The 8 Most Helpful Ways To Get Rid Of Mice
The first step to learning to eliminate mice is to decide whether you want to tackle things the easy way or the hard way. It could be as easy as making one call on your phone to a professional pest control company that will help you eliminate mice, or it could be like you are hunting invisible mice down a wall. Here's everything you need to know about getting rid of mice, should you feel brave enough to tackle these disease-carrying rodents yourself.

1. Remove any potential entry points.

Building a home that is resistant to mice, also known as mouse-proofing, is a successful strategy for keeping mice infestations from spreading or starting in the first place. Eliminate points of entry and easy entry points to keep mice away from your property. This can be difficult to do with the ability of the mouse to squeeze itself through even the most minuscule openings (one-quarter inch or more). A good rule of thumb is if a pencil can squeeze through a crack, hole, or crevice, so can a mouse.

Seal foundation cracks, and also holes in your walls, like the ones that house your service pipes and ventilation. Steel wool and caulk are good options for these situations. As a sealant, avoid using plastic, rubber, wood, or anything that mice could easily chew. Make sure that your doors have weatherstripping to create a seal on the threshold when it is closed, and obtain weatherstripping for gaps in doors and windows.

2. Make use of mousetraps.

Mouse traps are the best way to help get rid of mice during a current infestation. For small-to-moderate mouse populations, a traditional snap trap made from wood may be sufficient, but remember, most people underestimate mice infestations. It is not uncommon to set up a dozen traps for one single mouse -- or what you think is one mouse. It is also a good idea to set up different types of traps. In addition to the wooden ones, use bait snares, multiple-catch, live-traps, and glue traps. This increases the chances that you will capture all the mice, since some might be attracted to some of the traps and will know how to avoid it.

3. Selecting The Best Mouse Bait For Snap Traps.

You can use approved food for mice, such as chocolate, peanut butter, bacon, oatmeal, dried fruits, or a hazelnut spread, or you can use any food that mice eat around your house. Tie your bait to your mouse traps using fishing line or dental floss when you are ready to set your baited trap. This will make sure that the mouse gets its fair share, not "stealing cheese". A hot glue gun may also be used to hold down bait. Every couple of days, change out the bait for fresh ones. If food does not work, try using cotton balls or feathers for nesting materials.

4. Mouse traps need to be placed properly.

Placing traps perpendicular to a wall, and the trigger portion facing a baseboard is a good idea. This encourages a mouse to come right at the bait when he is running up a wall, instead of running at the trap from the wrong direction, which will set it off early. Mice will not venture farther than about 10 to 20 feet from their food sources and their nesting areas (i.e., their territories), so place the traps anywhere that you have observed mice or evidence of mice, such as mouse droppings on the floorboards or the walls "rubbing". Every couple days or so, change the location of the traps. Mice, unlike rats, are naturally curious and do not shy away from a trap.
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5. Bait Stations

Bait stations (also known as bait bags) are sealed pouches that have food scraps or pellets in them. They are typically wrapped in plastic, paper, or cellophane, making them easier for mice to chew on and reach a preserved, fresh bait. The mice will eat the bait, dying as a result. While these chemicals may be helpful in getting rid of mice, it is best that these chemicals are handled by trained pest control technicians in order to ensure the safety of yourself, your kids, and your pets.

6. While good hygiene does not keep mice out, poor hygiene does.

Mice can survive on only 3 or 4 grams of food a day, so some scraps here and there are enough. Vacuum the floors and clean off the countertops to get rid of any residual food, scraps, or potential sources of food. Mason jars or sealed containers are perfect for storing food. Do not forget to seal your garbage cans. Mice have powerful incisor teeth, which can chew through just about anything, including concrete, if a tantrum strikes, so plastic bags are no match for these voracious eaters.

7. Get rid of mice, whether in or out of your home.

Remove any trash the mice may have used for shelter. Keep grasses to the side, and remove holes and nesting places when you find them. Nesting and burrowing can be prevented by covering the foundations of your house with a thick strip of gravel. The less clutter and trash that surrounds your home and property, the easier it is to spot indicators of rodent activity and keep mice on the trail.

8. Mice vs. Cats.

Mice are the favourite food for many cats. Even the dogs join in on the fun. If you have pets, they might be the most efficient way to trap the mouse, and they do not need to lift a finger. If you do not have pets yet, this is the best time to stop watching cat videos on YouTube and go get one. Many farms use backyard cats or barn cats to keep mice in check. Of course, some pets are not concerned about mice, which is understandable given the way that many owners handle their pets.

