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The most common nuisance critters in Berkeley Hills are Rodents , Bats, Mosquitoes , Smokybrown Roaches, Mouse Spiders, Grey Squirrels, Southern Devil Scorpions, Banded Sugar Ants, Ticks , Stinkbugs & various Beetles . If you have unwanted “ pests ” in your house , there is a affordable solution… Reach out to US!
— Berkeley Hills Pest Management Services —
– HERE IS WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT & WHY ANYONE SHOULD SELECT OUR COMPANY AS YOUR PEST MANAGEMENT COMPANY –
We are a family business. Every person 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 thorough inspection to determine what is best for your specific situation. It is no longer the [ time | age } of “one size fits all” pest control. We must identify the target species and implement measures to get rid of them. We will utilize habitat modifications combined with controls (biological, cultural & mechanical) with the adequate amount of pesticides to control 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 provides a bug-free environment without having to depend “totally” on traditional pesticides. All of our services can be tailored to fit any BUDGET & NEED . Call us ! Our standard household pest control program are offered on a Bi-Monthly or Quarterly basis.
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– PEST CONTROL MEASURES –
Biological control is the use of natural enemies— parasites, pathogens, predators and competitors to control unwanted pests. However, this is not as common of a measure like the following options.
Environmental & Habitat Controls
Habitat controls are practices that reduce pests from getting established, surviving, dispersing and reproducing . Like debris removal, moisture control, etc . This is the most productive of the interventions that we invoke in our pest management programs.
Mechanical & Physical Controls
Mechanical & Physical 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 blocking the bug .)
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 label . 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 the chemicals responsibly. Eventually we try to move all pesticide applications to the outside and apply limited amounts in the living space of your home. Anyone’s goal should be to eliminate the pests before they enter inside . This mindset and practice make for a healthier air quality .
Our Berkeley Hills Pest Control Methodology
It is not difficult to be conscientious about pesticide application – it just takes a little ethics , desire and some more time. Example some homes or the specific bugs 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 product , regardless, it will pay off in results. To understand more about the science behind this type of program go to this page .
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We provide pest control to the following areas:
Some of the most common pests in Berkeley Hills:
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 their 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 establish the identity even for trained people in the pest control industry. The 2 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.
To get your ant problem under control 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 leave a chemical pheromone trail along their established routes from and to a food location 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 porches and walls may obscure from sight some Ant nests or their trails.
Ant Control Strategies and Tips
There are two main types of issues that are commonly encountered 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 come inside your house looking for food. Some species ultimately reside and nest inside our homes . Follow these steps to help control any type of infestation:
- Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate access into the home. Since Ants are extremely resourceful in finding entry points , you may not be able to block them all.
- Clean around entrances 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 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 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.
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 harm to the food source they choose .
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 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 customize 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 Berkeley Hills — inside and outside. There are several steps that the technician can do during the inspection which include locating areas of beetle activity, identify the source of the beetle problem, locate potential entry points that beetles are using to get into your house .
Our goal is to devise and implement a customized solution. Our licensed 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 practice an “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” principle & philosophy which simply means we use a common-sense approach 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 . The goal 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: Powderpost Beetle , Asian Lady Beetles , Blister Beetles , Cigarette Beetles , Dried Fruit Beetles , Drugstore Beetles , False Powderpost Beetles , Flour Beetles , Japanese Beetles, Larder Beetles , Pine Bark Beetles , Shiny Spider Beetles , Stink Beetles .
Most people encounter carpenter bees during late Spring when they’ve just emerged to mate. During this period , male carpenter bees tend to hover around nest openings, looking for receptive 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. Although it is a fake charge , male carpenter bees cannot sting. Female carpenter bees can sting, but almost never do.
Unpainted or exposed wood is a favorite of 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 pressure-treated wood to deter nesting . To further discourage carpenter bees looking 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 bees . While we are installing the traps we take measures to draw the bees to our traps. Once captured in the traps, they die. That combined with ( our residual pesticides it is the most effective means of controlling the carpenter bee invasion. Reach out to 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 CONTROL
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 nighttime , 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 their presence inside their homes.
Did you know … Millipedes are scavengers while centipedes feed on other insects ?
Centipede & Millipede Pest Control
Centipedes commonly 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 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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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 inside in considerable numbers. House crickets are nocturnal, they stay hidden during the day . 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 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 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 crawl spaces, basements & closets , 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.
Fly control is always a common concern since a house fly can transfer more than 100 different pathogens , including salmonella, typhoid, and tuberculosis . House flies contaminate foods & 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 home, every human , will have to deal with an occasional flies . 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. With the right circumstances , the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult could occur in as little as ( 6 | six } days. She will reproduce approx. 5-6 times, laying batches of approx. 100 eggs each time . Female house flies usually only mate once but is capable of producing nearly 350-900 eggs in their life . 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 like straws to suck up the food. House flies feed on a wide variety of foods such as animal carcasses, human food, 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 unique ; however, it may call for pesticide application, habitat modification, and mechanical controls . Since our company originated with wildlife expertise , 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 exceeds your goals & expectations .
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.
Fun Fact! 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 notice there is a problem . Oftentimes, it can be difficult to control 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 Berkeley Hills
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, one of the favorite food sources of ladybugs. Certain species of ladybugs also eat on pollen. The pollen is an energy source 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 a great place for them , 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 to do their own thing . They evacuate as soon as the spring comes . However, you can easily vacuum them up and discard the bag. If you have a ladybug infestation in your home, other measures will need to be taken. Here are a couple things we can implement . First off , we can winterize your home. We can go around the outside perimeter of your home and make some suggestions of habitat modifications . These are things that could be attracting ladybugs to your yard and seeking refuge in your home . We can also responsibly spray residual pesticides 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 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 get rid of them and prevent them from coming back .
