Category Archives: Pest Control

Rodent Prevention

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If you are trying hard to clean your attic of the army of rodents, then it’s time that you think about getting some professional help through a good rodent prevention company. Rodent prevention is not just a one line command, which requires only one line of instructions to be followed seriously to stop attic rodents. There is more to that. It’s actually a step by step process that needs to be done strategically to get the desired results.

Disappointing results from incomplete cleaning

Suppose you clear you attic off the rodents, and expect to get no more rodents inside in future. You will be utterly disappointed with the results, as all your cleaning efforts will go to vain, once a new family of rodents infests the attic once again. And this is a result of leftovers of the earlier infestation. You will need to stop attic rodents by cleaning the attic off all the remnants of the last infestation, stool and urine of rodents, any carcasses if present.


The role of a good rodent prevention company

A good rodent prevention company would thus do the job of cleaning in a well protected, safe method in a stepwise manner.

  • They will clean the attic of rodents.
  • They will clean all rodent feces, urine, carcasses, and food leftovers.
  • They will clean the place of all molds and rots that may invite other rodents.
  • They will find all opening in the attic and the house and will seal them such that no more rodents can make their way in.

This way they will stop attic rodents, and because of their systematic rodent prevention methods. They abide by all safety laws and tips to keep their men safe from germs and diseases, and you get such service only when you get a professional rodent prevention company service.

How to get professional help

To get professional rodent prevention in your locality, you should knock your friends and relatives to get references. You should also check websites and classifieds to get more knowledge. On getting info about a good company, you may contact them for rodent prevention by requesting a quote from them.

Your house location, size of attic, age of home all will affect the package you will have to pay to the company. Once you get your attic cleaned by a full professional team, you will never have the problem of another attack by rodents.

Cockroach Control Treatment

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The German cockroach is one of the most common roaches found in apartment houses, restaurants, and hotels. German cockroaches (eggs included), are “brought in”, usually on man’s belongings, luggage, boxes or packages.

All it takes is bringing in one egg capsule, six months later you have an infestation.

German Roach Control & Treatments
German Roaches & Sanitation
When beginning your German roach control program, sanitation is one of the first things to consider. German roaches only need a small amount of food to sustain them.

Remove indoor trash or keep them emptied.
Keep trash dumpsters clean.
Make sure food is not left in sink stainers and frequently run the garbage disposal.
Keep dishes clean, no residue of food remaining.
All kitchen appliances (microwaves, toasters, ovens, refrigerators and stoves) should be maintained in a clean condition so that it is food free and grease free.
All pet food needs to be picked up.
No food left out.
Sweeping or vacuuming of any food particles or crumbs.
Clean any crumbs or food particles in your kitchen cabinets.
Inspection : Look for Evidence
When inspecting for German cockroaches, thoroughness is very important. It is important to place the insecticides as close to their runways and harborages as possible. Their excrement looks like black pepper.

A flashlight would be a handy tool to check the following places.

Cracks and Crevices
Behind and under refrigerators
Behind and under stoves
Behind and under microwavesa and toasters
Under tops of tables
Behind and under sinks
Cabinets-corners and cracks and crevices
Motors of refrigerators and soft drink dispensing machines
Switchboxes and electical outlets
Under and behind cafeteria counters and soda fountains
Cash registers
Vegetable bins
Recycling bins
Meat counters and check-out stands
Meat cutting blocks
Anywhere else conditions are favorable.
Every situation may be different, inspect all places with favorable conditions

Bed Bugs Pest Control Services

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These tiny brown insects feed on humans and animals alike. However, they are much more than annoying little bugs. Much like mosquitoes, there is plenty of concern that bed bugs can transmit diseases as they bite by transferring blood from person to person. These bugs can transmit deadly parasites and can lead to a number of issues if not promptly addressed. Here are some examples of diseases/conditions that can possibly be spread by these pests.

