We understands that at first sign of a pest, you want help. This is why we do our best to send an inspector to your property as soon as possible. Depending on the pest in your home and the extent of your problem, we can even give you an estimate over the phone in some cases. Most of the time, however, we prefer the opportunity to meet you in your home to identify the pests and see the extent of the infestation first-hand. This approach allows us to create the most accurate and effective treatment plan.
With decades of experience in Central Texas, ABC's skilled technicians have been able to handle many types of pest problems for homeowners, no matter how big the infestation.
We are routinely called in to provide the following pest control services:
Despite how clean you keep your home, these pests can still invade. Cockroaches are considered disgusting by many homeowners—and for good reason. These uninvited guests can contaminate food with their feces, spread disease, damage belongings and leave a foul smell in your home. Roaches are also extremely hardy and can survive off nearly any organic matter, making it a challenging task for homeowners to handle on their own. To make matters worse, these insects reproduce rapidly.
ABC's pest experts can get rid of cockroaches in your home. In addition, our pros know where common cockroach breeding grounds are and can eliminate any spots roaches may be hiding. Afterward, we will provide you with tips on how to prevent these pests from invading in the future.
You shouldn't dread these pests just because their bites are itchy—you should also protect your family from mosquitoes because they can spread serious diseases, such as the Zika virus and the West Nile virus. Instead of covering yourself with bug spray, call in the pest experts at ABC. Our skilled and trained technicians will locate and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and notify you of any standing water around your property that may make your home more attractive to these pests.
The increased ease with which we can travel has allowed the population of bed bugs to grow and move from place to place. It's quite easy for these pests to invade because they are tiny and can fit in minuscule cracks and crevices in mattresses, couches, curtains, clothes, baseboards and even on airplane seats. In most cases, we don't even realize when we are bringing bed bugs into our home.
These bloodsucking parasites are extremely hard for homeowners to eliminate on their own because they only come out when they sense there is a blood meal nearby, which is often when we are fast asleep. Also, bed bugs can go long periods of time without feeding, so many homeowners will believe that they have been "re-infested" when in actuality they never got rid of their problem in the first place. ABC's pros know where these bugs like to hide and can provide you with a solution that will get rid of them for good.
By the time you've spotted a termite, your home has likely already sustained serious damage to your home. Termites cause billions of dollars' worth of damage to U.S. homes each year. We don't realize they're there in many cases because these destructive insects burrow tunnels underground until they reach a food source, such as the foundation of our home. Once they find that food source, termites will eat twenty-four hours a day, every day.
ABC can provide you with termite inspections, treatments and ongoing monitoring. All of these steps are crucial to ensuring that your pest problem has been dealt with and that the entire colony has been eradicated.
These large pests can be quite intimidating and controlling them can require different tactics. Mice, rats, opossums, raccoons, squirrels and other wildlife can wreak havoc on your property by chewing up wires that can lead to a fire, knocking over trash cans, contaminating our food, spreading disease and bringing other smaller pests, such as fleas and ticks, into our home.
One of our skilled technicians can come to your home and remove any wildlife that has been invading your space. We will also prevent the return of any future uninvited guests by sealing off potential entry points and by providing you with advice on how to make your home less attractive to these pests.
While it's never pleasant when ants invade your home, it's particularly unfortunate when the species of ant terrorizing your home is the fire ant. Fire ants will bite you if they feel they are being attacked, which can be especially dangerous if you have kids who like to play outside and they accidentally disturb a fire ant mound. These ants can quickly attack, leaving numerous painful bites.
Instead of trying to deal with these pests yourself and risk getting bitten, give ABC a call. We can provide you with a treatment plan that will reduce your resident population. We can also give you advice on how to avoid these pests in the future.
Tick & Flea Control
Ticks and fleas like to latch onto us when we're out enjoying nature, and then we often unknowingly bring these creatures inside. Although these pests prefer our pets, they will settle for a human host if they are hungry and their ideal food source is not present. Fleas can make our pets (and us) itch endlessly, which can lead to secondary infections. Ticks are dangerous because they are carriers of diseases that are transmittable to humans, such as Lyme disease.
