What is the difference between exclusion work and repair work?
Exclusion work is any type of repair that is made to exclude a pest from getting in. Exclusion is important as it is a preventative measure. Ensuring your house is nicely sealed up is key to assuring your home is rodent proof. Exclusion work is as simple as checking cracks and crevices near window and door jams, on the sides and bottom of your doors, as well as seals on any other openings (I.e. garage roll up door, doggy door etc.) to exclude these potential entry points from outdoor insects it’s as simple as caulking over these small openings.
Exclusion for rodents is also extremely important. Making sure your foundation vent screens are nice and secured, your bird blocks are nicely kept and sealed up from potential entry, as well as any openings around electrical conduits in your walls (piping or wiring from outside the home to inside the home) these are all potential ways rodents can gain way to inside your home. If you need a second opinion, or just want that peace of mind assurance, call PCI Pest Control – we will determine all your potential entry points, and can even exclude them for you to keep you pest protected!
What is IPM?
IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management; it is a common-sense pest management strategy, focusing on long-lasting results while all the while having minimal impact on our environment and loved ones. PCI Pest Control is proud to say that we utilize IPM with every encounter we have in the field. We utilize the following steps to ensure we are taking the utmost care of our customer – providing lasting satisfactory results, and keeping their health, safety, and well-being in mind:
1.Inspection and identification: We always make sure we thoroughly inspect the current pest situation at our customer’s property. Proper identification of the known pest is key to knowing the necessary treatment needed.
2.Prevention: We offer many different options of prevention. To stay ahead of the curve, we have preventative recurring services which keep pests at bay. When dealing with a current infestation we also give recommendations to prevent the issue from reoccurring, such as exclusion work to repair a potential entry point for a rodent into the home, or caulking cracks and crevices which could give way into your home for insects.
3.Monitor: We monitor pest situations to be able to determine what’s the most appropriate action to take. From setting traps/placing bait stations to get rid of a current infestation of rodents and/or monitor the activity, to placing glue boards for insect monitoring in a controlled area such as a customer’s garage.
4.Action: After a thorough inspection to identify the target pest, putting in place all the preventative measures, and monitoring the situation to be able to find the best appropriate treatment method, we then take action with a treatment (spray for insect infestation) or trapping program (set traps for rodent infestation)
5.Evaluate: It is our duty to ensure your results are satisfactory. We provide expectations customers should have with our treatments and we also follow up with one-time services to see if their problem was resolved. We also periodically check in with our recurring customers to ensure they are happy year-round!
Odorous House Ants also known as Sugar Ants are a native species to our country and found throughout the United States. Why the foul name? When squished, they give off an odor of that of rotten coconuts. Back or brown in color, these tiny little guys (1/16-1/18-in) often are found indoors, typically in wall voids, cracks/crevices, and famously under sinks. “Honey there are ants all over the kitchen and bathroom!” Sound familiar? They feed on anything such as dead insects, honeydew (their favorite), seeds, and notoriously sweets left behind by us. When getting rid of these pests’ professionals will either use a non-repellent or a baiting method (or a combination of both).
You may have noticed when using a residual or repellent DIY spray it only makes matters worse – well that’s because it causes stress on the ant colonies which cause them to split and create sub-colonies; ultimately making your issue widespread among your home. That cycle is called “budding”; multiplying the amount of ant colonies, in-turn multiplying your ant issues. When you see these ants active around your home they are more than likely travelling to and from their food source and their nesting site – make note of these locations as this is where you’ll want to place your bait. If all else fails, call in the professionals! PCI Pest Control has a 6-month warrantied treatment that will take care of your problem. [For at home tips, see our previous blog for “What Ants Don’t Want You To Know About Why They Love Your Kitchen!”] Continue Reading
“Well, that counter top sure looks nice and clear, maybe it doesn’t need a wipe down.”
“Well, Fido can take care of those few crumbs the baby dropped, he always licks up food to save me from sweeping!”
This is why the ants LOVE your kitchen. They’re attracted to food scents or molecular sized pieces of foods. To the naked eye, your kitchen counter tops and floors may seem empty. But, to an ant hoard, it’s their next buffet! On top of that, ants have incredibly small bodies. At only 1/8”, they can squeeze into the tiniest crack of your home.
Here are some helpful tips to keep the kitchen-loving ant out of your life:
- Store food in sealed containers – anything left out in the open is an attractant
- Try to exclude ants by caulking and sealing any openings into your home
- Your dog is not an efficient form of cleaning; even if he licks up leftovers. Always go over the spill-spot with a broom or mop.
- Be sure to clean any surfaces that could harbor tiny crumbs. This includes dishes, countertops, and microwaves. Rinse off the sponge afterward to wash away food remnants
- For a natural approach, wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar or lemon juice. This will eliminate the scent trails ants are attracted to.
Like many entrepreneurs at this time of year, I’ve been spending a good amount of time reflecting on this last year’s progress and thinking about what I’d like to achieve in the coming year. Although I’ve never been one for resolutions (too restrictive and unpleasant), I love making lists of goals. They often include a blend of personal and professional hopes and ambitions and have been helpful in clarifying my priorities for the year ahead. Continue Reading
During the winter season, it’s estimated that rodents seek shelter in more than 21 millions homes in the United States. This means that many homeowners will likely be dealing with mice or rats in their abode over the next few months – and you could be one of them. Continue Reading
It’s not uncommon, especially during the winter months, to have an unpleasant encounter with a rodent who has made its way into a home uninvited. What many people do not realize, however, is that these pests can be much more than a nuisance. Rodents, such as rats, mice, prairie dogs and rabbits, are associated with a number of health risks. In fact, rats and mice are known to spread more than 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of live or dead rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through fleas, ticks, or mites that have fed on an infected rodent. Continue Reading