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Patterson Pest Control: 8 Common Pests We Eliminate

While the occasional ant or spider meandering around your yard is nothing to worry about, many homeowners find that their homes or yards are overrun with unwanted pests. At Peace of Mind, we provide complete Patterson pest control services and can eliminate many common pests, including the following:

1. Ants

To a certain extent, having some ant activity in your yard can be a good thing. Some species of these tough, hard-working insects aerate the soil and keep it healthy. However, some types of ants are destructive and some will bite humans and other animals. If you see large numbers of ants on your sidewalks, driveways and near trash cans, there are thousands more ants that you don’t see. Likewise, if ants are invading your home, it is time to call our office and schedule your Patterson pest control services.

2. Roaches

Roaches are disgusting little creates, and no homeowner every wants to see these pesky bugs lurking around trash cans or scampering across the kitchen floor. Chances are if you see one or two roaches on your property or inside your home, hundreds more are hidden in the walls or under mulch or other areas. Not only are roaches gross, they can be a health hazard, especially if you have people in your home with asthma or allergies.

3. Crickets

While the sound of crickets chirping might conjure up images of summer evenings from long ago, these noisy bugs can be a nuisance. Crickets can do some damage to the plants and flowers on your property and if you have a cricket infestation, many people do find their constant noise irritating. If you have bothersome crickets, this is another insect our Patterson pest control experts can eliminate.

4. Fleas & Ticks

If you own a pet, you are well aware of the dangers that fleas and ticks pose to your animals. Of course, these pests also can bite people and while flea bites are more irritating than they are dangerous, ticks can carry serious diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. If you have fleas and ticks on your property or perhaps a flea infestation inside your home, contact us as soon as possible.

5. Spiders

Spiders, like most pests, do have a beneficial place in the world, but several species are extremely dangerous to humans. The black widow, brown widow, hobo spider and brown recluse all can harm humans, sometimes fatally. If you see any of these types of spiders inside your home or around your property, give us a call. Additionally, there are many other types of spiders that are perfectly harmless, but still a nuisance if they are invading your home or putting up webs all over your property.

6. Earwigs

You really need only mention the word “earwig” to induce an unpleasant reaction and make one want to cover their years. Of course, earwigs don’t actually burrow into our ears, but they can damage many types of flowering and ornamental plants, as well as your garden vegetables. These pests also can invade your home, and they particularly love to hunker down in moist area, either inside your home or underneath mulch, piles of leaves and other garden debris.

7. Aphids & Whiteflies

These pests leave a distinct sticky white residue on the leaves of plants and trees. We provide aphid and whitefly treatment as an additional service during certain times of the year to ensure that your plants and trees look their best throughout the beautiful spring and summer months.

8. Termites

Termites, of course, are one of the world’s most destructive pests and if you have notice even just a tiny bit of termite droppings or a pile of wings in your home, you definitely have some level of a termite problem. Removing termites is another additional service we provide. We offer a free limited termite inspection (non-real estate transactions) and can provide you with various treatment options and even provide you with most termite-related repairs.

Our Patterson pest control team can handle all of these common pests as well as just about any others you might encounter, including any rodent problems you might be having. We handle both interior and exterior infestations and to ensure that the pests in our area don’t continue to invade your home, we will develop an Integrated Pest Management Program that includes monthly or bi-monthly service cycles depending on your needs.

Many people ask us why a professional exterminator is a better option that attempting do-it-yourself treatments. The truth is most DIY treatments only eliminate pests temporarily or only eliminate pests that you can see. Most pests hide in places where it is difficult for homeowners to treat. Additionally, distinct species require different types of treatments and a professional exterminator can identify exactly what species of pests you have and eliminate them in all of their hiding places.

If you have any type of pests, give us a call today and we will set up an appointment. Our general Patterson pest control services are guaranteed or we will return to your house and fix the issue at no charge.

About Us


The Peace of Mind trade mark was the brain child of David Alvares and Michael Moradian back in 2007. When the Great Recession occurred and the real estate bubble popped, David saw the need for quality home inspectors in the Central Valley, and came up with the idea to start Peace of Mind. He approached Michael to become his business partner, and together they set out to build a brand that would service the residential and commercial real estate markets. The Peace of Mind TM brand has since developed into 4 distinct divisions:

Peace of Mind Home Inspections, Inc TM is 1 Home Inspections, which service the residential real estate market. 2 Commercial Real Estate Inspections service the commercial real estate market.

