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We Are Locally Owned and Operated

Jeff’s Pest Control Service is proud to be locally owned. We’ve provided quality pest management and removal for years. We’re committed to superior customer service, which is why we offer flexible service plans. As a locally-owned business, we understand the problems pest infestations can cause. We own homes ourselves, and we know what it means to run a business. Each of our clients is unique, and so are their situations. That’s why we tailor our approach to the needs of our customers. We don’t provide one-size-fits-all solutions.

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Browse Our FAQs

Before calling us, please take the time to browse our FAQ questions. You may find it helpful to have some understanding of your situation before you call us.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects. Both the nymphs and adults feed on sleeping or resting humans, mostly at night.

Adult bed bugs are oval, about 1/5 inches long, and are rusty red or mahogany in color. The nymphs appear similar to the adults except for their smaller size and lighter yellowish to white color.

Bed bugs are found worldwide. Until recently, bed bug infestations were thought to be associated with crowded and dilapidated housing. However, bed bugs have made a comeback of sorts and can now be found in some of the finest homes and hotels. Their comeback appears to be associated with increased global travel, the ease of which infested items are moved, insecticide resistance, and changes in pesticide availability. People can pick up bed bugs in theaters, buses, planes, and trains. People bring bed bugs into their homes from infested clothing, bedding, furniture, and luggage.

Female bed bugs lay 200 to 500 tiny white eggs during their lifetime, usually 2-5 eggs per day. These eggs will hatch within 10 to 15 days. Bed bugs go through 5 nymphal stages, each stage requiring a blood meal. The entire life cycle from egg to adult takes anywhere from five weeks to four months. Bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding.

Bed bug hiding places are usually located within 6 or fewer feet from where humans sleep or rest. These would include mattress, headboards, bed frame, night stands, behind picture frames, furniture and baseboards. Research indicates 85% of bed bugs are found in or near the bed.

How do you remove bed bugs?

Confirmed bed bug infestations should be managed by trained professionals. Managing a bed bug infestation is a difficult task. You will be required to remove or treat all infested material and follow up to be sure the outbreak has been eliminated. A detailed list of instructions on how to prepare for a bed bug treatment is available and must be followed to help ensure a successful treatment process.

What are roof rats?

Although some people think of mice and rats as a child and parent, these two are different organisms. Their biology is different, and their life history is different. Though there is limited space here, it’s important to point out a few key distinguishing characteristics.

The body of a mouse will grow from as little as 2″ to as much as 3-1/2″ when fully grown. The rat’s body will be as small as 7″ but grow to a length of nearly 10″. Mice will weight as little as a mere 1/2 ounce to up to 1 ounce whereas a large rat may weigh more than a pound.

Color will vary in both mice and rats though they are most commonly seen as gray to brown. A mouse will squeeze through an opening as small as 1/2″. Both rodents have poor eyesight and rely on their acute sense of smell and hearing to compensate.

How do you remove an infestation?

The most effective means employed to control rodent is exclusion. If openings are eliminated, in most cases, rodents cannot get into a structure. However, sometimes a dirt floor may exist inside a structure to which a burrowing rodent may find an entry. Exclusion or rodent-proofing requires strong material through which rodents may not be able to gnaw such as concrete, sheet metal, coarse grade steel wool, hardware cloth, and crushed glass.

The next step in controlling rodents is eliminating food sources. People are often surprised to find out that foodstuffs that had long been forgotten are the source of food for rodents. The bird seed up in the attic or in the garage or a box of food which fell down behind a shelf somewhere. Therefore, it is important to seek those things out. Also, any food in boxes or bags, as well as the daily garbage, must be protected by placing these items into impervious containers of metal or glass. Outside, a thorough inspection of the premise is essential to keep rodents away. Identify any harborage areas and openings that can allow easy access.

Finally, the removal of rodents from a structure may be achieved in many different ways. There are electronic devices which emits very high-frequency ultrasonic sounds which frighten rodents out of a building.

Trapping would be another possible step in rodent control. There are also snap traps and glue traps which may be used for this purpose.

Finally, the most common rodent control technique is a rodenticide application using anti-coagulant type baits. These kill the rodent by thinning the blood until the animal hemorrhages internally. The animal suffers some dizziness, then dies from the loss of blood.

What are fleas?

There are four stages in the life cycle of the flea: egg, larva (three stages), pupa (cocoon), and adult.

