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The most common household pests in Marietta are Rodents , Bats, Mosquitoes , American Roaches, Black House Spiders, Flying Squirrels, Eastern Stripeless Scorpions, Argentine Ants, Fleas , Stinkbugs & Lady Beetles . If you have unwanted “ guests ” in your house , there is a affordable solution… CALL US!
— Marietta Pest Control Services —
– HERE IS WHAT MAKES OUR COMPANY UNIQUE & WHY YOU SHOULD PICK US AS YOUR PEST CONTROL PROVIDER –
We are a small local business. Every Technician on your property is a partner in this company so we each have a vested interest in the results . We take our time to do a thorough inspection to decide what is best for your exact situation. It is no longer the [ time | age } of “one size fits all” pest control. We have to identify the target species and take measures to get rid of them. We will utilize habitat modifications combined with controls (biological, cultural & mechanical) with the proper amount of pesticides to relieve 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 pest-free environment without having to rely “completely” on traditional pesticides. Any of our services can be customized to accommodate 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 CONTROL MEASURES –
Biological control is the use of natural enemies— parasites, pathogens, predators and competitors to eliminate target pests. However, this is the least common of a measure like the following options.
Environmental & Habitat Controls
Habitat controls are practices that reduce pests from reproducing, dispersing, surviving and getting established . Like debris removal, moisture control, etc . This is the most productive of the interventions that we implement in our pest management programs.
Mechanical & Physical Controls
Mechanical & Physical controls are steps designed to destroy 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 stopping the pests .)
With our approach pesticides are always used in conjunction with other controls for more effective, long-term control. There is a certain amount of pesticides that we are allowed to spray in accordance to the labeling . However, we are not just going to spray your home with the maximum allowable. We calculate the amount it will take to eliminate 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 space of your home. Everyone’s objective should be to eliminate the pests before they come inside . This mindset and practice make for a healthier home .
Our Marietta 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 houses 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 go to this website .
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We provide pest control to the following areas:
- Chattahoochee Heights
- Sandy Springs
- Gold Creek
- Peachtree Corners
Some of the most common pests in Marietta:
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 positively identify if you are dealing with Ants or Termites ?
It is hard to establish the identity even for newly trained people in the pest control industry. The 2 biggest differentiating 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 perform 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 locate 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 hide some Ant nests or their trails.
Ant Control Tips and Strategies
There are two main types of issues that are commonly encountered with ants. Ants that live outside 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 outside but come in the home. Ants that live outside will travel inside your home searching for food. Some species ultimately live and nest inside our homes . Follow these steps to help control any type of infestation:
- Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate access into the home. Since Ants are extremely industrious in sourcing access , you may not be able to seal them all.
- Clean around entry points with a cleanser to remove their chemical trail left behind , then spray a non-repellent residual insecticide.
2. Ants that live (nest) inside your home . Some ants don’t just enter your home foraging 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 foraging for food, both inside the house 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 harm to the food source they target .
Sometimes beetles, their mere numbers , can become nuisances. In the late summer and fall, homeowners can find hundreds of beetles (especially Lady Bugs) clustered inside and outside the home. The beetles are trying to find somewhere to invade homes for shelter to escape winter conditions. When beetles become a problem, your pest management professional will provide a thorough inspection to accurately identify the type of beetle and based on the inspection findings they will develop an effective treatment plan to eliminate the problem pest .
Accurate identification of the target species 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 Marietta — inside and outside. There are several measures that the technician can do during the inspection incorporates locating areas of beetle activity, identify the source of the beetle problem, locate potential entry points that beetles are using to gain access into your home .
Our plan is to devise and implement a custom solution. Our skilled Pest Control Tech will customize the treatment specific to your unique situation. We can select from a variety of tools and techniques to help keep any beetles out of your home: beetle exclusion, habitat modifications, Insect Growth Regulators, residual insecticides.
Beetle Control Measures
We follow 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 advisable 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 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 , Emerald Ash Borer , Foreign Grain Beetles , Japanese Beetles, Larder Beetles , Plaster Beetles , Shiny Spider 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 nighttime , moving around in search of cockroaches and other insects . Even though Centipedes are beneficial since they eliminate other insects (like Mother Nature’s pest control) most people have an aversion to their presence inside their homes.
Did you know … Millipedes are scavengers 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 centipede populations , 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 organic & chemical solutions. We follow an Integrated Pest Management methodology when applying pesticides in or around your home. We use pesticides responsibly and use only what is necessary to eliminate the target pest .
- 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: Field, House & Camel , Crickets. Crickets can be extremely ( aggravating | annoying | bothersome | nerve-racking | unsettling }, but unless there are large numbers, they do ( very little | little | hardly any } damage. They love to chew on everything , especially clothing.
House Crickets live outdoors but may come indoors in considerable numbers. House crickets are nocturnal, they stay hidden during the day . They have a distinctive chirping sound. They can drive you insane trying to locate them. As soon as you hone in on their location they stop chirping.
