Experts discuss ways to alleviate critters, infestation

By: Sherri Kolade | C&G Newspapers | Published July 23, 2013

 Trevor Shelhart displays a bald-faced hornets’ nest recently seen in Farmington Hills.

Trevor Shelhart displays a bald-faced hornets’ nest recently seen in Farmington Hills.

Photo courtesy of Creature Control

Summertime is a season filled with annual parades, celebrations, swimming and endless sunburns. The season is also filled with creepy crawlies and wildlife infestation, such as ants, spiders, bees, wasps and mice.   

Andrew Behe, co-owner of Spider Control Inc., 260 Elizabeth St. in Mount Clemens, said ants, spiders, bees and wasps are pretty popular this year because of heavy rains.

“Insects love the moisture,” Behe said. “A lot of the insects are hatching out …  and that just brings the insect populations higher.”

Behe said insects like to find a water source.

“There is typically more insects that hatch out of the water,” he said. “It is kind of like a buffet: Where there is a lot of food, you are going to have a lot of people. It is the same for insects.”

Insects such as bees and wasps can chew through drywall, while carpenter ants can do a lot of structural damage to one’s home; other insects eat landscaping, bushes, trees, and can cause damage throughout the property.

The best line of defense from insect damage to a home starts with treatments or applications, Behe said.

“We have a couple different treatments that we do; we have a one-time application where we guarantee the reduction of insects on the exterior of your home,” he said.

He added that rural areas also attract insects such as spiders, bees and wasps.

Behe said spider excretion could cause stains on a home’s siding, while spider webs all around a home can look unsightly.

“Having webs all over the home does not make your home look clean,” he said.

The cost for treatment for the inside and outside of the house depends on square footage, he added. 

“Some houses we do a one-time application (for) could be $1,500 because it is a 15,000-square foot home,” Behe said. “On average, I would say for our premium one-time application, you are looking at anywhere from $220.”

Standard treatment, which lasts on the outside of an average-size house for roughly six weeks, is between $75 and $95.

Other price factors include how much product would be used on the house.

Jesse Sutton, owner of Creature Control, 12055 Hadley Road in Gregory, said pest prevention is key.

Sutton said a preventative measure for mice is to make sure people do not leave food around the outside of the home. Food sources could be a bird feeder or even grass seed.

“They should move their bird feeder 100 feet or more from the house,” Sutton said. “If they are storing bird seed or anything mice might eat … (it) should be stowed in a container with a lid on it where mice cannot get to it.”

Sutton also said people should not leave garage doors — or other doors — open. They should also make sure their structure is “well-sealed around the foundation so utility lines are sealed.”

Sealing construction gaps around the roof also prevents bats from flying in.

“The only prevention for bats is to have it sealed,” he said.

He added that his company does animal trapping, among other techniques, to get rid of the problem. 

By finding a high-traffic entry point on the roof, as well as any potential entry point, they are able to put a check valve or one-way door on the high-traffic area so the bats will go out and not come back.

“We will come back after a period of time, and we know the bats are gone, and we’ll remove the check valves and finish the sealing and you are bat-free,” he said. 

General pest application on the exterior of the home could be anywhere between $149 and $179, depending on the size of the home and what the company is treating.

“The two most common household problems, when it comes to wildlife, are definitely going to be mice and bats,” he said. “As far as insects go, I would say ants and bees. And people freak out about spiders, so they are probably in the running, as well.”

For more information on Spider Control, call (586) 783-1577.

For more information on Creature Control, call (734) 476-0166.