San Antonio is blessed with a lot of nature, and that includes raccoons. Raccoons are interesting little critters. They are generally pictures as nature’s little bandits since they wear that Lone Ranger mask. They also have a ringed tail that kinda reminds me of prison stripes. When it comes to mischief, raccoons can be one of the hardest critters to deal with.

RACCOONS, WHO ARE THEY?

To understand the problem, it helps to understand just who raccoons are. Raccoons are pervasive in our culture. From Davy Crocket’s coon skin cap to cute cartoon characters, they are everywhere. How did they get that way though? Mostly, it’s due to the behaviors that make them really tough pests to treat.

NOCTURNAL

Raccoons are nocturnal which means they sleep during the day and are busy at night. In fact, they usually don’t come out during the day unless they are either ill or very very hungry. However, it’s incredibly dangerous for them. They are pretty low on the food chain since they are primarily scavengers.

 

SCAVENGERS

In nature, they look for food like grubs so they have a lot of skill when it comes to scrounging. During the summer they eat insects and frogs. Come winter, they revert to eating things like plants and fruits. In urban settings like San Antonio, they are naturally attracted to trash cans and other readily available food sources like pet food containers and even bird feeders.

Easy fix: put a cinder block on top of your garbage cans. That will keep raccoons from getting into your garbage or pet food containers. There are also many different manners of straps or giant rubber bands as well as locks but a cinder block usually does the trick. It’s also cheap to free. If you don’t live in San Antonio and have your pick of trash cans, there are many “locking” trash cans on the market.

Squirrel proof bird feeders are also usually raccoon proof as well. So that’s an easy fix. If you feed feral cats or maybe feed your dogs outside, don’t leave the food out overnight otherwise you’re begging to also be feeding raccoons.

 

NESTING

So, just where do those raccoons come from? They live in trees, usually in hollows. So, if you have a really big old tree, you may want to check if you have some freeloaders living there. They also love living in logs so check that awesome wood pile you have for your fireplace. Mind you, they are more likely to be living under a porch or a crawl space if your house has one. If those aren’t available, they have been known to find a safe place in your attic.

Easy fix: Close off your crawlspace. Ditto for your attic. They usually get through holes in the soffit or other vents that are left open. Simply covering them with chicken wire can usually be enough to discourage them.

 

DETECTING RACCOONS

So, how do you know you have raccoons? Raccoons usually leave a fair amount of evidence behind. They are known to tump over trash cans if they aren’t weighted down. They also leave a ton of trash behind including half eaten pieces of food strewn about. This may also be the sign of having teenagers but those are usually found inside the house. We can not treat infestations of teenagers, sorry. Raccoons are not always the most svelte of creatures so if they are getting into a crawlspace or a hole in your attic, it’s usually a pretty decent sized hole. Raccoons also just love your chimney. Ideally, you have a proper vent and spark arrestor installed at the top of your chimney. If you don’t, you should get one.

HARD LESSONS AND FIRE HAZARDS

Which brings us to the other hard lesson learned reminder: check your chimney before you start a fire. Raccoons build nests. They may have built a nest inside your chimney. So, if you start a fire without having checked your chimney first, you may be starting a much larger fire than you anticipated.

Also, if the raccoons are in the chimney at the time, they may accidentally drop down into the fireplace in their eagerness to escape the heat. It has been known to happen and if it does, you have a very serious, potentially life threatening problem on your hands. Having a licensed and bonded chimney sweep check your fireplace at the beginning of winter is a really good idea anyway.

DISEASE

Raccoons are actually not disease carriers for the most part. However, they have been known to carry rabies like skunks and bats. This alone is a good reason to control your raccoon population.

HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THEM

Raccoons are actually pretty easy to get rid of. If you simply follow our tips for keeping them from getting food and make it hard for them to nest, they go away. However, if they are a real problem for you, then getting a pro like Jitterbug Pest Service to live trap them is a good idea. Instead of using poisonous baits, we recommend live trapping where they can be relocated somewhere away from your house.

If you haven’t ever trapped animals, now isn’t the time to start. Leave that to the professionals please. Give us a call today at 210-653-9700 and we’ll help secure you home from raccoons. Sorry, but you’ll have to secure your house from teenagers yourself.

As we’ve mentioned, there is a LOT you can do to prevent rats and mice from invading your house. Here are a few tips that you can use to winter proof your house from our furry friends. Why else should you worry about winterizing your house from pests? Well, do you have family coming over for the holidays? Exactly.