If you are dealing with a serious mouse problem that could endanger your family, consider using rodent traps or calling in a professional pest control company.

Still cannot seem to get rid of those pesky mice? We will find invading mice, determine the most effective method for getting them out of your home, then develop a strategy for keeping them away from returning, all through Apex Pest Controls Rodent Management Services. To get started, please schedule your Inspection today.
Ensuring A Safer Environment For Us And Them
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The control of rodent populations on farms and in other rural settings is essential because they spread disease, contaminate foodstuffs and cause damage to buildings. They can also become the source of infestation for nearby suburban areas.

Other reasons for needing to control rodents in rural areas are to protect game rearing, fisheries, horticulture and forestry; as well as preventing infestations in landscaped areas surrounding out-of-town sites, such as supermarkets and industrial estates.

However, research by government research institutes and agencies of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and several universities has shown that, as a result of rodent control programmes in rural areas, many species of wildlife are exposed to contamination by rodenticides, particularly by the second generation anticoagulants. These species include protected birds, particularly raptors, and mammals such as polecats, stoats and foxes.

The residues of rodenticides discovered in wildlife are usually at very low levels and there is no evidence that such exposure affects wildlife populations.

There is, however, laboratory evidence that the behaviour of rats changes when they have ingested potentially lethal doses of anticoagulants and, as a result, they may be more likely to be taken by predators, leading to an increased risk of secondary poisoning.

There is also evidence that sub-lethal dosing of anticoagulant rodenticide increases the risk of scavengers or predators succumbing to the effects of subsequent exposure.

As even the current low-level but widespread contamination of wildlife is unacceptable, action is required to reduce this exposure and with it the risks of secondary poisoning.

Apex Services is a responsible Company and adheres to all good practice in rural areas or indeed in any area where non-target wildlife may be at risk. Guidelines given to Pest Control Companies such as ourselves, from Killgerm and Natural England that following them will be evidence of good and responsible practice.

Authorised uses of rodenticides within the European Union are being currently reviewed as a result of the implementation of the Biocidal Products Regulations (528/2012).

Undertaking an environmental risk assessment is part of the responsible stewardship of rodenticides, under the ‘UK rodenticide stewardship regime’.

Further details regarding the UK rodenticide stewardship regime can be found on www.thinkwildlife.org/stewardship-regime/

The ‘CRRU UK Code of Best Practice: Best Practice and Guidance for Rodent Control and the Safe Use of Rodenticides’ must also be followed.
What is the best way to get rid of bed bugs?
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When a bed bug infestation is discovered, most individuals simply want to know how to get rid of them. Thankfully, there are several basic procedures you may do before hiring a professional bed bug exterminator to help manage the severity of a bed bug infestation. Watch our video to learn about the five easy measures you can do to get rid of bed bugs in your house.

Some bed bugs can be killed with high levels of hygiene, extensive cleaning, and the use of DIY bed bug spray kits. Professional treatment is sometimes required to successfully treat an infestation, as getting rid of bed bugs completely on your own can be difficult. DIY treatments are rarely effective enough to eliminate bed insect infestations. They’ve developed resistance to a variety of pesticides, making even professional treatment difficult.

1 Determine the Pest

Knowing what pest you’re dealing with is the first step in solving any pest problem. You must be certain that you have bed bugs and not another biting insect such as mosquitoes or fleas in this scenario. The services and solutions for pest control differ based on the species infesting your house or business.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, only emerging to eat at night, making them difficult to detect. They prefer to hide in cracks and crevices near their chosen feeding spot throughout the day (usually a bed). It will be easier to determine if you have a bed bug infestation if you can recognize the usual indicators of bed bugs.

Correctly identifying a bed bug or a bed bug bite will assist you in selecting the most efficient pest control approach, saving you both time and money.

2 Decide on your method

Professional or do-it-yourself?

Even though there are DIY alternatives for reducing bed bug populations, these are unlikely to entirely remove an established infestation.

The DIY alternative requires you to adopt a proactive approach to treating an infestation, which will take a lot of time because you will need to closely check the DIY treatment’s effectiveness. To make your DIY treatments as efficient as possible, you’ll also need a basic understanding of common bed bug hotspots, as well as how and where they can spread to ensure that all potential regions of infestation are monitored and treated.