Field crickets are another common nuisance. This species is slightly longer & darker 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 typhoid, salmonella, and tuberculosis . House flies contaminate foods & 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 flies . When we get called out for flies, it is a large population that cannot be eliminated .
Like many other pests , the house fly experiences a four-phase life cycle. With the right circumstances , the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult could take place in as little as ( 6 | six } days. The female 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 close to 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 shaped 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 attracted to pet 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 in the wildlife industry , instinctively we would suspect an animal has died in a wall, crawl space or attic if there is a large problem with flies . Regardless, we will discuss options with you and customize a plan that meets your goals and 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.
Fun Fact! In our area, there are the friendly & beneficial ladybugs and then there are an invasive species called the Asian Ladybug beetle. The Asian Ladybugs tend to gather together in the masses inside our homes and this is typically when homeowners notice there is a problem . Oftentimes, it can be difficult to resolve without professional help. Get this the invasive species that is now over-powering our native species was introduced by the USDA.
LADYBUG INFESTATIONS in Marietta
Ladybugs in the house. Many things can attract ladybugs to your house . 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 through their winter hibernation . Ladybugs must find a warm, comfortable place to hide out during the winter months . If they decide your home is a great place for them , they can easily find their way inside through cracks around anything like windows, doors, utility entry points .
LADYBUG CONTROL MEASURES
If you’ve seen a few and they are not really bothering you, simply leave them be . They leave as soon as the weather warms . However, you can easily vacuum them up and discard the bag. If you have a ladybug infestation in your home, other measures will need to be taken. Here are a couple things we can implement . First off , we can winterize your home. We can go around the outside of your home and make some habitat modification suggestions . These are things that could be attracting ladybugs to your yard and seeking refuge in your walls . We can also responsibly spray pesticides that target them specifically on the outside 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 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 reach out and we will take measures to get rid of them and prevent them from returning .
Are mosquitoes ruining your outdoor enjoyment ? Are you concerned about your family’s safety ? We provide professional mosquito services that will help you feel safe in your own yard . Our friendly & knowledgeable staff can discuss the benefits of our Mosquito Control services during the entire mosquito season.
Not all Mosquito Control Products are created equal.
Our practice is taken right out of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collaborative playbook on how to best control mosquitoes . The protocol that encourages targeting 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 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 measures include:
1. Locate all mosquito habitats
2. Install use of structural barriers
3. Control Mosquitoes at the Larval Stage
4. Eliminate Adult Mosquitoes
There are quick steps homeowners can have done to disrupt the cycle with mosquitoes in their breeding grounds. By removing 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 rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other vessel where mosquitoes can use for breeding .
• Weekly water changes in potted plant trays, rain barrels, birdbaths, fountains, and wading pools .
• Drain unused vessels of water, turn them over or fill them with dirt.
• Keep pool water treated and circulating.
Control Mosquito Larva
By using a larvicide in their possible breeding habitats , will quickly control the population . Larva & egg interventions are the least costly & most effective way to control mosquitoes . Our company will devise a program that uses all of the measures combined to provide the most effective results.
Control Adult Mosquitoes
Misting pesticides for mosquito control is one of the most common means to combat an outbreak of mosquito-borne disease. Mosquito adulticides (pesticide labelled for the adult stage) are applied as ultra-low volume (ULV) sprays which dispense extremely small droplets. These smaller size droplets stay suspended longer making the pesticide more effective. The more effective the pesticide, the less we have to apply. We want the healthiest & safest environment for humans, non-targeted species and pets.
Everything about your specific situation, your specific yard needs to be a consideration to determine the best way to tackle the mosquito problem. Some considerations might include the type of mosquito, resistance, targeted stage of life, upcoming weather, etc. This is our approach!
An established moth infestation usually requires professional intervention to completely resolve the problem. Although many homeowners attempt the “do it yourself” measures for moth control – the results are often not what they had hoped for .
The single 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 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 objective is to reproduce. Moths infest places with an adequate food supply. This provides them a place for their eggs 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 crevices & cracks around dryer vents, utility chases, or cables that pass-through exterior walls . It is surprising when you open a sealed box of cereal 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 inside your home .
MOTH CONTROL MEASURES
Prior to suggesting a custom a moth control solution, your Pest Control Tech will properly identify the moth species affecting your stored foods . Each moth pest species require different treatment methods to effectively eliminate them.
All factors need to be considered when trying to devise a game plan to control the moths. These factors can include; species, stored products, type of structure, etc.
Control measures for stored products moths (Indian Meal Moths, Mediterranean flour moth, etc.) include going through all of the pantry items and throwing away all open grain-type products, better storage containers, freezing existing packages to kill eggs, and spraying the closet to eliminate the problem. However, for the fabric moth pests; vacuuming the entire closet including the walls, throwing away any paper items that could be harboring eggs, proper storage, and application of pesticides. Monitoring using various traps including pheromone traps where applicable is done thereafter to ensure moth problems do not continue.
