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Last week, it was reported to me by my neighbor that a swam of bees were collecting around the Northeast corner of my house near a bay window attached to the master bedroom. I arranged to have an exterminator out to the house to eliminate the bees in an eco-friendly way – using environmentally safe products. This exterminator quickly informed me that this situation was outside the scope of what he could handle. Nonetheless, he fumigated the attic and bees fled the house (probably only for a matter of 24 hours), only to return. At this point, without the bees wings there cooling down the honeycomb in the Arizona heat, approximately five gallons of honey and honeycomb fell into the wall space of my master bedroom (on the northeast side of the room) and began melting. This was the beginning of the structural damage to the wall and internal framework. So I had contacted a different exterminator that had a great track record of handling bad bee situation, AAA Bee Removal. They responded quickly and the next morning they went to my home to assess the situation – which was far worse than we could have imagined. They successfully exterminated the bees and removed the honeycomb to prevent damage. AAA did great extra things like: cleaning, deodorizing, and spreading an absorbent. I would recommend them to anyone
4/26 : While enjoying our morning coffee on the courtyard, we heard a significant amount of buzzing and did a quick walk around our house. A swarm of bees had begun to make a home under the peak of the roof. I opened the yellow pages and called AAA immediately. They told me that a truck was on another service call in our vicinity, and they would be at our home as soon as possible. Early that afternoon, the AAA truck was in our driveway. The number of bees attracted to the peak area had grown significantly, and the two men went straight to work on the problem. They were courteous, accurate and professional and thorough. When finished, they informed me that a colony had indeed moved in, but all of those bees were exterminated, and a honeycomb was not yet formed. This was the best news we could have hoped for. They gave me a business card for a handyman service, to be certain there were no other cracks that would attract another colony. I called that service, and they were at our home the very next day. Again, courteous guys with an attention to detail. Both of these crews seemed to follow one mission statement ....everyone in our home would be safe when their job was done.
I made several calls to price bee removal for my home. This company far exceeded my expectations. I spoke directly with a bee keeper/specialist who took the time to explain about the bees as well as all costs. He walked me through there website while we talked so I could see pictures of their work. The website was extremely helpful and wonderful to view. He even took the time to tell me what to ask other companies when I was calling them. At first glance I was a little taken back by the cost, but after making calls to the other companies I found AAA to be comparable and well worth it. Because of the information AAA gave me, I discovered many hidden fees that the other companies charged that I would not have know about until they were at my house doing the job. I appreciated how upfront AAA was with their costs. They were able to make my appointment the very next day. Everyone I came in contact with was very professional and pleasant. I never felt pressured to choose them or to purchase a service. I hope to never have bees again but in the event I did, AAA would be my first and last call.
My name is Pearl I reside in Tempe; and I've had University Termite & Pest Control for previous Termite issues a year ago, no issues. All problems were taken care of, now I have new issues with rodents of some kind. I called and was told they could be out tomorrow; I was kinda bummed. BUT no more than an hour later I received a call from one of their technician "Brad" He told me that he was quite a bit away but would come by same day JUST to take care of my issues and see what was going on. Brad was very professional and efficient with his work and showing us that he would take care of the rodent issues. He based a plan around what we had going on and not just an every day same old treatment. He took his time with checking to make sure there were no entry points and then proceeded to trap and bait. I'm very happy with my service professional Brad and enjoyed his knowledge on our issues. Thanks University Termite & Pest Control and Brad for Being professional and timely. Would definitely recommend this pest control service!
We had Essential's come out to help with a bee problem a previous company was unable to remedy (we were ripped off!). When essential's came, they quickly understook why the previous company was unsuccessful! We had cutter bees not africanized bees and the treatment is totally different! They were able to educate us on the different types of bees, and directed us on how to prevent these bees in the future. They easily treated the area for 1/5 the cost of our previous company and guaranteed their work for 30 days! In addition, when talking with the Essential's technicians they informed me the previous company could not have found africanized bees and removed 8000 bees, because there would have been a huge hole in my wall, and the bees would have been bigger and brighter than what we had! I am so thankful for their education, helpfulness, and guidance! We would recommend them without reservation! They will do the whole job for you, no short cuts!
I also had AAA remove the honeycombs made by the bees. They allowed me to see the extent of the hive for myself. They even allowed me to take pictures and keep a small piece of the honeycomb to show my husband and little children. They were friendly and professional. They took their time to answer all my questions. They did have to remove a section of my roof eave in order to remove the hive, which they put back together. I was impressed by the minimal damage done. It only needed to be touched up with paint to hide the fact they were there. They did a wonderful job and my children were able to get a hands on experience of bees at work. Something they will be able to remember for life. All chemicals used were safe for my children and new puppy, which was extremely important to me. Again, I would use and recommend this company to anyone who needed bees or hives removed. Please visit their website. It is incredible.
