What should I look for while searching for a pest control company?
- Look for Quality and Value: Cost isn't the only major factor to consider when finding pest control services. It is critical to make sure the pest control company you choose is competent. If pesticides and chemicals are used incorrectly, both you and your family's health and property can be damaged.
- Do Your Homework: When you discover that you have a pest problem, most of the time you want the problem eliminated immediately. Luckily, most pest problems can wait a little bit of time, leaving you enough time to select both a competent and reasonably priced company. It is usually good practice to obtain several different estimates from various pest control companies. Most exterminators will provide free estimates.
- Ask the Right Questions: Make sure that your exterminator has the proper licensing and registration to administer pest control chemicals for your home or property. Also, do not be afraid to ask for pictures of labels that the pest control company typically uses. This way you will know exactly what is being used to treat your home or property.
- References: The best businesses are usually referred by word of mouth. Ask your neighbors, read online reviews and check out websites like the Better Business Bureau to see if you are selecting a reputable company.
Are the chemicals safe for my home and family?
Yes. Terminix© uses tried and trued chemicals that are safe to humans, pets and the environment. The chemicals go through a strenuous quality and assurance life cycle. Only then are they independently evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure their safety. If you still have concerns with chemicals being used in or around your home, it might be a good idea to consider baiting as an alternative method to direct chemical liquid application.
What are the most effective termite treatments?
It depends what kind of infestation you are experiencing. There are two main types of prevention treatments that pest and termite control companies will use to treat your problems. The first type being liquid treatments. Termites will ingest the lethal chemical and pass it on to other members in the termite colony. The chemicals in the termiticide are designed to kill the termites slowly over time. The reason that it is slow acting is to give termites an opportunity to transmit the chemical to the entire colony through contact and food sources.
The second type of treatment is called baiting. With this method, a pest control expert places wood, cardboard, or paper into the ground. The bait is treated with a slow releasing chemical agent that termites will proceed to transmit throughout the entire colony once ingested. Both are effective treatments, and the best bet is to leave it to a qualified pest professional. Do-it-yourself methods are often ineffective and costly to the homeowner.