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Common Myths About Snakes

Appearing everywhere from ancient mythologies to modern dream theories, snakes have captured the imagination of humanity for centuries. While snakes are shrouded in mystery, it’s still important to separate fact from fiction, and there are many misconceptions about snakes that exist to this day. Here are a few common myths about snakes that you may be interested in exploring.

Snakes are Slimy

Most likely because of their limber, almost fluid-like ways of traveling, many people assume that snakes are slimy and greasy. They’re actually dry and a little soft. 

Snakes are Deaf

They may not have eardrums, but snakes do have inner ears that can detect vibrations from the ground and low frequency airborne sounds. They are, however, unable to detect sounds of a higher frequency.

A Decapitated Snake Will Live Till Sundown

It’s grotesque, but both the head and the body of a snake can survive for a short period of time after separation before rigor mortis sets it. However, the time of the day does not affect this process in the slightest.

Snakes go Blind During the Summer

This myth comes from the fact that snakes have ocular scales on their eyes which they shed, like the rest of their scales, during the summer. When they shed their ocular scales their eyesight definitely suffers, but they do not go blind and their eyesight returns to normal shortly after.

Snakes are Aggressive towards Humans

Many species of snake can give a seriously dangerous dose of venom with their bites, and they should always be treated with caution. However, snakes have no ill-will towards humans and will not actively hunt us down.

Pythons and Boa Constrictors Kill Their Prey Through Strangulation

This myth is one of the most widely believed of all snake myths. It’s easy to assume that snake species like pythons and boa constrictors are strangling their prey when they wrap their bodies around them and squeeze. Actually, they are killing them by cutting off their blood circulation.

Snakes Only Bite From a Coiled Position

Snakes often coil up when at rest, making it harder for predators to grab them and easier for them to strike, though snakes can attack from almost any position.

Snakes both fascinate the mind and strike terror in the soul. They are ominous and mesmerizing, but still understandable and rooted in science, and the more you know about snakes, the more intriguing they become. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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The Warning Signs You May Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been the source of children's nightmares for generations; however, bed bugs are more than just the subject of a well-known rhyme. They are very real and can really mess up your week. Unfortunately, many people with a bed bug infestation do not even realize they have a problem until the infestation is in full swing. To get you prepared in case you should ever have this problem, here are some telltale signs that there are some uninvited guests in your bed.

Bite Marks

The first sign that you have bed bugs is finding bed bug bite marks on your skin. This may seem obvious, but the problem is that there is little separating bed bug bites from the bites of fleas, spiders, and mosquitoes. One way to tell if it's bed bugs feasting on you while you sleep is not the bites, but the patterns of bites. Bed bugs usually bite in small clusters, nibbling a little here, a little there, etc. So if you see bite marks in a tight bunch, or in a sort of zigzag, you may have a problem. Either way, if you find mysterious bites on your skin, something must be amiss.

Strange Odors

The sense of smell is often overlooked, yet it’s an important one, especially when tracking bed bugs. If you smell a musty sort of odor, like the odor from an attic or wet towel, it may be coming from bed bugs. Bed bugs release pheromones as a way to attract mates. They seem to like it, but to us, it just smells weird, so keep your nose out for any odd scents.

Red/Brown Stains on Your Mattress

Finally, finding reddish-brown stains on your mattress is one of the best ways to tell if you have bed bugs. These stains are the feces that bed bugs defecate. It’s disgusting, but it’s really a blessing in disguise. No one wants feces on their bed, but if you see it, you can take steps to clear the bed bugs out of your house, fecal stains and all.

Bed bugs are creepy little creatures. Not only do they leave itchy, painful bites on your skin, but they can live with you in your own bed for weeks without you even knowing. Fortunately, if you recognize the signs of a bed bugs infestation, you can be ready to kick them out the moment they move in. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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Four Differences Between Rats and Mice

There are many differences between rats and mice. Because both are nocturnal creatures, you may not know which one is actually in your home. Some of the differences can help you determine which rodent entered your home. These differences can include physical appearance, sounds, food and nesting habits.

Difference in Physical Appearance

If you happen to get a glimpse of the rodent in your home, you can tell whether you have a rat or a mouse by its physical features. These features include color, size, types of fur and tails.

First is the color. The color of a mouse is either gray or black. The rat’s coloring is two-toned and the fur is coarse. The rat has a darker body with a lighter stomach. While the color of the body is gray, brown, red or black; the stomach color is either white or yellow.

If you catch a glimpse of the rodent, the size can identify if you have mice or rats. The mouse is usually around six or seven inches long. But, the size of a rat can range between 11 and 19 inches long.

Another identifying characteristic between the two rodents is the tail. Both rodents do not have hair on its tail. A mouse’s tail is about three to four inches in length. The rat’s tail is much longer, about six to nine inches, and appears scaly.

