Frequently asked questions
Is what you’re spraying safe for my children and my pets?
Safety is first and foremost. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) means that we evaluate the total environment/situation within our pest control activities, and use the safest and most effective chemistries available to protect our clients and the environment. Every pesticide application will include a pesticide application record with the specific chemistries used and quantities applied. We welcome all questions regarding the specifics of any applications or chemistries used.
Why should I hire a professional?
Pest control treatments should be performed by a professional to help insure results are achieved in a safe, effective and environmentally responsible manner. The endless hours of safety training, proper application techniques, and insect knowledge are all used in determining the best treatment protocol for your situation. Costs of treatments performed by homeowners are often not that much less when you consider the time, equipment, insecticides, and multiple applications required using a less effective consumer pest control product.
When can I expect to see results from your service?
There should be an immediate impact on the pest population. Rodent control may take a few visits to track and destroy the primary infestation(s). A proper pest service always begins with an inspection. For ants, we seek out the nest, generally outside of the home. Once we eliminate the nest, your ant problems are over – until a new colony finds its way in. With our maintenance programs, if you ever have a problem between regular services, all you need to do is call us and we’ll send someone out immediately to take care of the problem – at no additional charge.
I have a medical condition that makes me sensitive to certain chemicals; can you still help me get rid of my bug problem?
Yes we can. There are other methods available to reduce the pest population in your environment. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a practice that focuses on structural /environmental repairs and the reduction in pest friendly conditions around the property. Combined with insect trapping and measured applications, IPM is a complete approach to pest control.
Should I clean my home before or after you complete your pest control treatment?
The best time to clean is before the certified applicator comes out to perform your pest control service. We apply a fine mist of spray to the floor/baseboard junction. Once dry it will provide an invisible barrier of protection. If this area is mopped or wiped down the barrier of protection is gone and the bugs will return very quickly. Light/dry dusting is ok.
Is there anything I can do to better be ready for my upcoming appointment?
Yes, your help is much appreciated. For interior applications it is important to have any floor mopping or baseboard dusting done prior to our arrival. Access to all baseboards in closets, under beds, and other areas of the home helps us to give a more thorough treatment. Porch and furniture can also be moved away from the walls. The certified applicator will move reasonable items when treating but will not have time to move everything all the time. This is where you can help us help you.
Where are these bugs coming from? I keep a clean house.
Most bugs only come inside when the outside becomes less hospitable. During the summer, the heat dries up the ground and forces ants inside to search for new sources of moisture. They love your kitchen for the condensation on its plumbing almost as much as they like finding a drop of syrup. Tighten up leaky faucets. Seal gaps in plumbed fixtures. Create a barrier around your living space that makes the ants seek refuge elsewhere. During the winter, rats and mice find that many of their preferred food sources are hibernating or dead. They also encounter the added displeasure of having to live in soggy burrows. The cold sends many rodents inside to search for food, nest materials, and warmth.
What are the noises I hear in my attic?
You could be dealing with rodents like roof rats. Roof rats are amazing acrobats and climbers. Your attic provides all the promise of a Club Med to a rat: seclusion, raw materials like insulation for nesting, warmth, and easy access to a food source – the part of the home where you live. Check your roof for low hanging branches and unscreened ventilation holes. By placing screens over vents you will also protects yourself against the immigration of birds, bees, and vertebrate mammals like squirrels.