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Miscellaneous information on fleas, carpet beetles, moths, and other company updates.

Coming soon! ContraPest Rat Birth Control

Rat birth control has been on the market for several years but pest control professionals have struggled to figure out how to offer it to customers. After running a seven month trial we’ve become believers! Our test site saw a 91% reduction in the rodent population in seven months. It was an incredible result.

Parker Eco Pest Control will begin offering ContraPest birth control to customers in the Seattle area in April 2022. Every month a technician will re-inspect and replace the tank(s) of liquid bait. You can learn more on our rat birth control FAQ page.

One of the most interesting aspects of ContraPest is how incredibly delicious the rodents find it. At times we would return to the tanks and find them completely destroyed. The rats would eat the tank itself to get every last drop of the liquid!

The white tank has been eaten by rodents who ran out of ContraPest!

If you’d like us to reach out in April when ContraPest is available please fill out the form below. Thanks for making an effort to go poison-free!

Have you Heard About the Dreaded Carpet Beetle? 

Got a carpet beetle infestation in Seattle? You’d be surprised; they’re pretty common in Seattle. It’s time to get rid of carpet beetles for good. Talk to us, your local pest control exterminators for more tips and tricks about carpet beetles.

Parker Eco Pest Control: Carpet Beetle Infestation in Seattle.

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carpet beetle infestation in a Seattle home.

Larvae (immature) carpet beetles thrive on natural material materials, including pet fur, clothing, and wood. There are many species of carpet beetles across Seattle, but it seems like the most common one is the furniture carpet beetle. Although the biology of these little critters is fascinating, they can ingest and dissolve keratin-based material, which includes animal skin and hair. But, it doesn’t stop there! The larvae of some carpet beetles can consume other cloth fibers like silk, cotton, and rayon. 

So, how do carpet beetles and their pesky larvae damage your home? They tend to eat through fibers, and this can often appear as holes through linens, sheets, rugs, and more.

Dealing with a Carpet Beetle Infestation in Seattle

Carpet beetles can be tricky to deal with as they can thrive in the most obscure of areas. Not only that, it can be pretty tricky identifying what the primary food sources are for these pesky critters. So, when it comes to getting rid of carpet beetles from your Seattle home, we recommend reaching out to a professional pest control service provider. 

Here at Parker Eco Pest Control, we make dealing with a carpet beetle infestation straightforward. During the initial visit, our pest control technician will inspect your property identifying the degree of the infestation, the species involved, and, if possible, the source of the infestation. 

Due to the nature of the infestation, some pest control technicians may opt to use mild insecticides like boric acid to eliminate and control the infestation. Insect foggers can be used in addition to other tactics to reduce adult beetle infestation.

If your Seattle home has a carpet beetle infestation, then talk to us today to learn more about eliminating, controlling, and preventing carpet beetle infestations in Seattle. 

Organic Pest Control: Getting Rid of Carpet Beetles Naturally. 

We have a few options available if you’re looking at organic pest control methods for dealing with carpet beetles. For mild infestations, Seattle homeowners can use natural pest control tactics that can deter carpet beetles and their larvae.

Powerful & potent DIY bug repellent spray: using a combination of peppermint, clove oil, and citronella—diluted in water. You can create your beetle repellent spray, reducing the infestation.

Spring cleaning, mothballs, and more...during the springtime we recommend washing your linens and storing clothing with hot water and detergent as this will kill any larvae or eggs. Mothballs and cedarwood placed in close proximity to stored clothes can prevent larvae infestation.

Preventing Future Carpet Beetle Infestations 

If you’ve dealt with a carpet beetle infestation in a Seattle home, then it’s time to start thinking about taking preventive measures.

Sometimes the best way to deal with a pest is to prevent them in the first place. For example, carpet beetle infestations seem to occur around spring! So, the best way to prevent them from getting into your home is by applying insecticides around the perimeter of your home.

During spring, we recommended washing linens, pillows, and in fact, any clothing with a solution of hot water and washing detergent—a sure way to eliminate any carpet beetle larvae. Finally, we recommend placing a strip of cedarwood or mothball in an area where you would store away sheets and linens. 

