Merry Christmas from Gateway Pest Control

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20th, 2010 by Gateway

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As the owner of Gateway Pest Control I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and pray your 2011 is a wonderful year as well.  I would also like to say thank you for those of you that allowed our family to serve your family in 2010.  We greatly appreciate each and every one of our customers, words simply cannot express how important you are to us.

 

 

Cockroaches and Apartments

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11th, 2010 by Gateway

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When the phone rings and an apartment manager is calling this time of year I can pretty much bet the problem is roaches.  It still surprises me that not all apartment buildings are on a quarterly program.  With the amount of traffic community living brings the chances of insect populations is just too great.  But seldom does a week pass that I do not at least provide quotes on one time service for an apartment complex.

 

Many apartment buildings in St. Louis are four apartment flats, and almost all of the roach complaints come from first floor apartments.  Why?  The basement, too many times the basement has not been properly treated by previous companies.  As a result cockroach colonies grow unchecked for years.  In time they will spread beyond the basement, and thus first be sighted on the ground floor.

 

If you live or intend to live in an apartment you should ask the following questions before signing your lease.  First is the building on a quarterly program?  Second is the basement part of the treatment plan?  And finally when was the last complaint filed?

 

A severe roach problem will not be solved with one visit.  A large infestation may require multiple treatments and on-going services.  Thus it is important to ensure you don’t move into a problem area or building.  Likewise if you are moving from a building because of a problem it is important you don’t bring the curse with you to your new home.  We have seen many new tenants draw suspicion when roaches arrived shortly after they moved in to the building.  Thus, inspect you belongings carefully before any move.

 

If you live in an apartment and are dealing with a roach problem you can always refer your property manager to Gateway Pest Control, our number is (636) 525-1008 or you can review our website at www.gatewaypestcontrol.com

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GPC offers suggestions to protect your home from rodents.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29th, 2010 by Gateway

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Amazing how such tiny creatures can destroy your home.

Rodents hate the cold as much as you do and will do anything to keep warm during the harsh winter months.  Since rodents can be extremely aggressive and carry lice, fleas, ticks, and not to mention all sorts of diseases it’s important that you keep them out of your home this winter.

How to Keep Rodents out of Your Home

Clean your house!  Mice and rats are attracted to filth, clutter and open food storage containers.  In order to keep them out wipe off dust, clear away unnecessary piles, and sanitize countertops and crevices including in your garage, attic, and basement.

Rats and mice make their way into your home through the small cracks and crevices in walls, floorboards, window seals and doors.  Seal these up and you’re sure to keep the little buggers out.  Mice can enter your home through a space as small as 1/4 of an inch,  and rats can go through holes 1/2 inch around.  In other words the hole where your cable or Internet service enters you home is large enough to serve as an open door for rodents.

Clean your trash area!  In addition your trash area should be sprayed 4 times per year and constantly baited for rodents.  Since rodents are attracted to food and filth your outside trash area still needs to be kept tidy even if you keep your trash cans at a reasonable distance from your home.  Rats and mice can smell decaying food and other filth from a ways away so seal up your trash bags and lids tightly and don’t leave trash on the ground.

Trapping Rodents?  If you find a rodent in your home there are several different types of traps you can set to catch them. The most common option is the snap trap where bait is set beneath a metal rod that will snap them in half when the bait is lifted.  If you’re not into the killing part you can also try using a live mouse trap which typically involves a box with bait inside and a side panel for trapping them inside alive.  Later, you can set the rodent free somewhere away from your home.

Missouri rodents are instinctively shy and therefore hard to see and eliminate. But rats and mice can be a serious menace. Not only can they destroy your property but they can also spread serious diseases that could harm you and your family. These creatures are sneaky and can even be aggressive. They become dependent on your home for security and can present a serious infestation problem if not dealt with immediately.  Gateway Pest Control will come to your home for all your Missouri Pest Control needs and recommend the quickest and safest method to get rid of your rodent problem.  Call us today to set up an appointment.

Special pricing:  With Christmas less than a month away Gateway Pest Control is running a special on residential rodent control.  For all the but the most severe infestations we will bait your home for rodents for just $95, this includes bait traps that are yours to keep forever, and reduce the cost of future treatments.

