New Termite Swarmers Videos

Well it’s March 21, 2014.  Happy birthday Deven!!! and it’s officially termite swarming season.   I went to a business today and actually saw the swarmers starting to emerge and fly out.  To us pest control people it’s pretty cool.  To everyone else it’s probably kinda gross.

Check them out:

Let me know what you think

Scott McGrath
www.mcgrathpestcontrol.com

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More Exclusions

I wanted to post some more pictures of some of the work that we do during the winter times.  As the temps get cooler, the varmints like to come inside.  It is our job find any entry points and seal them up.  This will insure no more pitter padder in the upstairs attic area.

Here is a fairly common area that most people forget about.

open gable vent

open gable vent

This is a gable vent that has no screens on the inside at all. This particular customer was having squirrels come in and out of attic along with birds. Over the years we have learned that it is more efficient to place the screens on the outside rather than on the inside. We’ve had many jobs where we did place the screens on the inside and birds or different types of rodents still found ways to push their way inside. By forming the screens on the outside, it eliminates this from happening.

measuring the hardware cloth

measuring the hardware cloth

cutting the hardware cloth to fit

cutting the hardware cloth to fit

Here are some pictures of George measuring and cutting the fitted hardware cloth.

finished product.  Sometimes it is hard to see. But that's what we want.

finished product. Sometimes it is hard to see. But that’s what we want.

When we are done, we are hoping you will hardly notice the work. We have received numerous positive responses on our work and have made a lot of people sleep better by knowing there is zero activity in their attics.

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Trents Football Team

This is the first year my 9 yr old, Trent, has played football.  When we got recruited to play this year, Trent had no idea even what a football was. I’ll never forget the first practice he had in pads and his first hit.  Him and this other kid collided and both went down.  Trent started crying really hard cause he had no idea what to expect.  I asked him if he was hurt or just scared.  He said scared and I wasn’t sure if he would ever even want to come back to practice.  Well he did and just 10 games into the season his team is number 1 seed going into the playoffs and my little Trent is the starting defensive end.  I’m not totally convinced he completely knows whats going on yet, but it’s been fun watching him explode off that line of scrimmage and tackle either the running back or the qb behind the line of scrimmage.  They received a first round bi meaning they only have to win two games to be the champs.  Good luck boys.  Should be a great playoff run.

ps  He has finally realized that hitting someone is fun and he doesn’t get scared anymore.me and trent at football

2013 Hurricanes

2013 Hurricanes

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Termite Pretreat

I’m starting a new project this week.  There is an apartment complex being built in Houston.  I was awarded the opportunity to do the pretreat on it.  It’s a process but here are the beginning pictures.

IMG_2806 IMG_2809 IMG_2808I’ll keep every one posted on the progress

Scott McGrath
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Not What I Had Expected

PhotoA few weeks ago we noticed a customer had a lot of rodent droppings in her attic.  We suggested we put out some rat snap traps hoping to snag a few rats.  When we went back up in the attic, this is what we saw.  I’m assuming this rat snake followed some rats in this attic, slithered over the trap and SNAP!  We got us a rat snake.  This is the first time I’ve seen this and to make it a little more interesting as I picked it up it was still alive.  I was trying to put this dead snake in a trash bag when it lifted its head as to say, “Uh….hello…….a little help here?”  I was taken back just a little.   Don’t worry folks I was able to put it in the bag, throw it in the back of my truck, and by the time I finished my day it was not living any more.  Now I’m thinking we need to figure out where the rats are getting in and seal this area up before this happens again.  If you think you may have a rodent problem please call us so this can’t happen to you.
Scott McGrath
www.mcgrathpestcontrol.com

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A New Tick Disease

I came across an article Sunday morning that may have some concerns for my customers.  Yes reading pest control articles is what I do on Sunday mornings.   It was about the existence of a new type of disease found on the deer tick.  The disease is called Borrelia Miyamotoi.  It’s a lot like lyme disease that is carried in many ticks, but one of the differences is the reoccurring of fever even after meds. are taken.  The article also states that it is possible that you may have to take meds. for the rest of your life.  Of course I’m far from an expert at this so lets watch a video from the Yalenews that explains it further.

Borrelia Miyamotoi. A new tick disease

At the end of the video, it is suggested to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts when walking in the wood.  Unless you’re in Houston in July or August. #110degrees.   It also suggest keeping your lawns mowed and free of leaves and clutter.  As a pest control owner, I also suggest getting our flea/tick outside yard treatment done at least twice a year.  A long with a dog and cat flea/tick treatment, the yard treatment should keep you and your family flea/tick free throughout the summer.

Scott McGrath, www.mcgrathpestcontrol.com

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Why Hire A Professional Exterminator?

There are 2 main reasons why I feel I am extremely  lucky to be living  in Houston.  First is the economy.  Because of the oil an gas industry, more and more people are moving down here.  When they move, they will need a place to live.  As a result of this, the housing market is exploding.  People are selling their house even before they put it on the market and for sometimes $20-$50,000 more than they are asking.  This is great for the seller. If you have ever had any thoughts of selling your house, now is the time to do it. Of course if you do, you better have something already lined up cause it may be kinda hard to find another house, unless you are building.  The more families that move here means more homes to be occupied which means more opportunity for me and my company to gain new customers.

