4 Solutions to Keep Birds Away From Your Commercial Property

Oliver Exterminating has developed a number of solutions for bird control in Puerto Rico over the years. Birds can be disastrous for any commercial property. Their droppings can ruin a nice landscaping job and carry diseases. Their nesting can cause damage to your property. If you’re struggling with an excess of birds, try out a few of these solutions. But remember, working directly with the experts at Oliver Exterminating is the best way to manage your bird problem quickly and efficiently.

#1. Make it More Difficult for Birds to Perch

Take note of the areas on your property where birds like to congregate and brainstorm strategies that would make it harder for them to perch there. One common solution is to line window sills with jagged or protruding spikes, making it impossible for birds to find a comfortable place to sit. This is one way to deter birds from congregating in specific areas, but always keep safety in mind. It can be difficult to install this solution, and the safety of your human occupants must take priority. Most solutions in this vein likely don’t pose any major threat, however.

#2. Install Bird Netting or Other Barriers

Barriers such as bird netting are great bird control solutions in Puerto Rico. These barriers keep birds away from important areas on your property. However, choosing where to install netting and which netting to choose are important considerations that are best left to experts such as those at Oliver Exterminating.

#3. Chemical Deterrents

There is a wide range of chemical deterrents available on the market that are intended to repel birds. Whether through taste or smell, these chemical agents are designed to keep birds far away from your property. Oftentimes these products can be highly regulated, and are only effective on certain species of birds.

#4. Call on the Bird Control Experts in Puerto Rico

For the most effective bird control solutions in Puerto Rico, call on the experts at Oliver Exterminating. We have years of experience dealing with birds of all types, and will be able to assess your specific situation to determine which methods will be most effective for dealing with your infestation. While there are steps you can take on your own to deal with a bird infestation, working with our team can help to save you valuable time when we use our expertise to design a customized solution to your problem.

Oliver Exterminating has the knowledge and experience to help you with solutions for bird control in Puerto Rico. Contact us today to learn more!

Need Pest Control Services in Puerto Rico? Call the Experts

Are you battling pests in your home? Are you concerned that you might be at risk for an infestation? Whatever the case may be, you can rely on Oliver Exterminating’s pest control services in Puerto Rico to help you stay pest-free. Here is a quick loo…

Are you battling pests in your home? Are you concerned that you might be at risk for an infestation? Whatever the case may be, you can rely on Oliver Exterminating’s pest control services in Puerto Rico to help you stay pest-free. Here is a quick look at some of the common pests we deal with in the spring. If you’re dealing with these or any other pests, don’t hesitate to give us a call to get your home clean and free of pests.

Common Pests in Puerto Rico

Mosquitoes

While they’re often regarded as a nuisance, mosquitoes can be a potentially dangerous pest because of the number of communicable diseases they carry. They’re very common in Puerto Rico, and love to make their homes near standing water such as swimming pools, lakes, reservoirs, and more. Many people don’t realize that mosquitoes can also make themselves at home indoors, and are attracted to moist, dark areas such as underneath sinks. We’re well-equipped to deal with mosquito infestations, so give us a call today to learn more.

Bees and Wasps

Bees and wasps love to come out in the spring when the flowers are blooming. Bee and wasp stings can be extremely painful, and for some they can even be life threatening. If you’ve noticed a large amount of bees, or have seen a wasp’s nest on your property, don’t risk being stung. Rely on the pest control services at Oliver Exterminating to help make it safe to enjoy your home.

Birds

Birds also are common and unwelcome pests in Puerto Rico. Species such as pigeons and doves can do damage to your property, and even can spread a number of diseases that can be dangerous to humans. At Oliver, our pest control services for birds include a number of humane methods that focus on keeping birds away from your property, decreasing the likelihood that they’ll make their homes at your home.

Ants

Ants come in many shapes and sizes, all equally frustrating and difficult to deal with. Ants are generally attracted to food, so it’s important that you keep your food tightly secured in order to prevent an infestation. We have plenty of pest control services designed specifically to deal with these tiny terrors.

Oliver Exterminating has developed pest control services in Puerto Rico to deal with these and other specific pests. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer, or to check out our exciting pestfree365 program designed to keep your home pest-free year round.

