It’s normal to see a bug or two in your home a few times a year. The door was left open, they hitched a ride on the dog… But if you’re experiencing pest sightings monthly, weekly, or daily it may be a sign that you have a full-scale infestation on your hands. Pest infestations aren’t just upsetting, they can also pose a real health threat to you, your family and your pets. We offer one time exterminations for the rogue mouse or cockroach, but we also offer monthly and quarterly treatments for long term relief from pests. Our pest control specialists are trained, experienced, and up to date on the latest technology and treatments available in NWA.
Why Do I Need Pest Control in NWA?
Citronella candles, roach motels, bug spray and peppermint oil (deters spiders!) are all excellent measures to take on your own when dealing with everyday pests. But one-time sightings are often a signal of a full-fledged infestation that you can’t see. If you’re spraying your perimeters or setting up mouse traps more than once or twice a year, you likely have a bigger problem that needs to be controlled before it becomes a health hazard.
From bed bugs and fleas to disease-carrying vermin – West Termite Pest & Lawn offers a variety of services to help you free your home of pests.
Roach Clean Outs
The most terrifying thing about cockroaches is how many you can’t see when your home is infested. This creepy-crawly thrives in the dark and is drawn to the cool, moist corners of your home – like under the kitchen sink or in the basement. They are drawn to dirty dishes left in the sink, uncovered food on the countertops and crumbs on the floor. But even if you keep your home clean and completely free of roach-enticing crumbs, they can find a way in:
- Through small cracks and holes in the building
- Hitching a ride on backpacks, suitcases, grocery bags or other containers
- Openings around windows and doors
- Traveling from one apartment to the next through adjacent walls and shared pipes
Cockroaches don’t bite, but their skin and droppings do pose a health hazard – especially to those with allergies and asthma – or other respiratory diseases. If you think you may have a roach situation, contact a pest control professional in NWA to start developing a customized pest management program.
Bed bugs. Just writing this is making us scratch our heads! These tiny insects are so small that they’re basically invisible to the naked eye. Often you can only tell you have a bed bug infestation when itchy red welts show up on your skin or you feel a crawling sensation every time you lie down in bed.
These microscopic stowaways are notorious for their ability to hide – in suitcases, clothes, even the folds of your bedding and blankets! Because bed bugs are difficult to see with the naked eye and their eggs are practically invisible, they are difficult to treat. You have to be sure you get them all or you risk starting back at the beginning with a full infestation.
But with the right combination of liquid and heat bed bug treatment, they can be eliminated. It’s important to call as soon as you suspect a bed bug infestation. You want to catch the invasion before they lay more eggs or ride their hosts (you and your family) to new hiding places – like your couch, the carpet, or the upholstery of your furniture.
On top of being sneaky little nuisances, rodents also often carry diseases, contaminate your food and can gnaw through your home’s electrical wiring. Rodents are also perfect hosts for parasites like fleas and ticks, which can lead to a secondary infestation.
Mice and rats are typically happiest living in the shadows. The likeliest places you’ll find them are in the basement, in crawlspaces or in the attic of your home, even in your house’s walls. Since they prefer privacy, it’s safe to assume that when you see one rat or mouse, there’s a settled colony somewhere that has emboldened them and made them feel safe enough to venture into your home. The first and most obvious signs of a rodent infestation are the droppings – tiny black or brown pellets. If you hear scrabbling, scratching, running or squeaking in your walls or ceiling or find droppings on the floor or in the crawlspace or attic – contact an exterminator.
You can always try the DIY version of rodent control, but when traps and repellants stop working – or you just can’t bring yourself to do it (no shame) – call us for a free consultation. We can do a one-time extermination or help you develop a long-term rodent control plan for your NWA home.
Spiders like to lurk in ceiling corners, the basement, ductwork, and attic year round. They tend to collect in little used corners where they can feed on passing flies, gnats, or ants. Most spiders can live for months without food or water. While most spiders are harmless (they can even be helpful by eating unwanted pests in your yard!) there are a few exceptions – species like the black widow and brown recluse are venomous and can pose a health risk to you, your family, and your pets. Young children, the elderly, and small pets are the most at risk for negative effects from poisonous spider bites.
Black Widows – Black widows are notoriously identifiable by their black body and orange/red hourglass markings on the lower portion of their abdomen. What most people don’t know is that not all black widows have these exact markings. Some black widow spiders only have a red stripe or two dots – some have no red markings at all! The venom in their bite contains a neurotoxin that can cause severe muscle pain and spasms.
Special insecticides are required to exterminate black widows. If you suspect you have a black widow infestation, contact a spider control specialist immediately. Also, consider removing your family and yourself from your home until the threat has been eliminated. Black widows only attack when provoked, and their bites don’t usually kill people, but they can often cause severe illness. Small children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems may be at greater risk of serious harm because their systems cannot fight off the poison the way a healthy adult’s body can.
Brown Recluses – You can identify a brown recluse by the distinctive fiddle or violin pattern on their backs. You can also look for their signature three pairs of eyes – most spiders have four. But if you’re close enough to see this small arachnid’s eyes, there may be a larger problem.
Usually, brown recluse bites are not a serious threat to your health, but if your child is bitten by a brown recluse, take them straight to the ER. Their little bodies aren’t capable of warding off the venom the way adults can, and they may become very ill. In very rare cases they may also experience seizure, trouble breathing, or even fall into a coma.
Your spider control specialists have the experience, special training, and industrial-strength tools to assess and control a brown recluse infestation. Contact a technician today if you have questions or concerns about spider control in NWA.
Every pet owner knows the agony and the infuriating futility of a true flea infestation. The mere mention is enough to make us subconsciously itchy. These microscopic parasites feed on the blood of humans and animals and leave behind small, red itchy bites. The first sign of a flea infestation is almost always the itching and scratching of your family or your pets. Fleas also pose a health risk because they carry tapeworms and spread other diseases through their bite.
Once fleas settle in, they are nearly impossible to kill off completely because you have to kill them in cycles. The adult females can lay up to fifty eggs a day! So once you kill the adult fleas, you’re free from their terrorization for a few weeks. But then you have to deal with the eggs and the larvae who then become adults and start the horrifying cycle all over again. The eggs can be carried by your pets and infest your carpet and upholstery which make sit even harder to exterminate them.
With flea control in NWA, the best defense is a good offense. West Termite, Pest & Lawn technicians can help you eliminate your flea problem, but they will always recommend a long-term flea control program to ensure prevention. This protects your family, your pets, and your wallet in the long run.
Call A Pest Control Specialist
If you have a pest problem, contact one of our pest control experts to schedule a free consultation. We at West Termite Pest & Lawn believe that you deserve to live in a comfortable, pest-free environment – and we’re ready to help you get what you deserve!
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