Eliminate'Em Pest Control http://www.eliminateem.com Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:06:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 How Should Your Business Deal with a Pest Infestation? http://www.eliminateem.com/exterminating-pests/business-deal-pest-infestation/ Fri, 06 May 2016 13:10:42 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4556 For a business, pest infestations cost you time and money and may ruin your reputation – or close you down permanently. For companies of all sizes and types, rats, mice, cockroaches and ants may surface at some point. The key...

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For a business, pest infestations cost you time and money and may ruin your reputation – or close you down permanently. For companies of all sizes and types, rats, mice, cockroaches and ants may surface at some point. The key to keeping your doors open comes down to how you handle the issue. What can you do?

Inspect Your Property

Cockroach2Pests are a serious issue, as they can upset guests, threaten and contaminate food and make for an otherwise unpleasant work environment. Perform a cursory inspection to determine how pervasive the problem really is.

Then, once you have a general idea, make sure the area is sequestered off from employees, guests, customers and clients.

Work With a Pest Control Company

It’s imperative that you address the issue right away, rather than waiting or attempting to control it yourself with traps and sprays. At this point, get in contact with a pest control specialist. From there, a professional exterminator will come to your place of business, survey the property and rid it of the problem.

However, that’s not all. Along with the pest control experts, work to educate your employees about the infestation and make changes to prevent the problem from happening again. This could include:

  • Implementing new cleaning and organization procedures.
  • Reducing food and water sources.
  • Making sure you regularly remove all trash.
  • Ensuring all cracks in the windows and walls are fixed.
  • Making an effort to control all landscaping and clean the parking lot.
  • Monitoring the storage area.
  • Scheduling regular inspections.
  • Adding policies concerning food usage and storage in the office.

Have you noticed roaches, mice or rats inside your office building, store or restaurant? Start working toward a resolution today with Eliminate ‘Em. Our team offers 24-7 pest control services and can be there that same day to assess and clean up your property. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

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Can Rats Damage Your Car? http://www.eliminateem.com/rats/can-rats-damage-car/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:08:37 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4554 You’ve heard about rats building nests in your home and going through your garden, but there’s another place where these pests can wreck havoc – your car. Rats gravitate toward your vehicle for its sense of safety. Its interior is...

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You’ve heard about rats building nests in your home and going through your garden, but there’s another place where these pests can wreck havoc – your car.

Rats gravitate toward your vehicle for its sense of safety. Its interior is out of the way and, more importantly, isn’t accessible by most predators. Additionally, as cold weather and winter eventually roll around, its engine and other interior spots offer shelter and warmth. What can happen in this situation?

Damage

Brown-RatOut of all the places inside your vehicle, rats prefer the engine compartment. There, they behave in the same way they do inside your home: Looking for nesting materials and gnawing to keep their teeth sharp.

Unfortunately, in the process, they tear up your car’s internal components, including your sound-proofing insulation, then go after the wires for teeth sharpening.

When this occurs, bare wires may touch each other, creating a short circuit. Basically, the more the rats gnaw, the greater the damage – even to the point that your car may no longer run.

At the same time, their presence adds extra insulation, hair and food to your car’s engine, which may choke down the line if the problem goes unfixed. Worse, their excrement accumulates here. Rat urine and feces spread diseases like the hanta virus, salmonella and leptospirosis, and these particles may come through the filters. Also, if one of the rats dies in the engine, that odor spreads in your car.

What Can You Do?

Rat infestations are a growing problem, particularly as automakers opt for more plant-based, biodegradable materials. To avoid and stop an infestation before your vehicle sustains greater damage, make sure you:

  1. Inspect your vehicle and surrounding areas for nests.
  2. Look for droppings, trash and footprints.
  3. Make sure your garage is free of holes that allow rats to enter. Rodents only need a hole the size of a quarter to enter!
  4. Don’t keep containers in your garage or carport.
  5. Keep nearby vegetation trimmed and controlled.

When you suspect an infestation on your property, don’t attempt to control it yourself. Instead, get the professionals involved. Eliminate ‘Em is on call 24-7 and ready to review your property that same day. At the first sign, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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Tips for Schools to Manage Bedbugs http://www.eliminateem.com/bed-bugs/tips-schools-manage-bedbugs/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:29:54 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4525 When most people think about bedbug infestations, their minds drift to hotels and homes. However, you can add schools to that list too. While infestations are fairly uncommon, the environment of younger students bringing in bags and coats and storing...

