Bugs bugging you? Pests pesting you? If so, Steve Shetter wants you to know there's help available. Shetter is the owner of TES - Total Exterminating Systems - which recently set up shop in Columbia.
The TES staff has a combined 35 plus years of experience in the exterminating field, and Shetter himself has done the job for 27 years.
Operating from an office at 30A North Fourth Street, TES offers a full range of exterminating services to rid properties of bugs, mice, and other vermin in commercial and residential settings.
"One of our mission statements is, 'Do the right thing all the time,'" Shetter said recently.
He said he is willing to work with property owners and renters who might not have a lot of money. "If there are people that are in true need here in Columbia and they're willing to work with me, then I'm going to be willing to work with them." Shetter asks that those with pest problems first launder and bag their clothes and strip the beds before he treats the area.
Shetter has noticed that some residents take affected mattresses outside and place them on the sidewalk. He said that those who do so should cut them as well as any upholstered furniture to discourage others from using them and spreading any possible infestation.
In fact, Shetter said it's usually not necessary to need to get rid of affected mattresses. Although he sometimes makes such a recommendation, he often encases mattresses and box springs in plastic to keep insects from entering or leaving the furniture. Some furniture can also be treated chemically.
TES can take care of about 40 different types of insects, as well as rodents and other pests. "We take care of anything pest control-wise," Shetter said. TES also offers preventative programs with monthly or quarterly treatments.
Shetter and his technician Mike Hughson have found Columbians to be friendly and welcoming and look forward to helping where they can. "We love being here in Columbia," Shetter said.
In addition to a full range of exterminating services, TES offers mattress encasements and chemical sprays.
Mattress encasements can eliminate the need to get rid of infested mattresses and box springs.