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Best Pest Control Charlotte

Charlotte SkylineTo be known as the best at anything takes long, hard work.  In Charlotte there are a lot of good pest control companies. The good pest control companies will all do a relatively old kind of treatment. The best pest control will do a new treatment, and always have the correct products to treat for any problems that may arise at the home.

What will the best pest control company in Charlotte do? 

The best pest control companies in Charlotte will come to your home and identify the pest problem. There are many different types of pests in Charlotte. Each pest will have a different habitat, and identifying which pests are at your home will help you find the source of the problem. Controlling the source of the problem will help eliminate the pest.

What kind of treatment will the best pest control company do?

To fully control any pest, a full home treatment will need to be done; starting on the inside of the home and working their way to the outside of the home.

What treatment will be done on the inside of the home?

On the inside of the home the best pest control company will treat under sinks, in the corners, and place the correct baits down for the right pest. Most pests that are found inside of the home will come from inside the walls of a home. To properly treat for pest inside the walls of the home an in-wall treatment will need to be done. To perform a correct in-wall treatment, the faceplates need to be taken off the outlets of the exterior wall from the inside.  Once the faceplates are taken off, a product will be placed into the walls. This product will help exterminate any pests that are infested in the walls.

Charlotte ExterminatorWhat kind of treatment will be done on the outside of the home? 

To control the pest on the outside of the home a couple different treatments will need to be done. The first is done by treating around the windows and doors of the home. The second part will be done by power spraying the base of the home. Using a power sprayer will have the ability to treat deep into the soil and get under the rocks. Most companies still use a backpack sprayer, but the backpack sprayer will not work as well. The best pest control company in Charlotte knows this and only treats with a power sprayer. The last part of the treatment will take place at the plants.  The plants are the main source of the pest problem. Pests will eat the roots of the plants, and then get water from the drippers.  Treating the plants is done by granulating at the base of the plants. The granules will soak in the water and give off a product that will help control the pest.

Will this treatment really help control the pest? 

If this treatment is done correctly, and the pest control company uses the right products, there will be no pests. To make sure the company is the best check on Google, Better Business Bureau, and Yelp. Looking at these websites will show which company is rated the best pest control company in Charlotte.

Best Pest Control Charlotte

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com                            
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net  
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

How To Avoid Pests, Clean Bacteria And Get Rid Of Fruit Flies For Restaurant Businesses

Running a restaurant is a dream that many people have, but often the reality is somewhat different to what they expect. Yes, you get the satisfaction of dishing up food you’ve cooked and seeing people enjoy it, yes you will build a regular customer base, and yes you will take great pride in designing your restaurant and making it look great – but at the same time there is an awful lot that can go very wrong, very quickly.

And many of the biggest risks revolve around health and safety. Your business will be built on your ability to provide food that not only tastes great, but that is also clean, healthy and free from germs. If someone gets sick from your food it can completely destroy your reputation, while getting an infestation of rats can actually force you to close down – losing tons of cash for every minute you do.

If you’re starting a restaurant business then, you need to be ready to wage war on all manner of pests from bugs, to rodents to bacteria. Here are some important tips to help you do just that…

Maintaining a Clean Environment

 

The first and most important tip when it comes to keeping pests away from your cooking area, is to make sure that you keep the environment as clean as possible. It’s rotting bits of food – no matter how small – that create smells and attract pests, so that’s what you need to try and avoid.

In order to avoid this happening then, you need to prevent food or spills from creating smells. That means investing in a good fridge and freezer then keeping everything that hasn’t been thrown away in there. It also means making sure that you wipe all your surfaces with disinfectant every single day before going home, and vacuum around the entire restaurant to get rid of crumbs. Make sure that dirty plates aren’t left out, and spray some air freshener on occasion too.

What’s also important is making sure that the area immediately surrounding your restaurant is also clean and secure. Bins for instance commonly attract vermin, so make sure that if you have any outside they are all fully sealed to prevent tempting in the critters.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

 

Even in a relatively clean restaurant though, you may find yourself attracting fruit flies still which can be a serious annoyance and make your environment look and feel dirty (it’s hardly reassuring for customers).