The professional remedy requires you to contact your local Apex Pest Control specialist at the first sign of bed bugs so that BPCA (British Pest Control Association) certified professionals can begin treatment right away.

Treatment for bedbugs at home (not recommended)

If you opt to deal with bed bugs on your own, there are a few actions you can take right away to try to deal with a little infestation.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Without Spending a Lot of Money

Inspect – look for living bed bugs in places like mattress seams, bed frames, headboards, around the border of carpets, and neighbouring furniture (cabinets, drawers, armchairs, and couches).
Wash – wash-infected bedding should be washed at a high temperature of at least 60°C for at least 90 minutes.
Heat – Place goods in a tumble dryer for a minimum of 30 minutes if possible.
Vacuum – Vacuum your bed, mattress, and any other areas where bed bugs have been discovered. Clean along the walls and around the borders with the hose attachments. After that, take the vacuum outside to empty it into an outdoor bin and firmly seal it.

These procedures can help contain the problem, but they do not guarantee that a bed bug infestation will be entirely eradicated. An expert, professionally qualified pest controller is the most efficient approach for comprehensive bed bug removal.

Treatment for bed bugs by a professional

Bed Bugs and How to Get Rid of Them in Your Home

It will still be upsetting to wake up to find bed bug bites, especially if there are young children involved. If you’ve completed all of the proper bed bug preventative measures but haven’t had any luck with DIY treatments, it’s time to call a pest control expert.

Our professionals at Apex Pest Control know how bed bugs behave and utilize their knowledge and experience to select the most efficient bed bug control options for your property. We provide a variety of bed bug options, including heat pod treatment and pesticides, to successfully manage a bed bug infestation at all stages of its life cycle, from eggs to fully mature adults.

Bed Bugs in Your Business: How to Get Rid of Them

Businesses in the hospitality industry are at the highest danger when it comes to bed bugs. The enormous number of traffic that hotels, B&Bs, and motels experience each day raises the likelihood of a bed bug infestation.

Brand reputation, customer evaluations, employee morale, operational efficiency, and eventually revenue and profitability are all affected. DIY bed bug treatment is just too dangerous and cannot guarantee success when it comes to bed bugs and businesses. Expert bed bug control should be left to a certified, experienced pest controller for comprehensive protection.

We provide training to help educate your team on how to successfully recognize the early signs of bed bugs in hotels and what to do before an infestation takes hold at Apex Pest Control.

3 Take Initiative

Contact us right now to get rid of your bed bug infestation and any tension or worries you may have about pests in your home.
10 Simple Ways to Prevent Mouse and Rat Infestation
With an early spring on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about how to keep mice and rats out of your house. Rodents can be extremely dangerous to people. You and your family can get a variety of diseases from mice and rats, and they can cause extensive damage to your property from the inside out.

Be Proactive When It Comes to Rodent Control

The good news is that there are tried-and-true ways to keep mice and rats at bay. Learn how to get rid of rodents and keep them out of your house.

Getting Rid of Mice and Rat Infestations

Remove any existing rodents.

Trapping and baiting are the two strategies for getting rid of mice and rats. Use snap-style traps for trapping, which are meant to kill rats swiftly. Use tamper-resistant bait stations while baiting to keep the baits in place and keep youngsters and pets out. Place both traps and bait along common pathways where you've noticed gnaw marks and droppings. Typical pathways include ledges, fence rails, and foundations.

Make sure your home is secure.

Using the approved rodent-proofing products, seal all holes along your exterior. Pay special attention to the doors, windows, and vents in your home.

Remove all outdoor access.

Overhanging trees that allow rodents to climb onto your roof should be pruned back. Additionally, well-pruned trees provide rodents with one less hiding area from predators.

Get that yard in order.

Debris, clutter, and waste should all be removed from your yard. Shrubs and bushes should be planted at least 3 feet away from structures. These areas offer rats a haven.


Remove all food sources from the outdoors.

Rodents are attracted to gardens and fruit trees. If you have fruit trees, pick up fallen fruit regularly. Keep the tree clipped to avoid rodent hiding places. Secure a piece of sheet metal 2 feet high around the trunk of your tree to create a rodent guard. Keep your garden clean of rotting food and hiding spots. To discourage, plant mint family members in and around your garden. As a deterrent, you can sprinkle predator urine (such as fox) along the edge of your garden. This is typically available in both powder and liquid form at your local garden store.

