Honesty & Common Sense & Google Go Together

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12th, 2011 by Gateway

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We were recently placed in a situation were a new client requested we sit in on a visit with their old exterminator to determine if they were being treated fairly.  The very fact we call them our new client hints as to what we found, nevertheless the story is worth the while.   So grab a cup of coffee and see how a little common sense can help you determine the honesty level of your service providers.

In the situation mentioned above the client was dealing with wildlife invading the attic space of their home.  The solution is pretty straight forward, trap and remove the wild animals, and seal off the known entry points.  In this case raccoons had torn two holes into the attic just above the garage.  However, their old company found additional entry points to the home from under the ground level concrete front porch.

Yes, you read that correctly.  The exterminator claiming decades of experience was suggesting raccoons were entering the attic by crawling under the front porch.  This additional entry point added hundreds of dollars to the bid and called into question the stability of the structure.

And thus common sense comes into play.  Even a person with little if any construction experience would expect the ground to be an entry point to the attic.  The wildlife expert was attempting to raise his billing amount by several hundreds of dollars by performing unneeded repairs to the front porch area.

At Gateway Pest Control we don’t try to oversell our service, we detail our recommendations and leave the decision to  our clients.  We encourage you to sit back, review our plans and present us with any questions that might arise.  Even if you have very little experience with the issue at hand you can “GOOGLE” nearly every problem.  Of course google isn’t the solution to every issue, but it can put you on the proper course.  If nothing else than allowing you to see when someone is trying to pad the bill with unneeded services.

If you have questions we are always just a phone call away:

(636) 525-1008

or

(314) 291-7622

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Carpenter Ants in Missouri

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7th, 2011 by Gateway

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So you are looking for the best pest control company or exterminator to rid your home and yard of Carpenter Ants?  The answer is simple, Gateway Pest Control is the best most affordable solution for Carpenter Ants in the St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson County area.  In fact, we are so confident in our abilities we will make the following suggestion.  Call a handful of other exterminators and then call us (636) 525-1008.  Ask for a quote and advice on Carpenter Ants and then simply choose the company you feel honestly answered your questions.  Nine out ten callers end up booking service with Gateway Pest.

Why?  We understand Carpenter Ants are harder to control than many other types of ants.  And as such our technicians are adequately licensed to deal with any situation.  Most exterminators are not qualified to treat beyond the boundaries of your home.  As such they avoid answering questions about attacking ants at their nest, they simply want to spray the interior and exterior walls and call it good.

Oh sure protecting the boundaries of your home will temporarily keep the ants out of  your home, and even delay them from destroying your deck for a month or two.  But in the end the poison will weaken and they will attack again.  The other companies will gladly sign you up on a quarterly plan and return every three months to spray your home, and yet they will never attempt to destroy the ant colony.  The primary reason really is unclear; maybe they don’t truly understand the challenge, or lack the proper training, but most likely it is because they are not licensed to treat beyond the boundaries of your home and thus never think to attack the ants in their home instead of your home.

At Gateway Pest Control we use a three prong approach when dealing with ants.  First, like every other exterminator in town we will spray the interior and exterior of your home.  Realising that just spraying chemicals alone will not solve the problem we move on to step two, baiting.  Ants are constantly looking for a food supply, if  you are seeing large numbers of ants inside your home chances are they have found a food supply and aided by pheromones invited the entire colony.  We train our techs to use the ants biology against them by placing bait in the high traffic areas.  Basically we supply them with a poison pill designed to destroy the colony as they share the bounty of their search.

Baiting is a critical step in destroying an ant colony, however rarely does it work entirely as a stand alone approach, and thus step actually attacking the ant colony.  When possible we apply two types of control, liquid and granules.  The liquid chemical is instant death with a residual affect that will continue to control the ants for weeks.  The granules are a similar chemistry but their formulation allows them to remain in place for months and ultimately are what destroys the colony solving your issue with carpenter ants.

