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Van Den Berge Pest Control offers one-time applications, quarterly services, and monthly services, and mortgage pest inspections to fit your individual needs.

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Van Den Berge Pest Control offers a 100% no-risk guarantee. If you continue to have a pest problem that we are unable to control we will refund your money. Call us for details.

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We give you precise appointment times when you call us. Your day will not be wasted waiting for your service.

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Our services are completely insured for added safety and protection.

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We also offer retail products and FREE professional advice for customers that wish to control and/or treat pest problems themselves.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants are typically black in color. They vary in size from ¼ inch to ¾ of an inch long. These ants excavate tunnels in wood that resemble the damage of termites. These tunnels are usually hollowed in moist wood, although Carpenter Ants can burrow in dry wood. They do not use the wood for food as the termite, but hollow it out for their home. If you see what appears to be saw dust, it is probably the frass, material that the Carpenter Ants are hollowing out of your joists or studs of your home. If you see black ants with wings ¾ to 1 inch long, you more than likely have an established colony. The colony is mature when winged re-producers are formed. This generally takes 3 to 6 years at which time 2000 to 3000 ants will be present. Carpenter Ants main diet is other insects and water; although they will also feed on aphid honeydew and nearly anything people eat.

Control/Service

We recommend a quarterly service for a minimum of one year; although most of our customers continue with quarterly service to keep their pest problems under control. Why? There may be other colonies and or other insects in or around your home that may continue to invade your home. It normally takes up to one year for all the eggs to hatch and all the ants to get into treatment. The colony is usually located in inaccessible areas. During the initial service we will inspect your home to try and locate the colony. We will treat your home with a water base material where Carpenter Ants generally like to nest, a dust material in void spaces, and/or bait materials where Carpenter Ants have been sighted. The water base material has a three-month residue and will help control most all crawling insects spiders and wasps. Any problems with insects that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge between regular scheduled services; call us for full guarantee details.

ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS

Odorous house ants are typically 1/16” to 1/8” long and black in color. The pungent odor they give off when they are crushed is how they get their name. These ants can be challenging to control and eliminate as they often make nests in walls and in crevices near areas of moisture like your kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, basements and exterior doorways.

Control/Service

Because these ants have most likely made a nest or multiple nests in and around your home it will take time to control this problem. These nests are difficult to find in your home as they live naturally around your home. Therefore, consistent treatment is your best solution. We recommend service on a quarterly basis for a minimum of one year. At the initial visit the technician will ask for your help in identifying the areas you have seen the most activity. Our treatment includes application of a water based solution and use of an insecticide dust or ant bait depending on the situation. These materials, while effective, will only last up to three months. By treating quarterly we are confident the products will remain active to continue to keep them under control. Just remember, ants are naturally occurring pests that live outside and may try to enter your home again in the future. Continued quarterly service is your best prevention. The benefit of a quarterly service is not just the elimination of the odorous house ant problem but the control of most all crawling insects including spiders and wasps as well. GUARANTEE: Occasionally a problem area needs retreatment before our next scheduled service. If you see more that an occasional ant inside after two weeks of our service we may need to retreat. We guarantee our work and would be happy to assess if follow up treatment is needed.

PAVEMENT ANTS

Pavement Ants are typically 1/8 to 1/6 of an inch long and brownish black in color. They are typically found outdoors coming up from under pavement, stones and next to homes/buildings. Although they are occasionally found in walls, under floors, and in insulation. Pavement ants can be a particular nuisance around homes with a slab construction. Foragers enter buildings through cracks in the slabs and similar openings. They enter in search of food with greasy and sweet material being preferred.
Control/Service

Since the majority of the colony is in inaccessible areas, it is virtually impossible to eliminate the colonies in, under and around your home/building; although we can control them effectively. We would suggest a quarterly service that we would treat with a water base material in the problem areas in and out as needed. In addition we would put out ant bait in specific known problem areas. The service will also help control spiders, wasps, and most all crawling insects. For commercial buildings we normally service monthly for best results. Any problems with ants that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge between regular scheduled services; call us for full guarantee details.

