ABC has been serving Texas home and business owners for decades, so you can feel confident that we fully understand pest behavior and the science surrounding effective, long-term solutions. As the largest independently-owned and operated pest control company in the state of Texas, ABC adheres to a philosophy embraced by a host of large institutions, including the Environmental Protection Agency.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach which seeks to find a balance between effective interventions, low cost and low impact. These techniques take into account the interplay of all the organisms within an ecosystem and how to prevent pest problems from happening in the first place. A keen understanding of the intersection between biology, entomology, animal behavior and horticulture, mixed with industry best practices and the latest research on pest behavior, helps us craft practical solutions to even the toughest pest problem.
One of the objectives of IPM is to explore non-chemical techniques before resorting to other types of treatments. Technicians pay special attention to how pests are entering and exiting your property to install protective barriers to keep insects and animals out. Other methods include minimizing moisture sources that could provide pests with a reason to stick around, which could mean adjusting your sprinkler system, adding mosquito dunks to birdbaths and removing excess vegetation where water can collect. Technicians will also assess your property for areas where pests can rest and nest and suggest changes, which could include removing firewood piles, removing leaves and trimming grass and bushes to make your outdoor spaces less attractive to a number of possible animal and insect invaders.
ABC provides free inspections with one ultimate goal in mind: to provide you with effective, long-term pest solutions. When an inspector meets you at your home, we have the following objectives in mind:
- Learn as much as we can about the problem you are having.
- Conduct a preliminary inspection to spot possible entry points in your home and yard.
- Determine whether there are any specific characteristics about your property that might make you more vulnerable to infestations.
- Assess both the extent and the severity of your pest problem.
- Provide you with an opportunity to ask us questions about the usual course of treatment or our techniques.
- Document your pest activity and any associated damage.
After this visit, we will send along a free, no-obligation treatment plan for your review. Your first treatment appointment can be rescheduled as soon as you approve our estimate.
San Marcos customers choose to work with us because of our experience, integrity and quality. ABC has served Texas home and business owners for over 60 years, with the friendliest staff in the business. Integrity to us means many things, among them that we conduct thorough background checks and drug testing on all employees so that you can feel safe having ABC on your property, even when you aren’t at home. Finally, we take pride in providing high-quality, effective service, every time.
How long will it take someone to get here to start working on my pest problem?
Once you discover a rat in your attic or spy a roach running across the floor, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll want the problem taken care of as quickly as possible. Thankfully, when you reach out to ABC, you won’t have to wait long. Depending on the nature of your problem, we may be able to give you an estimate right over the phone so that we can get to work immediately. In some cases, however, we may recommend a trained inspector meet you at your home to get a closer look at the problem you have to customize your treatment plan to best suit your needs.
When an inspection visit is recommended, we do our very best to get someone out in just a few business days. After that appointment, we will send along a no-obligation estimate for you to look over. Once we get your approval, we can schedule your first service call.
Is there a charge for ABC’s pest control estimates, or are they free?
As a company dedicated to serving our customers, ABC’s philosophy is that we want to make homeowners’ lives as easy as possible. That begins with our free, no-obligation estimates. In some cases, we can give those over the phone, while in others, we suggest that an inspector meet you at your home to learn more about your pest problem so we can design the most effective treatment plan possible. Either way, we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the services we recommend. We can schedule that first service call as soon as you approve the estimate.
How long can I expect an ABC treatment plan to last?
While we wish we could tell you every pest problem will be resolved after just one visit, the truth is that this isn’t usually the case. There is a reason these creatures are called pests in the first place, and it’s generally because they require some time and focus, which often involves a series of visits. One of the main reasons we recommend these follow-ups is to make sure that the creature’s reproduction has been halted so that you don’t have another generation of pests causing you headaches.
Your customized treatment plan will take several factors into account, including the time of year you reach out to us, what species you need our help to get rid of and the severity and extent of your infestation. In response to customer demand, we now offer year-round service to protect your home against the four most common culprits for pest problems here in San Marcos: roaches, mosquitoes, spiders and scorpions.
Do I need to make arrangements to be home for every ABC service call?
ABC has just the answer for you homeowners who find it a challenge to be at home to meet our technicians: our outside-only services. Since homeowners are often most concerned with pests that make their way indoors, this service can address your house’s exterior so that crawling insects stay away.