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The most common critter complaints in Gainesville are Mice , Bats, Mosquito Infestations , American Roaches, Brown Recluse Spiders, Flying Squirrels, Southern Devil Scorpions, Banded Sugar Ants, Ticks , Stinkbugs & Lady Bugs . If you have unwanted “ creepy crawling insects ” in your home , there is a affordable solution… CALL US!
— Gainesville Pest Management Services —
– THIS IS WHAT MAKES OUR COMPANY DIFFERENT & WHY EVERYONE SHOULD CHOOSE US AS YOUR EXTERMINATOR –
We are a family-owned & operated business. Every person on your property is a partner in this company so we each have a vested interest in your satisfaction . We take enough 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 get rid of them. We will utilize habitat modifications combined with controls (biological, cultural & mechanical) with the correct 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: Our approach successfully facilitates a bug-free environment without having to depend “totally” on traditional pesticides. Each of our services can be modified to suit any BUDGET . Talk to us ! Our standard household pest control services are offered on a Bi-Monthly or Quarterly basis.
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– PEST MANAGEMENT MEASURES –
Biological control is the use of natural enemies— predators, parasites, pathogens, and competitors to manage target pests. However, this is the least common of a measure like the following options.
Habitat & Environmental Controls
Habitat controls are practices that reduce pests from reproducing, dispersing, surviving and getting established . Like moisture control, debris removal, etc . This is the most productive of the interventions that we implement in our pest management programs.
Physical & Mechanical Controls
Mechanical & Physical controls are measures designed 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 pests .)
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 label . However, we are not just going to hose down your home with the maximum allowable. We calculate the amount it will take to control the target species and apply the pesticides responsibly. Our plan is always to move all pesticides to the outside and do only what is critical in the living space of your home. Anyone’s objective should be to eliminate the pests before they come into your living space . This mindset and practice make for a healthier air quality .
Our Gainesville Pest Control Methodology
It is not difficult to be conscientious about pesticide application – it just takes a moral compass , desire and a little more time. As an example some homes or the target pest 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 application , regardless, it will pay off in results. To understand more about the science behind this type of program visit this website .
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We provide pest control to the following areas:
Some of the most common pests in Gainesville:
The most common ants are Argentine Ants, Carpenter Ants, Crazy Ants, Fire Ants, Ghost Ants, Leafcutter Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants and Pharaoh Ants. Understanding typical behavior patterns will help you achieve the fastest results .
How to determine if you are dealing with Termites or Ants ?
It is hard to establish the identity 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 resolved it is important that our first step is to conduct a thorough inspection. In order for us to locate the nest, we must follow their trails. Ants lay down a chemical pheromone trail along their established routes from and to a food location so other ants can easily find the food. Outside the home , we inspect the perimeter like the foundation , areas of vegetation, and mulch. Any vegetation found near porches and walls may hide some Ant nests or their trails.
Ant Control Tips and Strategies
There are 2 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 in the home. Ants that live outdoors will travel inside your home to search for food. Some species ultimately live and nest inside houses . Follow these measures to help control any type of infestation:
- Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate passages into the home. Since Ants are extremely industrious in sourcing entry points , you may not be able to seal them all.
- Clean around entry points with a detergent 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 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 burrow 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 damage to the food source they prefer .
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 winter conditions. When beetles become a problem, your pest control technician will provide a thorough inspection to accurately identify the type of beetle and based on the inspection findings they will customize an effective treatment strategy to resolve the problem .
Accurate identification of the target species is critical since there are so many varied species of beetles and the specific details required for treatment for different beetles.
OUR BEETLE CONTROL APPROACH:
We inspect your home in Gainesville — inside and outside. There are several measures that the technician does during the inspection incorporates locating areas of beetle activity, identify the source of the beetle problem, locate the entryways that beetles are using to gain access into your home .
Our goal 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 adhere to 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 responsible application of pesticides to eliminate the problem pest . The end game is to remove the nuisance pest while taking into consideration human health, non-target beneficial species, and the environment.
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 , Ground 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 more active at night, moving about in search of food . Even though Centipedes are beneficial since they destroy other insects (like Mother Nature’s pest control) most homeowners have an aversion to them inside their homes.
