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How To Deal With Mice In Your Restaurant?

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If you are a restaurant owner or you work there then you would know that pest infestation has always been your biggest nightmare. The government or the customers do not take nicely those restaurants which have mice or rats as their daily visitors. They are destructive and are the root cause of so many problems and diseases. They are a problem for your business and also a health hazard.

Any restaurants in Manhattan have a pest control system or do regular pest infestation checks to see whether there are mice’s or rats trying to enter or not. Here, are a few ways by which you would be able to keep them away from your restaurant and maintain a healthy work atmosphere.

  • Use Natural Repellents: To get rid of mice and rats in Yonkers, you do not always have to use pest repellants. You could easily go for natural repellents like peppermint, mothball and cayenne pepper. Their smell acts as a natural repellant.
  • Rodent Repeller which is Ultrasonic: These ultrasonic devices emit sound waves which human beings would not be able to hear but irritate mice and rats. This thus creates a change in the environment in which they were comfortable. But these kinds of devices do not keep them away for a long time. In the beginning, they stay away from the unfamiliar environment which the sound waves create but after sometime they get used to it. They would generally get used to it or find some way to avoid that is. However, these devices help you to keep them away even for a few days until you find a replacement. 
  • Traps: Traditional traps are still used to get rid of mice and rats. They are a viable solution and provide you relief from all kinds of pests and their infestation. However, it is not a satisfying site to see them attempting themselves to get free but ultimately getting tired and dying of exhaustion. You could use the best type of baits that are available in the Bronx and at the right time.
  • Bait Stations and Sealing Entering Points: Choose the food that mice and rats prefer the most. Tie the food to the bait with dental floss and wait. The most important step that you should take to ensure that you do not have any pest infestation is by sealing all the entry points leading to all this. It could be anything from an open drain to the washroom. You have to make sure that the hole is not big enough that rats or mice are able to enter through it. If you are thinking about baiting the pests, then it is best if you take the help of professionals, as they would be able to handle the situation more accurately.     

Many cats love mice but as it is a restaurant Mount Vernon; therefore, it is better if you do not keep a cat as a pet. Mice could fit into small pieces often entering through very small openings or holes.

Mice could also survive on small amounts of food and nutrition. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your foods are properly covered and bits or crumbles are not left behind.

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Learn Where Rodents Hide In Winter

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Rodents Winter

Maybe you are thinking that surviving the winter in the Bronx would be hard for the rats and rodents. First of all, they are not fat animals that they would be able to live the entire winter just depending on their body warmth and fat burning to provide them with energy. However, rats have very clever ways to survive. As evolution has proved only the best could survive; therefore rodents also have found their way to survive the freezing cold. How do they do it you ask?

  • Stockpiling: Rats can survive on anything even garbage. Therefore, if you are thinking that being small animals they have limited options, then you are wrong. They may not be able to fatten themselves with food to survive the winter but they surely have ways to store food. From late summer and fall, rats and rodents start storing food and stop eating opportunistically.

They start seeking out extra food and drag those extra slices or crumbles of food to their hiding place. They thus start stockpiling from the very early days so that they do not face any problem. They store it at places where they would be able to access it easily later.

  • Burrowing: Rodents and rats need a place to stay warm too. Winters could be freezing in Manhattan and Yonkers. Stockpiling explains their solution for food, but how do they stay warm? They are excellent diggers. Yes, they would look for solid structures like rock or underground and also holes. They would all unite at one place and start digging the place to make a small comfortable place for themselves. This would save them from predators and also the freezing snow.

They do not build elaborate tunnel systems but go out looking for stable and preferable shelter. Therefore, they would look at homes and residential building in Mount Vernon which are old or have advantageous entry points. Thus, it is best if you seal all of these points to stop rat, rodents and other kinds of pest infestation.

  • Nesting: If you have witnessed a rat hiding, then you would know that it is similar to a bird nesting only a lot more dirty and disorganized. They just drag what they find on the ground and make for themselves a place to survive and stay comfortable during the winter. Location is very much important for rats and rodents. They seek out places which are warm, dingy and are dirty.

