You must have typed in “ EXTERMINATOR NEAR ME ”  who offers Alpharetta Woods Pest Control Services or you would not have found this page for Southern Pest Management.

 

 

 

Our family-owned & operated business started over 10 years ago, right in the heart of Johns Creek , as experts with wildlife trapping services.  Encouraged by our client’s repetitive requests , our family has invested MANY YEARS obtaining the training & licenses required to   be able to offer our pest control services to the public . With that said , here we are! Ready to serve!

The most common critter complaints in Alpharetta Woods are Rats , Bats, Mosquito Infestations , German Roaches, St. Andrews Cross Spiders, Flying Squirrels, Eastern Stripeless Scorpions, Crazy Ants, Fleas , Stinkbugs & Lady Bugs . If you have uninvited “ pests ” in your house , there is a high-effective solution… Call (678)935-5900

— Alpharetta Woods Pest Control Services —

– THIS IS WHAT MAKES OUR COMPANY UNIQUE & WHY EVERYONE SHOULD PICK US AS YOUR –

We are a family-owned business.  Every Technician on your property is an owner in this company so we have a vested interest in the outcome .  We take the time to do a complete inspection to determine what is best for your exact situation. It is no longer the [ time | age } of “one size fits all” pest control. We need to identify the target pests and implement measures to eliminate them. We will utilize habitat modifications combined with controls (biological, cultural & mechanical) with the correct amount of pesticides to relieve the problem. This approach is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

We apply the pesticides in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, non-target organisms, and the environment. The BOTTOM LINE: Our method successfully maintains a critter-free environment without having to rely “totally” on traditional pesticides.  All of our services can be modified to suit any BUDGET . Talk to us !  Our typical household pest control services are offered on a Quarterly or Bi-Monthly basis.

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– PEST CONTROL MEASURES –

biological Alpharetta Woods pest control
Biological Control

Biological control is the use of natural enemies— predators, parasites, pathogens, and competitors to control unwanted pests. However, this is the least common of a measure like the following options.

Alpharetta Woods habitat controls

Environmental & Habitat Controls

Habitat controls are practices that reduce pests from  reproducing, dispersing, surviving and getting established . Like debris removal, moisture control, etc . This is the most popular of the interventions that we practice in our pest management programs.

Alpharetta Woods mechanical controls Mechanical & Physical Controls

Physical & Mechanical controls are steps designed to destroy a pest directly, block pests out, or make the environment unsuitable for it. (Examples; Mechanical controls could be traps, sticky boards, etc. Physical controls can be screens or barriers – things physically blocking the pests .)

Alpharetta Woods pesticidesChemical Control

With our approach pesticides are always used in conjunction with other controls for more effective, long-term control. There is a certain amount of pesticides that we are allowed to spray in accordance to the laws . However, we are not just going to hose down your home with the maximum allowable. We determine the amount it will take to eliminate   the target pest and apply the chemicals responsibly.  Our goal is to move all pesticides to the outside and apply only what is required on the inside of your home.  Everyone’s goal should be to eliminate the pests before they enter in your environment . This mindset and practice make for a healthier home .

 

Our Alpharetta Woods Pest Control Methodology

It is not difficult to be conscientious about pesticide application – it just takes a sense of moral obligation , desire and a little more time.  Meaning some homes or the target species may call for the use of bait instead of simply spraying. When applying pesticides to an area it could require applying dust in a crack instead of broadcast spraying. This may require more time to switch gear for a different approach , regardless, it will pay off in results. To understand more about the science behind this type of program visit this website .