Adult fleas prefer to live on the host animal but are often dislodged by scratching. Eggs are laid on the animal, but are quite smooth and easily fall off into the environment. Larva hatch from the egg and undergo approximately three molts, progressively becoming larger. The larva lives off of organic debris, including flea dirt, the dried blood-feces of the adult flea.

The third stage of the flea larva makes a cocoon where the adult flea develops. The egg, larval, and pupal stages almost always take place in the environment off of the animal, where the microenvironment is often ideal for growth. These larvae and cocoons are found deep in carpeted areas or areas with a layer of organic material (e.g., a garden or flower bed). They are protected from insecticides in this hard-to-reach area.

Adult fleas hatch from the cocoon when proper stimulation is present. The stimuli include vibration, increased carbon dioxide levels, heat, and motion. The adult can emerge from the cocoon in a very short period…less than a second….and immediately jump to find a proper host. Once on the host, they feed on blood obtained by biting through the skin.

An egg may develop into an adult flea within 14 days if conditions are ideal. Each fertilized female may lay as many as 25 eggs per day….more than 800 in her lifetime. In just thirty days, 25 adult female fleas can multiply to as many as a quarter of a million fleas!

The main flea affecting the dog and cat is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis. There is a dog flea also that occasionally is responsible for flea infestations, but the majority of the time, C. felis is the flea found on dogs and cats. Fleas are insects that are highly developed and can reproduce in copious amounts when environmental conditions are ideal. High humidity and high relative temperatures provide that ideal environment.

What are cockroaches?

DESCRIPTION:

Oriental Cockroach

When disturbed, may run rapidly and adults may fly. Females are wingless, and males have wings. Unlike other pest cockroaches, oriental cockroaches cannot climb up smooth surfaces (they lack sticky pads on their feet). Immature cockroaches resemble adults except that they are wingless.

HABITAT: Oriental cockroaches generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water. They prefer cooler temperatures around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and can overwinter in protected areas outdoors where temperatures average 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. These cockroaches are common in basements, crawl spaces, cracks, and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to buildings. They feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material.

LIFE CYCLE: Females produce egg cases and carry them protruding from the tip of the abdomen for about two days. Egg cases are then generally glued to a surface in a hidden location. Egg cases are 3/8-inch-long, brown, and purse shaped. Immature cockroaches emerge from egg cases in 6 to 8 weeks and require 6 to 12 months to mature. Adult cockroaches can live up to one year, during which females produce an average of 150 young.

TYPE OF DAMAGE: Not common in the home

CONTROL: Any pesticide treatments should be provided by a licensed Pest Control Operator of California, and a member of the Pest Control Operators of California, or of the state in which you live. Due to their large size and slow development, large infestations of these insects are not common within houses. However, during certain times of the year, they may move inside a house from outside sources. For example, in winter these cockroaches may move indoors, seeking warmer temperatures and food.

Cockroaches may enter houses via sewer connections, under doors, around utility pipes, air ducts, or other openings in the foundation. Exclusion is the best way to control this inward movement of cockroaches. Place fine mesh screening over crawl space vents, and basement floor drains. Seal exterior doors with weather stripping. Fill gaps in walls and floors where pipes enter using steel wool and/or caulking compounds. Cockroach populations in basements can be reduced by decreasing dampness and applying insecticides in cracks and crevices where there is evidence of cockroach activity (presence of egg cases, dead cockroaches, brown fecal smears).

Cockroach populations around the perimeter of houses are more difficult to control. First, limit the availability of food and water. Place garbage in trash cans, not plastic bags (plastic bags rip easily). Divert water from gutters at least 3 feet away from the foundation. Secondly, reduce hiding places for the cockroaches. Do not stack firewood or debris next to the foundation. Make a visual inspection about one to two hours after sunset to locate cracks and crevices in the building from which cockroaches are emerging. Spray these areas with insecticide and seal the cracks and crevices, if possible.

German Cockroach

SIZE: Adults are about 5/8 inch long (17mm)

COLOR: Adult German cockroaches are light brown except for the shield behind the head marked with two dark stripes, which run lengthwise on the body. Young roaches are wingless and nearly black with a single light stripe running down the middle of the back. Egg capsules are light tan.

DESCRIPTION: German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (L.), are the most common roaches found in houses and restaurants. Most cockroaches have a flattened, oval shape, spiny legs, and long, filamentous antennae. Immature stages are smaller, have undeveloped wings and resemble the adults. They eat food of all kinds and may hitchhike into the house on egg cartons, soft drink cartons, sacks of potatoes or onions, used furniture, beer cases, etc.

