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Most people retain the services of a pest control provider to regulate unwanted pests inside and outside their residences and commercial office building. In most areas of the united states, pest control companies generally are separated into a couple of popular types:

1. Standard Pest management
2. In Termite Control

Around the United States, many firms offer products and services and specialized ways to eradicate insect problems. Overall, pest management firms generally will be tailored to containing roaches, various types of ants, fleas, bees and wasps, ticks, silverfish, clothing moths, carpet beetles, millipedes, centipedes, clover mites, chiggers, mice, rats, birds, bats, etc. Several unwanted pests require different management techniques driven by their biology and habits. By way of example, cockroach control solutions will change in cost and application techniques depending on which roaches are located. German roaches have a concise life cycle and are commonly noticed throughout every season in the cooking area, bathrooms, and closets. Oriental cockroaches (often called water bugs) have a much longer life cycle and are usually seen in cellars and lower kitchen cupboards, primarily in spring and autumn. Furthermore, various control tactics also apply to ants. By way of example, Carpenter ants demand different control methods compared with other little nuisance ants getting into the cooking area, specifically throughout spring. Many trustworthy pest control organizations work hard and do a great job of gaining an individual’s business. Despite this, when in doubt, the following tips and hints should assist in selecting an organization:

Essential Pest control Providers
1. If at all possible, get price quotes from several vendors. Evaluate the services, and guarantee in addition to the cost. The lowest price doesn’t necessarily imply the best deal; consequently, when shopping for pest management experts, question application techniques (chemical or eco-friendly) that will be used. This is especially important for families sensitive towards particular pesticides.
2. If required, consult BBB.org to get the previous record of an organization.
3. Be sure to obtain the contract on paper. Written agreements are always better than non-written claims.
4. Ensure that the initial price tag assures acceptable results, or there may be an additional bill if the business returns for re-treatments.
5. Find out if this provider has liability insurance.
6. Ask if the organization’s technician carries a license to utilize pesticides in your state.
7. Make sure the company is registered to operate in the state.

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If you have trouble with unwelcome bugs in your home and have exhausted all the self-help remedies you know, you may consider hiring a commercial pest control corporation to deal with the problem. Hiring a professional may be the right solution for you, but you must do your homework. First, how do you locate a pest management service? Checking the yellow pages of your local phone book could be a good start; doing a keyword search on the Internet for your area could also work, and you have the added benefit of seeing what information the pest management service provides, on itself on pest control typically. Ask friends and coworkers for recommendations after you’ve developed a list of pest control services. Before you call these corporations, ask your friends and coworkers if they have worked with pest control services. Have any of them used these pest control services? What was their experience? Did the pest control company in question solve its pest infestation issues? Were there any problems dealing with the pest control company? Any problems in the home after the pest control company performed their services?

Once you’ve narrowed your list to several potential pest control corporations, call them on the phone, and ask some more questions:
Does the pest control company offer a free home investigation and estimate costs?
Does it provide you advice on what you can do to deal with the problem yourself?
Is the pest control company willing to answer questions readily?

Specific questions to ask:
What types of chemicals are used? (If possible, have them provide written information on the chemicals.)
What side effects or potential dangers do these chemicals have on family members, adults, children, and pets?
Do your family and household pets need to vacate the premises during the pest control treatment?
Make sure you ask whether the pest management service offers non-toxic, natural pest control. The pest management service ought to be willing to discuss the options at least; if its representative dismisses the notion of non-toxic pest control without intelligently discussing the pros and cons of the natural remedies available but wants to get into your house and spray, beware! With written information (or your notes) in hand, research any chemicals that will be used – their effectiveness, possible side effects, and potential toxicity. (The Internet is a perfect place to start for this.) If you have family members with serious health issues, particularly asthma or other respiratory ailments, make sure you know what the potential effect of sprayed compounds could have on them.

In conclusion, if you have any questions about the pest control provider’s reliability and you are not able to find anyone you know and whose judgment you trust to vouch for them, contact your local or state BBB.org or Consumer Protection Division, to discover whether there have been any complaints lodged against them. Once you’ve hired a pest management provider, know who will show up at your home and when. Make sure they have proper I.D. and ask if you can supervise the process if you need to leave and for how long. And while you’ve got access to the professional treating your home, ask what you can do to avoid pest control problems in the future, especially those involving destructive carpenter ants and termites. The guy (or gal) who does the work most likely has insights into the subject that the office staff does not have.

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Bed bugs are among the many typical pests which can annoyingly infest houses. It’s not just houses that they can make their living quarters but also other places such as hospitals, hotels, motels, and inns. With how they can adversely affect your quality of living, they sure must be thoroughly eliminated. Of course, eradicating bed bugs isn’t at all easy. Still, it needs to be done if you do not want to be their blood bank. Apart from that, their bites can cause swelling and itchiness, which might be annoying. They can also leave stains on fabrics, walls, and floors, making your home look untidy and un-maintained.

After World War II, it is said that bed bugs had been almost eliminated with a pest control technique that uses DDT, a well-known pesticide. Even so, almost is not always enough, and now bed bugs are back, this time conquering the rest of the world. Their spread to other previously bed-bug-free countries is primarily due to increased international travel. Unfortunately, today, pesticides can not ensure the 100 percent effectiveness of the bed bugs elimination process. Somehow, those pests had learned how to resist the chemical’s effects. Apart from that, it is not advised to use chemical-based products as they may be dangerous to both the environment and human health. And so, to be exempted from their adverse effects, resort instead to safer or greener pest control methods. Or better yet, prevent their infestation. That way, you can ensure that no ill effect will befall you or your house. How do you do that? Here are the general steps.

• Implement effective and regular cleaning. Doing so will warn you of their presence and keep them from returning after the removal process. In particular, with cleaning, you’ll be able to see stains and smell a sweet but spicy odor which indicates the pests’ presence. If you do the cleaning regularly, you’ll be able to detect them immediately enough to avoid worse things from happening.
• Cover or seal cracks and crevices. Those are spots where these minor and flat bugs hide, waiting for the night to start their attack. Also, on those spots is where they digest their meal. To cover or seal them is to prevent the bugs from having a place to hide and thus stop them from staying over your home.
• Check before getting outside furniture in. This ought to be done to almost everything from the outside house that bed bugs can inhabit. Significantly, this goes for those items that had been brought from travels. By inspecting if they’re, in fact, free of those bugs, you can prevent any of their adverse effects. In closing, bed bugs can ordinarily cause considerable damage and discomfort. And so, it is logical to have them eliminated. Still, it would be much better to keep bed bugs at bay instead, as it could save you from more tiring and exhausting work. Preventing bed bugs is way easier than having them eliminated. And so, keep them at bay to avoid the hassle of implementing steps to kill those bed bugs.

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If ants invade your home, it’s tough to eradicate them. More keep coming when you get rid of the ones in your house. It doesn’t matter how long you keep attempting to destroy them; as many as 1,600 more are born daily, so their nest is never empty. It’s also tough to neutralize the scent trail they lay down to steer the remainder of the nest to the current food resource – your home. Their bites are generally unpleasant and may even leave welts, especially when they come from the Fire Ant. When it comes to your family, it is not a risk you want to take.

