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

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9th, 2010 by Gateway

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

 St. Louis, Missouri Pest Control, Jefferson County

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prevention tips: Outdoor

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

•  Check all roof venting.

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

•  Reconsider pet doors.

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

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

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

Indoors

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

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

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

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

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

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

The good news

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

Eviction tips

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

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

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

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

Bats

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

Raccoons

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

Squirrels

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

Rats and mice

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

Skunks

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

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

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