your home, you are in for quite a battle. The good news is that there are plenty of natural remedies you can use to treat your home’s cockroach infestation. Rather than reach for dangerous chemicals, try these natural home remedies first, you’ll be amazed at the results. Keep in mind that one solution will not treat your whole infestation, and the best approach is to combine a variety of these treatments.
Like any pest prevention tip, keeping a clean home is the first step you should take to keep pests out. Cockroaches are drawn to a home in search of food and a warm place to reproduce. If your home is cluttered, not only will cockroaches be drawn into your home, but they will be nearly impossible to detect once they arrive.
Pests like insects, rodents, and wildlife can pose serious health risks for you and your family if they infest your home. Although there are many treatments available to remove a pest infestation once it has occurred in your home, there are preventative steps you can take to ensure they never arrive in the first place. By taking precautionary steps to prevent pests from invading your home, you will save money on future extermination costs, avoid health risks, and even improve the energy efficiency of your home. The best way to prevent pests form entering your home is to find the problem areas and treat them. If these pests cannot enter your home through these key areas, they will most likely be diverted to find another nesting place.
There are many problem areas in a home where pests most commonly enter. These include cracks around your doors and windows, holes in your roof and walls, access points in the foundation, and chimneys.
Birds are a very important piece of our ecosystem and they can be very beneficial for your home’s garden as well. However, when they begin to nest within your home, birds can be quite a nuisance and do a lot of damage. Furthermore, many birds also carry viruses, parasites, and bacteria that can cause respiratory infections, viral illnesses, and other diseases that can be transferred to humans. Birds may be beautiful to look at, but once they enter your home they can pose serious risks to your family’s health and home, and their prompt removal is of the utmost importance.
Bird problems are actually quite common, especially during the time of year when they are looking to build their nests and breed. Birds often nest in chimneys, gutters, and in your home’s attic, and some may even get stuck in your ventilation system. Although it is better to prevent birds from nesting in your home rather than remove them one they are established, there are safe and humane ways to remove birds without harming them.
Season eight of HGTV’s Income Property will premiere September 19th at 10pm on HGTV Canada, and we are excited to announce that GreenLeaf Pest Control will be appearing in two episodes! For the show, we performed residential pest removal treatments for two properties, which included treatment for rats and carpenter ants. The second episode, which will air on December 12th, should be a real treat, as we will be treating a home that had a serious carpenter ant infestation problem. Each episode should prove to be both entertaining and educational as you will learn what signs to look for when dealing with invading pests as well as what you can do to remove them from your home. We are honored to be a part of this great show and hope you check us out this fall and winter as we deal with some nasty, intruding pests. Look out for us in episodes 93 and 104, which air on September 19th and December 12th respectively.