Reach out to us today to learn more about preventing carpet beetle infestations.

How to Get Rid of Flies Quickly

If you’re trying to keep flies away from home using a natural fly repellent, then you’ve come to the right place. In this special post, we’ll discuss some tips and tricks homeowners can use to get rid of flies naturally. 

Flies in House: Here’s Some Natural Fly Repellent

We all know that flies love stinky stuff, especially organic material like compost and rotting food. But, did you know that certain scents fly simply detest! 

  • Cloves: Sweet and spicy cloves are another great way to keep flies away from home. For this trick to work, you’ll need to poke about 20 to 25 cloves into a sweet ripe fruit—apples and pears work great!
  • Citronella candles: For decades, citronella candles have proven to be quite effective at deterring flies and mosquitos alike. The sweet and fresh aroma emitted by these candles can keep mosquitos and flies away at a distance of 1 to 2 meters. 
  • Citrus: You can make your natural fly repellent using these fresh citrus-smelling scents. Combine essential oils from lemongrass, eucalyptus, and lavender in a spray bottle and mix thoroughly. Spray across the home, including the kitchen bench, garbage bins, and windows.

How to Keep Flies Away from the Home

Keeping flies away from home—and outside—can be easy because it all comes down to prevention. Yes, that’s correct; perhaps the best and most effective.’ natural fly repellent’ is prevention. So, what exactly does this entail?

When it comes to getting rid of flies from home, the first thing you need to do is eliminate sources of attraction. This can include:

  • ensuring no food is kept out and in the open in the kitchen or other home areas. 
  • Placing your garbage in a can with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Keeping garbage and/or compost as far away from the main home. 
  • Cleaning up your backyard, i.e., regularly cleaning dog and cat feces from the backyard. 

The DIY Fly Trap: How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

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If you’re looking for a safe, all-natural pest control trap for flies, then look no further. This simple DIY fly trap is undoubtedly a favorite among most homeowners struggling with fruit fly infestations. So, how do you do it?

Step 1: Pour 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar into a shallow dish or mason jar. 

Step 2: Add 2 to 4 drops of dishwashing liquid to the apple cider vinegar solution. For optimum efficiency, we recommend using fruit-scented dish soap.

Step 3: Seal the jar with either the lid or some soft-plastic wrap (saran wrap) and make a few puncture holes. The small holes will allow the flies to enter the jar quickly. But, don’t worry, they’ll struggle to escape. 

If you’re looking to get a little greener, consider using venus fly traps! Place these carnivorous plants around problem areas like kitchen benches or window sills and watch the fly population diminish.

Getting Rid of Flies Naturally: Talk to Us Today 

Homeowners who struggle with an ongoing pest problem, i.e., rat infestation or possum infestation, may struggle to get rid of flies around the home. Rat feces, urine, and carcasses are all elements that attract flies. And, so it’s essential to address any underlying pest problem.

If you’re struggling to keep flies away or if you’ve got a rodent infestation, then it’s time to call our team of professional pest exterminators. Talk to us today to learn more about natural pest-control services in Seattle. 

3 Diseases Spread by Rats in Washington

Have you ever wondered what diseases you can catch from rats? Although they may look cute and furry, rats harbor a wide range of pathogens that can harm human and animal health. Today, we’ll cover some of the three diseases spread by rats. And, we’ll also discuss the importance of rodent control in Bellevue.

Leptospirosis 

First on our list is leptospirosis, a surprisingly common disease seen in both pets and people. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that usually gains entry into humans and pets through the skin or mucous membranes. The bacteria are shed in urine, aka rat urine, and can persist in water, food, and even soil for a while.

According to the CDC, the symptoms associated with a leptospirosis infection can include abdominal pain, fever, muscle aches, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, often referred to as a second phase, leptospirosis can result in acute kidney, liver damage, or meningitis.

Looking for the best pest control services in Bellevue? We at Parker Eco Pest Control are here to provide you with efficient rodent control services. Talk to us today to learn more about rodent control services in Bellevue.

Hantavirus 

According to UC Davis Health, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is relatively rare; between 1980 to 2014, only 54 cases were reported in California. 

