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.

 

(636) 525-1008

 

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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pest control for apartments, roaches, cockroaches, ants, spiders

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.

 

(636) 525-1008

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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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Fall weather will lead wild animals to seek a new home….yours

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9th, 2010 by Gateway

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As the temperature drops outside, critters will work to get inside

 St. Louis, Missouri Pest Control, Jefferson County

 

Have you noticed the temperature is dropping every day?  Fall officially starts in just a few days, but clearly winter is approaching fast.  Squirrels, raccoons, skunks and mice are doing what comes naturally this time of year — looking for a warm, dry and food-filled spot to settle for a long winter’s nap. And that spot could very well be your home most likely in the attic, crawl space, or under your porch or deck.

The bad news?  While the critters are not napping, they will be burrowing, eating, gnawing on wires, and, yes, pooping and peeing in their new home — er, your home.

Many home owners think these wild animals are chewing or scratching their way in, but in reality they are not typically making openings, they simply exploit what’s there.  That means any obscured or unnoticed opening in siding, fascia boards, window frames and foundations are open doors to wildlife.

Squirrels and raccoons typically like high-altitude entry a chimney is virtually a perfect ‘in’ for them — like a hollow in a tree.

Skunks are more likely to go low, especially under decks and porches.

Mice? Well, that’s a tough one. Mice can squeeze through teeny-tiny spaces.  How small?  One fourth of an inch is all a mouse needs to enter your home.

The key to keeping critters out of your home is prevention, think like a raccoon or squirrel, where would they go is what many manuals or experts will tell you.  What you don’t know how a squirrel thinks?  Don’t feel bad most people don’t and that is why professional exterminators exist.  But before you call us you might want to check with you city to see if they provide an animal removal service.  Although many municipalities have eliminated departments helping residents with wildlife problems, some still can help. You’ll only know if you call.  Gateway Pest Control would love to be your exterminator, but we understand saving money too.  We hope you find our blog a useful tool and thus we present many solutions here that do not involve hiring us.  Speaking of which…

Prevention tips: Outdoor

•  Inspect  the gutters; chimney cap; roofline; eaves; fascia board; window frames. Look behind the gutter to make sure the wood behind has not rotted and gapped.

•  Check all roof venting.

•  Look for gaps or holes in the house’s foundation.  Mice squeeze through even tiny spaces.

•  Reconsider pet doors.

•  Secure trash containers.  Put out trash the morning of collection instead of the night before.

•  Never leave cat or dog food outside in bowls. It’s an invitation for other animals to feast. In particular, do not feed raccoons, which could carry diseases such as rabies, canine distemper and roundworm.  Appreciate wildlife, but appreciate it appropriately significant contact with humans usually ends badly for the animal.  The animal could become dependent on getting food from people and lose its ability to feed itself.  If you care about them, don’t feed them.

•  Check to make sure there are no holes allowing access under decks or the house — a favorite spot for skunks. If you detect a musky smell (not the spraying), that’s probably a skunk.

Indoors

•  Check the chimney flue.  If it’s been closed, it could be a perfect shelf for a raccoon to nest.

•  Inspect dark spaces, such as an attic, with a flashlight, without turning on the lights. This will enable you to see if light from outdoors is coming in through cracks or gaps.

•  Look for droppings in the attic or crawl space. One visual clue as to your type of infestation is that squirrels typically drop as they go.  Raccoons tend to find one place to use as a latrine.

•  Check for disturbed insulation, which is perfect bedding for squirrels and raccoons.

•  Inspect for gnawed wood or wires.  That’s a sure sign of infestation.

•  Peer inside cupboards and under sinks for signs (yes, its poop you are looking for) of mice. Mice can also chew through food wrappings and even peanut butter lids.

The good news

Infestation is not always a bad thing.  Bats and skunks are great to have around they are great pest control.  These animals are relatively harmless and can keep a home perimeter free of annoying insects and rodents.

Eviction tips

•  If you have a family of squirrels or raccoons in the attic, place a bowl full of ammonia in the space. The smell should drive them out you can also soak a cloth in ammonia and stick it in smaller spots or under a porch.

•   Try harassment.  Leave a light on and loud music on in the attic.  Animals like it quiet and safe.  If it’s light inside and noisy, it could cause them to find an alternative site.

•  Metal traps can be obtained from many municipalities for the capture and removal of bigger animals such as raccoons, squirrels, opossums or groundhogs.  Gateway Pest Control does offer this service as well, prices begin at $225.

•  Snap traps are the most humane if you have an invasion of mice. The “glue traps” are the worst, causing the animal to starve, dehydrate or stress itself to death.

Bats

Bats can live in attics, chimneys and basements. They are nocturnal and emerge at dusk. Some bats have a wingspan of 13 inches and live up to 19 years in the wild. They mate in October, before winter hibernation. They give birth in early June. They feast on flying insects, primarily moths and beetles. There would be an odor associated with their droppings (guano). A few bats might not be much of a problem, but if you get a colony, well, that’s noisy and dirty.

Raccoons

If they get into a house, they live primarily in attics and chimneys. They are adept when outdoors at knocking over garbage cans and stealing pet food and bird seed. Raccoons carry some very dangerous diseases, including rabies, canine distemper and roundworm. They are excellent climbers, have nimble paws and live up to more than 12 years in the wild. Some raccoons weigh as much as 40 pounds, and they mate in the winter, around December (happy holidays!).  Their young are born in the spring. Raccoons are nocturnal and eat just about anything and everything.

Squirrels

Scratch, scratch, scratch . . . sccrraaattch. That noise coming from the ceiling is probably the first clue many homeowners have that they are now cohabitating with squirrels. The critters are mostly active in the mornings and evenings and eat nuts and seeds. They establish “home territories” and communicate with scent, chattering and flicking their fluffy tale. Squirrels can carry parasites and leave a lot of excrement, which can pose health risks.

Rats and mice

They live everywhere: attics, walls, pantries, basements, closets . . . you name it. They have excellent hearing and sense of smell but poor eyesight. They often travel along the same paths that they’ve already marked with urine. They can crawl through the tiniest of holes, so in this case, prevention is the best cure.  Plug up all your holes and gaps.

Skunks

Yes, they love the spaces under decks or porches. They will live there peacefully unless disturbed or scared by humans and pets, especially dogs.  Skunks — which generally weigh 4 to 10 pounds and are 24 to 30 inches long — dig holes in yards and can accidentally get into homes.  The best method for elimination is trapping the critter with a solid-wall carrier.  The best way, according to wildlife-removal.com, to get rid of skunk smell is to shampoo with a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid dish soap.  Flush eyes out with water if sprayed in that area.  Skunks carry rabies….. Of course the easiest thing to do is simply call Gateway Pest Control at (636) 525-1008

This article is primarily about vertebrates but insects tend to move inside during the winter months as well be sure to have your home treated this fall as a preventative.

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