One day I noticed something hanging from our tree limb. Upon investigating I was horrified to see it was a ball of bees. I called several places that advertised bee removal but AAA Bee Removal Specialists stood out. Even over the phone it was obvious that they were extremely knowledgeable regarding bees and bee habits. Their prices are a bit higher than the others, but we decided we’d rather pay a little more and know the job was done right the first time. It made sense that if bees are the only thing they do, they are going to know bees. We were not disappointed. AAA Bee Removal Specialists were courteous, efficient, organized, and professional. In no time at all the bees were gone and the honeycomb removed. I’m glad we chose AAA Bee Removal Specialists to do the job. I hope we never have this kind of problem again, but if we do, AAA Bee Removal Specialists are the bee removers we will call. Norma
When we first moved into this house we had crickets and spiders galore! With our first child soon on it's way we definitely didn't want spiders or bugs in her crib or anywhere near her. The Greenshield people came to our door and my husband agreed to sign up for a years service at about $60 a month. I wasn't too thrilled at him just signing up for pest control, especially with a year long contract, but my mind was quickly change. Our technitian is Scott T. and he has done an excellent in protecting our house. After the second month our spider and cricket problem has disappeared and no pest has even come close to our daughter in our home. Scott T. is also very nice and makes sure to let you know exactly what he's doing and where he will be. Our contract is up in March, we will be staying with them indefinitely.
I just wanted to write a review about my experiences with Northwest Exterminating Company. I recently moved to Arizona and was referred to this company by a friend. When I initially called the office, I spoke with a very friendly and accommodating customer service rep. She answered my questions concisely so that I could best understand the various services offered. I realized that I would need a pest control service and she helped to find an initial set up time that would work best for my family's schedule. It was very much appreciated when she mentioned weekend appointments were available as well. I have been very happy with my monthly service and think the world of our technician. I look foward to using their other services offered if need be in the future. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY!!!
Every time we went out in our back yard, we were attacked within minutes. My regular pest control company could not find anything on multiple visits and referred me to AAA Bee Removal. I called and was very impressed. The gentleman was an actual beekeeper with many years of experience. He directed me to their website - which is amazing with lots of pictures - and walked me through their procedures - he spent a lot of time explaining my problem. I ordered the service and Steve arrived shortly thereafter. He performed a very thorough inspection of my property and found a colony in a crevice of an old pepper tree that was heavily covered with foliage. Excellent company; true specialists and professionals.
Pest control is the process of managing, and often exterminating, insects, rodents and other common vermin from your home or place of business. You can hire an exterminator to kill or keep pests such as cockroaches, termites and rats at bay.
Many companies either have technicians on staff or hire commercial pest control operators to keep their facilities clean and compliant with health codes and other regulations. While your house doesn't need to meet the same stringent codes a restaurant might, you likely want to keep your home safe from bugs and mice. Besides being general pests, termites, carpenter ants and other vermin can destroy the structural integrity of your home, making it unsafe for anyone to live in.
It's important to ask the right questions before hiring a pest control company. You need to know whether the exterminators do quality work and if they know the proper ways to kill pests without exposing you and your family to potentially harmful chemicals. Here's a list of questions you must ask any extermination company to ensure you hire the best people for the job:
Are You Licensed?
Pest control experts must be licensed in your state to do their work since they handle powerful pesticides and insecticides. Make sure the company you go with is registered with your state. You can verify a business's license through your state's pesticide regulatory office.
Are You Bonded or Insured?
Just like any other professional working in or on your property, you want to ensure they're bonded. Being bonded or insured means any damage they do to your home will be covered by an insurance company instead of you.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
You want a veteran extermination company that knows how to handle all types of pests. A company that's been in business for a number of years will have more experience trapping or killing a wide range of bugs and rodents than a relative newcomer.
Do You Guarantee Your Work?
You wouldn't want to call a pest control technician out to spray your home and have roaches or rats return in just a few days, would you? Get a guarantee for the work that is done. Additionally, be wary of exterminators who ask you to sign a long contract with them. If you must sign an extended pledge, ensure you can cancel it at any time.
May I Have a List of References?
Ask your friends, family and neighbors if they can recommend any reputable pest control operators. If they can't, ask the company itself for a list of references you can contact.
Will I Need to Leave My House or Place of Business?
An exterminator might require you to leave your house or workplace depending on the seriousness of the infestation or the chemicals used to annihilate the bugs or rodents. Ask him or her what chemicals they plan to use, when it's safe to return to your home or commercial building and if the treatment spray could harm children or pets.
Remember that you can better avoid scammers by ensuring all the technicians with the pest control company you hire are licensed as well as bonded.
You may need to seek the help of an exterminator depending on the type of pest and the amount of infestation your residence or commercial building has. While you can use glue traps and insecticide to kill off a few cockroaches, these measures are no match for large clusters and colonies of insects or rodents. Here's a list of creatures you should contact a pest control technician about:
Contact a professional exterminator as soon as possible if you suspect your property has termites. Termites can cause costly damage to your home or building in a small amount of time.
Besides eating into wood and causing destruction to your foundation, termite nests are also hard to locate. With that said, look for cracked paint along the wooden surfaces of your home and tap beams and pillars every once in a while. If you hear a hollow sound, you might have a termite infestation.
