Pest Control Info


What is a pest?

A pest can be any living organism that is invasive or prolific, detrimental, troublesome, noxious, destructive, or a nuisance to either plants or animals, human or human concerns, livestock, or human structures.

Pests are associated with animals (vertebrates such as birds, rodents, and other mammals; or invertebrates such as insects, ticks, mites and snails; or nematodes such as worms) because they cause damage to agriculture, wild ecosystem and or human habitats. The term pest can also refer to all other harmful organisms such as plants (weeds) and pathogens (bacteria, viruses, or fungi).

Common pests in Mechanicsville and Central Virginia include termites, cockroaches, silverfish, fleas, spiders, rats/mice, flies, mosquitoes, mites, bed bugs, etc.


Why do pests need to be controlled in Virginia?

As a homeowner, renter, or business owner, pests need to be controlled because:

  • The financial loss and human/animal suffering caused by pests in Hanover County by far outweigh the cost of controlling pests responsibly.
  • Pests in Central Virginia normally have a large environmental adaptive ability, large gene pool, and high reproductive rate. Pests are invasive, exploit changing conditions and can become a problem quickly.
  • Pests can negatively affect the health of people (especially children), animals and plants in Richmond, VA by:
  • Causing allergic reactions resulting in emergencies (especially stinging insects).
  • Contaminating food (e.g. cockroaches).
  • Transmitting/spreading diseases quickly by leaving behind toxic droppings.
  • Pests destroy your assets including homes, commercial buildings, landscapes, etc. BE AWARE - Generally, homeowner’s insurance policies contain clauses excluding gradual damage caused by pests (including termites) and infestation.
  • Pests can cause hazardous situations in central Virginia; including fires (chewing wires and spilling flammables) and collapsing roads/walkways/drains, etc.
  • Pests destroy crops and consume or contaminate food supply affecting agriculture and other industries.

What is Pest Control Management?

UNIVERSAL EXTERMINATING CO., INC. Co in Mechanicsville, VA views Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a broad-based approach that responsibly utilizes "best pest control practices" for the economic and environmental friendly control of pests (i.e. the least possible hazard to people, animals, property, and eco systems). We believe in a pest control approach that uses the least toxic method first to solve your pest control problems.

Responsible pest control is a strategized blend of the following pest control techniques:

  • Biological pest control is a method of controlling pests such as insects, mites, weeds and plant diseases using other organisms (natural enemies). It relies on predation, parasitism, herbivory, or other natural mechanisms, but typically involves an active human management role.
  • Mechanical/Physical pest control is the management and control of pests using physical means to eliminate breeding grounds, kill pests, remove pests or block out pests.
  • Electronic pest control involves the use of any of the several types of electrically powered devices designed to repel or eliminate pests, usually rodents or insects.
  • Chemical pest control is the use of pesticides to attract, seduce, and then destroy pests. Pesticides are chemical or biological agents (such as a virus, bacterium, antimicrobial, or disinfectant) that deters, incapacitates, kills, or otherwise discourages pests.

What is a responsible pest control approach?


Effective pest management involves the following step to solve your pest problem:

  • Identification - Identifying the pest causing the damage.
  • Quantification - Identifying how large the problem is (assessing pest numbers) and identifying the damage.
  • Specification - Identifying the most reasonable and effective course of action to control the pest with a combination of pest control techniques.
  • Application - Implementing the appropriate and responsible pest control technique.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation - How effective was the pest control operation?

What do I need to consider when selecting a pest control company?

When selecting a pest control company, consider the following:

  • Is the work of the pest control company guaranteed (especially with termites)?
  • Is the pest control company licensed and insured to perform pest control in Virginia?
  • Are the technicians licensed pesticide applicators?
  • How experienced is the pest control company, how long have they been in business?
  • Are the technicians up to date on pest control regulations, techniques, products, and safety?
  • Do the technicians follow an Integrated Pest Management approach?
  • What is their reputation (references) in the community?
  • What is their Better Business Bureau rating?
  • Do the offer free pest control estimates?
  • What pest control awards/affiliations/memberships do they have?

UNIVERSAL EXTERMINATING CO., INC. in Mechanicsville, VA at Your Service!

UNIVERSAL EXTERMINATING CO., INC. in Mechanicsville, VA is a locally owned and award winning pest control company with a reputation for professionalism and excellence. As one of Virginia's premiere Pest Control Companies, we implement the best pest control practices to take care of ants, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, fleas, spiders rats/mice, and more. UNIVERSAL EXTERMINATING CO., INC. serves Central Virginia including Hanover County, Richmond, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Aylett County, King William County and surrounding areas. Contact us for a free estimate - click here.

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