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Explaining Check Valves for Bats

Let’s say you hypothetically noticed a bat or two in your home over the winter and called Northern Pest in the late spring to set up an inspection. Your technician arrives in early June, and writes up a quote, which you consider for a week or so. You decide to move forward with the bat…

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Effective Mouse Control

As winter approaches and the temperature outside drops, we humans like to cozy up inside our nice, warm houses. Unfortunately, so do pests such as mice, squirrels, and raccoons. In Michigan, mice are certainly our biggest wintertime pest concern. Unlike other mammals, a mouse will not hibernate, and mice colonies will remain active throughout the…

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The Insect Freeze-Tolerance Mechanism

With harsh winter upon us, people are desperate for a silver lining. If we must suffer through the polar vortex with its absurd amounts of snow and subzero temperatures, perhaps at least it could mean a reduced insect population in the summer? Will this frigid winter kill off more than the average amounts of insect…

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What is a Rat Wall?

Who doesn’t love a summer barbecue with friends out on the deck or patio? As it turns out, humans aren’t the only creatures who like to hang around the deck! Decks, patios, sheds and other external structures provide ideal locations for animal dens. Animals such as groundhogs, skunks, opossums and raccoons like to burrow beneath…

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How Subzero Temperatures Affect Pest Control

If you live in Michigan or anywhere in the northeast, the first week of January was one of record low temperatures and record snowfalls. Here in Michigan, we dealt with 15-17 inches of snow and temperatures as low as -17°F with wind chills as low as -30°F. One would think that in these sorts of…

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