Vents

Animals need warmth, so the vents for your dryer as well as the flues on your chimney are very inviting places to come in and rest or even build a nest. For dryer vents, make sure you have a slatted cover that only opens when the air is blowing out. Those are inexpensive and can be purchased at any home repair place.

Water

Pests, like any living thing, need water. So, making sure you don’t have any leaks or standing water is really important. So, things like gutters are a great idea. If you are really water conscious and have a rain barrel, make sure it is sealed nice and tight. Also, check under your sink for drips. Little things like that are really great sources of water for bugs. Last but not least, sealing your windows and doors well keeps moisture and heat where they need to be, not on your windows or walls. This is also a huge budget saver when it comes to your heating bills.

Food

Bugs need to eat so make sure that everything is sealed up nice and tight. I can’t tell you how often my weevil cousins have been able to take up residence in flour bags that were left to sit in a cabinet. Pet food is another great place for my critter friends to get a dinner. A lot of people just place the bag in their garage never giving it a second thought. We critters can smell that food and are attracted to it. Not just roaches and ants but also raccoons etc. Make sure you store it in a container. Pet stores as well as home DIY stores sell great critter proof containers. It may seem gross but plenty of roaches and ants get into cereal boxes so actually putting your cereal in a sealed container helps keep it crisp.

Cracks & Crevices

Even tiny cracks and crevices are wide open doors to let pests in. Coincidentally, they are also great ways to let the heat out. So, sealing all the cracks and crevices around your house is a double budget helper in that you keep pests from getting in and you keep heat from getting out. You can have a pest control pro like Jitterbug check and seal all those cracks and crevices for you but you can also get things to seal off weep holes safely from DIY stores.

Firewood

Fireplaces are great in the winter but the firewood it needs can be a real source of problems. A ton of different bugs just love living in your wood pile. Our furry friends are also really loving that woodstack as well. So, a really great way of securing that woodstack is keeping it a few feet off the ground and don’t leave it leaning against your house. Even the best stacks are still vacation spots for termites. That’s another really good reason why you don’t want that stack against your house.

Leave It To The Professionals

Scheduling regular pest control is one of the best things that you can do to insure your house is very well taken care of this winter. Why do it yourself when you can have the trained professionals of Jitterbug Pest Service do it for you? There is probably a game on, we don’t want to interupt that now do we?
As always, we hope our tips help you keep your house not only toasty but pest free this winter. For more help and information, please call us today at 210-653-9700.

Sincerely,
Jerry T Jitterbug

It’s coming on to winter San Antonio. Just like you want to cuddle up under a blanket or by a warm fire, so do many of our furry friends. We’ve been noticing a number of people calling with reports of mice or rats in their house, but what strikes us is most people don’t know the difference. Actually, they are related much like a crocodile and an alligator are, but how to spot the difference? Read and find out.

RATS

Rats are most commonly seen as big guys. This is true. Rats are medium to large rodents but are usually hairless but they can have thick coats. They are found everywhere from sewers to forests. Since they are more lovers than fighters, they rarely come out during the day unless they are very hungry or sick. They can actually grow to being over a foot in length but that is pretty unusual.

 

For the rats that have hair, it’s usually a good natural camouflage color of brown, black, grew, or white. Given their territory, rats have shorter noses since they don’t route around in the ground as much as mice do. As we’ve discovered, many people actually keep rats as pets in San Antonio. Pest control people usually don’t see them as pets but everyone loves someone I guess.

MICE

Mice are smaller cousins of rats. Usually they are just 4-5 inches long from nose to tail and weigh just a few ounces. Like their rat cousins, they’ve got great natural camoflage color wise and tend to be furrier. Like rats, they are quite literally everywhere from fields to attics. Most mice rarely make it past their first birthday since they are prey animals that are eaten by a myriad of animals, including out friends the cats. If Disney taught us anything, mice are particularly clever and very social. This is actually true by the way. Mice are popular pets as well and can live 6 or more years given good food and exercise.

We hope that helps answer your questions about what the difference between rats and mice are. If you are in the San Antonio area and have any more questions, please do give us a call at 210-653-9700.

Sincerely,
Jerry T Jitterbug

Time, Poisons, and the Environment

We freely admit, it’s possible to never use a pest control service or an exterminator, and live bug free. However, there are quite a few reasons why you really should choose to use a pest control service. First off, why do most people choose over the counter pest solutions? Usually, the answer to that question is money. Also, people think they can save time. It’s easy enough to grab a can of Bengal or Raid at H-E-B or some roach bait boxes at CVS. However, your best value may end up being contracting a pest control company like Jitterbug, but why?