With both of these pests, different treatments are required to ensure fleas and ticks are eradicated at every stage of life. We can provide you with a customized treatment plan to ensure that all eggs, larvae and adults are neutralized.
While we may respect the fact that wasps are an important part of the ecosystem, we can agree that our homes are not a good place for these stinging insects to settle. Wasps can make nests in entryways, decks, patios, eaves and trees, making it extremely difficult for us to spend any time in our yard. Stings are extremely painful and can be dangerous if you or one of your family members is allergic.
One of our experts can come to your home and safely remove any nests that may be affecting your home or family. We can then seal off any openings that may look attractive for future wasp nests.
Spider & Scorpion Control
While both of these pests can be rather intimidating, in reality, spiders and scorpions are not aggressive creatures. However, like all living things, if they feel threatened, their fight or flight instinct kicks in. This means if you scare a spider or scorpion while pulling decorations out of the attic, grabbing a baking sheet from the top shelf of your pantry or trying to find an old t-shirt in the back of the closet, they could either bite or sting you. Our pest control professionals can locate and identify the species you have, and let you know if it's poisonous. Then, you can decide whether or not you would like us to address an infestation or return periodically to prevent these pests from making your home theirs.
When a trained inspector comes to your home, you can expect that the ABC team member will:
- Ask you questions about the pests you've seen around your home, where you are seeing them and how frequently you are experiencing issues with uninvited guests.
- Inspect your home for pest activity, looking in popular hiding spots and examining cracks and crevices.
- Make note of any pests and any related damage that they may have caused.
- Consider whether any distinct characteristics on your property would make you more vulnerable to an infestation.
- Allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding the pests, the treatment plan or our process.
Once you have approved our estimate, we will go ahead and schedule the first service call.
ABC has developed a philosophy over the decades that we have been serving Central Texas homeowners that the best pest control methods focus on prevention in addition to treatment. At the foundation of the work we do is a deep knowledge of how these different pests act in the larger environment and their life cycles so we can provide you with the most effective solution possible. ABC is the largest independently-owned and operated pest control company in the state partially because of the success we have had with this Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.
IPM is supported by many large institutions, including the Environmental Protection Agency. The institutions which follow this pest control model prioritize pest interventions that are low impact and low cost. This approach was developed by combining lessons learned from entomology, animal behavior, biology and horticulture to create techniques that are effective and efficient.
We apply the IPM approach by examining your home for areas that could be welcoming to pests and providing you with options to make those areas less attractive. These cultural controls might include removing dense vegetation, sealing off potential entry points, removing standing water, putting mesh covers over outside vents and relocating firewood away from your home's foundation.
There is no set number of treatments that will solve every pest problem, and no one size fits all solution to an infestation. While we would love to say that we will only need to come for one or two treatments, most of the time effective long-term control takes time. We often recommend to our customers that we come back for monitoring visits to ensure your pest population has dwindled down to zero.
Many of our customers schedule preventative calls with us during different seasons, as different pests are more active during different times of year. For example, rodents and other types of wildlife tend to invade homes in the winter when it's getting cold and they're looking for a warm shelter, which insects may invade when it's hot out or after a rain shower.
For our inspection, we will need you to be home to answer any questions we may have, and also so we can give you the opportunity to ask us any questions that you may have. We will also likely want to inspect the interior of your home to see if there may be spots where pests are hiding that you may have missed.
After that inspection, we can treat the outside of your home, even when you aren't there. We understand homeowners are busy, and that it's difficult to be present for recurring service calls. All we ask is that you provide us with gate codes or any other instructions we may need to get to the areas in your home that require treatment. We also ask that for their safety you leave pets and children inside while we are treating the exterior of your home.
ABC is known in Leander for having knowledgable and courteous technicians who provide thorough and high-quality pest control services. We hear from our loyal customers that ABC is a popular choice among homeowners because customers can feel safe with our technicians, as background checks and ongoing drug tests are administered to all employees.
As a family-owned and run business, we believe in treating your home as if it was our own. We do everything we can to make your life easier, including cleaning up after we're done and going over what we plan to do and our findings during a service call.
Thanks to years of support from the community, ABC has been able to expand our list of services for homeowners in Leander. In addition to friendly, effective pest control, Central Texas homeowners trust ABC for: