Yesterday we performed the perfect squirrel trapping job where we got a call from a customer and caught his squirrel in the same day. Here's a summary:
8:30am: A customer let us know they had a squirrel in the living room of his rental property. He had tried trapping it himself, but had no luck. He wanted help as soon as possible. We were able to send our pest expert Sasa there around 9am.
9am: Sasa inspected the property and found entrance points to the house. He gave recommendations on sealing them and also set up a live trap for the squirrel. There were several differences between the homeowner's trapping strategy and ours. First, our trap was bigger and therefore slightly more inviting. Second, our pest expert did not touch the bait (basically peanut butter and sesame seeds) with his bare hands. Touching bait for squirrels or other pests with your bare hands leaves a human scent on the food which can repel the animal. Third, our pest expert placed a little water in the trap since there didn't seem to be an easy source of water for the squirrel inside the home. Fourth, our pest expert placed the trap in a spot where the squirrel was more likely to enter it.
10:30am: Sasa finished setting the trap and educating the customer on how to protect his home against squirrels. Sasa let the customer know he would return later that day to see if the squirrel had been caught.
6pm: Sasa returned to find the squirrel inside the trap. He carried the trap out of the house and released the squirrel safely 5 miles away.
And that's how you perform the perfect squirrel trapping job.
Have yourself a pest-free little Christmas,
Let your house be right,
From now on your pests will be out of sight.
Have yourself a pest-free little Christmas,
Make the Pest Czar’s day,
He’ll make all the mice and roaches go away.
There we were in our better days,
Happy pest-free days, for sure.
All our friends who were near to us,
Will come near to us once more.
This Christmas, we all will be together
Since Pest Czar came ‘round,
Without him, we’d have to muddle through somehow,
So have yourself a pest-free little Christmas now.
Happy Holidays from Pest Czar!
Today is the last day of Rodent Awareness Week, and we have a special video to share on the pervasive rat problem in Baltimore. Yesterday, during a follow up visit, Pest Czar discovered the largest rat that we've ever caught with a mechanical trap. The customers were grateful we were able to work on their issue.
Warning: this video depicts dead rats.
It's hard to believe there is such a thing as Rodent Awareness Week, but this time of year, it is important to talk about rodent prevention. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has designated this week, November 16-22, as Rodent Awareness Week to help property owners understand the health and building risks that come with rodents.
Though plenty of people may be scared or disgusted by the sight of a rat or mouse, they often don't realize how dangerous they can be. Rodents carry diseases and urinate frequently, which can contaminate foods and surfaces in areas like the kitchen. They also are constantly chewing and travel along walls and hidden areas; if a rodent starts chewing on wires, property owners may experience dangerous and costly electrical fires. Rodents have also been known to damage cars or boats by climbing in and chewing.
Pest Czar will be posting rodent prevention tips throughout the week on our Facebook page. but here are some basic reminders:
Got a rodent question? Feel free to contact us or leave a comment here.
It was Halloween night
and all through Baltimore,
critters took flight,
across floors, under doors.
There were rats on the street,
and mice scratching in walls,
cockroaches at your feet,
and in the attic, bat calls.
The bed bugs were silent
but waiting to strike,
no pests were compliant
to do what you like.
Then Pest Czar appeared
with equipment on hand,
and the rats disappeared,
following his command.
The mice tried to hide,
but not for too long,
they soon ran and cried,
"We got to get gone!"
The roaches ignored
the danger they were in.
Pest Czar found their horde,
and crushed them with a grin.
The bats in the attic,
they knew what to do,
they flew out like magic,
far away, into the blue.
The bed bugs plotted
and schemed to keep preying,
but they were soon spotted,
and Pest Czar started spraying.
So when you hear
the bumps in the night,
grab those you hold dear,
and hug them tight.
Then call Pest Czar
to stop the creeping and the crawling,
he'll find where the pests are,
and they will start falling.
So to those in Maryland,
we have this to say,
enjoy your Halloween and
keep those pests at bay!
Happy Halloween from Pest Czar!
As of this month, Pest Czar became an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau! The BBB is a nonprofit organization that helps people find and recommend the businesses, brands and charities they can trust. It helps consumers and businesses in a number of ways, including setting standards for ethical business behavior, evaluating business advertising, and coaching businesses on how to build more trusting relationships with its customers.
Click here to view our profile. Pest Czar is committed to outstanding business practices, expert pest knowledge and services, and ensuring the highest customer satisfaction. We look forward to working with the BBB and customers in our area for years to come!
We at Pest Czar enjoyed meeting the walkers and other sponsors at the Abilities Network's Walkabout Abilities yesterday! it was a beautiful day and hundreds of people showed their support for the organization's cause of helping people of all abilities achieve and enjoy life.
The Pest Czar team Sasa and Erika Milenkovic set up a fun table where we answered pest questions and let kids craft spiders and take treats. Who doesn't like spiders and candy with Halloween coming up so soon?
The kids enjoyed the spider crafts and our team loved meeting everyone who came by.
Just a reminder: as part of our Exterminator on a Mission initiative, if you mention Abilities Network at the time of your service for home or business, Pest Czar will donate 10% of your bill to Abilities Network. Fall is here, so get ready for stink bugs and mice!
We see a lot of stinging insects in the Maryland area in the summer. Yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets are very active and can build nests in a variety of places. We at Pest Czar have received many calls for stinging insects this season, with homeowners finding nests in many locations, including awnings, soffits, gardens, cars, and trees, just to name a few.
This August, our exterminator was called to treat and remove this bald-faced hornets nest in Anne Arundel County.
This particular nest is on the large side, a little larger than a basketball. Bald-faced hornets are black and white wasp-like insects that build paper nests at least 3 feet above the ground. Nests can be as small as a tennis ball or large like this one.
To treat hornet nests, exterminators use insecticidal dust either early in the morning or late at night when it's dark. That's when the insects are inside the nest. Once the nest is treated, the exterminator can actually remove the nest. Bald-faced hornet colonies typically house between 100-400 insects.
Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack if their space is invaded. They also have smooth stingers, which allows them to sting repeatedly. If you suspect you have hornets or any other type of stinging insect, contact an exterminator so they can safely and effectively remove the nest. At Pest Czar we use environmentally-safe insecticide and wear protective gear to get the job done!
Got a hornet story? Share it in the comments section!