1) Time

Spraying some spray when you see a roach or dropping some ant bait boxes is quick and easy. However, in order to really get the full benefit of most over the counter pest sprays, you have to spray frequently.

In theory, they are effective up to 6 months. However, the real life of a spray is about 2 weeks or so. Normally, people spray the stuff on their counters or window sills.

Problem is, you wipe your counters. Or maybe I should say, you should wipe your counters to keep them clean.

You also need to use the right chemicals. So you can’t just spray one spray. You’ll need baits, dusts, etc and it takes time to read the directions (please do) and place the chemicals out right. Every two weeks. More often if you really clean your house thoroughly. So, you can see how giving us a call and having us treat your house is actually a time saver in the long run.

2) Proper Use Of Chemicals

Another thing to consider is the proper use of chemicals. As we mention above, the life of over the counter chemicals is small compared to the professional grade treatments we use.

Frankly, this is for safety’s sake. People rarely use grocery store bug sprays properly, so giving civilians our grade of treatments would be dangerous. Different surfaces and pests require different chemicals.

Using the wrong application is worse than doing nothing at all since you’re just spreading poison everywhere. That’s not healthy. Not all bugs are genuinely pests. Sometimes, you need to make sure you allow some critters to live while others present a real danger.

Jitterbug Pest Service can help you realize which are which. We are experts in knowing which chemicals to use and the right places and times to use them.

3) Better For The Environment


This comes back to the minimum use of the right chemicals, at the right place, and at the right time. The less chemicals we spray around, the better. The DYI approach does have you spraying frequently and more randomly than really should be done. 

So given the value of your time, and using the proper chemicals in the right place and the right time, you can see why calling Jitterbug is a good idea. Give us a call today! 

In fact, here are some valuable coupons to help ease the pain of your first call. 

Sincerely, 

Jerry T Jitterbug

There are a LOT of really good pest control companies in San Antonio. However, why settle for good when you can be awesome? Am I right? Well, nearly two decades ago, Jitterbug set out to be a really and truly great pest control and services company that didn’t stop until we were awesome. So, we’d like to tell you a little bit more about how we do things different, and why it’s the little things that set us apart.

Numbers Game

As we mentioned in a previous article http://jitterbugpestservice.com/howto/apartment-dwellers-dirty-secrets-cock-roaches/ the exterminator trade has a lot of dirty little secrets. One of those secrets we’ll reveal now, is, wait for it, NUMBERS. Yes, like a lot of the service industry, killing ants wasps and trapping raccoons is very much a numbers game. To say that pest control is price sensitive is an understatement. Frankly, most consumers look at the bottom line cost and are done with it. People think we’re all the same, but that is a mistake.

So, in that case, pest control companies cut their costs as thin as they humanly can. One of the first areas they cut is the chemicals. They will use the proper chemicals but they will strongly dilute it. What you end up getting is something that is stronger than the over the counter stuff but not really enough to do what you need it to do. Frankly, we’d rather have a really happy customer that doesn’t call us back out to retreat their property since our treatments aren’t working.

Time, Communication, and Needs

One of the other huge numbers that a lot of pest control companies worry about is time. Since pest service is a numbers game, the less time they spend with a customer, the better. Well, better for them. They’re free to go and somewhat treat someone else’s house. Jitterbug is ver different. Our techs don’t just show up, spray, and leave. In fact, we encourage our technicians to get to know their customers. It’s far from uncommon for us to talk for 20-30 minutes with clients about bugs. But why would we want to spend 20 minutes talking about pests?

Why We Talk To Our Customers

Instead of just having a line item on an invoice that says “ants”, we want to find out where you saw ants. We work hard to figure out exactly which kind of ants they are since different ants have different things. Oh, that odd sound you heard in the attic? We’ll check it out to see if it’s raccoons, feral cats, or maybe mice and treat for them. You have dogs? We’ll make sure to spray the yard and hot areas to make sure we help keep the flea and tick population in check.

The Little Things – Pretty yellow brooms, weep holes, and attic rentals

How clean are their yellow brooms? Most exterminators have yellow brooms. Those brooms are usually used to sweep away wasp nests amongst other things. What blows us away is how clean they are usually which means they aren’t going that extra mile to get every possible pest. We use ours. In fact, ours are usually really grody and dirty. You want to see that since it means that the person doing your pest control cares to take the extra time to get the mud daubers, wasps, and other pests in check.

