Preferred believes in mixing the newest technologies with the old tried and true products and services. We use backpack sprayers so we have better control of location and amount of product used. We treat windows, door jams, eaves and all entry points on the ground floors and pay special attention to avoid children's and pet's toys. Interiors are treated with a wide variety of products designed to get you back into a pest free environment whether it's your workplace or your castle.
The black widow is one of the most easily identifiable spiders because of the red hourglass on its abdomen. Black widows are normally found 3 feet and lower. They love to hide in brick walls, wood piles, and especially under lawn furniture. A Black Widow bite is very painful and can be fatal to small children, the elderly, and people with health issues. You should always seek medical attention if bitten.
The Brown Widow has the same body shape as the Black Widow and also has the infamous hourglass on its abdomen, although the hourglass is orange or yellow instead of red. Their egg sacs have pointed projections as opposed to the black widows egg sacs which are smooth. They are not native to California, but are fast becoming as prevalent as the black widow.
Silverfish are also known as Bristletails because of the 3 long bristle like appendages on the posterior of their body. They prefer humid environments with temperatures ranging between 71° to 90°. They are generally found in basements, bathrooms, garages, closets, and attics. Piles of newspapers provide an ideal harborage area for them. Many people automatically assume that they have clothes moths when they start finding holes in their clothes, when the real culprit is silverfish.
The Earwig is commonly referred to as a pincer bug because of its pincher-like appendages which present a formidable appearance. It seeks out dark, cool, moist areas to hide. The key to control is removing unessential mulch, plant debris, and other hiding places, and by reducing moisture around your home.
The Daring Jumping Spider's most noticeable feature is its iridescent (phosphorescent) green fanglike appendages. It got its name because of its amazing jumping ability. It does not catch its prey in a web, rather it sneaks up on its prey then pounces or jumps on it. It is often found in gardens and feeds on other insects such as fleas, flies, moths, crickets, and smaller spiders.
The Wolf Spider often causes panic because of its large size and its hairy appearance. It is a nocturnal hunter and its favorite thing to snack on is crickets although it also eats other insects such as roaches, beetles, and fly grubs. It is not naturally aggressive but can inflict a bite which may be cause pain, swelling, and itchiness for a few days.
Drywood Termites often go undetected until they swarm or until repair work is being done because they live inside the wood of your home. Other indicators that drywood termites may be present in your home are shed wings, fecal pellets, and small holes the size of BBs (called kickout holes). Swarming drywood termites are often found in window sills after they swarm.
Subterranean termites live under ground and build tunnels referred to as mud tunnels to reach food sources which unfortunately often is the wood in your home. These tunnels can extend 5 to 20 feet below ground and up to 70 feet in any direction. Subterranean termites cause millions of dollars in damage in the US every year.
The Varied Carpet Beetle is extremely common in California but often go unnoticed until they are in their adult stage. It is generally described as looking like a small greyish or brownish ladybug. It is destructive in its larval stage eating wool-based carpet, animal fur, hair, hides, feathers, and its favorite...dead insects.. As an adult, it eats the pollen from flowers and is often found near windows and doors trying to make its way back outside.
The Jerusalem Cricket (also known as a Potato Bug) often causes panic because of its alien look and large size. It can be up to 2 inches in size and the head can be as large as a small marble. It is often described as a mutated roach or wingless bee by people encountering it for the first time. It is nocturnal and generally lives under dirt making it virtually unnoticed until new landscaping is being put in.
The American Cockroach is often referred to as a water bug. It is also commonly mistaken for a Palmetto Bug (which is actually a Florida woods cockroach). It is the largest roach that invades homes, averaging between 2 inches as an adult. It prefers warm humid, environments which are why they are commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. If you find large populations of American Cockroaches indoors, it generally indicates there is a leaky pipe or water issue in the home.
The Oriental Cockroach is known as the sewer roach because it is often found inside sewer pipes. They are extremely sluggish and are generally found at or below ground level. They seldom roam onto walls, into high cupboards, or into upper floors of buildings. They are considered one of the filthiest roaches preferring to feed on filth, decaying organic material, and rubbish.
Although the German Cockroach is small (1/2 inch to ¾ inches), it is one of the most common household pests in the US. They are mostly found in kitchens and bathrooms and hide in cracks, crevices, and underneath or even inside household appliances. They are mostly active at night when they come out to forage for food and water. If seen in large numbers during the day, it generally indicates a heavy infestation.
The Indian Meal Moth is the most common meal moth found in California homes. Its wings are reddish brown with a copper luster on the outer 2/3 of them making the Indian Meal Moth very distinctive and easily identifiable. They are generally unknowingly brought into the home in prepackaged food and quickly infest other foods. They are known to infest cereal, pasta, bird seed, dog food, rice, dried fruit, and any grain based products.
With the Crane Fly averaging 2 ½ inches in length, it is the most misidentified fly in California often being mistaken for a large mosquito or a mosquito hawk. In its adult stage, the Crane fly does not eat; it's only mission is to mate and lay eggs. In its larval stage it feeds on decaying vegetation and is considered a beneficial insect. It is completely harmless to humans.
The House Centipede averages 1 to 1 ½ inches in length and has 15 pairs of legs making it able to move extremely fast. Because of this, it's ugly appearance, and the fact that it hides during the day so it is very rarely seen, it tends to cause fear when it is spotted. It is actually considered a beneficial insect, eating silverfish, carpet beetle larvae, cockroaches, spiders, bed bugs, and other insects. Despite their scary appearance, they are not harmful to humans.
The House Mouse is a small rodent which is 5 – 7 inches long (including the 3 – 4 inch tail) and weighs about a ½ ounce. Because of its small stature, it can fit into a hole the size of a dime making it hard to find all possible entry points into the home. Finding its droppings are generally one of the first indications to the homeowner that there is a House Mouse is in the home. The droppings also help to pinpoint the areas where it is active. The House Mouse is NOT a carrier of the Hantavirus.
The Roof Rat is also known as the Black Rat and has a body which measures between 6 -8 inches and a tail that is 7 – 10 inches in length. It is considered the acrobat of all the rodents and are excellent climbers. It can enter a home through a hole the size of a quarter and generally likes to inhabit attics and false ceilings. It likes to nest in foliage and in palm trees. They are most active an hour after sunset and an hour before sunrise.
At preferred we will know you by name and not a number. We will take the time to answer all of your questions (regardless how silly some may seem to you), and we will genuinely do everything in our power to solve your problem. We still believe in old school values like respect, compassion, and great service and take pride in the reputation we have earned over many years in the pest control industry.
Regardless of whether it's noises in the attic or that little spider that freaks your husband out (we won't even laugh at him), we are here to solve your problems. Our staff has over 35 years of combined experience and knowledge, compassion, understanding. We are owners of the highest licenses attainable, well-earned reputations in the industry, and the desire to make your life pest free. Our service areas include Irvine, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Brea, San Clemente and the rest of Orange County.
We specialize in family homes, Homeowner associations, Apartment communities, and businesses. WE are licensed, bonded, and insured. We can take care of your indoor problems like silverfish, ants, spiders, roaches, bed bugs, and fleas and outdoor pests like rodents, black and brown widows, gophers, bees and wasps.
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