Pest Control Companies Take Advantage of the Elderly

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11th, 2010 by Gateway

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The elderly are good clients, they pay their bills want regular service and tend to be very loyal.  Thus, it troubles me when I encounter elderly individuals that have been taken advantage of by businesses that over charge and over service with the aid of scare tactics.  In early September I was contacted by an individual in her 30′s or 40′s that asked me a string of questions, all of which sounding like as if they had originated from a pest control technician.  With each answer I gave the lady became more and more aggravated until my curiosity finally got the best of me and I had to ask what brought this all on?

She informed me she had an elderly friend that had recently shared with her she was paying (a very large company everyone has heard of) over one hundred dollars each month to protect her home from insects.  She continued with the story about how the nice person on the phone had been so kind as to explain the dangers of not protecting her home against this and then that until finally the poor woman had booked every imaginable service.

Her next question was can you help?  I said sure, have your friend call me and I’ll arrange to review her situation and then recommend what treatment she should be getting, whether she hires Gateway or not we’ll at least make sure she understands what type of protection she needs.  Sounded like a nice plan, offer some free advice and help a senior save some of her precious limited income.  However, my plan failed.

Remember in the very first sentence I mentioned the elderly tend to be loyal, and the lady in the case certainly is loyal.  Though she struggles to keep food in her home, and seldom has the temperature set were she would prefer she continues to pay XYZ Company $134 each month to keep her home pest free.  Insulted that her young friend didn’t think she could run her own home instead of accepting free advice she decided to trust in the company that protected her home.

The story above is hardly a rare event.  Every day across American elderly individuals are taken advantage of because of their trust and desire to protect their assets.  If you know of a similar situation we’ll gladly offer a free consultation.  However, you should realize up front your elderly friend must be willing to accept help and really think the  consultation is their idea or everyone is wasting their time.

Gateway Pest Control can be reached at (636) 525-1008

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Monster Squirrel Attacks St. Louis…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5th, 2010 by Gateway

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Are giants squirrels attacking your home?

Truth be told giant squirrels only attack Tokyo, Japan however if their smaller American cousins invade your home it may sound different.  Hearing squirrels run through your attic is not unlike hearing a Labrador Retriever run across your hardwood floor, you know damage is being done but at the moment you are helpless to stop the animal.

At Gateway Pest Control we believe a good deal of communication needs to take place between us and the client before any agreement is reached to remove pest animals.  In the majority of cases no work is performed simply because it would be unfair to take the client’s money.  For instance, not so long ago a gentleman ask us to remove squirrels from his lawn.  Simply stated we could have removed them, but before the month was over another squirrel family would have moved in…  His property is a perfect environment for several types of wildlife and as such will always be a hotbed of activity.  After reviewing the situation we felt it would be unfair to take the $260 fee knowing the problem or a similar one would reoccur again and again.

If you have an animal problem, or a pest problem of any kind call today for free advice and a quote.

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At Gateway Pest Control we employ trained pest control professionals who will help you get rid of carpenter ants, spiders and other insects and rodents and offer a variety or residential and commercial pest control services including but not limited to; home pest control plans, bed bug control, termite control, fly control, bioremediation services and problem animal removal. A thorough knowledge of pest behavior and biology and regulatory compliance is essential in effective pest control and at Gateway Pest Control we provide solutions; we do not simply treat symptoms. Give us an opportunity to show you what we can do. We would like to help whether you live in Jefferson County or St. Louis city, operate a business in Festus or St. Charles.  Gateway Pest Control is the full service pest control company who can help you get rid of unwanted pests. To learn more about this St. Louis area pest control company, call us at (636) 525-1008 or click here for a free pest control estimate.

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Every Home Needs Protected

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3rd, 2010 by Gateway

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We realize the economy is tuff….  Our business is ”living” through the same hard times as everyone else.  And we have seen the effects of the economy on business; clients that once requested bi-annual treatment now get by with quarterly service.  Those on once on quarterly plans call spring and fall and then sadly there are some living with bugs because the economy has forced them to choose between food and comfort.