House Spiders

Spiders are generally easily recognized by most people. They possess eight legs, which separates them from insects that have six legs. All spiders are predators, feeding mainly on insects. If your home/building is located by a body of water and/or in a wooded area, you will have a higher population of insects; therefore a higher population of spiders. Most spiders create an unsightly situation of webs and spider droppings, but usually cause no real harm to humans. Are there any spiders located in Michigan that can be harmful to humans? Rarely; there are only two spiders in the United States that are a threat to humans. They are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow, and they are mainly located in the Southwestern part of the United States.

Control/Service

Since spiders have long legs, multiply rapidly and spend most of their time on their webs, it is very difficult to achieve control. Therefore we generally recommend a monthly service (April through September). The initial service can be performed inside and outside or just the exterior, based on your particular needs. We use a water base material to treat under eaves, decks, the siding, in bushes, and around base of home and out buildings. Included in this service is wiping down unsightly webs. This service will also help control most all crawling insects and wasps. This service is mainly for homes/ buildings that have severe spider problems. Homes that do not have a severe spider infestation can be controlled quite effectively with a quarterly service. This service will also help control most all crawling insects and wasps. Any problems with insects that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge between regular scheduled services; call us for full guarantee details.

TERMITES

If it is a warm spring day and you see a swarm of what appears to be small black ants with wings; It is probably termite reproducers. If you see milky white colored insects about the same size and shape as a grain of rice, it is probably termite workers. If you see damaged wood with mud shelter tubes in or on the outside of infested wood, it is probably signs of termite activity. To better identify whether you have termites or damage from termites; simply call for your free professional pest inspection. Termites do more damage to homes annually than floods, storms, & fires combined. Termite colonies live in the ground and build mud shelter tubes to travel into your home. A mature colony may consist of over one million workers and there may be several colonies in your home. Since termites come from underground, they may have been in your home for years in non-visible areas doing damage without your knowledge.

Control/Service

There are two different options for termite treatment. One option is treatment with a liquid in ground barrier. Liquid Termiticide is injected in a trench completely around the perimeter of your home up to 4 feet in depth. This treatment also may require some drilling thru concrete steps or other active sites to enable complete treatment where termites may exist. These materials should remain active about 15 years and will typically eliminate the entire termite colony in 2-3 months. Since there are more than likely other termite colonies in your property and/or neighborhood, It is recommended to have your home professionally inspected annually to verify no new termite activity exists and to keep our guarantee in force; call us for full guarantee details. The second option for termite treatment is an in-ground perimeter baiting service. A preferred baiting material is placed in the ground in concealed containers. Termites find the bait as they forage for food, communicate to other members of their colony where the preferred material is located; which eventually eliminates the entire termite colony in 1-2 years. With this service we will also spot treat with Termiticide to help speed up the process. We can guarantee that termites will not do any more damage to your home after six months of service; call us for full guarantee details. It is recommended to continue annual quarterly inspections of your home and bait stations to guarantee continued protection from other termite colonies that exist in your property and/or neighborhood. If you would like to learn more about our services and/or a free inspection of your home, contact us!

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees look a lot like bumble bees in size and appearance but that’s where the similarities end. Carpenter bees behave completely different. They make their nests by drilling holes approximately 3/8” round into wood siding, wood decks or the wood trim of homes. If you notice a large, mainly black bee, hovering around your deck or eves especially in the Spring it is most likely a Carpenter bee and they have made a nest nearby. One positive thing about carpenter bees is that typically they do not sting.

Control/Service

We are able to treat with a water based material on all the areas where you are seeing the bees and areas where we know they like to nest. Particular attention will be given to the underside of decks, wood trim and wood eves. We also have an insecticide dust or residual aerosol that we will inject into the holes that the bees have already made. Because Carpenter bees will continue to make their nests for several months starting in the Spring we recommend monthly service to the exterior of your home for the months of April thru September. Not only will the Carpenter bee issue be eliminated but the other pests that come along in the summer months like spiders and wasps will be controlled as well.

