Does a Pest Control Business Need a CPA?

Starting Out

Most pest control businesses start small. And like most small businesses, they don’t have a large budget, so they spend money only what they feel is necessary. Otherwise they run the risk of going out of business before they have a good chance to become profitable. There are a lot of necessary expenses when just starting out, even if it will only be a one-man operation at the beginning. The main reason small businesses go out of business early is because they get caught up in buying unnecessary items and then run out of money before they start to make a profit.

Hence the question of whether hiring a CPA is a necessary expense. After all, they could just do the books, file tax returns, and pay sales tax all themselves. But that eats up into the time needed to run the business. Also, most people have no experience reading a profit and loss statement, and they’re not strong financial managers. So at some point they will begin to explore the possibility of hiring a professional to take over that aspect of their business.

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Which is Best – CPA or Accountant?

A CPA is an accountant who has passed their state licensing exam, whereas an accountant has not. As might be expected, a CPA has a higher level of expertise. After passing the CPA Exam, they have to stay current with continuing education on the tax code and tax laws. For most small businesses, an accountant will be sufficient to serve their accounting needs. Many CPA offices have an accountant on staff, which is the ideal scenario, because the CPA is there when their services may be needed.

In this day of everything being digital and online, it is no longer necessary for a CPA to be local to the business they serve. Many CPA offices have clients across the country, as well as in their area. Jeffrey D. Ressler’s office, at jrcpa.net, is a good example of a CPA who services clients across the United States. He has never met most of them, and yet they are very happy with the service. With Skype and the telephone, he and his staff are always available when a client needs them.

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A CPA has more training

CPA’s are generally much more knowledgeable about the tax laws because they’ve been tested on them extensively during the licensing exam, and most of them stay up to date because of the courses they take every year. If the business is ever audited, an accountant cannot represent them before the IRS, only a CPA is entitled to do that. This is probably the biggest reason why every business, no matter the size, including a pest control business, needs to have a CPA they can use when needed.

An accountant can do much of the routine work, including tax return preparation, but for advice on higher-level business financial and tax issues, a CPA is by far the best choice. Even though they typically charge more, for financial and tax decisions, a business needs to have accurate information.

So does a pest control business need someone for their accounting? They could use a bookkeeper to do the daily books, but they will need an accountant and/or a CPA at some point. It’s best to choose the best one for their business before the need arises.

 

Wildlife and Animal Removal Services

Wildlife and animal removal is our specialty, throughout Tampa Bay. We service Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and all the major areas. Here is a summary of our wildlife animal removal Tampa services. Please call us for pricing and availability.

Raccoon Removal

A raccoon in the attic is a common problem. Raccoons like a warm and dry location and if left in the attic for a long period of time, they can cause major damage. Raccoons are very strong and they can destroy your wood and aluminum siding as well as your shingles. The cooler months are when you’re most likely to find a raccoon in your attic.

Raccoons also like chimneys, adults raccoons are the only animal that can climb out of a chimney. Don’t try to smoke them out. This will not work; all this will do is harm the animal.

Raccoons will normally have their babies from March through July. When they have them in your attic or chimney you will hear them being very vocal at night. They usually have 3-6 babies per year and the babies and the mother can stay together for up to a year.

If you try to lock out a mother raccoon from your attic and she has babies in there, she will create large amounts of damage to your home trying to get to them. Raccoons are nocturnal. If you see one during the day this could be the sign of a sick raccoon so be careful.

Opossum Removal

Opossums will eat anything from mice to grass and they love your garbage cans too. They are great climbers. These guys probably are not going to cause damage to your house. They move along from place to place.

However, if a female is going to give birth she will stay around a little longer if she has found a good food source. She can have up to 20 babies at a time, but the mother opossum can only feed 13. The first 13 to make it into her pouch survive. The babies are very tiny when they are born and they stay in the mother’s pouch attached to the nipple, feeding for about 2 months.

Your impression of an opossum may be that it’s a mean animal, but it’s not. All the hissing and growling is just for show. It will play dead before any attacking happens.

Bat Removal

A bat’s diet consists mainly of flying insects. This makes them beneficial. Homeowners normally find out they have bats by finding that one has entered the house. Experts say that if you find one in the house then you have 30 in the attic. If that’s the case, bat removal is your only option.

If left in your home the numbers will continue to increase every year. It’s best to evict bats later in the year. If you seal up your house before the babies are able to leave, they will be trapped.

Skunk Removal

Skunks don’t climb so you’re probably not going to find one in your attic. They can climb stairs and such, but nothing too steep. They do like to dig and they are good at it.

You are typically going to find them under structures. They have very poor eyesight and they depend on their hearing and sense of smell.  Skunks are slow and relatively harmless, and they will only spray if they are scared or startled.

Bird Removal

Birds like to build nests in vents. They start doing this in early spring time and you can expect them to have their babies in June and July. If you find a bird has found its way into your chimney, it’s stuck there. Birds can’t fly straight up.

Snake Removal

Snakes are elongated, limbless, flexible reptiles. There are about 2,900 species of snakes. Of these, 375 are venomous.

Snakes consume a variety of items including termites, rodents, birds, frogs, small deer and other reptiles. Often observed flicking its tongue, snakes use their forked tongue to smell the air. Snakes are ectotherms, meaning they must regulate their body temperature externally by sunning themselves or retreating to cool, shaded areas.

Most snake species lay eggs, but some species give birth to live young. Snakes lay their eggs in a warm location and with the exception of some python species, eggs and young are not cared for by the male or female.

Armadillo Removal

An armadillo is a burrower. It has extra-sharp claws which let it swiftly burrow under the surface. An armadillo’s prey is basically grubs and insects. While they are identified to destroy gardens, and complete courtyards in hunt of food, they will sometimes be extremely accommodating to a gardener or farmer.

Armadillos may live up to 20 years but an average is expected between 5-12 years. Unexpectedly, an armadillo usually gives birth to four identical pups each time it gives birth! An armadillo gives birth to as a minimum 50 pups within her life span. The rapid reproduction rate of armadillo has allowed their population to burst unrestrained.

Keep Pests and Wildlife Out of Your Home

Tips for Keeping Wildlife and Pests Out of Your Home

There’s a pretty good chance that you have had issues with common household pests like roaches, ants, fleas, and maybe even rats. There’s even the possibility that you have had raccoons or squirrels decide to make a home in your home. Most of the time dealing with pests is a part of living in the south, especially in the Tampa Bay, Florida.

With our hot, humid weather almost year round, they can cause quite an inconvenience, especially when they try to enter your home. And once they are in, they can be destructive while exposing your family potentially to different viruses and diseases.

So, if you can’t cope with the pests, or if you need to get rid of raccoons or other wildlife, then the best thing is to find ways to keep them out and from gaining entry to your home. Here are some simple tips that can help you be successful.

Remove all possible habitats

If your home has any places where the pests can find food, water, and shelter, they will stay there. So, you first need to keep all the debris away from your home, which can be the shelter for the pests. Along with that, keep the garbage bin away from home, clean out the gutters regularly, and also clean up the piles of rock, dirt, and leaves.

Clean the kitchen properly

Every day set aside at least 15 minutes of time to wipe down the kitchen counter tops with vinegar. Then sweep the floor, put away food items, mop up the spills, put all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and empty the garbage. On the grocery day, transfer all the dry food items from the plastic bags to tightly sealed glass jars or bins.

Seal up the home

To keep the pests away from your home, it is necessary to keep the pests from being able to get inside. You can only do it by sealing up your home properly. To do this, first, you need to inspect your home thoroughly for all the weak spots from where the pests can enter like a torn screen, electrical openings, and crawl spaces. So, seal and cover up these holes, caulk, and also confirm that the covers for the crawl spaces are nice and tight.

Install the door sweep

This is another effective tool, which can prevent the pests from entering your home. A door sweep mainly blocks the gap between the ground and the bottom part of your entrance door. This is widely available in the hardware stores and is also a super-easy fix, no drilling required.

Pay thorough attention to the door or window frames, and seal around the places where the pipes leave or enter your home, places around the external dryer vent, and the places where cable or TV wires come inside. Either cover these holes with wire mesh or stuff some steel wool into the larger holes before you seal them up.

Contact a professional pest control company

This is the final step that you can take. In case you are unable to keep pests away from your home with the above-mentioned methods, or need raccoon removal, then it is a wise decision to call the professionals. They will have the necessary experience and knowledge to protect your home while keeping harmful pests away.

Doing Business in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is an exciting place to live and work, and great for business. Pest control businesses are on every corner because Tampa teems with insects, rodents, and unwanted critters. The climate is probably the main reason for this, being warm and humid year round. It can also be pretty wet, which many pests love. So pest control is a necessity.

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There are several sports teams in the area, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team, and The Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. Both draw huge crowds to the games and the locals love and support them.

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