Once you discover a pest infestation, there’s no unseeing it until it’s eradicated. Every shadow and sound starts to make you twitch and itch in anxious anticipation of the next time you’ll see that roach or mouse scamper across the floor. Even worse – you know that these pests pose a real health risk to you and your family.
That’s why West Termite, Pest & Lawn offers one time exterminations as well as monthly and quarterly pest control plans. Sometimes you have one rodent on the loose – but better to have a prevention plan in place so you don’t have to suffer needlessly!
All of West Termite’s technicians are experienced, professional, and trained to use the latest technology for pest control in Bartlesville. And for our customers’ peace of mind, we also thoroughly background test and drug screen everyone in the company.
Why Do I Need Pest Control in Bartlesville?
A single mouse sighting or a spider here and there is likely no cause for alarm – citronella candles, bug spray, roach motels, and peppermint oil are well suited for DIY pest solutions. However, multiple sightings in the space of a few months are often signs of a hidden, full-fledged infestation.
If you feel uneasy, trust your gut and call a professional exterminator for a free assessment of your home. West Termite Pest & Lawn offers a variety of services designed to keep your home pest and worry-free.
Roach Clean Outs
Roaches are among the most hated and feared of all pests. Something about the way their shiny black bodies skitter across the floor can make even the strongest of us squeamish. But the worst thing about roaches is definitely how many of them you can’t see.
Because for every roach you spot in your bathroom or kitchen, there are dozens – if not hundreds – lurking behind your walls, under your floor, or in your basement. (Sorry, we know that’s awful to know, but remember – we’re here to help!)
While roaches are often thought of as pests that only live in “dirty” homes, they’re commonly found in the cleanest homes in Bartlesville. Cockroaches can survive on nearly nothing and reproduce swiftly. Roaches, and their eggs, often enter your home by way of:
- Crawling in through small cracks and holes in the building
- Hitching a ride on backpacks, bags, suitcases or other containers
- Openings around doors and windows
- Moving from one apartment to the next through adjacent walls or shared pipes
While roaches can’t hurt you directly, their skin and droppings often worsen symptoms for people with asthma and allergies. If you suspect roach infestation, contact a pest control professional in Bartlesville right away.
Bed bugs are tiny, almost imperceptible parasites that live in the fibers of cloth – bedding, clothes, upholstery, rugs, etc. – and dine on a blood-only diet. That’s why you wake up covered in itchy, red bites during a bed bug infestation.
Early detection and the correct combination of heat and liquid treatments are the only way to fully exterminate bed bugs. So as soon as you discover the first bite or wake up with your skin crawling, call West Termite, Pest & Lawn.
Rodents are infamous for their sneaky transgressions. Often the only sign of a rodent infestation is chewed electrical wires, nibbled flour bags, or their pellet droppings. Rodents can carry diseases and are the perfect hosts for parasites like ticks and fleas – which can lead to a secondary infestation of your home.
Rats and mice like to live in private, hidden places away from human lines of sight – like in your walls, basement, crawlspaces or attic. Unfortunately, this means that when you do spy a rat or mouse in your home, you likely have an established nest somewhere nearby.
Look for droppings – black or brown pellets – in your pantry, garage, attic, or crawlspace to investigate. If you can easily – and safely! – access the space behind your walls, check there as well. Where there are droppings, there are almost certainly rodents.
When traps and repellants stop working, call West Termite, Pest & Lawn for a free consultation. We offer long-term rodent control plans in Bartlesville as well as one-time exterminations.
Did you know that most spiders can live for months without food or water? They like to set up shop in the quiet corners of your home and live easily on the passing ant, gnat, or fly.
While many species of spiders are completely harmless, there are two exceptions: the black widow and the brown recluse. These spiders are venomous and potentially harmful to humans. If you suspect you have an infestation of black widows or brown recluses, contact a professional exterminator immediately.
Black Widows – These infamous arachnids are known for their black bodies and the orange/red hourglass often seen on the abdomen. But did you know that some black widow spiders have only a red stripe, two dots, or sometimes no red markings at all?!
This makes black widows especially difficult to identify, even if you manage to capture one and get a closer look (which we do NOT suggest).
Exterminating black widows requires specialized insecticides and safety precautions. As soon as you suspect your home has black widows, contact a spider control specialist.
Consider removing yourself and your family from the home – especially if you have small children or elderly relatives living with you. There’s no cause for panic – black widows only bite when attacked and their bites rarely kill. However, their venom can cause serious illness, muscle spasms and muscle pain. Small children and pets bear the greatest risk of serious complications.
Brown Recluses – Brown recluses have a distinct fiddle or violin pattern on their back and have only three pairs of eyes instead of four. However, it’s often still difficult to identify a brown recluse because they’re small, fast, and (hopefully!) far away.
Most brown recluse bites aren’t serious, but if your child is bitten by a brown recluse, take them to the ER. Smaller bodies have a harder time fighting off the venom like a grown adult’s can. In very rare cases victims can experience trouble breathing, seizures, or even fall into a coma.
Our technicians have special training and safety equipment for approaching brown recluse infestations. Contact a technician today if you have questions or concerns about spider control in Bartlesville.
Fleas are almost microscopic parasites that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They are most often found on pets with fur coats – like cats or dogs. The first sign of fleas is often itching and scratching followed by small red bites. Fleas also pose a health risk, as they can carry tapeworms and other diseases spread through biting.
Because of their speedy, cyclical reproduction cycle, fleas are difficult to get rid of once they’ve settled into your home. The eggs are killed differently than the adult fleas, so you have to kill them in cycles until you get every last one. Otherwise, the process starts all over again in a few weeks with the new breeding cycle.
When it comes to flea control in Bartlesville, prevention is the goal. West Termite Pest & Lawn technicians can help you eliminate your current flea infestation, but they will always recommend a long-term flea control program. Keep your costs – and your itching! – down with proactive preventative measures.
Call A Pest Control Specialist
If you have questions or a pest infestation, contact one of our pest control experts to schedule a free consultation. We believe that every home has the right to be happy, healthy, and pest-free!
Summer is the perfect time for swimming, hiking, picnics, barbeques, and other outdoor fun. But summer bugs love the warm weather too and a bite or a sting can really put a damper on the good times. Some bugs hibernate during the winter and then return full force in warmer weather, while others are active all year long.
Common summertime pests include mosquitoes, ants, ticks, fleas, wasps, and bees. Luckily, we’ve got some tips and tricks for avoiding pests during the summer and protecting yourself from the risks these pests can pose.
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