Do you often hear unusual movements in your home’s roof? Are you woken up by the sounds of rats rustling and scurrying in your roof? If so, then it is time to reach out to Legacy Pest Control in Utah before these pests wreak havoc on your investment. Also, if not dealt with promptly, pest infestation could lead to severe damages on your roof that could cost more to correct or replace. Besides, most pests pose serious health issues.
Gone unnoticed, termite armies can cause significant damage, costing homeowners in Utah thousands of dollars in repairs. The subterranean termite is the most common termite species in Utah, known to live on cellulose (the major component of lumber), these little pests are rarely seen and can be the cause of major structural problems. While identifying a termite infestation can be tricky, there are a few tell-tell signs that can help you determine If your home has a termite problem. Continue reading
Our homes provide us with warmth and shelter from the elements – a place to eat, sleep and raise our children. Unfortunately, our homes can also provide mice with the same amenities. House mice are the most common rodent problem found in Utah and as fall approaches, mice will be looking for a safe place to nest and store food for the winter. Aside from catching a glimpse of a mouse scurrying by, most homeowners are unaware that they are playing host to unwanted houseguests. Continue reading
Yes, Termites Do Live in Utah
Termites live in most climates. When most people think of termites, they usually think of more humid states like Georgie, Florida, Texas, and Hawaii. However, termites live in all 50 states, including Utah. Continue reading
Pest control is vital for restaurants. It only takes a small infestation to create a huge issue, which can lead to your establishment failing inspection, and, in some cases, being shut down. The professionals at Legacy Pest Control have experience in helping to keep your restaurant pest free.
What Pests Are Attracted to Restaurants?
Restaurants have a particular risk for certain pests because of the sheer volume and variety of food present, and because of the kitchen systems and plumbing that can attract certain insects and other vermin. Cockroaches are, of course, always a concern. Roaches carry bacteria and a terrible reputation – if one customer sees a roach in the dining room, then your reputation can drop to match it. Flies actually cause worse problems, but there is something about roaches that puts people off.
Restaurant kitchens also attract drain flies. They breed in the sink drains, especially when food and waste oil are disposed of. Fruit attracts fruit flies, other food attracts things like flour beetles, bean weevils and meal moths, and everything attracts ants. Even worse are rodents, which can get through amazingly small holes from neighboring buildings and, in addition to carrying a host of diseases can bite through pipes and electrical cables.
Preventative Pest Control in Restaurants
You can deal with many of these pests by keeping all food in air tight containers when not in use. All food packages should be carefully inspected on arrival as some pests can actually lurk in opened packages. Keeping the place clean is important, especially inside cabinets and other hard to reach spaces. Always use trash can liners, and have employees take out the trash as soon as the bins are full. Store dry food off the ground so rodents cannot reach it. Cleaning up spills immediately and regularly running biological drain cleaner down the drains to remove organic material are great habits to get into that can help minimize the risk of an infestation.
Four Reasons to Choose Legacy Pest Control
- We have 15 years of experience in commercial pest control. As a local company, we know exactly which pests are most common in the area and how to deal with them.
- We only use methods and chemicals chosen to be safe around humans and pets. You don’t want your customers getting sick from the cure to the problem.
- Our treatment plans are tailored to your needs: To the pests that cause you the most problems, the foods you use, and your kitchen’s design. If needed, we also offer a quarterly maintenance plan.
- We start by offering a free inspection, so if you are not sure where pests are coming from, or even what kind of pest you have, you lose nothing by calling us to take a look.
Legacy is your go-to company for restaurant pest problems in Northern Utah. We have years of experience in freeing your kitchen from vermin. On top of that, we have experience helping other types of businesses with pest control, including daycare facilities, offices and even medical manufacturing facilities. We also provide residential services at a reasonable cost, including checking for nesting wasps and dealing with bed bugs. Contact Legacy Pest Control today at 801-779-3131 and schedule a free inspection to help keep your restaurant pest-free.
Summertime is a fun time for everyone. It’s a time for backyard barbecues, fun in the pool, trips to the beach, and time spent soaking up that beautiful sunshine. Unfortunately, you and your family are not the only ones who enjoy the weather this time of year; pests of all kinds also want to get in on the action. Flies, ants, gnats, cockroaches, rodents and wasps are all clamoring to make the most of these ideal weather conditions. During the winter season, these creatures are inhibited by cold, rain, and frost, making pest control a minor or nonexistent concern. But now that we’ve been enjoying the heat for a few weeks, unwanted visitors of all kinds are in prime condition to invade your home.
Summertime Pest Control Tips
So what’s to be done to prevent pests from joining the guest list during the warmest part of the year? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to discourage pests. The bad news is some of the most important pest prevention measures you can take should be done before we reach the high summer months, and some should only be done by qualified pest control experts.
