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By Marc Dykstra 11 Jan, 2018

Cockroaches  are an equal opportunity pest. Hotels, motels, homes, condos, apartment buildings, and restaurants are all on the list of possible places that they like to take up residency. We’ve all heard the phrase “roach motel” which is referring to a motel that leaves a lot to be desired in the area of cleanliness, but is it uncleanliness that really draws a cockroach in? Is there only a certain time of year to worry about cockroaches? Can they really live for two weeks without a head? Here are 5 interesting facts about cockroaches that will answer these questions and a few more!

  1. Roaches love human filth! Crumbs, moisture, and pet food are all invitations for a cockroach all night all you can eat buffet. Keep your home, especially your kitchen, clean of crumbs, errant pieces of food, and pick up pet food when not needed.

  2. Roaches like warm and moist environments, but they can survive in some cold weather. Most types of roaches will die if the weather gets below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperatures cool down for a prolonged period of time it can limit their activity and can halt their growth and reproduction patterns. When the weather outside gets frightful, they will quickly find a way into your home or business where it is ohhh so delightful!

  3. Yes, roaches can live for two weeks without a head. Sounds creepy, we know, but they actually have multiple ‘brains’ (ganglion/nerve clusters) throughout their body. When beheaded, that ‘brain’ that is now missing actually only controlled their antennae and mouthparts. Eventually, they will die of starvation and dehydration without their mouth/head to nourish the rest of their body.

  4. Cockroaches are great germ and diseases transmitters. They have sticky legs that are covered with tiny hairs and this makes them a perfect vessel to pick up germs and transmit them from place to place. So when you see one crawling out of your neighbor’s week-old rubbish can on the sidewalk then later see one on your kitchen counters, it could be the same one – and, yes, it could be spreading all those nasty rubbish germs to your counters.

  5. Cockroaches have the ability to bite humans, even though they don’t. They can, however, be harmful to us in other ways. Their feces, saliva, and decomposing bodies can trigger asthma attacks in some people.

Cockroaches should not be allowed to easily access your home  or business . These are tiny, opportunistic pests that will hunt every inch of the exterior of your home trying to find an entrance. Contact the professionals here at EnviroPest today and we will put our pest control experts to work for you. Keep cockroaches out of your home or business year round with EnviroPest.

By Marc Dykstra 01 Jan, 2018

Bugs and rodents add nothing to our lives. They chew on precious keepsakes, jump us when we flick on the light in the bathroom, bite us while we're sleeping, eat the wood of our homes, cause illnesses we mistake for the flu--and some pests even carry dangerous pathogens that have significant medical implications. Pest control isn't just something nice we do to improve our quality of life, it is vital protection for our families and our property. That is why the team here at EnviroPest is hoping you'll choose to have a pest-free 2018. Here's a quick guide to help you do it.

Everything You Need To Know About Pest Control

We could give you a long list of tips and tricks but it would only leave you frustrated. Bugs, rodents, and other wildlife are clever and persistent. And some of the ways they attack your home are nearly impossible to address without the help of a professional.

Termites  can travel as far as the distance of a football field to feed on your home and they come up from the ground to feed. The only way to prevent this is by putting a barrier in place, and this can only be done effectively with products like the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ , which must be installed by a certified professional.

Some pests access your home by going under a deck, porch, exterior stairwell, or some other structure. There is no easy way to get into these locations to seal entry points in your foundation or walls. But a pest control technician has industry-developed methods for protecting vulnerable locations like these.

Invasive pests, like bed bugs , fleas, lice, mites, and ticks, often plague a home for months because DIY pest products are improperly applied to address the problem. Professionals know where to put control products, what baits to use, what methods work to keep pests from retreating deep into walls, and how to monitor pest activity to ensure that all the bugs are gone.

Pest control is a science. While there are some things you can do to resist and control pests, complete protection requires the assistance of an educated and experienced professional.

At EnviroPest, we take pest control seriously. It isn't just a quality of life upgrade. It is vital protection every family should have. Let our QualityPro Certified team of industry-leading professionals help you get your protection in place. We'll make sure those pests know that they are not welcome in the new year.

Happy New Year, from all of us here at EnviroPest! May you have many more to come!

