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The most frequently seen nuisance critters in Woodstock are Rodents , Bats, Mosquito Infestations , Oriental Roaches, Black Widow Spiders, Flying Squirrels, Eastern Stripeless Scorpions, Crazy Ants, Ticks , Stinkbugs & Lady Beetles . If you have unwanted “ guests ” in your house , there is a viable solution… CALL US!
— Woodstock Pest Management Services —
– THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT MAKES OUR COMPANY DIFFERENT & WHY EVERYONE SHOULD CHOOSE US AS YOUR EXTERMINATOR –
We are a family-owned business. Every Technician on your property is an owner in this company so we each have a vested interest in your satisfaction . We take our time to do a complete inspection to determine what is best for your unique situation. It is no longer the [ time | age } of “one size fits all” pest control. We have to identify the target species and take measures to eliminate them. We will utilize habitat modifications combined with controls (biological, cultural & mechanical) with the proper amount of pesticides to solve 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 approach successfully maintains a bug-free environment without having to rely “completely” on traditional pesticides. Any of our services can be modified to accommodate any NEED & BUDGET . Reach out to us ! Our typical 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— pathogens, predators, parasites and competitors to control specific 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 getting established, surviving, dispersing and reproducing . Like moisture control, debris removal, etc . This is the most productive of the interventions that we practice in our pest management programs.
Mechanical & Physical Controls
Mechanical & Physical controls are measures designed to kill 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 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 determine the amount it will take to eliminate the target bugs and apply the chemicals responsibly. Our goal is to move all pesticide applications to the outside and apply only what is required in the living quarters of your home. Anyone’s objective should be to eliminate the pests before they enter in your environment . This mindset and practice make for a healthier home .
Our Woodstock 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 target species may call for the use of bait 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 application , 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:
Some of the most common pests in Woodstock:
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 any patterns will help you achieve the fastest results .
How to determine if you are dealing with Ants or Termites ?
It is hard to establish the identity even for newly trained people in the pest control industry. The two biggest distinguishing factors are: 1) When comparing bodies – ants have segmented waists and termites’ bodies are about the same width, without pinched waists. 2) Ant antennas are bent whereas Termite antennae are straight.
To get your ant problem 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 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 2 main types of issues 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 to search for food. Some species ultimately reside and make nests inside our homes . 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 resourceful in locating access , you may not be able to seal them all.
- Clean around entrances with a cleanser to remove their chemical trail left behind , then spray a non-repellent residual insecticide.
2. Ants that live (nest) inside your house . Some ants don’t just enter your house searching 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 more active in the evening hours when seeking 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 destructive 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 tons of (especially Lady Bugs) clustered inside and outside the home. The beetles are trying to seek somewhere to invade homes for shelter to escape inclement weather conditions. When beetles become a problem, your pest control technician will provide a thorough inspection to accurately identify the specific beetle and based on the inspection findings they will develop an effective treatment plan to resolve the problem .
Proper 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 Woodstock — inside and outside. There are several things that the technician can do during the inspection incorporates locating areas of beetle activity, identify the attractant of the beetle problem, locate the entryways that beetles are using to get into your house .
Our goal 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 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 nuisance 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: American Spider Beetles , Asian Long-horned Beetles , Carpet Beetles , Cigarette Beetles , Dried Fruit Beetles , Drugstore Beetles , False Powderpost Beetles , Flour Beetles , Japanese Beetles, Larder Beetles , Plaster Beetles , Shiny Spider 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 food . Although Centipedes are beneficial since they destroy other insects (like Mother Nature’s pest control) most people have an aversion to them being inside their homes.
Did you know … Millipedes feed on leaf matter and decaying vegetation while centipedes feed on other insects ?
Centipede & Millipede Pest Control
Centipedes commonly enter homes in the winter or fall months or during times of cooler temperatures. They are typically found in basements and garages, both of which exhibit desirable environments for this creature. An increased population within the home may be attributed to one of two things: a readily available insect food source or, more commonly, increasingly humid conditions.
To eliminate centipedes , the 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 organic & chemical 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: 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 outside but may come inside in considerable numbers. House crickets are nocturnal, they stay hidden during the day . They have a distinctive chirping sound. They can drive you insane trying to locate them. As soon as you hone in on their location they stop chirping.
Field crickets are another common nuisance. This species is slightly darker & longer than the House Cricket. Field crickets prefer to live outside in flower beds, overgrown grass and lawns . 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 closets, crawlspaces and basements , but also like any ( damp & cool | damp and cool | cool & damp | cool and damp } areas like under debris piles ( leaves & brush ) most outdoor areas, and while some people enjoy their songs of the evening, these tunes can drive others to complete distraction. These choirs of crickets can be avoided by making the outdoor yard or landscaping less desirable for the insects. They are naturally attracted to bright lights, so reducing any outdoor lighting will make the area less desirable to these serenading creatures. As an alternative, low-level “bug lights” can be purchased at home and garden stores. Keeping any grasses around residences trimmed and tended will also reduce the environmental appeal.
