You must have searched for “ PEST CONTROL CLOSE BY ”  who offers Alpharetta Pest Control Services or you would not have landed on this information for Southern Pest Management.

 

Our family-owned & operated business began well over 10 years ago, right in the heart of Fulton County, as experts with wildlife control services.  Because of our client’s repeated suggestions , our family has invested YEARS obtaining the skill set & licenses required to offer our pest management services to your family . With all of that in mind , here we are! Ready to serve!

 

 

 

 

The most popular nuisance critters in Alpharetta are Rats , Bats, Mosquitoes , Asian Roaches, Orb Weaver Spiders, Flying Squirrels, Southern Devil Scorpions, Banded Sugar Ants, Fleas , Stinkbugs & Lady Beetles . If you have unwanted “ guests ” in your house , there is a simple solution… Reach out to US!

— Alpharetta Pest Control Services —

– THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT MAKES OUR COMPANY UNIQUE & WHY ANYONE SHOULD CHOOSE US AS YOUR PEST MANAGEMENT COMPANY –

We are a family business.  Every Technician on your property is an owner in this company so they have a vested interest in the results .  We take enough time to do a thorough inspection to determine what is best for your unique 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 get rid of 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 the pesticides in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, non-target organisms, and the environment. The BOTTOM LINE: Our method successfully facilitates a pest-free environment without having to depend “solely” on traditional pesticides.  Any of our services can be modified to suit any BUDGET & NEED . Reach out to us !  Our standard household pest control services are offered on a Bi-Monthly or Quarterly basis.

Call us: (678)935-5900

– PEST MANAGEMENT MEASURES –

biological Alpharetta pest control
Biological Control

Biological control is the use of natural enemies— predators, parasites, pathogens, and competitors to manage target pests. However, this is not as common of a measure like the following options.

Alpharetta habitat controls

Habitat & Environmental Controls

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

Alpharetta mechanical controls Physical & Mechanical Controls

Physical & Mechanical controls are steps which can to eliminate 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 barriers or screens – things physically stopping the bug .)

Alpharetta 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 labeling . However, we are not just going to hose down your home with the maximum allowable. We calculate the amount it will take to control   the target species and apply the pesticides responsibly.  Our goal is to move all pesticide applications to the outside and do limited amounts in the living space of your home.  Everyone’s objective should be to eliminate the pests before they enter into your living space . This mindset and practice make for a healthier home .

 

Our Alpharetta 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 houses or the target species may call for the use of mechanical controls instead of just 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 product , 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 –

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 social insects that lives in colonies . Treatment plans must include killing the entire colony. Just spraying a bunch of ants with a over-the-counter household ant spray , particularly a repellent spray will only kill a few at best and scatter the remaining colony. If done improperly it might 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 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 any 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 trained people in the pest control industry. The two biggest determining 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 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 location so other ants can easily locate 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 hide some Ant nests or their trails.

Ant Control Strategies and Tips

There are 2 main types of issues that are commonly experienced with ants.  Ants that live outdoors and forage indoors .  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 inside the home. Ants that live outdoors will travel inside your house searching for food. Some species ultimately live and nest inside houses . Follow these steps to help control any type of infestation:

    •  Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate passages into the home. Since Ants are extremely industrious in locating access , 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 house . Some ants don’t just enter your house seeking 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 searching 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 damage to the food source they prefer .

Sometimes beetles, their mere numbers , can become nuisances. In the late summer and fall, homeowners can find hundreds of beetles (especially Lady Bugs) clustered inside and outside the home. The beetles are trying to find 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 design an effective treatment strategy to eliminate the problem pest .

Proper identification of the pest is critical since there are so many varied species of beetles and the treatment method is varied   for different beetles.

OUR BEETLE CONTROL APPROACH:

We inspect your home in Alpharetta — inside and outside. There are several things that the technician does during the inspection incorporates locating areas of beetle activity, identify the attractant of the beetle problem, locate the entryways that beetles are using to gain access into your house .

Our   plan is to devise and implement a customized solution. Our skilled 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 responsible application of pesticides to eliminate the nuisance pest . The end game is to remove the nuisance pest while protecting human health, non-target beneficial species, and the air quality of your home .

