You must have searched for “ EXTERMINATOR CLOSE TO ME ”  who provides Alpharetta Pest Management Services or you would not have come across our page for Southern Pest Management.

 

 

 

Our family-owned business began over a decade ago, right in the heart of Johns Creek , as specialists in nuisance wildlife services.  Thanks to our client’s repeated suggestions , we have dedicated MANY YEARS obtaining the training & licenses required to provide our pest control services to the public . With all of that in mind , here we are! Ready to serve!

The most frequently seen household pests in Alpharetta are Rodents , Bats, Mosquito Infestations , Asian Roaches, Orb Weaver Spiders, Flying Squirrels, Southern Devil Scorpions, Argentine Ants, Ticks , Stinkbugs & Asian Beetles . If you have undesirable “ pests ” in your house , there is a fast solution… Reach out to US!

— Alpharetta Pest Management Services —

– THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE & WHY YOU SHOULD PICK OUR COMPANY AS YOUR EXTERMINATOR –

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

We apply our 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 “solely” on traditional pesticides.  All of our services can be tailored to suit any BUDGET . Reach out to us !  Our typical household pest control services are offered on a Bi-Monthly or Quarterly basis.

Call us: (678)935-5900

– PEST CONTROL MEASURES –

biological Alpharetta pest control
Biological Control

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

Alpharetta habitat controls

Environmental & Habitat Controls

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

Alpharetta mechanical controls Physical & Mechanical Controls

Physical & Mechanical controls are steps which can to kill 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 stopping the bug .)

Alpharetta pesticidesChemical Control

With our approach pesticides are always used in combination 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 labeling . However, we are not just going to spray your home with the maximum allowable. We calculate the amount it will take to control   the target bugs and apply it responsibly.  Eventually we try to move all pesticide applications to the outside and apply only what is required in the living quarters of your home.  Anyone’s objective should be to eliminate the pests before they come inside . This mindset and practice make for a healthier air quality .

 

Our Alpharetta Pest Control Methodology

It is not difficult to be conscientious about pesticide application – it just takes a moral compass , desire and some more time.  As an example some houses or the target species may call for the use of bait stations instead of just spraying. When applying pesticides to an area it could require a simple spot-treatment 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 check out this page .

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

Call us – (678)935-5900

 

We provide pest control to the following areas:

 

Some of the most common pests in Alpharetta:

ANT CONTROL

Whether you live in the following zip codes: 30022 or the surrounding area we can help with an ant problem.  Ants are a social insect that create & live in colonies . Treatment plans always include killing the whole colony. Just spraying a couple ants with a over-the-counter household ant spray , particularly a repellent spray will only kill a few ants and chase off the remainder of colony. If done improperly it could delay controlling the ant infestation. Ants may come into your house looking for for food or for shelter. They enter through the most obscure 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 trail of pheromones for other ants 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 positively identify if you are dealing with Termites or Ants ?

It is hard to distinguish, identify even for 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 rectified it is important that our first step is to perform a thorough inspection. In order for us to locate the nest, we must follow their trails. Ants leave a chemical pheromone trail along their established routes from and to a food source so other ants can easily find the food. Outside the house, we inspect the perimeter like the foundation walls, areas of vegetation, and mulch. Any vegetation found near patios and walls may hide some Ant nests or their trails.

Ant Control Tips and Strategies

There are two main types of issues 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 looking for food. Some species ultimately reside and nest inside houses . Follow these measures to help control either type of infestation:

    •  Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate passages into the home. Since Ants are extremely industrious in locating entry points , you may not be able to seal them all.
    •  Clean around entrances with a detergent to remove their chemical trail left behind , 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 when scouring for food, both inside the house and outside. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood for food, but they will chew into the wood to make nests.

BEETLE CONTROL 

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

Sometimes beetles, their mere numbers , 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 management professional will provide a thorough inspection to accurately identify the type of beetle and based on the inspection findings they will develop an effective treatment strategy to eliminate the problem pest .

Proper identification of the target species 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 — inside and outside. There are several measures that the technician does during the inspection incorporates locating areas of beetle activity, identify the attractant of the beetle problem, locate potential entry points that beetles are using to gain access into your home .

Our   plan is to devise and implement a customized solution. Our licensed Pest Control Tech 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 conscientious 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: American Spider Beetles , Asian Lady Beetles , Blister Beetles , Cigarette Beetles , Dried Fruit Beetles , Drugstore Beetles , False Powderpost Beetles , Foreign Grain Beetles , Japanese Beetles, Pantry Beetles , Plaster Beetles , Saw-tooth Grain Beetles , Whitemarked Spider Beetles .

CARPENTER BEES    

Alpharetta Carpenter bees usually live for about one year . Each new generation is hatched in the late summer, emerging from nest in August and September to grow and feed , pollinating as much as possible before settling in for the winter .  the residual pesticide application it is the most effective means of controlling the carpenter bee invasion. 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 about in search of food .  Although Centipedes are beneficial since they eliminate other insects (like Mother Nature’s pest control) most homeowners have an aversion to them inside their homes.