Roaches certainly are a severe health concern. Even if you keep your residence spic and span, they are incredibly resourceful in discovering sources for nutrition. They leave parts of the body lying around in addition to reproducing at a shocking rate. Once you observe them, likely, they’ve already started a significant colony that will probably be especially tricky to eliminate.

People today wince at all of the spiders present in most places. There can be the types that tend to be so prevalent they’ve been dubbed ‘house’ spiders. Nonetheless, there are also more poisonous varieties like the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. Since spiders are not insects but arachnids, their particular behaviors are different. They walk on the tips of their feet, holding the rest of their body off almost all surfaces. Additionally, they do not groom themselves as most other pests do, which usually makes pest management quite ineffective.

The reasons for locating a respected pest control business are numerous, but so are the choices. How do you narrow all of them down to accommodate precisely what your family demands? It could help to understand what type of solutions quality pest control companies give. Expense is frequently the very first thing that one thinks of. However, do not merely accept a flat estimate. Identify everything their fee includes. Some companies may mainly charge for the exterior, inside, or perhaps both. Determine if they charge for each time they come to your house or if they are accessible; unlimited retreatments are built into their particular product. Some pest control companies will only charge for yard and foundation treatments in confidence that this barrier they establish around your house will be all you need. If it is not enough for your insect problem, they will even offer treatments inside at no cost as many times as necessary to eradicate the insect population.

But most importantly, they have to guarantee 100 percent satisfaction for every service they provide. The thought usually follows immediately after the cost question regarding chemicals that will likely be utilized. Regrettably, bugs are not the only ones that are affected by these kinds of harsh chemicals. Young children, as well as animals, may also have an adverse reaction to the chemicals that are used to get rid of household insects. Establish that the substances your pest management corporation will use will be the safest, finest, and, nevertheless, the most effective products and solutions on the market. The kind that isn’t going to have a warning label because it is harmless enough that it won’t require one. Nobody wishes to add to their issues and get rid of the pests. Discover if the potential pest control company keeps their specialists up to date on bugs that have been imported into your region if any. Are they trained on the many different bugs that plague residents’ houses in addition to their behaviors and hiding places? If not, their treatment plans will likely have minimal impact on the insect population. Last but surely not least, once you’ve decided who will best meet your needs, will these people go beyond that and show up within the planned period? The sign an excellent pest management company has an anti “no-show” policy where if their technician does not show up within the scheduled period without phoning prior, then your regular service is no longer billed to you.

Additionally, one that recognizes that no one desires to waste time to meet with the pest guy makes their hours more flexible than the typical work day. Overall, a business that values your business and earns your trust via high-quality service has the makings for a respected company/client relationship. Be sure the pest control business you hire will customize its solutions to your needs.

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Do you think you’re a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) type of person? Do you enjoy watching DIY programs on cable channels and think it is possible to deal with any project? Have you ever before seen a DIY talk associated with termite control? No, and you also almost certainly never will. Why? Simply because you will discover too many roadblocks to finding an excellent and effective treatment method for the homeowner. At this time, there are two distinct approaches to termite control. The first is the traditional barrier treatment method. The barrier method’s purpose would be to safeguard the house by simply encircling your entire home and the cellar with a chemical barrier. This includes injecting an insecticide into the earth at least 4 feet deep around the cellar and under the basement slab. A home built on a slab or crawlspace is taken care of much the same, except a lesser amount of insecticide must be used. Property owners shouldn’t attempt barrier treatments independently because special tools are necessary for an adequate remedy. Injection rods, concrete drills, and a big container that has a pump are generally so costly it costs prohibitive for the homeowner. The other reason is property owners do not possess the abilities and experience to perform a successful treatment. I certainly would not want any novice carrying out his or her first termite treatment at my residence. Still, I would specifically use a person with specialized education and experience. Various people think using liquid or granular insecticides on the dirt surrounding the outside of the home will guard their property against termites. This can be useful when controlling a few pests, but this isn’t effective against termites. The following method of termite control is the employment of baiting systems.

The aim of the bait is always to kill the colony and also indirectly guard the house. At this time, the baiting systems with the best possibility of eradicating the colony have an insect growth regulator (IGR). The worker termites carry the bait back to the colony, where it gets passed to additional termites. The growth regulator will not kill the queen or adult workers but eliminate immature termites by disrupting the molting process. When the adult worker termites die a natural death, there aren’t any young termites to take their position. Without workers, the colony gradually starves to death. This technique might be easy enough for homeowners to work with, but not one IGR bait can be found for homeowners to buy. The source is securely controlled by manufacturers who only work with pest management professionals. Pest management professionals employ several other tricks, but, at best, they merely suppress the colony. They really should be only utilized jointly with a sound barrier treatment. There is one non-IGR bait that is in hardware stores. Nevertheless, this product’s label advises users to have their houses inspected by a pest management specialist. Also, the label states the bait is not designed to be used instead of a liquid treatment when termites are found infesting houses. In contrast to twenty years ago, deciding on termite treatment is more difficult today because all termite control organizations will not utilize the same treatment method. Homeowners must have enough termites and termite control to help them decide which treatment is ideal for them.

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Birds ought to be considered principal allies with the garden enthusiast in his or her efforts to control pest insects that damage the garden plants. But, the more birds which visit the garden, either as permanent residents or as temporary sojourners on their migratory path, the less the infestations of pest organisms. It’s been estimated that a bird and her mate, which nest two times each year, parenting about ten chicks, ingest a significant volume of some 150 pounds of pests, such as aphids, eggs, and caterpillars. That converts numerically into millions of problems. Indeed, not all birds are primarily insectivores, but most species feed on pests at those times of the year when additional protein sources are needed. Birds will not eradicate pest bugs from the garden. Realistically, they shouldn’t do so because eradication is not the aim of intelligent pest management.

Instead, the goal of the gardener ought to be to limit the population of pest and disease organisms to the point that the damage they inflict is tolerable. There are two primary reasons why this relatively modest approach to pest control is the more commonly accepted one today, as opposed to the more conventional method based on pesticides. Firstly, it’s impossible to eliminate the bugs for a long. Applying pesticides is always short-term, as many insect species produce over 20 generations a year. At the same time, the pesticides could eliminate predatory and parasitic bugs that themselves control the pest populations.
Moreover, birds and other wildlife escape from an environment swimming in pesticides, resulting in less restraint on the insects in future generations.

Conversely, while there are multiple active steps to attract birds to the garden, such as providing food and water for drinking and bathing, the most robust method is to resist applying pesticides, other than in the most extreme circumstances. It’s best, therefore, not to see bugs as enemies but as a crucial food source for birds. It might be argued that several birds themselves might be looked at as bugs. There’s hardly a species at all which directly damages plants. Including the woodpecker is only seeking bark pests and minimizes the amount of these nasty bugs. The issue surrounds fruit trees and other crop plants, which certain birds may perhaps devour at particular periods of the year.

Nevertheless, this is not a good reason to discourage birds from visiting your garden. The correct answer is to safeguard the fruit by such means as netting or, preferably, by using decoy plants. This is why as large a number and variety as possible of fruit-bearing plants should be included in the garden structure. The idea is not to provide fruit for humans but rather for the birds, thereby saving a substantial amount of the desirable fruit from being nibbled by the birds. Examples include the species of hackberry, juniper, oak, berberis, cotoneaster, pyracantha, viburnum, and many more.

