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General Pest Control

The LeMarr Group

We will inspect your residential or commercial property, advise you of effective treatments, and then get the job done.  Our general services include:

Cockroaches

Damage:
Cockroaches spread human disease by depositing disease organisms on food and utensils. The American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings, may transmit bacteria that cause Salmonella and Shigella. German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus, hepatitis, and coliform bacteria. They also have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery.

Recent studies have found a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increases in the severity of asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to cockroach allergens.

Detection and Treatment:
Cockroaches may become pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and virtually any structure that has food preparation or storage areas. These pests are common even in the cleanest of crowded urban areas and older dwellings. It’s usually not difficult to discover an infestation, because they are often visible. Treatment usually involves sealing cracks and crevices to block entrance; keeping food and trash areas clean to avoid providing food; and the professional application of insecticide and bait on a regular basis. Click here for more info.

Rodents

Damage:
Rodents consume and contaminate food. They also gnaw on electrical wires, wooden structures, and tear insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting. Rodents can also transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock. They have been found to transmit typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.

Detection and Treatment:
The presence of mice and rats is usually detected by the damage they cause to food and structures, by their droppings, and by their nests. Treatment involves eliminating all entry points and population reduction by the application of rodenticides and traps. Learn more.

Ants

Damage:
Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the variety. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Pharaoh ants may transmit serious diseases. A fire ant’s sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals, and all ants contaminate the food they infest.

Detection and Treatment :
Ants build massive colonies, so their presence is generally detected when you see their nests, or the ants themselves. Treatments involve baiting, insecticide, and sealing off entry to buildings.

Spiders
Except for poisonous spiders, such as the black widow and the brown recluse, spiders are not harmful to humans. When it’s important to control spiders, chemical control is used, along with destruction of webs and eggs. Since they feed on insects, measures that control unwanted insects will also reduce spider populations.

Biting and Stinging Pests

Damage:
Bees, wasps and scorpions are dangerous because of their painful and potentially harmful stings.

Detection and Treatment:
Wasp nests and bee hives can be removed by professionals with protective gear. Insecticides are also used. Scorpion problems are usually treated chemically. Click here to learn more about other insects.

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Visit UC IPM Online for more information about additional pests.

Wood-Boring Pests

Damage:
Termites aren’t the only wood-munching pests around. Wood bores, powder post beetles, carpenter bees and carpenter ants all bore and tunnel their way through wood in buildings, causing structural integrity issues.

Detection and Treatment:
Holes, fine powder or dust, and the physical presence of these pests give an indication of their feeding grounds. Chemical treatment is the most effective treatment.

Other Pests

Damage:
Crickets can get inside and feed on a wide variety of fabrics, such as cotton and wool. They may gather in large numbers at night around lights giving off that ever-present chirping noise. Silverfish will eat paper, cardboard, and certain fabrics. Millipedes feed on decaying organic material and are usually found outside in mulch and flower beds. They can make their way inside.

Detection and Treatment:
For crickets and millipedes, total extermination outdoors is impossible but have great success indoors. Pests of this sort are best treated chemically.