Wolbert's Home Shield Pest Prevention
A program created to protect your home and/or business from damaging structural and invading nuisance pests.
We will continue the same level of personal and conscientious care we provide for you now. As always, we will deliver the safest, most effective solutions for a host of troublesome pest challenges.
We offer inspections and treatments for carpenter ants and odorous house ants (sugar ants), termites, anobiid beetles, yellow jacket/wasps and rodents (limited to rats and mice). These are the "big 6" most common threats to structures and health. Wolbert's Home Shield Pest Prevention home inspections, with necessary treatments, will prevent damage from invading insects and rodents, leaving you with the tangible, yet unseen, benefit…peace of mind.
Other than the "big 6", there are many other potentially damaging or nuisance pests that can invade your home, such as spiders, carpet and other beetles, grain, meal and other moths, and lady bugs, to name a few. We will consult and offer solutions for these secondary pests as well.
Wolbert's Home Shield Pest Prevention is based on education, both ours and yours, and a cooperative partnership with you as our valued customer. To fully realize an integrated pest management (IPM) matrix, we will offer advice and make recommendations to correct conditions conducive to pest harborage or infestation. Many times, just removing a pest food source, disrupting a harborage area or correcting a moisture problem will resolve a pest problem.
A key aspect of effective pest control is addressing conditions that are conducive to the attraction and presence of a given pest. Below is a list of common conditions that can attract, facilitate and hide rodent and insect pests:
- Earth to wood contact can allow ants and termites to access your structure below the soil level where soil is touching or burying the bottom row of siding on your home. Solution: Move soil away from siding, exposing at least three or four inches of foundation wall for a treatment zone. Anywhere wood is in contact with soil is a potential infestation zone, whether insects or moisture.
- Excessive vegetation growing next to or on a structure is a potential bridge for wood destroying and nuisance pests. This could simply be tall grass growing next to your foundation, giving cover for ants to crawl under your siding, to large tree branches touching your roof as a bridge for carpenter ants and rats to gain access. All shrubs should be kept eight to ten inches away from your house to limit this potential. In cases where trellised vines or espaliered shrubs and trees are attached to a structure by design, we will attempt to treat a perimeter around those. Solution: Remove turf out eight or ten inches from foundation or other structures mechanically or with Roundup. Prune vegetation away from structure.
- Food/harborage attractants include bird and squirrel feeders, BBQ grills, garbage and compost bins and piles, fallen fruit and berries, outdoor pet dishes, pools and ponds are all very alluring to rats. Carpenter ants are at home in tree stumps, firewood stacks, landscape timbers and any lumber left unprotected. Odorous house ants thrive in fallen fruit and berries but will scout out your home for an expanded menu of sugary treats or pet food left open. Solutions: It is not always possible to perfectly address all these issues but being aware of and limiting these attractants will go a long way in reducing pest traffic near your home. In most cases, just moving them away from your house (stacks of firewood right next to siding, birdfeeders hanging off eaves, compost outside kitchen door) will lessen their temptation to access your home.
Structure-infesting anobiids (powder post beetles) occur primarily in older homes that have crawl spaces or damp basements. These beetles also infest outbuildings, such as barns or garages. Wooden support timbers, floor joists, and sub-flooring are commonly infested. The insects will attack new hardwoods (maple, walnut, oak) and softwoods (Douglas-fir, cedar, hemlock) or those that have…Read More
“Western subterranean termites are highly destructive to douglas fir and other common timbers used in the construction of a building. They can rapidly eat out the internal sections of structural timbers – devouring mainly the spring wood, and preferring to leave the harder summer wood sections. As a result, infested timbers are often left as…Read More
Carpenter ants are an ongoing threat to structures in the Pacific Northwest and are the most common pest ant. “Parent” colonies are established in dead and dying trees where they assist in the decomposition process by chewing galleries in wood for habitation and reproduction. Since we build most of our homes from “dead trees”, carpenter…Read More
Odorous house ants (OHAs) can access and forage just about anywhere in your home but are regularly found in kitchens, bathrooms, pantries and utility/laundry rooms. Ant bait will be placed along their established paths so they feed and carry the material along with them, preening themselves and other ants, and eventually spreading the control product…Read More
Every organism in nature has an adaptation, a specialty, a job to do. Carpet beetles are no exception. While termites and carpenter ants are busy breaking down wood debris in the forest, flies and maggots are doing the important work of consuming the fleshy proteins of fallen carcasses. Carpet beetles are sort of the demolition…Read More
Although there are several rodents that could be considered pests in the Northwest, rats and mice are the 2 species noted for consistently infesting and damaging homes and businesses as well as posing a health risk to humans. Mice have been an ongoing part of the pest control challenge here in the Northwest for as…Read More
We welcome you to consider adding Wolbert's Home Shield Pest Prevention together with your Wolbert's Landscape Health Care program as a convenient and cost effective option.
Please call or email us with your questions or concerns about insects or rodents. We'll be happy to make recommendations for a safe and effective solution.
Thank you again for trusting Wolbert's Inc. to care for your landscape and for taking time to consider Home Shield Pest Prevention.
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