Audible Differences

If you have not seen the rodents in your home, the sounds they make can help you determine if its mice or rats. You will hear scratching from both rodents. But, mice make a squeaking sound. With rats you will hear sounds of gnawing and fighting.

Differences in Diet

Both rodents are not picky when it comes to food. They will eat almost anything. The major difference in the diet is rats need water daily to survive. A rat will travel farther away from its nest for acquire water.

Nesting Locations

The locations of the nest are another way to determine if you have rats or mice. The nesting location of a rat is in one of two locations. It is either a higher location like the attic or underground in a burrow. A mouse’s nest is closer to a source of heat like a furnace or oven.

If you have any signs of a rodent problem, do not wait long to get help. Rodents can multiply quickly and cause havoc on your home fast. Call Lethal Pest Solutions for an inspection and discuss service plan options.

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Are You Bringing More than Just Firewood into Your Home?

Tis the season for many yearly traditions, not least of which is cozying up in front of a roaring fire. Hot, authentic fires are the perfect way to enjoy a snowy night; however, it’s not uncommon for some uninvited guests to hitch a ride on our firewood when we bring it inside.

Many pests like to burrow inside firewood, and then escape into our homes when we take a log in to burn. Here are some of the pests that stowaway on firewood, and ways to make sure we don’t take them in with us when we’re simply trying to warm up.

What Pests are Hiding in Our Firewood?

Since firewood is obviously made out of wood, the most common pests that burrow inside logs of firewood are the ones that consume wood for food. One of these is the powder post beetle that digs small tunnels through firewood, leaving pencil sized holes.

This is all well and good, except if you’re not careful when you bring the firewood in, they may be digging small tunnels through your house. Other pests that enjoy making themselves at home in wood stacks are termites, locust borers and carpenter ants, none of which you want in your home.

How to Keep Firewood Pests From Spreading Into Your Home

There are many ways to prevent pests from infesting your house through firewood. The easy way to do this is to only take a couple of pieces of wood inside at a time. You want to decrease the amount of time between the wood being outside and being enveloped in scorching flames as much as possible.

You may even want to simply throw each piece into the fire right when you come in. When storing wood outside, try to keep the stack in full view of the sun to reduce moisture. Also, make sure there is enough space between the logs for the air to circulate and don’t let the bottom logs touch the dirt.

Final Thoughts

Finally, you should avoid spraying the wood with pesticide, as this can cause some serious health effects when it burns.

Pests have a tendency to really ruin a holiday season, and as much as we try to keep them out of our homes, sometimes they get in because we bring them in ourselves. Infested logs of firewood can cause real damage to your house, however, as long as you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays in peace.

For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Rake Your Leaves This Fall

It’s called Fall for a very good reason. Fall is the time of things falling. The temperature for one, and, of course, the leaves. There’s a good chance you’ve been raking leaves every Fall for as long as you can remember, but there is also a good chance that you never knew why. Many people assume that you rake the leaves for the same reason that they fall: It’s just what happens; however, there are actually some important reasons why people rake their leaves. Here are five of them.Home

Helps Your Lawn Breathe

Odds are, you wouldn’t fare very well if you were smothered in a thick layer of leaves for a few months. Well, neither would your lawn. Grass needs to breathe just like everyone else, and fallen leaves can suffocate it if you let it.

Detracts Pests

Another reason to rake this Fall is to prevent pests from invading your house. Many pests use the cover of dead leaves to hide, eat and reproduce right below our noses, and if they are able to thrive on our lawns, it’s just a few extra steps before they reach our homes.

Leaves Can Stunt Your Lawn in Spring

Many people avoid raking in the Fall because they figure that the grass is going to die anyway as the weather drops. Well, as you’ll find out in reason number four, that’s not exactly true, but even if it was, a heavy layer of leaves can still prevent new blades from emerging after the winter has passed, creating snow mold and brown patches where there should be bright, green grass.

Sponsors the Growth of Cool Season Grasses

As hinted at above, not all grass dies in the Fall. There are many different types of grass known as ‘cool season grass’ that actually thrives in the Fall. Grasses like Kentucky bluegrass is one that revitalizes as the temperatures drop and plays an important role in our lawns overall health and development.

Raking Makes Your Lawn Look Nicer

The last reason for why you should rake your leaves is simpler: It looks better. You don’t need to clear your lawn of every single leave, but it definitely makes your grass look tidier and healthier.

Now that you’re an adult and you aren’t being forced by others to rake the lawn this Fall, it may be tempting to skip it, thinking ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ However, raking leaves actually serves a vital role in keeping our lawns bright and strong, not only in the Fall and Winter, but all year round. For more information or to receive quality pest control and lawn care services, contact Lethal Pest Solutions today.

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