As we all know, pesticides give results up to two months of their application. The advantage of bi-monthly pest control service is that the exterminator can re-use pesticides so you could always be safe and pest free. Those bugs and all other pests will not be able to settle in your home, and the protection is always active. After a couple of services or treatments with the bi-monthly pest control strategy, all those troubling pests in your home will be eliminated because of a much better strategy that is undertaken. The exterminators know exactly where to act and where to apply the pesticides, and with this method, they usually don’t need to spray inside your home.
The pest control could be applied from the outside if all these steps have been undertaken. Another great thing about this method is that you have free re-application between regular services. If you spot bugs or any other pests in your home, the exterminator comes and deals with those troublemakers. And it is free. No extra charge. The deal is that this type of service gives you a pest control service whenever you need it and whenever it is necessary.
For example, a one-time option treatment is only a temporary solution. It has a guaranteed service of 30 days, but what happens after that? It will destroy most of the bugs and other pests from the outside, but what about their eggs, larvae or maggots? Are they still living inside wall cracks or other holes? After a while, you will be right at the beginning, and you have to go all over again. On the other hand, a monthly service is probably too much because pests are not that dangerous or stubborn. They are not that kind of a problem. They are not invincible.
Do we have any other pest control options?
You can also go and buy some pest control products from your local hardware store. You can buy do-it-yourself products that are an option that you might consider. But also consider that those products are the only thing consumers have as an alternative to professional pest control service. Commercial pest products are only being used, or at least that is the recommendation, with the adequate equipment ant tools that are designed for them. So this is the option if you have enough time, will and money to do it yourself if you don’t trust the companies.
Another problem is that you don’t know, as a consumer, which product is good and which is more effective than the other. And not all pest sprays apply to all pests. Each type of pests has a specific type of pest spray. A licensed technician is trained and knows where to spray and not to overspray because too many pesticides are not good for your health. So maybe a wiser decision is to pay a company that will do that for you.
And what about the cost?
Well, it is around 60-80 dollars every other month. Maybe it is a little bit more expensive than do-it-yourself products, but they will get the job done. You, on the other hand, wouldn’t be so lucky.
First of all, there are a lot of cases where an exterminator can resolve your problems with all sorts of pests. Most people ask this question because they think or they have heard that certain type of year or even weather can affect your pest control efficiency. The truth is that there is no right time. You can always call the exterminators whenever you feel the need or when you see that certain pests have come up in your home.
Seasonal infestations and other factors that can make an impact on your decision.
Now that you know that there isn’t any right or wrong time to call the exterminators let us get deeper into the subject. There are certain times or periods that some species of pests have a faster or higher infestation rate which means that they expand more quickly or rapidly. For example ants, mosquitoes, and a big majority of other pests are usually more active in the summer than in the winter. Of course, this is just a generalization because there are always exceptions.
During winter time, it is usually harder to find or track down traces of pest infestation. Because of their biology pests are usually in some stasis or dormant in their nests, and in this period it is usually much easier to find them and get rid of them usually almost all of them. As we all know exposing them to extreme cold will usually kill them. And of course, we have a situation where the season is not an issue. Instead, we have the weather as the main reason.
Mosquitoes and other pests usually require water or high levels of standing water to breed and develop so that is why they all enjoy the rain and that is why they are more active during rainy periods. For example, other pest species do not like rain or humid weather. They usually like much higher or dryer ground. That is your home most of the time. For example, silverfish, water bugs and cockroaches all like dry weather and climate, so if you want to get rid of them, the best time to take action is during dry seasons. This period is when they are most active, and this is the period when you have the highest chance of eradicating them.
So if you want to take action against these little troublemakers then any time is the best time to do it. Just take action.
Call the experts – if you don’t know what to do
Even though there will be a time of year when these actions are much easier, faster, more lethal for pest and less expensive for you, the first step is always important. Different kinds of pests are more or less active at different types of seasons. But on the other hand, you could be in a lot of trouble because you could have a more than one type of pest problem and it is usually that kind of situation. So the best way is to call the experts, and they will handle your problem.
You don’t need a flood or storm or fire to cause dramatic damage to your home. “Silent Destroyers” can do that too. Termites are a common cause of serious pest problems, and the scope of the damage they are capable of causing is usually underestimated. Nobody expects these insects to silently, under the radar, consume various cellulose-based materials in your home for quite of the time before obvious alarming signs of damage are noticed. In fact, an average colony of termites is capable of eating through your floor, walls, furniture, foundations, even shelves with books. The activity of termites is usually noticed too late when the damage becomes costly, and most materials require full replacement, rarely repair.