4 Pests You Might See in Puerto Rico

Pest Control is crucial in an area like Puerto Rico that is home to a number of reptiles, rodents, and insects that can plague home and business owners. Puerto Rico is home to a number of persistent pests that require a good deal of effort to prevent and eradicate. Below are a number of pests you might see in Puerto Rico, along with information on the damage they can cause.

#1. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are tiny, but they’re among the most dangerous pests native to Puerto Rico. Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting a number of illnesses that can land humans into the hospital. These potentially deadly pests are typically attracted to standing water and can even make their nests inside of your home.

#2. Rats

Rats are a common pest around the world, and Puerto Rico is no exception. Rats are attracted to food as well as material they can use to create nests such as insulation and even furniture upholstery. They can be particularly problematic for home and business owners because they can easily chew through wiring and walls, wreaking havoc on a building’s electrical systems. Also disease carriers, rats are potentially dangerous pests.

#3. Flying Roaches

If you think garden variety cockroaches are bad, wait until you see flying roaches. Just as stubborn and difficult to exterminate as regular cockroaches, these insects also have the ability to fly. They’re attracted to easily-accessible food sources, and open garbage cans are among their favorites. Keeping your home clean, your food securely stored, and your garbage cans sealed are important ways to keep these pests at bay. These pests are difficult to remove on your own, making the pest management experts at Oliver Exterminating an important resource.

#4. Bedbugs

Bedbugs are particularly difficult to exterminate as they can make their way into your mattress, bedding, clothing, carpet, and walls. They lay their eggs in these spaces and before you know it you’re in the middle of a serious infestation. Trying to eliminate bedbugs yourself is often ineffective, and sometimes even makes the infestation worse. Even removing your mattress, clothing, and bedding isn’t an effective way to manage a bedbug infestation. Rely on pest management professionals to help you get bedbug infestations under control.

These are just four pests that are common to Puerto Rico. Each of them has the potential to harm humans and their property. To help prevent infestations, or to curb and active infestation, contact the pest control professionals at Oliver Exterminating today.

Ticks and Your Dog: Why the Two Shouldn’t Mix

If you’re a pet owner, chances are you’ve wondered how to get rid of fleas and ticks. Dogs are at particular risk for bringing home ticks, leading your whole family to deal with the hazards of an infestation. Below is some detailed information about ticks and your dog.

Why Are Dogs at Particular Risk?

Ticks are attracted to warm-blooded mammals such as people, dogs, and cats. They are parasites and are in constant search of new hosts to feed off of. They make their homes in tall grass, where dogs love to romp. It’s simple for ticks to latch onto your dog while he’s outside playing or on a walk. Once they’ve made themselves at home, an infestation is a real danger.

What Are Some of the Dangers Ticks Post to Dogs?

Ticks are capable of carrying a number of diseases that are dangerous to dogs and humans. The longer a tick remains on your dog, the greater the likelihood that it will transmit a disease. Therefore, if you notice a tick on your dog it’s important to remove it immediately. Ticks also have the ability to cause tick paralysis in your dog, a temporary condition wherein the dog will have difficulty walking or even become paralyzed. These are just a few reasons why ticks are especially dangerous to dogs.

Can Ticks Transmit Diseases to Humans?

Unfortunately, ticks can transmit diseases to humans. Ticks have been known to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, tularemia, and the bourbon virus. That means that if your dog comes into your home with a tick, your family is also at risk of becoming ill.

What Should I Do if My Dog Has Ticks?

You must be wondering by this point how to get rid of fleas and ticks if you spot them on your dog. Female ticks are capable of laying a massive amount of eggs in a short amount of time. If you spot signs of a tick infestation on your dog, it’s a good idea to consult with the pest management professionals at Oliver Exterminating along with your veterinarian. With our expertise, we’ll be able to spot the signs of an infestation in your home and effectively exterminate the pests.

Don’t risk your dog and your family’s safety if you notice a tick on your canine pal. Contact us today and we’ll figure out how to get rid of fleas and ticks in your home.

