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Pest Control Steps to Success


Upon Reading the PMP (Pest Management Professionals) I learned that there are three major steps in a pest control industry in order to gain the success that’s needed. The steps are Inspection, Doing it right, and keep it simple.

When doing inspections it must be thorough and apply your knowledge and skills in order to seek out the pest you are in search for. You must know anything and everything about the pest you are in search for, so it is best to train yourself as much as possible.  It’s important to maintain and keep up with the rules and regulations for PMPs.  whether it be because your customer wants to be informed upon the characteristics of the pest, or if it’s due to you being in a middle of a drought and you need to source a colony of ants. Due to your training and knowledge of the ants you would know if there was a drought that the ants would be source around a moist area, also, that they run along the electrical ,cable wires, and pluming in order to gain access to the home.

Once you have sourced the ants you are now ready to start your second step is success. Once you have established on where this pest are located you need to think of which items are you looking into using in order to treat the pest. You always want to make sure you are using the best of what you have in order to treat. You don’t want to just throw out bait without analyzing whether or not bait would be the best way to go in this situation, same thing goes with the spray you can’t just spray an area that may act as a repellant, that would repel the pest away from that area and allow them to source another way into the customers home.

Be sure that you are using the top market equipment, something durable that is going to give you the best results when spraying or laying out bait. Using the cheap equipment will not hold up and you will end up spending more money in the long run replacing it rather than getting a reliable piece of equipment that will last you for a long period of time.

Once you have established how you are treating and what you will use in treating for the targeted pest. Be sure you keep your customer up to date, you do not have to get complicated in explaining what you are using and doing you need to keep it simple. Let them know the basics of what you are doing, and how it will rid the pest in their area. After they are treated it is best to complete you service with performing follow-ups and, having the manager call and be sure that the customer received the up most respect and great service. Making sure that there were no issues and being sure that the customer is satisfied.

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While this video is pretty funny, it’s the reality for most people who try to do their own pest control. You think you know exactly the right way to tear down the hornet or wasp nest, get rid of those pesky ants in the kitchen, or keep the raccoon out of the trash. Then, things go horribly wrong and it ends up as a funny video on YouTube and you aren’t even one step closer to being rid of your pest. This is exactly why calling an exterminator from the start is a good idea.

Exterminators know precisely how to handle the many different kinds of pest control situations that could arise in your home. They also have all the right tools to help you find the solution to all of your pest problems. Your exterminator will be professional and know the right techniques to completely eliminate your pests. Also, many exterminators come with a guarantee, so you won’t have to be concerned about your problem pests immediately returning to your home after it’s been treated. Also, many times pest control experts are able to get access to products that aren’t available to the general public. These products are able to better treat the pest problem that is wrecking your home than many of the products that are available to consumers.

If you live in the greater Houston area, the clear and best choice for an exterminator is FullScope Pest Control. FullScope has been around the pest control industry for over 26 years, and so our exterminators know exactly how to help out your particular situation. We have several locations serving the area all around Houston, so no matter where you live, we will be able to help you eliminate your pests. Don’t let your pest situation get out of hand by trying to DIY your pest control. Call an exterminator today and get the job done right the first time.

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Mosquito Season is Here!

It’s that time of year again where mosquitos are about to be a factor in our daily lives. Knowing and understanding the biology and habits of mosquitos is a very important consideration  in controlling or reducing mosquito populations. At Fullscope Pest Control we are experts in controlling targeted areas with automated misting systems that are extremely effective or a mosquito suppression program that are designed specifically for each individual situation.

Eliminate the Breeding Grounds

Just as important as being able to eliminate mosquitos once they appear is the ability to identify conducive conditions and eliminating those which can greatly reduce the number of mosquitos that will hatch off.

Standing water is the main culprit for harboring mosquito larvae that eventually become adult Mosquitos in residential areas as well as commercial establishments.

The easiest 1st step to eliminating these conditions is disposing, storing or covering of all artificial containers (old tires, cans, bottles, wheel barrows, boats, children’s toys, swimming pools, etc.). Another good practice is changing water in pet dishes, flower pots, bird baths and other water holding devices every 3 days.

Also make sure you are cleaning out and repairing rain gutters to maintain proper drainage.

Understanding the Mosquito Life Cycle

Mosquitos can be challenging to control and it is important to understand the life cycle and habits of the mosquito to being successful in controlling or suppressing them. After the mosquitos lay their eggs the egg can lay dormant for 2 years and still hatch off into an adult. The mosquito egg hatches when flooded by water and then requires a period of completely drying before hatching.

With the excessive amount of rainfall we have seen in the Houston area this year there will be an extraordinary amount of eggs that have been lying dormant for some time that are ready to hatch which could create one of the worst mosquito seasons we have seen in a while.