Construct a barrier

It doesn't have to be a large or even a real wall. Mice and rats are also deterred by erecting a 2-foot-wide barrier of cement or crushed rock.

Maintain a clean environment in and around your home.

If rodents don't have access to food, they have no motive to enter your home. Food should not be left out in the open in and around your home. Make sure trash cans and pet food are kept in rodent-proof containers.

Make a mint investment.

The aroma of mint repels both rats and mice. Plant mint in your yard and use peppermint oil to spray attic beams and other locations where rodents have been a problem. Even keeping a few dried mint leaves on the counter can help.

Make a new buddy at your local animal shelter.

Cats are an excellent deterrent for rats in your yard and around your house. To scare mice and rats away, the cat does not need to be an excellent mouser. Simply smelling them serves as a deterrent.

Apex Pest Control is the company to call.

That's a huge list of things to do to avoid a mouse or rat infestation. Don't have the time, materials, or confidence to get rid of rodents? This is where we can help. We're used to dealing with rat infestations and exterminating them from your house as pest control experts. Contact us right now to take care of your mouse infestation and avoid future rodent pest control issues.

Now is the time to get regular pest control!

Rodent pest problems can develop at any time of year. Being proactive about your rodent pest problems can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Apex Pest Control can eliminate current pests, create an effective pest barrier around your house, and keep it up to date with frequent treatments.

Let Apex Pest Control show you how we can help protect your home or company from winter pest problems with a free consultation.
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What is the best way to get rid of wasp nests?
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When deciding how to get rid of a wasp nest on your property, remember that safety is the most crucial factor to consider. The easiest way to remove a wasp nest without getting stung or causing property damage is to rely on professional experience and safety equipment.

It is feasible, although not encouraged, to remove a wasp nest on your own. It's recommended to avoid DIY wasp nest removal because it comes with a lot of risks, and the ordinary homeowner isn't aware of the processes and safeguards that must be taken. Don't take any chances if you come upon a wasp's nest. Attempting to destroy the nest or employing other techniques can backfire, leaving you vulnerable to assault.

Apex Pest Control knows where to look for nests and how to utilize the proper safety equipment and treatments. We also help you seal up any entry spots that enabled wasps to enter your home and prevent them from returning. Apex Pest Control can take care of wasp control for you.

How to get rid of wasps properly

> Contacting a pest control professional is the best way to get rid of a wasp nest. Although it may appear to be a simple task, a pest control professional is properly trained to handle and remove wasp nests safely and effectively, for the following reasons:
>Safety equipment: Personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protection equipment are available to exterminators (RPE). This provides complete protection from wasp stings, ensuring their safety when dismantling a wasp nest.
>Working in confined areas: Pest control experts are skilled and certified to work in tight spaces like your attic. They can safely remove a wasp nest from a property using this method.
>Knowledge of an expert: A pest control professional is an expert in wasps; they know everything there is to know about their behaviour and instincts, as well as how to recognize the signs of a wasp sting allergic reaction.

Professional products: Wasp exterminators have access to many pest control solutions that are not available to the general public and are professionally trained to utilize them. These products have a proven track record of successfully eradicating wasp nests and are more potent than any DIY product on the market.

How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest

1 At night, approach the nest cautiously and quietly.
2 Cover the wasp nest with a rubbish bag carefully.
3 Remove the wasp nest from the tree or wall to which it is affixed and seal the bag;
4 Place the waste bag in an exterior garbage can with a tight-fitting lid, away from the house if possible.

It's a good idea to have a full can of pest control available to spray on the nest before removing it if at all possible.

It's crucial to remember that if the wasp nest is in a difficult-to-reach location, such as beneath your gutters or high in a tree, you shouldn't try to remove it yourself because it could result in serious damage. Furthermore, if you are allergic to wasp stings or suspect you might be, you should not attempt DIY wasp nest removal!

How to keep wasp nests at bay

The actions outlined below can assist you in preventing wasps from establishing a nest in your house or garden:

- Maintain the property regularly to ensure that all cracks and potential access points are sealed;
- Wasps will not be able to enter your home if you have fly screens installed on your windows and doors.
- Set up wasp traps throughout your garden. These can be found in your local DIY store or on the internet. You can also make one at home with an empty bottle, water, and sugar.

Need assistance eliminating a wasp nest from your house or garden? Contact Apex Pest Control right now.

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