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3 Signs You Need to Call for Pest Control

3 Signs You Need to Call for Pest Control

Whether you are at home or at work, the signs and sounds of pests are rarely welcome. Not only do most people harbor some kind of fear or dislike towards our insect and rodent friends, but these pests can actually be dangerous to your health, as well. Whether because they spread disease or by cause damage to your property, the need for pest control is real and pressing. Here are just 3 of the signs you should look for in order to call us for pest control: Seeing pests. Yes, it sounds obvious, but your sight is a strong ally when it comes to pest control. If you see the pest(s) directly, you’ll be better able to describe the rodent or insect to the exterminators, leading to better results. Furthermore, you can sometimes determine where these pests are getting in and where they are going once inside– all pieces of information that pest control professionals need to complete their work. Hearing scratches, squeaks, or rustling within the walls. Say you’re lying in bed at night, trying to fall asleep. One of the most distressing sounds you might hear is that of something moving about inside your walls or attic space. Rodents are incredibly flexible and can fit just about anywhere, so hearing noises inside walls are a tell-tale sign of a need for pest control. Bites, droppings, or other signs. Most every pest has some kind of signature calling card. Termites leave tunnels inside wood. Ants will dig a mound and then march in a line looking for food to bring back. Mice leave droppings. Bed bugs will leave...
The Process of Seeking and Removing Bed Bugs as Told By a Professional

The Process of Seeking and Removing Bed Bugs as Told By a Professional

There is something very personal and private about sleeping. If you share a bed with someone, it is usually with someone you know very well. Most people do not give up their beds easily; in fact, several are hesitant to part with their favorite pillows! This and many other reasons are why it can feel so alarming and personally invasive to discover that you might be sharing your bed with several tiny and most definitely unwanted guests! When you suspect you might have bed bugs, your exterminator will look for several things. First, we will look for signs of bed bugs. It often takes a trained eye to find these signs because bed bugs are very, very small and good at hiding. While a visual inspection is somewhat effective, more and more exterminators are actually applying the use of canine companions to sniff out these tiny trespassers, which is highly effective. Once a bed bug infestation has been verified, the degree of infestation will be assessed to decide on a plan of action. In most cases, a regimen of laundry, pest control aids, and frequent vacuuming can take care of a bed bug problem. Steam machines can also be a helpful tool in the hands of a trained exterminator. After your bed bugs have been eradicated, take care to not allow them into your environment again. Bed bugs are skilled hitchhikers, which is what enables them to be so easily transmitted from place to place. If you travel frequently, try leaving your suitcase in a garage for a few days after you get home. Use mattress covers that specifically...
Keep Your Picnic Pest-Free with Bee and Wasp Control

Keep Your Picnic Pest-Free with Bee and Wasp Control

For most people, bees and wasps are simply an unpleasant and frightening aspect of nature. For others, however, the prospect of dining with the bees and wasps can lead to a life-threatening issue. When you’re looking to enjoy the warm spring and summer months, make sure you take the appropriate bee and wasp control steps to ensure a sting-free season: Take preventative measures- As the old adage goes, “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.” Bees and wasps really aren’t out to sting humans; they’re more curious than anything. In order to make yourself less interesting to bees and wasps, wear light colors with no floral patterns. Bees and wasps are very sensitive to smells, especially floral ones, so avoid floral hair products, perfumes or colognes. Keep your food in mind– Bees and wasps are attracted to all things sweet, especially sweet juices or soda pops. Serving these drinks in clear cups rather than cans will easily enable you to determine if one of these insects has found its way into your drink before you put your mouth to it. Call in the professionals early– For the best preventative bee and wasp control, make sure to call professionals in the early season. A professional can survey your yard to determine whether you have any spots that bees and wasps will find appealing. If you would like to take bee and wasp control to the next level this summer, please contact our professional exterminators at Sterling Pest...
Bed Bug Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t

Bed Bug Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t

About the only thing more frustrating about dealing with a bed bug infestation than the bugs themselves is wasting money on things that don’t work to eliminate them. There are plenty of advertisements for bed bug pest control devices that do nothing more than suck money out of your wallet. Here is the scoop on which bed bug pest control methods are effective and which do not work at all. One of the first things you shouldn’t spend money on is the ultrasonic devices being touted as effective for bed bug pest control. They won’t keep you from getting them, and they certainly won’t kill any of them. The FTC even warned many of the manufacturers against making these unsubstantiated claims. Another caution is the overuse of chemical pesticides or using one that is not rated for indoor use. Spending money on bug foggers is useless, as well, because it won’t reach the tight crevices where bed bugs go when they aren’t feeding. It may get some of the bed bugs and thus decrease their numbers, but it won’t eradicate them entirely, and those that survive will continue to breed. So, what does work? It can actually take a combination of techniques in order to enjoy effective bed bug pest control. One effective method that professionals employ is using bed bug monitoring traps. The bait stations contain attractants similar to those things about humans they love so well, such as CO2, 1-octen-3-ol, acetone, and L-lactic acid. These are most effective if you can leave the area so that the bed bugs choose the traps over you. It can take...
The Most Challenging Jobs for an Exterminator

The Most Challenging Jobs for an Exterminator

It might seem that the job of an exterminator is a pretty easy thing. Just use a few chemicals and techniques, and the pests are killed, repelled, or relocated. On the contrary, there are plenty of challenging jobs involved in being an exterminator that only those in the business can truly relate to. Identifying Pests – There are literally dozens of types of household pests with hundreds of different species involved. Each requires a knowledge not only in identification, but also in the techniques for getting rid of them. There is no one-size-fits-all product or technique that eliminates all of them, although there are preventative measures that can be taken that keep many at bay. Multiple Trips – Because of the different life cycles of many pests, including roaches and fleas, it is nearly impossible to eradicate an infestation with just one visit or one type of treatment. What kills the adult pest may not kill the eggs or larvae. Without careful attention to each stage, you will find the pest returning again and again. Exposure – Chemicals used to kill pests are not pleasant, and although an occasional treatment is no cause for concern for a household’s occupants, an exterminator is exposed day in and day out, making the risks of complications higher. It can also be mentally challenging to be around pests all the time, so being an exterminator can easily be considered a high-stress occupation. At Sterling Pest Control, we don’t mind the challenges of being an exterminator. It is what we know and what we love. Trust us for ant control (including fire ants), bee...
Why Apartment Complex Owners Should Seek Pest Control Services

Why Apartment Complex Owners Should Seek Pest Control Services

Owning or managing an apartment complex can be a challenging proposition. Between dealing with tenants and taking care of repairs, it can sometimes be tempting to put the responsibility for pest control services in the hands of the tenants. After all, they are the ones who don’t want the pests and may often be the reason for having the pests invade in the first place. Besides, if you put them in the position to have to pay for pest control, they may be more diligent about preventing infestations. Maybe. Unfortunately, that is rarely how it works out. Instead, what happens is you have a number of tenants up in arms because of an infestation. If you want to preserve a good relationship with quality tenants, it is a better idea to take care of preventative pest control services yourself. In this way, you are assured that coverage is consistent and all your tenants are happy. What you’ll save by lower vacancy rates will often more than compensate for the cost of pest control services. Furthermore, since some pests can be damaging to your property, it is vitally important that you keep them from destroying your income-producing investment. You won’t be able to charge your tenant for damage from termites, so rather than incur this costly repair, it is wiser to take care of termite prevention. At Sterling Pest Control, we work with a number of apartment complexes in Central Florida to protect both structures and tenant relationships. With experience dating back to our founding in 1991, we know how to keep the pests at bay and treat for those...
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