Disease Carrying Disease

Not only are mosquitos a nuisance from their annoying and painful bite which tend to ruin our time with families in the outdoors but they are known to vector dangerous diseases like West Niles Virus, Saint Louis encephalitis, Yellow Fever, and Dengue which all can occur in Texas.


Mosquito Control Options

Take Back Your Backyard!

Take Back Your Backyard

So it’s time to take back your back yard and take the steps to protect your family from the nuisance and possibly dangerous mosquitos. At Fullscope Pest Control we offer a wide variety of control solutions ranging from automated misting systems that we install and give you permanent control where we will program to automatically mist several times a day as well as give you the flexibility to manual mist anytime at your convenience for special occasions or gatherings to mosquito suppression programs where Fullscope Pest Control would apply a residential on a monthly basis which greatly reduces the mosquito population.


Call us today at Fullscope Pest Control to design a mosquito control program that fits your needs!

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Like every homeowner, you face the occasional challenge of having to deal with pests. Whether it is ants in your kitchen or a raccoon rifling through your trash, pests are irritating and dangerous. You know you have to get rid of them, but don’t know exactly how to do that. There are products you can buy from the store, like pest control sprays, candles, and baits. Sometimes these can work and eliminate the problem if you have a small enough population of the pest. However, they don’t always do that, and they can actually be dangerous if you don’t use them correctly. In places like your kitchen and around children, these chemicals can be harmful to you and your family. If you don’t have any experience with pest control, you could seriously injure yourself, your family, or your pets if you are not careful. For this reason, it’s generally best to call in expert and professional pest control services to take care of persistent pest problems.

When you call your pest control service, make sure that you ask what you’re supposed to do before your servicer comes to your home. For instance, if you are experiencing a problem with ants in your kitchen, you should remove all food from the counters and cover all pots and pans so that they don’t get covered in the toxic spray that’s used to kill the ants. For bedbugs, you should vacuum daily and then move your furniture to the center of the room. No matter what pest you’re dealing with, there is always an action you should take to make your pest control service’s job easier and your treatment safer. And remember, the easier their job is, the faster the bugs will be out of your home.

FullScope Pest Control works all over the greater Houston area and can help you eliminate all of your pest problems. Our experts will be able to determine the amount of damage done by a pest and also will be able to help you treat it in the best possible way. We even offer free inspections of your home. We’ve been working in pest control for 26 years, and we know what we’re doing. For a pest control service you can trust, FullScope is the answer. Give us a call today so that we can help you eliminate the pest problem that is invading your home.

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One of the pests that can be the most damaging to your home is the termite. There are many different species of termite, but the most damaging one is the wood termite that eats away at the structure of your home. This is more than just annoying: this can permanently damage your home. Repair can become an extremely costly nightmare if you don’t catch the termites in time. Some of the ways in which you can spot termite damage is by noticing crumbling wood in your home and on your property. You should also scan your yard for structures called mud tubes—termites travel in mud tubes that lead from their colony in your yard to your home. Once you see some of these signs, you should search for images of termites so you will be able to best identify the critters if you do see them.

The next step in controlling your termite infestation is to call a trusted pest control service. FullScope Pest Control serves the greater Houston area, and will be able to help eliminate any and all termites in your home. If the termite damage is extensive enough, you may need to fumigate your home. However, in many cases, the home only needs to be sprayed and a bait trap set out. However, in both instances, you would need to also take precautions to make sure that your home’s food and medicines are properly stored. Consult your exterminator about proper storage of all food for you and any pets before your home is treated.

After your home has been treated, you should take the proper steps to prevent a termite infestation in the future. Make sure that your home’s wood is treated to deter termites, and if at all possible, raise all the wood in your home above the ground to discourage termites from noticing it. Also, try to prevent leaks in your home’s pipes, because termites are generally attracted to sources of water. You can also have your local pest control service spray pesticide around your home to prevent termites from entering your home in the first place.

If you think you have termites, don’t delay your call to your local pest control service. It’s much better to call them and be wrong than to not call and have insurmountable damage done to your home. Take the safe route and have your home inspected regularly for termites—in the end, you’ll thank yourself for the peace of mind, and you also will be able to best protect your home.

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Even though we would like to think that we can do pest control on our own, a professional exterminator will be able to ensure that your problem pest won’t ever return to your property. If you believe that you need an exterminator, then there are some steps you should take before he or she arrives. This will allow your home to be as safe as possible during a treatment. Below we have outlined some tasks that you should make sure are completed before your exterminator arrives.