By The Bug Guy 29 Dec, 2017

If you follow the news when it comes to homeownership and health, you've probably grown sick of hearing about bed bugs . Their infestation of hotels or ill-kept homes has become a commonplace tale, and it's convenient that along with this rise in hype about the problem have come a host of people saying that they have the solution. If you've ever tried to deal with a bed bug problem you may well have fallen for some of the over-the-counter products "guaranteed" to eliminate bed bugs easily. It's too bad that bed bugs are rarely so obliging as to fold to our $8.99 can of chemicals. Many DIY methods are based on false perceptions of how bed bugs spread and just what these little bloodsuckers are capable of. There is, however, some tested and true information that has proven invaluable to pest control professionals and homeowners in avoiding scams, along with some simple practices that can minimize the risk of bed bug infestation. Here are the top five tips we've come up with this year for preventing and dealing with bed bugs:

  1. Know your enemy. Separating truth from fiction is key to knowing what works in preventing any kind of infestation. Bed bugs don't care how clean your house is, and they don't spring up from the ground if you forget to change your sheets. These bugs are the size of an apple seed when full-grown, and will hide in the seams of furniture, in your baseboard, and even inside of electrical outlets, waiting for dark to venture out and feed.
  2. Be mindful of bed bugs when you travel. Bed bugs are professional hitchhikers, and will happily set up camp anywhere they can get a bite, not just in hotels. This means that public places and transportation, and even restaurants and retail stores can house bed bugs. It also means your travel luggage or purse is the perfect taxi ride to their next hunting ground. Checking any rooms you stay in and keeping your luggage off the floor will lessen the chance of bringing home unwanted guests.
  3. Know what kills bed bugs. Bed bugs are resilient creatures, and sometimes even chemicals advertised specifically to kill them don't do the job. This is because bed bugs can adapt to chemical threats, resisting your best efforts to get them gone. Chemical solutions can work, but must be applied correctly to ensure that the entire infestation is dealt with and to ensure that bed bugs don't survive and adapt. The most effective method for killing bed bugs is heat. Bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes throwing travel clothes and even luggage (if possible) in the dryer your best bet at avoiding bringing in bed bugs into your home. This also makes bed bug heat treatment the number one method of eliminating bed bug infestations.
  4. Know how bed bugs survive. One of the most common frustrations of DIY bed bug control is that just when you're letting out a sigh of relief, the bed bugs return. Bed bugs can survive literally for months without feeding, and have been known to enter a dormant state when their population is threatened, awaiting the right opportunity to reappear. What this means is that effective bed bug detection and thorough bed bug treatment is key to ensuring that you only have to deal with these pests once.
  5. Know when to ask for help. It is often cheaper to solve problems on your own, and it's certainly more satisfying, but when it comes to bed bugs, you don't want to spend the time and hassle trying to treat your home, only to have your efforts come up short in the end. Bed bugs, because of their persistence, are a pest that professionals highly recommend you don't try to eliminate on your own. The time and frustration just isn't worth it, not to mention the risk of new, more resilient breeds popping up due to incomplete chemical application. Professional services can ensure that your money is well spent and that you can be confident that your bed bug problems are over.

You can rest easy when it comes to bed bugs because EnviroPest has you covered. Our technicians know what it takes to get rid of bed bugs, and we offer safe, fast, and effective bed bug treatments . Not only that, but we are ready to help for the long-term. If you are unsatisfied with our treatment we will correct it free of charge. Bed bugs are not something you want to deal with. Knowing how to avoid them, and how they can be eliminated, can give you peace of mind in your day-to-day life, and EnviroPest is just a call away to give you quality service and effective solutions.

