Prevention Matters! Why Exclusion is the Key to Keeping Rodents at Bay!
Let’s face facts; no one wants rodents scurrying through their homes. Unless you have a pet rat or
hamster, the ticking of tiny nails on the floor and scratching in walls or attic spaces will make your skin
crawl. Plus, you have to deal with droppings! Those little specks of fecal matter dotting your floors and
counters. To put it simply, yuck.
When you end up with a rodent problem, you are usually stuck trapping. That isn’t a fun process. You
have to call a pest control professional, wait for the traps to catch critters, and then have them
removed. All in all, it’s just not pleasant.
Luckily, there is a better way to keep rodents at pay. What’s the magic word? Exclusion!
What is Rodent Exclusion?
Rodent exclusion is the process of making sure that rats, mice, and similar critters can’t make it inside
your home. It involves closing up any potential points of entry, sealing up holes with effective barriers
that rodents can’t chew through or squeeze past.
What Do You Need to Do to Keep Rodents Out?
Sealing your home up to prevent rodents from getting in requires a pretty basic approach. The goal is to
find any entry points and close them off, ensuring the rodents can’t get inside.
Begin by inspecting every point of entry. Look at the seals around your doors and make sure they are in
good shape. The garage door seal is the first place we look. Mice only need a ¼ inch to get in (about the size of a #2 pencil), and rats only need around 1/2 inch or larger to gain access. That means a subpar seal could give them more than enough room. Next, check around your vents and where any pipes come through the walls, such as bathroom or
kitchen fixtures. You want to look at the interior and exterior of your home, as dryer vents, roof vents,
and similar openings can end up with holes around them over time.
Then, take a look at your crawlspace vents. It’s another potential point of entry and, if a rodent can get
under your home, they can find a way inside.
Rodents have amazing chewing power, their teeth can work through sheetrock, siding, and other
materials if they decide they want to make their way inside. If you find any holes, no matter how small, you need to seal them up tight. Don’t use spray foam for the holes as a rodent’s teeth can cut through it like butter. Additionally, avoid steel wool. Not only is steel wool flammable it also rots. Plus, a rodent’s teeth can chew right through it.
Instead, you need to need to find a more robust solution. Exactly what you need to use depends on
where the hole is located. Often, it is best to contact a pest control specialist to see which solutions will
provide you with the best protection based on your needs.
Why Rodent Exclusion is the Best Method?
Rodent exclusion should always be your first choice. Why? First, it keeps rodents out of your home,
ensuring you don’t hear those little feet scurrying about and that you don’t have to deal with the
contamination from pests and droppings.
Second, it is cost-effective. Getting your home squared away may require an initial investment, that’s
true. After all, you do have to pay for repairs to your house, and those can add up. But, after that, you
experience long-term savings. It’s much cheaper to seal up your home than to keep calling in a pest
control specialist to handle an infestation. Plus, rodents that get inside can chew through wiring,
plumbing, HVAC vents, and a ton of other stuff. By paying to seal your home up, you can avoid expenses
related to that kind of damage too.
Finally, it helps you maintain a healthy home. Rodents can carry about 35 different diseases (some of
which are incredibly dangerous) and may trigger allergies too. Keeping rodents out is always better than
dealing with recurring infestations, so make sure to invest in your home and get it sealed up tight.
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Shelters, food banks, religious organizations, and so many other nonprofits provide valuable services to
their communities, all while battling with tight budgets. Recently, Ed’s Dead Bug joined Pest Relief
International, a nonprofit organization that ensures that every organization helping their communities
has access to the pest control services they need without any of the financial burdens.
We are looking for nonprofit organizations that could use our help, ensuring that they can continue
doing their good work without having to worry about pests like rodents and bugs. Our goal is to help
these nonprofits eliminate and prevent pests without them having to worry about the financial burden.
Our Free Services for Nonprofits in Need
In association with Pest Relief International, Ed’s Dead Bug is happy to offer the following services to
nonprofits in need:
Trapping, and Exclusion
Mattress Encasements to Ensure Safe, Sanitary Sleeping Options in Shelters
These services can be vital in the fight against vector species, particularly in sleeping spaces.
