by Mimi Vanderhaven
We humans were not the only ones to enjoy last year’s long, hot summer. The conditions were perfect for mice, too, and the result was a mice baby boom. “The over-breeding resulted in a scarcity of food and water, that caused mice to move indoors sooner last fall,” observes Scott Friedler, the founder of The Friedler Co. pest control service. “And once they ï¬nd a source of food and water, they don’t leave.”
According to Scott, the “secondary mouse season,” which usually begins in February started in January this year. “They are losing their fat reserves and are getting bolder,” he cautions. “That’s when they end up on countertops and in silverware drawers.”Eeek.
Like Mimi, darling, mice love chocolate. “If there is a chocolate chip in the house, they’ll ï¬nd it,” adds Scott, who insists a chocolate chip morsel glued to the trigger of a mousetrap with a peanut butter is a more attractive bait than the ï¬nest cheese. Here’s another hint: clean under your toaster. A crumb of toast is a feast to a hungry mouse.Double eeek.
But you don’t have to think about mice on your counter or deal with traps if you take advantage of Friedler’s 365 Protection Plan, an exclusive pest control maintenance system that features pre-scheduled exterior treatments and Scott’s pledge to provide “a year without pests.”
The key words that describe the program, he says, are “convenient” and “effective.”Unlike other pest control companies, Friedler focuses on the outside—not just the inside—of your home. Except in rare cases, pesticides are never sprayed inside your home. And when they are, natural botanical pesticides usually can be applied instead of traditional chemicals.
“Our goal is prevention, not removal,” Scott explains. “We treat the outside of the home to eliminate the pests before they get inside. You will not ï¬nd another company around here that sells an exterior-based treatment.”
That means you don’t have to be home, missing a day of work, when Friedler’s pest control technician comes to apply your treatments. That’s the convenient part.The effective part is presented in a pest-free house.“What you get is 365 days of pest control for one price,” Scott says. “It includes whatever we have to do, however we have to do it. It’s a pest control plan you don’t have to worry about.”
The 365 Protection Plan includes three seasonal exterior applications to create what Scott calls a “free zone” that extends from the home’s foundation onto the surrounding ground surface. Pests that dare to enter the free zone generally don’t make it to the house. An optional rodent inspection can be added to plan. If you see a pest in the house after the applications, Friedler will come back at no additional charge.
While the 365 Protection Plan focuses on prevention, Friedler will solve your pest problems after the invasion as well.
“Having mice in your home is just a fact of life,” Scott says.
“You don’t want them to stay there.”A large portion of “undetermined” house ï¬ res are believed to be related to rodents who gnaw at electrical wires, he says.
“The common signs of a rodent problem are the ‘calling cards’ they leave in the silverware drawer, or the sounds of bowling going on in the attic—and it’s inevitably right above your bed—at three o’clock in the morning,” Scott says. “You usually don’t have one rodent. If you see one, you can bet there are more. Mice will move into an area where they can get moisture and easy access to food. Food doesn’t have to be in the pantry. It can be dead insects in the attic or birdseed in the garage. A lot of people learn they have mice when they get the Christmas decorations out of the attic and ï¬ nd the berries are all missing from their wreaths.”
Friedler controls the rodent problem using kid-safe, tamper-proof baits and a variety of traps if necessary. They also can do a full home inspection to ï¬nd and seal the entry points. All non-contract work comes with a 90-day warranty
Scott, who started the business 11 years ago, has 18 years of experience controlling pests in residential and commercial settings. He has a working relationship with expert entomologists at the University of Kentucky and Purdue.
“When there is a real tough case, I can just get on the phone and get help from some of the most knowledgeable researchers in the country,” he says.
Spring is the preferred time to begin your 365 Protection Plan and guarantee your year without pests. To get started, you can call 330-963-0085. Friedler is located at 9347 Ravenna Rd, Suite C, in Twinsburg. You also can visit www.TheFriedlerCo.com.