Flies

HOUSE FLIES AND OTHER FLYING INSECTS CAN BE AN EXTREME NUISANCE

 

What’s more they can introduce harmful pathogens to your business.  When you contact SAFETECH PEST CONTROL for fly control, your specialist will design a custom-tailored fly suppression program that includes:

  • Strategic, exterior preventative treatments
  • Compactor and dumpster baiting
  • Installation of Insect Light Traps (ILTs)

ILTs use ultraviolet light bulbs to draw flies to a non-toxic sticky board inside.  These discreet traps can be used, not only to trap pests, but also monitor and identify the source of flying pest activity.

 

SMALL FLY CONTROL

 

Some of the smallest flies can cause the biggest problems for businesses.

Fruit, Phorid, moth and other common “small fly” infestations can help lead to lost business, contamination or regulatory action. As with any successful pest management program, removing the conditions that attract flies is crucial to reducing the change of an infestation. Keeping your facility clean is an essential part of any fly control program, but sometimes it’s not enough. Witt takes a scientific approach to fly control that targets the elements flies need for survival. Our Bioremediation service, uses beneficial biological organisms to help remove debris and contaminants, and helps to minimize fly breeding sites and food sources.

 

We use natural soil bacteria that are tailored for waste digestion.

 

The bacteria eats the scum where flies breed and can be applied in hard to reach areas or through welded drain covers.

Bioremediation is an environmentally responsible, pesticide-free solution – using natural-occurring enzymes and beneficial bacteria to safely dissolve buildup.

 

Under our program, our technicians will treat all potential fly feeding and breeding sites with our specially formulate microbial product on a scheduled, routine basis. Such areas may include:

  • Underneath food service equipment, prep sinks, carts and kick plates
  • Counters, bars, soda lines, etc.
  • Along wall coving or grout lines at baseboards
  • Floor drains and plumbing lines
  • Any other areas identified by our technicianssa

Mice

Rodent Control

Mice and rats are a problem when they find their way into your home. They like to be near humans so they have a ready supply of food. This has earned them the term “commensal rodents,” which means “to share one’s table.” If you’re experiencing a rodent problem, it’s time to hire pest control services. Contact us today!

ENTRY POINTS

Mice can climb right up the side of your home, enter through the soffit, and then climb down pipe chases to get to the basement or other areas of your house.

Any wire small enough to wrap their feet around, they can follow into your home.

They can even climb up the corner pieces of vinyl siding by using their feet and pressing their back against the opposite side!

 

SOLUTIONS: We can close openings around pipes and wires that enter your home from the exterior. Rodent removal is more than exterminating rats and mice.

 

CONTORTIONISTS

Mice can squeeze into a hole ½” or larger. Their ribs are hinged onto their spine, allowing the ribs to collapse. As long as they can get their head through an opening, the rest is easy!

Being low on the food chain, mice are attracted to any dark black opening, which means safety to them.

 

SOLUTIONS: Safetech will put steel wool around pipes under the sinks to keep mice out. Call us to look for likely entry points, such as the corners of garage doors.

 

 

DAMAGES

Rodents cause thousands of dollars in damages by chewing on wires. They damage computers, appliances, and often cause electrical fires.

DISEASES

Rodents can carry up to thirty-five diseases including hantavirus that humans are susceptible to, which is another reason to exterminate them as soon as possible. Cleaning up after a rodent infestation also requires a great deal of caution. This is necessary because of the possibility of fleas, which may transmit their own diseases to you, your children, and pets. There is also risk involved if you inadvertently stir up the dust of their nests; it can be hazardous to breathe in the bacteria contained within.

Safetech has the complete rodent control package for your rodent problems. Make your home a healthier environment. Call Safetech to get a free inspection for rodent control.