Ed’s Dead Bug is Looking for Nonprofits in Need!
Ed’s Dead Bug is currently looking for nonprofits to help, including religious organizations, food banks,
shelters, and more! If you are part of a nonprofit that could use our service or know of one that could,
please contact us or Andrea Hancock at Pest Relief International. We’d be happy to do our part to keep
our community free of pests.
If you want to support the great work of Pest Relief International, you can help too! They are always
taking donations of supplies and financial support, and can match volunteers to opportunities where
you can make a difference in your community.
Click the link to learn more about donating: www.pestreliefinternational.com/donate
Keeping your home free of bugs long-term requires more than a single treatment. Treatments designed
to prevent ants, spiders, and stinging pests from making your home theirs don’t last forever, so
quarterly maintenance is key.
With Ed’s Dead Bug warranty program, you get preventative treatments every three months. This
creates an effective barrier against a variety of insect pests, ensuring they don’t take up residence in and
around your house.
Protection You Can Afford
Many people believe that pest warranty services are expensive when that simply isn’t the case. At Ed’s
Dead Bug, we make pest prevention affordable, ensuring you can protect one of your biggest
investments: your home.
Our warranty service plan is just $33 a month. For that price, you get quarterly treatments designed to
keep ants, spiders, and stinging pests from getting comfortable in and around your home.
All of our treatments are designed to yield the best outcome. After all, pest control products are like
medications; if you use the wrong ones, you don’t get the results you need.
Additionally, all of our pest control products are as safe as they are effective, including for you, your
family, your pets, and the environment. Plus, as part of our $33-a-month warranty service program, we
rotate the products we use, ensuring you get ideal coverage at a price that makes sense for your budget.
Why Sign Up for a Warranty Service?
Ultimately, out $33-a-month warranty service plan provides you with unparalleled peace of mind. You
can rest assured knowing that your home is fully protected against ants, spiders, and stinging pests for
one low monthly costs.
The warranty service plan also provides you with predictability. For the duration of your contract, your
price won’t change for treatments involving all of the covered pests. This makes budgeting a breeze!
Plus, if you notice an ant, spider, or stinging pest problem between visits, we’ll come out and handle it
for no additional cost. This means that you never have to worry about new service fees for any covered
How Does It Work?
At Ed’s Dead Bug, we understand the value in simplicity. That is why we make sure that our $33-a-
month plan is easy for you every step of the way.
After completing the contract, you’ll receive a monthly bill. We offer a variety of payment options,
including an online portal that allows you to pay online.
Your preventative treatments are scheduled once every quarter. We understand that life gets hectic,
and remembering your quarterly appointment is coming up isn’t always easy. As a courtesy, we send a
reminder email before every scheduled treatment and give you the option to reschedule if the need
When your warranty service day comes, for outdoor treatments, you don’t even have to be home if your
property is accessible. We will come by at the scheduled time and apply the proper treatments, and
you’ll always receive a notification after our visit is complete.
At Ed’s Dead Bug, we want to make our warranty service easy and affordable every step of the way. If
you want to learn more, give us a call or send an email. We are always happy to discuss our warranty
service in detail, ensuring you are confident in your choice to sign up.
Honeybees are a vital part environment. As a pollinator, they help ensure that nearly 400 types of agricultural products (like apples, almonds, and cucumbers) are able to grow and thrive. Plus, honeybees make delicious honey!
When it comes to pest management, Ed’s Dead Bug works hard to protect the helpful bees in our communities while ensuring the proper management of other pests. Here’s how we do our part to protect the amazing, hard working honey bees.
How Ed’s Dead Bug Helps Save the Bees
Before we treat any area, we accurately identify the insects present. This ensures that honey bees aren’t accidentally put in harm's way, protecting the natural ecosystem.
When performing general pest prevention and elimination treatments for other stinging pests, we treat any eaves with Fifra 25(b) exempt products. These won’t transfer to any nearby bee colonies, ensuring a single honey bee that is passing through can’t carry the treatment back to their hive. We also never use neonicotinoids on the exterior or a home or business, and only use it in the interior when absolutely necessary.
We also use minimal chemicals for the removal of any pests. The majority of situations only require Fifra 25(b) products, and many exposed nests can be removed without any chemical treatment at all.