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In most respects, birds in the wild are generally very advantageous and desirable. Still, as with almost all wildlife categories, you’ll also find bad apples in the bird world. A few of the most detrimental offenders within the bird world are those who have found their way to North America from different regions due to human actions, transporting them outside their own “natural” habitats. Each time a bird, or any other living organism, has resided in a geographic region for perhaps millions of ages, that environment adapts to allow that organism to fit in. It does not overpower the other organisms close to it with their existence, and we generally refer to this scenario as a “balance” in nature. Things sometimes upset that balance, ideally for the short term, yet for the most part, life rolls along smoothly.

As human beings increased their traveling from continent to continent throughout generations past, they became the means for living things – plants and animals – to rapidly go to brand-new locations. Often this was a strategic attempt by emigrants who had been relocating permanently to new properties inside a brand new land, and they took along many of the things they felt they would need to survive there. This frequently was seed products, grains, and plants for his or her gardens or food, for their animals, as well as additional functions. The vegetation in North America transformed substantially. Birds were likewise relocated from Europe to North America by individuals who failed to recognize the probable effect that exotic invaders might have within a part of the world in which they did not belong. A few of the birds that cause people the most problems right now are among these immigrants, including the Pigeon, the Starling, and the English Sparrow. It may well come as a surprise to many folks to hear these three varieties of birds are foreign invaders since they have been in the USA for so long and are so prevalent. That, however, is one testament to their invasive actions. Starlings were released in 1890 as one species in a group of birds from Europe that were purposely removed in New York’s Central Park. The pigeon was previously tamed and used for food, sport, or other human purposes thousands of years ago and introduced in North America in the 1600′s for those purposes. The English Sparrow, generally known as the House Sparrow, is yet another native of Europe and Asia that was introduced to the U.S. and purposely released. It seems to favor existing near human activity and is likely to make nests in or on our houses. By their eating and nesting behaviors, these birds might compete with other native birds and, in this manner, could pose a risk to the natural order of animals in North America.

Yet, birds may also be a danger to people and our property, and we may summarize the reason for that in one word – feces. The waste of birds is a perfect growth medium for many bacteria, viruses, and fungi, which may be pathogenic to people. When we have accumulations of pigeon waste in attics, decks, roofs, or even ledges, we can also have these kinds of disease organisms there. If the fecal material dries and becomes airborne, we stand a greater possibility of inhaling a problem. A few critical illnesses linked to bird waste include histoplasmosis, candidiasis, cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, and the like. Bird fecal matter furthermore often contains Salmonella, and whenever the waste ends up in water that people ingest, this severe food contamination could result. Many more pathogens of bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and fungi are also linked to them. Birds are also home to many arthropod parasites, such as bird mites and bedbugs. Whenever these birds are closely associated with people, they often expose those biting mites and bugs into the building. Most of these problems aren’t unique to these three varieties of birds; however, because of their numbers and their close association with people and our residences, these birds frequently pose the most significant health danger to people. The intention of this information isn’t to cause us to fear or even detest birds but to comprehend that there can be drawbacks to permitting them to live in and on our homes. Effectively managed birds, such as racing and homing pigeons kept by hobbyists, could be well preserved without parasites and in their cabinets where they cannot bother people. The “feral” pigeons currently reside in semi-wild flocks that pose problems. Beyond the possible health threats they pose, we all have seen the mess they can make on the ground or perhaps other surfaces beneath their nests. It is not unreasonable to advocate that it is more appropriate to encourage birds to build their nests someplace other than underneath the eaves of our own home, inside the attic, or on ledges we provide close to outdoor patio covers and other horizontal surfaces.

One essential idea here, though, concerns swallows, which create their nests from mud and love to place those nests beneath the eaves of buildings. It’s common to find private residences with solid lines of these mud nests alongside several sides of the house, with many swallows now taking up places where persons also live. Swallows are protected birds, so you are unable to harm them, and you are unable to disturb their nest once it’s established and completed since, by that time, there will probably be eggs or even young birds in this nest. Once the nest is finished, you have to, by law, allow them to complete their cycle of raising their young, and only once the young birds have finally left is it possible to take out the mud nests. Given that you may not want these nests in your residence, you have two options. The first is to dissuade the nest building when the adult birds commence it by scraping or even washing the beginnings of that nest right away, hoping that the birds ultimately go somewhere else. The next option would be to prevent the birds’ access to the nest sites, and for this, you might work with a licensed pest control business that knows bird management. Many physical products might be installed in homes that will keep the bird from having access to the locations they want to roost or nest. For swallows, this may be plastic netting fitted so that it doesn’t detract from the look and feel of the house, endures for several years, and causes no harm or distress to the birds. A similar netting could be great for closing off locations that pigeons are going to. You can often find big retail stores with this netting installed overhead, eliminating birds’ ability, such as sparrows, to roost on overhead pipes. Other physical products effective at bird exclusion include plastic material or wire-pronged strips attached to horizontal ledges to ensure that birds can no longer land on the shelf. The professional could also use stainless steel wire, strung securely along ridges and raised several inches off the surface to stop the bird from using that ledge. There are a variety of other ingenious devices that work well but pose no peril to birds that may contact them. The objective must not be to kill the birds, for that would be a very short-term solution anyway. If your home is attractive to the first group of birds, it will stay appealing as long as other birds can find their way onto it. Physical exclusion of the birds is your most effective long-term solution, including ensuring that attic vents are in good condition to stop birds from entering this enclosed area. This good building maintenance will even prevent the entry of other unwanted animals, such as bats, squirrels, or rodents.

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Mosquito Control Options

Mosquitoes are annoying with their buzzing and biting and can cause sickness and disease too. The only requirement for a mosquito problem is to have an outdoor area and rain. They will take care of the rest. People all over the world regularly fight mosquitoes. The problem with mosquitoes is that if they carry disease, it doesn’t matter whether you have one or millions. You can’t tell by looking whether a mosquito is infected or not. So what is the best way to proceed? You may have limited or many options depending on your location and mosquito problem. You should check with the health department in your area for suggestions and find restrictions. Natural control methods include using citronella or other plants to keep mosquitoes away. These can be planted in gardens and flowerbeds or placed in pots around the patio. They will generally grow very well on their own with little maintenance. You don’t have to do anything with them to keep mosquitoes away. They just naturally put off a slight citrus scent that keeps mosquitoes away. Pest control products include flytraps or fly tape. Mosquitoes are attracted to the traps or tape and cannot escape. For severe problems, chemicals can be used subject to local regulations. These can harm the environment and are discouraged for small problem areas.

