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What Does It Cost to Remove Raccoons From My Attic?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

raccoon problemWhen it comes to raccoon invasions, the attic space is the area of the home that tends to attract raccoons the most. If you think that you have a raccoon problem in your attic, you'll want to contact a professional raccoon control service to come take care of the problem. Do not attempt to deal with a raccoon problem yourself.

Raccoons are large animals that can not only cause injuries during capture, but that also carry diseases, such as rabies, leptospirosis and salmonella. If you're curious about how much it will cost you, the following is a breakdown of what a wildlife control specialistwill do and the cost:

  • The Audit - Many animal control services will charge a flat fee to inspect your premises in order to determine the extent of your raccoon problem. Just because you think that there's a single raccoon living in your attic does not mean that there aren't other raccoons on your property. The last thing you'll want is to pay to have one raccoon removed only to have another raccoon you didn't know about begin to produce offspring, after all.

  • raccoon removalThe Traps - Once the inspection has been performed, a professional animal control specialist will determine what kind of traps will be most effective and where they will need to be placed. There is usually a single fee for setting up the traps.

  • The Raccoon Removal - Once the traps have been set up, they will begin capturing raccoons. Most animal control services will charge a single fee for each raccoon that they trap and have to remove. This is because raccoons can be hard to deal with and require trained hands to properly remove from the trap and take them away from your property. There's also a removal process that has to be followed for each raccoon that's caught since they can't simply be released anywhere.

  • The Prevention - As part of the raccoon control service, prevention methods will need to be implemented to prevent further raccoon problems. This cost can vary depending on what has to be done; for example, the number of access points that have to be sealed and whether tree branches have to be trimmed back.

To get a more accurate raccoon in attic removal cost estimate, be sure to contact us at Markle Termite & Pest Management in Dallas for more information today.

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5 Ways to Get Your Raccoon Problem Under Control

Friday, January 12, 2018

raccoon problemHaving raccoons pillaging your trash is certainly a nuisance, but the real threat that raccoons present is the diseases that they might be carrying. Raccoons are known for carrying diseases such as leptospirosis and rabies, both of which can be spread through urine, feces and blood.

The following are a five raccoon control tips that can help keep raccoons off of your property:

  1. Seal Access Points - Raccoons will come into your home at the first opportunity that presents itself, so make sure that they don't have a way to get inside. Go around your home in search of any potential vulnerabilities, such as cracks or holes in the siding, and seal any access points you might find. This will prevent raccoons from seeking shelter in your basement and building nests in the area.

  2. Trim Your Tree Branches - Raccoons are experienced climbers, which means that if there's a chance that they can reach your roof via nearby tree branches, they'll take it. By getting to your roof, raccoons will be able to find a way into your basement, where they could begin to nest. By keeping your branches trimmed back, you will prevent access to your home's basement.

  3. Don't Leave Your Trash Exposed - Raccoons are scavengers, which means that if you leave trash outside, they will be attracted to your property. Make sure that when you take the trash out, that you put it in a sealed container. Otherwise, you're bound to find a huge mess outside the next morning.

  4. Don't Leave Food and Water Out - If you have pets, then you might put food and water outside, especially if your pets tend to spend the majority of their days in your yard. However, you should make sure to bring that food and water in at night or else you're effectively feeding the raccoons.

  5. Install Motion-activated Lights - Raccoons can be scared off of your property if you install motion-activated lights. Consider placing your trash cans below such a light to reduce the risk of any raccoons finding a way into your trash.

These are a few raccoon control tips that will help keep raccoons off of your property. If you think that you have a raccoon problem, then you'll want to make sure you get a professional to get rid of it. Be sure to contact us at Markle Termite & Pest Management to schedule a raccoon control service in Dallas today.

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Roof Rats

Friday, January 05, 2018

roof ratsRoof rats, which tend to be sleek-bodied rats with smooth, black fur and tails longer than their bodies, can be a real nuisance. Unlike other types of rats, they tend to nest above ground. In fact, they are excellent climbers, which means that they have a habit of getting into attics. There, they can not only cause damage using their teeth, but also present a health hazard to your home.

Because of this, you'll want to get rid of them as soon as possible if it turns out that you have a roof rat problem.

Below are three tips you can use for getting rid of roof rats:

  • Use Snap Traps - Place snap traps in areas that exhibit signs of a roof rat presence. Look for access points throughout your attic space as well as for droppings. A snap trap will kill whatever rat it catches, but keep in mind that they only work once. Snap traps can be reused but are also easily disposable, and they are non-toxic to boost. A drawback is that they are only effective with minor roof rat problems and you may not want to use them if you have pets or children since they could injure themselves on them.