Another reason for me to love Houston is the weather.  We usually have about 4 or 5 hours of winter every year followed by 165,000 days of humid hot summers.  Ok so maybe I’m exaggerating just a little, but you get my drift.  As a result of this the bugs are rampant.  Now I know most people don’t like to hear this, but for me and my business it’s great.  For the past 3 years we experienced record breaking sales in every aspect of my business.  Even though I’m very grateful for all the business I have received there are still many people out there not convinced in our services and what we do.  They still believe they can do it themselves and save money in the end.  I decided to jot down some interesting facts on why I believe it is better to hire a professional exterminator both in the short term as well as in the long term.

1. Cost- Although the initial investment is more expensive with a professional, it may end up being the cheaper alternative.  Usually the percentage of  active ingredient in store bought products is half the percentage of what a professional uses.  As a result more and more product may have to be purchased in order to solve the problem.  This can get very expensive in the long run.  Not to mention an increase of the pest problem if not solved quickly.

2. Convenience- Yes, if you are treating your home yourself, it may be more convenient for you to be able to buy the product and treat your house when you want it done.  But if not done properly you will spend more time and headaches going back and forth from store to home trying to solve the problem.  The professional will work with you and set up an appointment to treat your house 1 time rather than multiples times.

3. Knowledge- An experienced and knowledgeable exterminator will be able to quickly identify and treat your problem.  They will be able to answer any questions that you will have about prevention or other issues that you are experiencing.  Their experience and expertise can keep your home and family healthier than if you are just going by what a salesman has to say.

4. Risk- Chemicals of any kind can carry a risk. Applying chemicals that you are not knowledgeable about could potentially cause harm to humans, pets, or plants in the area.  By hiring an experienced and knowledgeable pest control company, most risk is removed from the homeowner.

5. Warranties- If you do it your self your on your own.  It’s up to you to figure out the problem and why it’s still there.  Again this could be very stressful as well as expensive.  A professional will usually have some sort of warranty attached to his work.  If it’s not working, just make a quick phone call and they will come back out (usually for free) to fix the situation.

Now I know many people have many different view points on many different things.  I’m also sure people will read this and say I’m biased because of the industry I’m in.  One thing I’ve learned over the years is the pest control industry is a very important one.  We have the ability keep all of our neighbors and friends safe and bug free.  My customers have learned to depend on us and trust in us.   For this, I’m very proud to be in the pest control industry.  Especially in Houston.

Hope this helps!!

Scott McGrath, www.mcgrathpestcontrol.com

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Ants v. Swarmers

I was at a new customers building the other day and noticed this.  It’s a short video but it shows where termite swarmers emerged from an expansion joint in the same place some ants were hanging out.  The ant is a natural enemy of the termite.  Not good news for the termite swarmer.

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Bird Spikes

At McGrath Pest Control we have seen and done a lot of different types of jobs.  Of course things like alligator trapping and coyote trapping are a few things I’ll let Billy the Exterminator deal with.  Not me.  Just recently, though, we have had a few pigeon calls to our office.  A new customer called and said they live in a three story town home and pigeons were nesting on the roof and this ledge above their bedroom.  It’s driving them crazy cause they can’t sleep because of all the noise these creatures are making.   So we said we could help.

After George inspected the situation, we realized any of our ladders wouldn’t work for this job.  We would have to rent a boom lift to complete this job.  We’ve used a boom lift before for other bird jobs, but this one would be different cause we would actually have to drive it there ourselves and figure out how to place it in between the different town homes.IMG_2741

That was probably the hardest part cause we kept having to raise it, lower it, move it.  Nope that’s not the right spot.  Raise it again.  Nope that won’t work either.  Lower it, move it.  Raise it.  Watch out!!  Don’t hit the ledge of the other home.  Lower it, move it.  O.k. that will finally work.IMG_2746

It took for ever just to set it up.  I blame that on us a little cause we don’t use one of these very often.  Bring on the next job though,  we are pros at this whole boom lift thing now.

George then proceeded to install plastic bird spikes along the edge of the house.Bird close up pic

It looks like he is doing a good job installing these spikes.  A few times pigeons tried landing on the edge in front of George but were quickly deterred because of the spikes.  I’m glad they didn’t get mad at George and leave a deposit on his head. HaHa

I’m very proud of the job we did that day.  O.k. I take that back.  I’m very proud of the job George did that day.  There is no way the pigeons will be landing on this ledge, I hope the customers will be able to sleep more comfortably.  I also hope we have more jobs like this.  I really enjoyed watching George do the install.  You noticed I said watching George.  We all must have a George working for us.  He is the best!!

Hope this helps!

Scott McGrath

www.mcgrathpestcontrol.com

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Happy New Year

As the year comes to an end, I like to reflect on how the past year impacted McGrath Pest Control.  In the 39 years that we have been in business this has been one of the best ever.  I’m so lucky and blessed to have such a good staff and and even better customers.  We have all worked so hard trying to be the best pest control company in Houston and I believe we are on our way in achieving that goal.  As productive as 2012 was, I know there is so much more work to be done and so much oppotunity for us out there.

I look forward to 2013 and all the new customers we will acquire and satisfy.  Get ready.  This is going to be the best year ever.  Thanks again for everyone’s help and support.

Scott McGrath

www.mcgrathpestcontrol.com

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