Johnstown & Cambria County Commercial Pest & Facility Hygiene Services

If you operate a business in Johnstown, Westmont, Northern Cambria, Elim, Ebensburgh, Belmont. Nanty Glo, Portage, Geistown, Southmont, Patton or any other borough, city or town throughout Cambria County, our pest and facility hygiene experts are a click away from resolving any pest, germ or malodor emergency that might threaten your facility interior, exterior and good name.


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Yes, you read it correctly. We've been in operation for well over 70 years, making our services some of the most advanced and reliable in the industry. Even more, we are proud Pennsylvanians, and we love to support the businesses, communities and the employment of those from our local fellow counties. Read on below for more on our approach to complete facility hygiene, or click to see what our clients are saying about us.

“This company is everywhere. I heard they handle all the major businesses around Pittsburgh. Used them for wasp problem at our church. Very responsive and careful. They do only commercial, though. No homes.”

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The Major Pests Johnstown & Cambria County Businesses Need To Defend Against

The usual cast of unpleasant characters are abound for Cambria county business, and include flies, mosquitoes, roaches, ants, spiders, termites and diverse beetles, but also digresses into pests that are specific to the region. These include the gypsy moth, spotted wing drosophila, (vinegar fly) which attacks soft fruits, and the Cereal leaf beetle, which attacks grains. If these or any other creepy crawling or flying insects or rodents are infringing upon your business, we’re equipped to fight them all »

The Cereal Leaf Beetle

This native European and Asian pest was first detected in the United States in 1962. It attacks Pennsylvania wheat and oats crops but also barley, rye and other grasses. Its power as a crop destroyer lies in the fact it is not usually a perennial problem and often catches small-grain growers off guard. Infestations can be extremely damaging if not detected early.

Cambria's Leading Pest Control And Exclusion Service Company

Whether the business facility that you own or operate is a restaurant, bar, taverns, nursing home, hotel, factory, office complex, food processing plant, school, university, country clubs, saunas, gyms, fitness centers, supermarkets, retail stores, shopping center, strip mall, condominium, apartment complex or any other industry, our professional technicians offer fully-effective pest and hygiene control programs. Engage our decades of pest management expertise »


Protect Your Business With Complete Facility Care

This new bundled program represents one company’s steadfast commitment to diverse, cost-effective pest control and management strategies and environmental odor and professional air freshening services. Family-owned and in continuous operation since 1974, this initiative offers the best pest management and eco-friendly solutions that money can buy for commercial and industrial spaces. The experts at Air Scent provide top-of-the-line air freshening options.

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The following are a just few of our staff’s picks, and represent businesses that strive to continuously maintain odor-free, pest-free and germ-free environments. Give us a shout if you’d like to engage our services and be listed » (412) 252-5200

Johnstown Flood Museum

This important museum is housed in the Cambria Public Library Building and operated by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. It commemorates the terrible tragedy that occurred in May of 1889 when a dam burst, killing more than 2,200 people. Opened in 1989 and marking the centennial anniversary of the flood, this museum and its artifacts tell the tale of gut-wrenching loss and triumphant recovery. Some objects on display include: a quilt used to drag survivors to safety, a set of keys, a trunk, various household items recovered from the debris, and even a bottle of floodwater.


Horseshoe Curve/ Railroaders Museum

Built entirely by hand by 450 workers many of whom were from Ireland, the Horseshoe Curve is a world-famous attraction and an engineering marvel. The length of the curve is 2,375 feet and it transformed railroad travel and shipping in the mid 1800s. Many famous people traveled the curve; some of whom include: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and a host of stage and screen stars.

The Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum commemorates the many the significant contributions of railroaders and their families to American life and industry. The city’s proximity to the Horseshoe Curve made it a prime spot for railroad operations.


The Asiago Tuscan Restaurant

Located at the top of the Steepest Inclined Plane in the World, this fine Italian restaurant offers artful cuisine and an incredible view of Johnstown. Unusual drinks, desserts and appetizers include: Key lime-glazed doughnuts, caramelized cheesecake and lavender martinis, as well as delicious entrees such as diver’s scallops with rice and zucchini slices. Over all, this restaurant is a wonderful dining adventure coupled with a view to die for.


Commercial and industrial spaces can only improve with our professional help and guidance. If you are a business owner in Cambria County and have a pest or odor control issue, call us for help and advice on how to increase your company traffic and that all important bottom line.


A Few History Cambria County Pest Trends

The indigenous natives of this region were the Lenapi Indians, or Original People, and until 1712, the "Five Nations," which consisted of the Onondagas, Cayugas, Oneidas, Senecas, and Mohawk tribes also inhabited the territory. They lived more or less peacefully among themselves until the first wave of white settlers came in the latter part of the 18th century. These indigenous people were hunters and gatherers and relied on crops and wildlife for their sustenance. The insects that invaded and fed upon their crops, particularly maize, were a constant source of concern. The Indians fought back, but seldom won the battlewith pestilence.

Ancient Methods of Pest Control Before The Days of Pesticides

Planting extra crops in the hopes the insects would eat those and leave the others alone was a gamble, which sometimes worked and often backfired. Migratory birds helped to stabilize populations because they ate all kinds of insects and they moved freely from field to field. There was also much superstition suggesting that insect invasions were the result of offenses made against the gods. This required invocation, appeasement and prayers rather than direct action.

Early White Settlement and Industry

In 1788, one Michael McGuire headed the first permanent white settlement in Cambria County. Created in March of 1804, from parts of Huntingdon, Somerset, and Bedford Counties, the early Welsh settlers called the area Cambria, which is derived from the ancient name for their former homes in the mountainous region of Wales. During the late 18th century, there were three waves of settlement; families of American Catholics from Maryland; Pennsylvania Germans and Welsh immigrants, whose descendants still predominate the region.

The population didn’t expand much until 1825 with the birth of the coal industry. Other factors influencing settlement included the introduction of the railroads in 1834 and iron production in 1841. Cambria County was always a large bituminous producer, today the county ranks seventh in the state.

Early Industry and Pest Control

The soil here is better adapted to grazing than grain–growing, although some wheat, grass, and oats are cultivated in different areas. Grain insects, such as the Desiantha Weevil and Cockchafer Beetle, were serious pests, which attacked both fields and stored grains. Both fed upon the underground parts of cereal seedlings and were somewhat controlled by crop rotational practices and the introduction of natural predators, in this case, a species of parasitic wasps.