Crickets in the home are easily eliminated . We can seal any of the entryways into the home that allows crickets to invade.
Fly control is always a common concern since a house fly can transfer more than 100 different pathogens , including 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 home, every human , will have to deal with an occasional flies . When we get called out for flies, it is a large population that will not go away .
Like many other pests , the house fly experiences a four-phase life cycle. With the right circumstances , 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 nearly 350-900 eggs in their lifespan . 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 solids 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 substances such as human food, animal carcasses, feces and garbage . They are attracted 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 crawlspace, attic or wall if there is a large problem with flies . Regardless, we will discuss options with you and customize a plan that meets your expectations .
Most people who’ve never had to deal with massive amounts of 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 large groups 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 taking over our native species was introduced by the USDA.
LADYBUG INFESTATIONS in Woodstock
Ladybugs in the house. Multiple things can attract ladybugs to your inside your home . If your landscaping includes flowering plants , they will likely attract aphids, a popular food source of ladybugs. Certain species of ladybugs also eat on pollen. The pollen is an energy source to help them through their winter hibernation . Ladybugs must find a warm, comfortable place to hang out during the winter months . If they decide your home is suitable , 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 get out as soon as the weather warms . However, you can just vacuum them up and discard the bag. If you have a ladybug infestation in your home, other measures will need to be taken. There are a couple things we can do . First and foremost , we can winterize your home. We can go around the perimeter of your home and make some habitat modification suggestions . These are things that could be attracting ladybugs to your yard and seeking refuge within your home . We can also responsibly spray residual pesticides 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 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 eliminate them and prevent them from returning .
Are annoying mosquitoes ruining your outdoor enjoyment ? Are you concerned about your family’s health ? We provide professional mosquito control services that will help you feel safe in your own yard . Our friendly & knowledgeable staff can discuss the measures 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 in your yard . The protocol that encourages targeting of every life stage of a mosquito to successfully affect is referred to as integrated pest management (IPM).
Our Mosquito Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
IPM is a science-based, common-sense approach for controlling pests . Our Mosquito Control service uses a combination of measures that focus on pest prevention. It is our job to identify the conditions that lead to infestations. The most effective means of controlling adult mosquitoes is through the use of pesticides. A successful integrated mosquito control strategy includes several tactics to 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. Control Adult Mosquitoes
There are quick measures homeowners can implement themselves to impede the cycle with mosquitoes in their breeding grounds. By preventing standing water to collect you can devastate the mosquito population, due to the fact that 2 of 3 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 would use to breed .
• Weekly water changes in wading pools, rain barrels, birdbaths, fountains, and potted plant trays .
• Drain temporary pools of water, turn them over or fill them with dirt.
• Keep pool water treated and circulating.
Control Mosquito Larva
By using a pesticide which targets larva in their suspected breeding habitats , will yield the best results . Larva & egg interventions are the least costly & most effective way to keep the mosquito population in control . Our company will devise a program that uses all of the measures combined to provide the quickest results.
Control Adult Mosquitoes
Misting pesticides for mosquito control is one of the most common measures to fight 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 eliminate the problem. Although many people attempt the “do it yourself” measures for moth control – the results are often not what they had hoped for .
The single most common 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 cereals , 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 almost all living creatures, pantry moths only objective is to reproduce. Moths infest places with an adequate food supply. This gives them a place to lay their eggs while giving their eggs the highest chance of survival .
Moths can make their way inside your house through open ( doors & windows | windows & doors | windows and doors | doors and windows }. They may also enter through cracks & crevices around utility chases, dryer vents or around cables that pass-through exterior walls . It is surprising when you open a sealed box of grains 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 house .
MOTH CONTROL MEASURES
Prior to recommending a moth control solution, your Pest Control Tech will properly identify the moth species affecting your property . Different 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 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 on average a ½-inch in length. They are closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the casual observer , the two appear just about identical and are often confused for each other . A fast method to differentiate, the Asian cockroach is attracted to light and can fly, while the German cockroach cannot.
German roaches are the most prevalent of all cockroaches. They complete their life-cycle in approximately 3 months , and they breed constantly . Under the correct conditions, a female can create ( directly & indirectly through offspring ) over 1 million roaches in her lifespan . German roaches often pollute food & food products with their waste, feces and defensive secretions. They also transport & harbor pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause severe allergic reactions and illnesses .
The German cockroach is extremely successful at establishing a stronghold in buildings and is resilient & hardy against pesticides . This is because of the large amount of nymphs produced from each egg case, the short period between birth and sexual maturity, and their ability to tuck away due to their meager size. That is also the primary reason that they can definitely be eliminated with baits in crevices & cracks .
We believes in using just enough pest control products to get the job done without going overboard. We use “Low Risk” products such as baits, and IGR’s (Insect Growth Regulators). These products only affect the roaches themselves and have zero effect on mammals, birds, fish, and other non-target organisms.