Did you know … Millipedes are scavengers while centipedes feed on other Bugs ?
Centipede & Millipede Pest Control
Centipedes frequently enter homes in the fall or winter 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 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 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 mad 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 lawns, flower beds & overgrown grasses . However, they do come inside our homes often. Since Field crickets are attracted to lights at night, sometimes turning off these lights helps.
Camel crickets (humpback crickets) are not true crickets since they do not have wings. Camel Crickets are most often are found in crawl spaces, basements & closets , but also like any ( damp & cool | damp and cool | cool & damp | cool and damp } areas like under brush piles, logs & 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 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 typhoid, salmonella, and tuberculosis . House flies contaminate food surfaces by spreading disease organisms picked up on their legs and mouth-parts when feeding on decaying substances, feces & trash .
However , an occasional house fly is not necessarily a problem requiring our intervention. Every human, every home , will have to deal with an occasional fly or two . When we get called out for flies, it is a large population that cannot be controlled .
Like many other bugs , the house fly experiences a four-phase life cycle. If the conditions are favorable , the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult could occur in as little as ( 6 | six } days. She will reproduce approx. 5-6 times, laying batches of about 100 eggs during each round . Female house flies usually only mate once but is capable of producing between 350-900 eggs in their life . Adult house flies typically live 15-25 days .
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 like straws to suck the food. House flies feed on a wide variety of substances such as animal carcasses, human food, 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 different ; however, it may call for habitat modification, mechanical controls and pesticide . Since our company in the wildlife industry , instinctively we would suspect an animal has died in a attic, wall or crawl space if there is a large problem with flies . Regardless, we will discuss options with you and customize a plan that exceeds your goals & expectations .
Most people who’ve never had a problem with ladybugs view ( them | ladybugs } in a favorable way. Who doesn’t get a warm feeling after watching the movie “A Bugs Life”. Ladybugs sometimes referred to as lady beetles, are actually considered a beneficial insect. They feed heartily on many plant-eating insects such as aphids.
Not so fast though… 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 take action . Oftentimes, it can be difficult to remedy 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 Gainesville
Ladybugs in the house. Several things can attract ladybugs to your home . If your landscaping includes flowering plants , 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 hide out during the winter months . If they decide your home is the place to be , 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 alone . They evacuate as soon as the the cold weather is over . However, you can easily vacuum them up and discard the bag. If you have a ladybug infestation inside your home, other measures will need to be taken. There are a couple things we can do . First off , 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 home . We can also responsibly spray pesticides that target them specifically along the outside perimeter of your home to prevent them from establishing a cluster .
There are some all-natural alternatives that you can try at home. Possibly consider spraying around the cracks and crevices with a natural repellent such as citrus, clove or citronella oil . Also, Mums are known to repel ladybugs. The more mums you have by doors and windows the fewer ladybugs you will have to deal with.
If you want to leave it to professionals, simply call us and we will take measures to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back .
Are annoying mosquitoes ruining your outdoor family time ? 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 Products are created equal.
Our method is taken right out of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collaborative playbook on how to control mosquitoes . The protocol that encourages taking advantage of every life stage of a mosquito to successfully eliminate 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 steps include:
1. Locate all mosquito habitats
2. Recommend use of structural barriers
3. Impede Mosquitoes at the Larval Stage
4. Control Adult Mosquitoes
Use Structural Barriers
One way to prevent mosquitoes from getting indoors is by using structural barriers. Some examples of these barriers include:
• Repair window and door screens if needed.
• Cover all gaps in doors, windows & walls to prevent mosquitoes from gaining entry .
• Make sure door & window screens are ” bug tight .”
Control Mosquito Larva
By using a larvicide in their suspected breeding habitats , will yield the greatest impact on their population . Larva & egg interventions are the most effective and least costly way to keep the mosquito population in control . We can devise a program that uses all of the measures combined to provide the quickest results.
Control Adult Mosquitoes
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 end 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 common moth that causes a problem are Pantry Moths. Have you ever noticed strange stringy particles in an old bag of flour, webbing along the corners or edges of food packaging , or 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 all living creatures, pantry moths only purpose is to reproduce. Moths infest places with an adequate food supply. This gives them a place for safe egg storage while giving their eggs the best chance of survival .
