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    The Traveler's Guide to Bed Bugs [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 16 hours ago

    Whether you are traveling across the state or across the country, it’s important to prepare yourself for staying in unfamiliar places. You might be sleeping in a motel, hotel, or someone else’s house. No matter where you’re staying, inspect the area around your bed for signs of bed bugs. Bed bugs are in all 50 states, and can be elusive pests. Look for dark brown spots on the mattress, sheets, and box spring, and don’t be afraid to pull back the covers to get a thorough look. Avoid placing your suitcase on the bed, as bed bugs could hitch a ride in your luggage back to your house. Check out this infographic from the Columbia pest control experts at Atkins Inc. to learn more about bed bugs and traveling, and how you can prevent an infestation in your house. Please share with your friends and family.

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    Telling the Difference Between Mice and Rats

    Last updated 6 days ago

    When dealing with a rodent infestation, one of the first issues to consider is whether the rodents are mice or rats. These rodents are similar in a lot of aspects, but there are certain distinguishing factors to take into account. For example, mice tend to be much tinier than rats. They can sometimes weigh only a couple ounces, while adult rats can grow to be a pound. Additionally, it is easy to tell them apart by looking at their tails. Mice usually have fur all over their tail, while rats’ tails are practically bald. For more information, watch this video.

    At Atkins Inc., we provide effective solutions to rodent infestations with our outstanding customer service. Located in Columbia, Missouri, we also offer other forms of pest control and property maintenance. Call us at (573) 303-0559, or visit our website for more information.

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    Could You Have Chipmunks in Your Attic?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Chipmunks are animals that thrive outside, so even if they are in your attic, they probably do not want to stay there. They typically are nuisances to your garden and sidewalks, and their diet usually consists of nuts, insects, and plant bulbs. However unlikely, it is possible for chipmunks to be in your attic. If you are convinced it is a chipmunk, using a cage trap is the best tactic to remove it from your house. Consider leaving a trail of seeds and nuts on the route they travel that eventually leads into the cage. Their route is usually indicated with feces and urine marks. After releasing the chipmunk, the most important step to take is to figure out how they entered into your home. By sealing this opening, you can prevent more harmful rodents from stepping foot in your house.

    Atkins Inc. is the premier option for effective rodent removal in Columbia, Missouri. We provide pest control and other forms of property maintenance with excellent customer service. Call us today at (573) 303-0559 for a free consultation.

    A Look at the Pests Who Make Unwelcome Winter Guests

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Each season has its own list of typical pests that are associated with it. For example, mosquitoes are infamous for swarming backyards during the hot summer months. When the temperature drops in the wintertime, certain species may lie dormant, but others will look for food and warmth in your home. Taking the proper pest control precautions can help keep the following bugs and critters outside your house where they belong.

    Rats & Mice
    House Mice and Norway Rats are some of the most common types found in houses. Both species tend to populate secluded areas with a lot of clutter, such as basements and attics. They can both do serious damage to your home, like eating through drywall, electrical wiring, or even lead pipes. Some of the best ways to keep them out are to seal any open spaces on the outside of your home with caulk or steel wool, store boxes and other clutter on shelves above the floor, and keep storage areas free of moisture.

    Cockroaches & Spiders
    These can be some of the most bothersome and prevalent insects in the wintertime. They bring allergens and diseases, and some spiders can even have a poisonous bite. German cockroaches, the most commonly found, like to pop up in kitchens and bathrooms, while spiders usually prefer to make their homes in remote places like closets. To keep cockroaches away, it is important to keep your house free of crumbs by frequently cleaning countertops and floors, and consider keeping a close watch under sinks and appliances. To keep spiders away, it is advised to cut down shrubs and trees from window openings that they could enter through.

    Atkins, Inc. has been helping people in Columbia, Missouri keep their homes pest-free for over 80 years. We offer pest control, pet fencing, and other property maintenance services. Call us at (573) 303-0559, or visit our website to find out how you can receive a free estimate.

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