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March 2014 News: Pest Control & Safety

In the March 2014 issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: Pest Control & Safety, Should You Be Collecting Rent? and Spring is Here: Termites Will Follow.

Pest Control & Safety

Deer TickPest control products got a bad reputation in the twentieth century when the long-term effects of products like DDT and chlordane were discovered and these pesticides banned. The pesticides in use today are much safer and are still effective, especially when used as part of an integrated pest control and management process. In many cases, finding the access point(s) in your home and sealing them will keep pests out. When we are talking about something as tiny as ants, this can be challenging!

It is important to know that no pesticide is 100% safe, simply because all pesticides are designed to eliminate insects. Clegg’s however, uses the most current methods and products for the safest pest management possible, and our technicians are trained on the proper use of these products. Pesticides applied by our technicians are targeted where the insects hide, reducing the risks to your family. Your family’s safety is our first priority.

If you’d like to learn more about pest control and safety, check out this recent article or email us your questions.

Should You Be Collecting Rent?

Clegg's Removes Nuisance WildlifeWould you willingly open your home to a friend or relative knowing they would pay you nothing and cause expensive damage to your property? Probably not, but every month we get dozens of calls about nuisance wildlife-critters who have moved in and damaged property, caused sleepless nights and unwanted expense for the homeowners.

While any number of different animals may try to make your home theirs, squirrels, opossums and bats make up the bulk of the calls we receive. In most cases, they are simply looking for a warm, dry environment to call home. If they can get into your attic or crawlspace easily, they’ll do it. Clegg’s will identify the type of animal in your home and then set traps to capture the animal(s), after which they will be relocated. Read more about nuisance wildlife…

Spring is Here! Termites Will Follow

Every year we welcome warmer weather, greening trees and beautiful flowers, and longer days filled with sunshine. Unfortunately, while it may be beautiful outside this is also the time of year that termites become very active. Termites are active year-round, but many people don’t know they have an infestation until they see a swarm in or around their home or are doing some spring cleaning and find mud tubes near the foundation. Learn more about termites or call us for a FREE inspection!

 

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Clegg's Pest Control | Nuisance Wildlife | Deer Mouse

Would you willingly open your home to a friend or relative knowing they would pay you nothing and cause expensive damage to your property? Probably not, but every month we get dozens of calls about nuisance wildlife—critters who have moved in and damaged property, caused sleepless nights and unwanted expense for the homeowners.

Identifying nuisance wildlife in your home

In many cases, homeowners don’t immediately recognize they have a problem. They may hear some scratching or noise overhead and believe it’s outside when it’s really coming from the attic. Often times, the problem becomes apparent when urine soaks through from the attic into the ceiling drywall, leaving a stain. In other cases, there may be issues with electrical wiring as the result of rats or other pests gnawing through the wires. We actually had one call where an opossum was making so much noise building a nest at night near the duct work in a crawl space that the homeowner thought a person was living in his crawl space!

Common nuisance wildlife calls

While any number of different animals may try to make your home theirs, squirrels, opossums and bats make up the bulk of the calls we receive. In most cases, they are simply looking for a warm, dry environment to call home. If they can get into your attic or crawlspace easily, they’ll do it. Clegg’s will identify the type of animal in your home and then set traps to capture the animal(s), after which they will be relocated.

The damage they do

The degree of damage to your property may vary based on the type of animal in your home. Bats will leave droppings which may soak through and stain your ceilings over time. Mice, rats, squirrels and opossums also leave droppings and will build nests, chewing up wood, insulation and just about anything else they can find. These animals may also bring fleas and ticks into your home, and may carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. We’ve had more than one call where a homeowner thought they had bed bugs but it turned out they were bat bugs coming down from the attic after being brought in by bats.

Stopping repeat visitors

The only way to ensure you don’t have a repeat is to find out where the animals are getting into your home and close the entry point(s). Most animals can get in through very tiny openings, so it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out how they are entering your home. A word of caution: don’t plug the hole until you are certain the critters are out of the house, otherwise they may cause more damage trying to get out or they may die inside if they cannot find an exit. If you do try to remove the animal by yourself, use caution so you don’t get bitten. While rabies is uncommon in squirrels and opossums, their bites can still cause infections or tetanus. It’s also important to note that bats are protected under federal law. They cannot be moved during nesting season (October through March), so it’s best to keep them out in the first place.

If you find signs that you may have a furry freeloader in your home, give Clegg’s a call. We’ll come out and identify your unwanted house guest and remove it from the premises.

 

October 2013 News: Rodents Like To Be Warm and Dry, Too!

In the October 2013 Clegg’s newsletter: Rodents Want To Be Warm and Dry, Too!; Andrew Taylor Earns Board Certification; Employee Profile: Bryan Bridgewater; and Refer a Friend.

Rodents Want to Be Warm and Dry, Too!

Clegg's Pest Control | Nuisance Wildlife | House MouseAs colder weather approaches, nuisance wildlife and pests like mice and rats may try to find a dry, warm place to spend the winter. Unfortunately, some of them may take up residence in your garage, attic or elsewhere in your house, and they can cause big damage.

Rodents will build nests out of available materials, including paper, boxes and wood. They also commonly gnaw on wires, causing electrical issues or shorting out security systems. They will even climb into a warm car engine and chew wiring under the hood. We have also seen cases where a residential alarm has been tripped repeatedly with no signs of any criminal activity. Upon closer inspection by the alarm company representative, they discovered that mice or rats had destroyed the wiring in the crawl space! Be sure to watch this video featuring Clegg’s “Junior Interns” with tips on keeping mice and rats out of your house.

If you believe you may have a mouse or rat infestation, or other nuisance wildlife, give us a call at 1.888.Mr.CLEGG or email us at durhamoffice@cleggs.com.

Andrew Taylor Earns Board Certification

Entomologist Andrew TaylorCongratulations to Clegg’s “insect guy” and Technical Director, Andrew Taylor. He earned his Board Certified Entomologist status on September 3, 2013. The Entomological Society of America offers two certifications. The first, Associate Certified Entomologist, or ACE, is geared toward structural pest management professionals looking for a more general professional development program. The second program is geared toward those with degrees in entomology or a related field who are looking for a rigorous continuing education program.

If you have questions regarding insects at your house or business, contact us and we’ll put Andrew to work to get you an answer!

Employee Profile | Bryan Bridgewater

Bryan Bridgewater - Clegg's Pest Control TechnicianMeet Bryan Bridgewater, a Pest Control Technician in the Clegg’s Morehead City, NC office. Bryan has been with Clegg’s for 22 years and is currently certified in Phase P (household pests) by the NC Department of Agriculture.

When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Bryan says, “I enjoy doing a good job and solving pest problems for my customers. It’s important to ask the right questions and really listen to people. I always try to treat people the way I would like to be treated.”

Bryan supports a number of charities, including the American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Wounded Warrior Project and the ASPCA. Watch for Bryan out and about in the Morehead City area!

Refer a Friend

Did you know that Clegg’s has a referral program? Existing customers can receive a $30 credit toward their next service by referring a friend or neighbor. Just make sure they let our team know that you are the person who referred them and we’ll credit your account after their initial service is complete. Questions? Email us at durhamoffice@cleggs.com.