Weep holes left alone – You know those little weep holes at the base of your house? Well, they are a necessary evil. However, for ants and scorpions they are wonder homes. Most pest control places will just spray your walls with a broad spectrum spray and be done with it. Technically, that’s all that is required. Spray up to the 3 ft level and call it a day. We prefer to go as high as reasonable with our sprays. Sure it uses more chemicals and takes more time but it does the job better. Also, we go to every weep hole and squirt a granular dust into them. Most places spray them but that only does the job half way. By going the extra mile and using dust, it expands and helps stick to the walls and ceiling of those scorpion houses that are weep holes. That means more dead pests.

Flowers in the attic – Ok, so think more ants and roaches and not flowers. We apply a broad spectrum treatment in your attic since insulation can be the perfect nesting ground for all kinds of critters. Ants and roaches view your attic as a sort of Bug Autobahn. Feral cats, raccoons, squirrels, mice, and rats all look at your attic as a safe comfy place to raise a family. We check to make sure that you don’t have any critters living rent free in the attic before we leave.

Hopefully this will give you an idea of how we do business and why we are different from the other guys. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email us at social@jitterbugpestservice.com tweet us @JerryJitterbug or visit us at on Facebook. If you would like to get some awesome pest service, call us today at (210) 653-9700

IS THE INSECT REALLY A PROBLEM?

One of the biggest misconceptions of bugs and pests is “all bugs are bad.” Somewhere between 80% and 90% of the residents of America are actually insects. Yup, you’re more likely to look like me, Jerry Jitterbug. The thing is, 99% of us are actually harmless to you. Insects are just trying to do what insects do. However, your home is usually your biggest investment so you want to keep it safe.

The most common insects we see in San Antonio are ants, roaches, rodents, spiders, fleas & ticks, and termites.

HOW TO SPOT BUG AND PEST INFESTATION

We recommend you do a 365 degree inspection. There have been many books written about how to inspect for bugs, so we’ll just cover some of the basics.

 

* Ants – A few different species of ants mess with San Antonio. A lot of people know about Carpenter ants. They don’t actually eat the wood but do tunnel through it like champs to get at food. They usually are nocturnal. You can tell they are there by little bits of “frass” which is wood dust and feces. Otherwise, there are a LOT of variations you need to consider. Check out our ant specific pages here http://jitterbugpestservice.com/ant-control/ for more information

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* Roaches – Also usually nocturnal, for every roach you do see you can count on dozens of his relatives being there that you don’t see. Roaches can be spotted by their droppings which seem like a dark grainy material.

 

* Rodents – Mice, raccoons, roof rats, and squirrels are our big three. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime. So don’t expect to see a hole like in Tom and Jerry. Look for gaps in baseboards, holes or odd gaps inside cabinets, and food being gnawed. Roof rats and squirrels get in through dryer vents, soffit vents, and other holes we have on our roofs.

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* Spiders – Spiders get a bad rap. They are actually very helpful since they are nature’s pest control. However, Texas in general and San Antonio for sure has the Brown Recluse spider.

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* Fleas and Ticks – In San Antonio, the flea season gets cranking. You know that there are fleas and ticks when either you or you pets start itching.

 

* Termites – Little bits of dust near baseboards, flaky boards that reveal what looks like tunnels underneath the surface.

CAN PESTS REALLY DAMAGE ME AND MY HOME?

Yes, plain and simple. However, a few ounces of prevention is very much worth a pound of cure.

Termite infestation, once it hits your home, effects the value of your home from then on out. So, doing a regular preventative surface can be well worth your time and effort. Carpenter ants can also ruin the wood and structure of your home as well as be annoying. Razberry, crazy, and sugar ants all are incredible potentially biting annoyances. Roaches, well roaches get into everyone’s home but they are dirty.

Insects and critters can carry disease and other pathogens. They can also destroy the investment you made in your home. But what can you do?

Easy, give a call to a professional pest control service. Jitterbug Pest Service was born and bred right here in San Antonio and can take care of any questions, comments, or concerns that you have.

Give us a call today! (210) 653-9700

Jerry,

My dog and rabbit have fleas. Can you treat Garm and Fuller or do I need to go to a vet or do you have a spray that would work?
Danyel E.

ps, these are my babies and they are pretty miserable this summer.

