Pest Control

New Years Resolutions, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

As we enter the new year, it is common to make resolutions and plans for how you are going to live. People will often look ahead and schedule out major events and perform annual errands during this time.

With our decades of experience in the pest industry, we have seen pest seasons come and go many times, and thus we have a good idea of what steps homeowners should be taking during this time to make sure they are prepared. With the spring swarming season just around the corner, homeowners should make pest protection for their home one of their new years resolutions!

So without further ado, here are our tips to keeping your home secure in the new year!

  1. Schedule Regular Inspections for your Property:

The fact is, the best time to deal with ANY pest infestation is before it occurs. The damage done by destructive pests such as termites, carpenter ants, and bed bugs often increases exponentially with the growth of the infestation, and many of these infestations are much harder to remove once they are allowed to sufficiently spread. Therefore, early detection and prevention will often save homeowners time, frustration, and expense in the long run.

Since many pests infest secluded parts of the home not frequented by humans, a thorough inspection may be the only way to identify signs of pest activity. Due to this, it is best for homeowners to at least have one annual inspection per year. This can allow you to rest easy knowing that your home is pest free, and inspections will often reveal conducive environmental conditions in your home that could cause future infestations if not dealt with.

   2. Resolve Conducive Conditions Where Possible:

“Spring Cleaning” is a common beginning of the year activity for many. During this time, homeowners should also be on the lookout for anything in and around their home that might be making their home an easier or more attractive location for pests

As there are millions of different pest species, and each has different environmental preferences, it is impossible to list them all. However, there are a few standard practices that cover major pest groups:

  • Clean up any trash or debris around the exterior of the home or in garages, sheds, or basements
  • Reduce abnormal moisture levels/Repair water damage
  • Seal any exterior access points such as vents, windows, or doors
  • Repair any external structural damage
  • Seal and store any potential food sources to avoid attracting pests

While this is not an exhaustive list, performing these steps will substantially reduce the chances of you dealing with a destructive infestation.

3. Schedule Preventative Treatment Early:

As part of your new years resolutions, we hope that you will place priority on scheduling preventative treatments for your home. As we approach termite and mosquito season, pest control companies across the board will start to become busy and overburdened with customer calls.  The fact is, the value of prevention is much greater than that of a cure. Many pests are significantly more difficult to remove if they are allowed to establish themselves in your home, and thus it is best to take steps to prevent initial infestation rather than calling a pest control company after you have spotted the problem.

Starting the year by scheduling an comprehensive inspection and preventative treatments will make sure that your home is protected throughout the year!

Conclusion:

We hope that you have a wonderful New Years and that you succeed with whatever resolutions you make. If you are in need of fully service pest protection in 2018 and years to come, Arrow Pest Service is your one call solution! We offer a wide range of treatment options designed to safely target pest problems and eradicate infestations quickly and effectively!

 So if you are dealing with pest problems, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living PEST FREE!

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Powderpost beetles and home renovations,Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are considering renovating your home, you are probably aware of the increasingly popular trend of using “reclaimed wood” materials in renovation. Oftentimes, pieces of wood from old sheds, barns, or other aged structures are taken and used in new projects or artistic endeavors. While this is a good use of resources, it can also be a major pest risk if not handled properly.

Because it is often untreated, reclaimed wood can sometimes contain wood boring pests that are difficult to detect.

One of the most destructive of these pests, the powderpost beetle, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Powderpost beetles are a group of small, wood destroying beetles that are notorious for infesting and destroying deciduous trees.

They mate inside of dead hardwoods and thus can often be found in the wild inside dead branches or trunks of trees. They are relatively small, growing to a little under 1/4 inch in length, and are usually brown in coloration.

Powderpost beetles can cause problems for homeowners in a variety of different ways.

For one, they can infest secluded portions of the home such as crawlspaces or basements. Because of their preference for wood with higher moisture content, they are often attracted to more humid environments. Once inside these spaces, they can infest various parts of the structure such as framing and trim.

Powderpost beetles lay their eggs under the surface of wood, and these will hatch into small, white colored larvae. These larvae will survive the winter inside the wood, boring tunnels throughout as they develop. Finally, in the spring, the now fully grown adults will work their way to the surface and spread to new locations.

