Insect Control

 Insects such as roaches and ants can be a terrible problem throughout your home, but often go undetected for a long time. Eventually you will have a real infestation on your hands. You may have tried some DIY pest control with products such as boric acid, ant traps, “roach motels”, or any number of commercially available sprays like Raid, Black Flag, or Ortho. Some of these can be effective when the pests are first noticed, such as when you first spot a small hornet’s nest. In other cases, such as fighting ant or roach infestations, all they can do is hold the line. They don’t take the battle back to the pests’ lairs.The average cost to hire an insect control service averages between $75 and $275 depending on the problem. Hiring a professional is the best way to rid your home of pests, not just convince them to stay out of your sight. If you are concerned about the cost of calling in a pro to take care of your pest problem, here are a few things to consider.

  • Some insects are wood-boring. They can damage your house’s structure and cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repair, or can make your home structurally unlivable.
  • Stinging and biting insects can range from merely painful when they attack to literally deadly.
  • Many household pests carry diseases such as salmonella (cockroaches) and Hantavirus (mice and rats).

 

What Type of Pests Do You Have?

The first step to pest control is to identify the type of pest you have. Some pests come around due to other pests, so don’t assume that because you caught one mouse that mice are your only problem. For example, if you have a wolf-spider problem, you may also have a problem with their common prey, cockroaches.The most common pests found in American homes are:

  • Ants (especially the destructive carpenter ant)
  • Bed bugs
  • Cockroaches
  • Beetles
  • Centipedes (if you are allergic to bee stings, you are probably allergic to centipede bites as well)
  • Crickets (more noisy than anything, they can still leave feces)
  • Earwigs
  • Flies
  • Mice
  • Moths
  • Raccoons
  • Rats
  • Silverfish (though not poisonous, they can do severe damage to fabrics, books, and other such materials)
  • Spiders (many spiders eat insects and avoid people, but their webs can trap a lot of dust and allergens)
  • Squirrels
  • Termites
  • Weevils
  • Woodlice

Whether or not these pests are directly poisonous or can simply bring disease through parasites or feces, the fact is that they do not belong in your home. They are dangerous to your health and destructive to your home. In some cases, they can drive up your cost of living. Raccoons, for example, will tear up your crawl space insulation to make their nests. 


These are just some of the reasons to call a professional exterminator. Not only can they save you money, they can possibly save your home and your life! 

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IPM Action for Roaches (pdf)

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IPM Action Plan for Bed Bugs (pdf)

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IPM Action Plan for Head Lice (pdf)

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IPM Action Plan for Spiders (pdf)

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IPM Action Plan for Ticks (pdf)

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IPM Action Plan for Wasp (pdf)

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KITCHEN INSPECTION FORM (pdf)

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Model Integrated Pest Management Policy for Michigan Schools (pdf)

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Dear Parent or Guardian Letter (pdf)

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What is IPM (ppt)

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