 

Gopher

POCKET GOPHERS

 

Distinguishing characteristics of pocket gopher damage include:

  • Crescent or irregular shaped dirt mounds as seen in photo at right, and schematic diagram above right, often with dirt plug visible in center of mound.
  •  Plugged “feeder holes” with grass or other plants chewed or eaten around perimeter of hole.
  • Gophers will make open holes to the surface to feed on surface vegetation.  These holes will be plugged with soil after the gopher is done feeding at a location.
  • Gophers cause extensive damage to turf, landscape plants, and agricultural crops by eating roots and pulling plants down into their tunnels.
  • Gophers can live in moist to dry soil but avoid saturated areas, and most often invade from sunny wild lands or turf areas such as parks.

Damage

A typical gopher hole with a gopher peeking out.

An infestation of pocket gophers can be first recognized by fan shaped mounds of soil on the surface, pushed out as the gophers excavate their tunnels. These mounds are generally 30 cm high by 30 to 50 cm in diameter. It has been estimated that a single pocket gopher can excavate approximately a ton of earth producing 30 to 50 mounds in one year. These mounds smother vegetation and result in rough terrain causing equipment damage. Feeding by pocket gophers can cause substantial losses to turf, gardens and field crops, especially alfalfa.

Control

Attempting to control pocket gophers by gassing or drowning is generally ineffective. The most effective means of control is usually obtained by trapping or poisoning or a combination of both. For best results, trapping and poisoning should be conducted in the spring or fall when pocket gophers are most active, give Safetech Pest Control a call for quicker and fast results.

Flea

Fleas are some of the most common and annoying pests found throughout the United States. These dark red-brown parasites have a set of long back legs which they use to quickly jump from host to host. Flat at first, fleas increase in size after feeding on blood, and can be 1/12” to 1/6” of an inch in length. While most commonly found on animals such as dogs and cats, fleas bite humans too, which can result in itchy and painful red bumps.

 

Fleas often migrate into the home on pant legs or pets and can carry diseases such as murine typhus and the bubonic plague, which they pick up from infected rats and other wild animals. Additionally, fleas can cause allergic reactions in both animals and humans. These pests are often the cause of tapeworms and anemia in household pets. To avoid high veterinary bills and painful bites, make sure you vacuum and clean your home often. Keep your pets clean, and walk them on a leash as often as possible.

Pest Bird Control

SAFETECH Pest Control offers Bird Management and Deterrent solutions. We use expert knowledge and understanding of bird behavior to address your particular bird problem and solve it with the least invasive, most effective methods.

 

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WHY BIRDS ARE CONSIDERED PESTS

Like many other pests, birds are an important and desirable part of a healthy ecosystem. Plus, game birds, song birds and many other species add to the enjoyment of nature and outdoor recreation for millions of people in the U.S. and the world. Birds only become pests when they roost and nest in areas where their behavior and droppings pose a risk to human or animal health and damage property.

COMMON BIRD PESTS

The three birds that most often become pests in the United States are pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows. If you’ve ever tried to get rid of pigeons, you’re aware of just how difficult bird control and deterrent measures can be.  Other birds, from geese, to hawks, to swallows, may also cause unexpected problems and require control.

When blackbirds and crows roost in suburban areas they also can become pests. Woodpeckers sometimes peck holes into building siding. Seagulls often take up residence at food processing facilities where their droppings can quickly destroy human and animal food products. Pigeons love to roost and nest on commercial buildings. Birds could do all kinds of damage to your home or business, including:

 

  • Feeding on agricultural products
  • Roosting or nesting around human habitations
  • Destroying vegetation and contaminating foods
  • Making disruptive noise
  • Damaging property with droppings, odor and feathers
  • Destroying historical structures and artifacts
  • Exposing residents or employees to diseases or ectoparasites
  • Creating unpleasant or hazardous working conditions

ARE BIRDS PROTECTED BY LAW?

Many bird species are protected by law and the laws determine what measures can be taken to manage them. SAFETECH professionals know the regulations governing bird management and follow them to the letter.

WHAT KINDS OF PROBLEMS DO BIRDS CAUSE?

Birds roosting around your home or business can damage property, create unsanitary environments, and pose a health risk.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

Bird droppings are unsanitary and tend to be toxic. A flock of birds that make your rooftop, attic, or chimney their home could damage your building’s finish, strip away paint and varnish, and make your yard or roof unsanitary, unattractive, and bad-smelling.