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Garm & Fuller Enderle of Leon Valley

Dear Danyel,
 
We can do a lot of stuff, but we can’t do pets. No, we don’t treat dogs and cats. That is best left up to pet pros. However, we can really help prevent them coming back and bothering everyone, pet and human alike
Jerry T Jitterbug

 

Why a pest control service can really help during flea and tick season…

 
Summer in San Antonio and Leon Valley where you live means flea and tick season. If you have a pet you love, you are familiar with the heartbreak of flea and tick season. Fleas and ticks don’t just mean itching, they present a threat to the health of you animals and family both.

 

So you may ask, why do fleas and ticks present a hazard? It’s just a little itching right?

 

WRONG!

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Courtesy of the University of Minnesota

 

Are fleas and ticks really harmful?

With just plain fleas, your pets will understandably scratch themselves. The flea is busy eating blood. In fact, they can bite upwards of 400 times before they are full. That’s a lot of bites.

 

Yes, fleas carry diseases but the real damage comes from the scratching. Animals scratch their bites, the bites become infected, and they suffer. Ticks are understandably notorious for carrying diseases. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, Colorado tick fever, and a whole bunch more.

 

BTW, some flea species also munch on humans. Just sayin’ as my kids would say.
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What times of the year is flea and tick season in San Antonio?

So just when is flea and tick season? If you are new to San Antonio, it’s practically year round. However, the worst months are between May and Winter. If you are new to San Antonio, “winter” may not be when you expect it. To be honest, it can go all the way to November.

 

How to detect fleas:

Usually, you will see your pets scratching, that’s a pretty obvious sign. However, it may also be dry skin. In fact, a fair number of dogs aren’t allergic to flea saliva (what causes their itch) so they may not scratch.

 

Give them a good pet and see if they have any “dirt” that looks more like really fine black pepper. Another trick for detecting more serious flea problems is to place a white sheet on the floor, wait a little bit, and see if any tiny black bug start jumping on the sheet.

 

What is special about San Antonio

The warm humid climate we have in San Antonio not only means plenty of fun in the sun, but also the perfect environment for fleas and ticks to thrive. Since we have such gorgeously moderate winters, the cold that normally kills a lot of the fleas and ticks doesn’t happen.

 

The pretty green woods and pastureland all around Bexar County also provide a really great spot for fleas and ticks to breed. That’s the irony of fleas and ticks: the same stuff that we love about San Antonio, they do as well!

 

Why flea collars aren’t enough

I was reading a neat article from the University of Minnesota that was really interesting. (Yes, I do find articles like this pretty interesting) They have a great point in that you have to take an integrated approach to solving your flea problem.

 

For killing the fleas and ticks on your pet, talk to you vet. The problem is, you can have a pet on some great medicine or a treatment program that kills the fleas on your pet, but if you don’t treat your house, you’re missing a lot of the problem.

 

Inside Tips : there are some great things you can do for free, to help solve the flea problem

 

    • Vacuum all carpets
    • Throw away your vacuum bags right after you use them (hint: the fleas can/do climb out of the bag)
    • Stick the thrown away vacuum bag either in a plastic bag that is sealed or freeze them for a few days
    • Wash any and all pet bedding
    • For serious problems, you may need to steam clean the carpets
    • Vacuum any furniture that the animals may possibly use

 

So, why the vacuuming? You aren’t vacuuming the fleas as much as you are vacuuming their poop. Young fleas actually eat the flea droppings when they are really young. Vacuuming robs them of their food source and doesn’t give them a chance to grow big enough to go after you or your pets. Of course, it really helps to have a trusted and reliable pest control service treat your house with the proper safe chemicals.

Outside Tips : You may not realize it but fleas and ticks love the outdoors because of all the different kinds of critters hanging out around your house. While you can’t treat all those animals, you can strive to kill the fleas and ticks on the ground.

 

By taking a multi-pronged approach, you can ensure that you and your pest stay free of fleas and ticks.
 

Cost of treatment

Does it cost an arm and a leg to have a highly trained, fully licesned and insured pest control company come out and get rid of those pesky critters? Not at all. We do offer some very valuable coupons http://jitterbugpestservice.com/pest-control-coupons-discounts/ on our site.

 

Give us a call today and mention that you read our blog and we’ll come get you fixed up right away!
Jerry T. Jitterbug
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210-653-9700

 

This weeks question concerns itself with how to deal with animal control and those wild animals we frequently see here in San Antonio, Texas. This can include trapping and exclusion but we’ll go into detail about how to prevent the problem of invading wild animals in the first place.