Simply stated to solve your ant, especially carpenter ant problem just call Gateway Pest Control at (636) 525-1008 or (314) 291-7622

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Are You A Liar?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21st, 2011 by Gateway

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The question is pretty simple, are you a liar?  Well are you?…  Okay, okay I can feel your anger, but can I get you to answer just a couple of questions?  Great, let’s begin.

First let me say I think for the most part people are as a whole good.  Yes, of course there is a very tiny percentage of humans that are just pure evil.   But over all if given the chance most people will eventually do the right thing.  That however doesn’t prevent them from being a liar, you see most people lie every day….  In fact I’ll bet you told a lie in the last 48 hours.  Don’t believe me?  Then answer my first question:  In the last couple of days have you indulged with excessive calories that you told yourself was okay because you would eat good the rest of the day or even burn off the fat with extra exercise?

Tricky question?  Maybe, but truth be told when people lie it is most often to themselves.  Yes, you could call yourself a liar!!!  Whether it’s cake at the office birthday party, donuts at the morning meeting or fast food when time runs short people routinely fib to cover actions they know are bad.  I choose food as my example because it applies to nearly everyone, but each of us as individuals have other issues that make us liars. 

What makes you a liar?  Is your credit card debt?  Your bed time?  Your chore list?  The list of possibilities is endless, but by now I’m sure you see that for one reason or another you are in fact a liar.

In the examples seen above the lies told are not intentional, for the most part they are only lies because of a failure to pay attention to detail.  You really believe you are going to burn off the extra calories, stop over spending and go to bed on time, but life gets in the way, one thing leads to another and you my friend are a liar, if only to yourself.

But then you cross the line, someone questions you about your actions and you tell them the same line you told yourself.  When you fall short you became a liar in their eyes.

So what does your status as a liar have to do with pest control? 

Do you need your home treated today?  That simple question makes many people a liar whether they realize it or not!  I love meeting people and introducing them to our business.  One of my favorite things to do is walk door to door passing out information about Gateway Pest Control.  As I visit each home I always look around for signs of pest, some homes are absolutely perfect with not so much as a hint of critters.  However, in over 75% of the homes I visit there are clear signs of an insect problem and yet only 1% of those homes will schedule service.

I have stood under spiderwebs so large they would do the Munsters proud and been told by a home owner they never see bugs around their home. 

Why?  For many the answer is how do you enter your home?  We are a society built around the automobile and as such many people don’t even carry a key to their house always entering through the garage.  It may sound funny, but some people never see their home the same way a visitor does and as a result they never notice the assortment of spiders living in and around their porch.

I didn’t mention other insects primarily because spiders are a tell tale sign.  Spiders depend upon other insects for their food supply, thus anytime you see an abundunce of spiders know they are only there because they have found an excellent food supply.  In short, you have an insect problem that has grown to the point of becoming a spider issue as well.

Spiders are not the only issues I see that have gone unnoticed, just this past weekend I visited a home  that had active termites in the frontyard, just inches away from the home.  The over grown shrubs told me only an occasional visitor ever used the front door and as such “critters” were free to call the property home.  These home owners routinely tell me they if they ever need service they will call, but I know by the time they realize the seriousness of their problem my brochure and business card will have long been discarded.

Then there are home owners that toss my information in the trash as I walk away all the time thinking they keep their home so clean they never have to worry about bugs….  Yes, many of the people I meet are liars and they never even realize.

When was the last time you looked at your home like it was the first time you ever saw it?  Start on the curb, maybe by your mailbox and slowly walk to the front door.  Look for ants on the sidewalk and around the foundation, spider webs on the eves and porch corners.  Maybe your property will be spotless, but chances are you will see the reason we exist.  You can reach me directly at (636) 525-1008

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Preventative Treatments Will Save You Money

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13th, 2011 by Gateway

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One day last week I received a phone call from a prospective client requesting information on having their home treated for spiders.  I spoke to her for several minutes and then arranged a time to treat their property.  The reason for her call was simple, they had seen spiders and she had actually been bitten.  With children in the home they needed dangerous pest removed and as soon as possible.