Not All Pest Management Works: When to Call a Professional

Oliver Exterminating’s integrated Pestfree365 program recognizes that pests need shelter, food, water, and a way of getting into your home in order to gain a foothold. Deny pests like ant…

Oliver Exterminating’s integrated pestfree365 program recognizes that pests need shelter, food, water, and a way of getting into your home in order to gain a foothold. Deny pests like ants and mice those entry points and you’ll inevitably find fewer signs of infestations. However, many do-it-yourself pest management tactics like mosquito and tick control don’t work, and that’s when it’s time to call in the professionals at Oliver Exterminating. Here are four pest management tactics that don’t work and why it’s best to call in a pest management professional.

1. Treat the Root Cause, Not Only the Symptoms

One of the top reasons that do-it-yourself pest control can fall short is that Puerto Rican homeowners wind up treating the symptom of the pest issue rather than getting at the root cause of the problem.

For instance, putting out mouse traps instead of checking for cracks, holes, and vulnerabilities in your home’s foundation that might be allowing mice to literally slip through the cracks in the first place.

By getting at the root cause of the issue, you can significantly reduce the odds of falling victim to a pest infestation. Mice, cockroaches, ticks, and other pests can be transmitters of diseases and termites can cripple your home value, so it’s nothing to ignore.

If you think you have a pest problem in or around your home, then contact Oliver Exterminating for help. We provide wildlife control, bedbug control, mosquito and tick control, and more.

2. Mouse Repellent Might Not Be Enough…or Even Work

Some people suggest bay leaves, mint, and moth balls reduce the odds that mice make it into your home. The weird thing is that none of these tactics are shown to work effectively.

Peppermint and spearmint are additional DIY ways of attempting to reduce mice that just don’t get the job done. Essential oils might be great for your skin, but they’re certainly not the best way to get rid of mice in your home.

At Oliver Exterminating, our pest management involves effective management methods like checking to see if structural repairs are needed (e.g., for mice this would involve sealing your home’s exterior) and making lifestyle adjustments.

You might consider storing your food in plastic containers instead of leaving cookies on the counter in plastic wrap and securing your trash more effectively.

We specialize in rodent control so whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or property manager, Oliver Exterminating can help. Don’t leave your pest problems to luck. Make sure to contact a pest professional as soon as possible.

3. Coffee Grounds, White Vinegar, and Ants

Although boric acid might be an effective ant bait—unlike coffee grounds, white vinegar, ground cinnamon, and dish water (all suggestions online)—boric acid bait likely won’t kill every ant in a colony and there are toxicity issues to worry about. The best way to deal with an ant infestation is to rely on the expert knowledge of the pest management professionals at Oliver Exterminating.

4. Fabric Softener Sheets, Mosquitoes, and Gnats

Fabric softener sheets are said to keep mosquitoes and gnats away but there’s really no scientific basis for that claim. The main ingredient in fabric softener sheets thought to keep mosquitoes away, linalool, was looked into by the EPA back in 2007 because the claims were getting out of control for mosquito and tick control.

The EPA concluded that: “the efficacy data on [linalool] may not support certain claims to repel mosquitoes.” So, if dryer sheets don’t really work, what should homeowners do in the meantime to cut down on mosquitoes?

Going back to the control methods with Oliver Exterminating’s pestfree365 program, you want to look at how mosquitoes are able to thrive around your home.

Eliminating standing water from around your home is a good place to start but for more serious mosquito and tick control, you need to capitalize on the expertise of Oliver Exterminating’s pest control specialists who understand mosquitoes’ breeding habits and the most effective management methods. Not all pest management tactics work, so it’s best to contact a pest management professional to take care of all your pest needs the moment you notice something is amiss before it becomes more of a problem.

3 Ways to Prevent Pests in Your Home

Mosquito control is important both indoors and outdoors. Most people think of mosquitoes as outdoor annoyances, but did you know that mosquitoes also like to build their nests indoors? It’s true! Mosquitoes can quickly go from being an outdoor annoyance to an indoor hazard when they decide to make themselves comfortable in your home. Here are a few ways you can help keep mosquitoes and other pests away.