So, how do you get hantavirus? The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) states that viral particles commonly spread through rodent urine and droppings. However, airborne transmission is also possible! But, this often occurs when urine and droppings are incorporated or ‘stirred up” deeply through nesting materials. For example, rodent-damaged insulation in either an attic or a crawl space may contain large amounts of stirred-up rat urine and feces that could put homeowners at risk of hantavirus. These are some of the many reasons why our team of professional rat exterminators examine and perform attic and crawl-space cleaning services throughout Bellevue. 

Lyme Disease

The diseases discussed above generally spread through direct contact with either rodent droppings or urine. On the other hand, Lyme disease is a common bacterial disease that spreads through parasitic vectors—infectious black-legged ticks.

Rats and mice can harbor significant burdens of black-legged ticks on their fur. When these ticks bite pets or people, they tend to cause disease. Symptoms can include fever, erythema migrans (a type of rash), facial palsy, and more. Dogs with Lyme disease tend to show similar symptoms such as joint swelling, lameness, and lethargy. Left untreated, Lyme disease can result in acute nephritis (kidney inflammation) and potentially even acute kidney failure. 

How Much Does Rat Pest Control Cost in Bellevue, WA?

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Rat control and extermination are dynamic processes that involve a thorough inspection and action plan. Here at Parker Eco Pest Control, we provide honest options designed to eradicate rodents and prevent further establishment. 

The process is simple and follows a multi-step approach.

  1. The initial inspection: We need to conduct a full house inspection to determine the severity of the infestation and the potential entry points of the rodents. The cost of our inspection fee is $99.00, but don’t worry; this is waived off if you purchase the 3-Visit Plan.
  2. The first two visits: We continue to set and check physical traps to ensure effective rodent control. In addition, our team of professional pest controllers will address problem areas and may choose to install rodent-proof mesh. The home’s exterior, including the crawl space, is further examined for rodent-entry points. If multiple holes (entry points) are present, they are immediately sealed off.
  3. The third visit: Our team of pest control exterminators is determined to help you and your family address the daunting rodent infestation task! So, we often schedule a third home visit to ensure no new rodent activity and no new access points for rats and mice. 

Don’t let rodents get the better of you! Talk to us today to learn more about rodent control in Bellevue, WA

The Best Flea Exterminator in Seattle

When it comes to getting rid of fleas, a flea exterminator can be your savior! Getting rid of fleas is not an easy task, as these pesky little parasites can thrive anywhere in your house. So, when approaching the dreaded flea problem, we like to take a multi-model approach.

Flea Spray for House: Here’s What You Need to Know

Flea eggs and larvae can thrive on your carpets and within the cracks of your wooden floors. So, vacuuming them up isn’t going to solve the problem alone. Chemical treatment in insecticides is highly recommended for eliminating adult fleas, existing eggs, and larvae in the environment. Professional flea exterminators will often use insecticides containing both an adulticide and an insect growth regulator. 

Adulticide: An adulticide is a chemical compound that explicitly targets adult fleas. 

Insect Growth Regulator: Also known as IGRs, these chemical compounds often target the eggs and larval stages

Spraying for Fleas: A Word on Safety

If misused, the insecticides used to eliminate fleas can be harmful to human health. To minimize adverse reactions and risks to human health, we recommend seeking out the expertise of a professional flea exterminator. Before the is treated with a flea spray, your pest control providers may suggest the following:

  • Unplug any air circulation systems.
  • Put away open food, cutlery, and loose items. 
  • Cover or completely remove any fish tanks from the house.
  • Ensure windows are left open for maximum ventilation
  • After spraying the home with insecticides, do not let pets or people into the house.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House Forever

So, you’ve gotten rid of the fleas, and now you’re wondering—how do I get rid of fleas in the house forever? Well, the best way to eliminate fleas is to prevent them from establishing in the first place.

