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When to hire an exterminator

Posted on Apr 5, 2013

So you have a bug infestation, and are wondering if it’s time to hire a professional exterminator to take care of the problem. Often times, people who are of the do-it-yourself mindset may make the problem worse by waiting too long or by not having the knowledge they need to handle the problem.


Usually, if an infestation is small, such as a trail of ants or a few cockroaches, store-bought remedies used correctly by the average do-it-yourselfer can handle the problem. Of utmost importance is removing the incentive for the bugs to be there in the first place - their food.


In the case of rodents, cockroaches, or ants, make sure they don’t have access to food. Ants in particular will leave a chemical scent trail that they will follow time and time again. Their chemical trail is easily disrupted with a little vinegar or baking soda. The scouts will find the food again eventually. While you can easily squish the scouts, it is best to remove the source with a thorough cleaning, and placing food items in plastic containers that seal well. This will help with roaches, as well.


In the summertime, ants will sometimes come in to just find water. Make sure to fix any plumbing leaks, and deny them access to water. If they persist, it’s time to call a professional exterminator


Fleas are a big problem but they can usually be handled by the do-it-yourselfer by using approved pesticides for the home and the pet in the manner prescribed on the labels. The yard is an often overlooked place where fleas will hide. Be sure to treat the yard where your pet goes as well as the indoors.


Termites, or carpenter ants can do a lot of damage, and do it quickly. They are almost impossible for the average Joe or Jane to handle on their own. You need a professional. Contact us now and let us handle them for you.

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