Our friendly, highly-skilled staff is happy to answer any questions that you might have –

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We provide pest control to the following areas:

 

Some of the most common pests in Alpharetta Woods:

ANT CONTROL

Whether you live in the following zip codes: 30004 or the surrounding area we can help with an ant problem.  Ants are social insects that lives in colonies . Treatment plans need include killing the whole colony. Just spraying a couple ants with a household household ant spray , particularly a repellent spray will only kill a few at best and chase off the remaining colony. If done improperly it more likely delay controlling the ant infestation. Ants may come into your house foraging for food or for shelter. They enter through the smallest entry points , foraging for water or food. They are in search of either sweet based food or protein/grease based foods. Once they ( find | locate | establish | discover | have } a source of food , ants will leave a pheromone trail for others to follow.

The most common ants are Argentine Ants, Carpenter Ants, Crazy Ants, Fire Ants, Ghost Ants, Leafcutter Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants and Pharaoh Ants. Understanding typical behavior patterns will help you achieve the fastest results .

How to determine if you are dealing with Termites or Ants ?

It is hard to establish the identity even for newly trained people in the pest control industry. The two biggest differentiating factors are: 1) When comparing bodies – ants have segmented waists and termites’ bodies are about the same width, without pinched waists. 2) Ant antennas are bent whereas Termite antennae are straight.

Inspection
To get your ant problem eliminated it is important that our first step is to conduct a thorough inspection. In order for us to locate the nest, we must follow their trails. Ants lay down a chemical pheromone trail along their established routes from and to a food source so other ants can easily find the food. Outside the home , we inspect the perimeter like the foundation , areas of vegetation, and mulch. Any vegetation found near porches and walls may help hide some Ant nests or their trails.

Ant Control Tips and Strategies

There are 2 main types of problems that are commonly experienced with ants.  Ants that live outdoors and forage inside.  Ants that already have a nest built inside.  Our pest control measures combine habitat modification & barriers with the proper baits or pesticides to control the problem. Our strategy always depends on the type of infestation and the type of ant that we are targeting.

1. Ants that live outdoors but come in the home. Ants that live outdoors will travel inside your home searching for food. Some species ultimately reside and make nests inside our homes . Follow these steps to help control either type of infestation:

    •  Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate entry points into the home. Since Ants are extremely resourceful in locating entry points , you may not be able to seal them all.
    •  Clean around entry points with a cleanser to remove their pheromones , then spray a non-repellent residual insecticide.

2. Ants that live (nest) inside your home . Some ants don’t just enter your home looking for food. Some ants will establish a colony inside. Indoor colonization occurs year-round, especially in warmer climates. Ant species that live in homes include Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Thief Ants, and Carpenter Ants. All of these ants may infest food products.  We can strategically place ant bait to attract the ants to the poison.

3. Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are   most active in the evening hours when seeking food, both inside the house and outside. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood for food, but they will excavate into the wood to make nests.

BEETLE CONTROL 

Many beetles are beneficial insects such as the lady beetle (a.k.a; ladybug) feeds on invasive pests. But the ones that feed on plants, animal fibers, woods or food products are considered pests because they end up doing damage to the food source they prefer .

Sometimes beetles, their mere presence , can become nuisances. In the late summer and fall, homeowners can find tons of (especially Lady Bugs) clustered all around the home. The beetles are trying to seek somewhere to invade homes for shelter to escape inclement weather conditions. When beetles become a problem, your pest control technician will provide a thorough inspection to accurately identify the specific beetle and based on the inspection findings they will develop an effective treatment plan to eliminate the problem pest .

Accurate identification of the pest is critical since there are so many varied species of beetles and the  different measures could be required for different beetles.

OUR BEETLE CONTROL APPROACH:

We inspect your home in Alpharetta Woods — inside and outside. There are several steps that the technician can do during the inspection incorporates locating areas of beetle activity, identify the cause of the beetle problem, locate the entryways that beetles are using to get into your home .

Our   plan is to devise and implement a custom solution. Our skilled Pest Control Technician will customize the treatment specific to your unique situation. We can select from a variety of tools and techniques to help keep any beetles out of your home: beetle exclusion, habitat modifications, Insect Growth Regulators, residual insecticides.

