We have many bugs and animals that can become a problem inside our homes. Ants find a way in through tiny gaps and cracks and get into kitchen and pantry food packages. Spiders squeeze in and explore our homes at night. This can lead to unwanted bites and unexpected encounters. Cockroaches get in and spread more than 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 forms of parasitic worms and also human pathogens. Mice and rats chew their way in, creating holes for many other pests, including ants, spiders and cockroaches. Inside your home, rodents will spread ticks, fleas, mites and other parasites. They’ll also spread illness. If you’re thinking, “Um, no thanks!” we’re with you. Here’s what you should know about pest prevention in San Jose, CA.
Green Is Better
While pests can cause illness and damage your property, the last thing you need is to replace one threat with another, yet that is what many homeowners do. They go out and purchase chemicals to control pests. What they don’t know is that many pests are resistant to chemicals, cockroaches being one of the worst. When chemicals are sprayed to control pests, they’re often carried into food-storage areas and other sensitive locations within kitchens and pantries. This is why the team here at Smith’s puts a high priority on green, low toxicity and organic pest control solutions.
How to Go Green
Green pest control is a process that is often referred to as Integrated Pest Management. It is an integration of several pest control methods to achieve proper management of pest threats. This management strategy creates long-lasting control by altering the environment around your home to resist pests. It consists of:
Inspections. A quality inspection performed by an educated and experienced pest management professional is the foundation of an effective pest management program. During an inspection, a technician can learn many things. It is possible to identify conditions that are conducive to pest activity or pest harborage. Attractants can be cataloged. Pests can be identified. These observations help the technician create a plan that will work to manage pests by altering the conditions that help them thrive.
Exclusions. There is no pest control method that is more natural than installing a barrier that pests can’t get past. When pests explore your home, installed exclusion barriers let them know they are not welcome inside your home.
Baits. When pests look for food, they find bait stations with tasty morsels filled with an active ingredient that works to eliminate them. Some baits can be carried back to nests and work to eliminate entire colonies.
Maintenance. There are many things that can be done to maintain a pest-resistant exterior. One is the removal of spider webs. When webs are removed, often eggs are removed with them. That means hundreds of spiderlings are not going to hatch out of those eggs right next to your home.
Treatments. Some pests warrant the use of pest control products. The products we use are EPA approved and least toxic. They are designed to eliminate simple organisms in specific ways. The use of natural growth regulators, for example, work to mimic hormones in young insects and disrupt the insect’s ability to grow or reproduce.
Trapping. At Smith’s Pest Management, we are known for our ability to locate and trap gophers and other ground-dwelling animals with incredible proficiency. We use this knowledge to give the highest level of control for mice, rats and other home-invading pests.
Are You Ready to Go Green?
Let Smith’s Pest Management give you the expert green pest control you’re looking for. We provide ongoing, year-round pest management services in the San Jose’s Area. Let our expertly trained technicians help you establish a pest-resistant barrier around your home. It begins with interior service to create a pest-free environment and is supported by routine visits to maintain a barrier around your home. And if pests find a way into your home between visits, we come back and re-treat at no extra charge. Go Green today by requesting a free, no-obligation inspection for your San Jose Area home. We’re standing by to help you with this important protection for your health and property.
Kourtney B. - Los Gatos, CA
My chicken coop was put up five years ago. I went out one night and almost had a heart attack because there was probably 100 rats in with the chickens. I called Smith’s and the problem was solved quickly. No more rats!