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.
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 which 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.
With decades of experience under our belt, our highly-trained and experienced technicians have handled pretty much any type of pest problem that homeowners can encounter here in San Marcos.
Want to learn more about what homeowners in our area are most frequently contacting ABC to help them handle? We routinely visit San Marcos homes to provide:
One of the most resilient creatures on Earth, the cockroach can survive on almost any type of organic material, which explains how they can infest even the most spotless of homes. Able to spread disease, contaminate food and damage paper products and textiles, roaches are very challenging for homeowners to get rid of on their own. ABC’s expert technicians can pinpoint the source of your problem, apply targeted solutions to common nesting (and resting) areas and help prevent future unwanted run-ins with these creatures.
Depending on the time of year, mosquitoes can make spending time outside miserable. The hard part is that these bloodsucking pests can breed in just one teaspoon of water, which makes reducing your backyard population quite a challenge. Worse still, in addition to being a nuisance if you get bitten, mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases to humans, including the West Nile and Zika viruses. ABC uses scientifically-proven techniques to treat egg-laying areas and to target mature mosquitoes so that your mosquito population is reduced and you can protect your family against this pesky pest.
In an area like ours in the midst of a population boom, bed bugs are becoming an even bigger problem. Bed bugs, considered a public health threat, often feast on our blood under the cover of darkness, while we are fast asleep. When we wake up, these tiny pests are often hard to find, retreating to hide in the smallest cracks and crevices in our bedding, furniture and wall voids. Sometimes, the only evidence we have of a bed bug problem is itchy, irritating bites. Homeowners find eradicating bed bugs on their own is virtually impossible, and it usually requires a very experienced pest professional to ensure that you don’t have a recurrence. Those are just a few of the reasons San Marcos homeowners trust ABC to handle bed bug problems. With a combination of spot treatments and whole-house fumigation, we will ensure that your bed bug problem is a thing of the past.
For such a small creature, termites can cause significant damage to your biggest investment. Known as the “silent destroyers”, these insects arrive via underground tunnels in search of their preferred food source: the cellulose in the wood of your home. These voracious pests then feast on your foundation, in the hardest to reach and see spots, so that you don’t know that you have a problem—usually not until it’s too late.
What’s the best approach to protect your home from termites? Monitoring. Periodic inspections can identify any termite damage and implement an early warning system to stop a problem before it starts. In the event that we find that you do have termites, we can apply highly-effective termiticide along the perimeter of your home and conduct frequent checks to ensure the entire colony is eliminated to put your mind at ease.
As San Marcos grows and becomes more of a tourist attraction, homeowners report more problems with various types of wildlife, including mice, rats, raccoons, squirrels and possums. These larger pests can carry deadly pathogens, chew through electrical wires and wood, contaminate food, leave disease-laden droppings and even bring in other pests on their fur, including ticks and fleas.
ABC's skilled technicians can locate the animal that is causing your headaches and will remove it from your property, repatriating it to a more suitable environment, when possible. After we have evicted your unwelcome houseguests, we will then identify how these animals made their way inside and close and seal any gaps or holes we discover. Lastly, we will work with you to implement any other measures that have a good chance of making your home and yard less attractive to these pests in the future.
One of the most frustrating—and the most common—insects in and around San Marcos is the fire ant. When they take up residence in your outdoor spaces, you run the risk of someone in your household getting a painful bite. Then there’s the question of aesthetics, since homeowners don’t want to have unsightly mounds dotting their landscape. ABC’s pros can make your life easier by driving all types of ants off your property and keeping them from moving back inside.
Tick & Flea Control
One of the biggest challenges homeowners face trying to get rid of ticks and fleas on their own is preventing a recurrence. Both pets and human members of your household can easily bring these hitchhikers back inside. Fleas can make both you and your pets miserable, particularly if Snoopy or Fluffy develops flea bite dermatitis. While ticks don’t often infest homes, even a single animal can spread a host of serious health conditions, including Lyme disease. ABC’s experts have the skills and know-how to tailor a solution for your home and target different interventions to different stages in these creatures’ life cycle. We can also recommend ways to help you avoid flea and tick problems in the future.
Spider & Scorpion Control
One of the joys of living outside of a big city is our proximity to the great outdoors, although most San Marcos homeowners would probably tell you there are two creatures they would rather not run across: spiders and scorpions. While spiders can actually serve as your own form of natural pest control, some species are dangerous. If you can’t tell the poisonous types from those that are harmless, don’t worry; you aren’t alone.
The same thing goes for scorpions, which you can often startle if you are going through boxes in the attic, cleaning out your garage or moving items from that winter closet. ABC can help take the sting out of your next rendezvous by helping you identify the species around your home and providing you with useful tips on how to keep your family safe. To provide you with a little peace of mind, we can schedule periodic inspections of your home to remove these creatures so they are away from you and your family.
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.
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.
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.
We understand that homeowners are busy people. If we are unable to give you an estimate for pest control services over the phone, we do ask that you arrange to be at home to meet our inspector so that we can create a treatment plan which meets your needs. After that, you may elect to choose our new, outdoor-only services, so that we can perform treatments without your needing to be at home. Customers who take advantage of this option receive periodic treatments along their exterior to provide a protective barrier against the most common household pests. All that we ask is that you give our technicians any information they may need to access your outdoor spaces.
Although you may have known that ABC provides high-quality pest control, you may not realize how many other home services we do provide here in San Marcos, including:
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.