  1. You should first remove any and all plates, cups, or cookware from your kitchen counters. The nooks and crannies of cabinets are places where many pests like to hide, and it’s likely that your exterminator will want to spray there. The chemicals the exterminator uses will be dangerous, and unless you want to spend hours washing dishes after your exterminator leaves, move them out of the room.
  2. If the affected area of your house contains carpeting, you should thoroughly vacuum your room. This will sometimes bring the pests to the top of the carpet and make it easier for the exterminator to kill them all. You should also vacuum down any upholstered furniture, and do a general clean. This means cleaning windows, sweeping, moping—anything you would do in your typical cleaning routine.
  3. Move your furniture to the center of the room. Your pest probably is hiding alongside the walls, and not in the center of your carpet. By moving your furniture to the center of the room, you make it easier for the exterminator to access your pest and exterminate them.
  4. Make sure your pets are out of the way. If the exterminator will be treating your house downstairs, make sure pets are kept in a room upstairs and not let downstairs until the exterminator tells you that you should. Chemicals used in exterminations can be toxic for pets, and the last thing you want if for your dog or cat to become sick because they licked pesticide.

The more preparation that you are able to do prior to your exterminator arriving, the better experience you will have with your exterminator. The more time he can spend working on ridding you of pests, the better. And besides, your exterminator will be able to perform their job better when you cooperate with him or her. Make sure you ask your exterminator if there are specific instructions they have for the specific type of pest you’re dealing with. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your exterminator will help you in any way they can. We work with our customers to make sure that they understand everything we are doing before we come. If you are in need of an exterminator in the Houston area, give FullScope a call. We can help you get rid of whatever pest is ailing you and will communicate with you every step of the way.

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Termites are some of the most destructive pests you can run into. They scope out and slowly eat away at your home’s structure while many times you and your family remain blissfully unaware. Fortunately for you, there is hope! Below we have outlined five ways in which you can prevent termites from infiltrating your home.

  1. Get regular inspections from a professional: Termites can strike at any minute or any hour of the day, not just in the warm weather months like some people think. The best way to ensure that your home won’t be overrun by termites is to check for them in your home regularly. A professional will know exactly what signs of a termite infestation to look for in a home. Getting the professional opinion of a pest control service may seem like overkill, but could save you a lot of grief in the long run.
  2. Check for the visible signs: Termites leave visible signs that they are around and in your home. Professionals can spot and analyze these signs a lot easier than you can, but that shouldn’t stop you from picking up on the warning signs that termites are afoot. Termites will leave behind feces and discarded wings which you might be able to find around your home. Many species of termite live in large mounds, which you can also easily spot. If you see any of these signs, make sure to call a trusted pest control service.
  3. Remove access points: Termites enter your home through cracks in your exterior walls and around pipes. Aside from saving on your heating and air conditioning bills and making your home more energy efficient, sealing the holes in your home’s exterior will prevent termites from entering your home.
  4. Remove the food sources: By taking away the food source from your termites, you reduce the attractive elements in your home tenfold. Find out what termites are most common in your area and do your best to remove their food source. For example, if your termites chew through wood, make sure you don’t use mulch with dead wood, make sure tree stumps are removed, and make sure your wood siding is at least a foot above the ground.

If you are in the greater Houston area, we can take care of all your termite needs. From an initial inspection to eliminating a termite infestation, we know how to get rid of termites and keep them out of your home in the future. If you have a termite problem, give us a call. Our trained employees will alleviate your worries so that you can continue to live a safe life with your family in your home that will be structurally sound. The many locations we have in the Houston area make it more convenient than ever for our exterminators to reach you.

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If you've never had an exterminator in your home before, it can be a little awkward to have one come to your house. After all, it’s always difficult to let a stranger into your home, your personal space. And, besides that, you could be unsure as to how to act—will the exterminator need your help at any point, do you make conversation, or do you just let them go about their business while you go about yours? Well, we are here to help clear up some of that gray area for you. We hope you don’t ever have to call an exterminator, but if you ever do have a pest control problem and need an exterminator’s help, here are some pointers on what will probably happen during the visit.

The first step in removing pests from your house is to call your pest control service as soon as possible. The pest control service will probably send in a team member or exterminator to survey your house. It’s important for you to explain to the exterminator exactly where you have seen the pests in your home, that way they can choose the best treatment option. Be as detailed as possible, and if you have any idea of how the pest got into your home, make sure to include that in your dialogue with the exterminator.

Once you are done with the inspection, you can expect to have your home treated. This can range anywhere from same-day to next-day service. The exterminator should explain in detail what will happen when he or she treats your home for your pest. The exterminator will also tell you if there are any kinds of precautions you should take, like bagging up clothes or removing food items. The most important part of this is to keep open communication between you and your exterminator. The exterminator should also let you know if he or she believes that follow up appointments will be needed. Some pests are near impossible to get rid of in one go, and will need several visits from an exterminator to be completely terminated. At the end of their visit, the exterminator will probably offer you some useful advice about how to prevent your pest problem from happening again.

