Pest infestations are – plainly speaking – the worst. They make you feel twitchy, itchy, and anxious and every shadow you see out of the corner of your eye makes you flinch. And it’s all made worse by knowing that they can pose a health risk to you, your family, and your pets. West Termite offers one time exterminations for the rogue rat sighting, but we also offer more comprehensive monthly and quarterly plans to eradicate and prevent future full-scale infestations. And all of our technicians are experienced, professional, and trained in the latest treatments and technology for pest control in Little Rock.
Why Do I Need Pest Control in Little Rock?
When you’re dealing with one mouse or a roach here and there, maybe a spider in the bathtub – citronella candles, bug spray, roach motels, and peppermint oil are all perfectly acceptable DIY pest control options. But these one-time sightings can be an omen of worse things to come – namely a full-fledged infestation that’s just out of sight. So if you keep roach motels out all year or you’ve seen more than one mouse it’s time to call an exterminator before you have to deal with something infinitely more difficult to contain (and way grosser!).
From bed bugs and fleas to disease-carrying vermin and poisonous spiders, West Termite Pest & Lawn offers a variety of services to help keep your home completely pest-free.
Roach Clean Outs
Roaches are a special kind of creepy. Something about the way they skitter across the kitchen floor is viscerally upsetting. But beyond how they look, the worst thing about cockroaches has to be how many you don’t see for each one that made it into your line of sight. Because for every roach you see, there are usually dozens more under the floorboards, in the basement, or hiding in the walls. (Sorry – we hated even typing that. But it’s true.)
While roaches are traditionally drawn to dirty dishes left in the sink, crumbs on the floor and damp, dark corners of the house, they’re also found in the cleanest homes in Little Rock. It doesn’t take much for them to survive and they reproduce in alarming numbers. Roaches, and their eggs, can find their way in by:
- 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 shared pipes or adjacent walls
While roaches don’t usually bite, they can pose a different kind of health threat – their skin and droppings worsen symptoms in people with allergies and asthma. If you suspect you have a roach problem, contact a pest control professional in Little Rock right away.
Bed bugs are microscopic parasites that travel and live in the fibers of cloth – sheets, blankets, carpets, rugs, clothing, cloth bags, upholstery – and they live off a diet of blood. That’s why you wake up covered with itchy red bites during a bed bug infestation. Because they are nearly invisible to the naked eye they are difficult to locate and exterminate. You have to try to catch the infestation early and use the right combination of heat and liquid treatment to fully eliminate them. So if you have a few bites and you’re waking up to the sensation of something crawling on your skin – don’t wait to call! Better safe than sorry, and better now than later when the bed bugs have migrated from your bed to your living room and beyond.
Rodents aren’t just an annoyance, they also carry diseases, contaminate your food and chew through important wiring. Rodents can also be hosts to parasites, ticks, and fleas which can lead to a secondary infestation of your home.
Rats and mice typically prefer to remain unseen. This means they often take up residence in your home’s walls, basement, crawlspaces or attic – anywhere that people don’t typically frequent. So if you do spy a rat or a mouse in your home, it’s safe to assume that there are other rodents in a nest somewhere unseen. If you suspect you have rodents, look for droppings – black or brown pellets – in the pantry, attic, garage, crawlspace, or in the walls (only if you have safe and easy access!).
If traps and repellants don’t work or you just can’t bring yourself to do it yourself (no shame), call us for a free consultation. We offer one-time exterminations as well as long-term rodent control plans in Little Rock.
Spiders like to live in doorways, basements, ductwork, and attics. They collect in undisturbed corners where they can feed on passing household flies, gnats, or a hapless ant. Most spiders can live for months without food or water. While many species of spiders are harmless – or even helpful! – there are some exceptions. Species like the black widow and brown recluse are venomous to humans.
Black Widows – Perhaps the most famous breed of spiders, these arachnids are identified by their black body and the orange/red hourglass on the bottom of their abdomen. However, some black widow spiders only have a red stripe, two dots, or no red markings at all. This makes them hard to identify, even if you manage to capture one and get a closer look (which we do NOT suggest). Their bite contains a neurotoxin that causes severe muscle pain and spasms.
Special insecticides are required to terminate black widows. If you suspect you have a black widow infestation contact a spider control specialist immediately. Remove yourself and your family from your home if possible – especially if you have small children. Black widows only attack when they are provoked and their bites rarely kill people, but they can cause serious illness. The greatest threat is to small children and pets.
Brown Recluses – Brown recluses have a distinct fiddle or violin pattern on their back. They also have only three pairs of eyes (most spiders have four). Even with these distinct markers, it can be difficult to correctly identify a brown recluse.
Most brown recluse bites aren’t a serious health threat, but if your child has been bitten by a brown recluse, take them to the ER immediately. Their small bodies can’t fight the venom like an adult’s can. In very rare cases they may experience seizure, trouble breathing, or even fall into a coma.
Our technicians have experience and training in how to properly control a brown recluse infestation. Contact a technician today if you have questions or concerns about spider control in Little Rock.
Fleas are tiny parasites that feed off the blood of humans and animals. They leave itchy red bites behind on their hosts. The first sign of a flea infestation is often the itching and scratching of your family or your pets. Fleas also carry tapeworms and can spread other diseases through their bites. Because of their rapid, cyclical reproduction cycle, fleas are difficult to get rid of on your own – especially once they’ve invaded several areas of your home.
With flea control in Little Rock, the best defense is a good offense. West Termite, Pest & Lawn technicians will help you get rid of your current flea problem, but they will also recommend a long-term flea control program. This ensures prevention and keeps your costs (and your itching!) way down.
Call A Pest Control Specialist
If you are having any kind of pest problem, contact one of our pest control experts to schedule a free consultation. At West Termite Pest & Lawn, we believe that you deserve to live in a pest-free environment – and we’re here to help you get it!
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