Electronic pest control, using units that detect, deter, or eliminate bugs, requires power sources to make the teams operate. These include the familiar bug zapper that electrocutes the insects as they fly into the electronic grids. Propane models release carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes and trap them. After all, it is our bodies giving off carbon dioxide that scientists tell us the mosquitoes are homing in on. To keep mosquitoes from getting established, save the environment unfavorable to them. Do not allow water to stand where they can breed. It only takes a small amount of water to produce lots of mosquitoes. After a rain, empty all containers that hold water. Change out pets’ water bowls regularly with fresh water. Unfortunately, even if you keep your yard free from breeding conditions, it only takes one neighbor to let mosquitoes breed, and then they cover the whole neighborhood. You must learn to control mosquitoes, or they can take over your environment and your neighbor’s.

Home Remedies For Garden Pest Control
A good way to trap snails and slugs is to place a hollowed-out orange or grapefruit upside down around the garden at night and, in the morning, shake salt on the ones that were trapped.

Environmentally Safe Methods Of Pest Control
Ladybugs, dragonflies, and green lacewings love to help with your pest problem of aphids and other pests. They are also enjoyable to observe in the garden and do not harm your plants or food.

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Controlling Dog & Cat Fleas

Dog and cat fleas are the same in many ways. For instance, their appearance and behavior are similar, and cat and dog fleas can breed off of one another. Meaning cat fleas can produce off of dogs and vice-versa. They are so similar that they are defined and spoken about under the same heading. Of all fleas, the most common household fleas come from dogs and cats. Most of the time, their owners are unaware of the fleas, but if there are large numbers of fleas on the pets, they cannot help but become noticeable. Dog and cat fleas will also show up in a home if infected pets are allowed to come into sleep. They can then spread to areas around the pet beds and may be noticed when owners are walking by the pet bed area. If pets are allowed to sleep on the owner’s beds, they can transfer fleas to the bedding, and owners will have more than bedbugs biting at night. After treating the pets, wash bedding in hot water to remove fleas. The female flea averages a size of 2.5 mm long, with the male flea averaging size slightly smaller.

The dog flea consists of 8 pairs of spines. The larvae of a dog flea are twice the size of the adult, and it feeds on particles of dried blood, feces, and various organic substances gathered in corners of infested areas. Areas where dogs and cats sleep will most likely be the most popular surfaces for infestation of fleas. The fleas are spotted by the presence of a black and white-looking substance formed from the grayish larvae and white eggs of these flies. These fleas can also feed off many other animals, including humans.

To prevent dog and cat fleas from infesting your pets and your home, it is necessary to maintain the cleanliness of the areas the animals will be in, along with the pets themselves. To achieve proper pest control, be sure to shampoo the pets and vacuum the home thoroughly regularly. Flea collars or flea treatments work well but can be expensive for multiple pet households. Flea powders are rather messy to use and don’t work well where the pets are licking their coats constantly. Be sure to treat outdoor dog houses and cat houses that pets use during the day and then come into your home at night. If the beds in your home are infected, their outside places are most likely infected too.

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It is not only the moths and their larvae that are a problem to your property. These attract a lot of other rodents and pests who find their home at your place and their nest at your site. You offer them an excellent warm, comfortable place. These are bats, rats, squirrels, lizards, and rodents, giving you another reason for headaches. Moth larvae are also home to some of the parasites which you would never want to enter your place. So you need to contact our moth exterminators to examine your business for your pest problem. The best thing to do would be to protect your expensive property by calling and letting us do the rest of the job for you. We provide solutions that will not only help remove these pests from your place but also keep them away from you. We offer solutions for all your pest problems to help you make your place free from all kinds of pest infestations. Give us a call today, and thank you for visiting.

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Common Pests

The pavement ant is a common household pest. Their name comes from the fact that they usually make their homes on the pavement. They are distinguished by two spines on the back, two nodes on the petiole, and grooves on the head and thorax. During early spring, colonies attempt to conquer new areas and attack nearby enemy colonies. These result in massive sidewalk battles, sometimes leaving thousands of ants dead. Because of their aggressive nature, they often invade and colonize seemingly impenetrable areas. In summer, the ants dig out the sand between the pavements to vent the nests.

Bats range in size from a wingspread of over 5 ft (150 cm) to a wingspread of less than two in. (5 cm). They are found in nearly all parts of the world but are most numerous in the tropics; there are about 39 species in the United States. Most bats are economically valuable because of the large number of insects they consume. The body of the bat is mouselike and usually covered with fine fur. The face varies greatly from one species to another; many species have complex appendages on the snout and projections, or false ears, in front of the right ears; the ears themselves are often huge and elaborately convoluted. These facial structures are part of the sensory apparatus that emits and receives sound vibrations. Some bats are solitary, living in caves, crevices, hollow trees, or attics; others are communal, with thousands or even millions of bats roosting together in a cave or on branches in a section of forest. In some species of communal bats, the entire colony leaves the roost together in the evening and returns in the morning; in others, individuals come and go at different times. Bats of northern regions migrate, hibernate, or both in winter.

Having a good night’s sleep could be next to impossible if your bed is infested with bed bugs. Suffering from a bed bug bite can equal a nightmare, as it can be very itchy and distressing. While bed bugs are indeed a pest, it is good to know there are many solutions to the problems they present. Scientifically known as “ Cimex lectularius,” bed bugs are tiny, wingless insects that can be found anywhere in the world. Bed bugs are mainly nocturnal parasites which means they are active in finding human hosts for feed during nighttime and stay dormant during the day. They live in mattresses, bedding, and other crevices near a food source.

The honey bee is about 12 mm (1/2 inch) long and usually yellow, with 3 or 5 dark brown abdominal bands. They carry two pairs of wings and lack the constricted abdomen (wasp waist) of the wasp and hornet. Honey bees can sting but are much less aggressive than wasps and hornets.

Black flies have preferences for a wide range of individual host species. Adult females feed on the blood of humans, cattle, horses, sheep, goats, poultry, other livestock, and wild mammals and birds. Each black fly species may prefer one type of host over another. The black fly’s common name sometimes indicates host specificity, for example, the turkey gnat. Black flies are daytime biters preferring low wind conditions. They are not restricted to shaded or humid sites and usually do not go indoors. They are attracted to hosts from a distance by smell, heat, and sight. The female flies swarm around and crawl on the host, preferring the head, hair, and ears as well as any exposed skin they can crawl onto. Another type is primarily a bird feeder and probably preys on wild turkeys to some extent. It is the primary vector of the protozoan blood parasite, Leucocytozoon smithi. This parasite is restricted only to birds, especially turkeys. They will feed on domestic turkeys, chickens, and other poultry. Several cases of chicken mortality attributed to black fly feeding were reported.

The house centipede is distributed throughout the United States and Canada. It is found indoors and outdoors under logs and in other damp areas in warmer climates but only indoors in colder climates. House centipedes are found in houses with moist sub-floor areas, in wet basements, and the vicinity of sinks and drains. The house centipede is considered to be beneficial as it feeds mainly on insects and organic material. They rarely bite, causing pain no more severe than a bee sting. The house centipede is 2.5 to 4.0 cm long with very long antennae and 15 pairs of legs, enabling it to run very fast. The last pair of legs are twice as long as the body, giving it a curious form and making it easy to identify. The legs are banded with white. When the larvae hatch from the eggs, they have four pairs of legs. Five more larval stages follow with 5, 7, 9, ll, and 13 pairs of legs. This is followed by four adolescent stages, each with 15 pairs of legs.