Chagas Disease

Chagas disease causes a number of different conditions, and depending on the severity, the disease can be fatal. It can also damage the heart causing fatal heart disease later in life. Fever and inflammation are common as are enlargement of the liver and spleen. The infected area will also swell. If left untreated, the condition can become chronic and impossible to get rid of. This happens as the bed bug introduced Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite, through their feces. There is evidence that bed bugs can effectively transmit Chagas disease to live mice which leads to the question: Can bed bugs transmit Chagas to humans? Thankfully, there are no documented cases of bed bug related transmission of Chagas to humans as of yet, but experts have projected that it is still too early to completely rule out the possibility of transmission.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions are common when it comes to bed bug bites. While this isn’t a disease, severe allergic reactions can be just as deadly. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rashes, itching and swelling in the bitten area. Severe allergic reactions can lead to fatal anaphylaxis. It is important to speak with your doctor about treatment for any allergic reactions brought on by bed bug bites, and it’s even more important to remove the bed bugs from your home to prevent future problems.

HIV Transmission?

Not yet thankfully. Because bed bugs may bite multiple people or animals over the course of their lifespan, there is always the concern that they will transmit HIV. Bed bugs have tested positive for diseases like hepatitis B, but information is inconclusive about whether or not they can spread the disease to humans. In controlled laboratory settings, there has been no evidence of HIV or Hepatitis B transmission between infected bed bugs. Bed bugs are also known for carrying diseases like MRSA that are unlikely to spread to humans.

The Risk of Disease from Bed Bugs

Whenever bed bugs are found in the home, it is important that they are treated right away. As the colony grows, the potential risk for disease transmission also grows. Diseases can be spread through the saliva that comes in contact with the skin when the bug bites, or through the feces that is left behind. Dealing with the outbreak in a swift manner can reduce your personal risk. Contact a local pest control company today to help you eliminate the bed bug problem in your home and learn preventative techniques you can use in the home.


At any rate, it’s safe to say bed bugs have no place in our homes. If you suspect bed bug infestation anywhere in your home, contact a qualified bed bug removal company that uses a combination of heat, vacuuming, and light pesticide to kill bed bug harborages. Heat treatment is the single best method for eradicating bed bugs and number one EPA recommended approach to successfully ending bed bug infestations.

Termite Pest Control

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A hybrid colony of Coptotermes termites. A king C. gestroi (nutty-brown abdomen) is shown on the left, and a queen C. formosanus(orange abdomen) on the right. They are surrounded by their hybrid offspring, including eggs, larvae, workers, and soldiers. Photo by Thomas Chouvenc, University of Florida /IFA.

Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi) are the most damaging pest species in the world. Both are highly invasive and have spread throughout many areas of the world due to human activity, and their distributions overlap in some areas.

Now scientists in Florida have observed Formosan males mating with Asian females — in fact, they seem to prefer the Asian females more than females from their own species — and their hybrid offspring seem to grow colonies twice as fast as their parents.

Many hybrids are unable to reproduce (the mule, for example, which is the sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse). And many hybrids that actually can reproduce tend to lose vigor after one or more generations, which is why farmers often buy new hybrid seeds each growing season.

But so far that doesn’t seem to be the case for these termite hybrids. In the laboratory, the Florida researchers are raising a hybrid colony that is growing twice as fast as same-species colonies, suggesting a potential case of hybrid vigor.

Pets Tick Pest Control Solutions

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Most ticks require a blood meal for each developmental stage. They will insert a barbed mouthpart into the skin and “cement” their mouthparts to the surface where they will feed for several days. They can serve as vectors for several disease organisms. The following information will help you reduce tick habitats.

Actual Size: 1/8″


  • Most ticks have hard bodies with dark colors
  • They have 2 body regions and 8 legs
  • The larva (seed ticks) have only 6 legs
  • The body becomes 3 times normal size when engorged with blood

Biology & Habitats:

  • Larvae and nymphs will feed on small animals up to 2 weeks until they are engorged. At that point, they will drop off the host and molt.
  • The adults will feed on larger animals which include humans.
  • Females will lay up to 6,000 eggs.
  • Ticks are attracted to animal scents and therefore will be located along roads, paths, and trails.
  • Adults will crawl up weedy vegetation, cling to it and wave their legs to grasp onto any passing host.
  • They are most abundant in June and July.
  • The brown dog tick feeds almost exclusively on dogs and can complete its life cycle indoors unlike most other ticks.

How you can modify your environment to reduce tick habitats:

  • Cut grass and trim vegetation regularly.
  • Keep pets within the mowed areas.
  • Keep items away from the property that may attract rodents and wildlife, such as bird feeders, acorns, berries, woodpiles, decks in poor repair, etc.
  • If property is up against a wooded area, create a 1-foot barrier with gravel along the property line to create a ?safe zone?.