  1. Talk to your veterinarian: Fleas gain entry to your house through your pets. This is why it’s essential to talk to your veterinarian about what’s going to be the best flea treatment for your dog or cat. Flea treatment for pets comes in many forms, but the most popular and effective ones tend to be topical solutions and chews. 
  2. Control the rodent population around your home: Just like our pets, rats and mice can harbor large burdens of fleas and ticks. So, if you have a rodent problem in your home, be it in the attic or within a crawlspace, then it’s time to call a professional pest control team to help you deal with these pesky critters.

Getting rid of rats and mice is no easy task! Talk to us today to learn more about natural rodent control in Seattle

Fleas in House Treatment

The first thing a flea exterminator will address is the potential sources of ongoing infestations. Flea eggs are laid directly on your pet but will drop off into the surrounding environment, which can include pet bedding, couches, carpets, and more. 

To reduce the environmental contamination of fleas and their pesky eggs, we recommend the following:

  1. Vacuum all carpet and furniture your pet could have been in contact with; these couches, rugs, and floors. Immediately dispose of the bag/canister into an outside garbage bin. 
  2. Pet beds and laundry: Clean all pet beds, laundry, and bed covers your pet may have been in contact with. 

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Humans

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Fleas don’t just harm your pets! They can also harm you. Although these bugs seem too little to do much damage, it’s important to remember that they can carry harmful bacteria and parasites, which can indeed spread to humans. According to the CDC, some diseases commonly spread by fleas include:

  • Flea-borne (murine) typhus: This is often associated with the rat and cat flea. 
  • Cat Scratch Disease: Fleas can transmit a bacteria known as Bartonella henselae to feral and domestic cats. Humans acquire the disease after being scratched by an infected cat. Children appear to be most susceptible to cat-scratch disease.

Flea Exterminator: Getting Rid of Fleas Professionally

Although it may sound easy, exterminating fleas from one’s home is truly a tedious task that can prove to be quite a challenge. Unfortunately, given the resilient nature of these critters, flea extermination isn’t considered a one-time-only kind of job. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with these pesky critters alone! If you’ve got an ongoing flea infestation or if you simply don’t have the time to get rid of the fleas in your home, then we are here to help! 

We at Parker Eco Pest Control can help you deal with any flea infestation! No matter how big, small, or challenging the job, our team of professional pest control exterminators work-one-on-one with you and your family to determine the source of the fleas and the protocol needed to eliminate them. 

So, talk to us today to learn more about flea control and flea spraying in Seattle. 

Dealing with Rodent Damaged Insulation in Seattle

Rats in the attic or crawl space are common problems Seattle homeowners know all too well. And as the cold Seattle winter sets in, these pesky critters are in search of a warm cozy place to nest. Don’t let rodents ruin your home. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about rodent damaged insulation and effective pest-control

Replace Vs. Refresh your Rodent Damaged Insulation

In the wild, rodents, be it mice or rats, will seek soft fibers for their nests. And unfortunately, insulation found within our crawl spaces, walls, and attics appear to be their favorite nesting material. As a result, rats and mice can damage the insulation in your home by either collecting insulation fibers for a nest elsewhere or directly making a nest within the insulation itself. 

Effective Rodent Control: Crawl Space and Attic Hygiene

In the wild, rodents, be it mice or rats, will seek soft fibers for their nests. And unfortunately, insulation found within our crawl spaces, walls, and attics appear to be their favorite nesting material. As a result, rats and mice can damage the insulation in your home by either collecting insulation fibers for a nest elsewhere or directly making a nest within the insulation itself. These can gradually lead to long-term problems which can affect both your home and health.

Effective rodent control in your Seattle home is essential when it comes to preventing the spread of disease. The feces and urine produced by rodents accumulate over time, leading to an increased risk of spreading zoonotic diseases. According to the CDC rat infestation guide, rats and mice in Washington spread diseases (viral and bacterial) directly and indirectly. Some of these zoonotic diseases include:

  • Leptospirosis: which spreads through urine and waterways.
  • Hantavirus: is a virus that spreads through rodent urine and feces.
  • Salmonella: A bacteria that spread via the fecal-oral route.
  • Rat-Bite Fever: A bacterial disease that spreads through bites and scratches caused by rats. It can also spread through the oral-fecal route (i.e., consuming food or water contaminated by rats).