All our State certified technicians are highly-skilled and are required to participate in regular continuing education programs to keep them up-to-date with industry standards.
The Most Common Roaches in North Georgia Pest Control
German Roaches are brown to dark brown in color. They have two distinct parallel bands running the length of their behind the head to the base of the wings . Adults are approximately a ½-inch in length. It is very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the homeowner , they both appear nearly identical and are often misidentified . A sure way to differentiate, the Asian cockroach is attracted to light and can fly, while the German cockroach cannot.
German roaches are the most widespread of all cockroaches. They complete their life-cycle in approximately 100 days , and they breed continuously . Under the right conditions, a female can create ( directly & indirectly through offspring ) over 1 million roaches in her lifespan . German roaches often soil food & food products with their feces and defensive secretions. They also transport & harbor pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause illness & severe allergic reactions .
The German cockroach is extremely successful at establishing a stronghold in buildings and is resilient & hardy against pest control measures . This is because of the massive amount of nymphs produced from each egg case, the short period between birth and sexual maturity, and their ability to take cover due to their small size. That is also the primary reason that they can effectually be controlled with baits in cracks and crevices .
Southern Pest Management 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 sustained flight and commonly live in grass and/or leaves . German roaches do not fly and are found inside . Usually Asian cockroaches live outdoors , while German cockroaches tend to infest human dwellings . Outside Asian cockroaches are usually located in moist & shady areas. Asian cockroaches are active at sunset and fly distances toward lights . You may see an Asian roach attracted to your television screen or perched near lamps and other sources of illumination . If you see an Asian cockroach inside your home , the use of screens may be helpful in preventing further infestation.
However, a pest control expert can discuss our strategy to eliminate , as roach populations grow quickly and are difficult to control without professional help .
Both sexes American cockroaches can fly . Their wings develop as become adults. American cockroaches normally prefer to live outdoors . They prefer warm, damp areas like landscaped beds , and under mulch. All over the United States , people call them “palmetto bugs” because they live on trees. I think Florida almost opted to make the Palmetto Bug their State Bird but the Mosquito won that election. American cockroaches are very prolific in sewer systems of all metropolitan areas . American cockroaches enter houses to find water or food . They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is damaged . Basements, crawlspaces & garages are also common entryways . When American cockroaches enter , they often go to bathrooms, laundry rooms , kitchens and basements .
SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH
These roaches become a nuisance when attracted by interior lights , they enter our homes through cracked in gaps, doors and windows going into the home. They contaminate any surfaces they come in contact with , spreading germs that can result in illness. Proteins in the Smokybrown Cockroach’s skin and saliva may also trigger allergic reactions and asthma . It is not common that people see huge , flying cockroaches so it can be horrific to most people.
Oriental cockroaches seek out 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 other species , a concern because it runs through in sewer pipes and can live on filth . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about one inch long . Both female and male adults are very darl, almost black ; their bodies usually have a somewhat greasy sheen .
OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:
We inspect your house — inside and outside . There are many things the our Tech will do during the inspection:
• Locate areas of cockroach activity.
• Locate the areas of concern .
• Identify any suspect entry points that roaches could use to gain access into your home.
• Implement a customized solution since “cookie-cutter” treatments aren’t always effective, the technician will design the treatment specific to your unique situation. We can select from a variety of techniques and tools tools and techniques to help keep any bugs out of your home:
o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep cockroaches from getting inside your home. We will provide you with the quote to seal up your home from pests .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are congregating in and around your home , we provide you with a punch list of things that you can change to reduce on the things 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 – every time the technician visits to your home, they will inspect. There are several things he will do during the inspection:
• Determine how effective the treatments have been .
• Check for new roach activity.
• check to see if any habitat modifications have been implemented . Identify any needed changes to the landscape or home that could make your home vulnerable to cockroach infestation .
Scorpions are creatures that have been on the earth since just about the beginning of time . Scorpions, thus, are extremely adaptive . Basically, scorpions are easily recognizable , even though their sizes are variable 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, therefore, they have 8 legs. The body & head (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 identical to every pest that we manage .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target pest.
• Devise a game 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 moisture in places that have possibly 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 cereals, pet foods and flour by storing pantry food in 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 clean .
We can also take steps to provide a quote for standard exclusion techniques such as caulking cracks and crevices. But there are also steps the homeowner can take to prevent entry… such as making sure screens are tight 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.
Most of our Quarterly or Bi-Monthly visits for our standard pest control applications include measures (dusting) to keep spiders off & out of your home. Spiders are considered a beneficial pest because of their prey on other insects Because spiders have eight legs, they are easy to separate from insects, which have only six legs. Another distinction between spiders and other pests is that spiders do not have wings or antennae. Spiders are arachnids.
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 places and in cracks as a retreat in order to construct material for their webs. Keep this in mind … every “cobweb” was made 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
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.