This is usually dependent on the company you pick to get rid of your pests. Some companies guarantee quality work, while others guarantee work until the pests are gone. This is important to take note of while picking a company to hire. However, pests may return depending on the situation you are living in. New furniture or other shipments can bring in pests just as a dirty house can allow for pests. If you want to be sure the pests are gone, hire a company like ours that guarantees work until the problem is solved.
Is there a ‘green’ way to solve the problem?
Yes! For ants, start by not leaving any crumbs on counters and track where they come in from. From here, sprinkle cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or place citrus or garlic near the entryway. All of these things repel ants. Cockroaches can be killed with a spray bottle of soap and water. Bay leaves, catnip, cucumbers, and garlic all deter cockroaches. Placing boric acid on top of kitchen cabinets kills nests of cockroaches as well. Diatomaceous earth is a safe way to get rid of bed bugs. Apply it to the area and wait about 24 hours. After a thorough cleaning of the sheets, mattress and entire room, bed bugs should be gone. Integrated Pest Management also provides green ways to get rid of pests biologically or culturally by pinning plants or other pests against each other to get rid of them.
What is the price?
The price of a pest control treatment totally depends on the size of your home and the extent of the pest problem. The bigger the problem is, the more often treatment will need to take place, the more expensive it will be.
My house is kept very clean. Why do I have pests?
Pests enter a home for food and shelter. Usually pests have nothing to do with how clean your home is. If there is way into your home, pests will find it and use it. This usually includes areas like vents, windows, and areas of landscaping issues. Pests are also attracted to moisture. This could mean moisture in your gutters or drain pipes, pools or baths. Cleanliness does not eliminate your chance of pests.
How do I find the right pest control company?
First, look for companies that are licensed and members of a national or state pest management association. Companies that are NPMA certified is something to consider as well. Do your research before picking a company. Read online reviews and ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. If the problem is going to require a large investment, make sure you’re picking the company that will give you the best benefit to make the cost worth it. If you know you have to spend the money, spend it on quality workers.
How long does it take to see results?
A spray treatment, depending on the vastness of the pests, takes, on average, about 45 minutes to complete. As far as results, it all depends on the treatment, and your specific pest problem. However, with most pests, after treatment, results are usually rapidly seen and long lasting as long as you maintain the problem with routine treatments. Customers can work with us to decide if they want monthly or yearly treatments to keep the pests away.
Do the pesticides used have bad side effects?
Pesticide exposure can lead to some serious health effects. When sprayed, they emit air pollutants that can lead to irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, increased risk of cancer, and damage to the central nervous system. Symptoms of these problems are headaches, dizziness, nausea and weakness. Depending on the level of exposure, symptoms can get worse and long term effects can heighten. The best way to alleviate some of this harm is to try non-chemical pest controls first. Block pest passageways, set up traps, and if you have to spray chemicals, keep your home ventilated while spraying.
How often should treatment be done?
We can inspect your house, examine the extent of the pest problem, and work with homeowners to create a treatment plan. This plan often depends on the area they are located in the house and the density of the pests. Bi-monthly service is recommended for most pests to have a constant barrier without overloading your home with pesticides.
My pest control company has been treating my house with spray for months but the problem isn’t going away, why not?
Spray does not always get to the root of the problem. A thorough inspection of the area needs to be done both before and after spraying takes place in order to successfully assess the problem. Exterminators need to figure out how the pests are getting in and why they are inhabiting the specific area. Once these two conclusions are formed, the problem can be worked out completely.
What is Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated Pest Management is an environmentally friendly, and human friendly way to treat pests. It relies on the natural cycles of pests as well as a series of pest management controls. This practice often uses the less risky method first to see if it gets the job done. By using pheromones to offset pest mating, or growing plants that detract pests from the area, the pests can be cleared without the use of harmful chemicals. The use of natural enemies introduced can eliminate a pest species as well. Biological, physical, cultural and, as a last resort, chemical controls are also used to eliminate pests in a safe way.
How does getting rid of pests help alleviate asthma?
Pests create polluted air in a home from leaving droppings, feathers or hair. Exterminators do a thorough inspection for signs of pest allergens after treating the pest issue. Once the pests are gone as well as the allergy triggers that they leave behind, homeowners often find that their asthma is lessened substantially.
Will I have to leave my house while it’s being treated?
Generally, it is safe to be in the home at the time of the spraying. If major work needs to be done, we may advise you to leave your home. However, as long as you do not come in contact with the sprayed area until it is dry, you should be okay. Spray pesticides typically take 2 to 4 hours to dry. Make sure your family, pets and plants avoid sprayed areas for a few hours and no harm should be done.
For more information or to speak to an exterminator, dial (410) 834-0134