Honey Bees

SAVE THE HONEY BEES! As one of the most beneficial insects on the planet, we do our very best to save a colony of honey bees. Many crops are dependent on pollination from these bees to produce a good crop. We only treat for honey bees if the nest is in a wall void which a bee keeper cannot remove. A beekeeper can only remove a colony if you suddenly see a swarm of bees that seem to be deciding if your home is a good place for their new home. **IF you see a swarm of bees please call us ASAP! We have a list of area bee keepers who will come to your home or business and work to remove the queen and her workers to rehome them to a safe place thereby keeping you safe as well.

Control/Service

Our treatment plan will typically require two to three applications to completely eliminate a colony of honey bees because often the colony is well established prior to you discovering it and there will be several layers to this colony including honey. We will inject a residual powder into the nest entrance which the bees will get into as they come and go. We find this will eventually eliminate the colony. *Note: After we’ve eliminated the colony, you or a contractor should repair or plug the old entrance area otherwise a new colony may attempt to use that old nest in the future.

EUROPEAN WASPS

Nests are usually suspended under a horizontal surface and commonly hang from under eaves, decks, window ledges, and/or on attic rafters, although they will make nests just about anywhere. European wasp nests are one layer and rather small (3-5 inches in diameter), so there are seldom more than 100 workers. They are typically brownish with yellow markings (stripes) and orange antennae. European wasps are beneficial insects that help control many insect pests; although if their nest is located near human activity, control is warranted.

Control/Service

We have experienced that the only way to get good control is a monthly service (April thru September), otherwise wasps will continue to build new nests in new locations during the entire summer. Since wasps are a flying insect, it is impossible to totally eliminate wasps from occasionally flying around the treated areas; although the material used has a residue that will help prevent new nests from being formed.

YELLOW JACKET WASPS

Yellow Jackets are the most common wasp, although most think they are a bee because they look very similar to a honeybee. Yellow jackets are about ½ inch long with yellow and black stripes. They typically build their nest in any void area or in the ground. Most species feed on insects or most any type of food products. Yellow Jackets are typically the wasp that tend to bother outdoor picnics in search of food. They tend to be somewhat unpredictable in their response to humans who approach their nest. Most serious stinging occurs when a nest is accidentally disturbed.

Control/Service

Generally we can completely eliminate a yellow jacket nest with a one-time application with a 30 day guarantee; call us for full guarantee details. You can expect complete results within 2-3 days. We will normally treat the entrance to the nest with a dust insecticide, which we inject into the nest. Any problems with Yellow Jackets that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge within the 30 day guarantee; call us for details. Warning: The most common mistake made by a homeowner to try and treat a nest themselves is treating with a aerosol product or plugging the entrance to the hive. Both forms of treatment usually result in Yellow Jackets being very irritated and finding their way into your home / building.

COCKROACHES

Cockroaches have been present on earth for over 300 million years. There are approximately 3500 species worldwide. If we had a nuclear war the cockroach would survive, they are radiation proof.

The most common cockroach located in Michigan is the German Roach. If you see a brown beetle about 5/8ths of an inch long and ¼ of an inch wide, has two dark stripes on its head, and is mainly sighted in the bathroom and kitchen; its probably the German Roach.

Cockroaches usually live in protected cracks and crevices, which provide a warm and humid environment, and generally come out at night to feed. Roaches are generally brought in to a home/building from a grocery store, party store, mailed package, and or a visitor that has a roach problem. Adult females will usually produce 4 to 8 egg capsules in their lifetime and each capsule contains 20 to 50 nymphs (baby roaches); so as you can see, roaches can multiply very rapidly.

Control/Service
Normally we can eliminate a roach problem with a one-time application in most single-family homes, duplexes, and 2-family homes with a 60 day guarantee. It will normally take 4-6 weeks for complete results. Why? It takes time for all eggs to hatch and all roaches to get into treatment.
If roaches infest multi-family homes, commercial buildings, restaurants, party stores, and/or grocery stores; you may need additional service for continued control. We normally service monthly for these customers. Any problems with roaches that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge; call us for full guarantee details.