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When most people think about bedbug infestations, their minds drift to hotels and homes. However, you can add schools to that list too. While infestations are fairly uncommon, the environment of younger students bringing in bags and coats and storing their supplies together turns into a breeding ground for bedbugs.

bedbug2Although the school might not see an infestation develop, these bugs latch onto clothing and can be transferred to someone else’s personal items and home. What should schools be aware of to prevent this from happening?

Know the Signs

Schools have resources to help identify lice infestations, but what about bedbugs? A student dealing with an infestation at home with the potential to bring these critters to school might have a physical reaction, such as visible bites. Even if you don’t see the bites, a student looking unusually uncomfortable or extremely anxious might be infected.

When a Student’s Bringing in Bedbugs

If one of your students has visible bite marks or you’ve found bedbugs within their personal items, follow these steps:

  1. Don’t send the student home; instead, have the student leave the classroom to be inspected by a nurse.
  2. Notify other teachers about this issue.
  3. Provide the student with educational materials about dealing with bedbugs and notify his or her parents about the issue.
  4. If the pests were found within the student’s things, provide a set of plastic bags for storing his or her belongings while at school and temporarily keep them in a separate area.
  5. Find time to inspect the student’s belongings and locker.
  6. Avoid having your students leave piles of shoes or coats in the classroom.

When the School Has an Infestation

When your school is dealing with a large-scale bedbug problem, make sure to follow these steps:

  1. Contact pest control professionals immediately.
  2. Capture the bugs for identification.
  3. Clean all hard surfaces with soapy water.
  4. Avoid clutter in the classroom and lost and found areas.
  5. Clean any upholstered furniture and anything wall mounted.
  6. Store as many supplies as possible inside plastic containers.

Is your school dealing with a bedbug infestation? Don’t hesitate or try to get rid of the problem on your own. Instead, make an appointment with Eliminate ‘Em and we’ll be there that same day to assess the situation and provide a solution.

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The Differences Between Mice and Rats http://www.eliminateem.com/mice/differences-mice-rats/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:28:27 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4523 When living inside your home, mice and rats pose similar hazards. Both expose you to groups of harmful diseases and, when building their own nests, they decimate parts of your structure in nearly equal measures: tearing apart insulation, going after...

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When living inside your home, mice and rats pose similar hazards. Both expose you to groups of harmful diseases and, when building their own nests, they decimate parts of your structure in nearly equal measures: tearing apart insulation, going after your electrical systems and stripping away fabrics and paper.

Yet, when it comes to identifying these pests, each has its own unique characteristics.

Appearance

MouseMice tend to be smaller rodents with large, floppy ears, a smaller head, large eyes, a long and thin tail and a triangular nose. The typical mouse you’ll spot measures 12 to 20 cm in length and weighs about 12 to 30 grams.

Rats are usually larger, measuring 40 cm or more. Their hair is usually a white, gray, brown or black color and displays noticeable “grease” streaks. Aside from these characteristics, a rat has more of a blunt nose and a long, hairless or scaly tail.

Where They Live

Mice and rats are nocturnal rodents that favor a range of living conditions. Yet, when it comes to preferences, mice don’t venture too far away from their homes and don’t make deep burrows – nothing more than a foot. As they establish a home, mice become fairly territorial.

By contrast, rats make long and deep burrows and will travel far from their homes when the nest becomes overcrowded.

Droppings

Brown-RatEven before you spot a rodent, you’ll probably notice its droppings. In this regard, mice are known to make several hundred droppings per day, usually small in size. Rats, on the other hand, produce about 20 to 50 droppings per day, usually larger.

Eating Habits

Mice are omnivorous creatures and have been known to have cannibalistic tendencies. Specifically, they’ll eat other mice and even attempt to eat their own tails.

Rats, while similar, are more likely to eat non-food items, including plastic and rocks.

No matter which you spot, noticing a rat or mouse scurry through your home warrants a call to Eliminate ‘Em. We’ll come out to your property that day to assess the issue and provide a solution. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

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Zika Virus Continues to Spread http://www.eliminateem.com/mosquitoes/zika-virus-continues-spread/ Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:21:40 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4511 An estimated 1.6 million cases of Zika, a virus that spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes species of Mosquito, have been reported since the outbreak in 2015. Aedes mosquitoes can be found in the United States and could...

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Anti-Mosquito-SignAn estimated 1.6 million cases of Zika, a virus that spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes species of Mosquito, have been reported since the outbreak in 2015. Aedes mosquitoes can be found in the United States and could spread Zika quite rapidly if they become infected by the virus. There currently is no vaccine for the Zika Virus and with thousands of US citizens traveling out of the country every day, it is likely to start transmitting locally.

