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Whether you are strolling through downtown to purchase that unique gift at one of our local shops, browsing through some of the amazing displays at the art show, or simply enjoying one of our lunch or evening concerts, the city of Westminster has so much to offer. Our vibrant downtown attracts residents and visitors from all over for these wonderful community experiences, and protecting our way of life and our city from the various dangers that lurk is one of our top priorities.
Many of those dangers are easy to recognize, but there are some dangers that are subtle or hidden, making them easy to neglect. Keeping pests from causing damage and disease is a full-time pursuit that some home and business owners may be tempted to overlook, but that would prove to be a costly mistake. Pests like termites, mice, and roaches are easy to ignore, but the damages they inflict and the diseases that they spread can be devastating. Here at American Pest, we understand the destruction that insects can cause and the diseases that they can spread. We also understand that pests, and their threats, never stop, which is why we never stop defending Westminster homes and businesses from them. Our comprehensive, year-round pest protection plans are safe and effective and will keep your Westminster home or business secure and free from pests and all of their dangers. To learn more about our affordable, year-round pest protection services, or any of our other industry-leading pest control solutions, simply give us a call!
There are several pests that call Westminster home that pose a significant risk to the structure of your home, and others that can carry and spread harmful pathogens. Understanding a bit about these pests and the threats that they pose is vital to keeping your home and your family safe.
Subterranean termites – These elusive pests lives in large colonies underground and will build small mud tubes up the side of your foundation to access the interior of your home. Once inside, they will spend their days (and nights) silently eating away at the structural beams deep inside the recesses of your walls often causing significant and irreversible damages before they are discovered. In fact, these pests are responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage each year in the United States alone. The only way to defend against termites is with a professional termite monitoring system, like the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. The termite experts here at American Pest are authorized operators of this discreet baiting system that will not only eliminate current termite colonies but will remain in place to defend against future foraging termites. Protect the structural integrity of your Westminster home from termites with Sentricon® with Always Active™ and American Pest!
Rodents – While mice will be our focus, it is important to note that all rodents (such as rats, squirrels, etc.) fall into this category. These furry little creatures may seem harmless enough, but they actually pose a dual threat to homes and businesses here in Westminster. Not only can mice cause significant structural damage, but they can also carry and spread many harmful pathogens. Mice chew....on everything! Insulation, personal belongings, support beams, pipes, and wiring are all commonly used as chew toys by mice. This habit of gnawing on everything in sight cannot only damage the items themselves but when they choose to gnaw through a live wire inside your wall, it can spark a fire. Mice also carry and transmit several pathogens that can make you and your family ill: salmonella and leptospirosis, to name only a couple. In fact, the CDC lists over 35 diseases that rodents are known to spread to people. These pathogens can be spread through the rodent’s saliva, urine, feces, and through scratches and bites that can be inflicted when trying to remove these pests from your property. A side note on these creatures is that they are rarely alone. Not only do they live in large colonies, but they also carry parasites such as fleas, mites, and ticks that not only help spread the pathogens that the mice are carrying, but they come packed with several of their own to share. When dealing with rodents on your Westminster property, it is best to call in a rodent control expert. The experts here at American Pest can quickly identify all nesting and breeding sites and the access points they are utilizing to gain entrance to your home. Once the mice are eliminated, they can assist you in implementing strategies to eliminate access points and keep mice from entering your home in the future.
Cockroaches – There are three species of cockroach that you are likely to encounter here in Westminster, all of which can spread harmful diseases to you, your family, your employees, and your customers. The American cockroach, German cockroach, and Oriental cockroach all make their homes right here in Westminster and pose a significant health risk to our residents and to our visitors. These pests make it a habit to frequent some pretty unsavory areas, like sewers, dumpsters, drains, and landfills. After rummaging through all that silt and filth, they will squeeze into your home and crawl across your kitchen counters, through your silverware drawer, and across food prep surfaces, spreading harmful pathogens that they picked up on their legs and bellies everywhere they scuttle. The problem with cockroaches is that they are fast and they are nocturnal. They will remain inside your wall voids and other hidden areas during the day and will come out at night when all is quiet and dark to feed. This makes detecting the presence of cockroaches very difficult for the homeowner. The surest way to avoid cockroaches is by implementing a year-round pest protection plan. Here at American Pest, we offer several comprehensive pest protection plans that will keep cockroaches and many other common pests out of your Westminster home. Contact us today to discuss which plan is right for you.