Beetle Control Measures

We adhere to an “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” principle & philosophy which simply means we use a common-sense practices to pesticide applications. We take advantage of existing mechanical & environmental controls: Examples are such as habitat modifications, removing attractants, using barriers, traps, etc. Combine those with the responsible application of pesticides to eliminate the target pest . Our goal is to remove the nuisance pest while taking into consideration human health, non-target beneficial species, and the air quality of your home .

Some of the types of Beetles: Powderpost Beetle , Asian Lady Beetles , Blister Beetles , Cigarette Beetles , Dried Fruit Beetles , Drugstore Beetles , Emerald Ash Borer , Flour Beetles , Ground Beetles , Larder Beetles , Plaster Beetles , Saw-tooth Grain Beetles , Stink Beetles .

CARPENTER BEES    

Alpharetta Woods Carpenter bees usually live for around a year . Each new generation starts in the late summer, emerging from nest in August and September to feed & grow , pollinating as much as possible before over-wintering .  Survivors emerge in the Spring to mate. The female carpenter bee bores a tunnel for her offspring . In each brood chamber, she stores food and lays an egg. Having reproduced , adult carpenter bees die off in July, leaving the next generation to continue the life cycle when they emerge a month or so later.

Most people encounter carpenter bees during late Spring when they’ve just emerged to mate. During this time , male carpenter bees tend to hover around nest openings, looking for mating females . It can be rather unsettling being around them, as the males will also hover aggressively around people who approach the nests. They may even fly right into you. Despite the smoke & mirrors , male carpenter bees cannot sting. Female carpenter bees can sting, but never do.

Exposed or Unpainted wood is especially attractive to carpenter bees. A helpful deterrent to carpenter bee activities is a painted (oil-base or polyurethane) surface. Paint & stains provide little repelling action. Nail holes should be filled in with dowels or putty and painted. If practical , remove rotten wood and replace with chemical pressure-treated wood to deter nest construction . To further dissuade carpenter bees seeking for potential nesting sites, a homeowner should secure all doors, windows, and other building openings during the spring. Non-wood surfaces such as vinyl siding are not damaged by carpenter bees.

We have a Carpenter Bee Prevention Program that we can carry through which traps the carpenter bees .  While we are setting up the traps we take measures to attract the bees to our traps. Once trapped within the traps, they die. That combined with ( our residual pesticide application it is the most effective means of controlling the carpenter bee population . Call us , let’s discuss your specific situation and we will come up with a plan that is best suited for your situation. Let us bring peace to this situation. 

CENTIPEDES & MILLIPEDE EXTERMINATION   

The house centipede is the only species capable of reproducing indoors and is often seen in and around homes where dampness occurs. The house centipede is more active at night, moving around in search of cockroaches and other insects .  Even though Centipedes are beneficial since they control other insects (like Mother Nature’s pest control) most homeowners have an aversion to them inside their homes.

Fun Fact … Millipedes feed primarily on decaying vegetation and leaf litter while centipedes feed on other pests ?

Centipede & Millipede Pest Control

Centipedes frequently enter homes in the winter or fall months or during times of cooler temperatures. They are typically found in basements and garages, both of which exhibit desirable environments for this creature. An increased population within the home may be attributed to one of two things: a readily available insect food source or, more commonly, increasingly humid conditions.

To eliminate centipedes , the initial step is to reduce humidity. Running dehumidifiers will pull the water out of the air, eliminating dampness and mold within the home. This will also help alleviate structural damage which may encourage other pests.

You may more commonly find centipedes in sheds and outside structures. Insecticides may be used where significant numbers are found and usually provide sufficient pest control. They are available in both chemical and organic solutions. We follow an Integrated Pest Management methodology when applying pesticides in or around your home. We use pesticides responsibly and use necessary amounts to eliminate the target species .

