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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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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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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November, when spiders move indoors

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22nd, 2010 by Gateway

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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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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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