Like sewage tunnels or maybe underground. They also look for a place where they would find little water to survive the freezing winter. The more things are accessible to them, the more it would be appealing to rats and mice and rodents. Therefore, nesting is a combination of stockpiling and burrowing.   

Mice and rats love to sneak into vehicles to keep themselves warm. Therefore, you have to be very careful as they could sneak into your house as well. Look for any possible entries that would seem inviting to the rodents and seal them immediately. They are small and therefore even the smallest of things could attract them. Try to keep your surroundings clean and if necessary take professional help.     

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An Exterminator Keeping The Bronx Bed Bug Free

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NYC Subway

Bed bugs have now become everyday problem in most of the households. They are not similar to that of other insects and are most active during the night. Do not forget if your house has pests, you need to think calmly before doing anything. Many houses in the Bronx due to soggy and wet weather conditions have pest problems.

Do not panic if you have pest infestation and most importantly do not throw things away just because there are pests. They could be expensive and could cause you more stress. Here, are a few ways by which you could control or prevent insects and pests from infesting your house in the Bronx and also get rid of bed bugs.

  • Think About Your Treatment Options: Do not immediately reach for the spray can when you see bed bags though that would be your immediate instinct. Be comprehensive and learn thoroughly before you decide on any treatment option. Integrated pest control helps you in the long term and not only removes pest and insects from your bedroom but also does a thorough check of your entire house. Always hire a professional in Mount Vernon if you are doing it but if you want to do it alone follow the label directions.
  • Reduce The Number Of Places Which Act As A Clutter: A home which is cluttered provides a free breeding ground for bed bugs. You could also spray various bed bug resistant chemicals that are available in the stores.
  • Keep Your Bed Sheets And Blankets Clean: This helps to reduce the number of bed bugs that are present on your blanket. If you change your sheets every day or at least once a week, then you could greatly reduce the chance of bed bugs being there in your bedroom. Remember not to store your laundry as bed bugs could store their eggs there. Keep your storeroom clean and also your bathroom and other places which could act as breeding ground for bed bugs and other pests.
  • Kill Them With Heat: Raising your house temperature with the help of thermostat would act as a sure way to destroy these bugs. Bed bugs die when their body temperature reaches a temperature above 45 degree Celsius. It must be ensured that the heat reaches the bed bugs so that it could kill them.       

If you want to get a good night’s sleep, then you have to reduce the number of bed bugs present in your room. They could leave nasty scars on your arms and skin which would lead to reddish itchy skin and from there infection. Hire an expert professional from Manhattan who is capable of handling such situations. Bed bugs could cause a lot of problems but if measures are taken carefully, you could easily get rid of them.    

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How To Identify Bed Bug Bites

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Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs could be a real pain when you encounter them. They are nasty and uncomfortable creatures and give you sleepless nights. To untrained eyes trying to find bed bugs could be a daunting task. The marks or bites on your hand could be confused for something else or with other insect bites. However, there are some characteristic features that would help you understand whether your bed is infested with bedbugs or not or whether the bites on your hand are of bed bugs or not.

Red Itchy Marks on your Body: How do you understand whether a bed bug has bitten you or not. Mostly they leave flat red welts on your arms in small clusters or in a zigzag way. You do not even recognize that there had been bed bugs until you see something doubtful. Your nights could get uncomfortable because of this and though they are not fatal, these bites would leave nasty reddish marks which would lead to scratching and eventually bleeding.

Check Whether You Are Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Or Not: Bed Bugs are mostly active during nights when you are trying to sleep. It is natural that there would be itching problems, rashes, and no night sleep if bed bugs are there on your bed. Therefore, if you notice all this, then be sure that you have bed bug problems. Also, many hotels in Manhattan could have bed bug problems too.