  • Electronic Traps - One of the more modern versions of the rat trap is the electronic trap, which uses a high-voltage shock to kill the rat. They will indicate that they've trapped and killed a rat with a blinking light and are safe to use around children and pets as well. Electronic traps can be quite effective, although like snap traps, you need to know where to place them and they're generally more effective for smaller rodent problems. Please be aware, these types of devices have not been proven to work in any study.

  • Poison Bait - If you have a bigger roof rat problem, then using poison bait may be more effective than single traps. When a roof rat takes a poison bait, it will take it back to its nest where other rats will feed on it. While this can help you get rid of the whole infestation, you risk killing roof rats while they are in hard-to-reach areas. For example, they may die while in the walls or your attic which can produce odors or damage to your home.

While these are all methods that you can employ yourself, getting rid of roof rats is much easier if you use a professional rodent control service. Contact us at Markle Termite & Pest Management to schedule a free inspection today.

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5 Reasons for Squirrel Removal

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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Seeing squirrels in your backyard probably seems like a normal everyday occurrence but just because squirrels are common doesn't mean that you shouldn't worry about them. If they're in abundance of squirrels living on your property, you may want to consider our squirrel removal services. The following are five reasons why you might need squirrel removal:

  1. They Can Destroy Your Garden - If you've planted a garden on your property and are growing fruits and vegetables, there's a strong possibility that nearby squirrels will help themselves, negating all of the effort that you've put into it.

  2. They Eat Bird Seed - If you have bird feeders set out on your property to help attract birds (which not only improves the general atmosphere of your property but can also help deter certain pests from attempting to invade your yard), then the last thing you'll want is for squirrels to wreck your plans by eating all of the seed.

  3. They Can Damage Electrical Lines - Squirrels often use phone cables and electrical lines to get around, which can result in damage that will not only require extensive repair, but that could leave you without power or the ability to use your landlines.

  4. squirrel on roofThey Can Damage Your Home - Squirrels are agile creatures, which means getting to the roof your home shouldn't be much of a challenge if there are nearby tree branches. They have been known to nest in attics, which can cause all kinds of problems. Even a single squirrel can cause massive damage to your home's interior. This is because they are known to chew on insulation, wiring, and woodwork.

  5. They Can Cause Foul Odors in Your Home - Squirrels will urinate and defecate wherever they are, causing foul odors and potentially staining floors and furniture, which can be expensive to clean. Additionally, if they get trapped within your walls, you'll have a rotting corpse on your hand, which can cause your entire home to smell.

Squirrels may seem like cute little animals, but they are not harmless - even if they seem to be everywhere. If you have an abundance of squirrels hanging out on your property, you should strongly consider scheduling a squirrel removal service. To schedule a squirrel removal service in Dallas, contact us at Markle Termite & Pest Management today.

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4 Reasons to Think About Skunk Control

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

skunk control.jpgIf you happen to see a skunk on your property, whether it's outside your home or inside, odds are you'll want to contact a skunk control service right away. Skunks are notorious for their ability to spray foul odors all as a defense mechanism, and it's the last thing you want lingering around your home.

However, the smell skunks produce isn't the only reason you'll want to schedule a skunk control service as soon as you spot one. The following are four other reasons you won't want skunks on your property:

  1. Skunks Carry Diseases - The presence of a skunk can be a real danger to your children or pets because of the diseases that they often carry. Skunks are known to carry rabies, listeriosis, canine distemper, leptospirosis, canine hepatitis, and more. 

  2. Skunks Carry Parasites - Skunks are known for harboring parasites like ticks, fleas, lice, tapeworms, lungworms, and roundworms. These parasites can latch on to your pets as well as to anyone in your family. Roundworm is particularly dangerous to any children who are exposed to skunk feces outside because it can result in ocular damage as well as brain damage.

  3. Skunks Can Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome - Not only does the spray smell bad, it can cause toxic shock syndrome in small spaces. For example, if you have a dog that corners several skunks in a tight area and they release their spray, it could cause acute anemia, kidney damage, and shock.

  4. Skunks Can Cause Property Damage - In addition to all of the health risks that skunks pose, they can also cause property damage. Skunks have a tendency to burrow into gardens and lawns, which means that they can ruin your garden or grass. They are also known for setting up shop in sheds, garages, and crawlspaces under decks or porches.

