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What happens during the initial inspection?

From the moment you contact us, it is our mission to help you resolve whatever pest issue you have. During your call, we will ask questions so we can get an understanding of what you're experiencing. Generally, we prefer to have one of our professionals get a first-hand look at the problem before providing an estimate. This is because it often takes a trained professional to pinpoint all pest hiding spots. That said, we can occasionally offer an estimate over the phone. 

Usually, an in-person inspection of the property is what makes the most sense. During that meeting, here’s what to expect of your ABC pest control specialist:

  • direct questions to you about your pest experiences, such as where you've been seeing the insects and critters and for how long;
  • a walk-through to look for pest hiding spots and potential entry points; 
  • an examination of the property, inside and out, for pest-related damage;
  • an evaluation of any structural problems or other unique circumstances that could be attracting pests and
  • a rundown of our pest control protocols.

At any time during the inspection, our clients are free to ask questions. At the end of our assessment, we provide you with a customized treatment plan, including a cost estimate. Upon approval, we will schedule your first treatment call. 

What pests can you help me with?

ABC has been providing pest control for over 70 years. In that time, we've learned the best strategies to deal with every time of insect and animal pest that's common here in Central Florida. When it comes to pest control, Lockhart homeowners know they can count on our pros for effective treatment. While we can help with any unwanted creature, we most commonly help homeowners with the following types of pest control. 

an American cockroach

Palmetto Bug & Roach Control

Whether you call them Palmetto bugs or cockroaches, we can all agree—we want to get rid of them. If you're struggling to control these pests, it is reasonable to feel overwhelmed. Even the cleanest, best-managed homes can suffer an infestation. These pests can cause quite a few problems. Roaches can spread disease-causing bacteria, worsen allergies, damage belongings and leave behind musty smells.  

Also, controlling roaches is extremely difficult. For one, roaches are prolific breeders. Some females can even lay up to 10,000 eggs in a single year. Also, their small size allows them to nest and hide in places you wouldn't even think to look for them.

Lastly, these creatures can survive off nearly any organic matter. Roaches can eat dust, fingernail clippings and cardboard. If the going gets tough, they'll even resort to cannibalism. That’s why ABC creates comprehensive treatment plans. We treat roaches at every life stage and put a stop to the reproductive cycle.

two fire ants coming out of a nest

Ant Control 

There are a wide variety of ant species that call Lockhart and this part of Florida home. Because each variety has its own set of habits and behaviors, ant control requires a customized treatment plan. Depending on which type of ant has invaded your property, you may be dealing with ant bites, food contamination, unsightly mounds on your lawn or structural damage to your home. In any of these scenarios, we can help. We will develop a plan to eliminate any species causing disruptions for you and your family.

a bee hive on the side of a wall

Bee & Wasp Control 

We understand the importance of these pollinators’ role in our ecosystem. It is also understandable when Lockhart residents don’t want to deal with bee or wasp nests on their properties. When stinging pests gather near our common outdoor areas, our friends and family risk being stung. This can be especially worrisome if someone in your circle is allergic. If you're dealing with a bee or wasp nest, we can help. We offer options for treatment, removal or relocation.

A tick crawling on someone

Flea & Tick Control 

Fleas are prolific breeders, which can make it feel like an infestation came out of left field. Apart from their breeding habits, fleas are difficult for homeowners to manage on their own due to the lack of products available to consumers that can effectively kill fleas at every life stage. As licensed professionals, ABC has a wider set of tools and tactics for controlling flea infestations than what is available to the general public.

Ticks are of particular concern because of the life-altering diseases they can transmit. Our close proximity to so many natural areas like Riverside Acres Park, Lake Lovely and Lake Lotus increases your chances of running into one of these creatures. If you're concerned about these pests, contact ABC. We can create a comprehensive pest control plan for your particular needs. 

A mosquito biting someone

Mosquito Control 

Another bothersome pest homeowners find themselves dealing with is mosquitoes. Although Orange County makes a solid effort at controlling mosquitoes in the area, it's nearly impossible to control all the mosquitoes in a residential area. With the concerns over mosquito-borne illness in recent years, you may find the best relief—from physical bites and mental stress—by partnering with ABC on your mosquito control efforts. 

A rat on a roof

Rodent & Wildlife Control 

Wildlife control is particularly difficult because of the unique challenges each pest can pose. Size is one of the biggest distinguishing factors when you compare these nuisance animals to insects. This factor can magnify all the other issues that arise with smaller pests. These creatures can spread diseases, leave foul smells, damage belongings, contaminate food and create large messes. On top of it all, most typically carry other pests like fleas and ticks with them.  

Our professionals are trained in trapping, handling and removing uninvited guests. Once they’re gone, we’ll seal up potential entry points.

a bed bug crawling on someone

Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs congregate where people live and sleep, and they tend to spread through travel. Tourism is big in Central Florida, so we see more than our fair share of bed bugs. Dealing with an infestation can be exhausting and debilitating, and getting rid of them is next to impossible unless you have professional-grade tools and know-how. ABC has the tools and training necessary to get these nuisance parasites under control. We can bring you and your family relief.

a bat flying during the day

Bat Control 

While there are positives to bats, such as the fact that they eat bugs like mosquitoes, the problems they bring far outweigh the benefits. Besides the droppings they leave behind, bats can give people 60 different possible diseases. Unfortunately, getting rid of bats can be complicated—especially when you consider the protections Florida has given these creatures during maternity season. To control your bat problem completely and correctly, contact ABC.

a black widow spider on a web

Spider & Scorpion Control

No one wants to run into a spider or scorpion while tidying up around the house or putting on their shoes. Unfortunately, we have two species of venomous spider here in Central Florida. The first is the black widow, which you can identify by its bright red marking. The second is the brown recluse and this species looks just like a normal house spider. One of our professionals can help with identifying the species on your property. We can also create a treatment plan that makes your home less attractive to spiders and scorpions.

What is the impact of your products on my family, pets and the environment?

ABC is a family-run business and we care deeply about the families and the communities we serve. We treat our customers’ homes as if they were our own. This same philosophy extends to the products we choose for our custom treatment plans. We only use products designed for residential use and that we would be comfortable using in and around our own homes and properties. Additionally, we are always open to answering any of your questions about the products and protocols we use.

How long will it take before the pests are gone?

Dealing with pests is exhausting and you may be at your wits’ ends by the time you contact us. Even if you only just noticed the problem, getting rid of pests as quickly as possible is always ideal. 

That said, every pest problem is unique and there isn’t usually just a single bug or animal. When we create our treatment plans, we tailor them to your specific problem. This means we will consider the type of pest on your property, the extent of the infestation and any unique circumstances when figuring out how many treatments you'll need. Typically, we recommend multiple treatments to make sure the problem is under control.  

For long term relief from pests, many of our customers sign up for our ongoing treatment program. With this program, we will return to your home on a regular basis to prevent infestations.

Can ABC provide pest control for my business?

Yes, ABC provides commercial pest control. We understand that businesses have different needs and requirements than residences, which is why we have specially trained technicians who service our commercial customers. 

Why should I choose ABC for pest control?

Lockhart homeowners choose ABC for pest control because, quite simply, they trust us. We’ve spent years building relationships in this community, and our customers know they can count on us for effective treatment plans delivered by courteous specialists. 

Furthermore, we take our hiring and training process very seriously. We require every pest control specialist to complete our extensive in-house training program prior to making service calls. We also conduct drug screenings and background checks on every employee prior to hiring.

Our customers also appreciate that we are a family-run business that values honesty and transparency. We believe in treating our customers' homes the same way we would want our own homes to be treated.