As I mentioned most clients are now calling spring and fall, lucky for us fall is at hand.  But I wonder how many people actually realize why the fall treatment is so important?  All insects must survive the cold winter months. Some insect species congregate together in large groups as temperatures drop during fall, and seek out locations where they will be protected during winter. Once cold weather is past, they become active again and disperse away from their protected areas.

If an insect ‘congregation’ selected your home to pass the winter, and they were able to get inside through cracks, crevices, vents, or poorly fitting screens and doors, their spring migration may leave them trapped inside your home. Two insect species, the boxelder bug and the multicolored Asian lady beetle, are commonly trapped indoors during the spring and will often appear during late March to early April.
 

What kinds of insects usually get trapped indoors during the spring?
 

Boxelder Bug (Boisea trivittata)

This bug is approximately 1/2″ long. It is mostly black with red lines on its back. Immature stages are mostly red, with black legs and head. These bugs are plant feeders and feed almost exclusively on female (seed-bearing) boxelder trees (Acer negundo). They may also be found on female silver maple trees (Acer saccharinum). They do not feed on male trees, but may occasionally feed on the fruit of apple or plum trees.
 

Boxelder bugs invade homes in October and November and congregate in wall voids and other undisturbed locations. When crushed, they produce a strong odor. Their feces can cause a red stain on curtains, walls, clothing, and other resting places. They have been reported to bite occasionally, which causes a skin irritation and a red spot resembling an ulcer. Adults become active and move outdoors in spring when the boxelder buds open.
 

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)
This lady beetle is approximately 1/4″ to 3/8″ long and comes in a variety of colors ranging from beige to yellowish-orange to dark reddish-orange with between 0-19 black spots on their body. The area behind the head and in front of the wings is ivory colored with a black M-shaped mark. They are very beneficial insects that feed on several pests of horticultural plants and crops. Adults may live for up to three years.
 

Asian lady beetles invade homes during October and November and congregate in dark, undisturbed locations such as wall voids or attics. When they become active in March or April, large numbers of them may be seen crawling on walls and ceilings inside the home. They do not sting, carry disease or bite. They have not been observed feeding on wood, cloth or stored food items in the home. If these beetles are handled, they will release a defensive chemical, which has a mild odor and may stain walls and fabrics.
 

What should I do now?
 

If these insects appear in your home during the spring, it is too late to solve the problem for this year. It is better to wait until summer and begin preventing next year’s invasion. You can provide immediate relief by using a vacuum cleaner to remove insects that are trying to get outside. If you decide to use the vacuum, remember to remove and seal the vacuum bag immediately. This keeps the insects from escaping and prevents the insect’s odorous defensive secretions from contaminating your vacuum cleaner.

It is very important your home’s protection is up to date, because if you allow insects to invade your home unmollested you may have to live with them all winter.  No attempt should be made to kill these insects while they are passing the winter in wall voids or attics. Killing them without cleaning out all of the dead bodies would provide a food source for scavenger insects like larder beetles and carpet beetles to get established. If these beetles are established, they are a bigger problem than either boxelder bugs or lady beetles because they will infest stored products, fabrics, etc.
 

How do I prevent another infestation next year?
 

Long-term control of boxelder bugs and multicolored Asian lady beetles begins outdoors. Although total exclusion is not realistic, all exterior openings should be considered as possible routes of entry and covered in some way to keep these insects out. Seal cracks and crevices that allow these insects to gain access to interior wall voids or attics. Caulk around cable entrances, window frames, doorframes, overhangs, facia boards, etc. Vents, weep holes, etc. that cannot be sealed should at least be covered with 16-mesh screening. These steps should be taken in June or July to prevent invasions later this fall.
 