Peace of Mind Pest Control, Inc TM is 3 Pest Control (Branch II), a division that services residential, commercial and industrial general pest control, while 4 Termite and Repair (Branch III) services the residential and commercial real estate market along with the home owner and consumer market.

Since 2008, the Peace of Mind TM brand has grown to be one of the strongest and most reliable brands in Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

Management Team

David Alvares - Owner, Home Inspector and Branch III Operator

David started his career working for local architect/structural engineer while going to college. Then he went to work for EarthCalc, Inc and became a regional manager estimating projects for the Bay Area region. David is home and termite inspector and holds the companies branch III operator license.

Michael Moradian - Owner, Home Inspector and Commercial Real Estate Inspector

Michael started his career at EarthCalc Inc in 1986, a construction estimating firm. He then went to work for a local civil engineering firm, until 1996 when he went back and purchased EarthCalc Inc. Michael is home and commercial real estate inspector for the company.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will receive an emailed PDF version of the home inspection report within 2 business days after the inspection.
Depending on the size/square footage, year, and condition of the inspections property; inspections can take anywhere from one hour to four hours. Call us today for a more precise timeline.
Give your inspector a call at (866) 757-8480, we would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Even the most experienced building or home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps thousands of homes and buildings in their career. An inspector is equally familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter-relationships of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the building they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.
We highly encourage clients to be present at the end of the inspection so the inspector can explain the important findings.
An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.
The best time to consult the inspector is right after you've made an offer on your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your professional agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement.

More and more we hear of Americans purchasing homes without purchasing a home inspection. Why not spend just a few hundred dollars more when you are purchasing your home and be prepared for the future? For it is known, that purchasing a house is one of lifes largest expenses and it would be at your best interest to know what exactly you are getting yourself into when you turn the key to your new home!

A Peace of Mind certified inspector conducts a home inspection of a structure's condition as it exists, both interior and exterior, and then provides the home owner with a comprehensive written report.

Now the question is why getting a home inspection, would be of value to you?

1. Can you be objective?
Many home buyers get emotional when looking at a house. Home inspectors, fortunately, aren't distracted by pretty drapes, they're looking for problems because that is their job. We look at the house, while you look at the location and the potential.

2. Your biggest investment.
Purchasing a home is a huge investment, whether it is for first time home buyers, previous homeowners, rentals, or flip houses. Instead of Americans investing into their piggy banks, it is well known Americans invest into homes. With such a large amount invested into a home, you wouldn't want your newly purchased home to be full of unexpected surprises and expenses causing your investments to belly up, would you?

3. A Home Inspection Gives You Extra Room to Negotiate
If your home inspector informs you that the back porch is rotting or the roof needs to be replaced, you may opt to only purchase the home if the seller agrees to fix the items in question. A seller is always free to refuse your offer or respond with a counteroffer, but knowing exactly what is wrong with the property you wish to purchase allows you additional negotiation room with the seller. Even if the problem will be expensive to fix or the home is a foreclosure, it never hurts to ask the owner for a little bit of wiggle room.

4. Home Inspections Let You Prepare for the Future
If you obtain an inspection report that lets you know that the home needs work that you hadn't originally anticipated and the seller refuses to remedy the situation in order to close the deal, this doesnt necessarily mean that you shouldn't buy the home. It does, however, let you know that at some point in the future you will need to make these repairs to the property. By getting a home inspection, you can prepare yourself for any additional costs that may arise.

5. A Home Inspection Lets You Walk Away
In some cases a home that is beautiful on the outside can be falling apart on the inside. A faulty electrical system, extensive crawlspace mold, or termite damage can all cost you thousands of dollars to fix. Provided that your original offer was made contingent on an accepted home inspection, you dont have to try to plead with the seller to share the cost of repairs or start cashing in your investments to get the home fixed. You have the right to drop your offer and search for another home that is lower-maintenance than your first choice.

6. Newer Homes Don't Have Problems.
One of the big misunderstandings is that newer homes don't have problems. Many times hidden things aren't apparent like modified electrical wiring you can't see or broken roof tiles that haven't started to leak yet. Even in a new home it is a good idea to have a home inspection due to the fact that most of the trades (foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing drywall, roofing, etc.) are sub-contracted out to the lowest bidder and it is nearly impossible for the builder to personally monitor all phases of home construction.

To sum it all up, you wouldn't buy a used car without having it checked out by a mechanic, so don't purchase a new or used home without ordering a home inspection report.