The phone rings daily with someone on the other end claiming to need same day pest control service. In fact, it may be possible to have two callers on hold as another call is taken. All three callers need some type of pest control and they want it today. One call is for ants, another caller said they saw a roach crawl across the counter, and the call you’re on now is for rodent activity. If at all possible, you want to manage all three calls. At the very minimum, customers should receive a courtesy call from a pest control specialist.

What type of pest management concerns would constitute same day service?

Any pest control company worth its salt guarantees to keep pests in their place. Furthermore, if pests become a nuisance again, without hesitation or delay, those same companies should promise to return for follow-up service. Usually, timely treatments are incorporated to keep homes and businesses pest free. So how does that apply to same day pest control service?

Let’s say a customer has a regular monthly or quarterly service for general pest control. You encounter an infestation of midges or ants or some other pest related concern and call your PC Operator. You certainly don’t want to hear someone tell you that a technician will be out there as soon as possible. You don’t want to hear that no one is available today but someone will call you tomorrow. You don’t want to hear someone tell you that they will have someone out by the end of the week. You don’t want to be left hanging. You called a pest control company who claims to control pests but they only do it when they are able to get around to it.

You should expect some type of service to begin the same day you make the phone call.

We want you to know that your pest problem is our opportunity.

What are some of the reasons that would cause pest pressure to increase?

Unpredictable Weather

A change of season always brings a change in pest behavior. During the winter months, pest activity is low but as soon as the warmer spring weather arrives, insect activity will increase. Even during a normal seasonal balance, insect activity will increase or decrease according to the many factors associated with the weather. Too much snow and rain can heighten or reduce pest activity. Drought conditions can cause a chain reaction in pest behavior that inevitably brings pests knocking on your door.

Drought

Drought conditions cause insects, rodents, and other varmints to get thirsty just like you or me. When portions of the earth succumb to a period of warmer and drier than normal weather, great numbers of wildlife, insect life, and plant life are significantly affected by it. Consider the aardvark who lives in the Kalahari desert in South Africa. As the desert heat has continued to increase there, this ancient creature is destined for an uncertain future. Not because the aardvark can’t withstand the heat but because the termites and ants it needs to sustain its energy cannot survive. Too hot, too dry, and not enough water. Without termites and ants, a vital food source, the aardvark is doomed to extinction. But that is not the only effect. Drought causes a chain reaction in the circle of life.

Aardvarks dig burrows in the side of hills where they sleep during the day. Many types of birds, mammals, and reptiles use these burrows to escape the cold and heat, to reproduce, and escape predators They rely on the aardvark to provide this burrow of refuge and if it is unavailable, even more forms of life will face the same fate as the aardvark.

Moisture

Any amount of rain is going to affect how insects react. With lush green lawns, flourishing foliage, and blooming flowers comes the threat of some common insects seeking places to live. Like in your lawn. And since they found a home in your lawn they may as well make their way into your home by way of that lovely juniper tree resting upon the side of your house. The bite of a fire ant is bad but perhaps not as bad as those unsightly mounds they built in your lawn. Whiteflies thrive during the warmer months of summer and destroy plant life by laying its egg on the underside of a leaf. The larvae then seek a food source. Your garden is more than apt to supply its nourishment.

What about the puddle of water under the downspout? What about any part of your residence or business where water seems to always collect? Any danger there? Remember, pests need the same sustenance humans require for survival. Food and water. And pests will take up residence as close as possible to where the water and food is located.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

A successful action plan includes mutual collaboration between the pest control technician and the customer. Customers educated in the basic philosophy of IPM will understand they have a part in controlling pests every bit as much as the pest control company.

Here’s our top 10 integrated pest management tips you can do to help keep bugs out and away from your home or business:

  • Trim tree limbs, branches, and plant foliage away from the structure
  • Remove and bag up yard debris
  • Ensure attics and crawl spaces are free and clear
  • Install door sweeps at every exterior door
  • Create 18 inches of runway around the exterior perimeter of your home
  • Install yellow bug lights in outdoor fixtures and reduce the number of flying insects and spiders
  • Repair or replace weather-stripping
  • Repair cracks in the foundation, sidewalk, patio, etc.
  • Store pet food in a tightly sealed container when not in use
  • Seal entry holes for plumbing and electrical points. Caulk cracks around windows.

Contact Miller the Killer for a free assessment of your pest control concerns. We have technicians who are ready to help you with your pest concerns…today.