Personal Protection:

  • Keep pants legs tucked into shoes, button and tuck in shirts, and wear long sleeves when traveling in wooded areas.
  • Apply DEET according to label instructions.
  • Continue to check children and pets for ticks especially around the neck and head.

Tick Removal:

  • If a tick is attached to skin, it should be removed immediately.
  • Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull gently.
  • Disinfect bite immediately.
  • The use of nail polish and Vaseline is discouraged so as to prevent infection.

Home Preparation:

    • The dog should be treated by a veterinarian in conjunction with the home, preferably on the same day.

– Products that contain Amatraz are the most effective.

  • Remove all stored items from floors, under beds, and closets to make treatment accessible.
  • Comforters and sheets should be washed and dried (high heat).
  • Steam clean infant rooms. Pesticide will not be applied here.
  • Remove pet food, water dishes; disconnect and cover fish tanks; remove other pets.
  • Wash, dry-clean, or destroy all pet bedding.
  • People and pets should be out of the house for 4 hours after treatment.

Prevent Roaches from Taking Over

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Cockroaches – anybody can become a victim of them, and nobody wants them in their home. Cockroaches are unwanted for good reasons- they contaminate food and food prep areas, carry and transmit many human pathogens like bacteria and even parasitic worms, and can trigger asthma attacks in people particularly in very young children. It is very important to protect yourself and your home from becoming victim to disease ridden cockroaches by taking the steps necessary to prevent them from invading in the first place.

Believe it or not cockroaches do have some good qualities; they are very robust and resilient and have survived long past many other creatures; and when found outside they are very beneficial to the environment- they break down and get rid of decaying organic materials.

Now time for their bad qualities; before becoming a pest in your home cockroaches were living in or traveling through sewers, garbage, drains, feces, and animal carcasses. None of those places are the picture of cleanliness, meaning that all the germs and bacteria that are on their bodies and legs will be in your home on counters, in the pantry and kitchen, in bathrooms, in cabinets and drawers, and on utensils.

Knowing how to prevent cockroaches from gaining access to your home is the best way to prevent your home from being taken over by these pests.

  • Keep cockroaches out of your home by making sure that any cracks in your home’s foundation are sealed, caulk gaps found around windows and doors- especially in basement areas, and install door sweeps underneath of exterior doors.
  • Remove garbage from the inside of your home on a regular basis and store it in a sealed container, preferably with a locking lid, outside and away from the exterior of your home until garbage day.
  • Reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Make sure that your home’s gutters are not clogged and are working properly to direct moisture away from the outside of your house. Inside of your home make sure to use dehumidifiers and/or air-conditioners to reduce humidity levels.
  • Keep pet food in plastic sealed containers, pick up and remove any uneaten pet food.
  • Make sure to routinely wash dirty dishes in kitchen and pantry areas, pick up spills and crumbs, and clean behind large appliances. Food should be stored in plastic or glass containers with tight fitting lids or in the refrigerator, not out on counters or on the table.
  • Inspect packages that are sent to your home before bringing them inside. Check items for rips, tears, and signs of cockroaches before purchasing them from the store.

Cockroaches are sneaky pests, and despite your best effort to keep them out, they could still find a tiny break in your defenses. If they have found a way into your home, don’t despair! The pest control experts at Schendel can quickly, safely, and effectively remove an infestation from your home.

Our Premium Care program provides initial interior and exterior services, along with follow- up quarterly visits to provide you with year-round protection against cockroaches and other common household pests. And with our Pest-Zero Guarantee- there is no charge for treatments that are needed between services! With SITA,  you can be confident that cockroaches will be eliminated from your home and that they will be kept out of it for good! For more information about our home pest control services, please contact us today!

Bats in the Belfry: How to get them out!

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Ok, so maybe you don’t have a belfry, but more commonly you may find that bats have snuck into your attic.  If you aren’t that interested in sharing your home with the bats because maybe you don’t like the idea of bats defecating in your home, soiling and tearing up insulation or bringing in parasites like mites, fleas and ticks… then read on!

First, we like to start by saying that solving a bat problem is no easy task.  Truthfully, doing it yourself, while possible, is not highly recommended. Trained experts are better equipped with the knowledge and tools to safely and humanely remove the bats, which is done through a process called exclusion.  The exclusion process means that bats will not be harmed in the process.

