insect control in iowa

April 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

General termite coverage is another service option. This plan includes general insect control but also covers termites. Termite stations are place around the home and checked every time a spray is performed. If termites are discovered, they are treated with no cost to the customer. This plan is good for the homeowner that is concerned about termites infesting the home. The service can be performed 5 times per year or quarterly


April 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Smart Pest Solutions Services

Smart Pest offers many different pest control services. All services include free estimates.  General insect sprays can be performed all year. These services help keep insect levels down and under control. Most customers prefer 5 sprays per year, every other month in the spring and summer with one inside service dec-march. Inside and outside of the home can be sprayed depending on the customers wishes. General sprays cover many insects including: spiders, wasps, ants, roaches, rodents, centipedes, and millipedes

nuisance wildlife

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Nuisance wildlife trappers are required to check traps every 24 hours to transport any animals. If traps cannot be checked they should be closed. Every year, all animals trapped have to be recorded and sent into the Iowa DNR. If animals that have been trapped seem sick they should be properly euthanized

animal removal

April 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

All entry points on structures should be sealed with screens and proper materials to prevent re entry. Get rid of wood piles and dead trees near the home to eliminate other areas that will attract unwanted guests. Keep pet food and bird seeds sealed to eliminate food sources. Make sure crawlspaces and basements have no entry points for animals. Underneath porches are also entry points for nuisance wildlife.

animal trapping

April 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

When animals become nuisances they can be live trapped by pest control operators. After trapping, the animals should be moved to safe timber areas at least 15 minutes away. Most animals will survive relocation and have a better atmosphere to live in. Homeowners should not attempt to catch animals in attics on their own. Raccoons can become aggressive if they have babies and several animals can carry rabies and other diseases. Masks should be worn when cleaning up droppings to prevent people from getting sick.

Nuisance Wildlife

April 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Nuisance Wildlife

There are many animals in Iowa that become nuisance wildlife. Some animals are opossums, raccoons, squirrels, bats, and birds. These animals become a nuisance when they enter structures and homes. They can create enormous amounts of damage and cost the homeowner. Many animals can enter attics and walls by small holes and rotting roof conditions.


April 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Termites have been around for millions of years and will continue to exist long after human beings are gone. Termites continue to become resistant to some chemicals and new ways of treating are always being studied. People have to understand that discovering termites does not mean that the house will fall down. Termites can be treated and removed to protect the home.


April 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After termites are discovered and treated it is recommended that the homeowner keep up on termite inspections. Quarterly inspections can be done or at least annually. Homeowners should make sure that the contract includes a warranty or coverage if termites are found later down the road. Smart Pest covers customers for up ten years unless the homeowner wishes to extend the contract. Termite stations can be installed around perimeters to check every few months. If termites infest the baited stations that particular section of the structure can be treated at no charge to the customer. Many homes that have termites can expect the neighbors and other homes in the area to be infested. Baiting systems are not perfect and houses can still be prone to termites. Stations do not kill termites like many homeowners believe. They are simply a monitoring tool.


April 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Termite prevention is usually done during the construction of a building. Removing rotten wood or debris is important when building a structure. Pre treatments of cement footings can be performed immediately after pouring the footings. These treatments are not guarantees that termites will not appear but can be effective for several years. Repellants that don’t kill termites can be used as well as termidor which kills the whole colony. Termidor is more expensive than many other chemicals. Chemical barriers around the entire structure are necessary to ensure the protection of the entire building. Infested wood can be treated with properly labeled pesticides. Soil must be injected with chemical wherever possible. Cement must be drilled every foot to inject chemical under the cement.


April 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Generally, termites are found at or near ground level because they always have to travel back and forth from the ground. Cavities in wood are not always visible so it is important to tap on wood to hear if it is hollow. Probing wood with a screwdriver or similar tool can be effective. Rotting logs and trees around structures are prime areas for colonies to be found. Treating these areas is important to stop trees from being killed

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