Here’s a list of things you can do, and things you should avoid doing, to keep unwanted visitors to a minimum.
Pest Control Do’s
Even if pests have been nesting in your home for some time, they still had to come from outside originally. A good place to start your pest prevention measures is on the outside of your home.
- Replace your window weather-stripping
- Repair loose bricks, mortar, and concrete around your foundation
- Remove standing water
- Direct rainwater away from your home
- Keep your landscaping trim and neat
Bugs and other vermin want food and shelter, just like humans. To keep your home free of pests, you need to remove the things they are attracted to as much as possible.
- Keep kitchen areas clean and place unused food in sealed containers
- Get rid of any hiding places pests might like
- Keep your basement, crawl spaces, and attic dry and well ventilated
- Dispose of overripe fruit and vegetables
Pest Control Don’ts
Creating attractive areas for bugs can be difficult, but following these tips will make your home exterior less appealing to them.
- Avoid storing building materials or firewood up against the house
- Don’t let sprinklers spray directly onto your home’s foundation
- Don’t allow garbage to pile up
- Don’t ignore cracks or little openings around the bottom of the house
Anything messy, wet, rotten, soiled, or dark is a draw for bugs and pests. Dissuade them with these indoors don’ts.
- Avoid leaving pet food out for prolonged periods of time
- Don’t let dirty dishes sit in the sink
- Avoid letting moisture accumulate
- And don’t give pests a free meal
Do: Call the Professionals
This list of summer pest prevention tips will go a long way toward reducing pest activity inside and outside of your, home, garage, and exterior buildings. But of all the ‘do’s’ on this list, the most important is to call the professionals if you believe you may have a pest or vermin infestation. The most important don’t is, don’t attempt to remove a serious pest infestation on your own. Some pest infestations present a risk of property damage and even personal injury. Some pests can be dangerous, and the methods necessary to remove them should only be done by pest removal experts.
If you suspect you might have a serious infestation, it’s best to contact the pest control experts at Legacy Pest Control right away. You can contact us here, or call 801-799-3131 for a free quote, knowing that we’ve served Northern Utah for more than 15 years.
The National Pest Management Association has ranked ants as the #1 nuisance pest in the United States. In terms of sheer numbers, they are the dominant species on the planet. It’s estimated that ants outnumber humans by at least a million to one, and there are a total of over 22,000 different species worldwide. Fortunately, only three of those species are most likely to invade homes in the U.S. Those three are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pavement ants. To prevent them from dominating your home, there are a few steps you can take.
Carpenter ants burrow into wood that has been compromised by moisture or decay to build permanent nests. Piles of wood shavings are often evidence of a carpenter ant infestation. Performing regular inspections, especially during and after the rainy season, is one of the best ways to prevent an infestation. To avoid the growth of fungus that causes decay, it’s important to take the necessary steps to preserve your wooden structures. One of those steps is maintaining a protective coating of paint.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants build temporary nests in multiple locations, which can make an infestation more difficult to eliminate. These ants often live in the vegetation surrounding homes. One of the steps you can take to prevent an infestation is to ensure that none of your shrubs, plants, flowers, or other vegetation comes into direct contact with the structure of your home. These ants are attracted by the aroma of human foods, so storing food in sealable containers and taking the garbage out more frequently during summer months are other important steps you can take.
Pavement ants also build nests in multiple locations to accommodate their many queens. They are sometimes called mason ants because they move the sand from beneath sidewalks, patios, and driveways. As anyone who has encountered them while outdoors enjoying a backyard barbecue can tell you, these ants have a stinger. To prevent them from entering your home, you should regularly inspect windows, seams, and doors for any gaps that could provide them easy entry. Any cracks or crevices in walls or floors should be promptly repaired.
In Case of Infestation: Ant Pest Control
Even when you’ve taken all the right steps, a sudden change in climate conditions or the actions of a negligent neighbor can result in an infestation that requires professional help. Legacy Pest Control has been in the ant pest control business in Northern Utah for over 15 years. If you need pest control for ants, we’ve got you covered!
We know how quickly an ant infestation can happen, and the consequences it can have, so our customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day. Many of our customers enjoy the benefits of our regular service plans designed specifically for their individual needs. Others prefer to take advantage of our one-time services, all of which come with a minimum 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
As a family-owned business, we’ve built our reputation on a foundation of dependability, respect for your home, and using only products that are safe for your children and pets. We have experience in eliminating virtually every type of household pest, including roaches, rodents, and more. To make an appointment for a free inspection, you can give us a call at 801-779-3131, or contact us here.
Finding pests in the home can be disconcerting for any homeowner. Before launching a full assault, consider some of the mistakes other homeowners have made with do-it-yourself home pest control. Avoiding these mistakes can protect a family’s health and keep your home pest free.