The German cockroach is probably the most economically important pest. It is the most common cockroach in a home or business. The German cockroach can be found in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, restaurants, and other places throughout the United States and other countries. Other cockroaches might be found more in the country’s southern areas, but the German cockroach is by far the most common species infesting homes and other areas. The adults are about 1/2 to 5/8 inches long and have two dark stripes. Both sexes have wings but do not fly. Males can be distinguished from females by the tapering shape of the abdomen. German cockroach babies, called nymphs, look like adults, except they are smaller, have no wings, and are darker in color, sometimes even black. One stripe running down the middle of the back is a prominent marking of the younger German cockroach nymph. The female German cockroach carries the egg capsule from her rear until the eggs are ready to hatch. The German cockroach is the only house-infesting species with an egg capsule this long. This makes it the most resistant cockroach in the United States because predators are less likely to be taken by predators. Adult females can produce 4 to 8 egg capsules in their lifetime. Each capsule contains 30 to 48 eggs. It usually takes 20 to 30 days from the initial formation of the first egg capsule until it hatches. There are 6 to 7 nymphal stages, called instars, until they molt into adulthood. The nymphs have habits as adults. They are primarily active at night and hide in cracks and crevices during the day. Seeing German cockroaches during the day is usually an indication of overpopulation. All cracks and gaps are full, or food is in short supply, and they are stressed. German cockroaches typically hide in areas with ample food and moisture, such as kitchens and other food areas. Still, they can be found in other places if they are stressed and as a result of a repellant insecticide somewhere else in the building or home. German cockroaches are attracted to fermented foods and beverage residues. Adults can live about a month without food if water is present, but young nymphs will die of starvation within ten days. Without food or water, the adults will die in about two weeks. In apartment complexes or duplexes sharing the same standard plumbing lines, infestations can occur in both apartments or duplexes. Treating these areas is a must with insecticides or dust formulations injected into walls of adjoining apartments.

Ring-Legged Earwigs are usually about 12 mm long and must live in moist and humid conditions. The earwigs dig themselves into the soil in fall and hibernate under the ground. They can cause damage and eat mainly plants, leaves, and flowers. If you are suffering from a large group of these creatures, you may see your garden flowers begin to die. – The shore earwig is often confused with the giant St. Helena earwig. Both are relatively large, around 80mm. – This species is 12-15 mm long and lives throughout the United States. It has yellowish legs with rings, after which the animal has been named. The Ring-Legged Earwig is dangerous to produce Irish and sweet potatoes in storage.

Fleas are blood-sucking insects that feed on warm-blooded animals. They are between 1½ – 5 mm in length, oval (when viewed from the side), and very thin/flat, which enables them to move quickly through the hairs of their host. Fleas are brown and have strong hind legs adapted for jumping. Female fleas lay eggs on their host or in animal nest/bedding. The eggs pass through normal insect stages of egg, larva, and pupa. The adult flea only emerges when stimulated by vibration, such as an animal or human walking by. Adults can stay in their pupal stage long before arising, and both the pupae and the adults can survive 8 to 12 months without a host to feed on. This explains why houses that have been empty for long periods can harbor active fleas long after the host, such as a domestic cat, has left. There are several species of fleas, including human, cat, and dog fleas. Although each species has a preferred host, cat and dog fleas can be found on other animals, including humans. Of all the species, the cat flea is probably the most commonly found in domestic situations – practically all cats will pick up fleas at some time, so it is wise to take precautions, such as fitting with a flea collar.

Pigeon control is necessary due to the damage and disease problems these birds often create. The uric acid in pigeon feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods. Debris from flocks of problem pigeons often builds up, backing up gutters and drains, which can cause flooding and roof damage. Nesting materials and other debris have caused failures in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for pigeons. Other frequent pigeon problems include slip and fall liability from feces or debris, plus an unclean, dirty company image. The bacteria, fungal agents, and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis, and more. Pigeons also carry ectoparasites, for example, fleas, lice, mites, ticks, and other biting pests.
Many companies also retain significant clean-up costs due to the pigeon problems they don’t resolve. The pigeons around airports threaten human safety due to a possible bird-aircraft collision. The U.S. Air Force considers pigeons a “medium priority hazard” to jet aircraft.

We also have two species of mice that cause problems. The House Mouse and the Deer Mouse. – The house mouse looks somewhat like a young roof rat but smaller. It is approximately 5-1/2 to 7-1/2 inches in total length. Like the roof rat, its tail is as long or longer than the head and body combined. However, mice have proportionately smaller heads and feet than those roof rats. The color of the house mouse depends upon its habitat; if it lives indoors, it will usually be dark gray with a light gray stomach; outdoors, it will usually be a sandy brown color. House mice do not pose as serious a problem to the householder as rats, but they can be quite a nuisance. They also eat and contaminate food with their urine and droppings; they may gnaw on wiring, creating a fire hazard, and they can transmit some diseases. The Spread of diseases by mice, however, is not considered a serious health hazard. – This wide-spread, native rodent is another medium-sized mouse, averaging 7 inches in total length. The tail is longer than the head and body combined. The upper body is shades of brown with white sides and underparts (including chin and throat). The tail is strongly bi-colored. Deer mice have been identified as occasional vectors of Lyme Disease and the Hanta Virus. They should be controlled around human habitation where these diseases are.

The overall size of an opossum’s head and body- is 3-20 inches, tail- is 4-20 inches. There are more than 65 kinds of opossums in North and South America. But only one kind plays possum, Virginia, or common opossum of North America. The phrase “playing possum” comes from this animal’s ability to appear dead when an enemy approaches. The opossum will lie still as if it is quiet, with its eyes closed or, when opened, staring and without blinking. Its tongue hangs from the side of its mouth, and it will still play dead if moved by the animal or tossed about.

The Gull or Seagull is a medium to a large bird, usually gray or white, and often has black marking on its head and wings. It has a long bill and webbed feet. Gulls are ground-nesting birds. They are found in coastal areas and rarely stray far from land. These brilliant birds have learned to co-exist successfully with humans. They eat live crabs and small fish and are often scavengers.

Silverfish are always wingless and are silvery to brown because their bodies are covered with fine scales. They are generally soft-bodied. Adults are up to 3/4 inch long, flattened from top to bottom, elongated and oval, and have three long tail projections and two long antennae. Primarily a nuisance pest inside the home or buildings; can contaminate food, damage paper goods, and stain clothing; medically harmless. Many of their habits resemble cockroaches and appear more common as household pests in drier parts of the state. Occasionally damage book bindings, curtains, and wallpaper.

A typical yellowjacket worker is about 12 mm (0.5 inches) long, with alternating bands on the abdomen. At the same time, the queen is more prominent, about 19 mm (0.75 inches) long (the different patterns on the abdomen help separate various species). Workers are sometimes confused with honey bees, especially when flying in and out of their nests. Yellowjackets, in contrast to honey bees, are not covered with tan-brown dense hair on their bodies and lack the flattened hairy hind legs used to carry pollen. Yellowjackets have a lance-like stinger with tiny barbs and typically sting repeatedly, though occasionally, the sting becomes lodged and pulls free of the wasp’s body. All species have yellow or white on the face. Mouthparts are well-developed for capturing and chewing insects, with a proboscis for sucking nectar, fruit, and other juices. Nests are built in trees, shrubs, and protected places such as inside human-made structures (attics, hollow walls or flooring, sheds, under porches and eaves of houses) or soil cavities, mouse caves, etc. Nests are made from wood fiber chewed into a paper-like pulp.