Earwigs

Earwigs typically winter-over outdoors as adults in protected areas. The females lay eggs and tend to their newly hatched nymphs underground. Earwigs are nocturnal or active at night and hide during the day in moist dark places. Neither the eggs nor nymphs can withstand long periods of dryness. Earwigs feed on live or dead plants and/or insects. Earwigs mainly live outdoors and occasionally invade homes.

Control/Service

The key to help controlling Earwigs is the removal of plant debris and objects such as firewood or boards, which tend to hold moisture and harboring sites. Normally a one-time application that is guaranteed for 60 days will eliminate the problem in and around your home for the season; call us for full guarantee details. We would treat with a water base material in cracks and crevices in moisture areas on the interior of your home and in crack and crevices on the exterior along with perimeter treatment of your home. This service will also help control most all crawling insects.

Mosquitos

The best way to avoid the bites from these problem pests is to never go outside!! NO, we are kidding! We live in such an amazingly beautiful place with so much to do in such a short season we would never want you to stay indoors for fear of the nasty mosquito or tick bite! Let us help you get the most out of our beautiful West Michigan seasons. Mosquito facts you may like to know: • There are over 60 species of mosquitos in Michigan • Some of these species have been around for over 30 million years (give or take a million!). • Some will lay their eggs on stagnant water, think small ponds, kiddie swimming pools. Others will lay their eggs in dryer areas and hatch out only after heavy rains or flooding. Sometimes eggs can hatch as much as 5 years after being laid! • As you may well know, mosquitos are capable of carrying a number of dangerous diseases including West Nile Virus. • Once an egg hatches they mainly come out at night or in highly shaded areas for a blood meal….that’s us humans.

Control/Service

It’s a wonderful thing now that we can treat for mosquitos and ticks! The newer products on the market have made this service an effective solution to a growing problem. The treatment for both are basically the same. Using a fogger, we will treat your landscaping and around the perimeter of your mowed lawn. If you have areas of standing water we will treat those as well to help prevent mosquitos from hatching out. There are some things you can do to help reduce your mosquitos and ticks. Cutting back overgrown shrubbery and keeping your lawn cut short can help as can reducing the areas of standing water you may have. For the best results we recommend treating monthly from May through September as the product will last approximately one month. **SPECIAL EVENTS** Yes we can help make your next backyard party, graduation open house, family reunion or any outdoor event more enjoyable with a one-time application done before your event. Call us for details.

Ticks

The best way to avoid the bites from these problem pests is to never go outside!! NO, we are kidding! We live in such an amazingly beautiful place with so much to do in such a short season we would never want you to stay indoors for fear of the nasty mosquito or tick bite! Let us help you get the most out of our beautiful West Michigan seasons. Tick facts you may like to know: • Ticks cannot live or multiply inside your home so should you or your pet bring one indoors you don’t need the home fumigated. • They do, however, need a blood meal (that’s you or your pet) to survive. That’s why your pet, especially dogs, are susceptible when they are outside in and around dense vegetation or wooded areas. Ticks are lying in wait of an unsuspecting animal or human to attach to and feed off from. • And yes, Lyme disease is a real threat to us in West Michigan.

Control/Service

It’s a wonderful thing now that we can treat for mosquitos and ticks! The newer products on the market have made this service an effective solution to a growing problem. The treatment for both are basically the same. Using a fogger, we will treat your landscaping and around the perimeter of your mowed lawn. If you have areas of standing water we will treat those as well to help prevent mosquitos from hatching out. There are some things you can do to help reduce your mosquitos and ticks. Cutting back overgrown shrubbery and keeping your lawn cut short can help as can reducing the areas of standing water you may have. For the best results we recommend treating monthly from May through September as the product will last approximately one month. **SPECIAL EVENTS** Yes we can help make your next backyard party, graduation open house, family reunion or any outdoor event more enjoyable with a one-time application done before your event. Call us for details.