Other culprits that can damage your house include carpenter ants. Like termites, they are bugs that burrow into buildings, damaging insulation, floors and walls. Unlike ants that build underground colonies and hills in your yard, carpenter ants are usually found living in trees. However, many times this species of ant will make a home for itself under your roof. It's smart to enlist the help of an experienced pest control company when handling carpenter ants since they're known to cause as much damage to buildings as termites.
If you have bed bugs but want to keep getting a good night's sleep, you should contact an exterminator, as this pest spreads easily. Unfortunately, knowing whether or not you have bed bugs is difficult until you feel an itch on your skin or find their bites on you.
Controlling the spread of this pest is notoriously challenging, which is why you should employ a professional. Bed bugs feed on blood and make their homes on mattresses and other pieces of furniture. So wash your laundry frequently, steam clean your mattress and seek out the guidance of an exterminator in order to go back to sleeping in comfort.
The common ant, unlike its carpenter ant cousin, won't destroy parts of your home. However, a trail of bugs is something no one wants in their house. Ants usually enter a building looking for a sugary food source and will leave a scented trail for the rest of the colony to follow. This is why it's better to eradicate the whole group instead of just the handful you might find in your home.
Roaches are a nuisance no one likes to deal with. However, many homes, condos and apartments have them. Unsanitary conditions, such as leaving food out, dirty dishes in the sink or failing to take out the garbage, attract cockroaches into your living space.
Regular bees, bumble bees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets can take over your backyard, making sitting on your deck a challenge. Some insects such as bees can be good for your garden since they help pollinate plants. However, you don't want your property swarming with stinging insects. There are preventative measures you can take, as well as special formulated insecticides, but it's best to contact a professional. Exterminators and beekeepers have the protective gear required to handle stinging bugs and can remove the insects without anyone getting hurt.
Rats and Mice
Rats are not just an irritant; they also pose risks to your health and to your home. While rats, mice and other rodents can burrow holes in your house, rats also carry disease in the form of fleas in their fur. Bait, poison and mechanical spring-loaded traps can eliminate them.
While you want some animals off your lawn and out of your house, you don't want to exterminate all pests, especially wildlife like deer, raccoons and squirrels. They may eat your plants but you will want to ward them off or either find a safe and humane way to trap and release them.
There are some great do-it-yourself tricks you can use, such as connecting small bungee cords to your trash can lids to keep raccoons from going through your garbage. However, if you find an opossum, snake or other varmint in your house, you should call a professional pest control company to reduce your chance of getting bit or otherwise injured. An expert knows how to humanely trap mammals or reptiles and keep them out of your home.
There's a whole range of pest control methods and customized solutions for killing insects, mammals and reptiles, as well as preventing them from returning. Unfortunately, there isn't one approach that will keep all pests at bay. Here are a few ways you can eliminate or discourage critters from making camp in your residence or yard:
Inspection and Exclusion
Before you or an exterminator sets out bait, traps or poison, it's best to thoroughly check your home and pinpoint where the pests are coming from. Look for cracks or openings in your residence. After that, the professional will locate where the bugs or other animals are living and set traps or spray insecticide accordingly.
He or she will also suggest ways to keep future pests out, either by caulking up holes or by explaining what you might be doing that's attracting the vermin.
A trap can run the gamut from sticky-padded glue traps that use an adhesive material to capture bugs and mice to milk jugs filled with sugar water that capture flies and wasps.
If you hire professionals to kill or capture pests, ask them which traps will work best for your needs. They could suggest a particular glue trap if you have a frequent cockroach problem or a type of bait that's more effective in leading rodents to the trap.
Baits range from laying out food to entice pests into a trap to poisonous substances the bugs or rodents eat and take back to their colony or hive. The latter type of bait takes time to work but can be much more effective than spraying insects with a pesticide. It attacks and can eliminate all the other pests in the community.
Many commercial pest control operators will spray your house or yard with strong insecticides around nooks, crannies and other parts of your home where bugs are usually found. You can also do this yourself with store-bought sprays or purchase commercial grade pesticide to dilute with water.
When pest control technicians visit your home or place of business, expect them to first identify what insect or other animal it is that's causing trouble. After identification, they will inspect your building to see where the pests are coming from and locate their hive or nest.
Then the exterminator will spray or set out traps and bait according to which pest you have. The price for exterminators can range broadly since they can charge for a monthly inspection and treatment. The final bill also comes down to the square footage of your property.
Keeping critters out of your house is easier said than done, but there are a number of preventative steps you can take, including:
You might need to change your pest prevention approach with the seasons, however. If you find insects and other animals trying to get in through cracks or openings, use a caulk gun to fill the gaps. You'll also want to either use traditional bug spray or a citronella candle to keep bugs such as mosquitos away from you during the summer months.
Many pest control experts now offer environmentally friendly treatment for your home and yard with insecticides that aren't as harsh for the ecosystem. Check with exterminators around your area to see if they provide these kinds of services.
Also, keep bugs at bay and your plants free from harmful chemicals by spraying cedar oil or soapy water on your prized flowers. Ask your pest control company about no-kill traps you can use if you want to get mice, rabbits, opossums or other furry creatures out of your house without harming them.