    • Find the location: Look behind plant posts or other gardening equipment regularly to ensure there are no signs of life.
    • Sanitize the area and remove the pests: These should be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned.
    • Prevent further infestations: Consider using a pesticide and monitoring the area regularly for signs of recurrence.
    • Some of these measures are to make sure doors and windows fit tightly and caulk cracks and crevices that permit their entry to the inside. Additional measures could be removing or eliminating trash piles, rocks, stacks of wood, leaf piles, compost piles around the outside of the home.

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CRICKET CONTROL

There three most common types of crickets that invade our homes in Georgia are the: House, Camel & Field , Crickets. Crickets can be extremely ( aggravating | annoying | bothersome | nerve-racking | unsettling }, but unless there are large numbers, they do ( very little | little | hardly any } damage. They love to chew on everything , especially clothing.

House Crickets live outside but may come indoors in considerable numbers. House crickets are nocturnal, they stay hidden during the day . They have a distinctive chirping sound. They can drive you crazy trying to find them.  As soon as they feel a threat close-by they stop chirping.

Field crickets are another common nuisance. This cricket is slightly darker & longer  than the House Cricket.  Field crickets prefer to live outside in flower beds, overgrown grass and lawns . However, they do make their way inside often. Since Field crickets are attracted to lights at night, sometimes turning off these lights helps.

Camel crickets (humpback crickets) are not true crickets since they do not have wings. Camel Crickets are most often are found in closets, crawlspaces and basements , but also like any ( damp & cool | damp and cool | cool & damp | cool and damp } areas like under   logs or stones most outdoor areas, and while some people enjoy their songs of the evening, these tunes can drive others to complete distraction. These choirs of crickets can be avoided by making the outdoor yard or landscaping less desirable for the insects. They are naturally attracted to bright lights, so reducing any outdoor lighting will make the area less desirable to these serenading creatures. As an alternative, low-level “bug lights” can be purchased at home and garden stores. Keeping any grasses around residences trimmed and tended will also reduce the environmental appeal.

Crickets in the home are easily eliminated . We can seal any of the entryways into the home that allows crickets to invade.

HOUSE FLY ELIMINATION

Fly control is always a common request since a house fly can transfer more than 100 different diseases , including typhoid, salmonella, and tuberculosis . House flies contaminate food surfaces by spreading disease organisms picked up on their legs and mouth-parts when feeding on feces, trash, and other decaying substances .

With that said , an occasional house fly is not necessarily a problem requiring our intervention.  Every home, every human , will have to deal with an occasional fly or two . When we get called out for flies, it is a large population that cannot be controlled .

Like many other pests , the house fly experiences a four-phase life cycle. Depending on conditions , the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult may require as little as ( 6 | six } days.  She will reproduce approx. 5-6 times, laying batches of approx. 100 eggs during each round . Female house flies usually only mate one time but is capable of producing nearly 350-900 eggs in their life . Adult house flies typically live between two weeks to a month .

House flies feed on liquids since they do not have any teeth . However, they use their sponging mouth-parts to liquefy many solid foods through ( regurgitation and spitting | spitting or regurgitation }. Their tongues are shaped like straws to suck up the food. House flies feed on a wide variety of foods such as human food, animal carcasses, feces and garbage . They are attracted to feces because of its strong odor.

HOUSE FLY PEST  CONTROL

With our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, we combine multiple control measures to eliminate the problem. Each situation is different ; however, it may call for mechanical controls, habitat modifications and pesticides .  Since our company originated with wildlife expertise , instinctively we would suspect an animal has died in a crawlspace, attic or wall if there is a large presence of flies . Regardless, we will discuss options with you and come up with a strategy that meets your expectations .

LADYBUG CONTROL

Most people who’ve never had a problem with ladybugs view ( them | ladybugs } in a favorable way. Who doesn’t get a warm feeling after watching the movie “A Bugs Life”. Ladybugs sometimes referred to as lady beetles, are actually considered a beneficial insect. They feed heartily on many plant-eating insects such as aphids.