Are pesky mosquitoes ruining your outdoor activities ? Are you concerned about your family’s safety ? 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 Companies are created equal.
Our practice 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 successfully affect is referred to as integrated pest management (IPM).
Our Mosquito Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
IPM is a science-based, common-sense 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 critical tactics include:
1. Removing mosquito habitats
2. Advise on the use of structural barriers
3. Impede Mosquitoes at the Larval Stage
4. Eliminate Adult Mosquitoes
There are quick steps homeowners can take to disrupt the cycle with mosquitoes in their breeding grounds. By eliminating standing water to collect you can devastate the mosquito population, due to the fact that two out of the three life stages of a mosquito requires water.
• Get rid of standing water in buckets, plastic covers, toys, rain gutters, old tires, or any other container where mosquitoes would use to breed .
• Weekly water changes in birdbaths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays .
• Drain temporary pools of water, turn them over or fill them with dirt.
• Keep pool water treated and circulating.
Control Mosquito Larva
By using a larvicide in their breeding habitat , will yield the greatest impact on their population . Larva & egg interventions are the most effective and least costly way to knock the number of mosquitoes down . Our company will devise a program that uses all of the measures combined to provide the best results.
Control Adult Mosquitoes
Applying pesticides for mosquito control is one of the most common measures 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!
An established moth infestation usually requires professional intervention to completely solve the problem. Although many people attempt the “do it yourself” measures for moth control – the results are often disappointing .
The #1 most popular 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 boxed foods , 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 all living creatures, pantry moths only goal is to reproduce. Moths infest places with an adequate food supply. This gives them a place to lay their eggs while giving their offspring the highest chance of surviving .
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 cables, dryer vents or utility chases that pass-through walls . It is shocking when you open a sealed box of oatmeal 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 within your house .
MOTH CONTROL MEASURES
Prior to devising a moth control solution, your Technician will properly identify the moth species affecting you . Different 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.
The Most Common Roaches in North Georgia Pest Control
German Roaches are brown to dark brown in color. They have two distinct parallel bands running the length of their pronotum (behind the head to the base of the wings) . Full grown adults are about a half inch in length. They are very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the casual observer , the pair appear just about identical and are often confused for each other . 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 prolific of all cockroaches. They complete their life-cycle in approximately 3 months , and they breed constantly . Under the correct conditions, a female can create ( indirectly & directly through offspring) over 1 million roaches in her lifetime . German roaches often soil food products & food with their waste and defensive secretions. They also physically transport & often harbor pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause illness & severe allergic reactions .
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 sheer amount of nymphs produced from each egg case, the short period between birth and sexual maturity, and their ability to tuck away due to their meager size. That is also the main reason reason that they can effectually be controlled with baits in cracks and crevices .
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.
Both male and female American cockroaches are capable of flight . Their wings develop when they become adults. American cockroaches normally stay outdoors . They prefer warm, damp areas like flower beds , and under mulch. All over the US , people refer to them as “palmetto bugs” because they live in trees. I think 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 of many metropolitan areas . American cockroaches enter houses to find water & food . Roaches can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is missing . Basement windows and garages are also common entry points . When American cockroaches enter homes , they often go to bathrooms, laundry rooms , kitchens and basements .
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 usually live in grass and/or leaves . German roaches cannot fly and reside in our homes and kitchens . Furthermore Asian cockroaches live outside , while German cockroaches tend to take over homes . Outdoors Asian roaches are usually located in shaded, moist areas. Asian cockroaches are active at sunset and fly far toward porch lights . You may see an Asian cockroach attracted to your monitor or perched near lamps and other sources of illumination . If you notice an Asian cockroach inside your house , the use of screens may be successful in preventing further infestation.
However, a pest control technician can discuss further treatment , as cockroach populations gain momentum rapidly and are difficult to control without professional assistance .
Oriental cockroaches search for dark, damp, and cool areas such as those in bathrooms , and in damp basements. This species, which is more sluggish and less wary than the others , concerning because it often travels through sewer pipes and can live in disgusting conditions . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about 1″ long . Both male and female adults are very dark, almost black ; their bodies usually have a shiny finish .
SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH
These roaches become a nuisance when attracted by interior lights , they enter our residences through cracks or openings in gaps, windows or doors into the home. They contaminate anything they touch , spreading germs & bacteria that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s skin and saliva may also trigger allergic reactions and asthma . It is not common that people see large , flying roaches so it can be unnerving to most people.
OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:
We inspect your home — outside and inside . There are quite a few things the Technician will do during the inspection:
• Locate areas of cockroach activity.
• Locate the areas of concern .
• Identify any suspect entryways that roaches 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 cockroaches out of your home:
o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep all bugs from getting inside your home. We will provide you with the quote to seal up your home from pests .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are congregating around and in your house , we provide you with a list of things that you could change to reduce 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:
• See how the last treatment worked .
• Check for new cockroach activity.
• Revisit habitat modification suggestions . Identify any needed changes to the home or landscape that would make your home vulnerable to cockroach invasion .
A scorpion is known , unfortunately, for its sting. In some Countries , 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 North Georgia . The Striped Bark Scorpion is found in the coastal plains and other areas of Southern Georgia.
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.
Our approach with Silverfish Control is identical to every pest that we manage .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target pest.
• Devise a plan .
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 possibly ill-fitted pipes or faulty plumbing, restrooms 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. Maintain a relative humidity below 50% year-round.
Reduce food sources & clutter . Vacuum regularlythe cracks and crevices . 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 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 leaf debris, stones, rock and wood piles . Silverfish prefer warm temperatures. Remove any possible harborage areas such as leaves, grass or woodpiles near your house . Keep gutters clean .
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.
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.
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.
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 pasting 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.
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.