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You can remove pests from your home or garden using a few natural remedies and organic solutions. Learn about what solutions keep …
You can remove pests from your home or garden using a few natural remedies and organic solutions. Learn about what solutions keep …
Ridding your house or yard of pests on your own can be an easy chore that saves you money over hiring a professional. Learn how to safely combat common pests.
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Williams Pest Control is unprofessional, does mediocre work, and are borderline cons. When I called for a quote for pigeon removal and screening, Ian (who told me he’s one of the owners) was very nice and helpful. But that all changed from the moment the work actually began. The tech, Josh (who is in need of a lot of training), was an hour and a half late. I called Williams when he was 45 minutes late but got voicemail. When I asked why he was late and did not call, his excuse was “Uhh, it’s Monday.” I should have cancelled the job then but was so tired of the pigeons, I just wanted them removed. Halfway through the job, Josh leaves with all the equipment in our front yard. I assumed he went to lunch until he was gone for 3 hours!! I called Williams and Ian answered. Ian stated Josh left for more supplies. Josh came back while I was on the phone and he said "the owner" called him to another project. I asked Ian point blank if he was lying. He said Josh must have been confused and there are two owners. The project took 7 hours (I was assured it would take no longer than 4) and the screens look OK. But less than 48 hours later, pigeons had gotten behind one of the screens. I called and surprise, got voicemail. Josh returned my call 5 hours later and said it would take up to 2 weeks for pigeons to leave our roof – obviously very confused because he couldn't understand why I was upset. He came to the house and saw the pigeons behind the screening. He said he was going to double screen the area to prevent this in the future. When asked why he didn’t do that in the first place his answer was “I was out late the night before and was really tired.” At least he’s honest unlike Ian. I had to prompt Josh to double screen all the areas. It’s been a week and we haven’t had any problems since. Save yourself time and headaches - avoid this company. I don’t know who’s been more difficult to deal with; the pigeons or Williams Pest Control.
I found Bulwark Exterminating online while looking for an exterminator who specializes in exterminating scorpions. I scheduled an appointment for the next day! I had already asked my regular exterminator and he said he couldn't guarantee he could get rid of them. I then asked another exterminator from a big name company who I saw come to service my neighbor's house if he could eliminate scorpions. he said he couldn't guarantee it because they are tough. He told me Bulwark was the only company that aggressively attacked scorpion issues. The same day I scheduled Bulwark I scheduled an appointment with another big name company. The representative arrived and told me that scorpions were a problem all over the Las Vegas valley and he and his company could not guarantee elimination of scorpions. He then challenged me to give him the name of any company that could. Well, Bulwark does guarantee they will eliminate scorpions. I spoke to a very nice and knowledgable young lady named Emily on the phone at the Bulwark office, she explained to me the Bulwark guarantee and spoke very highly of the technician, Maze Tufele, that would be treating my home. My first appointment was on April 10, 2014. Maze called shortly before arriving at my home right on time as scheduled. Maze was a very professional and respectful technician, he even donned shoe protectors before entering my home. He took his time thoroughly providing the initial treatment inside and outside of my home. I was very impressed by the extent of the treatment Maze applied. it was much more than any other service I had received before or had been told by the other big name companies they would provide. Bulwark is the way to go even according to other exterminators in the valley.
Progressive Pest Control has been my pest control service since I moved to Las Vegas 15 years ago, I met Gaspare and he sold me on the concept of needing a professional pest control service when living in the desert (I had moved to LV from Upstate New York) and this didn't make sense to me until I lived here for 1 month and had all kinds of bugs that I had never seen before and I was living in a brand new home. Thank God he had given me his business card and I then began my service. The people at Progressive Pest have been there in my trying and traumatic times. Through many ant infestations, cockroach invasions (I had never seen a cockroach before moving to LV). The trust and faith I have in this company has and carried me through the years, I know that I can call Farrah at anytime and tell her my problem and she understands and sends someone out to my home right away. More businesses should be as professional as the people @ Progressive Pest, then more people would be satisfied with their services, and less businesses would go out of business if they ran their companies as well as the people at Progressive Pest Control.
we have been customers with intrusion pest control for almost 9 years since we bought our new house. we have seen the name change a few times and the professionals come and go. rob is just an extra-ordinary person that loves his job, cares about the people and really takes the time to explain things to you. we had a bedbug scare & believe me when i say he was our knight in shining armor. he did everything in his power to show us what to look for and try to ease my fears of bugs crawling over me and biting. after he cleared us i could actually sleep in our bedroom again. the one thing i really like and admire is that just a few times we saw a bug or such before our scheduled visit and rob would be here the next day spraying away and i don't think many companies do that. one neighbor asked us if we had a bug problem when they saw the truck and i replied not in 9 years and we mean to keep it that way. i sincerely want to thank the professionals and especially rob for taking such good care of us during the years--BUG FREE.