#1. Keep Out-of-the-Way Spaces Clean

Indoors and outdoors, mosquitoes love to make their homes in damp, dark places. Indoors, these places can include underneath sinks, leaky utility closets, and underneath appliances such as washing machines. Be sure to make these places a part of your regular maintenance routine and don’t neglect to give them a quick cleaning. Mosquitoes aren’t the only pests that like to hide in areas like these, centipedes and woodlice also love these spots!

#2. Keep Doors Closed and Sealed

Many pests, including mosquitoes, get into your home because of open doors, or because of improperly sealed doors. Be sure to keep doors closed during the summer months when it can be tempting to leave them open. Inspect your doors to ensure that they are sealed when closed, with no gaps that leave room for pests to sneak through. Hardware stores sell plenty of simple solutions that homeowners can utilize to be sure their doors are sealed tight.

#3. Call on the Professionals at Oliver Exterminating

At Oliver Exterminating, we’ve been in business since 1956 and understand mosquito control better than anyone. Whether you’re looking to safeguard your home against an infestation or you’re currently battling an active infestation, Oliver Exterminating has the resources you need to enjoy truly pest-free living. Ask us about PestFree365, our comprehensive program designed to ensure your home stays pest-free through a combination of preventative care and regular maintenance.

These are just three ways you can increase your mosquito control measures and help to ensure that your home stays pest free this summer. Keeping your home clean from top to bottom is one of the easiest ways you can ensure that your home doesn’t become a safe haven for pests like mosquitoes. If you’re ready to learn what professional pest management can do for you, reach out to Oliver Exterminating today!

Pests in Puerto Rico You Need to Avoid and How to Avoid Them

Fall is once again upon us. Pumpkin spice, homework, packed lunches, fallen leaves, and warm sweaters are all in season. When the weather turns, many different kinds of critters are looking for warmth too.

Rodents like mice and rats can make their…

Fall is once again upon us. Pumpkin spice, homework, packed lunches, fallen leaves, and warm sweaters are all in season. When the weather turns, many different kinds of critters are looking for warmth too.

Rodents like mice and rats can make their way into your home through gaps in your walls, doors, or windows. Now’s the time to make an inspection and winterproof your home against these annoying pests.

Another pest that can really cause problems for tenants or homeowners in the fall are bedbugs. A lot of people mistake bedbug bites for allergies or scratches but skin inflammation that looks like a series of blisters could actually be bedbugs.

Dealing with Bedbugs This Fall 

Bedbugs are small, brownish insects that are relatively flat until they’ve fed. Bedbugs can bite at night to feed on blood, and they’re most active after midnight. These insects typically hide in crevices and cracks during the day and come out only at night.

These pests develop in three stages from egg to adult in about a month total, and they don’t need much beyond a warm home between 60 and 85 degrees. Now you know why bedbugs in Puerto Rico are becoming more of an issue.

Bedbugs can easily be transported in a variety of different ways from hitching a ride on backpacks and suitcases to sticking onto clothing.

Throw any clothing or sheets that you think could be affected by bedbugs into the hottest dryer setting for at least half an hour, vacuum around your bedroom, and use a brush to make a final pass before putting your sheets back on the bed.

To prevent bedbugs, remove clutter from around your bedroom and make sure that none of your wallpaper is slipping off and offering a place to hide. If you think you might have a bedbug infestation then contact Oliver Exterminating immediately.

Eliminate House Spiders, Stink Bugs, and Termites 

Sealing cracks and gaps around your home, keeping your home nice and clean, and removing outdoor debris like overhanging vegetation or wood piles are ways to reduce the problem if you find that spiders, stink bugs, and termites are somehow entering your home.

Removing wood piles where spiders can hide can also cut down on stinkbugs and termites, which can do your home’s foundation more serious harm. Drywood termites in Puerto Rico can hang around until well into November, so be sure to follow these tips and contact our professionals to thoroughly take care of the pest problem at hand.

Keep Mice Out of Your Home Too 

Oliver Exterminating protects your home in another way as well. Our pestfree365 home protection plan and commercial plan help you keep pests out of your home or business on an ongoing basis, making it easier for you to have a peace of mind.