Fleas

If your legs and/or child’s legs are covered with little red spots and your pet scratches all the time, you probably have a flea infestation. Fleas are approximately 1/8in long brownish black insects. Females lay 4-8 eggs after each blood meal, laying some 400-500 eggs during their lifetime. The eggs are deposited on hairs of your pet or on pets bedding materials. Eggs deposited on your pet either fall or are shaken off, and are frequently found in cracks and crevices where the pets sleep or frequent. The eggs usually hatch in 1-12 days. Larvae have chewing mouth parts and feed on organic debris, but almost all require dried blood in order to complete development. They do not bite but feed on adult flea fecal blood. Larvae require relatively high humidity (45-95%) and will take 1-2 weeks to several months to become an adult. It is not necessary to have pets in the home in order to have fleas present. Since fleas can jump about 6ft vertically, they can easily hitch a ride on shoes, pants, etc. You can also get fleas from a previous owner of a house that you have purchased. Many vacationers, who may have been unaware of a few adult fleas present, are often greeted and severely attacked by fleas when they return home. This can occur if the home has been vacant of animals and people for as long as 6 months.

Control/Service
Normally over-the-counter flea aerosol bombs are not effective. That will only control some of the adult fleas and do nothing for eggs and pupa that will continue to hatch and re-infest your home. Normally we can eliminate fleas with a one-time application guaranteed for 6 months; call us for full guarantee details.
The treatment material has a 6 month residue and will continue to control fleas that hatch or are brought in. It will normally take 4-6 weeks for complete results. Why? It takes time for all the eggs to hatch and get into the treatment.
If your pet has fleas at the time of treatment, you must arrange for the pet to be treated. Treatment may be done by a veterinarian, grooming parlor, or by the pet owner, but treatment of the pet must be done on the day of the treatment. In addition to treating the pet, there are a number of things you need to do to prepare for the service. Call our office for an appointment and all preparation information.

BOX ELDER BUGS, STINK BUGS, LADY BUGS

Box elder bugs, stink bugs and lady bugs all live outside in the spring and summer months. Unfortunately in the fall they often enter homes in an attempt to “winter over” by living in your walls or attic undetected by you. Occasionally, we will have a warm sunny day in the winter which causes them to become active and show up inside your home. More often you will see them in early Spring on a warm day. At that point they are trying to get out of your home. We don’t treat for these pests at this time and recommend you vacuum them up as you see them and the others will eventually find their way outside.

Box Elder Bugs

Their common name reflects the fact that they are a major pest of Boxelder trees. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest because they enter structures mainly in late fall to winter-over. The over-wintering adults emerge from hibernation when the Boxelder tree buds open and they fly back to their host trees. They first feed on the fallen Boxelder seeds and later move to the female Boxelder trees when the seeds begin to form, feeding on the newly developed leaves. Boxelder bugs are also known to feed on seed bearing Silver Maples trees and fruits of plum and/or apple trees. In the Fall, Boxelder bugs congregate on the south side (sunny side) of rocks, trees, and buildings. After large masses congregate, they tend to fly to nearby buildings to hibernate for the winter. Once inside the Boxelder bug is primarily a nuisance pest. However, their fecal materials may cause red stains, resulting in discoloration on curtains, drapes, clothing, and/or other resting places. Since Boxelder bugs can cause staining and are also known to bite, best temporary relief is using a vacuum to remove the bugs.

Stink Bugs

You killed a bug and wow did it STINK! Hence the name “stink bug”. The stink bug variety most common in West Michigan is approximately 1” long, brown with distinctive markings on the back of its wings.

Lady Bugs

In an attempt to decrease the use of pesticides and control aphids from damaging crops the Asian lady bug was raised and released in 1916 and 1964. Unfortunately this lady bug likes to live in warm homes in the winter. Although Lady Bugs are among the most beneficial insects because they eat aphids and other insects, they are causing a considerable annoyance inside and outside the homes/buildings; especially in late fall when they try to enter to hibernate over winter.

Control/Service

The treatment is the same for all three of these pests and has proven to be very effective. Typically in October after our first frost is when these three insects will attempt to enter your home for the winter. A one-time application, typically in October after our first frost, can prevent them for coming in to nest for the winter. This water-based treatment is done to both the exterior and interior or your home.

