FAQ

We know that choosing a local pest control service near you to hire may leave you with a lot of questions, and we would like to try to answer some of the most common questions as best we can.

As always, feel free to give us a call or send us a message if you would like to ask us your questions directly!

 

What can pest control do for me?
Pest controllers, or exterminators, remove pests from households, apartment buildings, businesses, and other structures to protect people, improve sanitation, and maintain structural integrity. Some of the most common pests that we deal with include roaches, crickets, rats, mice, gophers, spiders, scorpions, termites, ants, and bedbugs.
Is pest control worth the money?
Professional pest control is almost always worth your investment. We design our services to come with affordable price points. Preventative pest control maintains and even adds value to your property by maintaining proper sanitation, monitoring and stopping damages early on, using natural, eco-friendly products, and utilizing our knowledge base of what works and what does not. The best way to deal with an infestation is to avoid one entirely in the first place, by retaining routine pest control services.
How much does an initial pest control consultation cost?
The typical one-time upfront cost for pest control is around $150.00 to $500.00. This cost is usually slightly higher than most listed averages because it is a one-time visit and consultation only. Typically, an initial consultation requires a significant amount of upfront work that includes identification of the pest, assessment of the infestation, location of the colony or habitat, and the identification of entry points into your home or workplace.
How much do routine pest control checkup visits cost?
The typical cost of a routine pest control checkup visit may range from $50.00 to $400.00. These costs may vary depending on property size, issues found, or insecticides used, but are usually lower than the cost of an initial consultation because we have documentation of previous pest issues in your home and we know what to look for. Typically, in monthly or periodic checkups, we check to see if previous pest infestations are gone, and we apply perimeter sprays to prevent new pest infestations.
Why can pest control be expensive?
It is expensive to know what you are doing, to acquire the proper certifications, to properly mix and apply pesticides, and to do so safely. Professional pest controllers are experts who invest money into learning how to do their jobs well, how to understand pests, and how to lay down pesticides for best results. Pest control demands that a skilled trade professional drives out to your property, but you, as the customer, cannot conceivably take your pest problems to us.
What is the best way to prevent termites?

Homeowners sometimes install a number of poisoned bait stations around the perimeter of their home’s foundation. Typically, these poisoned bait stations are tubes that contain a poison-laced wooden stick that attracts termites but has the potency to kill entire termite colonies before they attack your house. If you have not had poison bait sticks installed around the perimeter of your house, or if it has been years since your poisoned bait sticks were last maintained, contact us today to get them installed or replaced for maximum protection!

Is borate an effective termite treatment?
Borate wood treatments are some of the most effective termite treatments, but they must be administered by pest control professionals. Borate (which is commercially known as Bora-Care) has a glycol base that penetrates deep into the wood grain if applied to raw or unpainted wood. It is a long-lasting termite killer and repellent, and in recent years, city code has required homebuilders to hire pest controllers to apply borate to home studs as houses are being framed, although older homes often lack this protection. Borate kills any existing termites on contact and prevents termite colonies from reinfesting the area.
What is the best way to exterminate a termite infestation?
The most effective way to kill termite infestations depends on a variety of factors that range from the type of termite, the location of the termite infestation, and the approach used.

While some homeowners like to attempt DIY fixes for termite problems, we advise against it for multiple reasons. First, termite infestations need to be backtraced all the way to the colony, and the “spot treatment” home remedies for termite problems shown on many DIY websites are simply inadequate.

Additionally, the entire colony needs to be exterminated, and the process for achieving best results in these exterminations requires correct identification of the termite species and the proper selection, mixing, and application of the most suitable pesticide. We always recommend hiring a licensed and experienced pest controller to do this work, to save you time and frustration.

What is the most effective way to exterminate bed bugs?
Dry heat treatment is almost always the most effective method of controlling and exterminating bed bug populations. Bed bugs die when exposed to temperatures of 118°F for 30 minutes or more.

Since this treatment requires high temperatures and specialized heating and sensing equipment, it should only be conducted by a Pest Management Professional who is certified in this technology in order to ensure that all areas of infested rooms, furniture, and other items reach and maintain the required thermal death point temperature for the proper time for effective bed bug extermination.

How can I get rid of bed bugs in my home?
While it is possible that bed bug infestations can be reduced through DIY solutions, you should hire a professional pest controller to perform a heat treatment of the affected areas. DIY bed bug control may temporarily succeed in reducing bed bug populations, but is unlikely to succeed in exterminating entire bed bug infestations.
How can I prevent bed bugs from infesting my home?

To reduce your risk of bed bug infestations, watch for signs of infestation by regularly washing bedding, pillows, and sheets, ensuring that in-wall cracks are filled, keeping your home decluttered, securely storing loose items, steam cleaning regularly, and by scheduling periodic pest control checkups from a licensed pest controller. Contact us today to get started!

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