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Choosing a Good Bed Bug Exterminator

Your bed bug exterminator must be able to get there within two days of your request for bed bug services. You likely don’t have bed bugs! Becoming cleared of bed bugs can be a very challenge. When they may be present, they can be safely controlled. Exterminating bed bugs ought to be a top priority. Exterminate bed bugs swiftly and safely. Bed bug control has been among residential and commercial areas’ most serious pest management problems.

Measure 1 is performing a correct review for all these bed bugs. Employing an insecticide spray is among the most common techniques to kill bed bugs efficiently. When it may initially look like an excellent belief, these sprays won’t have the same effect on bed bugs as they can have on different bugs. Visual inspections are merely one potential approach to detecting Bed Bugs. A professionally finished extermination is almost the only productive method to knock out bed bugs.

To eradicate bed bugs, you must pick the finest business, be clear about what you want to be done, and discover the service you become. Bed Bugs spend most of their time inside their harborage, so locating the insect can be tricky, particularly early in a problem. This is even more challenging in case your neighbors have bed bugs also. Whatever the sort of pest, you don’t want anything crawling on your bed in the evening and sucking in your blood. Bed Bugs can endure for lots of months with no blood meal. Bed bugs are simple to find but difficult to remove. These bugs can occupy shelter in your mattress and other places. It is also wise to take some time to set your things through a sniff test. Luckily you will find approaches you may implement to control these insects swiftly, so here’s a bed bug extermination procedure to follow. I’d advocate using a bed bug spray for the professionals. So take care when picking a pest management company for a Bed bug treatment. So take care when choosing a pest management business for a Bed bug treatment.

Exterminator Secrets That No One Else Knows About

The most straightforward methods for killing bed bugs will be relatively cheap and not too hard to do. I will advocate the best way to remove bed bugs without calling an exterminator and going into debt to do away with a bed bug issue. If you can not handle the case yourself, you can feel more joyful letting a professional pest control expert sort out the problem. Quick extermination is easily the most productive method of eliminating bed bugs once they take over your home. In truth, finding a fantastic bed bug exterminator can be considered a job. Bearing that in mind, it’s essential to be careful once the exterminator arrives. You must choose an exterminator collectively with the knowledge to do the work right, or you won’t get rid of them! Early detection of the bed bug issue is crucial to the extermination practice. Your exterminator should become involved in this procedure. The most recognizable bed bug is the Cimex lectularius which is usually connected with individuals. Exterminating bed bugs isn’t such an easy job and surely will demand effort and expenses.

There are several matters the customer can do to minimize the effect of the Bed Bugs and hasten the elimination practice. Distinct individuals have various reactions, and several folks don’t respond in any manner. When an exterminator is pushing an effort to sell you on cost alone, it’s an indication they either don’t understand what they’re doing or that they’re going to cut corners deliberately. The 1st step in eliminating bedbugs is a thorough cleaning, beginning with stripping the beds. If you’re an owner of these resorts, dorms, or hospitals, you’ll want to read this so you may learn how to knock out bed bugs discreetly. Lastly, you must ask them about the details of their treatment plan, so you will understand if they’re intent on eliminating bugs. The bugs will run free when the furniture is brought into your house. When you finish washing your bedding, you dry it on high heat for many hours since these inserts are highly vulnerable to heat. It’s also wise to take a while to check for dark spots. You may make a little barrier across your bed’s margin by using double-sided tape. Eventually, some will go back to your bedroom. Heavily-infested mattresses need to be thrown away simultaneously. In your review, you are going to first begin with the bed.

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The procedure used by our pest control company to exterminate pests is better than dousing them with poisonous chemicals. Though it is a highly praised technique in remote locales, the chemicals and pesticides damage the surrounding. They can affect your health and that of your pet. Our professional staff will assess the magnitude of the invasion by the pests and use the data to plan effectively yet securely on removing the unwanted inhibitors. Rather than countering the problems on your own, below is a list of deeds that will help you understand how you will benefit from the services we offer to our clients.

When it comes to controlling pests from your home, there are various ways that you are exposed to illness. You can fall ill from either a mosquito bite or if you come into contact with droppings from pests. Furthermore, the use of pesticides can be another setback to the health status of your family. But by hiring our pest control company, we will take care of the enigma effectively and safely. No harmful chemicals.

1. You can obtain our services and suffer less from itching and scratching. Almost all the pests can bite, hoping to suck your blood. Spiders, mosquitoes, fleas, and bed bugs are good examples. Signing a contract with us safeguards you from the bites and puts your mind and skin at ease.
2. We offer a lot of services compared to the financial requirements. Rather than spending lots of cash buying chemicals to exterminate the bedbugs, hire our professionals. Certain pests, such as bed bugs, can quickly develop resistance to drugs if you prolong their use. Our pest control staff know how to handle unstoppable pests.
3. We are fully aware of the dangers that come with the help of pesticides. Therefore, we can only apply a condition that requires chemicals. Other than that, it is unwise to use the chemicals as they have toxins that can degrade the environment.
4. You will be safer from less cleaning if you do away with the pests. Pests leave behind a lot of mess. Rats, for instance, can chew over plastic water pipe material or anything over a few minutes. Therefore, if you find a way to eliminate them, you will be safer from less cleaning.
5. Instead of removing bugs and other pests on your own, you can quickly leave the job to be done for you. That will save you more time and resources. It is better than spending lump-sum cash on deeds that might otherwise fail. Once you have managed to keep the pests away from your premises, you are sure that you are going to keep your building safe. Our Company ensures that there are no pests to gnaw, burrow and chew on your property’s structure.

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Smithson Valley Services – Air Conditioning

When you need expert HVAC service for your home or business A/C system, call us at 000-000-0000 or email us [email protected]

We provide the most reliable Air Conditioning Repair & Replacement in the area.

Our HVAC technicians are highly trained experts.
We offer emergency AC Repair Services.
We provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
We are licensed, insured & bonded.

We can fulfill all your Air Conditioning needs. Call our HVAC experts at 000-000-0000 today.

Extending the life of your Air Conditioning System requires regular maintenance.

Some of the common maintenance problems we solve:
Dirt and other substances that build up on the condenser coil of your outdoor unit can overwork your air conditioner and use more energy.
A refrigerant leak in the coils will result in insufficient refrigerant and diminished cooling.
Clogged A/C drain
Faulty electrical components

Our trucks are fully stocked when they arrive at your home, enabling us to complete most maintenance, repairs, and installations in one trip. Our state-of-the-art technology and tools make diagnosing your air conditioner system’s problems quick and easy.

Smithson Valley Services has the most qualified HVAC technicians in the area. We can meet all your needs when it comes to your HVAC unit. Whether it is a repair, maintenance, or replacement, we specialize in all aspects of your air conditioning system. Our licensed and trained HVAC professionals will expertly get your air conditioning up and running at peak performance. Our HVAC unit replacements come with only the best warranties. Our customers count on us for fast and efficient service. You will find our customer service and expert technicians friendly and knowledgeable. That is why so many of our customers consider us the only HVAC company to consider.

