Customers laugh when we tell them we hunt bugs. We’d laugh too, but that response is a sad testament to the state of The Pest Control Industry. The literature in every book about ending bug infestations says the best practice is to inspect (hunt) and find the source of the infestation before applying pesticides. Yet almost every generic pest control company you can hire still sells reoccurring applications of pesticides, usually selling the pesticides as “green” claiming that the neurotoxin pyrethrins (synthesized chrysanthemum) they’re hosing your home down with are natural and safe for babies and pets. No matter what they say, there is no way to apply a pesticide in advance that protects your home like a barrier (or an eco-shield), prevents infestation, and or kills a pest before it’s present.
It’s amazing when you think about it. The Industry has successfully sold millions of humans on the idea of “preventative maintenance,” claiming that they can kill and or repel bugs before they are there. If magic still exists in our modern world, this is it.
Each of our bug hunts have their signature service storylines, but the goal of all our bug hunts is to end The Infestation (however you define that for your Homefront) and that process follows a classic narrative arch that has a beginning, middle, and an end. The length of your personal service storyline will depend on the size and strength of your infestation. Typically our odorous house ant hunts require 1-2 hunts per season (usually only one), heavy carpenter ant hunt infestations can require 2-3 hunts per season and another hunt the following season to ensure full elimination, and our bedbug hunts typically require 2-5 hunts to reach The End. A new roach infestation can be knocked out in one service fairly easily, but a heavy infestation (especially in an apartment building that’s infested) can limp along for a long time.
COSTS: $125 – $165 for initial bug hunt, $65-$85 for follow ups depending on how close you live to Gresham, Oregon
We don’t apply synthetic pesticides for non-infesting pests, especially beneficial predators like spiders, beetles, and centipedes, but we do offer thorough “culleans” for small flies (especially in restaurants) and spiders. We also don’t apply pesticides for non-infesting bugs that enter your home, become trapped, and die on their own like box elder bugs. Oh and we also don’t apply pesticides for panty/clothing moth infestations, because The Infestation won’t end until the breeding sites are identified and removed from your home. In any case, we’re happy to inspect The Action and work with you to write an action plan for ending whatever engagement you’re having with the urban wilderness. Selling you a reoccurring service is not a plan.
< The Pest Predator in action >
Here’s what a house ant infestation looks like when you find the nest. These guys were living under the insulation:
Here’s what I mean when Predator says, “Ring around the bait means it’s working.” That will have an effect for sure!