Hey Jerry,

Question. I’ve got a ton of possums and raccoons messing up my backyard and I’m worried they’ll give my dog rabies. You’d think living in the San Antonio city limits we wouldn’t have them as often as those in the country surrounding areas and they are freaking me out.  I don’t want to shoot them or deal with trying to trap them. Do you guys trap or exterminate wild animals? – S. Harrison

Dear S. Harrison,
Thanks for the question and thanks for not wanting to shoot them! It’s illegal and there is a much better way. We promise.

WHY DO WILD ANIMALS LIKE MY BACKYARD?

Rodents, raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, and mice are critters that we frequently see in the San Antonio area. But if we live in the city, why do we still see these critters? Even in the heart of a big city with sprawling suburbs, animals still have plenty of places to live. Trees, culverts, ditches, fields, and even empty houses make for perfect spots for animals to live. In fact, with people usually leaving their trash outside in the containers that San Antonio provides, it presents a very fine restaurant for a critter to get a hearty dinner.

San Antonio is still very rural with tons of open spaces, and also has a lot of construction going on. So, when they clear a field to start construction, the critters that lived in that field have to find a new place to live. Frequently, it’s someone’s backyard.

MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS

There are lost of myths and misconceptions about critters and why they invade our homes. Rats and mice actually do live outdoors. However, it’s usually more comfortable to live in your home than on the lawn or in a tree. Just because you have a mouse or rat doesn’t mean you have a dirty house. It just means that they managed to get in and we need to seal that off.

WHO ARE THESE CRITTERS

  • Mice & Rats – they are in your house and yard year round. Mice have bad vision so they tend to come out at night when it is safer. They can live in walls, attics, and dark areas under cabinets.
  • Skunks and Armadillos – Luckily, we don’t see too many of them in the urban areas of San Antonio, but they are there. These critters will rarely go in a house but are usually found in fields
  • Raccoons – Raccoons are kinda cute. However, they are dangerous. Their claws are meant to tear and shred things, so human skin is no match. They can also carry rabies, ticks, fleas, and disease like trichinosis, so you have to be very careful with them around your animals and of course children.
  • Opossums – Normally called possums, are scavengers like raccoons. They eat pretty much anything but aren’t fighters so they tend to stay in trees, run away, or “play possum.”
  • Squirrels – Cute little guys that we all love. In reality, they are basically rats with cute tails. The biggest problem we see in San Antonio is squirrels getting into attics and causing damage to wires or insulation that they eat through. They can tear open holes in your attic area causing gaps for weather to get in as well. They really don’t carry disease like other critters, they are more of a nuisance.
  • Skunks – What do we need to say about skunks? Yuck!

DETECTION

Usually, you “know” when you have a critter problem. However, there are some signs to watch for you may not have thought of.

  • Do you hear scratching noise in the ceiling or walls at night? Have your kids ever complained that they heard a monster in the attic? It might be some squirrels or other critters running around.
  • Attic – Are there areas where your insulation had been made into a nest? Are their dished out pockets in your blown insulation? Are their piles of random junk (well, even more random junk than you find in an attic) that would make a nice rat nest?
  • Kitchen – Do you see anything that looks like sawdust under a cabinet? In a new home, it may just be left over dust. However, something may have been digging a hole in your cabinet.
  • Fridge – When was the last time you looked at the vent area under your fridge? It can make a nice home for critters like mice. Also, it’s not a bad idea to dust there anyway.
  • Baseboards – Do you see any rub, claw, gnaw marks or scratches that seem odd? It might indicate pests
  • Pets – Is there a part of a room or the yard that a pet is afraid to go to? Does you dog or cat really seem interested in staring at the wall. Yes, pets sometimes stare at the wall but are they really seriously interested in the wall? It may mean you have some visitors scratching around in the walls that you can’t hear but Fido can.
  • Droppings or Pellets – Most critters have distinctive droppings. If you are cleaning and find a bunch of what looks like tiny chocolate sprinkles or bb’s? You may have a rodent problem.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is very true when it comes to treating critter infestation. Here are some free (or cheap) things you can do to reduce your problems.