Be aware In our area, there are the friendly & beneficial ladybugs and then there are an invasive species called the Asian Ladybug beetle. The Asian Ladybugs tend to gather together in large groups inside our homes and this is typically when homeowners hire us to resolve the problem . Oftentimes, it can be difficult to remedy without professional help. Get this the invasive species that is now overwhelming and killing off our native species was introduced by the USDA.

LADYBUG INFESTATIONS in Alpharetta Woods

Ladybugs in the house. Multiple things can attract ladybugs to your inside your home . If your landscaping includes flowering plants , they will likely attract aphids, a popular food source of ladybugs. Certain species of ladybugs also feed on pollen. The pollen  is an energy source to help them over-winter . Ladybugs must find a warm, comfortable place to hang out during the winter months . If they decide your home is a great place for them , they can easily find their way inside through doors, plumbing, utility lines, openings around windows, cracks, etc. .

LADYBUG CONTROL MEASURES

If you’ve seen a few and they are not really bothering you, simply leave them alone . They evacuate as soon as the spring comes . However, you can just vacuum them up and discard the bag. If you have a ladybug infestation in your home, other measures will need to be taken. There are a few things we can implement . Initially , we can winterize your home. We can go around the outside of your home and make some suggestions of habitat modifications . These are things that could be attracting ladybugs to your yard and seeking refuge within your home . We can also responsibly spray pesticides that target them specifically along the outside perimeter of your home to prevent them from establishing a large group .

There are some all-natural alternatives that you can try at home. Possibly consider spraying around the cracks and crevices with a natural repellent such as bay leaves, citronella oil, clove or citrus oil . Also, Mums are known to repel ladybugs. The more mums you have by doors and windows the fewer ladybugs you will have to deal with.

If you want to leave it to professionals, simply contact and we will take measures to eliminate them and prevent them from coming back .

MOSQUITO CONTROL

Are pesky mosquitoes ruining your outdoor family time ? Are you concerned about your family’s potential health risks ? We provide professional mosquito control services that will help you reduce the risks in your yard . Our friendly & knowledgeable staff can discuss the steps of our Mosquito Control services during the entire mosquito season.

Not all Mosquito Control Products are created equal.

Our method is taken right out of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collaborative playbook on how to control mosquitoes in your yard . The protocol that encourages taking advantage of every life stage of a mosquito to achieve control is referred to as integrated pest management (IPM).
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Our Mosquito Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program

IPM is a common-sense, science-based approach for controlling pests . Our Mosquito Control service uses a combination of measures that focus on pest prevention. It is our job to identify the conditions that lead to infestations. The most effective means of controlling adult mosquitoes is through the use of pesticides. A successful integrated mosquito control strategy includes several tactics to control mosquitoes. Four necessary steps include:

1. Remove mosquito habitats
2. Advise on the use of structural barriers
3. Restrict the growth of Mosquitoes at the Larval Stage
4. Destroy Adult Mosquitoes

Use Structural Barriers

One approach to prevent mosquitoes from getting into our homes is by using structural barriers. Some examples of these barriers include:

• Repair window and door screens if needed.

• Cover all gaps in windows, doors & walls to prevent mosquitoes from entering .

• Make sure door & window screens are  ” bug-proof .”

Control Mosquito Larva

By using a larvicide in their possible breeding habitats , will provide desired results the fastest .  Egg and larva interventions are the least costly & most effective way to keep the mosquito population in control .  We can devise a program that uses all of the measures combined to provide the most effective results.

Control Adult Mosquitoes
Misting pesticides for mosquito control is one of the fastest means to fight an outbreak of mosquito-borne disease. Mosquito adulticides (pesticide labelled for the adult stage) are applied as ultra-low volume (ULV) sprays which dispense extremely small droplets. These smaller size droplets stay suspended longer making the pesticide more effective. The more effective the pesticide, the less we have to apply. We want the healthiest & safest environment for humans, non-targeted species and pets.

