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VC Pest Control offer a full range of termite and pest control services as well as Eco-Friendly pest control services performed by certified professionals and in accordance with state-approved pesticide guidelines. At VC Pest Control, our owners are our technicians. We are friendly, helpful, efficient, and here to help you.

J&J Termite and Pest Control offer a wide-range of termite and pest removal services including but not limited to; ants, spiders, cockroaches, rodents (rats and mice), bees & wasps, and termites.

A thorough building or area inspection will be conducted by one of our licensed exterminators to determine the type and extent of pest infestation. Then our technician will then discuss options in relation to the pest infestation in order to determine the most efficient method within the client’s budget.

Pest Removal
After inspection of the infested area, the licensed technician will meet with the client to discuss options for extermination and/or removal. The pest removal process will be conducted in accordance with local and state pesticide laws and regulations according to the EPA and Structural Pest Control Board. Pest removal will utilize all available methods of pest control using the safest options first. These include structural maintenance, sanitation, proofing, monitoring, and removal.

Interior ant colonies can normally be prevented by simply filling cracks, joints, and seams that they would use to enter a building. In the case that the arthropod infestation has already set into home pesticides and insect removal methods will be used. During an inspection, the exterminator will identify the species of arthropod and recommend a plan to remove them in the most efficient manner possible.

Exterior ant colonies may be exterminated using bait or pesticide.

Signs of Rat/MiceInfestation:
Droppings – Fecal matter is a sign of rodent presence, and the amount of it can indicate the extent of the infestation.
Visual sightings – Seeing rats or mice often indicates a serious and probably well-established infestation.
Noises – Squeaks, gnawing sounds, and scurrying sounds could be caused by rodents.
Smudge marks – Rodents emit oily lipid material from their fur and leave greasy smudges at entry points and frequent travel paths.
Gnawing – Both rats and mice chew and gnaw materials, which is a sure sign of rodent presence. Rats and mice are known to gnaw the insulation of electrical wires, causing fire hazards. Mice are known to cause extensive damage to insulation materials.
Urine stains – Both rats and mice leave urine stains that can be detected with long wavelength UV light as a yellow to blue fluorescent spot.

Control Methods:
1. Elimination of harborage is the most effective way to control rodents. This includes removing all general clutter from the home and storage areas to eliminate rodent hiding places.
2. Maintaining an open, well-kept perimeter around the home will also discourage rodent activity.
3. Eliminate free food and water sources.
4. Rodents must be denied entry into the home. This includes filling all structural cracks, screening fan, and vent openings, and installing drain covers to prevent rodent entry.
* Mice can fit into an opening the size of a human pinky fingernail.
* Rats can fit into an opening the size of a human thumbnail.

5. Mice and rats are exceptional climbers. Trim all tree limbs approx. 2-3 feet away from the structure is highly recommended.
6. Implement an indoor, outdoor, or both rodent control systems. The rodent control system would include strategically placed glue boards, rodent traps, and rodent bait boxes.

Indoor trapping: Traps are a safe and effective method of eradication, especially for mice and roof rats. Rodents, especially rats, can become trap shy. Glue traps can also effective, and they may trap roaches as well. Rodent control inside occupied buildings shall be accomplished with trapping devices only. All such devices shall be concealed and/or in protected areas so as not to be disturbed by those residing in the home (Adults, Children, and Pets). Trapping devices shall be checked every 1 to 3 days during population suppression and at reasonable intervals during maintenance activities.

Outdoor use of bait boxes: All bait boxes shall be placed out of general view where they will not be disturbed by those residing at the structure (Adults, Children, and Pets). The lids of the boxes shall be securely locked or fastened shut. All bait boxes shall be attached or anchored to the ground, building, wall or other immovable surfaces so that the box cannot be picked up or moved. All bait boxes shall be labeled on the outside with the business name, contact information, and rodenticide used.

Cockroaches are a quick reproducing; virus and bacteria carrying insect that survives in damp conditions with a food source and shelter. Cockroach infestations are labeled as light, medium, and heavy with light being 3-5 cockroaches observed in an area during an inspection, the medium being 6-10 cockroaches, and heavy being 10 + cockroaches observed.

Light – Cockroach control will consist of the use of bait products along with glue boards for pest capture and monitoring.

Medium – Cockroach control of this level indicates that you have a cockroach problem but it is not yet severe. The infested area will be inspected and a crack and joint treatment will be done using Phantom & Gentrol, or Essentria IC3. Glue boards and bait including pesticide bait will be placed to remove the infestation. This type of infestation requires a weekly inspection for six weeks with bait and glue boards being replaced as necessary.

Heavy– A heavy cockroach infestation is of a serious nature and will be dealt with intensively. Crack and joint treatment will be conducted using Phantom & Gentrol, Essentria IC3, Cockroach Gel Bait and/or Delta Dust which will also be applied to wall, ceiling and floor. It is recommended that any treated areas inside walls/ceiling or floor be patched, plugged or filled immediately after pesticide use in order to prevent re-infestation. Cockroach levels will be monitored weekly and a re-application may be required at 6 weeks.

Our pest removal programs are priced by the square footage of the property as well as the type and extent of the infestation. Please call our office at (805)209-0232 to schedule your free no-hassle estimate.

Our technicians are licensed by the State of California Structural Pest Control Board.

VC Pest Control offer our full range of termite, pest, and rodent control services throughout Ventura County and part of Santa Barbara & Los Angeles County for our California locations.