Exclusion techniques include:

  • INSPECTION: Identifying wildlife travel routes. You will want to understand where and how they are getting in and assess the damage.
  • SEALING:  Bats have several entry points, so it is important to seal all possible active entry/exit points around entire roofline from gutter to peak of roof, including dormers, ridge vents, louver vents, flashing, rake boards and large openings.  By sealing off all the tiny cracks ahead of the exclusion will prevent them from getting back in.
  • EXCLUSION: Installing one-way doors at suspected exit points, which will be removed once animals are no longer present.  This is easier said than done.  Expert installation is required to allow bats to fly out but not fly back in.  Once bats are 100% gone the remaining holes should be sealed up.
  • CLEAN UP:  Now the messy part… because bat droppings and urine can cause damage like mold, corrosion and other issues, the contaminated area should be cleaned.  This can involving vacuuming, insulation replacement and more.  Of course, biohazard suits and protective gear will be required to protect yourself.

Green Is the New Clean: Eco-Friendly Pest Control

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Have you ever been swarmed by a rodent infestation, or been plagued by a horde of the creepy crawlies? Have you avoided calling a pest control company because you believed they were going to spray their nasty chemicals all over the place and make everything a toxic wasteland?  Well, think again.
SITA Pest Control Services understands the importance of both their mission of protecting you from pests, as well as their responsibility to be as environmentally conscientious as possible. At SITA Pest Control Services, we practice IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, as well as Eco-Friendly pest control measures.

There are six basic components to IPM:

  1. Monitoring: Regular site inspections, will allow professionals to determine the nature and the level of the infestation so treatments can be more accurate.
  2. Record-Keeping: This is essential.  It allows professionals to recognize trends and changes in pest pressure. Therefore, they should keep detailed records of activity for each location.
  3. Action Levels:  Pests are rarely eliminated.  It’s vital to understand the level of each pest, to manage pest pressures effectively.
  4. Prevention:  Prevention incorporates the existing structure(s), like patching holes in screens or walls, which is called exclusion. Exclusion is just as important as keeping places clean and free of the things pest look for, like food, water, and harborage (shelter). Prevention should be the primary means of pest control in a good IPM program.
  5. Tactics:  Under IPM, chemicals should only be applied as an absolute last resort, and even then the least toxic options are preferred. Furthermore, a carefully targeted application should be made to minimize the use of material and increase the effectiveness of the application.
  6. Evaluation:  A regular evaluation program ensures the success of the pest management program.

An Eco-Friendly approach is even more encompassing.  It is the kind of approach that helps ensure there is minimal impact on the rest of the ecosystem.

Being Eco-Friendly means:

    1. Insecticidal Soaps:  These soaps utilize the salts and fatty acids within them to target many soft-bodied pests, such as aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs, and earwigs. The soaps penetrate the soft outer shell of these and other pests, causing damage to the cell membranes.
    2. Insecticidal Oils:  These oils work by suffocating the pest. The oil coats them with a petroleum-based, horticultural grade liquid, cutting off their oxygen supply. It is primarily used to kill the eggs and immature stages of insects.
    3. Diatomaceous earth:  DE is the fossilized shells of algae. Even though these fossils are microscopic, they have sharp edges and protrusions that damage the internals of pests.  The best part of diatomaceous earth is that it is not a poison at all, but controls pests due to its abrasive nature.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs: What you need to know

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Hopefully, you have never had to deal with a bed bug infestation in your home or business. While bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, like mosquitoes and rodents – the mental anguish, stress, and frustration in dealing with the difficult to eradicate bed bug, can create a tremendous emotional and physical toll. Not only are bed bugs difficult to spot, and can very easily be transported undetected; they are also very hardy and can survive extreme temperature ranges. Which is why,  if you do think you are dealing with a bed bug infestation, it is best to leave it to the professionals.

A professional is trained to inspect for bed bug activity, and they have access to specialized equipment, such as bed bug sniffing dogs and heat treatment equipment.  Furthermore, they have the training and expertise to manage even the most difficult infestation.  In truth, however, complete elimination of an infestation could take several weeks to accomplish, even in the hands of the pros.