How to spot the invaders?
To spot the “silent invaders” on time, you should know where to look. Termites usually live in wooden structures and items, including both indoor and outdoor house items. Think of cracks in your floor or walls, joinery, trees surrounding your home or anything similar in your residence. Termites live in colonies, often in humid places, soil included. The colony is dynamic, and as they eat through the wooden structures, termites dig impressive labyrinth of tunnels. Once you spot one colony, the chances are you’ll find at least another one at some place near around. If your house is invaded by subterranean type of termites, you’ll probably find them digging tunnels in soil. Drywood termites will settle colony somewhere in wooden constructions, and various sources of light attract termites with wings.
Warning signs you shouldn’t miss
You will rarely spot the whole colony without active looking for one, but you might come across a significant number of insects around your house, light sources or some wooden elements. If any wooden construction in your home sounds hollow, suspect termites. If you notice recently cracked paint or walls or cracks in the floor, also suspect termites. Mud tubes are a sign of colony activity, and termites sometimes leave discarded wings behind.
How to prevent a termite infestation?
There are few interventions you can conduct to protect your home from these invaders, all based upon the facts about termites and their life and habits we are familiar with. Termites thrive on moisture. So, eliminate any source of it. Fix leaking problems, keep your gutters clean, drain any excessive water or mood you have around your house and keep your premises actively ventilated. Another thing you can do to prevent termite infestation is to deprive them of their food. Conduct occasional routine checkup of all wooden constructions in or outside your home. Re-paint wooden items from time to time. Keep your backyard clean by removing debris, dirt and leaves regularly.
Vacuum your furniture thoroughly and avoid piling up books or paper in humid places. However, if it happens that your house gets infected in spite of all prevention, the best is to hire professional to deal with these invaders. Only professional with their specialized equipment are capable of eliminating termites completely and preventing them from coming back.
Whether you have a problem with pests in your residential home or commercial premises, quality and thorough pest control is a necessary process to prevent costly damage. Applying chemical solutions designed to exterminate insects every once in a while won’t suffice. Especially if these chemicals threat health of residents or environmental conditions. Pest control is a continuous process that includes several steps, and it is best provided by experienced professionals. Quality pest control will not only exterminate existing pests but also prevent them from coming back by removing the sources of their emerging. It is called integrated pest management, and these are the steps it should include.
Inspect everything and prevent
Inspection has to be thorough and regularly conducted. Pests are capable of causing serious damage long before the obvious signs appear. Thus you have to search for invaders actively. A thorough inspection should primarily include most common places where different kinds of pests usually settle. When it comes to residential houses, this refers to humid and warm places, kitchen and bathroom, wooden constructions, basement, old worn out walls, floors or furniture. Commercial premises are at risk when there are various organic ingredients around, storage areas and other areas providing food and conditions for pests’ reproduction. If you spot certain weak spots and potential entry places during the inspection, intervene right away. Invest into structural maintenance, conduct regular sanitation and fix all the issues inside your residence that could provide conditions for pests’ invasion.
Analyze the problem deeper
Similar to thorough inspection and prevention methods you should apply before you face pest invasion, once it happens, you should go deeper into the issue. Elimination of existing pests won’t be enough if you don’t spot the underlying problem. It could be the problem with humidity caused by leaking pipes, odors or food or debris around the house, cracked wooden construction that requires maintenance and much more. If you don’t address the underlying problem, eliminated pests will invade again.
Apply pest – specific treatment
The market offers a wide range of pest control management strategies, devices and chemical solutions designed to repel the invaders. However, the more you adjust the treatment to the identified specific species the more efficient the results will be. It all starts will an adequate identification of the troubling insect and knowing details about its behavior. Professional pest control services hire experts trained to recognize a given insect, know their enemy and apply optimal countermeasure to exterminate it efficiently. Treatment selection is probably best left to the professionals. They know to pick the right measurement, to apply it to the right places in the adequate doses that will provide an effect to the insects but won’t harm residents or environment in any manner. Also, professional will offer you useful advice on how to prevent the same issue in the future or how to minimize already caused damage and to repair the items that can be saved.