This will often leave behind a characteristic sign of their activity in the form of small, rounded holes in the wood that are around 1/8 inch wide. This is usually accompanied by a small pile of very fine, powdery sawdust and should be fairly easy to spot, especially in more extensive infestations.

While the powderpost beetle is relatively straightforward to treat in crawlspaces and basements, it can become much more difficult when the beetles gain access to the living areas of the home.

Powderpost beetles can reduce almost any type of hardwood to kindling if given the chance, and they will infest items such as antique furniture, walls, or even picture frames. Beyond this, it becomes much easier for the beetles to hide when they move into a living area, and the treatment options for such cases are more limited. For this reason, it is critical to avoid bringing powderpost beetles into your home.

If you plan to use reclaimed materials in your home, make sure to have those inspected by a licensed professional. Infested wood will often have lots of small holes, and you might be able to see collections of sawdust around wherever the wood has been laying. If you spot any of those signs, you may want to think twice before bringing that wood or furniture into your home.

It also is becoming normal practice for builders to have newly constructed frames of houses coated in some form of borate treatment. This type of treatment will make the wood resistant to most wood destroying organisms and has been shown to be extremely effective for dealing with these pests. While this type of treatment typically must be applied to the frame during construction, it can also be done during any type of major home renovation.

Beyond this, homeowners should also consider having regular inspections performed by a licensed pest control service. This can help to identify any type of pest activity in your home, and in many cases early detection can make a great difference in the difficulty and expense of treatment.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have served for decades as a leading provider of pest control for the greater Panama City area. We offer a wide range of treatment options designed to safely and effectively deal with any pest problem that you might encounter. In fact, we are so confident that we can deal with your pest problems, we offer a 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE on all of our services!

So if you are dealing with pest problems of any kind, DON’T WAIT! Call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service


As we spend time with our loved ones this Christmas season, it is a good time to be able to look back and reminisce on the passing year. It has been a joyful year for us here at Arrow Pest Service. We have had a successful year and have continued to serve our existing customers and we have grown to serve new areas as well.

Our success and wellbeing is in large part due to you, our customer.

Your continued reliance on us as your pest control provider has allowed us to in turn provide for our own families, and for that reason we are very thankful to you. We have always tried to operate with integrity, and we have always wanted those who we serve to feel more like friends and neighbors than just customers. We hope to continue to grow and provide service into the next year and beyond!

 So from our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

We are thankful to you for your business, and we hope that you enjoy days of festive cheer with your family and friends!

And remember, if you need a reliable service to keep your home free of pests (including any humbugs!) you can always call us at 850-874-1900!

 

Merry Christmas, and happy New Year!

 

 

 

How to keep flying squirrels out of my home, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

Homeowners will often call us concerned about hearing bumps and other noises in the night. Sometimes these noises can be signs of wildlife pest activity. While most people associate pest problems with warmer weather, the truth is that wintertime is the number one time for wildlife pest invasions.

One of the more troublesome and destructive pests that homeowners here in Florida may deal with is the flying squirrel.

 So the question is, how do you keep your home free of flying squirrels?

 While there are a variety of different flying squirrel species around the world, the most common species here in Florida is the southern flying squirrel. These squirrels can be identified by their grayish-brown fur and are usually less than 10 inches in length.

Contrary to what their name may suggest, flying squirrels actually glide rather than fly. These pests use flaps of skin that connect their legs and arms to glide between their nests and trees. This gives them exceptional mobility, and can allow them to access parts of your home that other pests cannot touch.

 Like most wildlife pests, flying squirrels are often attracted to homes because they offer warm shelter and a source of food. They will often gather in groups during the winter to establish nesting sites, scavenge food, and survive the winter. These squirrels are very clever, and will often exploit various avenues to gain access to your home such as exterior cracks and gaps, roof damage, or ventilation.

Once they are inside, flying squirrels often establish nests in secluded, high altitude spaces such as rafters and attics. They will often scavenge materials from the home, and can cause damage to insulation and wiring.

 Naturally, you want to keep flying squirrels and other wildlife pests out of your home. The best way to keep your home safe is by having regular inspections of your home performed by a licensed pest control service. A trained technician is able to identify even the most subtle signs of pest activity, and can trace this evidence back to the source of the problem.

 Since these pests can be so destructive if left unchecked, you will save yourself frustration and expense in the long run by having inspections performed.

Our team here at Arrow Pest Service has been a well known name in the Panama City pest control industry for decades. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment procedures that are designed to deal with any pest problem that you might encounter. We are committed to maintaining customer satisfaction, and all of our treatments come with an industry leading quality guarantee!

 So if you are dealing with wildlife pests this winter, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Pest control is necessary during the winter months, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Typically, homeowners tend to not think about pest control as much during the winter months.

Since the colder weather kills many of the most prevalent and troublesome species, many people do not concern themselves with inspections or treatment for their homes until it becomes warm again. However, this type of thinking may expose you to a potential infestation that could result in a great deal of stress, annoyance, and expense.

While it is true that certain warm weather pests such as mosquitoes are less active during cold weather, not all pests behave in this way. Certain species of insect and wildlife pests hibernate during the winter, and your home can be the perfect environment for them.

Pests are often attracted into homes because of the availability of food, nesting materials, and artificial warmth. Once inside, they will often find secluded parts of the home to infest and reproduce. This could lead to a massive infestation growing secretly in your home for months. While some species may emerge to scavenge food, others do not need to eat at all during hibernation, and as such there may be no obvious signs of pest activity in your home.

Obviously, this can lead to major troubles, an unidentified pest infestation can thrive undetected for months. Some of these pests, such as termites, may feed on the structure throughout the winter, and this can lead to expensive damages. Others, such as squirrels, mice, or pharaoh ants, may suddenly emerge during warmer weather, resulting in the homeowner being caught off guard by a significant infestation problem.

 Naturally, no homeowner wants to deal with this nightmare scenario. So the question is, what can do you do keep your home safe?

The answer is actually quite simple: call in a licensed pest control service to inspect your property. A well trained technician can recognize even the smallest signs of pest activity, and this can allow you to discover a potentially catastrophic infestation while it is still in its early stages of development.

A complete inspection can uncover evidence of pest activity, identify any pests that are in the home, and give the technician the data that they need to properly formulate a treatment plan. A good pest control service will also identify and note any conditions that may be conducive to infestation such as exterior access points, water damage, food spillage, or a plethora of other factors that may be making your home a pest hotspot. By identifying and mitigating those conditions, you can often weaken any present infestations and reduce the probability of future infestation as well.

While it may seem like an inspection is an unnecessary expense, the fact is it is almost always cheaper and easier to have your home inspected and pretreated as opposed to dealing with an infestation after the fact.

It is of course very important that whatever company you call is a reliable, expert service. A badly done inspection or treatment is worse than no treatment at all. If you are unsure of how to select the best pest provider for your area, you can check out our guide for picking a good pest control company HERE.

 If you are a resident of Panama City, Florida, we here at Arrow Pest Service offer a complete, thorough inspection of your home. We are a full service pest company with DECADES of experience in the pest industry. We offer treatment plans to deal with any pest problem that you might encounter, all of which are covered under our 100% satisfaction guarantee that is UNMATCHED in the industry. If that does not convince you, we also offer 3 MONTHS FREE PEST CONTROL if you call in TODAY!

So if you want to keep your home pest free through the winter and beyond, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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How to choose the right pest control company, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Pest control is a diverse industry with an enormous number of companies of all sizes. For a homeowner choosing a pest control provider, it can sometimes be difficult to sort the good from the bad. The fact is, choosing a good pest provider can be extremely important as it determines the quality, expense, and safety of the service that you receive.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are committed to providing the highest quality of service possible.

However, we cannot be everywhere at once. Due to this, some of the frequent visitors to our website might be out of our service range.

However, to help those who we cannot directly service, we used our decades of experience in the pest industry to create a list of a few check marks that any good pest control company should meet. Hopefully these will help homeowners to make the right choice when selecting a pest control provider.

 Certification and Documentation:

 The first and perhaps most important requirement for a good pest control company is the possession of correct certification. Almost every state in the US requires some form of licensing that provides proof of training and assessed competence for technicians and the company more generally.

Unfortunately, some companies choose to operate illegally with this documentation, and thus their practices and standards have not been reviewed by a pest expert. Any legitimate company should be happy and willing to show you their documentation, and homeowners should avoid and potentially report companies that do not.

