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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!

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!

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!

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!

 

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!

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!

Wasps and hornet activity in the summertime, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As the hottest months of summer arrive, pests remain active and thriving here in Florida.

One common pest that homeowners will often deal with during this time are wasps.

There are thousands of different species of wasps, however, and determining which type of wasp is active around your home is an important part of treatment.

Homeowners will often call us after having spotted a few wasps around their property. It is important to note that one or two wasps are not a problem homeowners should be concerned about. In fact, in small numbers, some wasps can be beneficial. They can act as pollinators and help to control the populations of other, more destructive pests.

However, wasps can become a problematic pest when they choose to form nests near to your home. You will often spot nests of wasp species such as the paper wasp on the gables and siding of the house. Their nests will resemble a hanging chandelier, and can become very difficult to remove if they grow too large. A small nest might contain a few wasps, and is relatively easy to remove. However, a larger nest could contain more than a hundred wasps, and this can be dangerous to interact with. For this reason, it is best to deal with a nest as soon as you identify it, as allowing it to grow could create an even larger problem.

On the other hand, if you spot a nest that is shaped similarly to a pot, it is possible that you are dealing with hornets. Hornets are more social than most other wasps, and they can build nests that contain hundreds of members. Hornets are also typically more aggressive in defending their nests, which makes it dangerous to interact with a hornet nest without proper precaution.

If you have located a large nest around your home, it is often best to call Arrow Pest Service to deal with the problem. Hornets and other wasps are very aggressive, and they will often sting a target more than once if it comes too close to their nest. It is therefore usually best to let a professional technician treat the colony.

 

At Arrow Pest Service we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Our technicians are highly trained, and we begin every treatment with a thorough inspection. This helps us to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you are having pest problems, or simply have a question, 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