Pest control is continuous process
Keep in mind that eliminating pest invasion once is not the end of the process. To avoid the same unpleasant experience in the future, apply the continuous pest monitoring system that will check your premises frequently and react immediately if necessary any time again.
A lot of people ask themselves what is the ideal number and how many times do we need to spray bugs and the rest of the pests or should we call the exterminators. A lot of questions come to our mind when pests show up in our house. How did the get here? Should I wait for them to go out on their own? Should I call the exterminator?
The main question is, how to remove those pests quickly with the lowest possible price. The real answer is to call in the exterminators the first time you see or suspect that there is a pest issue. After that, a regular pest control is a must so that you can minimize your costs and minimize your health risks.
How to decide the number of pest treatments?
Call the exterminators. They will do an evaluation and tell you what the best solution for your problem is. Don’t be surprised if they discover the infestation you never believed you had. Sometimes we can’t see all types of pests. The experts will treat the infestation, and after that, they will tell you what si your next step. Will it be necessary for another treatment or just a regular maintenance and checkup? They will also design a treatment schedule ti keep the pests away. And they will always call you to confirm their visit for a routine checkup.
How many times do we need to have a pest control checkup or treatment?
Well, it all depends on the type of infestation, the location of the house where the infestation had occurred and the type of pests you are fighting against. If cockroaches or silverfish are the problems, then a bi-monthly service is needed to be sure they will keep out of there. If you live in the north or northeast than a quarterly service is quite enough. But if you live somewhere warmer then you need a monthly service. Your pest controller will tell you what to do, but you should spray every six months in general. If it needs to be sprayed on shorter or longer periods, your pest expert will tell you. As for the costs well, the most cost-effective pest control is a bi-monthly service.
The pest expert will give you a possibility for an every other month treatment and a methodical examination of your home to be sure that there aren’t any potential pest problems. This type of service is effective against spiders, ants, crickets, earwigs and wasps. As for other insects, you will probably need a specialized plan to get rid of these troublemakers. This type of service will also be effective against these other types of pests. Always check with your exterminator about various solutions and options for your problem and choose the best one suited for you. The exterminator will give you the best advice possible, and he will make sure your house stays pest free.
First, we need to remove all sources of food and water. We have to seal food in plastic or glass cases. All sort of pests love moist, and surfaces covered with food remains so be sure to clean your house and empty the trash. Plumbing can also be a problem so it is a must to fix leaky plumbing and you mustn’t let the water to accumulate anywhere. Do not leave any pet food or water because it can also attract pests. Pests will also breed in clutter so be sure to get rid of old newspaper, magazines, and cardboard. Beware of small places because that is usually where they like to hide so make sure you close all the holes including wall cracks or cracks in furniture and make sure you seal those cracks.
You can do that with all kinds of material including steel wool, cement or any other material you fell that is appropriate. You will have to learn about those pests you have troubles with because then you will learn how to get rid of them and how to keep them out of your home. If none of these methods work, then you will probably need some pesticides.
How to use pesticides correctly?
You must remember to keep children and pets away from pesticides after you apply pesticides. The good idea is to use bait or chemicals against these troublemakers. These types of actions can work very well with a low-risk exposure to the pesticide as long as you keep your children and pets out of reach of the pesticide. It is very important to spray pesticides locally or in a specific area. We shouldn’t spray the entire room and of course always read the label and always follow instructions that are on the box or the product that you bought in the local hardware store. Always use ready to go products because there is less chance of something going wrong as oppose to the chemicals that need to be home made and mixed.
Always hire a professional if you can
If you hire a professional exterminator, always tell them or correct them on time where to spray and tell them the location of your pests. In some cases, you will need to repair for example pipes or toilets to stop the water leaking. And of course, always apply chemicals that are permitted to be used in homes and close spaces. If you hire a pest control company or an exterminator, always ask them what type of pesticide they use for pest control.
Always use the correct chemicals and don’t think that if you apply more pesticide that it will be more effective. It could only damage your health and the health of your loved ones. So make sure you apply these chemicals with special care. If you don’t know whether you will do it correctly, always call for a company that deals this kind of situation, and you will be alright.
As we all know, children and infants are more sensitive to toxic vapor from pesticides than adults. So how can we minimize the risk for our children and infants?
Our children are more sensitive to toxic than us.