While successfully keeping harmful, damaging, and nuisance pests out of your Westminster home or business requires the help of a trusted pest control professional like those here at American Pest, there are some things that you can do that will make it less likely that pests will choose your home or business to invade. These prevention tips include:
Keep your foundation free from grass, plants, and branches by leaving a barrier between your foundation and vegetation.
Trim back branches that touch your foundation, siding, or roof line.
Pick up branches, leaves, and other debris in your yard.
Make sure bird feeders, if you must use them, are kept on the perimeter of your property and away from your home or business.
Store firewood and other wooden materials on pallets rather than directly on the ground.
Store trash in containers with tight-fitting lids and remove from your property on a regular basis.
Repair or replace damaged or loose-fitting screens on windows and doors.
Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
Install caps on chimneys and place screens over vents.
Fill all cracks, gaps, and crevices in your foundation and around utility entrances.
Fix broken and loose roof shingles.
Remove all sources of standing water from your yard such as old tires, bird baths, and toys.
Repair leaking pipes and faucets both outside and inside your home.
Use a dehumidifier in moist areas of your home or business.
Keep clutter to a minimum in storage areas such as basements and attics.
Vacuum regularly and clean up crumbs and spills right away. Pay special attention to areas under and around large kitchen appliances.
Store food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator, instead of on counters and table tops.
Set up a year-round pest protection service.
Even with your best effort in these areas, your best protection lies with the trusted professionals here at American Pest. With seasonal visits and treatment from our certified pest control experts, your Westminster home or business can remain pest-free all year long. Contact us today to see which of our industry-leading, comprehensive plans is right for you.
The year-round Preferred Care pest protection plans here at American Pest are the surest way to keep pests from bringing illness to your family and inflicting damage to the structure of your home. Our pest control services are designed to be safe for the environment and safe to use around people and pets, while still offering superior protection from invading pests. We have specifically designed three tiers of protection to meet the individual needs of our clients.
Preferred Care – This year-round plan offers Westminster residents protection from more than 30 common household pests by implementing exterior and interior treatments as needed on a seasonal basis and is backed by our pest free guarantee.
Preferred Care Plus – This plan is also year-round and includes all the benefits found in our Preferred Care plan but adds termite monitoring services to guard against foraging termites that may be looking for a new home. It is the perfect plan for the homeowner that desires pest protection services and the prevention of termites in homes that do not have an existing termite presence.
Preferred Care Complete Termite – This plan will not only prevent over 30 common household pests, but it will also eliminate existing termite colonies in your home or business and monitor for future foraging termites as well. This plan is perfect for homes that are currently struggling with a termite colony and want to keep future foraging termites at bay.
Some of the other industry-leading pest protection services offered to Westminster homes and businesses by American Pest include:
The reason why thousands of your friends and neighbors here in Westminster and throughout our service area have chosen trusted pest control services from American Pest is really quite simple. Not only do we offer industry-leading, safe, and effective pest control solutions for homes, businesses, government installations, and industries; but for more than 90 years we have made it our mission to provide superior customer service to our valued clients. Your satisfaction is our top priority. When you combine that with stringent hiring practices, superior training, integrated pest management procedures, and over 9 decades of hands-on experience, you can know that your pest pressures will be dealt with quickly and completely. To learn for yourself why so many have trusted American Pest for their pest control needs, simply give us a call to schedule your pest inspection. You will be glad that you did!
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