We have been with Progressive Pest Control for 2 years and they are exceptional. First, they have excellent customer service. Our service person who comes every month is always friendly, prompt, and honest. He always asks about the kids and is so nice. Also, the owners are very helpful as well and recently, a few days before our monthly service when a scorpion appeared in our bathroom they came the next day right away. Even though they were swapped the owner actually came out and did our house. They treat every job as an important one and even though we have a small home, they have treated us with the same great customer services as if we had a big job. They have fair rates, are flexible, and they take care of the pest no problem. They even guarantee that if we see anyhthing before our next service they will come out and take care of it free of charge. Luckily they have good enough chemicals and do such a great job that we have yet to need that offer. Overall, very impressed and wish more businesses were like theirs.
They say that Vegas doesn't have termites. Well we found out that is wrong. We contacted William (Termite Division Manager) at Preventive Pest Control. He came out to the house and did a thorough inspection in the crawl space and confirmed there were termites. He was very cordial and exceptionally knowledgeable. He took the time to explain to us, step by step, where the termites were and what he was going to do to get rid of them. He came back a few days later and started taking care of the problem. He dug trenches, drilled holes in the concrete inside and out where needed, moved our washer and dryer and cut out a hole in the wall. He sprayed and foamed everything. When he felt confident he had them all covered, he filled in the trenches and plugged the holes in the concrete. We were very pleased with William and the very professional job he had done. So our advice to you if you find you have a problem with termites, no problem, call William - He is the BEST. Mickey & Bill H.
I was supposed to get a phone call for my service today. There was apparently a mix-up for the service, I didn't get a phone call for almost the whole day. So.. I called Alterra and spoke to Rebecca, a customer service representative, who fixed my problem. She was an absolutely professional and pleasant person to speak to. Although it was not her fault, the first thing after listening to my story was to apologize! Then she corrected the problem by making a few phone calls to the technicians. I had a pleasure of having Keve R. as the technician who came to rescue us from the bugs. He was supposedly done for the day but when asked, he was happy to come by my house. He was very friendly, professional, and thorough with treatment. Thank you both for making it happen. I was impressed you fixed your mistake and my problem with your awesome teamwork, professionalism, and integrity with your service. Here I am being a happy costumer again of Alterra. Thanks again Rebecca and Keve!
Though I generally do not like people soliciting services at my home, I did sign up since I just moved into my new house and pest control was on my checklist. The gentleman that came to the door was extremely courteous and polite, clean cut, and professional. I was able to schedule my first service the following day. I did get a discount for signing up that day. Jeremy V was the tech that did my service and he was also very professional and pleasant. They both were thorough and explained the service and agreement. I like that, after the initial in-house spray, the following service dates are spaced quarterly and they do all their work outside unless you request indoor spraying on an as needed basis (free of charge for them to come out and do that). My last company sprayed inside and outside on a monthly basis and I felt I didn't need it that frequently. I also have a small child and obviously want her exposed to chemicals if I could control it. So far a good experience.
This was my first experience with Aptive. While they may be just another pest control company their techinican, Ben B., provided what I feel was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had with a 'bug man'. We are a large family with over 5 children in the household and anyone with a family of that size can sympathize with the stress and embarrassment of having an unknown person come into every room of your house. He made us feel so comfortable. He was knowledgeable and even answer the MANY questions my kids kept shooting at him. He made us feel at ease with out situation and calmed my wife's concerns for our 8 month old baby. He was not only knowledgeable, professional and courteous, he was reassuring and lifted our confidence that if we needed Aptive that they would be there. Thank you Aptive and, especially, thank you Ben B. You guys are AWESOME! -Frank F.
We've utilized the services of Progressive Pest Control for more than fifteen years and will probably continue to do so for as long as we require pest control. We're always given 24 hours notice of our service date and, unfortunately, often we still forget and play another round of golf. Tom, our technician has come to know our habits and sometimes calls us again before coming out to our home. A change in plans is no problem as PPC is very flexible. After our long relationship together we too know their number and call to reschedule if we're unable to make the appointment. Their service is like clockwork, I've verified this in my checkbook......exactly one month between the checks I've written them:) Additionally, they're always within the time-frame given by the 24 hour courtesy call. Dependable, personable, professional, and timely service.
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.