 

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Pest Control Do It Yourself Tips

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24th, 2010 by Gateway

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Tips For Keeping Pests Outside Where They Belong

Insects, rodents and other pests are outdoor creatures, but if given the choice they will always try to get in your home. Why?  Because you have created a great environment!  Let me explain, because you have made it so simple for them to find food or water or come in from either the cold or the heat. The trick to keeping them outdoors where they belong is to take every means necessary to prevent their getting in! The old adage holds true for pests as with everything else: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are some quick tips.

Take a nice slow walk around the perimeter of your home. Observe your landscaping closely, and trim hedges and shrubs away from the sides of the structure: not just a few inches, but a foot or even more if possible. If you keep a woodpile, make sure the logs are stacked across the yard and away from the house. Inconvenient in the winter perhaps, but it will help keep pests out in the summer when they are most active.  Not to mention wood piles stacked next to your home is likely to lead to a termite problem.

Check all windows and doors for possible entry points: remember, insects can fit into the tiniest of fissures. Mice can enter a hole as small as 1/4 of an inch and rats can enter1/2 inch openings.  Caulk all small cracks, and then stuff steel wool into larger areas such as gaps where the entry lines for your air conditioner enter the house.

Now take a tour of the inside of your home.  Check all screens on windows first to make sure you don’t have bent frames or space underneath that will allow insects to get in.  Box elder bugs are especially good at getting in this way, and these pests multiply like crazy once they get in: in fact, you may have problems well into the autumn months!

Use caulk if necessary around window and door areas: just as you did on the outside of your home. Check under your sinks and study areas where your water pipes come through the wall. Chances are there are spaces there where all kinds of critters can gain access: seal them off with steel wool.

And of course, for optimum protection you should always have a quality Missouri pest control company like Gateway Pest Control come to your home at least twice a year.  Gateway effectively gets rid of pests using only safe practices and products, so you can be sure the job will be done right.  Gateway may not be able to do anything about your mother-in-law, but when it comes to unwanted guests that have wings or four legs, we’ve got you covered!

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November, when spiders move indoors

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22nd, 2010 by Gateway

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Lately, you may have noticed there seems to be an abundance of spiders around your home. Rest assured you are not alone. Much of the United States sees an uptick in arachnid activity through the fall. Right now, spiders are trying to pack on calories (eating other bugs), and most are looking for a place to stay for the winter (as are multi-colored Asian lady beetles, cluster flies, stink bugs, and boxelder bugs). In addition, many spiders are mating at this time of year. So if you are seeing even a few spiders now, by spring your home will be flooded by hundreds more.

Thankfully, your living room or really any living space of your home is not their objective. While a spider might accidentally wonder through your living room as they look for a mate or a meal, most are not interested in staying in our 70 degree environment. They would really prefer to spend the winter in a cold – but not freezing – location. Those calories from the fall must last until spring when bugs become active and abundant again. Staying in cooler temperatures slows all metabolic processes, and allows them to survive comfortably until spring arrives.

Examples of places spiders might stay the winter would be:

•The exterior walls of a home
•Piles of leaf or other plant debris
•Under tree bark
•Between logs of firewood (do not spray insecticide on firewood that is to be burned)
As always, the best approach to keeping these pests out of your home is not to encourage them to live near your home. Knock down webs as soon as you notice them on the building. Don’t allow leaves to accumulate against the exterior. Don’t store firewood adjacent to the structure. Additionally, you can treat or mechanically seal the crevices and seams of the exterior where spiders could squeeze in. This means doorways, windows, and the joint where the foundation meets your exterior fascia (stucco, brick, siding, etc.)

Most spiders you see in your living spaces are harmless, so there’s no need to panic if you start seeing a higher number of these eight-legged invaders, but no one wants to share their home with insects. And of course some types of spiders are extremely dangerous with a constant threat of severe injury or even death after just one exposure.

Spiders most often live in one of two areas of your home, the basement ceiling area and closets. 99.9% of the time when we are asked to treat a home the closets are so cluttered that we are unable to properly treat that area of the home. Sadly clutter is a perfect environment for spiders, not unlike piles of leaves or plant debris cloths on a closet floor provide a place shelter for spiders.

Every home should be treated for spiders at least once per year. This treatment should include both interior and exterior barriers. In additional spider webs should be removed and the area monitored. If your home is in an area ideal for spiders you may need bi-monthly treatments to control spiders and other pest.