Beyond this, any pest treatment on your home should come with some form of follow up documentation. This documentation typically specifies what type of treatment was performed, the associated costs, and other details pertinent to the service. This documentation is very important because it serves as proof of service in any case of dispute.

Technicians:

 Technicians are the heart of any pest control company. They are the employees in the field who are preforming any treatment or other services for customers. A good pest control company should have well dressed, professional technicians who are knowledgeable about pests, treatment products, and other related information.

If a technician is unprofessional, rude, or sloppy, odds are the rest of the company is not held to a high standard, and you can’t expect a bad technician to perform good, thorough treatment.

Guarantees:

Depending on the pest in question, removing an infestation can be a complex, multistep process. In some cases, a small remnant of an infestation can survive treatment, and return later in the season. For this reason, a reliable pest control company will offer some form of quality assurance guarantee.

This guarantee is important because it shows that the company is confident in their treatment ability and that they are committed to keeping their customers satisfied. While this is not a necessity of good service, homeowners should still be cautious when working with a company with no quality guarantee.

Products and Chemical Use:

In most cases, pest treatment requires some form of chemical treatment product to be used in or around your property. Some of these chemicals can carry health risks to people, pets, and the environment if improperly used. An expert pest company should take the products that they use seriously.

If you are concerned about treatment methods or products that are being used on your home, the pest technician should be able to answer your questions on the topic. A good company should have policies to use treatment products as directed and in reasonable quantities.

Reviews and Testimonials:

Pest control is a service industry with mostly long term customer bases. As such, a pest control company that has been in operation for a few years should have reviews of some kind available from those with whom they have done business in the past.

When considering pest control companies, you should ask friends and neighbors who they use for pest control, and you may be able to get first hand information about the quality of a company. Beyond this, most companies will have google reviews listed on their website. A series of stellar reviews can give you confidence that is fair, competitive, and cares about their image.

 

If you are a homeowner in the greater Panama City area, Arrow Pest Service is proud to serve our customers as an industry leading pest control service. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment options to deal with any pest problem that you might encounter.

So if you are dealing with pests, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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How to keep a roach free home, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Watch the short video above to find out how to keep your home roach free!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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How to keep snakes out of my home, Panama City, FL- Arrow Pest Service

There are a variety of different wildlife pests that can invade your home.

Of these pests, possibly the most unpleasant and unwanted are snakes.

With so many different active species, snakes come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. While it is almost impossible to identify every species and their habits, you can take a few simple steps to help keep your home snake free.

So how do snakes get into your home, and what can you do to prevent it?

The best way to keep your home snake free is to prevent their access to begin with. Snakes are accidental invaders that most often enter homes pursuing prey, and will stay because homes offer artificial warmth and easy access to food. Snakes can potentially enter the home through a variety of different avenues, some of the most common include:

  • Garages
  • Outdoor sheds
  • Exterior cracks or gaps in the structure
  • Windows and Doors
  • Vents
  • Crawlspaces

Making sure these areas are properly secure will help to reduce the chances of a snake infestation. Beyond this, it will also help to clear up any clutter and debris around the home, as snakes will often exploit these areas as hiding spaces.If you think you may already have a snake in the home, you should probably call in a licensed wildlife professional to inspect the home. While most species of snakes here in Florida are non-venomous, you should always be cautious when interacting with snakes. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience dealing with all kinds of pests. Our technicians are trained professionals who are equipped to provide you with safe, targeted treatment plans designed to deal with your pest problems as quickly as possible!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

So if you are dealing with snakes, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

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The ants are invading-Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As winter comes closer, homeowners here in Florida may soon be facing a new wave of pest activity.

Various species of insect and wildlife pests are much more likely to invade homes during this time period seeking warmth and nourishment.

One of those pests, the pharaoh ant, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Pharaoh ants are a species of yellow colored ants that grow to around 2mm in size. They can be recognized by their distinct black and red body markings, though these can be hard to see at distance due to their small size.

Pharaoh ants often enter homes as the temperature drops and they are attracted to the warmth and nutrients. Due to their small size, they are easily able to infiltrate a home or other structure through even the smallest cracks and gaps. Once inside, pharaoh ants will typically establish a nest somewhere that is secluded and is near to a moisture source. The ants can often be found nesting beneath large appliances and in cabinet and wall voids.

