Trees & Bees Pest Control
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Bugs and other household pests are not just annoying; they can cause destruction and disease. While some insects have a definite purpose on this earth, it is hard to justify their existence when the creepy, crawly, nasty critters invade your home. Really, if it has more than four legs... it should stay outside. The same rule applies to the four-legged array of critters when they haven't been invited. Getting rid of bed bugs, cockroaches, mice, and other pests is not easy, but it can be done with a bit of determination and an experienced pest control company.
Unwanted pests that commonly take up residence in the home include:
Eradicating a bug or rodent problem is a tough job. Most pest control companies now use an Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, approach. Technicians schooled in IPM use a thorough understanding of pest identification and behavior to wipe out the pest problem. This is done using multiple methods of detection and elimination.
Some pests, such as spiders, silverfish, ants or earwigs, enter the home through cracks in the foundation. Termites build a special structure called a shelter tube to make entrance to the home. Mice and rats can fit through openings as small as 1/4" and 1/2" in diameter, respectively; meaning that gap under your door could provide just enough room for a furry critter in search of warmth and food.
Bed bugs and cockroaches often stow away in backpacks, suitcases, and even purses; then they set up shop when you get home. If you visit an establishment with a bed bug problem, avoid bringing any personal belongings with you. Cockroaches can also come home with you in shopping bags. Fleas are typically brought in on pets, but can also hitch a ride on a resident mouse (as can a bed bug).
Some pests cause significant health issues. Many people are hesitant to use pesticides in their home, but the risks must be measured against the benefits when pests have the potential to cause a medical problem. The IPM approach was created to eliminate pests in a way that presents the least amount of danger to humans and the environment, however no chemical treatments are without risks.
According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, fecal matter from cockroaches can aggravate asthma. Cockroaches also spread germs and parasites that present human health hazards.
Bed bugs themselves have been cleared as a direct source of health problems, but they don't get a free pass here. When the itchy bites they produce are scratched open by bacteria-ridden fingernails, infection sets in.
Mice and rats are hazardous too. The CDC provides a list of diseases transmitted by rodents, which includes leptospirosis and the plague (yikes). Pesticides used to eliminate these pests can irritate the endocrine system, eyes, lungs, central nervous system, and skin. Some pesticides are known carcinogens. To reduce the threat of health problems, only trained professionals should use potent pesticides.
Most pest control companies offer free, in-home estimates. To get an exact cost for services the tech needs to see the size of your home, the life stages of the pests, and the extent of pest damage.
|Description||Small Home||Mid-Size Home||Large Home|
|Bed Bug Treatment - Heat||$1200||$1650||$2750|
|Bed Bug Treatment - Spray||$367||$455||$526|
Choosing a pest control company that is well versed in using regulated products is crucial to your health and safety. The EPA regulates the use of pesticides because of the potential for peril. If applied properly, pest control products are not only effective; the benefits of use outweigh the risk of disease from pests. In the wrong hands, however, pesticides can wreck havoc. A good pest control company doesn't just do their job, they do it right. Ask these five questions before you hire a pest control company:
After you get answers, dig into the company's history. Find out how long they have been around. Perhaps your neighbors have used the company before and could provide some insight on the quality of services. Check their rating with the BBB. A pest control company with a proven track record is the one you want in your home.
When rodents or insects take over, the only way to obtain control is by declaring war. It might be messy, it might get unruly, and it might even involve deployment tactics. It is not a job for the faint of heart. Most of the time, you will have to call in the troops. But it will be worth every effort when are finally able to take your turf back.
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