Do You Need to Replace Insulation After a Rodent Infestation?

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Rats have damaged the insulation in your beautiful Seattle home. What do you do? Replace, refresh, or remove? We completely understand that removing and replacing insulation from your crawl space and attic is time-consuming and extremely expensive. 

If the damage to the insulation is minimal, then our team at Park Eco Pest Control will choose to refresh the existing insulation material. Now, refreshing existing insulation simply entails that only sections (damaged) insulation are replaced. We only ever completely replace insulation from a crawl space or attic when the damage caused by rodents is extensive due to long-term uncontrolled rodent destruction, or if you’d like to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

How to Keep Rodents Out of Insulation in Seattle

Keeping rodents out of your crawl space, attic, and insulation will require some time and effort. And since these pesky critters pose a risk to human health, we recommend reaching out to a professional pest control service in Seattle for an initial first clean.

When it comes to cleaning and refreshing your damaged insulation, our team at Parker Eco Pest Control will:

  1. Locate and seal up any holes, burrows, vents, and gaps that allow rats and mice to enter your crawl space.
  2. Do some dirty work and safely remove all dead rats and mice from your crawl space or attic. We will even humanely remove any active nest sites present in your attic or crawl space. 
  3. Our Seattle pest-control team will most importantly remove and dispose of all rat feces and droppings present in the attic or crawl space.
  4. Sanitize and disinfect the entire area with an eco-friendly, enzyme-based product that actually eats the organic material left by feces and urine. It leaves behind water and CO2 as an odorless, harmless bi-product. 
  5. Replace the vapor barrier in your crawl space if it’s damaged. 
  6. Finally, depending on the degree of damage and contamination, we will either refresh or replace the insulation.

Attic and Crawl Space Cleaning by Parker Eco Pest Control

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Winter is on its way, and so are the rats! Getting a good rodent control regime is crucial in preventing rats and mice from damaging your insulation. Parker Eco Pest Control provides excellent and professional pest control services all the way from Seattle through to Marysville. So, talk to us today about rodent pest control and crawl space cleaning in Seattle. 

Look who’s on This Old House!

Do you own a fixer-upper? Are you a die-hard DIYer? If so, you probably know and love This Old House almost as much as Wesley Parker, owner of Parker Eco Pest Control. She recalls waking up on Saturday mornings as a kid to watch This Old House with her Dad. Now as a homeowner herself, she and her husband Chris do a lot their owner DIY projects on their 1905 American Foursquare house.

So you can imagine how excited the Parkers were to see Parker Eco Pest Control recently featured in a This Old House article on the Best Pest Control Companies in Seattle.

This Old House has evolved quite a bit since the 1990s. Their website has how-to guides for everything A-Z including attics to yards and loads in between. They have information on common things like how to replace a bathroom faucet or how to level a floor to, the more obscure, like How to Drill into Brick.

If you can imagine your next project, the This Old House website is a great resource will probably have the information (videos or articles) to help you get it done! There are even whole sections dedicated to subjects like Home Office, Patios and Organization and Storage; things that many people are focused on and were very popular during the COVID pandemic.

By far our favorite feature on their website is the Project House and Idea House tabs. There are way too many distinctive and unique houses to pick a single favorite. Each “Idea House” is modeled after a specific style that give ideas on bringing the look to life in your own home.

Should I remove insulation from my crawl space?

Deciding whether or not to re-insulate your crawl space after a rodent problem depends on a few factors. Dirt crawl spaces are incredibly common in Seattle and it’s estimated that 40% of new construction in the area still relies on this type of foundation (per the NAHB, 2013).  Crawl spaces make accessing your plumbing and wiring for repairs simple and they’re ideal for Seattle’s hilly terrain. These benefits aside, they are extremely vulnerable to rodent problems.

When to leave a crawl space un-insulated

  • If rodents are tunneling into the crawl space (as opposed to chewing in).
  • If your crawl space lacks a permanent rodent barrier such as a rat slab, trench and screen, or rodent-proofed joists to protect insulation (keep reading for more info).

Don’t spend money on new insulation only to have another infestation next winter!