Temperature and Climate: Yes, climate and a soggy temperature have a huge role to play when it comes to an infestation of bed bugs. When they bite humans, they would leave bloodstains on the sheet which would look like rust spots. Areas like Yonkers during heavy rain experience very wet and soggy weather that would result in bed bugs. Sometimes, bed bugs leave their dead skin on the sheets that are a clear sign that you have an infestation of bed bugs. This, you would usually find near the corner and the edges of the bed.

You Would Be Able To Smell The Unpleasant Smell: If you have ever smelled a wet towel, then you would be able to compare it with how it smells when your bed has a bed bug infestation. It gives out a strong, musty and very unpleasant odor which is a common bed bug symptom. If you think that your bedroom or home in the Bronx smells like a dirty locker then it is high time that you go for a specialist who would be able to help you get rid of bed bugs.

If possible, strip the mattress and inspect thoroughly for any kind of bed bugs. Not only a bed, but they could be present anywhere from chairs, cushions, and curtains. If you see any kind of reddish-brown spots then be assured that you have a bed bug infestation in your home at Mount Vernon. Go to a specialist or take their help as for common people it sometimes becomes a little bit difficult to be aware of bed bug infestations. Knowing how to find and get rid of them would definitely help you in the long run, to combat them successfully.

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5 Ways to Keep Mice out This Winter

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Mice

The worst thing about the pesky creature mouse is that they can pass through the tiniest of holes to get into your house. The rodents look for construction deficiencies for gaining entry. Some of the key signs to look for to confirm the presence of mice in the house are signs of chewing, grease marks, droppings and insulation damage. To fix the rodent problem you need to seal all the possible crevices of your house.

Here are the ways to keep mice at bay during the winter months-

Make use of Repellants: Though repellants are not the ideal solution for keeping the mice away from your house, still, they are used by many homeowners. The downside of using a repellant is that you ought to be more cautious as they are poisonous and hence can cause harm to any pets in the house. Moreover, the repellants can cause fetid odor. For instance, if you spray some in the crawl space or attic, it would lead to the death of mice resulting in a smelly decaying carcass if not noticed on time.

Glue Traps Prove to Be Useful: A good way of trapping mice is with the help of glue boards. Mice are curious and are easily caught. It is recommended to take professional help to deal with the problem of mice.

Salt for Attracting Mice: Mice can survive in anything including their own droppings. A speck of salt is good enough to attract their attention. Thus, the best way to keep the mice away from your home is by making sure all your food items are kept in a safe and secure place. Any food can attract mice from the snicker bars to cakes. They generally carry the food to their ‘nesting spot’ and if they are unable to do so, they consume the food right at the spot.

Backyard Bird Feeders are Effective Mouse Traps: As mice can feed on almost everything, they are attracted to the bird feeders. The food is definitely for the birds but the mice can eat it as well. As a result, the bird feeders prove to be one of the best ‘mouse traps’. They happen to attract more mice compared to birds. Keeping in mind the fact that mice can feed in almost anything, you must be careful about the food you serve your pets.

Steel Wool and Caulk are Useful for Trapping Mice: Once you handle the mice infestation within your house, you must make sure there are no openings for entry of more mice into your house. Mice can enter your house through openings as small as ‘dime’. Rodents have the ability to enlarge small holes by gnawing. A good way of preventing the entry of mice into your house is by using steel wool and caulk. You must ensure to replace the weather stripping and screen the chimney openings and vents for keeping rodents at bay.

These are the various effective ways you can make use of to ensure your house is protected from rodent infestation.

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5 Signs You Don’t Have Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs

One of the nasty and vexing creatures are the bed bugs. To the ‘untrained eye’, the bites of the bed bugs could be confused with that of the other insects. From itchy red welts to black spots, rust spits and musty odor; are some of the most common signs that tell the presence of ‘bed bug’ infestation.

Unlike the blood-suckers or mosquitoes, the bed bugs inject a numbing agent before biting. Each of the bugs feeds about 10 to 15 minutes per week before they return back to their ‘hiding place’. The most common sign of a bite from the bed bugs are the ‘splotchy welts’ that appear in a zigzag pattern. You have to look out for specific signs and symptoms to be assured that there are no bed bugs in your house.

