Do I need a pest control company?

First, are you having trouble with pests in or around your home?

If the answer is NO, then you don’t currently need a pest control company.

However, if the answer is YES, then you may or may not need a pest control company. 

Note: this information is not regarding termites; termites are a separate issue that typically need a yearly inspection by a certified pest control company.

If you are having pest problems, the first step

How can I tell if those are flying ants or termites swarming at the foundation of my house?

Ant alate

  • Ants have a thin waist (a narrow area between the thorax and first abdominal segment).
  • Front pair of wings is larger than the hind pair.
  • Wings have few veins and are usually clear.

Termite alate

  • Termite thorax and abdomen are broadly connected.
  • Four wings are approximately the same size and shape.
  • Wings have many veins and may be milky-colored.
Anatomical differences between ant alate (top) and termite alate (bottom).  Drawings courtesy of University of Florida Extension.

Integrated Pest Management for Bats

Bat in the corner of a log cabin.Bat inside log home. Photo used with permission from Jerri Caldwell Hammonds.

Do you know how to deal with a bat that is flying around in your home, school or place of business? Would you like the bats in your attic or chimney to find another home? We have the answers to the questions you are asking!

Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera (hand wing) whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable

Bed Bug Information for Homeowners and Tenants

The way our homes are configured, owned, and organized varies across cultures and social groups but we all have in common the fact that we live in a home and our homes are primary targets for bed bug infestations. Bed bugs like to live close to their human hosts and are well adapted to surviving in our homes. While hiring a pest management professional to control a bed bug infestation is usually the best recommendation, it can be very expensive.

Maintaining a Mean, Green Lawn using IPM

Mower cutting grass.

Most homeowners enjoy a thick, green lawn, and as the weather gets warmer, keeping that lawn green and clean will get more challenging. Too much water can leave a lawn susceptible to disease, while too little water makes it dry and brown. Soil-borne insects such as grubs can eat the roots, and weeds can make the lawn look unkempt. Many homeowners feel the only way to solve these issues are with loads of chemicals.

Are insecticides and herbicides necessary to