How can I get rid of rat burrows around my house?

First, you need to make sure that it is in fact a rat/rodent burrow you are observing around your home.

Rats create underground pathways or burrows from their nest to food sources and to escape predators. These burrows are often located under bushes or other types of dense vegetation. Rat burrows usually contain a main entrance and 1 or 2 exit holes away from the main entrance. Check along walls and grass for runways. Rats run along the same

Should I spray around the outside of my house to keep insects from coming in?

spraying perimeter of a homeBarrier spraying is NOT the most effective method of preventing insects from entering a home. Insects have a part in the ecosystem, so measures should be taken to exclude the pests from the home, not kill all insects, as some can be beneficial.

Having a home that is tightly sealed, following good sanitation measures, and checking packages entering the home is the most effective way to prevent insect entry.

Here are some tips to prevent insect entry:

  1. Make sure all

How do Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs Work?

Bed bug sniffing dog.

Do you suspect that you have a bed bug problem? This might just be exactly what you are looking for. This video from the University of Nebraska Lincoln does a great job of explaining exactly how a bed bug sniffing dog works.

What to do if I have a bat in my house?

Evening_Bat_Nycticeius_humeralis

Never fear! The experts are here. First, you need to locate where the bat is in the house.

When trying to locate the bat make sure to use thick, preferably leather, gloves and a flashlight, and NEVER put your hand somewhere before looking. 

Here are some places you should check: 

  1. Check high first, behind curtains and wall hangings.
  2. Check low, on the floor under items (bats can crawl).
  3. Generally bats can be anywhere, and they can fit in holes

Integrated Pest Management for Ticks

Tick on leaf

Ticks are small arachnids in the order Parasitiformes. Along with mites, they constitute the subclass Acarina. Ticks are ectoparasites (external parasites), living on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are vectors of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, African tick bite fever, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick-borne meningoencephalitis, as well as bovine anaplasmosis and probably the Heartland virus.