  • Outside Feeding – If you feed your dogs outside or feed feral cats, then you are creating a really nice and nutritious buffet option for critters. Don’t leave out food for long lengths of time since wild critters are attracted to very nutritious food.
  • Trash & Dog Food – If you store your official San Antonio plastic trash can outside like most people, critters can easily get into them. The same is true for most commercial storage bins for dog food. Putting a brick or something heavy on top of the container really helps. Raccoons especially are problem solvers so if you get a clever one, you may be entering a war of the wits until he gets tired and moves to someone else’s trash.
  • Foundation – Check out your foundation. See those tiny weep holes? A mouse can get through a crack or hole the size of a dime. You can find commercially available plugs for vent holes but make sure they don’t block the air flow. Your house needs to breathe.
  • Soffit & Roof Vents – This is the prime way that squirrels, raccoons, and other larger critters get into your attic. Older houses that have screen type vent covers need to be checked frequently since the pest can rip them open. Loose siding or gaps in siding can also be sealed to to prevent a way to get in your house.
  • Bird Feeders – Not just birds and squirrels enjoy a treat of seeds. There are commercially available feeders that prevent squirrels and other critters from getting in to the seeds.
  • Piles of brush / debris – Many of us have that corner in our yard or on the site of the house where we stash the broken tree limbs or leftover project boards that we don’t want in our garage.  The problem here is that you’re building a nice fortress for critters to root in and to move in to. This makes a nice private space for snakes to bed, scorpions to nest and all sorts of Texas wildlife to call home.  Be sure to clean these areas out.

TRAPPING AND TREATMENT

Mice and rats can be treated with baits as well as traps. However, if you use traps, be conscious of the fact that you need to check them frequently. The last thing you need is a dead and rotting rodent in a trap. That is quite unhealthy. Poison baits are very effective however they can be deadly to children and pets. So, follow directions exactly or better yet, give us a call.

There is quite a bit about trapping that we can tell you. However, it is best left to professionals. All the prevention in the world can’t stop critters from time to time. Wild animals can and do carry disease, so please call us right away if you suspect any intruders.

So, what do we do with the animals? We trap and release the critters we catch.

BUDGETS AND COUPONS.

Does it cost an arm and a leg to have a highly trained, fully licensed and insured pest control company come out and get rid of those pesky critters? Nope. In fact, check out the link here for some valuable coupons. Give us a call today and mention that you read our blog and we’ll come get you fixed up right away!

Jerry T. Jitterbug
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210-653-9700

Dear Jitterbug Jerry
I live in an apartment and have cockroaches but I swear it’s clean. They keep treating but it doesn’t seem to work. Should I still hire a pest control company even though my apartment complex sprays the outside?

Dear Amy,
Good question. First off, having roaches doesn’t mean that you have a dirty apartment. Roaches have been around since before humans were. Plus, they maybe coming in from outside, from a neighbors’ apartment, in fact from a whole lot of places.

I’m going to let you in on a secret. Yes, there are bug secrets btw. Generally, pest control companies can get paid less than $1 per unit when it comes to pest control at apartment complexes. Frequently, what happens is these pest control companies spray your doorways and window edges very quickly and tend to not care about . Sometimes, they will go in and spray around the cabinets and that’s it. And sadly some don’t use the best chemicals combination that they can due to budget limits.

So, you can see why we don’t do apartment complexes. Jitterbug Pest Services has relied on a commitment to doing the job right for nearly two decades to the people of San Antonio. We kid a lot about ants and roaches but what we can’t ignore is the fact that they are a legitimate health issue.

Roaches don’t just get into food and adulterate it, they are full of pathogens. Those pathogens can lead to numerous diseases and ailments. Asthma is a problem in our community, but thankfully not as bad as some cities. However, roaches can give off allergens than can make your asthma worse. Also, roaches don’t just crawl on top of your carpet, they can also crawl underneath. Do you have anyone in your household that frequently crawls around on the carpets? Exactly.

So how do most apartment complexes (there are some awesome exceptions that do a great job btw) treat for roaches? They spray the areas I mentioned before, and maybe drop some bait. So what do we do?

FOUR PRONG PROFESSIONAL APPROACH

First off, we take a multi step approach to killing roaches. We don’t just spray and pray. Quite the contrary. Depending on your situation, we use baits, sprays, dusts, and granules.