Women who are pregnant must be especially careful not to be bit by an Aedes mosquito because the virus can be passed from a mother to her fetus. Serious birth defects have been reported in babies affected by Zika including a brain defect called microcephaly, which causes baby heads to be much smaller in size than expected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises pregnant women to reconsider all travel plans to countries where the Zika virus has been reported.

Only one in five people who become infected with the virus will experience the symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain and headache. If you have visited a country where the Zika Virus is present, get tested; otherwise 80 percent of cases will go undetected.

Luckily, vector-borne transmission of the Zika Virus has yet to be identified in the continental US, according to the CDC. As more US travelers visit countries where Zika has been confirmed, the likelihood of them getting bit and bringing the disease into the country increases, but the CDC is prepared for the possibility of an outbreak in the US. Although there is no cure yet, US laboratory workers have been trained to test for the virus and are working on control programs in preparation for a possible introduction of the disease. People rarely die from contracting the Zika Virus and very few have symptoms serious enough to put them in the hospital.

Even though Americans do not have to stress too much about the Zika Virus spreading in the US as of now, they should be aware of other viruses that mosquitos can carry. If you live in an area of wetlands, whether it be by a pond, marsh or swamp, or a hot and humid environment, be careful of mosquito bites. Not only do they cause itchy rashes, but they can carry West Nile Virus, malaria, elephantiasis and many other viral diseases like yellow fever. Mosquito borne illnesses cause millions of deaths every year and not only impact humans, but dogs and horses as well.

Protect yourself from bites by following these general guidelines from the CDC:

  • First and foremost, your best defense is moving forward with a strong offense utilizing “Eliminate’Em Pest Control Services” for safe, effective applications of 100% natural repellents. Our treatments are effective and affordable. Call today and let us keep your family Mosquito and Tick free!
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outside for long periods of time
  • Stay inside whenever possible during the warmer months; rely on air conditioning rather than open windows, or invest in screens to keep mosquitoes out
  • Supplemental insect repellents that are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their effectiveness

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Where Do Mice Build Nests? http://www.eliminateem.com/mice/where-mice-build-nests/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:26:27 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4491 Think your home might have a mice infestation? One of the most definitive signs is finding their nests within your home or around your property. However, in some cases you might spot the rodents before you find their nests. If...

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blog-mousenestThink your home might have a mice infestation? One of the most definitive signs is finding their nests within your home or around your property.

However, in some cases you might spot the rodents before you find their nests. If this happens to you, realize that the nest is probably nearby. Unlike rats, mice tend not to travel very far away from their homes and typically build them close to a food source.

So, where might you find a mouse nest?

General Locations

Mice create these structures out of shredded and woven fibrous materials, including paper, cardboard, burlap, fabric, string, and pillow stuffing, as well as materials from books, documents, and paintings. Once complete, it measures four to six inches in diameter.

In general, you’ll find these in the ground or a sheltered location, usually with droppings surrounding the area. Common locations include:

  • Basements
  • Garages
  • Personal spaces
  • Closets
  • Sheds
  • Appliances
  • Ceiling voids
  • Storage voids
  • Inside walls
  • In upholstery
  • In piles of debris
  • In vegetation
  • Under rocks

The spot is usually undisturbed and close to an area free of cobwebs. Typically, mice like to build their nests in the dark so consider the areas away from sunlight in your home first.

What Can Happen?

Discovering a mice infestation in your home can be a health concern, as their presence may be a sign that structural damage has occurred.

When creating the nests, mice tear off strips of materials from curtains, clothing and boxes before attacking your insulation. Once you’ve discovered the damage, repairing it may cost you thousands of dollars.
Along with these risks, mice making a home inside of appliances could chew through wires, leading to short circuits, malfunctioning appliances or a fire.

At the first sign of a mouse or a nest, get the professionals involved, rather than attempting to get rid of the problem yourself. Offering 24/7 pest control, Eliminate ‘Em is prepared for the challenge, no matter the day or time. Give us a call today.

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How Dangerous are Raccoons? http://www.eliminateem.com/raccoon/how-dangerous-are-raccoons/ Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:23:43 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4485 This time of year, raccoons are a potential pest. You might notice one going through your garbage, hear them in the attic or through the walls, and maybe even encounter one during the day in your yard. As is the...

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This time of year, raccoons are a potential pest. You might notice one going through your garbage, hear them in the attic or through the walls, and maybe even encounter one during the day in your yard.