Fun Fact … Millipedes feed on leaf matter and decaying vegetation while centipedes feed on other insects ?

Centipede & Millipede Pest Control

Centipedes commonly 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 barns and outside structures. Insecticides may be used where significant numbers are found and usually provide sufficient pest control. They are available in both organic & chemical solutions. We follow an Integrated Pest Management methodology when applying pesticides in or around your home. We use pesticides responsibly and use only what is necessary 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 PROBLEMS

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 anything , especially clothing.

House Crickets live outdoors but may come indoors in considerable numbers. House crickets are nocturnal, they stay hidden during the daytime . They have a distinctive chirping sound. They can drive you insane 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 lawns, flower beds & overgrown grasses . However, they do come inside often. Since Field crickets are attracted to light 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, stones & brush piles 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 CONTROL

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 foods & surfaces by spreading disease organisms picked up on their legs and mouth-parts when feeding on decaying substances, feces & trash .

With that said , an occasional house fly is not necessarily a problem requiring our intervention.  Every human, every home , 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 bugs , the house fly experiences a four-phase life cycle. If the conditions are favorable , the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult could take place in as little as ( 6 | six } days.  She will reproduce approx. 5-6 times, laying batches of about 100 eggs each time . Female house flies usually only mate once but is capable of producing nearly 350-900 eggs in their lifetime . Adult house flies typically live between two weeks to a month .

Since house flies don’t have teeth, they can only feed on liquids . However, they use their sponging mouth-parts to liquefy many foods through ( regurgitation and spitting | spitting or regurgitation }. Their tongues are shaped like straws to suck 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 pungent odor.

HOUSE FLY PEST  EXTERMINATION

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 pesticide application, habitat modification, and mechanical controls .  Since our company in the wildlife industry , 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 devise a plan that meets your expectations .

LADYBUG INFESTATIONS

Most people who’ve never had to deal with massive amounts of 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 numbers inside our homes and this is typically when homeowners notice there is a problem . Oftentimes, it can be difficult to get under control without professional help. Get this the invasive species that is now over-powering our native species was introduced by the USDA.

LADYBUG INFESTATIONS in Alpharetta

Ladybugs in the house. Several things can attract ladybugs to your home . If your landscaping includes flowering bushes , they will likely attract aphids, a popular food source of ladybugs. Certain species of ladybugs also eat 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 suitable , they can easily find their way inside through cracks around anything like windows, doors, utility entry points .

LADYBUG CONTROL MEASURES

If you’ve seen a few and they are not really bothering you, simply leave them be . They evacuate as soon as the the cold weather is over . 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 . First off , we can winterize your home. We can go around the perimeter of your home and make some habitat modification suggestions . These are things that could be attracting ladybugs to your yard and seeking refuge in your walls . We can also responsibly spray residual pesticides along the outside perimeter of your home to prevent them from establishing a cluster .

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 citronella, bay leaves, cloves 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 call us and we will take measures to eliminate them and prevent them from coming back .

MOSQUITO EXTERMINATION

Are annoying 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 take back your yard . Our friendly & knowledgeable staff can discuss the details 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 best control mosquitoes . 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 pest management . 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 eliminate 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. Eliminate Adult Mosquitoes

Mosquito Habitats

There are quick measures homeowners can have done to impede   the cycle with mosquitoes in their breeding grounds. By eliminating standing water sources you can devastate the mosquito population, due to the fact that 2 of 3 life stages of a mosquito requires water.

• Get rid of standing water in plastic covers, toys, rain gutters, old tires, buckets, or any other vessel where mosquitoes can use for breeding .
• Weekly water changes in   wading pools, rain barrels, birdbaths, fountains, and potted plant trays . 
• Drain unused vessels of water,  store them upside down or fill them with dirt.
• Keep pool water treated and circulating.

Control Mosquito Larva

By using a pesticide which targets larva in their concentrated breeding habitats , will yield the best results .  Larva & egg 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 quickest results.

Control Adult Mosquitoes
Applying pesticides for mosquito control is one of the dramatic means to combat 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 end the problem. Although many customers attempt the “do it yourself” measures for moth control – the results are often not what they expected .

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 food packaging , or grains 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.

As with almost all living creatures, pantry moths only purpose is to reproduce. Moths infest places with an adequate food supply. This gives them a place for their eggs while giving their offspring the best chance of survival .

Moths can enter your home through open ( doors & windows | windows & doors | windows and doors | doors and windows }. They may also enter through cracks & crevices around utility chases, dryer vents or around cables that pass-through exterior walls . It is off-putting when you open a sealed box of grains only to find evidence of pantry moths on the inside . You may not notice the moths until they are in the adult phase and you see an adult moth flying inside your home .

MOTH CONTROL MEASURES
Prior to devising a moth control solution, your Licensed Pest Control Tech will properly identify the moth species affecting you .  Each moth pest species require different treatment methods to effectively control them.

All factors need to be considered when trying to devise a game plan 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 controlled 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 brown to dark 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 approximately a ½-inch in length.  German Roaches are very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the casual observer , the two appear just about identical and are often misidentified . A sure 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 continuously . Under the correct conditions, a female can create ( indirectly & directly through offspring) over a million roaches in her lifetime . German roaches often litter food & food products with their waste, feces and defensive secretions. They also transmit pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause sickness .

