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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions And Our Service

Updated March 19, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Our company is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and team. As we monitor the situation of COVID-19 in Florida, we want to keep you informed about what Apex Pest Control is doing to prevent the spread of the virus in our communities and how we can help.

First and foremost, the pest control industry is classified in the lowest risk of businesses per OSHA, as we do not encounter groups of people in our workplace. We stringently follow the OSHA and CDC COVID-19 guidelines to keep our customers and team safe.

Secondly, as an essential service, our industry is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property. The EPA, Dept of Health and Human Services and Dept of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant pests, https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/list-pests-significant-public-health-importance most of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry.  We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply, as well as protecting structures from demise due to wood destroying organisms.

Additionally, and by Florida rule, all of our field representatives are trained, tested and certified in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians routinely employ the use of respirators, eye protection, gloves, shoe coverings and clothing that conform with safety requirements established by the EPA and OSHA.

We have implemented the following additional safeguards to further protect our customers:

  • Our office workspaces, field equipment and vehicles are being sanitized throughout each day.
  • All technicians are wearing disposable gloves at each service call.
  • All field staff are washing their hands after each appointment.
  • All staff have been instructed to keep a social distance between customers and between each other.
  • We have moved all clerical desks a minimum of ten feet apart.
  • Any team member who is sick, even with a minor illness must stay home.
  • Provide exterior pest service if residents do not want inside services.

Apex Pest Control is currently acquiring liquid products that are labeled to kill human coronavirus, as well as many other viruses and pathogens. These disinfectants are in high demand. We are now offering to all current residential customers, as an addition to the regular scheduled service, a FREE application of a Virucide/Disinfectant to the high-touch areas of the exterior of your home. Virologists believe that COVID-19 can live on plastic surfaces for one day and metal surfaces for three days. Until our supplies increase, we will apply NISUS DSV https://nisuscorp.com/product/dsv or similar product to the outdoor front door handles, door bells, railings, auto door handles, fixed garage door operator or garage door handle, mailbox and any other high-touch surfaces we encounter at the entrance to your home, as part of your recurring pest control service.  Again, we will render this service for FREE if requested, as part of your regular scheduled service until this pandemic is reduced. As more product comes available, we will offer interior disinfectant services and commercial disinfectant services.  Please contact our office at 1-800-929-2847 if you would like to add the disinfectant application to your current service at your property at no charge.

*Apex Pest Control is performing this complementary service as an assistive public health measure at its own cost. We make no representations verbal or written, that our application will prevent anyone from contracting sickness or disease.

Unexpected Places Bed Bugs Could Be Hiding

While a licensed pest control company knows all about bed bugs and how they travel, there is a misconception about where you can find them. Bed bugs are not just found on bed sheets and mattresses within your home or a hotel.

Apex Pest technician looking for bed bugs with a flashlight

They can be found just about anywhere because of their great traveling techniques.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bed bugs typically look for places that are dark and relatively close to humans — or at least close to areas that humans frequent. Here are some of the places bed bugs might hide:

  • Stuffed animals: The soft, plushy surfaces of stuffed animals make it easy for bed bugs to hide undetected.
  • Outlets and lights: Bed bugs can fit underneath the plastic and metal outlet covers to hide in the dark.
  • Furniture: Once bed bugs have come into your home, they will find any place humans most often occupy, such as beds, couches, chairs and more.
  • Picture frames: These provide a dark place for bed bugs to hide whether they are on a table or hanging on the wall.
  • Dressers/closets: Bed bugs can stay on the clothing you wear.
  • Books: Bed bugs can squeeze into the pages of a book and use this to travel between rooms.
  • Carpet edges/baseboards: Bed bugs are able to get into the smallest cracks of your home, including underneath baseboards and the edges of the carpet.

How Do Bed Bugs Travel?

The most common means of travel for bed bugs are by clothing, which is how bed bugs can travel from a hotel to your home. Here are some other items bed bugs will use for transportation:

  • Purses: Bed bugs can crawl into purses to conceal themselves, while also maintaining close proximity to a human being.
  • Airplanes, trains, and buses: As people travel, bed bugs can be found in luggage and any piece of clothing a person is wearing.
  • Rental vehicles/campers: Bed bugs can crawl off of clothing and get into any crevice they can fit themselves.
  • Wheelchairs: If a person uses a wheelchair at a hospital or another facility, it’s possible for bed bugs to then get on that person’s clothes or other belongings.
  • Movie theaters: Movie theaters provide a dark place to hide and plenty of people.
  • School: Children and teachers can unknowingly be carrying bed bugs and transferring them to others.

Rid Your Home of Bed Bugs With Apex Pest Control

Bed bugs can turn into infestations very quickly because their typical hiding places are likely not often checked, but if they’ve made their way into your space, they don’t have to rule your life. Contact Apex Pest Control today to have your home professionally treated against these parasites.

How to Keep Rodents out of Your House

Rodents, such as mice and rats will look for any and every opportunity to invade your home. These pests are looking for a convenient shelter along with water and food supply, and a house provides an ideal spot.

However, it is possible to turn your home into an uninviting place for these creatures. Here is a look at how you can protect your home from rodents.

Apex Pest technician reviewing garage door seal

Rats and mice are destructive by nature, but following these tips for rodent prevention in your home can help to keep them away.

1. Seal Any Cracks in Your Home’s Foundation

One of the first things you can do for rodent prevention is to seal any cracks within your home’s foundation. They are one of the first places mice and rats tend to find. Patch up your foundation regardless of the size of the hole or gap.

2. Eliminate Points of Entry

Visually inspect all windows and doors, including the garage door, and eliminate any gaps that exist in the seals. Make sure all entry points close properly as well.

3. Inspect Your Roof

Some rodents will go to the top of a home to look for entry. Check your home’s roofing, vents and chimney for breakages and leaks. Fill in any gaps and ensure your chimney is capped to prevent any rodent from entering your home.

4. Eliminate Food Sources

Never leave any food out for extended periods of time and always clean dirty dishes. Rodents have a keen sense of smell and can go after leftover food on plates or in pots. Mice and rats can get into cabinets, too, so it is vital to keep foods such as boxed cereals and bagged sugar in sealed, airtight containers.

5. Regularly Take the Trash Out

Be sure to empty the trash inside your home regularly. If your trash cans are kept outside or in the garage, ensure the lids are tightly closed.

6. Tidy-Up Your Home’s Perimeter

Monitor the area surrounding your home. Regularly remove any garden debris and ensure you do not have any woodpiles against your home.

7. Clean Inside Your Home

Regularly clean inside your home to avoid attracting rodents. Any clutter or piles of objects provide hiding spots as well as potential nesting sites.

8. Check Wires and Pipes

Wires and pipes can be a point of entry to rodents from the outside. Inspect the openings that your pipes or wires enter into your home. Properly seal off any gaps if there is space between your home and wire or pipe.

9. Fix Any Leaks Inside

Carefully inspect your bathrooms, attic, basement and other areas for any leaks. Immediately fix any big or small leak because the moisture can attract rodents and other pests, such as ants, spiders, cockroaches, and termites.

Need Pest Help?

Don’t let pests ruin your home. If you are experiencing any pest issues, our expert team at Apex Pest Control provides one-time to monthly services that cover multiple types of pests. Contact Apex Pest Control today to receive help with your pest issue.

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Routine termite bond inspection. The tech was very prompt, courteous and professional.
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