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The most common nuisance critters in Berkeley Hills are Mice , Bats, Mosquito Infestations , Smokybrown Roaches, Mouse Spiders, Grey Squirrels, Eastern Stripeless Scorpions, Fire Ants, Ticks , Stinkbugs & various Beetles . If you have uninvited “ pests ” in your home , there is a fast solution… CALL US!
— Berkeley Hills Pest Control Services —
– HERE IS WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT & WHY EVERYONE SHOULD SELECT OUR COMPANY AS YOUR PEST MANAGEMENT COMPANY –
We are a small local business. Every person on your property is a partner in this company so they have a vested interest in your satisfaction . We take the 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 species and calculate a plan 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 “solely” on traditional pesticides. All of our services can be modified to suit 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.
Habitat & Environmental 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 common of the interventions that we practice in our pest prevention programs.
Mechanical & Physical Controls
Mechanical & Physical controls are measures which can to kill a pest directly, block pests out, or make the environment unsuitable for it. (Examples; Mechanical controls could be traps, glue boards, etc. Physical controls can be barriers or screens – things physically blocking the pests .)
With our approach pesticides are always used combined 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 eliminate 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 moral compass , desire and some more time. As an example some homes or the specific bugs may call for the use of bait stations instead of simply 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 technique , regardless, it will pay off in results. To understand more about the science behind this type of program visit 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 determine if you are dealing with Ants or Termites ?
It is hard to establish the identity even for trained people in the pest control industry. The two biggest distinguishing 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 lay down a chemical pheromone trail along their established routes from and to a food source so other ants can easily find the food. Outside the home , we inspect the perimeter like the foundation walls, areas of vegetation, and mulch. Any vegetation found near patios 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 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 come inside your home to search for food. Some species ultimately live and nest inside our homes . Follow these steps to help control either type of infestation:
- Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate access into the home. Since Ants are extremely industrious in finding entry points , you may not be able to seal 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 home . Some ants don’t just enter your home looking for food. Some ants will establish a colony inside. Indoor colonization occurs year-round, especially in warmer climates. Ant species that live in homes include Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Thief Ants, and Carpenter Ants. All of these ants may infest food products. We can strategically place ant bait to attract the ants to the poison.
3. Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are most active in the evening hours when scouring for food, both inside the home and outside. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood for food, but they will excavate into the wood to make nests.
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 presence , 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 management professional will provide a thorough inspection to accurately identify the specific beetle and based on the inspection findings they will customize an effective treatment strategy to resolve the problem .
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 things that the technician does during the inspection which include locating areas of beetle activity, identify the source of the beetle problem, locate entrances that beetles are using to get into your home .
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 follow an “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” principle & philosophy which simply means we use a common-sense measures 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 species . 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: 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 , Saw-tooth Grain Beetles , Whitemarked Spider Beetles .
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 night, moving about in search of cockroaches and other insects . Although 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 feed primarily on decaying vegetation and leaf litter while centipedes feed on other Bugs ?
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 greenhouses 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 outside but may come indoors in considerable numbers. House crickets are nocturnal, they stay hidden during the day . They have a distinctive chirping sound. They can drive you 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 or stones most outdoor areas, and while some people enjoy their songs of the evening, these tunes can drive others to complete distraction. These choirs of crickets can be avoided by making the outdoor yard or landscaping less desirable for the insects. They are naturally attracted to bright lights, so reducing any outdoor lighting will make the area less desirable to these serenading creatures. As an alternative, low-level “bug lights” can be purchased at home and garden stores. Keeping any grasses around residences trimmed and tended will also reduce the environmental appeal.
Crickets in the home are easily eliminated . We can seal any of the entryways into the home that allows crickets to invade.
Fly control is always a popular request 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 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 will not go away .
Like many other pests , the house fly experiences a four-phase life cycle. Depending on conditions , the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult 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 .
House flies feed on liquids since they do not have any teeth . 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 substances such as human food, animal carcasses, feces and garbage . They are drawn to feces because of its strong odor.
HOUSE FLY PEST EXTERMINATION
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 in the wildlife industry , instinctively we would suspect an animal has died in a crawlspace, attic or wall 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.
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 notice there is a problem . Oftentimes, it can be difficult to 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 Berkeley Hills
Ladybugs in the house. Many things can attract ladybugs to your home . If your landscaping includes flowering plants , 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 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 doors, plumbing, utility lines, openings around windows, cracks, etc. .
LADYBUG CONTROL MEASURES
If you’ve seen a few and they are not really bothering you, simply leave them 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. There 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 large group .
There are some all-natural alternatives that you can try at home. Possibly consider spraying around the cracks and crevices with a natural repellent such as 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 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 health ? We provide professional mosquito control services that will help you reduce the risks in your yard . Our friendly & knowledgeable staff can discuss the steps of our Mosquito Control services during the entire mosquito season.
Not all Mosquito Control 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 control mosquitoes in your yard . 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 necessary 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 plastic covers, toys, rain gutters, old tires, buckets, or any other container where mosquitoes can use for breeding .
• Weekly water changes in wading pools, rain barrels, birdbaths, fountains, and potted plant trays .
• Drain temporary pools of water, turn them over or fill them with dirt.
• Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
Control Mosquito Larva
By using a larvicide in their possible breeding habitats , will will decimate 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 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!
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 not what they anticipated .
The #1 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 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 most 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 eggs the highest chance of surviving .
Moths can enter your home through open ( doors & windows | windows & doors | windows and doors | doors and windows }. They may also enter through crevices & cracks around cables, dryer vents or utility chases that pass-through exterior 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 them until they have already passed through the different phases of a pantry moth life cycle and you see an adult moth flying within your home .
The Pantry Moth Life Cycle
There are four stages in the life cycle of a pantry moth:
1. Egg: Moth eggs are extremely tiny and a grey in color. An adult can lay approximately 400 eggs at a time , and they can hatch in only one week .
2. Larva: This is the stage that causes damage . Moth larvae are tiny maggot-like eating machines. The casings they leave behind will contaminate food, causing us to throw it away . The larval stage typically lasts 2-3 months depending on conditions.
3. Pupa: Moths in the pupal stage are in cocoons, usually hidden in cracks, corners, or crevices. Often identified by the cocoons buried underneath food, causing the matted webs. Moths usually take 15-20 days to develop from pupae into adults.
4. Adult: The adults appear fully winged; they are attracted to light and fly around looking to reproduce. Surprisingly they do not have working mouth parts , therefore, they cannot eat. This means their sole objective is to reproduce.
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 dark brown – brown in color. They have two distinct parallel bands running the length of their pronotum (behind the head to the base of the wings) . 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 fast method to differentiate, the Asian cockroach is drawn 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 a million roaches in her lifetime . German roaches often soil food products & food with their feces, waste and defensive secretions. They also transmit 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 pesticides . 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 easily hide due to their tiny size. That is also the main reason reason that they can most effectively 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.
Since these roaches are often confused for the German Cockroaches , in most cases, establishing their identity by observed location & behavior . Specifically, Asian roaches are capable of flight and usually live in grass and/or leaves . German roaches are not capable of flight and are the home invaders . Furthermore Asian cockroaches live outdoors , while German cockroaches tend to infest human dwellings . Outside Asian cockroaches are commonly located in moist & shady areas. Asian cockroaches are active at sunset and fly far toward porch lights . You may see an Asian cockroach drawn to your television or perched near lamps and other sources of illumination . If you notice an Asian cockroach inside your home , the use of screens may be effective 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 our tricks .
Both sexes American cockroaches are capable of flight . Their wings develop by the time they become adults. American cockroaches normally stay outside . They prefer warm, damp areas like flower beds , and under mulch. All over the US , people call them “palmetto bugs” because they live in trees. Florida almost opted to make the Palmetto Bug their State Bird but the Mosquito won that election. American cockroaches are very prevalent in sewer systems in many metropolitan areas . American cockroaches enter houses to find food & water . Roaches can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is missing . Crawlspaces, basements & garages are also common entryways . When American cockroaches enter homes , they often go to kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and bathrooms .
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 in sewer pipes and can live in disgusting conditions . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about one inch long . Both male and female adults are very dark, almost black ; their bodies usually have a somewhat greasy sheen .
SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH
These roaches become a nuisance when attracted by interior lights , they enter our residences via cracks or openings in gaps, windows or doors going into the home. They contaminate the surfaces they touch , spreading diseases that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s saliva and skin may also trigger allergic reactions and asthma . It is not common that people see large , flying cockroaches so it can be unsettling to most people.
OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:
We inspect your home — outside and inside . There are several things the our Tech will do during the inspection:
• Identify areas of cockroach activity.
• Locate the causes of the cockroach problem .
• Identify any suspect entryways 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 cockroaches out of your home:
o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep cockroaches from entering your home. We will provide you with the quote to seal up your home from pests .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are living around and in your home , we provide you with a list of issues that you must change to reduce on the issues in your home or property that are attracting roaches .
• LOW-RISK Gel or granular bait: These are applied in areas where cockroaches will eat them, but children or pets cannot reach them.
• Insect growth regulator: Applied into cockroach hiding places, these interfere with the cockroaches’ normal development.
• Residual insecticides: Applied into cracks and crevices, this help to keep cockroaches from hiding in the treated areas. The technician may also apply liquid insecticide outdoors to help keep all cockroaches from coming inside.
Monitoring Roaches – each time the technician 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 landscape or home that might make your home vulnerable to cockroach invasion .
Scorpions are creatures that have been on the earth since just about the beginning of time . Scorpions, thus, are extremely successful at surviving and amazingly adapted . Basically, scorpions are easy to recognize , even though their sizes are variable up to an 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, therefore, they have 8 legs. The body & head (cephalothorax) is combined which is also the same for spiders.
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 the same to every pest that we handle .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target pest.
• Devise a plan .
With all the 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 leaky pipes or faulty plumbing, bathrooms and other areas of high condensation & moisture . Silverfish love the humidity. Silverfish cannot survive inside buildings in low relative humidity, so take measures to reduce it by using a dehumidifier. Maintain a relative humidity below 50% year-round.
Reduce food sources & clutter . Regularly vacuum the cracks and crevices . Remove easily accessible food sources such as cereals, pet foods and flour by storing pantry food in sir-tight containers.
It is common to find Silverfish in the storage boxes, closets & basements . 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 on your property . 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 fitting 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 areas 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.
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.