We know how brutal Texas heat can be. That is why we want your air conditioning to work at peak performance. Whether you have a problem or need maintenance, we are here to help. Call us today to schedule your service or repair.

Licensed and highly-trained technicians carry out all our services.
We service all leading brands of heating and cooling systems.
We do home energy audits.
We provide reasonably priced HVAC system installations.
We guarantee our parts, labor, and service.
We help with rebate and incentive programs provided by different agencies and manufacturers.
You can trust us for fast and reliable air conditioning & heating system repairs, service, and installation.

AC Replacement – Installing an Air Conditioning System

Has your air conditioning system stopped working? Perhaps you would like to upgrade from window units to central heating and cooling. Whatever the reason, you can rely on the experience and expertise of Smithson Valley Services to complete your installation fast and expertly.

HVAC Inspection, Service, and Maintenance

To prevent an air conditioning malfunction during the hot summer, we recommend you have your system inspected and maintained in the springtime. We perform diagnostic tests and check all components to ensure they work optimally. Then, we clean, replace, refill or repair anything necessary.

The best way to prolong the life of your air conditioning system is to have it inspected and serviced annually. It will also improve the efficiency of your unit and ensure you have cool comfort during the hot summer months. We offer a membership that provides an annual inspection to detect problems before they become major issues. With a membership, you will also get other perks, such as priority scheduling and up to 15% off parts and labor.

Heater and Furnace Repair

For all your heating system needs, call Smithson Valley Services. We can install, repair, or provide maintenance for your system. We service all major makes and models of both electric and gas heating systems. We have the best service professionals in the business ready to ensure you are warm during the cold months.

We offer a membership that provides an annual inspection of your heating system. Being proactive and having an inspection before the cold months ensures your system works efficiently to keep your home warm and the cost of your monthly bills down.

Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning Systems

Sometimes space or conditions do not allow for a traditional air conditioning system. A ductless mini split air condition unit may answer your home cooling needs. It is an excellent alternative if you do not have a duct system in your home. 

A ductless mini split air conditioning system consists of a condenser unit outside and an air handler mounted inside. It works much like a traditional air conditioning system but without ductwork. They are very efficient and do a great job cooling your home.

How to Find and Hire the Best HVAC Company

Look for a company that has been in business for a long time. It takes years to build up the experience needed to master the trade. A new company may not have the expertise and resources to handle all issues, especially complex problems.

Read the company’s reviews on the internet. The feedback and reviews of customers that have used the company will give you a good idea of their quality of work, reliability, customer service, and prices.

Do your research. The company’s website will tell you what they have to offer. It should also tell you how long they have been in business and their history. While you are at it, check with the Better Business Bureau to find out the reputation and rating of the company.

Get recommendations from friends and family. They will be honest about their experience. If you know someone who has recently used an HVAC company, find out who they hired and their experience with the company.

Cheap is not always the best choice. Instead, find the balance between competitive prices and quality work. A cheap job not done right the first time may cost you much more in the long run.

Call Smithson Valley Services for air conditioning system installation, air conditioning repair, heater/furnace repair, air conditioning system maintenance, or any HVAC services.

Smithson Valley Services offers residential HVAC services in the following markets:

Blanco
Bulverde
Canyon Lake
Fisher
Kendalia
Sattler
Sisterdale
Smithson Valley
Spring Branch
Startzville

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Air Conditioning Repair & Maintenance

For trustworthy and reliable air conditioning service, call our experts at Smithson Valley Services at 000-000-0000.

We Identify and Fix The Problems With Your Air Conditioning System.

When your air conditioner works properly, it cools and makes your home comfortable. When your air conditioner malfunctions, it is challenging to figure out where the problem is. Your A/C system is complex and requires an expert diagnosis. No one wants to live through the summer without air conditioning.

Our experts at Smithson Valley Services can not only identify and fix the problem with your air conditioning system, but they do it right the first time. They are highly trained and experienced professionals.

Most Common Causes For An Air Conditioning System Breakdown

Insufficient refrigerant: When the refrigerant level is low, your system has to work harder to cool your home. Unless your unit was not filled completely at the time of installation, there is likely a leak that needs repairing.

Dirty condenser coil: When the condenser coil is caked with dirt or other substances, it impedes the refrigerant inside the coil from condensing to a liquid form and circulating properly. It makes your system work harder and less efficiently.

Drain tube blockage: The condensation that forms when warm air contacts the cold evaporator coils normally drips out of the drain tube. When the drain tube is blocked, the water backs up, ices up the evaporator coil, and disrupts the functioning of the entire system.

Defective electrical controls or sensors: The compressor and fan in the air conditioning system require a steady electrical current. The flow of power will be interrupted by a defective control. As a result, your air conditioner will no longer work properly. A faulty sensor will no longer tell your unit when to turn off and on. It could either make your air conditioner stay on all the time or not come on at all.

Family Plan Membership For Heating Systems

As a service to our customers, we offer a Family Plan Membership to receive an HVAC inspection and tune-up annually for only $9.95 a month.

Preventive maintenance is the best way to keep your system at peak performance and avoid breakdowns and repairs. The Smithson Valley Services Family Plan Membership provides the following:

Full inspection of your furnace and all components
Inspection and adjustment of the burner/ignition assembly
Examine the heat exchanger for cracks or damage
Inspect and tighten all connections
Check the condition of the air filter and airflow
Inspect the flue draft and gas piping
Test furnace safety controls

Our Family Plan Membership offers you the following benefits:

Priority Scheduling – You will receive priority scheduling when you call for service.
Discounts – You will receive a 15% discount on repairs.
Extended Hours – For our Family Plan Members, during the week, we offer extended hours until 7 pm with no after-hours fees.
Auto-Renewal – We all live busy lives. For your convenience, your membership will automatically renew each month so you won’t miss out on your benefits.

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Air Conditioning Installation

Are you considering installing a new air conditioning system? Call Smithson Valley Services to get the job done quickly and right! You can count on our professionals to do it right and affordably.

Call or Text us @ 000-000-0000

When the hot Texas summers are upon us, having a dependable air conditioning system is essential. Sleeping, cooking, and everything, in general, can be miserable without A/C, especially when we go through 100-degree + days. 

Improve Your Energy Efficiency
As with everything, your A/C system deteriorates with age. It begins to work harder to cool your home and uses more electricity. Air conditioning systems 15 or 20 years old are not all that energy efficient. Installing a new, state-of-the-art system will yield substantial savings on your energy bill.

Trustworthy & Experienced
Rest assured that Smithson Valley Services will be honest with you when you decide to repair or replace your air conditioning system. We will not recommend a new system if a less costly repair is sufficient. However, suppose you do indeed need a new A/C system. In that case, we will give you all the information you need to decide what is best for you and your family’s needs.

Installing an air conditioning system is not a DIY job for a novice. There are local and state building codes to be considered. In addition, you must follow the manufacturer’s specifications to protect your warranty. Finally, a proper installation requires licensed and trained experts like Smithson Valley Services.