Everything about your specific situation, your specific yard needs to be a consideration to determine the best way to tackle the mosquito problem. Some considerations might include the type of mosquito, resistance, targeted stage of life, upcoming weather, etc. This is our approach!

MOTH CONTROL

An established moth infestation usually requires professional intervention to completely solve the problem. Although many customers attempt the “do it yourself” measures for moth control – the results are often not what they had hoped for .

The single most common moth that causes a problem are Pantry Moths.  Have you ever noticed strange stringy particles in an old bag of flour, webbing along the corners or edges of cereals , or rice that appears to have cobwebs? If the answer is yes, then you’ve seen pantry moths. The term ‘pantry moth’ usually refers to the Indianmeal moth.

While there are numerous different types of moths, the Indianmeal moth is the most common household pantry pest in the USA . It is different from other types of   moths because it is attracted to stored food , unlike the clothes moth which is attracted to clothing.

Moths can make their way inside your home through open ( doors & windows | windows & doors | windows and doors | doors and windows }. They may also enter through cracks around dryer vents, utility chases, or cables that pass-through walls . It is shocking when you open a sealed box of rice only to find evidence of pantry moths inside . You may not even notice the moths until they have already passed through the different phases of a pantry moth life cycle and you see an adult moth flying around your home .

MOTH CONTROL MEASURES
Prior to recommending a moth control solution, your Technician will properly identify the moth species affecting your pantry .  Each moth pest species require different treatment methods to effectively eliminate them.

All factors need to be considered when trying to devise a strategy to control the moths. These factors can include; species, stored products, type of structure, etc.

Control measures for stored products moths (Indian Meal Moths, Mediterranean flour moth, etc.) include going through all of the pantry items and throwing away all open grain-type products, better storage containers, freezing existing packages to kill eggs, and spraying the closet to eliminate the problem. However, for the fabric moth pests; vacuuming the entire closet including the walls, throwing away any paper items that could be harboring eggs, proper storage, and application of pesticides. Monitoring using various traps including pheromone traps where applicable is done thereafter to ensure moth problems do not continue.

All our State certified technicians are highly-skilled and are required to participate in regular continuing education programs to keep them up-to-date with industry standards.

ROACH CONTROL

Roaches are one of the most common pests targeted with our household pest control services. The 1st step is proper identification of any pest then the Certified Pest Control Technician formulates a plan to resolve & prevent future infestations. 2nd step after treatment is the habitat modifications.

The Most Common Roaches in North Georgia Pest Control

GERMAN COCKROACHES

German Roaches are dark brown – brown in color. They have two distinct parallel bands running the length of their behind the head to the base of the wings . Full grown adults are approx. a ½-inch in length.  They are very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the casual observer , the two appear just about identical and are often confused for each other . An easy way to differentiate, the Asian cockroach is attracted to light and can fly, while the German cockroach cannot.

German roaches are the most far-reaching of all cockroaches. They complete their life-cycle in approximately 100 days , and they breed constantly . Under the proper conditions, a female can create ( indirectly & directly through offspring) over a million roaches in her lifespan . German roaches often litter food products & food with their feces, waste and defensive secretions. They also transport & harbor pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause severe allergic reactions and illnesses .

The German cockroach is extremely successful at establishing a stronghold in buildings and is seemingly impervious against pest control measures . This is because of the massive amount of nymphs produced from each egg case, the short period between birth and sexual maturity, and their ability to go into hiding due to their meager size. That is also the main cause that they can effectually be eliminated with baits in   cracks and crevices .

Our company believes in using just enough pest control products to get the job done without going overboard. We use “Low Risk” products such as baits, and IGR’s (Insect Growth Regulators). These products only affect the roaches themselves and have zero effect on mammals, birds, fish, and other non-target organisms.