Common DIY Pest Control Mistakes
Over the counter (OTC) ant sprays will kill ants on contact. However, entomologists warn that it may ultimately make the problem worse. OTC ant sprays leave a residue that is repellant to ants and forces them to retreat to other areas of the home. This makes it difficult for the homeowner to locate the colony. Within days, forging ants will return in search of food and water. This is an activity they engage in every day to support the rest of the colony. The ants seen in the home represent only 8-10% of the ants in a typical colony. A better approach is to use indoor baiting techniques that foraging ants will bring back to the colony. Using their foraging behaviors can destroy the entire colony and eliminate the issue.
Quite commonly, homeowners will see a mouse in their kitchen and leave a trap to catch it only to return and find it empty. There are several reasons for this. Mice, while inquisitive, have poor eyesight and tend to travel along the walls using the same routes every day. Place the mousetrap along the wall in areas where you find mice droppings and turn it bait side in.
Also, don’t overload the trap with bait. A small piece of bacon, dab of peanut butter or chocolate icing will do the trick. For homes with small children and pets, it might be better to place the traps in a concealed area such as under a cabinet or behind the stove to prevent accidents from happening.
Carpenter ants are most active at nighttime so that is the best time to search for the nest. They are often found in wood that has past water damage. Nests could be behind a fascia or soffit, siding or desks. Also, check around doors and windows that have water contact such as the frames and sills.
Using untested home remedies or folk cures is not the best way to get rid of unwanted pests. Proven pest control methods will be more effective. Also, homeowners should thoroughly research natural home pest control methods they are interested in using. Pest control experts recommend not wasting money on electronic rodent deterrents.
Follow Product Directions
OTC pest control products contains chemicals that can be dangerous to children and pets so it is important to read all of the directions before using any product. With home pesticides, more is not always better so check the proper application amounts to get the best results.
Preventative Pest Control
Preventive pest control involves simple steps that every homeowner can take as taking the garbage out regularly and sealing all potential entry points. Also, be careful about the items that are brought into the home; Bed bugs and other household pests can gain entry in luggage and fresh produce, for instance. Lastly, don’t let pest control problems get out of control before calling an expert.
Professional Pest Control with Legacy
Legacy Pest Control is a family-owned business that has been serving homes and businesses in northern Utah for 15 years. The experts at Legacy Pest Control will keep your home pest free safely and economically. We provide free estimates and guarantee the work we do. If you’re facing an infestation beyond your control, contact us here, or call 801-779-3131 today!
It is understandable to be unnerved when you find your office space has been invaded by uninvited pests. Whether you find ants marching across your kitchen counters or roaches scurrying into dark corners of the supply closet when the light is switched on, like most small-business owners, you want a solution to your unpleasant problem. Ignoring pests in your home or office can lead to a serious insect infestation, so it makes sense to take preventative measures to make sure you aren’t actually laying out the welcome mat and making your space a welcome retreat for them.
While any sighting of more than a few stray critters here or there requires immediate intervention from the experts at Legacy Pest Control, there are some simple steps your office staff can take to prevent and discourage them from choosing to get comfortable in your working environment. Here are five effective ways to make your business less attractive to multi-legged pests:
Store food, drinks, and supplies properly
Ensure that all items on your kitchen shelves and in desk drawers are stored in tightly sealed containers. Keep pantry items stored in plastic zippered bags, plastic lockable containers, or glass jars with tightly-fitting lids. Keep sweeteners such as honey and sugar, creamers and other coffee and tea supplies in sealed containers, and keep their surfaces clean from spills and drips. In supply closets, store any paper products that aren’t used regularly in large plastic storage bins to keep roaches out.
Keep dirty dishes where they belong
Discourage eating at desks by designating specific spaces, such as lunch rooms or break rooms, as eating areas. Promptly take all dirty dishes and utensils to the kitchen to be cleaned properly. Allowing dirty dishes and containers to sit out even for a couple of hours can be enticing to pests.
Keep your office space clean
Wipe desks and counters daily to remove crumbs or food residue. Sugary treats are a favorite of ants and cockroaches. Wipe up sweet spills, such as juice or soda immediately. Make sure water spills are wiped up quickly as well – insects need a source of water to thrive. Don’t allow any plants to sit in saucers of water, and watch for spills or leaks at water coolers. Remember to empty restroom trash bins daily and to keep bathroom counters and floors clean of toilet paper and tissue scraps. Report any kitchen or bathroom water leaks to your office maintenance or management company.
Dispose of all office waste properly
Empty trash receptacles in high-traffic food-related areas such as kitchens and break rooms on a daily basis. Line trash bins with plastic bags and dispose of them every day. If employees snack at their desks, dispose of wastebasket contents daily as well. Even paper is attractive to cockroaches, so store any shredded documents in double bags if they are stored prior to disposal. If you have a recycling area, clean it regularly – insects enjoy residue left in bottles and cans.