Here are the 5 signs to watch out for in order to be assured there are no bed bugs present in your house.

  • No Itchy Red Bites: You would not be assured that there are bed bugs in your home unless they leave their impression. One of the prominent signs to be confirmed of the presence of bed bugs in your home is the appearance of red, flat welts in small clusters or zigzag manner on your skin. They could even leave their marks as bites in ‘straight rows’. They do not spread diseases but their bites are annoying which can lead to infection and bleeding on scratching.
  • No Blood Stains on the Pillows or Bed sheets: After feeding and being crushed on their way to the hiding place, the bed bugs would leave red blood stains on the pajamas, mattresses, pillowcases and bed sheets. You must carefully examine these blood smears as they might look like something else.
  • No Black Spots: To be confirmed that there are no bedbugs in your home, you must watch out for the black spots. The black spots are basically the droppings of the bed bugs and they appear like pencil marks. You must check out for these marks on your sheets, mattresses, bed frames and box springs.
  • No Offensive Odor: One of the key signs to look out for while detecting the ‘bed bug’ infestation is the musty odor they emit. The odor is similar to a wet towel and is mistaken usually for mold smell. If there is a musty and foul odor in the bedroom, it could be due to the presence of bed bugs.
  • No Signs of Molting: The bed is the place to check out for bed bugs. Apart from leaving blood stains that appear as ‘rust spots’ on the bed sheets, the bugs leave other signs on the bed to confirm their presence. One such sign is their tiny brown oval exoskeletons. You can come across their shed skin while doing your bed. The bed bugs are known to molt a couple of times when they are maturing and they leave around their exoskeletons all over the bed.

These are the signs to watch out for to be assured your bed is not infested with bed bugs. The absence of the above-mentioned signs would confirm the absence of bed bugs in your home.

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When Is the Best Time to Have Your Trees Sprayed For Pests

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Protecting Trees From Pests

Insects love sweet fruits and the warmer temperatures of spring cause diseases and pest infestation. It is a good idea to plan well ahead to save your trees from the attack of pests. The ideal time to schedule and plan for treating the problems of your landscape is late winter. It is best to identify the problem of pests early to provide the right treatment on time.

Schedule for the Treatment of Shrubs and Essential Trees

  • Mid of March through the Mid of April: The best time to begin spraying your trees is during this time. The spray would smother the overwintering pests along with their eggs. This would save your spruce trees, rhododendrons, hollies, azaleas, and pine trees.
  • March through the Whole of May: The flowers appear to bloom and shrubs sprout during this time. Hence, the best time for fertilization is early spring or late winter.
  • April to June: The best time to apply fungicide for controlling diseases such as anthracnose mildew, apple scab, rust, or fungal diseases is April to June. The weather decides the best time for spraying the fungicide, which requires about 2 to 3 treatments. The shrubs and trees that benefit most from the fungicide application are lilacs, hawthorns, magnolias crab apples, dogwoods etc.
  • June: The best time to spray fungicides to control the growth of wasps and hornets is June. The best time to attack the wasp nests is at night when they are least active. At a temperature below that of 50° F, the wasps cannot fly. The best time to kill the honey bee nests is the month of June. Honey bees become a nuisance during spring when they attack bird feeders and swimming pools for water. Thus, they should be destroyed during this time.
  • April through the whole of July: This is the best time for the beetle treatment, which is a big concern for the ash trees. If there is ash on the property, you must take all measures to remove or treat it.
  • Late May all through of July: The best time for applying fungicides for controlling the damaging effects of leaf miners, viburnum leaf beetles, and lace bugs is from May to July.
  • May to the whole of September: This the best time for killing pests such as summer mites, aphid, and Japanese beetle.
  • August: August is the month for treating the oak and the elm trees for diseases such as Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm Disease.
  • September to November: The shrubs and trees, which were not fertilized in the spring season, could benefit from the application of fertilizer in fall for ensuring vitality.

Why You Must Plan Ahead?

