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Posted by on in Rodents

Rodents may be small, but they pose a number of threats to human health and property. They very much favor heading indoors to escape the cold this time of year, so it’s important for to be on the lookout for signs of these gross vermin in and around your home.

Aside from being a nuisance, rodents are vectors of a vast array of diseases, such as  murine typhus, infectious jaundice, Salmonella, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. They can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for house fires. 

Here are a few clues that rodents may be present in a home:

1.   Droppings: A trail of rodent droppings is typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.

2.  Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.

3.  Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.

4.  Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.

5.  Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.

 

We encourage homeowners to complete a thorough inspection of their property before the winter weather strikes. They should look for cracks or holes in the foundation, loose mortar around the basement foundation and damaged screens. No crack or hole should be overlooked as mice only need an opening the size of a dime to find a way inside. Take a look at our main Rodent page for further information or to schedule a free vermin inspection.

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Posted by on in Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are still out there sucking blood in Florida! Learn what types of peoples these suckers prefer below:

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Posted by on in Rodents

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Beginning Monday, November 16 and ending November 22, 2014, we are promoting Rodent Awareness Week. This is a program put together by the National pest Management Association which is helping to inform Americans of the whens and hows and whys of rodents finding their way into peoples homes and nesting there. As the weather gets cooler in Central Florida, some people will experience rats, mice, squirrels, bats, and more finding their way into homes in order to get some warmth. If you suspect this might be happening to you, we can help, take a look here for info on our rodent program. Take a look at this great infographic created by the National Pest Management Association on rodent home infestations below.

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In the latest PCO Profile by PCT Magazine, the CEO and President of Falcon Lawn & Pest is featured. The profile shows an in-depth look at the approach Louis & Patti take to running the family business, as well as the background of the husband and wife team. It also goes into detail on some of the practices of the day to day operation as well as some of the philosophy behind the way Falcon performs service. The feature was written by the Internet Editor and Managing Editor of PCT Magazine, Brad Harbison. Take a look at it here, we are very proud.

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Posted by on in Spiders

Here is a great video to share with your little ones, the nursery rhyme "Five Creepy Spiders".

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