Moths can make their way inside your home through open ( doors & windows | windows & doors | windows and doors | doors and windows }. They may also enter through cracks & crevices around cables, dryer vents or utility chases that pass-through walls . It is unnerving when you open a sealed box of rice only to find evidence of pantry moths on the inside . You may not even notice them until they have already passed through the different phases of a pantry moth life cycle and you see an adult moth flying inside your home .
The Pantry Moth Life Cycle
There are 4 stages in the life cycle of a pantry moth:
1. Egg: Moth eggs are extremely tiny and a whitish-grey in color. An adult can lay nearly 400 eggs each time , and they can hatch in just 7 days .
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. Amazing fact 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 eliminate 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 behind the head to the base of the wings . Adults are about a ½-inch in length. It is very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the average person , they both appear nearly identical and are often misidentified . A fast way 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 100 days , and they breed constantly . Under the appropriate conditions, a female can create ( indirectly & directly through offspring) over 1 million roaches in her lifespan . German roaches often contaminate food products & food with their feces and defensive secretions. They also transmit pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause sickness .
The German cockroach is extremely successful at establishing a stronghold in buildings and is resilient & hardy 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 cause that they can definitely be controlled with baits in cracks and crevices .
Our company 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 are often confused for the German Roaches , in most cases, establishing their identity by observed behavior and location . Specifically, Asian roaches are capable of flying and more likely live outdoors . German roaches cannot fly and reside in our homes and kitchens . Usually Asian cockroaches live outside , while German cockroaches tend to infest our homes . Outside Asian roaches are more likely seen in shaded, moist 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 find an Asian cockroach inside your home , the use of screens may be successful in preventing further infestation.
However, our pest control technician can discuss our treatment plan , as cockroach populations gain momentum fast and are difficult to eradicate without our help .
Both female & male American cockroaches are capable of flight . Their wings develop when they become adults. American cockroaches normally stay outside . They prefer damp, warm areas like under shrubs , and under mulch. Throughout the United States , people call them “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 extremely prevalent in sewer systems of many American cities . American cockroaches enter houses to find water or food . They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is damaged . Garages and basements are also common entry points . When American cockroaches enter homes , they often go to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements .
SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH
These insects become a nuisance when attracted by interior lights , they enter our homes through openings in gaps, doors and windows into the home. They contaminate any surfaces they touch , spreading germs that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s body fluid may also trigger asthma or allergic reactions . It is not common that people see large , flying roaches so it can be unsettling to most people.
Oriental cockroaches search for cool, dark & damp areas such as those washing machines and sinks , and in damp basements. This species, which is more sluggish and less wary than the others , concerning because it travels in sewer pipes and can live on filth . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about 1″ in length . Both sexes adults are very darl, almost black ; their bodies usually have a shiny finish .
OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:
We inspect your entire property — inside and outside . 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 get 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 roaches 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 price to exclude your home from bugs .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are hanging out in and around your home , we provide you with a list of issues that you must change to cut back on the issues in your house or yard that are attracting pests .
• 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 returns to your home, they will inspect. There are several things he will do during the inspection:
• Confirm that the previous treatment was effective .
• Verify if there is any cockroach activity.
• check to see if any habitat modifications have been implemented . Identify any recent changes to the home or landscape that would make your home susceptible to cockroach infestation .
A scorpion is best known, unfortunately, for its sting. In some areas of the World , 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 Northern 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 the same 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 moisture in places that have potentially loose-fitting 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. 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 pet foods, cereals and flour by storing pantry food in tight containers.
It is common to find Silverfish in the attic, basement areas, and inside storage boxes . They eat the glue on the boxes and book bindings. They may feed on surface molds found on cardboard boxes found in damp basements or attics. Silverfish naturally live outside under under piles of rocks, leaves and wood . Silverfish prefer warm temperatures. Remove any possible harborage areas such as wood piles or mounds of leaves or debris near your home . Keep gutters empty .
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.
They can be found in upper corners of rooms and attics , crannies & nooks as well as sub-floor air-vents. Spiders prefer to hide in dark areas and in cracks as a retreat in order to construct material for their webs. Let’s make this CLEAR … 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.