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Our new 4 Seasons Program is amazing. It is designed with a different extensive service each season. This program is a detailed service focusing on delivering results where pests hide and not simply spraying the foundation and baseboards and hoping that the pests cross it. This is the best pest control that you can buy.
Here are a few highlights:
- Quarterly Service
- Specifically designed for each season here in Utah
- Includes full Wasp Treatment Program- $175 value- guarantees against wasp nesting for the entire year
- Includes Full Ant Control including baiting to prevent ants- $50-$80 value
- Includes Rodent Control- $125+ value
- Includes Biological Drain Cleaning to prevent gnats and fruit flies- $60 value
- We include sheds and crawl spaces at no extra charge
- Dust in wall voids around all accessible plumbing with specialized equipment
- Specialized window treatments to prevent pests from entering through the windows
- We do not run your baseboards with a hand sprayer and hope that the insects cross the chemical
- We get deep into the walls and harborages to stop insects
- Long-lasting residual dusts are applied to all cracks on the exterior of home
- Water Activated Crystals used around the foundation of home in the summer
- Free call backs if you have insect problems inside the home
Heat is the best option to eradicate bed bugs. We were the 1st company to start treating bed bugs with heat and we are still the best.
We keep growing and expanding our bed bug heat division and last fall we added electric heaters to our heat arsenal. This allows us to better serve each customer and meet their needs. We now have both propane and electric heating options. They both have advantages and disadvantages but we now have the flexibility to do whatever would be best for every situation.
We really enjoy helping homeowners and businesses eliminate their bed bug problems. It is a pleasure to serve the community with such a fantastic and needed service.
Bed bug infestations have been increasing in Utah exponentially over the past few years. In 2006 we received our first phone call for bed bugs. Honestly we had no idea what to do. We opened a few of our pest control books from our library and read about the pest.
Now, things are very different. We are now one of the top bed bug professionals in the nation. We have devoted thousands of hours to research, study, seminars, hands on experience, treatments, and hard work. We were the first in Utah with a bed bug detection canine and also the first in Utah with heat treatments. We have heated thousands of rooms successfully. We have also taken the time to study the behaviors of our live colonies of bed bugs.
The number of calls is also very different. We now receive bed bug calls every day. We are doing heat treatments for bed bugs almost every day. The number of bed bugs infestations in Utah is astounding. Last year I thought we were so busy we couldn’t see straight and this year bed bug calls are up 200% over last year.
Please be smart and if you have bed bugs or think you have bed bugs ask for help. Bed bugs are something that you should not tackle on your own. In fact I have never seen it done, I know it has happened, but I have personally never seen it. When choosing a professional, they should be able to answer every question you have about bed bugs or find someone else. They should have a clear plan and be very specific.
Don’t let the bed bugs bite!
We are excited to announce that our organic lawn care is branching off and forming it’s own company called Soil Matters. Soil Matters will offer a wider variety of organic options for your lawn and garden. The new services are amazing!
Both Orkin and Terminix released their top 10 cities. Here are their lists:
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Columbus, Ohio
- Chicago, Illinois
- Denver, Colorado
- Detroit, Michigan
- Washington, DC
- New York, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Dayton, Ohio
- Baltimore, Maryland
- New York
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dayton, Ohio
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles
- Louisville, Ky.
- Minneapolis, Minn.
Dr. Oz featured bed bugs on his show a couple days ago. The little pests are becoming a huge problem and we are glad that the word is spreading. The more people that are aware of the problem and educated about them, the better ability we have to control them.
Tis the season to get your house protected. Fall is a popular time to get your house treated for good reason. As it gets colder the insects will be looking for a warm place to reside for these cold months. Guess where that place is? That’s right, your home. It is also spider mating season so male spiders have left their webs and are searching everywhere for a female. If you get your house sprayed now, it will keep them out and away from you and your family. If you get a single inside/outside barricade we offer a 60-day guarantee with our service. Call us now!
Spider Spray was asked to be on the news again the end of July, we just never posted it here. You can read the article here or you can watch the video right below!
Soil is the backbone of your garden and lawn. Nothing else really matters. If your soil is enriched with decomposed organic matter, your plants will be naturally fed by nutrients released by soil microbes working underground. One of the best ways to add organic matter to your soil is with compost.
Compost improves your soil texture and structure, supplies and helps retain nutrients, provides moisture and aeration, helps control weeds, and reduces the need to buy fertilizers. Compost will improve any type of soil.
-If you add organic matter to sandy soils, you won’t have to water as frequently.
-If you add organic matter to silty soil, the soil will be less slippery and allow more air to the roots.
-If you add organic matter to clay soils, your soil will become easier to work and will allow root systems to develop and water to soak in more readily.
In the Garden
Instead of digging in fresh compost, just add a layer to the top of your soil and walk away. Do this at least twice a year-in the fall and in early spring-and add a fresh layer of mulch on top.
In the Lawn
Just spread compost on top of the lawn by dumping small piles and spreading the compost with a rake to a depth of a 1/2 inch. You can also use a spreader and simply spread the compost on top of the lawn.
If you can commit to top dressing your soil with compost twice a year your lawn and garden will thrive.
“Weed and feed” products are synthetic fertilizers mixed with herbicides. They are used by almost everyone and the general public does not know of the harm they are doing to their pets, children, water ways, and soil. “Weed and Feed” products kill the microrganisms living in the soil that break down organic matter, provide nutrients to plants, and hunt and destroy harmful insects like grubs. I just finished reading “Joy in your Garden A Seasonal Guide to Gardening” by Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow and she stated her feelings about “weed and feed” products.
“Stay away from the “weed and feed” type products. Getting the “weed” part to actually hit the leaves of the weeds and stay there is iffy at best. Much more effective is the attack-one-weed-at-a-time approach. At least, that way you are less likely to be exposing every blade of grass, every passing kitty, and every child’s foot to chemical poison.”
Joy Bossi is a Utah native and a gardening expert. She is well known in Utah for her radio program “Joy in the Garden”.
I completely agree with Joy. Typically about 98% of the herbicides in “weed and feed” do not hit their target pest, weeds. Herbicides are designed to kill and more and more research is shedding light on the dangers of herbicides. Stay away from these products and ask your “lawn care” company if they are mixing herbicides in with their fertilizers. If the answer is yes stay clear. Kids should be able to play in the lawn without being exposed to harmful chemicals. It is not worth the risk!
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