AMERICAN COCKROACHES

Both female and male American cockroaches can fly .  The wings develop as become adults. American cockroaches normally prefer to live outside . They prefer warm, damp areas like flower beds , and under mulch. In many parts of the US , people call them “palmetto bugs” because they live in trees. Florida almost opted to make the Palmetto Bug their State Bird but the Mosquito won that election. American cockroaches are very prevalent in sewer systems in most cities . American cockroaches enter homes to find water & food .  They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is missing . Crawlspaces, basements & garages are also common entryways . When American cockroaches enter homes , they often go to bathrooms, laundry rooms , kitchens and basements .

ASIAN COCKROACH

Since these roaches are often confused for the German Cockroaches , in most cases, establishing their identity by observed location & behavior . Specifically, Asian roaches are capable of flying and commonly live in grass and/or leaves . German roaches do not fly and are the home invaders . Typically Asian cockroaches live outside , while German cockroaches tend to invade tour homes . Outdoors Asian roaches are usually found in shaded, moist areas. Asian cockroaches are most active at sunset and fly distances toward lights . You may see an Asian cockroach attracted to your computer monitor or perched near lamps and other sources of light . If you notice an Asian cockroach inside your home , the use of screens may be successful in preventing further infestation.

However, a pest control expert can discuss our treatment plan , as cockroach populations gain momentum fast and are difficult to eliminate without professional tricks .

SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH

These roaches become a concern when attracted by house lights , they enter a home via openings in gaps, doors and windows into the home. They contaminate anything they come in contact with , spreading germs that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s skin and saliva may also trigger asthma or allergic reactions . It is not common that people see large , flying roaches so it can be horrific to most people.

ORIENTAL COCKROACHES

Oriental cockroaches favor cool, dark & damp areas such as those under kitchen appliances , and in damp basements. This species, which is less wary and more sluggish than the others , of concern because it runs through in sewer pipes and can live in disgusting conditions . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about one inch   in length . Both male and female adults are very dark brown, nearly black ; their bodies usually have a somewhat greasy sheen .

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OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:

We inspect your house — inside & outside . There are many things the Technician   will do during the inspection:
• Locate areas of cockroach activity.
• Locate the areas of concern .
• Identify any suspect entrances that cockroaches could use to enter into your home.
• Implement a customized solution since “cookie-cutter” treatments aren’t always effective, the technician will design the treatment specific to your unique situation. We can select from a variety of techniques and tools tools and techniques to help keep any bugs out of your home:

o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep all pests from entering your home. We will provide you with the price to exclude your home from pests .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are congregating around and in your home , we provide you with a punch list of things that you can  change to reduce on the things in your house or yard that are attracting bugs .

• LOW-RISK Gel or granular bait: These are applied in areas where cockroaches will eat them, but children or pets cannot reach them.
• Insect growth regulator: Applied into cockroach hiding places, these interfere with the cockroaches’ normal development.
• Residual insecticides: Applied into cracks and crevices, this help to keep cockroaches from hiding in the treated areas. The technician may also apply liquid insecticide outdoors to help keep all cockroaches from coming inside.

Monitoring Roaches – each time the technician returns to your home, they will inspect. There are several things he will do during the inspection:
• Determine how effective the treatments have been .
• Verify if there is any cockroach activity.
• Revisit habitat modification suggestions .  Identify any needed changes to the home or landscape that could make your home susceptible to cockroach infestation .

SCORPION MANAGEMENT

A scorpion is best known, unfortunately, for its sting. In some areas of the World , there are dangerous scorpions that do result in human fatalities from their stings. These creatures frequently get a lot of media attention and thus most people believe that all or most scorpions are deadly creatures. Not true! Most species which enter houses are not very poisonous, their stings being comparable to those of bees or wasps. The little uniformly colored Southern devil is so prolific all over Northern Georgia . The Striped Bark Scorpion is found in the coastal plains and other areas of Southern Georgia.

