Last updated 8 days ago
In addition to pest control and lawn care services in Columbia, Missouri, Atkins Inc. is pleased to offer a variety of services to repair and maintain public and commercial buildings. We provide care and cleaning functions for schools, offices, medical facilities, manufacturing plants, warehouses, government buildings, banks, and more. Our technicians can handle cleaning and maintenance of carpeting, tile and grout, ductwork, windows, stone, and other masonry. We also offer odor control, smoke damage mitigation, dusting, and construction clean-up. Our employees use the latest technology to offer you the most effective cleaning services available, including Green Seal certified products, reverse osmosis window cleaning, a van-mounted carpet cleaning system, microfiber technology, and C2 touchless restroom cleaning. We will arrive on time and ready to work to ensure your building’s needs are met in a timely, efficient manner.
Let Atkins Inc. help you maintain your property with lawn care, pest control, irrigation, cleaning, and lighting services. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, call (573) 303-0559 today. Check us out on the web to find out more about our history of friendly and respectful customer service and satisfaction.
Last updated 14 days ago
A rodent infestation in your home is cause for concern. Mice and rats can carry disease and cause extensive and sometimes dangerous damage to your home and belongings. Learning to spot the signs of a rodent infestation will give you the clues you need to contact a pest control service fast, effective elimination of mice or rats.
Rodents frequently leave behind both droppings and urine, which can alert homeowners to an infestation. Droppings typically appear inside cabinets, drawers, boxes, and bags as well as along baseboards and atop wall studs or beams. While the precise appearance of droppings will depend upon your rodent intruder, most droppings are either spindle-shaped or crescent-shaped and range from an eighth of an inch to half an inch in length. Urine trails may be visible as well, often leading to a “urinating pillar”: a mound made from dirt, grease, and urine.
A rodent infestation is rarely silent. You may notice squeaks and sounds of movement as pests scurry throughout your home. Rodents are most active at night, so homeowners often hear sounds of scampering, scratching, and rustling inside the walls during the evening as they’re going to bed. If you have a significant rodent population, these noises may also wake you from sleep in the middle of the night.
Mice and rats constantly gnaw throughout the day; in fact, studies have found that rats are the most effective gnawing rodents in the world. Consistent gnawing takes its toll on your home and belongings, providing visual evidence of pests even if you never see a live animal. Gnaw marks may be visible on wood paneling, window frames, door frames, electrical wires, insulation, food packaging, and even furniture frames and cushions.
Atkins Inc. has been serving the Columbia area since 1926 with services including top-quality lawn care, pest control, and critter removal. If you’ve spotted signs of a rodent infestation, call us today at (573) 303-0559 to schedule a free consultation. You’ll find more information about our company and its history on our website.
Last updated 21 days ago
If you have an infestation in your home, should you worry about your family’s health? While some mice can make good pets, feral rodents pose a danger to your family for many reasons.
Mice carry fleas, parasites, bacteria, and viruses that could infect human beings. Even if you never encounter a mouse in your home, these pests could gnaw on electrical wiring and cause a fire. You can learn more about the dangers a rodent infestation poses in your home by watching this short video.
Don’t let a mouse problem in your home threaten your health or safety—contact Atkins Inc. by calling (573) 303-0559 for pest elimination in Columbia, Missouri. We are dedicated to providing fast, effective customer service to handle any pest problem safely and thoroughly. Click through our website to learn more about our pest control and lawn maintenance services.
Last updated 29 days ago
A home sprinkler system provides fine control over the amount of water your yard receives. Automated watering reduces water waste and eliminates the need for you to keep track of your lawn’s watering schedule. If you’d like to learn more about installing a sprinkler system in Columbia, contact Atkins Inc. for details or an estimate.
Neither watering by hose nor removable sprinkler distributes water evenly and consistently over your lawn. Unlike other methods of watering, a sprinkler system is designed to distribute water in exactly the right configuration to provide the greatest benefit for your yard and landscaping. During installation, your technician will take into account details about the terrain and types of plants in your yard to ensure each area is watered appropriately every time your sprinklers activate.
Both over-watering and under-watering your lawn can cause problems that affect the look of your grass. An automated sprinkler system renders these scenarios impossible because you no longer have to keep track of your yard’s watering schedule. Once you’ve created a watering program, you can turn your focus to other aspects of your life without worrying that your yard won’t receive the care it needs.
It is a common belief that a sprinkler system uses more water than your garden hose. However, this belief is mistaken; a hose does not provide the most effective means of delivering water to your lawn, making it extremely inefficient. By contrast, sprinkler systems are designed to offer the most benefit for the least amount of water usage. An efficient sprinkler system will use less water, conserving this natural resource and saving you money.
Atkins Inc. provides sprinkler installation, maintenance, and repair in addition to our lawn care and pest control services in the Columbia area. Contact us by calling (573) 303-0559 to speak with a friendly, knowledgeable staff member about your home and yard needs today. You can learn more about how to care for your lawn and your sprinkler system on our blog.
Last updated 1 month ago
Approximately 47 species of snakes make their home in the state of Missouri. Snakes play a valuable role in the balance of a healthy ecosystem. Knowing which snakes you can expect to find in your yard and understanding which pose a threat—and which don’t—can help you provide your pest control expert with the right information.
Eastern Garter Snake
Garter snakes are the most prevalent genus of snakes found across the continental U.S. Of the five species of garter snakes found in Missouri, the Eastern garter snake is the most common. Eastern garter snakes range in color from black and brown to olive green, and have three vertical yellow stripes along the length of their body. The underside is a paler yellow-green with muted black spots. Eastern garter snakes may grow up to 26 inches in length. Although garter snakes are mildly venomous, they are harmless to humans
and tend to eat frogs, toads, and small rodents such as mice and rats.
Missouri’s largest snake is the bullsnake. Bullsnakes range in size from 37-72 inches, with bodies that are tan or yellow and feature repeating horizontal brown or black blotches. Their bellies are a lighter yellow or cream color with brown or black rectangular marks. Although the bullsnake is nonvenemous, when cornered it may act like a rattlesnake by shaking its tail and hissing in defense.
Prairie kingsnakes are tan, brown, or green with brown blotchy markings on the back and sides. They have a yellow or tan underside with block-shaped brown marks. While the prairie kingsnake is not venomous, when young it may be mistaken for the venomous copperhead snake. Kingsnakes have round markings and a rectangular head, while copperheads have hourglass-shaped markings and a more triangular-shaped head.
If you are experiencing a snake, rodent, or pest problem in your yard, Atkins Inc. can help. Call us today at (573) 303-0559 for services including pest and critter removal, invisible pet fencing, and lawn care. Visit us on the web to learn more about our dedication to exceptional customer service!