By Terry Schrimscher, Sponsored Content
For many families, the changing seasons can spark an interest in household tasks. The arrival of spring, in particular, can be a signal to plant a garden or do landscaping. It may also inspire homeowners to freshen up with new paint or a good spring cleaning.
If you are working on some routine maintenance around the home or preparing to list your home on the real estate market, it might be wise to add pest control to your task list. A termite infestation can damage your home and reduce the value of your property. In fact, a termite inspection is a routine part of the closing process in most real estate sales.
“We know that termite swarm season will be coming up in another month or two” said Fred Smith, General Manager of Vulcan Termite and Pest Control. “Customers are going to see termites around their windows, around their doors, and we feel it’s our obligation to the public to jump on those calls just as quickly as they come in,” said Smith.
Vulcan Termite and Pest Control began as a small family business, in 1965, and quickly expanded from termite control into a full pest control service. Today, the Pelham-based business works primarily in five counties surrounding Birmingham.
According to Smith, Vulcan services a lot of homes in the Trussville area and has reached into Anniston, Gadsden and Huntsville, among other.
“We do a lot of work up on Smith Lake,” said Smith. “A lot of our customers in the Trussville and Pinson areas have lake houses. We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to go to those customer’s houses and take care of their lake house and their home here in town,” he said.
“It gives you a good feeling when your customers believe in you so much that take you with them to work on their vacation home,” said Smith.
Trust is one of the main reasons Smith believes the company has continued to grow throughout its nearly 55 years in business. Vulcan currently employs 32 people and has expanded into commercial work servicing local restaurants and office building.
“One of the things we’ve been blessed with is the people who have been here for a long time,” said Smith. “I’ve got several employees that are working on their 20th year with the company. I’ve been here for 20 years. One of the things, I believe, we do well is training,” he said.
Vulcan retains a board-certified Entomologist—a scientist who specializes in the study of insects—who regularly reviews the latest pest control techniques and updates the training for the termite and pest specialists who interact with their customers.
Vulcan recently added wild animal control as a new service for customers. Specialists have removed everything from armadillos and racoons from property to squirrels from attics.
“How’s your wildlife is one of our advertising sayings,” said Smith. “We’re taking care of those things that get up in your attic and cause problems—those things that go bump in the night. We do a lot of exclusion work with wild animals. We don’t like to kill them if it is not necessary,” he said.
Smith offered a word of caution on the process in dealing with wild animals. Many regular pest control companies are not equipped with the correct tools and training to remove the animals safely. Some customers will by a trap for the animals and find out the hard way that trapping the animal is only part of the process.
Vulcan can remove the animals safely and also inspects the home to seal any holes or entrances the animals might use to return. The company offers a warranty period for an added sense of security for customers who might have a recurring unwanted animal guest.
People looking for termite, pest control, or wildlife removal can find Vulcan Termite and Pest Control online at vulcantermite.com. For more information, visitors can use the contact form on the website or call the office at (205) 624-0100.