HABITAT: They can develop into large populations and live throughout the house, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. During the day, these roaches may be found hiding clustered behind baseboard molding, in cracks around cabinets, closets or pantries, and in and under stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers. When seen during the day in clusters, the population is large.

LIFE CYCLE: German cockroach females, unlike most other roaches, carry the egg capsule protruding from their abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. The case is then placed in a secluded location, with the nymphs emerging one to two days later. A female may produce four to six cases during her lifetime, each containing 30 to 40 eggs. Eggs hatch in 28 to 30 days and nymphs develop in 40 to 125 days. Female roaches live about 200 days and males not as long. The roach produces more eggs and has more generations per year (three to four) than other roaches, and only a few individuals are needed to develop into troublesome infestations.

TYPE OF DAMAGE: Roaches can foul food, damage wallpaper, and books, eat glue from furniture, and produce an unpleasant odor. Some homeowners are allergic to roaches. The pests can contaminate food with certain bacterial diseases that result in food poisoning, dysentery, or diarrhea.

CONTROL: Any pesticide treatments should be provided by a licensed Pest Control Operator of California, and a member of the Pest Control Operators of California, or of the state in which you live.

Inspect sacks, cartons, and boxes, etc., brought into the house, and destroy any roaches. Sanitation is critical in roach control. Clean up spilled foods and liquids, avoid leaving scraps of food on unwashed dishes and countertops, keep food in tightly sealed containers, rinse cans and bottles before putting them in the trash and transfer garbage outdoors into roach-proof receptacles.

Insecticides. Apply chemicals at roach hiding places. Enter a dark room quietly, turn on the light and watch where the roaches run. Spot treat these hiding places and known pathways, especially under and behind loose baseboards or molding strips and around pipes or conduits along the walls and through it. Do not treat entire floors, walls or ceilings. Roaches may hide around the kitchen sink or drain board, in cracks underneath cupboards and cabinets, inside the motor compartment of refrigerators, behind window and door frames, in radio and TV cabinets, and around closet and bookcase shelves. Surfaces, where food is prepared, should not be treated. Roaches in buildings with multiple dwellings usually require the treatment of other units as well.

INTERESTING FACTS: Without food or water, adults may die in two weeks, but they can live a month with water.

What are wolf spiders?

Wolf Spiders are hairy arachnids (spiders) that can grow to as much as an inch and half long in body length. Wolf Spiders are usually black, gray or brown in color.  For their size they are a very quick spider and can be a little intimidating when found inside. If threatened or provoked Wolf Spiders will rear up on its legs, exposing its large fangs.  Wolf Spiders are not a web building spider and are sometimes confused with the Brown Recluse spiders.

Spiders have a two-segmented body and eight legs. Wolf spiders do have shorter legs than web building spiders. Wolf Spiders have 8 noncompound eyes. They are arranged in one lower row of 4 smaller eyes, 2 larger eyes and 2 more small eyes on top of the head. The jaws of the Wolf Spider are used to hold prey, inject toxin and eat. Two sharp, horizontal fangs are located at the bottom of the jaw.

Wolf Spiders have a wide range of habitats from woodlands, dry shrub lands and wet coastal forests. The Wolf Spider will travel great distances in search of their prey. Wolf Spiders do not spin webs they reside in burrows. In the rainy season, Wolf Spiders, plug their holes with small pebbles and build turrets to divert water around the opening.

Wolf Spiders can be seen traveling in your lawn our garden areas. Wolf Spiders hunt for their food which consists of insects and other small spiders. Most Wolf Spiders are also nocturnal, although some will hunt in the early morning.

Wolf Spiders will enter your home while searching for shelter or hunting for their next meal. Wolf Spiders enter through gaps under doors or loose screens. As female Wolf Spiders forage for shelter or food they will carry their young spiders on their back, when frightened these small spiders will scurry for cover.  If you suspect you have a Wolf Spider infestation it is best to call a local pest control company.

We Provide Services to Residential and Commercial Clients

If you’re concerned about a potential infestation in your home, there’s no harm in calling us. Our team is skilled at finding and eradicating infestations in both residential and commercial buildings. Call us today.

Jeff’s Pest Control Service is proud to have been voted Best Pest Control Service Of The North State 8 times. Thank you to our loyal customers who believe in and voted for us, and to our dedicated staff who make it happen.
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