Residential Pest Control Services
Keeping your home free from pests is an essential part of safeguarding your family's well-being as well as protecting your belongings and your home's structural components from damage. Even pests that are not known to carry diseases can be annoying and/or destructive. If your home has been invaded by pests, you need effective, safe solutions delivered by an experienced, reliable pest management professional.
When you mention rodents, most people immediately think of mice and rats, but gophers, squirrels and hundreds of other creatures are also rodents. All rodents share a common physical trait — their incisors never stop growing. Left unchecked, these front teeth would eventually grow so long that the animal would no longer be able to feed. To keep their teeth at the proper length, rodents gnaw incessantly. They are quite good at gnawing through paper, plastic, cloth and even wood.
Rats and mice are known to carry an extensive list of pathogens that can cause serious diseases in humans. They can contaminate food supplies and surfaces that they walk across, and their urine and feces can be particularly rich in viruses and bacteria.
Although there is little risk of contracting a disease from a squirrel nesting in your attic or basement, squirrels are notorious for causing power outages. They frequently gnaw on the insulation covering electrical wires, and if the exposed wire shorts, it could start a fire.
Gophers can quickly turn a beautifully landscaped lawn into a disaster area. The mounds that they push up while excavating their tunnels are unsightly, but the damage that gophers can do to shrubs, trees, vegetables and flowers can be amazing. They will consume the roots, and if the plant is small enough, they may pull the entire plant into their tunnel for later consumption.
Many people consider ants to be more of a nuisance than a menace. However, ants can contaminate food with the pathogens responsible for salmonella, shigellosis and E. coli. Pharaoh ants are also known to spread strep and staph, making them a particular concern for hospitals and nursing homes.
The Santa Clarita Valley is home to many different species of ants. Because different species establish their colonies in different environments, it is important to know the type of ant present in your home or yard. Carpenter ants, for example, will hollow out wood to build colonies, fire ants tend to build dirt mounds in open areas and pavement ants may establish a home in the cracks in your paved areas.
Bed Bug Control
During the last half of the 20th century, it was believed that bed bugs had been eradicated in the United States. Early in the 21st century, these bloodsucking insects made a dramatic comeback. Although not known to transmit disease, bed bugs can cause sleepless nights once it becomes apparent that these pests are present.
Bed bugs are not a sign of poor sanitation or improper hygiene. They have been found in some of the nation's most luxurious hotels, upscale retailers and even on airplanes. These hitchhiking pests can stow away inside luggage, coats, purses, shopping bags and backpacks.
Home remedies are seldom effective against bedbugs. They are tiny creatures that can find virtually unlimited places to hide, including inside a bedside alarm clock or the light switch on the wall. The services of a professional are typically needed to detect and eliminate an infestation.
Dealing With Residential Pests
When dealing with most residential pests, technicians must identify the pest, determine its point of access and prepare a plan to trap or eliminate it. Training, skill and experience are all critical traits for a professional pest technician to possess.
If you are looking for a pest management company to provide an environmentally safe, effective method of controlling your pests, contact Excel Pest Management today. Whether you need help with ants, mice, rats, roaches, silverfish or any other pest, we can help. You can contact us today and give us a call to request a free estimate.