Recently, I was at one of the huge retail hardware stores here in the area and had an epiphany…why on earth do they carry so many different products to take care of your pest control needs? In this picture above, the left side of the picture represents the pest control section at one of these stores. Granted, there is one little section where weed control products are mixed in, but there is at least 50-75 feet of just pest control products, stacked on shelves 8-10 feet high.
Now I would like you to view the right side of the picture. That is a three tier shelf that is 13 inches deep and it contains everything, and I do mean everything, that I need in my van to perform every kind of pest control necessary. What I have on that shelf can protect homes and business from ants, cockroaches, spiders, termites, scorpions, earwigs, silverfish, wasps, crickets, pill bugs, centipedes, millipedes, even rats and mice…I could keep listing them all day, but the point is I can cover anything and everything with a much smaller, more specific selection of pest control products.
Not only that, but all of our services are guaranteed to work or we do what it takes to make it right. Try getting a guarantee from a 30 pound bag of some granular yard spread that you buy from the hardware store, at least I don’t think you can. Some of these products do actually work on occasion and have similar active ingredients as the products we use professionally, so I’m not saying that none of them work at all. I guess I just love the fact that I am able to provide outstanding services to people, all fully guaranteed, using a fraction of the stuff they try to sell to consumers in big box stores.
A quick related story before I go. Prior to moving back to town, my Mom had a pretty big ant problem at her house. She was waiting for me to get back to town so I can treat for her ants, but the problem got bad before I was able to get there. So, she bought a big bag of “ant killer” from one of the big stores and spread it all over the back side of her house. The directions on the bag said to lay a line out across their path and pile it places of high activity. These ants were all trailing along the bottom of her garage door and heading straight into one of her weep-holes into her house. Naturally, she laid out a long line of this stuff across the garage and against the house where the ants were.
When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was the awful smell! The product smelled so bad that you could smell it inside the house, it almost made me nauseous. Not only that, now there are piles of stuff laying all over the place. The worst part, upon close examination, the ants were trailing right through the stuff, not even affected by it one bit, and still walking right into her house! I couldn’t even find any dead ones around to prove that it at least worked a little bit.
The first thing I did was sweep everything away to get rid of the smell and the unsightly piles. Then, with a perfect ant potion, I put down a protective barrier all around her house. Immediately I could see the ants scurrying, trying to flee the area, some already dying. Most importantly, no mess, no smell, you couldn’t even tell it was there after it dried. Actually, most importantly is the fact that there were no more ants after a very short timeframe and I know the results will last for a long time, effectively reducing their numbers down to zero.
It’s good knowing the services you provide not only work, but also keep homes and businesses clean and presentable…and protected!