Pest Control Services
The pest control professionals at Del Valle Pest Control provide an invaluable service as “Guardians” of public health at the places their customers live, work, and play. Our professionals understand pests and how they can threaten our health.
Some pests are a nuisance, while others can become a more serious issue. Pests can spread disease and/or cost your workplace big money in lost patronage and revenue.
The following pests are the most commonly identified in an urban setting.
COCKROACHES AND OTHER PEST
Cockroaches travel through filthy environments and pick up disease-causing organisms on their bodies that can be spread to humans. High populations of cockroaches exacerbate asthma symptoms, particularly in children and the elderly. According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, cockroach allergens have a greater impact on asthma symptoms, especially in inner cities, than dust mites or pet allergens. The cockroach is considered a serious health concern.
TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS for COCKROACHES
An insecticide treatment within the interior perimeter of the building is needed to eliminate the pest problem at its source. The treatment is done on the baseboards, under tables and chairs, and under appliances where cockroaches can hide. Other recommendations to eliminate the cockroach problem include: Implementing a good sanitation program, caulking and sealing holes, trapping stations placed in specific sites to monitor future pest activity.
Rodents (mice and rats) inhabit buildings and destroy food and property with losses reaching the millions of dollars annually. Rodents are mostly responsible for the gnawing damage on the insulation of electric cables, exposing wires which can short circuits and potentially ignite fires.
Rodents are also responsible for many diseases affecting public health. Salmonella food poisoning is caused by numerous species of bacteria which can also be carried by rodents. Infected rodents transmit salmonella to humans by contaminating food with their urine and feces. Rodents and their fleas are also carriers of diseases such as flea borne Typhus.
TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS for RODENTS
Strategically placed rodent bait stations and glue traps is an effective method that here at Del Valle Pest Control we use to eliminate the rodent problem. Rodent bait stations are baited with Rodenticide that is highly attractive to mice and rats. The bait station itself is tamper proof and inaccessible to children and pets.
- Removing sources of food and water to reduce the attractiveness of the property to rodents.
- Securing trash covered containers to prevent rodents from accessing food waste.
- Regular pruning of tree branches and vines to deny rodents access to roof tops.
- Sealing holes and other potential entry points into the building.
- Regular monitoring of rodent trapping stations for any indications of future pest activity in the immediate area of the property.
Scavenger birds, such as, grackles, pigeons, and sparrows are capable of blocking rain gutters with their nesting material, feathers, and carcasses causing water leakage and overflow. Areas inhabited by scavenger birds need continual cleaning, repainting, and external repairs which translates into high building maintenance costs.
*Scavenger birds are rarely implicated in specific instances of human disease but fecal contamination in outdoor food establishments is real possibility. Bird droppings (fouling) can lead to the growth of several types of fungi that can be transmitted through the air, via micro-fine bird fecal matter, and cause serious respiratory diseases.
TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS for SCAVENGER BIRDS
The implementation of various contraptions such as exclusion nets and bird wire to make window sills and roof tops uninhabitable for all species of birds.
Other recommendations to eliminate a scavenger bird problem include:
- Secure trash covered containers to prevent scavenger birds from accessing waste food.
- Remove sources of food and water to reduce the attractiveness of the property to birds.
- Prohibit the feeding of birds on the property.
- Regular pruning of tree branches can discourage birds from using the trees on the property as roost sites.
Our professional technicians from Del Valle Pest Control utilize a scientifically based approach to pest control. The various tactics and methods to manage pest problems in urban areas ensures the safety and well being of its inhabitants and the desired quality of life.
Looking for Organic Pest Alternative?
Del Valle Pest Control has trained professionals for the Chem-free management system, a choice for each of our clients.
Chem-free utilizes the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy in efforts to solve your pest problems. This process considers the whole ecosystem in determining the best and safest methods for managing pests. The IPM strategy is designed to be the least disruptive of nature pest controls, human health, and the general environment.
With the idea of keeping household pests under control while avoiding exposure to a lot of chemicals, Chem-free takes new technology and combines it with proven treatment techniques and organic or natural products. The material is based on a track record built on effectiveness, safety and low-toxicity.