Homes are not the only places that pharaoh ants invade. These ants are notorious for invading hospitals. This is problematic because the ants will often contaminate sterile medical equipment and can even act as vectors for infectious diseases in some instances.

The most obvious sign of pharaoh ant activity in a home are the lines of foraging workers that can be found moving to and from the nest.

If you are dealing with pharaoh ants in your home, you should be very cautious about how you treat them. When they are disturbed, pharaoh ants can perform a practice known as budding in which they scatter from their original nest, spreading further around the building. This can quickly make an infestation much larger and much more difficult to remove. For this reason, it is often best to rely on a professional service to deal with pharaoh ants.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are proud to be one of the leading pest control providers for the Panama City area. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment methods that we custom fit to deal with your specific pest problems!

So if you are dealing with pests of any kind, don’t struggle any longer! Give us a call today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

PPS. Ask about our FREE Exclusive 58 Point Inspection!

Rat problem in my attic-Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

Bugs are not the only pests that can create problems for homeowners here in Florida.

There are a large number of wildlife pests that become active as the weather grows colder. Pests such as mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons can cause a major nuisance and potentially damage your home if they are allowed access. One of those pests, the black rat, has been increasingly active recently.

So you may be wondering, what are black rats, and how can I identify them?

Black rats, or roof rats as they are sometimes known, are a species that originated in Asia, migrating to Europe during several thousand years ago. These rats traveled across the world as Europeans explored and are know an active presence here in the United States.

As their name might suggest, black rats are covered in black fur, but can have browner shades depending on the region. These pests grow to around 40cm in length from nose to tail, and are significantly smaller than other species such as the Norway rat.

These rats are often attracted to homes while scavenging for food. They are very agile and skilled climbers, and can take advantage of a variety of commonly exposed access points on the home such as…

  • Unsealed windows and doors
  • Unscreened vents
  • Roof damage
  • Exterior gaps and cracks
  • Crawlspaces
  • Open garages or sheds

Due to their curious nature, they will often find a secluded access point and use it to gain entry to the home. Once inside, the rats will typically seek out a space to establish a nesting site. In the wild, black rats often nest in high altitude areas such as the tops of trees, and they will seek to recreate these environments in homes if possible. As such they will often nest in rafters and attics.

Outside of nest building, black rats will also spend time scavenging around the home for food sources. Black rats have a diverse, omnivorous diet and can consume seeds, fungi, pet foods, meat, and sometimes small vertebrates and insects. They have a voracious diet, and in some cases they can even create problems for farmers by consuming a variety of different agriculturally significant crops.

Rats will often store food in their nests and will begin to reproduce soon after making their home inside the structure. This can quickly allow the population to get out of hand, and before long you can be dealing with a full on infestation in your home. Homeowners will typically first notice the rats due to hearing sounds of their movement during the night.

Beyond this, black rats can be identified by the damage that they leave behind. Areas inhabited by the rats will have excrement and fur left behind, and you may notice grease marks on walls and baseboards. Black rats can also be very destructive houseguests, and you may notice damage to insulation and drywall as well as evidence of chewing on wires and water lines. These types of damages can be expensive to repair and in some cases can create a major fire hazard.

Obviously, no homeowner wants to deal with a rat infestation, and by taking proper precautions you can greatly reduce the probability of an infestation. Generally speaking, the most important part step to keep rats out of your home is to ensure that they have no exploitable avenue to gain access in the first place.

Having an inspection of the exterior of your home by Arrow Pest Service can help to identify potential problem areas before they are exploited by pests. Beyond this, you should also remember to keep any food, including pet food, well sealed and put way. This helps to avoid attracting rats as well as most other invasive pests.

If you suspect rats are already active in your home, your best option is to call Arrow Pest Service to perform an inspection and treatment if necessary. Black rats can be dangerous to interact with without proper training, and they can carry a variety of bacteria and diseases as well that are dangerous to humans and pets. As such, it is typically best to leave this type of treatment in professional hands.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are one of the leading pest providers for the greater Panama City area. We have had decades of experience dealing with pests of all kinds, and we offer a wide variety of targeted treatment options to deal with any pest that you might encounter. These treatments are all backed by our customer satisfaction guarantee, and we have rigorously vetted them to ensure they are the safest, most effective options available!

So if you are dealing with rats in your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

PPS. Ask about our FREE Exclusive 58 Point Inspection!