Short answer is yes. The longer answer would be that it depends on the season you are talking about and how the previous season looked. Traditionally spring is the start of pest season. Just like the blooming of the flowers or the budding of blossoms on the trees, pests begin to hatch. Ants, earwigs, silverfish, roaches, crickets and gnats will invade your yards and homes. However, this isn’t the only “season” in our industry.
Yellow Jackets and wasps are more active in the fall while mice and rats are very active during the winter months. Yellow Jackets are distinguished by their signature black and yellow striping. Also known as meat bees, they are abnormally attracted to sweets during the fall months and are very aggressive. The most common wasp during the fall is the paper wasp. The honeycomb type nests you see under your eaves are the first sign of a problem. Although these wasps are very docile compared to yellow jackets they will sting to protect their nests.
Nesting is a common theme during the winter when little four legged creatures move into your home, sheds and play structures. Winter is most definitely rodent season. These little guys are looking for warmth and food and if they can find both it is very hard to get them to leave. Rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter while mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime! Small bits of paper, scampering in the attic at night and chewed up seed shells are a sign of rodent activity.
Rodent activity also has unforeseen consequences. Take for instance the winter of 2010. If you remember, it was especially wet and warm. These conditions caused rodent breeding to go through the roof…pun intended! As a result, the snake population skyrocketed that spring. The snakes had more food, which caused them to breed more. We were averaging 3 snake calls a week for a few months!
So as you can see, pest season is year round. This is why at NAHS, we inform our potential customers that a pest control maintenance plan is the best value for them. We cover everything, no matter the season.
So, what does your computer and pest control have in common? Check out this article for some insight.
Forget viruses, look out for ants in your motherboard!
Travis Andrews | dvice.com | Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 2:56pm
Though this probably isn’t the first thing that occurs to you, next time your computer stops working unexpectedly, take a peek under the old hood to see if there’s an enormous, horrible nest of ants.
Because, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, we’ve got a new type of ant on our hands, lovingly nicknamed the “Tawny Crazy Ants” and actually named Nylanderia fulva. Found in the southeastern United States, these crazy ants are displacing the horror-ridden fire ants.
For all practical purposes, this seems like a positive thing, considering the crazy ants don’t sting the way fire ants do. But it’s not a great thing for electronics.
“[The crazy ants] nest in electronics and create short circuits, as they create a contact bridge between two points when they get electrocuted they release an alarm pheromone,” said UT research assistant Edward LeBrun. That pheromone attracts more ants, who begin creating a larger nest inside the electronic in question.
There’s no explanation yet as to why they love electronics, other than the confined spaces. They’ll pretty much nest in anything, and they’re not susceptible to your everyday ant killer, making these guys a grade-A pain-in-the-bum.
Luckily for everyone who doesn’t live in the southeastern United States, they’re mostly confined to the southeastern United States.
Over time, though, our electronics may have a stronger enemy than viruses: ants. Maybe we can harvest them and offer the buggers to folks with digital ant farms before that happens.
The Pest Control Industry has many different facets. California is one of the most compartmentalized and regulated states in the union. DPR (Department of Pesticide Regulation) does an excellent job at monitoring our industry. I am not writing this to demonize any of these industries contained within the term pest control. My intent is to simply point out the differences between the departments and how they affect you as a home or business owner and maybe give you some peace of mind when it comes to pesticide exposure around your home and businesses.
North American Home Services is considered a structural pest control company, meaning that we treat structures and outbuildings for pests. We cannot and do not however treat fields or food commodities for pests. That is considered Agricultural pest control. After 15 years in this industry and being familiar with pesticide regulations for our state, it is my opinion that the structural portion of the industry is much more regulated than the agricultural side of the industry. Their use of pesticides is less noticeable and therefore less scrutinized than our applications.
Earlier today I came across an article with a very telling story about agricultural pesticide usage in California. If you compare the information in the story to the information from our structural pest control experts at www.pwg2pmp.com you can see a major difference in the focus of our legislators. Pesticides can and should be used in a responsible manner no matter what the application site. I encourage you to view both of these websites and come to your own conclusions.
It has been 115 years since the first auto insurance policy was written in the United States in 1898. Today all 50 states require insurance on an automobile. Massachusetts was the first to require it in 1927. I bet you are asking yourself, what does that have to do with Pest Control, well I’m getting to that! Insurance is designed to protect the driver and anyone that they may hit. We all pay a premium, some more than others, in case we are hit or in case we hit someone else. The insurance companies make their money by spreading the risk of having to pay for repairs over a large number of customers.
Pest Control is much like insurance. You are paying a “premium” every other month or quarterly or monthly in order to protect your home or business from pests. You are not paying for one service. Most companies offer free re-treats for problems that continue past your scheduled date. We are spreading our “risk” over a large number of customers. The smaller the company the greater the risk!
This fact is what keeps us focused is customer service and keeping you happy. At North American Home Services, we are very aware that we would not have a job if it wasn’t for our “policy holders”. For every customer we lose to moving or any number of reasons we must get 2 more to take their place. This keeps our risk down and allows us to provide our technicians and staff with better equipment and more training to better serve you! So, next time you are upset about paying that bill when the guy was only there for 20 minutes, remember you are paying for 60 days of coverage and we will come back anytime for FREE!
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