Even though having an exterminator in your home can feel intimidating, it’s really the best way to get rid of the pests in your home. If you live in the Houston area, we are here to help you. Our professional exterminators will exceed your expectations and prevent you from having any more pest control problems. We know what we are doing, and we want to help you eliminate whatever pest is making your life difficult right now. Our many locations make it convenient for you to get ahold of us, and we will inspect your house for pests free of charge. It is easy to get pest control service from exterminators you trust when you work with FullScope.

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Pests love Texas’s warm and inviting weather just as much as you do. Some of the most common pests in Texas can also be the most destructive, which is frustrating if you don’t have the right tools for pest control. Luckily, FullScope Pest Control is here to take care of your pest control worries and fulfill your needs.

Some common Texas pests include aphids, fire ants, caterpillars, and snails. Aphids are tiny green bugs which are sometimes called “plant lice.” They are destructive to plants because they carry a variety of plant viruses that will cause browning and deterioration of the plants. These little green bugs reproduce asexually and multiply quickly and can bring down several plants quickly. Snails and slugs can eat all of your plant seedlings overnight, which will harm your entire garden if they are a persistent problem. Caterpillars will do the same and slowly munch on your plants before they have a chance to grow. Finally, are fire ants which don’t bother plants much but their bite is actually dangerous to humans and can cause severe pain or worse when they swarm. And these aren’t even all the insects that could potentially infest your garden! How are you supposed to control all these different insects?

FullScope Pest Control wants to help you out. We provide the Houston, Texas area with the highest quality pest control services on the market. FullScope is able to diagnose a pest problem and offer a solution quickly, efficiently, and hassle-free. For any one of the pests that were mentioned above or the ones that haven’t yet been mentioned, we will be able to exterminate them for you. If you aren’t sure about if you have a pest in your yard or not, FullScope will do a free investigation at your home to let you know if you need pest control services or not. FullScope also can accommodate your needs: for instance, if you own a vegetable garden and are hesitant to use harsh chemicals, we can offer more natural alternatives for eliminating your pests. And, with numerous locations all over the greater Houston area, you’re sure to get service no matter which Houston suburb you live in. Also, if you own a business in the Houston area, you are also at risk for a pest infestation. If you ever find yourself in need of pest control services as a business owner, giving FullScope a call could mean the redemption of your business.

Don’t let your yard be taken over with pesky insects that will leave your plants in shambles. When you notice a problem, call the experts immediately. The pests will vanish from your yard and won’t make their way into your house, which is what’s most important. FullScope is here to help, in every way we can.

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Since your kitchen contains the most food in your home, it’s natural that pests would find their way in to try and munch on your leftovers. But never fear! You can make sure that your kitchen doesn't get infested with ants, beetles, or any other kind of pest by following these tips:

Sweep up and throw away: Pests are naturally attracted to food, and they love when you drop food on the floor so they can carry it back to their base. By leaving your food on the ground, all you’re doing is feeding the pests you want out of your house anyway! Make sure that after every time you cook in your kitchen you sweep up after yourself. If food falls and gets kicked under the fridge or stove, use an extension on your vacuum to pick up all the pieces from those hard to reach nooks and crannies. It may seem tedious now, but what’s even more tedious is trying to get rid of an ant infestation.

Plastic and glass are the way to go: Cardboard containers may be what a product comes in, but if you want to be sure that pests stay out, it would be best to transfer your foods that come in cardboard to a plastic or glass container. Why? Most bugs can chew through cardboard and get to your dry goods. To keep pests out of your food for good, keep all of your food in labeled containers in your pantry.

Check your compost: If you’re an environmentally friendly homeowner, then there is a good chance you not only know what composting is, but you keep a compost pile somewhere in or around your house. For convenience, it’s not uncommon for composters to keep a container for scraps under their kitchen sink or somewhere in their kitchen. To be sure that no unwanted critters get inside your compost, make sure you’re using a heavy duty plastic or glass that’s airtight to hold your scraps. Bugs will stay out and wait until the food gets to your garden to start munching away.

Clean up your act: Cleaning your storage shelves can prevent your pests from ever coming in the first place. Pests can breed in dirtier areas where food is spilled, and then they infest your food packages later. By sanitizing and cleaning your shelves, you take away the possibility for pests to do this at all.

Seal it up: Make sure when you buy your groceries that the seals are all intact (this should always be a habit, not just for pest prevention). If the seal on a package is broken, there is a chance that there is already a pest living inside. So, closely inspect your food before you check out at the register to make sure it is sealed properly.

Get the professionals: Ultimately, if there is an infestation in your home, especially in your kitchen, the professionals will know what chemicals are safe around your food, what the kids should and shouldn't touch, and whether the dog needs to be put upstairs or not. Sure, you could try to DIY it, but a professional exterminator will know the best way to get rid of whatever pest you have in your kitchen and also will give you the best tips for preventing it from happening again.

For more pest control tips, contact us today to find out how we can help.

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