Ranger Pest Services is a fully insured and licensed company, Rick is licensed with Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Board of Pesticides Control, Masters Applicator License. We love our creatures and critters so...when ever possible we choose relocation or exclusions over termination. Offering traditional and organic treatment options.
Ticks are arachnids, like spiders and mites. They are mostly found in wooded areas and the open or grassy areas at the edges of wooded areas. Approximately 850 species have been described worldwide.
Ticks are vectors of many diseases, the most important of which, for Maine, is Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is transmitted to people by bites from deer ticks (also called black-legged ticks), not from dog ticks. When feeding, the tick makes a small incision in the skin of the host and inserts barbed piercing mouthparts to remove the blood. Most species cause little or no pain to their hosts at the time of feeding. Ticks transmit diseases by infecting hosts with microorgranisms carried on their mouthparts or in salivary fluids
Ants are social insects that live in colonies or nests usually located in the soil near the house foundation, under concrete slabs, in crawlspaces, in structural wood, in the yard or garden, in trees and in other protected places. Some ants are a nuisance, others can cause structural (economic) damage or health risks to humans. They swarm food and water sources, causing sanitation issues, and certain species can create architectural damage. Carpenter ants will weaken a structure by tunneling into rotten or water-damaged wood to carve out paths and channels, jeopardizing the stability of the building.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance when they swarm in large numbers, and when they bite, leaving behind itchy welts. They are more than a nuisance, however. They can carry serious diseases that infect humans and animals, including West Nile virus, malaria, and eastern equine encephalitis and more. Every effort should be made to avoid mosquito bites.
There are over 3000 species of mosquitoes worldwide, and over 40 in Maine, about half of which feed on human blood. Mosquitoes are active at dusk and dawn, are most active at 80°F and do not function below 50°F.
Spotting a mouse in your home is a good indication that the population of mice there is great enough to force individuals to risk seeking out food during abnormal hours. While it may be tempting to ignore the incident, neglecting a potential infestation can prove extremely dangerous to your well-being. Mice rely heavily on their sense of smell and will urinate and defecate as they travel to create scent trails they can follow back to their burrow or food source. Their urine and feces are full of harmful bacteria and parasites, so your tables, countertops, and food storage and preparation areas are all vulnerable to contamination, If you encounter a mouse in your home, contact us immediately for expert help in eliminating the rodent presence on your property. Ranger Pest Services will set up a treatment program that will rectify the problem. Do not put your health at risk by waiting for the problem to escalate.
Bats are beneficial mammals. They eat insects, pollinate plants and are an important part of the natural environment. Occasionally bats and humans come into conflict when bats choose to live in and around human homes. Bats can be infected with rabies and should never be touched. Bats can transmit a viral disease that causes encephalitis (brain inflammation) and death. Also hazardous to humans is the possible development of histoplasmosis, a disease caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum that grows in bat and bird droppings. Histoplasmosis affects thousands of people each year and can be extremely dangerous to children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems. Bats are also carriers of fleas, lice, mites, and bat bugs, which can infect both animals and humans. If you think you have bats in your attic, do not enter the attic, and do not seal up the area they are using to enter your home. Sealing up the bat’s entry points can result in additional damage to your home. Contact Ranger Pest Services for humane bat exclusion estimate.
Squirrels are most likely to enter a structure through the roof, attic, eaves, and soffits and can cause significant damage while doing so. By the time you have discovered a squirrel problem in your home or business, it is entirely likely that the squirrels have created multiple access points. They often chew on fascia boards and cedar shingles to create entry points into your attic and like to gnaw on electrical wiring as well, which causes a serious fire hazard. Because squirrels are rodents with teeth that continue to grow throughout their entire lives, chewing serves to file down their teeth.
Once a squirrel, or family of squirrels, has gained access to your home, the impact to your everyday life can be both stressful and costly. Squirrel families mat down insulation, creating energy and financial loss, and their urine and feces cause an extremely unpleasant odor. Once inside, they will continue to chew on wood support beams and other structural supports, causing damage to the building. Squirrel excrement sometimes contains the bacterium that causes salmonella and leptospirosis, both of which can be life-threatening. While squirrels seem cute and cuddly, they can be surprisingly aggressive. Mother squirrels are very protective and may bite during the spring and fall baby seasons. If you have been bitten or scratched by a squirrel, please consult a doctor immediately.