Keep your kitchen appliances clean
Wipe down any greasy splatters or crumbs from stovetops and ovens, microwaves and toaster ovens on a weekly basis. Remove old food from the refrigerator weekly, or at the end of the week if your office is closed over the weekend.
Commercial Pest Control from Legacy Pest Control
Taking the time to prevent attracting insects will minimize the chances of them moving into your office space and treating it like their personal feeding station. However, once you see a pest or two, there are likely hundreds of their friends and family lurking in corners, cabinets and drawers. Spotting more than one or two is a good indication that it’s time to call the professionals in. Legacy Pest Control is here to resolve your office invasion issues. You can count on our team to perform a thorough inspection of your office space and surrounding property to determine the source of your bug-related issues. We offer a wide range of pest control services for your office or home. Contact us here, or call us at 801-779-3131 today to schedule an inspection.
Thanks to all of the ice and snow that Utah has had this winter, pest control may not be on your mind. You may think that the pests have frozen and died or that they have already found warm homes for the season and they are leaving, however, don’t be tricked by the cold temperatures. Pests such as black widows, spiders, ants, cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, fleas, rats and mice, may slow down in the winter months, but they do not go away.
During the winter, pests continue to eat, grow and reproduce. Unfortunately, many people either consider or do cut back on their pest control services in the wintertime as a way to save money or because they think it isn’t necessary. Here are a few of the reasons why you should continue your pest control services during the winter months.
Pests That Are Already Inside Your Home Are NOT Affected by the Outside Cold
During the winter months, you may think that its ok to cut back on your pest control services, as it’s unlikely pests are trying to enter your home. However, what you may not realize is that pests may already be living in your home. There are many different types of pests that may be burrowed inside of your home that you can’t see. Unfortunately, when you fail to treat your home during the winter months, these pests quickly increase in number without you even realizing it. Termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, and earwigs can all thrive indoors during the wintertime and you may not even realize it as they may be hidden in dark places. Other pests, such as wasps and spiders, may be living in your attic to escape the cold.
In order to keep your home free of pests and our services affordable, we offer quarterly maintenance plans starting at just $69.99. During these services, we perform a thorough interior and exterior inspection of your home, ensuring there are no pest-related issues at the time of the inspection and identifying any conditions that could potentially increase pest problems in the future.
Rodents Can Find Their Way Inside If Entry Points Are Not Sealed Off
Another reason not to cease pest control services in the winter is because rodents are always looking for a home to inhabit, even during the coldest months of the year. The last thing you want is to settle in for a good night’s sleep, only to be awoken by strange noises. When you go to investigate, you may find mice, rats or other rodents living in your attic, garage or crawl space.
Not only can rodents disrupt your sleep at night, but they can also disrupt insulation, gnaw on wood and prepare nests for their spring babies. They find small holes or cracks in your wood fascia, soffits, siding or roof and enter your space. These pests also pose a threat to humans. They can spread diseases through their feces, saliva and urine, including but not limited to salmonella and hantavirus. They can also contaminate your food if they touch the food. They also carry in other pests, like fleas and lice.
By continuing on with your pest control services, you are allowing us to inspect your home and look for rodents. If we find any, we will remove them while also finding and blocking off the places they are entering your space through. This helps provide a long-lasting solution to an awful problem.
Ways to Prevent Pests from Coming Indoors
In addition to hiring and using a pest control service year round, there are steps a homeowner can take to help prevent pests from coming indoors. Here are some of the ways you can prevent this:
- Sealing all of the cracks and holes on the outside of the home so pests can’t enter.
- Storing items in garages, basements and attics in sealed plastic containers. Cardboard boxes give rodents a place to nest, so you want to avoid them. It is recommended to store items in your garage in plastic totes instead of cardboard boxes.
- Trimming branches and shrubs so that they are kept away from home openings, like windows and doors.
- Storing firewood away from the home to prevent wood eating pests, like termites, from moving from the wood pile to your home. Ideally, store it 20 feet from your home and five feet off the ground.
- Installing exterior door sweeps and replacing damaged screens to prevent pests from entering through these tiny cracks and holes.
- Placing screens over vents and chimney openings to keep pests out.
- Disposing of your garbage regularly.
- Storing food in airtight containers the minimize the scent of the food and prevent pests from gaining access.
Contact Legacy Pest Control for Year-Round Utah Pest Control Services
If you suspect an infestation, contact Legacy Pest Control is Utah. We have over 15 years of pest control experience, providing homeowners and businesses safe and effective services in Utah at affordable prices. We guarantee our work, are locally owned, friendly and knowledgeable. We also offer pest control coupons and military family discounts, helping to keep our prices affordable. For more information or to find a professional Utah pest control company, contact Legacy Pest Control via our web form or give us a call at 801-779-3131.