When the Death of a Pet is Your Fault.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2nd, 2010 by Gateway

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Pet friendly pest control, St. Louis and Jefferson County Missouri

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

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

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

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

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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.

Gateway Pest Control LLC

(636) 525-1008

 

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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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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Jefferson County Missouri Pest Control

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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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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