As is the case with many infestations, spotting these critters often means several could be living in your home already. However, for a homeowner, it’s never advised to get rid of the raccoons yourself, as they’re especially dangerous for these reasons:

1. Carrying Multiple Diseases

blog-raccoonMany associate raccoons with rabies, and that’s a fair assumption. Raccoons are a primary carrier of the rabies virus in the U.S. How do you know a raccoon is rabid? It usually displays a combination of the following:

  • Erratic behavior
  • Staggering around or a lethargic demeanor
  • Discharge around the eyes and mouth
  • Wet, matted hair
  • Making high-pitched noises
  • Self-mutilating behavior

But, that’s not all. Raccoons additionally carry roundworm, with eggs and shells found in their feces, and leptospirosis, a disease that can be transmitted to pets and humans through an attack.

For this latter issue, leptospirosis, a bacterial disease, continues to live in contaminated water and soil and may cause liver failure and kidney damage in humans.

2. Property Damage

Your trash isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. Raccoons cause a significant amount of property damage.

Inside your house, the issues are the same as with other rodents, including gnawing through electrical wires and damaging insulation. Yet, in addition to this, raccoons target your yard, digging up gardens, shrubs, and grass in a search for insects, plants, vegetables, and fruits to eat.

3. Attacks

Raccoon attacks are fairly rare, but when they happen, they can be serious. In fact, raccoons have been known to kill cats and small dogs and injure larger dogs.

To humans, cuts and scratches could lead to major health implications, because of all diseases listed above. Should you experience an attack, it’s essential to go to a hospital immediately to be vaccinated for rabies.

Because of these risks, raccoon removal should only be done by the professionals. If you think you’ve got an infestation, give Eliminate ‘Em a call for 24-7 pest control services. Our exterminators will come out to your location that day to assess your property and provide a solution.

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3 Major Signs of a Raccoon Infestation http://www.eliminateem.com/raccoon/major-signs-raccoon-infestation/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:34:42 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4457 In winter, you don’t just need to be watchful of the cold and ice; you further should be on the lookout for raccoons in your home. This time of year, these pests find their natural food sources are scarce and...

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In winter, you don’t just need to be watchful of the cold and ice; you further should be on the lookout for raccoons in your home.

racoon2This time of year, these pests find their natural food sources are scarce and that the outdoors conditions are too frigid. As a result, they’ll turn toward homes to find something to eat and a place to stay warm.

Yet, in the process, your home experiences damage and could see an infestation develop, and you yourself are exposed to a health hazard. Look for the following signs:

1. In the Outdoors

Raccoons are first attracted to your home after seeing your garbage and any open containers. As a result, an early sign is noticing open garbage cans with trash strewn about your yard.

However, your garbage isn’t the only hint an infestation may just be getting started. Check your roof, too, for torn shingles and damaged vents – indications a pest might already be inside your property.

2. Inside Your Home

As a colony develops, your home may display one or more of the following:

  • Torn insulation
  • Wires with signs of gnawing, or electrical fires.
  • A strong odor from body waste
  • Hearing a rustling sound above the ceiling tiles.
  • Scratching, chattering, or screeching coming from the walls.

Along with these points, raccoons use chimneys, attics, and crawl spaces for denning and breeding. Sometimes, as the population grows, one of the baby raccoons falls from the attic into a wall or gets trapped in the duct.

3. Waste and Hair

Raccoons make feces the size of those from a medium-sized dog and tend to leave them in the same spots. As an infestation increases, you may see these signs, along with hair, in various spots outdoors or inside your home.

Yet, never try to remove the raccoon yourself. These rodents are known to scratch and bite, potentially exposing you to diseases like rabies.

Instead, get the professionals involved. When you see one or more of the above, give us a call. We’re available 24/7 for pest control and extermination, and will arrive at your location that same day.

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The 9 Most Common Winter Pests http://www.eliminateem.com/rats/most-common-winter-pests/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:38:13 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4440 Many homeowners erroneously believe that, once the temperatures drop, the pests go away. Yet, often the opposite happens. Colder conditions mean certain animals look for warmth, shelter, and food – which, in turn, leaves them to the interior of your...

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winged-carpenterMany homeowners erroneously believe that, once the temperatures drop, the pests go away.

Yet, often the opposite happens. Colder conditions mean certain animals look for warmth, shelter, and food – which, in turn, leaves them to the interior of your home.

This path encompasses a large swath of pests. So, as winter’s already here, we list the most common ones you’ll encounter:

1. Winged Carpenter Ants

These aren’t a concern in summer; plenty of homeowners see an ant or two fly through and think nothing of it. Yet, in winter, their presence signals a nest may have been built inside your home, and as a result, you could be dealing with an infestation.

2. Flies

Winter also sees a few flies enter your home.