Some of the types of Beetles: American Spider Beetles , Asian Long-horned Beetles , Blister Beetles , Click Beetles , Common Furniture Beetles , Elm Leaf Beetles , False Powderpost Beetles , Foreign Grain Beetles , Japanese Beetles, Pantry Beetles , Pine Bark Beetles , Saw-tooth Grain Beetles , Stink Beetles .

CARPENTER BEES    

Alpharetta Carpenter bees usually live for around a year . Each new generation is hatched in the late summer, emerging from nests in August and September to grow and feed , pollinating flowers as they go before settling in for the winter .  the residual pesticides it is the most effective means of controlling the carpenter bee population . Contact 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 PROBLEMS   

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 active at night, moving about in search of food .  Even though Centipedes are beneficial since they control other insects (like Mother Nature’s pest control) most people have an aversion to their presence inside their homes.

Did you know … Millipedes feed primarily on decaying vegetation and leaf litter while centipedes feed on other Bugs ?

Centipede & Millipede Pest Control

Centipedes frequently enter homes in the fall or winter 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 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 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 EXTERMINATION

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 outdoors 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 locate them.  As soon as they feel a threat close-by they stop chirping.

Field crickets are another common nuisance. This cricket is slightly longer & darker than the House Cricket.  Field crickets prefer to live outside in flower beds, overgrown grass and lawns . However, they do come inside our homes 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 basements, crawlspaces & closets , but also like any ( damp & cool | damp and cool | cool & damp | cool and damp } areas like under debris piles (brush & leaves ).

CRICKET CONTROL & EXTERMINATION

Crickets ( occupy 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 controlled . 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 pathogens , 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 trash, feces and other decaying substances .

With all of 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 flies . When we get called out for flies, it is a large population that will not go away .

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 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 lifespan . Adult house flies typically live 15-25 days .

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 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  CONTROL

With our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, we combine multiple control measures to eliminate the problem. Each situation is unique ; however, it may call for mechanical controls, habitat modifications and pesticides .  Since our company in the wildlife industry , instinctively we would suspect an animal has died in a wall, crawl space or attic if there is a large problem with 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 ladybug infestation 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 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 inside 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  helps them store energy to help them through their winter hibernation . Ladybugs must find a warm, comfortable place to hide out during the winter . 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 leave as soon as the spring comes . However, you can just vacuum them up and discard the bag. If you have a ladybug infestation inside your home, other measures will need to be taken. Here are a several things we can do . Initially , 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 home . We can also responsibly spray pesticides that target them specifically along the outside perimeter of your home to prevent them from establishing a gathering .

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 citrus, clove or citronella 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 get rid of them and prevent them from coming back .

MOSQUITO CONTROL

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

Not all Mosquito Control Products are created equal.

Our approach is taken right out of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collaborative playbook on how to control mosquitoes . The protocol that encourages targeting of every life stage of a mosquito to successfully eliminate 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 control mosquitoes. Four crucial measures include:

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

Mosquito Habitats

There are easy steps homeowners can have done to disrupt  the cycle with mosquitoes in their breeding grounds. By removing standing water to collect 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   buckets, plastic covers, toys, rain gutters, old tires, or any other vessel where mosquitoes would use to breed .
• Weekly water changes in potted plant trays, rain barrels, birdbaths, fountains, and wading pools . 
• Drain unused pools 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 suspected breeding habitats , will   yield the greatest impact on their population .  Egg and larva interventions are the least costly & most effective way to knock the number of mosquitoes down .  We can devise a program that uses all of the measures combined to provide the most effective results.

Control Adult Mosquitoes
Applying pesticides for mosquito control is one of the fastest measures to prevent 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 treatment to completely eliminate the problem. Although many people attempt the “do it yourself” measures for moth control – the results are often not what they anticipated .

The #1 most common moth that causes a problem are Pantry Moths.  Have you ever noticed clumps in an old bag of flour, webbing along the corners or edges of grains , 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 many different types of moths, the Indianmeal moth is the most frequent household pantry pest in the US . It is different from other   moths because it is attracted to stored food , unlike the clothes moth which is attracted to clothing.