You must apply the fungicides, insecticides as well as the various other treatments in an integrated thoughtful way for protecting your landscape from the harmful effects of the pests. The pest control services providers offer a tailor-made plan that is specific to the various plants, which grow on the property. All this takes a lot of time including the in-depth inspection of the property.

It is recommended to hire the services of Pest Control professionals who have adequate knowledge and expertise to design insect control programs to keep the vexing pests away from your orchard and landscape.

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Keep Your Family Safe from Raccoons This Winter

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Raccoon

Raccoons can be pesky creatures creating a mess in the house and damaging property. Hence, you must take various measures to keep them away from your property for protecting it. You could keep these vexing creatures at bay by removing the potential ‘food sources’ and sealing off ‘small access’ points they could use as shelters.

Here are the ways by which you can keep raccoons away from your house:

  • Removing the Food Source: The best way to protect your house from raccoons is by removing all kinds of food source lying in your yard. You must even be careful about the pet food you serve outside in bowls. Raccoons consume almost anything from bird seeds to food given to the squirrels. Thus, it is essential to keep all edibles out of reach of raccoons to protect your property.
  • Getting Rid of Trash Cans: Apart from the food, you must even make an effort to remove all trash cans from your yard and keep it in a secluded location, out of reach of animals, such as closed garages. In case you have to keep the trash cans outside, make sure they are equipped with locking lids or you could place a couple of bricks on the trash can lid from preventing the raccoons from opening them.
  • Seal All Entryways: To prevent raccoons from entering into any part of your houses, such as crawlspace, attic or garage, ensure to seal all your entry points with newspaper. A raccoon can squeeze into your house through tiny spaces, as small as 4 inches in diameter. You must cover large holes with hardware cloth so that even if the raccoon pries up the corner it should not get to the ‘actual hole’. Make sure to install the hardware cloth both outside and inside the access points for better coverage.
  • Make Sure the Raccoons are Not Comfortable: Just like the human beings, the raccoons even prefer a peaceful and secluded place to stay. You can discourage the raccoons inhabiting your property by installing ‘motion-sensing’ bright lights outside. You could even install bright lights in any of the ‘indoor areas’ the raccoon’s visit. You could even leave a radio outside as human voices could frighten them away. Vinegar in bowls can even work wonders. You could leave vinegar bowls in enclosed small areas that the raccoons use. The unpleasant and harmless odor of the vinegar would make the raccoons take shelter somewhere else.
  • Fencing the Garden Helps: An effective way to keep the raccoons away is with an electric fence. The fence helps in protecting the crops but at the same time, you must remember that the raccoons are excellent climbers. The ideal fence to use is the electric fence. You can use the 2-wire ‘electric fence’ and place the 6” and 12” inches wires above the ground. Set the electric fence on a timer that runs only after the dark.

If you these steps don’t help solve your problem, it’s best to get in touch with professional. Call or email the experts at Glen Environmental.

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Mount Vernon: 5 Ways to Keep Bed Bugs Out

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Bed bugs pose a major threat to households throughout Mount Vernon. Unfortunately, most people do not care about bed bugs until they cause real havoc to the property and the people living there. They are hard to eradicate. Every time you return home, they are waiting for you and their next meal. Do not wait for bed bugs to become a trouble that you are unable to tackle. Take these 5 vital steps to keep bed bugs at bay.       

1. Cover All Entryways

Do not wait for bed bugs to infest your home and feast on you. Understand their nature of invasion and possible sources. Generally, bed bugs climb into the electrical outlet holes, and hide there until it is time to move elsewhere. In severe cases, they pass through the walls via power outlets, spreading the infestation to other areas.

To prevent this, cover all electrical outlets when not in use. One way to identify bed bug infestation is through their droppings, which appear like dark colored dots. Whether or not your property is pest infested, protect all entryways to prevent any sort of invasion.

2. Protect Yourself and Your Bed

To keep bed bugs at bay, adopt modern techniques and equipment to keep your property ad yourself safe. Since the bugs mostly invade the beds, you can encase the mattress with a zippered covered, which is impervious to bed bugs. Sleep in peace because no bug can breach this barrier. The covers are inexpensive, and do not change the look and feel of your mattress.