Their brain is still developing after birth. The same goes for their nervous system and all other organs. If they are exposed, their kidneys can’t extract all those toxins like mature kidneys can. They are also in much greater danger because they are usually always on the ground touching things and are in much bigger danger to get in contact with the chemicals. Children and babies also like to put their toys in their mouths, and we need to make sure that those toys were not in contact with the pesticide. It is why it is important to minimize the health risks and child exposure to these chemicals.
So what do we need to do exactly?
Always make sure that the product you are using is approved and legal and that it is intended for that kind of purpose or situation you are using it in. Always look for the least toxic yet effective pesticide for pest control. If you are hiring an exterminator, you can always ask him/her to spray the least toxic pesticide he/she has. It is important to keep you, children, away or out of the area where the pesticides are being used. And after use, you should allow the pesticide to dry out before entering the room or an area which was being treated. After the treatment, always make sure that your children washed their hands and that their hands are clean if they are eating or if they are too small and like to put fingers in their mouths. If you applied pesticide on your pet, make sure that the pet is dry and that there is no pesticide on it because children will instantly go for the pet to play with it and that can lead to toxic contact. It is important never to use illegal pesticides because they are more dangerous. Even if children get in contact with normal pesticides, it is less dangerous than if they get in contact with illegal ones because those are very dangerous and poisonous.
Keep it away from children
Always store pesticides in their original bottles and keep them away from children. Never mix or put pesticides in places where you store food or beverage or any other groceries. Always take steps to reduce the pollution and toxic vapor from pesticides that are being used and always make sure that those pesticides have the least amount of toxic inside them. If your clothes were exposed to the toxic or you think that they might have been, you must separate them from the rest of the laundry and wash them alone in the washing machine. It is very important because one moment of your unawareness can be dangerous for your loved ones and that is a thing you need to consider.
Pests invasion may occur at any time. It may be the issue you will face right after moving into a new house or offices or insects may just invade the house you already live in taking advantage of providing conditions for their emerging and reproduction. In all these situations, the best is to let the professional handle the issue. Hiring a good pest control company will ensure that all the existing insects are exterminated, but it will also prevent them from coming back. The experienced exterminator will also direct you and advise you on how to fix the underlying problems that caused pest invasion at the first place. The trick is to know how to choose the right pest control company so you can rest assured that the extermination process will be provided properly. Here’s a brief overview of most important aspect you should consider when choosing exterminator.
Insurance and reputation
Since good marketing and advertising is a thing to do nowadays, hearing a lot of good stories about some pest control company is not always a guarantee of the quality. But talking to your friends and neighbors and getting recommendations based on their experience usually gives you a solid selection of trusted companies. Also, a reputable exterminator usually has an official and professionally designed website with the good reviews. On the other hand, to cover all the potential risks, check for the company’s insurance. There are many exterminators out there working under the radar without license and insurance, and you don’t want these services in your home.
Check the details of the available services
Not all the exterminators provide all the pest control services and full pest control management. A good company usually offers free or minimally charged identification and inspection, so you can use this option to get to know better the problem you are dealing with. However, analyze the services a given service provides to see if all the measurements your situation requires are included. Also, check for the products they use. Most quality pest control companies nowadays use eco-friendly repellants and exterminating methods that protect the health of residents and environment conditions. There’s no such a thing as one pesticide for all insects, so make sure to check the level of professionalism, experience, and dedication of a given exterminator from this aspect.
Don’t fall for attractive price range
More expensive does not guarantee a higher quality of the service, neither does cheaper guarantee lucrative cost-benefit rate. Cheap services, if not provided properly, will cost you more in the long run and high prices might be a just exaggeration. The best is to analyze several available services and compare their price range. It will give you the approximate impression of the real and reasonable prices you should look for.
Minimum level of customer service
Exterminator you choose will spend some time in your home. Working on your premises. You want this person to be reliable, diligent, responsible and dedicated. Contact the company for basic information, talk to their customer service a bit and see how they treat potential clients and the primary impression they make
It is a common fallacy that bed bugs suggest a low level of hygiene, especially among people who travel a lot. Bed bugs are in fact a issue you could face event with pretty high standards of hygiene and sanitation in your home. These flat, reddish insects grow up to few millimeters, feed on the blood of their host and live in sheets, furniture, mattress, inside wooden items and cotton pieces. They are not called bed bugs only because sheets are their preferred living environment, but also due to their increased activity during night time.
