Insects

Some of nature's littlest pests cause the biggest problems

Insects come in all sizes. Many species, like ants and bed bugs, are barely visible to the naked eye. Others, including cockroaches and wasps, are big enough to wreak havoc with a single sighting. But no matter how big or small, all pests cause issues. Many spread bacteria, while others bite or sting, causing physical discomfort to you, your employees, and your customers.

Protect your business from the threat of cockroaches and other damaging insects. Like a boss.

When the littlest things in life wreak havoc on your world, our insect control service will restore order. Keep your reputation intact, your business thriving, and facilities insect-free with a phone call to the pest solution experts at Sprague.

Key Risks

1

Cockroaches shed their skin, leaving behind feces that contain allergens.

In fact, cockroaches are one of the leading causes of childhood asthma.
2

Yellow jackets can cause severe, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions in employees and customers.

Nest removal and traps help keep stinging insects away.
3

Unlike termites that eat wood, carpenter ants and bees bore through it to create nests, causing cosmetic and potentially structural damage to your property.

Education

Let’s face it; bugs happen. But, knowledge is key: Stay informed about how they spread, what to look for, and how to better prevent infestations from forming.

  • Prevent Creepy Crawlers
    Basic structural repairs and preventive pest treatments are an effective way to keep crawling bugs out of your property before they become a problem. Treat now, so they never get a leg up.
  • They Multiply Like Crazy
    Insects multiply quickly, especially cockroaches. German cockroaches can lay about 40 eggs every 20 days! That means a single pair of cockroaches can turn into 1,600 within a month and a half. The best advice we can give you is: Don’t wait to call in the experts; be proactive and get ahead of their rapid breeding cycles.
  • One Man’s Trash
    Dumpsters and garbage bins are a magnet for ants, flies, and stinging insects. To keep pests in check, remember to keep lids closed, have the dumpster emptied frequently, and regularly clean the interior and concrete surface beneath the dumpster to eliminate spillage and waste build up that attract pests.

Sprague Solutions

Baits

Baits eliminate insect activity and reduce rodent pressure. Non-toxic baits can help us monitor rodent activity and be useful in sensitive situations.

Biological Control

We often use biological growth regulators to prevent populations from multiplying. In special situations, parasitic wasps may be used to prey on problematic insects.

Bioremediation

Bioremediation is using natural bacteria to remove fats, oils, and greases. It’s applied in hard to clean areas like drains, grease traps, wastewater pools, soda dispenser trays.

Exclusion

This one sounds like a no-brainer, but trust the experts to do it right. Let us seal, screen, net and caulk potential pest entry points to keep them out of your place of business.

Fumigation

When it comes to fumigation, experience matters. Trust Sprague for railcar, container, warehouse, processing, flour mill, seed and grain storage fumigation services. We can fumigate on our site, or yours. And we’ll do it right, to minimize its impact on the environment.

Fumigation Alternatives

Did you know you can reduce your reliance on gas fumigants and achieve equal or better results? Mass trapping, mating disruption and heat treatments all deliver good results without the environmental impact of traditional fumigations. A special combination of carbon dioxide, heat and phosphine can dramatically reduce the amount of gas required to deliver an effective treatment. Ask us about your options.

Heat Treatment

For some pests, we use industrial heaters to raise insects’ body temperatures until they reach their thermal deathpoint. This method can be very effective in solving your insect issue without the use of chemicals.

Insecticides

Combined with longer-lasting prevention techniques, targeted insecticide treatments provide immediate relief for a wide range of ants, cockroaches, flies, spiders, stored food pests and wood destroying organisms.

Light Repair

Sometimes, a minor repair is all it takes prevent a pest infestation. Make sure it’s done right by calling the Sprague team to correctly seal, screen or caulk potential pest entry points to keep them out of your business.

Pest Prevention

Sometimes it’s as simple as eliminating food, water or shelter to prevent pest activity. Sprague has a detailed understanding of pest biology, experience and creativity, so trust our team to work with you to stop pests before they jeopardize health, safety and property.

Pheromone Monitoring

This is an excellent way to monitor for stored product pests. Our experts study trapped insects for early signs that a new pest has been introduced, and where in the facility they’ve been spotted. We’ll then analyze and observe trends to anticipate and prevent seasonal increases and measure treatment effectiveness.

Pre-Audit Inspection

Have an audit coming up? What should you do? Are you sure you’re ready? Our experts will evaluate your situation, develop an action plan and verify your compliance. Make pest control the one part of the audit you don’t have to worry about.

Products

At Sprague, we pride ourselves on offering the very best, proven choices available on today’s market. We’re not a manufacturer or product-focused company, so count on us to recommend only the most effective, efficient and field-proven insect light traps, fly traps and other pest control products.

Repellents

Applying repellent deters rodents and spiders from traveling over treated areas. Bird repellents disperse loitering flocks and keep birds from establishing roosting sites on building ledges. Repellents keep pests out and can be reapplied as needed to maintain efficacy.

Trapping

Trapping is a highly effective method for getting rid of rodents and insects. With a keen understanding of pest behavior and biology, our Sprague specialists rely on an arsenal of traps to monitor or eliminate pest activity.

ULV Treatments

This option allows for the use of non-residual insecticides by means of a ULV generator. Sometimes called “fogging”, the treatment is effective on exposed insects. Insect growth regulators are often applied in this manner.

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DIY Tips

STAY ON TOP OF REPAIRS

Don’t skimp on basic structural repairs. Caulk all openings or cracks in the foundation of your building. Seal around window and door frames, replace window and ventilation screens, install door sweeps, and change exterior lighting to sodium vapor bulbs to keep your building off-limits to insects.

PUT A LID ON IT

Store recyclables like glass, cardboard, plastic and compostable food in pest-proof containers. Lids that close tightly will help to keep odors contained and pests out.

BE BEE-SMART

You know that honey bees and other pollinators are essential to our food supply and the environment. So, if they’re buzzing around your business, learn how to protect pollinators before taking measures to eliminate them.

“There is never one rogue insect sneaking around. There is always more.” — Insect Haiku

What Our Clients Say

  • Sprague is an integral part of our success with achieving high marks on our audits. Thank you for being a food safety partner.
    Eric, Foodservice Distribution Business
    Tacoma, WA