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We've used them for over 3 years now. Yes...there's a ""service contract"" which basically guarentees the amount the service will cost the customer (no surprise charges!!) and Chemfree will come out as many times as necessary at no additional charge until the problem is resolved. Even with the…
Pflugerville, TX 78660
From Business: Hello, and welcome to A+ Pest Control, where you are always a valued member of our family! A+ Pest Control is family owned and operated by four brothers with over 50 years of combined pest control experience and have completed over 500,000 residential treatments in the Oklahoma City metro areas since its inception in 2004.…
9475 E Highway 290Austin, TX 78724
From Business: ABC Home & Commercial Services offers a variety of services in different cities throughout the South including – Austin, Bryan/College Station, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. Offerings include Pest Management, Rodent & Wildlife Removal and Lawn Care. ABC serves both residential and commercial customers and has been a fam…
1826 Kramer Ln Ste FAustin, TX 78758
On June 3rd, a sales agent from Terminix knocked on my door. I listened to the pitch and decided to give the service a try as long as I could be billed in a month in the week of July 3rd. I was assured that this was the case and was asked for a credit card. I was also told that I could provid…
SERVING ALL OF THE AUSTIN METRO AREA!Austin, TX 78708
From Business: We're a locally owned company and for over 30 years dedicated to servicing the Austin Central Texas area home & business owners. Protecting your property from such pests as roaches, ants, spiders, bed bugs, termites and rodents just to name a few. See the Bug-Arrest Pest Control Difference.
1800 S Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78704
From Business: Our success is directly related to our courteous office staff and technicians and the service they provide. Each technician has an average of 10 years of on-the-job experience and all attend regular office and industry sponsored seminars on the latest proven industry techniques. The technicians are licensed, bonded, and a …
1116 Hunter DrEl Paso, TX 79915
From Business: From bugs to rodents, we have the experience to get rid of the most problematic pest. Serving both residential and commercial clients and their properties, there isn’t a critter or creepy-crawly that we can’t kick out and keep out. We always treat your property with the utmost respect and care. Our professional crew will r…
Increased airplane travel has facilitated this upswing by making it easier for bed bugs to spread from one location to the next. These pests are carried from place to place by hu…
If you have an ant infestation, it's time to start thinking about effective ant control. By taking certain steps, you can protect your property, your health and your safety.
Whether you own a home or a business, it's important to swiftly address pest control problems.
I was recommended in using Nature's Own Pest and Lawn Services and I couldn't be any more satisfied. They are fantastic! I was having a major pest control problem and after I was recommended this company I decided to give it a try. I made a service call and spoke with the office manager who was very friendly and very professional. They are willing to come at any time of the day even weekends. We set up a date and time and I was given specific instructions so when they come they can get right to work quick and easy. I thought that was great they gave me instructions because most businesses don't tell you anything until they get there and then you waste a good 30 minutes. When the guy got to my place he was very friendly and did his work. It didn't take long but from what I saw he was very professional and knew what he was doing. After he was done with his work he asked if there were any other problems that he can take care of for me. I was surprised because other businesses just go in do their work and leave. Before he left he says if I was having any problems please to contact them immediately so they can take care of the problem. A few days later the manager called to make sure everything was going okay. Great customer service they truly care about their customers. I will for sure use them again. My pest problem has not continued since they have done their service. I strongly recommend this company to everyone. They truly go over and beyond to help, serve and satisfy their customers. Well done!
Ricky G. was the technician that came out for the initial service at my house. I walked the property with him in order to show him some problem areas, and while doing so, decided to put my pit bulls inside so they would not be a distraction. Not realizing that I left my front door cracked, I returned inside to find no pitbulls and a gaping, wide-open front door. Ricky saw that I was distressed, asked if he could help and immediately jumped into his vehicle to assist. Alterra Pest Control to the rescue! Fortunately, after a mutli- vehicle, whirlwind tour of my subdivision, we were able to locate the dogs and bring them home without further incident. Without missing a beat, Ricky got right back to work knocking down mud dauber nests and eradicating massive ant colonies. He even found time to bait for field mice, and throw some humor around. This is just my initial treatment, but I am impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the technician.