When to re-insulate a crawl space

  • If rodents are chewing into the crawl space and you’ve done a good job sealing off the entry points you could gamble with re-insulating. They may begin tunneling sometime in the future so this is still a calculated risk.
  • If you invest in permanent rodent barrier like a rat slab, trench and screen, or rodent-proofed joists to protect insulation you’ll have peace of mind that your insulation and your living space is safe for the long haul.

What is a permanent rodent barrier?

Exactly what it sounds like! There are three main long term solutions for protecting a dirt crawlspace from rodents:

Rodent-proofing insulation with wire mesh

Traditional fiberglass insulation is by far the most common type we find in crawl spaces. It is also a perfect place for rodents to nest. Protect your new or existing insulation from nesting by installing galvanized steel mesh to the underside of your joists. You’ll get end-to-end protection for your insulation and your living space if a rodent tunnels back into the crawl space.

Rodent proof insulation diagram

Trench and screen

To install a trench and screen the soil around your foundation is dug away and galvanized steel mesh is buried against the house to prevent animals from burrowing into the crawl space.

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Rat slab

A rat slab is a non-structural layer of concrete that completely seals the dirt floor of your crawl space off from tunneling.

Rat slab diagram
Diagram courtesy of energy.gov

Are rodents chewing or tunneling into the crawl space?

We find that rodents are most likely to access a crawl space by chewing a hole or pushing their way in through a vent. Builder-grade crawl space vents use flimsy mesh that doesn’t stand up to a determined rat. Rodents are also incredible chewers since their teeth grow constantly. They will find a small gap around a gas line and gnaw the opening until they can squeeze through. Sealing off openings and setting poison-free traps are your go-to solution.

Tunneling into the crawl space is also very common. Norway rats are aggressive diggers and they will burrow under the side of the house and pop up in the crawlspace. You’ll need a permanent rodent barrier to stop them from entering once and for all.

Need some help with a rodent issue at your house? Give us a call or book an inspection online!

Yes—We’re still open!

Parker Eco Pest Control is open during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll update this website if anything changes. We’re keeping regular hours Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. You can make an appointment by calling 800-326-1698 or booking online. We expect to stay open for the foreseeable future.

We cannot overstate how much we appreciate your business. Our small team supports 8 households and keeping everyone employed is vital.

Increasing protective equipment

We will approach your home or business wearing a face mask and gloves.

Wesley Parker is ready for appointments!

Practicing social distance

Our technicians will not shake your hand. We understand that you may wish to follow us around your property, particularly during an inspection, but we ask that you please stay 6 feet away from us at all times.

Collecting no-touch payments

As part of social distancing we are no longer asking you to write your signature on our iPhones. We’re collecting credit card info by asking you to read the card number to us so we can hand-key the information into the processing system. We will write your signature on your behalf and issue a receipt via email.

Focusing on exterior service

Even during regular operations we don’t always treat the interior of the home for insect or rodent activity. We will continue this practice and treat rodent and insect problems from the exterior as often as possible.

As an eco-friendly pest control company we pride ourselves on thorough inspections. As part of social distancing we might ask you to report on pest activity inside your house so we don’t have to go inside. For example, we might ask you to check under your kitchen sink for ants instead of looking first-hand. If we do enter your home please stay 6 ft away from us.

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Parker Eco Pest Control recently discovered Fresh Chalk, a cool new platform for finding professional services in the Seattle area. If you need a handyman, dentist, or a barber, this is the place to go.

Fresh Chalk operates differently than other review platforms since they focus on recommendations from people in your social network. Their model tries to replicate word of mouth recommendations in the digital age.  

We found out about Fresh Chalk when a client recommended us on the platform. Since our business thrives on reviews, we were immediately intrigued. After doing some digging, we learned that they are local, women-led, and committed to transparency. That puts them miles ahead in our book!

Oh yeah…and people love us there

Parker Eco Pest Control reviews on Fresh Chalk

So we encourage you to check out the platform, make some honest recommendations, and see what Fresh Chalk holds for you. And hey…why not give Parker Eco Pest Control a thumbs up while you’re there?

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