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

MOTH CONTROL MEASURES
Prior to suggesting a custom a moth control solution, your Technician 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 feared pests controlled with our household pest control services. The 1st step is proper identification of any pest then the Certified Pest Control Technician creates 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 approximately a ½-inch in length.  German Roaches are very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the untrained eye , they both appear just about identical and are often misidentified . A quick method to differentiate, the Asian cockroach is attracted to light and can fly, while the German cockroach cannot.

German roaches are the most widespread 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 1 million roaches in her lifetime . German roaches often contaminate food products & food with their feces and defensive secretions. They also transport & harbor pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause illness & severe allergic reactions .

The German cockroach is extremely successful at establishing an ecological niche 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 easily hide due to their meager size. That is also the main reason reason that they can effectually be controlled with baits in crevices & cracks .

We 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 male & female American cockroaches are capable of flight .  Their wings develop by the time they become adults. American cockroaches normally prefer to live outdoors . They prefer damp, warm areas like under shrubs , and under mulch. All over the United States , people known them as “palmetto bugs” because they live on 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 all   American cities . American cockroaches enter a house to find food and water .  They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is damaged . Crawlspaces, basements & garages are also common entry points . When American cockroaches enter , they often go to   bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements .

ASIAN COCKROACH

Since these are often confused for the German Roaches , in most cases, establishing their identity by observed location & behavior . Specifically, Asian roaches are capable of flying and more likely live in grass and/or leaves . German roaches cannot fly and reside in our homes and kitchens . With that said Asian cockroaches live primarily outdoors , while German cockroaches tend to take over homes . Outdoors Asian roaches are typically found in shaded, moist areas. Asian cockroaches are active at dusk and fly long toward lights . You may see an Asian cockroach attracted to your computer monitor or perched near lamps and other sources of light . If you see an Asian cockroach inside your house , the use of screens may be successful in preventing further infestation.

However, our pest control expert can discuss our strategy to eliminate , as cockroach populations gain momentum rapidly and are difficult to control without skilled assistance .

ORIENTAL COCKROACHES

Oriental cockroaches prefer dark, damp, and cool areas such as those in bathrooms , and in damp basements. This species, which is less wary and more sluggish than the other species , of concern because it runs through through sewer pipes and can live in disgusting conditions . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about 1″ long . Both female and male adults are very dark brown, nearly black ; their bodies usually have a somewhat greasy sheen .

SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH

These   insects become a nuisance when attracted by interior lights , they enter homes through openings in gaps, doors and windows in the home. They contaminate any surfaces they come in contact with , spreading germs that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s body fluid may also trigger allergic reactions and asthma . It is not common that people see large , flying roaches so it can be upsetting to most people.

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OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:

We inspect your home — inside and outside . There are quite a few things the Tech   will do during the inspection:
• Identify areas of cockroach activity.
• Identify the areas of concern .
• Identify any suspect entry points that roaches 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 bugs out of your home:

o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep all pests from getting inside your home. We will provide you with the costs to exclude your home from bugs .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are choosing to live in and around your house , we provide you with a   list of things that you need to change to cut back on the things in your   home or outside 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 cockroach activity.
• Emphasize moving forward with habitat modifications suggested to homeowner .  Identify any new changes to the landscape or home that could make your home vulnerable to cockroach infestation .

SCORPION CONTROL

Scorpions are pests that have been on the earth since just about the beginning of time . Scorpions, thus, are extremely adapted & successful at surviving . Basically, scorpions easy to identify , 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 head & body (cephalothorax) is conjoined which is also the same for 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 the same to every bug that we manage .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target pest.
• 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 dampness in places that have possibly 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. The goal should be a relative humidity below 50% year-round.

Reduce food sources & clutter . Vacuum regularlythe crevices & cracks . Remove easily accessible food sources such as cereals, pet foods and flour by storing pantry food in   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 . Silverfish prefer warm temperatures. Remove any possible harborage areas such as leaves, grass or woodpiles near your home . Keep gutters debris-free .

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.  Spiders are considered a beneficial pest because of their prey on other insects Because spiders have eight legs, they are easy to separate from insects, which have only six legs. 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 attics and rooms , crannies & nooks 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. For transparency … every “cobweb” was created 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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