SERVICE PHILOSOPHY AND METHODS
When we arrive at your property, an evaluation of the culture is the first
thing we do. What that means is checking the landscaping, particularly near the structure/s, to determine if the owner
is inadvertently contributing to the habitat of insect and/or rodent populations.
Folks in our area sure love to
plant and grow stuff, the closer to the structure, the better, they think. Clinging vines, thatchy ground cover, old
mulch, ivy, piles of old leaves stacked in back of bushes lying against foundation, and, most of the time, over watering.
A conducive environment for insect and rodent infestations? You bet. Many structures we inspect have broken vents,
both attic and foundation, spaces under doors you could drive a truck through, not to mention that non-secured pet door.
Hello, Mr, Possum or Mrs. Squirrel, or rats and mice.
Even if the call is for an ant problem, we feel obligated
to point out any cultural condition which might cause an invasion of other pests. Cultural pest control is the most
important first step in controlling or eliminating any structural invasion.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management is simply the science of modifying the culture of a property so
it is possible to use the least amount of pesticides. Although our pesticides are less toxic than ones of the past,
we strive to protect our environment and provide safety for children and pets.
In the past, when we were called on to eliminate Argentine ants, we would first treat the interiors at appropriate
locations with an emulsified pesticide. We would finish by power spraying the exterior areas using, on average, 20 gallons
of finished material (diluted).
Today, we bait strategic locations at the interiors with boric acid based gels
(sweet) and hydramethylnon based granules (protein). The ants get a smorgasbord of safely placed baits. Note:
the Argentine ant is capable of nesting within structures. At the exterior, we apply a non-repellant pesticide (Termidor)
on visible nesting sites, at bases of the foundation, hard edges, and perimeters, where the ants tend to trail (non-repellant
means they don’t have a clue it’s there). Being social insects, and through their grooming habits with other
members of their colonies, they spread the molecule amongst them and cause the colonies to “crash” in a few days.
On the average sized dwelling, for example, only 1 gallon of finished (diluted) Termidor is required. In other
words, we “make your ants say uncle”.
Now, that’s the least toxic, environmentally friendly application
you can expect from any professional pest elimination firm.