Bird droppings tend to be sticky and difficult to clean up. They can permanently stain concrete, wood, or shingled surfaces. When a flock of birds congregates in one place they can produce a lot of waste, which can be expensive to clean.

HEALTH RISKS

Many common bird species may also carry diseases, including histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis. Birds transmit diseases like these to humans through contact with feces, saliva, feathers, or skin or ingestion of food or water which came into contact with bird feces, saliva, feathers, or skin.

AGGRESSION

Pest birds, like geese, may become aggressive and lash out if they perceive a threat to their nests. Bird attacks rarely pose a serious threat, but they’re frightening and upsetting. Geese can be scary!

WHY DOES SAFETECH BIRD CONTROL PROGRAM WORK?

THE THEORY

Like every other pest, the reason why birds infest certain areas is that they can get something they want and need there. Birds want to roost in areas that offer food, water, and shelter. Gulls fly around fast food restaurants because they can eat discarded food. Hawks nest in city buildings so they can hunt mice and other small pests.

By depriving birds of the resources that attract them to your property in the first place, we’re treating the cause of the infestation, not just the symptoms. By eliminating access points and attractants and replacing them with bird deterrents, we make your property unappealing to pest birds.

If you a bird problem you want taken care of quickly, effectively, safely, and permanently, give SAFETECH a call today.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants can be a nuisance in virtually every state when they emerge from their ground nests and enter homes in search of food. They’re called “pavement ants” because they tend to live beneath areas such as cellar slabs, driveways, brick or stone patios, sidewalks, as well as in and under organic hiding places, such as logs and in mulch.

The nests of Pavement ants can be easily identified – they tend to push up little mounds of sand and soil as they excavate their tunnels. Often times you’ll notice these mounds of sand and dirt between cracks in the pavement and patio blocks. A typical pavement ant colony has between 3000 and 5000 ants, while a large colony could harbor as many as several tens of thousands of pavement ants.

In addition to identifying pavement ants by their distinctive mounds of sand and soil, you can differentiate them from other common ants such as carpenter ants by their brownish-black color and tiny size – often no more than 1/10 to 1/16 of an inch in length. Pavement ant legs and antennae tend to be pale-colored and if you look at them under a magnifying glass, you’ll notice their antennae have twelve segments and there are parallel lines on the head and body, or thorax.

Pavement ants are sometimes mistaken for termites, but they do look different – pavement ants have a narrow waist, while termites have a uniformly thicker body and are much larger. Also, termites have straight antennae while pavement ants have antennae that are “elbowed.”

If you suspect you have pavement ants, keep in mind that these colonies can be very difficult to locate and often times even harder to eliminate. You may want to consider contacting Safetech Pest Control who have licensed technicians and many years of hands on experience. Safetech Pest Control experts can quickly determine if pavement ant colonies are present and can eliminate your pavement ant problem quickly and efficiently.

Pharao Ants

The name pharaoh was given to this little ant under the false belief that it had been responsible for one of the plagues of Egypt during the reign of the pharaohs.

Pharaoh ants are amongst the smallest ants; workers are around 1/16-inch long.  Their color varies from yellow to reddish, with a slightly darker abdomen. They are a 2-node ant. Pharaoh ant colonies are large, reaching up to as many as 300,000 individuals and several queens. Queens are about 1/8 inch in length and are darker in color than the workers, they may or may not have wings. Unlike most ants they breed continuously throughout the year.  This ant prefers a warm, humid environment. Nests can be found in wall voids, under floorboards, in furniture, behind baseboards and window moldings, behind appliances, boxes and expansion joints in slabs. We found a nest of Pharaoh ants in the layers of tissues in a tissue box at a hotel.

Pharaoh ants forage long distances and establish scent trails. They feed on a variety of foods, including sweets, greases, meats, fruits and dead insects. Carbohydrates are the main requirement for workers; however, queen and larvae require larger amounts of protein for egg production and development.

