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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November, when spiders move indoors

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22nd, 2010 by Gateway

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We kill spiders in Missouri

Thousands of spiders in one basement...

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.

Gateway Pest Control ~ (636) 525-1008

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Pest Control Companies Take Advantage of the Elderly

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11th, 2010 by Gateway

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Best pest control for elderly, senior discounts on pest control

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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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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A Client’s Trust is Marketing you Simply Cannot Buy.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23rd, 2010 by Gateway

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I recently handed a new client a fairly large bill for work that had not been completed and said you can pay me today if you trust we’ll complete the work.  He laughed and said of course I trust you, he pointed to my business card where it says owner beneath my name and said, “…this tells me you will stand behind your word.  You own something special here and no way do I believe you would for a minute jeopardize your company’s reputation…..”

He was right of course, we take great pride in our committment to honor our word.  My late father once told me he was giving me the greatest gift of all, more valuable than money or gold, and more precious rubies or emeralds and rarer than diamonds.  Something that took years to create but could be destroyed over night; his name.  Dad went on to say he had spent a lifetime building his reputation and that it was now up to me to carry on the good name.  It is a job I take very serious.

One day I hope to share this story with my children and hand them the keys to Gateway Pest Control.  But before I do I will ensure you can trust the next generation of our family to serve all the generations of yours….

Do you trust your exterminator?  Are you happy with your bug guy?  If you are happy I’m happy for you.  However, if you need some of our old time grace and customer service call us today and see how working with our family will better serve yours.

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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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St. Louis, Missouri treat for bed bugs
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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