Wolbert's Home Shield Pest Prevention
Our newest 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.
Yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps
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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.
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.