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New Website Design and Customer Web Portal

Thanks to Amy at Sumy Designs for our beautiful new website design! Now it's easier to find the content you need. You can learn about our Homecare Programs, look up a specific pest or treatment, and learn about us in a beautiful new format! Also customers can now log in and see their invoices and completed services. They can pay online, set up paperless billing and autopay. We are thrilled to be able to offer...
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Don’t Let Pests Be Your Winter Guests

For Indiana, winter brings frigid temperatures and freezing precipitation. Unfortunately, this means rodents like mice and rats will often invade homes in search of food and shelter from the cold. Reliable Exterminators, in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, is sharing information about how homeowners can prevent rodent infestations this winter and advice on how to keep their families protected from the threats of an infestation. House mouse image “Just the sight of a...
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Owner Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Congratulations to Bob Hanstra for 45 years of service to Reliable Exterminators. To put that in perspective, if you called Reliable Exterminators in 1976, Bob might have shown up at your house to provide service in a Chevy Nova, with "Slow Ride" by Foghat playing on the AM radio. Forty-five years is a lifetime of work, during which Bob has worn many hats doing work as a service tech, providing maintenance to fleet vehicles, troubleshooting...
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How to Reduce an Ant Infestation

Ants start expanding their nests in late winter/early spring so it's not unusual to see ants in your home in March. The following article from PestWorld.org has helpful tips to getting rid of ants. If you try their recommendations and still have ants, please give us a call! Ants can take a long time to get rid of if not done properly. We treat inside and outside and provide a 90 day guarantee. Our products...
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Car Troubles? Rodents Could Be the Culprit!

Reliable Exterminators explains how to avoid costly car damage from rats and mice this winter Lafayette, IN (1/6/20) – From transmission issues to new brake pads, the cost that comes with problems under the hood ignites dread in millions of Americans every year. Did you know that rodents could also be the cause of your car troubles? Right as we’re in the midst of winter, Reliable Exterminators,  your local and family owned pest control experts,...
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Leave Winter Pests Out in the Cold

When temperatures drop, pests like cockroaches, spiders, mice and rats look for warm, dry places with ample food to hunker down, making cozy homes exceedingly attractive. Pests can spread diseases to humans and pets, and also pose serious property risks to homeowners, making prevention paramount to keeping a healthy home. With help from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), we are encouraging homeowners to take the following precautions that can help keep unwanted invaders out...
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Pest-Free Holiday

Reliable Exterminators shares tips for keeping pests out of your home ahead of the busy season As the holidays draw near, families will begin spending more time in their kitchens baking festive treats and snacks. This popular tradition can quickly turn into a nightmare if you find signs of pests, such as cockroaches, rodents or pantry pests like beetles and moths. Once inside your home, pests can spread bacteria and contaminate food surfaces and ingredients....
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Many of the spiders we see are wolf or house spiders. They are black and hairy with a light/yellow stripe and tend to be large spiders. To the contrary brown recluse spiders are a lot less common, small, thin, and brown. Sometimes people confuse the two because they are afraid of the bite of a brown recluse. Brown Recluse Wolf Spider
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Carpenter Bees are Drilling in May

May is usually when we start seeing black and yellow carpenter bees drilling holes into wood siding and eaves, trees, and fences. Carpenter bees are solitary meaning they don't live in nests or hives. In May the female carpenter bee is looking for places to lay eggs. She may return to previous holes or make new ones. When she finds suitable wood, she drills a perfectly round, dime-sized hole into the wood, turns 90 degrees...
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May Showers Drive Out Ants

April started with sunshine and ended with lots of gray skies and rain. On this May Day we're getting a lot of calls about ants. Let us tell you a little about these common pests. Ants live underground year round. In the spring and fall ant swarmers leave the nest to create new colonies. This is typically when ants are noticed indoors as they look for food and water. We prefer to treat for ants...
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