Since lady beetles are beneficial insects, no direct control is recommended.  However, it will be helpful to reduce populations of boxelder bugs outside your home. Removing boxelder and silver maple trees around your home and neighborhood will reduce populations of this insect. In cases where homeowners do not want to remove these trees, infested trees can be sprayed with an appropriately labeled insecticide. The application should be made to trees during the spring, just after the young bugs have hatched from their eggs. Such treatments require special equipment and a license, so contact a company that specializes in treating ornamental plants.
 

In some situations, preventative chemical barriers may be applied around the home prior to invasions in the fall. They are applied to all outside walls and adjacent overhangs. However, without sealing exterior openings, these barriers provide only temporary relief.  In these cases it is useful to contact Gateway Pest Control to help protect your home.

Just because no direct control is recommended to control beneficial insects does it mean you can’t decide to go ahead and have them killed.  After all, we all have different tolerance levels for beneficial insects.  Personally any insect that enters my home has exceeded my tolerance level and will be treated as a nuisance and thus killed.  Most of our clients share my view, oh sure most people like to at least appear to be “GREEN” but truth be told living a green life-style tends to end when it involves sharing your home with bugs.

At Gateway Pest Control LLC we hope you have enjoyed our blog entry and would like to suggest today is a great time to schedule your fall service.  We answer the phones 24/7/365 because we know when you have a pest problem it doesn’t always happen between 8 and 5.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gateway Pest Control, a company you can trust.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28th, 2010 by Gateway

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Definition of PROFESSIONAL,

a: relating to, or characteristic of a profession
b: engaged in one of the learned professions
c: characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

d: exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

You may have noticed this article began with the definition of a professional all the while displaying a photograph which hardly represents a professional appearance.  Rest assured the conflicting views are by design and today’s blog will take a path seldom seen on Gateway Pest Control’s Blog in that we are going to call foul on a competitor and and provide the public with a warning.

As a pest solutions professional I have the ability to laugh at myself, I don’t mind when clients call me the bug-man and I’ve heard every exterminator joke known to man.  However, I take my business very serious as a result I push everyone at Gateway Pest Control to stay abreast of the latest developments and new technologies in the industries.  I also encourage our technicians to know our competition and constantly strive to provide greater service than any other company.  In order to be the best, you have to beat the best which first means identifying your competition.  We watch our competitors, we review their signage, fleets, advertisements, offers, websites and blogs.

Our commitment to quality demands we understand the market and other companies that service the same client pool.  As the owner of Missouri’s Premier Pest Control Company I was recently surprised to read a competitors blog and see information that just didn’t seem accurate.  I won’t mention the other business by name, let’s just say we serve the same market…  After all, I’m not trying to earn your business by bashing the other guy but by promoting our family.  Gateway Pest Control is a family endeavor and we prefer to treat every client as if they are a family member too.

As a professional pest control service we have met and surpassed the requirements of the State of Missouri, the Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Secretary of State and the local government requirements that affect our industry.  Being a professional is an honor and as such you have an obligation to help the public.  The first rule of helping the public is being completely honest…and thus the reason for my rant.

As I recently read our competitor’s blog about squirrels the information provided just didn’t seem accurate.  In fact, the data provided flew in the face of knowledge I’ve gained over the last 30+ years.  However, this other company has a long reputation of quality service so instead of just trusting my personal experience I spoke with other experts in the field all of which agreed with my assessment.  With every expert supporting my opinion I found myself very confused as to why a St. Louis pest control company with such an outstanding reputation would post information that was clearly wrong… and then I realized the blog was just a front, plagiarized from another business.

How did I discover this?  Years ago, maybe thirty-five years or so I learned that squirrels in Europe vary greatly from those in the United States.  In the United States grey squirrels are smaller, quicker, wilder and harder to trap, our red squirrels are referred to as Fox Squirrels and are larger and slower.  In Europe squirrel descriptions are pretty much just reversed, with their grey squirrels being much larger and prone to carry extra fat.  Our competitor had borrowed information for an European pest control company and did not notice the information does not apply to America or assumed their clients wouldn’t notice either.