Here is what you need to know about getting rid of bed bugs:

    • Hiding spots

      Bed bugs can be very elusive and smart.  They will adjust their feeding patterns to match your personal routine or sleep habits.  Plus, they like to hide in cracks and crevices such as in mattress seams, bed frames, nightstands, shades, baseboards, sofas, clothing, luggage, backpacks, and virtually anywhere people live and congregate and rest for periods of time.  Bed bugs prefer human hosts, regardless of social status or cleanliness.  They are often found wherever people frequently converge, such as apartments, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, public transportation, movie theaters or any other public venue.

  • Clutter

    While cleanliness will not make you immune to a bed bug infestation, clutter can provide a lot more hiding places for bed bugs; which then can make it harder to treat.  Therefore, cleaning up the clutter is suggested as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. However, it is a myth that you need to throw away belongings that are infested.  Most items can be cleaned and treated. Frankly, throwing stuff out can be expensive and may even spread the bed bugs elsewhere.

  • Heat

    One safe and very effective treatment option is Thermal Remediation® or Heat Treatment.  As mentioned earlier, bed bugs can withstand extreme temperatures.  However,  at 120º-140º F, it is lethal for all life-cycles of bed bugs. While this might sound like a do-it-yourself project, professionals have the proper training and equipment, such as heaters, fans, and heat monitoring systems to ensure all hiding places are properly and safely brought up to temperature.  While heat treatment is very low-risk and effective, often times it is recommended that a follow-up chemical treatment plan is used in conjunction with heat, to ensure any hiding bed bugs are eliminated.

Everything You Need to Know About Restaurant Pest Control

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Where there’s food, there are pests — it’s an unfortunate truth all restaurant owners face. The abundance of snacking opportunities, ideal moisture and temperature conditions, and sites perfect for harboring critters, creates plenty of potential for unwanted dinner guests.

Whether it’s flies in your dining room or rodents in dry storage, unwanted pests will be a bust for any business. A significant pest problem will even prevent you from complying with the necessary health department regulations to keep your restaurant open to the public.

Fortunately, most of these problems can be avoided with a few security measures and proper pest control.

(Not a restaurant owner? We have plenty of tips to keep pests out of your home pantry, too.)

Common Problem Areas and How to Protect Them

The main pest concerns in any restaurant are cockroaches, stored product pests (like beetles, weevils and moths), flies, and rodents. Once you identify the main problem areas in your restaurant, it’s easier to develop a strategy for managing pest infestations.

Outdoor Dumpster Areas

These places are an open invitation to pests if waste disposal isn’t handled properly. And once they’re in your garbage, it’s only a matter of time before they follow the food trail to get inside the kitchen — especially if you leave the door open for them to fly or crawl through.

To protect the dumpster area:

  • Make sure all bags are sealed before being thrown away
  • Firmly close dumpster lids when they aren’t in use
  • Clean additional food debris from the area


Drains and Cleaning Supply Storage Areas

Places that collect moisture, such as sink and floor drains and cleaning stations, are the perfect breeding ground for flies. Flies feed on any food left in these spaces, and where they feed, they will breed. Before you know it, you’re restaurant will be taken over by flying pests.

To protect drains and supply spaces:

  • Dry cleaning equipment before putting it away
  • Keep drains clear and free of organic matter
  • Store mops and hoses away from food preparation areas


Food Storage Areas

Open food containers attract cockroaches and ants, so proper food storage is a must. Your dry storage facilities and main kitchen space are at high risk for insects looking for a tasty treat. Cracks, crevices, and hollow areas in equipment legs are all typical havens for roaches, ants and mice.

To protect food storage and your kitchen:

  • Keep dry storage areas clean and tidy
  • Follow proper food rotation procedures (“first in, first out”)
  • Seal obvious cracks or voids, and try to block hollow areas from cockroaches or rodents


How to Treat an Infestation 

Some unwanted guests, like rodents and cockroaches, leave behind obvious clues of their presence, while others, like moths and beetles, are more stealthy. For stealthy pests, a few well-placed glue boards should do the trick. If pests have found their way into your restaurant, you have a few ways to send them packing.

Baits and liquid treatments can be a good temporary fix, but the full spectrum of drain management, as well as termite control, from a pest professional will provide a long-lasting treatment.

Keep in mind that steam, heat, moisture, and grease — all of which are found in a restaurant— can reduce the effectiveness of many products used to control pests. So proper application and continued follow-up is a must.

Hopefully the tips outlined here will help you avoid any major problems, but if a large infestation should occur or if you want advice on how to better prevent pests in your restaurant, remember to call a pest professional at Arrow for a thorough inspection.