CONTROLLING SCORPIONS

Finding a scorpion in sink or bathtub is common because once they fall in they have difficulty in getting out. Our native scorpions are small up to 1 inch in length.
To successfully control indoor scorpions, it’s essential to manage the scorpions outside the home. As a part of our inspection, we point out the habitat modifications that need your attention, reducing the number of outdoor hiding places for scorpions is important. This might include the removal of debris such as loose rocks, wood, trash and other unnecessary things from the backyard and around the home. It’s also beneficial to keep the grass mowed short and all shrubbery nicely pruned. In addition to those measures, we inspect the outside of your home to determine what needs to be sealed on the outside of your home to help prevent pests from entering. All of our pest control solutions involve the integrated pest management approach where we combine the ethical application of pesticide with a common sense stance on prevention and habitat controls.

SILVERFISH CONTROL

Our approach with Silverfish Control is the same to every bug that we manage .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target species
• Devise a strategy .

With our Pest Control Division, We adhere to an “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” principle & philosophy which simply means we use a common-sense approach.

SILVERFISH CONTROL MEASURES

To prevent a silverfish infestation, eliminate sources of excessive moisture in places that have potentially ill-fitted pipes or faulty plumbing, bathrooms and other areas of high condensation & moisture . Silverfish love the humidity. Silverfish cannot survive inside buildings in low relative humidity, so take measures to reduce it by using a dehumidifier. The goal should be a relative humidity below 50% year-round.

Reduce clutter and food sources .   Regularly vacuum the crevices & cracks . Remove easily accessible food sources such as flour, cereals, and pet foods by storing pantry food in sealed containers.

It is common to find Silverfish in the attics, storage areas & closets . They eat the glue on the boxes and book bindings. They may feed on surface molds found on cardboard boxes found in damp basements or attics. Silverfish naturally live outside under under piles of rocks, leaves and wood . They prefer warm temperatures. Remove any possible harborage areas such as wood piles or mounds of leaves or debris on your property . Keep gutters empty .

We can also take steps to provide a quote for standard exclusion techniques such as caulking cracks and crevices. But there are also steps the homeowner can take to prevent entry… such as making sure screens are tight fitting and the use of weather stripping around windows and doors.

SPIDER CONTROL

With our Alpharetta Woods Pest Control Division, We adhere to an “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” principle & philosophy which simply means we use a common-sense approach to pest control. We take advantage of existing mechanical & environmental controls (habitat modifications, removing attractants, using barriers, traps, etc.) combined with the responsible application of pesticides to eliminate the target pest. Our goal is to remove the nuisance pest while taking into consideration human health, non-target beneficial species and the environment.

Spiders can be super beneficial in your yard. Most people just do not want the eaves of their home looking like a haunted house. Nor do they want spiders crawling all over the inside of their home. Many species of spiders are common household pests in the United States. Another distinction between spiders and other pests is that spiders do not have wings or antennae. Spiders are arachnids.

Spider Habitat

They can be found in upper corners of rooms and attics , nooks & crannies as well as sub-floor air-vents. Spiders prefer to hide in dark hiding places and in cracks as a retreat in order to construct material for their webs. Keep this in mind … every “cobweb” was made by a spider.

Rather than posting a picture of every spider we have in our area, we decided to let you google the images. Please check out a website of spiders seen in Georgia: Spider ID

Black Widow Spider
• Size: Around 1 ½ inches
• Color: Glossy jet-black.
• IDENTIFICATION: Black Widow spiders have a distinct bright-red, hourglass shape on the underside of its abdomen. Black widows create the largest webs of all the web-spinning spiders. However, we have seen some impressive webs from Golden Orbs.

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Brown Recluse Spider
• Size: Less than the size of a quarter.
• Color: This poisonous spider varies in color from a beige color to a brownish – dark brown.
• IDENTIFICATION: You can identify a Brown Recluse spider by the violin-shaped pattern on its neck. It looks like many other species of non-threatening spiders, so the indicative sign of a Brown Recluse spider is that only has 6 eyes. Their eyes are set part in three pairs along the face.

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