You can also invest in bed bug defender that lets you know when the pests try to crawl up the furniture. The interceptors work as traps when placed under upholstered furniture or the legs of your bed. These are free of pesticides and are very inexpensive. Regularly clean and heat-dry the bed sheets, bedspreads, blankets or any cloth that touches the floor. 

3. Travel Safely

Bed bugs do not just travel up the electrical outlets to invade your home. They also stick around when you visit a movie theater, dressing room of the department store, rental cars, hotel rooms or airplane cargo. Thus, traveling holds the biggest risk of bringing home a bed bug. Make sure you travel safely and wisely. Carry your clothes in pouched bags. In hotels, do not place your luggage on the floor ever. Check the curtains, draperies, seams and upholstered furniture carefully for pest infestation.     

When you come back, inspect all your belongings for signs of bugs. Look for rust-colored spots that are a sign of bed bugs.    

4. Clear the Clutter

A cluttered space is the ideal place for bed bugs to hide and reed. It also makes them difficult to locate and treat. Begin by eliminating clutters against the walls as these are good hiding spots for the pests. Properly store and organize your things so that they do not become a paradise for bed bugs.

5. Get Professional Bed bug Treatment

If you are already pest infested, do not handle the problem alone. Eradicating bed bugs can be a complex process, and need professional treatment. They have the knowledge and experience to exterminate bed bugs effectively, safely and permanently from your home or business.

Keep your property bed bug free by thinking like them, traveling safely and hiring an expert bed bug management company.    

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Facility Managers: Keep Your Building Pest Free With a Pro

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Pest infestation in a business environment may not only pose serious health issues, but can also affect employee morale – not to mention the damage it can cause to your valuable property and brand reputation. By the time you notice a cockroach, a rodent, or termites infesting your home, it may be too late. Even the sign of a single pest can indicate a much bigger problem than what you can imagine. Being a facility manager, it is your responsibility to ensure a pest-free facility that is safe and healthy.

If you manage a business, apartment complex, office building, or school, keeping it free from any kind of pest infestation can be challenging for you. Keep your building pest free with a certified professional who can suggest dedicated pest management and control plans that are created just for your needs. They have the knowledge and expertise to deliver the highest standards of professionalism and service that you can trust for effective pest removal and ensuring they do not come back again.

Why Hire a Pro for Commercial Pest Control?

Anyone who has ever seen cockroaches scurry across the office pantry or termites eating up the property know how it is to live with pests. If you ever encounter a pest problem or want to keep your building pest free, rather than trying to resolve the problem yourself, hire a professional pest control company and for good reasons.

  • A professional pest controller has vast knowledge of different kinds of pests, their inhabiting behavior, and mating habits. They are certified to perform thorough inspection of the building, looking through every creek, holes, and pipelines to identify any sort of pest infestation. They are capable of identifying the pest that has invaded the building, and likewise, offers a treatment plan that targets that exact pest. Qualified exterminators can find the source, cause of the problem, and eliminate the same to prevent future infestations.
  • When you try to control pests yourself, it can expose you and your family to various kinds of threats. Using hazardous chemicals that you are not aware of can be potentially harmful to your family, plants, and pets. When you hire a professional, he will use high-tech equipment and use the chemicals safely.
  • A do-it-yourself approach to pest control can be time consuming and overwhelming. Moreover, when it is about managing the entire building, it is impossible for the facility manager himself to ensure it is pest free. Leave the hard work to a pro because they have the experience to implement the extermination plan quickly and make the building pest free in a short amount of time.     
  • Qualified pest control companies provide a guarantee that their treatment plans will keep pests away from a predetermined set of time. If, during this time, the pests return, they will treat the building again at no cost. This is something no one can match. 

Right from inspection and monitoring to creating a tailored pest control plan, implementing control measures and ongoing evaluation, hiring a certified professional can go a long way in effective pest control. 

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