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How long will I need to wait for my service call?

Whether you’ve found a cockroach in your kitchen, a rat in your shed or fire ants in your yard, you want a professional to treat your home as quickly as possible. When you contact us, we will schedule an inspection of your property at the earliest opportunity. Sometimes, we can even give you an estimate for our services over the phone. 

We usually recommend scheduling an in-person visit with one of our certified technicians to examine the pest problem first-hand. Depending on your availability, we can normally get this appointment scheduled within just a few business days. By inspecting your home and yard, your technician will be able to create a treatment plan that is customized to your specific situation. Once you have reviewed our complimentary estimate and given us the green light to move forward, we will put your first service call on the calendar.

What types of pests can ABC help me with?

As a family-owned business that has been providing pest control services for over 70 years, ABC can handle any pest infestation you may be dealing with. The most frequent requests for service are from homeowners needing help with the following types of pest control: 

A German cockroach

Roach Control 

Our customers tell us that roaches are one of the most hated pests in Marble Falls, not just because they can frighten us when we turn on a light in the middle of the night, but also because they are extremely difficult to get rid of once they have become established indoors. To make matters worse, these pests are capable of transmitting diseases, contaminating food, destroying clothes and damaging paper products, including books.

Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and have adapted to live in close quarters with us, often going undetected. Homeowners struggle to eradicate these pests on their own because roaches are resilient and prolific breeders. When an ABC pest control professional comes to treat your home, the focus will be on eliminating adult roaches, as well as preventing the next generation of these pests from sticking around. 

A mosquito biting a human

Mosquito Control

While many of us hate mosquitoes’ itchy bites, these pests pose a serious health risk, as they are also capable of transmitting serious illnesses, such as the West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to eliminate an entire population on a residential property, as these bothersome pests only need a bottle cap’s worth of water to reproduce. When you contact ABC for mosquito control, our experienced technicians will treat your property for mosquitoes with a two-fold approach to target both adults and eggs so you can feel more comfortable spending time in your yard.

A bed bug

Bed Bug Control

While the ease of modern travel has made moving from place to place much easier, scientists believe that this shift has led to the resurgence of bed bugs throughout the U.S. Often, we don’t realize when we bring these pests home with us when we spend time in an infested area. Bed bugs are extremely difficult for homeowners to handle on their own, as these tiny pests can hide in nearly any crack or crevice in our home, including in our mattress seams, baseboards, furniture and even inside electrical outlets.

In addition, these pests only emerge when they sense a blood meal is nearby, and bed bugs can go long periods of time between feedings. When you contact ABC, one of our pest control professionals will quickly locate where bed bugs are hiding and apply effective treatments to eliminate the entire population. 

A termite

Termite Control

Subterranean termites are known as silent destroyers because these destructive insects tunnel underground until they reach a plentiful food source, such as the foundation of your home. Once they’ve found this fuel, they will eat all day, every day. Due to these feeding habits, termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage to U.S. homes every year. If you suspect that you have termites on your property, one of our technicians can come to inspect your home and apply scientifically proven termiticides to ensure the entire colony of termites has been eradicated. Many customers choose to sign up for ABC’s ongoing monitoring program for peace of mind to protect against a future termite infestation. 

A rat on a roof

Wildlife & Rodent Control

Wildlife and rodents are attracted to our home because we provide these creatures with food, water and shelter. Rats, mice, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and other animals can create serious headaches for homeowners. These creatures can rummage through our trash, transmit diseases to us and our pets, chew through electrical wiring and contaminate our food. Also, many of these animals carry other pests, such as fleas and ticks, with them onto our property, which can lead to secondary infestations.

When we arrive at your home, our first step is to determine how these pests gained access to your property. Then, your ABC technician will remove any unwanted animals from your property. Finally, once these uninvited guests are gone, we will seal up all potential entry points so you don’t have to worry about any future animal intruders. 

Fire ants

Fire Ant Control

Dealing with a fire ant problem can be challenging, especially when you factor in the risk you run trying to control pests that have such a powerful bite. Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of accidentally walking across a fire ant mound in our yard and ending up with painful welts. This is why many homeowners choose the professionals at ABC when they want to get rid of the entire colony of fire ants in their yard.  

Also, ABC doesn’t just handle fire ants—we can eliminate any species of ant that has invaded your home or yard. 

A tick crawling across fabric

Tick & Flea Control 

Fleas are a nuisance because they can make us extremely itchy and can make our pets irritated. Unfortunately, flea bites are not only uncomfortable, but can also lead to secondary infections. These pests reproduce quickly, which can make it feel like an infestation started overnight. While ticks don’t normally infest residences as fleas can, they are capable of transmitting life-altering diseases to us, such as Lyme disease, and the presence of these pests shouldn’t be taken lightly. The professionals at ABC understand the behavior and habits of both of these pests and can use this knowledge to properly eliminate both fleas and ticks, whether they are residing inside your home or in your yard. 

