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D.I.Y. Prevention - Protect your home from pest
At Alert Exterminators we know safe guarding your property from pest is a partnership between our technicians and you. It’s important to us to inform you of ways you can protect your property from unwanted critters. Here are four easy steps you can follow to protect your property all year long
Seal all Cracks and Crevasses
Box elder bugs, beetles, and other pest find their way into the warmth of your property underneath the doors, tears in a windowsills, and available cracks and crevices in crawl spaces. To minimize the invasion of these unwanted house guest, get out your tool kit. Investigate your property for any areas that can be sealed with caulk or concrete. Double check air vents and replace screens with storm windows that offer a snug fit and prevent pest from entering.
Clean our your gutters and remove any debris resting against your property, i.e. wood, leaves, mulch, and bricks. Debris can create a warm habitat for pest to reside.
Store Trash Bins Away From Property
Trash provides a food source for pest. leaving trash bins close to your property allows pest to easily carry food from outside into your property through cracks and crevices. Also remember to secure your trash can tops as not to attract larger wild life such as raccoons, possums and or bear.
Prune your Trees and remove dead plants
Trim bushes or shrubs that are against the side of your property and trees that hang over gutters. Remove plants that are to close to the foundation. Pest can enter the home through cracks and crevices in th foundation created by plant or tree roots.
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Free inspections. Odorless in home, and all materials place where they can't be touched.
Pest identification is an important component of our 7-step pest solution. Identifying the type of pest invading your property allows Alert Exterminators technicians to determine the correct treatment plan for your property. Our technicians are trained to treat any pest, rodent, or termite problem.
review the most common pest we treat.
fire ants | pharoah ants | black ants | carpenter ants
Ants range in color of black or brown to orange or copper, and size 1/12 to 3/4 inch long depending on the species and environment. Like termites, ants are colonial pest and their colonies can be very large, up to 5000,000 ants. They can invade your property through the tiniest of cracks and crevices seeking food and water. Ants forage up to 30 feet from their nest in search of food and water; therefore most over-the-counter pesticides only kill the ants you are able to see. Our ant control services provide a more robust and effective solution to ridding ants.
bees & stingers
yellow jackets | Carpenter bees | mohagany wasp
Honey bees, yellow jackets, and hornets are beneficial to the environment, especially the honey bees that pollinate plants. However, the formation of colonies and nest present a dangerous threat to human and pets. Many humans are allergic to their stings and symptoms vary from allergic reactions to death.
yellow fever mosquito | inland floodwater mosquito
During mosquito season, these disease carrying pest breed in pools, puddles, and lakes. They lay their eggs in stagnant water.
The appearance of bed bugs vary by the customer. A bed bug develops through multiple stages in its life cycle and has various appearances.
Other key ways to identify if you have bed bugs are:
house spiders | black widows | daddy long leg species
Spiders range in size, shape and color. They are natures own pest control exterminator as they feed on insects such as flies, mosquitoes, roaches, and earwigs to name a few. Spiders are more of a nuisance than anything and since arachnophobia, the fear of spiders is one of Americans greatest phobias, our team has a plan for you.
TERMITES - The invisible disaster
Subterranean Termites exist in almost every where there is soil. They can tell the difference between q fallen tree and the wood in your home, and they can destroy both with equal efficiency. And don’t be fooled: New homes are just as vulnerable to attack as old ones.
Many people make the mistake of thinking the can wait until the see a swarm to protect their home. But it can take up to three years for a colony to produce swarms. By that time, it may be too late - they may already have done thousands of dollars in damage and possible effected the structure.
Often mistaken for flying ants, swarming termites inside a home are an almost sure sign that the rest of the colony has been at work destroying the wood in or under the home for years.
Termites can get in through a crack just 1/64” wide and can inflict serious damage long before you know they’re there. In some cases, the problem doesn’t show up until four or five years later. Since termites can enter your home so many ways, part of an effective protection program should include annual inspections by a trained technician. Alert Exterminators inspect your home each year after the initial treatment to make sure your home stays termite free.
Postponed protection - A costly mistake
Termites cause fives times more damage in the U.S. each year than all natural disasters combined. As much as $750,000,000. And repairs can easily cost three times as much as the treatment that could have prevented them.
*The National Fire Protection Association, the American Insurance Corporation, the National Pest Control Association, and the National Insurance Adjusters Association.
setting up a defense barrier
Alert Exterminators uses a proven treatment that involves setting up a chemical barrier in the most vulnerable areas of the soil around and under your home. The barrier cuts off termites that are already inside your home from the moisture they need to live and prevents other from entering.
Guaranteed protection from the name you’ve always trusted. Alert Exterminators provides a low $50,000.00 Protection Plan against any new subterranean termite damage. And the plan is easily renewable, safeguarding your home investment year after year. It’s what you’d expect from Alert Exterminators.
Termite Baits - How Does the Bait System Work?
Bait System vs. Liquid Treatment
termite bait system
Treatment Convenience/Invasiveness to Home
Install stations only outside
Must drill foundation in most cases and work inside home. (treatments take 4-8 hours)
Area of Application
Bait station is placed below ground and is opened by a special tool. No doors
Applied in liquid form of 100 - 200 gallons around home and underneath slab areas inside of home. May need to leave home during treatment.
Kills the termite colony and continues to monitor for new invading colonies for long- term protection of your home
Kills termites that enter the treated are. Length of protection may vary by product. May need another treatment in 5-7 years.
Why Advance Termite Bait System Over Other Baits?
Rodent Identification - Rodent Control and Exclusion
Rodents are Nocturnal
Rodents typically feed and move around at night. Any daylight activity is a sign of a large infestation
Rodents Will Hoard Their Food
Rodents hoard enough food for last them for weeks. They will hoard food in places where they feel comfortable feeding. Most rodents are omnivores and opportunistic foragers. They eat a variety of food items and will take advantage of any food left out.
Rat teeth are very powerful
Rat teeth can chew through almost anything, able to exert a force up to 7,000 pounds per square inch. Materials they can chew through are such as wood, asbestos, brick, cinder blocks, concrete, metal and thin sheets of sheet metal.
Scientific Name:Rattus Norvegicua
Color: Brownish Red
Length: 12 - 18 inches
Body: Thick body, blunt nose
Gestation Period: 23 days
Number of Young: 6 -12 per litter
Diet: Meats, Fish, Grains, Almost Anything
Lifespan: 18 months
Feces: Blunt Ends
Nest: Burrows, 90 - 450ft from food or water
Scientific Name: Rattus Rattus
Color: Dark Grey
Length: 13 - 17 inches
Body: Thin body, pointed nose
Gestation Period: 22 days
Number of Young: 6 - 8 per litter
Diet: Fruits, Vegetables, Seeds, Grains,
Lifespan: 18 months
Feces: Pointed Ends
Nest: Trees, Rooftops 100- 300ft from food or water
Scientific Name: Mus Musculus
Color: Black, Dusky Grey
Length: 6 - 7 inches
Body: Small head and body
Gestation Period: 19 days
Number of Young: 5 - 6per litter
Diet: Meats, Fish, Grains, etc.
Lifespan: 15 - 18 months
Feces: Pointed Ends
Nest: Corners, 10 - 30ft from food or water
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