Pest Control for Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is a coastal community of beautiful homes surrounded by luxurious landscapes and ocean views. When it comes to pests, however, it doesn't matter what size your home is or how much it cost because rodents and all sorts of insects will find their way indoors.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA "Ranch of the Green Sticks" was once a cattle ranch in the mid-1800’s.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA "Ranch of the Green Sticks" was once a cattle ranch in the mid-1800’s.

Just like people who come from “afar” to live in southern California’s Mediterranean climate, so do many of today’s pests.
Argentine Ant

Argentine ants have invaded California’s coast and surrounding inland cities.

In coastal cities such as Rancho Palos Verdes, spiders are a major problem as well as ants, especially, Argentine ants.

Ant Control in Rancho Palos Verdes

Climate in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA is considered “steppe” or “semi-arid.” Not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not too humid. But, ants still come indoors one-by-one. The ants either want to get away from rain water or they’re looking for water, depending on the season. Sometimes, it seems like they just show up indoors for absolutely no reason at all … it´s as if the homes in Rancho Palos Verdes were built on one big giant anthill. Actually, they are on an anthill, a huge anthill, of Argentine Ants! There are three super colonies of Argentine ants in the world; Europe, Asia, and lucky us – California. Our super colony stretches all along the coast and into nearby cities. These invaders from afar entered the states via coffee ships during the late 1800’s. Evidently, Argentine ants enjoy our semi-arid climate as well, enough to settle here and continue their conquest eastward.
outdoor ant nest

Argentine ant nest.

Treating Argentine Ants and Other Ant Species

Do-it-yourself ant control doesn´t work very well on Argentine ants because they are able to move an entire colony within just a few hours. Argentine ants will pack up and move to either escape when threatened or to take advantage of a new food source. The reason Argentine ants are able to move so quickly is because, unlike most ant species, they have more then one queen. The most effective pest control, and permanent solution, is to find and treat the ant nest; queen Argentine ants must be eliminated to properly eradicate a colony. Hearts Pest Managementcan identify and treat for Argentine ants and other ant species, with either traditional or organic methods. Only Hearts Pest Management Technicians are EcoWise Certified for Organic Pest Management Services. We are also Licensed in both Structural and Landscape Pest Control.

Organic Pest Solutions

Hearts can treat general pests with organic applications. We have what is called our "Greenthumb" program which eliminates ants, spiders, earwigs, water bugs, and outdoor fleas. It´s impossible to be completely free of nature's critters but establishing a maintenance with one of our caring service representatives will “maintain” your home and keep it from unwanted pests.
Hearts' service professionals are EcoWise Certified for organic applications.

Hearts' service professionals are
EcoWise Certified.

Beneficial insects such as garden orb-weavers, bees, praying mantis, ladybugs, all play an important role in maintaining your home and garden. Hearts service professionals know the importance of keeping these critters free to roam. Our company believes in practicing responsible, holistic pest control with minimal environmental impact. A holistic pest management approach is more than getting "rid" of pests, it is finding out why they are invading a home and then helping customers find the right solutions to their pest problems. It is also a "team" effort between the Hearts service representative and home owner; ensuring health of family and their pets is foremost when treating for insects, rodents, and other types of pests.

Spider Control in Rancho Palos Verdes

The larger the home, the more places spiders can weave their intricate webs. Black widow spider webs, unlike an orb-weaver´s beautiful symmetric web, are messy. So are Brown widow's. Black widows typically have webs found under eaves, in dark corners, and cluttered areas of the garage, inside closets, and under woodpiles. Brown widows, on the other hand, tend to make their webs under items like playground equipment and patio furniture. To keep these poisonous spiders at bay often takes a team effort with home owner and technician. It's important to sweep often, check under patio furniture, and keep corners clear of clutter.
Black and Brown Widow Spiders

Brown and Black Widow Females – Note the spiky, cream-colored egg sac of the Brown Widow.

Hearts service technicians will not only treat and eliminate spiders, they will dust the webs as well. However, since spiders are solitary, and hide - it is not uncommon to see webs a few days later. That is why it's important for homeowners to keep corners clear of clutter. But by treating, we are eliminating the visible spiders and getting rid of their food source - insects; which, will reduce the spider population in and around the home.

Landscape Pest Control in Rancho Palos Verdes

Red hibiscus flower and whitefly

Whiteflies look like a powdery substance on leaves. Hibiscus trees are often infested with whitefly.

Aphids are a problem for roses and other landscape ornamentals.

Aphids are a problem for roses and other landscape ornamentals.

Aphids are often green in color, depending on the species, with long slender mouthparts that they use to pierce and then suck out fluids from tender parts of plants, usually the leaves. Large populations of aphids will cause leaves to discolor, turning them yellow. Aphids are especially a problem on rose bushes. And - they attract ants! Besides doing damage to plants, aphids are a two-fold type of pest because the more aphids you have, the more ant colonies you'll find invading your property.
Leaf with aphids and whiteflies

Leaf discoloration by aphids and whitefly.

The honeydew an aphid emits from its rear, is a sticky substance that can cause black, sooty-looking fungus to grow on leaves and stems of plants. It is also what ants feed on when they are not coming indoors raiding your pantry. Ants actually act like farmers, herding aphids and protecting them from predators so they can obtain the sweet honeydew. Hearts Pest Management is able to identify various landscape pests; many of which can be treated with organic methods. We offer landscape inspections free-of-charge for both residential and commercial properties.
Norway Rat and Nest

Norway Rat and Nest

Rodent Control in Rancho Palos Verdes

Rats and mice are able to thrive under a variety of conditions. In nature, rodents live in open fields but as houses are built, less open land is available to them. Rancho Palos Verdes has many a lovely landscape for rats, mice, gophers, squirrels, and other wildlife to wander in and out - making your home their home. Did you know that snails are a common food source for rats? If you have a lot of snails around your landscape, they will attract rats. Hearts provides baiting for both snails and rats. If you suspect rats may be in the attic or crawl space, or you find droppings in the kitchen, trapping and an exclusion (blocking off access points) may be necessary. We can provide a clean-out as well, should there be any damage to the attic. If you think you have rodents, call us for a free inspection at 1-800-986-1006.

A Company with Heart

Hearts Pest Management respects the uniqueness of Rancho Palos Verdes and aspires to be a socially and environmentally responsible company for its residents. We believe in "Conscientious Living" - to consider all living creatures around us and respect their right to their own natural environment; to take responsibility for our well-being but at the same time, be aware of how we interact with other species and care for their well-being. We are all entwined in the ecology of this planet, each action affecting another person, habitat, and/or animal. Insects and other critters don't become pests until they start entering our homes.
Stray kitty rescued by one of our service technicians.

Stray kitty rescued by one of our service technicians.

There are many organic and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions to keeping our homes from becoming home to a plethora of insects. Our company is the only one in southern California that has won an award from the EPA for being proactive when it comes to taking care of the environment. Here are some of our pest control services we offer to Rancho Palos Verdes residents and business owners:
  • general pest control
  • green and organic pest control - certified!
  • residential, commercial and landscape pest control
  • rat and mice control with complete programs to stop entry and clean up all the mess and contamination
  • wasp / bee nest removal and honeycomb cleanup
  • gopher control
  • cockroach elimination
  • flies and fleas
  • bed bugs and mites
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