If you see skunks on your property, you'll want to schedule a skunk control service right away. Skunks can not only cause incredibly unpleasant odors around your home, but they can pose a genuine health risk to your family and pets.

Be sure to contact us at Markle Pest Termite & Pest Management in the Dallas area if you think that you have a skunk problem in order to schedule a skunk control appointment today.

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3 Signs You Have a Wasp Problem

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Nobody likes wasps. Their sting can be very painful and problematic for those who are allergic. Not to mention that, unlike bees who lose their stinger once they use it, wasps have an unlimited use of their stinger - and they tend to be aggressive. But just because you see a single wasp flying around doesn't necessarily mean you need to contact a wasp extermination service. Here are three signs of a serious wasp problem that will require a wasp extermination service:

  1. The Regular Presence of Wasps - Seeing one or two wasps flying around may not necessarily mean that you have a wasp problem. However, if you begin spotting wasps on your property on a regular basis, it may mean that they have built a nest nearby. Wasps can easily be identified by their slender yellow abdomen and their long wings. If you have an infestation, you'll often find them swarming in a single area.

  2. The Presence of Chewed Wood - If you see holes or tunnels in wooden surfaces around your home's exterior, such as in your deck or along the frames of your doors and windows, it could mean that you have a wasp problem. This is because certain types of wasps will chew wood for use in their nests.

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    The Presence of a Wasp Nest - Wasp nests tend to have a papery look to them because they are made out of wood pulp and saliva. If you spot a wasp nest, you should contact a wasp extermination service right away. Wasp nests are generally built in sheltered areas that have easy access to the outside, which means that they are often built in spaces under the roof, under eaves, in wall cavities, in sheds, in garages and even in bird boxes.

These are three of the top signs of having a real wasp problem on your property and that you will need to schedule a wasp extermination service.

Be sure to contact us at Markle Termite & Pest Management to schedule a free inspection to. By identifying the source of the problem we can prevent the use of unnecessary pesticides and safely remove the nest to ensure the wasps do not come back.

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The Dangers of Having a Wasp Problem

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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Wasps are incredibly unpleasant and their stings can be painful. If you think that you have a wasp problem, or you know that you have a wasp problem due to the presence of a wasp hive on your property, then you will want to contact a professional wasp control service to care of it. The last thing you should do is attempt to try and get rid of the problem yourself.

The Dangers of Wasps

Wasps are going to sting you if they feel that you are a danger which makes attempting to remove a wasp hive on your own a bad idea which can result in a swarm of wasps attacking you in defense of their home.

Most people stung by a wasp, will develop a small welt around the bite. The pain and swelling of a wasp sting should recede after a couple of hours. However, some people may be allergic. If you have a slight allergy to wasp stings, you could experience extreme redness and swelling as well as potential nausea and even vomiting. The symptoms can sometimes be reduced with an antihistamine.

wasp problemFor some people, severe allergic reactions may occur. Individuals with a severe reaction could experience anaphylaxis, which occurs as a result of your body going into shock due to the wasp sting's venom. This can be life-threatening and requires immediate emergency care.

Symptoms of such severe allergic reactions include:

  • Difficulties breathing
  • Swelling of the lips, face or throat
  • Itching or hives in areas of the body not affected by the sting
  • Feelings of dizziness or lightheadedness
  • A sudden drop in your blood pressure
  • Stomach cramps
  • A pulse that either grows weak or quickens
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A loss of consciousness

You may not know how allergic you are to wasp stings until you experience one, which is another reason why you shouldn't remove a wasp nest yourself. In fact, if you have pets or children, you should schedule a wasp control service the moment you see signs of a potential wasp problem, like multiple wasps swarming in one spot.

If you have a wasp problem or think you have a wasp problem, be sure to contact us at Markle Termite & Pest Management in Dallas to schedule a professional wasp control service today.

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Are You a Candidate for Raccoon Removal?

Monday, November 20, 2017

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Raccoons are intelligent animals that are curious by nature. These mammals with grey fur, black paw-like hands, and bandit circles around their eyes love making their dens in hollow trees and abandoned burrows. With that said, they always stay at least 18 miles away from a food source and if there isn’t one nearby, they will try to make your home their own, especially if there is an available food source.

What part of a home do raccoons nest inside?

Waschbaer_auf_dem_Dach.jpgRaccoons will make their nest inside of attic spaces, crawl spaces, garages, porches, and any area of a home that is warm, safe, and easy to access.