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, however we will offer service for the Friday and Saturday following the holiday. Call today and we’ll schedule your appointment.

At Gateway Pest Control a live person answers the phone 24/7/365 because we realize your problem may not be between 8 and 4 pm. For 24 hour a day emergency pest control at no additional cost call today (636) 525-1008

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We are having trouble giving money away!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8th, 2010 by Gateway

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Hard to believe, but it’s true we are having trouble giving money away!  It will come as a surprise to no one that America’s economy isn’t exactly purring along.  However, it may surprise you that Gateway Pest Control is trying to give money away, and we’re finding it difficult to do.  Yes, you read that right, we are having trouble giving our money away.

If you are a regular attendee at church, or involved in nearing any non-profit organization I’m sure you are aware that donations are off.  Sadly the impact is reaching those most in need and emergency services that once were readily available are now slipping away.  As a small family owned business we understand America’s money crunch, we live it everyday.  And like most Americans we have said those famous words, “…if I won the lottery I would…..” and of course we all have our special interest we would help support if we actually won the lotto.  Atlas, we have never won…  But it didn’t stop us from dreaming….

Early in 2010 as we were crunching the advertising dollars for FY 2010-11 it became apparent that our over all largest expense was advertising, much of which we really aren’t sure is worth the cost and then someone made the statement, if we didn’t have to spend all this money for people to find us just think how we could help the community!  And with that an idea was born.  We are going to give away our advertising budget and trust the people that benefit from our generosity will spread the word about Gateway Pest Control.

This is the program we developed, any church, non-profit organization or youth group that simply request to be part of our program, will receive 10% of our gross sales when a customer says they want to support that organization.  For instance, if your church is part of the program and you book service with us, we will actually hand you a check made out to your church at the time of service.  There is no question if we follow through, it is done instantly.  And the greatest part is all your organization has to do is share our contact information.

We were proud of our program, created a press release and waiting for the rush.  Much to our surprise some organizations were offended by the program thinking mixing business and their organization was nearly a sin.  We attempted explain all they have to do is make their members aware of our offer, but still some complained.  Some mentioned they didn’t share their members’ contact information, so we explained we don’t contact your members, you tell them about our offer and they contact us only when they need our services.  And yet still confusion continued.

After months of administrating the program I am still amazed how many organizations are not taking advantage of our offer.  I personally know of one local church that publishes weekly in their bulletin how many thousands of dollars their collections are off for the year.  Ironically the number is exactly the same if every member family of their church booked our service just one time in 2010.  Not to mention every home in the St. Louis area should be treated at least twice per year if only for preventative measures.

If you have a child involved in any activity no doubt you have bought or sold something to help fund the program.  Did I mention we will support any youth group regardless if they are officially a non-profit organization or not?  We at Gateway Pest Control believe nothing is more important than our children and thus we gladly open our hearts and wallets to support their activities.  In short, every youth organization in the St. Louis area should be a part of our program, if you know of one feel free to forward our information.

Our goal is to give away at least $100,000 in the next twelve months, with your help we can reach our goal and help our communities to thrive too.

For information regarding our “Tithing Program” simply email us at info@gatewaypestcontrol.com

Again, this is how the program works:

Any church, non-profit organization or youth group may contact Gateway Pest Control and simply say they would like to take part in our program.  At that time we will secure their contact information and provide media materials regarding Gateway Pest Control to provide to their members.  The participating groups must then share our contact information and information regarding the program with their members so they understand how to contact us when they need our services.  From that point it becomes a standard transaction with the exception of our donation back to the organization, which we actually hand to our new client so they know we followed through with our promise.

We typically charge $95 to treat a home in the St. Louis area, though prices can vary if the home is larger than 4,000 square feet or if unattached buildings are also involved.  Thus, our 10% donation is normally $9.50 or in other terms $950 for every 100 families serviced.  Since we started this program from the heart it is very special to us and we have fielded many questions including people questioning our prices.  $95 is our standard charge, our service is simply the very best you can buy.  However, this program is so special to us that we also include our best price guarantee in which we will match any advertised price in the area.  We are sincere in our efforts to give back to the community, we simply need your help to spread the word.

