PEST CONTROL

Our perimeter treatment helps control trouble-some pests. That's because we use highly effective pest control products designed to control many different pests. And there's never a bothersome odor for you, your family, or your pets.

 

Our perimeter pest treatment provides control of numerous pests, including:

 

• Ants • Silverfish • Cockroaches • Rats • Crickets

• Mice • Spiders • Earwigs • Grasshoppers

 

Our treatment methods encompass IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in protecting your home from pest invasion. Our company focuses on the most cost-effective use of approved products with the best state-of-the-art treatment procedures available to the professional pest management industry.

 

Our professionally-trained technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your home - both inside and out on the initial service - for pest problems and conditions conducive to pest harborage.

 

Following the inspection, our technician will analyze the potential problems and make suggestions to you. The technician will pay special attention to conditions needing correction, such as moisture or drainage problems, and any other conditions that may be conducive to pest invasion.

 

A thorough perimeter treatment will be performed to the exterior of your home. This will create a zone of protection against potential pest invasion.

 

Regardless of the time of year, undesirable pests can surround your home on the outside, seeking entrance whenever and wherever they have the opportunity

 

 

TERMITE CONTROL

Every day, America's homes are targeted by a dangerous predator that causes millions of dollars worth of damage – subterranean termites. These termites live in underground colonies and work 24 hours a day to destroy your home from the inside out. There can be millions of termites in a colony, but you may never see any evidence of them – until a pest management professional discovers they've seriously damaged your home. In fact, termites cause $5 billion worth of damage each year in the U.S. alone – damage not covered by most home- owners insurance.

What do termites look like?

Termites are often mistaken for flying ants, but there are noticeable differences:

  • Termite wings tend to be equal in size, while ant wings are usually longer in front and shorter in back.
  • Ants' antennae are elbowed, while termites' are straight.
  • Ants have a narrow, pinched waist, while termites' waists are thicker and less defined.

How can termites enter my home?

Termites can enter homes with just 1/32" opening. They follow tree roots and construction conduits, such as pipes and footers, to gain entry into homes. Termites constantly forage and evaluate the size and quality of food resources as they seek out cellulose.

 

Make your home less attractive to termites by taking a few simple precautions:

 

Eliminate wood-to-ground contact. Anywhere soil makes contact with wood gives termites a direct path to their next meal. Wood siding, porch steps, and lattice work, for example, should be at least 6" above ground.

 

Eliminate damp spots around your home. Termites are attracted to moisture, so make sure your gutters are clean and downspouts divert water away from the foundation. Repair leaky faucets, air conditioners, and plumbing around or under your home.

 

Move firewood/lumber away from your home. Also keep mulch and landscape timbers away from your house.

 

Keep your shrubs trimmed.

 

Repair damaged wood.

 

Seal cracks in your foundation. Seal basement cracks, repair mortar joints and any gaps around plumbing or wiring.

 

Have your home inspected once a year. It takes a trained eye to identify potential problem spots. Even if you can't see any evidence of termites, it pays to have a professional inspection because termites eat wood from the inside out. The longer you wait, the more damage they can do.

FIRE ANT CONTROL

IDENTIFICATION

All ants are part of the Order Hymenoptera. They can be distinguished by their chewing mouthparts and the front area of the abdomen that is constricted behind the thorax, forming the pedicel.

 

A fire ant has a two-node pedicel, and a hairy abdomen with a stinger at the tip. Fire ant workers are polymorphic, anywhere from 1/8" to 1/4" long.

 

They have 10-segmented antenna ending in a two- segmented club and a mandible with four distinct teeth. The fire ant's body color is red with a black abdomen.

 

The fire ant queen approaches 1/2" in length and is dark reddish brown in color. Queens can produce up to 800 eggs per day.

 

The fire ant typically nests in soil and builds earthen mounds. These mounds are cone-shaped and usually measure 1-2' in diameter, and 4-18" in height, although some can be substantially bigger. Mounds are usually built in open, sunny areas, and are protected by a hard soil crust. Fire ants travel via underground tunnels, so there are no openings visible on mound surfaces. However, this does not let them escape from fire ant treatment.

 

If not treated, colonies can grow to 500,000 workers and several hundred queens. A monogyne colony (with one queen) builds 40 to 150 mounds per acre. A polygyne colony (multiple queens) builds 200 to 800 mounds per acre.

 

IMPACT

Fire ants deliver a nasty sting. They can adversely affect humans, pets, livestock (especially cattle and horses) and wildlife. In worst-case scenarios, they can cause death.