A cluster flies signals a concern, particularly when your windows and doors are sealed.

Fruit flies, on the other hand, don’t enter from any opening. Rather, they’re brought in through fruits and vegetables and begin to multiply.

Moth flies, also known as drain flies, don’t necessarily cause damage. Yet, as they congregate around your sink, they turn into a nuisance.

3. Mice and Rats

Brown-RatRodents of any kind like the warmth of your home and food supply. However, as a colony starts to form, your home’s structure may be compromised, potential for electrical fires increases, and you and your pets are exposed to several types of harmful bacteria, which rodents bring in or spread through their droppings and urine.

4. Bedbugs

Bedbugs never let up – not even in winter. When you notice sores, red spots on your sheets, or see them crawling, an infestation is already present and tends to be difficult to get rid of. Unlike other pests, bedbugs can’t be sprayed or starved out, they multiply rapidly, and they gather in crevices, around holes, and in other difficult-to-reach areas.

5. Cockroaches

In winter, cockroaches seek out food and moisture and may enter your home through second-hand items and groceries. Once there, they tend to migrate toward your kitchen and bathroom, where they then spread bacteria, contaminate your food, and trigger allergies and asthma.

6. Spiders

Winter increases the presence of spiders in your home, and while most are harmless, not every species is. In fact, homeowners in certain parts of the country need to be on the lookout for brown recluse spiders, which enter through trees and shrubs and are known to bite and inject poisonous venom.

7. Raccoons

Raccoons first notice your home for your trash and recyclables and then try to enter through the attic, loose shingles, vents, or chimney to find a denning location for the winter. Once inside, these pests may spread rabies to you and your pets.

8. Termites

Spring and summer may be prime termite season, but these pests don’t stop seeking out wood in winter. Particularly this time of year, subterranean termites, known for going after your foundation, are an issue.

9. Overwinter Bugs

stinkbugCertain insects may end up staying in your home from the summer through fall and into winter. Most are relatively innocuous but could turn into an annoyance with time:

  • Stinkbugs
  • Beetles
  • Ladybugs
  • Box elders
  • Firewood bugs

Once you spot any of these pests, don’t hesitate or try at-home sprays and traps. Instead, get the professionals involved.

As Eliminate ‘Em offers 24-7 extermination service, give us a call, and we’ll be out there that same day to assess your property. Contact us at 1-866-802-7378 to schedule an appointment.

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5 Kinds of Structural Damage Caused by Rodents http://www.eliminateem.com/mice/structural-damage-rodents/ Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:31:22 +0000 http://www.eliminateem.com/?p=4405 Mice and rats might appear small, but they sure wreck a large amount of havoc on your home. In the process, your safety gets compromised, and repairing it all eats into your hard-earned dollars. But, when you notice a mouse...

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blogMouseMice and rats might appear small, but they sure wreck a large amount of havoc on your home. In the process, your safety gets compromised, and repairing it all eats into your hard-earned dollars.

But, when you notice a mouse or see rat droppings, there’s a chance your home could experience:

Fires and Floods

What many don’t realize is, rats and mice love to gnaw – and they’ll go after any material. Your wires aren’t exempt, and after rodents have chewed through the insulation, they’ll get to the metal. As a result, a fire might start, or in a lesser scenario, your home might see a short circuit.

At the same time, rodents go after pipes. When they’ve chewed a hole in one, water leaks out, damaging your property and potentially leading to a flood. And, depending upon the pipes they chew, your home could experience a gas leak, or your sewage system make break.

Nests

The nests themselves aren’t a direct structural hazard. Rather, how the rodents acquire the materials is.

Rats and mice chew and tear through plastic, cloth, wood, paper, and insulation. As a result, the pests take away crucial aspects of keeping your home warm and powered. With time, as the rodents build more nests, more tearing and holes occur.

Gnawing

As rodents will chew on any material, no area of your home is safe. Along with wires and pipes, mice and rats may go after your furniture, sheetrock, wood, and foundation – high-priced items that could be permanently compromised.

Ducts

In addition to all points mentioned above, rodents may build nests inside your heating and cooling ducts. When this happens, your home’s HVAC system is less efficient, exposes everyone to harmful germs and bacteria, and may break.

Even though rodents’ damage is extensive, homeowners insurance policies refuse to cover repairs, which means you’ll be shouldering all expenses out of pocket.

Once you notice a pest or see the signs, it’s a must to get an extermination professional involved. Don’t wait – give Eliminate ‘Em a call today for 24/7 pest control service. No matter the time of day, we’ll come to your location to assess the problem and provide a solution.

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