I think these guys are a cut above the rest, especially the well known names people associate with seasonal pest control services. Josh spent all the time needed to answer all my questions. I especially like the "call anytime" feature for more complete control of certain persistent and resistent pests. It made perfect sense to me that the initial visit that gets 70-85% pests with a follow up visit in one month to get the rest is done. I haven't used a pest service before as everyone I know who does is less than enthusiastic about the results they have had. Giving a newer company like Alterra a try also made sense. It seems that a lot of companies work hard to GET your business but over time, they do less and less to keep your business. If Alterra continues to do a thorough job of controlling and eliminating my pests, then I will be a long time customer.
I had a huge problem earlier this year with purslane in my lawn and garden. I tried over the counter remedies to rid them without any success.I was then recommended to Nature's Own by a neighbour that had used them on a previous occasion. I then gave Nature's Own a call and set up an appointment two days later. The service individual was there 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment, he was knowledgeable, patient and knew exactly how to get the job done. He even took the time to explain to me what the different weeds that were plaguing my lawn and garden were and preventative measure that I could take to prevent them from coming back. He did a tremendous job, and I will most definitely use Nature's Own again whenever needed.
Caleb came to the door to sell me the yearly package. I was reluctant since we just had a Terminex employee try to do the same only to find out that they wanted the year's worth of payments that day. No thank you, Terminex! I was very pleased with the plan that Aptive had to offer and they actually had an appointment for me the same day. The appointment started later than planned but I received multiple texts updating me on the start time and apologizing so I really don't fault them there. Then Jacob showed up and was very friendly. My two year old came to the door with me and Jacob engaged with him too. He was very informative about what he did to our yard and from that I could tell he was thorough. Great company!
We recently signed for Aptive services and could NOT be more pleased. They were extremely professional during the process of signing up and I felt completely confident in their abilities to do the job. When Matt Carswell showed up to perform our first service he was extremely polite and knowledgeable. He was very friendly and was not at all intrusive of our home. He asked if it was OK to enter every room prior to doing so and was very thorough in his applications. I was reminded multiple times that if I EVER have any sort of pest issue in between our quarterly visits to call the immediately to come out and resolve the problem. I will be referring to all friends and family with complete confidence.
Today was my first visit from APTIVE, a pest control company. Living in central Texas (Temple) with many trees on a property that is really like country in the middle of a city is really challenging. I don't appreciate bugs. We've been using another company for a year and decided to go with aptive and I feel I made an excellent decision. John arrived on time, he was knowledgeable, worked quickly and, well. actually WORKED really hard. He scrubbed away all cobwebs, inspected and sprayed all areas needed outside, answered questions. Quite frankly, he went way above and beyond what we expected. I can honestly say that I will stay with this company as long as they employ experts like John.
Ricky G. came out to treat our new home, and was amazing as he was before. At our previous address, we had an issue with a certain type of roach, that our daughter brought with her, when she temporarily moved back in with us. Apparently, this type of roach is extremely difficult to get rid of, and Ricky is an absolute EXPERT on this, and was able to rid the thousands, perhaps millions, that had infested our once beautiful home. Alterra made me a believer and a lifelong customer after that experience!!! I have had salespeople come to my home, offer me countless discounts to switch my service, and I have to turn them away. Trust me, these guys are the real deal. And reasonable priced too!
WOW!!! Ryan conducted exemplary service today from the moment he shook my hand, told me he's from Alterra Pest and asked what areas of my home was being invaded by any critters (ants, spiders, etc). When he said ant &amp; spiders, I said, "EVERYWHERE" since I hate them. As he was working on laying the poisonous foundation for these insects, I couldn't but help walk side by side and ask questions so I can help keep these things out. Ryan has explained and showed me the process as well as the areas that I didn't think to look. THANK YOU Ryan and Alterra Pest Control for putting my mind at ease! (roommate of J.Milligan residence)
Matt C was the initial tech that came out and then he came out for a in between service. The service was because a vacant lot was cleared and the after effects came to my house. The outside was very active with new activity and the inside was not bad but enough to notice new activity. Before that there were not problems. One call to Aptive and they sent someone out the next day. Matt was very timely and explained what he was doing to handle the situation. He was very informative and courteous. He explained that if another vacant lot is cleared or of we are in need of a in between service to feel free to call them back out.
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.