As always before we treat a property I conducted a pre-treatment interview.  These interviews are really communication sessions in which we attempt to learn as much as possible about our client’s property which in turn allows us to prepare the best possible plan of action. 

This session was like so many before or so it seemed in that we had been called to rid a home of pest primarily because preventative treatments hadn’t been performed in several years.  Many pest control companies would have just gotten her signature and sprayed the home.  But at Gateway Pest Control we take great pride in our customer service, when we earn your business we plan on keeping it forever and that involves going the extra mile to ensure our clients’ needs are actally being addressed.

With that said it quickly became apparent to me that spiders were not the issue at hand.  Why?  It has been said the devil is in the details and the more the client spoke the more concerned I became.  The initial call was for a spider treatment, however it was revealed we were also dealing with a pretty severe flea investation.  In addition to three children the property owners share their home with two cats and a dog.  The owner told me they needed help with the flea situation and mentioned the fleas were getting worse especially in her bed.

With just a few additional questions I began to think we were dealing with more than spiders or fleas.  Specifically I began to suspect Bed Bugs….  Long story short my client recently visited a local hotel and brought home an unwanted guest.

Bed Bugs have been all over the news lately, every city in America is dealing with the epidemic.  Their attack doesn’t depend upon your income, how clean you keep your home or the property type (apartment/condo/single family).  Your risk is depends almost entirely on your exposure.  Bed Bugs are found in all types of public locations; hotels, movie theaters, cabs, restarants and airplanes.  In short, you are exposed to a possible Bed Bug attack anytime you visit an area frequented by other humans previously exposed.

Isolation isn’t an option for most people and that is why we suggest you schedule a preventative treatment once every quarter.  For $95 we will apply a preventative treatment that will protect your property from a variety of pest including Bed Bugs.  Yes you read that correctly, for just $95 we will apply a Bed Bug preventative treatment to your home.  As with any preventative it is still possible Bed Bugs will attack  your home, however in most cases the preventative treatment prevents them from establishing a population in your home.

Typical Bed Bug treatments start at $750, and thus the title of the article comes into play as paying up front for a preventative treatment can really save you money in the long run.  Had the client previously mentioned above had spent just $95 for a preventative treatment they would have been protected against the spiders, fleas and even the  Bed Bugs too. 

Don’t make the same mistake so many others have made,  schedule your preventative service today.  You can reach your pest control professional at (636) 525-1008 or www.gatewaypestcontrol.com

 

 

 

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The Best Pest Control in St. Louis and Jefferson County Missouri

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7th, 2011 by Gateway

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Who do you call in St. Louis, Missouri if you have ants?  Or maybe your problem is a bee hive, or hornet’s nest.  Of course you could have spiders, or a host of thousands of other insects invading your home.  Maybe the threat includes rodents, for instance rats and mice.  But which is the best pest control company in St. Louis?  Which is the cheapest pest control company in St. Louis?  Which is the highest quality pest control service in St. Louis?  Does St. Louis mean Saint Louis, or does it cover the entire metro area including Jefferson and St. Charles County?

 Worried about termites?  Can termites attack my home in St. Louis?  Which exterminator should I call for termites?

 Are pest control companies exterminators?  So which is the best exterminator in St. Louis? 

 Are you tired yet?  I’m writing this goblycluck and I’m tired, so surely you’re wondering where this is headed.  Today’s article is about how to find the best pest control company in Jefferson County, St. Louis County and St. Louis city.  Or it could be about how our company, Gateway Pest Control tries to find you.

One of the most frustrating things in running a business is finding new customers.  We are extremely proud of the services we provide and are confident once we have earned a shot at your business we’ll keep your business for years to come.  The hard part is keeping our company’s name on your lips, or speed dial when you have a problem the first time.