Ants will be found near moisture and food sources, so eliminating available food and water will help discourage ants. Only about 5% of a pharaoh ant colony’s workers are out foraging for food at any one time. These ants are very sensitive to cleaning products and pesticides and will split the colony to move away from danger (called budding). These ants are best treated with baits and a baiting program may be needed

If you suspect you have pharao ants, keep in mind that these colonies can be very difficult to locate and often times even harder to eliminate. You may want to consider contacting Safetech Pest Control who have licensed technicians and many years of hands on experience

Rats

Rats are one of the first creatures that people envision when you mention rodents. Rats are often found in and around farms, gardens, open fields and even homes and other buildings. It’s essential to your safety to recognize when you should seek rat management services because rats can have a hugely destructive impact on their environments. If you observe rats in your garden, yard or other landscaping, it’s very likely that they will soon invade your home. Rats are an incredibly invasive species.

Rats are active throughout the entire year, so it is important to take notice of rat problem symptoms so that you can address the issue immediately. Not only will  rats seek out any sources of food to devour, but they also contaminate anything left uneaten. Much like mice, rats can do significant damage to your home and belongings because they gnaw on wood; however, the tooth marks left by rats are much larger. Baby rats are often mistaken for mice, but don’t be deceived! By ignoring a rat infestation, you are risking serious structural damage to your property, which can create hazardous living conditions and rack up a huge repair bill.

In addition to property damage, rats can threaten the well-being of people and animals. Even rats can transmit disease and parasites easily. In fact, most believe that the Black Plague in medieval times spread like rapid-fire due to rats and their fleas. That should serve as warning enough that rats are trouble! Even if you probably won’t contract the Black Plague, you should protect yourself from any other potential health problems that can be caused by rats.

If you have any questions about rat management, call us at Safetech Pest Control immediately! Don’t delay! We are a team of highly experienced pest control experts and we would love to help restore peace to your home, business, or other property.

Moles and Voles

Moles
Moles are insectivores that feed on insects, grubs, and mainly earthworms. Moles are underground dwellers.

Voles

Voles are vegetarians that mainly feed on berry bearing trees, shrubs, and birdfeeder droppings. Voles will leave runs on the surface of the grass areas and sometimes dig tunnels.

If open-end tunnels are witnessed you may have voles rather than moles. Voles are treated differently with grain baits. Our technicians will determine which animal it may be and bait appropriately.

We offer a mole control baiting. However, due to the unpredictable outcome of baiting, and due to the moles feeding habits, we are unable to offer any warranty on this service. It has about a 70% success rate. Our price will vary with town. (Labor & Material) One trip is usually all that is required unless there are multiple moles or there is continues pressure from wooded areas surrounding the property.  Multiple trips to the property to re- bait will cost half price if desired. Safetech Pest Control offers price protection contracts for high-pressured properties.

After ten (10) days rake out dirt mounds. To determining results, look for new activity. Please call and schedule your half price visit if any activity is found.

Please keep all children and pets out of treated area during this period.

Contact us today or call us at 3063512881 for your free estimate with on-site analysis (our price is based on square footage).

Little Black Ants

Little black ants may pop up in your kitchen at any time and the will swarm from June to August, during which time they forage in trails and are frequently seen along sidewalks and foundations.

These small black ants will feed on other insects, honeydew, grease, oil, meats, fruits, and vegetables materials such as corn meal and sweets.

Little black ants are commonly found in wooded areas. In yards, they nest under rocks, in rotting logs, and under piles of bricks or lumber. Indoors, nests are located in woodwork, wall voids, decaying wood, behind insulation and other hidden areas.

These ants do have a stinger, but due to its small size it is not strong enough to cause any real damage. Regular pest preventative sprays can help keep these ants from getting into your home.

Homeowners should seal all cracks and crevices found along the foundation with a silicone-based caulk, ensure firewood is stored at least 20 feet away from the home, and keep shrubbery from touching your foundation and siding.  Baiting for these ants can help you trace where the nest is located.