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When the Death of a Pet is Your Fault.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2nd, 2010 by Gateway

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Today I want to share a terribly sad story of a family friend that lost their beloved animal because of what seemed like a freak mishap, but in reality happens hundreds of times every year.  Before you think it could never happen to your family’s pet I would suggest it could happen to anyone that lives a busy life or has even a few days of distraction.  The following is how Belle lost her life.

Belle ate something that didn’t agree with her and as a result had a bout of diarrhea.  Like most pet owners Belle’s people cleaned up the mess and moved on with Belle spending a little more time out doors for a day or two.  Their concern was more with their carpet than it was for the animal and as a result a patch of fluid fecal material was not removed from the dog’s fur.  The additional time the animal spent outside left her exposed to additional pest, specifically flies that laid eggs in the fecal material.  In the matter of a few days those eggs hatched into maggots that seeking a food source entered the animal’s body through the nearest entrance.

In less than a week maggots had traveled beyond the animals rectrum and by the time they were discovered too much internal damage had been inflicted to save Belle’s life.

Neither your human or animal family should live endangered by pests.

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Bugs that kill you!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27th, 2010 by Gateway

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Many people are afraid of bugs and some for good reason.  We all know people that are allergic to certain stings or bites with life threatening issues in the balance.  But you might be surprised if I told you a insect exist within our nation that will kill you and everyone can fall victim to it’s bite.  Have you seen the insect seen above?  If so you should be immediately tested for a disease known as Chagas. 

Also known as American trypanosomiasis   this is a tropical parasitic disease caused by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. T. cruziis commonly transmitted to humans and other mammals by an insect vector, the blood-sucking assassin bugs of the subfamily Triatominae (family Reduviidae) most commonly species belonging to the Triatoma, Rhodnius, and Panstrongylus genera.  The disease may also be spread through blood transfusion and organ transplantation, ingestion of food contaminated with parasites, and from a mother to her fetus. 

The symptoms of Chagas disease vary over the course of an infection.  In the early, acute stage, symptoms are mild and usually produce no more than local swelling at the site of infection.  The initial acute phase is responsive to antiparasitic treatments, with 60-90% cure rates. After 4–8 weeks, individuals with active infections enter the chronic phase of Chagas disease that is asymptomatic for 60-80% of chronically infected individuals through their lifetime. The antiparasitic treatments also appear to delay or prevent the development of disease symptoms during the chronic phase of the disease, but 20-40% of chronically infected individuals will still eventually develop life-threatening heart and digestive system disorders. The currently available antiparasitic treatments for Chagas disease are benznidazole and nifurtimox, which can cause temporary side effects in many patients including skin disorders, brain toxicity, and digestive system irritation. 

Chagas disease is contracted primarily in the Americas, particularly in poor, rural areas of Mexico, Central America, and South America; very rarely, the disease has originated in the Southern United States. The insects that spread the disease are known by various local names, including vinchuca in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, barbeiro (the barber) in Brazil, pito in Colombia, chinche in Central America, chipo in Venezuela, chupança, chinchorro, and “the kissing bug”. It is estimated that as many as 8 to 11 million people in Mexico, Central America, and South America have Chagas disease, most of whom do not know they are infected. Large-scale population movements from rural to urban areas of Latin America and to other regions of the world have increased the geographic distribution of Chagas disease, and cases have been noted in many countries, particularly in Europe.  Control strategies have mostly focused on eliminating the triatomine insect vector and preventing transmission from other sources. 

We are a mobile society, people have tested positive for Chagas in everyone of the 48 continental states and the disease is known to have moved North with climate change in the last few decades.  However, like the current bed bug issues facing America Chagas can also be spread by travelers bringing home unwanted house guest via their suitcases and other packages.  The threat is real, never before has a preventative insecticide plan for your home been so important.  Not ready to schedule an appointment?  Let’s examine the Chagas a little closer. 

The human disease occurs in two stages: an acute stage, which occurs shortly after an initial infection, and a chronic stage that develops over many years. 