 

They also can deliver a financial blow, by damaging turf and ornamentals, crops and gardens, farm machinery and electrical equipment. Fire ants can be found in agricultural, urban and suburban environments and their numbers are growing.

 

Turf/sport fields/residential areas

Medical

  • Can lead to life-threatening anaphylactic shock
  • Cause secondary infections
  • Cosmetic damage

Nuisance

  • Stings are painful
  • Outdoor activity curtailed
  • Home/stored food infested

Economic

  • Reduce property values
  • Lead to medical expenses
  • Damage electrical equipment

 

Commercial

Equipment

  • Communication
  • Electrical distribution
  • Transportation (traffic control)
  • Cooling

Economic

  • May lead to short circuits/fire
  • Bore through waste containment liners
  • Damage outdoor lighting

 

Natural resources

Conservation

  • Damage to seeds and plants
  • Become dominant predators in insect world
  • Alter ecological balance
  • Impact endangered species
  • Interfere with hunting and fishing
  • Reduce use of park/recreation areas
  • Reduce tourism
  • Reduce wildlife population

 

Nursery

  • Stings workers/customers
  • Economic loss
  • Shipping restriction outside of quarantine area

FLEA CONTROL

Even though your pest control professional has everything under control, your help is also needed.  Here are specific steps you should take before and after a flea treatment.

 

Before the Treatment

  1. Vacuum all rugs, carpets and furniture - especially between and under cushions.  Then, seal and dispose of the vacuum bag in an outside receptacle.
  2. Clean and clear all floors, even closet floors.  Mop all tile and vinyl floors. Sweep all concrete floors.
  3. Remove all decorative items, pillows, pet food, water dishes and children's toys from under beds and furniture.
  4. Remove all pets. Fish bowls and aquariums may remain if properly covered and if the air pump is shut off during treatment, but ask your pest control professional of specific directions.
  5. Wash or dispose of all pet bedding. If laundering, wash pet bedding separately from other linens.
  6. Mow your lawn and make sure everything on the ground outside has been removed.
  7. Show your pest control professional where your pets sleep, rest and eat.

 

After the Treatment

  1. Follow the specific instructions of your pest control professional to find out when you can return to your home.
  2. Resume normal vacuuming 24 hours after your home has been treated to give the insecticide time to work
  3. Continue vacuuming every 3-4 days for 2-3 weeks. The vacuum's mechanical pressure will improve the effectiveness of the insecticide by stimulating unhatched fleas to emerge from their protective pupae cases.

 

It's normal to see some adult fleas for up to 3 weeks after treatment.  Don't be alarmed.  Flea pupae are protected from insecticides by their cocooons, emerging as adults over a period of 1-3 weeks. Once exposed to the insecticide residual, they will also be eliminated.  Continue vacuuming frequently for 2-3 weeks at intervals of 3-4 days.

BIRD CONTROL

Bird control is the generic name for methods to eliminate or deter pest birds from landing, roosting and nesting.


It is important to use professional bird control products that do not harm birds, other animals or people. DIY devices can injure the birds as well as any people that come in contact with it. When in doubt call a professional bird control professional.


Bird control is important because pest birds can create health-related problems through their feces, including histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis. Bird droppings may also cause damage to property and equipment. Birds also frequently steal from crops and fruit orchards.

MOSQUITO CONTROL

Outdoor Mosquito Control
Fogging: This method of controlling mosquitoes, flies and other such pests is temporary but is indeed necessary in many instances, including health threats from severe bug populations and to prepare for an outdoor activity where these pests are unwanted.

 

Reducing Risk of West Nile Virus

  • Stay indoors during peak mosquito activity. This is usually at dawn, dusk, early evening. If you must be outdoors during these periods, protect yourself by using DEET on exposed skin and wear more protective clothing.
  • Wear long pants (instead of shorts) and long sleeves when outdoors.
  • Spray clothing with Permethrin (make sure that you only use products labeled for your clothing!) or DEET. Look for the words "DEET" or N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide on the label. DEET is available in different strength formulations. Use 35% active ingredient or higher; children should not use more than 10% DEET or make sure that they use a DEET-free product such as CedarCide.
  • Avoid eye contact with insect repellents. Small children will often rub their eyes, transferring the material from their hands to their face. Always read and follow label instructions.
  • It is usually not necessary to apply heavy amounts of insect repellents to your skin. If a thin layer does not seem to repel your flying pests, you can easily apply another layer. When you return indoors, remove the repellents with soap and water. If you have treated your clothing with DEET or Permethrin, wash these articles separately.
  • Check all windows and door screens. Do not give the mosquitoes an entrance into your home.

Vitamin B and ultrasonic devices are not effective against mosquitoes

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