If you have a fruit fly problem then try taking a small empty pot or can, and putting a few pieces of fruit in the bottom to create a smell. Now cover the top of the container with some cling film, and pierce a very small hole in the top with a pen or a pin. What will now happen, is that the fruit flies will try to get to the food by climbing inside through that opening. Once inside though, they’ll then be stuck meaning that the pot will fill with flies and you can eventually take them all outside at once!

Moldy Food

 

Bugs that you can see aren’t the only problem though. Equally dangerous are germs and mold spores. Bear in mind that if you have moldy food in the fridge, just cutting off the edge may not remove all the mold as invisible roots could be penetrating more deeply inside. Practice a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy, and throw out anything that’s moldy or close to the sell-by date. Keep your fridge cool meanwhile to prevent the mold from forming in the first place.

Another way to avoid letting food go moldy, and thus to get longer out of it, is to avoid touching it directly with your fingers. If you normally hold the cheese while cutting it for instance, then try keeping it inside the wrapper instead and only touching the covered area to stabilize it while cutting. Bacteria from your fingers or from your breath can evolve into more serious problems over time, so generally try to minimize contact with food while it’s out of the fridge.

Follow these tips and you should get more life from your food while also reducing the chance of causing illnesses or getting shut down. A little caution will more than pay off in the long term!

Author Bio: Jack Thomas, the writer of this article, is an employee at Abreq, well-known wholesalers of restaurant equipment. Jack is a culinary enthusiast and specializes in making desserts.

 

Green Tips On Ridding Your Home Of Silverfish

SilverfishSilverfish. Those disgusting, wiggling, squiggling, silvery insects that come out at night to crawl up your walls and feast upon your books, dry oats, wallpaper glue, plaster, drywall and carpet. We’ve all seen them, whether you knew what they were or not. Silverfish are common household pests that, while not dangerous, can cause considerable amounts of damage to household items (not to mention that they’re just plain nasty and the sight of them can make one’s skin crawl!) However, it’s pretty easy to keep your home’s population of silverfish in check, and can be done without the use of harsh chemicals. Below you will find some green tips and suggestions regarding how you can rid your home of silverfish (or at least keep their numbers to a bare minimum.)

Cleaning Tips

  • Vacuum on a regular basis. This will help get rid of silverfish eggs. Take special care to vacuum around floorboards and hard-to-reach crevices. Afterward, empty your vacuum cleaner contents into a plastic bag; tie the bag tightly and dispose of it ASAP.
  • Wash all surfaces frequently. Use a peppermint or eucalyptus cleaner. This helps repel them.
  • Keep ALL FOOD in sealed containers, such as plastic canisters or glass jars. Silverfish are unable to crawl up the smooth surfaces.
  • Freeze all infested books and garments for a few days in order to kill any eggs which may linger.

Homemade Baits

  • Jar Trap: This tried-and-true old timer’s trick involves wrapping the outside of tall glass jars with masking tape or twine and filling with about ½” of dry oats. The silverfish will be attracted to the oats and crawl up the rough surface of the jar- however, once he’s in, he’ll be unable to escape.
  • Diatomaceous Earth: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around floorboards and other areas where the silverfish have been creeping. This non-toxic pesticide will stick to the silverfish as they crawl through it, scratching through its protective layers and causing it to dehydrate through the rapid loss of liquid. The result? Those nasty silverfish shrivel up and die.
  • Mashed Potato Balls: Mix mashed potatoes with alum and roll into balls and place on newspaper or pieces of cardboard throughout your house. The alum in the balls will poison and kill the silverfish.

Natural Silverfish Repellents

Some items are considered to be natural silverfish repellents, and can be sprinkled around floorboards, cupboards and drawers in order to scare the silverfish away. Among these include bay leaves, eucalyptus, Epsom salt, whole cloves, cinnamon, and cucumber peals. If you don’t like the idea of simply sprinkling these items around your home, place them in cupcake wrappers and set them out, scattered about your house.

Silverfish may seem like nasty little vermin, but the fact is they are harmless to humans and mainly just like to munch on things like your books, which can be quite the nuisance! Thankfully they are fairly easy to get rid of, although you will have to repeat the process every few weeks as any new eggs that you may have miss begin to hatch. With persistence you can get your silverfish population under control- without resorting to using pesticides to do so.

About the author: Chris is writer for a Long Island pest control company.

 

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