The acute phase lasts for the first few weeks or months of infection. It usually occurs unnoticed because it is symptom free or exhibits only mild symptoms that are not unique to Chagas disease. These can include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. The signs on physical examination can include mild enlargement of the liver or spleen, swollen glands, and local swelling (a chagoma) where the parasite entered the body. The most recognized marker of acute Chagas disease is called Romaña’s sign, which includes swelling of the eyelids on the side of the face near the bite wound or where the bug feces were deposited or accidentally rubbed into the eye. Rarely, young children, or adults may die from the acute disease due to severe inflammation/infection of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or brain (meningoencephalitis).   The acute phase also can be severe in people with weakened immune systems. 

If symptoms develop during the acute phase, they usually resolve spontaneously within 3–8 weeks in approximately 90% of individuals.   Although the symptoms resolve, even with treatment the infection persists and enters a chronic phase. Of individuals with chronic Chagas disease, 60-80% will never develop symptoms (called indeterminatechronic Chagas disease), while the remaining 20-40% will develop life-threatening heart and/or digestive disorders during their lifetime (called determinatechronic Chagas disease). In 10% of individuals the disease progresses directly from the acute form to a symptomatic clinical form of chronic Chagas disease. 

The symptomatic (determinate) chronic stage affects the nervous system, digestive system and heart. About two thirds of people with chronic symptoms have cardiac damage, including cardiomyopathy, which causes heart rhythm abnormalities and may result in sudden death. About one third of patients go on to develop digestive system damage, resulting in dilation of the digestive tract (megacolon and megaesophagus), accompanied by severe weight loss. Swallowing difficulties (secondary achalasia) may be the first symptom of digestive disturbances and may lead to malnutrition.[2] Twenty to fifty percent of individuals with intestinal involvement also exhibit cardiac involvement.[2] Up to 10% of chronically infected individuals develop neuritis that results in altered tendon reflexes and sensory impairment. Isolated cases exhibit central nervous system involvement, including dementia, confusion, chronic encephalopathy and sensitivity and motor deficits.[7] 

The clinical manifestations of Chagas disease are due to cell death in the target tissues that occurs during the infective cycle, by sequentially inducing an inflammatory response, cellular lesions, and fibrosis. For example, intracellular amastigotes destroy the intramural neurons of the autonomic nervous system in the intestine and heart, leading to megaintestine and heart aneurysms, respectively. If left untreated, Chagas disease can be fatal, in most cases due to heart muscle damage. 

Most experts will tell yo the insect shown above primarily exist in South America and Mexico.  However, the recent Bed Bug explosion shows just how quickly an insect can relocate in the luggage and on the person of American travelers.  Not to mention climate changes are expanding animals and insects natural ranges.  Today it is not uncommon to see Armadillos as far North as the Missouri River in Missouri, but just ten years ago they seldom were seen outside of Texas.  Likewise the tropical diseases are finding their way North, introducing millions of people to dangers never before seen in North America.

The main mode of transmission for Chagas is through an insect vector called a triatomine bug.  And we kill bugs.  If you have put off calling before, now is the time.

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What do Insects do in the Winter?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22nd, 2010 by Gateway

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Ever wonder what pests do in the winter?   Gateway Pest Control has answers.

Friendly creatures like some birds, bats and moths migrate.  Certain species of bats travel hundreds of miles between their summer and winter homes while others hibernate in caves, trees or the chimneys of our homes.  It is extremely important your attic is properly sealed to prevent bats from making it their home.  In a very short period of time their droppings and urine can cause thousands of dollars in damage as well as expose your family to serious diseases. 

Some pests, such as Japanese beetles and fire ants, tunnel into the ground for warmth.  Subterranean termites do this, too – if they haven’t  moved indoors.  Once inside your home they are free to literally eat our home around the clock.

Others seek out a host.  Blacklegged (deer) ticks, carriers of Lyme disease, like to spend the winter nestled in the fur of a deer.  Of course they are just as happy living off the family dog or cat.  Without the host, their source of warmth and food, these pests are likely to die when temperatures drop.

Some insects, such as crickets and some stinging insects, lay eggs and die. The eggs hatch in the spring to begin the next generation. Other pests spend the cold months as dormant larvae. As the weather warms, their transformation begins, but some insects will pester us year round. If powderpost beetles lay their eggs inside your home, the larvae will tunnel into hardwood floors, wooden antiques and the like, turning the wood in its path into fine, powdery sawdust.

Other pests thrive in our heated homes, schools and workplaces all winter. For example, cockroaches need food, water and a cozy place to live and our working and living space will provide that.  Ants can also be found in kitchens regardless of what the weather is like outside.