By The Bug Man 21 Nov, 2017
Thanksgiving is a joyous time to celebrate what we are grateful for with our family and friends. For college students, it’s often the first time they get to come back home after the school year starts. For others, it’s time to connect with relatives far and near that they don’t get to see very often. While it’s exciting to head home or head off to see relatives, there are some things to keep in mind so that you don’t bring any extra, unexpected "guests" home with you. You see, bed bugs love to travel for Thanksgiving too, except the meal they are looking for isn’t turkey and stuffing, it’s your blood. Bed bugs are excellent hitch-hikers, stowing away in your suitcase, snuggling up in your dirty laundry, or tucking themselves into your favorite travel blanket. They are resourceful, resilient, and a real pain to have around, so taking the time and effort to keep them away is well worth it. Avoiding and Checking for Bed Bugs There are some warning signs of bed bugs that you can look for at that motel pit-stop or the hotel you are staying in near grandma’s house, and ways to avoid bringing them to your final destination with you. Never put your suitcase on the bed or pull out couch, use the folding luggage rack – especially when you first enter the room and haven’t checked for bed bugs yet. Examine the seams of the hotel mattress and box spring, paying particular attention to the corners. Look for any signs of live or dead bugs as well as brown spots or blood stains. Look behind the headboard, nightstand, dressers, paintings, and under telephones and lamps for signs of bugs or their last blood meal. Don’t forget to check the pull-out couch or any other soft furniture the same way you would the bed, paying close attention to the seams. Put all your dirty laundry in a sealed plastic bag and plan to wash all your clothes in hot water when you get to your destination. If you are only making a pit stop and staying one night, consider leaving your suitcase in your car, and only bringing what you need into the hotel or motel. Do a check of the dresser drawers before putting any clothes in them. Treating Bed Bug Infestations if You do Bring Them Home Even with due diligence, there is a chance you could still end up bringing bed bugs home from your Thanksgiving travels. If this is the case, you will need the professional help of EnviroPest. We offer standard bed bug treatment with a follow-up visit, heat treatment services, as well as mattress encasement. We will work with you to determine what the best course of action is to eradicate your bed bug problem. Don't let the knowledge that bed bugs are out there keep you from leaving the house this year. You can travel comfortably with a few simple precautionary efforts and the knowledge that EnviroPest is ready to help you get rid of any bed bugs bold enough to try and take up residence in your home.
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Colorado Pest Control Blog

By Marc Dykstra 11 Jan, 2018

Cockroaches  are an equal opportunity pest. Hotels, motels, homes, condos, apartment buildings, and restaurants are all on the list of possible places that they like to take up residency. We’ve all heard the phrase “roach motel” which is referring to a motel that leaves a lot to be desired in the area of cleanliness, but is it uncleanliness that really draws a cockroach in? Is there only a certain time of year to worry about cockroaches? Can they really live for two weeks without a head? Here are 5 interesting facts about cockroaches that will answer these questions and a few more!

  1. Roaches love human filth! Crumbs, moisture, and pet food are all invitations for a cockroach all night all you can eat buffet. Keep your home, especially your kitchen, clean of crumbs, errant pieces of food, and pick up pet food when not needed.

  2. Roaches like warm and moist environments, but they can survive in some cold weather. Most types of roaches will die if the weather gets below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperatures cool down for a prolonged period of time it can limit their activity and can halt their growth and reproduction patterns. When the weather outside gets frightful, they will quickly find a way into your home or business where it is ohhh so delightful!

  3. Yes, roaches can live for two weeks without a head. Sounds creepy, we know, but they actually have multiple ‘brains’ (ganglion/nerve clusters) throughout their body. When beheaded, that ‘brain’ that is now missing actually only controlled their antennae and mouthparts. Eventually, they will die of starvation and dehydration without their mouth/head to nourish the rest of their body.

  4. Cockroaches are great germ and diseases transmitters. They have sticky legs that are covered with tiny hairs and this makes them a perfect vessel to pick up germs and transmit them from place to place. So when you see one crawling out of your neighbor’s week-old rubbish can on the sidewalk then later see one on your kitchen counters, it could be the same one – and, yes, it could be spreading all those nasty rubbish germs to your counters.

  5. Cockroaches have the ability to bite humans, even though they don’t. They can, however, be harmful to us in other ways. Their feces, saliva, and decomposing bodies can trigger asthma attacks in some people.

Cockroaches should not be allowed to easily access your home  or business . These are tiny, opportunistic pests that will hunt every inch of the exterior of your home trying to find an entrance. Contact the professionals here at EnviroPest today and we will put our pest control experts to work for you. Keep cockroaches out of your home or business year round with EnviroPest.

By Marc Dykstra 01 Jan, 2018

Bugs and rodents add nothing to our lives. They chew on precious keepsakes, jump us when we flick on the light in the bathroom, bite us while we're sleeping, eat the wood of our homes, cause illnesses we mistake for the flu--and some pests even carry dangerous pathogens that have significant medical implications. Pest control isn't just something nice we do to improve our quality of life, it is vital protection for our families and our property. That is why the team here at EnviroPest is hoping you'll choose to have a pest-free 2018. Here's a quick guide to help you do it.

Everything You Need To Know About Pest Control

We could give you a long list of tips and tricks but it would only leave you frustrated. Bugs, rodents, and other wildlife are clever and persistent. And some of the ways they attack your home are nearly impossible to address without the help of a professional.

Termites  can travel as far as the distance of a football field to feed on your home and they come up from the ground to feed. The only way to prevent this is by putting a barrier in place, and this can only be done effectively with products like the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ , which must be installed by a certified professional.