Of course we have lots of options ranging from TV, radio, yellow pages to the internet and of course word of mouth.  When was the last time you talked about your exterminator?  Maybe you neighbor mentions he has a bug problem and you tell how Gateway Pest Control saved your home, but more likely your friend is too ashamed to acknowledge a problem.  Pest problems are often wrongly associated with filth; yes having a dirty home can bring on an insect or rodent problem.  But even the cleanest home can have a problem, and just so you know every museum has a standing contact for pest control.  Yes, you read that right, even buildings that are always perfectly clean, don’t allow food or drink and are professionally maintained require pest control services.  In short, there is no shame in needing help from a pest control or extermination professional.

A decade ago you might have rushed to the Yellow Pages to find a pest control company, but one of my long term clients summed it up best; “…I never hire the biggest ad in the yellow pages, because I don’t want to pay for the biggest ad in the yellow pages!”  You hear radio ads for various types of businesses that are actually quite surprising, for instance portable toilet ads seem to dominate some St. Louis radio stations, again the cost must be passed on to the consumer and radio isn’t exactly cheap.  One local show offered to mention our company once per day Monday through Friday in a spot that would last about one minute for just $600 a week if we would commit to a minimum of six months. 

Yes, marketing is expensive but we haven’t answered your question how do you find the best pest control service in St. Louis, St. Charles or Jefferson County Missouri?  You simply call (636) 525-1008, a pest control professional will answer you call, provide you with free assistance and schedule service if needed.

Gateway Pest Control takes great pride in having never lost a client because they weren’t happy with our service.  If given the chance we firmly believe we’ll be your bug man for years to come.

www.gatewaypestcontrol.com for the best pest control in your area.

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Rough Sex, Why It’s Important To You.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4th, 2011 by Gateway

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For our normal readers the title of today’s article may be a little shocking, for those of you that googled us I am pretty sure you never thought ROUGH SEX would lead you to a pest control company.  But atlas, it is true that rough sex may impact you.

If you came here looking for beautiful women, whips and chains or even just a left hook I’m sorry to say you’ll be disappointed.  In fact, the rough sex we are talking about today is more commonly called Traumatic Insemination.  You might call it rape, or abuse if the participants were human.  But we are a pest control company, and as such our topic is Bed Bugs. 

Our clients frequently ask questions concedrning why Bed Bugs are often found in rooms far from beds?  The answer is rough sex, traumatic insemination if you will. 

The relationship between male and female bed bugs is not that of loving mates, or even companions, but that of abusers.  Male bed bugs will mate with any female bed bug and as often as they can, regardless of the females desires.   Because of this “rough sex” female bed bugs will often attempt to escape the torment by fleeing thus their population may be widespread throughout your home.

This is important to you because it is both expensive and time consuming to rid your home of bed bugs.  The cost to treat a single room will likely surpass $800, just imagine if they migrate to every room…

 

Do you have a question about a specific topic you would like us to answer?  If so simply email us at Questions@gatewaypestcontrol.com

 

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Mice and Rats….. or Urban Hunting

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22nd, 2011 by Gateway

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No matter how many times I meet someone that keeps a mouse or rat as a pet I am always surprised.  Why?  Why would you want to invite one of these disease carrying critters into your home.  Ok, I’ll grant you they could be considered cute, but so are pot belly pigs and I don’t have one of those in the house either.  For most of us the thought of mice or rats running a muck in our home is unpleasant at the least and the very sight of one is enough to instigate an arms race in which no limits will be placed on the amount of cash spent to purchase poison, traps and wonder if we should adopt a cat. 

The title of this article is only slightly an attempt at humor because ridding your home of rodents in many facets is a form of hunting.  In order to trap or even poision mice and rats you must first attempt to understand their behavior.  A common mistake is people often assume a rat is just a very large mouse, and though they are somewhat related their differences make “hunting” them species specific.

