Having a pest problem is often an unsettling situation for most homeowners. You don't know whether hiring a pest control firm will end the insect and rodent issues or if you should expect a recurrence on a regular basis. Should you invest in a home protection plan that addresses a variety of potential pest intrusions or treat your home and outdoor area with a plan aimed at a particular pest?
To answer that question, consider the characteristics of your neighborhood and whether it attracts certain pests. Talking to nearby residents will help, and then you can determine if your home has some unique pest issues that neighbors haven't experienced.
The seasons and climate where you live also affect the incidence of pest infestations. The best prevention efforts, both from a professional pest control service like Abell Pest Control and by monitoring your property yourself, will be answered when you know what pests are prevalent in your environment, what conditions draw them and when you can expect their population to swell during the year.
Once you've answered those questions with a pest inspection by a trained technician, you can decide whether you need a home protection plan or should hire the professionals to address a single-pest problem.
At Abell, a thorough inspection is followed by a customized treatment plan and follow-up advice that helps you address structural and sanitation issues to minimize repeat pest intrusions. The company's home protection program is for homes with ongoing pest problems that are addressed during several inspections each year.
The program covers 17 types of pests, from common insects like spiders, fleas, cockroaches and stored products pests to those that predominate outdoors, including centipedes, millipedes, pavement ants and wasps. Mice and rats are also covered by the plan.
For treatments that focus on eliminating a single-type pest, the range of pests that Abell is able to address includes those covered by home protection services as well as a few others, including bed bugs, cluster flies, carpenter ants and wildlife intrusions.
Wood homes and brick homes may draw different pests just as an older home on a city lot will likely be subjected to different insects from a house that's located on a wooded suburban lot. The important thing for homeowners to understand is that every property is unique, even if they're right next to each other and there's been an influx of a particular pest in the neighborhood.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
Not every creature that visits your property is a dangerous nuisance. Many animals actually offer a number of benefits that keep your yard healthy. Predatory animals, in particular, actually offer natural pest control. Here are five common suburban creatures that can help keep more difficult or annoying animals at bay:
The customer is always right, and this is especially true if he or she is complaining about seeing a mouse or cockroach. Pests have no place in your organization, as bugs and rodents will turn away potential business or even lead to a possible lawsuit. Keeping your company protected requires a proactive approach. Work with a pest removal specialist to identify the best ways to stop creatures from infesting your business. Here are just a few ideas for successfully mitigating and preventing any issues:
You might see an influx of rodents at this time of year, because as the weather cools mice and rats seek warmth anywhere they can find it. Unfortunately, that often means inside residential homes. Many homes may experience rodent infestations at this time of year more than any other. Whether they're getting into your garage, basement or kitchen, it's important to put a stop to them before the problem becomes too serious and requires the intervention of a professional pest control agency.
Summer is almost here and before you head out on a family trip or even if you travel for work, consider doing a little research so you become familiar with bed bugs. This will help you identify them quickly and it could keep you from bringing them home unknowingly!
With the promise of summer also comes the promise of bugs. Homeowners have to stay vigilant, lest they find ants - or worse - rifling through their food.
Pests can be attracted to a residence for a number of reasons. In some cases it's because of the local environment - such as how close the home is to woods. In other cases it might be because of refuse or trash near the home - garbage cans and spilled food can be big attractors of insects and rodents. But did you know that your plumbing system can also attract pests if not properly maintained? Damaged or poorly installed plumbing fixtures can lead to spilled water and mold, which can seem like flashing neon signs to the local pest population. Read on to learn how to check your home's plumbing and about what to look out for.