Why are bed bugs an issue?
Aside from an obvious obnoxious fact that you will have the invaders inside your bed, bed bugs bite and have the capacity to cause some health issues. Female bed bugs lay up to 500 eggs during their lifetime, especially if the temperature is optimal and the food is accessible. Since bed bugs feed on the host’s blood, this can cause various health issues, because people react differently to these bites and some chemicals bed bugs inject underneath the skin. Rash, allergy, swelling, itching or even pain are common signs at the mere spot of a bite. Also, bed bugs play a role of a mediator, carrying several infectious diseases from one to another host.
Warning signs suggesting bed bugs
Direct encountering an adult bed bug is usually not the first sign of infestation, but it is not impossible. Seeing reddish, few millimeters long insect on your sheets should trigger you to search for others. More common sign of bed bugs presence are various skin reactions to bites. Whether you spot reddish areas on your skin, feel rash, itching or stinging pain, scan your bed and near environment. Also, you might come across pieces of insect’s skin thrown away somewhere on the sheets that should indicate the presence of an adult insect around. Defecation makes similar traces. If you notice tiny dark spots scattered on your sheets, think of bed bugs.
Methods of prevention
Since bed bugs are easy to catch pretty much anywhere, including your office or traffic or hotels, keep high levels of personal hygiene is a must do to prevent bedbugs infestation. Vacuum your premises thoroughly and regularly and wash your sheets at the highest temperature. Maintain your furniture and check your house carefully after bringing in some new house items or after coming back from vacation or travel. Trips and Camping occasions are a special risk.
Pest control experts for the rescue
Once you spot or suspect bed bugs, you should not hesitate, because their reproductive cycle is short and they can infest your residence a big-time in a period. The best option is to hire the professionals. Pest control experts are trained to provide thorough inspection, often using specialized devices to spot and precisely identify the insects. They know exactly where to look for, how to identify bed bugs and all the potentially infested places will be covered. Once the experts get the detailed insight into the situation, the optimal measurements will be provided. There are several different approaches to bed bugs, depending on the intensity of the infestation, the type of infested material and the total area that requires cleaning. All the bed bugs control methods are highly effective to bedbugs and should be pretty harmless to the residence and environment.
No one likes pests in their house or property and whenever you locate one the first thing that falls on your mind is how to exterminate it. Some individuals prefer to send the pests away without killing them, which is also an option.
Two possibilities exist when it comes to pest control, the first one involves professionals and the other one is more of a DIY way for dealing with pests. Which one is better depends on the type of the pest you are dealing with and your will to deal with it without any help.
Natural way to deal with pests
If you are willing to dirty your hands and deal with the issue on your own, then the best approach to the problem is to use nature. This involves using animals to exterminate those that might harm you or your property.
This way of dealing with the issue is also known as biological control of the pests. It entails the use of natural mechanisms to counter the onslaught of mites, weeds, insects and other troublesome animals and diseases that might have adverse effects on you and your surroundings. It relies on mechanisms like parasitism and predation to introduce certain elements into the system that will counter the pests that cause issues. This system won’t work on animals like cockroaches and termites as they don’t have many natural enemies that can exterminate them in a reasonable time frame.
Professional help is the standard answer to pest infestation
Calling in professionals to deal with various animals and diseases they may spread is the most reliable and safe way to deal with this issue. One significant advantage of exterminators is that they are trained to exterminate pests, and they have means to do it swiftly.
An exterminator will use a combination of traps and chemicals to remove pests as fast as possible. You might have to vacate the premises for some time to avoid adverse effects that some of those chemicals may cause. This might be inconvenient but it will ensure complete eradication of all pests, and thus it’s worth it.
Prevention is the key
The best way to deal with issues like small animals is to prevent them from forming their colony on your property. Every pest has something that can repel them, and every professional knows that. Ask them, and they will give you advice on preventing infestations from happening.
Another way to find out more about repellents is to read blogs (like this one) and to look for websites that are dedicated to dealing with small animals and other pests. You will be able to find all necessary information to set traps and other repellents that will prevent infestation and damage that pests can cause.
This site will also feature guides on repelling various animals and insects in future posts. If you are interested in finding out how to protect your house from pests like ants and bed bugs, then do check on this blog every once in a while and read through new posts.