The German cockroach is extremely successful at establishing an ecological niche in buildings and is resilient & hardy against pest control measures . This is because of the large amount of nymphs produced from each egg case, the short period between birth and sexual maturity, and their ability to take cover due to their meager size. That is also the main reason reason that they can almost completely be eliminated with baits in   cracks and crevices .

Our team 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 & male American cockroaches can fly .  Their wings develop as become adults. American cockroaches normally prefer to live outdoors . They prefer warm, damp areas like under shrubs , and under mulch. In many parts of the US , people call them “palmetto bugs” because they live on trees. I think Florida almost opted to make the Palmetto Bug their State Bird but the Mosquito won that election. American cockroaches are super prolific in sewer systems of all   American cities . American cockroaches enter a house to find water & food .  American Cockroaches can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is missing . Garages and basements are also common entryways . When American cockroaches enter , they often go to   bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements .

ASIAN COCKROACH

Since these roaches are often confused for the German Cockroaches , in most cases, establishing their identity by observed behavior and location . Specifically, Asian roaches are capable of flight and more likely live in grass and/or leaves . German roaches are not capable of flight and are found inside . With that said Asian cockroaches live primarily outdoors , while German cockroaches tend to infest our homes . Outdoors Asian cockroaches are usually found in moist & shady areas. Asian cockroaches are most active at dusk and fly a long toward lights . You may see an Asian roach attracted to your computer monitor or perched near lamps and other sources of light . If you see an Asian cockroach inside your home , the use of screens may be effective in preventing further infestation.

However, a pest control expert can discuss our treatment plan , as roach populations multiply surprisingly fast and are difficult to eradicate without trained tricks .

SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH

These   insects become a pest when attracted by house lights , they enter our residences through openings in windows, doors, and other gaps going into the home. They contaminate the surfaces they come in contact with , spreading diseases that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s skin and saliva may also trigger allergies . It is not common that people see large , flying cockroaches so it can be unnerving to most people.

ORIENTAL COCKROACHES

Oriental cockroaches search for damp, dark & cool areas such as those under sinks and washing machines , and in damp basements. This species, which is less wary and more sluggish than the other species , a concern because it travels in sewer pipes and can live on filth . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about 1″   in length . Both female and male adults are very darl, almost black ; their bodies usually have a somewhat greasy sheen .

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OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:

We inspect your entire property — inside & outside . There are many things the Tech   will do during the inspection:
• Locate areas of cockroach activity.
• Identify the areas of concern .
• Identify any suspect entry points that cockroaches could use to gain access 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 pests out of your home:

o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep all roaches from entering your home. We will provide you with the quote to seal up your home from bugs .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are choosing to live around and in your home , we provide you with a   list of things that you could change to cut back on the things in your   home 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 – every time the technician visits to your home, they will inspect. There are several things he will do during the inspection:
• Determine how effective the treatments have been .
• Check for new roach activity.
• check to see if any habitat modifications have been implemented .  Identify any needed changes to the landscape or home that might make your home vulnerable to cockroach invasion .

SCORPION MANAGEMENT

Scorpions are pests that have been on the earth since just about the inception of time . Scorpions, thus, are extremely adapted & successful at surviving . Basically, scorpions are easy to recognize , even though they may vary in size up to one inch . They all look very similar with two pincers at the front part of the body, a head/body combo with 4 legs on each side (8 total) and a long tail. At the end of the tail is a bulbous shape that ends with a hooked shaped stinger. Scorpions are arachnids, so they have 8 legs. The body & head (cephalothorax) is combined which is also a characteristic of spiders.

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 identical to every bug that we manage .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target pest.
• Devise a strategy .

With our Pest Management 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 dampness in places that have maybe ill-fitted pipes or faulty plumbing, bathrooms and other areas of high condensation & moisture . Silverfish seek out the humidity. Silverfish cannot survive inside buildings in low relative humidity, so take measures to reduce it by using a dehumidifier. Maintain a relative humidity below 50% year-round.

Reduce food sources & clutter . Vacuum regularlythe crevices & cracks . Remove easily accessible food sources such as flour, cereals, and pet foods by storing pantry food in sir-tight containers.

It is common to find Silverfish in the attic, basement areas, and inside storage boxes . 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 leaf debris, stones, rock and wood piles . They prefer warm temperatures. Remove any possible harborage areas such as leaves, grass or woodpiles near your home . Keep gutters cleaned out .

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 and the use of weather stripping around windows and doors.

SPIDER CONTROL

Our approach with Spider Control is identical to every pest that we handle.
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine / Confirm the target pest.
• Devise a strategy.

Most of our Quarterly or Bi-Monthly visits for our standard pest control applications include measures (dusting) to keep spiders off & out of your 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

Some spiders prefer humid and moist locations like basements and crawl spaces, while others prefer dry and warm places. 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 created by a spider.

Rather than sharing 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

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 apart in three pairs along the face.
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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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