At Gateway Pest control we take great pride in the service we provide.  We are a professional pest control service and as such you can trust the information provided.  We earn our “street cred” each and every day.

 

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Gateway Pest Control LLC is a family owned business serving the greater St. Louis metro area.  We have been voted the best pest control company in St. Louis, Arnold, Imperial and St. Charles, Missouri.  We encourage you to explore our website or simply pick up the phone and call.

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Are People That Live in Apartments Scum?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24th, 2010 by Gateway

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People that live in apartment buildings are scum, they must be why else would the people that own those buildings refuse to take care of their properties?  Before you get out the pitchforks let me just say you should be looking for a little sarcasm in my writing today.  The time has finally come for me to call landlords on the carpet and discuss their rental properties.

We recently did business with a couple of landlords that were by far the best example of good people I have had the pleasure of dealing with in quite some time.  Both insisted we treat their homes prior to treating their rental properties and each watched our technicians’ every move.  And then only after a brief questioning period inquiring if we treated apartment buildings the same as private homes were we allowed treat their apartment inventory.  You see these business men felt a personal obligation to their tenants to provide the same quality service they expected in their private lives.

I cannot express how refreshing it was to work with such individuals of character and honor.  Rental property is after all a business and as such most owners take every possible opportunity to save money.  As the owner of a pest control company I’ve encounter the entire spectrum of owners ranging from those that never have their property treated to those that treat just before the health department chains the doors shut to those that have their property treated on a regular schedule.  Each in their own mind justifies their actions.

I have heard owners say I built those builings, if there are any bugs the tenants brought them with them and thus they are not my problem.  Clearly they simply do not care about the people that call their property home.

I have had owners ask if we can just treat 1/4 of the apartment to save money or if we have some generic chemical that cost less.  Real estate investors that do not think twice about having their 6,000 square feet homes treated at a cost of $125 want their 700 square feet apartments treated for $4.16 each and couldn’t careless what corners are cut to make that possible.  Sadly there are pest control companies that jump through hoops to meet their demands.

Just so you know, we are not one of them.  Like most homeowners I once called an apartment home.  I was no less of a person then, nor am I a better person today because my home is a house.  Tenants deserve the same standard of protection as the owner of the property and that is what Gateway Pest Control delivers.  Gateway Pest Control is simply the best pest control service for the dollar in the St. Louis metro area.  We treat apartment buildings with the same diligence we use when we treat homes and we treat the renters with respect.

Recently we treated an apartment complex in which all of the tenants blamed a new renter for the recent invasion of cockroaches.  The young lady was clearly devastated, emotional distressed and on the brink of tears.  I paused our treatment for a few moments just to talk to her.  I explained that even the cleanest of homes can from time to time have issues, in short I allowed her to regain her dignity.  Was it her fault?  Yes, clearly if you saw the state of her apartment you would know she was the reason for the infestation.  But that does not lessen the fact she is a human that deserves her dignity.  So instead of chastising her I offer a few pointers and left her feeling better.

It’s not everyday you have the opportunity to restore someone’s dignity. 

If you are the owner of rental property, or the decision maker attempting to choose a pest control company to service your property and you want the cheapest provider, simply stated Gateway Pest Control may not be the one to call.  However, if you want a company that treats all people with respect, a business that understands value for your dollar then a call to Gateway Pest Control is the one to make.  Value and being the cheapest do not go hand in hand.  However, Value and Quality should forever be linked together.

 

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Gateway Pest Control has been ranked as the #1 pest control service in  Arnold, Imperial and St. Louis, Missouri.  A family owned business we take great pride in our ability to provide the best pest control in St. Louis.  We do not try to be the cheapest pest control in St. Louis, nor to we strive to be the most expensive.  Our pricing strategy is simple we offer the very best service at reasonable prices.  Thus, if you are having a problem with roaches, cockroaches, ants, spiders, millipedes, bees, mice or simple bugs we are the one to call.

 

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We don’t play like that…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 3rd, 2010 by Gateway

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Best price in pest control in Jefferson County and St. Louis Missouri

Is price important to you?  Well of course it is, it doesn’t matter if our nation is facing hard economic times or not you have to live within your budget.  With that said Gateway Pest Control does not attempt to be the cheapest provider in town.  In fact, we really don’t know what all of our competitors are charging, you see in every industry a few new comers will come into an area and under bid every company in town, their strategy is clear slash prices to get a customer base and then raise their prices.  What happens more often than not is those companies burn through their resources and have closed their doors before the next phone book is delivered.

Gateway Pest Control offers quality services at a reasonable price.  LOL, and now let me speak out of the otherside of my mouth and say we do offer our best price guarantee in which we encourange you to shop our competitiors.  However, the reason we encourage you to shop other companies is because we are confident when you compare apples to apples the price you pay for Gateway Pest Control service is a clear bargain.  We have never lost a client because they were not happy with the service we provided.  In short our slogan that your satisfaction is our promise is more than a motto, it is our mission.

With that said when it comes time for your second service if you are still concerned about price it might be best if you called someone else.  But before you do I want you to consider the relationship we share…  We explore every inch of your home, we see the good and the bad.  Your life is an open book during our service visit, and thus the question must be asked.  In order to save a few pennies are you willing to invite a stranger into your home?  After all you know every employee at Gateway Pest Control has passed a thorough background investigation and is licensed and insured.  But more than that we are your friends and neighbors.

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How to Choose a Pest Control Company

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1st, 2010 by Gateway

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Help I need a pest control company now!!!!!!!!!!

So you have bugs and you want to hire a pest control professional, but who?  How do you choose the right one?  Where to turn?  Who to ask?

You could ask your neighbors…  oh wait, you don’t want them to know you have bugs.  You could go to the Yellow Pages… oh wait, you threw that away thinking no one uses this anymore.  Maybe you will just google it…. but will that give you the best company or the one that paid the most to be listed first?  It seems every solution you think of actually leaves you with more questions to answer.  So why not let a pest control company offer you a few suggestions.

First, asking your neighbors is actually a good first step.  You don’t have to tell them your home is over-ran with vermin, just mention you haven’t sprayed in a while and see if they have a company they would suggest.  Do not base your entire selection upon their answer, but it does provide a great starting point.

The Yellow Pages are also a good source of information, but not in the traditional sense.  Instead of using the Yellow Pages to choose a company, use it to eliminate them.  Marketing is never inexpensive, especially in the Yellow Page format.  Some Yellow Page ads cost as much as $5,000 per month, that expense is ultimately passed on to the consumer.  In short, you are paying for their full page ad and thus chances are the first 5 or 6 companies listed in the book will not provide the best service for the best price.  

So you are down to googling pest control companies, but how to choose the right one?  We would suggest exploring their websites for additional information.  It is after all the year 2010 and every legitimate business should have a web presence.  Look for a quality website that offers interaction, a blog for instance.

We would suggest after you have narrowed your search you simply pick up the phone and call.  However, before you call organize your thoughts and prepare a list of questions you want to ask.  You should also be prepared to answer a few questions to help the pest control company better serve you.  Common questions we might ask include what type of pest you are seeing, type of home, square footage, last treated, what exactly are you looking to accomplish and what day and time would best meet your needs for us to come out.

Don’t forget to ask the cost of the service, and exactly what that fee will provide.  You should not assume every company will have the same guarantee or restrictions for that matter.  How important is price to you in relation to service?  Some companies take great pride or at least they pretend to take great pride in offering the lowest price.  We do not share that philosophy, we know we provide the best service in the nation.  Having never lost a client because they were not happy with our service is more than our slogan, it is a fact.  Five star customer service does not happen by accident or without a cost.  With that said we are not the most expensive company in the nation, state or even neighborhood.  We have set our prices at a level we consider to be fair. 

The short answer to choosing the best pest control company for you is simply answer the following questions:

  1. Do you trust the company?
  2. Can you live with their service rates?
  3. Can they provide the service you need, when it is needed?
  4. Will they stand behind their work?
  5. Are they properly licensed and insured?

If you live in Missouri the task is much easier, simply pick up the phone and call (636) 525-1008.  We answer the phones 24/7/365 because we know when you have a problem it doesn’t always happen between 9 am and 5 pm.

 

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Bed Bugs Impacting Every Facit of American Life

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29th, 2010 by Gateway

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Bed bugs are impacting every facit of American life.

Turn on any television news channel, surf the web or just talk to anyone that has traveled in the last six months and you’ll quickly notice how Bed Bugs are back upon every-one’s mind.  For most of us Bed Bugs were just words, “sleep tight don’t let the Bed Bugs bite” we heard as children, but in reality Bed Bugs have been with us longer than you might think.  Bed Bugs or Cimex lectularius have impacted our lives since we slept in caves having been documented as early as 423 B.C.

The first explorers  brought them to the United States and they remained a problem here until the 1950′s when DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) nearly wiped them out.  But the chemical DDT was not without risk.  Many scientist dating back to the early 1940′s felt it was unsafe and should not be widely used, however they received little attention.  However, when their plight was taken up by the popular naturalist-author, Rachel Carson in her famous book  Silent Spring, published in 1962.  The book argued that pesticides, including DDT, were poisoning both wildlife and the environment and were also endangering human health.

Silent Spring was a best seller, and public reaction to it launched the modern environmental movement in the United States. The year after it appeared, President Kennedy ordered his Science Advisory Committee to investigate Carson’s claims. The report the committee issued “add[ed] up to a fairly thorough-going vindication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring thesis,” in the words of the journal Science, and recommended a phaseout of “persistent toxic pesticides”.  Over the next two decades and continuing today the number of banned chemicals has grown.  As a result over time our ability to continue bed bugs and other pest has been limited and thus they are returning in force.

Eliminating Bed Bugs is Not Cheap, Easy or Quick

When it is time to eliminate exposed Bed Bugs vacuuming is a good manner to help kill and remove Bed Bugs.  You should focus on accessible hiding places and attempt to get as much of the population as possible.  However, no matter how thorough you are with the mechanical process of removing bed bugs it will not solve your entire problem.  This is true because nymphs are very small and eggs nearly invisible so it is not realistic to rely completely on the first pass or attempt at removing Bed Bugs.

It is true that a directed contact treatment for quick reduction of bed bug populations is necessary in most cases.  As well as treating and neutralizing eggs much like flea treatments several attempts must be made to ensure all pest are destroyed in the various stages of their lives. 

Bed Bugs are almost mythical in our society…  and once you realize how adapt these creatures are at hiding you’ll understand they have earned the right to be mysterious.  Tiny, but fast they are famous for hiding in every crack and crevice in a room.  Imagine this, break off the tip of a toothpick and then look around your home, how many place can you find to hide the tip of your toothpick?  And there is your answer…. each and every one of those hiding places can protect the Bed Bugs that want to call you place home.  The task to rid your home of bed bugs is not a small one, it will require 5 if not 6 visits and anyone that tells you different is after your money.  The best cure is of course prevention, but even the most observant among us is likely to fall victim to a creature capable of hiding in the smallest cracks, moving extremely fast and literally living in every type of building; homes, offices, apartments, dorms, hotels as well as most modes of transportation.

The bottom line is this, when your life is impacted by Bed Bugs you will be best served by quick action and professional help.  We of course would suggest one call to us at (636) 525-1008 the only call you will need to make if Bed Bugs invade your life.

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Life Cycle of the Bed Bug

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17th, 2010 by Gateway

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Bed Bugs Life Cycle Diagram

What else do I have to say?

If you have bed bugs call today

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