House Mice Habits & Elimination
House mice are the most common rodents found in nooks, cracks, basements, attics, and floorboards of your home. House mice enjoy commercial establishments, open fields, farms, and desert climate where temperatures are moderate. Cold weather forces house mice from fields to shelter, in search of food and warmth. House mice originated from Asia and arrived in North America via European settlers. House mice are the most troublesome rodents in the United States and commonly found in the desert climate of Albuquerque.
House mice from nose to tail range from 7.5-10cm and a tail length of 5-10cm. Most house mice weigh between 10-25g and have a light grey to dark brown color. The ears and tail have very little to no hair. House mice have a pointy nose, protruding eyes, and large balloon-like ears. House mice can jump verticially up to 45cm and produce a high pitched squeak.
House mice like to mingle in kitchen cabinets where grains, seeds, or any other snacks can be found. House mice are known as “nibblers” and often create holes in food packaging and leave a trail of feces behind after a feeding.
Getting rid of House Mice:
- Seal cracks, doors, tiny holes
- Set traps
- Keep your home, garage, and other structures clean
- Put trash cans as far as you can from food sources
- Adopt a house cat
- Call a professional
At Pest Defense Solutions, our staff is happy to help you with house mice or other pest problems. We have trained professionals to help you rid your home or office of house mice so you can get back to your busy life with peace of mind. Contact us today for more information!
Pest Prevention: Springtime in New Mexico
The process of dealing with unwelcome insects into your home or business is not fun. The best method for residents or commercial businesses to provide a proactive approach to pest control is preparing in advance. At Pest Defense Solutions, we help our customers eliminate infestation and minimize future problems to protect your home and business.
New Mexico has been coined as a paradise for inhabits that enjoy warm, dry summers and cool, mild winters. Albuquerque sits at the center of the high desert with a combination of foothills, valleys, mesas, mountains, rivers, canyons, and arroyos. The climate is attractive to desert-type insects such as centipedes, cockroaches, scorpions, ants, and other pests because of its moderate temperatures and mild climate.
New Mexico Climate
In New Mexico, the average winter and spring temperatures are comprised of the following averages. For a 12-month report of average temperatures, the full report can be found here.
Average high temperature: 47
Average low temperature: 24
Average Total Precipitation (inches): .36
Average Snowfall (inches): 2.2
Average high temperature: 53
Average low temperature: 28
Average Total Precipitation (inches): .39
Average Snowfall (inches): 1.8
Average high temperature: 61
Average low temperature: 33
Average Total Precipitation (inches): .50
Average Snowfall (inches): 1.5
Average high temperature: 70
Average low temperature: 41
Average Total Precipitation (inches): .54
Average Snowfall (inches): 0.5
Average high temperature: 79
Average low temperature: 50
Average Total Precipitation (inches): .61
Average Snowfall (inches): 0.0
During the transition from the winter to spring seasons, we encounter a variety of seasonal pests. If you believe your home or business is at risk, here are a few tips that may help you eliminate the problem.
- If you encounter an obtrusive insect, kill them on sight
- Keep bug-spray or insecticide on hand
- Make sure debris is removed from your yard
- Seal cracks around doors and windows
- Keep your home dry (basements, closets, or damp areas can be popular hangouts for centipedes, scorpions, and ants)
- Wipe down surfaces and keep food in air-tight containers (ants prey on counter goodies)
- Call a professional
As temperatures change and the seasons begin to shift, we want to be there to help you before home invaders begin to reside in your home or office. At Pest Defense Solutions, our professional staff is eager to help you protect your home or business from unwanted insects or pests. Contact our office today for more information.
Dermestids, also known as skin beetles or carpet beetles have been coined as the forensic scientists of cleaning tissue from skeletal bones. These flesh-eating scavengers range from 1-12 mm in size with brown, oval-shaped bodies. Throughout the world more than 500 species exist in the insect order, Coleoptera.
Dermestids are the most common beetle used by forensic entomologists for human corpses and taxidermists for wild game corpses. Dermestid’s are not to be confused with their cousin the Scarab, made famous by feature films The Mummy and Flight of the Phoenix.
Fortunately, most dermestids or scarabs don’t mingle in New Mexico unless they hitchhiked or are being held hostage for forensic/taxidermy purposes in a controlled environment.
To learn more about this family of creepy crawlers, please follow this article produced by National Geographic.
If you are being invaded by beetles or pests of any type, our team is eager to help you with this problem. Please contact our office for more information!
Bed bugs, like most insects, are a nuisance. Similar to other parasites, Bed bugs feed on blood and often go unnoticed due to their small oval-shaped, reddish-brown 4mm bodies. These nocturnal creatures emerge from cool areas for feeding during the late hours of the night. Bed bugs can be located in the crevacies of your mattress, bedframe, fabric seams, luggage, clothing and numerous other travel channels. If you think Bed bugs may be camping out in your home, here are a few ways to identify and manage the problem.
Bed Bug Signs:
- Take notice of any activity (Most Bed bugs are active between (10PM- 6:00AM)
- Inspect any areas where they may be congregating (bedframes, box springs, mattress seams, pillowcases, luggage, nightstands, closets, sofas, etc.)
- Look for black-brown droppings and case skin remains (Bed bugs shed their skins through six life stages, discarding their outer shells)
Small red bites (Bed bug bites cause skin rashes and allergic symptoms)
Eliminating Bed bugs is not the easiest of tasks. The procress requires a combination of nonpesticide and pesticide techniques. Here are few methods of approach:
- Wash and dry bed linens or affected clothing with the hottest temparture permissible
- Vaccumming or wrapping mattresses
- Inspect dark crevaces and cool places often
- Spray infected areas with rubbing alcohol
- Repair cracks in wallpaper, duct work, plaster
- Use precaution when bringing secondhand furniture into your home
If the above techniques do not work, contact our office for an appointment. Our team can provide a professional service to treat all areas conducive to the bed bug problem.