A wasp nest

Wasp Control

Many people fear wasps because of their painful bites. These stinging insects can make spending time outdoors difficult when they nest in our trees, eaves, entryways, decks and patios. Wasps can be especially frightening if you or a family member is allergic to stings. One of our specialists can remove any nests, seal up potential nesting areas and leave you with recommendations on how to avoid encounters with these pests in the future. 

A black widow spider

Spider & Scorpion Control

Spiders and scorpions can frighten us when we find these creatures in places where we are least expecting them. Both spiders and scorpions generally prefer to avoid confrontation with humans, which is why we often find them in areas where we don’t frequent, such as behind boxes in attics, in a corner of the garage or in the back of the closet. While spiders and scorpions tend to not be aggressive, their bites and stings can be painful. In addition, there are two poisonous species of spider that live here in Marble Falls: the black widow and the brown recluse. If you’ve noticed an uptick of spider activity or you need help identifying which species of spider is on your property, you can contact the professionals at ABC. We can identify what type of bug you have on your property, treat infestations and give you recommendations on how to make your property less attractive to these unwanted visitors.

What is ABC’s pest control philosophy?

ABC’s technicians are equipped with a deep understanding of pest behavior so they can implement effective measures to prevent pests from coming onto your property in the first place. ABC has been serving homeowners in Texas for decades, allowing us to grow into the largest independently owned and operated pest control companies in the state. We owe our continued successes to a proven process built around the tenets of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an approach that is endorsed by many other reputable organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency.  

The principles of IPM place emphasis on effective, low impact and low-cost pest control. This holistic approach incorporates knowledge from entomology, biology, animal behavior and horticulture to enable our technicians to create treatment plans that are both effective and minimize the impact on the environment.

Part of the reason our customers appreciate that we implement the IPM approach is because we are dedicated to using non-chemical interventions whenever possible. Part of our pest inspection process includes determining why these pests have come on to your property and taking steps to make your home and yard less attractive to these pests. We will also inspect your home and yard for areas with excess moisture that could be attracting pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites. To minimize sources of moisture, we may recommend changing your lawn watering schedule or moving your compost pile further from your home's exterior. Other common recommendations we make include clearing leaves, regularly mowing your lawn, moving firewood and other vegetation away from your home’s foundation and trimming back tall bushes. All of these steps are low impact and low-cost ways to make your property less vulnerable to a pest infestation.

What can I expect to happen during my free inspection?

The key to an effective treatment plan is to have interventions that are customized to your property and infestation. The first step in our process is to have an ABC inspector come to your home to get a better understanding of your problem. During this in-person meeting, you can expect your technician to:

  • Ask you questions about where you’ve been noticing pest activity
  • Conduct an inspection of your home to locate pests as well as any entry possible points 
  • Report back on any pest-related damage 
  • Determine if there are any factors that may make your property more susceptible to a pest infestation 
  • If necessary, identify which species of pest is present
  • Give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the pests or our protocols 

At the end of our inspection, we will present you with a treatment plan that is tailored to your property. Once we have received your approval of the estimate, we will schedule your first service call.

What does a typical service call look like?
What’s the usual duration for your pest control treatments?

Every pest problem is different, and all of our treatment plans are tailored to treat the specific problem you are having. Because of this, there is no one answer to this question. While we understand that many homeowners would like to have their pest problem resolved in just one or two visits, we tell our customers that most issues require multiple treatment calls to ensure the pests are gone for good. Additionally, some pests are seasonal, so we may recommend ongoing treatments to prevent a reinfestation down the line. 

When determining how many service calls your property will require, we will take into account the time of year the problem is taking place, the type of pest on your property and the severity and extent of the infestation. To prevent pest problems year-round, ABC offers recurring preventative services to control the “big four” most common pests in Marble Falls and the surrounding areas: roaches, mosquitoes, spiders and scorpions.

Will I need to plan to be at home for every treatment?

We understand that dealing with a pest problem can easily disrupt your normal routine. In addition, we recognize that being home for each visit can be a challenge. That is why ABC offers "outside only" services. Customers who sign up for these services receive regular treatments to the exterior of their home and yard. We ask these customers to provide our technicians with any needed instructions to gain access to your property, such as gate codes. 

How does ABC handle honey bees?

ABC recognizes the importance of bees, which is why our technicians make every effort not to remove or kill bees. If you believe you have bees in your home or yard, we can provide you with the names and numbers of local beekeepers who can humanely remove and relocate these hive. 

Why is ABC the best pest control company to handle my problem?

Homeowners across Texas, Oklahoma and Florida have been turning to ABC for pest control services for over 60 years. As a family-run business, one of ABC's core values is that we will always treat your home as if it was our own. So, our customers have peace of mind that their property and belongings with be treated with the utmost care.

In addition, our customers feel comfortable with having ABC technicians in their home, as all job candidates are drug tested and background checked prior to joining our team. ​Before performing service calls, all ABC technicians go through an extensive in-house training program to learn everything they need to know about pest control so that our customers can expect high-quality customer service.

Does ABC offer any other services in Marble Falls?

Yes, ABC is happy to offer homeowners in Marble Falls with the following services: