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The most frequently seen pests in Buford are Rats , Bats, Mosquitoes , German Roaches, Hobo Spiders, Grey Squirrels, Southern Devil Scorpions, Fire Ants, Fleas , Stinkbugs & Ladybugs . If you have uninvited “ creepy crawling insects ” in your home , there is a quick solution… Call (678)935-5900
— Buford Pest Management Services —
– HERE IS WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE & WHY ANYONE SHOULD PICK OUR COMPANY AS YOUR EXTERMINATOR –
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 the time to do a thorough inspection to decide what is best for your unique situation. It is no longer the [ time | age } of “one size fits all” pest control. We have to identify the target species and present the options to eliminate 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 our pesticides in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, non-target organisms, and the environment. The BOTTOM LINE: This approach successfully provides a bug-free environment without having to depend “solely” on traditional pesticides. Each of our services can be customized to fit any BUDGET . Talk to us ! Our typical household pest control services are offered on a Quarterly or Bi-Monthly basis.
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– PEST CONTROL MEASURES –
Biological control is the use of natural enemies— pathogens, predators, parasites and competitors to eliminate 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, reproducing, dispersing, and surviving . Like moisture control, debris removal, etc . This is the most common of the interventions that we invoke in our pest management programs.
Mechanical & Physical Controls
Physical & Mechanical controls are measures 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 target species .)
With our approach pesticides are always used in combination with other controls for more effective, long-term control. There is a certain amount of pesticides that we are allowed to spray in accordance to the laws . 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 pest and apply the chemicals responsibly. Our plan is always to move all pesticide applications to the outside and apply only what is required in the living quarters of your home. Everyone’s objective should be to eliminate the pests before they come into your living space . This mindset and practice make for a healthier home .
Our Buford Pest Control Methodology
It is not difficult to be conscientious about pesticide application – it just takes a little ethics , desire and a little more time. Meaning some houses or the target pest may call for the use of bait 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 check out this website .
Our friendly, highly-skilled staff is happy to answer any questions that you might have –
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We provide pest control to the following areas:
- Johns Creek
- Berkeley Lake
- Berkeley Hills
- Alpharetta Woods
Some of the most common pests in Buford:
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 best ant control .
How to determine if you are dealing with Ants or Termites ?
It is hard to distinguish, identify even for newly 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.
To get your ant problem eliminated it is important that our first step is to conduct a thorough inspection. In order for us to locate the nest, we must follow their trails. Ants leave a chemical pheromone trail along their established routes to and from 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 Tips and Strategies
There are 2 main types of problems that are commonly encountered with ants. Ants that live outdoors and forage inside. Ants that already have a nest built inside. Our pest control measures combine habitat modification & barriers with the proper baits or pesticides to control the problem. Our strategy always depends on the type of infestation and the type of ant that we are targeting.
1. Ants that live outdoors but come in the home. Ants that live outdoors will travel inside your house looking for food. Some species ultimately reside and nest inside houses . Follow these steps to help reduce occurrences either type of infestation:
- Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate access into the home. Since Ants are extremely resourceful in sourcing 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 lure the ants to the poison.
3. Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are most active in the evening hours when foraging for food, both inside the home and outside. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood for food, but they will tunnel 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 damage 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 all around 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 develop an effective treatment plan to eliminate the problem pest .
Accurate identification of the pest is critical since there are so many varied species of beetles and the different measures could be required for different beetles.
OUR BEETLE CONTROL APPROACH:
We inspect your home in Buford — inside and outside. There are several things that the technician does during the inspection which include locating areas of beetle activity, identify the attractant of the beetle problem, locate entrances that beetles are using to gain access into your house .
Our plan is to devise and implement a customized solution. Our skilled Pest Control Technician will customize the treatment specific to your unique situation. We can select from a variety of tools and techniques to help keep any beetles out of your home: beetle exclusion, habitat modifications, Insect Growth Regulators, residual insecticides.
Beetle Control Measures
We 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 . Our 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 Long-horned Beetles , Carpet Beetles , Cigarette Beetles , Common Furniture Beetles , Drugstore Beetles , False Powderpost Beetles , Foreign Grain Beetles , Ground Beetles , Pantry Beetles , Plaster Beetles , Saw-tooth Grain Beetles , Stink 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 more active at night, moving around in search of cockroaches and other insects . Although 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.
Fun Fact … Millipedes feed on leaf matter and decaying vegetation while centipedes feed on other insects ?
Centipede & Millipede Pest Control
Centipedes often enter homes in the winter or fall months or during times of colder 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 centipede populations , the first 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: Camel, House & Field , Crickets. Crickets can be extremely ( aggravating | annoying | bothersome | nerve-racking | unsettling }, but unless there are large numbers, they do ( very little | little | hardly any } damage. They love to chew on everything , especially clothing.
House Crickets live outside but may come indoors in considerable numbers. House crickets are nocturnal, they stay hidden during the daytime . They have a distinctive chirping sound. They can drive you crazy trying to find them. As soon as they feel a threat close-by they stop chirping.
Field crickets are another common nuisance. This cricket is slightly darker & longer than the House Cricket. Field crickets prefer to live outside in overgrown grass, lawns & flower beds . However, they do make their way inside often. Since Field crickets are attracted to lights at night, sometimes turning off these lights helps.
Camel crickets (humpback crickets) are not true crickets since they do not have wings. Camel Crickets are most often are found in crawl spaces, basements & closets , but also like any ( damp & cool | damp and cool | cool & damp | cool and damp } areas like under stones, brush piles & logs 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 prevented . 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 tuberculosis, salmonella, and typhoid . House flies contaminate food surfaces by spreading disease organisms picked up on their legs and mouth-parts when feeding on decaying substances, feces & trash .
With that said , an occasional house fly is not necessarily a problem requiring our intervention. Every home, every human , will have to deal with an occasional fly or two . When we get called out for flies, it is a large population that is growing larger .
Like many other bugs , the house fly experiences a four-phase life cycle. Depending on conditions , the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult may require as little as ( 6 | six } days. The female 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 close to 350-900 eggs in their lifetime . Adult house flies typically live between two weeks to a month .
House flies feed on liquids since they do not have any teeth . However, they use their sponging mouth-parts to liquefy many solid foods through ( regurgitation and spitting | spitting or regurgitation }. Their tongues are shaped like straws to suck the food. House flies feed on a wide variety of foods such as animal carcasses, human food, feces and garbage . They are attracted to human waste because of its pungent odor.
HOUSE FLY PEST EXTERMINATION
With our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, we combine multiple control measures to eliminate the problem. Each situation is 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 attic, wall or crawl space if there is a large presence of flies . Regardless, we will discuss options with you and come up with a strategy that meets your expectations .
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 the masses inside our homes and this is typically when homeowners hire us to resolve the problem . Oftentimes, it can be difficult to control without professional help. Get this the invasive species that is now taking over our native species was introduced by the USDA.
LADYBUG INFESTATIONS in Buford
Ladybugs in the house. Many things can attract ladybugs to 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 over-winter . Ladybugs must find a warm, comfortable place to hang out during the winter . If they decide your home is the place to be , they can easily find their way inside through openings around windows, cracks, doors, plumbing, utility lines, etc .
LADYBUG CONTROL MEASURES
If you’ve seen a few and they are not really bothering you, simply leave them alone . They evacuate as soon as the warmer weather arrives . However, you can simply 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 few things we can implement . First and foremost , we can winterize your home. We can go around the outside of your home and make some suggestions of habitat modifications . These are things that could be attracting ladybugs to your yard and seeking refuge in your walls . We can also responsibly spray residual pesticides along the 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 essential oils . Also, Mums are known to repel ladybugs. The more mums you have by doors and windows the fewer ladybugs you will have to deal with.
If you want to leave it to professionals, simply call us and we will take measures to eliminate them and prevent them from returning .
Are mosquitoes ruining your outdoor family time ? Are you concerned about your family’s potential health risks ? We provide professional mosquito control services that will help you take back your yard . Our friendly & knowledgeable staff can discuss the details of our Mosquito Control services during the entire mosquito season.
Not all Mosquito Control 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 control of every life stage of a mosquito to achieve control is referred to as integrated pest management (IPM).
Our Mosquito Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
IPM is a science-based, common-sense approach for managing 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 exterminate mosquitoes. Four crucial measures include:
1. Removing mosquito habitats
2. Advise on the use of structural barriers
3. Control Mosquitoes at the Larval Stage
4. Destroy Adult Mosquitoes
There are simple steps homeowners can take to disrupt the cycle with mosquitoes in their breeding grounds. By eliminating standing water sources 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 fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, birdbaths, and potted plant trays .
• Drain temporary pools of water, store them upside down or fill them with dirt.
• Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
Control Mosquito Larva
By using a pesticide which targets larva in their breeding habitat , will quickly control the population . Egg and larva interventions are the least costly & most effective 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
Fogging pesticides for mosquito control is one of the most common measures to control 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 treatment to completely eliminate the problem. Although many homeowners attempt the “do it yourself” measures for moth control – the results are often not what they expected .
The #1 most popular moth that causes a problem are Pantry Moths. Have you ever noticed weird clumps in an old bag of flour, webbing along the corners or edges of food packaging , 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.
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 offspring the best 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 crevices & cracks around cables, dryer vents or utility chases that pass-through exterior walls . It is surprising when you open a sealed box of oatmeal only to find evidence of pantry moths on the inside . You may not notice the moths until they have already passed through the different phases of a pantry moth life cycle and you see an adult moth flying around your house .
MOTH CONTROL MEASURES
Prior to suggesting a custom a moth control solution, your Technician will properly identify the moth species affecting your stored foods . Each moth pest species require different treatment methods to effectively control them.
All factors need to be considered when trying to devise a strategy to control the moths. These factors can include; species, stored products, type of structure, etc.
Control measures for stored products moths (Indian Meal Moths, Mediterranean flour moth, etc.) include going through all of the pantry items and throwing away all open grain-type products, better storage containers, freezing existing packages to kill eggs, and spraying the closet to eliminate the problem. However, for the fabric moth pests; vacuuming the entire closet including the walls, throwing away any paper items that could be harboring eggs, proper storage, and application of pesticides. Monitoring using various traps including pheromone traps where applicable is done thereafter to ensure moth problems do not continue.
All our State certified technicians are highly-skilled and are required to participate in regular continuing education programs to keep them up-to-date with industry standards.
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 closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the average person , they both appear just about identical and are often misidentified . An easy 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 100 days , and they breed continuously . Under the proper conditions, a female can create ( indirectly & directly through offspring) over a million roaches in her lifespan . German roaches often soil food & food products with their feces, waste 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 pesticides . 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 small size. That is also the main reason reason that they can most effectively be controlled with baits in crevices & cracks .
Our team believes in using just enough pest control products to get the job done without going overboard. We use “Low Risk” products such as baits, and IGR’s (Insect Growth Regulators). These products only affect the roaches themselves and have zero effect on mammals, birds, fish, and other non-target organisms.
Since these roaches are often confused for the German Cockroaches , in most cases, establishing their identity by observed behavior and location . Specifically, Asian roaches are capable of flight and usually live in grass and/or leaves . German roaches do not fly and reside in our homes and kitchens . Furthermore Asian cockroaches live primarily outdoors , while German cockroaches tend to take over homes . Outside Asian roaches are usually located in shaded, moist areas. Asian cockroaches are most active at sunset and fly distances toward porch lights . You may see an Asian roach attracted to your computer monitor or perched near lamps and other sources of light . If you find 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 roach populations gain momentum fast and are difficult to control without trained assistance .
Both male and female American cockroaches are capable of flight . The wings develop when they become adults. American cockroaches normally stay outside . They prefer warm, damp areas like flower beds , and under mulch. Throughout the United States , people known them as “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 super common in sewer systems in all metropolitan areas . American cockroaches enter a house to find food and water . Roaches can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is not installed properly . Basement windows and garages are also common entry points . When American cockroaches enter homes , they often go to kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and bathrooms .
Oriental cockroaches seek out dark, damp, and cool areas such as those washing machines and sinks , and in damp basements. This species, which is more sluggish and less wary than the other species , of concern because it travels through sewer pipes and can live on filth . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about 1″ long . Both female and male adults are very dark, almost black ; their bodies usually have a shiny finish .
SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH
These insects become a concern when attracted by interior lights , they enter homes through cracked in windows, doors, and other gaps in the home. They contaminate the surfaces they touch , spreading bacteria that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s skin and saliva may also trigger asthma or allergic reactions . It is not common that people see huge , flying roaches so it can be upsetting to most people.
OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:
We inspect your entire property — inside & outside . There are quite a few things the our Tech will do during the inspection:
• Identify areas of cockroach activity.
• Identify the areas of concern .
• Identify any suspect entryways that cockroaches could use to enter into your home.
• Implement a customized solution since “cookie-cutter” treatments aren’t always effective, the technician will design the treatment specific to your unique situation. We can select from a variety of techniques and tools tools and techniques to help keep any bugs out of your home:
o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep all pests from getting inside your home. We will provide you with a price to seal up your home from bugs .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are hanging out in and around your house , we provide you with a punch list of issues that you must change to cut back on the issues 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:
• Confirm that the previous treatment was effective .
• Check for new roach activity.
• check to see if any habitat modifications have been implemented . Identify any new changes to the landscape or home that would make your home vulnerable to cockroach infestation .
Scorpions are creatures that have been on this planet since just about the beginning of time . Scorpions, thus, are extremely adapted & successful at surviving . Basically, scorpions are easy to recognize , even though their size may vary up to 1″ . 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.
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 bug that we handle .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target species
• Devise a game plan .
With all the 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 loose-fitting 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 clutter and food sources . Regularly vacuum the crevices & cracks . 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 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 . They prefer warm temperatures. Remove any possible harborage areas such as wood piles or mounds of leaves or debris 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.
With our Buford Pest Control Division, We adhere to an “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” principle & philosophy which simply means we use a common-sense approach to pest control. We take advantage of existing mechanical & environmental controls (habitat modifications, removing attractants, using barriers, traps, etc.) combined with the responsible application of pesticides to eliminate the target pest. Our goal is to remove the nuisance pest while taking into consideration human health, non-target beneficial species and the environment.
Most of our Quarterly or Bi-Monthly visits for our standard pest control applications include measures (dusting) to keep spiders off & out of your home. Many species of spiders are common household pests in the United States. Another distinction between spiders and other pests is that spiders do not have wings or antennae. Spiders are arachnids.
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. Let’s make this CLEAR … every “cobweb” was constructed 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
Brown Recluse Spider
• Size: Less than the size of a quarter.
• Color: This poisonous spider varies in color from a beige color to a brownish – dark brown.
• IDENTIFICATION: You can identify a Brown Recluse spider by the violin-shaped pattern on its neck. It looks like many other species of non-threatening spiders, so the indicative sign of a Brown Recluse spider is that only has 6 eyes. Their eyes are set apart in three pairs along the face.
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.