  • Baits – awesome little timebombs that roaches eat and spread through their community. They take a while but really get to the root of the problem.
  • Spraying – it allows us to get into those cracks and crevices that baits don’t reach. We also vary which spray we use depending on which roaches you have. Yes, that actually can make a difference.
  • Dusts – pretty old school but they work great for cracks and crevices in your foundation or brickwork, or maybe some big gaps in woodwork. In some situations, we use a thin layer on a surface to provide really long term killing.
  • Granules – Since you mentioned you are in an apartment, this probably doesn’t apply to you. But if you have a condo with a yard are, give a look. Granules are great for spreading on lawns. Yes, cockroaches really love lawns. Think about it, where do you think roaches lived those millions of years before we had houses?

OVER THE COUNTER SOLUTIONS

So, you want to save some money and buy bug killer from the super market. Do they work? Yes, they do to a limited extent. The problem with the OTC solutions is that since they aren’t being applied by a trained professional, they have to make the sprays as safe as possible for humans. What ends up happening is it doesn’t kill the bugs and they get away only to spread their resistance off to their babies.

Who hasn’t sprayed a cockroach with a can of bug spray only to have the roach kinda look at you and laugh? Exactly.

BUDGETS AND COUPONS.

Does it cost an arm and a leg to have a highly trained, fully licesned and insured pest control company come out and treat your apartment? No. In fact, check out the link here for some valuable coupons. In fact, give us a call today and mention that you read our blog and we’ll come get you fixed up right away!

Jerry T. Jitterbug
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210-653-9700

As an accredited member of the San Antonio Better Business Bureau, I check out their site because http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/ is such a spectacular resource. After reading some of the wonderful articles posted there, I realized that pest control is confusing topic for some people. Having been in the pest control industry for nearly two decades in the San Antonio area, we haven’t given a lot of thought to problems people have to choosing a reliable pest control firm. However, I know that a lot of people do.
People usually ask two questions when it comes to pest control: do I really need to hire a pest control firm and how do I choose a good pest control firm. Let’s look at your options…

OVER THE COUNTER PEST CONTROL

  • Roaches and general bugs – Bug sprays can work. However, they aren’t as strong as they could be. You see, since the sprays are applied by people that aren’t trained professionals, they aren’t anywhere close to the stuff we use. Sadly, not all the pests die and they take that resistance and breed it into the next generation of bugs quickly. So it ends up being an arms race.
  • Ants – Some old fashioned remedies can work great. Diatomaceous earth is a natural, non-toxic dust that can work great killing ant colonies. Boric acid mixed 2:1 with sugar is an oldie but goodie that you can apply to sills and entryways. However, it can be dangerous to pets and children, so be careful.
  • Traps – Mouse and rat traps are effective but you have to be very very careful with them around children and pets. Also, you have to frequently monitor them since you don’t want to kill a rat and then forget about the trap. Eek. Live traps are an option but please do be careful when releasing them. Traps also include roach and ant “motels”. These usually use either glue to trap them and starve or contain low level poisons. Again, they are just a combination of a couple OTC methods that have limited effect.

EARTH AND BUDGET FRIENDLY MEANS OF PEST CONTROL

There are a few things you can do around the house to help prevent various bugs

  • Clean your house well. Dust and clean under the insides of cabinets. Mop your floors. Fix leaky faucets. Make sure all crumbs are picked up. If you have kids, you know how hard this can be. No reason to make it easy for the bugs to have a buffet.
  • Insulate your house. This actually can pay for itself by sealing all the gaps between windows and doors. This prevents air from leaking and little critters getting in.
  • Screens and vents need to be checked to make sure they don’t serve as a way for rodents to get in. Remember, a hole as small as a dime is all it takes!

CHOOSING PROFESSIONAL HELP

Bugs happen. If you have tried natural and OTC methods for killing bugs and they aren’t doing the job, it’s time to talk to a professional But, how do you choose?

  • BBB Accreditation – First off, we recommend that you check out the Better Business Bureau. They offer a free service for consumers and you have a chance to check out a lot of different options. http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/
  • Licensed & Bonded – Make sure that your pest control company is fully licensed and bonded. In plain English they’ve undergone all the training the state requires and have insurance to cover any damage that might occur.
  • Above and Beyond – Also, check out the track record of the firm. Do they even have a website and a local history or are they someone that just kind of “appeared” overnight. Jitterbug has been servicing the San Antonio area for nearly two decades so we have deep roots in the community.

I hope that helps you how to find a quality pest control service in San Antonio. Cost is imortant and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to have a highly trained, fully licesned and insured pest control company on your side? No. In fact, check out the link here for some valuable coupons. In fact, give us a call today and mention that you read our blog and we’ll come get you fixed up right away!

Jerry T. Jitterbug
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210-653-9700

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