The first step is inspecting for signs of pests. With rodents, things like droppings, gnawed holes, scampering sounds in your kitchen or basement, and unusual behavior from your pets could all be signs that something just isn’t right and that rodents have infested your home.

Our pestfree365 plan uses control methods aimed at getting rid of pests and keeping them out for good. Making structural repairs like caulking around doors and windows and adding screens can make a huge difference.

Storing food securely in Tupperware containers or cans is also a great way to eliminate food sources. Traps and bait stations might also work for some but if you have a real problem on your hands or if you’re overseeing a large commercial space then it’s best to take advantage of Oliver Exterminating’s rodent control program.

If you have a pest infestation on your hands or you want to take prevention methods during the colder months, be sure to contact the professionals at Oliver Exterminating for all of your pest management needs.

Avoid These Pest Management Tactics That Don't Work

#1. “Bug Bombs”

Bug bombs (also known as foggers) are pest control products that advertise their ability to kill pests by using aerosol propellants to aerate poisonous substances, killing any bugs within their reach. While it can be tempting to invest in these seemingly quick solutions, they’re not always as effective as they seem. In addition to the potential dangers to you and your family if the foggers are used incorrectly, they don’t reach bugs that aren’t out in the open at the time of the fogging. That means these bug bombs are potentially ineffective on pests such as bed bugs that hide underneath coverings.

#2. Throwing Away Furniture

While it may be necessary to get rid of some household items during an infestation, don’t make the decision to throw away furniture before you’ve consulted with an expert. Oftentimes throwing away furniture will only solve part of the problem. For instance, bed bugs can also live in the molding and carpet of a bedroom. Throwing away a mattress before the room is properly inspected by pest control services could mean that any new mattress you bring in will also become infested. Hold off on throwing away or replacing furniture until you have a better idea of what you’re dealing with.

#3. Osage Oranges

It’s a commonly-held belief that osage oranges will repel spiders. However, many people don’t realize that it’s not the oranges themselves but the trees they grow on that possess spider-repelling properties. Keep in mind that leaving out fruit like oranges can actually attract pests such as ants, making this myth especially counterproductive when it comes to pest management.

These are just three common pest management tactics that don’t actually work. When you’re dealing with an active infestation, it’s crucial to take advantage of the pest control services in your area. At Oliver Exterminating, we have years of experience managing pests and will be able to help you take control of the situation quickly and efficiently. Reach out to us today if you’re experiencing an infestation or are looking for ways to prevent one.

Ways to Stop Inviting Pests Into Your Home in Puerto Rico

There’s really nothing more frustrating than having a pest control issue but not knowing where the pests are coming into your home from. The truth is that pests need a few simple ingredients to thrive. Shelter, food, warmth, and water are right at the top of the list.

Unfortunately, many Puerto Rican households sometimes forget to drain their sinks or bathtubs after using them or leave food around for pests like mice, ants, and cockroaches to feast on. Decanting birdbaths or small kiddie pools to prevent mosquitoes is simple enough but too many homeowners wait until it’s too late.

Signs that pests have already made it into your home are: droppings, noises in the walls or along your floorboards, chewed wrappers or wiring, a musky smell in the basement, or gnawed wood out back (termites).

Fortunately, there are DIY stops that you can take to significantly reduce the chances that pests make inroads into your home or business.

Steps to Take Right Now to Reduce Pest Issues

The easiest step that you can take right now to prevent pests from making your home an oasis is making sure that all of your food is canned, zipped, protected by plastic containers, or unopened in a drawer. Food or morsels of food on the floor or in the carpet can make it far too easy for mice and other pests to snatch up. If you’re unsure if your kitchen floor is totally free of food, then a quick sweep or vacuum should be enough.

Your garbage can also be a hotspot for raccoons, possums, and mice who want nothing more than to chow down. Keep a tight lid on your trash to prevent that from happening.

Block Your Home’s or Workplace’s Entrances

Next, you’ll want to prevent pests such as snakes or spiders as well as small pests like mice and ants from getting the chance to enter your home in the first place. But how?

Caulking your windows and doors is a great prevention method. As it turns out, weatherstripping and caulking are also wonderful ways to conserve your heating efforts and save on your energy expenses this winter season.