When applied by licensed pest control professionals, all the products we use are safe for pets and people, as well as the honey bees that are so essential for the environment.
What Can You Do to Help the Bee Population?
Not long ago, the news swirled around the internet saying that helpful honey bee was in crisis and their numbers fell at alarming rates. While it is true that colony collapse disorder did impact the population (and one obscure bee species in Hawaii became endangered), that isn’t the case for many of the honeybee species you see buzzing around your yard anymore.
Skilled beekeepers have worked to replenish colonies, and local laws ensured that wild hives were handled with care, usually by relocating them to safe areas.
Now, most honey bees are doing pretty well, but that doesn’t mean you can’t chip in by helping their continued recovery. Here’s how:
Plant flowers or flowering trees
Bees thrive on pollen, making flowering plants and trees their primary food source. Nearly any common landscape flowers and flowering trees can help the bees get a meal, so consider adding some to your landscaping.
As a bonus, they can also improve the look of your property, upping the curb appeal.
Don’t cut down your dandelions right away
Dandelions (those little sunshine buttons that dot most people’s yards) might be considered a weed by some, but are actually an excellent source of pollen for honey bees. While you don’t have to let them overtake your landscape, consider allowing them to bloom until you need to cut your grass so they bees can enjoy them for a while.
Place small water trays near flowering plants and trees
Bees, like any other living creature, need water to thrive. In periods of dry weather, place small dishes (or coffee can lids) filled with water near your flowering plants and trees.
Just make sure to change the water daily. Otherwise, you may invite mosquitoes to breed in your yard (and no one wants that!).
Call Ed’s Dead Bug to Remove Any Nest
It takes a significant amount of care and attention to properly remove established nests, particularly for stinging insects. If you spot a nest, contact Ed’s Dead Bug. We know exactly what needs to be done to ensure that everything is managed safely and correctly.
"Why do we have "Dead Bug" as our name but dress our kids as bugs for Halloween?"
We LOVE bugs! (Bugs, insects, arachnids, you get it) just not in the house! By studying them, we understand which "bugs" pose a problem for a homeowner.
We find the term "exterminator" very offensive. We're not in the business of eradication, just home protection. We take our job very seriously and vow to protect any insects that do not pose a threat. Especially honey and bumblebees.
We truly offer a greener, better solution to your pest management needs by understanding each local pest and how to effectively protect your home from tiny, unwanted invaders with or without chemicals, depending on your situation. Not all treatments are "one size fits all", call to customize yours today! 360-763-1040.
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Yes, our daughter was helping Daddy treat an apartment for fleas! *She is wearing the proper PPE, per the label that they were using.*
We are family owned and operated and will offer family friendly service. We make mouse calls! Serving Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater!
One time services start at $149. Quarterly plans start at $99.
We offer affordable, flexible pest management for general pests including; All ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, Rats and mice, Yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps, Silverfish, earwigs, carpet beetles, pill bugs, centipedes and millipedes.
Please call for estimates on fleas and carpet beetles.
Creepy to some but the huge guys are harmless. They actually help by keeping the "dangerous" hobo spider away.
"These large spiders help prevent “hobo spiders” from becoming established indoors. They out-compete and displace the hobo spider indoors and the males often kill male hobo spiders (without necessarily eating them). Hobo spiders are not an indoor spider to begin with, but Eratigena atrica is helping to keep them that way."
If you want to keep all of the spiders away, give us a call.
We love our family and we will treat you like family! We promise to answer all your questions before treatment. We want you to feel comfortable with your services and will cater to your needs. We also promise to use Integrated Pest Management on every service to provide the best treatment for YOU, your family and the environment. We LOVE bugs! Just not in the house.
It's not just a phrase. We mean it! We call our family "Team Coleslaw" *that's another story*, and every member of our family has a responsibility. Mom does the "office stuff", Dad does the "bug stuff", Big Sister does the graphic/logo design and the baby brothers just keep us happy and laughing *they are so silly*.
Our nine year old daughter created this logo on Microsoft Paint. We are so proud. Can you tell???
His name is "Deadbug". Deadpool... Deadbug...