Indian Meal Moths

The Indian Meal Moth is probably the most common stored products pest found in a home and in grocery stores. Adults with wings spread are about 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch. Wings are pale gray on the front third and reddish brown with copper luster on the back two thirds. Indian Meal Moths typically come from grain products that were not processed properly. The larva feed on products such as bird seed, powdered milk, dog/cat or most any pet food, crackers, cereals, flour, cake mixes, candy, nuts, chocolate, dried flowers, dried fruits and virtually all other dried foods around the home.
Control/Service
Before service is performed you must throw away all possible infected foods and clean out cupboard, drawers, pantries, and/or closets of infested areas. We treat the problem areas with a water base material that will provide continuous control of up to 90 days.
There is a 60-day guarantee for this service; call us for full guarantee details. Normally a one-time application will take care of this problem. Complete results can normally be achieved in (4 to 6) weeks. In addition, we will install sticky traps to help control and completely eliminate the infestation. Any problems with Indian Meal moths that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge within the 60 day guarantee.

Red Flour Beetles

If you see a reddish brown beetle about 1/8 in long and/or a larvae about 1/8 in to 1/4 in long in food areas, it is probably the Red Flour Beetle. You might ask,  “How did I get these in my home?” Generally they are brought in on products that were not inspected and/or processed properly. Red Flour Beetle females deposit about 300-500 clear white sticky eggs on or among food materials, in cracks, in bags, or through the mesh sacks containing food. The female repeats this egg-laying process 2-3 times per day and typically lives 2-3 years. So as you can see, they can multiply very rapidly. Red Flour Beetles are known to attack grains and grain products, peas, beans, shelled nuts, dried fruits, pet foods, cereals, bird seed, spices, milk chocolate, drugs, cayenne pepper, and/or museum specimens. They are very attracted to flour of high moisture content.

Control/Service
You need to inspect products for the source of the infestation and remove all infested products and place in a sealed garbage container outside of the home. Chances are that other products are infested without visual evidence of infestation; so it is best to remove all potential sources of infestation.
NOTE: Spices in glass or metal containers do not have to be removed unless infestation is sighted. Clean the infested areas with a vacuum cleaner and/or wipe with soapy water.
After inspection, removal of infested products and cleaning, we will treat the problem areas with a water-based material that will provide continuous control for up to 60 days. Normally a one-time application will take care of this problem. Complete results can normally be achieved in 4 to 6 weeks. By this time all hidden eggs will have hatched and the larvae and/or adults will come in contact with the treatment.

House Mice

Did you know that mice only need about 1/4″ inch of space to enter your home/building? With the exception of man, the house mouse is the most numerous and widespread mammal on earth. Because of its small size, adaptability, and the fact that it needs extremely small amount of food and space, the mouse is capable of surviving in nearly any environment. Mice generally enter under doors, under siding, and or through openings around pipes or wires that are not properly sealed. Mice prefer seeds or cereals, but they will eat most any foods that humans eat.
Control/Service

We will first inspect to try and locate entrance points and plug openings. Then we place mouse bait in problem areas. For a minor problem, we can usually eliminate problem with a single service with a 60-day guarantee; call us for full guarantee details. For a major problem and if the home is located near farms and/or fields, we would suggest continued service once every four months for continued control. Commercial buildings we usually service monthly for continued protection. Any problems with mice that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge between regular scheduled services.

Mortgage Inspections

Most Homes/Buildings that are sold require a pest inspection for wood destroying insects. The Home/Building is thoroughly inspected for Termites, Carpenter Ants, and Powder Post Beetles. When we inspect we look for shelter tubes of termites, wings of termites, live or dead carpenter ants, frass (saw dust) from carpenter ants, frass/exit holes from powder post beetles, and/or damaged wood from any wood-destroying insect. If there are any problems sighted, there needs to be complete treatment done before the sale can be finalized. We are authorized and experienced to inspect and report on all types of financing (FHA, HUD, VA, and Conventional) and any type of Home/Building.