Small openings along your baseboards are also ways that critters make it into your home through walls or move from room to room. Plugging up any gaps that you find and perhaps adding screens to your windows and doors can be really beneficial.

Keep Your Home and Backyard Free of Clutter

Pests such as cockroaches and even termites like to hide in dark places. Out of sight is unfortunately out of mind for too many Puerto Rican homeowners.

One way to prevent pests from wreaking havoc on your home is to keep your home and backyard free of clutter. This means keeping trees trimmed and wood piles away from the home. Removing standing water is also a great way to prevent mosquitoes in your yard.

Thinking About Long-term Pest Control in Puerto Rico?

The only long-term, surefire way of ensuring a future free of pests, though, is enlisting the help of professionals to monitor the situation and make home or workplace pest control visits when necessary.

Oliver Exterminating pest control in Puerto Rico has been trusted since 1956, giving personal and thorough pest control care for residents of Puerto Rico and surrounding areas. We make it our mission to provide the best pest management possible and help you to maintain a pest free home or work environment. For more information about the services we offer, be sure to contact a representative today!

Dangers of Termites and Why You Shouldn't Delay Their Termination

Termites make a formidable opponent to your home’s foundation, but are termites actually dangerous to human health? Although termites aren’t known to transmit harmful diseases or to possess toxic bites, termites can exacerbate allergies among some Puerto Ricans battling a termite infestation.

Termite Infestations and Your Family’s Health

Termite nests can leave behind dusts and shed wings that, if left untreated by a pest control specialist, can infiltrate your home’s or business’s heating system, ventilation, and duct work. This dust can cause breathing issues and allergy flare-ups for some. There are reports that termites can cause sneezing, itching, and watery eyes through exposure to their droppings.

The weird thing about termites is that they’re actually beneficial to ecosystems yet harmful to humans and potentially dangerous for your entire family. Termites in nature break down waste and leave more nutrients in the soil out in nature. Since drywood termites love nothing more than chomping on your home’s wood, termite control is definitely something to consider if you suspect you’re dealing with a termite infestation.

Structural Property Damage and Things to Look For

The unfortunate thing about a termite infestation is that you might not immediately find any clues to tell you that one is underway. Clues may come later when you’ve suffered severe damage. Structural property damage as well as subterranean (“below the surface”) damage are the two most common kinds of ways that termites can wreak havoc on homes and businesses throughout Puerto Rico and many neighborhoods in Puerto Rico.

Structural Property Damage

Plenty of Puerto Rico homeowners assume that if their home’s not made primarily out of wood then they’re completely in the clear when it comes to a termite infestation. Think again—termites can damage your window’s plaster and home siding even if it’s made out of metal. Termites also love munching on cabinets and wooden furniture like dressers, tables, closets, and chairs. Wooden floors, walls, and ceilings might also be fair game.

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites create more than $5 billion worth of structural property damage every year. Termites are as small or sometimes smaller than ants and can do the bulk of their damage behind furniture, on the side of your home, or underneath your home undetected. If a termite starts chowing down on your home’s or business location’s support beams and ceiling joists that keep your home literally held up, then you could be talking about a major issue.

A termite control specialist from Oliver Exterminating Services Corporation can come to your home or place of business and check for termites in the most likely locations. In addition to support beams and joists, other popular spots are around your home’s exterior and in between wall studs. If termites are in your walls, then you might have to check the insulation too since termites can eat that in addition to plaster and siding.

Things to Look For

Buckled wood and the appearance of slight water damage are signs that termites may have done significant damage to your home’s floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, or cabinets already. You’re not actually seeing water damage—you’re seeing the aftermath of termites chewing on that part of the wood in your home and causing it to look wavy.

The appearance of water damage to wood in your home, holes in logs lying around outside your home, or a smell like mildew that infestations can give off are fairly good signs your home is in danger. Fortunately, Oliver Exterminating continues to be the largest, most experienced tent fumigating pest and termite control company throughout Puerto Rico and many neighborhoods in Puerto Rico. Find out how we can use termite control to inspect or treat your home or business for termites.