Raccoons are even known to crawl through dog doors and up stairs into spaces that feel like a den to them. This is a huge issue for homeowners, but the truth is it is usually the homeowners fault since most people don’t keep their trash locked properly, or have a food source nearby that is easy to get into, such as:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Gardens
  • Seeds and Nuts from Trees or Bird Feeders
  • Left Over Picnic Foods Outside
  • Easy to Access Pet Food Bowls Near Dog Doors

What should homeowners do if they need raccoon removal help?

If homeowners suspect raccoons are living inside their home it is best that they call a Markle Pest Management professional right away to identify a solution for raccoon removal. They can even provide homeowners with preventative measures to keep the creatures from returning and entering the home again.

After all, sharing a home with wild animals is unsafe and hazardous to your health. Wildlife is meant to stay outdoors and home is meant only for family.

If you have a raccoon problem contact Markle Termite & Pest Management today for a free inspection.

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Removing Armadillos by Trapping

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

armadilloArmadillos are mammals that are native to North and South America. Homeowners and gardeners tend to call these four short-legged, shelled, armored bodied pest. The reason being is they love digging holes in lawns, soil beds, near foundations of buildings, and anywhere rivers and streams are nearby.

Getting these creatures gone can sometimes be as easy as trapping them, but sometimes pest control professionals need to be called to help with the armadillo removal process. Removal can also depend on the breed of armadillo you are dealing with.


What are the main types of armadillos people consider as pests?

The two most common types of armadillos people consider as pests are the pink armadillo, which is the size of a chipmunk and the giant armadillo that can get 120 pounds. All breeds have sharp claws for digging, long snouts for smelling, and big ears for hearing to make up for their lack of eyesight.

To protect themselves from danger the critters do roll up into a ball, but not all breeds can depending on how many plated shields their body contains. The ones with large shields along their body tend to jump high in the air when frightened as a defense mechanism, which can make these creatures hard to remove from a property since they tend to scare humans and animals off.

What is the best method for armadillo removal?

armadillo removalOne of the best methods for removing armadillos from a home or garden is with a rodent trap. Once trapping has occurred, which can take days, it can be released into an area far away from the homeowner’s house. Most of the time trapping armadillos is easy because they are not aggressive creatures to begin with and again have poor eyesight. With that said, only the small armadillos can be trapped with a rodent trap. If you are dealing with a larger armadillo it might be wise to call in the professional rodent trappers to rid this animal from your property.

Are there any ways to prevent armadillos?

There are no proven ways to prevent armadillos from invading your space. This is because they can dig tunnels under homes, gardens, pools, and fences. You can try getting a large dog and hope it chases them off, but most of the time there is nothing you can do but trap them and remove them physically from your property.

If you're experiencing problems with armadillos or any other pests, contact a Markle Termite & Pest Management professional today for a free inspection

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Rodent Removal and Prevention Methods

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

rodent infestation"Rodent" is the common term that refers to furry creatures that are considered pests in and around a home. Rodent removal is necessary when particular ones, such as mice, rats, squirrels, moles, armadillos and raccoons make your home their own.

The size and type of the rodent invasion you're dealing with will determine the best method for removing the infestation from your home. Once the infestation is rid from the home it is wise to use preventive methods to keep the critters from coming back, but first let’s talk about the best rodent removal methods.

What are the best methods for removing rodents from a home?

  • Rodent traps

  • Rodent repellent sprays

  • Rodent smoke bombs

  • Rodenticides

  • Electronic Traps

Where can you find these rodent removal items?

You can find these rodent removal items in garden and home improvement stores in the pest control sections, but for serious infestation it is wise to call in professional rodent removal services. This is because large rodent infestations can cause serious health ailments such as respiratory distress.

Rodents contain harmful substances in their fecal matter, which is why it is important to removal the rodents and their droppings from the home with extra care. If you don’t think you can do this task on your own because of lack of experience it is time to call in the professionals.

What can happen if rodent infestations aren’t removed properly?

prevent rodent infestationsIf rodent infestations aren't removed from a property carefully and promptly the infestation can worsen. Rodents can build nest in walls, attics, basements and any area that provides them with easy access to warmth and food. This is why it is essential for you to keep food, garbage and water sources out of reach. As long as food and water are of easy access the rodents will stay and keep coming back even after removal.

What are the best ways to prevent rodent infestations?

The best ways to prevent rodent infestations from occurring is to seal off cracks along your foundation and fix any broken windows, entryways and holes within your home that allow for easy access into the home. Spraying rodent repellents on the outside of the home helps too.

If you are looking for a more natural way to prevent rodents from invading your home try planting mint plants within your landscape. After all prevention methods are the best ways to stop infestations.

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