Some pests access your home by going under a deck, porch, exterior stairwell, or some other structure. There is no easy way to get into these locations to seal entry points in your foundation or walls. But a pest control technician has industry-developed methods for protecting vulnerable locations like these.

Invasive pests, like bed bugs , fleas, lice, mites, and ticks, often plague a home for months because DIY pest products are improperly applied to address the problem. Professionals know where to put control products, what baits to use, what methods work to keep pests from retreating deep into walls, and how to monitor pest activity to ensure that all the bugs are gone.

Pest control is a science. While there are some things you can do to resist and control pests, complete protection requires the assistance of an educated and experienced professional.

At EnviroPest, we take pest control seriously. It isn't just a quality of life upgrade. It is vital protection every family should have. Let our QualityPro Certified team of industry-leading professionals help you get your protection in place. We'll make sure those pests know that they are not welcome in the new year.

Happy New Year, from all of us here at EnviroPest! May you have many more to come!

By The Bug Guy 29 Dec, 2017

If you follow the news when it comes to homeownership and health, you've probably grown sick of hearing about bed bugs . Their infestation of hotels or ill-kept homes has become a commonplace tale, and it's convenient that along with this rise in hype about the problem have come a host of people saying that they have the solution. If you've ever tried to deal with a bed bug problem you may well have fallen for some of the over-the-counter products "guaranteed" to eliminate bed bugs easily. It's too bad that bed bugs are rarely so obliging as to fold to our $8.99 can of chemicals. Many DIY methods are based on false perceptions of how bed bugs spread and just what these little bloodsuckers are capable of. There is, however, some tested and true information that has proven invaluable to pest control professionals and homeowners in avoiding scams, along with some simple practices that can minimize the risk of bed bug infestation. Here are the top five tips we've come up with this year for preventing and dealing with bed bugs:

  1. Know your enemy. Separating truth from fiction is key to knowing what works in preventing any kind of infestation. Bed bugs don't care how clean your house is, and they don't spring up from the ground if you forget to change your sheets. These bugs are the size of an apple seed when full-grown, and will hide in the seams of furniture, in your baseboard, and even inside of electrical outlets, waiting for dark to venture out and feed.
  2. Be mindful of bed bugs when you travel. Bed bugs are professional hitchhikers, and will happily set up camp anywhere they can get a bite, not just in hotels. This means that public places and transportation, and even restaurants and retail stores can house bed bugs. It also means your travel luggage or purse is the perfect taxi ride to their next hunting ground. Checking any rooms you stay in and keeping your luggage off the floor will lessen the chance of bringing home unwanted guests.
  3. Know what kills bed bugs. Bed bugs are resilient creatures, and sometimes even chemicals advertised specifically to kill them don't do the job. This is because bed bugs can adapt to chemical threats, resisting your best efforts to get them gone. Chemical solutions can work, but must be applied correctly to ensure that the entire infestation is dealt with and to ensure that bed bugs don't survive and adapt. The most effective method for killing bed bugs is heat. Bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes throwing travel clothes and even luggage (if possible) in the dryer your best bet at avoiding bringing in bed bugs into your home. This also makes bed bug heat treatment the number one method of eliminating bed bug infestations.
  4. Know how bed bugs survive. One of the most common frustrations of DIY bed bug control is that just when you're letting out a sigh of relief, the bed bugs return. Bed bugs can survive literally for months without feeding, and have been known to enter a dormant state when their population is threatened, awaiting the right opportunity to reappear. What this means is that effective bed bug detection and thorough bed bug treatment is key to ensuring that you only have to deal with these pests once.
  5. Know when to ask for help. It is often cheaper to solve problems on your own, and it's certainly more satisfying, but when it comes to bed bugs, you don't want to spend the time and hassle trying to treat your home, only to have your efforts come up short in the end. Bed bugs, because of their persistence, are a pest that professionals highly recommend you don't try to eliminate on your own. The time and frustration just isn't worth it, not to mention the risk of new, more resilient breeds popping up due to incomplete chemical application. Professional services can ensure that your money is well spent and that you can be confident that your bed bug problems are over.

You can rest easy when it comes to bed bugs because EnviroPest has you covered. Our technicians know what it takes to get rid of bed bugs, and we offer safe, fast, and effective bed bug treatments . Not only that, but we are ready to help for the long-term. If you are unsatisfied with our treatment we will correct it free of charge. Bed bugs are not something you want to deal with. Knowing how to avoid them, and how they can be eliminated, can give you peace of mind in your day-to-day life, and EnviroPest is just a call away to give you quality service and effective solutions.

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