Routine Maintenance Of Your New Air Conditioning System
After your new A/C is installed, protect your investment. We recommend you schedule annual service and maintenance appointments to keep your air conditioning system at peak performance and prolong its life.

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Air Handler Repair, Installation & Replacement

When you schedule an appointment with us, you can expect our technicians to be on time, so you don’t have to wait around all day. They are polite and friendly, with years of experience and knowledge. We can handle any heating or cooling issues with our state-of-the-art technology.

What Is An Air Handler?
An air handler is the component of your heating and cooling system that circulates and regulates the air through the ductwork. Systems such as heat pumps have a separate air handling unit to filter, regulate, and circulate the air.

Maintaining The Air Handler
The air handler is responsible for distributing heated or cooled air throughout your home. Therefore, it is essential to keep it in good working order. You will avoid a breakdown by having it inspected and regularly maintained by a professional.

There is something a homeowner can do on their own to assist the performance of the air handler. Regularly inspecting and replacing the air filter prevents it from becoming clogged. A clogged filter has to work much harder to distribute the air into your home.
Suppose your air handler is not working correctly. In that case, the technicians at Smithson Valley Services can identify the problem and restore proper functioning. However, if it is beyond repair, we can replace it with a new one.

You can count on the pros at Smithson Valley Services for your home’s air handler repair and replacement services. To schedule an appointment, call 000-000-0000 today. We will send one of our expert technicians to address your problems and have your A/C system running correctly and efficiently.

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Coil Cleaning & Repair Service

The Importance Of Clean Condenser Coils

Your condenser coils won’t work correctly if they are caked with dirt and grime. When they work as they should, the refrigerant inside the coil releases heat and condenses from a gaseous state back to liquid form. If the refrigerant can’t effectively release its heat, it won’t adequately cool down the air when it returns to the evaporator coil.

DIY Tips

Cleaning the coils on your A/C system is not an easy job. However, it can be accomplished with the right tools and products. If you are an ambitious DIY person, here are some tips for successfully cleaning the coils.

Use caution, as the coil cleaning solution is highly caustic. It is an absolute must that you wear protective gloves and safety glasses. Avoid contact with your skin. Try not to use much pressure when spraying the coils. They are easily damaged, and you do not want the solution to splash back on you.

Turn the power off or disconnect it from the electrical source.

Spray the dirty coils liberally with a coil-cleaning solution. An alkaline-based foamer is recommended. It dissolves dirt and grime and also works as a degreaser.  

Wait 15 minutes for the solution to work. Then rinse the solution thoroughly from the coils, ensuring it has all been removed. When rinsing, occasionally stop to avoid overflow of the drain pan.

If you have a wet-dry vacuum, use it to remove any remaining water and dirt from the drain pan.

Cleaning the condenser coils is a messy job that not everyone wants to take on. However, you can leave the job to our professionals at Smithson Valley Services. We will be more than willing to do the job for you and return your air conditioning system to operating at peak performance.

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Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Installation

Call Smithson Valley Services at 000-000-0000 for information about a ductless mini-split air conditioning system. The system is an excellent choice for many homes. We provide reliable information and quality installation.

What Is A Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning System?
When a home or apartment does not have space for a traditional air conditioning system or has no ductwork, a ductless mini-split system can be the solution to your air conditioning needs. As the name indicates, there is no ductwork involved in the installation. Like central systems, mini-splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and condensate drain, links the outdoor and indoor units. An indoor unit is usually mounted on a wall or the ceiling.

Benefits Of A Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning System
Compact size: Rather than giving up a closet or other large area to place your air handler inside your home, this system gives you flexibility due to its small size. The inside air handler can be mounted on the wall or ceiling.

Energy Efficiency: Traditional ductwork can leak, causing as much as 30% energy loss. The ductless mini-split system has no ductwork, therefore, no energy loss.

Security: When using a window unit air conditioner, you must leave the window open and unlocked. It can leave you at risk for intruders.

You Can Trust The Professionals
Smithson Valley Services has licensed technicians who can repair any unit ice installed. Call 000-000-0000 today to schedule an appointment.

When choosing an A/C system for your home, you should consult an expert to advise you on what is best for your home. Smithson Valley Services can give you expert advice on available systems and the best placement for your system.

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Heating Services

Furnace Installation & Repair
For all of your Heating and Furnace repair needs, call the professionals at Smithson Valley Services.

Our technicians are expertly trained.
We offer 24/7 Emergency Service
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When you are looking for the Best Heating, Furnace, Air Conditioning, and HVAC Repair Services, Call Smithson Valley Services.
Texas summers and winters can be brutal on air conditioning and heating systems. Homeowners need the best and most reliable heating and cooling units available. Our equipment has the highest quality, efficiency, and consumer ratings. Just as important as the equipment is finding an air conditioning and heating installer with certifiable training and being licensed and insured.

Central Heat & Furnaces
We depend on central heating in the United States to keep our homes warm. A furnace blows heated air through an air duct system sending warm air to all the rooms in the home. This is known as a forced warm-air system. Most homes use either electricity or natural gas to power the system. However, there are other fuel oil options available.

The flames of a gas furnace heat a metal heat exchanger, where the heat is converted to air. A fan or air handler furnace fan pushes the air through the heat exchanger. The warm air is pushed through the ductwork in the home’s various rooms. The combustion and carbon monoxide is pushed up through the vent or flue pipe.

Condensing furnaces reduce heat escaping by cooling exhaust gasses, where water vapor in the exhaust condenses into water. This is the primary purpose of new high-efficiency furnaces. These will vent out through a plastic pipe away from the house.

South Texas is not exactly known for cold weather, but it occasionally gets very cold weather snaps with temperatures just above or below freezing. In a cold snap, a reliable furnace and heating system is equally as crucial as having an air conditioning system in the summer.

An annual inspection and maintenance of heating systems are essential. The technicians can detect and repair any problems. Of significant importance is ensuring there are no carbon monoxide leaks.

Newer model furnaces have the latest technology and are much more energy efficient. You might consider comparing your furnace to a later model regarding potential savings in yearly heating and cooling costs. SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) will help you find the best energy savings and types of heating and cooling systems for your home.

Smithson Valley Services Heating and Cooling System Maintenance and Inspections
For under $10.00 per month, Smithson Valley Services will inspect your heating and cooling system twice a year. In the spring, before your need your air conditioning, and in the fall, before cold weather, we will thoroughly inspect all components of your system. The small monthly fee is well worth having your system professionally inspected and maintained. This will help extend the life of your system and keep your manufacturer’s warranty valid.

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) replacement and installation costs

Several things determine the cost of replacing and installing your HVAC system.
These include, but are not limited to:
Floor plan, size, and age of your home
Whether other components need replacing, such as air ducts, returns, grills, and thermostats
What SEER rating do you desire, and how much do you want to lower your energy bill
Your budget for the new system
Is this your forever home, or will you be moving in a few years

Smithson Valley Services Air Conditioning, Heating, and Cooling Services are available in the:
Blanco
Bulverde
Canyon Lake
Fisher
Kendalia
Sattler
Sisterdale
Smithson Valley
Spring Branch
Startzville