Experiencing a pest infestation in your home is not only uncomfortable, but it can also often present health and safety concerns for you, your family members, and your pets. We offer one-time treatments for emergency pest issues that need immediate attention, but we also offer monthly and quarterly treatments that have been tailored to your particular issues. Our resident experts are professional, experienced, and highly trained in the latest technology for pest control in Tulsa. Schedule a free consultation to speak with a specialist as soon as possible.
Why Do I Need Pest Control in Tulsa?
It is completely possible to deal with small pest problems on your own – citronella candles, peppermint oil, and bug spray are all perfectly reasonable remedies. But one-time sightings can often be harbingers of a full-on infestation that you can’t see. If you’re having to set up roach motels or mouse traps or spray your perimeters more than once or twice a year, you may have a larger problem that you need to get under control before it becomes a legitimate health hazard.
From poisonous spiders to bed bugs, to disease-carrying vermin – West Termite, Pest & Lawn offers a range of services that can help you keep your home clean, safe, and pest-free.
Roach Clean Outs
The most horrifying thing about roaches is how many you don’t see when your house is infested. For each roach you see, there are usually dozens hidden elsewhere in your home. Roaches are year-round pests that thrive in dark, moist environments and they are usually nocturnal. They are drawn to uncovered food, dirty dishes, and crumbs on the floor. They are also attracted to moist places like under the bathroom sink or a damp bathmat on the floor. But even if your home is sparkling clean, roaches (or more likely, their eggs) tend to find ways in:
- 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 do pose a health threat – their skin and droppings can cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in susceptible people. If you suspect you have a roach problem, contact a pest control professional in Tulsa to start developing an integrated pest management program.
Just talking about them can make you itchy – we’re scratching ourselves writing this! Bed bugs are difficult to control because it’s difficult to track what you can’t see! Often the only traces left by this minuscule pest are itchy red bites and the skin-crawling sensation that something is in your bed with you.
The little stowaways are infamous for their ability to hide in suitcases, clothes, and the folds of bedding and blankets. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to see with the naked eye and their eggs are practically invisible, but with the right liquid and heat bed bug treatment, they can be eliminated. It’s important to act as soon as you suspect a bed bug infestation before they lay more eggs or ride their hosts to new places to hide – like the couch, the carpet, or your favorite armchair. Read more about what to do if you suspect you have a bed bug infestation and contact a pest control company immediately for a free consultation. You don’t want to let this go on for too long because they can spread easily and will continue to breed if not treated.
Rodents aren’t just a nuisance, they can also carry diseases, contaminate food and nibble through your home’s electrical system. Rodents also act as hosts for parasites, ticks and fleas which can lead to a secondary infestation of your home.
Rats and mice typically prefer to remain unseen and live inside your home’s walls, in the basement, in crawlspaces under your home or in attics – anywhere that’s not usually frequented by humans. This preference for privacy means that if you do spy a rat or a mouse in your home, it’s safe to assume that a nest has been established and there are likely to be other rodents in residence. The most obvious signs of a rodent problem are rat or mouse droppings – tiny little pellets in black or brown. If you suspect you have rodents, look for droppings in your pantry, attic, garage, crawlspace, or in the walls if you have access.
You always have the DIY option when it comes to rodent control, but if traps and repellants have stopped working or you just can’t bring yourself to do it alone (no shame), call us for a free consultation. We offer one-time exterminations as well as long-term rodent control plans in Tulsa.
Spiders are year-round household pests that like to lurk in doorways, basements, ductwork, and attics. They like to collect in undisturbed corners where they can feed on the occasional household fly, gnat, or ant. Many species of spiders can live for months without food or water. Most spiders are harmless, and they can even help you cut down on other unwanted pests in your yard. However, there are some exceptions – species like the black widow and brown recluse are venomous and can pose a serious health risk. And whether or not they’re poisonous, you shouldn’t have to share your home with them.
Black Widows – These notorious spiders are traditionally identified by their black body and the orange/red hourglass on the bottom of their abdomen. However, that may not always be the case – some black widow spiders may only have a red stripe, two dots, or even no red markings at all. Their bite contains a neurotoxin that can cause severe muscle pain or spasms in humans.
Special insecticides and treatment are required for black widows. If you suspect you have a black widow infestation contact a spider control specialist immediately and consider removing yourself from your home until it has been dealt with. Black widows only attack when disturbed and their bites rarely kill people, but they can cause severe illness, and they do pose a worse threat to small children and pets.
Brown Recluses – Brown recluses are identifiable by the distinct fiddle or violin pattern on their backside and they have three pairs of eyes whereas most spiders have four. Even with these distinct differences, it can be difficult to identify a brown recluse – especially when it’s skittering across your wall or your floor!
Most brown recluse bites don’t pose a serious threat, but if your child has been bitten by a brown recluse, take them to the ER straight away. Their small bodies can’t ward off the venom the way an adult’s can and they can become very ill or (in very rare cases) experience seizure, trouble breathing, or even fall into a coma.
We have experience and training, as well as the proper tools to capture, assess, and control a brown recluse infestation. Contact a technician today if you have questions or concerns about spider control in Tulsa.
Is there anything that makes you more instantly itchy than the mention of fleas? The tiny parasites feed off the blood of humans and animals and leave small, itchy red bites on the body. Usually, the first sign of a flea infestation is the itching and scratching of your family or your pets. Fleas also carry tapeworms and can spread other diseases through their bites.
Once fleas settle in they can be infuriatingly difficult to get rid of because you have to kill them in cycles – the adults can lay up to fifty eggs a day! So you kill the adult fleas, but a few weeks later you have to deal with the eggs and then the larvae who then become adults. The eggs can fall off your pets, infest your carpet, and then the cycle starts all over again.
With flea control in Tulsa, 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 always recommend a long-term flea control program to ensure prevention. This keeps your costs (and your itching!) way down.
Call A Pest Control Specialist
If you are experiencing any discomfort, disgust, or anxiety about a pest problem in your home, 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 safe, healthy, pest-free environment – and we’re ready to do something about it!
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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