I can call ABC and speak with a real live local person. They schedule things quick and address billing issues fast. John, our service technician, always calls the day before and schedules times convenient for us. John listens to our concerns and offers useful advice in addition to treatment. Most important, our dog loves him which really tells us he is genuine and trustworthy.
When you see a rat, mouse or another critter on your property, the most common reaction is that you want it gone—yesterday. That’s why we do our very best to get someone to your property at your earliest convenience to assess the situation and work with you to approve a treatment plan.
While we’d love to tell you that one visit will do the trick, a majority of pest problems do require a longer-term approach, particularly so that we can adequately protect you from future infestations.
Effective, long-term treatment success often depends upon a customized approach to your pest problem. That’s why we prefer to begin the process with a free inspection.
During this appointment, our inspector will do the following:
- Collect more information from you about the problems you are experiencing
- Assess any related damage
- Evaluate how severe and extensive your pest problem is
- Provide you with the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have
When this meeting concludes, we will have the information we need to provide you with a FREE, no-obligation estimate.
Once you authorize the treatment plan, we can schedule the first service call. During that first visit, our skilled technicians will identify possible entry points, as well as looking for water and food sources. After we confirm the type of pest or pests which are causing your problems, we can set right-sized traps, which we can then check on a regular basis. When we find an animal in a trap, we will remove it and humanely relocate it whenever possible.
After we’re sure all the invaders are gone, the next step is to make sure none come back. We’ll go back to those entry points and close them, which may mean installing wire mesh, copper wool or other protective elements to fill in gaps. We’ll also identify any other characteristics on your property which you’ll want to pay attention to going forward to make your property less hospitable to these pesky pests.
Unlike some larger pests, mice and rats can squeeze into even the tiniest of cracks and crevices. Rodents can live in your attic, inside your walls and even along your roofline—all difficult-to-reach spaces for most homeowners.
One of the reasons a rodent problem can quickly turn into an infestation is that these creatures are quick to reproduce. Sometimes, given the hiding spots they inhabit, the only way you would know a rodent is around is hearing scratching noises or noticing gnaw marks or droppings near possible entry points.
ABC’s experienced pros can handle virtually any type of pest problem you might be having, whether you’re dealing with a possum, raccoon, squirrel or another larger animal or rodent. As with our other forms of pest control, we create your plan of action with a deep understanding of integrated pest management, which focuses on prevention and knowledge of animal behavior to protect you in both the short and long-term from the annoyance and damage these creatures can have to your home and yard.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is that rats and mice have evolved to live quite successfully in close proximity to humans. Rodents gravitate toward residential areas because they contain the key elements for their survival: shelter, water and food. How resilient are these creatures, exactly? Rats are able to tread water continuously for days on end, live after falling from a five-story building and survive even getting flushed down a toilet. As an animal with one of the highest reproductive rates on Earth, the house mouse is among the most common and has the unique ability to jump distances as high as a foot.
Handling rodent infestations often involves a multi-faceted approach, particularly since many of the areas these animals find their way into are either difficult or impossible for most homeowners to reach on their own. In addition, regular monitoring of these areas can be impractical for most homeowners to keep up with, especially when that involves a close examination of a roofline or attic.
Although eliminating these larger pests can often become more burdensome than most homeowners can take on, there are some things you can do to make your yard less attractive to these pests, including:
- Storing pet and human food in containers which are tightly sealed. When possible, keep these food containers inside your home instead of in your yard or garage.
- Wiping up spills or any bits of food or liquid from your kitchen and dining areas immediately.
- Pre-emptively closing any gaps along your home’s windows and exterior that could serve as a welcome mat for various types of wildlife.
- Keeping your outdoor spaces tidy and neat by removing woodpiles, leaf litter and other debris which could serve as a potential nesting area.
There is a reason that ABC has grown into one of the largest family-owned and run pest control companies in the nation. First of all, we hire only the most qualified and experienced pest control technicians who perform the highest-quality work. In addition, we want you to feel safe having one of our technicians at your home, so we conduct thorough background testing and drug checks on all our employees. Lastly, we treat your home as we would our own.