Thus the first step in ridding your home of rodents is to determine the type.  For our purposes we will address mice and then rats. 

Mice can enter your home through an opening on 1/4 of an inch in diameter.  Thus, the opportunity exist for them to enter via cracks under doors, drilled holes such as cable and telephone lines as well as holes created for pipes carrying water and gas.  As a species mice are very curious, they love to explore and will quickly check out changes in their environment.  Thus, if you are “hunting” mice it is to your advantage to use their curiosity against them. 

Any change in their environment will bring mice out to explore the addition, this includes traps and poison baits.  And though they are very curious, they also display fear or a lack of trust in the manner in which they eat; nibbling.  An adult mouse will only eat about 3 ml of food per day, which equals about 3 pieces of plain M&M candy.  However, their food will not be eaten in one location or from just one source.  A mouse will nibble a little here and there in effect spreading their risk among their total supply of food. 

Therefore, the best practice for trapping or baiting mice is to insert many opportunities into their environment as possible.  They may in fact eat poison from a dozen or more bait stations before they finally consume enough to obtain a lethal dose.  If you do not have enough bait stations it may take weeks for them to consume enough poison to expire.

Rats do not display a great deal of curiosity.  In fact, any change in their environment sparks fear and they will not approach any new or moved item.  In fact, you may get rats to leave your property by moving items making them uncomfortable.  In a 24 hour period an adult rat will consume about 30ml of food, which equals about 30 pieces of plain M&M candy.  They will eat all of their food from location and take a lethal dose in one sitting. 

Therefore, with rats you want to have enough bait at one location to provide a lethal dose and be patient once the bait is placed.  Remember, the  poisoned bait station may sit untouched for weeks until the rats determine it is not a threat.

Unless you use Gateway Pest Control to rid your home, business and property of mice and rats you should be aware of major changes coming June 4, 2011 to federal regulations referring to rodenticide.  These changes will greatly affect how poison is purchased and used, in short, many folks that have always done their own rodent control may find it necessary to turn to a professional.  At Gateway Pest Control we bundle rodenticide with other services, many of our clients are shocked how affordable it is to add the service to their preventative insect control management program.

Do you have questions on how to rid your home of mice and rats?  We have service technicians available 24/7/365 to answer your questions and book service if needed.

Gateway Pest Control (636) 525-1008

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The first insects of the year…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15th, 2011 by Gateway

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Don't try this at home, as a carpenter bee lands on my hand.  How to kill carpenter bees.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone but a good deal of winter still remains for Missourians before spring will once again return.  This past weekend I watched as my children played outdoors as the temperature touched 70 degrees.  Ironically mounds of snow were their play ground as even a warm spring like day wasn’t enough to melt the remainder of the “Blizzard of 2011.”

Suddenly my wife began screaming swinging her arms like a rag doll in a whirlpool and running in staggering circles across the yard.  Yep, the first insects of 2011 are out and about.  My wife’s screaming fit was brought about by a bee that found her blond hair too tempting to resist.    That bee got me to thinking, the phones will soon be ringing off the hook as warm days bring Missouri’s insect population back to life, and thus the reason for today blog.

Every home should be treated at least 4 times per year, however, many people choose to only have their property sprayed spring and fall.  In many cases they wait until they are over ran with springs hatchlings before they call for help, don’t make that mistake.  Don’t jeopardize your home and family by waiting too long to protect your environment from invading insects.  Yes, warm days will undoubtedly bring on the insects, however cold nights also means those bugs will be looking to curl up next to you to survive.

Gateway Pest Control reccomends you treat your property so ensure residual pest control coverage does not permit the first insects of spring to reproduce.  In short, preventative treatments are 100 times more effective than attempting to rid your home’s wall voids, attic and crawl spaces of diesase carrying insects.

Print this article and save $10 off any treatment in February 2011.

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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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