Since these are often confused for the German Cockroaches , in most cases, establishing their identity by observed location & behavior . Specifically, Asian roaches are capable of flying and more likely live outdoors . German roaches do not fly and hang out indoors . Furthermore Asian cockroaches live outdoors , while German cockroaches tend to infest our homes . Outdoors Asian roaches are usually found in shaded, moist areas. Asian cockroaches are active at dusk and fly distances toward porch lights . You may see an Asian cockroach attracted to your monitor or perched near lamps and other sources of illumination . If you spot an Asian cockroach inside your house , the use of screens may be helpful in preventing further infestation.
However, a pest control tech can discuss our strategy to eliminate , as cockroach populations gain momentum fast and are difficult to eliminate without skilled tricks .
Both female and male American cockroaches can fly . The wings develop by the time they become adults. American cockroaches normally prefer to live outside . They prefer damp, warm areas like landscaping , and under mulch. In many parts of the US , 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 extremely prolific in sewer systems in most cities . American cockroaches enter houses to find water & food . Roaches can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is missing . Crawlspaces, basements & garages are also common entry points . When American cockroaches enter , they often go to kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and bathrooms .
SMOKYBROWN (SMOKY BROWN) ROACH
These roaches become a concern when attracted by house lights , they enter our homes via 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 body fluid may also trigger allergies . It is not common that people see huge , flying roaches so it can be upsetting to most people.
Oriental cockroaches favor damp, dark & 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 , a concern because it travels through sewer pipes and can live on filth . Adult Oriental cockroaches are about one inch long . Both sexes adults are very darl, almost black ; their bodies usually have a somewhat greasy sheen .
OUR COCKROACH APPROACH:
We inspect your entire property — inside and outside . There are quite a few things the Tech will do during the inspection:
• Locate areas of cockroach activity.
• Locate the areas of concern .
• Identify any suspect entrances that pests could use to enter into your home.
• Implement a customized solution since “cookie-cutter” treatments aren’t always effective, the technician will design the treatment specific to your unique situation. We can select from a variety of techniques and tools tools and techniques to help keep any cockroaches out of your home:
o Exclusion: Non-chemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep cockroaches from getting inside your home. We will provide you with a price to exclude your home from pests .
o Habitat Modification: If roaches are congregating in and around your house , we provide you with a checklist of issues that you can change to reduce on the issues in your home or yard that are attracting bugs .
• LOW-RISK Gel or granular bait: These are applied in areas where cockroaches will eat them, but children or pets cannot reach them.
• Insect growth regulator: Applied into cockroach hiding places, these interfere with the cockroaches’ normal development.
• Residual insecticides: Applied into cracks and crevices, this help to keep cockroaches from hiding in the treated areas. The technician may also apply liquid insecticide outdoors to help keep all cockroaches from coming inside.
Monitoring Roaches – each 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 needed changes to the landscape or home that could make your home susceptible to cockroach invasion .
A scorpion is best noted , unfortunately, for its sting. In some parts 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 abundant all over North Georgia . The Striped Bark Scorpion is found in the coastal plains and other areas of Southern Georgia.
Finding a scorpion in sink or bathtub is common because once they fall in they have difficulty in getting out. Our native scorpions are small up to 1 inch in length.
To successfully control indoor scorpions, it’s essential to manage the scorpions outside the home. As a part of our inspection, we point out the habitat modifications that need your attention, reducing the number of outdoor hiding places for scorpions is important. This might include the removal of debris such as loose rocks, wood, trash and other unnecessary things from the backyard and around the home. It’s also beneficial to keep the grass mowed short and all shrubbery nicely pruned. In addition to those measures, we inspect the outside of your home to determine what needs to be sealed on the outside of your home to help prevent pests from entering. All of our pest control solutions involve the integrated pest management approach where we combine the ethical application of pesticide with a common sense stance on prevention and habitat controls.
Our approach with Silverfish Control is identical to every pest that we manage .
• We perform a thorough inspection.
• Determine what is the target pest.
• Devise a game 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 maybe loose-fitting pipes or faulty plumbing, restrooms and other areas of high condensation & moisture . Silverfish love the humidity. Silverfish cannot survive inside buildings in low relative humidity, so take measures to reduce it by using a dehumidifier. The goal should be a relative humidity below 50% year-round.
Reduce food sources & clutter . Regularly vacuum the cracks and crevices . Remove easily accessible food sources such as cereals, pet foods and flour by storing pantry food in sir-tight containers.
It is common to find Silverfish in the 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 rocks, stones, wood piles and leaf debris . Silverfish prefer warm temperatures. Remove any possible harborage areas such as leaves, grass or woodpiles on your property . Keep gutters cleaned out .
We can also take steps to provide a quote for standard exclusion techniques such as caulking cracks and crevices. But there are also steps the homeowner can take to prevent entry… such as making sure screens are tight and the use of weather stripping around windows and doors.
With our Woodstock 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.
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. 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 areas and in cracks as a retreat in order to construct material for their webs. For transparency … every “cobweb” was constructed 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.