Subterranean termites (the type typically found in Missouri) that take up residence inside, causing an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year.  Mice and rats also seek shelter in the winter months, reproducing rapidly and carrying diseases, including the potentially deadly Hantavirus.  Mice and rats often make your garage their home, surviving off food left in trash cans or set at for family pets.  They often visit the family car chewing on wires and insulation.  In some cases a single mouse has left vehicles inoperable, costing thousands of dollars to repair wiring, seats and computer components.   

If any of these pests make your home their winter retreat, call a professional pest control company.  In the quickest, most effective manner possible, Gateway Pest Contro will properly identify and treat your specific pest issues using the most up-to-date treatments available.  To learn more about pests or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.gatewaypestcontrol.com.

Sadly, as the temperature drops many people assume bugs and other pest have gone away for the winter, when in reality they are just hidden within the walls of your home.  Simply stated it is just as important to treat you home in the winter as it is in the summer.

Why Pest Control is Important

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21st, 2010 by Gateway

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Today’s blog is a little different from most of those from the past in that it is directed at a few specific people.  For those of you that read our blog daily you may feel we are “preaching to the choir” however, the message is too important not to touch.  Today we want to reach out to those individuals that haven’t had their property services in years, or at least this year.

When you understand the value of your “stuff,” when you write or have written those mortgage payments you should have a pretty good understanding of the sacrifices you made to have nice things, to lead a comfortable life.  Would you even consider not insuring your home?  Of course not, but have you ever stopped to consider that having a professional pest control technician treat your property is a form of insurance against damage? 

Pests come in different forms.  Whether it’s termites in your walls or a mouse in the basement, ants in your kitchen or mosquitoes in the yard, they all can be defined as unwanted creatures that play havoc on our lives. Controlling these pests helps protect us from the damage they inflict.  This damage includes, but is not limited to, contaminating our food, spreading disease, threatening our health and injuring our property. By defining this damage, support for pest control is firmly validated.

It is very important to have proper pest control around any area where food is present.  This includes everywhere from the farms where food is grown to the grocery stores where it is sold.  If not accurately managed, pests can contaminate food, making it impossible to grow and eat.  Most people would consider bugs to be the primary “pests” to prevent where food is concerned. Other pests that also need to be handled are rodents, birds and other plant eating animals.  Successfully controlling these pests can be done by using chemicals or organic pesticides, setting traps, building fences or creating other deterrents.

Disease can be spread rapidly if proper pest control is not done.  Bugs and insects can transfer strands of flu and viruses to animals, people and food. Our government tries to manage and prevent this from happening by placing strict guidelines on what is allowed to be brought into our country.  This is a form of pest control.  People need to take such measures at home as well.  By applying bug repellent, people can reduce their exposure to mosquitoes and other biting insects.  Applications of chemicals to yards and perimeters of homes will limit the number of pests that can impact our health, as well as the health of our house pets.

Taking measures to control pests that cause damage to our property is equally important.  Spraying chemicals to manage insects that eat wood, burrow holes in our homes, build nests in our trees and chew holes in our landscape helps secure the survival of that property.  The cost of pest control is very insignificant to the cost of repairing or replacing things that have incurred destruction from pests. For instance, consider the cost of new plant material for a yard.  People who choose not to apply any pest control are running the risk of losing these plants to leaf eating insects.  If this happens, they would incur the cost of new plant material, possibly replacing soil and the labor costs for the installation.  By managing pests at the beginning this project, they would only have had their initial investment.

Many people are opposed to using so many chemicals on or surrounding their homes.  There are other options now with all of the organic alternatives on the market that are very successful as well. People have to consider the long-term effects of proper pest control.  The spread of disease can be stopped or reduced and our food will stay healthy.  Our plants will grow strong and our home will stay intact. Pest control is necessary for all of this to happen.

Pest control is a part of our lives, and has been for as long as man has been around.  From the time man first squashed a mosquito with his hand we have been trying to improve our quality of life.  However, pest control is more than just a concept like quality of life, some times it’s simply keeping the “critters” away and others it is saving precious items from being destroyed.  Regardless of your need Gateway Pest Control can provide the service you need.  Call us today at

 (636) 525-1008